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The Daily Beast
May 31, 2020

Florida's Seen a ‘Statistically Significant' Uptick in Pneumonia Deaths. The CDC Says It's Likely COVID.
Joe Raedle/GettySince the beginning of this year, Florida has experienced an uptick in the number of pneumonia and influenza deaths, according to data from the Centers for Disease and Control. Experts and Trump administration officials responsible for keeping tabs on mortality rates across the country believe that many of those individuals had likely contracted and died from COVID-19.

According to the data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, since the beginning of the year there has been a total of 1,519 deaths in Florida where pneumonia and influenza were listed as the underlying cause. By comparison, in the same time period last year, Florida recorded 1,207 such deaths. The CDC has historically counted pneumonia and influenza deaths together. CDC officials told The Daily Beast that most of the deaths included in that category are pneumonia. 

Bob Anderson, the chief of the Mortality Statistics Branch in CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, told The Daily Beast that the increase of deaths in Florida where pneumonia and influenza were the underlying cause was "statistically significant" and that those mortalities were "probably COVID cases that weren't reported as such." The coronavirus can cause lung complications such as pneumonia.



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May 31, 2020

De Blasio: I Don't Blame Police for Driving Into Protesters
ReutersAs protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody boiled over in New York City on Saturday and video of an NYPD vehicle driving into demonstrators sparked outrage, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would not "blame" police officers facing such an "impossible situation." 

"If those protesters had just gotten out of the way and not created an attempt to surround that vehicle, we would not be talking about this," de Blasio said in a call-in appearance on NY1 just before a hastily scheduled late-night press conference.

That was his first live appearance in over two nights of nationwide chaos, more than 24 hours after City Council Speaker Corey Johnson wondered on Twitter "Where is the Mayor???" amid massive unrest, destruction, and hundreds of arrests in New York.

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May 31, 2020

It's Time to Make a Reopening Plan—for Your Wallet
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyWe were meeting to talk about his recent lay-off, but as my client Jim* fought back tears, I knew we needed to talk about his dad. His dad had always been a tough cookie, dedicated to his family but not necessarily understanding of his dreamer son. Now that Jim (not his real name) had lost his job, it wasn't just hard to look at the numbers because of what they said about how long he could pay his rent. The numbers were also saying, almost in his father's voice, that it had been a mistake to pursue such an uncertain career path as a writer.

Money is extremely emotional. But we rarely acknowledge that fact, except as a problem to be solved—something we need to "get through," annoying brush to be cleared on our way to objective, dependable reasoning about our finances. 

As a financial therapist, I'm here to tell you: it doesn't work that way. Cutting ourselves off from our emotions can actually undermine our financial health and erode our overall well-being. Instead, we must learn how to process and integrate our feelings, so we're aware of them but they don't run the show. This is the emotional labor of money. 

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May 31, 2020

Confessions of a Typewriter Collector
Illustration by The Daily Beast/Barbie Latza NadeauROME—Like most obsessions, collecting typewriters started as a passing fancy when an old Olivetti Studio 44 sitting on a table at the Porta Portese flea market in central Rome caught my eye back in 1996. Having recently moved to the Eternal City, I thought that it would be fun to own such a cultural icon—the ultimate green typing machine—and picked it up for the equivalent of about $25. It was scratched and scuffed, and the keys were rusted and immovable but the space bar and margin bell worked just fine. I had no idea how to unjam the keys, so I tipped it on its back and still use it as a shelf decoration.

Nearly 25 years and 43 typers later, I am now a full-fledged collector, having learned how to repair the inner mechanics to get many of my machines back into working order. I belong to Facebook groups, kill countless hours watching YouTube typewriter repair videos, and constantly scan auctions for my next "must have" machine. But it's not the mechanics—irresistible as they are—that keep me collecting. It is the idea that these machines have told so many stories. They were used to write love letters and hate letters and memos and articles that aren't stored in a cloud, but were written just once and existed only as long as the paper they were typed on. 

My latest purchase is my Picht braille-writer from the early 1900s that I bought in an online auction. Braille writers like these were the first designed to be used by the blind themselves, allowing many to write on their own for the first time without need for a seeing person to prepare the texts. The machine is black with chipped golden

The Daily Beast
May 31, 2020

Inside The New Economy Where People ‘Buy Nothing' and Give Everything
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyLorie Gassie misses the library. Since the pandemic shut down her local branch, the Queens resident has a pile of overdue books in her apartment that she cannot return.

That's what brought Gassie to my stoop last week. I met her on Facebook, where we are both members of a Buy Nothing group aimed to create a little gift economy among its roughly 1300 members.  

My midnight bout with spring cleaning led me to post a few things on the page, including a coffee table book about the Met Gala. Gassie thought it would be good inspiration for her work as a costume designer; I wanted more space for my new money tree.  

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May 31, 2020

A New Model for Red-State Democrats—in West Virginia, of All Places
Courtesy VWcantwait.comIt's been a long time since anything interesting and hopeful came out of the politics of my home state. 

From 2000 onward, but especially after Barack Obama's election, West Virginia took a hard right turn, arguably the hardest and fastest in the whole country. All they did was cut taxes, which was super necessary because there are like nine millionaires in West Virginia who really needed huge tax cuts. Then the state elected a schlubby governor—as a Democrat, but he was a coal operator and had been a Republican, and he switched back to Republican after Donald Trump became president and bear-hugged Trump. To almost everyone's surprise, Governor Jim Justice has handled the pandemic in the state (not a hotspot, but still) with surprising aplomb. But overall he's a classic mediocre rich man with a reputation for showing up to the office as infrequently as he can get away with.

All of which is why I wish to introduce you to Stephen Smith, Democratic candidate for governor in the primary that's coming up on June 9. He's the kind of candidate you might expect to find in, oh, Colorado, or maybe a New England state, some place with the demographic and intellectual infrastructure to elevate such a candidate. That Smith is tied in the polls is testament to his energy, his creativity—and his intelligence about how to run a race that hasn't let him be easily put into one of our national ideological boxes.



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May 31, 2020

This European Old Town is Fake—but Full of Secrets
Luis Davilla/GettyIt's a credit to craftsmanship that one could spend some time in Warsaw's Old Town before noticing a very salient fact about it—most of it's not very old at all. Weathering is mild, features are sometimes a little too regular, masonry is in surprisingly strong shape. Contrast with Praga across the Vistula,  a 19th century neighborhood that is full of crumbling buildings, and you'll soon apprehend that something is up. 

If the Old Town is very nice it's a simulacra from the early 1950s, when most buildings were rebuilt from skeletal or absent remains. Some were scrupulously reconstructed. Others were dreamt up as pastiches of the era. There is an element of Disneyland to the place, but with the bleakest possible prehistory of the obliteration of much of Warsaw in the Second World War. The reconstruction of the city's Old Town, adjacent New Town (new as in the 18th century), and portions of the principal avenue Royal Route (a kingly route between palaces, whose reconstructed portions consist of Krakowskie Przedmiescie and Ulica Nowy Swiat) was an undertaking of grave importance to the postwar Polish state, a country whose capital had been turned into rubble. 

It's a fascinating and very appealing place, which tells two stories at once. It's not fully a reconstruction as many buildings are entirely new aside from their facades and basements and some never existed at all, but most of it is about as faithful a reconstruction as documentation and resources could provide. Its aim was not to delude but to restore the cruelly-extinguished essence of a vanished place and today offers a vision of the Polish Commonwealth pre-1795 through the frame of the 1950s, a much better fate than just having a pure vintage vision of the 1950s. 



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May 31, 2020

Why Are There So Many Empty Beds in Domestic Violence Shelters?
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyDomestic violence experts around the country braced for an increase in abuse at the start of the coronavirus pandemic: The crisis had the disruptive markings of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina, when domestic violence reports nearly doubled, with economic effects similar to those of the Great Recession, when rates of intimate partner violence surged across the country.

But while many cities have reported increases in the number of calls to hotlines and law enforcement, domestic violence shelters say they are still waiting for survivors to show up at their doors.

At the Violence Intervention Program, the only domestic violence program in New York City that works specifically with Latinx survivors, shelter occupancy rates were down 5 to 10 percent last month—a noticeable difference for a shelter that only has about 50 beds. At the same time, the number of people calling to seek shelter markedly increased. On the week of April 19, the shelter saw the most traffic to their hotline it had seen all year, according to executive director Margarita Guzmán. The number of calls only increased from there.

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May 31, 2020

Raging Pandemic, Streets Aflame, and Donald Trump's Mad at Twitter
Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via GettyJust after midnight on Thursday, with Minneapolis ablaze over the death of George Floyd, the president weighed in on Twitter. By now, you know what he wrote. He called all the protesters "THUGS," not distinguishing between those in fear for their lives and those looting. And ended with a quote from a Miami mayor from the 1960s infamous for targeting young blacks: "When the looting starts, the shooting starts." 

Into that waded Twitter, in a war of its own with Trump, warning that his second tweet violated its "rules about glorifying violence."

For Trump, just as the pandemic gave him another opportunity to divide the country, the horrendous killings of blacks in Minneapolis, Louisville and Atlanta have given him one more chance to see bad people on only one side. 

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May 31, 2020

Those Clamoring to Reopen Aren't All Crazy—Some Are Simply Starving
Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via GettyAcross the United States, people are protesting lockdown orders. A new divide now offers Americans the opportunity to define themselves as pro-economy or pro-safety—and like all the social divides we have embraced in recent years, there is no room for nuance, no interest in understanding opposing views or finding middle ground.

Those who want to reopen the economy are branded "covidiots." Some of them lament about fearmongering and government overreach, while others say they just want to go back to work. 

My home of Kentucky is one of the states that has seen protests against the lockdown. On social media, some progressives bemoan the working class begging to go back to work, facing an uncertain risk to their health, as well as putting others in danger. These progressives complain that workers should be protesting for their rights, for rent freezes, anything but the "right" to work for the elite and powerful wealthy. We forget that the working class has always been required to put their bodies in harm's way—and until now, for the most part, we have let them. 

