Christian just can't stop laughing with mommy in this heartwarming clip. Cuteness overload!
- Associated Press
Thailand’s Health Ministry warned Sunday that restrictions may need to be tightened to slow the spread of a fresh coronavirus wave, as the country hit a daily record for new cases. The ministry confirmed 967 new infections, the highest ever in a 24-hour period, bringing Thailand’s total to 32,625 cases since January last year — including 97 deaths. If the number of cases is still rising in two weeks, measures beyond the current restrictions on nightlife and longstanding social distancing rules will need to be put in place, said Dr. Sophon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director general of the Department of Disease Control.
- The Telegraph
Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie have won a battle to build a new moat wall at their home, despite Historic England saying it could lead to the loss of ancient remains and artefacts. The celebrity couple feared a garden would slide into the moat at their farmhouse in Suffolk after part of the existing 6ft wall collapsed. They said the collapse was putting structural pressure on a small footbridge across the moat and other parts of the wall were suffering “significant lean”. The actors, both 34, asked for permission to carry out urgent repairs, including building a new wall with a concrete core “to ensure the long-term stability and safeguard against future problems”. However, conservation body Historic England raised concerns that the work could lead to the loss of ancient remains and artefacts. The heritage organisation cited a 2019 study that said the 15th-century house and its grounds had “a high potential for medieval and post-medieval archaeology”.
- USA TODAY
The good, the bad and the "brother:" Ex-speaker John Boehner rates the presidents, from the "decent" Gerald Ford to the disappointing Barack Obama.
- The Telegraph
The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will be carried through the grounds of Windsor Castle in a modified Land Rover that he designed for the occasion himself. The funeral will take place next Saturday at 3pm, following a short procession in which the Prince of Wales and senior members of the Royal family will follow the coffin on foot as it is driven to St George’s Chapel. The Queen will not take part in the procession. It will be a royal funeral like no other, with Royals adhering to Covid-19 guidelines by wearing masks throughout the ceremony and maintaining social distancing. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed that it would not be a state occasion, in accordance with the Duke’s wishes, but a ceremonial royal funeral in line with the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002. Her Majesty gave final approval to the plans, which “very much reflect the personal wishes of the Duke" who died peacefully at home in Windsor Castle on Friday morning. Who are the 30 guests likely to attend Prince Philip's funeral?
- The Week
SNL's 'Weekend Update' jokes it's nice to 'see women pay for an hour with Matt Gaetz,' hears out the Titanic's iceberg
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) may have only briefly figured in the cold open of this week's Saturday Night Live, but he was the lead story on "Weekend Update" again. "Matt Gaetz, who looks like all the dudes from American Pie combined, reportedly sent $900 on Venmo to an alleged sex trafficker, who then forwarded that same exact amount to three young women in payments labeled 'tuition' and 'school' — which, if true, would make him the only congressman actually helping with student loans," joked anchor Colin Jost. "But at least Gaetz is taking the allegations seriously," Jost added. "That's why yesterday he spoke at the Women for America First summit — which was a nice change to see women pay for an hour with Matt Gaetz." The best part was when Gaetz boasted of the support he's getting from former President Trump and GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (Ga.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio), he said. "Oh no, did he think those were good character references? Who was next on his list, the ghost of Jeffrey Epstein?" Jost also pointed to President Biden's order to regulate make-at-home gun kits. "Remember how frustrated and angry you get assembling a dresser? Now imagine at the end of that you had a gun," he said. "Also, I gotta say, it's weird seeing a guy who's basically doing a Clint Eastwood impression be pro-gun control. I mean, look at him, you could put him into Gran Torino and no one would know the difference." Jost and co-anchor Michael Che also interviewed the unrepentant iceberg that sank the Titanic (Bowen Yang), but all the iceberg wanted to talk about was his new album. Watch below. More stories from theweek.comTrump finally jumps the sharkYou should start a keyhole garden7 brutally funny cartoons about Mitch McConnell's corporate hypocrisy
The black army lieutenant filed a lawsuit against two policemen in Virginia after a traffic stop turned violent.
- Miami Herald
For the first time in over five decades, a leader without the last name Castro is expected to take the helm of Cuba’s ruling party as officials try to usher through a generational leadership change amid a crushing economic crisis.
