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    bernal heights neighborhood tour 5167

    For a long time, Bernal Heights was the best kept secret in San Francisco real estate.

    Short commutes into downtown, relatively affordable homes, and panoramic hilltop views made it a desirable place for artists, musicians, and tech workers to settle down.

    But the residential enclave located south of the city's Mission District and Noe Valley has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, causing home prices to appreciate 111% over the past six years. The median sales price for a two-bedroom abode is $1.58 million.

    In 2014, real-estate site Redfin named the north slope of Bernal Heights, an area that's densely packed with million-dollar homes, the hottest neighborhood in America based on increases in search traffic to local listings.

    I spent an afternoon in Bernal Height's northern end to see what the buzz is about.

    SEE ALSO: What it's like to live inside one of the iconic 'Painted Lady' homes in San Francisco

    Bernal Heights has a small town feel while still being in a central part of San Francisco.



    It sits south of the city's downtown and is bisected by Cortland Avenue, a main shopping strip populated by small markets, cafes, restaurants, and hair and nail salons.



    I started my day north of Cortland at Café St. Jorge, a Portuguese-inspired coffee shop and restaurant where I found young people catching up with friends and working on laptops.



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    burning man

    Over the past 32 years, Burning Man has evolved from a bonfire among friends in San Francisco to an international phenomenon attended by modern-day hippies and tech moguls alike.

    Roughly 70,000 "burners" descended on the playa in Black Rock City, Nevada, last weekend for the annual counterculture gathering. The festival is offering its fare of surreal art installations, 130 musical acts, celebrity sightings, and out-of-this-world fashion. This year's Burning Man kicked off on August 26.

    Some say you have to experience the world of Burning Man to understand its magic. In the meantime, these photos of Burning Man 2017 offer a glimpse of what it's like to attend.

    SEE ALSO: Photos of tech workers having the time of their lives at Burning Man

    Each year, a city rises on a remote swath of desert in Nevada. Burners call this temporary metropolis "Black Rock City."



    The festival forms in the same shape every year: a giant semi-circle.



    Nearly 70,000 people, known as "burners," come for the nine-day event.



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    mccain funeral

    One week after the late Sen. John McCain died from brain cancer, more than 2,000 prominent business, media, military, and political figures gathered at the Washington National Cathedral for a memorial ceremony.

    McCain's casket arrived in Washington, DC Thursday evening after a ceremony in the Rotunda of the Arizona statehouse to receive the honor of laying in state in the Capitol Rotunda. McCain's casket was carried by joint service members to a motorcade, which stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on its way to the cathedral.

    After five days of formal tributes and ceremonies, Saturday's service was a chance for politicians and citizens alike to celebrate the six-term senator with eulogies and hymns in the heart of the Nation's Capital.

    Here's how the service unfolded:

    SEE ALSO: Former presidents, congressional leaders, and the military commend John McCain's storied life and service

    The late Sen. John McCain was the 31st person to lie-in-state in the Capitol Rotunda Friday ahead of his memorial service.

    Source: Business Insider



    Joint service members of a military casket team led a processional down the Capitol steps to a motorcade that escorted the McCain family to the memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral.



    McCain's family watched as the procession brought the casket to the motorcade.



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    mccain funeral

    • Though President Donald Trump wasn't invited to the late Sen. John McCain's Saturday morning funeral, several of the speakers took aim at his conduct and policies.
    • McCain's daughter, Meghan, and former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were among those who delivered eulogies at the service.
    • Two of the three former presidents in attendance, Bush and Obama, both of whom defeated McCain's bids for the presidency, urged Americans to follow the late senator's example of integrity in politics.
    • Meghan McCain took aim at Trump via his campaign slogan, saying "America was always great." 

    Politicians, military leaders, media figures, and Washington heavyweights gathered Saturday morning at the Washington National Cathedral for the late Sen. John McCain's funeral, with the exception of President Donald Trump, who was reportedly asked not to attend.

    McCain was eulogized first by his daughter Meghan, then several political figures who spoke throughout the ceremony, including former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

    Though none of the speakers mentioned him by name, several delivered pointed remarks about American politics and leadership Trump, who spent the morning at one of his golf courses in Sterling, Virginia.

    Meghan McCain: 'America was always great'

    meghan mccai funeral

    Meghan, a conservative pundit and co-host of ABC's "The View," delivered a fiery eulogy that did not name, but seemed to take aim at Trump and his past hits at her father's sacrifice in service to the US Navy.

    "We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness," McCain said. "The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served."

    McCain then zeroed in with a harsh rebuke to Trump's campaign slogan.

    "The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great," she said to thunderous applause.

    Obama: McCain 'believed in honest argument and hearing other views'

    obama mccain funeral

    Obama praised McCain's love for the people and ideals of America, which he sought to protect despite party lines and ideological differences. Obama admonished politicians who neglect progress for "mean and petty" politics.

