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The Daily Beast
Aug 22, 2019

New York Times Reporter Solicited $30,000 for Charity From Jeffrey Epstein
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyA former New York Times reporter solicited a $30,000 charitable donation from accused serial sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, NPR reported Thursday.

Last year, according to NPR's David Folkenflik, financial journalist Landon Thomas Jr. told his editors at the Times that he had become friends with Epstein after previously covering the disgraced financier—and had gotten Epstein to donate to a charity. The Times forbid Thomas from further contact with Epstein and he left the paper in early 2019, NPR reported. 

Multiple Times sources confirmed NPR's story and provided The Daily Beast with new details about what went on between Thomas, Epstein, and the paper's editors. 

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Aug 22, 2019

Overstock Ex-CEO's Bonkers Rant to Fox Business: I'm Part of ‘Deep State'
Hours after stepping down as the chief executive of online retail giant Overstock.com over his tryst with Russian spy Maria Butina and what he described as his role in a "deep state" government plot, Patrick Byrne appeared on Fox Business Network on Thursday to ostensibly make sense of both his baffling claims and his resignation.

He made sense of neither.

Wearing a hat emblazoned with Make America Grateful Again, Byrne was given free rein by Bulls and Bears host David Asman, and he immediately took advantage of that, taking the program on a wild ride.

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Aug 22, 2019

Scouted: Get the Hotel-Like Down Comforter You've Always Wanted Right at Home With This Day-Long Amazon Sale
You don't have to travel to get hotel-level bedding. And right now, you don't have to spend a lot on it either since Amazon is cutting 26% off the hypoallergenic Royal Hotel Down Comforter. 

Going for $104 today only, the 100% cotton comforter is built with luxury in mind. A bit oversized, it lets you bunch it up and surround yourself in that cloud-like comforter-verse that you usually get lost in while on vacation. But with this sale you can do that right at home. Box-stitching will keep the stuffing from shifting and inner tabs make it easier to handle unruly duvet covers. The comforter is also just one of the bedding products on sale during a larger day-long bedding promotion over at Amazon. And with a new comforter like this, you'll build up to a perfectly cozy fall season. | Get it on Amazon

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Aug 22, 2019

YouTube Disables Disinformation Campaign Targeting Hong Kong Protests
Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty ImagesYouTube announced Thursday that it had disabled more than 200 accounts on its platform running a propaganda campaign on behalf of the Chinese government. 

The 210 channels "behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong," a security researcher for Google, which owns YouTube, wrote in a company blog post. YouTube is blocked in China, so the people who operated the accounts had used virtual private networks (VPNs) to mask the location of their origin, according to Google.

The Chinese government has waged a misinformation campaign against the pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong as protests over an extradition bill continue in the special administrative region. Chinese propaganda has painted the protesters as violent and under the thrall of foreign powers.

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Aug 22, 2019

Trump Invited Himself to Denmark Before Canceling Trip, Danes Say
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettySpeaking to reporters on the White House's South Lawn in late July, President Donald Trump revealed that he was "looking at" a stop in Denmark after an upcoming trip to Poland to attend a World War II commemorative ceremony.

For officials in Copenhagen, the comment came as a surprise. Although it is customary in Denmark for there to be a standing invitation for the U.S. president—and though officials in both countries had been discussing the possibility of an American delegation visiting—no formal invitation had actually been extended to Trump, according to two senior Danish officials and an individual who works closely with the Trump administration in Copenhagen.

By the next day, Queen Margrethe II had issued the invite, and the White House had officially announced the president's plans to visit the country. 

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Aug 22, 2019

Harvey Weinstein to Be Arraigned on New Indictment
Kena Betancur/GettyDisgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein will be arraigned Monday on a superseding indictment in his Manhattan sexual assault case—a new twist that may delay his trial.

The new indictment has not been made public yet, but The New York Times reported last week that prosecutors were going before a grand jury again so that "The Sopranos" actress and alleged Weinstein accuser Annabella Sciorra can take the stand.

Sciorra has publicly alleged that Weinstein raped her in her Manhattan apartment in 1993. That incident is outside the statute of limitation, and she was not part of the original case the Manhattan District Attorney's office brought against the toppled Hollywood titan.

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Aug 22, 2019

Scouted: Amazon's Security Cameras Work Outdoors and In, Allow for Two-Way Audio, and Are on Sale
Amazon is marking down its own security cameras by 22% right now, part of a wider back-to-school sale. And you don't have to study anything to get a great deal on easy-to-use and highly functional cameras that work outdoors, indoors, and in sync with your other smart devices.

