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Rocker Dee Snider Attacks Shakira And Jennifer Lopez’s Super Bowl Halftime Show – Deadline

February 3rd, 2020

Dee Snider did not like what he saw during Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show.

The Twisted Sister frontman criticized Jennifer Lopez and Shakira for what he considered too sexy performances for the NFL’s family-friendly audience, and insisted a rock band would have brought a different vibe.

“Beginning to pole humping, ass slapping, ass shaking end. If that’s the requirements for a half-time show, none of the rock bands I know can or will do that. #justsayin,” Snider tweeted Sunday night.

Shakira and Lopez performed a medley of their hits, with Shakira dancing, playing instruments, surfing through the crowd, and shaking her hips while singing “Hips Don’t Lie.”

Lopez arrived on a stripper pole, shimmied and belted out several songs, including “Jenny From the Block.”

Snider was apparently upset about the performances all night, and took to Twitter again this morning to let off more steam.

This time he responded to a Boston sports fan who called for the rocker to headline next year’s show, adding that he’s sure the longtime performer “could climb the pole too.” Snider’s response: “Yes…but I refuse to shake my ass or let someone slap it on stage!”

It’s not surprising Snider disapproved of Lopez and Shakira’s high-octane set.

In September after the NFL announced the two Latin superstars would be headlining the show, he voiced his anger on social media.

“WTF!? @shakira and @jlo for this year’s @nfl halftime show!? Once again the great heavy music that rocks the stadiums week after week, game after game is completely ignored. I guess we don’t shake our ass enough!!” Snider tweeted on September 26.

After cooling down a bit, he returned to the subject and insisted rock gets “no respect.”

“My point about this years @NFL halftime show isn’t a slight on @shakira or @JLo, it’s frustration that week after week rock is the go to music during games but gets no respect when it comes to the Super Bowl! And I don’t think I’m popular enough for that slot. But @Metallica…” he wrote.


Iowa Democrats divided over best nominee to challenge Trump, AP survey says – Global News

February 3rd, 2020

Iowa Democrats are fiercely united by the goal of unseating U.S. President Donald Trump, but they were sharply divided Monday over which candidate was best equipped to do so, according to the AP VoteCast survey.

As host of the first of the nation’s presidential contests, Iowa has played a historic role in defining the field of Democratic frontrunners. But the results from AP VoteCast show how difficult it can be for any single contender to unite an increasingly diverse coalition of voters whose common cause rests mostly on their fury with the Republican president.

Fully 88 per cent said electability was very important for the Democratic nominee, compared with the 66 per cent who said having the best policy ideas is highly important. But not everyone at the start of the caucuses agreed on who was most electable. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was backed by voters under 30, while former Vice-President Joe Biden‘s base was largely older and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was drawing more support from women than men.

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“Hey, everybody, if you want to beat Trump, come over to Biden’s camp,” yelled Jeff Erickson, a retired postal worker, as voters filed into Hoover High School in Des Moines.

Yet many of the Democratic presidential candidates have possible weaknesses when challenging Trump. Just over 4 in 10 Iowa voters said it would be harder for a woman to unseat the president. Almost 6 in 10 said a gay candidate would have more difficulty defeating Trump, a potential risk for former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Roughly the same share said a nominee with “strongly liberal views” would also face a harder time, while close to half said a nominee older than 75 — Biden and Sanders — would have a tougher time versus Trump.

1:402020 Democratic presidential frontrunners prepare for Iowa caucuses

2020 Democratic presidential frontrunners prepare for Iowa caucuses

AP VoteCast is a survey of more than 2,800 voters who said they planned to take part in Monday’s Democratic caucuses in Iowa, conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

As voters gathered, there was a tension between those seeking to transform the U.S. government and those who believe a less disruptive candidate would fare better against Trump.

Nearly two-thirds said it was more important for them to vote for a candidate who will fundamentally change how the political system works, compared with one who will restore Washington to the way it was before Trump’s inauguration.

