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Democrats and Republicans clash over whether Amy Coney Barrett should recuse herself from election decisions if confirmed to the Supreme Court

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Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.
  • President Donald Trump tapped Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday.
  • Democrats, including senators Dick Durbin and Cory Booker, argued Barrett should recuse herself from any cases involving the election if she is confirmed before November. But Republican Sen. Mike Lee said it's "up to her."
  • "President Trump has said, 'I will not accept the result of the election unless I win. I'm going to push it to the Supreme Court and, oh by the way, during the election, I'm going to put somebody on the court as well,'" Booker said.   
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Democratic Senator Cory Booker on Sunday said he plans to meet with President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and see if she's willing to recuse herself from election-related decisions. 

"One of the things I want to ask her is will she recuse herself in terms of any election issues that come before us because if she does not recuse herself, I fear that the court will be further delegitimized," said Booker, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Booker cited concerns about Trump's refusal to say whether he'll accepting the election results if he doesn't win and claims that the only way he will lose the election is if it's "rigged."

"President Trump has said, 'I will not accept the result of the election unless I win. I'm going to push it to the Supreme Court and, oh by the way, during the election, I'm going to put somebody on the court as well,'" Booker said.

Indicating that he hopes to have a "good, informed dialogue" with Barrett, Booker also urged Republicans to wait until the election is over to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. 

When Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to take his seat. But Garland didn't get a floor vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.

With the election just over a month away, top Republicans plan to begin confirmation hearings for Barrett on Oct. 12 — with an eye toward getting her nomination greenlit by Nov. 3.

Sen. Dick Durbin, of Illinois also spoke in favor of Brett recusing herself from any decision around the election results.  

"I certainly wish she would, it would help matters," Durbin said Sunday in an interview with ABC's "This Week." "And it would evidence the fact that she wants to be fair in addressing this."

But Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, wouldn't comment about whether Barrett should recuse herself from cases regarding the election.

"Judges and Supreme Court Justices have a well-defined set of rules that helps guide their determination in making recusal decisions. I'm not going to purport to speak for what she ought to do with regard to her recusal. I have every confidence that she'll make the right decision," Lee said in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

"You have no problem with the idea a president nominating someone 38 days before an election would then have that person sit in judgement of the very election in play?" Stephanopoulos pressed Lee.

"Whether she recuses in this or any other case is up to her," Lee replied, referring to Barrett.

Lee, who is also on the Senate Judiciary Committee, added that the president is fulfilling a campaign promise by taking steps to appoint Barrett and other judges around the country. 

"President Donald Trump campaigned in 2016, he's campaigning again this time, promising to appoint judges to federal courts and justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who are textualists and who are originalists," he said. "This is exactly what he promised to do and he's fulfilling that promise. I think the American people respect somebody who's willing to stand behind his campaign promises, which is what he's doing with Judge Barrett."

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Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said he thinks 'we're going to see litigation' for the 2020 election

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  • Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, said that he expected to see legal challenges for the 2020 election, but expressed confidence in the integrity of the process.
  • "I think the election may be complicated...I think we're going to see litigation, and to some extent, the Electoral College will help us once again," he said.
  • Blunt said that both parties should be encouraging people to go out and vote.
  • The senator said he strongly supports Judge Amy Coney Barrett and is "eager" to vote for her confirmation to the Supreme Court.
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Sen. Roy Blunt on Sunday said that he expected to see legal challenges for the 2020 presidential election but expressed confidence in the country's electoral system.

On NBC's "Meet the Press," host Chuck Todd asked the Missouri Republican about President Donald Trump frequently bringing up electoral disputes and questioning the validity of mail-in ballots.

"I am concerned about this idea that somehow the election won't be fair," Blunt said. "I think the election may be complicated...I think we're going to see litigation, and to some extent, the Electoral College will help us once again, and it will take most of the states off the table election night."

"In maybe a handful of states, we're going to have a fight about when ballots came in and whether they should be counted and whether the signature was necessary, and I'm eager for the country to work its way through that," Blunt said.

Todd continued to press Blunt, asking if Trump's complaints are diminishing the legitimacy of the election for some voters.

"Well, I hope not," he said. "I've actually passed my views on this along to the White House. I think we need to encourage our voters to vote, just like the Democrats need to encourage their voters to vote."

Blunt, the chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, was then asked about the Affordable Care Act and whether or not he supports the law being tossed out if Amy Coney Barrett, Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, is confirmed. He is a strong supporter of Barrett's ascension to the court.

"My hope is that on any case she deals with, she looks at the facts of the case, applies it to the Constitution and the law, and then makes a decision," he said.

While Blunt has never supported the Affordable Care Act in its entirety and voted for its repeal on multiple occasions, he said that he doesn't see preexisting condition protections or keeping children on health care plans to age 26 being taken away as "the American people have accepted that as a basic part of the ongoing system."

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Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017, according to tax returns obtained by the New York Times

President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on September 23, 2020, in Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump avoided paying federal income taxes for 10 of the last 15 years and paid just $750 in 2016 and 2017, respectively, according to an investigation by The New York Times.

Trump avoided paying the income taxes "largely because he reported losing much more money than he made," the Times reported.

The Times obtained a variety of tax-return data from Trump and the hundreds of companies that comprise his business empire after the president refused to reveal them publicly, sparking an ongoing legal battle over the documents

The tax-return documents obtained by the Times covers more than two decades and includes "detailed information from his first two years in office," according to the report. 

Alan Garten, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, denied the Times' reporting, telling the outlet that "most, if not all, of the facts appear to be inaccurate" 

The report attributes Trump's longtime tax avoidance to factors like relying on a massive tax refund of $72.9 million and writing up his spending for the family businesses and personal expenses. 

The tax refund is the subject of an audit by the Internal Revenue Service, the Times noted, and at least $100 million is on the line in the audit battle. 

The data also details huge losses among Trump's business entities, including $315.6 million of reported losses from his golf courses and $55.5 million lost in his Washington, DC hotel since it opened in 2016. 

One moneymaker identified by the Times is Trump's personal brand, which the outlet calculated made him a combined $427.4 million between 2004, when "The Apprentice" debuted on NBC, and 2018. 

The Times promised "additional articles will be published in the coming weeks."

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Trump denies New York Times report detailing his tax returns and financial problems: 'It's totally fake news'

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 27, 2020.
  • President Donald Trump fielded questions from reporters on Sunday following an article by The New York Times that delved into his tax returns and detailed his financial woes.
  • "It's totally fake news. Made up, fake," Trump said.
  • Asked by reporters to be transparent about how much he paid in taxes, the president replied: "It's under audit, they've been under audit for a long time."
  • The Times reported that Trump shelled out only $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017, but spent $70,000 on hair styling during "The Apprentice."
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President Donald Trump on Sunday evening dismissed a damning report by The New York Times on his tax returns as "fake news."

"It's totally fake news. Made up, fake," Trump said. "Actually, I paid tax."

The bombshell article revealed that the president paid only $750 in federal income tax in both 2016 and 2017. For 10 of the last 15 years, he paid no federal income taxes at all, according to the report.

The Times also discovered that Trump claimed to have spent a whopping $70,000 to have his hair styled for "The Apprentice," and benefited from a massive tax refund of $72.9 million in 2010 that is the subject of an audit by the Internal Revenue Service. At least $100 million is on the line in the ongoing audit, the article said.

The president has reported losses exceeding $315 million at his golf courses since 2000 and another $55.5 million at his Washington, DC hotel since its opening in 2016, per the Times.

Trump, however, accused the IRS of mistreating him during his Sunday press conference. 

"The IRS does not treat me well, they treat me like the Tea Party, like they treated the Tea Party," he said. "You have people in the IRS that treat me very, very badly."

When pressed by reporters for a ballpark number of how much tax he has paid, Trump said that he can't share that information yet.

"You'll see that as soon as my tax returns – it's under audit, they've been under audit for a long time," he said.

"And when they're not, I would be proud to show you," he added. "But that's just fake news."

As the Times notes, the president's repeated claim that he can't release his tax returns while they're under audit has been denied by the Charles Rettig, the current IRS commissioner. Trump nominated Rettig for the position in 2018.

Trump's attorney Alan Garten issued a statement on Sunday night, describing the Times report as "riddled with gross inaccuracies," according to John Roberts, the chief White House correspondent for Fox News.

Garten questioned the "timing of this story," which was published two days ahead of the first presidential debate, calling it "just part of Times' ongoing smear campaign in the run up to the election."


