Republicans defend having no women in health care group

Washington( CNN) Just hours after House Republicans managed to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Senate is signaling it will write its own proposal — announcing a group of 13 Republican members who will be responsible for crafting the Senate’s plan.

All are male.

Senators of the working group include Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, Health and Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and conservatives Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

Umm DUH: CuffyMeh dismantles HuffPost writer’s tweet on health insurance and maternity care

Oh look, Amanda Terkel, senior political reporter with The Huffington Post , doesn’t understand how insurance is SUPPOSED to work. Plus she’s all about the FEELS since it’s Mother’s Day.

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‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Spills On The Grossest Unanswered Question

It’s been 10 years since the premiere of “Breaking Bad, ” and we’re three seasons into “Better Call Saul, ” so let’s face it: At this phase, pretty much all lingering questions have been answered.

We know the mysterious reason Walt( Bryan Cranston) left Gray Matter. We know that Jesse( Aaron Paul) ends up OK . We know that, yes, Huell( Lavell Crawford) made it out of the safe house.

And we know all of this because Vince Gilligan, the creator of both displays, has repeatedly were to say so.

But there is one question that remains, and it’s got people simultaneously scratching their heads and reaching for barf bags.

Why would person ever drink chamomile tea with soy milk and stevia ?

“Chamomile tea with soy milk, please, and I’ll require more stevia.”

Walter White’s business-associate-turned-enemy Lydia( Laura Fraser) uttered those haunting words in the penultimate “Breaking Bad” episode, “Granite State.”

The prohibited combination eventually led to her demise, when Walter White switched out her stevia for ricin. Perhaps she could’ve survived, had her beverage order not been so remarkably gross. Even nowadays, fans continue to talk about how it’s merely so … so gross.

So, yeah, all we’re leave behind is a question about “Breaking Bad” beverage choice. Is this a fandom high? Or is it a( Sweet’n) low?

Reporters are systematically asked the actor behind it all, Laura Fraser, about Lydia’s unholy concoction. Vulture said soy and chamomile “sounds awful, ” GQ called it “really gross, ” and The Guardianjust outright asked, “What sort of monster drinkings chamomile tea with soy milk”?

Fraser repeatedly claimed she didn’t know why Lydia attained the order, admitting to Vulture that the writers “tell you nothing” and to GQ that “that should have been clue# 1 there, of how deranged she was going to get.” Lydia is clearly “a monster, ” she told The Guardian.

Her tea order is the danger!

Well, Lydia stimulated her return to the “Breaking Bad” universe in Season 3 of “Better Call Saul.” So, during a recent chat with Gilligan, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to finally ask, “What’s up with the soy, chamomile and stevia combo? ”

The “Breaking Bad” creator spilled the tea. All these years later, it turns out Lydia isn’t the monster. Gilligan is.

“Oh, I actually put milk in chamomile tea. A plenty of people don’t, though, I guess. I guess you’re right. No, I don’t think there was any hidden message there, ” he said, before adding something even more heinous. “You know my mommy, when I was a kid, used to toast our Pop-Tarts and then melt butter on top of them. I guessed everyone did that, and then I would tell people,’ Oh yeah, hot buttered Pop-Tarts.’ People looked at me like I was insane. My tastes are all just screwed up.”

Hot buttered Pop-Tarts .

Gilligan went on to explain that the soy milk decision came down to the fact that he thought it “sounded healthy.”

“I don’t know about soy milk because I’m not a big soy milk person, ” he said. “That sounded kind of healthy, like health-medy, but I actually set milk in any kind of tea, including mint tea and chamomile tea. I guess you’re right. I guess most people are not into that.”

He instantly regretted dispelling the ungodly soy milk mystery.

“People used to think, probably, ’Man, there’s a concealed message there ,’ and now they’re just sort of make-up faces,’ Ah, that guy. Ugh, who would do that? That voices disgusting.’ I don’t know. That’s simply me, I guess.”

