President Trump on Monday said that the White House is preparing for a “very nice event” to swear in Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court justice.
Barrett is all but guaranteed confirmation by the Republican-held Senate on Monday evening. It’s unclear when exactly the subsequent White House event will happen.
“We’re going to see [an event] probably at the White House later on this evening,” Trump told reporters during a campaign trip to Pennsylvania.
Trump said it would be a small event — after many attendees of Barrett’s Sept. 26 unveiling in the Rose Garden, including Trump, caught COVID-19.
“No, not a large event. Just a very nice event,” Trump said.
Barrett, 48, will be Trump’s third confirmed justice on the nine-person court — a frequent campaign-trail boast ahead of the Nov. 3 election. She will replace liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, potentially shifting the ideological balance of the court for decades.
Barrett is a favorite among religious conservatives and emerged unscathed from Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings. The top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, enraged fellow Democrats by saying it was “one of the best set of hearings that I have participated in.”
Barrett, an Indiana resident and judge on the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, contracted COVID-19 earlier this year and is believed to be immune.
It’s unclear if Vice President Mike Pence will attend the ceremony at the White House. Five Pence aides, including his chief of staff Marc Short, reportedly were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past week. Pence has been testing negative for the virus.
The NHL is mainly focused on the current Stanley Cup Final showdown between the Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
But they’re also looking towards the hopeful start of the 2020-21 season, which is up in the air.
Initially, the league was eyeing a date of Nov. 17 for the start of training camp, with the regular season beginning two weeks later on Dec. 1. But on Saturday, commissioner Gary Bettman admitted that those dates will likely be pushed back.
Per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, Bettman said it wouldn’t be surprising if they didn’t commence the 2020-21 season until late December or in January of next year. Not only that, but the commissioner said he prefers “to stay out of summer as much as possible,” per Johnston.
Despite Bettman’s wish there, the NHL is also hoping to run the traditional 82-game schedule for next seen, per Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic.
The NHL season traditionally begins in early October, with the Stanley Cup Final concluding in mid-June.
That’s about eight and a half months of hockey, which means If the league were to begin an 82-game campaign in January, they likely wouldn’t finish until some point in September.
As such, it’s going to be hard for the NHL to run a full schedule while also avoiding as much summer hockey as possible.
Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, if necessary, is slated to take place on Sept. 30. The 2020 Entry Draft will run Oct. 6-7, with free agency opening up on Oct. 9.
Like the NHL, the NBA was also hoping to begin next season on Dec. 1, but commissioner Adam Silver recently admitted that the date is a little too optimistic. The NBA may also eye a January start.
We’ll just have to wait and see how things play out in the coming weeks, but right now, hockey fans may want to prepare for a possibility of three-plus months with no hockey. A Dec. 1 opening night is starting to look more unlikely.
Joe Wicks might have been awarded an MBE in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours, but that doesn’t mean he’s resting on his mission of spreading fitness cheer, as he this week announced his attempt to work out for 24 hours straight.
Taking on the fitness challenge for Children In Need, Wicks revealed on Thursday morning he may just ‘burst into tears’ during the full-on all-day event.
The Body Coach, 35 – who became a national icon after his massively popular PE With Joe workouts got the world exercising during lockdown, also raising £580,000 for the NHS – is hoping to raise millions after revealing he has signed up for next month’s ‘savage’ ordeal.
Saying the Radio 2 BBC Children In Need Challenge will be a ‘real test of endurance’, he told PA: ‘It’s going to be tough, I’m not going to sleep, there’s no end to it. I’ve just got to keep going.’
He added: ‘It will be draining and I know that when you get true fatigue and you’re really exhausted, you get really emotional. I’ll probably end up, at some point, bursting into tears.’
The PE guru, who is Children In Need’s schools ambassador, will be allowed a five-minute toilet break every hour, however it’s not the full bladder that’s concerning him – it’s the fatigue.
