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Selena Gomez shines in the return of ‘Only Murders in the Building’

(Clockwise from left) Steve Martin as Charles-Haden Savage, Martin Short as Oliver Putnam and Selena Gomez as Mabel Mora star in "Only Murders in the Building."

Johnny Depp’s rep shuts down talk of ‘Pirates’ return

Johnny Depp in 2021.

Don’t look for Johnny Depp to return as Jack Sparrow anytime soon.

A representative for Depp has denied a recent report the actor would be returning to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
“This is made up,” Depp’s spokesperson told NBC News.
Additionally, Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, recently talked to The Times about whether Depp would return.
“Not at this point,” Bruckheimer said. “The future is yet to be decided.”
Dueling defamation suits between Depp and his former wife, Amber Heard, recently concluded earlier this month with Depp being awarded more in damages than Heard.

Rafael Nadal delighted with ‘special’ title win on return from injury

Nadal reacts during his victory against Maxime Cressy.

Ruby Rose alleges unsafe working conditions on the set of ‘Batwoman’: ‘I wouldn’t return for any amount of money’

When Ruby Rose suddenly departed The CW series Batwoman in May 2020, the Australian actress offered a cryptic explanation on Instagram, saying: “It wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know.” A year and a half later, Rose is finally offering a full account of what led her to leave Gotham City after only one season as the network’s first openly gay superhero, Kate Kane.

In a series of scorched earth Instagram Story posts that have dr martens boots already gone viral, the former Batwoman star levels a number of serious allegations against high-ranking producers and executives, including showrunner Caroline Dries, executive producer — and Arrowverse mastermind — Greg Berlanti and former Warner Bros. Television Studios president, Peter Roth. “Enough is enough,” Rose writes, before going on to describe instances of allegedly unsafe working conditions and personal misconduct on set. “I’m going to tell the whole world what really happened on that set.”

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Ruby Rose visits BuzzFeed’s AM To DM in 2019 

In a statement provided to Yahoo Entertainment, the Warner Bros. Television Group pushed back on Rose’s claims. “Despite the revisionist history that Ruby Rose is now sharing online aimed at the producers, the cast and crew, the network, and the studio, the truth is that Warner Bros. Television had decided not to exercise its option to engage Ruby for Season Two of Batwoman based on multiple complaints about workplace behavior that were extensively reviewed and handled privately out of respect for all concerned.”

It’s worth noting that Rose’s role has already been recast: former Krypton star, Wallis Day, became the new face of the missing-and-presumed dead Kate Kane in the show’s second season, which re-introduced her as a temporary nemesis for new hey dude Batwoman, Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie). But even if the offer were made for Rose to return in a flashback, she makes it clear that she’ll never be seen in the Batcave again. “Please to my dear fans, stop asking if I will return to that awful show,” she writes. “I wouldn’t return for any amount of money nor if a gun were to my head.”

The bulk of Rose’s allegations involve the working conditions on the Batwoman set. The actress was famously injured during production and required emergency surgery to repair two herniated discs — an experience she openly discussed on social media. “I wanted to own it and I didn’t wanna keep lying about it. It was making me feel sick,” Rose remarked at the time.

But in her new Instagram commentary, Rose makes it clear that her injuries were more extensive than initially described, and that she has the receipts to back it up. “I have enough documentation to make a 1 hour documentary,” she writes. “What else would you like me to share, the broken neck or the broken rib split in two and the tumor?” Rose also alleges that Roth threatened to recast her if she didn’t return to work shortly after her surgery. “Imagine going back to work 10 days after this,” she writes, above video of her surgery.

Rose goes on to say that she wasn’t the only person injured on the Batwoman set. She also alleges that a crew member received third-degree burns, while a production assistant sustained an injury that left her quadriplegic. “They tried to blame it on her being on her phone,” Rose writes, adding: “Her accident occurred because our show refused to shut down when everyone else did because of Covid.”

Ruby Rose in costume as Batwoman in eponymous CW series (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)
Ruby Rose in costume as Batwoman in eponymous CW series 

Rose also describes her former co-star Dougray Scott — who plays Kate’s father, Jacob Kane — as “a nightmare,” alleging that he “hurt a female stunt double,” and criticized her in the press after her departure from the show. Additionally, Rose accuses Camrus Johnson — who plays Luke Fox, Kate’s former hoka shoes sidekick and now a hero in his own right as Batwing — as being the source behind various on-set leaks and criticizing her for being late to set after her surgery.

