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Pope Francis visits churches destroyed by Isis in northern Iraq...
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Pontiff travels to northern city of Mosul to pray for war victims on last day of historic visitPope Francis arrived in northern Iraq on Sunday, to pray in the ruins of churches damaged or destroyed by Islamic State extremists and celebrate an open-air mass on the last day of the first-ever papal visit to the country.The Vatican hopes that the landmark visit will rally the country’s Christian communities and encourage them to stay despite decades of war and instability. Francis has also delivered a message of tolerance and fraternity between religions to Muslim leaders, including in a historic meeting Saturday with Iraq’s top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Continue reading.........
Coming 2 America review – Eddie Murphy comes up gasping for heir...
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Murphy is back as the Zamundan prince seeking his son in the US, in this tired sequel to the 80s comedy hitDid we need a sequel to Eddie Murphy’s fish-out-of-water 1980s romp Coming to America – with the word “to” transformed into a “2”? Will this trigger wacky sequel ideas for Bergman’s Face to Face, or Kurosawa’s To Live?The original movie, directed by John Landis, had Murphy as the discontented Prince Akeem of the fictional African state Zamunda, obedient to his sonorous father the king (James Earl Jones), but yearning for a modern, independent-minded bride. So he travels to Queens, New York with his pal Semmi (whose name doesn’t get the obvious gag despite the nonstop sexual innuendo), played by Arsenio Hall. Posing as students, they encounter various latexed comedy characters – barbers, barbershop customers, etc, played by Murphy and Hall themselves – and Akeem finally finds happiness with Lisa, played by Shari Headley. A TV pilot in 1989 starring In Living Color’s Tommy Davidson was not picked up. Continue reading.........
India's foreign minister travels to Bangladesh amid Rohingya repatriation crisis...
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India’s foreign minister arrived in Bangladesh on Thursday ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid efforts to resolve the fate of 81 Rohingya refugees who are on a boat adrift in international waters. Foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will hold talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart on water sharing, trade and border issues, said two Indian officials in New Delhi. “Of course, the Rohingya refugee issue will come up during the Indian minister’s day-long visit but the prime agenda will remain around Modi’s upcoming visit,” said a senior foreign ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media. Last month, Indian coastguards rescued 81 Rohingya Muslims whose boat was drifting in the Andaman Sea for over two weeks after they left Bangladesh, home to over a million Rohingya refugees from Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Eight people on the boat had already died of dehydration. The fate of the refugees remains unclear as India, so far, has not allowed their entry into its territory and wants Bangladesh to take them back. But Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen last week told Reuters that his government expects India, the closest country, or Myanmar, the Rohingyas’ country of origin, to accept the 81 survivors. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya were forced to flee their homeland after a crackdown by Myanmar’s military in 2017. Myanmar denies accusations of genocide and says the army was fighting a legitimate counter-insurgency campaign. Aid agencies are demanding that governments stop passing the buck and pluck the 81 survivors immediately from the Andaman sea. India has in recent weeks provided two million doses of Covid-19 vaccines shots to Bangladesh and could use that goodwill to press Dhaka to accept the refugees. Modi is visiting Dhaka as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Bangladesh’s independence later this month.......
13 Flattering and Sustainable Wide Leg Pants...
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This just in: skinny jeans are dead. In a recent avalanche of Tik Toks by Gen Zers, Millennials have been called out for their “old-fashioned” side parts and skinny jeans. As a Millennial inching closer and closer to 30, I can confidently say I am deeply offended. Just kidding—styles come and go, and while skinny […] The post 13 Flattering and Sustainable Wide Leg Pants appeared first on Good On You.......
How ‘News of the World’ Used One Movie Ranch to Create Three Different Texas Towns...
