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Beyoncé shimmers in sequins and more star snaps
Beyoncé stuns at an event for Jay-Z, Kevn McHale parties after "X Factor" and more...
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Plant-based 'meat' isn't always vegan or even vegetarian, and that's a common misconception that needs to be clarified
Michael Thomas/Getty Images A vegan filed a class-action lawsuit against Burger King, TMZ reported on Monday, claiming the Impossible Whopper isn't vegan as advertised. However, the Impossible Whopper is not advertised as vegan. Many plant-based "meat" options like Impossible and Beyond aren't vegan or vegetarian when served at chain restaurants, as they're often prepared on the same grill as meat items. But adding a separate grill would be outrageously expensive for most chains and won't happen anytime soon. Plus, the mission of Impossible and other plant-based "meat" companies is to work toward a meatless future by providing plant-based alternatives that are just as delicious, affordable, and accessible as meat. That means it's meat eaters, not vegetarians or vegans, that Impossible is trying to impress. 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. An outraged vegan just filed a class-action against Burger King, TMZ first reported on Monday. Phillip Williams claims that Burger King's Impossible Whopper isn't truly vegan, as the plant-based patties are prepared on the same grill as beef patties. But Burger King never claimed that the Impossible Whopper was vegan. In fact, the chain told Insider just as much in August.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: We went to a Champagne vineyard in France to find out why it's so expensiveSee Also:I tried McDonald's new Beyond Meat plant-based ‘PLT’ burger, and it was a big disappointmentBurger King is testing 3 new Impossible burgers at 180 locations in the USI ate chicken nuggets from 6 fast-food chains, and the best were also the cheapestSEE ALSO: These are the 21 ingredients that make an Impossible Burger look and taste like meat
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The Secret Behind the Viral Churro Seller Video
A grass-roots criminal justice organization, Decolonize This Place, has become a clearinghouse for videos of police behavior on the subway.
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Coast Guard resumes search for missing sailboat off Maine coast
Aerial searches were set to resume Monday morning off the coast of Maine after a sailboat carrying three people was reported missing over the weekend following a distress call that abruptly cut off. The U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday morning on Twitter that rescuers were searching for Charlotte Kirby, Nathaniel Davis and Wilfredo Lombardo, who...
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Disney Plus doesn't have all your favorite movies and TV shows. Here's how you can request the ones you want.
Disney Disney Plus is available to stream, but fans may notice some of their favorites aren't available on the platform from "PB&J Otter" to the season three premiere of "The Simpsons." Subscribers can request TV shows and movies to be added to the streamer if they know where to look.  Once you're logged in, click on the drop down menu with your avatar and click "Help." Click "Give Feedback" and you'll see the option to "suggest a new feature" or "request a film or show." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Disney Plus is finally available. While it has a plethora of content available, not everything is on the streaming service.  Some of the content is licensed with other networks or streaming services. Seven of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies aren't available because of current distribution rights or ownership from other studios. "Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi" is currently streaming on Netflix until that deal expires. "Maleficent" won't be on the service until October 2020.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:Anthony Mackie says being 'given the helm of Captain America' as a black man is 'very emotional'Reese Witherspoon revealed that she turned down reprising her 'Friends' role because she was 'too scared' of the live audienceThe 13 best movies of 2019 so far that you absolutely need to see
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Schools briefly locked down after shooting reported at Oklahoma Walmart
Reports of a shooting early Monday outside a Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma, prompted a brief lockdown of the city's schools, officials said.
