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MICHAEL CAPUTO. HHS spokesman taking leave of absence after promoting conspiracy theories in Facebook Live video. BACKGROUND…

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN. First presidential endorsement ever: “Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly. The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science. The most devastating example is his dishonest and inept response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which cost more than 190,000 Americans their lives by the middle of September.”

PATAGONIA. Fashion label features political message on tag. “It’s particularly prescient with the US presidential election just weeks away, and many think that it’s Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard’s way of getting his views across. A statement on the brand’s website emphasises its investment in the election result and the impact it will have on environmental policy.”

$20 to $50 MILLION. GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson plans to shell out for Trump. “Adelson’s team has recently been in touch with GOP officials close to Trump about where best to deploy the cash, according to one person with knowledge of the situation.”

DELAWARE. QAnon nutjob wins U.S. Senate primary… “In a double-digit victory, Lauren Witzke won the Republican ​primary election ​for Delaware​’s U.S. Senate seat last night, defeating​ opponent James DeMartino, ​who was backed by the state Republican Party. Witzke will be facing Democratic Sen. Chris Coons in the general election this November.”

DELAWARE. Transgender activist wins state senate primary. 2016:

HAZARDOUS. Jared Kushner’s tenants sue: “A group of tenants filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Kushner Companies of illegally collecting rent and creating dangerous living conditions by failing to maintain working fire sprinkler systems in four New York City apartment buildings.”

MIKE PENCE. On getting a vaccine: “I wouldn’t hesitate…”

BILLY PORTER. On Pose‘s Emmy-snubbed trans actors, his masculinity, Black Lives Matter, and Trump: “[If Trump gets a second term] America is done… Remember, Rome fell. Rome fell, motherf-ker! Don’t get cocky.”

ROGUE HORSE OF THE DAY. Chris Hemsworth doing the weather forecast.

SNL. Saturday Night Live is about to return – here’s who is back…

INDIA. Government opposes same-sex marriage petition in court: “The court is hearing a PIL filed by four members of the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and others) community — Abhijit Iyer Mitra, a security and foreign policy commentator, Gopi Shankar M, a Tamil Nadu-based intersex activist who contested the 2016 assembly elections, Giti Thadani, founding member of the Sakhi collective journal of contemporary and historical lesbian life in India, and G. Oorvasi, transgender activist. The submission made by Mehta, one of the central government’s top lawyers, seeks to challenge the petitioners’ contention that the Hindu Marriage Act doesn’t distinguish between heterosexual and homosexual marriage since it doesn’t describe marriage as a union between man and woman, but only ‘two Hindus’.”

REFRESHINGLY DEMOCRATIC’. Trump championed mail-in voting in 2000 New York Times op-ed: “The Reform Party was my chosen vehicle because its nomination process does not involve a long string of early primaries, but instead culminates in one national primary conducted by mail and e-mail in August,” Trump wrote.

MICHAEL COHEN. On Trump’s greatest fear regarding releasing his taxes: “His biggest fear is, if that tax return was released, there’s a whole slew of accountants and forensic accountants that will rip through it and he will end up with a massive tax bill, penalties, fines, and possibly even tax fraud.”

WISCONSIN. Man finds tinfoil-wrapped brain on the beach…

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY. Janelle Monáe “Turntables”.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY 2. Future Islands – “Moonlight”

HUMP DAY HOTTIE. Javier Bellanato.

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Andy Cohen Responds to Tamra Judge’s ‘Ageist’ Claim, Answers Brandi Glanville’s Sons Pleas to Bring Her Back to ‘RHOBH’

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Flipping their roles! Brandi Glanville put Andy Cohen in the hot seat during a candid conversation about the Housewives on her podcast.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills personality, 47, first asked Cohen, 52, about Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge’s exits from The Real Housewives of Orange County.

“I felt like [Vicki and Tamra] told their entire stories and they both said that [you are] an ageist,” Glanville said on a recent episode of her “Brandi Glanville Unfiltered” podcast. “They said you were going against them because they got too old.” (Back in June, Judge, 53, claimed Bravo wants “younger Housewives” on the “Behind the Velvet Rope” podcast.)

The Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen host, however, was quick to point out that Real Housewives of New York City’s Ramona Singer, who is 63, is older than Gunvalson, 58.

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“If you look at the women on our shows, there are a lot of women that are really thriving in their 50s and late 50s. Yeah, no. I don’t care for that [remark],” he responded, noting that Gunvalson “to this day makes me absolutely laugh.”

