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  • The Trump administration reportedly paid a PR firm more than $2 million to get a top healthcare official on 'Power Women' lists and magazine covers

    Seema Verma, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services chief, has been criticized for her agency's use of pricey communications consultants.

  • Fiona Hill put out fire in her hair with her hands before finishing test, Trump impeachment inquiry hears

    A witness in the impeachment probe has told Congress that when she was a schoolgirl her pigtails were set on fire by a boy during an exam - and that she put the flames out herself before finishing.British-born Fiona Hill was asked about the incident while giving evidence to members of the House Intelligence Committee after it was raised by Democrat Jackie Speier.

  • ‘NXT’ on USA Network Tops TNT’s AEW Series in Viewers for the First Time Ever

    Here’s some fuel for wrestling fans’ “Wednesday Night Wars” fire: USA Network’s “NXT” overtook direct competitor “All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite” on TNT in total viewers last night for the first time ever.On Wednesday, “NXT” scored 916,000 overall sets of eyeballs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. That was 23,000 more cable TV viewers than the AEW series (893,000) got, according to Live + Same Day data from Nielsen.Among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, “NXT” still came in behind “Dynamite,” with the USA program drawing 393,000 viewers and the younger-skewing TNT show posting 505,000. But that key demo stat for “NXT” was +23% over last week’s comparable number and the best the show has seen since Oct. 2. Meanwhile, AEW’s program is down -9% in the demo versus last Wednesday.Also Read: USA Network's 'NXT' Climbs in Ratings With WWE Invasion Angle, Finishes 9,000 Viewers Shy of AEWTheWrap had the pleasure of breaking the good news to NXT Champion Adam Cole on Thursday, the day after he won a ladder match vs. Dominik Dijakovic during the breakthrough episode. Though Cole said he doesn’t “focus too much on the ratings,” the champ acknowledged that “Winning is cool.”“We’re just mainly focused on trying to put on a really exciting, cool show. And last night’s show was just an absolute blast, with the guys from ‘Raw,’ the guys from ‘SmackDown,’ the matches that happened,” Cole said. “It was just a really, really cool night and so I’m glad so many people enjoyed it.”Earlier this month, “NXT” came close to matching AEW’s numbers, drawing 813,000 total viewers for its Nov. 6 show, 384,000 of which came from the 18-49 range. “AEW: Dynamite” drew 822,000 total viewers, 450,000 of which came from the main demo.Also Read: Wrestler Super ACH, Formerly Jordan Myles, Says He 'F-ing Quit' WWE: 'I Refuse to Work for Racists'Wednesday’s “NXT” episode had a heavy dose of “Raw” and “SmackDown” talent joining the fray ahead of Sunday’s “Survivor Series” pay-per-view, which will pit all three of WWE’s brands against each other. Becky Lynch was there, as was Seth Rollins, Ricochet, Nikki Cross, The Viking Raiders, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura. Most “Raw” and “SmackDown” Superstars are NXT alums.Readers can catch Cole at both Saturday’s “NXT TakeOver: WarGames” and Sunday’s “Survivor Series.” Both pay-per-views will stream live on WWE Network. Both begin at 7/6c.Check back with TheWrap tomorrow for more from our well-timed interview with the NXT champ.Read original story ‘NXT’ on USA Network Tops TNT’s AEW Series in Viewers for the First Time Ever At TheWrap

  • Netflix Documentary Shows Bikram Yoga’s Dark Side

    Indian Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury instructs his yoga class as he stands on the hips of student Patrice Baal (from Las Vegas, Nevada) during a workout in heated room, Beverly Hills, California, February 2, 2000. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)An old joke: How do you know if someone does Bikram yoga? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you. Devotees of the technique, which involves doing 26 specific poses in a heated room, were traditionally vocal about their passion for the practice. But in the wake of the new Netflix documentary, Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, people are starting to clam up about their former enthusiasm.The documentary focuses on Bikram Choudhury, the practice’s founder. It tracks Choudhury’s rise to successful yoga guru - one who charged up to $10,000 per person for teacher trainings. And the film charts, in painstaking detail, his fall. They came in a trickle, then a tidal wave: the allegations of sexual assault and rape from women who trained with Choudhury. The documentary airs interviews with some women, as well as video footage of Choudhury verbally abusing students. Finally, after losing a case in civil court over wrongful termination and sexual harassment, Choudhury fled the U.S. in 2016 - without serving any time, or paying the legal damages of $6.8 million the court determined he owed. (Choudhury has said he denies the allegations.) The documentary is fascinating, if stomach-turning. But it brings up an interesting question. What do you do when something you love was created by a monster? This isn’t a new query. Whether it’s possible to separate the artist from his art is a topic that’s been grappled with more and more lately, as increasing visibility toward issues like sexual assault have brought huge numbers of high-profile people into the spotlight. Therapist Gabrielle Applebury tells Refinery29 that going through trauma like this can lead to to “a range of incredibly confused feelings.” “Unfortunately it’s very common for an assaulter to craft a very likable public identity,” Applebury says. “Many are even beloved public figures. This crafted identity can make it easier for the assaulter to manipulate their victims and continue to prey on others, knowing that the public may not believe their victims, or that survivors may feel too nervous or ashamed to report the assaults.”“For me, he was a guru,” says Mandeep Kaur Sandhu, one of the women who came forward about Choudhury’s inappropriate behavior, in the film. “He was a teacher who was gonna make me perfect.” It’s impossible to over-emphasize how difficult it can be to speak out against a person you once held in such high regard - and in the aftermath, to develop a new relationship with a practice that had been so deeply intertwined with that person. Some followers decided they couldn’t teach the practice any more. Former student and Bikram teacher Jakob Schanzer, for example, says in the film that he thought of Choudhury like a “father.” Still, he ultimately decided to quit the practice for good. “[I had to] fully come to terms with the fact that I can’t teach it anymore,” he says. “It was really hard.” Even those who didn’t witness Choudhury’s darkness first-hand have been affected. Donna Rubin and Jen Lobo founded a Bikram studio in New York City in 1999. (They stress that while they did take Choudhury’s teacher training, they never paid him studio fees or had an official franchise agreement.) After the allegations against Choudhury they decided to rebrand to distance themselves from any affiliation with him. “We were horrified when we found out,” Rubin tells Refinery29. “How can it be that this person who created this beautiful thing that is healing and helps so many people, did these things?” Lobo says. The two ultimately decided to rebrand and rename their studio Bode NYC. Now, they offer classes outside of the traditional Bikram method. “In the end, it was a pretty easy decision to rebrand,” Lobo tells Refinery29. “As details came out, we realized: This is real bad, and we cannot be associated with this… There was no way that we could continue to carry the name.” Lobo and Rubin say that you’re in dangerous territory any time one person wields too much power. They say that with their revamped studio, they hope to take yoga in a direction that’s for the people, and by the people. “At this point in time, we all have to fend for ourselves and not look up to gurus any more,” Rubin says. “But we can still own our practices, and embrace the beautiful parts of yoga that are supposed to help heal you,” Lobo adds. “Today, we’re guru-less,” Rubin says. “And we’re better for it.” Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator is now available to view on NetflixRelated Content:Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Black Friday Fitness Deals: Workout Clothes, GymsDon't Sleep On These Black Friday Laptop DealsI Tried ClassPass For The First Time