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As the recent wave of reboots and revivals go, the return of Murphy Brown to television feels propelled by a more distinct purpose than some of its fellow back-from-the-dead series, like Roseanne (now The Conners), Magnum P.I., or even NBC’s revived Will & Grace. It is the unlikely revival that nevertheless seems born of a particular moment — a political one — that, in its bumpy premiere, the show, which brings back Candice Bergen, along with almost all of the show’s original cast, proudly and loudly wears on its sleeve. This should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone. After all, this was the series that, at the height of its creative power and popularity, got into a verbal and very public sparring match with then-Vice President Dan Quayle. 

To say that things haven’t changed much would be an understatement. The new series takes full advantage of the current political climate and state of cable news in this day and age of screaming television pundits, conspiracy theorists, social media outrage, and Twitter feuds — especially with a certain tweeter in the Oval Office — to comment on and lambast the country’s political divide, as well as the current administration. On one hand, seeing series creator Diane English and the rest of the series’ cast and crew take such a direct and partisan approach to the revival is impressive and admirable, not the least because doing so threatens to cut into the show’s ratings, but also because the approach feels unlikely given the network the series has returned to. While that means Murphy Brown likely won’t return to ratings like those enjoyed by ABC when Roseanne Barr made her brief return to television, at least this series isn’t confused about how its politics will mesh with those of its star.

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But while taking the direct approach makes the revival stand out even more than it already would have (people love a revival), that same approach takes a toll on the premiere and second episode, making Murphy’s return to TV — both on the show and in our reality — feel clumsy in a way that undercuts its early efforts. The premiere, in particular, falls victim to the show’s early ungainliness, in part because all the jokes aimed at Trump, the ramifications of the 2016 election, and the state of the news industry — the premiere is titled ‘Fake News’ after all — wind up being awkwardly wedged in with all the heavy lifting required to re-introduce the characters, their circumstances over the last 20 years, and why they’re getting the old gang back together for a cable news morning show called Murphy In the Morning. 

The difficulty of those efforts are ostensibly doubled by the need to explain the addition of Tyne Daily as Phyllis, the sister of Phil, the late owner of Phil’s, the D.C. bar where the journalists like to hang out, and to set up the relationship between Murphy and her now-grown son Avery (Jake McDorman of the short-lived Limitless series on CBS). As it turns out, Avery has followed in his mother’s journalistic footsteps and has accepted a position at the Wolf Network — this show’s version of FOX News — as the sole liberal voice. As it turns out, Avery’s new show will compete directly with that of his mother’s. 

This sets up an interesting dynamic to their relationship. It immediately brings Avery into the fold without doing what would be expected: having them be on the same show together, or at least working at the same network. That helps the show avoid engaging in the sort of embarrassing generational humor Avery seems built to be representative of. But rather than simply avoid the Millennial vs. Baby Boomer conflict altogether, Murphy Brown introduces a third new character, Pat (Nik Dodani), as the show’s head of social media. Pat’s introduced with a pair of Air Pods sticking out of his ears, which accentuates a painful joke about Murphy’s antiquated cell phone and her lack of a social media presence. 

It’s plain to see where the show is going with its emphasis on the influence of social media and the purported influence of morning cable news programs over the president, whose Twitter feed makes an appearance late in episode as a way for Murphy to confront Trump. The move certainly announces the show’s arrival in no uncertain terms, but it also does so at the expense of its characters. As mentioned above, ‘Fake News’ is so absorbed with reestablishing everyone’s role — Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto) is teaching investigative journalism rather than practicing it; Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford) is recovering from losing her job as host of another morning show; and producer Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud) has moved into the Watergate Hotel following a nervous breakdown after a stint producing The View — if never quite finds time to let it characters interact in a way that feels genuine. 

Thankfully, by the time the series hits its third episode, Murphy Brown refrains from shoehorning political jokes into otherwise banal conversations, and instead allows the humor to develop from an actual political situation. The jokes feel more points and appropriate to the circumstances as a result. 

Though it’s a bumpy ride for the first few episodes, Murphy Brown delivers an energetic return that feels galvanized by the world it’s compelled to comment on. Similarly, Bergen and the rest of the cast are in top form, and once the revival gets past its first awkward steps, the audience will begin to see what made the show a hit in the first place, and why, after all these years, it came back. 

