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Gentrifiers have been trying to whitewash Black communities all over the country for decades now. However, one store in Washington, D.C., has unwittingly caused an uprising and now residents in the nation’s capital are fighting back in the best way ever. The Save Chocolate City Protest took place at the historic northwest Washington intersection of 14th and U streets Tuesday night and reportedly had more than 3,000 people in attendance.

Dubbed Moechella — a name that combined the Coachella music festival with “Moe,” a pronoun for a friend exclusively used in D.C. — the gathering invited people to demonstrate against gentrifiers who have been fighting the city’s native go-go music. D.C.’s paling population was most recently exemplified by a tone-deaf white man who wondered aloud on live TV why Howard University couldn’t just relocate to make room for other people who look like him.

Situations like that united Black D.C. Tuesday night for Moechella.

In case you missed it, a Metro PCS store in the historically Black Shaw neighborhood has been playing go-go music without any complaint for nearly a quarter of a century. But that all changed in March when T-Mobile, Metro PCS’ parent company, ordered an end to the musical tradition.

An online petition to keep the store playing its go-go-music was nearing its goal of 10,000 signatures.

That complaint silenced the music for several days. The hashtag #Don’tMuteDC went viral and there were protests with some local lawmakers joining. Council member Brianne K. Nadeau, who represents Shaw, wrote a letter to T-Mobile’s senior vice president for government affairs outlining the city’s history and go-go’s place in it, the Post said. Mayor Muriel Bowser added her voice to the protest.

By April 10, T-Mobile yielded to the increasing pressure and authorized the Metro PCS store to turn the music back on, the Washington Post reported.

John Legere, chief executive of T-Mobile U.S., tweeted his support for the longstanding tradition to continue.

Go-go music, typically described as funky percussion-based instrumentation, is many times compared to a junkyard band (in fact, one of the top go-go groups is called Junk Yard Band). Protesters feared that the muting of the speakers outside the mobile phone store was just a first step in a larger attack on their culture.

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Caster Semenya Loses Appeal Against IAAF Testosterone Rules

(GENEVA) — Olympic champion Caster Semenya lost her appeal Wednesday against rules governing unusually high testosterone in female runners, meaning she and other women like her will have to take medication to suppress their levels of the male sex hormone if they want to compete in certain events.

In a landmark 2-1 ruling , the highest court in world sports said the proposed rules from track’s governing body, the IAAF, are discriminatory, but “such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means” of “preserving the integrity of female athletics.”

The IAAF argued that unusually high, naturally occurring levels of testosterone in athletes like Semenya with “intersex” conditions that don’t conform to standard definitions of male and female give them an unfair competitive advantage, and it decreed a maximum for female competitors.

The 28-year-old South African runner declared she will not be stopped by the ruling, issued by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“I know that the IAAF’s regulations have always targeted me specifically,” Semenya said in a statement. “For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger. The decision of the CAS will not hold me back. I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world.”

The two-time Olympic champion in the 800 meters will have to take medication to lower her testosterone levels if she wants to defend her world title in September in Doha, Qatar.

Semenya was traveling to Doha on Wednesday for the first Diamond League track meet of the season, where she is expected to race in the 800 on Friday. The Diamond League is an annual series of meets for the top athletes in the world, and the event is the last one before the new rules apply.

Testosterone is a hormone that strengthens muscle tone and bone mass. Because of that, it is against the rules for athletes to inject or swallow testosterone supplements. Some women have what is known as hyperandrogenism, meaning they have naturally occurring levels that are unusually high.

The IAAF rules require women to lower their testosterone levels below 5 nanomoles per liter of blood. According to the IAAF, most females, including elite athletes, have low levels of testosterone circulating naturally in their bodies of 0.12 to 1.79 nanomoles per liter, while men have levels can be hundreds of times higher — typically 7.7 to 29.4.

Semenya’s level is considered private medical information and has not been disclosed.

The IAAF went into the case arguing that female runners with high testosterone have an unfair advantage in events from 400 meters to the mile. However, the court suggested that the IAAF apply the rules only up to the 800 because the evidence was not clear that women with hyperandrogenism have an edge in the 1,500.

That could give Semenya a route to compete at the world championships without taking medication, such as birth control pills.

A further appeal is possible to Switzerland’s Supreme Court in Lausanne. But judges rarely overturn decisions of the world sports court.

The scrutiny of Semenya’s muscular body has cast doubt on the integrity of her track achievements throughout her career. As a teenager in 2009, she won her first world title in Berlin. Hours before the race, the IAAF had asked for Semenya to undergo a gender verification test.

Semenya’s case was the second attempt by the IAAF to regulate such athletes. In 2015, a panel including two of the same judges who heard Semenya’s case suspended the IAAF’s first attempt in an appeal brought by Indian sprinter Dutee Chand.

The judges four years ago said the IAAF did not prove hyperandrogenic women gained a significant advantage, and invited the governing body to submit new evidence. The IAAF produced a fresh scientific study.

Semenya is not the only female athlete with high natural levels of testosterone but has become an unwilling face of the issue. Two weeks ago, Olympic silver medalist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi confirmed she has the same hyperandrogenism as her rival in the 800.

Referring to the rule, Niyonsaba said: “For me, it’s about discrimination. It doesn’t make sense. I didn’t choose to be born like this. What am I? I’m created by God.”

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FIFA Is Backing a Social Media Boycott By U.K. Soccer Players Protesting Against Racism

(MANCHESTER, England) — FIFA is backing a 24-hour social media boycott by professional players in England in a protest against racial abuse and revealed plans for a new global campaign to eradicate discrimination in soccer.

Following a series of high-profile cases in recent weeks, the Professional Footballers’ Association has gathered support from Premier League stars to stay off Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from 9 a.m. Friday (0800 GMT) until 9 a.m. Saturday as they push for a crackdown on racist messages.

“Collectively, we are simply not willing to stand by while too little is done by football authorities and social media companies to protect players from this disgusting abuse,” England and Tottenham defender Danny Rose said on Thursday.

FIFA said that it was listening to the concerns of players and supporting their decision to put pressure on social media companies to take stronger action against racism by not posting for a day.

“We applaud the initiative of the English professional football players,” FIFA said in a statement to The Associated Press. “FIFA is fully engaged in combating racism and any form of discrimination not only in football but society in general.”

FIFA is preparing to write to all 211 member associations and the six confederations encouraging them to adopt a three-step procedure which allows a referee to stop play, suspend a game and ultimately abandon the fixture if discriminatory abuse persists.

FIFA was criticized in 2016 for dismantling its anti-racism task force after saying its mission had been completed.

Now the Zurich-based governing body says it is “preparing a concrete action with worldwide impact that will launch a powerful campaign against discrimination.”

After being targeted with monkey noises while playing for England in Montenegro in a European Championship qualifier last month, Rose said he couldn’t wait for his career to end to escape racism in football.

“Football has a problem with racism,” Rose said. “I don’t want any future players to go through what I’ve been through in my career.”

Unlike Rose, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling does have public accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

“Throughout my career I have developed a thick skin against verbal abuse, justifying it as just ‘part of the game’ but the time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income,” Smalling said.

“I understand that I am in an extremely privileged position and I am deeply thankful for that but, at the end of the day, we are all human.”

Earlier this week, Manchester United condemned abuse directed at Ashley Young online following the club’s Champions League exit at Barcelona.

Watford captain Troy Deeney was also targeted with racial insults on Instagram earlier this month after scoring in an FA Cup semifinal win over Wolverhampton.

“My teammates and I have been on the receiving end of well documented abuse from a minority of narrow-minded, ignorant people both on social media and on the pitch,” Deeney said. “Any racism in football is too much, and it’s essential that we fight it wherever and whenever we see it.

“On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players — or anyone else — whether from the crowd or online, that we won’t tolerate it within football. The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism — enough is enough.”

The PFA has distributed a red graphic featuring the words “Enough. Make a stand against racism.”

“While there has been progress in the battle against racism within football, there are still far too many instances of players being abused,” said Leicester captain Wes Morgan, who won the Premier League in 2016. “I’ve heard it in the stands and I’ve seen it online. We all have. That’s why, as players, we are coming together on Friday to say that more must now be done to eradicate racism from our game.”

Twitter said earlier this week that it uses “proprietary-built internal technology to proactively find abusive content” but anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out asked for more serious action.

“Football is more popular than it has ever been, but we have a discontented generation of players who won’t stand for racist abuse any longer. Enough is enough,” Arsenal and England women’s team forward Danielle Carter said. “We want to see social media companies take proper responsibility for racist abuse on their platforms and we want them to find solutions.”

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Warner Bros’ File Copyright Claim Against Trump Tweet, Has ‘Dark Night’ Music Removed

Late on Tuesday night, Warner Bros.’ Pictures were forced to file a copyright infringement complaint against President Donald Trump and The White House due to their most recent controversial tweet. The two-minute 2020 re-election campaign video, which has since been taken down by Twitter after the complaint was filed, used music from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises without the film studios consent.

 

The very strange video, which used the composer Hans Zimmer’s “Why Do We Fall” from the 2012 film, also used the same font from the movie, but portrayed a very different message. The text, which appears to be have been altered from another quote, said: “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they call you a racist. Donald J. Trump. Your vote. Proved them all wrong. Trump: The Great Victory. 2020.”

The trailer-like video showed footage of Donald Trump from various rallies and events around the country, along with people who Trump would consider villains in his own superhero story, such as former President Barack Obama, his previous Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton, and comedians Rosie O’Donnell and Amy Schumer.

The video also highlighted Trump’s meetings with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Brazil’s recently elected President Jair Bolsonaro.

After BuzzFeed News first reported that the music was used without approval, Warner Bros. took action and quickly filled a copyright claim. Last night a spokesperson from Warner Bros. said in a statement: “The use of Warner Bros.’ score from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in the campaign video was unauthorized. We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”

The quick action by Warner. Bros led to Twitter removing the video after only a couple of hours, as it was deemed to have breached the social networks own copyright policies. However, this didn’t stop the video being viewed almost 1.8 million times.

