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William Barr just contradicted himself over a key claim he’s made about Mueller’s obstruction findings

  • Attorney General William Barr told CBS News this week that the Department of Justice (DOJ) “didn’t agree” with the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s “legal analysis” in the obstruction-of-justice case against President Donald Trump.
  • Barr added that Mueller’s analysis “did not reflect the views of the department.”
  • The statement is a direct contradiction of Barr’s previous congressional testimony, during which he said the DOJ “accepted the special counsel’s legal framework” and “evaluated the evidence as presented by the special counsel in reaching our conclusion” in the obstruction case.
  • Mueller did not make a decision one way or another on whether to charge Trump with obstruction, but he laid out an extensive roadmap of evidence against the president. Prosecutors also noted that a president is not immune from prosecution after leaving office, and that Congress has the authority to impeach.
  • One former senior DOJ official who worked closely with Mueller when he was FBI director characterized his statements to INSIDER as “Mueller, in his own way and as loudly as he legally could, shouting from the rooftops that Congress needs to act.”
  • “Mueller isn’t [Whitewater independent counsel] Ken Starr,” the former official added. “He’s not a showman, he’s a prosecutor. He got the evidence, he laid out all the facts, and he did the heavy lifting. Now, he’s basically saying to Congress: the ball’s in your court. Start the impeachment process.”
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Attorney General William Barr contradicted himself in a significant way during an exclusive interview with CBS News, during which he revealed that the Department of Justice (DOJ) “didn’t agree with the legal analysis” the former special counsel Robert Mueller used in his obstruction-of-justice investigation into President Donald Trump.

The attorney general added during the CBS interview that Mueller’s analysis “did not reflect the views of the department” and instead represented “the views of a particular lawyer or lawyers.”

But on May 1, while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barr said the department “accepted the special counsel’s legal framework for purposes of our analysis and evaluated the evidence as presented by the special counsel in reaching our conclusion” in the obstruction case.

During his CBS News interview, Barr told host Jan Crawford that DOJ officials “applied what we thought was the right law [in the obstruction case], but then we didn’t rely on that. We also looked at all the facts, tried to determine whether the government could establish all the elements, and as to each of those episodes, we felt that the evidence was deficient.”

Read more: Attorney General William Barr: The FBI crossed ‘a serious red line’ by investigating Trump’s campaign

Mueller did not make a “traditional prosecutorial judgment” on whether Trump obstructed justice in the Russia probe. But prosecutors laid out an extensive roadmap of evidence – including 11 potential instances of obstruction – against Trump, many of which appear to meet the legal criteria needed to prove obstruction of justice.

Mueller cited a 1973 Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memo – which says a sitting president cannot be indicted – as the primary reason he didn’t make a conclusion one way or another on whether Trump obstructed justice. Many legal experts have said that even if Mueller couldn’t indict Trump, he still could have stated that he believed there was enough evidence of criminal activity.

But Mueller said that suggesting Trump should be charged without actually charging him would be unfair because it would deprive the president of the chance to clear his name in a court of law. For that reason, Mueller said he didn’t believe he was authorized to make a formal conclusion on the obstruction question.

Prosecutors noted, however, that their report “does not exonerate” the president and that if they had confidence Trump did not [emphasis ours] commit a crime, they would have said so.

Read more: Mueller says he won’t make any more public statements on the Russia probe, but his own words bolster the case for Democrats to have him testify before Congress

They also pointed out that a president is not immune from criminal prosecution once he leaves office, and that the Constitution “requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing,” which is a reference to impeachment.

One former senior DOJ official who worked closely with Mueller when he was FBI director characterized Mueller’s report and his public statement this week to INSIDER as “Mueller, in his own way and as loudly as he legally could, shouting from the rooftops that Congress needs to act.”

“Mueller isn’t [Whitewater independent counsel] Ken Starr,” the former senior official added. “He’s not a showman, he’s a prosecutor. He got the evidence, he laid out all the facts, and he did the heavy lifting. Now, he’s basically saying to Congress: the ball’s in your court. Start the impeachment process.”

Before Mueller’s report was released to the public, the attorney general took the unusual step of releasing a four-page summary of his “principal conclusions” of Mueller’s findings. Barr said Mueller’s team did not find sufficient evidence to charge Trump or anyone on his campaign for conspiring with the Russian government during the 2016 election.

Read more: Elizabeth Warren says she’d reverse the DOJ policy that says a sitting president can’t be indicted

In the obstruction case, Barr took it upon himself to conclude that there wasn’t enough evidence to accuse Trump of obstructing justice.

Barr told CBS News that Mueller’s statement that he could not clear Trump of a crime “is not the standard we use at the department.”

“We have to determine whether there is clear violation of the law, and so we applied the standards we would normally apply,” Barr said. “We analyzed the law and the facts, and a group of us spent a lot of time doing that and determined that, both, as a matter of law, many of the instances would not amount to obstruction.”

Barr’s interview comes as he weathers a firestorm of criticism over his handling of Mueller’s report. Barr told Congress during his confirmation hearing earlier this year that he would do everything he could to protect the integrity of the FBI’s Russia probe and that he did not believe Mueller was on a “witch hunt,” as Trump and his allies often claim.

But since taking over as attorney general, Barr has gone to significant lengths to defend the president in ways that many say casts him more as the president’s personal defense attorney instead of the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.

Barr also skipped a scheduled hearing before the House Judiciary Committee about his oversight of the Russia probe; he launched multiple investigations into the origins of the Russia probe; and he accused the FBI of “spying” on the Trump campaign.

This week, during his interview with CBS News, Barr used more inflammatory rhetoric to describe the Russia investigation, saying the bureau crossed “a serious red line” by investigating Trump. Seconds later, however, the attorney general admitted he had no clear basis for making the allegation.

The 9 deadliest manmade disasters in the past 50 years

The United Nations’ World Environment Day on June 5 hopes to raise awareness and spur action to protect the environment and prevent disaster from striking.

Unfortunately, accidents happen. Oil spills, poisonous-gas leaks, and out-of-control wildfires have caused devastating damage to the environment and those who live in it.