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Murphy Brown continues next Thursday with ‘I (Don’t) Heart Huckabee’ @9:30pm on CBS.

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All 36 passengers and 11 crew were rescued from the plane before it sunk in the lagoon. They were taken to hospital, where eight remained, four in a serious condition with bone fractures and other injuries, according to a hospital spokesman.

The Air Niugini flight landed in the ocean.

The Air Niugini flight landed in the ocean.

Photo: Dr. James Yaingeluo

“I thought we landed hard until I looked over and saw a hole in the side of the plane and water was coming in,” passenger Bill Jaynes said in a video posted by the Pacific Daily News website.

“I thought, well, this is not like the way it’s supposed to happen,” he said, adding water was waist-deep in the cabin before rescuers arrived.

Bill Davis wrote on Facebook that he witnessed the crash from the airport in Chuuk.

“It landed in the water about 160 yards [145 metres] off shore.

“The plane floated long enough for the 36 passengers and 11 crew members to escape and be rescued by locals in their boats.”

Air Niugini said in a statement that “the weather was very poor with heavy rain and reduced visibility at the time of the incident”.

A spokesman for Papua New Guinea’s Accident Investigation Commission said investigators would fly to the scene as soon as possible to piece together what happened.

John Merelli, an employee from a nearby hotel, told Guardian Australia he heard the plane coming in and thought it was a “normal” landing.

A number of locals in boats ferried passengers from the plane.

A number of locals in boats ferried passengers from the plane.

Photo: Dr. James Yaingeluo

“Then I went back to my workplace and somebody told me, and I looked from the rooftop and the plane was starting to go underwater,” Mr Merelli told Guardian Australia.

“The plane crashed and in around five minutes the rescuers were there, they were ordinary people, because there are plenty of boats around the shore. The officials were about 10 minutes.”

Air Niugini is PNG’s national carrier which services domestic network and international routes across Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

The Air Niuguini plane crashed on approach to Chuuk Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Air Niuguini plane crashed on approach to Chuuk Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia.

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In 2013, all 101 passengers aboard a Lion Air flight that overshot the runway at Denpasar in Indonesia and landed in shallow water were similarly rescued by boats without casualties.

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Josh Dye is a news reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.



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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Hurricane Rosa intensified into a major storm in the Pacific Ocean, with maximum sustained winds near 145 miles per hour (230 kph) and little change in strength was expected overnight, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said late on Thursday.

Rosa, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, was about 605 miles (975 km) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California and moving west at almost 9 mph (15 kph).

It is the seventh category 4 hurricane of the season.

“Little significant change in strength is forecast overnight, with some slow weakening anticipated by Saturday, and a larger decrease in wind speed expected early next week,” the NHC said in its advisory.

Swells generated by Rosa are forecast to affect parts of the coastlines of southwestern Mexico, the southern Baja California Peninsula, and southern California later this week and over the weekend.

“These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the Miami-based center said.

However, no coastal watches or warnings are in effect, the NHC said.

Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Sandra Maler and Darren Schuettler



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Is Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth injured? He sure didn't look it when he was plowing into a Minnesota Viking so hard that the defender knocked a teammate over when he was driven backward.



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NEW ZEALAND (WTVD) —

Well, here’s something you don’t see every day — it’s the slap that’s being heard around the world and it’s coming from a seal!

We’ve all had those moments where we just aren’t having it, and that must have been the case for one seal in New Zealand.

A video shared on Instagram by Taiyo Masuda starts off like any typical ‘Gram video would — a group of kayakers enjoying the beautiful sites off of the coast of Kaikoura.

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But the scene quickly changed.

The group noticed a seal swimming around them, and moments later, the armed sea creature swam up to an unsuspecting Kyle Mulinder and slapped him across the face with an octopus.

Mulinder was taken aback by the attack as shouts of disbelief erupted from the group.

The poor eight-legged creature was stuck the side of the kayak until peeled off and then disappeared in the water.

Masuda, a friend of the slap victim, told CNN it was a definitely a day to remember.