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A version of this story about “News of the World” appears in the Oscar Nominations Preview issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine. In one of production designer David Crank’s first conversations with director Paul Greengrass during preproduction on “News of the World,” Greengrass told Crank that he intended to shoot the whole film in sequence. This was partly in consideration of then-11-year-old Helena Zengel, who co-stars opposite Tom Hanks in the post-Civil War Texas Western. But the director also intended to capture the weather-beaten feeling of a travelogue as the characters move through the landscape. “Paul’s background is in documentaries, and that still applies to his filmmaking today,” said Crank, whose art direction and production designer credits include “Knives Out,” “There Will Be Blood,” and “Lincoln.” “He wanted each location to feel like we were discovering a new place. Each town had a purpose, which led to a progression of how things happen in the story.” Next-door New Mexico stood in for Texas during the shoot, and the crew was restricted to a standard-production 30-mile radius outside of Santa Fe. Incredibly, Crank and his team managed to stage three of the real places featured in the film — Wichita Falls, Red River Station and Dallas — all in one spot. Also Read: Meet Helena Zengel, Tom Hanks' Scene-Stealing 'News of the World' Co-Star “The Bonanza Creek Ranch has been used as a movie ranch since the 1950s and has been built up over many years,” he said. “We planned carefully from the beginning so that when the characters arrived in a town, different parts of our set would stand in for completely different towns.” Thus, there were three different entrances. When Greengrass would wrap on one sequence, Crank and his design team then had five days to transform the ranch into the next Texas town. “I spent the first 10 years of my career in theater,” Crank explained. “So this was like summer stock to me. And though we pre-figured each set, there’s a sort of slapped-together weirdness in the planning of that ranch. That jerry-rigged quality really did exist in these actual towns, so it was wonderful to work with.” The character played by Hanks travels on horseback, reading newspaper articles to the Texas population. The people pay a small fee, not unlike nowadays, to get their information delivered. Greengrass strove for utmost authenticity in faking the news. “Paul and I worked very close with the props department,” Crank said. “He was very particular about the actual newspapers and the graphics. There were originally 15 to 20 newspapers in the script, which got pared down a bit. We found a printer who used this great Japanese paper, which was the closest texture to match the real newspapers of that era.” The papers were filled with genuine news articles from the time, but Crank instantly realized that the printers in 1870 were somewhat font-size challenged. “The print is like angels dancing on the head of a pin,” he said. “It’s so small. I remember asking Paul, ‘Should we make the print a bit bigger so that Tom can read it?'” Greengrass, in examining the newspapers himself, reached for a magnifying glass. Which then in turn became an aspect of the Hanks character. “I don’t know for sure whether Paul or Tom came up with the magnifying glass, or if they came up with it together,” Crank said. “But it’s a brilliant touch.” The film also features a fictional town called Durand, a ruined burg where Hanks’ character confronts a power-mad despot played by Thomas Francis Murphy (“The Walking Dead”). The production set up at Eaves Movie Ranch, where a parking lot was initially going to stand in for the town entrance, though Greengrass collaborated with Crank on rethinking the entry as a tight natural funnel shape, where the characters would squeeze through and then burst into the town’s strange world. Also Read: Paul Greengrass Celebrates Christmas Opening of 'News of the World': 'We're Only Going to Recover by Daring to Release Movies' Durand appears in the 2016 novel by Paulette Jiles, which “News of the World” is based on, but Greengrass wanted the sequence to churn with even more significance onscreen. “Paul raised it up a bit from how it was described in the book,” Crank said. “He wanted all the dead buffalo dumped around, the real sense of a ruined civilization. It’s in a great sense contemporary, horrifyingly.” And some of a previous location was recycled, with a dark significance. “Durand is an ex-military camp where the army had left a vacuum,” Crank said. “We had a military camp earlier in the film and so we used some of the same items and elements to give Durand those echoes.” He added, “It’s always nice when you can put stuff in a truck and drive it to the next set.” Read more from the Nominations Preview issue here. Related stories from TheWrap:'Mank,' 'News of the World,' 'Sound of Metal' Top Cinema Audio Society Nominations'News of the World,' 'Sound of Metal' Lead Motion Picture Sound Editors Nominations'News of the World' Film Review: Tom Hanks Plays a Searcher Who Reads the Legends in Old-School Western......
The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls...
