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  • Austin has been hit by 4 bombs in 3 weeks. The president is silent.

    Posted 2018-03-19 18:40:02 by: Administrator

    Two Americans are dead. Did their lives matter to Trump? An American city is under attack, and the president of the United States isn’t saying anything about it. Four bombs have exploded in residential neighborhoods in Austin since March 2, in what appears to be an increasingly sophisticated bombing campaign. According to Austin’s police chief, more than 500 federal agents are working on the case as police try frantically to track down any leads to the bomber. These are the moments when a president typically has to act as a head of state — to acknowledge the pain and fear Americans are feeling, and to reassure them that their government is doing all it can to keep them safe. But this is President Trump, and he has often been oddly silent at times when other presidents would have offered soothing words. In the case of Austin, the president’s silence — during a time when he’s been so outspoken about so many things — suggests either ignorance or callousness. Either he is unaware that an American city is being terrorized, or he doesn’t think it’s as important as Sean Hannity’s appearances on Fox & Friends. Neither is acceptable. Trump has already missed his chance to speak out without raising awkward questions about whose lives matter The first three explosions — which killed 39-year-old Anthony House and 17-year-old Draylen Mason, as well as injuring two women — were package bombs, leading the Austin Police Department to caution residents not to open or touch any suspicious packages. When the second and third bombs exploded on March 12, investigators began to put together a pattern that suggested that the bombings were related: House’s and Mason’s families knew each other through black community activism. (The third bomb injured a Latina woman in east Austin, though it’s not clear whether it was intended for her.) The president tweeted about a “heartbreaking” bridge collapse at Florida International University. He sent ...

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  • How Fox News made Andrew McCabe a deep-state villain

    Posted 2018-03-19 18:30:02 by: Administrator

    Fox News spent months building out this storyline. Andrew McCabe was a 21-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who, by most accounts, had a storied career. But if you’re a Fox News viewer, you would know him as something else altogether: a corrupt, deep-state villain who was out to depose President Trump. McCabe, the former deputy FBI director, was unceremoniously fired just 26 hours before his formal retirement, which cost him his pension benefits. The firing has alarmed prominent members of the intelligence community, as well as Democrats in Congress. But long before he was fired, Fox News — especially hosts Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and the trio on Fox & Friends — constantly referred to McCabe as the quintessential example of the FBI’s corruption and anti-Trump bias. They hinted that he was plotting several schemes against Donald Trump during the election, leaking information to the press, and was bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton and Democrats. All of this was part of a larger theory alleging that the FBI was colluding with Hillary Clinton to rig the elections against Trump, and that the agency was still actively trying to take down Trump through the Mueller investigation. In Fox News land, this deep-state effort is the story of the century — the scandal that’s “bigger than Watergate” — and McCabe is the powerful lieutenant who greased the wheels for former FBI director James Comey and current special counsel Robert Mueller. In some segments, Fox News hosts and guests would drop McCabe’s name even when there wasn’t news about him. So in Fox News land, it made perfect sense for Attorney General Jeff Sessions (perhaps directed by Trump) to fire McCabe, just a day before McCabe was set to walk out on his own. This was justice served. This alternate reality is being fed into the president’s mind — and congressional Republicans are passively letting it build, or even contributing to the ...

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  • 'Sex and the City's' Cynthia Nixon running for NY governor

    Posted 2018-03-19 18:26:00 by: Administrator

    Former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon said on Twitter Monday that she'll challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York's Democratic primary in ...

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  • Fifth Harmony going on 'hiatus' so members can pursue solo careers

    Posted 2018-03-19 18:24:00 by: Administrator

    Fifth Harmony is going on ...

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  • Fifth Harmony taking 'hiatus' after 6 years, singers to focus on solo careers

    Posted 2018-03-19 18:22:00 by: Administrator

    It may be a while before Fifth Harmony fans get new music from the band: the group said Monday that it needs to take time for a ...

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  • Joanna Gaines won't have to sit for deposition, report says

    Posted 2018-03-19 18:15:00 by: Administrator

    Pregnant Joanna Gaines won’t have to sit for a deposition because the lawsuit involving her furniture line has settled without her ...

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  • Trump is reportedly using nondisclosure agreements to stop staffers from speaking out

    Posted 2018-03-19 18:12:04 by: Administrator

    They’re supposed to last forever. If you’re eagerly awaiting juicy tell-alls from Gary Cohn, Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus, or any of the multitude of Trump administration officials who have headed for the exits, don’t hold your breath: The president has reportedly required staffers to sign nondisclosure agreements that last, essentially, forever. Ruth Marcus at the Washington Post on Sunday reported that President Trump, in the early months of his administration, asked White House staff members to sign nondisclosure agreements vowing not to reveal confidential information. And his staffers complied. A copy of a draft of the document obtained by Marcus said those who violate the agreement would be exposed to $10 million in penalties for each unauthorized revelation of confidential information — an enormous amount that she suggests probably didn’t make it into the final draft. It bars staff from discussing “all nonpublic information I learn of or gain access to in the course of my official duties in the service of the United States Government on White House staff,” including “communications . . . with members of the press” and “with employees of federal, state, and local governments.” It also prohibits “works of fiction” that mention government operations or are based on confidential information. And the agreement has no end date, meaning it essentially keeps former staffers from speaking out forever. A source told Marcus that the decision to implement the agreements came about in February or March 2017, when there was “lots of leaking, things that just weren’t true, and a lot of things that were true and should have remained confidential.” Trump hoped to quell leaks by making sure staff knew they could be “on the hook for some serious damages.” White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters onboard Air Force One on Monday that the Post’s report was “completely false.” He said, “I’ve never ...

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  • The spring equinox is Tuesday: 6 things to know about the first day of spring

    Posted 2018-03-19 18:10:02 by: Administrator

    A brief, scientific guide to the first day of spring. The vernal equinox is upon us: On Tuesday, March 20, both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres will experience an equal amount of daylight hours. For those of here in the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the beginning of spring, with daylight hours continuing to lengthen until the summer solstice in June. For those south of the equator, it’s the beginning of autumn. Technically speaking, the equinox occurs when the sun is directly in line with the equator. This will happen at 12:15 pm Eastern time on Tuesday. Below is a short scientific guide to the most equal night of the year. 1) Why do we have an equinox? The equinox, the seasons, and the changing length of daylight hours throughout the year are all due to one fact: The Earth spins on a tilted axis. The tilt — possibly caused by a massive object hitting Earth billions of years ago — means that for half the year, the North Pole is pointed toward the sun (as in the picture below). For the other half of the year, the South Pole gets more light. It’s what gives us seasons. NASA Here’s a time-lapse demonstration of the phenomenon shot over the course of a whole year from space. In the video, you can see how the line separating day from night swings back and forth from the poles during the year. NASA/Meteosat/Robert Simmon And here’s yet another cool way to visualize the seasons. In 2013, a resident of Alberta, Canada, took this pinhole camera photograph of the sun’s path throughout the year and shared it with the astronomy website EarthSky. You can see the dramatic change in the arc of the sun from December to June. This is a 6 month pinhole photo taken from solstice to solstice, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. We are one of the sunniest cities in Canada, and this shows it nicely.Posted by Ian Hennes on Saturday, December 21, 2013 (You can easily make a similar image at home. All you need ...

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  • How men are adjusting to the #MeToo era: “This is going to take a really long time”

    Posted 2018-03-19 18:00:02 by: Administrator

    Men discuss the gray areas of intimate encounters. The look on his face was familiar. I’d been there myself. It was the look of a man in reckoning — mentally replaying past sexual encounters, searching, pondering, trying to recall conversations and facial expressions, filtering through imperfect memories. Did she seem hesitant? Did I ignore the signs? Was I too aggressive? This particular student sat in the front row of a course I was teaching called “Masculinities in America.” In the classroom, we discussed topics like trans men, female masculinity, men’s place in feminist discourse, and, finally, sexual violence, assault, and consent. I asked students to think hard about whether they asked permission before they touched their partner intimately, or before a kiss. I was impressed by some students’ advanced ideas about consent. One woman mentioned that she’d heard coaches sometimes encouraged athletes to ask women to sign consent contracts before sex to avoid sexual assault or rape allegations. Another student spoke up to say this was not affirmative consent — that a person cannot consent to the entire process of sex at the outset. I noticed that the discussion was concentrated among the women. The men in the class were noticeably silent. The student in the front row caught my eye. He was an athlete, and I had been proud of his growth throughout the semester and his engagement with complex ideas about masculinity. But this conversation seemed to affect him differently, making him uncharacteristically uncomfortable. He and I communicated via email after class. He told me the topic was difficult to grapple with, that he struggled to reconcile past encounters with his new knowledge of consent and coercion. I told him I understood how distressing it could be to recall those experiences but stressed the importance of sitting with the discomfort and learning from it. I suggested he visit the counseling center, although I’m unsure if he ever ...

