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Trump is trying a risky new strategy to force Mexico to stop migrants from reaching the US. Experts say it could backfire spectacularly.

Central American migrants line up at a warehouse used as a shelter in Piedras Negras, Coahuila state, Mexico on February 16, 2019.

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  • President Donald Trump has announced his administration will impose tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, unless the country does more to stop migrants.
  • Immigration experts and advocates have suggested that the tariffs will do little to slow migration from Central America – and could even make the problem worse.
  • Mexico already cooperates with the Trump administration on a number of key immigration initiatives, including the controversial policy that forces some migrants to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases pend.
  • Mexico could stop that cooperation anytime – especially if it feels the US will keep asking for more concessions.
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President Donald Trump sent lawmakers across the US and Mexico into a frenzy on Thursday when he announced his administration would impose tariffs starting at 5% on Mexican goods until the country prevents migrants from reaching the US border.

The tariffs, which could gradually increase to 25% by October, are expected to damage prospects for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the NAFTA replacement that was struck after more than a year of painstaking negotiations with Mexico and Canada.

Trump administration officials defended the tariffs in a conference call with reporters Thursday night, saying Mexican officials have not done enough to prevent Central American migrants from passing through their country en route to the US border.

“They need to step up their security efforts at their southern border,” acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said. “They have natural chokepoints leading away from the border of Chiapas and Guatemala, into Mexico and on the way to the US.”

A surge in Central American families in recent months has overwhelmed US Border Patrol agents and enraged Trump, who has previously lashed out at Mexico and threatened to close the entire border.

But beyond the impacts to trade, immigration advocates have suggested that the tariffs will do little to slow immigration from Central America – and could even make the problem worse.

Read more: Trump’s latest trade-war grenade has the global economy heading towards a scenario where no one wins

Tariffs will be ‘counterproductive’ on immigration

Central American migrants remain at a warehouse used as a shelter in Piedras Negras, Coahuila state, Mexico on February 16, 2019.

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Mexico already cooperates extensively with the US to slow Central Americans’ journey to the US. Officials even agreed to a controversial Trump administration policy that forces some migrants to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases wind their way through the US court system.

Mexico could stop that cooperation at any time – especially if its leaders believe that nothing they do will satisfy Trump, according to Stuart Anderson, the executive director of the National Foundation for American Policy.

“There’s a very good chance that [tariffs] will be counterproductive,” Anderson told INSIDER. “Mexico and most countries don’t respond well to threats, and it’s possible that there’s a risk that you could even discourage Mexico from continuing the current cooperation that’s going on.”

Read more: Trump is deploying a tactic from ‘The Art of the Deal’ in his trade threats against Mexico

Mexico has also worked with US border agents at certain parts of the border to implement a practice called metering, where migrants are forced to wait – sometimes for months – outside ports of entry until officials let them enter the US and request asylum.

In the last seven months, more than 460,000 people were apprehended while crossing the US-Mexico border. But thousands of others remain stuck in Mexico.

The Associated Press counted an estimated 13,000 waiting in eight cities in Mexico due to metering, because the US is only letting a small number in per day. Mexican officials have estimated that more than 5,000 other migrants were returned to Mexico to await their court hearings in the US.

Mexican shelters and local lawmakers have struggled to accommodate the growing backlog in cities affected by metering, and have long complained about the lack of bed space and resources available for the migrants.

“At some point it would seem to me that once tariffs are put in place, there would seem to be calls within Mexico to ask whether the current level of cooperation should continue at its current level,” Anderson said. “From their perspective, they may interpret this as, ‘We don’t get credit for anything we do, but we certainly get criticized.'”

Read more: More people are moving from the US to Mexico than the other way around

‘This threat will not make Mexico more likely to cooperate’

16 Central American migrants cross the International Bridge II to be interviewed by U.S. immigration authorities and have the possibility of receiving asylum, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila state, Mexico, on the border with the US, on February 16, 2019.

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16 Central American migrants cross the International Bridge II to be interviewed by U.S. immigration authorities and have the possibility of receiving asylum, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila state, Mexico, on the border with the US, on February 16, 2019.
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If the tariffs are eventually hiked to 25%, the damage to Mexico’s economy could even spur a new wave of migration.

Mexican migration to the US has dwindled for years, largely due to the country’s improved economy and America’s slow recovery from the 2008 financial crisis. But that could change if the tariffs hit Mexico so severely that its citizens start losing their jobs, Anderson said.

Tanking Mexico’s economy also won’t do much to convince Central American migrants to stay in their home countries or in Mexico, according to Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum.

“Weakening the US and Mexico economies and raising the price on goods from our third-largest trade partner will not persuade Central American families to remain in increasingly poor and violent countries,” he said in a statement. “This threat will not make Mexico more likely to cooperate and help address the challenges of Central American migration to the US.”

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wrote in a letter to Trump on Thursday that Central American migration would require dialogue – not threats – and that Mexico was already doing “as much as possible.”

“Social problems don’t get resolved with duties or coercive measures,” he wrote. “With all due respect, although you have the right to express it, ‘America First’ is a fallacy because until the end of times, even beyond national borders, justice and universal fraternity will prevail.”

The best leave-in hair treatments you can buy

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  • Many hair treatments claim to be miracles, but It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product comes the closest to actually being one.
  • It’s a multi-use spray chock full of nourishing ingredients that smooth, repair, and detangle hair.

I long to be a wash-and-go woman when it comes to my hair.

I have no patience for or interest in styling. The only problem is that my curls are not on board with this plan. If I do nothing to them after a shower, they will dry into a frizzy (yet somehow also flat?) mess.

Leave-in treatments like styling creams and conditioners help me get as close as possible to the low-maintenance lifestyle I crave while giving me hair I actually enjoy looking at in the mirror. It’s a broad category, comprised of various sprays and creams designed for a variety of hair types and goals, so it can be overwhelming if you’re a leave-in novice.

