Halloween might be more than a week away, but that doesn’t mean things are about to get spooky scary in your horoscope this week. Yikes. The Sun moves into Scorpio meaning changes, because, well, every time the Sun enters a new sign, it kinda shakes shit up. Opportunities that arise this week might open even more doors for you in 2018. Let’s just hope there’s not some sort of fucked-up creepy clown behind that same door, though.
The Sun is on the mothafuckin’ move, and it’s teaming up with Jupiter in the house that controls your finances. In the coming months, your credit will get a boost, so it’s a lucky time for you to apply for a loan for some major shit like a car or a house. Likewise, it can also affect how much money is coming in around you. Has your boyf been funemployed or, like, IDK in grad school working his ass off to become rich later on? Well, your ability to stand by you man will be rewarded in the next month. Finally, he can start paying for fancy dinners again. Nice.
If it feels like your Seasonal Affective Disorder is in high gear in the next four weeks, well, it probs is. It kinda sucks that when the Sun is opposite your sign in the zodiac, it coincides with Daylight Saving Time, doubling the affects of being tired and super down about the loss of summer. The upside is that you have a chance to take a step back and evaluate your life and friendships. Since you might not feel like going out, you can curl up at home and see who texts you first. Like, if someone doesn’t want to be in your life when you’re not at 100%, then that person shouldn’t be in your life at all. It’s time for realizing things, ya know?
You’re on some sort of organizational/figuring-your-life-out kick in the next four weeks. Your big goals involve being productive, efficient and maybe even a little bit physical. If you can’t seem to focus and get your shit together, sorry to say, it’s probably a sign that you aren’t getting off your ass enough to build that mind-body connection of being high-functioning af. For you, there’s a lot that connects how you feel physically and how you feel mentally. So if you feel like your mental game isn’t up to par, maybe like, eat a vegetable or something.
Cancer betches are lucky AF in the next four weeks, because it’s time to get out and play. You’re really living your best life and being your best self as long as you’re getting out there and not letting the change of seasons ruin your mood. Sporting events are somehow more appealing to you. Like, no, not playing. Ew. I’m just saying, if you’ve been looking to take the title of Queen of the Tailgate, the next month is really when you’ll come into your own when it comes to being the life of the party at seasonal festivities.
Normally, a Leo betch is the open about her life with her friends. Like, does everyone need to hear about your last trip to the gyno? Um, no… but you have no problem telling them anyway. But, if you find yourself being a little bit more private when it comes to basically everything in the next four weeks, don’t freak out. Your focus for the next month is shifting to personal matters and shit other people just don’t need to hear about. Things are really in the works for you, so don’t jinx them by running your fat mouth.
It feels like time is speeding up for you over the next month. Like, seriously, who hit the fast-forward button? You’ll be busy with whatever usually dominates your time, plus, there’s an opportunity for short weekend trips. Underneath it all *cue Shakira* there’s something you want to get off your chest, though. Carve out time to have that deep discussion you’ve been meaning to have, and make clear communication your goal. This doesn’t mean you need to have a wine-induced heart-to-heart. Actually, you might want to be totes sober for this one. As freaky as that sounds.
You’re on the mission for greater control over your life in the next four weeks, like, especially when it comes to money. Do you own your shit or does your shit own you? It’s time to take a better look at where you’re spending and what that says about your life. While you’ve got your mind on your money and money on your mind, it’s still okay to throw it around a little bit. I mean, it is fall, so the change in season does call for a few new pieces in the closet. It may also be time to do some fall cleaning so you have room for the new shit in your life.
The Sun has made its way into your sign and is hanging out for a bit. Fucking finally. You might have a spring in your step this week and feel just generally perkier. No, nothing is deeply wrong with you, you’re just in a good mood. Bask in the glow that is your life rn. Others are taking note, too. You’ll be open to more attention in every part of your world—especially the parts that need some TLC. Feeling lonely? Your dating life is about to rev up. Feeling poor? It’s time for your boss to notice your efforts at work. Remember, even if you don’t get exactly what you want, sometimes, it’s about getting what you need.
Get out the crystals, you’re about to get meta. The Sun enters a hidden part of your chart this week, forcing you to look inward. If meditation and yoga aren’t your thing, just do whatever is most cathartic to you. Just because you’re examining your own soul doesn’t mean you have to be a weird loner recluse. It’s actually a really good time for you to be more social, because you’ll get a better perspective on where you stand in your friendships.
