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The Daily Beast
Jul 17, 2018

Trevor Noah Slams Trump's Russia Damage Control: ‘Get the F*ck Out of Here, Man'
Comedy Central"After President Trump threw America under the Russian bus, everyone stateside lost their shit," Trevor Noah said Tuesday night of the president's joint press conference with Vladimir Putin the day before. That explains why the White House apparently forced him to walk back his comments about Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

In yet another surreal moment Tuesday afternoon, Trump claimed that when he said, "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russia, he actually meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be."

"You know what? That makes sense. I actually believe Trump on this," the Daily Show host said, before checking his notes. "Sorry, what I meant to say was, ‘Get the fuck out of here, man!'"

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Jul 17, 2018

Trump's Been Insulting Our Intelligence—and Intelligence Services—Since Day One
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastPresident Trump returned from Helsinki having broken a pledge he made before the memorial wall at CIA headquarters during his very first on full day in office.

"I want to just let you know, I am so behind you," our new  president had told an agency gathering back in January of 2017. "And I know maybe sometimes you haven't gotten the backing that you've wanted, and you're going to get so much backing… But you're going to have that.  And I think everybody in this room knows it."

The white marble behind him was inscribed with words in gold letters.

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Jul 17, 2018

Stephen Colbert Roasts Trump's ‘Would' vs. ‘Wouldn't' Walk-Back: ‘How Dumb' Do You Think We Are?
CBSOn Monday night, Stephen Colbert took President Donald Trump to task for his "disturbing" joint press conference with Vladimir Putin. Tuesday, he roasted the president's pathetic attempt at a walk-back.

Standing next to Putin in Helsinki, Trump said of the 2016 cyber attack on the U.S. election, "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russia. Twenty-four hours later, he tried to clarify that statement by claiming that he had meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be," adding, "Sort of a double negative."

"Let's see how dumb you think the American people are," the Late Show host said before playing the clip of Trump making his manufactured clarification. "Yes, the sentence should have been that," he added. "It was not that."

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Jul 17, 2018

Trump Tanks His Own Putin Walk-Back During One of the ‘Worst Moments of His Presidency'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIt was approaching mid-morning on Tuesday, and Donald Trump's team had one choice: He had to clean up the mess he had left for them following his disastrous press conference abroad. If they had to beg, so be it.

It was a colossal blunder that many officials on Team Trump were deeply aggravated by, if not furious over, though few would do much to confront their mercurial, notoriously stubborn boss.

"[The president] is usually a shoot from the hip and talk from the top of his head kind of guy," said a senior Trump administration official who works on issues surrounding Russian disinformation efforts. "I think he was more truthful yesterday than today and is capitulating to an angry caucus." But, the official predicted, "people aren't going to forget about this. It will be in the top-three worst moments of his presidency."

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Jul 17, 2018

National Security Council's Intelligence Chief Is Leaving as John Bolton Cleans House
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastMichael Barry, the senior National Security Council director for intelligence programs, is leaving the White House, according to two government officials.

Barry's departure adds to the growing list of vacant senior NSC positions since the appointment of new National Security Adviser John Bolton, who is said to be restaffing the influential policymaking body with his own staff choices.

Barry's departure is on "very good terms," one source said, but it will be a "tough loss for the NSC." According to the source, Barry is returning to the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served before joining the NSC staff. His detail from CIA to the NSC is coming up, The Daily Beast has learned.

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Jul 17, 2018

‘Inhumane' Jail Conditions Led to Death of Michigan Inmate: Lawsuit
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastOn May 29, 59-year-old Martha Stanley was arrested in Detroit. Less than a day later, she was found dead in her Wayne County jail cell.

The woman's family is now suing Wayne County and two deputies, claiming she endured "inhumane" conditions at the jail—including being denied food, water, and medical treatment.

"Martha Stanley was so physically weak from the abhorrent conditions that she was subjected to at the WCJ, specifically, no air conditioning in the building despite extreme heat, lack of medical treatment, and no access to food or water, that she eventually became unable to walk," according to the federal lawsuit filed last week in the Eastern District of Michigan.

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Jul 17, 2018

CNN Dismantles Trump's ‘Absurd' Double-Negative Defense: ‘Points for Being Creative'
CNN"Let me just say three little words," Brooke Baldwin said after CNN aired President Donald Trump's "clarification" about Russian meddling in the 2016 election during his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin. "This is ridiculous."

Reading from a typed statement on Tuesday at the White House, President Trump said, "In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word would instead of wouldn't. The sentence should have been… ‘I don't see any reason why it WOULDN'T be Russia.' Sort of a double negative. So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things."

As Baldwin and her CNN colleagues spent several minutes explaining, it most certainly does not.

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Jul 17, 2018

Kylie Jenner and the ‘Kardashian Curse': Men ‘Come and Can't Handle It'
Courtesy E! EntertainmentIn the past, celebrity unions have been as carefully plotted as marriages between monarchs, arranged by stars/publicists/the Church of Scientology for maximum exposure and success. But these days, A-listers' passions appear to be ruled by forces outside of their control. Water levels are rising, big dick energy is whipping us all into a frenzied state, and stars are coupling off like it's the end of days. Between Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's extremely sexual vibe and Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber's Jesus-approved engagement, it's easy to forget that Kylie Jenner actually jumpstarted the current celebrity trend of moving way too quickly.

Jenner, like Davidson and Grande, left a serious relationship only to find herself fully committing to someone else shortly after. Of course, in Jenner's case, the commitment was even more intense than some horny Instagram comments or even a half a million-dollar ring. Not content to shock the world with a quickie marriage, Jenner went and got herself secret-pregnant. Now Travis and Kylie, who were a relatively low-key item prior to parenthood, are reestablishing their coupledom in a big way.

Stormi's mom and dad are covering the August issue of GQ; more specifically, Kylie Jenner is wearing a bodysuit and straddling Travis Scott in Dior Homme. This is the second cover that Jenner's debuted this month; you can also catch her in a more office-friendly outfit in the August 31 issue

The Daily Beast
Jul 17, 2018

‘Putin's Favorite Congressman' Now Engulfed in NRA Spy Case
Pro-Kremlin GOP Congressman Dana Rohrabacher met with a Putin ally in Russia in August 2015, The Daily Beast has confirmed, matching an account in Monday's blockbuster FBI affidavit against accused Russian spy Maria Butina.

Butina was part of "discussions about the RUSSIAN OFFICIAL's plans to meet with a U.S. Congressman during a Congressional Delegation trip to Moscow in August 2015," FBI agent Kevin Helson's affidavit swears. "In that conversation, BUTINA noted she has the RUSSIAN OFFICIAL's diplomatic passport and can purchase a plane ticket for him from St. Petersburg to Moscow."

The official is widely believed to be Alexander Torshin, an influential former Russian politician from Vladimir Putin's party who established trans-continental ties to the National Rifle Association.

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Jul 17, 2018

Philip Van Cleave to Gun Activists: I ‘Played Along' With Sacha Baron Cohen
Showtime/ScreengrabNearly five months ago, long before anyone else knew that comedian Sacha Baron Cohen had been working on a new series for Showtime, a post popped up on the Virginia Citizens Defense League Facebook page with the plea: "URGENT! share this far and wide!"

Apparently, it did not go far and wide enough.

The message was from the group's president Philip Van Cleave, who viewers of this past weekend's premiere of Baron Cohen's Who Is America? will recognize as the gun-rights activist who gamely appeared in an elaborate firearms training video aimed at toddlers.

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Jul 17, 2018

Stop Saying Trump Committed ‘Treason.' You're Playing Into His Hands.
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastCritics of President Trump need to stop saying the word "treason." Whatever is going on between Trump and Russia, calling it "treason" is factually incorrect and politically counterproductive.

The occasion for these accusations, of course, is Trump's Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, at which the president of the United States dismissed his own clear, documented intelligence agencies and sided with the leader of a hostile foreign power—the same foreign power, of course, that meddled in the 2016 election. In response, critics from former CIA Director John Brennan to talk-show host Stephen Colbert have accused him of treason.

Treason is clearly defined in the Constitution, which states, in Article III, Section 3: "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."

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Jul 17, 2018

Joe Scarborough: ‘Weak, Dumpy Stooge' Trump Clearly Being ‘Blackmailed' by Putin
YouTube/MSNBCJoe Scarborough seems to have come a long way from cozying up to Donald Trump during the early days of the 2016 presidential election.

There have been many bumps in their relationship along the way, but nothing has hit the Morning Joe host quite as hard as the president's joint press conference with Vladimir Putin this week.

He began by quoting U.S. senators from both parties, who called Trump's actions "appalling," "shameful," "shocking" and "sad." Or as Sen. John McCain put it: "One of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."

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Jul 17, 2018

70 Democrats Outraised Their GOP House Opponents Last Quarter
REUTERS/Carlos BarriaAs the second financial quarter drew to a close this year, more than 70 Democratic challengers had outraised their Republican opponents, according to Federal Election Commission filings provided by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

That total includes more than 50 Republican incumbents as well and the phenomenon is taking place in districts where GOP members are already considered endangered.

In California alone, where Democrats are hopeful they can defeat Republican incumbents in districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016, there are ten Democratic challengers who have raised more than their opponents. That includes Katie Hill, in California's 25th district, who raised a little over $1 million compared to Rep. Steve Knight's (R-CA) $319,000 raised.

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Jul 17, 2018

Ohio State Knew Richard Strauss' Sex Abuse Was Rampant—and Did Nothing: Lawsuit
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAdding fire to the debate over whether Rep. Jim Jordan knew about the rampant sexual abuse on male student-athletes during his time at Ohio State University, four former wrestlers have filed a class-action federal lawsuit claiming the school knew about team doctor Richard Strauss' alleged serial molestation and took "no steps to protect students."

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio against the Ohio State University. Despite alleged knowledge of Strauss' alleged abuse, the lawsuit claims Ohio State and Athletic Director Andy Geiger failed to take action to stop him from assaulting student-athletes. Athletes at the school allegedly felt that complaints about Strauss were "futile" and that he was "above reproach in the eyes of Ohio State," according to a press release issued by the four lawyers who filed the suit.