No treatment is truly one-size fits all, but some kinds will work for most hair types. The five leave-ins on this list are a safe bet for helping your hair look its best without adding a ton of steps to your already busy post-shower routine.

Here are the best leave-in hair treatments you can buy:

Updated 5/31/29 by Jada Wong: Updated copy, formatting, and prices.

Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.


The best leave-in hair treatment overall

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If you only buy one spray on hair treatment, let it be the It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product. This leave-in does it all.

Overly hyperbolic beauty product names are not my favorite. We all know that eye cream isn’t actually going to “erase” the signs of aging and melt your under-eye bags back into your face. But I’ll forgive It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product for tooting its own horn because it really does sound like a miracle.

Most leave-in hair treatments are designed to do something specific like detangle knots, smooth frizz, add shine. It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product is designed to do all of that and more.

To cull just a few of the claims from the Ulta product description, this stuff, “repairs dry damaged hair, adds shine, smoothes & controls frizz, seals & protects hair color, detangles, prevents split ends, stops hair breakage, creates silkiness, enhances natural body.” Oh, and it acts as a heat protector. Hello.

Spritz it on wet hair to influence how your strands dry or use it on dry hair to reinvigorate your existing style. The original spray contains sunflower seed extract, green tea leaf extract, and silk amino acids, but there’s also a popular keratin-infused version.

This stuff has more than 2,500 5-star reviews on Ulta and has been featured by a host of different sites including The Cut, Best Products, and Allure. It should work well with most hair types including curly hair and hair damaged from over processing.

Pros: Multi-tasking product that works on most hair types

Cons: Some reviews complained of strong scent

Buy It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product at Ulta for $18.99 (originally $18.52)


The best hair milk leave-in treatment

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Don’t let the name turn you off – Davines Oi All In One Milk will give you the softest, shiniest hair of your life.

Milk sounds like the last thing you want to put on your hair.

As a rule, I avoid the stuff besides in my coffee, but Davines Oi All In One Milk sounds like it should be the exception. It’s hair milk, okay? It’s different.

All In One Milk is expert-approved, having been recommended by The Cut and BuzzFeed. Shoppers love it too – the product has a 4.6-star rating on Influenster based on more than 400 reviews, and a 4.5-star rating on Amazon based on 600+ reviews.

So, what does it actually do? It smoothes, detangles, hydrates, and adds shine your hair thanks to the roucou oil in the formula. Fans shout out its magical softening powers in several reviews, so if you’ve got dry, coarse strands, this could be the answer.

The packaging is really minimalist too, almost unassumingly so. It might just trick you into thinking the product doesn’t work, but if you trust all the reviews, your hair is in for a treat.

“I love this so far, it’s kind of like a leave-in spray and oil and detangler protectant all in one. Plus, you can use it on wet or dry hair,” writes one Influenster shopper. An Amazon reviewer says, “More people should know about this. This is magic in a bottle.”

Pros: Detangles, smooths, and softens hair, adds shine

Cons: Pricey for a small bottle

Buy the Davines Oi All In One Milk on Amazon for $34


The best oil leave-in hair treatment

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Prefer to use a hair oil post-shower? The cult-favorite Moroccanoil Treatment is a hit for a reason.

If you’ve heard of any of the treatments on this list, it’s probably this one. The brand offers a host of styling and cleansing products, but the original Moroccanoil Treatment remains one of its best-selling (and best – period) items.

Infused with argan oil and linseed extract, Moroccanoil hydrates and fortifies your hair. Apply it to damp strands – avoiding the roots – to prep for styling or to wet hair to smooth away frizz. The product also claims to protect hair from “environmental factors, including the sun and wind.”

Moroccanoil is recommended for most hair types, from straight to tightly coiled, but there’s a lighter formulation if you find the original too heavy. Of course, if you prefer to avoid applying straight oil to your hair, you probably won’t like this, but it’s one of the most highly-rated products of its ilk on the market.

Sephora shoppers give Moroccanoil Treatment an overall 4.7 out of 5 rating based on 800+ reviews. It’s also a four-time Allure Reader’s Choice Award winner and has been featured on countless publications, including BuzzFeed and The Cut.

Pros: Preps hair for styling, protects it from environmental damage, two formulas for different hair types

Cons: Pricey for mostly being argan oil, might be heavy on fine hair (but lighter formula is available)

Buy Moroccanoil Treatment at Sephora for $34


The best air-dry leave-in hair treatment

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If you avoid heat styling like the plague, Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Air Dry Creme will give you the effortless look you crave.

I’m an air-dry girl, always have been, always will be. If I had my druthers, I would step out of the shower and be on my merry way, no additional hair products necessary. But my curls can be finicky, so I need to use something.

Luckily, the Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Air Dry Creme makes it nearly possible for me to wash-and-go – after I embark on my elaborate scrunch-and-clip-the-roots routine, of course. This $10 bottle seals my strands so they dry with minimal frizz and maximum shine.

When I first brought the cream home from a Target press event, I was in the middle of a prolonged absence from the hair salon. This product single-handedly extended the life of my cut for several months, defining my curls and adding serious body to my previously flat and overgrown strands.

According to the instructions, you’re supposed to wait until your hair is about half dry “or until your natural wave pattern starts to form” before working the cream in. If you’re not a daily washer, the brand recommends that you “mist hair with water to reactivate” the Air Dry Creme to keep your style in check.

“I’ve been looking for a product to give me wash and go hair that tames frizz and this is it! It has just enough weight to tame my hair but not enough to make my hair greasy or flat,” writes one Target reviewer.

Pros: Affordable, aids with air drying hair, adds shine and body, cuts down on frizz

Cons: Strong scent could be a turn off

Buy the Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Air Dry Creme at Target for $10


The best leave-in conditioner treatment

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Leave-in conditioners can be a godsend for curly textures, and the Shea Moisture Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner is one of the most recommended on the web.

I’ve never gotten into leave-in conditioner, in part because there are so many options on the market that a simple browse on Sephora quickly becomes overwhelming. But one pick kept popping up again and again as I researched this article – Shea Moisture Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner.

