The UK outfit recently stopped by SiriusXM to record a special four-song session, which included performances of High as Hope singles “Hunger” and “Sky Full of Song”, as well as “Cosmic Love” from their 2009 breakthrough LP, Lungs. The fourth entry, however, is easily the one that steals the show. Backed by little more than a piano and acoustic guitar, Welch led the band through a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s 1976 song “Silver Springs”.
We’ve grown so accustomed to hearing Welch’s vocals swell and soar in epic fashion that we (or at least I) forget she also wields plenty of power and grandness in even her most subtle state, which she showcases here. It’s a stripped-back rendition, sure, but I got chills within the first few seconds of just hearing that stunning voice.
Check out the cover below, followed by the rest of the SiriusXM session.
After a summer filled with music festivals, Florence and The Machine will embark on a North American fall tour; find their full schedule here.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she’s not budging from her Supreme Court Seat for half a decade and we’re here for it
There hasn’t been a ton of feel good stories in the news lately, but leave it to badass 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to keep us hopeful. The second-ever female justice stated on Sunday night that she’s not retiring any time soon.
“I’m now 85,” Ginsburg said. “My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years.”
The feminist justice spoke publicly after going to see a production of “The Originalist” at the 59E59 Theater in New York, a play about late Justice Antonin Scalia. Ginsburg and Scalia were long-time friends despite their stark political differences.
“If I had my choice of dissenters when I was writing for the court, it would be Justice Scalia,” Ginsburg said, saying that the back and forth would help her form her arguments. “Sometimes it was like a ping-pong game.”
I almost broke down in tears when I saw Ruth Bader Ginsburg trending. So relieved to find out that she was just planning to stay on the Supreme Court for at least 5 more years. Keep lifting those weights, RBG! pic.twitter.com/aTlfx6F43g
Democrats have feared that the “Notorious RBG” would retire during President Trump’s first term, allowing him to nominate another conservative judge and skewing the Supreme Court as a whole sharply to the right. Earlier this month, Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the vacancy left by retiring judge Anthony Kennedy — a man with a history of conservative leaning when it comes to gun laws, women’s health, and immigration.
Earlier in his term, Trump nominated conservative justice Neil Gorsuch after Barack Obama was blocked by the Senate from nominating a judge at the end of his term following the death of Scalia.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg will celebrate 25 years on the Supreme Court next week — she was sworn in after being nominated for the court by Bill Clinton in 1993. During her time on the bench, she’s been a champion of women, minorities, and the underprivileged, and well-known for everything from her eloquent written arguments to her amazing robe collars. She’s also a two-time cancer and heart surgery survivor who’s barely missed a day on the bench.
85-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg today:
"I have about at least 5 more years" on Supreme Court .
In other words Trump won't be picking this amazing woman's replacement as long as she stays healthy.
During the Trump administration, she has been looked up to as a vital voice of dissent — at the same time that many left-leaning fans desperately hope that she stays healthy and able to work. Even Stephen Colbert joined her for one of her famed daily workouts.
RBG also had a few words to say about the current administration as she discussed politics with “The Originalist” Director Molly Smith. When asked what keeps her hopeful, Ginsburg talked about her husband Marty Ginsburg, who died in 2010.
“My dear spouse would say that the true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle — it is the pendulum,” Ginsburg said. “And when it goes very far in one direction you can count on its swinging back.”
If an 85-year-old cancer survivor can stay positive and keep fighting — for years — so can we.
Monty Halls and his family have been on the Galapagos for a month and are finding their feet. His girls, Molly, three, and Isla, five, are having a ball, making the most of their wild and free adventure. But having his children with him makes Monty question even more the reason he is there – what state will these remarkable islands be in for the next generation? With so many visitors, so much rubbish, illegal fishing and invasive species causing havoc with the delicate ecosystem, saving the islands seems to be an impossible task. But Monty meets some people who are making a real difference. From floating bin men to organic farmers, inspirational guides and sustainable fishermen, the future may be tough, but it’s in good hands. Rating: ****
The People’s Vet, 4.30pm, C4
A sweet new daytime series based in two of the country’s largest charity pet hospitals. The PDSA in Kirkdale, Liverpool, and its sister practice eight miles away in Huyton treat all creatures great and small. Ginger tomcat Elvis has had a fight with a feisty fox and been brought in by his owner, Bill, with a nasty wound on his back. Poor Elvis needs an operation but happily he’s soon fighting fit once again, allowing the narrator, Cold Feet star John Thomson, to declare, ‘Elvis has left the building!’ Other patients admitted today include a much-loved spaniel called Amber, who needs a lump looked at, a staffie called Shadow, who’s having fits, and a stray chicken who’s in need of a new home. Rating: ***
Big Star’s Little Star, 7pm, ITV
Stephen Mulhern quizzes more famous faces and their offspring as the series continues. Tonight features comedian and actor Sally Phillips and her son Tom, Coronation Street and Dancing on Ice star Samia Longchambon and daughter Freya, and singer Kian Egan and his son, Koa. What willthe little ones reveal about their parents? Rating: ***
Asked if she would ever want to come back at all, Jill said she would “as a friend.”
