Pelosi says she resents question as a Catholic

White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, Sen. Mitt Romney and President Donald Trump listen during a listening session on youth vaping on November 22, 2019.White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, Sen. Mitt Romney and President Donald Trump listen during a listening session on youth vaping on November 22, 2019. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway spoke with reporters at the White House this morning following an appearance on Fox News.

Conway called witnesses at yesterday’s House Judiciary impeachment hearing “a bunch of biased professors who aren’t fact witnesses.”

She criticized one Democratic witness, Professor Pamela Karlan, as someone who “looks her nose down on people I grew up with,” mocking her three degrees from Yale (“Yay!”) and said that “in the comfort of her ivory tower” she was “unimpeachably unimpressive.”

The White House, Conway said, is “very ready” for a Senate trial, noting that legislative affairs director Eric Ueland was on the Hill yesterday and that she’s been present for meetings with some senators.

The Senate process, she argued, “would include live witnesses who have visibility and knowledge into facts.”

She said the Senate should call on the Bidens and Adam Schiff to testify, and, interestingly, said she has a list of Burisma board members on her desk that “maybe” will be called.

It’s “more likely” that White House counsel Pat Cipollone will testify in Senate proceedings, per Conway, but she wouldn’t weigh in on whether Mick Mulvaney, Mike Pompeo, and John Bolton will testify on the Senate side before the articles of impeachment are known.

She strays from her prepared remarks to push back on the ranking Republican, going on to conclude: ‘Trump must be held to account’

President Trump, while in London, did not answer a question today on whether he still has confidence in his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani but did ask why it’s “a big deal” that he made phone calls to the White House.

“So somebody said he made a phone call into the White House? What difference does that make? I don’t know. Is that supposed to be a big deal? I don’t think so,” Trump said.

“Rudy’s a great gentlemen and they’re after him only because he’s done such a good job. He was very effective against Mueller and the Mueller hoax,” Trump continued.

Why this matters: In the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report released Tuesday new phone records were uncovered showing a web of communications between Giuliani, his associate Lev Parnas, Congressman Devin Nunes, and the White House budget’s office.

Trump was asked earlier why Giuliani would call OMB specifically, but he only said: “I don’t really know.”

In a press conference with Emmanuel Macron, Trump repeats an assertion that has been contradicted by Trump’s own officials

President Trump, while meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the NATO summit in London, attacked House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, calling the Democrat a “deranged,” “sick” and a “maniac.”

Trump was asked about Schiff, who is the chair the House Committee that had been conducting hearings in the impeachment inquiry, at the news conference moments ago, where both American and foreign journalists were present.

“I think he’s a maniac,” Trump said. “I think Adam Schiff is a deranged human being. I think he grew up with a complex for lots of reasons that are obvious.”

Trump continued to attack Schiff, claiming that he “made up” the President’s conversation with Ukraine’s leader — a call that’s at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

Representative Adam Schiff makes a closing statement during an impeachment inquiry hearing on Capitol Hill in November. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty ImagesRepresentative Adam Schiff makes a closing statement during an impeachment inquiry hearing on Capitol Hill in November. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images

“I think he’s a very sick man. And he lies. Adam Schiff made up my conversation with the president of Ukraine,” Trump said. “We have a perfectly beautiful three or four-page transcription and in the other case a two-page transcription of the conversation.”

Trump continued: “This guy is sick. He made up the conversation. He lied. If he didn’t do that in the halls of Congress, he’d be thrown in a jail.”

Some background here: Trump has repeatedly claimed that Schiff “lied” about his call with Ukraine’s president.

At a hearing in September, Schiff mentioned the Trump-Ukraine call, but said he would outline “the essence of what the President communicates,” not provide “the exact transcribed version of the call.” You can read CNN’s full fact check here.

Trump criticizes Democrats for holding an impeachment hearing during his NATO trip

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President Trump slammed House Democrats for scheduling an impeachment hearing during his upcoming trip to London for the NATO summit.

“The Democrats, the radical left Democrats, the do nothing Democrats decided that when I’m going to NATO, this was set up a year ago, that when I’m going to NATO, this is the exact time – this is one of the most important journeys that we make as President,” Trump said as he left the White House for London.

“And for them to be doing this, saying this and putting an impeachment on the table, which is a hoax…” Trump said, before pivoting to argue that the impeachment proceedings had united Republicans.

“It really a great thing in some ways but in other ways, it’s a disgrace,” he said.

Trump was asked why he chose not to send a White House lawyer to the House Judiciary hearing on Wednesday, despite an offer from Chairman Nadler to allow the White House to do so.

“Because the whole thing is a hoax, everybody knows it,” Trump said. 

The President referred repeatedly to the comments Ukrainian President Zelensky made in a recent interview with a German publication, in which he again denied he was facing a quid pro quo from Trump.

“All you have to do is look at the words of the Ukrainian president, which he just issued,” Trump said.

People are choking. Orangutans are dying. Yet this is no ordinary fire — it was lit for you.

Kalimantan, Indonesia (CNN) — Deep within the jungles of Indonesian Borneo, illegal fires rage, creating apocalyptic red skies and smoke that has spread as far as Malaysia and Singapore.

People are choking. Animals are dying.

This is no ordinary fire. It was lit for you.

Farmers are clearing land the fastest way they know how to cash in on growing demand for palm oil, which is used in half of all supermarket products, from chocolate to shampoo.

They’re not only burning the forest, they’re destroying the peatlands that lie beneath it — the world’s largest natural terrestrial carbon sink.

Fire data by NASA FIRMS, NRT VIIRS 375m Active Fire product, for all of September 2019. Map credit:©HERE

Experts say the annual infernos have ignited a climate bomb with disastrous consequences for the world in years to come.

And the fires will keep burning, they say, until Western consumers say no.

An overview of this feature

Firefighters work in tropical heat, breathing toxic air, for as little as $8 a day.