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Trump met with Powell at White House following months of Fed attacks
AP Photo/Alex Brandon President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held a meeting Monday morning with Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell. Powell has been a near-constant target of pressure by the administration.  Ahead of the 2020 elections, the Trump administration has increasingly called on the independent central bank to take aggressive steps to juice the economy. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held a meeting Monday morning with Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell, who has been a near-constant target of pressure by the administration.  The Fed said in a statement that the three discussed the economy, growth, employment, and inflation at the White House meeting, but stressed its commitment to independence from political influence. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A big-money investor in juggernauts like Facebook and Netflix breaks down the '3rd wave' firms that are leading the next round of tech disruptionSee Also:Trump reportedly shelved a ban on flavored e-cigarettes to avoid angering votersTrump hails 'cash' coming from US aid package to farmers caught in the China trade war's crosshairsChaos, crazy ideas, and cashing in: Trump and WeWork's Adam Neumann have these 5 things in commonSEE ALSO: Fed chief signals central bank will defy White House demands for further rate cuts
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An artist pranked people by leaving life-sized Airpods stickers on the ground all over San Francisco
Pablo Rochat San Francisco artist Pablo Rochat carried out a prank this weekend that involved leaving decoy Apple Airpods all over the city. Rochat printed out high-resolution, life-size Airpods stickers and attached them to the ground. Then he waited for strangers to try to pick them up. Twitter users reacted with awe at the "pure evil" genius of Rochat's prank. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. An artist carried out a prank this weekend that was seemingly designed to make Apple fans' blood pressure spike. Pablo Rochat, a San Francisco-based artist, printed out dozens of life-sized stickers designed to look like Airpods and stuck them to the ground all over the city. The prank was primarily intended to catch people's attention and cause them to do a double-take, Rochat told Business Insider. "Most people found it funny, but a few people were pissed that they got pranked," Rochat said. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1196450696821821443?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw If anyone wants to print their own 2d AirPods here is a free template ( AirPod Pros included
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How to defrost your car windshield in seconds
When winter rolls around, every driver knows the grueling — and cold — wait that comes with having to defrost your windshield before pulling away. This genius, from Wilson, North Carolina, claims to have figured out a way to effortlessly melt away the icy frost in seconds. His amazing life hack might have you starting...
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5-Star SG Cameron Thomas Commits to LSU over UCLA
Cameron Thomas committed to the LSU Tigers over the UCLA Bruins on Monday, explaining his decision to ESPN's Jeff Borzello : "Coach Wade was very consistent in the recruiting process...
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Facebook’s MoCo closes the gap between supervised and unsupervised learning in vision tasks
Facebook claims its new contrastive loss (MoCo) approach to computer vision tasks closes the gap between supervised and unsupervised learning techniques.
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Samsung made a 'Star Wars' Galaxy Note 10+ for Kylo Ren fans
How big a Star Wars fan are you? Big enough that you'd replace your smartphone just to flaunt it? Samsung thinks you might be. It's releasing a Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition to mark the release of The Rise of Skywalker. The phone itse...
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The Internet Wants Zack Snyder’s Version of 'Justice League'
On the second anniversary of the movie's debut, \#ReleaseTheSnyderCut is trending once again. 
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Feeling SAD? Verilux happy lights are on sale and can help with winter blues.
TL;DR: Amazon has a few of the best-selling Verilux happy lights on sale, along with other brands such as Circadian Optics and TaoTronics. With the winter quickly approaching, an extra burst of "sunshine" wouldn't hurt anyone. Happy lights are just the way to get that boost. These LED lamps are able to adjust your sleep/wake patterns, increase your energy and focus, and help cure you of the tiresome winter blues.  Luckily, it seems to be happy light sale season on Amazon with multiple top-rated lamps on sale at discounted prices. Here are a few Verilux ones we gathered up for you to grab: Read more... Verilux HappyLight VT22 — save $8 More about Light Therapy, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Mashable Shopping, Consumer Tech, and Tech
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Prince Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson called him a 'true and real gentleman' following his BBC interview
BBC News/YouTube, Seth Wenig/AP Images Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York has defended her ex-husband Prince Andrew following his interview on BBC's "Newsnight." Ferguson, who divorced the Duke of York in 1996, says Andrew is a "true and real gentleman." She added that she is "with him every step of the way" following the duke's denials that he slept with a woman who says she was sex trafficked to him by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. "I am deeply supportive and proud of this giant of a principled man, that dares to put his shoulder to the wind and stands firm with his sense of honour and truth," Ferguson wrote on Instagram. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Sarah Ferguson has defended her ex-husband Prince Andrew after he denied sleeping with a woman who says she was sex trafficked to him by Jeffrey Epstein. After clips from the Duke of York's interview on "BBC Newsnight" were released on Saturday, Ferguson said the royal is "a true and real gentleman" and that she is "with him every step of the way."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How to find water when you're stuck in the desertSee Also:Royal experts and lawyers are calling for Prince Andrew to cooperate with the FBI following his 'grotesque' interview with 'BBC Newsnight'Prince Andrew says the picture of him with his hand around Virginia Roberts' waist might not be realPrince Andrew says he couldn't have had sex with a 17-year-old because he was at a Pizza Express on the day in question
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AP College Basketball Poll 2019: Complete Week 3 Rankings Released
For the third straight week, college basketball has a different team atop the Associated Press Top 25 . Kentucky's shocking loss to Evansville opened up the No. 1 spot for Duke, which is followed by ACC rival Louisville...