Launched in May, the Blink XT2 Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera lets you talk to visitors through your smartphone or smart assistant. And it's designed to run for two years on two AA batteries (which are included, yes). Installation is quick, easy, and seamless, and the camera obviously works with the Amazon Alexa smart assistant. You can get more than two cameras, of course. That's best to determine by the size of your space. If you've been planning a home security makeover, these smart cameras are a great place to start. | Get it on Amazon  

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Aug 22, 2019

Hispanic Journalism Group Boots Fox News Over Immigrant ‘Invasion' Rhetoric
Kevin HagenA major organization for Hispanic journalists on Thursday gave Fox News the boot from its upcoming conference in response to the network's use "invasion" rhetoric when discussing immigration.

Fox News was set to appear as a sponsor at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists' confab next month in San Antonio, but in a letter to the group's members, NAHJ President Hugo Balta said that invitation has been revoked.

"The line between commentary and journalism was crossed long ago by Fox News and is no longer even in sight," wrote Balta, who is currently an MSNBC senior producer. "To accept financial support from an entity that perpetuates the spread of disinformation to the public about the Hispanic and Latino community risks the integrity and credibility of NAHJ's 35 year mission."

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Aug 22, 2019

Scouted: Nordstrom Rack Is Giving You Up to 55% Off Top-Rated Dyson Products
Dyson really knows how to make great-looking vacuums, fans, air purifiers, and other home care electronics. But when people think Dyson, they're usually considering a steep price point. Well, Nordstrom Rack's sale on Dyson-ware is here to append that (for the time being). Right now, you can save up to 55% on select refurbished Dyson products and the options cover every need. 

The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is down to $280 (from $400) and is built to fit nicely in your hand and dry your air very quickly. Magnetic attachment make specific drying easy and quick, and it self-moderates its temperature three times a minute to ensure you're getting the warmth you want. Or grab the new V6 Motorhead Plus Vacuum for $211 (from  $300) and get a lightweight stick vac that's outfitted to hit every single part of your home. On top of the compact vacuum, you'll be getting a slew of tools to attach to it, from a Crevice Tool for heard-to-reach spot to the Motorhead, which transforms the vac into a handheld Dyson-level dustbuster. Since

The Daily Beast
Aug 22, 2019

Fox News Hosts Rally to Sean Spicer's Side: ‘Just Let Him Dance!'
The hosts of Fox News chat-fest Outnumbered found themselves in complete agreement on a very important topic on Thursday: Everyone should stop criticizing Dancing With the Stars for casting Sean Spicer and just let the former White House press secretary be free to dance.

With DWTS host Tom Bergeron expressing his disappointment over the Spicer selection—stating that the show should "be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate—and viewers vowing to boycott the show over the decision, host Melissa Francis noted that the program has brought on politicians in the past.

After saying DWTS "needed a controversy to get back in the headlines," Francis then claimed fellow cast members Lamar Odom and Ray Lewis were far more controversial than the former White House spokesman.

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Aug 22, 2019

ICE Wants Permission to Force-Feed a California Detainee on Hunger Strike
REUTERSImmigration officials have gone to court for permission to force-feed a Russian detainee who has been on a hunger strike for two weeks and is refusing medical attention.

Evgenii Ivanov, 41, has refused 51 meals while locked up at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in California and has lost at least 27 pounds, according to a filing in federal court.

It's not clear why Ivanov, who was detained last November and is awaiting a deportation hearing next month, began a hunger strike on Aug. 4. No attorney for him was listed in the court file.

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Aug 22, 2019

ICE Wants to Force-Feed a Russian Detainee on Hunger Strike
REUTERSImmigration officials want to force-feed a Russian detainee who has been on a hunger strike for two weeks and is rejecting medical attention.

Evgenii Ivanov, 41, has refused 51 meals while locked up at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in California and has lost at least 27 pounds, according to a filing in federal court.

It's not clear why Ivanov, who was detained last November and is awaiting a deportation hearing next month, began a hunger strike on Aug. 4. There was no attorney listed for him in the court file.

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Aug 22, 2019

Missouri GOP Campaign Boss Shilling for Illicit Gambling Firm
GettyA veteran GOP operative spearheading efforts to elect Republicans to the statehouse in Missouri is simultaneously working for a gaming-machine company that regulators say is distributing illegal gambling devices in the state.

The state GOP tapped Gregg Keller in January to lead the Missouri Victory Committee, an arm of the party that it says "will work to ensure Republican victories at every level of Missouri government in 2020." That role puts Keller in the employ of a state party whose platform calls for "strict enforcement of current laws on gambling" and "prohibiting the further expansion of gambling within Missouri beyond that already authorized."

At the same time, though, Keller is serving as a spokesman for Torch Electronics, a videogaming device company that has placed terminals in bars and truck stops across Missouri. In July, the state's Gaming Commission ruled that the types of machines distributed by Torch are considered gambling devices under state law, meaning their presence in businesses without gaming licenses is illegal.

