Sarah Silverman blasts US health care system, Brett Kavanagh SCOTUS hearing: 'It's not very American'
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Actress and comedian Sarah Silverman criticized the nation's health care system and blasted the Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS confirmation hearing. (Reuters)
The liberal comedian spoke to Fox News about her take on our nation’s health care system and expressed her disappointment with the direction the country is headed.
“There are certain people that benefit from the country being uneducated and unhealthy. Period,” Silverman, 47, told Fox News last week at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif. “And, if you follow the money, it’s all about money and that’s heartbreaking to me and not very American.”
In January, the funny woman paid the medical bills of a man who made a lewd remark to her on Twitter after he revealed to Silverman that he was sexually assaulted when he was 8. In her comments to Fox News, she said she feels bad for those who aren’t in a position to help themselves.
“When I think about people that can’t afford to get sick. I mean, it’s so expensive to get sick in this First World, incredibly rich, richest-country-in-the-world country,” she lamented.
“Every other First World country takes care of their people. It’s a right, not some privilege for an elite few, and I think money and greed is an addiction. And the people who are the most influential people in our country are sick. They can’t get enough money.”
She continued: “You know, I grew up with my dad telling us paying taxes was a privilege; that being an American and paying taxes it all goes in and then people who don’t have all the opportunities that we have should have all the opportunities that we have.”
The Hulu star said she finds it difficult to understand people "who are not willing to" give up certain things "for the well-being of others."
"You know, my oldest sister, the Rabbi [Susan Silverman], she says we have to ask ourselves what little things are we willing to give up for the well-being of others.”
The “Star Trek: Voyager” alum didn’t stop there. When asked whether she thought people took her politics too seriously as a comedian, Silverman didn't hold back and unleashed a whirlwind of scorn aimed at the nation’s administration as well as at the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court.
“I think that when they agree with people’s politics, they like it. When I feel some way about the right or something – I just made air quotes – I always go like, 'How would I feel if it was the other way around?' That’s how I like to keep myself in check,” she explained.
“I mean, look at this Supreme Court hearing right now; there is not a f--- world where they would allow that if this was a democratic choice and the democratic president was under investigation and everyone from his cabinet was going to jail or making deals."
"Like, are you f--- kidding me? And they don’t ask themselves that? Just basic values; they’re just all on board to toe the company line. Why? Money.”
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September 14, 2018
ecently also made a hugely successful comeback with an iTunes chart-topping single, a well-received album and a sellout tour in the last 18 months.</p><p>Given that the quintet were so popular, there are plenty of old-school performances kicking around online for fans wanting a trip down memory lane.</p><p>And who could forget Faye’s famous dreadlocks in the late 1990s?</p><p>She said in an interview with Attitude in 2014 that she was highly unlikely to style her hair in that way today - probably for the best, given the heightened social awareness around their cultural significance.</p><p>“I had a dream about my dreadlocks the other day! On the last tour that Steps did we were toying with the idea of having a dreaded-wig that just appears,” she said.</p><p>“Oh I don’t know, sometimes I just… No, probably not the dreads [to make a comeback], no.</p><p>“I don’t think I could do the school-run in the morning with the dreads!”</p><p>Steps have sold millions of albums and singles; with their first two albums Step One and Steptacular each thought to have sold over a million copies in the UK alone.</p><p>Their comeback opus, 2017’s Tears on the Dancefloor, has allegedly sold upwards of 100,000 - which is no mean feat in today’s streaming-dominated climate.</p><p>Faye’s Steps bandmate Claire Richards spoke to Express.co.uk earlier this month about her involvement.</p><p>Much criticism has been levied at the likes of Faye and Ashley Roberts for their background in performing arts - but Claire said: “Do you know what, you are gonna be very hard pushed to find someone in this industry that doesn't have dance experience.</p><p>“I went to school with a boy who was a footballer but he went to tap classes.</p><p>“If you're a TV presenter, you probably went to stage school so you did dance… it's the unlikely ones.”</p><p>The married hitmaker went on: “Faye is an obvious target because she is in a band that does dance routines but there's other people that are probably…</p><p>“They're in the industry but they've always wanted to be in the industry so they went to stage school.</p><p>“They're probably more dance trained than people like Faye and me, I haven't had any.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
Avengers 4.</p><p>So many heroes died and fans know that at least some of them need to return because they have their own movies lining up.</p><p>But there was also some key characters absent from Avengers 3, with some of their fates left unaswered.</p><p>Hawkeye is obviously the most prominent Avengers who expected to make a dramatic return in the sequel but a hugely popular new character was on board that Asgardian ship when Thanos attacked. Is she alive and is she part of major new scenes with Thor and even maybe Loki? </p><p>Joe Russo added: “Several Asgardians have escaped. I have gone on record saying Valkyrie has escaped with some of the Asgardians.”</p><p>Thompson was spotted filming scenes last year at Durham Cathedral with a Rocket Raccoon stand-in and Chris Hemsworth. Cate Blanchett had also been rumoured to be on that set.</p><p>This ties in with speculation that Thor may try to open a portal to Hel and make contact with his father, Odin, as well as Loki and Hela.