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Sep 24, 2018

‘Those Motherf**kers Are Dead Meat': Far-Right Militia Threatens Muslims on Leaked Audio
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastMembers of an anti-Muslim militia talked about attacking people outside a Houston Islamic convention earlier this month, leaked audio reveals.

On the first weekend of September, prominent American Muslims gathered in Houston for the 55th annual Islamic Society of North America convention. But outside the city's George R. Brown Convention Center, another gathering was growing. Several dozen armed members of the far-right "Texas Patriot Network" and "Soldiers of Odin" vigilante groups who opposed the conference squared off against counter-protesters, who showed up to protect the Muslim conference attendees.

TPN claims not to be a hate group or a militia. But leaked audio, first reported by the anti-fascist blog It's Going Down, revealed TPN members fantasizing about violently attacking their rivals. An extended version of the conversation, reviewed by The Daily Beast, also reveals the militia boasting of its alleged ties with law enforcement.

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Sep 24, 2018

Yale Students Stage Protests Against Alum Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination
Courtesy Yale Law Students Demanding BetterAt 9:30 a.m. Monday morning, roughly 250 Yale students dressed in all-black filled the hallway of the school's Sterling Law building in silence.

For 30 minutes, no one said a word, silently protesting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a Yale law alum, demanding an investigation into the sexual-misconduct allegations leveled against him.

"As a community, we are here today to show that we take allegations of sexual assault and harassment seriously. We are here today to discuss the very real threat that Brett Kavanaugh poses to this country," one organizer announced, breaking the silence.

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Sep 24, 2018

Florida Democratic Congressional Candidate April Freeman Dies Unexpectedly
via FacebookApril Freeman, the Democratic candidate for Florida's 17th congressional district, passed away suddenly on Sunday night, according to a post from her husband on her Facebook page.

Freeman, 54, was set to face off against Republican State Sen. Greg Steube in November's election for a seat vacated by Republican Rep. Tom Rooney, who retired effective January 2019.

The Central Florida district stretches from Lake Okeechobee to eastern Tampa Bay and, since its creation after the 2010 census, has been reliably Republican. President Trump earned 62 percent of the vote in the district on the way to a narrow win in the state overall.

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Sep 24, 2018

Rod Rosenstein Not Ousted as Deputy Attorney General. For Now.
Brendan Smialowski/GettyIt was a rough morning for the Justice Department.

Shortly before 11 a.m., multiple reports emerged that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein-who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe-was on his way out. A source familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast that he was headed to the White House, where he expected to be fired.

A New York Times story published on Friday precipitated the crisis, reporting that the deputy attorney general talked about covertly recording President Donald Trump and having his cabinet members team up to oust him. Rosenstein said the report was wrong. A Justice Department source told The Daily Beast that the mood soured over the weekend, as the Times stood by its story and some Rosenstein allies privately conceded that he made the remarks (though sarcastically).  

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Sep 24, 2018

Rod Rosenstein Rumors Have Justice Department Bracing for ‘Doomsday'
Brendan Smialowski/GettyIt was a rough morning for the Justice Department.

Shortly before 11 a.m., multiple reports emerged that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein-who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe-was on his way out. A source familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast that he was headed to the White House, where he expected to be fired.

A New York Times story published on Friday precipitated the crisis, reporting that the deputy attorney general talked about covertly recording President Donald Trump and having his cabinet members team up to oust him. Rosenstein said the report was wrong. A Justice Department source told The Daily Beast that the mood soured over the weekend, as the Times stood by its story and some Rosenstein allies privately conceded that he made the remarks (though sarcastically).  

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Sep 24, 2018

This Is How Versace Might Look if Michael Kors Buys It
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIf Showgirls was made today, its heroine, the plucky stripper Nomi, would probably still not know how to properly pronounce Versace. However, she may have toted around a Michael Kors satchel that she picked up for 30 percent off at a Macy's Labor Day sale.

Both designers were linked on Sunday, when Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera speculated that Michael Kors may buy the storied Italian label for $2 billion euros.

Donatella Versace, sister of the line's late founder, Gianni, currently owns the independent house along with family members Santo Versace and Allegra Versace Beck.

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Sep 24, 2018

Another Former Partner at Ernst & Young Claims ‘Egregious' Sexual Harassment, Retaliation
GettyWomen at Ernst & Young face "egregious" sexual harassment, including pay discrimination and routine comments about their breasts and other body parts, according to a former partner at the company who filed an official federal complaint on Monday.

Karen Ward claims in her 21-page Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint that her supervisor told her that she was "really hot," and that he loved her "great big round boobs" and "nice ass."

That same supervisor allegedly texted her at 2 a.m. on work trips, requesting Ward to meet him for drinks in the hotel bar. He also regularly commented on her female colleagues' big breasts, she said.

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Sep 24, 2018

Meghan Markle Plays Netball in Stiletto Heels
Aaron Chown/APMeghan Markle today marked another important notch on her path to becoming a fully fledged working royal today, when she played sport in public.

And while we suspect Meghan might be rather good at those other venerable royal humiliations—dancing with members of the public and DJ-ing at a community radio station—it's fair to say that, from what we saw today, sport perhaps hasn't played a huge part in the life of screen star Meghan.

The first giveaway was the footwear.

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Sep 24, 2018

Team Trump Swears It's Not Trying to Overthrow Iran's Mullahs
Stephanie Keith/GettyThe Trump administration's Iran hardliners want to underscore something as the United Nations' annual diplomatic confab gets under way: they're not trying to overthrow the Islamic Republic.

"Regime change is not the administration's policy," John Bolton, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, said in response to a question from The Daily Beast. "What we expect from Iran is massive changes in their behavior."

Bolton's official disavowal of regime change is almost bound to hit a wall of skepticism. As The Daily Beast reported last week, on Saturday the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, spoke alongside a cultish Iranian exile leader at a conference devoted to replacing the Iranian government. The end of the Islamic Republic, "could be in a few days, months, a couple of years. But it's going to happen," Giuliani said.

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Sep 24, 2018

Trump Lawyers Demand Mueller Probe ‘Time Out' if Rosenstein is Ousted
Saul Loeb/GettyPresident Donald Trump's legal team is calling for a pause of the investigation into Russian election meddling should deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation, resign or be fired.

"If in fact Rod Rosenstein does end up resigning today," Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said on his radio program on Monday, "I think it clearly becomes necessary and appropriate...that there be a step back taken here, and a review, a review that has to be thorough and complete...and basically a time out on this inquiry."

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's lawyer and former New York City mayor, told The Daily Beast on Monday afternoon that he agrees with Sekulow's call for a cessation of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, in the event of Rosenstein's ouster—which was reported to be near as of Monday morning.

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Sep 24, 2018

Kellyanne Conway Changes Her Tune on Kavanaugh Claims
CBS/ScreenshotA second woman coming forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct may force many observers to view him less favorably, it appears to have done the opposite for Kellyanne Conway.

Whereas last Monday, the counselor to the president was willing to give Christine Blasey Ford the benefit of the doubt, she came out swinging this morning against what she described as a "vast left-wing conspiracy" trying to take down Trump's man.

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored," Conway told Fox & Friends a week ago, setting the tone for Trump, who was surprising measured in response to the allegations—until he came face to face with Sean Hannity a few days later and started questioning Dr. Ford's credibility.

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Sep 24, 2018

Kellyanne Conway Goes From Believing Kavanaugh Accuser to Blaming ‘Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy'
CBS/ScreenshotA second woman coming forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct may force many observers to view him less favorably, it appears to have done the opposite for Kellyanne Conway.

Whereas last Monday, the counselor to the president was willing to give Christine Blasey Ford the benefit of the doubt, she came out swinging this morning against what she described as a "vast left-wing conspiracy" trying to take down Trump's man.

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored," Conway told Fox & Friends a week ago, setting the tone for Trump, who was surprising measured in response to the allegations—until he came face to face with Sean Hannity a few days later and started questioning Dr. Ford's credibility.

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Sep 24, 2018

Teen Survives Seven Weeks Adrift in Pacific Ocean on Floating Fishing Hut
via FacebookArmed with just a fishing hut and a Bible, an Indonesian teenager survived seven weeks adrift in the Pacific Ocean after a storm in July tore his vessel away from its moorings.

Aldi Novel Adilang told officials that, with the help of cooking utensils, a gas stove, and a generator, he ate fish and prayed every day of the 1,600-mile journey, The Jakarta Post reported. Adilang even made himself a shower using sticks of bamboo.

The 19-year-old Adilang was a contract worker hired to spend six months as a lamp-keeper on the hut—also called a rompong. Once a week, someone from Adilang's company came to harvest fish from his traps and deliver him new supplies of water, food, and fuel. But a storm on July 14 snapped off the rope that kept his vessel in place about 80 miles off the northeast coast of Indonesia, a diplomat at the country's consulate in Osaka told the Post.

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Sep 24, 2018

Republicans Eye Kelly Ayotte to Question Kavanaugh Accuser
Alex Wong/GettyMindful of the optics of an all-male panel grilling an alleged sexual-assault victim, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have begun narrowing their search for an outside counsel to question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser this week.

One name in particular appears to be garnering support among committee Republicans: their onetime colleague, former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

Two Republican Senate sources confirmed to The Daily Beast that Ayotte is being considered as a potential candidate to question Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high-school house party in the early 1980s. Ford is slated to recount her allegations on Thursday, pending negotiations with committee leadership on the particulars of her testimony.

