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    LEBANON, Tenn. (CNN) — Some of the meat at Cracker Barrel might be fake, but the beef that it’s causing is very real. On Monday, the chain posted on Facebook about a plant-based sausage made by Impossible Foods that’ Cracker Barrel had added to breakfast menus earlier this summer. The post sparked strong reactions from its followers, with many complaining that Cracker Barrel should not be offering the meat alternative. READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Scattered Thunderstorms Expected Friday Evening As Heat Advisory Impacts Region“I just lost respect for a once great Tennessee company,” one person commented. Another comment said: “Not going to happen! Cracker Barrel used to be so good, we looked forward to eating in them but not anymore,” while another person wrote “bad choice.” Others expressed skepticism that the product would taste good. Several commenters decried the “woke” addition to the menu. Not all of the reaction was negative, however, with many people thanking the chain for the option. “I couldn’t even tell the difference. I think it’s great for people who can’t eat meat for whatever reason,”...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called out critics of her trip to Taiwan and suggested the “big fuss” may have something to do with gender. At an event with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday, Pelosi pointed out that earlier trips to the region by lawmakers like Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in April did not cause nearly as much controversy, especially in China. Pelosi’s trip was condemned by numerous Chinese officials, and President Joe Biden previously noted military officials expressed concern to the Speaker over her travel plans. “They made a big fuss because I’m the Speaker, I guess. I don’t know if that was a reason or an excuse because they didn’t say anything when the men came,” Pelosi said. Approximately two dozen Republican senators, including Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), did sign a letter ahead of Pelosi’s trip in support of the Speaker of the House. Pelosi celebrated both her and Ing-wen being women who have become firsts for the gender. “It’s a great pride for us today, the first woman speaker in...
    Instagram is under fire for rolling out a survey that asks 'a random assortment of people' about their race and ethnicity, as some people speculate it is a way for the government to quietly conduct mass race surveys. Instagram says the survey will help them build a fair and inclusive platform However, the Meta-owned platform said Thursday that the data will help them better understand how different communities use the platform and how its technology may impact different groups. A pop-up will appear in the app that leads to the optional survey hosted by YouGov, which will encrypt and split submissions into parts before storing them at research institutions. In the blog post, Instagram notes it will only have access to aggregated information, meaning it 'can't connect people or their Instagram accounts to their individual responses.' However, it seems the social media's promise is not enough to earn the public's trust – some shared their frustrations on Twitter saying 'do not be fooled.' And some may not fault the public for being skeptical of Instagram's motives, as it was ranked...
    Joe Rogan declared on Saturday's edition of 'The Joe Rogan Experience' said he's a 'bleeding-heart liberal' on certain political issues. Rogan was interviewing fellow comedian Andrew Schulz when he made the remarks.  The comedian's personal politics have long been a source of discussion and debate as he has welcomed controversial figures from the alt-right movement as well as COVID-19 deniers on his influential show.    Speaking about politics on his Spotify podcast, Rogan said: 'Like I was on welfare as a kid. I think it’s important. I think having a social safety net is crucial. We should help each other. We’re supposed to be one big community. I’m a bleeding-heart liberal when it comes to a lot of s**t.'
    Joe Rogan went after those who believe he’s a secret conservative and bashed Republicans who are against gay marriage during a recent podcast interview. On the Saturday edition of his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, he spoke with comedian Andrew Schulz about the release of his new comedy special Infamous. The conversation eventually turned to politics and the numerous Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who have said the legalization of gay marriage was “clearly wrong.” “It’s not just abortion rights, but now they’re going after gay marriage too, which is so strange to me,” Rogan began. “Gay marriage is not silly. It’s marriage — it’s marriage from people that are homosexual and it’s for them. It’s important. They want it. He continued, “They want to affirm their love and their relationship. And the fact that they’re going after that now almost makes me feel like they want us to fight. They wanna divide us in the best way they can. And this is the best way for them to keep pulling off all the bullshit they’re doing behind the...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Californians are finally receiving relief. A newly agreed upon budget by state lawmakers will see a round of stimulus go out to up to 23 million residents. “I believe it’s a good thing. For some people it helps,” said Sacramento resident Khaled Zandani. “For people that use it in the right way. People that really need it.” READ MORE: 1 Dead In Sonoma Co. Brushfire As Heat Wave Grips Much Of CaliforniaSo what are you likely to receive? Relief will work on a sliding scale in the following ways: — Individuals who make up to $75,000 and joint filers up to $150,000 will receive $350 per taxpayer and a one time $350 for at least one dependent. — Individuals who make up to $125,000 and joint filers up to $250,000 will receive $250 per taxpayer and a one time $250 for at least one dependent. — Individuals who make up to $250,000 and joint filers up to $500,000 will receive $200 per taxpayer and a one time $200 for at least one dependent. — Individuals who...
