If Nancy Pelosi ran for president, she'd beat Trump
- Under her leadership, the Democrat-controlled House has passed a number of significant bills—ones that would protect voting rights, take needed action on climate change, address gun violence and help achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans.
- Perhaps more importantly, given the way Republicans routinely let Trump off the hook, Pelosi has repeatedly gotten the best of the President in very public ways.
- Now, on a day that will live in memory, Pelosi has pulled off a two-step: Democrats announced the articles of impeachment, calling out the President for abuse of power and obstruction, and just an hour later, announced their support for a major trade deal that Trump had sought.
- While Democrats considered having an article related to Trump's obstruction that was detailed in the Mueller Report, Pelosi kept the focus on Ukraine, because that is what the country appears to care about and what her members support.
Why Joe Biden committing to one term would be a very big mistake
- All of which makes new reporting from Politico that Biden could limit himself to a single term if he is elected in 2020 very odd.
- Because, candidly, it makes zero sense for Biden to have a story kicking around that he might walk away after a single term.
- On its face, the idea makes a semblance of sense -- especially given Biden's age and the message he is running on.
- A one-term limit would also gibe with Biden's message that Trump is an aberration -- and that once the billionaire businessman is escorted off the national stage politics will return to normal.
- But, like lots of ideas that seem smart at first, even a light scratching of the surface of the one-term limit makes clear that a) it wouldn't work and b) it might backfire.
Who are the Black Hebrew Israelites?
- Anderson, 47, appeared to have a connection to the movement, although the extent of his involvement remains unclear, the law enforcement official told The New York Times.
- Best known for their confrontational brand of street preaching in urban areas, the Black Hebrew Israelite movement has a complex history in the United States, with sects and branches splintering over theological and leadership disputes.
- What unites most Black Israelites, scholars say, is the belief that blacks are the true descendants of biblical Jews.
- Some sects within the movement call modern Judaism an imposter religion, claiming the mantle of the religion for themselves.
- The Black Hebrew Israelite Movement is comprised of some groups or members that have expressed anti-Semitic sentiments, however the Southern Poverty Law Center does not recognize the overall movement as a hate group.
The best humidifiers
- In general, humidifiers are divided into "warm mist" and "cool mist." Warm-mist humidifiers release moisture into the air by heating it, which kills bacteria in the water.
- But, if there are children or animals in the house, warm-mist humidifiers can be hazardous because of how hot the appliance gets, as well as the potential for accidentally spilled hot water.
- The company offers an "XL" version with a larger water tank and longer continuous run-time, or you can check out our pick for large rooms.
- If you're looking for a humidifier to humidify a larger room, you'll probably want something with a larger water tank that's capable of outputting more mist.
- Unlike our other recommendations, this device offers the option of cool-mist or warm-mist settings.
- If you're concerned about the bacteria that could be circulating in your room, then the Honeywell HCM350W Humidifier is the best option for you.
The best travel mugs
- Users say the lid lock is reliable, so if you want to toss the mug in a bag and enjoy your drink later in the day, you can do it without obsessively checking for spills.
- The Autoseal's double-walled stainless-steel body fits securely in most cup holders, and the lid is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning, though Contigo recommends hand-washing the body of the mug.
- Whether you're a stickler for a piping hot cup of joe or an ice-cold drink of water, this 16-ounce Zojirushi travel mug has your back.
- Its double-walled stainless steel body keeps drinks hot for hours on end, while three silicone seals ensure that it never leaks no matter how much it gets tossed around in your bag.
- Unlike other design-forward travel mugs, it's made of vacuum-insulated stainless steel and manages to keep coffee and tea hot for hours.
I find myself enjoying the movie theater experience more and more despite the convenience of streaming services, and here's why
- "The Irishman," Martin Scorsese's latest film, was showing at a small New York City theater, and I'd gotten tickets for myself and my boyfriend.
- It, like the other movie I saw in-person that week — "Marriage Story" — was already available on Netflix.
- Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and Disney+ have made unlimited content possible and, in the case of "The Irishman" made, a $160 million budget possible.
- A movie theater imposes limits.
- And the movie experience is better than at home.
- And I credit Hulu, Netflix, and Prime Video with making some of the best television of the last decade.
- And a few days later, when the experience had settled and my opinion had solidified, I sat down, turned on Netflix, and pressed play on it again.
29 high-tech smart home gifts to make your friends and family feel like the Jetsons
- A Google Nest Mini is a great gift for a friend looking to get started on a smart home, or anyone who just wants a nice smart speaker.
- A Google Assistant speaker can introduce your friend or relative to the world of smart-home with a cute design, colorful lights, and excellent sound.
- Amazon makes a number of different Echo Show smart displays, from the $59.99 miniature Echo Show 5 to the full-sized, booming, $229.99 Echo Show 2nd-Gen. For gifting, I think the $79.99 Echo Show 8 is the best combination of price and quality.
- These are smart dimmer switches you can automate, or control remotely with Lutron's app or Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit. The prospect of swapping out your light switches for smart dimmers might be intimidating, but this starter kit has everything your friend or relative will need, and Lutron's smartphone app will guide them step-by-step through the process.
B Corps are businesses committed to using their profit for good — these 14 are making some truly great products
- You can read more on how Patagonia walks the walk here, but a few of our favorite examples include being the first California company to sign up for B certification in 2012, imposing an earth tax on itself, and giving 100% (yes, 100%) of their profits from Black Friday in the past directly to grassroots nonprofits working to protect air, water, and soil quality for future generations.
- Overall, Leesa has donated more than 36,000 mattresses to those in need, committed to planting one million trees by 2025, and makes a point to provide the opportunity for employees to feel invested in their own backyards with local volunteer opportunities.
- Frank And Oak is a Canadian apparel company dedicated to making modern, high-quality essentials with sustainable materials and production methods.
- For every product you buy, the company plants ten trees through thoughtful programs that not only reforest the earth but also help rebuild communities around sustainable local economies.
We tried crunchy, flavorful, and nutritious snacks made from a surprising ingredient — they're roasted fava beans, and we love them
- I actually hate broad beans in their cooked form, but as proven by kale chips and green pea crisps, when you roast or bake a disappointing vegetable (or legume), it can transform into a delicious snack.
- After an editor placed a bag of Bada Bean Bada Boom snacks on my desk, I still had my doubts that they would change my mind about the dreaded broad bean, but my skepticism quickly turned into surprised delight when I tried them.
- They're crunchy, flavorful, and nutritious (really!) — the trifecta of characteristics you want for the snacks you keep in your backpack, car, or desk drawer.
- However or whenever you enjoy them, you won't find a more surprisingly delicious snack option than Bada Bean.
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Best Buy Bucks the Trend That’s Crushing Other Retailers
- But Best Buy’s resurgence suggests that humans will continue to value the physical experience of stores—provided that stores offer a vibrant experience combined with a conduit to services consumers need and value.
- In a world where just about anything can be bought online and shipped to your door, stores that offer more ephemeral things that can’t be packaged in a cardboard box and that meet needs will find a brighter future than most expected even a few years ago.
- Rather than being yet another high-profile victim of the ecommerce-fueled retail apocalypse, the Minnesota-headquartered Best Buy, under CEO Hubert Joly and, since June, Corie Barry, has focused on what it can offer that the internet cannot: engaging physical stores, knowledgeable staff, a “Geek Squad” that will install and synchronize your electronics in-home, and a relentless discipline about inventory management, costs, and closing underperforming stores.