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Oscar Nominations Snub Jennifer Lopez, Female Directors And ‘The Farewell’

Let’s all give Jennifer Lopez a round of applause for an awards season battle well fought. 

The “Hustlers” star, whose supporting performance as Ramona was highly praised and earned her Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Indie Spirit nominations, was among the many actors left off the 92nd Oscars ballot. J.Lo was cast aside, as was Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”), Awkwafina (“The Farewell”) and Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”) in shocking upsets.  

And the Academy, once again, chose to honor five men with Best Director nominations despite incredible work by Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”). 

HuffPost culture reporters talk more about the snubs that made a Monday morning even worse.

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Courtesy of STXfilms Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu star in “Hustlers.”

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This one hurts. Lopez was dubbed an immediate front-runner when “Hustlers” opened in September, but maybe that’s the problem: She had to maintain the momentum for four long months. (Little did she know Kathy Bates was waiting in the wings to steal from her.) Hollywood spent three decades taking Lopez for granted, so why should anything change now? But the hope was real. This was a career-defining performance in a giant box-office hit that had critics and audiences rethinking their assumptions about J.Lo’s talents. Furthermore, her omission underscores how the Academy views women: Apparently playing a stripper who isn’t down on her luck wasn’t important enough for the Oscars. Boo. ― Matthew Jacobs 

Adam Sandler Doesn’t Make The Cut

If someone told me a year ago that I’d be rooting for Adam Sandler at the Oscars, I would’ve assumed they had a “50 First Dates”-esque affliction, because my distaste for his films and performances is long and well-documented. And yet the joke’s on me, because here we are. The famed comedic actor turned out the performance of his career in the electric and deeply stressful Safdie brothers film “Uncut Gems” as a New York City jewelry dealer in the Diamond District having what amounts to the worst weeks of his life. Typically, when comedians go #dark they abandon the qualities that made them stars in the first place. But here, Sandler infuses this dramatic performance with his expert comedic timing and instincts to deliver a performance that feels tailor-made for his talents, while allowing him to show us a side of himself we’ve never seen on-screen before. And, for what it’s worth, we’ll be processing that ending in therapy for weeks to come. ― Cole Delbyck

Once Again, Lupita Nyong’o Deserves More 

Lupita Nyong’o’s physically and emotionally taxing performance in Jordan Peele’s “Us” was one of the most exciting performances of last year, and yet, she’s been mostly shut out this awards season, failing to receive recognition at some of the biggest ceremonies, particularly the recent Golden Globes. Horror, of course, has always struggled to be taken seriously by awards voters, but culture writer Aisha Harris aptly pointed out on Twitter: “When [Lupita] played a slave, everyone fell over themselves to give her awards, but when she gives the best performance of her career (so far) as a troubled woman haunted by herself … crickets.” ― Zeba Blay 

Greta Gerwig, And All Other Female Directors, Scorned

In the lead-up to Oscar nominations, it was becoming alarmingly clear that Greta Gerwig might be left off the Best Director lineup, one-upped by the likes of Martin Scorsese for “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino for “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and Todd Phillips for “Joker.” And, sadly, she was ― with Sam Mendes and Bong Joon Ho filling those final two slots for “1917” and “Parasite,” respectively. (Yay, Bong!) But Gerwig’s exquisite retelling of “Little Women” captured the progressive essence of a new generation, not to mention it stood its ground at the box office alongside franchise behemoths like “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Even if the directing field was stacked this year, she deserved more. As did the other women snubbed in this category, including Lulu Wang, whose profound film “The Farewell” was the subject of awards season chatter from the time it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last January. ― Leigh Blickley 

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Wilson Webb Greta Gerwig and Meryl Streep on the set of “Little Women.”

Justice For ‘The Farewell’ And Awkwafina 

Wang’s moving tale of death, family and class was completely shut out of the Oscar race, receiving, get ready for itnot one nomination. Surprising is an understatement, as it was thought that at least Awkwafina ― who just took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Pitcure – Musical or Comedy earlier this month ― would become the first Asian-American woman to be nominated in the Best Actress category at the Oscars. And what about Shuzhen Zhao, AKA Nai Nai? Shame on you, Academy. This one hurts. ― LB

Eddie Murphy’s Big Comeback Ignored 

One of the big movie moments of last year was Eddie Murphy’s “return” in the joyous and surprisingly heartwarming comedy “Dolemite Is My Name.” Murphy plays down-on-his luck entertainer Rudy Ray Moore who creates a foul-mouthed, larger-than-life persona named Dolemite, eventually putting all his time and money into making a Blaxploitation film so bad that it’s good. While the Best Actor race this year was certainly a close one, it’s surprising that “Dolemite” got zero nominations. Not even costume design, guys? ― ZB

Beyhive, Unite!