To cleanse our palate, we asked Gilligan the obligatory, “Blah, blah, blah, when is Walter White coming to’ Better Call Saul’? Blah, blah.” Except the wording was more like: “How many seasons do you think’ Saul’ can go before you’d have to bring Walter White back? ”

“I greedily want to see that happen, so every year I’m kind of looking for that possibility, and as spectators of the reveal have seen in the first three seasons, he’s nowhere in sight , nor is Jesse Pinkman. I think we’re always kind of open, definitely — not to speak for co-creator Peter Gould and the writers — I think it’s fairly safe to say they’re always open to the idea. I am as well, ” he said, “I think it would be a real shame if the depict ran its entire course without us ever insuring Walter White, maybe Jesse Pinkman, too.”

That’s not a promise that we’ll get to see either of those characters, he added.

Of course it’s not.

“Better Call Saul” Season 3 is now on Blu-ray/ DVD .

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Like her or loathe her, Arianna Huffington woke the news industry up | Emily Bell

As the founder of Huffington Post foliages to spend more time with her pillow, its worth reflecting on how she helped rouse old media from a complacent slumber

For many journalists there is no greater irony than Arianna Huffington, the eponymous publisher of the Huffington Post, giving up her role in the company she founded 11 years ago to spend more time with a wellness start-up focused on telling us all to get more sleep. HuffPo built its success on being part of speeding up the 24 -hour news cycle, filling pages with unpaid contributions, and generally adding to an environment which fellow publishers observed not even slightly relaxing. Even with a special pillow.

When the Huffington Post launched on 9 May 2005, it caught the news industry in the middle of a giant collective snooze. Hard as it might be to imagine now, it was a year when mainstream new organisations had reason to believe there would be a future for advertising-funded news websites. The future seemed brighter than at any point in the past five years. Out of nowhere, it seemed, the Huffington Post emerged, bringing with it an approach which pushed digital practice far farther than most of the even forward-looking news organisations were prepared to go at the time.

At the Guardian we set up our opinion site Comment is Free in response to the obvious and immediate success of the Huffington Post in transgressing the mold for live commentary. We even had a picture of Arianna Huffington pinned to the wall to ask, only partially satirically, what would Arianna do?

Huffington opting to spend more time with her earplugs was not the only nostalgic farewell for New York media this week, as the staff of Gawker threw a party last night ahead of next Tuesdays auction which sets the publisher on the block following the well-publicised loss of a libel suit brought by wrestler Hulk Hogan and financed by Silicon Valley billionaire, Peter Thiel.

Nick Denton, Gawkers British founder, is, like Huffington, a key figure in the transformation of modern American journalism. Gawker, founded in 2002, brought an alien sensibility to a New York publishing world that took itself very seriously.

There are plenty of those even working in the digital realm who saw both companies pushing the boundaries of publishing in undesirable directions , not least Thiel, whose personal vendetta against Gawker grew from the publication discussing his sexuality. Those critical of Gawker tend to be those most likely to be skewered by its journalism. For the Huffington Post, the critics tended to be those that were skewered by its business model.

The founding partners of the Huffington Post, which included Jonah Peretti and Ken Lerer( who also set up BuzzFeed) and, briefly, the deceased rightwing blogger Andrew Breitbart, knew that to reach adequate scale on the web they needed to publish far more, but for a fraction of the cost. As a result, Huffington Post became famous for being the platform which stimulated it OK not to pay novelists for their work. Conversely, it highlighted the fact that there were many more people willing to write for little or nothing for exposure of a global publisher than there were people who demanded payment.

To think of Gawker and Huffington Post as taking wrecking balls to a noble industry which would otherwise have( eventually) found a righteous track of prosperity and good practise through the digital swamp is completely wrong. Had Gawker or Huffington Post not come along when they did, then something else would have. And many arguably better things have emerged subsequently. Energy and investment needed to find its way into digital journalism in the mid-2 000 s and venerable organizations needed to be pushed further into understanding how to induce journalism work in a changed environment.