"Our investigation has conclusively demonstrated that Ohio State turned a blind eye to Dr. Strauss while he freely used his position of trust and authority to regularly sexually assault, batter, molest, and harass male athletes over the entire course of his career at Ohio State," said Robert Allard, one of several prominent attorneys who filed the suit.

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Jul 17, 2018

Scouted: This Cooker is Using Crispy Rice For A Good Cause
You can't say anything against regular rice cookers, they do their job well. But they aren't designed to add the extra oomph of crisping up the rice once it's cooked, turning normal rice into a delicious comfort food. This Crispy Rice Cooker works by switching to "fry" mode once the rice is cooked, and you can even adjust the cooker to crisp the rice to the level of your liking.

When you buy this kitchen device, you can also rest assured that you're being a conscientious consumer: each unit purchased equals 55 meals donated to children in need. Pick up the Crispy Rice Cooker in the Daily Beast Shop today for $69.99, discounted from it's usual price of $89.99.

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Jul 17, 2018

Scouted: This Cooker is Using Crispy Rice To End World Hunger
You can't say anything against regular rice cookers, they do their job well. But they aren't designed to add the extra oomph of crisping up the rice once it's cooked, turning normal rice into a delicious comfort food. This Crispy Rice Cooker works by switching to "fry" mode once the rice is cooked, and you can even adjust the cooker to crisp the rice to the level of your liking.

When you buy this kitchen device, you can also rest assured that you're being a conscientious consumer: each unit purchased equals 55 meals donated to children in need. Pick up the Crispy Rice Cooker in the Daily Beast Shop today for $69.99, discounted from it's usual price of $89.99.

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Jul 17, 2018

Scouted: Develop a Meditation Practice with this Behavioral Science Backed Accountability Journal
You feel better whenever you take time to meditate, but even so, sometimes it's a struggle to keep up a consistent practice when everything else in your life is pushing you to go faster, work harder, and never stop moving. The Meditation Sidekick Journal can serve as your meditation accountability buddy.

Rooted in behavioral science and designed with an engaging three-section structure, this journal's un-dated pages remove the pressure of leaving a page blank if you skip a day, while the curated pages include guided meditations, affirmations, expert tips, and even strategies to practice on your own. Once you get accustomed to using the journal, you'll slowly develop the instincts to meditate efficiently on your own.

Get the Meditation Sidekick Journal on sale now for only $25.99 — discounted from $37.77.

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Jul 17, 2018

It's Official: The Brexit Campaign Cheated Its Way to Victory
Pool / ReutersThe official campaign that campaigned for people in Britain to vote to leave the European Union broke the law, according to the country's election watchdog, which has now referred the matter to police.

With Theresa May's government teetering on the brink of collapse as the pro- and anti-EU factions within her party go to war, the announcement from the Electoral Commission that the campaign group fronted by Boris Johnson cheated is bringing Brexit tensions to boiling point, with some lawmakers urging a re-run of the vote.

The group—known as Vote Leave—was chosen as the official campaign group for the June 2016 referendum. The Electoral Commission says it funneled money into a sister campaign to get around spending limits, meaning that it exceeded the £7 million ($9.2 million) maximum by £500,000 ($660,000)

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Jul 17, 2018

Scouted: Keep Your Home Safe and Security Footage Private with this Wireless Panoramic Camera
If you're going away for a long trip or just want to keep an eye on your fur baby while you're at work all day, the  iPM World HD 360 Degree 1080p Wireless IP Camera is a subtle and low cost option for personal in-home security.

With a 360° panoramic view, you can get a clearer view of the cute things your cat gets up to while you're away. You can track anyone trying to break into your living space with infrared night vision and a WiFi video feed straight to your smartphone. The video feed is fully encrypted, so your footage stays private.

Usually, the iPM World HD 360 Degree 1080p Wireless IP Camera usually costs is $129.99, but you can get it now for $44.99.

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Jul 17, 2018

Lawmakers Press Facebook and Google on Censoring U.S. Citizens for Vietnamese Government
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastFacebook is once again under fire from members of Congress—this time, for censoring political posts in Vietnam.

A bipartisan group of 17 U.S. representatives sent a letter Monday to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, urging them to rebuff the Vietnamese government's demands to remove posts it deems politically sensitive.

"It is already being reported that your companies have removed video and accounts after requests by the Vietnamese government, including accounts of users in California and Germany," the letter reads. "The censorship of the accounts of Vietnamese-Americans is particularly concerning."

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Jul 17, 2018

Emotional Debt: The Invisible Costs of Unpaid Internships
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastBetween the summer before my senior year and when I graduated college, I completed three internships, no small feat with a full course load. Although I received some financial support from my college as well as academic credit for one of them, the internships themselves were unpaid. I'm thankful for the applicable job training and professional connections but the reality is I paid dearly in the name of experience. The heavy emotional distress of giving countless hours to organizations that felt it was alright not to compensate me for labor was exhausting.

I'm aware that my story isn't unique with the exploitative nature of unpaid internships well documented in Twitter debates and think pieces. The case against the practice often focuses on the lack of wages and its promotion of a system that values privilege over merit, rewarding those who can afford to work for free. Some former interns are fighting back and are taking their grievances to court with varying levels of success. Condé Nast notoriously ended their internship program in 2014 after numerous lawsuits. In 2015, Warner Music agreed to pay $4.2 million to former interns who filed a class-action lawsuit. And in 2017, the Olsen twins settled and distributed $140,000 among 185

The Daily Beast
Jul 17, 2018

Can Carbon Farming Reverse Climate Change?
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastWhat if the carbon dioxide that leads to global warming could be captured, stored, and used for farming?

It's a radical idea that some scientists think could help mitigate the warming of the planet and limit the disturbances these gases could create on our global climate and natural systems.

To understand carbon farming, it's important to understand carbon sequestration, where the goal is to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or prevent its emission into the atmosphere after industrial production, and storing it away in such a matter than it can't be used as a greenhouse gas. There's a lot of ways this could be accomplished, but the big takeaway is that carbon sequestration is a pretty audacious sort of strategy for combating climate change—and like most of audacious technologies, requires a lot of money and planning to really implement.

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Jul 17, 2018

Rashida Tlaib Might Become the First Muslim-American Woman in Congress
APRashida Tlaib is poised to make history.

If she wins the current race in Michigan's 13th congressional district to fill the seat held for over 50 years by the recently retired Rep. John Conyers Jr., Tlaib will become the first Muslim American woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress. But before that can happen she needs to overcome two big challenges: The Democratic establishment and Islamophobia. And both are very powerful.

Tlaib is everything you could want in a congressional candidate who can have an impact on day one. She served in the Michigan state legislature from 2008 to 2014, so she understands both the nuance and human impact of government policies.

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Jul 17, 2018

The Republican Party Is Now the Blame America Party
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastAt some point in the last week or so, "Make America Great Again" became "Blame America First."

What we saw on Monday from Helsinki is why conservatives (like me) can't back Trump—even with two Supreme Court picks.

So much of what constitutes Trumpism directly contradicts everything that Reagan conservatives came to believe. Drawing a moral equivalence between Vladimir Putin's Russia and the United States of America is an obvious, if disgusting, example.

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Jul 17, 2018

Russia's Plan to Buy Off the GOP Began Before the Rise of Trump
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThere is no shortage of bombshell angles to this Maria Butina indictment, announced by the Justice Department on Monday just hours after Donald Trump helped make Russia great again in Helsinki.

There's the allegation that she was trying to arrange a meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin in 2016, which the Times chose to emphasize. There's the bit about her relationship with the National Rifle Association, and how she allegedly sought to use or work with the NRA to expand her influence in American politics (The Daily Beast was the first to report on all this in detail, back in early 2017).

There's more. But I'll tell you what popped out at me as I read through the affidavit filed by the FBI agent in charge of investigating her. It was in paragraph 18, bottom of page 5, stating that Butina wrote an email to "U.S. Person 1" to suggest a plan by which she would work herself into the good graces of "POLITICAL PARTY 1." What popped out at me was the date. She wrote this email on March 24, 2015.



The Daily Beast
Jul 17, 2018

The Surprising Way Fracking's Microbes Could Illuminate Heart Health
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe heart is one of the most studied, yet mysterious, organs of our body. The rise in cardiovascular disease means that it's received endless scrutiny, its arteries and veins extensively mapped out. But we still don't quite understand how it works, and why or how heart disease occurs.

Researchers have found an unexpected place for inspiration: the inside of hydraulically fractured—or fracked—oil and gas fissures within rocks..

"What we learn about these fracking microbes could have the potential to help answer questions about human health—including how plaque forms in our arteries when we have cardiovascular disease," according to Mikayla Borton, Ohio State University environmental scientist and lead author of a recent study about microbe survival.

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Jul 17, 2018

How Michael Avenatti Joined Forces With a Border-Town Lawyer to Fight for Immigrant Kids
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAnybody wondering how a porn star's lawyer came to champion immigrant children who have been separated from their parents need only check Michael Avenatti's Twitter account.

Along with Avenatti's many Tweets about his client Stormy Daniels is one on June 17 saying he had decided to enter the fight on behalf of the kids torn from their family as a result of Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy.

"If anyone knows of a parent that has had their child taken from them at the border and not returned, please have them contact me as I am entering this fight. This outrageous conduct must be brought to an immediate end."

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Jul 17, 2018

Legendary Comic Book Writer Paul Levitz Unmasks the Horror Lurking in Brooklyn
Copyright Paul Levitz and Tim Hamilton, Courtesy of Dark Horse ComicsBrooklyn was a place residents worked to escape in Paul Levitz's day, which was decades before an influx of wealthy whites transformed it into something barely recognizable to its natives.

But its hold on its children can be felt in the bitterness, the contempt and the truth behind the opening lines of Levitz's newest comic book: "I got Brooklyn in my blood. But it sure as hell isn't this Brooklyn."