“They haven’t called,” she admitted.
Jill was one of the original cast members on RHONY when it premiered in March 2008, appearing alongside Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, and Alex McCord. She immediately bonded with Frankel before having a massive falling out with the Skinnygirl mogul during the show’s third season. Jill would leave RHONY after season 4.
“We’re good, we’re good,” Jill said on Saturday, explaining the two text often. “She came over to my house with her daughter. Without the cameras, I thought it was very authentic. I felt like she really reached her hand out and was saying let’s open — not a friendship, but a dialogue, so it’s all good.”
“I’m glad that I attended and spoke to her and that it’s clean,” Frankel told PEOPLE Now in February, adding that Jill would not be coming back to RHONY. “It’s one less thing for her to be upset about because I do feel for her having such a tremendous loss. And we are where we are. Everybody wants to make something into something. Everybody doesn’t have to be tied up in a perfect box. … Life must go on.”
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“LuAnn texted me this morning, ‘Good luck today,’ ” Jill recalled. “You know, she’s with me and she’s always with me. Whatever she’s going through, she knows I’m there for her, and I said if she needs me I’ll be there.”
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Chance to win shopping spree and singalong with Kristen Bell raises funds for Boys & Girls Clubs
To support its cause platform ONward!, Old Navy is teaming up with Kristen Bell for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rock your first day of school. A lucky winner and guest will be flown to Los Angeles for a US$1,000/£759 back-to-school shopping spree and a special singalong session with the musically talented actress.
The sweepstakes raises funds for the brand‘s charitable partner Boys & Girls Clubs, and fans can enter through the online fundraising platform Omaze.
To launch the sweepstakes, Bell will perform a back-to-school anthem penned from interviews with Boys & Girls Club kids. Bell will also share some of her personal past back-to-school looks in preparation for styling out the lucky winner in their first day of school outfit.
“Heading back to school each year is an unforgettable moment in every child’s life. I am excited to help the winner of this campaign look and feel their best, so they can start the school year with a sense of confidence and empowerment. It is an honour to partner with Old Navy’s ONward! programme to raise money for Boys & Girls Clubs and help turn learners into leaders,” said Kristen Bell.
ONward! is how the brand pays it forward in local communities. Through the cause platform, the brand partners with nonprofits to empower the next generation with real-world skills, training, and job opportunities to make a difference in communities and blaze a path forward to a brighter future. For over a decade, it has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs to help turn learners into leaders and provide first jobs through the This Way Ahead internship programme.
This back-to-school season the brand is also launching an ONward! capsule collection of clothing to celebrate the brand’s cause work. The collection includes tees and hoodies for boys and girls, as well as totes and water bottles with the inspiring message “Our Generation Will Change the World.” The brand will donate US$50,000/£37,939 to Boys & Girls Clubs in honour of the special collection, available for sale in all US and Canada stores and online on the brand website.
In addition to the online sweepstakes fundraiser, the brand is also sponsoring an in-store fundraising campaign with the goal of raising US$1 million/£760,000 to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs.
From 26 July to 8 August, Old Navy will match in-store customer donations up to US$300,000/£227,634. Customers can donate at the register at all US and Canada stores.
Charity is at the heart of a dramatic autumn in Emmerdale…
A trial, a car crash and an out-of-control killer are all on the agenda for the coming months in Emmerdale
1. Justice for Charity Dingle at last in Emmerdale?
Her abuser, DI Bails, stands trial
Having had the courage to tell the police about her grooming ordeal at the hands of DI Bails, Charity Dingle must now take to the stand in a bid to get her evil nemesis sent to prison. But as Bails’ trial draws near, Charity wonders if she is strong enough for the task ahead.