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May 31, 2020

The Fake Porn Stars Scamming Lonely Guys Out of Big Money During the Pandemic
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyA few months back, Lars* found a profile for porn star Jade Kush online, which featured a Skype handle for fans to contact her. So, he added her on Skype—and was thrilled when, almost immediately, she started to text him. They traded pictures and small talk about life; she called him a handsome man and got flirty, saying it didn't matter to her that he had a wife. He asked if they could take their budding digital romance to the next level with a video chat. She requested a $100 Amazon gift card in return. He obliged. She told him not to show the card to anyone else. Then she started coming up with excuses as to why she couldn't do the video chat—bad timing, a dirty camera lens. Lars started to get skeptical, but she insisted she loved him truly and deeply. Then she told him that she needed "some money like $300 to get some food and stuff's in the house." 

"I promise I will never let you down," she said. "Do this for me from your own kind heart." 

That's when Lars found an email for the actual Jade Kush on one of her actual social media profiles, and reached out to confirm his growing suspicion: That he'd been scammed by one of a large number of fraudsters who digitally impersonate porn stars online to target their fans.  

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May 31, 2020

Meet the New Yorkers Vying to Be the Next K-pop Star—Even if They're Not Korean
Drew Angerer/GettyThe ballroom of the Hotel Pennsylvania in midtown Manhattan was packed with 300 or so nervous unknowns who'd come to audition in the hope of becoming K-pop stars. Posters lined the walls—glossy images of successful, beautifully manicured singers. This was the 2018 Global Audition held by SM Entertainment, one of the "Big Three" talent agencies in Korea.

Leo Lopez-Gonzalez was unsure why he was there, surrounded by people who seemed naturally beautiful, many of them glammed out in winged eyeliner and red-orange lipstick. 

"And then there was little, ambiguous-featured me," Leo, now 17, joked.

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May 31, 2020

This Isn't a Few Bad Apples. The Police Are Rotten to the Core.
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastMinnesota law enforcement's latest spate of terror started with the murder of George Floyd and has continued unabated, with cops firing rubber bullets and tear gas—in the midst of a respiratory pandemic—at peaceful protesters. They're far from alone. Officers have launched attacks against demonstrators in cities all over the country, Omaha, San Francisco, Portland, Columbus, Dallas, New York and Denver among them. 

People in Michigan protesting Floyd's murder and centuries of state-backed violence against black folks were met with chemical munitions liberally fired off by police. What a difference fr

The Daily Beast
May 30, 2020

Minneapolis Police Launch ‘Unprovoked' Attacks on Protesters and Journalists
Justin GlaweMINNEAPOLIS—A night after Minneapolis burned, protests on Saturday were mostly calm—until cops and the National Guard moved in with force against those breaking curfew.

The protests in Minneapolis, where 46-year-old George Floyd died after a white cop knelt on his neck for several minutes, began peacefully on Saturday as hundreds of residents marched alongside police officers. But just after the 8:00 p.m. curfew passed and all major highways into the Twin Cities were shut down, police appeared in full gear. 

They began to fling tear gas, flashbangs, and rubber bullets at protesters and journalists alike—pushing crowds away from police precincts that had been previously set ablaze the previous nights. While police were ostensibly cracking down on curfew breakers, it's not clear why they would target journalists, who are exempt from the 8 p.m. curfew and allowed to report from the scene. 

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May 30, 2020

Philadelphia Goes From Calm to Chaos in an Instant
Christopher MoraffPHILADELPHIA—After hours of peaceful protests in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love descended into chaos on Saturday afternoon as protesters set fire to several police cars and a Starbucks, while others tried to storm City Hall. 

An iconic statue of the city's alternately beloved and notorious former mayor and police commissioner, Frank Rizzo, was combed with graffiti by the evening—though dozens of cops arrived, apparently to protect it from destruction.

It was one of a dozen new demonstrations to emerge across the country on Saturday—mere hours after 30 cities were hit with mayhem that prompted officials to call in historic levels of reinforcement—as the country braced for another night of rage over police brutality and the death of George Floyd.  

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May 30, 2020

Philadelphia Is Latest Flashpoint in Protests Sweeping Nation
Christopher MoraffPHILADELPHIA—After hours of peaceful protests in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love descended into chaos on Saturday afternoon as protesters set fire to several police cars and a Starbucks, while others tried to storm City Hall. 

An iconic statue of the city's alternately beloved and notorious former mayor and police commissioner, Frank Rizzo, was combed with graffiti by the evening—though dozens of cops arrived, apparently to protect it from destruction.

It was one of a dozen new demonstrations to emerge across the country on Saturday—mere hours after 30 cities were hit with mayhem that prompted officials to call in historic levels of reinforcement—as the country braced for another night of rage over police brutality and the death of George Floyd.  

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May 30, 2020

George Floyd's Brother: Trump Wouldn't Even Let Me Talk in Rushed Call
MSNBCThe brother of George Floyd said Saturday that he spoke to President Donald Trump but the conversation was so quick that he "he didn't give me the opportunity to even speak."

"It was hard, I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept pushing me off like ‘I don't want to hear what you are talking about,"' Philonise Floyd told MSNBC's Al Sharpton.

"I just told him I want justice. I said that I can't believe that they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight."

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May 30, 2020

Black Organizers ‘Enraged' by White Agitators ‘Here to F*ck Shit Up'
Tasos Katopodis/GettyMINNEAPOLIS—Mahado Ali stood outside a convenience store just across the street from the Minneapolis Police Department's first precinct headquarters, confronting looters who had pried open the business and were ransacking it.

Out of the store ran two young white women, among others of all races, carrying a case of Bud Light and marijuana paraphernalia, laughing. Behind them came a young white man with a handful of cigarette lighters. He walked past Ali and she began filming.

"Why would you give them a lighter?" she asked the man, who had passed out several to a group of other young protesters. "You gave a lighter to a bunch of people and told them to burn this place down. You literally are part of the problem. You are here to fuck shit up. You're not here for the right reasons."

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May 30, 2020

The Best Beauty and Skincare Subscriptions for Any Type of Person
Right now, practically everything I'm purchasing is online, beauty products included. Normally, I'd head to Sephora and scope it out, but my options these days are limited. I'm throwing caution to the wind and buying it all, sight unseen. But that's the fun part. You can surprise yourself by finding something you love without ever having seen it. It's like a blind date turning into love at first sight. We're all changing how we're purchasing things these days, and beauty is no different. One of the best ways to get the experience of trying new things is opting for a subscription box. You'll get sent things to try out or things you already know you love right to your door, no contact needed. We've rounded up a few that'll take care of you from head to toe.

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May 30, 2020

SpaceX's Successful Blast-Off Signals New Era of Human Space Exploration
Saul Martinez/GettyWith a flash of light, billowing smoke, and a thunderous roar, American astronauts on Saturday afternoon blasted into space aboard an American spacecraft for the first time since NASA decommissioned the aging, unsafe Space Shuttle fleet in 2011. 

The first manned flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft not only restores the United States' ability to launch people into orbit, it also signals a possible new era of space exploration. 

Thousands of people tuned into livestreams of the historic launch from NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center near Orlando. SpaceX founder Elon Musk, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and President Donald Trump flew in to see off astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley and observe the launch. 

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May 30, 2020

To All Black Journalists: We See You, We Support You
As black journalists, the arrest live on air of CNN reporter Omar Jimenez felt like an all-too-common case of being black in the wrong place and at the wrong time, and a striking reminder that at any point, it could be us.

The Afrolatino correspondent and his crew were standing in an area the police were attempting to clear, and as he calmly asked where the officers wanted him and his crew to move, the police arrested them. The footage was chilling, and while the Chicago-based reporter was released hours later, unharmed, his arrest was a visible representation of what's usually an invisible story.

It exemplified what it means to be black in the news industry: Covering stories about the racialized violence and mistreatment of people that look like us, people who are us, makes it nearly impossible to separate ourselves from the story.

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May 30, 2020

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel Also Voted by Mail
Kevin Lamarque/ReutersAs she's undertaken a large-scale, multimillion-dollar effort to push back on Democratic attempts to expand vote-by-mail access before the election, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has been clear about one thing: She's not conceptually opposed to absentee voting. 

In press calls, McDaniel has said she's comfortable with states sending out applications for ballots that voters can send in by mail because they have a proper reason for not being able to show up in person. What she's opposed to is states sending out the ballots themselves, especially without safeguards in place to determine who is getting them. That's been true of the lawsuits that the RNC has spearheaded recently, including one directed at California, which sent out mail-in ballots to all registered voters in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

What McDaniel has left unsaid, and what may be the reason for how specific her position has been, is that she herself has voted absentee—repeatedly. Michigan voting records obtained by The Daily Beast show that she did so in 2016, 2017, 2018 and for the presidential primary in 2020. Public records show that McDaniel is on Michigan's "permanent absentee voter list," meaning that she is "sent an application for every election." 

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May 30, 2020

South Carolina's Biggest Paper Forcing ‘Terrified' Reporters Back to Office Even as Confirmed COVID Cases Rise
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyOn the same day that South Carolina had its largest number of coronavirus deaths, the company that owns the Post & Courier had a message for the newspaper's staff: You're all coming back to the office next week.

When confronted about the decision, Evening Post Industries would not provide a concrete reason, seemingly dismissing staffers' concerns about potential exposure to the virus as South Carolina's increase in confirmed infections. And, in one instance, the publisher fired a staffer for effectively boosting criticism of their policy.

"People are terrified," one staffer said, adding: "They're asking us to risk our health and maybe our lives and they won't even tell us why. It just seems cruel." The Daily Beast spoke to a half-dozen Post & Courier insiders, all expressing similar sentiments and requesting anonymity for fear of retaliation from the publisher.

