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Court-packing would upend our constitutional system

During the primaries, former Vice President Joe Biden opposed increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court. Once he won the Democratic nomination, however, he switched to silence on the question. Last week, he switched again, saying he’d tell us after the vote on Judge Barrett – by which time, millions more early votes will have been cast. Biden owes America an answer now. Adding justices to the Supreme Court is not a policy question like health care or law and order. It is, rather, a question about whether America forever changes the nature of the constitutional system—without going through the requirements of a constitutional amendment. The founders did not establish any set number of justices. Originally, there were six, then seven, then nine, then ten, then seven, then back t

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Gov. Gavin Newsom cautions Californians: You probably won’t get a coronavirus vaccine this year

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that Californians should not anticipate “mass availability” of a COVID-19 vaccine until 2021 — and even the governor is unsure at what point during 2021 most people can expect to get it by. Before that, a team of independent scientists from California will verify its safety and efficacy, Newsom announced Monday. “When we talk vaccinations, don’t anticipate or expect that you’ll be able to go down to a pharmacy anytime this calendar year and get a vaccination,” he said. “We hope that’s the case, but based on all the evidence, all the data that we have been provided, and the expertise we have been able to glean … it is simply unrealistic to expect.” As one of five jurisdictions working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the logistics of dist...

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Koeman to Restore Key Duo to Barcelona Team for UCL Tie

Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati are both expected to return to the Barcelona starting XI for Tuesday’s Champions League group-stage tie with Ferencvaros. The duo dropped to the bench for Saturday’s defeat to Getafe in La Liga but both appeared as second-half substitutes at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Yet manager Ronald Koeman is expected to rotate his team again for the visit of the Hungarian champions and will restore Coutinho and Fati to his starting line-up, according to Sport’s Sergi Capdevila. There are likely to be more changes for the game too. Midfielder Miralem Pjanic is set to make his first Barcelona start at the expense of Sergio Busquets, while Antoine Griezmann and Sergi Roberto could also drop out. Capdevila reports Barca are likely to line up with Neto in goal and a backli

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Poll: 1 in 4 workers have weighed quitting, citing pandemic pressures

By Alexandra Olson | The Associated Press The coronavirus pandemic has put millions of Americans out of work. But many of those still working are fearful, distressed and stretched thin. A quarter of U.S. workers say they have even considered quitting their jobs as worries related to the pandemic weigh on them, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research in collaboration with the software company SAP. A fifth say they have taken leave. About 7 in 10 workers cited juggling their jobs and other responsibilities as a source of stress. Fears of contracting the virus also was a top concern for those working outside the home. The good news is that employers are responding. The poll finds 57% of workers saying their employer is doing “about the right amo

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What THIS ‘Fuller House’ Star Said About Lori Loughlin Amid Scandal

Lori Loughlin is reporting to jail in mid-November, but one of her former co-stars has been quite clear that he still supports her. Loughlin lost a lot of ongoing jobs with Hallmark after her indictment in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal. But one of her longtime colleagues from Fuller House is still standing by her side. Bob Saget Said She’s a Sweetheart & He Still Loves Her Bob Saget plays the role of Danny Tanner on Full House and Fuller House. Lori Loughlin plays Rebecca “Becky” Donaldson-Katsopolis, wife of Jesse Katsopolis on the show (played by John Stamos.) Bob Saget, her former co-star, told Page Six that he still loves Loughlin and believes she’s a “sweetheart.” He said: And you know when it gets down to it, there’s so much going on and so many people have gone through so

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The rise and fall of Juicy Couture

Summary List PlacementFollowing is a transcription of the video. Irene Kim: Juicy Couture was an iconic part of early 2000s fashion. Its velour tracksuits and matching oversized bags were everything and everywhere. But Juicy went from making $605 million in sales at its peak in 2008 to being sold for less than a third of that five years later. So, what happened? Juicy's story begins with these two ladies, Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy. They met while working at a Los Angeles boutique in 1988. When Nash-Taylor became pregnant, she couldn't find any fashionable maternity clothing. As a solution, she started making maternity pants out of her husband's jeans, which inspired her and Skaist-Levy to start a maternity clothing line, Travis Jeans for the Baby in You. The pair's stylish ma

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Utah reports 1,168 new COVID-19 cases, 3 additional deaths Monday

Vehicles form a line for COVID-19 testing as the University Health Wellness Bus visits Centennial Park in West Valley City on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported 1,168 new COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths on Monday. It marked the sixth day in the row with more than 1,000 additional cases confirmed in the state. Monday’s cases were reported out of 6,721 tests, a 17.4% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health. The rolling seven-day average for new cases is 1,233 per day, and the average positive test rate is 14.4%. Currently, 288 patients are hospitalized with the disease in Utah, which is three fewer than were hospitalized on Sunday. The deaths reported Monday bring the state’s toll due to t...

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Leah Messer: I Did Heroin With My DAD!

Earlier this year, Leah Messer published a memoir that contained a number of shocking revelations about her childhood and early adolescence. Fans who thought they knew everything about Leah from her decade on Teen Mom 2 were shocked to learn they only had half the story. And many who judged her harshly for her past behavior found themselves experiencing profound compassion for a woman who had been through hell before she even reached high school. In recent interviews, Leah has offered further details about her painful past, and it seems that not a day goes by without some new information about her traumatic childhood being revealed. These days, Leah has beaten her addiction to opioids and is proudly sober. Substance abuse took her to some dark places over the years, an...

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The Bachelorette: Clare Crawley Spotted… with an Engagement Ring?!?

Maybe! Possibly! The Daily Mail has published a A week into the latest season of The Bachelorette, fans are not wondering who Clare Crawley will select as her soulmate. We already know the answer. Thanks to an endless array of The Bachelorette spoilers, it's been a given for weeks now that Crawley leaves La Quina Resort in California with Dale Moss by her side. In fact, she does so quite a long time before the Season 16 finale airs, agreeing with producers that there's simply no reason to stick around once she realiizes -- for absolute certain -- that Moss is The One. As you must have read about by now, Tashia Adams then swoops in and takes over as the lead Bachelorette, choosing mostly between the scraps of suitors Clare leaves behind. It's a development that has n...

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I left the US to live abroad 7 years ago. Here’s exactly what it’s cost me to live in Munich, Germany during the pandemic.

Summary List Placement  I left the US to "find myself" in Beijing in 2013. Since then, I've abroad, and have found ways to enjoy travel and comfort while growing my wealth. At the start of the pandemic, I moved from London to Munich with my husband. To keep my living costs down, I budget carefully and live on about €1,500 a month. I invest an average of 40% of my take-home pay, and allow myself some "flex" money to enjoy every month. Sign up to get Personal Finance Insider's newsletter in your inbox » At the age of 21, in 2013, I left the US, broke as a joke with six-figure student debt. I bailed on law school, dumped my boyfriend, and moved to Beijing to "find myself," as all cliches do. A year into my time in China, I realized I could become financially independent  without having to ...

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