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The fighting in Ukraine shows the vulnerability of one of modern militaries' most important weapons

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 6:33pm  |  Clusterstock
Ukrainian troops inspect a wrecked Russian Mi-8 helicopter near Kyiv, April 9, 2022.
  • The drones and light, portable missiles used in Ukraine have taken a heavy toll on troops and material.
  • The spread of such weapons raises doubts about the future role of heavy-duty hardware, including helicopters.
  • Those weapons are here to stay, but militaries can do more to help pilots and aircraft survive.

Instead of the quick Russian victory that Moscow and much of the world expected, the war in Ukraine has dragged on for nearly four months, with both sides losing thousands of troops and hundreds of aircraft and vehicles.

The havoc wreaked by drones and other light, portable weapons has spurred renewed debate about the vulnerability of heavy-duty military hardware on modern battlefields — including helicopters, which are integral part of many militaries plans to maneuver and fight.

The end of an era?A wrecked Ukrainian military helicopter being transported in Kharkiv, May 21, 2022.

In a recent column in Aviation Week, defense and aerospace analyst Sash Tusa argued that the technological advances in sensors and anti-aircraft weapons on display in Ukraine is evidence that air assault and helicopter combat missions in general are becoming less viable.

In the opening hours of the invasion, elite Russian VDV airborne troops tried to capture the Hostomel airbase near Kyiv with an air assault. Dozens of Mi-8 transport helicopters, guarded by Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters, ferried an assault force of paratroopers to the Ukrainian airfield.

The Russian air assault was ultimately a failure, as the Russian military failed to reinforce its airhead with follow-on forces and the Ukrainians counterattacked in force.

Russian paratroopers at Ukraine's Hostomel Airport, March 12, 2022.

The failure of that mission — which resembled how the US and other major militaries would conduct air-assault operations — "should have been a shock to many observers," Tusa writes, adding that Ukrainian use of artillery and of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles thwarted Russian efforts to reinforce at Hostomel and have deterred Russian helicopter operations for much of the war.

US air-assault doctrine, which the Pentagon has tried to instill in partner forces, including the Afghan and Ukrainian militaries, relies on technological and numerical superiority in advanced weapon systems, which is not representative of the capabilities of US allies and partners.

US conventional and special-operations units are accustomed to operating with US air superiority, but that is not the case for almost all other air forces. Indeed, it might not be the case for the US in war with China or Russia, which can both field an array of anti-aircraft weapons.

Helicopter warsA Ukrainian military helicopter hovers during an exhibition near Kyiv, November 8, 2021.

The airspace over Ukraine is full of threats for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

Long- and medium-range anti-aircraft weapon systems, such as the S-200, -300, and -400, are making high-altitude flights dangerous for both sides. At the same time, man-portable air-defense systems are making life below 10,000 feet hard for aircrews. Ukrainian forces have even used anti-tank missiles to shoot down low-flying Russian helicopters.

Russia has reportedly lost close to 200 helicopters. Ukrainian aircraft losses are uncertain but likely high. There are several factors behind the heavy losses of rotary-wing assets for both sides.

To begin, most rotary-wing operations in Ukraine have taken place during the day. Neither side has the US military's night-flying capabilities, so they have to take the risk of daytime flying. In addition, neither side has potent countermeasures that would help their aircraft fend off incoming threats.

"They don't have up-to-date aircraft survivability equipment or electronic-warfare technology and countermeasures," retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Greg Coker told Insider.

A Russian soldier jumps from an Mi-17 helicopter during a drill near Moscow, June 29, 2019

Coker, an AH-6 Little Bird gunship pilot and author of "Death Waits in the Dark," spent 30 years in the US military, completing 11 combat deployments with the vaunted 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, nicknamed the "Night Stalkers."

US military helicopters have special equipment, including active and passive technologies, designed to defeat infrared missiles, like Soviet-origin SA-7 and SA-14 anti-aircraft missiles that are shooting down helicopters in Ukraine today.

But as the old military adage says, technology will fail, and pilots need to be prepared to evade anti-aircraft fire by using speed and the terrain.

"They are not using the terrain to protect themselves. You must fly low and fast, constantly changing direction," said Coker, who appeared in a recent Smithsonian documentary on the AH-6 Little Bird.

Finally, the man-portable shouldered fired systems that are being used in Ukraine — including the US-made FIM-92 Stinger that was made famous for inflicting devastating Soviet losses in Afghanistan in the 1980s — are particularly effective.

In the absence of competent night-flying capabilities, Ukrainian and Russian pilots could adopt a number of tactics, techniques, and procedures to increase their survivability.

A wrecked Russian helicopter in a field east of Kharkiv, Ukraine, May 16, 2022.

"They should utilize available terrain or go to an altitude that allows the helo to be out of range of the systems that are shooting them down — perhaps 5,000 feet," Coker said, adding that "better fire-support coordination with the ground force, if there is one" would help, as would holding off on using helicopters "until they are needed."

To be sure, the war in Ukraine is providing important lessons for every military, including the US. In a near-peer conflict with China or Russia, US helicopters would have to operate effectively in contested environments where the adversary has potent air-defense capabilities.

US military commanders should expect higher helicopter casualties in such conflicts, but US aviators say that sticking to the basics that have made US aviation so effective could help reduce, if not overcome, future threats.

"We fight at night and there is no one better. We have the best countermeasures in the world for our helicopters," Coker said. "The best helicopter pilots in the world. We fight at night!"

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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California prosecutors to drop final open client-embezzlement charges against Michael Avenatti

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 6:04pm  |  Clusterstock
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, accompanied by her former attorney, Michael Avenatti, right, talks to the media as she leaves federal court, on April 16, 2018 in New York.
  • Federal prosecutors in California have apparently had enough of Michael Avenatti.
  • In a filing Tuesday, they said they plan to drop the last client-embezzlement charges against him.
  • Already serving 5 years, Avenatti faces additional prison time at a Sept. 19 sentencing.

Federal prosecutors in California plan to cut Michael Avenatti a break by dropping the final charges in his last open criminal case, a 2019 indictment that alleges he stole $9 million from clients, according to a court filing Tuesday.

The former lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels and one-time Democratic presidential hopeful is already serving five years for stealing book-deal proceeds from Daniels and for trying to extort Nike out of $25 million. 

Avenatti will learn his final prison-time tally on Sept. 19, when he will be sentenced on four counts of wire fraud and a tax-related charges from that 2019 indictment that he pleaded guilty to last week.

"Such a sentence would obviate the need for a trial on the remaining counts" in that 2019 indictment, prosecutors wrote.

"Accordingly, the government expects to move to dismiss the remaining counts of the Indictment after sentence is imposed" on Sept. 19, they wrote.

Avenatti faces a potential maximum of 83 years in prison; he is expected to get far less time, though the sentencing will very likely add to his time behind bars.

"He's holding up well under the circumstances," his lawyer, Dean Steward, told Insider of Avenatti, who is in a federal prison near Los Angeles. "He's a very strong individual." 

 

 

 

 

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Powerful photos show Georgia election workers terrorized by Trump telling their stories to the Jan. 6 Committee

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 5:59pm  |  Clusterstock
U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Harry Dunn greets Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, after she testified before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol
  • Two former local Georgia election workers gave powerful testimony before the Jan. 6 Committee.
  • Shaye Moss and her mother Ruby Freeman faced life-changing threats and harassment after 2020. 
  • "It turned my life upside down," Moss, who quit working in elections as a result of the attacks, told the committee.