- Business Insider
NASA's Mars helicopter is set to make spaceflight history on Wednesday. But "there's a lot of things that could go wrong," one Ingenuity engineer said.
- The Telegraph
Bristling tensions with Prince Harry remain, but Royal family will wear the mask of unity at Duke’s funeral
The subtle briefings were designed to give Prince Harry the softest possible landing on his arrival back in the UK ahead of his beloved grandfather’s funeral on Saturday. From sources suggesting he was “united in grief” with the rest of the Royal family following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, to the couple’s unofficial spokesman Omid Scobie insisting – should anyone be in doubt – that “Harry was incredibly close to Philip”, the Sussex spin machine was in evidence as the displaced Prince prepared for his first transatlantic flight in 13 months. Members of the Royal family also sought to calm serves ahead of what is feared could be a difficult reunion for the House of Windsor, with a palace source suggesting that the Prince of Wales was particularly looking forward to seeing his youngest son. “It’s been more than a year,” they pointed out.
- The Daily Beast
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyBy now, we’re used to members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan floating in and out of the news cycle for various Photoshopping mishaps and accusations that they promote unhealthy body image on social media, from sponsored waist trainers to diet lollipops. But few controversies involving the beauty moguls and their obsession with exhibiting physical perfection at all times have been as baffling as the fallout from an unfiltered photo of Khloé Kardashian that made the rounds this week.The series of events leading up to the reality star and Good American founder addressing the matter in a statement and several Instagram videos on Thursday are as mind-boggling in detail as they are Byzantine in plot. Reportedly, on Easter Sunday, Khloé’s 86-year-old grandmother “MJ” Shannon snapped a casual photo of her 36-year-old granddaughter in a front of a pool wearing a bikini, without any noticeable filters or editing, which was accidentally uploaded to social media by an assistant. Not long after the photo appeared on Reddit and other websites, the family’s team of legal representatives went to work attempting to scrub the image from the internet. Several social media users claimed their accounts were locked and posts containing or about the photo were deleted. A Twitter user named @KosmeticKrys even posted screenshots of a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice she received in an email on behalf of an attorney representing the Kardashians. Khloé Kardashian Is Wiping an ‘Unedited’ Photo of Her From the InternetTracy Romulus, chief marketing officer for KKW Brands, released a statement to Page Six confirming the Kardashian team’s attempts to erase the photo from the internet, stating that “Khloé looks beautiful, but it is within the right of the copyright owner to not want an image not intended to be published taken down.” Of course, Khloé herself had to have the final word on the matter, posting a four-part statement to Twitter describing the ridicule she’s faced as the so-called “ugly sister” and the pressure she experiences to meet “impossible standards” of beauty and, ultimately, defending her right not to want a photo she didn’t consent to shared across the internet. Laced throughout these paragraphs is the insistence that, regardless of what she looked like in that unedited photo, the body she presents on her social media is real. Likewise, on Instagram, she accompanied the statement with several videos showing off her figure to prove her body “isn’t photoshopped.”“I love a good filter, good lighting and an edit here and there,” she said in the statement. “The same way I throw on some makeup, get my nails done or wear a pair of heels to present myself to the world the way I want to be seen and it’s exactly what I will continue to do unapologetically. My body, my image and how I choose to look and what I want to share is my choice. It’s not for anyone to decide or judge what is acceptable or not anymore.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Khloé Kardashian (@khloekardashian) While the comments on Khloé’s posts were flooded with a litany of ‘You go, girl’s and ‘I love you’s from fans and, of course, her celebrity coterie, others noticed the dissonance between the reality star’s legitimate claims of victimhood regarding her treatment in the media and her need to convince naysayers that the immaculately toned and curvaceous body she displays on her Instagram is, in fact, hers—along with the rationalization that she’s “work[ed] so hard” for it.Obviously, Khloé and her family’s widely influential role in perpetuating the unrealistic beauty standards she describes as “unbearable” warrants additional pause. Namely, Khloé, Kim and their half-sister Kylie Jenner have been called out over the past few years for advertising waist trainers, weight-loss shakes, detox teas and other quick-fix products—most of which have been reported to cause health issues—to their millions of young, impressionable fans on social media, mostly girls and women in their teens and early twenties.But like most corporate entities selling products to women over the past decade, the Kardashians have found ways to distort the increasingly accessible and marketable language of body positivity and