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#BoycottABC Trends After Network Plays Ad Showing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Photo On Fire During Democratic Debate

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They’re not afraid of her, they’re afraid of the more mainstream Democrats. They can’t get their base as riled up about Warren, Sanders, Biden and Harris. The message from those candidates is too reasonable and resonates too strongly with people who’ve been taken advantage of economically by Republicans.

But the squad is useful. They can make their base afraid of those 4 minority women who give them a steady stream of scary quotes. And if they can paint the Democratic Party with that brush and convince the rubes that those four are representative of the Democratic Party, they believe they can scare people into voting Republican.

That’s why you saw Trump attack them when they started to get ostracized (to some degree) from the more mainstream Democrats. If it became clear that they are ‘just four votes’, then the ‘Democrats scary’ tactic would be neutered. So he forced the Democratic center to defend them. And while he misjudged how offensive his words were and it somewhat backfired on him, the tactic did work and people have largely moved on to his more recent shocking statements and largely forgotten about what he said, so it basically worked. He’s going to try to run his re-election campaign against AOC and Omar rather than his actual Democratic opponent. Which is why you saw the commercial during the debate. It was a subtle message that the reasonable things the debaters were saying somehow don’t represent what Democrats will do if elected.

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GOP rep. Briscoe Cain to be reported to FBI after telling Beto O’Rourke “my AR is ready for you”

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Charles Payne calls out ‘irony’ of 2020 Dems’ racism claims: ‘They’re living examples of why their rhetoric is so wrong’

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Fox Business host Charles Payne said Friday there is “irony” in the way 2020 Democratic presidential candidates talk about systemic racism in America, as many of them also call President Trump a racist.

Reacting on “Fox & Friends,” Payne said many of them “brag” about their families coming from humble beginnings or immigrating to America and claim the same opportunities no longer exist for minorities.

“They are themselves living examples of why their rhetoric is so is wrong. They have achieved the kind of success that they are telling the audience is unachievable because of the man in the White House,” said Payne, arguing that day-to-day issues of race, especially in inner cities, go far beyond Trump’s tweets and statements.

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At Thursday’s debate, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said no one should get a “red badge of courage” for calling the president a racist. “Racism exists, the question isn’t who isn’t a racist, it’s who is and isn’t doing something about racism,” Booker said.

“We have a white supremacist in the White House,” said former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, calling Trump a “mortal threat to people of color.”

And Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said nothing has gotten done in Washington, D.C. in the last two-and-a-half years because Trump has been “full-time trying to sow hate and division among us.”

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Payne, however, insisted racism is a deeper issue. He pointed out that in New York City last year, under Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, 89 percent of people arrested for marijuana crimes were black and Hispanic.

“In my own neighborhood, the progressives that have moved in call the cops on black kids playing basketball in the street,” Payne said. “That’s what I’m worried about! That’s the day-to-day racism that I care about. The rhetoric they’re talking is just designed to keep people afraid and it’s not helpful for this country,” he said.

He continued: “The way they portray this country every time they speak is like it’s a hopeless place, where there’s no opportunity for black people and Hispanics … They themselves on that stage put that to rest. There is hope. In fact, your parents can come here from one of these countries and you could be running for president.”

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‘I don’t even drink protein shakes’: Cowboys laugh about drug test after CB Chidobe Awuzie hits 22.81 mph chasing Saquon Barkley

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FRISCO, Texas — When Chidobe Awuzie arrived to the Star on Monday, he found a letter waiting at his locker. A request for a randomized performance-enhancing drug test? He was surprised but not concerned.

“I mean, I know I’m fine,” the Cowboys cornerback told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. “I don’t even drink protein shakes. I just eat Nigerian food. Fufu, rice and stew, chicken, plantain, meat, goat meat.”

The cornerback said he passed the test. But when he learned the next day that his pursuit of Saquon Barkley in the Cowboys’ 35-17 win over the Giants marked the fastest recorded speed by an NFL player since 2017, he laughed and tweeted about the sequence of events.

“More sarcastic and joking,” Awuzie said. “I didn’t even know I ran that fast, so that could possibly be a reason why they tested me.”

Awuzie didn’t know during the game how fast he had run in pursuit of Barkley. He just knew he needed to get moving, and quickly. The Giants star had exploded through a running lane created by what Cowboys defenders later described as a gap misfit. Barkley was outgaining one defender at a time as he bolted down the left sideline, arms pumping. Awuzie was about 3 yards downfield, but halfway across horizontally, when Barkley edged passed safety Jeff Heath, the final line of defense. Awuzie told himself: I’ve got to go.

