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Billionaire investor Bill Ackman donated $18,000 to a toddler whose parents were killed in the Highland Park shooting

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Billionaire investor Bill Ackman took to Twitter to criticize mass shootings in the US.
  • Billionaire investor Bill Ackman has donated $18,000 to a fundraiser for 2-year-old Aiden McCarthy.
  • The toddler's parents were killed in a mass shooting on the Fourth of July in Highland Park, Illinois.
  • Ackman publicly condemned mass shootings in the US following the attack.

Billionaire investor Bill Ackman has donated $18,000 to a GoFundMe page raising funds for 2-year-old Aiden McCarthy, whose parents were killed at the Fourth of July shooting in Highland Park, Illinois.

The toddler was found covered in blood at the mass shooting, but was not injured. His father, Kevin McCarthy, 37, died shielding him, the toddler's grandfather told The Chicago Sun-Times. His mother, Irina McCarthy, 35, also died in the shooting.

An organizer set up the GoFundMe donation page for McCarthy on Tuesday with permission from the family, according to the page. It aimed to raise $500,000 but has garnered over $2.8 million in donations from over 52,000 people so far.

Ackman is the top donor to the fundraiser under the name "William Ackman." A representative for Ackman confirmed the donation to Insider, but did not provide further comments.

Ackman is the founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, a hedge fund. He has a net worth of $2.8 billion, according to Forbes.

Following the Highland Park shooting, he took to Twitter to condemn mass shootings in the US.

—Bill Ackman (@BillAckman) July 5, 2022


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A GOP candidate is running a campaign to 'make rifles great again,' complete with a video of him toting a rifle to scare off people dressed in KKK outfits

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Jerone Davison, who is running for Congress in Arizona, posted a video on Twitter on July 6 with the caption "Make Rifles Great Again."
  • In a campaign video, Jerone Davison uses a gun to scare off a group of people in Ku Klux Klan robes.
  •  He baselessly claims he needs a semiautomatic to fend off "angry Democrats in Klan hoods."
  • Davison posted the video to Twitter on July 6, writing: "Make Rifles Great Again."

A GOP congressional candidate in Arizona has posted a bizarre, racially charged, pro-gun campaign video on Twitter.

Davison posted the video on Twitter on July 6 with the caption "Make Rifles Great Again," along with the hashtag #SelfDefense and #2A — a reference to the Second Amendment. 

The video appears to show a group of armed individuals in Ku Klux Klan outfits, one toting a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, approaching a home where Davison waits dressed in a suit.

"Democrats would like to say that no one needs an AR-15 for self-defense, that no one could possibly need all 30 rounds," he says in a voiceover.

Davison then appears to emerge from the home to approach the group while carrying an AR-15-style rifle.

"But when this rifle is the only thing standing between your family and a dozen angry Democrats in Klan hoods, you might just need that semi-automatic and all 30 rounds," he baselessly claims in his voiceover for the video.

—Jerone Davison for Congress #AZCD4 (@Jerone4Congress) July 6, 2022


Responding to a Twitter user who called the video a "cinematic depiction" of congressional hopeful's life growing up, Davison wrote: "I was born in 1970 in Mississippi. When the KKK came to town, I always felt safe, because my father had rifles to protect us."

"Racist white liberals love to tell me that my LIVED EXPERIENCE didn't happen!" he added.

Davison, a former NFL player for the Oakland Raiders, is currently running for Congress in Arizona. His video was posted two days after a mass shooting during a Fourth of July parade in Illinois' Highland Park, left seven people dead and dozens injured.

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A fuel shortage is driving Laos — which is on the brink of a debt default — to seek out cheap Russian oil

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There's an acute fuel shortage in the Southeast Asian country of Laos.
  • The Southeast Asian country of Laos is discussing oil purchases with sanctions-hit Russia.
  • Laos is facing an economic crisis from a huge debt pile, a fuel shortage, and rising inflation.
  • Moody's downgraded Laos' credit rating further into junk territory last month, citing default risks.

The Southeast Asian country of Laos is discussing oil purchases with sanctions-hit Russia, the Nikkei reported, citing local media.

It's the latest Asian country after bankrupt Sri Lanka to face serious economic challenges from a huge debt pile, an acute fuel shortage, and rising inflation.

Long queues have been forming at gas stations in the Laotian capital city of Vientiane as motorists scramble for fuel. Gas stations in the city typically shut around 9 p.m. but are now closing up around 4 p.m. after they run out of fuel, the Nikkei reported.

The crisis has been brewing for months after Russia's invasion of Ukraine exacerbated an ongoing global energy crunch. Regular gas prices in Laos have risen 40% in the four months since Russia invaded Ukraine, per the Nikkei. That's in part due to the local currency falling almost 40% against the US dollar — the dominant currency for international trade — in the last year.

To manage the crisis, Laos' government in May said it would be looking to buy cheaper fuels from new sources including Russia, according to the Laotian Times.

Russian gas is 70% cheaper than supplies from other international sources, according to Nikkei, citing local media.

Laos follows Sri Lanka in seeking out cheap Russian oil. Sri Lanka, which has already fallen into sovereign default, is planning to send an official delegation to Russia to negotiate oil deals.

Although purchases of Russian energy products undermine sweeping sanctions against the country over the war in Ukraine, they are not in violation of US or European Union sanctions. That's because these trade restrictions do not forbid buyers outside US and EU jurisdictions from buying Russian oil.

Laos abstained from a United Nations resolution condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Laotian President Thongloun Sisoulith said at a conference in May that the country "will not take sides in today's conflicts and disputes," the Nikkei reported.

Laos borrowed heavily — especially from China — and is 'on the brink of default'

Laos is also the latest Asian country to face a debt crisis as public borrowing hit $14.5 billion last year, according to a World Bank report published in April.

The country held $1.3 billion in reserves in December 2021 — but has to repay debts of around the same amount every year until 2025, according to the World Bank. Half of the debt is to China for major infrastructure projects, including a high-speed rail link to the east Asian economic giant that opened in December.

Ratings agency Moody's last month downgraded Laos credit rating further into junk territory, citing "severe liquidity stress."

The country is "on the brink of default" Anushka Shah, a vice president and senior credit officer at Moody's, told Bloomberg in June.

Landlocked Laos, with a population of 7.5 million, is one of the least developed countries in Asia with a GDP of $18.8 billion in 2021, according to the World Bank. In comparison, Indonesia — Southeast Asia's largest economy — had a GDP of $1.2 trillion.

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Kremlin official suggests Russia could one day try to reclaim Alaska from the US

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A paratrooper treks through the snow during an operation in Alaska.
  • Russian lawmaker Vyacheslav Volodin said Russia could seek to reclaim Alaska from the US one day.
  • "Let America always remember: there is a part of its territory that is Russia — Alaska," he said.
  • The US purchased Alaska from the Russian government for $7.2 million in 1867.

A Russian official this week threatened the US over the freezing of Russian assets, urging it to remember that Alaska was once part of Russia's territory.

"Let America always remember: there is a part of its territory that is Russia — Alaska," Vyacheslav Volodin, a Putin ally and speaker of the Russian parliament's lower house, said on Wednesday, according to multiple media outlets.

"When they attempt to appropriate our assets abroad, they should be aware that we also have something to claim back," Volodin added in remarks reported on by the Associated Press and Russian publication RBC News. 

Per RBC News, Volodin also referenced a suggestion made by State Duma Vice Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy that a referendum could be held in Alaska on the matter.

The US purchased the territory of Alaska from the Russian government in 1867. At the time, the US signed a check for $7.2 million to pay for Alaska, along with a Treaty of Cession that confirmed the territory's acquisition.