Made with a hydrating blend of black castor oil, shea butter, keratin, and peppermint oil, this is a rich conditioner that you’ll love, especially if you have dry, coarse hair. It’s also a great pick for super curly and coiled textures because it’s so nourishing.

With 2,200+ Amazon reviews and 1,100+ Influenster reviews, I think it’s safe to say this is one of the more popular leave-in conditioners on the internet. Refinery29 also named it the best leave-in for frizzy hair in a conditioner round-up, though the expert they interviewed, stylist Danielle Priano, cautions against using this on “thin, straight hair.”

“I have afro-kinky curly 4a natural hair which is currently transitioning from heat damage. I can’t believe how moisturized this makes my hair! The slip it provides is a-mazingg!” writes one Amazon shopper.

Another says, “I hated hated hated my curly hair until I found this product. I use this after my shower every night. It really helps moisturize my dry hair without leaving it greasy or being too heavy.”

Pros: Affordable, ultra hydrating, great for super curly hair

Cons: Might be too heavy for thinner hair types

Buy Shea Moisture Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner on Amazon for $9.73 (originally $20.99)


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The best detangling sprays you can buy

If your hair still becomes a tangled ball of knots, no matter how much conditioner you use, you should invest in a good detangling spray, to make combing your hair a pain-free experience.

To save you time and money, we’ve researched hundreds of expert and consumer reviews to find the best options available. Whether you’ve got natural, curly, thick or damaged hair, we’ve found the top detangling sprays around that will tame your knots.

Here are the best detangling sprays you can buy:

The best anti-frizz hair products you can buy

It’s not just the summer heat and sky-high humidity that can wreak havoc on your hair – Rain and even damp weather can turn it from fabulous to frizzy in an instant. It’s important to be prepared and have a good anti-frizz product in your beauty arsenal to stop yet another bad hair day.

To save you time and money on products that don’t work, as well as researching hundreds of expert and consumer reviews, our team of frizzy-headed testers has put the best anti-frizz products on the market to the test to come up with the best of the best for all hair types and budgets.

Here are the best anti-frizz products you can buy:

The best dry shampoo you can buy

Some days you just run out of time to wash your hair, but that doesn’t mean it has to look greasy. Dry shampoo is here to save you from a bad hair day. Of all the dry shampoos around, R+Co’s Death Valley Dry Shampoo is the best because it makes your hair look like new. Here are the best dry shampoos you can buy:

The best shampoo for any hair type

Impossible as it might be to find a shampoo that works for every hair type, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo comes pretty close. That’s why it’s our top pick – Living Proof’s basic formula really works and it might even help you wash your hair less often. These are the five best shampoos for all hair types:

The best hair conditioner you can buy

Hair conditioner is a necessity if you want soft, silky strands. Out of thousands of bottles, shoppers agree that Silk18 Argan Oil Hair Conditioner is the best – no matter your hair type.

You might also like the DevaCurl One Condition Original Daily Cream Conditioner, the It’s a 10 Leave-In Conditioner, the Redken Color Extend Conditioner, or the Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal Conditioner depending on your hair needs.

The best hair masks you can buy

Hair masks are an affordable and easy way to give your hair a salon treatment from the comfort of your own home. Here are the best hair masks you can buy:

The best heat protectant hair products under $25

If you style your hair daily with a blow dryer or curling iron, your hair needs protection from heat damage. The Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray will protect your hair from heat damage without weighing it down, keep frizz at bay, and give you silky hair at an extremely affordable price. Here are our picks:

The best hair volumizing products you can buy

If you have flat, fine hair with little volume, more often than not, adding hair products to your routine just makes matters worse, that is, unless you’re using volumizing products.

Here are the best hair volumizing products you can buy:

7 noteworthy albums and songs to stream on Spotify this weekend

Miley Cyrus performs at the Radio 1 Big Weekend on May 25, 2019.

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Friday is typically a big day for music, but in the world of YouTube, SoundCloud, and streaming services, it can be difficult to keep track of new releases.

That’s where we come in. Each week, INSIDER selects albums and songs – usually new, sometimes old but relevant – that we believe deserve your attention.

This week, in addition to Miley Cyrus’ bold new EP “She Is Coming,” you can listen to Mark Ronson’s new collaboration with Camila Cabello and Phantogram’s first single in three years. Keep reading to see our four additional picks and why we pulled them out of the fray.


1. “Mother’s Daughter” by Miley Cyrus

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The six tracks on Miley Cyrus’ new EP, “She Is Coming,” work to reconcile the many-varied faces of her career – from the hip-hop-heavy “Bangerz” and experimental “Dead Petz” to the nostalgic, country-infused “Younger Now.”

In this way, the EP is not always successful. But its lead track, “Mother’s Daughter,” certainly is. The song is deliciously carefree, irresistibly confident, and serves as the perfect thesis statement for Cyrus’ current era.

Listen to “Mother’s Daughter” here.


2. “Find U Again (feat. Camila Cabello)” by Mark Ronson

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Mark Ronson is responsible for a truly mind-boggling number of hits, including “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars, “Electricity” with Dua Lipa, and his most recent joint, “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” with Miley Cyrus. The impossibly catchy “Find U Again” continues that tradition.

Ronson told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe that he was trying to find someone who would match the song’s existing melody, and Camila Cabello “just nailed it.”

“I think I was literally driving,” he said, “and either ‘Havana,’ ‘Consequences,’ I can’t remember – something came on and I was just like, ‘Oh my god, that’s the voice.'”

Listen to “Find U Again” here.


3. “Into Happiness” by Phantogram

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Phantogram’s new single is the duo’s first major release in three years. Fans have been scrambling for their unique brand of dreamy, electronic, dark-pop-rock – and “Into Happiness” doesn’t disappoint. As they’ve recently hinted on social media, the song appears to signal a brighter, more optimistic era for Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel.

Listen to “Into Happiness” here.


