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    (CNN)When Donald Trump tells you he is running for president again, you should believe him the first time. Witness an interview he did with New York magazine's Olivia Nuzzi recently. "Well, in my own mind, I've already made that decision, so nothing factors in anymore," Trump said about a 2024 White House bid. "In my own mind, I've already made that decision."Read More And, what might that decision be? Don't worry, Trump will tell you. From Nuzzi's story: "'I would say my big decision will be whether I go before or after,' he said. 'You understand what that means?' His tone was conspiratorial. Was he referring to the midterm elections? He repeated after me: 'Midterms.' Suddenly, he relaxed, as though my speaking the word had somehow set it free for discussion. 'Do I go before or after? That will be my big decision,' he said." Right. So I guess the guesswork is pretty much over then. Just in case you still aren't convinced -- I know there are some of you out there -- then it's worth considering...
    The activist group Extinction Rebellion has been remarkably successful at raising public awareness of the ecological and climate crises, especially given that it was established only in 2018. The dreadful truth, however, is that climate change isn't the only global catastrophe that humanity confronts this century. Synthetic biology could make it possible to create designer pathogens far more lethal than COVID-19, nuclear weapons continue to cast a dark shadow on global civilization and advanced nanotechnology could trigger arms races, destabilize societies and "enable powerful new types of weaponry." Yet another serious threat comes from artificial intelligence, or AI. In the near-term, AI systems like those sold by IBM, Microsoft, Amazon and other tech giants could exacerbate inequality due to gender and racial biases. According to a paper co-authored by Timnit Gebru, the former Google employee who was fired "after criticizing its approach to minority hiring and the biases built into today's artificial intelligence systems," facial recognition software is "less accurate at identifying women and people of color, which means its use can end up discriminating against them." These are very...
    At this point in the Mets’ season, we know what they are. This is a very good, even great team with above average players at nearly every important position. There’s a healthy mix of the high-paid stars, B- and C-tier players who turn losses into wins, and bottom-of-the-roster guys who fully understand their role. Moving forward, one of the only things left to learn about the Mets is how their newly formed platoons will work out. Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf are set to share the designated hitter position based on the other team’s starting pitcher, and Tyler Naquin and Mark Canha will do a similar thing in left field. With one playing so well all year and the other one struggling, manager Buck Showalter can also play around with his deployments of Luis Guillorme and Eduardo Escobar at third base. “The schedule each day kind of dictates it,” Showalter said of his lineups. “It’s one thing to have something you want to take advantage of, you also have to play enough to deliver that.” Showalter said that one thing...
    (CNN)Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney said if the Justice Department does not prosecute former President Donald Trump for his role in the insurrection at the US Capitol, the decision could call into question whether the United States can "call ourselves a nation of laws." In an interview with CNN's Kasie Hunt, Cheney -- the GOP vice chair of the House select committee investigating the events surrounding the January 6, 2021, insurrection -- said Trump is "guilty of the most serious dereliction of duty of any president in our nation's history" and pointed to a judge who's said he likely committed crimes. She said the House committee is "going to continue to follow the facts. I think Department of Justice will do that. But they have to make decisions about prosecution." Dick Cheney calls Donald Trump a coward in new ad supporting daughters reelection bid"Understanding what it means if the facts and the evidence are there, and they decide not to prosecute -- how do we then call ourselves a nation of laws? I think that's a very serious, serious balancing," Cheney...
    WORKING in retail opens your eyes to many things you probably wouldn't have thought twice about otherwise. One former retail worker just revealed some of the things she would never do as a shopper based on her experience. 4A woman named Cici shares five things shoppers should knowCredit: TikTok 4As a former retail worker, she says to be careful with tester productsCredit: TikTok TikToker Cici Mercedes Rodger posted a video with five tips for shoppers who want a former retailer worker's perspective. Her knowledge comes from having over 10 years of retail work history under her belt. Cici's first piece of advice is to be careful when using testers in cosmetic sections because they're not hygienic. She explains: "A lot of the time, they're really old and outdated. Not every associate sanitizes them very well. Read More About RetailDEEP DISCOUNTS Walmart and Target slashing prices by up to 50% - the full list of retailersDIRTY TRUTH I’m a retail worker — this is why you should ALWAYS wash clothes after buying "I used to see women come up and...
    by Edward Ring   The following was posted on social media recently by a widely respected California-based journalist: I don’t like being an alarmist but the epidemic of misinformation is becoming critical and increasingly dangerous. It was bad enough when we had a lying POTUS but it is now clear that it’s become a political tactic of a large part of one of our main political parties. And, if one major party can get away with mass lying, so can the other one, so I fear this will spread across ideological boundaries. It’s fair to say this reflects a majority opinion among journalists throughout the American media, and it invites a response. This journalist accuses “one of our main political parties” of engaging in “mass lying,” obviously referring to the Republicans and obviously blind to the lies promulgated by the Democrats. The biggest lie allegedly spread by Republicans, now called “The Big Lie,” is to claim the 2020 election was illegitimate. But even if the 2020 election was not compromised due to a relentlessly hostile and partisan media, endless political persecution designed...