The lines belong to Billy O'Connor, a pissed-off Marine veteran of Afghanistan turned asshole cop whose struggle with PTSD fuels the engine of Brooklyn Blood, Levitz's first original comic in 40 years published outside DC Comics.

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Jul 17, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel Convinced Trump Pee Tape Exists ‘Beyond a Treasonable Doubt'
ABCJimmy Kimmel has one big takeaway from the "strangest of all 542 bizarre days of Donald Trump's reign of error": The pee tape is real.

"The president of the United States today publicly sided with Russia over our own FBI on the subject of cyber attacks on our election campaign," Kimmel said of the president's big summit with "his KGBFF" Vladimir Putin.

The host said we should have known how the meeting was going to go when Trump winked at Putin during a photo-op in front of the press. "That's the ‘thanks for keeping that tape between us guys' wink," he joked.

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Jul 17, 2018

Stephen Colbert: ‘Alarming' Trump-Putin Summit Has ‘Shaken Me to My Core'
CBS"Today has shaken me to my core," Stephen Colbert said at the top of his Late Show monologue Monday night. "And I don't think I need to point out that, at 54, there's not a lot of core left."

"Before we get into whether our president is the Siberian candidate," the host continued, "I would like to take a moment right now to remind you of something Lincoln said: ‘America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves' and ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.' They were two of his most famous tweets."

"So, with that in mind, I'm thinking that maybe in the interest of unity the most patriotic thing we can do right now is not pointing out the alarming behavior of our president, but instead, just shut up and take it until he's gone," he suggested. But that's not what Colbert was about to do.

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Jul 16, 2018

Russia-NRA Arrest: This Is as Close as It Gets to Collusion
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastIt's the first time the Justice Department has explicitly claimed that a Russian spy working to influence the 2016 campaign had deliberate assistance with her efforts from a U.S. citizen. On Monday, the DOJ arrested and charged a Russian national who courted the NRA and the Republican Party with secretly working as a foreign agent.

The criminal complaint already has geopolitical implications, with the Russian Embassy calling for access to the alleged spy. And its implications for domestic politics also could be tectonic: The case is as close as it gets to collusion. According to the Justice Department, at least one American helped her with her influence operation.

In a sworn affidavit, FBI agent Kevin Helson said Maria Butina worked to set up "back channel" communications between Americans and the Kremlin. Her effort was underway by March 2015—months before Donald Trump entered the presidential campaign, according to the affidavit. And it kicked into high gear during the election season.

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Jul 16, 2018

Seth Meyers Horrified by Trump-Putin Presser: ‘Most Surreal' Presidential Performance in Modern History
NBCIn his first show back on Late Night after a two-week break, Seth Meyers called Donald Trump's summit with Vladimir Putin "one of the most surreal performances by a president in modern American history."

"Even before he got to Finland, Trump's foreign trip was one of the more disastrous ones in recent memory," Meyers said, highlighting, among other things, his awkward interactions with the queen. But, he added, "If you thought all of that was bad, it was nothing compared to Trump's performance today with Putin."

In Meyers' estimation, Trump was "desperate to get in Putin's good graces by repeatedly offering nothing but gushing praise" for Russia during Monday's joint press conference. "However low your expectations were, Trump managed to go much lower," he said, because just three days after Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for meddling in the U.S. election, Trump "tied himself in knots to take Putin's side."

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Jul 16, 2018

Review: Hear Coney Island's Heroic Lion Roar in ‘Fire in Dreamland'
Courtesy Joan MarcusThe designer Susan Hilferty has constructed a very convincing boardwalk in Rinne Groff's play Fire in Dreamland, which opened Monday night at New York's Public Theater. You can almost feel the angled wooden slats, warmed by the sun, under the actors' feet.

This intriguing if uneven play, directed by Marissa Wolf, contrasts two events in two different eras. First is the present-day relationship of Kate (Rebecca Naomi Jones) and Jaap Hooft (Enver Gjokaj). Then there is the 1911 fire on Coney Island that destroyed the amusement park Dreamland, endangering and extinguishing the lives of many performing animals.

Others, like a little troupe of Shetland ponies, made it out, and the most dramatic story belongs to Black Prince, a black-maned lion, whose fate was sealed as Dreamland burned. This account, written in 1997, conveys it most evocatively, and the play's description is very similar.

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Jul 16, 2018

Trump's ‘Missing DNC Server' Is Neither Missing Nor a Server
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastDonald Trump turns to right-wing conspiracy theories when he's cornered, and he was cornered on Monday. Standing feet away from Vladimir Putin at a press conference following their Helsinki tete-a-tete, a reporter challenged Trump to condemn Putin for Russia's election interference, "in front of the world."Instead, the world watched as the President of the United States took Putin's side against his own Justice Department and his own intelligence agencies, and launched into a rambling discourse about Hillary Clinton's emails and a supposedly missing DNC server that hides the truth about Putin's innocence.

"You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server. Why didn't they take the server? Where is the server, I want to know, and what is the server saying?"

The server is saying shut up.

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Jul 16, 2018

Trump and Putin: Two Bullshit Artists Enter Helsinki, One Comes Out Victorious
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAt first, I thought the closed-door, principals-only meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin would be a kind of Schrodinger's Cat thought-exercise. The famous physics gedanken experiment states we can never know if the notional cat is either alive or dead because any observation collapses the quantum field of possibilities. Given it was to be just Trump and Putin alone in a room, I expected that we'd never hear anything even close to the truth.

The press conference after the meeting proved me wrong; it showed us precisely what happened in that room. Donald Trump sold out his country to Russia, then proudly affirmed it, live on camera.  A former intelligence agency chief just asked me, "If the Russians didn't write Trump's talking points, how could you tell?"

Trump didn't just do it in the privacy of his treason boudoir; he walked out to the podium and sided consistently and passionately with Putin over America's interests. Trump publicly stated he believes Putin is more trustworthy than America's intelligence services. He refused to condemn any of Russia's malicious, murderous, destabilizing behavior in the world, including their obvious and proven attacks on the United States and our allies.

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Jul 16, 2018

Trump Just Fell for ‘a Classic KGB Trick'
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastHELSINKI—Suddenly the question of collusion between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin was visible to all the world, and it was no longer a question.

Whether it was the result of criminal conspiracy or Trump's ignorance, arrogance, and ego is as yet unknowable. But when Trump and Putin addressed the press here in the capital of Finland after meeting one-on-one for more than two hours, and then with staff, there was no question who was in charge.

Putin laid out his version of their talks. Then Trump, in a jaw-dropping moment, dissed his own intelligence services and deferred to Putin's denials on the critical question of Russia's ongoing cyber attacks targeting American democratic institutions.

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Jul 16, 2018

Fox News' Chris Wallace Presses Vladimir Putin in Tense Interview After Donald Trump Gives Him a Pass
Fox NewsAfter President Donald Trump refused to confront Vladimir Putin over Russia's direct interference in the 2016 U.S. election, Fox News host Chris Wallace decided to do it for him.

In an "exclusive" interview with the Russian president that followed his private meeting with Trump and their shocking joint press conference, Wallace literally held up Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers and demanded an explanation.

Putin appeared to laugh in Wallace's face as he outlined the charges. When the host tried to hand him the stack of papers, the Russian president would not touch it, indicating that the host could place it on the table between them.

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Jul 16, 2018

Alleged Don Jr. Mistress Aubrey O'Day Breaks Silence to Trash Trump: ‘Grow the F*ck Up!'
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastIn March, news broke of an alleged years-old affair between pop singer Aubrey O'Day and big boy Donald Trump Jr. The Danity Kane chanteuse reportedly met Don Jr. on the set of Celebrity Apprentice in 2011. According to Page Six, the hunting aficionado aggressively pursued O'Day, assuring her that his pregnant wife Vanessa was actually a non-issue. An Us Weekly source told the tabloid, "When it started, he and Aubrey were very serious all of a sudden. He told her it was over with his wife, that they were separated and he didn't love her—all of that stuff."

O'Day hasn't publicly confirmed or commented on the rumored affair. She has, however, shared a few political thoughts on her would-be father-in-law. After the election, O'Day made it clear that she wasn't a Trump supporter, tweeting, "I'm heartbroken. Every beautiful piece of progression that our country could have moved toward is now gone." She also cryptically posted, "my story I didn't tell is worth millions now… this

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Jul 16, 2018

Trump's Own Team: He ‘Looked Incredibly Weak' Next to Putin
GettyDonald Trump's much-anticipated meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday offered him yet another opportunity to defy those who've criticized his coziness with the Russian leader.

But on a global stage, Trump didn't just cower; he actively cemented an image of submissiveness to his Russian counterpart.

"I honestly had little to no good expectations for this," said a senior Trump political appointee who works on issues surrounding Russian disinformation efforts, adding that the event "went about as well as I expected."

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Jul 16, 2018

The ‘Pro-Rape' Comedian Writing for Sacha Baron Cohen's ‘Who Is America?'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastKurt Metzger, the controversial comedian who fell from grace in 2016 after a series of inflammatory online comments regarding rape victims, has a new gig: writing for Sacha Baron Cohen's controversial new TV show Who Is America?.

The show's IMDB page lists Metzger, along with seven other men, as series writers; each are only credited for one episode.

Metzger previously made a name for himself writing for Amy Schumer's breakthrough show Inside Amy Schumer. His brand of comedy is notoriously abrasive, but after several women came forward accusing fellow comedian Aaron Glaser of rape and sexual assault, Metzger took things to a whole new level.

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Jul 16, 2018

GOP Rep. Rohrabacher Bashes ‘Sick Fraud' Sacha Baron Cohen, While His Opponent Jumps on Damning Video
Aaron BernsteinRep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) lashed out Monday against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen after appearing in a damning segment featured in Cohen's new Showtime series Who Is America?

The segment in question features a number of Republican members of Congress endorsing a fictional program to train preschoolers to fire guns as a means to preventing school shootings. All Rohrabacher says in the segment is: "Maybe having many young people trained and understand how to defend themselves and their school might actually make us safer here."

