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    Jeffrey Epstein's former housekeeper revealed the 'imperious' nature of Ghislaine Maxwell while he was employed under the couple. Juan Alessi, 72, had revealed Maxwell's demanding high-handed behavior as well as he treatment of staff when he had worked for Epstein at his Palm Beach Mansion between 1990 and 2002.  Alessi, a maintenance worker and house manager, said that Maxwell had conducted herself as the 'lady of the house' and even handed out a 58-page manual with rules for staff on everything from how to address her and Epstein as well as how to attend to them and their guests. 'Checklists will assist you in making sure every task has been completed and not even the smallest detail has been overlooked,' the book read. Staffers also had to run the house 'like a five-star hotel' which included washing Epstein's car, stuffing it with $100 bills, and avoiding eye contact with him as Maxwell claimed he detested it. Maxwell also forbade the staff from fraternizing with their guests and told them to 'see nothing, hear nothing say nothing' unless they had been...
    by Jonathan Feingold, Boston University Since the final months of the Trump administration, the Republican Party has waged a sustained assault on critical race theory. Otherwise known as “CRT,” this academic framework offers tools to illuminate the relationship among race, racism and the law. Through calculated caricature and distortion, right-wing think tanks and media have weaponized CRT to manufacture a culture war that recasts antiracism as the new racism. This campaign employs a well-worn script designed to sow racial division, galvanize voters and shield economic elites – and the systems they enable – from meaningful critique. This campaign appears to be working. Anti-CRT messaging has emerged as a signature – and potent – GOP political talking point. Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, for example, repeated a common refrain when she asserted the falsehood that “critical race theory teaches people to judge others based on race, gender, or sexual identity, rather than the content of their character.” More recently in Virginia, Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin closed his campaign with a pledge to “ban critical race theory on Day One.” Pundits may have...
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned lawmakers Tuesday that the U.S. could suffer a 'deep recession' if they don't raise the debt ceiling by December 15.   'I cannot overstate how critical it is that Congress address this issue,' she urged the Senate Banking Committee. 'America must pay its bills on time and in full. If we do not, we will eviscerate our current recovery.'  Yellen said that in a 'matter of days' the majority of Americans would suffer financially if Congress didn't lift or suspend the debt ceiling.  Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned lawmakers Tuesday that the U.S. could suffer a 'deep recession' if they don't raise the debt ceiling by December 15 'As critical payments like social security checks and military paychecks would not reach their bank accounts and that would likely be followed by a deep recession,' Yellen predicted.    Earlier this month, Yellen told Congressional leaders that the federal government had more time than her initial estimate on when it would default on its debt.  Yellen had originally estimated the country wouldn't be able to pay its bills after December...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots have won six straight games, turning their season around and getting themselves smack dab in the middle of the fight for the top seed in the AFC. It’s been an improbable run, and it has the team and the fans rather excited. But all of those positive vibes can come crashing down if the Patriots take the field Monday night in Orchard Park and get soundly beaten by the Bills. That’s kind of how life works in the NFL. With that in mind, it feels safe to say this is the biggest game of the year for both teams. In the Patriots’ case, a win in Buffalo will create a slight cushion in the AFC East while building tremendous amounts of confidence within the locker room as New England heads into the bye. For the Bills, a win will satisfy the psychotic energy from the 71,000 crazed Bills fans packing Highmark Stadium (when did they start calling it that?) on what’s sure to be a frigid Monday evening. It will also vault the Bills back into...
    Getty Isaiah McKenzie reacts after a kick return touchdown is called back for a penalty in a game against the Tennessee Titans. Buffalo Bills playmaker Isaiah McKenzie won’t play in the team’s Thanksgiving matchup against the New Orleans Saints after a surprise scratch. If McKenzie’s Twitter proclamation is true, Bills fans may not see him again this season. The team’s wide receiver and kick returner, one of the most explosive players on an already talented offense, wrote on Twitter that he is “out for the season.” McKenzie did not offer any further details, and had not been listed on the team’s injury report at any point during the days leading up to Thursday’s game. Out for the season — Isaiah McKenzie (@_IsaiahMcKenzie) November 25, 2021 The latest Bills news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bills newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bills! McKenzie Out Against SaintsMcKenzie has served as the team’s primary punt and kick returner this season, but that job appeared to be in jeopardy as the team activated speedy rookie Marquez Stevenson from...
    Baltimore Sun staff writers pick every game of the NFL season. Here’s who they have winning in Week 12: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (Thursday, 12:30 p.m.) Ryan McFadden (97-69 overall, 10-5 last week): Bears Mike Preston (102-62 overall, 10-5 last week): Lions Jonas Shaffer (101-63 overall, 12-3 last week): Lions Childs Walker (102-62 overall, 11-4 last week): Bears Las Vegas Raiders at Dallas Cowboys (Thursday, 4:30 p.m.) McFadden: Cowboys Preston: Cowboys Shaffer: Cowboys Walker: Cowboys Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints (Thursday, 8:20 p.m.) McFadden: Bills Preston: Bills Shaffer: Bills Walker: Bills Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (Sunday, 1 p.m.) McFadden: Bengals Preston: Bengals Shaffer: Bengals Walker: Bengals Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins (Sunday, 1 p.m.) McFadden: Panthers Preston: Panthers Shaffer: Panthers Walker: Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (Sunday, 1 p.m.) McFadden: Eagles Preston: Eagles Shaffer: Eagles Walker: Eagles Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots (Sunday, 1 p.m.) McFadden: Patriots Preston:...