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Sep 24, 2018

Speed Read: What the Hell Is Going on With Brett Kavanaugh Now?
Reuters / Joshua RobertsThe Brett Kavanaugh scandal is deepening by the day. Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee has now been accused of sexual misconduct by at least two women—and the first complainant, Christine Blasey Ford, is ready to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

While in public, Trump and other senior Republicans are still bullish about their continued support for federal judge, many are privately concerned about a backlash against the party in the upcoming midterm elections, particularly from women, if they're seen as belittling or silencing Kavanaugh's accusers.

A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, is now also publicly accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct at a Yale University dorm party. Then comes Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Trump accuser Stormy Daniels, who says he is representing another woman with "credible evidence" against the nominee.

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Sep 24, 2018

Serena Williams Dishes on Texting Her Friend Meghan Markle for Support
IAN WESTWhen Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in May of this year, Serena Williams was among the astonishing array of celebrity guests lined up in the pews of Windsor Castle's chapel to celebrate the special day. And now the tennis legend has spoken about how the two of them have each other's back, saying they often message to support each other.

Serena was discussing her friendship with the Duchess of Sussex in an interview with Australia's The Project that took place three days after her controversial outburst against a referee she accused of sexism as she lost the final of the U.S. Open.

Williams, 36, said she and Markle, 37, have increasingly turned to each other for support under the pressure of recent events.

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Sep 24, 2018

The Lost Art of Acting Drunk
TCD/Prod.DB/AlamyLadies and gentlemen, may I present Jack Norton! He needs no introduction, of course. The Brooklyn-born actor appeared in a remarkable 184 films during his illustrious career, including Calling All Cars, Thanks for the Memory, and the Palm Beach Story. He was much beloved by fans throughout the 1930s and ‘40s. "All he has to do is weave through a swinging door and the audience grins with delight," wrote a critic in 1944.

Except, of course, that Jack Norton now definitely needs an introduction. I'm pretty sure you've never heard of him. He was a character actor, and that character no matter the movie was almost always a drunk. He had numerous walk-on roles in films, often providing comic relief at one society affair or another, instantly identifiable by his pencil mustache and dapper tux. Preston Sturges, legendary director of screwball comedies, loved to toss him a few moments of screen time and a line or two, where he could serve as a sort of comic palate cleanser. Norton's most notable role? The sodden film director gloriously named A. Pismo Clam, in the 1940 W.C. Fields film, The Bank Dick.

For about a half-century—from Repeal in 1933 until the 1980s—every generation had its own famous film or TV drunk. (Drunks had cameos in vaudeville shows, but they didn't influence popular culture like later actors.) Walk-on drunks were the court jester, the one who made everyone laugh just by showing up.

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Sep 24, 2018

Braai Day: The Holiday of Meat That Brings South Africans Together
GettyGrilling is a big deal in South Africa. We even have a day dedicated to it—Sept. 24, Heritage Day, AKA Braai Day; a public holiday where we celebrate our heritage by firing up the grill.

It sounds peculiar: a whole nation celebrating its heritage by cooking meat over an open flame. But for South Africans, making food over a fire is something that connects us all. For such a culturally diverse country (we have 11 official languages) with a complex, troubled past, braaing (barbecuing) is one thing that penetrates racial and economic lines. Everybody in South Africa braais.

It would be silly to think a style of cooking help could unite an entire country. But it really does help. Before ‘Braai Day' became ‘Braai Day' it was simply Heritage Day—a day when South Africans were urged to celebrate their culture. It's a nice idea in theory, but when you're from such a wildly diverse country, how do you "celebrate" a singular heritage? It was in 2005 when cookbook author and cooking show host Jan Scannell, AKA Jan Braai, established the "Braai Day" movement. He created a show broadcast on a local TV channel, where he embarked on a braai journey across the country, exploring different types of braai cultures. The braai movement became such a hit that it caught the attention of Desmond Tutu, who in 2007, became the patron of the National Braai Day initiative.

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Sep 24, 2018

Braai Day: The Meat-Cooking Holiday Trying to Bring South Africans Together
GettyGrilling is a big deal in South Africa. We even have a day dedicated to it—September 24, Heritage Day, AKA Braai Day; a public holiday where we celebrate our heritage by firing up the grill.

It sounds peculiar: a whole nation celebrating its heritage by cooking meat over an open flame. But for South Africans, making food over a fire is something that connects us all. For such a culturally diverse country (we have 11 official languages) with a complex, troubled past, braaing (barbecuing) is one thing that penetrates racial and economic lines. Everybody in South Africa braais.

It would be silly to think a style of cooking help could unite an entire country. But it really does help. Before ‘Braai Day' became ‘Braai Day' it was simply Heritage Day—a day when South Africans were urged to celebrate their culture. It's a nice idea in theory, but when you're from such a wildly diverse country, how do you "celebrate" a singular heritage? It was in 2005 when cookbook author and cooking show host Jan Scannell, AKA Jan Braai, established the "Braai Day" movement. He created a show broadcast on a local TV channel, where he embarked on a braai journey across the country, exploring different types of braai cultures. The braai movement became such a hit that it caught the attention of Desmond Tutu, who in 2007, became the patron of the National Braai Day initiative.

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Sep 24, 2018

China's Borrowing From Imperial Japan's Playbook
Vasily Fedosenko/ReutersWhile the ongoing trade war between China and the United States makes headlines, periodically roiling the markets, another Sino-American struggle of far more serious import has attracted surprisingly little attention in the mainstream media.

Since Xi Jinping's assent to power in 2012, China has been pursuing a grand strategy of "national rejuvenation," seeking to reclaim its place as a great world power with global reach and influence. Xi has often described his muscular foreign policy as one of "peaceful rise and development," meant to enhance the prosperity and stability of China, its neighbors, and the world as a whole. At the 19th Party Congress in October 2017, Xi claimed his nation's emerging system of global financial institutions and foreign partnerships "offers a new option for other countries and nations who want to speed up their development while preserving their independence."

Hmm.

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Sep 24, 2018

Texas Rep. Pete Sessions' War on Medical Marijuana
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastMark and Christy Zartlers' 18-year-old daughter, Kara, has cerebral palsy and a severe form of autism that includes Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB). When Kara is agitated, she punches herself in the head; on multiple occasions, she's broken bones in her face. She's nonverbal, which makes it difficult for the Zartlers to understand what's inciting her self-injurious behavior (professionals say there can be a wide range of instigating factors) and intervene.

The family has tried dozens of medications prescribed by Kara's doctors, as well as occupational and behavioral therapies. There's only one substance that stops Kara's self-injury within a matter of minutes: cannabis.

But in Texas, it's not so simple. Zartler happens to live in the district represented by Pete Sessions (no relation to attorney general Jeff), who is the Chairman of the House Rules Committee, which has federal marijuana laws under its wings. Sessions is on a mission to reduce access to medical marijuana.

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Sep 24, 2018

The New Collateral Damage in Trump's War on Refugees
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastWhen the Trump administration announced its intention to slash the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States to the lowest level in nearly four decades, the decision sparked worry among thousands of displaced persons who feared that the nation's doors were now closed to them. But in addition to the record number of global refugees seeking safety from unrest in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, the admissions cap will likely also harm organizations designed to help the thousands of displaced people who do make it safely to the United States.

As the U.S. government slows the number of legal refugees who can enter the country to a trickle, the nine private voluntary agencies with cooperative agreements with the State Department to help settle those refugees must now contend with a potentially devastating budget crunch.

"It'll have a tremendous impact on the number of people who are able to access these life-saving services," Nazanin Ash, vice president of policy and advocacy at the International Rescue Committee, told The Daily Beast. "There've been over 150 office closures over the last two years, and that shutters a vital resource in many communities across the country."

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Sep 24, 2018

The Old Republican Men Asking Why Kavanaugh Accusers Didn't Report Their Assaults Sooner Damn Well Know Why
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAs Yale alum Deborah Ramirez joins Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in claiming Brett Kavanaugh sexually attacked her and Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti says he has a so-far unnamed third accuser, Republicans have settled on three lines of attack:  85-year old Sen. Orrin Hatch's idea that the women may be "mixed up;" Sen. Lindsey Graham's that it's on Ford (and now Ramirez) to prove that Kavanaugh's not the good man he says he is and always has been; and then President Donald Trump's "question" about why Ford didn't file charges 36 years ago if it was "as bad as she says."

To Hatch, you are the one mixed up; to Graham, a man doesn't accost every woman; and to the president, the closed minds on the Judiciary Committee, and men in general asking why Ford didn't rush to the authorities, many women would like to ask you: What world are you living in?

Have you forgotten the prevailing culture, the secrecy about matters sexual, and how shame in those matters was something for the woman but not the man? Do you believe women now?

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Sep 24, 2018

LGB Youth at ‘Increased Risk' of Substance Abuse. Blame Homophobia.
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastResearchers have long known that LGBT people are more likely to abuse substances than their straight and cisgender peers, often due to the same minority stress that many marginalized groups experience. Alcohol and drugs become a coping mechanism for daily discrimination.

One might hope that a rising generation of youth—who tend to be more accepting of LGBT people—would be able to dodge this minority stress.

But a new study of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence makes it painfully clear that they remain "at increased risk relative to heterosexual youth for polysubstance abuse."

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Sep 24, 2018

Is the U.S. Losing South Korea? Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un Conspire Against Trump
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastIn what will surely be the most important event at this year's U.N. General Assembly session, President Donald Trump on Monday will meet North Korea's most effective representative, South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Moon, fresh from a three-day meeting with the North's Kim Jong Un, is up to no good as he tries to put the best face on Pyongyang's plans to hold onto its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Never has a pig gotten such bright lipstick.

In the North Korean capital last week, Moon and Kim signed the Pyongyang Declaration and presided over the inking of a 17-page military agreement. Even taking into account the military agreement, which requires each side to pull back forces from the Demilitarized Zone and sea borders, the summit was richer in symbolism than substance, especially considering it was the third between these two leaders.