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May 30, 2020

Did You Get A Puppy? Here's What Else You Need
Chances are you or someone you know has added a new furry friend to their family in the last month. It's a great idea and the perfect timing after all: who knows when you'll be working from home, and just spending this much time at home ever again? But taking care of a puppy is a full time job, and it can be hard to know what to get. For example, don't spring on a dog bed until they are house trained. And so, to help out, we've rounded up some of the things you'll need to make sure you can introduce your puppy to your home in the best way possible. 

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May 30, 2020

‘Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story' Is the Next Big ‘Woman Scorned Murders Her Husband' Event
USA NetwordThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast's Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here. 

This week: 

I don't know what it says about us—but, make no mistake, it is probably bad—that the most popular form of TV entertainment is murder. 

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May 30, 2020

‘Happy to See It Burn': Fresh Unrest Rocks America
Chandan Khanna/AFP via GettyDozens of U.S. cities were still reeling from a brutal wave of protests when violence spread further across the nation on Saturday—with patrol cars torched, buildings set ablaze, cops attacked, and police firing tear-gas and bean bags at crowds from Philadelphia to Los Angeles.

Police and military reinforcements, curfews in major metropolitan areas, and impassioned scoldings from elected officials did little to quell the rage that spilled over after a day of mostly peaceful demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.

As late afternoon bled into evening and then the dark of night, reports of clashes from Buffalo to Seattle began pouring in, raising the question of how long the nationwide unrest might last and how it might end.

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May 30, 2020

‘Happy to See It Burn': Fresh Unrest Rocks America Amid Protests Over George Floyd's Death
Chandan Khanna/AFP via GettyWith dozens of U.S. cities still reeling from a brutal night of protests that left authorities scrambling to prevent further destruction, the unrest spread to new flashpoints on Saturday evening—with patrol cars torched, buildings set ablaze, and demonstrators facing off against phalanxes of cops.

Mostly peaceful daytime marches and rallies in the name of George Floyd—the unarmed black man who died while a white Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck—gave way to a replay of scenes from the night before.

A massive brawl broke out between demonstrators and police officers in Chicago, with aerial TV footage showing fists flying and several protesters apparently arrested. Police vehicles were smashed up, the tires were slashed, and some demonstrators threw eggs at police officers. Police shut down Lake Shore Drive in both directions as a result of the mayhem, and several officers were reportedly injured.

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May 30, 2020

‘No Longer About George Floyd': Minnesota Calls in Entire National Guard for First Time in History
Chandan Khanna/AFP via GettyMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Saturday he was taking the unprecedented step of fully mobilizing the state's national guard for the first time in history after another night of protests and destruction following the death of George Floyd. 

"The situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd," Walz said. "It is about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great cities." 

But the first term Democratic governor said outside forces who don't share the state's values are playing a major role in causing the chaos that has troubled the area in recent days.

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May 30, 2020

U.S. Braces for Another Night of Chaos and Fury Over George Floyd's Death
Chandan Khanna/AFP via GettyAfter a night of chaotic and destructive protests across more than 30 U.S. cities, officials in several states called in historic levels of reinforcement on Saturday as shellshocked residents mopped up and braced for another night of rage over police brutality.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Saturday he was taking the unprecedented step of fully mobilizing the state's National Guard after local law enforcement were overwhelmed by "absolute chaos" sown largely by out-of-state agitators.

"The situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd," Walz said. "It is about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great cities."

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May 30, 2020

Scenes of ‘Urban Warfare' Erupt from Miami to Seattle
Chandan Khanna/AFP via GettyDozens of U.S. cities were still reeling from a brutal wave of protests when violence spread further across the nation on Saturday—with patrol cars torched, buildings set ablaze, cops attacked, and police firing tear-gas and rubber bullets at crowds from coast to coast.

Police and military reinforcements, curfews in major metropolitan areas, and impassioned scoldings from elected officials did little to quell the rage that erupted after a day of mostly peaceful demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.

As late afternoon bled into evening and the dark of night fell, reports of clashes from Buffalo to Seattle began pouring in, raising the question of how long the nationwide unrest might last and how it might end.

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May 30, 2020

This Small Gadget Helps Keep My Kitchen Sink Clog-Free, No Matter How Many Dishes I'm Doing
Picture this: You're doing the myriad of dishes that are piling up in your sink because it's quarantine and you're cooking a heck of a lot more. You forgot that the other night, after dumping out pasta into a strainer, you missed and a handful went straight for the drain. You look down and see that your sink, still full of dishes, has inexplicably clogged. Now, you're forced to reach into dirty water and fish out the soggy noodles that are covering the drain, preventing the water from subsiding. This was a constant for me, until I found the Kitchen SinkShroom.

Unlike traditional drain covers, the Kitchen SinkShroom doesn't just catch debris before it goes down the drain, it also prevents it from clogging, no matter how many pieces of pasta or vegetables pile up. Other drain covers do a great job of containing the nastiness, but the SinkShroom has a unique center cylinder that, paired with the construction of the basket, keeps water flowing through. 

Now, after doing the dishes, all I need to do is take the Kitchen SinkShroom to the garbage and toss the leftover food into the trash. It's super easy to clean (just flip it over and run water through it) and it fits over most standard drains, too. While most things are tough to get through these days, making sure your sink of clean is no longer  one of them. 



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May 30, 2020

This Pot Makes Cooking Pasta Easier Than It Already Is
Quarantine has definitely upped my carb intake. And if there's one thing I've learned, it's this: there is no such thing as too much pasta. Pasta is a life force for me right now. It's the easiest thing to make, yet it's almost impossible to truly master. It's great for meal prepping and there's nothing like sitting down for Sunday supper and eating up a plate of spaghetti and meatballs a la Lady and the Tramp. While there are thousands of ways to prepare pasta, you should really only be using this pot. 

It might sound silly at first, but what makes this 5 quart pot special is this: it has a locking integrated strainer lid. That means not only is this a pot perfect for boiling just the right amount of water in (always salt your pasta water!), it also doubles as a colander. No more yelling at your significant other to please find the strainer hidden under the sink ASAP, all you have to do is fasten on the lid and pour it over the sink. Plus, the pot is an oval shape, which is surprisingly necessary. You know when you put in a bag of spaghetti and half of it is sticking straight up? This pot eliminates that problem, too. The interior is made of non-stick material, perfect for easy cleanup, and the handles are heat resistant because Bialetti has thought of everything. 

I've been using mine for pasta, but it also works great for potatoes and any other vegetable that needs to be boiled. Once you get a Bialetti Pasta Pot you'll

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May 30, 2020

This Wrestler Wouldn't Bow to Men, But Trolls Took Her Down
Etsuo Hara/GettyTOKYO—Hana Kimura's bright pink hair, sometimes in semi-dreadlocks, signalled she was a rebel in Japan—a country where students are forced to dye their hair black to attend school, even if their natural hair color is something else entirely. She was a 22-year-old pro wrestler, and her speciality in the ring was the "big boots" kick: the flat of the foot into the opponent's face. 

Japanese professional wrestling is a performance and a sport, just as it is in the United States, and Hana Kimura usually was cast as the villain—"the heel," as they say here—facing off against a good guy or "baby face." 

"In the arena, I spit on people. I curse old men in the audience. I gloat and I insult my opponent—I must seem like a terrible person," Hana joked with friends. "But that's my role, that's not me." 

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May 30, 2020

From Diana Kennedy to Alison Roman: When White Women of Privilege Borrow From Ethnic Cuisines
GreenwichAmongst those who know, Diana Kennedy is understood to be the English-speaking world's authority on traditional Mexican cooking. But not many people—particularly not many people outside of Mexico—know. In the documentary Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy, digitally streamable now and available on demand June 19th, director Elizabeth Carroll, a foodie herself, pays close attention to the woman who has for decades evaded celebrity status while carefully and faithfully putting to record what is today one of the most popular cuisines in the world. It's a film that offers much wisdom to my generation of creative and passionate cooks, pressured by an ever-intensifying late capitalism but guided by a responsibility to make the commitments and do the research necessary to claim a level of authority. 

For Kennedy, popularity was never the plan. "After her first book became successful, I'm sure she could have stayed in the U.S. and either opened a restaurant—if that's something she wanted to do—or [developed] a celebrity chef persona," Carroll told me. "But that definitely didn't seem to be as important to her as getting back to Mexico and just being there." 

After her husband died in the late ‘60s, Kennedy built an ecological home in a remote area of Michoacán where she sustainably grows her own food on the land and in a greenhouse in harmony with the environment. She also barrels to local markets in a white Nissan truck—still, in her 90s, on a fiercely independent search for the best of homegrown Mexican

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May 30, 2020

How Mary Astor's Purple Diary Sparked an Infamous Hollywood Sex Scandal
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Getty"If you read someone else's diary, you get what you deserve." 

This maxim attributed to famous diarist David Sedaris should go without saying for anyone in need of its lesson. But it came over half a century too late for Dr. Franklyn Thorpe or, as he was better known in the 1930s, Mr. Mary Astor.

In 1935, with his marriage to one of Hollywood's leading ladies on the rocks, Thorpe decided the best plan of action was to search his home for his wife's diary. Allegedly acting on a tip from one of the family's housekeepers, he found the book and was shocked by what he discovered inside—a detailed and risqué record of his wife's extramarital sex life. 

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May 30, 2020

Could Women in Ancient Rome Read?
GettyWhen it comes to ancient education and literacy, the consensus is that most people in the ancient Roman world were illiterate. Those who could read and write were wealthy elites; it was only because their families had enough money to pay for their education. What was true in general for ancient people was especially the case for women, who were almost never educated in the same way that their male siblings were. Now, a newly published article on archaeological evidence from an ancient Italian shrine dedicated to the "goddess of writing," argues that communal women's education started much earlier than we knew.

