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    BOSTON (CBS) — The New England Patriots have won another football game. That’s becoming a bit of a theme. From 2-4 and looking somewhat hopeless, to 8-4 and fighting for the No. 1 seed in the conference, things have changed significantly in New England over the past six weeks. As such, they’ve steadily climbed up power rankings across the internet, rising from the bottom third of the league. Here’s where they stand after their Week 12 win over the Titans, who had been the top seed in the AFC prior to that loss. NFL.com: 5th The Patriots moved up a spot to fifth, behind only the Chiefs (fourth) among AFC teams. That rise, though, comes with a caveat. “The Pats have announced themselves as a player in the AFC, but a challenging three-game stretch that includes two matchups against the Bills will give us a greater understanding of where this team stands,” Dan Hanzus wrote. The Ringer: 4th “It was striking that despite the turnover from the past few seasons, and despite taking Brady out of the equation, the Patriots...
    Each week of the NFL season, The Baltimore Sun will rank all 32 NFL teams. The rankings will take into account not just weekly performance, but how well each team measures up as Super Bowl contenders, regardless of win-loss record. Here are the rankings after Week 12: The top contenders 1. Arizona Cardinals (9-2; No. 1 last week) 2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3; No. 2) 3. Green Bay Packers (9-3; No. 3) 4. New England Patriots (8-4; No. 9) 5. Baltimore Ravens (8-3; No. 5) 6. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4; No. 6) 7. Buffalo Bills (7-4; No. 13) The contenders started to separate from the pack this week. The Buccaneers, Packers and Patriots earned the most impressive wins of the weekend, further establishing themselves as betting favorites to reach the Super Bowl. Tampa Bay rallied to beat the Colts, 38-31, with Leonard Fournette outshining fellow running back Jonathan Taylor by scoring four total touchdowns. Tom Brady led four second-half touchdown drives, including a game-winning eight-play, 75-yard march with 3:29 left,...
    The View was unanimously displeased with the revelations about Chris Cuomo’s conduct on behalf of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, though they debated whether the CNN anchor should be taken off the network over his brother’s scandals. Chris Cuomo is facing an internal review at CNN following the release of new exhibits and transcripts from the investigation into his brother. The evidence shows how Chris strategically assisted Andrew amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment, and the CNN host also used journalistic sources to dig up information on Andrew’s accusers. As The View dissected the news, Joy Behar started things off by predicting Chris Cuomo is “in a little bit of trouble” now. Jane Coaston, who was guest-hosting on Tuesday, took things up a notch as she told Behar “I think he’s in a lot of trouble.” “If you were reporting about this on someone else, you would be saying that person should be fired,” Coaston added. Behar responded that “I’m not going to be judge and jury of the guy,” but she took a very disapproving view of Cuomo’s...
    A worker uses a mobile phone torchlight to illuminate his cutting space at the fish market, where portable emergency lighting runs due to a power cut, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.Francesca Volpi | Bloomberg | Getty Images Natural gas from Egypt may start flowing to Lebanon within two or three months, and hopefully "long before" the country's elections in 2022, according to Amos Hochstein, the U.S. State Department's senior advisor for global energy security. The governments of four countries in September reached an agreement to pipe gas from Egypt, through Jordan and Syria, to ease the power crisis in Lebanon. At the time, Egypt's Petroleum Minister Tarek El-Molla said the plan, which is backed by the U.S., would be put into action at the "earliest opportunity," Reuters reported. Hochstein said there is still work to be done before the pipeline is ready, but said he is confident that the plan, as well as an effort to interconnect Jordan and Lebanon's power grids, will succeed. "Every week that goes by, I am more optimistic that we're going to...
    (CNN)Tropical cyclones in Asia could have double the destructive power by the end of the century, according to new research, as scientists say the human-made climate crisis is already making them stronger. Using data from nearly four decades from 1979 to 2016, researchers found that the destructive power of tropical cyclones had dramatically increased, with stronger landfalling cyclones lasting longer and tracking further inland.18 weather and climate disasters this year have killed over 500 people and cost over $100 billion in USThe study, by researchers at the Shenzhen Institute of Meteorological Innovation and the Chinese University of Hong Kong and published in Frontiers in Earth Science, said that tropical cyclones now last between two and nine hours longer and traveled an average of 100 km (62 miles) further inland than they did four decades ago.The study looked at cyclones over east and southeast Asia and found the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi and the southern China region were hardest hit between 1979 and 2016.Researchers also found that by the end of the century, the average landfall wind speed over Asian inland...
    Sweden yesterday elected its first female prime minister – for the second time in a week. By last night, Magdalena Andersson had already outlasted her first stint in the job, which saw her quit after just seven hours. In a 173-101 vote with 75 abstentions, the 349-seat Riksdag elected Miss Andersson, leader of the Social Democrats, as prime minister for the second time.  She will form a one-party, minority government with the Cabinet due to be named today. Current Swedish Finance Minister and Social Democratic Party leader Magdalena Andersson (seated, right) receives applaud after being appointed as a new Prime Minister after a voting in the the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, Sweden RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Sweden's first-ever female PM QUITS within just HOURS as her... How comeback kid Sweden got the last laugh on coronavirus:... Share this article Share Sweden's first ever female prime minister was initially been forced to quit just seven hours after being elected. She has already outlasted her previous stint in terms of time in the...
