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    Costco Has the Best Father's Day Gifts — Here Are the Best Deals

    Costco members know: This store is a one-stop shop for everything. And when we say "everything," we really mean it. Need tools? They have it. Need a surf board? Yep, it's here. Or, how about some name-brand clothing and accessories? You'll find 'em at Costco. So, when it comes time to go gift shopping — […]

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  • U.S.
    The Guardian

    'He wears the armor of God': evangelicals hail Trump's church photo op

    The president’s appeal to his base amid protests was derided by some Christians. Others saw a victory in a world of evilNo one accuses Donald Trump of subtlety. When the US president raised a Bible overhead on Monday evening outside St John’s Episcopal church in Washington DC, the sign was unmistakable: an appeal to his white evangelical base for loyalty, as protests and riots roared across America.Not every Christian answered the call. The Rev Gini Gerbasi, an Episcopal priest, said police used teargas to drive her and others from St John’s before Trump’s appearance. “They turned holy ground into a battleground,” she told Religion News Service.But many of Trump’s evangelical supporters, far from Washingtons political stage, saw the move as a victory in a world rife with evil.“My whole family was flabbergasted,” said Benjamin Horbowy, 37.The Horbowys had gathered in Tallahassee, Florida, to watch live as Trump walked from the White House to St John’s. “My mother just shouted out, ‘God give him strength! He’s doing a Jericho walk!’”A Jericho walk, in some evangelical circles, refers to the biblical book of Joshua, where God commanded the Israelites to walk seven times around the opposing city of Jericho, whose walls then came crashing down.Horbowy already supported Trump politically – he heads the local chapter of a pro- Trump motorcycle club and is campaigning for a seat in Florida’s state senate – but when Trump lifted the Bible, Horbowy and his family felt overcome spiritually.“My mother started crying. She comes from Pentecostal background, and she started speaking in tongues. I haven’t heard her speak in tongues in years,” he said. “I thought, look at my president! He’s establishing the Lord’s kingdom in the world.”Did he feel that conflicted with the Gospel of John, where Jesus said “my kingdom is not of this world”?“Well,” Horbowy said, “that’s a philosophical question.”After watching Trump’s gesture, Horbowy changed his Facebook profile photo to one of Trump outside St John’s, with added rays of light emanating from the Bible. “It was the coolest thing he could do. What more could he do, wear blue jeans and ride in on a horse?” he said.The catalyst for the protests was the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Asked about that, Horbowy said, “There’s a Bible verse that says we shouldn’t talk about evil things. We can just say, ‘There’s evil’ and move on.”He couldn’t remember the exact verse, he said.So how did devotees like Horbowy become such a potent force that Trump would signal them in his hour of need? One answer lies in their relationship with Trump. They have given him their fervent support at the ballot box and in turn they have seen a conservative takeover of the courts and an assault on reproductive and LGBTQ+ rights.Their power and worldview is a culmination of trends that started decades ago, according to John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College and himself an evangelical Christian. “It’s rooted in fear,” he said.In the 1980s, Fea said, several forces converged to alarm white Christians: a removal of official prayer and Bible readings from schools, an influx of immigrants from Asia and the Middle East, and the final desegregation of schools like Bob Jones University.“So came the emergence of the Christian right,” Fea said.Figures like Jerry Falwell and James Dobson started wielding political influence in a new way, followed today by a new generation that includes Franklin Graham and the Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress, one of Trump’s leading evangelical defenders. “What seems to be missing in much of the coverage is that a group of protesters had tried to burn that church to the ground 24 hours earlier,” Jeffress said. Jeffress sees no conflict between Trump’s behavior and the Bible he held up on Monday evening. “You mean, does he pretend to be perfectly pious?” he said. “No.”Fea calls faith leaders like Jeffress “court evangelicals”.“Trump has these people around him,” Fea said. “They’re telling him, ‘You need to get your evangelical base on board.People once concerned with piety, Fea said, now crave “an exercise in pure political power”, and the Bible is no longer a spiritual weapon but an earthly one.When Trump describes himself as a “law and order” president and holds aloft a Bible, he conflates which law he will enforce, and whose order will follow. In a short speech before the walk to St John’s, Trump said he would “dominate the streets”. That is the “kingdom in the world” Horbowy referenced.“I believe it’s like Ephesians 6:10 through 19,” Horbowy said from Florida. “I believe this is a president who wears the full armor of God.”But one of those verses – verse 12 – says explicitly that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood”, but against spiritual enemies.“Well,” Horbowy said. “He’s fearless.”

