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'Send her back' chant at Trump rally catches Republicans off guard
Chants of "send her back" by supporters of President Donald Trump, attacking Somali-born U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, triggered a wave of concern among congressional Republicans on Thursday, while Omar said Trump was "spewing fascist ideology."
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Rep. Kevin McCarthy defends Trump over "send her back" chants
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told CBS News' Nancy Cordes that the president did not join in on the chants aimed at Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar during a Wednesday night Trump rally.
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Trump’s Useful Idiots
Republican politicians saw what happened at President Trump’s rally last night in Greenville, North Carolina, where a crowd chanted, “Send her back!” about Representative Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democrat and U.S. citizen born in Somalia.They didn’t like it. And they know who to blame: anyone but Donald Trump.“The chants were offensive and very unfortunate,” Senator Mitt Romney said. “It did not speak well of that crowd.”“People chant what they want,” said Senator John Barrasso. “I’d rather attack ideas than people.”Senator Jim Inhofe is “not really convinced that the president himself knew what the shouting was.”[Conor Friedersdorf: ‘Send her back’: the bigoted rallying cry of Trump 2020]“A group of people chanted, he didn’t ask them to chant it. You can’t control that any more than you can control the reaction at a rock concert,” said Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who was at the rally but has apparently never in his 58 years attended a rock concert.By Thursday afternoon, even Trump had disavowed the chant, despite his campaign issuing a statement implicitly endorsing it. “I was not happy with it. I disagree with it,” the president said.If anyone believes Trump, I’ve got 500 miles of newly built wall along the Mexican border to sell them. Review the tape: The president tweeted about Omar and Democratic colleagues, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” At the rally, he slowly, methodically worked the crowd up to a lather about Omar. He told the crowd, “You know what? If they don’t love it, tell them to leave it.” He stood and smirked faintly while the crowd chanted, passing up any opportunity to calm it. Trump doesn’t disagree with it, because disagreeing with it would mean disagreeing with himself. He’s made clear that he brooks no criticism from anyone else; there’s no indication he’s willing to listen to the objections of his own conscience, either.It’s strange to see politicians criticizing their own voters, for obvious reasons. Tillis at least had a score to settle with the crowd, some of which had booed him. But if politicians had no control over the way audiences reacted to their speeches, they wouldn’t hold rallies. That’s the point of rallies.The problem is that these Republican senators have no other viable option. Most of them can’t accept Trump’s comments or the chants he inspired, because those are straightforwardly racist. But they can’t repudiate them, either, because doing so would repudiate what has now become the central agenda of the Republican Party and of the Republican president running for reelection. Well, they could—like Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, who left the GOP on July 4—but everyone who wants to remain a Republican officeholder has to make bizarre contortions like the ones on display Thursday morning.The fact that Trump has been a racist, with a political career rooted in racism, should have been obvious all along, and to many people, it was. But to those who remained unconvinced, the last few days ought to have caused scales to fall from their eyes. I wrote on Monday that Trump had chosen to made a shift from the barely veiled racism of the 2016 campaign to open racism in 2020—a shift from openly demonizing migrants to openly demonizing American citizens of color.You don’t have to believe me, or even adopt a plain reading of the tweets, because Trump and his aides have confirmed the strategic decision. Campaign aides told the Associated Press and CNN that the president is arranging his reelection campaign around the current fight, betting on racism as a winning play for reelection.“I do think I am winning the political fight,” Trump said at the White House on Wednesday. “I think I am winning it by a lot.”[Read: An oral history of Trump’s bigotry ]Senators like Barrasso, Romney, Inhofe, and Tillis are not natural Trumpers. They belong to an earlier Republican Party, where racism was at least meant to be denied, obscured, hidden behind insistences of “colorblindness.” Trump’s language and politics do not come naturally to them. Romney has even staked out a claim to be the sitting Republican senator most willing to criticize Trump—though that’s not saying much—and he refuses to make attacking Trump his political identity.But the party is Trump’s now, not theirs. If they haven’t embraced the GOP’s new, ethnonationalist project, they haven’t worked up the courage to either reject it, either. There may be a personal political expedience to this fence-sitting, since incurring the president’s wrath can be career suicide, and leaving the party equally risky, but the stance is logically and morally incoherent. It leads people to make self-evidently silly statements, as when Romney calls on Trump to use his “special responsibility to unite Americans,” as though Trump’s entire political career hasn’t been built around dividing people. He’ll get around to unifying us any day, surely!This problem affects even Republicans who have been critical of Trump, like Senator Susan Collins of Maine, or Representative Tom Emmer, the chair of the House GOP’s campaign arm, who said, “There’s no place for that kind of talk. I don’t agree with it.” Senator Lindsey Graham at least offers a coherent stance, saying that any Somali refugee is welcome as long as they are not critical of Trump. (This is not only contrary to the American ideal of dissent, it’s also untrue: Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from Somalia.)Trump’s rare repudiation of the chant—which is to say of his own remarks—suggests that, however pitiful the public reaction from Republicans, there must have been greater blowback than he expected. But the specific dismissal of this chant is unlikely to be connected to a broader shift in his political approach. The truth is that the crowd in Greenville understood Trump and his platform far better than any of these Republicans are willing to admit.
