Donald Trump Jr: ‘The View’ tried to ‘besmirch my father and my family’

Donald Trump Jr. on Sunday blasted “The View” hosts over his heated appearance on the show this week — saying they tried to “smear” his family and didn’t even bother to ask about his new book. “You could see very quickly they went aggressive fast. They tried to smear me, to try to besmirch my...
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Xbox One November Update now available with Google Assistant, new gamertags, and text filters
Microsoft is rolling out its November 2019 Update for the Xbox One today. The big new addition is Google Assistant support, allowing you to use a device with the assistant or app to control an Xbox One. Google Assistant won’t run on the Xbox One itself, but you’ll be able to use it to launch games, apps, turn the console on and off, pause videos, and more. Microsoft first started testing this feature back in September. Alongside the Google Assistant support, Microsoft is also implementing its new gamertag support in the November update. This means you can now pick any gamertag and use numbers at the end like Discord or use. While you could change your gamertag earlier this year, it’s now fully supported on console in friends,... Continue reading…
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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher: Kids, marriage and their famous exes
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis may have starred as teen lovebirds on “That ’70s Show,” but it wasn’t until a decade later that romantic sparks started to fly. Find out how both struggled through failed long-term relationships — with Demi Moore and Macaulay Culkin — before finally finding their way back to each other. Watch...
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Dog to receive stem cells from mom in UK for cancer treatment
A 6-year-old cocker spaniel in California that was recently diagnosed with cancer is slated to receive stem cells from her mother living 4,000 miles away in the United Kingdom. Coco the cocker spaniel gave birth to a litter of puppies six years ago. One of those puppies, Millie, was adopted by Serena and Andrew Lodge,...
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Instagram Business Accounts and My Friend, the Grocery Store
Instagram has helped blur the lines between personal branding and personal life—such as by encouraging people to turn their profiles into businesses.
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Here’s how to claim Pikachu and Eevee in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Pokémon Sword and Shieldintroduce Gigantamax forms, supersized versions of pokémon that can be activated during specific battles for more powerful attacks. While all pokémon are capable of turning into towering monsters, only a few have special forms. That includes Pikachu and Eevee, which players can snag for free with a save file from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! In addition to special moves only available in Gigantamax forms, certain pokémon also get a small makeover. (Pikachu, for example, fills out into his iconic fat Pikachu look of old.) Pikachu and Eevee are available at the game’s Wild Area Station via the game’s online functionality. Players will need to save from Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Let’s Go, Eevee! to grab whichever pokémon corresponds to their save file. Once you reach the station, look for the pair of kids in the corner. Data from those games can be from any point in play, rather than being a completed file. It’s also worth noting that while the Wild Area is accessible fairly early in the game, it’s still likely to take a few hours to reach. Sword and Shield’s other Gigantamax forms include pokémon like Charizard, Meowth, and Butterfree. Meowth in its original form — not be confused with its extra furry Galarian form — is available as an early purchase bonus for players via the Mystery Gift options from November 15th, 2019, to January 15th, 2020.
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Mason Rudolph's agent reviewing brawl with Myles Garrett, laments potential 'catastrophic ending'
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph walked away unscathed from a brawl with Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett toward the end of their matchup Thursday.
Paypal turns off payments to Pornhub models
PayPal has turned off payments to Pornhub’s models — a move that’s left honchos at the adult video website hot and bothered. The money transfer giant took the step because Pornhub fired off payments through the platform without getting its consent, the company said in a statement Thursday. “We have taken action to stop these...
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Day 2, Part 2: Devin Nunes criticizes Democrats' handling of impeachment inquiry
During the second day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry, California Congressman Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, criticized Democrats for weeks of closed-door depositions and called testimony in the public hearings "hearsay." Watch his opening statement.
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Man proposes to girlfriend while surfing — and drops the ring
A surfer dude from Hawaii shocked his girlfriend in the most surf bum way — by accidentally dropping the engagement ring in the surf. Christopher Garth, 38, had gone out surfing with his sweetheart Lauren Oiye, 32, in their native Honolulu with the ring in his pocket, Hawaii News Now reported. While riding a wave,...