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1:21Democrats criss-cross state of Iowa ahead of pivotal caucuses

Democrats criss-cross state of Iowa ahead of pivotal caucuses

Biden has based much of his campaign on his decades-long service in the Senate and his partnership with Barack Obama in the White House, representing himself as a return to a more civil and bipartisan era. This contrasts sharply with Sanders and Warren, who are seeking to break with a past they see as perpetuating a lack of opportunity for many Americans.

Candidates have sought to distinguish themselves based on policies that could reshape the role of government in U.S. society. Sanders and Warren have embraced bolder changes such as universal health care through the government and a wealth tax. Biden, Buttigieg and Klobuchar have called for more incremental shifts in policy.

“Bernie is the candidate who is focusing on the big changes that are going to impact the future, rather than the right now,” said University of Iowa junior Allison Steger, as she waited to caucus for Sanders at the student union in Iowa City.

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Democratic voters were also divided based on age, education and sex.

Close to half of voters under 30 supported Sanders as their top choice. Biden got the backing of 3 in 10 voters who were 65 and older.

Warren’s support was somewhat stronger among women than men. She and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar saw slightly more support from college graduates, compared with those without a degree. Voters without a college degree were slightly more likely to support Biden and Sanders.

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2:37Sanders says low voter turnout in Iowa caucuses will translate to Democrat loss in 2020

Sanders says low voter turnout in Iowa caucuses will translate to Democrat loss in 2020

Iowa Democrats who identified themselves as very liberal were somewhat more likely be in Sanders’ camp, while the moderates clustered with Biden, Klobuchar and Buttigieg.

Voters were relatively uniform in terms of which policy issues they considered to be most important.

About 4 in 10 ranked health care as their biggest priority, while 3 in 10 identified climate change as the top. Democratic voters were largely supportive of government programs that would improve access to health insurance coverage as well as taxation of carbon emissions in order to limit climate change.

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Iowa Democrats almost universally share an abiding distaste for Trump. An overwhelming majority of caucusgoers — about 8 in 10 — were “angry” with the Trump administration. Another 14 per cent said they were “dissatisfied, but not angry.”

Nearly 8 in 10 Democrats said they judged the impeachment process to be “worth it,” even though the Senate trial appears certain to close this week with an acquittal for Trump.

The solid economy, with unemployment at a half-century low, was an afterthought for Iowa Democrats, with just about 1 in 10 saying the economy was the top issue facing the nation. Trump has been rooting his reelection efforts around the economy’s growth, yet few Iowa Democrats seem willing to reward him for an expansion that began under his predecessor.

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Democrats in Iowa do not feel they’re benefiting much from the growing economy. Roughly two-thirds of Iowa Democrats describe their own financial situations as “holding steady.” About as many said they are falling behind as said they are getting ahead.

Nearly 9 in 10 described the economy as very or somewhat unfair, a possible sign that many Democrats are nervous about the growing concentration of wealth and power with the top 1 per cent of U.S. households.

The concerns about medical care, the fate of the planet and inequality are reflected in overwhelming support among Iowa Democrats for a presidential candidate who could transform the U.S. government.

3:01Biden tells Iowa voters next president needs to help ‘heal’ country

Biden tells Iowa voters next president needs to help ‘heal’ country

Iowa Democrats under age 45 favoured fundamental change by roughly 3 to 1. About two-thirds of those ages 45 to 64 also considered fundamental change to be the better approach. But voters over 65 were more closely divided in which they preferred.

Significant change could come from how Americans pay for health insurance. Seven in 10 backed a single-payer health care plan, which would shift all Americans to government-based insurance instead of private plans. Almost 9 in 10 support a proposal for people having a public option to receive health care through the government.

On climate change, close to 9 in 10 Iowa Democrats support taxing carbon-based fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas. Nearly half were strongly in favour of the proposal.

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Apple Suppliers Aim to Resume Full China Production Feb. 10 – Yahoo Finance

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Air Canada flight forced to make emergency landing in Madrid – Global News

February 3rd, 2020

An Air Canada flight bound for Toronto was forced to make an emergency landing in Madrid. Redmond Shannon explains why, and how the incident was serious enough to dispatch Spanish military planes.

