NEWSOM STAYS: California Gov. survives the recall election that posed the biggest threat yet to his leadership

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a No on the Recall campaign event with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris at IBEW-NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training Center on September 08, 2021 in San Leandro, California
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a No on the Recall campaign event with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris at IBEW-NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training Center on September 08, 2021 in San Leandro, California

Insider and Decision Desk HQ are projecting that Gov. Gavin Newsom will survive the California gubernatorial recall. Decision Desk called the race at 8:21 p.m. PT and 11:21 p.m ET. Per this projected call, Newsom will remain governor of California.

California governor recall candidate Larry Elder takes a selfie with a supporter outside of the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills in Woodland Hills CA., Tuesday, August 24, 2021.
California governor recall candidate Larry Elder was Newsom’s most prominent challenger.

How the recall works and what was at stake:

California is one of 19 states where voters unhappy with the direction of their state can kick their leaders to the curb.

Californians last recalled a governor in 2003, when voters booted former Gov. Gray Davis out of office in favor of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Issues including an energy crisis and rolling blackouts, a controversial car tax, and a sluggish economy following the dot-com bust, dominated that election.

This time around, Republican activists moved to recall Newsom mainly over their disapproval of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and frustration with the administration’s COVID-19 restrictions. Other issues defining the recall include the increasing unaffordability of housing fueling homelessness in the state and extreme weather events like wildfires.

Californians were faced with two questions on the ballot: whether or not to recall Newsom (a simple yes or no), and if so, who to replace him with. The first question failed to receive a simple “yes” majority for Newsom to get the boot. On the second question, the winner to replace him could have won with just a plurality and not a majority of the vote.

There were 46 candidates in the running to replace Newsom if he’s recalled, down from the 135 who ran to replace Davis in 2003.

The leading GOP contender to replace Newsom was talk show host Larry Elder, who has a checkered personal past and long history of making controversial comments on the air. He led other replacement candidates by double-digits in FiveThirtyEight’s polling averages.

Other Republicans running in the recall included former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and 2018 GOP gubernatorial nominee John Cox. Neither the California Republican Party nor national Republicans, however, had attempted to consolidate support around a single candidate.

Reality TV star and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, YouTuber Kevin Paffrath, and a host of other minor candidates also ran in the recall.

Unlike in 2003, when Davis’ lieutenant governor ran on the second ballot as an “insurance policy,” Democrats chose not to put up a replacement candidate of their own as a fallback, instead urging their supporters to vote “no” on question one and leave question two blank.

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Watch live as Jeff Bezos launches to the edge of space on Blue Origin’s first passenger flight

Jeff Bezos is seen speaking beside a photo of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket lifting off.
Jeff Bezos is set to launch aboard the New Shepard rocket on July 20.

Jeff Bezos, the richest person on Earth, is about to fly to the edge of space.

The billionaire founder of Amazon and Blue Origin is riding a New Shepard rocket up to the Kármán line – an imaginary boundary 62 miles (100 kilometers) above sea level, where many experts say space begins.

There, he’s expected to experience weightlessness and stunning views of Earth for about three minutes.

The rocket is scheduled to lift off from Blue Origin’s launch site in Texas at around 8 a.m. CT (9 a.m. ET) on Tuesday. The company is broadcasting the spaceflight live, in the video embedded below, starting at 6:30 a.m. CT (7:30 a.m. ET).

Bezos won’t be flying solo. His brother, Mark, is set to join him, along with an 18-year-old Dutch high school graduate named Oliver Daemen.

Wally Funk, an 82-year-old aviator, is also going. She trained to go to space in the 1960s but was ultimately denied the opportunity because she was a woman.

New Shepard has flown successfully 15 times, but never with people on board. This is its first passenger flight.

Blue Origin said there won’t be any “public viewing areas” in the vicinity of the launch site.

“I am so excited. I can’t wait to see what it’s going to be like,” Bezos told NBC’s “Today” on Monday.

“People who say they go into space, that they come back changed. Astronauts always talk about that – whether it’s the thin limit of the Earth’s atmosphere or seeing how fragile the planet is, that it’s just one planet. So I can’t wait to see what it’s going to do to me.”

How Jeff Bezos and his companions aim to fly to the edge of space

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Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin employees celebrate the New Shepard rocket booster’s first landing.

If all goes according to plan, the New Shepard rocket will fire its engines to heave itself off the launchpad.

As Bezos and his guests scream through the atmosphere, the force of the climb and the pull of Earth’s gravity – which should feel three times stronger than normal – are expected to pin them to their seats.

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A sneak peek at the final design of Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule for suborbital space tourists.

