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Report: JuJu Smith-Schuster Has Knee Injury, Concussion; Week 12 Status Unknown
Pittsburgh Steelers star JuJu Smith-Schuster's status for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals is in doubt after he suffered a knee injury and a concussion in Thursday's loss to the Cleveland Browns...
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Browns HC Kitchens: 'Myles Garrett's a Good Person...I'm Going to Support Him'
Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens stands by Myles Garrett as the defensive end faces an indefinite suspension for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph ...
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Taylor Swift can perform whatever she wants at the American Music Awards
Big Machine Label Group and Swift reached an agreement.
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'Shine On with Reese' on Netflix is soothing female empowerment TV
Some watch The Office reruns to unwind. Others get lulled into the shiplap-covered wonderworld of HGTV. As for me, I spent a lovely weekend bingeing Netflix's Shine On with Reese, an Oprah-esque talk show starring Reese Witherspoon that is perfect soothing female empowerment TV. Shine On originally aired on DirecTV last year, but became streamable on Netflix earlier this month. Each roughly 20-minute episode features Witherspoon meeting up with a powerful woman in a specific industry and talking to her about her path to success, the hurdles they overcame, and how they got where they are today. Every story reliably follows the same formula, much like the calming haze of Queer Eye, and you know you're going to get a sweet happy ending. The Hollywood episodes have bold-faced names you probably love — Dolly Parton! Ava DuVernay! — but the ones outside The Industry are equally fascinating.  Read more...More about Netflix, Reese Witherspoon, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
The CIA reportedly worked with an Iraqi informant code named “Donnie Brasco,” who feared for his life and ultimately defected to Iranian intelligence
REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Iranian intelligence officers have used financial incentives and gifts to lure away Iraqi spies formerly working for the CIA, according to a new trove of leaked documents reported on jointly by The Intercept and The New York Times. The first section of the Intercept's five-part report offers both extremely sophisticated examples of intelligence implicating top Iraqi officials and clumsy tales of operations gone wrong. One of the top political advisers to the speaker of the Iraqi Parliament may have been an Iranian spy, leaked cables show. Iranian intelligence reportedly tried to recruit Iraqi CIA informants with gold after the US withdrew its  troops in 2011. Iranian intelligence reportedly tried to elaborately break into a German cultural institute only to realize they had brought the wrong keys to unlock a safe. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. American and Iranian intelligence officers have been conducting a just below the surface espionage war in Iraq, and Iran has a strong upper hand. In many cases, spies who once worked for the United States have defected and joined divulged information to Iran in exchange for safety, money, and gifts. That's according to a series of leaked Iranian intelligence documents that were anonymously sent to the Intercept who shared them with The New York Times. The two media sites jointly released reports describing the contents of the documents today. Insider does not have access to the original leaked documents and could not verify their authenticity.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at CostcoSee Also:America’s most notorious white nationalist says he knew Stephen Miller ‘quite well’ while they were members of a Duke University conservative clubTrump jokingly told Jewish donors that he could one day be Israel’s prime ministerGeorge and Kellyanne Conway appeared on opposing TV networks after Wednesday’s impeachment hearings, and had extremely different takeaways
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Kids playing hide-and-seek in Texas find dead man’s body
A game of hide-and-seek took a macabre turn over the weekend when children in Texas found a dead man’s body, police said. The body was discovered by kids playing outside apartment building in west Fort Worth just before 1 p.m. Saturday, The body was discovered by kids playing outside The Park at Bellevue apartment complex in...
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Raccoon posse shows up after homeowner feeds one
After being fed by a kind homeowner in Bremerton, Washington, this raccoon returned with some hungry buddies later on for yet another meal. The shocked man was able to catch his unexpected visitors on camera in this hilarious clip.   Subscribe to our YouTube!
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Most young people enjoy ‘Friendsgiving’ more than Thanksgiving
Seven in 10 young Americans prefer “Friendsgiving” over a traditional Thanksgiving, according to new research. A poll of 2,000 Americans – aged 18–38 – found 68 percent say celebrating Friendsgiving is their preferred method of engaging in the autumnal celebration. And results revealed 62 percent say they don’t enjoy hosting or even attending a traditional...