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Presented by Facebook Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe!Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 513,091; Tuesday, 514,657; Wednesday, 516,608.The Senate will officially kick off consideration of the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package as party leaders urge Senate Democrats to stick together and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) predicts that they will have the votes to pass the massive bill. The Senate Democratic Conference on Tuesday met virtually with President BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE, who pushed them to remain “united” in the coming days, with Biden and Schumer needing every Democrat on board to get the blueprint through a 50-50 upper chamber. “President Biden made his pitch today to our entire caucus. And he said we need to pass this bill and pass it soon,” Schumer told reporters after the call. As The Hill’s Jordain Carney writes, the rest of the week will be a test of will for the conference as it will take an initial vote to proceed to the House-passed coronavirus bill. The real challenge will come later in the week when the Senate endures a wide-ranging vote-a-rama, forcing Democrats to fend off challenges from GOP senators who will need to win over a single Democratic senator to alter the bill. The tight margin also gives leverage to any Senate Democrat who wants to make changes to the massive package. “It means many long nights and many amendments that, frankly, don't go to the heart of the issue but are attempts to divert to some other political question,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinBiden coronavirus relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority Hillicon Valley: Senate confirms Biden Commerce secretary pick Gina Raimondo | Wray hints at federal response to SolarWinds hack | Virginia governor signs comprehensive data privacy law Wray hints at federal response to SolarWinds hack MORE (D-Ill.) about the upcoming vote-a-rama and lead-up to a vote on the final bill. Schumer, however, expressed confidence about the conference’s ability to weather the coming storm. Speaking on the Senate floor, the New York Democrat insisted that Democrats will “have the votes we need to pass this bill.” The Hill: Despite vows of unity and boasts of resolve, Democrats are sniping with one another about policy while Republican lawmakers brawl over Trump. Meanwhile, the looming inability to pass the broader Democratic agenda is threatening to create problems for the president and party lawmakers after they vowed to enact a bold set of proposals if handed the keys to government. The political world on Capitol Hill post-COVID-19 package could be blown to smithereens, with Democratic bills on immigration, election reform and voting and gun rights set to join the legislative graveyard that Democrats derided throughout the 116th Congress (The Hill). This potential Democratic nightmare is bringing another discussion to the forefront: a renewed effort to eliminate the legislative filibuster. Progressives are clamoring for the 60-vote threshold to be nixed, but the likelihood of that becoming reality is slim to none because Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinMurkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden On The Money: Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief | Relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority | Senate confirms Biden's picks for Commerce, top WH economist Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief MORE (D-W.Va.) maintains that he will not support its undoing. Biden has also indicated that he wants the filibuster to remain, but the possibility of getting none of those priorities passed could force the hand of the president (The Hill). The Hill: House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade. Reuters: Senators refine Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief bill, pushing pet projects. NBC News: Obamacare would get a big (and quiet) overhaul in the COVID-19 relief bill. As Biden navigated what he anticipates will be the first major legislative win of his presidency, he suffered his first Cabinet stumble after weeks of fruitless lobbying among senators to clear the nomination of Neera TandenNeera TandenMurkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden On The Money: Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief | Relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority | Senate confirms Biden's picks for Commerce, top WH economist Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief MORE to lead the Office of Management and Budget (The Washington Post). The president was forced to concede he could not muster sufficient votes for a nominee criticized for denigrating Republican and some Democratic senators for years on Twitter and during television commentary. Biden is expected to appoint Tanden, president of the left-leaning Center for American Progress, to a position that does not require Senate confirmation. “I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel, and I look forward to having her serve in a role in my administration,” Biden said in a statement. The Hill: Tanden withdraws her nomination. Tanden would have needed the support of at least one Republican to overcome the “no” vote promised by Manchin, who said he believed Tanden could not be a unifying influence in that role. After Tanden met privately on Monday with Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMurkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Senate GOP whip: Murkowski's vote on Tanden is 'fluid' at the moment MORE (R-Alaska), the senator said on