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Now certain 2019 LG TVs have the Apple TV app too – Engadget

February 3rd, 2020

Peter MacKay interview abruptly ends after question about tweet – CTV News

February 3rd, 2020

TORONTO — The public relations team for Conservative leadership candidate Peter MacKay abruptly ended an interview with CTV News after he was questioned about a tweet his team sent out concerning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s yoga expenses.

The awkward exchange happened Monday during an exclusive interview with the former cabinet minister after a tour of Boost, a child and youth advocacy centre in Toronto that helps children who’ve been victims of abuse. MacKay co-chairs the group’s board.

When questions turned to his leadership campaign, MacKay said he wanted to raise the bar for political discourse.

“I’m at a point now with some further private sector experience and some reflection that I’d like to do politics a little differently,” he said.

“Everybody says that but having been in it and left and coming back to it, I think I bring a new level of compassion, a new level of understanding of perhaps how things could work on a practical level and I’d also like, and everybody says this, but I would like to see some civility.”

In response, CTV News questioned MacKay about a tweet his account sent out on Saturday, which criticized Trudeau for using $876.95 in Liberal party donations for yoga sessions, spa visits and other health club expenses.

MacKay said he did not agree with the tweet.

“That was something that happened that I’m not proud of,” he said. “I don’t have the opportunity always to vet every single thing that goes on that social media account and so we are going to do better.”

It was then that MacKay’s media handlers shut down the interview.

“I think we’re done,” said one. “You just went way over. I’m sorry,” another one added.

“She’s just doing her job, she’s a journalist” MacKay said.

MacKay is one of seven candidates — including fellow frontrunner Erin O’Toole — who’ve officially declared their intent to run for the Conservative leadership.

The party will select their new leader during a convention in Toronto on June 27. 

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See Jennifer Lopez and Her Daughter Get Ready for the Super Bowl Show – E! NEWS

February 3rd, 2020

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira did the damn thing at the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Both superstars made jaws drop after their epic performances, which included melodies of their biggest hits, glamorous outfit changes, major surprise guests (hello, Bad Bunny and J Balvin) and more.

Not only did the dynamic duo make history as the first two Latinas to lead a halftime performance, but they gave everyone an unforgettable show.

During J.Lo’s set, the moment that really captured people’s hearts was when her 11-year-old daughter, Emme Maribel Muñiz, joined her on stage. The mother-daughter duo not only performed a rendition of “Let’s Get Loud,” but Emme had her own solo moment when she belted out lyrics to Bruce Springsteen‘s “Born In the USA.”

Making the song more poignant? Emme performed Bruce’s hit as she and other children emerged from cages, which many online pointed out was a reference towards the border crisis. Moreover, J.Lo’s outfit change was also significant, as she donned a larger-than-life coat that paid tribute to her Puerto Rican heritage.

All in all, the mother-daughter duo commanded the stage, and that special moment wasn’t lost on Lopez.

On Monday, the 50-year-old icon took to social media to share a moving video of her and Emme getting pumped and ready for their big performance during Sunday night’s NFL game. The behind-the-scenes footage also showed J.Lo’s glam squad doing last-minute touch-ups, her hyping up her team and more.

“Keep us calm and safe,” the “Medicine” songstress can be heard saying, as she and her team are gathered around for a prayer. “Help us to get through this. Lord, Jesus Christ… Thank you and we are so grateful because we are gonna rock this stadium!”

In the video clip, Emme and J.Lo also have a special moment together before performing on stage. The 11-year-old can be seen hugging her famous momma. And at the same time, the pop star is shown kissing her daughter on the forehead.

Grab the tissues!

“These moments were captured just minutes before we hit the stage last night,” she captioned her Instagram post, alongside the same video. “All I want my girls, the little girls on stage with me and all over the world to know is how to use their voices and be proud of everything they are.”

“Other people can try to build walls, keep us out or put us in cages,” she continued. “We are proud to recognize that all of us together are what makes this beautiful country truly great.”

A message we can all get behind!


The Apple TV app is now available on LG’s 2019 TVs – The Verge

February 3rd, 2020