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Who Is Marie Yovanovitch? Former Ambassador Testifies in Impeachment Hearing
The ousted ambassador to Ukraine recounted how she became the target of a smear campaign by President Trump’s personal lawyer and the right-wing media.
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Browns’ Myles Garrett could face record-long suspension
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett could face a record-long suspension after what some are calling one of the ugliest moments in the history of the NFL. During a wild brawl near the end of Thursday night's game, Garrett ripped the helmet off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and then slammed it into Rudolph's unprotected head.
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Bella Hadid rocked the no-shirt trend in a leather jacket held together with tiny strings
Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Bella Hadid made an appearance at the French Vogue Fashion Festival in Paris, France, on Friday. She arrived wearing a long leather jacket — designed by Supriya Lele — with no shirt underneath. It was tied together across her chest with two tiny strings. Hadid also wore a long pair of trousers with an uneven waistline, and pointed leather boots. The model has worn numerous bold outfits this month, including a black bodysuit embellished with strategically-placed pearls that resembled body piercings. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Bella Hadid is keeping one of 2018's biggest fashion trends alive. On Friday, the model attended the French Vogue Fashion Festival in Paris wearing a long leather jacket with no shirt underneath. The long-sleeved coat reached her knees, and was held together by two thin strings tied across her chest.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A podiatrist explains heel spurs, the medical condition Trump said earned him a medical deferment from VietnamSee Also:Harry Styles made a statement in a sheep-print sweater, and people are comparing it to one Princess Diana woreJessica Alba channeled the 1920s in a couture gown that was hand-embellished with pearls and ostrich feathersEmilia Clarke paired a daring dress with more than $285,000 worth of jewelry
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HOBOT LEGEE Robotic Mop and Vacuum
There are so many robotic vacuums available now with a range of features and prices. However, there are only a few that can vacuum and mop. One of these is the HOBOT LEGEE-669 Vacuum-Mop Robot. Recently, I bought one (at a cost of $550) to see how it would do in my home. Here’s my review […] The post HOBOT LEGEE Robotic Mop and Vacuum appeared first on ReadWrite.
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Deputy tackles teen quadruple amputee in group home: video
An Arizona deputy wrestled a 15-year-old quadruple amputee to the ground at a group home in Tucson, disturbing footage of the incident shows. The unidentified Pima County Sheriff’s deputy encountered the teen, Immanuel, on Sept. 26 while responding to a report that he had kicked over a garbage can and verbally threatened an employee, KOLD...
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Podcast: The 16-inch MacBook Pro is here (and so is our gift guide)!
Get ready for the holidays with an in depth look at Engadget's holiday gift guide! This week, editor in chief Dana Wollman joins Devindra to chat about how we pick the best gadget gifts and some of the wildest choices we've made. And of course, we fi...
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How Joker’s gritty logo was created with wood type letterpress
The making of an iconic logo A movie’s logo is often one of the first things that fans see, whether it’s on posters or in a trailer, so it’s not uncommon for studios to spend large amounts of money creating them to build excitement. There’s a lot at stake, and there are entire agencies that specialize in logo creation, with logos passing through the hands of multiple stakeholders and going through several revisions before the public sees them. That’s why I was so surprised when I discovered that the logo for the DC film Joker was created by one designer, Chad Danieley, with wood type letterpress. In a Reddit post, Danieley explained how going analog captured the film’s tone and feel better than a digitally created logo would have. I reached out to Danieley to learn more about the logo creation process, his influences, and personal projects. This interview has been lightly edited for clarity. Chad Danieley in his garage. To kick things off, want to tell us a little bit about yourself and your background? I studied graphic design / motion graphics at ArtCenter [College of Design] in Pasadena. They had a great letterpress studio that was like my second home. In my final two terms at ArtCenter, I interned with [graphic designer] Pablo Ferro (The Thomas Crown Affair, Dr. Strangelove). I would scan his work into the computer for his archives, which would always include hours of stories about his process. For his signature style in Dr. Strangelove, he would draw over fonts for the main title, which is a unique approach. I would try the same sample sheets, and they would look nothing like his. Same with letterpress. If another person used the same wood type, it would have a different feeling for someone else. The personality