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Senator Lindsey Graham's own words are being used against him, thanks to old videos recirculating on Twitter.
Graham is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the cohort of senators who review judicial nominations. In the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, he's facing pressure to reject any nominee chosen by Donald Trump to take Justice Ginsburg's seat. Ginsburg was a progressive on a largely conservative court, and any nominee Trump puts forward is sure to be conservative as well.
In years past, Graham has repeatedly insisted that Supreme Court vacancies should remain vacant during election years so the next president has a chance to fill them. When President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to fill Justice Antonin Scalia's seat in 2016, Graham led the opposition against the nomination. Read more...
Maybe I should have known this year would be cursed when the New Year's Eve party I attended missed the countdown to midnight by three minutes — the year has been a downward spiral ever since. On the personal front, my cat died on my 24th birthday, I went through a break up during the loneliest period of modern history, and my apartment flooded three times.
The world, meanwhile, experienced a string of disasters: a global pandemic is forcing us to completely restructure our way of life, raging wildfires tear up the West Coast and confine those outside of the evacuation zones to our homes because the air is so toxic, and democracy could crumble at any given moment as the president wages war on an app infamous for dancing teenagers ahead of an election. 2020 has been marred by the losses of celebrities like Kobe Bryant, Naya Rivera, and Chadwick Boseman, whose deaths felt especially sudden because they were so young. Read more...
You're a squirrel. You're out in the forest doing your nut-gathering thing when suddenly one of those big, fur-less squirrels that walk on two legs kneels down and extends a paw filled with your favorite nut. So you rush over and start helping yourself until, without warning, you just freeze.
That's what happened with this little rodent from Russia. A person offered it a handful of nuts, and a few nuts in the squirrel just... freezes. It doesn't appear to be scared, or injured. It just sits there. For almost two whole minutes. Pondering.
We've all been here at some point in 2020, right? Just going about our day, doing whatever needs doing, when suddenly the enormity of the hell-year we're all living through sets in. And you just freeze, and think. Read more...
After Hurricane Laura hit land in the southern United States in late August and devastated the Louisiana coast, the storm surges and rainfall it brought along flooded the region.
That flooded environment was an ideal breeding ground for some types of mosquitoes, particularly the aptly named floodwater mosquito, which led to a mosquito boom in the wake of the deadly storm. In just days, mosquitoes were taking out large numbers of cattle, some deer, and a few horses in already-devastated stretches of Louisiana.
Dr. Mike Strain, the Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry commissioner and a doctor of veterinary medicine, called attention to the problem in a press release Sept. 10. Read more...
As anyone who tried to pre-order a PlayStation 5 surely knows by now: It was a bit of a mess.
Sony revealed on Wednesday that its upcoming next-generation gaming console will hit stores on Nov. 12. It was a fine presentation, filled with looks at new games and confirmation of the PS5's pricing – $499 for the standard version and $399 for one without a disc drive.
Still, a few notable things were missing. Some of the key games lacked release dates that were later confirmed after the presentation. And more importantly, there was no discussion at all about pre-orders. Nonetheless, some retailers started up their own pre-orders almost immediately. And of course, chaos ensued. Read more...
Peacock and a handful of other NBC apps are coming to Roku after the two parties reach a deal on Friday.
When Peacock launched in mid-July, it was notably absent from Roku, Fire TV, and some smart TV platforms including Samsung's, which all carry other popular video streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and CBS All Access. For now, Peacock is still not available on those latter two platforms.
Following the deal, viewers can expect Peacock and other NBC apps to start appearing on Roku in the coming weeks.
“We are pleased Roku recognizes the value in making NBCUniversal’s incredible family of apps and programming, including Peacock, available to all of their users across the country," an NBCUniversal spokesperson said in a statement Friday. "Roku’s incredible reach will not only help us ensure Peacock is available to our fans wherever they consume video but continue to expand NBCUniversal’s unrivaled digital presence across platforms.” Read more...
The 87-year-old veteran of the court met her life's challenges with admirable grit, never forgetting to break a path for women who might follow. The grief of losing that living inspiration is profound. Her death has also cracked open our already fragile politics at a time when those who oppose President Trump's agenda feel deep despair about the coming election.
Justice Ginsburg seemed determined to remain in her seat through at least November 3rd, all while trying to beat back pancreatic cancer. She indicated as much in the days before she passed: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," Justice Ginsburg said, according to her granddaughter. Read more...