    Martin Shkreli took an IQ test live on Monday night and claims to have scored a 129—a respectable showing, but less than his previous boast of 150. But according to a person claiming to be Shkreli’s spokesperson, that’s only half the story. In a response to The Daily Beast’s request for comment, a person identifying themselves as Taylor Warfield and purporting to be Shkreli’s director of communications claimed that he had scored 129 on the “first half” of the test, and that his final score was 258. “You probably only watched the first half of the IQ test, Mr. Shkreli scored 129 on the first half,” Warfield wrote. “Watch it again and add it up you will get 258.” Shkreli later repeated this claim in a Twitter DM that reeked of trolling, writing: “do you even know how IQ tests work? that was half the IQ test, so 129*2 = a lot, like 300ish.” Not only did Shkreli himself acknowledge that his score was 129 on the livestream, calling it a “perfectly good score,” but a score of 258 would...
     A MAN who found love with a gran 53 years his senior has told how they've been together seven years but people still always ask the same question. Gary Hardwick tied the knot with Amelda in 2015, two weeks after meeting at her son Robert’s funeral. 2Gary Hardwick tied the knot with Amelda in 2015, two weeks after meeting at her son Robert’s funeralCredit: garyandalmeda/Instagram 2Despite being married for six years, Gary said the couple still get the same question from strangersCredit: tiktok/@_garyandalmeda At the time Gary was 17 and had recently split up with a 77-year-old and Almeda was 71 - but the happy couple have recently celebrated six years being married. In a TikTok video from their shared account, the responds to a comment from a social media user who asked: "But you're not going to live a full life together?" In the clip, Gary replies: "You know, over our six years on social media and seven years we've been together, we've go this question a lot." The way I've always handled this comment or question so...
    My wife turned 39 again a few weeks ago and wanted a bit of adventure for her birthday, so we decided to get off-the-grid for a few weeks to see what life was like at the end of the world — the remote Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia — 3,500 nautical miles from home. To get there you fly three hours past Hawaii to Tahiti, jump on a cargo/passenger ship, the Aranui 5 — which also brings supplies to the six islands every two weeks — and sail the Pacific for another day and a half to find the heart of Polynesian history and culture. It’s a rare glimpse into the past and present of these proud, warrior people who Americans too often meet only when they’re being served dinner or having their room cleaned. Tourism in Hawaii and Tahiti pays their bills, but it’s in the remote islands, like the Marquesas, where you find what makes them tick. Our plan was to go cold turkey. No Internet, TV, smart phones, or Yahoo News letting us know how hot Demi...
    On Friday, July 22, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont tweeted his endorsement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is seeking a third term to the U.S. House of Representatives; if the Democratic congresswoman receives her party’s nomination, she will go up against a Republican nominee in the general election. It remains to be seen how much of a red wave the United States will see in the 2022 midterms, but one Democrat who stands a very good chance of being reelected is AOC. Her district, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens, is overwhelmingly Democratic — and she is quite popular amongst the left wing of her party. AOC has toyed with the idea of a primary challenge to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a fellow New Yorker — inspiring Democratic strategists to wonder how well she would perform in a statewide race. The progressive congresswoman has demonstrated that she is quite capable of enjoying a landslide victory in New York’s 14th Congressional District, but unlike Schumer, she has never competed in a race where she would also be...
    THE VIEW’S Whoopi Goldberg has broken show tradition and snubbed excited fans in the live audience. Tuesday’s taping of The View in New York City kicked off with the hosts filming a pre-recorded segment of The $100,000 Pyramid to promote guest Michael Strahan’s new game show on ABC, The Sun can exclusively reveal.  5Whoopi Goldberg snubbed the live audience while filming Tuesday's episode of The ViewCredit: The View/Facebook 5Sara Haines, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and guest Alyssa Farah Griffin each waved to the excited audienceCredit: ABC Before filming for the episode started, hosts Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, Joy Behar and guest host Alyssa Farah Griffin, who will reportedly become a full-time cast member in September, each waved and greeted the excited crowd when they walked in.  Whoopi, 66, came on stage with the former NFL player, as he too acknowledged the audience, an eyewitness told The Sun.  But Whoopi ignored the claps and cheers for her, as she took her place on stage.  Whoopi eventually did wave to the crowd when a group of fans cheered her name.  Despite the...
    Former President Donald Trump may have been invited to speak at an America First Policy Institute event in Washington D.C. this week, but the group doesn’t appear to support his continuing claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent. Marc Lotter, the chief communications officer for the conservative group, joined CNN’s Jim Acosta this week ahead of Trump’s speech and confirmed that he does not believe Trump won the election. “Do you think Trump lost the election?” Acosta flatly asked Lotter during the interview about Trump’s then-pending visit. “I think there’s no question. Joe Biden is in the Oval Office. They took the Oath of Office on January 20. America watched,” Klotter replied. Acosta accused Klotter of “dancing” around the question and asked for a clearer answer. “But Marc, you’re dancing around the question. Of course Joe Biden is in the Oval Office. Did Donald Trump lose the election, yes or no?” he asked. “Yes. He lost the election,” Klotter responded. This opened the questioning up to why Trump would be invited to speak for the group, which Acosta referred to...
    Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) ended an interview early Monday after she was asked if she’d like to see President Joe Biden seek a second term in office in 2024. Bush, a progressive from St. Louis, appeared apprehensive to answer the question, and soon left to attend another event. Video of the interview was shared on Twitter by Mark Maxwell, the political editor for KSDK. Does Congresswoman Cori Bush want to see Joe Biden run for a second term? An aide interjects. “I don’t want to answer that question,” she says, adding, “He’s the President. He has the right to run for a second term.” She had another event scheduled 20 mins later across town. pic.twitter.com/4FEpGP1jVK — Mark Maxwell (@MarkMaxwellTV) July 25, 2022 Maxwell asked Bush, “Do you want to see Joe Biden run for a second term?” A person Maxwell identified as one of Bush’s aides interrupted. “She’s got to go,” the person said. “I don’t want to answer that question because we have not – that’s not – yeah, I don’t want to answer that question,” Bush responded. “I...
