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Is this a glitch? These dazzling $136 Swarovski earrings are just $18 right now

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Make the holidays extra sparkly this year — for just 18 bucks?! (Photo: Walmart)

After missing out on all those holiday parties last year, it’s time bring the bling — in a big way. We found just the thing: earrings so gorgeous, they’re impossible to ignore. Also impossible to ignore? The price! Somehow these Swarovski crystal stunners are just $18 at Walmart, down from $136. Seriously!

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$18 $136 at Walmart

Dangling earrings are a style staple, and they look beautiful dressed up or down. The Cate & Chloe earrings — now 87 percent off! — take that look to the next level, with 18K white gold plating and blinding, tastefully sized Swarovski crystals. They even come with a gift box, making them the perfect stocking stuffer for a loved one — or an early holiday gift for yourself.

Reviewers are in love with these gorgeous sparklers. One said they are “prettier than the photo,” and another even shared that the images don’t accurately portray how spellbinding this jewelry is!

Ear candy for sure. (Photo: Walmart)

“These earrings are absolutely gorgeous and stunning, the picture doesn’t do them justice,” one shopper shared. “They are excellent quality and you can tell just by looking at them. They are comfortable to wear and look great casually with a pair of jeans and a tank top but they could also be worn with a dress.”

Another reviewer says they’re so comfy, you don’t even have to take them off before bed:

The customer wrote, “I love them and they are comfortable — I can sleep in them. I have received lots of compliments.”

Another raved about how easy these were to put on and wear throughout the day. No droopy, uncomfortably tight earrings here.

“Really lovely earrings,” the reviewer shared. “Look like they came from a high-end jewelry store. Swarovski crystals always deliver sparkling brilliance. I love the hinged back closures on these. No fumbling with back pieces, just slip the post through and close the hinged part over it. I am very sensitive to nickel and these didn’t bother my ears at all. Very dainty and lightweight.”

Grab a pair of these gems for just $18 and save $118. Yes, the price is actually slashed by 87 percent, so the Cate & Chloe McKenzie 18k White Gold Dangling Earrings might be your smartest purchase of 2021!

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Global bonds rally after BoE leaves investors ‘wrongfooted’

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A powerful rally swept global bond markets on Thursday after the Bank of England held interest rates at record lows, surprising investors who had spent the past few weeks positioning for a shift towards tighter monetary policy from big central banks.

The move came the day after the Federal Reserve confirmed its long-telegraphed intention to shrink its $120bn-a-month bond purchases by $15bn a month but took a patient stance on future rate rises.

The BoE confounded market expectations of a rate rise, which had ratcheted up following a series of hawkish public statements from policymakers. Governor Andrew Bailey said last month that the central bank would “have to act” if inflation proved stubbornly high. UK government debt rallied sharply, erasing part of its heavy losses over recent weeks, while the pound tumbled 1.4 per cent against the dollar to $1.34.

Ten-year UK gilt yields sank by 0.14 of a percentage point to 0.93 per cent, reflecting higher prices. Short-dated government debt notched up even bigger gains, with two-year yields falling 0.21 of a percentage point to 0.46 per cent, as investors reined in their expectations for a steep rise in interest rates over the coming year.

“This is a market that’s been wrongfooted,” Mike Riddell, a portfolio manager at Allianz Global Investors. “These moves are pretty huge.”

The rally spread to other big bond markets, with the US 10-year Treasury yield falling 0.08 of a percentage point to 1.52 per cent, and the US two-year yield down 0.05 of a percentage point to 0.42 per cent — the biggest one-day rally since March 2020.

In the eurozone, German two-year yields sank to a six week-low of minus 0.73 per cent.

The moves continued a pattern that has seen global bond markets buffeted in recent weeks by reassessments of monetary policy in a series of smaller economies, including the UK, Australia, and Canada.

“There’s no question the US rates market is reacting to the Bank of England,” said Andy Brenner, head of international fixed income at NatAlliance. “It drew people who were bearish globally to cover their shorts. The Bank of England was expected to raise rates and Powell may have spooked the BoE.”

In equity markets, Wall Street and European stocks headed towards fresh all-time highs, continuing their move higher in the wake of Wednesday’s Fed meeting.

The benchmark S&P 500 had risen by 0.3 per cent in early afternoon New York trade after hitting records for the previous five sessions. The technology-focused Nasdaq Composite gained 0.8 per cent, also on track for a new high.

The Fed’s tapering announcement had been interpreted by financial markets as “a sign things are going well” in the US economy, said Tatjana Greil Castro, co-head of public markets at credit investor Muzinich & Co.

“We now expect interest rate rises at the end of the second quarter of next year or the start of the third quarter,” she added, with the Fed likely to “normalise monetary policy in a way that gives them the opportunity to ease again when they need to”.

Some analysts remain concerned that the Fed may respond too slowly to inflation, which is running at more than 5 per cent in the US because of pandemic-related factors that have disrupted supplies of goods and kept workers out of the job market.