self-care—as well as the concept of hard work—to frame achieving physical perfection as not only healthy but empowering. Accordingly, activists have decried the recent co-opting of once radical movements meant to liberate fat bodies from oppressive systems by clothing lines, fashion publications, diet programs and influencers like the Kardashians. Yet economic incentive always takes precedence over women’s actual needs. The most glaring recent example of this pop-culture phenomenon actually involves Khloé and the makeover show she began hosting on E! in 2017 called Revenge Body. Inspired by her own weight loss journey in the public eye, the self-improvement show helps usually fat people lose weight and “enhance” their image with trainers and stylists. Like its Oxygen predecessor My Big Fat Revenge, the participants exact revenge on former partners, ex-friends, old bosses and other people who’ve fat-shamed them by presenting their transformations in-person accompanied by some sort of triumphant monologue. Becoming the version of yourself the cruelest people in your life want you to be is framed as ultimately positive because it involves labor and determination to get there. It also clearly involves time, money and resources, but that’s never emphasized on the program.Likewise, in Khloé’s statement, her adherence to mentally and physically taxing beauty standards are justified by the assertion that she didn’t “[pay] for it all,” as in received surgery—a claim that’s been passionately disputed online. But regardless of whether she went to a surgeon, saw a nutritionist, worked out with a trainer or hired a personal chef, she did, in fact, pay for the way she looks in one form or the other. And the idea that “earning” beauty adds a layer of virtue or importance to it is capitalism doing its best work.Still, the Kardashians can never disavow their own mythology no matter how ridiculous it makes them look in public because it’s what they’ve built their current careers on. Khloé’s genuinely sad admission that she mentally and emotionally suffers from the notions of beauty that her family has helped to construct has to be wrapped in a pretty bow of “hard work” and “choice.” And the reality star will continue to promote the painful task of attaining impossible beauty standards that even wealthy white women like herself are set up to fail.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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U.S. Army lieutenant files suit against two Virginia police officers for assault during traffic stop
A U.S. Army lieutenant filed a lawsuit against two Virginia police officers over what court papers say was a violent traffic stop, where officers pointed their guns, knocked him to the ground, pepper-sprayed him and "threatened to murder him."
The biggest night in the British film calendar, the Bafta Awards, is taking place in London.
Insider asked "Fear TWD" co-showrunners Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss if we could see Morgan back on the flagship series for its final season.
- The State
Unlike the other contenders, he’s grown up 20 minutes from the world-renowned course.
- Miami Herald
The Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 5,520 new confirmed cases, the most on a Sunday since February, and a rather strange counting of COVID deaths.
- Associated Press
T.J. Oshie scored one of his two goals in Washington's three-goal first-period and former Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara played his first game in front of Boston’s fans in the Capitals’ 8-1 victory Sunday night. Conor Sheary and Lars Eller each also scored twice, and Tom Wilson and Nic Dowd each had one of the season-high goals scored by the Capitals in their first victory in regulation against Boston this season.
The Oscar-nominated actress says she's always trying to show people she's normal: "I'm not someone waking up with breakfast in bed."
Tiger Woods congratulates Hideki Matsuyama on Masters win, says it 'will impact the entire golf world'
Tiger knows what it is like to change the sport.
- Business Insider
Gov. Greg Abbott's claim that Texas is 'very close' to herd immunity is not 'even close' to being true, says expert
"There is no way on God's green earth that Texas is anywhere even close to herd immunity," said one epidemiologist.
- The Telegraph
The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can "break through" Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is low and the research has not been peer reviewed. The study, released on Saturday, compared almost 400 people who had tested positive for Covid-19, 14 days or more after they received one or two doses of the vaccine, against the same number of unvaccinated patients with the disease. It matched age and gender, among other characteristics. The South African variant, B.1.351, was found to make up about 1 per cent of all the Covid-19 cases across all the people studied, according to the study by Tel Aviv University and Israel's largest healthcare provider, Clalit. The vaccine appeared to be less effective against the South African variant, researchers noted. Crucially, however, the study shows that the variant does not spread effectively, they say. It is believed that this reduced effectiveness may also only occur in a short window of time. Results from the study showed that there were no reported cases of B.1.351 in fully vaccinated individuals who had received their second dose more then 14-days prior.