    Kigali, Rwanda (CNN)For decades, Paul Kagame has ruled Rwanda with an iron fist in the mold of the archetypal strongman African leader.Under his rule, the East African country has emerged from the ruins of a devastating 1994 genocide that left nearly one million people dead to be hailed by Western allies as the model for growth in Africa.In recent years, the country has forged a strong and financially rewarding alliance with Asian powerhouse China, which is also known for its authoritarian rule.The US and the UK have also supported Rwanda with aid donations for many years, and US diplomat Tibor Nagy once described the country as "demonstrating the true potential of Africa." "In the past 25 years, Rwanda has reimagined itself as a strong state that invests in good governance and the success of its people," the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs said on his first visit to Rwanda in 2019. "In many ways, Rwanda is demonstrating the true potential of Africa."Controversial UK deportation flight to Rwanda grounded after all asylum-seekers removedRead MoreIn a recent meeting between...
    Golf legend Greg Norman, who is serving as the commissioner of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series, is firing back at critics who say he’s fronting for a tour financed by “blood money.” In his first U.S. television interview since LIV Golf’s launch, Norman defended the venture Saturday Night during his appearance on One Nation with Brian Kilmeade. “The European PGA Tour since 2009, had a golf tournament, the Saudi International that’s still in existence since 2019,” Norman said. “And during that Saudi International, there were PGA Tour players who were given rights and waivers to go play there. So to me, if golf is good for the world, golf is good for Saudi, and you’re seeing that growth internally, it’s extremely impressive.” Kilmeade noted the recent criticism of LIV Golf from famed sportscaster Bob Costas. “This is blood money,” Costas said. “It’s just no two ways around it. It’s blood money. … This is Saudi blood money.” Norman, who — thus far — has lured away mostly past-their-prime players such as Phil Mickelson with massive contracts, took exception to...
    A pistol made by Sig Sauer and sold to law enforcement and civilians alike is prone to going off without the trigger being pulled, a defect that has led to dozens of injuries over the past several years, a U.S. Army veteran alleges in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The veteran said his holstered Sig Sauer pistol discharged while he was going down the stairs, causing a serious leg injury. It was the latest in a string of litigation targeting the New Hampshire-based gun manufacturer over its P320 model. The lawsuit, which was filed in Philadelphia and calls for unspecified monetary damages, recounted dozens of other alleged unintended discharge incidents involving that model, of which lawyers estimate there are about a half-million in circulation in the U.S. The P320 “is the most dangerous pistol for its users sold in the United States market,” the plaintiff’s lawyers alleged in court documents. A voice message was left for Sig Sauer seeking comment. The gun-maker has previously denied its pistol is defective. George Abrahams, a 53-year-old Army veteran and painting contractor in Philadelphia,...
    (CNN)Fears are mounting over the fates of Dom Phillips and Bruno Araújo Pereira -- who have been missing in the Brazilian Amazon for over a week -- after the discovery of what appeared to be human remains and revelations that the pair had received death threats.No clear explanation has yet been made for their disappearance, but Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on Monday said he believed they had been victims of "malice." The case has drawn global attention to the perils often faced by journalists and environmental activists in Brazil.Phillips, a veteran journalist who reported extensively on Brazil's most marginalized groups and on the destruction that criminal actors are wreaking on the Amazon, had traveled with indigenous affairs expert Pereira to research conservation efforts in the remote Javari Valley.Though formally protected by the government, the wild Javari Valley, like other designated indigenous lands in Brazil, is plagued by illegal mining, logging, hunting and international drug trafficking -- which often bring violence in their wake, as perpetrators clash with environmental defenders and indigenous rights activists. File photograph of Javari Valley, Amazon, Brazil...
    Still from Universal Studio's "Jurassic World: Dominion"NBCUniversal "Jurassic World: Dominion" may score to top spot at the domestic box office this weekend, but lackluster reviews and word-of-mouth could stall its potential haul. "Inevitably, 'Jurassic World: Dominion' will make a fortune worldwide, since these films always do," wrote Robbie Collin in his review of the film for the Daily Telegraph. "But in credibility terms, it's an extinction-level event." The third and final film in the new trilogy of "Jurassic Park" films is the worst reviewed of all six films in the franchise, currently holding a 36% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes from 175 reviews. While the Universal film is expected to tally around $125 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, poor audience reception could hamper its overall grosses in the coming weeks. Not to mention, the film faces steeper competition from other films like Disney and Marvel's "Thor: Love and Thunder" in the coming weeks. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, "Dominion" takes places four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, the island that once housed...
    Getty Critics say this Giants' explosive rookie 'won't live up to hype' in 2022. This New York Giants‘ 2022 NFL draft pick is already drawing doubters around the industry. Bleacher Report released a “won’t live up to the hype in 2022” list, which featured Giants second-round selection Wan’Dale Robinson. Although they do not believe Robinson, an explosive and speedy wide receiver out of the University of Kentucky, will flop in the NFL, they do not envision immediate success because of two specific reasons: competition in the receiver room and growing pains in a new system. Second-round receiver Wan’Dale Robinson, though, may be a couple of years away from being a star. New York obviously liked the Kentucky product enough to take him 43rd overall, and the skilled but undersized (5’8″, 178 lbs) receiver could eventually become a fixture in the slot. However, Robinson faces a lot of competition for playing time, as the Giants have Sterling Shepard, Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton and 2021 first-round pick Kadarius Toney at receiver. The Giants are also coming off a season in which...
