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Democrats seek swift confirmation to fill Supreme Court seat
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What the papers say – January 27
The nationals on Thursday focus on the continuing pressure on the Prime Minister and the Duke of York’s latest legal development.
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What the papers say – January 27
The nationals on Thursday focus on the continuing pressure on the Prime Minister and the Duke of York’s latest legal development.
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Man Utd should grant Jesse Lingard transfer wish after two decades of service
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At least 3 judges eyed as Biden mulls Supreme Court pick
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Will virus be 'over'? Most Americans think not: AP-NORC poll
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Remains of massacred ancestors returned to Wiyot Tribe
The remains of 20 Native Americans massacred in Northern California in 1860 have been returned to their tribe
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Spotify removes Neil Young’s music following his Joe Rogan ultimatum
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Donald Grant: Oklahoma set to execute disabled Black man a month before trial challenging lethal injection begins
Oklahoma resumed executions in 2021 after a six-year moratorium
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N. Korea, after harsh 2-year lockdown, slowly reopens border
After spending two years in a strict lockdown while COVID-19 spread around the world, North Korea is showing signs that it’s easing its severe border controls to nurse a desperately broken economy
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Breyer: a pragmatic approach searching for a middle ground
Multiple sources say Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to retire
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Democrats eye Supreme Court pick to revive 2022 prospects
Word of Justice Stephen Breyer's pending retirement may be lifting Democratic hopes ahead of midterm elections
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Anger as Joe Rogan guest says being trans is a ‘contagion’ similar to ‘satanic ritual abuse’
Rogan asked Jordan Peterson if trans issues were sign of ‘civilizations collapsing’
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Honduras' next president to be sworn in amid uncertainty
Xiomara Castro is scheduled to be sworn in Thursday as Honduras’ first female president, facing high expectations to turn around the deeply troubled country amid uncertainty about whether an unfolding legislative crisis will allow her the support she needs
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What are the hidden costs of our obsession with fish oil supplements? – podcast
They may be one of the world’s favourite supplements but, according to a recent study, more than one in 10 fish oil capsules are rancid. Most of the oil comes from Peruvian anchovetas, a type of anchovy, which is also used to feed pigs, poultry and farmed fish. And despite catching more than 4m tonnes a year of Peruvian anchovetas to cater to the global demand, large industry players want to scale this up even further.Madeleine Finlay speaks to environment journalist Richa Syal about why so many fish oil pills are rancid, and hears from journalist Dan Collyns in Chimbote, Peru, about how the industry is affecting the local environment and its residentsArchive: The Doctors, ICIJ, Frontline PBS Continue reading...
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Vampire Diaries star Matthew Davis welcomes arrival of second daughter with sweet snap
Actor Matthew Davis and his wife Kiley Casciano welcomed baby Dorothy to the world on Monday as they became a family of four
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Women Need To Stop Apologising For Apologising
If you’ve ever composed an email, re-read it countless times, and added in tentative language, littering the message with exclamation points and ending with “no worries if not” – then you might be a woman.Such is the experience of many women who have been conditioned to use qualifiers as to not sound ‘mean’, or ‘bossy’ when trying to be assertive, meanwhile bossy men are simply referred to as ‘confident’. In recent times, a kind of feminism has emerged whereby women are being told to eschew all of that and avoid apologising or cater to their recipients. Men wouldn’t say sorry a hundred times a day, right?The movement of not apologising or using ‘weak language’ took off, as a middle finger to the patriarchy.However, people are now considering the flip side, why should women  contort themselves and change something that may come naturally? Ultimately, it’s just another way to police women’s lives.And, as recently highlighted on social media, studies show that tentative language doesn’t actually reflect a lack of assertiveness. Women are often told to avoid using “weak language.”But 29 studies: talking tentatively doesn't reflect a lack of assertiveness. It's a sign of interpersonal sensitivity.I might be wrong, but it's probably time to stop confusing confidence with concern for others—isn’t it? pic.twitter.com/z80lm5FQg6— Adam Grant (@AdamMGrant) January 25, 2022Including hedges, qualifiers/disclaimers, tag questions, intensifiers in speech such as “if that make sense?”, “no worries if not”, “if possible” can actually be a good thing – and shows a sensitivity that may lack in people who don’t use such terms.Also, “speaking as assertively as a man would” is not always a possible option, particularly