    "So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty," Obama said. "Trafficking in bombast and insult, and phony controversies, and manufactured outrage. It's a politics that pretends to be brave and tough but, in fact, is born of fear."

    Obama also urged citizens and leaders alike to "do better" in striving to be worthy of the "great inheritance that our founders bestowed" on the country.

    "It's demanded of all of us as citizens of this great republic," Obama said. "That's perhaps how we honor him best. By recognizing that there are some things bigger than party or ambition or money or fame or power. That there's some things that are worth risking everything principles that are eternal. Truths that are abiding."

    Obama added that McCain "believed in honest argument and hearing other views," and "championed a free and independent press as vital to our democratic debate."

    "He understood that if we get in the habit of bending the truth to suit political expediency or party orthodoxy, our democracy will not work," Obama said. "That's why he was willing to buck his own party at times, occasionally work across the aisle on campaign finance reform and immigration reform."

    Comparing McCain to past presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Obama said McCain understood "what makes our country great."

    "Our membership is not based on our bloodline, not what we look like, what our last names are," Obama said. "It's not based on where out parents or grandparents came from or how recently they arrived but on adherence to a common creed that all of us are created equal, endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights."

    Bush: 'John detested the abuse of power'

    george w bush mccain

    Bush, who defeated McCain in 2000 to become the Republican presidential nominee, praised the late senator's courage and honesty "no matter whom it offended. Presidents were not spared."

    The late senator was a vocal Trump critic and notably drew the president's ire when he broke with his party to vote down a Republican measure to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. After the vote, McCain hit back against Trump's pressure on the bill in an impassioned speech to his colleagues, insisting, "whether or not we are of the same party, we are not the President's subordinates. We are his equal."

    Bush touched on McCain's aversion to powerful figures, adding "perhaps above all, John detested the abuse of power, could not abide bigots and swaggering despots."

    Bush continued: "He spoke up for the little guy — forgotten people in forgotten places."

    Politicians and military leaders issued glowing statements after McCain's death. Trump's response was notably muted, and he has been absent from all funeral proceedings as he hosted an Indiana rally Thursday evening when McCain's casket arrived in Washington, DC.

    During the memorial service, Trump tweeted several times to rail against Canada, the Department of Justice, and NAFTA. He spent the day golfing.

    SEE ALSO: 'We gather here today to mourn the passing of American greatness': Meghan McCain delivered a fiery rebuke of Trump in an emotional eulogy at John McCain's funeral

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    premium economy seat

    Booking with a budget airline is always a risk, but with a number of out-of-country weddings to attend this summer, when Nordic airline Primera Air announced its £99 transatlantic flight sale in March, the deal was too good for me to resist.

    The airline introduced transatlantic flights from London to New York, Boston, Washington DC, and Toronto earlier this year— and there were 99 tickets on offer in the sale for each of the routes.

    Primera appears to have even cheaper deals from the US, with a number of $99 fares available to Paris and London. There were even some $69 one-way fares available at the time of writing this.

    On the day of the £99 sale, the site was so busy I couldn't get on it for hours — but I still managed to bag a one-way fare from London Stansted to Toronto Pearson for August.

    The "light" fare — which normally starts at £149 one way from London — only includes the seat and 10kg hand luggage, so I paid £24.99 extra for a 23kg checked bag and £19.99 for an XL reserved seat, paying a total of £143.98 for the one-way ticket.

    However, I was one of a number of lucky customers who were bumped up to the premium economy cabin, which would normally start at £499 each way, or $749 from the US.

    Since not all reviews of the airline have been positive, I expected this would just mean I'd receive some food and perhaps board before other passengers — but it was far more luxurious than I thought.

    Scroll down to see what it's like to fly premium economy on Primera Air.

    I managed to bag a one-way fare from London Stansted to Toronto Pearson for £99 as part of Primera Air's transatlantic sale.



    The "light" fare — which normally starts at £149 one way from London to Toronto — only includes the seat and 10kg hand luggage, so I paid £24.99 extra for a 23kg checked bag and £19.99 for an XL reserved seat, paying a total of £143.98 for the one-way ticket.

    "Comfort" economy fares, which include a checked bag and priority seating, start at £199 each way, while the "flex" fare which also includes a meal — and is refundable — starts from £419.



    However, I was one of a number of lucky customers who were bumped up to the premium economy cabin, which would normally start at £499, or $749 for flights from the US. This meant I got to pick my seat in the premium cabin. Here's what the layout looked like:



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Airbus A350 1000 Farnborough

    • The Airbus A350-1000 entered service earlier this year with Qatar Airways
    • It's the latest in a new generation of fuel-efficient, carbon composite airliners to launch in recent years.
    • The A350-1000 is seen as a rival for Boeing 777-300ER and a replacement for the Boeing 747 jumbo jet. 

    The Airbus A350-1000 entered service with Qatar Airways in February. It is the latest in a new generation of the fuel-efficient, carbon-composite, wide-body airliners to launch in recent years. 