comes through in the beat-up / dented faces of the type as well as the inking style and how much packing the artist adds or takes away that makes it interesting. Ferro had a strong impact on my career and my process early on. After graduation, I freelanced at a few motion studios for five years, then went to staff at NBC’s on-air department for eight years. For the last three years, I have returned to freelancing. How did you join this project? I was freelancing at Elastic on logos for the show See, and the Joker project came in, and they needed help with pitching logos for Joker. I spent two days on the computer making a bunch of logos in Illustrator, but in the end, it was the first one I did that is the “JOKER” logo as you see it today, “as is” with no changes asked, definitely a first for me. Can you talk us through the creative process for this logo and letterpress in general? Very little information was given for me to go off. All that was said is that it’s much darker and more visceral than the usual DC Jokers. “Think Taxi Driver.” I have an HD full of letterpress-printed sample sheets, and within each print run, I’ll print several states. For this project, I did aggressive / transparency / scraping / noise of that one typeface, then scanned and cataloged each of them. I am not a “purist,” but I have always needed to bring my work outside of the computer by printing it out and adding some of myself into it. Physical objects, like wood type or Letraset, rub down type and help me perceive space in a different way. I don’t always need to work this way, but it does help. It’s great to see that this was made using a letterpress. It might be all in my head, but something about it just feels textile and real as opposed to, say, a digitally created design. Was there any post-work done, or is this pretty accurate to the original? Yes, even after the logo was selected, we tried to make a version that was done in Illustrator, but it just didn’t feel right. The wood type is structurally warped, and I think that’s what makes it what it is. Regarding post-work, not much was done to the original presented logo. WB added slight color to the logo for each poster. The original scan of the print I used was a little transparent, so I just bumped up the levels in Photoshop. But other than that, it’s very accurate to the original print. What font did you use? I actually can’t make it out! It’s an unnamed Gothic. I tend to gravitate toward Gothic digital fonts as well as Gothic wood type as workhorses. They don’t have a lot of style baggage attached to them, which allows me to prod and scrape at them to really turn them into what I’m looking for. When I start adding a lot of texture, I need the typeface to not have a loud voice. Gothic gives me that. Are there any alts out there? Did it take some experimenting to land on one that felt right? No wood type alternates, just the one. I did submit 16 logos that were done in Illustrator, though. I really enjoy the collages you have on your Instagram. Are they primarily personal? Thank you! Yes, the collages and letterpress are both me needing to do something for my own creative output, not just for jobs. Of course, I always bring those explorations into my day work, though. What else are you working on right now? Anything coming up that you’re excited about? I’m starting to digitize some of my wood type to make some fonts. I’m also doing some Joker-themed letterpress prints, and at Elastic, I’m still working on Joker graphics for WB!
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Why it’s still hard to believe an NFL team will sign Colin Kaepernick
Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports It’s hard to believe the NFL is holding Kaepernick’s Saturday workout in good faith. The NFL’s latest move in the Colin Kaepernick saga is a scheduled workout with all 32 teams invited, but that’s hardly the full story. There are also unrealistic demands from the league, widespread doubt about the NFL’s intentions, and the overwhelming public opinion that this is all a farcical PR move. Oh, and Hue Jackson. Yeesh. Nearly three years after his last NFL game, Kaepernick is suddenly in a bizarrely rushed situation that virtually nobody seemed to know about ahead of time. The possibility of Kaepernick signing with a new team, after so much time being blackballed by the league for protesting racial injustice in America, seems higher than it has since he was last employed. But there’s a big ol’ asterisk on the whole thing, for a number of reasons. The circumstances behind the workout came with some weird hangups Other than the contact stemming from Kaepernick and Eric Reid’s collusion grievance, there had been no real productive discussions between the league and Kaepernick. Then unexpectedly, the NFL contacted his representatives and invited him to a workout in Atlanta on Saturday, as reported by Tyler R. Tynes of The Ringer. The initial reports suggested that all 32 teams were invited to a workout, which would include on-field drills and interviews. So far so good. That’s when things got confusing. The league told Kaepernick it needed an answer “in two hours” from him on whether or not he would attend the workout. The workout was scheduled for only a few days later, on a Saturday. Kaepernick’s representatives asked if it could be done the following Tuesday, or even the following Saturday, despite