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  • Steven Seagal accusers detail rape, sexual assault allegations against actor

    Posted 2018-03-19 18:00:00 by: Administrator

    Two women detailed sexual abuse allegations against actor Steven Seagal, with one saying he raped her when she was in her “late teens” and the other claiming the famed actor sexually assaulted her when she was ...

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  • First Look: JW Anderson x Uniqlo Unveils Full SS18 Collection

    Posted 2018-03-19 18:00:00 by: Administrator

    Uniqlo unveils the first full look at JW Anderson's second collection for the high-street brand, available from April ...

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  • Melinda Gates recommends 3 books that changed the way she thinks about the world

    Posted 2018-03-19 17:50:02 by: Administrator

    On a live episode of The Ezra Klein Show, Melinda Gates shared the books she thinks everyone should read. Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. Melinda Gates loves an intellectual debate — as long as the arguments don’t feel personal. In fact, the philanthropist and former Microsoft product manager says the combative environment of early-days Microsoft almost made her leave the company. In her conversation with self-professed “argumentative person” Ezra Klein, during a live taping of The Ezra Klein Show at South by Southwest, Gates opened up about that time in her life, how to be a good manager, why we need more diversity in tech, and her fears and hopes for the future. At the end of each episode, Ezra asks the guest for three books that they think everyone should read. According to Melinda Gates, she and her husband will often pass off books that they’ve enjoyed to each other, which is likely why two of the three books she recommended feature blurbs from Bill Gates. Historian Yuval Noah Harari’s book (one of Barack Obama’s 2015 summer reading picks) Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind marries biology and history in a sweeping overview of how we as a species arrived at the present. Harari tracks the revolutions that compelled us forward and puts our comparatively brief time on the planet into perspective. He tackles these heavy topics with a “fun and engaging” tone, according to a Bill Gates blurb. Buy Sapiens here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble The book that changed Melinda Gates’s perspective on Africa and, to some extent, the world was Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. The novel, set in 1940s South Africa, illustrates the racial and social divides that gave way to Apartheid. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation works to address global issues of education, poverty, and health care, with an office in ...

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  • A “serial bomber” is targeting Austin: what we know

    Posted 2018-03-19 17:40:16 by: Administrator

    Four explosions have killed two people and injured multiple others in Austin, Texas, this month. Four explosions in Austin, Texas, that have killed two people and injured multiple others since March 2 have the city on edge and police warning of a “serial bomber.” Authorities aren’t sure who is behind the bombings, which they’ve described as sophisticated work, or the motivations behind them. The first three bombs were packages left on doorsteps at people’s homes and exploded. The latest blast on Sunday evening in a residential neighborhood in the southwest part of the city. The bomb was on the site of the road and may have been triggered by a tripwire. Two men who were walking near a fence when they inadvertently set off the bomb were injured. In response, the Austin Independent School District kept school buses out of the neighborhood, and police are warning residents to act with caution. The fact that the victims of the first three explosions were black and Hispanic has led to speculation that race could be a factor — although Sunday’s bombing took place in a predominately white neighborhood and injured two white people. Despite the differences, authorities are working under the belief Sunday’s incident is connected to the previous three explosions. The Austin police are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible but thus far appear to be stumped. “We now need the community to have an extra level of vigilance and pay attention to any suspicious device — whether it be a package or a bag, a backpack — anything that looks out of place. And do not approach items like that,” Austin police chief Brian Manley said at a press conference on Monday morning. What we know so far: Four bombs have exploded in Austin this month, and authorities believe they’re connected. The first three were in packages; the fourth was on the side of the road. The first blast occurred on March ...

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  • The myth of “forcing people out of their cars”

    Posted 2018-03-19 17:30:03 by: Administrator

    It’s about more options, not fewer. California state Sen. Scott Wiener’s SB 827 — a sweeping approach to solve California’s housing crisis by having the state government preempt local zoning ordinances and allow for greater density near rapid transit stations and high-frequency bus stops — is one of the most important ideas in American politics today. And Conor Dougherty’s coverage of the bill with Brad Plumer for the New York Times is mostly excellent. But his tweet promoting the article engages in a common, but aggravating, rhetorical framing of the issue by construing a move to allow transit-oriented development as being an effort to “force” people out of their cars. I'm breaking my "no Twitter until Opening Day" pledge to Tweet this story I wrote with @bradplumer on the growing environmental schism over how aggressively governments should be in trying to force people out of their cars by building housing near transit https://t.co/ahO0sRTc0T— Conor Dougherty (@ConorDougherty) March 16, 2018 It’s important to be clear about this because land use is an important issue in America. It’s only going to become more important as steadily falling unemployment raises the salience of supply-side issues in the American economy. Personal liberty and the concept of freedom are, rightly, important to Americans and to American political culture. And in the case of proposals for high-density zoning, nobody is trying to force anyone to do anything. In particular, SB 827 would change two important things about transit-adjacent land use: Cities and towns would have to allow taller buildings that fit more units on a given piece of land if developers and landowners want to build them. Cities and towns would not be allowed to require the construction of off-street parking spaces to accompany the construction of new dwellings. Would a person who owns a single-family detached home and likes it that way be allowed to keep it that way? ...

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  • Donald Trump’s threat to the rule of law is much bigger than Robert Mueller

    Posted 2018-03-19 17:10:02 by: Administrator

    Saving one investigation isn’t enough. When Donald Trump fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on a trumped-up pretext and then sent a series of tweets lambasting special counsel Robert Mueller and his team in dishonest terms, it sparked a new spasm of concern about the future of Mueller’s investigation. People are right to worry about this. In particular, congressional Republicans ought to worry about it a lot more than they currently are, since sacking Mueller on impulse before the midterms would likely make it harder for them to maintain their majorities. But the Mueller-centric focus obscures a much broader problem. Trump’s decision sends a message down the ranks to typical Justice Department attorneys to be wary about taking on Trump or his associates. Trump has a lot of fingers in a lot of pies. So do his various family members and the B-list rich guys who round out his Cabinet. So do the wealthy individuals who are donating to his increasingly aggressive fundraising efforts. This creates a lot of potential points of intersection between Trump and his associates and the law — points of intersection that won’t necessarily involve anything as thrilling as Russian espionage, that certainly won’t be investigated by anyone as august as Mueller and his prosecutorial all-star team, and that aren’t being followed intensely by the news media. This — in the halls of normal US attorneys’ offices and regulatory agencies — is where the real chilling effect of Trump’s war on the rule of law is likely to be felt. And an all-hands-on-deck drive to secure Mueller’s position risks simply affirming to officials tasked with enforcing the law in more banal ways that nobody is out there prepared to protect them. The special counsel is special Consider that Mueller’s situation is genuinely special. Were he to be fired, it would be a huge national story with obvious political consequences. What’s more, there’s no good alternative to ...

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  • Tania Fares's Insider Guide To Palm Springs

    Posted 2018-03-19 17:07:15 by: Administrator

    Vogue contributing editor Tania Fares is a multi-tasking maven: an art patron, philanthropist and British fashion champion, based between London, LA, Paris and Beirut, she's never not on the road. Here, she rounds up her favourite things to do when in Palm Springs. ...

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  • Congress has 5 days to keep the government open

    Posted 2018-03-19 17:00:02 by: Administrator

    This week’s government spending fight, explained. Congress has to strike a deal on federal spending by midnight on March 23 or the government will run out of money and shut down — again. But with only a week to pull together a massive spending bill, negotiations appear to have stalled, and lawmakers increasingly look headed toward another short-term spending solution — though both sides of the aisle are frustrated with stopgap measures. The government has already shut down twice this year. The first shutdown came in January and lasted for three days, during a standoff over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Then in February, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) effectively shut down the government himself, this time only for a few hours overnight, in a stand against a deal negotiated by congressional leaders that would bust the government budget caps on domestic and military spending that have been in place since 2013. DACA has largely been off the table this time. And having kicked down any permanent solution to government spending since September 2017, and currently on their fifth short-term spending bill, Congress has been working toward a more permanent funding package to carry them through to the start of the new fiscal year on September 30. But there’s been some head-butting between the parties that’s slowed down negotiations. Republicans are trying to slip in conservative priorities — like hiking spending for the Department of Homeland Security to expand the number of immigrant detainee beds — and Democrats are pushing for a liberal spending agenda, prioritizing non-defense spending programs. While Democrats don’t have control of either chamber, they can block funding through a filibuster in the Senate. Republicans need at least nine Senate Democrats to sign on to their spending agenda for it to pass. Meanwhile, there’s still a big question mark over what the White House will sign on to. President Trump has ...

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  • Cirque du Soleil: Long-running fears about safety resurface after aerialist's horrifying death

    Posted 2018-03-19 16:41:00 by: Administrator

    Yann Arnaud's shocking death has put the spotlight on Cirque du Soleil and its performer tragedies in recent ...