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Best pre-Black Friday 4K TV deals this week: Vizio, Samsung, TCL
We've been so caught up with Disney+ that we've completely forgotten about Netflix, the gift that keeps on giving (as in giving us new originals every month). The lineup is particularly loaded this November, bringing new seasons to shows like Queer Eye and The End of the F***ing World as well as a slew of original holiday content. But possibly the best part is the trio of new Netflix films: The King with Timothee Chalamet, Earthquake Bird with Alicia Vikander, and The Irishman with Robert DeNiro — all of which we may see as Oscar nominees in 2020. And because Netflix shoots and delivers all originals in 4K, you'll want a 4K TV to be immersed in this new content the way Netflix intended you to experience it.  Read more...More about Samsung, Netflix, 4k Tv, Black Friday, and Mashable Shopping
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Footage shows daring escape by Hong Kong protesters on motorbikes
Dozens of protesters escaped from Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Monday on the back of motorbikes as police fired projectiles at them.
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Video captures violent brawl set off after student bumps into teacher
A high school teacher in Maryland went berserk and attacked a student who bumped into her in a classroom, setting off a “horrific” fight that was captured on video, police and school officials said. Vivian Noirie, 36, was arrested Friday after the assault at Largo High School on an unidentified 17-year-old student, who appeared to...
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Disney's new streaming service bafflingly leaves out 2 key features that everyone uses on Netflix (DIS, NFLX)
Lucasfilm Disney Plus, the Mickey Mouse company's answer to Netflix, finally went live last week. One of the most disappointing aspects of the service is that you can't see what movies or shows you've started, or finished. This makes it difficult to know which episode of a show you're on, for example.  Disney told Business Insider it will launch a "Continue Watching" feature soon, but there's no timetable just yet. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After years of anticipation, Disney last week finally released its streaming service, Disney Plus. Disney Plus features movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. I personally love it: It has a strong foundation with lots of rewatchable older movies and shows, with the promise of new Disney Plus originals on the horizon, like the already-excellent series, "The Mandalorian."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Apple just released iOS 13.2 with 60 new emoji and emoji variations. Here's how everyday people submit their own emoji.See Also:Smart TVs are having a rotten couple of weeks, and it proves why you should buy a separate media streaming deviceTwitter will ban all politicians from advertising on its platform, but it will make a few exceptions for news publishers and causesHulu is hiking prices for its live TV plan by $10/month — making it more expensive than YouTube TVSEE ALSO: Robert Downey Jr. is reprising his role as Iron Man on a Disney Plus animated show
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The Force is strong with Samsung’s Star Wars-themed Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Image: Samsung With the impending December 20th release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker looming like a nearby Death Star, Samsung has announced a Star Wars-themed Galaxy Note 10 Plus that’s giving off some major Kylo Ren energy. It will be on sale in the US on December 13th for $1,299.99. The phone looks really slick. I love the red lightsaber-style S Pen. It’s a black Note 10 Plus with a First Order emblem on the back and red trim on the buttons and around the camera. In the Kylo Ren-themed box, you’ll also get black Galaxy Buds with a red inner casing, a Ren-themed leather phone case, and a Ren-themed “metal badge.” Image: Samsung Samsung says the phone will come with exclusive Star Wars-themed wallpapers, shutdown... Continue reading…
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Netflix’s chilling ‘The Confession Killer’ trailer asks more questions than it answers
For its latest true-crime docuseries, The Confession Killer, Netflix is tackling the case of Henry Lee Lucas, a serial killer who confessed to the murder of hundreds of people — and not only did Lucas confess, he made a show of sketching out victims and describing their deaths in detail to investigators.  However, Lucas's copious confessions proved implausible when lawyers, journalists, and forensic DNA analysis poked holes in his seemingly endless killing spree. Such implausibilities forced investigators to open cases that Lucas's confessions had closed, and upended the closure grieving families had found in those confessions. Read more...More about Netflix, Docuseries, True Crime, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
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Popeyes employee brawl caught on video by shocked customer
The customer said he was at Popeyes to get the famed chicken sandwich "to see what the hype was about," but he doesn't believe the fight had anything to do with the menu item.