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Sep 24, 2018

Why Is Trump Letting Moon Jae-in Hand South Korea to Kim Jong Un?
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastIn what will surely be the most important event at this year's U.N. General Assembly session, President Donald Trump on Monday will meet North Korea's most effective representative, South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Moon, fresh from a three-day meeting with the North's Kim Jong Un, is up to no good as he tries to put the best face on Pyongyang's plans to hold on to its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Never has a pig gotten such bright lipstick.

In the North Korean capital last week, Moon and Kim signed the Pyongyang Declaration and presided over the inking of a 17-page military agreement. Even taking into account the military agreement, which requires each side to pull back forces from the Demilitarized Zone and sea borders, the summit was richer in symbolism than substance, especially considering it was the third between these two leaders.

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Sep 24, 2018

Cry, Dammit!: The Sob-Filled Race to Be the Next ‘This Is Us'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThese days it's hard to shake the feeling that you need a good cry. At least that's what TV networks are banking on.

In what might be the biggest boon to Kleenex stock since Terms of Endearment was on the Oscar trail, the new fall season is hell-bent on wringing every last tear out of audiences, with the major networks making blatant, shameless plays to air the next This Is Us.

That's not surprising, given that This Is Us is the last and rare major network drama series success story. What's also not surprising is these other series' misguided distillation of all the elements that come together so carefully to make This Is Us work, down to one pandering mission statement: Make them cry. The new shows certainly succeed at that. But is that enough?

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Sep 24, 2018

Inside Barstool Sports' Culture of Online Hate: ‘They Treat Sexual Harassment and Cyberbullying as a Game'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe other week, Dave Portnoy, the founder and chief of content of the sports blog Barstool Sports, did what he and fans of his site always do: ratcheted up an online spat to a fever pitch, transforming their collective rage at a perceived enemy into content. Even if it meant leaning into the type of social media harassment and misogyny that Barstool is infamous for.

This particular roiling conflict dates back to October 2016, when ESPN announced they'd be bringing in two Barstool personalities, Eric "PFT Commenter" Sollenberger and Dan "Big Cat" Katz, as hosts of a televised version of their wildly popular Barstool podcast, "Pardon My Take." Sam Ponder, the host of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, was less than thrilled.

She tweeted out screenshots of a 2014 Barstool blog post in which Portnoy called her a "BIBLE THUMPING FREAK" whose primary job requirement was to "make men hard." In a podcast later that same week, Portnoy went on a rant while Katz egged him on, calling Ponder a "fucking slut" who should "sex it up and be slutty" instead of talking about being a working mother. ESPN canceled the TV show, Barstool Van Talk, after one episode, thanks in part to an internal pushback by more than a few ESPN employees, according to Sports Illustrated.



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Sep 23, 2018

John Oliver Goes Off on Trump, GOP, and Fox News Over Kavanaugh Defenses
HBOOn Sunday night, hours after The New Yorker published a bombshell report detailing the story of Deborah Ramirez, a woman who alleges that Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while the two were attending Yale University, John Oliver dove into the Kavanaugh mess on the latest edition of his HBO series Last Week Tonight.

And though the satirist wasn't able to tackle the Ramirez claim, given that the news broke after taping, he did have plenty to say about the Republican campaign(s) to discredit Kavanaugh's initial accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

"A woman named Christine Blasey Ford alleged that at a party in high school, Kavanaugh pinned her down, groped her, attempted to pull off her bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it, and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream," Oliver explained. "And I know that that is graphic, but the details of these terrible allegations are really important, and they cast a chilling life on past comments [Kavanaugh] has made about his time in high school."

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Sep 23, 2018

Republicans Fret That Kavanaugh Push Will Crush Them in Midterm Elections
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastIn public, Republicans have been growing more defiant by the day about Brett Kavanaugh's prospects to reach the Supreme Court. But as Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault, Republican campaigners are, in private, fretting about the potential political repercussions of sticking with Kavanaugh.

And that was before a new allegation of sexual misconduct surfaced Sunday evening.

With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowing to "plow right through" the confirmation process, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) pledging to stand by Kavanaugh no matter what Ford tells the committee this week, some Republicans see a party that has not properly and fully grappled with the political realities of the #MeToo movement.

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Sep 23, 2018

Dems Have to Hammer Mark Judge, the Kavanaugh Hearing's Missing Man
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAnd now, as of Sunday night, a second woman comes forward to The New Yorker with allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. Again, it's a long time ago, dating not to high school but to his undergraduate years at Yale immediately thereafter. Again, he says it's all a scurrilous lie.

We can't yet gauge what the impact of this will be, and it's another matter on which we may never learn the whole truth.

But let's be clear about the reason we may never learn the whole truth. It's not because things like this are inherently murky and Rashomon-esque. Rather, it's because one side doesn't want to know the truth, and there is no clearer proof of this than the way the Republicans have dealt with Mark Judge.

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Sep 23, 2018

Spilling Tea With ‘The Real Housewives of New York City': ‘I'm Still Behaving Badly'
GettyOn Sunday, The Real Housewives of New York City took Tribeca, celebrating ten years of laughter, drama and flying prosthetics at a Tribeca TV Festival panel. Before Andy Cohen took the reins, questioning various members of the cast, the packed room was treated to a montage of classic clips. Obviously, Aviva Drescher's airborne leg elicited the loudest reaction. "Sonja, have you been able to get back into Le Cirque since Aviva threw the leg?" Cohen asked. "Luckily I'm very good friends with the owner," Morgan replied, straight-faced, with Dorinda Medley joking, "I think it's closed because of the leg-throwing."

The lively conversation between EP's Andy Cohen and Lisa Shannon and cast members Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley and Tinsley Mortimer charted the series' evolution from a would-be show about moms trying to raise children in the big city. These days, the experts concluded, The Real Housewives of New York City is a comedy through and through—a "modern-day soap opera" with a decades' worth of iconic quotes and GIF-able moments.

When Medley first heard about the potential series from her friend Ramona Singer, she laughed, "I was like, that sounds so stupid! That sounds ridiculous, who'd watch it!…I was in such a mode of being Mrs. Medley that I kind of lo

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Sep 23, 2018

Asia Argento Accuser Jimmy Bennett Ridiculed For Saying He Was Raped
ROME—In theory, Jimmy Bennett could not have chosen a better Italian journalist to unload his side of the Asia Argento story. Massimo Gilletti, a sort of Italian Anderson Cooper with a keen news sense and suave sense of style, reached out to Bennett when the news first broke that the Italian #MeToo founder Asia Argento had paid off Bennett after the two had sexual relations when he was just 17. Argento has denied such claims, though the truth has become a murky mess after Rose McGowan's partner Rain Dove produced text messages Argento apparently sent that confirmed Bennett's claims.

On Sunday night, Gilletti coaxed Bennett in front of a live studio audience in Rome to essentially burn him at the stake, showing that Italian sexism runs both ways. Italians had skewered Argento for claiming that she had been raped orally by Harvey Weinstein. And they were no kinder to her accuser.

The pivotal moment of the exclusive interview with Bennett, who came to Italy for what he presumably thought would be a fair chance to tell his side of the story, was when Gilletti asked him a simple question. "Was the rapport complete?" Gilletti asked Bennett via simultaneous translation.

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Sep 23, 2018

New Kavanaugh Accuser Alleges Sexual Misconduct at Yale Party
Win McNamee/GettySenate Democrats are probing a new sexual-misconduct allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, The New Yorker reports.

The alleged incident occurred while Kavanaugh was a freshman at Yale University, and it is reportedly being investigated by at least two Democratic offices on Capitol Hill. Republican staffers were reportedly made aware of the allegation last week.

"This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanagh. It should be fully investigated," Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told the publication.

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Sep 23, 2018

Kavanaugh Accuser Set to Testify in Open Hearing on Thursday
Chris Wattie/ReutersChristine Blasey Ford, the Palo Alto University professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in an open hearing Thursday, her lawyers officials announced on Sunday.

"Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her," Ford's legal team said in a statement Sunday.

The news came after Ford's lawyers spent at least an hour negotiating with committee aides early Sunday, with some issues still left to be resolved. Among other things, the two sides reportedly have yet to reach an agreement on who will testify first, Ford or Kavanaugh.

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Sep 23, 2018

OMG I Want To Rent This House: Yucca Valley, CA
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe Daily Beast presents a look at one of the most insane houses in the world.

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Sep 23, 2018

OMG, I Want to Rent This House: Yucca Valley, CA
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe Daily Beast presents a look at one of the most insane houses in the world.

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Sep 23, 2018

Inside Steve Bannon's Alt-Right Circus: A Trip to Rome to Rally Like-Minded Thinkers
Barbie Latza Nadeau/The Daily BeastROME—Steve Bannon descended onto Rome's Tiber Island on Saturday night like a Roman deity, albeit one in dark blue cargo pants and three layers of of black shirts under a loose-fitting blazer. The former strategist behind Donald Trump's rise to the presidency and senior White House aide was flanked by an impressive entourage that included buff body guards, armed Italian police, and nervous hangers on, including several Brexiteers.

For fringe far right movements like the Brothers of Italy, there seems to no better get than Bannon, who has been traveling Europe ahead of key European parliamentary elections to rally like-minded thinkers to his Brussels-based foundation he has simply named "The Movement," because he believes it easily translates in different languages.

And so here he was this weekend navigating a faux staircase built over the ancient travertine steps on the arm of Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the group, the country's farthest leaning political party of merit. "He is an ally," Meloni told The Daily Beast shortly before Bannon spoke. "He is here because we share ideals. We need to hear what he says."