Photographers captured Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker falsely accused of criminal fraud by President Donald Trump and his allies, and her mother's Ruby Freeman's emotional testimony before the January 6 Committee in Tuesday's hearing, which focused on the pressure campaigns and harassment faced by state legislators and election officials following the 2020 election. 

Moss said she was inspired by her grandmother to work in elections and "loved" getting to serve her community.Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, is sworn in to testify before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.

"I've always been told by my grandmother how important it is to vote and how people before me, a lot of older people in my family, did not have that right," Moss said. "So what I loved most about my job were the older voters. Younger people could usually do everything from their phone or go online, but the older voters like to call, they like to talk to you."

Moss testified with her mother, Ruby Freeman, at her side about how Trump and Giuliani singled them out and put them at the center of their lies about fraud in the 2020 election.Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, is comforted by her mother Ruby Freeman, right, as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation

Moss recalled her bosses calling her into their office to tell her that Trump and his allies were using video footage from State Farm Arena, where ballots were being counted, to falsely accuse Moss and Freeman of wrongdoing. 

"It was a very short clip of us working at State Farm and it had someone on the video talking over the video, just saying that we were doing things that we weren't supposed to do, just lying throughout the video and that's when I first found out about it."

She added: "When I saw the video, of course, the first thing that I said was, 'why are they doing this? What's going on?' And they just told me that Trump and his allies were not satisfied with the outcome of the election.

Moss grew emotional at times describing how the torrent of "racist" and "hateful" harassment and abuse upended her life.Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, wipes her eyes as she testifies before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol

"It's turned my life upside down," Moss said. "I no longer give out my business card. I don't transfer calls. I don't want anyone knowing my name. I don't want to go anywhere with my mom because she might yell my name out over the grocery aisle or something. I don't go to the grocery store at all. I haven't been anywhere at all. I gained about 60 pounds."

"I just don't do nothing anymore," she went on. "I don't want to go anywhere. I second-guess everything that I do. It's affected my life in a major way, in every way. All because of lies for me doing my job, same thing I've been doing forever."

The committee also showed clips of Freeman's powerful closed-door testimony.Ruby Freeman hugs her daughter, Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, after she testified beforet the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol

"I've lost my name, and I've lost my reputation. I've lost my sense of security," Freeman said. "All because a group of people starting with number 45 and his ally Rudy Giuliani decided to scapegoat me and my daughter Shaye in their own lies about how the presidential election was stolen."

Freeman also described having to flee her home for months on the advice of the FBI in the lead-up to January 6, calling it "horrible."

"There is nowhere I feel safe. Nowhere," she said. Do you know how it feels to have the president of the United States target you? The President of the United States is supposed to represent every American. Not target one. But he targeted me: Lady Ruby, a small business owner, a mother, a proud American citizen, who stood up to help Fulton County run an election in the middle of the pandemic."

Several members of the January 6 Committee lined up to greet and hug Moss on their way out of the hearing room.Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., greets Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, after she testified before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. CapitolMoss was also comforted by US Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn, who defended the Capitol on January 6.U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Harry Dunn greets Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, after she testified before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. CapitolFreeman also got hugs from Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson...Ruby Freeman mother of Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, hugs Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.,...and Rep. Liz Cheney, the committee's vice chair.Vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., hugs Ruby Freeman, mother of Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election workerRead the original article on Business Insider

Rep. Henry Cuellar defeats progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros in razor-thin Texas runoff

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 5:45pm  |  Clusterstock

Rep. Henry Cuellar narrowly defeated progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros in a closely watched primary runoff election. Cisneros conceded to Cuellar on Tuesday, four weeks after the razor-thin runoff election. 

 

The race and the stakes:

Cuellar is a top Democratic member of the House Appropriations Committee and one of the most conservative Democrats in the House. He's an immigration and border security hawk, a supporter of gun rights, a close ally of the oil and gas industry, and the last anti-abortion Democrat left in Congress.

Cuellar has served in elected office in Texas for most of the last 35 years, representing the 28th District since 2005. The district is majority-Hispanic and stretches from the San Antonio area to the Rio Grande Valley.

House Democratic leadership rallied around Cuellar and continued to support him in the lead-up to the runoff.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn traveled to the district to stump for Cuellar and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continued to defend him despite his anti-abortion stance in the wake of a leaked draft opinion showing that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

"While we're proud to have backed Jessica since the very beginning, I am furious with the Democratic Party leadership in DC," Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, a group that supported Cisneros, said in a statement.

"In a healthy Democratic Party, a bright young star like Jessica would have been welcomed with open arms, but Speaker Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, AIPAC, and others supported an extreme anti-choice and pro-NRA incumbent while working overtime to stop Jessica's candidacy," Rojas added. 

Cisneros, a 28-year-old immigration attorney went up against Cuellar in 2020, but lost by less than four percentage points. 

The 28th Congressional District has since been redrawn to include a more blue region of San Antonio, helping Cisneros. When the two faced off in March, Cuellar bested Cisneros by two percentage points, but couldn't bring in the 50% of the vote needed to avoid a runoff due to a third candidate, Tannya Benavides, taking nearly 5% of the vote.  

Cisneros ran on a platform that includes a $15 minimum wage, implementing the Green New Deal, overhauling the US immigration system, and promoting reproductive rights. She's received endorsements from progressive powerhouses Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She's also supported by NARAL Pro-Choice Action, EMILY's List, and Planned Parenthood Action.

So far this cycle, Cuellar has raised over $3 million, spent $3.6 million, and has $1 million in cash on hand while Cisneros has raised $4.5 million, spent $3 million, and has a little over $1.4 million in cash on hand. 

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Nepal is planning to move its Everest base camp because of rapidly thinning glaciers and erosion from climbers

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 5:36pm  |  Clusterstock
Tents set up at Nepal's Everest Base camp on Khumbu Glacier, Mount Everest, on September 15, 2019.
  • Nepal's base camp on Mount Everest is being moved further down the mountain, due to climate change.
  • The site is located on top of the thinning Khumbu Glacier, which has become hazardous for climbers.
  • The gateway to the world's tallest mountain is used by around 1,500 climbers every year.

In order to ascend Mount Everest, climbers have to pass through one of two starting points. But the southern site in Nepal — the most popular starting point to summit the world's tallest mountain — is located on top of a thinning glacier that's becoming increasingly unsafe amid climate change.

As ice on the glacier close to the base camp slowly melts, Nepal is preparing to move the campsite down the mountain. Glaciers and ice sheets are melting at accelerated rates because of human-caused climate change: As temperatures rise, the glacier on the world's highest mountain, like other glaciers around the world, is retreating rapidly.

"We are now preparing for the relocation and we will soon begin consultation with all stakeholders," Taranath Adhikari, director general of Nepal's tourism department, told the BBC. "It is basically about adapting to the changes we are seeing at the base camp and it has become essential for the sustainability of the mountaineering business itself."

The potential relocation follows recommendations from a committee set up by the government, which oversees mountaineering at Everest. 

A 2018 study found that the Khumbu Glacier close to the base camp was thinning at a rate of 1 meter — or 3 feet — per year. Now, according to Nepalese authorities, it's unsafe. Where the base camp currently stands, mountain climbers contend with cracks on the ice, erosion, and growing streams of water due to ice melt

"We see increased rock falls and movement of meltwater on the surface of the glaciers that can be hazardous," Scott Watson, a researcher at the University of Leeds, told the BBC

A line of trekkers walk through fresh snow beside the Khumbu Glacier, near the base of Mount Everest and Everest base camp, on February 13, 2015.

