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Nov 12, 2018

RIP Stan Lee, Co-creator of Marvel's Most Iconic Superheroes
GettyHe was born Stanley Martin Lieber in the Bronx. For nearly 22 years, beginning almost immediately after graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School, he labored in obscurity as a writer, editor and art director in a publishing industry just one cultural rung above pornography: comic books. And then, in 1961, he became one of the pivotal 20th century figures who elevated comics into the first draft of American pop culture.

Stan Lee, who died Monday, November 12 at age 95, is synonymous with Marvel Comics. Nearly every movie released by Hollywood upstart-turned-juggernaut Marvel Studios can trace part of its creative origins to Lee. (The exceptions are the Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy and forthcoming Captain Marvel franchises.) Amongst people who shaped the legacy of the Disney company, which purchased Marvel in 2009 for $4 billion, Lee is probably second only to Walt Disney himself. George Lucas is third because of the debts Star Wars owes to the comics creations of Lee's greatest creative partner and bitterest foe, Jack Kirby.

Lee's legacy at Marvel is immortal. But so too is the debate and controversy over what that legacy specifically is. In some quarters in comics, and especially to devotees of Kirby, Stan Lee is a supervillain - a man who stole credit, and corresponding fortunes, from the people who truly shaped Marvel creatively in the 1960s, relegating them to also-ran obscurity.

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Nov 12, 2018

Pope Francis Just Pulled a Power Play on American Bishops at Crucial Conference
Franco Origlia/GettyROME—There has perhaps never been a more critical moment in the history of the American Catholic Church to appear to be doing the right thing on clerical child sex abuse than this week as their leadership meets in Baltimore.

But in the hours before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or USCCB, representing some 196 dioceses, gathered Monday morning, word came down from Rome that Pope Francis didn't want the Americans to vote on two important items on their agenda—essentially ordering them to halt their vital work on reforms.

Instead, he wants any vote by individual national churches to take place after a Feb. 21-24, 2019, summit in Rome, where the global leaders of the church will be focused on its worldwide response to abuse.

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Nov 12, 2018

California Fires Scorch 200,000 Acres and 4 Other Videos You Have to See Right Now
Welcome to the Video Cheat Sheet, your source for the videos you absolutely have to see right now. Today we have the deadly wildfire in southern California; "Avengers: Infinity War" actress Dania Gurira paying tribute to first responders; the topless Trump protester; Michelle Obama getting personal; and an NYPD cop putting on a show.

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Nov 12, 2018

Trump: Stop Counting Florida Votes, Republicans Already Won
Carlos Barria/ReutersFORT LAUDERDALE, Florida—President Donald Trump demanded on Monday that Florida shut down its recount of last week's election results, which is mandated under state law, and suggested that the final tally shouldn't be trusted unless his preferred candidates are declared the winners.

"The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged," Trump wrote on Twitter. "An honest vote count is no longer possible—ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!"

Unofficial returns that were due to the secretary of state's office by Saturday showed Gov. Rick Scott (R) ahead of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) by 12,562 votes, or 0.15 percent, and former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) ahead of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) by 33,684 votes, or 0.4 percent, in the gubernatorial race. State law requires a machine recount when the margin between two candidates is less than 0.5 percent, and a manual recount when that margin is within 0.25 percent.

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Nov 12, 2018

Senate Candidate Mike Espy Condemns GOP Opponent's ‘Public Hanging' Joke: ‘It's Awful'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastA day after footage emerged of U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) making laughing comments about going to a "public hanging," her black Democratic opponent, Mike Espy, responded Monday, calling the statement "awful" and "tone-deaf."

In a video of a Tupelo, Mississippi, campaign stop released Sunday, Hyde-Smith said she'd attend even a "public hanging" if invited by the cattle rancher with whom she met that day.

"I'd be on the front row," she said, laughing. The video quickly went viral.

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Nov 12, 2018

Miley Cyrus and Neil Young Are Latest Malibu Celebrities to Lose Homes to Raging California Wildfire
David McNew / GettyA swath of celebrities are among the thousands of people to lose their homes in the deadly California wildfires.

Miley Cyrus and Neil Young are the latest megastars to confirm they have seen their Malibu properties go up in smoke.

Young made only a passing reference to the destruction of his own home in a post on his website that condemned Donald Trump's reluctance to act on climate change, branding him a "denier."

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Nov 12, 2018

Falling in Love With Whiskey
Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastNosing. Swirling. Tasting. When I started drinking whiskey back in college, none of that mattered. The only thing that truly made a difference was price.

Ideally, of course, the whiskey didn't come in a plastic bottle, wasn't complete fire water, and was vaguely reminiscent of drinks I had seen in movies or magazine advertisements.

I have to admit, that my best friend and I bought our first bottle of Evan Williams Bourbon because its label and bottle shape looked similar to Jack Daniel's but was a few bucks cheaper.

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Nov 12, 2018

Lizz Winstead Helped Create ‘The Daily Show.' Now She's Fighting for Women's Abortion Rights.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast"Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, is furious."

So begins the press release for Lady Parts Justice in the New World Order, a new docuseries that shows how the activists and comedians at Lady Parts Justice are harnessing fury in the fight for reproductive rights.

Winstead founded Lady Parts Justice in 2012, using her experience as a political satirist to "raise the alarm." Then came Lady Parts Justice League in 2015. "Part USO, part Habitat for Humanity," LPJL "travels the country doing comedy and providing aid and comfort to independent clinics in hostile states." While Lady Parts Justice in the New World Order opens on reminiscences of election night 2016, the series is an important reminder that the right has been waging a war on reproductive rights long before Trump was elected—a war that has paid off in the form of shuttered clinics and severely restricted access.

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Nov 12, 2018

Republicans, Your Moment of Judgment Is Coming Fast
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastCongress is back in session this week, which means that Republicans will again find themselves in the company of journalists, who will ask them their opinion of Matthew Whitaker's suitability to act as the attorney general of the United States. Keep an ear peeled for what they say.

Actually, we know what they'll say. Nothing. Maybe Jeff Flake and Bob Corker will tsk-tsk. Personally, I'll be overjoyed to see those two gone. Watching their weak little protests (OK, except for that one Flake floor speech) has been far more annoying than just having another straight-up authoritarian in there like Marsha Blackburn. Now we just need to get Ben Sasse to stop all that quotidian moralizing about Trump on Twitter (or actually follow through on it with actions), and we'll be getting somewhere.

Did you notice what Chris Christie said on ABC on Sunday morning about Whitaker? He said: "I think he's really there to land the Mueller investigation, to get it done… What the president's attempting to do here is to have someone who's already been involved, to get the Mueller investigation to its completion."

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Nov 12, 2018

Transgender Veterans: The VA Should Pay for Our Gender Transition Surgeries
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastKristy Golba spent 31 years in the United States Marine Corps. She did multiple combat tours. She went to Somalia, Djibouti, Iraq, and Bahrain. She feels, frankly, that she has given much of herself to this country.

"I sacrificed a lot," she told The Daily Beast. "Myself, my family, friends."

But after leaving the Marines in 2013 and coming out as a transgender woman, Golba has faced a discouraging roadblock: A long-standing Department of Veterans Affairs policy that excludes gender transition surgeries from its health care offerings.

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Nov 12, 2018

In New Hampshire, It's Been 2020 for Months
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastLou D'Allesandro says he's been getting a lot of calls lately.

"Our phone is ringing," shared the longtime Democratic lawmaker who's known as the ‘dean' of the New Hampshire state Senate, as he rattled off the names of a dozen potential Democratic White House hopefuls who've reached to him in recent weeks.

"Let's say the lines of communication are open and obviously you're happy that all of these people want to come to New Hampshire," added D'Allesandro, who's played an influential role in the state's presidential primary.

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Nov 12, 2018

Miriam Adelson Helped Drive the American Jewish Establishment Off the Rails. No Wonder Trump Is Honoring Her.
Saul Loeb/AFP/GettyWalking past the local Reform temple with my daughter this Shabbat, I felt a wave of fear that I haven't felt since living in Israel during the height of the Second Intifada. There were no specific threats, but the temple is prominent, and outspoken in its liberalism—a prime target for another white supremacist, Trumpist, anti-Semitic attack.

And then I felt betrayed. "Mainstream" American Jewish institutions, which are actually far to the right of the American Jewish mainstream, have abandoned American Jews in the wake of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh shooter was exquisitely clear about his intentions: He was a right-wing, anti-immigration zealot, enraged by right-wing hysteria over the so-called "migrant caravan" and the Tree of Life synagogue's participation in a pro-refugee event run by HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.

So what does American Jewish leadership do in response? Blame the left.

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Nov 12, 2018

Heather Nauert Isn't U.N. Ambassador Yet, but State Department Staff Say She's Got One Foot Out the Door
Cheriss May/NurPhoto via GettyWhen United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley announced her resignation beside President Trump in the Oval Office on Oct. 9, the White House was already considering a Trump loyalist and former Fox & Friends star as the front-runner to succeed her.

According to three people with knowledge of the White House's decision-making, Trump had known about Haley's resignation days before the public announcement and had determined he wanted State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, above all others, to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

The fact that Nauert was the front-runner before her name was leaked as one of several candidates underscores just how much her stock has risen in Trumpworld. Over the summer, Nauert was reportedly a top contender to be Trump's next press secretary. Now she stands to be one of the most important American officials on the global stage.

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Nov 12, 2018

Patricia Arquette Is Still Offered ‘Bullshit' Unequal Pay, Even After Her Oscars Speech
Tibrina Hobson/GettyPatricia Arquette knows how to deliver a performance. And she knows how to use a platform.

She's an Oscar-winner, an Emmy-winner, and the executor of a 30-year career that's seen her shapeshift through nearly every kind of Hollywood "type," regularly exploding out of the boxes each one would have confined her to.