‘I think when it gets to 3, 4, 5am, I’m going to really want to cry myself to bed…,’ he said. ‘It’s going to be savage. It’s going to be really intense, really draining.’
In order to make sure he lasts the challenge without falling into a heap, Wicks – who’s hoping to raise millions during the endeavour – said he’s been advised to consume 10,000 calories, which is what he’ll burn through during the 24 hours.
He explained: ‘Even if you’re eating loads of burgers, ice cream and chocolate, to eat 10,000 calories is still… very tough.
‘But I’m sure we’ll make some high calorie drinks, and get some avocado and peanut butter in there and fatten it up.
‘Hopefully, I’ll have predominantly healthy food but with the odd chocolate bar or packet of fruit gums.
‘I want to keep my blood sugar levels stable rather than just smashing the sweets and the chocolate.’
Wicks’s challenge is a little different to last year’s, which saw Rylan Clark-Neal take on a 24-hour karaoke fest for the charity, with surprise guests keeping spirits up across the day and night.
Sadly, even though Wicks will definitely be in need of a physical pep up amid the intense challenge, star guests will only be able to join him virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Chatting to Zoe Ball on Radio 2 this morning, he said: ‘They’re going to keep all the guests a secret, to surprise and inspire me and motivate me through the way. You know I’d have loved to have guests come along and do a bit of working out with me, but I know the BBC are going to do an amazing job and I’m going to be there all through the day and night…’
Wicks will do everything from his signature HIIT workouts to rowing, using the treadmill and yoga, but despite not being out there actually climbing a mountain, the fitness icon recognises it’s still a ‘real test of endurance’ to last 24 hours.
He will work out live on BBC Radio 2 from the BBC Studios in London and viewers can watch his efforts on the Red Button and BBC iPlayer across the 24 hours, with the final moments of the challenge, on the morning of the BBC Children In Need Appeal day, to stream live on YouTube with schools joining.
Best of luck and God speed, mighty Joe Wicks.
The Joe Wicks 24-Hour PE Challenge will begin at 9.25am on November 12, with Wicks hoping to keep going until 9.25am the following day. Money raised will go towards supporting children and young people across the UK facing disadvantages. Audiences will be able to donate at bbc.co.uk/radio2
One of the most acclaimed films to burst out of the True/False Film Festival dedicated to documentary cinema earlier this year was David Osit’s “Mayor.” The blackly comic documentary microcosm of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict zooms in on the highs and lows of the second term in office for Musa Hadid, the mayor of the Palestinian city of Ramallah. Film Movement will release the film in cinemas and virtual cinemas on December 2, including at New York’s Film Forum. Check out the first trailer for the film below, exclusive to IndieWire.
Here’s the official synopsis: “‘Mayor’ is a real-life political saga following Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of Ramallah, during his second term in office. Surrounded on all sides by Israeli settlements and soldiers, most people in Ramallah will never have the chance to travel more than a few miles outside their home, which is why Mayor Hadid is determined to make the city a beautiful and dignified place to live. His immediate goals: repave the sidewalks, attract more tourism, and plan the city’s Christmas celebrations. His ultimate mission: to end the occupation of Palestine. ‘Mayor’ offers a portrait of dignity amidst the madness of endless occupation while posing a question: How do you run a city when you don’t have a country?”
IndieWire raved about the movie earlier this year, with Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn writing, “There have been countless documentaries made about the West Bank experience, from ‘5 Broken Cameras’ to ‘The Settlers,’ and they often involve the travails of ordinary life existing side by side with military persecution. ‘Mayor’ offers a striking new perspective on that struggle, with a personal on-the-ground quality matched by grand tonal ambitions that makes it the best of its subgenre. It might not change anyone’s mind about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, but “Mayor” presents a fresh window into the challenges of leadership on the latter half of that equation.
Osit previously directed the News and Documentary Emmy-winning film “Thank You for Playing,” The film is a production of Rosewater Pictures and Teddy Leifer’s Rise Films; it was produced by Osit and executive-produced by Maxyne Franklin and Teddy Leifer.