The sheer number of people passing through the camp, and the footprints, debris, and waste left on the mountain are a concern. The camp is used by around 1,500 climbers every year. People urinating at the camp, to the tune of 4,000 liters of pee every day during in peak season, along with runoff from kerosene and other waste products, also impact the glacier. 

The base camp currently sits at an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,600 feet) above the mountain's snowline. Plans could shift it as much as 400 meters (1,310 feet) lower, to an ice-free area. A final decision has not been made, nor has a new base been identified, according to Nepalese authorities. Once plans are finalized, the relocation could come as soon as 2024.

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Kindle Unlimited is 75% off for your first 2 months — here's how to snag the early Prime Day deal

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 5:11pm  |  Clusterstock

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Amazon Prime Day is scheduled for July 12 and 13 this year. The huge sales event is known for offering big discounts on Amazon products, and we're already seeing early deals on subscription services like Kindle Unlimited.

Kindle Unlimited gives subscribers access to millions of ebooks, plus select audiobooks and subscriptions to popular magazines. The service typically costs $10 a month, but Prime members can now get a whopping 75% off their first two months.

Best early Kindle Unlimited Prime Day 2022 deals

Ahead of Prime Day 2022, Prime members can already snag a special deal on Kindle Unlimited. New members can get two months of service for just $5. That's $15 off the regular $20 cost.

After the special promotional period, your subscription will renew for the regular $10 a month price.

It's not clear if Amazon will offer any additional Kindle Unlimited deals once Prime Day begins. Last year, new Kindle Unlimited members could claim a four-month extended free trial. A similar promotion is possible this year but we'll have to wait until July 12 to know for sure.

Best Prime Day Kindle Unlimited deals FAQsWhat is Kindle Unlimited?

Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service that grants users access to over two million ebooks, including select titles with Audible narration. Members also get up to three magazine subscriptions at a time.

What are the benefits of Kindle Unlimited?

Kindle Unlimited works like a digital library. You can keep up to 20 ebooks/audiobooks at a time and don't have any due dates. Instead, you can borrow and return books freely without a monthly limit.

Another benefit is that you don't necessarily need a Kindle e-reader to use the service. You can access Kindle Unlimited ebooks through the Kindle app on other devices, including your tablet, smartphone, or even on your computer

Is Kindle Unlimited worth it?

If you find yourself cycling through books often, Kindle Unlimited is well worth trying out. However, you should browse the Kindle store and see if there are books you're interested in first. Books with the Kindle Unlimited icon are the ones that are included with a subscription.

The service isn't for everyone, as a lot of the included titles are romance novels, thrillers, and nonfiction. But if you read a lot of books in those genres, a subscription could offer a lot of value. 

You can also cancel your membership any time, so if after your trial you end up deciding that Kindle Unlimited isn't right for you, you don't have to pay anymore (just remember to cancel before it auto-renews).

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Target CEO says Biden's gas tax holiday would only 'fuel the demand' without fixing any of the supply problems

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 4:57pm  |  Clusterstock
President Biden; gas prices in San Francisco, California on May 20, 2022
  • Target's CEO rejected the idea of a gas tax holiday a day after President Biden floated the idea.
  • The move would serve as "a mini stimulus" and only "fuel the demand," Brian Cornell said.
  • US production and refining are stretched, raising prices as summer travel is in full swing.

With US gas prices hovering around $5 per gallon, Target CEO Brian Cornell says a federal gas tax holiday is the wrong kind of discount.

"It's only going to fuel the demand," Cornell told the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday, a day after President Joe Biden floated the idea of suspending the 18.4-cent-per-gallon charge.

"It's doing nothing to increase supply, so that's a temporary, almost a mini stimulus," he added, according to Yahoo News.

US production has been slow to ramp up following the disruption of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and refiners have been running at capacity trying to meet insatiable demand for not just gasoline, but diesel and jet fuel too.

"It's time to fundamentally change the supply and demand curves for fuel and transportation," Cornell said.

The Biden Administration released roughly 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and has tried unsuccessfully to cajole producers to increase output, but prices have continued ticking up.

"Increasing demand is not going to help lower those prices over the long term," Cornell said.

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The 42 best gifts for travelers, from an affordable US national parks pass to ingenious packing cubes

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 4:57pm  |  Clusterstock

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These gifts for travelers are thoughtful and useful, whether they're for domestic road trips or far-flung international getaways.

Thanks to vaccine rollouts and countries reopening, travel has picked up in a big way. For the travelers in your life, a gift that's useful for their next vacation or reminds them of a favorite past trip can feel extra thoughtful.

While some travelers are still most comfortable taking closer-to-home road trips, many are finally looking to embark on those bucket list trips. With that in mind, the gifts on our list can be used for quick domestic getaways, on far-flung international adventures, or even right at home for a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Even if your recipient doesn't have a trip planned, a travel-inspired gift can help give them something exciting to look forward to.

Below, you'll find 42 of our favorite gifts for travelers, from monogrammed passport holders to next-level packing cubes and neck pillows that make traveling as easy and fun as possible.

Whether you're looking for a stocking stuffer or a big gesture gift, we're hoping you'll feel inspired by the 42 perfect gifts below.

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Prime Day 2022 will be here soon with plenty of discounts on fashion — here's what we know about the sale so far

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 4:56pm  |  Clusterstock

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Amazon Prime Day is always a great opportunity to save on Amazon devices and the best items in tech, but if you're looking for more than an upgrade to your wardrobe, too, you're in luck. This year's sale will likely have a huge selection of heavily discounted clothes, shoes, and accessories — and not just from Amazon. Plenty of other competitors will be in on the deals, too. 

Amazon Prime Day 2022 officially beings on July 12 at 3 a.m. EDT and runs through July 13. For more information, here's everything we know about Prime Day 2022 so far.

We'll likely see competing sales at stores like Kohl's, Target, and Nordstrom, and on Amazon's own site, you can expect discounts on popular styles like the famous Orolay coat and lots of Amazon's own brands.

Customers will also be able to use Amazon's all-new Virtual Try-On to help visualize shoes on their feet before buying. The feature will be available for thousands of styles from brands like New Balance, Reebok, Adidas, and more. 

There are also plenty of deals on Amazon right now if you're eager to shop already. To help you prepare for the huge shopping event and shop early, we rounded up some of the best items on sale ahead of Prime Day.

Related: See Insider's picks for the best credit cards to use on Amazon purchases.

These are the best early Prime Day fashion deals available now:Prettygarden Women's Floral Summer Dress

Featuring an all-over floral pattern, this dress is perfect for summer.

IUGA Workout Shorts for Women

Made from a breathable four-way stretch material, these shorts are great for all kinds of workouts, or just layering under an oversized tee or button-down. The side pocket for your phone or keys is a nice touch, too.

Crocs Flip Flop Sandals

If you love Crocs' original clogs, you'll appreciate the comfort of these cushy foam flip flops.

Pengfei Short Sleeve Linen Shirts

Made from a cool and crisp linen material, the Pengfei Short Sleeve Shirts are great for warm summer weather.

Hanes Men's Beefy Short Sleeve T-Shirt 2 Pack

The Hanes Beefy is a wonderful everyday T-shirt, and with several colors to choose from, you can stock up in time for summer.