    Opponents of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón warned Tuesday evening that he will soon be “walking the same plank” as San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was recalled by voters by a wide margin. Boudin, who was recalled by a 60%-40% margin as of Wednesday morning’s latest vote count, is Gascón’s ideological ally. In fact, Gascón — funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros in the 2020 election — donated $100,000 to Boudin from his political action committee. The campaign to recall Gascón, which as of last week had reached 500,000 of the necessary 566,857 petition signatures necessary to force a recall election, issued a statement following Boudin’s recall Tuesday evening: Tonight showed that voters from every community and every walk of life, regardless of political ideology, are rejecting pro-criminal policies that are masked as criminal justice reform. George Gascón and Chesa Boudin’s failed social experiments have destroyed communities while doing nothing to meaningfully reform the system. If LA County voters sign and return their recall petitions, Gascon will be walking the same plank in the very near future....
    (CNN)Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's abysmal track record on the environment is long standing, with his policies instrumental in rolling back the country's once-stringent environmental protections and weakening its environmental agencies.Under Bolsonaro's tenure, destruction of the world's largest rainforest has deepened, with the portion of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest impacted by deforestation in the first three months of this year the highest ever recorded -- measuring to an area nearly the size of Dallas, Texas, according to data from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research. Meanwhile, more than nearly 700 public servants working in the environmental sector have been let go or dismissed from their positions since 2018, according to data from the Ministry of Economy. Last year, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached a 15-year record high. But last week, the far-right leader appeared to make a U-turn, signing an environmental decree that establishes higher fines for deforestation, illegal logging, burning, fishing and hunting. It also introduces heftier fines on repeat offenders, and changes the rules for "reconciliation" hearings between offenders and environmental agencies by placing a time limit on...
    (CNN)JoJo Siwa is responding to a critic who doesn't want her judging "So You Think You Can Dance."A viewer took to Twitter to write that they were disappointed Matthew Morrison was leaving the show as a judge instead of Siwa, citing Morrison's Broadway experience.Siwa saw the message, retweeted it, and wrote "literally why tweet this?" She added an impressive resume also, writing, "18 Years of Dance Knowledge, 4 Major dance TV shows, I've hired over 1000 dancers, 16 Dance music videos."She added, "If you don't like me that's okay... but if you think I don't know about dance ya just sound silly."Siwa became famous as a toddler after appearing on "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition" and "Dance Moms" alongside her mother, Jessalynn. She has since gone on tour and amassed millions of followers. She placed second on Season 30 of "Dancing With the Stars."Read MoreSiwa is a judge on "SYTYCD," along with Stephen "tWitch'" Boss, with Cat Deeley as host.
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing backlash over his calls to implement a 'national freeze' on handgun ownership in his country in the wake of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Critics claim his new proposed ban will do nothing to protect citizens as many guns 'are already illegal' and the 'freeze' doesn't tackle the 'root cause' of the crime problem, which is gun smuggling.  Trudeau, 50, announced on Monday that his government will introduce the legislation to prevent people from buying and selling handguns anywhere in the country. If passed, the freeze on handguns is expected to take effect in the autumn. '[There are] more than 1,500 models and variants of assault-style firearms have been classified as prohibited,' Canadian Border Patrol told DailyMail.com in a statement on Tuesday.  Raquel Dancho, a conservative MP for Kildonan-St. Paul, said: 'Today’s announcement fails to focus on the root cause of gun violence in our cities: Illegal guns smuggled into Canada by criminal gangs. The PM has had seven years to fix this serious issue, yet he continues to chase headlines and bury his...
    A REDDITOR has revealed her best friend named her daughter after nature but critics have branded the moniker's initials presumptuous. Ella Jane Grant revealed on the social media site that she’s a fan of the name Greenley Ocean Dawn. 1A Redditor has revealed her best friend gave her daughter a nature-inspired name (stock pic)Credit: Getty But, Redditors instantly realized that the initials spell out God. One commented: “First thing I noticed haha. That’s not presumptuous at all.” While another claimed that the name borders on blasphemy. Some Redditors were left confused as they said Greenley is a surname, not a first name. read more on baby namesNAME SHAME I laughed at my brother’s baby name – he’s mad but it sounds like male genitaliaNAME SHAME I’m a baby name expert – why you must ALWAYS think about your child’s nicknames Another one of Ella's friends named her baby Merriweather Green. Redditors branded the moniker adorable and cute. One said: “Merriweather and Ocean are pretty decent names. I want to name my daughter Oceana tbh.” Merryweather is one of the...