She's done that again with the new Showtime limited series Escape at Dannemora, directed by Ben Stiller and premiering Sunday. In it, she disappears behind a tangled, unruly mop of stringy hair; a wardrobe of frumpy, disheveled clothes; the peculiar upstate New York, almost Minnesotan dialect of the residents of the border-adjacent town; and a shivered crankiness. Nearly unrecognizable, she plays Joyce "Tilly" Mitchell, the prison employee who helped two inmates, both of whom she was sexually involved with, escape in 2015.

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Nov 12, 2018

Immigrants Following Trump's Asylum Order Turned Back by Border Patrol
Mario Tama/GettyEL PASO, Texas—Huddled in blankets on a crisp morning last Tuesday, Gerson Valeriano and Yossira Gil were first in line on the Paso Del Norte bridge from Mexico to apply for asylum in the United States. It was their eighth day waiting with more than 100 migrants for Border Patrol to let them pass an invisible line just five feet away to apply for asylum.

The Trump administration wants all migrants and refugees to apply for asylum this way thanks to an executive order issued Friday that will make migrants who illegally cross at places other than ports of entry like Paso Del Norte ineligible for asylum. The administration would ram more people into bottlenecks like Paso Del Norte without providing more capacity to process aslyum-seekers, immigrant advocates and attorneys say.

"This administration is narrowing down their interpretation of who qualifies for asylum while literally physically preventing people from seeking asylum in the so-called right way," said Alan Dicker, a volunteer with the Detained Migrant Solidarity Community in El Paso.

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Nov 12, 2018

The New Must-See Millennial TV Show: Watching Plants Grow and Wilt
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastThe cactus flower pulses twice before it opens, stretching to reveal hot pink petals. Then, in a flash, the bud is closed again, and the stem wilts a bit as the sun goes down. It almost looks like the plant woke up, stretched, then, per that delightful Saturday morning ritual, turned over and decided to go back to bed.

The video, which was posted on Morgan Doane's popular Planting Pink Instagram account, only lasts about 10 seconds. The short, rewatchable runtime betrays the fact that it was filmed over the course of three days.

Almost a century and a half after Charles Darwin published the first study on plant movement in 1880, millennials have taken up the naturalist's work. A generation that came of age watching plant porn seen on big-budget nature series such as BBC's Planet Earth has taken documentation into their own hands.

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Nov 12, 2018

The Sorry State of John Travolta: Scientology, Movie Bombs, and Dark Allegations
Saban FilmsIn Speed Kills, John Travolta refines a look he heavily relied upon in June's Gotti: a wincing, pained expression that suggests he might be angry, or he might be sad, or he might just be constipated, which is making him angry and sad at the same time.

Whether he's facing off against a professional adversary, arguing with his mob benefactors, or enjoying a romantic moment with one of his many paramours, Travolta furrows his brow and squints his eyes like he's desperately holding something in, all from beneath a hairpiece that appears to have been glued carelessly onto the top of his head. Delivering a veritable compendium of awkward movements and strained smiles, he's like an animatronic robot lookalike of the Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction icon.

If Travolta seems like a pale photocopy of his former self in Speed Kills (whose posters are instant camp classics), it's partially due to the fact that the film, like Gotti before it, is a wholly inept affair that allows its A-list headliner to ham it up at every possible moment, no matter the nonsensicality at hand. And nonsensicality is the only thing delivered by John Luessenhop's drama (in theaters and on VOD Nov. 16), a thinly veiled biopic of cigarette boat magnate Don Aronow that's so clumsy, you can practically hear it clanking and clunking along as it lurches from one unrelated and unintentionally hilarious scene to another.



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Nov 12, 2018

Weinstein's Secret Weapon Is a ‘Bloodhound' NYPD Detective Turned Private Eye
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe secret weapon in Harvey Weinstein's legal arsenal is a former NYPD detective who worked in the Manhattan district attorney's office for years and is now using that experience as a private eye to punch holes in their case against the former Hollywood mogul accused of rape.

Herman Weisberg is the man the rich and famous turn to when they need someone investigated, or to shut down blackmail plots and extortion threats. Current and former associates describe him as a "bloodhound" investigator with an expertise in finding and interrogating witnesses. That includes Weinstein's defense attorney, Benjamin Brafman, who credits Weisberg for a recent string of successes against prosecutors.

"Whatever success I may have in the Weinstein case, Herman has played a substantial part in those accomplishments," Brafman told The Daily Beast. "In the Weinstein case, he has extraordinary success to date in helping me uncover materials which demonstrate that several of the important prosecution witnesses in this case may have not told the truth in the claims they made against Mr. Weinstein."  

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Nov 12, 2018

Amber Heard: Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony ‘Triggered' My PTSD
Presley Ann/GettyLast month, Johnny Depp finally broke his silence about his acrimonious split and subsequent divorce from Amber Heard. In an interview with GQ magazine he denied abusing Heard, and said the previous three years had "felt like a perverse situation that was inflicted on me," and that he was "hurt" by her allegations.

Heard slammed Depp's denials in British GQ as "entirely untrue" through her lawyers, and now Heard herself has hit back with an interview of her own in the UK's The Sunday Times.

Although Heard, 32, does not directly address the allegations she made about Depp, or say his name, she comes close when she tells the paper, in response to a question about what she has learned in recent years: "I believe the truth is the only thing that's sustainable. I just didn't realize how much it would fucking hurt getting there. I don't know where that finish line is, but I fight every single day, and every single day it gets better. And every single woman that comes up to me and says thank you reminds me of my instinct to believe t

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Nov 12, 2018

John Oliver Exposes Acting AG Matt Whitaker's ‘Completely Disqualifying' Past
John Oliver typically starts his HBO show with a "quick recap of the week." But the Last Week Tonight host spent longer than usual on Sunday digging into the man President Donald Trump has chosen to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

After running down some highlights from the midterm elections, Oliver explained that on Wednesday Trump "did the thing that we've all kind of been bracing for," finally firing Sessions and appointing Matt Whitaker to be his acting replacement. "And everything about that appointment is weird," Oliver said, noting that instead of promoting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein he decided to "shove white Shrek into the job."

"And that is troubling for any number of reasons," he continued, "from the fact that he's been a regular critic of the Mueller investigation to his questionable judicial philosophy." But the "most eye-catching" thing in Whitaker's background, Oliver said, was the patent company that he served on the advisory board for and is now under investigation by the FBI for allegedly defrauding its clients. "World Patent Marketing was a scam," he declared.

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Nov 12, 2018

Scouted: Fashionable Gifts For Everyone On Your List
Whether the person on your list is trendy or classic, likes accessories or button-downs, there's always something fashionable that you can get them. Take this as inspiration (or a check-list) for your friends and family that need something great-looking in their wardrobe, or bookmark them for a little gift to yourself.

Jewelry Jewelry is always a tough nut to crack when it comes to gifts, because you can either go super special and fun, or you can go easy and every day. If you want something with more bunch, check out the Pharaoh earrings from ABLE. They're made by women and are right on trend. On the other side of the spectrum, opt for a delicate mountain-range inspired ring from Everli or dainty shell earrings by Choke by a Thread. which is unique enough to be noticed, but simple enough to be worn every day.

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Nov 11, 2018

Mike Birbiglia and Michael C. Hall Star in Two Very Different Theatrical Monologues
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastMike Birbiglia's ‘The New One on Broadway'

Here is a prediction: No matter how bad your mood, no matter how many zombiefied Midtown Manhattan pedestrians have obstructed your walk to the Cort Theatre on 48th Street, no matter how terrible that day's news has made you feel, no matter how terrible everything seems, Mike Birbiglia will make you laugh. A lot. Such a lot.

His 90-minute stand-up show, The New One, directed on a grand stage but also intimately by Seth Barrish, is centered around having children. But really it is also a thoroughly entertaining journey through the highways and byways of Birbiglia's mind, and a lovely, generous slice of supremely executed observational comedy.

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Nov 11, 2018

Tucker Carlson and Michael Avenatti Client Offer Dueling Accounts of Country Club Fight
Michael S. Schwartz/GettyFox News host Tucker Carlson and lawyer Michael Avenatti escalated their fight over an October incident at a Virginia country club Sunday, with both sides releasing scathing public statements and Avenatti's client threatening to sue the conservative TV personality for assault.

The spat began on Saturday morning, when Avenatti tweeted a 43-second video of Carlson berating Avenatti's client Juan Manuel Granados at Charlottesville's Farmington Country Club on Oct. 13. In the video, Carlson can be seen yelling, "You better get the f--- out of here!" multiple times, while an unidentified man grabs Granados' shirt.

"We are investigating an alleged assault on a gay latino immigrant committed by T. Carlson and/or members of his inner circle at a club in VA in Oct.," Avenatti wrote. "It likely includes underage drinking in violation of VA law."

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Nov 11, 2018

ICE Is Imprisoning a Record 44,000 People
John Moore/GettyThe number of people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement has hit an all-time high, according to recent statistics reviewed by The Daily Beast.

That massive increase in detentions by the highly controversial agency has prompted questions from rights groups about how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) obtained the money to place into its custody 4,000 more people than Congress has funded. Earlier this year, when facing a similar shortfall, the Department of Homeland Security, ICE's parent organization, quietly moved nearly $100 million dollars out of other areas of its budget, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, prompting an outcry from a prominent senator.

That senator, Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley, told The Daily Beast it was unsurprising that the Trump administration was "exceeding historic high water marks of detainees to pursue their ideologically driven policy agenda." But Merkley, a member of the powerful Senate appropriations committee, demanded ICE account for how it had somehow found the money—something it and the Department of Homeland Security would not do in response to The Daily Beast's questions.

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Nov 11, 2018

Anthony Bourdain's Final Episode: A Touching Tribute to Fellow New York Misfits
David Scott HollowayIt would have been easy to make the final posthumous episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown a sentimental tribute to the late host. And in fact, CNN did air such an episode, featuring interviews with friends and admirers a few weeks ago. But instead, this Sunday night's series finale, set in New York's Lower East Side, is an almost entirely selfless examination of the artists who shaped Bourdain's life during the early days of his restaurant career.