Most of our evidence for literacy and education in the second - fourth centuries BCE comes from Egypt. The few literary sources we have about education in the Roman Republic (roughly 509-27 BCE) suggests that it was only elite boys who received an education and that early education like learning the alphabet and such took place in the home. Most scholars argue that systematic forms of education were imported from Greece later in the Republican period. In her article, "Education and Literacy in Ancient Italy: Evidence from the Dedications to the Goddess Reitia," Katherine McDonald, of the University of Exeter, uses bronze offerings made to the northeastern Italian "goddess of writing" (Reitia) at her sanctuary in Este-Baratella (Veneto), to argue that "women were active participants in literacy and education" betwe

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May 30, 2020

This Is Why It's So Tough to Charge, Let Alone Convict, a Killer Cop
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyFour days and three nights of unrest after Derek Chauvin's knee was on the neck of George Floyd, the now former Minnesota police officer was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the state investigation moved with "extraordinary speed," noting that his office has never charged a police officer in "that kind of timeframe." And yet, after viewing the video of Floyd's death, most wonder why Chauvin wasn't charged sooner. 

The answer is that the law deliberately stacks the deck in favor of police officers. All criminal defendants have a right to a unanimous finding by a jury of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. But because we entrust officers to use force, even deadly force, to protect the public, we make them guilty of a crime only when they clearly exceed their public authority. How much legal protection is too much?

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May 30, 2020

Not Everyone Is Fleeing New York City. These People Can't Wait to Move In.
GettyAs a teenager in Anand, Gujarat in western India, Rushita Patel was obsessed with Gossip Girl. "It showed so much of the Upper East Side and the way people live in New York," she recalls. "Like, are you kidding me? I was intrigued." 

Patel decided that she would end up in the city one way or another. Now 24 with a new public relations job, Patel lives in Washington, D.C. But in two weeks, she'll pack up her apartment and head to central New Jersey, where she'll stay with her brother until finding her own place on Manhattan's East Side.

"I have manifested this dream since I was five," Patel told The Daily Beast. "Even though there's COVID, that doesn't stop my aspirations. I'll figure a way around it." 

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May 30, 2020

America's Most Infamous Resistance Bros Want Back In
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyConservatives cheered Thursday as Donald Trump announced an executive order of dubious legality that would let people who have been banned from Twitter and other social media sites file complaints about political bias. 

But Trump's promise of social media redemption offered little succor to Brian and Ed Krassenstein, the brothers who had become two of Trump's most notorious critics on Twitter before they were banned.

"I don't really think that would help us," said Brian Krassenstein, one half of the buff, anti-Trump Florida duo known online as the "Krassenstein Brothers." 

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May 30, 2020

Space Experts: Netflix's ‘Space Force' Is Very, Very Dumb
Courtesy of NetflixThe U.S. Space Force, President Donald Trump's new military command for orbital warfare, literally began as a joke.

"Maybe we need a new force— we'll call it the ‘Space Force,'" Trump mused at a campaign rally in San Diego in February 2018. "I was not really serious. And then I said, what a great idea. Maybe we'll have to do that." 

Billions of dollars later, Space Force became a real, and really pointless, thing. An entirely redundant new bureaucracy with no clear sense of purpose and a logo that the Pentagon apparently copied from Star Trek.

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May 30, 2020

The Risky Business of Porn and Viruses
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIt was a typical day at work on a porn set: a standard three-way. Slick with the sweat of mutual exertions, we were focused intently on performing the XXX Cirque du Soleil-inspired stunts that are typical of porn sex, and I never felt the cut until I saw the blood. This tiny cut, probably from a fingernail, brought the scene to a grinding halt.

Everyone had the same thought on seeing the blood that I did. No one had to say it.

Up until that point, I'd thoughtlessly felt safe from STDs at work. After all, we followed the adult industry protocols. Before the scene, for example, we'd swapped tests declaring us STD/HIV free. But now I started thinking about how those tests were 10 days old. I— or any one of my scene partners that day—could have filmed 10-20 scenes or more in those 10 days, with just as many partners. Add to that a private sex life or maybe some escorting on the side, or perhaps a needle habit…how bad was this? That day I realized being an adult performer meant facing potential exposure to a deadly virus every time I went to work.

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May 30, 2020

Race-Baiter Donald Trump Is America's THUG-in-Chief
Leon Neal/Getty"I understand the hurt, I understand the pain," Donald Trump claimed Friday as he read from a prepared statement addressing the racial violence in Minneapolis following the killing this week of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by the city's police. 

It was a subdued version of the president we're treated to from time to time. Someone savvy on his staff whispers in his ear or he writes on an index card with a big Sharpie to remind himself that he is supposed to act like a human being in the face of tragedy. 

But his words rang hollow, coming hours after he'd railed about "THUGS" on Twitter, expressing his real feelings. Trump has no intention of addressing the root cause of this killing—racially biased excessive force by police. He won't and he can't because he has built his political career by scapegoating people of color.

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May 29, 2020

Bill Maher: Killer Cops Like Derek Chauvin Are Losers Trying to ‘Make Up for High School'
HBOOn Friday night, the panel returned to Bill Maher's Real Time, with former CNN anchor turned podcaster Soledad O'Brien and Ian Bremmer, who is an expert on absolutely nothing, joining the comic to discuss the big news stories of the week—including then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin crushing an unarmed (and handcuffed) black man, George Floyd, to death by burying his knee into his neck for nine minutes, fully aware that they were being captured on camera by bystanders. (Chauvin has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder.)

Thankfully, Maher didn't address the protests in the aftermath of Floyd's excruciating murder (because we know how that would've gone), instead focusing on how it was "a replay of the Eric Garner incident," and why he's not the least bit surprised that black people by and large don't want to vote for Donald Trump, who is "all-in on the cops" and once gleefully endorsed police brutality during a speech to a crowd of cops. As O'Brien explained, "America is very racist, and in fact, we have a huge problem with white supremacy and sometimes that plays out in policing.'"

Indeed, as we've repeatedly seen, there are

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May 29, 2020

Fire & Fury: Crowd Attacks CNN Center in Atlanta
Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via APCNN Center, the cable network's Atlanta headquarters, came under furious attack Friday night during protests over police brutality sparked by the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.

A largely peaceful demonstration erupted first in vandalism, then in violence. Cops used pepper spray, and then some in the crowd were seen smashing windows and defacing the giant CNN sign with spray-paint. Down the street, a police car was set ablaze.

CNN correspondent Nick Valencia began reporting on the frightening scene from a stairway inside the building, behind a phalanx of SWAT officers in the lobby, with an angry mob standing on the other side of the broken and missing plate glass.

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May 29, 2020

Fire and Fury: Crowd Attacks CNN Center in Atlanta
Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via APCNN Center, the cable network's Atlanta headquarters, came under attack Friday night during protests over police brutality sparked by the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.

A largely peaceful demonstration erupted first in vandalism, then in violence. Cops used pepper spray, and then some in the crowd were seen smashing windows and defacing the giant CNN sign with spray-paint. Down the street, a police car was set ablaze.

CNN correspondent Nick Valencia began reporting on the frightening scene from a stairway inside the building, behind a phalanx of SWAT officers in the lobby, with an angry mob standing on the other side of the broken and missing plate glass.

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May 29, 2020

Trevor Noah: ‘Police In America Are Looting Black Bodies'
After broadcasting from his New York apartment every weeknight for the past two months, Trevor Noah went on hiatus this week. But he couldn't wait until Monday to share his take on the protests that have followed the police killing of George Floyd.

In a long, no-frills, joke-free video, shot vertically, The Daily Show host connected the dots between Amy Cooper, Ahmaud Arbery and now Floyd. His most impassioned commentary, however, came when he addressed the backlash to the looting and riots that have happened in response. 

To those who are telling protesters, "You do not loot and you do not burn. This is not how our society is built," Noah said that if "society is a contract" then that contract is "only as strong as the people who are abiding by it." He asked "what vested interest" black people have in maintaining that social contract when police aren't holding up their end of the deal.

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May 29, 2020

Trump Fears The Minnesota Chaos Makes Him Look Weak
Stephen Maturen/GettyThe coronavirus pandemic stole from President Donald Trump his most prized political possession: a booming U.S. economy. Now racial unrest in Minnesota threatens to steal his second-most-prized one: an image of power and stability that he can project to supporters and adversaries alike.

Hours into a spate of destruction and arrests in Minneapolis after the police killing of an unarmed black man, Trump was already threatening to send in the National Guard and warning that "looters" in the city would be shot—employing a phrase popularized by a former Miami police chief famous for "tough-on-crime" policies that targeted citizens of color.

Trump walked back the latter statement a few hours later, saying he only meant that looters could end up shooting people, not that they should be shot. "I've heard that phrase for a long time. I don't know where it came from or where it originated," he declared later. "I wouldn't know a thing like that."

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May 29, 2020

‘Whatever It Takes': Protests Against Police Brutality Surge Again Across U.S.
Kerem Yucel/AFP via GettyMINNEAPOLIS—Hours after a now-fired Minneapolis cop was charged with murder in the death of 46-year-old George Floyd on Friday, protests exploded in major U.S. cities across the country, with demonstrators demanding that all police officers involved be brought to justice—fast.

In New York City, where dozens were arrested in Manhattan a day earlier, hundreds of people swarmed to meet police officers outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Around 7:30 p.m., cops unleashed pepper spray on the chanting crowd.

In Atlanta, thousands of demonstrators marched to protest Floyd's death, a largely peaceful gathering until clashes with police erupted outside CNN Center.

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May 29, 2020

‘Looting, Fire, Whatever It Takes': Chaos Surges Across the Country
John Minchillo/APMINNEAPOLIS—Hours after a former Minneapolis cop was charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, protests exploded in major U.S. cities across the country on Friday, with police vehicles set ablaze, windows smashed in, and protesters attempting to storm buildings.