Here are nine environmental disasters from the past 50 years that wreaked havoc on humans, animals, and the environment.


Seveso disaster — 1976

A cloud containing a kilogram of TCDD, a carcinogenic byproduct of the trichlorophenol used to produce hand soaps, leaked from a chemical plant in Meda, Italy, in 1976, settling over the towns of Meda and Seveso.

Over 700 people were evacuated and 77,000 animals were killed as a precaution to prevent chemicals from poisoning the food chain. Many children in the area developed chloracne, a skin condition caused by overexposure to halogenated aromatic compounds often reported by military veterans.


Love Canal — 1978

From 1942 to 1953, the Hooker Chemical Co. used a canal in Love Canal, New York, to dispose of 21,000 tons of toxic chemical waste. In 1978, The New York Times reported that chemicals from the canal had leaked into people’s homes, yards, and school playgrounds after years of heavy rainy seasons created toxic puddles.

President Jimmy Carter declared a state of emergency that same year, relocated 239 families, and declared a second state of emergency in 1981 to evacuate the rest of Love Canal’s residents, who had been experiencing high rates of miscarriage, birth defects, and diseases such as epilepsy, asthma, migraines, and nephrosis.


Bhopal gas leak — 1984

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A gas tank in Bhopal, India, after the deadly gas leak.
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The Bhopal disaster has been called the worst industrial accident in history. In 1984, 45 tons of poisonous methyl isocyanate gas leaked from an insecticide plant in Bhopal, India. Thousands of people died immediately. A total of between 15,000 and 20,000 people died, and a half million people survived with respiratory and eye problems.


Chernobyl disaster — 1986

On April 26, 1986, a nuclear reactor in the town of Chernobyl, Ukraine, blew up, leaving nuclear remnants that affected people in a 200-mile radius for decades to come, Business Insider previously reported. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster forced 350,000 people to be evacuated over fears of radiation poisoning. It’s still considered one of the worst nuclear-reactor disaster in history.


Exxon Valdez oil spill — 1989

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Cleaning up the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
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When the Exxon Valdez oil tanker hit the coast of Prince William Sound, Alaska, 11 million gallons of oil spilled across 1,300 miles and devastated wildlife populations in the area.

According to the National Park Service, 250,000 seabirds, 2,800 sea otters, 300 harbor seals, 250 bald eagles, 22 killer whales, and billions of salmon died because of pollution from the spill.

Congress passed the Oil Pollution Act in 1990 outlining procedures for responding to similar disasters.


Asbestos in Libby, Montana — 1990

Since 1919, 400 people have died and almost 3,000 have become sick because of toxic asbestos dust from vermiculite mining in Libby, Montana. The mining company W.R. Grace and Co. had also distributed vermiculite, often used as insulation for the construction of buildings, around playgrounds and backyards in Libby.

The mine was shut down in 1990, and the EPA declared a public health emergency in 2008. Cleaning up the tainted vermiculite required deconstructing homes, businesses, and other buildings.


Gulf War oil spill — 1991

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Burgan oil fields burning in 1991.
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Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The Gulf War oil spill was the largest oil spill. Between 5 and 10 million barrels of oil spilled into the Persian Gulf, killing 30,000 birds and reducing the breeding success of some species by half, according to CNN.


Jilin chemical plant explosions — 2005

Six people died, 70 were injured, and tens of thousands had to be evacuated when explosions at a petrochemical plant rocked through Jilin, China.

Chemicals seeped into China’s Songhua River, then into the Amur River at the China-Russia border, where benzene levels were measured at 108 times as high as standard safety levels, and eventually into the Pacific Ocean.

A blockage in one of the plant’s nitration towers caused the explosions, according to World Atlas.


The Camp Fire — 2018

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A structure engulfed in flames during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California.
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The Camp Fire of 2018 was California’s deadliest wildfire. Eighty-five people died and 19,000 buildings were destroyed, according to The New York Times. The town of Paradise was incinerated.

The cause of the fire was found to be power lines owned by Pacific Gas & Electric.

You probably didn’t realize these 33 movies and TV shows all shot in Georgia, and it shows just how much the state could lose by passing its abortion bill

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“Avengers: Endgame” filmed in Georgia.
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  • Georgia has become a hot spot for film and TV productions because of tax incentives.
  • But production companies and filmmakers in Hollywood are starting to reevaluate their relationship with Georgia following Governer Brian Kemp’s signing of a restrictive abortion bill.
  • Some companies may pull out of Georgia should the law pass, while some have already left.
  • Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.

Some of Hollywood’s biggest films and TV series film in Georgia.

From Marvel hits like “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Endgame” to series including “Stranger Things” and “Atlanta,” more and more productions are turning to Georgia thanks to tax incentives. But Hollywood may soon back out of the state due to Governor Brian Kemp’s signing of a restrictive abortion ban.

Kristen Wiig’s upcoming comedy “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” recently pulled out of the state, as has Reed Morano’s upcoming Amazon series. Companies including Disney and Netflix say they may leave should the bill be signed into law.

Georgia is just one of a number of states who have recently signed restrictive bills during the spring of 2019.

Here’s a look at what films in the state, which could give you an idea of what’s at stake if the the abortion bill passes.


OWN’s upcoming series “Ambitions” filmed in Atlanta.

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Robin Givens plays the mayor’s wife.
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The series centers on love and politics in Atlanta and is particularly focused on the mayor and his wife. It premieres Tuesday, June 18 at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.


Another season of “Greenleaf” (OWN) is set to film in Atlanta.

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Merle Dandridge and Lynn Whitfield star on the series.
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The series centers on a family that runs a Memphis megachurch.


“The Conjuring 3” will film in Atlanta.

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Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star in the “Conjuring” movies.
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“The Conjuring” universe is expanding with another installment in the horror franchise. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.


“The Walking Dead” (AMC) has filmed in Georgia for years, but that may soon change.

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“The Walking Dead” is returning for a 10th season.
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A spokesperson for AMC told The Hollywood Reporter: “If this highly restrictive legislation goes into effect, we will reevaluate our activity in Georgia.”