Mostly absent from the episode is food, aside from a chocolate egg cream here and a a bowl of soup at Veselka there. Instead of interviewing chefs, Bourdain visits a series of once revolutionary punk rockers, performance artists and experimental filmmakers who are trying to figure out a way to maintain relevance in the 21st century.

Debbie Harry. Fab 5 Freddy. Jim Jarmusch. These are his people.

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Nov 11, 2018

Trump Dissed Marines Killed in WWI Carnage Caused By His Kind of ‘Nationalism'
Benoit Tessier/ReutersPARIS — History doesn't mean much to Donald Trump. In the reality show and wrestling mania world where he first built his base, it's an insult, as in "You're history." Dead. Gone. Forgotten.

So it should not be at all surprising that the history of World War I, commemorated this weekend in France 100 years after its end, would hold little attraction for the American president. And that might explain why he scowled, perhaps out of incomprehension, when French President Emmanuel Macron - citing the history of WWI - warned the world today that, "Patriotism is the opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism." One is about loving your own country, the other is about hating other people and their countries.

Trump, of course, has declared himself a proud nationalist, and has a long list of those he wants Americans to hate and fear. As for love of country, and indeed of those who loved it enough to die for it, he's not so interested.

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Nov 11, 2018

SNL's Pete Davidson Apologizes to Rep.-Elect Dan Crenshaw's Face: ‘I'm a Dick'
For the past week, Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw, who was elected on Tuesday as a Republican representative from Texas' 2nd congressional district, has repeatedly appeared on Fox News to express how offended he was by a throwaway joke Pete Davidson made on last week's Saturday Night Live.

"What passes for humor these days is not what used to pass for humor and that's the big tragedy in all of this," Crenshaw, who wears an eye patch due to a war injury, told Fox & Friends. "Why can't we just be funny again? Why can't we give the American people a break and separate humor from politics?"

This week, Crenshaw joined Davidson behind the "Weekend Update" desk to bury the hatchet.

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Nov 10, 2018

SNL: Robert De Niro's Robert Mueller Sends Off Kate McKinnon's Jeff Sessions
You knew it was coming. The firing of President Trump's long-suffering attorney general meant the return of Kate McKinnon's Forrest Gump-inspired Jeff Sessions impression on this week's episode of Saturday Night Live.

The cold open began at the Department of Justice, where Aidy Bryant's Sarah Huckabee Sanders found Sessions hiding under his desk to surprise his successor.

"I don't understand how Mr. Trump could replace me with Matt Whitaker," McKinnon's Sessions lamented. "He's just a shady business man with no experience who's blindly loyal to Donald Trump. OK, hearing it out loud, that makes sense."

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Nov 10, 2018

Travel to the Greatest Battlefields of All Time
Photo by Yan MorvanEvery year, The Daily Beast offices are inundated with thousands of books. Many titles elicit groans and head-scratching over how they could get published. Rare are the ones that make us jealous of the publishing team that came up with a brilliant concept. One of those books is Jan Morvan's Battlefields published by Abbeville Press, and the newest selection for our Just Booked series (our twice-monthly showcase for coffee-table books that focus on some aspect of travel).

The book is a compilation of the photojournalist's work over a decade photographing 238 of history's most important battlefields—covering everything from the Persian Wars to modern day Libya. In total, the book features 430 of his photos. Some show still-scarred fields of conflict, while others are now bucolic pastoral landscapes that bely little of their bloody past.

Battlefields by Yan Morvan. Published by Abbeville Press. (On Amazon for $76.27)

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Nov 10, 2018

Two Women of Color Won State Supreme Court Races—and Sadly, That's Progress
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThis week, civil rights attorney Anita Earls in North Carolina and appellate judge Melody Stewart in Ohio became the first non-incumbent women of color to win a state supreme court election in at least 18 years—and Stewart the first African-American woman ever elected to the Ohio Supreme Court. It's a breakthrough for judicial diversity, but it also reveals just how little progress we've made in making the bench reflect the communities they serve.

With intense political contests up and down the ballot this year, you'd be forgiven for missing that 29 states held elections for their state supreme courts Tuesday. While these courts don't draw the same headlines as the U.S. Supreme Court, they're just as likely to impact our lives. Ninety-five percent of all cases are filed in state court, and state supreme courts are the final word for most state law issues, ruling on everything from environmental regulations to reproductive rights.

That's partly why the lack of diversity is so appalling. In 2016, nearly half of all state supreme courts did not have a single justice of color - and nearly 70 percent did not have a single woman of color serving as a justice. This lack of diverse perspectives can impoverish judicial decision-making and harm public confidence in the objectivity and fairness of the judicial system.

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Nov 10, 2018

OMG, I Want This House: Shoreditch, London
The Daily Beast presents a look at one of the most insane houses in the world.

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Nov 10, 2018

For Desiree Akhavan, Hulu's Comedy-Drama 'The Bisexual' Is Very Personal
Tereza Cervenova/HuluThere is, refreshingly, nothing typical about Hulu's new 6-part drama series, The Bisexual. The show, which premieres on Nov. 16, begins with its central couple, Leila (Desiree Akhavan, who also co-wrote and directed the series) and Sadie (Maxine Peake), breaking up over Leila's resistance to getting married. Until now, Leila has lived as a lesbian, but now finds herself wanting to act on her attraction to men.

How does Leila include this late-blooming bisexuality into her previous all-lesbian life, and talk to her group of lesbian friends—including the brilliantly dry and sarcastic Deniz (Saskia Chana)—about it?

Leila also moves out of the place she shares with Sadie, and acquires a straight male flatmate, Gabe (Brian Gleeson), who, given Leila's sexual realization, you might think is being lined up as a convenient love interest. But not so fast; and that pretty much is the guiding thesis of the show itself. It's a witty and invigorating recasting of sexual and personal mores set in a recognizably multicultural and diverse London.

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Nov 10, 2018

The Counterattack Against Rigged Elections Begins as Reform Succeeds in Several States
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAs the dust settles over one of the most bitterly fought mid-term elections in modern history, the tribal bases of both political parties continue to clash along the seams of a deeply divided nation. Democrats furious at President Trump flipped the House, but believe in some close races that they were the victims of voter-suppression efforts. Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate, but fear that a "deep state" in Washington is still out to get their president. The split decision on Tuesday did little to quell their partisan rancor.

Yet there was another election last week that was not stoked by fear and partisan loathing, but rather by a bipartisan spirit of reform and national renewal. Little mentioned in the "horse race" coverage of the mid-terms, that parallel election resulted in a "reform wave" that may very well have the more lasting impact on our democracy.

There were campaign and election reform initiatives on the ballot Tuesday in more than two dozen states and localities, and with a few notable exceptions, they won, sweeping aside defenders of a status quo system that consistently produces incivility, political extremism and government gridlock. Some of the most notable reforms will end the practice of partisan gerrymandering that allows politicians to choose their voters, rather than the other way around, which explains why the vast majority of seats in the House of Representatives are uncompetitive.

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Nov 10, 2018

Fallen SEAL Team Six Member Was a Secret Art Prodigy
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe night before Josh Harris's funeral, his SEAL brothers gazed into his soul.

Hanging on the walls of his family home in Lexington, N.C. were Harris's life's work: a series of paintings, some created in a barn at his parents' house. Others were completed during his college days studying studio art.

The images varied—some, crystal-clear, like a farm house or a portrait of a relative. Others more abstract, even playful. A bird in a superman outfit. A crying clown. There was even a self-portrait, a square-jawed man crying.

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Nov 10, 2018

How Edgar Allan Poe Got Kicked Out of the U.S. Army
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIn discussions of great American writers who were also military veterans, the name Edgar Allan Poe is unlikely to come up. Yet it should: the iconically doomed poet and inventor of the modern detective story served as a soldier for several of his formative years. Furthermore, in considering a life often marked by painful loss and failure, it might surprise many readers to learn Poe was something of a successful and motivated soldier—that is, until he wasn't.

After leaving the University of Virginia without a degree (and with significant gambling debts) Poe enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1827 under an assumed name: Edgar A. Perry. It's unclear why he fudged the official rolls but he may have been reluctant to use his real name for the lingering sake of propriety. "Enlisted soldier" was not a profession typically undertaken by honorable young men in the early 19th century, a time when, paradoxically, Revolutionary War heroes were being venerated by the same dominant culture that looked with scorn upon real-life grunts. Relatively small by today's standards, the army's ranks at the time were disproportionately composed of immigrants, many of whom spoke little English: Germans, Irish, and others.

Poe's exact reasons for wanting to join this motley crew are lost to history. Most likely his motivations were various and complicated, as people's tend to be. He did not get along well with hi

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Nov 10, 2018

The Veteran Who Fought In Manuel Noriega's Christmas War
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastFifty-seven-year-old Pennsylvania resident Mark Baylis is one of those veterans who deserve unique recognition for fighting in an all-but-forgotten military operation. A retired Sergeant Major who spent 26 years, three months, and eight days in the Army, he deployed once to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq during the War on Terror. But on Veterans Day, Baylis remembers the first time he was in combat, in a country that is now a vacation destination: Panama. 

Almost three decades ago, for 43 days, Panama was entrenched in a full-scale military conflict known as Operation Just Cause. It involved heavy fighting in Panama City and the countryside. The cities and countryside echoed with machine-gun fire, with armored vehicles rumbling through the neighborhoods, and assaults on Panamanian President Manuel Noriega's residences and private jets.

The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard all participated in Operation Just Cause, and Baylis is just one of around 21,000 veterans who served in the long-ago invasion. According to the Department of Defense, 23 U.S. service members were killed, and 325 wounded. Unlike the Hollywood version of military missions—as glamorous "black ops" affairs, with lots of classified intel and daring rescues—the invasion of Panama was chaotic, but swift. The 43-day war will remain with Baylis forever.

