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Emmys 2020: Jimmy Kimmel hosts an audience-free awards, as ‘Watchmen’ and ‘Schitt’s Creek’ rule – CNN

(CNN)The Emmy Awards went on Sunday, with Jimmy Kimmel noting at the outset that while an awards show might “seem frivolous and unnecessary” in the middle of a pandemic, “Right now, we need fun.”

The winners, however, offered what came across as a collective message — preaching unity, while urging viewers to go vote in the upcoming election, a point echoed by Regina King (a winner for “Watchmen’), Mark Ruffalo (“I Know This Much is True”) and others.
Kimmel opened the show with scenes of a packed, appreciative audience, before he revealed that he was actually performing in a near-empty auditorium.
“Of course we don’t have an audience. This isn’t a MAGA rally. It’s the Emmys,” the ABC latenight host said — the first of several jokes at President Trump’s expense — later referring to the show as “The No People’s Choice Awards.”
The awards themselves were a story of sweeps and near-sweeps. HBO’s “Watchmen” dominated the limited-series voting — amassing 11 awards overall, including seven claimed during earlier ceremonies in technical areas — and the final season of “Schitt’s Creek” swept the comedy categories.
That included Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy both winning, the first Emmys for the two comedy veterans since receiving awards for writing “SCTV” in the early 1980s. They were joined by Annie Murphy and Levy’s son, Daniel Levy, who was recognized for writing, directing and co-starring in the Pop TV show. Including earlier technical awards, the show garnered nine Emmys overall.
HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” also won its fifth consecutive Emmy for variety talk series, with Oliver noting how lucky those programs were to be able to stay in production during the pandemic, which has shut down so many scripted programs. “I will be reporting him to ICE tomorrow,” Kimmel, a fellow nominee, quipped afterward.
The 72nd annual Emmys mark the most significant award show to go on since the coronavirus pandemic ruled out the traditional everyone-together/black-tie events. Most of the other upcoming major awards, following the lead of the Oscars, have postponed their dates further into 2021.
The producers of this year’s Emmy telecast came into the ceremony with a plan to go “live, live, live,” recognizing that there would be potential logistical problems, and hoping for the best. That includes dispatching 130 cameras to catch the reactions of nominees and winners scattered across the globe.
The ceremony also sought to recognize frontline workers — with several invited to introduce categories — and announced that a donation would be made to the charity Nokidhungry.org for every Emmy victory.
Through the Creative Arts Ceremony, devoted to technical areas and programs in dozens of categories not included in the main primetime telecast, HBO and Netflix were tied with 19 awards each.
Netflix broke a record this year in terms of total nominations, with 160, thanks in part to the volume of programming that the streaming service pumps out.
Neither of 2019’s big series winners, “Game of Thrones” and “Fleabag,” were in contention for this year’s honors, opening the door for some new blood.
It will be interesting to see if the unusual format engenders enough curiosity to prompt more people to tune in, especially with “Thrones,” a huge popular hit, no longer in the mix. Presented by the Television Academy, the Emmys experienced a sharp ratings decline last year to record-low numbers airing on Fox.

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Liberals want blood. Joe Biden is sticking with bipartisanship. – POLITICO

So it’s not surprising that Biden skipped over progressive wish list items like court packing, something he said more than a year ago would cause Democrats to “rue that day.” While some Democrats want him to embrace and advocate court reforms more broadly, one official said privately he saw the speech as designed to address the moment, rather than moments that still might come.

With a steady lead in national and battleground-state polls, the former vice president has also refused to entertain every idea or respond in real time to every pressure point the Trump campaign tries to apply. Biden outright rejected calls to release a list of potential Supreme Court nominees, arguing doing so could sway their decisions and expose them to unrelenting political attacks. (There’s some recent precedent for this: He never confirmed a list, but many of Biden’s vice-presidential contenders came under intense scrutiny, sometimes privately from each other.)

A creature of the Senate for more than three decades, Biden has long argued that once Trump is out of the way some old norms will be restored and the two parties might be able to collaborate. But before Sunday, he’d never tested his own ability to persuade — especially his optimism, despite evidence it’s unwarranted — as a presidential nominee in such an explicit way.

“Please, follow your conscience,” Biden urged the small group of Republican senators still weighing whether to act on a nominee under circumstances being driven by Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Don’t go there. Uphold your constitutional duty, your conscience, let the people speak.