Among the other members featured are freshman Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who remained skeptical of the proposal from Baron Cohen's character, Col. Erran Morad, a self-proclaimed Israeli anti-terror expert.

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Jul 16, 2018

28 Years After Taunting Cops, Suspect Arrested in Little Girl's Killing
FBIAlmost 30 years after someone taunted the investigators of an 8-year-old girl's murder, police say they've arrested the killer.

John D. Miller was arrested Sunday for the 1988 murder of April Tinsley, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel reported. When authorities asked the 59-year-old if he knew why he was in custody, Miller said "April Tinsley" and later confessed to killing the girl, according to court records.

In 1990 and 2004, someone claiming to be Tinsley's killer left eerie messages scrawled on barn doors and threatened to assault other little girls.

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Jul 16, 2018

Elon Musk Joins the Fringe Right in Calling His Foe a ‘Pedo'
GettyWhen Elon Musk accused a rescue diver of being a "pedo" this weekend, the Tesla CEO adopted the far-right's favorite allegation.

To a certain brand of conspiracy-minded conservative, pedophilia is everywhere. It's in the basement of a Washington, D.C. pizza restaurant where, despite zero evidence, the fringe right claimed Democrats were running a child sex-trafficking ring. It's in conservative internet personalities' claims that their detractors are secretly attracted to children. Meanwhile, real sex abuse has haunted the Republican Party, where candidates and elected officials have recently been accused of sexually pursuing children or of covering up chronic abuse against a college wrestling team.

On Sunday, Musk took to Twitter and  baselessly accused Vern Unsworth, a rescue diver who helped rescue a stranded Thai soccer team from a flooded cave, of being a pedophile.

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Jul 16, 2018

Browder: Trump Can't Sell Me Out to Russia Even If He Tries
ShutterstockLONDON—Vladimir Putin offered Donald Trump a trade at the Helsinki summit: I'll let you interview the 12 Russian intelligence agents accused of hacking Democratic emails and interfering in the 2016 U.S. election, if you give my interrogators access to Bill Browder.

Browder, a U.S.-born hedge fund manager, is the leader of a campaign against Putin that stems from the death of his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who exposed a $230 million tax fraud in Russia. According to the Kremlin, Browder was the real criminal and Putin has pursued him all over the world.

Seven countries, including the U.S. under President Obama, have sided with Browder and passed anti-corruption legislation targeting Russia in the name of Magnitsky—sending Putin into paroxysms of rage.

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Jul 16, 2018

European MPs: Tune Out Trump—Turn to Congress, Pentagon For Assurances
European lawmakers visiting Washington on Monday were enraged and disheartened by President Donald Trump's performance in Helsinki alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin—but then quickly disregarded the president's words.

That's because the lawmakers—who hail from western and eastern European countries that have been victims themselves of Russian aggression—are becoming accustomed to flat-out ignoring the American president's statements amid reassurances from the U.S. Congress, in addition to the State Department and Pentagon officials under him.

"I grew up in the U.S. I've seen every president since Eisenhower. I've never seen this kind of a disbalance between the president and the other branches of power," Amb. Ojars Kalninš, a member of Latvia's parliament, said in an interview on the sidelines of a press conference at the Atlantic Council.

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Jul 16, 2018

Scouted: To Secure a Management Position, Learn To Manage A Team With This Simple Strategy
Every job requires a different set of skills, but no matter what your industry, you need to know how to manage a team if you want to be promoted up the corporate ladder. That's why so many people in disciplines from software development to marketing turn to Scrum, a standardized methodology that produces efficient, high-quality outcomes.

Becoming a Scrum Master not only shows employers that you take your career seriously - it also prepares you to drive team performance and improve communication throughout the life of a project.

Scrum courses usually cost upwards of a thousand dollars, which is why we've compiled essential Scrum lessons into the Complete Learn To Scrum Bundle. Daily Beast readers can get the entire bundle of classes for just $39 now.

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Jul 16, 2018

Immigrants Called 'Animal,' ‘Terrorist,' ‘King Kong' in Detention Under Trump: Report
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast"Shut your black ass up. You don't deserve nothing. You belong at the back of that cage," said a warden at a West Texas Detention Facility in Sierra Blanca, Texas, according to a first-of-its-kind report by non-profit organization Freedom for Immigrants.

More than 800 hate-related incidents have been reported in just 34 immigration detention centers since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, the study claims.

The California-based Freedom for Immigrants visits people held in such facilities and aims "to bring about a world without immigration detention." The report, which documented the hate incidents based on race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability, was first-covered by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Jul 16, 2018

Immigrants Called ‘Animal,' ‘Terrorist,' ‘King Kong' in Detention Under Trump: Report
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast"Shut your black ass up. You don't deserve nothing. You belong at the back of that cage," said a warden at a West Texas Detention Facility in Sierra Blanca, Texas, according to a first-of-its-kind report by non-profit organization Freedom for Immigrants.

More than 800 hate-related incidents have been reported in just 34 immigration detention centers since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, the study claims.

The California-based Freedom for Immigrants visits people held in such facilities and aims "to bring about a world without immigration detention." The report, which documented the hate incidents based on race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability, was first-covered by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Jul 16, 2018

Fox News Hosts Bash Trump's ‘Disgusting' Putin Presser
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast Several prominent Fox News hosts could not believe what they saw Monday in President Trump's overtly deferential presser with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The joint conference in Helsinki took a turn for the shocking when, after being asked by Reuters whether he held Russia responsible for meddling in the 2016 election, Trump said he holds "both sides responsible." The president also directly contradicted his own intelligence officials, saying he believes Putin when he says Russia did not intervene in the election.

Following the presser, Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto—appearing on the Fox Business Network—called it a "disgusting" display.

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Jul 16, 2018

Bernie Sanders: ‘Of Course' I'm Concerned Red-State Dems Might Vote For Kavanaugh
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastSen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has launched an aggressive campaign to defeat Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. It's taken him from the cable airwaves to a trio of Midwestern states so far. But as he ramps up the effort, the Senator has kept an eye back on D.C. where, he worries, Democrats may not be able to unify the ranks against Trump's pick.

"Of course," Sanders told The Daily Beast in an interview last week when asked if he worries about red-state Democrats voting in favor of the nominee as they face daunting electoral prospects in November. "My hope is that the Democrats will stay united and that we will successfully get a couple of Republicans to join us. But obviously, if we're going to win, Democrats have got to stay united on this issue. But we start off this fight against a very united Republican party, a party that is very fearful of the president. But we have got to do everything we can to pry loose a couple of Republican senators."

Sanders' fears aren't unfounded. When President Trump nominated Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, towards the beginning of his first term in office, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN)—all of whom are in tough re-election contests this cycle—voted to confirm him.



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Jul 16, 2018

Intel Chiefs Won't Say If They'll Resign Over Trump's Betrayal
The heads of U.S. intelligence are ducking comment after President Trump indicated that he's more inclined to believe Vladimir Putin's denials of election interference than their agencies' joint assessments.

"My people came to me, [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russia. I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russia. I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be," Trump said beside a confident, brazen Russian leader in Helsinki on Monday.

In January 2017, the National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation jointly assessed that the Kremlin launched a concerted and multifaceted effort to sway the 2016 presidential election. Many of the assessment's particulars concern surreptitious social-media manipulation and Russian intelligence digitally stealing thousands of emails and other material from servers associated with the Democratic party. In two indictments, most recently on Friday, special prosecutor Robert Mueller brought specific, detailed charges against 25 Russian nationals he alleges were involved in those efforts.

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Jul 16, 2018

Putin Admits He Wanted Trump to Win 2016 Election
GettyStanding next to President Donald Trump on Monday afternoon, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed the intelligence community's conclusion that the Kremlin wanted Trump to win the 2016 election.

All the while, Trump still would not back his own intelligence agencies on election interference and told the world that he believes Putin's word over theirs.

After their first-ever bilateral summit Monday in Helsinki, Putin was asked if we wanted President Trump to win in the 2016 election. He responded, "Yes, I did [want Trump to win] because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal."

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Jul 16, 2018

Shame Them: Everyone Who Endorsed Arming Preschoolers on Sacha Baron Cohen's ‘Who Is America?'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastLeading up to Sunday's premiere of Sacha Baron Cohen's new political satire stunt series, Who Is America?, there was a media blitz of politicians and talking heads pre-emptively getting ahead of the stupid-ass things they said to Cohen when he was in disguise as one of his Who Is America? characters.

From Sarah Palin to Roy Moore, who is even threatening to sue for defamation, they're claiming they were "duped" into saying horribly offensive things—in line with extremist conservative views—by Cohen and his crew out on an apparent "total right-wing hit job."

It's a hilarious scramble to save face, because here's the thing: folks, you can't trick people into saying things they really believe. When these people thought they were in the company of a friendly ear with Cohen posing as a fringe conservative, they let their terrifying opinions fly with reckless abandon. More, they knew they were being filmed. Imagine what they say behind closed doors.



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Jul 16, 2018

Woman Chased Down, Stabbed Man Who Flashed Her in Park, Police Say
Courtesy Redlands Police DepartmentIn the wake of the #MeToo movement—and months after hundreds of thousands of women shared frustrated stories online about being flashed by strange men on the subway, on the street, and in the park—at least one woman apparently took it upon herself to get vigilante justice.

After a 28-year-old man exposed his genitals to 51-year-old Cynthia Christine Molina in a Redlands, California park on Tuesday afternoon, Molina chased him down and stabbed him multiple times in the back, local police said in a Friday press release.

The man had walked 15 minutes away from the scene of the flashing, in Jennie Davis Park, before Molina came up behind him and attacked him, police said. Afterward, she ran off. Police later identified her using surveillance video from the city and from nearby businesses.

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Jul 16, 2018

‘Fox & Friends' Host Brian Kilmeade Breaks with Trump on 'Ridiculous' Russia Tweet
Fox NewsAhead of his Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump posted a tweet that was too "ridiculous," even for Fox & Friends.

Responding to Trump's tweet that blamed "many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt" for a relationship with Russia that has "NEVER been worse," host Brian Kilmeade said, "That's by far the most ridiculous tweet of late, and that is insulting to past administrations. He can't be saying that going into the Russian summit."