You’ll be feeling a little more jazzed up when it comes to social interactions over the next four weeks. Normally, small talk in the office elevator would make you want to stab everyone and rip your hair out. First of all, don’t do that. Second of all, chill our for a minute and work on listening to what people are saying. You might catch on to something important. It’s a time of opportunity for you and giving that higher-up a sounding board just might give you an upper hand in the game later on. As our hottest president ever, JFK, once said, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” Remember that this week.
As the Sun is at the top of your chart right now, it’s acting like a spotlight on you and all the shit you do. You’re not a show-off-y sign, (I’m looking at you, Leo) but you’ll be getting some more positive attention over the next four weeks, and it’s best you don’t just shrug it off. Use whatever good graces come your way to advance your position in life. Work on your pitch for what you really want, and then just fucking go for it. If you’ve been waiting for a sign, this is it, betch.
You’re, like, sooooo bored with the status quo lately. You’re really eager to get out and do new shit and meet new people. If that’s like, really how you feel deep down, then you need to stop making excuses as to while you’re being so boring all the time. Is something really holding you back? Then work on getting rid of that obstacle. Are you just being a lazy/whiny-ass bitch about stuff? That’s probably closer to the truth. You need to pick yourself up by the bootstraps and make fun a priority over the next four weeks.
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Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump travels to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with Senate Republicans at their weekly policy lunch as he pushes forward on tax cuts.
On taxes, passing a formal budget is a key step to clearing the way for the Senate to pass an eventual tax deal on a simple majority vote, meaning without Democratic support. The Senate passed its version last week and House and Senate negotiators were expected to spend this week hammering out differences between the two chambers’ budgets.
Instead, the House is expected to speed up the process by simply adopting the Senate budget with a vote sometime this week.
House GOP leaders struggled for months to get the votes for their own proposal as conservatives demanded details on tax reform and millions of dollars in required spending cuts. That process stalled progress on the budget and tax reform. But it appears many House Republicans now are willing to set aside items they had fought so hard to preserve in order to ensure tax reform gets on a faster track.
Meantime, tax negotiations continue behind the scenes over the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT), a popular tax break that’s expected to be scrapped from the plan. Some Republicans from high-tax states like New York, New Jersey and Illinois have been pushing to either preserve the deduction or find some sort of compromise. But nixing SALT would bring in needed revenue to help pay for the plan. So it’s unclear what will happen on SALT, if anything.
On health care, Republican senators attending the lunch with Trump will be anxious to know what he wants to do about the bipartisan Alexander-Murray legislation, which would restore the cost sharing reductions for Obamacare that Trump cut off earlier this month.
Trump has given mixed signals on the legislation to legalize the payments to insurance companies, which were struck down in court.
The bill would continue CSR for another two years — a win for Democrats — and provide states with greater say about how the law is implemented in their states — a win for Republicans.
Even if the bipartisan compromise gets through the Senate — a tall order — House Speaker Paul Ryan has already publicly raised problems with the proposal. Top House conservatives don’t want to sign onto any legislation they feel helps sustain the health care law they’ve been working to undo since 2009. But with leaders of both sides recognizing Congress will have to deal with the issue, it’s likely it could be punted and incorporated into a year-end funding deal.
On disaster aid, the Senate is scheduled to break a filibuster of a $36.5 billion emergency supplemental spending bill to respond to the multiple hurricanes that hit the United States in recent months and the ongoing wildfires that are burning out West. More emergency aid is likely to be approved in November, according to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
McConnell’s full ‘State of the Union’ interview
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain and others have raised questions about the military operation in Niger that resulted in the deaths of four US soldiers. Congress will continue to track the Pentagon’s investigation of the incident, and McCain’s panel as well as others could demand more briefings and information.
The congressional Russia probes will continue to bring in a stream of witnesses with both chambers back this week. But one high-profile event is no longer on the calendar: The Senate intelligence committee postponed a public hearing with Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, that was scheduled for Wednesday.
The committee said the hearing, which was added in place a closed-door interview last month, would be rescheduled for a later date.
The House is also voting on Iran sanctions legislation that would target the country’s ballistic missile program. It will also take up a bill that imposes penalties on Iran for its support of the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon.
