Look No Further Than Amazon to Find Your Next Favorite Summer-Ready Dress

Look No Further Than Amazon to Find Your Next Favorite Summer-Ready Dress

As the temperature fluctuates, it’s time to start thinking about the clothing you’ll want to wear through summer and into fall. Amazon has a plethora of options, if you know where to look. We’ve hunted through their stockpile of fashion trends and found a handful of spring and summer-ready dresses that you should add to your closet immediately.

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Biden Warns ‘Toxic’ Trump Sees Violence as ‘A Political Lifeline’


In a piercing appraisal of the growing strife unraveling under President Donald Trump’s first term, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accused him of stoking, and even starting, civil unrest that is proliferating across the country. 

Trump has been a “toxic presence in our nation for four years” who is “poisoning our very democracy,” Biden said forcefully in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The speech offered a moment of methodical, even urgent, messaging for Biden, who sought to cast the president as an unjust and dangerous leader who spews falsehoods in an effort to gain a political advantage. 

“This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can’t stop the violence because for years he’s fomented it,” Biden said. “You know, he may believe mouthing the words law and order makes him strong. But his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows how weak he is.”

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Steve Scalise Justifies Deceptively Manipulating Video of Disabled Progressive Activist Ady Barkan

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) on Monday morning justified the deceptively edited video he shared on Twitter over the weekend, which doctored a quote by progressive activist Ady Barkan, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The Republican congressman told Fox & Friends that while the clip shouldn’t have been manipulated the underlying message still stood.

Scalise found himself the target of intense backlash on Sunday after he shared the video accusing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of wanting to defund the police. The clip featured Barkan, who speaks through computer voice assistance, asking Biden at one point: “Do we agree that we can redirect some of the funding for police?”

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How I Have Fun with Grid Patterns When Building Crossword Puzzles

Rebecca Tulis

Grid patterns aren’t  the most important aspect of a crossword, but it’s nice when they have a nice look to them. “Grid art” is also a thing in puzzles, where the black square pattern makes some identifiable formation that relates to the puzzle’s theme. A noteworthy recent example is this grid from January , where the black squares form the new year 2020. Here’s another example, where the writer put SWISS ROLL in the grid at 16-Down, and then the black square pattern forms the shape of one in the grid. 

My favorite grid pattern for a 10×10 puzzle, hands down, is the one I used for Sunday’s puzzle. You get the two 9-letter entries across the middle, then a pair of 7-letter entries off of those , and then a ton of 6-letter entries as well. The grid can really sing with all those long words. Sorry to geek out, but it’s energizing to come up with a grid like this.

I don’t get to use this pattern very often because the two 9-letter entries have to fit very nicely with each other (since they touch the whole way across the grid). If one pair of letters don’t work together, thenthe whole thing has to be abandoned. The only tricky part in the Sunday grid was needing a 6-letter entry ending in DT, but political philosopher Hannah ARENDT did the trick. 

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How Saudi Prince MBS Played Trump and Got the Keys to the Kingdom

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Just four months into his term in May 2017, President Donald Trump found himself sitting awkwardly in a Riyadh majlis, the traditional gold-and-velvet adorned meeting room where Persian Gulf royalty hold court, surrounded by some four dozen leaders of Muslim countries from Afghanistan to Yemen. 

Servers came around, filling most attendees’ porcelain cups with traditional cardamom-perfumed coffee, though Mr. Trump got his preferred beverage, Diet Coke, poured from an Arabian teapot.

Mr. Trump, gazing around the room, recognized a few in the crowd, including Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. But the rest—the Gambia’s Adama Barrow, Kyrgyzstan’s First Deputy Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev—were a blur of unfamiliar faces from unfamiliar countries. White House aides cringed when Trump asked the name of a man who turned out to be Ashraf Ghani, the U.S.-backed president of Afghanistan. 

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Five-Year Civil War Has Wrecked the Supremacy of the Yakuza

The Asahi Shimbun

TOKYO—Cops in Japan have to do jobs they hate, and one of them is babysitting gangsters. Yep, keeping the peace sometimes means keeping the traditionally tattooed, sociopathic, tribalistic, and well-tailored yakuza from killing each other. That doesn’t always go well.