Dockers Perfect Classic Fit Shorts

With a 9.5-inch inseam, Dockers Perfect Classic Fit Shorts fall right above the knee and are available in over a dozen colors.

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Liz Cheney says the House January 6 committee is 'certain' Trump doesn't want his former top White House lawyer to testify

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 4:51pm  |  Clusterstock
Pat Cipollone, President Donald Trump's former White House counsel.
  • Rep. Liz Cheney said the "American people deserve to hear from Mr. Cipollone personally."
  • As White House counsel, Pat Cipollone pushed against schemes to undo the 2020 election, she said.
  • The House panel is "certain that Donald Trump does not want Mr. Cipollone to testify," Cheney said.

Rep. Liz Cheney publicly called Tuesday for the former White House counsel Pat Cipollone to testify before the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, saying the panel had evidence that he "tried to do what was right" as President Donald Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election.

"Our committee is certain that Donald Trump does not want Mr. Cipollone to testify here," Cheney, a Wyoming Republican who serves as the vice chair of the House select committee, said. "Indeed, our evidence shows that Mr. Cipollone and his office tried to do what was right. They tried to stop a number of President Trump's plans for January 6." 

Previewing upcoming hearings, Cheney said the public would hear testimony from other Trump White House officials who would explain steps Cipollone took to push back against the president.

She added: "We think the American people deserve to hear from Mr. Cipollone personally."

Cheney's remarks came as the House select committee concluded its latest hearing, which highlighted Trump's efforts to pressure legislators and other elected officials in key battleground states to defy their oaths and go along with his scheme to overturn the 2020 election results.

The hearing also featured emotional testimony from Shaye Moss, a former election official in Georgia who said Trump's false claims of election fraud dramatically disrupted her life by exposing her and her mother to death threats and other forms of harassment.

In her closing remarks Tuesday, Cheney said it had been an "honor to spend time" with Moss and other witnesses who appeared, including Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. But from the dais of the hearing room, Cheney called out the more than 30 witnesses who "have not done what you've done" and instead invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Cheney listed the Trump allies Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, and the conservative lawyer John Eastman as among the witnesses who invoked the Fifth Amendment in response to subpoenas from the House select committee.

In the course of the committee's public hearings so far, Cheney said the American people had heard recorded testimony of former Attorney General William Barr and other onetime top Justice Department officials "who stood up and did what is right" in the face of Trump.

Cipollone's status as the former top White House lawyer complicates negotiations for him to testify about several key meetings in which he told Trump and his allies that their various schemes to undo the election results were unlawful.

But Cheney's remarks nonetheless raised the implicit choice: Would Cipollone join the ranks of Trump allies who have declined to speak with the committee or recount his experience as Barr and other administration officials have?

"He should appear before this committee, and we are working to secure this testimony," she said.

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Biden set to appoint the first Native American US treasurer

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 4:48pm  |  Clusterstock
Biden Treasurer
  • President Joe Biden is set to tap Marilynn "Lynn" Malerba as US Treasurer.
  • "It is especially important that our Native voices are respected," Malerba said in a statement.
  • Malerba is the lifetime chief of the Mohegan Indian Tribe.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Native American is being appointed U.S. treasurer, a historic first.

The White House on Tuesday announced President Joe Biden's intent to appoint as his administration establishes an Office of Tribal and Native Affairs at the Treasury Department, which will be overseen by the U.S. treasurer.

The treasurer's duties include oversight of the U.S. Mint, serving as a liaison with the Federal Reserve and overseeing the Treasury's Office of Consumer Policy. The treasurer's signature appears on U.S. currency.

"It is especially important that our Native voices are respected," Malerba said in a statement. "This appointment underscores this Administration's commitment to doing just that. I am excited to serve our communities as Treasurer and for the work ahead."

Malerba, who is the lifetime chief of the Mohegan Indian Tribe, previously worked as a registered nurse, according to the tribe's website, and has served in various tribal government roles. The tribe's reservation is located on the Thames River in Uncasville, Connecticut.

"For the first time in history, a Tribal leader and Native woman's name will be the signature on our currency," Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in remarks prepared ahead of the announcement.

"Chief Malerba will expand our unique relationship with Tribal nations, continuing our joint efforts to support the development of Tribal economies and economic opportunities for Tribal citizens," Yellen said.

Yellen was set to visit the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota on Tuesday, the first time a Treasury secretary has visited a tribal nation. She is expected to focus on how the American Rescue Plan has affected tribal communities.

The relief package allotted more than $30 billion to Tribal governments, some of which oversee the poorest communities in the nation.

For instance, 59% of Rosebud Sioux Tribal households live in poverty, according to U.S. government estimates. Native communities have also suffered the brunt of waves of COVID-19-related deaths and drug overdoses.

This makes the need for representation at the federal level all the more important, says Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond who specializes in federal appointments.

With Malerba at Treasury, the agency "can work with individual indigenous tribes to work on economic issues which are critical to Native people," he said.

He added that "I think it's true in certain western states that Native Americans are an important voting group."

There are about 9.7 million people in the U.S. who identify as American Indian and Alaska Native, according to the Census Bureau. And while roughly eight million Native Americans are eligible to cast a ballot, Census surveys estimate that large portions of the population are not registered to vote.

A March 2022 White House report on Native American Voting Rights states that "Native voters are less attached to political parties and are more concerned with what candidates can do to support Native communities."

Biden, a Democrat, has taken several steps to demonstrate his commitment to tribal nations, including naming Deb Haaland as the first Native American to lead the Interior Department. Biden also has appointed at least three Native American judges — Lauren J. King, Sunshine Suzanne Sykes and Lydia Griggsby — to the federal court system.

Biden issued the first presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples' Day, with the intent of refocusing the federal holiday previously dedicated to explorer Christopher Columbus toward an appreciation of Native people.

The administration led by Haaland is leading a reckoning with the U.S. government's role in Native American boarding schools, which stripped children of their cultures and identities. On Wednesday, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the Interior Department's report on its investigation into the federal government's past oversight of Native American boarding schools.

 

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Here's everything we know about Prime Day 2022's beauty deals — including when the sale starts

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  • Amazon Prime Day 2022 will officially begin on July 12 at 3 a.m. EDT and run through July 13.
  • In addition to expected tech deals, the sale will have a variety of beauty and grooming deals.
  • We rounded up all of the best early Prime Day beauty deals, below.

Amazon Prime Day isn't all about scoring deals on the latest in tech. In recent years, beauty products have also become a huge part of the sale. From makeup to skincare devices, there's a lot to look forward to.

The two-day shopping event officially beings on July 12 at 3 a.m. EDT and runs through July 13. For more information, here's everything we know about Prime Day 2022, so far.

There's a good chance we'll see competing sales at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom during Prime Day, but there are plenty of early deals on Amazon right now.

If you're hoping to save before the massive shopping event, you've come to the right place. We rounded up some of the best beauty, grooming, and skincare products on sale early.

Related: See Insider's picks for the best credit cards to use on Amazon purchases.

These are the best early Prime Day beauty and grooming deals available now:NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette

Inspired by the summer festival season, this eyeshadow palette includes bright colors to make your eyes pop.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

As the name suggests, the Revlon One-Step allows you to dry, style, and add volume to your hair in one easy step. 

Braun Series 9 Pro

As Braun's most powerful shaver, the Series 9 Pro is guaranteed to deliver a smooth shave on all beard types. The charging case extends the life of the battery significantly, so you'll never have to worry about a dead shaver while you're on the go.