4. “Glad He’s Gone” by Tove Lo

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Tove Lo is famous for hits like “Habits” and “Talking Body.”
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Tove Lo built a reputation on irresistible hooks and unfiltered lyrics. “Glad He’s Gone” is just that. The singer describes it as, “the obligatory pep-talk you give your girlfriend when she’s going through a breakup.” The song’s bubbly, glossy production makes it a must-add to any summertime playlist.

Listen to “Glad He’s Gone” here.


5. “Love Yourself / With My Whole Heart” by Sufjan Stevens

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Everything that made us fall in love with Sufjan Stevens – heartfelt lyricism, sparkling synths, smooth melodies – is on full display in his short new project.

“Love Yourself / With My Whole Heart,” which is basically comprised of two main tracks, was released to celebrate the beginning of Pride Month on Saturday. And it’s the perfect segue into a month that’s ostensibly designed to celebrate love, in all its forms. In a press release, Stevens said the second song, “With My Whole Heart,” was born of his desire to “write an upbeat and sincere love song without conflict, anxiety or self-deprecation.”

Listen to “Love Yourself / With My Whole Heart” here.


8. “Nightmare” by Halsey

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Halsey’s newest single was released last week, but it manages to still feel fresh with every listen. It’s unlike anything the singer has produced before. But as Jason Lipshutz noted for Billboard, it’s her most daring, relevant, and important song to date.

“‘Nightmare’ and its video,” Lipshutz wrote, “serve as an inadvertent catharsis following a national story that has proved deeply upsetting to women across the country. Halsey’s latest single is that ‘angry anthem,’ at a time when many needed one.”

Listen to “Nightmare” here.


7. “ZUU” by Denzel Curry

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Denzel Curry is one of the best and most influential “SoundCloud rappers” in the game, so his ascent to mainstream stardom is definitely one to watch. He’s currently opening for superstar teen Billie Eilish on her North American tour, and his new album “Zuu” is exactly the kind of fresh, frenzied, and exhilarating music that those fans will come craving.

Listen to “Zuu” here.

Disappointing photos show what vacationing in Hawaii is really like

Sometimes, there's trash on the beach.

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When planning your honeymoon, a family vacation, or a treat-yourself trip, Hawaii is probably one of the first destinations that comes to mind. There are beautiful beaches, volcanoes to hike, great food, and historical attractions. It seemingly has everything.

But despite so many desirable qualities, there are a few negatives, too. Overcrowded beaches, overpriced hotels, and less-than-breathtaking views of skyscrapers are some of the realities that come with visiting the 50th state.

Keep scrolling to see what visiting Hawaii is really like.


The minute you hop off the plane, you’ll probably want to drive around and see the beauty of the island you’re on.

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Hana Highway.
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Hana Highway in Hawaii is one of the most scenic drives in America. The coastal highway takes 620 twists and turns along the outskirts of Maui. You’ll see waterfalls, rainforests, and dramatic cliff sides.


But you won’t be the only one. In 2015, Honolulu’s traffic was ranked second-worst in the entire US.

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Typical Honolulu traffic.
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The traffic is maddening, according to locals. Depending on where you stay, driving will be anything but smooth sailing.


But once you’re out of traffic, and you finally make it to the beach, you’d be forgiven for craving some peace and quiet.

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Hawaiian beaches regularly win the top spot on lists of the best beaches in the US.


But popular beaches like Waikiki Beach are anything but relaxing.

Waikiki Beach is just one of six beaches that Honolulu Magazine called overrated. There are plenty of other things to do in Oahu besides Waikiki, but that doesn’t stop tourists from flocking there.


But even if crowds don’t bother you, you’re probably still expecting clean, pristine sand for your sunbathing pleasure.

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The North Shore of the island of Oahu.
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On Hawaiian beaches, the color of the sand ranges from white to green to black.

Read more: The World’s Most Colorful Beaches


However, beaches are sometimes covered in trash.

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Per CNN, “Hawaii has a serious trash problem” as tons of trash has been washing up on its beaches.

Hawaii is also home to one of the dirtiest places in the world: Kamilo Point.


When some people think of Hawaii, they think of nearly untouched landscapes, and islands that are isolated and serene.

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For some people, it’s a chance to unplug and refresh. The state has amazing hiking, waterfalls, volcanoes, forests, and beaches – it’s a nature lover’s paradise.


Honolulu, however, is a super urban city filled with skyscrapers.

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The Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu.
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It’s a little bit like Miami – which would have probably been cheaper and easier to travel to.


Not every view will be of a gorgeous waterfall or beach.

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Honolulu view.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez poured drinks and waited tables at a Queens restaurant to promote a minimum wage law

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) makes a drink in support of One Fair Wage at The Queensboro restaurant in the Queens borough of New York

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  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York took up bartending again, for a day at least.
  • The 29-year-old former bartender poured a few drinks and waited a few tables at a restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens – a neighborhood in her district on Friday to promote two laws that would boost wages.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got back to her bartending roots on Friday.

The 29-year-old Bronx native poured a few drinks and waited a few tables at a restaurant in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens during an event organized by Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United.

Ocasio-Cortez is attempting to build support for the federal Raise the Wage Act, which would double the minimum wage by 2024, as well as New York State’s One Fair Wage, which would mandate that tipped workers are paid at least the minimum wage.

In many states across the country, including New York, tipped workers can be paid less than the minimum wage by their employers. Tipped workers are disproportionately women and people of color, and critics say the policy encourages wage theft and makes workers more vulnerable to sexual harassment on the job.

Ocasio-Cortez worked as a bartender at a Manhattan taqueria up until early spring of 2018 – just a few months before she shocked the political world by winning her insurgent primary bid against longtime House incumbent Joe Crowley.

Nordstrom has a free rewards program called The Nordy Club — here are the best perks for members

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As of October 2018, Nordstrom has rolled out a new rewards program – The Nordy Club – which rewards members with more and better perks the more they spend. With the new program, you earn points just for shopping at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook and subscription service Trunk Club (which you can find a woman’s review of here and man’s here).