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While leading nationally, Joe Biden faces headwinds in Iowa
In interviews with a dozen top Democratic leaders, officials and strategists, many expressed concerns about Biden's standing in Iowa
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WeWork braces for mass layoffs this week
One month after WeWork's former CEO, Adam Neumman, received a massive payout despite all but running the company into the ground, more than 12,000 global staffers are bracing for mass layoffs this week. - RSS Channel
John Legere, colorful CEO of T-Mobile, to step down
Exec's longtime deputy will take the helm, vowing that rivals "will have no idea what's about to hit them"
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This abandoned hotel in Croatia was once so luxurious that its swimming pool was reportedly filled with champagne. Here's what it looks like today.
Tor Lindstrand When the Haludovo Palace Hotel opened in the 1970s, it was one of the most luxurious vacation spots in former Yugoslavia. Bob Guccione, the owner of Penthouse magazine, invested $45 million into the resort, allowing it build a glamorous casino.  Penthouse "pets" served guests champagne, lobster, and endless caviar. But the hotel fell into financial trouble less than a year after opening. The whole resort eventually closed around 1991 when civil war broke out. Today it is completely abandoned, furniture has been stolen, and windows are smashed. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In the summer of 1972, the Haludovo Palace Hotel on Krk, Croatia, opened its doors to the wealthiest of the west. Hostesses known as "pets" served endless supplies of champagne, caviar, and lobsters to guests as they sunbathed under the sun, and the owner of "Penthouse" magazine poured $45 million into the resort to build a casino. But a year later and suffering from a lack of foreign visitors, it faced financial struggles. The Haludovo Palace Hotel toned down its extravagance and continued hosting guests until civil war broke out in 1991. Suddenly, the entire resort was filled with refugees and every last appliance and piece of furniture was stolen. While the hotel's foundation is still intact, there have been no plans to redevelop it. What was once an extravagant getaway in the '70s is now an eerie shell of a resort. Keep scrolling to look at what remains of this once opulent vacation spot.The Haludovo Palace Hotel opened its doors in the summer of 1972 in former Yugoslavia. Google Maps The Haludovo Palace Hotel was built in the Croatian town of Malinska on the island of Krk, just south of the mainland. It was directly across from Venice and quickly became a premier destination for warm weather, beautiful rocky beaches, and luxury cuisine.  Unlike other Eastern European countries under Soviet rule, Yugoslavia had laws that allowed for foreign investments in casinos and gambling. Harry Dempster/Daily Express/Getty Images The catch was that only foreign tourists could take part in gambling, not Yugoslavian residents. This placed increased pressure on casinos to attract wealthy westerners. Bob Guccione, the founder of "Penthouse," an adult-themed magazine, pounced at the opportunity to expand his brand into hospitality. Ted Thai/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images He threw $45 million at the Haludovo Palace Hotel and it opened the Penthouse Adriatic Club, which included a casino. The casino was predicated to compete with Las Vegas and attract the wealthiest tourists.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Interior designers reveal the 10 decorating rules you should never break6 celebrities who have opened up about their polyamorous relationships10 of the weirdest things that celebrities collect, from Angelina Jolie's daggers to Tom Hanks' 120 typewriters
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Aaron Judge attends ex-teammate’s wedding with girlfriend Samantha Bracksieck
The couple also reportedly hit a Suns game earlier this month.
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Israel’s West Bank Settlements Do Not Violate International Law, U.S. to Say
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was set to announce the shift, which may doom peace efforts, on Monday afternoon.
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FBI spoke with George Bush’s brother over $300K meeting with OneCoin’s missing ‘Cryptoqueen’
The attorney for alleged OneCoin money launderer Mark Scott has made an interesting claim in court: that Neil Bush, the brother of former president George W. Bush was paid $300,000 to meet with the scam‘s missing “Cryptoqueen,” Ruja Ignatova. Scott’s attorney has told US court that Bush met Ignatova in regards to a $60 million loan to buy an African oil field using, in part, OneCoin cryptocurrency, Law360 reports. The deal was to be funded by Hoifu Energy, a company run by Chinese businessman Dr. Hui Chi Ming, who was also said to be in attendance. Hoifu Energy was to… This story continues at The Next Web
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Evan Peters and Halsey pack on the PDA all over Santa Monica
Things are heating up between Evan Peters and Halsey.
