CNN reporter’s confrontation with raccoon at White House goes viral

CNN’s Joe Johns went viral on Tuesday night after a confrontation with a raccoon on the White House lawn.

The network’s senior Washington correspondent can be seen in the video throwing what appeared to be a work bag at the animal while attempting to shoo it away.

“Frickin’ raccoons, man. God, again! This is the second time! Jesus … It always comes around right around when I’m about to go on TV … get!” a frustrated Johns said before growling at the raccoon.

Johns was praised on social media for how he handled the situation, with others saying the interaction encapsulated a tumultuous 2020.

Tuesday evening wasn’t the first time reporters have encountered raccoons on White House property. CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid on Sept. 29 reported a raccoon had “attacked multiple news crews” on Sept. 29.

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Deborah Birx ‘distressed’ at direction of WH COVID-19 task force: CNN

  • US COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx told those close to her that she is “distressed” at the direction of the White House coronavirus task force and is weighing if she will remain with the team, CNN reported Wednesday.
  • The White House coronavirus expert told people close to her that she felt her role was diminished after neuroradiologist Dr. Scott Atlas joined the task force.
  • “The president has found somebody who matches what he wants to believe,” a source close to Birx told CNN. “There is no doubt that she feels that her role has been diminished.”
  • Atlas denied the report during a news conference Wednesday evening, saying Birx “speaks for herself but that’s a completely false story and she denied it today.”
  • Another source close to Birx told CNN that the White House coronavirus expert is unlikely to leave her position on the task force but said there is some “frustration” in her day-to-day work.
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Coronavirus expert Dr. Deborah Birx told people she is “distressed” at the direction of the White House coronavirus task force and is weighing how much longer she’ll remain in the position, CNN reported Wednesday.

Birx, who serves on the White House coronavirus task force, reportedly felt her role became “diminished” after neuroradiologist Dr. Scott Atlas joined the task force, according to the CNN report.

“The president has found somebody who matches what he wants to believe,” a source close to Birx told CNN. “There is no doubt that she feels that her role has been diminished.” The source added that Birx believes Atlas could be feeding Trump misleading information on the coronavirus, specifically around mask-wearing and its role in preventing coronavirus spread.

At a press conference Wednesday evening, Atlas denied there being any tensions in his relationship with Birx, saying she “speaks for herself but that’s a completely false story and she denied it today.”

“It’s completely false,” he told White House reporters.

White House spokesman Judd Deere told CNN in a statement that Birx plays an equal part on the task force.

“All of the medical experts in the administration are working together around the clock to carry out the President’s No. 1 priority: protecting the health and safety of the American people and defeating this virus from China,” Deere said. “President Trump relies on the advice and counsel of all of his top health officials every day and any suggestion that their role is being diminished is just false.”

Another source close to Birx told CNN that the White House coronavirus expert is unlikely to leave her position on the task force, but said there is some “frustration” in her day-to-day work.

“She is a good soldier,” the source told CNN. “I don’t think she’s going anywhere.”

James Glassman, who previously worked with the State Department and a friend of Birx, told CNN that Birx is more focused on “just getting the job done.”

“Dr. Birx is out in the states with the most trouble,

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Best women’s house dresses | CNN Underscored

The fashion of 2020 has largely been focused on one word: comfort. From pajamas to house slippers to comfy leggings to lounge pants, it’s clear that the thought of putting on jeans or really any sort of restricting clothing is far from anyone’s mind. Instead, many are trying to find new ways to make cozy garments appropriate for Zoom calls, quick errands and Netflix bingeing. Enter: the house dress.

Celebrity fashion stylist Lauren Rae Levy Vigneron says while most women associate “dresses” with being “dressy,” a house dress is a multifunction clothing item that you can dress up, dress down and do, well, everything in these days. Plus, it’s a slight upgrade from an oversize sweatshirt or wrinkled T-shirt.

“A house dress is the ultimate piece of clothing to work from home,” fashion stylist Leena Alsulaiman says. “It instantly lifts your spirits and takes minimal effort, but you feel put together and comfortable. Plus, ‘dressing up’ has a significant impact on our mental health, which is so important when we are missing our social circles and coping with anxiety about the future’s unpredictability.”

From various styles, fabrics and features, we rounded up our favorite house dresses from the internet, with insight from fashion experts.

Merokeety Women’s T-Shirt Midi Dress With Pockets (starting at $19.99; amazon.com)

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Merokeety Women’s T-Shirt Midi Dress With Pockets

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Fashion designer Olivia Romero says these pockets are helpful since you can carry around your phone, a lip balm, a pack of tissues, headphones and so on. This dress comes in both subtle stripes and solids, and is just the right midi length to take you from warmer weather to winter when paired with a pair of tights.

Winona Midi Support Dress (starting at $67.99; athleta.gap.com)

Winona Midi Support Dress

Winona Midi Support Dress

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We love a dress you don’t have to wear a bra with. With built-in support and a sweet razorback, we could definitely live in this easy dress.

Korsis Summer Casual T-Shirt Dress ($25.99; amazon.com)

Korsis Summer Casual T-Shirt Dress

Korsis Summer Casual T-Shirt Dress

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Available up to a 3XL, this is pretty much the easiest dress you can imagine, with a swing silhouette, pockets and T-shirt-like material.

Waist-Defined Slub-Knit Midi T-Shirt Dress (starting at $26; oldnavy.gap.com)

Waist-Defined Slub-Knit Midi T-Shirt Dress

Waist-Defined Slub-Knit Midi T-Shirt Dress

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With a defined waist and round hem, this T-shirt dress is ultra soft and easy to throw on for around the house or groceries.

