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Buy your own nail printer: put your finger in and it'll dye art on it

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Meet the Claire's Accessories gom jabbar! Insert a finger into the box and it will print the image of your choice on the nail. Though intended for use by professionals, you can get them on Amazon for just shy of a grand and a few consumer reviews have turned up.

It takes just 30 seconds to print a design, according to this reviewer 👇

It's the "hottest trend" in nail salons this year, reports Art Insider 👇

Here a nail artist jokingly complains of being replaced by robots 👇

In this video, Natalie of Natalie's Outlet explains how it works: by "going left and right and bbrrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrb!" 👇

O'2nails Digital Mobile Nail Art Printer [Amazon]

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The Dune screenshot was an excellent touch!
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Democrats in Congress reauthorize Patriot Act, again

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"Nearly every Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to fully reauthorize the Patriot Act through March 2020, extending the right of federal agents to use all sorts of secret surveillance against Americans," reports Reason.

As the EFF says, "The USA PATRIOT Act broadly expands law enforcement's surveillance and investigative powers and represents one of the most significant threats to civil liberties, privacy, and democratic traditions in US history. [It] gives sweeping search and surveillance to domestic law enforcement and foreign intelligence agencies and eliminates checks and balances that previously gave courts the opportunity to ensure that those powers were not abused. PATRIOT and follow-up legislation now in development threaten the basic rights of millions of Americans."

Kudos to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and 9 other Democrats for voting against it! And boo to the 219 Democratic representatives who voted to deprive us of our civil liberties!

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When Republicans say "How will you pay for Medicare for All?" Democrats should answer: "Mexico will pay for it"

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The "pay-for game" is that gotcha game that Conservatives like to play, wherein the ridiculous boondoggles favored by the right (billions for Trump's wall, more than a trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy, massive increases in Pentagon and intelligence agency spending, even a $16 million bomb used for no military reason) can be financed with infinite amounts of deficit spending, while any program that benefits the majority of America needs has to be "fully funded," generally by making cuts in other programs that benefit the majority of America -- something that the idiotic Democratic establishment has bought into.

When Republicans are asked how they'll pay for their corporate welfare, authoritarian up-armoring, mass surveillance and military adventures, they are silent, or, if they are Donald Trump, the insist that "Mexico will pay for it."

America has spent $10b on Trump's wall so far (Trump picked a design that can be carved through in minutes with a $100 reciprocating saw and a $15 blade), a downpayment on the $21b+ that Trump has pledged to spend. On the campaign trail, Trump promised the "Mexico would pay for the wall" more than 200 times.

Trump has added $4t to the national debt in less than 3 years in office. Republican' "pay-for game" is an unfunny joke: they are the party of fiscal irresponsibility and unfunded liabilities, while Democrats are the party of paying for programs with a proven ROI: public health, public education, sustainable energy, green resiliency, public infrastructure, and other programs that deliver more dollars out than the government puts in to them.

It's absurd for Democrats to be trapped in the pay-for game. Sure, it's great to give a more substantive answer as AOC does when asked about how she'll pay for the Green New Deal: "As if we’re not paying for climate change now" (c.f.: "California wildfires, Hurricane Maria, decreasing crop yields").

But there's a snappier answer, one that will remind voters that deficit spending is absolutely fine with the Republican Party -- just not when it's used to buy things America actually needs.

A handful of Democrats are refusing to play along. Last year, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, offered a pretty robust response to a question from Vox about how he would fund his $95 billion proposal to offer debt-free college to students at public universities.

“I don’t play the pay-for game,” the senator replied. “I reject the pay-for game. After the Republicans did the $1.5 trillion in unpaid-for tax cuts … I just reject the idea that only progressive ideas have to be paid for. We can work on that as we go through the process, but I think it’s a trap.”

It is a trap that the Democrats’ own leader in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has set for the next Democratic president, by insisting on pay-as-you-go rules that prevent future deficit spending. “We cannot just increase the debt,” she told Bloomberg News earlier this month.

Democrats at Debate, Don’t Play GOP’s “How Will You Pay for It?” Game [Mehdi Hasan/The Intercept]

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DoJ to scrap the Paramount antitrust rule that prohibits movie studios from buying or strong-arming movie theaters

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Through the 1940s and 1950s, the DoJ went to war on the "studio system" -- a system whereby studios locked up actors in exclusive contracts and then bought or strong-armed all the movie theaters in America so that they'd screen whatever the studios made, freezing out independent productions from movie companies that might offer their talent a better, less restrictive deal.

The result was the "Paramount decrees," a set of rules that, for 70 years, have acted as a check on monopolistic conduct from the increasingly monopolistic film industry, which is now down to four major studios, thanks to the US government's consent to a merger between Disney and Fox.

Now, in response to "changing market conditions," the DoJ is set to ask the Southern District of New York to end the rule, just as new streaming services are set to end creators' access to residual payments for the ongoing use of their compositions, scripts, performances, and other creative endeavors.

The new regime could see mergers with America's already vastly over-concentrated movie theater industry, which has been sewn up by the Chinese owned AMC and a handful of also-ran competitors. It could also see a return to "block booking" and other practices that let the major studios tie up movie screens, depriving smaller and independent producers of access to audiences.

The DoJ is also set to get rid of up to 1,000 consent decrees, including the ones governing music licensing, giving far more power to ASCAP and BMI.

“The sunset period will allow the defendants and movie theaters a period of transition to adjust to any licensing proposals that seek to change the theater-by-theater and film-by-film licensing structure currently mandated by the decrees,” Delrahim said in a speech to the American Bar Association’s fall antitrust gathering.

The consent decrees also barred studios from owning movie theaters without a court’s approval and banned rules setting minimum prices for movies.

Justice Department asks court to scrap decades-old 'Paramount' antitrust decrees [Diane Bartz/Reuters]

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Stephen King-themed, anti-Susan Collins merch from the Maine Democrats

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The Maine Democratic Party has teamed up with the progressive sticker-and-more company Bumperactive (previously) to produce a line of Stephen King-themed, anti-Susan Collins merch, with proceeds going to unseat the Republican Senator whose repeated acts of cowardice (especially during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings) demonstrated that she had no commitment to either her stated principles or the people of Maine. There are four graphics in all: "Trump as Pennywise the Clown, Susan Collins in 'Debt Sematary', Susan as Jack Nicholson from The Shining, and of course, Stand By ME," available as tees ($30), posters ($25 or $45 for four) and vinyl stickers ($4 for 2 or all four for $15).

Steven King Inspired Collection [Maine Democrats]

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That sound you hear is 'Republican talking points disintegrating'

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The Donald Trump impeachment hearings are yielding much interesting drama today.

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman and VP Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams testify today.

Watch it live on CSPAN here.

Longtime CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin scored what may be the line of the day, and it's early.

That sound you hear in the backgroud of the impeachment hearings is "Republican talking points disintegrating,” said Toobin midday on CNN.

In the clip, Toobin points out that just today we have learned about:

-- Donald Trump's own role in the July 25 phone call

-- Ukraine knew the U.S. aid was conditional by July 10 meeting

-- That the 'Javelins' aid to Ukraine was finally released only because the Trump administration was busted.

Here's the video clip, from CNN's @zbyronwolf (who writes CNN's very good #impeachment email newsletter).

[IMAGES: CSPAN SCREENGRABS]

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