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  • Career Girl: British Vogue Publisher, Vanessa Kingori

    Posted 2018-03-19 16:10:56 by: Administrator

    "I think a lot of people are interested in the glitz and the glamour which are great, but its an industry with deadlines and profits to ...

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  • 'The Crown' star Matt Smith facing pressure to donate pay disparity to Time's Up fund

    Posted 2018-03-19 16:00:00 by: Administrator

    Pressure is mounting for "The Crown" star Matt Smith to donate part of his earnings from the Netflix series to the Time's Up legal fund after it was revealed that leading lady Claire Foy was paid less than her male ...

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  • Blue Ivy Bids $19,000 On A Piece Of Art And Becomes An Internet Hero Once More

    Posted 2018-03-19 15:05:30 by: Administrator

    During a family trip to the Second Annual Wearable Art Gala, Blue Ivy stole the ...

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  • Soldier surprises family at Dolly Parton's Stampede

    Posted 2018-03-19 15:00:00 by: Administrator

    Sergeant Bryan Samsel knew there was only one place where he wanted to surprise his wife and kids after being deployed in the Middle East for one ...

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  • Hannibal Buress' mic cut off after joke about Catholic Church's history of molestation

    Posted 2018-03-19 14:30:00 by: Administrator

    Buress began his set by revealing a set of guidelines Loyola University Chicago had sent him prior to his show at the school's Colossus ...

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  • Pretty stars who go gritty on screen

    Posted 2018-03-19 13:45:00 by: Administrator

    While makeup artists and stylists are usually there to make stars look their best, sometimes roles call for their ...

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  • What We Can Expect From Kim Jones's Dior Homme

    Posted 2018-03-19 12:19:35 by: Administrator

    From hyped-up collaborations to the return of logomania, Vogue's Olivia Singer muses what Jones’s Dior Homme might look ...

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  • What Kris Van Assche Did For Dior Homme

    Posted 2018-03-19 11:45:41 by: Administrator

    As he steps down from his role as artistic director of Dior Homme, concluding an 11-year-long tenure, Vogue chronicles the Belgian designer's ...

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  • Laura Loves: Laura Bailey's Weekly Edit

    Posted 2018-03-19 11:45:06 by: Administrator

    The beauty-staple secret to her smokey eyes, the wardrobe pieces she's stocking up on for spring, and the podcasts getting her through a traffic ...

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  • Daily Style Directory - 19/03/2018

    Posted 2018-03-19 11:41:52 by: Administrator

    See who has been wearing what this ...

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  • Hair Highlights In Half The Time

    Posted 2018-03-19 11:21:29 by: Administrator

    Ever wanted highlights but found that the often lengthy process puts you off? Then Express Blonde by Redken and Instant Highlights by L'Oréal Professionnel might just be the colour treatments you've been waiting ...

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  • Dior Homme Appoints Kim Jones As Artistic Director

    Posted 2018-03-19 11:12:25 by: Administrator

    Jones will present his first collection for Dior Homme in June as its new creative head of ready-to-wear and accessory ...

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  • Sen. Chuck Grassley wants to require sexual harassment training in the Senate

    Posted 2017-11-02 14:30:02 by: Administrator

    He called for the “immediate implementation of a policy requiring all new Senate employees” to get training. As Congress comes under increased scrutiny as a breeding ground for workplace harassment, top Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is pushing to make anti-sexual-harassment training mandatory on Capitol Hill. “I am convinced that sexual harassment training is vitally important to maintaining a respectful and productive working environment in Congress,” Grassley wrote in a letter to the Senate Rules Committee Tuesday. He went on to urge a policy change, calling for the “immediate implementation of a policy requiring all new Senate employees” as well as “all current employees who have not yet received training” to go through online or in-person sexual harassment training. Currently, no one in the Capitol is required to undergo harassment training. Evidence shows harassment training is useful for identifying harassment, but not in preventing it. His move follows efforts from Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), who started a video campaign last week urging members and staff to come forward with their stories of sexual harassment in the Capitol. In 2014, Speier introduced legislation that would mandate members and staff undergo harassment training. While national media homed in on the details of the Harvey Weinstein case in mid-October, reports from Politico and Washington Post have shown, rather unsurprisingly, that it’s a problem pervasive in the Washington power center. Congress didn’t develop a reporting system for harassment until 1995, after Republican Sen. Bob Packwood resigned in disgrace over harassment claims. Grassley penned the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act, which enacted civil rights, labor, workplace safety, and health laws to Congress and agencies under the legislative branch. It appears as though there’s more work to be done. Congress is a breeding ground for harassment There are certain factors that lead to ...

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  • House Republicans reveal new tax plan

    Posted 2017-11-02 14:27:48 by: Administrator

    The "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" is ...

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  • 6 women have accused director Brett Ratner of sexual harassment and abuse

    Posted 2017-11-02 14:22:29 by: Administrator

    Actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge have harrowing stories about the director. It seems like every day this month has brought new insight into how ghoulish Hollywood, and the men who hold the power in it, can be. Along with the general public, the entertainment industry is still reeling over the staggering number of sexual harassment and assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein and director James Toback. And earlier this week, actor Anthony Rapp claimed that actor Kevin Spacey made a sexual advance on him when Rapp was 14 years old; Spacey apologized and blamed his alleged behavior on alcohol. Another chapter in the catalog of sex abuse and harassment in Hollywood is now being written, as six women — including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge — have come forward in interviews with the Los Angeles Times to discuss encounters they say they’ve had with director-producer Brett Ratner. All six women allege that Ratner sexually harassed them; Henstridge says he physically “forced himself” on her. Henstridge’s account details how she attended a small party at Ratner’s New York apartment in the early 1990s. She found herself alone with Ratner, who then, she says, forced her to give him oral sex: But when Henstridge woke up, the others had left. She was alone with Ratner. She got up to leave, Henstridge said, but he blocked the doorway with his body and wouldn’t budge. He began touching himself, she said, then forced her to perform oral sex. “He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself on me,” she said. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.” Munn, who says Ratner lied about “banging” her in interviews in 2011, claims that Ratner masturbated in front of her while she was delivering a meal to his trailer in 2004: Munn entered Ratner’s trailer and quickly placed the food on a table. She said she was startled to find him inside. She tried to make a quick exit, but Ratner ...

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  • Randy Travis fires longtime publicist Kirt Webster amid sex assault allegations

    Posted 2017-11-02 14:18:00 by: Administrator

    Randy Travis quietly announced he signed with new representation the same day his longtime publicist Kirt Webster was accused of sexual assault by a former ...

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  • Trump just called for the New York terror suspect to get the death penalty

    Posted 2017-11-02 14:10:02 by: Administrator

    Technically, that could hurt prosecutors. President Donald Trump called for the execution of the suspect in the New York City terrorist attack Wednesday after learning that he had asked to hang an ISIS flag in his hospital room. “NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!” Trump tweeted. Trump’s bold prescription could actually hurt prosecutors’ efforts. Presidents typically don’t weigh in on ongoing criminal cases because defense attorneys can then argue that their client has lost their right to a fair trial. The president has sent conflicting signals on whether he thinks that Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek immigrant accused of plowing through bikers and pedestrians in a rental truck in Manhattan on Halloween, should be tried in the civilian justice system or military system. On Wednesday his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders referred to Saipov as an “enemy combatant” and the president told reporters that he would “certainly consider” sending him to the infamous US military detention facility Guantanamo Bay. But on Thursday morning Trump seemed to walk that position back somewhat, saying that he thought going through the civilian system would be more efficient. “Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system,” he tweeted. Federal prosecutors in New York filed terrorism charges against Saipov on Wednesday night. According to the charges, Saipov waived his Miranda rights and spoke to them openly about how he conceived of the attack. The charges claim that Saipov had been planning his attack for about a year, and that he chose to carry it out on Halloween night — when there would be an uptick in the number of pedestrians — to maximize casualties. He had originally intended to drive to the Brooklyn Bridge after mowing down civilians on the West ...

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  • Congress wants to make harassment trainings mandatory. Science shows they don't work.

    Posted 2017-11-02 14:02:00 by: Administrator

    The billion-dollar anti-harassment training industry is remarkably ineffective at stopping harassment. Will the deluge of high-profile sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood and the media, leaders are turning toward an ostensibly simple solution: make anti-sexual harassment training mandatory in workplaces. This week, that sentiment even reached Capitol Hill, where new harassment allegation reports have emerged. “I am convinced,” Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wrote in a letter to Senate Rules Committee leaders on Tuesday, “that sexual harassment training is vitally important to maintaining a respectful and productive working environment in Congress.” Grassley would like to see all employees of the upper chamber complete “online or in-person sexual harassment training,” the Washington Post reported. And he’s not alone: There are similar efforts going on in the House and at companies across the nation. There’s just one problem with this push: It’s probably not going to do anything to curb sexual harassment. The research from sociology and organizational psychology on the billion-dollar anti-harassment training industry suggests these programs aren’t actually effective at stopping or preventing abuse. “Over 90 percent of large US employers have harassment trainings in place, but it’s having very little effect, if no discernible effect, on the overall number of harassment complaints that are reported,” Harvard sociologist Frank Dobbin told Vox. “I don’t think we can sit around and wait for training to solve the problem.” Experts who study workplace harassment view these trainings as more of a strategic defense against future lawsuits than a solution to a pervasive problem. As reports of sexual misconduct continue to pop up — at Miramax and Weinstein, Uber, even Vox’s parent company, Vox Media — the call for solutions will continue to grow. And the go-to solution might not be a fix at all. ...