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Aug 22, 2019

Dem Group Pitches Donors on ‘Moscow Mitch' 2020 Strategy
Win McNamee/GettyA pair of Democratic strategists are trying to recruit high-dollar donors to fund a 2020 campaign that will attempt to boost Democratic Senate prospects by going all-in on "Moscow Mitch," as the group gleefully dubs Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Party Majority PAC is convinced that it can revive Russian election-meddling fears, and McConnell's ostensible obstinance in addressing them, to damage Republican prospects for holding the Senate next year. 

But first, the group is telling donors this week, it needs more money.

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The Daily Beast
Aug 22, 2019

Dark-Money Group Quietly Hones House Dems' 2020 Messaging
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyA deep-pocketed Democratic dark-money group is using a national direct-mail campaign to hone the party's congressional election messaging, providing a potent avenue for donors to secretly finance key political work.

The dark-money group, House Majority Forward, is staffed by top Democratic operatives at its sister super PAC, House Majority PAC.

It made a splash last month when the group announced the first ads in what it promised would be a $10 million 2020 ad spree in tandem with the super PAC's efforts to elect and re-elect House Democrats.

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The Daily Beast
Aug 22, 2019

Scouted: The Instant Pot Duo Nova Is Instant Pot's Newest Model That Gives You Even More Peace of Mind
Instant Pots continue to reign supreme over all other kitchen gadgets and to build on that success, the brand has given the hero product a bit of a face lift. Introducing the brand new Instant Pot Duo Nova.

The Instant Pot Duo Nova keeps all the features you know and love about the original Instant Pot Duo, but adds a new cooking status indicator on the screen that will let you know when your food is actually cooking (rather than just setting a timer for when it's done). The new, upgraded lid automatically seals the pressure valve, so you don't have to worry about remembering to do it.

Having an Instant Pot has changed how I cook my dinners. I love slow cooked food but spending an entire day waiting for your food to be ready (and salivating over how good the kitchen smells for hours) is a drag. My Instant Pot opens up so many more options of recipes because they no longer take extraordinary amounts of time. If you're looking for you new in-kitchen best friend, the updated Instant Pot Duo Nova is for you. | Get it on Amazon

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Aug 22, 2019

Scouted: Get an Extra 50% Off Thousands of Marked Down Women's Items at GAP
The sale section of women's clothing at Gap boasts more than 2,000 items. And right now, you can get an extra 50% off everything in that section. For the next two days, use code FIFTY at checkout to cut half of the price of any marked down women's item. 

The sale section spread across every type of women's apparel, from jeans and shorts & rompers to dresses & skirts and br

The Daily Beast
Aug 22, 2019

Scouted: From Sandals to Boots and Even Bags, Nisolo Is Marking Down Best-Selling Options Right Now
Behind each Nisolo shoe or sandal, there is a drive to produce sustainably. And that means inventory overflows that, when bunched up together, bring us the brand's End-of-Season Sale. Right now, you can save up to 30% on men's footwear and up to 50% on women's footwear. And with highly-rated and best-selling options in tow, there's something for everyone in this sale.

My favorite sale has to be for the men's Huarache Sandal—it changed how I viewed elevated sandals. It's down to $97 (originally $138) right now. And while these sandals will be a great fit for me through November, there are solid options on sale to carry you through winter. The top-rated Emilio Chukka Boot takes the traditional design and adds a leather sole beneath it to keep you comfortable and in-style all-day. The E

The Daily Beast
Aug 22, 2019

‘Tigers Are Not Afraid': A Stunningly Violent Cartel Fairy Tale of Lost Mexican Children
ShudderGhosts stalk the abandoned neighborhoods of an unnamed Mexican city in writer-director Issa López's fantasy-horror fable Tigers Are Not Afraid. But they are hardly its most sinister forces. 

It's ordinary men who abduct women and children, cursing loved ones to a life of unresolved grief. They leave behind a forgotten community of little survivors, kids who band together in what they call "gangs." Led by adolescent runts like El Shine (Juan Ramón López), though, they're more like Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, princes of an empty kingdom of rooftops and alleyways, some fated to never grow up. It's through their young eyes that López casts a dark, magical-realist lens on the uncounted casualties of Mexico's drug war: the children orphaned by it. But Tigers is more than a portrait of innocence lost. It is a tribute to storytelling, imagination, and to the purity of feeling that children so readily access. It grants their fear, joy, and rage equal dignity. And it is a singularly Mexican fairy tale, as lovely as it is haunting. 

