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The Coronavirus Killed the Policy Primary

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Advocates and activists for the issues Democrats were most concerned about before the virus had been expecting to be out in full force this spring. Instead, they’re sitting at home like everyone else, and they don’t know when their chance will come again, this year or beyond.  

“We need to understand that nobody has a crystal ball right now. There are not a lot of people who have a lot of confidence about the way things are going to shape up,” says Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords’s gun-safety organization. Squinting for a silver lining in the crisis, he told me that so many people staying at home has meant a drop-off in mass shootings, although the panic-buying of guns has spiked at the same time. It’s also meant that shelter in place is no longer a term used only during shootings. Maybe all the focus on public health will get people thinking differently about gun safety, perhaps the clearest example of American politics’ failure to produce policy that aligns with public opinion.

“At a time when [Americans’] health and safety is at greater risk,” Ambler said, “I do think that gun safety’s going to continue to break through as a kitchen-table issue.”

Just as social distancing was taking off three weeks ago, NARAL Pro-Choice America, EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood, and several other progressive groups announced a “women’s summit” scheduled for the Sunday before the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee in July. Now the convention has been moved back to August, and it’s not clear what form it will take. Bringing people together for an additional gathering the day before? Even the leaders of the groups organizing the summit know that’s going to be tough.

“We’re adapting and being even more flexible in our activities, but it’s not an option to throw in the towel on organizing, even—or especially—through this crisis,” says NARAL’s president, Ilyse Hogue. “The GOP always wins when fewer people participate, and beating Trump in November remains a top priority for millions of Americans.”

Everyone being confined to their home almost certainly means that women in abusive relationships haven’t been able to leave. Nonemergency medical procedures being put off almost certainly means that women who might have sought an abortion can’t do so. (Ohio, Texas, Kentucky, and Mississippi have classified abortion as a nonessential procedure, temporarily banning it entirely.) The economic wreckage that the coronavirus leaves behind will almost certainly land disproportionately on women.

That, Hogue told me, means that groups like hers are looking ahead. NARAL is among the groups that have seen an uptick in online engagement, with so many people sitting on their couch with their computer. “Continuing to plan events that centralize women is an act of hope and also a pragmatic way to remind folks just what’s at stake. The energy, ideas, and work that goes into planning will be used to foster solutions if we end up having to cancel an in-person event,” Hogue said.

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Love Island 2020’s Callum and Molly share update on relationship

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Love Island 2020 duo Callum Jones and Molly Smith are finally official.

The reality stars left the villa back in February, but during a recent chat with OK! magazine, Callum revealed that they have only taken the next step in their relationship over the last few weeks.

“We are boyfriend and girlfriend now,” confirmed the 23-year-old ex-scaffolder.

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But how did they come to realise they’re now officially official?

“What it was is, I said to her, ‘We’re courting’. She said, ‘Courting? That means we’re together.’ And I said, ‘Oh does it?’ And she said, ‘Yeah’.

“I was like, ‘Alright then’, and she was like, ‘Are you asking me to be your girlfriend?’, and I was like, ‘Yeah’. And that’s how it come about.”

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Related: Love Island‘s Wes Nelson and Arabella Chi split after nine months

Pretty straightforward then, but it’s nice to hear they’re still going strong.

Earlier today (May 4), it was confirmed that Love Island‘s summer 2020 series will not be going ahead, due to the current pandemic.

Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV, said: “We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it’s just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority.”

Love Island is scheduled to return this summer on ITV2, and you can catch up on the show via ITV Hub.



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Originally posted 2020-05-04 15:31:44.

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The Boys Season 2 Release Date, Cast, Plot, Trailer And Everything You Need To Know

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Hooray, The Boys are here! Amazon original science-fiction live-action series, The Boys aired back in 2019.

Before even the first season made it on the Amazon platforms, it was renewed for a second installment. The success of the show is a massive one, seeing the eccentric portrayal of superheroes.

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The pilot is more than enough to keep you hooked, and you can barely see the time pass as you watch the first eight episodes of season one.

It is a story loaded with sarcasm and skepticism, rather than to win over the viewers with identification or emotions. The inspiring characters show the dark side of superheroes credibly and surprisingly.

What Do We Know About The Release Date?

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According to an Instagram post of November 6, 2019, by Karl Urban, playing the lead role of Billy Butcher, the filming of the show was all done with it:

Cut and print!🤪 That’s a wrap for Billy Butcher on season 2 of @theboystv. Massive thanks to our awesome Crew n cast, love you all. 💥The Boys 2💥 On yer telle Mid 2020 #gonefishing🎣 😎💗

Eric Kripke, showrunner of Supernatural and The Boys, wrote on his Twitter handle regarding on the update on the upcoming season:

And, I’m hard at work (remotely) on #Season2. Here are a few shots! @KarlUrban @antonystarr @TheBoysTV #TheBoys #SPNFamily pic.twitter.com/rHnw0REsIx

— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) March 22, 2020

Seeing the completed filming, we can expect the second part to hit our screens in mid-2020. The show is currently in its post-production stage.

Any Trailer Yet?

Yes, thankfully, an official trailer was released on December 6, 2019, on the official YouTube account of Prime Video UK. And, since then, it has scored a total of over 3 million views.

There are no updates regarding the admission of fresh faces. But, here is a list of a line-up based on the previous season:

  • Karl Urban as Billy Butcher
  • Jack Quaid as Hughie Campbell
  • Anthony Starr as Homelander
  • Erin Moriarty as Annie January 
  • Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve, and so on

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Originally posted 2020-05-04 03:47:50.

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Spider-Man actually solved time travel in Avengers: Endgame

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Spider-Man might have been a pile of dust for most of Avengers: Endgame, but he actually played a bigger role than you’d think.

After the movie’s surprise five-year time jump, the remaining Avengers start to look to time travel to bring everyone back. Smart Hulk doesn’t have the knowledge though, so they need Tony Stark’s help and he doesn’t seem to want to do it.

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He’s left the superhero life and living peacefully with Pepper and their daughter Morgan, so Tony doesn’t want to potentially mess it up by playing around with time – something he doesn’t think is possible anyway.

And yet, over one night, Tony manages to create time travel, but really, we should be thanking Spider-Man instead.

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Before Tony solves the time travel problem (and after he bizarrely dries plates before putting them on the washing-up rack), he looks at a picture of himself with Peter Parker and a fake Stark Industries certificate.

Shortly after this, Tony decides to have one last try at the time travel simulation, seemingly because of the guilt he felt over Peter’s death in Avengers: Infinity War.

But there’s a key detail you might have overlooked.

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ScreenRant suggests that the fact that Peter is holding the Stark Industries certificate upside-down is the reason why Tony is able to solve the timey-wimey conundrum.

“I’ve got a mild inspiration. I’d like to see it if checks out. So, I’d like to run one last sim before we pack it in for the night. This time in the shape of a Möbius strip, inverted please,” Tony tells Friday after this moment.

He says a few other science-y bits, but the main change is inverting the Möbius strip like Peter did for his certificate.

And given the timing, it seems that the “mild inspiration” could well be that certificate. Lo and behold, turning it upside-down worked and the rest is history.

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Related: A major Avengers plot hole about Thanos has finally been resolved

We’re sure time travel is more complicated than just looking at it upside-down, but they did have a time heist to get on with.

So, technically, this also means that Spider-Man is inadvertently responsible for Tony’s eventual sacrifice to save the world.

Sorry about that.

Avengers: Endgame is out now on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D, 4K and digital download, and is available on Disney+.


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Originally posted 2020-05-01 06:05:44.

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