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Nov 10, 2018

'The Favourite' Is The Craziest, Sexiest Royal Scandal Ever Filmed
Twentieth Century FoxLONDON—She seems to be a basket case of a British Queen, a corpulent woman borne around in a sedan chair, her girth concealed under the ballooning garments of her rank, often encumbered by a long train. By court protocol, lesser mortals may not look at her.

This is Queen Anne, who took her nation into the 18th century as Scotland joined England in union and it became Great Britain. Anne is the most underrated of British monarchs. If history were fair, her legacy should rank with that of the woman who by far outshines her, Elizabeth I.

You can see why this misjudgment came about in The Favourite, the new movie in which Olivia Colman leaps to international stardom as Anne—but this is not the queen in full, just the whackiest side of her.

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Nov 10, 2018

The Ballad of Jim Jones: From Socialist Cult ‘Messiah' to Mass-Killing Monster
SundanceTVThanks to Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre, no one will ever look at powdered drink mixes the same way—it even spawned the phrase, "Don't drink the Kool-Aid." Jones and his followers were known as the Peoples Temple, and their story, complete with a commune in the Guyanese jungle and death by cyanide-laced Kool-Aid, is etched into the public consciousness.

A new series from SundanceTV (co-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an unflinching glimpse at the motivations of one of history's most notorious cult leaders—for ultimately, that's what Jonestown and the Peoples Temple became. Through archival footage, much of it recorded by Jonestown members themselves, and survivor interviews, Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle offers an eerie, engaging look at the man behind a movement that was ultimately responsible for the deaths of 909 people.

Tracing Jim Jones's origins in rural Indiana, the four-part documentary series probes his deeply unhappy childhood. Lonely and largely ignored by his parents, a young Jones became an active participant in no fewer than five church congregations, and grew enthralled with the flashy antics of the preachers. A schoolmate tells how when other boys were playing at being soldiers in World War II (already in full swing during Jones' childhood), little Jim preferred playing Hitler.

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Nov 10, 2018

The Freedom—and Fear—of Traveling While Transgender
Courtesy Samantha Allen/The Daily BeastOne of the many ironies of being transgender is that, after coming out, "in" becomes the safest place to be: In your bedroom. In your apartment. Stick to your comfort zone and you avoid potential annoyance, harassment—even physical violence—but you end up seeing the paint on your own four walls and not much else.

Maybe that's why traveling as a transgender person feels so incredible, despite all the hassles: Not only are you out as yourself, you are truly "out" in the fullest sense of the word, refusing to hide from a world that would often rather you stay out of sight.

The freest I have felt since coming out as a transgender woman wasn't when I first started feeling the mood-lifting effects of hormone therapy, or when I woke up in the hospital after sex reassignment surgery—it was when I simply stood on top of a rock outcropping in the East Fjords of Iceland, listening to the Sveinstekksfoss waterfall plunge into a pool of glacier-blue water behind me. I was out, and I was out.

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Nov 10, 2018

The Jewish Boxer Who Helped the Allies Turn the Tide of World War I
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastOpening his newspaper on May 5, 1921, cigar salesman Ben Kaufman was in for a shock. The U.S. government released a list of slackers, or men who had dodged the draft in the First World War. There it was, midway down this ignominious roll call: Benjamin Kaufman, Brooklyn, New York. Bounties of up to $50 awaited the capture of each slacker—about $300 in today's money. These payouts were intended for law-enforcement officials but others thought they were eligible to collect.

In the previous "slacker raids" of 1918, tens of thousands of suspected draft dodgers were arrested both by officials and vigilantes affiliated with the reactionary American Protective League (APL). The victims of the raids were often kept in miserable conditions, and denied legal rights. The APL had also been notoriously anti-Semitic and sought to expel the "Bolshevik Jew" from American society. By 1921, even though the APL no longer existed, there were fresh calls for its revival to ferret out "un-Americans." No surprise that some men who saw their names in the newspapers in the spring of 1921 skipped town.

Not Kaufman. The amateur bounty hunters would regret trying to mess with him. And he had some show-and-tell to lug to the military office—his Congressional Medal of Honor, one of the first in the war to have been received by a Jewish soldier. With his medal came a remarkable story of heroism that sounded almost too outlandish to be true.

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Nov 10, 2018

Former FBI Agent: How the LAPD Derailed My Investigation Into Biggie Smalls' Murder
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastAs the FBI agent who ran the investigation into the LAPD's alleged role in the March 9, 1997, murder of hip-hop legend the Notorious B.I.G. outside the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Phil Carson knows things no one else knows. He knows what's hidden in the heavily redacted case files released by the Bureau in 2011; he knows how it happened; and he knows who did it. And he's never revealed any of it publicly, to anyone—until now.

Carson retired from the Bureau in September 2017, almost two decades after Biggie Smalls, born Christopher Wallace, was shot dead. Carson worked on some of the FBI's most challenging public corruption cases, but keeping quiet about the Biggie case has, in a way, been his most difficult task.

"You have no idea," Carson told The Daily Beast in a series of exclusive interviews. "It didn't just eat at me a little bit—it tore me apart pretty good."

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Nov 10, 2018

Climate Scientist Driven From Home by California Wildfire Rips ‘Uninformed' Trump
REUTERSMALIBU, Calif.—"You write about it. You study it. Then you suddenly get a call at 11:30 p.m. saying your home is under voluntary evacuation. Then you see that red glow in your rear mirror when you leave.

"You have to experience it."

Glen MacDonald, a geography professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, has studied climate change and the effects of wildfires for decades. But it wasn't until Friday night that he experienced the volatile, deadly rage of California's wildfires firsthand.

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Nov 10, 2018

Dorothea Lange's Photographs Capture the Eye and the Heart
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAn excellent new book displays the artist's searing images alongside her field notes and comments about how she took some of the 20th century's greatest pictures.

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Nov 10, 2018

Inside The Exhibit Where Anna Wintour Watches You From Every Angle
Just hearing the name "Anna Wintour" can prompt one to sit up straighter. Notorious for her stony demeanor, the matchless editor-in-chief of American Vogue is not just one of the best-known figures in fashion, but a pop-cultural phenomenon in herself.

Her name has become synonymous with fashion insiderism, better-than-thou aloofness, and overworked assistants touting Starbucks coffee cups.

A free-to-enter exhibition from New York City's THNK1994 Museum and Chicago artist Laura Collins titled "Anna Wintour Double Crossing Her Legs" aims to challenge that image. Over the course of 12 oil acrylic portraits, Collins studied the pretzel-esque, guarded position Wintour is often photographed contorting in during fashion shows.

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Nov 10, 2018

Feds Now Have Evidence Trump Broke the Law to Become President. Will Whitaker Bury It?
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastFriday's in-depth Wall Street Journal report suggests the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New York and the FBI appear to possess evidence of Donald Trump's involvement in a criminal scheme that helped get him elected president. This raises serious questions about what comes next, particularly in light of Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker, a political loyalist, as acting attorney general.

Trump played a central role in hush-money payments made to Karen McDougal and Stephanie Clifford during the 2016 presidential campaign, the Journal reports, adding more detail to the case of Michael Cohen, Trump's former fixer-lawyer who pled guilty to federal campaign finance violations in the Southern District in August.

Recall that when Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court, he stated under oath that he had made the payments "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office"—many assumed that that candidate was Trump, of course. We now know from the Journal that the person who directed Cohen in this criminal scheme was, indeed, Donald Trump. The charging document to which Cohen pled guilty states that he "coordinated with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments." The Journal reports t

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Nov 10, 2018

Recount Ordered for Florida Governor and Senate Races, Elections Officials Find ‘No Illegal Activity' in Broward County
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastLAUDERHILL, Florida—The state's top election official ordered a recount in both the governor and Senate races on Saturday, with the Democratic candidates edging closer to their Republican opponents. Meanwhile, protesters from both sides of the political spectrum flocked here, intensifying the fight for key seats in the nation's largest battleground.

Secretary Ken Detzner issued the order after the unofficial tally from Tuesday's election fell within the margin to trigger a recount mandated under state law. The results of a machine recount for the governor's race are due by 3 p.m. on Thursday, he said. The Senate race will require a hand recount of ballots.

Moments after the announcement, Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor, withdrew the concession he made in his race against Republican Ron DeSantis with a "call to count every vote."

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Nov 10, 2018

Inside the Battle to Save Abortion Rights in Puerto Rico
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe most aggressive attempt to restrict abortion access in Puerto Rico in decades came to a dramatic end this week when the bill's author pulled it from consideration on the very last day of the legislative session. But women's rights activists say the failed legislation is just the first of many threats to abortion access on the island.

The bill, written by Puerto Rico Sen. Nayda Venegas Brown, would have instituted a mandatory 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, required parental consent for minors, and banned the procedure outright after 20 weeks gestation—restrictions that are common in many states in the continental U.S., but unheard of in Puerto Rico.

"In a nutshell, [the bill] radicalized completely how the termination of pregnancy is currently being done in Puerto Rico," clinic administrator and obstetrician Yari Vale Moreno told The Daily Beast. "If this law had passed as it was originally written, we would have had three or four clinics closing in no time."

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Nov 10, 2018

To Make the Internet Great Again, Trump Must Smash Facebook and Its Tech Oligarch Friends
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastEven as many Americans look with horror on the authoritarian blusterer in the White House, we are slowly succumbing to a more pernicious, less obvious and far more lasting tech oligarchy gaining ever more control over our economy, culture and politics.

"We are certainly looking at" bringing antitrust cases against Amazon, Facebook and Google," Trump said in an interview just before the election, adding that he's had "so many people" warning him about their overwhelming power.