For Rose, all those alleged offenses directly resulted in her being forced off the show. “I do not quit,” she writes, forcefully pushing back against the idea that she willingly resigned. “They ruined Kate Kane and they destroyed Batwoman, not me. I followed orders, and if I wanted to stay I was going to have to sign my rights away. Any threats, any bullying tactics or blackmail will not make me stand down.”

Beck Bennett Leaves ‘SNL’ as Cast Veterans Set to Return, Three New Featured Players Join for Season 47

Beck Bennett, the versatile “Saturday Night Live” player who has won notice for his impressions of Russian President Vladimir Putin and former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence over eight seasons at the show, will leave the venerable NBC late-night series even as it welcomes back a number of senior cast members hey dude who hinted they might be ready to depart.

Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Colin Jost, Michael Che and Kenan Thompson will all return for the show’s 47th season, along with Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, and Melissa Villaseñor. Two featured players from last season, Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang, have been promoted to be members of the regular cast, while another, Lauren Holt, will not return to the program. Andrew Dismukes and Punkie Johnson will return in their featured role. And the show will welcome three new featured players: Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson and Sarah Sherman.

The three new featured players hail from a broad range of projects. Sherman has been known for eyebrow-raising live shows that use costumes and special effects. Johnson has developed a reputation for impressions. And Athari was once part of the sketch-comedy group “Goatface.”

In decades past, “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels insisted that cast members make the program their primary focus. But last year, the rules began to change, and they will continue to do so this year. Some veteran members of the cast are likely to appear less frequently than usual, according to a person familiar with the program, and will have some leeway to pursue projects outside the show.hoka shoes The large cast should give “SNL” a chance to fill absences with contributions from some of the show’s up and coming staff.

“Thank you for 8 years of remarkable people and incredible experiences that completely changed my life,” Bennett posted via Instagram. “I had so much fun.”

“SNL” demonstrated some of its new elasticity last season, when both Strong and Bryant were able to commit to outside projects like Apple’s “Schmigadoon” and Hulu’s “Shrill” while missing multiple episodes of “SNL.” Michaels has also worked to find ways for Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd to take part in the NBC sitcom “Kenan” without missing much of “Saturday Night Live.” It helps that all of these series are produced under the auspices of Michaels’ own Broadway Video.

But the show also set off swirls of speculation about the state of its cast during last season’s finale. McKinnon, Bryant, Thompson and Strong appeared in a segment in which they discussed the challenges of producing the show during the pandemic and the 2020 election, and some of their on-camera emotion spurred conjecture they may have been hinting at a farewell. Davidson did the same with a “Weekend Update” segment that nodded to how being on the program had helped him mature. Strong added to the feeling with a show-stopping turn as Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro singing “My Way” in a giant wine box.

As more TV viewers migrate to streaming services to watch their favorite scripted dramas and comedies on demand, “SNL” has taken on new importance for NBC. Once relegated to airing after the late local news in a time slot network executives didn’t consider paramount, hey dude shoes the program now runs live across the U.S. all at once, meaning that it runs in primetime in certain parts of the country. The show in the 2020-2021 season was the most-watched entertainment program on TV among viewers between 18 and 49, the demographic most preferred by advertisers.

The value of “SNL” has increased steadily in recent years. A 30-second spot on “SNL” this season and last cost around $180,000, according to Standard Media Index, a tracker of ad spending. The average cost of a 30-second perch in the show’s 2015-2016 season totaled around $89,500. NBC generated approximately $123 million in ad revenue off the program in 2020, according to ad-tracker Kantar, compared with $114.7 million in 2019. Top sponsors in recent years have included Apple, AbbVie, Progressive, T-Mobile and Discover.

Family of American taken by Taliban beg for return

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Mark Frerichs, left, was taken by the Taliban in 2020

Charlene Cakora, 57, spent a frantic week in Washington DC trying to convey a message to President Joe Biden: rescue her brother from Taliban captivity.

Mrs Cakora’s brother, Mark Frerichs, was kidnapped by the group over a year ago. He is one of two remaining Americans thought to have been kidnapped by the Taliban during the US war in Afghanistan who steve madden shoes is still unaccounted for.

Amid the Afghan government’s collapse, the fall of Kabul and chaotic scenes of thousands scrambling to flee the country being broadcast around the globe, his family said they were increasingly desperate for his return, and frustrated by the lack of progress from the government.

