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Video: Mark Meadows tells reporters he won’t ‘talk through a mask’

  • White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday declined to wear a mask when addressing reporters on Capitol Hill. 
  • Walking away without answering any questions, he said, “I’m not going to talk through a mask.”
  • Journalists who cover Capitol Hill lawmakers are calling on congressional leaders to improve access to coronavirus testing and contact tracing, and to wear masks when talking to members of the media.
  • But Meadows, like President Donald Trump and others who work in the White House, continue to flout public health guidelines amid the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreak.
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President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows refused to wear his mask on Monday while addressing reporters on Capitol Hill and walked off without taking any questions. 

During the encounter, a CNN congressional reporter, Kristin Wilson, asked Meadows to keep his face covered while speaking, according to Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim. But Meadows pulled a microphone-outfitted podium closer to himself and took off his mask, to the concern of journalists. 

“Well, I’m more than 10 feet away,” he said.

Seconds later, Meadows put his mask back on and stalked away from the group.

“I’m not going to talk through a mask,” he said.

This incident occurred on the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Health experts have noted that the coronavirus is known to travel several feet in the air, especially indoors, and that mask-wearing is one of the effective ways to prevent transmission. Already, the United States has reported more than 7.7 million cases and 214,000-plus deaths, based on data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Meadows’ refusal comes as representatives for journalists covering Capitol Hill lawmakers are urging congressional leaders to provide more access to testing and contact tracing, and to follow public health guidelines, including wearing masks, when interacting with members of the media.

This request came in reponse to an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the White House, with several cases linked to Barrett’s nomination ceremony in the Rose Garden on Sept. 26. In the days that followed, the president, first lady, a handful of senators, and several White House aides tested positive for the disease.

Since then, several lawmakers have worn face coverings while talking to reporters on Capitol Hill, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was begun to wear one during her weekly press conferences. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also signaled last week that he hasn’t been to the White House in two months and suggested that the Trump administration’s coronavirus prevention measures are lax.

“My impression was their approach to how to handle this was different than mine and what I insisted that we do in the Senate, which is to wear a mask and practice social distancing,” McConnell said at an event in Kentucky. 

But Meadows’ actions on Monday are in keeping with the White House’s pattern of neglect when it

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2021 Acura MDX new interior design teased in latest video

The 2021 Acura MDX will debut in prototype form next week October 14, but that’s not stopping Acura from releasing a teaser video of the next-gen MDX’s classy, new interior. Acura’s flagship SUV is a solid contender in the three-row, seven-seat luxury segment, but the outgoing third-gen MDX’s lackluster interior is unworthy of praise.

All of that changes in the fourth-gen 2021 Acura MDX. Destined to arrive in North America by early or mid-2021, Acura claims its newest MDX is the most premium (i.e. the most luxurious) and highest-performing seven-seat SUV in the carmaker’s history. According to Acura, the incoming MDX prototype is worthy of becoming a flagship model with a fine blend of innovative design, better premium materials, and a bevy of class-leading tech features.

Based on Acura’s latest teaser video, the new MDX’s cabin is a sight to behold. The vehicle has a new Acura Precision Cockpit featuring a fully digital instrument display. Meanwhile, the central tunnel is home to a new drive mode feature, while the dashboard is flanked by a new HD infotainment system. The wider and lower instrument panel is accentuated by hand-wrapped leather, French stitching, and open-pore wood accents.

It’s hard to miss those new perforated Acura sport seats which, according to Acura, features a more sculpted form and quilted stitching in all three rows. The seats are also wider than before, while the front massaging seats will melt the stress away as you drive. Driving music is courtesy of an ELS Studio 3D ‘Signature Edition’ audio system with 25 speakers. Also new in the MDX is LED interior ambient lighting.

It all looks mightily good from our perspective. With its new exterior design and a brand spanking new interior, the 2021 Acura MDX is upping the ante against its main competitors like the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Lexus RX 350, and Infiniti QX60.

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Was Donald Trump’s White House Video Filmed in Front of Green Screen?

President Donald Trump released a video message on Twitter on Thursday discussing his health and the treatment he received following his COVID-19 diagnosis.



a man wearing a suit and tie: U.S. President Donald Trump gestures upon return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 05, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump spent three days hospitalized for coronavirus. Trump's recent video led to speculation about a green screen.


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U.S. President Donald Trump gestures upon return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 05, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump spent three days hospitalized for coronavirus. Trump’s recent video led to speculation about a green screen.

