From kitchen gadgets to kids toys, Jill Martin’s picks for staying home

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We’ve all been spending more time at home than we’re used to over the past few months, and it can be hard to miss out on those special nights out of the house, whether it be a dinner date or a girls’ night out.

To take a look at the brighter side of things, TODAY lifestyle contributor Jill Martin is sharing a few ways to make your home feel brighter and more organized on “At Home TODAY with Jill Martin” — and of course she’s also featuring discounts!

Martin has been quarantining with her parents, brother and sister-in-law and they are all highlighting the products they’ve been using during these past few months while at home.

“For us as a family, the thread that we’ve used to navigate whatever this new normal is strength, being grateful, laughter and having fun,” Martin said.

Read on for the full list of great deals from kitchen items to kids toys.

Around the Table

1. Kalorik 3-in-1 Treat Maker — 60% off

Kalorik 3-in-1 Treat Maker

Kalorik 3-in-1 Treat Maker $28.00 at Shop now

This multi-use appliance has everything you need for a fun night in, and you can get it for 60% off. Create your own gummy candies using the silicon molds, toast marshmallows over the heating element, or make your own fondue in the melting pot. There are four storage elements to help hold all the treats you’ll be enjoying.

2. Tim Clarke Coasters — over 65% off

Tim Clarke Coasters

Tim Clarke Coasters $16.00 at Tim Clarke

Get over 65% off these chic wool coasters, available in round or square styles. The coasters are designed to be ultra absorbent, protecting your surfaces while providing a pop of color to your room. Designed by a celebrity decorator, these coasters are the perfect addition to any home.

3. Picnic Time Artisan Serving Planks — 50% off

Picnic Time Artisan Serving Planks

Picnic Time Artisan Serving Planks $30.00 at Picnic Time

You can get these serving boards for 50% off right now! Whether you use them as cheese or charcuterie boards or for cutting vegetables, these reversible boards are as gorgeous as they are useful. Hang them by the rustic rope on the handle or use them as a centerpiece for your table – you can’t go wrong.

4. Mad Hungry Spurtle Set — 60% off

Mad Hungry Spurtle Set

Mad Hungry Spurtle Set $16.00 at Kalorik

This 9-in-1 kitchen utensil has sold over

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What Would a Biden Presidency Look Like? Obama’s White House Photographer Picks Six Photos That Offer Clues

For years, Pete Souza, the former chief official White House photographer of President Barack Obama, stayed behind the camera. But in The Way I See It, a new documentary from filmmaker Dawn Porter, the lens is trained squarely on him. The film, in select theaters on Sept. 18 and premiering on MSNBC on Oct. 9, focuses on his work during the Obama administration as well as the years he spent photographing President Ronald Reagan. “What I was trying to do was look for these authentic moments,” Souza tells TIME about his tenure in both administrations. “The fleeting moments that not only reflect what’s happening in front of you, but that reveal what the president is like as a human being.”

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In recent years, Souza has become more outspoken, particularly about his own feelings on President Trump, on his Instagram account, where he has more than 2 million followers. There, he shares photographs from his time in the White House, many of which are accompanied by snarky captions that compare the current president to the previous one. The popularity of his account led to the 2018 publication of his most recent book Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents. He goes even further in The Way I See It, revealing more of his personal life onscreen. “This puts me in a more public footing, which is a little uncomfortable for me,” Souza tells TIME. “But at the same time, I couldn’t not agree to do this film. I feel so strongly about the institution of the presidency and how it’s being ripped to shreds by this guy.”

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Souza hopes that viewers of the film can draw connections between both Reagan and Obama through their appearance in photographs. “Whether you agree with their politics or policies, they’re decent human beings and they’re empathetic,” Souza says. “They know the presidency is about us and not about them.” Throughout the documentary, he discusses what it was like to have such unfettered access to Barack Obama and how he was able to showcase the former president’s humanity through pictures. In seeing authentic moments of a person exercising their capacity for empathy, we can understand what type of leader they are, Souza says.

Given the time he spent in the Obama White House, Souza also had a high level of access to the current Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, when he served as Vice President alongside Obama. TIME asked Souza to choose photographs he took of Biden during that time to discuss what he thinks voters can glean about Biden as a leader, and what a Biden presidency might look like.

Reaching out across the aisle



Barack Obama, Mike Lee, Sheldon Whitehouse sitting at a table: President Barack Obama talks with Rep. Rual Labrador as Vice President Joe Biden talks with Sen. Mike Lee following a meeting with bipartisan Members of Congress to discuss criminal justice reform, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, on Feb. 24, 2015. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza


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President Barack Obama talks with Rep. Rual Labrador as Vice President Joe Biden talks with Sen. Mike Lee following a meeting with bipartisan Members of Congress

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N.J.’s top RB Audric Estime picks Michigan State | 3rd Garden State player to join Spartans’ 2021 class

New Jersey’s top running back Audric Estime is a Michigan State Spartan after committing to Mel Tucker this weekend. A 6-1, 225-pound pound senior at St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.), Estime has received over 25 offers, and is a big bruising throwback runner with burst. Although in-state Rutgers had built-in recruiting advantages, Estime will take his talents to East Lansing following a summer trek to the school.

“A lot of time went into this decision. I had a lot to think about. Me, my family, my coaches and friends,” Estime told NJ Advance Media Sunday. “After all that, we thought that Michigan State would put me in the best position to fulfill my dreams and goals. And they had the best academic program, too.”

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Estime has long been rumored a Michigan State lean, but when did he actually know he’d pick the school?

“I think I knew a couple days ago, I want to say about Tuesday,” Estime said. “I just woke up and was like, ‘Yeah, I’m ready. I want to be my own man. I’m locked in. I’m going to make it happen.’”