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Three killed in Walmart shooting in Duncan, Oklahoma
Three people are dead after a shooting at a Walmart parking lot in Duncan, Oklahoma.        
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Juno ride-hailing app shuts down and will ask users to join Lyft instead
New York-based ride-hailing service Juno announced Monday that it was putting the brakes on its business.
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Pompeo expected to announce U.S. softening position on Israel's Jewish settlements : administration official
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to announce on Monday the United States is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, a Trump administration official said on Monday.
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Amazon takes large step forward to shelter Seattle’s homeless families
Amazon has opened its doors to Seattle homeless families in need by investing in Mary’s Place. Program manager Mary Hartman founded Mary’s Place 20 years ago as a day center for unsheltered women. In the spring of 2020, Mary’s Place is set to open a state-of-the-art shelter — the largest dedicated permanent shelter for families...
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Amazon Rainforest Sees Biggest Spike In Deforestation In Over A Decade
Not since 2008 has the Amazon been destroyed at a faster rate, according to Brazilian authorities. They say an area more than 12 times the size of New York City was deforested in the span of a year.
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This dog is best friends with a ferret, and the photos of their unlikely friendship will make your day
nova_n_pacco/Instagram Nova the dog and Pacco the ferret are best friends. Their owner, Diana Grib, documents their friendship on the Instagram account @nova_n_paco. Their favorite things to do together include tug-of-war with a ball and playful fighting. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Unlikely friendships are the most fun to root for. Especially when both parties are adorable, fluffy animals. Diana Grib's dog, Nova, and her ferret, Pacco, became best buds when she added Pacco to the family four months ago. She shares photos of their adventures and snuggles on Instagram, each snapshot cuter than the last (seriously, someone give them a sitcom already). Here are a few highlights from their blossoming friendship.Meet Nova and Pacco. nova_n_pacco/Instagram Nova is the dog, and Pacco is the ferret. They live in Vilnius, Lithuania, with Diane Grib. nova_n_pacco/Instagram They enjoy exploring their surroundings. Grib has had Nova for two-and-a-half years and Pacco for four months, but it didn't take them long to become inseparable. nova_n_pacco/Instagram "It took only one day for them to become best buds, as they couldn't resist playing with each other," she told Insider. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Pittsburgh Steeler JuJu Smith-Schuster used to be afraid of dogs. Then he met Boujee.The 10 most-binged shows on Netflix in 2019, so farThe 12 most disappointing movies of 2019, so far
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House investigating if Trump lied to Mueller during Russia probe
The House of Representatives is investigating whether President Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller in written answers he provided in the Russia probe, the House’s general counsel said in federal court Monday according to reports. “Did the President lie? Was the President not truthful in his responses to the Mueller investigation?” House general counsel...
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BMW's i4 electric sedan will boast a 373-mile range
Ahead of its official debut of the vehicle sometime in 2021, BMW has shared new details and images of its upcoming all-electric i4 sedan. According to the German automaker, the i4 will feature a new 80kWh capacity battery with a maximum range of 600k...