“If the Fed ends up behind the curve, then they could end up raising rates very quickly and in big amounts,” said Paul Jackson, head of asset allocation research at Invesco.

In Europe, the regional Stoxx 600 index closed up 0.4 per cent.

The dollar index, which measures the US currency against six others, rose 0.5 per cent.

In Asia, Tokyo’s Topix share index added 1.2 per cent while mainland China’s CSI 300 rose 1 per cent, with all other main equity gauges in the region trading higher.

Brent crude, the oil benchmark, fell 0.8 per cent per cent to $81.31 a barrel.

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The internet finally killed ESPN Classic

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The Mouse has announced ESPN Classic will go dark at the end of this year.

The Mouse has announced ESPN Classic will go dark at the end of this year.
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I guess I’m old enough to start a column with “kids these days” because I actually have a “kids these days” moment. Before you could break down, clip and analyze every pick and roll of a Wednesday night Pistons-Wizards game, kids these days don’t know how hard it was to rewatch your favorite games let alone any game.

Waiting for a rerun of an instant classic or any classic on ESPN Classic, which is getting shut down at the end of this year, was like waiting for that one song you didn’t own to come across the radio (for me, that was DMX’s “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”).

If you had a craving for, say, the Nebraska-Miami 1995 Orange Bowl and you didn’t have a bootleg VHS your dad made (perhaps you wore it out, but you can now find it on YouTube, so it’s cool), you could bask in its glory all over again when ESPN Classic did college football week, but you’d have to wait out the games to get to it. Apologies to my editors for getting sucked down a rabbit hole, but who wouldn’t want to watch the entire game after that Bob Costas intro knowing what happened?

You could get season wrap-up videos that had game-by-game highlight reels, but those were cut with baby powder, and I need to ingest every touchdown of that 62-24 Fiesta Bowl thrashing of Florida in its purest form. Even though ESPN Classic would lean toward more competitive matchups than those, they would inevitably find a game that would grab enough of your dad’s interest to watch during commercial breaks of Tombstone on TNT.

It’s hard to remember an ESPN that ran the last SportsCenter of the night on repeat until like 10 a.m. and then would switch over to NFL Films programming until the 5 p.m. SportsCenter or a game. It’s even harder to imagine a channel that plays reruns of games you can find anytime online (which is why they’re shutting it down, you dolt).

The Classic had more than that initially, though. The SportsCentury list of the 50 greatest athletes of the 1900s was revered programming even though it’s a list, and the internet has done to lists what it did to fleeting moments of joy. Happiness and rankings lose meaning when you’re constantly inundated with them.

Even those SportsCentury episodes are on YouTube right now. Look at how sharp host Chris Fowler looks in some kind of gray patterned jacket, light yellow shirt, orange tie and black pants in this Mike Tyson episode.

Continuing the theme of adjectives my grandparents use, the Classic had some slick shows. I don’t know if that’s how I’d describe Stump the Schwab, but the fact that they were even trying shows like that indicated the depth of ESPN’s coffers before the Great Recession.

Honestly, I probably haven’t had ESPN Classic since about 2007-08, and I absolutely don’t have it now. Once ESPN realized it wanted to be a 24/7 news outlet and opted to try to fill its channels with fresh content — for better or for First Take — it’s hard to see where ESPN Classic fit in outside of being an overflow option if games run long. Why commit personnel and resources to a channel dedicated to old news?

All of its content, like this article or your favorite song, is free right now online anyway.

So don’t tell me you’re bored EVER! We suffered through Chumbawamba and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” for hours on end to hear 3 minutes of edited DMX. We just sat there and doodled or something, listening to the fucking radio. Oh, what’s that, you want to play the new Adele again? How about six hours of Three Doors Down and “All Star” by Smash Mouth and then you’ll get your fix.

That’ll do, ESPN Classic, that’ll do.

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Sudan’s army chief orders release of 4 ministers detained in coup

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The move comes as the UN is working to find a way out of a political impasse since the military seized power in late October.

Sudan’s army General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has ordered the release of four civilian ministers detained since he led a military coup last week, state-run television said.

“The Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces has ordered the release of Hashem Hassab Alrasoul, Ali Geddo, Hamza Baloul, Youssef Adam,” Sudan TV said on Thursday.

Alrasoul is the telecommunications minister, Geddo heads the trade ministry, Baloul is the information minister, and Adam holds the youth and sports portfolio.

The United Nations has been coordinating efforts to find a way out of the country’s political crisis following the October 25 coup in which top civilian politicians were detained and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was placed under house arrest.

The UN special envoy for Sudan said talks had yielded the outline of a potential deal on a return to power-sharing, including Hamdok’s reinstatement. But it had to be agreed in “days not weeks” before both sides’ positions harden.

Thursday’s announcement about the four ministers came a day after Hamdok’s office denied a report he had agreed to lead a new government and insisted that he wanted detainees released and governing bodies restored before entering into any dialogue.

