From the Rolling Stones to Rihanna, artists are finding new ways to make the president stop playing their music at campaign events.
- U.S.Miami Herald
“This is a reminder that if white folks can’t give us a small mural on a side street in Oak Park, they won’t be able to give up much,” a Chicago organizer said.
Courtney Stodden Called Brian Austin Green a ‘Womanizer’ After His Date With Her Post-Megan Fox Split
Guess that romance is over.
- SportsThe Associated Press
Jimmie Johnson is just as confused as everyone else about his plight with the coronavirus. A positive test caused the seven-time NASCAR champion to miss the first race of his career, and it was followed three days later by a negative test. “There’s a lot of speculation there," Johnson said Friday, a full week after testing positive.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday on insurance coverage for contraceptives will make it harder for tens of thousands of American women to get birth control. The court ruled that the Trump administration has the authority to allow more kinds of employers to claim exemptions to the Obamacare mandate that their health insurance fully pay for contraceptives.But what’s lawful isn’t necessarily good policy — and Trump’s policy on insurance and contraceptives is wrong.Before Trump intervened, churches, temples, mosques and companies with genuine religious objections were exempt from the Obamacare requirement that employer insurance include free birth-control coverage. Their employees could still get no-cost access to birth control directly through insurance companies. The Trump administration widened the exemption to include a wider range of employers, enabled them to opt out on moral as well as religious grounds, and eliminated the workaround for employees. The Court says the administration can lawfully make this change.That doesn’t make it right. No-cost access to effective birth control is plainly in the public interest. It greatly reduces unwanted pregnancies, lowering the number of abortions and saving billions in health-care costs for women, Medicaid and private insurance. Nobody with a religious objection to contraceptives is obliged to use them, and under the terms of the compromise policy that prevailed under President Obama, employers with a religious objection didn’t have to pay extra for the coverage.By the government’s own estimate, the new policy will deprive 70,500 to 126,400 women of access to free contraception. Many women cannot afford to pay out of pocket, so unwanted pregnancies stand to rise.Despite the new ruling, the legal wrangling might not be over. The states that challenged the Trump rule — New Jersey and Pennsylvania — could very well try again, following Justice Elena Kagan’s argument that the administration may have failed to engage in “reasoned decision-making.” Meantime, states can correct the policy, too, by setting their own mandates for health insurers to fully cover contraceptives. Many already have.The ideal remedy, however, rests not with the courts or the states. Citizens can set things straight themselves, by voting in November for a president who won’t make bad policy just because he can.Editorials are written by the Bloomberg Opinion editorial board.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
- EntertainmentThe Wrap
NBC will put “Blindspot” in its rearview mirror on July 23, when the drama comes to a (likely very quiet) conclusion after five seasons. The Jaimie Alexander vehicle was once a strong performer when it came to Nielsen numbers, but that was a long time ago on a different night of the week and in a very different TV ecosystem. Last night, in its penultimate week (“Blindspot” is off next Thursday) of original episodes, “Blindspot” aired two episodes, the second of which tied the series low in key demo ratings and set a new low in total viewers. (OK, so the new audience low set that mark by all of 2,000 people and it could theoretically adjust up in final tallies or catch up with delayed viewing, but a low is a low is a low.) Also Read: Ratings: 'Burden of Truth' and 'In the Dark' Finales Leave The CW, Well, in the Dark Much like its current linear ratings, the summer 2020 sendoff is a far cry from when “Blindspot” began, when digital viewership was still somewhat in its infancy and the drama had hit series “The Voice” as its lead-in. In its first season, “Blindspot” averaged a big...Read original story Bye, Bye ‘Blindspot': How NBC Drama Lost Its ‘Voice’ – and Then Its Viewers At TheWrap
- CelebrityGood Morning America
Zach Braff shared a post reflecting on the way his late friend Nick Cordero might have contracted COVID-19. "I couldn't fall asleep last night thinking that Nick may have gotten Covid from someone in New York City not wearing a mask who had it, but had no symptoms, so didn't even know they had it," the actor wrote Thursday alongside a photo of Cordero with his 1-year-old son, Elvis. Cordero faced complications from COVID-19 for three months, and his wife, fitness trainer Amanda Kloots, regularly shared her husband's health updates with his fans and followers throughout his treatment.