Alaska now commemorates Alaska Day every year on October 18, marking the day that the territory was transferred from Russia to the US. Alaska was admitted to the Union in 1959

In other hawkish comments made on Wednesday, Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy secretary of Russia's Security Council, posted a long tirade on Telegram in which he slammed "any attempts to create tribunals or courts" to investigate Russia's actions in Ukraine. 

"It won't work with Russia, they know it well," Medvedev wrote. "That's why the rotten dogs of war are barking in such a disgusting way."

Warning that it would be "absurd" to try to "punish a country with the largest nuclear potential," Medvedev also slammed the US for attempting to "spread chaos and destruction across the world for the sake of 'true democracy.'

"The entire US history since the times of subjugation of the native Indian population represents a series of bloody wars," Medvedev wrote, referencing other US actions such as its bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II and its involvement in the Vietnam War.

"Was anyone held responsible for those crimes? What tribunal condemned the sea of blood spilled by the U.S. there?" Medvedev asked.

Medvedev's comments were not the first time the Russians threatened Ukraine's allies with nuclear warfare. In May, a Russian propagandist warned that a nuclear strike could wipe out the UK and Ireland.

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Mick Mulvaney says GOP members see Trump as 'damaged' and that he would not vote for former president again

Wed, 07/06/2022 - 10:43pm  |  Clusterstock
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney (L) listen to comments during a luncheon with representatives of the United Nations Security Council, in the Cabinet Room at the White House on December 5, 2019 in Washington, DC.
  • Trump's former chief of staff claimed that the January 6 hearings are hurting the former President.
  • Mick Mulvaney said that within the GOP, many now see Trump as "damaged."
  • In an interview with CNN, Mulvaney added that he would not vote for Trump again.

Mick Mulvaney said that former President Donald Trump is seen as "damaged" by GOP insiders following the January 6 hearings, and confirmed that he wouldn't vote for his former boss again.

Mulvaney served as Trump's chief of staff, and he resigned in the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the Capitol. 

"Folks especially in my party are looking at Donald Trump as damaged," Mulvaney told CNN's Kasie Hunt in an interview Wednesday.

"The significance of last week's Congressional Jan. 6 committee hearings cannot be overstated," Mulvaney said in an article for the Charlotte Observer on Wednesday.

On CNN, Mulvaney also signaled that he distrusted former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Meadows replaced him in the final months of the Trump administration and has been at the center of damning revelations being shared at the January 6 hearings.

When asked if he thought Meadows betrayed the country, Mulvaney said, "That case is being made."

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Rapper who bragged about getting rich off COVID-19 unemployment benefits to plead guilty to fraud

Wed, 07/06/2022 - 9:36pm  |  Clusterstock
A person runs by the California Employment Development Department building in Sacramento, California.
  • Fontrell Antonio Baines, or "Nuke Bizzle," released a song in 2020 called "EDD."
  • He was arrested on charges of fraudulently applying for over $1.2 million in jobless benefits, per federal prosecutors.
  • Baines is expected to plead guilty to one count of mail fraud along with another charge.

A Los Angeles-based rapper, who bragged about getting rich off of unemployment benefits during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in a song, expected to plead guilty to federal fraud, the Justice Department said in a news release on Wednesday.

Fontrell Antonio Baines, who goes by the moniker "Nuke Bizzle," admitted to 92 fraudulent Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims that resulted in losses of over $700,000 and attempted losses of about $1.25 million, according to the department.

Baines could face up to 20 years in federal prison for one count of mail fraud. He is also expected to plead guilty to one count of illegal possession of a firearm after he admitted that he had a semi-automatic pistol and 14 rounds of ammunition while with felony convictions. This could add up to 10 years to his sentence.

In September 2020, Baines released a song on Spotify called "EDD," a direct reference to the California Employment Development Department which administers state unemployment benefits.

"I done got rich off of EDD/Ain't hit no more licks 'cause of EDD," Baines rapped in the song.

Federal prosecutors quickly took notice, and Las Vegas Police arrested Baines on Sept. 23.

In his possession at the time were "eight debits cards, seven of which were in the names of other persons," prosecutors said.

The debits cards were issued in the names of third parties including identify theft victims, authorities said. The applications for the cards listed addresses Baines had access to in Beverley Hills and Koreatown, prosecutors said.

Unemployment fraud skyrocketed during the pandemic after criminals found a ripe target in the federal government aid programs that sent out more than $5 trillion to help the most hard-hit Americans and businesses.

In California, state officials said they may have sent out more than $20 billion in underserved unemployment payments to criminals, The Washington Post reported.

The US Department of Labor Office of Inspector General testified at a congressional hearing in March that the government may have made at least $163 billion in "overpayments."

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Regardless of what Biden does, Brittney Griner will likely be imprisoned for a few more months in Russia, a US official tells Politico

Wed, 07/06/2022 - 7:39pm  |  Clusterstock
Brittney Griner.
  • The Biden administration said it is working to get Brittney Griner out of Russian detention.
  • She's been in Russian custody since February when authorities accused her of carrying hashish oil in her luggage.
  • An unnamed official told Politico she'd likely remain imprisoned for at least a few more months. 

As the Biden administration continues negotiations with Russia to free Brittney Griner, sources told Politico that she would likely remain incarcerated for several more months at least.

"The Russians are making maximalist demands in exchange for Griner," an unnamed US official told Politico's NatSec Daily and West Wing Playbook.

Griner, WNBA player for the Phoenix Mercury, was taken into Russian custody on February  17. The authorities have accused her of carrying hashish oil in her luggage when traveling into a Moscow airport. Her trial began on July 1, and she faces up to 10 years in Russian imprisonment.

The US State Department maintains that Griner is "wrongfully detained" and on Wednesday, Biden told Griner's wife, Cherelle, that he "is working to secure Brittney's release as soon as possible."

However, Russia is likely asking for a Russian arms dealer, nicknamed "the Merchant of Death," in exchange for Griner, Tass, a Russian news source, reported in May.

Per Politico, the US has been reluctant to release Viktor Bout in the past, who was sentenced to 25 years in 2012.

"Viktor Bout has been international arms trafficking enemy number one for many years, arming some of the most violent conflicts around the globe," Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara told BBC in a statement after his sentencing.

Bout's attorney says that his release is likely necessary to see any American citizens detained in Russia return home.

"It has been communicated to the American side very clearly that they're going to have to get real on Viktor Bout if they expect any further prisoner exchanges," Bout's attorney, Steve Zissou, told the New York Times. "My sense of this is that no American is going home unless Viktor Bout is sent home with them."

Russia has also detained two US Marine veterans, including Paul Whelan who was accused of espionage and sentenced to 16 years, and Trevor Reed, who was recently released.

On April 27, the US engaged in a prisoner swap with Russia, allowing for the return of Reed in exchange for a drug smuggler, Konstantin Yaroshenko, who'd been in US custody since 2010. Russia detained and convicted Reed in 2019 for attacking Russian authorities.

Reed's release was regarded by some as a positive indication for Griner, meaning there is a possibility for her release amid the Russia-Ukraine war.

"All the pressure is going on Biden while the pressure should be on Putin," the unnamed official told Politico, adding that Griner "hits all these cultural buttons," including being Black, gay, and a famous athlete.

Reed himself argued Brittney's release may be more complicated.

"Brittney, especially in Russia, is probably in a lot of ways in a worse position than I was because Brittney is African American. There's a large portion of the population in Russia which is racist," Reed said at a Houston rally for the basketball star in June.