What will Jimmy Fallon do for TV content in a post-TikTok world?
With the approaching ban of TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores, Fallon revived his "Watch it once" TikTok challenge for a (possibly final!) Friday night showdown with Jessica Alba. He technically did worse, but Alba called it correctly at the end of the video (before handing the win to Jimmy anyway): "I think we both lost."
It's true. The only winners here are the TikTok dancers, whose moves Fallon and Alba both struggled to replicate after an initial watch. Read more...
The Mandalorian Season 2 premiere is rapidly approaching, and with its first teaser trailer out in the public and a few rumblings about casting, there's a lot to know heading into the next chapter of this Star Wars adventure.
First thing's first; let's get the basic details down. The Season 2 premiere hits Disney+ on Oct. 30, and the season will continue to focus on the world's new favorite dynamic duo: the Mandalorian and the Child, aka Baby Yoda. We'll also see the return of Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), as well as the villainous Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito).
She lived a life committed to preserving the American ideal, from her early days fighting against gender discrimination to her illustrious tenure as one of the country's top judges. So as news of Ginsburg's death set in on Friday, mourners in Washington, D.C. paid their respects outside the hallowed halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Photos captured at the event reveal a solemn gathering of grieving Americans who showed up to express their appreciation for a life spent fighting on their behalf. Even in her final days, Ginsburg exhorted her fellow Americans to carry on the fight. Read more...
But with Facebook operating the world's largest messaging apps — the company owns both Instagram and WhatsApp in addition to the familiar, now ominous shade of blue that accompanies Messenger — many messaging options of the digital age correctly feel tainted. Thankfully, there are plenty of non-Facebook-owned ways to communicate with friends and family that are easy, secure, private, and reliable. Read more...
TikTok may be the app-du-jour, but its presence in the United States may not last.
Enter Triller, the video sharing platform emerging as the alternative to TikTok amid uncertainty over the app's future. Popular stars like Charli D'Amelio, the most followed person on TikTok, are starting their own accounts on Triller. D'Amelio is still posting on TikTok as usual, however. (Though she hasn't touched Instagram Reels, which they launched in an attempt to compete with TikTok.)
Triller, which began as a niche music discovery app because of its "AI-powered" editing features, has been around since 2015. Much of its appeal comes from its ability to automatically stitch together clips from multiple takes, sync it with music, and produce a music video. Musicians like Chance the Rapper and Lil Uzi Vert used Triller to promote new music before TikTok's meteoric rise to popularity in 2018. Triller's user base boomed this summer after following ongoing border disputes with China. TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. Last month, Triller overtook TikTok in the App Store, Read more...
Wynd Plus has a sensor to evaluate the air quality in your space, so it only fires up its filter when it determines that it's needed. When you use the coupon code VIPSALE20 at checkout, you'll pay just $159.96.
This little charger is 10 inches long and 7.4 inches wide, so it won’t take up a ton of space. It's easily transportable, has a silicone pad on the bottom to prevent unnecessary sliding, and is designed to prevent overcharging.
After months of staying home, perhaps you've done enough sourdough baking to last a lifetime. As we head into winter, it's time to mix it up.
These cool DIY kits, which are all an extra 20% off through September 21 with the coupon code VIPSALE20, will help you build cool gadgets and models like programmable cars, game consoles, and more. That's right: a new hobby!
Summer's coming to an end, but end of summer deals are going strong.
Below, check out a range of items on sale through September 21, including AirPods Pro, a refurbished iPad, a self-changing trash can, and lots of home gadgets to make life a little easier into the fall.
Sam's Club Membership
Becoming a Sam's Club member costs $45, but this promotion will return your sign-up costs back to you in the form of a gift card. Better yet, you can grab the deal this weekend for $39.99, which means you'll snag an extra five bucks to use towards future Sam's Club purchases.
We're slowly making our way into the final quarter of 2020. This year has been a doozy — and that's putting it lightly.
We could all use something to boost our spirits, so how about an end of summer sale?
Through September 21, you can take an extra 40% off the below list of apps and software. Each option is designed to streamline your days and teach you something new, whether that's a new language or how to get better sleep.
To activate the price drops, enter the coupon code VIPSALE40 at checkout.
If you need more restful sleep, check out Restflix. Nicknamed the "Netflix for sleep," Restflix is a sleep streaming service that helps you fall asleep faster and encourages continuous, more productive rest. Read more...