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  • Entertainment

    Box truck drops box, box jumps back into truck — twice

    This is a story of a box truck and its bouncing baby box. An automatic transporation-focused Twitter bot named @tw_kotsujiko run by @90ntyan posted an amusing video this week of a storage box falling out of a moving truck and bouncing back into the truck's cargo area. The box truck is seen driving with the rear door open and several pieces of cargo inside.

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  • U.S.

    Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore apologizes after saying George Floyd's death is on the 'hands' of looters

    LAPD Chief Michel Moore is facing calls to resign after saying George Floyd's death is on the 'hands' of looters. He apologized the same day.

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  • Celebrity
    The Wrap

    Ellen DeGeneres Attempts a Do-Over on #BLM Statement: ‘I Know I’m Not Gonna Say the Right Thing’

    Ellen DeGeneres spoke out on the Black Lives Matter movement Tuesday, days after deleting her first attempt to address the matter on Twitter.In a video posted on her Instagram account, the talk show host said she was “so sad” and “so angry” over the “people” who are “getting away with murder” — but not before giving a disclaimer to her many internet critics whom she expects will be “in disagreement with what I say.”“I haven’t spoken directly because I don’t know what to say. I am so sad and I am so angry, and I know I’m not going to say the right thing,” DeGeneres began. “I know there are going to be a lot of people who are going to be in disagreement with what I say. But I have a platform and I have a voice and I have always stood for equality.”Also Read: The LAPD Instigated a Riot, Falsely Arrested Me and Now I'm a BLM Activist (Guest Blog)Earlier this week, the talk show host was caught deleting a tweet that showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement after Twitter users responded with criticisms that her message was too vague and implored her to show proof of where she’s donated to help the movement. She later replaced the deleted tweet with a thread listing where she had made donations and pledging her support to protesters who are “standing up against the horrible injustices that Black people in America face everyday.”DeGeneres has been under fire over the past several months, ever since a photo of her attending a sports game with former president George W. Bush went viral, leading many to criticize her for being friends with “war criminals.” She also came under fire in early April over a comment she made during an at-home taping of her talk show in which she compared self-isolating at her mansion in Los Angeles to “being in jail.”Now, DeGeneres is vowing to continue to “be the voice for people who felt like they didn’t have a voice.”Also Read: LAPD's Public Zoom Call Over Protests Turns Into Nonstop Demands for Chief to Resign (Video)“I know what that feels like,” she wrote. “And maybe you don’t agree with how it’s coming out, but you have to understand it, and then we can heal it. I just, I’m just so sorry that it’s come to this. I really don’t know what to say other than this has gone on way, way, way too long. People have gotten away with murder and that’s what’s happening.”Watch the full video below:View this post on Instagram Sign a petition. Make a donation. Get informed. Make a phone call. Do it all from the link in my bio.A post shared by Ellen DeGeneres (@theellenshow) on Jun 1, 2020 at 2:08pm PDTRead original story Ellen DeGeneres Attempts a Do-Over on BLM Statement: ‘I Know I’m Not Gonna Say the Right Thing’ At TheWrap

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  • Business
    Car and Driver

    2021 Ford Bronco Is Finally Coming, with Debut Set for July

    The revival of the Bronco had been delayed a few months, and production will be as well, with the first buyers getting the new SUV in 2021.

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