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Guard troops in DC say they want to ‘give people the opportunity to express their First Amendment rights’

Hours after the sometimes chaotic protesting died down, two soldiers with the D.C. National Guard kept watch at the mostly calm corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street N.W. It was about 11:30 p.m. at the midpoint between the White House and the Capitol building and Staff Sgt. Jeremy French and Pfc. Rich Lynch were…

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Hours after the sometimes chaotic protesting died down, two soldiers with the D.C. National Guard kept watch at the mostly calm corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street N.W. It was about 11:30 p.m. at the midpoint between the White House and the Capitol building and Staff Sgt. Jeremy French and Pfc. Rich Lynch were stationed to make sure no vehicles headed northwest on Pennsylvania Ave. They were part of the largest domestic mobilization of Guard troops in the nation’s history, with more than 17,000 activated for civil unrest duties and about 45,000 more to help with the response to the coronavirus pandemic. The D.C. troops were armed only with defensive weapons, Guard officials said. Rubber bullets, shields and batons. They were not assigned to arrest or detain anyone, and the use of proportional force was only allowed if their lives were endangered. “It kind of makes sense to me that they would chose Washington, D.C., to come and be heard,” French said of the thousands of people who flooded into town to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who prosecutors say was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer who had his knee on a restrained Floyd’s throat. “That’s because right there in the background is the U.S. Capitol,” said French, nodding his head toward the gleaming domed structure four blocks to the southeast. “Those are the people who make the laws. So if you had something you wanted to be able to have your voice heard about, to make an impact and maybe change, that would be the place to do it. So I think this is the appropriate place to be heard.” D.C. National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeremy French (left) and PFC Rich Lynch on post at the corner of 7th St. N.W. and Pennsylvania Ave. Howard Altman photo. Sign up for the Early Bird Brief Get the military’s most comprehensive news and information every morning. 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French and Lynch were pulling duty several hours after President Donald Trump announced his intentions to call in active duty troops to respond to the growing unrest that is sweeping the nation, resulting in several deaths, massive destruction and hundreds of thousands of people expressing their outrage over racial injustice. French avoided politics, saying his perspective is just from his position at the intersection of 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue. But he said it is local law enforcement, not the military, that is best suited to coping with the looting, burning and violence that has erupted along with peaceful protests. “We’ve seen some protesters come up and down, back and forth, but it seems like it’s been pretty peaceful,” said French, 49, who previously served with the Marines in both the first Gulf War and Afghanistan and later as a contractor working in Afghanistan. “I’m definitely not an expert on civil disturbances,” he said, “so it looks to me like the D.C. Metro Police are doing a pretty good job of controlling the situation and with us in general support, maybe this is enough. I’m not really sure if you brought more military in that they would be able to do anything any different.” The D.C. Metro Police “are specially trained for this mission,” he said. As he spoke, several police cars speed north, lights flashing, down 7th Avenue toward some unknown event. “Here in the nation’s capital, protest is not a new thing,” said French. “Neither are large activities like Fourth of July celebrations, parades, things of that nature. So I believe protest activity is something better left to the experts and I would say the experts are definitely D.C. Metro Police. “The military is trained in crowd-control techniques and tactics, however that is with more of a DoD type of flair in a deployed environment,” said French. “But this is the U.S. It is a little bit different here.” Protecting Rights Both French and Lynch said they felt their mission was essential to upholding the constitutional rights of free assembly. Lynch, the private first class, spent half of his 20 years as a resident of the District. “I’m just doing my job,” he said. “I know a lot about this area and how these people feel about the situations going on, but I am just doing what I am supposed to.” And that’s making sure motorists don’t drive toward the White House, or interfere with those who are protesting. Helping to block the street was a tan light medium tactical vehicle from the D.C. National Guard motor pool, parked in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue. “The mission is to separate the good protesters and then the rioters and looters,” said Lynch. “You kind of have to draw the line between which is which. How do you do that? “Just see the actions they take, they speak louder than words,” he said. “If they are throwing bricks at you, they are not there to be peaceful. If they are just holding up signs and not causing any violence, why should we use violence, you know?” A D.C. National Guard Humvee parked near the intersection of 16th St. N.W. and K St. Howard Altman photo. Lynch said that he’s had positive interactions with most of those who have taken to the streets. “People are now starting to associate our uniforms with police uniforms — and that’s the thing: We are not police,” he said, smiling. “We are not here to arrest you for jaywalking or smoking whatever you want to smoke. We are here to just assist.” French said that Washington “is near and dear to my heart. “It was my first duty station in the Marine Corps,” he said.” I was stationed at Marine Barracks 8th and I back in 1989 so that’s 30 years ago. …my civilian job was in Washington, D.C. “ As a D.C. Guardsman, French said “we are out here in general support of the D.C. Metro Police to help ensure public safety for everybody, provide the opportunity for protesters to assemble peacefully and try to reduce the amount of the unlawful activity that is going on after hours in certain areas being done by certain people. So I think it is a pretty important job for all of the Americans who were out here, to give people the opportunity to express their First Amendment rights but within the legal boundary of the rule of law.” For French, Monday was his first night on the streets during the protests. “I’ve had a very positive experience,” he said. “Been treated well by passers by and the like. I’ve had several conversations with folks, so I have been treated really well.” Esper and Milley visit troops after church tumult While it was calm in Washington near midnight Monday, several hours earlier the scene near the White House at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 15th and H streets NW was bedlam. Those protesting were hit with tear gas as Trump and a coterie of officials, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Mark Milley made their way to the church. Law enforcement officers were aggressively forcing the protesters back, firing tear gas and deploying flash bangs into the crowd to disperse them from the park for seemingly no reason. It was a jarring scene as police in the nation’s capital forcefully cleared young men and women gathered legally in a public park on a sunny evening, all of it on live television. With smoke still wafting and isolated tussles continuing in the crowd, Trump emerged in the Rose Garden for a dramatic split-screen of his own creation. “I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters,” he declared, before demanding that governors across the nation deploy the National Guard “in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets.” And Trump warned that, if the governors refused, he would deploy the United States military “and quickly solve the problem for them.” As an additional show of force, Trump announced he was deploying even more of the military to Washington, giving it the feel of an armed, locked-down city after days of violent clashes, arson and looting. “As we speak I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers,” he said, as explosions rang out in the background. “We are putting everybody on warning.” Hours later, Esper and Milley, along with Army Chief of Staff, Gen. James McConville and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy arrived at 15th and K streets NW to talk with D.C. Guardsmen. “Thanks for being out here,” said Esper, his arms crossed, to one of the soldiers. “Thanks for your service. You want to go on active duty?” Esper did not take questions from a small group of reporters on the scene. But Milley spoke for about half a minute. Army GEN Mark Milley CJCS talks about the right to peaceful protest. @MilitaryTimes pic.twitter.com/8qOKVC4W5L— Howard Altman (@haltman) June 2, 2020 Those gathered, he said, can “protest, but to protest peacefully. The Pentagon’s top officer said his message on this night was to “allow freedom to assemble, freedom of speech, that’s perfectly fine. We support that. We took an oath of allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America to do that. And to protect everyone’s rights. And that’s what we do. We’ve got the D.C. National Guard out here and I was just checking to see how well they are doing, that’s all.” Just before midnight, the young PFC who spent half his life as a resident of the District reflected on an historic turn of events in a city that has been burned and looted over days of protest both peaceful and violent. “I walked up and down these streets as a civilian before I joined the Guard,” said Pfc. Rich Lynch. “And to see the way it looks now, it’s crazy.” This story contains information from the Associated Press