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  • “I don't believe it”: Republicans are unfazed that corporate tax cuts poll really badly

    Posted 2017-11-02 14:00:05 by: Administrator

    We asked eight congressional Republicans about the unpopularity of a major part of their tax bill. Republicans really want to cut the corporate tax rate. It’s the centerpiece of every plan they have released, and they’ve spent weeks floating wildly unpopular ways to pay for it. There’s just one problem. It’s really unpopular — even among Republican voters. A September poll showed 60 percent of registered voters think corporations pay “too little” in taxes, according to a new survey from Morning Consult and Politico, surveying a little under 2,000 Americans. A more recent October Morning Consult and Politico survey from October found only 39 percent of Americans think it should be part of the tax plan — with 59 percent of Republican voters supporting it. Another poll from Pew Research Center showed that 53 percent of Republicans think corporate tax rates should either be raised or stay the same. But confronted with these numbers, House and Senate Republicans seemed unfazed. “Who cares?” Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) said before I had a chance to say what the polls showed. Others said they didn’t believe the numbers. “I don’t believe that poll,” Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) said. “I don’t believe it. It’s in all of our best interest to have these tax cuts for corporations...” Lowering the corporate tax from its current 35 percent to 20 percent, as Republicans are proposing to boost economic growth, is costly — the Tax Policy Center estimates it would cost the country $2 trillion over the next 10 years. But it also has potential to be politically expensive. James Wallner, a fellow at the conservative R Street Institute think tank and former executive director of the Senate Steering Committee, tweeted it “isn’t ideal” for the GOP that only 59 percent of Republicans support cutting the corporate tax rate — the proposal’s popularity will likely drop more as more details emerge about the various ways Republicans plan on ...

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  • Kevin Spacey to seek treatment after sexual harassment accusations

    Posted 2017-11-02 13:59:00 by: Administrator

    Kevin Spacey is seeking “evaluation and treatment” after being accused of sexual misconduct by several ...

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  • Lana Del Rey says Harvey Weinstein-inspired track 'Cola' to be retired

    Posted 2017-11-02 13:57:00 by: Administrator

    Lana Del Rey said on Wednesday she is officially retiring her Harvey Weinstein-inspired song and cutting it from her ...

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  • We're becoming numb to terrorism. That might be a good thing.

    Posted 2017-11-02 13:50:01 by: Administrator

    Terrorists are getting worse at the one thing they seek to do: terrify people. The point of terrorism is to terrify. Whether it’s 9/11 or the 2015 attack in Paris or the 2017 subway attack in London or the most recent attack in New York City, the goal is always to create an omnipresent sense of danger. A recent article in Slate suggests that terror groups like ISIS are losing their ability to inspire fear. Amarnath Amarasingam and Colin P. Clarke, the authors of the piece, argue that “terrorism fatigue may be setting in around the world.” Their argument is that terror attacks, particularly since 9/11, have become both more frequent and less organized. Instead of big, spectacular events, we’ve seen a string of attacks across the West that were carried out by lone individuals with few resources, little training, and hardly any planning. The attack in New York City this week is a prime example: A 29-year-old man drives a rented truck into a crowded bike path, killing eight people, and then flees with pellet and paintball guns in hand. According to Amarasingam and Clarke, these sorts of low-level attacks have become so common that people are growing numb to them. As a result, the “once-shocking violence becomes normalized” and citizens stop responding with the panic and outrage that were once their reactions. I reached out to Amarasingam, who is a fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism and the co-director of a study of Western foreign fighters at the University of Waterloo, to discuss why he believes terrorists are, increasingly, failing to accomplish their central goal — to terrify. Our full conversation, lightly edited for clarity, follows. Sean Illing Your Slate article makes an interesting argument, which is that terrorists are losing their capacity to terrorize. Why? Amarnath Amarasingam The way al-Qaeda planned attacks, they were always going for the spectacular. Events like 9/11 pierced our sense of calm and ...

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  • Dressing The Women Of Murder On The Orient Express

    Posted 2017-11-02 13:49:10 by: Administrator

    What do the characters' wardrobes reveal about their ...

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  • The Good Doctor, the fall TV season’s biggest hit, explained

    Posted 2017-11-02 13:40:01 by: Administrator

    Its success suggests antihero TV’s time has come and gone. Somewhat out of nowhere, the runaway sensation of the 2017 fall TV season is The Good Doctor, an ABC medical drama that has become the most-watched show on television, completely surprising just about everybody (up to and including people who work at ABC). Granted, most TV observers expected the show to pull solid numbers, but for a variety of reasons, nobody expected it to top CBS’s The Big Bang Theory — once viewers on DVR and streaming services like Hulu are taken into account — or to come within a few tenths of a ratings point of topping Big Bang among younger viewers. For starters, it airs in the 10 pm Eastern hour, which is less watched in general. And it has little lead-in support, with the aging Dancing with the Stars airing right before it. What’s more, ABC has struggled in recent years to launch new shows, over-relying on older series like Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family. Compare this context to that of last year’s breakout hit, This Is Us, which aired an hour earlier at 9 (the most-watched hour in primetime) and right after The Voice, then a still-potent reality show. What’s more, This Is Us aired on TV’s number one network, NBC, rather than its number four network. And it’s not as if The Good Doctor, a well-made show with solid performances, is wildly different from everything else on TV. It’s simply a well-executed medical show, and TV certainly has seen its share of medical dramas launch in the past several years, most of which attracted little to no viewership. Sure, the series boasts the terrific young actor Freddie Highmore, as a young doctor on the autism spectrum, but it is, in almost every other way, a standard-issue medical show. So why this show? How did it launch as an instant hit? Why now? Here are three different theories for the success of The Good Doctor. 1) Characters who perceive the world differently are at the center of many of the biggest hits ...

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  • Republicans have picked a huge environmental fight in their push for tax reform

    Posted 2017-11-02 13:34:02 by: Administrator

    Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a bargaining chip in securing votes. For decades, Alaskan politicians have sought a highly coveted prize: permission from Congress to open up sections of the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling. To them, the refuge is a chance to make the state more economically resilient and refill Alaska’s Permanent Fund, which has been paying shrinking dividends from oil and gas revenue to Alaskans in recent years. But time after time, Alaskan leaders have been stymied — as environmentalists have made blocking drilling in ANWR a rallying cry and Congress has offered tepid support at best and outright hostility at worst. Now that the Senate has passed a budget resolution, the Alaska delegation, led by Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, may have its best shot yet at the ANWR prize. On Thursday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which Murkowski chairs, held a hearing on oil and gas exploration in the refuge featuring 12 witnesses, including Alaska Governor Bill Walker, representatives of Alaskan indigenous groups, scientists, and activists. Republicans hold 52 votes in the Senate and need at least 50 to get their already troubled tax reform package through. Murkowski, who torpedoed Obamacare repeal multiple times, might be interested in a package that also opens up ANWR drilling. And, crucially, ANWR would add revenue to the tax reform package, which slashes taxes for corporations and the wealthy. With Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) signaling he won’t vote for anything that would blow a hole in the deficit, ANWR could be the crucial way to make up the difference. To wit: The Senate Budget Committee directed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which Murkowski chairs, to come up with $1 billion in revenue to help close the budget deficit. Were ANWR to be to leased oil and gas drillers, the Congressional Budget Office estimates it would generate $5 ...