Later, during a segment with Newt Gingrich, Kilmeade said that he generally "likes" the president's tweets but just didn't "understand" what Trump was trying to accomplish in this case. "It's really not our ‘foolishness and stupidity,'" he said. "That might not like the things we're doing, but would you really say foolishness and stupidity is a correct characterization?"

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Jul 16, 2018

‘Fox & Friends' Host Brian Kilmeade Breaks With Trump on ‘Ridiculous' Russia Tweet
Fox NewsAhead of his Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump posted a tweet that was too "ridiculous" even for Fox & Friends.

Responding to Trump's tweet that blamed "many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt" for a relationship with Russia that has "NEVER been worse," host Brian Kilmeade said "That's by far the most ridiculous tweet of late, and that is insulting to past administrations. He can't be saying that going into the Russian summit."

Later, during a segment with Newt Gingrich, Kilmeade said that he generally "likes" the president's tweets but just didn't "understand" what Trump was trying to accomplish in this case. "It's really not our ‘foolishness and stupidity,'" he said. "That might not like the things we're doing, but would you really say foolishness and stupidity is a correct characterization?"

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Jul 16, 2018

Mueller's New Indictment Warns Russian Hackers Could Return for 2018 Election
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastSpecial counsel Robert Mueller‘s latest indictment buries the lede. It is not until Count 11 that we learn that Russian intelligence officers hacked into computers used in administering our elections.

We have long known that Democratic National Committee computers were hacked, and emails were stolen and disseminated. In the first ten counts, the new indictment charges 12 Russian intelligence with a variety of crimes relating to hacking the computers of the DNC and related entities. And we knew from the prior indictment filed in February that Russians used social media to conduct an influence campaign designed help the candidacy of Donald Trump.

But the new indictment alleges for the first time that Russian intelligence officers conspired to attack our election infrastructure. The indictment charges two Russian GRU officers along with "other persons known and unknown to the grand jury," with conspiring to hack into the computers of "state boards of elections, Secretaries of State, and U.S. companies that supplied software and other technology related to the administration of U.S. elections."  According to the indictment, the goal of the defendants was to steal voter data and other information.

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Jul 16, 2018

Trump Kisses Up to Putin as The Leaders Disappear for Private Summit
ReutersThe much-anticipated summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin started on one astonishing note of agreement—that the U.S. was responsible for the hostility between the two countries, not Russia.

The tweet from Trump blaming U.S. "foolishness" for the degeneration of the relationship between the two countries kicked off the day as the two men met in Helsinki, Finland, and it didn't take long for the Russian foreign ministry to quote-tweet the President saying simply: "We agree."

That note of accord will be met with huge discomfort back home where most diplomats and senior officials believe that the tensions with Russia stem from Putin's flagrant disregard for international law. In 2014, he annexed Crimea—the first such land-grab in Europe since the disintegration of the Soviet Union; his military was responsible for the shooting down of Flight MH17 over Ukraine, killing 298 people; he backed President Assad's brutal regime in Syria; and is accused of using a deadly nerve agent to poison five people, killing one, in Britain.

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Jul 16, 2018

Trump Fails, Again and Again, to Condemn Putin for Anything
ReutersDonald Trump spent five hours with Vladimir Putin on Monday and failed, repeatedly, to condemn him for anything at all.

By the end of the summit in Helsinki, Finland, and with the world watching, the president passed up numerous opportunities to criticize Putin for interfering in American elections, flagrant breaches of international law, or countless other crimes that have been condemned by the international community.

Instead, the president took aim at his own country. He attacked U.S. presidents for the hostility with Russia, he blamed special counsel Robert Mueller for pitting the countries against each other, he criticized the U.S. intelligence services, and condemned Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.

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Jul 16, 2018

Plutonium Was Stolen From the Back of a Van at a Texas Marriott
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastBy Patrick Malone and R. Jeffrey Smith

Two security experts from the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory drove to San Antonio, Texas, in March 2017 with a sensitive mission: to retrieve dangerous nuclear materials from a nonprofit research lab there.

Their task was to ensure that the radioactive materials did not fall into the wrong hands on the way back to Idaho, where the government maintains a stockpile of nuclear explosive materials for the military and others.

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Jul 16, 2018

Meghan Markle's Dad Seeks To Shame Her
WPA PoolHe didn't come when he was wanted.

Now, he's threatening to come when he's not wanted.

Thomas Markle, Meghan's dad, has said he might come to England and hole up in a hotel room in an attempt to see his daughter, who, he claims, has blanked him following her wedding to Prince Harry.

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Jul 16, 2018

Pamela Anderson Defends Assange and Putin: ‘Everything Is So Anti-Russia'
Rankin/Coco de MerPamela Anderson would like to set the record straight.

The Baywatch icon turned ardent activist has grown close to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in recent years, which has led to rampant speculation about the nature of their relationship. She thinks it's "crazy" that they've been linked romantically and speaks fondly of her actual beau, Marseille footballer Adil Rami; she "doesn't believe there's a link between Julian and Russia;" she is adamant that "Julian represents everything America does when it comes to true information and freedom of speech;" and she has not been asked to participate in the Mueller investigation, and "would prefer not to speculate" about whether she would.

On a sunny June afternoon, Anderson paid a visit to The Daily Beast's New York office to discuss her partnership with the National Limousine Association's Ride Responsibly initiative, whose aim is to promote safety awareness in ride-hailing apps like Uber. It's only the latest in a long line of altruistic endeavors for the 51-year-old, who's been sounding the alarm on animal rights and environmental protection since the ‘90s. She also wrote a letter to former president Obama arguing for the legalization of marijuana and has recently, through her Pamela Anderson Foundation, supported activists and whistleblowers around the world.

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Jul 16, 2018

10 Dishes With Celebrity Chef Alex Guarnaschelli
Courtesy Squire FoxAfter a long day shooting your hit Food Network show, Chopped, what is your favorite guilty pleasure to eat? "All I ever want when I get home from a day like that is to eat two to four slices of buttered and salted sourdough toast. I want the indulgence of the carbs but something simple and plain. Just enjoying the taste of butter with the tang of the bread after a day ingesting so many different flavors and ingredients is all I ever want! However, I will admit, I would not turn down a dish of macaroni and cheese, if offered."

Is there one dish you won't cook? "No."  

All-time favorite spice. "There are a lot of spices that I use with great frequency. I'd have to say my all-time favorite might be ground mace. It is the ‘skin' that surrounds nutmeg and it has an almost spicy, gingery edge. Mace also offers the warmth that I associate with pumpkin pie and the fall. I love it on anything from rutabagas to pork to cherries."

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Jul 16, 2018

The Syrian War May Be Ending, but the Suffering Has Just Begun
Mohamed Azakir/ReutersARSAL, Lebanon—The atmosphere is hectic at the military checkpoint here. Hundreds of Syrian refugees are gathering just as the sun starts to lighten the horizon. Soldiers in the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) are everywhere, standing guard as dozens of families who had just been told the day before that they were to leave strap their meager belongings to vehicles and prepare for the journey back to Syria, a country they fled years ago in the wake of a revolution-turned-bloodbath.

As the morning passes and the sun rises higher in the sky, the Red Cross has its hands full with the heat-stricken. One medic with a fainting infant in his arms quickly strides through the giant barbed-wire enclosure to an ambulance. The hours continue to drag on into the afternoon. Children become restless and start crying. Grandmothers ache and adjust damp hijabs. Despite the uncomfortable temperature and delay, very few refugees seem to be complaining—but these people are no strangers to waiting.

Asked how they feel about the trip, many Syrians seem nervous and aren't forthcoming with their responses—at least, not within earshot of the LAF soldiers. One well-coiffed Lebanese TV journalist shoves a microphone into the face of a Syrian boy who looks about six years old. "Are you excited to be going home?" she asks repeatedly. He hides behind his mother's leg, crying. "Why aren't you excited?" she insists. "You should be excited."

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Jul 16, 2018

Why Hasn't the U.S. Made Safe Injection Sites a Priority for Opioid Addicts?
Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe/GettyThe opioid epidemic in America is no longer a hidden epidemic. Overdose deaths linked to prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with more than 100 people dying every day, per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

To combat this, various cities in the U.S. are working toward opening Safe Injection Sites, also called Safe Injection Facilities, or SIFs. These SIFs would provide drug users a safe place to inject illegal drugs and have been proven to reduce transmission of HIV, Hepatitis C, and deaths from overdose.

"It's a place where people who inject can go and they can inject in a clean, medically supervised setting with sterile injection equipment and with the potential that somebody will reverse an overdose if an overdose should occur," Don Des Jarlais, Ph.D., of Mount Sinai Health System and NYU's Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research, told The Daily Beast. "And a critical component is that it can provide referrals and assisted referrals to get into drug treatment and receive other health and social services."

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Jul 16, 2018

What Everyone but Trump Knows: Russia Is Armed and Dangerous
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastBack in the early '50s, Winston Churchill described U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles as "a bull who carries his own china closet with him." NATO heads of state must be thinking the same thing about Donald J. Trump after his recent performance at the NATO summit meeting in Brussels. There, the American president spent more time badgering his allies over inadequate defense spending than discussing what must be done to check Russia's continual political warfare campaign against NATO, and the Western alliance generally.

Apprehensions are running high among NATO defense ministers as to what Trump may concede to Vladimir Putin in their July 16 meeting in Helsinki. Putin is expected to ask the Trump to withdraw the United States from upcoming NATO exercises in Eastern Europe, and the president hasn't ruled out agreeing to do so. He continues to describe Putin's Russia as a "competitor," not an adversary, which is bizarre, to say the least, as the latest (December 2017) iteration of The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, the U.S. government's definitive statement about threats to the nation and how to combat them, describes Russia and China as the most serious threats to American power, influence, and interests, surpassing global terrorism.