Some fires are so remote they must travel more than an hour in wooden boats loaded with equipment, then hike several miles through the jungle.

At the fire front, they dig makeshift wells and rig up generators to pump water to douse the flames.

“We are fighting here almost two weeks already … stay in here, sleep in here,” Krisyoyo, leader of a patrol team with the Center for International Sustainable Tropical Peatland (CIMTROP) says, as he hoses down flames. “The fire (is) coming I think from humans,” says Krisyoyo, who like many Indonesians only goes by one name.

About 9,000 firefighters were deployed to fight the fires on the ground this summer.

Indonesian firefighters attempt to dampen the jungle blaze. Credit: Rebecca Wright/CNN

Helicopters are bombing them from above.

CNN boarded a Soviet-designed Mi-8 helicopter for a water-bombing mission near the epicenter of the fires over Central Kalimantan.

Ukrainian pilot Ivan Kravchenko hovered his aircraft over the Kahayan River and scooped up 4,000 liters of water in a giant bucket hanging from a hole in the floor of the chopper. It was then dumped on the flames — a process repeated dozens of times during our flight.

Kravchenko is one of a team of specialist pilots, many of whom have been brought in from Kazakhstan and Ukraine, who fly up to three missions a day.

“Whole time dangerous,” says Kravchenko. “Because it’s all flight at low altitude and sometimes in bad visibility, so we need to be very careful.”

They can never be sure if the fire is out.

Fires smolder deep underground in thick layers of dead plant matter –- peatlands — and can reignite almost as soon as they’re extinguished.

“When they start burning, it feels like a losing battle,” says Alpius Patanan, head of the local emergency operations division.

These fires were ignited by humans, but can only be put out by nature.

“My hope is rain will be coming faster, and rain hard,” Krisyoyo says. “Hopefully our forest (will) still (be) standing, for the future.”

At the peak of the fires in September, the sky turned orange.

“It was just like science fiction,” says Dr Kevin Sutrapura from Palangkaraya Hospital, the main hospital in Central Kalimantan.

“It’s always like an orange filter, everything is orange … it was dark here, like 12 o’clock in the afternoon, it feels like 5 p.m.”

This summer, nearly 920,000 people were treated for acute respiratory problems caused by the fires, according to the Indonesia’s disaster agency.

“People were coming, panicking,” says Sutrapura.

“We decided to open an oxygen house, where people could start to use oxygen, in there we could screen which ones are the patients who need another type of advanced medical care.”

Many of the people who needed treatment came from small villages.

An emergency worker douses his eyes with water to protect them from the thick haze. Credit: Rebecca Wright/CNN

Palm oil may be exposing many in this developing country of 264 million people to severe health risks.

Yet it’s also bringing wealth.

“Before I grew palm fruit, I couldn’t afford to often feed chicken to my children,” says Talan, an oil palm farmer from Berau, East Kalimantan. “(Now) I can feed them different foods including chicken. I can also afford to buy appliances like a TV and a refrigerator.”

Talan is one of the smallholders that make up around 40% of Indonesia’s palm oil producers.

He farms two hectares of land with a total of 400 oil palm trees, which he harvests twice a month.

He says he has quadrupled his monthly earnings to $400, compared to when he farmed rice or rubber a decade ago.

Village chief Surya Emi Susianthi says palm oil has transformed the entire community.

“Years ago, many here did not have cars and their children did not go to school because they couldn’t afford to pay school fees,” Susianthi says.

“But after growing palm trees, they can buy cars, build good houses and put their children in school.”

Borneo is home to one of the world’s oldest rainforests.

It’s a living, breathing natural history museum filled with 15,000 plants, 420 types of bird and 222 mammals — many of them unique to Borneo.

The known inhabitants include pygmy elephants, clouded leopards, sun bears, mouse deer, flying fox bats, pangolins, and most famous of all, the Bornean orangutan.

One of the closest genetic relatives to humans, these great apes share 97% of our DNA.

Orangutan even translates to ‘man of the forest’ in Indonesian.

“Orangutans are incredible animals in many ways, they’re very human-like,” says Mark Harrison, a Co-Director for the Borneo Nature Foundation who studied orangutans for a PhD.

“They have very complicated social lives and they’re really intelligent animals.”

But these precious mammals are now one of the most critically endangered species on the planet.

Sources: Orangutan distribution: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2019-2. Downloaded Nov. 19, 2019. Deforestation: University of Maryland, Google, USGS and NASA analysis of satellite imagery; Global Forest Watch

Popi arrived at the Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) when she was a few weeks old.

The charity, in Berau, East Kalimantan, is Indonesia’s only orangutan rehabilitation center founded and run by local staff.

Many of the rescued animals are victims of deforestation, including Popi.

“Popi is too lazy today. She just wants to play with the human,” release handler Nursanti says, as she nudges the baby orangutan up a tree trunk in the forest.

Almost every day, the staff escort the orangutans into the jungle for what they term “forest school,” so they can learn how to climb trees, find food and make nests.

The aim is for successful pupils to graduate to “college” — COP’s orangutan island on the nearby Kelay River.

Handler Nursanti carries a young orangutan. The Center for Orangutan Protection helps rescued animals learn vital life skills in the wild. Credit: Rebecca Wright/CNN

There, they are left alone, but regularly fed and monitored, and if they adapt well, they will eventually be released into the wild.

CNN takes a trip to orangutan island on a long, narrow, motorized canoe.

There, we find Michelle, an eight-year-old female who was released onto the island in May. She is not doing well.

She lumbers towards our boat when we come near, and appears to want to interact with us. But orangutans don’t like water, so she quickly edges away from the shoreline.

Later, we see her swinging in the trees. Her handlers say she usually spends too much time on the ground for an arboreal species, and she relies mostly on them to bring her food.

It’s dangerous for orangutans to be too tame.

