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    U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks during an interview in her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

    The GOP healthcare bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate as it goes up for a vote Tuesday.

    The Senate is expected to vote on a motion to proceed that would bring up the healthcare bill that passed in the House. At that point, one of a number of proposed draft healthcare bills stands to be shaped into the legislation that will get voted on. 

    Even so, many Republican senators have not embraced the bill with open arms.

    Some more conservative senators want to vote on a bill to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Some moderates, on the other hand, think the bill to repeal and replace, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), goes too far and want to keep some of the more popular parts of the ACA intact.

    Here are the GOP senators who have shaped the fight over the Senate healthcare bill — and what they might still want to change. 

    SEE ALSO: John McCain has an aggressive kind of brain cancer that has a median survival rate of less than 15 months — here's everything we know

    DON'T MISS: CBO: Under the latest Senate healthcare bill, deductibles could be more than some people earn

    Dean Heller of Nevada

    What he's said: Heller faces a tight reelection bid in 2018 in a state that recently passed a bill, which was eventually vetoed by the governor, to expand Medicaid access to everyone in Nevada. He opposed a previous version of the bill, but hasn't taken a definitive stance on more recent drafts. 

    What he wants: Heller took issue with the proposed phaseout of the Medicaid expansion and the funding growth-rate formula. 

    Susan Collins of Maine

    What she's said: A week ago, Collins opposed a motion to proceed on a vote on the BCRA and the repeal-only bill. Since then, she hasn't appeared to change her mind. Throughout the process she has been critical of the BCRA and its changes to the Medicaid program. 

    Collins also isn't a fan of the approach to vote on a motion to proceed on the bill before knowing exactly which bill will be voted on. ""I don't think that's a good approach to facing the legislation that affects millions of people and one-sixth of our economy,"she said on Sunday

    What she wants: While Collins' state has not expanded Medicaid, the slower growth caps for the program could be enough to push her away from the bill. Additionally, Collins opposes defunding Planned Parenthood, which the Senate bill would do for one year. Collins' term is up in 2020.

    Rand Paul of Kentucky

    What he's said: Paul was among the four senators that came out publicly against the BCRA in June, arguing that it did not deliver on its promise to repeal Obamacare. A bill to repeal the ACA is now on the table, and Paul supports that one, though he's still not in favor of the BCRA

    What he wants: Paul wants to roll back much of the regulations set up by the ACA and eliminate much of the funding to provide insurance subsidies. He said during the legislation's drafting of the bill that he doesn't want to create "a new entitlement" by solidifying the tax credits into law under the plan. Basically he wants less of everything: funding, regulation, and taxes.

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    Cocktail at Blackbird bar

    This week, the 11th annual Spirited Awards — essentially the Oscars of the drinks world — crowned New York City's BlackTail the Best New American Cocktail Bar. 

    While only less than a mile away from owners Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry's other award-winning sister barThe Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, BlackTail's atmosphere and cocktail recipes are worlds apart. BlackTail transports you to 1920s Havana, serving up colorful, punchy, and, at times, fruity cocktails.

    Last fall, we met with BlackTail's bar manager and cocktail aficionado, Jesse Vida, to get the full story behind this beautiful new bar at the very southern tip of Manhattan in Battery Park. 

    SEE ALSO: Here's the favorite drink of every US president

    BlackTail is partially inspired by the Highball Express, a fleet of private planes that transported wealthy New Yorkers right off the Hudson River to Havana, Cuba, during Prohibition. The second they were over international waters, they could drink freely.

    "We're telling the story of an American-style bar in Havana during Prohibition," Vida told Business Insider. "Havana became not only a place to go have fun, but a place to be seen."

    From the decor to the menu, BlackTail pays homage to that time period, but with a modern twist. "We're putting a modern flair [on our cocktails] so we're using modern ingredients, and bringing the cocktails to what the palate level is now compared to what it was," he said.

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    Audi A8

    Audi recently unveiled its new luxury sedan — and it should make BMW and Mercedes nervous.

    The all-new Audi A8 will support level 3 autonomous driving, meaning the car can handle most scenarios without driver intervention. 

    The sedan takes a direct shot at BMW's 7-Series — the German automaker's luxury sedan that debuted in 2015 and supports autonomous functions like adaptive cruise control. The A8 will also attempt to rival Mercedes S-Class — the world's best-selling luxury sedan that also comes equipped with self-driving features.

    Audi's luxury sedan has slipped behind the 7-Series and S-Class on global sales, but the automaker will aim to boost its outlook with the tech-savvy A8.