This isn’t the first time that Trump has gotten into trouble for using cultural material without approval. Last year, Trump tweeted a meme based on the Game of Thrones tagline “Winter is Coming”, which said “Sanctions are Coming”, much to HBO’s displeasure.

Previously, Twitter also took steps to remove another one of Donald Trump’s tweets due to copyright infringement. Earlier this year his official Twitter account used the band R.E.M.’s most famous tracks “Everybody Hurts” in a promotional, which was taken down after the band complained to Twitter.

As the 2020 presidential race already begins to hot up, we’re sure this won’t be the last of Trump’s tweets that causes some level of controversy.

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Immune System Therapy Shows Wider Promise Against Cancer

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ATLANTA (AP) — A treatment that helps the immune system fight deadly blood cancers is showing early signs of promise against some solid tumors, giving hope that this approach might be extended to more common cancers in the future.

The treatment, called CAR-T therapy, involves genetically modifying some of a patient’s own cells to help them recognize and attack cancer. Richard Carlstrand of Long Key, Florida, had it more than a year ago for mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lining of the lungs.

“We were going into unknown territories” to try this, he said, but now he shows no sign of cancer and “I couldn’t be happier.”

Results on his and other cases were discussed Sunday at an American Association for Cancer Research conference in Atlanta.

The first CAR-T therapies were approved in 2017 for some leukemias and lymphomas. After being altered in the lab, the modified immune system cells are returned to the patient through an IV, which puts them right where the cancer is — in the blood.

But that approach doesn’t work well if the cells have to travel far through the bloodstream to get to tumors in the lung, breast, colon, or other places.

“Solid tumors are notorious for not letting the immune cells enter,” and not enough may make it in to have an effect, said Dr. Prasad Adusumilli of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

A bigger worry is that the proteins on solid tumor cells that these therapies target also are found on normal cells at lower levels, so the therapy might harm them, too.

Adusumilli helped design a new CAR-T to try to avoid these problems and tested it on 19 patients with mesothelioma and two others with lung and breast cancer, respectively, that had spread to the chest lining. About 150,000 patients in the U.S. each year face this situation.

The modified cells were injected directly into the chest where the tumors were. A genetic safety switch was added so a medicine could be given to destroy the cells if they caused harm.

After the therapy, one patient was able to have surgery and radiation, and is doing well 20 months later with no further treatment. Fifteen others were well enough to start on a drug that boosts the immune system in a different way.

Eleven of the 15 have been studied long enough to report results. Two had signs of cancer disappear for about a year, although one later relapsed. Six saw their tumors shrink. Three saw their cancer worsen.

There were no severe side effects although some patients had temporarily low blood counts and fatigue.

Grants from the federal government and foundations paid for the work and a larger study is planned. Sloan Kettering has licensed the treatment to Atara Biotherapeutics and may get payments from it, as may Adusumilli.

A second study tested a different CAR-T therapy in 10 children and adults with advanced sarcomas — cancers that originate in various soft tissues or bones. Unlike other CAR-Ts that are usually given just once, this one was given multiple times, up to 15 in one patient’s case, if there were signs it was helping.

“From a single blood draw we make a large amount of the CAR-T cells and then we freeze them” and give them through an IV as needed, said Dr. Shoba Navai of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Two of the 10 patients had all signs of cancer disappear, one for 17 months and the other for nearly three years, so far. Three others had their disease stabilized. Five worsened despite treatment.

Side effects were similar to the other study. The therapy seems safe “and we have early signs that this treatment approach may help,” Navai said.

Several foundations and charities paid for the work.

“These studies are showing there may be a path forward in solid tumors” with CAR-T therapies, said Dr. Louis Weiner, director of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and one of the conference leaders. It may hold promise for some cancers of the stomach, breast, colon, lung and other areas, he said.

Cost is a big issue — current CAR-T therapies are around $ 400,000 but can be made for far less than that in research centers. Doctors say they hope the cost will come down as more come on the market and find their way to wider use.

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On Sunday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is said to be considering a third bid for the presidency, addressed an allegation that has rattled his campaign-in-waiting and overshadowed other ongoing storylines in the 2020 race to be the Democratic nominee.

“In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort,” he wrote in a statement issued by his communications team.

The latest statement comes in response to an allegation from Lucy Flores, a former member of the Nevada State Assembly and the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2014, who wrote in a first-person essay on Friday that Biden had kissed her on the back of her head without her consent, prior to a speech she gave at a campaign rally he attended.

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For transgender service members, the April 12 deadline just became even more urgent.

On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals officially dissolved the sole remaining preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s transgender troop ban.

The ban can now go into effect next month, barring any further legal developments.

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It’s now been several months since Chinese scientist He Jiankui revealed that he had successfully edited the genes of human embryos, which were then carried to term, resulting in the first genetically modified humans. His work was quickly shunned by all corners of the scientific community, and his fate remains unknown.

Last week, a large group of geneticists and researchers called for a moratorium on genetic editing until a robust regulatory framework could be established. Now, the World Health Organization is weighing in, and while it stops short of suggesting a prohibition on current genetics work, the group makes it clear that it supports regulations and oversight in genome editing.

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Kamala Harris Vows to ‘Prosecute the Case’ Against Trump

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Jimmy Kimmel introduced his big guest Tuesday night by saying that on Nov. 3, 2020, she “could make history as the first woman—and the first Kamala—ever to be elected president of the United States.”

Asked how the whole running-for-president thing is going so far, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) told Kimmel, “I’m enjoying it. I don’t know what that says about my personality, but I’m really enjoying it.”

As she began to talk about how “supportive” her husband Doug has been through this process so far, the host joked, “I don’t know if we’re ready for a first lady named Doug,” making the candidate crack up and confirm that her husband is “very secure” in his role.

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Jimmy Kimmel introduced his big guest Tuesday night by saying that on November 3, 2020, she “could make history as the first woman—and the first Kamala—ever to be elected president of the United States.”

Asked how the whole running for president thing is going so far, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) told Kimmel, “I’m enjoying it. I don’t know what that says about my personality, but I’m really enjoying it.”

As she began to talk about how “supportive” her husband Doug has been through this process so far, the host joked, “I don’t know if we’re ready for a first lady named Doug,” making the candidate crack up and confirm that her husband is “very secure” in his role.

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Gal Gadot just shut down everyone trying to pit Wonder Woman against Captain Marvel

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Gal Gadot just shut down everyone trying to pit Wonder Woman against Captain Marvel

Gal Gadot will not allow fans to pit women against each other, thank you very much. The Wonder Woman star took to Instagram on March 11th to praise fellow female superhero actress Brie Larson following the success of her new flick, Captain Marvel, released in theaters on March 8th. Gadot wrote, “I’m so happy for you sister! Congrats.” The message accompanied art of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel in linked arms by artist Maxy Artwork.

Female superheroes supporting female superheroes.

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The highly anticipated Marvel film, the studio’s first female-led superhero movie, shattered box office records upon its March 8th release. The film earned $ 455 million worldwide during opening weekend, raking in more money than any other 2019 film within the course of just three days. Following the success of Captain Marvel, viewers were quick to compare the film to the 2017 hit Wonder Woman. Of course, there were many fans who were not having such nonsense.

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins even took to Twitter ahead of Captain Marvel’s release to send some love to the cast and crew. She wrote, “Congratulations team Captain Marvel! Can’t wait to see it and our whole WW crew wish you a great weekend. Love this gorgeous piece by @SamoanJYandall!”

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John Oliver lashed out against automated phone calls on Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight, suggesting that robocalls are so aggravating that “hatred of them may be the only thing that everyone in America agrees on right now.”

While Oliver admitted that some robocalls are useful, such as automated calls about school closings or prescription reminders, “the vast majority vary from irritating to outright illegal.” It’s not just small or disreputable companies using robocalls, either. According to Oliver, the top robocallers each year include Capital One, Comcast, and Wells Fargo, who use the technology to “chase debts.”

And it’s getting worse, too, according to Oliver, who cited statistics showing that the number of robocalls increased by 57% last year, reaching nearly 50 billion robocalls in total. Some pundits estimate that robocalls will soon account for half of American’s mobile phone calls, Oliver said. The dramatic escalation in the number of robocalls has reportedly made the obnoxious practice the No. 1 complaint to the FCC every year, totaling more than 500,000 complaints a year, about 60% of all complaints received by the FCC. “They are definitely aware of the problem,” Oliver said.

To alert the FCC to exactly how irate people are about the problem, Oliver set up a robocall to all five of its commissioners, including his frequent target FCC chairman Ajit Pai, urging them to address the scourge that is plaguing America’s phone lines. At the click of a big red button, FCC members’ phones began ringing every 90 minutes, playing a recorded message that said, in Oliver’s voice: “Hi, FCC! This is John from customer service. Congratulations! You’ve just won a chance to lower robocalls in America today. Sorry, but I am a live person. Robocalls are incredibly annoying, and the person who can stop them is you! Talk to you again in 90 minutes. Here’s some bagpipe music.”


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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Gets Charges Dropped Against Student Who Wouldn’t Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance

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Roc Nation is doing major things.

The philanthropic arm of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label rallied behind Jabari Talbot, the sixth grade boy who was arrested last month after he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at his school in Lakeland, Florida. The student got into an exchange with a substitute teacher and according to Bay Area News 9, Talbot explained he would not take part in the pledge because “the flag was racist and the national anthem was offensive to black people.”

When the sub asked why wouldn’t he simply leave the country if he hated it so much, Talbot reportedly told her, “They brought me here.”

“Well you can always go back because I came here from Cuba,” she told him, “and the day I feel I’m not welcome here any more I would find another place to live.

Talbot was arrested shortly after the exchange by a school resource officer who claims the young man was being disruptive and refused to obey commands. According to an arrest affidavit, Jabari also threatened the sub with physical violence and told the principal and arresting officer that he’d get them fired.

The child’s arrest made national news and caught the attention of Team Roc, the Roc Nation division who is dedicated to assisting victims of perceived racial justice. They’ve worked on a number of cases from the “hoodie arrests” in Tennessee, 21 Savage’s legal battle against ICE and more.

