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Tech stocks are suffering despite little change in the outlook, and the broader market is falling in their wake.
A second death was reported related to Hurricane Sally as residents in Pensacola and around the South began cleaning up.
Is Joe Biden too focused on the global pandemic that has killed 200,000 Americans under his political opponent’s watch? That’s the question that Chris Wallace fielded from his Fox News colleague with an obvious “no” on Friday. During a discussion about Joe Biden’s sustained attacks against the president’s coronavirus response during the previous night’s CNN town hall, Fox anchor Trace Gallagher quoted a lengthy statement from the Trump campaign that accused the former vice president of refusing to “offer any examples of anything he would have done differently to combat the virus.” With that in mind, Gallagher asked Wallace: “So what do you think about coronavirus? Too much focus on coronavirus for the Biden campaign?” “No,” Wallace replied plainly. “I think it’s their best issue. It’s at the top of people’s minds. According to a poll out today only 39 percent of Americans approve of the president’s handling of the coronavirus, so I would expect Joe Biden to keep pounding away on the issue.” The Fox News Sunday host was referring to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that also found that 69 percent of Americans are “still at least somewhat worried about themselves or their family members being infected with the virus,” despite Trump’s best efforts to “downplay” its severity.“That doesn’t mean that he can ignore other issues,” Wallace added of Biden. “The economy is also a big issue, he’s got to talk about that. Race and the violence in our cities is an important issue. And I think his campaign would agree they made a mistake to the degree they ignored the violent protests during the convention.”“So he’s got to talk about those as well, but coronavirus is a good issue for him,” he continued, “and I think it’s fair to say, if you believe the polls, not a very good issue for the president.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
The Trump administration has opened an investigation into racial bias at Princeton University, saying that the school's recent acknowledgment of racism on campus amounts to a “shocking” and “serious” admission of discrimination. In a letter to the university on Wednesday, the U.S. Education Department said the school's acknowledgment of racism conflicts with previous assurances that Princeton complies with federal anti-discrimination laws. It said that, in an open letter issued Sept. 2, the university's president “admitted Princeton’s educational program is and for decades has been racist."
Amal Clooney has become the highest profile lawyer to quit an official job over her opposition to the British government's suggestion that it could break international law in the event it fails to agree a trade deal with the European Union. In a letter Friday to British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, the human rights lawyer said she is quitting her role as the U.K.’s special envoy on media freedom over the government’s “lamentable” suggestion.
Director Robert Redfield's interference shows how political influence has penetrated the CDC, creating challenges for local health authorities.
USPS scrapped plan to send 650 million masks. Nearly half of Americans say they won't get vaccinated. Bars in Las Vegas to reopen. Latest COVID-19 news.
A community of residents, living on boats, in condos or stilted homes, were taken by surprise when Hurricane Sally blew through as a Category 2 storm.
Puerto Rico is getting much of the money it needs to rebuild its power grid three years after it was wiped out by Hurricane Maria, the island territory's governor and the White House said Friday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released $13 billion for reconstruction of the grid and to help rebuild schools damaged by the storm. The money has become an issue in the presidential campaign as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden court voters in the crucial swing state of Florida.
Iran has declared a coronavirus red alert due to a third wave of infections, with thousands more deaths likely to follow in the Middle East’s worst affected country. The red alert will cover the entire country, according to Iranian state media reports, as the death toll rose on Friday by 144 to 23,952 and the total number of cases exceeded 400,000. Iranian officials have carved up the country into white, orange and red areas based on the number of infections and deaths. But the country’s deputy health minister said the system was now redundant as “the entire country is red.” "The colour classification doesn't make sense anymore,” Iraj Harirchi said on an Iranian television programme. "If the current course continues, the death toll will reach 45,000," he added. According to Reuters news agency, in the northwestern city of Tabriz, the number of hospitalised patients has risen from under 40 per day to 160. And in the Shia Muslim holy city of Qom, it has increased from ten a day to 160. Mr Harirchi said that if 95 per cent of the country wore masks and the number of gatherings fell by half then the severe death toll could be reduced. It comes after leaked documents revealed that the number of deaths from coronavirus in Iran was at least triple the figure reported by the authorities. The papers, obtained by BBC Persian, showed that an even more severe third wave of the virus was underway. Even by the government’s public figures, Iran is the worst affected country in the Middle East. Iran formally reported its first coronavirus case in mid-February, with the deaths of two people in Qom, though health workers and Iranian journalists had given earlier warnings about the illness. Since then, Iran has been accused of deliberately underreporting infections. “Everyone knew that the number of Covid cases was significantly higher than what officials were reporting,” an Iranian journalist in Tehran told The Telegraph earlier this month. Iran has also struggled under crippling US sanctions targeting the regime’s leadership, which even before the pandemic had led to severe medicine shortage.
