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    Arizona

    • The typical US home costs about $280,000 in 2018, but compared to some houses on the market today, that number looks tiny. 
    • Business Insider created a list of the most expensive house for sale in every US state with some help from Trulia.
    • From a $3.5 million secluded woodland home in Iowa to a $175 million estate in the Hamptons in New York, here are the most expensive houses on the market right now.

    The median US home price is about $280,000, according to Zillow, but some lavish homes currently on the market cost much more than that — millions and millions more, in some cases.

    Trulia helped Business Insider put together a list of the most expensive homes currently for sale in every state and Washington, DC.

    Here's a look at all 51 houses, ranked in ascending order of price:

    SEE ALSO: This $45 million San Francisco home could shatter the city's real-estate record — take a look inside the gorgeous complex

    DON'T MISS: An $82 million penthouse apartment in NYC's tallest residential building offers 360-degree views of Central Park and the city — but nobody wants to buy it

    Iowa: $3.5 million

    City: Elkhart

    Size: 10,666 sq. ft.

    Bedrooms/bathrooms: 5 beds/9 baths



    North Dakota: $3.65 million

    City: Williston

    Size: 6,755 sq. ft.

    Bedrooms/bathrooms: 5 beds/5 baths



    Nebraska: $3.75 million

    City: Elkhorn

    Size: 10,572 sq. ft.

    Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4 beds/10 baths



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    iphone xr colors

    In many ways, Apple's new iPhone XR is superior to the also-new iPhone XS

    But if you're set on the iPhone XR, you only need to make a few final decisions, like storage size, and most importantly, the color.

    If you don't feel like visiting an Apple Store to see the new iPhone XR colors for yourself, YouTuber Marques Brownlee, a.k.a. "MKBHD," spent some time with the new iPhone XR at Apple's big September event and took some beautiful footage of the colorful new phones using his incredible 8K camera rig. His photos are the next-best thing to seeing these phones in person.

    Here's a high-definition look at the red, blue, yellow, white, black, and "coral" versions of the new iPhone XR:

    SEE ALSO: The new iPhone XR's six available colors, ranked

    First, let's look at the white iPhone XR. Here it is from the front.



    And here it is from the back.



    Here it is next to the silver iPhone XS. As you can see, the iPhone XR has a much brighter white color.



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    london fields

    Actress Amber Heard's latest movie isn't just a bomb, it's one of the biggest bombs of all time.

    The movie, "London Fields," based on the 1989 novel by Martin Amis, debuted over the weekend with just over $168,000, according to Box Office Mojo. It made only $300 per screen on average. That's one of the worst box-office takes of all time for a movie opening wide on 600 screens or more.

    According to Variety, the movie has had a bumpy road to theaters amidst a wave of legal battles. In 2015, director Matthew Cullen sued producers Chris Hanley and Jordan Gertner, who countersued and claimed Cullen went over his budget for the movie. The producers also sued Heard, claiming she breached her contract, but Heard countersued Hanley and Gertner.

    Critics did the movie no favors, either. It has a 0% critic score on review-aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.

    We rounded up some of the other worst box-office openings of all time for movies premiering on over 600 screens, and ranked them based on numbers from Box Office Mojo, adjusted for inflation. We also included the original opening and adjusted total domestic gross, along with what critics said about the movie.

    Below are the seven worst box-office openings of all time:

    SEE ALSO: Disney is reportedly trying to reboot 'Pirates of the Caribbean' — and this chart shows why

    7. "Men, Women & Children" (2014)

    Adjusted opening: $337,400

    Original opening:$306,367

    Number of theaters: 608

    Adjusted domestic gross:$777,300

    What critics said: "The dozen or so main actors do their best to breathe nuance into characters that are standing in for social statements."— Richard Corliss, Time

    Description: "'MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN' follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose - some tragic, some hopeful - as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers."



    6. "The Passion Recut" (2005)

    Adjusted opening: $319,100

    Original opening: $223,789

    Number of theaters: 957

    Adjusted domestic gross: $724,800

    What critics said:"It was the palpable realness of the violence in 'The Passion of the Christ,' the image of flesh transformed into meat, that gave the film not only its reason for being, but also its only point of cinematic interest. What remains now of the film is just blunt-force dramatics and kitsch."— Manohla Dargis, New York Times



    5. "Transylmania" (2009)

    Adjusted opening: $317,000

    Original opening: $263,941

    Number of theaters: 1,007

    Adjusted domestic gross: $477,600

    What critics said:"'Transylmania' is such a colossal comedic misfire that it makes the execrable 'Scary Movie' films look like masterworks of Preston Sturges-esque genius by comparison."— Steven Hyden, A.V. Club

    Description:"Stoked over the smokin’ Romanian hottie he’s meet online, an über-randy college student talks his dimwitted friends into joining him for a semester of beer, babes and bongs at what they think is a prestigious Transylvanian university. What they discover instead is a creepy castle populated by a torture-loving mad scientist, an overcybersexed humpback, the nubile spirit of a decomposed sorceress and a bevy of horny vampire chicks that have finally found a student body they can really sink their fangs into."



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    Boeing 777 787 factory tour

    • Boeing's Everett, Washington facility is one of the largest buildings in the world.
    • It's where Boeing builds the 747, 767, 777, and 787 Dreamliner.
    • Business Insider took a tour of the 777 and 787 production lines in 2017. 