    \u201cAt 17, I was raped, became pregnant, and decided to have an abortion. That\u2019s the start of my abortion story. So many others have their own.\n\nSo when a far-right extremist Supreme Court comes for our rights, we will not yield. We will not back down.\n\nWe are powerful together.\u201d — Cori Bush (@Cori Bush) 1658754117 Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that enables states to ban abortions, a move that has outraged pro-choice proponents. Due to a trigger law in Missouri, abortions are now banned in the state except in the case of a medical emergency. Biden, who said last year that he plans to run for re-election as long as he has "good health," is currently the oldest person ever to serve as president and would be 86 by the end of a second term. He has been deeply underwater in various job approval polls for quite some time.
    There’s really no offseason in college football these days. Even for fans it’s a year around passion. But that passion intensfies as there are reminders in the summer that the season is getting closer. One of those reminders is when the big conferences, the so-called Power 5 conferences, hold their preseason media days. The Big Ten’s version of media days is scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here are a few questions for Ohio State and the Big Ten as that event approaches: Question: Can new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles fix Ohio State’s defense? Answer: If he can, Ohio State is a national championship contender. If he can’t, OSU could have some stressful Saturday afternoons and evenings. Ohio State struggled to defend against the pass last year. Opposing quarterbacks completed 61 percent of their throws against OSU, which ranked No. 87 nationally in passing yards allowed. The Buckeyes’ overall defensive numbers against the run weren’t awful. They were No. 24 nationally in rushing yards allowed per game (127.8) and No. 27 in yards allowed per carry...
    BARRING a last-minute blunder – or stroke of good luck, depending on your viewpoint – Liz Truss is nailed on as Britain’s third Conservative woman Prime Minister. If the mum of two stumbles, the prize goes to Rishi Sunak, our first Prime Minister of Indian heritage. 3Most important is tomorrow evening’s Sun challenge, broadcast live at 6pm on TalkTVCredit: PA Either way, the result will blow a parping raspberry at the male, pale and stale leaders of the Labour/Lib Dem Opposition — to deafening silence from the diversity lobby. Their tussle reaches a climax in three televised debates over the coming days. Most important is tomorrow evening’s Sun challenge, broadcast live at 6pm on TalkTV. This newspaper’s readers have been key to every General Election for 60 years. READ MORE TREVOR KAVANAGHTREVOR KAVANAGH Boris can now make millions but he WILL be back on frontline of politicsTREVOR KAVANAGH Heatwave is no crisis but that hasn't stopped BBC going into overdrive They represent the hard-working families at the heart of British democracy, the voters Tories need to beat clunky left-wing...
    A tricky new 24-question quiz has been created to put players' geography skills to the test.   The challenge has been shared on US-based trivia platform Quizly, with players being questioned on islands, seas, and populations.  Creators claim that if you can achieve 75 per cent or over on this tricky quiz then you are a particularly knowledgeable person.   A 24-question geography quiz will put your earthly knowledge to the test. Shared on US trivia platform Quizly, it covers a range of topics from sea to land So, how many can you answer? Scroll down to take the test then check your answers at the bottom. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Can YOU ace this geography quiz? Tricky 24-question... Can YOU find the hidden daisy? Summery picnic seek-and-find... Share this article Share 1. 52 51 50 49  2. Northern Ireland Scotland Greenland England   3. South America Africa Asia Europe   4.  True False  5. North America Asia South America Africa  ...
    TRENDS seem to pop up on TikTok every day, let alone every week. The Forest Question is raging like wildfire on the platform and couples seem to really be getting into it. 2The Forest Question going viral on TikTok What is the TikTok forest question? The Forest Question going viral on TikTok is a relational psychology test that has somehow become a relationship test question. One person ultimately asks another, three specific mental questions/scenarios, in which the responses are based on circumstance and give hints to the personality of the person answering the questions. The questions are as follows: Time to visualize yourself in a forest, what’s the first animal that you see? What’s the second animal that you see? Now, imagine there’s a hut. Do you bypass it, knock before going in or crash in? Now, you find a jug. How much water is in it: none, full or half full? Read More on The US SunFOREVER YOUNG All you need to know about TikTok's Retirement HouseREKINDLED ROMANCE How to take part in the...
    White House reporters laughed when one of them made a crack about White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre being asked to comment on Steve Bannon‘s guilty verdict. Jean-Pierre briefed reporters shortly after the news broke Friday afternoon that Bannon had been convicted of two counts of contempt of Congress, and will be sentenced on Oct. 21, for defying the January 6 committee. She was joined by White House Covid coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha, who helped field questions about President Joe Biden’s Covid illness. While the president’s health dominated the briefing, NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander did make an attempt to jar loose a comment about the Bannon case, which led Brian Karem to crack wise and Jean-Pierre to make him repeat it, and a good time was had by all. Jean-Pierre also delivered an important lesson for observers of Bannon’s plight — to cooperate with the committee: MR. ALEXANDER: Thanks. Did you have any reaction to the Steve Bannon case? I know it’s over, and I know, obviously — MR. KAREM: (inaudible) (Laughter.) MS. JEAN-PIERRE: What did you...