    Scroll down for a closer look at the new luxury sedan:

    SEE ALSO: Porsche is building a stunning Tesla rival — here's everything you need to know

    The Audi A8 is the latest iteration in Audi's sedan line-up, which includes the A4 and A5. It will begin rolling out in 2018, but it's not expected to show up in US newsrooms until 2019.

    First, some basics. Audi will offer three gasoline, two diesel, and one plug-in hybrid unit for the sedan. The gasoline and diesel options will feature mild hybrid tech to help improve mileage.

    The focus on hybrid tech comes in the wake of an emissions scandal that has rocked Audi's parent company, Volkswagen. You can read more on the different engine options for the A8 here, but all are designed to get over 445 hp.

    The A8 will come equipped with radar and ultrasonic sensors, a forward-facing camera, and laser scanner to support level 3 autonomy. Combined, the sensors will allow the A8 to drive in traffic on highways, even at slow speeds (37 mph).

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    travel sites main

    Planning a vacation or trip is undoubtedly stressful. You're bombarded with seemingly endless options for flights, lodging, and things to do, and it can be difficult to figure out where to start. Many travel aggregators strive to present you with the best deals, but they all end up looking very similar to each other.

    These similarities make it easy to know what to do and expect when you first visit a site. Typically, you enter your destinations, dates, and number of travelers. After you click search, you can further filter based on price range, airlines, and departure times for flights; amenities, hotel stars, and location for hotels; and type of car and rental car company for cars. 

    So what makes one site better than another?

    It all depends on your priorities and preferences. Everyone travels and plans for that travel differently. Here are seven travel sites and the factors you should consider when choosing a site. is a huge bank of information, offering more than 1 million properties in 117,000 destinations in 225 countries and territories. Wherever you'd like to go, you'll find it through this site. It offers booking for flights, hotels, vacation rentals, and rental cars. Clicking restaurants will take you to OpenTable. 


    I found their desktop homepage to be cluttered and a lot to look at compared to the homepages of other sites, but their app experience was noticeably simpler, which makes sense as travelers increasingly turn mobile. 

    One feature on the homepage that stood out to me (shown above) was the "Are you traveling for work?" option. Clicking "Yes" will present popular business travel options like WiFi and breakfast.

    Another feature was its flexible date suggestions if your chosen destination is a popular choice and accommodations are more than 50% reserved during your selected dates.

    Best for: 

    • Wide variety of options, including hostels, homestays, and bed and breakfasts
    • Easy access to your plans and searches by syncing your account across your devices 
    • Getting the best deals with their Price Match offer 
    • Destination travel guides and articles 

    Lacking or not the best for:

    • Bundling hotel, flight, and car packages

    Book a trip with


    Expedia offers booking for flights, hotels, vacation rentals, rental cars, cruises, and things to do. 


    You can bundle flight, hotel, and car deals so you don't have to go through the headache of looking separately and trying to coordinate all the deals. 

    The "My Trips" section is helpful for managing your entire itinerary in one place, so you don't have to search through endless emails and accounts to figure out your vacation plan. 

    If you sign up as a member, you can earn Expedia+ points to use toward future trips. Use the mobile app to earn 2x Expedia+ points. 

    Like, Expedia also offers suggestions for date shifts, date extensions, and route changes to get you to the cheapest deal. 

    Best for: 

    • Hotel, flight, and car bundles 
    • Coordinating your whole vacation itinerary 
    • Reward points system

    Lacking or not the best for:

    • Single bookings. The site is best utilized for its bundle packaging.

    Book a trip with Expedia


    TripAdvisor offers booking for flights, hotels, vacation rentals, restaurants, and things to do.


    It's well-known for its user-generated reviews, so as you're booking, you get the added benefit of reading reviews all in the same place. While I'm partial to Yelp for food recommendations and believe it to be better for US destinations, TripAdvisor is much more widely used in the international community. 

    TripAdvisor is the most experience-driven travel site. You are not just booking somewhere to live — you're signing up to experience and explore a destination. 

    Best for: 

    • Detailed filtering (e.g. style for hotels and distinctive features for vacation rentals) 
    • Comparing deals across aggregators 
    • Strong user-generated review community 

    Lacking or not the best for:

    • Bundling hotel, flight, and car packages 

    Book a trip with TripAdvisor 

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    amazon sweepstakes promo

    You might not have heard of the latest service Amazon has built into its empire, but you'll likely be thankful it did.

