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    If Democrats are able to flip any GOP-held seats in the U.S. Senate, their best opportunity may be in Pennsylvania — where Republican Mehmet Oz has been trailing Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in the battle for the seat presently held by two-term GOP Sen. Pat Toomey. Fetterman’s single-digit leads over Oz in polls released in September aren’t necessarily insurmountable, but according to the Daily Beast’s Roger Sollenberger, Dr. Oz’s recent fundraising e-mails reflect a mood of panic in his campaign. Sollenberger, in an article published by the Beast on September 22, explains, “If Pennsylvania senatorial hopeful and former TV doctor Mehmet Oz wants his supporters to know one thing, it’s that he’s a bad fundraiser who has always been losing to his opponent. At least, that’s the overwhelming message in the more than 100 fundraising texts and e-mails the Oz campaign has delivered just in the last month. The Oz campaign has sent 23 fundraising e-mails since last Monday alone.” Sollenberger reports that “every one of them has bad news, saying directly or on a linked donations page...
    Getty Warriors owner Joe Lacob attends the 2019 Breakthrough Prize at NASA Ames Research Center. Three months have passed since the big win but fans in the Bay Area are still basking in the glory of the Golden State Warriors‘ fourth NBA championship in eight seasons. And rightfully so — winning the title is a rare and wondrous feat for even the best-run franchises. Not everything came up aces for the team this summer, though. Painfully, the Warriors were forced to stand idly by as two key members of their championship squad — Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. — left the fold, a development that had almost everything to do with the club’s wild luxury tax situation. For his part, Joe Lacob has cried foul at the whole tax system. Sure, he’s paying out more than any owner ever has to keep his team together. At the same time, though, the Warriors are essentially being penalized for their incredible ability to identify and grow talent. While Dub Nation some would like to see that changed in...
    (CNN)Moms, women and caregivers are beyond angry -- we're overwhelmed, out of time and ready to vote. The midterms are coming, and American women are registering to vote at record levels, and according to polling, many are motivated by the fight for abortion rights and the crushing blows of having to persist without a care infrastructure. Something has to give -- because moms, women and families can't give any more. Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner It can't be overlooked that while regularly discounted, dismissed and underpaid -- moms are the people who make things happen in their families, in their workplaces, and in their communities, including motivating friends, adult children, other family members and their community members to vote. And, to be clear, moms aren't only a motivating force, they are also a voting force: A full 86% of women become moms in the US, making nearly 75 million registered voters mom voters. Throughout our nation, moms are (and will be) voting to build and fortify structures of safety and care, instead of structures of harm and criminalization. This year, more than...
    Just imagine, if you can, a 105-mile long, pencil-thin horizontal skyscraper — a sidescraper — that cuts through high mountains and arid desert. It will house a city of nine million people. There will be no cars or streets but flying taxis: oh and a giant fake moon, animatronic dinosaurs and an army of robots to harvest food, cook and clean for the pampered population. And carbon emissions will be zero. As these fantastical concept pictures show, there would be nothing like the city of Neom anywhere on the planet. Which is no surprise. The sci-fi architecture — often reminiscent of futuristic 1982 film Blade Runner — is indeed influenced by the masters of Hollywood special effects. The 105-mile long monolith will boast a stadium up a mountain, a ski resort of a Jurassic Island  Throughout history, megalomaniac dreamers have sought to rival the ambition of Egyptian pharoahs and build their own equivalent of the great pyramids with varying degrees of success. Now it is the turn of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud with his plans...
    Getty Mike Zimmer (not pictured) openly criticized Kirk Cousins in his final days with the Vikings. Former Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s distaste for quarterback Kirk Cousins has been well-documented contrary to the lip service he offered the veteran quarterback while head coach. However, the most recent leak of Zimmer’s issues with Cousins by The Athletic’s Chad Graff highlights one of the most fundamental arguments against Cousins being an elite passer in the league. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! ‘He Didn’t Elevate His Teammates’In a February 28 article, Graff took inventory of Cousins’ relationships with his head coaches over the years in anticipation that the Vikings keeping Cousins would be a bet that newly hired head coach Kevin O’Connell can succeed where others have failed. Graff reported that Zimmer “complained openly in coaching meetings about Cousins, and some of Zimmer’s top lieutenants echoed the sentiment. Zimmer didn’t feel the quarterback made enough ‘winning plays,’ that he didn’t take the necessary shots to help lead...