Neighbourhood resistance committees, which have led protests since the coup and held demonstrations on Thursday, reject negotiations and have demanded that the military exit politics.

The coup was a setback for Sudan’s transition towards democracy two years into a fragile power-sharing agreement between members of the military and civilians established after the removal of longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir two years ago.

The military move triggered widespread international condemnation with the US and the World Bank cutting aid to pressure the military into releasing Hamdok and his detained colleagues.



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Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Davante Adams, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, more affecting Week 9 start-sit decisions

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Pass-catchers Davante Adams, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, Calvin Ridley, and Noah Fant are all in danger of missing their Week 9 games. That group features heavy-hitters and perennial Pro-Bowlers, so their latest status and injury updates will affect every fantasy football league as owners prepare their start ’em, sit ’em decisions.

For updates on Dak Prescott and Kyler Murray, go here; for news on banged-up RBs, Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, James Robinson, and Latavius Murray, click here. For all the latest fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.

WEEK 9 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em

Is Davante Adams playing Week 9?

UPDATE: Adams has been activated off the reserve/Covid-19 list, so he’ll be ready to go in your WR1 spot

Adams was not at practice Wednesday, as he remained on the reserve/COVID list. We’re not sure whether he’ll be ready to go or it’s simply a matter of having to wait 10 days, as not much information has come out of Green Bay regarding his status. What we do know is Aaron Rodgers will not play after testing positive for the virus.

With Rodgers out, we have to move Adams down some, but surely Jordan Love will target Adams a ridiculous number of times. We moved Adams down to the WR5 in PPR and WR6 in standard leagues. His floor could be much lower, but given the matchup with Kansas City, he remains a must-start if he plays. If not, it’s tough to trust any Packers’ pass-catchers, but Allen Lazard would be the No. 1 target.

WEEK 9 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Julio Jones injury update

Jones (hamstring) practiced Wednesday, which feels like somewhat of a good sign. Now that Derrick Henry (foot) is presumably out for the rest of the regular season, Tennessee might opt to open up their passing game. A.J. Brown will remain the No.1 WR, but Jones has every opportunity to get involved if he can get healthy. He plays on Sunday night in a tough matchup with the Rams, so just stay tuned.

We rank Julio as the WR26 in PPR leagues and WR25 in standard. We understand if you’re too nervous to play him (or wait around until SNF), but he does have a 100-yard game on his resume this season and is still second on the team in targets (27), despite missing three games and leaving two games early. Tennessee should have to pass to stay competitive against a stellar Rams’ offense.

WEEK 9 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

DeAndre Hopkins injury update

UPDATE: Hopkins missed Thursday’s practice as well, so we’ll have to keep an eye on him heading into Sunday.

Hopkins (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, but he’s reportedly on the right side of “questionable” heading into a matchup with the 49ers. With 10 days since his last game, Hopkins has had plenty of time to rest. Even with the injury concern, if he’s active, you have to play him.

In the first meeting between Arizona and San Francisco, Hopkins caught six passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. This 49ers defense isn’t stellar against the pass, so Hopkins ranks as our WR5 in standard and WR6 in PPR leagues.

WEEK 9 DFS LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKings | Yahoo

Is Calvin Ridley playing Week 9?

Ridley (personal) is not with the team this week, and we shouldn’t expect him to play. Russell Gage and Tajae Sharpe are the top WRs against New Orleans — who gives up the fourth-most fantasy points to WRs. However, neither will likely be consistent studs, and Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson will probably be the only Falcons’ weapons you can depend on.

WEEK 9 DFS: Best stacks | Best values | Lineup Builder

Noah Fant COVID update

Fant was placed on the reserve/COVID list on Tuesday and needs to turn in two negative tests 24 hours apart. As usual, there’s no reason to speculate, so we’ll see if he can be ready against Dallas. If he is out, we like Albert Okwuegbunam as at least a TE2 with a TE1 ceiling. Dallas gives up the ninth-most fantasy points to tight ends, so he’d be in a good spot if he can get the start in Fant’s absence.

We currently have Okwuegbunam as our TE17 in standard and TE18 in PPR leagues. Although we love his upside, it’s hard to rank him much higher until we see the production.



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Cloud software vendor HashiCorp files for IPO as investors pour money into high-growth tech stocks

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HashiCorp employees at the start-up’s HashiConf conference in San Francisco in October 2018.

HashiCorp

HashiCorp, whose software helps developers manage cloud infrastructure, filed to go public on Thursday and said revenue in the second quarter jumped 49%.

The company will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker symbol “HCP.”

HashiCorp is based in San Francisco but calls itself a “remote-first company with a global distributed workforce” for its 1,500 employees. The company was founded in 2012 and is named after co-founder Mitchell Hashimoto.

HashiCorp offers cloud-based versions of open-source software, such as Terraform for setting up infrastructure and Vault for managing passwords. Revenue in the period ended July 31 climbed to $75.1 million from $50.5 million a year earlier, with 98% coming of sales coming from subscriptions.