“Then you kick it into overdrive,” Awuzie added.

Damage was still done, as Barkley traversed 59 yards on just the second snap for the Giants offense. The drive would set up the first touchdown of the game, a 1-yard pass from Eli Manning to tight end Evan Engram. But the Giants would need five more plays before a score thanks to Awuzie pushing Barkley out of bounds at the 23-yard line.

“Just great effort,” defensive backs coach Kris Richard said Thursday. “It shows the level of care and it’s an awesome level of responsibility that we all have to one another.

“Somebody has to make sure they’re there to protect us. We’re all in it together: If something breaks, something happens, someone has to get the guy down to give us another chance.”

On Sunday, Awuzie was glad he could be that guy for his teammates. He prided himself on honing speed and quickness atop strength to make himself a more complete cornerback. But not until Tuesday, when ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan tweeted, did Awuzie learn he’d clocked at 22.81 miles per hour. No NFL player hit that speed last season, Ranaan added, per NextGen Stats.

Awuzie ran to tell his mom. “Oh!” she exclaimed. She started screaming.

He learned Olympic world-record holder Usain Bolt averaged 23.35 miles per hour in his 100-meter race.

“I was like, dang. I was close,” Awuzie said. “That was only what, 30-40 yards? I felt like I had like two, three, four more steps. Could’ve hit a 23.”

Teammates debated this week whether Awuzie has now earned the right to call himself the fastest defensive back — or player — on the Cowboys. Awuzie said he wouldn’t race to prove it after his speedy mark Sunday. But “he might actually be the fastest DB on the team,” Richard said. “I mean, there it is. We love to have arguments about who’s actually the fastest on the team, so it may be empirical evidence.”

Receiver Amari Cooper, whom Awuzie regularly faces in both man-to-man matchups and locker room chess games, said he wouldn’t be so quick to assume Awuzie’s the fastest. Sure, Cooper said, he has seen Awuzie accelerate impressively while chasing down ballcarriers in practices.

“But I mean, we run with the football,” Cooper jabbed, as he and Awuzie faced off in their second chess match of the day. “Catch me without a football, I might go 24 (miles per hour).

“Nah, I’m playing.”

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2,100-year-old ‘iPhone case’ discovered in ‘Russian Atlantis’

From the depths of Russia’s “Atlantis” — a famed archaeological site in southern Siberia that lies underwater for most of the year — archaeologists emerged with what looks like a jewel-studded case for an iPhone.

But the black rectangle, which measures about 7 inches (18 centimeters) long and around 4 inches (9 cm) wide, is no electronics accessory; it’s an ancient belt buckle made of jet — a gemstone made from pressurized wood — inlaid with small beads of mother-of-pearl, carnelian and turquoise, The Siberian Times reported.

Scientists with the Institute for the History of Material Culture at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) found the object in a woman’s grave, where it lay upon the skeleton’s pelvis. The researchers nicknamed the woman “Natasha” and dubbed the artifact “Natasha’s iPhone,” according to The Siberian Times.

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Although the buckle was discovered years ago, it recently drew renewed attention because Pavel Leus, one of the dig’s archaeologists and a RAS researcher, shared the image on Instagram, Leus told Live Science in an email.

The grave that held the so-called iPhone lies in the Siberian territory of Tuva, near the border of Mongolia. There, archaeologists identified two burial sites — Terezin and Ala-Tey — dating to the Xiongnu period around 2,000 years ago, according to a study co-authored by Leus and published in 2018 in the journal Asian Archaeology.

However, there are only a few weeks each year when archaeologists can access these historically important locations, according to the Russian Geographical Society (RGS). The burial sites lie in a flood zone; they are covered by the Sayan Sea — an artificial reservoir — except when the flood waters recede, from the end of May through the first half of June, the RGS reported.

“Burials at both sites include many decorations for belts and clothing, beads, pendants, earrings, Chinese wu zhu coins, and Western Han mirrors and their fragments,” the scientists wrote in the study.

In recent years, they found large and small jet buckles in three graves. The “massive” iPhone-like buckle had holes on the short sides, “with the two round holes on one side for fixing the buckle to the belt and one oval hole on the other side, probably for clasping,” the researchers reported. Radiocarbon dating suggested that the grave’s contents dated to between 92 B.C. and A.D. 71.

Jet objects from this period are rare, but some have surfaced in Russia’s upper Volga region; in Transbaikalia, a mountainous zone to the east of Russia’s Lake Baikal; in Mongolia; and in Central Asia, Leus said. It’s possible that this type of ornament was common in Xiongnu culture and was brought west as these nomadic people migrated across the Eurasian steppes, he explained.