In the video, Trump stands in the White House grounds. There was immediate speculation that the president was not in fact outside but had used a green screen to produce a false background.

The Claim:

Social media users raised the question of a green screen once Trump tweeted his video yesterday. The claim soon gained traction on Twitter and some prominent people began asking the question. Apparent distortions in the video, like the shadows and the background appearing to be on a loop, prompted the comments.

“I think it’s pretty clearly a green screen. The sharpness of the outline and the lighting. Also it’s a very long way to bring a sick president to shoot something when you have the Rose Garden,” wrote MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

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Christopher Orr, film critic for The Atlantic, also said it appeared a green screen had been used: “Why the digital background? It’s a sunny day in DC. This could have been filmed on the actual White House lawn.”

Orr later deleted the tweet and sent another, sharing the opinion of another user that the video background was genuine. However, by then the speculation had taken off.

“This is in front of a green screen,” tweeted veteran Star Trek actor George Takei, who is a prominent social media user and a critic of the president. His tweet now has more than 4,000 retweets.

The Facts:

Hany Farid, a professor

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2022 Acura MDX’s Interior Revealed in Photos and Video



a close up of a car: We can see the three-row SUV's new cabin has a more upscale design, larger infotainment screen, and a digital gauge cluster.


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We can see the three-row SUV’s new cabin has a more upscale design, larger infotainment screen, and a digital gauge cluster.

  • Photos and video tease the new upscale interior of the 2022 Acura MDX, revealing richer materials, a larger infotainment screen, the brand’s first digital gauge cluster, and a 25-speaker audio system.
  • The fourth generation of the MDX will be revealed next week and go on sale early next year.
  • Last year Acura sold about 50,000 MDXs, which was nearly a third of its total sales volume.

Today Acura released teaser images and a Tron-style video revealing the interior of the new 2022 MDX, which will go on sale early next year. The fourth generation of the three-row SUV will be unveiled on October 14, and Acura says it will be the most premium and performance-focused MDX its history. These overproduced illustrations seem to support that claim.

For now, Acura isn’t very forthcoming with information, but says that the SUV’s new dash is wider and lower, leather-wrapped, and trimmed with open-pore wood. Like the RDX and TLX, it will have a single oversize infotainment screen, which Acura calls “ultrawide” without giving dimensions. It appears to be the largest in the brand’s lineup and will be controlled with a touchpad on the console.

The MDX will also feature Acura’s first digital gauge cluster, which will have two configurations, and a 25-speaker ELS Studio 3D premium audio system with integrated LED ambient lighting. Its new sport seats will be heated and cooled and will offer multiple massage settings. Perforated leather with contrasting stitching and piping will cover all three rows. Acura calls the elaborate design stitched into the upholstery “curvilinear quilting.”

There’s seating for seven; however, the second-row seat appears to be split 40/20/40, so we suspect the center section is removable, leaving two captain’s chairs and improving third-row access. The SUV’s conventional shifter has been replaced with a pushbutton unit, and its three-spoke steering wheel is shared with the TLX. We can also see a panoramic sunroof, aluminum speaker grilles, and multiple drive settings including Normal, Sport, and Individual.

Consistently Acura’s best-selling model, the MDX makes up nearly a third of its sales, so Honda’s luxury brand has a lot riding on the redo of its largest SUV. Recently we published exterior spy shots of the SUV, which Acura says will be the new flagship of the brand. In those images it looks to be somewhat larger than the current model and is expected to share at least one of its engines with the recently introduced 2021 TLX. The 355-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 found in the sedan’s Type S performance variant is a sure bet for the SUV, which is now powered exclusively by a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 290 hp. The MDX is also expected to get the latest version of Acura’s SH-AWD system and a10-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid model may follow down the road.

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Trevor Noah Says ‘White House Rose Garden Is Like the Wet Market of America Right Now’ (Video)

Trevor Noah dissected last week’s “super-spreader” White House event on Monday’s “Daily Show,” joking that the recent positive COVID-19 test results that have been revealed for President Trump and dozens of people who are in close contact with him mean that “The White House Rose Garden is like the wet market of America right now.”