    With four-engine jumbo jets like the Boeing 747 and the Airbus A380 quickly losing favor with airlines, smaller, more efficient twin-engine widebodies have taken their place as the industry's workhorse long-haul jets. In fact, Virgin Atlantic is expected to replace its 747-400s with a fleet of A350-1000s over the next few years. 

    Thus far, the Boeing 777 is the most successful of the twin-engine wide-bodies with 1,988 sold since its debut in 1994. Launched in 2002, the Boeing 777-300ER is, by far, the most popular version of the twin-jet and accounts for about 42% of the plane's sales total. 

    Airbus has 890 orders for the A350; 168 of which are for the Dash 1000. 

    Until the A350-1000's arrival, Airbus didn't really have a true rival for the 777-300ER. The A330-300 had the size, but not quite the range while the quad-engine A340-600 had the range and the capacity, but was far less efficient. 

    In fact, Qatar is actually operating the A350-1000 alongside its existing fleet of 777-300ERs. 

    "The A350-1000 is performing very well in our fleet," Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said to a roundtable of reporters at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow in July. "Actually, it's performing better than what we envisaged."

    According to Airbus, the A350 is capable of delivering 25% better fuel efficiency and a 25% unit costs compared to previous generation aircraft like the 777. 

    "Yes, they are right," Al Baker said regarding Airbus's efficiency claims. "And this is why Boeing has launched the 777X to compete against the fuel efficiency of the Airbus A350-1000."

    Qatar Airways also has orders in place for 60 of Boeing next-generation 777X airliners that are expected to enter service in 2020.

    The Doha, Qatar-based airline was also the launch customer of the smaller A350-900 back in 2014. 

    At the Farnborough Air Show, Airbus brought along an A350-1000 prototype for flight demonstrations while Qatar Airways showed off one of its Dash 1000s for guests and journalists. 

    Here's a closer look at the new Airbus A350-1000:

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    Airbus brought two A350-1000s to the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow. One for flight displays and...



    ...The other, belonging to launch customer Qatar Airways, to serve as a static display.



    The first A350-1000 entered service with Qatar in February.



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    chevy bolt

    • Near the end of July, I spent a weekend driving a $44,000 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier.
    • My two favorite features were the lack of engine noise and the lane-keep-assist feature.
    • Each was subtle but made a noticeable, positive impact on my driving experience.


    Near the end of July, I spent a weekend driving a $44,000 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier. It was my first experience driving an electric vehicle in real-world conditions for more than an hour, and by the end of the weekend, I understood the hype around the Bolt.

    Released in late 2016, the Bolt was the first non-luxury electric vehicle with a range of over 200 miles per charge, beating Tesla's Model 3 to market by seven months (though Tesla has yet to deliver the $35,000 base version of the vehicle). Car reviewers praised the Bolt, with Business Insider's Matthew DeBord calling it a "masterpiece" and Motor Trend naming it the best car of 2017.

    The Bolt's motor was quiet

    The Bolt's range is a major advantage, and it had a number of other features I liked, including its handling, ride quality, regenerative braking system, and raised seating position. But my two favorites were the lack of noise it produced and its lane-keep-assist feature.

    Electric motors are much quieter than gas-powered engines, and the Bolt's lack of engine noise made a small but noticeable difference that became more significant over around eight hours of driving. I noticed that I felt a little more relaxed driving the Bolt than I often do when driving gas-powered cars, which I partly attributed to the quieter motor.

    The lack of noise did have a small downside: Sometimes it took me a few seconds to realize how fast I was driving since I didn't have the usual sonic cues to indicate how quickly the Bolt was accelerating. But that spoke well to the Bolt's ability to minimize wind and tire noise.

    Lane-keep-assist made me aware of a bad habit 

    The Bolt I drove came with subtle but effective driver assistance features: front and rear cameras, as well as systems that alerted me when I came too close to a car in front of me, when a car was in either of my blind spots, when pedestrians were walking behind me, and when I was drifting too far to one side in my lane.

    My favorite was the lane-keep-assist feature, which consists of a small icon on the instrument panel that changes its color from green to orange when the car isn't centered in its lane. I quickly learned that I tended to drive too close to the inside of a lane on the highway. In eight years of driving, I had never been made aware of that tendency. I realized that my caution about keeping a safe distance from the outer edge of a lane had led me to overcompensate and likely bother other drivers. After using lane-keep-assist, I understood how even small advancements in automotive technology can ease drivers' concerns and promote better driving habits.

    SEE ALSO: The 10 most popular SUVs this summer

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    Putin in the mountains

    The Kremlin released new photos on Monday of Russian president Vladimir Putin taking a break from his official duties to go hiking in Siberia with his top security chiefs, Reuters reports.

    In the past, the 65-year-old leader often posed shirtless in his official vacation photos, but he's fully clothed in this year's images and looks somewhat somber at times.