Alex Spiro, the man Team Roc lended to support 21 Savage’s case, worked Talbot’s case pro bono and through he and Team Roc’s hard work, the case was dismissed.

“Jabari is a courageous and intelligent young man who deserves all the credit for standing up for his beliefs,” Spiro said in a statement. “He should’ve never been arrested or entangled in this situation—his freedom of speech rights were clearly protected under the 1st Amendment.”

His mother, Dhakira Talbot thanked Roc Nation and Team Roc for their efforts.

“My son and I are grateful for all the athletes, entertainers, Roc Nation and community of supporters that have raised awareness about this injustice and showed their support—both publicly and privately […]” she said. “Although Jabari’s case has been dismissed, I do want people to know this isn’t just about my son—this prejudice happens to African-American kids all across the country. The fight isn’t over, which is why I have a civil rights complaint pending with the U.S. Department of Education. At the end of the day, I want to ensure that no child ever has to experience this injustice again and we will appreciate everyone’s continued support.”

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A new chapter in the ongoing flap between the US and Huawei is about to get under way, with the Chinese smartphone maker reportedly planning a lawsuit to be filed against the US government later this week in Texas.

That’s where the company’s US office is located, and word of the suit comes via The New York Times, which reports that the lawsuit will focus on a defense spending authorization approved by Congress last year. In it, the federal government barred itself from using products made by Huawei as well as another Chinese hardware maker, ZTE.

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Pharma Execs Dig In For A Fight Against Outraged Senators

Senators got their first opportunity Tuesday to prod drugmakers about the wallet-emptying prices they charge for prescription drugs.

Almost in unison, the executives expressed support for eliminating rebates that flow to industry middlemen instead of patients; for increasing transparency about how they set prices; for shifting to a more value-based pricing system, in which outcomes are rewarded. Together they demurred when asked to commit to lowering list prices on drugs like insulin and the blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira.

The drugmakers — AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer and Sanofi — appeared before the Senate Finance Committee as lawmakers mull how to best control rising drug prices. Several declined the committee’s first invitation to testify last month, agreeing to appear after committee leaders publicly named them prior to Tuesday’s hearing.

Outlining the problem, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the committee’s top Democrat, said that last fall 10 companies accounted for half of all profits in the health care sector, nine of them drugmakers. He pointed out that all but one of the drugmakers represented Tuesday were among the top 10 profit-makers.

“Your profits are outsized compared to others in the industry, you get a massive portion of your revenue from American taxpayers, and you bear none of the consequences of high drug prices,” Wyden said.

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the committee’s Republican chairman, emphasized the seriousness of the hearing, opening with an unusual reminder to the executives that it is a crime to lie to Congress and pressing them to commit to lowering prices.

Even Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, a Republican who praised the industry for discovering lifesaving drugs — like the ones that help him live with Parkinson’s disease — expressed reservations. “When I can’t explain it, it’s tough, and I can’t explain the cost increases,” he said.

Congress has spent decades trying to contain rising drug prices, leaving some skeptical that even broad bipartisan support and the backing of the Trump administration is enough to wrangle the deep pockets of the pharmaceutical industry.

But Tuesday’s hearing offered some sense of what drugmaker opposition — or support — might look like.

Here are five key takeaways:

Targeting Rebates And PBMs

Each of the seven executives said they support eliminating rebates, or discounts negotiated by pharmacy benefit managers that lower the cost of drugs for those footing the bill — generally, insurance companies or larger employers. PBMs keep a portion of the rebate as payment, but patients are often the only ones who don’t benefit.

Yet, when asked about the Trump administration’s recent proposal to strip PBMs of their ability to claim rebates for brand-name drugs covered by government programs, not a single executive would commit to lowering list prices should the proposal be realized.

Drugmakers have long blamed PBMs for driving up costs, and — though they seemed to tone down their accusations after senators made it clear they would not tolerate finger-pointing — these executives were no exception.

Jennifer Taubert, the executive vice president and worldwide chairman of pharmaceuticals for Johnson & Johnson, called PBMs “extraordinarily effective negotiators.” Albert Bourla, who became the chief executive of Pfizer last month, said the company sets its prices “through negotiations with PBMs, and they are very powerful.” And Pascal Soriot, the chief executive of AstraZeneca, said the rebate system is “not sustainable.”

They were met with some notable skepticism. Wyden pointed out that about 40 percent of drugs covered under Medicare Part D don’t have a rebate, challenging the idea that rebates are at the heart of the problem. And PBMs, who weren’t in the room, pushed back against the blame.

“Drugmakers alone have the power to set prices,” JC Scott, the president and chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, the national trade organization for PBMs, said in a statement.

Debating List Prices

Wyden had little patience for the executives’ emphasis on rebates, which he dismissed as “window dressing.” He was unequivocal: List prices set by the drugmakers are the real problem.

“I just want you all to know that the No. 1 reason consumers are getting hammered is because these list prices … are unaffordable,” Wyden said.

While the pharmaceutical industry is prone to dismissing list prices, because relatively few pay them after rebates and other discounts are applied, those prices are used to calculate copayments for some — such as seniors using Medicare Part D.

Kenneth Frazier, the chairman and chief executive of Merck, called the system “regressive,” lamenting that it is typically those without insurance who pay list prices.

“The biggest problem we have as a country is we have a system where the sickest and the poorest are subsidizing the others,” Frazier said.

Grassley and Wyden each pressed executives to commit to lowering list prices, especially if the Trump administration passes its proposal to eliminate rebates in government programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

Executives balked, with some saying rebates would first need to be eliminated from the entire system, not just government programs.

“If the rebates were removed from the commercial sector as well, we would definitely reduce our list prices,” said Soriot of AstraZeneca.

The pharma executives did express support both for the vague notion of increasing transparency about how drugmakers set prices, and for shifting to a more value-based pricing system. “Imagine a system in which Pfizer gets paid based on the number of heart attacks we prevent” rather than the number of pills sold, said Bourla of Pfizer. 

Applauding The CREATES Act

All seven executives pledged support for the CREATES Act, which is designed to stop what Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb calls “shenanigans” perpetrated by brand-name companies to block competition. Pharma firms often refuse to supply makers of generics with needed samples to develop rival, less expensive products or abuse safety rules as another way of hindering competition.

Alleged culprits include companies represented Tuesday. The FDA’s “name and shame” list of those withholding samples, a list originally published last year, included AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson’s Actelion division and Celgene, which has agreed to be bought by Bristol-Myers.

The unanimous support for CREATES seems to put the executives opposite their own trade group, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which has staunchly opposed the bill and spent millions of dollars last year lobbying on it.

On Tuesday, PhRMA CEO Stephen Ubl said the group is working with generics manufacturers “to jointly develop a modified version” of CREATES and would “work with policymakers on a bipartisan basis to advance this legislation.” 

Flap Over Prices Overseas

Senators hammered executives on price disparities between the United States and elsewhere, extracting admissions that the companies make money even in markets where prices are much lower.

“How is that not gouging the American consumer with high prices even though you’re giving other people, Western, industrialized countries, a better deal?” Wyden asked Richard Gonzalez, AbbVie’s CEO.

“I think that you charge more here because you can, and American taxpayers are subsidizing all of you to be able to have incredibly high profits,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat.

Pharma bosses responded by saying that terms vary by market. Research and patient access could be threatened by over-regulation of U.S. prices, they said.

The result of lower prices in Europe is that “these medicines are available many years later than they are here,” Frazier said. “They actually provide very few of these medicines early on to their populations.” 

Friction Over Patents

AbbVie, the maker of the top-selling rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira, came under especially intense — and notably bipartisan — scrutiny for its use of patents to thwart competition.

Wyden accused AbbVie of clinging to its exclusivity “like Gollum with his ring,” preventing lower-cost generics from coming to market and easing the burden on patients’ wallets.

Gonzalez said Humira’s multiple patents covered its different uses as they were identified. “Remember, Humira is like nine different drugs, 10 different drugs,” he said, referring to the fact that the drug is used to treat other diseases, such as Crohn’s disease.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) was incredulous, pointing to the decades-long grip AbbVie has on Humira since it secured multiple patents on the drug without making changes to it, as well as the drugmaker’s lawsuit to block another company, Amgen, from creating a cheaper, biosimilar version. (AbbVie ultimately settled, agreeing Amgen could release its version in 2023.)

Perhaps the Senate Judiciary Committee should also investigate AbbVie as a matter of anti-competitive behavior, Cornyn said, turning to Grassley, who is also on that committee. Grassley agreed.

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Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid Settle Collusion Lawsuits Against NFL

(NEW YORK) — Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion lawsuits against the NFL.

In a three-sentence statement released Friday, the NFL said:

“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

Kaepernick’s lawyer tweeted an identical statement.

Kaepernick and Reid filed collusion grievances against the league, saying they were blacklisted because of protests during the national anthem at games. Kaepernick has not played in the league since 2016, while Reid missed three games last season before signing with Carolina.

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Duke University Investigating Assault Claim Against Former Basketball Player Made by Fairfax Accuser

Duke University is investigating a sexual assault allegation made Friday against a former men’s basketball player.

The claims were made in a statement by the attorneys of Meredith Watson, who has also said Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted her on the university’s Durham, North Carolina, campus when they were both students there in 2000. Fairfax has refused to resign as he faces two allegations of assault.

“Ms. Watson was raped by a basketball player during her sophomore year at Duke,” the statement said. “She went to the Dean, who provided no help and discouraged her from pursuing the claim further. Ms. Watson also told friends, including Justin Fairfax.”

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told ESPN both he and the university understand the severity of the matter.

“I think there was an allegation made, right?” the coach told the network after Saturday night’s game against Virginia. “I’m not sure that’s true or not, but there’s an allegation. I didn’t find out about it until late last night, and I have no knowledge about it.”

The school released a statement on Saturday night.

“Duke first learned of the allegations involving a student-athlete last night when they were reported by the media,” the statement said. “Coach Krzyzewski confirms that he had no knowledge of the alleged conduct from 1999. The university is looking into the matter and will have no further comment at this time.”

The player’s identity hasn’t been released.