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PS4 early access multiplayer game Don’t Even Think reaches 150,000 players
Don't Even Think has attracted over 150,000 players in its first week in early access on PlayStation 4.
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'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli Loses Appeal, Will Stay In Prison
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A Comprehensive Guide to All the Times Cardi B Sounded Off on Politics
While most people probably know Cardi B for her history-making album, Invasion of Privacy, the Bronx rapper has also made headlines of late for her interest in politics and current events. Cardi, no stranger to a viral moment online, hasn’t shied away from sounding off on politics, whether that means questioning how her tax money…
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House passes bill to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour
The Democrat-controlled House on Thursday passed legislation raising the minimum wage to $15 a hour, ​but it’s not expected to find any support in the GOP-majority Senate. ​Approval by a 231-199 vote came after Democratic moderates and liberals ​worked out a compromise to increase it to $15 from $7.25 an hour but over six years...
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Journalist Digs Into Years Of Corruption, Dysfunction At Border Protection Agency
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Overwatch’s new ‘role queue’ feature lets you play the hero you want
Overwatch players all know the feeling: you’re in a match with random people, and no one wants to play support. With only a few seconds to make a choice, you’re stuck taking on a role you don’t enjoy or feel comfortable playing, just so your squad has a chance at winning. It’s something that has plagued the hero shooter for years, but it looks like developer Blizzard finally has a solution. Today, the company is announcing role queue, a feature that lets you choose what kind of character you want to play as — whether that’s support, tank, or damage — before heading into a match. Blizzard says the new feature is designed to “create an environment that fosters teamwork and encourages players to bring their very best to every match.” Essentially, there will be three different queues for getting into a game, representing the three character classes. And Blizzard’s matchmaking system will then pair two of each role for a squad of six. This means that wait times may be different depending on what character you want to play as. For those who play Overwatch in competitive mode, there will be new, separate skill ratings for each role. Blizzard will also be updating some characters so that they fit more snugly into their particular class. Brigitte, for instance, will have increased healing abilities, but won’t be able to sustain as much damage, making her more of a true support hero. According to Blizzard, the new feature is meant to “improve match quality, give players more control over their gameplay experience, and provide more positive social experiences between teammates.” But it also appears to be a reaction to the current dominant meta-game in Overwatch, known as GOATS, which favors team compositions made up of three tanks and three support heroes. It can be a bit of a drag, as damage heroes like Tracer and McCree are some of the most fun in the game. But with a forced 2-2-2 team composition, this shouldn’t be an issue anymore. GOATS has been a particular problem for the professional Overwatch League, as it leads to attrition-heavy matches that aren’t always very exciting to watch. That, too, will be changing. Blizzard says that starting with OWL’s fourth stage which kicks off on July 25th, teams will be locked into using the same 2-2-2 formation, ensuring that damage-dealing characters will be in the spotlight once again. Role queue is launching today in Overwatch’s public test realm, or PTR, on PC, and will be coming to all players as a beta as part of patch 1.39 later on. It marks the second major update for Overwatch this year, following the creative Workshop mode.