AMC’s “Lodge 49” turns Georgia into Long Beach, California.

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Wyatt Russell stars on “Lodge 49.”
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The tax incentives make Georgia a cheaper place to film.


The upcoming season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” was filmed in Georgia.

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The series is set in Indiana.
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Netflix has a number of productions in Georgia.


“Holidate” is an upcoming holiday rom-com from Netflix that is set to film in Georgia.

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Emma Roberts will star in “Holidate.”
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Netflix isn’t removing productions from the state yet, but may leave should the bill become law.

“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix‘s chief content officer, told Variety in a statement. “It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. … Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”


Netflix’s “Insatiable” is filming its second season in Georgia.

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Debby Ryan stars on the series.
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Actress Alyssa Milano, who stars on the series, told BuzzFeed that if the show was renewed for a third season and stayed in the state, she wouldn’t return.

“I have to be there for another month but you can be sure I will fight tooth and nail to move ‘Insatiable’ to a state that will protect our rights,” Milano said.


Netflix’s “Ozark” may leave Georgia should the law pass.

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Jason Bateman stars on “Ozark.”
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Netflix

“If the ‘heartbeat bill’ makes it through the court system, I will not work in Georgia, or any other state, that is so disgracefully at odds with women’s rights,” star Jason Bateman told The Hollywood Reporter.


Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” also films in Georgia.

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“The Haunting of Hill House” was renewed for a second season.
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A home in LaGrange, Georgia serves as the mansion.


Dolly Parton wrote music for Netflix’s upcoming holiday movie “Christmas on the Square,” which is also filming in Georgia.

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Dolly Parton is involved with the Christmas movie.
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Parton told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the movie is about a small town trying to stop a large corporate entity from taking the town over.

“And it’s got all this wonderful stuff built into it, and I’ve written all the music,” she said. “It’s a musical…so I’m excited about that.”


The Netflix movie “Hillbilly Elegy” will continue to shoot in Georgia but are donating money to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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Amy Adams will star in “Hillbilly Elegy.”
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“We felt we could not abandon the hundreds of women, and men, whose means of support depend on this production – including those who directly contribute on the film, and the businesses in the community that sustain the production,” producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “We see Governor Kemp’s bill as a direct attack on women’s rights, and we will be making a donation to the ACLU to support their battle against this oppressive legislation.”

The producers also said they would boycott the state if the law went into effect.


The horror trilogy “Fear Street,” based off of R.L. Stine’s series, is staying in Georgia but donating funds to the ACLU.

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Gillian Jacobs will star in the movie.
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Producers Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping of Chernin Entertainment will be donating money to the ACLU to fight the ban instead of taking jobs from the local workers.

“If we chose the boycott route, thousands of jobs would be lost ultimately damaging workers who rely on production for livelihood, including many women,” they said in a statement. “We also know that the only way to fight the massive, now national incursion on women’s rights is through a legal battle … So our choice became pretty clear, we will stay in Georgia, stand shoulder to shoulder with the women of that state and the states under attack, and fight to win.”


Starz’s “P-Valley” is from the same production company as “Fear Street,” and the producers are also donating money to the ACLU on behalf of the series.

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Brandee Evans will star on the series.
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The strip club drama is in production.


STX’s upcoming thriller “Greenland,” which is centered around a natural disaster, will stay in Georgia for now.

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Gerard Butler will star in “Greenland.”
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“We are taking the situation seriously and are assessing it along with others in our industry,” a spokesperson for STX said in a statement, according to TheWrap. “We will keep a close eye on how this develops as we explore all of our options.”


HBO is filming a new series called “The Outsider” in Atlanta.

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Ben Mendelsohn will star on “The Outsider.”
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The series is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name.


“Lovecraft Country” (HBO) is still filming in Georgia.

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Jordan Peele is an executive producer.
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The upcoming HBO series is staying in Georgia but executive producers Jordan Peele and JJ Abrams said they’d be donating money to organizations fighting the law.

“We stand with Stacey Abrams and the hardworking people of Georgia, and will donate 100 percent of our respective episodic fees for this season to two organizations leading the charge against this draconian law: the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia,” the statement said. “We encourage those who are able to funnel any and all resources to these organizations.”


HBO’s upcoming “Watchmen” series is filming in Georgia.

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“Watchmen” premieres in the fall of 2019.
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Production started in February.


CBS’ “MacGyver” films in Georgia and was recently renewed for another season.

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Lucas Till stars on “MacGyver.”
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CBS said the company would continue filming in Georgia but would reevaluate should the law pass.

“We are monitoring the legislative and legal developments in Georgia with the full expectation that the process in the courts will play out for some time,” a representative for the company told The Hollywood Reporter. “For now, we will continue producing our series based there that have production orders for next season. If the law takes effect in Georgia or elsewhere, these may not be viable locations for our future production.”


DC’s “Stargirl” series started filming in Atlanta in January.

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Brec Bassinger is playing Stargirl.
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The series is based on the DC superhero of the same name.


Jon Stewart’s political satire film “Irresistible” is filming in Georgia.

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Jon Stewart is directing “Irresistible.”
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Steve Carell stars in the movie.


“Robbie,” a series on Comedy Central, is filming in Georgia.

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Rory Scovel stars on “Robbie.”
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The series will star Rory Scovel, Beau Bridges, Sasheer Zamata, and Mary Holland.


Syfy is filming its pilot for “(Future) Cult Classic” in Georgia.

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Emily Alyn Lind is on “(Future) Cult Classic.”
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The show was casting extras in the Atlanta area.


Though much of upcoming sci-fi film “Caos Walking” was filmed in Quebec, Canada, some reshoots were done in Atlanta.

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Tom Hollands stars in “Chaos Walking.”
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Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen, Nick Jonas, David Oyelowo, Demián Bichir, and Cynthia Erivo star in the movie.


Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” (Apple TV) has been filming in Georgia.

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Steven Spielberg’s anthology series is based on his 1985 series.
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Film locations include Dobbins Air Reserve Base and Emory University.


The CW’s “Black Lightning” films in Georgia.

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Cress Williams stars on the series.
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“Black Lightning” was renewed for a third season.