“We can’t keep rewriting history, scrambling norms, ignoring our cherished system of checks and balances.”

Biden’s middle-road approach has so far worked for him electorally. Voters seem intrigued by noble notions of bipartisanship more than they do the onerous compromise it requires.

Biden saved his toughest talk for Trump and the Senate leader, though he also called out Lindsey Graham, the Judiciary Committee chair. For Trump, Biden contended, it’s all a game, a play to “gin up emotions and anger.” And with Trump, McConnell is trying to, jam through the nomination as “an exercise in raw political power.”

“I don’t believe the people of this nation will stand for it,” Biden said, turning to the hypocrisy of the GOP’s quest.

Biden noted that McConnell and other Republicans argued the opposite position when former President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016.

McConnell, meantime, secured the support of Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is on his way out and had been viewed as a potential swing vote. So far, only a pair of Republican senators have pledged to oppose a confirmation vote before Election Day: Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Increasingly, Biden’s speech is looking like it was aimed at not a group of three or four, but an audience as small as one: Sen. Mitt Romney. If Romney were to oppose McConnell’s push for a quick vote, the majority leader would have no votes to spare — and Vice President Mike Pence would have to step in to break the tie.

Asked about the overtures to Republicans from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Republican strategist Scott Jennings shot back, “lol.”

“If his view of politics is that because Republicans were mean to Obama, they must now be mean to Trump, a president of their own party, grow up,” Jennings said, pointing to Biden and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer’s calls for confirmation hearings for Garland in 2016.

“The constitution gives the Senate a big, independent hand in this deal and conservatives are pretty happy that Mitch McConnell knows how to use it,” Jennings added. “Biden would be better off worrying about the radicals in his party promising to expand and pack the court and impeach the president to stall this out, if he’s worried about norms and fairness.”

If those proposals do worry Biden, he’s trying to direct attention elsewhere. An aide said Biden is closely coordinating with Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. They described them as unified in the belief that the Supreme Court fight underscores the importance of the election, particularly around health care during the pandemic, with the Trump administration trying to undermine the Affordable Care Act in the courts.

On ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, Pelosi argued that Trump has sped up the court timeline to rush a nominee in place for a Nov. 10 hearing on Obamacare. “He doesn’t want to crush the [coronavirus]” she said, “he wants to crush the Affordable Care Act.”

However, Pelosi wouldn’t rule out the possibility of launching impeachment proceedings to block the Senate from confirming Trump’s pick, contending Sunday that Democrats possess “arrows in our quiver” to gum up the process. A day earlier, Schumer delivered a similar message.

“Let me be clear: If Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year,” Schumer said during a Democratic Caucus call Saturday, warning of possible payback if Republicans fill the seat before January.

Biden said he won’t weigh in on the possibility of the Senate confirming a successor to Ginsburg on the eve of the election — or in the lame-duck session this fall should Trump lose. Even going there would concede that Democrats have already lost, he said.

“I’m not going to assume failure at this point,” he said. “I believe the voices of the American people should be heard.”

If Biden’s appeal to conscience and reason again came off as quaint or out of touch with the moment, no one can dispute it’s worked for him so far.

“It was an old-fashioned appeal to decency,” said Jim Manley, who spent 21 years working in the Senate, a dozen with the late Ted Kennedy and six with former Majority Leader Harry Reid. “He acknowledged the hyper-partisanship out there, but he wanted to cool things down a little bit before it gets really ugly.”

Manley added: “What [Biden] said is largely in sync, for better or for worse, with how he’s operated for months.”

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Nebraska bar owner charged with shooting and killing protester takes his own life – Fox News

A Nebraska bar owner charged with fatally shooting a protester, 22-year-old James Scurlock, has committed suicide, his attorney said Sunday.

Officers with the Hillsboro Police Department responded to the 300 block of Southeast Ninth Avenue around 12:20 p.m. after a body was found outside a medical clinic, police said. The body was identified as Jake Gardner, the bar owner who had been facing multiple charges in connection with the May 30 shooting of Spurlock, WOWT reported.

A warrant was issued for Gardner’s arrest following a grand injury indicting him last week for manslaughter, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, attempted first-degree assault, and terroristic threats in connection with the May 30 shooting death of Spurlock.