"They also have a government that systematically discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual people under Vladimir Putin," Reed added. "And those things are obviously going to make Brittney's time there a lot more difficult than if they just had taken another American hostage."

Griner recently wrote a letter to President Biden asking him to do everything he can to get her back to the US.

"As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I'm terrified I might be here forever," Griner's Independence Day letter said.

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Delta's futuristic new airport screen uses cameras and sensors to show personalized flight info to multiple people at once — here's how it works

Wed, 07/06/2022 - 7:26pm  |  Clusterstock
Delta and Parallel Reality's personalized flight info board at the Detroit Airport
  • A futuristic new screen can show dozens travelers their flight individual information at once.
  • Called Parallel Reality, the screen can display personalized information to 100 people simultaneously.
  • Delta is testing the screen in Detroit's airport.

It's time to ditch the crumpled boarding passes and stop staring at thousands of flights on a board, because Delta just science-fictionalized the airport experience. 

Through a partnership with California-based startup Misapplied Sciences, the airline has installed a flight information board in the Detroit airport that uses futuristic tech to simultaneously show several travelers personalized information about their flight. 

While staring at the same screen — dubbed "Parallel Reality" — up to 100 people can see something entirely different. The screen shows each passenger their gate number, departure time, and even which direction to walk and how long it will take to get there. Here's how it works.

Passengers must 'opt-in' at a kiosk to use the screenTo utilize the screen, passengers have to opt-in to the experience at a kiosk outside of security.

After making it through security, passengers will run into the "Parallel Reality Experience" kiosk, where they can either choose to opt-in to view the screen, or keep walking.

To quell privacy concerns, the screen won't work for passengers who don't choose to partake in the experience, Albert Ng, CEO of Misapplied Sciences, told Insider.

"We are not ambiently detecting who you are as you're walking through the airport," he said. 

People who skip the Parallel Reality screen will just see a nondescript board; None of their personal information will be displayed, nor will they be able to see anyone else's.

Passengers can use a boarding pass or a face scan to startThe screen will only show your information if you opt-in using a boarding pass or facial scan.

Passengers can try it out either by scanning their boarding pass or using Delta's digital ID facial-recognition system

"A relationship is created between your identity and your position, so that the motion camera follows your shape," Greg Forbes, Delta's managing director of airport experience, told Insider. "That's what tells the display which direction to aim your information. As you move through the viewing space, your location is tracked, and your message follows you."

How does it actually work?Each person looking at the Parallel Reality board will see their own flight information.

Each pixel in the screen can send different colors of light in tens of thousands of directions — so while one person perceives one color, the person next to them can see another, the company says. 

The technology only works in a viewing area in front of the screen, so as soon as a passenger leaves the area, their information is deleted, Forbes said. If you wanted to do it again, you'd have to go back to the kiosk and start from the beginning.

Right now, the screen is only available in Detroit's airport. But both Forbes and Ng said they envision a number of different uses for it, from Sky Club lounges to places beyond the airport, like stadiums or other entertainment venues.

"It's simply the tip of the iceberg," Ng said. "It's a glimpse into what the future could look like."

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During Trump's presidency, 2 of his nemeses faced invasive IRS audits that impacted about 1 out of 30,600 in 2017 and 1 out of 19,250 in 2019

Wed, 07/06/2022 - 7:00pm  |  Clusterstock
Former FBI Director James Comey.
  • Former FBI director James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe faced intensive IRS audits in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
  • The IRS audit program affected about one in 30,600 individual tax returns in 2017 and one in 19,250 in 2019.
  • Both men were dismissed from the bureau following a string of public attacks from the former president.

Former FBI director James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe — both nemeses of former President Donald Trump — were subjected to rare, random IRS audits during Trump's presidency, The New York Times reported.

In 2017, the IRS selected about 5,000 individuals who would undergo the intensive audit out of 153 million taxpayers who filed for returns that year, according to The Times report, equivalent to one out of 30,600.

Among those who were subject to the random audit was Comey, who was abruptly fired as FBI director in May 2017 by Trump over the bureau's probe into Trump's ties to Russia.

Two years later, McCabe, who served as deputy to Comey before being appointed acting FBI director after his firing, underwent the same type of audit by the IRS. McCabe was among the 8,000 returns subjected to the audit out of the 154 individual million returns filed that year — or about one in 19,250.

McCabe was dismissed a day before he was set to retire following a string of public attacks by the former president, who accused him of corruption.

Per notices sent by the IRS and obtained by The Times, Comey was notified in 2019 that his 2017 return, which was filed jointly with his spouse, would be audited, and McCabe was notified in 2021 for his 2019 return, also filed jointly with his spouse.

"The results of this and other compliance research examinations will improve our efforts to help taxpayers understand and follow the tax law," the letters read. "It will also reduce unnecessary and costly examinations, and reduce burden on taxpayers."

Given the slim chances of being selected for the invasive audit, it appears to be an extraordinary instance that two former FBI directors, both of whom were opponents of the incumbent president at the time, would be subjected to the random program.

"Lightning strikes, and that's unusual, and that's what it's like being picked for one of these audits," John Koskinen, who served as IRS commissioner from 2013 to 2017, told The Times.

"The question is: Does lightning then strike again in the same area? Does it happen?" Koskinen continued. "Some people may see that in their lives, but most will not — so you don't need to be an anti-Trumper to look at this and think it's suspicious."

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The sinking of Russia's Black Sea Fleet flagship highlights deadly lessons learned in another war 40 years ago

Wed, 07/06/2022 - 6:23pm  |  Clusterstock
Moskva, flagship of Russian Black Sea Fleet, in Sevastopol in 2008.
  • Ukraine surprised the world by sinking Russian missile cruiser Moskva in the Black Sea this spring.
  • The attack showed how modern warships are susceptible to well-planned attacks with modern weapons.
  • It was a demonstration of vulnerabilities on display in a South Atlantic naval clash 40 years ago.

In late April, Ukraine surprised Russia and the world by sinking Russian guided-missile cruiser Moskva with what one official said were two well-placed anti-ship missiles.

Russia's navy has mostly dominated the waters around Ukraine during the war, so Ukraine sinking the Moskva — the flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet — was unexpected and highlighted the potency of anti-ship missiles even against well-defended ships.

The way Moskva was sunk is also a reminder of the deadly lessons learned in another major war 40 years ago.

The MoskvaMoskva in the Mediterranean Sea near the Syrian coast, December 17, 2015.

A Slava-class guided-missile cruiser, the Moskva was designed to take out US aircraft carriers and was outfitted with the weapons to do so.

It could carry 16 P-500 anti-ship missiles, 104 S-300F anti-aircraft missiles, 40 9K33 air-defense missiles, two 130mm cannons, anti-submarine mortars, torpedoes, and six close-in weapon systems. Because of its armament and size — more than 600 feet long and displacing over 11,000 tons — Moskva would difficult to sink.

On the night of April 13, the Ukrainian military launched two Neptune anti-ship missiles that flew about 50 feet above the water on their way to Moskva. As they neared the warship, they dropped to just above the surface to avoid the ship's missile defenses.

The Ukrainians had to aim their Neptunes very well, but after their impact, cascading explosions fueled by Moskva's munitions, as well as what was likely its crew's poor training and leadership, helped doom the Russian ship.

The Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone has been a key instrument used by the Ukrainian military to repel Russian forces.

Ukraine's military reportedly used a Bayraktar TB2 drone to track Moskva's movements and to distract its crew and sensors from the incoming missiles. The Moskva's sinking is in many regards a reflection of a new age in naval warfare, as the use of a drone to track and distract a large enemy surface ship, making it more vulnerable to attack, is a first.