    Getty Images Lakers star LeBron James. LeBron James does not feel 100% and it sounds like he may not be for the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers season due to an issue with his left knee. The diagnosis on the knee was fairly vague back on January 27, with the team saying that the general swelling and discomfort started prior to a game against Philadelphia. While he returned after a five-game absence, James made it clear that he’s still not back to full health and that the knee will be an issue going forward. “It’s here,” James said of his knee while speaking to reporters on Tuesday’s practice. “It’s the same as my ankle (last year). The only way it can get back to full strength is rest and I haven’t had the luxury of having rest.”Injuries Have Slowed James Last Two Seasons Play LeBron James practice report; Lakers face the JazzHey there! Help us grow this Sports channel by pressing LIKE. When you LIKE, COMMENT or SHARE, you are telling YouTube that you want our...
    Getty Tyler Herro and PJ Tucker of the Miami Heat celebrate during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. In spite of injuries to key players and a veritable bonanza of ballers entering health and safety protocols, the Miami Heat are in a great spot at the NBA‘s mid-season point. As of this writing, the team has won nine of its last 12 games and is currently just one game behind the No. 1 Bulls in the Eastern Conference. Although a number of players have stepped up throughout the campaign, none have made the kind of jump that Tyler Herro has. Herro’s late-season, sophomore slump in 2020-21 once left some to wonder whether they had overestimated the 21-year-old’s potential. During a 10-game stretch in March, he made just 32% of his field-goal attempts and 21.6% of his shots from long range. Now, he’s the clear frontrunner for Sixth Man of the Year honors, averaging 20.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per contest while knocking down 38.8% of his triples. He has been so good, in fact, that some...
    Hong Kong (CNN)He's an unlikely critic of the Hong Kong government -- but after being hauled off to mandatory quarantine at the weekend, pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho did not hold back.Broadcasting live on Facebook on Saturday, Ho, who is known for his staunchly pro-establishment views, slammed his hand on the table and shook his finger angrily. The city's uncompromising Covid-19 strategy was as unsound as "sandcastles on the beach," he said."The government's handling of matters is completely outrageous, completely disordered!" he said in another post that night. Ho was among dozens of Hong Kong bureaucrats and lawmakers ordered into quarantine last week after they were potentially exposed to Covid-19 at an official's birthday party on January 3. More than 200 people attended the event at a Spanish restaurant, of which at least one has been confirmed positive with Covid-19. An investigation is underway to determine whether the restaurant or any of the officials present broke any rules.Read MoreHong Kong, along with mainland China, is one of the few places still following a strict zero-Covid model. The city is largely closed...
    Getty Images LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. Pistons big man Isaiah Stewart was handed a harsh reality check from former All-Star Gilbert Arenas after his incensed attack of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James on Sunday. Stewart was hit by a stray blow from James while jostling for a rebound, causing a large amount of blood. The former first-round pick went after James multiple times after taking the blow, dipping, dodging and plowing through a line of defenders trying to stop him from causing a sequel to the “Malice at the Palace.” Arenas had a long message for Stewart on social media following the incident. “Hey brother, imma just be real with ya here,” Arenas wrote on a post that had the video of the fracas. “Pack all s–t, pack yo winter jackets and boots because yo a– is about to be traded to (Budapest) somewhere. I don’t know what type of bumbaclot blood got in yo eye BUT u can’t charge at the #KING like that on TV.” View this post on Instagram A...
    (CNN)Here's the way Washington has long worked:1. You get elected.2. You spend years -- maybe decades -- accruing seniority on your chosen committee.3. You rise to the chairmanship of that committee, and stay there for as long as possible.Which brings me to the retirement announcement this week of Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth, the sitting chairman of the House Budget Committee.Read More"Truth be told, I never expected to be in Congress this long. I always said I couldn't imagine being here longer than 10 years," Yarmuth said in a video posted on Twitter. "After every election, I was asked how long I intended to serve, and I never had an answer. Today, I do. This term will be my last." THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! Yarmuth cited his age -- he would be 75 at the end of this term --- and a desire to spend more time with his grandson as reasons for...