    Thanks to recent developments, you can now create your wedding registry right on Amazon, with more perks than you'd expect.

    You’ll likely be buying most of your household items from Amazon in the future, and going right to the source is convenient and direct.

    And if you want, you can browse through categories Amazon has created for newlyweds thanks to helpful insight from their giant network and millions of users.

    The appeals of a large business aren't lost in the wedding preparations. For instance, here are the top 100 items Amazon Wedding Registry users have added to their registries. You can also explore Amazon editors' top picks or items that couples love, by brands you like or by designer boutiques like the MoMA, to name a few.

    But what about all the things you can’t get from Amazon?

    Not too surprisingly, Amazon was aware you might go off-roading from some nice dinnerware or something along those lines. So they included a Universal Registry capability. Basically, you download a little browser application here that turns the internet into your own personal mall. With it, you can add any item from other websites to your registry as well as get automatic price comparisons. The main point, though, is that you don’t just need to confine your registry to only Amazon, but you still reap the benefits of using Amazon’s Wedding Registry. Below, I’ll take you through those benefits.

    Plus, with their Universal Registry capability, you can aggregate all the items you don't find on Amazon into one cohesive list — making that world's largest selection of items on Amazon even broader.

    Below, I take you through all the benefits that come with an Amazon Wedding Registry, so you can deliberate for yourself.

    DON'T MISS: 22 gifts you’re going to see on every couple’s wedding registry this year

    The world's largest selection

    Especially for modern couples, you might not be looking for all the same items you'd find on a wedding registry from 10 years ago. Sometimes you might want a camping stove to help you two get outdoors after you're married. For miscellaneous or unexpected items you'd still like to have on your wish list, Amazon is uniquely suited to you.  

    Plus, with their Universal Registry capability, you can aggregate all the items you don't find on Amazon into one big registry still — making that world's largest selection of items on Amazon even broader.

    Personalize and share with your loved ones

    Like any modern registry, you can upload a picture of you two together to personalize your list. Instead of leaving everything en masse for (perhaps distant) relatives to try to gauge what would be most useful, you can leave comments and set a priority for each item to help nudge them along. 

    If they're giving you a gift, they want you to like it — this feature helps remove the smoke and mirrors.

    Once your personalized registry is finished, you can easily share it via email and social media. 

    Bonus gifts

    What's better than one gift you paid for? Another that you didn't. 

    With the Amazon Wedding Registry's bonus gifts feature, you can cherry pick through a list of select vendors that will give you gifts when you register for items from them or when your guests make purchases. Some might not hold any interest for you, but there's no pressure to use them — it’s just a great added feature you can take advantage of if any of the vendors suits you and your needs.

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    Daisy Ridley Rey Star Wars Force Awakens

    Do you know which character says "The Force" the most throughout the "Star Wars" film saga or how long it would take you to consume every "Star Wars" movie, TV show, novel, and comic book? 

    If you think you know a lot about "Star Wars," you may want to think again. Entertainment Weekly Creative Director Tim Leong put together a collection of over 75 fun infographics, bar charts, and pie charts that dissect the "Star Wars" universe. 

    "Star Wars Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to A Galaxy Far, Far Away" tackles everything from listing the fastest ships in the galaxy (the A-wing starfighter) to a definitive ranking of lightsabers (the Grand Inquistor's and Darth Maul's take the cake). Some of the charts are funny — one illustrates R2-D2 telling Luke his chances of survival in "Empire Strikes Back" are 725 to 1 — while others include heavy research and offer insights into the saga you may not have considered otherwise.

    Chronicle Books shared several of the fun infographics with INSIDER for the book's release Tuesday, July 25, breaking down the opening crawl and Rey's "The Force Awakens" vision better than we've ever seen. Next time you watch a "Star Wars" film, keep these things in mind. 

    SEE ALSO: 22 stars you didn't know were in the 'Star Wars' movies

    While you may be waiting for the opening crawl to end before the start of each movie, how much do you really know about it?

    The crawl in "Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens" has the most words of any movie. It's also interesting that "Episode VI — Return of the Jedi" is the only film to use three periods in the elipses at the end of the credits instead of four.

    In case you ever wanted to recreate the opening on your own, the two fonts used are News Gothic Bold (for the text) and Univers 49 UltraCondensed Light (for each film's title).

    Yoda has said "The Force" the most in every "Star Wars" movie, but he only said it one more time than Obi-Wan Kenobi.

    The term was used the most in the original "Star Wars" movie and "Episode III." Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Force is mentioned the most by the light side of the Force instead of the dark.