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Joey Fatone’s Crusade Against Super Bowl Double Dipping

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Nearly 20 years ago, singer Joey Fatone was getting ready for arguably the biggest show of his music career when his band *NSYNC performed during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa. The group shared the stage with a constellation of pop sensations, including Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears and Aerosmith.

Today, his concerns are a lot more pedestrian: the double dipping of chips.

While, it sounds like he’s doing a George Costanza bit from Seinfeld, he’s actually serious about this Super Bowl party foul. As the father of two, he is particular troubled by children who keep going back to the dip bowl between plays. Kids “like to double dip and I don’t like that,” he says. “About 45-percent of people are disgusted by double dipping. I’m one of them.” So, what’s the big deal about it? It’s “just because you don’t know if your kid has boogers in his hand and decides to dip it.”

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“Let Him Rest” Jermaine Jackson Speaks Out Against Leaving Neverland Documentary

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Earlier this month, we reported that there was a Michael Jackson documentary that would seek to expose the alleged child victims of his sexual assault during Jackson’s infamous slumber parties.

Since then, the documentary was screened at the Sundance Festival. The reviews have trickled in and from what I’ve seen people have been traumatized. So much so that one Twitter user said there were counselors outside of the theater to speak to audience members who were effected by the things they saw in the documentary.

The documentary features testimony from two men Wade Robson and James Safechuck over the course of four hours.

And as you might assume, the Jackson family hasn’t been too pleased about the documentary’s release. In a recent interview, Jermaine Jackson, Michael’s older brother and former bandmate, shared his thoughts on the project, likening it to a public lynching.

“Wade [Robson] changed his story that he maintained before and after Michael’s death. He tried to shop a book deal, no publisher would touch it. He even sued the estate for 1.5 billion, it was tossed out of court. He wanted to go out for the head choreography part for Cirque du Soleil. He was turned down from that. What was left for him to do was to do a documentary and spew out these nonsense statements.

Those were slumber parties. And what they didn’t tell you was there were little girls there, even with their parents, their uncles and they were sitting down watching movies.

We lost Michael. We lost a father. We’re still mourning. We lost a lot. Just leave us alone. Leave him alone. Let him rest please. Let him rest. He deserves to rest.”

Later, Jackson tweeted this.

In response to Jackson, Dan Reed, the director of Leaving Neverland, said he totally understands why the Jackson family would want this project to go away.

“They have a very precious asset to protect. Every time a song plays, a cash register goes ‘ka-ching.’ It doesn’t surprise me that they’ve come out fighting in defense of their asset.”

You can watch Jermaine’s interview defending his brother in the video below.

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Chicago Police Investigating Possible Hate Crime Attack Against Empire Actor

Chicago police say they are investigating a possible hate crime against Empire star Jussie Smollett early Tuesday.

Smollett reported that he was approached by two men as he was walking down a Chicago street. The men allegedly began yelling racial and homophobic slurs at him and beat Smollett’s face with their hands, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Police said Smollett told them that the attackers poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him and wrapped a rope around his neck.

The two attackers then fled the scene and Smollett took himself to Northwestern Hospital. He is in “good” condition,” police said.

Smollett, an openly gay actor, is best known for his starring role on the FOX hit Empire, where he plays the role of Jamal Lyon. His character on the show is also gay.

Police said they are taking the allegations very seriously as they continue their hate crime investigation.

20th Century Fox said the studio was “saddened and outraged” to learn of the alleged attack.

“We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our EMPIRE family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night,” the statement said. “We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.”

Celebrities are weighing in on the incident. Empire co-star Vivica A. Fox tweeted she is angry and hurt over the attack and said “THIS MUST STOP!! SPREAD LOVE NOT HATE!”

Actress Zendaya tweeted that the attack is “heartbreaking and terrifying.”

Television producer Shonda Rhimes asked if anyone knew who was responsible for the attack to report them to the police.


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Sexual Assault Allegations Resurface Against Bryan Singer, Director of Bohemian Rhapsody

(NEW YORK) — Bryan Singer, the director of the Oscar-nominated “Bohemian Rhapsody,” has been accused of sexually assaulting minors in an expose published by the Atlantic.

The Atlantic on Wednesday published a lengthy article based on a 12-month investigation. It details the stories of four alleged victims who said they were seduced and molested by the “Bohemian Rhapsody” director while underage. Three of the men spoke on the condition of anonymity. Victor Valdovinos said he was molested by Singer on the set of 1998’s “Apt Pupil” when he was in the seventh grade.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office earlier investigated claims that male minors were pressured into stripping naked for a shower scene in “Apt Pupil” but declined to press charges. Lawsuits filed by families of the minors involved were settled out of court.

In a statement issued through his attorney, Singer denied the claims and called The Atlantic article a “homophobic smear piece” that he said was “conveniently timed” to take advantage of the success of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The Freddie Mercury biopic on Tuesday was nominated for five Oscars, including best picture. Singer was dismissed as the director of “Bohemian Rhapsody” during shooting after several absences from the London production. Singer remains the sole credited director on the film even though he was replaced by Dexter Fletcher.

Singer sharply criticized The Atlantic for publishing a story that Esquire magazine had been preparing before ultimately declining to publish.

“It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity,” said Singer. “Again, I am forced to reiterate that this story rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits filed by a disreputable cast of individuals willing to lie for money or attention.”

The journalists, Maximillian Potter and Alex French, defended their reporting as rigorously fact-checked in a statement issued Wednesday. Potter and French said the story was originally vetted and approved for publication at the Hearst-owned Esquire, but was “killed by Hearst executives.” A spokesperson for Hearst didn’t immediately respond to messages Wednesday.

Shortly after Singer was fired from “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Cesar Sanchez-Guzman filed a lawsuit in Seattle against Singer alleging the director raped him in 2003 when Sanchez-Guzman was 17. Singer’s attorney Andrew Brettler at the time said Singer “categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.”

The case is still pending. Soon after it was filed, the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts removed Singer’s name from its cinema and media studies division. The school said Singer requested his name be removed until the allegations against him were resolved.

The Atlantic report alleges a pattern of predatory behavior on Singer’s part, including sex with a 15-year-old at a Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion in 1997. Singer preemptively denied the report in October when he wrote on his Instagram account that the reporters were “attempting to tarnish a career I’ve spent 25 years to build.”

Singer, the 53-year-old director of “The Usual Suspects” and “X-Men,” last fall was hired to direct a remake of the fantasy adventure “Red Sonja” for Millennium Films. A spokesperson for Millennium didn’t return requests for comment Wednesday.


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“It’s My Name” Rihanna’s Father Responds To Lawsuit Against Him

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Earlier this week, we reported that Rihanna was suing her father, Ronald Fenty for capitalizing off her family name. Apparently, Mr. Fenty opened up an entire company—Fenty Entertainment and was attempting to book gigs for her to perform.

Since then, Ronald Fenty has learned of the lawsuit and responded to it. In an interview with OK! Mr. Fenty said:

“She is? Suing me? Why would she sue me? It’s my name! She’s never going to sue me- I’ll have to fight it! Thing is she doesn’t have the time to deal with all this stuff herself, so it is someone else that will be doing it. She’s working hard on her album at the moment. I don’t think she’d sue me.”

He continued, “This is all news to me. They sent something to Fenty Entertainment, it was a letter from Roc Nation I think, but my lawyer said it was OK. They said they preferred me not to use the name, but they didn’t say I couldn’t.”

As we reported earlier, Rihanna is suing Mr. Fenty because Mr. Fenty launched a company and have been acting as agents on Rihanna’s behalf, including booking gigs across the nation and even in other countries. Mr. Fenty said that he ran the bookings past Roc Nation and claims they knew what he was doing.

In addition to work with this daughter Fenty was also attempting to trademark the name for a line of boutique hotels. But the application was rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Rihanna’s lawsuit claimed that she had sent several cease and desist letters to her father. But he’s ignored them.

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Former Black Employee Files Suit Against Moschino for Racially Profiling Black Shoppers

Shamael Lataillade, a former employee at a Moschino boutique in West Hollywood, California, filed a lawsuit against the Italian luxury clothing company for racial discrimination against her and shoppers of color. In the suit, Lataillade claims that employees at the store were instructed to racially profile black patrons who didn’t appear to be wealthy and classify them using a racist codename.

Lataillade says a store supervisor would call black clientele “Serena” and ordered employees to follow and watch them closely if they weren’t wearing diamonds or name brand clothing, according to documents obtained by TMZ. Associates were also told to tell so-called “Serenas” that certain items were out of stock. The female supervisor even went as far as sometimes recording the license plate numbers of black clients. In one instance, she purportedly called the police to report a “suspicious” customer who Lataillade says turned out to be a high-profile rapper.

In addition, Lataillade, who is a Haitian-American woman, claims that the supervisor stereotyped her as someone who practices voodoo. Lataillade argues that she was then fired for speaking out about the “Serena” code word and other forms of racism she faced.

Ironically, the code word “Serena” seems to be a reference to iconic tennis star Serena Williams, who boasts a net worth around $ 180 million.

In response to the suit, which seeks unspecified damages, Moschino denied Lataillade’s charges and told TMZ the company “complies with applicable equal employment laws and values and respects all customers and clients regardless of their race or background.”

Nevertheless, this lawsuit points to the notorious phenomenon of “shopping while black,” an epidemic that dates back to the 20th century, when department stores prohibited black shoppers from using their main entrance and trying on clothes in fear their skin would tarnished items. Oprah Winfrey even fell victim to the “shopping while black” stigma back in 2013, when a Zurich store clerk snubbed the billionaire and suggested that she could not afford a $ 38,000 purse.

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Democrats Fight Back Against Lawsuit Threatening Health Law

Democrats on Thursday officially launched their pushback against a December federal court decision that declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

A group of 17 Democratic state attorneys general formally appealed the Dec. 14 decision in Texas v. U.S. issued by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor. In the case filed by 18 Republican state attorneys general and two GOP governors, O’Connor ruled that when Congress in 2017 reduced the tax penalty for not having insurance to zero, the rest of the law became invalidated.