A more testing issue for journalism now is thinking how to sustain a market where the next Dentons or Huffingtons will come from. Thiel has all but shut Gawker, AOL has taken over the Huffington Post; every news business, new and old, is rethinking whether it can exist as a free service in a market where advertising has collapsed. Facebook and Snapchat have more attention from both readers and advertisers than publishers. We are being urged to pay for journalism, rather in the way we are being urged to stop using fossil fuel: the moral lawsuit is strong, but the solutions for how are sparse and economically unpromising.

At least Arianna Huffington need no longer lose sleep over such problems.

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Transformations Of The Teenage Brain Reveal How Mental Disorders Arise

Adolescence is a critical period in a persons cognitive growth, during which their intellectual the capabilities and personality traits undergo profound changes. While such revolutionary transformations often help prepare us for adulthood, they also open up new possibilities for the development of mental health disorders like depression and schizophrenia. In a groundbreaking new examine, researchers from the University of Cambridge have find the changes that occur in the adolescent brain on the eve of adulthood, uncovering how they upgrade our cognition yet can also lead to the onset of certain mental illnesses.

Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the study authors explain that the thickness of the brains outer layer, known as the cortex, lessens as we age, as the brain prunes unnecessary or obsolete connects in a continual attempt to become more streamlined. Therefore, when performing MRI scans on 297 young people aged 14 to 24, the researchers were unsurprised to find that those at the younger end of the spectrum had thicker cortices than older participants.

In particular, the brains hubs which exhibit the highest levels of connectivity and act as key communication points between various brain regions were found to be very thick in 14 -year-olds, while also containing low levels of myelin, an insulating material that coats neurons connecting branches in order to allow electrical impulses to be transmitted more efficiently.

Interestingly, findings revealed that over the course of ones teenage years, these connectome hubs shrink in thickness at a a little faster rate than the rest of the cortex, while also undergoing high levels of myelination. According to the researchers, this synaptic remodelling and intracortical myelination of cortical hubs might be expected to minimize the conduction time for electrical signals, thereby enhancing the overall processing speed and connectivity of the brain.


The brain’s “hubs” undergo extensive shrinkage and myelination during one’s teenage years.Whitaker, KJ, Vertes, PE et al./ PNAS

However, such radical changes to the structure of the brain also represented the possibility for things to go wrong. Excessive synaptic pruning, for instance, has been associated with schizophrenia, and the study authors note that malfunctions during this teenage cerebral facelift could explain the high rates of mental health ailments in adolescence.

When looking at the genes that become expressed during this transformation, the researchers discovered that, unsurprisingly, many are strongly connected with the creation of proteins that play a role in myelination and synaptic building. However, they also identified 349 genes that are associated with schizophrenia, all of which become expressed during this phase of adolescence.

Summarizing the threats this poses, analyze co-author Edward Bullmore explained in a statement that it’s during these teenage years that those brain regions that have the strongest link to the schizophrenia risk genes are developing most rapidly.

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Marc Jacobs:’ I have the word Shameless tattooed on my chest’

The recognise designers return to New York has been triumphant. Here he talks about sobriety, social media and how clothes help articulate our feelings

You can ask me anything. Im an open book. What do you want to know?

That, right there, is who Marc Jacobs is. Perhaps he doesnt entail it quite literally what smart-alecky, self-respecting 52 -year-old is going to share his deepest secrets with a journalist he scarcely knows? but the sentiment is heartfelt , no doubt about that. I Want Your Love, Chics 1979 disco classic, is playing in its term of office, seven floors above Spring Street in New Yorks SoHo. Jacobs illuminates a cigarette and leans back in his chair. I have the word Shameless tattooed on my chest. I want to be as honest as I perhaps can, he says. I sleep better at night.