    Video of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo being deposed for eleven hours over claims he sexually harassed staff has been released by Attorney General Letitia James, along with videos of all of the women who accused him.  The 11-hour footage was put online by James on Monday and shows Cuomo, 63, sipping coffee from a Dunkin Donuts cup, sitting back in his chair, positioning his reading glasses and becoming agitated as attorneys ask him repeated questions about whether or not he ever touched, kissed, hugged or spoke to staff inappropriately.  Cuomo has been charged with one count of misdemeanor forcible touching for allegedly groping the breast of Brittany Commisso, a former aide and one of the ten women in AG James' report. He is due in court in January in Albany.  The charge came after AG James released her report in August that claimed he was a serial sex abuser.   The deposition was part of the investigation that produced that report. It was in New York City on July 17, 2021.  The deposition transcript was released earlier this year and...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. Last week, just before a short holiday hiatus, we took a traditional approach to power rankings, focusing on the best teams in the league. Today, we’re going to put a twist on things, looking at which teams are on pace to blow past their preseason over/unders the fastest. This creates some overlap with the best teams in the league but also captures a few more teams projected to be in the middle of the pack but looking like strong playoff contenders.Which NBA teams have outperformed preseason expectations by the biggest margins?5. Charlotte Hornets: 13-9, +3 wins ahead of over/under pace The Hornets hit a rough patch at the beginning of November, losing five in a row after a 5-2 start to the season. But they’ve bounced back from that losing streak by winning eight of their last 10 games, including a pair of wins over the Wizards and wins over the Knicks and Warriors....
    The Bottom Line: What is a LS 500? The LS 500 is a full size luxury sedan serving as the flagship model of Lexus, the luxury car and SUV division of Toyota. The 2021 Lexus LS 500h is available in a single trim level, and it’s powered by a 3.5L liter V6 gasoline engine paired with two electric motors. Combined system output is 354 horsepower. A unique transmission combines a traditional four speed automatic, and a CVT continuously variable automatic transmission, into a single unit.   The LS 500h, the “h” referring to hybrid, uses a multistage system that combines a naturally aspirated Atkinson cycle 3.5L liter V6 gasoline engine with two electric motors powered by a compact, lightweight, lithium-ion battery. For 2021 an even more dramatic power train improvement has been made to the hybrid drivetrain, as the system is now tuned to utilize a new battery strategy, and drive more power through the electric motors upon acceleration.   The multistage shift software has also been updated to take advantage of this electric power appearing earlier in the power...
    "The Five" hosts discussed what Democrats would need to do to avoid a red wave in 2022, with co-host Joe Concha predicting the majority party could lose as many as 60-70 seats in the House of Representatives 2022. Concha noted Democrats lost dozens of seats in the House in 2014 despite President Obama passing ObamaCare, and Republicans lost 43 seats in 2018, despite President Trump's tax cuts. VideoCo-host Dagen McDowell added that the Republicans are rising in popularity not because of anything they have done, but because of "mistakes Democrats have made over and over again since taking power." McDowell also said Democrats' main goal is not to retain power, but to pass key pieces of legislation, like Biden's Build Back Better plan. "Between now and next year, be very careful. Because the Democrats are desperate. They see that window closing. They’ll lie and they're willing to lose power in the House or Senate," she said. "The goal is to push through this giant welfare monstrosity. Losing power is temporary. The programs in the bill are forever. That’s what...
    Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Jane Campion, whose last movie was 2009’s “Bright Star,” makes a triumphant return to filmmaking in “The Power of the Dog, ” a frontier psychodrama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jesse Plemons. Adapted by Campion from Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel, Cumberbatch plays a domineering Montana rancher who resents his brother’s new wife and her son. Widely hailed as one of the best films of the year, “The Power of the Dog” begins streaming Wednesday on Netflix. In my review, I called it a “masterful vision of the West” that plays out “in a juxtaposition of rugged exteriors and murkier, more mysterious interiors.” — Documentary filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin last made the Oscar-winning “Free Solo,” about mountain climber Alex Honnold. In “The Rescue” (streaming Friday on Disney+), they swap high peaks for watery depths, chronicling the 18-day rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach in a flooded Thailand cave....