The company is set to hit the public market as investors are paying sky-high prices for fast-growing software businesses. GitLab, a fully-remote provider of developer collaboration tools, went public last month and has a market cap of about $16 billion on just $58.1 million on revenue in the most recent quarter. Toast, which provides hardware, software and payments products to restaurants, debuted in September and is worth over $30 billion.

HashiCorp was last valued in the private market at $5.1 billion in 2020. Its top investors are venture firms Mayfield and GGV Capital.

The company had about 2,100 customers at the end of July, including Fox, General Motors, Microsoft’s GitHub subsidiary and Stripe. Competitors include IBM, VMware and cloud providers, Amazon, Microsoft and Google.

Lead underwriters on the IPO include Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan.

WATCH: ‘Bright horizon for these cloud stocks,’ Sanjay Poonen, former VMware COO, says

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Analysis: Do US election setbacks mean big problems for Biden?

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President Joe Biden and his Democratic Party’s governing majority in Congress, which has struggled to advance his political agenda, got an ominous warning sign from discontented voters in United States local elections on November 2.

In the state of Virginia, a Republican candidate for governor allied with former President Donald Trump, soundly defeated a well-known Democrat, backed by the president, who, given that Biden carried the state by 10 points last year, should have won.

In New Jersey, the incumbent Democratic governor barely avoided defeat by a surging Republican challenger lifted by a backlash against Biden and national Democrats.

The election outcomes sent a disconcerting omen to Democrats and gave Republicans a charge of enthusiasm heading into 2022 nationwide elections that will be a contest for control of the House and Senate and thus, the future of Biden’s presidency.

In remarks to reporters at the White House, Biden acknowledged the defeat and argued it points to the imperative for Democrats in Congress to pass his proposed $1.75 trillion social spending and climate plan.

“People are at a point – and it’s understandable – where there’s a whole lot of confusion,” said Biden, who nevertheless projected a dismissive attitude toward the Republican showing.

“Everything from, ‘Are you going to ever get COVID under control?’, to ‘Are my kids going to be in school? Are they going to be able to stay in school?’, to ‘Whether or not I’m going to get a tax break that allows me to be able to pay for the needs of my kids and my family?’,” Biden said.

Political newcomer, Republican Glenn Youngkin’s victory over Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the race for governor of Virginia was driven by independent voters frustrated with Democrats in Congress and worried about the economy, according to exit poll surveys by NBC News and The Washington Post newspaper.

In New Jersey, where Democrats regained the governorship in 2018 after eight years of Republican rule, Democratic Governor Phil Murphy narrowly survived a strong challenge by Republican Jack Ciattarelli.

Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin celebrated at an election night party in Chantilly, Virginia, in the early morning hours of November 3 after defeating Democrat Terry McAuliffe [Andrew Harnik/AP Photo]

“The Democratic brand is suffering right now under the weight of Biden’s declining popularity,” said Mark Rozell, dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

Biden’s job approval ratings in public opinion polls began to drop precipitously in August during the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan and have continued to decline as the president has been unable – thus far – to enact his agenda in Congress.

A majority of 54 percent said they disapprove of the president’s job performance, while only 44 percent said they approve in a Rasmussen Reports tracking survey of 1,500 likely voters conducted November 1-3.

At this point, nine months into Biden’s presidency, Biden’s net disapproval rating is worse than every former president in modern US political history since 1945 – with the notable exception of Trump. But at the present rate of decline, Biden risks becoming just as unpopular as his predecessor.

The latest election setbacks sent shockwaves through rank-and-file members of the House of Representatives.

“What did you do when you had the power?” demanded Representative Brendan Boyle, a Democrat from Philadelphia, in remarks to the House on Thursday.

“If you look at how hard it is today to achieve the American dream, we know based on statistics that working families and middle-class families are struggling out there,” Boyle said.

Resting on the improvement in the economy as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes “is not enough”, Boyle said.

The pressure is on Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to overcome intra-party battles and finish a final draft of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda [J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo]

Indeed, Democrats need to move forward with Biden’s proposed “Build Back Better” plan to have a positive record to campaign on in 2022.

“There is no question the more results we can produce for the American people that makes a difference in their lives, the better it is,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said she was “heartbroken” by McAuliffe’s defeat.

Democrats presently control the 435-member House by a 220 to 212 margin with three vacancies right now. The 100-seat Senate is evenly divided 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, with Democrats controlling the agenda because of Vice President Kamala Harris’s constitutional tie-breaker vote. But not all Senate Democrats are guaranteed to vote with the party.

House Democrats are still working through details of the “Build Back Budget” plan and changes to its draft – including four weeks of paid parental leave – that were presented behind closed doors to House Democratic leaders on Thursday.

House tax-writing committee chairman Richard Neal and White House economic adviser Brian Deese presented details of tax rises in the bill to the Democratic leaders on Wednesday, seeking to assure members the spending is paid for and would not add to the rising inflation outlook in the US.