    During an interview with an Australian journalist in June, Putin defended past pictures of him on vacation in which he was bare-chested.

    "When I am on vacation I see no need to hide behind the bushes, and there is nothing wrong with that," Putin said.

    SEE ALSO: 'I see no need to hide behind the bushes': Putin defends shirtless photos of himself

    DON'T MISS: Russian president Vladimir Putin returned from his annual shirtless vacation

    Putin's mini-vacation occurred as he was on his way to the Siberian city of Kemerovo, a coal mining hub, according to the Kremlin.



    "The president, on his way to Kemerovo, decided to fly out earlier and spend Saturday and Sunday in Tuva, on the Yenisei River," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "He walked in the mountains, admired the beautiful views."



    Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu joined Putin on his trip.



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Nepal

    Nepal is full of contrasts.

    Sandwiched between China and India, the country's 30 million residents are scattered across a stark geography, from the snowy Himalayan plateau to sweltering jungle and arid plains.

    A common refrain among Nepali people is that if you were to spread the country flat, it would be one of the largest in the world. Perhaps as a consequence of the country's topography, Nepal's people represent a panoply of ethnic groups, speaking over 100 languages, with varying styles of dress, cuisine, and architecture.

    In Nepal's relatively cosmopolitan urban centers, you're just as likely to hear K-Pop blaring from taxi speakers as you are the latest Bollywood hit or the omnipresent Om Mani Padme Om, an ancient Sanskrit chant.

    Tourism — along with remittance money sent back from citizens working abroad — is one of the largest drivers of Nepal's economy.

    Most visitors and backpackers take a few well-trodden paths through the country, mostly in places where Western food and a toilet (with toilet paper) are almost always available.

    Tangting, a village I had the pleasure of visiting for the second time in July, is not one of those places.

    My girlfriend's family originally hails from the village. Having that connection is one of the few ways an outsider can spend time there and get to know the place. 

    Situated in what Nepalis refer to as "hill" country, Tangting is a village of around 400 people in a deep valley under the shadow of Annapurna, one of the world's deadliest peaks. A dense subtropical jungle and rice paddies carved into the valley color the area a deep green. The sounds of yaks with bells jingling around their necks can be heard, alongside women singing while they work the fields. 

    It's a place where, just over a decade ago, a group of Maoist rebels made their last stand in the civil war that pulled the country apart. It's only now getting sewn back together. 

    These days, a rush of development is occurring. Power lines now run to the village, as does a new dirt road that leads from Pokhara, Nepal's second-largest city, to Tangting. 

    The road is passable only in the dry season, however. So when we — myself, my girlfriend, and her family — traveled to Tangting during monsoon season, multiple landslides blocked our path, forcing us to walk most of the way. 

    Here's what the journey and the village were like.

    SEE ALSO: This record-breaking Everest climber has reached the summit nine times. She makes $11.50 per hour washing dishes at Whole Foods.

    Reaching Tangting from Pokhara, the nearest major city, is an all-day affair.



    The village is located deep within the Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal's largest protected landscape.



    The first step to get to the village is a three-hour Jeep ride over rough mountain roads. This road was built three years ago, during a wave of development spurred by the construction of a dam in the nearby Gandaki River.

    Chinese and Indian conglomerates built the hydropower station on the Gandaki River, but the power isn't for the locals — it's for export.



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    man relaxing vacation

    • Planning to travel to another country, even for a vacation, takes a lot of work.
    • We compiled the ultimate guide to traveling around the world, which can help you in every step of the vacation-planning process.
    • From applying for visas for your trips and finding an affordable flight to navigating the subway system, these 10 graphics have you covered.


    Planning to travel to another country takes hard work.

    Before you kick off your dream vacation, there's a seemingly endless checklist of things to accomplish, from applying for a visa and finding an affordable flight to figuring out the subway system once you land.

    We feel your pain. That's why we created the ultimate guide to planning a vacation around the world.

    Use these 10 graphics to help you every step of the planning process. They'll save you money, time, and stress

    SEE ALSO: The most surprising things about America, according to a Silicon Valley engineer who moved from India 7 years ago

    DON'T MISS: I've traveled to 25 countries, and here's my checklist for exactly what to do weeks, days, and hours before an international trip

    Do you have a US passport? There's a difference between a passport book and a passport card.

    For a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a passport, consult the US State Department website.



    Many countries offer visas on arrival for US passport holders, while other countries require you to get one in advance.

    Not every visa is free — check the US State Department's website to see how much a visa will cost and how long the application process takes for your destination.



    Don't wait until the last minute to book your flight. Here's the historically best time to book for the best deals, depending on which region of the world you're visiting.

    For travel to much of the world, you're best off booking more than six months in advance.



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Black Panther

    There are a lot of movies to choose from on Netflix these days — but honestly, they aren't all great. So we have highlighted the ones worth your time.

    In September, there's a handful of old and new titles that will keep you entertained. From Disney's hugely successful release from earlier this year, "Black Panther," to classics "The Breakfast Club," "Scarface," and "Groundhog Day."

