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5 Things You May Have Missed From The Jan. 6 Committee Hearing



Former staffers of then-President Donald Trump helped piece together what he did for 187 minutes on Jan. 6, 2021 — the time between when he told his supporters to march to the Capitol and when he told the violent mob that ultimately stormed it to go home.

Witnesses testified before the House Jan. 6 committee on Thursday in a primetime hearing, a finale of sorts (though the committee is expected to hold more hearings in September.) As the riot raged, witnesses said, Trump did nothing to stop it. Some of his closest supporters urged him in person, by phone, or by text to do something. Every staff member at the White House wanted the riot to stop, former White House counsel Pat Cipollone testified. When asked if that included Trump, he declined to answer.

Here are five things you may have missed from the hearing:

Pence’s security called family members to tell them goodbye.

During the height of the riot, then-Vice President Mike Pence’s security feared for their lives and were calling family members to say they loved them, according to a White House security officer who anonymously testified via a recording.

After rioters broke into the Capitol at 2:13 p.m., Pence’s security began to plan to get him to safety, but they weren’t sure how successful they were going to be. Rioters at one point came within 40 feet of Pence, surveillance video showed.

“There was a lot of yelling, a lot of very personal calls over the radio, so it was disturbing,” the security officer said during his testimony. “I don’t like talking about it, but there were calls to say goodbye to family members.

“If they’re running out of options, and they’re getting nervous, it sounds like that we came very close to either (Secret) Service having to use lethal options or worse.”

Sen. Josh Hawley fled rioters after showing them support.

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Olivia Newton-John’s Husband John Easterling Remembers Her as ‘Most Courageous Woman’ in Heartfelt Tribute



Olivia Newton-John’s husband, John Easterling, is sharing a heartfelt tribute to his late wife, just two days after her passing. She was 73 years old.

Easterling took to Newton-John’s Instagram account, where he posted a photo of the pair along with a touching message addressed to the singer-actress.

“Olivia, Our love for each other transcends our understanding. Every day we expressed our gratitude for this love that could be so deep, so real, so natural. We never had to ‘work’ on it. We were in awe of this great mystery and accepted the experience of our love as past, present and forever,” Easterling began.

Easterling, who married Newton-John back in 2008, called the Grease star “the most courageous woman” he’s ever known, adding that she genuinely cared for all the world’s people, nature and its creatures.

“At Olivia’s deepest essence she was a healer using her mediums of song, of words, of touch. She was the most courageous woman I’ve ever known. Her bandwidth for genuinely caring for people, for nature and all creatures almost eclipses what is humanely possible,” he added. “It is only the grace of God that has allowed me to share the depth and passion of her being for so long. In her most difficult times she always had the spirit, the humor, and the will power to move things into the light.”

Though still in the midst of her painful loss, Easterling said that his heart is “healed” by the joy of her love.

“Even now as her soul soars, the pain and holes in my heart are healed with the joy of her love and the light that shines forward,” Easterling wrote before concluding the message by thanking Newton-John’s fans, friends and colleagues for their love and support. “Our family deeply appreciates the vast ocean of love and support that has come our way. Onward Ho, John Easterling.”

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Easterling broke the news of his wife’s passing Monday morning in an announcement shared to Instagram, writing alongside a photo of the actress, “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” the statement continued. “Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the @onjfoundation.”

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Newton-John’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, also shared a tribute to her late mother. In addition to several shots of her and her mom, Lattanzi posted a special behind-the-scenes video from their iconic 2021 duet. Lattanzi took to Instagram Tuesday to share a clip of the pair singing “Window in the Wall,” a song that brought the late actress out of retirement and back in the studio.

The video sees the mother-daughter duo recording the track, sharing special moments in the studio and collaborating on the moving melody.

“You are my lighthouse mama. My safe place. My heart space. It has been my honor and continues to be my honor to be your baby and best friend,” Lattanzi wrote alongside the video. “You are an angel on earth and everyone touched by you has been blessed. I love you forever my life giver, my teacher, my mama.”

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Newton-John’s long-term battle with cancer began in 1992 when she went public with her first diagnosis of breast cancer. She went on to fund the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia, and had been a fierce advocate for cancer treatment and research. A state funeral in Newton-John’s home country of Australia is set to take place to celebrate Newton-John’s “music and film and all the other amazing contributions that she made” to the world.

For more on the actress’ life and legacy, and the outpouring of love for Newton-John in the wake of her death, see the video below.


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Chicken Salt Beer Exists And I Can’t Decide If It’s An Act Of Patriotism Or High Treason



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But you tell me, Aussies — would you be willing to try chicken salt beer?

  1. Absolutely, sounds like a taste sensation!

  2. Hell no, this is a crime against the nation.

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Viral Joshi talks her conversation-starting ‘Indian Matchmaking’ date



Viral Joshi joined the cast of Season Two of “Indian Matchmaking” because she was hungry. The 31-year-old once was an extra in “Iron Man” movies and said she had the best crepes of her life on set. One day, over brunch, she remembered those crepes — and looked up casting calls. Season Two of “Indian Matchmaking” came up in the search results.

Coincidentally, she was single and looking to meet someone of South Asian descent. But maybe it’s not a coincidence. Viral believes in fate, and believes this is hers.

“In the Indian culture, we believe when we’re born, there’s a star map. And in that star map, it basically says your whole life was on these dating apps. I had a voice on the inside that said, ‘This isn’t it.’ When this opportunity came up, I gravitated toward it,” she said.

Viral is the first to admit that, before “Indian Matchmaking,” dating wasn’t working for her: She had an average of about one date a year.