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Sep 23, 2018

John Jay Professors Accused of Running Criminal Underworld
Facebook/JohnJayCollegeA number of professors at one of the country's foremost universities for training future law enforcement officials have been accused of secretly operating a criminal underworld where drugs flowed freely and female students were treated as sex objects.

The allegations against professors at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, which reportedly date back to 2014, have sparked a criminal investigation by the New York State inspector general and the Manhattan District Attorney's office. They run the gamut from using and selling drugs on campus to trying to "pimp out" female students.

The university reportedly first learned of the allegations in May, when two former students filed official Title IX complaints depicting a seedy underbelly at the university run by several longtime professors. Those complaints sparked an internal investigation that reportedly uncovered a large amount of drugs on campus, though the university reportedly waited to take its findings to police until recently.

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Sep 23, 2018

Justice Professors Accused of Running Criminal Underworld
Facebook/JohnJayCollegeA number of professors at one of the country's foremost universities for training future law enforcement officials have been accused of secretly operating a criminal underworld where drugs flowed freely and female students were treated as sex objects.

The allegations against professors at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, which reportedly date back to 2014, have sparked a criminal investigation by the New York State inspector general and the Manhattan District Attorney's office. They run the gamut from using and selling drugs on campus to trying to "pimp out" female students.

The university reportedly first learned of the allegations in May, when two former students filed official Title IX complaints depicting a seedy underbelly at the university run by several longtime professors. Those complaints sparked an internal investigation that reportedly uncovered a large amount of drugs on campus, though the university reportedly waited to take its findings to police until recently.

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Sep 23, 2018

Anthony Bourdain's Message of Tolerance Continues On After His Death
CNNAnthony Bourdain had, arguably, the best job in the world. Traveling across the world to try new foods and, more importantly, learn about local culture and politics for his show Parts Unknown afforded the former chef turned bestselling author a certain worldview that left an indelible mark on his legacy. The first of the final episodes of his travel series will premiere Sept. 23 on CNN.

The season 12 premiere, screened at the Tribeca TV Festival, focuses on Bourdain's travels to Kenya with guest W. Kamau Bell (of United Shades of America). Over local dishes like fried whole tilapia and goat's head soup, Bell and Bourdain learn about some of the issues plaguing Kenya, like the dominance of secondhand clothes from the U.S. absolutely decimating the Kenyan textile industry, and the delicate balance local wildlife conservatories must maintain between indigenous tribes and international efforts.

While some—most notably the president—continue to view the African continent as a primitive "shithole" devoid of real culture, Bell, himself of African descent, said during a panel after the screening that Bourdain's approach toward filming the Kenya episode couldn't have been more different. "H

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Sep 22, 2018

The Bizarre Beauty Inside Your Kidney Stones
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastResearchers investigated over 60 human kidney stone fragments from six Mayo Clinic patients. In the process, they stumbled on some gorgeous close-up images.

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Sep 22, 2018

Julianne Moore and Keira Knightley Capture Heartbreak In These Photographic Essays
Love, loss, heartache and fresh starts are all explored in a new photo collaboration starring leading actresses of film and television.

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Sep 22, 2018

Jeff Bridges' Urgent Warning: Trump Must Inspire Us to ‘Take Action'
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIn June of 2017, the actor Jeff Bridges made some comments about the presidency of Donald J. Trump that struck many of his fans as very un-Dude.

When asked about the Trump administration, Bridges told the AP that unlike so many of his Hollywood contemporaries, he would not be serving up any critical sound bites; rather, the breezy, bearded sexagenarian appeared to offer words of encouragement: "I'm rooting for him to do well by our country."

Right-wing media sites from Breitbart to TheBlaze, desperate for celebrity morsels, dined out on the quote, painting the actor as one sympathetic to their cause.

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Sep 22, 2018

Rod Rosenstein Talk of Taping Trump Was Considered Serious By Lisa Page
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastA debate with major implications has broken out over whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was being sarcastic when, in the spring of 2017, he reportedly talked about covertly recording President Donald Trump.

A former career Justice Department official who was in the room when the topic arose told The Daily Beast he believes the deputy attorney general was being sarcastic. But another person in the room at the time has indicated she took it seriously.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page was present for Rosenstein's comments on secret recordings and did not believe he was joking or being sarcastic, according to two people familiar with the events in question. A spokesperson for Page declined to comment for this story.

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Sep 22, 2018

Lisa Page Took Rod Rosenstein's Trump Tape Talk Seriously
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastA debate with major implications has broken out over whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was being sarcastic when, in the spring of 2017, he reportedly talked about covertly recording President Donald Trump.

A former career Justice Department official who was in the room when the topic arose told The Daily Beast he believes the deputy attorney general was being sarcastic. But another person in the room at the time has indicated she took it seriously.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page was present for Rosenstein's comments on secret recordings and did not believe he was joking or being sarcastic, according to two people familiar with the events in question. A spokesperson for Page declined to comment for this story.

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Sep 22, 2018

What Whiskey Cocktails Do People Actually Drink?
GettySmart cocktail bars from New York to Los Angeles are continually creating new drinks to showcase the sweet, smoky, savory flavors of whiskey.

Whether it's a modern twist on a classic, the use of cutting-edge technology, like a spin in a centrifuge, or simply a new combination of ingredients, whiskey cocktails are fertile ground for a bartender's imagination.

But are these new cocktails actually being ordered, or just ogled and posted on Instagram?

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Sep 22, 2018

The Best Coach In College Sports Might Be a Psychologist
Gary Waters/GettyBy Bradley Donohue, Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

We live in a sports-oriented culture. In the United States alone, there are about 8 million high school students participating in sports, almost a half a million students in the National Collegiate Athletics Association, and many more play organized sports in club or intramural leagues. A small percentage of these students will go on to become elite college athletes, often revered by their universities' fans and alumni.

While often glorified, these athletes also experience unique stressors that many of us may not understand. These include performance demands that require extensive mental precision, fatigue due to irregular and strenuous training and competitive schedules, ongoing scrutiny from others, separations from loved ones, and a culture supporting intense emotional expression.

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Sep 22, 2018

When OutKast Ruled the World: The 15th Anniversary of ‘Speakerboxxx / The Love Below'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIt's hard to believe it's been 15 years since OutKast dropped a mushroom cloud of a double album on popular music and proceeded to dominate mainstream culture over the course of two years. Andre 3000 and Big Boi released Speakerboxxx/The Love Below on Sept. 23, 2003, one of the most highly-anticipated, commercially successful and critically acclaimed albums of the last 25 years. That album's success belies the uncertainty that came before and after its release, and the way the duo navigated such a challenging and unusual project is still a study in managing creativity, branding and personal interests under the gaze of a wanting public.

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below immediately went to number one, selling over 500,000 copies in its opening frame. The album was certified diamond with 10 million copies sold by December. The album famously won Album Of the Year at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in 2004, and no hip-hop artist has won the award since. For an act that had spent a decade cultivating one of the most enviable discographies in hip-hop, it was a high point both commercially and creatively. Looking back, it signifies the emergence of southern hip-hop as the dominant voice in urban music and cemented OutKast as standard-bearers for a generation of artists in a wide array of genres.

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Sep 22, 2018

With the New Glenstone, Will D.C. Get Its Own Version of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art?
Iwan Baan/GlenstoneMore often than not, whenever I've been at a dinner attended by sophisticated travelers and the topic of contemporary art museums come up, it isn't the Broad's flashy collection, the Whitney's hoard displayed in a Renzo Piano building, or the prestigious Tate that they gush about. It's nearly always the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art outside of Copenhagen—renowned not only for its collection but also its design fusing nature, architecture, and art.

It comes as no surprise then, that when the billionaire Mitchell Rales and his art curator wife Emily Wei Rales were seeking inspiration for the reported $200 million expansion of their private art museum Glenstone outside of Washington, D.C., they looked to the Louisiana.

"Mitch and I traveled to many museums," Emily explained in her remarks on Friday at a press preview of the expansion, which opens to the public on October 4. "I think numbering 50," she said, with the three most influential to their approach being the aforementioned Louisiana, the Menil in Houston, and the Beyeler outside Basel.

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Sep 22, 2018

Inside the Sometimes Surreal North Korea-China Border Town of Dandong
Kevin Frayer/GettyDandong, a trade hub in the northeastern region of China, is North Korea's portal to the world. For almost anyone on the planet, the city of 2.3 million is easy to reach. There are daily flights from major Chinese cities, and it's connected to China's railway system. But for North Koreans, even though Dandong is just across the mile-wide Yalu River, it can feel a world away, decades ahead in time. Those fortunate enough to enter China mostly do so here, and this is the only foreign land that many of them would ever see in their lifetimes.

A few bridges connect, or used to connect, China and Korea, and they tell us the story of how Dandong came to be such an important place for North Koreans. Most striking of these crossings is the Broken Bridge, a remnant of Japan's colonial era, when Korea was ruled by the Empire of Japan. Completed in 1911, during Emperor Meiji's reign, the bridge established a much-needed link between the Empire of Japan with Western Europe, connecting Busan with Calais in part via the Great Siberian Way, as the Trans-Siberian Railway was called in the early 20th century—but only after China's Qing dynasty rulers were strong-armed into allowing it to cut into Chinese land. The bridge was damaged by American bombs during the Korean War in the 1950s, destroying much of it but leaving a short segment connected to the Chinese mainland mostly intact.