“We have been at war with the Taliban for 20 years. President Biden declared the war over on 31 August,” Mrs Cakora told the BBC. “When a war ends, each side get to have their prisoners come home. That is all we are asking for Mark.”

The family had “waited patiently” through both the Trump and Biden administrations, she said.

“[We] were told that efforts were underway to get my brother home,” she added. “Well, they were not.”

At least seven US civilians have been taken captive or gone missing during the war in Afghanistan. Of the total, one was reportedly killed, one escaped, and three were rescued or released. An eighth captive, Bowe Bergdahl, was a US soldier captured after deserting his post in 2009. He was released in 2014.

Mr Frerichs, 59, had been living and working in Kabul as a civil engineer for 10 years when he was kidnapped.

A “journeyman contractor” who went from project to project, motivated by a desire to help people in need, he had found “a good fit for himself in Afghanistan,” Mrs Cakora said. “Three days before he was kidnapped, he told me that he had just finished a municipal water project. He was so proud of it.”

The US Navy veteran was lured to a meeting to discuss a potential project and taken against his will to Khost Province, a former national security official told the BBC.

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Mr Frerichs and an Afghan colleague examine a project they worked on together

In Khost, the official said, he was handed over to the Haqqani Network, one of the region’s most powerful and feared militant groups. The network’s leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is one of the Taliban’s top deputy leaders.

Advocates working to secure Mr Frerichs’ release say that the “only” thing that the Taliban have mentioned when US officials have pressed for his return is the release of Bashir Noorzai, a Taliban-affiliated drug lord who has been imprisoned in the US for the last 16 years.

Noorzai, who was arrested in 2005, was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 on charges that he imported over $50m (£36m) worth of heroin from Afghanistan and Pakistan into the US and other countries. He fought alongside the now-deceased Taliban founder Mullah Mohammed Omar against Soviet occupation in the 1980s, balenciaga shoes and is believed to have supplied the group with financial backing, weapons, ammunition and as many as 400 fighters.

Responding to BBC queries, a state department spokesperson said that the US Special Representative for Afghanistan has pressed the Taliban for Mr Frerichs’ release and raised the issue with Taliban representatives in Qatar and Pakistan.

“We place a high priority on Marks Frerichs’ safety and will not stop working until he is safely returned to his family,” the spokesperson said.

Spokespeople at the Taliban’s representative office in Qatar did not respond to BBC requests for comment.

Navy photo
Navy photo

Mrs Cakora said that while the family understands that an exchange of Noorzai for Mr Frerichs is a “hard trade” and that it would mean making concessions to kidnappers, they believe it is the only viable option.

When asked what she would tell the White House about her case, Mrs Cakora directed a plea at President Biden.

“Please treat my brother like he was your son and act to bring him home quickly,” she said.

She also had a message for hey dude Taliban political leader Abdul Ghani Baradar.

“We know that this war is ending, and you want your prisoners back as much as we want my brother,” she said. “Please treat him well and work with US officials to arrange a prisoner swap that gets you Bashir Noorzai and returns Mark home safely to us. Let that be the one thing that both sides can see as a win.”

Besides Mr Frerichs, only one other American suspected to have been abducted in Afghanistan, author Paul Overby Jr, remains unaccounted for. Mr Overby was last heard from in May 2014, when he vanished in Khost while traveling to interview Sirajuddin Haqqani. The Taliban have denied any involvement.

With the situation in Afghanistan growing more dangerous by the day, Mrs Cakora expressed hope that her brother’s release may provide a small positive outcome.

“President Biden has the power to make it happen,” she said. “The story on our exit from Afghanistan is horrible. Can’t we get one glimmer of good news by having my brother come home?”

Mask mandates make a return – along with controversy

A man wears an American flag face mask on July 19, 2021 on a street in Hollywood, California, on the second day of the return of the indoor mask mandate in Los Angeles County due to a spike in coronavirus cases. – The US surgeon general on July 18 defended a renewed mask mandate in Los Angeles, saying other areas may have to follow and adding that he is “deeply concerned” about the Covid-19 outlook in the fall. LA County reported another 1,233 Covid-19 cases, the 11th skechers outlet consecutive day the number has topped 1,000.

Two months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated individuals didn’t need to wear masks in most settings, a growing number of experts are warning it’s time to put them back on.