“Our coalition of attorneys general has been working around the clock to challenge the decision from the Northern District of Texas that threatens our entire health care system,” said California AG Xavier Becerra, who is leading the Democratic group. “This case could impact children, seniors, women, families and workers who have their own insurance through employers,” he said.

The far-reaching impact of invalidating the law cannot be overstated. Even Republican health efforts — including many Trump administration initiatives — would be threatened by the disappearance of the ACA.

There was a brief lag between O’Connor’s opinion and the Democrats’ appeal because the judge did not issue last month’s ruling as a formal, final decision, given it didn’t address other aspects of the GOP challenge. At the request of the Democratic attorneys general, on Dec. 30 the judge finalized his findings for this part of the case, and clarified that the law would remain in effect during the appeals process.

Separately, the brand-new Democratic majority in the U.S. House voted to support the appeal of the decision on their first day in charge of the chamber.

They approved language authorizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “to intervene, otherwise appear, or take any other steps in any other cases involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” better known as the ACA.

House Democrats also filed a motion to intervene in the defense of the ACA against the GOP-led lawsuit.

Republicans on the House floor were not impressed. “That effort does not preserve preexisting conditions,” Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), now the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said on the floor. Walden, who helped lead the GOP’s unsuccessful “repeal-and-replace” effort in the last Congress, suggested that lawmakers should instead pass a law reaffirming the preexisting condition protections.

Some backers of the law agreed with Walden. “The House should pass a bill. Send it to the Senate. See what happens,” tweeted University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley.

In an op-ed written with fellow Michigan law professor Richard Primus, Bagley said Congress could more effectively remove the legal threat to the law by raising the mandate penalty to a dollar, by repealing the mandate entirely or by clarifying that eliminating the mandate penalty does not require the invalidation of the rest of the law.

“Any of these solutions could be accomplished in a one-sentence statute, and any one of them would end the Texas lawsuit,” they wrote.

California Healthline’s California politics correspondent Samantha Young contributed to this report.

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The President issued a veto threat against any Democratic plan ahead of the House vote

House Democrats vowed to press ahead on Thursday with plans to pass a legislative package that would reopen shuttered parts of the federal government without providing any new money for President Donald Trump’s promised border wall — despite a White House veto threat. Pelosi calls Trump’s wall an immoral waste of money


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These two Democratic senators are waging a bigoted campaign against Catholics

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U.S. envoy in fight against Islamic State quits after Syria pullout

A top U.S. envoy leading a global coalition fighting Islamic State has quit over President Donald Trump’s decision this week to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, a source familiar with the matter said on Saturday.


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‘I’m stunned’ by all the recession talk — Mohamed El-Erian warns against self-fulfilling prophecies

Economist Mohamed El-Erian warns Wall Street that being overly concerned about an economic recession could actually cause one.
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Pete Davidson Reveals He’s Still in Dark Place and Thinks The World is Against Him

Pete Davidson thinks the world is against him, and not just internet trolls.  He believes even his friends and colleagues don’t care if he lives or dies … even though that’s not the case. Sources close to Pete tell us he’s reached out to…

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Trump pressures Fed before meeting, warns against ‘another mistake’

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday further sought to pressure the Federal Reserve as the central bank prepared to start its two-day policy meeting, warning the Fed’s board not to “make yet another mistake” ahead of an expected interest rate hike.


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Eagles’ Sunday Night Win Against the Rams Raises Questions About Philly’s QBs, NFL Playoffs

Philadelphia, who was on the brink of playoff elimination, remains very much in the mix with two games left and QB Nick Foles under center. Los Angeles, once a sure-fire option to win a first-round bye, are now watching that slip away.

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Trump hails judge’s ruling against Obamacare as ‘great’

President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed a court decision against Obamacare as “a great ruling for our country,” while a U.S. government official said the decision by a Texas judge would have no immediate impact on health coverage.


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Rape survivors are fighting back against victim-blaming in Lebanon

“I’ve been raped,” Manal Issa shouts as she staggers down a street in Beirut.


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Trump rips Mika Brezinski for ‘butt boy’ dig against Mike Pompeo

President Trump on Thursday lashed out at “Morning Joe” co-host and longtime critic Mika Brezinski after she called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a “butt boy” for defending the Saudi crown prince accused of killing a journalist. “If it was a Conservative that said what ‘crazed’ Mika Brzezinski stated on her show yesterday, using a…
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New study finds bias against women and girls when intellectual ability is sought

A new study finds bias against both women and girls for jobs or activities requiring intellectual ability. The research underscores the pervasiveness of gender bias, held even among females, in both adults and young children.
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US Appeals Court Rules Against Trump’s Asylum Ban On Illegal Migrants

A US appeals court ruled against an order President Donald Trump issued last month that denies asylum pleas of migrants who crossed the southern border illegally.

Two members of the three-judge bench of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said late Friday that the ban is inconsistent with an existing US law, and attempts to over-run Congress.

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More harassment allegations surface against Ted Baker CEO

There’s more to the hugging problem at Ted Baker than what was originally reported. The London-based fashion house — whose founder and chief executive, Ray Kelvin, has been accused by employees of sexual harassment including “forced hugging” — said on Friday that it has become aware of new “serious allegations” about Kelvin’s conduct. Kelvin is…
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Exploring ‘Scary Terry’ Rozier’s Potential Defense Against Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

The decision to take on the ‘Scary Terry’ moniker and sell merchandise might have landed Celtics guard Terry Rozier in hot water. The shirts Rozier sold, which utilized the ‘Scream’ mask, led to a lawsuit from the owners of the intellectual property. 

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Citing racial bias, Jay-Z seeks to halt arbitration against Iconix

Jay-Z on Wednesday sued to halt his private arbitration with clothing company Iconix Brand Group Inc, saying the company’s inability to find an African-American arbitrator to hear the trademark dispute was unfair.
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David Fizdale won’t be emotional against team that fired him

David Fizdale doesn’t expect to get emotional over his return to Memphis. Instead, looking back at his firing there in November 2017, he views himself as fortunate because it led to where he is today. “I ended up becoming the head coach of the New York Knicks, and how lucky is that for me to…
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The Asian-American case against Harvard: What to watch for

The affirmative action case against Harvard brought on behalf of Asian-American students has entered an important second phase, as both sides face December deadlines for final submissions to US District Judge Allison Burroughs.


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The Forgotten Assault Allegation Against Stormy Daniels

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Adult film actress Stormy Daniels says she’ll “reserve judgment” until the domestic-violence allegations against her current attorney, Michael Avenatti, are sorted. “But if the allegations turn out to be true then I will definitely be seeking new representation because I cannot condone or support someone who is abusive,” Daniels stated during a recent speech at Oxford University.

The ubiquitous attorney, who has championed Daniels’ hush-money case against President Trump in the courts and media, was arrested last week on charges of domestic violence, though he has denied the allegations, stating, “I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman.”

According to an LAPD spokesman, the alleged victim—who has since been identified as Mareli Miniutti, a 24-year-old bit-part actress who appeared in Ocean’s 8—had “visible injuries”; Miniutti, meanwhile, claimed that Avenatti, 47, violently “dragged her” across his apartment and repeatedly called her an “ungrateful bitch.” She was initially granted a temporary restraining order, with a court date set for December 10, but yesterday the Los Angeles district attorney’s office declined to file felony assault charges against Avenatti, instead referring the case to the city attorney’s office as a misdemeanor.

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Adult film actress Stormy Daniels says she’ll “reserve judgment” until the domestic-violence allegations against her current attorney, Michael Avenatti, are sorted. “But if the allegations turn out to be true then I will definitely be seeking new representation because I cannot condone or support someone who is abusive,” Daniels stated during a recent speech at Oxford University.

The ubiquitous attorney, who has championed Daniels’ hush-money case against President Trump in the courts and media, was arrested last week on charges of domestic violence, though he has denied the allegations, stating, “I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman.”

According to an LAPD spokesman, the alleged victim—who has since been identified as Mareli Miniutti, a 24-year-old bit-part actress who appeared in Ocean’s 8—had “visible injuries”; Miniutti, meanwhile, claimed that Avenatti, 47, violently “dragged her” across his apartment and repeatedly called her an “ungrateful bitch.” She was initially granted a temporary restraining order, with a court date set for December 10, but yesterday the Los Angeles district attorney’s office declined to file felony assault charges against Avenatti, instead referring the case to the city attorney’s office as a misdemeanor.

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The critics’ case against criminal justice reform is pathetic

The federal sentencing reforms that Donald Trump endorsed last week could shorten the terms of 2,700 or so drug offenders who are already in prison and perhaps another 2,200 who are sent there each year. That amounts to 1.5 percent of the current federal prison population and 3 percent of the federal defendants sentenced in…
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Democrat Katie Porter is the apparent winner in tight California House race against GOP Rep. Walters

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For audiences needing a warm break from cold Oscar bait like “First Man,” try “Green Book,” a film that leaves you feeling good instead of like a trauma victim. The lighthearted drama, about a road trip by two men — one white, one black — is unflinchingly optimistic. The movie, set in 1962, is based…
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Fish Oil And Vitamin D Pills No Guard Against Cancer Or Serious Heart Trouble

A widely anticipated study has concluded that neither vitamin D nor fish oil supplements prevent cancer or serious heart-related problems in healthy older people, according to research presented Saturday at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Researchers defined serious heart problems as the combined rate of heart attacks, stroke and heart-related deaths.

Although hundreds of studies of these supplements have been published over the years, the new clinical trial — a federally funded project involving nearly 26,000 people — is the strongest and most definitive examination yet, said Dr. Clifford Rosen, a senior scientist at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute who was not involved in the research.

Doctors have been keenly interested in learning the supplements’ true value, given their tremendous popularity with patients. A 2017 study found that 26 percent of Americans age 60 and older take vitamin D supplements, while 22 percent take pills containing omega-3 fatty acids, a key ingredient in fish oil.

The new study also suggests there’s no reason for people to undergo routine blood tests for vitamin D, said Rosen, who co-wrote an accompanying editorial. (Both were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.). That’s because the study found that patients’ vitamin D levels made no difference in their risk of cancer or serious heart issues, Rosen said. Even people who began the study with clear vitamin D deficiency got no benefit from taking the supplements, which provided 2,000 international units a day. This amount is equal to one or two of the vitamin D pills typically sold in stores.