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The latest January 6 hearing detailed the brazen pressure campaign and 'horrible' harassment that election officials faced because of Trump

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 4:35pm  |  Clusterstock
Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., hugs Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, after she testified as Ruby Freeman, mother of Moss, hugs Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
  • State and local officials testified about a pressure campaign following the 2020 election.
  • Trump and his allies tried to strongarm state officials and send fake electors to Washington.
  • Two former Georgia election workers also detailed "horrible" threats and harassment they recieved.

The House select committee investigating January 6 showcased in bracing detail how President Donald Trump and his allies pressured Republicans to overturn the election, leading to threats against both high-profile officials and regular workers. 

The committee's fourth hearing highlighted three Republican officials who found themselves on the receiving end of Trump's intense pressure campaign: Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Georgia Secretary of State Chief Operating Officer Gabriel Sterling.

It also featured the testimony of Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a rank-and-file local election worker from Fulton County whose life was upended by Trump's allies making her the center of their false accusations that the 2020 election in Georgia was rigged. 

"The point is this, Donald Trump did not care about the threats of violence," Rep. Liz Cheney said at the beginning of the hearing. "He did not condemn them, he made no effort to stop them." 

Rusty Bowers, Arizona state House Speaker, testifies before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.A top Arizona Republican threw cold water on Trump and Giuliani's claims

On Tuesday, Trump preemptively sought to discredit Bowers before his testimony in a statement attacking Bowers as a "RINO" and said Bowers told him the 2020 election was rigged. 

But in powerful testimony, Bowers firmly rebuked Trump's claims and described how he stood up to an intense pressure campaign.

"Anywhere, anyone anytime has said that I said the election was rigged..that would not be true," Bowers testified. 

Bowers also detailed how Giuliani pressured him to hold hearings investigating the 2020 election, but failed to present any evidence that the election in Arizona was tainted by massive fraud or rigged. 

"I refused," Bowers said. "At that time, the circus had been brewing with lots of demonstrations both at the counting center, at the Capitol, and other places. And I didn't want to have that in the House." 

Bowers later said that Giuliani told him, "We have lots of theories, we just don't have the evidence." 

He recalled telling Giuliani in response, "You are asking me to do something that is contrary to my oath when I swore to the Constitution to uphold it. You're asking me to do something against my oath, and I will not break my oath."

John Eastman, Trump's legal adviser, also pressured Bowers to go along with a plot to invalidate Arizona's election results, saying, "just do it and let the courts sort it out."

The January 6 Committee displayed texts between an aide to Sen. Ron Johnson and an aide to Vice President Mike PenceAn outlandish plot to send Trump fake electors to Washington.

The hearing also revealed new information about the scheme spearheaded by Giuliani and Eastman to assemble slates of unofficial Trump electors in states that voted for Biden. 

"Essentially, he turned the call over to Mr. Eastman, who then proceeded to talk about the importance of the RNC helping the campaign gather these contingent electors in case any of the legal challenges that were ongoing changed the result," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel recalled in her deposition. 

The phony electors were not certified by government authority and had no legal weight or authority whatsoever. And several current and former Trump aides testified that the bulk of the White House's counsel's office thought the plan was unlawful. 

"We were just kind of useful idiots or rubes at that point," said former Trump staffer Robert Sinners in a deposition. "I'm angry, because I think in a sense no one really cared if people were potentially putting themselves in jeopardy." 

In Michigan, the unofficial slate of Trump electors even tried to hid in the state capitol overnight to meet and cast their votes. 

The hearing also documented the disorganized scramble to get the slates of electors to Pence.

"Freaking trump idiots want someone to fly original elector papers to the senate President," Mark Jefferson, the executive director of the Wisconsin Republican Party, wrote in a Jan 4, 2021, text message. "They're gonna call one of us to tell us just what the hell is going on." 

An aide to Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, one of the senators who objected to the election results, texted Vice President Mike Pence's legislative director the morning of January 6 attempting to arrange a handoff of an "alternate slate of electors for MI and WI." 

"Do not give that to him," the Pence aide, Chris Hodgson, replied. 

Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State, testifies as Gabe Sterling, Georgia Deputy Secretary of State, listens.Trump pressures Georgia election officials.

Raffensperger said that he looked into Trump's claims that there were missing ballots in the Georgia vote count and found no evidence to support them.

"The numbers are the numbers and the numbers don't lie," he told the House select committee."We had many allegations and we investigated every single one of them." 

Trump went as far as to make acting US Attorney of Northern District of Georgia Bobby Christie investigate this matter. Christie later told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he found no evidence of voter fraud and dismissed the case, Raffensperger said.

The committee played recordings of Raffensperger's calls with Trump where the former president pressured him to investigate election fraud. When Raffensperger pushed back and said there was no evidence, Trump then responded, "there's either two answers, dishonesty or incompetence."

Raffensperger testified about how he and his family members were harassed by pro-Trump supporters, saying that people broke into his daughter-in-law's home and sent his wife threatening text messages. 

"I think sometimes, moments require you to stand up and just take the shots by doing your job. That's all we did," he said.

Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, is comforted by her mother Ruby Freeman, right, as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigationA mother and daughter election worker duo speak out. 

Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a rank-and-file local election worker from Fulton County recalled, in harrowing detail, receiving threatening messages against her and her mother in the aftermath of the Georgia vote count. 

Moss and mother Ruby Freeman, who worked as a temporary election worker in 2020, became the targets of a baseless conspiracy pushed by Trump and Giuliani claiming that election workers counting ballots at State Farm Arena in Atlanta committed fraud. 

"I've lost my name and I lost my reputation. I've lost my sense of security. All because a group of people starting with number 45 and his allies, Rudy Giuliani, decided to scapegoat me and my daughter Shaye," Freeman said.

Moss said she no longer works in elections.

"I don't go to the grocery store at all. I haven't been anywhere at all. I gained about 60 pounds. Just don't do nothing anymore," Moss said. "I second-guess everything that I do. It's affected my life in a major way, every way. All because of lies." 

Freeman testified that as January 6, 2021, neared, she left her home for two months on the advice of the FBI.

"I felt horrible," she said. "I felt homeless. I can't believe this person has caused this much damage to me and my family to have to leave my home."

Moss said a lot of the messages she received were "racist" and "painful." Her grandmother was also subjected to harassment. Moss recalled her grandmother calling her and telling her that people tried to push their way into her home and make a "citizen's arrest."

"This woman is my everything I've never even heard her or seen her cry ever in my life and she called me screaming at the top of her lungs. She was just screaming, I didn't know what to do. I wasn't there. I just felt so helpless and so horrible," Moss said. 

"There is nowhere I feel safe. Nowhere," Freeman said in her deposition. "Do you know how it feels to have the president of the United States target you? The president of the United States is supposed to represent every American, not target one. But he targeted me."

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Daily Harvest meal service is recalling a dish for causing 'gastrointestinal issues' in customers

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 4:13pm  |  Clusterstock
  • Daily Harvest is telling customers not to eat its French Lentil and Leek Crumbles meal.
  • Customers described stomach pains and even hospitalizations after consuming the food.
  • Daily Harvest is famous for its celebrity investors and use among influencers.

Meal delivery company Daily Harvest recalled a product over reports that it was making customers sick. 

Daily Harvest told customers to dispose of the French Lentil and Leek Crumbles meal without eating it, in a recall statement posted online. The plant-based meal service company also emailed all customers who received the dish and offered $10 in credit for each bag of the lentil meal that was purchased, NBC News reported Sunday.