The 1,600-page bill could be voted forward by the weekend, but its prospects in the Senate remain clouded.

Senator Joe Manchin has been a key holdout on President Joe Biden’s ambitious domestic package [J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo]

Standing in the way is centrist Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who represents the majority Republican state of West Virginia, who declared on November 1 as Biden was in Europe he was not ready to assent to the president’s programme.

“We are going to pass both bills, but in order to do so, we have to have the votes. And that’s where we are,” said Pelosi, who was non-committal on Thursday about the timing of an expected House vote.

Hanging in the balance is a $1 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure spending bill passed earlier this year by the Senate but held up by progressives in the House until a budget deal is reached.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking for Democrats to get something done this year.

Senate Democrat Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said he expects the Senate to take up debate and vote on the Build Back Better plan during the week of November 15.



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Somalia gives African Union envoy seven days to leave country

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Government accuses Simon Mulongo of engaging in activities incompatible with AU mission.

Somalia has asked the African Union Commission (AUC) representative in the country to leave within a week after declaring him persona non grata.

In a statement on Thursday, Somalia’s foreign ministry said Simon Mulongo, the AUC’s deputy special representative in Mogadishu, was no longer welcome in the country due to his engagement “in activities [that are] incompatible with AMISOM’s (African Union Mission in Somalia) mandate and Somalia’s security strategy,”

He had seven days to leave Somalia, it added, without giving any further reasons for the decision.

In a Twitter post, Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirizak said the Somali government “will hold accountable AMISOM person[n]el, particularly those at the leadership level, who are expected to be beyond reproach in their integrity as they discharge their duty under the UN/AU mandate”.

According to the African Union, AMISOM forces first arrived in Somalia in March 2007.

Since then, the AMISOM military component has aided Somali national security forces in driving out the al-Qaeda-affiliated armed group al-Shabab from most of the major cities and towns of southern Somalia.



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Judge sharply questions Trump effort to block records from Jan. 6 investigators

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“I don’t see where the separation-of-power argument that you’re making exists,” Chutkan said as she grilled Trump attorney Justin Clark.

Chutkan’s commentary suggests she’s likely to rule against Trump’s effort to stop the National Archives from furnishing the records to Congress, a crucial milestone as the Jan. 6 committee seeks greater insight into Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election. Though Chutkan didn’t rule immediately, she vowed to issue a decision “expeditiously,” noting that the National Archives intends to provide the documents to lawmakers by Nov. 12.

But Chutkan also indicated that she had concerns about how broad the Jan. 6 committee’s request for Trump’s records were. Some documents they’re seeking, she noted, included polling data and records as far back as April 2020.

“There’s almost no limit to what you could be seeking,” Chutkan said.

Still, Chutkan reserved her toughest questions for Trump’s team, repeatedly suggesting that the history of executive privilege — from laws to court rulings — failed to support their argument that Trump could assert it in this case.

The Jan. 6 committee has asked the National Archives for extensive records of Trump’s decisions and contacts in the months leading up to the Jan. 6 insurrection, as well as about his effort to enlist the Justice Department to try to overturn the 2020 election results. Citing the unprecedented nature of the attack on the Capitol, President Joe Biden agreed that he would not assert privilege over any of the records in the committee’s early requests.

Trump filed suit last month, arguing that former presidents have the power to assert executive privilege over their White House records, even if the current president disagrees.

Chutkan, though, repeatedly poked holes in this argument. Executive privilege is meant to protect the office of the presidency itself, she noted, not the occupant — particularly after leaving office.

“The person best able to determine whether there’s an executive privilege is the current executive,” she said.

Chutkan also pressed House counsel Doug Letter to articulate the committee’s need for Trump’s records months before the election. Letter called the Jan. 6 committee’s probe “one of the most important congressional investigations in the history of our nation.”

Letter said the committee extended its request back to April because that’s when Trump began sowing distrust in the election system. He said seeing records about polling that might have circulated around the White House at that time could underscore Trump’s motive for stoking false voter fraud fears. He also wants to see whether those records connect with any efforts by Trump to prime others — allies in Congress, political activists and pro-Trump militia groups — to amplify his false claims.

Letter agreed that the committee’s request for records was “broad” but that the scope of the inquiry was “for Congress to decide” and not for a court to supervise, particularly in a case in which the sitting president agrees.

“If we’re wasting the taxpayers’ money, President Trump can argue about that,” he said. “That’s not an issue for this court.”

Letter described a litany of legislation that the committee might pursue depending on the results of its probe, noting that one facet of the investigation is whether Trump was “fomenting this attack on Congress.”

“What did the president know and when did he know it?” Chutkan replied.

“That is absolutely essential to this inquiry,” Letter said.

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Dozens dead in village attack in southwestern Niger

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Local officials say as many as 60 people were killed in latest violent incident in Niger’s ‘tri-border’ zone with Burkina Faso and Mali.