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'Overwatch' test lets you pick and queue for a specific hero class
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Dennis Miller’s best ‘MNF’ moment — by far — was when he called a ref Alfred Hitchcock
Miller’s time in the broadcast booth was largely a bust, so no one really remembers this one highlight. Even almost 20 years later, it’s hard to explain why the Dennis Miller era of Monday Night Football existed in the first place. MNF had just, thankfully, dumped Boomer Esiason and was looking for a color commentator to replace him. Hoping to inject some buzz — and the higher ratings that usually follow — to the program, Miller, a comedian, got the job, joining Al Michaels and Dan Fouts in the booth. At the time, Miller was best known for his lengthy run as the anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, playing Sandra Bullock’s therapist/former lover in the 1995 cyber conspiracy theory film The Net, and his rant-infused HBO talk show that greeted the audience each week to the always-welcomed sounds of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” Miller, by all reports, nailed the MNF audition. He knew the sport and was quick with a quip. Once the cameras started rolling, though, he went way too heavy on arcane references, leaning on his schtick that was best summed up by this SNL skit with Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, and Darrell Hammond. Football fans aren’t idiots. They didn’t like Jason Witten and his less-than-astute observations on MNF for similar reasons: They want insightful analysis and for the focus to be on the game itself. The announcers are supposed to add to the experience, not take away from it. Football always comes first. There are exceptions, of course — including what was Miller’s best moment in his two-season stint on Monday Night Football. This particular Monday Night Football game needed a dose of fun There was nothing special about a Week 4 game between the Rams and Lions in 2001. It was no surprise that the Greatest Show on Turf pulled out the game without breaking much of a sweat. The Rams entered the game undefeated, well on their way to the 14-2 record they’d end up with that season. The Lions were their mirror opposite. They had yet to a win a game at that point and would go on to finish the season at a very Lions-in-the-aughts 2-14. It was also Oct. 8, 2001, less than a month after 9/11. Life was hazy, as the entire country was still trying to figure out what the new normal looked like. The final score was 35-0, by all intents a snoozer and not worth remembering in the slightest. The game’s one saving grace came when the camera panned to referee Tom White, who was giving the official explanation for why he threw a flag. “Referee Alfred Hitchcock making the call,” Miller chimed in, with just the right comedic timing. This wasn’t a reference to the Delian League to prove he was smarter than everyone else, or an off-color remark about how you usually only see lions getting rammed like this on nature shows. It was also years before actress Tippi Hedren revealed that Hitchcock wasn’t just an obsessive weirdo to her, but a sexual predator, so the tone wasn’t inappropriate. In this moment, it was a joke that worked on a few different levels: 1. It was true. White did bear an uncanny resemblance to Hitchcock: 2. Most of the MNF audience would have understood the reference. You don’t have to be a movie buff to know who Hitchcock was. Plus, many of the older fans would’ve watched Alfred Hitchcock Presents when it aired, while younger ones might have caught the reruns on Nick at Nite. 3. Miller followed up his original crack with a “good eeeeeevening” Hitchcock impression. My memory is not perfect on this, and because no one bothered to upload a 35-0 Rams-Lions game on YouTube, I can’t verify when this happened. It was either during the same call, or as a pretty solid callback later on in the game when White was explaining a different penalty. Either way, that’s good joke structuring. 4. The game was essentially a Thursday Night Football poopfest before Thursday Night Football originated. It wasn’t entertaining to anyone except Rams fans, and at that point, the announcers should have a little fun with the audience and try to keep them tuned in. A passing reference most viewers could appreciate was one way to wink at them, not talk down to them, and it was one time that Miller nailed it. After that season, Miller and Fouts were fired, paving the way for Al Michaels and John Madden to team up for a successful run on Monday Night Football and later Sunday Night Football. Miller went on to appear in a few movies — including both Joe Dirt and its sequel — and took a sharp political turn to the right and became a regular guest on The O’Reilly Factor, now canceled in every sense of the word. Currently, Miller hosts a podcast, if you ever want to hear his opinions on topics like the USWNT or “Trump as a brand” (I do not). Miller’s Hitchcock ad-lib was an inconsequential moment and mostly forgotten, simply an actual footnote on Tom White’s Wikipedia page. It doesn’t epitomize Miller’s brief tenure in the broadcast booth, which was largely viewed as a bust, but it’s the one I always think of first whenever his time on Monday Night Football is mentioned.
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Trump Fed pick once said migrants are 'economic heroes' for their home countries
One of President Donald Trump's picks for a seat on the Federal Reserve board once praised undocumented immigrants to the United States as "economic heroes" and "entrepreneurs" -- a position at odds with much of the President's rhetoric on immigration.
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Trump distances himself from 'send her back' chant: 'I disagree with it'
President Trump distanced himself Thursday from a chant of “send her back” that rang out during his North Carolina rally the night before and was directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. -- saying he “was not happy" with the chant. 
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Donald Trump, Hope Hicks discussed Stormy Daniels payment during campaign
Then-candidate Donald Trump and press secretary Hope Hicks allegedly discussed making hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels with his lawyer Michael Cohen amid the fallout from the “Access Hollywood” tape’s release, according to FBI affidavits unsealed Thursday. Trump, Hicks and Cohen were on a three-way call that lasted more than four minutes on Oct....