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Zayn Malik And Gigi Hadid Welcome A Baby Daughter — See Her Adorably Tiny Hand

Robert Kamau/GC Images Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid are officially parents! Back in April, reports dropped that Hadid was pregnant, and she later confirmed it in an interview on The Tonight Show. And late Wednesday night (September 24), the pair shared the good news that Hadid had given birth to a baby daughter over the…

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Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid are officially parents!
Back in April, reports dropped that Hadid was pregnant, and she later confirmed it in an interview on The Tonight Show. And late Wednesday night (September 24), the pair shared the good news that Hadid had given birth to a baby daughter over the weekend.
“Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend and she’s already changed our world,” Hadid wrote on Instagram to accompany a photo of a tiny hand in a little baby blanket. “So in love.”
Malik, meanwhile, mentioned being at a loss for words. “Our baby girl is here, healthy and beautiful,” he wrote. “[T]o try put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task. The love I feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding. Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, and thankful for the life we will have together x.”
His photo, too, captures the impossibly small measure of her hand gripping his much larger, and much more tattooed one.
It’s the first child for both Malik, 27, and Hadid, 25. The pair have been together on and off since 2015, when they reportedly met on the set of his steamy “Pillowtalk” video.
That song officially kicked off Malik’s solo career in early 2016, not quite a year after his departure from One Direction; two years later, his song “Let Me” was written about his relationship with Hadid. “And if you let me be your man / Then I’ll take care of you,” he sings on the track, “for the rest of my life / For the rest of yours.”
And speaking of music, early Thursday morning (September 25), Malik also shared that his new single “Better” will be out on Friday — complete with a fan art-recalling single cover that positions him as a Gundam warrior with red hair and pointy elven ears.
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The Boys spin-off about college for young supes in the works at Amazon

A college for supes?! The Boys have their work cut out for them as a new spin-off show is on the fast track. Well this is just diabolical! In the thick of The Boys season 2, which shifted to a weekly release format complete with its own after-show, Amazon is going big with the R-rated…

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A college for supes?! The Boys have their work cut out for them as a new spin-off show is on the fast track.

