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Devin Nunes Is Leaving Congress Before Potential Defeat in Redrawn District
Redistricting is expected to make Nunes' congressional district less favorable to the Donald Trump ally.
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Joe Biden's Olympics Boycott Ties China in Knots
The Biden administration's decision to boycott Beijing 2022 has led to a mixed response from China, which appears to be caught between anger and indifference.
What rights do tenants have in the face of climate change and natural disasters? Not many.
While property owners may gain access to low-interest loans and receive insurance payouts, renters are forced to move to higher-priced apartments.
Exclusive: Elizabeth Warren blasts Hertz for $2 billion stock buyback while jacking up rental car prices
Hertz has gone from bankruptcy court to buybacks in the span of five months. And Senator Elizabeth Warren is not happy about it.
How can my office celebrate the holidays virtually? Ask HR
Customize your virtual holiday event to fit your corporate culture, reinforce the value of your company, and emphasize the collective "vibe" you want.
Pearl Harbor 80th anniversary brings memories, tributes – and a lesson
The attack on the United States fleet at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, 80 years ago today, remains one of the most traumatic events in American history. America changed overnight.
After 18 years in New Jersey woods, homeless veteran finds a home
Kenny Epsel, 76, served in the Air Force and U.S. Army Reserve. All he had to show for it was a tent in the woods. That changed last month.
Ainsley Earhardt's Christmas memories include a loving tribute to her grandmother
In this excerpt from the new book 'All American Christmas,' the 'Fox & Friends' cohost shares sweet holiday sentiments and memorable family stories.
What America Owes Black Veterans of World War II
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 1.2 million black servicemen and women were among the 16 million Americans who answered the call to defend our country and protect democracy abroad. The irony of fighting a war to defend democracy—in segregated ranks—wasn’t lost on them, but they believed in America’s promise. And they believed their…
The 10 Best Movies of 2021
If 2020 was a long, dark winter for movie lovers—a season of some terrific pictures, sure, but also a long slog of having no choice but to stream everything at home—2021 has been the exuberant, celebratory spring. Not even just your regular, garden-variety spring, but a full-on Stravinsky-style spring, with crocuses bursting from the earth…
How Biden’s infrastructure package might leave behind poor and minority communities yet again
If the Biden administration wants the infrastructure bill to help disadvantaged neighborhoods, here’s what to keep in mind.
​​How Long Will Jericho Continue Wrestling? He Let's Us Know
AEW superstar Chris Jericho has not only managed to physically perform at the highest levels for 31 years, he is still one of wrestling's biggest draws at the age of 51.
Grief Is Universal. That Doesn’t Make It Less Isolating
Happens every day. Someone is left behind. Someone is left weeping at the grave. Someone’s bed is cold. Someone sets the table for two before remembering there is only one. Someone forgets in sleep and on waking reaches for a hand only to close on emptiness. There will be all those firsts without him. The…
One Good Thing: The Mole is a relic of early reality TV that still holds up
Young Anderson Cooper hosts The Mole, with a moody wardrobe to match the show’s impeccable vibes. | ABC/Eagle Rock Entertainment Now streaming on Netflix, the spy-themed competition show lets viewers play along with the contestants. The Mole is a gem of reality TV past, with an essence that other series have never quite been able to recapture. Airing for four consecutive seasons on ABC from 2001 to 2004 (with a fifth and final season in 2008), the mystery competition show worked to create a spirit of spy-like thrill and adventure. Even better, it’s one of the few reality shows that let the viewer feel like they’re playing along with it. It’s now streaming on Netflix, ready for an entirely new audience to discover it. Each episode begins with an explanation of the game’s rules. As host, a young Anderson Cooper (decked out in moody, all-black “espionage” attire) explains that players will compete in a series of challenges to add money to a growing pot of up to $1 million. But, he notes, there’s a traitor among them who must be found out: One of the players has been selected as the titular “Mole” and must work as “a double agent,” deceiving the other players, disrupting their efforts, and moving in secret. Thus, every contestant is a suspect, and each week the contestants must take a quiz with questions about the identity of the Mole. The player who performs worst on the quiz is eliminated. At the game’s end, one player will be named the show’s winner — and one will be revealed as the Mole. It’s very dramatic and a bit complex, but it’s precisely this committed mood and spirit that makes the show fun to watch. Adapted from the still-running Belgian series De Mol, each season of The Mole sends American contestants globe-trotting as they compete. In its first season, 10 contestants travel through France, Monaco, and Spain. (Future seasons