    The Boeing 777 and the 787 Dreamliner are two of hottest selling wide-body airliners in the world. The dynamic duo has effectively supplanted the iconic 747 jumbo jet as the Boeing's go-to plane for long-haul flying.

    At Boeing's Everett, Washington factory, the two are also built side-by-side. Everett isn't Boeing's only factory. The 737 is built nearby in Renton, Washington while the 787-10 is produced exclusively in North Charleston, South Carolina.

    But, Everett remains Boeing's most famous and storied production facility. According to Boeing, its Everett facility is large enough to encompass "all of Disneyland with 12 acres left over for parking."

    In October, Boeing gave Business Insider a tour of the 777 and 787 production lines ahead of the delivery of the first Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner.

    Here's an inside look at Boeing's Everett, Washington factory.

    SEE ALSO: Check out the secret compartment where flight attendants sleep on the longest flight in the world

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    Good morning Seattle! Time to hop on the bus to Everett, Washington.



    From afar, the Boeing factory doesn't seem too big



    Up close, the sheer scale of the factory becomes evident.



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    BMW New 3 Series

    • The automotive search engine iSeeCars.com analyzed the 24 million new car sales over a two-year period in order to figure out which cars are most frequently re-sold after being purchased. 
    • iSeeCars.com only analyzed cars that were sold between 2015 and 2017.  The resale percentage rate was calculated by dividing the total number of models resold by the total amount of new vehicle sales for that particular model.
    • Mercedes-Benz and BMW brand models are resold at a significantly higher rate. In fact, six of the top 11 most re-sold cars in the country are either a Mercedes-Benz or BMW. 
    • "I expect the reason is that both these brands sell very expensive vehicles," Gartner's senior automotive analyst Mike Ramsey told Business Insider. "I expect that both the cost to own and maintain the cars puts a high burden on people who bought them and then they are forced to sell them not long after."

    Owning a car is one of the biggest financial investments one can make. But buyer's remorse strikes everyone, and some cars are resold at a rate more frequent than other models. 

    To figure out which cars are most frequently sold after being purchased, the automotive search engine iSeeCars.com analyzed 24 million new car sales over a two-year period. 

    Their methodology only analyzed cars that were sold between 2015 and 2017.  The resale percentage rate was calculated by dividing the total number of models resold by the total amount of new vehicle sales for that specific model. New cars with more than 500 miles and used cars with less than 4,000 miles were excluded for the study. 

    While iSeeCars.com found that the market had an average resale rate of 1.5%, a group of cars had significantly higher rates of resale.

    Mercedes-Benz and BMW brand cars are resold at a significantly higher rate. In fact, six of the top 11 most re-sold cars are either a Mercedes-Benz or a BMW. 

    This is not to say that every Mercedes-Benz or BMW is a poor purchase. Often, because these are luxury vehicles, consumers have a higher standard for the vehicles and might not be as easily satisfied as they would be by a mid-level sedan.

    According to Mike Ramsey, an automotive analyst and senior research director at Gartner, cost is another consideration.

    "I expect the reason is that both these brands sell very expensive vehicles," Ramsey told Business Insider. "I expect that both the cost to own and maintain the cars puts a high burden on people who bought them and then they are forced to sell them not long after."

    iSeeCars.com CEO Phong Ly has another explanation, seeing the high rate of resale as a deliberate marketing strategy between the luxury automakers and dealers, who buy the new cars up and sell them when still under a year old. 

    "It puts brand-new models in the hands of current owners when they bring their cars in for service, increasing the likelihood that they will buy another car from that brand," Ly said in a public statement. "In addition, it essentially increases the brand's new car sales, which help to give them the ability to claim the title of 'top luxury brand', something that BMW and Mercedes-Benz compete for every year.""

    Other reasons which may contribute to their high resale numbers is that luxury cars depreciate at a much faster rate than other models, consumers may only be purchasing them as status-symbols rather than as long-haul investments, and some of these luxury models may only be used as corporate cars that have a high turnover among companies.

    Ramsay added that, "Many BMW and Mercedes dealers maintain significant loaner fleets as a service to their customers who are having their vehicle worked on in the shop," and thus sell their consumers demo-cars with a low amount of miles on them. 

    Let's take a look at the entire list below of the 11 cars re-sold at the fastest rate by American consumers. 

     

    SEE ALSO: The 10 most popular cars driven by millennials

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    11. Nissan Versa — (1st year resale rate) 3.2%



    10. Subaru WRX — (1st year resale rate) 3.3%



    9. Chrysler 200 — (1st year resale rate) 3.8%



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    Porsche 911

    • The automotive search engine iSeeCars.com recently commissioned a study to look at the used-car industry.
    • It studied a pool of 4 million used cars that were one to three years old and had been sold from January to July.
    • iSeeCars.com found that the slowest-selling used car on the market was the Porsche Cayenne, with the Porsche 911 not too far behind in the No. 4 spot.
    • "Cars that remain on market for longer than average indicate that supply is higher than demand, which could mean the pricing is too high or that the car isn't as well-liked as its competitors," iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly said in a statement.

    The automotive search engine iSeeCars.com recently commissioned a study to look at the used-car industry, where it sought out the best used-car deals. But the study also took a more specific measurement of which were the slowest- and fastest-selling used cars on the market.