that being the day of the week when NFL teams prepare for a game. No dice there, so Kaepernick’s representatives asked the NFL if the process was legitimate, and if key decision-makers from all teams would be in attendance. Included in these discussions was a request for a personnel list to be provided, and the NFL agreed it would do so on a rolling basis. On Wednesday, the NFL apparently changed its mind and told Kaepernick’s representatives that it wouldn’t be providing a list. Then, on Thursday, after more bad PR, the NFL went ahead and released a list of the first 11 teams to commit to attending. Why only 11 teams (a number that the NFL seemed impressed by in its own release)? Because as it turns out, a bunch of teams had no idea this was happening until it was sprung on everyone. Multiple teams reached out to Kaepernick’s reps as a courtesy, saying they couldn’t attend and were ambushed by the entire situation. Keep in mind the original report indicated that all 32 teams were already invited. Not only were teams confused, but members of the league office had no idea this workout was happening either, per USA Today. That report also detailed how this came together, including Jay-Z helping to convince Roger Goodell to hold the workout. And finally, the cherry on top of this suspicious sundae: the league got Jackson to run the workout, which was apparently not only news to all of us, but to Jackson as well, until Thursday morning. That’s a lot of information to digest for anybody. Now imagine you’re in Kaepernick’s shoes and trying to process all of that on a deadline. The NFL can’t lose here One of the more frustrating things about this is regardless of the outcome, the NFL can’t really lose. The league has already taken a massive amount of criticism for blackballing Kaepernick in the first place, and it’s proven adept at pretending the controversy doesn’t exist. Here’s why it can’t lose: If it’s a PR move and Kaepernick isn’t signed to a new team, the NFL can say no team was interested because he didn’t perform well. Had Kaepernick not agreed to the workout due to its unreasonable terms, the league could have painted him as not really wanting to play. If it’s a PR move and Kaepernick does get signed by a team, the NFL can pat itself on the back for throwing this whole thing together, conveniently ignoring the well-earned skepticism surrounding this move. If it’s not a PR move, the NFL will still do those two things above anyway. Even Reid, Kaepernick’s former teammate and partner in the collusion case, isn’t buying it. Reid pointed out that the “interested teams” reached out to the league and not the player or his representatives, which isn’t generally how the NFL works. “I’ll believe it when I see it,” Reid said Wednesday. “At this point, it feels like a PR stunt.” Reid, who is still close with Kaepernick, is just as stumped as the rest of us. “It’s disingenuous,” Reid said. “They want the appearance of giving Colin a chance, but they give him two hours’ notice and tell it has to be on a Saturday when they know decision-makers are traveling. So is this real? We’ll see.” We’ll see indeed, but no matter what happens, any criticism of the NFL will bounce off, as it has all along. I want to believe this ends with a Kaepernick signing, but it probably won’t While Kaepernick posted on Twitter that he was looking forward to the workout — and has been adamant that he’s been NFL-ready this entire time — there are too many question marks around this situation. Even if he’s not signed now, this could potentially help Kaepernick get a job in 2020, if one of the teams in attendance is impressed but doesn’t want to rush into making a decision. But even that outcome is hard to be optimistic about given the history here. I want to believe it’s true — that Kaepernick will actually throw footballs in front of NFL teams with a real shot at being signed. I want to believe that the NFL has stopped blackballing him, and that this workout will be conducted in good faith. It sure would be nice if a team like the Buccaneers or Broncos, both of whom are among the teams confirmed to be attending the workout on Saturday, liked what they saw and signed Kaepernick to a deal. There are many teams that could benefit from signing Kaepernick, in fact. Kaepernick shouldn’t be signed because he’ll instantly make a team a Super Bowl contender; he simply deserves a shot based on his play in the NFL. The man led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, and if you actually watch his film, it’s clear he had the talent of a starting quarterback last time he played. He threw 16 touchdowns against four interceptions in 2016, amid all the 49ers’ turmoil and dysfunction of that time. It would also be great to see such an important figure in today’s unbalanced world get another chance, even if that chance is mired in the stink of public relations and questionable motives from the league. Then again, he’s 32 years old, and has been deprived of that shot for the past three years. Would the NFL really change its mind now? If there’s any chance that this is a legitimate opportunity — and I sincerely hope it is — then I would love nothing more than to see him go out there and kill it on Saturday. But given the nature of this entire dispute and the NFL’s moves thus far, cynicism seems like the smart bet to avoid a letdown if, or when, he isn’t signed.