Well this is just diabolical! In the thick of The Boys season 2, which shifted to a weekly release format complete with its own after-show, Amazon is going big with the R-rated superhero satire by fast-tracking development of a new spin-off series.

Also produced by Sony Pictures Television, the show is set at America’s only college exclusively for young adult superheroes, which is run by Vought International. Amazon describes the show as an “irreverent, R-rated series that explores the lives of hormonal, competitive Supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities. Part college show, part Hunger Games — with all the heart, satire and raunch of The Boys.”

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Craig Rosenberg, an executive producer and writer on The Boys who notably penned this season’s whale episode, is writing the pilot. He will also be serving as showrunner and executive producer. Eric Kripke, showrunner of The Boys proper, will also serve as EP with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, and The Boys comic creators Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.

The Boys takes place in a world where superheroes are real. Not only that, they’re a—holes. The Seven, America’s premiere superhero team, are as corrupt as they come — seconded only by Vought, their corporate overlords. Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr, Chace Crawford, Karen Fukuhara, and more star.
“What Garth created, one of my favorite parts about it is this whole universe,” Kripke told EW ahead of this year’s premiere. He was specifically noting how Eagle the Archer (Langston Kerman) and Stormfront (Aya Cash), two characters from a team called Payback in the comics, were introduced in season 2. Soldier Boy, another Payback member, will arrive in the already greenlit third season, played by Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles.

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When it comes to streaming the NFL, options abound. David Katzmaier/CNET With the 2020 NFL season now underway, there are plenty of options for following the most popular sport in the US. Paying up for a cable subscription is the simplest solution. It allows you to watch your local team and a bunch of other…

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With the 2020 NFL season now underway, there are plenty of options for following the most popular sport in the US. Paying up for a cable subscription is the simplest solution. It allows you to watch your local team and a bunch of other teams without worrying about which channels are available. For cord-cutters who want to save some money, however, NFL football streaming options get a bit more complicated. Your best bet is to subscribe to a live TV streaming service but the sheer number of channels that carry live games — local CBS, NBC and Fox channels, as well as the national feeds of NFL Network and ESPN — means you’ll either have to get a relatively expensive service or make a compromise and miss some games every week. (Editors’ note: CNET and CBS are both owned by ViacomCBS.)

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The only way to get a full football experience is to have a whole litany of channels from your TV provider. Sunday NFC games are largely on Fox, AFC games are on CBS and Sunday night football is on NBC. Monday night football is only on ESPN. Though Fox has most Thursday night games, there are several that are NFL Network-only (and streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch). With all that in mind, we offer our recommendations for the best way to watch NFL without cable. Read more: YouTube TV vs. Hulu vs. Sling TV vs. Philo vs. FuboTV vs. AT&T TV Now: 100 channels compared Best for everything: YouTube TV Last year our streaming service pick for NFL fans was PlayStation Vue at $55 a month, but Sony shut down its service earlier this year. That leaves cord-cutters with two more expensive options.  At $65 per month each, a FuboTV Family plan and regular YouTube TV subscription check all the NFL channel boxes. Local channels CBS, NBC and Fox are included in many markets, as are ESPN and the NFL Network, so you can watch Monday night, Thursday night and Sunday night.  Want RedZone for following your fantasy team? That’s available on either service as part of an add-on for an extra $11 per month. YouTube TV users can add the Sports Plus add-on by clicking on your profile and going to Settings, then the Membership tab. FuboTV users can go into My Profile and choose Manage Add-ons for its Sports Plus offering.  Both YouTube TV and FuboTV’s Family plan allow for three simultaneous streams, with YouTube offering unlimited cloud DVR and FuboTV offering 500 hours of storage. The two services are widely available too, with apps on iOS and Android, the web and on TVs through Roku, Chromecast, Android TV, Apple TV and Fire TV. If we had to choose between the two, we’d recommend YouTube TV overall. While FuboTV does get points for broadcasting the Fox Thursday night games in 4K, YouTube TV has access to Turner channels like TNT, TBS and CNN, as well as PBS, and a superior DVR.  FuboTV’s base plan, called Standard, is available for $60 per month and offers the same channels as the Family plan, so it may be an option for football fans who want to save a bit. But since it offers a paltry 30-hour DVR and just two simultaneous streams, we think the extra $5 is worth it. Also, the Standard plan is incredibly difficult for new customers to find on FuboTV’s site.
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Many other live TV streaming services carry those local channels and ESPN, but most lack NFL Network and RedZone. Hulu with Live TV and AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) lack both. Sling TV’s Orange and Blue plan for $45 a month gets you ESPN, and, in select major markets, Fox and/or NBC, but you’ll still lack CBS. During Week 1 the streaming service reached a deal with the NFL to restore the NFL Network to its Sling Blue package and bring RedZone back to its $10 per month Sports Extra add-on. The chart below sums it all up. The base price is listed after the service name, while a dollar sign indicates that the channel is available for an additional fee.  NFL channels on live TV services compared

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