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May 22, 2018

Time … it's like a flat circle, you know, man?

Or, if you're the glorified-bracelet company Nunc, time is more like a really expensive Italian marble stone shaped like a blank watch face. As the Swedish company explained to one understandably confused Facebook user who made the mistake of pointing out that a watch that doesn't work is just a bracelet, "Nunc is more than a product, it represents a philosophy and a way of life. And for some time we struggled: Should we call it a watch or a timepiece? It clearly doesn't tell the time."

No, it clearly doesn't, but for 160 euro (about $188), it will aggressively remind you that "time is now, and we should make the most of it" by otherwise being totally unhelpful and impractical:

The whole thing seems almost a little too millennial to be true; there is even a "literature & philosophy" page that discusses sophomore-year-of-college philosophy topics like "carpe diem" and "moment mori," and a "spirituality" page that is "coming soon." Go on your own "deep personal journey" to "find meaning and purpose" on Nunc's website here. Jeva Lange

2:50 p.m.

2020 Democrats may have found their common enemy — and it's not President Trump.

Last week, former congressmember and Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke joined the wide field of Democrats aiming for the presidency. But instead of Trump using O'Rourke's increasingly popular name to rile up his fans, it was actually fellow Democrats who started shoving "Beto" into their fundraising email subject lines.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was one of the first Democrats to welcome O'Rourke into the race, firing off a very kind email complete with an exclamation point. But she quickly pivoted, pointing out that "more candidates" could easily mean less support for her, so you should donate and show "you're with Elizabeth." Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was a little more blunt, pointedly naming O'Rourke when she said she wanted to "engag[e] in substantive debates" with the extra-large 2020 pool and using just O'Rourke's name in the subject line.

Yet it was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who had the harshest dig, acknowledging in a Monday email that yes, O'Rourke crushed Sanders' 24-hour fundraising record. But you know what, "we more than likely had a lot more individual donations than he did," Sanders' email sassily continued.

Even if Democrats aren't necessarily pointing out O'Rourke as an enemy, it's pretty clear using his name as a subject line gets clicks, New York Magazine's Gabriel Debenedetti points out. And of course, throwing an extra layer of drama into the fundraising scramble doesn't hurt either. Kathryn Krawczyk

2:45 p.m.

If you thought making decisions for a fictional character was difficult in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, steel yourself for the challenge of making them for an actual human being.

Netflix on Monday announced the new live-action series You vs. Wild, which will follow the adventures of survival expert Bear Grylls as he traverses "dense jungles, towering mountains, brutal deserts and mysterious forests," per Deadline. But unlike Grylls' previous shows where he attempts to survive in the wilderness like Man vs. Wild, this one will be interactive, meaning viewers make decisions that guide where the episodes go.

Netflix's description of the show teases some "tough decisions" while adding that "whether or not Bear succeeds or fails is totally up to you." As Grylls himself told Variety: "The stakes are high in this one!"

This is the latest example of interactive storytelling from Netflix after the success of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, a movie released as part of the popular sci-fi anthology show. At various points during Bandersnatch, viewers are asked to pick one of two possible choices, and this causes the story to branch out in different directions and results in multiple potential endings, although some choices lead to dead ends. When it was released in December, The New York Times reported that Netflix planned for more pieces of interactive storytelling in genres "from horror to romantic comedy."

You vs. Wild is the streamer's next step, although while Bandersnatch was just one film, this is a full eight-episode series. It will be released on April 10. Watch a trailer below. Brendan Morrow

2:17 p.m.

Most eyes will be on the likely future no. 1 NBA draft pick, Zion Williamson, and his Duke teammates throughout this year's NCAA tournament. But the first round remains the best opportunity to catch a glimpse of some under-the-radar teams, players, and storylines. Here are the most intriguing, non-Duke-related match-ups in each region.

West Region — No. 5 Marquette vs. No. 12 Murray State: The most exciting match-up of the first round will pit two of the country's most gifted players against each other. Murray State is led by guard Ja Morant, who could go as high as no. 2 overall in the NBA draft. Markus Howard, a diminutive guard who averages a prolific 25 points per game, headlines Marquette.

Midwest Region — No. 7 Wofford vs. No. 10 Seton Hall: These teams don't jump off the page in a region that features blue bloods like North Carolina, Kentucky, and Kansas, but Wofford and Seton Hall have been playing high quality basketball lately. Wofford went undefeated in the Southern Conference and hasn't lost a game since December. Seton Hall's 20-13 record might seem suspect, but the Pirates have victories over Kentucky, Maryland, Marquette, and Villanova.

East Region — No. 7 Louisville vs. No. 10 Minnesota: This contest between two mid-tier power conference schools gets a nod thanks to some off-court drama: Minnesota's coach Richard Pitino is the son of Hall-of-Fame coach Rick Pitino, who once led Louisville to three Final Fours and a national title. The Pitino family's relationship with Louisville didn't end well, though, when the elder Pitino was fired after multiple scandals and Louisville's 2013 title run was vacated.