    Joshua Roberts / Getty Images Some Republicans aren’t happy about the RNC paying former President Donald Trump’s legal bills. The Republican National Committee has paid over $120,000 to a lawyer representing Trump in the ongoing New York investigations into his finances. The news was broken by The Washington Post on Monday. The RNC defended the payments in a statement saying, “As a leader of our party, defending President Trump and his record of achievement is critical to the GOP. It is entirely appropriate for the RNC to continue assisting in fighting back against the Democrats’ never-ending witch hunt and attacks on him.” However, according to CNN, there is some frustration among GOP officials that the party is paying money to cover the legal bills of a billionaire former president of the United States. Some RNC members and donors accused the party of running afoul of its own neutrality rules and misplacing its priorities. Some of these same officials who spoke to CNN also questioned why the party would foot the legal bills of a self-professed billionaire who was sitting on...
    This week, Between the Hashmarks looks at how the Buffalo Bills have gone from September Super Bowl hopefuls to a crossroads, the underrated players insiders are watching, plus the Jason Garrett era ending in New York, and more. September was a storybook for the Buffalo Bills, who looked like the most complete team in the league less than two months ago but have since devolved into the NFL’s biggest Jekyll and Hyde tale. Former MVP frontrunner, Bills quarterback Josh Allen has thrown five interceptions over the past three weeks, seemingly regressing to his 2019 form after tossing only three picks in the Bills’ five prior games. Since walking out of Arrowhead 4-1 following a 38-20 victory over the Chiefs that seemingly signaled a changing of the guard in the AFC, as the Bills conquered their 10,000-pound silverback ape after falling in the same venue in January’s AFC Championship Game, the wheels came off Buffalo’s wagons. “The Titans’ defense gave a blueprint now two years in a row to stopping Josh Allen,” an AFC South scout tells FanSided, on the condition...
    During the 12th week of activities, many teams will come together in the NFL, which will be marked by a Thanksgiving event in the United States. On the “From Left Field” podcast, host Dallas Cowboys, who lost 19-9 to the Kansas City Chiefs, will return home to face the Las Vegas Raiders, host and football analyst Denise Cassavand said. “The Cowboys lost their game in Kansas City,” Casavant said. They will jump back and for a few weeks things have become more complicated for the riders. Expect a great performance from the cowboys at home. ” The buffalo bills must also work together, as the New England Patriots compete for first place in the eastern section of the American League. They can re-establish themselves by confronting the struggling New Orleans Saints with their backup quarterback Trevor Simeon. “Again, I expect the bills to recover from the poor performance against the Indianapolis Golds. When the Patriots return, it will be an important week for them to win and gain direct access to the second playoff round as they face their bills...
    President Biden is authorizing the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in a bid to lower soaring prices Americans are paying at the pumps, The White House announced on Tuesday. Biden will coordinate with other nations in the coming days to pump oil out of the Strategic Petroleum Reserves, after OPEC+ nations in the Middle East rebuffed his pleas to pump more oil.   India, South Korea and Japan, and China are also involved in the plan to release some of their oil from its strategic reserves. Biden had called on Beijing to help during his bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping.   The average price of gasoline recently breached a seven-year high, and now costs $3.409 per gallon, according to AAA.  In California, residents have reported paying up to $4.84 a gallon.  The Consumer Price Index is up 6.2 per cent over last year, and rose 0.9 per cent in October alone, tanking public trust in the president.  The nation's oil reserves, stored in salt caverns in Louisiana and Texas, currently hold 604 million barrels of crude. Presidents typically...
    (Tasos Katopodis, Getty Images) The Republican National Committee is paying for some of former President Donald Trump’s legal bills. The Washington Post reported on Monday night that the RNC is using some party funds to pay Ronald Fischetti, a lawyer representing the former president in the ongoing New York investigations into his finances. In October, the RNC made two payments totaling $121,670 to the law firm of Ronald Fischetti, a veteran defense attorney whom Trump hired in April. According to a person with direct knowledge of the payments, the requests came earlier this summer but were only voted on by the party’s executive committee in recent weeks… A person familiar with the RNC’s decision who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal discussions said the organization was willing to foot the bills because James has made comments that she wanted to go after Trump. The Trump Organization hired Fischetti in April to represent them in the investigation from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office. Fischetti is also representing Trump in the investigation from New York Attorney General Letitia...
    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Jonathan Taylor set a franchise record by scoring five times, and took over the NFL lead in both yards rushing and touchdowns, in the Indianapolis Colts’ 41-15 rout of the unraveling Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Taylor scored three times in the first half, including a 23-yard catch, en route to becoming the NFL’s first player with five TDs in in one game since New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara had six TDs rushing in a 52-33 win over Minnesota last Christmas Day. The Bills (6-4) ceded their lead atop the AFC East, falling a half-game behind — guess who? — New England, which Buffalo will play twice over the next five weeks. Taylor finished with a season-high 185 yards rushing and four touchdowns and has 1,122 yards this season after beginning the day tied for the league lead with the injured Derrick Henry of Tennessee. Taylor has 14 touchdowns this season, moving ahead of Arizona’s James Conner, who began the day with 12. Taylor topped 100 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown for the eighth consecutive...