What remains of the Broken Bridge has been refurbished—it is now a government-sanctioned heritage site—but its steel still wears marks from bullets and shrapnel. Some beams have been left bent or mangled. The Broken Bridge has carried multiple meanings for the Chinese, first being a symbol of humiliation by a foreign power, Japan. Four decades later, it became

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Sep 22, 2018

Egeria, One of Christianity's First Female Pilgrims Was a Badass
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastOne Sunday in 381 CE a woman made her way up Mount Sinai. "The mountains," she tells us, "are ascended with infinite toil" because the path doesn't rise gently like a spiral. So she, together with the priest and monks from a nearby monastery, had to go up on foot. They couldn't use donkeys like modern travelers to the Grand Canyon, and instead had to "climb straight up the whole way, as if up a wall." She didn't feel the pain of the journey, she reports, because she was eager to reach the spot where the Ten Commandments were given to Moses. When she reached the summit she found only a single church and a cave where, she was told, Moses had dwelled. The mountain was so holy, she tells us, that none of the monks or priests who lived nearby were permitted to live on its summit.

The author of this story was Egeria, a female Christian pilgrim whose only mark on history is her partially preserved ‘pilgrimage diary.' She was not the first Christian pilgrim that we know about, but she is one of the earliest Christian woman writers and her words give us a glimpse into the lives of those invisible and forgotten Christians whose presence and work often goes unremarked upon in the writings of male contemporaries.

Egeria's diary tracks the course of her three-year journey around the ancient Mediterranean. Egeria's pilgrimage took her first to Egypt and the many biblical sites located there, on through the desert to Sinai, home of famous celebrity monks, and on to the Holy Land. According to the seventh-century Spanish monk Valerius, Egeria, despite her "female fragility," climbed a number of mountains in the course of her journey: Nebo, Faran, Tabor, Eremus, and the mountain of Elijah.

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Sep 22, 2018

Egeria, One of Christianity's First Female Pilgrims, Was a Badass
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastOne Sunday in 381 A.D. a woman made her way up Mount Sinai. "The mountains," she tells us, "are ascended with infinite toil" because the path doesn't rise gently like a spiral. So she, together with the priest and monks from a nearby monastery, had to go up on foot. They couldn't use donkeys like modern travelers to the Grand Canyon, and instead had to "climb straight up the whole way, as if up a wall." She didn't feel the pain of the journey, she reports, because she was eager to reach the spot where the Ten Commandments were given to Moses. When she reached the summit she found only a single church and a cave where, she was told, Moses had dwelled. The mountain was so holy, she tells us, that none of the monks or priests who lived nearby were permitted to live on its summit.

The author of this story was Egeria, a female Christian pilgrim whose only mark on history is her partially preserved ‘pilgrimage diary.' She was not the first Christian pilgrim that we know about, but she is one of the earliest Christian woman writers and her words give us a glimpse into the lives of those invisible and forgotten Christians whose presence and work often goes unremarked upon in the writings of male contemporaries.

Egeria's diary tracks the course of her three-year journey around the ancient Mediterranean. Egeria's pilgrimage took her first to Egypt and the many biblical sites located there, on through the desert to Sinai, home of famous celebrity monks, and then on to the Holy Land. According to the seventh-century Spanish monk Valerius, Egeria, despite her "female fragility," climbed a number of mountains in the course of her journey: Nebo, Faran, Tabor, Eremus, and the mountain of E

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Sep 22, 2018

Doris Kearns Goodwin: What We Need in a President Is Not What We've Got
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe midterm elections are on November 6, and—like it or not—the presidential election will start on November 7. Republicans will almost certainly re-nominate Donald Trump (if he's still in office), but Democrats will have a long list of potential nominees who will spend 2019 and into 2020 hiring staff, raising money, and debating each other in way too many cable-news beauty pageants.

Debates tell us very little about what kind of president a person would be, so let's just skip them.

"When Tim Russert was still alive, he and I talked in 2008 about wishing we had a different way to talk about presidential campaigns than who won a debate or who has raised the most money," says historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. "We should look at their leadership as governors or mayors or congressmen and see whether they had a strong team, whether they acknowledged errors, whether they controlled their behavior. Temperament is key, and I wish we had known more about that before the 2016 election."

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Sep 22, 2018

How Meghan Markle's Mom, Doria Ragland, Took Royal Center Stage
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe British royal family may not have got all the arts of public communications down to perfection, but one thing they have learned to stay on top of over the past 950 years is their mastery of symbolism.

So the sight of Doria Ragland appearing at her daughter's side yesterday was far from being an uncomplicated case of a mom offering a bit of moral support on the occasion of the launch of Meghan's first solo royal project, a cookbook put together by members of a London community kitchen which was set up in the wake of the devastating Grenfell Tower fire.

Doria's appearance with Meghan and Harry yesterday was a very deliberate and carefully thought through set piece, communicating a plethora of unspoken messages, and laying down an important marker about the entirely new type of royals Meghan and Harry think they are and seek to be.

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Sep 22, 2018

Nikki Haley is Taking the Tea Party Global
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastBAMBERG, South Carolina—Nikki Haley, an accomplished opportunist in the risky world of President Donald Trump's cabinet, was born in 1972 here in the "black belt" of rural South Carolina.

It's an agricultural region where most people have African-American backgrounds and, as Haley wrote in her 2012 memoir, "The railroad tracks divided Bamberg. On one side lived the black residents, on the other the white." Today the town of 3,000 people is so small and fast-diminishing that it no longer has a hospital or a supermarket. But Haley's fading picture still graces two welcome signs erected when she was the governor of the state.

Haley has not been back to Bamberg since Trump appointed her America's ambassador to the United Nations in January 2017, according to several residents and officials here. Never mind. Haley remains Bamberg's homegrown VIP, and the town's main claim to fame.

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Sep 22, 2018

Power Hair Still Rules on Wall Street
Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty"If you wanna be taken seriously, you need serious hair."

So speaketh Tess McGill, the inimitable heroine of Mike Nichols' Working Girl. The character, played by Melanie Griffith, utters this line right before taking a pair of scissors to her long, crimped ringlets. (The line was written by a man, screenwriter Kevin Wade.)

Tess emerges from the scene with a short, sleek, androgynous bob. Along with her plucky willpower (and the help of a man), this power hair propels her from secretary oblivion to corner office with a window in just under two hours' runtime.

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Sep 22, 2018

From Kavanaugh to Avenatti, How Lawyers Came to Run America
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastLawyers have taken over the country. Has anyone noticed?

The allocation of power in America - consequential unelected power, as distinguishable from elected power - undergoes subtle, periodic shifts. As events change our lives, different factions rise to exploit them.

Right now, lawyers have seized the moment, called both by duty and by naked opportunism into what could well end up as a constitutional crisis. They are investigating and defending the president. They are being used to pack the judiciary for ideological purposes. They are the new, indispensable gurus of every cable news show, presenting a challenge to journalistic ethics.

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Sep 22, 2018

I'm a Republican, but Kavanaugh Must Withdraw His Nomination
GettyThis has been a rough week for the Senate Judiciary Committee's credibility and most of all for Professor Christine Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh as well as their families.

As someone who understands all too well what it is to not share your experience around sex assault, sexual abuse, or date rape, I have always believed Professor Ford's allegations. The problem is, I wanted to believe Judge Kavanaugh too, and I realize after really reflecting, and reading literally hundreds of stories woman have shared on Twitter and Facebook under the #WhyIDidntReport hashtag, that I cannot believe them both. I must choose one.

This is aside from my feelings about how the Senate Democrats once again handled a Supreme Court Justice nomination terribly, in my opinion, there should be ethics charges brought to bear on Senator Feinstein and her staff for withholding this information. Her duty was not to Professor Ford. Her duty was to the oath she took to the U.S. Constitution and her specific role to "advise and consent" on U.S. Supreme Court nominees. She had a duty to tell her colleagues in private, or at the very least Chairman Grassley. And then they could have called in the FBI quietly to investigate the charges, and question both Ford and Judge Kavanaugh. That is how this should have worked.

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Sep 22, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford Agrees to Testify Before Congress Next Week
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastChristine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, her lawyers confirmed Saturday.

"Dr. Ford accepts the Committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week," Ford's lawyers, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, said in a letter to the committee.

The notice came after an intense 72 hours of negotiations over the terms of Ford's testimony. But as of Saturday afternoon, the exact timing was unclear, and Ford's lawyers appeared to object to some of the terms laid out by the committee. It was also unclear whether the testimony would occur in public or behind closed doors. Katz and Banks asked to continue negotiating with the committee and its chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

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Sep 22, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford Agrees to Testify to Congress Next Week
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastChristine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, her lawyers confirmed Saturday.

"Dr. Ford accepts the Committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week," Ford's lawyers, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, said in a letter to the committee.

The notice came after an intense 72 hours of negotiations over the terms of Ford's testimony. But as of Saturday afternoon, the exact timing was unclear, and Ford's lawyers appeared to object to some of the terms laid out by the committee. It was also unclear whether the testimony would occur in public or behind closed doors. Katz and Banks asked to continue negotiating with the committee and its chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

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Sep 22, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford Will Testify to Congress Next Week
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastChristine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has agreed to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, her lawyers confirmed Saturday.

"Dr. Ford accepts the Committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week," Ford's lawyers, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, said in a letter to the committee.

The notice came after an intense 72 hours of negotiations over the terms of Ford's testimony. But as of Saturday afternoon, the exact timing was unclear, and Ford's lawyers appeared to object to some of the terms laid out by the committee. It was also unclear whether the testimony would occur in public or behind closed doors. Katz and Banks asked to continue negotiating with the committee.