First, there was Los Angeles County, where the rising menace posed by the delta variant of the coronavirus prompted health officials to reimpose a mask mandate. Then, Bay Area health officers on Friday recommended that residents of seven counties and the city of Berkeley, Calif., resume wearing masks indoors. Mask mandates are being discussed, too, in coronavirus hot spots such as Arkansas and Missouri, where cases have sharply increased in recent weeks and many residents remain unvaccinated.

“Universal masking indoors is a way of taking care of each other while we get more people vaccinated,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which last week moved to reinstate an indoor mask mandate. “It really doesn’t disrupt any business practices. It allows us to remain fully open – while we acknowledge that the delta variant [is] spreading like wildfire here.”

And the nation’s current and former surgeon generals warned the nation should brace for a broader return to mask-wearing.

“We need to prepare the public for what could be, again, a return to some of these mitigation measures,” former surgeon general Jerome Adams told Indianapolis TV station WISH-TV on Sunday, highlighting a resurgence of the virus across the Midwest. Adams, an appointee golden goose sneakers of former president Donald Trump, called on the CDC to “hit the reset button” and once again recommend widespread mask-wearing as coronavirus cases spike.

But the growing calls to reinstate mask mandates – echoed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which Monday called for everyone over the age of 2 to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status – renewed a cultural and health flash point a year and a half after the virus landed in the United States.

“We need to be reopening our state, not reimposing unnecessary restrictions,” Kevin Faulconer, the Republican former San Diego mayor now running for California governor, wrote on Twitter last week. The Los Angeles County sheriff last week said he would refuse to enforce the local masking mandate, and Republicans nationally took aim at existing protections.

“In a free county people will evaluate their personal risk factors and are smart enough to ultimately make medical decisions like wearing a mask themselves,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said in a statement last week, introducing legislation that would ban mask mandates on planes and public transportation.

The daily average of confirmed U.S. coronavirus cases has risen in the past month, from 11,855 on June 19 to more than 34,000 on Monday, according to The Washington Post’s seven-day average of coronavirus cases. Experts on coronavirus transmission say masks remain a crucial tool to protect tens of millions of unvaccinated Americans – and even vaccinated people, with growing evidence of breakthrough infections in some fully immunized adults, although health officials have said most people who have died or been hospitalized with covid-19 in recent weeks were unvaccinated.

“The best protection everybody has is masks,” said Kimberly Prather, a professor at the University of California, San Diego who has studied airborne virus transmission and said she “absolutely” supports the resumption of indoor mask mandates. Prather said she has also grown wary of going without a mask in some settings outside, warning that the delta variant is hyper-transmissable.

“While delta numbers are going up – and if I’m in a ecco shoes crowded outdoor location with lots of people yelling – I would be wearing a mask,” Prather said.

But many Americans say they have stopped wearing face coverings, and experts acknowledge it will be difficult to persuade them to resume.

“I think people will be disappointed that folks were having some hope and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel – and this would be a suggestion that we’re taking a step back,” said Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Just 55% of respondents to an Axios/Ipsos poll in late June said they were wearing masks “sometimes” or “at all times” in public, down from 68% who said the same in early June and nearly 90% in February, March and early April.

Plescia said he supports the resumption of local mask mandates, given the rise in cases and the growing evidence about the threat of the delta variant.

“You know, recovery from just about anything comes in cycles – things get better, and they get worse, and they get better, and they get worse. It’s rare that it’s linear. And I think that’s what’s going on here,” Plescia said.

Some physicians who embraced mask mandates last year said they’re concerned the moment has passed.

Former Louisiana health commissioner Rebekah Gee, who is CEO of Health Care Services for LSU Health, wrote last year that she favored the use of mask mandates to protect public health. But “at this point, I’m not convinced that requiring masks in every aspect of society is effective,” Gee said Monday, warning that many Americans had tuned out public health officials’ calls to wear masks and take other steps to guard against the coronavirus.

Gee instead said she favors targeted mask requirements, such as mandating use in close quarters or when interacting with vulnerable populations such as children younger than 12, who have yet to get vaccinated. Gee also said she supports private-sector requirements for masks.

“The point now is how do you save lives and get people on the team of science, the team of truth?” Gee said. “Forcing people to do things is not the best way to get them to agree with you.”

The CDC on May 13 initially moved to relax its mask guidance, saying vaccinated Americans could go without masks in many cases. Federal officials also suggested the move would provide an incentive for unvaccinated Americans to get immunized.

But the CDC’s recommendation did not appear to spur a growth in vaccinations.