Marc Jacobs constructed his first appearance in American Vogue in 1986, sporting long hair and an oversized black sweater in the back row of the working group shot of eight up-and-coming decorators. Thirty years later his name remains box office, with the clout to close New York way week. But this Marc Jacobs, on the other hand the joke-sharing, secret-spilling social media personality is newly minted in the two years since he finished an epic 16 -year stint at the helm of Louis Vuitton. He has climbed down from his Parisian ivory tower, resolved back into downtown New York and begun a restructuring of his label that puts Marc Jacobs, the man his face, his values, his sense of humour front and centre. And in doing so, he has rebooted his persona as one of the most compelling figures in the fashion industry.

Marc Jacobs for S/ S 16. Photograph: Edward James/ WireImage

Right. So what do I ask him? I want to ask about his spring/ summertime collection, conceived as a celebration of Americas legalisation of lesbian wedding. And about his casting of transgender director Lana Wachowski as a campaign model, and the process by which he is engaged, through way, with contemporary issues around gender. But I am also dying to be really nosy about what went down on his recent Caribbean holiday, the one from which he posted Zoolander tribute videos and amateur cabaret skits wearing polyester Santa costumes, and was rewarded for his jollity with snipey online noise about whether he was partying when he are due to be intend.( Jacobs did spells in rehab for alcohol and drug addiction in 1999 and 2007, before get sober .)

So, naturally, I ask him about the videos. That was a happy, healthy vacation after working really hard all year. It was actually hilarious, because one day were all at the table I was with Neil[ Barrett, fashion designer] and his boyfriend, and Dean and Dan[ Caten, decorators of Dsquared2] and their boyfriends, and they are all European, so they take the whole month of August off and theres this magazine article about Marc Jacobs never-ending vacation. And Im like, what? Ive had two weeks off this entire year!

Sober? Altogether. The previous year, I would have had maybe a glass of ros at lunch. But this Christmas I didnt drink at all. The notion for the first video came at about 11 am one morning. We had drunk grapefruit juice and doubled espressos, eat brioche and omelettes. We were having fun, which is what being on holiday is about, right? And dressing up, self-expression that is what style is all about. It has nothing to do with being drunk.

If theres a great Prada coat that fits me, I dont care if its in the womens department. Photograph: Platon for the Guardian

As if to demonstrate his phase, the Marc Jacobs I meet is quite different from the one you see in the portrait, taken a couple of hours ago. I got up this morning and garmented for the photo. I believed, I want to wear a suit, I want to shave and trim, I want to mean business. And then I came into work and 10 minutes later I changed into this, which is what I work in every day. His office uniform is hi-low athleisure: Marc Jacobs sneakers, white towelling socks, lean Adidas tracksuit bottoms, a snug long-sleeved ribbed T-shirt he calls a thermal. It presents off a gym-honed body constructed, if not for sin any more, then certainly for selfies. The insanely good shape he is in for 52 surely corroborates a holiday fuelled by nothing more than coffee and omelette. He is refreshingly open about having had a little help with his youthful complexion his first-ever Instagram selfie was captioned No filter,( some filler )! but his healthy glow looks very real. Merely the salt-and-pepper stubble clues at his age, and it suits him.( I guess he knows this, because the silver flecks are on his face but not his head, so if he didnt like them he could lose the beard .) The one hangover from his misspent youth are the ever-present cigarettes, which he treats like a stage prop. When he is being intense, he presses the manicured fingers of his smoking hand to his forehead, smoke curling above his head, like Marlene Dietrich.