“The predator is not only the animal but also the human,” Nursanti says. “Sometimes we try to make them afraid, then they can survive.”

“Last year we found an orangutan hit with 130 bullets,” says COP Director Ramadhani, who goes by one name.

The orangutan was found by villagers in East Kutai, in East Kalimantan. It was taken for treatment to the Kutai National Park in nearby Bontang, but died of its injuries.

At the local district court, authorities say the four accused in the case were each found guilty and sentenced to seven months in prison and fines of 50 million rupiah (about US$ 3,500). But then the fine was replaced by two months in jail, making a total sentence of nine months each.

Some of the orangutans arrive with bullet wounds inflicted by farmers who see them as pests. Credit: Center for Orangutan Protection

In Indonesia, it’s illegal to kill orangutans — punishable by up to five years in prison and a 100 million rupiah fine ($7,100). But Ramadhani says the penalties are too weak to act as a deterrent.

He says the orangutans’ real enemy is palm oil.

“Please no more. Just stop it,” Ramadhani says of the forest-clearing operations. “I think it’s enough palm oil in here.”

“My dream is in 20 years, I bring my daughter, (and) go to the forest,” he says, his eyes welling up with tears. “Real forest where they can eat fruit, they can see the animals, real animals, not in a zoo. I want my daughter to see that.”

A different sort of human threat to the orangutan habitat may also be on the horizon: the planned move of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta — the fastest-sinking city on earth, due to rising sea levels — to a largely unsettled part of Borneo in East Kalimantan.

The government says the development will not harm the environment, but campaigners are concerned.

“There needs to be a very clear policy and implementation (on) how to reduce the impact of having that new capital,” says Annisa Rahmawati, a forest campaigner for Greenpeace Indonesia. “There is a potential natural reserve in there, (which) will be destroyed and damaged.”

Indonesia is in the midst of a modern-day gold rush.

In less than 20 years, the country’s palm oil exports have surged almost 1,500% to $20.7 billion in 2017. It’s now the country’s number one export.

Indonesia supplies more than half of the world’s palm oil.

Each of us is estimated to consume 17 pounds (8 kilograms) of it per year.

Palm oil is used in around half of all products found in supermarkets, including margarine, ice cream, pizza and soap. In parts of Africa and Asia, it is also widely used as a cooking oil.

Palm oil production surged over the last 50 years as global demand grew, with farmers attracted to its high crop yields. Credit: CNN

Driving through the once pristine landscape of Indonesian Borneo, the devastation wrought by palm oil plantations begins to hit home.

For hours, we pass by miles and miles of uniform rows of oil palms, and we’re regularly overtaken by large trucks steaming past piled high with palm fruits, or carrying the crude oil.

Palm oil originated in Africa and was brought to Indonesia and Malaysia during the colonial era.

It has become known as a wonder crop for tropical climates, due to its versatility and high yield compared to other vegetable oils like soy, coconut or sunflower.

Increasingly, palm oil is being used for biofuels, driven by climate policies encouraging the use of planet-friendly alternatives to oil and gas.

But in reality, palm oil biodiesel emits three times more carbon emissions than fossil fuel diesel, when you take into account its other environmental costs, according to the European Federation for Transport and the Environment, citing a 2016 Globiom study.

Despite this, many countries use palm oil biodiesel to count towards their targets under the Paris Climate Agreement.

Though bio-energy accounts for only a small percentage of palm oil use, its environmental impact is considered a growing risk. Credit: CNN

The EU has now started phasing out this type of biofuel, until it becomes more sustainable and does not cause deforestation.

Indonesia plans to contest this ruling at the World Trade Organization.

The size and scale of the palm oil industry, and its impact on public health and the environment, is now causing alarm bells even among industry insiders.

“It’s now way out of our control in Indonesia,” says Tiur Rumondang, Indonesia Country Director for the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). “I think it’s because we just let them grow organically, without a very clear plan.”

The RSPO, a global sustainable certification body, was created in 2004 in response to growing criticism of the palm oil industry.

“Our goal is to transform the market, to make the sustainable palm oil a norm,” Rumondang says.

A mountain of raw oil palm fruit awaits processing at a plantation. Credit: Tom Booth

The RSPO prohibits its members from starting land clearance fires and from planting on peatlands, and monitors plantations using satellite technology.

Currently, the RSPO only represents a fifth of the industry in Indonesia, and often the non-certified companies flout the regulations, Rumondang says.

Despite the extent of this year’s crisis, there is still no sense of urgency within the industry to make big changes, so the fires are likely to keep happening, she warns.

The government is sending mixed messages.

In September 2018, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who is known as Jokowi, imposed a moratorium on new palm oil plantations using government land, and established a peatland restoration agency.

Source: David Gaveau, CIFOR; Borneo Atlas

Yet this summer, in the midst of the forest fires, the government mandated an increase in the use of palm oil blended with diesel to make biofuel for the domestic market, to reduce oil import costs.

Indonesia’s biodiesel production is expected to increase 43% to 8 billion liters in 2019, a USDA report says.

Despite that, the President says restoration of the forests is a key priority.

“Of course, the replanting of forests will be pushed, especially for conserved areas,” he said. “In the next five years, we will focus on this, so that forests in Indonesia can be protected from destruction.”

Two barefoot suspects walk into the room dressed in orange jumpsuits, their faces covered by balaclavas to protect their identity.

They are among 228 people arrested in six provinces affected by fire this summer, according to figures from the Indonesian police.

The men are accused of starting fires in the city of Palangkaraya, in Central Kalimantan, and agreed to speak to CNN on condition of anonymity.

One of the men says he was burning grass cuttings near his home and later doused the fire with water, convinced he had put it out.

Local police say the fire continued to burn deep underground on peatland and three days later, it had wiped out around 10 hectares of land.

“On the outside, on the surface, it’s snuffed out, but underground the ember was still burning,” says Edie Sutaata, Adjunct Police Commissioner with Palangkaraya Police. “It took weeks for the fire to be completely extinguished.”