Unreliable narrator though the President may be, people are indeed waking up to the tech giants' massive and largely unchecked power, and the consequences of turning over our channels of communication to them. That includes World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, who said earlier this year that he "was devastated" by how the internet has been used in recent elections, including our presidential race, and that he's working to create a new system now that "the web had failed instead of served humanity, as it was supposed to have done, and failed in many places."

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Nov 10, 2018

Firefighters Hit Back Against Trump's ‘Mismanagement' Claim as Death Toll Climbs in California Fires
NASABefore authorities even had a chance to identify the bodies of residents burned beyond recognition in Northern California's most destructive fire ever early Saturday, President Trump took it upon himself to blame state authorities for the "costly" blaze, prompting an almost immediate backlash from firefighters and survivors.

Residents and survivors of the so-called Camp Fire—which incinerated the entire town of Paradise and at least 23 people in it since it erupted Thursday—expressed disgust at Trump's remarks on social media, with many questioning why the president had failed to even acknowledge the victims or the thousands of firefighters risking their lives to stop the blaze and get people to safety.

Pop star Katy Perry joined in the chorus of condemnation, blasting Trump's tweet as "an absolutely heartless response."

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Nov 10, 2018

Why Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F*ck Wit
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastRZA. GZA. Ol' Dirty Bastard. Inspectah Deck. Raekwon the Chef. U-God. Cappadonna. Ghostface Killah. Masta Killa. Method Man.

Wu-Tang Clan is a global rap phenomenon that still captures the imagination of fans all over the world 25 years after the crew from Shaolin released their masterpiece of a debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). In the decades since that album dropped, the Clan has endured triumph and tragedy, Hollywood and high art to remain one of the most fascinatingly original acts in the history of hip-hop. An obsession with kung-fu imagery, an understanding of the Nation of Gods and Earths' supreme mathematics, and a never-wavering belief in what they were doing made the Clan heroes to a generation of fans.

The ten-man crew would drop like a bomb on New York City's hip-hop scene, redirecting East Coast hardcore rap.

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Nov 09, 2018

A Jewish Child and a ‘Nazi' Child Remember Kristallnacht
Image Bank / AlamyBERLIN — Eighty years ago, on the night in which the Nazi regime's marginalization of Germany's Jewish minority turned to naked terror, torah scrolls were burned in the Rykestrasse Synagogue in Berlin. Friday morning in the same synagogue, on a day that also marks the 100-year anniversary of the birth of the democracy that tolerated Adolf Hitler's rise to power, German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked the question: "What have we really learned?"

To connect Germany's present to its past is to provide a foundation for a future "in which we recognize a person in every person," Merkel said. The Holocaust memorial at the center of Berlin tries to give meaning to the unbelievable number of six million murdered Jews by naming them individually. "It is about people," Merkel said, "Every single one had a name, intrinsic dignity, and an identity."  

The brutality of "Kristallnacht," or Crystal Night, as the Nazis called a night of broken windows and spirits, did not just play out in cities, but also reached far into the provinces. The violence also took place in Austria, which had been annexed by the Nazis to cheering crowds in Vienna a few months earlier. Not every region has confronted its past in the same way, and not many witnesses are still alive today. But we were able to speak to the Holocaust survivor Menachem Mayer, who was born in a small German village called Hoffenheim, and to Siegfried Kernberger, from the southern Austrian state of Carinthia, on what they remember of that night.



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Nov 09, 2018

PayPal Cuts Off Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes, Antifa Groups
Getty ImagesPayPal has cancelled two accounts associated with a right-wing hate group, and three associated with anti-fascist groups.

On Friday, the digital payment company cut ties with the violent ultranationalist group the Proud Boys, and their founder Gavin McInnes. PayPal also cancelled accounts belonging to three anti-fascist organizations: Atlanta Antifa, Antifa Sacramento, and the Anti-Fascist Network. The cancellations, first reported by BuzzFeed's Blake Montgomery, are the latest casualties in a campaign by far-left and far-right groups to deplatform their opponents.

Proud Boys and anti-fascists often clash with each other online, and in the streets, most recently leading to arrest warrants for nine Proud Boys and three anti-fascists in New York City. But a statement by PayPal described both groups in the same terms.

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Nov 09, 2018

‘He's a F*cking Fool': Justice Department Officials Trash Matt Whitaker, Their New Boss
The appointment this week of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general has sparked sharp concerns among lawmakers over the possibility that he may bottle up Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 election.

Inside the Department of Justice, however, the fears are more expansive. Whitaker is seen as a rogue and underqualified new leader whose impact won't just be felt on the Mueller probe but throughout the federal government.

"He's a fucking fool," one trial attorney inside the department said of the new AG. "He's spent so much time trying to suck up to the president to get here. But this is a big job. It comes with many responsibilities. He just simply doesn't have the wherewithal."

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Nov 09, 2018

Israel Corruption Scandal Ensnares Netanyahu's Cousin, Others Tied to Inner Circle
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastStartling new charges recommended by the Israeli police threaten to blow open the secrets of its entire leadership caste, including a cousin of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the dashing former commander of its navy.

These are all men much more accustomed to the shadows.

The last time Maj. Gen. Eliezer Marom had a brush with scandal was in 2009, while serving as Commander of the Israeli navy.

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Nov 09, 2018

Trump Signs Proclamation Barring Asylum Seekers At U.S.-Mexico Border
Mark Wilson/GettyPresident Donald Trump signed a presidential proclamation on Friday that will bar migrants who illegally cross the U.S. border with Mexico from seeking the right of asylum, implementing a midterm election campaign promise to bar safe haven to tens of thousands of immigrants fleeing persecution, violence and death in their homelands.

The proclamation, signed by Trump on Friday morning, declares that "aliens who enter the United States unlawfully through the southern border… will be ineligible to be granted asylum." Only migrants who "properly present themselves for inspection at a port of entry," the proclamation stipulates, may avail themselves of America's asylum protections.

Two knowledgeable sources told The Daily Beast that the proclamation was authored by Trump's senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, the brains behind each draft of Trump's three attempted travel bans, which sought to prevent nationals of six majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.

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Nov 09, 2018

The Week in 7 Insane Photos: November 9, 2018
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastFrom the wildfires raging in California to the Democrats reclaiming the House after the midterm elections, The Daily Beast brings you the best images of the week.

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Nov 09, 2018

Senate Dems Explore Suing Trump Over Matt Whitaker Appointment
Senate Democrats are exploring the idea of suing the Trump administration over Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general, several Democratic lawmakers confirmed on Friday.

The suit would seek to invalidate Whitaker's appointment, by arguing that it was an unconstitutional violation of the Senate's "advise and consent" powers. If successful, it would force Trump to either formally nominate a replacement for former Attorney General Jeff Session or elevate, on an acting basis, someone from within the department who had already received Senate confirmation.

"We have been doing a deep dive on potential causes of action concerning the constitutional issues raised by the Whitaker appointment and also obvious obstacles that could be raised to any court initiative, not the least of them standing," Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) told The Daily Beast. "We've been through a few of these issues in my emoluments lawsuit, principally the standing one. So we're looking at the array of legal flaws in the appointment and considering which of them are challengeable in court."

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Nov 09, 2018

They Fled Paradise on Foot as Apocalyptic Fire Engulfs NorCal Town
Justin Sullivan/ReutersA raging forest fire in Northern California nearly "destroyed" a town in its path on Thursday—causing the deaths of at least five people and prompting some terrified residents to flee on foot amid the rapidly spreading flames, according to reports.

The 20,000-acre Camp Fire that tore through Paradise spurred an evacuation order for the community's 27,000 residents. Officials said Friday that five people were found dead in their scorched cars.

Sprawling flames laid waste to "several thousand" structures and as residents fled for their lives, roads became "tunnels of fire as thick smoke darkened the daytime sky" near Paradise, which is located some 180 miles from San Francisco, according to the Associated Press.

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Nov 09, 2018

Trump White House Exit: The 6 Most Batsh*t Bits as the President Left for Paris
Kevin Lamarque/ReutersWhile speaking to reporters for nearly 25 minutes on the White House lawn Friday morning, President Trump didn't pull any punches.

In a series of rambling, scathing tirades ahead of his departure for Paris for the World War I commemoration services on Armistice Day, Trump defended his new acting attorney general, revived his attacks on the mainstream media, and apparently forgot one very important person in the process.

Here are the six most shocking moments:

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Nov 09, 2018

Escape From a Wildfire and 4 Other Videos You Have to See Right Now
Welcome to the Video Cheat Sheet, your source for the videos you absolutely have to see right now. Today we have a terrifying escape from wildfires in Paradise, California; a deadly confrontation between police and a terror suspect in Australia; a robot news anchor; and, of course, President Trump.

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Nov 09, 2018

How Marvel and Corporate Comics Are Failing the ‘Vulnerable' Creators Behind Their Superheroes
Last month, novelist Chuck Wendig—the bestselling author of the licensed Star Wars novel Aftermath and its sequels—stood before a crowd at New York Comic Con and announced he'd be working on Shadow of Vader, a miniseries for Marvel Comics. A week later, on October 12th, Wendig made another announcement: he'd been fired. The reason given, Wendig wrote on his personal website, was "the negativity and vulgarity that my tweets bring. Seriously, that's what Mark, the editor said...It was too much politics, too much vulgarity, too much negativity on my part."



Wendig, an openly progressive and occasionally combative presence on social media, had been the target of a long-running harassment campaign* fueled by reactionaries in the Star Wars fan community. His books were review bombed; he dealt with SWATing attempts, harassment from bots and sock-puppet accounts, and creepy personal messages. "People have been trying to get me fired from Star Wars since Aftermath came out. Since before it came out, actually," he told The Daily Beast in an email. "[Lucas Film Licensing] has always had my back, and with Marvel, my politics never came up. And I haven't been sh

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Nov 09, 2018

Kirsten Gillibrand Giving ‘Long, Hard Thought' to Possible 2020 Run
Caitlin OchsSen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) gave the strongest indication yet that she might jump into what is shaping up to be a large 2020 Democratic presidential field. During an interview with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night, Gillibrand, who coasted to re-election this week, said she would "give it a long, hard thought of consideration."