Even if you’re not all that political, the upcoming 2020 election is hard to ignore. While the outcome is still hard to predict even just weeks out from when voting closes on Nov. 3, 2020, President Donald Trump has a plan for if he loses the election — and it’s not what most people might expect from the Republican incumbent.
The 2020 election is particular in many ways, not the least of which is that many states offered mail-in ballots and opened up for early voting to allow for social distancing due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That means counting all the votes could take a little longer than usual, and Trump already suggested that he would take the results to task if he loses, citing possible voter fraud with the mail-in ballots, per the NewYork Times.
Per the outlet, experts say that voter fraud is extremely rare, and even more so when it comes to mail-in voting. Nonetheless, the president claimed that his administration would be monitoring the vote count more closely than ever. “We have people watching. We have U.S. attorneys watching. We have sheriffs watching. We have U.S. marshals watching,” Trump said.
Despite the unlikelihood of voter fraud and his promise to be “watching” as the votes come in, Trump has a plan if he loses the election to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Donald Trump seemingly changed his tune about how he'd react to the election results
Although President Donald Trump suggested in September 2020 that he wouldn’t commit to leaving office even if he lost the election, per Vox, he’s now singing a different tune. At a campaign rally in Georgia in mid-October 2020, via Business Insider, Trump suggested he would take a seemingly drastic measure if he lost to Joe Biden. “Could you imagine if I lose? I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country, I don’t know,” the president said, although it’s unclear if he was joking.
At the time, per CNN, Biden was ahead of Trump in polls and campaign contributions, but Trump added that he wasn’t worried about money: “I could raise more money. I would be the world’s greatest fund-raiser, but I just don’t want to do it.” According to another CNN report, Trump has more to worry about if he loses office than just booking a trans-Atlantic flight. The outlet reported Trump could run into legal issues with a number of ongoing investigations.
“In every regard, his leaving office makes it easier for prosecutors and plaintiffs in civil cases to pursue their cases against him,” Harry Sandick, a former federal prosecutor in the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, told CNN. “For example, he is claiming a higher protection from subpoenas in the criminal cases and also in the congressional subpoena cases, [and that] is based largely on the fact that he is President.”
Several celebs wanted to leave the country in 2016 if Donald Trump won
Threatening to leave the country depending on the outcome of an election is all too common, especially when it comes to President Donald Trump. Back in 2016, his opponent Hillary Clinton never tossed the idea around (at least in public), but many celebrities did, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Back then, dozens of celebs were triple-checking their passports, including Lena Dunham, Snoop Dogg, Whoopi Goldberg, Miley Cyrus, Cher, Samuel L. Jackson, Amy Schumer, Bryan Cranston, Barbra Streisand, and Chloe Sevigny, among others. For the record, many of them never actually packed their bags and left America for good, though some did. Raven-Symoné for example had an entire special about a temporary move to Canada with her family.
The 2020 election is arguably even more contentious than the 2016 election, and no matter what side you come down on, the election results are going to matter. Most of all for the president and his family, it seems.
DONALD Trump said he may leave the country if Joe Biden wins the US election – after state Rep Vernon Jones crowd surfs at a wild Georgia rally.
In Florida on Friday, the president said the Bidens were "an organized crime family" and renewed his attack on Biden and his son Hunter.
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"Running against the worst candidate in the history of presidential politics puts pressure on me," Trump told the Ocala crowd.
"Could you imagine if I lose – my whole life, what am I going to do?
"I'm going to say I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics. I'm not going to feel so good – maybe I'll have to leave the country."
Security personnel and his support staff wore masks when Air Force One touched down – but Trump and Florida's Republican Gov Ron DeSantis were barefaced
Later that day, just over two weeks since Trump contracted coronavirus, Rep Vernon Jones crowd-surfed at his rally in Macon, Georgia.