In New York City, where dozens were arrested at a demonstration a day earlier, hundreds of people swarmed to meet police officers outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Around 7:30 p.m., cops unleashed pepper spray on the chanting crowd. That apparently wasn't enough to stop the unrest: An NYPD van was set on fire a short time later. Police had abandoned the van to the crowd of protesters after a flurry of arrests in the area.

In Atlanta, a peaceful demonstration to protest Floyd's death quickly descended into violence, with clashes erupting between police and protesters outside CNN Center.

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May 29, 2020

‘Looting, Fire, Whatever It Takes': Two Dead After Chaos Surges Across the Country
John Minchillo/APMINNEAPOLIS—Hours after a former Minneapolis cop was charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, protests exploded in major cities across the country on Friday night, with at least two people shot dead, police vehicles set ablaze, windows smashed in, and protesters attempting to storm buildings.

Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Dallas, Richmond, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Brooklyn, Washington, Omaha, Denver, Des Moines... In city after city, chanting crowds unleashed anger—and police responded with teargas and pepper spray.

Harrowing scenes unfolded on TV and social media: projectiles being lobbed at SWAT officers protecting the CNN Center in Atlanta; an NYPD van engulfed in flames; a Los Angeles officer attacked by a crowd; cars accelerating into protesters in Bakersfield and San Jose; a Louisville reporter crying out that she was being hit by rubber police bullets.

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May 29, 2020

Flynn Asked Russian for Alliance Against ‘Radical Islamists' on Infamous Phone Call
Chip Somodevilla/GettyWhen Donald Trump's national security adviser-designate made his fateful phone calls with the Russian ambassador, the conversations that set in motion his downfall had a goal behind them. Drawing closer to the rival power that interfered in the 2016 election didn't occur for its own sake, transcripts declassified on Friday show, but to create a new Mideast partnership against what retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn saw as "radical Islam." 

"You know that the strategic goal is stability in the Middle East," the transcripts show Flynn pressing upon Sergey Kislyak on Dec. 23, 2016. "We will not achieve stability in the Middle East without working with each other against this radical Islamist crowd. Period. I am very adamant about that." 

Flynn would later plead guilty - and, later still, seek to reverse his plea - for lying to the FBI in January 2017 about the discussions of U.S. sanctions on Russia that he had with Kislyak on that day and others. But the calls, declassified by former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell and released under the auspices of confirmed successor John Ratcliffe, confirm an overlooked aspect of the Trump team's early outreach to Moscow. 



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May 29, 2020

Fox News Star Geraldo Rivera Unloads on Trump: ‘What Is This, 6th Grade?!'
Geraldo Rivera delivered one of the harshest condemnations of Donald Trump ever aired on Fox News Friday afternoon when he appeared on The Five and took the president to task for threatening Minneapolis protesters with violence.

After first criticizing Democrats for "studiously avoiding" the looting and vandalism by "anarchists" in that city following the police killing of George Floyd, Rivera pivoted to attack Trump directly. 

"But the other thing is, the president, in these tweets, ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts,' c'mon!" Rivera said, referring to the tweet that Twitter hid from Trump's timeline because it broke its rules on "glorifying violence." 

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May 29, 2020

BuzzFeed Staff Take Pay Cuts, Shared Workload to Stave Off More Coronavirus Furloughs
Drew AngererBuzzFeed News staff are taking a paycut and agreeing to share the workload in a deal to offset most of the potential employee furloughs the company planned for its editorial employees.

Following the massive downturn of the advertising market in the coronavirus pandemic's wake, numerous news media companies including BuzzFeed have cut costs with some layoffs and the cutting of employee salaries and furloughing of staff through the summer. 

In order to stave off further cuts, BuzzFeed News staff struck a deal with management to share duties across the company's editorial union, which is organized through the New York chapter of the NewsGuild (which also represents numerous publications including The Daily Beast).  

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May 29, 2020

Team Biden on Klobuchar: ‘We Need to Avoid Her'
Ron Jenkins/GettyIn recent weeks, Sen. Amy Klobuchar has positioned herself as a leading contender in the race to join former Vice President Joe Biden on the Democratic ticket. But growing civil unrest in her home state of Minnesota in response to the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer—and renewed scrutiny of her record as the top prosecutor in the state's largest county—appears to have severely hampered her ambition to be the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee.

"Vertiginous," a campaign adviser said in a one-word text, describing Klobuchar's fall in the rankings of potential running mates.

The three-term senator's drop has been so swift that a planned Minnesota digital event with Dr. Jill Biden and coronavirus first-responders scheduled for Friday was pulled, according to a source familiar with the campaign's deliberations, "partly because we need to avoid her."

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May 29, 2020

Turns Out Kylie Jenner Is Not a Billionaire. Who Honestly Gives a Shit?
Toni Anne Barson/GettyKylie Jenner might not be a billionaire. Well really, I suppose the issue at hand is she (possibly?) was never a billionaire. A splashy exposé from Forbes claims that the make-up mogul and her family have inflated Kylie Cosmetics' success for years. As a result, the financial publication reports it does not "think" Jenner is a billionaire. Near the end, we discover Jenner's real estimated net worth—a humiliating, paltry sum of $900 million.

Jenner has already fired off all the predictable responses to Forbes' piece. On Friday morning she tweeted, "what am i even waking up to. i thought this was a reputable site.. all i see are a number of inaccurate statements and unproven assumptions lol. i've never asked for any title or tried to lie my way there EVER. period." She also pushed back against the publication's allegation that her camp provided Forbes "tax returns that were likely forged" in order to inflate her perceived wealth.

Soon after her initial tweets, perhaps remembering that there are many more important things happening in the world, Je

The Daily Beast
May 29, 2020

Alarmed Minneapolis Protesters Meet National Guard with Racist Past
Scott Olson/Getty ImagesOne week before the Minnesota National Guard was deployed to racial justice protests in Minneapolis, the organization released a statement about two members who'd made racist statements in a Snapchat video.

"You'll learn the military is racist as shit, so get used to it now you fucking piece of shit," one of the guards-members said in the clip. The remark did not appear to be issued in condemnation of prejudice: The woman was responding to members of a military group chat who'd chided her friend, also in the Minnesota National Guard, for using a racist slur.

The Minnesota National Guard deployed Thursday to act as crowd control in the explosive protests, which began Tuesday after a Minneapolis police officer was filmed kneeling on the neck of 46-year-old George Floyd just prior to his death. The officer was arrested on murder charges on Friday. But hours earlier, President Donald Trump fanned fears that the military might inflame tensions in a city that had just seen a police precinct burned down, implying that the force should kill people who steal from stores.

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May 29, 2020

Mark Zuckerberg Profits from Rage as Much as Donald Trump Does
Samuel Corum/GettyWhen Mark Zuckerberg took to CNBC earlier this week to defend President Trump's ability to use social media to lie to the American public, he insisted that he didn't believe Facebook and other private companies should be in the business of censorship, gravely warning that "political speech is one of the most sensitive parts in a democracy, and people should be able to see what politicians say."

To hear Zuckerberg tell it, the decision by Twitter's mercurial CEO Jack Dorsey to begin "fact checking" Trump's most blatant and dangerous lies represents a grave threat to the First Amendment, one that he and his company reject. "Compared to some of the other companies, we try to be more on the side of giving people a voice and free expression," Zuckerberg said.

It was a familiar line for anyone who's followed Zuckerberg's efforts over the last year to rehab Facebook's image in the face of insurmountable evidence the platform played a crucial role in Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 election and spread white nationalist propaganda.



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May 29, 2020

Michigan Barber Still Thinks He Gets to Make His Own Rules
Elaine Cromie/GettyAn appeals court ruled against a Michigan barber who's become a totem for the anti-lockdown movement—but he's still fighting against safety precautions meant to stem the coronavirus that has killed more than 100,000 Americans.

Karl Manke, an Owosso barber who has brazenly defied coronavirus shutdown orders from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, was too busy with customers Friday morning to answer questions about the Michigan Court of Appeals' decision to allow a preliminary injunction against him.

But his lawyer, David Kallman—who previously defended high school students accused of posting racial slurs on Snapchat—was happy to discuss Manke's pending Michigan Supreme Court appeal and pontificate on the case that has garnered national headlines.

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May 29, 2020

Outdoor Voices and Merrell Collaborate on the Perfect Summer Hiking Boot
Outdoor Voices is one of my personal favorite athleisure and exercise brands. Their clothes, especially their sweatpants, are just so incredibly soft. But better yet, they know how to team up better than anyone else. They have a great collaboration on some HOKA running shoes, and this October, they debuted their first collaboration with Merrell, the iconic hiking boot company. The good news is, there's another collaboration, just in time for summer. 

While the October collaboration boasted extreme waterproofing, the new Men's Moab 2 Mid Vent by Outdoor Voices and Merrell is the perfect summer hiking shoe. It has the classic, timeless Moab silhouette along with a sturdy and thick Vibram sole with a slightly elevated heel. This provides the shoe, and thereby you, with unparalleled traction on any terrain. But what makes them so perfect is that they are  extremely breathable and lightweight. That means this summer, you can get outside for hikes and not worry about your feet getting all sticky and sweaty and gross; you won't overheat in these. Instead, you'll just get the expected comfort and durability you'd expect from a Merrell boot and all the style you

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May 29, 2020

Taylor Swift Goes Nuclear on Trump Over White Supremacy: ‘We Will Vote You Out'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyTaylor Swift's recent embrace of politics continues apace. On Friday, the singer furiously tweeted at Donald Trump in response to his tweet threatening military violence against protesters in Minneapolis.

Earlier this month, George Floyd died in Minneapolis, Minnesota after a police officer kneeled on his neck—despite protests from Floyd and onlookers that he could not breathe. The video has gone viral, and although the four officers involved in Floyd's death have been fired, prosecutors have yet to announce any charges. Protests, meanwhile, have erupted across the country.

