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Listen to Prince’s previously unheard acoustic demo of ‘I Feel For You’

Prince fans are in for a musical treat!

On Friday, the estate of the late singer released a previously unheard acoustic version of his 1979 song “I Feel For You” in honor of the 40th anniversary of his second album, “Prince.”

The stripped-down, intimate demo of the Grammy-winning track features nothing but Prince, who was 20 at the time, and his acoustic guitar for over four minutes.

It was recorded on a cassette tape recorder in the winter of 1978-1979, according to his estate, “around the time Prince was preparing to make his solo debut at the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis.”

More: Prince estate slams Trump campaign for playing ‘Purple Rain’ (again) at Minneapolis event

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“I Feel For You” first appeared on his sophomore album, which was released on October 19, 1979, but gained commercial success years later following Chaka Khan’s cover in 1984. Her rendition won Prince a songwriting Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, in addition to Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for Khan.

The new music release comes more than three years after Prince died of an accidental opioid overdose at his Paisley Park compound in suburban Minneapolis in 2016 at age 57.

His estate says the recording was “recently rediscovered on one of the countless cassette tapes stored in Prince’s legendary vault.”

Here’s why: Prince died three years ago, his estate is still unsettled

Prince’s acoustic demo of “I Feel For You” is available on all streaming platforms, in addition to a 7” vinyl single for a limited time that also features Prince’s original studio recording.  

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Victoria Beckham says she’s ‘lucky’ to have found ‘soulmate’ David Beckham

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Victoria Beckham couldn’t stop gushing about her husband David Beckham while promoting her new makeup line this week.

The pop star-turned-fashion designer appeared Friday on “The View” and spoke about her 20-year marriage to her “soulmate.”

Joking about David Beckham’s good looks, cohost Joy Behar asked, “So, what was it that attracted you to him?”

“You know obviously he’s incredibly good-looking, but David is the most wonderful husband and fantastic father and a real inspiration to all of us, he’s hard-working,” Victoria Beckham said, adding: “I’m lucky to have him as my soulmate.”

The couple celebrated their 20th anniversary in July.

Behar teased, “You have to be friends with somebody after many years together, because the sex, eh…”

“Don’t worry about that!” Victoria Beckham said.

VICTORIA BECKHAM HAD NO IDEA MEGHAN MARKLE WOULD WEAR HER STYLES

In an interview on the “Today” show Wednesday, the former Spice Girls member told Hoda Kotb, “You know, I think that the kids are our priority, and everything we do revolves around the children.”

“But we both work really hard. We love what we do professionally. We support each other and, you know, we’re very lucky to have found each other and lucky that we’re growing together,” she said.

Victoria Beckham stressed that “communication is key” when it comes to managing the Beckham family’s hectic schedule — “We are very present in the kids’ lives,” she said.

Victoria and David have four children: an 8-year-old daughter Harper and sons Brooklyn, 20; Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 14.

VICTORIA AND DAVID BECKHAM ARE NOW WORTH $1 BILLION: REPORT

“We love our family. Everything we do revolves around our family,” she explained. “I think it’s just being focused, working hard [and] having a great support team around us. Both of our parents are very, very present and help with the kids.”

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The Cost of Boris Johnson’s Brexit Drive: A Fractured U. K.?

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BRUSSELS — For Prime Minister Boris Johnson, one of the prime selling points of his Brexit agreement with the European Union is that Northern Ireland will not be legally severed from the customs territory of Britain.

“It means,” he said on Thursday, “the U.K. leaves whole and entire.”

How long it would stay that way is another matter.

Among the most profound consequences of Mr. Johnson’s proposed Brexit deal, analysts said, is that it could strengthen the centrifugal forces that were already pulling apart the United Kingdom. Scotland’s nationalists said the plan would galvanize them to seek another referendum on Scottish independence, while Irish nationalists quietly welcomed it as one more step toward a reunified Ireland.

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party vowed to vote against Mr. Johnson’s plan in Parliament, saying it would drive a “coach and horses” through the Good Friday Agreement. That peace treaty enshrined Britain’s sovereignty over Northern Ireland, unless a majority of people favor uniting with Ireland, and it set up a power-sharing arrangement between unionists and nationalists.