The film opens on 10-year-old Estrella (Paola Lara) on the last normal day of her life, just before a shooting at school leaves classes indefinitely suspended. A thin trail of blood snakes after her from the moment she sees a dead body in the street. It follows her home, where she finds her mother missing, and forks and slithers along the walls and floors, more menacing whenever she grows afraid or lonely. Her schooltea

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Aug 22, 2019

Kirsten Dunst on Becoming a Scamming, Cult-Leading Beauty Queen: ‘I Respond to These Things'
Liz Von Hoene/ShowtimeKirsten Dunst, Hollywood's favorite beauty queen, is back under the floodlights. It's been a while—decades, actually—and the stage, in a dusty, Orlando-adjacent garage, lacks the sparkle we remember from last time. But those lights are on, and the audience is rapt.

She is wearing a drab concert T-shirt and baggy red sweatpants, but she is the definition of glamorous. Her face, painted for the cheap seats, is framed in an Aqua Net helmet, teased out so wide she may not clear a standard doorjamb. There are bangs. They are big. They are curled. This is 1992, after all.

With a seasoned confidence, she explains to her pupil, a goth teenager whose father is pressuring into a beauty pageant, that the trick to winning a pageant is to "dazzle, by any means necessary." We quickly learn what, exactly, she is referring to. There's a quick change into a bright red leotard, the music cue—Heart's "Straight On"—starts, and out she saunters with her—well, could you call them background dancers?

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Aug 22, 2019

This ‘Young and the Restless' ‘Teriah' Kiss Is One of TV's Best LGBTQ Moments of the Year
via CBSOne of the sweetest LGBTQ scenes on television so far this year happened on Monday, around lunchtime. You won't have read about it. It was well away from the prestige marquees of HBO and Showtime, and the prime-time jewels of the major networks.

True, it didn't have the thrilling, revolutionary swagger of FX's Pose. But it was a brief, well-written, beautifully directed scene, with the crowning cherry of its LGBTQ import—and it happened on The Young and The Restless.

It was time for Lola Rosales (Sasha Calle) to throw her bouquet at the end of her eventful wedding to Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor) on the CBS daytime soap. Fans' minds and hearts are split over Kyle and Lola. They're both beautiful and good, but coupledom and a fast-track to marriage have for now made them Genoa City's most boring duo. Have they really gone through enough to be a true soap supercouple? Not yet.

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Aug 22, 2019

Here's Every Major Service That Uses Humans to Eavesdrop on Your Voice Commands
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyAll of your voice assistants are listening to you—and so are the humans behind them. 

A string of recent reports revealed that the world's largest tech companies employ human moderators to listen to recordings of users issuing commands to their voice assistants. 

That fact came as a surprise to many users, who reasonably assumed that big tech's sophisticated AI systems handled all of the dirty work. Many people believed the seconds-long snippets of their voices disappeared into the digital ether after being processed, either deleted or archived in a faraway, untouched server.

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Aug 22, 2019

Lincoln Chafee: ‘I'd Be Open' to a Libertarian White House Bid
Win McNamee/GettyThe 2016 presidential election was not kind to Lincoln Chafee: the former Rhode Island governor, U.S. senator, and metric system enthusiast flopped when he mounted a long-shot campaign for the Democratic Party's nomination, becoming a punchline for the pundit class and a footnote in that year's brutal primary.

But Chafee is entertaining the idea that a new election cycle—and a new party—could be kinder to his White House hopes. Reached by The Daily Beast on Wednesday, the former Republican, former Democrat, and former independent confirmed that he's open to running again in 2020—as a Libertarian. 

"I'm very motivated as an anti-war American, and also by the deficit," said Chafee in an interview. "Those are two big issues that, if the Libertarian convention next summer thinks that someone with a long record on those issues... if I fit that, then yes, I'd be open to that."

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Aug 22, 2019

Trump Says He's King of the Jews. The Bible Says Otherwise.
Ronen Zvulun/GettyIn the early hours of Aug. 21, President Trump approvingly tweeted the words of Christian convert and radio host Wayne Allyn Root. The tweet compared Trump to "the King of Israel" and described him as being akin to "the second coming of God." It went on to criticize "American Jews" who don't like and support Trump. 

As a number of commentators have noted, the tweets are wildly anti-Semitic: By definition, Jews don't recognize Jesus as God or the Messiah. Expecting them to jump on board with the notion that Trump is "like Jesus" or "the Second Coming" is truly offensive. But anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism aside, this statement and Trump's approval of it displays a mind-boggling ignorance of Christian theology that borders on blasphemy.

This isn't the first time that Trump has been compared to a biblical hero. Pro-Trump Christians have been using the "King David" defense to excuse the president's personal shortcomings for years. According to the Bible, David was chosen by God to lead his people. His elect status continues even though David had lusted after Bathsheba, seduced her, and engineered her husband Uriah's death when she became pregnant. Despite it all, however, David remained chosen and was a man "after God's own heart." A sinner—but a powerful, divinely ordained sinner.