Since the Moskva was sunk, Russia's navy has largely lost its freedom of movement along Ukraine's coast. Kyiv says its anti-ship missiles have wreaked havoc on Russian warships, sinking 14 small and large vessels as of June.

Surface combatants are by no means obsolete. Aircraft carriers, destroyers, cruisers, and frigates are still highly useful and can fill many roles, ranging from force projection and deterrence to long-range attack and area defense.

But new weapons on display in Ukraine add to the threats that have long challenged surface ships' ability to survive in modern warfare, as illustrated in the naval clashes of the Falklands War.

ARA General Belgrano and HMS SheffieldArgentina Navy cruiser ARA General Belgrano sinking, May 2, 1982.

Two incidents during the Falklands War in 1982 highlighted the enduring danger that surface ships faced from air and undersea threats.

On May 2, 1982, after days of hunting, British nuclear-powered submarine HMS Conqueror launched three Mark 8 torpedoes at Argentine light cruiser ARA General Belgrano. Within minutes, the Argentine warship was sinking, taking 323 of its 1,100 crew with it.

Belgrano was only the second surface warship to be sunk by a submarine since World War II, and it showed the danger that subs pose to surface combatants.

Days later, Argentina struck back. On May 4, Argentine jets attacked HMS Sheffield, a Type 42 guided-missile destroyer, launching two AM39 Exocet anti-ship cruise missiles and scoring one hit.

Residual fuel from missile triggered a blaze in the ship, eventually igniting Sheffield's fuel tank and destroying most of the forward part of the vessel. The destroyer sank on May 10, as it was being towed by another British ship. Of the 268 crew, 20 were killed and dozens more injured.

HMS Sheffield after being hit by an Argentine Exocet missile, May 10, 1982.

HMS Sheffield was one of four ships that the British would lose to Argentine air attacks. Argentine aircraft struck three Royal Navy vessels with Exocets, sinking each and killing 46 British sailors.

Guided missiles were first used to sink ships during World War II, and the Falklands War showed the enduring danger they posed, even to advanced warships. Following the war, the US Navy tested Exocets against its own defenses, which downed all but one of the dozen missiles fired at US ships, according to John Lehman, the secretary of the Navy at the time.

"The cruise missile is nothing new for naval forces. It's clear the Russians either never learned the lessons, more probably, or forgot them all, because almost every lesson that came out of World War II and subsequent wars was ignored in the Moskva," Lehman told at a think-tank audience in April.

"The worry is that US and Western and NATO navies have forgotten what they should be remembering in training and in equipment and in materiel and in ship design. All of those things are important in naval warfare," Lehman said.

Stavros Atlamazoglou is a defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate.

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale preview is live, but some cardholders can start shopping discounts now

Wed, 07/06/2022 - 6:12pm  |  Clusterstock

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  • The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public on July 15, but some cardholders can shop now.
  • Learn how to shop ahead of time, get a $60 Bonus Note, and what brands will be on sale, below.
  • We also rounded up 17 of the best deals included this year, from clothing to skincare.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the brand's biggest sale of the year — and it's almost here. As the company's annual sitewide savings event, this is the time to find some of the best discounts and deals of the entire year — and that includes Black Friday. 

The sale officially begins on July 15, but there are plenty of things you can do to prepare beforehand, including saving the items you want to buy.

As of right now, everyone is able to preview the items that will be discounted, and you'll find brands like Nike, Allsaints, UGG, La Mer, Hugo Boss, Zella, and more included in the sale. You can also add items to your wishlist, making it quick and easy to find them and check out once the sale begins.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale dates:

Nordstrom cardholders can shop early depending on their membership tier. Icon members can begin shopping today, July 6, Ambassador members can begin shopping on July 7, and Influencer members can begin shopping on July 9. On July 15, the sale goes live to the public.

If you're not already a cardholder, you can sign up now and get a $60 Bonus Note to spend upon approval.

Below, we've rounded up some of the best finds from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale preview that's going on now, followed by an FAQ section to answer all of your questions. 

Rhone Men's Performance Band Collar Polo

This polo top is a high-performance shirt with a sleek design. Its sweat-wicking fabric works hard to resist chafing and odors while you put in work at the gym.

Duer Live Lite Cotton Blend Joggers

The gathered cuffs on the bottom of these Duer Live Lite Cotton Blend Joggers turn a classic style into your new favorite pair of comfortable pants.

Allsaints Spotter Button-Up Shirt Jacket

This Spotter Button-Up Shirt Jacket is the perfect layer that looks twice as good paired with any basic with half the effort.

PMD Personal Microderm Elite Pro Exfoliation Device

For in-office professional microdermabrasion treatment results, this Personal Microderm Exfoliation Device gets the job done from your own bathroom.

Replica Jazz Club Set

Just in case this scent wasn't enough in a perfume, Maison Margiela's Jazz Club will be available as a set paired with a scented candle of the same woody, spicy cologne.

Free People FP Movement Free Throw Jumpsuit

This Free People jumpsuit in Fuchsia Fizz is the mood booster you need to get excited for the day and pumped for yoga class.

Zella Restore Soft Pocket Leggings

The Zella Restore Soft Pocket Leggings are high waisted to accentuate any shape and feature side pockets to store chapstick, key fobs, gym cards or anything else in need of stashing.

Topshop Abstract Colorblock Sweater

This cozy crewneck is covered in panels made up of five different colors, making it easy to match for an unlimited amount of #OOTD moments.

ALO Aces Tennis Skirt

Minimal in the front, pleated in the back, and designed with shorts underneath, this ALO Aces Tennis Skirt is fun and sporty from every angle. 

Madewell Huston Lightspun Pull-On Tapered Crop Pants

Cropped and comfy, these supersoft Madewell pants give the feel of pajamas but with a more polished look. Not only are they available in sizes ranging from XXS to XXL, but they are said to fit true to size for a guaranteed good fit.

Supergoop Glow Duo

It's officially a Supergoop summer now that the brand's bestsellers are available in a set. The Glow Screen for your body and the Glow Stick for your face are sun-protecting staples that give you a dewy finish for healthier and happier skin.

Dior Addict Lip Set

The TikTok famous Dior Addict Maximizer Plumping Gloss is now available in a set with a full-size Addict Lip Glow Balm and Addict Lip Maximizer Serum.

NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Kit

During the Anniversary Sale, this award-winning skincare device made to rejuvenate and improve your appearance will be available for over $100 less. In this kit, the NuFACE Trinity Facial Trainer Gel and Device work together to tone facial muscles while improving contour and and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Necessaire The Body Duo Set

The Necessaire Body Wash and Body Lotion are the vegan and cruelty-free skincare products that are gentle enough to be used daily and free of sulfates, fragrances and other artificial ingredients.

Nars Orgasm Blush Duo

Add this Nars set to your wishlist if you don't want to miss out on full sizes of two award-winning Orgasm Blushes. With two for nearly the price of one, you'll have blush for this summer season and the next.

Paula's Choice Jumbo BHA Set

Considered a Paula's Choice cult-favorite, the brand's popular Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant with Salicylic Acid will be available in a jumbo size for at home and a travel size for on the go.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Deluxe Brow Kit $68 Value

This three-piece set includes everything you need to achieve full and defined brows. It includes the Brow Wiz Mechanical Brow Pencil for filling in sparse hairs, Brow Definer for additional shading and Clear Brow Gel for locking them in place.

Frequently asked questionsWhen is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and when does it end? 

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale opens to the public on July 15, but cardholders can gain access as early as July 6. The sale ends on July 31 for everyone. 