    Bluetti has some mind-blowing Black Friday deals on offer this year! Save hundreds on some of the latest solar generator technology deals out there. As Black Friday is soon to arrive this November, it comes as no surprise that people around the world are hard pressed at searching for the best deals out there. For homeowners, vanlifers, RVers and campers, Bluetti has something special planned and we are sure our solar generator deals will be sure to impress. This Black Friday, Bluetti is offering the biggest discounts on their entire product line, they have ever offered. And these three deals are the best on offer: For the homeowner looking for unlimited power: The Bluetti AC300 & B300 Portable Power Station (Starts at $2,999 (originally $3,698) — save up to $4,000 with bundles) A 100% modular power system, the Bluetti AC300 and B300 battery modules are some of the most popular solar products on the market. Each AC300 can accept up to four external B300 batteries packs, bringing the systems overall capacity to a whopping 12,288 Wh! Good luck running out...
    Thousands in Southern California are without power on Thanksgiving for the second year running as the region's largest utility cut off service amid risks of strong winds causing wildfires.  Edison International of Southern California halted power service to 63,835 homes and businesses across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The shutoff began around 10:36 a.m. local time Thursday, Thanksgiving. Edison is shutting down power to avoid having live wires spark blazes and possible wildfires as a wind storm hit the area.  When all is said and done, more than 200,000 accounts could lose service between the Los Angeles and San Diego areas.    Wildfires sparked by live power lines, like this one pictured from 2019, are the reasons for the shutdowns Edison crews (pictured in a stock image) will have to check the power lines after the winds before power can be restored Voluntarily switching off power lines ahead of strong winds has become somewhat of a new normal in the region after a series of deadly wildfires was sparked by their equipment. Last year on Thanksgiving, over...
    Products featured in this Mail Best article are independently selected by our shopping writers. If you make a purchase using links on this page, DailyMail.com may earn an affiliate commission.  Black Friday is always an exciting time of year for technophiles, with hundreds of prices slashed on gadgets, top tech and electrics.  However, Black Friday 2021 also has something up its sleeve for the gym-lovers and Yogis among us. Sweaty Betty has come through for us this Black Friday with 30 per cent off on absolutely everything. That's right, you can take advantage of the hundreds of products on the site, including the iconic bestselling Power Leggings (now $70 down from $100), the Stamina Workout Bra (now $28 down from $40) and everything in between. Just type in the code CHEERS at the checkout.  Sweaty Betty has 30 per cent off the ENTIRE site include the bestselling Power Gym Leggings  Sweaty Betty has long been a go-to for those looking for the coolest activewear. Not one to put style over substance, these pieces give you the confidence and performance boost you need. ...
    Kurt Schlichter, a senior Townhall.com columnist, told "The Ingraham Angle" on Wednesday that the left seems to want Americans to be reliant on the government.  BILL MAHER CALLS OUT AOC FOR DISMISSING ‘WOKENESS’ CRITICS, CHALLENGES HER TO APPEAR ON HIS SHOW KURT SCHLICHTER: "Look, Tammy, [Tammy Bruce] the left wants you to suffer; they want you to be poor; they want you to be powerless; and they want you to be afraid. Now, why would they want all that? Because it gives them more power. You know, some people may say, ‘Kurt, that’s crazy talk.’ What are they doing that is inconsistent with any of it? What are they doing to make you more prosperous? What are they doing to make you have more control over your life? What are they doing to let you live in security? The answer to that is nothing. They’re attempting to take all of that away and it’s got to be intentional. It supports their quest for power." This article was written by Fox News staff.
    A Black trans liberation activist wears a bandana that reads "Defund the Police" in front of the Stonewall Inn on July 16, 2020, in New York City. People gathered to celebrate both Black history in the Americas and Black Trans history with a rally and a march. by Indianna Taylor This story was originally published at Prism. Last year the call to create change by defunding the police could be heard from all over. It was meant as a step forward to re-envision public safety, rather than the immediate abolition of policing. While there were many who didn’t understand the purpose and reality of the cause, organizers like myself were able to garner solidarity from places we had never been able to reach. Trapped by the pandemic and glued to their screens, people seemed unable to turn away from the inequities in our so-called “justice system” and actually wanted to do something about it. But after a whirlwind year of public outcries and companies branding themselves “BLM friendly,” the abandonment of calls to Defund the Police by politicians...
    Former 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton suggested Tuesday night that Americans don't quite grasp the 'extraordinary accomplishments' of President Joe Biden. Clinton pointed out that Biden was able to get both the COVID relief bill and the bipartisan infrastructure deal to his desk, with the Build Back Better bill already passed thorugh the House.  'You know, democracy is messy. You know, a lot of people got, oh I think, kind of frustrated looking at the messy process of legislation,' Clinton told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. 'And they didn't really appreciate that, within a year, the Biden administration has passed two major pieces of legislation through the House and the Senate.'    Former 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton suggested Tuesday night that Americans don't quite grasp the 'extraordinary accomplishments' of President Joe Biden during an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow  Hillary Clinton pointed out how President Joe Biden, seen speaking in Washington Tuesday before leaving for Thanksgiving break, got two large pieces of legislation across his desk, with a probable third on the way  'By any measure those are extraordinary accomplishments and they...