    A couple with a 21-year age gap have shared the details of their relationship – revealing how friends and strangers alike call their coupling 'creepy' and tell them to 'find people their own age'. Kat Lyons Berg, 34, and Robrecht Berg, 55, live in Colorado, and have been together for three years. The couple first met at a science fiction exhibition in 2019, where they immediately bonded over their shared love of cosplay.  Kat, an adult model and content creator, and Robrecht, who is a retired military man and a father-of-two, hit it off immediately with sparks flying on their first date, despite there being more than two decades between them. They have now been married for seven months and although the pair are very happy, they have been met with criticism from people who don't approve of their union - and have even Robrecht 'creepy' for marrying a woman who is so much younger than him.  A 33-year-old model who married a father-of-two 21 years her senior has hit back at critics who brand their age-gap relationship 'creepy' Kat...
    Charles Koch in 2019. Donors Trust, a fund backed by the Kochs, has given more than $600,000 in recent years to the Global Warming Policy Foundation's US arm.David Zalubowski/AP This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Global Warming Policy Foundation, a climate skeptic think tank, has been reported to the Charity Commission by Green Party Member of Parliament Caroline Lucas and Extinction Rebellion. The move comes after the Guardian revealed that the group received funding from fossil fuel interests. The think tank has charitable status, but climate campaigners say the questions about its funding mean it should be stripped of this. In a letter to the Charity Commission, the signatories, including the writers Irvine Welsh and Zadie Smith, say the GWPF is “not a charity, but a fossil fuel lobby group.” The GWPF, set up in 2009 by the former Tory chancellor Lord Lawson, has enjoyed a recent revival in its influence in parliament. It has MP Steve Baker as a trustee and has its research promoted by the Net Zero Scrutiny Group of Conservative MPs. The letter also...
    President Joe Biden on Friday lashed out at critics as he defended his administration's actions to relieve the infant formula shortage that has panicked parents worried about feeding their babies. 'If we'd been better mind readers, I guess we could have,' Biden said when asked if his administration should have acted sooner. Biden was speaking at an event on community policing and said he would only speak on that topic before - somewhat grumpily - conceding to talk about formula shortages. 'I'll answer the baby from the question because all of a sudden it's on the front page of every newspaper,' he said.  The president predicted it would only be a 'matter of weeks or less' for there to be more formula on the shelves. 'We're going to be in a matter of weeks - or less - getting significantly where more formula is on shelves,' he said. Biden said his administration was working hard on the matter and had 'nothing more urgent' on its plate. 'This is a process we working very, very hard. There's nothing more urgent we're...
    DENVER (CBS4) – As property tax soars, state lawmakers rush to pass a bill in the final days of the legislative session to curb the pain. It would reduce property tax increases by $700 million over the next two years, saving the average homeowner $274 dollars a year and small business owners about $1,200. But Representative Colin Larson calls it a bait and switch. “We negotiated $700 million in relief that was supposed to be relief in property taxes. It was not supposed to be robbing Peter to pay Paul,” said Larson. (credit: CBS) The bill has Democrat and Republican co-sponsors and takes $225 million in future tax refunds and gives it to local governments and schools to help make up for some of the lost tax revenue. Larson says that wasn’t part of the deal. He and business executives with Colorado Concern spent weeks negotiating the bill with the Governor and Democratic lawmakers. The business group was working on a ballot measure to cap property tax increases to 3% a year but agreed to pull it in exchange for...
    After losing 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter and at risk of being lost in the shuffle of the streaming wars, troubles continue at Netflix with several layoffs on Thursday.  The streamer, which has seen its stock price drop nearly 50 percent in the last month made many of the layoffs at Tudum, a website meant to market Netflix's programs.  The site, named as an onomatopoeia for the sound you hear when a Netflix show begins, was meant to allow subscribers insider access to the company's shows.    Netflix refused to tell the Los Angeles Times how many jobs were cut, merely saying  'our fan website Tudum is an important priority for the company.'  Some of those laid off took to Twitter, saying that the company had only hired them months earlier. After losing 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter, troubles continue at Netflix with several layoffs on Thursday The streamer made many of the layoffs at Tudum, a website meant to market Netflix's programs  Netflix has seen its stock price drop nearly 50 percent in the last month ...
    Tetra Images | Tetra images | Getty Images There's a recent uptick in states swapping tiered income taxes for a flat tax, charging the same rate to all residents, regardless of earnings. Over the past 100 years, only four states have changed from graduated rates to flat taxes, according to the Tax Foundation. Another three states — Iowa, Mississippi and Georgia — passed legislation to make the shift this year. Arizona cleared the way after a recent court decision, and Oklahoma is eyeing the move to join nine other flat tax states. These changes come amid a wave of state-level tax cuts triggered by budget surpluses. Fueled by better-than-expected revenues and billions in federal support, the windfall is expected to continue into fiscal 2022, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers. "States are flush with cash," said Jared Walczak, vice president of state projects at the Tax Foundation. "They've seen revenues continue to rise and there is an opportunity for tax reform."More from FA Playbook:Here's a look at other stories impacting the financial advisor business. Op-ed: How...