Men accused of starting fires in Palangkaraya, in Central Kalimantan. Offenders can face up to 10 years in prison. Credit: Ivan Watson/CNN

The second prisoner said he started a fire to clear some land in order to build a new hut.

“I made a little fire. It immediately spread,” he said, adding that the punishment of 10 years in prison is too harsh for accidental cases.

“I didn’t create that much of a fire,” he says. “It was just so I could build a hut. And it’s on my own land.”

A lack of intent is not a defense, Sutaata says. “If someone through negligence causes a fire that endangers the public, the act is considered a crime.”

Better public awareness is needed to prevent small fires such as these being started, he says. Education is also needed on a provincial level to warn people of the risks.

“Every time we are lax about public education and law enforcement, the people will start burning the forest and the land again,” Hendra Rohmawan, the Grand Commissioner of Central Kalimantan Police says.

Offenders can be fined up to 10 billion rupiah ($700,000) and face up to 10 years in prison.

“Forest fire is a serious crime,” says Rasio Ridho Sani, Director General of Law Enforcement for Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry tells CNN.

Trucks drive down a highway with lush jungle on one side and burnt remains on the other. Credit: Tom Booth

Sani says the government has multiple ways of targeting companies accused of starting the fires. After the forest fire crisis in 2015, a special taskforce was created to help preserve the forests.

Since then, 21 cases were brought to court, three palm oil companies have had their licenses revoked, and 64 administrative sanctions have been imposed.

“We hope that our intensive effort in law enforcement, using administration sanctions, civil lawsuits and also criminal law, will create deterrent effects,” Sani says.

The problem is, they aren’t.

The courts have ruled on nine of the court cases so far, handing out a total of $250 million in fines. But Sani admits that only one fine has actually been paid.

“All the companies that were taken to court and had a guilty verdict, they’re not paying the sanctions to government,” says Ratri Kusumohartono from Greenpeace Indonesia. “It accomplishes nothing, it doesn’t give them (a) deterrent effect on why they should stop burning and stop draining peatlands.”

“What we need (is) the total change in how to enforce the current laws.”

Tiur Rumondang, Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil

A government audit this year found that 81% of palm oil plantations broke regulations, including encroaching on protected areas and failing to meet national sustainability standards.

“What we need (is) the total change in how to enforce the current laws,” says Rumondang from RSPO.

“If we just do it halfway, we should always expect this forest and land fire in the future. We need to change everything, not only RSPO, but also the local government, not only Indonesia but also other countries.”

The problem of palm oil is not isolated to Indonesia.

It comes back to the global companies buying the oil, and the choices of consumers.

It comes back to you.

New analysis by Greenpeace in its report ‘Burning Down the House’ accuses international companies including Unilever, Mondelez, Nestle and several others of using suppliers linked to thousands of this year’s fires. Some of the suppliers are also under public investigation for starting illegal fires, the report says.

“Companies have created a facade of sustainability, but the reality is that they source from the very worst offenders across the board,” says Annisa Rahmawati, a forest campaigner from Greenpeace Indonesia. “The companies responsible for the fires and those who financially benefit from them should be held accountable for these environmental atrocities and the devastating health impacts caused by the fires.”

US snack maker Mondelez International, which uses palm oil in products such as Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, requires suppliers to “convert their entire supply chain” to “sustainable practices,” a spokesperson tells CNN.

“We will take action against verified fire allegations and any producers shown to be part of groups we’ve previously excluded,” the spokesperson says. “These new cases highlight the urgent need for sector-wide monitoring to provide one source of verified data about deforestation by palm oil plantation companies.”

Nestle, which uses palm oil in Kit Kat bars, is “deeply concerned about the forest fires in Indonesia” and is “strongly opposed to deforestation,” a spokesperson says.

“We are currently investigating and verifying occurrences of land cleared through burning,” the Nestle spokesperson says. “We will immediately cease sourcing from any supplier found to be linked to any deforestation activity. Ten suppliers have already been removed from the Nestle palm oil supply chain for not complying.”

A fire burns in the Borneo jungle. Failure to protect the rainforests could result in a devastating environmental casualty. Credit: Rebecca Wright/CNN

Consumer goods giant Unilever — which uses palm oil products in toiletries such as Dove and Lux soaps — has been “leading efforts to end deforestation,” a spokesperson says.

“In relation to previous concerns, we have already suspended sourcing from a number of suppliers mentioned in the report,” the spokesperson says. “We are currently reviewing the full list of companies to understand any possible links to our extended supply chain and, in line with our palm oil policy, will take any appropriate action.”

In Indonesia, the dry season and the wait for precious rains is finally coming to an end, but the cost of this summer’s crisis to the environment and the local population is being laid bare. The failure to protect the rainforests known as Asia’s Amazon — a vital set of lungs for the planet — could result in one of the world’s most devastating environmental casualties in the quest for profit and human consumption.

Black Friday 2019: All the best deals you can still shop today

Procrastinators, rejoice! Black Friday has come and gone, but many deals are here to stay. If you missed out on some of the shopping from yesterday’s major sales, you’re in luck. Quite a few retailers have kept the discounts going through the weekend, so you can still score big savings on the stuff you need.

We’ve rounded up all the Black Friday sales that are still happening. Brands and retailers are listed alphabetically and grouped together by category, so you can easily find what you need. But even though waiting worked out for you once, don’t take too much longer to buy what you need. Time is running out on these great deals. And to stay up to date throughout the season, sign up for our twice-weekly email newsletter here.

