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Texas House committee recommends impeaching Attorney General Ken Paxton following investigation

The Texas House Investigative Committee unanimously voted 5-0 to adopt articles of impeachment for Paxton on Thursday, according to FOX 4.
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Erik Wemple answers your questions on the media
Erik's Q&A with readers is at 12 p.m. ET on Monday, June 12. Submit your questions.
Will There Be a Season 11 of ‘Vanderpump Rules’?
After four extremely emotional and cutthroat months, Vanderpump Rules Season 10 has finally come to an end.
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Newlyweds shamed by social media users for advertising Venmo username on car window
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Trump seeks new trial or reduced damages in E. Jean Carroll sex abuse case
The former president's attorneys said in a filing on Thursday that the $5 million verdict was "grossly excessive."
Natalee Holloway suspect Joran van der Sloot arrives in US to face extortion, wire fraud charges
Joran van der Sloot has arrived in Birmingham, Alabama, where he'll face federal charges in relation to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
Prisiones en Haití severamente superpobladas; los presos mueren de sed y hambre
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Biden to appoint anti-book ban coordinator in move to protect LGBTQI+ Americans
The White House announced a new anti-book ban coordinator to take on efforts by parents to remove LGBTQI+ books with graphic content from schools.
Americans are retiring earlier than they’d expected: survey
Americans are currently retiring earlier than they’d expected — but four out of five still struggle with the retirement process, new research suggests.   A recent survey of 2,000 retired Americans found that they’d initially expected to retire at 63.2 years old, on average, but instead did so at 61.5 years old, beating the median point...
'Squad' Dems refuse to say whether Biden should debate 2024 challengers before primary
Members of "the Squad" would not say if President Biden should debate his Democrat primary challengers amid concerns over the president's age and health.
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‘Vanderpump Villa’: Hulu Orders New Reality Series Set in Lisa Vanderpump’s Luxury French Villa
Could Vanderpump Villa have a Scandoval of its own?
Abogado de príncipe Harry interroga a exreportera de tabloide
Un abogado del príncipe Harry termina de exponer el caso de la realeza contra la empresa propietaria de un periódico el jueves, interrogando a una exreportera de tabloide sobre la información insertada en los artículos por el entonces editor Piers Morgan
‘Modern Family’ star Adam DeVine recalls witnessing a murder across from his $2.6 million Hollywood Hills home
Adam DeVine detailed witnessing a murder that occurred across the street from his home in the Hollywood Hills. LAPD confirmed an investigation into the fatal shooting is ongoing.
After a Rocky Year, Zuckerberg Lays Out Meta’s Road Map to Employees
In an internal all-hands meeting, the chief executive explained his plans for artificial intelligence, the metaverse and rebooting Meta’s culture.
‘Physically impossible’ for elephant to bite woman, Bali Park owner says
"It is like accusing a man with no hands of being a pickpocket," Mason Elephant Park and Lodge owner Nigel Mason said of claims that Lupcik the elephant "bit" a tourist.
BID: marcada desaceleración de las exportaciones de Latinoamérica
Las exportaciones de bienes de América Latina y el Caribe retroceden marcadamente en el primer trimestre del año arrastradas por la caída en el precio del petróleo, los metales y productos agrícolas que vende Sudamérica, según un informe del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo
I feed my dates $1 meals — romance doesn’t have to be expensive
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Pride Month party at White House scrapped over wildfire smoke in DC
The White House postponed a Pride Month party with singer Betty Who as smoke from Canadian wildfires enveloped the nation's capital.
DC Young Fly Posts Emotional Tribute to Late Partner Jacky Oh: “The Greatest Mother I Know”
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Calpak luggage sale: Save up to 45% on must-have luggage and travel sets
Shop discounted luggage pieces and sets now during Calpak's hot summer sale.