There is something of the character actor about Jacobs, a petite man with six-foot-four charisma. My relationship with manner has always been that each of us starrings in our own movies and costumes ourselves to play the part we want. You take blouses and jeans and garbs, and you put them together and they tell your story. This is especially potent for people who feel they dont fit in, or that the jeans or dress laid out for them doesnt reflect who they genuinely are. In October 2012, Lana Wachowski, director of the Matrix films, devoted an emotional and candid account of her transgender experience in an acceptance speech for the Human Rights Campaigns Visibility award, in which she spoke of feeling that I am broken, that there is something wrong with me, that I will never be lovable. The speech resonated with Jacobs, because, while I didnt have that particular experience I never had any kind of gender embarrassment I knew from a very early age that I was gay. And so at nine years old I felt like I was different from the other boys. I didnt want to play sports or roll in the mud eating worms, or whatever. I wanted to stimulate ceramics and embellish my jeans and go shopping for back-to-school clothes. My parents never, ever taught me that one skin colour was better than another or a particular sexual preference constructed me normal and yet when I was with the other kids, I only knew that I was different. That was hard. Thats where I had such a connection to what Lana was saying. Sandra Bernhard, Bette Midler and drag queen Dan Donigan also feature in this seasons campaign. Authentic, extraordinary human being who, at various days in my life, opened my mind, he says. And, you know, wouldnt it be wonderful if we could just all accept each others changes? He hurls his arms broad in a Broadway flourish, ever the performer.

Marc Jacobs for S/ S 16. Photograph: Edward James/ WireImage

Jacobs himself has always been broad-minded about gender in his wardrobe. He wore a kilt to jury responsibility in 2010 and a black lace dress to the Met Gala two years later. Lorenzo Martone, who I used to be engaged to be married to, used to pester me about wearing skirts. But I dont see how theres anything masculine or feminine about a piece of attire. If theres a great Prada coat that fits me, I dont care if its in the womens department. But things are changing. Lorenzo has evolved, so much, as every human being, that he would never say something like that now. Despite their split, Jacobs and Martone remain such good friends that Martone and his boyfriend, as well as Jacobs boyfriend, were part of the Caribbean holiday gang.


Jacobs early childhood was chaotic. After his father died when he was seven, his mother remarried several times in quick succession, uprooting the family each time before Jacobs determined emotional stability as a teenager, living with his grandmother on the Upper West Side. You get the impression he became worldly at an early age, even for a New Yorker. Last September, Jacobs closed New York style week with a love letter to his native city, an exuberant, Broadway-themed prove staged in the historic Ziegfeld theatre, entitled Marc Jacobs: One Night Only. It was part nostalgia and portion optimism, born out of the feeling of the June day last year when the supreme court ruled same-sex wedding to be a legal right across the US. We were all elated on that day. We were together for the first session about the collecting and in a very flip sort of style I said to the design team, we should do Americana, the red, white and blue. And we started talking about America, and about New York, and Katie[ Grand, Jacobs stylist and collaborator] told me about this documentary where Bette Midler, who is a musician I have loved since I was eight or nine, takes the journalist around all the places of her past in the city. And when I watched it, so much of it was my New York, the city I grew up with. So that became the starting point for the collection.

But how, I ask, does that translate into way? How do you get from the emotional power of the idea of New York City, to clothes in a store? Because theres a visual aspect to everything. And to me the visual proportion is the seductive part. Every colour, every publish, every embroidery in that collecting references some aspect of my life in New York over the past 40 years. The depict was a knockout, and its autobiographical spirit seemed to symbolise how Jacobs , no longer splitting his time between Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line and Louis Vuitton, was once more putting his heart and soul into Marc Jacobs.

Dressing up, self-expression that is what fashion is all about. Photo: Platon for the Guardian