    The study sampled a pool of 4 million used cars that were one to three years old and had been sold from January to July.

    iSeeCars.com found that the slowest-selling used car on the market was the Porsche Cayenne, with the Porsche 911 not too far behind in the No. 4 spot.

    "A late-model used Cayenne is one of the most expensive used SUVs on the market with a price of $61,136, and a used 911 is the most expensive vehicle among those we analyzed at $122,124," iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly said in a statement. "These are very high price points for used car shoppers, which could explain why dealers struggle to move them off the lot."

    iSeeCars.com also found that the average late-model used car took 46.4 days to sell on average. Data showed the 10 slowest selling used cars remained on the market 32.9% to 44.8% longer than average.

    "Cars that remain on market for longer than average indicate that supply is higher than demand, which could mean the pricing is too high or that the car isn’t as well-liked as its competitors," Ly said.

    Let's take a look below at the slowest-selling used cars on the market based on iSeeCars' research data.

    SEE ALSO: Here are the 12 best used car deals for under $20,000

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    10. Lincoln MKX: 62.2 days on the market



    9. Ford Taurus: 62.6 days on the market



    8. Mazda CX-9: 62.9 days on the market



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    Tim Cook

    NEW YORK CITY — Apple on Tuesday held its second big event of the fall in Brooklyn, New York's most populous borough.

    Apple held its first fall event in September, where it unveiled a new Apple Watch and three new iPhone models. On Tuesday, Apple showed off new iPad Pros, Mac computers, and more. Business Insider was in attendance to see it all happen live.

    Here's everything Apple announced at its big October event.

    8:54 a.m.: The event took place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Apple dressed it all up for the big occasion.



    9:09 a.m.: Plenty of Apple executives were in attendance, including Craig Federighi, aka "Hair Force One," who oversees the development of Apple's iPhone and Mac software.



    9:25 a.m.: Thankfully, there was plenty of food to enjoy during the wait.



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    Google office

    If you're wondering which companies have the most attractive internship programs, it's probably best to ask interns themselves.

    Vault, a website that provides employer rankings and reviews, asked more than 12,000 current and former interns to rate companies based on how desirable they are to land an internship with. Vault ranked 50 companies overall — and 18 of those were tech companies. 

    Employers were ranked on a scale of 1-10, with 10 meaning "It's a dream job!" and one meaning "No one wants to work there," according to Vault. 

    Here are the 18 most prestigious tech internships in 2018, and their overall score on a scale from 1-10. 

    19. Hulu (Score: 6.84/10)

    2018 ranking (out of 50): 48

    2017 ranking (out of 50):  NR

    Hulu is a web-based movie and TV streaming service. 



    18. Sony (Score: 6.87/10)

    2018 ranking (out of 50): 43

    2017 ranking (out of 50): 35

    Sony is a multimedia company, specializing in audio, photo, video, and game consoles. 



    17. Hewlett-Packard (Score: 6.98/10)

    2018 ranking (out of 50): 41

    2017 ranking (out of 50): 28

    Hewlett-Packard, also known as HP, is a hardware and software company, specializing in products like personal computers, laptops, and printers. 



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    macbook macos mojave dark mode

    MacOS Mojave is now available.

    Apple unveiled the newest version of the Mac operating system at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, but finally released it to the public in September.

    MacOS Mojave is a free update to Mac users, and it's a pretty big upgrade. Not only will it help you stay organized and get work done more efficiently, it also features several aesthetic choices to make using a Mac more visually pleasing.

    Take a look at the 7 best new features in MacOS Mojave:

    SEE ALSO: 21 game-changing announcements Apple made at its biggest conference of the year

    1. Dark Mode

    The Mac finally has a true dark mode thanks to macOS Mojave. Just toggle it in your System Preferences app.

    The new Dark Mode affects the entire system, from Apple's own apps like Photos and iTunes to all of your windows and filters. It even works in Apple's programming environment Xcode, which makes coding much easier on the eyes.



    2. Stacks

    We could all use a little help staying organized.

    In macOS Mojave, a new feature called "Stacks" instantly organizes all the random contents on your desktop into neat little batches of documents located on the right side of the screen. Stacks can be arranged by file type, date, or tag. 

    If you click on a stack, you'll see all the contents. From there, you can double-click to open a document, or click the stack again to put everything away.

    The best part is that your stacks will stay organized, regardless of how many documents you add to your desktop. If you continually take screenshots, for example, macOS Mojave will automatically categorize them for you, rather than scatter them everywhere.

     



    3. The all-new Mac App Store

    Apple redesigned the Mac App Store from the ground up for MacOS Mojave.

    The biggest changes are visual: Now you'll see auto-playing videos, and even articles, about popular apps in the store, so you can learn more about apps before you download them.

    The new Mac App Store also offers new ways to find apps. The new Discover, Create, Work, Play, and Develop tabs help you explore the apps you don't have, or get more out of apps you already have.
     



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    Bill Gates

    Most people know three things about Bill Gates:

    1. He is one of the richest men in the world.
    2. He cofounded one of the most successful tech companies of all time in Microsoft.
    3. He's an extremely generous philanthropist through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    But despite his philanthropic efforts and online presence, there are a lot of things about Gates that many are unaware of.