    This is the most thorough breakdown of Rey's vision in "The Force Awakens" we've ever seen. It points out some things we never noticed.

    Did you realize Emperor Palpatine has a line in Rey's vision? Go back and take a listen and it happens at 1:06:13 in the movie! It's not in the closed captioning, but it's there right as Kylo Ren starts walking towards Rey.

    The breakdown also confirms that Luke and R2-D2 are outside a temple (a Jedi temple?) that has a nearby fire. It supports our theory that Luke was training a group of young Jedi before they were slain by Kylo Ren and his warriors. 

    Two more lines which don't appear with the closed captions on are three lines from Obi-Wan Kenobi from "Episode V": "You will be tempted,""But you cannot control it," and "You will do it ..."

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    Getting to the gym isn’t remotely easy for most of us.

    Things like working late, having a long commute, and preferring not to exercise with gusto in front of others can keep many people from seeing returns on their expensive gym memberships.

    Sometimes between the long nights and the long commutes the only time you have for yourself is the morning, and that free time often cut from prospective sleep hours seems to be ill-used on commutes to and from the gym. 

    For all those reasons and more, home gym equipment can be a turning point — an invaluable tool in maintaining the kind of fit body and lifestyle you want.

    When I was working full-time and taking night classes, I knew that I’d likely never see the inside of a gym — the hours weren’t times that I could make and there definitely wasn’t a convenient 24-hour center nearby. I wasn’t content with losing enough muscle tone to one day flop over like Harry Potter’s arm when his bone is magicked away in one of the movies. So I invested in equipment that I could use when I got home. And it was really great — not only did it always work with my schedule, but on the particularly tiring days I never felt the need to compete with anyone else just to show that I was not always so lackluster — I was the only one there, and I knew how tired I was, so I just gave myself credit for the effort.

    Home gym equipment isn’t for everyone, but it can be a way to cut down on monthly costs like gym fees and increase the convenience and comfortability of exercise for people all over the world.

    Whether you’re trying a new resolution, are landlocked at home, or have another one of the millions of little reasons why home gym equipment might be nice to have around, it’s wise to pick something up that works for you and whatever your specific fitness goals are.

    Below are 24 items that will help you work out at home:

    SEE ALSO: 8 exercise headphones that will make it easier to work out this year

    TRX Home Suspension Trainer Basic Kit & Door Anchor, $135.95


    20 lb Dumbbell Set with Stand, $24.99


    High Density Foam Roller, $8.68 - $22.95


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    Isser Gallogly

    Business school admissions are competitive, with schools looking for the right mix of experience, undergraduate grades, and GMAT test scores.

    With so many components of an MBA application, sometimes it's unclear what stands out most to a reviewer.

    Isser Gallogly, associate dean of MBA Admissions at New York University's Stern School of Business, visited Business Insider and provided some insight into what he most looks for in a winning application.

    With 15 years of experience in MBA admissions at Stern, Gallogly has reviewed more than 50,000 applications.

    Read on below to hear his best advice for getting into a top business program.

    SEE ALSO: As student loan debt reaches record levels, there's finally some good news about the cost of college

    How do I decide between full-time or part-time business school?

     "Business school is much more than the classroom experience," Gallogly said. "A huge part of the MBA program [is] the networking opportunities ... you're building a network for life."

    There are trade-offs when thinking about pursuing a part-time or a full-time program.

    "If being fully immersed in your experience in business school is incredibly important to you, a full-time program obviously optimizes that," he said.

    "With a full-time program, there's more investment in terms of the cost because you're forgoing income but you have more time to invest in the program. With part-time, you're obviously keeping your job, keeping your income, so there's less opportunity cost, but on the flip side, you have less time to go to business school and get engaged and involved."

    How do I write a great application essay?

    "We often get the question how creative should you be when you're writing your essays to business school," Gallogly said.

    "Should your first sentence be, 'Call me Ishmael,' or, 'It was a dark and stormy night,' or, 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times?' You don't necessarily have to have a headline or a grabber."

    Instead, Gallogly said that it's most important ensure you stay on message for the prompt.

    "I always say 'AQA:' Answer the question asked," he said. "Respond to the prompts, do it completely. "That said, make sure you get across who you are in this essay."

    Finally, convey yourself and your goals clearly. "I would treat this a little bit more like if you are presenting a business case on yourself and you are providing almost an executive summary as to who you are, what you're about, and why you're going to business school," he said.

    How can I get good feedback on my essay before I apply?