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Brain-eating amoeba kills a 6-year-old boy in Texas, prompting officials to test the water supply to 8 cities

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Naegleria fowleri, or a brain-eating amoeba, is a microorganism found in fresh water that causes a brain infection.
  • Brain-eating amoeba called Naegleria fowleri killed Josiah McIntyre, 6, of Lake Jackson, Texas, on Sept. 8.
  • His case prompted officials to issue a "Do Not Use Water Advisory" for eight cities while the water supply was tested. This advisory has been lifted, but residents are asked to boil water and exercise caution.
  • Josiah McIntyre's mother, Maria Castillo, described being "angry and upset and sad and heartbroken." But, she said, "the fact that we know how he got it, how he contracted it, gives us peace of mind."
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The death of a 6-year-old boy alerted Texas officials to the presence of a brain-eating amoeba in their water supply.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued a water advisory to residents of eight cities that are served by the Brazosport Water Authority, according to CNN. People were warned not to ingest any water because it contained a deadly microscopic organism called Naegleria fowleri.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this amoeba can be traced to soil and warm freshwater, which includes rivers, hot springs, and lakes, as well as insufficiently chlorinated swimming pools and heated tap water.

Contaminated water typically enters a body via the nose, per the CDC. Naegleria fowleri then travels to the brain, triggering a fatal infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

CNN reported that this incident began on Sept. 8 when authorities in Lake Jackson, Texas, were informed of Josiah McIntyre's hospitalization and death.

Tests revealed that the brain-eating amoeba was in a water hose at the boy's house as well as at a splash pad at the civic center in Lake Jackson, which issued a disaster declaration.

"He was an active little boy. He was a really good big brother. He just loved and cared about a lot of people," his mother, Maria Castillo said, according to KTRK-TV, a local ABC station.

Local authorities joined the CDC, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to test the water supply.

Three out of 11 samples tested positive for Naegleria fowleri on Sept. 25, per CNN. The "Do Not Use Water" Advisory has been lifted for all Brazosport Water Authority users, but Lake Jackson residents are asked to boil water before consuming it, TCEQ announced on Twitter alongside other precautionary measures. 

Josiah's mother, Maria Castillo, said at a benefit for him over the weekend that he was an active little boy. "He was a really good big brother. He just loved and cared about a lot of people," she said.

Naegleria fowleri infections are infrequent but mostly fatal, the CDC said. The agency recorded 145 cases between 1962 and 2018, and only four of those people survived.

Castillo said she took solace in knowing what led to her child's death, according to KTRK-TV.

"I'm angry and upset and sad and heartbroken," she said. "It really means a lot to me because we want to know as a family for peace of mind. I know it doesn't bring him back. The fact that we know how he got it, how he contracted it, gives us peace of mind."

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Trump spent more than $70,000 to style his hair when he was on 'The Apprentice' and wrote it off as a business expense: NYT

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Donald Trump, then-host of the NBC television reality series "The Apprentice", on March 10, 2006.
  • President Donald Trump spent more than $70,000 to style his hair when he was on "The Apprentice," and he wrote off the costs as a business expense, The New York Times reported Sunday.
  • The Times obtained Trump's tax returns, compiling a much-anticipated report that details how the president has avoided paying taxes for much of the last two decades.
  • According to the bombshell report, Trump paid more than $70,000 on haircuts and styling when he hosted his reality show, "The Apprentice."
  • Additionally, nine Trump entities paid nearly $100,000 to Ivanka Trump's hair and makeup artist, according to The Times report.
  • Both expenses were written off as business costs, which contributed to the reduction of Trump's tax bill.
  • The Times report, which includes "detailed information from his two years in office," revealed that Trump has avoided paying federal income taxes for 10 of the last 15 years, and he paid just $750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017.
  • The tax-return data also showed that Trump's businesses reported major losses, and he avoided paying income taxes "largely because he reported losing much more money than he made," the report said.
  • Trump's business entities reported losses of at least $315.6 million from his golf courses and $55.5 million lost in his hotel in Washington DC, according to the data.
  • At a press conference on Sunday, Trump denied The Times report. "It's totally fake news. Made up, fake," he told reporters at the White House.
  • The president also fielded questions about how much he paid in taxes, saying, "It's under audit, they've been under audit for a long time."
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The most shocking revelations from The New York Times report about Trump's tax returns

President Donald Trump at an event in Doral, Fla.
  • A report released by The New York Times on Sunday gave Americans a look into President Trump's finances.
  • Trump reportedly paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017. In 11 of the 18 years that were examined by The Times, Trump paid $0 in federal income taxes.
  • Losses at Trump golf courses have exceeded $315 million since 2000, according to The Times.
  • Trump has received millions from foreign licensing deals, per the Times.
  • In 2017 and 2018, his first two years as president, Trump reportedly received $73 million in revenue from his interests in other countries. 
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In a blockbuster report on President Donald Trump's taxes released by The New York Times on Sunday, a number of financial figures stood out as especially damning, from a controversial $72.9 million income tax refund to a stream of funding from foreign sources.

Here are the most shocking facts revealed in Trump's tax records, as reported by The Times:

  • Trump only paid $750 in taxes in both 2016 and 2017.
  • In 11 of the 18 years that were examined by The Times, Trump failed to pay any income taxes to the federal government.
  • In his first year as president, Trump or his companies paid more taxes to India ($145,400), Panama ($15,598) or the Philippines ($156,824) than to the US.
  • Since 2000, he has lost over $315 million at the golf courses that he owns and promotes. Last October, Trump tried to steer the Group of 7 summit to Trump National Doral, his course near Miami, before dropping the idea.
  • From 2016 through 2018, Trump showed losses of $55.5 million at the Trump International Hotel Washington, DC. Even before he was inaugurated, there were ethical concerns were about foreign dignitaries staying at the hotel, along with events that the federal government could possibly be funding.
  • Trump's campaign and presidency has been fantastic for business at The Mar-a-Lago club, the Trump-owned resort in Palm Beach, Florida. From 2015 to 2018, there was a surge in membership, with the president able to get $26 million, or nearly triple his usual amount, out of the historic property over the same time period.
  • In 2010, Trump received a $72.9 million tax refund that is being audited by the IRS. He received the sum after claiming heavy losses, but if loses his appeal with the IRS, he will have to pay over $100 million to the federal government.
  • Trump made millions of dollars as the star of NBC's "The Apprentice," but revenue streams from that highly successful franchise and other licensing agreements are waning. Within the next few years, he will have to cover $300 million in loans.
  • Even with his shaky finances, Trump has still lived an opulent lifestyle, declaring tax deductions on personal expenses, including a litany of residences and expensive airplanes. He also wrote off  more than $70,000 for payments to style his hair during "The Apprentice." 
  • Trump has earned millions from foreign licensing deals. From 2017 to 2019, he received $3 million from the Philippines, $2.3 million from India and $1 million from Turkey.
  • He made a total of $73 million from foreign countries during his first two years as president.

The Times has promised additional articles from Trump's tax returns in the coming days and weeks.

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United Airlines avoids furloughing 3,900 pilots, but 12,000 others will lose their jobs unless Congress extends the CARES Act

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Airlines have been hesitant to furlough pilots, who would fall behind on expensive and lengthy ongoing training requirements — and would be hard to recertify if and when demand does bounce back.
  • United Airlines will avoid furloughs for nearly 3,000 pilots, the airline said Monday.
  • The pilots' union and the airline agreed to a work-sharing measure to keep more pilots on active duty even as demand remains low during the pandemic.
  • The airline still plans to furlough 12,000 other workers when CARES Act funding requirements expire on October 1, unless an extension is passed before then.
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Nearly 3,000 United pilots who were slated to be furloughed later this week will keep their jobs, thanks to a new deal between the airline and the pilots' union. The mitigation agreement, announced by the Airline Pilots Association and United on Monday, also avoids the furloughs of another 1,050 pilots that were slated for next year. 

However, United will still furlough roughly 12,000 workers on October 1, a senior executive said during a press briefing — unless Congress extends the provisions of the CARES Act that gave the airline industry $25 billion to help with payroll, provided they keep all employees on staff through September. 

The 12,000 figure is down from a total of 16,000 furloughs the airline had previously announced, and from a total of 36,000 workers who received WARN notices this summer. The reduction has resulted from workers taking buyouts or agreeing to unpaid leaves or cuts in work hours, rather than an improving business environment, the executive said.

At United, the pilot agreement will involve work sharing, with active pilots accepting reduced duty hours — and, in effect, monthly pay — in order to spread the remaining work among all members. As part of the agreement, the airline will also offer a new round of early retirement options for pilots older than 50 with at least 10 years of experience.

If the PSP is extended before the October 1 deadline, the pilot deal's implementation will be postponed, the United executive said.