The Real Lesson of Top Chef
In the crowded field of TV cooking shows, Gordon Ramsay looms large. Hell’s Kitchen began airing in 2005, during the heady days of the earliest reality-competition shows, premised on the notion that the art of cooking is best achieved through the craft of bullying. The celebrity chef berated the contestants who doubled as his sous-chefs. He screamed. He mocked. He, more than anyone else, made Hell’s Kitchen hellish—and, in that, his show captured something essential about the industry it claimed to portray. Food preparation is, traditionally, women’s work; commercial kitchens, hectic and hierarchical and male, tend to elide that fact. They take a restaurant’s most basic marketing proposition—it sells stuff you need in order to stay alive—and coat it in thick layers of machismo.A year after Hell’s Kitchen premiered on Fox, another cooking competition hit the air. Bravo’s Top Chef took the older show’s conceit—a test of the skills required to succeed in high-end kitchens—and made it calmer and kinder. To serve as its head judge, the show recruited Tom Colicchio, a figure who, like Ramsay, was a respected celebrity chef, and who, unlike Ramsay, exuded charismatic affability. Top Chef served as both a competitor to Hell’s Kitchen and a rebuke to it. Chef means leader; chefs, fundamentally, are bosses. And Top Chef, fundamentally, is about the work environments they create as they go about the business of food. The tension between executives and staffers; the frustrations, and delights, of collaboration; the social dynamics that can foster talent or stifle it—Top Chef considers all of that in the gas-fired context of the kitchen.Top Chef quickly became a juggernaut, gaining a large fan base, several international spin-offs, and widespread influence over the culinary field. It has featured some 300 competitors on its stage. The show, today, is completing its 20th season. Top Chef: World All-Stars, set in London and featuring an international roster of contestants, is both broad in scope and valedictory in tone—a testament to the scale of the franchise. The success has come, in part, from the same things that will give any industry-oriented reality competition its appeal: great production values, compelling cast members, the thrill of watching artists at the top of their game. But the show’s insights about cooking as a profession are what set it apart. Top Chef gained traction as Americans were reconsidering the nature of the workplace, and of work itself. It has spent 17 years considering the kitchen as an office by proxy. The show has offered changing answers, in the process, to a question that shapes both an industry and a culture: What makes a good leader?Speaking before the judges in an episode of Top Chef Season 1, Dave Martin lost patience with his fellow contestant Tiffani Faison and provided a sound bite for the ages: “I’m not your bitch, bitch!” The line was perfectly calibrated to its moment. This was the “I’m not here to make friends” era of reality television. Top Chef’s 12 contestants lived together while competing against one another, giving the show a base note of The Real World and Survivor. And, for a while, the show found drama in the same way those other series did: Each season had its appointed antiheroes. Some chefs earned their villain edits through arrogance (Season 2’s Marcel Vigneron, lover of culinary foams and the term soigne, quickly won the disdain of his castmates; Season 3’s Hung Huynh, in a talking-head interview, classified himself as a CPA—a “certified professional asshole”).Later villains brought the Ramsayan approach to the Top Chef kitchen. The show can be an exercise in enforced humility: It turns chefs, many of them used to being executives, into line cooks and sous-chefs. Some contestants have reacted to that dynamic by bullying their competitors. Season 9, Top Chef: Texas, found Heather Terhune so accustomed to deriding her castmate Beverly Kim that she voiced her complaints about Kim’s alleged shortcomings to the judges—even when Kim was her partner in a double-elimination challenge.[Read: The paranoid style in American entertainment]Top Chef premiered a few years after Survivor’s Richard Hatch manipulated his way into $1 million in prize money and reality-TV infamy, and a few years before The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s table flip heard round the world. Its villains were products of their times. But Top Chef’s premise, and its revolving-door relationship with the restaurant industry, meant that its villains were more than entertaining misanthropes. They were also bad colleagues. They turned Top Chef’s kitchen, episode by episode, into a toxic work environment. It didn’t matter, after a while, whether the competitors’ villainy stemmed from their arrogance or their anger or their deviousness or their awareness of the curt mechanics of fame. Wherever it came from, it spread. Watch enough episodes of those early seasons, and you could almost predict which team, in a group challenge, was going to lose. It was the one that had the villain on it.Top Chef appeals, in part, because it is reliably formulaic: The competitors—and the settings—change, but