“One seal swims right next to us, having an octopus in his mouth, pops right up of the surface next to us, then tries to chew up the leg but ended up slapping our face,” he explained. “We instantly started laughing, we certainly got surprised. We are all adventure guys but we don’t encounter that every day! Such a raw moment brought us so much laughter to all of us all day long … What a day to remember!”

So did the seal come in ready to battle? Probably not!

The group said it appeared the seal was hunting and was trying to chew on one the legs but ended up delivery a slap that’s now gone viral.

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Eric Reid finally found a home.

The Carolina Panthers announced Thursday morning they’ve signed the safety, who joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest social injustice and racial inequality.

The one-year deal has a base value of $1 million and can be worth up to $1.9 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. It includes play-time incentives, Pro Bowl incentives and per-game roster bonuses.

The free agent had gone unsigned throughout the offseason and into the start of the regular season despite a solid season playing multiple roles in San Francisco last year.


The Panthers needed safety help after starter Da’Norris Searcy went on injured reserve before Week 3 with a concussion. Carolina’s safeties struggled last week against the Cincinnati Bengals. Backup Colin Jones got the start, and the team turned to rookie Rashaan Gaulden during the win.

“Eric has been a starting safety in the NFL and has played at a high level throughout his career,” general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement. “After we put Da’Norris Searcy on injured reserve, Ron [Rivera] and I discussed our options, and Eric was at the top of our list. He is a physical safety with good ball skills and play-making ability.”

Adding a veteran of Reid’s caliber during the season should provide a needed coverage ability and versatility on the Panthers‘ back end. The 26-year-old played at least 100 defensive snaps at safety, slot cornerback, off-ball linebacker and edge with the 49ers last season, per Pro Football Focus. For his career, Reid has started 69 regular season games played, earning 375 tackles, 10 interceptions, 34 passes defended, and two forced fumbles. He earned Pro Bowl honors his rookie season.

NFL Network’s Jim Trotter reported the 49ers had expressed interest in bringing Reid back on a multi-year deal. In addition, the Seattle Seahawks offered Reid a one-year deal in August prior to Earl Thomas returning, a source informed of the situation told Trotter.

Reid joined Kaepernick in filing a grievance against the NFL alleging collusion against players who protested during the national anthem. Reid’s place in the collusion lawsuit remains unchanged despite the signing, Rapoport reported.

Kaepernick offered his support for Reid in an Instagram post Thursday.

“Congratulations to my brother @e_reid35, an all pro safety who should have been signed the first day of free agency, who has signed a football contract,” Kaepernick wrote. “He was the FIRST person to kneel alongside me. Eric is a social justice warrior, continues to support his wife, two beautiful daughters and communities in need.”

Panthers new owner David Tepper has gone on record defending the patriotism of NFL players.

“These are some of the most patriotic people and best people. These are great young men,” Tepper told CNBC on Sept. 13. “So to say that [they aren’t patriotic] makes me so aggravated and angry. It’s just wrong, it’s dead wrong.”

Reid also has allies within the Panthers locker room. Receiver Torrey Smith lobbied for Carolina to sign Reid earlier this week.

Eric Reid is a Pro-Bowl caliber safety, 26 years old with a first-round pedigree,” Smith said, per the Charlotte Observer. “And he’s one of the best men that I know. I know that teams obviously have to be interested in him, and honestly, with our injuries I hope he ends up here.

“I know how he is, his talent. If it’s something where [general manager Marty Hurney or Rivera] come and talk to me about him, I’ll be glad to talk about him as a player and as a person. He’s one of the best men that I’ve been around. I hope that’s something that can happen for us, because I know with the injuries that we have he could help this team.”

The Panthers brass agreed with Smith’s assessment.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills echoed Smith’s sentiments.

“I’m just happy for him. Excited to see him get out there on the field and be the impact player we all know he is,” Stills told NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. “Obviously I feel he should’ve been signed the first day of free agency. It’s a long time coming. I’m excited for him. I can’t wait to see him ball.”





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Fall has begun, and with it comes a new season of Fortnite content, from updated locations and rewards to new items that will change the way the game is played. The lead-up to season 6 wasn’t quite as dramatic as the sky falling in the weeks before season 5, but everyone can finally figure out what happened to that weird, glowing cube.