He continued: “We just felt that the show needed some new air. We needed to air it out and see where it went. These two women were so identifiable with it and will always be. I hope they will someday be back in some capacity.”

Cohen went on to tease season 15 of RHOC, the first without Gunvalson. (Judge, for her part, joined during season 3.)

“COVID kind of hit us but what I think people will see when the show begins is there’s something about Orange County. They are women dealing with some real serious stuff in their lives,” he said. “When the season starts, there is something that really grounds it to the core of what Orange County always was about.”

Glanville also asked Cohen about RHONY alum Carole Radziwill, who he was friendly with before she joined the cast in 2011.

“We were in each other’s circle for years,” he said about the former journalist, who left the show after six seasons in 2018. “We didn’t talk on the phone. We didn’t email but I think we had genuine [love] for each other.”

Radziwill, 57, and Cohen got heated during her final reunion, with the What Remains author accusing the host of being “scared” of Bethenny Frankel.

“I think she’s angry toward the show and me and she felt like I was up Bethenny’s ass,” Cohen told Glanville.

The Drinking and Tweeting author, who was last a full-time cast member on RHOBH during season 5, went on to ask Cohen about her potential return to the show. The producer noted that Glanville, who has made guest appearances on the franchise during seasons 6, 9 and 10, is “as close to being back” as she’s been “in a long time,” but wouldn’t commit to an answer.

“You’re not exactly friends with any of the women,” Cohen said after telling Glanville she isn’t “on an island” like she once was.

After Glanville noted that she’s friends with Kyle and Kim Richards, she enlisted her sons Mason, 17, and Jake, 13, whom she shares with ex Eddie Cibrian, to help her get her diamond back.

“I was wondering if you would do the right thing and give my mom her job back like you said you would because she was like the main focus of the whole season,” Jake said in a video to Cohen, referring to Glanville’s season 10 claims that she had an affair with Denise Richards. “And like get her money back so we can move out of this place and get her what she deserves.”

Glanville’s eldest son, meanwhile, joined the episode to reveal that Cibrian, 47, would let them film the show this time around.

“You kind of milked her for everything this season and she hasn’t gotten half as much as the other Housewives. … I mean she’s the best woman I’ve ever met,” Mason added.

Cohen, who was certainly intrigued by Glanville’s kids being allowed to film the series, concluded, “That’s a discussion!”

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Gwyneth Paltrow Turns 48… in Her Birthday Suit!

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Gwyneth Paltrow turned 48 Sunday, and she did it with naked enthusiasm for her new age!

Paltrow playfully posed tastefully nude in an image she posted to Instagram, writing, “In nothing but my birthday suit today… thank you all so much for the birthday wishes and thank you to @goop ‘s insanely amazing brand new body butter for making me think I can still get my kit off. 💙 #goopgenes”

The star of Netflix’s “The Politician” was celebrated on her special day by hubby Brad Falchuk, who posted a less nude shot of Paltrow relaxing on a sofa, writing of her, “This badass is 48 today. She makes pizza from scratch, is never late for cocktail hour, makes looking good annoyingly easy and never skips an opportunity to put an asshole in his place. She makes friends feel like family and family feel like friends. Trust me, she’s the best. Happy, happy, happy birthday, Beauty. I love you.”

Falchuk, who tied the knot with Paltrow two years ago this month, also used the occasion to implore everyone to vote on November 3.

Among other celebs wishing Gwyneth well on her special day was Matthew Morrison, who chimed in with, “So happy you were born! What an inspired life you’ve made for yourself. And the GP train keeps going! Love ya, chica!”

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Japanese Actress Yuko Takeuchi Dead at 40: Reports

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Japanese Actress Yuko Takeuchi has passed away, according to multiple reports.

The Japan Times reports the star was found dead by her husband, actor Nakabayashi Taiki, in their Tokyo apartment on Sunday, Sept. 27.

Per the publication’s sources, the actress was transported to a nearby hospital where she was confirmed dead.

According to The Japan Times, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has launched an investigation surrounding Takeuchi’s death, however, the local authorities said they believe she took her own life. The outlet noted a suicide letter hasn’t been discovered.

“It came all of a sudden, and we are all stunned and saddened by the news,” her talent agency, Stardust Promotion Inc., said in a statement to the local paper.

The actress was 40 years old and a mother to two kids. She shared a son with her ex-husband, Nakamura Shido, and welcomed a baby boy earlier this year with Taiki.

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