go on to Italy and Switzerland, Hawaii, the Yucatan peninsula, and Chile and Argentina.) Each episode features daily challenges in a formula that would become familiar on other shows such as The Amazing Race or Survivor. Each of The Mole’s “tests’’ varies in scale, whether it’s going skydiving, figuring out how to reach a new destination, or doing their teammates’ laundry in a town where they don’t know the language. Often, there are variations on familiar games and activities like laser tag, brain teasers, and capture the flag, where opportunities for teamwork and betrayal abound. Watching now, there’s a peculiarity to the challenges — which are pre-smartphone, pre-fancy GPS, and often lo-fi and low-tech — but it makes the moments when they still manage to be thrilling all the more exciting. (A standout ambitious challenge in a late episode of season 1 might have invented escape rooms?!) Each episode’s final test is its most important. The quiz’s 20-plus multiple-choice questions range from“Is the Mole male or female?”to“What did the Mole have for breakfast?” Players answer these questions on a timed computer quiz, based off their own weekly suspicions. The players’ actual quiz scores are never revealed to them, making it near impossible to know how on or off track they might be. Because a player’s fate is based on how well they do on the quiz in relation to others, it’s in their better interest that another contestant performs worse. This leads to players trying to confuse their teammates, sometimes even drawing attention to themselves or implicating someone else. As Cooper narrates, “How do you work together when you can’t trust anyone?” It’s all very intense framing for what is truly a fun mystery game. But The Mole commits to the vibe on all fronts, from the soundtrack to the players’ buy-in to its language: Each episode culminates in what the show calls an “execution,” which is just a classic competition-show elimination ceremony. This suspenseful event sees Cooper type in the names of the remaining players into a computer, one by one. If they’ve performed well enough to be spared, the screen turns a bright green. If they did the worst on the quiz (and are thus the least knowledgeable about the Mole’s identity) they’re “executed”: The screen turns a vivid red, the music plunges, and they’re sent packing. The Mole arrived at an interesting time in reality TV history: at the onset of American reality staples that still run today. Its first season aired only about five months after Survivor’s first season ended, and it predated The Amazing Race by eight months. There’s an apparent normalness to its cast and contestants that feels almost strange by today’s standards. There are no indications of desired social media fame (a la Bachelor in Paradise), and it feels less about having a big personality and more about the actual game. Jim, the light-grunge, out-as-gay “helicopter pilot” is a standout of the first season, often showcasing admiration for the game in all its fun and difficulty. (In what seems ahead of its time, The Mole’s first season featured not one but two openly gay contestants.) And the final three have a dynamic chemistry that feels singular and too good to spoil. It all makes for a stakes-filled final stretch that’s one of the most satisfying viewing experiences I’ve ever had. If there is any flaw to the series, it’s in what we don’t see. To maintain the suspense of the Mole’s identity, the viewer can’t be privy to all contestant strategizing and theorizing. We learn some of these details by a season’s end and in each finale, but you get the feeling there’s so much we’re not shown due to time and editorial constraints. There’s a rumored potential new iteration in the works under a different title, though it’s difficult to imagine a reboot could maintain the same magic as the original in a new technological and social media age. What remains the smartest part of the show’s mechanics is how the identity of the Mole is withheld from viewers, too. It allows the audience to play along and guess who the Mole might be from episode to episode. In middle school, my friends and I would share weekly theories of the Mole’s identity, writing the names of suspects on the chalkboard between classes, or even playing our own versions in backyards before the sun went down — a friend’s older brother played host, we neighborhood kids using pencil and paper to take the quizzes. The Mole often felt like a secret relic only my friends and I knew. I’ve remembered it fondly over the years but haven’t found many others who watched it. Now that it’s streaming, a wider audience can escape into its thrilling adventure at any time. When it dropped on Netflix, I sat down to rewatch its second season for the first time since it aired. I swore I remembered who the Mole was and felt upset by how obvious it seemed now. I worried: Had the show lost its luster in retrospect? But when the Mole was revealed in the season two finale, I was shocked to find out that I’d misremembered. My suspicions and mountains of evidence against this player were misplaced. I had been duped once more. It made me feel like a kid again, completely full of wonder and awe. The first two seasons of The Mole are streaming on Netflix. Seasons one and three are available on DVD. For more recommendations from the world of culture, check out the One Good Thing archives.