    "The general principle about what stands out are people who are really speaking from the heart," Gallogly said.

    "I've been in the business for 15 years. I've probably looked at 50 to 60,000 applications in that time. The essays that stand out are the ones where you can hear the person's voice, where you can feel the person's passion."

    To ensure that you accurately present that voice, read your essay to someone close to you. "Just ask them the simple question: Does this sound like me? Is this my voice? Is this authentic to who I am?" Gallogly said.

    "There's a reason you want to go to business school," he said. "We need to hear that excitement from you."


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    diana doc hugs

    The INSIDER Summary:

    • A new documentary called "Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy" marks 20 years since Princess Diana's death.
    • In it, Prince William and Prince Harry share photos and memories of their mother.
    • The loss is still raw, but they continue to feel her presence in their lives.

    To some she was known as Princess Diana, a celebrity famous for marrying into the British royal family. To others, she was a friendly face in a hospital room or homeless shelter. But to Prince William and Prince Harry, she was simply their mother, someone who loved them unconditionally and left their lives too soon.

    A new documentary on HBO pays tribute to Princess Diana's legacy as a parent and a humanitarian 20 years after her death. In "Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy," Prince William and Prince Harry share photos from her personal album, talk about their early years with her, and hear stories about her from close friends and associates.

    Here are 11 things we learned from the documentary.

    Before she was a fashion icon, Princess Diana stole her friend William van Straubenzee's shirts.

    He describes her eccentric fashion sense as a young woman, including shirts with hippos on them.

    She read trashy romance novels.

    "Whenever you saw her alone she'd have picked up some trashy romantic novel," said van Straubenzee. "She was a bit of a dreamer."

    She had a sense of fun and mischief.

    Prince Harry remembers how she would smuggle candy into their football practice and stuff it into their socks.

    "Our mother was a total kid through and through," says Prince Harry. "[...] One of her mottos to me was 'you can be as naughty as you want, just don't get caught.'"

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    Jaguar F PACE 11

    It's a Jaguar. It's an SUV. It's a Jaguar SUV.

    That day finally came last year. At the Los Angeles auo show in 2015, Jaguar Land Rover officially unveiled its first-ever sport utility for the US market. In 2016, we got our hands on it.

    In the flesh, the F-PACE, was as stunning on the street as we initially thought it was on the showroom floor in LA. The name, which is meant to connect the crossover in nomenclature with Jag's F-Type sports cars, is weird. But the machine is beautiful — the most gorgeous SUV currently available, we think, thanks to the aesthetic ministrations of designer Ian Callum.

    Jaguar shares a corporate stable with Land Rover, so it's not as if these folks don't know how to bolt together a stupendous offroader. They've been doing it for decades. 

    The F-Pace now also has a stablemate: Jag is adding a smaller SUV, the E- PACE, to the lineup. Makes sense, as the F-PACE has been a big hit for the automaker.

    So how did the first Jaguar SUV stack up? After all, Jag is a sedan-and-sports-car brand, full of British panache. Does a suburban family hauler really fit, even it if that's what the market wants?

    We had a few days in the Northeast with the 2017 F-PACE to find out:

    Photos by Hollis Johnson.

    SEE ALSO: One of these 15 finalists will become Business Insider's 2016 Car of the Year

    SEE ALSO: The new E-PACE baby luxury SUV is exactly what Jaguar needs

    Our $72,000 test vehicle was extremely well kitted out, as they might say across the pond. It was the "First Edition" trim level, and the color was an alluring Caesium Blue. Only 275 will be built.

    It isn't easy to design a stylish, sporty SUV. In fact, it's nearly impossible. The basic form for the segment is a large rectangular box with a wheel at each of the four corners and a big liftgate dominating the rear. But Callum has performed magic with the F-PACE.

    The legendary Jaguar badge is fairly tasteful emblazoned on the finely boned, blacked out front grille. No leaping cat hood ornament, unfortunately.

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Soft drinks are enjoyed all over the world, and they come in a wide variety of flavors.
    • A cucumber-flavored Pepsi drink is served in Japan, while a soda containing lactose is popular in Switzerland.

    While soda goes by many different names, variations on the beverage are enjoyed all over the world. Coca Cola and root beer are American classics, although beverages with more unusual flavors, such as malt and curry, are popular in other countries.

    Keep scrolling for more unique soda flavors from around the world.

    THE BAHAMAS: Pineapple and lemon, Bahamas Goombay Punch

    This sweet pineapple and lemon-flavored beverage, which is practically neon yellow in color, is a classic in the Bahamas. 

