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South Korea’s “Parasite” Dominates At 2020 Oscars

NPR reports: At Sunday’s Oscars, on a night when almost everything went as planned and as usual, the one true surprise came in the biggest moment of all. For the first time ever, a film in a foreign language won best picture when Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, a comedy-drama-thriller about class and secrets, took the big prize. Bong also won the …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Deadline reports: It’s just about time for Hollywood’s biggest night. The 92nd Oscars are tonight with the ceremony beginning at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. The network is also making the ceremony, which is going host-free again this year, available on ABC.com and via the ABC app. The live …

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Sanders Backtracks On Releasing Medical Records

The New York Post reports: Meet The Press host Chuck Todd today noted that in a Sept. 14 interview — prior to the heart attack in October — Sen. Bernie Sanders promised to release his medical records “before the first votes are cast.” “The American people have a right to know whether the person they’re going to be voting for …

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Swiss Public Votes To Outlaw Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The BBC reports: Voters in Switzerland have backed a proposal to make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity illegal. The result of 63.1% in favour to 36.9% against is a huge boost for Switzerland’s LGBT community. It had argued Swiss law on the issue lagged far behind other countries in Europe. Opponents of the new law …

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Chinese Government: Call The Virus “NCP” For Now

The New York Times reports: The Chinese government has announced a temporary name for the illness caused by the coronavirus, ordering the local authorities and state news media to adopt it. In English, it will be called NCP, for novel coronavirus pneumonia, the National Health Commission said on Saturday. The naming of viral illnesses is a complicated matter that involves …

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Chinese Ambassador Blasts GOP Sen. Tom Cotton’s “Absolutely Crazy” Claim That Virus Is Germ Warfare

CBS News reports: Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai rebuked claims about the origins of the coronavirus, calling any theories it is linked to biological weapons research “absolutely crazy” and warning such allegations could stir up racial discrimination and xenophobia. Cui was responding to an assertion from Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who tweeted that Wuhan, the …

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Bloomberg Pays “Influencers” For Instagram Plugs

The Daily Beast reports: The Bloomberg campaign has quietly begun a campaign on Tribe, a “branded content marketplace” that connects social-media influencers with the brands that want to advertise to their followers, to pitch influencers on creating content highlighting why they love the former New York City mayor—for a price. For a fixed $150 fee, the Bloomberg campaign is pitching …

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Graham Suggests God Approves Of Trump’s Acquittal

The Insider reports: Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he doesn’t think God will judge him when he dies for voting to acquit President Donald Trump. Graham called in to Fox News Radio’s “Brian Kilmeade Show” to discuss the Senate vote that acquitted Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in his impeachment trial, and he discussed …

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Sanders To Hammer Buttigieg On Billionaire Donors

Politico reports: “We are running all over this state, we’re talking to as many people as we can, we’re talking about what our agenda is,” Sanders said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday. “We’re going to contrast our view with Mayor Buttigieg’s,” he said, adding that “one of the areas of contrast is at last count” Buttigieg had about 40 …

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