Tuesday that she remained undecided. She later said the White House never asked her how she’d vote and that she was surprised Tanden’s nomination was pulled (The Hill). Elsewhere in the Senate on Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray (pictured below) testified that officials classified the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as domestic terrorism perpetrated by extremists. “That attack, that siege, was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it’s behavior that we, the FBI, view as domestic terrorism,” Wray told lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee (The Hill). Under questioning from lawmakers, Wray resisted pinning the Capitol breach on a single extremist ideology, saying the group of attackers “included a variety of backgrounds.” “The attackers on Jan. 6 included a number — and the number keeps growing as we build out our investigations — of what we would call militia violent extremism,” said Wray, who is a holdover from the Trump administration. “We have had some already arrested who we would put in the category of racially motivated violent extremism, white as well,” he continued. Wray clarified that the FBI has no evidence of antifa or left-wing, anti-fascist involvement in the siege (The Hill). The Hill: Capitol Police are beefing up security this week amid “concerning information and intelligence” about March 4, a date cloaked in false, convoluted importance by QAnon conspiracists, who believe former President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE will be reinstated in office on Thursday. A MESSAGE FROM FACEBOOK It's time to update internet regulations The internet has changed a lot in 25 years. But the last time comprehensive internet regulations were passed was in 1996. We want updated internet regulations to set clear guidelines for addressing today's toughest challenges. Learn More.LEADING THE DAYCORONAVIRUS: Biden on Tuesday announced that the administration has struck a deal with Merck & Co. to help produce doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, boosting the U.S.’s vaccine production to allow every American to receive a shot by the end of May. The president pointed to a “stepped-up process” under his administration that will bump up the vaccine production and distribution timeline by two months. “We’re now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May,” Biden said in remarks from the White House on Tuesday afternoon. “When we came into office, the prior administration had contracted for not nearly enough vaccine to cover adults in America. We rectified that.” Biden said that he has invoked the Defense Production Act to equip Merck facilities to safely manufacture the vaccine. Johnson & Johnson plans to operate its facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to meet the increased supply in the expedited time frame (The Hill). It was not immediately clear how many more doses Merck will be able to make or when they will be available (The Hill). The Wall Street Journal: Stock futures rise on vaccine, stimulus hopes. > State Watch, COVID-19 edition: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced on Tuesday that the Lone Star State is lifting most of its restrictions, including a statewide mask mandate, and will allow all businesses to reopen at 100 percent capacity starting on March 10. “Texans have mastered the daily habits to avoid getting COVID,” Abbott said. “Make no mistake, COVID has not suddenly disappeared. COVID still exists in Texas, in the United States and across the globe. … But it is clear from the recoveries, the vaccinations, the reduced hospitalizations and the safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed.” The two-term governor also pointed to increasing vaccination rates — Texas has vaccinated 5.7 million people, nearly 20 percent of the state population — and a low statewide positivity rate as additional justification (The Hill). The Texas Tribune: Abbott says he's rescinding statewide mask mandate and capacity limits on businesses. The Associated Press: Texas and other states ease COVID-19 rules despite warnings. Shortly after the announcement, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) revealed that his state will follow suit, with restrictions and mask mandates being rescinded starting today. “Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules. Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed,” Reeves tweeted. “It is time!” NPR: Mississippi today will lift its mask requirement and its business capacity limits. In Philadelphia, health officials announced on Tuesday that the city is easing restrictions to allow fans to attend indoor and outdoor sporting events. Indoor events will be capped at 15 percent capacity, and outdoor events will be capped at 20 percent capacity. The Wells Fargo Center, home to the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, will reopen to fans on Sunday (CBS Philly). The Hill: New York lawmakers agree to strip the governor of pandemic-related emergency powers. CBS News: The COVID-19 baby boom is looking more like a baby bust. Alex Gangitano, The Hill: Pressure builds for companies to incentivize vaccines for workers. The Associated Press: Chinese vaccines sweep much of the world, despite concerns. **** POLITICS: It’s never too early to ponder who the next Republican presidential nominee will be, and governors are in the pandemic spotlight. Although the Sunshine State is suffering heavy COVID-19 losses, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisPress: CPAC vote was no big win for Trump DeSantis approval ticks upward in new poll Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run MORE (R) has seen his star rise after syncing