    The Indianapolis Colts absolutely dominated the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and Jonathan Taylor had a day to remember.  What in the world happened to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday? The AFC East powerhouse was a favorite to take down the Indianapolis Colts at Bills Stadium in Week 11, but the Colts were downright electric in this one. Indy ended up cruising to a 41-15 victory. Running back Jonathan Taylor put on a show in this one, as he rushed for four touchdowns and added a receiving score as well. While Buffalo is known for its stout defense, the unit didn’t show up on Sunday. Should fans be concerned about the team moving forward?Buffalo looked downright disappointing in the Week 11 loss vs. the ColtsThe Bills are still considered slight favorites to win the AFC and go on to play in the Super Bowl this February. There’s no denying that the team is loaded with talent. With that said, if the Colts can head to Buffalo and make the Bills look this poorly, then it tells us that someone else can...
    In recent years, the educational standard for critical race theory (CRT) has risen far more than Republicans can bear. As calls intensify for schools to add CRT education to curriculum plans, Republicans' obsession over the controversial topic is taking center stage. The Atlantic's Adam Harris explains how Republicans are seeking to control education through legislation. The piece of legislation introduced by Kevin Ammon, a Republican member of New Hampshire's state House of Representatives proposes that schools and organizations "that have entered into a contract or subcontract with the state" would be barred from supporting "divisive concepts." "Specifically, the measure would forbid 'race or sex scapegoating,' questioning the value of meritocracy, and suggesting that New Hampshire—or the United States—is 'fundamentally racist,'" Harris said. There are dozens of proposed bills like Ammon's that have been presented across the country. READ: 'Knowingly lying': DeSantis torched after falsely claiming the COVID vaccine is 'not preventing infection' To highlight the prevalence of Republicans' push to censor CRT, Harris also noted bills like Ammon's that have already passed in other states. "In Arkansas, lawmakers have...
    Well, gee, if you have your shot and your mask, and they work so effectively, why does someone else who has not chosen to get these shots affect your health? Moreover, how are you to get another job when it is the federal government forcing all businesses across many industries to require the shots? Hey, Mr. Wood, if you don't want to be a committee chairman or a legislator, then just resign. How dare you decline to hold a single hearing for 19 months probing both sides of a debate that affects every aspect of our health and wellness? For example, two of the bills being blocked would prevent the state medical licensing board from attacking doctors who actually seek to treat patients with FDA-approved drugs that are infinitely safer than the shots or remdesivir. We have people dying, including those who got both shots, because of a war on treatment. How could Mr. Wood not even conduct a hearing on the state of play with therapeutics and treatment of COVID? How many patients has Mr. Wood treated? I can...
    The Jets fall to 2-7 after getting whacked, 45-17, by the Buffalo Bills. The Mike White sensation died around 4 p.m. after he tossed four interceptions and the offense failed to score when the game was competitive. Their two touchdowns came in garbage time. But the struggles of an upstart backup quarterback are understandable in the grand scheme. The rapid decomposition of the entire defensive unit is another thing entirely. The defense was putrid and it’s trending downhill. Sunday was fourth-straight game in which the Jets defense has allowed 30 points or more. And in five of the Jets’ last six games, they’ve allowed 400 yards of total offense. Here are three takeaways. LONG DISTANCE BREAKDOWNS White cooked in his first start because he threw to his check downs and they produced for him. He excelled on short yard throws under 10 yards. Against the Bengals, White went 24-for-28 for 263 yards with two touchdowns with one interception on those short-yardage throws, according to Next Gen Stats. The Bills limited that area of the field as White went 14-for-24 for...
    Killers return WE’D love to know David Perry’s Lottery numbers — he’s the luckiest man alive. How many others walk away from a suicide bombing in their own car? 3The cabbie’s incredible survival is the only bright note from the Liverpool horrorCredit: Rex The cabbie’s incredible survival is the only bright note from the Liverpool horror. Because with that, and the appalling murder of MP David Amess, our terror threat is now “severe”. Our spooks fear new attacks at Christmas. The Covid curbs we lived under gave us a respite from warped terrorist losers. Looks like they’re back. Most read in The US SunSLOW DOWN, MA'AM Queen urged to QUIT after missing Remembrance amid growing health fearsIN DESPERATE NEED ‘Secret stimulus check’ sent out as calls grow for more mortgage reliefTRAGIC LOSS Chris Daughtry's stepdaughter's boyfriend is arrested after her shock deathSPACE WARS Russia 'conducts weapons test forcing ISS crew to take shelter from debris'WAR CRY Russia says tensions with West ‘almost at boiling point’ & Putin ‘ready to destroy’THE 'GREAT SEX DEPRESSION' Record number of young Americans not...