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US sailor on USS Abraham Lincoln goes overboard in Arabian Sea, search operation underway
A U.S. sailor went overboard Wednesday from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, prompting a search operation in the Arabian Seam according to the Fifth Fleet.
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Celtics seeking Tacko Fall deal with development a ‘high priority’
All eyes were on Tacko Fall during NBA summer league, and the 7-foot-6 sensation may have earned a future with the Celtics. “We’re trying to still get a contract done with Tacko. We haven’t signed him yet,” Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said Thursday on 98.5 FM’s “Toucher and Rich” show. “I really can’t say...
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Jim Harbaugh takes one more ‘controversy’ dig at Urban Meyer
Jim Harbaugh doesn’t have to deal with Urban Meyer anymore, which should make Michigan fans breathe a little easier. But he hasn’t forgotten about his rival. When asked his reaction to Meyer retiring, Harbaugh gave a very on-brand answer: Complimentary yet critical. “Urban Meyer’s had a winning record. A really phenomenal record everywhere he’s been,”...
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Trade, earnings caution weigh on stocks; oil drops
A gauge of global stocks lost ground for a third straight session on Thursday on worries over how the trade war between the United States and China could take a toll on corporate earnings, while oil prices dropped on expectations of rising output.
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Republicans Unable to Condemn “Send Her Back” Chant Without Equivocating Caveats
Yes, crazed mob racism is bad, but isn't ... also ... something about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as well?
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Trump tells reporters he disagrees with supporters who chanted 'send her back'
President Donald Trump disavowed a campaign rally chant of "send her back," telling reporters that he "was not happy with it."
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Ilhan Omar proposes resolution supporting boycott of Israel
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Oscar Mayer’s Wienermobile will be available for rent on Airbnb
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Border Patrol Agent Accused of Sexually Harassing Mother of Migrant Child Being Held in Custody
The woman became afraid the agent would punish her son in his facility's care.
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Netflix’s U.S Subscriber Numbers Are Slipping
The last time Netflix lost subscribers in the United States, it was 2011, and the company was embroiled in controversy over a price hike and an abortive plan to spin off its disc-rental service into a brand named “Qwikster.” That was also the last time Netflix seemed vulnerable, at the dawn of the streaming era, when more of its revenue started to come from online viewing rather than DVDs sent by mail. “Qwikster” was quickly (qwikly?) dropped, but the damage was done, with Netflix losing some 800,000 subscribers and almost half of its stock value. Since then, numbers have only trended upward for the company—until now.For the second quarter of 2019, Netflix had forecast a gain of 300,000 accounts in the U.S., a modest uptick in its 151 million global-subscriber base. Instead, it lost roughly 100,000 in America and gained only 2.7 million subscribers around the world (it had predicted a total growth of 5 million). The company’s stock fell 10 percent as a result, perhaps not only because of the missed prediction, but also because of the indication that the service may have finally found its ceiling even as it continues to spend wildly on new TV and movies.Netflix doesn’t think this is the beginning of a trend, blaming the soft numbers on price increases, a lack of must-see programming, and the fact that its first-quarter growth had been so strong that there were fewer new viewers available, what it dubs a “pull-forward” effect. “We expect … to return to more typical growth in Q3,” the company said in a letter to shareholders, pointing out that popular programs such as Stranger Things, The Crown, and Orange Is the New Black were debuting in the latter half of 2019, along with Martin Scorsese’s film The Irishman. If numbers tick up in the next report, this will be seen as little more than a blip.Certainly, there is no financial trouble on the horizon for Netflix, which just bumped prices to $13 a month in the U.S. and has raised massive amounts of equity to fund its programming. But there is more competition nipping at its heels, from planned rivals Apple+, HBO Max, and Disney+ (all of which will launch in the next two years) to established brands like Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus. Some of Netflix’s most popular programming, like archives of The Office and Friends, are being picked off by these competitors, who are no longer satisfied to let Netflix dominate the streaming market.The loss of those shows (which were costly to license) means Netflix can devote more money to original programming that it owns in perpetuity, the company claims. The question is whether those new shows will have the same cultural cachet as a juggernaut like Friends. For every hit Netflix develops internally (such as Stranger Things), it greenlights another 10 shows that make less of a splash—an expensive approach to generating hits. One reason Netflix makes so many shows and films, though, is that it’s playing catch-up with giants like Disney, WarnerMedia, and NBC/Universal, which each own the rights to a hundred years’ worth of their own programming that they can stock a streaming service with.Netflix doesn’t have that luxury, so it’s trying to create a deep archive on the fly instead. In the days of Qwikster, the company’s streaming library was entirely made up of licensed material, which other studios would lease out to Netflix on the cheap because no other service wanted it. Now, everyone in Hollywood realizes the value of online rights, and so shows like Friends that finished production 15 years ago still cost $100 million a year to own. To keep viewer interest high, Netflix is going to need to create its own Friends rather than borrow someone else’s.Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, admitted as much in an interview about the company’s soft second quarter. “By making these early investments in original programming, [we’re] getting our consumers … much more attuned to the expectation that we’re going to create their next favorite show, not that we’re going to be the place where you can get anything every time,” he said. That expectation is going to be an adjustment for some viewers, and future quarters might be similarly rocky for Netflix. But while HBO or Disney might have a leg up in terms of their archives, it’ll take many years to build a subscriber base as large as Netflix’s, which continues to be the company’s biggest advantage.