Beyoncé didn’t just give you one song for the live-action “The Lion King” remake, she gave you a whole damn album … and will be respected as such! The music icon delivered an incredible soundscape for the Jon Favreau-directed feature, while pulling double duty and voicing Nala with a regal sensibility reserved only for Queen B. The soundtrack saluted the performer’s family and African ancestors, as she collaborated with producers, singers and culture makers across the continent to showcase both its rich history and modern stars to a global audience. While “Spirit” isn’t necessarily a standout track on the album ― “Brown Skin Girl” or “Bigger” would’ve been our top choices for Oscar contenders ― it’s about time Beyoncé get all her things, including a long-awaited Academy Award after she was snubbed all the way back in 2007 for her work in “Dreamgirls.” On the bright side, at least we avoided a music superstar showdown, as Taylor Swift’s “Beautiful Ghosts” from “Cats” also didn’t receive a nomination … or even make the Best Original Song shortlist. ― CD

‘Atlantics’ Overlooked For International Feature Film

Director Mati Diop’s dreamy ghost love story “Atlantics” was, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful movies of last year. The film was selected as the Senagalese entry for Best International Feature Film for the Oscars, and made the December shortlist, but the fact that it wasn’t ultimately nominated alongside movies like “Parasite,” “Les Miserables” and “Pain and Glory” feels like a misstep on the Academy’s part. African cinema has been notoriously overlooked by the Academy in the past, and though niche, “Atlantics” was one of the most praised and talked about movies of last year. ― ZB

The ‘Parasite’ Cast, Anyone? 

None of the Korean “Parasite” cast is well-known in America, which weakened the actors’ odds of securing individual nominations. But the movie ran a fierce campaign, and it seemed like Song Kang-ho had a decent Supporting Actor shot. Alas, not even he cracked the shortlist, which could have wider repercussions come Oscar night. Films without acting recognition don’t tend to win Best Picture, so now the question is whether “Parasite” can still conquer the top prize, which has never gone to a foreign-language title. ― MJ

Taron Egerton’s Best Actor Rocket Fails To Take Off

If there was one person who did all he could to secure an Oscar nomination, it was Taron Egerton. His gutsy performance as Elton John in the fantastical biopic “Rocketman” was critically praised as he both imitated and reinvented a music icon. He sang! He danced in platform shoes! He wore very large hats and prosthetic teeth! Stellar impersonations are normally celebrated by the Academy ― think Rami Malek’s win for “Bohemian Rhapsody” last year or Gary Oldman for “Darkest Hour” in 2018 ― but Egerton’s miss might have come down to timing. “Rocketman” arrived in theaters in May, way before the Oscar race really kicked off in September. The 30-year-old actor took home the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, but it seems the stretch of time between the film’s release and the nominations just might have edged Egerton out of the race. ― LB

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Queen Says She Is ‘Entirely Supportive’ Of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s ‘New Life’

Queen Elizabeth II released a statement following a family meeting with Meghan Markle and princes Harry, William and Charles on Monday. 

Her Majesty said that she is “entirely supportive” of Harry and Meghan’s decision to lead a “new life” and said that the group had “constructive discussions.”

“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” the queen said in a statement.

“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” she added. “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”

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The queen also spoke of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s desire to become financially independent and split their time between the U.K. and North America. According to the Queen’s new statement, it seems the couple will be spending time in Canada.

“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives,” the queen’s statement read. “It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.”

As this is just the first day of the talks, the queen said that there is more work to be done.

“These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days,” she said.  

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It was reported over the weekend that the royal family would gather at Sandringham Estate to hash out details regarding Meghan and Harry’s decision to “step back” as senior members of the royal family.

In addition to moving and working toward gaining financial independence, the Sussexes expressed a desire to end their relationship with the Royal Rota (a group of reporters who cover the royals) and rework their relationship with the press going forward. 