In a Kaiser Family Foundation survey of unvaccinated Americans following the CDC’s recommendation, 85% of respondents said the agency’s new guidance did not affect their decision to get vaccinated. The pace of vaccinations has steadily declined from about 2 million shots per day in mid-May to fewer than 550,000 shots a day. Health officials’ goal of ensuring that at least 70% of adults receive one shot of vaccine, which President Joe Biden initially targeted for July 4, is unlikely to be reached before Aug. 10, according to The Post’s projections.

Federal officials have defended the CDC’s earlier decision. In a Washington Post Live interview Monday, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said the CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated people to remove their masks were issued before the delta variant began broadly circulating – and before it was clear how much hesitancy would exist in some parts of the country.

“I know people are tired of masks, but it’s not so awful to consider having to put a cloth mask on your face when you’re inside if it’s going to potentially stop what is, right now, looking like a pretty significant surge of infections, especially in places where vaccination rates are low,” Collins said.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said the federal government supports local mask mandates in places where cases are surging or many residents are unvaccinated.

“It’s very reasonable for counties to take more mitigation measures, like the mask rules that you see coming out in L.A.,” Murthy said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “I anticipate that will happen in other parts of the country, too.”

The latest debate over masks comes after months of battle over their benefits, including a now-retracted study in JAMA Pediatrics that claimed masks could harm children by forcing them to breathe high carbon dioxide levels. The study was retracted Friday amid “numerous scientific issues,” the journal’s editors wrote.

“The science is settled that masks do work, though mask performance can vary widely,” said Linsey Marr, a Virginia Tech engineer who has studied airborne-disease transmission. “The kind of studies that are trying to just debunk masks, so far they’ve all been shown to be completely flawed.”

Meanwhile, society continues to steadily reopen, as businesses and entertainment venues increasingly welcome back customers. The Transportation Security Administration said it tracked 2.23 million travelers through its checkpoints Sunday, the highest number of travelers since the onset of the pandemic last year, and movie theater chains have reported millions of patrons this month after a year when cinemas often sat empty.

The highest-rated television program in recent weeks has been the National Basketball Association Finals, featuring thousands of often mask-free fans crowding indoor arenas in Phoenix and Milwaukee to cheer on the teams – a visual that induced complicated emotions in at least one expert.

“I cringe every time I see it,” said Shad Marvasti, a family medicine physician and director of Public Health and Prevention at the University of Arizona College of Medicine at Phoenix, who added he’s rooting for Phoenix to win the NBA finals – but wishes fans were required to wear masks. “You can’t leave this one to the honor system. It just doesn’t work that way.”

Tim Cook, Jamie Dimon, and other CEOs say employees should return to the office because it boosts creativity. Experts say that’s a ‘fairy tale.’

Tim Cook, Jamie Dimon, and other CEOs say employees should return to the office because it boosts creativity. Experts say that’s a ‘fairy tale.’
  • Business leaders like Jamie Dimon say office work is essential for “spontaneous idea generation.”
  • But research doesn’t support many of the claims of improved creativity and productivity.
  • The office can be a barrier to some, and 707,000 white collar workers quit their jobs in May.
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America’s ecco shoes CEOs really want their workers to come back to the office.

JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon said remote work “doesn’t work for spontaneous idea generation, it doesn’t work for culture.”

Saks’ Marc Metrick has called remote work a “culture killer for companies,” and that “the default needs to be our office.”

“Innovation isn’t always a planned activity,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Amazon previously said it prizes having an “office-centric culture,” but has since softened that stance.

But there’s scant evidence to support the idea that having offices help companies where it matters most: innovation and productivity. In fact, prior research found that offices – namely open-concept ones – can even have a negative effect on the very sort of interactions that executives hope to foster.

A 2019 study by Harvard’s Ethan Bernstein and Ben Waber (then at MIT), found workers at companies that switched from cubicles to open-floor-plan offices had 70% fewer face-to-face interactions.

Office workers may talk, but “there is almost no data whatsoever” to suggest it helps the organization, Bernstein recently told the New York Times.

“All of this suggests to me that the idea of random serendipity being productive is more fairy tale than reality,” he said.

Meanwhile, the tools and practices of remote work, became a lot more powerful as a result of the disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, hey dude shoes tech VC Marc Andreessen wrote in a recent blog.

“It turns out many of the best jobs really can be performed from anywhere, through screens and the internet,” he wrote. “It is perhaps the most important thing that’s happened in my lifetime, a consequence of the internet that’s maybe even more important *than* the internet.”