    And then there's "The Hurricane Heist," which why the heck would you not watch?

    •  "Black Panther" (Available September 4). Now you can watch for countless days to decide once and for all if Killmonger was right.
    •  "The Breakfast Club" (September 1). John Hughes' iconic high school drama will never not be cool.
    • "Groundhog Day" (September 1). Bill Murray repeats the same day. Kind of like your work week ... but less groundhogs (we hope).
    •  "The Hurricane Heist" (September 26). I mean, a heist movie set when a hurricane is about to hit — you're not going to see this movie?
    •  "The River Wild" (September 1). Nothing beats evil Kevin Bacon, but then throw him up against Meryl Streep and you have the perfect thriller.
    •  "Scarface" (1983) (September 1). Al Pacino in one of his most legendary roles and director Brian De Palma delivering a visual masterpiece.
    •  "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (September 16). Fall in love with Michael Cera all over again, in Edgar Wright's geeky hit.
    •  "Unforgiven" (September 1). Yes, an Oscar-winning Clint Eastwood Western, but more it's the latest reminder that Gene Hackman hasn't starred in a movie in 14 years.

    SEE ALSO: The 17 most iconic female movie characters of all time, according to critics

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    American Vandal s 2

    It might be over 90 degrees outside, but the fall TV shows are approaching. And there are a lot of them. 

    We put together a list of all the notable new and returning shows coming in this fall and let you know whether you should watch them — or skip them.

    The lineup for fall 2018 is promising, thanks to a slew of returning shows that had solid seasons last year, and quite a few new shows to look forward to. That's especially true for Netflix, which has "Big Mouth" returning in October, two Marvel shows returning with new seasons, and an exciting original teen rom-com "Sierra Burgess Is a Loser," starring Shannon Purser who played Barb on "Stranger Things."

    There are also a few Amazon originals that are worth checking out, including "The Romanoffs" from "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner, and a modern interpretation of Shakespeare's "King Lear" starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. 

    Here are all of the notable TV shows and TV movies premiering in fall 2018, and whether or not you should watch them:

    SEE ALSO: The 5 most anticipated TV shows returning in September

    NEW SHOWS:



    "Mayans MC" — FX

    Series premiere date: September 4

    Should you watch it? You can skip. It's fine, but the spin-off is nowhere near as good as "Sons of Anarchy."



    "Sierra Burgess Is a Loser" — Netflix

    Premiere date: September 7

    Should you watch it? Yes! This is another promising, light-hearted Netflix original movie that stars Barb from "Stranger Things," who is the star of this film and will not disappear after five minutes of screen time. 



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    graham lieberman

    • Former Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Lindsey Graham said they were happy Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attended Saturday's memorial service for the late Sen. John McCain.
    • Graham said the McCain family extended the invitation after Ivanka's response after the senator's death last week didn't go unnoticed.
    • President Donald Trump was notably absent from the ceremony after he was asked not to attend, but several members of his administration were present.

    Former Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Lindsey Graham said they were happy Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attended Saturday's memorial service for the late Sen. John McCain.

    Graham and Lieberman, who with the six-term Sen. McCain were known as "The Three Amigos", appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" a day after 2,500 gathered in the Washington National Cathedral to pay their respects.

    Host Dana Bash said she was "surprised" to see Trump and Kushner in the crowd, and asked Graham if he was responsible for extending an invitation to them, but he said it was the decision of McCain's family.

    "Nobody that was at the funeral didn't get invited by the family," Graham said. "Ivanka said nice things about Senator McCain after his passing, and it was not unnoticed by the family."

    White House adviser Ivanka Trump praised McCain's service during a speech at the Organization of American States conference on the empowerment of women on Monday.

    "As we gather here today, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Senator John McCain, an American patriot who served our country with distinction for more than six decades," she said. "The nation is united in its grief and the world mourns the loss of a true hero and a great statesman."

    Graham said the guest list was carefully selected by McCain's family, because "if you wanted to invite everyone who loved John McCain you could have filled up Yankee Stadium."

    Lieberman said the couple sat right behind him and when he spoke to them after the ceremony, he thanked them "as John's friend," and they seemed to have enjoyed the service.

    "They felt the whole service was a great tribute to him and elevating," Lieberman said. "Hopefully everybody is elevated by what happened there in the cathedral yesterday. And hopefully it will make the country better."

    President Donald Trump was notably absent from the ceremony as he was asked not to attend. McCain was eulogized first by his daughter Meghan, then several political figures, including former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

    Though none of the speakers mentioned him by name, several delivered pointed remarks about American politics and leadership Trump, who spent the morning at one of his golf courses in Sterling, Virginia.

    Remembering John McCain:

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    Crazy Rich Asians Movie 2

    • "Crazy Rich Asians" wins the domestic box office for a third-straight weekend, earning around $30 million by Labor Day, once again outperforming industry projections.
    • It's the best Labor Day weekend performance in 11 years.
    • It also marks the fourth straight weekend Warner Bros. has topped the domestic box office, going back to when it won the weekend in early August with "The Meg."