    Getty New York Jets quarterback Mike White chats with a coach on the bench during the fourth quarter of a Week 10 defeat. The New York Jets fell to the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium in Week 10, 45-17. Given the way the 2021 season has gone, this scoreline may not seem all that compelling but there were a few interesting storylines heading into the matchup. Cinderella story Mike White had one last opportunity to prove he could remain as the Jets starting quarterback with Zach Wilson sidelined. The Jets defense desperately needed to bounce back at home as they’d done in the past, after getting run over in Indianapolis. Buffalo appeared vulnerable after a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9. In the end, none of these talking points went New York’s way, unless you’re a Wilson fan that was rooting against White. Don’t take our word for it though — the best and brightest of Jets Twitter reacted to the Week 10 defeat. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join...
    The Latest from Week 10 of the NFL (all times EST): — 11 a.m. The Buffalo Bills placed defensive tackle Star Lotulelei on the reserve/COVID-19 list a few hours before kickoff of the team’s game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Defensive tackle Brandin Bryant was elevated from the practice squad to take Lotulelei’s place for the game. Lotulelei has two sacks and 14 tackles in seven games, all starts, this season for the Bills. The 31-year-old Lotulelei opted out last season because of concerns about the pandemic. He was placed in COVID-19 protocols during training camp after he was deemed to be a close contact, and was activated on Aug. 27. Bryant, who joined Buffalo’s practice squad last year, hasn’t played in a regular-season NFL game since 2019 with Cleveland. He was signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent out of Florida Atlantic in 2016, and has also spent time with the Jets and Miami Dolphins as well as Winnipeg and Montreal of the Canadian Football League. — Dennis Waszak Jr. reporting from East Rutherford,...
    Nothing is possible this season in the NFL. Thursday’s game between the Ravens and the Dolphins showed it again. So while most predictions are unanimous, it now seems certain that some teams will beat expectations. Can they be patriots who will continue their advance against the Browns? After all, in terms of hurting chargers, who are the Vikings? Or the Seahawks, who can buy bakers when Russell Wilson returns? In stages, it is tight. Raphael Masmagin (90), Alain Matteo (90) and Raul Villaroy (90) lead the way. Victor Roulier (86), Lucas Vola (84) and Gregory Richard (83) are following. Predict, friends can join the TDActu League in Pronos. Predictions of the Podcast Group Week 10 Residence Out Alain Raul Gregory Raphael Lucas Victor 1 Dolphins Crows Crows Crows Crows Crows Crows Crows 2 Jet planes Bills Bills Bills Bills Bills Bills Bills 3 Washington Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers 4 Cowboys Hawks Cowboys Cowboys...
    Just two weeks after sounding the alarm about the rise in right-wing authoritarianism, MSNBC's Medhi Hasan is back again to shed light on how some Americans have veered even further to the right. On Thursday, November 11, Hasan discussed a recent school board meeting that took place in Spotsylvania County, Va., earlier this week. During that heated debate, far-right Republicans expressed the desire to burn books they are adamantly trying to keep away from students in an effort to censor the teaching of America's real history. Pointing to Pen America's new report about the number of proposed pieces of legislation passed to block the teachings of critical race theory, Hasan explained how politicians have mounted legal attacks to control education. "On Monday, the same day those Virginia school board members were rhetorically reaching for the gasoline and matches, the human rights group Pen America released a new report citing 54 bills introduced nationwide this year to limit what teachers can teach, and students can read 54 bills targeting discussions of race, racism, gender and of course, pen," he said....
    A woman wearing a red dress, leopard-print shawl and possibly a blonde wig jumped into the lion exhibit at the Bronx Zoo Thursday, praising, taunting and throwing $100 bills at the animal. Cellphone footage obtained by NBC NY shows the woman approaching the carnivore with two bouquets of roses around 4 p.m. and telling the person filming the bizarre scene, 'I miss him so much.'  She waves at onlookers as she tells the lion, 'King, I love you. I came back for you.'  Then the woman dances and throws $100 bills at the big cat, who only stares at her and lies down.  Spectators alerted the zoo's staff but by the time they reached the exhibit, she was gone.   The scene was reminiscent of a 2019 incident when a woman broke into the lion's enclosure to taunt the animals.  A woman climbed into the lion's den at the Bronx Zoo and proceeded to throw cash at a lion The woman, dressed in red and possibly a blonde wig, presented the animal with roses Witnesses say she told the lion, 'King,...
    See Jerry and Jessica Seinfelds daughter on her 21st birthday, plus more celebs kids all grown up Elon Musk taunts Tesla rival Rivian after its blockbuster market debut The NFL season has reached its midway point, and parity is running strong throughout the league. The Browns are a lock for NFL Week 10 | Lorenzos Locks USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next The Hurry-Up: Aaron Rodgers Tests Positive for COVID-19, Will Not Play Week 9 Against the Chiefs Sports Illustrated Colin Cowherd: Aaron Rodgers has himself to blame I THE HERD FOXSports Former NFL player charged in fatal crash CBS News Week 9 Start Em or Sit Em: Quarterbacks Sports Illustrated Week 9 Start Em or Sit Em: Running Backs Sports Illustrated NFL releases statement slamming Aaron Rodgers’ vaccine comments TODAY Click to expand Replay Video The Hurry-Up: Aaron Rodgers Tests Positive for COVID-19, Will Not Play Week 9 Against the Chiefs SIs Robin...