DC Universe will become DC Universe Infinite, a comics-only subscription service.
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'Selectively banning entire platforms like TikTok and WeChat violates the First Amendment and does little to protect our personal data from abuse,' the union tweeted.
Whenever I’m decorating a space, the last thing to go up on the walls is art. This is for two reasons, I think. First, it’s hard to know what should go up without having the rest of the room designed. But I think the bigger factor is that framing is hard. I’ve tried to do it myself, by buying frames from Amazon or the local art store but that just leaves me in a pit of despair everytime. I’ve tried to not do it at all and just use command strips on the wall, but that doesn’t look very good. Thankfully, I recently discovered Framebridge.Framebridge is an online framing service that somehow manages to make framing things easy. They have a few physical locations, but I think the magic happens online. When you go on their site, you click on “Start Framing.” From there, they ask you what you’re framing. They’ll prompt you to take a picture of whatever it is so they can put it into their software. Once uploaded, you can see what their vast variety of different frames look like surrounding your work, and you can choose between special options, like float mounting, to really help your piece stand out. Once you’ve selected your perfect frame, they’ll ask how you plan on getting them your piece of art. If you have packaging, they’ll send you a shipping label to print, but if you don’t, they’ll send you a tube or a flat mailer specifically designed for the dimensions of your piece. Pretty cool. In about 2 weeks, your art will arrive at your front door. Better yet, they include all the hooks necessary to hang it up on the wall. Now, I’m tempted to frame pretty much everything I own and in turn, frame things for other people as gifts — which I’m learning isn’t such a bad thing thanks to Framebridge.Buy on Framebridge, $85Buy on Framebridge, $99Buy on Framebridge, $145From things that are worth spending a little more on to products you never realized you needed, The Case For reviews make compelling arguments for products that’ll upgrade your life. Scouted selects products independently and prices reflect what was available at the time of publish. Sign up for our newsletter for more recommendations and check out our coupon site for more deals. If you buy something from our posts, we may earn a small commission.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Former model Amy Dorris, the latest woman to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, says he sexually assaulted her at a tennis tournament in 1997.
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This is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here. * * *I Can’t Believe I Liked ‘Ratched’* * *Early in the second episode of Ratched, Sarah Paulson and Judy Davis argue over a peach. At first, it seems like some throwaway dialogue. Then it goes on. And on. All told, it is one of the most intense scenes I’ve watched on TV this year, this argument over a peach. Elio from Call Me by Your Name is shaking. The cast of Parasite, scandalized. The longer this peach argument went on, the more confusing it became—but also the more fabulous. I have seen all of Ratched, and I still can’t rationalize the narrative decision to have Sarah Paulson and Judy Davis spend several minutes spitting vicious dialogue at each other over a stone fruit. But I relished every second of it. This ridiculous argument over a peach is the most invigorated I’ve felt watching TV in a long time.The peach returns later in the series, a callback metaphor that is somehow both extremely on the nose but also kind of irrelevant and nonsensical. So in the spirit of Ratched, which hit Netflix Friday, I’m bringing up the whole peach thing as another inelegant metaphor here. No creative or narrative decision in the show really makes sense, and everything is much more intense than it should be. Yet you can’t help but be riveted and swept up. There’s something almost accidentally spellbinding about it. I’m not sure it works at all as an origin story for Nurse Ratched, the iconic villain from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. In fact, it renders her even more inscrutable. It’s tonally uneven and, thematically, occasionally problematic. But its production value is pristine—an art-deco fetishist’s fever dream—and the acting showcases sublime; again, Sarah Paulson and Judy Davis going absolutely bonkers over a peach. As Ryan Murphy’s forays into Netflix programming skid all over the place (The Politician and Hollywood were similarly uneven), there is something addictingly fun about Ratched. It has a list of problems longer than most series I screen, but I also genuinely enjoyed it more than many series