Perhaps the most substantial change is the addition of shadow stones, which are new consumable items that found in corrupted areas of the map that briefly apply a ‘shadow form’ to the player. While in ‘shadow form,’ players are unable to use weapons, but become invisible to enemies while stationary. Players can ‘phase’ in the direction they’re facing by pressing the fire button, but moving creates a ‘shadow trail’ that can be detected by other players.

While Fortnite has added unique items like shadow stones in the past, these appear to have the potential to have a more noticeable effect on matches, as phasing behind other players and exiting the shadow form by pressing the aim button could give players a leg up on their opponents, even if they are outgunned.

As always, there are also a variety of new skins being introduced in season 6, but the cosmetic items that everyone is going to be talking about are pets, which are showing up for the first time. Pets are purely cosmetic, so don’t expect a gameplay advantage for using one, but they are incredibly cute and appear to react to what’s going on around them. You can unlock Bonesy the dog, Camo the chameleon, and Scales the dragon with the Battle Pass.

Finally, the map has been updated as well to revamp some old locales and insert a few new ones as well. Epic wants you to find all the secrets yourself, but the locations that it highlighted in the patch notes for season 6 include Floating Island, Corrupted Areas, Corn Fields, Haunted Castle, which sound perfect for Halloween.

The complete list of patch notes for Fortnite Battle Royale season 6 (and v6.00) can be found below:

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Shadow Stones
    • Consumable typically found around corrupted areas of the map.
    • Using a Shadow Stone will apply ‘Shadow Form’ for a brief period.
    • While in Shadow Form:
      • Unable to use weapons.
      • Become invisible to enemies when stationary.
        • You become more visible and leave behind a Shadow Trail when moving.
      • Gain increased movement speed, jump height and fall damage immunity.
      • Gain a new ability, Phase, can be activated by pressing the Primary Fire button.
        • Phase: Propels you in the direction you are facing, and allows you to pass through objects.
      • The effect lasts 45 seconds but can be exited early by holding down Alt Fire button (aim down sights).
  • Vaulted Impulse Grenade, Suppressed Submachine Gun, Light Machine Gun, Bouncer, and Remote Explosives.
    • All of the weapons/items added to the Vault in patch v6.0 will currently remain available in Playgrounds.
  • Added momentum functionality to Grapplers. When hitting a moving object (vehicle, player), its momentum will be added to your launch force.
    • This only happens when the momentum would be a net gain, you cannot lose momentum.
  • Grappler charges reduced from 15 to 10.
  • Double Barrel damage reduced from 143/150 to 114/120.
  • Reduced Dual Pistol floor loot drop chance from 1.49% to 0.88%.

Bug Fixes

  • Players will no longer be launched with greater force than intended when using the Grappler in a vehicle.
  • Using a Grappler while using a Launchpad will no longer cause inventory functionality issues.
  • The top half of a players model will no longer clip through walls when using the Grappler while crouched.
  • Fixed a visual issue that could cause the plunger to be visible on the Grappler while the projectile is active.
  • Players are no longer prevented from changing equipment when firing the Grappler while switching weapons.
  • Adjusted the timing of the Heavy Sniper reload animation to match more closely to when the bullet is reloaded.
  • Reduced the amount of force applied when shooting a vehicle with a Shotgun.