    The Labor Day holiday weekend has traditionally been slow at the multiplex, as all the big summer hits have come and gone and none of the fall award season titles have come out yet.

    But like everything that's happened in theaters this year, even Labor Day is performing above expectations.

    Warner Bros.' hit "Crazy Rich Asians" won the domestic weekend box office for a third-straight weekend, with $22.2 million earned over the weekend (just a minuscule 10% drop compared to last weekend) and around $30 million by Labor Day.

    That's the best Labor Day weekend performance in 11 years. The only other movie to hit $30 million over the four-day Labor Day holiday weekend was 2007's "Halloween."

    "Crazy Rich Asians" now has a domestic total of $111 million, exceeding the expectations of Warner Bros., which has already greenlit a sequel from the Kevin Kwan series of books.

    The end of the summer has been great for Warner Bros. This marks the fourth-straight weekend the studio has won the domestic box office, going back to early August when its Jason Statham shark movie, "The Meg," won the weekend.

    That title has also kept a nice pace domestically, coming in second place this weekend with $10.5 million and now totaling $112 million domestically (over $450 million worldwide).

    This performance by Warner Bros. titles to close the summer proved that sequels weren't the only thing that fueled the season, which had a $4.8 billion total in 2018 — a far cry from last summer's awful 11-year low 3.86 billion.

    SEE ALSO: Netflix's hit crime drama series "Ozark" is back with its anticipated season 2

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    • Democrats hit back over the weekend against a White House decision to withhold more than 100,000 pages of records from Judge Brett Kavanaugh's time as a lawyer from the Senate days ahead of his confirmation hearing.
    • The records detail Kavanaugh's time serving under former President George W. Bush, whose lawyers issued the decision to the White House, citing "constitutional privilege."
    • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted Saturday that the unprecedented decision "has all the makings of a cover up."
    • Republicans have dismissed Democrats' concerns over the limited access.

    Democrats criticized the Trump administration over the weekend for refusing to release thousands of documents on Brett Kavanaugh ahead of this week's upcoming Senate hearings on his nomination to the US Supreme Court.

    Kavanaugh, nominated by President Donald Trump, worked in the White House under former President George W. Bush, whose lawyers combed through documents from that time and decided that 27,000 of them were protected under "constitutional privilege."

    The White House directed them Friday not to hand them over to the Senate Judiciary Committee, one of Bush's lawyers said in a letter to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will host the hearings scheduled to start on Tuesday.

    Another 102,000 pages of documents related to Kavanaugh's record were not turned over for other reasons. The committee has had access to more than 415,000 pages on Kavanaugh's background, the lawyer said in the letter.

    Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said in an interview aired on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House's citation of privilege on the documents was the first time that had occurred.

    "There has been more concealment of documents that are concerning his public service and his position on issues than ever in the history of the United States ... If he's so proud of his conservative credentials, show us the record," Durbin said.

    Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, a Judiciary Committee member, echoed Durbin's concerns in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, saying, "This is not normal."

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    Klobuchar said the documents that she's seen raise "some very interesting questions" about Kavanaugh's background, but she couldn't discuss the contents of the documents.

    "I think that you could ask some very interesting questions about these documents that I'm unable to even say," she said, adding that she was concerned about Kavanaugh's views on executive power and a president's eligibility to be investigated.

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted Saturday that the unprecedented decision "has all the makings of a cover up."

    "We're witnessing a Friday night document massacre," the New York senator wrote. "President Trump's decision to step in at the last moment and hide 100k pages of Judge Kavanaugh's records from the American public is not only unprecedented in the history of SCOTUS noms, it has all the makings of a cover up."

    Republicans have dismissed Democrats' concerns over lack of access to portions of the record on Kavanaugh's background, arguing their criticism is politically motivated.

    "Democrats have more than enough information to understand that this is a highly qualified jurist that should be the next Supreme Court justice," Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a Republican, said in an interview on ABC's "This Week."

    Trump nominated Kavanaugh to be a justice on the US Supreme Court to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9.

    Kavanaugh must win a majority of the 100-seat Senate to approve his nomination. Most Republicans, who hold a slim majority in the chamber, are expected to back him.

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    • President Donald Trump is being criticized for golfing during the late Sen. John McCain's funeral on Saturday.
    • Trump was reportedly asked not to attend the service. He spent the day at one of his golf courses in Sterling, Virginia, instead.
    • Trump has spent 196 days at Trump properties and 153 days at golf properties, according to NBC.
    • Trump once said that, as president, he was "not going to have time to go play golf," but has spent more time doing so than his predecessors.

    While DC heavyweights, former presidents, and celebrities gathered for the late Sen. John McCain's funeral on Saturday, President Donald Trump went golfing.