</p><p>Durham Catheral has been used before for scenes set on Asgard as well as Thor's disturbing vision from Age of Ultron.</p><p>If Thompson flew back with Hemsworth to Atlanta, those scenes shot last year might now be in the process of being expanded.</p><p>So much attention has been focussed on theories about time travel or alternate dimensions but Avegers 4 will definitely include more than one major plotline.</p><p>Iron Man, Captain America, Ant-Man and Loki have all been spotted in what appears to be a flashback or time travel scene from Avengers 1.</p><p>But what about Thor? Coudl he be seeking answers to teh Gauntlet from his father in Hel, or teh help of Hela or even to bring his brother Loki back from death? There are even strong arguments that Loki intended Thanos to kill him so that he could get to Hel.</p><p>With Thompson's Valkyrie (kaaka Brunnhilde) potentially involved it raises the tatalising possibility of the armies of dead heroes of Asgard, including all her fallen fellow valkuries, riding back into glorious battle one last time.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> Gwen Stefani shares a touching video of boyfriend Blake Shelton singing to her on Instagram. (Reuters) </p><p>Gwen Stefani can't get enough of Blake Shelton.</p><p>"Pushing my buttons like it ain't no thing/If I'm what she wants, she gets what she wants/The neon's buzzing when she pulls that string/Turning me on like it's her job," Shelton sings as Stefani lovingly gazes at him.</p><p>"I’m so grateful," she captioned the video.</p><p>Earlier in the day, Stefani posted an Instagram Story of herself at one of Shelton's shows. In one clip, she's watching him play the same song.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
ight at a park in Queens, a bicycle ride across the borough from where he grew up.</p><p> The 76-year-old singer picked Flushing Meadows Corona Park to say goodbye, an outdoor show on the first night of autumn. The setlist at recent stops has ranged from his first 1960s hit with ex-partner Art Garfunkel, "The Sound of Silence," to selections from a disc released weeks ago.</p><p> Simon isn't retiring, and hasn't ruled out occasional future performances. But he's said this is his last time out on the road, and he isn't alone among his peers; Elton John and Kiss are also doing goodbye swings.</p><p> A staple of the folk-rock scene with Garfunkel, Simon explored music from around the world as a solo artist, most notably "Graceland" and its African influences. His recent work has been his most musically challenging, and in his new disc he revisits overlooked songs from the past four decades. He's a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member for both stages of his career.</p><p> An often dour performer, Simon has been animated and talkative during the final shows. He seems eager for the freedom that awaits him, said Robert Hilburn, who wrote the biography "Paul Simon: A Life" that was released this spring.</p><p> "The thing that strikes me is that he's been happy, relieved," Hilburn said. "There's a burden off of him."</p><p> During an earlier show in Portland, Oregon, Simon playfully "penalized" himself for flubbing the lyrics to one song by singing an old Simon & Garfunkel hit he confessed to hating: "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)."</p>
or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p>Fox411: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced that they've separated after less than three years of marriage.</p><p>Justin Theroux has opened for the first time about his famous split from ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston, seven months after their breakup. </p><p>“The good news is that was probably the most — I’m choosing my words really carefully — it was kind of the most gentle separation, in that there was no animosity,” he told the Times. “In a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part.”</p><p>Sharing a little bit about what may have created the distance that resulted in the break of the couple's three-year marriage, “These are actually in reality small events that take place. But everything can feel like 10 on the Richter scale if you make the headline big enough and salacious enough.”</p><p>In the interview, Aniston clarified that while her split from her ex was hard, she was not mourning the relationship. </p><p>"It’s pretty crazy. The misconceptions are ‘Jen can’t keep a man,’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career,'” she said. “Or that I’m sad and heartbroken. First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken. And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what’s going on behind closed doors. No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They don’t know what I’ve been through medically or emotionally.”</p><p>Similar to Aniston's feelings about the split, Theroux said that their breakup didn't leave him devastated. </p><p>“Neither one of us is dead, neither one of us is looking to throw hatchets at each other," he clarified. "It’s more like, it’s amicable. It’s boring, but, you know, we respected each other enough that it was as painless as it could be.”</p><p>He continued, “It was heartbreaking only in the sense that the friendship would not be the same, as far as just the day to day. But the friendship is shifting and changing, you know, so that part is something that we’re both very proud of.”</p><p>When Theroux was asked about his post-split dating life, the actor asked, “Is this the part where I coyly raise an eyebrow and not answer the question?”</p><p>At the time of the former couple's split, the actors released a joint statement that read, “In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”</p><p>"She wishes the best for Justin," the insider said. "They had some wonderful times together but are better off going in separate directions."</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> The long-time "Greys" star suggests that she may leave the series after the 16th season. (ABC) </p><p>Creator Shonda Rhimes admitted she's written several series finales for "Grey's," only to have the show continue on.</p><p>"I have no idea now," she confessed of the ultimate "Grey's" swan song.</p><p>"The show's a tremendous money maker, let's be honest. It makes a fortune for everybody and everyone wants to keep it going," Pompeo noted. "Now, it's sort of fun. We're in a contest with ourselves. How long can we keep this going and still have this level of quality."</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