Is everything on sale? 

While not every item is on sale, there are items in every category available at a discount during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. From women's and men's clothing to home and beauty, you'll find sales across all of Nordstrom's product categories. You can shop online, in-store, or even through curbside pick-up. 

What other Nordstrom sales should I know about? 

Nordstrom's Half Yearly and Black Friday Sales are two of the brand's other big shopping events. However, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale remains to be the biggest with the best discounts.

Should I sign up for a Nordstrom Credit Card?

If you're thinking about becoming a Nordstrom cardholder, it's recommended to sign up before the upcoming sale. That way, you'll gain early access to the sale and receive a $60 bonus note to shop.

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Group of Pennsylvania Republicans call Trump-backed Doug Mastriano an 'extremist' and endorse Democratic rival Josh Shapiro for governor

Wed, 07/06/2022 - 6:11pm  |  Clusterstock
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat running for governor, has sought to portray his opponent Doug Mastriano as out of step with the mainstream.
  • A group of current and former elected Pennsylvania Republicans has endorsed Democrat Josh Shapiro.
  • Shapiro is running against Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who is backed by former President Donald Trump.
  • Republicans endorsing Shapiro cited Mastriano's efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

A group of nine Pennsylvania Republicans has broken with the state GOP and announced support for the Democratic candidate for governor Josh Shapiro, calling his GOP opponent — state Sen. Doug Mastriano — an "extremist" who threatens American democracy.

In a statement released by the Shapiro campaign, the current and former elected Republicans said they would be voting for the Democrat this November in large part due to his support for the rule of law. In 2020, Shapiro, currently serving as Pennsylvania's attorney general, fought lawsuits filed by former President Donald Trump that sought to overturn the election.

Mastriano, at the same time, held briefings with Rudy Giuliani that pushed false claims of mass voter fraud; he later used campaign funds to bus supporters to Washington, DC, for the January 6, 2021, rally.

Former Rep. James Greenwood, a moderate Republican from southeast Pennsylvania who left Congress in 2005, told The Philadelphia Inquirer he feared that Mastriano, as governor, would undermine the integrity of the 2024 election. The state senator continues to push conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election and has promised to appoint a top election official who shares his views.

"I think he's an extreme, dangerous guy who is out of touch with the majority of the people in Pennsylvania," Greenwood told the paper.

Other Republicans backing Shapiro include former state House Speaker Denny O'Brien of Philadelphia, former state Rep. Dave Steil of Bucks County, and current Lawrence County Commissioner Morgany Boyd.

Mastriano's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

'A threat to the rule of law'

Former Rep. Charlie Dent, a Republican from Allentown who retired from Congress in 2018, likewise cited fears of how Mastriano could impact the next presidential election in a statement backing Shapiro. The attorney general, Dent said, would unite the state.

"Doug Mastriano, on the other hand, is an extremist who is a threat to the rule of law and the constitutional order," Dent said, per the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

First elected in 2018, Mastriano, a veteran of the US Army, established a name for himself among right-wing activists by challenging mask mandates and opposing COVID-19 vaccines, which he has falsely claimed are not true vaccines. In addition to busing supporters to Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021, a matter being investigated by the congressional committee examining the insurrection, video shows Mastriano was at the US Capitol when rioters breached police lines.

After receiving a late endorsement from Trump, Mastriano beat out a crowded field to become the Republican nominee for governor with a plurality of the ballots cast. Neither he nor other Republicans have challenged the legitimacy of that vote.

Since winning the nomination, Mastriano has sought to allay some Republicans' concerns about his statewide electability by focusing more on economic issues.

In an interview last week with the right-wing media outlet Newsmax, Mastriano conceded that the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade would provide a boost to his opponent's campaign given surveys that show a majority of Pennsylvanians believe it should be legal to terminate a pregnancy. The state senator, who opposes abortion in all instances, with no exception for the life of the parent, went on to call the question of reproductive rights a "distraction" from gas prices and inflation.

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An extremely early Trump 2024 announcement would be a 'train wreck' for the GOP that also won't deter the prosecutors on his heels, experts say

Wed, 07/06/2022 - 6:01pm  |  Clusterstock
Donald Trump is mulling a pre-midterms campaign launch as damaging revelations pile up.
  • Trump may be set on announcing a presidential bid this year to cow his GOP rivals.
  • An announcement before November's midterms would be a "train wreck" for Republicans, a GOP strategist told Insider.
  • It also would have little, if any, impact on whether the Justice Department decides to charge Trump.

House investigators have aired damning testimony and unfurled reams of evidence. The Justice Department is closing in with search warrants and subpoenas to key figures in the efforts to overturn the 2020 election. In Atlanta, a local prosecutor is summoning several Trump allies — including Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rudy Giuliani — to testify before a grand jury.

None of which seems to be deterring Donald Trump.

Far from on his heels, the former president is mulling an unusually early announcement that he is running for president, a move designed to steal oxygen from emergent Republican rivals and shield him from the damning revelations spilling out of the inquiries into his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Multiple news organizations have reported that he could announce a third White House bid as early as this month, but Trump recently backed off that idea, a Republican strategist told Insider following conversations with two of the former president's advisors.

An early announcement by Trump may intimidate some of his up-and-coming rivals out of the 2024 race, but it would mean tolerating some tactical downsides.

Trump would be ineligible to tap into the millions of dollars stashed in his political action committee to directly support his presidential run. Federal campaign finance laws would cap donations to a Trump campaign at $2,900 per person through the primaries, limiting the former president's ability to tap into wealthy donors. And an early announcement would thrust the polarizing former president into the midterms and backfire on Republicans aiming to focus on President Joe Biden and inflation in their bid to retake control of Congress.

Nor would an early announcement stave off potential charges stemming from his efforts to hold onto the White House.

To be sure, an official announcement would only raise the already high stakes of charging the former president for a Justice Department determined to remove itself from the politicization of the Trump era.

But Trump should not expect another run for president to serve as any kind of forcefield against prosecution, former prosecutors and other legal experts said, no matter how much an active candidacy would complicate a case for the Justice Department.

"Announcing years before an election, I don't think that will serve as the proper prophylactic to have DOJ back off," said former acting US attorney Michael Sherwin, who led the federal prosecutor's office in Washington, DC, in the final months of the Trump administration and oversaw the initial prosecutions stemming from the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks about President Donald Trump during a campaign rally Tuesday, November 26, 2019, in Sunrise, Florida.'Win first'

An early campaign announcement could carry the political upside of crowding out Republican rivals who prefer not to enter a contest against him.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has polled at or even ahead of Trump, hasn't said whether he'd run for the White House as he gears up for his gubernatorial reelection this year. It's not clear how a Trump announcement would factor into his decisionmaking.

That attention isn't lost on Trump. He sees DeSantis as a rival and, in conversations with advisors that have spilled into news reports, chafed at a governor 33 years his junior who represents a new generation of Republican populists informed by Trump.

It's growing increasingly clear that not all Republicans see Trump as the de-facto nominee for their party in 2024, regardless of when he announces, NBC News reported.

Trump's advisers are urging him to delay an announcement until 2023, but a chief perspective for Trump would be that of of his wife, Melania Trump, according to the GOP strategist who has spoken to Trump's advisors. 

One of the reasons Republicans are urging Trump to wait is to help congressional candidates and sitting lawmakers make inroads in the November midterms. Democrats are beleagured by soaring inflation and their failure to deliver on key aspects of Biden's agenda, with Republicans poised to benefit from voter dissatisfaction. 