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  • Calpak: Take 15% off some of the most stunning luggage and travel accessories we’ve ever laid eyes on.
  • Carbon38: Use code CYBER30 for 30% off the site’s Give Thanks Edit, which includes best-sellers like the glossy, perfect for every occasion Takara leggings.
  • Carhartt: Carhartt’s workwear is durable, yet on trend. And for Black Friday, you can save 25% on gear, including Full Swing, gloves, footwear, bags, socks, and more.
  • Champion: From gym class to streetwear, comfy, cool tees, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and more are still discounted for the brand’s Black Friday Sale. Take 10% off orders of $100 or more, 15% off $150 and 20% off $200 or more. Us offer code FEAST.
  • Charles & Keith: Select styles from Charles & Keith are up to 50% off, plus a bunch of holiday-ready, full-price items are 20% off.
  • Coach: Get 50% off select best-sellers from Coach, plus 30% off even more styles using promo code SAVE30.
  • Columbia: Almost everything is on sale at Columbia, so you can pick up a new parka to take you through the coming cold months. When you spend $100, you get a $20 gift card to use between December 6 and December 24, prime holiday shopping time.
  • Charlotte Tilbury: Take 30% off a selection of the brand’s beloved products and holiday bundles.
  • Chinese Laundry: The consistently trendy shoe brand is offering a 30% discount sitewide through December 1, with code HOLIDAY. There are exclusions, however, so make sure you grab a pair that’s Black Friday-friendly.
  • Cole Haan: A selection of styles is up to 60% off for Black Friday, and the rest of the brand’s high quality shoes, outerwear and accessories is 30% off. Plus get an extra 10% off your purch ase with code BF10.
  • Colgate: This at-home whitening treatment (perfect for sensitive teeth or gums) is down to its lowest price ever.
  • Colourpop: Beloved by makeup artists and YouTubers alike, Colourpop is offering 30% off sitewide through December 3. We love the brand’s latest Disney collection.
  • CoverFX: Through December 1, the makeup brand known for its excellent primers and palettes is offering 30% off sitewide with the code BESTFRIDAY, plus free ground shipping.
  • Dagne Dover: Take 20% off everything
  • Draper James: The Southern-inspired fashion brand founded by Reese Witherspoon is offering 25% off sitewide, including sale items, with code GRATEFUL.
  • Drunk Elephant: Take 20% off everything at Drunk Elephant. Yes, even perfect-for-gifting sets and bundles are included.
  • Dyson: You can get the coveted Supersonic Hair Dryer, plus two gifts of your choice — ranging from a stand to a chic carrying case — for just $399.99. At Nordstrom, you can get the red gift edition of the Supersonic Hair Dryer with its own presentation case — a $459 value — for just $399, plus free shipping.
  • EBags: Save up to 70% on high-quality luggage and travel accessories from eBags. Use code CYBER.
  • Eileen Fisher: Through December 2, over 500 already marked-down styles are an extra 20% off.
  • Express: Everything is 50% off for Black Friday, plus free shipping, through December 2.
  • Fanatics: Use promo code GOALS to show your team spirit and get 65% off.
  • Foreo: Get up to 40% off some of sleekest skin care tools and devices we’ve ever seen. We’re looking specifically at the Luna line, a collection of silicone electric facial cleansing devices that work to exfoliate, cleanse and lift your skin.
  • Forever 21: Right now,take 30% off your purchase + extra 50% off. Code: BLKFRIYAY
  • Fossil: Use code INTHEBAG to take advantage of Black Friday savings through December 1, with some products offered at 50% off their original price.
  • Franco Sarto: Through December 2, the Italian-inspired leather shoe brand is offering 40% off sitewide with code FRANCOHOLIDAY40, which means many of its surprisingly affordable ankle booties are now less than $100. The brand also offers a wide selection of wide calf boots.
  • Frank and Oak: Code BF30 gets you 30% off everything (except gift cards and outerwear) through December 3. Best of all, for every order placed before Cyber Monday, the clothing brand will be planting a tree in the Amazon in partnership with One Tree Planted.
  • J.Crew: Take 40% off using the code FRIDAY.
  • Jack Rogers: Get 30% off sitewide with the code BF2019, with plenty of shoe styles now less than $50, through November 30.
  • Kate Spade: Use code TGIBF for 40% off everything.
  • Kenneth Cole: Take 50% off sitewide and up to 65% off outerwear, perfect for the colder months.
  • Lacoste: Take 40% off all your favorite alligator-adorned apparel, plus free shipping, with code 40FRIDAY.
  • Lancome: Lancome’s Friend’s & Family sale is on, which means you can take 20% off your order, plus free shipping.
  • Levi’s: Everything is 40% off for Indigo Friday. Use promo code INDIGO.
  • L’Occitane: Treat your skin to major savings on beauty doorbusters, and unlock two free gifts with code THANKFUL.
  • Loft: Snag 50% off sitewide with code FRIYAY. And with substantial plus-size and petite sections, there’s something for everyone.
  • Lord & Taylor: The department store is offering a range of promotions for Black Friday, including $100 off a $200+ purchase with code FRIDAY and $20 off your $100+ beauty purchase with promo code BEAUTY. Not to mention, styles across all categories are 50% to 80% off through December 1.
  • Lucky Brand: Take 50% off everything sitewide, with a 40% discount also taken on shoes and a 60% discount on Next Level Deals, now through November 30.
  • Lululemon: Flex your shopping muscles at Lululemon’s Black Friday event, where athleisure favorites, including leggings, sports bras and gym bags, are all on sale.
  • Madewell: Take 30% off your purchase using the code GIFTWELL through December 1.
  • Marc Jacobs: Marc Jacobs is taking 40% off all Marc-downs and 50% off select handbags. Plus, sweatshirts are going for just $95.