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Before the indictment, Gardner, an Iraq War veteran, told KETV NewsWatch 7: “It’s stressful. I’m more anxious now than when I was flying to Iraq. I was in from the end of 2000 until the end of 2004. All trained up by 9/11. I was there in 2003 during the invasion and in Haiti in 2004 to break up the civil unrest.”

Gardner did not turn himself in after a warrant for his arrest was issued. His attorney, Stu Dornan, said Gardner had left Omaha and went to California after the shooting because he had been receiving death threats. He said Gardner was planning to return to Omaha Sunday evening and turn himself in.

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Dornan has maintained that his client was acting in self-defense the night he shot Spurlock outside Gardner’s Hive Bar. That night, protests had broken out in the Old Market.

Dornan said last week’s indictment was “a shock to” Gardner” and he “was really shook up.”

The exact circumstances of Garner’s death remain unclear. His attorneys said his death was “by his own hand.”

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How Bryson DeChambeau went to great lengths to win the U.S. Open – ESPN

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MAMORONECK, N.Y. — As Bryson DeChambeau walked the final fairway at Winged Foot early Sunday evening, heading toward the iconic clubhouse that was about to be the backdrop for a photo opportunity with the U.S. Open trophy, there was quiet.

It seemed fitting, really, because his performance, a four-day exhibition of strength across one of the most treacherous golf courses on the planet, silenced anyone who questioned his methods, muted those who laughed as he put on 30 pounds and started swinging for the fences, shushed people who mocked his scientific approach to golf.

“There’s always going to be people that say things,” DeChambeau said.

This way of playing — of carrying every bunker, of cutting every dogleg, of taking power over precision — could never work. Even his peers, the best players in the world, thought it.

“I sort of said, ‘OK, wait until he gets to a proper golf course. He’ll have to rein it back in,'” Rory McIlroy said. “[Winged Foot] is as proper as they come, and look what’s happened. He’s got full belief in what he’s doing, and it’s pretty impressive. It’s kind of hard to really wrap my head around it.”

To DeChambeau, this has always made sense. Where others were confused, he was clear. As the outside world failed to grasp it, the blueprint in his mind was focused, the end result a foregone conclusion. The world would see his vision.

“So many times I relied on science, and it worked every single time,” DeChambeau said.

For more than a century, there has been a formula to winning this championship. The mandate at the U.S. Open has always been accuracy. Find the fairway so you can hit the green, make par and move on with your day. Do not, under any circumstances, wander into the rough. Because that is where bogeys and doubles hide, waiting to attach themselves to the spikes of visitors. Over four days, DeChambeau hit 23 of 56 fairways, four fewer than anyone else who has won this event.

“I would have said no way,” Zach Johnson said when asked if he thought someone could win this title this way — by disregarding fairways. “No chance.”

With that in mind, let’s get this on the record: Bryson DeChambeau won the U.S. Open by 6 shots. He was the only player in the field to post an under-par score on Sunday, shooting a 3-under 67. In the six times Winged Foot has hosted this championship, he is only the second player to not have one score over par in four days.

“I don’t really know what to say because that’s just the complete opposite of what you think a U.S. Open champion does,” McIlroy said.

Perhaps, then, it’s best to let DeChambeau explain what others cannot. Here is how he would tell people about his victory.

“He’s hitting it forever,” DeChambeau said. “That’s why he won.”

Even before this, the results seemed to confirm the science. DeChambeau finished third at the Charles Schwab Challenge, golf’s first event back after the three-month shutdown because of the coronavirus. He added three more top-10s in a row, then won the Rocket Mortgage Challenge and contended at the PGA Championship, finishing tied for fourth. Still, not everyone was convinced.

“I thought, ‘I can see it for week in and week out [on] PGA TOUR setups that are a little more benign,'” McIlroy said.

But not here. Not at Winged Foot, with its narrow fairways and deep rough, its sloped greens and long history of inflicting punishment. DeChambeau smirked and continued down his own path.

He kept heading to the gym. He kept eating steak and downing protein shake after protein shake. He kept swinging as hard as humanly possible. He kept checking his launch monitors, running his numbers. He kept taking aggressive lines no one else in the field dared to take.

“He’s a man of his word,” said Xander Schauffele, who finished fourth.

DeChambeau isn’t shy about his plan. He is unafraid to suggest that he does, in fact, have all the answers.

