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    Saturday Night Live poked fun at the midterm elections and the urge by some conservative news media to 'dump Trump' in the aftermath, during the show's cold open. The scene opened on the set of Fox & Friends with cast members Heidi Gardner as Ainsley Earhardt, Mikey Day as Steve Doocy joined by Bowen Yang playing Brian Kilmeade.  The question asked by SNL's Fox News echoed that of real world news media: 'What happened to that red wave?' Day pondered. Just as in the real world,  Fox News and other Rupert Murdoch-owned media and publications have dumped Trump. SNL's Fox appeared to do the same while holding up some Trump-critical newspapers. Cecily Strong then returned as far-right Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, appearing on camera in a soft focus - similar to her real-life on-screen appearances.  SNL opened on the set of Fox & Friends with cast members Heidi Gardner as Ainsley Earhardt, Mikey Day as Steve Doocy joined by Bowen Yang playing Brian Kilmeade Just as in the real world Fox News and other Rupert Murdoch-owned media and publications...
    Republicans had hoped for a red wave. What they got looked more like purple rain. As Tuesday night turned into Wednesday morning, what was once a foregone conclusion of the 2022 midterms was now up in the air. It’s possible, perhaps even more likely than not, that Republicans will take back the House of Representatives. And the GOP could still win the Senate. But it is also possible that Democrats and President Joe Biden will end up with an historic night. Democrats always expected to lose seats in the House. That much still looked like a solid bet, after a few seats were redistricted out of Democratic control. What no one seemed to expect, however, was that Democrats could possibly restrain a GOP majority to just a few seats—or even potentially retain the majority themselves. Should Republicans reclaim the House, not much will change. Republicans still wouldn’t be able to turn their legislative wish list into laws. They may not even be able to pass their most partisan ideas out of the House—or impeach Biden as his political foe, former...
    WHILE Artificial intelligence is already making important decisions over our lives, humans still don't trust it when it's unsupervised, according to a new study. Instead, it has been found that people prefer human interference in digital decision-making. 1Scientists have found that artificial intelligence tends towards cold, logical decision-making, which makes human interference still the most ethical optionCredit: Getty While AI has established itself to be on par with human brain functions in many ways, decision-making is in a different ballpark. Artificial intelligence draws laser-like conclusions based solely on facts and algorithms, but this is not the zoomed-out and empathetic way that humans interact with the world, according to Harvard Business Review. In a recent survey conducted by several parties including Intel and Forbes, one in four executives reported having to go back over decisions made by AI due to unpassable errors, the outlet said. Up to 38 percent of those surveyed said the machine put forth conclusions that were erratic or dissonant, while another 34 percent said what the robot did was unsuitable altogether. READ MORE...
    Seth Wenig/AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.Last night, the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump’s residence in Palm Beach, Florida. According to multiple reports, the search was for files the twice-impeached, former president took from the White House. Trump, who may run in 2024 after his decisive loss in 2020, released a statement saying the cops broke a safe in what he called a “raid.” So after all the chaos, what do we know? Less than you’d expect—and much less than you’d expect after opening up social media. Today, you will hear a great deal of bullshit. Rumors will spread. Good jokes will be taken too seriously. Threads will start with “Hi, I’m an expert in some-random-crap” and end in drivel.  Here is the running list of news items the New York Times has published on the topic. And below, I’ve answered some basic questions that should help you get through the day with some semblance of…dignity. Good luck. Before we even get into this,...
    In an aerial view, shipping containers sit idle at the Port of Oakland on July 21, 2022 in Oakland, California. Truckers protesting California labor law Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) have shut down operations at the Port of Oakland after blocking entrances to container terminals at the port for the past four days. An estimated 70,000 independent truckers in California are being affected by the state AB5 bill, a gig economy law passed in 2019 that made it difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees. The port shut down is contributing to ongoing supply-chain issues. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images The second-quarter GDP report brought the economy in line with a common definition of recession. But we won't know for sure if it officially is declared one at least for months. That's because the official arbiter in such matters is the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and it doesn't use the same definition as the one commonly accepted of at least two consecutive quarters of negative growth. Rather, the NBER defines...
    HOW much do you spend a year on groceries? Determined to find out how much cash she'd shelled out on food and drink, one woman kept all her receipts from the last 12 months to work out the total. 3One woman collected her grocery receipts for a whole year to work out what she spent on food and drinkCredit: Tik Tok/ twobitetalks 3After tallying it up, she revealed she and her boyfriend had spent over £6,660 on groceriesCredit: Tik Tok/ twobitetalks The woman, who posts on the TwoBiteTalks account on TikTok, explained: "In my hand I hold the amount of money my boyfriend and I spent on groceries in an entire year. "This is every single receipt. "I haven’t tallied it up yet but I’m about to, and I want you guys to guess how much you think we spent on groceries in a year. "To give you context, it’s just the two of us that we’re feeding, we live in Vancouver, Canada, I’m 25 years old, we’re both vegan and I’m also gluten free....