South Region — No. 6 Villanova vs. No. 11 St. Mary's: The defending champion Wildcats aren't as talented as last season's team, but head coach Jay Wright and seniors Phil Booth and Eric Paschall will make this squad a tough out. Awaiting them, though, is St. Mary's, fresh off an upset over no. 1 seed Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference tournament championship. The two sides have some history, as well — during the 2010 NCAA tournament, the Gaels, then a 10-seed, defeated the no. 2-seeded Villanova to advance to the Sweet 16. Tim O'Donnell

2:04 p.m.

The CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment is resigning after a report that he had an affair with an actress and promised to help advance her career.

Kevin Tsujihara announced on Monday that he would step down as chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, saying that after thinking about how "my past actions might impact the company's future," he has decided this is "in Warner Bros.' best interest," per Deadline. He went on to say that he won't "let media attention on my past detract from all the great work the team is doing."

The Hollywood Reporter had previously reported that Tsujihara had a sexual relationship with an actress, Charlotte Kirk, and promised he would help her land auditions for Warner Bros. projects. Following the report, WarnerMedia said it would launch an investigation. Kirk, who has appeared in the Warner Bros. films How to Be Single and Ocean's 8, denied that Tsujihara promised her anything and said she has "no issues with him or claims against him." Tsujihara also denied having a direct role in casting Kirk. One text published by the reporter showed Tsujihara telling Kirk he had made "a bit of a stir" trying to get her cast in a project, saying that "I just need to be careful."

This report came just as Tsujihara's role at WarnerMedia had been expanded after the company's purchase by AT&T, per CNN. Tsujihara previously apologized in a memo to employees, saying "I deeply regret that I have made mistakes in my personal life." Brendan Morrow

1:07 p.m.

Meghan McCain laid into President Trump on The View on Monday after his repeated Twitter attacks on her late father.

"He spends his weekend obsessing over great men because he knows it, and I know it, and all of you know it: he will never be a great man," McCain said of Trump's weekend tweets about John McCain. She went on to say that her father, who died in 2018 following a battle with brain cancer, continues to be Trump's kryptonite even in death and that Trump spent his weekend not with his family or his friends but "obsessing over great men" who he could "never live up to," adding, "that tells you everything you need to know about his pathetic life right now."

Trump over the weekend had attacked John McCain in numerous tweets and retweets, criticizing his vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act and falsely saying he leaked the Russia dossier written by Christopher Steele to the media prior to the 2016 election. A McCain associate testified that he shared the dossier with the media in 2017, not McCain himself; McCain did share the dossier with the FBI, but not until after the election, The Washington Post reports. Trump also falsely said McCain was last in his class at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Watch McCain's comments on The View below. Brendan Morrow

12:59 p.m.

Mozambique's death toll is already at 84 after a cyclone tore through the region over the weekend, and the country's president says it'll only get much, much worse.

Cyclone Idai brought devastating rainfall and flooding to southeast Africa, killing 122 people even in the days before it made landfall Thursday night, per NPR. It then moved inland to wipe out Zimbabwe and Malawi, leaving at least 215 people dead in total and hundreds more missing as extreme flooding continues.

The devastation was at its peak in Beira, Mozambique, where the storm made landfall and destroyed about 90 percent of the city of 500,000, The Associated Press reports via the Red Cross. Beira's electricity, roads, communications systems, and airport have shut down, and now, flooding has taken over the city. Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi predicts that more than 1,000 people could have already died in the storm, he told state radio on Monday.

After an initial round of pre-landfall flooding, another 48 people died in Malawi and Mozambique, per U.N. reports. Zimbabwe says 89 people have died in the flooding so far, but a member of parliament told NPR the number will likely only grow. At least 1.5 million people have been displaced or otherwise affected by the storm, the Red Cross estimates. Kathryn Krawczyk

12:36 p.m.

Amid a firestorm surrounding her recent comments about U.S. policy toward Israel, which many on both sides of the political aisle called anti-Semitic, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) penned an op-ed in The Washington Post that was published on Sunday evening.

The overarching thesis of Omar's argument is that the U.S. must apply its values universally when dealing with questions of foreign policy. That is, the U.S. government should not condemn human rights abuses in Iran on the one hand, and look past similar infractions committed by Saudi Arabia because of political alliances on the other.

Most notably, though, Omar declared her support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, which she notes has been bipartisan U.S. policy for decades. She wrote that Israel is the historical homeland of both Jews and Palestinians.

"A balanced, inclusive approach to the conflict recognizes the shared desire for security and freedom of both peoples," she wrote. "I support a two-state solution, with internationally recognized borders, which allows for both Israelis and Palestinians to have their own sanctuaries and self-determination."

Omar's measured words come as she looks to quell critics who have accused her of harboring anti-Semitic and anti-Israel feelings. The freshman congresswoman even cited President Trump's former Defense Secretary James Mattis in the article, highlighting that he, too, has acknowledged that the current situation in the region is unsustainable.

Omar wrote that her critiques of Israel's government are meant to encourage a swifter move toward peace. Read the full op-ed at The Washington Post. Tim O'Donnell

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