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  • Paul Manafort is charged with violating a law enacted to fight Nazi propaganda

    Posted 2017-11-02 13:30:02 by: Administrator

    The Foreign Agent Registration Act, the obscure statute used to charge Paul Manafort, explained. At the heart of special counsel Robert Mueller’s case against Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and Manafort’s aide Rick Gates is a 1938 law that most Americans likely haven’t heard of. The Foreign Agent Registration Act has a simple purpose. It requires lobbyists and other groups representing and advocating on behalf of foreign governments to disclose those activities to the government and then the public. Enforcement, overseen by the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, relies heavily on voluntary compliance: It is understood that lobbyists and others who qualify for disclosure under the statute should do so voluntarily, without prodding. Still, failing to comply and disclose is a federal crime, one both Manafort and Gates have been charged with. Mueller alleges that Gates and Manafort violated several disclosure laws, including others involving Treasury Department requirements about disclosing foreign bank accounts — part of a tax evasion scheme the counsel argues Manafort and Gates undertook with earnings from their lobbying. The FARA charge alleges another kind of false statement on Manafort and Gates’s part. The law was passed nearly 80 years ago to prevent meddling by a foreign dictatorship in American elections and politics. The charge is politically explosive: Mueller claims Manafort and Gates were acting as undisclosed agents of a foreign power, the pro-Russian government of Ukraine. What FARA is and where it came from As a report from the Inspector General’s Office of the DOJ last year explains, FARA was originally passed in response to Nazi Germany’s efforts to influence American public opinion in the 1930s. “FARA was enacted in 1938 in response to recommendations of a special congressional committee investigating anti-American activities in the United States,” the report states, alluding to the House ...

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  • Urban Outfitters's Made-For-All Suit

    Posted 2017-11-02 11:40:30 by: Administrator

    "The suit has been designed with a unique cut that compliments all forms, irrespective of ...

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  • Dsquared2 Launches The "Be Cool Be Nice" Collection In Support Of Anti-Bullying

    Posted 2017-11-02 11:35:52 by: Administrator

    Designers Dean and Dan Caten speak to Vogue about why their own experiences compelled them to get ...

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  • Reese Witherspoon: "I’m Over Being Bashful"

    Posted 2017-11-02 11:34:20 by: Administrator

    “I know I'm good at things,” the star has said in a new interview about her ...

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  • Julia Roberts doesn't want to be asked about turning 50

    Posted 2017-11-02 11:09:00 by: Administrator

    Julia Roberts turned 50 at the end of October — and she is sick of answering reporters’ questions about her milestone ...

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  • Thea Green Launches INC.redible Make-up Range

    Posted 2017-11-02 10:31:45 by: Administrator

    Nails Inc. founder Thea Green is expanding her beauty empire with the launch of INC.redible, a make-up and skincare brand created to sit alongside Nails ...

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  • Beyoncé To Star In Lion King Live-Action Remake

    Posted 2017-11-02 10:05:06 by: Administrator

    Beyoncé made a whole lot of childhood dreams come true last night when she took to Instagram to confirm that she will play Nala in the upcoming live-action reboot of the Disney ...

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  • Meet Pharrell’s Bae: Mette Towley

    Posted 2017-11-02 09:51:36 by: Administrator

    You can even buy the Adidas hotpants she wears in the NERD and Rihanna "Lemon" ...

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  • Rendez-Vogue: Erdem Moralioglu

    Posted 2017-11-02 09:49:45 by: Administrator

    Erdem Moralioglu tells Anders Christian Madsen about his ultimate foray into household-name fashion super fame, and the life and career that led to ...

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  • Snoop Dogg album photo appears to show Trump corpse in a morgue

    Posted 2017-11-02 09:00:00 by: Administrator

    Rap artist Snoop Dogg posted a photo Wednesday promoting his album and newest single, “Make America Crip ...

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  • 'Hollywood Squares' host Peter Marshall explains why the iconic game show ended

    Posted 2017-11-02 09:00:00 by: Administrator

    Peter Marshall never let the end of his successful game show “The Hollywood Squares” stop him from staying ...

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  • Blind Melon's Bee Girl Heather DeLoach marries financial advisor

    Posted 2017-11-02 09:00:00 by: Administrator

    The former child star is all grown up – and in ...

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  • Maria Grazia Chiuri: "Dior Has To Be About Female Empowerment"

    Posted 2017-11-02 06:01:00 by: Administrator

    The designer speaks to Vogue about ambition, activism and reinterpreting femininity for the modern ...

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  • NBC story on 'backlash' against 'American Muslims' stirs outrage

    Posted 2017-11-02 04:22:00 by: Administrator

    Outrage at NBC News as less than 24 hours later after an Islamic terror attack on the streets of New York, the network published a story about Muslim Americans fearing for potential “backlash” against their ...

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  • CMA Awards 2017: Who are the country music performers and nominees?

    Posted 2017-11-02 02:15:00 by: Administrator

    The 51st Annual CMA Awards will take place Nov. ...

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  • Playboy movie with Brett Ratner put 'on hold' following sexual assault claims

    Posted 2017-11-02 02:00:00 by: Administrator

    Following sexual assault allegations against Hollywood director Brett Ratner, Playboy has decided to hold off on its pending projects with Ratner’s movie ...

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  • 10 Ways To Wear Winter Boots

    Posted 2017-11-01 17:14:14 by: Administrator

    Take inspiration from the street-style stars and pair your second-skin knee-highs with an oversized coat or feather-trim slip. There's no such thing as too much ...

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  • Was the 2016 election actually a political realignment?

    Posted 2017-10-24 15:00:02 by: Administrator

    Digging into the peculiar case of downscale Midwestern whites. Did 2016 represent a realignment? That’s certainly an overused and somewhat taboo word these days. But to listen to media coverage today, you might get the impression that 2016 was a substantial break from voting patterns of the past. I’d like to explore this question a bit here and bring some voting data into the discussion. To look at the state-level votes (as shown in the scatter plot below), we don’t see much of a shift in voting patterns between 2012 and 2016. How a state voted in 2012 tells us a great deal about how it voted in 2016. The vote in 2012 explains about 90 percent of the vote in 2016. (This is not as strong a correlation as between 2008 and 2012, but it’s close.) The red line is a marker for 2012 — if a state is above that line, Hillary Clinton did better there than Barack Obama did four years earlier. She clearly did a bit worse in most states, though not dramatically so. Democratic state-level vote, 2012-’16. But we see more substantial variation within several states. The map below (made with Maptile in Stata) shows the rise in the Republican vote share between 2012 and 2016 at the county level. Redder counties saw a larger shift toward the Republican ticket. Maptile Increase in GOP presidential vote share by county, 2012-’16. What the map suggests is that the shift toward the GOP wasn’t uniform. It was concentrated in the Upper Midwest and rural areas of the Northeast. Monroe County, Ohio, moved 21 points in the Republican direction between 2012 and 2016. Howard County, Iowa, shifted 22 points toward the GOP. As several political observers have noted, this wasn’t just a geographical shift. It was the counties with less educated and whiter populations that tended to shift the most in the Republican direction. Below is a scatter plot of the county-level vote in Michigan. As with the scatter plot above, the ...

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  • Cheryl Strayed on the ubiquity of harassment: “I don’t know a woman who can’t say ‘me too’”

    Posted 2017-10-24 14:40:01 by: Administrator

    Novelist Cheryl Strayed on #MeToo, the horror of election night, and the identity politics debate. The pain and disbelief many women felt the morning of November 9, 2016, when they learned that Donald Trump would be president, was visceral. Novelist Cheryl Strayed was one of these women. “I knew the American electorate was divided politically, but I also knew something else: For all our flaws, we were not a people who’d choose a man to be our president who was so plainly, so essentially, so completely, a disrespectful brute,” Strayed said over the phone from her home in Portland, Oregon. “I was wrong.” Strayed is the author of the bestselling novel Wild and the woman behind the popular advice column Dear Sugar, which appeared in the online literary magazine the Rumpus and is now a podcast hosted by the New York Times. In a new collection of essays, Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America — edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding — Strayed and two dozen other writers reflect on what the Trump presidency means for them and for women across the globe. Contributors include Rebecca Solnit, Carina Chocano, Jill Filipovic, Katha Pollitt, and Sarah Hollenbeck. I spoke with Strayed about how she has come to think about Trump’s election, identity politics, and the “me too” campaign, among other subjects. Our conversation is condensed and edited for clarity. Hope Reese Writing about politics is new for you. How did you get involved in this project? Cheryl Strayed The day after the election, Kate Harding DM’d me on Twitter saying she wanted to talk to me about this anthology about the election. Immediately, I said yes. Like so many people, I was absolutely devastated by the election results. I was in absolute shock and horror. It felt like the right thing. If there was some way I could speak up in this time of political despair, I would. Hope Reese How did you feel when Trump called Hillary a “nasty ...

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  • Kate Moss's Finest Fancy Dress

    Posted 2017-10-24 14:21:26 by: Administrator

    From moonlighting as Cara Delevingne at Jonathan Ross’s 2014 Halloween soirée, to dressing as a cow girl at Ronnie Wood’s Wild West-themed 50th in 1997 By Alice Newbold Continue ...

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  • NFL denies barring Janet Jackson from performing at Super Bowl after infamous wardrobe malfunction

    Posted 2017-10-24 14:19:00 by: Administrator

    The NFL has denied it banned Janet Jackson from performing in future Super Bowl’s 14 years after the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” that caused a national ...

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  • Shanghai Fashion Week Street Style

    Posted 2017-10-24 14:16:22 by: Administrator

    See the best off-catwalk style from the shows circuit in China's fashion capital By Vogue Continue ...