Dozens of people have been killed in an attack this week on a village in southwestern Niger’s Tillaberi region, according to local sources quoted by news agencies.

A local source told AFP news agency on Thursday the assault took place Tuesday at Adab-Dab, a village about 55 kilometres (32 miles) from Banibangou in the western region of Tillaberi. A motorcycle-borne defence force was attacked by “heavily-armed members of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS)”, who were also on motorbikes, the source said.

The attack was the latest in Niger’s “tri-border” zone with Burkina Faso and Mali, a volatile area that has been the epicentre of a years-long conflict between state forces in the western portion of Africa’s Sahel region and armed groups linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda.

Another source also said the target of the attack was a local defence force called the Vigilance Committees, which was headed by the mayor of Banibangou district, according to AFP. The assailants headed off back to Mali “taking the bodies of their fighters with them”, the source added.

“In all, there are about 60 dead, nine missing and 15 escaped. The mayor of Banibangou is among those who were killed and his body has been recovered,” an unidentified politician in the Tillaberi area was quoted as saying by AFP.

Two local officials confirmed the death toll to the Reuters news agency. Zakari Karidjo, the deputy of the department of Banibangou, said that there was a clash and that there were losses on both sides.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.



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Walmart knocks 60 percent off Samsung Galaxy Buds, plus six more early Black Friday deals

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These buds will be your constant companions. (Photo: Walmart)

This holiday season, the sooner you start making your list (and checking it twice), the sooner you can relax and let the merriment get underway. We’ve teamed up with Walmart for our 30 Days of Savings event to help you find great gifts for everyone on your list — and score incredible savings while you’re at it.

Every day in November, we’ll have new deals that you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re on the hunt for, say, a new tablet, a game-changing kitchen gadget, or entertainment for the whole family, we’ve got you covered.

Want to score free shipping and early sale access? This year, for the first time, Walmart+ members will receive exclusive 4-hour early access to all online Black Friday events throughout November! Plus, you’ll get free shipping (on everything — there’s no order minimum!) and unlimited free delivery on groceries. Those are some pretty promising perks. Sign up for your free 15-day trial here, and a quick three-question survey will add on an additional two more weeks for a solid 30 days of use. (And by the way, those without Walmart+ still get free shipping on orders of $35 or more.)

These buds will be your constant companions. (Photo: Walmart)

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ deliver rich sound in a small package — and they’re currently a whopping 60 percent off. Selectively tune in or out environmental noise, so you can stay in the zone on a phone call or get lost in your favorite playlist. Switch on Ambient Aware to hear flight announcements, oncoming traffic or your order number while still enjoying your favorite playlist or podcast.

Get up to 11 hours of nonstop music on a single charge, then pop your Galaxy Buds+ into the wireless charging case. Forgot to charge them the night before? Not to worry: 3 minutes of charging gives you one hour of play time, so you’ll have enough juice for your commute or a workout. Customization and comfort for $59? That’s what we like to hear.

$59 $150 at Walmart

Keep tabs on your energy usage. (Photo: Walmart)

The pioneer of the smart thermostat world is now on sale for $100. Not only will you save money buying one, but you’ll also save money after the Nest Thermostat is installed — this tool will adjust the temperature once you’ve left so you’re not paying to heat or cool an empty home. Setup is a breeze: Easy to install in under 30 minutes and it’s a cinch to control from anywhere using the app.

One smart saver said, “I updated both of my thermostats with Nest and have saved nearly a $100 a month on my power bill thanks to the programming capabilities of the Google Nest. Easy to set up. Easy to use. Definitely recommend.”

$100 $130 at Walmart

You’ll flip over this deal. (Photo: Walmart)

Set it up as a traditional notebook or rotate along the 360-degree hinge to find the most comfortable position. This HP convertible laptop boasts a 14-inch HD touchscreen display and over 13 hours of battery life. And weighing in at only 4 pounds, it won’t make your work bag or kid’s backpack unnecessarily heavy.

One five-star reviewer says, “This computer offers casual and professional functionality at a low price point. If you’re a multitasker or assistant with many pages up all the time, it can handle it with ease…I’m thrilled that I can work on large spreadsheets and projects, while streaming a show on my other monitor simultaneously, without any slowdown.” On sale now for $179 (down from $299!).

$179 $299 at Walmart

Rest easy with this security system on your side. (Photo: Walmart)

This five-piece set is all you need to monitor movement around your property — and right now it’s a special buy at $175. Human Detection Technology prevents the neighborhood cat from setting off an alert, while Facial Capture will send a snapshot of any 2-legged visitors straight to your phone. Built-in spotlights will also illuminate when human movement is detected, so they’ll ward off trespassers or give you a guiding light to the garage when you’ve got your hands full.

The cameras are hard wired for a secure connection and all recordings are stored locally on a pre-installed hard drive — no subscription fee required. In need of a few more cameras to capture all angles? Add up to four additional compatible devices to expand your coverage. Says one pleased purchaser: “These are the best security cameras I’ve had yet. Very easy to set up and use. No monthly fees.”