"We've worked for months on creative solutions to mitigate massive pilot layoffs," said Captain Todd Insler, who leads the United union at the Air Line Pilots Association. "With this agreement now solidified, we will turn our focus back to Congress to secure a much-needed CARES Act extension to keep our industry solvent until we recover from this pandemic."

The meager recovery in travel demand over the summer has made many furloughs unavoidable, United and other airlines have said. But airlines have been especially hesitant to drop pilots, who would fall behind on expensive and lengthy ongoing training requirements — and would be hard to recertify if and when demand does bounce back.

Although United CEO Scott Kirby has said he does not expect a full recovery until a vaccine becomes available, the airline has said it wants to remain able to take advantage of any unexpected or marginal recovery before then.

"While we still face a difficult path to recovery, your support of this creative and unique agreement puts us in an unparalleled position of strength when demand recovers," Brian Quigley, the airline's senior vice president of flight operations, said in a memo to pilots on Monday. "In addition to avoiding furloughs, this agreement greatly enhances our ability to bounce back – so we can welcome more passengers and return to the 2019 levels of seat and fleet advancement more quickly."

Airline executives and labor unions have campaigned for an extension of the CARES Act's Payroll Support Program as a way to further postpone furloughs. Despite bipartisan support in Congress and from President Donald Trump, an extension, either on its own or as part of a larger stimulus package, has failed to materialize as the clock counts down to October 1.

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Fox News' Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum talk debate coverage, echo chambers, and what to expect from Biden v. Trump

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  • Ahead of Tuesday night's presidential debate hosted by Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace, two of the network's top news anchors spoke with Insider about how they're approaching the event and how they view their role in a polarized atmosphere.
  • They also reflected on news echo chambers, with Fox News Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier saying, "Of course, people are in silos a lot of times, but the news as I do it, I'm looking at it through horse blinders. I'm looking at my hour, and Twitter is not real life."
  • Martha MacCallum, anchor and executive editor of "The Story" and Baier's co-anchor for debate coverage, added that she thinks "cable news viewers are the most informed people in the world." 
  • Baier and MacCallum said they undergo daily coronavirus testing at the debate site at the Cleveland Clinic, but their goal remains the same: "Helping voters make a decision."
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With Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace hosting the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday night, two of the network's top news anchors spoke with Insider about what to expect and how they approach their coverage.

Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum also discussed how echo chambers impact the way the American public consumes news, how they've been drawn to debates from a young age, what they see as the best roles for a debate moderator and TV panel, and what they're looking out for Tuesday as Biden and Trump face off for the first time.

Baier, the chief political anchor for Fox News and host of "Special Report," has been at the network since 1998, while MacCallum, anchor and executive editor of "The Story," joined the channel in 2004 and has anchored some of its most high-profile event coverage.

Baier and MacCallum will helm Fox News' pre- and post-debate programming live from Cleveland, where the network has a set erected at the Cleveland Clinic debate site.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Jake Lahut: Just to start out, I was wondering if you guys watched the debates growing up and what politics was like for each of you?

Bret Baier: I was in New Jersey from age zero to 10, so it wasn't a lot of politics watching, but I moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and I became a little bit of a political junkie. I remember specifically watching the conventions and balloons dropping and being fascinated by politics overall. But as I got older, I really paid attention to debates, and the classic moments in debates — the Reagan debate where he said, "I paid for this microphone," the George HW Bush debate with Clinton and Ross Perot, where he checks his watch — the iconic moments that you remember. You just think back to the big debate moments and then you think forward to where we are now. The last cycle was quite something. 

Martha MacCallum: Some of my earliest memories actually are as a little kid watching the Watergate hearings. I come from a family that is full of political debate. We have folks on both sides in terms of their political philosophy so there was always a lot of vigorous debate at our dinner tables. I come by it naturally.

I remember Lloyd Bentsen looking at Dan Quayle and saying, "Jack Kennedy, was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy." And Ronald Reagan with his moment of, "I refuse to use the advantage of my opponent's youth and inexperience" — I think I just mangled that a little bit, but you remember the one. I mean, what I love in that moment — I just actually saw that moment again yesterday — is that [Walter] Mondale just give this good-natured laugh when [Reagan] said it. And really, it made me realize what a different era we are in now. And the tension you can cut with a knife between these two candidates. 

I think that with Donald Trump's arrival on the scene back in 2016, we saw this game change in a way that has not changed back. And I don't know that it ever will.

Lahut: What do you think your colleague Chris Wallace brings to the debate stage?

Baier: Well, he's just been in the seat before. He knows how it goes. You know, debates are different. They're not town halls, they're not Q&As. They're an effort to set the table so that the two candidates can go at each other, ideally over policy and substance. Chris does that better than most. And I've worked alongside him for many years. We've practiced and worked on primary debates together, and he's very methodical about how he goes about his job. And now he's in this cone of solitude, preparing for the questions and the blueprint that he's going to have, but he's going to do a great job. 

MacCallum: I think he's returning this year because he did such a great job. I went back and watched his debate from 2016 and it was fascinating. I also thought it was interesting that the first two questions out of the gate in 2016 were 'What kind of Supreme Court nominee would you pick?' and 'Would you accept the results of the election?' So it's interesting with all that has happened, a lot has come full circle and here we are again. But Chris is a hard worker and he believes in being very thorough and having all of your follow-up points and understanding the history on what each candidate has said on that topic in the past, and holding their feet to the fire on it. So I think it's a masterclass for anybody who's just starting in this business and I will enjoy watching every minute of it from our set here in Cleveland. 

Lahut: Has the coronavirus changed your jobs and the way you prepare for an event like this?

Baier: Well, for us, it's a smaller footprint in Cleveland. It is different with coronavirus, but we've dealt with this now through big events, the Democratic National Convention, the Republican National Convention. And we're going to follow all the protocols. We get tested every day at the Cleveland Clinic. Those things are all different, but the substance of the coverage, and ideally, helping voters make a decision, I think is really the goal of not only what we're doing, but what the commission is trying to do with the debates.

MacCallum: We've all adjusted, and I'm just really glad that our team has been very forward-leaning in this, and we haven't let it keep us from doing our job. We wear our masks, we wash our hands, we get tested. We do everything we can to be able to bring the story to the American people because I feel that it's really important for us to be actually on location and not, you know, in a camera booth somewhere. 

Lahut: What do you think about the notion — or almost conventional wisdom at this point — of Americans being in echo chambers when consuming their news? When it comes to your roles at Fox, are there things you try to do to counter or break through that?

MacCallum: I think anybody who chooses to watch what we will do tonight and tomorrow night will — if they don't normally watch Fox — probably say, 'Wow, that's a pretty fair panel. That's a pretty even-handed discussion.' I know that's what we do. So I feel that anybody who thinks otherwise doesn't really watch us very closely. I know that there's a tendency at other networks to dig into this story or that story and do it all day long, and that they think is a negative for the president. We tend to cover pretty much everything. And also, I do think it's surprising that there's been so little negative coverage of Joe Biden so far.

Baier: I've been doing my show for almost 12 years; I've been on the network for 23. So on the news side, of course we're trying to reach people who really want a fair look at all sides. The opinion side, those folks do a different thing — they do it very well, but they come from an opinion place. So I think the opportunity is there to reach new viewers for us. And that's what we're looking at every time. But the biggest responsibility we have is to present both sides fairly, and most people who you ask say that's happening.

Lahut: Do you worry about what people expect from their news in terms of just confirming their prior beliefs, particularly with how social media and newsfeed algorithms operate?

Baier: Of course, people are in silos a lot of times, but the news as I do it, I'm looking at it through horse blinders. I'm looking at my hour, and Twitter is not real life. You know what I mean? It is viewers [who tweet], but they're very opinionated one way or another. And on my Twitter feed, I do respond, and Jack will say, "You're so in the tank for Trump, it's ridiculous how in the tank for Trump you are." And then Bob will say, "You are such a never Trumper. You hate Trump." And I'll say, "Jack, meet Bob. Bob, meet Jack. Let's work this thing out. I'm going to cover the news." So that's kind of where my mindset is, and we're just going to do our job. And if you build it, they will come.

Lahut: What makes TV the most appealing medium for you as journalists?

MacCallum: I love the accessibility of cable news in particular. I think that cable news viewers are the most informed people in the world. I think they watch all day long in many cases. I love television news, especially in the middle of a plot of a political cycle like this. I read everything else. I'm on social media. I'm looking at blogs. I have a blog called The Untold Story. So I think there's a lot of different places for us to put content right now, which is terrific. I love all different forms of news expression, but especially in an election year, there's nothing like being on camera, being with a great team of panelists and analysts and having them weigh in in real time. There's nothing like that.