    Getty Derek Carr of the as Vegas Raiders. The Raiders weren’t in Los Angeles for a very long time but the team has had a lasting impact on the city. They’re the only NFL team to win a Super Bowl for the city, which quickly made them cultural icons. The Raiders left in 1994 but are still arguably the most popular team in Los Angeles. Every time the team travels to face the Chargers, fans donning silver and black flood the stands. It always feels like a home game for the Raiders. Even though the Chargers are more exciting now and just beat the Kansas City Chiefs, quarterback Derek Carr is still expecting it to be a home game for his team. “In my past, before playing in SoFi last year with no fans, whether it was in Los Angeles at that soccer stadium or in Qualcomm in San Diego, it was another home game,” Carr said of facing the Chargers. “You always looked at it as another home game and that was no disrespect, it’s just a...
    After the Supreme Court unexpectedly allowed a near-total ban on abortions to go into effect in Texas earlier this month, the White House tasked a newly-formed internal office with helping coordinate an “all-of-government” response to the most aggressive strike against abortion access in nearly half a century. On Monday afternoon, the White House’s response finally began to take shape. In a policy statement released by White House officials, the Biden administration declared that it “strongly supports” the passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation that would protect the right to receive abortion services under federal law. “In the wake of Texas’ unprecedented attack, it has never been more important to codify this constitutional right and to strengthen health care access for all women, regardless of where they live,” the statement says. “The constitutional rights of women are essential to the health, safety, and progress of our nation. Our daughters and granddaughters deserve the same rights that their mothers and grandmothers fought for and won—and that a clear majority of the American people support. We will not allow this country...
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    London (CNN)The sudden fall of Kabul and the Taliban's near-total takeover of Afghanistan has left many of America's long-standing partners wondering what will become of the values-based, US-led international order. While President Joe Biden's withdrawal of troops by August 31 is inevitable, the speed at which the situation descended into chaos, and the White House's lack of contrition and flexibility has left allies spinning.On Tuesday, Biden's fellow G7 leaders, led by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, pressed the US President to extend that deadline in order to get foreign citizens, Afghan people who have aided allied troops and other vulnerable groups out of the country. But Biden stood firm. As America's allies -- most notably in Europe -- see it the United States is walking away, washing its hands of a crisis it played a large part in creating, and with scant regard for the problems that doing so creates elsewhere. As one senior European official told CNN: "When America reversed course on Syria, it sparked a crisis in Europe -- not the US." Refugees from Afghanistan wait to board...
    Last year ProPublica wrote about the world of work-at-home customer service, spotlighting a largely unseen industry that helps brand-name companies shed labor costs by outsourcing the task of mollifying unhappy customers. As we reported on the industry, we invited current and former customer service representatives to contact us. They did. We heard from more than 100 and interviewed dozens. Often, their stories disturbed us. One woman, afraid to take a bathroom break, kept a jar under her desk in case she needed to urinate. Another, afraid to call in sick, paused calls to vomit. A third, afraid to hang up on a customer, didn't know what to do when she realized a caller was masturbating to the sound of her voice. These accounts captured how agents are simultaneously ubiquitous and invisible. Customers talk to them all the time but know little about their work conditions. So we're providing accounts from seven agents, many of whom describe the experience of being caught between abusive callers and corporate directives to appease. These seven are highly representative of the 100-plus agents we heard...
    The White House is rebuking Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel's claims that protesters demonstrating against his government are a "counterrevolutionary, mercenary" group financed by the United States. Unrest that broke out in Cuba demanding an end to the country's communist dictatorship amid an economic crisis exacerbated by the pandemic was prompted by "exhaustion of the governance of the leaders in the state, the economic mismanagement, and the repression taking place against the people in the country," according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki. BIDEN WEAKENS BULLY PULPIT BY CALLING HIS OWN SPEECHES 'BORING,' EXPERTS SAY "These are protests inspired by the harsh reality of everyday life in Cuba," she told reporters Monday. The U.S. embargo does not prevent humanitarian aid or medical supplies reaching Cuba, and the U.S. has sent "a great deal of assistance" over the last several months, according to Psaki. Though Cuba is not taking part in the COVAX global COVID-19 vaccine program, the administration is "working through" how to get doses to them, she said. "We have to determine what the mechanism would be to...
    Celebrities Support Britney Spears After Bombshell Conservatorship Hearing The Justice Department sentenced a Swedish man to 15 years in prison for a $16 million crypto-fraud scheme Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily. Always free! Sign up now ▸ © Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer speaks to the media during spring training media day at the Glendale Civic Center. More must-reads: Dodgers ace Trevor Bauer's administrative leave extended amid assault allegations Astros' Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve skipping All-Star Game The '50 or more home runs in a season' quiz Related slideshow: Who has the most home runs in a season for every MLB franchise? (Provided by Yardbarker) 17 Ways These $20 Lights Will Upgrade Your Home Ad Microsoft Incredible Blanket Instantly Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep...