    (CNN)The 2022 midterm elections are just more than three months away. Most signs suggest it's going to be a good election year for Republicans -- including the so-called "generic ballot." But why do political pros put so much faith in a single question? And is it really as predictive of future outcomes as everyone seems to think?I put those questions and more to Ariel Edwards-Levy, the polling and election analytics editor at CNN. Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below. (Sidebar: Ariel has the best Twitter feed on the internet. Not kidding.)Cillizza: Let's go back to basics: What is the generic ballot and when did pollsters start asking about it? Edwards-Levy: The "generic ballot" is shorthand for a type of survey question that asks generally about which party voters would prefer in an upcoming congressional election, rather than specifically about the candidates running in their district (hence: generic). The most common versions either ask respondents which party's candidate they'd be more likely to vote for, or which party they'd rather see take control of Congress.The...
    How much confidence do you have in the news media to help you stay accurately informed? The Gallup organization has been polling on this question since the 1970s for newspapers and since the 1990s for TV news. The answer has been less and less and less over time and, if you are a Republican, even less than that. I’ll give you a link to the results displayed graphically below. Gallup started asking the newspaper question in 1972. The question: “Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in newspapers — a great deal, quite a lot, some or very little? In 1979, 51% said “a great deal” or “quite a lot.” That was the all-time high. In 1993 they added a question about confidence in TV news, which scored 46% “a great deal/quite a lot” that year. It was also the all-time high. Article continues after advertisement You can see where this is going, but it helps to have a highly regarded polling organization like Gallup asking the same question again and again over the years to get a...
    NOT knowing your car’s worth leaves you in the dark during trade-in negotiations. Luckily former car salesman Deshone posted a TikTok highlighting what question to ask to get your vehicle’s actual trade-in value. 2Deshone has five years of experience as a salesman for Mercedes-Benz and five additional years of experience as a General Motors salesmanCredit: TikTok/deshonetheautoadvisor Deshone gives an example of a driver that wants to sell their car for $10,000 — but their vehicle is only worth $8,000. The dealership salesperson says they can only pay $8,000, but the driver won’t budge. Deshone says: “They’ll [dealership] take money from the new car they’re trying to sell you, move it [the money] over to the trade-in column, and over-allow.” This TikTok creator defines over-allowing as a dealership salesperson showing you more than what your vehicle is worth to try and close a deal. READ MORE ON CAR TIPSUPSIDE DOWN I’m a former car salesman - How to stop owing more on your car than it’s worthLIKE NEW My car had scratches and scuff marks - two kitchen ingredients removed them California...
    During a House of Representatives hearing on transportation and infrastructure on Tuesday, United States Congressman Troy Nehls (R-Texas) attempted to goad Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg into disrespecting President Joe Biden. "Could you please – and just in one word, let's have some fun with this – could you please describe America to me in one single word? What would that be if you could describe America in one single word?" Nehls asked Buttigieg. "Well for me, I guess home," Buttigieg replied. READ MORE: Pete Buttigieg schools GOP congressman on the cost of electric vehicles "Home. Fair enough, fair enough. Well, just a few weeks ago, this is how President Biden described America in one word," Nehls said as a poster of Biden giving a speech with a transcribed stutter spelled out underneath him was paraded in front of Buttigieg. "Could you please tell me what that word means? It's this one right here. Could you even say the word?" Nehls continued while pointing to the lengthy jumble of letters. "Congressman, I'm not in the habit of trying to read...
    (CNN)Few individual news events have the power to singlehandedly rearrange voters' electoral priorities. But if anything held that possibility, it might have been the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Beyond its immediate consequences for abortion access, the ruling also carried the potential to shift the focus of the midterms away from the economic issues that have dominated the early days of the campaign. In the weeks since the Supreme Court's ruling, we've seen a first wave of polling trying to gauge where voters' priorities now lie, and what that might mean for the upcoming elections. Early results suggest that concerns about abortion and women's rights have surged, with Democrats' attention particularly drawn to the issue. At the same time, they find the majority of voters' focus has so far remained elsewhere.What voters care about, and how those priorities influence their decisions, is too complicated to be fully captured in a single poll question. The degree to which voters personally care about an issue is different from the question of whether that issue will be decisive in an...
    J. Scott Applewhite/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Here we go again. Watching the recent coverage of the January 6 investigation, I felt a stab of deja vu. As the House committee probing the insurrectionist riot held a hearing this week that focused on the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, two militant right-wing groups that led the assault on the Capitol, commentators zeroed in on the question of whether Donald Trump and his White House had forged a direct connection to these extremists prior to their attack on Congress. That is, was there collusion between Trump and these domestic terrorists who have been indicted on charges of sedition? Now where have we heard this before? This question is an important one, but it is also a trap. Trump and his comrades have been rather deft at developing a tactic to protect him from charges of profound wrongdoing: They raise the bar. If Trump is caught holding a match outside a burning house, Trump and his defenders will...