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  • Billy Joel, wife Alexis welcome second daughter

    Posted 2017-10-24 14:10:00 by: Administrator

    Billy Joel and his wife, Alexis Roderick, have another “Uptown Girl” in their ...

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  • Kid Rock not running for US Senate

    Posted 2017-10-24 14:09:00 by: Administrator

    Kid Rock is sticking to what he ...

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  • Trump and a key Senate Republican are fighting on Twitter

    Posted 2017-10-24 13:40:02 by: Administrator

    A fun morning at the adult day care center. The American political system woke up Tuesday morning to find the Republican president of the United States blasting the Republican chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as a “negative on anything Trump” guy who “couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee.” Sen. Bob Corker in turn fired back, condemning “untruths” from an “utterly untruthful president.” Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn't get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017 ...Corker dropped out of the race in Tennesse when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017 Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president. #AlertTheDaycareStaff— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) October 24, 2017 Trump had some final remarks. Isn't it sad that lightweight Senator Bob Corker, who couldn't get re-elected in the Great State of Tennessee, will now fight Tax Cuts plus!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017 Then Corker went on CNN to say he regretting supporting him in the first place. .@SenBobCorker asked if he regrets supporting Trump for president: "I would not do that again." (via @mkraju)— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) October 24, 2017 Corker added fuel to the fire of his feud with Trump The precipitating event appears to be remarks Corker made earlier in the morning to NBC in which he said the White House ought to “step aside” and let the relevant committees in the House and Senate work out the details of a tax bill. “I think that’s the best way for us to have success” he said, before dismissing Trump’s scheduled appearance at today’s congressional lunches as a “photo op.” But this was just the latest round in a feud that has been under way for a ...

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  • Former 'Kevin Can Wait' actress Erinn Hayes tweets dig about auditions after firing

    Posted 2017-10-24 13:37:00 by: Administrator

    Erinn Hayes, who was let go over the summer from Kevin James’ sitcom, is thinking about the future these ...

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  • John McCain is escalating his longstanding feud with President Donald Trump

    Posted 2017-10-24 13:30:02 by: Administrator

    How the veteran senator remains a thorn in the president’s side. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) doesn’t have much of a working relationship with President Donald Trump: “almost none,” he said on ABC’s The View Monday. Instead, he’s more likely to swipe at the president — with frequent, biting lines. “He is in the business of making money, and he has been successful both in television as well as Miss America and others,” McCain said of Trump in an interview with 60 Minutes last month. “I was raised in the concept and belief that duty, honor, country is the lodestar for behavior that we have to exhibit every single day." McCain, the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a veteran figure in Washington known for speaking his mind, hasn’t had many kind words about Trump from the start — a sentiment that has only escalated in recent weeks. Over the weekend, McCain appeared to poke at Trump for deferring his Vietnam War draft order. Last Monday, accepting the Liberty Medal at an event honoring war heroes, McCain warned against "half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems" — a direct call against Trumpism. Just prior, he slammed the administration for missing the deadline to implement Russia sanctions. He spent the subsequent week in an open fight with the administration about the ambush in Niger that left four American soldiers dead, claiming Trump’s administration had failed to give the Armed Services Committee enough information about the attack. "We did not know about Niger until it came out in the paper,” McCain told reporters. “We need to have a process of communications, which I've had with other administrations, of exchanging information and knowledge." Trump has since responded to McCain’s recent comments with a warning. “People have to be careful because at some point I fight back," the president said last Tuesday on The Chris Plante Show. "I'm being ...

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  • Miss Vogue Meets: James Bay

    Posted 2017-10-24 13:29:31 by: Administrator

    "The collection is not for me, it’s for everybody else, and everybody else probably doesn’t want to wear a hat." By Naomi Pike Continue ...

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  • Duro Olowu’s Guide To Lagos

    Posted 2017-10-24 13:24:53 by: Administrator

    Home to a vibrant club scene, a host of emerging designers and the busiest streets on the continent, Lagos has established itself as the fashion capital of Africa By Edwin Jiang Continue ...

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  • Michael Moore's Broadway show fails to impress at the box office

    Posted 2017-10-24 13:10:00 by: Administrator

    Michael Moore's politically-charged Broadway show failed to bring in the big bucks at the box ...

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  • 'Dancing with the Stars'' Nikki Bella reveals John Cena wedding details

    Posted 2017-10-24 13:09:00 by: Administrator

    WWE stars Nikki Bella and fiancé John Cena have been wrestling with planning their 2018 wedding as they juggle their busy ...

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  • Kathy Griffin calls Donald Trump a 'moron' and 'Nazi': 'Everybody should get rid of him soon'

    Posted 2017-10-24 13:00:00 by: Administrator

    Kathy Griffin has ripped into President Donald Trump on The Project, calling him a Nazi — and much ...

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  • Shania Twain's 'Dancing with the Stars' performance slammed

    Posted 2017-10-24 12:33:00 by: Administrator

    Shania Twain blasted for performance as a "Dancing with the Stars" guest ...

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  • Listen to what socialist women are saying about misogyny on the left

    Posted 2017-10-24 12:30:02 by: Administrator

    A controversy involving the podcast Chapo Trap House shines a light on bigger issues. Like many women, Margaret McLaughlin is used to dealing with sexism and harassment, whether it’s on the street or in the workplace. And the Democratic Socialists of America, where she is the Washington, DC, chair, isn’t always a refuge. “At steering committee meetings, I’m interrupted by men who feel they can talk over me,” she said of her organization, which is 65 percent male. She’s not alone. Other socialist women have told her they’re “tired of men not paying attention to the world outside of them,” she said. “It comes out through harassment, abuse, mansplaining, or ignoring women.” Allegations of sexism against the socialist left aren't new. During the 2016 primary, some Hillary Clinton supporters argued that misogynist "Bernie Bros" were unfairly criticizing their candidate. To many leftists, these criticisms felt like a smokescreen to distract from centrists’ unwillingness to confront more fundamental class divides. But now similar criticisms are coming from within. A series of controversies over the past two weeks — many of which have stemmed indirectly from sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein — has reinvigorated a debate over whether the socialist left has done enough to condemn the misogyny in the ranks of a movement explicitly devoted to gender equality. Socialist women are becoming increasingly vocal in decrying what they call socialist men’s encouragement of misogyny, while also stressing that leftist attacks on the Democratic Party cannot be reduced to sexism and that sexism is not confined to the left. For McLaughlin and other socialist women, the fate of a renewed American socialism may hinge on this fight. Though the DSA quadrupled in size in the past year alone, it’s still a blip in the larger left-wing universe. Whether the new socialist left can transcend its peripheral status will depend on if it can ...

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  • Frankie Muniz loses his wallet, then his moves on 'DWTS': 'I messed up'

    Posted 2017-10-24 12:24:00 by: Administrator

    The actor had big problems this week as he lost his wallet — then his dance ...

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  • It’s time to draw borders on the Arctic Ocean

    Posted 2017-10-24 12:21:34 by: Administrator

    Why Russia wants to own the North Pole. The second Vox Borders journey took me to Svalbard, an island owned by Norway in the Arctic Circle. It’s one of the northernmost inhabited places on Earth. Seeing this view, I felt like I was on another planet. My trip to Svalbard was kicked off by the Arctic’s rapidly melting ice. This region has lost more than a million square kilometers of sea ice in the past few decades. These satellite images show what that looks like: The extent of melting Arctic ice. While melting ice may prove disastrous for the Arctic’s ecology, it’s opening up new economic opportunities for the five Arctic nations (Denmark, Norway, Canada, Russia, and the US): new shipping routes, new access to natural resources, and a whole new ocean to explore. I went to see the impact of this development on borders in the High North, and learn about how the Arctic nations are maneuvering to advance their ...

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  • Corporate harassment trainings don’t stop harassment

    Posted 2017-10-24 12:20:02 by: Administrator

    More than 90 percent of large US employers have harassment trainings. But the evidence shows they don’t change behavior. In the early part of 2016, the leadership at Fox News decided it had to clean up the company’s image and culture, as stories about Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly’s multimillion-dollar sexual harassment settlements piled up. Fox did what many big companies do: It doubled down on anti-harassment seminars, mandating them for all Fox workers, including freelancers. The Hollywood Reporter discovered that these trainings included the infamous Donald Trump Access Hollywood tape as an example of bad behavior. “There was an audible gasp in the room, like, ’Can you believe this is happening?’” one attendee told the entertainment news outlet. Not only is the use of the tape bizarre, but there’s another problem with the billion-dollar anti-harassment training industry: The research from sociology and organizational psychology suggests these programs aren’t actually stopping or preventing harassment. “Over 90 percent of large US employers have harassment trainings in place, but it’s having very little effect, if no discernible effect, on the overall number of harassment complaints that are reported,” said Harvard sociologist Frank Dobbin. “I don’t think we can sit around and wait for training to solve the problem.” Experts who study workplace harassment view trainings as more of a strategic defense against future lawsuits than a solution to a pervasive problem. But as reports of sexual misconduct continue to pop up at an array of companies — Miramax and Weinstein, Uber, even Vox’s parent company, Vox Media — the call for solutions will continue to grow. And the go-to solution, harassment training, might not be a fix at all. How court cases led to the rise of harassment training programs When a new employee joins an organization, he or she is often asked to watch a series of videos or sit through a talk on what ...