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Trump Spoke With Cohen As They, Aides, Sealed Hush Money Deals In 2016
New court documents describe Trump's direct involvement with negotiations that led to a $130,000 payment to an adult film star to buy her silence about her alleged extramarital affair with Trump.
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Google’s plan to improve local news will start in Youngstown, Ohio
Today, Google announced that Youngstown, Ohio, will be the first city in its Compass Experiment, a joint venture with newspaper publishing company McClatchy to revive local news. The announcement couldn't be more timely, as Youngstown's long standing...
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Iran makes 'substantial' nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions
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The Squad v the mob: that's what the 2020 election boils down to | Moustafa Baymoumi
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Trump to meet airline executives to discuss 'competition and transparency'
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Martin Shkreli's fraud conviction upheld in federal appeals court
Fraudster Martin Shkreli, who enjoyed a brief period of notoriety as an Internet troll and pharmaceutical price-gouger, must remain in prison after a federal appeals court upheld his conviction for multiple instances of securities fraud. From CNBC: The three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circut also upheld the more than $6.4 million in forfeiture that a judge imposed on Shkreli last year when she sentenced him for his conviction on two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Shkreli, 36, is serving a seven-year sentence in a federal prison in Pennsylvania. In its ruling, the appeals panel disagreed with Shkreli’s claim that his trial judge’s instructions to the jury at his trial were incorrect and confusing to jurors. “The instruction given here correctly stated the law,” the appeals panel said in its decision. ” As such, we disagree with Shkreli that exclusion of additional language describing an element not required for the charged crime constituted a prejudicial error.” Image: JStone/Shutterstock Read the rest
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New York Awards Offshore Wind Contracts in Bid to Reduce Emissions
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Subway stop floods after downpour knocks out wall in Queens
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'Sesame Street,' Sally Field, more to earn Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement
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Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant as G.O.P. Frets Over Ugly Phrase
But as the crowd chanted at his re-election rally in North Carolina, President Trump looked around and seemed to bask in the enthusiastic refrain.
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How Trump distorts facts to make Ilhan Omar seem like an enemy to the US
The president railed against the congresswoman at his North Carolina rally, targeting her refugee status, religion and ethnicityDonald Trump spent nearly five minutes railing against Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar at his “Keep America Great” rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night.The framing of his attacks on Omar often targeted her refugee status, religion and ethnicity, and reveal how much the president is willing to bend the truth to make it seem that Omar is an enemy of the United States. Continue reading...
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NASA and ESA Reach Critical Decision on How the First Lunar Outpost Will Orbit the Moon
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YouTube Music now lets you flip between a song and its music video with a tap
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge YouTube Music has introduced a neat little feature that lets users flip between listening to a song to watching that song’s music video without any interruption. If a video is available, the top of the app’s screen will now have two buttons that say “song” and “video.” Tapping video should switch over to the song’s official music video without any hiccups or pauses. Then, tapping song reverts back to just the audio and the song’s cover art. It’s all time-matched, so switching in the middle of a song will jump to the corresponding point in the video. If you want to stick to just audio, go into settings and turn off the music video option by toggling “don’t play music videos.” Image: YouTube YouTube says it’s matched over five million music videos to songs for this feature. YouTube is already where most official music videos live, and this gives an incredibly easy way to peek further into a song without having to do any sort of separate search. YouTube Music has made other improvements lately, like expanding Offline Mixtape to automatically download hundreds of songs when enabled, and integrating its free tier into Google Home smart speakers. Many users continue to wait for their Google Play Music libraries to transfer over, however. The option to toggle between audio and video will be available starting today for YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium members.
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Trump Did Nothing When Supporters Chanted ‘Send Her Back.’ The Next Day He Said He ‘Was Not Happy.’
Trump adds he 'would certainly try' to stop the chant should it return
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