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MICHAEL CAPUTO. HHS spokesman taking leave of absence after promoting conspiracy theories in Facebook Live video. BACKGROUND…

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN. First presidential endorsement ever: “Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly. The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science. The most devastating example is his dishonest and inept response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which cost more than 190,000 Americans their lives by the middle of September.”

PATAGONIA. Fashion label features political message on tag. “It’s particularly prescient with the US presidential election just weeks away, and many think that it’s Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard’s way of getting his views across. A statement on the brand’s website emphasises its investment in the election result and the impact it will have on environmental policy.”

$20 to $50 MILLION. GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson plans to shell out for Trump. “Adelson’s team has recently been in touch with GOP officials close to Trump about where best to deploy the cash, according to one person with knowledge of the situation.”

DELAWARE. QAnon nutjob wins U.S. Senate primary… “In a double-digit victory, Lauren Witzke won the Republican ​primary election ​for Delaware​’s U.S. Senate seat last night, defeating​ opponent James DeMartino, ​who was backed by the state Republican Party. Witzke will be facing Democratic Sen. Chris Coons in the general election this November.”

DELAWARE. Transgender activist wins state senate primary. 2016:

HAZARDOUS. Jared Kushner’s tenants sue: “A group of tenants filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Kushner Companies of illegally collecting rent and creating dangerous living conditions by failing to maintain working fire sprinkler systems in four New York City apartment buildings.”

MIKE PENCE. On getting a vaccine: “I wouldn’t hesitate…”

BILLY PORTER. On Pose‘s Emmy-snubbed trans actors, his masculinity, Black Lives Matter, and Trump: “[If Trump gets a second term] America is done… Remember, Rome fell. Rome fell, motherf-ker! Don’t get cocky.”

ROGUE HORSE OF THE DAY. Chris Hemsworth doing the weather forecast.

SNL. Saturday Night Live is about to return – here’s who is back…

INDIA. Government opposes same-sex marriage petition in court: “The court is hearing a PIL filed by four members of the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and others) community — Abhijit Iyer Mitra, a security and foreign policy commentator, Gopi Shankar M, a Tamil Nadu-based intersex activist who contested the 2016 assembly elections, Giti Thadani, founding member of the Sakhi collective journal of contemporary and historical lesbian life in India, and G. Oorvasi, transgender activist. The submission made by Mehta, one of the central government’s top lawyers, seeks to challenge the petitioners’ contention that the Hindu Marriage Act doesn’t distinguish between heterosexual and homosexual marriage since it doesn’t describe marriage as a union between man and woman, but only ‘two Hindus’.”

REFRESHINGLY DEMOCRATIC’. Trump championed mail-in voting in 2000 New York Times op-ed: “The Reform Party was my chosen vehicle because its nomination process does not involve a long string of early primaries, but instead culminates in one national primary conducted by mail and e-mail in August,” Trump wrote.

MICHAEL COHEN. On Trump’s greatest fear regarding releasing his taxes: “His biggest fear is, if that tax return was released, there’s a whole slew of accountants and forensic accountants that will rip through it and he will end up with a massive tax bill, penalties, fines, and possibly even tax fraud.”

WISCONSIN. Man finds tinfoil-wrapped brain on the beach…

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY. Janelle Monáe “Turntables”.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY 2. Future Islands – “Moonlight”

HUMP DAY HOTTIE. Javier Bellanato.

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SNL’s Kate McKinnon Honors ‘Real-Life Superhero’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon, who often played Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the NBC sketch series, has added to the many tributes honoring the late Supreme Court justice.

“For so many of us, Justice Ginsburg was a real-life superhero: a beacon of hope, a warrior for justice, a robed crusader who saved the day time and again,” McKinnon said in a statement on Saturday. “Playing her on SNL was a profound joy because I could always feel the overwhelming love and gratitude that the audience had for her. It was one of the great honors of my life to meet Justice Ginsburg, to shake her hand, and to thank her for her lifetime of service to this country.”

Ginsburg, who served on the Supreme Court for 27 years, died Friday at the age of 87, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Per NPR, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera days before her death: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” (The 2020 presidential election is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 3.)