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Need a MacBook before Black Friday? Check out these deals on laptops and tablets this week
If you’re anything like us, you’re having a tough time waiting until Black Friday to throw some cash at a nice gift for yourself. Treat yo self all day, every day, we say — that’s true self-care.  For our impatient friends, we went and searched for the best pre-Black-Friday laptop and tablet deals on the web, including discounts on refurbished MacBooks, new MacBooks, iPad Pros, and also a bunch of non-Apple stuff (don’t worry Android people, we didn’t forget about you, and never would). SEE ALSO: 7 of the best laptops for video editing right now Take a look at our highlights for this week, and visit us again on Friday for more deals that’ll be happening over the weekend. Read more...More about Apple, Tablets, Laptops, Dell, and Mashable Shopping
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Three killed in shooting at Oklahoma Walmart
Police tell a CBS affiliate two people were shot inside a vehicle and one person was shot outside the vehicle
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Senior UK judges say cryptoassets, including Bitcoin, are property
Cryptoassets can be treated as tradeable property and smart contracts are “enforceable agreements” under English law. That’s according to the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce of the Lawtech Deliver Panel, which today published a 46-page legal statement stating: “Cryptoassets, including but not restricted to, virtual currencies, can be treated in principle as property […] smart contracts are capable of satisfying the requirements of contracts in English law and are thus enforceable by the courts. Statutory requirements for a signature can be met by techniques such as private key encryption.” The statement comes after a six-month consultation period and provides relative clarity for… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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How to tell if you have the cold or allergies
Andrew Goloida/Flickr First, consider the symptoms. Allergies cause itchy eyes and nose whereas the common cold comes with headaches and body aches. Keep track of how long your symptoms last. The common cold typically lasts 7-10 days whereas allergies can last for much longer. Pay attention to the time of year when you feel symptoms. If your sniffles hit in wintertime, chances are you have a common cold, not allergies. This article was reviewed by Rod Oskouian, MD, at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. There's a lot of overlap between cold and allergy symptoms, and it's not always easy to tell what's causing your sniffles.   "But there are some clues," says David Cutler, a family medicine physician at Providence Saint John's Health Center.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:Why flu season spikes in the fall and winterYes, the flu is contagious. Here's when you're most likely to spread the virusHow long a cold should last — and when you should see a doctor
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How Chronicle is fitting into Google Cloud
Chronicle is inside Google Cloud. Rick Caccia, Google Cloud Security Products marketing lead, and Sunil Potti, VP of Google Cloud Security, explain.
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Vegans sue Burger King over meat contamination of Impossible Burger Whopper
Some vegans have filed a lawsuit against Burger King because they cook the Impossible Burger Whoppers on the same grill as their meat burgers. According to the suit, the Impossible Whopper is not a vegan option and the restaurant doesn't disclose the meat contamination on their menu. Of course, vegans and vegetarians have been quite vocal about this issue since the Impossible Whopper's introduction. According to TMZ, plaintiff Philip Williams "not only wants damages ... he wants the judge to order Burger King to stop cooking Impossible Burgers and the OG burgers on the same grill. Read the rest
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Huawei is getting three more months before US ban takes effect
Illustration by William Joel / The Verge Huawei has been given yet another reprieve from the Trump administration’s ban on its products, according to Commerce Department documents filed today. Yet another delay Earlier this year, citing concerns of electronic espionage, the United States moved to restrict the purchase of equipment from “foreign adversaries.” The decision took aim directly at Huawei, as officials expressed concern that the Chinese government could exploit the China-based company to spy on Americans. (The company has denied any wrongdoing.) But after the initial announcement, Huawei and its subsidiaries were quickly granted licenses to continue work in the US. And after one 90-day delay ended in August, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross granted another, giving rural... Continue reading…
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This historic house is free — but it comes with a major catch
No one wants this free house in Montclair.