for people of colour, such as Black people who are often stereotyped as ‘aggressive’ and ‘loud’. In workplaces where there is a race problem, having a minority person who seems blunt or rude may not look favourable in terms of career prospects. So, instead of asking women to simply be more rude, people are now urging men to be more sensitive. In the study, published in Sage Journals, researchers found that women are more likely than men to use tentative speech. But this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. The study concluded that: “Women’s greater likelihood of tentative language reflects interpersonal sensitivity rather than a lack of assertiveness.”Thank you! I choose my words intentionally and when I use "tentative" language it's to signal responsiveness and concern for the other person's thoughts/feelings. Maybe while we encourage women to be more direct we should encourage men to be more sensitive.— AmyO (@AmyOliverson) January 25, 2022So, really, using nice, reassuring words can make you seem more sensitive to other people’s needs. And who doesn’t want to work with someone who treats them with respect and consideration?If you’re someone who finds it more comfortable to use such fillers, then you should go ahead, says author and speaker Dr Marina Adshade, who has researched women, work, sex and love.She says we should lean into it and instead of policing women for their softer language that takes into consideration other people, we should penalise men for refusing to have concern for others.She tells HuffPost: “I think the issue here is that as a society we tend to think that the way that men behave is somehow the ideal. And that women should be striving to reach that ideal.”But the pandemic, which has taken a lot of work exchanges online, relies on effective and considerate communication. So this may benefit women.Dr Adshade adds: “As the economy becomes more technological the qualities that make someone a productive worker is shifting towards those qualities that women are taught from childhood.“Qualities like, being a good listener or working cooperatively. Idealising behaviours like refusing to accept help and working competitively rather than cooperatively not only hurts women, it hurts men too. And they are falling behind as a result.”Related...It's Time To Write The Obituary For ShapewearUpper Class, Tory and Leave Voters Are More Likely To Be Islamophobic, Shows StudyHere are 10 Things Brits Wish They Learned Sooner About Sex
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'My Husband Only Wants To Have Sex When We've Been Drinking'
You’re reading Love Stuck, where trained therapists answer your dating, sex and relationship dilemmas. You can submit a question here.Sex plays a big part in relationships. So when your partner stops initiating sex or doesn’t want to have sex altogether, it can change the dynamic pretty quickly. But what happens if your partner only seems interested in sexual intimacy when there’s alcohol involved? This is the case for one of our readers, Rachel.“My husband only seems to want to have sex with me when we’ve been drinking,” she says. “What should I do?”Relationship therapist and Counselling Directory member Georgina Smith says her first question to Rachel, is whether she wants to have sex with her husband.“Using alcohol (responsibly) to get you both in the mood is not in itself a problem,” she says. “However as a couple you should be able to have sex in a sober state and at times when both people in a couple want to have sex.”Physiotherapist Jenny Warwick is curious about how often this happens and how much alcohol is being consumed to assess if there is some alcohol misuse.“I can only imagine it may bring up all sorts of complicated feelings, perhaps rejection, guilt, shame and not feeling good enough,” Warwick says. “The most important thing for you to keep in mind is that there is no fault here. You need to be kind to yourself, show yourself some compassion. Please don’t think that you are lacking somehow.”Some couples are okay not having much sex, but if you desire sex, this lack in a relationship can can lead to a physical and emotional disconnect, says Smith. In turn, this can lead to conflict and failure to resolve those conflicts effectively. “Talking is key, don’t avoid the subject,” she says. “Try to explain your feelings to your partner about sex or lack of, without being accusatory. Use good listening skills to understand their feelings around it.”Both therapists agree that this is a difficult situation to navigate. You want to make sure your partner’s needs are met whilst thinking about your own. So how should Rachel speak to her husband about this?Warwick says that as with all difficult conversations, timing is key.“Do not have this conversation when either of you has been drinking. Your safety is of utmost importance. Give yourself time to have a think about how you’re feeling about this,” she says. “You might find it helpful to write some points down to refer to so it’s easier for you to talk. Keep the focus on how you feel without laying blame (on him or you). You’re just looking to get a better understanding.”Smith agrees that the conversation should take place whilst you’re both sober and you should try and set some boundaries in place. “Tell your partner that you prefer sex when you are sober and ask him how he feels about that,” she says.“Ask him why he feels he wants to have sex only when he is drinking – does he lack confidence or desire? How can they work together to change that, what can they both be doing differently to make sex more desirable in times other than when you are drinking.”Love Stuck is for those who’ve hit a romantic wall, whether you’re single or have been coupled up for decades. With the help of trained sex and relationship therapists, HuffPost UK will help answer your dilemmas. Submit a question here.Related...Help! I Don't Fancy My Partner AnymoreHelp, I've Fallen For My Friend. Should I Risk Telling Them?When Is The Right Time To Have Sex When You're First Dating?How To Enjoy Dating Again If It's Started To Feel Like A Chore