McKinnon has played Ginsburg in several sketches and “Weekend Update” bits since she started on the late-night series in 2012. Most recently, McKinnon showcased her impression of the justice on SNL‘s first quarantine edition, which was filmed remotely after Studio 8H production shut down. In the sketch, which you can watch above, McKinnon’s Ginsburg invites viewers to try her at-home workout.

Ginsburg was also recently portrayed by Felicity Jones in the 2018 biopic On the Basis of Sex, which chronicled Ginsburg’s early years as a lawyer fighting for women’s rights.

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We finally understand why Elf 2 won’t ever happen

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Caan revealed the fate of the Elf sequel after his assistant, who is from Cleveland, called into “Bull and Fox” to discuss the NFL team the Browns’ most recent win. The actor eventually joined the conversation, sharing that not only did a sequel almost happen, but he was ready to sign on — a major shift from his reluctance to appear in the first film.

Caan told 92.3 sports talk radio hosts Adam “the Bull” Gerstenhaber and Dustin Fox that he initially turned down Ferrell’s request that he star in Elf as his father. “Will called me one night and said, ‘Jimmy, want to do this picture with me?” Caan explained. He replied to the request in the negative at first, saying, “Listen, Will, I love you, you’re a funny guy, but I’m not doing a picture called Elf, okay?” 

Caan said he negotiated to change the film title to “Elk” on the working scripts as a condition of his casting. “I said, I’ll tell you what, if you put a K on the end of it — like just through the working scripts … then I’ll do it,” Caan said before adding, “It was great fun with Will. He’s a great guy.”

Following the Christmas film’s success, the Las Vegas actor shared that, while its two biggest creatives may not have been ready for a sequel, he definitely was. “We were gonna do it, and I thought, ‘Oh my god, I finally got a franchise movie, I could make some money, let my kids do what the hell they want to do,'” Caan said. Elf may not be a franchise, but we’re guessing Caan’s kids are doing just fine.

It may not just be personality clashes behind why we haven’t seen an Elf 2. Both Favreau and Ferrell also keep pretty busy, with the director attached to several Disney projects including season 2 of The Mandalorian, while the SNL alum continues his on-screen work in surprise hits like Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga as he juggles producing obligations on projects like SuccessionDead to MeHustlers and Booksmart

Time can mend all wounds, but it can also lead to the kinds of busy schedules that keep the film’s biggest creatives out of a sequel deal.

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Kate McKinnon Calls Ruth Bader Ginsburg a ‘Real-Life Superhero’ and ‘Robed Crusader’

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Kate McKinnon has paid tribute to the memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, calling her a “real-life superhero” and a “robed crusader.”

The Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg died on Friday at age 87, and McKinnon, who mimicked RBG in a series of “Weekend Update” segments on “Saturday Night Live” dating all the way back to 2015, said that playing her was a “profound joy.”

“For so many of us, Justice Ginsburg was a real-life superhero: a beacon of hope, a warrior for justice, a robed crusader who saved the day time and again. Playing her on ‘SNL’ was a profound joy because I could always feel the overwhelming love and gratitude that the audience had for her,” McKinnon said in a statement. “It was one of the great honors to meet Justice Ginsburg, to shake her hand and to thank her for her lifetime of service to this country.”

McKinnon’s character involved dropping by the Weekend Update desk from time to time to react to events in the news — like the appointment of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — delivering some sick “Gins-Burns” (“I like my men like I like my decisions, 5-4,”) and then breaking out into dance.

The real Ginsburg reacted to McKinnon’s portrayal on two occasions, saying in the documentary “RBG,” “It’s marvelously funny,” but it didn’t resemble herself one bit. “Except for the collar,” she said. Ginsburg told NPR’s Nina Totenberg that she would love to deliver a “Gins-Burn” to her colleagues if given the chance.

McKinnon wasn’t the only actress who portrayed Ginsburg to gave the late Supreme Court justice a shout-out Saturday. Felicity Jones, who portrayed her in the 2018 biopic “On the Basis of Sex,” also praising Ginsburg as a “beacon of light.”

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave us hope, a public figure who stood for integrity and justice- a responsibility she did not wear lightly,” Jones said in a statement Saturday. “She will be missed not only as a beacon of light in these difficult times but for her razor sharp wit and extraordinary humanity. She taught us all so much. I will miss her deeply.”

The justice and feminist icon died due to complications from metastatic pancreas cancer Friday.

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