    A family that lives in an impressive off-grid self-built 'clay' home have paid no bills for over a decade — saving them $70,000 a year. Misty Murph'Ariens, 36, and her husband Bryce 46, have become homesteaders — self sufficiency experts — since moving into a remote Canadian forest 15 years ago. Now with their seven-year-old daughter Sage and five-year-old daughter Aurora, the Murph'Ariens is almost entirely self-sufficient, getting their food from a vegetable farm and a collection of animals, their electricity from solar panels, and their water from a well. Their house: A family that lives in an impressive off-grid self-built 'clay' home have paid no bills for over a decade - saving them $70,000 a year Unique life: Misty Murph'Ariens, 36, and her husband Bryce 46, have become homesteaders since moving into a remote Canadian forest 15 years ago No gas: They don't own a car, and get everywhere by bike, horse, or walking Farm living: In addition to their horses, they have more animals they use for food and get produce from a garden The couple met while working as...
                        Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed The Tennessee Star’s National Political Editor Neil McCabe to the newsmaker line to discuss House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s compliance with the passing of a pork loaded infrastructure bill and the second one on the horizon. Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line by the national political editor for The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network, my good friend Neil McCabe. Good morning, Neil. McCabe: Morning, Michael. Leahy: I understand that there’s been a report of a crime in Washington, D.C. Someone apparently stole ranking Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s backbone. McCabe: (Laughs) Yeah, he had a bit of a spine deficit. It’s really amazing what McCarthy did, because this is a guy who has all the leverage in the world. Everyone and his brother knows that this guy is lined up to be the next Speaker of...
    by Robbie Owens | CBS 11 DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – From the pump to the pantry, everything is costing more. READ MORE: In Texas AG Race, George P. Bush Criticizes Ken Paxton’s Character, Handling Of Abortion LawAnd you can blame inflation. New economic reports out Wednesday, Nov. 10 show inflation in the U.S. has hit a 30-year high. And you’ll get no argument from Robert Williams. “I went to buy pack of ribs, they’re usually !13.00,” says Williams, “they were 19.00!” Williams like so many others, say the rising prices have become noticeable. He’s already considering getting a second job. “It’s very disconcerting,” says Jan Bennett. “I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better.” The confirmation of the runaway inflation is also troubling for those working to help families already on the financial edge. “Those numbers have real impact,” says Melinda Opperman with Credit.Org. “When I saw the news today my stomach just had a real blow to it because I know the families we have been working with… this is going to hit them hard.” READ MORE:...
    Netflix Unveils Expanded Slate of Japanese Originals, Including Two Hirokazu Kore-eda Projects Asian markets retreat as China inflation pushes higher Subscribe to the Yahoo Fantasy Football Forecast Apple Podcasts • Spotify • Stitcher • Google Podcasts On Sunday, the Buffalo Bills delivered heartbreak to fantasy managers and sports bettors alike after being effectively silenced in a 6-9 loss to the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars. With heavy favorites like the Bills and Kansas City Chiefs struggling to blow their opponents out this year, should bettors be wary of high-powered offenses like these that always seem to get a "Vegas tax" when sportsbooks set the line? Scott Pianowski & Frank Schwab kick off Wednesday's podcast discussing some of Week 9's head scratchers and Odell Beckham, Jr. clearing waivers after being released by the Cleveland Browns. Later they dive into Week 10 and analyze each game's line and over/under. Can we trust those Bills? Are the 49ers toast against an angry L.A. Rams team coming off a disappointing primetime loss? Can the Browns make it two wins in a row or will Bill...
    Gas prices over $4.00 a gallon are displayed at a Speedway Express station on October 12, 2021 in San Francisco, California.Justin Sullivan | Getty Images By most economic metrics, American businesses are staging a remarkable rebound from the Covid-19 recession. But ask the people themselves, and Americans tell you they aren't feeling so peachy. Employers added more than half a million jobs in October, the unemployment rate is under 5% and spending across the economy is returned to its pre-coronavirus trend. The average hourly wage in the U.S. is up nearly 5% from a year ago, and the S&P 500 is up 39% since President Joe Biden's election in 2020. But for all the good news, Americans still feel like the economy is going downhill. That is a problem for Democrats, who are trying to hold on to razor-thin majorities in both the House and the Senate. That's in addition to the usual uphill climb faced by a president's party heading into a midterm election cycle, when the incumbent's side often loses seats. In a recent NBC News poll,...
    Party Pics! Jerry Seinfeld Celebrates Daughter Saschas 21st Birthday PayPal Tumbles After Cutting Full-Year Sales, Profit Forecasts The 2021 NFL season is now halfway over and the Buffalo Bills are the Super Bowl favorite. Yes, even after an ugly loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Buffalo dropped to 5-3 after losing 9-6 to the Jaguars in Week 9. That bumped the Bills’ odds from +500 to +550 to win the Super Bowl at BetMGM. But Buffalo still has the lowest odds of any team to win the Super Bowl and is way ahead of anyone else in the AFC. The Bills opened at +1200 to win the Super Bowl ahead of the season and was the No. 3 favorite along with the Buccaneers and Ravens. The Bucs are now just behind the Bills at +600 to win back-to-back Super Bowls. The Los Angeles Rams are No. 3 at +700 after starting the season at +2000 and the 8-1 Arizona Cardinals are at +900 to win the Super Bowl. The Cardinals have worse odds than the Rams despite having a game...
