Kellyanne Conway: AOC and ‘The Squad’ Represent ‘Dark Underbelly’ of America

Defending President Trump’s repeated racist attacks against a group of Democratic congresswomen of color, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway claimed on Tuesday that the so-called “Squad” represents a “dark underbelly in this country” and that some of the lawmakers are “palling around with terrorists.”

Moments after Republican House leaders held a news conference in which they supported the president and announced they wouldn’t back a Democratic motion to censure Trump for his racist tweets, Conway appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom to discuss the latest developments in this multi-day saga.

“The Democratic response is very predictable,” she said. “You hardly need to cover it. Racism, xenophobia and it is getting tired. These four that cause trouble in their own caucus were under fire a couple days ago by senior Democrats, elected officials.”

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Jeffrey Epstein Abused Victims While Serving Time in Florida, Lawyer Brad Edwards Says

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An attorney representing Jeffrey Epstein accusers said Tuesday that a woman has come forward to say she was abused while the financier was on work release as part of his lenient 2007 plea deal.

Lawyer Brad Edwards said Epstein was allowed to have visitors while he was supposed to be working during the 13-month sentence.

“It was not for some business arrangement and it was for… improper sexual contact,” Edwards said, adding that the women were under 21, though they may not have been minors. He did not release the name of the new accuser.

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Scouted: Amazon Ran Out of Instant Pots Yesterday but They’re Back — and At The Lowest Price Ever

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Amazon ran out of Instant Pots yesterday because of course it did. But that’s okay — we’ve got a fresh batch now and each of these is also on a deep Prime Day sale (until they inevitably run out, anyway). The DUO60 6-Quart 7-in-1 Multi-Use Pressure Cooker—which holds a 4.6-star average rating from more than 30,000 reviewers—can feed up to six people and includes all the Instant Pot functions you need, from pressure cooking to slow cooking, steaming, and sauteing. And when it’s 50% off on Amazon, it’s probably smart to consider buying before it’s sold out again. | Get it on Amazon >

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Scouted: This Amazon Prime Day Deal Gets You Hundreds Off of Samsung Galaxy’s S10 and Note9 Smartphones

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Samsung’s always known how to make a solid smartphone and both its S Series and its Note Series are prime examples of that. Both on their ninth and tenth editions, the two series continue to blast ahead with new and improved features, like dual 12-megapixel cameras on the Note9 (which is $350 off right now) or the near bezel-less design of the S10 (with is $200 off right now). Your next smartphone can be extremely function-rich and you can save hundreds on that upgrade if you buy before Prime Day ends tonight. | Shop on Amazon >

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Scouted: Scale Up Your Countertop Cooking Device With Ninja’s Air Fryer and Pressure Cooker Combo

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The Ninja Foodi, a Scouted favorite, combines the efficiencies of an air fryer and a pressure cooker with the high design sensibilities and quality functions of the Ninja kitchenware family. For example, the so-called Tendercrisp Technology is an accessory you get with the Foodi that lets you raise food to the top of the pot and give it a solid crisp, as opposed to what stays below. These and other features garnered the Foodi a 4.6-star average rating from more than 400 reviews. | Get it on Amazon >

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Justice Department Declines to Prosecute NYPD Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

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Almost five years to the day after a New York City police officer strangled to death Eric Garner, whose last words “I can’t breathe” became a national rallying cry, the Justice Department will not prosecute his killer, according to a person familiar with the matter. 

Officials declined to charge NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo with violating Garner’s civil rights, announcing the decision one day before the statute of limitations runs out, the person said. Garner’s family said they were going to meet with federal prosecutors shortly before the decision was announced at 11 a.m.

On July 17, 2014, Garner was stopped by NYPD officers on a street corner in Staten Island for allegedly selling loose cigarettes against the law. A friend of Garner captured the encounter on video, showing Garner trying to pull away from surrounding officers before Pantaleo used a chokehold to try and subdue him. Pantaleo choked Garner uninterrupted for 15 seconds even after the two fell to the ground. Garner said “I can’t breathe” 11 times before he slipped out of consciousness. 

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Scouted: Buy Any of These Philips Hue Light Kits During Prime Day and Get an Extra 15% Off Your Entire Order

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Smart lights are an obvious upgrade to anyone’s smart home and the Philips Hue ecosystem is a leader in that universe. And right now, if you grab any of these 26 Philips Hue kits, many of which are already on sale themselves, Amazon will give you an extra 15% off virtually your entire order. That could mean hundreds, if not more, in extra savings.| Shop on Amazon >

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Scouted: Prime Day Gets You the Top-Rated Hair Cutting and Beard Trimming Kit from Remington for $45

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A self-haircut kit is a great way to gain full control over your hair grooming, even if you’re not going to use every last one of the 13 pieces included in the Remington Shortcut Pro. More than 3,200 reviewers left the Shortcut a 4.2-star average rating, and it’s 25% off right now for Prime Day, a great chance to hop on board the self-grooming train. | Get it on Amazon >

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Scouted: Meural Puts the World’s Art—From Ancient to Postmodern—at Your Fingertips and It’s on Sale Now

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Standing in front of the Meural smart digital frame left me in awe when I visited an installation of it last month. You can swipe your hand in front of it and it registers the gesture to cycle through art or pull up information about what you’re looking at (and you can be looking at anything). You can get unlimited access to more than 40,000 works of art that stream endlessly into your Meural. The access and visuals that the Meural affords are mind-blowing. If you’ve wanted to upgrade your interior art this summer, there’s likely no better way to do so.| Get it on Amazon > 

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Scouted: Your Air Can Be (Much) Cleaner With a High Quality Air Purifier — and These Look Really Good, Too

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It’s time to clean up your act and the air in your home is a great starting point. From smokers blowing garbage into the air around your place to natural allergens, dander, and pollen, air purifiers like these from Levoit are here to filter out the bad stuff. The sale includes Amazon’s best-selling HEPA filter air purifier and several more for you to consider saving on right now. | Shop on Amazon >

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