Daily Harvest said it launched an "investigation with internal and external experts throughout our supply chain and in accordance with regulatory procedures." The company did not immediately respond to Insider's request for further comment. 

Customers described the impact of eating the meal on Twitter and the Daily Harvest Reddit forum. Sarah Schacht, who received the dish and other lentil products from Daily Harvest, told Insider that she experienced gastrointestinal distress and stomach cramps, initially thinking she'd developed a food sensitivity. Schacht said she turned to Daily Harvest as a source of quick, healthy meals she could eat between her two jobs, but the illness has since kept her off work.

"It's really scary," Schacht said of stories of others who ate the lentils and are now facing possible liver damage.

Daily Harvest boasts several high-profile investors, including Blake Griffin, Paris Hilton, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Serena Williams with $120 million in funding to date, per Crunchbase. The company was founded in 2016 by Rachel Drori and first became profitable in February 2020 before exploding in popularity during the pandemic. The plant-based menu was designed to compete with offerings from quick-service chains, like Shake Shack's milkshakes, Sweetgreen salads, and Starbucks lattes, Drori told Insider in 2020.

Daily Harvest grew by focusing on social media and influencer marketing versus traditional avenues. The service is sold directly to consumers, and promoted by influencers and brightly colored Instagram posts that appeal to shoppers looking for healthy meals.

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said his wife received 'disgusting' sexualized texts after he refused to cave to Trump's election pressure

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 4:12pm  |  Clusterstock
Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State, is sworn in to testify on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
  • Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger testified he and his family were targets of harassment and threats.
  • Raffensperger said there was no fraud in Georgia in the 2020 presidential election. 
  • Trump told Raffensperger his comments were "very dangerous" for him. 

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Tuesday detailed the harassment he and his family faced after he refused to help former President Donald Trump overturn the 2020 election results and defended the state's election integrity. 

"My wife started getting the texts and hers typically came in as sexualized texts, which were disgusting," Raffensperger said during his testimony before the January 6 committee. "You have to understand that Trish and I met in high school and we have been married over 40 years now. They started going after her I think to probably put pressure on me: 'Why don't you just quit and walk away?'" 

After the election, Raffensperger 's phone and email were doxxed, meaning that someone had posted the number and email publicly so that people would message him. The secretary of state testified that he received texts from all over the US and eventually his wife became a target of harassment too. 

The harassment went beyond the digital realm. Trump supporters broke into the home of Raffensperger's daughter-in-law, who is a widow with two children, Raffensperger testified.

"We are very concerned about her safety as well," Raffensperger said. 

Raffensperger was at the center of a January 2021 phone call in which Trump pleaded with him to "find" additional votes that would help him overcome Biden's roughly 12,000-vote victory in Georgia. During the contentious conversation, Trump made false accusations about voter fraud in the election and suggested he could be criminally liable for failing to change enough votes to throw the state for Trump, but Raffensperger declined to go along with the then-president's wishes.

On Tuesday, Raffensperger opened up about the harassment that came as a result, in response to a question from Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California. 

Schiff first played a recorded conversation between Trump and Raffensperger, in which the Georgia official publicly denied that any election fraud had occurred. 

"When you talk about no criminality, I think it's very dangerous for you to say that," Trump told Raffensperger in the recording. 

Raffensperger wrote about the exchange in his book "Integrity Counts" that he took the comments as a threat. 

"I felt then and still believe today that this was a threat," Raffensperger wrote. "Others obviously thought so too, because some of Trump's more radical followers have responded as if it was their duty to carry out this threat." 

During his testimony Tuesday, Raffensperger said he refused to back down. 

"I knew that we had followed the law and we had followed the Constitution," Raffensperger said. "I think sometimes moments require you to stand up and just take the shots, you are doing your job. And that's all we did. We just followed the law and we followed the Constitution and at the end of the day President Trump came up short but I had to be faithful to the Constitution. That's what I swore an oath to do." 

Trump has gone after Raffensperger politically since attacking him over the phone. Trump endorsed Rep. Jody Hice, who questioned the veracity of the 2020 election results, but Raffensperger prevailed in the June 9 election. 

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The best iPad cases in 2022

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Cases for iPads not only offer protection, but many also offer a way to prop up your iPad for hands-free use, like watching videos.

Some cases can also turn your iPad into a capable, compact productivity machine by including a keyboard and trackpad in an all-in-one package. That's way more useful than tugging along a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

Learn more about how Insider Reviews tests and researches tech products.

Here are the best iPad cases of 2022:

Best iPad case overall: ESR Cases, from $29.99 at ESR
ESR's lineup of iPad cases offer a variety of styles, colors, and protection at affordable prices.

Best iPad cases from Apple: Magic Keyboard Case, $299 at Apple
Apple's own cases emphasize style and function, but often fall short on protection.

Best iPad keyboard case: Logitech Combo Touch, $160.99 at Amazon
The Logitech Combo Touch offers full tablet protection, backlit keys, a great typing experience, and is more affordable than Apple's Magic Keyboard. 

Best iPad case for protection: OtterBox cases, from $49.95 at OtterBox
OtterBox cases offer a huge amount of protection without adding too much bulk.

Best iPad case for watching video: Zugu cases, from $69.99 at Zugu
Zugu cases feature great all-around protection and come with a magnetic kickstand that offers eight different viewing angles.

Best overall iPad cases

ESR's lineup of iPad cases offer a variety of styles, colors, and protection at affordable prices.

ESR offers something for everyone when it comes to iPad cases, whether it's extra protection to go along with your Apple Smart Cover, full coverage, kickstand options, or a case with a built-in Apple Pencil holder. Few case makers have this many options for price and protection. 

The majority of ESR's cases are made with TPU — a type of polyurethane plastic which provides a thin layer of rubber-like protection. This is normally enough to protect against bumps, scratches, and scrapes, but probably wouldn't do so well in a bigger drop.

The more rugged cases are made from even tougher plastic, which should do a better job at keeping your iPad safe from unfortunate mishaps.

ESR cases might not be the fanciest or the most protective on the market, but they are well-made and offer a great deal of value for those looking to find the perfect case for their new iPad. The company also has options for iPads from 2018.

Worth a look:

Best iPad cases from Apple

Apple's own cases emphasize style and function, but often fall short on protection. 

Apple products usually come at a premium, and that's no different with its iPad cases. Apple's cases are expensive, but also sleek and functional. The $49 Smart Cover is a thin piece of polyurethane that protects the device's display and connects magnetically to the iPad. It comes in a variety of colors and can be folded into different positions to create a stand for reading, viewing, and drawing. The design is simple and effective, but leaves the back and sides of the iPad unprotected.

The $49 Smart Cover is a thin piece of polyurethane that protects the device's display and connects magnetically to the iPad. It comes in a variety of colors and can be folded into different positions to create a stand for reading, viewing, and drawing. The design is simple and effective, but leaves the back and sides of the iPad  unprotected.

Those looking for all-around protection may want to consider the Smart Folio, which is similar in appearance to the Smart cover, but is made from a single piece of polyurethane that protects both the front and back of the iPad. The Smart Folio starts at $79, and is light, sleek, and perfect for those looking for an attractive case to protect against scrapes and bumps. 

Apple products usually come at a premium, and that's no different with its iPad cases. They are, however, ultra-premium, sleek, and functional.  

Unfortunately, none of Apple's own cases for iPads are very protective. While they usually cover the screen and the back, they often leave the iPad's edges unprotected. If you want better protection, you'll do better by looking elsewhere. 