“Turns out, while you’ve spent the last seven months hugging your grandma through a giant condom, Trump and his friends are having no-mask cocktail receptions, indoors, where the guest of honor is COVID-19,” the Comedy Central late-night host said, referring to the Sept. 26 celebration for Trump’s Supreme Court pick Judge Amy Coney Barrett. “And now at least 30 people in Trump’s circle have tested positive for COVID-19. You realize that means there’s been more infections at the White House over the last day than in New Zealand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand and Australia combined.”

Noah emphasized that he doesn’t see the “massive outbreak” at the White House as “karma” for an administration that has downplayed the coronavirus, but as “consequences.”

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“It’s not karma to get hit by lightening when you’re standing on the roof of a skyscraper holding a metal rod while there is lightening. The universe didn’t do that s–t to you, you did that s–t to yourself!”

“The Daily Show” host also made it clear he does not want Trump, who left Walter Reed hospital Monday after a three day stay, to lose his life due to his COVID-19 infection: “I want him to lose an election.”

“I also don’t want him to die because then Mike Pence would be president. And then we might as well be dead, because Mike Pence is the most boring human being on the planet,” Noah joked. “If Trump is cocaine, Mike Pence is just flour. Your nose is still going to burn, but nothing cool happens.”

Watch Noah’s full monologue via the video above.

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Trevor Noah Says ‘White House Rose Garden Is Like the Wet Market of America Right Now’ (Video)

Trevor Noah dissected last week’s “super-spreader” White House event on Monday’s “Daily Show,” joking that the recent positive COVID-19 test results that have been revealed for President Trump and dozens of people who are in close contact with him mean that “The White House Rose Garden is like the wet market of America right now.”

“Turns out, while you’ve spent the last seven months hugging your grandma through a giant condom, Trump and his friends are having no-mask cocktail receptions, indoors, where the guest of honor is COVID-19,” the Comedy Central late-night host said, referring to the Sept. 26 celebration for Trump’s Supreme Court pick Judge Amy Coney Barrett. “And now at least 30 people in Trump’s circle have tested positive for COVID-19. You realize that means there’s been more infections at the White House over the last day than in New Zealand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand and Australia combined.”

Noah emphasized that he doesn’t see the “massive outbreak” at the White House as “karma” for an administration that has downplayed the coronavirus, but as “consequences.”

“It’s not karma to get hit by lightening when you’re standing on the roof of a skyscraper holding a metal rod while there is lightening. The universe didn’t do that s–t to you, you did that s–t to yourself!”

“The Daily Show” host also made it clear he does not want Trump, who left Walter Reed hospital Monday after a three day stay, to lose his life due to his COVID-19 infection: “I want him to lose an election.”

“I also don’t want him to die because then Mike Pence would be president. And then we might as well be dead, because Mike Pence is the most boring human being on the planet,” Noah joked. “If Trump is cocaine, Mike Pence is just flour. Your nose is still going to burn, but nothing cool happens.”

Watch Noah’s full monologue via the video above.

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Video: Trump appears to struggle to breathe on walk to White House

  • President Donald Trump can be seen appearing to struggle for breath as he returned to the White House on Monday. 
  • In footage designed to show his recovery, the president climbs stairs and removes his mask before entering the White House. 
  • But after removing the mask the president’s breathing appears labored — one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19.
  • One medical expert said the footage is a “textbook example of increased work of breathing.”
  • Trump in a video Monday night claimed to have recovered from his illness. But his doctor said it would be about a week before it will be clear. 
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Footage of President Donald Trump returning to the White House on Monday after being treated for COVID-19 in hospital appears to show him having difficulty breathing. 

Trump on Monday evening left hospital despite being still infected with the illness.

Arriving at the White House in front of news cameras he climbed a set of stairs, removed his mask on the balcony, saluted the departing helicopter, and stepped into the building. 

The sequence appeared designed to show that Trump has recovered and is back in business after the diagnosis that left him hospitalized for three days. 

But some medical experts pointed out that Trump appears far from well, commenting on his apparent struggle to breathe.

 

Dr Ilhan Schwarz, an assistant professor at the University of Alberta, Canada, and expert in lung diseases, said Trump’s breathing appeared abnormal.

He said: “This is a textbook example of increased work of breathing. In addition to using normal respiratory muscles (the diaphragm & those between the ribs that expand the chest cavity), ‘accessory muscles’ in his neck are kicking in to help draw a breath.”

A British doctor after watching the footage also concluded that the president remains unwell. 

“He doesn’t look well. If you look at the video on the balcony of the White House he is clearly having difficulty breathing. That is not a man that is better,” Dr Zoe Norris, a general practitioner and lecturer, told BBC Breakfast early Tuesday. 