    \u201cI'd love to continue this conversation, Keith, but first I have to know if you're able to define the word "woman." Please advise.\u201d — Matt Walsh (@Matt Walsh) 1657747215 Walsh has a "What Is a Woman?" documentary, as well as a book. The seemingly simple question, which anyone with a modicum of common sense should be able to answer, helps to highlight the absurdity of left-wing gender ideology. Sarah Lopez, a witness at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday, said that getting an abortion was "the best decision" of her life and "an act of self-love." When Republican Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina asked if she supported infanticide, the murder of a child after birth, she said that she did not agree with the question's basis, but that she does "believe that abortion is health care." During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, University of California, Berkeley School of Law professor Khiara M. Bridges spoke of individuals who have a "capacity for pregnancy." Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri noted her use of...
    SHE'S emerged as the favourite on this year's Love Island. And one woman is such a fan of Ekin-Su that she decided to have the islander's name tattooed on her foot. 6Amy Hollingsworth took to TikTok to document the process of getting a tattoo of her favourite Love Islander's nameCredit: tiktok/@amyhollingsworth11 6She looked thrilled as she lay on the couch getting her inking doneCredit: tiktok/@amyhollingsworth11 6She got Ekin-Su's name tattooed on the outer side of her footCredit: tiktok/@amyhollingsworth11 6She showed off the tattoo as she watched Ekin-Su on Love IslandCredit: tiktok/@amyhollingsworth11 Amy Hollingsworth took to TikTok to share a video documenting the process of having the inking done, telling viewers: "Come with me to get my favourite Love Islander tattooed on me forever." She went to the Twinss Tattoo studio and did her best to conceal the name until the big reveal at the end. Amy was seen laying down as the tattooist inked the name on the outside of her right foot. She then showed Ekin-Su on Love Island, before turning the camera to her...
    Washington (CNN)Former President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly downplayed the significance of the hearings by the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, has regularly asked those around him in recent days when the televised hearings are going to end -- underscoring his private fixation on the damning revelations revealed by some of the committee's witnesses. The six public hearings held thus far have been more effective than many in Trump's orbit anticipated, including when a former White House aide testified publicly about his behavior the day of the Capitol insurrection. Some allies had assured the former President that the last televised hearing would likely be this week, but then committee members said those plans shifted to next week, delaying the conclusion of the hearings that Trump seeks. While often using expletives, Trump has continued to vent that no one is on the dais defending him or his actions on the day of the Capitol insurrection. He has suggested having allies, like Steve Bannon, come forward to do so. Privately, he has blasted the former White House aide, Cassidy Hutchinson,...
    It’s been eight years since the Giants last hoisted a World Series title, and in the “What have you done for me lately?” world of sports, it’s understandable if fans feel increasingly disconnected from the franchise’s golden era. Gone are Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, who embraced on the field in Kansas City following Bumgarner’s historic performance. Gone are Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy, the architect and leader of three championship squads. Gone are the others with three rings, including Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Pablo Sandoval and a core four of relievers who played pivotal roles in each title run. The only remaining links to the Giants’ World Series era are Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt, a pair of All-Star-caliber players who have spent much of the 2022 season either injured and off the field or ineffective when on it. Related Articles San Francisco Giants | SF Giants can’t ride road momentum into homestand, fall to D-backs San Francisco Giants | SF Giants’ Jakob Junis likely won’t return to rotation until after All-Star break San...
    Share this: As a scholar of Islamic ethics, I’m often asked, “What does Islam say about abortion?” – a question that has become even more salient since the U.S. Supreme Court reversed 50 years of constitutional protection for the right to get an abortion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling on June 24, 2022. This question really needs to be reframed, because it implies a singular view. Islam isn’t monolithic, and there is no single Islamic attitude about abortion. The answer to the question depends on what kinds of Islamic sources, scriptural, legal or ethical, are applied to this contemporary issue by people of varying levels of authority, expertise or religious observance. Muslims have had a long-standing, rich relationship with science, and specifically, the practice of medicine. This has yielded multiple interpretations of right and wrong when it comes to the body, including ideas about and practices surrounding pregnancy.
    (CNN)Donald Trump has turned the 2020 election into a litmus test. Say that massive fraud was committed and that he should/would have won and he might endorse you -- or at least say something nice about you. Admit that Joe Biden won and/or that Trump is hurting the party by his continued focus on the 2020 election, and you run the risk of being called out by Trump, and getting crosswise with his powerful base.Which brings me to Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. Youngkin was asked by moderator Robert Costa what seemed like a simple question: "Former President Trump continues to falsely claim the 2020 election was stolen. Should he stop saying that?'To which Youngkin responded:"Well, let me begin with my trip to Nebraska, which was really great fun. Gov. Ricketts had really helped me in my race and it was a great chance for me to show up and help in the next race to elect a Republican in Nebraska. And one of the things that I'm really focused on is...
    (CNN)Concerns over President Joe Biden's age are starting to catch up with him.Consider:1) The New York Times put a story about the growing concerns over Biden's age, 79, on its front page Sunday -- prime real estate. That piece included these brutal lines:"His energy level, while impressive for a man of his age, is not what it was, and some aides quietly watch out for him. He often shuffles when he walks, and aides worry he will trip on a wire. He stumbles over words during public events, and they hold their breath to see if he makes it to the end without a gaffe."2) A New York Times/Siena College poll released Monday showed that 64% of voters planning to participate in the 2024 Democratic presidential primary said they want the party to nominate a candidate other than Biden. Among the youngest voters (ages 18-29) in that group, who formed one of the pillars of the Democratic coalition that Barack Obama built in 2008 and 2012, just 5% -- not a typo -- want the party to renominate Biden.Read More3)...
