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Trump’s new FCC nominee may tip the scales for his controversial social media order

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President Donald Trump nominated an executive branch official who helped craft his controversial social media executive order to fill a post at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Trump announced late Tuesday that he nominated Nathan A. Simington, a senior advisor at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), to become a commissioner on the FCC.

Simington “had a hand” in crafting Trump’s controversial social media executive order, according to the Washington Post. The order asks the FCC to reinterpret Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The NTIA, which is part of the executive branch, filed a petition for rulemaking to the FCC in late May calling for the FCC to “clarify the provisions” of Section 230.

Section 230 shields websites for being liable for the content posted on them by its users. Its been hailed as one of the most important laws that helped shape the modern internet.

Simington’s nomination comes just over a month after Trump surprisingly withdrew the re-nomination of Michael O’Rielly, a Republican who raised concerns about whether the FCC had the authority to do what Trump’s executive order asks it to do.

The president withdrew O’Rielly’s re-nomination shortly after he raised those doubts.

On Tuesday night, O’Rielly congratulated Simington on being selected by Trump.

“I extend my sincere congrats to Mr. Simington for selection to join @FCC, and offer best wishes for a smooth confirmation process and successful term at the Commission,” O’Rielly tweeted.

The FCC commissioners have had split views on Trump’s order—with the Democratic commissioners opposed and one Republican enthusiastically endorsing it. So O’Rielly’s views on the matter stood as an outlier.

Simington erases that uncertainty, given his involvement in crafting Trump’s order. If the Senate approves Simington, he would seemingly be in favor of going through with the order, likely leaving Chairman Ajit Pai, also a Republican, as the deciding vote on any possible decision.

The FCC will stop collecting public reply comments on Trump’s order tomorrow. A number of groups have sent automated messages in support of the order, and—just like the FCC’s net neutrality public comments—have had fake ones submitted, including ones from the cartoon character Fred Flinstone and another one in the name Pai.

*First Published: Sep 16, 2020, 8:48 am

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Alyssa Milano reveals her coronavirus symptoms have lasted for six months

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Alyssa Milano has opened up about her experience with coronavirus, calling it the most difficult illness she’s ever had. In fact, six months after her diagnosis, she’s still feeling the effects of the virus.

The Charmed actress tested positive for COVID-19 in March, and says she was extremely sick for six weeks.

“It comes in stages and it affects different parts of the body at different times,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “Like, first it was my stomach and then I started to feel better a little bit. And then it was my chest. And then I started to feel better a little bit.”

Alyssa Milano attends CORE Gala: A Gala Dinner to Benefit CORE and 10 Years of Life-Saving Work Across Haiti & Around the World at Wiltern Theatre on January 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Alyssa Milano attends CORE Gala: A Gala Dinner to Benefit CORE and 10 Years of Life-Saving Work Across Haiti & Around the World at Wiltern Theatre on January 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty)

“Now I’m six months out and, you know, I’m what they call a long hauler, I still have a lot of the symptoms. I have heart palpitations and shortness of breath and my hair is falling out. The worst part of all of it is that I have horrible ringing in my ears that is really, really annoying to say the least.”

Last month Milano shared video on her Instagram of the hair loss she experienced as a result of COVID-19.

She told ET that she has a lot of friends who were sick, and none of them have completely recovered either.

“But I’m doing OK,” she said. “I’m very, very grateful and thankful that I’m here. I think that’s part of the story that they’re not really talking about enough is the symptoms after the acute illness, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be completely one hundred percent back to normal. I hope so. I hope that with time, you know, it passes. But you just don’t know.”

She went on to explain one particularly scary moment when she could barely breathe at all.

“It felt like I was wearing a corset and then I had an elephant on my chest,” she recalls. “And I just couldn’t get breath in. And I remember looking to my husband, I was like, ‘Well, this is it, we’re gonna either go to the emergency room or fight through this.’

She didn’t want to go to the hospital, which was overcrowded, so ended up taking over-the-counter medication recommended by her doctor. “Then finally, you know, every day it got a little easier,” she said.

“I want people to just be reminded that there are people that are suffering that don’t have healthcare insurance, that don’t know how to treat, that are suffering by themselves, that maybe have to go to work because they live paycheck to paycheck and they are spreading this because they don’t have protections to not spread it,” she says. “There’s a lot that has to be thought of when we’re considering what this horrible illness is doing to our nation.”

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Oreo Cookie Graveyards Are at Michaels For Halloween

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As I’m making plans ahead of Halloween, I’m looking for activities that are easy to do at home, and Oreo’s Spooky Cookie Graveyard has risen to the top of my list. We’ve seen Oreo Cookie Houses for the holidays before, but this is something in a scary-fun league of its own. Take your typical gingerbread structure and give it a slight twist, and you’re left with this frighteningly delicious DIY kit that includes prebaked cookie pieces, icing, and assorted candies for decorating.

You can find the $12 ready-to-assemble kits at Michaels, but make sure you call before you visit; many locations are already sold out. If you do snag one for yourself, you’re set for an at-home Halloween celebration. Enjoy!

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Here is the lineup for ‘Dancing with the Stars” Disney Night (before you ask, yes, Carole Baskin has ‘The Lion King’)

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It’s the most synergistic time of the year: Disney Night on “Dancing with the Stars!” And don’t worry, Carole Baskin will continue her feline theme with “The Lion King.” Because who didn’t see this coming?

The “Tiger King” star will perform the samba to “Circle of Life” on Monday, so this could be, um, interesting. How many rolls will Pasha Pashkov toss in here? And how will they recreate the iconic opening (because you know they will)?

Two dances will be performed the first time this season: the Charleston by Justina Machado and Sasha Farber, and the Argentine tango by Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson.

Kaitlyn Bristowe has the rumba, which ought to be slightly easier on her bum ankle.

Most of the Disney movies and songs are well-known classics — and one will definitely make you cry, so get the Kleenex now: “Married Life” from “Up,” to which Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong are performing their Viennese waltz. You won’t know one song because it’s from a movie that hasn’t been released yet, “Soul,” which is scheduled to open Nov. 20. Gotta get that promo in!

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Here are the Week 3 dances:

Monica Aldama and Val Chmerkovskiy: waltz (“Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid”)

Carole Baskin and Pasha Pashkov: samba (“Circle of Life” from “The Lion King”)

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev: rumba (“How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”)

Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd: quickstep (“Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast”)

Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe: quickstep (“Zero to Hero” from “Hercules”)

Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten: jive (“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog”)

Justina Machado and Sasha Farber: Charleston (“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from “Mary Poppins”)

AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke: quickstep (“Prince Ali” from “Aladdin”)

Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong: Viennese waltz (“Married Life” from “Up”)

Jesse Metcalfe and Sharna Burgess: jive (“King of New York” from “Newsies”)

Nelly and Daniella Karagach: foxtrot (“It’s Alright” from “Soul”)

Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson: Argentine tango (“Angelica” from “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”)

Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko: waltz (“A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from “Cinderella”)

Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart: rumba (“Reflection” from “Mulan”)

The show will open with the cast and Tyra Banks naming their favorite Disney films. And unlike past Disney Nights on which everyone was spared, the carriage will turn into the pumpkin this time, and one couple will be eliminated.

After airing on Tuesday in Week 2, “Dancing” will return to its regular timeslot, Mondays-at-8, on ABC.

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