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The Sunday Read: ‘How Tom Sandoval Became the Most Hated Man in America’
At the end of a quiet, leafy street in the Valley in Los Angeles, the reality TV star Tom Sandoval has outfitted his home with landscaping lights that rotate in a spectrum of colors, mimicking the dance floor of a nightclub. The property is both his private residence and an occasional TV set for the Bravo reality show “Vanderpump Rules.” After a series of events that came to be known as “Scandoval,” paparazzi had been camped outside, but by the new year it was just one or two guys, and now they have mostly gone, too.
“Scandoval” is the nickname for Sandoval’s affair with another cast member, which he had behind the backs of the show’s producers and his girlfriend of nine years. This wouldn’t be interesting or noteworthy except that in 2023, after being on the air for 10 seasons, “Vanderpump” was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality program, an honor that has never been bestowed on any of the network’s “Housewives” shows. It also became, by a key metric, the most-watched cable series in the advertiser-beloved demographic of 18- to 49-year-olds and brought in over 12.2 million viewers. This happened last spring, when Hollywood’s TV writers went on strike and cable TV was declared dead and our culture had already become so fractured that it was rare for anything — let alone an episode of television — to become a national event. And yet you probably heard about “Scandoval” even if you couldn’t care less about who these people are, exactly.
As “Vanderpump” airs its 11th season, Tom Sandoval reflects on his new public persona.
Biden, Trump and a Split Screen at the Texas Border
President Biden and Donald J. Trump both made appearances at the southern border on Thursday as they addressed an issue that is shaping up to be one of the most important in the 2024 election: immigration. Zolan Kanno-Youngs, a White House correspondent for The Times, discusses Mr. Biden’s risky bid to take perhaps Trump’s biggest rallying point and use it against him.
How Poisoned Applesauce Found Its Way to Kids
A Times investigation has revealed how applesauce laced with high levels of lead sailed through a food safety system meant to protect American consumers, and poisoned hundreds of children across the U.S.
Christina Jewett, who covers the Food and Drug Administration for The Times, talks about what she found.
An Arms Race Quietly Unfolds in Space
U.S. officials have acknowledged a growing fear that Russia may be trying to put a nuclear weapon into orbit.
Eric Lipton, an investigative reporter for The Times, explains that their real worry is that America could lose the battle for military supremacy in space.
The Voters Willing to Abandon Biden Over Gaza
In the past few weeks, activists in Michigan have begun calling voters in the state, asking them to protest President Biden’s support for the Israeli military campaign in Gaza by not voting for him in the Democratic primary.
The activists are attempting to turn their anger over Gaza into a political force, one that could be decisive in a critical swing state where winning in November is likely to be a matter of the slimmest of margins. Jennifer Medina, a political reporter for The Times, explains how the war in Gaza is changing politics in Michigan.
The Alabama Ruling That Could Stop Families From Having Kids
A surprise ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court has halted fertility treatments across the state and sent a shock wave through the world of reproductive health. Azeen Ghorayshi, who covers sex, gender, and science for The Times, explains what the court case means for reproductive health and a patient in Alabama explains what it is like navigating the fallout.
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That last episode about the NordStream-sabotage was horrible. First, you assert strongly that Russia had no motive. You forget to mention that (1) Russia had already stopped delivering gas, and (2) Europe had clearly condemned this while at the same time making it clear that they wanted to make itself i dependent from Russian gas. A Russian sabotage would be a convenient way for Russia to quickly kill a dying relationship in a way that could cause havoc in Europe while blaming others (as it always does). Second, you strongly hint that Ukraine most likely was behind this, and that Europe should view that as a stab in the back. You should know better than throwing speculations like that out during an ongoing war…
Also, in a previous episode: How is it possible to spend an entire episode on Putin’s speech without clearly showing that it’s full of historical half-truths, omissions and outright lies?! Listeners without previous knowledge could come away from it thinking that Ukraine’s existence (and quest for democracy) is illegitimate.
I usually enjoy the Daily immensely, but sometimes you act as useful idiots for Kremlin and autocrats around the world…
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