The $49 Smart Cover is a thin piece of polyurethane that protects the device's display and connects magnetically to the iPad's left edge. It can be folded into a triangle shape to create a stand for reading, viewing, and drawing. The design is simple and effective, but leaves the back and sides of the iPad unprotected.

The Smart Folio for the iPad Air and iPad Pro series is similar in appearance to the Smart cover, but is made from a single piece of polyurethane that protects both the front and back of the iPad. The Smart Folio starts at $79, and is light, sleek, and perfect for those looking for an attractive case to protect against scrapes. 

Apple's most impressive case is the $299 Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro and iPad Air. This keyboard case and trackpad combination transforms the iPad into a viable laptop replacement. The case uses a clever magnetic design to create a one-piece stand and keyboard that is both thin and highly functional. 

The Magic Keyboard lacks protection on the sides of the iPad. (An iPad of ours suffered a crack in the screen when it fell inside the previous generation Magic Keyboard case). There are other worthy keyboard cases on the market that address this problem, but few are as well-made as the Magic Keyboard.

Worth a look:

Best iPad keyboard case

The Logitech Combo Touch offers full tablet protection, backlit keys, a great typing experience, and is more affordable than Apple's Magic Keyboard. 

The Logitech Combo Touch features two parts: a protective back case and a removable keyboard and trackpad that connects via the smart connector while doubling as a front cover. The back case folds out into a kickstand with plenty of viewing and writing angles. A magnet holds the kickstand shut when it's not in use.

This keyboard case adds heft to the iPad, but it is a small price to pay for such a versatile case. 

We find the keyboard to be a perfect size for small hands, but those with larger hands might think it's a bit cramped. We wish the trackpad was slightly larger, but we find it perfectly usable at its current size.

The gestures on the trackpad work well, and we have no problem zipping around our iPad without ever touching the display. The addition of backlighting on the keyboard makes this case a great nighttime companion, as we can clearly see the keys in the dark. 

The type cover is easy to pull on and off, which helps to make the Logitech Combo Touch great for typing, reading, drawing, and viewing. It comes in either Oxford Gray or Sand.

Worth a look:

Best iPad case for protection

OtterBox cases offer a huge amount of protection without adding too much bulk.

OtterBox, known for its protective cases, makes traditional iPad folio cases, like the Symmetry Series and the Symmetry Series 360, but it's the Defender Series Pro that really stands out. 

The Defender Series Pro offers the most over-the-top protection that we've ever seen in an iPad case. It features three layers: an inner thin plastic covering over the front and back of the iPad, followed by a rubber slipcover, topped off by a hard plastic back that acts as a stand and display protector. 

We needed a video tutorial to figure out how to install and remove the case. But our iPad seemed invincible once it was inside. It's hard to guarantee that the Defender Series Pro will protect your iPad in every situation, but our iPad did survive a 4-foot drop from our bed to the floor without a scratch. 

Our biggest concern with the Defender Series Pro lies in its clunky kickstand. The iPad rests awkwardly between the raised corners of the outer case and raised middle hinge — leaving the tablet less secure than we would want.

The Defender Series Pro only comes in black and certainly isn't the most fashionable case, but it makes up for that in protection.

Worth a look: 

Best iPad case for watching video

Zugu cases feature great all-around protection and come with a magnetic kickstand that offers eight different viewing angles. 

Zugu cases have some of the best viewing angles on the market.

The Zugu Muse Case is made out of a thick layer of TPU plastic surrounded by a polycarbonate shell for enhanced drop protection. It features raised edges, a grooved folio cover, and a microfiber lining. There's a collapsible kickstand on the back of the case that magnetically connects to the grooves on the cover, creating eight viewing angles for reading, watching, and typing. 

Other case manufactures have emulated Zugu's design, but the strength of the magnets makes this case stand out. No matter what surface we put it on, the Zugu case stays locked into the correct viewing angle. It performs equally as well on a lumpy bean bag chair as it does on a hard table. We can even lightly shake the iPad without detaching the kickstand. 

The Zugu is also incredibly durable. We've used it every day for three years and have yet to see any wear and tear. It has been dropped, jostled, shoved into packed bags, and covered in pet hair, but it still works as well now as it did when we got it. We've also streamed thousands of hours of content while using this case and have always found just the right angle for every viewing position. 

The only downside to the Zugu is that it adds some bulk to our iPad. Despite the fact that it comes in up to five different colors, it's not the best-looking case you'll find.

Worth a look: 

How we test and research iPad cases

We tested iPad cases on a variety of criteria to find our best picks. The quality and durability of the cases were judged based on the following factors: 

  • The build quality of the materials used in the case
  • How easy it is to put on and remove the case
  • How easy it is to clean the case
  • How well the case withstands jostling in a packed bag

To test durability, we placed each case in a bag filled with books, notebooks, and accessories. We then walked approximately five blocks with the bag, before removing the iPad and checking for scratches, dents, or marks on the case or the device itself. 

We also dropped each case approximately 4-feet from a bed onto a carpeted floor and inspected the case and iPad for damage. 

Additionally, we evaluated keyboard cases by the accuracy of the trackpad and comfort of the typing experience. 

Life can get messy – which is why we wanted to test how easy it is to clean the cases. To do this, we enlisted the help of our enthusiastic long-haired dog, Toby.  We used the cases to gently pet his fur, then attempted to remove any accumulation from the case following manufacturing guidelines.

What to consider when buying an iPad case

Compatibility

The most important aspect of buying an iPad case is making sure that it fits the specific iPad model that you own, taking note of its generation number or the year it was released. It might be tempting to hang on to the old case for your previous iPad when buying a newer model, but their dimensions might be different. 

Apple currently sells five different iPad models:

If you're not sure which model you own, open your iPad's settings menu and tap "General." Choose "About" and look at the field that says "Model Name."

Features

The next question you'll want to ask yourself is how you intend to use your case. Do you want a sleeve that's as slim as possible just for keeping your iPad safe from scratches? Or do you often find yourself propping up your iPad while watching movies and cooking? If so, you'll probably want an iPad case with an integrated kickstand. And then, of course, there are keyboard cases designed for those who take notes on their iPad. Think carefully about the scenarios in which you use your iPad the most before buying a case. 

Budget

Aside from buying the right case for the iPad model you own, budget is the most critical factor to consider. Basic cases can cost $15 or less, while more sophisticated cases like those with keyboards, kickstands, and extra durable designs can cost $70 or more. There are also plenty of in-between options in the $30-$50 range that offer standard protection. The best keyboard cases, however, will usually cost more than $100.

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The best early Prime Day 2022 deals include Roomba, Apple AirPods, Fire TVs, EltaMD

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Amazon Prime Day 2022, the huge savings event with deals rivaling Black Friday and Cyber Monday, kicks off July 12.
  • Amazon Prime Day 2022 is an annual deals event akin to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
  • Prime Day is a two-day event and will be held on July 12 and 13.
  • Amazon and other retailers will have some early deals ahead of the big sale.

Amazon Prime Day 2022 will be held on July 12 and 13, but you can expect Amazon and competing retailers to start the discounts and deals early. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions about the sale below.

Prime Day deals often include sought-after items like. Apple AirPods and Amazon Echo devices.

The Insider Reviews team will routinely add new deals, including Amazon's limited-time lightning deals, to this article. Revisit this article often ahead of and during Amazon Prime Day 2022 for the best deals.