Republicans have focused much of their campaign messaging on the high prices weighing down voters under President Joe Biden's watch, and a Trump announcement could impact the 2022 midterms "in uncertain ways," said one Republican strategist who discussed an early announcement with Trump.   

"Win first, answer questions later," the person said. Some worry that Republicans' chances to retake the House could be hurt if Democrats are successfully able to make midterms about Trump, a circumstance that likely contributed to GOP losses in two 2021 runoffs that gave Democrats their razor-thin control of the Senate.

One top GOP strategist told Insider that a pre-midterm announcement from Trump would be a "train wreck for the party" and "a complete mess."

"It will take the emphasis off Biden and the administration and put it on Trump — which is right where he likes it — and would be terrible for candidates" who will then be asked about Trump's campaign as well as their thoughts on the January 6 hearings, the person said.

Campaign finance laws are another reason to wait. After an announcement, Trump would have to set up an official campaign account that would accept no more than $2,900 for donations from individuals, said Sheila Krumholtz, executive director of OpenSecrets, a nonpartisan reseach organization focused on money in politics. 

Currently, Trump can raise unlimited sums through Super PACs and coordinate on messaging and events. He also doesn't have to report all the spending details from his political operation, which would include everything from payroll and travel to polling firms. 

"The more money politicians can raise and stand outside of the limits before they start a campaign, the easier it is to raise money," Krumholtz said. 

The testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top aide to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, shed light on Trump's mindset in the run-up to the Jan. 6 attack.'I'm off-limits'

Trump has a reputation for responding to investigations with accusations of political bias. In the face of an investigation into the Trump Organization, Trump's lawyers accused New York Attorney General Letitia James of prosecutorial misconduct and highlighted past statements in which she referred to Trump as an "illegitimate president" who "should be scared" of her.

Meanwhile, Trump deployed a label he'd previously used against the Russia investigation: "witch hunt."

During the Russia investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller III's team declined to consider indicting Trump in light of the Justice Department's longstanding policy against charging a sitting president. Now, more than a year removed from the presidency, Trump has lost that protection at a time of mounting legal risk.

"You can't let the former president immunize himself by declaring his candidacy super early and then claiming, 'Now I'm off-limits, you can't indict me,'" said Randall Eliason, a George Washington University law professor and former public corruption prosecutor in the US attorney's office in Washington, DC. "If he is charged, no matter when it happens, part of what he's going to claim is: This is political and this is the Biden Justice Department trying to take me out. He will claim that whether or not he has announced his candidacy."

In damning testimony last week, a former White House aide said Trump learned that some supporters gathered on January 6, 2021, were armed before he urged them to "fight like hell" and march on the Capitol. The bombshell testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, once a top aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, shed light on Trump's mindset and activities ahead of the Capitol attack and eroded any potential legal defense that he was merely propounding well-founded concerns about election fraud.

Hutchinson's testimony came within a week of the Justice Department issuing subpoenas and executing search warrants in connection with January 6 and efforts to overturn the 2020 election. On June 22, federal investigators searched the home of Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department who backed Trump's baseless election fraud claims, and FBI agents seized the phone of John Eastman, a conservative attorney behind a fraught legal theory for then-Vice President Mike Pence to delay or block the certification of Joe Biden's electoral victory.

It is unclear to what extent the Justice Department's intensifying inquiry is focusing on Trump. But legal experts said the testimony before the House committee investigating January 6 could support an eventual prosecution.

A third run for president could influence any decision by the Justice Department to bring charges — "but not yet," said Barb McQuade, a University of Michigan law professor and former US attorney in Detroit.

McQuade pointed to a Justice Department policy to avoid bringing cases or taking investigative steps that could affect the outcome of an election. "That usually results in inaction around 60 days before an election. Primary elections will not be held until 2024, so I don't think a campaign announcement will have much effect on a DOJ investigation," she said. "I would expect charges, if any, to be filed well before then."

Hutchinson's testimony was particularly damaging in that it addressed areas of potential criminality that House lawmakers, lawyers, and judges had already identified. In her two-hour appearance before the House select committee, Hutchinson recounted a conversation she had with then-White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who pulled her aside just days before January 6 out of concern about Trump's considerations of marching to the Capitol with supporters.

"We're going to get charged with every crime imaginable," Cipollone said, according to Hutchinson's recollection of the January 3, 2021 conversation.

One of the crimes on Cipollone's mind at the time was the same one the House committee accused Trump of committing in a March court filing: obstruction of an official proceeding, a felony carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. A federal judge in California also said that Trump "likely" obstructed Congress, in a ruling that described the former president and Eastman's activities as a "coup in search of a legal theory."

Another judge suggested that Trump incited the crowd that gathered near the White House on January 6 for a "Stop the Steal" rally. In a February ruling, Judge Amit Mehta said that, after fostering an "air of distrust and anger" with his claims the 2020 election had been stolen, Trump should have realized that his supporters would have interpreted his incendiary speech as a "call to action." Mehta's ruling allowed civil lawsuits to proceed against Trump in connection with January 6.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to charge Trump falls to the Justice Department, where Attorney General Merrick Garland has repeatedly declared himself unmoved by political pressure and stressed that prosecutors will "follow the facts and the law." Garland has also reiterated that "no one is above the law."

Still, any charges against Trump would surely draw outcry from Republicans and claims that the Justice Department was taking out Biden's political rival.

Norm Eisen, who served as counsel for House Democrats in Trump's first impeachment, told Insider that a 2024 candidacy would be a "complicating factor" in any consideration of charges against Trump.

But, he told Insider, "we can't allow a presidential candidate to effectively self-pardon by a premature, atypically early announcement of a reelection campaign.

"I don't think prosecutors should allow his decision whether or not to run again to influence them. I would prefer a world in which we weren't forced to make these decisions about an ex-president, but it would be even worse to have a world in which an ex-president could behave with utter legal impunity and get away with it and commit really outrageous violations of law with no consequences."

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson sacks Michael Gove, hints other Cabinet roles will change amid leadership crisis

Wed, 07/06/2022 - 5:26pm  |  Clusterstock
Michael Gove, leveling up secretary, speaks to journalists in Westminster
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sacked Michael Gove after the senior minister told him to resign.
  • The Prime Minister is "buoyant" and "up for a fight," aide James Duddridge told Sky News.
  • He added that some "major appointments" would be made tonight as Johnson fills dozens of vacancies.

A defiant Boris Johnson has refused to resign and instead sacked Michael Gove, one of the most senior ministers in his government, as he begins to fight back against the current leadership crisis. 

Gove, who was the housing and leveling up secretary, told the prime minister he should resign earlier today, sources told Insider. 

One source said the message to Johnson was "brutal."

Gove's intervention, first reported by the Daily Mail, came before Sajid Javid, the health secretary who resigned late Tuesday night, called on Cabinet ministers to act, saying "not doing something is an active decision."

Cabinet ministers Brandon Lewis, Simon Hart, Grant Shapps, and Priti Patel were among those who visited Downing Street one-by-one to urge Johnson to stand down, sources said. 

However others, including the recently-appointed chancellor Nadhim Zahawi and long-time ally Nadine Dorries, offered support behind the prime minister.

James Duddrige, MP for Rochford and Southend East and PPS to the prime minister, told Sky News that Johnson was in a "buoyant" mood" and "he is up for a fight."

"He is going to make some changes, he is going to make some Cabinet meetings today, I wasn't in the meeting, but I am told he sacked Michael Gove," he said. "There are a number of other appointments to be made, he will be engaging with that today, as we go through.

Duddrige continued: "Nadhim Zahawi is solidly behind him, so reports there were wrong." 