    SWITZERLAND: Milk-whey, Rivella

    Rivella contains unique ingredients such as lactose, lactic acid, and minerals that give the soda a unique taste that the Swiss love.

    UNITED KINGDOM: Malt, Supermalt

    This malt beverage was originally used as a dietary supplement for the Nigerian Army in the 1960s, but made its way to UK in the '70s, thanks to an influx of Afro-Caribbean immigrants, who all loved the drink. 



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    Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones."

    The "Game of Thrones" fandom has plenty of social outlets these days, from Con of Thrones to live-tweeting as each episode airs. Following the actors who star is the series on Twitter or Instagram is just one more fun way people can stay immersed in the world of "Game of Thrones" around the clock. 

    We rounded up the actors who are the most active and humorous in their out-of-character social media lives.

    Keep reading to see who you should follow.

    Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) has an Instagram feed full of off-set snapshots, where she hangs out with BFF Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and other cast members.

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    Highlights of her posts include the time she wigged out over Ryan Gosling and made a Dubsmash video on the set of "X-Men: Apocalypse." She also adopted the dog who played Sansa's direwolf, Lady, and posts pictures of them together.

    Maisie Williams has her own incredible set of Instagram photos and YouTube videos.

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    In 2016 Williams crashed a "Game of Thrones" viewing party, documenting the entire saga through Instagram photos. She also recorded herself throughout the day of the "Game of Thrones" season six premiere, and uploaded the clips to her YouTube channel.

    Nathalie Emmanuel plays the quiet Missandei on "Game of Thrones," but she's not shy in real life.

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    Not only is Emmanuel's Instagram feed full of amazing selfies and peeks into her life outside of "Game of Thrones," but her tweets are always on point, too.


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    No matter how popular touchscreens have become, the good old fashioned computer mouse is here to stay when it comes to productivity.

    Few computer mice have gotten as much love and attention than Logitech's acclaimed MX Master, and the company recently released its successor, the MX Master 2S. 

    For $99, it's on the pricey side, especially when you can get much cheaper mice that will work just fine. Yet, the MX Master 2S poses some very tempting feature propositions that could make its price tag worth it.

    Check out the Logitech MX Master 2S:

    SEE ALSO: This strange-looking mouse is the most comfortable one I've ever used

    The MX Master 2S is Logitech's follow-up to its much-loved original MX Master mouse, and Logitech didn't fix what's not broken.

    The MX Master's design is so good that Logitech seemingly had nothing to add or take away from it: The design is unchanged for the MX Master 2S. Indeed, Logitech touts the MX Master's hand-crafted design, and the company even made a design film about it:

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    The MX Master 2S is extremely comfortable, but comfort isn't what sets it apart.

    As far as computer mice go, the MX Master 2s is among the most comfortable I've used. I used to use an Apple Magic Mouse 2 for work, but it's now so uncomfortable compared to the MX Master 2s that I'll be ditching the Magic Mouse 2.

    It can work on almost any surface, including glass.

    If you're not aware, mice don't work on all surfaces, especially not glass. The MX Master 2, though, has a special sensor that lets it track your movements on pretty much any flat surface, even on glass.

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    Homes can be expensive in Beijing, China.

    A design firm in the area, called People's Architecture Office (PAO), heard from a woman who was struggling to afford a home, and had taken to living in a small, dilapidated house in the courtyard of her parents' residence outside the city.

    Fed up with the poor conditions, Mrs. Fan (who declined to give her full name for privacy reasons), commissioned PAO to build her a new home.

    The architects designed what they call a Plug-in House for her in December 2016.

    With just $10,000 worth of materials and a hex wrench, a construction team can build the Plug-in House in less than 24 hours, PAO's principal, James Shen, told Business Insider in March. The firm based the design on a similar one it used to create a renovation system that consists of locking pre-fabricated panels.

    In July 2017, the Plug-in House made the shortlist for the World Architecture Festival's World Building of the Year award. The winner will be named at the festivalin Berlin in November.

    Check out the Plug-in House below.

    SEE ALSO: This ready-made retrofit system can renovate old homes in just a few hours with a wrench

    The Plug-in House is located in Changchun Jie, a small town outside Beijing.

    Mrs. Fan lives there with her son. The one-story house they used to occupy on the site was demolished before the Plug-in House's construction. Here's a before and after.

    The Plug-in House is much more modern.