  • Mejuri: Mejuri usually doesn’t do sales, but the cult-favorite jewelry retailer is offering savings for Black Friday this year with 10% off one item, 15% off two, and 20% off three — no promo code required.
  • Mr Porter: Save on the most coveted fashions for guys with 30% off through Cyber Monday. Nearly 1,000 styles are marked down, and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout.
  • MZ Wallace: Use code GIFTJOY for a free Small Metro Pouch (a $45 value) with any purchase of $250 or more.
  • Naadam: Use code BF30 for 30% off some of the softest (and sustainable) cashmere on the market.
  • Nike: Up to 50% off sale styles with code SEASONMVP.
  • Nisolo: Nisolo is offering their Black Friday discount, featuring 20% off sitewide with the code EXTRA20.
  • Nordstrom Rack: Discounts on brands like Nike, Tumi, Frye and more throughout the weekend, with new flash sales cropping up each day.
  • Outdoor Voices: The internet-favorite workout brand is taking 25% sitewide, in-store and online, through December 2nd. Take 25% off select legging styles with code LEGGINGS25.
  • Paravel: Take 25% off everything from this travel brand, excluding travel kits, with promo code DOMINOFRIDAY.
  • Peach & Lily: The beauty retailer that specializes in K-beauty is offering 30% off sitewide using code PEACH2019 with exclusions.
  • Perry Ellis: The luxe menswear brand is offering 40% off sitewide in addition to tons of doorbusters, going on now. Take an extra 10% off your purchase with code EXTRA10.
  • Petite Studio: Our favorite purveyor of the most incredible clothing for petite women is offering 25% off sitewide with code BF25OFF.
  • Puma: Through December 2, hundreds of items are 50% off with the code HALFOFF, including many popular basketball shoes.
  • Ray-Ban: Score new shades at up to 50% off with new deals every day.
  • Rebecca Minkoff: This stunning (yet perfect for everyday) tote is under $100 right now, 50% off its original price of $198.
  • Reformation: Starting Friday, you can take 30% off some of the most stylish, high quality clothing beloved by celebrities and Instagram influencers alike.
  • Tatcha: Choose a card and earn a mystery gift, now through December 1.
  • The Body Shop: Take 40% off sitewide, 50% off seasonal items and 25% off the brand’s huge selection of gifts through December 4.
  • The North Face: Get 25% off select items online through Cyber Monday.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: When you spend $150 at the department store, you’ll be rewarded with a $75 gift card, and that’s easy to do with up to 50% off designer styles. Use code GIF19SF.
  • Sam Edelman: Save 30% off select items using the code SAM2019. There’s no better time to finally purchase those winter boots you’ve been eyeing.
  • Senreve: You’ll be saving in more than one way when you shop at the super gorgeous, luxury bag brand Senreve this Black Friday. With any purchase of $500 or more, you’ll get a gift, valued up to $195. You’ll also receive a free chain with any Belt Bag purchase (valued at $95) in addition to everything being 100% tax- and duty-free.
  • Get up to 60% off select styles and save an additional 30% with the code THANKS19.
  • Skagen: At the minimalist watch brand Skagen, a selection of its watches and hybrid smartwatches starts at $39.99, with other accessories starting at just $9.99.
  • Soko Glam: The beauty retailer, which stocks cult favorites like Then I Met You and CosRX, is hosting a 30% off sitewide sale and taking 65% off select items with code BLACKFRIDAY19.
  • Space NK: It’s buy one, get one half off at Space NK, so load up on some of the most coveted products from the best beauty brands.
  • Spanx: Take 20% off everything, just make sure you act fast before the best-sellers sell out.
  • Steve Madden: Step into 25% off. Reward members get an even larger discount, and it’s free to sign up — with code BF2019.
  • Stuart Weitzman: Save up to 60% on the classy footwear from Stuart Weitzman with code SWTHANKFUL.
  • Sweaty Betty: One of our favorite brands of high quality activewear is offering 30% off with promo code CHEERS.
  • Tarte Cosmetics: Use code WEEKEND and snag 25% off palettes, skin care sets, brushes and much more.
  • Thakoon: Get 30% off everything from chunky sweaters to chic dresses through December 1.
  • Tie up a deal on a new tie for a guy in your life with 45% off $150+, 35% off $100+ and 25% off $50+, using promo code DEALWEEK.
  • Toms: Use code THANKFUL for 30% off any item through December 2.
  • Topshop: Snag up to 50% off select styles and enjoy free shipping worldwide.
  • Tory Burch: Take 30% off purchases of $250 or more and up to 60% off sales style with promo code THANKS at the brand’s Holiday Event.
  • Ugg: If your closet is lacking in cozy footwear, head over to the Ugg Closet, which has opened up to reveal deals on some of the brand’s classic boots, sneakers, flats and slippers.
  • Untuckit: 25% off sitewide through December 1, and combined savings of up to 50%.
  • Urban Outfitters: Buy one, get one 50% off sitewide. The discount is taken at checkout on the lower priced item.
  • Vince Camuto: The ultra-chic shoe and accessory brand is offering 40% off its entire site with code WEEKEND40 through December 3, with various styles of boots up to 50% off. Free shipping on orders $50+.
  • Vincero Watches: Take 15% off all orders and 20% off orders of $200 or more. There’s no better time (or place) to stock up on a luxurious yet affordable watch for any person in your life.
  • Vineyard Vines: Take 40% off favorite styles and 25% off sale items with code BLACKFRI19.
  • White and Warren: Get cozy this Black Friday with 25% off sitewide until December 2.
  • Wild One: Through Dec. 2, receive a free bandana (very cute on both dogs and humans) with any purchase of $50 or more at Wild One, one of the most stylish pet brands we’ve ever seen. All Beds and Commuter Carriers are also 50% off through the weekend.
  • Zappos: Save on thousands of shoes, clothing, accessories and more at Zappos this Black Friday.

Home and health

  • 23andMe: Up to 50% off Health + Ancestry kits. Sale ends December 2.
  • Ancestry®: Get 50% off the Ancestry®DNA kit and subscription service.
  • BarkBox: Start that tail wagging. Your first BarkBox is just $5 for Bark, oops, Black Friday with any multimonth subscription.
  • Bear Mattress: Take 25% off your purchase and receive two free Cloud Pillows with the code GIFT through December 2.
  • Birch: Use code BF200 for $200 off a new Birch mattress, a brand loved for its use of natural and organic materials.
  • Birch Lane: The furniture and decor brand’s Black Friday savings continue with an extra 25% off plus free shipping with code SAVEBIG.
  • Boll & Branch: Upgrade your bedding, bathroom basics and even loungewear with 25% off orders of $150 or more.
  • Brooklinen: One of the internet’s favorite bedding brands, Brooklinen is offering 20% off sitewide.
  • Casper: One of our top bed-in-a-box mattress brands is offering 15% off any mattress order until December 2.
  • Cocoon by Sealy: Not only will you get 25% off your purchase of any Chill Mattress, you’ll also receive a free DreamFit Sheet Set and two DreamFit Pillows.
  • Crane & Canopy: Take 20% off everything from bedding, to bath linens, to decor with promo code BESTDAY. It’s all on sale at Crane & Canopy’s biggest sale of the year.
  • Dyson: Up to 50% off select best-sellers on Amazon
  • GE Lighting: Get 30% off all C by GE products at Best Buy this Black Friday. That includes smart bulbs, smart switches and much more.
  • Hayneedle: Top-rated bar stools are up to 60% off, gardening and decor are up to 50% off, and Christmas trees are seriously discounted. Plus, get free shipping for all orders over $49.
  • Helix: Use the code BF100 for $100 off any mattress purchase and two free Dream Pillows.
  • Hydro Flask: You don’t need to be a VSCO girl to use one of the best water bottles on the market. At Nordstrom, a 32-ounce wide mouth Hydro Flask in black or white is 25% off.
  • Joss & Main: Take 70% off rugs, 65% off beds and headboards, and up to 60% off big-ticket items like sofas.
  • Le Creuset: Save up to 40% on nonstick cookware, and signature skillets now $70 off. Don’t forget your free gift with $200 purchase. Use code GIFT.
  • Lovesac: Are you sitting down? Because the deals at Lovesac might knock you off your feet. Save up to 35% on Sactionals, 30% off Sacs, and 35% off Holiday Sac Bundles.
  • Lowe’s: Hundreds of Black Friday deals, from appliances to tools and smart home and bath.
  • Mattress Firm: Now through November 29, snag a king mattress for the price of a queen, and a queen mattress for the price of a twin, with savings of up to $600.
  • Nectar: Take $100 off any mattress purchase and receive two free Memory Foam pillows.
  • Petco: Don’t forget about your four-legged friends on Black Friday. Petco is offering 10% off when you buy online or pick up in store, plus a $10 eGift card on purchases of $60+. Not to mention, you’ll get 40% off your order if you opt for repeat delivery.
  • Pier 1: Deck your halls for the holidays with 25% off sitewide at Pier 1. Just use promo code BLACKFRIDAY to save on everything from seasonal decor to everyday furniture and home accents.
  • Primary Goods: Take $10 off any purchase of $99 or more with code DREAM10. The more you spend, the more you’ll save, with Primary Goods’ tiered discount codes, up to $200 off your purchase of $449-plus.
  • Purple: Save up to $500 during Purple’s biggest Black Friday mattress sale ever.
  • Pyrex: Your Thanksgiving leftovers need somewhere to go. A 20-piece Pyrex set from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, now 40% off, will do the trick.
  • Smoko: An online brand devoted to making the internet a cuter place, Smoko is hosting daily deals every day this week.
  • Snowe Home: Bedding, bath linens, kitchenware and more are on sale and would make perfect gifts for anyone on your list. Take 20% off orders $75+ or 25% off orders $750+.
  • Sur La Table: The culinarily inclined retailer has over 100 of the most in-demand epicurean devices and tools discounted up to 75%.
  • S’well: Find the S’well bottle that suits your personality with 25% off sitewide, using promo code HOLIDAY19.
  • The Company Store: Use code BLKFRIDAY19 for 25% off items sitewide, with special discounts like an extra 50% off select items and 30% off select comforters.
  • The Home Depot: From up to 40% off select tools, storage and accessories to 40% off appliances, Home Depot is featuring thousands of Black Friday deals.
  • Vitamix: Snag up to 29% off a whole range of Vitamix’s top-of-the-line smart blenders. Sure, they’re a bit of a splurge, but they are built to last (and you’ll use it all the time).
  • World Market: Take 43% off almost all furniture and enjoy free shipping on all orders of $75 or more.

Note: The prices above reflect the retailers’ listed prices at the time of publication.

British police are treating the incident as ‘terror-related as a precaution,’ and confirmed that one man was shot by police

Police and emergency services are responding to incident at London Bridge on Friday afternoon.

The areas on both side of the bridge are usually quite busy, with many offices, restaurants and bars nearby. London Bridge itself is one of the UK capital’s main transport hubs with thousands of people traveling through it every day. The incident took place just hours before city workers clock off for the week and head to the station for their train home.

National Security analyst Peter Bergen describes London Bridge as one of the city’s “iconic places.”

“There’s great concern about this particular location, London Bridge, where two years ago there was a terrorist incident where eight people were killed on London Bridge and at the nearby Borough Market,” he tells CNN.

“Interestingly, the British authorities had recently lowered the terrorism alert from severe to substantial — severe means an attack is highly likely and substantial means the risk is lower — so if indeed this does turn out to be terrorism British authorities will have to explain why they so recently lowered the alert to that level.”

He added: “It’s one of these iconic places in London. That could just be a coincidence, but if you want to make some sort of statement you go to these iconic places knowing it’s going to get more attention and more coverage.”

Michelin chef bans meat from her restaurants

(CNN) — Conversations about how diet impacts the climate crisis have ramped up this past year, with a UN report published in August 2019 suggesting that eating less meat and reducing food waste could help save the planet.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that top chefs are sitting up and taking notice, too.

