Tools
Change country:

Meadows to Testify Before Jan. 6 Committee as Other Trump Allies Cite Executive Privilege

Meadows came to an agreement with lawmakers, narrowly avoiding a referral of criminal contempt charges from the House panel.
Read full article on: newsweek.com
Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion
Gaming "will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms," Microsoft CEO said.
7 m
abcnews.go.com
Blinken to meet with Ukraine’s Zelensky as Russia invasion threat looms
Blinken will meet Wednesday with resident Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to reinforce the US' "commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity."
8 m
nypost.com
Aaron Donald tried choking Cardinals’ D.J. Humphries in heated playoff altercation
Some football fans are urging the NFL to discipline Donald for his actions during Monday night’s Cardinals-Rams game.
nypost.com
Australia reports record COVID-19 deaths, hospitals under pressure
Australia reported a record high of COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, and its second-largest state declared an emergency in hospitals to cope with surging patient admissions and a staffing shortage due to the coronavirus.
foxnews.com
Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik gives Nazi salute during parole hearing
Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian mass murder behind one of the country's worst massacres, gave a Nazi salute in court Tuesday during a parole hearing after serving 10 years behind bars.
nypost.com
Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard, the embattled Call of Duty, Warcraft publisher, for $68.7 billion
Read more
washingtonpost.com
Jenna Jameson Misdiagnosed With Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Partner Reveals
Former adult film star Jenna Jameson, 47, remains hospitalized and has been unable to walk or even stand up.
newsweek.com
Microsoft buying scandal-ridden Activision-Blizzard for $69B
Microsoft is buying the scandal-ridden developer behind Call of Duty and World of Warcraft for $68.7 billion in the biggest gaming deal in history, the companies said Monday.  Activision-Blizzard stock jumped a whopping 38 percent in pre-market trading on Tuesday morning following initial reports on the deal. Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision-Blizzard is set to be...
nypost.com
Fauci: Too soon to tell if Omicron variant will help bring end to pandemic
Dr. Anthony Fauci said it is still too early to predict if the Omicron variant will mark the end of COVID-19 – and usher in the endemic stage of the illness.
nypost.com
LeBron James scores 25 as Lakers end three-game skid, beat Jazz
LeBron James scored 25 points and Stanley Johnson had 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 101-95 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
foxnews.com
Tennis Australia ‘deeply’ regrets the Novak Djokovic ‘distraction’ as it promises a review
“Recent events have been a significant distraction for everyone, and we deeply regret the impact this had on all players,” Tennis Australia said as play continued in Melbourne.
washingtonpost.com
Earth's Core Is Cooling Faster Than Expected, Creating Uncertain Future for Planet
Study author Motohiko Murakami told Newsweek the faster cooling of Earth's interior could lead to "more active tectonics" in the future.
newsweek.com
Senate expected to begin formal voting rights debate Tuesday after a final push for reform on MLK Day
The Senate is expected to begin formal debate on voting rights bills after Democrats made a final push for reform on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This comes as a CBS News poll found 4 in 10 Americans feel the president isn't focused on voting rights access enough. CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe reports.
cbsnews.com
Heidi Klum has $2M insurance policy on her legs, but one is ‘more expensive’
“It’s weird the things some people do," the former Victoria's Secret Angel, 48, said.
nypost.com
Rail thefts leave L.A. tracks littered with packages
CBS News correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti reports on the amount of trash left behind from rail thefts in one Los Angeles spot.
cbsnews.com
Biden’s big broadband ambitions mean historic hurdles for NTIA
The president's plans hinge on the tiny telecom agency.
washingtonpost.com
Why airline executives are worried about 5G
Major airlines have asked the Biden administration to further delay the rollout of 5G technology near airports. CNN's Pete Muntean reports.
edition.cnn.com
Clean up your digital life: Talking Tech podcast
Clean up your digital life: Talking Tech podcast      
usatoday.com
'How I Met Your Father' delivers stale gender flip on the 'Mother' format
"How I Met Your Father" is billed as a sequel, not a reboot, since it incorporates a few elements of the original CBS series that ended in 2014, as opposed to just flipping the gender on it. Whatever one chooses to call it (and it's a distinction without much difference), this Hulu series feels particularly stale, with its modest wrinkles failing to offer enough to merit starting a new relationship.