    Miami (CNN)Todd and Jeff Delmay know how to fight for the things they cherish most: the right to marry one another and the ability to grow their family.Now the couple, who were one of the first same sex couples to be legally married in 2015 in Florida, face another challenge, in the form of HB 1557, or the "Parental Rights in Education" bill, signed into law Monday by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.Todd is running for Florida House District 100 and Jeff is the co-chair of Equality Florida, one of the organizations that sued this week in federal court to block the law's implementation. The couple were plaintiffs in Equality Florida's lawsuit to secure marriage equality in 2014 in Florida. Dubbed by opponents as the "Don't Say Gay" law, it says that "classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards."Supporters of the bill say it's needed so parents can...
    Jared Leto stars as Michael Morbius in Sony's "Morbius."Sony It's never a good sign when a critic says your movie could have been "better summed up in a two-minute trailer," but, alas, that is the case for Sony's latest Marvel film "Morbius." As Adam Graham of the Detroit News notes in his review of the film, the studio's desire to expand its Spider-Man lore is understandable. However, without the steady hand of Disney, Sony seems to struggle to lift its villains from the comic page to the big screen. Graham is not alone in his assessment of the Jared Leto-led film. The film, which premieres Friday, has garnered poor reviews across the board and recently held at 16% on Rotten Tomatoes from 134 reviews. "Morbius is a perfunctory, sloppy, paint-by-numbers attempt to remind audiences that Sony has the rights to these Spider-Man villains and by golly they're going to use them," Kyle Anderson wrote in his review of the film for Nerdist. While the two Venom films were theatrical success stories for Sony neither were considered "Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes,...
    A WOMAN with an alphabet-inspired name has hit back at critics of the very unusual moniker. Abcde took to TikTok recently to share a spoof video of someone getting her name wrong in the nail salon, and prompted hundreds of people to ask her how it's pronounced. 2Abcde took to TikTok to hit back at critics of her unusual alphabet-inspired nameCredit: @abcde.elaine/Tiktok She then returned to the social media site with another video, in which she said: "So a lot of you wanted to know how to pronounce my name." One person had suggested the name should be pronounced "obesity", which Abcde called "wild". "It’s pronounced ‘absidee’ - abcde, absidee," she said. Her explanation did little to placate the critics though, many of whom took to the comments section to have their say about her name. Read more Name stories OH BABY 9 baby names you think are cute but have a TOTAL other meaning outside the UK "The name's pretty but the spelling is taking me out," one person commented, to which Abcde replied:...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has come under intense national scrutiny over legislation that critics have labeled the “Don’t Say Gay” law. The GOP legislation, which Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Monday, bars instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through the third grade. Republicans argue that parents should broach these subjects with children. Democrats have said the law demonizes LGBTQ people by excluding them from classroom lessons. WHAT DOES THE LAW DO? The law’s central language reads: “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.” Parents would be able to sue districts over violations. During his bill signing ceremony, DeSantis presented an example of what he considers inappropriate teaching material for the young students: A poster containing a drawing of “The Genderbread Person,” developed to help students learn about and distinguish between anatomical sex, gender expression, gender identity, sexual attraction...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a highly controversial bill Monday that expands protections for parental education rights and bans classroom instruction of gender ideology and sexual orientation The governor signed the Parental Rights in Education Act at a signing ceremony and press conference Monday. The bill had been dubbed the "Don't Say Gay Bill" by Democratic politicians and liberal activists, who claimed the bill would damage the well-being of gay students "In Florida, we not only know that parents have a right to be involved, we insist that parents have a right to be involved," Desantis said at the press conference. This is a breaking news story and will be updated. News Florida Ron DeSantis LGBT Education
    (CNN)While there is no equivalency between the laws passed in Russia criminalizing calling Russia's war just that, a war, and what's happening in Florida as the government there seeks to restrict speech, it's striking nonetheless to see freedom of expression under assault in the United States.We've spent a lot of time focused on Russia, but the controversy in Florida is worth considering.What they're passing in FloridaIn their quest to become the party of "parental rights," Republicans in Florida and in other states are attempting to muzzle discussion of gay and civil rights in school. People protest in Miami after the passage of Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill, Wednesday, March 9, 2022.One bill that Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed -- titled "Parental Rights in Education" -- has been dubbed by critics the "Don't Say Gay" bill because it seeks to ban discussion of gender and sexuality issues with younger students. Read MoreAnother bill that passed Florida's Senate recently would prohibit instruction that says certain races or sexes are privileged or oppressed. While the legislation doesn't specifically mention critical race...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. DeSantis signs what critics call ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill barring early lessons on sexual orientation, gender. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A TATTOO fan has caused a stir online with a religious inspired inking of the Holy Bible. An image of the controversial design was shared on Reddit, as many users criticised it for looking more like the devil. 2An usual religious tattoo design featuring a plug socket caused a stir onlineCredit: Reddit 2Reddit users believed a comparable inking was anything but heavenlyCredit: Reddit The controversial tattoo depicted the Holy Bible with a plug socket that fed directly into the individuals forearm. The inking, which was allegedly done by the “shop owner,” also featured the phrase “my plug” alongside a religious symbol of a Crucifix. But it was a similar inspired design shared on the s***y tattoo subreddit forum that provoked the most response online – as many users suggested that the plug looked anything but heavenly. “Looks like a devil tail, ironically,” one user suggested as another commented, “I 100 per cent thought it was supposed to be a snake.” READ MORE BAD TATTOO STORIESTATT'S STUPID I got a tattoo to celebrate surviving Covid - but there's a mistake in...