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Australia’s Fires Test Its Winning Growth Formula

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a conservative leader and political ally of President Trump, came to power in part by defending the mining industry. He sees action on global warming as a substantial threat to an industry that directly employs 250,000 Australians and contributes to the jobs of many more.

The fires have prompted a national discussion about climate change and the country’s economy. In addition to the personal harm and environmental damage caused by the fires, they have also taken a toll on tourism, another essential industry for the Australian economy. Already, Mr. Morrison’s standing in public opinion polls is slumping over his handling of the wildfires.

The fires “are going to have a massive impact politically,” said Peter Drysdale, a professor emeritus at the Australian National University who is one of the country’s most famous economists, and who has barely left his home in Canberra lately because of heavy smoke outside. “Only the most insensitive political system could not respond to this.”

Curbing Australia’s coal dependence would require tinkering with one of the world’s most successful economies.

Australia has not had a recession for almost three decades. While economic growth is slowing, with the retail and construction industries faltering, the mining industry remains a bright spot.

The Australian mining and energy industries have long benefited from China’s spectacular growth. China accounts for almost two-fifths of Australia’s exports. A vast fleet of vessels carries coal from northeastern Australia and iron ore and liquefied natural gas from northwestern Australia to Chinese ports.

Coal narrowly trails iron ore as Australia’s biggest export, with liquefied natural gas following close behind. Australia’s combined exports of the three natural resources work out to nearly 7,300 Australian dollars, or almost $5,000, a year for every adult and child in the country, giving broad political influence to the mining industry.

Still, the wildfires are only one factor forcing many Australians to question how long this economic formula will last.

Some worry that Australia has become too dependent on China at a time when the United States is pressuring allies to keep some distance. On the military front, China has become increasingly assertive in the eastern Pacific Ocean. China has built the world’s largest navy. It has established close relations with Australia’s neighbors in the South Pacific. And it has constructed air bases on an archipelago of artificial islands across the South China Sea.

At home, Australian voters have also become increasingly concerned about the growing influence of Chinese money in the country’s political scene.

“Our economy is vitally dependent on China, and yet our security ties are with the U.S., and our economy is vitally dependent on fossil fuels, and yet our landscape is relatively exposed to climate change,” Chris Richardson, the chief Australia economist at Deloitte, said.

Shifting the world’s 14th-largest economy would be no easy task, no matter how much the government might do.

Australia not only burns coal to generate most of its own electricity but also exports nearly $40 billion a year of the fuel, mainly to Japan, China, India, South Korea and Taiwan. Though China is by far Australia’s largest trading partner, Japan has long been its largest coal customer.

Opinion surveys in Australia over the years have found sizable majorities who favor action on climate change. But as in the United States with the Electoral College, Australia’s political system gives greater influence to some regions of the country than others. One beneficiary is the state of Queensland, in the country’s northeast.

Queensland is Australia’s main coal-producing state. It played a key role last May, when Mr. Morrison led his center-right coalition to an unexpected election victory.

Beyond the domestic political forces, global climate pacts give Australia little reason to curb exports. Deals like the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 and the Paris agreement in 2015 required countries to focus on limiting emissions of greenhouse gases within their own borders. But these pacts have not restricted international trade in natural resources.

The question instead in Australia has been the extent to which the country might use taxes and other policies to wean itself from its dependence on coal for domestic energy use. An electricity grid that mainly uses coal, as well as long driving distances in the vast country that require a lot of gasoline, have given Australia one of the world’s highest average levels of greenhouse gas emissions per person.

Pressure will grow to do something. Estimates of the cost of damage from the fires have ranged from about $3 billion, or 4.4 billion Australian dollars, to $3.5 billion. Mr. Richardson, of Deloitte, estimated that one in 10,000 homes in Australia had been damaged.

The fires have also called attention to the vulnerability of Australia’s vital tourism industry. Tourism spending exceeds the combined value of Australia’s annual exports of iron ore, coal and natural gas. Australians themselves account for about three quarters of that spending.

The tourism industry has not been broadly hit by the wildfires so far because conflagrations have mainly occurred in smaller communities. But the smoke that has at times clogged the air over Sydney and Melbourne could take a toll. The fires could have a much broader economic effect if they damage public confidence and make Australians more cautious about spending money, Mr. Richardson said.

