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Jul 20, 2019

Celebrating the Apollo 11 Moon Landing's 50th Anniversary
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty50 years ago, two astronauts took the very first steps on the moon, as the world watched. Through this gallery, view the incredible moments of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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Jul 20, 2019

The Most Fun Way to Get to the Indy 500? On a Bike.
Courtesy Brandon WithrowEven if Google Maps hadn't clued me in, I would have known that I was approaching the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Traffic along West 16th, a main artery to the IMS, was starting to throttle. Throngs of excited people hauling coolers flooded sidewalks. Signs along driveways advertised parking and food.  

And it wasn't even race day yet. 

This was the pedestrian equivalent of a parade lap—the warm up—a chance to see pre-race practices and events. The official Indy 500, which could be considered a type of high-holy day in Indiana, was two days away. On that day, families would arrive before the sun to find parking and get in line. It would be chaotic, I was told. 

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Jul 20, 2019

Apollo 11 Aimed for the Moon While the World Watched
NASAThe unknowns were rampant. 

— Neil Armstrong

"APOLLO 11. APOLLO 11. Good morning from the Black team."

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Jul 20, 2019

Trump Finally Retreats. Is His Franchise Losing Its Steam?
Mandel Ngan/AFP/GettyPresident Donald Trump, famed reality TV star, interrupted our regularly scheduled programming this week for a screening of his racist political thriller. It's about a quartet of congresswomen of color, known as the Squad, who Trump decided to run against for reelection as opposed to running against anyone among the 20 actual Democratic candidates.  

On Wednesday, Trump and his tweets went to the battleground state of North Carolina where a crowd in full MAGA regalia cried in unison about a duly elected member of Congress: "Send her back!" A few Republicans, long dead to the subject of their leader's vile and bigoted ways, stirred from hibernation to say he'd  ventured into a space so dark even they wouldn't go there. 

And here's the plot twist: Trump retreated. 

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Jul 20, 2019

2020's Underdogs Are Attacking Bernie Sanders at Their Own Peril
Cheriss May/GettySeveral of 2020's biggest Democratic underdogs are learning a hard lesson trying to break out from the bottom: attacking Bernie Sanders as a primary campaign strategy gets you nowhere. 

The Vermont senator has so far retained his standing in the Democratic primary's top tier, coming in second to former Vice President Joe Biden in most polls and hauling $18 million in fundraising this quarter, the fourth highest sum. His rivals have moved in near-unison to adopt many of the policies he introduced in 2016, including a $15 minimum wage, which passed in the House this week.

But with that status comes a small but vocal chorus of moderate antagonists who apparently believe hammering away at the self-avowed Democratic socialist is the best way to distinguish themselves from a crowded field. Two ex-elected officials—former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper—have been leading the anti-Sanders group and by the luck of the draw, they both will be on stage during the first night of debates in Detroit later this month (though, it should be noted, Hickenlooper did not confront Sanders during last month's debate despite sharing the stage with him).

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Jul 20, 2019

The Tech Oligarchs Are Going to Destroy Democracy — Unless We Stop Them
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyWhen there is a general change in conditions, it is as if the entire creation had changed, and the whole world altered. —Ibn Khaldun, 14th-century Arab historian 

 Congressional posturing about tech firms may have quieted for the moment, but the existential crisis that these firms are creating remains as now unchecked. Even faced with opposition on both sides of the aisle, the oligarchs—those five tech giants that now constitute the world's five most wealthiest companies—continue to rapidly consolidate economic, cultural, and, inevitably, political power on a scale not seen for over a century.

This tiny sliver of humanity, with their relatively small cadre of engineers, data scientists, and marketers, represent a challenge to democracy, competitive capitalism, and the future of the middle class. Given their virtual monopoly status, a laissez faire approach will likely result in more consolidation; only government action of some kind can stop them now. Current concerns are large enough now that both the Trump administration and many Democrats oppose Facebook's bid to issue its own currency. That's a hopeful first step.

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Jul 20, 2019

The Republican Party Was Founded to Fight White Supremacy. Here's How It's Embraced It Now.
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyOnce upon a time, "republican," with a small r, was the most revered word in this country—a sacred word. As you probably know, the founders weren't crazy about democracy. They didn't trust the people (even in the limited way they defined the term) not to become a mob. They didn't lean into the label "democrat." Instead they identified as "republicans."

What did republican mean back then, in the 1780s? A few different things, but it centered on the idea—and don't laugh, yet—of virtue. Republican virtue lauded citizenship and civic duty—and citizenship was defined by adherence to a set of principles, not by blood and soil. It hated corruption and excessive concentration of wealth (American society was far less stratified than was British society; George Washington would barely have qualified as rich in England).

Alexander Hamilton formed the country's first political party, which he called the Federalists. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison formed the other party, which they called the Republican Party (or sometimes the Democratic-Republican Party, but note that democracy is nodded to only in the adjective, while the noun emphasizes republicanism). They called it that for a reason: to promote the above republican virtues and to suggest that Hamilton's big plans—strong central government, national bank—were anti-republican and reeked of monarchism.

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Jul 20, 2019

The Return of the Godfather: The Old Mafia Is New Again
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyROME-Five fleshy, bare-chested men in tight swimsuits on a dinghy doesn't normally garner much attention in the bay of Palermo, Sicily. But it did last August when American mobster Thomas Gambino, 47, and Italian mafioso Tomasso Inzerillo, 72, were among those on board. They were overheard discussing how to divvy up the profits from the suspicious sale of Caribbean property that New York-based Gambino crime family boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali had recently unloaded. 

Italian investigators working with the FBI had planted bugs to catch anything they might say. Now, finally, the joint operation had a solid lead to a connection between the once omnipotent American crime family and the power-hungry Sicilian clan.

Central command for the joint operation sent officers to the Dominican Republic and redoubled their surveillance in New York and Sicily, launching the investigation dubbed "New Connection" that netted 19 men in raids of both crime syndicates this week in Palermo, Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey. Among those arrested in Italy was Thomas Gambino who happened to be back in Sicily for a "family vacation."

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Jul 20, 2019

All the Things You Can No Longer Buy if You're a True MAGA Trump Fan
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyOver 50 years ago, the Beatles faced public outrage from Christian fans nearly five months after John Lennon was quoted as saying the band was "more popular than Jesus." Lennon tried to clarify the comments, telling reporters in 1966: "I'm not saying that we're better, or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person."

The damage had been done. His original comment led Bible Belt disc jockeys to ban the Beatles from the airways. Devout fans burned their records, and communities organized pickup points where "Beatles trash" (what would now be valuable memorabilia) could be disposed of. In retrospect, the boycott can be seen as impressive for its coordination and followthrough.

Today, as controversial quotes are posted straight to Twitter, backlash is in real-time, and boycotts are often fleeting. Over the past few years, Trump supporters in particular have made a habit of boycotting—for undetermined amounts of time—major companies that have allegedly disrespected their favorite president, their impression of American values, or typically both at the same time.

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Jul 20, 2019

Inside New York's World of Burlesque
Courtesy James RidleySo you want to descend into New York's after hours underworld to see a burlesque show. 

Know that shows always start late. Know that it's always the MC's job to coax the crowd into not hating him (and it is very often a him) for hogging the stage between performances. Know that you'll be watching in rooms full of tourists and couples, both queer and straight, and old timers who feel strip clubs would be beneath them. Know that performances can go for three or four hours, and if the mood is right, can sometimes stretch to the wee hours of the morning, work next day be damned. 

The word burlesque comes from the Italian burlesco, which comes from burla, which means making fun of something and, true to form, modern burlesque is about lovingly mocking everything from gender norms to the emotional minefield of love to Susan Sontag.

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Jul 20, 2019

The Daughters of Nicky Barnes, ‘Mr. Untouchable,' Remember Their ‘Lovable Kingpin Dad'
Photo illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos New York Times via Redux / Family HandoutAs his two daughters tell it in their first extensive interview, the Harlem drug lord once proclaimed "Mr Untouchable" on the cover of the New York Times Magazine spent his later years as "Mr. Respectable."

Where Leroy Nicky Barnes once ruled a conglomerate of heroin dealers known as The Council, he went to work at a suburban Walmart in the Midwest.

Where he once sold thousands of pounds of heroin for millions of dolls, he punched in a time clock for an hourly wage.

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Jul 20, 2019

Can Trump's Hard-Core Fans Be Deradicalized?
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyPresident Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina, this week made scholars of fascism sit bolt upright. Trump spouted racist conspiracy theories about Somali-American Rep. Ilhan Omar to his fans, who chanted "Send her back!"

Trump has long stoked bigoted grievances among his followers, but the Greenville rally saw him act as a more overt radicalizer than ever before. And with a portion of Trump's fanbase now openly clamoring for the physical removal of several prominent Democrats of color, experts are questioning whether the country can repair the damage—even if Trump loses in 2020. 

"He's always embodied these sentiments," Zoé Samudzi, author of As Black As Resistance and a scholar studying genocide said. "But I do feel like there's a feedback loop: he's both animated by and responsive to the base that is eager to discipline a black Muslim immigrant woman. His long held racial animus fuels his supporters (who never need permission for their virulent racism but are emboldened by him all the same), and their enthusiasm energizes the president who in turn keeps ratcheting up his rhetoric."

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Jul 20, 2019

The Mystical Megachurch Ruling Over Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe's Hometown
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIn the hours after Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. women's national soccer team's World Cup victory, the footballer celebrated on Instagram with a photo of her hometown paper, the Record Searchlight. The caption read: "Hometown love is the best kind of love." Rapinoe grew up in the small logging town of Redding, California, and has maintained a close relationship with the community. She runs spring soccer clinics, regularly comes home for the annual Redding Rodeo, and even spearheaded a fundraiser after the Carr Fire destroyed several local homes. In the past, the town has celebrated their homegrown celebrity: in 2015, Redding declared July 21 "Megan Rapinoe Day," named a street in her honor, and changed the address of their soccer field to "15 Rapinoe Way," after her jersey number. But Redding's relationship with Rapinoe has grown uneasy. In a recent Record Searchlight letter to the editor, a resident called the soccer player "a selfish unpatriotic bigot and a total disgrace to our national team." In a follow-up article, an ex-firefighter told the Searchlight he "hope[s] she breaks her legs."

As a general rule, Redding skews conservative. Shasta County, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa in the House, is one of the most solidly red counties in California—roughly 64 percent of local voters are registered Republicans and in 2016, the county turned out overwhelmingly for T

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Jul 20, 2019

How Scorned Women and a Casanova Cop Caught L.A.'s ‘Dine-and-Dash Dater'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyOne evening in the spring of 2016, Marjorie Moon slipped off her scrubs and washed the emergency room out of her long blond hair. She stepped into a dress and high heels, transforming herself from a tired trauma nurse into a hot date. The 47-year-old divorcée from Los Angeles was inundated with offers from men on matchmaking websites, who often compared her to the Friends actress, Lisa Kudrow. For Moon, dating involved racing home from 12-hour shifts while wrangling babysitters. "I'd been under a lot of stress," she explained. "Just single mom stuff and whatnot. I have five kids." Scheduling often killed off any romance. Then she matched with a man named Paul on the dating website PlentyofFish. 

Smooth-talking Paul shared her love for fine dining, and invited her to the Tam O'Shanter, one of LA's oldest eateries. "I'm going to go with or without you," he told her, removing any indecision. Soon she was driving across the city, full of hope that Paul, 43, could be ‘the one.' He had sent her videos of his two adorable young sons, and said he was the CEO of the LA Fitness gym franchise. But as Moon handed her car keys to the valet, she saw her date arrive on foot. She wondered, did he not have a car? Paul's dyed-black hair was thick with gel, and he exuded short-guy energy. As he held open the restaurant door, his light green eyes sparkled.  

"Look how beautiful she is!" said Paul, as the waitress seated the couple. Then, loud enough for everyone to hear, he boomed: "I don't deserve to be with her! She's so gorgeous!" Paul edged his seat closer to hers, then got to work on the menu. Moon said he ordered: "A salad, chicken, fish, and two lobster tails on the side." When Pau

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Jul 20, 2019

Get All Your Activewear Needs Met With Up to 60% Off at Athleta
Even though Athleta is part of the GAP Inc. portfolio, rarely does it have as many sales as the other brands on that list. That means that this up to 60% off sale is a pretty big deal.

This sale has tons of style in everything activewear, from swimwear to leggings. There are even a few dressy items like the  La Paz Embroidered Romper, down to $64 (35% off). This flowy jumpsuit is made from lightweight linen and has hidden in-seam pockets, which is the ultimate dream. Or grab the Santorini Midi Printed Dress, which is on sale for $87 (19% off). This dress is made from sustainable TENCEL modal, which comes from beechwood trees, making it the ideal summer option. It's breathable, packable, and has UPF 50 protection for days out and about in the sun. And, of course, there are many leggings options to choose from, including the bold Elation Asy

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Jul 20, 2019

Netflix Takes Aim at Facebook With ‘The Great Hack'
NetflixPrivacy no longer exists, because we gave it away when we chose to embrace a digital life. With every tweet, like, comment, share and upload, we willingly sacrificed the confidentiality of our personal information—and, consequently, knowledge about the way we think and feel about everything and anything—in exchange for connectivity and convenience. That data has now been turned against us, used by corporate entities to manipulate our opinions, shape our behavior, and alter our social and political realities. And worst of all, we have no idea what specific data we've surrendered, and which pieces of it are being exploited for nefarious ends.

But we do know which tech giant is most to blame for taking advantage of this new online paradigm: Facebook.

Premiering on Netflix and in select theaters on July 24, The Great Hack is the most enraging, terrifying and—I don't use this term lightly—important documentary of the year. Directed by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim (The Square), its subject is the Cambridge Analytica data scandal—a story that's galling on the surface, and infinitely more bone-chilling when one considers its far-reaching ramifications. That's because Cambridge Analytica's deceptive and criminal relationship with, and conduct on, Mark Zuckerberg's social media platform had world-altering consequences: helping launch the Brexit movement, and

The Daily Beast
Jul 19, 2019

Oliver Stone Asks Vladimir Putin to Be His Daughter's Godfather
Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/GettyFilmmaker and conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone has made no secret of his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, but now he has taken it to a whole new level by trying to make him his 22-year-old daughter's godfather. 

"Does she want to become an Orthodox Christian?" Putin asked when Stone floated the idea during a sit-down in the Kremlin. 

"We'll make her that [Orthodox]," Stone replied, according to a transcript of the interview put out by the Kremlin Friday. 

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Jul 19, 2019

Rep Ilhan Omar's Constituents on Trump's Go Home Taunt: We've Heard it Before
Tom Williams/GettyMINNEAPOLIS—They've been told to go home in grocery stores. On the way to pick up lunch at McDonald's. On a highway overpass and in school playgrounds. While wearing the uniform of the U.S. military. 

For many residents of Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, President Donald Trump's repeated attacks on four minority Democratic members of Congress — which culminated in him telling them to go back to where they came from and goading supporters into echoing that call — amounted to much more than the latest race-centered controversy sparked by the White House. Much more, too, than an attack on their very own representative in Washington, Ilhan Omar, a first-year Democratic lawmaker.

In lobbing that racist taunt at Omar, Trump also directed it at many of her constituents — because many of them have heard it themselves countless times.

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Jul 19, 2019

Instagram Will Now Warn Hate-Spewing Users They're About To Be Banned
Carl CourtInstagram announced this week that it would expand its approach to content moderation to encompass more types of bad user behavior and to alert users earlier of the penalties for their misconduct. 

The social network's current policy bans accounts with "a certain percentage of violating content", i.e. nude photos, abuse of other users, libel, or posts containing illegal activity. The updated policy will now ban accounts "with a certain number of violations within a window of time." 

Instagram declined to share specific numbers on the timing and number of posts that would provoke a ban, citing a desire to avoid giving bad actors roadmaps of how to skirt the rules.

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Jul 19, 2019

Eddie Murphy Opens Up About His Lifelong Feud with Bill Cosby on ‘Comedians in Cars'
Courtesy of NetflixMuch has already been made of Eddie Murphy's tentative promise to return to stand-up comedy on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. 

"I'm going to do it again," Murphy tells Jerry Seinfeld while the pair drive around in a Porsche Carrera GT. "Everything just has to be right. You have to get up there and start working out."

Since the 40-minute episode—by far the longest in the show's seven year history—dropped on Netflix Friday morning, TMZ has reported that Murphy is circling a deal with that streaming service that is "hovering right around $70 million" for multiple stand-up specials. 

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Jul 19, 2019

Iran Seizes British Oil Tanker, Escalating Tensions With Western Powers
GIUSEPPE CACACEIran's military seized a British tanker in the Persian Gulf on Friday, further ratcheting up the tensions between Tehran and Western powers in the Persian Gulf. 

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced via state-run news outlets that it had seized the British tanker Stena Impero "for failing to respect international maritime rules."

The seizure comes as an apparent response to Britain's detention of an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar in early July and comes on the heels of a series of alleged Iranian attacks on Japanese, European, and Middle Eastern tankers in the Gulf of Oman. 

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Jul 19, 2019

Ex-NRA Ad Firm: Um, Wayne LaPierre is Lying
Lucas Jackson/ReutersIn a new filing against the National Rifle Association, lawyers for ad agency Ackerman McQueen suggest that longtime NRA executive Wayne LaPierre is lying about a critical moment in the gun rights group's recent leadership shake up. 

At issue is multi-million-dollar litigation between the NRA and its ex-ad firm. In court filings of its own, the NRA has alleged that North's falling out with the group came in part because he withheld information from the NRA about payments he took from Ackerman McQueen, which had served as the gun rights group's primary ad contractor until just months ago. The NRA claims North kept the nature of his deal with Ackerman McQueen a secret from LaPierre and the gun group's leadership. 

But in a July 16 filing that was reviewed by The Daily Beast, Ackerman McQueen alleges that LaPierre himself helped negotiate the deal between their firm and Oliver North. And they hint that they have documentation to prove it. 

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Jul 19, 2019

Meghan McCain and Joy Behar Battle Again, This Time Over Republican Silence on Trump's Racism
It's been a little while, but Meghan McCain and Joy Behar were back at it on The View on Friday morning.

Discussing the President Trump's mild attempts to distance himself from the "Send Her Back!" chants directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) following his repeated racist taunts of congresswomen of color, McCain said that this has been "an extremely painful week."

"I have gotten a lot of interesting phone calls from a lot of people that I don't normally hear from about, what are we going to do?" McCain noted. "Because this is this bad. This, I do think is one of those moments much like Charlottesville that will stand in memory, and my answer to Democrats is, if you can't beat this, what are you doing? Because this shouldn't be this hard to beat."

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Jul 19, 2019

Scouted: Get Your Temperature Under Control With Amazon's 30% Off Deal on ThermoPro Kitchen Tech Accessories
Amazon is marking down ThermoPro's super highly-rated digital thermometers today only by 30% — a perfect opportunity to upgrade from janky kitchen tech.

The ThermoPro Wireless Food Thermometer gives you a 300-foot range and changes its background color to alert you as you near your goal temp. More than 4,000 reviewers left it a 4.3-star average rating and you can get it today for $25. Or go simpler with the ThermoPro Waterproof Cooking Thermometer, going for $11 today and sporting a massive 4.8-star average rating from more than 400 reviewers. If nothing else, a probe that gives you an instant-read is a solid addition to your kitchen's tech drawer for a quick grab when you want to be sure your salmon's hit that sweet spot. And if your dry rub or marinade calls for precise amounts, measure with today's deal on the top-rated Accuweight Digital Kitchen Multifunction Food Scale — get it for $14 through tonight. For a few affordable and highly rated upgrades to your kitchen, this sale is a great pre-weekend grab. Shop on Amazon

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Jul 19, 2019

Fox News Host to Geraldo Rivera: I Can Tell You to Go Back to Where You Came From
Defending Donald Trump's repeated racist taunts at Democratic congresswomen of color, Fox News host Pete Hegseth told correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera on Friday morning that it would be perfectly fine for him to utilize the president's "go back to where you came from" message on him.

A day after Trump sorta disavowed the racist "send her back!" chant his rally crowd launched at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rivera appeared on Fox & Friends and said he was "glad the president has said" he didn't like the chants. At the same time, Rivera noted that the president's original tweets targeting the "Squad" tapped into an "old racist trope," something the longtime Trump pal had criticized the president for days earlier.

"Geraldo, but you, like many, have accused him of racism," Hegseth replied. "But if you go back and look at that tweet, he's not talking about race, he's talking about whether or not you love this country and appreciate it. And if you don't appreciate it and don't love it, and don't want to work to make it better, then maybe you could consider going somewhere else. There's plenty of countries on Earth."



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Jul 19, 2019

Billy Eichner's Timon Is the Best Part of ‘The Lion King'
This week: 

Hell hath no fury like a millennial whose nostalgia is under attack, hence the polarizing reaction to the hyper-realistic remake of The Lion King, which is finally in theaters. I get it. The original Lion King is the best. 

Oh, I loved this movie. I would get so upset when Mufasa died that, for viewings 23 through 450 as a child, I would leave the room before the wildebeest stampede and only return when Simba meets Timon and Pumba. As I got older, I appreciated how beautiful the animation was, and impressively calibrated the story and tone. Older yet, I would grapple with the realization that I was sexually attracted to Scar. (Greenlight The Lion Zaddy spinoff, you cowards.)

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Jul 19, 2019

Palm Beach Sheriff Investigating Handling of Jeffrey Epstein's 2009 Work Release
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has launched an internal investigation into why financier Jeffrey Epstein was allowed to use his own private driver and make unsupervised stops at his private residence during his work release from the county jail when he served time in 2008 and 2009, according to a new report by West Palm Beach Contact 5 News.

Epstein, who pleaded guilty to solicitation of a minor in Palm Beach County in a secret non-prosecution agreement in 2008, was given carte blanche when it came to how he conducted his work-release program, according to documents seen by the news organization.

Among the 464 pages of deputy logs scrutinized by Contact 5 are countless examples of how Epstein was able to spend unsupervised time at his private mansion, where he stands accused of running a child-sex-trafficking ring, when he should have been at his office. The work-release guidelines stipulate that a deputy in charge of his supervision was supposed to be with Epstein at all times when he was out of the county jail, which clearly did not happen, according to the logs seen by Contact 5.

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Jul 19, 2019

George Nader, Witness in Mueller Probe, Hit With New Charges of Sex Trafficking
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyGeorge Nader, who was a key witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, has been hit with new federal charges of child pornography, sex trafficking, and obscenity, according to a person familiar with the case. 

The charges come on top of separate child-porn charges leveled by the same prosecutors last month. The new indictment is set to be unsealed Friday morning in the Eastern District of Virginia, according to the person.

The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Nader's attorneys declined to comment. Nader is expected to enter a plea on the charges this morning. 

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Jul 19, 2019

Kendall Jenner Strips For Nude Selfie to Celebrate... a Skin Cream
Pascal Le Segretain/GettyWhat's the ideal way to promote a quick and easy cure for acne?

Why, a topless photo of Kendall Jenner, of course!

That seems to be the thinking of the suits at skincare brand Proactiv, who are using their new signing to promote their product, which they claim can cure acne, on Instagram.

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Jul 19, 2019

Scouted: 8 Elegant Watches That Will Make You Look Smart — Even When They Aren't
You don't need a smartwatch to look smart — and lots of watches are plenty smart even if they're not labeled as smartwatches. So there! But seriously, we love the wide breadth of smartwatches out there and wanted to take a look at some less smart but just as smart-seeming watches to grab this summer for a timely upgrade to your collection. We gathered up some of the most elegant watches we found that are both top-rated and look great with features you want from a non-smartwatch. 

The New Fieldforce Collection, $350-$395 at Victorinox: Time-tested and coming from a top brand, this new collection focuses on sporty and serious aesthetic with some built-in glow for nighttime timekeeping. You can get various models of the watches with either leather or stainless steel bands. These watches will work just as well at work as at a dinner party or your next vacation. Victorinox also boasts a wide arsenal of elegant watches on Amazon.

Original Grain Koa Collection, $278 on Amazon: The Original Grain Koa watch is the brand's latest addition to its collection of natural-wood-derived watches. Original Grain focuses on making all of its watches with reclaimed materials sourced in unconventional products like whiskey barrels and baseball hats. They also plant a tree for every single watch they sell.



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Jul 19, 2019

Meet the Next Chris Harrison: Arielle Vandenberg, the Captivating Host of ‘Love Island USA'
CBSA long, long time ago—years before self-made comedians took to Instagram and TikTok to share their material—Vine was the breeding ground for viral video sensations. It was 2013. Things were simpler. Six seconds was more than enough time to birth memes and make stars. The shuttered app was responsible for such additions to our cultural lexicon as "What are those?" and "on fleek." It also gave us Arielle Vandenberg, a comedian and actress, and now the host of CBS's Love Island.

The California native has a few acting roles under her belt, including appearances on How I Met Your Mother and Greek, but it was her quirky Vine presence that really took off. After Vine shut down (R.I.P), she transitioned to other platforms, making videos for Instagram, hosting a podcast called The Only Child, and producing a mock-reality television show about her life on YouTube.

"If I'm being honest, [Vine] shut down as it was slowing down for everybody at the same time," Vandenberg told The Daily Beast. "Everybody was kind of moving to Instagram, so I was just excited that my fans actually came to follow me on Instagram."

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Jul 19, 2019

Meghan Markle Struggles as a Vicious U.K. Press Rounds on Her
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIf you love The Daily Beast's royal coverage, then we hope you'll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.

It's been a difficult few weeks for Meghan Markle, and it appeared the pressure was getting on top of her this week when she told Pharrell Williams, in an ill-judged, on-camera comment at the red carpet reception for The Lion King, "They don't make it easy."

While there has been some debate about the ‘who' it was that she had in mind (the press she claims not to read? Her in-laws? Racists? Society at large?) there is little doubt that the past few weeks have been among the most challenging of Meghan's royal life.

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Jul 19, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard Raised Negative $20 for Her House Campaign
Sean Rayford/GettyAs she runs for the Democratic nominee for president, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) also faces a primary challenge for her seat in the House. But if recent filings made by her political team are any indication, she's not sweating. 

Gabbard raised just $11 in the second quarter of 2019. That number does not factor in a $31 contribution refund, which means her campaign committee ended in the red during that three month period.

The committee spent just $8,828.59 during the quarter—almost all of which was on financial compliance—leaving it with just over $30,000 cash on hand. 

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Jul 19, 2019

10 Dishes With Chef Antimo DiMeo
Courtesy BardeaAfter a shift, what is your favorite guilty pleasure to eat? "I have a weakness for ice cream. I try to limit how many times I eat it a week, but I usually like to treat myself to a scoop of gelato after any great service."

Is there one dish you won't cook? "I don't think there's a dish I would never cook. I always like a challenge. It's fun to have a vision and then put that vision into motion with the team. That's my favorite part of what I do." 

All-time favorite spice. "Cardamom. I love how warming and inviting it is. Once you smell it for the first time it will be an aroma you never forget."

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Jul 19, 2019

How Nicaragua's Sandinista Revolution Was Resurrected—and Betrayed
Courtesy Bill GentileBill Gentile covered the Central American wars of the 1980s that haunt the United States to this day. In the first chapter of this series he wrote about the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. In the second, he looked at the U.S.-backed counter-revolution. Here he looks at what has become of the region, and of journalism.



MANAGUA, Nicaragua—Journalists follow the news. So when peace came to Central America at the beginning of the 1990s, I knew it was time for me to leave. The story there that had dominated front pages and nightly news for more than a decade dissipated almost overnight. 

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Jul 19, 2019

As Iran-U.S. Tensions Rise, Hezbollah Readies for War With Israel
Joseph Barrak/GettyBEIRUT—The tranquil winding roads of Lebanon's mountainous interior are far from the tense waters of the Persian Gulf where President Donald Trump says America came within 10 minutes of war with Iran a few weeks ago. And where, he said on Thursday, the U.S. shot down an Iranian drone. But if fighting ever does begin, these hills and valleys near the border with Israel will quickly be on the front lines. And according to Hezbollah commanders, that moment could be coming soon.

When Trump talked of war, he meant a shooting war in the conventional sense. But for Iran and its allies, it's Trump's economic war with its suffocating sanctions that is bringing the region to the brink of armed conflict. The targets of Trump's weaponized dollar increasingly see resorting to military engagements as the only response left.

Here in Lebanon, Hezbollah's commanders are close allies and clients of Iran—and they are targeted by U.S. sanctions as well. They warn that if the pressure continues these rugged hills where the Party of God fought bloody guerrilla campaigns to end 15 years of Israeli occupation in 2000 and repel an Israeli invasion in 2006 could erupt once again. 

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Jul 19, 2019

Stephen Miller Keeps His Head Down as Trump Makes His Nativist Dreams Come True
Win McNamee/GettyOver the past week, President Donald Trump doubled down on his openly racist attacks on four female minority congresswomen, repeatedly announced nationwide raids on undocumented immigrants, and had his administration roll out a new asylum plan—one that could very well be his greatest threat to migrants yet. And he's done this all the while being validated, defended, and excused by numerous major players in the Republican Party, once again confirming his nationalist, immigrant-trashing grip on the GOP.

All together, it's been a banner few days for the restrictionist, anti-immigration worldview of Trump and his top lieutenants who have encouraged the president to take a harder line on immigration since the early days of the campaign. Over the last few days, however, one man has been largely absent from the picture, the public tumult, and the cameras. 

Stephen Miller.

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Jul 19, 2019

Rome, Tourist Heaven, Is Awash in Bird Poop and Garbage
Massimo Percossi/ANSA/APROME—On a blistering July morning in Rome, a man in a white hazmat suit is collecting samples from a pile of festering and oddly shimmering liquid that has seeped from a dumpster into the cobblestone lanes near the Roman Colosseum.

Around the corner, traffic is backed up on a major street as a massively overfed seagull and a diseased-looking raven tussle over the carcass of a bloated rat. Garbage bags ripped open by rodents spill contents of rotting food and curdled milk onto picturesque squares. Citizens have taken matters into their own hands, liberally scattering rat poisoning in the overflowing dumpsters, but that means the smell of decomposing dead rodents and rotting waste permeates the air. And let's not even talk about the size of the cockroaches that scatter when the city's church bells toll. 

It is summer and the eternal city—one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet—is a giant, festering garbage dump. Four out of every 10 garbage trucks are out of commission, either due to budget snafus that have led to shoddy maintenance or drivers' strikes. And even if they were in service, the backlog for the city's overcrowded dumps, two of which are shuttered for maintenance and a third which burned down this spring, have made them nearly inaccessible. 

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Jul 19, 2019

‘I Have Eyeballs in Jars': Inside the Creepy-Cute World of the Doll Hospital
Getty Ines Casas runs the Secaucus Doll and Teddy Bear Hospital, where you can find her stitching, re-stuffing, washing, and sewing up tchotchkes Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:30 to 5 p.m.

When she's not caring for dolls, she serves as customers' unofficial therapist. With her purple-streaked hair, dinosaur-emblazoned apron, and reporter's sense of curiosity, Cases makes a point to learn the background of each "patient" that comes through her door.

"Behind every teddy bear, there is a story," Casas, 72, told The Daily Beast. "I have my way to get it. I'm very curious, and people always like to talk." 

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Jul 19, 2019

Trump May Not Be Coming for the Jews, but the Next Trump Will
Chip Somodevilla/GettyNervous American Jews are asking ourselves a terrifying question, in the wake of rallies in which overwhelmingly white mobs shouted "send her back!" about a congresswoman from a hated religious minority: 

Are we next?

To the 25 percent of American Jews who support Donald Trump, the question is ridiculous. Hasn't Trump supported Israel more than any president in recent memory? Isn't his own daughter Jewish?

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Jul 19, 2019

How the Ilhan Omar Marriage Smear Went From Fever Swamp to Trump
Joshua Roberts/GettyWhen Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) once married her own brother in an immigration fraud scheme, he demonstrated the remarkable degree to which even the most far-off corners of the right-wing internet can launch unproven, anonymous claims into the national political discourse.

The president had been asked by a reporter from the pro-Trump One America News Network about whether his administration was investigating Omar "for possibly marrying her brother." In response, Trump hinted that "somebody" in the government was looking into the matter.

"There's a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother," Trump said. "I know nothing about it. I hear she was married to her brother."

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Jul 19, 2019

Stephen Colbert's Message to Ilhan Omar ‘Send Her Back' Chanters: Trump ‘Threw You Under the Bus'
CBS"I never thought I'd say this, but these rallies where a nationalist leader whips people up into a racist frenzy might have a dark side," Stephen Colbert said during his monologue Thursday night after playing the clip of President Trump's rally crowd chanting "SEND HER BACK!" in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). 

"This chant did not help Trump's image as ‘not a racist,'" the Late Show host added, noting that Trump tried to "distance himself from his own idea" by claiming he was "not happy" about the chant and tried to stop it by "speaking very quickly" after it started. 

Colbert then played video of the full 12 seconds Trump spent basking in the chant before he continued his screed against the congresswoman. "You didn't cut them off by talking!" he said. "You let them fully get their hate rocks off." 

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Jul 18, 2019

Biden to Get Rematch With Harris in Detroit Democratic Debate
Mike Segar/ReutersHeading into the second Democratic primary debate in Detroit later this month, former Vice President Joe Biden will have the chance to go head-to-head for a rematch against Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who landed a major blow to his campaign in her first breakout performance. While Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will not have an opportunity to spar with Biden this time over health care, the Vermont senator will finally have a chance to distinguish himself from his closest friend in the Senate: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). 

The random selection was split into three parts by CNN to determine the lineups for each night, with groups based on their rankings in recent polls. On Tuesday, July 30, Sanders and Warren will be joined on stage by author Marianne Williamson, former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. On Wednesday, July 31, Biden and Harris will join Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Sen. Michael Bennett (D-CO), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro. 

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Jul 18, 2019

Trevor Noah on Why Those Racist Trump Rally Chants Against Ilhan Omar Were ‘Extra Disturbing'
Comedy CentralOn Thursday night, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah addressed President Trump's bordering-on-fascist rally the night before at Williams Arena in Greenville, North Carolina—you know, the one where Trump worked up his crowd into a lather till they unleashed a racist chant against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

"And obviously and importantly, Omar has a history of launching vicious, anti-Semitic screeds," offered Trump, to loud chants of "SEND HER BACK!" from the crowd. (Note: Omar has no such history.)

"Wow. Send her back. A U.S. citizen, send her back," offered a defeated Noah. "It almost makes you miss the innocent days when all Trump's crowd wanted to do was imprison a woman without trial. Lock her up! Lock her up! Because that was horrible, but at least Hillary would be able to stay in the country."

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Jul 18, 2019

Trevor Noah on Why Those Racist Trump Rally Chants Against Ilhan Omar Were ‘Extra-Disturbing'
Comedy CentralOn Thursday night, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah addressed President Trump's bordering-on-fascist rally the night before at Williams Arena in Greenville, North Carolina—you know, the one where Trump worked up his crowd into a lather till they unleashed a racist chant against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

"And obviously and importantly, Omar has a history of launching vicious, anti-Semitic screeds," offered Trump, to loud chants of "SEND HER BACK!" from the crowd. (Note: Omar has no such history.)

"Wow. Send her back. A U.S. citizen, send her back," offered a defeated Noah. "It almost makes you miss the innocent days when all Trump's crowd wanted to do was imprison a woman without trial. Lock her up! Lock her up! Because that was horrible, but at least Hillary would be able to stay in the country."

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Jul 18, 2019

How the Stormy Daniels Story Almost Got Out Before the Election
Joe Raedle/GettyStormy Daniels' lawyer sent Team Trump into a frenzy in October 2016 with threats to walk and take her alleged affair with candidate Donald Trump public when her money was late in showing up, according to court documents unsealed on Thursday. The high stakes pressure tactics were enough to make jilted Trump fixer Michael Cohen pay up, but only just in time. So how close did l'affaire Stormy come to leaking before the 2016 presidential election?

Welcome to Rabbit Hole. 

Tick-tock on the time bomb: Search warrants unsealed in Cohen's New York criminal case show his frantic (and fumbling) attempt to make good on his hush money payment once former porn star Stormy Daniels signed an agreement with him to keep her alleged affair with Trump quiet. 

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Jul 18, 2019

The ‘Cats' Trailer, With Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson, Has Shaken Me to My Core
Universal PicturesI thought I was ready. In the Year of Our Chaos 2019—the atrocities against pop culture of it all, the crimes against humanity of it all, the Marianne Wilson of it all—one would imagine they'd be prepared for anything. Then the trailer for Cats came out. I wasn't ready. You won't be ready. Somewhere in a quaint hamlet in the hills of the English countryside, Judi Dench is sipping her tea, glancing at her great niece's iPad, and sighing: "Oh. Well then." Dame wasn't ready.

The Jellicle Cats are here. I don't know what the hell that means. 

Like any sentient being, I've been aware of Cats my entire life. I saw the musical for the first time a few years ago, intrigued by the notion that The World's Most Underappreciated Entertainer, Nicole Scherzinger, had scored rave reviews for her turn in the musical in London, only to abandon her role for the Broadway transfer amid an egotistical billing war. "Bleeding Love" singer Leona Lewis replaced her. 

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Jul 18, 2019

House GOP Campaign Chief Puts the Kibosh on a Hacked Material Truce
Bill Clark/GettyDuring the 2018 election, the House campaign arms of Democrats and Republicans came close to an agreement that neither side would use hacked materials for political purposes.

Those talks ultimately fell apart. and if there were any inkling that the committees had a chance for some sort of truce in the 2020 election, Rep. Tom Emmer—the Minnesota Republican who chairs the National Republican Campaign Committee—effectively put the kibosh on that idea Thursday.

Speaking to a group of reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, Emmer balked at a question about coming to an agreement with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee regarding the use of hacked materials this cycle.

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Jul 18, 2019

AT&T Hired Michael Cohen To Consult On Net Neutrality, FBI Says
COREY SIPKIN/AFP/Getty ImagesAT&T hired Donald Trump's former attorney to advise the company on a range of issues broader than previously known, according to newly unsealed FBI documents. 

The telecommunications giant paid Cohen, now in prison for tax fraud, $50,000 per month, according to the unsealed documents. For that fee, Cohen provided AT&T "assistance and advice" on "political issues, including net neutrality, the merger between AT&T and Time Warner, and tax reform."

Previously, the Washington Post reported that AT&T had contracted Cohen to offer recommendations on how to navigate the administration's approach to the merger with Time Warner and corporate tax reform, but Cohen's consulting on net neutrality had not been confirmed. 

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Jul 18, 2019

Scouted: Spend Your Weekend Shopping Madewell's Extra 40% Off Sale and Get Your Summer Wardrobe Filled Out
Madewell makes some of my favorite things, from denim to shoes. Find your new favorite thing with an extra 40% off all sale styles when you use the code VERYRARE. And this is a very rare sale indeed. 

Choose from almost 1,000 items in every category. I'm eyeing the Pleated Wide-leg Pants in Golden Meadow (a mustard yellow) that are down to $45 (originally $85). They're the right amount of drapey but still feel like a pair of trousers you could wear with sneakers and call it a day. And I've also added the adorable Lei-cation Embroidered Mainstay Sweatshirt for $36 (originally $88) to my cart.  It's embroidered with Hawaii-inspired images like palm trees, hula dancers, and surfers. There are even some snazzy shoes on sale like the Marianna Wooden-Beaded Slide Sandal, which

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Jul 18, 2019

Rand Paul Fires Back at Jon Stewart on Fox News: He's ‘Not Using His Brain'
A day after former Daily Show host Jon Stewart and 9/11 responder John Feal came on Fox News and eviscerated him and fellow GOP Sen. Mike Lee for blocking the reauthorization of the 9/11 victims' compensation fund in the Senate, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on Fox to return fire.

And not only did the Kentucky lawmaker toss a lot of insults Stewart's way, but Paul also claimed he should be lauded as a hero for holding up additional funding for 9/11 victims.

"I know Jon Stewart," Paul told Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Thursday. "Jon Stewart is sometimes funny, sometimes informed. In this case, he's not funny nor informed."

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Jul 18, 2019

Ex-University of Illinois Ph.D. Candidate Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Visiting Chinese Scholar
HandoutA federal jury sentenced the former University of Illinois physics doctoral student who kidnapped and murdered a visiting Chinese scholar to life in prison on Thursday.

Brendt Christensen, 29, was found guilty last month during his trial at the U.S. District Court in Peoria, after his own defense team admitted that he was responsible for 26-year-old Yingying Zhang's death.

Though Illinois no longer has capital punishment in state cases, Christensen could have been sentenced to death because he was convicted in federal court. As the jury, which deliberated for over eight hours, did not reach a unanimous vote on the death penalty, Christensen was automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday.

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Jul 18, 2019

Ex-University of Illinois PhD Candidate Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Visiting Chinese Scholar
A federal jury sentenced the former University of Illinois physics doctoral student who kidnapped and murdered a visiting Chinese scholar to life in prison on Thursday.

Brendt Christensen, 29, was found guilty last month during his trial at the U.S. District Court in Peoria, after his own defense team admitted that he was responsible for 26-year-old Yingying Zhang's death.

Though Illinois no longer has capital punishment in state cases, Christensen could have been sentenced to death because he was convicted in federal court. As the jury, which deliberated for over eight hours, did not reach a unanimous vote on the death penalty, Christensen was automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday.

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Jul 18, 2019

A Crazed Arsonist Just Killed 33 People at a Great Japanese Anime Studio
The Asahi Shimbun/GettyTOKYO-Loved and respected among anime fans world-wide, Kyoto Animation is especially well known for films like A Silent Voice which stressed the importance of choosing life over death. So there is a strange irony in Thursday's deadly arson attack. 

The voices of 33 people were silenced forever by a 41-year-old man who set fire to the three-floor studio.  The Kyoto Police have the man in custody and are expected to book him on arson and other charges in the next few days.  

Kyoto Animation is a gem in the dark universe of Japan's often exploitive animation industry, famous for its thoughtful animated films and for establishing a healthy workplace with job security. 

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Jul 18, 2019

‘Terrible and Glorious Days' Covering the Contra War of the 1980s
Courtesy Bill GentileBill Gentile covered the Central American wars of the 1980s that haunt the United States to this day. In the first chapter he wrote about covering the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. This chapter looks at the U.S. backed counter-revolution.



He was a small man, but one not to be taken lightly. The only living founder of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) in 1961, he was cunning and resilient. He had been tortured in the prisons of the Somoza dictatorship but lived long enough to help overthrow the regime.

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Jul 18, 2019

Scouted: Save 35% on a Top-Rated Knife Sharpener That Uses Diamonds to Keep Your Tools Razor-Sharp
We at Scouted stay interested in knives and the best way to sharpen them — and Amazon is making it easier to get your own knives in better shape (literally)  with a day-long deal.

They cut down the price of the top-rated 120 Diamond Hone EdgeSelect Professional Electric Knife Sharpener to $84 through tonight. That's 35% less than its average price over the last few years. The day-long deal saves you $46 on a knife sharpener that uses diamonds to keep your blades in tip-top shape. And more than 500 reviewers have left the EdgeSelect a 4.6-star average rating, to boot. It is extremely easy to use: when the time comes, pull it out of your cabinet and plug it in, then turn it on and swipe your blade through its stages as needed. For a kitchen upgrade that will upgrade your knives in the coming years, take advantage of this sale before it ends tonight. Get it on Amazon

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Jul 18, 2019

Trump Claims He's ‘Not Happy' About ‘Send Her Back' Rally Chant Based Off His Own Words
Zach Gibson/Getty ImagesPresident Trump on Thursday disavowed the "send her back" chant that erupted at his rally in North Carolina the night before, falsely claiming that he "started speaking very quickly" when it began.

Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Thursday that he was "not happy with it—I disagree with it," despite heaping praise on his supporters hours earlier.

A reporter asked Trump if he is concerned that the chant puts Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN)—a U.S. citizen who moved from Somalia as a child—in danger, to which the president said he "wasn't happy" with the message. He then quickly pivoted to the event's high turnout.

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Jul 18, 2019

How Fox News Hosts Have Defended the Racist ‘Send Her Home' Trump Rally Chant
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyOn Wednesday night, the crowd at President Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina, launched into a "Send Her Back!" chant after the president took aim at Ilhan Omar, the Somalian-American congresswoman who he has targeted—along with other congresswomen of color—with racist taunts for days now.  

The chants immediately sparked widespread backlash and outrage, including from some conservatives and Republicans. At the same time, however, hosts and personalities at Fox News quickly began formulating excuses and talking points to defend the president for basking in the racist chants he clearly fomented with his days of bigoted rhetoric.

After many of the below defenses were issued, however, the president provided his Fox pals an easy out, telling reporters Thursday afternoon that he "wasn't happy" about the chant, saying that "it was quite a chant and I felt a little badly about it."

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Jul 18, 2019

Meghan McCain Feels Trump's Racism Takes Away Her ‘Agency' to Bash Ilhan Omar
Reacting to the outbreak of "Send Her Back" chants directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at President Trump's Wednesday night rally in North Carolina, The View's Meghan McCain groused on Thursday that the president's relentless racist attacks against Omar takes away her "agency" to criticize the Muslim congresswoman.

In a segment first spotted by Raw Story, co-host Sunny Hostin said the chants "terrified" her, prompting McCain to chime in and describe the rally as "really dystopian" before noting that she's also been a fierce critic of Omar.

"Everyone at this table, and I think, people that watch this show or have ever seen the dumpster fire of my interview with Seth Meyers know I have been one of Ilhan Omar's most vocal critics regarding Israel," she declared. "Regarding some of her comments I and others interpreted as anti-Semitic."

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Jul 18, 2019

Trump Readies His Mob for the Race War
Nicholas Kamm/Getty"Send her back" is the new "lock her up."

Hannah's Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism has been on my mind recently, for obvious reasons, but Donald Trump's shout-fest in Greenville, North Carolina, Wednesday night brought one passage back into sharp focus. Considering the intent of the Nazi regime as it consolidated power, Arendt wrote, "To know the ultimate aims of Hitler's rule in Germany, it was much wiser to rely on his propaganda speeches and Mein Kampf than on the oratory of the Chancellor of the Third Reich."

Spotting the real Trump isn't tricky. It's a matter of listening to the words he cares about, and not the scaffolding of speechwriting and consequent spin in which they're contained. Soviet defector Victor Kravchenko wrote in his 1946 memoir, I Choose Freedom, "Behind the ostensible government was a real government," and the real government of Donald Trump isn't in the "he's not a politician" excuses from allies or the bleatings of his cable surrogates—an idiot cadre of trout-pout blonde nonentities and pomaded men in shiny suits with tie knots the size of cantaloupes.

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Jul 18, 2019

Anti-Corruption Crusader Steve Bullock Enlisted Wall Street ‘Political Intel' Consultant
William Campbell/GettyWelcome to Pay Dirt—exclusive reporting and research from The Daily Beast's Lachlan Markay on corruption, campaign finance, and influence-peddling in the nation's capital. For Beast Inside members only.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is running a presidential campaign against cronyism and corruption. But the groundwork for that campaign was laid in part by a consultant who helps industry capitalize on Washington policymaking.

In the months before he declared his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bullock's federal political action committee, Big Sky Values, began paying a firm called Height Analytics. The PAC steered $32,000 to Height for policy consulting work beginning in August 2018. The last payment came on May 12, two days before Bullock announced he was entering the race.

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Jul 18, 2019

Al Jazeera Says Its Own Admissions of State Ownership Are False
Franck Fife/AFP/GettyWelcome to Pay Dirt—exclusive reporting and research from The Daily Beast's Lachlan Markay on corruption, campaign finance, and influence-peddling in the nation's capital. For Beast Inside members only.

As U.S. lawmakers press for Qatari-owned Al Jazeera to register as an agent of a foreign government, the media company has repeatedly insisted that it's not an organ of the Qatari state. But as late as last year, the news outlet told the British government the precise opposite.

The broadcaster now says that admission, which described the parent company of Al Jazeera's U.S. arm as a Qatari government-owned entity, was made in error. It insists that is not the case, and wasn't when the statement was made in September 2018.

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Jul 18, 2019

Paul Ryan's Political Machine Dumps $7M Into New Nonprofit
Tom Williams/GettyWelcome to Pay Dirt—exclusive reporting and research from The Daily Beast's Lachlan Markay on corruption, campaign finance, and influence-peddling in the nation's capital. For Beast Inside members only.

Paul Ryan spent the last two years of his speakership insisting that he remained a man devoted to conservatrive principles even as he became more and more immersed in the stench of Trumpism. Few believed him. But now that he's out of office and back home in Wisconsin, he's looking for ways to elevate ideas considered central to the GOP brand before President Trump's takeover.

Spurned by virtually everyone in Washington, Ryan is creating a forum for his own thoroughly pre-Trump brand of conservatism through the establishment of a nonprofit financed by millions of dollars left over from Ryan's formidable political apparatus. 

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Jul 18, 2019

Scouted: The Sleek Dolby Dimension Noise Canceling Headphones Are on Sale on Amazon Today Only
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You can get the feature-loaded and gorgeous Dolby Dimension Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear with Active Noise Cancellation today on Amazon for 33%. That lowers their price to $400, the lowest it's ever been by a $100 margin. After Dolby launched its first-ever branded headphones late last year, Scouted special tech columnist Whitson Gordon noted that they're comfortable and pack several notable features. "Perhaps most intriguing," he wrote, "it tracks your head movements and pans the audio across both ear cups accordingly. So, if you turn your head to the left, the dialogue will come from the right earcup, still anchored to the characters on screen rather than following your ears around the room." If you've been itching for an investment in your personal audio, this Dolby deal won't only give you high quality but some major cost savings. The sale ends tonight and the price will jump back up to $600. Get it on Amazon

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Jul 18, 2019

Pentagon Contractor Allegedly Threatened to Kill Congresswoman Over Vaccine Bill
Joe Skipper/GettyA Pentagon cybersecurity contractor has been charged with threatening to kill a member of Congress over the introduction of a bill that would require public schools to vaccinate children, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in the District of Maryland. 

Darryl Albert Varnum of Westminster, Maryland called the congressperson—identified only as "congressperson #1"—on June 28, 2019, according to the complaint, and left a voicemail threatening to kill the member if the bill was introduced. 

"I'm gonna kill your ass if you do that bill. I swear," Varnum's voicemail began. "I will fucking come down and kill your fucking ass. And you're a Congressperson, that's fine. I hope the fucking FBI, CIA and everybody else hears this shit." 

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Jul 18, 2019

Pentagon Contractor Threatened to Kill Congresswoman Over Vaccine Bill
Joe Skipper/GettyA Pentagon cybersecurity contractor has been charged with threatening to kill a member of Congress over the introduction of a bill that would require public schools to vaccinate children, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in the District of Maryland. 

Darryl Albert Varnum of Westminster, Maryland called the congressperson—identified only as "congressperson #1"—on June 28, 2019, according to the complaint, and left a voicemail threatening to kill the member if the bill was introduced. 

"I'm gonna kill your ass if you do that bill. I swear," Varnum's voicemail began. "I will fucking come down and kill your fucking ass. And you're a Congressperson, that's fine. I hope the fucking FBI, CIA and everybody else hears this shit." 

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Jul 18, 2019

Judge Denies Bail to Jeffrey Epstein, Says He's a ‘Danger' to Community
Jeffrey Epstein will not get to trade in his jail cell for his "gilded cage."

A federal judge in New York denied the financier bail on Thursday, ruling that the globe-trotting financier must stay locked up until his trial on sex-trafficking charges because he's a flight risk and a "danger" to the community.

The decision is a victory for prosecutors who argued that Epstein was too rich and the charges he faces too serious to let him return to the Manhattan mansion where he allegedly molested dozens of underage girls.

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Jul 18, 2019

Judge Who Denied Bail to Jeffrey Epstein Calls Him ‘Uncontrollable' and a ‘Danger'
The judge who denied Jeffrey Epstein bail on Thursday ruled that he is a danger to the community, in part because his "excessive attraction" to young girls "appears likely to be uncontrollable."

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said the evidence offered by federal prosecutors that it was too risky to release the globe-trotting financier appeared "strong."

"The evidence includes testimony of victims, some of whom were minor girls when they were allegedly sexually abused by Mr. Epstein; other witnesses, including potential coconspirators; physical evidence, including passports reflecting extensive foreign travel; sexually suggestive photographs of nude underage girls; plea discussions; and police reports describing witness tampering and intimidation," Berman wrote in a 33-page opinion.

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Jul 18, 2019

Cohen Called Trump and Hope Hicks During Stormy Daniels Deal, According to FBI Documents
Stringer/GettyMichael Cohen bought the silence of Stormy Daniels after a flurry of phone calls between Donald Trump, Hope Hicks and executives at AMI in the heat of the 2016 election, according to newly unsealed FBI documents.

Federal prosecutors on Thursday released hundreds of pages of documents detailing how the president's former fixer illegally paid hush money to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who both were prepared to say before Election Day that Trump had cheated on his wife with them. Instead, they were silenced through six-figure sums paid out of Cohen's pockets.

A federal judge ordered the documents to be released after Manhattan federal prosecutors told a court it closed its investigation into the Trump Organization over the hush-money payouts. (Cohen was an executive at the company.) Cohen plead guilty in 2018 to campaign-finance violations in connection with payoffs.

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Jul 18, 2019

Feds Unseal Hundreds of Documents Showing How Cohen Silenced Trump's Alleged Mistresses
Stringer/GettyProsecutors on Thursday unsealed hundreds of documents detailing how Michael Cohen silenced two of President Donald Trump's alleged mistresses during the middle of the 2016 election. 

A day earlier the Justice Department announced that it had closed the investigation into the Trump Organization and whether it had any criminal liability for Cohen's hush-money payouts. Cohen, the former fixer for Trump, plead guilty in 2018 to campaign-finance violations in connection with payoffs to buy the silence of former porn star and alleged Trump mistress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. 

With the case closed, a federal judge in New York ordered the court documents unsealed as they were "a matter of national importance" and added that "it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the materials."

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Jul 18, 2019

‘Fox & Friends' Defends ‘Send Her Back' Chant: It's Just Like a Football Game Chant
First, there was "locker room talk." Now we have "football game chants."

The morning after a Trump rally crowd broke out into a "Send Her Back!" chant aimed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Wednesday night, the president's favorite morning show brought on one of his favorite Fox hosts to spin the viciously racist and xenophobic moment.

Taking a seat on Fox & Friends' curvy couch in front of a live studio audience Thursday morning, Jesse Watters was asked by co-host Steve Doocy for his take on the rally. 

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Jul 18, 2019

Fox News Host: ‘I'd Grab My Wallet' if I Met ‘the Squad'
Fox News host Jesse Watters appeared to a make a racially insensitive joke about the Democratic representatives who are members of "the Squad" on Thursday. During a guest appearance on Fox & Friends, the anchor was asked by a member of the live audience what he would do if he had the chance to sit down with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).

"First, I'd grab my wallet," Watters said, eliciting laughter from the audience.

It's possible that Watters was referring to progressives' proposals to raise taxes on wealthy Americans, rather than suggesting one of them might be willing to pick-pocket him. But the comment seemed to highlight negative stereotypes of people of color, the morning after President Donald Trump elicited chants of "Send her back!" pointed at Rep. Omar at a widely condemned rally in North Carolina.

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Jul 18, 2019

Scouted: Summersalt Launched an Activewear Collection With Features You Need and in Styles You Want
Summersalt, the brand that brings you designer swimwear at affordable prices, is back for your summer wardrobe with a new activewear collection.

From new takes on swimwear to shorts and leggings, there's something in the new collection for every part of your summer activity to-do list. And everything includes Summersalt's summer features: UPF50 protection from the sun, moisture-wicking and quick-drying fabric that's sustainably-made, and antimicrobial odor-resistant properties. Check out the Beyond the Lounge Chair Short, which is sporty, comfortable, and functional with pockets for your stuff — get it for $65. The $55 Beyond the Lounge Chair Skirt is smart enough and chic enough to pair well with any of your summer favorites. The

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Jul 18, 2019

Is It a Video Game—or a Better Way to Learn Foreign Languages?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyA student stands before a shopkeeper on a Chinese market street. The shopkeeper announces that he has many things to sell, from cake to postcards. The student, who is still learning how to master Mandarin, ponders the selection. Like many people learning a new language, he must consider grammar, pronunciation, and tenses before answering. When it comes to Mandarin—which the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State considers one of the hardest languages to learn, requiring a minimum of 2,200 hours of study—that's especially difficult. 

This scene is not actually playing out in China, but at an American university where a classroom has been equipped with a learning game, enhanced by artificial intelligence, that promises immersion into a foreign culture with zero travel required. 

The project is the result of a collaboration between IBM Research and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a private university whose graduates include the inventors of the digital camera, ductile iron and the first commercial television. The six-week, four-credit class, called AI-Assisted Immersive Chinese, aims to create the kind of interactions a student could normally only get in a study-abroad program.

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Jul 18, 2019

The Best Milk We've Ever Tasted Is Sold at a South Carolina Truck Stop
Courtesy Lowcountry CreameryThe spot on the map where Interstate 26 crosses Interstate 95 in Bowman, South Carolina, seems arbitrary, pencil lines scratched in a Capitol Hill basement during the Eisenhower era. And while some 40,000 cars may pass on a typical day, we'd bet almost none of the folks speeding through these cornfields and cypress swamps know it's home to some of the finest crème-fraiche this side of Normandy.

Yes. Head west on I-26 from the big cloverleaf, over Cow Castle Creek, take the first exit—number 165, a lonely one with two two-pump gas stations (fifty-cent premium over prevailing prices; execrable summer heat)—and pull into the station to the south and head into the Quick C Food Mart. 

Between a cornfield and the ghost slab of a long-gone truck stop, the Quick C will transport you back to a time when shopkeepers chain-smoked indoors, sold canned pork brains from dusty shelves and Cheerwine in bottles from struggling refrigerators. But around the back of the convenience store, through a side-door, you'll find a spotlessly clean tiled room with shining stainless-steel tanks that produce some of the nation's most exquisite dairy—crème fraiche, Swiss and Greek yogurt, buttermilk, and full-fat whole milk—in the nation. Oh, and there's full-fat chocolate milk for the young and young at heart. This is Lowcountry Creamery, the Breaking Bad of dairy.

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Jul 18, 2019

What if the South Won the Civil War? Inside Lynn Shelton's New Movie—and Big Moment
Matt Carr/GettyDivine inspiration struck Lynn Shelton at a pawn shop. She didn't actually go in the pawn shop, but she was passing it by it and it hit her: Marc Maron was going to play a pawn shop owner.

The celebrated indie film director (Humpday, Your Sister's Sister), director of pretty much all of your favorite TV shows (even if you didn't notice that it's her name in the credits), and helmer of the upcoming limited series Little Fires Everywhere (starring little-known actresses Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington) had been wanting to work with her friend. She tends to do that, find ways to work with her friends, and this time it was Maron, the prolific podcaster and comedian whom Shelton worked with on GLOW, she struggled to come up with a concept for.   

Then she passed the pawn shop and had a vision of Maron, his chevron mustache, and general "beleaguered weariness" vibe behind the counter. It's a funny thing to be said about a person, that you can see them perfectly as a pawn shop owner.



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Jul 18, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein's on the Hook Now, but I've Seen Why Upper East Side Criminals Always Seem to Get Away With It
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyJeffery Epstein got away with his crimes for as long as he did because he had a network including powerful politicians, heiresses, celebrities, publicists, lawyers, a district attorney, and even a recently resigned labor secretary as bad actors, rotten enablers, and abusive fellow-travelers. 

Epstein's known victims number in the dozens, with more coming out to say that he assaulted them while he was "incarcerated" in Florida and later at his palatial Manhattan town house—where being a registered sex offender didn't seem enough to get him removed from the social register. 

We need to face up to the fact that Epstein is, in part, a product of a culture where wealthy men can do whatever they want. Consequences are for little people.

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Jul 18, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein's on the Hook Now, but I've Seen Why Upper East Side Criminals Always Seem to Get Off
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyJeffery Epstein got away with his crimes for as long as he did because he had a network including powerful politicians, heiresses, celebrities, publicists, lawyers, a district attorney, and even a recently resigned labor secretary as bad actors, rotten enablers, and abusive fellow-travelers. 

Epstein's known victims number in the dozens, with more coming out to say that he assaulted them while he was "incarcerated" in Florida and later at his palatial Manhattan town house—where being a registered sex offender didn't seem enough to get him removed from the social register. 

We need to face up to the fact that Epstein is, in part, a product of a culture where wealthy men can do whatever they want. Consequences are for little people.

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Jul 18, 2019

These Transgender Latinas Want New York State to Decriminalize Sex Work
Erik McGregor/Pacific Press via GettyPatricia waited for her client dressed in party clothes. It was a December evening in 2010 and she had plans to go out. However, this first-time client had insisted on seeing her. He also wanted to know if she could get him bags of cocaine. Her answer, she said, was that if he wanted drugs he'd have to bring them himself.

Something about him made Patricia feel uneasy. "His voice was tense, he asked strange questions," recalled the Ecuadorian woman in Spanish.

As soon as Patricia buzzed him in, she knew she had made a mistake. The man wasn't a client but a police informant. He opened the door and let the police into the apartment, with no further explanations.

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Jul 18, 2019

Feds Say Former VA Employee Used Vets' Ailing Kids to Scam Millions
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyA Department of Veterans Affairs employee used a network of shell companies to steal millions of dollars from a VA program to provide health services to children of veterans who are suffering from a debilitating spinal condition, federal prosecutors say.

The Justice Department lodged 23 federal criminal charges late last year against Joseph Prince, a former Veterans Affairs employee who prosecutors say used his position to steer almost $20 million in taxpayer money to companies run by family members and associates. Those companies then provided huge kickbacks to Prince, his wife, and other family members, the government alleges.

The previously unreported criminal case appears set to go to trial in Colorado in November. Prince has pleaded not guilty. An alleged co-conspirator, Roland Vaughn, initially did the same, but recent federal court filings indicate he is set to change that plea to guilty at a hearing early next month. Neither of their attorneys responded to requests for comment on the case.

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Jul 18, 2019

‘The Gay Footballer,' Real or Not, Challenges English Soccer to Champion LGBT Equality
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photo GettyWe are here again. A male English professional soccer player is reportedly about to come out as gay, and the tick-tock has begun on this historic event.

There are no professional male footballers presently playing in England who are out. The coming out would certainly be timely, fresh after the World Cup success of the U.S. women's team and its many out-players: Megan Rapinoe, Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger, Adrianna Franch, Tierna Davidson, and coach Jill Ellis.

That is, if the person behind "The Gay Footballer" Twitter account is for real. The account apparently belongs to the footballer concerned, and it burst into life on July 5, with a tweet announcing that he was an EFL (English Football League) player, that he had come out to his family, that he was under 23, and was "a proud gay man, hoping to break the mould." He would soon come out publicly, he added.

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Jul 18, 2019

Hollywood's Embarrassing Embrace of Marianne Williamson for President
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Marianne Williamson, the self-described "bitch for God" who comes off like a cross between a becrystaled Goop disciple from Monterey and the deranged dance mom in Donnie Darko, is having her moment in media spotlight after a mystifying performance at the first Democratic debate.

The spiritual guru-cum-presidential candidate, who loves Avatar way more than anyone should, is hosting trippy fundraisers in Beverly Hills filled with guests dressed as aliens. She's inspired a rash of Rabelaisian tweets and head-scratching op-eds, including a doozy from the Washington Post titled "Marianne Williamson is the only true anti-Trump," with the author opining that the bestselling author of A Return to Love possesses many of candidate Trump's so-called "strengths," including: "no political relationships yoking her to an ossified party consensus, no policy experience." And most glaringly, a recent survey had her polling ahead of Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand in New Hampshire.

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Jul 18, 2019

Kamala Harris Blasts ‘Predator' Trump to Jimmy Kimmel for Racist Attacks on Ilhan Omar and ‘The Squad'
ABCSen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) returned to Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week with a lot more juice than she had the last time she stopped by the show back in March. 

"Of the four leading candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, our first guest is the only one young enough to have listened to Offset and Cardi B on purpose," Jimmy Kimmel said in his introduction, referring to two of his other guests on the show. As the host began to tout her "surge" in the polls, Harris insisted that she doesn't pay attention to the numbers.

"The only poll that matters to me is on Election Day," the senator said. From her earliest days running for district attorney in California, Harris said she decided she would "pay attention to the voters and the people and leave it to the consultants to pay attention to the polls." 

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Jul 17, 2019

Samantha Bee Shocked Kellyanne Conway Somehow Even ‘More Racist' Than Trump
TBSSamantha Bee didn't have time to cover all of President Trump's recent "racisms," instead choosing to zero in on his demand that four freshmen Congresswomen of color go back to the countries "from which they came." 

"Sadly, the only thing that should surprise anyone is that he wrote ‘from which they came' to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition," the Full Frontal host joked. "Way to go, Shakespeare, now return your head to the orifice from which it came."

"Of course, it wasn't long before spokes-golem Kellyanne Conway leapt to his defense by somehow sounding more racist than her boss," Bee continued before playing the clip of the White House counselor literally responding to a reporter's question with, "What's your ethnicity?" 

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Jul 17, 2019

‘Mojada': Immigration Becomes a Greek Tragedy
Courtesy Joan Marcus"Mojada" means "wet" in Spanish, and in Luis Alafaro's play, a reworking of Medea that opens at the Public Theater on Wednesday night (to Aug. 11), it is a word that comes to have many meanings, from the comfort of rain to Medea herself (Sabina Zúñiga Varela) lying on the floor, pleading for her life, accepting the racist insult "wetback" aimed against her and other undocumented Mexican immigrants.

This critic saw the play, originally written in 2013 and directed by Chay Yew, on the day that ICE raids against undocumented immigrants were due to unfold, and consequently this story, with its cloak of Greek tragedy, had an added charge.

The play opens with Medea, partner Jason (Alex Hernandez), son Acan (Benjamin Luis McCracken), and the older woman Tita (Socorro Santiago), now in Corona, Queens. They are a family not wholly united by marriage and biology, but close nevertheless. Varela is a piercing performer, and McCracken sweet and spontaneous.

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Jul 17, 2019

‘Mojada': Immigration in the Trump Era Becomes a Greek Tragedy
Courtesy Joan Marcus"Mojada" means "wet" in Spanish, and in Luis Alafaro's play, a reworking of Medea that opens at the Public Theater on Wednesday night (to Aug. 11), it is a word that comes to have many meanings, from the comfort of rain to Medea herself (Sabina Zúñiga Varela) lying on the floor, pleading for her life, accepting the racist insult "wetback" aimed against her and other undocumented Mexican immigrants.

This critic saw the play, directed by Chay Yew, on the day that ICE raids against undocumented immigrants were due to unfold, and consequently this story, with its cloak of Greek tragedy, had an added charge.

The play opens with Medea, partner Jason (Alex Hernandez), son Acan (Benjamin Luis McCracken), and the older woman Tita (Socorro Santiago), now in Corona, Queens. They are a family not wholly united by marriage and biology, but close nevertheless. Varela is a piercing performer, and McCracken sweet and spontaneous.

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Jul 17, 2019

Tucker Guest: ‘People of Color' Label Is Racist Because It Gives ‘Virtue' to Dark Skin
Moments after the crowd at President Trump's Wednesday night rally chanted "Send Her Back!" at Somalia-born Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a guest on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight argued that the term "people of color" should be done away with because it gives people with dark skin "special virtue."