    President Joe Biden's claim that a 10-year-old rape victim was forced to travel across state lines to get an abortion after last month's Roe Vs. Wade ruling has come into question, after a Washington Post fact-checker found the story to be largely unsubstantiated. It has also emerged that the doctor who first shared the yarn is a prominent abortion advocate - placing further doubt on its credibility. The one-source story was provided to an Indiana news outlet by Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Caitlin Bernard, who said a child abuse doctor in Ohio contacted her about the case seeking aid from the doctor.  The account asserts the unnamed girl, who lives in Ohio, was forced to seek an abortion in Indiana after her home state barred abortion following the decision. The dramatic anecdote has been widely shared since - primarily as a talking point by the left to lambaste last month's ruling. On Friday, the president himself referenced the story, using it to help push an executive order that would protect abortions in the wake of the decision - spurring the Post journalist to eventually weigh...
    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre shut down EWTN reporter Owen Jensen after he repeatedly cut off his colleagues to ask about the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortions. On Friday morning, President Joe Biden signed an executive order protecting abortion access two weeks after the Supreme Court effectively overturned Roe v. Wade with a 5-4 decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Shortly thereafter, Jean-Pierre briefed reporters along with Jen Klein, the Director of the White House Gender Policy Council. Many reporters asked questions related to abortion rights. But unlike the others, Jensen would not wait to be called on. Several times, Jensen tried to cut in to ask about the Hyde Amendment, eventually getting around to citing Sen. Marco Rubio‘s claim that paid leave for federal workers traveling to seek abortion care would violate the policy. Ms. Jean-Pierre ignored Jensen several times, before finally scolding him: MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Go ahead. Q So, ma’am, pro-life Americans — one question. MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Sir, you’re being rude. Q Pro-life Americans — MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Sir, you’re being rude to your colleagues. Q All the questions you’re taking are pro-abortion....
    The GOP’s never been closer to moving on from Donald Trump. The Jan 6. Committee hearings, coupled with Trump’s mixed record of midterm primary endorsements, have left the 45th president bloodied and bruised even in the eyes of loyal Republican voters. And that’s generating speculation that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may eventually supplant Trump as the party’s standard bearer. This incipient development has sparked debate among people who see DeSantis’ rise as cause for celebration—and those who see this as tantamount to jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. It is a reminder that long before Trump arrived on the scene, deep fissures existed within the Republican Party regarding policy, style, and temperament. “The test for ‘NeverTrump’ intellecuals [sic] is where they stand on DeSantis,” tweets Christopher Rufo, the right-wing activist most responsible for making critical race theory a potent culture war issue. “[DeSantis] should be their guy: elite education, military background, leadership experience, impeccable character. If they can’t get behind him, the takeaway is clear: it’s not about principles; they serve the Left.” But is...
    Kyle Hendricks was pulled after three innings Tuesday night in Milwaukee with right shoulder soreness, and the first question posed to Chicago Cubs manager David Ross was how Hendricks was feeling. “Uh, I mean, I think that’s a weird question to ask, right?” Ross replied. “We took him out. He’s just a little tender.” It was not a weird question. It was, however, a weird response from Ross. Hendricks’ health is important to the Cubs as they try to salvage something from this brutal season. And as a fan favorite and one of the only remaining players from the 2016 championship team, Hendricks’ status is important to many of those still tuning into the Cubs as they play out the string in the second half. So if Ross is going to get upset about an innocuous question from the network owned by the team, it’s going to make for a rough second half for the third-year manager. And as it turned out, Hendricks was placed on the 15-day injured list Wednesday with a right shoulder strain, leaving him out of...
    A DOLLAR Tree employee claims recent price changes have customers who shop at the chain all asking the same annoying question. The unnamed employee, Reddit user u/Valuable-Squirrel378, took to Reddit to air the number one grievance caused by innumerate customers. 2Dollar Tree offers a wide variety of goods to its shopper for just a dollar each...most of the timeCredit: Getty The chain and its longstanding competitor, the 99 Cents Only Store, are beloved for their offering of a wide array of merchandise for just one US dollar. Both chains have implemented the practice of selling higher end items at low-end prices--just not quite a dollar. U/Valuable-Squirrel said her Dollar Tree location has been "experimenting with $3-$5 dollar items." The grievances the employees experience comes from the lack of knowledge many shoppers have about the variation in price. READ MORE MONEY SECRETSNEW LEAF I’m a Dollar Tree superfan & I use a bathroom essential to keep my plants healthyORGANIZE EVERYTHING I’m a Dollar Tree fan - my hacks for making $1.25 items look expensive "I've gotten a...
    President Joe Biden is reportedly losing the support of some of his most reliable cheerleaders — Hollywood celebrities who dutifully propagate White House talking points to their millions of social media followers. In a recent White House call with dozens of celebrity Democratic backers, the mood was angry and despairing over the Biden administration’s inability to push its agenda forward, especially in light of the Supreme Court’s recent reversal of Roe v. Wade , according to a CNN report. NBC’s Will & Grace star Debra Messing was especially angry, reportedly putting her buyer’s remorse on full display by yelling and claiming that she had gotten Biden elected. The left-wing actress demanded to know why she was being asked to do anything at all, saying there didn’t even seem to be a point to voting. Others wondered why the call was happening at all, CNN reported. "Debra Messing was fed up. The former "Will & Grace" star was among dozens of celebrity Democratic supporters and activists who joined a call with White House aides last Monday" Yeah… they actually began this piece with...