Johnson would focus on tax cuts and other "red meat," Duddridge said, adding that Johnson "has got a 14m mandate from the British public — he now needs to deliver [on] that. Now is not the time for a stupid election." 

Through a turbulent Wednesday, dozens of junior ministers and aides quit the government, leaving some MPs to speculate that there would not be enough backbenchers able to fill the vacancies. 

Duddridge told Sky News there would be "some major appointments made tonight," and that there were many MPs "keen, willing, and able to serve."

But one MP told Insider that Johnson was "delusional" if he thought he could remain in place. 

Another MP said he expected as many as three-quarters of the Cabinet to resign in the coming days, after several senior ministers visited Johnson to tell him he must go on Wednesday afternoon and evening.

A third MP said Johnson would have to resign "tonight, maybe tomorrow — either way he's gone."

On Twitter, senior Tory Bob Neill said: "Our country is being made a laughing stock by one person's obsessive selfishness."

Andrew Murrison, who had earlier quit as one of the prime minister's envoys, added: "[It is the] absolute duty of remaining ministers in Mr Johnson's rump government to quit. Nobody making the positive choice to remain should feature in the upcoming leadership contest."

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7 ways to troubleshoot if your Outlook account is not receiving emails

Wed, 07/06/2022 - 5:15pm  |  Clusterstock
  • If your Outlook account is not receiving emails, there are several potential issues you should check on.
  • Make sure the message wasn't marked as spam or processed by an Outlook rule, and check your internet connection.
  • Here are seven of the best troubleshooting tips for fixing Outlook when it won't receive an email message. 

Most people utterly depend on email for day-to-day communication for business and personal use. That's why it's such a crisis when Outlook fails to work in mundane ways, such as not receiving email. If you are expecting an email message and it's failed to arrive, here are seven of the best ways to troubleshoot and resolve your problem. Follow the steps below and in most cases you'll be receiving email in no time.

Did it go to junk mail?

This might seem obvious in hindsight, but many people forget to check their junk or spam filter when waiting for an important message. It's far from uncommon for messages to be sent to spam in error, so double check to see if it got filed there. 

If you find an important message in the spam folder, select it and then click the Home tab in the ribbon menu. Click Junk and then choose Never Block Sender from the drop-down menu to prevent problems with similar email in the future. 

If you find the missing email in a junk or spam folder, you can "whitelist" the message so that doesn't happen again.Make sure Outlook isn't offline 

Outlook can be set to both online and offline mode, and it's possible the program is currently offline. Check the status at the bottom right of the Outlook window; you should see Connected. If it says Offline, click the Send/Receive tab in Outlook's ribbon and then click Work Offline. This should de-select the mode and you should see the status revert to Connected.  

Check your internet connection

If the status is still offline after that, you might actually have an internet connection problem. To test, try to open a web page in a browser. If you can't access the internet at all, reboot your WiFi network (unplug your internet modem and WiFi router, leave them powered off for at least two minutes, and then plug them back in again). After the network is fully restarted, test your connectivity again. Still down? You might need to contact your internet service provider for support. 

Restart Outlook

If you have a reliable internet connection but you're still not receiving email, close, and restart Outlook. You can't just close the Outlook window, because Outlook leaves services running in the background. To make sure Outlook is fully closed, use the Task Manager. 

1. Click Start and then type "task manager."

2. Click Task Manager in the search results when you see it appear. 

3. Click Microsoft Outlook and then click End task

4. Start Outlook again. 

Double-check for rules

This might not be a common problem, but it can crop up occasionally. If you have configured Outlook to automatically process email with rules, the email might have triggered a rule, been automatically processed, and then filed in a different folder, avoiding the inbox entirely.

If you're not sure if you have a rule that might have diverted your email, click the Home tab in the ribbon menu. Click Rules, then Manage Rules & Alerts. Check the Rules & Alerts dialog box for relevant rules, and then review the rule to see where the message was sent.

Check your rules to make sure that the email you're waiting for wasn't automatically diverted to another folder.Does the email contain a large attachment?

If someone tries to send you an email with a large attachment, it may be stopped by your internet service provider. You'll never know it was received but prevented from going all the way to your computer. Reach out to the email's sender and, if there were attachments, ask for the email to be sent with just the message text. The sender can provide you with links to the files stored in a cloud service like Dropbox or OneDrive. 

Repair Outlook or your profile

Finally, Microsoft offers some tools that can potentially repair Outlook if certain aspects of the program get corrupted. If you still can't receive email, it might be time to try to repair Outlook. This is a time-consuming process (it can take an hour) so save this for a last resort. 

Click Start and then choose Settings. In the Settings app's search box, type "apps" and then choose Add or Remove programs when it appears in the search results. Scroll down the app list and find Microsoft Office (depending on your version of Office, it might be labeled differently, like Microsoft 365). Click the three-dot menu to the right and choose Modify. Choose Online Repair and then click Repair

If this doesn't fix the problem, you can also try to repair your email account profile. In Outlook, choose File, then Account Settings and then choose Account Settings again from the drop-down menu. In the Accounts Settings dialog box, click the email account that won't send mail and click Repair

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Most Americans disapprove of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade: poll

Wed, 07/06/2022 - 4:55pm  |  Clusterstock
Protests in front of the Supreme Court building following the announcement to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling on June 25, 2022.
  • A majority of Americans disapprove of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  • Around six-in-ten adults disapproved of the ruling, the Pew Research Center found.
  • The court's landmark decision gives states the authority to make their own abortion laws.

Most Americans have an unfavorable view of the Supreme Court's consequential decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion, a new poll conducted by Pew Research Center found.

Roughly six-in-ten American adults disapproved of the ruling, with 43% saying they strongly disapproved, according to the poll released on Wednesday. The sentiment was largely split along political party lines, as most Democrats polled disapproved of the decision and most Republicans approved of it.

The court's decision throws out federal abortion rights of nearly 50 years and gives states the power to decide their own abortion laws. Several Republican-led states across the country have banned the procedure in the wake of the ruling, with more restrictions expected to come. 

The topic of abortion has long divided the nation, but public opinion polling has shown that a majority of Americans support its legalization. Since the June 24 decision came down, that stance has remained unchanged, with 62% of the public saying abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to the Pew Research Center. 

Public approval of the Supreme Court has waned in the past year. Only 25% of Americans expressed confidence in the nation's highest court, according to a Gallup poll released a day before the ruling.

The Pew Research Center survey was conducted between June 27 and July 4 to a nationally representative sample of 6,174 adults. The margin of error was ±1.8 percentage points. 

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Mick Mulvaney says 'the significance' of recent January 6 hearings 'cannot be overstated' as former aides paint damning portrait of Trump's leadership

Wed, 07/06/2022 - 4:50pm  |  Clusterstock
Mick Mulvaney.
  • Mick Mulvaney said fellow Republicans need to watch the House January 6 hearings.
  • The investigation is uncovering shocking details, said Mulvaney, a former Trump chief of staff.
  • Mulvaney said the significance of Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony last week "cannot be overstated."

Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Wednesday urged his fellow Republicans to pay closer attention to the January 6 hearings that have painted a devastating picture of his former boss, President Donald Trump.

"The significance of last week's Congressional Jan. 6 committee hearings cannot be overstated," Mulvaney wrote in an opinion piece for the Charlotte Observer.

Mulvaney, who was Trump's third chief of staff, stressed that many Republican complaints about the congressional panel investigating the attack on the Capitol are fair. In particular, Mulvaney pointed to the lack of cross-examination of witnesses and the panel waiting to release the full transcriptions or footage of their taped depositions.