GAMEPLAY

  • New Locations
    • Floating Island
    • Corrupted Areas
    • Corn Fields
    • Haunted Castle
    • Drop in and find the rest in-game!
  • Custom Controller Bindings
    • Choosing your configuration has changed to a selector on the left side of the menu.
      • After selecting Custom, the right side of the menu becomes buttons that are selectable. When a button is clicked, it opens a list of actions that can be assigned to that button.
      • Mode selection (Combat, Build) has changed to selectable by triggers. When in either Combat or Build mode,  the actions for that mode and the actions that span between modes will appear in the “actions list” to select from.
  • Console – Input-Based Matchmaking
    • Players using a keyboard and mouse on PS4 will now be put into the PC matchmaking pool.
    • Start matchmaking with your preferred input device. You will be queued with the input type you press the “Play” or “Ready” button with.
      • If you start matchmaking with a keyboard and mouse, then you’ll be queued in the PC matchmaking pool. However, you’ll be able to switch to a controller mid-match if you’d like.
      • If you start matchmaking with a controller, then you’ll remain in your platforms normal queue. However, you’ll be unable to switch to a keyboard and mouse mid-match.
    • PC players are unaffected by this change. If you use a controller on PC then you’ll remain in the PC matchmaking queue.
  • Storm Circle Changes
    • Safe Zone 4
      • Wait time reduced from 90 seconds to 80 seconds
      • Shrink time increased from 60 seconds to 70 seconds
    • Safe Zone 5
      • Wait time reduced from 90 seconds to 70 seconds
      • Shrink time increased from 40 seconds to 60 seconds
    • Safe Zone 6
      • Wait time reduced from 60 seconds to 30 seconds
      • Shrink time increased from 30 seconds to 60
    • Safe Zone 7
      • Wait time reduced from 45 seconds to 20 seconds
      • Shrink time increased from 25 seconds to 50 seconds
      • Radius increased from 1250 to 1650
    • Safe Zone 8
      • Wait time reduced from 30 seconds to 15 seconds
      • Shrink time increased from 25 seconds to 40 seconds
      • Radius increased from 625 to 1090
    • Safe Zone 9
      • Wait time reduced from 30 seconds to 15 seconds
      • Shrink time increased from 25 seconds to 40 seconds
    • Moving Safe Zone circles in the late game now move 50% further from the previous safe zone.
  • Moved the ATK horn to down on the D-pad to allow for autorun.
  • Traps can no longer be placed on wire fences.
  • You can now build through Shopping Carts.

Bug Fixes

  • Increased the precision and frequency of rotation values sent over the network so that changes to other player rotations and aim direction appear to be smoother.
  • Improvements made to prevent players from appearing to have jittery movement, especially during skydiving.
    • Caused by incorrect acceleration values being sent over the network.
    • This was also sometimes causing other players to appear to be using the wrong skydiving animation.

PERFORMANCE

  • Optimized texture binding rendering code on Switch. This improved CPU and GPU performance, resulting in smoother gameplay and higher resolution rendering.
  • Optimized performance when many players are on screen.
  • Game thread optimizations
    • Optimized movement for supply drops.
  • Improved performance and memory for Android devices running Vulkan.
    • This affects the S9+ Adreno, Note 9 Adreno variants.
  • Memory optimizations for mobile to reduce the chance of encountering low performance when many apps are in the background

AUDIO

  • Players will now have an option in the Locker to select their preferred music choice. Unlock new music from the Season 6 Battle Pass.
  • Changed the processing of footsteps to add more contrast between above/below. Below steps now sound more “echoey” like they’re coming from the basement.
    • Footsteps will decrease in pitch the farther they are below you, and increase in pitch the higher they are above you.
    • The volume of footsteps blocked by terrain, buildings, or player built structures has been increased slightly.
    • Find more information on footstep audio updates here.
  • Increased the distance that you can hear open/close Glider sounds.
  • Increased the audio range for players skydiving to match that of players gliding.
  • Added a doppler pitch effect to the gliding audio.
    • This creates that “car pass by” effect as players fly overhead.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed and added audio for the Plunja and Tat Axe pickaxes on mobile and Switch platforms.

UI

  • Updated the Locker layout to fit more item types.

Bug Fixes

  • Removed trailing periods and added “the” in the appropriate place in the privacy screen.
  • The display of the purchase button area in the Battle Pass screen will no longer briefly show incorrect information on first entry.
  • Challenge headers will no longer show the wrong category name and style after scrolling.

ART + ANIMATION

  • Added improvements to Storm visualization, including rain & lightning effects which will increase as the Storm intensifies.

Bug Fixes

  • A minor visual change has been made to the mesh shirt underneath the arms of the Power Chord Outfit.
    • This is to fix visual issues caused by the mesh shirt during certain animations and emotes.

REPLAY SYSTEM

  • Replay playback speed can now be adjusted with a controller when the replay HUD is hidden.
  • Moved “High-Quality FX” flag to Lens settings, and automatically hide certain aperture & focus settings if the depth of field effect isn’t active.
  • Replays now correctly use the movement keys set in the Input settings.
  • Inverted the default direction of the third person camera to make the controls consistent with all the other cameras.