On Friday morning, Trump responded to the heartbreak by threatening to send in the National Guard. 

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May 29, 2020

Lady Gaga's ‘Chromatica' Is the Emotional Dance Soundtrack to a World on Fire
Universal Music GroupThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast's Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here. 

I've learned in the last few days that Lady Gaga is not, in fact, singing, "I'd rather be drunk, but at least I'm alive" in her new single "Rain on Me" with Ariana Grande. But, cry for help as it may be that I heard it that way, the spirit, I think, is there—both of the song and of the environment in which it and Gaga's entire new album Chromatica has been released. 

She'd rather, apparently, be "dry" in the song, in which the two powerhouses validate the trauma that people are so often instructed to bury in order to be successful or triumphant, instead shouldering it with them to the dance floor where the epiphany happens: You can still lose yourself to bliss while carrying that weight; you can survive. 

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May 29, 2020

Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin Charged With the Murder of George Floyd
FacebookThe now-fired Minneapolis police officer who held his knee on George Floyd's neck while the handcuffed black man repeatedly said he couldn't breathe has been taken into custody and charged with murder, officials said Friday.

Derek Chauvin, 44, was taken into custody by Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Friday afternoon, Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said at the end of a Friday news briefing. He has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Friday.

"Even as late as yesterday afternoon, we didn't have all that we needed," Freeman said Friday, adding that now "we have it." "This is by far the fastest we've ever charged a police officer."

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May 29, 2020

Cop's Knee Was on George Floyd's Neck for Almost 9 Minutes
FacebookThe now-fired Minneapolis police officer who held his knee on George Floyd's neck while the handcuffed black man repeatedly said he couldn't breathe has been taken into custody and charged with murder, officials said Friday.

Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said on Friday. A criminal complaint alleges Chauvin caused Floyd's death through "culpable negligence," including using a restraint that police are taught is "inherently dangerous."

"This is by far the fastest we've ever charged a police officer," Freeman said Friday.

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May 29, 2020

Floyd Unresponsive for 3 Minutes as Cop Used ‘Dangerous' Restraint: Prosecutors
FacebookThe now-fired Minneapolis police officer who held his knee on George Floyd's neck while the handcuffed black man repeatedly said he couldn't breathe has been taken into custody and charged with murder, officials said Friday.

Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said on Friday. A criminal complaint alleges Chauvin caused Floyd's death through "culpable negligence," including using a restraint that police are taught is "inherently dangerous."

"This is by far the fastest we've ever charged a police officer," Freeman said Friday.

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May 29, 2020

Tired of Sitting Around? These Tennis Shoes are Lighter Than Air
=I love heading outside at the end of the day. There's nothing more rewarding than putting on a nice pair of tennis shoes, grabbing my headphones, and going for a run. After working a full day from home, running around the lakes near my house is my favorite activity. 

I tend to run about four miles per day, so I know that good running shoes are like a second pair of feet.I recently tried the Asics Gel-Cumulus 22 Tennis Shoes - now I enjoy running even more.  In my old running shoes, I always felt pain in my calves after the first two miles. Every time my foot landed on the concrete, my joints would cry out in pain. Lacing up the Gel-Cumulus, I ran four miles and didn't stop once because of my knees.

When I first picked up the Asics, I immediately noticed how lightweight they are - only 6.9 ounces to be exact. Built like a feather, these shoes are designed for runners to beat their competitors. After finishing my workout, I was shocked. I always thought I needed to go to the chiropractor because of the pain I had. Sometimes, yoga was the only solution to relieve the stress from my running muscles. Now, I can rely on my shoes. 

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May 29, 2020

Four More Women Accuse Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Abuse. One Was 17 Years Old.
In a new lawsuit filed Thursday, four more women have come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse. The accusers' stories span the years from 1984 to 2013, and all appear to follow a familiar pattern: They met with Weinstein hoping to discuss professional opportunities before Weinstein allegedly trapped and abused them.

Weinstein was convicted in February of first-degree criminal sex act for the 2006 assault of Miriam Haleyi, as well as third-degree rape for the assault of former actress Jessica Mann. Before his conviction, Weinstein had denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. A representative for Weinstein did not respond to The Daily Beast's request for comment regarding the new lawsuit.

According to the new lawsuit, Weinstein falsely imprisoned, sexually assaulted and sexually battered Jane Doe when she attended the Cannes Film Festival in 1984.

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May 29, 2020

If There Was Ever A Graduating Class That Deserved a Gift, It's This One
This is the weirdest start to summer I've ever experienced. But it must be even weirder for the class of 2020. All of that hard work and no graduation ceremony or celebrations to go along with it. I'm not sure graduation gifts were all that necessary in the past, but now, I'd say they definitely are. Since we can't be together and celebrate the class of 2020, show them you're proud, that you care, and that everything will be OK with a gift. Here are some suggestions to get you going. 

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May 29, 2020

Here's How Fox News Covered the CNN Reporter's Arrest in Minneapolis
Reporting on the arrest of a CNN reporter and his crew by Minnesota state police on Friday morning, Fox News anchor Sandra Smith framed the incident as a he said-he said situation despite the entire ordeal being broadcast on live television.

Reporting from Minneapolis after another night of violent protests over the death of George Floyd, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez found himself surrounded by a group of cops clad in riot gear. As the situation was broadcast on CNN's New Day, Jimenez showed the officers his credentials and calmly asked them where they would like the crew to move.

"Just put us back where you want us, we were getting out of your way," Jimenez is heard saying to several officers. "So, just let us know. Wherever you want us, we will go. We were just getting out of your way while you were advancing through the intersection. Just let us know, and we've got you."

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May 29, 2020

How to Screw Up a Vice-Presidential Pick
Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyJoe Biden's choice for vice president is arguably the biggest decision of his campaign—and it could go very, very wrong. And no one knows more about failed veep picks than Steve Schmidt and Philippe Reines, who worked on the McCain/Palin and Clinton/Kaine campaigns.

In Episode 12 of The New Abnormal, The Daily Beast's podcast for a world gone off the rails, Schmidt and Reines tell Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson about what went south with Hillary Clinton's VP approach, and how Biden can avoid the same fate.

"It's not a matter of who you want to go to the movies with. It's a matter of being able to do it on day one," says Reines. "In a perfect world, he would pick Bernie Sanders," he adds. "I mean that would be a horrible world, but in that world he would pick Bernie to consolidate the party and money."

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The Daily Beast
May 29, 2020

Twitter Boss Finds the Balls to Call Out Trump's Race-War Tweet—but This Is Just the Beginning
In the wake of Trump's batshit executive order on social media, it looked as if Twitter was about to get fucked and fucked hard by Donald Trump. 

The platform's decision early Friday morning to conceal a Trump tweet for "glorifying violence"—so that users had to see that disclaimer first, and then click through to see the tweet itself—was stunning, and suggested that it just might be willing to fuck him right back. Trump's tweet, quoting an infamous 1967 threat from then-Miami-Dade County Sheriff Walter Headley about how "When the looting starts, the shooting starts"—a threat that was aimed specifically at black teenagers—represented a new low even for President Good People on Both Sides.

Trump's eagerness to call out the troops, guns blazing, marked one hell of an escalation in the Social Media Wars—with the president deliberately provoking not only corporate Twitter, but America. The echoes of Richard Nixon's Roger Ailes-inspired 1968 "law and order" play are loud, and sharp, and this time Trump will try to litigate them on Jack Dorsey's platform. That means Donald has to play by Jack's rules, if Jack keeps enforcing them.

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May 29, 2020

The Disturbing History of Minneapolis Cops Before George Floyd
Stephen Maturen/Getty ImagesThis story was published in partnership with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. Sign up for their newsletter here.

As video footage of George Floyd's last moments circulated this week, many watched in shock and revulsion. The 46-year old black man died Monday, pleading for air, as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest.

But few could share the horrible familiarity the clip would evince for Valerie Castile, who four years ago watched similar footage: her son, Philando, dying after a police officer shot him during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb. Her son's killing added fuel to the national conversation about how police use force against people of color, and prompted promises from civic leaders across Minnesota to reform policing.

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May 29, 2020

Twitter Conceals Trump and White House's Threats to Minneapolis Protesters for ‘Glorifying Violence'
Reuters / Jonathan ErnstTwitter hid a tweet from President Trump early Friday that the social media site said broke its rules on "glorifying violence," then concealed the same tweet again when it was later reposted from the official White House account.

The tweets in question directly threatened demonstrators after a chaotic third day of protests against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Demonstrators are demanding action over the death of the 46-year-old unarmed black man after shocking video footage showed a white police officer kneeling on his neck.

Late Thursday, they took over the Minneapolis Police Department's third precinct and set the building ablaze.

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May 29, 2020

7 Shot in Kentucky, Cop Shop Burned in Minneapolis as Cities Explode in Anger Sparked by George Floyd Death
Carlos Barria/ReutersSeven people were shot in Louisville, Kentucky; an SUV plowed into a crowd of demonstrators in Denver, Colorado; full city blocks were ablaze and a police station was torched in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

None of those involved in the overnight clashes would have likely even known that President Trump was censured by Twitter for "glorifying violence" against them when he threatened: "Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

Violence erupted Thursday night and carried on into Friday morning across a number of cities where underlying racial tensions having been simmering for decades. The protests began over the death of George Floyd—an unarmed black man who died when a white police officer knelt on his neck while in custody.

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May 29, 2020

Brian Austin Green Was Dumped by Megan Fox Before, ‘When He Was Sick in Bed for Six Months'
REUTERSIn these uncertain times, it's good to see that some things never change, among them the ancient tradition of celebrities finding their characters inexplicably smeared in the wake of a relationship breakup.

The move, often assumed to be a kind of phony war for hearts and minds ahead of divorce proceedings proper, was of course much on display in the opening cases of Pitt v Jolie and Heard v Depp.