edition.cnn.com
The Rock shows off giant T-Rex skull 'Stan' on Monday Night Football ManningCast
Fossils have been housed in rock for millions of years, though perhaps none quite like the one discovered via Monday Night Football this week.
edition.cnn.com
Tensions mount between NATO and Russia over Ukraine
Russia has denied accusations by the U.S. that it is seeking a pretext to invade Ukraine. At talks in Europe last week, NATO rejected several of Moscow's demands, including that Ukraine be barred from joining the alliance. Journalist Mary Ilyushina joins CBSN AM from Moscow with the latest.
cbsnews.com
Senate to debate voting rights legislation
Congress is back to work and lawmakers are juggling a handful of issues. The Senate will begin debating voting rights legislation Tuesday, while other Democrats shift their focus to President Biden's spending plan. CBS News political contributor Molly Hooper joins CBSN AM to discuss.
cbsnews.com
Spectral visitations lift the spirits of a crop of movie heroes
'Respect,' 'Spencer,' 'Soho' and more use visions of those who have died to fortify struggling characters
latimes.com
Hostage in Texas synagogue standoff tells of fears before escape
One of the synagogue members held hostage in Texas says he feared for his life before making a daring escape, as we learn more about the investigation into the gunman's movements before the standoff. Omar Villafranca reports.
cbsnews.com
Bill de Blasio Says He Won’t Run for Governor After All
Mr. de Blasio, the former New York City mayor, had signaled for months that he planned to run for governor, but he faced long odds in a crowded Democratic primary.
nytimes.com
Florida oranges in short supply, how that could raise juice prices
The USDA reported production of oranges from Florida was down 16% from last citrus season.
abcnews.go.com
Texas synagogue hostage suspect was banned from UK court over 'threatening' 9/11 outburst: report
The British suspect, Malik Faisal Akram, who died after allegedly taking Jewish worshippers hostage at a Texas synagogue had been banned from a U.K. courthouse two decades ago for allegedly making disparaging remarks to staff members after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American soil.
foxnews.com
These rare photos show Tom Brady from his baseball days
Tom Brady looks unrecognizable in photos of himself playing baseball as a teen before the team told him to stick with football.
nypost.com
Entire Staff of Bagel Shop Quit After They Say Manager Wrongly Fired
The video was posted on TikTok on Saturday and has already amassed over 4 million views.
newsweek.com
Stunning Full Moon January 2022 Photos Show Wolf Moon Shining Around the World
Skygazers were treated to the first full moon of the year on Monday, and there's still a chance to see the bright orb.
newsweek.com
Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion
Software giant is buying a video game make known for titles like "Call of Duty" as well as allegations of sexual harassment.
cbsnews.com
Bill de Blasio announces he’s not running for governor of New York
In a video posted on Twitter, de Blasio touted his record on education and policing before declaring, "No, I'm not going to be running for governor of New York State."
nypost.com
Airlines warn 5G rollout could cause “catastrophic” flight cancellations starting this week
Verizon and AT&T will roll out 5G service Wednesday after a delay to create buffer zones around airports. Airlines still warn that hundreds of thousands of flights could be canceled starting this week without further federal action. CBS News transportation correspondent Errol Barnett reports from Reagan national airport.
cbsnews.com
Lindsay Hubbard had miscarriage with ‘Winter House’ co-star Jason Cameron
Hubbard shared the heartbreaking news during the "Summer House" Season 6 premiere on Monday. She told Page Six she is now dating co-star Carl Radke.
nypost.com
Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion
Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion to gain access to blockbuster games including Call of Duty and Candy Crush
abcnews.go.com
Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard in $68.7 billion deal
Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, the video game studio behind blockbuster hits like Warcraft, Overwatch and Call of Duty, in an all-cash transaction valued at $68.7 billion. Microsoft says that the move will make the company the third-largest gaming company by revenue, after Tencent and Sony.
edition.cnn.com
Dear Care and Feeding: My Son’s School Wants Me to Offer My Expertise for Free
Parenting advice on race, anger management, and career choice.
slate.com
Why teens need more sleep, and how we can help them get it
With kids and teens readjusting to the world in the wake of pandemic isolation, sleeping well can be a protective factor.
washingtonpost.com
What questions do you have about the Washington Football Team’s offseason? Ask The Post.