    (CBS4) – The Colorado Avalanche are riding a 5-game win streak and coming off an exciting 7-5 win over the Ottawa Senators. That has placed positive notice back on the Avs, and at a time when the hockey team’s superstar is watching from the the bleachers. Heading into the Thanksgiving week with a step ahead on the ice is always considered a notable measure of a team nearing the halfway mark of the NHL season. The CBS Sports pre-Thanksgiving NHL rankings boosted the Avs up three spots to put them at No. 10, as the league’s contenders come into focus. Alex Newhook of the Colorado Avalanche shoots and scores against goaltender Filip Gustavsson of the Ottawa Senators at Ball Arena on Nov. 22, 2021. (credit: Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images) “Don’t look now, but the Avalanche have won [five] straight games and might be finding some kind of rhythm just in time for Thanksgiving,” CBS Sports writer Austin Nivisin reported. “They’ve even been able to do that without Nathan MacKinnon. On a team loaded with superstars, Nazem Kadri has been...
    To date, Disney+’s Marvel Cinematic Universe series have focused on saying goodbye to established characters and/or passing the torch to new ones, and that seems to once again be the case with Hawkeye, a six-part affair (debuting Nov. 24) that concerns the Avengers’ sharpshooter Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) forming an unlikely partnership with a potential heir to his bow-and-arrow throne. Like its predecessors, it operates as a bridge between the MCU’s first three phases (which concluded with Avengers: Endgame) and its future, along the way engaging in the sort of creative world-building that’s so far been the strongest suit of the studio’s small-screen adventures. Showrunner Jonathan Igla (Mad Men) and director Rhys Thomas (SNL) have designed Hawkeye, above all else, as a vehicle to introduce Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), who as a young girl witnesses the carnage of Avengers’ Battle of New York in up-close-and-personal fashion from the confines of her opulent Manhattan penthouse home, which shares a direct line of sight with Avengers tower. During that siege, Kate loses her father (Brian d’Arcy James), who perishes during the onslaught, and...
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren demanded an investigation into the cost of Thanksgiving turkeys on Tuesday, accusing poultry farmers of using monopoly power to jack up prices. Last week the American Farm Bureau Federation said the average cost of this year's turkey feast had jumped by 14 percent. With consumers already facing record gas prices, Warren called on the Department of Justice to act on a 24 percent hike in turkey prices. She called out four big producers - JBS Foods, Tyson, Perdue, and Sanderson - which she said controlled more than half the market. 'Lack of competition in the poultry industry is allowing these massive companies to squeeze both American consumers and farmers to fuel record corporate profits and payouts to shareholders,' she wrote in a letter to the DOJ. 'When companies have monopoly power as massive suppliers, they can jack up prices of the goods they sell.  'And when those same companies have complete or substantial market power as large employers or buyers of inputs, also known as monopsony power, they can suppress their own costs for those inputs, including workers'...
    (CNN)More than three months after he resigned in disgrace, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo exists in political limbo -- not completely written off as a spent force, but sidelined as the campaign to replace him heats up.Cuomo, who for a decade ran the Empire State and its Democratic Party apparatus, left his perch in August rather than face impeachment and removal from office following an inquiry by the state attorney general's office that found he sexually harassed multiple women and oversaw a toxic workplace. His departure capped a stunning fall from the national political stardom he achieved during the nightmarish first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020. Cuomo's handling of the crisis, lauded then, has since come under withering scrutiny. On Monday, the state assembly released a report of its own -- broader in scope than the attorney general's -- which concluded there was "overwhelming evidence that the former Governor engaged in sexual harassment" and that Cuomo and his senior staff were "not fully transparent regarding the number of nursing home residents who died as a result...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Her calls for help were ignored. Another victim of the Chicago Park District scandal involving young lifeguards comes forward after two scathing reports led to disciplinary action against dozens of employees and the resignation of the Park District Superintendent last month. READ MORE: Suspect In Waukesha Christmas Parade Tragedy, Darrell Brooks, Charged With Murder; He Has Long Criminal RecordCBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reports this victim blew the whistle back in 2017. CBS 2 has the emails here to prove it, sent to city of Chicago beach managers and Human Resources asking to be reassigned because of the harassment she suffered. But she said no one responded. “She asked to be transferred she asked for them to do something. And she never received a response from anyone.  No response. Silence.” She’s listed as Jane Doe in the lawsuit filed Thursday against the Chicago Park District and three lifeguard employees. She worked as a junior lifeguard at Oak Street Beach, a coveted assignment, for four years starting in 2014 when she was just 16 years old. “The mates...
    Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted. It's not surprising. I don't know if he should've been convicted on all counts against him. He killed two people, though. It wasn't in self-defense. That he wasn't found guilty of anything is incredible. If there's justice in this world, this isn't it. Our discourse is dominated by concern about the lack of trust in democratic institutions. This is usually with reference to the former president. His constant carping about being a victim is legit reason to worry. Everything feels unstable when the president is a big baby. But this attention to trust rarely includes the outgroup. Those are the people with the most reason to lose faith. I'm not the first or last to say if Rittenhouse had been Black or brown, the trial's outcome would have been different, almost certainly. The judge in his trial almost certainly would not have tied himself in knots to influence the jury. That distrust reflects a broken system of justice. It's not equal. I wish more respectable white people understood and internalized that. For the ingroup,...