The CW’s “Legacies” also filmed in Atlanta.

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“Legacies” is a spin-off of “The Originals.”
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“Legacies” was renewed for a second season.


Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” (FX) does film in Atlanta.

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Donald Glover also stars on the series.
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Film locations include local restaurants like Zesto Drive-In and J.R. Crickets.


“Zombieland 2” started filming in Georgia in early 2019.

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Emma Stone in “Zombieland.”
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Columbia Pictures

The first “Zombieland” also filmed in Georgia.


The sequel to the “Jumanji” reboot filmed in Georgia.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in the “Jumanji” reboot.
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Dwayne Johnson thanked the crew in Atlanta for their work in an Instagram post.


“Bad Boys 3” is filming in Atlanta.

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Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are reuniting again.
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Casting in Atlanta began in January.


“Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” is airing its eighth season.

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“Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” has been on since 2012.
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Another “Love and Hip Hop” films in New York City.


“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” premiered in 2008.

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“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” has aired for 11 seasons.
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Bravo

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s” 11th season centered on six women.


“Encore,” for Disney+, is shooting in Georgia.

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Kristen Bell hosts the series.
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“Encore” brings former high school cast members for another rendition of their school performances, but this time as adults.

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger told Reuters that the company might pull projects from Georgia should the law be implemented.

“I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard,” he said. “Right now, we are watching it very carefully.”

From Australia to NYC, take a look inside Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s sprawling real estate empire

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have a large real estate empire.

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have a large real estate empire.
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Over the course of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s 12-year marriage, they’ve acquired a large real estate empire that stretches from Australia to New York.

The actress and country music singer have made their main home in Nashville, but they have a mansion in Los Angeles, a condo in New York, a penthouse in Sydney, and a farm just outside of Sydney.

Take a look at what their homes look like, and how much they paid for each.


In 2008, Kidman and Urban bought a mansion in Nashville for $3.47 million, making it their primary home.

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Nicole Kidman’s mansion in Nashville.
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The 10,925-square-foot home has seven bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, a tennis court, and a swimming pool.


Also in 2008, the stars purchased their Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, home for $4.7 million.

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Nicole Kidman’s Beverly Hils home.
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The 3,977-square-foot house has five bedrooms and 4.25 bathrooms.


The home has an in-ground swimming pool and a second-floor, wrap-around deck.

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The pool outside Kidman and Urban’s Beverly Hills home.
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The mansion is perfect for outdoor activities in the Los Angeles weather.


The couple also bought a farm in Bunya Hill, Australia, in 2008 for around $4.1 million.

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Nicole Kidman in front of her Australian farmhouse.
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Kidman gave a tour of her farmhouse in a Vogue video, showing off the 1878 Georgian mansion and surrounding farmland.

Read more: Take a look inside Nicole Kidman’s $6.5 million farmhouse in Australia


On a tour of her farmhouse, Kidman showed off her billiard room.

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Nicole Kidman in her billiard room.
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In the Vogue video, Kidman jokes that her nickname is “Pool Shark.”


Her formal living room has a grand piano and an elegant fireplace.

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Nicole Kidman in her living room.
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The sitting room has a brighter color scheme than the rest of the house, with white and creme colors.


The 111-acre farm is also home to black Angus cows, an orchard, and a small guest cottage.

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Nicole Kidman on her Australian farm.
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In the video, Kidman says her favorite part about farm life is “the simplicity, the air, the peace.”


In 2009, Kidman and Urban bought a penthouse apartment in Sydney, Australia, for around $4.16 million.

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Nicole Kidman’s apartment building in Sydney, Australia.
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The 4,521-square-foot apartment overlooks the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.


In 2012, they bought the second penthouse apartment in the building for around $4.85 million to create a massive home.

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Kidman can see the Sydney Harbour Bridge from her penthouse.
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They also own a third apartment in the building a few floors down, which they use as a home office. They bought this apartment for an estimated $1.85 million.


The building has a ton of amenities for the couple to enjoy.

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The pool inside Nicole Kidman’s building.
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The luxury building in Milson’s Point in Sydney has a pool, a gym, and a sauna.


In 2010, the couple bought a $10 million apartment in West Chelsea, Manhattan.

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Nicole Kidman’s apartment building in Chelsea, New York.
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The 3,248-square-foot apartment has three bedrooms and two terraces.


One of the most impressive features of the West Village apartment is the cathedral ceiling in the living room.

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A typical living room inside Nicole Kidman’s Chelsea apartment building.
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The living room has 23-foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with light.


However, the building became famous for its car elevator.

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Car elevator in Nicole Kidman’s apartment building.
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FlashFrame Productions

The car elevator brings your car straight from the street to your apartment door.

Fisher-Price’s baby sleeper that was recalled after 30 infant deaths was reportedly developed without proper testing

Mattel-owned Fisher Price has recalled all Rock 'n Play Sleepers.

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Mattel-owned Fisher Price has recalled all Rock ‘n Play Sleepers.
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  • A Fisher-Price sleeper for babies was recalled last month after being linked to infant deaths.
  • It was reportedly designed without medical safety tests and relied on just a single doctor, who has since lost his medical license, to determine whether the product was safe, the Washington Post reported.
  • The sleeper’s design, which involved holding babies at a 30-degree reclined angle, was tested without clinical research trials and contradicted American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on safe practices for infant sleep, according to the Post.
  • Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.

A Fisher-Price sleeper for babies called the Rock ‘n Play was recalled last month following a slate of infant deaths.

It was reportedly designed without medical safety tests and, rather than seeking pediatrician consultations, relied on just a single doctor to determine whether the product was safe, according to a report from The Washington Post.

Since 2009, Fisher-Price sold 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, the newspaper reported, before being recalled after more than 30 babies died in the product.

The Texas family physician who Fisher-Price consulted with for the sleepers, Gary Deegear, has since lost his medical license.

Fisher-price didn’t hire other pediatricians to evaluate the product until years after it was already on the market, as the company faced a product liability lawsuit, according to records reviewed by the Post.