Barry Svrluga and Nicki Jhabvala answer your questions about the Washington Football Team as the franchise braces for an offseason of change on and off the field.
washingtonpost.com
Thrill seekers, rejoice! 10 exciting new rides and 1 new theme park coming in 2022
A number of SeaWorld properties are debuting new rides and attractions in 2022, from thrilling roller coasters to a family-focused new Sesame Place amusement park. Here's a look at what theme park lovers can expect.      
usatoday.com
Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis on their 'Ali-Frazier' moment in 'King Richard'
The actors made it a point to give each parent credit for helping to shape tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.
latimes.com
Column: A new law aims to protect you from surprise (read: bonkers) medical bills
The No Surprises Act, which took effect this month, makes it illegal for hospitals to slap patients with sky-high charges for out-of-network care.
latimes.com
New York Fed Survey Shows Manufacturing Growth Abruptly Stalled
Omicron has brought growth in New York State manufacturing to a halt.
breitbart.com
Fighting racial bias with an unlikely weapon: Footnotes
The Citing Slavery Project focuses on legal precedents based on cases that involved enslaved persons.
washingtonpost.com
Is confidence a cult? These sociologists think so.
Getty Images A new book aims to show why directives to “just be more confident!” are so harmful. It’s hard to pin down exactly when it happened, but if you paid attention to women’s media in the 2000s and kept paying attention into the next decade, you definitely noticed it. Magazines that devoted their pages to diet tips and celebrity snark suddenly started preaching “empowerment.” Fashion brands that made clothing that only went up to a size 12 wanted you to “love your body” just the way it was. Parenting books wanted you to know that messing up was okay, that as long as you raised resilient, self-assured children, nobody cared about your stretch marks or your glass of wine in front of the TV. Regardless, somewhere along the way — perhaps having to do with a catastrophic financial crisis and the rise of social media — it became imperative for capitalist enterprises to recognize that people were rediscovering a certain kind of feminism, a kind that emphasized self-love and self-care, embraced imperfection, and called on women to advocate for equality. All of this coalesces in what the sociologists Shani Orgad and Rosalind Gill call “confidence culture” in their book of the same name due out January 28. “To be self-confident is the imperative of our time. As gender, racial, and class inequalities deepen, women are increasingly called on to believe in themselves,” reads the first line of the text. It criticizes the individualistic, neoliberal missives from corporations to “just be more confident” — in our bodies, in our relationships, in motherhood, in the workplace, and within humanitarian efforts to support global development — and argues that, most of the time, they end up reinforcing the very beliefs they aim to deconstruct. For example: Orgad and Gill describe one “love your body” campaign that features a dozen or so women all dressed similarly against a minimalist background as “an attempt to use and strategically deploy images of minoritized groups (people of color, disabled people, Muslims, queer people) in commercial culture to ‘take diversity into account’ only to empty any particular differences of their meaning and social significance.” I chatted with Orgad and Gill over Zoom, where we discussed the difficulties of critiquing confidence culture without critiquing confidence as a concept, the “girl-powering of international development,” and how the new wave of “anti self-help” is basically just … self-help. When did you begin to see directives for women to “just be more confident!” as a systemic cultural trend? Shani Orgad: We were working across different fields — Rosalind in intimate relationships and body image, I in motherhood and work, and we both had worked in issues of international development — and over the last decade or so, were witnessing very similar imperatives that were particularly addressed to women: to be confident, to believe in themselves, to love themselves. Rosalind Gill: The timing is not accidental, partly in the context of the financial crisis. That was a very significant moment that gave rise to this new common sense. Here in the UK, there was a really strong austerity culture distinctively targeted at women. It was all about women being thrifty and going back to traditional crafts and cultivating these qualities and dispositions that they needed to survive in this tougher, financially strained period. It really intersected with feminism and created a very neoliberal or individualized feminism: putting it on women to turn inward, focus on themselves, and stop thinking that structural barriers are out there and start thinking that they’re just something we need to work on. You note throughout the book that what you’re critiquing isn’t confidence itself but the culture around it and “what its fetishization does.” How did you approach marking the difference between criticizing women with confidence and the more insidious confidence culture? Rosalind Gill: For me, the “love your body” advertising and body positivity really resonates. It has a power and I am not ashamed to admit that I cried when those first Dove adverts came out. We were very, very critical of the work that they were doing, while also recognizing that we were doing similar things with our own students. We’d be trying to support our young graduate students and making them feel more confident. We’re