Bug Fixes

  • The third person camera now works with the inverted Y axis option.
  • Alt will no longer open the inventory screen while in a replay.
  • The “Skip Forward” button will no longer stop working during a paused replay.
  • Health bars no longer incorrectly animate when enabled while in replays.
  • Health bars no longer turn green when a downed player is eliminated.
  • Replay follow cameras no longer change targets every time the timeline changes or refreshes.
  • The drone attach camera position is now correct after the timeline has reset/refreshed.

MOBILE

  • Item tooltips in-game will now display more consistently.

Bug Fixes

  • The Guided Rocket turn rate is now consistent with other platforms.
  • Touch controls on the map will now function correctly.
  • Video settings now display correctly on the Note 9.

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The main test for Dr. Blasey was whether she could appear credible before the senators, especially Republicans who have suggested that she is suffering from a case of mistaken identity — or that she has partisan motives.

She addressed the latter issue directly.

“I have been accused of acting out of partisan political motives,” she said. “Those who say that do not know me. I am a fiercely independent person, and I am no one’s pawn. My motivation in coming forward was to provide the facts about how Mr. Kavanaugh’s actions have damaged my life, so that you can take that into serious consideration as you make your decision about how to proceed.”

[Her performance prompted an outpouring of support through GoFundMe campaigns.]

She also poked holes in the mistaken identity theory when she described how she and Judge Kavanaugh met when their social circles intersected. She remembered his friends, including Mark Judge, who she said was in the room, while practicing swimming and diving at Columbia Country Club in suburban Maryland.

“This is how I met Brett Kavanaugh, the boy who eventually assaulted me,” she said.

Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, when asked if he found Dr. Blasey credible, answered: “Let me suggest this. I know that we’ve got to take what she says very seriously.”

— Sheryl Gay Stolberg

Senator Lindsey Graham:

“To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics.”

“I hate to say it because these have been my friends. But let me tell you, when it comes to this, you’re looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend.”

“If this is the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal:

“If we agree on nothing else today, I hope on a bipartisan basis we can agree on how much courage it has taken for you to come forward.”

Christine Blasey Ford:

“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter — the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense.”

“I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school.”

“It was hard for me to breathe and I believed that Brett was going to accidentally kill me.”

“I remember being on the street and feeling an enormous sense of relief that I escaped that house and that Brett and Mark were not coming outside after me.”

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh:

“Such grotesque and obvious character assassination — if allowed to succeed — will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country.”

“This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups. This is a circus. The consequences will extend long past my nomination. The consequences will be with us for decades.”

“I’m not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person, in some place, at some time, but I have never done that to her or to anyone.”

“I ask you to judge me by the standard that you would want applied to your father, your husband, your brother or your son.”

— Emily Baumgaertner

In stark contrast to his subdued appearance this week on Fox News and contrite testimony released on Wednesday, Judge Kavanaugh was sharp and emotional — fulfilling a wish of Mr. Trump, who felt he was too robotic on television. He addressed directly the portrait Dr. Blasey painted of him as a drunken young man who tried to rape her and muffled her screams as she pleaded for help.

“I liked beer. I still like beer. But I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out and I never sexually assaulted anyone.” Behaving like the lawyer he is, Judge Kavanaugh cited evidence — the testimony of other witnesses who said they have no memory of the assault, and his own “very precise” calendars from the summer of 1982 — in an effort to prove that he was never at a party with Dr. Blasey, and that the assault never happened.



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It’s the moment when the star is officially born. The new video for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s song “Shallow” from A Star Is Born shows Ally (Gaga) going from club singer to a stadium act in just over three and a half minutes. But the clip of Lady Gaga’s song from A Star Is Bornthe one fans everywhere have been humming to themselves for months — also shows Gaga stripped down to her Stefani Germanotta core. It shows that she’s a star with or without her meat dresses. Something her Little Monsters have always known, but now the world will get to see.