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Sep 22, 2018

GOP Aide in Kavanaugh SCOTUS Bid Resigns After Sexual Harassment Allegation Surfaces
Win McNamee/GettyA Republican adviser involved in the Senate Judiciary Committee's response to a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reportedly resigned over a previous sexual harassment allegation against him, the latest fallout in the back and forth during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

Garrett Ventry, 29, worked as a communications aide to the committee and had been helping to coordinate the Republican party's messaging regarding the allegations made against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey-Ford. Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago at a high school party, a claim which Kavanaugh has denied.

Sources cited by NBC News on Saturday said Ventry was fired from the office of North Carolina House Majority Leader John Bell in 2017 after being accused of sexual harassment by a female employee of the North Carolina General Assembly's Republican staff. "The whole thing got turned into a he said, she said, and then Garrett was fired," the source told NBC News.

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Sep 22, 2018

Top Aide in Kavanaugh SCOTUS Bid Resigns After Sexual Harassment Allegation Surfaces
Leah Millis/ReutersThe top Republican adviser involved in the Senate Judiciary Committee's response to a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reportedly resigned over a previous sexual harassment allegation against him, the latest fallout in the back and forth during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

Garrett Ventry, 29, worked as a communications aide to the committee and had been helping to coordinate the Republican party's messaging regarding the allegations made against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey-Ford. Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago at a high school party, a claim which Kavanaugh has denied.

Sources cited by NBC News on Saturday said Ventry was fired from the office of North Carolina House Majority Leader John Bell in 2017 after being accused of sexual harassment by a female employee of the North Carolina General Assembly's Republican staff. "The whole thing got turned into a he said, she said, and then Garrett was fired," the source told NBC News.

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Sep 22, 2018

Brits Warned Trump Against Releasing Carter Page Surveillance Docs
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe United Kingdom implored President Donald Trump not to release an unredacted surveillance warrant application on his former campaign adviser, The Daily Beast has confirmed.

In an interview with Sean Hannity on Thursday night and in a Friday morning tweet, Trump admitted that "key Allies" are alarmed that the release of the document could reveal highly sensitive information implicating their own intelligence networks, particularly those concerning Russia. Trump did not identify the allies.

The UK, far and away the U.S.' closest intelligence collaborator, is one of them. London has particular equities in keeping the application for the surveillance, known as a FISA warrant, out of public view.

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Sep 22, 2018

‘Assassination Nation': Inside the Transgressive Slasher Giving Teen Women a Voice—and Revenge
Sundance Film FestivalSuppose an unknown hacker were to target a sleepy suburb, gathering everything meant to be kept private and unleashing it for public consumption. Presented with these texts, photos, emails, search history—basically an excavated mine of lies and hypocrisies—how would the town react? Welcome to the dystopian world of Assassination Nation, which follows four Salem, Massachusetts high school women navigating the post-Pandora's box mayhem.

Much of the film, which is written and directed by Sam Levinson, operates on a mordantly satirical level. An opening sequence mocks prudes and pussyfooters with a series of abrasive "trigger warnings:" sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, violence, gore, weapons. In other moments, the frame is crammed with split-screen Snapchat videos, Reddit chains, and text exchanges, gesturing toward a splintered contemporary youth culture and the performative nature of social media. Of the movie's myriad ideas and messages, few are conveyed with straightforward sincerity.

But the film does have one utterly earnest dimension: the bond between the film's four lead women who, amid the chaos, manage to construct one of the truest depictions of female teen friendship I've seen onscreen. Our narrator lies in Lily (Odessa Young), a brazen 18-year-old clad in booty shorts and Fatal Attraction socks often found sexting a mysterious contact named "Daddy." Her best friend is Bex (Hari Ne

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Sep 22, 2018

Seoul's Best Hidden Bars
At first glance, the industrial Euljiro neighborhood of Seoul, South Korea, might seem like the last place you'd want to be on a Friday night. You may spy a printing press supplying tomorrow's paper or see a bright light on the fifth floor of what seems to be an abandoned warehouse and you'd hardly guess that the neighborhood is teeming with hidden bars and that the light in the distance is the hottest party in town.

In a city where gunbae (the Korean word for cheers) can be heard at all times, finding cheap beer or a green bottle of soju is hardly a challenge. For most of the capital's history, bars have been more about inebriation than enjoying the atmosphere—catering to large parties and requiring customers to order platters of food with their booze. In the past 10 years, however, development and increasing cosmopolitan tastes have played important roles in the birth of bars as cool spaces. More recently, hidden bars have surged in popularity and Seoul's latest hotspots can only be found via a frustrating dot game on one's smartphone GPS.

The best hidden bars are a range of high-end speakeasies to low-key beer bars. Look for the former in posh Gangnam districts like Cheongdam-dong and the latter in the heart of quickly developing downtown: namely Euljiro and Naeja-dong. Enjoy the process of discovery and have a drink when you get there. After all, as the great Drake once said, "Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination."

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Sep 21, 2018

Bill Maher Trashes Republican Kavanaugh Defenders' Crazy ‘Doppelganger' Theory
HBOBill Maher kicked off the latest edition of his HBO late-night series Real Time by addressing the most nauseating news of the week: Stormy Daniels' revelation that President Trump's penis allegedly has "a huge mushroom head," like the character of Toad in Mario. 

"It's called It Takes a Village to Find It," Maher joked about the title of the aforementioned adult actress' tell-all (it's really called Full Disclosure). "It's a lot about his dick. And Stormy Daniels—who would know—she says it is small, but it has a big head like a mushroom. A head like a mushroom. Also, it stands for the national anthem. Other than that, it's a normal penis."

The comedian then focused his attention on what he called "the other dick in the news": Brett Kavanaugh. This week, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology, came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of attempting to sexually assault her at a house party in 1982.

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Sep 21, 2018

Bill Maher Unloads on GOP Kavanaugh Defenders for Crazy ‘Doppelganger' Theory
HBOBill Maher kicked off the latest edition of his HBO late-night series Real Time by addressing the most nauseating news of the week: Stormy Daniels' revelation that President Trump's penis allegedly has "a huge mushroom head," like the character of Toad in Mario. 

"It's called It Takes a Village to Find It," Maher joked about the title of the aforementioned adult actress' tell-all (it's really called Full Disclosure). "It's a lot about his dick. And Stormy Daniels—who would know—she says it is small, but it has a big head like a mushroom. A head like a mushroom. Also, it stands for the national anthem. Other than that, it's a normal penis."

The comedian then focused his attention on what he called "the other dick in the news": Brett Kavanaugh. This week, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology, came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of attempting to sexually assault her at a house party in 1982.

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Sep 21, 2018

Bill Maher Unloads on GOP Kavanaugh Defenders' Crazy ‘Doppelganger' Theory
HBOBill Maher kicked off the latest edition of his HBO late-night series Real Time by addressing the most nauseating news of the week: Stormy Daniels' revelation that President Trump's penis allegedly has "a huge mushroom head," like the character of Toad in Mario. 

"It's called It Takes a Village to Find It," Maher joked about the title of the aforementioned adult actress' tell-all (it's really called Full Disclosure). "It's a lot about his dick. And Stormy Daniels—who would know—she says it is small, but it has a big head like a mushroom. A head like a mushroom. Also, it stands for the national anthem. Other than that, it's a normal penis."

The comedian then focused his attention on what he called "the other dick in the news": Brett Kavanaugh. This week, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology, came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of attempting to sexually assault her at a house party in 1982.

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Sep 21, 2018

How One of Hitler's Favorite Works of Art Got Stolen—Twice
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastThe black-and-white video captured the getaway in perfect frame, having been arranged by the "thief" himself.

On December 12, 1976, the performance artist Ulay walked into the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, snatched Carl Spitzweg's "The Poor Poet" off the wall, and ran out the emergency exist with the framed painting slung under his right arm, alarms blaring behind him.

As he fled down the block amid the falling snow, the video showed two dark-suited security guards sprinting behind him, trying desperately to catch up.

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Sep 21, 2018

Led Zeppelin Time Capsule Is a Stairway to Photo Heaven
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastJohn Paul Jones, Rober Plant, and Jimmy Page come together to produce the first and only illustrated book that celebrates 50 years since their formation in 1968.

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Sep 21, 2018

Why Great YA Fiction Can Kick Adult Literary Fiction's Ass
There is an honesty to children that we often lack as adults, not only in how they communicate with us—something sometimes marked by the absence of a filter—but in how they choose to appropriate their time. Children would rather do almost anything than allot time to something they do not care about. Whereas adult, especially adult readers, will spend hours a day pretending to like something that no one on earth has any real, viable interest in.

That's one reason why Young Adult fiction lords it over the current version of adult fiction in terms of creativity, entertainment, and just flat out good storytelling, something underscored again for me as I reread John Bellairs' 1973 novel The House with a Clock in Its Walls on the occasion of the release of the movie version.

I haven't seen the movie, which looks awful, judging from the trailer. For one thing, the main character in the book, Lewis Barnavelt, a middle school boy who has just been orphaned and comes to live with his Uncle Jonathan, is fat. This hampers his life. He has a hard time making friends, he's rubbish at sports, he struggles to keep up in myriad ways.

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Sep 21, 2018

The 21 New Books, Restaurants, Bars & Spirits to Check Out This Fall
Photo illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastThis year may be more than half over, but some of the most exciting restaurant and bar openings and spirits and book launches of 2018 are yet to come. Seriously. No matter what the rest of 2018 may bring, these new establishments, drinks and reads will inspire you and entertain you through the end of year. And don't worry, you won't find any pumpkin spice here!

Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi

What you need to know: If you don't already own one of Yotam Ottolenghi's best-selling cookbooks—and even if you do—his latest release ought to be at the top of your wish list. Packed with dishes like Lamb and Feta Meatballs and Braised Eggs with Leeks and Za'atar, each recipe included plays off his signature palette of Middle Eastern flavors and somehow he still manages to simplify the cooking process. And that's not to mention the stunning photography that will have you hungry for more. Release date: Out Now

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Sep 21, 2018

Collins: I Want to Hear Ford Testify Before Deciding on Kavanaugh
Paul Steinhauser/The Daily BeastMANCHESTER, New Hampshire—Susan Collins's message to President Donald Trump appears to be keep your mouth shut and your Twitter feed silent when it comes to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who's accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

And the Republican senator from Maine, speaking Friday evening at an event at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, said she believes that her GOP colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee should accommodate Ford's request to testify later next week, rather than on Monday as initially requested.

The moderate Republican, who's a crucial swing vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, stressed that she wants both Ford and Kavanaugh "to come to the committee and testify under oath. I think that would help me make an assessment and that's what I think should happen."

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Sep 21, 2018

Beto O'Rourke, Closing in on Ted Cruz, Faces Off With Him in First Texas Debate
Nathan HunsingerTo call it a contest of contrasts would be an understatement.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) faced off against Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), the El Paso Democrat running a spirited campaign against him, in their first of three debates on Friday. The moment arrived as recent polls have shown a too-close-for-comfort contest and Republicans in Washington D.C. have been concerned that O'Rourke's massive fundraising prowess and personal appeal could lead to an upset. Earlier Friday, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rated the race a "Toss Up" in a state that hasn't had a Democrat win a statewide race since 1994.

From the beginning of Friday's debate, O'Rourke reiterated his support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients and said Cruz "has promised to deport each and every single Dreamer." Cruz's view on immigration, as he summed it up in four words was: "legal, good; illegal, bad." He charged that O'Rourke's "focus seems to be on fighting for illegal immigrants."

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Sep 21, 2018

Meryl Streep to Tracey Ullman: ‘We Need You to Run For President'
Jamie McCarthy/Getty"Who are you?" Meryl Streep asked her longtime friend Tracey Ullman during a, by virtue of those two names, enviously star-studded Q&A in support of Ullman's HBO sketch show, Tracey Ullman's Show. The remarkable thing about Streep serving as moderator, an equally batty and soulful inquisitor, is that she seemed to genuinely want to know.

The two met filming the 1985 movie Plenty when Streep was 32 and Ullman was just 22 and breaking out in the U.S. As the Oscar-winner tells it, she considers the venerable comedienne, a character shapeshifter if TV's ever had one, to be family, and yet also a mystery. "Do you think that your actual DNA leads you to be interested in many, many different kinds of people?"

Anyone who showed up for the event, the Tribeca TV Festival premiere of Tracey Ullman's Show's third season, thinking the pals would gossip idly were sorely mistaken. Streep repeatedly, and perhaps unsurprisingly, got to the heart of the matter—and offered a semi-farcical, but, after watching the episode, not entirely unearned pipe dream.

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Sep 21, 2018

Hillary Clinton to Colbert: Would Be ‘Very Easy' for FBI to Investigate Kavanaugh Allegation
Scott Kowalchyk/CBSWhen Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with Stephen Colbert set to air on Friday night's Late Show, it was still up in the air whether or not Christine Blasey Ford would agree to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week about her sexual-assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

But stepping back to before she lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump, Colbert had a bigger-picture question for Clinton: "Do you think the nomination process in general is irreparably damaged following the Republicans not allowing Merrick Garland to be heard?"

"Well, it's one of the reasons I think a lot of Americans are just fed up with the political process," Clinton, who was promoting the paperback release of her book What Happened, replied. "Because in a democracy, you have to have at least enough trust to be able to work with each other and try to solve difficult problems. When the Republicans refused to give a distinguished judge, appointed by President Obama, even the courtesy of meetings let alone a hearing, that sent such a terrible message."

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Sep 21, 2018

Siblings Blast Gosar in Brutal Brill Ad as Trump Surrogates Continues To See Their Families Speak Out Against Them
It's one of the most brutal political ads of the season, if not the century.

At first glance, the video released Friday by Dr. David Brill doesn't seem out of the ordinary. A series of his supporters are shown on the screen talking about his opponent, Rep. Paul Gosar, isn't working for his Arizona constituents.

"He's not listening to you and he doesn't have your interests at heart," one man says.

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Sep 21, 2018

Accused Sexual Harassers Thrived Under NBC News Chief Andy Lack
Photo illustration by The Daily BeastNBC News Chairman Andrew Lack has been under fire for his handling of sexual-misconduct allegations at the network, including one against his ex-friend and former star anchor, Matt Lauer. But years earlier at another company, Lack protected a male employee who sexually harassed multiple women, sources tell The Daily Beast.

Lack was chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment in 2004, when, according to former high-level Sony executives, the company discovered that a music executive named Charlie Walk had sent "sexual" messages via company email to female employees, including "graphic" pornography.

Soon after finding the messages, executives said, they repeatedly implored Lack to address Walk's sexual harassment. Each time, Lack declined to act.

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Sep 21, 2018

Again and Again, Accused Sexual Harassers Kept Their Jobs Under NBC News Chief Andy Lack
Photo illustration by The Daily BeastNBC News Chairman Andrew Lack has been under fire for his handling of sexual-misconduct allegations at the network, including one against his ex-friend and former star anchor, Matt Lauer. But years earlier at another company, Lack protected a male employee who sexually harassed multiple women, sources tell The Daily Beast.

Lack was chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment in 2004, when, according to former high-level Sony executives, the company discovered that a music executive named Charlie Walk had sent "sexual" messages via company email to female employees, including "graphic" pornogoraphy.

Soon after finding the messages, executives said, they repeatedly implored Lack to address Walk's sexual harassment. Each time, Lack declined to act.

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Sep 21, 2018

Trump Is Ready for Justice Department ‘Jihad' After Rod Rosenstein Report
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastFriday afternoon's Rod Rosenstein bombshell brought with it a familiar anxiety inside the Trump administration, as aides waited to see just how volcanic the president's reaction would be to the latest story about backstabbing within his top ranks.

Current and former administration officials said they fully expected President Trump to dismiss staff inside the Justice Department following reports that Rosenstein had contemplated—sarcastically, his defenders say—the idea of wiretapping the president or removing him from office via the 25th Amendment. Less clear was how many people will get the ax and when, exactly, it will fall.

"Trump is gonna go on a jihad," one former senior White House official told The Daily Beast. The official speculated that Rosenstein's comments were leaked with just that reaction in mind. "The NYT op-ed gave an opportunity to really drive home the deep state stuff. With this new story, it gives additional credibility."

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Sep 21, 2018

DA Gets Over 50 Calls About Serial Date-Rape Suspects Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastCalifornia prosecutors said they received "well over 50 calls" in three days about a couple accused of serial date rapes and have established at least a dozen "credible leads to potential victims."

In a press conference Friday, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said his office is now investigating allegations that stretch back two decades, and the probe has expanded to several other states.

Earlier this week, Rackauckas' office announced charges against Dr. Grant Robicheaux, an orthopedic surgeon who appeared on the Bravo reality series The Online Dating Rituals of the American Male, and girlfriend Cerissa Riley, a dance instructor, substitute teacher, and former Evangelical missionary.

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Sep 21, 2018

DA Has Leads on 12 Possible Victims of Serial Date-Rape Suspects Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastCalifornia prosecutors said they received "well over 50 calls" in three days about a couple accused of serial date rapes and have established at least a dozen "credible leads to potential victims."

In a press conference Friday, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said his office is now investigating allegations that stretch back two decades, and the probe has expanded to several other states.

Earlier this week, Rackauckas' office announced charges against Dr. Grant Robicheaux, an orthopedic surgeon who appeared on the Bravo reality series The Online Dating Rituals of the American Male, and girlfriend Cerissa Riley, a dance instructor, substitute teacher, and former Evangelical missionary.

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Sep 21, 2018

Here's What to Make of Rod Rosenstein's Unlikely Resistance
Chip SomodevillaAccording to that New York Times article that blew up the internet Friday afternoon, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein secretly recorded President Donald Trump and discussed invoking the procedures in the 25th Amendment for replacing a president who cannot perform his duty.   

Rosenstein strongly denies the report, and a Washington Post source suggests Rosenstein's comments were meant as a sarcastic response (as in, "What do you want to do... wire the president?"). But the idea he might consider taking these steps didn't come from nowhere. Post reporter Bob Woodward's book Fear describes a senior White House aide removing papers from Trump's desk to keep him from immediately withdrawing from NAFTA. And a recent New York Times op-ed by an anonymous senior official revealed a covert effort to "thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations."

I should note that there is some speculation that the Times report is some sort of false-flag operation, a phony or m

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Sep 21, 2018

Trump's Long History of Defending Men Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastSince the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were made public last week, President Trump had been notably restrained.

"We gotta let it play out—but he is a fine, fine person." Trump said at a Las Vegas rally on Thursday night. "I think everything is going to be just fine."

Even White House aides, according to CNN, were "quietly stunned" by Trump's initially muted response that Kavanaugh's accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, should be heard through a normal process. The president later bragged about the positive media coverage he had received for his response—or lack thereof—to Ford's accusations, multiple sources told the news network.

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Sep 21, 2018

Most-Wanted Cop, Accused of Murdering His Wife, Caught In China After 13 Years on the Lam
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAn ex-cop accused of molesting a 10-year-old girl, then murdering his wife was arrested in China after 13 years on the lam, according to news reports.

Daniel William Hiers, Jr., a former police officer in Charleston, South Carolina, was reportedly living abroad as an English teacher.

"The U.S. Marshals Service is and has been aware of information being reported and re-reported in the news and on social media regarding 15 Most Wanted fugitive Dan Hiers," the agency said in a statement to The Daily Beast.