Hearings of note
Border issues — On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Kevin K. McAleenan to be commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. He is likely to be questioned about the President’s plan for border security and intention to build a wall between the US and Mexico.
Puerto Rico recovery — The House Natural Resources Committee will hold an oversight hearing Tuesday on the Puerto Rico recovery in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hear from representatives from the FDA, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on public health preparedness and response to 2017 hurricane season.
(CNN)There are some harsh words being bandied about in Hollywood since numerous women accused screenwriter and director James Toback of sexual harassment.
Toback’s agent, Jeff Berg, told CNN on Sunday he would pass a request for a comment on to his client. The director, 72, denied the allegations when contacted by the Los Angeles Times, according to the publication.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn posted Sunday on his official Facebook page that when he was living in New York City in the 1990s, Toback “was EVERYWHERE.”
“I have personally met at least FIFTEEN WOMEN, probably more, who say that he’s accosted them in NYC,” Gunn wrote. “He essentially goes up to women and says, ‘Hey, I’m James Toback, and I’m a famous director, and I feel like there’s a connection between us.’ Then he shows them some article on himself or some other artifact to prove he is who he is, and tries to get them to go somewhere else with him.”
Gunn wrote that three women whom he dated, two of his best friends, and a family member had alleged to him that Toback harassed them
“I don’t want to be attacking every Hollywood douchebag who hits on countless women,” Gunn wrote. “That type of behavior isn’t cool, but I think it’s important to separate douchebaggery from any kind of sexual coercion. But the women I talked to who DID go someplace private with Toback, told stories that were worse than the women only accosted on the street.”
Titled “The Pickup Artist’s Guide to Picking Up Women: A Case-by-Case Look at Movie Director James Toback’s Street Technique,” it outlined stories of more than a dozen women who alleged Toback tried to pick them up, including the writer of the piece, Vincenza Demetz.
Demetz wrote that Toback told her of the story, “If you print this piece, I promise it will be the single thing you regret most in your life.”
The accusations against Toback follow allegations of sexual misconduct made by more than 40 women against producer Harvey Weinstein.
One of the Weinstein accusers, actress Rose McGowan, tweeted Sunday “James Toback damn you for stealing, damn you for traumatizing.”
Actor/comedian/radio host John Fugelsang tweeted “I had no idea James Toback objectified women until I watched like any of his movies from the past 20 years.”
“Will & Grace” star Debra Messing also tweeted about the allegations.
“The damn [sic] has broke,” she wrote. “Women will no longer be silent. We have your back and will amplify.”
An update since this story originally published, Jeff Berg is no longer representing James Toback.
(CNN)Here’s what you might have missed on CNN today:
President Donald Trump on Monday disputed a widow’s account of a condolence call he made to her following the death of her husband in Niger after an ambush on US Green Berets. Myeshia Johnson said the President stumbled on her husband’s name during the call.
On Monday afternoon, the Pentagon held a briefing led by General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He revealed new details on the Niger ambush, including that US troops requested additional support about an hour after the firefight began with 50 ISIS fighters. The attack took the lives of four US and five Nigerien soldiers.
Soldier’s widow on Trump’s call
President Donald Trump on Monday disputed a widow’s account of a condolence call he made to her following the death of her husband in Niger after an ambush on US Green Berets. Myeshia Johnson said the President stumbled on her husband’s name during the call.McCain takes jab at Trump
If you ever read and thought, “This is pretty sexy, but it would be wayyyy sexier if I could hear these exact same events told from the perspective of a man,” then you’re in luck! fan fiction author-turned-porn-book-woman E.L. James will be releasing a new installment of the series called which is, you guessed it, a retelling of the second book from the perspective of Christian, and with the longest book title known to man. E.L. James, you know don’t have to like, explain the entire premise of the book in the title, right? Like, Harry Potter books are just called not . It’s not necessary.
The new book will come out on Nov. 28th, just a few months after the release of the film version of so those of us me who only see the movies because we don’t want to be spotted reading a porn book in public will be able to hear Anastasia’s side of the story, before Christian gets his man thoughts all over it.
E.L. James teased pages from the new book on Facebook over a year ago and horny soccer moms stans have been wet with anticipation ever since.
Ugh should I not have said wet? I’m sorry. That’s gross.