At some favorite tourist sites, people who depend on the natural beauty of the land worry that the fires may threaten their way of life.

Jervis Bay, a resort town between Sydney and Canberra on Australia’s southeastern coast, usually boasts beaches of soft white sand and seawater of crystalline clarity. On a recent visit, smoke shrouded the landscape, and the water was murky.

Business owners with fridges full for the summer season worry about the future.

Niel Badenhorst, a cafe owner, said that since the blazes broke out after Christmas, sales were down a quarter. The period around Christmas and January was normally peak season, he said.

“I was worried if the power goes I would have high losses,” Mr. Badenhorst said, adding that the cafe’s refrigerators were full of food that would spoil if extensive nearby power failures spread to his community and persisted.

“I hope it will open some people’s eyes,” he said of the government’s inaction on climate change. He mentioned wind turbines that he recently saw lined up along Germany’s coast, and asked, “Why can’t we do that in Australia?”

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Seahawks’ Pete Carroll explains reason to punt on final drive, gets crushed on social media

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Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll explained Sunday night why he decided to punt the ball back to the Green Bay Packers during their playoff game as he was getting crushed on social media for the decision.

Seattle punted the ball from their own 36-yard line with 2:41 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks had all three timeouts but were unable to stop Green Bay on two third downs. Carroll explained he didn’t like the chances that the team could’ve gotten the first down.

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“We were thinking about going for it in that sequence but not at 4th-and-11,” Carroll said during the postgame press conference. “We thought our odds were so low. We had all the clock, we had the time, we had all the opportunities to stop them to get the ball back. So we didn’t want to put it all on one play. If it were 4th-and-5 or 3 — we went through the whole discussion, but it winds up being a sack, unfortunately.”

The Packers were 9-for-14 on third down during the game. If Green Bay had been stopped on the first third-down play during their final drive then the narrative may have been different.

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Instead, Carroll was getting crushed on social media for his play-calling.

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The Packers sealed the game thanks to a 9-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jimmy Graham. The Packers move on to play the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game.

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Cory Booker Drops Out Of Presidential Race

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Sen. Cory Booker announced Monday he is dropping out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

In an email to his supporters, Booker cited a number of reasons: most notably, a lack of money to continue.

“Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don’t have, and money that is harder to raise because I won’t be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington,” Booker wrote.

His campaign also released a video message on Monday.

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Booker was viewed as a powerful communicator on the campaign trail, yet his candidacy never really caught fire with Democratic voters, as they seek a candidate best positioned to take on President Trump.

Booker would not have been on Tuesday’s debate stage with other Democrats in Des Moines, Iowa, because of his polling lag.

In his letter to supporters, Booker wrote:

I believed to my core that the answer to the common pain Americans are feeling right now, the answer to Donald Trump’s hatred and division, is to reignite our spirit of common purpose to take on our biggest challenges and build a more just and fair country for everyone.

I’ve always believed that. I still believe that. I’m proud I never compromised my faith in these principles during this campaign to score political points or tear down others

Booker intends to run for reelection to the Senate. He was one of three African Americans to seek the Democratic nomination; another, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, withdrew from the race last month.

Booker’s withdrawal, coming shortly after former Cabinet Secretary Julián Castro, leaves a less diverse field, with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick as the only minority candidates remaining in the race.

Booker joins those other former candidates on a natural short list of potential vice presidential candidates for the eventual nominee to potentially choose from.

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‘Ice halo’ spotted around the Sun in incredible photo

A photographer in the Swiss Alps has captured a remarkable image of an “ice halo,” the moment ice crystals freeze in midair, creating a halo effect around the Sun.

Michael Schneider, a photographer in Switzerland, was skiing on the Alps recently when he saw the halo developing, British news agency SWNS reports. The quick-thinking Schneider pulled out his iPhone 11 and snapped the remarkable image on the Hörnligrat mountain in the Swiss Alps.

“I quickly realized that a halo was developing in the backlight to the Sun, initially very inconspicuous until this light phenomenon increased incredibly,” Schneider said in comments obtained by SWNS. “I was fascinated by the two rings around the Sun and the many light reflections.”