After a long hiatus, the U.S. national security establishment is placing top priority on identifying the warfighting capabilities and intentions of both of those nation states, and reconfiguring American m

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Jul 16, 2018

Trump-Putin ‘Summit' Is More Like a Meeting of Two Mob Bosses
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastWe don't know what will come out of this "summit" between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, but let's be clear here. The mere fact that this meeting is happening is a day of national humiliation for the United States.

Oh, come on, say the MAGAs. It's a head of state meeting with a head of state. Can't hurt to talk. Maybe Trump will even confront Putin on a couple things.

Borscht. It can hurt to talk.

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Jul 16, 2018

Shady Oligarch's Firm Paid Dem Candidate's Husband $700,000
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastLast fall, something funny happened in Washington: A pair of American lobbyists put on a fake congressional hearing in the basement of the Capitol, accusing a former Ukrainian central banker of odious corruption. A Ukrainian TV station broadcast the event there, claiming it was evidence that the United States Congress was investigating the accusations (they weren't). The apparent sponsor of the hearing was a Ukrainian oligarch named Ihor Kolomoisky, whose bank was nationalized by the banker. Kolomoisky, who sicced his own private army on the Russians after they invaded eastern Ukraine, has been accused of sponsoring contract killings.

Now, there's another apparent connection between the Kolomoisky and American politics. A number of businesses linked to the oligarch have hired the attorney Robert Powell, the husband of Democratic House of Representatives candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Just one of those firms paid Powell at least $700,000 over two years, according to public records.

The connections worry longtime Ukraine watchers. Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council who focuses on Russia and Ukraine, said the link is concerning, citing accusations that Kolomoisky has been involved in billion-dollar criminal schemes and contract killings. He called the ties "highly suspicious."

Re

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Jul 16, 2018

The Five Best Day Hikes in Medellin, Colombia
Sinead MulhernSitting in a valley in the midst of the Andes, Medellin has an allure that, in recent years especially, pulls travelers in droves. For some time, mention of its name brought memories of cartel-inflicted terror but today, the vibe is serene and friendly, but these days, this South American spot deemed "the city of eternal spring" is one of Colombia's biggest bragging points.

On a sunny day, Paisas mingle in public squares and the voices of fruit vendors mix with salsa music flooding from open doors. After heavy rain, clouds roll in level with windows of hillside homes. The city is, after all, perched nearly 5,000 feet in the sky.

That point alone should interest explorers with an affinity for hiking. Medellin is many things but for outdoorsy mountain types, it's undoubtedly a bucket-list destination. In addition to the nightlife of El Poblado, the artwork of Botero, and the funicular, many hostels and guidebooks will recommend heading to Guatapé to climb the steps of the 650-foot El Peñol, but the trails that snake through the mountains that surround Medellin are an underrated treasure and a richer experience.

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Jul 16, 2018

The Five Best Hikes in Medellin, Colombia
Sinead MulhernSitting in a valley in the midst of the Andes, Medellin has an allure that, in recent years especially, pulls travelers in droves. For some time, mention of its name brought memories of cartel-inflicted terror but today, the vibe is serene and friendly, but these days, this South American spot deemed "the city of eternal spring" is one of Colombia's biggest bragging points.

On a sunny day, Paisas mingle in public squares and the voices of fruit vendors mix with salsa music flooding from open doors. After heavy rain, clouds roll in level with windows of hillside homes. The city is, after all, perched nearly 5,000 feet in the sky.

That point alone should interest explorers with an affinity for hiking. Medellin is many things but for outdoorsy mountain types, it's undoubtedly a bucket-list destination. In addition to the nightlife of El Poblado, the artwork of Botero, and the funicular, many hostels and guidebooks will recommend heading to Guatapé to climb the steps of the 650-foot El Peñol, but the trails that snake through the mountains that surround Medellin are an underrated treasure and a richer experience.

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Jul 16, 2018

David Lynch: I Hated the Song ‘Blue Velvet'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastI was sick, just sick and devastated after Dune.

Meditation has saved me a lot of times and that was one of them. It was a dark time. It helped that I had other scripts and I was thinking about what was next, but I couldn't not think about all the time I'd just spent on that film. When you don't have the freedom to do what you want and it goes bad, you feel like you've sold out and you deserve what you get, and I sold out right from the beginning. I knew the way [producer] Dino [de Laurentiis] was, I knew I didn't have final cut, and I had to adjust all along the way—it was a horrible thing. I learned about failure, and in a way failure is a beautiful thing because when the dust settles there's nowhere to go but up, and it's a freedom. You can't lose more, but you can gain. You're down and everybody knows you're down and that you fucked up and you're a loser, and you just say, "Okay," and you keep working.

I get ideas and a lot of times I don't know what they are or how they fit, but I write them down and one thing leads to another, so in a way I don't really do anything. I just stay true to the idea. I probably wrote four drafts of Blue Velvet. They weren't totally different, but I was finding my way, and I gave Kyle [MacLachlan] an unfinished draft of the script when we were shooting Dune.

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Jul 16, 2018

David Lynch: I Laughed at Frank Booth in ‘Blue Velvet'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastI was sick, just sick and devastated after Dune.

Meditation has saved me a lot of times and that was one of them. It was a dark time. It helped that I had other scripts and I was thinking about what was next, but I couldn't not think about all the time I'd just spent on that film. When you don't have the freedom to do what you want and it goes bad, you feel like you've sold out and you deserve what you get, and I sold out right from the beginning. I knew the way [producer] Dino [de Laurentiis] was, I knew I didn't have final cut, and I had to adjust all along the way—it was a horrible thing. I learned about failure, and in a way failure is a beautiful thing because when the dust settles there's nowhere to go but up, and it's a freedom. You can't lose more, but you can gain. You're down and everybody knows you're down and that you fucked up and you're a loser, and you just say, "Okay," and you keep working.

I get ideas and a lot of times I don't know what they are or how they fit, but I write them down and one thing leads to another, so in a way I don't really do anything. I just stay true to the idea. I probably wrote four drafts of Blue Velvet. They weren't totally different, but I was finding my way, and I gave Kyle [MacLachlan] an unfinished draft of the script when we were shooting Dune.

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Jul 16, 2018

Charities Can Reject Foster Parents for Immigrant Kids Over Religion
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastPrivate charities housing undocumented immigrant children in several states are permitted by law to reject prospective foster families based on religious objections.

Under current policy, undocumented minors apprehended by Customs and Border Protection are sent to the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Services. From there ORR tries to place the kids with a sponsor, usually a relative. The last option is a "licensed program willing to accept legal custody; or an adult individual or entity seeking custody."

Right now, HHS oversees more than 100 shelters in 17 states, a number of which are operated by nonprofit providers housing kids separated at the border by the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. In nine states, providers are protected by law if they reject an applicant (or child) on religious grounds.

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Jul 16, 2018

Piers Morgan's Gross Exploitation of Murder Victims
OxygenTrue crime is quickly replacing reality TV as viewers' guiltiest pleasure. It's hard to say exactly why we revisit gruesome murders or grisly assaults, worrying at old scabs with grim voiceovers and crime-scene photographs, digging for blood and answers. And if we were to seriously examine our collective interest in all of this, we would probably unearth something ugly. After all, it's not attractive to take too much interest in a violence that doesn't belong to you—even worse to be entertained by the drama and pathos of the retelling.

Still, there's value in taking a deep, hard look at the corpses that capture our attention, and asking ourselves why that is—and whether our true-crime consumption is a valid way to bear witness, or just another form of exploitation. In this current golden age of true crime, some creators are actively attempting to act as an intervention, turning a new page on the genre's seedy past. There's the podcast My Favorite Murder, whose female hosts take issue with tired old tropes; or Sharp Objects, the new HBO limited series that promises all the thrills of a serial-killer show, but with an

The Daily Beast
Jul 15, 2018

Instagram Model Accusing Ryan Phillippe of Violent Attack Says He's Delaying Case
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastBack in September 2017, model Elsie Hewitt sued her ex, actor Ryan Phillippe, accusing him of assault and battery. The suit detailed an alleged incident from that July, during which Hewitt says the Shooter star threw her down the stairs twice, before shouting at her, "Get the fuck out of my house, you crazy cunt!" Following this disputed interaction—Phillippe has vehemently denied the accusations—a police report was filed, and the LAPD issued an Emergency Protective Order. The criminal investigation against Phillippe has since been closed, and the Los Angeles City Attorney's office did not file charges.

In response to a Daily Beast piece titled "What Happened to Ryan Phillippe's Brutal Assault Allegations?", Hewitt's lawyer Keith Fink reached out to me with an update on the "on-going" case. Fink told The Daily Beast in late June that Hewitt's lawyers had filed four discovery motions "this week," adding, "We have been getting the runaround from Phillipe's legal team…The current law firm has attempted to delay the case for months claiming Phillipe has insurance for our claim even though we have sued him for assault and battery. Meanwhile the insurance lawyer has not stepped into the

The Daily Beast
Jul 15, 2018

‘The Affair,' S4E5 Recap: Drive, Drive Against the Dying of the Light
Paul Sarkis/ShowtimeIt was a West Coast, very male Affair on Sunday night, with our favorite character and top pin-up, Dr. Vik—getting a half-episode all from his perspective—facing death by cancer and sleeping with someone new and younger to help him, I dunno, work through his feelingzzz.

And then, a few minutes later, Cole—following some hokey game of instruction his father's old squeeze sent him so he'd be free of her, which was nutso—doing exactly the same.

In order to make everything better, and make everything worse, people shag each other a lot in The Affair, after a lot of looking around and feeling things deeply. Mucky so-and-so's.

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Jul 15, 2018

‘Fiddler on the Roof' in Yiddish Is a Moving Triumph
Victor Nechay/ProperPixAt the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in New York City's Battery Park, a piece of history is unfolding, and it's a piercing delight: the first ever American production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish. Do all that you can to go to the Museum of Jewish Heritage to see it.

This version of the musical is a return to a complex set of roots. Before the 1971 Oscar-winning film starring Chaim Topol came the original 1964 Fiddler musical. Sheldon Harnick's lyrics, Joseph Stein's book, and Jerry Bock's music were in English, yet based on Sholem Aleichem's stories (in Yiddish) Tevye and His Daughters, written between 1894 and 1914.