    In September 2020, a dark-money group called the Rule of Law Defense Fund convened a meeting in Atlanta of staffers from the fund's corporate sibling, the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA). Their purpose was to run "war games," to be ready in the event Donald Trump lost reelection in November. A little over three months later, the same group would help to assemble the mob before the White House on Jan. 6, 2021. This wasn't an isolated incident. Shadowy preparations like these began long before the violence of Jan. 6. As the House Select Committee investigating those events begins hearings this week, we may learn much more about those preparations and the people behind them. But it will be difficult to see the full picture, because much of the preparation is shrouded in dark-money secrecy, with funds channeled through front groups that don't have to disclose who controls them. For now, we're left with mysteries, like Georgia. It was Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger whom Trump personally pressured to "find" the 11,779 votes necessary to flip the...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “The Story,”  Senate Minority Whip Sen. John Thune (R-SD) stated that the Biden administration is arguing that “we still have a pandemic when it comes to trying to get funding, but they’re saying the pandemic’s over in terms of immigration.” Thune said, “If they get rid of Title 42, it’s been — it’s kept about 50% of the people who are trying to come here illegally from getting into the country illegally, add another 50% to the number of people who come here illegally just in the last year. And we’re at about 150,000 now a month attempted illegal crossings. And getting rid of Title 42 is just going to exacerbate that situation. But you don’t have to believe us. The two Democrat senators from Arizona have been pleading with the Department of Homeland Security and with the Biden administration, don’t do this. This is going to be an absolute disaster on our border and they have no plan in place to deal with it, but they’re talking about doing it anyway....
    A BIKINI waxer was left shaken after her client's intimate piercing got stuck in the hot wax during a Brazilian. Caroline Hegarty is a professional waxer, and shares tales from the table on her TikTok page. 2Caroline Hegarty explained that bikini waxers are fine with intimate piercings - as long as you keep still during your waxCredit: TikTok/@foxluxebrows 2She had one customer who didn't stay still and ended up with her piercing in the hot waxCredit: TikTok/@foxluxebrows She's also frequently asked questions about the waxing process, with one such query coming from someone who asked if they could have a Brazilian if they had an intimate piercing. In response, Caroline shared her story about one of her former clients - a long-standing customer who was the "biggest laugh ever". "She had a VCH (vertical clit hood) piercing too," she explained, adding that she used an upside down banana bar - more commonly used for tummy button piercings - down there. "So whenever she used to come in for a wax with me, what I used...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki has refused to speculate when Americans might follow the UK and finally get back to normal by ditching masks and COVID passports, despite a slowdown in cases.  Asked on Fox News's America's Newsroom on Thursday whether the US could expect to follow the UK's example by scrapping COVID restrictions, Psaki said 'we want to get back to a point where we’re not wearing masks' but went on to describe the current situation in the US as 'the height of a pandemic'. A day after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England will scrap all restrictions, including mandatory isolation - she refused to be drawn on a timeline for when Americans might expect to experience the same hope of normalcy.  Emphasizing the importance of vaccination, Psaki went on to say: 'We don’t want to live like this. You heard the president say ‘we don’t want to live like this forever. 'We want to get back to a point where we’re not wearing masks, of course. Where we are not worried about our kids being in...
    When the nation’s second-largest school district reopens for business despite tens of thousands of positive coronavirus tests among students and staff, things have changed. When the state of California, which led the nation in caution, tells medical staffers who tested positive to go back to work if they’re asymptomatic, things have changed. When you listen to NPR’s “On Point” podcast and hear doctors saying that in the midst of the Omicron variant surge and hospital fatigue, there are reasons for optimism and that “if you’re vaccinated you can start to live your life again,” things have changed. We are two years into a pandemic that has killed roughly 5.5 million people globally and altered life in ways big and small. Last January I wrote a column suggesting there was hope for a turnaround because the best medicine available — vaccine — was being pumped into arms everywhere. So where do we stand now? I’ve been trying to figure that out and would love to give you a definitive answer. But going forward, the virus will give us new looks and...