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This breathtaking photo shows the moment that ice crystals froze in midair, causing a halo effect around the beaming Sun. (Credit: SWNS)

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As the morning went on and the fog cleared, the ice rings continued to become more vivid, ultimately forming a complete circle around the Sun and mountain edges. Geophysicist Mika McKinnon said this phenomenon occurs when these minuscule ice crystals are suspended in the sky.

“The crystals can be high up in cirrus clouds, or closer to the ground as diamond dust or ice fog,” McKinnon said. “Just like raindrops scatter light into rainbows, the crystals of ice can reflect and refract light, acting as mirrors or prisms depending on the shape of the crystal and the incident angle of the light.”

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Halo annotation by Mark McCaughrean. Ice crystals freeze in mid air to produce an amazing halo around the Sun in the Swiss Alps, Switzerland. (Credit: SWNS)

For Schneider, the crystals are something much simpler. “These halos are simply fascinating,” he added.

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⚡ BREAKING: Senator Cory Booker Ends Presidential Campaign

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Monday suspended his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, saying he no longer has a path to victory in the race to challenge President Donald Trump.

“Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win – money we don’t have, and money that is harder to raise because I won’t be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington,” Booker wrote in an email to supporters.

Booker’s departure from the race, which comes not long after former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro dropped out, means only a handful of candidates of color remain in the race — and none are considered serious contenders for the nomination. The next Democratic primary debate, scheduled for Tuesday, will feature only white candidates.

Booker, a former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, officially entered the race on Feb. 1, 2019, the first day of Black History Month. Throughout his campaign, he routinely spoke more pointedly about the plight of Black Americans than any other candidate. In a video kicking off his run, Booker introduced himself by discussing his parents’ experience with housing discrimination as they sought a middle-class life for him and his brother in New Jersey. Booker had a similar tact with issues like gun violence and education, speaking broadly about the impact these issues have on all Americans while also discussing the ways they acutely affected Black people. 

The Booker campaign also largely shaped the primary’s debate around gun violence. The senator was the first candidate to call for a federal gun licensing program, something more than a dozen other candidates eventually said they supported.

But in polls, Booker’s support hovered stubbornly in the low single digits, and the candidate struggled to broaden his support among Black voters. Although Booker frequently drew praise from activists and polling indicated many Democratic voters had a favorable opinion of him, he struggled to convince voters he should be their first choice. 

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Booker repeatedly tried to draw distinctions between himself and former Vice President Joe Biden. In a July debate, Booker criticized Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, for having endorsed the 1994 crime bill seen by many as a driver of mass incarceration

“This is one of those instances where the house was set on fire and you claimed responsibility for those laws,” Booker said. “And you can’t just now come out with a plan to put out that fire. We have got to have far more bold action on criminal justice reform.”

But Booker occasionally struggled to strike the right tone with some of his zingers. In another volley with Biden, he accused the former vice president of not knowing the facts about his record on criminal justice. 

“Mr. Vice President, there’s a saying in my community: ‘You’re dipping into the Kool-Aid and you don’t even know the flavor,’” Booker said. The line earned raucous applause in the debate hall, but it was received coolly online

Booker often found himself in a political never-never land of sorts, stuck in the middle of ideological war between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on the left and Biden and host of other candidates in the center. He tried to focus his campaign on love and unity, a message that was sometimes out of sync with the fighting approach many Democrats hope a nominee would bring to a general election battle with Trump.

With his exit, Booker returns to the Senate, where he is expected to defend his seat in the 2020 election.

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Tiger Woods’ son participates in junior golf event, sweet swing delights social media

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Tiger Woods’ son participated in a junior golf event in Florida on Saturday and video of the event appeared to show the child with a sweet swing — just like his father.

Charlie Woods is only 10 years old but his swing raised the eyebrows of golf fans as soon as it was posted on social media. Tiger Woods was caddying for his son during the event.

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Charlie Woods didn’t win the nine-hole event, though, according to People.

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Tiger Woods talked about how important it was for his kids, whom he shares with ex-wife Elin Nordgren, to see him play golf healthy instead of trying to battle through back pain.

“I think the kids are starting to understand how much this game means to me, and some of the things I’ve done in the game; prior to comeback, they only knew that gold caused me a lot of pain,” Woods said last year. “If I tried to swing a club I would be on the ground and I struggled for years, and that’s basically all they remember.”

