Green reportedly “challenged” Durant about his upcoming free agency, per Shams Charania of The Athletic, and the argument remained a “simmering issue” Tuesday.
Per Haynes, Green also called Durant “a b—h” several times. The usually quiet Klay Thompson spoke up to his teammates and “stressed the importance of sticking together.”
Charania added the Warriors decided Green will sit to “cool off.”
Though the 121-116 overtime loss to the Clippers shouldn’t worry a team that is 11-3, the infighting could be a greater concern.
Durant is in his third season with Golden State and has helped the squad win the NBA title in each of the last two years, but he is still an outsider compared to the core of Green, Thompson and Stephen Curry. Green has been with the Dubs since 2012, when he was drafted 35th overall in the second round.
The Warriors have enough talent to win another championship even if the players don’t have the best chemistry, but they could be in trouble if relationships get too hostile.
Jones first discussed her love for Beyoncé in an interview with E! News in 2016, calling “Single Ladies” her favorite tune — “Jyn’s a single lady,” she reasoned — and saying she used Queen Bey as her character guide. “I think she’s someone who has incredible power and is devoted to what she does, but she also seems like a very nice person,” Jones said. “I think that’s very important to emulate.”
Almost two years later, the actress’s On the Basis of Sex co-star Cailee Spaeny revealed that Jones was still finding inspiration in the 2008 hit while “trying to loosen up” before her scenes as RBG. “We tried to replicate all the moves just to get all the jitters out,” Spaeny told The Hollywood Reporter.
Of course, Jones associating Beyoncé with her most empowering roles makes sense — it was Bey who declared girls “run this motha” and who regularly inserts female-centric words and symbols into her performances. Given Bey’s vocal stance on feminism, it stands to reason that she’d happily lend her art to others spreading the same message of power to girls everywhere.
News of Jones’s undying admiration for Bey dropped on Tuesday (November 13), the same day as the second trailer for On the Basis of Sex arrived. Check out her Beyoncé-fueled performance in the preview below.
WASHINGTON – Melania Trump’s unexpected feud with a national security official exploded Tuesday when the first lady publicly called for the official’s firing.
The quarrel between the first lady and deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel apparently began during a trip Trump took to Africa last month. Two officials told USA TODAY that Ricardel argued with Trump’s staff over airplane seating for the first lady’s trip.
They accused Ricardel, who wound up not going to Africa, of spreading false stories about the incident. The officials said Ricardel had clashed with other staff members as well.
But on Tuesday, more than a month after the trip, the feud became very public when the first lady released a statement saying Ricardel should be fired.
“It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she (Ricardel) no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,” said a statement from Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director.
Here’s a little more about Ricardel, taken from previous USA TODAY reporting, statements from the Trump administration, her resume on LinkedIn and comments she made to Congress during a Senate confirmation hearing.
Ricardel’s roots with the Trump administration go back to the president’s transition team, before he took office. Over the years, she’s served in three administrations and held a variety of roles in different government agencies, including in the Commerce, State and Defense departments.
Her high-profile roles in Washington go back to a stint at the State Department in the 1980s and later as a legislative assistant for Republicans in the Senate. Ricardel also worked on Sen. Bob Dole’s failed presidential campaign in 1996.
Under former President George W. Bush, Ricardel worked in the Defense Department as a deputy assistant secretary for defense in Eurasia after the September 11 attacks, serving a major role in the region and helping coordinate where troops and other assets would be stationed.
She also has extensive experience in the private sector, working for Boeing for more about a decade before joining the president’s team.
She wasn’t in the role for long. Ricardel was nabbed by National security adviser John Bolton when he came into the role earlier this year and was appointed his No. 2.
First lady Melania Trump says she could be “the most bullied person” in the world, judging by “what people are saying about me.” (Oct. 11) AP
“I selected her as Deputy National Security Advisor because her expertise is broad-based and includes national security matters related to our alliances, defense posture, technology security, foreign security assistance, and arms control,” Bolton said in a statement at the time.
Ricardel’s roots include Europe. Her father was an immigrant who ended up in the United States after leaving Croatia.
She talked about him in Congressional testimony last year, telling senators her late-father came to America with “little more than optimism in his pockets.”
“He was always optimistic about what was possible in this great Nation–a view that carried him from communist-controlled Croatia via Germany to the United States,” she said during testimony for a Commerce Department role.
Ricardel graduated from Georgetown University and completed her doctoral studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She lived in California before moving back to Washington to work in the Trump administration.
The national industry group, which works to protect the prestige of the agave-based spirit, said the “name ‘Teslaquila’ evokes the word Tequila … (and) Tequila is a protected word.”
According to the trademark application filed by Tesla, “Teslaquila” has been described as a “distilled agave liquor.” Reuters reports that similar applications have been filed in Mexico itself, as well as the European Union and Jamaica.
Like Champagne in France, to pass the official standard, and to legally use the name “tequila,” the spirit must be made in the Mexican states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Michoacan, or Nayarit.
And yes, U.S. federal law stipulates that tequila sold in the U.S, manufactured in Mexico, must comply with the country’s strict tequila manufacturing laws.
That’s not to say Musk won’t adhere to these requirements – in fact, there are limited details on “Teslaquila” so far, with Musk merely tweeting a “visual approximation” of what a bottle of the spirit could look like.
Though, if Musk’s supremely keen on using the word “Teslaquila” for the spirit, he’ll need to play ball with Mexico’s government-appointed tequila guardians.
