November 4, 2019

A Fox News poll released Sunday did not have great news for President Trump. His approval rating was 42 percent, with 57 percent of registered voters disapproving of his job performance and 46 percent strongly disapproving. A year before the 2020 election, he is behind all of the top-tier Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden (51 percent to 39 percent), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (46 percent to 41 percent), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (49 percent to 41 percent). Even worse, Trump is losing to Hillary Clinton, who isn't even running, 43 percent to 41 percent.

Since Clinton is not running, it isn't clear why Fox News decided to ask voters to choose between her and Trump. The pollsters noted that the last time they included Clinton in a matchup against Trump was Nov. 3-6, 2016, during which period she was also leading Trump, 46 percent to 42 percent — and also actually running for president. Which, again, she isn't currently.

The poll was conducted Oct. 27-30 under the joint direction of Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). They surveyed 1,040 voters nationwide on cellphones and landlines, and the poll's margin of error is ±3 percentage points. Peter Weber

April 30, 2019

The Sonic the Hedgehog rollout just keeps getting weirder.

The film's first trailer made its debut on Tuesday, showing off even more of the new Sonic after photos of his design previously left fans downright disturbed. The filmmakers are going for a realistic look with this live-action and CGI hybrid film, which means Sonic not only has weirdly human-looking calves but now also disturbingly realistic human teeth. Try getting that shot of Sonic with his mouth wide open out of your head anytime soon.

In another odd choice, the whole trailer is set to "Gangsta's Paradise" of all songs, which Sonic himself listens to as he runs.

The trailer also gives us a look at Jim Carrey's villainous Dr. Robotnik. Carrey looks to be delivering an appropriately over-the-top performance straight out of Ace Ventura or The Mask, complete with that glorious Robotnik mustache.

Sonic the Hedgehog is being released by Paramount Pictures and hits theaters on November 8. Watch the trailer — if you dare — below. Brendan Morrow

April 2, 2019

White supremacist terrorism is on the rise in America, but the Department of Homeland Security might not be doing its best to stop it.

The department once had a group of intelligence analysts devoted to researching domestic terrorism and the white supremacist threats that fall under that designation. But that group has since been "disbanded," and it's causing "significant concern" among officials at DHS, The Daily Beast reports.

Up until President Trump took office, the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis had a branch "focused on the threat from homegrown violent extremists and domestic terrorists," The Daily Beast describes. The whole office then saw significant restructuring under Trump's I&A head David Glawe, who reportedly shut down the domestic terrorism branch and reassigned its analysts elsewhere. Since then, "we've noticed I&A has significantly reduced their production on homegrown violent extremism and domestic terrorism" and has issued far fewer reports, one DHS official said.

This development comes even after an American was charged with killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh Synagogue in October, and after an American man shot at a Republican congressional baseball practice in 2017, among other homegrown terrorism threats. Yet a senior DHS official disputed The Daily Beast's reporting, saying that after the restructuring, the department "actually believe[s] we are far more effective now." DHS also provided a full statement explaining I&A's role, which you can read at The Daily Beast. Kathryn Krawczyk

November 10, 2014

For those who find having to go back and forth between chewing chips and drinking soda too much work, there is now Dewitos: Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew.

A rep for Mountain Dew confirmed to Time that the concoction is being tested at a few colleges and universities: "We are always testing out new flavors of Mountain Dew, and giving our fans a voice in helping decide on the next new product has always been important to us."

The brave souls who tried the neon orange beverage and lived to tweet about it said it was like "liquid cheese" and "actually tasted like Doritos." Next up: Mountain Dew-flavored Doritos? Catherine Garcia

April 29, 2014

If you live in China and haven't finished watching every season of The Big Bang Theory, you're in trouble.

Without warning, the show vanished over the weekend from the popular streaming website Sohu.com. It wasn't the only one; NCIS, The Good Wife, and The Practice also disappeared. It definitely wasn't due to lack of popularity, as The Big Bang Theory has been streamed 1.4 billion times as of this month.

Analysts believe that China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television had something to do with the abrupt pulling of the programs, the Los Angeles Times reports. In March, the TV regulator released a notice stating that people need to be more vigilant in monitoring programs online that might have questionable "erotic, political, or violent" content. It's odd, however, considering American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and Masters of Sex remain online.

China is the No. 1 international box office, with $3.6 billion in ticket sales annually. The television market is quickly growing, too, and the studios believe that by streaming their shows online, piracy will become less of an issue. Having a new revenue stream is a nice added benefit. However, "if there are more restrictions on screening such shows or delaying the shows from being 'live streamed' just after they air in the U.S., the Chinese video websites will lose a lot of viewers," Su Jie, an online video market analyst with Analysts International, tells the Los Angeles Times. The sites will "be hurt financially after losing this high-end audience that has a lot of spending power."

There is no word on when — or if — the The Big Bang Theory will come back to Sohu.com, but reports in China suggest that CCTV, the state-run broadcaster, would like the rights. Catherine Garcia

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