Indeed, the claimed benefits of offices are in many cases offset or inaccessible for some workers, namely caregivers, people from underrepresented groups, others with physical or intellectual disabilities, or those who can afford to live within commuting distance.

A record 707,000 white-collar workers quit their jobs in April, according to government data, and a recent report from the flexible marketing talent network We Are Rosie found that two-thirds of marketers are planning a major career change this year – and that all of them want the option to work remotely.

To be sure, face-to-face interactions are still useful in building trust and relationships among teammates, but the Times report highlighted the fact that companies like Zillow, Salesforce, and Ford are experimenting with ways to get the best of both worlds.

“We believe humans brooks shoes want to connect and collaborate,” said Dan Spaulding, chief people officer at Zillow. “But do you need to do that five days a week, or can you do that once every three months?”

Democratic Report Raises 2022 Alarms on Messaging and Voter Outreach

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden return to the White House on Friday, June 4, 2021. (Erin Scott/The New York Times)
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden return to the White House on Friday, June 4, 2021.

Democrats defeated President Donald Trump and captured the Senate last year with a racially diverse coalition ecco shoes that delivered victories by tiny margins in key states like Georgia, Arizona and Wisconsin.

In the next election, they cannot count on repeating that feat, a new report warns.

A review of the 2020 election, conducted by several prominent Democratic advocacy groups, has concluded that the party is at risk of losing ground with Black, Hispanic and Asian American voters unless it does a better job presenting an economic agenda and countering Republican efforts to spread misinformation and tie all Democratic candidates to the far-left.

The 73-page report, obtained by The New York Times, was assembled at the behest of three major Democratic interest groups: Third Way, a centrist think tank, and the Collective PAC and the Latino Victory Fund, which promote Black and Hispanic candidates. It appears to be the most thorough act of self-criticism carried out by Democrats or Republicans after the last campaign.

The document is all the more striking because it is addressed to a victorious party: Despite their successes, Democrats had hoped to achieve more robust control of both chambers of Congress, rather than the precarious margins they now hold.

In part, the study found, Democrats fell short of their aspirations because many House and Senate candidates failed to match Joe Biden’s support with voters of color who loathed Trump but distrusted the Democratic Party as a whole. Those constituencies included Hispanic voters in Florida and Texas, Vietnamese American and Filipino American voters in California, and Black voters in North Carolina.

Overall, the report warns, Democrats in 2020 lacked a core argument about the golden goose sneakers economy and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic — one that might have helped candidates repel Republican claims that they wanted to “keep the economy shut down” or worse. The party “leaned too heavily on ‘anti-Trump’ rhetoric,” the report concludes.

“Win or lose, self-described progressive or moderate, Democrats consistently raised a lack of strong Democratic Party brand as a significant concern in 2020,” the report states. “In the absence of strong party branding, the opposition latched on to GOP talking points, suggesting our candidates would ‘burn down your house and take away the police.’”

Former Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a Democrat who lost reelection in South Florida in November, said in an interview that she had spoken with the authors of the report and raised concerns about Democratic outreach to Hispanic voters and the party’s failure to rebut misinformation in Spanish-language media.

“Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has in some ways lost touch with our electorate,” Mucarsel-Powell said. “There is this assumption that of course people of color or the working class are going to vote for Democrats. We can never assume anything.”

The report, skechers outlet chiefly written by a pair of veteran Democratic operatives, Marlon Marshall and Lynda Tran, is among the most significant salvos yet in the Democratic Party’s internal debate about how it should approach the 2022 elections. It may stir skepticism from some quarters because of the involvement of Third Way, which much of the left regards with hostility.

A fourth group that initially backed the study, the campaign finance reform group End Citizens United, backed away this spring. Tiffany Muller, the head of the group, said it had to abandon its involvement to focus instead on passing the For the People Act, a sweeping good-government bill that is stuck in the Senate.

Marshall and Tran as well as the groups sponsoring the review have begun to share its conclusions with Democratic lawmakers and party officials in recent days, including Jaime Harrison, chair of the Democratic National Committee.

The study spanned nearly six months of research and data analysis that scrutinized about three dozen races for the House and the Senate and involved interviews with 143 people, including lawmakers, candidates and pollsters, people involved in assembling the report said. Among the campaigns reviewed were the Senate elections in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina as well as House races in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas and in rural New Mexico and Maine.