er with such severe damage in her right leg that the nerve had to be removed.</p><p>Kaminski, now a security forces supervisor at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, says the injury was frustrating and painful.</p><p>“I was in an enormous amount of pain,” Kaminski tells NBC News BETTER.</p><p>“After that, I was really depressed,” she says. Kaminski, who lived in New Jersey at the time, said she relied on her family, friends and coworkers to help her move around.</p><p>Stuck on the sofa all day long and feeling “down in the dumps,” the soldier recalled how she would eat “whatever I wanted.”</p><p>After her injury healed, she got a civilian job with a local sheriff’s department in 2015, but got into another car accident that fractured bones in her face and right ankle.</p><p>“And then after that I was like ‘This is enough — I really need to start getting myself back to where I was,’” Kaminski said. “And I really started pressing hard.”</p><p>Kaminski ate breakfast, lunch and dinner — plus three snacks that consisted of all the macro nutrients she needed (protein, carbs and fats), which she tracked through an app on her phone:</p><p>Whereas her former diet of two to three big meals would leave her feeling hungry, she says, consuming smaller meals throughout the day curbed her hunger and helped regulate her metabolism.</p><p>“You’re always eating something,” she says, “so your body is always working.”</p><p>Kaminski says she lost a total of 40 pounds since 2015.</p><p>“But it’s a slow process,” she acknowledged. “You can’t do everything at once because, if you do, then your body is going to crash.”</p><p>Before you completely change your diet or dive into an intense exercise regimen, she recommends easing your way into a slow and steady routine. For example, begin with slowly eliminating the most unhealthy foods from your diet, like soda, she says.</p><p>“Space things out and take it one thing at a time,” Kaminski advises.</p><p>In June, the sergeant proudly completed the military’s 25K Ruck March, a march that required her to carry 25 lbs on their back across a grueling 15 mile stretch. She describes it as her biggest accomplishment.</p><p>While the soldier still deals with chronic leg pain, she says she feels “awesome,” but acknowledges that some days are a lot harder than others.</p>
or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> Karlie Kloss says she wants to look Meghan Markle on her wedding day. (AP) </p><p>Karlie Kloss wants her wedding dress to be fit for a royal, specifically England’s newest duchess.</p><p>“I’m still kind of enjoying the engagement bliss, but I’m definitely somebody who opts for ‘less is more’ when it comes to beauty,” she said. “I love a strong lip or a strong eye, but I would want to keep it more natural. For hair, an updo is pretty logical. Get it out the way, so you can dance and have a good time.”</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> Rihanna named “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary" by Barbados government. (Reuters) </p><p>“Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education. She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home,” Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said in the statement.</p><p>“She has also demonstrated, beyond her success as a pop icon, significant creative acumen and shrewdness in business. It is therefore fitting that we engage and empower her to play a more definitive role as we work to transform Barbados.”</p><p>Having already helped promote tourism to Barbados since 2008, Rihanna will now also promote the country’s education and investment efforts as part of her new responsibilities.</p><p>In the statement, Rihanna was quoted as saying she “couldn’t be more proud” of being given the chance to help shape the future of her home country.</p><p>“I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country,” she said. “Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Mottley and her team to reimagine Barbados.”</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson during 17th Annual People's Choice Awards at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage) (This content is subject to copyright.) </p><p>Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds has continued to be honored by friends and family following his death. </p><p>On Thursday, the actor's ex-wife Loni Anderson and his son, Quinton Anderson, held an "intimate" service to remember the actor at Howard-Quattlebaum Funeral Home in North Palm Beach, Florida, a rep for both Loni and Quinton Anderson told Fox News.</p><p>The private Celebration of Life service was attended by about 80 guests and featured speeches from family and people close to the actor who impacted his life. </p><p>Bobby Bowden, former football coach at Reyonold's alma mater, Florida State University, opened the service with a prayer and shared heartwarming stories of the famous heartthrob's football days. </p><p>Following Bowden, Anderson spoke about her ex-husband and shared personal stories and touching memories of the 12 years she spent with Reynolds. </p><p>Anderson then introduced her and Reynold's son, calling him “our greatest collaboration." Quinton took the floor and spoke highly of his loving father and recalled the days they spent together. </p><p>Quinton and his mother spoke to Fox News just hours after the famous actor died at the age of 82 of cardiac arrest on September 6. </p><p>"Quinton and I are extremely touched by the tremendous outpouring of love and support from friends and family throughout the world," Anderson said in a statement. "Burt was a wonderful director and actor. He was a big part of my life for twelve years and Quinton's father for thirty years. We will miss him and his great laugh."</p><p>Reynolds wed Anderson in 1988. The couple, who adopted Quinton, was married for six years before calling it quits in 1994. </p><p>Notable guests at the Celebration of Life service included Lee Corso, Reynolds' longtime friend and Florida State University roommate, as well as famed quarterback Doug Flutie, who started with the Chicago Bears.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>