Jacobs is wearing Adidas striped tracksuit bottoms, the polyester kind, and a Cartier Juste un clou bangle, styled after a curving fingernail, which retails at 34,300. A healthy tension between low-fi and high-flying has been a topic since 1993, when the Grunge collection he designed for Perry Ellis, aged 30, won him the prestigious CFDA Womens Designer of the Year award, but also got him sacked. Many promising young way starrings, once knocked off course, are never seen again, but not Jacobs. Within a year he was back on the New York way week schedule with his own label, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell walking in the first reveal for free. In 1997, he was hired by Louis Vuitton, where he turned a luxury luggage company into a way powerhouse, while simultaneously expanding the Marc Jacobs empire with the launch of a Marc by Marc Jacobs diffusion line in 2001. In 2013 Jacobs left Louis Vuitton to concentrate on his own line, after which the Marc by Marc Jacobs line enjoyed a feted last hurrah under British designers Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier, and then shuttered. The signs are that the freshly streamlined Marc Jacobs company majority owned by LVMH, with Jacobs and longtime business partner Robert Duffy each retaining a stake is headed for a stock market launch.( In 2013, a timescale of three years was mooted, but no date has yet been set .) Duffy has stepped aside from CEO duties, replaced by Sebastian Suhl, fresh from overseeing a period of expansion at Givenchy, and today Jacobs is enthusiastic about pouring his energies into a new, potentially lucrative Marc Jacobs beauty line. I love cosmetics, he says. Its like a prove: choosing the colours, the image, the shapes and forms with the packaging, the names.

Marc Jacobs for S/ S 16. Photograph: Edward James/ WireImage

Jacobs first Marc Jacobs reveal after leaving Louis Vuitton was a homage to the veteran Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. At the time, Jacobs was quoted in Vogue saying, I am so appalled by the whole social media thing. I dont get onto, it doesnt appeal to me. I spoke to Jacobs backstage after that demonstrate, and wrote in my notebook that he spoke of Vreeland as passionate in her savors, but never afraid to totally change her mind words that seemed prophetic a month afterwards, when Jacobs espoused Instagram with zeal. He giggles about this, when I ask him. When I said that about social media, I was on a bit of a tirade. Four blocks of the West Village were shut off that day because of the crowds to gratify Kendall Jenner, and it just seemed insane. I was very into Vreeland at that time, and her thing of being very absolute yet very arbitrary in her tastes. She absolutely loved something right up until the phase where she absolutely disliked it. The day he read his quotes in Vogue, he went home and took a selfie. And that was how my Instagram account was born.

He currently has 400,000 followers. I like the attention, he says, disarmingly. I like reading the comments. Well, most of them. Of course the problem is that there can be 500 positive remarks, but the one negative comment will be the one that I remember and the one I talk to you about. I talk to my therapist about this all the time.

The dynamic runs like this: I ask Jacobs questions about fashion, which he answers by talking about people and relationships and conversations, rather than about clothes. Ask him about red carpet manner and he talks about how much he loves Cher, whom he dressed for the Met Gala last year. Ask him about the Americana collection and he talks about his memories of clubbing in the meatpacking district before gentrification. Ask him about the advertising campaign and he talks about how he and his boyfriend screamed when they listened to Lana Wachowskis speech. He is good at chat, the type who can make a taped mid-afternoon workplace interview feel like an after-hours catchup. Even his personal extravagances seem centred around relationships rather than esthetics: when I admire the Cartier bracelet, he tells me how he bought plain gold versions for each of the friends he went on holiday with. A generous gesture, because Cartier bracelets, even the ones without diamonds, arent cheap, and he ran through the holiday guest listing at one point and I am pretty sure it ran into double figures. And its the same later on, when he tells me about his art collecting. Its about creating a dialogue in a room, he says, about filling a space with ideas and emotions. One of his favourite pieces, he says, is a 1960 s Ellsworth Kelly. Its a yellow curve on a white canvas, which Ive imbued with these warm feelings, like a beautiful sunny smile. Truly, its only a yellow shape. But I feel like it tells a story.

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Brethren dedicated life sentences for raping 10 -year-old niece in India

New Delhi( CNN) A fast-track court in India has sentenced two men to life in prison for the rape and impregnation of their 10 -year old niece, in the northern city of Chandigarh, police corroborated Thursday. The victim gave birth to a baby daughter via caesarian section in August.

The family of the victim greeted the news with a mixture of relief and frustration, having called on the magistrate to deliver death penalty.

“The father was of the view that this was the most difficult kind of crime that can be committed with a small child and the rapists must be hanged, ” said Alakh Alok Srivastava, the lawyer who represented the victim’s family.