• Politics
    The Independent

    Trump’s potential Supreme Court nominee slammed Obama for trying to ‘dramatically flip the balance of power’

    Widely viewed as the president’s top choice for the vacancy, Amy Coney Barrett has previously spoken out against shifting the balance of the nation’s highest court

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  • Politics
    Deadline

    California Governor Gavin Newsom Bans Sale Of Gas-Powered Cars In State By 2035, Issues Executive Order To “Radically Change” Energy Consumption In State

    "We need bold action," said California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday. Shortly before that statement, Newsom issued an executive order mandating that all new passenger vehicles sold in the state to be zero-emission by 2035. The governor said bluntly, "CA is phasing out the internal combustion engine. By 2035 every new car sold in CA […]

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  • Technology
    The Daily Beast

    Dumb White Celebrities Push App That Gives You Digital Blackface and Yellowface

    While one could fairly question how much influencers have given to us—as a species and a society—it’s undeniable that they’re real innovators when it comes to finding ways to be weird about race. Whether it’s blackfishing or posting black squares on Instagram as though that somehow supports Black Lives Matter, influencers just have a knack for being thoroughly embarrassing. And now they have a new medium: a photo-editing app with a brand-new feature that allows users to make their photos appear as though they were “were born on a different continent.” We can all see where this is going, right?> You need to try this new feature in the gradient app, it’s crazy 😂 pic.twitter.com/KyogbJOw1P> > — Brody Jenner (@BrodyJenner) September 22, 2020This week luminaries including Scott Disick, Brody Jenner and influencer Danielle Cohn, all of whom are white, have landed themselves in hot water by promoting the app Gradient and making use of its latest feature, posting their doctored likenesses on Twitter and TikTok to compare what they would look like if they were “from” continents including Africa and Asia. As some social media users have pointed out, the filter is basically just a digital form of blackface, yellowface, etc.—another extension of the ongoing and ever-expanding uses of digital blackface online.Jenner tweeted out an image that includes likenesses meant to appear as though they are from “Africa,” “Asia,” and “India.” (Despite its claim to make people look like they are from different continents, it appears to include filters for “India” and “Brazil” as well.) Disick, meanwhile, went with “Europe,” “Asia,” and “India.”> Tried new filters in the Gradient app > Which one is better? 😂 pic.twitter.com/5SdXNZJk8S> > — Scott Disick (@ScottDisick) September 22, 2020And Cohn posted a video to TikTok in which the app made her face appear as though she was from “Africa,” “Asia,” and “Europe.”Gradient, as longtime users know, also includes less controversial (read: stupid) features—like one that identifies celebrities its users most closely resemble and another that can transform a selfie to look like an oil painting. One can even show you what animal you look like. Fun!> Staying at home and found Gradient app that guesses your DNA Ancestry by your photo. > It is very interesting and sometimes funny 😂 gradient ad dna pic.twitter.com/MrCXUfW17V> > — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 2, 2020It’s unclear whether Jenner, Disick, or Cohn were paid to promote Gradient or its latest feature, and Gradient did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment. It’s perhaps worth noting, however, that the Kardashian clan has shilled for Gradient before—specifically, promoting a feature that, per the app’s website, “can estimate your DNA ancestry with the help of latest AI techs! Simply upload your photo and our exceptionally accurate algorithm will analyze features of your face and tell your ethnic background.” (Hmm...)Kim Kardashian West, Kylie Jenner, and Khloé Kardashian all tweeted about the DNA feature in early April, as did actress Alexandra Daddario. But it was Macaulay Culkin who made the biggest splash for Gradient last October—when he used the celebrity look-alike filter and discovered his doppelgänger is, according to the app, Wiz Khalifa. Searches for Gradient spiked at that time to a degree that remains unmatched to this day. (I don’t make the rules but as far as I’m concerned this is bona fide proof that the Kardashians and Jenners’ power as influencers pales in comparison to that of the erstwhile Kevin McCallister—a lesson we would all do well to remember.)> Hey gradientapp, I think I broke your app. pic.twitter.com/MgQNCfTmws> > — Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) October 21, 2019YouTuber Jarvis Johnson, meanwhile, poked fun at the feature with a meme from The Office.> me using the gradient app pic.twitter.com/PyTPIz4hnV> > — jarvis johnson (@jarvis) October 18, 2019In any case, what more to say? This is just one more entry into the strange story of 2020—and for the annals of celebrity weirdness writ large. Let’s wait and see what fresh silliness awaits us tomorrow.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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  • Politics
    USA TODAY Opinion

    I clerked for Ruth Bader Ginsburg while raising a young child. She was a model of empathy.

    As a young law professor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg hid her second pregnancy beneath baggy clothing. Her legal work meant I never needed to do the same.

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  • Business
    Yahoo Money

    Employers consider eliminating certain worker benefits before open enrollment begins

    It’s nearly open enrollment season and employees are set to take a different approach to their benefits this time around. But businesses might be doing the same and that could mean less offerings for their employees.

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  • News
    FOX News Videos

    Rep. Gaetz: I spoke with Florida attorney general, criminal probe may already be underway for Bloomberg

    Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz says Mike Bloomberg may face a criminal probe for paying fines for felons in Florida; reaction from 'Outnumbered.'

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