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    Visiting architectural masterpieces by the greats can often feel like a pilgrimage of sorts, especially when they are far away and hard to find. Not everyone takes the time to visit these buildings when traveling, which makes getting there all the more special. With weird opening hours, hard-to-reach locations and elusive tours we thought we’d show a selection from our archives of masterpieces (modernist to contemporary) and what it takes to make it through their doors. Don't forget your camera! 

    NB: All Hours are general hours, make sure to check the country's national and bank holidays when planning your visit!

    Bruder Klaus Field Chapel / Peter Zumthor

    Address: Located in the middle of a field off Iversheimer Road Mechernich, 53894, Germany.

    How to Visit: From the town of Mechernich, the chapel is either a 12 min drive, 35 min bus ride (take the 867 bus from Mechernich Bf station) or if you fancy a walk it should be an approximately 1 hour 30 minute trek (7.5km) through the scenic countryside.

    Tomba Brion / Carlo Scarpa

    Address: Via Brioni, 28, 31030 Altivole TV, Italy.

    Hours: 8AM-5:30PM

    How to Visit: From nearest neighbouring cities Padua and Venice, Scarpa’s Tomb is about an hours drive, if not the nearest bus station is San Vito D'altivole Via Asolana, which can be reached by train and bus from each city (though it takes about 2 hours travel) – the tomb is a short 8 min walk from the station.

    Notre Dame du Haut (Ronchamp) / Le Corbusier

    Address: Notre Dame du Haut, 13 Rue de la Chapelle, 70250 Ronchamp, France.

    Hours: October 17th 2016 to April 2nd 2017: 10AM - 5PM and April 3th to October 15th 2017: 9AM to 7PM – open every day except Jan 1.

    How to Visit: Located on a hill, the church is a 30-min walk from the station Gare de Ronchamp (1.8 km). The station itself is a 30-min drive from nearest city Belfort (France) where trains and bus connections are 1 hours’ journey each way.

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    Often, an amazing day at the beach can get marred by sand-covered towels and the fear of getting robbed while taking a dip in the ocean.

    That's why we've scoured the internet to come up with 13 easy hacks that will guarantee a better beach day.

    Invest in a waterproof phone case, or use a zip lock baggie.

    A water-logged phone can really be a downer on your beach day, so it's smart to invest in a waterproof phone case.

    If you don't want to spend the extra money, a zip lock bag has the same effect. The touchscreen will still work through the bag!

    Use baby powder to remove sand from your skin.

    Nothing is worse than being covered in sticky sand that refuses to budge. Baby powder removes moisture from your skin, making the sand fall right off your body. 

    Bury your cups and glasses in the sand.

    Bury your cups and glasses in the sand to ensure that they don't tip over. If you're feeling fancy, you can even buy glasses that were specifically made for this, and even float in the water.

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    As millennials ditch the casual dining industry, Buffalo Wild Wings is hoping that a new type of store can reinvigorate the business. 

    On Monday, the chain opened its first B-Dubs Express location in Edina, Minnesota. 

    The new location, along with a similar model in Hopkins, Minnesota, that is set to open in early August, will be counter-service and more focused on take-out, though they will still have televisions showing sports. In contrast to the typical expansive Buffalo Wild Wings sports bar, the locations will only have seating for 35 to 50 customers. 

    Buffalo Wild Wings has struggled to attract customers in recent months, something that executives have blamed, in part, on millennials' dining preferences. The convenience-centric express locations seem to be an attempt to address this issue. 

    "Millennial consumers are more attracted than their elders to cooking at home, ordering delivery from restaurants, and eating quickly, in fast-casual or quick-serve restaurants," Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith recently wrote in a letter to shareholders. 

    Here's what the new location looks like. 

    SEE ALSO: Buffalo Wild Wings' CEO is leaving the struggling chain after an activist investor triumphed in a monthslong battle for the board

    At B-Dubs Express, the branding is familiar — even if the name of the restaurant is not.

    It's going all-in with bold decor, trying to cram as much personality as possible into the smaller space.

    The counter is set up so that customers can order their food and either grab it to eat in the restaurant or take it out.

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    beltsBelts are usually hidden under your shirt, with just one purpose — to hold your pants up.

    But when a T-shirt doesn't cut it, and it's time to get ready for the office, they quickly become multi-functional. When dressing professionally, belts are just as important as other accessories like neckties and can become a part of your overall style.

    Just like shoes, no single belt will fit with all outfits, so it's important to have a selection to choose from. Whether you're searching for one that's subtle, goes with your wardrobe, or makes a statement, each look can be achieved with this one accessory.