    The claims Britney Spears made this week about her conservatorship sounded more like the privations of a totalitarian regime than the California court system: that she was not allowed to visit her friends or hire her own attorney, was forced to work grueling hours against her will, was drugged when she disobeyed, and was ordered to keep a device in her uterus to prevent a pregnancy even though she wants a baby. No one outside her inner circle and the court can know the truth of these statements. But experts in probate law say the singer’s account is well within the realm of how conservatorship works. “What she describes happening absolutely could happen, absolutely could be true,” said Andy Mayoras, a probate lawyer and legal commentator who has written extensively with his wife and legal partner, Danielle, about Spears’ case. “This is one of the most restrictive legal remedies that exist in the American judicial system. You’re taking away a person’s right to make any decisions over themselves.” Jamie Spears, father of singer Britney Spears, leaves court in 2012.(Nick Ut...
    Laredo, Texas, Border Patrol authorities on Thursday arrested over 100 people after agents stormed a cramped "stash house." The individuals were later found to be migrants who were residing in the United States illegally from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. The home was under guard by smugglers. All were taken into custody following the joint operation between Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Laredo Police Department. TEXAS CBP NABS TWO FUGITIVES WANTED FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE Carl Landrum, deputy chief patrol agent of the Laredo sector, called the incident a "harsh reality" in response to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection video that showed numerous migrants being detained and searched by law enforcement. CBP described the house as "inhumane." This is the harsh reality a look inside a #stashhouse that was discovered during a joint enforcement operation. #bordersecurity #USBP https://t.co/0suKKhPBsu— USBPDeputyChiefLRT- Carl Landrum (@USBPDepChiefLRT) June 12, 2021 CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER "The smuggling and housing of large groups of individuals in stash houses has not been deterred...
    More from: Mike Vaccaro Steve Nash turns into Nets brightest star Its go time for Knicks and their faithful fans Spirit of ’84: Knicks, Nets have chance to bring city back to playoff zenith RJ Barretts work ethic making him guidepost to Knicks success Nets biggest threat to NBA playoff failure is themselves The rules of engagement are unforgiving at this time of the basketball calendar. What’s past is prologue. We know the Knicks wouldn’t have seen this splendid Sunday evening at Madison Square Garden without the yeoman efforts of Julius Randle all year. The chants of “M! V! P!” that regularly tumbled out of the Garden stands were testament to that. But that doesn’t help much Monday morning. Monday morning the Knicks face a 1-0 deficit in this best-of-seven first-round playoff series with the Hawks, and the biggest culprit was their best player. That isn’t how they draw it up in the fiction section. In real life, it’s different. In real life, Randle took 24 shots and he missed 18 of them. In real life Randle, who has...
    LAUREN Goodger has branded Dancing On Ice's judges 'vile' eight years on from her appearance. The former Towie star competed in the eighth series of the ITV reality show back in 2013, but was eliminated in the second week alongside her pro partner Michael Zenezini. 6Lauren Goodger hit out at Dancing On Ice judges on TwitterCredit: Instagram Yesterday, Lauren retweeted 2018 DOI winner Jake Quickenden's post about Sunday's Dancing on Ice: The Greatest Show on Ice, which looked back over the most memorable moments in the show's history. In his post, the former X Factor star expressed his disappointment at his screen time in the best bits special. He penned: "Gutted watching dancing on Ice tonight, had so many amazing memories and unfortunately didn’t get to see any!! "I guess they have loads of footage to fit in to 2 hours!!! 6She competed in the eighth series of the ITV reality show back in 2013Credit: Rex Features "Always have the amazing memories though! Good to watch tonight, been some incredible skaters". The tweet clearly touched a nerve with...