The design was not based on medical recommendations about infant sleep

The sleeper’s design, which involved holding babies at a 30-degree reclined angle, was tested without clinical research trials, the Post reported.

The industrial designer who sketched the first design based it on advice she said her son’s pediatrician gave her years before, according to a deposition the Post reviewed. The problem was that that advice contradicted American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on safe practices for infant sleep.

Read more: The World Health Organization says if your baby is younger than 1 year old, they should spend no time in front of your smartphone

Rachel Moon, a pediatrician at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, told the Post the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends “flat and firm” sleep surfaces, adding that “inclines can cause a problem because young infants have poor head control and can easily get into positions in which their airway is compromised.”

In an open letter before the item was recalled, Natasha Burgert, a pediatrician from Missouri, wrote that the “design features of this product are known to increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).”

“I am concerned that infants in the ‘sleeper’ may be at risk of asphyxiation or suffocation if continued to be used as a place for overnight, unobserved infant sleep,” she wrote.

Mattel, which owns Fisher-Price, told the Post in a statement that “Safety is priority number 1 for Fisher-Price.”

The company “has a long, proud tradition of prioritizing safety as our mission. We at Fisher-Price want parents around the world to know that we have every intention of continuing that tradition.”

Mattel declined to comment further when contacted by INSIDER.

Read the full report from the Post »

‘I’ll feed you something raw’: Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security chief has been put on administrative leave after accusations of harassment and racist remarks

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s personal head of security has been accused of misconduct by two former members of the Facebook CEO’s private staff.
  • Liam Booth, a former Secret Service agent, has been accused of sexual harassment and making racist, homophobic, and transphobic comments. Brian Mosteller, another one of Zuckerberg’s key aides, has been accused of failing to act after complaints were raised.
  • A spokesperson for Zuckerberg’s family office said it takes “complaints of workplace misconduct very seriously,” it has hired a law firm to investigate, and Booth has been put on “administrative leave” until the matter is resolved.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Mark Zuckerberg’s personal head of security has been accused of sexual harassment and making racist and homophobic comments by two former members of the Facebook CEO’s private staff, Business Insider has learned. They allege, among other things, that Liam Booth, Zuckerberg’s security chief, repeatedly made racist remarks about Zuckerberg’s Asian American wife, Priscilla Chan.

Legal demand letters reviewed by Business Insider allege instances of overt racism and sexual impropriety within the most intimate confines of a famously private and unimaginably wealthy family. Facebook spends $20 million annually on Zuckerberg’s personal protection and travel.

Booth, who previously worked for the US Secret Service, has been placed on administrative leave as an investigation is carried out.

At a July 2018 event at the sushi restaurant Nobu, one letter alleges, Zuckerberg’s security chief grabbed his own crotch and told a household staffer, who is gay, “I’ll feed you something raw.”

Another demand letter alleges that Booth made racist remarks to a household staffer about Chan’s driving ability, including that “she’s a woman and Asian, and Asians have no peripheral vision,” while pulling his eyelids to the side in a racist caricature.

The accusations have the potential to bring a fresh crisis to the very center of Zuckerberg’s domestic affairs at a time when the CEO is trying to steer Facebook out of a turbulent period.

Read the full BI Prime report about the accusations involving Zuckerberg’s personal head of security.

How Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Kermit made it into a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment in ‘The Little Mermaid’

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Some familiar faces wind up in the crowd at a ceremony for King Triton.
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  • If you grew up in the ’90s, you may have found yourself excitedly going through Disney movies searching for hidden Mickeys and other Easter eggs.
  • One that many Disney fans may be familiar with is the brief appearance of Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in “The Little Mermaid.”
  • While speaking about the animated film’s 30th anniversary, codirector Ron Clements told INSIDER a Disney animator simply added the trio into the scene along with Kermit the Frog as “a little inside joke.” Clements found it funny and it was left in the film.
  • Clements said it’s the sort of thing that wasn’t expected to be spotted when seen in theaters. The characters appear over a quick four seconds and Kermit only appears in a few frames of the film’s first four minutes.
  • “The Little Mermaid’s” release on home video and later Blu-ray and digital made it easier for die-hard fans to scour the film for these gems.
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If you’ve ever done a close watch of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” you may have noticed Mickey, Goofy, and Donald appear in an early scene of the movie when King Triton is first introduced to a crowd of mermen.

If you've never spotted Mickey's crew, it's because you're probably so focused on the king to notice their minuscule cameos in the background.

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If you’ve never spotted Mickey’s crew, it’s because you’re probably so focused on the king to notice their minuscule cameos in the background.
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If you look closely, Kermit the Frog can be spotted as well.

Kermit appears in the animated movie right before Mickey, Goofy, and Donald make their cameos.

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Kermit appears in the animated movie right before Mickey, Goofy, and Donald make their cameos.
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The four are a few of many Easter eggs, or hidden references, that have been spotted in Disney movies over the years. Nowadays, some Easter eggs like the Pizza Planet truck or the number A113 have become staples in Pixar movies.

But back in the late ’80s, it wasn’t something that was usually planned. You have one artist to thank for the appearances of the four classic characters in “The Little Mermaid.”

“In that particular case, and I would say this to the case of how a lot of these things happen, the animator who animated the crowd in that scene did that himself as a little inside joke, and I think he did it for himself,” “The Little Mermaid” codirector Ron Clements told INSIDER of how Mickey and his friends made their way under the sea.

INSIDER spoke with Clements in March for the 30th anniversary of the 1989 movie this year. The Disney legend also directed “The Great Mouse Detective,” “Aladdin,” and “Hercules” with John Musker. More recently, the duo directed “Moana” before Musker retired in 2018.

Clements couldn’t recall who animated the crowd in that scene, but he did know about this one after it was inserted into the background.

“We were aware of it,” said Clements about this particular Easter egg. “It was pointed out to us. Sometimes, if it wasn’t pointed out, we wouldn’t notice some of these things. But in that case, it was and we thought it was very funny.”

“It was one of those things that you could almost never ever possibly notice in the movie, seeing it in a theater,” said Clements of the fun nod to Mickey and the gang. “It’s interesting because that was a time when ‘Mermaid’ was one of the first new films to go onto home video and it would only be on home video where you could kind of look at it over and over and go back and forth that anyone would ever even have noticed it because it would be almost imperceptible.”

