Of course Donald Trump wants fireworks over Mount Rushmore

(CNN)George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt … Donald Trump?

For President Trump, nothing could be more natural than to stand alongside such giants of American history. On Friday night, he will travel to Mount Rushmore for an early Independence Day party, reviving the environmentally worrisome tradition of July Fourth fireworks over their massive carved likenesses.
Such frivolity might seem in poor taste amid a fast-worsening pandemic — and unwise since social distancing won’t be required at the event.

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That time Alexander Hamilton founded America’s oldest daily newspaper

How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean start a major daily newspaper?

“Hamilton” fans have learned a lot about America’s first Treasury Secretary from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s popular musical, which dropped Friday on Disney+, that they might not have known before.

Alexander Hamilton was a scrappy immigrant from Saint Kitts and Nevis. A prolific writer, he composed 51 of the Federalist Papers,

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Hugh Downs, whose broadcasting career spanned a century, dies at 99

Hugh Downs, the omnipresent broadcaster whose career spanned more than half a century, including 20 years on ABC’s “20/20,” has died at age 99.

Downs died on Wednesday in his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to a statement from his family.

“I hope I’d be remembered as a guy who tried to do some good and who was, most importantly, honest,” he said in 2002 during an interview with his former “20/20”

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Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein, Beloved Twitch Streamer And WoW Player, Dies At 31

The already fragile gaming community has been rocked by yet another tragedy today, as it’s been confirmed that Byron “Reckful” Bernstein has died at the age of 31, as reported by his roommate, ex-girlfriend and others. The suspected cause of death is suicide, causing many gaming and esports personalities to share the number for the suicide prevention hotline if you need help (1-800-273-8255).

Reckful was a massively popular Twitch streamer and World of Warcraft player,

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Taco Bell offers free Chalupa Cravings Box through the app, but users face tech issues

As Taco Bell tries to boost its mobile apps subscriptions, fans can grab a free Chalupa Cravings Box by downloading the app and ordering ahead.

Taco Bell lovers can redeem a free Chalupa Cravings Box, which includes a 5-Layer Burrito, taco, cinnamon twists and a drink.

Customers must then go to their nearest participating U.S. Taco Bell drive-thru for contactless pickup.

Users must sign up by Tuesday to redeem the offer.

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Carl Reiner, Multifaceted Master of Comedy, Is Dead at 98

Mr. Reiner was a gifted comic actor, but he spent most of his career slightly out of the spotlight — writing, directing and letting others get the laughs.

Carl Reiner, who as performer, writer and director earned a place in comedy history several times over, died on Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 98.

His death was confirmed by his daughter, Annie Reiner.

Mr.

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Mississippi Lawmakers Vote to Retire State Flag Rooted in the Confederacy

The flag, which has flown since 1894, is poised to come down, becoming yet another emblem of the Confederacy to be removed across the South.

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi lawmakers voted on Sunday to bring down, once and for all, the state flag dominated by the Confederate battle emblem that has flown for 126 years, adding a punctuation point to years of efforts to take down relics of the Confederacy across the South.

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Patriots Sign QB Cam Newton to 1-Year Deal: Reports

The New England Patriots have reportedly reached an agreement with former National Football League MVP Cam Newton, according to multiple reports Sunday night.

The former Carolina Panthers quarterback will now step into the mix to compete for the chance to replace former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who left to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency, Adam Schefter first reported citing league sources.

Newton is signing a one-year deal with New England,

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‘Eurovision Song Contest’ Review: Over the Top and Around the Bend

Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams play Icelandic singing hopefuls in this over-egged musical comedy.

Balancing a hat on top of a hat, David Dobkin’s “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” tries to add even more humor to an event already legendary for its excesses and battiness. The result is a movie so eye-searingly extra it makes “Mamma Mia!” look bashful.

Seemingly operating on the belief that volume plus glitter equals comedy,

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Dr Disrespect is gone and Twitch won’t say why

Dr Disrespect disappeared from Twitch this afternoon, with his account vanishing from the site, leading to rumors that he had been banned. The disappearance comes two days after Twitch said it would begin issuing permanent suspensions for streamers as it cracked down on accusations of harassment and sexual misconduct.

Twitch would not confirm that it had banned Dr Disrespect, why he might have been banned, or whether he might be permanently banned. Twitch signed Dr Disrespect to an exclusive two year contract back in March for an undisclosed but “life-changing” amount of money.

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