Dominque Crenn, a pioneering restaurateur with three Michelin stars to her name, has announced she’ll no longer be serving meat in her portfolio of highly successful San Francisco eateries.

“Meat is complicated,” she told CNN Travel in an interview about her meat-free decision. “We have to be thoughtful about the ecosystem that we’re living in and not to destroy it because of the instant gratification and the demand of others.”

Concerned about the sometimes murky world of food provenance, Crenn decided it was easiest to remove meat from the menu altogether.


Dominique Crenn was named world's best female chef in 2016.

Dominique Crenn was named world’s best female chef in 2016.

Courtesy Jordan Wise/Crenn Dining Group

This decision didn’t come out of the blue. Crenn’s popular restaurants are known for dishing up veggie and fish-focused twists on traditional French cuisine.

“What people haven’t talked about is [since] I opened Petit Crenn in 2015, it’s been fully vegetarian and pescatarian, we didn’t have any meat there,” says Crenn. “But I never advertised it.
“And then Atelier has been meat free for the last two years.”

Crenn’s upcoming project Boutique Crenn, due to open in San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower in 2020, is set to be veggie-only, too.

As a child growing up on a farm in France’s northwestern Brittany region, Crenn was immersed in a culture where, she told CNN Travel back in 2018, there was “a lot of care and connection with the soil.”

“When I came here, it was very important to me, if I’m getting into that business, I needed to understand where the food comes from,” she adds now.

Crenn personally sources her produce, whether it’s vegetables, fish or meat. Often, she grows the vegetables on her own farm.

“I’m not a pescatarian, I’m not a vegetarian, but I’m also a conscious person,” Crenn says. “And I know the impact of the way that we fix meat nowadays is not good. It’s killing us, it’s killing the planet.”

While Crenn feels a responsibility to address the problem, she also says she’s not trying to “impose anything on anyone.”

Instead, the chef wants people to think about the consequences of their diet and come to their own conclusions.

And while Crenn sees some positives in veganism, she doesn’t intend to adopt that diet — either for herself or at her restaurants, expressing concern about the provenance of vegan products available on the market.

As for fish — well, for now, it’s still on the menu in some of her restaurants — but Crenn’s going to keep considering that choice.

“Fish also is a problem,” Crenn says. “So don’t be surprised if in a few years if I become all vegetarian.”

Supportive community

Crenn, who recently announced she is cancer-free following a diagnosis earlier this year, is known for being vocal and passionate about her beliefs.

She’s a champion of gender equality in the restaurant industry and culinary arts.

While she was honored to be named the world’s best female chef by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List in 2016, Crenn also expressed her frustration at the fact there was a separate category for women.

The reaction to her new meat-free culinary philosophy, Crenn says, has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive.

But if any naysayers protest meat’s integral place in haute-cuisine, Crenn will shrug them off.

“The decision doesn’t come from what my guests want. The decision comes from what this planet needs. What decisions as humans we need to make for the planet to be better,” she says.

“I’m trying to make the best decision for my surroundings and the planet and myself. But I’m not forcing anybody to do that.

But what am I asking is — I really want people to think about their actions and their behavior and what they can impact on their own. And it’s pretty easy. You know, the little things will go such a long way.”

4 key developments in the impeachment inquiry

The Justice Department, representing former White House counsel Don McGahn, has now asked the DC Court of Appeals for a pause on his testimony while he appeals. 

They asked for a similar pause from the district judge who ruled against McGahn and the White House’s assertion of immunity on its officials earlier this week. The district judge has not decided on the state so the appeals court may need to step in. 

Justice has asked for both an administrative stay, which would help them immediately, and for a stay that would keep McGahn from testifying until the appeals court fully decides the case.

What this means: DOJ would need a pause so as to avoid him having to testify as soon as a week from today or be held in contempt of court. (Both of those things are unlikely to happen next week—a stay is likely)

What this is all about: A federal judge decided on Monday that McGahn must testify to the House of Representatives in its impeachment probe, marking the first major ruling about House witness testimony during the Trump administration.

“However busy or essential a presidential aide might be, and whatever their proximity to sensitive domestic and national-security projects, the President does not have the power to excuse him or her from taking an action that the law requires,” Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote.

Democrats eye multiple articles of impeachment

White House counsel Donald McGahn at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, September 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill.White House counsel Donald McGahn at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, September 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill. Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images

The Justice Department, which represents former White House counsel Don McGahn, has asked a federal judge for a pause on McGahn’s House testimony while he appeals the judge’s ruling that he must comply with a House subpoena.

Even if Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson refuses, the House has agreed to give the administration a seven-day delay so it can ask the DC Circuit Court of Appeals for help, according to a new court filing.

The DOJ wrote this morning that it still believes McGahn has a “significant chance” of winning against the House on appeal. Jackson wrote a searing 120-page opinion Monday, saying McGahn must testify. She wrote that she disagreed with the executive branch’s legal claims of current and former officials having “absolute immunity.”

The Justice Department notes today that no appeals court has settled on whether the executive branch can stop White House officials from testifying in congressional proceedings.

It also notes that McGahn’s testimony would be for part of the impeachment inquiry related to the Russia investigation, and not the major Ukraine inquiry that’s ongoing. The department also uses another case that it lost at the trial level and is appealing, on giving the House access to secret grand jury details from the Mueller investigation, as more reason to delay McGahn.

That case should be decided first as courts consider whether McGahn must appear before Congress, the DOJ writes. The DC Circuit is scheduled to hear arguments about the Mueller grand jury secrets in early January.

That case has moved through the courts more quickly than usual, and DOJ acknowledges the McGahn case may, too:

“And since the Committee cannot obtain the grand jury materials that it says are ‘essential’ to questioning Mr. McGahn until at least early 2020, it follows that the Committee would not be significantly harmed by waiting to question Mr. McGahn until completion of similarly expedited appellate briefing in this case,” the DOJ wrote Tuesday.