Current rewards members and cardholders will automatically be enrolled. If you’re not one of them, you can enroll for free here and put your fall or holiday shopping to work toward better perks.

What perks come with the new Nordy Club rewards program?

The new rewards program gets better the more you spend, unlocking a new status and new accompanying benefits, like access to beauty and style workshops, curbside pickup, and being the first to shop select brands.

In workshops, stylists help you curate your look using your budget and the diverse range of brands Nordstrom has access to. Curbside pickup means you can buy online and stop by a participating store, where a Nordstrom employee will walk the order out to your car.

All members and cardholders can also reserve items online to try at their favorite participating Nordstrom store – within two hours, you’ll be alerted that your items are ready. You can also get free basic alterations at Nordstrom on regular priced items you bought from either Nordstrom or Trunk Club. Learn more about the perks here.

You earn one point per dollar, and you can unlock Nordstrom Notes with those points (Nordstrom Notes are essentially Nordstrom gift cards you earn).

The membership levels are based on annual spending, and follow this model – each with unique perks:

  • Member ($0-$500)
  • Insider ($500+)
  • Influencer ($2,000+)
  • Ambassador ($5,000+)

If you’re a member with Ambassador+ status, you get access to one yearly visit from a Nordstrom Stylist to your home. The stylist will edit your closet with you, and offer expert styling advice and tailoring services. If you have a favorite stylist, just call them when you’re ready for a spring cleaning.

Ambassador+ Status members also get priority access to style events and invite-only events and First to Shop Clear the Rack events (plus 25% off red-tag clearance items), alongside cardholders.

Why the Nordy Club is better for Nordstrom cardholders:

Carholders automatically get a $40 “Bonus Note” from the company when they make a purchase at Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack with the new card on the day they’re approved. They also automatically get access to Insider Benefits and earn three points per dollar spent (triple what a non-cardholder earns). In addition to all the great member benefits, they also get early access to the Anniversary Sale and Clear the Rack events, plus $100 in alterations benefits, and all alterations made at Nordstrom stores will be reimbursed in the form of Nordstrom Notes equal to the exact dollar value of the charge on your Nordstrom card (up to the benefit amount listed).

Either way you participate, Nordstrom’s new rewards program is a great value if you take advantage of it – a cohesive addition to the brand that gets a good portion of its fanfare for its customer service, free shipping, and ambiguous but uniquely lenient return policy. The program is better for cardholders, but the average member can achieve benefits and perks just by shopping.

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THEN AND NOW: The most iconic country stars of all time

Reba McEntire has been in the spotlight for years.

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Reba McEntire has been in the spotlight for years.
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  • Country music has been around for years.
  • Many country icons like Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney are still creating music today.
  • Many country stars like Keith Urban and Blake Shelton have gone on to be judges on popular TV shows like “The Voice” and “American Idol.”
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Country music has one of the strongest followings of all genres, and it’s country music stars like these that keep fans loyal and hopeful for more.

We’re taking a look back at where some of country music’s most notable stars started and where they are now.


Dolly Parton has become a country icon.

From a girl who grew up on a farm to a household name in country music, Dolly Parton is now quite a country icon.

She made her debut in the ’60s, and has since made countless hits, won many awards, and opened her own theme park called Dollywood.

Recently, she was on the receiving end of a special tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards.


Luke Bryan went from working at a peanut plant to selling out stadiums.

Bryan worked at a family-owned peanut plant during the day and played gigs at night for years before taking the country music scene by storm. Before he was singing chart-toppers, Bryan actually wrote hits for fellow artists. He released his debut album in 2007.

Since then, he has sold out countless arenas, has released multiple chart-topping hits, and has acted as a judge on “American Idol.”


Blake Shelton went from songwriter to TV judge.

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Shelton in 2007 and 2017.
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The songwriter-turned-singer began his rise to popularity when he was just 17 years old. Born in Oklahoma, Blake Shelton’s first number-one hit song “Austin” was released nearly 20 years ago.

Since then, he has been named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2017 and has served as a coach and judge on “The Voice.”

Currently, he is dating fellow judge on “The Voice” Gwen Stefani and the two have even released music together, including the holiday song “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.”


The Dixie Chicks are now iconic.

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The Dixie Chicks in 2003 and 2014.
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Although they’ve had a few different members in the past, for years, the Dixie Chicks has been comprised of Martie Maguire, Emily Robison, and Natalie Maines. The group had numerous hits throughout the ’90s and early 2000s.

Although Dixie Chicks hasn’t released new music in a while, the band still occasionally goes on tour with other headliners.


Carrie Underwood won “American Idol” and shot up to superstardom.

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Carrie Underwood in 2006 and 2018.
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Carrie Underwood made her entrance onto the country music scene in 2005 as the winner of “American Idol.” She released her debut album “Some Hearts” that same year.

Since then, she’s had many multi-platinum albums and has won countless awards. She also received a Grand Ole Opry induction award. The singer is now married to ice-hockey pro Mike Fisher and they have two kids.


Rascal Flatts is still putting out music.

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When Rascal Flatts first entered the country music scene, they were sporting frosted tips and wearing camouflage and leather on the regular. Their first album debuted in 2000, nearly 20 years ago.

With 16 number-one hits and over 23 million records sold, Rascal Flatts has continued to rise in fame over the past few years. This summer, they’re embarking on a tour around the US.


Keith Urban has been making music for decades.

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Keith Urban in 2001 and 2018.
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Urban is a native of New Zealand who was raised in Australia and he released his debut album in 1999.

He began his climb to success in country music in the early ’90s and since then he has won many awards, has released several chart-topping songs, and has acted as a judge on both “American Idol” and Australia’s “The Voice.”


Taylor Swift went from country queen to pop icon.

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Taylor Swift in 2007 and 2015.
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Taylor Swift landed in the country music scene at just 16 years old and she took the music world by storm with her catchy love songs.

Today, her look has changed quite a bit, her success has grown tremendously, and her sound has entered the pop-genre territory. In 2014 and 2017, she released the chart-topping pop albums, “1989” and “Reputation,” respectively.