Baier: I just think people are tuned in. I've worked in all of them — I've written in papers, I've done radio. TV, I think, is a visual medium, and people seem to gravitate to it now, but it's also digital. You know, our business is going to change eventually, and more and more it's going to be online. But right now it is a way to present stories in a shortened form, but still be able to get to the meat of the subject.

Lahut: Bret, I know you make a point on air and on your Twitter page to note how you ask the Biden campaign if he can come on your show every week, but to no avail. So, if you could ask Joe Biden one question, what would it be?

Baier: There's so many questions, but if you had to pick one, I'd say, come on my show. How about coming on the show? [Laughs.] I think that the important questions here are about substance of policies, or it comes down to all of this stuff about personality and how people deal with things. What matters is what is actually happening in the new administration. And I think that there's a lot to dig into about plans for the future, and that's where our focus really should be — taxes, regulation, where the Obama economy was and where he sees it now. The argument on the other side is that they turned things around and it was the Trump action that changed the economy. So I'd like to kind of dig into where the future of that goes.

Lahut: Martha, for a quick follow to your point on negative Biden coverage, do you think some of that might be an over-correction from 2016 with Hillary Clinton and her emails, even if unconsciously? 

MacCallum: I don't think you should overcorrect — I think you should tell the story. There are storylines out there and they deserve to be covered. The vice president does misspeak quite often. He has a complicated medical history. That's just a fact. So I just think that you have to be open to following these storylines and asking the questions. If there's nothing there then there's nothing there, but it doesn't seem that he gets the same kind of scrutiny that the other side gets. So I just, you know, I think it's important to ask these questions and if they go somewhere, you've got to follow that lead, if they don't, you move on. 

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The biggest gaming companies from around the world formed an alliance one year ago to combat climate change. Its architect explains how video games can save the planet.

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Dr. Trista Patterson, lead economist at UNEP partner GRID-Arendal, is the author of the original "Playing For The Planet" report.
  • Last year, over a dozen video-game companies announced an alliance to combat climate change in New York City.
  • "Playing For The Planet" was designed to bring companies together to share knowledge and make commitments to curbing emissions and encouraging planet-friendly actions among the gaming community.
  • Dr. Trista Patterson, the author of the "Playing For The Planet" study that serves as the basis for the alliance, talked to Business Insider about the progress made since its debut last September, why it was formed in the first place, and the incredible opportunity that lies ahead for the industry.
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On September 23, 2019, 14 CEOs from some of the biggest video-game companies in the world met at the UN Headquarters in New York City to announce an alliance.

Though many of the companies involved are competitors in the video-game space — Sony and Microsoft, for instance, the respective makers of the PlayStation and Xbox consoles — the "Playing For The Planet" alliance would allow these groups and other individuals across the industry to work together on promoting sustainability in gaming, and mobilizing the 2.3 billion people around the world who play video games to combat climate change. 

Together, the alliance has agreed on a set of commitments — namely, curbing CO2 emissions, planting trees, finding ways to advance energy conservation, and making the acts of buying and playing games generally more sustainable.

"The alliance freed CEOs to be making stronger statements [on climate change]," said Dr. Trista Patterson, a lead economist for non-profit GRID-Arendal based in Norway. Patterson is the author of the "Playing For The Planet" study, and a cofounder of the alliance. 

"And that meant the workforce could come forward with ideas about energy savings, or games, or whether commuting was affecting operations. The tech sector is enormously competitive, and games are competitive by nature," she said.

Companies within the alliance are experimenting with ways to engage players so their in-game actions have real-world consequences: "Minecraft," for example, which is played by over 100 million people every month, challenged its players to create their own coral reefs. In just two days, players placed 10 million coral blocks, which triggered "Minecraft" to donate to The Nature Conservatory to help protect coral reefs — and some of the players' coral reef designs were also recreated into real-life underwater "Biorock" structures, which are self-repairing and help protect the ocean environments against global warming.   

How the alliance came to be

The study, authored by Patterson, examined the potential impact of the video-game industry in addressing climate change.

"It was part of an effort led by the education unit out of Nairobi for UN Environment," Patterson told Business Insider. "The main question was finding out lower-cost ways to raise climate awareness for a more diverse population."

Patterson worked on her study with London-based Playmob, which helps brands connect to gamers to take social action, like donating to charities. Together, they debuted the "Playing For The Planet" study in March 2019, at a dinner attended by other major gaming companies like "Angry Birds" maker Rovio. "The response was enormous," Patterson said. 

With clear interest in a global gaming alliance to tackle climate issues, Playmob moved on that forward momentum by undertaking "a US publisher tour" to rally support from the big companies in gaming — notably Sony, Microsoft, and Google.

"Playmob are phenomenal networkers," Patterson said. "They were thinking about gaming for good for a long time so they, in conjunction with UN Environment, made an effort to reach directly to the companies to ask where they're at with commitments."

Patterson said Sony was among the first big companies to get involved. It was Sony who actually proposed reaching out to peers that they had been competitive with in the past to join hands on climate change, she said. "We saw a flourishing of interest," she said. 

Gaming companies from all around the world have joined the alliance, representing countries like Kenya, Estonia, Finland, and Sweden, as well as the bigger countries known for gaming like the US, UK, and China. Patterson said alliance members are already coming up with unique ideas and challenging others to get their own to market. 

"It's a global phenomenon," Patterson said. "A lot of times I was thinking video games were relevant and exclusive to the developed world, but that's not the case. Even lesser-developed countries are accessing video games. People in the games industry have heard about Silicon Valley companies over and over again."

"It's easy to tune them out a little bit. But in order for change to happen, all of us have to cooperate. All of us have to think about the most diverse and most creative ideas possible. And the best ideas come from a diverse workforce and a diverse representation from geographic areas. Having companies that are culturally unique, representative of a unique biome and a totally different place — that's electric."

One year later: Where is the alliance now?

Shortly after the alliance's debut last September, Patterson said the group created a complete calendar to meet in person, even doing it in a way that lined up with dates that people were already traveling so no one needed to spend extra money and, more importantly, burn extra fuel.

"We laid that all out," she said. "And then COVID hit."

The global pandemic has halted in-person meetings for the time being, but Patterson said there are monthly coordination calls and an advisory group of high-level individuals that are taking up specific work packages. Progress is reported out at the monthly calls.

"Some of those deliverables have to do with tools and those tools are then released to the broader alliance and then the general public," she said. "That's in addition to individual company momentum on things they're particularly passionate about, so there's time set aside in the monthly calls to talk about share learnings and particular successes they've had."

Many companies are taking it upon themselves to curb their own carbon emissions. Sony told Business Insider (and has since announced on its blog) it has avoided about 17.5 million tonnes of emissions through energy-efficient architecture in its PlayStation 4 console, and estimates to save another 30 million tonnes by the end of the decade — partially through even smarter energy-saving systems on the upcoming PlayStation 5. Its low-power "suspend" mode, for example, will consume 72% less power compared to the previous-generation hardware.

Aside from sharing updates on individual efforts, the alliance also works together to better understand "the consequences of something like, locating a data center in one ZIP code or another, or [raising awareness with] a gamer in one municipality versus another that's fossil-fuel intensive," according to Patterson. Companies within the alliance are also encouraged to implement "green nudges" in their games like "Minecraft" already has, where a component of the game is designed to raise awareness for certain causes and drive behavioral changes like picking up litter, preserving animal life, or being more energy-friendly.

"The alliance is a wonderful thing but it's only as strong as the excitement it generates in others," Patterson said.

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The best sheds for outdoor storage

  • An outdoor shed is a simple way to add storage in your home for housing things like power tools, lawn mowers, yard toys, gardening equipment, bicycles, and more.
  • Available in various sizes and designs, they can be temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent installations.

If you own or rent a home with a yard, then chances are you have all sorts of gardening and landscaping equipment, too. Maybe you have bicycles, kids' toys, and sporting goods in your yard as well. Or, you want to hide unsightly garbage cans from view (and animals). No matter what items are lying around, a quality outdoor storage shed can neaten up your yard and protect your supplies.

But buying an outdoor storage shed is a process. Many sheds are significant investments, and they come in a huge variety of designs, materials, and assembly procedures. Plus, you want a shed that has a nice visual appeal, especially because it's going to be installed in your yard.

Based on research and experience, our recommended sheds will satisfy the needs of most homeowners. Our list includes options that are durable and you can easily install (and one that you can take apart).

Here are the best sheds:

Prices and links are current as of 9/28/20. We added additional buying options and related buying guides for convenience.

The best shed for temporary use
Abba Patio storage

The Abba Patio Storage Shelter is lightweight, affordable, and a convenient solution for temporary storage space.