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10 gifts that your rude cat may or may not ignore
We can all agree that regardless of how cute they may be, cats are real assholes.  It's just evolution — they're predators who domesticated themselves, and they'll just never be man's best friend. No matter how much love you shower on them, they may or may not return the affection. They're notorious for being ungrateful gift receivers — if you grace them with a new toy, they'll probably ignore it for weeks before showing any interest.  As the holiday season approaches, here are 10 gifts you can get your beloved fur baby. They may or may not appreciate it.  1A grass planter  Image: chewy Read more...More about Cats, Gift Guide, Culture, and Web Culture
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A 17-year-old vaped so much he needed a double-lung transplant, a last resort when all other treatments fail
Jane Khomi / Getty Images An unnamed 17-year-old in Detroit recently became the first person to need a double-lung transplant due to a vaping-related lung injury. The case, while frightening, is a rare last-resort treatment for vaping-related lung injuries, Dr. John Scott, a pulmonologist and director of the Mayo Clinic's transplant center, told Insider. Most vaping injuries can be treated with antibiotics, steroids, respiratory ventilators that help a person breath, or a mixture of these methods, Scott said. Lung transplants are a last resort. Visit Insider's homepage for more. An unnamed 17-year-old in Detroit recently became the first person to need a double-lung transplant due to a vaping-related lung injury. On November 12, representatives at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit held a press conference about the teen's condition, surgery, and long road to recovery.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:The wild history of vaping, from a 1927 'electric vaporizer' to today's mysterious lung injury crisisA nursery song based on 'Wheels on the Bus' teaches women how to do a breast cancer self-examFish oil and cholesterol-lowering drugs may help ease symptoms of depression
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Meet the Blind RB from Arizona Who's Scoring Touchdowns | B/Real
Meet Adonis Watt, the blind high school running back who's scoring touchdowns. Watt lost his vision at five years old and on the same day he signed up to play youth football. Now, he’s hooping with the help of music and scoring TDs for his team...
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Qatar World Cup coverage has been unfair, says 2022 chief executive
The chief executive of Qatar's 2022 World Cup organizing committee says the country has been surprised by the "severity" of the criticism it has received since winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup.
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Major FirstGroup shareholders call for U.S. asset sale
Two major FirstGroup shareholders on Monday called for the British bus and train operator to sell its U.S. assets as part of a portfolio overhaul which already includes the planned sale of North American intercity bus service Greyhound.
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Three killed at shooting at Oklahoma Walmart: media
Three people were shot and killed in a morning attack at an Oklahoma Walmart on Monday, according to local media, the latest in a string of deadly shootings in the United States.
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Bella Hadid paired unbuttoned pants with one of the year's biggest shoe trends
Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Getty Images Bella Hadid attended a photo-call for the Vogue Fashion Festival in Paris, France, on Friday. She wore a brown tank top with detached sleeves for the event, as well as a pair of unbuttoned Alexander Wang pants. Hadid completed the look with one of the year's biggest shoe trends: square-toed heels. The model previously stepped out in another standout ensemble that included a leather jacket with no shirt underneath. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Bella Hadid is no stranger to making daring fashion choices. On Friday, the model attended a photo-call for the Vogue Fashion Festival in Paris, France, wearing an unconventional look. She donned a brown tank top with detached long sleeves and a knot at the waist, as well as unbuttoned jeans with leather panels attached to each pant leg.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:Bella Hadid rocked the no-shirt trend in a leather jacket held together with tiny stringsNike is selling festive metallic silver-and-gold sneakers covered in starsKacey Musgraves took Gigi Hadid as her date to the CMA Awards, and they posed in coordinating outfits on the red carpet
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Trump Is Using His Old Playbook for Impeachment