    (CNN)When it comes to his character, lawyer Davis MacLean, on "Power Book II: Ghost," Method Man says he's ultimately after exactly what the title of the drama proclaims."Power," the rapper-turned-actor responded when asked about the character's motivation. "I think Davis eventually wants a seat at the table. He wants to be one of the smartest people in the room, if not the smartest. He's very ambitious."And he's not the only one.Season two of the Starz drama kicked off Sunday and continues to follow the tumultuous life of Tariq St. Patrick and those in his universe.It's the continuation of the original "Power" and part of the franchise created by Courtney A. Kemp.Read MoreShe told CNN the show came about in part because Starz wanted a seventh season of "Power" and that wasn't possible."I was like 'There isn't another season of this to tell,'" Kemp said. "But there is a way to keep the story going and explore different piece of it and that's where ["Power Book II: Ghost"] came from.This season serves up "More of what you like" she said."You'll be...
    The fate of the Build Back Better legislation, including the future of U.S. participation in attempts to limit the impact of the climate crisis, may depend on one of the weirdest phenomena of the modern world. It's a trend that crosses an outdated technology from a dying market with a still-growing craze which baffles much of the public. And it all comes down to putting money in the pocket of one man. The outdated industry is coal-powered electrical plants. The growing craze is cryptocurrency. And the man is, of course, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. Stitch that all together, and you get a Politico report on how the Grant Town power plant near Morgantown, West Virginia has put forward a proposal to turn itself into a giant, coal-powered, cryptocurrency "mine." If that proposal moves forward, it could ensure that the lone contract that defines Manchin's "coal brokerage firm" will continue to hand him over $500,000 a year for doing very close to nothing. Then maybe we can all have nice things. Or, if the crypto-plant proposal fails, Manchin could still...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. We’ve been playing around with power rankings for the past few Mondays on The Whiteboard, ranking things like MVP candidates, team defenses and most improved players. As most teams round the corner on the first quarter of the NBA season, we’re going to take a more traditional tact this week and just look at the best teams in the league. For the sake of brevity, we’re just going to focus in on the top six teams as the league (as I see them). I’ve listed records and point differentials as a reference point for comparison but the ordering is based on my subjective opinion, blending their performance thus far and their upside for the rest of the season.Power ranking the best NBA teams right now:6. Brooklyn Nets — 12-5, +3.4 Net Rating The Nets are tied with the Bulls for the best record in the Eastern Conference but their point differential is a tier...
    (CNN)Note: This essay contains spoilers for season two of "The Morning Show." Four years after a wave of #MeToo revelations toppled titans in the entertainment world who abused their power, US culture continues to contend with the question of what to do with toxic men, and what's next for the movement. Lindsey MantoanApple TV+'s star-studded original series "The Morning Show," launched in 2019, considers behind-the-scenes troubles at a morning news show through the lens of #MeToo, and demonstrates the challenges to answering these questions of second acts. Based in part on CNN's Brian Stelter's 2013 book "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV" (Stelter is a consulting producer on the series) and with obvious narrative parallels to the history of NBC's "Today" show, season one of "The Morning Show" starts with the firing of the show's beloved male anchor after revelations of sexual misconduct and investigates the contours of complicity and the effects of abuse of power. Read MoreGrappling with the fallout after the firing of anchor Mitch Kessler, played with humanizing force by...
    The Duchess of Sussex could be prevented from running for US President by a little-known constitutional amendment made 211 years ago. A tweak was made to the constitution in 1810 to bar anyone who receives 'a title of nobility bestowed from a foreign power' from holding office, according to experts. The centuries-old amendment was initially proposed to stop Napo­leon’s nephew from seeking power after his brother married American socialite Eliza­beth 'Betsy' Pat­ter­son amid speculation their son may run for office. However, it could be revived to prevent any plans for the Duchess to launch a leadership bid, The Sunday Telegraph reports.  While Meghan Markle has never spoken of a genuine intention to run for office, biographer Tom Bower has previously claimed the prospect of a presidency campaign was 'possible and I'd even say likely'. Meghan Markle pictured attending the UK Team Trials for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 at the University of Bath. Biographer Tom Bower has previously claimed the prospect of a presidency campaign was 'possible and I'd even say likely' Napoleon in his pomp in a painting by...
    Byron, UNITED STATES: The Exelon Byron Nuclear Generating Stations running at full capacity 14 May, 2007 in Byron, Illinois, is one of 17 nuclear reactors at 10 sites in three US states, is the nation's largest operator of commercial nuclear power plants and third largest in the world. In the US, nuclear operators have focused on improving safety and efficiency at existing plants. There have been no notable US accidents since 1979 at Three Mile Island and the US reactor fleet has produced at about 90 percent of licensed capacity since 2001, up from efficiency figures of the early 1980s. Nuclear plants today produce about 20 percent of the electricity used in the US. Dozens of electrical company?s are seeking licenses for as many as 31 new nuclear power reactors in the US. AFP PHOTO/JEFF HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images)JEFF HAYNES | AFP | Getty Images In September, Illinois lawmakers agreed to spend up to $694 million of energy ratepayers' money over the next five years to keep several money-losing nuclear power plants open. Nuclear...