    Singapore announced on Monday that it will stop covering the medical bills of its citizens infected by COVID-19 if they are "unvaccinated by choice" starting next month.  The government has been footing the medical bills of Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement  from the country's Ministry of Health (MOH). "This was to avoid financial considerations adding to public uncertainty and concern when COVID-19 was an emergent and unfamiliar disease," the statement reads. "For the majority who are vaccinated, this special approach for COVID-19 bills will continue until the COVID-19 situation is more stable." Those who are not yet vaccinated against the virus have been negatively influencing the country's attempts at getting the virus under control, the ministry wrote. "Currently, unvaccinated persons make up a sizeable majority of those who require intensive inpatient care, and disproportionately contribute to the strain on our healthcare resources," the announcement states. The new policy, which goes into effect Dec. 8, affects willingly unvaccinated people who are admitted to hospitals or COVID-19 treatment facilities. People who are ineligible for vaccination, including children under 12...
    Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is officially kicking off his re-election bid to lead the Sunshine State again on Monday after his term ends in January 2023.   He announced his candidacy on Facebook late this morning, writing 'Florida's future is on the line, and we have too much to lose to stop now. I've fought like hell to keep Florida free and I can tell you this: I've only begun to fight!' 'Election Day is exactly 1 year away and freedom is on the ballot. Let’s do this' On the same day he also rolled out four new legislative proposals aimed at blocking President Joe Biden's sweeping vaccine mandates that could see hundreds of people who refuse to get vaccinated lose their jobs.  'When I became governor, I pledged to foster economic opportunity, support K-12 education, usher in a new era for Florida’s Everglades and water resources, ensure the integrity of our elections and stand for public safety and the rule of law,' DeSantis said in a statement announcing his candidacy to Fox News. The governor said he 'delivered on...
    NFL Twitter is now convinced the Manningcast with Peyton and Eli Manning is cursed after the Buffalo Bills and Josh Allen fell victim. ESPN’s Manningcast on Monday Night Football is a hit with fans. However, Peyton and Eli Manning have a problem on their hands. First, it was the Chiefs. Then it was the Seahawks, followed by the Buccaneers and Lions. Now, the Buffalo Bills have become the latest team struck by the Manningcast curse, losing in a shocking upset to the Jaguars. Every active player who has gone on the show has suffered a loss immediately after.Twitter is convinced the Manningcast curse is real after Bills upsetEven before Allen’s appearance on the show, people were talking about the possibility of the program being cursed. Everyone loves the ManningCast right?Josh Allen is on tonight. If the #Bills lose to the JAGUARS! and continue this curse, no active player will ever go on again. Not overstating it to say a national institution is on the line this week. Cant imagine that pressure. pic.twitter.com/P3yhRxuA9K — Thad Brown (@thadbrown7) November 1, 2021 ...
    The odds on favorite to win the AFC championship, the Buffalo Bills are struggling right now The Buffalo Bills overtook the Kansas City Chiefs as the odds favorite to win the AFC Championship two weeks ago. Now, they will likely see the defending AFC champions catching up. In Week 9, the Buffalo Bills lost to the 1-6 Jacksonville Jaguars 9-6. The Bills offense, considered one of the best in the league, was dominated by the 25th defense in the league. Josh Allen was sacked four times and threw up two interceptions. Meanwhile, the Bills defense, considered the best defense in the league this season, allowed a Jacksonville Jaguars offense that lost Trevor Lawrence early in the game to score enough points to win. This embarrassing loss comes just a week after the Bills played a close game against a bad Miami Dolphins team. The Bills looked indestructible through six weeks but now look to falling apart.The Buffalo Bills have a tough stretch ahead of themThe Bills have already had their bye week, so there is no slowing down the rest...
    The Buffalo Bills thought they had an edge with Josh Allen on their side but it turns out they had the wrong Josh Allen in an upset loss to the Jaguars. There are two Josh Allen’s active in the NFL this year. Both have a Pro Bowl appearance. One plays for a winning team and one for a losing team. But those descriptions were flipped on Sunday when the Bills played the Jaguars. If you guessed Josh Allen would be the star of the game before kickoff, just about everyone would have assumed you were talking about the Bills quarterback. Instead, it was the Jaguars defensive end who stole the show. Josh Allen intercepted, sacked and recovered a fumble on Josh AllenThe Allen who plays for Jacksonville had a career day against the Bills. He was responsible for eight tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, an interception, a pass defense and a fumble recovery. He led a defensive effort that held the Bills to their worst offensive showing since Sept. 30, 2018. The lesser Allen, because that was settled...
    Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSunday shows preview: House passes bipartisan infrastructure bill; Democrats suffer election loss in Virginia The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by ExxonMobil — House sprints for Build Back Better, infrastructure votes today Democrats scramble for path forward after election setbacks MORE (D-Va.) on Sunday said congressional Democrats “blew the timing” when it came to passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill and social spending package, suggesting that the timeline could have contributed to the party’s loss in Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial race. Kaine, who represents Virginia and previously served as governor of the Old Dominion, said Democrats on Capitol Hill should have passed the two bills in October instead of letting internal party disagreements delay the vote. He said an earlier vote could have boosted Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffeTerry McAuliffeDemocrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout McAuliffe's loss exposes deepening Democratic rift The Memo: Democrats go to war over 'wokeness' MORE's campaign, which ultimately fell short by roughly 68,000 votes to Republican candidate Glenn YoungkinGlenn YoungkinDemocrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout McAuliffe's loss exposes deepening Democratic rift...
    Getty Emmanuel Sanders celebrates after making a catch against the Washington Football Team. Emmanuel Sanders had the chance to play with a trio of Hall of Fame quarterbacks during his 13-year career, which makes his praise for Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen this week even more impressive. Sanders gushed about his quarterback this week, calling his ability “ridiculous.” Sanders has quickly become one of Allen’s favorite deep targets, which has put the 34-year-old on pace for what would be his best season in six years. The latest Bills news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bills newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bills! Sanders Praises His QuarterbackSpeaking to reporters on Friday, Sanders said that he’s been around a long time in the league and played with a lot of quarterbacks, but said Allen stood out for his abilities. “This guy is special, and everybody sees he’s special, but the stuff that I see is just ridiculous,” Sanders said, via Jon Scott of Spectrum News. Sanders added, “I’m excited he’s my quarterback. Matter of fact, yesterday in...
    For his first nine months as chair of the Minnesota House Commerce Committee, Rep. Zack Stephenson wouldn’t even hold hearings on bills to change state liquor laws or add the state to the growing list of those with legal sports betting. He was too busy, he said, drafting his chunk of the two-year state budget and moving a bill to legalize, regulate and tax recreational marijuana. But now, over two weeks’ time, the Coon Rapids DFLer has heard more than two-dozen bills to liberalize liquor regulation and on Tuesday, he announced that he would be the lead sponsor of a sports betting bill that, if adopted, would make Minnesota the 33rd state to legalize betting on games since a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidated a federal law banning it from all but a few states. “Minnesotans should be able to engage in legal sports betting right here in Minnesota,” Stephenson said.  What that legislation will look like isn’t yet known; Stephenson has no bill drafted and said he will hold hearings and talk to interested parties about language before...
    By Daniella Diaz and Clare Foran | CNN House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a closed-door meeting with Democrats that her plan is to hold a vote on President Joe Biden’s economic agenda bill Thursday night, and then hold a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill Friday morning, according to two sources. That plan could change and the situation is fluid as House Democratic leaders have already had to delay their timeline for passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill twice before. The comments to her caucus are the latest sign of how House leadership wants to move quickly to get both of Biden’s key priorities passed in the House before the week is out. At her weekly news conference later Thursday, Pelosi said, “We’re going to pass both bills, but in order to do so, we have to have votes for both bills, and that’s where we are.” She would not say she had the votes yet to bring the bills to the floor. “Did you see the whip count? Because I’ll tell you something about Mr. Clyburn, he keeps...
    Getty Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 18, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Buffalo Bills (5-2) are heavily favored to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6) on Sunday, however, fans are worried about not one, but two “curses” ruining the team’s chances of winning in Week 9. Even though the Bills open as 14-point favorites to win, meaning they’re expected to win by more than two touchdowns against the Jaguars, their choice of uniforms has fans wishing they’d wear something else other than white jerseys and blue pants on Sunday. ALL the latest Bills news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bills newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bills! The Bills lost all of their games in 2020 when they wore white jerseys with blue pants. And you can guess what the Bills wearing when they narrowly lost to the Tennesee Titans on Monday Night Football. Buffalo Bills are going with white on blue Uni’s for Sunday afternoon in Jacksonville ???? (Via @BuffaloBills) pic.twitter.com/s5MlFzWtJu —...
    President Joe Biden expressed confidence on Tuesday he would get Joe Manchin's vote for his $1.75 trillion package of social programs despite the senator claiming it is filled with 'shell games' and 'budget gimmicks.'  'He will vote for this,' Biden said as he wrapped up his trip to the COP26 climate summit. 'I believe that Joe will be there.' Manchin has refused to endorse the framework that the White House announced last week and said Tuesday there is 'no rush' on getting the legislation completed.  'It's going to be a while,' he said of talks. President Joe Biden expressed confidence he would get Joe Manchin's vote for his $1.75 trillion package of social programs The senator from West Virginia said the bill's tax provisions – which include a new surtax on millionaires' income – amount to 'overhauling the entire tax code.' 'That is tremendous and there needs to be input,' he said.    Manchin, in a shocking move, announced on Monday that he wouldn't support Biden's plan without ample time to consider its economic and fiscal ramifications. In the 50-50 Senate,...
    Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said on Tuesday said Democrats are not in a 'rush' to pass President Joe Biden's economic agenda – a day after he infuriated some House progressives by refusing to endorse the president's plan. Negotiators have yet to iron out multiple policy issues in the 'framework' agreement the White House announced Friday – and Manchin has refused to endorse it as of yet. He said the bill's tax provisions – which include a new surtax on millionaires' income – amount to 'overhauling the entire tax code.' 'That is tremendous and there needs to be input,' he said.  Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks with an aide at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., November 2, 2021. 'Time's going to be needed. And there's no rush right now,' he said, as negotiators continue to work on a budget framework 'I don't think anybody intends to harm our economy or create a hardship on people. But I believe everyone should be paying thei fair share,' he said, CNN reported. 'Time's going to be needed. And there's no rush right...
    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday became the latest Democrat to express confidence that Sen. Joe Manchin would ultimately back the president's spending plan – even after Manchin once again threw off leaders' plans for floor action with a blistering statement Monday. Asked in an appearance on CNN whether he was 'very confident' President Biden could get Manchin's support, Buttigieg responded: '   'Absolutely. Very confident that this can get through the House and the Senate,' said Buttigieg. 'You know, a few days ago, i said we're the closest we've ever been. This morning, we're closer still. We want to see this literally signed, sealed, and delivered. But what is clear is there is enormous momentum behind this legislation,' he said. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said he was 'very confident' the president's $1.75 trillion framework can get through the House and the Senate Manchin showed obvious frustration at a Capitol press conference Monday, amid repeated demands from progressives that he and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) issue a clear statement of support of the $1.75 'framework' agreement announced by the White House...
    There appears to be a curse when it comes to active NFL players who appear as guests on the ManningCast. The ManningCast has proven to be the perfect alternate broadcast for Monday Night Football. From Peyton and Eli taking digs at each other, to them providing their opinions of what they see on the field. Perhaps the most entertaining is the Manning brothers bringing on active NFL players for interviews. As it turns out, there is a bit of a ManningCast curse, because every player who appears on the show loses their next game. Is there a Manningcast curse? ???? @EliManning Every active NFL player who has appeared on the show lost the following week. https://t.co/UlEMV3o4FU pic.twitter.com/SwUawzOToV — The Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 1, 2021 Active NFL players who appear on the ManningCast lose their next games Let’s take a look at how Travis Kelce, Russell Wilson, Rob Gronkowski, Matthew Stafford and Tom Brady have all appeared on the ManningCast, and lost their next matchups. Let’s take a look: Travis Kelce, Week 2: Kansas City Chiefs lose to...
    Kal Penn reveals hes gay — and engaged — plus more stars who came out as LGBTQ+ The benefits and risks when using buy now, pay later for holiday shopping: Credit experts ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – What a mess that was most of Sunday afternoon for the Buffalo offense. Rare has been the day when Josh Allen and company have looked so out of sync and, let’s be honest, downright lousy. © Adrian Kraus, AP Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley hangs on to the ball in the second half. But the Dolphins being the Dolphins, things eventually turned in the second half when Allen put together four consecutive scoring drives – one aided by a Jordan Poyer interception in the final three minutes – that created just enough separation for a 26-11 victory that was much closer than that final score would indicate. I knew going into this game that Miami was going to be a much tougher opponent than it was in Week 2. Losing six in a row, not to mention the embarrassing way they were beaten...
    Buffalo Bills legend O.J. Simpson took to Twitter to let fans know he’s at Highmark Stadium to watch the Week 8 showdown against Miami.  Few people in Buffalo have forgotten about the sensational career running back O.J. Simpson had with the Bills. Simpson spent nine amazing seasons in town before closing out his playing says with two years in San Francisco. Well, Simpson hasn’t forgotten about his former team, as he’s still got plenty of love for the Bills. Simpson reminded folks of that on Twitter, as he posted a video of him at the stadium for Sunday’s tilt with the Miami Dolphins. Football Sunday in Buffalo!!! @BuffaloBills pic.twitter.com/e183LwDg02 — O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) October 31, 2021 O.J. Simpson couldn’t be happier to be at the Bills game on Sunday Simpson posted that video for his fans, as he also went on to relive some of his old glory days. Simpson was a monster running the ball for Buffalo back in the 70s, as he was a five-time First-Team All-Pro selection. Of course, there was the infamous mid-’90s double-murder trial with...
    (CBS Boston) — Playing the matchup game can net a fantasy owner plenty of points if they pick the right player in the right week. It can also lead to losses, since many of the best scorers produce regardless of the opponent and aren’t available on the waiver wire regardless. Kirk Cousins has been fairly steady this season, putting up at least 26 points in four of his six games. And he’s done it against decent defenses. He’ll get another chance in Week 8, when the Minnesota Vikings host the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys defense is middle of the pack, giving up yards and points, in part, because opposing defenses struggle to contain their offense. If this Sunday’s matchup turns into a shootout, expect Cousins to pile up the points. He has the offensive weapons to be a fantasy winner. READ MORE: SportsLine Week 8 NFC East Picks: 'Everybody Is Piling On The Cowboys, And You Can't Blame Them,' Says Larry HartsteinCBSSports.com’s Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Heath Cummings Sr. have broken down the Week 8 matchups and come up...