    New Zealand will introduce a new history curriculum in schools, encouraging teachers and students to think more critically about British colonialism and its ongoing impact on Māori communities. Set to be taught next year, the move has riled up fringe libertarian groups who accuse Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of pushing 'left-wing narratives' and evoking 'white guilt'. But the Labour Government argues New Zealand's history has been shaped by 'the use of power, relationships and connections' between Māori and European settlers and must be taught to children in full. Set to be taught next year, the new curriculum has riled up fringe libertarian groups who accuse Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) of pushing 'left-wing narratives' 'The new curriculum content has been created to be flexible allowing local, national and global context that span the full range of New Zealander's experience to be included,' Ms Ardern said. 'It will help us celebrate our unique place in the world and highlight what has made New Zealand the country we are today. 'This is an important milestone and I know it will help bring...
    Analysis by Zachary B. Wolf | CNN (CNN) — While there is no equivalency between the laws passed in Russia criminalizing calling Russia’s war just that, a war, and what’s happening in Florida as the government there seeks to restrict speech, it’s striking nonetheless to see freedom of expression under assault in the United States. We’ve spent most of the last two weeks focused on Russia, but the controversy in Florida is worth considering. What they’re passing in Florida In their quest to become the party of “parental rights,” Republicans in Florida and in other states are attempting to muzzle discussion of gay and civil rights in school. One bill that is awaiting the signature of Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis — titled “Parental Rights in Education” — has been dubbed by critics the “Don’t Say Gay” bill because it seeks to ban discussion of gender and sexuality issues with younger students. Another bill that passed Florida’s Senate on Thursday would prohibit instruction that says certain races or sexes are privileged or oppressed. While the legislation doesn’t specifically mention critical...
    Bravo Melissa Gorga. Melissa Gorga reacted to comments that she never has her own storyline on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” The wife of Joe Gorga officially joined the cast of the Bravo reality show in 2011, two years after her sister-in-law, Teresa Giudice, made her debut on the show in its first season, per IMDb. But Gorga has long been accused of riding on Giudice’s coattails — and she’s had enough. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Gorga defended herself against critics who say she “doesn’t have a storyline” or that her only role on the reality show is to talk smack about her co-stars. “I always think that’s so funny, even Andy Cohen always says it, he’s like, ‘Where did this whole storyline thing come from?’ I’m like, ‘The fans made it up!'” Melissa told the outlet. “The fans think unless your husband’s cheating on you, or you’re Erika Jayne or you’re going to jail or you robbed a bank, then you shouldn’t be on the Housewives. So they just want all villains, they don’t want any normal...
    So, it looks like Prince William didn’t say that Britons were more used to seeing war and bloodshed in Africa and Asia, though video shows that he definitely said that “for our generation, it’s very alien to see this in Europe.” The Washington Post, Newsweek and other outlets issued corrections early Thursday or reported that the second-in-line to the British throne was misquoted in original media reports about comments he made Wednesday about the Ukraine-Russia war, during a visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Center in London. According to video from ITV, the Duke of Cambridge didn’t talk about violence in Africa and Asia, a purported comment that immediately drew accusations of racism. In the video, William is seen standing besides his wife, Kate Middleton, and both are wearing yellow and blue pins to show solidarity with Ukraine. William, 39, began by talking about how their three young children had asked about what’s happening in Ukraine. He then said: ‘It’s really horrifying. The news every day, it’s just, it’s almost unfathomable. For our generation, it’s very alien to see this in...
    The White House questioned Florida lawmakers' motives for pushing legislation restricting discussions of sexuality in early elementary education, which critics are calling the "Don’t Say Gay" bill. "The most important question now is: Why are Florida leaders deciding they need to discriminate against kids who are members of the LGBTQI community?" White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday. "What prompts them to do that? Is it meanness? Is it wanting to make kids have more difficult times in school? In their communities?" President Joe Biden has "passionately" ripped the bill, according to Psaki, who was asked about his record of voting for a comparable bill in the 1990s. The "Parental Rights in Education" bill would ban classroom discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten to third grade or any conversations conducted "in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards." BIDEN'S FOREIGN POLICY MAKES PUTIN A PARIAH — SOMETIMES "This bill that would discriminate against families, against the kids," she said, adding that could deny children needed...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore County Council on Tuesday night submitted new court-ordered boundaries for its seven councilmanic districts, but critics who sued the county over an earlier proposal, alleging it was biased, say the map does not address their concerns about representation for voters of color. According to revisions provided by the council, District 2, which includes communities just beyond the northwest borders of Baltimore City, and District 4, along the Liberty Road corridor in the western part of the county, would have majority-minority voting populations. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Damp & ChillyOnly District 4 would have a majority of Black voters, at 61.12%. District 1, located in the southwest portion of the county, stretching from I-70 to I-95, would be almost evenly split, with white voters having a 49.87% plurality. Black voters would represent 27.39% of the voting population, and Asian Americans would have 11.16% of the vote. Overall, non-whites would have a 50.13% share of the vote. Districts 3, 5, 6 and 7 would be majority white. According to the county, white voters represent 55.12% of the...