    Here are 17 facts you probably didn't know about Bill Gates:

    1. As a teen at Lakeside Prep School, Gates wrote his first computer program on a General Electric computer. It was a version of tic-tac-toe where you could play against the machine.

    Source: Science Museum



    2. Once his school discovered Gates' coding abilities, they let him write the school's computer program for scheduling students in classes. Gates slyly altered the code so he was placed in classes with a "disproportionate number of interesting girls."

    Source: Science Museum



    3. Gates also read the entire "World Book Encyclopedia" series during his teenage years.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal



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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    The biggest game of 2018, "Red Dead Redemption 2," may be the most detailed game I've ever played.

    It's certainly the most detailed game I've played since the last project from Rockstar Games, "Grand Theft Auto 5."

    The simple act of walking through mud in "Red Dead 2" becomes a sight to behold. Fighting in it — during a light rain, no less — can be downright distracting:

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Each individual footstep shows up in the mud, quickly filled by nearby puddles and topped-up by the rain.

    I spent more time than I'm willing to admit simply staring at the mud. How could it be so detailed? How could there possibly have been this much attention lavished on the ground

    Those stop and gawk moments were frequent while playing through "Red Dead Redemption 2" over the last week. It's a game that, even after dozens of hours, continues to surprise me.

    Here's just some of the craziest, most impressive stuff I've seen:

    SEE ALSO: After 30 hours with 'Red Dead Redemption 2,' I'm convinced it's a game everyone should play

    1. Let's start with the bear head hat.

    There are quite a few hats in "Red Dead Redemption 2," and even more outfit combinations. That's to be expected in any blockbuster, character-driven game in 2018. Who doesn't want to play dress up?

    What's not so expected is this outrageous bear head hat, which is a bear's head— a bear you'll kill in a relatively early mission. This hat is almost certain to become yours.

    After taking the bear skin to a trapper, he'll offer to buy your legendary bear skin. In an instant, he turns that skin into a handful of different clothing items. The one I purchased immediately, of course, was the bear head hat you see above. It looks exactly like the bear I shotgunned in a panic.



    2. Your outfit, including the bear head hat, shows up in every cutscene.

    No matter how serious the moment, whatever silly outfit you're wearing is the outfit your character will wear in cutscenes. This is no small thing — most games don't bother with this level of consistency. 

    And that's just the beginning.



    3. If you're muddy from riding through mud, you'll appear dirty and people will react accordingly.

    The main character, and the one you'll control throughout "Red Dead 2," is Arthur Morgan. If you get into a fight in the mud as Arthur, he'll get extremely muddy. When he walks into a bar, people will comment on his smell and demeanor. When he appears in a cutscene, he'll appear as a mud-covered maniac. 

    There's a level of detail consistency throughout the game that's subtle at first, and becomes almost overwhelming as the game goes on.



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    Shopping is time-consuming and stressful, so it's no wonder many of us often default to buying generic, unmemorable gifts just to get the whole process over with. We've all been guilty of it, and part of the reason is the dearth of unique options that live in one, easily shoppable place. 

    UncommonGoods, the online shop inspired by the founder's experiences roaming craft fairs and trade shows, highlights the best of independent makers from around the world. Selling thousands of unique products, it's one of the few places we know we'll always find something cool for our loved ones, whether they're hungry home cooks, die-hard sports fans, or classic old souls. 

    If you see a lot of gifts from the site that you like, or you think you'll shop UncommonGoods beyond the holidays for other gifting occasions, sign up for its Uncommon Perks shipping program. Shipping prices ordinarily start at $4.95 and depend on your order value and desired shipping speed, but this $19 annual membership will get you free standard shipping on all US orders, regardless of order value. 

    Before you dive into the treasure trove that is UncommonGoods, check out our 30 top picks from the site first. These gifts are far from ordinary. 

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    A beautiful and unconventional puzzle

    Geode Puzzle, $65, available at UncommonGoods

    If regular puzzles just aren't challenging enough for them, these nature-inspired ones exercise their brain in new and exciting ways. 

     



    A pair of lamps made for long-distance relationships

    Long Distance Friendship Lamp, $85-$170, available at UncommonGoods

    Everyone is busy these days, and it's not as easy to keep up with loved ones as we all wish. A set of paired lamps, one of which lights up when the other is touched, lets them know you're still thinking of them even when you don't have time to talk. Our editor uses them to keep in touch with her parents.



    A very exact cutting board

    Cheese Degrees Cutting Board, $19.99, available at UncommonGoods

    A perfectionist's cheese plate cannot be arranged without this cutting board, which ensures precision and guides serving sizes. 

     



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    US Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Texas Democrat.

    • The 2018 midterms are in just three days, and they're shaping up to be the most expensive in history. 
    • The Center of Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign spending, projects a grand total of $5.2 billion will be spent on this year's elections.
    • Democratic candidates are capitalizing on a wave of enthusiasm to raise record numbers of small donations, while Republicans dominate in the arena of outside spending.
    • Here are the Congressional candidates who have raised and spent the most money since Trump's election:

    The 2018 midterm elections are in just three days away, and the stakes couldn't be higher as Democrats seek to take back the House of Representatives and minimize Republican gains in the Senate, in the first congressional elections since President Donald Trump's victory in 2016. 