the seasons’ structures remain the same. The show has retained its three primary judges, Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and Padma Lakshmi, since Season 2. (Late last week, Lakshmi announced that Top Chef’s current season is her final one—shaking up not only the show, but also its central triumvirate.) Each episode adheres to the same three-part format: the Quickfire Challenge, the Elimination Challenge, and the Judge’s Table that determines which chef (or, sometimes, chefs) will be eliminated. Each season has culminated in a finale that asks the contestants to create the “meal of their life”—the only one they will make on the show that is relatively free of creative constraints.But Top Chef’s tone has transformed over the past 17 years. That is in large part because it has done away, effectively, with villainy. There are no obvious villains in Season 20. Nor have there been obvious villains in the many seasons that have preceded it. Instead, as the years have gone on, the show has studiously excised the types of competitors whose attitudes turn them into agents of chaos. In their place are contestants who seem excited to learn from their fellow chefs, to collaborate with them—to be, in every sense, collegial.[Read: Foodie culture as we know it is over]In the story lines it amplifies, too, Top Chef has come to prioritize the friendships that develop among the people who are at once competitors, castmates, and peers. Top Chef: World All-Stars has highlighted the friendship that emerged between Amar Santana, a Dominican American chef, and the Jordanian chef Ali Ghzawi. Season 8, the show’s first all-stars season, delighted in the opposites-attracting closeness that developed between Fabio Viviani, the extroverted Italian chef, and Richard Blais, the cerebral molecular gastronomist. One of the best arcs of Season 15, Top Chef: Colorado, was the siblinglike relationship that arose between two chefs who hailed from Chicago, Adrienne Cheatham and Joe Flamm.Top Chef did not merely become kinder and less cutthroat over the years; in that, its evolution is akin to that of many other competitive reality shows. (The meadow-bound tent of the Great British Bake Off casts a long shadow.) Instead, the show developed a more precise idea of the product it was actually providing. For Top Chef, Colicchio told me recently, villainy simply didn’t sell. Focus groups that the show’s producers conducted kept revealing that collaboration was Top Chef’s true selling point. You can get melodrama anywhere, but teamwork is much harder to come by. And there’s a certain magic in watching accomplished people collaborate, even in the context of competition.The show, eventually, came to emphasize, even encourage, collaboration. In a two-day challenge in Season 5, contestants entered the kitchen to discover that a refrigerator storing pork products hadn’t closed properly the night before. The mishap might have spelled disaster for two chefs; rather than letting them flail, though, their competitors rallied to help them create substitute dishes. The judges commended everyone for the teamwork, and then rewarded them for it: No one, Colicchio announced, would be going home after that challenge. Near the end of Season 18, Dawn Burrell, a former Olympian long jumper, cut her finger in the middle of a cook. Her competitors stepped in to help her finish her dish. In earlier seasons, that would have been remarkable; by Season 18, it was standard. The message in the newer approach is simple. As Simmons put it to me, “You don’t need to be an asshole to get ahead.”“Family” is a refrain on Top Chef. As the show has considered the social dynamics of workplaces, it has also considered how to define those dynamics. Cooks tend to be systematically overworked; the hours they spend in the kitchen are not only intense—the heat, the fire, the knives—but also, simply, long. As Brooke Williamson, Season 10’s runner-up and Season 14’s winner, told me, culinary workers tend to spend more time in the company of their colleagues than they do with anyone else in their life. Such situations are common across industries, but kitchens bring a certain acuity to the imbalance.Restaurant kitchens, particularly high-end ones, tend to default to two types of language: the martial and the familial. They have lines and brigades, specialized roles and respected ranks. (“Yes, chef” or “Oui, chef” are the acceptable replies to a cook who outranks you.) But they also have family meals. They have deep camaraderie. They lean into the argument that has become, particularly in recent years, a matter of anxiety: that one’s colleagues are one’s family.Top Chef has embraced that idea. As it has grown, it has talked about itself—its judges, its contestants, its brand—in terms of familial intimacy. “Top Chef family” has become the show’s answer to “Bachelor Nation.” The show has written the notion of the family meal into its challenges. Season 19, Top Chef: Houston, surprised contestants by flying several of their relatives to a vacation home on Galveston Island, where the chefs were asked to create favorite family meals. (The challenge, as so many of Top Chef’s will, involved a commercial