    A mother-of-three who still breastfeeds her nearly four-year-old daughter has opened up about the harsh criticism she has faced online, recalling how she was told her child would be 'emotionally messed up' because of it.  Autumn, 25, and her husband, Tyler, believe in extended breastfeeding and natural weaning, meaning they're letting their kids decide when they are ready to stop nursing for good.   The couple are parents to nearly-four-year-old Nova, one-year-old Forest, and newborn Ophelia, all of whom are being breastfed by their mother.   'I still breastfeed my four-year-old alongside my two other children, and I won't stop until they choose to stop,' the mom shared on the Truly series 'My Extraordinary Family.'  Autumn, 25, is still breastfeeding her nearly four-year-old daughter (left) along with her two other children  Autumn and her husband, Tyler, are parents to three-year-old Nova, one-year-old Forest, and newborn Ophelia, all of whom are being breastfed by her Autumn and Tyler both admitted that they thought extended breastfeeding was 'so weird' before they had children, but becoming parents gave them a different perspective.  'Before you even...
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images A spokesperson for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mocked critics of a bill limiting teaching LGBTQ content in public school classrooms by declaring they are “probably” pedophiles. The legislation, which critics have called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, seeks to limit discussions of sexual orientation or gender identity for students from three years old to third grade. “The bill that liberals inaccurately call ‘Don’t Say Gay’ would be more accurately described as an Anti-Grooming Bill,” posted DeSantis spokesperson Christina Pushaw in a Twitter thread. “If you’re against the Anti-Grooming Bill, you are probably a groomer or at least you don’t denounce the grooming of 4-8 year old children,” she continued, mocking liberals. “Silence is complicity. This is how it works, Democrats, and I didn’t make the rules.” She also retweeted a post explaining her argument. The bill states, “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with...
    A British adventurer has revealed why she decided to travel to Thailand with her Hinge match after only one date - and brushed off critics who say the couple won't last.  Summer Fox, 24, was bored in London and had just been made redundant from her job when she met with Canadian tourist Matt Giffen, who was due to travel back to his hometown a few days later.  The pair met on the dating app and hit it off right away, going on one date in the British capital, before deciding to travel to Manchester - and then the world together, the Londoner told the Daily Star.  After three weeks where they sorted out the details of their grand journey, the pair flew to Bangkok from their respective sides of the globe and reunited in Thailand, where they have been staying for a month.  Summer and Matt's love story has gone viral on TikTok, where she counts more than 118,500 followers. While most have been supportive of her romance, others have trolled the couple, saying their story won't last and...
    Getty Clayton Echard Clayton Echard is responding to critics of his controversial turn as “The Bachelor.” Echard was asked about the criticism on “Clickbait with Bachelor Nation” by hosts Joe Amabile, Natasha Parker, and Deandra Kanu-Clayton, Amabile called him one of the most controversial Bachelors ever. You can download the podcast here. The podcast is 1 hour and 2 minutes long. In it, Clayton discussed everything from whether it’s possible to fall in love with more than one person to hometown dates and criticism of his star turn. The podcast is free. Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians Here’s what you need to know:Echard Blamed Social Media for the Criticism He’s Getting & Said He Leans on His Family Members ABCClayton Echard’s season of “The Bachelor” is over, but his quest to find love is not. Asked whom he leans on for emotional support, Echard says in the podcast that he lives with his brother, who makes fun of him and says he has “no game”...
    Robert Pattinson stars in "The Batman."Warner Bros. Batman has taken on many forms on the big screen, from goofy and campy to suave and gritty. Matt Reeves' "The Batman" introduces audiences to a new iteration of the Dark Knight — emo. The film, which arrives in theaters on Friday, has elicited mixed reactions from critics. Some have praised the nearly three hour-long feature as a deconstruction of the superhero genre, others found it to be a dark slog. Warner Bros.' "The Batman" skips past the death of Bruce Wayne's parents, the spark that inevitably leads the young billionaire down a path towards becoming Batman. Set during the character's second year as the masked crime fighter, the film follows the vigilante as he tries to capture a serial killer who is targeting corrupt officials in Gotham. The standalone feature does not connect back to other films in the DC Extended Universe. Robert Pattinson dons the cowl with Zoe Kravitz taking on the role of Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, and Paul Dano terrorizes as the Riddler. Other members of the cast include...
