From the Best Sources
“It’s the moon, sunspots AND the station in front of the sun. @NASA photographer captures station transiting sun during #Eclipse2017” – International Space Station, via Twitter
President Trump outlined a new strategy for Afghanistan that will likely include sending several thousand more U.S. troops to the country. As a candidate, Trump repeatedly criticized the war– which has dragged on for 16 years– but now he says “decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office… Our commitment is not unlimited, and our support is not a blank check. The American people expect to see real reforms and real results.” ANALYSIS
Spanish police shot and killed the man suspected of driving a van into pedestrians last week in Barcelona. The suspect, 22-year-old Moroccan national Younes Abouyaaqoub, was wearing an explosives belt and yelled “Allahu Akbar” when confronted. The operation took place about 25 miles from Barcelona. WASHINGTON POST
TOTALITY: A total eclipse crossed the sky from Oregon to South Carolina on Monday, creating midday darkness and bringing out hundreds of thousands of spectators. It was the first such event to happen in the continental United States since 1979. SEE PHOTOS
TILL NEXT TIME: The next total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States on April 8, 2024. Experts say if you bought solar eclipse glasses, hold on to them, because they’ll still work. USA TODAY
TSK-TSK: And if you looked directly at the sun without wearing solar eclipse glasses, here’s a way to figure out if you’ve damaged your eyes. Print this grid and follow the instructions on how to test your vision: GRID
The Secret Service says it can’t afford the cost of protecting President Trump’s entourage and his multiple residences. The head of the protective agency says more than 1,000 agents have already hit the caps for salary and overtime that were meant to last the entire year. Under Trump, 42 people have protection, including 18 members of his family. CBS NEWS
Apparently they’ve already run out of money and eclipse glasses were the first budget cut.
Johnson and Johnson was ordered to pay $417 million to a 62-year-old woman who said she got ovarian cancer from using the company’s talcum powder. J&J was accused of not warning customers of the product’s risks despite studies linking it to ovarian cancer. CHEDDAR
Who knew baby powder was more dangerous than cocaine?
CNN launched a daily news show on Snapchat that will feature at least five stories a day from reporters around the world. Called The Update, it’s a play to attract younger viewers who increasingly get their news from social media. It airs at 6 p.m. ET. REUTERS
Does this mean Anderson Cooper anchors in deerface?
Tesla’s Elon Musk is warning that artificial intelligence could create a rise of killer robots. He and other experts are calling on the United Nations to ban autonomous weapons, like autonomous drones and machine guns, saying they “can be weapons of terror” and “hacked to behave in undesirable ways.” LA TIMES
This sounds scary until you realize your cellphone can’t even last a full workday, so what them robots gonna do?!
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could stay in his job through 2024. Reports say Goodell and the league are close to an agreement on a new five-year extension, at about his current rate of pay. Goodell made nearly $32 million in 2015 and has collected $212.5 million in his ten years as commissioner. ESPN
That’s a lot of money for a white guy who can’t jump.
Jay-Z finally told his side of the story about his post-Met Gala elevator fight with Beyonce’s sister Solange Knowles. On the Rap Radar podcast, Jay-Z said, “We had one disagreement ever. Before and after, we’ve been cool… She’s like my sister. I will protect her. That’s my sister, not my sister-in-law. My sister. Period.” E!
Jay-Z has 99 problems and in-laws ain’t one? We have, like, SIX problems and in-laws are ALL of them. (If you’re reading this, just kidding, “Moms.”)
Rami Malek will play Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic about the band Queen, titled Bohemian Rhapsody. Bryan Singer will direct the film, and Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, and Joe Mazzello will co-star as the other band members. Production will start this fall. VARIETY
Rami Malek will portray Mercury while Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, and Joe Mazzello portray…um… those other guys in Queen.
Nude pics of Tiger Woods and other celebs appeared online after phones were hacked, including skier Lindsey Vonn’s, who previously had dated Woods. Woods is threatening to sue website Celeb Jihad if it doesn’t remove the graphic selfies. BLEACHER REPORT
We’re used to seeing Tiger holding his putter– but not like this.
@SriachaMe: I hope the person who knocked repeatedly on the bathroom door knows I took longer on purpose.
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WHAT IT IS: Today a total or partial solar eclipse will be visible from every single U.S. state for the first time in 99 years. Vox created an interactive guide that lets you punch in your zip code to figure out exactly when the eclipse will peak in your area and what it will look like. For example, in midtown Manhattan the eclipse will peak at 2:44:57pm ET, with the moon obscuring 71.4% of the sun. SEE GUIDE
HOW TO SEE IT: Experts warn that looking directly at the sun with your naked eyes during the eclipse can burn your retina, also known as “eclipse blindness.” You won’t realize you’ve damaged your eyes until hours later. If you haven’t already bought eclipse glasses, you can make your own pinhole viewer by using some household items like a shoe box. AJC
WHERE TO WATCH: NBC, ABC and CBS will have special reports from 1-3pm ET, and Space.com will stream the eclipse live. WATCH
“It occurred to me that I got to see quite a few solar eclipses. Every time we orbited into the shadow of the moon. #Apollo11 #eclipse2017” – Buzz Aldrin aka @TheRealBuzz