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These Are The Best (And Worst) Sleep Positions For Good Posture
Do you wake up with a stiff neck or aching back? Your sleep position could be behind the problem. A whopping 82% of Brits are sleeping in the wrong position for good posture, according to a new YouGov poll. The survey of 2,000 UK adults found only 18% of respondents slept in The Dreamer position, which is apparently the best bet for putting least tension on your spine.Wondering what The Dreamer looks like? It’s described as “semi-foetal side lying” – as illustrated below. The research was commissioned by pillow and mattress brand Levitex, who’ve worked with leading clinicians – including the company’s medical director Dr Ilan Lieberman, a pain medicine consultant and clinician at University Hospitals South Manchester – to better understand the importance of sleep positions.The team declared The Dreamer to be the best position for night-time posture because it offers the best support for the head, neck, spine and hips, as it allows the body to rest in neutral alignment with no twists or bends through the night. However, the survey revealed that The Heavy Lifter is the most popular sleeping position, with 20% of adults resting in this way at nighttime. Those who sleep like this are setting themselves up for issues with sacroiliac joint problems, shoulder instability, and are likely to wake up with lower back pain, the researchers said.  Here are some of the other most-popular sleeping positions (and what they’re doing to your body).The Hedgehog (otherwise known as curling into a tight ball) is another popular position, with 15% of Brits favouring it. But unfortunately, the researchers said this option can lead to tightness in the hip flexors, which can contribute towards hip arthritis or pain later down the line. The Applauder is the position of choice for 14% of adults. Sleeping like this makes you rotate your spine and lengthens the piriformis muscle, leading to hip, lower back and neck pain, the researchers said. If you’re anything like The Wrestler, you’re unfortunately causing spinal rotation and anterior shoulder instability. Around 5% of adults sleep in this position, but long-term impacts of this could include chronic shoulder pain and pins and needles in your arm.Around 5% of adults also opt for The Soldier. Depending on your mattress, the researchers say this position can cause over extension of the lumbar spine, making you more prone to backache and general stiffness the next day. But shouldn’t you just sleep in the position you find the most comfortable? Not necessarily, according to Levitex founder James Leinhardt.“Just because it’s comfortable doesn’t mean it’s good for you,” he says. “The position you fall to sleep in at night could be killing your sleep quality – and might well be causing you more long-term impacts than you realise. If you wake up with neck and back pain, this could be why.”So if you wake up aching regularly, why not try nodding off in a different position for a few days, or paying closer attention to your mattress and pillow (they could need replacing).If backache persists, speak to your GP or a qualified physiotherapist. Related...We've Been Holding Our Phones The Wrong Way All This TimeI Tried The TikTok Hack To Fall Asleep In Two Minutes. Here's How It WentThis Is What Dreaming Can Look Like For A Blind Person23 Relaxing Bedroom Buys To Transform It Into The Ultimate Retreat
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Dog Owners Swear By These 23 Best Buys For Happy Walkies
We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, HuffPost UK may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.One of the many perks of being a dog parent is having a companion to get out and about with. Whether you’re trekking through mountainous terrain, taking a leisurely stroll across your favourite beach, or simply heading to the local park, having the right accessories on hand can make your shared time outdoors far more enjoyable (for both you and your four-legged friend). Is a lead and a harness enough or could you (and your dog) benefit from some extra buys? The truth is that having right tools on hand can make or break your walks (and make them a hell of a lot less stressful in the process) but what exactly are the ‘must-haves’ that every dog owner needs in their arsenal?  To make your next adventure (or simple stroll, if that’s what you’re into) even more enjoyable, we’ve sought out all the walking essentials every dog owner needs. Related...20 Brilliant Gym Bag Essentials That'll Work As Hard As You Do5 Tips To Lure Yourself Away From Bed On These Cold Winter MorningsBaby Doll, These Are The Cringiest Pet Names In The UKAldi Is Selling A Heated Dressing Gown But, Quick, They're Going Fast
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Liverpool transfer round-up: Paulo Dybala offer ‘prepared’ with Diaz to snub Tottenham
Liverpool's January transfer window has been a quiet one so far, but Jurgen Klopp is eyeing a move for Dybala, who is out of contract at Juventus at the end of the season
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Keep up to date with all the latest Manchester City transfer rumours, injury updates and breaking news throughout the day.