The latest celebrity breakup to rock the brotherhood of celebrity is the parting of the ways by Transformers star Megan Fox and her husband, former 90210 hunk Brian Austin Green after a tumultuous 15 years.

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May 29, 2020

The Brave Women Who Exposed Russell Simmons' Abuse Talk Oprah, #MeToo, and the Price of Speaking Out
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyThe activist and educator Barbara Smith once wrote, "Black women, whose experience is unique, are seldom recognized as a particular social-cultural entity and are seldom thought to be important enough for serious scholarly consideration." That is why On the Record, a new documentary centering the experiences of the black women who came forward to accuse Russell Simmons—"the godfather of hip-hop"—of rape, is so profound and necessary.

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering's film confronts the burden of these women by placing their stories in context. Kimberlé Crenshaw (who coined "intersectionality"), Tarana Burke (founder of #MeToo), and Kierna Mayo (former editor of Ebony) underscore the power of their testimony by wrestling with the history of false allegations against black men, the iniquities of the criminal justice system, and the erasure of black women's pain.

Thirteen women have come forward to accuse Simmons, the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, with a net worth in the hundreds of millions, of sexual harassment or assault. On the Record mainly focuses on three of the accusers; Drew Dixon, who says Simmons raped her in 1995 while she was a rising A&R executive at Def Jam; Sil Lai Abrams

The Daily Beast
May 29, 2020

Black CNN Correspondent Arrested Live on TV in Minneapolis
CNNPolice in Minneapolis arrested black CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez on live television Friday morning.

Footage showed a group of cops in riot gear surrounding Jimenez while he identifies himself to them. One officer informed Jimenez that he's under arrest without explaining the reason why.

Jimenez's crew, including a producer and a camera operator, were also placed in handcuffs, according to the network. More to follow...

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May 29, 2020

Black CNN Correspondent Omar Jimenez Arrested Live on TV in Minneapolis
CNNPolice in Minneapolis arrested black CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez on live TV Friday morning.

CNN's live broadcast on New Day showed a group of cops in riot gear surrounding Jimenez as he clearly identified himself as a reporter to them. Jimenez calmly and politely asked the officers where they would like him and his crew to place themselves, then one officer told the reporter that he was under arrest without further explanation. A white correspondent who was also approached by police was allowed to stay in the area.

Jimenez's crew, including a producer and a camera operator, were also placed in handcuffs, according to the network. They were named as Bill Kirkos and Leonel Mendez. The CNN camera continued to record as the crew was handcuffed, with police seemingly unaware that the camera was still broadcasting live.

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May 29, 2020

Is There a Future for U.K. Cocktail Bars?
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastSince March 23, bars and restaurants across the United Kingdom have been closed in attempt to fight the spread of the coronavirus. 

According to the UK's Wine & Spirit Trade Association, the country's industry employs in excess of 385,000 people and sales in bars and restaurants is worth £10.6 billion. 

Pubs and bars are an intrinsic part of British culture and daily life, and having them closed, to say the least, has been a major adjustment for the public and devastating to the industry. While it's still unknown when it will be safe to reopen, the real question is will any establishments be able to? 

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The Daily Beast
May 29, 2020

Is There a Future for UK Cocktail Bars?
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastSince March 23, bars and restaurants across the United Kingdom have been closed in attempt to fight the spread of the coronavirus. 

According to the UK's Wine & Spirit Trade Association, the country's industry employs in excess of 385,000 people and sales in bars and restaurants is worth £10.6 billion. 

Pubs and bars are an intrinsic part of British culture and daily life, and having them closed, to say the least, has been a major adjustment for the public and devastating to the industry. While it's still unknown when it will be safe to reopen, the real question is will any establishments be able to? 

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The Daily Beast
May 29, 2020

Big Pharma Is Betting on This Rookie Arizona Senator
Bill Clark/Getty

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema formed a congressional caucus to raise "awareness of the benefits of personalized medicine" in February. Soon after that, employees of pharmaceutical companies donated $35,000 to her campaign committee.

Amgen gave $5,000. So did Genentech and Merck. Sanofi, Pfizer and Eli Lilly all gave $2,500. Each of those companies has invested heavily in personalized medicine, which promises individually tailored drugs that can cost a patient hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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The Daily Beast
May 29, 2020

From Fleabag's Sister to the Woman Who Scammed ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'
Illustration by The Daily Beast/AMC/AmazonIn 2001, the blockbuster game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was at the peak of its popularity in the U.K. One-third of the country's population was tuning in live every night. ABC, which is owned by Disney, had recently purchased the rights to air an American version of the series, and suits at ITV were offering prayers of gratitude to Mickey Mouse as they cashed their checks. 

Charles Ingram, a former English army major, and his wife, Diana, a teacher and mother to their two children, both appeared as contestants on Millionaire during its meteoric rise, as did Diana's brother, Adrian—a remarkable coincidence for a game show notoriously difficult to win a seat on. While both Diana and Adrian tapped out at the £32,000 point, Charles, despite a disastrous start to his run and a confusingly erratic pattern of answers, took home the £1,000,000 prize. 

The glory was short-lived. Charles and Diana, along with an accomplice, were accused of an elaborate cheating scheme and scamming their way to victory. Charles was stripped of his earnings, and the trio were tried in court for their "audacious heist"—stealing £1,000,000.

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May 29, 2020

Mary Neely, Your Favorite Broadway Lip Sync Artist, Is Just Getting Started
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via TwitterAs much as Mary Neely loved reproducing The Sound of Music song by song for Twitter, there were a couple times she had to step back and question what, exactly, she was doing. 

Like when she realized, a little too late, that maybe borrowing a $2,500 drone that she barely knew how to fly was a bad idea. "I was so nervous that like someone was gonna, like, call the cops on me—or be really upset and come outside," Neely told me during a recent interview. "I kept landing it and looking around and being really freaked out. But luckily nothing happened." 

Or when she realized that unlike other musical lip syncs she'd done, The Sound of Music's numbers often include several singers. "With all of the other videos I made, even if I played multiple characters, it was usually only two people singing the song," Neely said. "So I only had to actually do the whole song, like, twice. For this, I had to do the song eight times." Even now, Neely's voice drips with exhaustion at the memory.

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The Daily Beast
May 29, 2020

China's Airline Industry Is Capitalizing on the Pandemic
Kelly Caminero / The Daily BeastThere is no doubt that airliners were the novel coronavirus pandemic's main vector. 

Its first direct breakout into the world (and into the U.S.) was certainly from China, long before its lethality was understood. Epidemiologists have established that the virus was on the move in the central Chinese city of Wuhan by early December at the latest.

Unfortunately, Wuhan's significance in the planning of China's increasingly modernized and organized infrastructure made it the perfect place for an accelerated spread of the pathogen.

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The Daily Beast
May 29, 2020

The Latest Coronavirus War Is the ‘COVID-19 Surcharge'
Courtesy of Brian BensonAt Bootleggers BBQ, a stick-to-your-ribs smokehouse that usually draws crowds from around Missouri, the coronavirus pandemic has decimated sales. Even with expanded hours, the restaurant is doing approximately 40 percent of its usual business, according to owner Brian Staack. So when the price of meat doubled in his area, Staack did what several local businesses had done: He implemented a flat, 5 percent "COVID-19 surcharge" to every customer's bill to help make up the cost.

"Looking back, it was probably a bad idea to call it a COVID-19 surcharge," he told The Daily Beast.

Within days, the restaurant was flooded with phone calls and social media posts accusing it of ripping off customers. Several callers said they thought the restaurant should burn down. Just two days after implementing it, Staack called off the surcharge.

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May 29, 2020

Russian State Media Wonder if They Created an Orange-Haired Monster
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe sense of alarm was palpable on Russian state TV this week. Images of nuclear explosions flashed on an oversized screen as Evgeny Popov, host of the popular program 60 Minutes,  talked about reports that Donald Trump may reverse a decades-long moratorium on nuclear testing. 

"Of course it's a bad idea," said Popov. "If tomorrow the United States conducts a nuclear test, the day after tomorrow China will conduct a nuclear test, followed by Israel, then us [Russia], then France, then the U.K. and then—who knows—maybe Pakistan, North Korea or Iran?"

Popov wondered out loud why Trump isn't being impeached for contemplating such measures, which surely will have global repercussions. And this after Russia cheered him on throughout his actual impeachment and trial a few months ago. 

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May 29, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Hollywood Drone Nightmare Won't End Anytime Soon
Samir Hussein/GettyPrince Harry and Meghan Markle, as The Daily Beast exclusively reported this week, are being regularly harassed by drones in the backyard of their Hollywood home.

But here's a curious fact; pictures of the couple or Archie taken illegally from the air are "100% impossible" to sell in major markets such as the U.S. and U.K., according to industry insiders.

In fact, the only picture taken from a drone of the Sussexes so far to see the light of day was an image of Harry playing with his dog that was published by an Australian outlet, and even this was swiftly removed from the internet, after, one presumes, the Sussexes made representations to the publisher.

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The Daily Beast
May 29, 2020

Why Your Anxiety Is At an All-Time High and How to Treat It
TonikIf you're feeling unusually scattered, tired, and anxious lately, you're not alone. The coronavirus pandemic is causing high levels of emotional distress for many people. Even if you've never suffered from anxiety, you may be experiencing symptoms such as insomnia, difficulty concentrating, or a loss of interest in your normal activities. 

Aside from the obvious causes of anxiety — lost income, food insecurity, worrying about you or your family falling sick — there is another, less obvious factor at play: the state of being in constant survival mode. 

"Typically, when our fight/flight/freeze response is triggered, we have a chance once the perceived threat has passed, to calm and return to baseline," explains therapist and Community Health Public Policy Advocate Kara Werner. "But, this isn't happening in the pandemic. We are constantly being inundated with uncertainty, potential economic instability, concern for the safety of our friends and loved ones, etc." 