    AN ENTHUSED woman who completely transformed her driveway revealed she did it for only $200. Unfortunately, critics are saying it looks cheap and her DIY work isn't going to last. 5An excited woman revealed how she transformed her crumbling drivewayCredit: TikTok/karlinsummer 5The transformation only cost $200Credit: TikTok/karlinsummer The expert, who goes by @karlinsummer on social media, shared the step-by-step process she used to transform her driveway in a video clip shared online. First, Karlin showed her driveway before she worked on it. She said her goal was to give her crumbling, faded driveway a makeover so it mimicked the "big paver driveways that fancy people have." She first showed footage of herself getting rid of any weeds that had been growing on the side of her driveway and then pressure washing it. Although the pressure washing alone made a huge difference, she wasn't done yet. She used five bottles of Quikrete concrete sealer to cover up the cracks, but she was still able to see some small holes in the pavement. Most read in LifestyleQUICK WIT Queen once had...
    In an interview with Mediaite at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., Florida State Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R) shrugged off critics of House Bill 1557, the Parental Rights in Education bill (aka the “Don’t Say Gay” bill), as offering “strawman arguments” and said he would have preferred for the bill to have even stronger language. Sabatini currently represents a district in Lake County, north of Orlando, and is running for Congress. He’s been a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump and other MAGA Republicans like Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO). He frequently criticizes the GOP leadership in the Florida House for being “too moderate,” and his comments regarding HB 1557 reflected this viewpoint. Sabatini is also an attorney, and I asked him to respond to some of the conservative legal criticisms of the bill for vague definitions and other language issues. “I think the bill should have been stronger and more specific,” said Sabatini, “so I probably have the opinion you’re not hearing.” He summarized the bill as being two parts: First, it...
    LONDON (AP) — Britain promised to hit Russia with “powerful” sanctions over its military confrontation with Ukraine. But the slim sheaf of measures announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson has disappointed allies and critics alike. The U.K. has slapped asset freezes and travel bans on three wealthy Russians and sanctioned five Russian banks in response to President Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognize two breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine and to authorize sending in what he called “peacekeeping” troops. Johnson says there will be more to come if there is a “full-scale” Russian invasion. But many say the current measures are too little, and further sanctions will come too late. “If not now, then when?” opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer asked the prime minister on Wednesday. Conservative lawmaker Iain Duncan Smith, a former party leader, said that “if we are going to hit them with sanctions, we need to hit them hard and hit them now.” The U.K. says it’s coordinating its sanctions with the European Union and the United States, but both of those have gone further than Johnson’s...
    Getty Bethenny Frankel. Bethenny Frankel fired back at social media users who pointed out to her that she is getting older. The 51-year-old former “Real Housewives of New York City” posted to Twitter to address the unsolicited comments she gets from people online. “My favorite is people telling me that I’ve aged & that I don’t look how I used to, Frankel tweeted. “Ummm yeah, wait…am i doing it wrong? Are we not all aging?” “Even if I filter myself & get plastic surgery I assume I’m still getting older not younger right,” the Skinny Girl founder added. “Or am I bad at math & science?” Several commenters chimed in to support Frankel and tell her that she gets feedback from haters because she doesn’t use filters on her photos or go crazy with cosmetic procedures. “It’s only because you are natural and don’t use a filter for every Insta post,” one fan wrote. “People seem to have forgotten what real people look like, such a shame.” “Same peeps who would turn around the second you altered yourself...
    A new type of drive-thru scanner is to be installed at the busiest crossings at the United States' southern border in an effort to clamp down on the amount of drugs flowing into the country. Known as 'multi-energy portals', and working along the same lines as X-rays, the cargo compartments of trucks will be zapped with high-energy waves allowing Customs & Border officials to see right inside. A lower level of high-energy wave will be used to screen the cab in which the driver sits and allow them to stay inside while an inspection is carried out by the scanner.  It will speed up border crossing times markedly while also catching more of the illegal drugs such and fentanyl coming across the border from Mexico.  Currently, just one truck in 20 is scanned for drugs, with US officials pressed into action after drug deaths rocketed to 100,000 a year, many as the result of drugs smuggled from the south.  'Multi-energy portals' will zap the cargo areas with high-energy waves, but use safer low-energy screening for the cab, allowing the drivers...
    “All ticketed attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination plus booster shot (if eligible), proof of negative lab-based COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours of event, and negative antigen (rapid) test the day of the event,” read a statement from a SAG representative. The Critics Choice Awards, which air on March 13, will also require attendees to be "100 percent vaccinated" and "require a negative PCR test within 48 hours of the event." Joey Berlin, COO of the Critics Choice Association, told the outlet that he can't, in good faith, "invite people to a show where they're not going to feel safe." A report from Deadline corroborated the Reporter's story and noted that it remains unclear how large the ceremony's crowd will be. According to the report, the Los Angeles County Public Heath Department currently requires masks at all "mega-events," which are defined as having 500 attendees or more, and has stated “masks are required to be worn by everyone, 2 years age and older, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, in ... all indoor public...