After three minutes, the rocket booster should fall away from the capsule that holds the passengers. That capsule should continue arcing above the Earth, and Bezos and his companions should feel weightless.

They’re expected to have three minutes to unbuckle, float around the cabin, and savor the views of the planet curving below.

Then, gravity should pull the spaceship into a high-speed plunge back to Earth. Three parachutes should balloon into the air to break the spaceship’s fall, carrying the capsule to a gentle landing in the Texas desert. A recovery crew should be waiting.

The entire flight should last 11 minutes.

Richard Branson launched to space first, but he didn’t pass the Kármán line

Richard Branson in space aboard a Virgin Galactic rocket plane.
Richard Branson floats in space aboard Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane.

Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, flew aboard his company’s space plane on Sunday.

Though Branson insisted there’s no competition between him and Bezos, Virgin Galactic changed its launch schedule in a way that sent its billionaire to the edge of space before Bezos.

Blue Origin, for its part, maintains that Branson didn’t actually go to space because he only flew to about 55 miles above sea level.

“They’re not flying above the Kármán line and it’s a very different experience,” Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith told The New York Times after Branson announced his flight.

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A still image from video shows Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane ascending to the edge of space with Richard Branson and his crew on board on July 11.

Blue Origin went after Virgin Galactic more directly on Twitter two days before Branson’s launch, sharing a graphic comparing the company’s space plane unfavorably to Blue Origin’s rocket.

“From the beginning, New Shepard was designed to fly above the Kármán line so none of our astronauts have an asterisk next to their name,” Blue Origin tweeted.

“For 96% of the world’s population, space begins 100 km up at the internationally recognized Kármán line.”

The 4% the tweet refers to is the US. Both NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration have awarded astronaut wings to pilots who flew past 50 miles.

Aylin Woodward contributed reporting.

This post has been updated with new information. It was originally published on July 16, 2021.

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Watch live: Richard Branson is flying to the edge of space aboard a Virgin Galactic rocket plane

A woman with sunglasses and a headset opening her mouth and looking out the window of a space plane.
Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut instructor, takes in a view of Earth on the company’s February 22, 2019 test flight to the edge of space.

Virgin Galactic is rocketing six people – including the company’s founder, Richard Branson – to the edge of space. They lifted off for a roughly 90-minute-long flight on Sunday at 10:40 a.m. ET. Watch them soar in the company’s livestream, below.

The company has flown people on its reusable, winged rocket plane, called SpaceShipTwo, three times since December 2018. But two of those flights involved only Virgin Galactic pilots. Only one of the flights carried a passenger.

The SpaceShipTwo plane, called VSS Unity, is carrying the company’s first full crew, aiming to soar more than 50 miles above the Earth.

The vehicle requires two pilots and has room for six passengers. For this journey, the pilots are Dave Mackay and Mike Masucci, and they’re carrying Branson and his three crewmates: Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut instructor; Colin Bennett, the company’s lead operations engineer; and Sirisha Bandla, the vice president of government affairs and research.

Six people in blue bodysuits - the crew of the VSS Unity - stand in front of a floor-to-ceiling window.
The VSS Unity’s first full crew. Left to right: Dave Mackay, Colin Bennett, Beth Moses, Richard Branson, Sirisha Bandla, and Michael Masucci.

If the flight goes as planned, Branson will be the first person to launch to space aboard his own company’s commercial vehicle. Jeff Bezos plans to do the same thing in a mere nine days.

“I can’t wait,” Branson told Today last week. “At that moment, we will have become astronauts. I will pinch myself and pinch myself again and again.”

How Branson and the crew will fly to the edge of space

The VSS Unity lifted off from Virgin Galactic’s facilities at Spaceport America in New Mexico aboard a mothership called VMS Eve.

Liftoff was originally scheduled for 9 a.m. ET, but Virgin Galactic pushed it back after weather overnight delayed preparations at the New Mexico launch facility.

If all goes according to plan, the mothership, a double-bodied plane, will carry the VSS Unity about 10 miles above sea level, then drop it. The space plane must immediately fire its rocket engines, tilt almost directly upwards, and accelerate to about three times the speed of sound to reach the edge of space, roughly 55 miles above sea level.

vms eve mothership double-body plane carries vss unity rocket plane in flight
The VMS Eve carries VSS Unity (in the plane’s center) into the skies.

There, the pilots are expected to shut off the VSS Unity’s engines and allow the plane to drift above the Earth. The four crew members, who are standing in as passengers in order to test the spaceflight experience, should feel weightless. Through the space plane’s 17 windows, they’ll be able to see the curvature of the Earth below. They’ll linger there for just a few minutes before gravity begins to pull them back down.