partnership—this one with the home-rental service Vrbo.) At another vacation home, this one set in the English countryside, Top Chef: World All-Stars asked its remaining contestants to prepare a potluck meal featuring dishes that were meaningful to their own families.On the surface, the rhetoric is appealing: It gives Top Chef an air of coziness. It serves as a further rebuke to the notion of chefs as autocrats and auteurs. But Top Chef’s emphasis on family can elide the same thing that everyday workplaces’ emphasis on family can: Chefs are workers. Cooks are laborers. Kitchens are sites of economic transaction. Hugh Acheson, the celebrity chef who has served as both a guest judge on the show and as a competitor on one of its spin-offs, Top Chef: Masters, recently compared the work chefs do on the show to the types of internships common at high-end restaurants: unpaid labor, exchanged for the currency of “experience.”Top Chef is not Noma; appearing on the show is not the same as apprenticing at a restaurant with no compensation save a line on a résumé. But there are similarities. Contestants are trading, effectively, their labor—paid, but only with meager per diem allowances—for exposure. They are engaging in the same transaction that every reality-TV personality will: They are ceding editorial control to producers. And their professional reputation is at stake in the exchange.Top Chef walks a fine line. Its premise still relies on the mythology that distinguishes eating from dining, the cook from the chef. But it has lost whatever patience it had for the chefs who cook up toxicity. The show is still an answer to Hell’s Kitchen, but it is also in dialogue with other recent works that examine food culture. The Netflix documentary series Chef’s Table celebrates the myth of the solitary (and usually male) genius; the FX/Hulu series The Bear depicts the unstable masculinity that fills so many commercial kitchens; the recent film The Menu satirizes the hierarchical arrangement of those kitchens—and the absurdity that arises when notions of food-as-community and food-as-artistry collide.“Nobody does it alone in a restaurant kitchen,” Lakshmi told me. Pragmatically, that has always been the case—even the most celebrated of celebrity chefs will falter if they cannot rely on their team. Culturally, though, it has too often been overlooked. That is changing. Top Chef has been steadily documenting the shift. “The environment in kitchens now is much more collaborative,” Williamson told me. Kitchens are becoming more team-oriented, less despotic. They are, like every workplace, responding to #MeToo and other movements for social justice.Top Chef has captured both the speed of those developments and the slowness. The show’s 18th season, set in Portland, Oregon, featured a diverse cast and challenges that celebrated the cuisine of the African diaspora and the foodways of Native Oregonians. But soon after the season’s winner, Gabe Erales, was crowned, viewers learned that he had been fired from his restaurant, Comedor, over allegations of sexual harassment. Erales promptly issued an apology.The postscripts—reality TV colliding with plain old reality—ran directly counter to Top Chef’s messaging and branding. They were, in that, sourly eloquent. Change never comes easily, or simply. It resists distillation into the tropes and narrative arcs that are the foundations of unscripted television. But reality shows are aspirational, too: They can model change, and therefore spur it along. They can broaden assumptions about what chefs—and leaders—look like and act like. They can argue, episode by episode, that everyone is better off when workers are respected and workplaces are fair. The monstrous chef may make good TV; he’ll also make a very bad boss.
Tulsi Gabbard warns RFK Jr. that Democratic Party will use 'baseless lies' and smears against him
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Russian man killed in rare shark attack off Egypt's Red Sea coast
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I proposed — our dog said ‘yes’ before my girlfriend could respond
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Carolina Panthers promote No. 1 pick Bryce Young to first-team QB
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Funeral company owner charged in shooting at Maryland burial that left pallbearer dead
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NCAA president Charlie Baker on NIL legislation this year, sports betting 'opportunity'
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Noah Syndergaard headed for vague IL stint as sad fall from Mets peak gets worse
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In this Alaska town, everyone lives under one roof
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Indiana mom facing charges after her 3-year-old child gets shot in the head
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Disgruntled worker hit with 50-years-to-life in prison for fatal NY Stop & Shop shooting
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Oklahoma City man discovers swastika cut into grass near home amid neighbor dispute
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