Anyway, this type of re-release is nothing new for the sopping wet avid fans. E.L. James pulled a similar move back in June of 2015 when she released . Again, there is no need for these titles to be so long. That’s what the inside of the book is for.
Not that E.L. James needs any advice from me. sold over 1 million copies in its first week, despite the fact that literally every critic said it was hot, steamy garbage. It’s almost like the reason is so popular has nothing to do with literary merit or something…
Some people exude self-assurance, while others dread putting themselves forward. But is lack of confidence societal or genetic, and what tricks can we use to overcome it?
Above the entrance to Manchester Grammar School lies a coat of arms and a Latin inscription: Sapere Aude. Ian Thorpe, then the schools development officer, translated it for me Dare to Be Wise as we stood in the front quad on a warm day last July. First used by the Roman poet Horace in his book of Epistles, the phrase was later employed by the philosopher Immanuel Kant: Dare to know! Have the courage to use your own understanding is the motto of the enlightenment, he wrote. And it makes a fine motto, too, for a school that counts among its alumni the writer Thomas de Quincy and the director Nicholas Hytner.
Manchester Grammar is the largest all-boys day school in the country, and when I visited they were in the throes of summer sports day: a loudspeaker reeled race results out across the grass, a large marquee stood by the track. There was, I felt, a sense of gentle splendour there in the trees that line its long driveway, mature and broad-branched, and in the quad designed in the style of an Oxbridge college. Certainly, the school wants for little: it stands on a 28-acre site, has a history dating back to the early 16th century, and commands fees a little shy of 12,000 a year.
In the cool of the library, I joined Thorpe, his colleague Laura Rooney and some of their students. We talked about the benefits of the school, their previous educational experiences at a rowdy primary and a local state comprehensive. Theres more attention to individual pupils here, said one. When I came to this school, I felt more important, said another. Rooney spoke of the schools old boys network. We look after them for the rest of their lives, she said, and told of how, only the previous week, she had arranged a sixth-form work experience placement with an Old Mancunian who is now a vehicle engineer for a Formula One team.
The boys were open, articulate and delightful, their demeanour imbued with a confidence I found striking. But a school such as Manchester Grammar engenders confidence not just through the depth and breadth of its education, but through the sense of history and lineage it bestows upon its pupils, the belief that it is quite something to join the ranks of Old Mancunians, the familiarity with Oxbridge and the professional world, a feeling of ease in a variety of social settings and occasions. And although not every public school child will brim with confidence, many will go on to live their lives with the deep-rooted sense that they have worth.
Confidence is a peculiar beast. At its most fulsome it can seem repellent. In some cases it could even prove dangerous consider the circumstances brought about by the unwavering confidence of Donald Trump or Nigel Farage, for instance, or the kind of financial maelstrom unleashed by the overconfidence of stock market traders. Yet as I left Manchester Grammar that July day I felt a great wash of sadness that not all young people will know that sense of self-assurance; that many will spend their lives feeling perpetually on the back foot. And I wondered whether confidence might be something we can learn at any stage in life.
To an extent, confidence is something hardwired into us from birth. A study of 3,700 twins by behavioural geneticist Corina Greven at Kings College London and Robert Plomin of the Institute of Psychiatry, for instance, concluded that academic self-confidence was 50% nature and 50% nurture. Women, meanwhile, have a biological tendency to seek acceptance and avoid conflict, while men tend to take more risks under pressure, meaning that, in some lights, women might appear to lack inner confidence.
But external factors play a huge role in shaping our feelings of self worth. Lets say you are white and male and raised in a detached house in the home counties. You attend a fee-paying school, your family is financially secure and well-educated as it has been for generations. It seems brain-numbingly obvious to suggest your levels of confidence are likely to be higher than if you were female, black and state-educated, growing up in a single-parent family on benefits living on a council estate in, say, Burnley.
No working-class kid, however self-confident, is ever going to be made the editor of the Evening Standard without any journalistic experience, in the way that George Osborne was, says the writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie, who has written often on matters of class, politics and regional divide. What he has is a complicated nexus, a network of power and relationships that means you cant really fail. Underpinning that sort of confidence, he adds, is actual material and political power and I think this is forgotten sometimes when well-meaning people are accusing working-class kids of lacking the confidence and self-assertion that comes with middle-class people.