Even before Mr. Johnson’s deal, however, Brexit had exposed the fractures in the United Kingdom. Voters in Scotland and Northern Ireland both opted to stay in the European Union in the 2016 referendum; those in England voted to leave. The years of tortuous negotiations over the terms of Britain’s departure have only deepened the alienation of many in both places.

“It cannot be right that Scotland alone is facing an outcome it did not vote for — that is democratically unacceptable and makes a mockery of claims that the U.K. is in any way a partnership of equals,” Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party, said on Thursday.

“It is clearer than ever that the best future for Scotland is one as an equal, independent European nation,” she said. “That is a choice I’m determined to insure is given to the people of Scotland.”

The last time the Scots had that choice — a referendum in 2014 — they voted against leaving Britain by 55 percent to 44 percent. Analysts said the outcome could be reversed in a second vote, given the economic benefits that Scotland is likely to lose by leaving the European Union along with the rest of Britain.

Even in Wales, which voted to leave Europe in 2016, there is evidence of a budding independence movement. While polls rarely show support for it rising above 25 percent, the chaotic politics of Brexit in London have raised doubts among some Welsh.

The situation in Northern Ireland is more complicated. There is less of a push to break away, though a recent poll by Michael Ashcroft, a British pollster and former Conservative Party official, showed that a bare majority of people there would vote to leave the United Kingdom, if given a choice.

That is partly a function of demographics: Catholics, who tend to be nationalist, are growing more rapidly as a percentage of the population than Protestants, who tend to be unionist. But it also reflects tensions over Brexit, particularly since the arrival of Mr. Johnson and his threat to leave the European Union, even without a deal, by the end of October.

Sinn Fein, the Irish nationalist party that once served as the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, said that if Mr. Johnson carried out that threat, Northern Ireland should hold a referendum.

“People from across this society, even those of a British identity, are now seriously questioning whether there are any merits of staying within the Union after Brexit,” Michelle O’Neill, the deputy leader of Sinn Fein, said during a debate at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, England last month.

In that regard, Mr. Johnson’s deal is a mixed blessing. Northern Ireland would remain legally part of the United Kingdom’s customs territory, but it would stay closely aligned with the maze of European rules and regulations.

That would avoid the need for checkpoints on its border with the Irish Republic, but there would still be customs checks between Britain and Northern Ireland. Rather than cutting across the island of Ireland from east to west, the border would run north to south through the Irish Sea.

The goal is to allow nearly seamless trading to continue between the north and Ireland, a member of the European Union. The question is whether even that level of symbolic differentiation, over time, will change the attitudes of the people, shifting their orientation from London to Dublin.

Some of that has already occurred in the two decades since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, which ended years of sectarian violence and turned checkpoints manned by British soldiers into a distant memory. The economies of north and south are now thoroughly integrated and public agencies serve the whole island.

“We’re accustomed to all-Ireland boards,” said Monica McWilliams, an academic and former politician in Belfast who was involved in the Good Friday negotiations. “Tourism operates as an all-Ireland board. Health operates as an all-Ireland board. There are a lot of precedents for all-Ireland institutions.”

She noted that Mr. Johnson’s agreement would have a symbolic impact, creating a tangible distinction between Northern Ireland and Britain — “a border down the Irish Sea.” That is important in a place where cultural identity and questions of constitutional sovereignty can matter as much as economics.

Still, like most experts, Ms. McWilliams does not predict a referendum on Irish unification for perhaps a decade or more. There is little appetite for one in the Irish Republic, which is more prosperous than Northern Ireland and worries about the cost of absorbing the North’s faltering economy.

Some Irish experts argue that the Democratic Unionists should have embraced Mr. Johnson’s plan. If he had carried out his threat to leave the European Union without any deal — a prospect that now seems less likely — the pressure for Northern Ireland to split from the Union would have been far stronger.

The North would have been isolated and its economy badly damaged, which is the outcome feared by the Scots. Instead, Northern Ireland could now benefit from an arrangement in which both Britain and the European Union have an incentive to make sure its economy stays competitive.

“You only have to look at Scotland’s jealousy toward Northern Ireland,” said Bobby McDonagh, who served as Ireland’s ambassador to London.

Even Sinn Fein officials have reacted warmly to the deal, in part because it does not give the Democratic Unionist Party a veto over staying aligned with the European Union after a few years, as earlier proposals would have.