"I believe it is a moral question for me," Gillibrand said when Colbert asked her what the future holds. "And I believe in right vs. wrong and until this election, I actually thought that wrong was winning. And as I've traveled across my state, across the country for all these candidates, I've seen the hatred and the division that President Trump has put out into our country and it has called me to fight as hard as I possibly can to restore the moral compass of this country."

"So I believe right now that every one of us should figure out how we can do whatever we can with our time, with our talents to restore that moral decency, that moral compass and that truth of who we are as Americans," Gillibrand continued. "So I will promise you I will give it a long, hard thought of consideration."

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Nov 09, 2018

George Lopez Due in Court After Hooters Fight With MAGA Boob
Isaac BrekkenGeorge Lopez, the comedian who filmed himself pretending to urinate on Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, will appear in court next month on a misdemeanor battery charge after he lashed out at a troll who provoked him with Trump jokes at a New Mexico Hooters, TMZ reports.

As the comedian was leaving the restaurant, the cellphone-wielding hater, who had earlier been yelling "MAGA" at Lopez, started shouting, "Here comes my boy George! George wants to fight with me!"

A scuffle ensued and according to a police report, obtained by TMZ, cops tracked Lopez down the next day at a golf course, where he told them he didn't want to be filmed and had tried grabbing the guy's phone away.

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Nov 09, 2018

The ‘White Album' at 50: A Beatles' Masterpiece Just Got Even Better
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastA few years ago, I had the great luxury of spending an afternoon with Ringo Starr. The former Beatle was launching an exhibition of his digital artwork for his Lotus Foundation charity, and was meeting the press. I watched as he gamely answered question after question about his former band, even though it was hardly the reason he was there.

Eventually, we ended up in a small room, just the two of us, perusing a Basquiat on the wall. Starr had recently announced he would no longer sign autographs, but it was just the two of us, and so as we chatted amiably about mutual friends and the album he was working on, I started to slip my copies of Revolver and the "White Album" out of my bag.

Starr stopped me. "Don't even ask," he said firmly, but with a smile. "But let me see that." He took my well-worn copy of the "White Album," an album he recorded when he was just 28, looking at his younger self and his bandmates in the gatefold, lingering on the image of George Harrison.

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Nov 09, 2018

Going 10 Rounds With Top Bartender H. Joseph Ehrmann
Jonathan FongWhat do you like to drink after a shift? "A cold pilsner (Czech-style beer) and a whisky I haven't had in a while. I try to keep reminding myself of what some of them taste like."

What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? "Johnny Cash, "Walk The Line." Or anything Johnny—there's a good chance there's gonna be some Johnny on there."

When you bought your San Francisco bar, Elixir, 15 years ago, what was the most popular drink you served? "A shot of Jameson. When I bought the place, I always say there were 12 bottles on the back bar, eight of which were Jameson."

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Nov 09, 2018

Should We Be Worried About a Peanut Allergy Epidemic?
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAccording to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, peanut allergies are on the rise, more than tripling between 1997 and 2008.

That's made the often deadly allergy one of the most common food allergies out there, affecting an estimated 2.5 percent of children in the U.S. At best, these allergies cause annoying symptoms like an itchy throat or runny nose. But at worst, peanut allergies can send a patient into life-threatening anaphylactic shock.

Experts say that peanut allergies are becoming, worrisomely, increasingly common. Matthew Greenhawt, chair of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Food Allergy Committee, says that research shows that peanuts are right behind shellfish as the most common food allergy. Greenhawt has been personally treating more children than previously who present symptoms of peanut reactions.

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Nov 09, 2018

With Megyn Kelly Gone, NBC's ‘Today' Show Viewers Return
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIn what must be considered an unwelcome twist for Megyn Kelly and the team haggling over her severance package from NBC News, ratings for the Today show's third hour have measurably improved since she was summarily dropped from the program amid the "blackface" debacle.

This latest development is unlikely to enhance the former Fox News star's negotiating leverage as her high-powered Hollywood attorney, Bryan Freedman, tries to persuade NBC's upper management—including NBC News Chairman Andy Lack and his boss, NBC chief executive Stephen Burke—to maximize Kelly's payout, midway through a three-year contract reportedly worth $69 million.

In other words, she might not be in a strong position to "Settle for More," per the title of a recurring segment on Kelly's defunct NBC show, based on various life lessons she presented in her 2016 memoir of the same name.

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Nov 09, 2018

Inside the Effort to Register Florida's Newly Franchised Ex-Felons
ShutterstockFlorida overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 4 on Tuesday giving previously disenfranchised ex-felons the opportunity to vote. But what happens next, in terms of  registering them and ensuring they get to the ballot box, is a bit more complicated.

Even before law goes into effect on Jan. 8, a group of civil rights and criminal justice reform organizations is beginning the process of informing these formerly incarcerated felons that they can vote and are mounting a joint effort on the ground to register them.

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), the activist group who has led the charge on getting the amendment passed, plans to initiate a statewide tour in the coming weeks to encourage registration and hear what issues are resonating with approximately 1.5 million newly eligible ex-felons that live in the Sunshine State. The Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will amplify those efforts and promote online voting registration on their site as well as directing people to FRRC. And The Advancement Project, a Washington D.C.-based civil rights organization has already put together a report and map showing regions where some of the new potential voters are located throughout the state so that activists can better target their outreach.

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Nov 09, 2018

Don't Look Now, but the Mountain West Is Turning Blue
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastRepublicans have a problem.

While they're continuing to perform OK-ish in the Midwest and the South in the era of Donald Trump, on Tuesday they got hammered in the Mountain West—a region loosely defined as "cowboy country," i.e., Texas plus everything from Colorado and New Mexico to the borders of the Pacific coast states. It's the continuation of a trend that's been going on for more than a decade, but it's particularly worrisome now. Republicans should be able to win in states largely populated by fiscally conservative, pro-gun rights individuals. But the results Tuesday were no bueno.

Nevada and Colorado are starting to look more blue than purple. Arizona, which has more Electoral College votes than either, has been Republican since forever but now appears to be an honest-to-God swing state. New Mexico, which used to be a swing state, is now completely out of reach for the GOP except under the most unusual circumstances.

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Nov 09, 2018

Inside the Crazy Corruption Scandal That Ensnared Leonardo DiCaprio and the Hollywood Elite
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe Wolf of Wall Street is the story of Jordan Belfort, a New York City stockbroker who, during the late 1980s and 1990s, committed rampant fraud through his brokerage house Stratton Oakmont. Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, it's one of the best films of both this decade and the illustrious auteur's career, a hilarious and shocking black comedy about the limitless depths of human greed and the insane corruption that dominates the American financial sector.

And in a twist of jaw-dropping irony, the film itself is an example of the very wretched thing it depicts.

Premiering at DOC NYC on Friday, November 9, Sam Hobkinson's The Kleptocrats is an eye-opening peek at the global embezzlement and money-laundering scandal that helped give birth to The Wolf of Wall Street. It's a true-life tale of leaders putting themselves above their constituents, of wannabe big shots reveling in their astounding ill-gotten gains, and of investigative journalists driven to bring covert crimes to light. Moreover, it's a snapshot of the shadier side of stratospheric celebrity life, given that it involves not only DiCaprio and Scorsese, but also the likes of Paris Hilton, Kanye West, Jamie Foxx an

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Nov 09, 2018

These Black Soldiers Fought for America. It Didn't Protect Them From Jim Crow.
Photo illustration by The Daily BeastIn a little-known chapter of World War II, thousands of African-American troops trained to fly barrage balloons, defensive weapons used to protect Allied soldiers from dive-bombing enemy planes during the D-Day invasion. This is their story.





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Nov 09, 2018

Michael C. Hall On His 'Fluid' Sexuality, ‘Dexter,' Death, and David Bowie
Randy Shropshire/GettyHis fellow coffee drinkers may have seen him play the serial killer Dexter, or the hot, perennially freaked-out undertaker David Fisher in Six Feet Under, but today Michael C. Hall's anonymity in an Upper West Side cafe is guaranteed thanks to a baseball cap inscribed with a rainbow atop Brian Eno's name. The actor lives nearby with his third wife, Morgan Macgregor, and their black long-haired dachshund Salamander.

Handsome, charming, and eloquent, and with a light beard of reddish-gray stubble, Hall will talk about death, both as a shadow in his own life and in the roles that have made him famous. Having played one of television's most radical and remembered gay characters, he will talk about "leaning in" to his own "fluid" sexuality, and the vexed cultural politics around the roles available for openly gay and trans actors and straight actors playing gay and trans roles.

He will talk about giving up alcohol, marijuana, and becoming a vegan. And the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild winner will also remember David Bowie, who walked into his life (while Hall was working on Bowie's final project Lazarus) smelling divine and holding a silver-tipped cane, and who died soon afterwards. Hall still feels Bowie's presence, he said, like an electrical charge near his solar plexus.

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Nov 09, 2018

Michael C. Hall: Sexuality, ‘Dexter,' Death, Bowie & Me
Randy Shropshire/GettyHis fellow coffee drinkers may have seen him play the serial killer Dexter, or the hot, perennially freaked-out undertaker David Fisher in Six Feet Under, but today Michael C. Hall's anonymity in an Upper West Side cafe is guaranteed thanks to a baseball cap inscribed with a rainbow atop Brian Eno's name. The actor lives nearby with his third wife, Morgan Macgregor, and their black long-haired dachshund Salamander.

Handsome, charming, and eloquent, and with a light beard of reddish-gray stubble, Hall will talk about death, both as a shadow in his own life and in the roles that have made him famous. Having played one of television's most radical and remembered gay characters, he will talk about "leaning in" to his own "fluid" sexuality, and the vexed cultural politics around the roles available for openly gay and trans actors and straight actors playing gay and trans roles.