Fidler Afn Dakh, as the musical is known in Yiddish, was first performed as such in Israel in 1965—Harnick and Stein's words translated by Shraga Friedman, who, the program notes of this production tell us, was a native of Warsaw who immigrated to what was then known as the Land of Israel at the outbreak of World War II. The Yiddish version of the musical has never been performed in America, until now.

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Jul 15, 2018

Russia Hawk Axed From National Security Council Right Before Trump-Putin Summit
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastShortly before Donald Trump detonated a NATO summit, shanked the beleaguered British prime minister and prepped for a face-to-face love session with Vladimir Putin, his White House quietly divested itself of a senior official hawkish on Russia and bullish on the transatlantic military alliance.

The circumstances of retired Army Colonel Richard Hooker's departure from the National Security Council on June 29 are in dispute. It's not clear whether Hooker was forced out or if his detail on the NSC came to its natural end. But what's not in doubt is that for the past 15 months, Hooker was senior director for Russia, Europe and NATO.

And just as his new boss, National Security Adviser John Bolton, was preparing to travel to Moscow to meet with Putin on June 27 to lay the groundwork for Trump's visit, Hooker was packing up his desk. Now, he's headed back to the National Defense University, the crown jewel of the Pentagon's cross-service military-education system, which had loaned him to the NSC. Hooker is the latest NSC staffer to leave as Bolton reconfigures the influential policymaking body in his image. Like Hooker, Bolton has long viewed Russia a strategic threat to the United States, and accused Putin of lying to Trump about interfering in the 2016 election.



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Jul 15, 2018

Vive La France! The French Celebrate Their World Cup Victory (Photos)
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe citizens stormed the streets of France on Saturday to celebrate their fellow countrymen's defeat of Croatia in the World Cup final.

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Jul 15, 2018

Trump and Putin are Welcome in Helsinki - Not
REUTERS/Leonhard FoegerHELSINKI, Finland - Nobody here was surprised when Finland's capital was named as the venue for the Putin-Trump summit, which Russian media refer to as "a historical meeting of two presidents."

On the eve of that fraught get-together, Finnish politicians, government officials, journalists and political analysts alike told The Daily Beast that for many years, dating back to the days when he worked for the municipal government in St. Petersburg, former KGB agent Vladimir Putin has treated Finland as "his dacha," and "his second home."

That's easy to understand. Finland is beautiful — perhaps the greenest country in the world, much of it composed of beautiful islands in the Baltic Sea. And Putin feels safe here, obviously. But Finns do not feel safe with President Putin ruling Russia, their enormous neighbor next door. And many wonder just how much his money and his connections have embedded themselves here.  

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Jul 15, 2018

Trump and Putin Are Welcome in Helsinki—Not
Leonhard Foeger/ReutersHELSINKI, Finland—Nobody here was surprised when Finland's capital was named as the venue for the Putin-Trump summit, which Russian media refer to as "a historical meeting of two presidents."

On the eve of that fraught get-together, Finnish politicians, government officials, journalists and political analysts alike told The Daily Beast that for many years, dating back to the days when he worked for the municipal government in St. Petersburg, former KGB agent Vladimir Putin has treated Finland as "his dacha," and "his second home."

That's easy to understand. Finland is beautiful—perhaps the greenest country in the world, much of it composed of beautiful islands in the Baltic Sea. And Putin feels safe here, obviously. But Finns do not feel safe with President Putin ruling Russia, their enormous neighbor next door. And many wonder just how much his money and his connections have embedded themselves here.  

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Jul 15, 2018

Scouted: This Steamer Can Remove The Most Stubborn Stains from Any Carpet or Flooring Material
Keeping your floors clean sometimes feels like a futile task. Brooms don't get rid of all the grout, and when you mop, it always seems like the grime comes back just a few days later. If you crave sparkly clean floors, the Hoover Floormate Steamscrub Pro, is up to the task.

Designed with four variable settings, this steamer can effectively eviscerate 99.9% of harmful bacteria on any kind of flooring, including carpet, wood, vinyl, or tile. Its built-in direct steam spray can blast tough stains, while its twin tank technology lets you clean with or without a harmful chemical solution solution. .

The Hoover Floormate Steamscrub Pro normally costs $89.98, but you can get it today for $59.99.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 15, 2018

The Risk to the World: Massive Nuclear Proliferation
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIDonald Trump every so often suggests he'd like to pull the United States out of the the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, knowing full well that would be the end of NATO as we've known it for almost 70 years. And such hints, the most recent of them last week at a summit in Brussels, must make Vladimir Putin's crocodile smile spread from ear to ear.

Indeed, going into the Helsinki summit with Trump on Monday, Putin is surely aware that it was not necessary for Trump to pull the U.S. out of NATO in a formal sense for him to harm the alliance — and benefit Russia. Official statements notwithstanding, merely threatening to walk away from the Atlantic Alliance has been deeply destabilizing, and no amount of frantic damage control by Trump underlings is likely to fix that.

"In casting doubt on America's commitment to defend NATO countries against attack, Trump is forcing these countries to begin preparing to go it alone or realign themselves under a new European-based alliance to provide collective defense without U.S. support," Bruce Blair, a Princeton University nuclear expert, tells The Daily Beast.

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Jul 15, 2018

Meghan Markle's Dad: My Daughter is Suffering Because of the Royals
Clive MasonWe're guessing Thomas Markle Sr's invitation to the palace will be permanently lost in the post after a fresh outburst in the UK media this morning, in which he slams the palace for allegedly crushing his daughter's vivacious spirit and cutting him off, says she is being stifled by outdated traditions and wraps up by saying he could die soon and so Meghan really should make an effort to contact him.

How extraordinary to think that just two short months ago, Kensington Palace was announcing that he was all set to walk Meghan down the aisle for her wedding to Prince Harry.

Then came the revelation he had posed for set up photographs, then came the interviews with TMZ, the interviews with British TV and now this fresh impotent scream of fury against the palace, in today's Sun on Sunday.

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Jul 15, 2018

Dennis Rodman Bombs Harder Than Ann Coulter at Bruce Willis Roast
Frederick M. Brown/GettyHOLLYWOOD, California — What on Earth was Dennis Rodman thinking?

On Saturday night at the Hollywood Palladium, the man who helped bring Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un together became the latest in a long line of punching bags at The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis. Willis may have been in the hot seat, but Rodman—a last-minute addition to the dais—took a lot of the heat.

Like Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Ann Coulter before him, Rodman was the latest non-comedian to experience what it's like to not only bomb on a big stage but then get utterly destroyed by pros like Roastmaster General Jeff Ross, seasoned stand-ups Nikki Glaser and Lil Rel Howery and wildcards like perennial favorite Martha Stewart.

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Jul 15, 2018

Sacha Baron Cohen Convinces GOP Congressmen to Arm Toddlers in ‘Who Is America?' Premiere
ShowtimeSacha Baron Cohen's new surprise Showtime series is ostensibly trying to answer the question, Who Is America? Another question it answers is, "Where has Sacha Baron Cohen been when we've needed him most?"

Apparently, the comedic genius behind the characters Ali G, Borat and Brüno has spent the better part of the Trump presidency traveling around the country, surreptitiously interviewing figures like former Vice President Dick Cheney, former vice presidential wannabe Sarah Palin, accused pedophile Roy Moore, and many more names still to emerge for what they apparently thought was some sort of legitimate political documentary with the working title Age of Reason.

The 46-year-old Brit has a long history of making the powerful look foolish. In the early 2000s, as Ali G, he sat down with people like Newt Gingrich, Gore Vidal and "Boutros Boutros Boutros Boutros-Ghali" and managed to completely humiliate them by pretending to have no idea what was going on. The approach predated the way Stephen Colbert would vanquish opponents on The Colbert Report by playing dumb and forcing them to defend their most outrageous positions.

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Jul 15, 2018

Sacha Baron Cohen Targets GOP Congressmen, Bernie Sanders in ‘Who Is America?' Premiere
ShowtimeSacha Baron Cohen's new surprise Showtime series is ostensibly trying to answer the question, Who Is America? Another question it answers is, "Where has Sacha Baron Cohen been when we've needed him most?"

Apparently, the comedic genius behind the characters Ali G, Borat and Brüno has spent the better part of the Trump presidency traveling around the country, surreptitiously interviewing figures like former Vice President Dick Cheney, former vice presidential wannabe Sarah Palin, accused pedophile Roy Moore, and many more names still to emerge for what they apparently thought was some sort of legitimate political documentary with the working title Age of Reason.

The 46-year-old Brit has a long history of making the powerful look foolish. In the early 2000s, as Ali G, he sat down with people like Newt Gingrich, Gore Vidal and "Boutros Boutros Boutros Boutros-Ghali" and managed to completely humiliate them by pretending to have no idea what was going on. The approach predated the way Stephen Colbert would vanquish opponents on The Colbert Report by playing dumb and forcing them to defend their most outrageous positions.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 14, 2018

Gus Van Sant Remembers the ‘Serious' Robin Williams of ‘Good Will Hunting': ‘He Never Tried to Make Me Laugh'
GettyIn the late ‘90s, in a musty therapist's office, Robin Williams grabbed the shoulders of a young Matt Damon. "It's not your fault," he avowed, over and over. "It's not your fault."

The cathartic scene from Good Will Hunting, directed by Gus Van Sant, might come to mind when watching Van Sant's newest, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot. The film, which was released on Friday, is based on the memoir of John Callahan, a paraplegic alcoholic and cartoonist in ‘70s Portland, Oregon.

After a drunken car accident leaves Callahan, played by Joaquin Phoenix, paralyzed at the age of 21, he's left with nobody save an apathetic attendant and a white hamster named Snickers. Miserable years pass before Callahan resolves to embark on a 12-step trudge to recovery—from alcoholism and debilitation, deep-seated rage and shame. He finds a sponsor in Donnie (Jonah Hill), a wealthy gay man who wears silk kimonos and conducts group sessions with wry humor and panache.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 14, 2018

Joel Osteen Comes to Brooklyn
Paras GriffinAs Russian indictments roiled America's body politic on Friday, Rev. Joel Osteen led back-to-back worship services at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

There, the day's cacophony was put on hold, and the audiences inside the building looked more like the America to which religion aspires than most actual congregations. What the Rev. Martin Luther King said still holds true today: "the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning."

Friday afternoon at the Barclays Center, though, the worshippers were indeed integrated—a mixture of races and classes, black and white, working class and the well-off.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 14, 2018

Floyd Collins' Ghostly Presence Haunts Mammoth Cave
New York Daily News ArchiveI was OK with Mammoth Cave until they turned the lights out.

After all, I was with a tour group. It was a National Park. Two park rangers were there as guides. The path we took was sidewalk smooth, there were guardrails (there are even restrooms inside Mammoth Cave). And there was plenty of light. Until there wasn't.

When we'd been inside the cave a few minutes, one of the park rangers said she wanted us to see what the cave was like in its natural state and cut the power. The darkness that engulfed us was total. I've been in places so dark that I wanted to say I couldn't see my hand in front of my face, but really, that's just a figure of speech. I could always see something, some motion. But in Mammoth Cave, I did put my hand in front of my face and… nothing. I couldn't see my hand. I couldn't see motion. I couldn't see anything.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 14, 2018

LL Cool J on Hip-Hop's #MeToo Dilemma: ‘Are We Going to Erase All the Music?'
HandoutLL Cool J's become one of the most versatile entertainers in pop culture. The legendary rapper branched into acting decades ago and, with Lip Sync Battle, more recently added producer and TV host to his already-lengthy resume. The NCIS: Los Angeles star's docuseries with MSNBC, Story of Cool, examines trends, events and pop culture figures that have been deemed arbiters of taste, and LL talked to The Daily Beast about what "cool" really means, how hip-hop has personified it, and why even the "cool" shit has to change.

"So many people have so many different interpretations of what cool is," LL explains. "And my question is ‘what is cool?' And why is that cool, why isn't that cool and who gets to determine what's cool? You have people who are supposedly purveyors of cool—why? Who determined that? Where did that come from? So let's explore it, lets dig deep into it, let's figure it out. I got with them and decided let's take a deep dive on it and see what it is. And that's where it came from. What one person says is cool could be the worst thing in the world to someone else. All cool isn't created equal. It's a very nuanced topic."

Hip-hop, in particular, is oftentimes painted as a uniquely ageist genre: rappers over 40 can sometimes be scoffed at, there's a sense that trends come and go at breakneck speed and the image is undeniably youth-driven. Much has been made about the generation gap between Gen X boom bappers and millennial trap fans, but LL says that time decides what's great and that everyone h

The Daily Beast
Jul 14, 2018

LL Cool J on OG Respect and #MeToo in Hip-Hop: ‘Are We Going to Erase All the Music?'
HandoutLL Cool J's become one of the most versatile entertainers in pop culture. The legendary rapper branched into acting decades ago and, with Lip Sync Battle, more recently added producer and TV host to his already-lengthy resume. The NCIS: Los Angeles star's docuseries with MSNBC, Story of Cool, examines trends, events and pop culture figures that have been deemed arbiters of taste, and LL talked to The Daily Beast about what "cool" really means, how hip-hop has personified it, and why even the "cool" shit has to change.

"So many people have so many different interpretations of what cool is," LL explains. "And my question is ‘what is cool?' And why is that cool, why isn't that cool and who gets to determine what's cool? You have people who are supposedly purveyors of cool—why? Who determined that? Where did that come from? So let's explore it, lets dig deep into it, let's figure it out. I got with them and decided let's take a deep dive on it and see what it is. And that's where it came from. What one person says is cool could be the worst thing in the world to someone else. All cool isn't created equal. It's a very nuanced topic."

Hip-hop, in particular, is oftentimes painted as a uniquely ageist genre: rappers over 40 can sometimes be scoffed at, there's a sense that trends come and go at breakneck speed and the image is undeniably youth-driven. Much has been made about the generation gap between Gen X boom bappers and millennial trap fans, but LL says that time decides what's great and that everyone h

The Daily Beast
Jul 14, 2018

Sartre, Spinoza ... and Cruising at the Café de Flore
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastMay 69. Hardly a year gone by since the human fireworks, huffle, puffle and fizzle that turned the world's youthful eyes toward the Seine the previous Spring when it was forbidden to forbid. How could a 21-year-old in sleepy, pointy-headed Ann Arbor, squirming through a course in Byzantine history resist temptation? For a $200 airline ticket and the offer free place to sleep? Maybe there was still a wisp of dialectical chatter in one of those Left Bank cafés where the great icon Jean-Paul Sartre puffed away with his acolytes on their hand rolls, occasionally (it was said) reinforced with a strand or two of hashish.

Ann Arbor was without doubt one of the citadels of rebellious student passion tinctured with genuine intellectual intensity.  But it was still Michigan, flat and frosty. It would never be La Sorbonne founded 700 years earlier at the height of medieval inquiry in the Latin Quarter mere steps away from the Notre Dame Cathedral.  A summer job awaited me in Washington but it wouldn't start until June. A couple months of part-time taxi driving would pay for the student fare ticket to Paris and one train ride down to the Côte d'Azur.

If the "revolution" of 68 had faded, temptation still hung in the air. To taste. To hear. To see. To touch. Wasn't this after all what our frizzy haired young prof in the Philo department had been teaching us? How is it that we learn to be? In the days before the internet and Wikipedia and virtual being. So the Cliff Notes version put it in condensing the great minds of personal liberty, Descartes, Spinoza and especially, Sartre. Some years later I would come to know and collaborate with one of Sartre's major biographers, but that was years

The Daily Beast
Jul 14, 2018

Fearing Ugly Surprises, Trump Aides Want Syria Off the Agenda at Putin Summit
Aides to President Trump are trying to keep the conflict in Syria off the agenda when Trump meets with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, a senior administration official told The Daily Beast.

That's an increasingly unlikely proposition. In London on Friday, Trump told reporters that he plans to bring up Syria with Putin when they meet one-on-one on Monday - supposedly without aides, unmediated.

What frightens some U.S. officials, Syrian activists, and many Middle East analysts is that Trump, who muses that "hopefully, someday, maybe [Putin will] be a friend," will finally accede to Russia's insistence on the U.S. leaving Syria — something Trump recently expressed an eagerness to do.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 14, 2018

Trump Aides Scramble to Stop Him from Selling Out Syria To Putin
Aides to President Trump are trying to keep the conflict in Syria off the agenda when Trump meets with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, a senior administration official told The Daily Beast.

That's an increasingly unlikely proposition. In London on Friday, Trump told reporters that he plans to bring up Syria with Putin when they meet one-on-one on Monday - supposedly without aides, unmediated.

What frightens some U.S. officials, Syrian activists, and many Middle East analysts is that Trump, who muses that "hopefully, someday, maybe [Putin will] be a friend," will finally accede to Russia's insistence on the U.S. leaving Syria — something Trump recently expressed an eagerness to do.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 14, 2018

It's Time To Stop The Classist, Sexist Attacks on Meghan Markle
Two opposing and competing narratives in the British media coverage of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, are starting to emerge.

The surface narrative is, most would argue, appropriately positive: Gutsy, strong, independent woman with awesome personal style accepts potentially poison chalice of marrying into the British royal family, and does a stellar job of it.

Less than two months after her wedding, Meghan has shown a remarkable work ethic, racking up a huge number of public engagements at which she appears genuinely happy.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 14, 2018

FAA Gives the OK for Airlines to Jam You Into Dangerously Small Coach Seats
GettyMany of us know the moment of dread. You've boarded the airplane and you're in the seat. The last passengers are still coming down the aisle. There's an empty seat next to you. The people streaming down the aisle are of assorted sizes…pray for a slim one.

But no, it has to be the unraveling 300-pound latecomer. They struggle to ram their bag in the bin. They collapse into the seat, thighs and hips barely contained, a chunky arm and an elbow spilling into your space.

That space has been meanly designed. And now, this summer, it is getting meaner, if that were possible.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 14, 2018

OMG, I Want This House: Hadlow Castle (Photos)
The Daily Beast presents a look at one of the most insane houses in the world.

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Jul 14, 2018

Trump's Confusion Spells Life or Death in Ukraine. Does He Care? (Putin Does)
KIEV, Ukraine - It's often said that Donald Trump's opinion is swayed by the last thing he's heard, and it changes again when he hears something else. So Sergei Markov's version of what Vladimir Putin will tell Trump about Ukraine on Monday is worth considering closely.

Markov, a longtime pro-Kremlin political analyst and advisor to top Russian officials, told me when I reached him by telephone that he was sitting on an embankment in annexed Crimea overlooking the Black Sea, and then sketched out his sense of the Putin agenda for the summit in Helsinki.

"Putin is going to tell Trump the real story about what America has been doing in Ukraine, the story that Trump does not know," Markov said. "American military advisers and officers have been fighting against Russia in Ukraine," he claimed.  "The United States has been funding Nazi groups in Ukraine; we hear reports that we have got a few American prisoners, U.S. officers - that would be useful for weighty arguments," Markov said.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 14, 2018

These Businesses Don't Want Your Money If You're LGBT, Married Or Not
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThanks to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the conversation around religious liberty and LGBT rights in the United States has been focused mostly on wedding services in recent months: Should bakers be able to cite religion in order to deny wedding cakes to same-sex couples? Can florists refuse to arrange flowers? What about stationery shops?

But as a recently-decided Hawaii Supreme Court case should remind us, anti-LGBT groups don't just want to make it legal to deny wedding services to LGBT people, they want to make it legal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity in virtually every area of public life.

As the Associated Press reported, the Hawaii Supreme Court last week rejected an appeal from Phyllis Young, the owner of Aloha Bed & Breakfast, who had argued that she should be able to turn away a lesbian couple because of their sexual orientation.

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