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The 25 most expensive ZIP codes in America in 2019
Katie Warren/Business Insider Real estate blog Property Shark has released its annual ranking of the most expensive ZIP codes in the United States. For the third year in a row, Silicon Valley suburb Atherton took the top spot. The median sale price in Atherton, California, was $7 million in 2019 — up almost 43% from 2017. The country's second-priciest ZIP code is the tiny Hamptons village of Sagaponack in New York, where the median sale price is $4.3 million. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. There's a lot of expensive real estate in California.  Property Shark released its annual ranking of the most expensive ZIP codes in America on Monday, and California dominates with 91% of the cities on the list. Property Shark's ranking is based on median home sale prices. Atherton, California's 94027 remains the most expensive ZIP code, with a $6.7 million median home sale price — that's up almost 43% from 2017, when it first jumped to the top of the list. Located within striking distance of Google, Facebook, Tesla, and other tech giants' headquarters, Atherton is home to many of Silicon Valley's 1%.  ZIP codes in New York, Washington, Florida, and Massachusetts also appeared on the list, and a Brooklyn ZIP code broke into the top 100 for the first time. Below, take a closer look at the top 25 most expensive ZIP codes in America. Tanza Loudenback contributed to a previous version of this article.25. Bridgehampton, New York (11932) Getty Images County: Suffolk Median sale price (2019): $2,550,000 24. Newport Coast, California (92657) Beach Media/Shutterstock County: Orange Median sale price (2019): $2,585,000 23. Stanford, California (94305) Getty Images County: Santa Clara Median sale price (2019): $2,600,000 See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The East Coast's priciest ZIP code is a tiny Hamptons village of 322 residents. Here's what it's like living in Sagaponack, where the median home price is $4.3 million.The 15 most expensive homes sold in the US over the past decade, rankedA sprawling ranch outside of Park City just sold for $32.5 million and became the most expensive home sale in Utah's history. Take a look inside.SEE ALSO: The East Coast's priciest ZIP code is a tiny Hamptons village of 322 residents. Here's what it's like living in Sagaponack, where the median home price is $4.3 million. DON'T MISS: The Beverly Hills estate that Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt spent 3 years renovating before their divorce just got a $4.5 million price cut. Here's a look inside the $44.5 million home.
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Derek Hough does sexy dance on meds after getting appendix out
Now he's dancing with the scars.
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Marine Vet Freed by Iran in 2016 Sues U.S. Over Unpaid Compensation
Amir Hekmati, an American imprisoned and mistreated by Iran, was found eligible for $20 million from a special United States government fund. The government has withheld payment, and now he is suing.
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California to stop buying GM, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler vehicles over emissions fight
California said on Monday it will halt all purchases of new vehicles for state government fleets from GM, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler and other automakers backing President Donald Trump in a battle to strip the state of authority to regulate tailpipe emissions.
How to Manage Conflict at Work
You may think that you have the world’s most exceptional colleagues, but sooner or later, you’ll have a conflict at work. Unfortunately, conflict at work and misunderstandings happen all the time, so managing them in a proper way to minimize their effect on your productivity is critical to achieving career goals. The effects of how […] The post How to Manage Conflict at Work appeared first on ReadWrite.
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Cyber Monday
Cyber Monday 2019 is nearly upon us with an official start date of December 2. If you're someone who tends to avoid the rush of Black Friday for the smooth experience of buying online on the following Monday, then this the buying holiday you've been waiting for. Christmas is just around the corner, and it's […]
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Sony Immersive Wearable Speaker review: Fun to use, hard to recommend
Sony Immersive Wearable Speaker $300 View Product The Good Comfortable to wear for long periods of time • Excellent audio boost • Vibration is immersive but can be turned off The Bad Lack of Bluetooth limits its uses • Hard to recommend at $300 • Doesn't really solve any problems The Bottom Line Sony's Immersive Wearable Speaker is fun to mess around with, but not a must-buy. ⚡ Mashable Score 3.0 😎 Cool Factor 4.0 📘Ease of Use 4.5 💪Performance 4.0 💵Bang for the Buck 2.0 When Sony first showed me its newest product, the not-so-elegantly dubbed Immersive Wearable Speaker, I couldn't quite figure out why it existed. After testing it out at home for a couple of days, I still don't know the answer to that question. Read more...More about Sony, Audio, Wearable Tech, Portable Speakers, and Tech
Turn Your Charts Into xkcd-Style Charts With These Tools
I believe in charts. A good chart can stick an important fact into your mind and keep it there. And some of the best come from Randall Munroe’s webcomic xkcd. Now you can turn any chart into an xkcd chart, if you have the data and know a little code.Read more...
Can Cannabis Help Redefine Capitalism?
The nascent industry has the potential to put values ahead of profits.
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NFL Power Rankings Week 12: 2019-20 Conference Standings and Super Bowl Odds
Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season was short on surprises, showing how firm the league's hierarchy is becoming...