He will talk about giving up alcohol, marijuana, and becoming a vegan. And the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild winner will also remember David Bowie, who walked into his life (while Hall was working on Bowie's final project Lazarus) smelling divine and holding a silver-tipped cane, and who died soon afterwards. Hall still feels Bowie's presence, he said, like an electrical charge near his solar plexus.

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Nov 09, 2018

The Tortured Souls Cleansing the Internet of Illicit Sex and Violence
PBS"One of the misconceptions is that human nature is human nature, and the technology is just this neural tool," says Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, when interviewed in The Cleaners, a new documentary from PBS' Independent Lens. "But this is not true. Because technology does have a bias, and that bias has a goal."

It's the exploration of that bias—inherent to the way social media giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter moderate content—and the often horrifying, at best inflammatory, content that makes it to social media as a result that forms the basis of The Cleaners, premiering November 12 on PBS.

In recent years, the power of social media to propagate hatred and spread graphic images of violent acts has reached an all-time high; clips from the first few minutes of the doc include Mark Zuckerberg extolling the ability of Facebook to "[give] people the power to share anything with anyone," and, of course, Donald Trump, gleefully admitting to followers at a rally in Phoenix, "If I didn't have social media I probably wouldn't be able to get the word out, I wouldn't be standing here!"

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Nov 09, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel Calls on Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Resign Over ‘Doctored' Jim Acosta Video
ABCJimmy Kimmel attempted to set the record straight Thursday night on what the Trump White House has tried to characterized as an assault by CNN reporter Jim Acosta on a White House intern at the president's post-midterms press conference, prompting them to revoke his access.

"OK, not only did he not accost her, he said, ‘Pardon me, ma'am,'" Kimmel said after playing video of the incident on his show. "That's where the Hucka-B.S. machine comes in. Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted a doctored video clip that they believe is from Infowars, which is a website for the mentally unbalanced, in which they sped up Jim Acosta's hand movement to make it look more violent and the part where he says, ‘Pardon me, ma'am,' they cut the audio out.

"They altered this video," the host continued, demonstrating for his audience how they "sped up his hand" in the apparently altered video tweeted by Sanders.

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Nov 09, 2018

Scouted: The Best Alcohol Gifts For Anyone On Your List
Booze is a gift you can't go wrong with. It's pretty safe for everyone (except maybe your alcoholic cousin) because you can give them something you know they'll love, or encourage them to try something new. Here are our favorite winter sips and accoutrements to enhance your imbibing. If you're lucky, the recipient might even pop the bottle and share a glass with you. How's that for a self-serving present?

Sweet ToothThis new citrus liqueur is made with Japanese yuzu, rice, and pure mountain water from the Island of Kyushu. Sip on its own over ice or mix with Kikori Japanese rice mash whiskey. -Yuzuri, $33.99 - $52.99 on Drizly

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Nov 08, 2018

Republicans Freak Out as New Ballots Threaten Florida Senate Win
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAs the Republican margin in the Florida Senate race narrowed and the contest headed towards a manual recount, everyone from elected Republicans to online conspiracy-mongerers began screaming foul on Thursday night.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is clinging to a roughly 34,000 lead over Sen. Bill Nelson (D), held a press conference at the Florida governor's mansion where he announced that he and the National Republican Senate Committee were launching a lawsuit against officials in Broward County, where many votes are still being counted.

But that was merely the formal legal tip of the brewing Republican pushback.

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Nov 08, 2018

‘King Kong' on Broadway: A Great Ape Deserves a Greater Story
Matthew MurphyThe monster is the thing in King Kong on Broadway, and everything that isn't the monster is mere padding until we hear the big hairy one's teasing, guttural roar—and then finally see him in his thudding flesh. So, what can you make this 20-foot, 2,000 pound, black, hairy creature, magnificently designed by Sonny Tilders, do to command attention for over two hours?

Answer: You tease us with those roars, then you make him appear in the most thrilling way imaginable in the middle of a jungle, then you make him run, then you make him move silkily, then you make him have a fight with a gigantic snake that's also a puppet. And of course you have him, via Peter England's stunning projections, eventually run like an angry lunatic through the streets of New York City.

If you have come for spectacle, you'll love (as I did, with a big, very stupid grin on my face) the impressive and thrilling feats of design and puppetry directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, who I must presume­­—given the exertions of his leading ape­—has a chiropractor on 24-hour call.

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Nov 08, 2018

Brits Urge Pompeo to Keep Violent Bigot Tommy Robinson Out of U.S.
Guy Bell/ShutterstockDozens of British lawmakers are imploring the Trump administration not to allow a prominent far-right English Islamophobe into the U.S. to address like-minded audiences in Washington next week.

More than 50 members of Parliament warned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that granting an entry waiver to Tommy Robinson, the founder of the extremist English Defense League, risked violence. Robinson's real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

"The intention of the visit in question is for Yaxley-Lennon to speak to prominent audiences in Washington DC, and to secure media appearances to promote his violent and extremist agenda," the parliamentarians wrote in a Nov. 8 letter obtained by The Daily Beast.

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Nov 08, 2018

Marine, Student, and Umpire Among 12 Victims in Thousand Oaks, California Shooting
FacebookThe 12 victims of the Marine veteran who opened fire with a handgun Wednesday night inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks included at least four people in their early 20s, as well as 33-year-old Dan Manrique, whose four years in the Marine Corps included a tour in Afghanistan, and 54-year-old Ventura County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ron Helus. These are their stories, and this post will be updated as more information comes in.

Telemachus OrfanosOrfanus' mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, told reporters Thursday Orfanos was a survivor of the mass shooting at Las Vegas' Route Harvest music festival but did not come home Wednesday evening from Borderline Bar and Grill. "I want gun control and I hope to God nobody else sends me any more prayers. I want gun control. No more guns," she said. Orfanos was a graduate of Thousand Oaks High and went on to Moorpark College, according to his Facebook page. He then joined the Navy for six years before returning to civilian life in 2017.

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Nov 08, 2018

After California Shooting, Doctors Hit Back at NRA for Trying to Silence Them Over Guns
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastImmediately after 12 people were killed in a mass shooting in  Thousand Oaks, California on Thursday, doctors and medical professionals posted on social media their experiences treating victims of gun violence.

It continued a trend that started the night before after a tweet by the NRA mocked the medical community's call for the reduction of firearms, telling "anti-gun doctors to stay in their own lane."

The NRA was responding to  a series of recent articles in a recent issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine calling for public health research into gun violence.

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Nov 08, 2018

Trump Administration Tightens Rules on Asylum Seekers Ahead of Promised Executive Order
Andrew Cullen/GettyIn the waning days of the midterm election campaign, President Donald Trump announced a nebulous plan to deny the right of asylum to tens of thousands of immigrants seeking safe haven in the United States.

One week later, that plan is starting to take shape, with the issuance of joint rules by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security declaring that immigrants who contravene a presidential suspension or limitation on entry into the United States "will be rendered ineligible for asylum."

Trump has not yet issued that suspension or limitation, which he said last week would take the form of an executive order, but is expected to move forward tomorrow, according to three senior administration officials during a background briefing call with reporters on Thursday afternoon.

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Nov 08, 2018

Russian Troll Farm Internet Research Agency Held a Bizarre Reddit AMA With Itself
Photo illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastThe Russian trolls in the Mueller-indicted Internet Research Agency held a public Q&A session on Reddit last year that went all but unnoticed, and consisted almost entirely of the IRA's own sockpuppet accounts asking the questions.

In October 2017 the IRA used two of their fake black-rights websites to announce a public "ask-me-anything" (AMA) event on Reddit, promising to answer questions from the public and press for the first time. The trolls simultaneously blasted out emails to reporters soliciting advance questions.

"We have been following your work concerning Internet Research Agency with great interest," read an email received by The Daily Beast at the time. "We will be glad to answer your questions on AMA Reddit Session soon. You can ask your questions via the special form on  blackmattersus.com and/or donotshoot.us These questions will have a higher priority during the AMA Reddit session."

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Nov 08, 2018

Matthew Whitaker, Mueller's New Boss, Said There Was ‘No Collusion' With Russia
Chip Somodevilla/GettyA year-and-a-half before he took responsibility for overseeing the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, Matthew Whitaker, now the acting attorney general, had already reached a conclusion.

"The truth is there was no collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign," he said in an interview on the Wilkow Majority show. "There was interference by the Russians into the election, but that was not collusion with the campaign. That's where the left seems to be combining those two issues."

"The last thing they want right now is for the truth to come out, and for the fact that there's not a single piece of evidence that demonstrates that the Trump campaign had any illegal or any improper relationships with the Russians. It's that simple."

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Nov 08, 2018

Sgt. Ron Helus' Final Moments in Thousand Oaks, California Shooting: ‘I'm Going In'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastSgt. Ron Helus of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office had just spoken to his wife on the phone when a call came over the radio.

"Respond code 3 to a 245 in progress at the Borderline, 99 Rolling Oaks. Hearing gunshots fired. One subject advised there's suspects inside shooting."

Helus began racing toward the scene, asking for more details.

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Nov 08, 2018

Lucy McBath's Win Puts the New Georgia on Full Display
Dia Dipasupil/GettyThis is, frankly, not the column I expected to write today. After all, the pundit class—myself included—focused on big ticket gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. Flipping the House was a forgone conclusion. Democrats won some close races and lost some others. The results, in so many cases, mirrored conventional wisdom. That is to say: There were few surprises.

And then came Lucy McBath—a 58 year old Joliet, Illinois native and Atlanta transplant.

A single mother and retired Delta Airlines flight attendant, McBath first made national headlines after the shooting death of her son Jordan Davis, who was unarmed, as he sat in the backseat of a friend's car in 2012. She had never thought about running for public office before, she is quick to say, but McBath would tell you that something in her changed when she was forced to bury her son.