Dierks Bentley started out making bluegrass music.

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Dierks Bentley in 2004 and 2018.
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Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Bentley worked as a researcher for Spike TV before becoming a country-music star. He initially performed bluegrass music before he began tapping into the country music scene.

He’s now an award-winning country star and, this summer, he will be performing on his “Burning Man” tour.


Tim McGraw has been creating country music for years.

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Tim McGraw in 2002 and 2016.
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Tim McGraw began topping country-music charts in the early ’90s. He released his debut album, “Tim McGraw” in 1993.

Now, he’s married to fellow country-music legend Faith Hill and he is still releasing chart-toppers. Recently, he and his wife kicked off a world tour.


Faith Hill moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a singing career when she was 19.

The songstress released her first album “Take Me As I Am” in 1993. The debut album featured the chart-topping singles “Wild One” and “Piece of My Heart.” She continued to dominate the ’90s and early 2000s with songs like “This Kiss,” “Breathe,” and “Cry.”

Since then, she’s taken home five Grammy Awards and 15 ACM Awards and continues to be one of the most popular country artists, alongside husband Tim McGraw.


Darius Rucker has had solo hits and hits with a band.

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Darius Rucker in 2004 and 2018.
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From lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish in the ’80s to present-day solo country music star, Darius Rucker has been in the public eye for over 30 years. With hits like “Only Wanna Be With You” and “Wagon Wheel,” his solo career was quite successful.

Recently, Rucker reunited with Hootie & the Blowfish and the band is expected to embark on a tour this year.


Kenny Chesney has built up a huge following.

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Kenny Chesney in 2004 and 2016.
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Kenny Chesney began playing music when he joined a band in college while pursuing a degree at East Tennessee State University. He signed his first record deal in 1993 and then released his debut album in 1994.

Since then, he’s been the recipient of countless awards, including entertainer of the year. He also recently kicked off another tour around the US.


Reba McEntire remains wildly popular.

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Reba McEntire in 2002 and 2017.
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The Encyclopedia Britannica lists Reba McEntire as “one of the most popular female country vocal artists of the late 20th century.” According to the site, McEntire began pursuing music in the ninth grade when she formed a band with her siblings.

Over the years, McEntire has built an admirable career both in music and television. She even starred as the titular character in her hit show “Reba” for years.

She is also one of few performers to ever receive the National Artistic Achievement Award. And, in 2018, she became Kentucky Fried Chicken’s first female Colonel Sanders.


Shania Twain has become the best-selling female artist in country music history.

Despite her first album not getting much attention, Shania Twain has broken a slew of records throughout her career. She became the first female recording artist to have two consecutive albums break the 10 million mark in copies sold with “The Woman In Me” (1995) and “Come On Over” (1997).

She took a 15-year hiatus from the industry and released her fifth studio album “Now” in 2017.

25 fishing gifts to fuel Dad’s favorite hobby this Father’s Day

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  • If Dad’s a fisherman, Father’s Day could be a whole lot easier than you’ve ever realized.
  • Fishing isn’t a cheap hobby, and there’s always something he needs for the tackle box or the boat.
  • From rods and reels to pliers and coolers, there’s surely something of which he’s in dire need below.
  • Check out all of our Father’s Day gift ideas for 2019 for more inspiration.

If Dad fancies himself a fisherman, chances are good that he’s got one expensive hobby. But this makes your chore of finding him the perfect Father’s Day gift a breeze. You see, fishing, seemingly, requires more and more gadgets and apparel each year. Who knew he needed a wireless, castable fish camera? (He doesn’t.)

There’s an endless list of things that need replacing, updating, fixing, or scrapping. Cross one or two items off that list and you’re home safe till next year. Fishing, and gearing up for fishing, is an endless obsession, a never-ending procession of new lures, pliers, nets, rods, reels, electronics, safety equipment, apparel, and, well, you get the idea. That’s why a fishing gift is always a safe bet.

Sift around through the recommendations below, and if you want to dig a little deeper, have a look at our full fishing rod and reel buying guide for more ideas.


A fully submersible waterproof ditty bag for tackle and more

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Yeti Sidekick Dry, available at Yeti, $49.99

Tell Dad to toss the flimsy, brittle old plastic boxes for something a little sleeker and handier on the water.


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Bote Board Rackham 12’4″ Inflatable Fishing Standup Paddleboard, available at Amazon, $1,699

If your checking account isn’t quite big enough to buy him a boat yet, this is the next best thing, and, better yet, he’ll be fooled into getting a bit of exercise on the way to his favorite fishing holes.


A cool, breathable, UPF-treated fishing shirt

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Columbia PFG Bahama II Long Sleeve Shirt, available at Columbia, $29.90 (16 colors)

Sunproof, lightweight, and breathable. No matter how many of these shirts he has, he can still use another.


A classy, stainless-steel flask with a magnetic, double-walled cup

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Highcamp Flask, available at Bespoke, $69

Goodness only knows what’s living in his decades-old flask, and he’s old enough to drink from a proper cup by now anyhow.


An easy-to-sharpen fillet knife

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Bubba Blade 9 Inch Flex Fillet Knife, available at Amazon, $50.55

If his fillets aren’t coming out too hot, this might help.


An electronic fish smoker

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Masterbuilt Front Controller Electric Smoker, available at Amazon, $279.29

You’ll thank yourself for this one. Trust me.


An oyster shucking tool, in case the fishing doesn’t always go so well

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Dexter-Russell New Haven-Style Oyster Shucking Tool, available at Amazon, $12.72

The fish aren’t always biting, or maybe Dad’s just a little at a loss with his fishing skills. Oysters, on the other hand, have nowhere to run. As a one-time oyster shucker (and general bivalve enthusiast), I can say this is one of the most favored tools of oyster shuckers in the US of A, and my personal favorite; I don’t go out on the water without one in my tackle box.


Polarized shades made from recycled fishing nets

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Costa Del Mar Recycled Fishing Net Polarized Glasses, available at Amazon, $193.87

Help clean the waters off Chile and protect Dad’s precious, if dwindling, eyesight. A win-win, no?