    I couldn't find a licensed picture featuring the Maserati, darn it. The fate of the Build Back Better legislation, including the future of U.S. participation in attempts to limit the impact of the climate crisis, may depend on one of the weirdest phenomena of the modern world. It’s a trend that crosses an outdated technology from a dying market with a still-growing craze which baffles much of the public. And it all comes down to putting money in the pocket of one man. The outdated industry is coal-powered electrical plants. The growing craze is cryptocurrency. And the man is, of course, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. Stitch that all together, and you get a Politico report on how the Grant Town power plant near Morgantown, West Virginia has put forward a proposal to turn itself into a giant, coal-powered, cryptocurrency “mine.” If that proposal moves forward, it could ensure that the lone contract that defines Manchin’s “coal brokerage firm” will continue to hand him over $500,000 a year for doing very close to nothing. Then maybe we can all have nice things. Or, if the crypto-plant...
    Tracking shots of a solitary figure striding across a Western plain, seen from within the darkened interiors of a home, bookend Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog.” As the man walks, with wrinkled foothills behind him, the camera glides through the house. He goes into and out of view with each window. The man is Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch), a rough-hewn Montana rancher with a menacing arrogance and a cocky, upright posture. The first time we see him this way, through the windows, it’s an early signal that “The Power of the Dog” will pulsate with friction between within and without, that its masterful vision of the West will play out in a juxtaposition of rugged exteriors and murkier, more mysterious interiors. “The Power of the Dog” is Campion’s first film since her luminous 2009 John Keats drama “Bright Star”; in the interim she made the series “Top of the Lake,” the vivid New Zealand mystery. Even without stepping on a film set in 12 years, though, appreciation for Campion has grown. Her films, including her 1993...
    U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a ceremony to sign the "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act", on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, November 15, 2021.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Democratic Party officials and donors are split over whom to blame for losses in several state-level races this month – and they're also divided over how the party can recover going into the 2022 midterm congressional elections. The biggest losses came in Virginia, including Republican Glenn Youngkin's triumph over former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the gubernatorial election. In New Jersey, several Democrats lost in local races while Gov. Phil Murphy overcame a tougher-than-expected challenge from Republican Jack Ciattarelli.  Several wealthy donors have signaled they are done fundraising for and contributing to the Democratic National Committee, which is the political arm of the White House when a Democrat is president, and assists in campaigns across the country. These donors believe the DNC didn't do enough to help their favored candidates, especially McAuliffe, according to people familiar with the matter. Some of the people who commented for this story declined...
    Trump sings a familiar tune in his quest to deny the Jan. 6 committee access to presidential records. He incited an insurrection but former President Donald Trump, in his ongoing bid to keep records sought by the Jan. 6 committee out of investigators’ hands, argued Tuesday that their release would irreparably harm the powers of the presidency and the Constitution, and amount to an “inquisition” led by Congress. In a 68-page brief filed at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Trump’s attorney Jessie Binnall lashed out at a lower court’s recent ruling that refused to grant Trump’s motion to shroud the documents. Lawmakers on the Jan. 6 committee contend the information they are after is key to understanding exactly what happened during and before the attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 election results. They also maintain that this information could effectively prevent another similar event from occurring ever again. But for Trump, the hand-off of hundreds upon hundreds of pages from the National Archives to the select committee is an affront that threatens “enormous consequences” that...
    Mike Flynn and Josh Mandel do not stand at the center of the Republican Party. They do not stand at its margins either. Flynn is the former's president's former advisor. (He's a pardoned criminal, too.) Mandel is Ohio's leading Senate candidate. Both men have said in recent days they don't believe in the separation of church and state. I'm paraphrasing. See for yourself what they said. However, their remarks should be familiar. They reflect the GOP's theocratic wing. For decades, it has opposed the incorporated interpretation of the First Amendment's establishment clause. They used to be way, way out there. But, even if I'm missing something, Flynn's and Mandel's remarks suggest the GOP's theocratic wing isn't as marginal as it once was. Liberals have always been alarmed by the theocrats. Liberals know that when they talk about so-called "Judeo-Christian" values, they don't mean Jews of any stripe. They don't mean the full spectrum of Christianity. Mormons are not included. Neither are Episcopalians, Methodists or Presbyterians. Unitarians, like me, are cultists. Jehovah's Witnesses are heretics. Only "real Christians" need apply, meaning...