A view of Earth's surface and curvature from space aboard Virgin Galactic's vehicle.
The view from space on Virgin Galactic’s first spaceflight, December 13, 2018.

For the return trip, VSS Unity is designed to rotate its wings and tail booms upwards. This helps the plane brake itself against the atmosphere as it plunges back to Earth. About 10 miles above the ground – the altitude where the mothership dropped it off – the vehicle should rotate its wings back in place so it can glide to a runway landing.

A white-and-silver plane with "Virgin" on the side touching down on a runway, with desert and mountains in the background.
The VSS Unity touches down in the Mojave Desert after flying freely from its mothership for the first time, December 3, 2016.

Branson originally planned to ride SpaceShipTwo to the edge of space in 2014 or 2015. But Virgin Galactic had to delay those plans after its first version of the vehicle, called VSS Enterprise, broke apart mid-flight above the Mojave desert in October 2014, killing one pilot and injuring the other.

Since Virgin Galactic began testing VSS Unity in 2016, its flight record has been successful.

The company aims to start flying tourists on the space plane next year. Already, more than 700 people have signed up, including Tom Hanks, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga, Today reported.

“I truly believe that space belongs to all of us,” Branson said in a statement. “As part of a remarkable crew of mission specialists, I’m honoured to help validate the journey our future astronauts will undertake and ensure we deliver the unique customer experience people expect from Virgin.”

This post has been updated. It was originally published July 8, 2021.

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The best Prime Day lightning deals include 50% off Fire TV Sticks and savings on Apple AirPods, robot vacuums, and more

Amazon prime Day 2021

This story was last updated at 4:53 pm ET on June 21

Amazon Prime Day 2021 is officially here. This two-day, Prime member-exclusive event brings tons of discounts on products and services from companies like Apple, Sony, Samsung, and Nintendo.

In addition to the typical markdown, Amazon is also releasing several Lightning deals to tempt you. For those unfamiliar, Amazon Lightning deals are time- and stock-sensitive deals from Amazon.

During Amazon Prime Day 2021, Lightning deals are released every hour and on a timer, usually anywhere from two to six hours. The best deals end after they’ve been 100% claimed. If you manage to add one to cart, you have a limited time to check out or lose the deal.

The best discounts often run out of stock quickly. If you don’t snag one in time, there’s still hope. You can add yourself to a waitlist in case any shoppers change their minds or take too long to claim the markdown. We’ll be updating this post several times every hour with new offers.

Don’t want to sit around and wait for deals to crop up? You can get deals directly in your inbox via our newsletters, which you can sign up for by clicking here. To shop the rest of Amazon’s massive deal event, started June 21 and will end 22.

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The best Prime Day lightning deals to shop include 50% off Fire TV Sticks, 23andMe Ancestry Kits, and LifeStraws

Amazon prime Day 2021

Amazon Prime Day 2021 is officially here. This two-day, Prime member-exclusive event brings tons of discounts on products and services from companies like Apple, Sony, Samsung, and Nintendo.

In addition to the typical markdown, Amazon is also releasing several Lightning deals to tempt you. For those unfamiliar, Amazon Lightning deals are time- and stock-sensitive deals from Amazon.

During Amazon Prime Day 2021, Lightning deals are released every hour and on a timer, usually anywhere from two to six hours. The best deals end after they’ve been 100% claimed. If you manage to add one to cart, you have a limited time to check out or lose the deal.

The best discounts often run out of stock quickly. If you don’t snag one in time, there’s still hope. You can add yourself to a waitlist in case any shoppers change their minds or take too long to claim the markdown. We’ll be updating this post several times every hour with new offers.

Don’t want to sit around and wait for deals to crop up? You can get deals directly in your inbox via our newsletters, which you can sign up for by clicking here. To shop the rest of Amazon’s massive deal event, started June 21 and will end 22.

Amazon

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The Eufy RoboVac 11S Robot Vacuum Cleaner is a budget-friendly vacuum that’s on sale for a big discount this Prime Day.

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The best Prime Day phone deals include discounts on phones from Apple, Google, and Samsung

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Best smartphone deals Amazon Prime Day 2021 2x1
Amazon Prime Day 2021 is almost here, and we’re already seeing discounts on phones from Google, OnePlus, and more.

Amazon Prime Day is here, and the sales event is a great time to buy a new phone, especially if you’re an Android fan. This year’s annual shopping event takes place on June 21 and 22, and we’re seeing some great deals on phones from Google, OnePlus, and even Apple.

Other retailers typically offer deals of their own to compete with Amazon, so it’s important to check Best Buy, Walmart, and Target for compelling offers as well.

Deals change often, so we’ll be updating our coverage throughout the shopping event. And don’t forget: you’ll need an Amazon Prime membership to gain access to Amazon deals once Prime Day starts.