Trump in a video posted online after his return to the White House claimed to have recovered.

“Now I’m better and maybe I’m immune, I don’t know,” remarked Trump. “Don’t be afraid of it,” he told Americans of the disease. Allies shared a meme showing him wrestling the coronavirus into submission. 

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The image Trump sought to portray with his dramatic return to the White House also clashed with a more sober assessment from his medical team.

In a press briefing earlier in on Monday, Dr Sean Conley told reporters that the president was “not entirely out of the woods yet.” 

However, Conley did say that Trump’s oxygen levels and “his work of breathing are all normal.”

Conley said Trump will “be surrounded

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‘Full House’ cast sings about golden retrievers in music video for National Dog Week

Golden retrievers are amazing. Not only are they regularly one of the most popular dogs in America, they can give hugs, fetch Chick-fil-A and offer comfort to firefighters.

So it’s no surprise to us that the folks at “Full House” fully respect the lovable canines!

In honor of National Dog Week, “Full House” creator Jeff Franklin partnered with Petsmart Charities and the show’s stars to release the song “Gotta Love a Golden,” along with a sweet video designed to raise awareness about animal homelessness.

In the video, Franklin’s two goldens, Woody and Lola, are shown frolicking with their owner around the house and backyard. We also get to see cast members John Stamos, Bob Saget, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber and Dave Coulier crooning along (or playing bongos, in Stamos’ case) to the bouncy song, written by Franklin himself. (Franklin is the main singer but the full performance credit goes to the Full Dog-House.)

At the end of the video, Franklin sits with one pooch and gives a shoutout to all the dogs who don’t have loving homes, urging folks to donate at PetSmartCharities.org. You can buy the song at that link, and all proceeds will go to the charity.

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Longtime “Full House” fans know that golden retrievers were critical cast members on both the original series and the “Fuller House” reboot, which ended after five seasons in June.

“As the proud owner of two awesome golden retrievers, I know firsthand how important the consistent comfort and unconditional love that a pet can provide,” Franklin said in a statement. “My lifelong love affair with Goldens inspired me to make them the official Tanner family pets. Comet on ‘Full House’ and Cosmo on ‘Fuller House’ brought their warmth and humor to the set every day and found a home in the hearts of all those that watched.”

Woody and Lola, Jeff Franklin's dogs, are in the spotlight! (Jeff Franklin / YouTube)
Woody and Lola, Jeff Franklin’s dogs, are in the spotlight! (Jeff Franklin / YouTube)

And, he added, “Creating forever homes for our pets continues to be one of my life missions, making this partnership with Petsmart Charities a passion project for me.”

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Meet Your New Favorite Interior Designer, Shea McGee (Video)

Netflix is wiping its feet on HGTV’s welcome mat with new home redesign series, “Dream Home Makeover.”

The six-episode series from production studio Goodbye Pictures follows Syd and Shea McGee, who are raising two daughters and building their own dream home while simultaneously running businesses Studio McGee and McGee and Co.

Yeah, the McGees have their hands full.

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Each half-hour episode of “Dream Home Makeover” features one client’s home design project — and the budgets are all over the place.

“Whether our clients have $2 million or $20,000, I want them all to feel that sense of peace when they walk in the door,” Shea McGee says in the show’s trailer.

LOL, $2 million. You really wanna wow us? Whatcha got for like $350, Shea? (We know, we know: It’s TV.)

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Watch the “Dream Home Makeover” trailer via the video above.

And here more synopsis, straight from Netflix: Syd and Shea McGee started documenting their signature rustic interior design style and home renovations on Instagram back in 2010 and grew their social media presence into two thriving businesses: Studio McGee and McGee and Co. “Dream Home Makeover” melds together the personal side of the McGee’s, what it’s like to raise their two daughters and build their own dream home, along with the day to day of running a successful business. Each episode features one home design project that ranges from budget-friendly living room upgrades to full home renovations where money isn’t an object. The McGee’s have been able to straddle both worlds by effortlessly applying the same set of principles to every project, creating jaw-dropping interiors that are unfussy, accessible, and breathtakingly simple at any level of the budget ladder — it’s the perfect aspirational design series with relatable tips for viewers looking to bring beauty into their own abodes.

“Dream Home Makeover” debuts Friday, Oct. 16 on Netflix.

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