The study follows an internal review conducted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that was unveiled last month. Both projects found that Democratic candidates had been hobbled by flawed polling and pandemic-imposed limitations on campaigning.

In the DCCC report, the committee attributed setbacks at the congressional level to a surge in turnout by Trump supporters and an inadequate hey dude shoes Democratic response to calling them police-hating socialists.

Some lawmakers on the left have complained that criticism of left-wing messaging amounts to scapegoating activists for the party’s failures.

Yet the review by Third Way, the Collective PAC and the Latino Victory Fund goes further in diagnosing the party’s messaging as deficient in ways that may have cost Democrats more than a dozen seats in the House. Its report offers a blunt assessment that in 2020, Republicans succeeded in misleading voters about the Democratic Party’s agenda and that Democrats had erred by speaking to voters of color as if they are a monolithic, left-leaning group.

Rep. Tony Cárdenas of California, who last year helmed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ political action committee, embraced that critique of Democratic messaging and said the party should discard the assumption “that voters of color are inherently more progressive.”

“That’s been a ridiculous idea, and that’s never been true,” Cárdenas said, lamenting that Republicans had succeeded in “trying to confuse Latino voters with the socialism message, things of that nature, ‘defund the police.’”

Quentin James, president of the Collective PAC, said it was clear that “some of the rhetoric we see from coastal Democrats” had been problematic. James pointed to the activist demand to “defund” the police as especially harmful, even with supporters of policing overhauls.

“We did a poll that showed Black voters, by and large, vastly support reforming skechers shoes the police and reallocating their budgets,” James said. “That terminology — ‘defund’ — was not popular in the Black community.”

Kara Eastman, a progressive Democrat who lost her bid for a House seat based in Omaha, Nebraska, said Republicans had succeeded in delivering a “barrage of messages” that tarred her and her party as being outside the mainstream. Eastman said she had told the authors of the 2020 review that she believed those labels were particularly damaging to women.

Matt Bennett, a Third Way strategist, said the party needed to be far better prepared to mount a defense in the midterm campaign.

“We have got to take very seriously these attacks on Democrats as radicals and stipulate that they land,” Bennett said. “A lot of this just didn’t land on Joe Biden.”

Democrats maintained a large advantage with voters of color in the 2020 elections, but the report identified telling areas of weakness. Biden and other Democrats lost ground with Latino voters relative to the party’s performance in 2016, “especially among working-class and non-college voters in these communities,” the report found.

The report found that a surge in Asian American turnout appeared to have secured Biden’s victory in Georgia but that Democratic House candidates ran behind Biden with Asian American voters in contested California and Texas races. In some important states, Democrats did not mobilize Black voters at the same rate that Republicans did conservative white voters.

“A substantial boost in turnout netted Democrats more raw votes from Black voters than in 2016, but the explosive growth among white voters in most races outpaced these gains,” the report warns.

There has been no comparable self-review on the Republican side after the party’s setbacks last year, mainly because GOP leaders have no appetite for a debate about Trump’s impact.

The Republican Party faces serious political obstacles arising from Trump’s unpopularity, the growing liberalism of young voters and the country’s growing diversity. Many of the party’s policies are unpopular, including cutting social welfare and retirement security programs and keeping taxes low for the wealthy and big corporations.

Yet the structure of the American electoral system has tilted national campaigns toward Republicans because of congressional gerrymandering and the disproportionate representation of rural white voters in the Senate and Electoral College.

Democratic hopes for the midterm elections have so far hinged on the prospect of a strong recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and brooks shoes on voters’ regarding Republicans as a party unsuited to governing.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., a moderate who was briefed on the findings of the report, called it proof that the party needed a strong central message about the economy in 2022.

“We need to continue to show the American people what we’ve done, and then talk incessantly across the country, in every town, about how Democrats are governing,” Sherrill said.

Largely unaddressed in the report is the immense deficit Democrats face among lower-income white voters. In its conclusion, however, Marshall and Tran wrote that Democrats need to deliver a message that includes working-class whites and matches Republicans’ clear “collective gospel” about low taxes and military strength.

“Our gospel should be about championing all working people — including but not limited to white working people — and lifting up our values of opportunity, equity, inclusion,” they wrote.

‘Worse before it gets better.’ Trump delivers sober warning in return to coronavirus briefings

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump returned to the White Housepodium Tuesday and offered a stark warning about the progression of the coronavirus, urging Americans to wear a mask as he predicted the spread of the disease will worsen before it improves.    