    (CNN)"The Power of the Dog" is such a delicately constructed movie as to almost defy the ability to review it without saying too much. Keeping the audience off balance, writer-director Jane Campion creates a slow, ominous build around the fine performances toward a satisfying conclusion that nicely pays off on the slow-canter ride.Marking the first film in 12 years from the director (who did do the TV series "Top of the Lake" in between), Campion has adapted a 1967 novel by Thomas Savage, set in Montana during the 1920s. While the western tone and subject matter has drawn comparisons to "Brokeback Mountain," the story feels distinctive, and owes as much to Campion's signature movie "The Piano" with its strained relationships in a harsh, remote environment.The central tension stems from the bond between two brothers, who have grown up together on the family ranch but couldn't be more different. Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) is tethered to the past and tradition, as well as vaguely sadistic in his treatment of his brother George (Jesse Plemons), a quiet sort who he persists in calling...
    It was a strange week for the NFL in terms of quarterback play. Tom Brady started to look his age coming off a bye. Russell Wilson looked nothing like himself coming off finger surgery on his throwing hand. Two bad weeks in a row for Derek Carr. Lamar Jackson? Don’t ask. It wasn’t all bad. Aaron Rodgers was good enough to win, Dak Prescott rebounded after a poor game last week against Denver and the 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo, should he remain healthy, looks capable of holding off No. 3 overall draft pick Trey Lance. Oh, and all that concern about Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs? Never mind. How the quarterbacks rank going into Week 11: 1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (at Minnesota) Last week: 1 Not sure what Rodgers was thinking on one end zone interception to Jamal Adams, but he completed 22 of 37 passes for 292 yards in a 17-0 win over Seattle in a light snow in Green Bay. First game back after COVID-19 absence. 2. Dak Prescott, Dallas (at...
    (Reuters)Long before Venus and Serena Williams were old enough to pick up a tennis racquet, their father had their future mapped out.His story is the heart of the new film "King Richard," opening in U.S. movie theaters and HBO Max on Friday, and made with the backing of the Williams family and a rousing song by Beyonce.Although Venus and Serena Williams are now household names and icons of Black female empowerment, the tale of how they reached the heights of sporting fame from a hardscrabble neighborhood in Los Angeles is barely known.Played by Will Smith, Richard Williams was coach, dad, and promoter of the girls, training with them on broken-down public courts in 1990s South Los Angeles, collecting discarded balls, and battling derision and skepticism to get them attention."It's like asking someone to believe you have the next two Mozarts living in your house," one early skeptic tells him.Read More"Richard had this vision and really wrote a 75- or 80-page manifesto before Serena and Venus were born that they were going to have two more kids and they were going...
    On Sunday night, the Kansas CityChiefs showed they can still be terrifying, led by Patrick Mahomes going great guns against Las Vegas. 32 Detroit Lions 0-8-1 LW: 32 Two weeks in a row without a loss! 31 Houston Texans 1-8 LW: 31 Somehow, the Texans didn’t lose to the bye week. 30 Jacksonville Jaguars 2-7 LW: 30 Trevor Lawrence needs to be better. He’s surrounded by garbage, but he’s playing awful football. 29 New York Jets 2-7 LW: 27 Robert Saleh is a defensive mind. It would be nice to see a pulse on that side of things. 28 New York Giants 3-6 LW: 25 Can the Giants get some momentum out of the bye? We shall see. 27 Miami Dolphins 3-7 LW: 29 Huge win for the Dolphins, who are suddenly on a win streak. 26 Chicago Bears 3-6 LW: 26 The Bears come out of the bye and welcome in Baltimore. Can they slow down Lamar Jackson? 25 Washington Football Team 3-6 LW: 28 Well, who didn’t see Taylor Heinicke completely outplaying Tom Brady? Easy money. 24 Seattle...
    Sen. Mitch McConnell asked aides to draft a letter disinviting President Donald Trump from Joe Biden's inauguration shortly after the Capitol riot – before Trump got the jump on the situation and announced he wasn't going, according to a new book. McConnell, who was then Senate majority leader, was furious at the leader of his party after the riot, and would later accuse Trump of a 'disgraceful dereliction of duty' after the failed effort to impeach him in the aftermath.  His wife, Transportation Secretary Elain Chao, resigned in the final days of the administration. 'McConnell felt he could not give Trump another opportunity to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power,' writes Jonathan Karl in his new book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show. Sen. Mitch McConnell asked aides to draft a letter disinviting former President Donald Trump from attending Joe Biden's inauguration, according to a new book 'McConnell wanted to get a letter together from the top four congressional leaders informing Trump that he had been disinvited,' according to the book, ABC News reported Monday.  Getting all the leaders...