    From staples like brown and black leather to more colorful rope options, the choices below will keep your wardrobe ready for any occasion.

    SEE ALSO: 10 of the best chinos guys can wear this spring and summer

    The brown belt.

    The brown leather belt is a staple piece. Whether you're wearing a suit or a pair of jeans, it'll go well with your brown shoes. 

    The black belt.

    Just like the previous option, a black leather belt is necessary when wearing black shoes. This color choice is perfect when going for a blacked out look with a tuxedo.

    The tan belt.

    While just as functional, the tan leather belt shouldn't be your primary choice. It stands out a bit more than brown, so it's great when you're going for a casual look like a button-up shirt and jeans. Also, if you're wearing tan shoes, you'll want to keep the color consistent with your belt choice.

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    It's not just fans who dress up and nerd out at San Diego Comic-Con. Celebrities do, too. 

    INSIDER rounded up the best photos of celebs geeking out at the 47th annual convention. From Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo bro'ing out at the "Thor: Ragnrok" panel to "The Walking Dead" crew and more taking cast selfies, keep reading to see them all. 

    Halle Berry kicked off Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con right by chugging a glass of whiskey on stage at Fox's panel for "Kingsman: The Golden Circle."

    Charlize Theron found herself among some doppelgängers at a screening for "Atomic Blonde"

    "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" actor Michael Rooker completed his Mary Poppins joke from the film with a Yondu-themed umbrella.

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    LONDON — Once Britain recovered from the worst of the crippling damage done by the financial crisis, the economy started to tick along at a reasonable pace.

    Since June 2016, however, when Britain voted to take itself out of the European Union, volatility and political intrigue have returned to the country's macroeconomic picture. 

    Britain now faces a whole heap of issues, many of which are tied to Brexit. Inflation is surging, consumer spending is slowing, productivity remains mired in pre-crisis growth levels, and uncertainty reigns supreme.

    But which issue is the most important?

    Business Insider got in touch with strategists, analysts and economists from banks, asset managers, and research houses asking them to let us know what they believe is the single biggest issue facing the British economy.

    We've rounded up a handful of the most interesting responses, including charts to illustrate the arguments made by those respondents.

    Check them out below:

    Daniel Morris, Senior Investment Strategist, BNP Paribas Asset Management

    The challenge: Inflation

    What's going on:Inflation has jumped to its highest level since 2013 in the year following the Brexit vote as the pound plunged in value against the dollar. While it saw a surprise fall from 2.9% to 2.6% in June, the level of price growth for everyday goods and services remains worryingly high, and well above the Bank of England's 2% target.

    Their view: "Inflation is probably the biggest challenge currently facing the UK economy.  The depreciation of sterling is raising import prices and therefore diminishing consumer purchasing power, while at the same time wage growth is slowing down.  This weakness in consumer demand, combined with the anticipated slowdown in business investment during the Brexit negotiation period, means that it will be difficult for the UK economy to maintain the level of growth it experienced during 2016."

    James Knightley, Chief International Economist at ING

    The challenge: The British consumer

    What's going on: One of the knock-on impacts of inflation's surge in the last year is that British consumers are feeling the squeeze as prices rise, but wages do not. In the second quarter of this year, Visa's widely watched index of consumer spending recorded the weakest quarter for expenditure since Q3 2013.

    Their view: "My immediate worry is for the UK consumer. The squeeze on spending power from weak wage growth and rising prices has led households to borrow more through credit cards and personal loans. Now the Bank of England is trying to clamp down on this for reasons of financial stability it is difficult to see how households can maintain their current levels of spending."

    Laith Khalaf, Senior Analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown

    The challenge:  The Bank of England's interest rate dilemma.

    What's going on: Brexit has speared the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee on the horns of a dilemma.

    The central bank must balance growing inflation – which usually calls for an interest rate hike – with the slowdown in the economy and dwindling consumer spending, which requires rates to fall.

    Their view: "Dealing with Brexit is going to be a long drawn out process, but if I had to choose one immediate issue it would be the challenge facing monetary policy. On the one hand, consumer credit is rising sharply, and in order to tackle this, the Bank of England would like to raise rates just to show that they go up as well as down.

    "After a decade of falling interest rates, 8 million Britons have now never seen an interest rate rise in their adult life. However economic growth is weak and looks to be slowing, and any rise in interest rates is likely to slow down consumer spending, which is a key driver of returns.

    "So the Bank of England is left walking a tightrope between trying to put a cap on unsecured borrowing which stores up problems for the future and keeping the economy ticking over in the here and now."

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