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The Daily Beast
May 29, 2020

Why Your Anxiety Is at an All-Time High and What To Do About It
TonikIf you're feeling unusually scattered, tired, and anxious lately, you're not alone. The coronavirus pandemic is causing high levels of emotional distress for many people. Even if you've never suffered from anxiety, you may be experiencing symptoms such as insomnia, difficulty concentrating, or a loss of interest in your normal activities. 

Aside from the obvious causes of anxiety — lost income, food insecurity, worrying about you or your family falling sick — there is another, less obvious factor at play: the state of being in constant survival mode. 

"Typically, when our fight/flight/freeze response is triggered, we have a chance once the perceived threat has passed, to calm and return to baseline," explains therapist and Community Health Public Policy Advocate Kara Werner. "But, this isn't happening in the pandemic. We are constantly being inundated with uncertainty, potential economic instability, concern for the safety of our friends and loved ones, etc." 

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The Daily Beast
May 29, 2020

Internal Documents Reveal Border Patrol Infections Doubled in a Month
Guillermos Arias/GettyCOVID-19 infections in U.S. Border Patrol—where some agents have reportedly shunned masks—have shot up, according to internal government data obtained exclusively by The Daily Beast.

At the end of April, the leaked documents show, there were 19 positive cases of COVID-19 among Border Patrol employees who have been tested for the virus. As of May 26, the number of positives jumped to 47, an increase of almost 150 percent. Of the agency's 19,648 agents, 472 have been tested to date.

The uptick comes on the heels of video that showed Border Patrol agents working without face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) when interacting with each other, as well as the public. Nearly 10 percent of the Border Patrol agents screened for COVID-19 to date have tested positive for the virus that has now killed more than 100,000 Americans, Border Patrol data shows. That figure is up to 4 percentage points higher than the national average. 

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The Daily Beast
May 29, 2020

Twitter Conceals Trump's Threat to Minneapolis Protesters For ‘Glorifying Violence'
Reuters / Jonathan ErnstTwitter has hidden a tweet from President Trump which the social media site said broke its rules around "glorifying violence."

The tweet in question threatened demonstrators after a chaotic third day of protests against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Demonstrators are demanding action over the death of the 46-year-old unarmed black man after shocking video footage showed a white police officer kneeling on his neck.

Late Thursday, they took over the Minneapolis Police Department's third precinct and set the building ablaze. Shortly after midnight, the president threatened to "start shooting" in an incendiary string of tweets.

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The Daily Beast
May 29, 2020

Kimmel Brutally Roasts ‘Lopsided' Trump: ‘And He Has the Nerve to Call Hillary Crooked!'
ABC"This is what our penny-colored president is up to," offered Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night. "While racial injustice is tearing our country apart, he's going to war with Twitter."

Indeed, instead of calming the nation in the wake of the death of George Floyd—an unarmed black man suspected of committing the high crime of allegedly trying to pay for groceries with a counterfeit bill—by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on the man's neck for nine excruciating minutes until he went limp, President Trump has chosen to focus most of his attention on Twitter. On Thursday, he issued an executive order "preventing online censorship" because the social network flagged one of his (many) misleading tweets.

"This is crazy. This would be like if he declared war on Arby's because they said there were 550 calories in his curly fries," cracked Kimmel, adding, "In a nutshell, the president is mad at an app on his phone and is using the power of his office to retaliate. This is what's on his mind as the death toll from a virus is over 100,000 now and people are rioting in the streets."

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May 28, 2020

Laura Ingraham to African Americans: Trump Understands Police Violence Because of Russia Probe
Fox NewsFox News host Laura Ingraham attempted to explain to African Americans on Thursday night that President Donald Trump can empathize with inequality and police brutality due to his "own experience" with federal investigators during the Russia probe.

With protests raging across the nation over the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis police custody, Ingraham lectured protesters over the demonstrations devolving into violence and looting. 

After chastising the non-Fox media for supposedly fanning racial flames over the police killing and subsequent protests, Ingraham then decided to address the black community as a whole to tell them how they should properly protest the killing of George Floyd.

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The Daily Beast
May 28, 2020

Laura Ingraham to African-Americans: Trump Understands Police Violence Because of Russia Probe
Fox NewsFox News host Laura Ingraham attempted to explain to African-Americans on Thursday night that President Donald Trump can empathize with inequality and police brutality due to his "own experience" with federal investigators during the Russia probe.

With protests raging across the nation over the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis police custody, Ingraham lectured protesters over the demonstrations devolving into violence and looting. 

After chastising the non-Fox media for supposedly fanning racial flames over the police killing and subsequent protests, Ingraham then decided to address the black community as a whole to tell them how they should properly protest the killing of George Floyd.

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The Daily Beast
May 28, 2020

Laura Ingraham to Black Americans: Trump Understands Police Violence Because of Russia Probe
Fox NewsFox News host Laura Ingraham attempted to explain to African-Americans on Thursday night that President Donald Trump can empathize with inequality and police brutality due to his "own experience" with federal investigators during the Russia probe.

With protests raging across the nation over the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis police custody, Ingraham lectured protesters over the demonstrations devolving into violence and looting. 

After chastising the non-Fox media for supposedly fanning racial flames over the police killing and subsequent protests, Ingraham then decided to address the black community as a whole to tell them how they should properly protest the killing of George Floyd.

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The Daily Beast
May 28, 2020

‘400 Years of Anger': Minneapolis Police Station Set Ablaze as Trump Threatens to ‘Start Shooting'
Solomon GustavoMINNEAPOLIS—Protesters demanding action over the death of 46-year-old George Floyd took over the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct late Thursday and set the building ablaze.

Video from the scene showed demonstrators chanting "I can't breathe" and cheering as the building was breached, with alarms blaring in the background.

"This is 400 years of anger," one protester, Justin Galbraith, told The Daily Beast as the flames sent smoke up into the sky.

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The Daily Beast
May 28, 2020

‘400 Years of Anger': Minneapolis Police Station Set Ablaze During Protest
Solomon GustavoMINNEAPOLIS—Protesters demanding action over the death of 46-year-old George Floyd took over the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct late Thursday and set the building ablaze.

Video from the scene showed demonstrators chanting "I can't breathe" and cheering as the building was breached, with alarms blaring in the background.

"This is 400 years of anger," one protester, Justin Galbraith, told The Daily Beast as the flames sent smoke up into the sky.

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The Daily Beast
May 28, 2020

Driver Appears to Deliberately Plow Into Denver Demonstrators
via TwitterA protest in Denver on Thursday night over the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis police custody took a violent turn when a driver apparently plowed into a crowd of protesters on purpose—speeding up and nearly running over a man who just barely escaped being seriously injured. 

Video of the incident posted to social media shows a black SUV honking repeatedly and trying to make it through a crowd of demonstrators as one of the protesters clings to the hood of the vehicle. The driver then accelerates and the man jumps off and walks away, but the driver turns around and swerves right into him as the crowd screams, "Watch out!" 

After the man's leg appears to get caught in the wheel and he falls to the ground, the driver speeds off in the other direction.  

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The Daily Beast
May 28, 2020

Don Lemon Erupts: ‘No One Wants to Hear From the Birther-In-Chief' on George Floyd
CNN anchor Don Lemon unloaded on President Donald Trump after the Justice Department said Thursday that the president was "actively monitoring" the investigation of four Minneapolis police officers over the death of an unarmed black man, exclaiming that nobody "wants to hear from the Birther-in-Chief."

During a press conference late Thursday afternoon, local and federal investigators insisted that they "can't rush" bringing charges for the death of George Floyd, who was pronounced dead after an officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. With protests raging across the country, U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald said the investigation was a "top priority" for the feds before adding that Trump and Attorney General William Barr were paying high attention to the case.

Moments after the presser wrapped up, Lemon blew up over MacDonald invoking the president in this particular situation, bringing up a number of incidents Trump has been involved in over the years that have widely been seen as racist.

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The Daily Beast
May 28, 2020

‘Larry Kramer Changed My Life.' Ellen Barkin, Joel Grey, Anthony Rapp, and Others Recall a ‘Hero' and Friend
Catherine McGann/GettyLarry Kramer, the late LGBTQ and AIDS activist, author and playwright, has been much praised and analyzed over the last 24 hours. But Larry Kramer was also both a friend and professional collaborator to many. Lost amid the tales of fire and brimstone are stories of a certain paisley pocket, an unexpected delivery of chicken soup, and the linking of arms late at night on a Broadway street.

On Wednesday, in my obituary of Kramer, who died Wednesday at the age of 84, I mulled what people invariably mention most about Kramer: his anger. That anger, as I wrote, could be both telling and deceptive. Kramer, both artist and activist, was dedicated to a better world for LGBTQ people and people with AIDS. He was uncompromising in his activism and writing to achieve that.

He fought, bare-knuckled, for both. But in his plays and around his friends and loved ones, Kramer could kind, thoughtful, and gentle. His plays—like him—could be as quiet as they were loud, as sensitive as they were bombastic.

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The Daily Beast
May 28, 2020

Trump's ‘Very Sad' When Police Kill Is the New ‘Thoughts and Prayers'
Photo illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyEric Garner. Sandra Bland. Philando Castile. Alton Sterling. Michael Brown. Their names, and those of far too many other unarmed African-Americans killed by police (or in their custody) have become a grim litany etched in the memories of a whole generation of Americans. 

And now, George Floyd, who was violently detained for a "forgery in progress" on Monday by as many as four Minneapolis police officers, including one with a knee pressing his neck into the ground, has become yet another casualty of excessive force.

Floyd's death stands apart because his death represents perhaps the most high profile case of this nature to occur during Trump's presidency. His predecessor, Barack Obama was routinely confronted with these kinds of tragedies. And as the first black president and a progressive, he was not only expected to weigh in on them, but was practically required to by his base and the media establishment.



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