Rectangular bronze buckles, many of them carved with animal designs, also have been found in graves and settlements in Siberia, Mongolia and Central Asia, according to a report published in 2011 by the University of Bonn in Germany.

Though bronze and jet belt buckles are sometimes found in female burials in some parts of this Central Asian region, “they are generally found in well-furnished graves of warriors,” the scientists wrote. Questions still linger about Tuva’s graves and their contents, but more discoveries are expected to be announced in the coming months, Leus said in the email.

Originally published on Live Science.

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Antonio Brown appears to address critics after being accused of sexual assault, rape in lawsuit

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Embattled New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown appeared to address his critics in a video from teammate Tom Brady’s training center Thursday.

Brown went live on his Instagram Stories from the TB12 Sports Therapy Center in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Brown appeared to be working out with Brady’s trainer Alex Guerrero when he picked up the phone and started to speak.

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“The work don’t stop. No matter what they say, no matter what they hate, somebody’s still gotta work,” he said on the video as he takes his followers on the tour of the facility.

“Call God. In a time of crisis, all I ask is love, dedication and focus,” he said. “Stay focused. The devil is going to try to bring you down when you get closer to your goals. The key is, don’t let him.”

Brown also suggested there should be a Team USA football team.

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“All the basketball players and all the soccer players in the world – they get love and embrace,” he said. “Maybe we need a football USA team so the world can love us, because all we get is hate.”

Brown was accused in a civil lawsuit filed in federal court of raping and sexually assaulting his former personal trainer on three separate occasions in 2017 and 2018. Brown has denied the allegations. His representatives have called the lawsuit a “money grab.”

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His status for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins is unclear, but the Patriots are reportedly planning to play him.

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Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton becomes the butt of social media jokes with pregame outfit

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was at the receiving end of a ton of jokes for the outfit he wore prior to his game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.

Newton entered Bank of America Stadium wearing a dark-colored suit and a scarf around his head — to the postgame press conference. He quickly became the butt of the jokes with some Twitter users saying they believed he was trying to go for the “Thelma and Louise” look.

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To add insult to injury, Newton and the Panthers lost the game 20-14 in what analysts believe was one of the former NFL MVP’s worst games of his career.

Newton was 24-for-50 with 324 yards. He did not throw a touchdown pass. He had two carries but did not gain any yards and was sacked three times for 20 yards.

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The Panthers are now 0-2 on the season. The Buccaneers improved to 1-1.

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Tomi Lahren on Beto O’Rourke’s vow to take away guns: ‘Finally they’re being transparent’

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Democrats’ push for stricter gun control measures are an effort to “chip away” gradually at the Second Amendment, Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren argued Friday on “Fox & Friends.”

Lahren was asked specifically about Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke declaring at Thursday night’s presidential debate, “Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15, AK-47.”

The line from the former congressman from Texas received loud applause from the audience at the third-round debate in Houston, as he proposed a mandatory buyback of assault weapons.

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“Finally they’re being transparent. We have been saying for years that they want to take our guns and it was always just, ‘Oh you stupid hillbillies, we don’t want to take your guns.’ And now they’re coming out and saying it proudly,” said Lahren, also pointing to statements from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who vowed that gun control would have to be gradual and be accomplished through many pieces of legislation.

“What that really means is let’s gradually chip away at it, so people don’t realize their Second Amendment rights are being corroded and then it’ll lead to what we actually want, which is confiscation,” Lahren added.

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In the wake of multiple deadly mass shootings last month, including two in Texas, many of the candidates stepped up their calls for the federal government to start buying back assault-style weapons from owners – with some of the White House hopefuls urging mandatory buybacks.

O’Rourke was among the candidates to recently declare, “Americans who own AR-15s and AK-47s will have to sell their assault weapons.”

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O’Rourke was complimented by his rivals on the debate stage for his outspoken efforts on the issue of gun violence. He suspended his campaign last month and returned to his home town of El Paso after a mass shooting there that left 22 people dead and many more injured.

O’Rourke has made stemming gun violence an integral part of his campaign.

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Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey Soar In ‘Don’t Call Me Angel’

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“Don’t Call Me Angel” quickly racked up millions of views with its vamping empowerment vibe. The three pop stars wear wings, but Grande’s opening verse reminds viewers that they “Ain’t from no heaven/ Yeah, you heard me right/ Even though you know we fly.”