A monthly tackle subscription box

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Mystery Tackle Box subscription or gift boxes, available at Mystery Tackle Box, from $14.99

Mystery Tackle Box offers all sorts of gift boxes and subscriptions, so no matter what your dad’s angling pursuits may be, you’ll find something for him here. Plus, if you pick the wrong box, he can always change it out.


Heavy-duty fishing pliers with a line cutter

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Bubba 7.5 Inch Fishing Pliers, available at Amazon, $45.13

This is about the only fishing tool he’ll need on the boat.


Fishing bibs for a messier day at sea

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Grundens Balder 504 Bib Pants, available at Amazon, $159.98

Bib pants will catch all the blood and gore before it works its way home and into the washing machine. Someone will appreciate that. It’ll also keep dear old Dad warm out on the high seas in the shoulder seasons.


A humane fish-killing tool

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Svord Ike Jime Tool, available at Amazon, $12.13

It looks barbaric, but what Pops does to euthanize your dinner is likely tenfold.


A focal magnifier for knot tying

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Flip Focal Magnifier, available at L.L.Bean, $19.95

Everyone but Dad knows his eyesight is starting to go. Give him a hint (and a hand).


A fishing-line welder so he can stop tying (or trying to tie) knots altogether

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Tauten Linewelder, available at The Grommet, $139.99

We all know his knot game is remiss; save him the agony of losing the catch of his life (that is, second to Mom, of course).


A humane and corrosion-resistant fishing net

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Bubba Corrosion-Resistant Landing Net, available at Amazon, $120.63-$194.95 (prices vary by size)

Lest he harm a fish he was planning to let go.


A new fly rod and reel outfit

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Orvis Clearwater V Fly Rod and Reel Outfit, available at Orvis, from $311

That old bamboo cane pole he has is cute and all, but it’s heavy, and his casting shoulder is not as strong as it once was. Bring him up to date and lighten his load with some newfangled technology.


A LifeProof phone case

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Lifeproof Frē Series Waterproof Phone Case, available at Amazon, $52.01

Next time your dad drops his phone into the drink, he’ll actually have a chance at recovering it.


A fly-tying starter kit

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Orvis Premium Fly-Tying Kit, available at Orvis, $198

Flies are expensive, and if your father’s tucked into retirement, maybe the budget is a little tight. This will not only keep him occupied (and out of yours and Mom’s and everyone else’s hair), it’ll take a little sting out of this oh-so-pricey hobby.


A fully submersible waterproof backpack

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Yeti Backpack 28, available at Yeti, $299.99

If he’s still venturing out above the waist, or likely to soak his camera, this waterproof backpack should spare him a small tragedy or two.


State-of-the-art, lightweight, and packable waders

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Patagonia Middle Fork Packable Waders, available at Patagonia, $349

Chunky, heavy neoprene can be nice for the winter, but get him something he can hike with up to the rivers less fished.


A UPF-treated adventure hat

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Sunday Afternoon Hats, available at Amazon, from $19 (prices vary by style)

Whether he’s bald or balding, he can never have enough hats. And unlike his ratty old straw hat, these are made to take a little abuse.


A folding chair with compartments and backpack straps

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ONIVA Picnic Time Folding Chair, available at Amazon, $57.30 and up

ONIVA Picnic Time Fusion Folding Chair, available at Amazon, $85.99 and up

It’s light, easy to carry (with backpack straps), and if he’s a thrifty packer, he can forego the heavy cooler and beach cart and not break his back hauling everything out to the beach.


A brand-new spin-fishing rod

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Tsunami Slimwave White, available at Amazon, $116.38-$124.98

It doesn’t matter how many fishing poles are gathering up cobwebs in the garage, he’ll always appreciate a new one. (Pro tip: If you’re not sure which size or kind of fishing rod to buy, go look at his gear, find the oldest, most used, and abused fishing rod he has, or his most popular, and match it).


… and a spinning reel to go with it

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Daiwa BG Spinning Reel, available at Amazon, $74.99-$262.74

Fishing reels have come a long way. And probably a really long way since he last purchased one. Catapult him into modernity with this ultra-light, smooth-as-can-be piece of machinery. (Pro tip: As with a fishing rod, if you’re not sure which size or kind of fishing rod to buy, go look at his gear, find the oldest, most used and abused reel he has, or his most popular, and match it).


Sunscreen with bug spray

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Badger Anti-Bug Sunscreen, available at Thrive Market, $14

A two-in-one accessory to keep the sun and bugs at bay, which he’ll more than likely thank you for, repeatedly. Reef-safe, non-coated, non-nano, mineral-based sunscreen.

5 great movies you could watch on Netflix this weekend

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  • Each week, INSIDER rounds up a list of great movies to watch on Netflix over the weekend.
  • It’s almost a new month. Randall Park has a new rom-com called “Always Be My Maybe” with a must-see cameo from Keanu Reeves playing himself. “The Dark Knight” is also back on the streaming service Saturday.
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There’s so much content constantly coming and going from Netflix that it can become difficult to find a movie to watch.

We’re here to help. Each week, INSIDER selects new and old flicks you may not have realized are on the streaming service to ease your scrolling woes.

It’s almost a new month. Netflix just added a must-watch rom-com “Always Be My Maybe” with an unexpected scene-stealing cameo from Keanu Reeves. Warner Bros. movies like “Magic Mike” and “The Dark Knight” are joining the streaming service starting Saturday.

Keep reading to see five movies you could watch this weekend (along with their Rotten Tomatoes scores when available).

Note: Not all of these films are available in countries outside the United States.


1. “Always Be My Maybe” (2019)

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Netflix description: “Reunited after 15 years, famous chef Sasha and hometown musician Marcus feel the old sparks of attraction but struggle to adapt to each other’s worlds.”