As the impeachment inquiry gains steam, President Trump and his defenders are running their old playbook. It’s not a good playbook. It wasn’t all that persuasive the first time around. But it worked once—and the modern Republican Party doesn’t have a lot of imagination for new arguments. And what the heck—if something was good enough for the Russia investigation, why wouldn’t it be good enough for, as House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes so rudely put it, “the low-rent Ukrainian sequel”?The Trump defensive playbook has a few distinctive plays.There’s the allegation of a deep state conspiracy. The demonization of an individual career official. The assertion that the relevant investigation was conceived in sin and is hopelessly tainted by it. The focus on throwing handfuls of spaghetti at the wall, rather than stitching together a coherent alternative narrative. And the radical refusal to see forests for their constituent trees.The first play is that most familiar of presidential obsessions: the claim that an unelected deep state has been hell-bent on undermining first Trump’s 2016 campaign and then his presidency. Career government officials, in this story, have turned their vast power and tradecraft against the president, who is battling valiantly against the attempted coup from within his own government. The Russia-investigation version of this narrative had the deep state working with the Obama administration to engineer the appearance of Russian election interference and the Trump campaign’s collusion with it—and spying on the Trump campaign in the process. These days, if you listen to the president, the deep state is responsible for the legal troubles of Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the emergence of the whistle-blower complaint regarding Trump’s conduct on Ukraine that kick-started the impeachment inquiry.[Jonathan Shaub: Executive privilege should have no power when it comes to an impeachment]The whistle-blower, who retains his hard-fought anonymity, is the perfect representative of the deep state: nameless, shadowy, and working for the most spooky and least public of federal agencies, the CIA. In an accusation that recalls his meritless insistence that Obama had his “wires tapped” Trump has called the whistle-blower “almost a spy,” and Sean Hannity has suggested that the unnamed CIA analyst committed a crime by “surveilling the president.”This leads to the second defense. Every conspiracy, after all, needs a villain. In the Russia case, the president and his allies seized on the public release of text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page that expressed negative views of Trump, arguing that Strzok’s key role in beginning the Russia investigation meant that the entire probe was nothing more than an outgrowth of the agent’s personal distaste for candidate and then President Trump. The president’s focus on the person of the whistle-blower is best understood as an effort to create a new Strzok—to put a face on the deep state, so to speak, and create a particular villain at whom his supporters can direct their ire.“Strzok started the illegal Rigged Witch Hunt,” Trump wrote on Twitter last year, in a representative complaint; “Why isn’t this so-called ‘probe’ ended immediately?” Thus does the figure of the single villainous official play into the third defensive tactic: the insistence that any one tainted aspect of the investigation necessarily taints all others. The insistence on Strzok’s bias and that the FBI was “spying” on the Trump campaign leads to the insistence that the entire investigation is defective—even if no evidence has been produced that the agent’s view of Trump affected the FBI’s work. Likewise, the use of the controversial Steele dossier to obtain a surveillance warrant against the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page means that the whole warrant is tainted—no matter that the dossier was one piece of evidence among many and that independent judges signed off on the warrant four times.This reasoning was always strained, but it’s particularly absurd as applied to the Ukraine matter. The attempt to make a demon out of the whistle-blower is a complete non sequitur. While Strzok really did play a major role in the Russia investigation, the whistle-blower was reporting on pre-existing concerns communicated to him by other officials, and the witnesses called before Congress have corroborated his report at every turn. The whistleblower was a tipster, not an investigator. It’s a bit strange to complain about the fruit of the poison tree when the supposed poison was tilled into the soil well after the tree bore fruit.[Peter Wehner: The exposure of the Republican party ]Perhaps for this reason, while Trump has insisted on focusing on the whistle-blower, congressional Republicans have also used procedural complaints about the impeachment inquiry to make their case of original sin. Their efforts have not been particularly coherent. “A due process starts at the beginning,” argued House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, dismissing new procedures for the impeachment inquiry voted on by the House. “It doesn’t affirm a mis-sham investigation all the way through. If you were in a legal term, it would be the fruit from the poisonous tree.”But the incoherence doesn’t really matter. During both the Russia investigation and the current scandal, the goal of the president’s defenders is less to spin a consistent story and more to throw up smoke. Nunes is the maestro of this technique: His mysterious memo alleging surveillance abuse in the winter of 2018 had the effect of seeding confusing conspiracy theories that grabbed press headlines, even though they never held together. These days, anyone watching the impeachment hearings has been treated to similar efforts by Republican questioners, who seemed mostly interested in chasing down obscure and nonsensical theories about supposed Ukrainian election interference in 2016. These theories crumple under even the slightest scrutiny. But they sound ominous on television and distract attention from the allegations of wrongdoing against Trump—which is the real point.Sometimes, the