But even with this in mind, Mulvaney said, the panel has uncovered shocking details. Despite the panel being controlled by Democrats, some of the biggest revelations have been from Republicans, he added.

"When Republicans start testifying under oath that other Republicans lost the 2020 election and then broke the law to try to change that, Republicans should pay attention," Mulvaney wrote.

Mulvaney, who represented South Carolina for four terms in the House, name-checked former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, and former Attorney General Bill Barr as Republicans whose respective testimonies are worth watching.

Hutchinson told the panel that Trump knew that there were armed supporters trying to attend his rally on January  6, 2021. Bowers testified that Rudy Giuliani privately admitted that Trump's circle had no "evidence" of widespread election fraud. And Barr depicted a president who became increasingly unhinged after losing the election, content with spreading so many "bogus" fraud claims that it was like "playing Whac-a-Mole" trying to debunk them.

Mulvaney was among a handful of high-profile Trump officials who resigned in the wake of the January 6 attack.

Two Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, serve on the January 6 panel, though they were appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled his picks from the committee after Pelosi rejected two of his selections. Trump has repeatedly expressed frustration that there aren't more loyal Republicans defending him during the hearings.

The committee's next hearing is scheduled for July 12. Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who serves on the committee, has said the hearing will focus on the planning for Trump's January 6 rally that preceded the riot and how far-right fringe groups like the Proud Boys got involved.  

Schiff told CBS' "Face the Nation" that the panel hasn't "answered all the questions that we have" about whether the Trump White House was in contact with any of the far-right groups.

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The crypto CEO who made waves for paying disgruntled employees to leave says he has no regrets about offending anyone

Wed, 07/06/2022 - 4:39pm  |  Clusterstock
Jesse Powell is the founder and CEO of crypto exchange Kraken.
  • Kraken CEO Jesse Powell said he won't change his attitude toward his controversial company culture.
  • He wrote a culture document in June, offering to pay people to leave if they didn't agree with it.
  • He told Protocol that people should be more thick-skinned and accept rules at a company.

Crypto exchange giant Kraken, whose CEO recently offered exit payments to employees who disagreed with his corporate culture, doesn't regret offending anyone.

In an interview with Protocol published Monday, Jesse Powell said he doesn't take himself too seriously and prefers not to speak politically, opting instead for staying transparent.

"I wouldn't go back and change my attitude about it," Powell told the publication. "I don't want to become completely, fully censored. I want to be able to share what I'm thinking with the company. And I hope that the company can give me the benefit of the doubt when I'm saying something that I'm not trying to attack people."

Kraken did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The drama began earlier this year when Powell unveiled to staff a program known as Jet Ski, incentivizing employees to leave the company if they didn't agree with its values,The New York Times reported in June. Employees had until June 20 to take advantage of it.

The report also detailed internal turmoil regarding the culture that Powell was cultivating, citing interviews with employees who described "hurtful" and demeaning comments about preferred gender pronouns and women.

Powell stood by his stance, saying there's a line with self-identity in the workplace. He likened an employee's work persona to a Disneyland worker playing Mickey Mouse, per Protocol.

"Your job is to be Mickey Mouse and make everyone believe that you're Mickey Mouse and to put your own identity in the back seat while you're in the theme park," Powell said. "And you can be whoever you want when you leave."

Powell rolled out a 31-page document in June detailing his company's culture that included sections like "we don't forbid offensiveness" and said there should be a "tolerance of diverse thinking."

He tweeted in mid-June that "people get triggered by everything and can't conform to basic rules of honest debate. Back to dictatorship," a post that caused backlash from critics.

In response, Powell told Protocol: "I guess some people interpreted having rules as being arrogant or being authoritarian. I don't know if these people are cut out to be working in any company."

He said his tweet was in response to having run policy decisions by others at the company, an open discussion that Powell said "was just not possible because the loudest voices basically drowned out everyone else."

The exec said people have to be a bit thick-skinned, per Protocol.

"I don't know what to say to people who feel like they deserve some kind of a workplace where they don't have to adhere to policies," Powell said. "If that comes off as authoritarian or whatever, you know, I guess that's fine."

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16 early Amazon Prime Day tech deals, including $45 off an Echo Dot with free smart bulb

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Amazon Prime Day is coming July 12 and 13, and early tech deals are pouring in. Shoppers can save on electronics like smart TVs, speakers, earbuds, and much more right now. 

We expect to see even better prices once the actual two-day sales event begins, but we're already seeing all-time lows on some devices. Below, we gathered up the best early Prime Day tech deals available now from Amazon and a handful of competing retailers.

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Netflix is doubling down on its biggest hits with a 'Stranger Things' spinoff planned, as it tries to thwart cancellations and keep its streaming crown

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Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven and Noah Schnapp as Will Byers in "Stranger Things" season four.
  • The "Stranger Things" creators are planning a spinoff for Netflix.
  • Netflix recently said that season four has crossed 1 billion viewing hours.
  • The announcement comes as Netflix is trying to thwart subscriber cancellations. 

Netflix's "Stranger Things" is set to end with its next season, but it won't be done with the show's universe after that.

The series' creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, have launched a production company called Upside Down Pictures and are making several more projects for Netflix, including a "Stranger Things" spinoff, the company announced on Wednesday.

Other projects under Upside Down Pictures include a live-action "Death Note" series based on the Japanese manga and anime, and a series adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub's novel, "The Talisman."

In a statement, the Duffers said they intend to tell stories like the ones they grew up with "where heart wins out over cynicism." That laid the groundwork for "Stranger Things," which is heavily inspired by 1980s pop culture like Steven Spielberg's "E.T."

The announcement comes on the heels of the premiere of "Stranger Things" season four's second volume, which launched on Friday and included the final two, supersized episodes of the season.

Netflix said that season four has crossed 1 billion viewing hours (the caveat is that the company is combining the first 28 days of viewership for each volume). It's the second Netflix series launch to hit the milestone after the Korean-language series "Squid Game" last year, which was watched for 1.65 billion hours in its first month.

So it's not shocking that Netflix would want more of the "Stranger Things" world, especially as it loses subscribers and faces slowing revenue growth.

The company, which has over 220 million subscribers worldwide, reported that it lost 200,000 subscribers in Q1, its first loss in a decade. It's projecting to lose another 2 million subscribers in Q2, despite "Stranger Things" season four debuting.

Netflix has had difficulty launching franchises that could compete with established IP from likes of Disney and Warner Bros. It bought the Millarworld comic company in 2017, and canceled the first TV series, "Jupiter's Legacy," to come out of the acquisition after one season. It similarly canceled its live-action "Cowboy Bebop" series adaptation after one season.

Even "The Witcher," Netflix's hit fantasy series based on the novels, saw reduced viewership in its second season. Both seasons of the show are among Netflix's top releases, but season two was watched for 484 million hours in its first month compared to 541 billion hours for season one.

But some of Netflix's top shows have managed to enter the zeitgeist, "Stranger Things" among them. The series has consistently been one of the streamer's most popular series, even leading to Kate Bush's 1985 song "Running Up That Hill" finding new life and topping music charts this year.

The company has doubled down on some of its other hits, particularly international series that could help it remain the leader in the global streaming space. It recently greenlit a second season of "Squid Game" and debuted a Korean-language remake of its hit Spanish series "Money Heist."

Netflix obviously still sees its content as one of the best ways to thwart cancellations. It intends to spend $17 billion on content this year, according to The New York Times.

But it is also planning to launch an ad-supported plan, something it had previously pushed against, and has said it aims to find ways to monetize password sharing.

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