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The NFL should follow Ellie Goulding's lead in calling for the Salvation Army to take action on LGBTQ rights
Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Allison Hope is a writer and native New Yorker who favors humor over sadness, travel over television, and coffee over sleep. You can follow her on Twitter. This week, the Salvation Army announced a partnership with singer Ellie Goulding, where she is scheduled to perform at the Thanksgiving halftime show at the Buffalo Bills-Dallas Cowboys game. After Goulding was rebuked by fans for working with the Salvation Army, which has historically come under fire for its treatment and views of the LGBTQ community, she issued them a homework assignment to actionably help LGBTQ people. Hope says that this is a smart business decision, and one that the NFL should follow. "Money talks," she says, and businesses should make their values clear.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Top singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding took a stance this week when she received complaints from her fans for partnering with the Salvation Army, long known for its anti-LGBTQ stance. Goulding is scheduled to perform during the halftime show at the Buffalo Bills-Dallas Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving Day. The Salvation Army published a press release last week announcing the partnership with Goulding, saying the Thanksgiving event serves as the "sounding the call for Americans to donate to the iconic Red Kettle Campaign, which helps provide shelter and meals for the homeless and hungry, Christmas toys for children and social service programs to millions of people in need year-round."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Taylor Swift is the world's highest-paid celebrity. Here's how she makes and spends her $360 million.See Also:A strange and surprising history of corporations and LGBTQ rightsHow did unfettered business become a bipartisan issue? Professor Luigi Zingales explains why Democrats and Republicans are both pro-business parties, at the expense of everyone else.5 ways you're sabotaging your progress without even realizing it, according to a life coachSEE ALSO: 95% of LGBTQ travelers report having hidden their sexual orientation while on a business trip, with the most common reason being safety
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Why Isn't My Android Phone Receiving Any Updates?
I always advise people to keep their favorite devices updated with the latest versions of whatever they can get: operating systems, firmware, security updates, etc. It’s the best way to ensure you’re playing with the latest features and exposing yourself to the fewest vulnerabilities. So what happens when your device…Read more...
I tried Wegmans' sushi and was surprised that it was better than the sushi at many restaurants
Irene Jiang / Business Insider Supermarket sushi is usually far from gourmet. But when I sampled all the fresh food at the new Wegmans supermarket in Brooklyn, the sushi absolutely blew me away. With its generous cuts of fresh, high-quality fish for supermarket prices, I'd go back to Wegmans again and again, just for its sushi. Sign up for Business Insider's retail newsletter, The Drive-Thru, to get more stories like this in your inbox.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One doesn't expect much from a box of supermarket sushi. Along with gas stations and convenience stores, supermarkets don't inspire much confidence when it comes to the quality of their raw fish.  But Wegmans is all about shattering expectations of what a supermarket can offer. I'm no sushi expert, but I do love a nice hunk of raw fish on some vinegary rice now and then. Maybe slap on some seaweed. My price range is cheap to medium-cheap sushi, so it's not like I've had the of top-of-the-line stuff.  This is the review of a sushi lover who can't really afford to love sushi. I recently made my first sojourn to the family-owned supermarket chain Wegmans, a New England cult favorite that opened its first New York location in September. After traipsing through aisles filled with affordable quality goods, I ended my trip with a five-course food court fiesta culminating in, of course, sushi.The sushi fridge was filled with rolls, nigiri, sashimi, and even tataki — a high-end touch. Chefs will make you fresh sushi if you ask, but I was impatient. Irene Jiang / Business Insider I grabbed a sushi deluxe set for $21, which is a lot more than I'd normally pay for a supermarket sushi set. Irene Jiang / Business Insider But this one had a couple of certified stunners, like a piece of uni, or sea urchin — one of the most highly prized sushi. Irene Jiang / Business Insider See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I tried keto meals from 5 different fast-food chains and found there was a huge variety in what you can getMore than 9,100 stores are closing in 2019 as the retail apocalypse drags on — here's the full listWe compared 5 Wegmans-brand products with their name-brand counterparts and saw why the regional grocer's brand is worth the hypeSEE ALSO: I ate everything at Ikea's restaurant, and this was by far the best dish