Learn more about how Insider Reviews researches deals and tests products.

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Top Amazon Prime Day Google Pixel deals

Google’s Pixel phones are already pretty affordable depending on the model, but they’re even more tempting at a discount. The latest Pixel 5 didn’t make our list of the best smartphones, at least at its full price, but it’s more tempting with a deal. Otherwise the Pixel 4a is our favorite budget smartphone for photography.

Pixel 5 (medium)


Best Amazon Prime Day Apple iPhone deals

It’s rare to find Prime Day deals on iPhones that are in new condition. Most deals tend to focus more on AirPods or iPads. But now that other retailers are bolstering their own offerings to match or exceed Amazon’s deals, there’s more choice than ever.

BestBuy has some deals for Apple’s iPhone 12 series right now, including a noteworthy $200 off the iPhone 12 Mini and $100 off the iPhone 12. To get the deal, you must commit to a carrier activation or monthly payment plan with Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile/Sprint to get the discount.

iPhone 12 Mini (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)iPhone 12 (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)


Top Amazon Prime Day Samsung Galaxy deals

Samsung makes a lot of Galaxy phones, and in 2021 that lineup has grown even bigger. However, the Galaxy S21 is our favorite Android phone right now because of its excellent design, great triple-lens camera, and solid performance. It’s also decently priced for a flagship phone, but discounts make it an even better deal for Android phone shoppers.

We’re seeing great deals on Amazon for Prime Day 2021 on the Galaxy S21 series and Galaxy S20 FE

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Amazon Prime Day Android phone deals

Samsung and Google may be among the most popular Android device makers, but it’s also worth looking elsewhere. Companies like OnePlus and TCL are known for making quality phones that are often hundreds of dollars less than the latest phones from Samsung, Apple, and Google.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to shop for a smartphone

Most people in the United States buy their phones from carriers, even though there are often better prices to be found elsewhere. Amazon Prime Day is a good example of an instance in which it’s probably a better deal to buy your phone through another retailer like Amazon rather than your carrier.

Amazon mostly sells unlocked phones, which means the phone isn’t tied to any specific carrier and will work with any phone service provider. That means you should be able to insert your SIM card into your new phone without much hassle.

The most important factor to consider when purchasing a new phone is how much you want to spend. This will automatically limit your search, and you want to make sure you’re not wasting time researching devices that are out of your price range. You also want to consider which features matter the most to you. Is having an excellent camera the most important thing, or do you want a phone with the longest battery life? What’s your biggest complaint about your current phone that you’re hoping to address by upgrading? Those are the types of questions you should be asking yourself.

When is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day will take place on June 21 and 22. In years past it’s been held in July, except for 2020 when the annual shopping holiday was pushed to October.

What’s on sale on Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day sales span the gamut in terms of product categories, with discounts on everything from tech gadgets to beauty products, kitchen items, and much more. Think of it as Black Friday in the summer, but only on Amazon.

Do I need to be a Prime member to get Prime Day deals?

Yes, Amazon Prime Day is only available for Prime subscribers. Amazon Prime costs $119 per year or $12.99 per month, but the annual billing option is a better deal. Not only does Amazon Prime provide access to fast shipping options and Prime Day deals, but it also comes with other perks like Amazon Prime Video and Prime Music access.

What smartphone deals were available on Prime Day last year?

Amazon Prime Day included deals on phone models from Google, Samsung, and Motorola among others in 2020. Of course, these were models that are now considered to be a generation old, like the Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy Note 20, and Google Pixel 4.

What about iPhone deals on Prime Day?

We don’t typically see iPhone deals on Amazon Prime Day, and that’s likely to continue in 2021. We’ve spotted one worthwhile deal on an iPhone 12 Mini so far, but iPhone deals are rare to come by on Prime Day. However, last year’s Prime Day saw plenty of deals on other Apple products like AirPods, iPads, and MacBook laptops. Check out our guide to the best iPhone deals to learn more about other non-Prime Day related discounts.

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Amazon Prime Day 2021: The Best Deals To Shop Now

Amazon prime Day 2021

Amazon Prime Day 2021 is finally underway. We’ve been on the clock, gathering and evaluating the latest deals available during Amazon’s Prime-member exclusive event.

Here, we’ve collected the best discounts available from Amazon Prime Day 2021. Our experts have vetted each of the deals highlighted below – because a great price doesn’t mean much if the product on sale is no good. We’ll be updating this post several times per hour with new deals.

You can also get deals directly in your inbox via our newsletters, which you can sign up for by clicking here. For more chances to save, check out our round-up of Amazon’s best Lightning deals and the best competing Prime Day deals from Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.

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