“There are many times when she thinks ‘Do you know what, I think I’m just going to pull out,’” says actress Emma Atkins. “It is causing so many people heartache, and Charity thinks they don’t need it.”
Charity knows the odds are stacked against her. She was a prostitute and she’s been in prison for fraud, while Bails has a seemingly perfect family and boasts friends in high places.
Adds Emma: “Charity has done so many bad things, and wonders how on earth a jury would ever believe her over Bails. Also, raking up her past means she has to keep re-living it, and there are images in her head that she would rather forget.”
Charity’s partner, Vanessa, offers her support, and Charity hopes the Dingles will be there for her, too. But the family still don’t know that Ryan is her and Bails’ son – something which will be inevitably exposed in the courtroom.
“She also worries that Ryan may be put under pressure to speak in court or have his DNA used as evidence,” says Emma. ‘Charity is damaged goods, really, and you realise that even more this autumn, as she battles with her demons.’
Will Charity stick to her guns, or let Bails off the hook?
2. Lachlan White gets caught out?
As the net closes in, the killer teen feels the pressure
It’s been something of a miracle that Lachlan (played by Thomas Atkinson) has got away with murder for so long, but as the leaves turn brown, the net closes in. There is a body buried in the woods, and Rebecca, whom everyone thinks is in Ibiza, knows exactly what her nephew has done.
“Lachlan has thought about killing Rebecca, but she is family and all he has left, so it is a struggle,” says Thomas. “He knows that he must keep her quiet, though, as she could ruin everything.”
Will Lachlan kill Rebecca?
Rebecca isn’t Lachlan’s only problem. Young Liv is super suspicious of her neighbour, well aware that he recently tried to kill her and Robert.
Adds Thomas: “Lachlan always thought he could outwit people, but things start to unravel and he goes out of his mind. People, including Belle, start to notice that he is behaving oddly.”
Belle has no idea that she’s living with a serial killer, and Lachlan knows she’d leave him if she discovered the truth. But could she be in danger, too?
Teases Thomas: “Lachlan doesn’t think he could hurt Belle, but who knows what he is capable of when put under pressure? He will do whatever he has to do to hide his crimes.
‘The best possible outcome for him would be that he gets away with the killings and lives happily ever after with Belle…but that is unlikely!
“As we go into the autumn, the story moves towards a shocking climax. It’s going to be full of suspense and there will be some surprises along the way.”
3. Frank and Megan have a car crash
Will the pair survive?
There was a time when business was everything for Megan Macey in Emmerdale, but it’s a wonder she gets any work done this Autumn, as she remains torn between a settled relationship with Frank and a sizzling affair with Graham.
Frank recently dumped the wedding planner over her infidelity, but when he pretends he’s seeing another woman, Megan can’t help feeling jealous.
“It is a real rocket up the bum!” reveals actress Gaynor Faye, “and makes Megan realise how much she wants Frank. Although if Graham were to date somebody else, it would probably have the same effect!
“If she could have both of them it would be perfect! There is sexual tension between her and Graham, but Frank adores her little girl, Eliza, and they can be a family unit together.”
After much thought, Megan opts for Frank, and hopes a fancy car will help win his heart. Explains Gaynor: “She realises she has to put a bit of spark back into their relationship, so she buys a sporty number so they can pretend they are Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.”
But the motor is dodgy, and disaster strikes when they’re out for a spin, causing their lives to hang in the balance. Will the pair pull through?
4. Chas gives birth to Margarita
But the couple’s joy is followed by heartbreak
Chas and Paddy’s baby daughter, “Margarita”, is due this Autumn, but whilst the tot’s parents are over the moon to finally meet their little girl, her arrival inevitably spells heartache. Margarita was diagnosed with the condition Bilateral Renal Agenesis at Chas’s twenty week scan, and her mum and dad are painfully aware that she’s unlikely to live beyond a few hours out of the womb.
“It is going to be harrowing and hard,” says actress Lucy Pargeter who plays the devastated mum-to-be. “I’ve sat through the read-throughs, sobbing. Paddy and Chas have both agreed to donate Margarita’s organs when she dies. Chas has had many moments of denial throughout this pregnancy, but the reality will hit her when the baby is born.”
With the birth looming, Chas and Paddy decide to meet up with a woman who has been through a similar experience. But will her story help them to prepare for what lies ahead?