From Podcast to Streaming Music Ad Creative — Different Approaches Yield Different Results
At Business Insider Intelligence, our mission is to bring you the most important insights, data and analysis from the digital world. So when we come across outstanding research from our partners that we think our audience can benefit from, we like to make sure you hear about it.  That's why we're giving you a preview of eMarketer's new report: Digital Audio Advertising . You can purchase and download the full report here. More people than ever in the US are spending time with digital audio, leading to growing advertising opportunities. To properly communicate with audiences, advertisers should make sure the right creatives are used with the right audio formats. Otherwise, they run the risk of annoying or alienating their audiences. In a July 2019 survey conducted by customer experience analytics firm Bizrate Insights and commissioned by eMarketer, almost half of US internet users considered audio ads on music streaming services or podcasts to be annoying. So how are audio advertisers catering to consumers and cutting through the clutter?See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Google smart speaker shipments plummet amid industry growthLemonade postponed its plans to go public this year due to concerns about current market conditionsTHE ESPORTS ECOSYSTEM: The key players and trends driving the red-hot, fast-growing esports space that's on track to surpass $1.5 billion by 2023
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US grants another extension for businesses relying on Huawei
The Chinese telecom giant Huawei was blacklisted by the Trump administration in May.
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'They seem so helpless': Hongkongers flock to aid besieged protesters
Volunteers and supporters streaming towards Polytechnic University were fearful of what might befall the demonstratorsAs hundreds of protesters were trapped inside a university on Monday night, besieged on all sides by riot police, thousands of Hongkongers rose up in protest, filling highways, public squares and bridges trying to get to them.The streets of the normally orderly city were turned into a war zone as protesters, alumni, volunteers and other supporters streamed toward Polytechnic University in Kowloon, where anti-government protesters have been under siege for more than 36 hours. Continue reading...
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How to delete your eBay account and the data associated with it
Daniel Krason/Shutterstock To fully delete your eBay account, it may take some time to do — the process of purging your eBay account and data from the system can take a month, or longer, to complete. Once your eBay account is deleted, you will not have the option to reopen your account, and you won't be able to access any of the data from your account either. Here's how to officially close out and delete your eBay account. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Deleting accounts can be a way to simplify your online life. If you want to delete your eBay account, however, simple is not a good way to describe the process. It's quite lengthy, requiring a lot of confirmation that you want to close it out, and once you complete it it can take 30 days, or more, to fully close out your account — assuming it's in good standing and there are no outstanding balances or pending transactions.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering MarsSee Also:How to sync Notes from an iPhone to a Mac through iCloud, so your notes are always up-to-dateHow to sign a PDF document on a Windows computer using Adobe ReaderHow to set up a Steam Link device to play nearly any computer game on your TVSEE ALSO: The best all-in-one PCs you can buy
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Trump says he will 'seriously consider' testifying in impeachment inquiry
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said for the first time that he might be willing to testify in the impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine, even as Democrats questioned the truthfulness of his testimony in the Russia 2016 election interference probe.