If you're looking for temporary storage at an affordable price, you won't find a better option than the Abba Patio Storage Shelter. This shelter features a powder-coated steel frame and polyethylene top cover that can be easily set up, collapsed, transported, and stored as needed. The components themselves are lightweight, making moving and assembling this shed easy for one person.

I've used this shed myself at my home and the installation took me about an hour. I found that all of the parts fit together well. The zipper door is removable or left open for easy access to the shed.

I found that this shed to be more durable than other temporary sheds made by other companies. Still, it's important to anchor it down well, since strong wind will easily carry it away. I found the anchors included with the shed to be a bit flimsy and opted to use heavy-duty tent stakes and cinderblocks for extra reinforcement.

The Abba Patio Storage Shelter is available in multiple sizes, so it can be used to store anything from lawn mowers to larger vehicles.

Pros: Simple installation, fully collapsible, affordable, available in a number of different sizes

Cons: Lightweight construction can be damaged by severe weather, wind can carry the shed away unless properly anchored

The best small shed
Suncast Shed two

If you need less storage or don't want to sacrifice square footage in your yard, the Suncast The Stow-Away Horizontal Storage Shed is a good solution.

With its horizontal design, this shed is easy to access and can be placed right alongside your house. The Suncast Stow-Away Horizontal Storage Shed can hold two 96-gallon garbage containers for an aesthetically pleasing solution. Or, you can use it for bicycles, patio cushions, tools, and more.

This shed offers many features that make it a popular choice. Its multi-wall panels are engineered to be strong and durable, and the all-weather construction is water-resistant and offers UV protection. The lid is lockable (though a lock isn't included), which is ideal if you'll be storing garbage containers and want to keep your local raccoons and other animals out.

It measures 5 feet 10.5-inches wide by 3 feet 8.25-inches deep by 4 feet 4 inches high. Plus, this shed is a more economical option for those who need minimal storage.

Pros: Easy-open lid, versatile storage options, durable construction

Cons: Site must be level for installation, smaller dimensions mean this shed offers limited storage

The best mid-size shed
Suncast storage shed

With a spacious interior and durable construction, the Suncast Tremont Storage Shed will keep tools, lawnmowers, and more safe.

The Suncast Tremont Storage Shed is a versatile option suitable for many homeowners. This shed's 8-by-10 foot design can accommodate tools, smaller machines, and other items. Its generous 60-inch-wide door opening means that you can use it to store ride-on mowers, wheelbarrows, and more. Two corner shelves can be installed in eight different locations, allowing you to customize the shed's design to your needs.

Many outdoor storage sheds are made of somewhat flimsy materials, but the Suncast Tremont Storage Shed's major strength is in the durability of its construction. The steel-reinforced multi-wall panels are designed for both strength and stability, and the all-weather construction offers UV protection. This shed is designed to be low-maintenance, and it can even be padlocked for additional security.

This shed is packed full of features that make it both convenient and easy to use. Six skylights provide visibility during the day, so you don't have to worry about bringing along a flashlight to locate your tools.

All in all, the Suncast Tremont Storage Shed offers significant value for its price.

Pros: Highly durable, generous storage space, skylights allow for natural light

Cons: Assembly can be time-consuming, shed must be installed on a prepared flat base

The best shed for maximum storage
Lifetime Dual shed

The Lifetime Dual Entry Plastic Storage Shed offers a huge amount of storage plus dual entry doors for convenience and accessibility.

At 14 feet 7 inches wide by 7 feet 8 inches deep, the Lifetime Dual Entry Plastic Storage Shed is sure to offer you plenty of space for your tools, machinery, and more. Double doors allow for easy access, while two shelves, four corner shelves, and two peg strips with tool hooks set you well on your way to having an impeccably organized shed.

This shed has been built to be long-lasting and strong. HDPE polyethylene plastic and steel ensure it's plenty durable, and the two polycarbonate windows with shutters complement the charming gable roof.

Screened vents allow air to circulate into the shed while keeping pests out, protecting your tools and machinery. Plus, this shed offers a high-density slip-resistant plastic floor to help keep you safe when your shoes are wet. The shed is backed by a 10-year limited warranty.

If you're storing a lot of equipment and want to prioritize your organization, this shed may be the right choice for you.

Pros: Place the end door on whichever end of the shed you need, generous storage space, wind rated to 65 miles per hour

Cons: Takes up significant yard space, requires a foundation (not included)

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The best storage bins

Organization is a challenge for the best of us, but good quality storage containers can help you get your stuff organized and make it all easier to access when you need it. Here are our top picks for storage bins.

The best closet and drawer organizers

Proper drawer and closet organization can make the difference between a calm, enjoyable morning routine and a frenzied mess to find the right clothes and accessories before you rush out the door wearing less than your best outfit. These are our favorites.

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The 9 best ankle boots for fall and beyond


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  • Once you find the perfect ankle boots, you won't want to wear any other shoes when it's cold outside.
  • With timeless styles and comfortable fits, some of our favorite ankle boots come from M.Gemi, Everlane, and Nisolo

Ankle boots are a wardrobe staple for a reason. They're stylish, versatile, and keep our feet warm. They're a true workhorse of a shoe, stepping in to complete many outfits in our fall and winter wardrobe. You can dress ankle boots up with tights and a dress or down with jeans and a sweater. You can wear them to work or to run errands on the weekend. Once you find your perfect pair, you'll probably live in it from the beginning of fall until the end of winter. The tricky part is just that, though: finding the perfect pair.

Whether you're partial to a high heel or no heel, a Chelsea boot or a hiking boot, black leather or colored suede, there are plenty of amazing pairs out there. We rounded up some of our favorite places to find ankle boots, from ones that are simple to ones that are sure to stand out. This curated list covers multiple styles, tastes, and budgets. Keep reading for more information on our favorite ankle boots you'll want to wear this fall. 

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Thursday Boot Co. Downtown Boot
Thursday Boot Co. Downtown Boot

Thursday Boot Co.'s Downtown Boot looks and feels like a premium pair of boots for only $140, plus it offers all-day comfort and a weather-resistant design you can wear in light rain and snow. 

Color options: Black Leather, Grey Suede, Sedona Leather 

Thursday Boot Co. really considered every detail when they designed the Downtown, from the full glove leather lining that ensures a comfortable fit to the proprietary WeatherSafe suede upper that's designed to maintain its luster with age. 

The boot also has a padded leather footbed that forms to your feet after a few wears for all-day comfort, a grooved outsole that provides better traction and durability, a 1.5-inch block heel that's reinforced with rubber to give you extra grip, and an unseen zipper and leather pull tab that makes the boot easy to put on and take off.

M.Gemi Corsa Concavo Boot
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The M.Gemi Corsa Concavo Boot is comfortable, versatile, and made from buttery-soft leather in artisan Italian workshops. 

Color options: Black Croco, Burgundy Croco, Desert Sand Croco, Cognac Leather, Black Leather, Black Leather with Graphic Heel, Grey Suede, Navy Suede, Tan Leopard 

M.Gemi is known for making excellent quality footwear, so it's no wonder the brand is one of our favorite places to find booties. While there are plenty of great options, all of which are handmade in small, family-owned Italian workshops, we're partial to the Corsa Concavo Boot. 

The Corsa Concavo Boot has an elongated shaft, sleek sole, and a small divot in the back of the shaft for a flexible fit. The style, which has a subtle 70s feel, goes with everything and is super comfortable to wear for hours on end. Insider Reviews senior editor Sally Kaplan calls the shoe her perfect pair. The leather and suede iterations are $348, while the croc-embossed leather pairs are a bit pricier at $398. There's also a tan leopard pair with a calf hair upper that costs $528. 

Everlane Day Boot
Everlane Day Boot

The Everlane Day Boot is as effortlessly cool as it is comfortable, and the brand's refreshing policy on transparency also makes the boot a fantastic choice for those who prefer to buy pieces that are ethically made.

Color options: Black, Ecru, Bone, Brick

Everlane has earned itself a cult following in the last few years, thanks to its modern takes on timeless classics, like jeans and cashmere sweaters, and a refreshing policy of transparency. On its website, Everlane breaks down how much it costs to make all of its clothes, footwear, and accessories (labor, materials, transportation, and duties) and compares its prices with those of traditional retailers. For example, the Day Boot is $225 at Everlane and might be sold for $460 elsewhere.

The Day Boot features a classic Chelsea boot look and is made of 100% Italian leather at a small shoe factory in Brescia, Italy. It's designed with a 2-inch stacked block heel, cushioned insole, side zipper, and back tabs that make it easy to slip on and off. A few members of the Insider Reviews team tried the boots and found the pairs lasted about a year before suffering from any major scuffing. 