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Nov 08, 2018

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fractured 3 Ribs—but Don't Worry, She'll Be Fine
Jonathan Ernst/ReutersOn Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized with three broken ribs after a fall on Wednesday evening in her office.

Ginsburg, 85, reportedly went home after her fall. After experiencing discomfort overnight, she called Supreme Court police to take her to George Washington University Hospital, where she was admitted for treatment and observation. Doctors found three broken ribs on her left side, said Kathy Arberg, a Supreme Court spokeswoman.

Fractured ribs are a common injury, and Ginsburg's injuries are not considered life threatening.

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Nov 08, 2018

Marsha Blackburn's Gut Reaction to Thousand Oaks Shooting: ‘Protect the 2nd Amendment'
Senator-elect Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) made her priorities abundantly clear on Thursday morning when a Fox News anchor asked her for a reaction to the deadly mass shooting at bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

Asked by anchor Sandra Smith what America as a country can do to stop incidents like this one, the first thing Blackburn said was: "What we do is say, how do we make certain that we protect the Second Amendment and protect our citizens."

The Tennessee Republican went on to say that "mental-health issues need to be addressed" before bringing up the issue of gun access specifically.

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Nov 08, 2018

Kellyanne Conway, Fox News Bash Acosta for ‘Swiping Away' White House Intern
Fox News/ScreenshotThe Trump White House, with an assist from multiple Fox News hosts, has ratcheted up their attacks on CNN reporter Jim Acosta, claiming he became aggressive with a White House intern during Wednesday's heated presidential press conference.

Late Wednesday evening, the White House announced it will restrict Acosta's press access after the CNN reporter had a tense exchange with the president and refused to give up his microphone to a Trump staffer who attempted to take it from him.

The White House also justified their decision by accusing Acosta of "placing his hands" on the intern.

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Nov 08, 2018

Florida Democrats Brace for Recounts as Bill Nelson, Andrew Gillum Campaigns Dig In
GettyFlorida Sen. Bill Nelson and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum are gearing up for statewide recounts in their respective Senate and gubernatorial races, even as their Republican opponents have already declared victory.

Nelson's campaign has retained veteran Democratic elections attorney Marc Elias to handle recount operations, while people familiar with the Gillum campaign's plans told The Daily Beast that they, too, are  heading into recount mode. The Gillum campaign is weighing moving staff into key counties where some ballots have not yet been counted.

As of Thursday afternoon, Gov. Rick Scott, Nelson's Republican challenger, was ahead by around 17,000 votes, which is under the 0.25 percent margin that triggers a manual recount. Elias, who has handled recounts for several Democratic campaigns, told reporters he had "virtual certainty" that the final margin between Scott and Nelson would be "well under" 0.25 percent.

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Nov 08, 2018

Trump Is Gonna End the Mueller Probe. Here's What Democrats Should Do.
Saul Loeb/GettyDonald Trump just made his move against the Russia investigation. 

By forcing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and then going around the established line of succession at the Department of Justice by appointing a partisan loyalist, Matt Whitaker, to be the acting attorney general—one who will oversee the special prosecutor's office—Trump has signaled his intent to end Robert Mueller investigation. 

There is no mystery here. Sessions wasn't removed because of a disagreement over his hardline stance on immigration. Trump has been crystal clear about what he wants in an attorney general: someone who will protect him. And when Sessions recused himself from overseeing the Russia investigation, he was no longer able to do that.

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Nov 08, 2018

Thousand Oaks Survivor's Story and 4 Other Videos You Have to See Right Now
Welcome to the Video Cheat Sheet, your source for the videos you absolutely have to see right now. Today we have a harrowing account from a survivor of the Thousand Oaks massacre, a burglar who fell made an unexpected visit to a Waffle House, an inmate's bold escape attempt, a wild boar attack, and what happens when a truck driver doesn't pay attention to tunnel height restrictions.

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Nov 08, 2018

The Savage Nazi Anti-Semitism of Kristallnacht Seen Through American Eyes
World History Archive / Alamy Stock PhotoOn the night of November 9, 1938, exactly 80 years ago, Nazi Germany put on a display of unbridled anti-Semitic violence that was quickly dubbed Kristallnacht—the night of broken glass. For those Americans living there at the time, the scenes they witnessed or heard about left indelible memories:

Angus Thuermer, a recent University of Illinois graduate who was studying German in Berlin, recalled hearing "the smash and tinkle of broken glass" as thugs with Nazi armbands bashed in the windows of Jewish-owned shops; inside one of them another Nazi smashed a grand piano to pieces. Thuermer also saw smoke rising from a synagogue that had been set alight, one of approximately 1,000 synagogues that were destroyed across the country. "I was seeing, eye-witnessing an unreal frenzy," he recalled. "It was the n-th power of what I had seen in Nazi rallies. That was sound. This was fury."

Charles Thayer, a diplomat assigned to the U.S. consulate in Berlin, heard horror stories from all around the city. One of his friends saw the Nazis throw a small boy from a second-floor window to the mob below. "His leg broken, the boy began to crawl on hands and knees through the forest of kicking black boots until my friend plunged into the mob and rescued him," he recounted. While more synagogues burned, the thugs ransacked Jewish-owned department stores. At Wertheim, they pushed grand pianos off the gallery level so they would shatter on the main floor six floors down.

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Nov 08, 2018

Lindsay Lohan Trolls for Work on Facebook: All ‘Substantial' Offers Considered
ANDER GILLENEAFancy a troubled former child star with a reputation for unreliability, heavy drinking, bizarre finger-related accidents, public screaming matches, and drug use to rep your brand?

Then Lindsay Lohan could be just the frontwoman you need.

And hiring her won't be a problem. A rep for the Mean Girls star went trawling for deals on a Facebook group for publicists and marketers on Tuesday, writing that interested parties should "reach out if you rep a brand that is interested in endorsement opportunities with Lindsay."

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Nov 08, 2018

Prince William: I Wish Prince Charles Would Spend More Time With Prince George and My Other Kids
YUI MOKThe palace has always sought to crush rumors that Prince Charles does not get to see much of his grandson Prince George, and have long rebuked well-sourced stories that Charles is jealous of the huge input the Middleton family gets into the lives of the monarchy's youngest generation.

Now, however, in a new interview to mark Charles' 70th birthday, comes a careful admission from Prince William that Charles does not spend a large amount of time with his grandchildren.

Three years ago, it was reported that Charles complained that he "almost never" sees Prince George, and was said to have told friends that he occupied little more than a peripheral role in his life.

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Nov 08, 2018

Bernie Sanders on Andrew Gillium and Stacey Abrams: Many Whites ‘Uncomfortable' Voting for Black Candidates
Joshua Roberts/ReutersDemocratic officials woke Wednesday morning searching for answers as to why the party was unable to win several marquee Senate and gubernatorial races the night before.

But for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) the explanation was simple. The candidates who underperformed weren't progressive enough; those who didn't shy away from progressivism were undone, in part, by "racist" attacks.

"I think you know there are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American," Sanders told The Daily Beast, referencing the close contests involving Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia and that ads run against the two. "I think next time around, by the way, it will be a lot easier for them to do that."

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Nov 08, 2018

Bernie Sanders on Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams: Many Whites Made ‘Uncomfortable' Voting for Black Candidates
Joshua Roberts/ReutersDemocratic officials woke Wednesday morning searching for answers as to why the party was unable to win several marquee Senate and gubernatorial races the night before.

But for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the explanation was simple. The candidates who underperformed weren't progressive enough; those who didn't shy away from progressivism were undone, in part, by "racist" attacks.

"I think you know there are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American," Sanders told The Daily Beast, referencing the close contests involving Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia and ads run against the two. "I think next time around, by the way, it will be a lot easier for them to do that."

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Nov 08, 2018

Cops Determined Marine Veteran Wasn't a Danger Before Thousand Oaks, California, Shooting
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIan David Long, the 29-year-old man accused of a shooting rampage at southern California bar that killed, was the subject of a mental-health check by police earlier this year, authorities said.

Police are in the early stages of combing through Long's past, officers were called to his home in April 2018 where they found him "irate, acting a little irrationally," Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said Thursday.

A crisis-intervention team and a mental health specialist were called to assess Long's mental state, which authorities believed might be post-traumatic stress disorder because of his military past, Dean speculated. Long served in the U.S. Marine Corps until 2013.

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Nov 08, 2018

New Progressive Oversight Group Wants to Make Trump's Cabinet Miserable
Leah Mills/ReutersTop Democratic operatives and open-government activists are launching a new group designed to make life miserable for Trump Cabinet officials.

The group, Restore Public Trust, is formally a nonpartisan public-interest group with designs on promoting accountability and transparency in government. But its immediate purpose is to unearth and publicize instances of corruption—or ethically dubious behavior—by members of the president's team who have largely avoided public scrutiny. Chief on the list, according to Restore Public Trust Executive Director Caroline Ciccone, is Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue right out of the gate.

"Corruption has infected the Trump administration," Ciccone said in an interview with The Daily Beast. "And there are a lot of folks, high-level government officials and appointees, who have the benefit of not being in the spotlight. We will be making sure that if there is a there-there, it is exposed."

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Nov 08, 2018

Ron Helus, Sheriff's Deputy Who Ran Straight Into Thousand Oaks Shooting, ‘Died a Hero'
FacebookA California sheriff's deputy, who was planning to retire from the force in the next year, raced directly into the mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks club on Wednesday night to try to stop the slaughter of a young crowd at a country-music dance.

As he burst into the Borderline Bar & Grill, Sgt. Ron Helus reportedly was faced with a barrage of gunfire. He was said to be hit multiple times by a gunman dressed all in black.

The 29-year Ventura County Sheriff's Office veteran made it as far as the local hospital, but did not survive his injuries.

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