TMZ reported that few of the attendees there were wearing masks – and Jones wasn't either.
In one shocking photo, people could be seen putting their hands on him and in one picture, all of them were maskless.
Trump's campaign released new numbers suggesting he's likely the first incumbent president to face a fundraising disadvantage.
Along with the Republican National Committee and associated groups, they raised $247.8 million in September.
Biden and the Democratic National Committee raised $383 million.
At the beginning of October, the Trump's camp officially had $251.4 million in the bank, their spokesman said, versus Biden's $432 million.
Trump claimed he could have raised more by calling the heads of Wall Street firms – but he said "if I do that, I got to do things for them – I could be the worlds greatest fundraiser, but I just don't want to do it."
The news comes after Trump and Biden both appeared in televised Town Hall interviews at 8pm ET on Thursday, in Miami and Philadelphia respectively.
Speaking in Florida on Friday, Trump sarcastically described his NBC event as "a nice pleasurable evening" before claiming moderator Savannah Guthrie went "totally crazy."
During their tense discussion, Trump said he wasn't sure if he had been testing the night he debated Biden – two days before his Covid-19 diagnosis.
I don't know. I don't even remember," he said when the Guthrie pressed him for an answer. "Possibly I did, possibly I didn't."
Today, he released a scathing new ad attacking Biden's record on race, namely his support for a criminal justice law that disproportionately punished people of color.
"He insulted us, jailed us, we must not elect him president," the narrator declared.
Meanwhile, Biden and his allies are outspending Trump and his allies on paid advertising more than 2 to 1 through Election Day, according to a advertising tracking firm cited by AP.
MEGHAN Markle may rein in her "woke" speeches after realising Prince Harry's relationship with his family at risk, an expert has claimed.
Appearing on True Royalty's The Royal Beat, royal biographer Robert Lacey claimed the Duchess of Sussex's recent public engagements has proved that William was "right" to have concerns about his sister-in-law.
The expert – who is a historical consultant on Netflix's The Crown – said: "Meghan is a self-made woman; she become a star; she become a self-made millionairess."
In his new book Battle of Brothers, Robert claims Prince William asked his uncle to warn Prince Harry "not to rush into marriage with Meghan Markle.
Robert said on the programme: "I think when William sat down with Harry and said there could be problems, I think events have proved him right."
However, the expert says Meghan may rein in her upcoming speeches after realising how they could put Harry's relationship with his family is at risk – as the Royals are supposed to remain politically neutral.
The expert continued: "I think that [Meghan] has come to realise how [some of her] speeches risk her husband's relationship with the family and perhaps she may pedal back on some of these more extreme positions."
Earlier this week, Meghan was accused of "ripping off" the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma when she compared social media to a "drug".
Republican Jason Smith has also demanded the couple be stripped of their royal titles after "interfering in the US election" after they urged the public to “reject hate speech, misinformation, and online negativity" in a Time 100 video special.
In more Royal Family news, Meghan Markle was accused of ‘ripping off’ Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma in speech about ‘drug’ of social media.
And Meghan Markle took Prince Harry on a ‘secret tour of her high school in Los Angeles’ where she performed as a child.
Plus Meghan was ‘desperate to be liked’ and ‘not worried about privacy’ in her now-deleted Instagram posts, an expert revealed.
THE Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik melted fans’ hearts with a touching tribute to co-star Kaley Cuoco’ Penny.
The actress, best known for playing Dr Amy Farrah Fowler in the popular American sitcom, shared an adorable snap just over a year since the sitcom came to an end.
Mayim , 44, posted a photo of her standing next to the iconic portrait that Amy commissioned of the duo to commemorate their friendship in the fifth series.
The star wrote alongside the snap: “‘Visited some old friends today at WB! And yes, I’m repping my Vote mask since there’s just FOUR WEEKS until the election!
“FOUR WEEKS PEOPLE. Please please please register if you haven’t yet.’ In a final attempt to get her voice heard, she again repeated herself, adding: ‘PLEASE!?!?”