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  • When Trump deals with Democrats, his polls rise. When he picks dumb fights, they fall.

    Posted 2017-10-24 12:10:02 by: Administrator

    A brief improvement in his approval rating in September has reversed itself. In early September, something odd happened. President Donald Trump’s approval rating actually started ... getting better. Polling averages showed Trump’s approval rating rising by about 3 points in the opening weeks of September — up to a peak of 41.7 percent in the RealClearPolitics average and 39.6 percent in the FiveThirtyEight average. To be clear: Trump’s approval rating is still quite bad, particularly for a president in his first year in office. Plus, an improvement of 3 points is a relatively small amount. But after a year when Trump’s approval has consistently either stagnated or declined further, it was worthy of note. But Trump couldn’t keep it going. In the closing days of September, his rating started to fall again, and throughout October it had been either stagnant or slightly declining. So what changed? It’s of course difficult to disentangle what causes overall polling trends in a crowded news environment. And again, this is a relatively small change. But one potential explanation is that the opening weeks of September more often showcased a President Trump who was reasonably effective, open to compromise, and not embroiled in petty feuds — while October has shown the exact opposite. Many stories in September made Trump appear effective and open to compromise Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office in early September. It seems like a lifetime ago, but back in the bygone days of early September, the buzz in Washington was all about President Trump’s newfound willingness to deal with Democrats. Trump started off the month by going around his own party’s congressional leaders to agree to a government funding deal put forward by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. And days later, he met the pair of Democratic leaders again, to discuss a potential deal to protect DREAMers from ...

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  • The real stakes in the tax reform debate

    Posted 2017-10-24 12:00:02 by: Administrator

    It’s ultimately about inequality and who benefits from the economy’s rules. The debate over “tax reform” has, by design, a kind of bloodless technocratic sound to it. But lurking behind the euphemism and the sometimes-arcane details is a big debate about inequality, political power, and the nature of economic growth. It’s no accident that by 2016 the richest 1 percent of the population had earned 24 percent of the income and held 39 percent of wealth or that household incomes at the middle are flat and living standards for the poor or falling. A new wave of research builds a persuasive case that tax cuts passed in the 1980s and 2000s were key drivers of this disparity. Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans are promising another round of similar policies and they want to get it done soon. They firmly believe that tax cuts for the very rich will be a boon to the whole economy. They also know cutting taxes on the rich is unpopular, so they’ve cloaked their case in descriptions of “simplicity,” “fairness” and denying the premise outright. But a tax agenda focused on corporate rate cuts, special tax breaks for businesses owners, estate tax repeal, and a reduction in the top marginal rate can’t help but make the rich richer — and a new breed of economic research, spurred by Thomas Piketty’s work but now joined by many collaborators, challenges the premises of the tax cutting drive, arguing that this kind of policymaking exacerbates pretax inequality while doing nothing for economic growth. Democrats have grown more critical of inequality in recent years with Barack Obama proclaiming economic inequality to be the “defining challenge of our time.” Energy in the party shifted even-further-left and fueled an unexpected level of support for Bernie Sanders and an unprecedented level of skepticism about the basic fundraising model of American politics. Even more surprisingly, in the GOP camp Donald Trump ran hard to the right on ...

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  • Five Designers To Watch At Lagos Fashion And Design Week

    Posted 2017-10-24 11:22:34 by: Administrator

    Including Maki Oh, which helped propel African fashion into the western spotlight after being worn by Michelle Obama and Beyoncé By Edwin Jiang Continue ...

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  • Mark Wahlberg: I hope God forgives me for 'Boogie Nights'

    Posted 2017-10-24 11:13:00 by: Administrator

    Mark Wahlberg hopes God can forgive him for his role as a porn star in the 1997 film "Boogie ...

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  • Bugaboo Goes Into The Wild With We Are Handsome

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    For "bold, confident and proverbial tiger mums, who are fashion-forward and fierce" By Alice Newbold Continue ...

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  • 10 SS18 Catwalk Looks That Channelled Vincent Van Gogh

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    This season, the catwalk was awash with nods to the post-impressionist painter By Faye Fearon Continue ...

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  • Mulberry: In An English Country Garden

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    Mulberry: In an English Country Garden By Suzy Menkes Continue ...

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  • Suits Her: Joan Smalls's Electric Take On Silk Separates

    Posted 2017-10-24 08:59:39 by: Administrator

    The model is hot on Solange Knowles fluro heels By Alice Newbold Continue ...

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  • Vox Sentences: Wanted: blue sky in China

    Posted 2017-10-24 00:00:01 by: Administrator

    Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what's happening in the world, curated by Ella Nilsen. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. A Gold Star widow speaks out about Trump's infamous phone call; Japan's Shinzo Abe is reelected to another term; China is getting serious about cracking down on air pollution. “It made me cry even worse” Joe Raedle/Getty Images This morning saw the latest installment of a smoldering, week-long political controversy involving President Trump, a phone call, and the family of an American soldier killed in Niger. [Vox / Dylan Matthews] In an interview with Good Morning America today, Myeshia Johnson said that a phone call she received from Trump after her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, was killed was upsetting. Johnson said the president couldn’t remember her husband’s name and told her that her husband knew what he was signing up for. [ABC News / M.L. Nestel] Soon after, Trump took to Twitter to dispute Johnson’s account of the phone call, insisting that he knew Sgt. Johnson's name. [Donald Trump via Twitter] If the fact that the president of the United States is suggesting a wife of a fallen service member was lying about him seems strange, it’s just the latest in an ever-expanding controversy. [Politico / Louis Nelson] It started after Johnson and three other US Special Forces members were killed in an ambush in Niger earlier this month and it took Trump 12 days to make a statement or comment on their deaths. [The Guardian / Jason Burke] That might not have made a lot of news, except that when Trump finally was asked about his public silence, he made the obviously false statement that his predecessors had not called military families. [Vox / Matthew Yglesias] Then Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson said she had overheard Trump making insensitive comments to Myeshia Johnson in a ...

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  • Everything You Need To Know Before Watching Stranger Things 2

    Posted 2017-10-23 15:27:47 by: Administrator

    Can you remember all of the plots twists in the first series? By Hayley Maitland Continue ...

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  • Vox Sentences: A tropical cyclone is fueling wildfires in Europe

    Posted 2017-10-17 00:00:02 by: Administrator

    Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what's happening in the world, curated by Ella Nilsen. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Iraqi military forces move into Kurdistan after independence referendum; a tropical storm fans the flames of deadly European wildfires; Somalia is reeling after one of its worst terrorist attacks. Iraq and Kurdistan are fighting Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images Three weeks after a contentious Kurdish independence referendum, Iraqi forces have entered the region and begun a military confrontation, shooting at Kurdish fighters in the city of Kirkuk. [Vox / Zack Beauchamp] Iraq is trying to stop the Kurds from splitting off and forming their own country, after warning the autonomous region for weeks not to hold a vote on independence. [NYT / David Zucchino] Now the Iraqi military is following up threats with actual violence; they are targeting key infrastructure including a military base and an oil field in the northern city of Kirkuk. [Washington Post / Loveday Morris and Mustafa Salim] There’s a reason Kirkuk is the setting of the latest fighting: It’s disputed territory between the Iraqi government and the Kurds, who captured the city in 2014 after the Iraqis abandoned it as part of the fight against ISIS. The two sides were busy fighting the radical Islamist terrorist group in recent years, but with ISIS out of northern Iraq, their attention has now turned to each other. [Vox / Zack Beauchamp] There’s no official number of deaths or injuries yet, but Kurdish officials have said there have been “lots of casualties” and civilians are fleeing Kirkuk, heading for the capital of Erbil. [CBS] For their part, Kurdish leaders are showing no signs of backing off after the vote for independence went through. The US had opposed the referendum because it was worried it would fuel violence. ...

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  • NBC News' Noah Oppenheim under increased pressure to resign or apologize for spiking Weinstein exposé

    Posted 2017-10-17 00:00:00 by: Administrator

    NBC is tentatively standing by its embattled news president, Noah Oppenheim, amid a tense situation in the halls of 30 Rockefeller Plaza which could give credence to President Trump’s recent claim that NBC News is ...