$175 at Walmart

WFH or on the go, everything’s coming up roses. (Photo: Walmart)

Upgrade your work from home setup with this 15.6-inch HP laptop. Complete with a full size keyboard and 256 GB of solid-state drive storage for photos, videos, and documents, this computer will keep you humming during your nine-to-five (and well beyond). Step up your next Zoom call thanks to an HD camera and full HD resolution display.

At just under 4 pounds, this machine will take you from WFH to on-the-move. Plus, it has over 9 hours of battery life (just over 8 for wireless streaming). One happy customer put it succinctly: “You get a lot of bang for your buck! Lightweight, fast, and easy to use.”

$550 at Walmart

Tote your tech (and other items) with ease. (Photo: Walmart)

Transport your tech in style (with a whole lot of function to go with it). This 20″ Laptop Backpack features a slim silhouette, but tons of storage space. There’s a laptop compartment, a main pocket with drawstring closure, a convenient “anti-theft” hidden pocket, a shoe pocket, and three additional pouches that will take you from home to office to gym and back again.

Cushioned shoulder straps and a back support make it comfortable while on the move. “Easy to carry and fits under airplane seat,” said one happy traveler.

$16 $21.50 at Walmart

The ultimate workout buddy. (Photo: Walmart)

Rain, shine, or sweat, these JLab Bluetooth sport earbuds will stay with you and running through the elements. With 6 hours of battery life, your fitspo playlist will play from warmup to cool down (and beyond). The memory wire ear hook conforms to your ear for ultimate comfort and hold.

“Great earbuds!” says one happy customer. “As an active individual, JLab makes excellent earbuds to accompany my exercise music needs! The sound quality and design are excellent! I would recommend them for the gym or just for any day to day use.”

$29.50 at Walmart

Read More from Yahoo Life:

See more of Walmart’s can’t-miss holiday deals on Yahoo Shopping, and follow along on social media at #DaysofSavings2021.



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Walmart knocks 60 percent off Samsung Galaxy Buds, plus six more early Black Friday deals

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These buds will be your constant companions. (Photo: Walmart)

This holiday season, the sooner you start making your list (and checking it twice), the sooner you can relax and let the merriment get underway. We’ve teamed up with Walmart for our 30 Days of Savings event to help you find great gifts for everyone on your list — and score incredible savings while you’re at it.

Every day in November, we’ll have new deals that you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re on the hunt for, say, a new tablet, a game-changing kitchen gadget, or entertainment for the whole family, we’ve got you covered.

Want to score free shipping and early sale access? This year, for the first time, Walmart+ members will receive exclusive 4-hour early access to all online Black Friday events throughout November! Plus, you’ll get free shipping (on everything — there’s no order minimum!) and unlimited free delivery on groceries. Those are some pretty promising perks. Sign up for your free 15-day trial here, and a quick three-question survey will add on an additional two more weeks for a solid 30 days of use. (And by the way, those without Walmart+ still get free shipping on orders of $35 or more.)

These buds will be your constant companions. (Photo: Walmart)

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ deliver rich sound in a small package — and they’re currently a whopping 60 percent off. Selectively tune in or out environmental noise, so you can stay in the zone on a phone call or get lost in your favorite playlist. Switch on Ambient Aware to hear flight announcements, oncoming traffic or your order number while still enjoying your favorite playlist or podcast.

Get up to 11 hours of nonstop music on a single charge, then pop your Galaxy Buds+ into the wireless charging case. Forgot to charge them the night before? Not to worry: 3 minutes of charging gives you one hour of play time, so you’ll have enough juice for your commute or a workout. Customization and comfort for $59? That’s what we like to hear.

$59 $150 at Walmart

Keep tabs on your energy usage. (Photo: Walmart)

The pioneer of the smart thermostat world is now on sale for $100. Not only will you save money buying one, but you’ll also save money after the Nest Thermostat is installed — this tool will adjust the temperature once you’ve left so you’re not paying to heat or cool an empty home. Setup is a breeze: Easy to install in under 30 minutes and it’s a cinch to control from anywhere using the app.

One smart saver said, “I updated both of my thermostats with Nest and have saved nearly a $100 a month on my power bill thanks to the programming capabilities of the Google Nest. Easy to set up. Easy to use. Definitely recommend.”

$100 $130 at Walmart

You’ll flip over this deal. (Photo: Walmart)

Set it up as a traditional notebook or rotate along the 360-degree hinge to find the most comfortable position. This HP convertible laptop boasts a 14-inch HD touchscreen display and over 13 hours of battery life. And weighing in at only 4 pounds, it won’t make your work bag or kid’s backpack unnecessarily heavy.

One five-star reviewer says, “This computer offers casual and professional functionality at a low price point. If you’re a multitasker or assistant with many pages up all the time, it can handle it with ease…I’m thrilled that I can work on large spreadsheets and projects, while streaming a show on my other monitor simultaneously, without any slowdown.” On sale now for $179 (down from $299!).