    Power ratings based entirely on the scoreboard, except when they aren’t. (All times Pacific.) 1. Oregon (9-1/6-1)Last week: 1Result: Beat Washington State 38-24Next up: at Utah (4:30 p.m., ABC)Line: Oregon +3Comment: Think the two-touchdown win over WSU was impressive? Consider this narrative that we assume is percolating beyond the Pac-12 footprint: “Oregon didn’t even dominate a team that lost to Utah State and BYU; meanwhile, Ohio State blew the doors off a team (Purdue) that beat Iowa and Michigan State.” Even if they keep winning, the Ducks could have a perception problem rooted in the Pac-12’s poor September performance. 2. Utah (7-3/6-1)Last week: 2Result: Won at Arizona 38-29Next up: vs. Oregon (4:30 p.m., ABC)Line: Utah -3Comment: How might things go wrong for the Utes on Saturday afternoon? Our list of possibilities starts with a massive breakdown on special teams that directly results in points for the Ducks or creates a change in field position that alters the trajectory of the game. 3. Arizona State (7-3/5-2)Last week: 4Result: Won at Washington 35-30Next up: at Oregon State (7:30 p.m., ESPN)Line: Arizona State...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. We’re still months away from seeing an NBA MVP crowned for the 2021-22 season but individual campaigns have a way of codifying earlier, building momentum that sets the narrative and can be tough to overcome as the season moves along. Here’s my entirely subjective assessment of the top five MVP candidates at this point in the season.5. DeMar DeRozan, Chicago BullsYou could flip a coin here between DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine, who have both been fantastic in splitting primary scoring and creation responsibilities for the ascendant Bulls. I’m giving a slight edge to DeRozan who, at 32-years-old, is having one of the best seasons of his career and doing it with considerable adaptation. He’s playing some of the most engaged and active defense of his career and hitting 36.7 percent of his 3-pointers through 13 games. He’s also maintained elite efficiency levels despite sacrificing plenty of on-ball opportunities to accommodate the fit with...
    WASHINGTON -- The $1 trillion infrastructure plan that President Joe Biden plans to sign into law has money for roads, bridges, ports, rail transit, safe water, the power grid, broadband internet and more.The plan promises to reach almost every corner of the country. It's a historic investment that the president has compared to the building of the transcontinental railroad and Interstate Highway System. The White House is projecting that the investments will add, on average, about 2 million jobs per year over the coming decade.The bill cleared the House on a 228-206 vote Nov. 5, ending weeks of intraparty negotiations in which liberal Democrats insisted the legislation be tied to a larger social spending bill - an effort to press more moderate Democrats to support both.The Senate passed the legislation on a 69-30 vote in August after rare bipartisan negotiations, and the House kept that compromise intact. Thirteen House Republicans voted for the bill, giving Democrats more than enough votes to overcome a handful of defections from progressives.A breakdown of the bill expected to become law Monday:ROADS AND BRIDGESThe bill...
    Noam Chomsky is offering an assessment of what the Build Back Better agenda suggests about the corporate interests of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Speaking to TruthOut's C.J. Polychroniou, Chomsky explained how the United States political system may appear to be run by two parties. However, the actually political system aligns more under one party: the business party. "It's often been observed that the U.S. has a one-party political system — the business party — with two factions, Democrats and Republicans," Chomsky explained. "In the past, the Republican faction has tended to be more dedicated to the concerns of extreme wealth and the corporate sector, but with the resurgence of the one-sided class war called 'neoliberalism' under President Ronald Reagan, the leadership has been going off the rails. By now they barely resemble a political party in a functioning democracy." While Republicans have often been dubbed the party of the rich, Chomsky highlighted the evolution of Democratic lawmakers, as well. He added, "Since the late President Jimmy Carter years, the Democrats have not lagged far behind,...
    Hong Kong (CNN)A series of loud bangs startle the sleeping corgi, driving it out of its bed. The door opens and two people dressed in full hazmat suits enter the living room, one carrying a crowbar and another a yellow plastic bag. "Did the leader say we need to settle it right here on the spot?" one of them can be heard asking. "Yes," the other replies, as he proceeds to move a table the corgi was hiding under, and strike the animal on the head with the crowbar. The dog whimpers and runs off camera to another room.The unsettling scene, captured by a security camera and shared online by the dog's owner, shows the last moments before the pet was killed in its home by Covid prevention workers in the Chinese city of Shengrao, in southeastern Jiangxi province, on Friday, while the corgi's owner was undergoing compulsory quarantine in a nearby hotel.The killing of the dog, which triggered a massive outcry on Chinese social media over the weekend, is the latest example of the extreme measures taken by local...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The $1 trillion infrastructure plan that President Joe Biden plans to sign into law has money for roads, bridges, ports, rail transit, safe water, the power grid, broadband internet and more. The plan promises to reach almost every corner of the country. It’s a historic investment that the president has compared to the building of the transcontinental railroad and Interstate Highway System. The White House is projecting that the investments will add, on average, about 2 million jobs per year over the coming decade. The bill cleared the House on a 228-206 vote Nov. 5, ending weeks of intraparty negotiations in which liberal Democrats insisted the legislation be tied to a larger social spending bill — an effort to press more moderate Democrats to support both. The Senate passed the legislation on a 69-30 vote in August after rare bipartisan negotiations, and the House kept that compromise intact. Thirteen House Republicans voted for the bill, giving Democrats more than enough votes to overcome a handful of defections from progressives. A breakdown of the bill expected...