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NFL: Supporting Kanye West Does Not Qualify As A Charitable Cause

For one game only, the NFL allowed players the freedom to express support for charities in the “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign last week. Many players chose organizations with a personal connection (Brandon Marshall and Project Borderline for borderline personality disorder, Ryan Shazier and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, Dak Prescott and the American Cancer Society), and more than 100 shared the stories behind their cleats on the Players Tribune. But Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham went a different route:

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Colombia’s President Sees Nobel Prize as Bolstering Peace Deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway for negotiating peace with Marxist rebels, a distinction that gives his government more clout to end half a century of conflict. View full post on World News

Sources: Donald Trump expected to nominate Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state next week – NBC News

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Islamic State militants enter Palmyra after heavy fighting: monitor

AMMAN (Reuters) – Islamic State militants entered the ancient city of Palmyra on Saturday in eastern Syria after advancing to its outskirts for the first time since losing the city earlier this year, a war monitor said.

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Watch These Inspiring Celebrity Women Get Real About Supporting Each Other

Every year Billboard’s Women in Music ceremony gathers the most empowering female artists in one room to celebrate women who’ve made an impact on the music industry and beyond. 

Madonna, Shania Twain, Halsey, Alessia Cara, Maren Morris and Kesha ― who delivered a moving speech about her “roller-coaster ride of ups and downs” this year ― were among the honorees at the 2016 event in New York City on Friday.

The Huffington Post and Makers caught up with some of these unapologetic stars and others on the red carpet to talk about the importance of supporting each other in an industry that too often diminishes women’s voices. 

“The trick is staying true to yourself at the same time,” said Twain, who received the Icon of the Year award. “Not being a follower, but a leader.” 

Check out what Hoda Kotb, Chloe x Halle, Debi Mazar, Daya and Alessia Cara had to say in the video above. 

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Twins Prospect Yorman Landa Dies In Car Accident

Minnesota Twins minor leaguer Yorman Landa died in a car accident last night in his native Venezuela. He was 22.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Seeks to Consolidate Power

Turkey’s government submitted a bill to overhaul the constitution and concentrate power in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office, a controversial move that risks further destabilizing the country amid myriad security and economic threats. View full post on World News

Magnitude-6.1 earthquake reported 131km (81 mi) west-northwest of Arawa, Papua New Guinea – USGS

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OPEC, Russia see smooth road to global deal on output cut

VIENNA (Reuters) – Russia and Saudi Arabia said they expect OPEC and non-OPEC producers to reach an agreement on Saturday to curtail oil output and prop up prices in the first such joint move since 2001.

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Chuck Schumer Calls For Investigation Into Russian Interference In The Election

WASHINGTON ― Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has demanded a congressional investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

The incoming Senate minority leader believes it’s necessary after The Washington Post reported on Friday that the CIA had concluded that the country had worked to help Donald Trump win the presidency.

In a secret assessment, the CIA reportedly concluded that Russia wasn’t only working to undermine confidence in the election, but working to help Trump.

“Reports of the CIA’s conclusion that Russia actively sought to help elect Donald Trump are simultaneously stunning and not surprising, given Russia’s disdain for democracy and admiration for autocracy. The silence from Wikileaks and others since election day has been deafening. That any country could be meddling in our elections should shake both political parties to their core,” Schumer said in a statement. “Senate Democrats will join with our Republican colleagues next year to demand a congressional investigation and hearings to get to the bottom of this. It’s imperative that our intelligence community turns over any relevant information so that Congress can conduct a full investigation.”

President Barack Obama has ordered a review of Russia’s influence in the election before he leaves office. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has already pledged to work with Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to investigate Russia’s influence in the election. And Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has vowed to go “after Russia in every way you can go after Russia.”

“I think they’re one of the most destabilizing influences on the world stage. I think they did interfere with our elections, and I want [Russian President Vladimir] Putin personally to pay the price,” he told the Post.

In October, the Intelligence Community announced that it believed Russia was behind email hacks of the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, a top aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton

Despite that conclusion, Trump has said he doesn’t think Russia is behind the hacks.

“I don’t believe they interfered. That became a laughing point, not a talking point, a laughing point. Any time I do something, they say ‘oh, Russia interfered,’” he told Time magazine. “It could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.”

“I believe that it could have been Russia and it could have been any one of many other people,” he added. “Sources or even individuals.”

But not all Republicans are expressing outrage over Russia’s alleged involvement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reportedly was skeptical of the intelligence showing Russia’s involvement in the election and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said it was no big deal.

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the outgoing Senate Democratic leader, raised concerns publicly earlier this year that the FBI was withholding information about ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign. After the Post’s report on Friday, Reid took a parting shot at FBI Director James Comey in an interview with Bloomberg’s Steven Dennis.

“I was right. Comey was wrong. I hope he can look in the mirror and see what he did to this country,” he said.