deeply implicated in it. But we make clear that we’re attacking that fetishization and the way that it’s become this article of faith, this kind of unquestioned common sense, rather than attacking the idea of confidence per se. In many instances you style “confidence culture” as “confidence cult(ure),” implying that this is more than a culture, it’s a cult. How do you define the confidence cult? Rosalind Gill: It’s like a cult in the way that it’s been placed beyond debate: Who could be against confidence? Nobody could possibly argue against it because it’s so taken for granted. I think it’s good to be suspicious of the things that get placed in that space where they can’t be interrogated at all. It was also just a culture in the way that it saturated right across society — it was disseminated so, so widely. We were encountering exactly the same messages, literally word for word, in our respective areas of research. Shani Orgad: The women I spoke to describe it as something that isn’t tangible: When you ask them, “Where did you get these expectations that you should be the confident mother and the full-time worker who’s assertive?” they say, “It’s everywhere.” It becomes so unquestioned that it’s being internalized into the most intimate sphere, whereby women, often very painfully, judge themselves according to this unattainable expectation. There’s been a lot of backlash to these individualist, neoliberal ideas in the past five or so years, but you also argue that a lot of the responses — from “anti self-help” media like the How to Fail podcast, the bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, or on another end, Brené Brown’s The Power of Vulnerability — are simply repackaging the same ideas. How so? Shani Orgad: It’s again about looking inward. It’s about you, as a person, working on yourself, recognizing how you’re experiencing vulnerability. It’s not matched by any call, for instance, to invest in developing a community that would support these vulnerable selves. So in this way, it’s very similar and actually kind of reinforcing to confidence culture. It ultimately becomes yet another site of privilege because very particular people can afford to be and be seen as vulnerable. It’s about a very temporary and contained moment that you are allowed to be vulnerable, so long as you ultimately overcome and become the confident, self-loving, resilient, content person. Vulnerability is fine, but oftentimes, those who write about being vulnerable are already “on the other side.” Rosalind Gill: It’s almost like there’s these two clashing tones, one which is defiant, breaking the rules, “fuck everything,” and the other which seems really paradoxical is this kind of vulnerable, more fragile, “let’s give space to our insecurities and not aspire to be perfect.” They both sit alongside each other as “self-believing, self-accepting, confident-yet-relatable and not overconfident because that would be off-putting.” What would a properly feminist, antiracist, LGBTQ, non-neurotypical collective resistance self-help look like? It’s really hard to imagine. A lot of people would argue, well, what’s the problem with Dove saying that all bodies are beautiful, or campaigns that feature larger or non-normative bodies? But you make a compelling point that this actually reinforces the same harmful messages. Can you lay out that counterargument? Rosalind Gill: There are so many ways into this critique. One is that, until very recently, it represents a fake or pseudo-diversity, and claims to be a lot more diverse than it actually is. It will claim to show diverse ethnicities, religions, body sizes, but barely differing from what went before. The whole company is premised on exploiting women’s insecurities, selling products targeted at that. It also has a post-racial tenor in the way it flattens our differences to make them seem as if they’re all on one plane and as relevant as each other while appropriating social justice language. It takes all the differences and empties them out of their meaning and appears that, say, being pregnant is as significant as being disabled. Body image is probably the most common association people have with “confidence culture.” As much as “body positivity” is a common and very popular and marketable phrase, you show that at no point in history have people been this focused on their bodies. How does that dichotomy work? Rosalind Gill: It delegitimizes the feelings that anyone could have about their own body insecurities because we’re supposed to be comfortable in our skin. Yet that isn’t the world that we live in. We’re in a world of absolute forensic surveillance where everybody feels under intense scrutiny. I’ve just been doing some interviews with young people around how judged they feel all the time around their appearance. Yet they don’t feel that they can speak about it on their social media posts because that would be seen as being attention-seeking and attract more criticism. In the chapter on “confident mothering,” you say that many of the blogs and communities where women can vent, rant, and commiserate, claim that what they’re selling is “real,” but still perpetuate the idea of a perfect mother, that idea of “perfectly imperfect.” What does that look like? Shani Orgad: There’s been lots of research documenting significant shifts in the ways in which mothering is being talked about and represented in popular media. Some popular TV shows and films offer much more complicated portraits of mothering and comment on the many frustrations and disappointments and imperfections that this experience entails. That is a significant break from what characterized earlier decades. But it didn’t release the