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Massive leak of Chinese government documents reveal the "no mercy" plan for Muslims in Xinjiang
The New York Times has received a 403-page leak of internal Chinese state documents related to the ethnic cleansing effort in Xinjiang province, which has seen the creation of more than 500 concentration camps where Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities have been subjected to torture, rape and medical experimentation. Though it's not clear where the leaks originate from, the Times speculates that they were released by Chinese officials who are upset with the authoritarian measures and attendant human-rights abuses. The contents of the leaks support this theory, as much of the material deals with the microeconomics of the regional Chinese officials who implemented the ethnic cleansing program. The story begins with a wave of terrorist attacks in the region in 2014, most notably a train-station stabbing attack with more than 150 victims. This prompted an internal hard-line speech from president-for-life Xi Xinping, who argued that a virus-like contagion of Islamic extremism had infected people from the region. Xi argued that China should learn from the American hard line on terrorism and use the "organs of dictatorship" to root out Islamism, showing "absolutely no mercy." Xi compared the political currents in the region to the independence movements in the outlying regions of the USSR in its last days, when "ideological laxity" and "spineless leadership" allowed the Soviet empire to be shattered. In 2016, Xi's vision was supercharged by a change in regional government, when Chen Quanguo was put in charge of Xinjiang; Chen had previously been the hard-line official in charge of Tibet, and had been responsible for the systematic human rights abuses there. Read the rest
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Chief justice orders delay in House fight for Trump records
Chief Justice John Roberts is ordering an indefinite delay in the House of Representatives’ demand for President Donald Trump’s financial records
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Testimony by the former US ambassador to Ukraine shows US foreign policy is 'in shambles,' former Pence adviser says
Associated Press Marie "Masha" Yovanovitch, a career diplomat and former ambassador to Ukraine, testified Friday about her efforts to fight corruption in the Eastern European country and her encounters with the Trump administration. Yovanovitch's treatment illustrates the disarray of Trump's foreign policy, according to Molly Montgomery, a former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence on Europe and Eurasia and a 14-year Foreign Service officer. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In the second day of televised presidential impeachment hearings, Marie "Masha" Yovanovitch, a career diplomat, explained to members of the House Intelligence Committee how she had fought corruption in Ukraine and how the Trump administration abruptly removed from her post earlier this year. Yovanovitch was ousted as ambassador to Kyiv in May after coming under attack by US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, at a time when he was working to persuade Ukraine to carry out two investigations that would benefit the Republican president politically. Giuliani also was trying to engineer a Ukrainian investigation into a debunked conspiracy theory embraced by some Trump allies that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 US election. The main focus of the impeachment inquiry is a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who was elected in May, to open the investigations. Democrats are looking into whether Trump abused his power by withholding $391 million in US security aid to Ukraine as leverage to pressure Kyiv to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to take on Trump in the 2020 election. The money, approved by the US Congress to help US ally Ukraine combat Russia-backed separatists, was later provided to Ukraine. Molly Montgomery is a former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence on Europe and Eurasia. She spent 14 years in the Foreign Service before stepping down last year. She spoke to The World's host Marco Werman about what it's been like for current and former US diplomats to watch this week's hearings.Marco Werman: Molly, you've been listening today [Friday] to Marie Yovanovitch. Like a lot of people, what's jumped out at you? Andrew Harnik / AP Molly Montgomery: Absolutely. Well, first off, let me just say that Ambassador Yovanovitch is a profile in courage, as are George Kent and Bill Taylor, who testified yesterday. And I think what comes across so clearly in her testimony today is just what the United States is missing out on by sidelining its career officials. Werman: What do you think the long-term consequences are for US diplomacy of her testimony? Andrew Harnik/AP Images Montgomery: Well, it certainly has made clear to the American people and to the world that our foreign policy and the State Department are in shambles. And I don't think you have to look any further than the way she has been treated and others in the State Department have been treated to understand why. I fully agree with her characterization that the department has been hollowed out. And unfortunately, diplomacy is a craft that takes years, if not decades, to learn. And so that expertise will not be able to be replaced quickly or easily. It's a real loss to us. Werman: Yovanovitch was talking about visceral stuff [Friday] — her fear after seeing the transcript of what Donald Trump said about her. What were you, as a career foreign service officer, what were you feeling listening to her testimony? SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Montgomery: There are a lot of us who have served the country in various capacities, who I think were very emotional in hearing her speak about how it has felt to undergo the traumatic experience of being targeted by her own president and pulled from an assignment in which, by all accounts, she was succeeding. And so it is very troubling, particularly having seen the president's tweet while her testimony was ongoing, to see, from the Oval Office, the targeting of career officials and questioning of the quality of their work and their patriotism. It is very scary for people who, go to and from work every day, just like you and I do, don't have any special protection and find themselves very vulnerable, not just to trolls online, but to anyone who might choose to take those words as an inspiration to do harm.    See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:How rich people like Gordon Sondland buy their way into US ambassadorshipsShe's photographed every major war of the last 20 years, but Marine Corps boot camp was something else entirelyHow Erdoğan went from populist hero to strongman and transformed Turkey along the waySEE ALSO: How rich people like Gordon Sondland buy their way into US ambassadorships