When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was 80 years old, she became an internet icon.
A law student started a Tumblr in her honor in 2013, dubbing her "The Notorious R.B.G." and in the years that followed, she became a meme that lined Etsy sellers' pockets. As much as her photo was flung around social media, her crowned head was emblazoned on T-shirts, her signature lace collar was reimagined as baby bibs, and she became "our lady of dissent" on votive candles you could buy for $15. Her internet domination both fueled and was fueled by her caricaturing on Saturday Night Live as a spunky old lady who could lift weights and kick ass. She particularly liked a popular T-shirt that read, Read more...
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at age 87.
The absolutely awful news will of course usher in lots of worthy look backs at her illustrious career. However, in addition to being a beloved Supreme Court Justice known for her fiery dissents, she was also a pop culture icon lovingly referred to as the Notorious RBG — a nickname she seemed to delight in, noting in 2019 it was “beyond her wildest imagination.”
There were RBG earrings, baby costumes, Tumblrs, and books — and with that, plenty of onscreen celebrations. If you’re upset about her death, the first thing you should do is email your senators about not holding hearings for her replacement until after the election. (Hear that?) Read more...
The stakes of the 2020 election just got significantly higher.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a fierce advocate for justice and equality, died on Friday at age 87, which means her seat on the Supreme Court is now vacant.
Ginsburg — who was nominated for the seat back in 1993 by President Bill Clinton — died from "complications of metastatic pancreas cancer" according to a Supreme Court statement as reported by the
Justice Ginsburg was a celebrated feminist icon, and her death is a painfully tragic loss for the country. But with Donald Trump in office, an election approaching, and Senator Mitch McConnell eager to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020, her loss could have drastically negative impacts on the future of the Supreme Court and our nation as a whole. Following her death, McConnell released a statement saying that "President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate," according to Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio. Read more...
At a time of great conflict, stress, and uncertainty in the U.S., Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, sending her supporters into a state of shock on social media.
Ginsburg, a beloved figure who was famous for her historic career as much as her workout routine that inspired Saturday Night Live sketches, died due to “complications of metastatic pancreas cancer," according to a Supreme Court statement as reported by the New York Times. She was 87.
It had become a bitter Twitter joke, something said as an aside at gatherings, back when we could still gather: Stay healthy, RBG, don't pass before Election Day. She became a liberal symbol for justice and dignity, as the country swirled into hatred and division during the Trump administration. Read more...
Hoping to gather 'round the TV for a fun family movie night? Look no further than Amazon Prime Video.
The streaming service is loaded with popular titles for viewers of all ages. Whether you're searching for a superhero origin story for the tweens, longing for a comedy for the young ones, or looking for a fantasy that's guranteed to please them all, Prime Video has got you covered.
Check out at all the best family-friendly films streaming free with your Prime Video subscription below.
1. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
This stunning fantasy film tells of a fifteen-year-old Viking named Hiccup who hopes to become a dragon slayer even though he's considered to be too weak. However, after befriending a mysterious Night Fury, he starts to question his tribe’s age-old tradition of dragon hunting. Read more...
It's a strange world online and Ingrid Conley-Abrams — a school library director in New York City — wanted to prep her students as best she could.
As a part of a lesson on media literacy and bias, Conley-Abrams created an optional assignment where kids made their own versions of clickbait. The results were delightful, brilliant, and, at times, slightly creepy.
Conley-Abrams tweeted out some of the schoolwork and it went very viral for obvious reasons.
Just finished the 4th grade lesson plan on clickbait, and I gave the 4th graders the opportunity to create their own clickbait headlines and, honestly, I couldn't have imagined anything this epic pic.twitter.com/gRtOaHjPeq
Twitter was barely a thing on June 10, 2007, the day the episode, "Made in America," aired. About a quarter of the country still used dial-up internet. And yet, here we are in 2020, where you'd be hard-pressed to find a show more ubiquitous online than The Sopranos.
Spend a day on Twitter and try to not see a Sopranos reference. It's everywhere. Ever-ree-where. Politics, the pandemic, fashion, all made Sopranos memes.
James Gandolfini, the late actor who brilliantly played Tony Soprano, would've been 59 Friday. We figured what better time to examine why, exactly, The Sopranos has been reborn via (truly wonderful and hilarious) memes. Read more...