The Democratic Unionists, Mr. McDonagh noted, were unhappy with drawing any distinctions between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom because they viewed it as a first step toward sundering the two.

In that case, he said, the unionists “should have voted against Brexit to begin with.”

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Dean McDermott talks sex life with wife Tori Spelling: ‘You have to make it a priority’

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Dean McDermott is getting personal about his sex life with wife Tori Spelling.

After being married for 13 years, the power couple’s love life is still filled with fervent passion, he said.

McDermott paid a visit to the show “Mom Life with Adrianna Costa” and revealed one of the biggest secrets to keeping the sexual appetite alive — date nights, according to People magazine.

“You have to make it a priority to spend time together because you spend so much time focused on your kids, you forget about each other and each other’s needs,” the father of six said.

TORI SPELLING CRITICIZED ON SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER PROMOTING MUFFINS AS HEALTHY SNACK FOR KIDS

He also revealed that spontaneity is key.

“Just being appreciated. Saying ‘You’re beautiful, you’re handsome.’ Just looking in their eyes,” McDermott said.

DEAN MCDERMOTT DEFENDS WIFE TORI SPELLING AFTER ‘COWARD’ TROLLS INSULT HER BIKINI PIC

Having six children with Spelling means that the couple is always doing some form of running around.

McDermott recognized that in having six kids, the concept of a relationship can easily get lost.

“[Be] aware of [the relationship]. It’s so easy to throw it in the back, but you’ve got to bring it to the forefront,” he said.

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McDermott and Spelling married in 2006 and share five children together: Liam, 12; Stella, 11; Hattie, 7; Finn, 6, and Beau, 2. Jack Montgomery, 21, is from McDermott’s previous marriage.

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The Cost of Boris Johnson’s Brexit Drive: A Fractured U. K.?

Westlake Legal Group merlin_162911730_e2b35295-b125-46a9-878b-073f369c9a6f-facebookJumbo The Cost of Boris Johnson’s Brexit Drive: A Fractured U. K.? Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Johnson, Boris ireland Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)

BRUSSELS — For Prime Minister Boris Johnson, one of the prime selling points of his Brexit agreement with the European Union is that Northern Ireland will not be legally severed from the customs territory of Britain.

“It means,” he said on Thursday, “the U.K. leaves whole and entire.”

How long it would stay that way is another matter.

Among the most profound consequences of Mr. Johnson’s proposed Brexit deal, analysts said, is that it could strengthen the centrifugal forces that were already pulling apart the United Kingdom. Scotland’s nationalists said the plan would galvanize them to seek another referendum on Scottish independence, while Irish nationalists quietly welcomed it as one more step toward a reunified Ireland.

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party vowed to vote against Mr. Johnson’s plan in Parliament, saying it would drive a “coach and horses” through the Good Friday Agreement. That peace treaty enshrined Britain’s sovereignty over Northern Ireland, unless a majority of people favor uniting with Ireland, and it set up a power-sharing arrangement between unionists and nationalists.

Even before Mr. Johnson’s deal, however, Brexit had exposed the fractures in the United Kingdom. Voters in Scotland and Northern Ireland both opted to stay in the European Union in the 2016 referendum; those in England voted to leave. The years of tortuous negotiations over the terms of Britain’s departure have only deepened the alienation of many in both places.

“It cannot be right that Scotland alone is facing an outcome it did not vote for — that is democratically unacceptable and makes a mockery of claims that the U.K. is in any way a partnership of equals,” Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party, said on Thursday.

“It is clearer than ever that the best future for Scotland is one as an equal, independent European nation,” she said. “That is a choice I’m determined to insure is given to the people of Scotland.”

The last time the Scots had that choice — a referendum in 2014 — they voted against leaving Britain by 55 percent to 44 percent. Analysts said the outcome could be reversed in a second vote, given the economic benefits that Scotland is likely to lose by leaving the European Union along with the rest of Britain.

Even in Wales, which voted to leave Europe in 2016, there is evidence of a budding independence movement. While polls rarely show support for it rising above 25 percent, the chaotic politics of Brexit in London have raised doubts among some Welsh.