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Michelle Obama wore a bustier-style dress covered in jewels for one of her most daring looks to date
mpi04/MediaPunch/IPx/AP Former first lady Michelle Obama visited the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. She wore a custom Schiaparelli gown for the occasion, and styled her hair in loose waves. Obama's haute couture gown is one of the most daring looks she's worn to date: it featured a bustier-style top, and was covered from top to bottom with a jewel overlay. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Michelle Obama commanded attention in citron last night at the 2019 American Portrait Gala. Since her husband left the White House in January 2017, Obama has been making fewer appearances — but she's had more room to be creative with her ensembles.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:Kate Middleton repeated one of her most brightly colored outfits, sporting a magenta skirt suit and $695 suede pumps10 of the most inspiring body-positive moments of 2019Nike is selling festive metallic silver-and-gold sneakers covered in stars
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The Guardian view on Hong Kong: a city on the brink | Editorial
The authorities’ repression has only fuelled the crisis. It is up to them to de-escalate, as others should tell themHong Kong is burning. The authorities continue to pour fuel on the fire. On Monday, the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist party, warned that there is “absolutely no room for compromise”. But it is not merely that Beijing and the Hong Kong government will not take a step back; they continue to escalate the crisis.As the newspaper commentary was published, Hong Kong Polytechnic University was besieged by police, who fired round after round of teargas at protesters attempting to flee the scene. The message – no way out – was all the more disturbing given that officers had earlier threatened to use live fire if petrol bombs or weaponry were used against them again. Among the hundreds trapped were said to be secondary school pupils. Parents, lawmakers and a bishop who sought to talk to protesters and seek some kind of resolution were prevented from doing so, though the former head of Hong Kong’s legislative council was later allowed to enter. When tens of thousands more residents launched “save the students” marches converging upon the campus, they too faced rubber bullets and teargas, in some cases after people threw petrol bombs. Continue reading...
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Andrew Sparrow's election briefing: debate blow for Lib Dems and SNP
Catch up with the campaign with our daily roundupAll the latest from the election campaign - live An ITV election debate featuring just Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn is due to go ahead on Tuesday night after a legal challenge from the Lib Dems and the SNP failed. The two smaller parties both objected to their leaders not being included, but the high court concluded this was not a matter over which it could exercise judicial review and that, even if it could, ITV was not ignoring its impartiality obligations. The SNP says this means Scottish voters are being treated like second-class citizens. The ITV debate will be the first to feature just the PM and leader of the opposition and smaller parties argue this means voters are being given the impression that the election is a binary choice. There is some evidence to suggest that, in England at least, voters are already coming to this conclusion. Opinion polls may not be accurate predictors of final election outcomes, but they are seen as reliable guides to shifts in opinion during campaigns, and so far the GB-wide polls have been showing support for the two main parties rising since the campaign started, and the Liberal Democrats and the Brexit party seeing their vote squeezed (particularly the Brexit party, whose vote may even be collapsing.) Continue reading...
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Oculus Link is out in beta now, so you can plug a Quest into your PC to play Rift games
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Today, the Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus announced that Oculus Link, which lets you plug a standalone Quest headset into your gaming PC so you can play Oculus Rift games, is out now in beta. On its own, the cordless Quest is less powerful than its wired cousin, the Rift S. But by plugging the Quest directly into a VR-ready PC with Oculus Link, it seems like it could be able to run much more powerful VR experiences if Link works as promised. Oculus says on a support page that you’ll need to have a “high-quality” USB 3 cable and a computer that supports a list of minimum requirements, which are mostly the same as those for the Rift S, including an Intel i5-4590 or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X processor or greater. If you’ve got those... Continue reading…
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The Hottest Franchise Categories of 2020
Get to know 347 franchises in trend-topping industries that will continue to boom next year (and likely beyond).
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How to Make Part Time Work for You
Going from full time to part time is a complicated career move. First we talk with a woman who’s made part time work well for her about how she set expectations and boundaries. Then we get advice from an expert on work-life balance on how to manage the risks of being part time. Guests: Kristin McElderry and Linda Duxbury. Our theme music is Matt Hill’s “City In Motion,” provided by Audio Network.
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