    Not only have this year's midterms garnered record-high levels of early voter turnout, but it's looking like they'll be the most expensive congressional elections in US history. The Center for Responsive Politics projects that a staggering total of $5.2 billion will be spent in this year's midterms, breaking the previous record of $4.4 billion in 2016. 

    “We expected to see the numbers climb, as they typically do, but the astonishing spike in campaign donations is a solid indicator of the intensity driving this year’s campaigns,” Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, said about the 2018 fundraising numbers.

    Before the midterms even started, two high-profile special elections, one in Georgia's 6th congressional district and in Pennslyvannia's former 18th district, attracted record-high donations individual donations from Democrats looking to channel their frustration with Trump into congressional races.

    That initial enthusiasm in fundraising precipitated this year's windfall for Democratic candidates, who have raised $1.3 billion from small donors compared to under $1 billion for Republicans. When it comes to outside spending from political action committees (PACs) and non-profits, however, Republicans lead the pack.

    Here are the House and Senate candidates who have raised and spent the most money:  

    SEE ALSO: All the dates, deadlines, and rules you need to know before voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections

    The House candidates who have raised the most money:

    Jon Ossoff's bid to challenge Republican Karen Handel for a July 2017 special election in Georgia's 6th district gained national attention and a surge of out-of-state donations, making his race the most expensive the 2017-18 cycle with a total of $56 million raised between him and his opponent Karen Handel. 

    Some House candidates are wealthy enough to mostly self-fund their campaigns, such as lottery winner Gil Cisneros in California's 39th congressional district, who is running to flip the open seat vacated by Rep. Ed Royce, and multimillionaire Greg Gianforte, who won a 2017 special election for Montana' at-large seat but is running again in 2018 in a tight race.

    So far, Cisneros and Gianforte have given $8.8 and $2.5 million respectively to their own campaigns, making their congressional bids some of the most expensive this cycle. Likewise, David Trone has donated $15 million to himself and Scott Wallace $12 million.

    In 1976, the Supreme Court struck down limits on candidates financing their own campaigns.

    Like Ossoff, Conor Lamb's March 2018 bid to win a special election in a Pennsylvania district which Trump carried by 19 points drew national attention and huge outside fundraising from individual donors to support Lamb and outside spending to support his opponent. 

    High-profile incumbents like Devin Nunes, the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, and Steve Scalise, the Republican Majority Whip, also rank high in their fundraising capabilities without self-financing. 



    The House candidates who have spent the most money:

    Since federal campaign finance law requires candidates to spend 100% of the money they raise for a given election on that race, the House candidates who have raised the most money also tend to be the ones who spend the most. 

    One person on the list of highest spenders but not fundraisers is Rep. Paul Ryan, the powerful speaker of the House of Representatives, who is retiring this year. Ryan is giving away approximately $10.7 million of the money raised through his campaign committee. 

    He's given about $7 million to the National Republican Campaign Committee, presumably to help other Republican candidates, and another $3 million to assorted Republican campaign consulting firms. 

    Meanwhile, David Trone in Maryland's 6th district (which is considered solidly blue) and Scott Wallace in Pennsylvania's newly-redistricted 1st congressional district, rated a toss-up by FiveThirtyEight, are spending $15 and $11 million respectively, largely self-financing their bids. 



    The Senate candidates who have raised the most amount of money:

    Rep. Beto O'Rourke broke an all-time quarterly fundraising record when he raked in a staggering $38 million in the 3rd quarter of 2018 alone. He's running to defeat Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, and his rapid rise to national prominence and fundraising prowess have made him a star in the Democratic party. 

    Some of the highest fundraisers are also the most prominent figures in their respective parties, like Cruz and Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin. 

    As in the House, wealthy Senate candidates like Rick Scott in Florida, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, and pharmaceutical executive Bob Hugin, the Republican candidate in New Jersey challenging embattled Democrat Bob Menendez, are largely self-funding their campaigns.

    Scott, whose net worth is estimated around $233 million, has spent about $51 million on his own campaign, making up 75% of his total fundraising. Similarly, Hugin has poured in $27 million in his bid against Menendez. 

    On the other hand, O'Rourke, who is not taking corporate PAC money, receives half his donations, or about $30 million, from small donors (those who spend $200 or less) and large donors. 

    Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Heidi Heitkamp also eschew corporate PAC money as much as they can, and similarly rely on individual donations.

    Heitkamp, who represents North Dakota, recieved an outpouring of $12 million individual donations from across the country in the 2 weeks after she made the politically perilous decision to vote no on the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but she's still projected to lose her seat to Rep. Kevin Cramer. 



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    Lewis Hamilton Mercedes car

    Lewis Hamilton is a young, massively successful athlete who has already been crowned Formula 1 world champion five times.

    He earns approximately $51 million a year, according to Forbes, and is known for his relationships with some of the most famous women on the planet — most recently Nicki Minaj, who he went ATV riding with in Dubai, but also singers like Rihanna, Rita Ora, and Nicole Scherzinger in the past.

    If that's not enough, his vehicle collection is also ridiculous — and it's not just cars he likes to buy, drive, or be driven in, either.

    Keep scrolling to see the most expensive, rare, and bizarre vehicles Hamilton drives when he's not racing.

    SEE ALSO: Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton took Usain Bolt for a stunt ride in a $200,000 Mercedes

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    This is British racer Lewis Hamilton, who was recently crowned Formula 1 world champion for the fifth time.