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Sep 21, 2018

3-D Printed Gun Creator Cody Wilson Arrested in Taiwan for Child Sexual-Abuse Charges
KELLY WEST/AFP/GETTYCody Wilson, the founder of a controversial 3-D gun printing company, has been arrested in Thailand on child sexual-assault charges.

Wilson, 30, is accused of paying a 16-year-old girl for sex in Austin, Texas. When police announced the charges on Wednesday, Wilson was out of the country. Police alleged that he had skipped a return trip from Thailand after learning that he was under investigation. His brief stint as a fugitive ended on Friday, when Taiwan police arrested him at a hotel, BuzzFeed reported.

Authorities say they do not know whether Wilson, who often travels for work, went to Taiwan to avoid arrest. The country does not have an extradition treaty with the U.S.

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Sep 21, 2018

Democratic Challenger Uses Fox News Hosts to Attack GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter
Screenshot/YouTubeIt's not often that a Democratic candidate for Congress features footage from Fox News in their advertising. But that is exactly what Ammar Campa-Najjar, the Democrat challenging embattled incumbent Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), has done in a brand-new spot.

The ad, first reported by The Sacramento Bee, features Fox News hosts expressing criticism of Rep. Hunter, specifically focusing on his initial defense of an indictment leveled against him and his wife.

Hunter, who has served California's conservative 50th congressional district since 2013, claimed his innocence for charges including wire fraud and campaign-finance violations. And in one particularly infamous Fox News interview, the congressman appeared to throw his wife under the bus, saying she handled all of his finances.

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Sep 21, 2018

Whoopi Goldberg: Trump ‘Has Enough Accusers' to Know Why They Don't Always Come Forward
The View/TwitterAt the end of a week in which President Donald Trump managed to sound surprisingly measured about the allegation of sexual assault against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, The View went all-in on his latest tweet about the issue Friday morning.

"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents," Trump tweeted early Friday, the morning after he asked Sean Hannity, "Why didn't somebody call the FBI 36 years ago?"

"He has enough accusers to know why people didn't come forward," moderator Whoopi Goldberg said right off the bat. "He's heard it enough. We've heard this enough. Women don't want to come forward because of exactly what's happening."

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Sep 21, 2018

The Week in 7 Insane Photos: September 21, 2018
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastFrom the ground of the Korea summit to a peek inside a home with 400 pet reptiles, The Daily Beast brings you the best images of the week.

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Sep 21, 2018

In Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria Was Followed by a Storm of Red Tape and Neglect
Carlos Barria/GettyBlue rooftops made of plastic tarps dot Puerto Rico's landscape. They are a constant, very painful reminder to residents that in the eyes of the Trump government they just aren't equal to their fellow U.S. citizens. Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico all suffered devastating hurricanes last year. But only Puerto Rico still has all those blue tarp "roofs." Only Puerto Rico lost thousands of people as a result of the tragedy.

It's been a year since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. More than 1.2 million homes were severely damaged or destroyed. Even today, more than half a million survivors remain unable to repair or rebuild thanks to another kind of storm — one made of red tape and neglect.

On the ground in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico was at a standstill for months. Much of the island had no communications — no cellphone, no internet, no transportation. People were unable to pay bills, mortgages — there were not even ATMs for cash. Initially there were no FEMA centers where people could sign up.

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Sep 21, 2018

Chelsea Cain Returns: ‘Yeah, I'm Dead to Marvel. Trust Me.'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastChelsea Cain used to be afraid—of the internet, of Marvel Comics, of what she might lose if she broke the unspoken rules of an industry-wide "culture of silence." But she isn't afraid anymore.

Two years ago, the bestselling novelist and first-time comic-book writer became the pet target of a wave of online harassment and misogyny sparked by a single image: artist Joëlle Jones' cover to the final issue of Cain's Marvel series Mockingbird. It had been Cain and her creative team's farewell middle finger to the low-level din of trolls that had accompanied every issue: the heroine, S.H.I.E.L.D super-agent Bobbi Morse, holding a lemonade on a beach in a T-shirt that read, "Ask me about my feminist agenda."

Within a week of the issue's release, Cain deactivated her Twitter account. "I'm just done here," she tweeted shortly before going dark. "I'm amazed at the cruelty comics brings out in people." #IStandWithChelseaCain trended in her absence. Fans and fellow creators chimed in with support, while others hijacked the tag to crow about Mockingbird's cancellation, claiming it as proof that women "don't buy comics." For a short time, Cain became a symbol of the erupting culture wars in geek spaces—the kind that have since yielded the amorphous, anti-diversity harassment campaign known as "Comicsgate."



The Daily Beast
Sep 21, 2018

Fox News Spreads Ed Whelan's Batsh*t Kavanaugh Doppelgänger Theory
Fox NewsIt should have been possible to laugh at conservative activist Ed Whelan when he came up with his madcap (and defamatory) theory that Christine Blasey Ford was mistaken in accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault—and that it must have been another classmate who looked quite similar.

That was until the utterly unfounded theory was broadcast to over a million people—probably including the president—by the unquestioning hosts of Fox & Friends. Begging viewers to doubt Ford's account, the hosts laid out Whelan's flawed working and asked: "So, is it a case of mistaken identity?"

After the hosts mentioned Ford's response to the conspiracy theory, in which she said she knew the difference between the two completely different men, host Brian Kilmeade quickly followed it up with: "We'll see."

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Sep 21, 2018

Disturbed Woman Slashes Three Babies With Meat Cleaver at NYC 'Birth Tourism' Daycare
A 52-year-old babysitter in "psychological distress" stabbed five people—including three babies under her care—at a New York childcare center that appears to be part of a birth-tourism facility for foreign mothers who want to deliver their children in the United States, senior law enforcement officials said.

The officials told The Daily Beast that the Friday morning incident in the borough of Queens happened in a building that may be a so-called maternity hotel for Chinese women who want their babies to get automatic American citizenship.

The alleged assailant, identified by a senior NYPD official as Yu Fen Wang, was found in the basement of the three-story building with a slash wound to her left wrist, authorities said. She was arrested and charges are pending.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 21, 2018

Disturbed Woman Slashes Three Babies With Meat Cleaver at NYC ‘Birth Tourism' Daycare
A 52-year-old babysitter in "psychological distress" stabbed five people —including three babies under her care —at a New York childcare center that was part of a birth-tourism facility for foreign mothers who want to deliver their children in the United States, senior law enforcement officials said.

The officials told The Daily Beast that the Friday morning incident in the borough of Queens happened in a building that appears to be a so-called maternity hotel for Chinese women who want their babies to get automatic Chinese citizenship.

The alleged assailant, identified by a senior NYPD official as Yu Fen Wang, was found in the basement of the three-story building with a slash wound to her left wrist, authorities said. She was arrested and charges are pending.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 21, 2018

Disturbed Woman With Meat Cleaver Slashes Babies at NYC 'Birth Tourism' Daycare
A 52-year-old babysitter in "psychological distress" stabbed five people—including three babies under her care—at a New York maternity center that appears to be part of a birth-tourism facility for foreign mothers who want to deliver their children in the United States, authorities said.

Two senior law enforcement officials told The Daily Beast that the Friday morning incident in the borough of Queens happened at Mei Xin Care Inc. in a building that may be a so-called maternity hotel for Chinese women who want their babies to get automatic American citizenship.

The alleged assailant, identified by a senior NYPD official as Yu Fen Wang, was found in the basement of the three-story building with what appeared to be a self-inflicted slash to her left wrist, authorities said. Charges are pending.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 21, 2018

Two-Week-Old Baby Among Five Slashed With Knife at NYC Daycare
A 52-year-old babysitter accused of using a knife to stab five people—including three infant girls under her care—at a childcare facility early Friday morning in New York was suffering from "psychological distress," authorities said.

The woman, identified by a senior NYPD official as Yu Fen Wang, was found unconscious in the basement of the three-story building with a slash wound to the wrist, authorities said.

A cleaver was on a kitchen counter near where Yu had come to rest, the official said. A second weapon—a bloody kitchen knife—was recovered in the first-floor bathroom, where the initial incident took place.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 21, 2018

This Is Why So Many People Seem to Believe Beyoncé Is a Witch
VALERIE MACONA female drummer has accused Beyoncé of "extreme witchcraft," casting "spells" on her, and killing her cat—and there's a whole heap of people out there who are treating the bizarre accusations with the utmost seriousness.

The allegations have been made by Kimberly Thompson, a drummer who, in court documents obtained by The Blast, says she worked for Beyoncé for seven years and accuses her of "dark magic" and "magic spells of sexual molestation."

According to the unusual court documents obtained by The Blast, Thompson, attributes to Bey the "loss of many jobs, theft of homes, the murder of my pet kitten, magic spells on my lovers, and numerous broken relationships," and also alleges Beyoncé has been tapping her phones and controlling her finances.

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Sep 21, 2018

Ed Whelan, Judge Kavanaugh's Defender, Just Committed Defamation
Thursday evening, longtime conservative activist Ed Whelan put on his Sherlock Holmes cap and tweeted a wild series of conjectures that another man, not Brett Kavanaugh, assaulted Christine Blasey Ford 36 years ago.

Astonishingly, Whelan also tweeted the name, former address, photographs, and Facebook posts of this individual, who is a private citizen. Immediately, condemnations rained down on the once-lionized activist (a former clerk to Justice Scalia and head of the right-wing Ethics and Public Policy Center) from all quarters: conservative and liberal, public and private. Immediately, some wondered whether his tweets constitute defamation.

Answer: unless Whelan's suspect is guilty, they sure do.

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