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Just In Time For the Holidays: The First Discount We’ve Seen On Your Favorite Travel Pillow

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Southeast Asian Nations Assess Options Amid Trade-Deal Uncertainty

Southeast Asian officials hunkered together to assess where the region stands in the wake of global shocks, including the near-certain death of a trade deal with the U.S. following the election of Donald Trump as president. View full post on World News

Report: CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House, officials say – Washington Post

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Syria, Russia pound rebel-held Aleppo but advances halt

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian’s military and Russian warplanes bombarded rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Saturday as Damascus’s allies said victory was near, but insurgents fought back and army advances halted after rapid gains during the week.

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How To Take The Best Family Photos This Holiday Season

You may not think you have a lot in common with renowned photographer Barbara Bordnick when you’re trying to get family photos this holiday season. Bordnick’s work has been commissioned by Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair, after all. She’s shot portraits of many famous celebrities — Angela Lansbury, Marcel Marceau and Jennifer Garner, among them. Yet she was cowed at the prospect of taking a portrait of her parents.

“My father was very intimidating — charming, but intimidating,” she says.

So Bordnick enlisted the help of her mother, who knew just what to do to lighten the mood: She goosed her husband, which resulted in a spontaneous expression of mirth. And a great photo (below).

“Accidents are the professional’s best friend,” Bordnick says. The unexpected can add spontaneity and life to a photograph. But that doesn’t mean great photos happen by accident. Taking frame-worthy family portraits requires patience, planning and know-how. This is how Bordnick does it  — and how you can, too, during the holidays:

1. Build rapport.

“When you are taking a photo, you are asking people to be where they want to be the least — in front of your lens,” she says. “People ask me how I get my subjects to relax. The answer is: How do I relax? By becoming interested in the person.”

This takes time. “Something meaningful has to happen between the subject and me,” Bordnick says. For instance, she once photographed lyricist Yip Harburg, who wrote them for the The Wizard of Oz, among other musicals. “My favorite portrait of Yip is of him singing Over the Rainbow,” she says.

2. Don’t pose people.

Forget about asking people to smile or stand in a certain way.

“Look, really look, at who you are photographing until you see them,” Bordnick says. “The best facial expressions come from being comfortable and natural, so watch what they naturally do and work with that.”

If your subject turns away from the camera, go with it. Try photographing him or her in profile.

Remember that not all portraits are of someone’s face. One of the most famous photos of Winston Churchill was shot from behind.

3. Plan your shot.

When you look through the lens, think of it as an empty canvas. What goes on that canvas is your decision. You choose what’s in the background and what you want to frame.

Ask yourself: Is that what you really want to see in the photograph? Could something be moved, added or subtracted? What does it look like if you turn the camera? Try taking landscape and portrait shots to see.

“I am always annoyed when people cut off a hand at the wrist,” Bordnick says. “Hands and eyes are often the most important things in a portrait.”

4. Eliminate distractions.

“As much as possible, be alone with the person,” Bordnick says. You’re the boss. “Get rid of anybody that’s bothering you,” Bordnick adds.

5. Go outside.

Natural light is the best light. Just make sure your subjects aren’t backlit or squinting into the sun.

6. Skip the flash.

Avoid using the flash on your smartphone or point-and-shoot camera. If you absolutely must, back up several feet, zoom in and then use the flash. Or tape a piece of tissue paper over the camera’s flash to soften the light. That will distribute the light more evenly to help avoid harsh shadows. You can also use white paper or a white sheet to “create” more light and direct light.

7. Hold the camera or phone steady.

A handheld camera can make it difficult to get a sharp shot. Get a gorilla pod or a table tripod to keep your camera still.

8. Get an assistant.

You can’t be everywhere at once, and it really helps to have someone to hold reflective paper or move something into or out of the frame. Use a family member or friend to fix someone’s hair, shift a light source or fetch something for you.

“Maintaining contact with your subject must remain constant without distractions and having an assistant assures that,” Bordnick says. Children can be wonderful assistants. It will keep them occupied and make them feel like an important part of the process.

9. Keep your subjects occupied.

Bordnick gives her models “business,” as it’s known in the theater. Give subjects something to do, such as lean against the wall or cuddle up in their favorite jacket. You could also photograph them in context for something they are famous for: woodworking, cooking, knitting or whatever it is they love doing.

10. Deal with eyeglasses.

Tilt glasses down by putting tape on top of people’s ears to remove the possibility of glare.

11. Print and share.

Bordnick doesn’t believe a photograph is finished until it’s printed. A good portrait is one of the best gifts you could give a family member, she says. “There’s no greater pleasure than giving a print to someone. It’s a very special gift,” says Bordnick.

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This Seinfeld Reboot Sucks

Donald Trump, who will be spending the next four years traveling around the country doing stand-up, took some time today to give his hungry constituents what they crave: good, clean observational humor.

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Ghana Elects New President

Opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo was declared the winner of presidential elections, securing the West African nation’s highest office on his third attempt. View full post on World News

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