The giant painting of Penny and Amy featured in The Rothman Disintegration episode, it shows a confident looking Amy standing with her left arm draped over the shoulders of an uneasy looking Penny, which Amy paid $3000 for.
The photo sent fans into a frenzy with many excited that the portrait still exists, one wrote: “I’m so glad they saved your painting.”
Another gushed: “This is the most iconic and revelatory painting in the history of TV!! It tells everything you need to know about these two characters. Love it!!!”
A third penned: “We have all been wondering what happened to that famous painting!!!”
In the episode, Amy gave Penny the painting as a “bestie” gift to honour their friendship but Penny decides to remove the hilarious portrait which later upsets Amy assuming Penny does not value their friendship.
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The pair become best pals once again when Penny remounts the painting in her apartment.
One fan commented: “I’m so jealous of Penny for having a best friend like Amy.”
The hit CBS sitcom only came to an end in May last year after 12 seasons, but fans are already crying out for the cast to reunite with one writing: “Tell me when Big Bang Theory is coming back??“
Mayim recentlyrevealed that she's been “touched by suicide very directly” in a heart-wrenching video.
The star spoke directly to her fans in a message uploaded to her Instagram page.
Mayim explained that she'd wanted to make the video to highlight National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
She said honestly: "I've tried to make this video several times.
"I haven't wanted to make this video cause it's really hard and it's really sad to talk about suicide and that doesn't mean we don't talk about it."
As she struggled through the emotional video, Mayim gave fans an insight into her life.
"I have been touched by suicide very, very directly and closely," she revealed.
"And there's nothing more important than talking about it and removing the stigma around it.
"We need better access to help so that people can get help. That’s it. I don’t know what else to say."
Reflecting on people's mental health during the current pandemic, the Blossom star added: "Please take care of yourself during this quarantine – those of us who struggle are struggling even more.
"And in honour of the people in my family we have lost and the loved ones i have lost, I'll continue to speak out."
Echoing her words in the video, Mayim's caption further expressed her feelings.
"Suicide is never an easy thing to talk about," wrote Mayim. "But that doesn't mean we shouldn't talk about it.
"I’ve lost people very close to me whom I loved deeply to suicide. I know the heartache and unresolved unfathomable pain it brings. 💔"
When the Jets play Sunday at MetLife Stadium, they may be looking at a template example of their future in their opponent, the 2-2 Cardinals.
For the past three years, the Jets have believed they have their franchise quarterback. Three seasons in, however, the results have not been what they hoped since Sam Darnold was drafted with the third-overall pick in 2018.
Darnold, who’s 11-18 as a starter, missed three games his rookie season, going 4-9, and another three games in 2019, going 7-6 after returning from his bout with mononucleosis.
Now Darnold is out of the lineup again, set to miss Sunday’s game with a right shoulder injury that has him listed as “week to week,’’ which leaves his return an open-ended mystery.
Seven picks later in that same 2018 draft in which the Jets chose Darnold, the Cardinals selected another promising prospect from Southern California, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, to be their franchise quarterback.
Rosen went 3-10 as a starter and produced similar numbers to Darnold in their respective rookie seasons. Rosen completed 55.2 percent of his passes, threw 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Darnold completed 57.7 percent, threw 17 TDs and 15 INTs.
The following year, faced with the No. 1-overall pick in 2019 and with a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals pounced on quarterback Kyler Murray and traded away Rosen after only one season.
Rosen, currently on the Buccaneers practice squad, is now with his third NFL team in three seasons.
What if the Jets, currently 0-4, continue to lose and end up with the No. 1-overall pick?
Could they possibly pass up the chance to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who’s considered by college football experts to be a generational talent?
The answer to that question is this: They can’t.
Jets general manager Joe Douglas, remember, didn’t draft Darnold. Similarly in Arizona, though Cardinals general manager Steve Keim drafted Rosen, Kingsbury was not the coach when Rosen was chosen, and he jumped at the chance to take Murray with the top-overall pick in 2019.