“It’s a lot of validation through science, just making sure that the numbers are what they are and the result is accurate,” he said. “I know I’ve done everything I can in my brain to make my perception reality.

For months, he defended himself and his methods — at times using big words that required a dictionary, at all times using a lot of words in run-on sentences.

“I’m just trying to figure out this very complex, multivariable game and multidimensional game,” he said as he sat next to the U.S. Open trophy. “So it’s all about trying to make my perception of what I feel, what I think, what I — you know, whatever it is, turn into proper reality.”

Wait, what?

But that’s the thing: To him that all made sense. Every thought bouncing around his brain computes. If others cannot see it, too bad. If others are afraid to follow his path, that’s on them.

“It’s not something that I probably would have done at his age,” Johnson said. “That doesn’t mean it’s a wrong approach, and it doesn’t mean it’s something that couldn’t be advantageous. I’m extremely impressed because he — I’ve had talks with him. Obviously, he’s cerebral. That’s pretty generalizing there. He’s very, very strategic and always trying to get better.”

In June, DeChambeau started referring to himself as a casino, eager to take gambles. He insisted that he is the house. He isn’t finished rolling the dice.

“I’m not going to stop,” he said.

He wants to put on another 10 or 15 pounds.

“Right now, I’m 230 to 235, depending on if I’ve eaten steak or not,” he said.

Despite pummeling Winged Foot, he says he’s going to test a 48-inch driver and fiddle with different club heads. The experiment is far from over. The search to hit it farther never stops.

“It’s tough to rein in athleticism,” he said. “We’re always going to be trying to get fitter, stronger, more athletic. Tiger [Woods] inspired this whole generation to do this, and we’re going to keep going after it. I don’t think it’s going to stop. … I just know that length is always going to be an advantage.”

DeChambeau can talk about this forever if you let him. He can explain every thought, break down every decision. He can go through what he was thinking and why he was thinking it.

On Sunday at Winged Foot, with the trophy in his hands, a major champion for the first time, Bryson DeChambeau had the last word.

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Bad Bunny Stopped New York Traffic During First-Ever Virtual Concert – Billboard

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Bad Bunny literally stopped traffic during his first-ever virtual concert, held live from New York City on Sunday (Sept. 20).

Wearing all black, and rocking a new hairdo and goatee, the Puerto Rican artist performed his first live show of 2020, presented by Uforia Live.

“It was difficult for me to do a concert without an audience. I didn’t want to,” Bunny said during the two-hour event that aired simultaneously on the Uforia Music app and his YouTube channel. “But I’m accepting the new reality and I hope people enjoy this. We need it.”

More than one million fans were connected during the virtual event. Below, check out highlights from Bad Bunny’s live stream:


A moving concert: Kicking off at Yankee Stadium, the award-winning artist performed the entire live show on top of a moving bus that navigated through the Bronx, Washington Heights and other New York locations. “This is the city where I’ve performed the most during my career,” he said.

YHLQMDLG: After dropping the set on Feb. 29, Bad Bunny finally performed songs from his studio album YHLQMDLG, including “Si Veo a Tu Mama,” “La Dificil,” “Pero Ya No,” “La Santa,” “Bichiyal,” “Vete” and “A Tu Merced,” to name a few.

Surprise guests: Straight from Panama City, Bad Bunny was joined by Sech for “Ignorantes.” Mora, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, performed “Una Vez,” and J Balvin, from Colombia, sung “La Cancion” with Bunny.

On his success: “Regarding my art, my music, and what is mine, I do as I think and what I feel,” he said. “I hope I have inspired people with my music and other artists to do the same and believe in their ideas.”

On the importance of voting: “We must vote and raise our voices because it boils down to giving ourselves respect as people and as Latinos. That’s why you have to go vote.”

More hits: Bad Bunny also performed some of his greatest hits, such as “Ni Bien, Ni Mal,” La Romana,” “Si Estuviesemos Juntos,” “Solo De Mi,” “No Me Conoce,” “Soltera (Remix)” and “Te Bote.”

The grand finale: The moving bus came to a stop outside of a local hospital, where Bunny performed “Yo Perreo Sola.” “Respect and thanks to those people who have sacrificed their lives in this city,” he said. “With a lot of faith in God, I sense that good things are coming. I know we are going through very difficult times. I have made thousands of mistakes, but my only mission is to try to be a better person every day.”

In case you missed it, watch the full concert below: