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December 6, 2018

After its increasingly cumbersome restrictions and unreliable service caused customers to flee in droves, MoviePass is trying desperately to win them back.

The subscription service, which was founded in 2011 but gained national recognition last year after allowing users to see one movie in theaters per day for just $9.95 a month, will roll out three subscription tiers in January. The first is called "select." It starts at $9.95 per month and is essentially the same service MoviePass is currently offering: Subscribers can see three films a month, but a limited number of films are only available on certain days, a restriction introduced over the summer that enraged customers and inspired many to cancel.

Then there's "all access," which starts at $14.95 per month but allows users to see any movie at any time, although they can only see three per month.

Finally, the third subscription tier is called "red carpet," and at $19.95 per month, it's the same as "all access" except users can also see one premium screening per month. As with the other tiers, users can only see three movies a month under this plan. This is the same price as AMC Stubs A-List, which allows subscribers to see three movies a week and unlimited premium screenings. The prices for all three plans vary, however, depending on where the subscriber lives; if you live in a major city, you can expect to pay more.

This is part of MoviePass' attempt to win back subscribers' trust. “The way we have been going about this is not the right way," CEO Mitch Lowe told The New York Times. "We listened. We reassessed.” MoviePass is also clearly hoping this model will be more sustainable than the old one after its parent company lost $137 million in Q3. Brendan Morrow

5:43 p.m.

President Trump kicked off his day complaining about Twitter, and finished it meeting with its CEO.

It wasn't on his schedule for the day, but Trump met with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey on Tuesday for a private, 30-minute meeting in the Oval Office. There's not much information on what the two discussed, but a Twitter spokesperson mysteriously told Axios that the meeting revolved around "Twitter's commitment to protecting the health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections and efforts underway to respond to the opioid crisis."

Vice News reported Tuesday that Dorsey was headed for the meeting, publishing an internal email Dorsey sent to Twitter employees earlier in the day. "Some of you might feel we shouldn't take this meeting at all," Dorsey wrote in the email, but he countered that sentiment, adding that "I have met with every world leader who has extended an invitation to me."

On Tuesday morning, Trump used Twitter to air some grievances about the site, saying it doesn't "treat me well as a Republican." Trump cryptically added that Twitter is "constantly taking people off list" and called for Congress to "get involved," though it's unclear who any of these people are or what this list even means. Kathryn Krawczyk

5:10 p.m.

The stock market has completed its comeback.

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite closed at record highs on Tuesday, The Associated Press reports. The former rose 0.9 percent, with the new peak — which surpassed a mark set in September 2018 — coming just months after the markets rapidly plunged on Christmas Eve last year and making up all the lost ground. The Nasdaq climbed 1.3 percent to shatter its previous high set in August 2018. Both markets were coming off long stretches without a record, after bottoming out down nearly 20% at the end of the year.

Stocks have reportedly flourished this year thanks to what The Wall Street Journal writes is a more "accommodative" Federal Reserve. The central bank said earlier this year it was unlikely to raise interest rates, which encouraged investors to take greater risks. The rise was also spurred by a more general confidence in the U.S. economy, per AP.

Overall, on the year, the S&P is up 17 percent, its best start to the year since 1987, per the Journal, while the Nasdaq is up 22 percent, a number it hasn't seen since 1991. Tim O'Donnell

4:56 p.m.

Buda, Texas, is a quaint, fast-growing suburb of Austin, known for its annual wiener dog races and county fair. But deep in the heart of Texas, behind the walls of a pretty little yellow ranch-style house, is the stuff of minimalist nightmares:

First uncovered on Twitter by author Brooke Bolander, the house is for sale on Redfin and asking $435,000. It is described in the listing as a "one of a kind" home with "lots of great features," which is not a lie. I mean, the batting cage in the backyard is unexpected, plus there is a "historical Texans burial plot in the front yard," and who doesn't want that?

Browse all 30 photos here and keep in mind, you lucky dogs, that the "furniture is negotiable." Jeva Lange

4:07 p.m.

New research has found that transgender Americans are more likely to have health risks and a poor quality of life. The study, published on Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined data from 3,075 transgender adults and compared it to data from 719,657 cisgender adults.

Analysis of this data revealed that transgender people are less likely to have health insurance than cisgender people, those who are not transgender. In addition, they are 66 percent more likely to have experienced "severe mental distress," NBC News explained. Trans survey participants were also more inclined to unhealthy habits such as a sedentary lifestyle or smoking.

The survey that collected the study's data was administered from 2014 to 2017, a period when "attitudes shifted" and transgender people may have gotten worse, said Kellan Baker, the study's author and a researcher at Johns Hopkins University.

"This study shows that being a transgender person in the U.S. today — being transgender in a society that you know doesn't fully accept you — is hard," Baker told NBC News in an email.

Xiang Cai, a researcher at Columbia University who wasn't involved in the study, said that the study's conclusions reflect "multiple levels of transgender-specific stigmas." But trans people are still "capable and resilient," Cai added, saying that gender-affirming surgeries for trans people can lead to higher quality of life. Read more at NBC News. Shivani Ishwar

3:28 p.m.

Goats are having their greatest moment of all time — or at least the last 10 years.

Dairy goats, while far from the most popular American livestock out there, saw their populations grow by 61 percent from 2007 to 2017, according to the USDA's newly released 2017 Census of Agriculture. Meanwhile, dairy cows only saw a three percent growth in America, and the goat boom may have something to do with it, analysis from The Washington Post has found.

Across the U.S., the dairy goat population went up from 334,754 animals in 2007 to 537,799 in 2017, per the census. That's largely thanks to the dairy state of Wisconsin, where 47,203 goats joined the herd.

Dairy cows, on the other hoof, haven't fared so well. Their miniscule growth was largely confined to Texas, Michigan, and Idaho, likely reflecting the rise of dairy-free milk alternatives, and how the average American drinks about 12 fewer gallons of milk per year than they did in the 1970s, the Post notes. Meanwhile, llamas, despite their growing appearances on decor at T.J. Maxx stores, saw their ranks drop nearly 70 percent from 2007 to 2017, per the census.

Read more about dairy goats' moment at The Washington Post, or find the whole USDA Census of Agriculture here. Kathryn Krawczyk

3:18 p.m.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained enough evidence against President Trump that he would have been indicted were he out of office, Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.

Clinton spoke at the TIME 100 Summit and said that there was "enough there" in the Mueller report that "any other person" would have "certainly" been indicted, and the only reason Trump wasn't is because the Justice Department says a sitting president can't be.

Mueller in his report said his investigation did not establish that Trump's campaign illegally coordinated with Russia. He also didn't make a determination about whether Trump obstructed justice, although he included some examples of potential obstruction.

But it "could not be clearer" from the report that Mueller and his team of investigators believe Trump obstructed justice, Clinton argued.

"As I read it, basically what I thought it was saying is, 'Look, we think he obstructed justice. Here are 11 examples of why we think he obstructed justice. But we're under the control of the Justice Department, and their rule is you can't indict,'" Clinton said.

Clinton went on to say that Mueller was recommending Congress look at this and determine whether this was an impeachable offense. When it comes to impeachment, she made clear that she agrees with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that it shouldn't be done for "partisan political purposes" but said the House "may well start" an impeachment inquiry, predicting that the report is just "the beginning." Brendan Morrow

3:18 p.m.

As expected, Egyptians voted in a three-day public referendum to approve constitutional amendments that will likely allow President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi to remain in office until 2030, which many critics fear will cement autocratic rule in the country.

Voter turnout was low — just over 44 percent — but Sisi's amendments were reportedly approved by almost 89 percent. There is skepticism about the legitimacy of the vote, however. The Associated Press reports pro-government media, businesses, and lawmakers offered free rides and food handouts to voters, propaganda was plastered all over Cairo, opposition websites were blocked by the government, and potential boycotters were threatened with fines.

The amendments, which easily passed a parliamentary vote last week, extend presidential terms from four to six years and grant the president power to appoint judges and a new prosecutor. The military, which Sisi used to command, will also reportedly have increased powers, and will be considered "the guardian and protector" of Egypt's democracy and constitution.

Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists reportedly urged the government to withdraw the amendments, per AP. The groups believe they will put Egypt on a path toward even greater authoritarian rule just eight years after a pro-democracy movement overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Tim O'Donnell

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