    The view from Hamilton's office window typically looks like this. He has a cockpit that offers very little space, and he hurtles around a race track at speeds of 200mph. Hamilton, a Mercedes athlete, drove the company's F1 W09 EQ Power+ car in the 2018 season, but it's not the only vehicle he gets his mitts on.

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    Hamilton passed his driving test in 2002 and bought his first car — a second-hand Mini Cooper not too dissimilar to the model Mr. Bean made famous in the British sitcom featuring Rowan Atkinson. Before long, Hamilton was lent a Mercedes C 200 by a dealership which he said was "very cool" and popular "with the ladies" when he was only 18. The second car he bought was a bit of a step up, as he purchased a Ferrari 599 GTO, a vehicle he only recently sold.

    Source:Sunday Times: Driving.



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    queen elizabethThere are still a number of places around the world where royals reside, even if they're not technically ruling over countries. Although many nations do not follow a monarchy, there are still quite a few queens and queen consorts around the world.

    This list only includes current reigning monarchs with the term "queen" or "queen consort" within their royal title. But, it is worth acknowledging that there are many women married to royal rulers who aren't technically considered queens themselves, as well as female rulers of nations who do not have a queen title.

    Here is a list of the current reigning queens around the world. 

    Queen Margrethe II is Denmark's first queen.

    Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is Denmark's very first female monarch. She is currently 78 years old. Though she is the first female monarch of solely Denmark, according to the BBC, her ancestor Queen Margrethe I ruled over a combination of Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway back in the late-14th and early-15th centuries.

    Queen Margrethe II married her husband, Prince Henrik in 1967 and became queen on January 14, 1972. Prince Henrik died earlier this year.

    Queen Margrethe II celebrated 40 years on the throne in 2012, and will one day pass the crown to her son, Crown Prince Frederik.



    Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-serving British monarch.

    Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-serving British monarch and has ruled over the commonwealth nations for over 60 years.

    Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne when her father died on February 6, 1952, but didn't have her coronation ceremony until June of 1953. The next in line to the British throne is Prince Charles of Wales.

    Read more: Queen Elizabeth's purse makes a cameo in her latest royal portrait — and the reason why is super relatable



    Queen Letizia is part of the Spanish royal family.

    Queen Letizia is the wife of King Felipe VI of Spain. Before she joined the Spanish royal family, she was a journalist and then a news anchor.According to Vogue, when she was a journalist she covered the United States presidential election in 2000.

    She married then-prince Felipe VI in 2004. Together, the couple has two children: Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia. Princess Leonor is the heir to the throne.



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    Those around me at work, New York City, and the US in general who buy top smartphones are spending $750 or more, with some of them even spending over $1,000 on a smartphone.

    And then there's me. I've been using the $580 OnePlus 6T with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage for a little over a week now, and I feel like I'm cheating with a smartphone that costs $550 at its base and does everything I want it to do just as well as the other top phones I've tried this year.

    Surely, something this good shouldn't cost so much less than everything else, right? 

    To be accurate, I didn't pay for the OnePlus 6T I was using. It's a review unit that OnePlus sent me. Still, had I shelled out $550 to $580 of my own money for the OnePlus 6T, I'd feel like I know something that others around me don't, and that I'm getting away with something I shouldn't.

    Check out what it's like to use the OnePlus 6T:

    SEE ALSO: The 20 best smartphones in the world

    First of all, I'm very much aware of OnePlus and its phones, whereas a lot of people probably aren't.

    OnePlus phones have been available to buy since the very first OnePlus One way back in 2014. And yet, I'd bet money that a lot of people have never heard of OnePlus.

    That's largely because OnePlus phones before the OnePlus 6T were never sold by carriers in the US, which happens to be where the majority of Americans buy their smartphones. If it isn't at the carrier store, it likely doesn't exist in the average American smartphone buyer's mind. 

    But ever since the first OnePlus phone, the company has gained a small-but-growing fan base in the US. And now that a OnePlus phone is available to buy at T-Mobile's physical stores and website, awareness of OnePlus is likely to grow.

    Still, those on Verizon and AT&T won't find the OnePlus 6T at their carrier stores, so that leaves a major chunk of American smartphone buyers who likely don't know about OnePlus phones. In that respect, OnePlus phones are still a secret.



    The OnePlus 6T doesn't run any slower than the top smartphones of 2018.

    The OnePlus 6T runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip as most top Android devices from 2018 that cost $750 or more, like the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, Google Pixel 3 XL, LG V40, and LG G7. That means the OnePlus 6T runs the Android operating system and apps just as well as those other top Android phones that cost $750 or more.

    In fact, from my own experience, OnePlus phones tend to run slightly more quickly and more smoothly than those other top Android phones. That's likely because OnePlus phones run a comparatively light "skin"— an extra layer of software that runs on top of Android for extra features and design elements.

    It also likely has to do with the extra RAM that OnePlus phones typically have compared to most top Android phones. The OnePlus 6T comes with 6 GB to 8 GB of RAM, which is on the higher end compared to most smartphones in general. 

    The extra RAM allows for more apps to be stored in the phone's short term memory, which means smoother and faster switching between the apps you often use. 