    ALMOST all of us must remember the nostalgic sound of the ice cream van's cheery tunes as it turned down our road during the summer holidays. Whether we were allowed one or not was another matter, however. 5Who doesn't have fond memories of getting a delicious treat from the ice cream van - when our parents gave us the money too, that isCredit: Getty Zina, 55, from Surrey, knows only too well the delight an ice cream van can bring to children, having been an ice cream lady for over 20 years. Here, she gives Fabulous the 'inside scoop' around what her job really involves - from the celebs she's served, the secret to making a perfect Mr Whippy, and that one annoying question she's always asked... Ice job It might sound like an easy life, but actually there's a lot more to being an ice cream lady than just serving treats and listening to upbeat music. Zina reveals: "I get up around 6.30am and clean the van, drain the ice cream machine and clean it all,...
    Former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton chided an interviewer when asked Wednesday if she would be supporting President Joe Biden in 2024. 'Look, I would endorse our sitting president - yes of course,' Clinton told NBC's Yamiche Alcindor. 'This is a silly question.'  Clinton said she believed Biden is the 'person most likely to win.'  'Joe Biden beat - in a huge landslide victory in the popular vote - Donald Trump,' the former secretary of state and first lady said. 'I think that says a lot.'    Former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton chided NBC's Yamiche Alcindor for asking her if she would support President Joe Biden in the 2024 race. 'Look, I would endorse our sitting president - yes of course,' Clinton said, adding, 'This is a silly question'  Yamiche Alcindor (left) asked Hillary Clinton (right) backstage about 2024 but also interviewed her at the Aspen Ideas Festival where Clinton gave her thoughts on the Supreme Court's decision to overrule Roe v. Wade  Alcindor also told Andrea Mitchell, who was anchoring MSNBC, that Clinton responded with an 'absolutely not' when asked if...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Jan. 6 committee has heard dramatic testimony from former White House aides and others about Donald Trump’s relentless efforts to overturn the 2020 election — and his encouragement of supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol bent on achieving his goal. But the big question remains: Was any of it criminal? Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide in Trump’s White House, added fresh urgency to the question Tuesday as she delivered explosive new testimony about Trump’s actions before and during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. She said Trump was informed that there were armed protesters at his morning rally before he stood onstage and told them to “fight like hell” at the Capitol. Then he argued with his security detail, she said, trying to go with the crowd. Trump’s aides knew there could be legal consequences. Hutchinson said White House Counsel Pat Cipollone told her “we’re going to get charged with every crime imaginable” if Trump had gone to the Capitol that day as Congress was certifying President Joe Biden’s win. Cipollone said Trump could be exposing...
    (CNN)Michael Flynn wasn't the star of the House January 6 committee's hearing on Tuesday. In fact, he appeared -- via taped video testimony -- for less than five minutes. And yet, what Flynn said -- or, really, didn't say -- deserves far more attention than it got.Here's the exchange: Cheney: Do you believe the violence on January 6 was justified morally? Flynn: Take the Fifth.Read MoreCheney: Do you believe the violence on January 6 was justified legally?Flynn: Fifth Cheney: Do you believe in the peaceful transition of power in the United States of America?Flynn: The FifthSo, just to be crystal clear, Flynn cited his right not to incriminate himself when asked directly whether he believes in the peaceful transition of power. He refused to answer whether he believes in a principle that sits, literally, at the heart of American democracy.And, he did this as the former national security adviser to the the President of the United States and a longtime member of the US military.When you stop and think about all of that, it's almost breathtaking.Except when you consider what...
    The century-old antitrust exemption that allows Major League Baseball to operate a legal monopoly in the United States is being questioned by a bipartisan group of senators, who are seeking to address concerns about the policy's impact on the game and working conditions for minor league players. On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee addressed a letter detailing its concerns to Advocates for Minor Leaguers, a group dedicated to improving living and working conditions for minor league players, who are at the mercy of MLB. The letter was signed by a bipartisan group of senators, including Dick Durbin (Democrat-Illinois), Chuck Grassley (Republican-Iowa), Richard Blumenthal (Democrat-Connecticut) and Mike Lee (Republican-Utah). It marks the federal government's first major move to question the legality of the antitrust exemption, which has been in effect since a 1922 Supreme Court decision. The exemption has since withstood two challenges in the Supreme Court (1953 and 1972) and a separate challenge in 2017 was stopped in the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. 'We write to seek information about how baseball's antitrust exemption is impacting competition in the...
    A bizarre quiz aiming to tell people what is 'actually wrong with them' has gone viral online - with answers including 'you're annoying as hell' or 'have too much freedom'. The 14-question 'what the actual f*** is wrong with you' quiz asks whether a person is a picky eater or wears socks to bed, for instance, to try and discover the 'issue' the participant is experiencing. It is hosted on Russian website Uquiz and the results range from being a 'compulsive liar' to a 'dumb a** b****' - and feature very harsh explanations. For example, according to Pop Buzz, if your result says you're 'normal', the description reads: 'There is nothing wrong with you but you want it to be. 'You probably fake struggles and support whatever is trending. You act really fake and want to be the main character. You force yourself onto others (not literally) and are overbearing. Gtfoz.' The website first asks you to enter your name and press 'Start Quiz' to get to the 14 multiple-choice questions, developed by user yvngslvt. You are not required to use your real name...