A recent Kaiser Health News story reported that vitamin D testing has become a huge business for commercial labs — and an enormous expense for taxpayers. Doctors ordered more than 10 million vitamin D tests for Medicare patients in 2016 — an increase of 547 percent since 2007 — at a cost of $ 365 million.

“It’s time to stop it,” said Rosen of vitamin D testing. “There’s no justification.”

Dr. JoAnn Manson, the study’s lead author, agrees that her results don’t support screening healthy people for vitamin D deficiency.

But she doesn’t see her study as entirely negative.

Manson notes that her team found no serious side effects from taking either fish oil or vitamin D supplements.

“If you’re already taking fish oil or vitamin D, our results would not provide a clear reason to stop,” Manson said.

Manson notes that a deeper look into the data suggested possible benefits.

When researchers singled out heart attacks — rather than the rate of all serious heart problems combined — they saw that fish oil appeared to reduce heart attacks by 28 percent, Manson said. As for vitamin D, it appeared to reduce cancer deaths — although not cancer diagnoses — by 25 percent.

But slicing the data into smaller segments — with fewer patients in each group — can produce unreliable results, said Dr. Barnett Kramer, director of the cancer prevention division at the National Cancer Institute. The links between fish oil and heart attacks — and vitamin D and cancer death — could be due to chance, Kramer said.

Experts agree that vitamin D is important for bone health. Researchers didn’t report on its effect on bones in these papers, however. Instead, they looked at areas where vitamin D’s benefits haven’t been definitely proven, such as cancer and heart disease. Although preliminary studies have suggested vitamin D can prevent heart disease and cancer, more rigorous studies have disputed those findings.

Manson and her colleagues plan to publish data on the supplements’ effects on other areas of health in coming months, including diabetes, memory and mental functioning, autoimmune disease, respiratory infections and depression.

Consumers who want to reduce their risk of cancer and heart disease can follow other proven strategies.

“People should continue to focus on known factors to reduce cancer and heart disease: Eat right, exercise, don’t smoke, control high blood pressure, take a statin if you are high risk,” said Dr. Alex Krist, a professor of family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Wealthier people do less in the struggle against climate change

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Kering, L’Oréal CEOs Sign Charter Against Gender-Based Violence

ONE IN THREE: Kering’s François-Henri Pinault and L’Oréal’s Jean-Paul Agon were among seven chief executive officers to sign a commitment charter, called One in Three Women, against gender-based violence, in Paris on Friday morning.
The charter’s name refers to the ratio of women who are victims of physical and/or sexual violence during their lifetime. OneInThreeWomen is, as well, the moniker of the network of companies created by the FACE Foundation and Kering Foundation. L’Oréal and Korian are its ambassadors, while other members include Carrefour, Lagardère through the Elle Foundation, BNP Paribas and SCNF.
The network’s aim is to implement measures to fight gender-based violence — especially domestic violence; to support victims with tools such as training, useful numbers and events, and to create a network of diverse stakeholders.
Members are to raise awareness among their employees and collaborators, while offering safe, supportive work environments where victims can speak up.
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Midterms Recap: The New Black Congress Members Joining the Battle Against Trump

In a midterm election cycle marked by tight races and brutal contests, the Democrats emerged victorious in key races, capturing the majority of the House. However, history was not made in high-profile, competitive races for the governor’s mansions as Andrew Gillum in Florida and Benjamin Jealous in Maryland lost their bids to become the first African American chief executives of those states.  In one of the biggest battles of the election season, Democrat Stacey Abrams refused to concede to her Republican opponent Brian Kemp in the gubernatorial race in Georgia due to the fact that the contest is still too close to call.

With an estimated votes approaching 3.8 million, Kemp was just shy of 51%, but Abrams and her campaign maintain that there were enough outstanding ballots – notably, those that were absentee and mail-in ballots in heavily Democratic metro Atlanta counties, — to bring him below the majority threshold required for victory. In that scenario, it could trigger a runoff between the two. Throughout the Georgia race, there were allegations of voter suppression leveled at Kemp, the Secretary of State who oversees voter registration regulations. However, two federal rulings last week allowed roughly 3,000 naturalized U.S. citizens to vote in Tuesday’s elections and in addition, the state has been prevented from tossing out absentee ballots placed on hold due to Georgia’s “exact-match” law stipulating that personal information on voter applications must correspond to state databases. With a significant turnout from African Americans throughout the state – including during early voting — Abrams received 93% of that vote.

With approximately 114 million votes cast in U.S. House races in 2018 versus 83 million in 2014, according to estimates by The New York Times, strong black voter turnout — along with women, Latinos, millennials and new voters — proved to be a significant factor in key Democratic victories Barack Obama, who crisscrossed the nation to campaigns for Democratic candidates vying for Congress and the statehouse released a statement today on the Midterms’ outcome: “The Democrats’ success in flipping the House of Representatives, several governorships, and state legislatures will get the most attention. But even more important than what we won is how we won; by competing in places we haven’t been competitive in a long time, and by electing record numbers of women and young veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, a surge of minority candidates, and a host of outstanding young leaders. The more Americans vote, the more our elected leaders look like America.”

And Women’s March, an organization focused on empowerment, released this statement on the power of the female vote in terms of bringing greater diversity to political representation:

The #WomensWave that just took the House is flooding our country, electing the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history, and adding millions of formerly disenfranchised voters to the rolls. Candidates like Stacey Abrams inspired the nation. She continues to inspire, fighting for democracy and working to ensure that every single vote is counted. We elected the first two Muslim women to ever serve in Congress, Black women will make history representing Massachusetts and Connecticut, and two Latinas will make history representing Texas. And voters showed up to elect two Native women to Congress, a historic first that will help reshape the future for Indigenous people on a federal level.

The loss of the House represents a huge defeat for Donald Trump in which Democrats flipped seats in key districts in such states as Virginia, Florida, Texas, Colorado and Michigan, especially in urban and suburban areas.

The party fell short, however, in their takeover of the U.S. Senate, marked by a major loss in Texas: Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke was defeated in a nail-biting campaign to unseat Texas incumbent Ted Cruz, former GOP candidate for president in 2016. The Senate’s hold on red states like Indiana and Tennessee was largely due to the embrace of Trumpism – namely, supporting Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Justice and deriding the migrant caravan as a threat to national security. Democrat Mike Espy may still become the state’s first black U.S. Senator since Reconstruction though; Due to the fact that he and Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-White did not gain more than 50% of the vote in the special election, the two will face off in the Nov. 27 run-off.

By retaining control of the Senate, however, Trump can move forward on nomination and approval of federal judges and possibly Supreme Court justices, solidifying a conservative bench that can make rulings shaping a generation,

The African Americans Joining Congress

What does all of this mean? More partisan and ferocious political battles in a divided government. The Democrats control of the House will have a huge impact on the Trump, giving a branch of Congress oversight of an Administration that has operated unchecked. As such, Democrats will gain key chairmanships, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus like Rep. Maxine Waters and Rep. Elijah Cummings, who will take the reins of Financial Services and Oversight & Government Reform committees, respectively. With their renewed status, the Dems will most assuredly engage in investigations, use their subpoena power and very well pursue impeachment of the president if they gain an opening, possibly through the ongoing Mueller investigation.

African Americans joining the 116th Congress also plan to vigorously challenge Trump’s agenda. This group – a number of whom are young history makers and women – represent the pool of diverse candidates who beat establishment GOP politicians:

 

-Former Boston City Council Member Ayanna Pressley, 44, became the first African American Congresswoman in the state of Massachusetts. Now representing the 7th district – the only one in the state that’s composed of primarily minorities – Pressley paved her way to Congress with her Democratic primary victory over 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano, who has backed prominent black politicians like civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Massachusetts first black governor, Deval Patrick.

black congress, midterms

Ayanna Pressley

-Schoolteacher Jahana Hayes, 45, emerged victorious in her campaign to become the first African American woman to represent Connecticut, defeating Republican Manny Santos in the state’s hotly-contested 5th district.

black congress, midterms

Jahana Hayes

-One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, Ilhan Omar, 35, will now assume the Minnesota seat previously held by Keith Ellison, the deputy Democratic National Committee Chair, who was elected the state’s Attorney General. Running on a platform that includes Medicare-for-all and free tuition, she handily won the seat. Rashida Tlaib was the other Muslim women who won in her bid for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District seat.

black congress, midterms

Ilhan Omar

-A former adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and registered nurse who never held office, Lauren Underwood scored an upset victory by defeating four-term Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren to win a seat in Congress from Illinois’ 14th Congressional District. Gaining donors outside the state, she also beat Hultgren in raising campaign funds: $ 4 million to $ 2 million.

black congress, midterms

Lauren Underwood

After months of being attacked on his past career as a rapper, Antonio Delgado, 41, a Harvard-trained attorney and Rhodes scholar, campaigned in New York’s 19th District on expanding health care to win against GOP incumbent John Faso, who supported the Republican plan that discarded provisions for pre-existing conditions.

black congress, midterms

Antonio Delgado

-Former NFL player and civil rights attorney Colin Allred, 35, changed Texas’s 32nd District from blue to red by giving the Dems a major victory in a battleground state: Unseating GOP Rep. Pete Sessions, a 22-year congressional veteran and powerful chairman of the House Rules Committee.

black congress, midterms

Colin Allred

-Democrat Joe Neguse, an attorney and civic leader of Eritrean heritage, became the first black congressman from Colorado, when he defeated GOP challenger Peter Yu to represent the 2nd District that includes Boulder and Fort Collins. He won the seat vacated by Democrat Jared Polis, who was elected the first openly gay man to become governor in the nation.

black congress, midterms

Joe Neguse

-In the race for Nevada’s 4th District, Steve Horsford, 45, clinched his return engagement to Congress beating Republican Cresent Hardy. Horsford previously served as the district’s congressman from 2013 -2015, having lost his bid for a second term in 2014 and declined to run in 2016.

black congress, midterms

Steve Horsford

 

-The 29-year-old Bronx native and waitress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the first-time candidate who defeated Democrat Joe Crowley in the first primary challenge in 14 years. She is now the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress.

black congress, midterms

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Beyond those in congress, one who achieved a milestone in a statewide races vows to challenge Trump as well: Letitia James, now the first African American Attorney General for New York state, vows to use her position to investigate former real estate baron’s dealings.