5. Danger for David?
He ignores Tracy’s warning and embarks on a relationship with Maya
There’s no sign of a reunion for David and Tracy this Autumn in Emmerdale as his relationship with teacher Maya gets more intense.
“The relationship between David and Maya is definitely going somewhere,” says Matthew Wolfenden, who plays the smitten shopkeeper. ‘It started as a rebound thing, but turns into something more.’
Jacob isn’t happy when he finds out about the turn of events – not only had he pinned his hopes on Tracy and David getting back together, but Maya is his teacher. Awks!
But should the lad have even more cause for concern? Maya’s estranged husband, Liam, recently told Tracy that the blonde caused “drama and destruction.” Is David’s dreamy new woman going to become his worst nightmare?
And four more plots on the way in Emmerdale:
Ross is disappointed when Rhona asks Pete to move in
Debbie is in despair when sick Sarah refuses more treatment
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is on record as having said that immigrant children and their parents should be housed under the same roof. But on Sunday, he said he believes that outcome is impossible to bring about.
Rubio told Face The Nation‘s that the government can’t hold immigrant families together because it doesn’t “have the capacity.”
After Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy, which means anyone detained at the border is referred for criminal prosecution, received fierce public criticism, lawmakers and civil rights groups pressured the administration to do something about the separation of families that happened as a result.
The president signed an executive order to end his own policy in June. Then a federal judge gave the government a few weeks to reunite families. Officials already failed to meet the first deadline to reunite all of the children under the age of 5 with their families and now the government face the deadline of July 26 to reunite children between 5 and 17 with their families.
Rubio said the administration is “doing the best they can” to meet this deadline but added, “We don’t have hundreds of facilities designed to hold families, which is one of the challenges in doing this, and one of things I’ve pointed to. So I think they are doing the best they can with those limitations, and hopefully they’ll get as many of those families together as possible.”
When moderator Margaret Brennan asked what would happen if the administration doesn’t meet this deadline, Rubio said, “Obviously we’ve got that court mandate that would require them potentially to allow people to go free and as a result of it, but again my hope is to reunite as many of these families as possible because I do believe we need to enforce our laws. I also believe we need to do so in a way that is true to our values as a nation.”
On the same day the Trump administration missed its first deadline to reunite all of the children with their families, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar appeared on CNN and defended the policy. Azar said, “It is one of the great acts of American generosity and charity, what we are doing for these unaccompanied kids.”
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The Department of Health and Human Services has also asked that immigrant parents pay for their own DNA tests, which are done by a private contractor on behalf of HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, to be reunited with their children.
Immigration experts and lawyers say that the best solution is to keep immigrant families together and out of detention centers, where conditions are poor and people face subpar medical care.
“If we’re talking about getting these kids out of custody, the solution is not keeping them in custody with their parents,” Kara Lynum, immigration attorney and owner of Lynum Law Office told ThinkProgress in June, “The solution is saying both mom and dad and child can go fight their case in non-detention. The solution is not family detention. The solution is a notice to appear at a court date in the future and they’re on their way.”
The footage shows Meghan — clad in shorts and a button-down denim shirt — getting doused by professional golfer Rory McIlroy, who nominated the former actress to take the plunge. Her uncertain smile quickly turns into a yelp as he pours water out of a cooler. Meghan than laughs as she clears her face of her soaked hair.
Meghan later revealed to Focus how the video came to be.
“Rory McIlroy and I are friends, and when he nominated me I told him I couldn’t do the challenge because I was traveling and in New York,” she explained. “He let me know he was also in New York and that he could do the video with me. We had a blast and shot it on the roof of my best friend’s apartment. It is so important to raise awareness for ALS, and the buzz our video generated hopefully helped make that happen.”
McIlroy took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge alongside fellow golf star Tiger Woods in videos shared on his social media pages. In the post, he tagged Meghan and gave her a shout out to let her know she was next (along with fellow nominees President George W. Bush and soccer player Wayne Rooney!).
McIlroy then dumped the tub of water on Woods, who eagerly returned the favor.
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She’s continued her humanitarian work in her first months as a royal with her nuptials: Meghan and Harry requested wedding gifts be made in the form of a donation to a selection of personally selected charities.
“Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, & have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift,” the palace said in a statement on Twitter.
“The couple have personally chosen seven charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces.”