    Whatever is going on, the OnePlus 6T runs as well — if not better — than the more expensive Android competition. It's tougher to gauge the performance compared to iPhones, as those run Apple's own chips and operating system. Either way, the OnePlus 6T definitely doesn't feel slower than the latest iPhones.



    This thing looks just as good as all the others.

    Despite its lower price tag, OnePlus didn't skimp on design, either. The OnePlus 6T has a sleek metal and glass design that looks and feels unique. 

    The back glass, for example, has a frosted matte finish, which looks and feels superior to smooth glass, in my opinion. Only the Pixel 3 smartphones have a similar finish on the back, but they're late to the party — OnePlus already brought the matte glass texture with the previous OnePlus 6.

    The front surface has bezels around the display that are just as narrow — if not narrower — as other smartphones. Even the notch's water-drop design is unique, and it's small and unobtrusive. 



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    Super Smash Bros Ultimate Mural

    When Nintendo announced "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" earlier this year, producer Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that every character from the prior four games in the franchise would be returning for the series' first entry on the Nintendo Switch. The game will be released on December 7th.

    As a result, "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" has one of the largest rosters of any fighting game ever made, bringing back more than 60 returning characters, and adding 14 fresh new faces besides. That's 76 playable characters from across video game history, right out of the box, plus one more coming as a download in early 2019. 

    If that's not enough Nintendo recently confirmed that at least five more fighters will be added to "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" through February 2020.

    Those who have played prior "Smash" games may recognize that certain characters have similar movesets — like Pit and his evil counterpart, Dark Pit. Nintendo has started calling the copy characters "echo fighters," but for the sake of this list, they'll be counted as individuals. Similarly, the Pokémon trainer controls three different playable Pokémon, and there are three Mii fighters with different fighting styles, so we'll count them all individually as well.

    Here's every single one of the "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" characters, plus the game in which they debuted:

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    1. Mario - "Donkey Kong" (1981)



    2. Donkey Kong - "Donkey Kong" (1981)



    3. Link - "The Legend of Zelda" (1986)



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    Jaguar I PACE 12

    • The Jaguar I-PACE first luxury crossover SUV to hit the market.
    • The I-PACE is driven by dual electric motors that produce 394 horsepower.
    • According to Jaguar, its EV can do 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
    • The Jag has a 90kWh battery pack that and a range of 234 miles on a single charge. 
    • The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE starts at $69,500 while our top-spec HSE variant starts at $80,500. With options and fees, our test car came to $86,720.

    Electric cars are the future. Even though people have been saying this for years, only recently have the world's mainstream automakers really taken this to heart. Sure, relatively affordable EVs have been on the road a decade now. But for far too many brands, going electric was more of a strategically prudent way to satisfy increasingly stringent emissions standards than a true commitment to electric mobility.

    Things are different now. Tesla can't make enough of its electric cars to keep up with demand. GM and Nissan are fully committed to production EVs. While luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Porsche have all prepared purpose-built EVs set to hit the market in the near future. 

    And then there's Jaguar.

    Once the byword for stodgy British retro luxury, Jag is now all-in on electric. In fact, Jaguar beat out its rivals to become the first mainstream luxury brand to have an EV with enough range to legitimately compete against Tesla. 

    The Jaguar I-PACE enters the market in a unique position in that it's the only car in its segment. Including the I-PACE, there are only four luxury EVs on the market and three of them are the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3.

    With the Model X the only other SUV. However, it should be noted that the Model X is a larger, mid-size three-row crossover SUV and doesn't compete directly with I-PACE that is significantly less expensive. 

    Specifically, the Jag will be the only electric compact crossover available until the Audi E-Tron, Mercedes-Benz EQ C, and Tesla Model Y hits showrooms.

    Recently, Business Insider spent a week with a 2019 Jaguar I-PACE EV400 HSE test car in Corris Gray. The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE starts at $69,500 while top-spec HSE variant starts at $80,500. With options and fees, our test car came to $86,720.

    Here's a closer look at the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE EV400 HSE:

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    Earlier this year, we had the chance to drive the I-PACE at Jaguar Land Rover's North American headquarters in Mahwah, New Jersey. However, it was just for a few minutes and around a track in their parking lot.



    So, we brought the electric Jag back for a more in-depth experience.



    The I-PACE is currently the lone player in the in the electric luxury compact crossover SUV segment. However, it won't be for long.



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    Aeromexico business class 787-9

    • While most flights within North America are operated by narrow-body aircraft — except for major flagship routes like New York to Los Angeles or New York to Miami — there's one flight a day between New York and Mexico City flown by a modern 787 Dreamliner.
    • Aeromexico — which operates a joint venture with Delta — has one flight a day with the new, luxurious plane.
    • The airline says it uses the Dreamliner to offer a premium experience on the important route, and to increase capacity.
    • I flew in business class on the route to see what it was like.

    Joint ventures are a popular way for airlines to work together beyond the typical practices enabled by airline alliances and codeshares.

    These partnerships allow separate carriers, which would otherwise compete on certain routes, to coordinate schedules, pricing, and equipment. The airlines in the venture can grab a corner of the market, and together offer stronger competition against third-party competitors. Unlike other partnerships like alliances, joint ventures are immune from anti-trust regulations.

    In addition to trans-oceanic joint ventures — like American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia over the Atlantic — plenty of these agreements exist between airlines from neighboring countries.