I legitimately recognize as “good,” whatever that standard is. If you can manage to divorce yourself from any expectations you had based on the Oscar-winning film and are willing to surrender to narrative lunacy, then Ratched is actually a bit of a delight. The State of Ryan Murphy: Is Netflix’s $300 Million Man Paying Off?Frequent Ryan Murphy collaborator Sarah Paulson is a great choice to do some Wicked-style “she wasn’t always evil” humanizing of Nurse Ratched, who ranks fifth on AFI’s list of greatest cinema villains. Paulson’s knack for empathy and emotional fireworks could see her humanizing a rock. Any scene she’s in sparks with rapturous nuance. Pair that with the smoking circuit breaker that is Judy Davis and an argument over a peach, and you have high art. (A video went viral earlier this week praising Paulson as one of “the top tier white women” in Hollywood. “When I say white people, never ever am I talking about this lady right here,” @iwantafrankoceanalbum says in a TikTok, pointing at Sarah Paulson photos. “Any movie, any show, anything that this girl is on, it’s automatically a 10 out of 10. You don’t even gotta watch it.” She makes points.)The series opens with the gruesome murder of priests who live together in a rectory. The culprit, Edmund (Finn Wittrock), is carted off to a mental health facility, where the doctor will determine if he’s fit to stand trial. Meanwhile, Mildred Ratched (Paulson) follows him there, lying her way into a job at the hospital. It is the babiest of spoilers—so beware—to say that Edmund is her brother. She’s there to protect him. At least I think.The most frustrating thing about Ratched is you never really know what her agenda is, let alone where her morals actually lie. She’s manipulating and using everyone, to the point that when she’s earnest about her emotions—and, wow, are there extreme moments of earnestness here—you don’t know whether to believe her or if it’s more theatrics from an emotional puppet master. Ratched is most comparable to a season of American Horror Story, with sumptuous visuals, shock and gore, and a Telenovela’s devotion to plot twists distracting you from any suspicion that there is no road map here. There’s no tangent that the plot doesn’t gleefully careen down. There’s no plot line that doesn’t reach a juicy climax, only to halt completely in the next episode for the introduction of something entirely new and indulgent. And yet! Maybe it’s the extreme effort to be stylish, or the eagerness with which One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’s unsettling realism is transposed into a pulp-horror-thriller soap opera, but I got more excited about watching this show than many recent streaming options. Few shows invite overthinking more than this one. And few are better for not doing it. It is a show about mental illness that, having little to no expertise on the matter, I can still say with almost certainty exhibited not an iota of understanding of how mental illness works. (Not the cruel therapies in the hospital; the terror of that is the point. But the depictions of multiple personality disorder and of psychopathy are...yikes.)The bliss of any Ryan Murphy output, especially recent ones, is the performances. No one gives better showcases to so many actresses over 40 in such dynamically different roles, all in the same project. Paulson is as good as you’d expect her to be, but then there’s also Davis doing Judy Garland-lite as a domineering, but misunderstood, head nurse. Cynthia Nixon is shoved through a gauntlet of trauma—she’s a closeted lesbian who is shot, almost dies, falls in love with a psychopath, and loses her job, and that’s just the first five sad things that happen to her—but sells the hell out of every scene. Sharon Stone is a vengeful millionaire who walks around with a monkey wearing a dress on her shoulder. Amanda Plummer is a hilariously feral jazz baby. Sophie Okonedo is given a glaringly offensive character to play, but wrings out of it a tour de force, and Harriet Sansom Harris has like two scenes, but should win an Emmy for them. Like The Politician and Hollywood, Ratched is a Choose Your Own Adventure of what to criticize and what to be grateful for in spite of it. It’s definitely an imperfect show, but I choose to embrace the peach. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Friday a measure giving state regulators power to deny development permits to businesses whose operations pollute predominantly Black and other minority communities. Murphy, a Democrat, cast the legislation in sweeping terms, calling it historic and saying it amounted to a“monumental reform" that puts New Jersey at the forefront nationally of what is known as environmental justice legislation.
California, Oregon and Washington account for more than half of all acres burned by wildfires in the U.S.
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