Murray responded by winning the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 3,722 yards with 20 TDs to 12 INTs and rushing for 544 yards and four TDs.
The Cardinals finished 5-10-1 with Murray last season, but were a popular pick to be a playoff team this season based on upside of Murray, who in the offseason was gifted receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a trade with the Texans.
Where’s the Jets’ upside?
“It’s a quarterback-driven league, and if you’re a general manager that can’t find the right quarterback, you’re not going to have a job very long,’’ Keim said in an interview with the Cardinals’ team website during the offseason when referring to drafting Murray. “Fortunately for us, we had the first pick at the right time, and we think we took the right player.’’
The consensus is that Clemson’s Lawrence is that “right player,’’ a no-brainer at No. 1, a game-changer.
“Ultimately the decision was made that you don’t pass on [expletive] LeBron James,’’ Erik Burkhardt, the agent for both Murray and Kingsbury, said of the Cardinals drafting Murray in that same story by the team website.
As good a pro as Darnold has been, as good a soldier as he’s been despite the poor hands he’s been dealt by team management, with its inability to surround him with enough complementary talent, how much longer might he have?
Despite the fact Darnold is now going to miss at least one game because of injury or illness for the third consecutive season, he refuses to view himself as injury prone and he, too, wants no part of being bogged down by a bleak big picture.
“It’s just something you got to deal with,’’ he said of the injuries. “I always have a positive mindset towards everything. Just looking at the season, did the first four games go the way that we want them to? No, but there’s a long season left ahead of us.’’
How much longer, though, does Darnold really have before a major decision must be made about his and the team’s future?
If the Jets end up with the No. 1-overall pick in 2021 and are to take the same path as the Cardinals did a year ago, it’s possible Darnold has only the balance of this season to show he’s the franchise quarterback he was drafted to be.
Life sometimes moves fast in the NFL. Just ask Josh Rosen.
The mansion was torn down because it was so creepy.
Following last year’s The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix is once again taking viewers inside a haunted mansion. This time it’s Bly Manor, which actually may have been inspired by a real place. Enter if you dare.
Season 2 of the horror anthology series, The Haunting of Bly Manor, is based on Henry James’ 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw. Victoria Pedretti (who played Nell Crain on Hill House) stars as Dani, an American governess who begins caring for two orphaned children at an English estate only to begin seeing apparitions. According to the New York Times, the storyis believed to be inspired by a supposedly haunted manor called Hinton Ampner in England. The mansion is now part of the UK’s National Trust, which has documented the alleged supernatural sightings there at length. According to the National Trust’s website, a woman named Mary Ricketts lived in Hinton Ampner in the late 1700s and kept a journal of her ghostly encounters. Ricketts claimed that she, her family, and their staff would regularly hear doors slamming, footsteps, and groans and shrieks in the night. Some staffers also reported seeing a woman in a silk dress running through the home as well as a strange figure in a dull-colored coat.
After several years of this, the Ricketts family moved out, but the sounds and sightings allegedly continued, prompting the property to be torn down in 1793. Afterward, a small box with a skull inside was found under the house.
A second mansion, also named Hinton Ampner, was later built on the same property. In non-COVID times, you can visit the home in Hamphhire. It looks much less terrifying than the mansion in Haunting of Bly Manor — at least in the daylight.
The Netflix series was filmed in Vancouver, Canada — not England — but the show’s PR team is already leaning into speculation about whether Bly is a real place. A recently posted Zillow ad for Bly Manor boasts a "mesmerizing lake" and "antique doll collection in the basement." The photos show creepy footprints in the hall and abandoned shoes by the lake, so perhaps it’s for the best that the home is "off the market" even through it’s been listed on Zillow for an "eternity." And even once travel reopens, you probably won’t want to book a trip to Hinton Amper anytime soon.