his no-lockdowns responses to COVID-19 to Trump’s insistence that businesses, schools and commerce must be open. DeSantis’s approach earned him broad support among conservatives now in search of a 2024 standard-bearer and possible Trump successor, reports The Hill’s Julia Manchester. Trump easily won Florida and its 29 electoral votes in November, but Biden captured the White House with key victories in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. GOP support for DeSantis was on full view at last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando. And speaking of Trump, only 68 percent of CPAC respondents said in a straw poll that they want Trump to run again for president, despite their strong support for his policies. The Hill’s Niall Stanage asks whether the 45th president, as Trump likes to be called, is experiencing a slow fade from national relevance. > Newcomer: The Hill’s Reid Wilson offers readers a closeup look at Sen. Alex PadillaAlex PadillaFBI director faces lawmaker frustration over Capitol breach Democrats push Biden to include recurring payments in recovery package Padilla has 'big Chuck Taylors to fill' in replacing Harris MORE (D-Calif.), who says he has “big Chuck Taylors to fill.” > RIP: Vernon Jordan Jr., a civil rights leader, power broker, businessman, Democratic Party donor and adviser to presidents, including former President Clinton, died on Monday at his home in Washington at age 85 (The New York Times). More than two decades ago at a White House gathering, Clinton paid tribute to civil rights leaders and icons in the legal community who helped “mend” what he called America’s “social fabric.” Gazing around the East Room at pathbreakers he admired, Clinton said the challenge in 1999 remained “just as real as it was when Vernon Jordan started with the Urban League as a young man or before he was working in the South on registering voters.” One of the men in the room that afternoon was then-Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Overnight Health Care: Biden says US will have enough vaccine for all adults by end of May | Biden calls on all states to vaccinate teachers by the end of March | Texas, Mississippi lift mask mandates Becerra tells Warren he will do 'thorough review' of executive actions on drug prices MORE (D) of California, now nominated by the 46th president to lead the Health and Human Services Department. Al Hunt, opinion contributor to The Hill: Vernon Jordan: an American legend, and a good friend. > New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoMajority of New York voters say Cuomo should not be reelected: poll Gillibrand: Cuomo allegations 'completely unacceptable' NY lawmakers agree to strip Cuomo of pandemic-related emergency powers MORE (D), accused of sexual harassment and offensive behavior by three young women, two of whom are former aides, is taking stock of prominent Democrats urging him to resign. On Tuesday, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandGillibrand: Cuomo allegations 'completely unacceptable' Democrats push Biden to include recurring payments in recovery package Pelosi: Sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo 'credible' MORE (D-N.Y.) was not one of them. Gillibrand, who hastened Democrat Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenGillibrand: Cuomo allegations 'completely unacceptable' Schumer: Allegations against Cuomo 'serious, very troubling' Harrison seen as front-runner to take over DNC at crucial moment MORE’s departure from the Senate when he faced harassment complaints in 2017, stopped short of seeking Cuomo’s resignation, saying in a statement that she awaits results of an independent inquiry and believes the behavior attributed to Cuomo is “completely unacceptable.” > The Washington Post reports on the trend of high-margin donor fees charged by consultants and promotional firms in lucrative contracts that bind candidates and vacuum up their campaign donations. > In Texas, Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson, who previously served in the White House as Trump’s physician before retiring from the Navy, is facing scathing allegations in a report drawn from a Defense Department inspector general investigation initiated in 2018. The report, reflecting information from 78 witnesses and White House documents, says Jackson made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female subordinate, violated the policy for drinking alcohol while on a presidential trip and took prescription-strength sleeping medication that prompted concerns from his colleagues about his ability to provide proper care (CNN). Jackson briefly was Trump’s choice to lead the Veterans Affairs Department before his nomination was withdrawn. The Washington Post in 2018 compiled an annotated list of allegations documented against Jackson when he was considered for a Cabinet post. … Also in Texas on Tuesday, Republican Kristina Pierson, a former Trump campaign aide who had been exploring a possible run for a House seat in the Dallas area, decided against it (The Hill).IN FOCUS/SHARP TAKESMORE ADMINISTRATION: Second-term Rhode Island Gov. Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoOn The Money: Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief | Relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority | Senate confirms Biden's picks for Commerce, top WH economist Hillicon Valley: Senate confirms Biden Commerce secretary pick Gina Raimondo | Wray hints at federal response to SolarWinds hack | Virginia governor signs comprehensive data privacy law Senate confirms Biden Commerce secretary pick Gina Raimondo MORE (D) was confirmed on Tuesday to lead the Commerce Department by an overwhelming Senate vote of 84 to 15. Raimondo will be responsible for promoting the nation’s economic growth domestically and overseas. Republican opposition to her confirmation focused on concerns that she would not be forceful enough in confronting the Chinese government’s efforts to gain an economic and technological edge through espionage (The Associated Press). Gary GenslerGary GenslerOn The Money: Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief | Relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority | Senate confirms Biden's picks for Commerce, top WH economist Biden picks for financial agencies offer preview of regulatory agenda The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo MORE, Biden’s experienced choice to head the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), told Congress on Tuesday that the agency should address how to protect investors who use online stock-trading platforms with flashy tech gimmicks that entice them to trade more (The Associated Press). Gensler is known on Wall Street as a tough regular who previously chaired the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. If confirmed to the SEC post, he told senators he would work to strengthen transparency and accountability in the markets. That will enable people “to invest with confidence and be protected from fraud and manipulation,” he said. “It means promoting efficiency and competition so our markets operate with lower costs to companies and higher returns to investors. ... And above all, it means making sure our markets serve the needs of working families.” Democratic senators urged Gensler to take up requiring corporations to fully disclose their climate change risks and political spending and punishing companies for violations of securities laws. The Hill: Gensler and Rohit ChopraRohit ChopraOn The Money: Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief | Relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority | Senate confirms Biden's picks for Commerce, top WH economist Biden picks for financial agencies offer preview of regulatory agenda The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo MORE, Biden’s choice to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, gave senators a preview of the Biden administration’s regulatory agenda. Separately, the Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly confirmed Cecilia RouseCecilia RouseThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls On The Money: Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief | Relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority | Senate confirms Biden's picks for Commerce, top WH economist Senate confirms Rouse as Biden's top economist MORE to chair the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). The vote was 95 to 4. She was most recently dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and was a CEA member during the Obama administration (The Hill).The Morning Report is created by journalists Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver. We want to hear from you! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We invite you to share The Hill’s reporting and newsletters, and encourage others to SUBSCRIBE! OPINIONRaid the Republican Party to save the party, by Martin Skladany, opinion contributor, The Hill. https://bit.ly/37ZsSCr Democrats must prepare now for a contested 2024 election, by B.J. Rudell, opinion contributor, The Hill. https://bit.ly/3b7RsmqA MESSAGE FROM FACEBOOK Internet regulations need an update It's been 25 years since comprehensive internet regulations were passed. But a lot has changed since 1996. We support updated regulations to set clear guidelines for protecting people's privacy, enabling safe and easy data portability between platforms and more. Learn More.WHERE AND WHENThe House meets at 9 a.m. The Senate convenes at noon. A joint oversight committee hearing at 10 a.m. will continue to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol siege and U.S. domestic security (The Washington Post). The president and Vice President Harris will receive the Presidential Daily Brief at 9:50 a.m. Biden, who during the Obama administration helped lead a federal effort to combat cancer, will hold a meeting about cancer legislation at 1:45 p.m. Biden will participate in a virtual event with the House Democratic Caucus at 5 p.m. First lady Jill BidenJill BidenCardona seeks to pivot from DeVos era at Education Teaching democracy instead of just preaching it: A call for civic education Can a common bond of service unite our nation? MORE will travel to Meriden, Conn., and Waterford, Pa., with Education Secretary Miguel CardonaMiguel CardonaCardona seeks to pivot from DeVos era at Education The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo MORE (The Hill) to focus on school operations and safety during the pandemic (Meriden is Cardona’s home-town, and he formally served as Connecticut’s education commissioner) (Axios). The Washington Post reports the first lady favors unannounced drop-bys at Black- or immigrant-owned small businesses as she travels. The White House press briefing is scheduled at 12:15 p.m. A briefing by the White House coronavirus response team will take place at 11 a.m. The Hill’s senior correspondent Amie Parnes and co-author Jonathan Allen of NBC News have written a political book to follow their 2017 best-seller, “Shattered.” Biden’s roller-coaster 2020 campaign and nail-biting victory against a crowded primary field and then Trump are revealed with deep reporting, analysis and new anecdotes in “Lucky,” which is in bookstores and available for order with Penguin Random House HERE and on Amazon HERE. The Washington Post’s book critic Carlos Lozado has a review HERE. The Hill published four