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Aug 22, 2019

Uniformed Cop Who Allegedly Gunned Down Screaming Wife Hasn't Faced Justice
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/HandoutChristie Solaro-Formisano was home with her boyfriend and her kids were tucked into bed when her house phone rang at 11:20 p.m. on July 15.

Her estranged husband was calling to say he was going to stop by with some eyeglasses for their 8-year-old daughter. 

Salaro-Formisano peered out the window and saw the gleam of a flashlight, and realized he was already there. She told her boyfriend to stay in the bedroom and locked the door behind her as she went downstairs.

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Aug 22, 2019

New Jersey Cop Who Allegedly Executed His Wife—in Uniform—Still Avoiding Day in Court
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/HandoutChristie Solaro-Formisano was home with her boyfriend and her kids were tucked into bed when her house phone rang at 11:20 p.m. on July 15.

Her estranged husband was calling to say he was going to stop by with some eyeglasses for their 8-year-old daughter. 

Salaro-Formisano peered out the window and saw the gleam of a flashlight, and realized he was already there. She told her boyfriend to stay in the bedroom and locked the door behind her as she went downstairs.

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Aug 22, 2019

The Satanic Cult Leader Who Loved Animal Sacrifices, Orgies, and Murder
VicePazuzu Algarad (real name: John Lawson) was a self-proclaimed Satanist who reveled in extremeness. With a moniker borrowed from The Exorcist, a face covered in tattoos and his teeth sharpened to fine points, Pazuzu spent his days and nights in his Clemmons, North Carolina, home cutting himself and his buddies, drinking the blood of birds, doing copious drugs, performing ritual sacrifices of rabbits, staging nude orgies, and letting people do whatever they pleased to his abode—including popping a squat in the corner of a room, and then leaving the mess to be eaten by one of his many dogs.

"You know, all around having a good time," as one former friend puts it.

Pazuzu was, it's safe to say, an unhinged lunatic. But when he began boasting that he had committed murders, and had stored a body in his basement, covered in cat litter and bleach to hide the stench—a tactic that didn't work, as most attest to the house reeking of filth and death—no one initially took him seriously. Including the cops.

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Aug 22, 2019

The Satanic Sex Cult Leader Who Loved Animal Sacrifices, Orgies, and Murder
VicePazuzu Algarad (real name: John Lawson) was a self-proclaimed Satanist who reveled in extremeness. With a moniker borrowed from The Exorcist, a face covered in tattoos and his teeth sharpened to fine points, Pazuzu spent his days and nights in his Clemmons, North Carolina, home cutting himself and his buddies, drinking the blood of birds, doing copious drugs, performing ritual sacrifices of rabbits, staging nude orgies, and letting people do whatever they pleased to his abode—including popping a squat in the corner of a room, and then leaving the mess to be eaten by one of his many dogs.

"You know, all around having a good time," as one former friend puts it.

Pazuzu was, it's safe to say, an unhinged lunatic. But when he began boasting that he had committed murders, and had stored a body in his basement, covered in cat litter and bleach to hide the stench—a tactic that didn't work, as most attest to the house reeking of filth and death—no one initially took him seriously. Including the cops.

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Aug 22, 2019

Japan's Police Crack Down on ‘AirDrop' Dick Pics
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyTOKYO—The Japanese police have gotten the drop on a new breed of creep in Japan, called "AirDrop Chikan" (Airdrop Pervs)—men who use the photo and movie sharing function in many Apple products to send unwanted obscene photos to people close by. 

On Tuesday, the police in Fukokoka, in southern Japan, announced they had made their first arrest for misuse of this function, and suddenly, everyone in Japan with an iPhone is trying to figure out how to avoid becoming a victim—or, perversely, how to get away with this new form of virtual exhibitionism and sexual harassment.

The Fukuoka Police announced that they had filed charges against a 37-year old white collar worker for violating the prefectural ordinance "forbidding annoying and troublesome behavior," specifically the ban on obscene acts. 

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Aug 22, 2019

Ignore the Heat. The Pumpkin Spice Latte Has Arrived to Kill Summer—Sweetly.
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast This weekend, as temperatures in the Bay Area reach 80 degrees, Brinton Parker Botkin will decorate her apartment with Halloween decorations. The 26-year-old plans to pick up a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks as soon as the drink hits stores on Aug. 27. Come Sept. 1, Parker Botkin commences an annual tradition: "two months of [watching] daily horror movies."

Parker Botkin, a former coworker of mine, does not hide her self-described "autumnal obsession." "Life is too short not to enjoy the stuff you love when you want to," she explained. "Especially when San Francisco gets weirdly hot in October and ruins the Halloween vibe during the actual season." 

This week, on Aug. 21—exactly 71 days before Halloween—Dunkin' Donuts dropped three gourd-themed delights. Available now, hot or iced for your drinking pleasure, are the Pumpkin Signature Latte, Pumpkin Flavored Coffee, and the brand-new Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Signature Latte. 