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You could earn $1,000 to binge-watch Hallmark Christmas movies
Hasloo Group Production Studio/Shutterstock A tech company, Century Link, will pay one person $1,000 to binge Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel leading up to the holiday. For the chance to win, you'll need to fill out a short application about why you're the perfect person for the job. All the winner has to do is watch 24 Christmas movies in 12 days, and write about them on social media. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If your dream job is getting paid to stay inside and watch movies, you're in luck. Tech company Century Link is choosing one lucky person to receive $1,000 for the important task of watching and critiquing 24 Hallmark Christmas movies leading up to December 25.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: People are still debating the pink or grey sneaker, 2 years after it went viral. Here's the real color explained.See Also:Motorola's new foldable Razr solves a problem with smartphones we didn't know we hadApple is rolling out 3 new health studies, and anyone with an iPhone can participate — here's how to sign upInstagram is now experimenting with removing 'likes' worldwideSEE ALSO: Instagram is now experimenting with removing 'likes' worldwide
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Violent armed robbery of Bronx music studio caught in video
Two armed suspects were caught on video in a violent robbery of a Bronx recording studio this week. Police are hunting for the men, who targeted Wayne’s World Records on Morrison Avenue in the Soundview section just after midnight Wednesday, making off with cash and electronics. The video shows the two men bursting through the...
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Jim and Pam's first kiss happened at Chili's and that's that on that
Merriam-Webster defines "kiss" as "to touch with the lips, especially as a mark of affection or greeting." By the very definition of the word, Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly's first kiss occurred in Season 2, Episode 1 of The Office, titled, "The Dundies." As Dwight would scream if making this argument, "FACT." While in a Chili's celebrating Michael Scott's annual employee awards ceremony, the Dundies, Pam has a few too many drinks (and "second drinks") and proceeds to touch her lips to Jim's lips as a mark of affection. In other words, THEY KISS. For the first time, might I reiterate! See for yourself. Read more...More about Twitter, Television, The Office, Culture, and Web Culture
Ford vs Ferrari review: A big-budget, big-screen take on racing in the 1960s
Not perfect, but a better racing movie than we've seen in years.
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Ousted U.S. envoy to Ukraine tells impeachment hearing she had no political agenda
The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was branded "bad news" by President Donald Trump and removed, defended her record and told a televised impeachment hearing on Friday she did not pursue a political agenda in Ukraine.
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FAFSA Says How Much You Can Pay for College. It’s Often Wrong.
The form opens the door to student aid. But it’s “a terrible measure of what people can actually afford,” one expert said. And many families will be asked to pay more, anyway.
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Dow hits all-time high on China trade deal hopes
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied more than 100 points to a record high on Friday morning amid reports that the US and China are nearing a trade deal. The blue-chip index jumped to an all-time high of 27,890.00 shortly after markets opened. The spike came after White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the...
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Former U.S. envoy says corrupt Ukrainians found U.S. partners
The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine told a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump on Friday that corrupt Ukrainians found Americans willing to work with them to oust her.
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NASA's next Mars mission will look for signs of alien life
NASA recently discovered an oasis on Mars that may have once hosted life and an upcoming mission to the Red Planet is going to see if there is any fossilized evidence of extraterrestrial life.
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Mexican president welcomes Pelosi remarks on North American trade deal approval
Mexico's president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday welcomed remarks by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that U.S. legislators were making progress in the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal.