president’s defenders don’t seem to remember which scandal they are defending against; so completely have the playbooks merged that the defenses merge substantively as well. Nunes opened both hearings last week with complaints about the Steele dossier—his equivalent of playing back golden oldies from the good old Russia days. There’s no connection between the dossier and the Ukraine scandal, but that hasn’t stopped him from bringing back the greatest hits. The goal is to confuse, after all. At times, this approach has led to amusing self-parody. During the closed deposition of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, Republican Representative Scott Perry asked if the ambassador had ever “request[ed] unmasking of any individuals”—a reference to a Nunes obsession dating back to the spring of 2017. Yovanovitch, confused, asked, “What does it mean?”[David A. Graham: We still don’t know what happened between Trump and Russia]Most importantly, the playbook depends on radically disaggregating the constituent components of the allegations against the president. In the Russia scandal, that meant focusing narrowly on the specific incidents and never allowing that they were connected in a fashion that told a larger story. The Trump Tower meeting, at which representatives of the Russian offered “dirt” on Hillary Clinton to the president’s son and campaign manager and son-in-law, didn’t amount to collusion because the meeting was a bust and the dirt never materialized. The negotiations over a Trump Tower Moscow deal, taking place through most of the campaign and lied about by the president’s representatives into his administration, did not amount to anything either.The multiple campaign aides charged with lying about their contacts with Russian officials or cutouts were, well, just isolated things that happened. The more-than-100-pages of meetings and contacts detailed in the Mueller Report merely described individual incidents in which people met with other people who happened to be from Russia. The aggregate pattern, which so clearly described a campaign and business probed on all sides by Russia and its agents at a time the country was actively intervening in the 2016 election, was an evil from which eyes and ears could be diverted and about which Republican mouths did not speak.Something similar is happening today: a refusal to acknowledge the whole story by instead adopting a dismissive attitude to its constituent pieces—and refusing to see those pieces as connected to one another. There is nothing wrong with the specific text of the call transcript, we are told, or at least, no quid pro quo reflected within its four corners. The president has the authority to remove an ambassador, we are told, for any reason at any time. If the president asked for investigations, that simply reflects his concern about corruption, we are told, and Ukraine is a very corrupt place. If Trump held up military aid to Ukraine, we are told, well, the president is known to be a skeptic of foreign aid. And if a parade of earnest public servants, in depositions or in public hearings, testify as to the connective tissue between all of these elements—that there clearly was a linkage between acts of U.S. statecraft and Ukrainian willingness to announce investigations of the president’s foes—they are merely repeating second- or third-hand hearsay that or expressing policy disagreements with the presidents. Once again, the larger story goes unaddressed.Is it going to work—again? That may depend on how we define “working” in the first place. If working means being remotely persuasive to person who spends any time with the evidence, then no, it will not work. But the playbook in that sense didn’t work the last go-around either. Relatively few people who have actually read the Mueller report, for example, doubt that Trump obstructed justice—and most readers, we venture to guess, didn’t emerge with the sense that the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia and its agents were all on the up-and-up.But the goal of the playbook is not to convince the careful reader of the evidence. It’s not even aimed at the swing voter. The purpose of the playbook, rather, is to keep intact that narrow political coalition on which Trump’s power rests. He was elected with 46 percent of the popular vote and an Electoral College majority that depended on razor thin victories in a few states. What keeps him in power today is the commitment of his voting base to him, and the fear that congressional Republicans have of upsetting that voting base by abandoning Trump.So the real definition of working is two-fold: first, being sufficiently persuasive to Trump’s core voters that it remains politically perilous for Republican members of either house of Congress to contemplate defecting; and second, being sufficiently persuasive to those same core voters that Trump remains electorally viable in a campaign broadly similar to the one he ran before.It is too soon to tell whether the playbook is working, in this narrow sense. The stability of the president’s approval ratings, which have not tanked since the impeachment process began, suggest that at a minimum, it is not not working—at least not yet. The playbook may be even more implausible intellectually than it was the first time around. It may be infuriating. And it is certainly demagogic and immoral in its deceit and slander. But it has played an effective role in Trump’s resilience to date. So why not try it again?
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