brief excerpts (1, 2, 3, 4). Hill.TV’s “Rising” program features news and interviews at http://thehill.com/hilltv or on YouTube at 10:30 a.m. EST at Rising on YouTube. ELSEWHERE➔ IN THE STATES: Legislation targeting transgender people is advancing in about half the states as Republican lawmakers seek to exclude the community from women's sports (The Hill). … State lawmakers are barreling ahead with major rollbacks of early voting, mail voting and other state provisions that Republicans oppose (The Washington Post). ➔ SUPREME COURT: Justices on Tuesday heard debate in a dispute over GOP-backed Arizona voting restrictions that could see the high court weaken federal safeguards for minority voters. The justices posed tough questions to both sides during a two-hour telephone argument that pitted Democrats who allege the voting curbs are racially discriminatory against Arizona Republicans who defended the rules as important anti-fraud measures (The Hill). The New York Times’s Adam Liptak reports that justices seemed ready in the most important voting right case in almost a decade to uphold two election restrictions in Arizona and to make it harder to challenge all sorts of limits on voting around the nation. ➔ INTERNATIONAL: In Myanmar today, at least nine people are dead after security forces opened fire with little warning on several towns in an effort to halt protests against military rule. The military have been in charge since a Feb. 1 coup. Neighboring countries have called for restraint and seek an end to the crisis (Reuters). ... The Biden administration on Tuesday declassified an intelligence finding that the F.S.B., one of Russia’s leading intelligence agencies, orchestrated the poisoning of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and announced its first sanctions against the Russian government for the attack and Navalny’s imprisonment (The New York Times). Moscow today vows retaliation for U.S. sanctions (Reuters). … In Iraq, at least 10 rockets landed today at Ain al-Asad air base, which hosts U.S., coalition and Iraqi forces. It’s the second rocket attack in Iraq this month and occurred two days before Pope FrancisPope FrancisVatican says pope's planned Iraq trip is 'act of love' after criticism Ex-pope targets 'fanatical friends' who have not accepted resignation Experts advise against pope's trip to Iraq amid pandemic MORE is scheduled to visit the country (Reuters).THE CLOSERAnd finally … One owner of a 2020 Flying Spur W12 Bentley has been encouraged to bring his vehicle in for a new fuel tank after the British company flagged the possibility of a leak problem covered by a U.S. recall. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fuel tank flaw was discovered during a review of supplier production records. The Flying Spur W12 boasts a 12-cylinder, six-liter engine that can supposedly leap to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (Bloomberg News and (Hindustan Times). The luxury ride for the ultra rich gets 12 miles to the gallon. A rear-seat mini fridge is an extra. Share on Twitter JW Video Type: CutdownPerson: Kirsten Gillibrandchristopher wrayCharles SchumerMiguel CardonaLisa MurkowskiXavier BecerraCecilia RouseGina RaimondoPope FrancisNeera TandenRohit ChopraRon DeSantisGary GenslerAlex PadillaAndrew CuomoDonald TrumpDick DurbinJoe ManchinAl FrankenJill BidenJoe BidenExcluded from Just In: 0Video comments: Video comments......
‘Coming 2 America’ Star Jermaine Fowler Is Literally the Next Eddie Murphy...
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Annette Brown/Paramount Pictures via Amazon PrimeIf you had called Jermaine Fowler about two decades ago, you might have heard Eddie Murphy’s voice on the other end of the line.Like most millennials, the 32-year-old actor and comedian was probably too young when he first saw Coming to America, Murphy’s 1988 R-rated comedy that topped that year’s box office, maintained Murphy’s reign as a Hollywood megastar, and, three decades later, remains an indelible celebration of Black excellence and culture.Fowler, who grew up just outside of Washington, D.C., in Hyattsville, Maryland, estimates he was 8 or 9—maybe 10—when he first got his hands on a VHS copy of the film, in which Murphy plays the prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. Wanting to carve his own path instead of settling for a royally dictated arranged marriage, he decides to find his own wife. And where does a future king go to do that? He travels to Queens. As in Queens, New York.Read more at The Daily Beast.......
How to improve PC performance in Valheim...
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Boost Valheim. While Valheim has sold millions of copies in record time, the game is still very much an Early Access title. That means there are plenty of Valheim bugs that you'll come across in your travels, even if most of them aren't game-breaking. One that's most annoying, however, is the strangely-low performance of the game. Given the pseudo-PS1 style visuals of the game, it's a bit surprising to see even the best gaming PCs run it so poorly. Thankfully, you can do a few easy things to improve the game's performance while developer Iron Gate Studio works on optimizing the game during the Early Access period. How to improve Valheim performance with Vulkan As of the February 25, 2021 update (version 0.146.8), Valheim officially supports the Vulkan API. If you're not familiar with coding APIs, know this about Vulkan: it's a modern coding architecture designed to run more efficiently than older APIs. That means, on most PCs, using Vulkan should significantly improve performance .........
‘Genius: Aretha’ Trailer: Watch Cynthia Erivo Fight to Keep Her ‘Queen of Soul’ Crown (Video)...