    Looking towards the south, Delta and AeroMexico have been operating a joint venture since 2017, strengthening the pre-existing relationship the airlines already had as founding members of the SkyTeam alliance.

    With dozens of flights each day between the US and Mexico on both carriers, the partnership means that it's possible for passengers to book an itinerary throughout both airlines' route networks, opening a wide range of destinations and connections.

    The on-board experience

    Despite booking between the two airlines being seamless, your actual experience can vary dramatically — much more so than on American Airlines compared to British Airways across the Atlantic, another joint venture.

    For example, AeroMexico serves full meals on most of its flights between the US and Mexico, while Delta only offers snacks and purchasable options in coach.

    If you fly the busy New York–Mexico City route, the other big difference you may spot is the type of aircraft you fly.

    Delta's operations to Mexico, and most of AeroMexico to the US, are operated by narrow-body aircraft like the Boeing 737 aircraft, the venerable short- and medium-haul workhorse.

    However, Aeromexico elects to operate one flight a day between New York City and Mexico City with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the modern, long-haul, wide-body plane usually used for intercontinental flights.

    Aeromexico has a total of 17 Dreamliners in its fleet, according to Airfleets.net— both 787-8s and larger 787-9s. 

    While it uses most of those Dreamliners on flights to Europe, Asia, and to farther-away destinations in South America, it reserves one for the daily New York flight. 

    Although the 787-9 — with its range of more than 9,000 miles, might be a bit overkill for the approximately 2,100 mile flight between the two cities, Aeromexico says it has compelling reasons to use the plane.

    "We wanted to offer a premium experience to our passengers, in one of our most demanding routes, and also to provide a seat capacity increase" said Emilio Diaz, a spokesman for Aeromexico. 

    Recently, I had the opportunity to fly Aeromexico's 787-9 from JFK to Mexico City, the first segment in a trip to Santiago, Chile. My wife and I took advantage of an incredible business class sale last fall, which let us snag seats in the front cabin for around the normal price of coach on that route. We continued from Santiago to Easter Island, but the connection in Mexico City offered a great opportunity to see what Aeromexico's JFK Dreamliner service was like.

    SEE ALSO: I flew on the longest flight in the world, which lasts nearly 18 hours and covers 10,000 miles. Here's what it's like.

    AeroMexico flies out of JFK Terminal 4, which predominately services Delta. Check-in was easy, with a dedicated SkyPriority area for business class passengers and SkyTeam elites. There happened to be a large group in front of us, but we were able to drop our bags after just a few minutes.



    Aeromexico doesn't have its own lounge at JFK, so business class passengers can use Delta's Sky Club. I usually fly Delta so I've been in this Sky Club a number of times — it can get crowded, but there's usually plenty of seating. This time, for some reason, it was absolutely overflowing. Eventually we found seats, and had a quick snack before heading to the gate just in time for boarding to start.



    We were on board fairly quickly. AeroMexico’s 787-9 features seats made by B/E Aerospace laid out in a desirable 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration, so every passenger has direct aisle access, without having to step over anyone. This is especially useful since the seats are all lie-flat and turn into fully-flat beds.



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    Polo Ralph Lauren x Palace2

    • The fashion industry has been undergoing some major changes recently.
    • Some luxury brands, like Ralph Lauren, have been partnering with streetwear brands to reach younger shoppers and experiment with different business models. 
    • Other brands, like Michael Kors, have looking to build more global portfolios.
    • "It feels like we're living in the age of the remix," Brian Trunzo, senior consultant at WGSN's consultancy division, Mindset, recently told Business Insider.

    The fashion industry has been undergoing some major changes recently.

    Polo Ralph Lauren recently revealed a collaboration with the London-based streetwear brand Palace. Ralph Lauren said in a July earnings release that winning over a new generation of customers is a key part of its growth strategy. Partnering with a more accessible streetwear brand will likely help it to reach younger shoppers.

    Polo Ralph Lauren isn't the only fashion brand making partnerships in this vein. Louis Vuitton recently partnered with the wildly popular brand Supreme on a limited-edition line, and Fendi and Fila launched a limited line combining the two brands' logos. 

    "There's an emerging brand of luxury, built around the Gen Z and Millennial mindset, whereby luxury is no longer tethered just to price and perception," Brian Trunzo, senior consultant at WGSN's consultancy division, Mindset, recently told Business Insider. "It feels like we're living in the age of the remix." 

    Though luxury brands have been in a strong place recently, Coye Nokes, a partner in management-consulting firm OC&C Strategy Consultants, told Business Insider that that growth can't continue forever, which could explain a growing interest in streetwear collaborations.

    "I think it's about acquisition of new customers and recruiting people into your brand. Streetwear brands definitely have a different audience, but this is a great way to maybe increase your awareness among a different set of consumers. In that way, these collaborations can be quite powerful," Nokes told Business Insider.

    Here are some of the other major changes happening in the fashion industry:

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    Luxury brands have been partnering with streetwear brands, in part to recruit younger customers, and in part to experiment with different business models.



    Most recently, Polo Ralph Lauren teamed up with London-based streetwear brand Palace for a limited-edition product line.



    Trunzo told Business Insider that Polo choosing to work with Palace was a smart decision. Since Palace doesn't do collaborations very often, there is a level of exclusivity that helps it keep its luxury appeal.



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