Clements is right. It’s easy to watch the early scene of “The Little Mermaid” and be unaware that Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are even in the scene. The roughly four-second scene moves over the crowd quite quickly and the main focus is on King Trident.

Here's a larger look at the crowd in general.

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Here’s a larger look at the crowd in general.
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In fact, you’re very likely to miss the fourth cameo by Kermit the Frog because he’s away from the trio of other characters in the scene and only appears in 15 frames of the animated movie. His green coloring makes it easy for him to blend into the background.

Here's how the moment with Kermit looks in the movie without INSIDER lightening up the scene. Would you have spotted Kermit chilling near Triton's carriage on your own?

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Here’s how the moment with Kermit looks in the movie without INSIDER lightening up the scene. Would you have spotted Kermit chilling near Triton’s carriage on your own?
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It’s not until you pause and watch the film frame by frame, that you’re really able to make out Mickey and his pals. The first VHS release of “The Little Mermaid” was in May 1990. That really wasn’t the easiest to do with a video cassette. It wasn’t until the film was first released on DVD, a decade after its theatrical release in 1999, that die-hard Disney fans were more easily able to freeze frame specific scenes to look for these hidden images and messages waiting to be discovered.

Read more: Aladdin had a mother in the original animated movie. Here’s why she was cut.

Now that it’s available for purchase digitally on YouTube, Amazon, and iTunes, it’s easier to go back and notice even more in the 40-frame breakdown of the scene. INSIDER spotted two young mermaids appearing to wear Mickey ears and a man with antennae coming out of his head. Another young man can be seen wearing sunglasses under water.

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Here are a few distinct crowd members you may have overlooked at the start of “The Little Mermaid.”
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“We don’t as directors, John [Musker] and myself, we don’t tend to put those things in ourselves, and, again, it tends to come from the animators, the layout artist, or the background painter. I know there have been a few sort of controversial ones here and there,” said Clements.

Still, no matter how many times you may have paused your “Little Mermaid” DVDs and Blu-rays, Clements recalled another one you may have missed after all of these years, where you can spot Don Knotts’ character from 1964’s “The Incredible Mr. Limpet,” which Clements said he grew up watching.

“In ‘Under the Sea,’ in that last sequence, where all the fish are pointing toward this empty rock where Ariel is supposed to be and she’s left. If you look really carefully in that, the Don Knotts fish character in ‘The Incredible Mr. Limpet,’ he’s in there with his glasses. Once again, that was done, the animator just thought it would be fun and stuck it in.”

Mr. Limpet can be seen at the very end of the song

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Mr. Limpet can be seen at the very end of the song “Under the Sea.”
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The 30th anniversary edition of “The Little Mermaid” is available on Blu-ray and DVD now here.

Bonobos has launched its cheapest-ever pair of chinos for $68 — here’s what they’re like to wear, plus a promo code for 20% off

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Bonobos Stretch Organic Cotton Chinos

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  • Bonobos launched new chinos made with certified organic cotton. They’re also the only chinos that Bonobos makes in a skinny fit.
  • With the launch of the Stretch Organic Cotton Chinos, Bonobos now offers chinos in more than 270 size and fit combinations, which is more than any other menswear brand.
  • Priced at $68, they’re also Bonobos‘ least expensive chinos. I found them to fit just as well as some of my more expensive made-to-measure chinos from other brands.
  • You can save 20% on order by using Business Insider-exclusive promo code “BI_BONOBOS20” at checkout, which brings the price down to $54.40. The code is valid for one-time use, so you may want to take the opportunity to stock up on multiple pairs.

Chinos: They can be found at just about any reputable menswear brand, but Bonobos has what I would argue to be one of the largest and arguably the best selection – and the company is still finding new ways to update the staple.

The brand recently launched new chinos made with certified organic cotton, and for the first time, they’re available in a skinny fit (totalling four fits in all). With the release of the new Stretch Organic Cotton Chinos, Bonobos now offers chinos in over 270 size and fit combinations, which is more than any other menswear brand in existence. In short, it’s safe to stay that if you’re looking for chinos, Bonobos has the pair you want.

Bonobos Stretch Organic Cotton Chinos

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What they’re like to wear

I went with the tan khaki chinos in a slim fit because I wanted a casual and somewhat loose-fitting pair for summer. Plus, I believe this is the fit most people will gravitate towards. The pants have a small amount of added stretch for comfort, but they’re far from what I would consider being performance or commuter wear. Regardless, I had no gripes after wearing them all day for work.

Much like the ready-to-wear Bonobos Daily Grind Suit I reviewed a few weeks ago, the Bonobos Stretch Organic Cotton Chinos – and all of the brand’s other chinos – essentially eliminate the need to invest time and money on custom-made chinos, (which I’ve also had positive experiences with). The pant sizes come in 28 to 40 for the waist and 28 to 36 for inseam lengths, which is a wide enough range to fit men of almost all shapes and sizes. Any time I’ve ordered from Bonobos, my items arrived in a couple of days, which is much quicker than the turnaround time on any custom garment.

The author in the slim Stretch Organic Cotton Chinos.

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The author in the slim Stretch Organic Cotton Chinos.
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My favorite part about wearing chinos is that you can style them to be a little bit more formal like the Bonobos model in penny loafers above or to be more casual, like myself in a pair of low-top Clarks Wallabees and a Public Rec Go-To Polo. My personal style tends to stay on the casual side, but when I need to be more formal, chinos go where my jeans can’t. For the great fit and versatility alone, I’m already considering buying another pair of the Bonobos Stretch Organic Cotton Chinos with my own money.

The bottom line

Again, at $68, the Stretch Organic Cotton Chinos are the most affordable chinos at Bonobos – and the only pair to come in a skinny fit. While the signature Stretch Washed Chinos come in a lot more colors, the Stretch Organic Cotton Chinos are a great money-saving choice if you’re shopping for basic colorways like black, blue, grey, olive, and tan. On top of that, the use of certified organic cotton makes them easier on the environment and your conscience as a responsible consumer.