Hey, it could be very worth it — just look at George Clooney‘s profits.
President Donald Trump is skipping the Kennedy Center Honors, again.
For the second year in a row, Trump and his wife Melania will not attend the event meant to honor contributions to American culture on Dec. 2, Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Grisham confirmed to USA TODAY that the Trumps turned down the invitation due to scheduling conflicts. Trump is scheduled to travel to Argentina at the end of the month to participate in the G20 summit.
Several of this year’s honorees, including vocal Trump critics Lin-Manuel Miranda and Cher, might not mind the president’s absence. In fact, Cher said she wished to receive the prestigious honor “so badly” during the Obama administration, and told the Associated Press that she would be “thrilled” if Trump didn’t attend.
Cher says she wished she got the Kennedy Center Honor during President Obama’s time in office, and muses on whether #MeToo will have a great impact on the showbiz industry in the long run. (Sept. 28) AP
Other honorees include country music star Reba McEntire, composer Phillip Glass and jazz legend Wayne Shorter.
Manuel will receive a special “trailblazer” honor for the musical sensation “Hamilton,” along with director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and music director Alex Lacamoire. They will be recognized for their “groundbreaking work” on the hip-hop musical about the country’s founding fathers, a first in the Kennedy Center’s 41-year history.
The show will air Wednesday, Dec. 26 (8 p.m., EDT/PDT) on its longtime broadcast home, CBS.
Trump is not the first president to skip the Kennedy Center event — Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter also missed ceremonies during their presidencies — but he is the first sitting president to miss two events.
Last year, the White House announced the president and first lady would skip the gala “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction” after honoree Norman Lear vowed to boycott the event if Trump was present.
The 2017 honorees included dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singers Gloria Estefan and Lionel Richie, rapper LL Cool J and Lear, a TV writer and producer.
Nothing says the future of finance like a good old-fashioned meltdown, and the upcoming bitcoin cash hard fork has that in spades. This is thanks, in no small part, to a man named Craig Wright.
Wright, derisively known as “Faketoshi” for his dubious claim that he is in fact Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, has gone on a strange rant in support of his version of Bitcoin Cash’s (BCH) future known as Bitcoin SV (Satoshi’s Vision).
Deep into a rambling, multi-day tweet bender, Wright has taken it upon himself to spew invective at anyone he believes threatens his plans for Bitcoin SV — especially those defending the Roger Ver-backed rival project Bitcoin ABC.
But before we get too deep in the crypto weeds, some background is in order.
Those of you whose brains have yet to be rendered functionally useless by cryptocurrency-related inanity may remember that last year Bitcoin itself experienced a so-called hard fork. The split was the result of a disagreement regarding the best way to scale a digital currency on its way to becoming bogged down by increased transactions and associated high fees, and gave birth to Bitcoin Cash (BCH) in the process.
Bitcoin Cash is now poised to undergo its own Athena moment, scheduled for Nov. 15, with a totally new coin leaping forth from its progenitor’s head. More accurately, the fork will likely result in the creation of two separate coins — each updated from BCH in different ways — as the fight essentially boils down to what specific changes will be made to Bitcoin Cash (not whether to make changes at all).
With us so far? Oh, and just to make everything more confusing, there are a total of three different proposals for how to best move forward.
But while the end goal is to improve BCH, no one can quite agree on just what exactly that means. That’s left prominent members of the Bitcoin Cash community all vying for attention with their competing technical solutions.
And there’s a lot a stake. Bitcoin cash is the fourth largest cryptocurrency by market cap, and whichever proposal gets the most support will likely take a majority of mining power with it. Without that power, the left behind coin could potentially wither — dragging its dollar value down with it.
So with both money and prestige on the line, Wright has decided to fully freak out.
“And, no you ABSOLUTE cuck,” he tweeted on Nov. 13 in response to a defense of Bitcoin ABC. “Bitcoin IS not even close to a soy boy commitee. It is all use hard assed buggers bending you over to show you the light. It is capitalism. Enjoy”
Reassuring, right? That tweet was just one of many off-the-rails outbursts from the self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator, and definitely displayed the level of maturity you’d hope to find in someone attempting to steer a cryptocurrency to a brighter future.
And then there’s the supposed email he sent to Roger Ver. Ver, for those blissfully unaware, was an early promoter of and investor in bitcoin, who later became a full on bitcoin cash evangelist. He now supports Bitcoin ABC. In a Nov. 8 YouTube video, Ver shared what he said was an email to him from Wright.
In the supposed email, Wright once again pushes the questionable claim that he is Satoshi, and threatens Ver with “war.”
Ver, at least, appears willing to admit that maybe — just maybe — he screwed up by aligning himself with Wright in the past.
“It’s never easy to admit that you’ve been fooled,” he says in the YouTube video. “Maybe I’ve been fooled.”
The video, embedded below, continues with Ver making a tortured analogy about Bitcoin ABC’s attempt to exist separately from Bitcoin SV.
“If you wife wants a divorce, you don’t lock her in the closet and say ‘no.’”
So, with just a few days to go until the planned hard fork, the Bitcoin Cash community is faced with an embarrassing meltdown and threats of “war.”
And while whether Bitcoin ABC or Bitcoin SV will ultimately reign supreme is presently anyone’s guess, one thing is for sure: Dogecoin is starting to look a lot more reasonable.