News Round-Up: November 18, 2020

Former President Barack Obama (screen capture)

Some news items you might have missed:

Mediaite: Former President Barack Obama’s newly-released memoir, A Promised Land, sold more than 887,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours putting it on track to be the highest selling presidential memoir in modern history.

Back2Stonewall: The FBI has released its annual report on hate crimes showing that, broadly, hate crimes rose 2.7 percent in 2019. Hate crimes perpetrated against gay men rose for the third straight year from 57.8% in 2017 to 61.8% in 2019.

The Advocate: Ryan Phillippe says his parents “shunned” him for taking on the role on One Life to Live’s Billy Douglas, the first gay character on a soap opera, which he portrayed during the early ’90s. Phillippe is currently starring in ABC’s new drama, Big Sky.

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Gov. Tim Walz will impose new restrictions on bars, restaurants and fitness centers starting Friday, closing them down to the public for four weeks as COVID-19 cases surge across the state. Bars and restaurants will still be allowed to offer takeout services during that time.

CNN: The Trump campaign alleged last week that a vote cast by a Georgia woman named Deborah Jean Christiansen was fraudulent because she was reportedly dead. In fact, the vote was legally cast by a living woman who also happens to be named Deborah Jean Christiansen. Christiansen answered the door when CNN showed up on Tuesday evening.

OUT: Schitt’s Creek co-creator and star Dan Levy scored another honor as he lands on PEOPLE’s 2020 ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ List


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Ryan Phillippe’s 42 Year-Old “Dad Bod” Is Pretty Awesome

Shirtless Ryan Phillippe gives good shirtless "dad bod" at 42 years old

Actor Ryan Phillippe shared a few behind-the-scenes snaps via Instagram of his upcoming photo layout for Men’s Fitness magazine proving he gives new meaning to the term, “dad bod.”

Check those shoulders and triceps. Ryan makes 42 look awesome.

Derek & Drew Riker, photographers who happen to be handsome twins, handled the lens responsibilities for the shoot. The layout is scheduled to be featured in the June issue of the mag.

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