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  • 'The Walking Dead' fans think they've figured out the upcoming crossover event ahead of Season 8 premiere

    Posted 2017-10-16 23:03:00 by: Administrator

    With the premiere of one of the most anticipated seasons of “The Walking Dead” just around the corner, speculation about the show’s recently-announced crossover is at an all-time ...

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  • Gravitational waves just led us to the incredible origin of gold in the universe

    Posted 2017-10-16 22:28:49 by: Administrator

    LIGO kick-started an astronomical treasure hunt that ended with colliding neutron stars and gold. The Nobel Prize–winning LIGO observatory has already changed the world of astronomy. When the scientists in the LIGO collaboration announced the first detection of gravitational waves in 2016, it meant they’d discovered a new way to observe the universe. For the first time, scientists could “listen” to ripples in spacetime created by the collision of massive objects like black holes. But that was just the beginning. The dream, all along, was to combine gravitational wave detections with observations from more traditional telescopes. On Monday, a team of thousands of LIGO scientists around the globe published an incredible finding spread throughout several papers in the journal Physical Review Letters. Not only did these scientists detect, for the first time, the gravitational waves produced from two colliding neutron stars, but they were able to pinpoint their location in the sky and witness the event with optical and electromagnetic telescopes. “It’s one of the most complete stories of an astrophysical event that you could possibly imagine,” says LIGO physicist Peter Saulson at Syracuse University. Each data source tells a different part of the story. The gravitational waves tell physicists how large and how far away the objects are, and allow scientists to recreate the moments before they collided. Then the observations in optical light and electromagnetic waves fill in the blanks that gravitational waves can’t answer. They help astronomers nail down exactly what the objects were made out of, and which elements their collisions produced. In this case, the scientists were able to conclude that the resulting explosion from a neutron star merger produces heavy elements like gold, platinum, and uranium (which has been previously theorized but not confirmed by direct observation). These scientists were able to witness, directly, the alchemy ...

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  • Cher announces return to the big screen with 'Mamma Mia!' sequel

    Posted 2017-10-16 22:22:00 by: Administrator

    Cher is making her way back to the big screen in “Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go ...

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  • Wind, rain, and wildfire: the wrath Hurricane Ophelia brought to Europe

    Posted 2017-10-16 21:35:04 by: Administrator

    How a tropical storm pummeling Ireland and the UK is making wildfires in Spain and Portugal worse. Yet another Atlantic cyclone this season is racking up major damage and a rising death toll, this time across the pond in a region that rarely gets such storms. Hurricane Ophelia, now a post-tropical cyclone, is adding to an especially brutal few months for climate and weather-related disasters around the world. In the United States, four major hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate — battered the East Coast. Meanwhile, wildfires have torched large swaths of forest and shrub land in the West. In Europe, storms and wildfires are now cheek and jowl, with the former feeding into one of Europe’s worst fire seasons. Ophelia stands out because of its location and trajectory as the farthest east a storm of its strength has ever formed. #Ophelia is now a major hurricane - the farthest east (26.6°W) an Atlantic major hurricane has existed on record. pic.twitter.com/RfdDdUqI5h— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) October 14, 2017 On Monday, Ireland was hunkering down as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia were unleashing the worst weather the Emerald Isle has seen in 50 years. "Ophelia is a very dangerous storm,” Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said during a press conference on Monday. “The last time we had a storm this severe, 11 lives were lost." Latest wind analysis.Hurricane Force winds on the SW coast.Recent gust of 156km/h at Roches Point.#Ophelia pic.twitter.com/5wKdvUNjJa— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) October 16, 2017 So far, three are reported dead and wind gusts have topped 100 mph. Ireland’s electrical network operator reported that 360,000 people have lost power and that it may take upward of 10 days to get the lights back on for some. The country is also experiencing a massive storm surge that has topped coastal barriers. Coastal defences completely breached at Salthill, Galway. The Atlantic now extends to the ...

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  • HBO executive gives positive update on 'Game of Thrones' spin offs

    Posted 2017-10-16 21:01:00 by: Administrator

    Although “Game of Thrones” is coming to an end after one more, shortened, season, there’s still hope for fans of the world of ...

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  • It’s been months since Trump said he’d declare a national emergency over opioids. He still hasn’t.

    Posted 2017-10-16 20:45:00 by: Administrator

    Trump called the opioid crisis “a national emergency,” but he’s not treating it like one. Back in August, President Donald Trump said that the opioid epidemic is “a national emergency.” But more than two months later, Trump has yet to file the paperwork to formally declare the crisis an emergency, as his own opioid commission recommended, and potentially release some federal resources to address the issue. When asked over the weekend, White House officials gave me the same answer they gave me just one week after Trump’s initial comments: The declaration is undergoing legal review. They added that policy advisers are currently working out details with the relevant agencies. The White House also pointed to Trump’s comments on Friday: “We are studying national emergency right now. Believe it or not, doing national emergency, as you understand, is a very big statement. We will be doing that.” After this article was originally published, Trump said at a Monday press conference that the order will come “next week.” Meanwhile, the numbers in the opioid crisis keep getting worse. In 2016, more than 64,000 people died of drug overdoses in the US, according to provisional data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week. That’s a jump from more than 52,000 in 2015. The spike was driven largely by a rise in deaths from the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which was linked to nearly 20,000 overdose deaths in 2016, up from less than 10,000 in 2015, and surpassed common opioid painkillers and heroin in overdose deaths for the first time last year. The declaration of a national emergency would not be a cure-all to the epidemic; as experts explained to me, it would at best be a start. Depending on how it’s done, it could unlock limited federal resources to help scale up addiction treatment and, according to Trump’s opioid commission, let the federal government negotiate down the price on the opioid overdose antidote ...

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  • Meet the 31-year-old conservative poised to become Austria’s new chancellor

    Posted 2017-10-16 20:30:02 by: Administrator

    Sebastian Kurz reshaped a traditional political party to drive the Austrian elections. Austrian voters have just thrown their lot firmly behind the center-right and far-right political parties, shifting the political future of the landlocked country — and potentially that of Europe itself. At the center of Austria’s political shift is Sebastian Kurz, a 31-year-old wunderkind who rode a wave of anti-immigrant anxiety to position himself as the country’s probable next chancellor and the world’s youngest leader. (Final results won’t be in until after several hundred thousand mail-in ballots are counted.) Kurz, who currently serves as Austria’s foreign minister, advocates a hard line on welcoming migrants. He has decried the distribution of social benefits for newcomers and noted that it was his work as foreign minister that shut down the so-called “Balkan” route asylum seekers were taking over land toward Austria and Germany. He has been accused of reaping his ideas from the country’s far-right party, the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), which was founded by actual Nazis in the 1950s. But he is also seen as doing so with a softer hand, and a kinder voice. He has also advocated for a change in tax policy — dramatically lowering taxes — which appeals to those who feel the Austrian welfare state is too much of a drain on personal coffers. “This is a clear mandate for change,” Kurz told a rapturous crowd in Vienna on Sunday evening after polls closed. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. We need to create a new political style and a new political culture.” Who is Sebastian Kurz? Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images The Austrians call him Wunderwuzzi — “the whiz kid.” He took over the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) in May. It was Kurz who called for snap elections in late spring, reading the political temperature and realizing the country was ripe for a political realignment toward the right. Though the ...

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  • Why Iraq and the Kurds are fighting over the city of Kirkuk

    Posted 2017-10-16 20:20:01 by: Administrator

    Two of America’s biggest allies in the fight against ISIS are shooting at each other. America’s two Iraqi allies in the fight against ISIS, the Iraqi central government in Baghdad and the government of the Kurdish region in the country’s northeast, have started shooting at each other. It’s a major development in a long-running conflict — one that will determine whether Iraq as we know it survives as a country. The fighting began late Sunday evening, when Iraqi armed forces moved into the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and its surrounding environs, disputed territory that Kurds seized at the height of the ISIS crisis in 2014. Some of the Kurdish military forces, called the peshmerga, confronted the advancing Iraqis, leading to a series of skirmishes and an unknown number of casualties. By Monday morning, much of the city had been taken by Iraqi government forces; it’s not clear whether or how long fighting in the city will continue. What is clear, though, is that longstanding tensions between Iraq’s central government and the Kurds are becoming unbearable — setting the stage for a major crisis. “This is the bullet that Baghdad/[Kurdish] relations has been dodging,” writes Michael Knights, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “I hope it fully wakes everyone up.” Why this fighting is happening To understand the past day’s fighting, you need to understand a little about the complex relationship between Iraq’s central government and the Kurds. Kurds are an ethnic minority distinct from Iraq’s Arab majority. There are major Kurdish populations in several Middle Eastern countries, but they are particularly concentrated in three provinces in Iraq’s northeast (Dohuk, Erbil, and Sulaymaniyah), an area widely referred to as Iraqi Kurdistan. The Kurds were viciously, arguably genocidally repressed under Saddam Hussein’s government, but were granted a massive degree of autonomy under the Iraqi constitution set ...

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