To make them an even better buy, we teamed up with Bonobos to create a Business Insider-exclusive promo code. Simply use the code “BI_BONOBOS20” at checkout can save 20%, which will bring the price down to $54.40. It’s also worth noting that the code is good for one-time use, so if you’re thinking about stocking up on multiple pairs, this is your chance.

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9 man-made disasters that had a big impact on our world

  • Humans have had a huge impact on our environment.
  • Some of the deadliest disasters in world history were caused by human activity.
  • Chernobyl was considered the world’s worst nuclear power accident.
  • The Union Carbide Cyanide gas leak caused a death toll in the thousands.
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You may hear about natural disasters often, but some of the deadliest disasters in world history have been anthropogenic hazards (environmental disasters caused by human activity).

For this list, we’re focusing on incidents (and accidents) involving nature that were caused or worsened by people and their machines. From oil spills and explosions to nuclear testing fallout, these are some ecological disasters that changed our world forever.


Many believe that The Dust Bowl was caused by ignorance about farming practices.

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Parts of the US were known as “The Dust Bowl.”
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Before World War I, the land on the American Great Plains had mostly been used to raise cattle and other stock animals. Then, millions of acres were put under plow so that farmers could grow wheat.

After a decade of healthy rainfall and intense plowing of virgin soil by people with little to no knowledge of the land or the environmental conditions, a severe drought hit the American plains. Dry eroded topsoil turned to dust, and when high winds went sweeping through it, created devastating storms. The worst of it occurred on April 14, 1935, a day nicknamed Black Sunday because of a “black blizzard” – or dust storm – hundreds of miles wide and thousands of feet high that seemed to turn day into night and lasted for several hours.Caused by a combination of nature and human error, the Dust Bowl is thought to have left an estimated 500,000 people homeless and caused an estimated 2.5 million to pack up and move elsewhere. Dust pneumonia, also called “brown plague,” is also thought to have killed hundreds of people, many of whom were infants or elderly.


Chernobyl was considered the world’s worst nuclear power accident.

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On April 26, 1986, an accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant near Kiev, Ukraine, caused high levels of radiation in the area. The information around the accident is still fairly hazy because, at the time, Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union and the government initially tried to keep the explosion under wraps.

Likely because of their downplay and the lack of knowledge, many plant workers and firefighters were exposed to radiation. Within three months, 30 people died of acute radiation sickness but thousands were affected, including the hundreds of thousands who were evacuated from nearby cities Kiev and Pripyat.


Early nuclear testing in the United States had environmental and health impacts for those who lived near the sites.

The United States government conducted 200 nuclear tests at sites in several states in the American south and west including Nevada, Arizona, Washington, and New Mexico from 1945 to 1962.

It was later discovered that fallout from the tests severely compromised the health of those who worked directly with the hazardous materials, others who worked on-site, and even those who just lived in areas “downwind,” later referred to as “downwinders.”

Exposure from radiation from the tests was linked to thyroid cancer and leukemia and it’s hard to know exactly how many people died as a result of the fallout from the tests.

Some early estimates had the death toll in the thousands, but one recent estimate by University of Arizona economist Keith Meyers put the number at 340,000 to 690,000. Eltona Henderson, with Idaho Downwinders, told the Salt Lake City Tribune that she saw entire families “wiped out by cancer” believed to be linked to these tests.

In 1990, Congress passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to pay tens of thousands of sick Americans and their families between $50,000 and $100,000 each.


The Exxon Valdez oil spill had no human casualties but had an immense environmental impact.

No people were harmed when Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker owned by the company Exxon Shipping Company, struck Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and spilled 11 million gallons of oil, but the loss of wildlife was huge.

The oil spill was spread across 1,300 miles of the coast, according to the AP, and effectively ruined the habitats of herring and pink salmon, two major profit drivers for the fishermen in that area.

Experts calculated that some 302 seals, 2,800 otters, and “an unprecedented” number of birds had been killed. After 30 years, some animal populations, including birds and whales, have still not recovered.

Though no one died directly from the oil spill, it also had huge impacts on the fishermen in the area, many of whom lost their livelihoods and reportedly saw a big impact on their families.


The Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused thousands of animal casualties.

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While drilling a deep exploratory well in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the rig known as Deepwater Horizon exploded.

Eleven of the 126 crew members died, while 17 others were treated for injuries. It sank on April 22 and began to spill oil. Over the course of 87 days, the rig’s damaged wellhead spewed between 134 million and 206 million gallons of oil into the gulf.

Reports from five years after the disaster estimate that over 800,000 birds, 65,000 turtles, 12% of the area’s brown pelican population, and four times as many dolphins than the previous historic rates had died. A reported 10% of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill sank to the seafloor, affecting the seafloor for years to come, according to experts.


The Flint Water Crisis was caused by a change in water source.

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In 2013, officials in Michigan decided to switch the source of Flint’s drinking water to the Flint River rather than Detroit City water. The move was apparently intended to be a temporary fix while they waited on the Karegnondi Water Authority’s system, which would provide water from Lake Huron.

Residents raised concerns about the new water source almost immediately and a boil order went into effect just a few months later after the water tested positive for coliform bacteria which typically indicated that pathogens are present in the water.

Though officials in the city insisted the water was safe after a few months, doctors from the Hurley Medical Center found high levels of lead in the blood of children in Flint using comparative blood tests from before and after the water source switch. The percentage of children with high lead levels in their blood doubled, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who conducted the tests, told NPR.

Researchers from Virginia Tech found that the water from the Flint River likely corroded the lead in the pipes, which experts believe poisoned the residents for 18 months between 2014 and 2015.

The contaminated water has also been blamed for an increase in a severe type of pneumonia known as Legionnaires’ disease thanks to the low levels of chlorine.

According to PBS in 2018, while the official record says that 90 people were made sick and 12 were killed, an investigation shows that as many as 119 deaths that year from pneumonia may have been caused by legionella bacteria in the water.

In addition, a study found that fetal death rates rose and fertility rates dropped following the water-source switch.