Even if you're not a heel person, that shouldn't stop you from buying this fashionable boot. The chunky heel is easy to walk in and the cushioned insole gives your feet some extra love. Now you can also get the Glove Boot ReKnit — it boasts the Day Boot silhouette in Everlane's signature, sustainable ReKnit fabric

Blundstone Chelsea Boot

Blundstone has been making boots for 150 years and the Chelsea Boot is an enduring favorite. 

Color options: Black, Stout Brown, Navy, Rustic Brown, Rustic Black, Tobacco

I love the look of a heeled bootie, but some days I just want to wear something flat. I recently got a pair of Blundstone Chelsea Boots and they've quickly become one of my go-to's. These boots are seriously comfortable — the footbed is nice and cushioned so they're easy on your feet, there are two pull tabs to help you slip them on, and there's also elastic side paneling so they fit you just right. 

The materials are really durable; I have friends who have been rocking the same Blundstones for years. These Chelsea Boots definitely have a more casual feel, but that's one of the great things about them. You can get away with wearing them hiking or for outdoor activities just as much as you could throw them on with jeans or a dress. I even wore these for miles while walking around Amsterdam last winter and didn't regret a thing. 

Vagabond Shoemakers Marja Boot
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With a pointy cap toe, block heel, and pleated side panels, the Marja Boot from Vagabond Shoemakers is a sleek and comfortable choice. 

Color Options: Black Leather

For a boot that feels timeless yet on-trend, look no further than the Marja Boot. The leather side paneling, pointy-toe, and pull tabs all make this otherwise simple silhouette feel really fresh. 

The 2-inch block heel adds some height while still being really walkable. Insider Reviews editor Maria Del Russo calls this the perfect pair. "I have gotten these bad boys resoled SO MANY TIMES because I wear them so often," she says. 

Nisolo Classic Chelsea Boot

Nisolo's Chelsea Boot offers a flattering look and comfortable fit, and it's ethically handmade and weather-treated in Peru.

Color options: Brown, Black, Brandy, Black/Black

If you're looking for a black ankle boot that's perfect for work or the weekend, comfortable to wear, easy to clean and take good care of, and made to last, Nisolo's Chelsea Boot, seemingly aware of your checklist, is all of the above. 

A modern tweak of a classic Chelsea boot, Nisolo's ankle boot has leather pull tabs for easier putting on and taking off, triangular elastic side panels (instead of standard rectangular ones) for a more unique look and comfortable fit, and a 1.25-inch stacked-leather heel with a rubber heel cap for extra grip and durability.

The Chelsea Boot also has a weather-treated Nubuck leather upper (a more durable type of leather that is resistant to everyday wear and tear), leather sole, leather lining, and soft leather insole, and it is handmade at an ethical factory in Peru. It's not a cheap boot at $200, but thankfully everything about it is premium and ethical — and it is indeed very comfortable to wear all day once you properly break it in.

Marc Fisher LTD Yale Chelsea Boot
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The Marc Fisher LTD Yale Chelsea Boot's pointy toe is a "really love it or really don't" style that is sure to be a standout amid a sea of black ankle boots. 

Color options: Black Croc Leather, Black Leather, Black/White Snake Print, Cream Leather, Cloud Suede, Dark Grey Snake Print, Natural Multi Snake Print, Rhum Suede, Tan Leather, Tan/Black Leather 

It's rare for over 90% of Nordstrom reviewers to agree on something, but it appears that the Yale Chelsea Boot is a black ankle boot that they collectively agree is awesome, for a number of reasons. Petite women love the boot's pointy toe since it effortlessly elongates their shorter frames while women in search of that perfect blend of comfort and style love its low 1.5-inch heel, soft leather, and non-existent break-in period. After putting it to the test, it's clear to me, too, that there's a lot to love about this fun little ankle boot.

With 10 different colors and patterns to choose from, you can be sure you'll find a style you love. 

Asos Design Action Chelsea Boot

The Asos Design Action Chelsea Boots are on-trend and affordable enough that you can replace them every few seasons. 

Color options: Black

It can be hard to find nice boots for less than $100, so at $48, the Asos Design Action Chelsea Boots are especially affordable. The upper is made of faux leather, but it looks just like the real deal. The ribbed side paneling makes them easy to slip on and off, and it also adds some intrigue to the otherwise simple silhouette. 

Asos is always releasing new iterations of the classic Chelsea boot, but right now this one with the chunky lug sole is even more of-the-moment. It also adds just a bit of height while still being walkable. This is a casual pair that you could wear with literally everything, from joggers to dresses.

Sam Edelman Packer Bootie
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The low-profile, chunky-heeled Packer Bootie from Sam Edelman is a favorite year after year, yet the look always feels fresh.

Color options: Asphalt Suede, Black Leather, Deep Saddle Leather, Putty Leather

If you like a true ankle bootie with a lower profile, you'll love the Sam Edelman Packer Bootie. The 1.5-inch chunky heel is easy to walk in, even if you're not great with heels. There's also a functional side zipper that makes putting the shoes on easier and faster. 

The color options are all great neutrals that go with pretty much anything, depending on what colors you find most in your wardrobe. And, the style isn't too trendy, so you know you can wear this bootie for seasons to come. 

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The best white T-shirts for women

The basic white T-shirt is the backbone of any wardrobe, but a good one can be shockingly difficult to find. We love the Everlane Cotton Crew because it's versatile and high-quality for just $18. 

Whether you're wearing them to go on a run or just lounge around the house, everyone needs a nice pair of leggings. We love the ADAY Throw it Higher Leggings because not only are they incredibly comfortable, but they have zip pockets to hold all your belongings. 

The best cashmere sweaters

A cozy cashmere sweater can be really expensive, but we've found lots of great ones for $100 to $300. Everlane is our favorite place to buy cashmere sweaters because they're no-frills, but high quality. At just $100 and with a range of color options, it's a closet staple. 

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This technical-analysis pattern suggests the S&P 500 could jump 30% from current levels, according to BofA

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  • Despite September's correction in the stock market, the long-term technical setup for further upside is intact heading into the November election, according to Bank of America.
  • Based on a completed "cup and handle" technical-analysis pattern, the S&P 500 could rise to 3,700 to 4,300, representing potential upside of 12% to 30% from Friday's close, Bank of America said.
  • Encouraging margin-debt data suggests that the market sell-off is a seasonal correction and not a long-term top, according to Bank of America.
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The September correction in the stock market should be viewed as a seasonal correction and not as a long-term top, according to Bank of America.

In a technical-analysis note on Monday, Bank of America said investors should continue to hold on for upside in the S&P 500 heading into the November election.

Specifically, a completed "cup and handle" pattern suggests the S&P 500 could rise to 3,700, representing potential upside of 12% from Friday's close, the bank said. It also derived a longer-term target of 4,300 from the technical-analysis pattern, representing 30% upside.

"SPX 4300 is an aspirational upside count, but one that is achievable based on the bullish breakout, positive backdrop signals and our secular bull market roadmap," Bank of America said.

A "cup and handle" is a bullish continuation pattern that is best defined as a sell-off in a security, followed by a recovery to the highs seen before the sell-off, followed by a mild correction. From there, the security is set to move higher if it breaks above the handle correction level.

Read more: UBS: Buy these 23 stocks across major themes that are poised to outperform amid uncertainty and conflicting signals in the market

In this case, the highs seen in February, the ensuing COVID-19-induced sell-off, and the eventual recovery in stocks would represent the cup of the pattern, and the midsummer correction in stocks would represent the handle.

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As long as the S&P 500 holds on to the range of support found at 3,000 to 3,200, the bullish pattern is intact.

Meanwhile, encouraging margin-debt data has confirmed the recent uptrend in stocks, according to Bank of America. Investors are borrowing more to participate in the upside move in stocks, with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority saying margin debt rose in July and August.

"The margin debt growth rate has begun to outpace the SPX in 2020. This suggests that investors have gotten confident enough to take on leverage," Bank of America said.

Read more: 'Expect more stock-market weakness': A Wall Street strategist lays out how investors' most-trusted defenses against crashes are failing them at a critical time

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The 9 most popular online courses people are taking on Coursera from Stanford, Yale, and Princeton


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With people worldwide staying at home, the question of how to keep busy inevitably comes up. 

Online learning platforms like Coursera, Udemy, edX, and Skillshare offer a refuge, both from the boredom of sitting indoors all day and the anxiety of everything going on in the world right now. E-learning sites like these aren't new, but they're even more important now because of the resources and learning opportunities they offer to students of all ages.  

Coursera offers individual courses, specializations, professional certificates, and full online degrees from top universities and companies. They're free if you audit the course (meaning you won't get access to certain course materials like graded assignments, and you won't receive an official certificate of completion), but if you want to earn a course certificate, you can pay an affordable monthly fee. 