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T for National Geographic, which set the premiere date for “Genius: Aretha” Tuesday and dropped the trailer for the pandemic-delayed season of the anthology, which stars Cynthia Erivo in the title role. In the trailer, which you can view above, Erivo’s Aretha Franklin is crowned the “Queen of Soul” and spends much of the two-minute video trying to maintain hold of that title while others set out to bring her down. Nat Geo revealed Tuesday during its day at the virtual Television Critics Association press tour that “Genius: Aretha,” which has suffered multiple production delays over the last year due to COVID-19, will air as a four-night event series beginning Sunday, March 21, at 9/8c. The eight episodes of the season will air in pairs of two, with all available to stream on Hulu by Thursday, March 25. Also Read: Nat Geo Documentary Films Acquires 'Playing With Sharks' “Genius: Aretha” will explore “Aretha Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career, as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world,” per Nat Geo. “Franklin was a gospel prodigy, an outspoken civil rights champion and widely considered the greatest singer of the past 50 years, receiving countless honors throughout her career. ‘Genius: Aretha’ will be the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted series on the life of the universally acclaimed Queen of Soul.” The anthology series is executive produced by showrunner Suzan-Lori Parks, Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Anna Culp, Anthony Hemingway, Clive Davis and Atlantic Records chairman and CEO Craig Kallman, Francie Calfo, Ken Biller, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane and Sam Sokolow. “Genius: Aretha” hails from 20th Television and Imagine Entertainment, in partnership with Warner Music Entertainment. See below for the list of “Genius: Aretha” episode descriptions and air dates. Also Read: Here Are the Premiere Dates for Broadcast TV's New and Returning Midseason Shows (Updating) RESPECT Sunday, March 21 at 9/8c Desperate for a hit, Aretha travels to Muscle Shoals in 1967 to record her first album with Atlantic Records. After suffering the loss of her surrogate mother, Little Re braves her first solo in 1953, in her father’s, C.L. Franklin, church. UNTIL THE REAL THING COMES ALONG Sunday, March 21 at 10/9c Struggling to find her sound, Aretha catches the attention of Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records in 1966. Meanwhile, Little Re has her first touring experience on the Gospel Circuit in 1954 with C.L. Franklin and meets her idol, Clara Ward. DO RIGHT WOMAN Monday, March 22 at 9/8c Aretha juggles her music career and her commitment to the civil rights movement, led by Martin Luther King Jr., in 1967 and 1968. Meanwhile, Little Re leaves behind her newborn child to return to the Gospel Circuit in 1955, meeting with music legends James Cleveland and Little Sammie Bryant. UNFORGETTABLE Monday, March 22 at 10/9c Aretha is featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 1968, but she’s devastated when the article focuses on the scandalous details of her personal life. Barbara Franklin and Young C.L. Franklin struggle to establish themselves in Memphis in 1941, before Little Re is born. YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK Tuesday, March 23 at 9/8c Aretha, inspired by Angela Davis and the Soledad Brothers, records her protest album “Young, Gifted and Black” in 1970. Despite Jerry Wexler’s uncertainty, the album is a success. Barbara Franklin makes a decision that has a devastating effect on Little Re in 1951. Also Read: Winter TV 2021: All the Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows - So Far (Photos) AMAZING GRACE Tuesday, March 23 at 10/9c Aretha records her best-selling live Gospel album “Amazing Grace” in 1972 at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, ignoring her sibling’s pleas to record instead at New Bethel with their father, C.L. Franklin. Little Re discovers that she’s pregnant with her second child, forcing her to leave school. While pregnant, she records her first album at New Bethel in 1956. CHAIN OF FOOLS Wednesday, March 24 at 9/8c As the Queen of Soul enters the age of disco, Aretha will do anything to remain relevant — including stealing an opportunity from her sister Carolyn. She receives a GRAMMY nomination but is ultimately snubbed from winning the award. While at the ceremony, she meets with Arista founder Clive Davis. Meanwhile, Jerry Wexler leaves Atlantic Records, and he and Aretha part ways. NO ONE SLEEPS Wednesday, March 24 at 10/9c Despite significant emotional losses, including a second divorce and the death of her father in 1984, Aretha pushes herself artistically and triumphs. She begins a successful career at Arista, with the help of Clive Davis, and in an unforgettable GRAMMY performance in 1998, she solidifies her eternal reign as the Queen of Soul. Related stories from TheWrap:Nat Geo Documentary Films Acquires 'Playing With Sharks'Dr Anthony Fauci Documentary Coming to Nat Geo (Video)Nat Geo's 'The Hot Zone' Season 2 Casts Tony Goldwyn and Daniel Dae Kim as Leads......