    The political director of NBC News believes the credibility of the U.S. Supreme Court “has never been more in question.” In a staggering commentary on Sunday’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd — summing up a week he billed as one of the “most significant in our recent history” — underscored the stakes of the 2016 election, which put three conservative justices on the bench. “The court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and nearly five decades of abortion rights that gripped the nation in celebrations and bitterness from coast to coast,” Todd said. “We know is abortion is likely to be banned in roughly half the states. And Justice Clarence Thomas suggested birth control, gay rights and same-sex marriage could be next. And we now know that Donald Trump’s 2016 election which gave him three Supreme Court picks, all of whom voted to overturn Roe, is easily now among the most consequential ever in our nation’s history.” Todd expressed uncertainty over the political fallout from Friday’s ruling, but went on to say point blank that the public has credibility...
    THE Chase host Bradley Walsh collapsed in hysterics and could barely carry on the show - after reading a very rude answer. The 62-year-old star laughed uncontrollably after having to ask a question about a "chocolate starfish". 4Bradley Walsh couldn't cope with a 'chocolate starfish' question 4The Chase stopped as the host broke down in hysterics last night Bradley read: "Which of these is NOT a genuine species of starfish? "A. Goose foot starfish. B. Red-knobbed starfish. C. Chocolate starfish." Brad collapsed into a laugher, unable to finish reading the question - while Anne 'The Governess' Hegerty failed to stifle a smile too. And things got even more chaotic when the player chose 'chocolate starfish' - a crude term for an anus - as the answer. He roared: "What made you put that?" The poor man replied: "Funnily enough it's the only starfish I'd heard of." When Bradley had finished laughing he went on: "Chocolate starfish you've put, and rightly so. "Here we go - correct answer is... chocolate starfish is absolutely right. A step closer to home, well played."...
    Model Christen Harper is happily reliving the 'best weekend of her life' after getting engaged to Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff in Mexico.  The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit rookie, 29, took to Instagram on Tuesday — nearly a week after the NFL star, 27, popped the question — to share photos from their engagement celebration at El Dorado Golf and Beach Club in Los Cabos.  'Still on cloud 9 from the best weekend of my life,' she captioned the carousel of images, which included a snapshot of her flashing her diamond engagement ring while cuddled up on her shirtless fiancé's lap. Scroll down for video   Model Christen Harper, 29, and Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff, 27, have shared new photos from their engagement in Mexico as they continue to celebrate nearly a week later  Goff, 27, had popped the question on the beach days before on Thursday, June 16 Harper, 29, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share photos from their engagement celebration at El Dorado Golf and Beach Club in Los Cabos Harper was wearing a pink and orange string bikini and a straw...
    Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images Hillary Clinton took a pessimistic view of the Democrats’ electoral prospects — warning that the party is setting itself up for a rejection around the country by embracing extremist positions. In an interview published Friday, the former secretary of state sat down with Financial Times editor Edward Luce. During the conversation, she reflected on her 2016 presidential candidacy, the possible overturning of Roe V. Wade, and what her past dealings with Vladimir Putin tell her about the war in Ukraine. Clinton went on to voice a number of concerns about the Democratic Party’s break with “common-sense politics,” saying that it hurts their chances of winning elections in the future. From the Times: I cannot allow the lunch to end without questioning the direction of her party. I say that Democrats seem to be going out of their way to lose elections by elevating activist causes, notably the transgender debate, which are relevant only to a small minority. What sense does it make to depict J.K. Rowling as a fascist? To my surprise, Clinton shares the premise...
    Director Joseph Kosinski reconfirmed the unrivaled power of movie superstardom with last month’s Top Gun: Maverick, a sequel whose unlikely triumph can be credited, first and foremost, to Tom Cruise’s peerless charisma. Kosinski now does likewise, in a wholly opposite vein, with Spiderhead (June 16), a Netflix adaptation of George Saunders’ short story “Escape from Spiderhead” (from his collection Tenth of December: Stories) that demonstrates the value of mega-watt magnetism by being largely devoid of it. Led by Miles Teller and Chris Hemsworth, the latter in a role that demands considerably more craziness than the actor delivers, this wannabe-loopy sci-fi effort is as bland as it is predictable and suggests that Marvel continues to manufacture hits but not, it seems, reliable marquee headliners capable of thriving outside of their comic-book environs. This isn’t to say that Hemsworth, or Chris Evans, or Jeremy Renner, or their many MCU cohorts aren’t engaging and talented big-screen presences; instead, it’s to note that few have definitively proven their A-list bona fides in non-superhero ventures, and that trend continues with Spiderhead. Hemsworth is Steve Abnesti,...
    (CNN)On June 16, 2015, Donald Trump descended that famous golden escalator, unleashed a cacophonous presidential campaign by breaking every single rule of politics and barnstormed, welcome or not, into the soul and psyche of every American. Exactly seven democracy-damaging years later, the now ex-President was still at it on Thursday, dominating the political stage, his wildness and extremism still threatening to tear the country apart.Inside a Capitol Hill hearing room, the focus was not on the anniversary of the moment at Trump Tower that the then-property magnate and reality TV star set out to win power, but on the day on January 2021 when he almost brought the American political system down in a corrupt effort to cling to that power. Jan. 6 hearings have revealed a ton of new material. Heres a recapThe House select committee investigating the insurrection laid out a staggering tale of Trump pressuring then-Vice President Mike Pence to illegally hand him a second term in defiance of an election he had lost. It revealed that members of a mob that vowed to hang Pence came...