The video, which features footage from the film, in theaters Oct. 5, starts with Ally, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter working up the courage to join country star Jackson (Cooper) onstage for the biggest show of her life. In just a T-shirt and jeans, she struts out there and begins to sing her duet, a slow-burning ballad where she sings about despair, pain, addiction and how they can burst out of it together. (Gaga herself wrote “Shallow” with Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt, and Anthony Rossomando.) Ally starts off facing away from the crowd, toward Jackson, even covering her face as she sings to try and calm herself down in this moment.

“I’m off the deep end/ Watch as I dive in / I’ll never meet the ground,” she sings on the chorus building up her courage. Her voice getting stronger and louder, more Gaga-ish, but yet she still can’t keep her eyes open to see the crowd’s reaction. “Crash through the surface / Where they can’t hurt us,” she sings. “We’re far from the shallow now.”

When featured in A Star Is Born trailer, the snippet of “The Shallow” quickly gave the internet a Gaga meme that pokes fun at her wail of “haaa ah ah ah,” which, for those who care, comes in at the 2:35 mark. But, this video and song, which Gaga has said is an extension of her last album, Joanne, shows just how intimate this film is.

The video really lays out how the film is about a woman coming into her own. And how it’s a bittersweet love story about two people with their own demons, as seen in the shots of Ally and Jackson getting close, but also falling apart. And, finally, how it’s a stripped down look at fame and the toll it can take on a person and those they love.

It’s also a story Gaga knows well. Gaga recently revealed her own insecurities inspired her A Star Is Born character, as reported by The Mirror. She added that it was her director and co-star Cooper who helped her delve into this part of herself. “I went to depths in my heart and in my mind that I have never done before,” Gaga said, according to The Mirror, “because I had someone so wonderful by my side that I could give that vulnerability.”

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That connection she felt with Cooper also found its way into the movie, specifically the script, which took inspiration from her own life. “I spoke a lot to Bradley about my life and they integrated part of my life into the movie but in a very special way,” Gaga said without going into detail. “I am forever grateful to him for that.”

A Star Is Born offers the world a different Lady Gaga, one that isn’t afraid to show her true self on the big screen. And with “Shallows” fans can finally get a taste of what this new kind of Gaga has in store for them in the film.



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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Seven men were arrested Thursday in the Netherlands on suspicion of plotting a large-scale extremist attack that Dutch prosecutors said they think was foiled following a months-long investigation.

The national prosecutor’s office said in a statement that heavily armed police arrested the men in the towns of Arnhem, about 62 miles south of Amsterdam, and Weert in the southern Netherlands close to the borders of Germany and Belgium.

The investigation was launched by intelligence suggesting the alleged ring leader, a 34-year-old man of Iraqi heritage, wanted to carry out an attack at the site of a large event and cause multiple casualties, according to the statement.

The suspects allegedly wanted to use bomb vests and assault rifles to do harm at the event, and planned to detonate a car bomb at another location, prosecutors said. An investigation of potential targets was continuing.

Prosecutors said the suspects ranged in age from 21 to 34. Three of them, including the 34-year-old Iraqi, were previously convicted of attempting to travel overseas to join extremist networks.

The men were attempting to obtain AK47 assault rifles, handguns, bomb vests, grenades and raw materials for bombs and were looking for opportunities to train with such weapons, according to the statement.

Prosecutors said that the investigation sped up this month because of the suspects’ “advanced preparations.”

Minister for Justice and Security Ferd Grapperhaus told Dutch national broadcaster NOS that police acted in time to prevent an attack.

“In a sense it is serious, but luckily it’s also good news — a terrorist cell that was plotting an attack has been taken down,” Grapperhaus said. “They weren’t so far that it was a danger to society, in the sense that it was nearly too late. But they were quite far in their preparations.”

The men were to be brought before an investigating judge on Friday at a behind-closed-doors hearing.

The arrests came weeks after a 19-year-old Afghan citizen living in Germany allegedly stabbed two American tourists at Amsterdam’s main railway station in what prosecutors described as an attack with an extremist motive.

The Dutch anti-terror coordinator’s office said in a tweet Thursday that the allegedly foiled plot fit the current threat profile for the Netherlands, which is at four on a scale that tops out at five. The office did not raise the level following the arrests.

“Jihad networks are also active in the Netherlands with the intention to plot attacks in Europe,” the office said. “Today’s arrests must be seen in that light.”



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