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Aug 22, 2019

U.S.-Denmark Relations Are Now in the Hands of a Conspiracy-Loving, Climate-Denying Ex-Actress
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe United States ambassador tasked with cleaning up bizarrely strained relations with Denmark in the wake of Donald Trump's failed attempt to buy Greenland is a frequent retweeter of conspiracy theories who once starred in a movie so bad it was parodied on Mystery Science Theater 3000. 

Carla Sands heads the U.S. mission to the Kingdom of Denmark, after having been confirmed to the post in 2017. Up until a few days ago, her time in the country was largely uneventful, save for a few domestic hiccups around the Trump administration's LGBT policy and a more contentious dispute over Germany's partnership with Russia on a gas pipeline. 

But that has now changed after President Trump cancelled a trip to Denmark and subsequently accused the country's prime minister of being "nasty" for quickly dismissing his desire to purchase Greenland.

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Aug 22, 2019

This Isn't the Madman Theory. This Is a Madman President.
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyAt this moment, on another Earth, a man is locked in a padded cell, nodding to the gibbering chorus of voices in his head and smearing out his manifesto on the grimy walls of the asylum using a jagged fingernail and his bodily fluids.

This chorus tells him things, you see. They warn him of the many hands posed to strike him, and demand revenge for every slight. They praise him, stroke his ego, and feed his rage.

On this Earth, the asylum is the bedlam of 1600 Pennsylvania, the inmate is the President of the United States, and instead of managing this dangerous patient, the staff sings his praises and encourages his worst behaviors.

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Aug 21, 2019

Democrats Are Feuding About Susan Sarandon Because 2016 Won't Die
Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/GettyThe latest sign of discord within the Democratic Party has all the trimmings of a made-for-2020 moment: celebrity controversy, Twitter outrage, and a re-litigation of 2016.  

As nearly two dozen candidates compete for the party's nomination, tensions between two prominent Democrats--the president of a liberal think tank and co-chair of a presidential campaign--erupted into public view on Tuesday night, reopening old wounds from the last campaign that have never really healed.

The exchange started with a tweet from Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress, in response to an article that reported the mayor of Dayton, Ohio needed extra security after President Trump insulted her following a recent mass shooting in the city.  

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Aug 21, 2019

‘Sickened': Naomi Campbell Discusses Jeffrey Epstein in Weird Video
Mark Mainz/GettySupermodel Naomi Campbell says that while she knew Jeffrey Epstein, she knew nothing of his "indefensible" crimes.

Campbell addressed her ties to Epstein in a strange video she released in response to a Mail on Sunday article that questioned why she was receiving a humanitarian award when she has "rubbed shoulders" with people like the accused sex-trafficker.

The 49-year-old fashion star said she was introduced to the financier on her 31st birthday by her then-boyfriend, Italian businessman Flavio Briatore, who threw a party for her on a yacht.

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Aug 21, 2019

The Trump Doctrine Is Sicker and More Terrifying Than Ever
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyYou've heard of the Truman Doctrine. The Reagan Doctrine. The Bush Doctrine. The Powell Doctrine. The Obama Doctrine. Maybe you liked them, maybe you didn't. But they existed, and you could roughly define what they were.

But what in the world is the Trump Doctrine? It's whatever oozes out of his brain at any given moment, and this week may already constitute the most gob-smacking series of oozes in his presidency. I know that's a big claim, but seriously. We all should, even though it's shocking and potentially dangerous to the world, savor this moment in a way. It's not often we get to see any public person, let alone the president of the United States, melt down like this in front of our eyes.

First: Russia back in the G8? Hey, why not! It was Barack Obama's fault in the first place! Yes, maybe the Russians shot down a commercial airliner, killing 300 people. And maybe they invaded a sovereign country—where they're still at war, by the way, which they always denied perpetrating. And maybe the entire rest of the G8 agreed that Russia had to go. 

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Aug 21, 2019

Scouted: Eddie Bauer Is Taking Up to 50% Off Jeans for Men and Women
I am in the camp that one can never have too many pairs of jeans. If you also feel the same, take advantage of Eddie Bauer's one-day flash sale on jeans. Pick up a pair for as low as $20.

The top-rated women's Voyager Jeans are down to $40 (50% off) and feature four-way stretch and a cotton/poly/spandex blend that is both breathable and moisture-wicking. Best of all, they're stain resistant, so you can put them through the ringer and come out unscathed. Men should pick up the Straight Fit Authentic Jeans now that they're down to $30 (50% off). These straight leg jeans are handcrafted to keep you looking great and feeling great. Whichever pair you pick up from the sale, you're getting high-quality denim for a killer price. | Shop at Eddie Bauer

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Aug 21, 2019

Second Video Emerges of California High-School Students Giving Nazi Salute
via TwitterA second video has surfaced of high-school students in Pacifica, California singing a Nazi song and giving a Nazi salute, a day after The Daily Beast uncovered a nearly identical incident involving the same students.