$179 $299 at Walmart

Rest easy with this security system on your side. (Photo: Walmart)

This five-piece set is all you need to monitor movement around your property — and right now it’s a special buy at $175. Human Detection Technology prevents the neighborhood cat from setting off an alert, while Facial Capture will send a snapshot of any 2-legged visitors straight to your phone. Built-in spotlights will also illuminate when human movement is detected, so they’ll ward off trespassers or give you a guiding light to the garage when you’ve got your hands full.

The cameras are hard wired for a secure connection and all recordings are stored locally on a pre-installed hard drive — no subscription fee required. In need of a few more cameras to capture all angles? Add up to four additional compatible devices to expand your coverage. Says one pleased purchaser: “These are the best security cameras I’ve had yet. Very easy to set up and use. No monthly fees.”

$175 at Walmart

WFH or on the go, everything’s coming up roses. (Photo: Walmart)

Upgrade your work from home setup with this 15.6-inch HP laptop. Complete with a full size keyboard and 256 GB of solid-state drive storage for photos, videos, and documents, this computer will keep you humming during your nine-to-five (and well beyond). Step up your next Zoom call thanks to an HD camera and full HD resolution display.

At just under 4 pounds, this machine will take you from WFH to on-the-move. Plus, it has over 9 hours of battery life (just over 8 for wireless streaming). One happy customer put it succinctly: “You get a lot of bang for your buck! Lightweight, fast, and easy to use.”

$550 at Walmart

Tote your tech (and other items) with ease. (Photo: Walmart)

Transport your tech in style (with a whole lot of function to go with it). This 20″ Laptop Backpack features a slim silhouette, but tons of storage space. There’s a laptop compartment, a main pocket with drawstring closure, a convenient “anti-theft” hidden pocket, a shoe pocket, and three additional pouches that will take you from home to office to gym and back again.

Cushioned shoulder straps and a back support make it comfortable while on the move. “Easy to carry and fits under airplane seat,” said one happy traveler.

$16 $21.50 at Walmart

The ultimate workout buddy. (Photo: Walmart)

Rain, shine, or sweat, these JLab Bluetooth sport earbuds will stay with you and running through the elements. With 6 hours of battery life, your fitspo playlist will play from warmup to cool down (and beyond). The memory wire ear hook conforms to your ear for ultimate comfort and hold.

“Great earbuds!” says one happy customer. “As an active individual, JLab makes excellent earbuds to accompany my exercise music needs! The sound quality and design are excellent! I would recommend them for the gym or just for any day to day use.”

$29.50 at Walmart

Read More from Yahoo Life:

See more of Walmart’s can’t-miss holiday deals on Yahoo Shopping, and follow along on social media at #DaysofSavings2021.



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The Best Old Navy Loungewear to Live in All Season Long — and Nothing’s Over $50!

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Loungetown: population . . . you? Well, make that you, your couch, Netflix, and your favorite sweats. Whether you’ve stayed fully committed to a casual wardrobe 24/7 while working from home, or just on the weekends now, there’s a good chance you’re no stranger to a plush pair of joggers and hoodie. Since we can’t wear the same top every single day for weeks on end, we’re always in the market for new clothes to keep us cozy this season and beyond.

It just so happens Old Navy has a ton of affordable loungewear that’s so cute, you’ll be tempted to wear these pieces when you have to step outside as well. From shorts to sweatshirts in fleece, velvet, sherpa, and more, not a single item we chose costs more than $50. Cheers to that with your favorite at-home beverage, then check out our picks ahead.



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Zack Steffen: Manchester City goalkeeper extends contract until summer of 2025

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United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen has signed a new contract with Manchester City which runs until the summer of 2025.

The 26-year-old has been with City since the summer of 2019 and was part of their treble-winning squad last season, being an ever-present in their run to victory in the Carabao Cup.


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Steffen, who spent the 2019/20 season on loan in Germany with Fortuna Dusseldorf, also won the CONCACAF Nations League trophy as part of the US national team.

“This is a fantastic moment for me – I am so happy to be committing my future to Manchester City.” Steffen said.

“In my opinion, this is the best team in world football, with the best manager and best coaching setup. It’s a privilege to be here and contribute to this team achieving its targets.

“I feel I learn every day and I have definitely improved as a goalkeeper since coming here. I contributed to our success last season, which was an amazing experience.

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“I want to keep pushing Ederson every single day and take my chances when they arrive.”

City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain added: “Zack is an excellent goalkeeper and a brilliant professional who brings so much to Pep’s squad.

“He fits the blueprint of what a Manchester City goalkeeper should be. Not only is he great with his hands, but he is also calm on the ball and provides outstanding distribution, which is a vital part of our style.

“This is a man who trains to an exceptionally high standard every single day. He always wants to learn and improve. Our coaching staff love having him here and we want to see him continue his development over the next years.”



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