In the novel ‘A Thousand Acres,’ I killed Lear’s wife. A new book has other plans for her.
“Learwife,” by J.R. Thorp offers insight into one of the more mysterious aspects of Shakespeare’s play.
Ranking every college football bowl game, from Orange to Frisco
A rundown of all 42 bowl games with the players and teams to watch.
Colbert reacts to New York City's vaccine mandate for kids
Late night host Stephen Colbert poked fun at New York City's vaccine mandate for children to enter gyms.
We all want the Omicron variant to be milder. Here's why it's too soon to know
The Omicron variant may look like it's causing mostly mild illness, but it's too soon to bet on that, experts agree.
Alec Baldwin Is Trying To 'Sway Public Opinion'—'Rust' Gaffer's Attorney
"I think it was clear to most who watched the show it was a poorly planned, misguided attempt for sympathy for himself," lawyer Gary A. Dordick told Fox News.
Reunited dogs have a howlin’ good time in cute TikTok video
The past two years have been “ruff.” That’s why two dogs at a PetSmart Hotel in Ajax, Canada, couldn’t contain their excitement seeing each other for the first time in 18 months since the facility closed due to the pandemic. The adorable reunion has been viewed nearly one million times on TikTok.
NFL power rankings after Week 13
Here is how the 32 NFL teams stand after Week 13 of the 2021 season.
Big Snake Found Behind Girl's Bedroom Pillows
The python was found slithering at the back of the girl's bed when snake catchers arrived.
Travel restrictions continue around the globe due to Omicron variant
Fearing a spike in Covid-19 infections from the new Omicron variant, many countries are issuing travel restrictions. CNN's Bianca Nobilo reports.
Bitcoin's self-proclaimed inventor wins Florida trial over stash worth $54 billion
A computer scientist who has claimed to be the inventor of bitcoin largely prevailed on Monday in a Florida jury trial over whether the estate of a former business partner deserved half of a bitcoin cache worth about $54 billion.
Disagreeing with Trump, Vernon Jones says he's 'the only candidate' who can defeat Stacey Abrams in Georgia
Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones takes aim at former Sen. David Perdue, Gov. Brian Kemp and Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams
Aligning anti-trafficking programs with UN Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals have pointed the way to stopping modern slavery in a community before it starts, writes Free the Slaves executive director Bukeni Waruzi.
Dog Wrapped Up Like a Christmas Gift in Hilarious Viral Video
An adorable dog was filmed getting wrapped up like a Christmas present, and it is melting hearts online.
At Design Miami, world-class designers presented a new luxury code
What luxury means -- and how it is created -- has been long scrutinized, but the events of the past two years have no doubt spurred new definitions.
Opinion: Tony Oliva, Orestes 'Minnie' Miñoso finally get Hall of Fame vote they deserved
Tony Oliva lived to see the day he was finally elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Fellow Cuban star Minnie Miñoso didn't. They will go in together.
BTS members launch personal Instagram accounts after vacation announcement
BTS fans, Christmas has come early -- members of the K-Pop band finally have personal Instagram accounts.