On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that 10 members of the Pacifica High School boys' water polo team in Garden Grove, California were filmed before an awards ceremony last year giving the salute once used to greet Adolf Hitler and singing a song performed for German troops during World War II. The school subsequently said the incident occurred in an unsupervised banquet room.

By Wednesday, a second video also reportedly filmed last year showed members of the same team making the same Nazi salute and singing another German song. In the footage, one student can be seen wearing a Confederate flag.

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Aug 21, 2019

Yale Professor Lured Students to Caribbean Island to ‘Molest' Them, Investigation Finds
Chris Jackson"So, about what happened...," said Yale Medical School professor Eugene Redmond, one hungover and humid morning on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, where he and a cohort of students were researching Parkinson's disease.

Redmond and John*, an intern, had gone out the night before with a group to celebrate the rising sophomore's birthday, sharing dinner and drinks near the medical research facility the professor ran on the island. 

But they'd all had too much to drink, and that night, when John laid down in bed, he was so drunk he could barely keep his eyes open or speak.

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Aug 21, 2019

Scouted: Amazon Is Cutting $164 off the Vitamix Venturist, a Renewed Model of the Versatile Blender
From morning smoothies to quick weeknight soups and much more, the top-rated Vitamix Venturist V1200 has you covered. And today only, a renewed model of the Venturist is going for $286, or 36% off the model's full-price. 

With variable speeds and lots of versatile options to help you stir things up, the high-powered blender is able to give you anything from cool, chunky salsa to warm, creamy soup. You can do it all with just the blender. Pulse, time, clean, and invariably create food however you want with the Venturist. A cool-running motor will make less noise than most and a second 20-ounce container will let you make something just for you that you can pop off and run out the door with. From smoothies to ice creams, purees, and pesto, your options are limitless (and more affordable) here. What does renewed mean? We're talking about an Amazon inspection and testing process that gives you a near-perfect product and a 90-day guarantee in case it doesn't meet your expectations. For 36% less than a new model, you're getting all the top performance you want from your brand new Vitamix blender. Just remember to grab it before the day ends and the sale with it. | Get it on Amazon

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Aug 21, 2019

‘Dancing With the Stars' Casts Sean Spicer—and Host Tom Bergeron Is Not Happy
Paul MorigiHours after it was revealed on Good Morning America that the next season of Dancing with the Stars will feature former Trump White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the ABC show's longtime host Tom Bergeron took to Twitter to voice his disapproval of the casting choice.

In a statement, shared via screenshot, with the caption "Some thoughts about today," Bergeron explained that he offered his suggestions for the 28th season in a meeting with the show's executive producer a few months ago. Bergeron recalled that he hoped the show "would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations" following its year-long hiatus.

The television personality, who has hosted Dancing with the Stars since 2005, did not explicitly name Spicer, though it is safe to assume he is referring to Trump's first top flack, whose tenure was marred by repeated blunders.

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Aug 21, 2019

Fox News Tried to Get Jill Abramson to Call the New York Times Biased. It Backfired.
During a lengthy Fox News interview on Wednesday morning, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson repeatedly frustrated America's Newsroom anchors Sandra Smith and Jon Scott as she rebuffed their attempts to get her to criticize the paper's coverage of President Trump.

In recent days, Fox News has been laser-focused on a transcript of the newspaper's recent town-hall meeting, claiming it showed current Times executive editor Dean Baquet admitting the paper switched narratives from the Russia investigation to racism in an effort to take out the president. 

Abramson, who has not been shy in her criticism of the paper she once ran, began the segment by immediately praising Baquet as "really doing a brilliant job" under the circumstances of Trump's presidency.

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Aug 21, 2019

Team Bernie: The Press Has a ‘Personal Bias' Against Him and Find His Supporters ‘Annoying'
Chip Somodevilla/GettyBernie Sanders' campaign manager said in an interview that the political press has a "personal bias" against the Senator and that its members find his supporters "annoying," in what is the latest volley from the Democratic-Socialist's campaign directed at the fourth estate. 

"I wish I could check at the outset of every reporter's ‘story' about Bernie Sanders, I would love to ask them: ‘What do you personally think of Bernie Sanders?'" campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in an interview with The Daily Beast. "For whatever reason, he gets under their skin. He draws an emotional chord in a different way that ends up impacting and affecting the bias I think or at least the way in which stories are crafted and written about him in particular is different."

Shakir's remarks don't appear derived from any direct conversations; merely a hunch about the ideological leanings of the political press corps. But they illustrate the level of distrust with which Bernie's team has increasingly come to view those covering their campaign. 

