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Trump, Unbound

2020-09-02 10:34:41

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President Trump breaks so many of the normal rules of politics that it can sometimes be hard to know when his tweets and comments are truly newsworthy. Even by his standards, though, the past several days have stood out. Consider:

Biden has taken a very different approach to the unrest in Kenosha, Portland and elsewhere. He has told no apparent untruths, and he has criticized violence from both the political left and right — even though many liberals, whose votes Biden needs, are uncomfortable with any criticism of people on their side of the debate.

G.O.P. reaction. The Times tried to reach about a dozen leading congressional Republicans and ask for their reaction to Trump’s claims. “None cared to comment,” Mark Leibovich writes. Senator Mitt Romney offered one of the few public responses, calling the president’s comments “simply jaw-dropping.”

Russia adds to the misinformation. A group backed by the Kremlin is again trying to meddle in the U.S. presidential election and push voters toward Trump, Facebook and Twitter said yesterday.

Make the most of fresh summer produce with this cherry-almond granola crisp. Eat it for breakfast or for dessert, or snack on it throughout the day. The caramelized clusters of almonds and oats temper the fruit’s sweetness.

“Verzuz,” a series in which hip-hop and R&B stars battle hit for hit on Instagram Live, has quickly transformed from an entertaining novelty born from the pandemic into appointment viewing and a cultural phenomenon on social media.

In a highly anticipated battle on Monday, the R&B singers Brandy and Monica squared off for nearly three hours, breaking the show’s record with more than 1.2 million viewers, according to The Los Angeles Times. Michelle Obama, Snoop Dogg and Queen Latifah all chimed in through the comments section, and there was a surprise cameo from Senator Kamala Harris, reminding viewers to vote.

If you’ve ever scrolled through Instagram or glanced upon the visage of Kim Kardashian West, you’ve probably seen the work of Mario Dedivanovic. The signature look that the makeup artist first gave Kardashian 12 years ago — think dewy highlighter and a face sculpted with lots of contouring — is still influential today.

Dedivanovic got his start working at Sephora as a teenager, eventually landing a gig doing touch-ups for the on-air hosts at Fox News. “The first time he did my makeup, people thought I’d had a nose job,” one host said.


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