Week 14 NFL power rankings: Top five unchanged, including No. 1 Packers, but Chargers and Washington among teams on rise
The top five teams in our power poll remain unchanged, but Bolts and Washington are closing in on top 10 while solidifying playoff positions.
Montana seeks to end protections for some grizzlies, allow hunting
The request comes after bear populations have expanded, spurring grizzly attacks on livestock and periodic maulings of people.
Are Biden's policies inviting the next Pearl Harbor?
No one, least of all President Joe Biden, wants to see a crippling sneak attack on the U.S. But the president’s foreign policy has been so inept, the chances of that happening are rising.
We Must Continue the Fight Against Jew-Hatred in Europe | Opinion
Where is the justice in this world when the bar is set higher for Jews than for other minorities?
Pennsylvania's Constitutional Carry Law is Common Sense | Opinion
With the U.S. Supreme Court set to decide how the Second Amendment applies to people's ability to defend themselves outside the home, the debate in states like Pennsylvania matter.
5 things to know for Dec. 7: Pandemic. Russia. Capitol riot. Congress. Immigration
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.
Cagney & Lacey’s Sharon Gless: ‘I thought I was gay and hit on Rosie O’Donnell’
In her new memoir, “Apparently There Were Complaints” (out Dec. 7), Sharon Gless admits to hitting on Rosie O’Donnell after suddenly feeling “confused” about her own sexuality.
Brent Venables' daughter helps him lay his fears aside about becoming a head coach
"You don't have to be scared," Brent Venables' daughter said. "You told us to dream big. Chase your dream." Maybe Venables already was living dream.
Biden’s Whac-A-Mole Covid problem
And President Joe Biden prepares for his call with Vladimir Putin.
On This Day: 7 December 1967
John Lennon and George Harrison were on hand to open The Beatles' shop in London. (Dec. 7)
Biden-Dole bond speaks to a bygone Washington
The two former senators sparred but found ways to work together over nearly 24 years in the Senate together, and kept a warm relationship in the years after.
How to Watch the 'People's Choice Awards' 2021 Online
The 47th People's Choice Awards, where the viewers choose the winners, will be simulcast live across two networks.
Steve Bannon Wants Contempt Trial Delayed Until Just Before the Midterms
The DoJ believes it can wrap up proceedings against Bannon in a day in April, but the defense team argues more time is needed to prepare for the contempt case.
Why Would Russia Invade Ukraine? Vladimir Putin Fixated on Former Soviet Republic
Policy analysts and think tanks have said Moscow is intent on regaining imperial control of Kyiv.
Atlas 5 rocket launches two Space Force satellites
Two NASA payloads hitched a ride to orbit in a $1.14 billion Space Force mission.
Man Beheads Pregnant Sister With a Sickle, Then Poses for a Selfie With Her Remains, Police Say
Navesh Chitrakar via ReutersA pregnant 19-year-old woman in India was allegedly decapitated with a sickle by her younger brother, who then posed for a selfie with her severed head along with their mother.The horrific murder—deemed an honor killing after the woman eloped with her fiance without her family’s consent—took place in the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Sunday, according to the BBC. Both the young man, identified as Sanket Mote, and the pair’s mother, identified as Shobhabai Mote, have been arrested in connection with the murder of the woman, named Kirti Avinash Thore.“Kirti was preparing tea when Sanket attacked her from behind with a sickle while the mother caught her daughter’s legs,” Kailash Prajapati, Assistant Police Commissioner, SDPO Vaijapur told local media. “He beheaded her and brought the head outside the house. We suspect that the mother and son took a selfie with her head. We have sent the phone to the forensic lab to try and retrieve the photo. The duo then left on the bike.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Collapsed Miami Condo Units Are Still Listed For Sale
One man who lost family in the disaster told Newsweek the adverts "very painful and utterly disgusting."
Secret Santa gifts under $25
Fox News found some of the best Secret Santa gifts around, all for under $25.
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