Richard Freeman subject to ‘constant attrition’ from Sutton, tribunal told
• Witness statement details ‘monumental fallout’ between pair• Sutton said: ‘Doc is losing weight – I’ve got him where I want him’Dr Richard Freeman was on the end of “constant attrition” from former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton after the pair fell out in 2015, a medical tribunal has heard.Dr Freeman, who worked for British Cycling until his resignation in 2017, denies ordering testosterone gel in 2011 knowing or believing it was to be used by an athlete to improve performance. He claims instead that Sutton bullied him into making the order, and that the gel was to treat Sutton’s erectile dysfunction. Sutton emphatically denied both of those claims before storming out of the tribunal in Manchester on Tuesday, when he called Dr Freeman “spineless”. Continue reading...
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Report: Billionaires' Success Boils Down to 3 Personality Traits That Aren't Directly Tied to Intelligence
Companies run by billionaires perform twice as well as the rest of the market, according to a new report. Here are some of the reasons why.
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Vivendi may cut Mediaset stake in deal to end legal tussles: sources
Vivendi could reduce its holding in Italian broadcaster Mediaset in a potential deal to end a long-running legal row between the two companies, three sources close to the matter said on Friday.
Vegetable garden, greenhouse found at Hitler’s secret bunker
A garden that once provided Adolf Hitler with fresh vegetables has been discovered at his infamous Wolf’s Lair headquarters. Hitler spent much of his time in the final years of the war at the Wolf’s Lair, which is located in what is now Poland. The top-secret, heavily guarded bunker complex was used by the Nazis...
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The wheels on the Boris bus go round and round ... and then come off? | Marina Hyde
Nursery-age children come out with the darnedest things - just wait until one asks Johnson about his own ‘five or six’ kidsWhat a mesmerising clip is the one of Boris Johnson making a campaign stop at a Taunton primary school but not really knowing the words to The Wheels on the Bus. I mean, how many children do you have to have had to never forget how that nursery classic goes? Wait, sorry – I forgot. Don’t answer that, prime minister.Actually, do answer that. Can you answer that? Because – instructive as it was to learn from a Conservative video this week that Johnson prefers fish and chips to a Sunday roast – it does feel slightly as if we’re engaged in an extremely extended take on some parlour game like Just A Minute. Can the prime minister make it through an entire general election campaign without someone asking him that simple icebreaker: “And how many children do you have?” Continue reading...
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Browns-Steelers fantasy football takeaways: JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner
The Cleveland Browns picked up a much-needed win on Thursday night against AFC North rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was a wild game riddled with ejections and injuries to key players, such as JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, and James Conner. A four-interception game by Rudolph proved costly in the 21-7 loss. The Browns improved to...
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Amazon cites 'unmistakable bias' in Microsoft's military cloud contract win
The Pentagon said Microsoft had won the contract, which could span 10 years and be worth up to $10 billion.
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Here's how working in the sex industry prepared me to be a wife and mother
shapecharge/Getty Images Melissa Petro is a freelance writer, teacher, wife, and mother living in New York City. In college, she worked as a sex worker. Later in life, when she became an elementary school teacher, she was forced to resign after administrators were alerted to her writing about sex work. She says that working as a stripper and call girl prepared her for knowing what she wanted in a marriage — a partner who would invest equally in a relationship.  Being misunderstood as a sex worker also prepared her for the hostility and misunderstanding leveled against mothers. And it helped her when it came to hustling to get all of the jobs of motherhood done, and being honest about what she was experiencing. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.   People want strippers, prostitutes, and porn stars to leave the industry. But when we do, they shun us.  The loss of my career as a elementary school teacher in 2010 — when the media alerted school administrators to the fact that I was writing and sharing stories about working as a stripper and call girl prior to becoming a teacher — makes my point all too salient. Even though my competence as a school teacher was never called into question, I was humiliated in the media — all while parents who'd never met me clutched their pearls and clucked their tongues.  Certainly, in the eyes of many people, sex workers are not "marriage material." They're unfit to be around young people. Yet, rather than disqualifying me, sex work prepared me for my life as a wife and mom.  