“Luckily, I’ve had the procedure where that’s no longer the case and I can do this again,” he continued. “So, you know, we’re creating new memories for them, and it’s just very special.”

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Woods won the Masters last year — his first major tournament victory in several years. He is set to make his 2020 debut at the Farmers Insurance Open on Jan. 23.

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Cardi B announces political aspirations: ‘I don’t agree with Goverment’

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Is Cardi B readying up for a career in politics?

The 27-year-old rapper turned heads on Sunday when she tweeted out her potential interest in running for office in the future.

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“I think I want to be a politician,” the “Bodak Yellow” rapper wrote. “I really love government even tho I don’t agree with Goverment [sic].”

She followed up with another tweet, proclaiming her love for war documentaries.

“Like I was watching War documentaries.No matter how many weapons a country have you need people ! How are you trying to go against a country and possibly start a war when this country lacks patriotism? I barely see people claiming they LOVE being American.”

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Cardi expressed interest in returning to school in order to take her political aspirations more seriously.

“I do feel like if I go back to school and focus up I can be  part of Congress,” she stated. “I deada– have sooo much ideas that make sense.I just need a couple of years of school and I can  shake the table.”

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Though Cardi is currently prioritizing her bustling rap career, the Bronx native said she will “talk about it another day” in regards to her political tweets.

Cardi’s tweets come several days after denouncing President Trump while proclaiming her plans to file for citizenship in Nigeria amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

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“Naaaaa these memes are f—in [emojis] but s— ain’t no joke ! Specially being from New York,” she tweeted in reference to several memes spawned from the killing of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani.

“Its sad this man is putting Americans live in danger. Dumbest move Trump did till date …I’m filing for my Nigerian citizenship,” she concluded.

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⚡ BREAKING: Senator Cory Booker Ends Presidential Campaign

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Monday suspended his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, saying he no longer has a path to victory in the race to challenge President Donald Trump.

“Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win – money we don’t have, and money that is harder to raise because I won’t be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington,” Booker wrote in an email to supporters.

Booker’s departure from the race, which comes not long after former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro dropped out, means only a handful of candidates of color remain in the race — and none are considered serious contenders for the nomination. The next Democratic primary debate, scheduled for Tuesday, will feature only white candidates.

Booker, a former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, officially entered the race on Feb. 1, 2019, the first day of Black History Month. Throughout his campaign, he routinely spoke more pointedly about the plight of Black Americans than any other candidate. In a video kicking off his run, Booker introduced himself by discussing his parents’ experience with housing discrimination as they sought a middle-class life for him and his brother in New Jersey. Booker had a similar tact with issues like gun violence and education, speaking broadly about the impact these issues have on all Americans while also discussing the ways they acutely affected Black people. 

The Booker campaign also largely shaped the primary’s debate around gun violence. The senator was the first candidate to call for a federal gun licensing program, something more than a dozen other candidates eventually said they supported.

But in polls, Booker’s support hovered stubbornly in the low single digits, and the candidate struggled to broaden his support among Black voters. Although Booker frequently drew praise from activists and polling indicated many Democratic voters had a favorable opinion of him, he struggled to convince voters he should be their first choice. 

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Booker repeatedly tried to draw distinctions between himself and former Vice President Joe Biden. In a July debate, Booker criticized Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, for having endorsed the 1994 crime bill seen by many as a driver of mass incarceration

“This is one of those instances where the house was set on fire and you claimed responsibility for those laws,” Booker said. “And you can’t just now come out with a plan to put out that fire. We have got to have far more bold action on criminal justice reform.”

But Booker occasionally struggled to strike the right tone with some of his zingers. In another volley with Biden, he accused the former vice president of not knowing the facts about his record on criminal justice. 

“Mr. Vice President, there’s a saying in my community: ‘You’re dipping into the Kool-Aid and you don’t even know the flavor,’” Booker said. The line earned raucous applause in the debate hall, but it was received coolly online

Booker often found himself in a political never-never land of sorts, stuck in the middle of ideological war between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on the left and Biden and host of other candidates in the center. He tried to focus his campaign on love and unity, a message that was sometimes out of sync with the fighting approach many Democrats hope a nominee would bring to a general election battle with Trump.

With his exit, Booker returns to the Senate, where he is expected to defend his seat in the 2020 election.

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