Critic score: 82%

Audience score: n/a

At first, you think “Always Be My Maybe” is going to be another fun Netflix rom-com. And it very much is. It has enjoyable performances from both Randall Park and Ali Wong as two kids who grew up best friends their entire lives, clearly loved each other, but then grew apart when it came time for college.

Years later when the two re-enter each other’s lives, they start to have feelings for one another again, but then the unexpected happens. Fifty-four minutes into the movie, Keanu Reeves unexpectedly appears playing an exaggerated version of himself and he steals every scene he is in for the next 10-15 minutes. He name drops his films “Speed” and “John Wick” and gives fans a few more GIF-worthy moments. “Lost” actor Daniel Dae Kim also appears briefly.

This is the perfect Friday-night film. You may even shed a tear at the end.


2. “Magic Mike” (2012)

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Netflix description: “Veteran male stripper Magic Mike introduces a new dancer known as the Kid to the pleasures – and perils – of their profession.”

Critic score: 80%

Audience score: 60%

There’s nothing quite like the scene with Tatum dancing to “Pony” in “Magic Mike.”

You may have forgotten how many people star in this movie, which is partially inspired by Channing Tatum’s early life as a stripper. Tatum is joined by Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bernthal (“The Punisher”), Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”), and Matt Bomer. The latter currently stars in DC’s excellent “Doom Patrol.”

“Magic Mike” will be available on the streaming service starting Saturday.


3. “The Dark Knight” (2008)

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Netflix description: “As Batman, Lt. Gordon and the district attorney continue to dismantle Gorham’s criminal underground, a new villain threatens to undo their good work.”

Critic score: 94%

Audience score: 94%

Robert Pattinson was just confirmed to play the next Caped Crusader in director Matt Reeves (“War for the Planet of the Apes”) 2021 movie, “The Batman.” Before then, revisit Christian Bale’s performance in one of the best Batman movies ever made. Watch this for Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn as the Joker.

“The Dark Knight” will be available on the streaming service starting Saturday.


4. “Chopsticks” (2019)

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Netflix description: “A gifted but insecure woman embarks on a transformative journey when she enlists an enigmatic con man to recover her stolen car from an eccentric thug.”

Critic score: n/a

Netflix’s other new original film this week is a Bollywood dramedy. “Chopsticks” is definitely a peculiar movie about a young woman’s bonkers mission to be reunited with her stolen car.

The multilingual, hardworking Nirma is book-smart, but not exactly street smart, and because of that she finds herself easily taken advantage of in this Hindi-language film. You may get a bit annoyed with how naive the 25-year-old Nirma is throughout the film. But by the film’s end, the timid and matter-of-fact young woman gets pushed out of her comfort zone to know her own worth.

Beyond that, you may not want to take much of the film too seriously. It’s never really explained why a successful con artist randomly decides to help Nirma without payment. The premise of “Chopsticks” is the film’s most interesting aspect. Underneath the bubbly story is a glimpse at the life of beggars and gangsters in India and how cars are stolen on the regular and are either sent away or are chopped apart for parts within three days. According to an article in India Today, 125 vehicles were stolen every day in Delhi last year, most of which are motorcycles.


5. “Bolt” (2008)

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Netflix description: “Can a famous dog learn that he doesn’t need superpowers to still be super? With good friends, anything is possible.”

Critic score: 89%

Audience score: 74%

Miley Cyrus just dropped new music Friday. You may not have realized she voices one of the main characters in Disney’s “Bolt.” One of Disney’s more underrated pictures of the last decade, the charming movie features a dog, “Bolt,” who plays a superhero in a TV show. He slowly realizes he doesn’t have those same powers in real life once he finds himself far from home and trying to get back to Hollywood.

With Disney’s streaming service arriving in November, “Bolt” won’t be on Netflix forever. The little hamster in the wheel is the character you’ll be talking about long after the movie’s over.

If you’re looking for TV shows to watch this weekend, take a look at INSIDER’s picks.

A giant panda national park is opening in China, and it will reportedly be nearly 3 times the size of Yellowstone National Park

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  • China is getting its first giant panda national park.
  • The hope is that in connecting and protecting the areas where the pandas already live as a park, it will lead to interbreeding which would boost the overall panda population.
  • Thousands of other species, such as snub-nosed monkeys, would be protected in the park as well.
  • Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.

China is getting its first giant panda national park.

Should the proposal for the park be approved, it will spread over 10,476 square miles, nearly three times the size of Yellowstone National Park. National Geographic says that the final plan could be finalized as soon as fall 2019.

The park will connect 67 giant panda reserves across the southwestern province of Sichuan, and the northwestern provinces of Shaanxi and Gansu. Seventy-four percent of the park will be in Sichuan, where over 80 percent of wild pandas live.

With the total panda population consisting of 1,864 bears, the giant animals have been designated a vulnerable species. There are roughly 30 groups of pandas spanning six mountain ranges in western China, some with an estimated number of ten bears, Fast Company reported. The bear habitats have been split up due to natural disasters and human activities such as logging and road construction.

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According to China Daily, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration hopes that by connecting the reserves, these different groups can interbreed, which would boost the overall panda population and lead to genetic diversity.

The park would also provide the pandas with a greater source of food over time. Due to climate change, the panda habitat might see a third of its bamboo cut in 80 years. The proposal for the park, however, is “setting up a network of places where they can eat,” Robert Tansey, a senior advisor on China for The Nature Conservancy, told Fast Company.

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Thousands of other species would be protected as well. “Giant pandas will be the major species under protection in the national park. Apart from them, more than 8,000 kinds of wildlife, including snub-nosed monkeys, will also benefit,” Yang Chao, director of China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration’s wildlife protection department, told China Daily. “The national park will not only boost the population of wildlife in the region but also protect their habitat for better biological diversity.”

While tourism will be prohibited in certain protected areas, proposals have been put forward that would allow visitors to enter other parts of the park. One such proposal is to build a railway through the Wolong Nature Reserve. However, Panda Mountain founder Marc Brody advises that experts would need to “examine” this proposal, among others, to see “if it provides a direct benefit to improving habitat for wild pandas.”