pressure — it transformed the pressure to be a “perfectly imperfect” mother, to be “authentic.” One of the things that was very apparent in our research into these kinds of websites and blogs is how the idea of the “perfectly imperfect” mother is still very much white and middle class. This is a time where there has been significantly growing visibility on Black motherhood in popular discourse, so at the same time that [the perfectly imperfect white, middle-class mother] is gaining visibility, there’s also a reinforcement of a new ideal mother. We call it the double whammy of confidence culture because it works as a double burden: Women have to perform confidence for themselves and also for their daughters, so they have to model it all the time. It introduces a whole new layer of self-vigilance and self-inspection and a constant awareness of yourself as a mother, not just in how you might harm yourself but how you might harm your daughter. There’s very little talk about what role men who are parents play in their children’s confidence. It’s unspoken that it’s the mother alone. One of the most fascinating sections of the book is your discussion of the “girl-powering of international development.” Can you explain what that means and how you see it as part of this larger confidence culture? Shani Orgad: The whole industry of, for instance, voluntourism is marketed as a good cause to help the “faraway other,” but it’s never separate from investing in your own self. We looked at numerous volunteer tourism websites, and they all have this feel-good, adventurous, exciting vibe. They’re often about how you can “hone your leadership skills” or discover yourself. It’s a self-discovery, while you’re also “rescuing” your sister in the Global South. In an era that has already seen so much criticism of earlier tropes that NGOs have been blamed for — dehumanizing the suffering of the other, the undignified depiction of victims — you would expect that something new would occur and in many ways, confidence culture is yet another iteration of these problems. We call it “confidence without borders” as a new movement that seems to characterize a lot of these initiatives in the humanitarian fields today. The book ends on a pretty positive note as you discuss recent alternatives to confidence culture — the rise of the pop star Lizzo, TV shows like Shrilland Sex Education, and books like Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim. How do you see confidence culture evolving in the future? Shani Orgad: We were interested to find examples that at least partly challenged or refuted the tropes and logics of confidence culture. For example, we looked at the TV series Sex Education, appreciating its take on intimate life in all its nuance and complexity, that didn’t ever recourse to easy clichés of self-esteem or “confidence is the new sexy,” but actually showed how relationships of all kinds are striated by power. We talked about Hannah Gadsby’s shows Nanetteand Douglas, and the striking way in which she actively rebutted individualist accounts of sexism, sexual harassment, and homophobia with her line, “this is not an isolated incident.” We included also the example of Lizzo, because in many ways she epitomizes confidence culture, but we found her to be a really interesting and important example of how some of the limits of confidence culture can be repaired or at least challenged. She represents a radical deviation from the normative ideal of female attractiveness and the highly restrictive beauty standards that dominate the confidence culture; the ways she privileges and celebrates Black bodies and experiences; the way she refuses the post-racial tenor of the confidence culture and instead connects her performance and persona to her experience of racism, sexism, and fat-shaming; and how she does not hide the immense work that self-love requires. How has the pandemic changed our relationship to confidence culture? Shani Orgad: The pandemic presented a moment that could significantly challenge the existing neoliberal order and disrupt the confidence culture. It has exposed intersectional inequalities and the way it highlighted our relational interdependence. However, during the pandemic, we have witnessed the reinforcement of confidence imperatives and proliferation of self-care messages. Staying positive and practicing “self-care” became motifs throughout the pandemic, seen in everything from exhortations to exercise, breathe deeply, and sleep better; to the promotion of “uplifting” tunes, “comfort” food, and “feel-good” TV. They encouraged women to turn inward rather than encouraging action to challenge and transform the structural conditions that have affected women disproportionately. So, seemingly benign and often undoubtedly well-meaning messages of confidence, calm, and positivity during the pandemic seem to buttress the confidence culture in very problematic ways. This column was first published in The Goods newsletter. Sign up here so you don’t miss the next one, plus get newsletter exclusives.
vox.com
COVID cases in US drop 47 percent in a week, according to data
The average infection count has been sitting at about 800,000 per day over the past week but there were about 717,800 new cases reported in the US on January 17, 2022.
nypost.com
'Fortnite' Patch Notes: New Update Adds Klombo Dinosaurs, Bug Fixes and Tilted Towers
The latest update for "Fortnite" Chapter 3 has introduced giant dinosaurs that now roam the island, much-needed bug fixes and a couple of blasts from the past.
newsweek.com
Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard — the embattled Call of Duty, Warcraft publisher — for $68.7 billion
washingtonpost.com