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Louis Saha tells Manchester United to appoint 'perfect fit' Zinedine Zidane
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Bolton's Dion Charles makes Sunderland prediction and why Wanderers have no relegation fears
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Where Man City transfer target Julian Alvarez will fit in to Pep Guardiola's team
The 21-year-old Argentina striker is expected to complete a £17.9million move in this window but not join up with the Blues until later in the year
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Prince George may join after-school clubs and chose to sing 'pop' in a choir this year
PRINCE GEORGE, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have rejoined the school after the winter break and they are all set to embark on the new journey.
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UK Weather forecast: Bone-chilling Arctic blast to freeze Brits as huge snow arc falls
The north of the UK is set to be lashed by "severe gales" on Thursday morning while snow is expected to fall on Sunday before a -5C freeze next week
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Firefighter: George Floyd 'needed and wasn't getting it'
First it was a paramedic, testifying that the officers who restrained George Floyd didn’t call in critical information as his ambulance rushed to the scene where Floyd would soon be pronounced dead
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Oklahoma prepares to execute man for 2001 hotel slayings
Oklahoma is preparing to execute a man for the brutal slayings of two hotel workers during a robbery in 2001
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Arsenal only have themselves to blame if they blow Mikel Arteta's progress this month
With time running out for Mikel Arteta to boost his squad, Arsenal will only have themselves to blame if they fall short a top-four finish at the end of the season
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Six players Manchester United could sign for bargain prices in summer transfer window
Man United have been linked with several midfielders amid speculation over Paul Pogba's future.
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Tennessee school board bans Pulitzer prize-winning Holocaust novel, Maus
Author Art Spiegelman says decision by Mcminn county, which cited inappropriate ‘curse words’ and nudity, is ‘demented’A Tennessee school board has banned a Pulitzer prize-winning novel from its classrooms over eight curse words and an illustration of a naked cartoon mouse.The graphic novel, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by New Yorker Art Spiegelman, uses hand-drawn illustrations of mice and cats to depict how the author’s parents survived Auschwitz during the Holocaust. Continue reading...