The situation in Northern Ireland is more complicated. There is less of a push to break away, though a recent poll by Michael Ashcroft, a British pollster and former Conservative Party official, showed that a bare majority of people there would vote to leave the United Kingdom, if given a choice.

That is partly a function of demographics: Catholics, who tend to be nationalist, are growing more rapidly as a percentage of the population than Protestants, who tend to be unionist. But it also reflects tensions over Brexit, particularly since the arrival of Mr. Johnson and his threat to leave the European Union, even without a deal, by the end of October.

Sinn Fein, the Irish nationalist party that once served as the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, said that if Mr. Johnson carried out that threat, Northern Ireland should hold a referendum.

“People from across this society, even those of a British identity, are now seriously questioning whether there are any merits of staying within the Union after Brexit,” Michelle O’Neill, the deputy leader of Sinn Fein, said during a debate at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, England last month.

In that regard, Mr. Johnson’s deal is a mixed blessing. Northern Ireland would remain legally part of the United Kingdom’s customs territory, but it would stay closely aligned with the maze of European rules and regulations.

That would avoid the need for checkpoints on its border with the Irish Republic, but there would still be customs checks between Britain and Northern Ireland. Rather than cutting across the island of Ireland from east to west, the border would run north to south through the Irish Sea.

The goal is to allow nearly seamless trading to continue between the north and Ireland, a member of the European Union. The question is whether even that level of symbolic differentiation, over time, will change the attitudes of the people, shifting their orientation from London to Dublin.

Some of that has already occurred in the two decades since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, which ended years of sectarian violence and turned checkpoints manned by British soldiers into a distant memory. The economies of north and south are now thoroughly integrated and public agencies serve the whole island.

“We’re accustomed to all-Ireland boards,” said Monica McWilliams, an academic and former politician in Belfast who was involved in the Good Friday negotiations. “Tourism operates as an all-Ireland board. Health operates as an all-Ireland board. There are a lot of precedents for all-Ireland institutions.”

She noted that Mr. Johnson’s agreement would have a symbolic impact, creating a tangible distinction between Northern Ireland and Britain — “a border down the Irish Sea.” That is important in a place where cultural identity and questions of constitutional sovereignty can matter as much as economics.

Still, like most experts, Ms. McWilliams does not predict a referendum on Irish unification for perhaps a decade or more. There is little appetite for one in the Irish Republic, which is more prosperous than Northern Ireland and worries about the cost of absorbing the North’s faltering economy.

Some Irish experts argue that the Democratic Unionists should have embraced Mr. Johnson’s plan. If he had carried out his threat to leave the European Union without any deal — a prospect that now seems less likely — the pressure for Northern Ireland to split from the Union would have been far stronger.

The North would have been isolated and its economy badly damaged, which is the outcome feared by the Scots. Instead, Northern Ireland could now benefit from an arrangement in which both Britain and the European Union have an incentive to make sure its economy stays competitive.

“You only have to look at Scotland’s jealousy toward Northern Ireland,” said Bobby McDonagh, who served as Ireland’s ambassador to London.

Even Sinn Fein officials have reacted warmly to the deal, in part because it does not give the Democratic Unionist Party a veto over staying aligned with the European Union after a few years, as earlier proposals would have.

The Democratic Unionists, Mr. McDonagh noted, were unhappy with drawing any distinctions between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom because they viewed it as a first step toward sundering the two.

In that case, he said, the unionists “should have voted against Brexit to begin with.”

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Former White House ethics director on Trump giving his own hotel G7 contract: ‘We have reached the bottom’. ‘There is no level of corruption greater than a President participating in the award of a contract to himself’

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Mark Kelly raises astronomical sum in bid to snag Senate seat from GOP

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Gabbard dares Clinton to run for president in 2020, fights back against assertions that she is a Russian asset

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Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard dared Hillary Clinton not to “hide behind your proxies” and “join the race directly,” after Clinton accused her of being a Russian asset specifically groomed to run as a third-party candidate in 2020.

“Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain,” Gabbard wrote in a scathing three-part tweet on Friday afternoon. “From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation.”

Gabbard has faced criticism from several of her Democratic opponents, who have accused her of being a “puppet for the Russian government.” The former Army National Guard major, who served in Iraq, has repeatedly defended her antiwar, anti-interventionist beliefs, which have led to some comparisons between her and President Trump.