While airing the president's rally in the background, host Tucker Carlson invited conservative art critic and commentator Roger Kimball on to help decide whether or not America is a racist country.

"Is America more racist than it was five years ago? Ten years ago?" Carlson asked.

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Jul 17, 2019

Seth Meyers Tears Into Cowardly Republicans Hiding from Racist Trump Tweets
NBCAfter breaking down the media's reaction to President Donald Trump's latest racist comments about four Democratic congresswomen on Monday, Seth Meyers was back at it on Wednesday night. And this time, he took aim at the Republican lawmakers turning a blind eye. 

"So Trump mounted a racist attack on four Democratic congresswomen of color and then defended that attack with lies about the congresswomen he was attacking," the Late Night host said, "which of course gave Republicans the chance to courageously stand up to the president by pulling their favorite move: pretending they haven't heard about it and desperately waiting for the elevator doors to close." 

While Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) used the excuse that he was "out of town," Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) simply claimed he hadn't read the tweets but would "check them out." 

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Jul 17, 2019

‘Tell Them to Leave': Trump Sics Rally Crowd on ‘The Squad'
Carolyn Kaster/APAt an arena rally in Greenville, North Carolina, on Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump quadrupled down on his recent racist attacks on four female Democratic lawmakers. He also chastised one of them for using "the big, fat, vicious…F-word" against him, alleging, "that's not somebody that loves our country."

"She looks down with contempt on the hardworking American, saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country," the president said of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), to cheering from the crowd, many of whom began chanting, "Send her back," enthusiastically joining in on the collective anti-Omar hate.

The congresswoman is an American citizen, and a Somali refugee. Trump, of course, did nothing to object to the chant, and soon thereafter reiterated his position on the four congresswomen and like-minded Americans: "If they don't love [the country], tell them to leave it."

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Jul 17, 2019

Gizmodo Media Staff Enraged at New CEO's ‘Insane' Direction
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyLeaning on editors to be nice to advertisers. Asking for sites to quadruple their traffic—with no new resources. Relocating to roach-filled offices. Publicly remarking about ethnic stereotypes. 

Since newly created company G/O Media Inc. took over the websites formerly known as Gawker Media, the new leadership has made a series of moves that are at odds with the company's famously freewheeling corporate culture. Several of those moves have angered high-level staffers at the company.

Earlier this year, investment firm Great Hill partners purchased G/O Media, the company known as Gizmodo Media Group and Gawker Media, and installed former Forbes executive Jim Spanfeller as the company's CEO. Spanfeller has largely delegated editorial tasks to a deputy, but in his limited interactions with top editorial staff, he's made a number of suggestions that have raised eyebrows.  

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Jul 17, 2019

Iggy Azalea Is Back and Has a New Twitter Nemesis: Peppa Pig
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty / TwitterEver since Bette Davis and Joan Crawford sparred on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, celebrity feuds have been a consistent source of tabloid fodder. When Joan Rivers accepted a late-night hosting position on a competing network, Johnny Carson never forgave her. Fans watched enraptured as Jordyn Woods' betrayal of Khloé Kardashian played out on the most recent season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. And just last month, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry finally buried the hatchet over homemade cookies.

Luckily, for the celebrity gossip-obsessed, there is a new pop star rivalry to follow. It all began at the end of June when Iggy Azalea announced that her new album, In My Defense, would drop July 19 after a five-year musical dry spell. (The rapper has not released an album since her 2014 debut, The New Classic.)

Azalea, however, is facing an unexpected obstacle to her comeback. Peppa Pig, the beloved children's cartoon character, is dropping an album of her own on the same day. The project is aptly titled My First Album. Peppa has released one single, a bona fide banger called "Bing Bong Zoo," but the teaser video posted on Twitter previews some of the other 15 songs.           

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Jul 17, 2019

Trump Rally Crowd Launches Into ‘Send Her Back' Chant Over Ilhan Omar
Fox NewsWe now have a new gross Trump rally crowd chant to replace "Lock Her Up!"

During President Trump's Wednesday night rally in Greenville, North Carolina, he took aim at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), one of the Democratic congresswomen of color he told to "go back" to where "they came" from.

"Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds," the president said.

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Jul 17, 2019

House Holds Barr, Ross in Contempt for ‘Blatantly Obstructing' Census Scrutiny
Alex Wong/GettyThe House of Representatives voted largely along party lines on Wednesday evening to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress after they failed to comply with subpoenas for information about the Trump administration's push to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.  

The 230-to-198 vote marks the first time since Democrats took the House majority in January that they have elected to deploy criminal contempt— one of the harshest rebukes at their disposal—against officials from President Donald Trump's administration. 

Four moderate freshman Democratic lawmakers crossed the aisle to vote with all House Republicans to reject the contempt measure. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, a former Republican who is now an independent, voted with the overwhelming majority of Democrats to pass contempt.

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Jul 17, 2019

Jon Stewart Eviscerates Rand Paul for Blocking 9/11 Victim Funding: ‘It's an Abomination'
One month ago, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart went on Fox News to shame Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for failing to protect 9/11 first responders. 

Wednesday afternoon, he was back on that network to give his fellow Republican senator from Kentucky a piece of his mind. 

In an interview with Bret Baier, Stewart immediately took aim at Rand Paul who, along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), blocked a Senate bill that would extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, making the case that it should be offset by other spending cuts. 

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Jul 17, 2019

Prosecutors Drop Sexual-Assault Case Against Kevin Spacey
Nicole Harnishfeger-PoolA Massachusetts prosecutor dropped the sexual assault charges against actor Kevin Spacey Wednesday after the accuser declined to testify at a pre-trial hearing.

The charges stemmed from a complaint filed by a then-18-year-old busboy in 2017, accusing Spacey of groping him at a bar in Nantucket, Massachusetts, the year before. After intense questioning at a pre-trial hearing earlier this month, the accuser invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify further.

Nantucket District Attorney Michael O'Keefe dismissed the charges of indecent assault and battery on Wednesday, citing the "unavailability of the complaining witness." An attorney for the family—who dropped their civil suit against the actor earlier this month—said the accuser and his parents had shown "an enormous amount of courage under difficult circumstances."

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Jul 17, 2019

Banned From Facebook? You Might Be Banned From Facebook's Cryptocurrency Wallet Too
Thomas TrutschelOn the second day of congressional hearings probing Facebook's financial ambitions, Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) pressed the company's cryptocurrency lead David Marcus over who will have access to its proposed digital currency, Libra. 

"Can Milo Yiannopoulos or Louis Farrakhan use Libra?" Duffy asked. Both Yiannopoulos and Farrakhan have been banned from Facebook for violating its speech policies. PayPal and other financial tech companies have banned controversial figures in the past.

"I don't know yet," Marcus told the lawmaker.

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Jul 17, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein's Fake Foreign Passport Was Used in Saudi Arabia and Other Countries
Jeffrey Epstein's lawyers downplayed his possession of a foreign passport under a fake name by suggesting he'd never used it—but prosecutors said Wednesday that's not the case.

In a letter to the federal judge who will decide if the financier stays in jail until trial, the U.S. attorney's office said that the travel document "contains numerous ingress and egress stamps, including stamps that reflect use of the passport to enter France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s."

The passport—which was Austrian but listed a Saudi Arabia address—was found in a locked safe in Epstein's Manhattan mansion, and prosecutors cited it in court earlier this week as evidence that the accused sex trafficker is a flight risk.

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Jul 17, 2019

No, FaceApp Isn't Sending Your Whole Camera Roll To Putin's Russia
GettyEveryone from the Jonas Brothers to Shaquille O'Neal has embraced the latest edition of Russia-based face-morphing app FaceApp, which adds wrinkles and eye-bags to selfies to show how users could look decades older. 

But now users who rushed to see how they'll look near-death are panicking over privacy concerns. FaceApp's customer service has been overwhelmed by users requesting the company delete their data. And the New York Post claimed Wednesday that using FaceApp means "Russians now own all your old photos." 

The FaceApp photo boom, dubbed the #AgeChallenge, has been accompanied by a series of wild accusations about the app this week. The social media claims have alleged that FaceApp users have accidentally handed over their photos for use by Russian artificial intelligence, or have been secretly spied on through the app.

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Jul 17, 2019

Scouted: Lady Gaga's Newest Endeavor Is Haus Laboratories, a Beauty Brand Launched on Amazon
The long-awaited launch of Lady Gaga's beauty brand, Haus Laboratories, is finally here. This Amazon-exclusive brand can now be preordered (it ships in mid-September) and honestly, it looks really freakin' cool. 

Haus Laboratories launched with three hero products: the RIP Lip Liner, the Le Riot Lip Gloss, and the Glam Attack Liquid Shimmer. Each piece comes in either a duo or a set of all three and multiple distinct color combinations. The RIP Lip Liner duo is $26 in pairs named Floor It, Royalty, and Slay Me. The Le Riot Lip Gloss duos are $32 and feature sets called Hypocrite, Laced, and Seductress. And the Glam Attack Liquid Shimmer duo is $36 with names like Downtown Punk, Give ‘Em Heaven, and Speed Queen. The three-piece sets, or "collections," will run you $49 and have each been given "haus" names: HAUS of Chained Ballerina, HAUS of Dynasty, HAUS of Goddess, HAUS of Metalhead, HAUS of Rockstar, and HAUS of Rose B*tch. 

With the success of Fenty Beauty, the idea of a celebrity-created beauty bran

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Jul 17, 2019

Prosecutors Drop Sexual Assault Case Against Kevin Spacey
Nicole Harnishfeger-PoolA Massachusetts prosecutor dropped the sexual assault charges against actor Kevin Spacey Wednesday, citing the "unavailability of the complaining witness."

The charges stem from a complaint filed by a then-18-year-old busboy in 2017, accusing Spacey of groping him at a bar in Nantucket, Mass., the year before. The accuser declined to testify further at a pre-trial hearing this month, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

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