Through the end of December 2020, 100 of these courses are completely free. They include all course materials and a course certificate. 

Since Coursera is home to so many different types of courses, it may be overwhelming to decide what your first online class will be.

Below, check out the most popular Coursera classes, ranked by the number of students enrolled, for some guidance. All enrollment numbers are as of September 2020. 

1. Machine Learning, Stanford University | 3.5 million enrolled 

Learn about the most effective machine learning techniques and how to implement them. The intro course covers machine learning, data mining, and statistical pattern recognition, as well as a look into how machine learning and AI lead to innovation in Silicon Valley. 

2. The Science of Well-Being, Yale University | 2.9 million enrolled

One of Yale's most famous classes is basically a crash course on how to be happier in your life. Topics include misconceptions about happiness, how to overcome our biases, and practical strategies to make you happier. 

3. Learning How to Learn, McMaster University and UC San Diego | 2.5 million enrolled

The practice of learning is a class in itself. Take this popular class and you'll be set up with the best learning techniques to tackle and master any topic in the future. It's also available in fully translated versions in Spanish, French, Chinese, and Portuguese.

4. Programming for Everybody, University of Michigan | 1.8 million enrolled

Although programming can sound intimidating, this course assures you there are no significant pre-requisites and uses only simple math. If you have moderate computer experience, you'll be able to make a program from a series of simple instructions in Python.

5. Successful Negotiation, University of Michigan | 898,000+ enrolled 

Negotiating is engrained in our everyday lives, from deciding where to eat with your significant other to asking for a few more days to pay rent. And, it's essential to business. You'll learn about the four steps to a successful negotiation so that both parties emerge satisfied. 

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If you want to be a serious programmer, you can learn elementary data structures, sorting, searching algorithms, and  graph- and string-processing algorithms. This course doesn't offer a certificate, so all the features are free. 

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We've all heard the craze around bitcoin, but confusion and misconceptions run rampant. Basics like "how does bitcoin work" and "how secure are your bitcoins" are among the many lessons you'll learn. 

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Police say they confiscated 10 guns from former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale's home after his wife said he hits her, showed them bruises

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Brad Parscale, speaking at a rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Police confiscated 10 guns from former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale's home, according to a police report obtained by Business Insider.
  • The police arrived at Parscale's Florida residence responding to a 911 call from his wife, who was found bruised and stated he threatened to attempt suicide, the report said.
  • "When I asked how she received the bruising, Candace Parscale [sic] stated Brad Parscale hits her," one responding officer wrote in the report.
  • Parscale was involuntarily hospitalized on Sunday following the incident.
  • He was ousted as Trump's 2020 reelection campaign manager in July.
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Police officers have confiscated 10 guns from former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale's Florida home, following a 911 call by his wife, Candice, who stated he pulled out a firearm and threatened to harm himself on Sunday afternoon, according to a police report obtained by Business Insider on Monday. 

Fort Lauderdale police arrived at the couple's $2.4 million residence in the upscale Seven Isles neighborhood where he dismissed multiple officers' orders to leave his home, per the police report.

Brad eventually complied and a police officer's body cam footage shows a SWAT officer tackling the former Trump aide, who is 6-foot-8, with what the police report described as a "double leg take down." Brad was found shirtless with a beer in his hand, slurring his speech and appeared to be intoxicated, according to the report.

He was taken into custody at the Broward Health Medical Center under the Baker Act, which authorizes involuntary hospitalization of those considered a threat to themselves or others for psychiatric evaluation.

Candice told officers that her husband had post-traumatic stress disorder and in recent weeks had turned violent, showing them bruises on her arms and face, which she said she got days earlier during a previous altercation, according to the report.

"While speaking with Candace Parscale [sic] I noticed several large sized contusions on both of her arms, her cheek and forehead," one responding officer wrote in the report. "When I asked how she received the bruising, Candace Parscale stated Brad Parscale hits her."

Another officer noted that Candice had "several bruises on both of her arms as well as scratches and bruising on her face."

Brad was demoted as Trump's 2020 reelection manager in July after a handful of controversies, including inflating rallygoer numbers ahead of a campaign event in Tulsa, Okla., that had low attendance. He has since stayed on the team as an adviser.

"Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him," Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign's communications director, said in a statement to Business Insider. "We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible."

Murtaugh also blamed Democrats and "disgruntled RINOs" for the incident.

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Workhorse surges 16% after President Trump views Lordstown's EV pickup Endurance at the White House

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The Endurance.
  • Workhorse surged 16% on Monday after it was reported that President Trump viewed the Lordstown Motors 2021 Endurance pick-up truck on the South Lawn at the White House.
  • Workhorse owns a 10% equity stake in Lordstown Motors, which is targeting a 2021 launch of its electric pick-up truck.
  • DiamondPeak Holdings also jumped 12% on the news, as the SPAC has previously announced that it will merge with Lordstown Motors, bringing the company public once again after Workhorse spun it off in 2019.
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President Donald Trump's viewing of the 2021 Endurance electric pick-up truck produced by Lordstown Motors spurred a 16% jump in shares of Workhorse.

Workhorse owns a 10% equity stake in Lordstown, which was spun off as its own independent company from Workhorse in 2019.

Eamon Javers of CNBC tweeted on Monday, "Now pool reporters have been brought out to the South Lawn, where they send this report: 'The president was already on the South Lawn when we arrived. He is looking at a Lordstown Motors 2021 endurance truck." The White House subsequently published remarks and video of the company's visit. 

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Lordstown is targeting a 2021 launch of the Endurance pick-up truck, and is planning to go public with a SPAC later this year. 

Shares of DiamondPeak Holdings also jumped on the news, by as much as 15% in Monday trading. The company said it would acquire Ohio-based Lordstown in August.

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A London mansion designed to look like 2 glowing glass cubes is asking $64 million. Look inside the modernist home that has 3 underground levels and a car stacker.

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The home is tucked away in an alleyway in Mayfair, one of London's most affluent neighborhoods.
  • A glass-walled London mansion has hit the market for £50 million, or about $64 million, Beckie Strum reports for Mansion Global.
  • The home also being offered as two separate adjoining homes for £25 million — or about $32 million — each. 
  • The 13,583-square-foot mansion includes two rooftop terraces, a four-vehicle car-stacking system, and a 27-foot underground swimming pool.
  • It has seven levels — and three of them are underground. 
  • At night, the house's frosted glass walls give the impression that it glows.
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A modernist mansion in London has hit the market for £50 million, or about $64 million, Beckie Strum reported for Mansion Global.

It's the most expensive new-build home ever built in the city's Mayfair district, Beauchamp Estates, the brokerage that holds the listing alongside Central Estates, told Business Insider.

The newly built home is mere steps from bustling Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus, yet it maintains peace and privacy thanks to its secluded location in an alleyway called the Down Street Mews, according to the listing

The $64 million glass-walled mansion sprawls across 13,583 square feet and has a whopping seven levels — and three of those are underground. The home has eight bedrooms, two rooftop terraces, a four-vehicle car-stacker, and a 27-foot underground swimming pool. With the lights on at night, the frosted glass walls give the home the appearance that it glows, the listing notes.

Take a look inside the London home.

An eight-bedroom mansion in London has hit the market for £50 million, or about $64 million.
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As a single home, it's the most expensive new-build home ever built in the city's Mayfair district, according to Beauchamp Estates, which is listing the property along with Central Estates.

Mayfair is an upscale neighborhood that borders Hyde Park.
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Mayfair, London.

It's steps from bustling Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus.

But the home maintains its privacy thanks to its secluded location in Down Street Mews.
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A mews — the British term for what was once a row of carriage houses and stables — is today a sought-after residential area known for the privacy and quiet it offers.

The London mansion spans 13,583 square feet that's spread across seven levels.
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Four floors are aboveground and the other three are underground.

The architect, Richard McCarthy, designed the home to resemble two glass boxes separated by a courtyard. With the lights on at night, the frosted glass walls give the impression that the house glows.
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The home was inspired by La Maison de Verre in Paris, as well as Japanese architectural screens. 

