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September 10, 2019

Hasbro has just announced another new version of Monopoly that's sure to spark no terrible hot takes whatsoever.

The game company Tuesday unveiled Ms. Monopoly, which it calls a "celebration of women entrepreneurs and inventors." In it, female players start the game with more money than men and also collect more when passing "go." The front cover declares it "the first game where women make more than men."

This, Hasbro said in a statement to CNN, is a "fun new take on the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men," although the company adds that "if men play their cards right, they can make more money too." Rather than purchasing properties, players will "invest in inventions created by women — things like Wi-Fi and chocolate chip cookies," with the goal being to highlight "iconic things that wouldn't exist without women." This is the first time a new mascot has been on the cover of a game of Monopoly, Hasbro told ABC News.

For the many, many people heavily invested in Monopoly canon, Ms. Monopoly herself is apparently Mr. Monopoly's niece, and a "self-made investment guru." A video to promote the game posted by Hasbro celebrates female inventors, some of whom Hasbro gifts with real, non-Monopoly money while encouraging viewers to "be a game-changer." Naturally, the heartwarming video sparked plenty of angry Twitter replies. This comes after Hasbro's Monopoly Socialism ruffled plenty of feathers late last month.

One of the new tokens in Ms. Monopoly is a watch, which, in a bit of a stretch, Hasbro's Jen Boswinkel told USA Today is because it's "about time for some changes." Ms. Monopoly will be released next week, making it available just in time for some perfectly uncontroversial, non-argumentative family fun this Thanksgiving. Brendan Morrow

August 8, 2019

Samsung is apparently looking to brush its ads calling out Apple for removing the headphone jack from the iPhone under the rug now that it's doing the exact same thing.

The company on Wednesday revealed the Galaxy Note 10, which, like Apple's recent iPhones, has no 3.5 mm headphone jack. This announcement immediately called to mind Samsung's ads making fun of the iPhone for this reason. There was, for instance, a November 2017 commercial in which an iPhone user switches to a Galaxy phone due to a variety of annoyances, including the need to use an adapter to plug in his headphones.

But the subject of that ad now won't find a headphone jack on the Galaxy Note 10, either, and Business Insider observed on Thursday that this commercial has been removed from Samsung's YouTube channel. A follow-up ad from May 2018 that called out the iPhone again is also nowhere to be found.

Samsung has yet to comment on the removal of these ads, although one version of the 2017 one uploaded on the company's Malaysian YouTube account remains online. Inevitably, that video is now being flooded with comments taking note of Wednesday's announcement, with one user writing, "Irony much?" Brendan Morrow

May 12, 2017

Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) just used Trump supporters' favorite line against Hillary Clinton against President Trump. In a tweet Thursday night, Jeffries linked to a New York Times story detailing Trump's alleged efforts to get FBI Director James Comey — whom Trump unceremoniously fired Tuesday — to swear his loyalty, which Jeffries pointed to as "evidence of Trump's effort to obstruct justice."

Jeffries followed that up with a very pointed question:

Trump — who often basked in chants of "Lock her up!" at his rallies — argued that Clinton should serve prison time because of her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Jeffries, among other Democrats, is enraged by Trump's abrupt firing of Comey amid an FBI investigation into Trump's ties to Russia. Also on Thursday night, Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman (Calif.) tweeted that "impeachment will happen" if a "handful of Republicans in Congress join Dems to put country above party." Becca Stanek

August 2, 2016

Sometimes, when you shout into the void, the void shouts back.

Back in May, House Speaker Paul Ryan publicly waffled on endorsing his party's then-presumptive nominee for president, Donald Trump. "I'm just not ready to do that at this point," Ryan said. "I'm not there right now." Ryan eventually endorsed Trump in June, though the two men have disagreed mightily in the months since.

So, naturally, in an interview Tuesday with The Washington Post, Trump refused to endorse Ryan in his Wisconsin primary election. "I'm not quite there yet," Trump told the Post, echoing Ryan's comments this spring. "I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country."

Also in the interview, Trump said he would not be supporting Arizona Sen. John McCain's re-election bid this fall, despite the fact that McCain endorsed him in May. The slight likely stems from McCain's lengthy statement Monday slamming Trump's comments regarding Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim-American soldier who died while serving in Iraq.

Ryan's primary election takes place next Tuesday, and the incumbent has long led the race for his seat. Still, as the Post notes, "Trump's refusal to back Ryan represents an extraordinary breach of political decorum." Read more on the Machiavellian tactics at The Washington Post. Kimberly Alters

August 2, 2016

Since endorsing Donald Trump in February, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has had pretty much only good things to say about the Republican presidential nominee. On Tuesday, however, that came to a screeching halt. Christie announced during a press conference in New Jersey that he found Trump's recent attacks on the Khan family "inappropriate."

Khizr and Ghazala Khan spoke at last week's Democratic convention partly to honor their son, Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim-American soldier who died in combat in Iraq. In Christie's opinion, Trump should've considered the fact that the Muslim couple had lost their son in the line of duty before saying they had "no right" to question his proposed ban on Muslim immigrants. "We need to honor their sacrifice for our country and we need to honor their son's sacrifice for our country," Christie said. "To focus on anything other than that, to me, is missing the point. That's what we should be doing, and any comments that we're making publicly or privately should be with that in mind."

Christie said that because of the Khans' sacrifice, they deserved the chance to say their piece, whether their words were "right or wrong." "My view on this is that the Khans have a right to say whatever it is they want regarding the loss of their son," Christie said. "They have put forward a sacrifice that I cannot fathom as a parent." Becca Stanek

October 6, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) set himself up and Hillary Clinton just couldn't resist. McCarthy's now-infamous Benghazi gaffe in a Fox News interview last week — in which he implied that the House's special Benghazi committee was created to sabotage Clinton — now appears in a Hillary Clinton campaign ad.

In what marks Clinton's first national ad of the cycle, she posits that Republicans "finally admit it." The 30-second spot opens with McCarthy's remark: "Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee. What are her numbers today?"

Clinton then turns the tables. "The Republicans have spent millions attacking Hillary because she's fighting for everything they oppose," the ad's narrator says. "From affordable health care to equal pay, she'll never stop fighting for you, and Republicans know it."

Watch the ad, which will begin airing Tuesday, below. Becca Stanek

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