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Midterms Recap: The New Black Congress Members Joining the Battle Against Trump

In a midterm election cycle marked by tight races and brutal contests, the Democrats emerged victorious in key races, capturing the majority of the House. However, history was not made in high-profile, competitive races for the governor’s mansions as Andrew Gillum in Florida and Benjamin Jealous in Maryland lost their bids to become the first African American chief executives of those states.  In one of the biggest battles of the election season, Democrat Stacey Abrams refused to concede to her Republican opponent Brian Kemp in the gubernatorial race in Georgia due to the fact that the contest is still too close to call.

With an estimated votes approaching 3.8 million, Kemp was just shy of 51%, but Abrams and her campaign maintain that there were enough outstanding ballots – notably, those that were absentee and mail-in ballots in heavily Democratic metro Atlanta counties, — to bring him below the majority threshold required for victory. In that scenario, it could trigger a runoff between the two. Throughout the Georgia race, there were allegations of voter suppression leveled at Kemp, the Secretary of State who oversees voter registration regulations. However, two federal rulings last week allowed roughly 3,000 naturalized U.S. citizens to vote in Tuesday’s elections and in addition, the state has been prevented from tossing out absentee ballots placed on hold due to Georgia’s “exact-match” law stipulating that personal information on voter applications must correspond to state databases. With a significant turnout from African Americans throughout the state – including during early voting — Abrams received 93% of that vote.

With approximately 114 million votes cast in U.S. House races in 2018 versus 83 million in 2014, according to estimates by The New York Times, strong black voter turnout — along with women, Latinos, millennials and new voters — proved to be a significant factor in key Democratic victories Barack Obama, who crisscrossed the nation to campaigns for Democratic candidates vying for Congress and the statehouse released a statement today on the Midterms’ outcome: “The Democrats’ success in flipping the House of Representatives, several governorships, and state legislatures will get the most attention. But even more important than what we won is how we won; by competing in places we haven’t been competitive in a long time, and by electing record numbers of women and young veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, a surge of minority candidates, and a host of outstanding young leaders. The more Americans vote, the more our elected leaders look like America.”

And Women’s March, an organization focused on empowerment, released this statement on the power of the female vote in terms of bringing greater diversity to political representation:

The #WomensWave that just took the House is flooding our country, electing the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history, and adding millions of formerly disenfranchised voters to the rolls. Candidates like Stacey Abrams inspired the nation. She continues to inspire, fighting for democracy and working to ensure that every single vote is counted. We elected the first two Muslim women to ever serve in Congress, Black women will make history representing Massachusetts and Connecticut, and two Latinas will make history representing Texas. And voters showed up to elect two Native women to Congress, a historic first that will help reshape the future for Indigenous people on a federal level.

The loss of the House represents a huge defeat for Donald Trump in which Democrats flipped seats in key districts in such states as Virginia, Florida, Texas, Colorado and Michigan, especially in urban and suburban areas.

The party fell short, however, in their takeover of the U.S. Senate, marked by a major loss in Texas: Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke was defeated in a nail-biting campaign to unseat Texas incumbent Ted Cruz, former GOP candidate for president in 2016. The Senate’s hold on red states like Indiana and Tennessee was largely due to the embrace of Trumpism – namely, supporting Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Justice and deriding the migrant caravan as a threat to national security. Democrat Mike Espy may still become the state’s first black U.S. Senator since Reconstruction though; Due to the fact that he and Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-White did not gain more than 50% of the vote in the special election, the two will face off in the Nov. 27 run-off.

By retaining control of the Senate, however, Trump can move forward on nomination and approval of federal judges and possibly Supreme Court justices, solidifying a conservative bench that can make rulings shaping a generation,

The African Americans Joining Congress

What does all of this mean? More partisan and ferocious political battles in a divided government. The Democrats control of the House will have a huge impact on the Trump, giving a branch of Congress oversight of an Administration that has operated unchecked. As such, Democrats will gain key chairmanships, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus like Rep. Maxine Waters and Rep. Elijah Cummings, who will take the reins of Financial Services and Oversight & Government Reform committees, respectively. With their renewed status, the Dems will most assuredly engage in investigations, use their subpoena power and very well pursue impeachment of the president if they gain an opening, possibly through the ongoing Mueller investigation.

African Americans joining the 116th Congress also plan to vigorously challenge Trump’s agenda. This group – a number of whom are young history makers and women – represent the pool of diverse candidates who beat establishment GOP politicians:

 

-Former Boston City Council Member Ayanna Pressley, 44, became the first African American Congresswoman in the state of Massachusetts. Now representing the 7th district – the only one in the state that’s composed of primarily minorities – Pressley paved her way to Congress with her Democratic primary victory over 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano, who has backed prominent black politicians like civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Massachusetts first black governor, Deval Patrick.

black congress, midterms

Ayanna Pressley

-Schoolteacher Jahana Hayes, 45, emerged victorious in her campaign to become the first African American woman to represent Connecticut, defeating Republican Manny Santos in the state’s hotly-contested 5th district.

black congress, midterms

Jahana Hayes

-One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, Ilhan Omar, 35, will now assume the Minnesota seat previously held by Keith Ellison, the deputy Democratic National Committee Chair, who was elected the state’s Attorney General. Running on a platform that includes Medicare-for-all and free tuition, she handily won the seat. Rashida Tlaib was the other Muslim women who won in her bid for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District seat.

black congress, midterms

Ilhan Omar

-A former adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and registered nurse who never held office, Lauren Underwood scored an upset victory by defeating four-term Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren to win a seat in Congress from Illinois’ 14th Congressional District. Gaining donors outside the state, she also beat Hultgren in raising campaign funds: $ 4 million to $ 2 million.

black congress, midterms

Lauren Underwood

After months of being attacked on his past career as a rapper, Antonio Delgado, 41, a Harvard-trained attorney and Rhodes scholar, campaigned in New York’s 19th District on expanding health care to win against GOP incumbent John Faso, who supported the Republican plan that discarded provisions for pre-existing conditions.

black congress, midterms

Antonio Delgado

-Former NFL player and civil rights attorney Colin Allred, 35, changed Texas’s 32nd District from blue to red by giving the Dems a major victory in a battleground state: Unseating GOP Rep. Pete Sessions, a 22-year congressional veteran and powerful chairman of the House Rules Committee.

black congress, midterms

Colin Allred

-Democrat Joe Neguse, an attorney and civic leader of Eritrean heritage, became the first black congressman from Colorado, when he defeated GOP challenger Peter Yu to represent the 2nd District that includes Boulder and Fort Collins. He won the seat vacated by Democrat Jared Polis, who was elected the first openly gay man to become governor in the nation.

black congress, midterms

Joe Neguse

-In the race for Nevada’s 4th District, Steve Horsford, 45, clinched his return engagement to Congress beating Republican Cresent Hardy. Horsford previously served as the district’s congressman from 2013 -2015, having lost his bid for a second term in 2014 and declined to run in 2016.

black congress, midterms

Steve Horsford

 

-The 29-year-old Bronx native and waitress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the first-time candidate who defeated Democrat Joe Crowley in the first primary challenge in 14 years. She is now the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress.

black congress, midterms

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Beyond those in congress, one who achieved a milestone in a statewide races vows to challenge Trump as well: Letitia James, now the first African American Attorney General for New York state, vows to use her position to investigate former real estate baron’s dealings.

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New evidence links corporal punishment to an increased risk of negative behavioral, cognitive, psychosocial, and emotional outcomes for children, the AAP said.
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Obama warns against fear, Trump touts economy on campaign trail

Former U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday against rhetoric he said was designed to sow fear as he campaigned in support of Democratic candidates while President Donald Trump hammered a hardline anti-immigration message to energize Republicans.


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Will #MeToo Spark Backlash Against Women in the Workplace?

These are interesting times for Google. Last week, The New York Times spilled the beans about a $ 90 million “exit package” Android creator Andy Rubin was purportedly paid to leave quietly after a sexual harassment allegation in 2014. Then came the news that Google has fired 48 other people over the past couple of years, including 13 managers, for the same reason (but sans exit packages).

Of course, it’s not just Google. In the 12 months since the ouster of Harvey Weinstein brought awareness of the anti-sexual-harassment movement MeToo into sharp focus, hundreds of other U.S. executives–some famous, many less so–have gotten the boot. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that allegations of misconduct rose 12%, the first increase in five years. The EEOC’s lawyers filed 41 separate sexual harassment suits, a jump of more than 50% from 2017. Between litigation and other proceedings, the agency required a total of nearly $ 70 million to be paid to plaintiffs, up 22% from the year before. And none of that even begins to count what’s happening at the state level, or what employers are paying in private settlements behind closed doors.

It’s a long way from over, and all the possible ripple effects aren’t yet clear. For now, some observers wonder what impact #MeToo might have on the gains that women have struggled to make in business. “What worries me is that we’re starting to see a backlash,” says Michelle Lee Flores. “Unfortunately, it’s based on misinformation.”

A partner in employment law at Akerman in Los Angeles, Flores works with corporate clients nationwide on crafting anti-harassment policies and training. As she sees it, a juicy TV news sound bite or sensational Internet headline rarely tells the whole story–yet leaves people with the impression that they know all about it. So, she and her fellow lawyers meet many (mostly male) managers these days who are panicking unnecessarily.

“You hear people say things like, ‘Look what happened to So-and-So at Such-and-Such Company! He was fired after just one accusation!’” Flores says. “That’s not an accurate understanding, because the public almost never sees the whole history of someone’s behavior.” What happens behind the scenes is what counts, she adds: “Someone can be accused of one specific instance of harassment, and truthfully deny it, while still admitting to a whole pattern of other incidents which violated company policy”–and which no one outside the company ever gets wind of.