Yozly Nightshirt Women House Dress (starting at $23.99; amazon.com)

Yozly Nightshirt Women House Dress

Yozly Nightshirt Women House Dress

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With pretty button detailing at the neckline and an A-line silhouette, this is a roomy dress with a bit of style. And if you’d like a 100% cotton version, check out the striped dresses.

Petite Gauze Easy Midi Dress ($64.99, originally $98; madewell.com)

Petite Gauze Easy Midi Dress

Petite Gauze Easy Midi Dress

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The rust color of this midi dress gives the house dress a modern edge.

Umgee Lovable High Low Dress (starting at $28.09; amazon.com)

Umgee Lovable High Low Dress

Umgee Lovable High

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White House press secretary mocks CNN reporter’s basic question about Trump’s healthcare plan and tells her to ‘come work here at the White House’ if she wants information



Sarah Bush holding a sign: Kayleigh McEnany takes a question from CNN's Kaitlan Collins on Wednesday. Screenshot/Fox News


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Kayleigh McEnany takes a question from CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on Wednesday. Screenshot/Fox News

  • The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, on Wednesday dismissed a CNN reporter’s questions about which administration officials were working on a long-delayed healthcare plan.
  • “I’m not going to give you a readout of what our healthcare plan looks like and who’s working on it,” McEnany told the reporter. “If you want to know, come work here at the White House.”
  • President Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday night that his healthcare plan was “all ready” to be revealed, but it’s unclear when that will happen. The US election is 48 days away.
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The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, on Wednesday refused to say which administration officials were working on a healthcare plan that President Donald Trump has long promised to unveil and recently said was “all ready.”

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During the White House press briefing, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins pointed out that three top healthcare officials in the Trump administration had said during testimony before a Senate committee that they were unaware of Trump’s Obamacare replacement plan.

“Today on Capitol Hill, the three top medical experts in this administration said they have no idea of any kind of plan that’s being formulated,” Collins said. “So who is it that is working on the healthcare plan that’s going to be introduced before the election?”

McEnany responded that “a wide array” of White House officials and “multiple stakeholders,” including the Domestic Policy Council, were working on the plan.

Dismissing Collins’ follow-up questions, the press secretary told the reporter she should come work at the White House if she wanted to find out who specifically was involved in the effort to replace the Affordable Care Act.

“I’m not going to give you a readout of what our healthcare plan looks like and who’s working on it,” McEnany said. “If you want to know, come work here at the White House.”

Describing the nonpublic plan as “the president’s vision for the next five years,” McEnany ticked off a vague list of its tenets.

“In aggregate, it’s going to be a very comprehensive strategy, one where we’re saving healthcare while Democrats are trying to take healthcare away, where we’re making healthcare better and cheaper, guaranteeing protections for people with preexisting conditions, stopping surprise medical billing, increasing transparency, defending the right to keep your doctor and your plan, fighting lobbyists and special interests, and making healthier — and finding cures to diseases,” she said.

The president has falsely claimed dozens of times that he has protected Americans with preexisting conditions. In reality, his administration is battling in court to overturn Obamacare, which protects those Americans; overturning the law would strip millions of people of healthcare.

The Republican Party failed to repeal and replace Obamacare — despite promising for years to do so — when it controlled both the Senate and the House in 2017 and 2018.

During a town hall on Tuesday night,

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Small bathroom storage ideas | CNN Underscored

The bathroom is one of the most purely functional rooms in the home, but for many people, their bathroom doesn’t function well at all — especially if it’s very small. If you’re struggling to make a small bathroom work for you, or if you’ve got space but no built-in storage features like drawers, cabinets or an under-sink area, these tips and product recommendations from professional organizers can help you get the bathroom of your dreams…or at least close to it!

“As always, the number one suggestions for living in small spaces of all sorts is to get rid of everything you no longer need, use, want or love,” Ann Lightfoot, a professional organizer and co-founder of Done and Done Home, says. She notes that nothing should be stored in a bathroom that won’t be used this year, and takes a hard line with her clients when it comes to casting off things that are taking up valuable space. “The minute someone finds themselves saying, ‘Yeah, but…it’s really good, it was expensive, I might use it…’ they’re going wrong,” she says.

When eliminating items, Lightfoot looks for what she calls “space hogs” — especially things like hairstyling tools that haven’t been used in years but that were expensive and therefore can be hard to part with. “The question to ask yourself is what do I want more, a functioning bathroom today or a chance that I’ll curl my hair in the unknown future?” she says.

Both Lightfoot and Nonnahs Driskill, a professional organizer and founder of Get Organized Already, say the most common mistake people make when setting up their small bathroom is not utilizing vertical space. Driskill also encourages people with limited bathroom space to “break with traditional rules about what goes in the bathroom. Store bathroom items you don’t use every day somewhere else in the house.”

She suggests assembling a “pampering kit” made up of items you use only once a month or so, like sheet masks and soothing foot balms, that can be stashed in the bedroom. Store cough syrup, aspirin, antihistamine and other over-the-counter medications in a travel bag or small container in a bedroom drawer, hallway cabinet or in the kitchen.

Lightfoot explains that pedestal sinks, which offer no under-sink storage and limited ledge space for things like hand soap and lotion, can easily and fairly inexpensively be replaced with a vanity — even in rentals. “I know it seems like a big investment for a rental, but if you plan to stay a couple years and get approval from your landlord, you can have a bathroom that actually works for the years you’re there,” she says.

Style Selections Euro Single Sink Bathroom Vanity ($159; lowes.com)

Style Selections Euro Single Sink Bathroom Vanity

Style Selections Euro Single Sink Bathroom Vanity

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Ahead, Lightfoot and Driskill suggest some of their favorite products and hacks for maximizing space in a small bathroom, including ones they recommend to their clients over and over again — and ones they use in their own homes.

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