HILLARY CLINTON FLOATS CONSPIRACY THAT TULSI GABBARD IS BEING ‘GROOMED’ BY RUSSIANS

At Tuesday’s fourth Democratic debate, Gabbard relentlessly slammed CNN, who was broadcasting the event live, and The New York Times, calling them “completely despicable” for news coverage that has raised questions about whether she is a “Russian asset and an Assad apologist.”

“We wondered who was behind it and why,” Gabbard continued in her tweeted answer to Clinton. “Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose. It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me.

“Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly” she said in a taunt squarely aimed at Dems’ 2016 standard-bearer.

Clinton has recently been courting the spotlight to promote a book co-authored by her daughter, Chelsea.

Although she didn’t name Gabbard specifically, Clinton tolda onetime aide to President Barack Obama,David Plouffe, host of the podcast “Campaign HQ,” that she thought Trump and the Russians have “got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate.”

“She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far,” Clinton said, seemingly alluding to Gabbard.

Clinton also singled out former 2016 Democratic candidate Jill Stein, accusing her of being a Russian asset.

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“That’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she’s also a Russian asset,” Clinton said.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report. 

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Trump Campaign Makes Mulvaney’s Quid Pro Quo Admission Into A T-Shirt

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Mick Mulvaney’s very candid and very public admission of a quid pro quo with Ukraine might seem like another blow to Donald Trump’s presidency and reelection bid. But in a very on-brand move, his campaign has made lemons into $30 T-shirts.

The new apparel blares an all-caps message straight from the acting White House chief of staff himself: “GET OVER IT.”

“America is ready for Congress to get back to work,” the merchandise’s description reads. “No more WITCH HUNTS! President Trump won in 2016 and he is going to win even bigger in 2020.”

Mulvaney uttered the now-infamous phrase during a Thursday press conference a little more than 24 hours before the shirts went on sale — yet again showing the Trump campaign’s ability to seize upon political moments and turn them into moneymaking gimmicks.

During the briefing, Mulvaney told reporters that U.S. military aid was temporarily withheld from Ukraine because of Trump’s suspicion that it would be irresponsibly spent. But he went on to say that Trump expressed additional concern over “corruption that related to the [Democratic National Committee] server,” referring to a disproven conspiracy theory that Ukraine perpetrated the 2016 Democratic Party email hack. The U.S. intelligence community has made clear its belief that Russia was the culprit. 

After Mulvaney said that “what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the thing that [Trump] was worried about in corruption” in Ukraine, ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl pointed out that Mulvaney was outlining a quid pro quo.

The acting chief of staff didn’t appear to see the problem.

“We do that all the time with foreign policy,” he shot back. “I have news for everybody: Get over it. There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy.”

Shortly after the conference, Mulvaney released a statement denying that there was ever a quid pro quo, attempting to reverse his earlier remarks. 

Trump and his allies have also repeatedly denied a quid pro quo, and the contradiction between those claims and Mulvaney’s “get over it” statement drew skepticism from one of the president’s major defenders, Fox News’ Sean Hannity

“What is Mulvaney even talking about?” Hannity asked on his radio show on Thursday. “I just think he’s dumb, I really do. I don’t even think he knows what he’s talking about.”

For now, the messaging mix-up has been fashioned into a campaign tagline.

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Ethics Watchdog Calls for Twitter to Suspend Kellyanne Conway for Constantly Violating the Hatch Act

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Fun fact, Kellyanne came to Trump from the Mercer family.

It’s important to remember that Kellyanne Conway is an actor. She recites her lines as directed by her paymasters. She’s a mercenary, motivated by money, not by ideology. Her role in the Trump administration is half of the yin/yang routine she and her husband, George, are running in order to land a lucrative deal for a tell-all book.

George belongs to the clique of prominent Republicans who denounce Trump, but only because they hate his optics. They love his policies because they’re still Republicans, through and through. They want to shove Trump out of the picture, so they can continue to advance their agenda, which includes Trump’s policies, without the close scrutiny his presence in the Oval Office attracts.

The Conways are both grifters, and George is running a double swindle: one to land the book deal and the other to convince everyone that Trump is the problem and everything will be A-OK once he’s gone. Which we know is bullshit, because the Republicans were the problem long before they cast Trump as their spokes-model.

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