Knowing almost nothing about the real reasons someone was fired may not, alas, stop some people from deciding that the way to stay “safe” is to avoid working alongside women. Or traveling with them. Or sending them out on plum assignments. Or promoting them. Is this starting to sound way too familiar from decades ago? What year are we in again? “It might sound extreme,” Flores notes. “But I’ve heard male executives express a real concern that having female colleagues ‘could come back to bite me’.”

New research from the Society for Human Resource Management suggests she has a point. In a survey of 18,000 U.S. employees, at all levels across 15 industries, about one-third (32%) of executives say they’ve “changed their behavior” in the past year because of a greater awareness of the hazards of sexual misconduct at work, including risks to morale (23%) and employee engagement (also 23%). Only 21% said harassment “has never been an issue” in their companies.

Some of the steps managers told SHRM they’ve taken: Male mentors can no longer be assigned to women less senior then themselves. Working in the office after hours is no longer allowed “for groups of fewer than three employees, and must include a manager.” No touching ever, and “asking permission to enter a 3-foot space, and NEVER [caps theirs] closer than 3 feet.” One manager told SHRM he “scared to say anything” to or about women, ever.

It’s not hard to imagine all kinds of subtle consequences–and, ultimately, damage to women’s careers–from so much caution. And what happens to office romance? Is it dead, or just a lot more fraught than ever? Ideally, we could keep what was great about male-female diversity and just get rid of what wasn’t.

Some leaders seem willing to try. Consider, for instance, that almost 40% of the executives in the SHRM study said their own reaction to #MeToo has mainly been to be more “careful” or “mindful” about locker-room humor and sexist jokes. “That may not be a bad thing,” especially in tech, says Sarah Cooper, a former designer and manager at Yahoo! and Google, where there’s a long tradition of “men saying things that make women uncomfortable, and the women just having to ‘be cool’ and laugh it off.”

Cooper, who wrote a tongue-in-cheek new career guide for women called How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings, quit Silicon Valley to chase a lifelong dream of doing stand-up comedy, but over the years she saw plenty of other women flee IT for less happy reasons. “People need to have fun at work,” she says. “But having the kind of toxic culture that drives talent away isn’t just a loss to women–it’s a loss to companies, too.” Too true.

Anne Fisher is a career expert and advice columnist who writes “Work It Out,” Fortune’s guide to working and living in the 21st century. Each week, she’ll answer your most challenging career questions. Have one? Ask her on Twitter or email her at workitout@fortune.com.

 

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Mail Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc’s Rage Against Mom Drove Him to Trump, Lawyer Claims

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast

MIAMI—Madeline Giardiello woke up from surgery Friday morning to find out that her son, 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, had just been arrested by the FBI for allegedly mailing homemade explosives to 13 high-profile Democrats.

When Giardiello saw Sayoc’s face on the news, her lawyer Ronald Lowy told The Daily Beast, it was her first real glimpse of her son in three and a half years. Back in 2015, after years of fighting over his inability to hold down a job or seek help for what they saw as mental illness, Giardiello had kicked Sayoc out of her house, where he occasionally stayed.

That’s when Sayoc “drew the line,” Lowy said during an interview on Saturday. “He said ‘I hate you. I don’t want anything more to do with you.’”

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Why Netanyahu opted against a new Gaza invasion

Israelis within missile range of the Gaza Strip went to bed with trepidation Wednesday night, unsure whether a full-scale war in Gaza was imminent. Israel’s Security Cabinet had convened for a midnight emergency session Wednesday, following Tuesday’s attack on Beersheba, Israel’s largest southern city. By Thursday, though, it was business as usual. The government’s decision…
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REVIEW: In ‘The Lifespan of a Fact’ on Broadway, Daniel Radcliffe rails against truthiness

“Truth isn’t truth,” Rudy Giuliani famously spluttered on “Meet the Press” last summer, trumping even presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway’s much-derided coinage of the phrase “alternative facts” to explain away a few big little lies about the size of the crowd at the 2017 presidential inauguration.

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Gordon, Gino & Fred: Road Trip viewers in hysterics as Gino rubs his naked body up against Gordon’s on a nudist beach

GINO D’Acampo infuriated his co-star Gordon Ramsay by rubbing his naked body up against him during tonight’s episode of Gordon, Gino & Fred: Road Trip.

The celebrity chef wound up Gordon by pulling him in for a hug when he was only wearing his birthday suit, much to the amusement of viewers.

Gino D’Acampo thrilled viewers when he stripped off on a nudist beach during tonight’s episode of Gordon, Gino & Fred: Road Trip
But Gordon Ramsay wasn’t as amused

It happened after Gordon and Fred Siriex accidentally swam up to a nudist beach during filming.

Fred called Gordon uptight as he admitted he didn’t feel comfortable seeing so many naked bodies around him.

Seconds later, Gino ran out from behind a wall and revealed he was in the buff.

As Fred laughed, Gordon begged him to put his clothes back on.

He grimaced as Gino rubbed his naked body up against him

Ignoring him, Gino grabbed him and pulled him in for a group hug.

Gordon grimaced and told Gino he could feel his penis rubbing up against him, leaving fans crying with laughter.

One tweeted: “Oh my God!!!! Trust @Ginofantastico to turn naked! Gordon’s face and reaction was priceless!”

Another said: “In stitches again this week!! @GordonRamsay @Ginofantastico and @fredsirieix1 are amazing together!!”

Fans said they were crying with laughter as they watched the episode

While a third commented: “I’ve never laughed so much at Gino walking naked onto the nudist beach.”

The series has already proved incredibly popular, with millions tuning in to watch the trio travelling through Italy, France and the UK to discover the best food and drink on offer.


When asked about seeing Gino naked on the beach, Gordon admitted: “It was an amazing trip, but we did push each other to the limits and tested our nerves!”

The trio are already planning a second series of the hit ITV show and are hoping to travel the world.

Gino explained: “We’d love to do another trip.

“Fred wants to go to Jamaica, Gordon wants to take us to Las Vegas and I want to take them to Hong Kong!”


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Against All Odds, The Conners Justifies Its Existence

It’s hard to believe anyone was clamoring for The Conners. Even before a tweet from its star resulted in the show’s speedy cancellation, ABC’s Roseanne was on thin ice with viewers who’d cherished the show’s progressivism in the ’90s. Ratings fell, maybe as those who could initially stomach Roseanne Barr’s, and then Roseanne Conner’s, MAGA makeover grew weary of her act. It might’ve been different if the new episodes had been better: if they’d engaged with the toxic post-2016 political climate that was eating away at families across the country, rather than just having Granny Rose and #StillWithHer Aunt Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) shout slogans at each other. Though the lack of substance didn’t seem to bother fans who shared Barr’s taste in conspiracy theories, it’s hard to imagine that crowd giving the survivors of her ouster a shot.

But here’s hoping The Conners piques the curiosity of at least a fraction of its predecessor’s mammoth audience, because—surprise!—it is everything the Roseanne revival should have been. ABC has forbidden critics from revealing how the show dispatches with the Conner matriarch; it isn’t much of a spoiler, but suffice to say that the Oct. 16 series premiere, “Keep on Truckin’,” finds the family coping with the sudden absence of a difficult woman who loved them dearly. Dan (John Goodman) looks thin and haggard without his other half. Jackie channels her despair into hilariously ill-advised cleaning projects. Becky (Lecy Goranson) drinks even more than usual. And Darlene (Sara Gilbert), a mini-Roseanne since childhood, essentially steps into her mom’s house slippers, dispensing tough love without dominating scenes the way Barr did.

Opening a sitcom with such a downbeat episode is a risk, but it actually strengthens the connection between The Conners and the original Roseanne, which thrived on black comedy. The Conner family was always as its acerbic best when facing adversity, whether that meant Roseanne and Jackie grappling with residual trauma from their abusive father or Roseanne and Dan realizing they can’t afford to send Becky to college. “Keep on Truckin’” feels like the episode the show has been leading up to for decades, the culmination of all its 30-year-long character arcs. Becky puts it best: “Laughing inappropriately is what Mom taught us to do.”

It’s not the only thing Mom taught them. In Roseanne’s heyday, the title character was the family’s moral center, a woman whose sarcastic punchlines and disaffected veneer never quite concealed her convictions—firm, idealistic yet coherent ones, grounded in the struggles that defined her own difficult life—about how the world should be. When Barr transformed Roseanne Conner into a Trump superfan, the show’s writers were tasked with reconciling the sense of justice at the character’s core with, for instance, a political platform that debates whether healthcare is a right. Instead, they simply let the cognitive dissonance hang in the air, dissipated slightly by the implication that Jackie’s liberalism was as dogmatic as Roseanne’s newfound conservatism.

Without her, the Conners are once again a family that tackles thorny issues (alcohol abuse and teen sex both surface early) through the lens of personal experience, rather than rooting for individual politicians as though they’re sports teams. And without Barr’s outsize presence, her fantastic supporting cast evolves into a versatile ensemble. Metcalf’s Jackie becomes more of a nurturer without losing her endearing wackiness. Goodman highlights Dan’s decency and vulnerability. (The exception, as ever, is Michael Fishman’s D.J., who remains a sort of self-aware nonentity. But Mara Lynne Robinson makes an ideal addition as his wife, Geena, a no-nonsense Christian military woman whose presence resets the estrogen balance in this matriarchal household.) One of the most frustrating aspects of the new Roseanne was the way messy storylines threw off the chemistry between perfect castmates. The Conners restores those relationships.

It will be hard for some viewers to see the show as anything but cynical: a network that never should have given the volatile Barr a platform making a desperate attempt to hang onto the kind of ratings it hasn’t seen since the ’90s. If you ignore The Conners on principle, you won’t be missing the revelation that was Roseanne in 1988 or the best network comedy airing right now. (Please watch The Good Place.) But the show is something pretty special regardless. As you’ll recall if you stick around for ABC’s bland, ’70s-set Wonder Years ripoff The Kids Are Alright, which premieres immediately after “Keep on Truckin’,” most family sitcoms still drown their humor in saccharine. The Conners have always been different. After 20 long years, it’s good to finally have them back.


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