    Trump was reportedly asked not to attend the memorial service, as he and McCain were at odds until the war hero's death a week ago. His daughter Ivanka Trump attended with her husband and fellow White House adviser Jared Kushner, and chief of staff John Kelly was there, too.

    From Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, Trump tweeted several times to rail against Canada, the Department of Justice, and NAFTA.

    Of his 590 days in office, Trump has gone to Trump properties on 196 days and Trump golf properties on 153 days, according to NBC's tracker. That adds up to 25% of his 590 days in office spent at least in part .

    A majority of Trump's trips have been to his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Florida. He also took a 17-day "working vacation" to his private Bedminster, New Jersey club in August, and often goes to his Virginia golf club on weekends since it's a half-hour drive from Washington, DC.

    Trump once said that, as president, he was "not going to have time to go play golf." He also spent years attacking former President Barack Obama for golfing and taking vacations while in office.

    But during his first 100 days in office, Trump found more time for golf than than each of his last three predecessors, totaling 90 days in his first year alone, compared to Obama's one day golfing during his first year in office.

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    • The Wall Street Journal collected data from 445 prominent universities to track where alums move after graduation.
    • Business Insider looked at where Ivy League graduates move after earning their degrees and for the most part, they all move to the same places.
    • New York City was the No. 1 destination for graduates of all but two Ivy League schools.

    What you study in college may not always determine what career you have, but the school you attend seems to impact where you live after graduating. 

    The Wall Street Journal collected data from 445 prominent research, NCAA Division I, and liberal arts universities outlining where alums live after graduation and ranked the top four destinations for alumni of each college. 

    Business Insider looked at where Ivy League graduates move after earning their degrees and for the most part, they all move to the same places. Among the eight Ivy League schools, New York City, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Boston are the most popular.

    New York City was the No. 1 destination for graduates of all but two Ivy League schools, with at least 17% of alumni moving there, or in the case of New York's Columbia University, staying there after graduation.

    New York City is a popular destination for Ivy Leaguers who graduated from schools lining the East Coast. New York City is more affordable than you think with loads of free entertainment and big businesses, Business Insider previously reported.

    Meanwhile, about one-fifth of grads of Harvard University prefer Boston and one-fourth of University of Pennsylvania grads stay in Philadelphia.

    Below, check out the top cities for graduates of Ivy League schools:

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    • Former Secretary of State John Kerry said President Donald Trump's decisions and rhetoric are often not based on fact or advice.
    • In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" that aired Sunday, Kerry rebuked Trump's characterization of the Iran nuclear agreement as the "worst ever."
    • The two sparred in May when it was reported Kerry was quietly meeting with foreign leaders to save the deal, and Trump issued angry public responses before scrapping the deal anyway.

    Former Secretary of State John Kerry said President Donald Trump's decision-making is often not based on fact or advice, and accused the president of making things up.

    In an interview with CBS's "Face the Nation" that aired Sunday, Kerry was addressing Trump's claim that the Iran nuclear agreement, which Kerry helped negotiate, was the "worst ever."

    "Unfortunately — and I say this sadly — more often than not, he really just doesn't know what he's talking about," Kerry said. "He makes things up. And he's making that up, as he has other things."

    Kerry drew Trump's ire in May after it was reported he had quietly been meeting with world leaders as an attempt to save the Iran nuclear deal ahead of its renewal deadline. Trump railed against Kerry on Twitter, saying the former State Department head "had his chance and blew it", accusing him of "hurting" the US.

    Host Margaret Brennan asked Kerry if he wanted "to say something at the time, tweet back at him, at President Trump when he attacks you?"

    "I haven't yet," Kerry said. "I think America and our democracy are more thoughtful than dishonest tweets."

    Kerry said Trump's claim that the Iran deal is weak and harmful to the US is false and disruptive to the possibilities of international nuclear policy.

    "Just saying that doesn't make it that," he said of Trump's condemnation of the deal. "This is the toughest agreement in terms of inspection, accountability — no country has had to do what Iran did in order to live up to this. But to just walk away?"

    Kerry pointed to the fact that China, France, Germany, and Britain have all tried to keep the deal in place.

    "Only the United States walked away. Only Donald Trump," Kerry said. "His defense secretary thought he should keep it, his intelligence people thought he should keep it. The fact is this agreement is working."

    He added that his defense of the policy wasn't a hit at Trump, but was in the best interest of US involvement in a positive policy.

    "I was trying to have the policy of the United States of America, which is part of the agreement, to continue, and common sense to continue," he said.

    Watch the clip below:

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    • A Gallup/Knight Foundation survey found that Americans think most of the news they consume is inaccurate and biased.
    • Republicans said they thought only Fox News and The Wall Street Journal were unbiased, while Democrats felt that way about most mainstream outlets.
    • Overall, survey respondents said PBS News and The Associated Press were the least biased outlets. 

    Americans believe that 62% of the news they consume on TV, in newspapers, and on the radio is biased, according to a survey from the Knight Foundation and Gallup.