    Nikki Haley said Saturday it's time to face the "harsh reality" that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will chair of the Senate Budget Committee, now that Democrats control the chamber. "He has vowed to use his position to enact his progressive agenda on healthcare, climate, infrastructure spending, & cutting defense spending," the former U.N. ambassador tweeted, calling Sanders a "socialist." NIKKI HALEY LAUNCHES PAC TO SUPPORT CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES, 'LASER-FOCUSED' ON 2022 MIDTERMS Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, has been the ranking member of the budget committee since 2015, which means he was the most senior member of the minority party. Traditionally, the majority party member with the greatest seniority on a particular committee serves as chairman. The budget committee’s current chair is Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. However, Democrats won both Senate runoffs in Georgia earlier this month, putting the party narrowly in control. Sanders addressed his new role this week. "In the past, Republicans used budget reconciliation to pass massive tax breaks for the rich and large corporations with a simple majority vote," he tweeted. "As the incoming Chairman of the Budget Committee, I will fight...
    Tennis legend Marat Safin was one of the most flashy players during his time. The big Russian was quite a character, often known for his emotional outbursts and blazing temper. Whenever he stepped on the court, fans would expect some kind of drama. Marat was also known to be outspoken.  The former World No. 1 also has a sister, Dinara Safina. Both of them were ranked as the world’s best players (World No. 1), which was the first time that a pair of siblings held the top rankings in men’s and women’s tennis, respectively. Safin was an exceptional player, winning two Grand Slams. He won the US Open in 2000 and the Australian Open in 2005. He eventually retired in 2009. Marat Safin: “No Point if You Can’t Challenge Top Players” Recently, while speaking on his retirement, he said, “Either you are in the top five, or nowhere. I didn’t want to play the 11th, 12th, 20th ranked. Either everything or nothing. Poking around with children on some kind of courts, getting tired, and running around with a sore knee is just...
    (CNN)Major League Soccer, as with a large number of other sports leagues in the United States and across the world, is back in full swing. And like other athletes, the Black Players for Change in MLS (BPC) are looking for a way that they can lend their support to the fight against systemic racism -- beyond statements of support, and images of solidarity. On Wednesday night, MLS players joined athletes across the United States taking action via a walkout. After the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks took that unprecendented step in the early afternoon, only one of six MLS games was playedInter Miami and Atlanta United were the first teams in the league to walk away after Orlando City SC and Nashville SC went ahead as scheduled, with many players taking a knee prior to the match. The Black Players for Change put out a statement on Twitter that read: "We fully support the actions today of our peers in MLS, NBA, WNBA & MLB, as well as the recent actions of Atlanta United and Inter Miami CF."We continue to stand with...
    Three months after Floyds killing, memorial remains sacred place for racial justice A regional supermarket chain just filed for bankruptcy despite surging grocery sales College football facing harsh reality with students returning to campus The dashboards that post positive COVID-19 test numbers are the new scoreboards for the future of college football. The D1 Ticker, the indispensable daily email that tracks college athletics, reads these days like a college police blotter: “Holy Cross police busted a large off-campus apartment party,” it read over the weekend. And the news that’s trickling in around the country hints at a tension virtually unimaginable for the first 150 years of college football. For generations, student support has been the rollicking lifeblood of college football. The student section has served as the teeming, visceral, and palpable energy behind programs. But in a flurry of athletics news the past few days defined by pauses, shutdowns and quarantines, the longtime partnership of college football and the student body is now at odds. It’s all very 2020. The most important reporting date on the college football calendar...
    CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 24: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a home run in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 24, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) The league’s restart has already gone downhill, and players are concerned for their own safety. The MLB kicked off it’s 2020 season less than a week ago, and it has already been derailed by a coronavirus outbreak on the Miami Marlins. The Marlins — along with their last opponent, the Philadelphia Phillies — are now benched until further notice, and Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun gave a brutally honest explanation of what players are going through right now as this mess unfolds. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt, Braun said that the Marlins’ outbreak has scared a lot of athletes in the MLB and has sparked serious discussions about whether it’s worthwhile to keep playing. Even if athletes aren’t high risk, many have families who they could put in danger or be forced to isolate from...
    The director general of the World Health Organization announced on Monday June 29 that a team will be sent to China to try to find out the origin of the coronavirus. A way to “fight the virus better” Six months after its appearance in China, the epidemic of Covid-19 continues to progress around the world. The fight against this disease, still poorly understood by scientists, continues across the globe. To try to determine the origin of the new coronavirus, Sars-Cov-2, theWorld Health Organization is about to send a team in China, the cradle of the epidemic. This is a way for WHO to “fight the virus better”. “The harsh reality is that it is far from over” “We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started,” said its chief executive, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Monday. “We all want it all to end … But the harsh reality is that it is far from over,” he warned. However, Ghebreyesus deplores the “lack of national unity and global solidarity” and fears that the “worst”...
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