On the afternoon of Oct. 10, in Kobe city, the police stationed in front of the offices of a yakuza group, the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi (“the Rebellion”) were on guard and bored. 

Some were in uniform, some were plainclothes cops. Often, in both physical appearance and dress (white shirts, black ties, black suits), it is hard to tell the cops that crack down on the yakuza (marubo deka) from the yakuza themselves. Of course, cops don’t get tattoos or chop off their little fingers to atone for their mistakes. (Cop or yakuza? When in doubt, count fingers or look for tats.)

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Tea Party Bomb Throwers Call For a Break From Politics

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One of the loudest and most aggressive conservative advocacy groups of the past decade is asking Americans to calm down and stop talking about politics, if only for a day.

FreedomWorks, the libertarian outfit that rose to prominence through its hard-line opposition to Barack Obama, the Affordable Care Act, and the Republican establishment, has unveiled a new campaign that encourages Americans to tone down the rancorous political rhetoric. Dubbed “Celebrate Americans,” the initiative proposes setting aside Labor Day as a politics-free day of national harmony.

It’s a message that most would expect to see from a kumbaya centrist organization like No Labels, rather than an organization instrumental in the founding of the Tea Party and the Republican Party’s Obama-era lurch to the right. But FreedomWorks’ conspicuously measured tone is a reflection of how disjointed American politics—and its various institutions—has become in the Trump era. An organization that just last year was scoring Democratic presidential candidates on their adherence to socialism—and just last week facing scrutiny over apparent vote-by-mail misinformation—is now imploring Americans to dial back the heated rhetoric.

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White People Aren’t as Racist or Stupid as Trump Thinks

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Here we go. It’s law and order week. And with the eyes of the nation fixed on Kenosha, Joe Biden is going to… southwestern Pennsylvania, to give a speech on why you aren’t safe in Donald Trump’s America. And Trump is going to Kenosha on Tuesday.

So we confront one of the enduring questions of American presidential politics, which goes back to Richard Nixon’s time: Can the Republicans scare enough white people into thinking that their beautiful suburb is going to be taken over by Black criminals if the Democrat wins?

Pretty much every liberal I know is terrified that the answer is yes. I don’t think so. Biden has to handle this right, of course. But this isn’t 1968, Biden isn’t some anti-cop crusader, and Trump is an unpopular extremist who is not speaking for most Americans. These things will matter.

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Kennedy-Markey Race Is a Proxy War Pitting AOC Against Pelosi

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The Senate race in Massachusetts is blue on blue in a blue state so the seat will remain safely Democratic whatever the outcome in Tuesday’s primary. That’s little solace for Democrats torn apart by a race that forces them to choose between Joseph Kennedy III, a rising star in the party and heir to the storied Kennedy legacy, and incumbent Senator Ed Markey, a champion of progressive causes in the House and Senate for 47 years—longer than Kennedy, 39, has been alive. 

Kennedy has struggled to explain why he’s running, other than that he’s a Kennedy and would “leverage” the power of a Senate seat better than the current occupant. Markey, 74, has the backing of fellow progressives Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal and is recognized as a leader on environmental issues. 

The contest between Kennedy, whose family has never lost a political contest in the state, and Markey doesn’t break along any of the usual fault lines, ideological or generational. Markey hasn’t lost touch with his constituents and still maintains his residence in Malden, Massachusetts, in the house where he grew up, and where his father was a milkman. 

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Biden’s Out-of-the-Basement Strategy: Pummel Trump as Unsafe

Win McNamee

For much of the pandemic presidential cycle, President Donald Trump has invariably cackled at what he deems to be Joe Biden’s “sleepy” and “slow” nature, constructing an image for voters of an older guy “who never leaves his basement,” public health precautions be damned.

After the Democratic nominee announced that he would soon phase in physical appearances to several battleground states, it still didn’t seem to matter to Trump that the homebound message no longer really applied. He just carried on with the chants. 

“Here’s what I don’t get,” the president contemplated aloud during his hour-plus speech in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Friday evening. “Sleepy Joe’s coming out, he said, in 10 days. Ten days! That’s a long time. Ten days. Ten days. That’s like, an eternity in Trumpville,” he went on. “Ten days. He’s much better off where he is.”

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