Four years after the loss of my teaching job, I met and married my husband. A year later, we had our first child. I am currently pregnant with my second baby. Though my life looks very different today, my past will always be a part of me.  Working as a stripper and call girl more than paid for my education — it was an education in and of itself. As a result of my unique journey, I've learned a lot, including one big lesson: Mothering and sex work are two of the hardest jobs that a woman can do — and the ways both mothers and sex workers are compelled to stay silent about our realities makes these difficult jobs that much harder.I knew what I wanted from a marriage melissa.petro/Instagram For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted the kind of "normal" family I'd never had growing up. Then, in college, I needed cash fast while living as a student abroad: I became a sex worker, starting as a stripper while living abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico.  With that one impulsive decision, my dream of normalcy felt forever compromised. Yet, the actual job duties were surprisingly familiar.   As a stripper, you get paid to do the emotional labor women are expected to perform for free. Men paid me to sit silently and listen while they complained about their jobs or talked trash about an ex. Working as a call girl was similar: Much of the job was emotional, rather than physical labor. The sex itself was not very different than encounters I'd had as a civilian. Sometimes pleasurable, it was much more often unmemorable. By the time I met my husband, I was tired of putting men's needs first. I wanted a partner prepared to invest as much in our relationship as I would. I wanted a healthy sexual relationship. There's a stereotype that women don't enjoy sex as much as men do, and the men I met professionally often complained about their "frigid" wives. As a wife, I would have no problem pleasing my husband — but I expected to enjoy our sex life, too.  I found all that when I met Arran. Unlike men I'd dated before him, Arran was relatively understanding when it came to my sexual past. With our marriage, I felt a certain level of social acceptance — until motherhood ushered in a whole new host of misconceptions. I got used to being misunderstood melissa.petro/Instagram Sex work defines the people who do it more than any occupation. No matter the realities of our experiences, we are thought of as victims and as inherently damaged — either before or as a result of our profession. Current and former sex workers are considered a danger to society and unfit for serious public service. Stereotypes like these cost me my career. These days, stigma leveraged at sex workers threatens my relationship to my children.  Without a doubt, the sex industry — and women who participate in it — are uniquely misunderstood; but modern motherhood, too, is cloaked in misconception.  As author Sady Doyle observed for Elle, mothers are caricatured as either magical or miserable. We're either — as Doyle puts it— "the glowing, selfless Madonna who spends every minute in rapt contemplation of her child's perfection," or else we are "the harried, frazzled, three-days-without-a-shower woman who tromps through life in sweatpants covered in baby urine and milky spit-up."  While mothers who work outside the home are misunderstood, stay-at-home moms fight their own host of stereotypes. As a stay-at-home mom, I'm painted as a lazy, self-indulgent woman who spends her idle days lunching with fellow unemployed mommies, or frittering away her hardworking husband's salary on shopping. The stay-at-home mom — much like the "high-class hooker" — is a lightning rod for class resentments, never mind the fact that I was as economically coerced into surrendering my career as I was situationally compelled into selling sex.  Initially, I was bewildered by the animus aimed at mothers, but I've learned to handle the hostility in stride — just as I've learned to cope with the hatred aimed at sex workers. I learned how to hustle melissa.petro/Instagram Prior to full-time parenting, I assumed it would be easy. Instead, fantasies of relaxed days spent introducing my infant to educational toys while baking homemade bread and beautifying my home, then working on my own career while he napped, failed to reflect my experience. Full-time mothering — like stripping and prostitution — is hard work.  Thanks to having worked in the sex industry, I know how to hustle. When Oscar was still an infant, I could do the dishes, feed the baby, change him twice, make the bed, and fold a good portion of the laundry all before his first nap. My first year and a half of parenting flew by, a blur of momming and chores. It was nonstop eight to six, at which point my husband came home and we'd split the "second shift."  Sex work taught me how to do it all while wearing the reassuring smile my toddler relies on. What's more, my former career helped me long ago get over any prudishness related to my body. Parenting boards are shockingly priggish, whereas I had no problem asking an online mommy group about hormone-related vaginal dryness. As an infant, when Oscar would act up in public, I'd have no qualms about whipping out a boob.  I'm a good mom not in spite, but because, of my sex work past. I'm not perfect. No mom is — and we shouldn't have to pretend to be. 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