Working with Sima Taparia, the Mumbai-based matchmaker at the center of the show, she was able to focus on her list of “criteria,” including someone also speaks her native language of Gujarati. She develops a connection with Aashay, an Indian man living in the U.S., over rock climbing and a marathon five-day date in New York.

Below, Viral talks about her relationship with Aashay now, her “Indian Matchmaking” experience and having bold conversations early on.

What made you say yes to going on the show?

I had tried every method under the sun. Dating apps. My friend network, even when I travel for work. When I’m in the airport lounge, I would look around, or when I would have lunch in the hospital. Nothing I was doing was working. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So I was like, I gotta switch it up. I’m only getting older.

My track record was one date a year. How many years would it have taken, if that’s my rate? I needed help — and I knew preserving the Indian culture was very important to me. So who better to work with like the iconic Sima Taparia? Someone who can really understand what I’m looking for and why I’m looking for it, more importantly. I had to call in the big guns.

What wasn’t working?

When I started off on this journey, there are moments where I think about someone from my past. I’m still a little fragile from that ending. So when I’m going into this, I’m always doing a little mini internal comparison. Oh, I have to go through all this because it didn’t work out with that guy who I thought was my 100 percent. You have to put that behind you and just take one step forward. You can’t force someone to like you if they don’t appreciate you for who you are.

At one point, you tell your date his photos don’t reflect his appearance accurately. How do you feel about that conversation?

I think a lot of people will resonate with the experience I had, and then I’m excited to see if everyone either agrees with me or disagrees with me. I just needed to call it out for what it was. And then you know, talk about it.

Do you stand by your decision to bring up that topic?

I thought a lot about what to do before going on the date. I was like, Do I say anything? Do I not say anything?

Outside of that one factor — physical attraction — I do think we hit it off. He met a lot of the criteria that I was looking for. If there was that physical attraction (problem), I could have seen myself going on another date with him. But I felt it was important to tell him in the moment like, ‘Hey, I’m having a great time. I feel like you’re having a great time. But this is why I don’t think I would see you again.’ It was hard conversation. He was very, very nice. He took it really well. Can’t say I would have reacted the same way. But it was a good experience.

I think it’s better to be honest than to ghost someone. I’ve been ghosted before. It’s a very hollow feeling, because you’re like, ‘What did I do wrong?’ I wish someone had given me some feedback so I can be better for the next person. It breaks people’s self confidence a lot. And I didn’t want to do that to him.

But you wouldn’t necessarily want to have those comments directed at you.

True, but I think the way he took it, and he was like, thank you for the feedback. What’s frustrating about situations where the photo doesn’t necessarily represent the person is — what else am I not fully seeing? If this was if I feel it was misrepresented at this at this early in the game, like what else could there be? What else is like not exactly what was on this profile?

You and Aashay hit it off. Where does your connection stand now?

We’re still in touch. Long distance has its nuances. We’re still trying to figure out what that looks like for us. All our friends are like, ‘What’s next? What’s next? You guys are hitting it off!’ I’ll visit him. He’ll come down here. We talk a lot on the phone. So we have a strong connection. I think we’re really working on building a foundation.

He’s 100 percent of my checklist. The physical attraction is there the chemistry is there. Do I think I like are there certain things that I would love to like change about him? Yes. Like I hate that he’s always late. But it is what it is. 

How has your checklist of criteria evolved over the years and since joining ‘Indian Matchmaking’?

When I made my checklist, when I was looking at it later, I was like, ‘Am I just looking for like the male version of myself?’ When you are those three things I say — self-aware, self-actualized and self-assured, — you know what you bring to the table, what you’re looking for and what you’re not going to compromise on. We’re talking about the rest of our life.

What’s nice about working with (Sima) is she really goes down into your checklist and says, ‘You’re looking for this, but why?’ So it gives you a moment to introspect and think about why do I want these qualities.

You emphasize it’s important to be with someone who is and speaks Gujarati. Why is that a priority for you?

In my family, everyone, we’re all Indian, and we’ve all always married Indians. So when we have Thanksgiving or big holidays, it’s nice to see that shared commonality in language, culture, food, traditions and religion. I think it just makes it easier to blend families. They can bring their own experience of how they celebrated other customs and we merge that together.

I had a really close relationship with my grandma. The only way that was possible was to speak the language.

I really love being Indian. It was hard growing up being Indian back in the ’90s. But now I’ve embraced it and now I love it. Wouldn’t wish anything different for me. I want to keep that going.

Speaking of merging: You have an epic closet and a system for everything in your house. Are you nervous about having to merge wardrobes?

Aashay is very into style. Just as much as I am. That’s new for me. I tell him, “You’re the best-dressed guy I’ve ever dated.” I’m gonna have to either knock down this wall and make a bigger closet or I’m gonna have to get rid of stuff, which is going to be its own problem. I think we’ll keep a pretty strong divide if we have to merge closets so I can keep my system the way it is. He can do whatever he wants. I don’t have to really look at it. I can’t make him make his closet have a Dewey Decimal System. I can’t force that onto someone else. But that’s also not a deal breaker. So I have to embrace him for who he is.

After all this, do you feel pressure to settle down?

I think since my parents got married a little like later in life, both of them were 32, I never received a lot of pressure from them because they always reinforce that good things take time. I only want to get married one time. It’s better to take your time with it. Don’t feel rushed or pressured into it.

Is there anything you want to tell people, based on your experiences on the show?

Know your self worth. Know when to compromise. Know when maybe you’re asking for too much. Know that when it’s meant to happen, it will happen. Don’t lose hope. I was really crushed when I went on this journey. My life’s taken a total 180. Just hang in there. Working with Sima Aunty gave me that glimmer of hope that I needed.

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