Rutgers was initially branded the team to beat with former head coach Augie Hoffmann now coaching running backs at the school. But Estime’s been on the Spartans’ trajectory since an unofficial visit to East Lansing in July, where he was joined by teammate and fellow four-star Geno VanDeMark.

The players weren’t hosted by coaches (due to the recruiting dead period), but were provided an itinerary which included specific stops they were to make while calling certain coaches at predetermined times to interact virtually. I like to call them Coronavirus age unofficial visits, which circumvent restrictions put in place to keep recruits off campus, but don’t technically break any rules.

“Honestly, that visit my eyes opened up even more,” Estime said. “I said to myself I could see myself playing in this stadium and living in this town. That’s when things started to heat up a little bit.”

But that didn’t make breaking the news to his former head coach any less hard.

“It was super-hard telling (Hoffmann) I won’t be teaming up with him again,” Estime said. “I don’t like to break the hearts of people I love. So it was hard for me and it was definitely hard for him.”

Hence, Hoffmann will likely continue to have a relationship with Estime despite his choice. But Rutgers wasn’t the only school Estime had trouble saying no to.

“So was the University of Iowa,” he said.

But, is the door to his recruitment 100 percent closed?

“I’ll still talk to some schools here and there,” he said. “But, as of right now, I’m locked in (with Michigan State) 100 percent,” he said.

And it all began with a visit.

“The week after that when I was talking with my family about it, I would say

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Trump’s Picks Win Senate, House Republican Primaries in New Hampshire | Top News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s preferred candidates for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seats won Republican primaries in New Hampshire Tuesday, but face an uphill battle in the general election in the state where Democrats have a slight edge.

Attorney Bryant “Corky” Messner, 63, who proudly campaigned on his Trump endorsement, defeated retired Army general Don Bolduc for the Republican nomination for Senate, the New York Times said.

Messner got 50.6% of the vote to Bolduc’s 42.8% with 71.1% of precincts reporting, and will face incumbent Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen in November.

In New Hampshire’s first congressional district, a 31-year-old Trump-endorsed candidate, Matt Mowers, beat a crowded Republican field for the party’s nomination to take on freshman Democratic Representative Chris Pappas on Nov. 3, the New York Times said.

The voting was a test of Trump’s influence in the northeastern battleground state that the president narrowly lost to Hillary Clinton in 2016 – and that counts a number of anti-Trumpers among its Republicans. Some prominent current and former New Hampshire Republicans recently endorsed Biden on the same day Trump arrived for a rally in the state.

Rhode Island also voted on Tuesday in some of the last U.S. congressional party primaries this year. The contests produce nominees for Nov. 3 elections that will determine the balance of power in Congress. Democrats hope to keep control of the House and end the Senate’s 53-47 Republican majority.

New Hampshire’s two-term Senator Shaheen, 73, easily won her Democratic primary Tuesday. She appears to be in a good position for re-election, well outpacing both Messner and his Republican opponent in a Granite State Poll released last week by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

Shaheen said Tuesday she hoped to meet the Republican candidate in three debates.

“There are important issues at stake, including confronting the pandemic and getting people back to work …” she said.

Messer said he thought New Hampshire residents deserve “a political outsider”.

“I look forward to working with President Trump to keep America great,” he said in a statement.

Both Messner and the Republican candidate he defeated are conservatives with military experience. Bolduc, a New Hampshire native, portrayed Messner as a wealthy out-of-stater; Messner built a law firm in Colorado before moving to New Hampshire. He largely self-funded his campaign.

Messner also faces questions about the finances of a charitable foundation he runs. Two former Colorado Supreme Court justices have alleged the Messner Foundation was deceptive in its conduct of raffles raising money for scholarships. Messner’s lawyer says the allegations are without merit.

Trump’s campaign says only two of 118 candidates the president has endorsed this year have lost in congressional primaries and special elections.

In New Hampshire’s first House district, Mowers, a Republican party strategist, won 60.2% of the vote compared to 25.8% for his closest opponent Matt Mayberry, with 76.3% of precincts reporting, the Times said.

The district has been traded back and forth between the parties in recent years, but Democrats have the

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White House finalizing list of Trump Supreme Court picks

Washington — The White House is finalizing President Trump’s updated list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court, with the slate of contenders expected to be announced in the coming days, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Tuesday.

“We’ve been working very closely, the president has, with the White House general counsel, getting input from a number of others, and so I’m excited about the list,” Meadows told reporters at the White House. “The president will be signing off on that in the coming days.”

Meadows said he is “optimistic” the list will be unveiled in the near future.

After the Supreme Court rebuffed his attempt to roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in June, Mr. Trump announced his plans to release a new list of prospective Supreme Court nominees by September 1. The president said that if there is another vacancy on the high court, he would select a candidate only from that list and said “based on decisions being rendered now, this list is more important than ever before.”

But the September 1 deadline has come and gone with no unveiling; Meadows said the Trump administration has been working on a “whole lot of other priorities.”

The president’s decision to make public his potential Supreme Court nominees harkens back to the 2016 presidential election, during which he released an initial list of 11 candidates to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat. His two nominees to the Supreme Court — Justices Neil Gorsuch, who filled Scalia’s seat, and Brett Kavanaugh, who replaced Justice Anthony Kennedy — were on later iterations of the first list.

Mr. Trump’s promise to choose a successor in the mold of Scalia helped mobilize conservative voters and solidify his win over Hillary Clinton. According to CBS News exit polling in 2016, 70% of Americans said appointments to the Supreme Court were the most important or an important factor.

The president’s judicial appointments have been one of his most significant accomplishments, with more than 200 of his judges confirmed by the Senate.

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