Cyrus gets the best lines: “Don’t call me angel when I’m a mess/ Don’t call me angel when i get undressed/ You know I, I don’t like that boy/ I make my money and I write the checks/ So say my name with a little respect.”

The spy-themed narrative includes a surprise visit from “Charlie’s Angels” director Elizabeth Banks, who also plays Bosley.

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Nightmare creature had egg-shaped eyes, Swiss Army knife head and a butt shield

A spiky, armor-plated “walking tank” with bulging eyes, a shield on its butt and a head like a Swiss army knife scuttled along the seafloor more than 500 million years ago, snapping up prey with a deadly pair of mouth pincers called chelicerae.

Researchers discovered astoundingly well-preserved fossils of these thumb-size predators in 2012, and a new study recently described the creatures, determined to be a previously unknown species now dubbed Mollisonia plenovenatrix. Scientists have found dozens of fossils of this species in recent years that include preserved soft tissue of the mouthparts, along with the animals’ multiple legs and bulbous eyes.

The mouth pincers, in particular, caught scientists’ attention. Chelicerae are found in a diverse group of animals called chelicerates; the group includes more than 115,000 species alive today, among them spiders, scorpions and horseshoe crabs. These fossils provided the oldest evidence to date of these mouth appendages. But these robust pincers may have originated in an unknown species that is even older, the study said.

M. plenovenatrix had a segmented body covered with protective plates. Broad, spine-studded shields covered the creature’s rear and head, which was topped with bulbous eyes. The animal likely used its three pairs of legs to trot along the sea bottom, the study authors reported.

The newly described species had a wider, plumper body than other, similar Mollisonia creatures that scientists knew only from partial fossils of their shed exoskeletons. And its name — from “plena venatrix,” which means “plump huntress” in Latin — reflects that, lead study author Cédric Aria, a postdoctoral fellow with the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told Live Science in an email.

Not only were the chelicerae exquisitely preserved, but the creature also sported gill-like respiratory structures that were surprisingly similar to those in modern chelicerates. This find hinted that chelicerae likely first appeared in a species that predated M. plenovenatrix, the study said.

The rocks have eyes

Researchers uncovered the first evidence of the Mollisonia genus more than 100 years ago, in Burgess Shale deposits in British Columbia. But those fossils were only empty carapaces that the growing arthropods had discarded, so a lot of questions remained about the animal’s anatomy, said study co-author Jean-Bernard Caron, a curator of invertebrate paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Then, in 2012, scientists hit the Mollisonia jackpot in another Burgess Shale location; called Marble Canyon, it sits about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the site where the first fossil carapaces appeared. In fact, M. plenovenatrix was among the first fossils researchers found, and they spotted it because of its bulging, oversize eyes peering back at them from the rock, Caron told Live Science.

“With additional material, we realized there was more than just the eyes preserved — there were also limbs,” Caron said.

Over the next six years, the researchers returned to the site and excavated 49 M. plenovenatrix specimens, most of which included preserved soft tissues. The fossils also presented the animals in different positions, providing highly detailed views of their bodies from multiple angles, Caron said.

The Mollisonia exoskeleton fossils found in the Burgess Shale dated to about 480 million years ago, while the Marble Canyon fossils date to more than 500 million years ago. “So, we are pushing back the origin of this group by 20 [million] to 25 million years,” Caron said.

Mollisonia probably lived in or near a steeply sloping part of the seafloor that was home to diverse marine life, such as trilobites, bristle worms “and ice cream cone-like shelly animals called hyoliths; those might have in fact been on Mollisonia’s menu, although we lack direct evidence from gut contents to be certain,” Aria said in the email. In turn, arthropod predators such as Tokummia, an ancient relative of modern centipedes, may have used its giant mandibles to chomp on Mollisonia, Caron added.

Indeed, M. plenovenatrix wasn’t the only underwater weirdo produced by the Cambrian period (541 million to 485 million years ago). Life on Earth erupted during the Cambrian, producing numerous oddball animals such as giant, bristle-mouthed shrimp; a toothy “penis worm”; an arthropod larva with a tail like a dagger; a “beautiful nightmare” crab with soccer ball eyes; and a creature that resembled the Millennium Falcon of “Star Wars.”

When it comes to animal body plans, evolution during the Cambrian ably demonstrated that “reality often surpasses fiction” — particularly for Mollisonia, which possessed an arresting combination of “dread and beauty,” Aria said.

“The past is full of complexity and surprises. Mollisonia adds an important piece to the puzzle of biodiversity,” he said.

The findings were published today (Sept. 11) in the journal Nature.

Originally published on Live Science.

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