The home's unique floor plan means that the living areas and kitchen sit on the top floor of the home.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

Attached to the kitchen is a "winter garden" seating area that sits directly underneath a skylight.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

The kitchen flows into the dining area.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

The level below is occupied by two family rooms ...
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

... a study ...
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... and one of the bedrooms.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

The master suite sits on the first floor above ground level.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

Its white marble en-suite bathroom features a luxurious soaking tub ...
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... and a walk-in rain shower.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

A smaller bedroom sits on the same level as the master suite.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

Three more bedrooms occupy the ground floor.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

A courtyard with a living foliage wall separates the two glass cubes of the home.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

Then it's down to the subterranean levels. A passenger lift goes to all seven floors.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

Just below ground level is the lower ground floor, where you'll find two separate fitness areas.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

There's also a game room.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

Below that is the first basement level, which is home to the nearly 27-foot swimming pool and spa area.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

The spa includes multiple steam and sauna rooms, a hammam, and an ice shower.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

The home descends even deeper into the ground with a second basement level, which has a home cinema.
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Source: Beauchamp Estates

It may sit in the center of London, but the home has no shortage of parking. It comes with a German-built four-vehicle car stacking system.
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The car stacker can be accessed via a remote fob and includes a 360-degree CCTV camera and sensors for added security.

Gary Mesnick, director of Central Estates, which shares the listing with Beauchamp Estates, told Mansion Global that the coronavirus pandemic has made detached homes in London even more coveted.

"In the £20 million-plus ultra-prime marketplace, we have found that COVID-19 has been a 'game changer," Mesnick said, adding that buyers are "now choosing houses where they can completely control access and their living environment, in preference to apartment buildings where there are the issues of shared access, visitors they don't know and staff meeting lots of people."

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12 best places to buy fake plants online to liven up your space with no maintenance


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It's possible to have green decor flair without an ounce of high maintenance care. If you, like me, frequently buy plants to liven up your space with the best of intentions, only to have them die a few months later, perhaps it's time to embrace the faux plant trend.

Over the years I've invested in beautiful fresh orchids, low-maintenance snake plants and succulents, and even ambitiously tried out ferns and monstera plants. Despite my efforts at giving them proper sunlight, water, and tender care, they have all died. Some lasted a few months while others managed to thrive for a couple of years, but in the end, they all bit the dust. Let's face it — some of just do not have the green thumb. 

Fake plants used to mean shiny plastic and obviously fake leaves that would never pass for the real deal even from across the room, let alone up close. But these days, verdant dupes have gotten much better and many big retailers like Target, Wayfair, Pottery Barn, The Sill, and more sell a wide variety of artificial plants and flowers. Now it's easier than ever to create an indoor jungle oasis without the hassle of upkeep. 

From fiddle leaf fig trees to succulents, and arrowheads, try these artificial plants and say goodbye to ever needing to wonder if you remembered to water again.   

Here are the best places to buy fake plants online:

Updated 9/28: We added more product recommendations to this guide and added in Terrain as another great place to buy fake plants.

Potted Plants

Amazon has a hefty range of choices for just about anything you're looking for, and that includes fake plants and flowers. As an added bonus you can easily sort by material, size, where you want to put the plants, and more categories.

However, with so many options available from different brands, it can be easy to get plastic-y looking plants that won't fool anyone into thinking they are real. Just be sure to read reviews carefully and go with thoroughly vetted options because let's face it, when fake plants are bad they are bad.

Price: Starts at $0.01

Worth a look:

The Sill

If you're a live plant enthusiast, the Sill is likely already on your radar for their wide selection of living greenery that can be shipped right to your door. However, they're also an option for faux plants.

While The Sill doesn't have the biggest selection, and is a pricier option, their fakes draw praise for looking especially natural and for the lovely pots that come with the plants in a range of neutral color choices.

Price: Starts at $55

Worth a look:

Eucalyptus Plant in Planter

Best known as an online retailer for reasonably priced furniture, Wayfair also dabbles in home decor needs. The brand has a large collection of artificial plants, flowers, trees, and even wreaths and hedges. 

While some are noticeably plastic-looking pieces best used for crafts, there are several options that serve as solid dupes for indoor greenery.   

Price: Starts at $14.99

Worth a look:

West Elm
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Much like Pottery Barn, West Elm (which happens to be owned by the same parent company) sells pricey, but high-quality artificial plants and flowers.  Their collection of botanical decor allows you to bring a touch of nature into your space without any need for trying to find the right soil or fertilizer. 

Many of the plants come with beautifully designed pots and planters that give these decorative plants a truly upscale feel. 

Price: Starts at $10

Worth a look:

Home Depot
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Sure, Home Depot may be the place you turn to help you grow a real garden for its tools, fertilizer, or even materials to build your own planters. But it can also be the place you go to get a lush indoor oasis without any of that work. 

Home Depot's artificial plants and flowers include options ranging from fake hedges and single flowers to potted trees and decorative hanging baskets. 

Price: Starts at $7.49

Worth a look:

Artificial Cherry Blossom Arrangement

Target pairs the lush vibes of fake palm fronds and tropical plants with tasteful, neutral planters for a classic look. They feature plenty of options from potted artificial hyacinth and individual wisteria stems to large-scale banana plants and bamboo trees that are both realistic and long-lasting. 

Get creative with your stem arrangement and mix varieties, or pick out your own vases and planters to match your tastes.

Price: Starts at $5

Worth a look:

Pottery Barn
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Furniture and home good store Pottery Barn is another excellent place to shop for faux foliage. While the plants and flowers aren't as cheap as some other options, these handcrafted beauties are some of the most real looking imposters available, and many include planters or vases that would look at home at a special event, like a wedding. Just be prepared to spend some money, particularly if you're opting for larger-size plants and trees. 

Pottery Barn also carries less standard artificial options, like cacti, foxglove, and even potted citrus trees. 

Price: Starts at $14.50

Worth a look:

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True to its name, Terrain has a variety of greenery, stems, and bouquets so you can deck out your space with all the faux you want. There are even floral arrangements broken down into specific items so you can purchase them all together and recreate them at home, and wire wreath bases do you can create centerpieces for special occasions. 

Price: Starts at $8

Worth a look:

Nearly Natural
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As the name implies, Nearly Natural specializes in fake plants that look as natural as possible. Some Nearly Natural branded products can be found at other retailers like Home Depot and Amazon. But for a much larger selection of their plants, flowers, trees, and arrangements, you can buy directly from them. Their artificial faux-liage is crafted from silk for a realistic final product.  

Price: Starts at $36.99

Worth a look:

Cat and plant

While you won't find any flowers here, Artiplanto has gorgeous options for artificial potted plants and hanging plants. Even interior designers have been known to turn to them thanks to the chic look of these green decor options. Their elegant woven basket planters are an especially nice touch to liven up the aesthetic of any room, and baskets and planters are sold separately from the plants themselves. 

Price: Starts at $18

Worth a look:

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At Afloral, you'll find everything from silk plants to outdoor plants and fig trees, as well as wedding garlands and succulents. They also sell silk flowers, artificial leaves, and live plants, too. Buy just the plants, or opt for plants and flowers that come with decorative planters — these would especially make for lovely arrangements for weddings or special occasions. 

Price: Starts at $4

Worth a look:

IKEA cacti

The DIY Swedish furniture giant sells more than just tables and dressers in pieces. Add a touch of nature to your home with the retailer's lifelike artificial flowers and plants. Ikea offers some of the most affordable options out there, with many that include pots and planters still coming in under $10.

Price: Starts at $1.99

Worth a look:

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A flight attendant was jailed in the UK for dealing drugs after she lost her job due to the coronavirus pandemic

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"One of the terrible consequences of her offending is she will never work as a flight attendant again," Alexandra Dobre's lawyer said.
  • A former flight attendant in the UK was sentenced to prison for dealing drugs, the Stoke Sentinel reported.
  • The flight attendant, who was laid off during the coronavirus pandemic, was short on cash when a romantic partner recruited her to act as a courier.
  • Police found 81 baggies of cocaine at her home.
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A former flight attendant in the United Kingdom was sentenced to 28 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges that she dealt cocaine.

Alexandra Dobre moved to the UK from Romania three years ago to work as a flight attendant, the Stoke Sentinel reported. She was based at London's Luton airport, but it was not clear which airline she worked for. Budget carrier easyJet is headquartered at Luton, but several other budget and leisure carriers fly out of the airport.

Dobre was laid off from her airline due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Mirror reported. She relocated to Stoke-on-Trent, where she met a man on a dating app. Short on cash, she agreed to act as a courier for the man, dropping off packages containing cocaine.

She was stopped by police on August 7, the Sentinel reported, and her home was searched. Police found 81 baggies of cocaine in a bedside table, in addition to six sealed bags. The 19.4 grams were worth as much as £2,610, or about $3,350.

"She lost her job in spring this year and lost her accommodation as a result of that. She was at a loose end over what to do next," Dobre's lawyer said, according to the Sentinel. "She was plainly acting under direction. One of the terrible consequences of her offending is she will never work as a flight attendant again. It's something she loved."

"She is not by nature criminally-minded. She's from a good family in Romania," Cliff added. "She knows her family will be absolutely mortified that she has found herself involved in something of this nature."

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