Related: See Insider's picks for the best credit cards to use on Amazon purchases.

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Best early Amazon Prime Day 2022 dealsWhen is Amazon Prime Day 2022?

Amazon Prime Day is a 48-hour sale. It starts July 12 at 3 a.m. EDT and runs through July 13. 

This Amazon Prime subscriber-only sale is one of the perks of a Prime membership

Are early Amazon Prime Day deals worth shopping?

Some deals, like last year's early Audible and Music Unlimited promotions, offer really solid savings that are unlikely to get any better on Prime Day itself.

However, most sales during Amazon Prime Day itself are generally better than the early discounts. If you can't wait or don't think you'll be able to camp out short-lived Lightning Deals during the sale, then it might be worth shopping early. 

Amazon has already announced it will have early deals on its devices starting June 21. That includes discounts on the Echo Show 5, Kindle Paperwhite, Blink Video Doorbell, and several Fire TV smart TVs.

What deals do we expect during Amazon Prime Day 2022?

Amazon Prime Day deals usually match or come close to Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts. For Amazon brands like Echo, Ring, Eero, Kindle, and Fire, it'll be the best time of year to shop, with many products hitting all-time lows. 

We also expect to see brands like Apple, Instant Pot, Shark, JBL, Eufy, and iRobot offering solid deals during the event too, across multiple retailers. In fact, many of these aforementioned retailers already have sales in play.

Be prepared to act fast, though: The best deals will generally be short-lived and limited in stock. 

What should I buy during Amazon Prime Day 2022?

Amazon Prime Day has historically been one of the best times outside of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to shop for tech and home goods. We expect to see deals on Alexa smart speakers, Kindle E-readers, video doorbells, Instant Pots, vacuums, Bluetooth speakers, and laptops

What stores are offering Amazon Prime Day discounts?

Though Prime Day is an Amazon deal event, other retailers often offer discounts and match prices, too. Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Kohl's are a few of the stores that hold sales during Prime Day, and we expect other stores to have discounts, too

These alternative options may be better to shop if you don't have an Amazon Prime account, though first-timers can get their first 30 days free. Make sure you wait until closer to Prime Day to sign up if you plan to cancel, though. 

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Tesla leaps 9% as CEO Elon Musk confirms workforce reduction of 3.5% and says demand for its electric vehicles is 'extremely high'

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 4:06pm  |  Clusterstock
Elon Musk.
  • Tesla shares shot up Tuesday as CEO Elon Musk told Bloomberg that demand for its EVs are "extremely high."
  • Musk made his comment as the company is in the process of laying off workers. 
  • Job cuts of 10% of salaried workers means Tesla will reduce its total workforce by up to 3.5%, he said.  

Tesla stock jumped Tuesday as CEO Elon Musk in an interview with Bloomberg touted the electric vehicle maker's competitiveness while also clarifying the company's job cuts.  

Shares closed up 9.4% at $711.11 and climbed as much as 12% to touch a nearly three-week high. The stock this year has taken a beating in part as the broader tech sector has been knocked down by concerns about higher interest rates and recession fears. Tesla shares through 2022 had lost 38% through Friday's session. 

"As anyone knows who has tried to order a Tesla, the demand for our cars is extremely high and the wait list is long," Musk said via video link at the Qatar Economic Forum during his interview with Bloomberg. "This is not intentional … we are increasing production capacity as fast as humanly possible."

He made his comment as he addressed job cuts taking place at the company. Tesla is in the process of laying off 10% of salaried staff. "We grew very fast on the salaried side and we grew a little too fast in some areas, and so it requires a reduction," he said.

With Tesla's workers split at about 66% hourly workers and 33% salaried, the layoffs translate into a cut of around 3% to 3.5% of Tesla's total workforce, Musk said.

Tesla has raised the price of its cars several times this year, and this month increased the prices in the US amid persistent global supply chain issues. 

Vehicle production has been ramping up at the company's Shanghai Gigafactory, which was responsible for half of Tesla's global production in 2021. The company had to shut down work at the factory for three weeks in March 2022 because of a citywide lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Nasdaq jumps 2.5% as investors look to reset after worst weekly drop in 2 years

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 4:04pm  |  Clusterstock
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
  • US stocks jumped sharply Tuesday as investors returned from Monday's Juneteenth break. 
  • Stocks rebounded after the S&P 500 last week sank by 5.8%, the worst weekly performance since March 2020. 
  • Fed Chairman Powell will appear before lawmakers to talk monetary policy this week. 

US stocks charged higher Tuesday, with tech shares among those cutting into the recent rout set off by pricier interest rates and recession fears as the Federal Reserve seeks to cool down inflation.

All 11 of the S&P 500's sectors gained ground, led by an almost 6% rise in the energy group. Among individual names, Tesla shares surged as CEO Elon Musk confirmed a 3.5% workforce reduction and said demand for its electric vehicles is "extremely high."

Trading was closed Monday for the observation of Juneteenth. Investors returned to the markets with last week's 5.8% loss in mind. The worst weekly performance since March 2020 took place after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 75 basis points.

Here's where US indexes stood at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday:  

"The Fed seems dead set on raising rates this year to levels that, in our view, would clearly slow the economy. It seems to be responding to the 'politics' of current high inflation," BlackRock Investment Institute said in a weekly update published Tuesday. "Current high core inflation rates reflect an imbalance of demand and supply broadly across the economy. It isn't due to overheating demand but unusually low production capacity in an incomplete restart following the pandemic."

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will appear before Congress on Wednesday and Thursday to give semi-annual testimony about monetary policy, and investors will watch for his views on the state of the world's largest economy. 

Around the markets, Cathie Wood warned the Fed could cause a recession if it keeps hiking interest rates.

Russia is now China's biggest oil supplier, overtaking Saudi Arabia. 

Oil prices were mixed.  West Texas Intermediate crude gained 0.9% at $110.58 per barrel. Brent crude, the international benchmark, slipped 3 cents to $114.66. 

Gold fell 0.4% to $1,834 per ounce. The 10-year yield rose 6 basis points to 3.30%. 

Bitcoin gained 3.4% at $21,142.17.

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Chewy's annual Blue Box sale is live now — save 30% on Frontline Plus and up to 50% on pet food, toys, and treats

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 3:55pm  |  Clusterstock

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  • Chewy's Blue Box Event runs once a year and is one of the best times to shop at the online retailer.
  • Products from brands like Wellness, Greenies, Frontline, Frisco, and Purina are deeply discounted. 
  • From now through June 24, you can save up to 50% and get a $25 eGift card with certain purchases.

Chewy's Blue Box Event launched this morning and the deals are plentiful. The annual sale runs from June 21 to 24 and includes discounts of up to 50% off pet products. Chewy often runs competing deals on Prime Day in July, but these Blue Box deals span far more product categories and are some of the deepest discounts we've seen. You can save up to 30% on flea and tick medicine and cat food and get up to 50% off toys and dog treats. Discounts will be reflected in your shopping cart at checkout.

In addition, Chewy is running some pretty big incentives that will get you eGift Cards with certain purchases. When you spend $75 on select pet food, treats, supplements, and accessories from brands like Wellness, Purina, Hill's, and Litter Genie, you'll earn a $25 eGift card. Thousands of toys and gear from Chewy's Frisco brand are included too. Stock up on necessities like poop bags and order something fun for your pet, like this dog pool or cat tree. If you haven't yet signed up for Autoship, you can also save 40% on your first order.

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