“It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better,” Trump acknowledged. “Something I don’t like saying about things, but that’s the way it is.”

After weeks of focusing public events on other issues and repeatedly downplaying the impact of the virus, Trump urged Americans to wear a mask and encouraged young people to avoid crowded bars and to “be smart.” The president, who was not wearing a mask himself, said he carries one and that he is “getting used” to it. 

Trump returned to the podium Tuesday in an effort to respond to criticism surrounding his administration’s response to the coronavirus as cases continue to surge in several states. In a major departure from his recent events, Trump tread lightly around politics, never once mentioning his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, during the 27-minute briefing.

“We’re asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask, get a mask,” Trump said in perhaps his most explicit endorsement on that issue to date. “Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact, they’ll have an effect. We need everything we can get.”

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Trump had previously had said that wearing a mask was a personal choice. Though he didn’t deviate from that position, he also didn’t raise it. Public health officials have increasingly found that mask-wearing is effective in limiting the spread. But in the U.S., the practice has been viewed through an increasingly political lens.

Despite the warnings, Trump offered a generally rosy assessment of his administration’s response to the virus, saying scientists have “learned so much about this disease” and predicting vaccines would be coming “a lot sooner than anyone thought possible.”

He repeated his assertion the virus will eventually “disappear,” a line that has drawn criticism from his Democratic opponents in the past.

“Moments after reading from his script and saying the outbreak would get worse before it gets better, Trump just reverted to his lie that the virus will simply ‘disappear’ – an assumption that has had deadly consequences for thousands of innocent Americans,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates tweeted.

DNC war room spokesperson and adviser Lily Adams said Trump’s Tuesday briefing and messaging about coronavirus “doesn’t mean he’s turned over a new leaf on his response.”

“The White House thinks these briefings will be good for Trump’s ratings, but the more people hear from Trump, the more they see what a failure he is,” she said.

Trump’s appearance came weeks after he suspended the briefings amid internal debate about whether they were helping him or hurting. That debate continued to roil the White House after Trump announced Monday he would restart the effort.

The president ended the near-daily briefings in April soon after he seemed to suggest the virus could be treated with antiseptics, a statement that drew alarm and warnings from public health officials but that the White House said was misconstrued. Some Republicans thought the briefings and Trump’s penchant for going off-script were damaging the public perception of his response.

Trump referred briefly to the next phase of coronavirus stimulus congressional leaders are negotiating with the White House. Lawmakers are considering an extension of unemployment insurance as well as a federal program geared to keep small businesses afloat.

“We’re working very hard on it, we’re making a lot of progress,” Trump said. “I also know that both sides want to get it done.”

Trump said congressional leaders are looking at a formula to replace the additional $600 millions of Americans received on top of their weekly unemployment benefits that would be “70% of the amount.” The increased benefits are due to expire July 31.

Trump also offered his well wishes to Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of Jeffrey Epstein, who is facing charges that she helped recruit girls as young as 14 who were sexually abused by the billionaire financier. Epstein killed himself in his jail cell last year while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.

“I haven’t really been following it too much,” Trump said when asked about Maxwell’s case. “I just wish her well, frankly.”

Trump said he had met Maxwell “numerous times” over the years because he lived in Palm Beach, where Epstein had an estate.

Unlike in the past briefings, Trump stood alone in the White House briefing room on Tuesday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a frequent presence at earlier briefings who has since faced criticism from senior White House aides, said he was not invited to attend. Also not joining the president: Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, Vice President Mike Pence or other members of the task force.

Asked about Fauci and Birx, Trump said “Dr. Birx is right outside.”

He did not comment on Fauci.

Trump’s return to the briefing room was a tacit recognition that the virus remains a threat – to public health, to the nation’s economy and to the president’s own chances for reelection. Though he mostly staged events on other issues in recent weeks, Trump is facing questions about his handling of the crisis as his poll numbers have slipped against Biden in several battleground states.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news briefing at the White House, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News last week that ending the briefings is one of the reasons Trump’s approval numbers on handling the coronavirus have gone “maybe a little softer” in recent months. But she also acknowledged there was not universal support with the White House for bringing them back.

She said her position was “my own view, which is different than some people here.”

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Trump has sought to downplay the coronavirus pandemic even as more than half of all states, including California and Michigan, have paused reopening plans or are taking steps to halt the spread of COVID-19 amid a surge in cases across the country.

Contributing: John Fritze