Today, the water has been reported to be at acceptable levels of water quality, but many have expressed doubt over its safety.


The Great Smog of London was a mystery for years.

On December 5, 1952, London was covered in a deep smog that stuck around for five days. It was so dense that it grounded air travel and all transportation except for the underground was halted. Experts estimate that 12,000 people died as a result and 150,000 were hospitalized, and thousands of animals died.

Though it was a mass-casualty incident, many were stumped as to the exact reason for the smog. Officials knew though that one of the causes was the pollution in the area and passed the Clean Air Act of 1956, which limited coal burning in cities in the UK.

Years, later, a study by a group of scientists published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found by comparing the incident with that of China, that sulfur likely mixed with the fumes of burning coal, creating the thick yellow smog that is thought to have poisoned thousands.


The Union Carbide Cyanide gas leak caused a death toll in the thousands.

On December 2, 1984, an explosion at the Union Carbide insecticide plant in Bhopal, India, caused 45 tons of methyl isocyanate gas to leak out and reach the nearby towns, which killed more than 3,000 instantly. Later, the death toll was estimated to be between 15,000 and 20,000, according to Brittanica, with about 500,000 affected by the gas exposure.

After the incident, the gas leak was reportedly not dealt with properly and more than 300 metric tons of waste remained at the site decades later in 2016. Because of this, chemical runoff is believed to have contaminated the drinking water in the area and some experts say it has caused chronic health problems and birth defects.

In 2004, the government of India was required to provide clean water to residents because of contamination in the groundwater and in 2010, seven former employees of Union Carbide were convicted of negligence in relation to the incident.


Mercury poisoning affected thousands in Japan.

From 1932 to 1968, The Chisso Corporation, a Japanese fertilizer company, released wastewater into the bay off of Minamata City that contained an estimated 30 tons of methylmercury.

That toxic chemical affected fish in the bay that were then eaten by humans who contracted mercury poisoning, also known as Minamata disease. The disease causes among other things, seizures and muscle spasms. About 3,000 people are certified victims of the disease, while 2,000 more have sought to be classified as such.

Various legal actions have awarded money to certified victims of the disease and in 2017, the UN agreement the Minamata Convention on Mercury sought to limit the risk of mercury poisonings and pollution.

12 vintage commercials that reveal who Trump was before he became president

President Donald Trump (C), flanked by first lady Melania Trump (L), delivers remarks before dinner with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump and Modi met earlier today in the Oval Office to discuss a range of bilateral issues.

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President Donald Trump (C), flanked by first lady Melania Trump (L), delivers remarks before dinner with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump and Modi met earlier today in the Oval Office to discuss a range of bilateral issues.
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  • President Donald Trump made regular appearances in commercials and movies in the decades before he was president.
  • Trump appeared in ads for everything from computers to McDonald’s to promotions for his casinos from the late 1980s onwards.
  • The president was a real estate mogul and reality TV star before he entered the world of politics.
  • Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.

In the years before he entered the White House, President Donald Trump was a real estate mogul and reality TV star who relentlessly sought to build his brand.

Along the way, Trump appeared in a number of TV ads for an array of products ranging from computers to fast food. Trump also appeared in ads for his various business ventures, which have a mixed – and in some cases controversial – legacy.

Here are 12 of the commercials Trump starred in before becoming president.


In 1988, Trump appeared in a commercial for Diet Pepsi ahead of a Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks boxing match.

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Donald Trump appeared in a Diet Pepsi commercial in the late 1980s.
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In 1989, Trump released a board game and appeared in a TV commercial promoting it.

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Trump released a board game in the late 1980s and appeared in a TV commercial promoting it.
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In 1993, Trump appeared in a commercial for Trump’s Castle Casino Resort. He no longer owns the property.

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Trump appeared in a commercial for Trump’s Castle Casino Resort in 1993.
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Trump in 1995 appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial with his ex-wife Ivana. The two were already divorced by the time the ad was filmed. Their split in the early 90s was highly publicized following Trump’s affair with Marla Maples.

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Donald Trump appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial in 1995.
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Trump is not particularly enthusiastic about importing technology from Asian companies in the present-day amid tensions over trade with China and Japan. But back in the mid-90s Trump lent his voice to a commercial for Toshiba, a Japan-based company, and a desktop computer it was selling at the time.

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Trump’s voice was featured in a Toshiba commercial in the mid-1990s.
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Back in the late 90s, Trump appeared in a commercial for Cozone.com, a website launched by the now-defunct CompUSA. At the time of ad’s release, the New York Post reported, “The Donald appears … wearing a suit, messily attempting to mold clay on a potter’s wheel. He eventually gives up, bidding $600 for another student’s pot. The spot ends with Trump hitting on a young woman washing her hands next to him.”

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Trump was in a commercial for a website launched by CompUSA in the late 1990s.
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Trump appeared in yet another Pizza Hut commercial in 2000 that aired in Australia.

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Trump was in a Pizza Hut commercial in Australia in 2000.
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Trump, whose love for fast food is no secret, appeared in a McDonald’s commercial in 2002.

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Trump was in a McDonald’s commercial back in 2002.
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Trump in 2007 starred in a commercial for Trump Steaks, which were sold via Sharper Image and QVC. It was a short-lived venture, however, lasting only two months in the summer of that year.

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Trump appeared in a commercial for Trump Steaks, a short-lived venture, back in 2007.
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At the height of his reality TV fame as the star of “Celebrity Apprentice,” Trump appeared in an Oreo’s commercial in 2009.

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Trump appeared in an Oreo’s commercial back in 2009.
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Trump at one point starred in a commercial for Trump University — a for-profit real estate training program that started in the mid-2000s and lasted until 2010. In 2018, a judge finalized a $25 million settlement for students who claimed they were defrauded by Trump’s now-defunct university.

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Trump was in a commercial for his controversial and now-defunct Trump University.
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Trump in 2012 starred in a Macy’s commercial alongside celebrities like Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. Macy’s used to sell a menswear collection in partnership with Trump but cut ties with him amid his 2016 campaign for president.

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Trump was in a Macy’s commercial in late 2012.
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