Amazon’s New Echo Dot Comes in Three Styles. They’re All on Sale.

Amazon’s New Echo Dot Comes in Three Styles. They’re All on Sale.

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If you’re looking to make your home smarter, the brand new Echo is a great place to start. Not only does it bring Alexa into your home, it’s also an excellent speaker to liven up your space. Best of all, all three models—the Dot, the Dot Clock, and the Echo Premium which boasts better sound—are on sale for Cyber Monday right now. Your life just got a whole lot easier

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The New Amazon Fire Sticks Are on Sale for Cyber Monday

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The all new Fire Stick is the best one yet, and now there are even more options to choose from, too: The Lite and the Regular. The difference? With the Lite you get less buttons, meaning you can really only use the remote for streaming purposes. If having one remote is important to you, go with the standard. If not, the Lite is pretty tough to resist.

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Save 20% on Our Favorite Bidet for Cyber Monday

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Remember the toilet paper craze at the beginning of quarantine? Well, some of us were able to avoid that thanks to the TUSHY. The TUSHY classic is a bidet that will make it extremely easy to clean your nether regions using just water. It’s easy to set up — takes about fifteen minutes — and is more sanitary and less wasteful. Plus, at 20% off, it’s basically a steal.

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Our Favorite Way to Make Cold Brew Is on Sale for Cyber Monday

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Some people only drink cold brew in the summertime. But I’m firmly in the cold-brew year-round camp. Not only is cold brew a great way to cool off in the summer, it’s easy to make in batches and most importantly, cuts down on the acid from your morning cup. This means I can drink more, and the Takeya ensures it’s always brewed to perfection.

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Kevin Sorbo Was Hercules. Now He Owns the Libs on Twitter.

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Last week, I interviewed two celebrities who have used their considerable platforms to downplay the COVID-19 pandemic that’s killed more than 260,000 Americans. The first was Jake Paul, the YouTube stunter turned stunt boxer who claimed the highly contagious virus was “a hoax” and further implied that it was part of some nebulous government conspiracy. The second was Kevin Sorbo, the actor most famous for the TV show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, who went on Fox & Friends in early May and compared COVID to the flu while urging businesses to defy closure orders, and has since downplayed the severity of the virus on his Twitter account.

Sorbo’s Twitter account has become an object of fascination for this writer. The 62-year-old actor’s Twitter is dedicated to “owning the libs,” as it were, and tweeting pro-Trump talking points. Of late, it’s been fixated on the election results, sharing baseless conspiracy theories about widespread voter fraud, despite the fact that Trump’s own election cybersecurity czar Chris Krebs asserted that the 2020 presidential election was “the most secure election in American history,” and that there “is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” (He was subsequently fired by Trump.)

So I got on the phone with Sorbo, who’s in Florida looking at homes, to discuss his online persona (which he alleges is the work of his teenage son), the election results, and his new film Free Lunch Express—a satirical picture about the life of Bernie Sanders that paints the Vermont senator as a Stalin-worshipping socialist-hypocrite with a sprawling lakefront mansion (none of these things are true, incidentally). Sorbo describes the film as “Airplane! meets Jojo Rabbit.

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Grab Up to 75% Off Sitewide at Banana Republic for Cyber Monday

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While Banana Republic is mostly known for its business casual basics, it also has a plethora of styles that’ll fit into your work from homeWFH wardrobe, too. All those styles and more are up to 75% off plus, you can grab an extra 10% off with code BRCYBER. Stock up on sweaters for the winter, dresses for the holidays, slacks for whenever we go back to the office, and more during this Cyber Monday sale.

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The Best Crossword Books for Holiday Puzzling

Rebecca Tulis

Time to be thankful, and crossworders know how. French MERCI and German DANKE are frequent puzzle entries, while Japanese ARIGATO and Spanish GRACIAS are a little less frequent since they’re seven letters long instead of slightly handier five. Chinese XIE XIE, with its cool-looking double X’s, appeared in a New York Times puzzle earlier this month.

In that spirit of thankfulness, let me share three book recommendations for the coming holiday season, presented in order of difficulty:

Got a puzzle you’re thankful for? Tweet it to #beastxword and I’ll check it out.

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Gumbo Recipe Is Next-Level Comfort

Angie Mosier

The first time Marcus Samuelsson ate a bowl of gumbo, he was sitting at a table inside New Orleans’ famed Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. He was there to eat and see legendary chef Leah Chase, who helmed the restaurant from 1946, when she and her husband Edgar “Dooky” Chase II took it over, until her death in 2019.

Samuelsson, the acclaimed Swedish-Ethiopian chef behind New York’s Red Rooster and Ginny’s Supper Club, among others, emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1990s. Early on, Chase became one of his mentors. Her decades of experience both as a chef and a leader in her community, which earned her the unequivocal moniker as the Queen of Creole Cuisine and recognition as a civil rights icon, proved invaluable to Samuelsson.

“She came to my restaurant often and guided me,” says the chef, whose latest cookbook, The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food, celebrates the contributions of Black chefs, including Chase, to American food culture. “She talked about how it was to be a Black lady opening Dooky Chase in [1946] when Black and white people couldn’t eat together. She’s seen the Civil Rights movement, she’s seen Hurricane Katrina, she’s seen everything.”

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How Pharma Cash Colors Operation Warp Speed

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April 16 was a big day for Moderna, a Massachusetts biotech company on the verge of becoming a front-runner in the U.S. government’s race for a coronavirus vaccine. It had received roughly half a billion dollars in federal funding to develop a COVID shot that might be used on millions of Americans.

Thirteen days after the massive infusion of federal cash—which triggered a jump in the company’s stock price—Moncef Slaoui, a Moderna board member and longtime drug industry executive, was awarded options to buy 18,270 shares in the company, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The award added to 137,168 options he’d accumulated since 2018, the filings show.

It wouldn’t be long before President Donald Trump announced Slaoui as the top scientific adviser for the government’s $12 billion Operation Warp Speed program to rush COVID vaccines to market. In his Rose Garden speech on May 15, Trump lauded Slaoui as “one of the most respected men in the world” on vaccines.

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Zimbabweans Can Hardly Believe This But They Regret Replacing Mugabe with Brutal New Leader

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MUTARE, Zimbabwe—Three years after a military coup that toppled Zimbabwe’s long-time dictator Robert Mugabe, many people in the country have come to a conclusion they can scarcely believe: they regret replacing the old despot.

Though many people in Zimbabwe are glad Mugabe was ousted before he died last year, they have deep regrets about Emmerson Mnangagwa. His ascent to power was greeted in 2017 with jubilant street parties in Harare and promises from the new leader that: “We are witnessing the beginning of a new unfolding democracy.”

As the economy and human rights in the country continue to nosedive, Mnangagwa has proven to be ruthless and corrupt.

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