    A PREGNANT mum of eight boys has revealed exactly how much she spends on Christmas - and it's way less than you might have thought. Yalancia Rosario, 29, from Dallas, Texas, has eight sons: Jamel, 12, Michael Jr, nine, Angelo, eight, Armani, six, Prince, five, Sincere, three, Armani, one, and Gimani, five months. 3“I’ve always wanted a big family of 10,'' says the mumCredit: that_rosario_life/Instagram Another boy, Gimani died during her first trimester.  Now, speaking to Fabulous, she's revealed Christmas isn't the stressful time you might have envisioned. And it's all thanks to her savvy spending. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED "I spend around £2,200 to £3,700 depending on which trip we decide on," she said - explaining the family usually opted for a holiday rather than a big gift.  "We usually go on a trip instead of gifting as we gift big on birthdays. "I honestly do all my shopping online for the majority of things. Most read in LifestyleTOTAL GRIEF Fresh heartache for Queen as 'most loyal' pal dies after 69 year...
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.Friday's satirical headline by The Onion said it best: "Nation Nearly Strings Together 3 Good Days In Row."The blessing of Thanksgiving on Thursday was followed by a curse on Friday: Urgent news about the new Covid variant named Omicron. The reality is that "we know almost nothing about the Omicron variant," as this headline on The Atlantic's website helpfully states. But the abrupt reactions to the news -- stock selloffs, travel restrictions, endless Twitter threads -- made Omicron the top story of the weekend across all sorts of news websites and networks.Now the world is in a sort of information holding pattern, as reflected by this banner on CNN Sunday afternoon: "QUESTIONS & CONCERNS BUT STILL SPARSE DATA ON NEW COVID VARIANT." Sociologist Zeynep Tufekci put it this way: "South Africa has gifted us an early warning with Omicron. But earlier the warning, the less we know."Author and podcaster Derek Thompson, one of the smartest voices out there about the...
    Dear Amy: My brother married “Martha,” a woman 15 years older than he. Amy Dickinson  She has never made any attempt to be a part of our family. In fact, she said her goal was to alienate him from us because he was a Mama’s boy. Over the years we have had some very public meltdowns. She has a habit of posting everything on Facebook. When that happens, my mother and I feel the need to retaliate. Now they have newborn babies and will not let us be a part of their lives. I have apologized to her for the things I’ve said and done in the past, but she took it as a chance to make a fight about it. I honestly believe she is a narcissist. Related Articles Ask Amy: I thought I cut ties to my mom, but here she is again Ask Amy: I found a long-forgotten treasure but it’s not mine to keep Ask Amy: She found out about the wedding, and she’s devastated Ask Amy: I’ve...
    Samantha Lee/Insider Build a support system of friends and family who you can lean on when you can't get your mind off of your ex. Delete your ex from social media and stop all contact for at least 60 days. Tell your ex about your plan, and hold your boundary if she crosses it. Have a question for Julia? Fill out this anonymous form. All questions will be published anonymously. You can read more Doing It Right here. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Dear Julia, After going on vacation with my girlfriend, she told me she was interested in someone else. Then, I found out she'd been dating him behind my back. She claims that she still loves me, but also feels she's in love with him. Needless to say, I decided to end our relationship, even though I was devastated and depressed. She keeps making excuses to spend time with me even though she says she has no intention of leaving the other guy. She's invited me to be with her, and since I still...
    Florida's Governor Ron deSantis on Monday lifted all of the state's remaining COVID rules, including wearing masks, sayig the state is 'no longer in a state of emergency'.  DeSantis was at a waterfront restaurant in St. Petersburg when he signed SB-2006 -  a bill that allows him to override all local rules and bans vaccine passports from July 1 onwards. He said that the vaccine rollout in Florida - where more than 6million doses have been administered to a population of 21.48 million - had been so successful that anyone who hasn't yet had one is choosing not to.  'At this point, the people that haven't been vaccinated is certainly not because a lack of supply or a lack of availability,' he said.   His order means that in public places, there are no more COVID rules at all including social distancing and masks.  Scroll down for video  DeSantis was at a waterfront restaurant in St. Petersburg when he signed SB-2006 - a bill that allows him to override all local rules and bans vaccine passports from July 1 onwards ...
    THIS is UK Government advice for England only. Spring has arrived, the days are getting longer and, with perfect timing, coronavirus restrictions are being relaxed. 2 Spring has sprung, and it's time to get outside! As of Monday, we can again all meet up with friends outside as a group of six or as two whole households in public places or private gardens. Formally organised outdoor sport is also allowed and in larger numbers, so long as it is Covid-secure. Businesses putting on childcare and supervised activities for children can now host outdoor children’s activities and outdoor parent-and-child groups for up to 15 people (not counting those aged under five). Naturally, this will come as a huge relief, but it’s important everyone continues to observe the key rules of social distancing, handwashing and, when necessary, mask wearing: hands, face, space, plus fresh air. Lifting lockdown rules is possible because cases of coronavirus are falling rapidly along with the numbers having to go into hospital. The national vaccination programme has seen nearly 30 million people receive their jab. But it’s not...
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