    Those surveyed said they believe that 44% of news reporting and 64% of news on social media is inaccurate. And they're upset about it — more than 80% said they were angered or bothered by seeing biased information, and slightly more felt similarly about seeing inaccurate information.

    In evaluating news outlets, respondents closely associated bias with inaccuracy. In their view, outlets they feel are biased are also inaccurate.

    But perceptions of bias and inaccuracy differed based on the respondents' political persuasions, particularly with regard to Fox News, Breitbart News, CNN, and MSNBC. Overall, the only two media organizations Republicans surveyed said weren't biased were Fox News and The Wall Street Journal.

    President Donald Trump often takes issue with outlets like CNN and The New York Times for publishing critical stories about his administration. In a tweetstorm on Thursday morning he described the media the "Enemy of the People!"

    Survey respondents with different political views had different perceptions of the pervasiveness of bias in the news. For example, Democrats said they believe that just 44% of news on TV, in newspapers, and on the radio is biased, while Republicans said they believe 77% of it is biased.

    Presented with a host of major news outlets, respondents ranked PBS News and The Associated Press as the least biased outlets, while Fox News and Breitbart News tied for being perceived as most biased. The survey was conducted from February 5 to March 11.

    Here are the survey's results for how biased respondents thought each news outlet was overall, ranked from most to least biased (a negative score indicates more people said the outlet was more biased than unbiased, while a positive score indicates more people thought the outlet was more unbiased than biased):

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    1. Fox News: -51 (tie)

    Polled as the most biased news organization by respondents, Fox News earned a -87 bias score among Democrats and those who lean Democratic. But among Republicans and those who lean Republican, Fox News was polled as the least biased news organization, with a +3.



    1. Breitbart News: -51 (tie)

    Tied with Fox News, Breitbart News registered a -73 bias score among Democrats and those who lean Democratic. But unlike Fox News, Breitbart did not receive a positive bias score among Republicans and those who lean Republican. In fact, Breitbart earned a -19 rating from this group.



    3. MSNBC: -37

    Like Breitbart, MSNBC earned a negative bias rating from both Republicans and Democrats. But while Democrats and those who lean Democratic gave MSNBC a -1 bias rating, Republicans and those who lean Republican gave it a -85.



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    • Aryna Sabalenka, a 20-year-old from Belarus, may be the next young star in women's tennis.
    • Sabalenka just knocked out the fifth seed, Petra Kvitová, from the US Open
    • Fans have flocked to her Instagram account, where she posts photos of her luxury travels.
    • She is next in US Open action on Monday, when she faces Naomi Osaka for a place in the competition's quarterfinal.

     

    The 2018 US Open may have just unearthed a new star in women's tennis.

    Say hello to Aryna Sabalenka, the 20-year-old Belarusian who shocked fifth seed Petra Kvitová by knocking her out of the tournament for good on Sunday.

    The win was Sabalenka's eighth victory in a row, having only recently lifted her first ever WTA trophy last week — the Connecticut Open in New Haven.

    Sabalenka beat Kvitová in straight sets (7-5, 6-1) after putting her opponent under immense pressure from the very start of the match, winning 80% of her first serves, and needing just one hour and 25 minutes to win.

    She's now on course for her greatest ever finish at a Grand Slam competition, and has gained a new wave of supporters — thousands of whom have discovered her Instagram account, where, along with snaps of the sport, she posts photos of her luxury travels around the world. 

    She, of course, posts the best photos from her matches.

    Into the next one💪💪💪

    A post shared by Aryna Sabalenka (@sabalenka_aryna) on Aug 14, 2018 at 6:56am PDT on

    However, just as many pictures are dedicated to her jet-setting lifestyle. Here she is in Montenegro...

    🌅🛍🧘‍♀️

    A post shared by Aryna Sabalenka (@sabalenka_aryna) on Jul 9, 2018 at 1:53am PDT on

    ...New York City...

    New York 🗽🎾🌃

    A post shared by Aryna Sabalenka (@sabalenka_aryna) on Aug 26, 2018 at 6:08pm PDT on

    ...Belarus....

    💐😍💃

    A post shared by Aryna Sabalenka (@sabalenka_aryna) on Feb 3, 2018 at 11:53pm PST on

    ...and Monaco.

    Good recovery after not easy week 🤗😍💪💪

    A post shared by Aryna Sabalenka (@sabalenka_aryna) on Apr 1, 2018 at 5:46am PDT on

    She's pretty glamorous.

    Don’t be to much serious 🤣

    A post shared by Aryna Sabalenka (@sabalenka_aryna) on Feb 8, 2018 at 8:59am PST on

    Sabalenka has had a number of impressive wins this year, including victories over Karolína Plíšková (twice), Caroline Wozniacki, and Julia Görges.

    She is next in action on Monday as she takes on Naomi Osaka at the Louis Armstrong Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York. A place in the US Open quarterfinal is at stake.

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