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Voices: Peter Dinklage is right – the Snow White remake is ‘f***ing backwards’
While Hollywood counts its cash, others have to live with the consequences of the prejudice it has encouraged
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Morgan Stevens death: Melrose Place actor found dead at his home, aged 70
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Jack Monroe Points Out Cost Of Living Measure Shake-Up Was Not The Result Of A 'Row'
Jack Monroe has said statistics officials overhauling the way they calculate changes to the cost of living was not the result of the campaigner being ”combative or demanding”.The food writer, who has exposed inequality in Britain for more than a decade, has highlighted how inflation has hit the cost of everyday essentials, in turn decreasing the availability of value product lines and severely impacting poorer families.Her argument was laid out in a series of widely-shared tweets published last week which were seized on by the media.Monroe went through individual food items and explained how there had been a 344% price increase for basic items such as rice in supermarkets. Baked beans were 22p, and now are 32p, canned spaghetti was 13p, now 35p and bread was 45p, now 58p.Speaking to the BBC on Monday, Monroe said: “I did a £10 food shop in 2012 for the Sunday People and re-did the exact same shop over the weekend and it came to £17.11.“Now benefits haven’t doubled in that time, wages haven’t doubled in that time so people are being forced to buy less, and eat less and consume less.“It’s the people who aren’t represented in the media, and who don’t have a voice, who are just having to make these absolutely terrible decisions, missing meals in order to feed their children or because they simply can’t afford to eat anymore.“It’s a shocking thing to be talking about it one of the richest economies of the world.”The Office for National Statistics (ONS) last week announced that inflation jumped to a near 30-year high of 5.4% in December. But, as Monroe had laid bare, the cost of items such as pasta went up significantly more.On Wednesday, the ONS confirmed it will dramatically widen the number of products it tracks the pricing of to give a better picture of inflation. The policy change was hailed as a victory for her campaign – but Monroe took issue with how the shake-up was being “framed”.She wrote on Twitter: “I find it very revealing how different news outlets frame this: BBC: ‘Jack Monroe row’“Telegraph: ‘Jack Monroe’s demands’“ITV: ‘Jack Monroe pressure’“FT: ‘Why supermarkets should listen to Jack Monroe’“Mirror, People, Guardian: ‘Jack Monroe’s campaign’.“If I did have a PR team they’d probably tell me not to tweet this, but I’ve been very levelheaded and calm throughout this entire mad 9 days, and resent being framed as combative or demanding simply for politely asking that all people are represented equally in national stats.“I know throughout the last decade of anti poverty campaigning I have been fiery, impassioned, sometimes a bit fierce, but I believe the reason this campaign has been as successful as it has been is because I’ve kept my head and my manners, alone, under immense pressure. Thanks.”Delighted to be able to tell you that the @ONS have just announced that they are going to be changing the way they collect and report on the cost of food prices and inflation to take into consideration a wider range of income levels and household circumstances
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Japan’s favourite snack falls victim to global inflation with first-ever price hike
Umaibo, a crunchy corn snack that means ‘delicious stick’, increases in price from ¥10 to ¥12 – the first rise in the face of higher import costsOne of Japan’s best-loved snacks is to go up in price – by a whopping 20% – for the first time since its launch more than four decades ago,But Umaibo – literally “delicious stick” – will still be a steal for schoolchildren at just ¥12 apiece (US10c, not including sales tax), up from the current ¥10, when the change goes into effect in April. Continue reading...
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Australia issues 'life-threatening' flood warning as 362mm of rain showers town in one day
AUSTRALIA has issued a "life threatening" flood warning after 362mm of rain battered a Queensland town in just one day.
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UK weather: Threat of fog looms as yellow warning warns morning commuters of tricky drive
FOG is set to envelop southern Wales, western Midlands and southwestern England as Britain experiences chillier weather, according to forecasters.
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Crystal Palace own identical Donny van de Beek plan to Manchester United's new permanent manager
Donny van de Beek's time at Manchester United hasn't gone to plan but a move to Crystal Palace could reignite his career
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Man Utd transfer round-up: Ronaldo 'eyes Madrid return' and Lingard deal set to collapse
Manchester United's focus this month has been on outgoings rather than new signings, and it looks like that will remain the case for the remaining days of the transfer window
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Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline won’t open if Russia invades Ukraine, says US
US and German officials signal hardening of position on controversial gas linkThe Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany will not move forward if Russia invades Ukraine, the US state department has said, in a significant strengthening of the west’s previous position on the strategically vital gas supply.As tension ratcheted up over Russia’s military buildup on its neighbour’s eastern border, state department spokesperson Ned Price said on Wednesday night that the Biden administration was “working with Germany” to ensure it could withstand the loss of the pipeline. Continue reading...
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Prince George could take on Royal duties sooner than expected - ‘All hands on royal deck
PRINCE WILLIAM and Kate Middleton have been told their children might have to take on royal duties earlier than expected, according to a royal expert.
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