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Aug 21, 2019

Trump Talk About ‘Disloyal' Jews Isn't Just Anti-Semitic—It's Anti-American
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyPresident Donald Trump's latest remark about American Jews - that the 79% of us who support Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty" - isn't just anti-Semitic. It's anti-American.

On the one hand, obviously, accusing Jews of disloyalty is an age-old anti-Semitic canard, dating back not only hundreds of years in Europe but literally to the dawn of the Jewish people itself. In Exodus 1:9, the Egyptian Pharaoh tells his followers: "let us deal wisely with them… lest they join themselves unto our enemies and fight us against us."

On the other hand, the way that accusation is normally phrased is the way Pharaoh put it: that Jews are more loyal to their own interests than to the nations in which they find themselves. That's why left-wing accusations against AIPAC, Sheldon Adelson, and the so-called "Israel Lobby" must carefully avoid that ancient canard, and are called out when they fail to do so. As in the case, most recently, of Rep. Ilhan Omar's comment that American support for Israel is "all about the Benjamins."

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Aug 21, 2019

Scouted: Get Prepared for Fall and Winter With Up to 50% Off Sorel Boots, Heels, and More at Nordstrom Rack
Summer may still be making us sweat and dream about being at the beach, but fall will come quickly behind it. And after fall comes the wet, dreary days of winter, so you'd better be prepared. If you haven't thought about what your winter gear is since last year, now's your chance for an upgrade that will make a difference to your overall winter experience. Nordstrom Rack is taking up to 50% off dozens of Sorel styles right now.

Choose from the classic Tofino II Boot, that has a faux fur trim to keep the cold out and a waterproof exterior to keep the wet out. It's on sale for $100 (41% off) and will take you through the winter with ease. Or you could try the fashion-forward (but still waterproof) Margo Lace-Up Boot. It's made from waterproof full-grain leather and has an EVA memory footbed for added cushion. Grab it now for $100 (50% off). But if you're not ready to give up those open-toed options, there are a bunch of sandals, like the best-selling Nadia Heeled Sandal for $97 (25% off), also on

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Aug 21, 2019

Scouted: Get an Extra 40% Off Hundreds and Hundreds of Cole Haan's Sale Styles
Cole Haan wants to help you bring the season to its inevitable finale with its End of Summer Sale. Right now, you can get an extra 40% of every single item on sale, which translates to about 300 men's items and 500 women's items.

The men's 2.ZERØGRAND Lined Laser Wingtip Oxford is down to $143.97 (52% off) and you can get it any of its six colors. It's styled to fit any occasion, from the office to a destination wedding. And this oxford carries substantial tech in its soles like energy foam that keep things bouncy and an outsole designed for flexibility and to keep your feet happy. Or grab yourself the Kai Nylon Weekender, an elevated weekender for your everyday life. Down to $132 (51% off), the rip-resistant nylon and high-style design are just some of the features making this bag your perfect companion for

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Aug 21, 2019

Pope Refuses to Condemn Pedophile Cardinal Pell, Even After Losing Sex-Abuse Appeal
Mark Dadswell/ReutersROME—On Monday, the shutters of Australian Cardinal George Pell's lavish apartment in the shadow of St. Peter's Basilica were open and cleaners could be seen dusting the window sills. Pell had clearly hoped that he would be free to return to this upper-floor flat and to the life he once enjoyed. But on Wednesday, three Melbourne judges decided that Pell will be staying in an Australian jail after being convicted of child sexual abuse.

"By a majority of two to one, the court of appeal has dismissed Cardinal Pell's appeal against his conviction," Chief Justice Anne Ferguson announced.

Pell was said to have been sitting with his head bowed as the decision was announced, while cheers from outside the building could be heard as Ferguson explained the decision.

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Aug 21, 2019

Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes Blame Each Other For Memorial Day Break Up
InstagramHolidays can be hell on relationships—and Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx's break-up goes back to a Memorial Day row, it is now being reported.

The couple, who have broken up after six years together, spent much of their relationship dating surreptitiously, reportedly to avoid jeopardizing a bizarre divorce clause allegedly insisted upon by Holmes' ex, Tom Cruise, which apparently specified she should not be seen dating anyone within five years of divorcing the thin-skinned Scientologist.

No such clause seems to apply in Holmes's dealings with Foxx, who is already flaunting a new relationship with a much younger model and singer named Sela Vave. Vave, 21, has posted several pictures on social media of herself with Foxx, 51.

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Aug 21, 2019

Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes Blame Each Other for Memorial Day Breakup
InstagramHolidays can be hell on relationships—and Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx's breakup goes back to a Memorial Day row, it is now being reported.

The couple, who have broken up after six years together, spent much of their relationship dating surreptitiously, reportedly to avoid jeopardizing a bizarre divorce clause allegedly insisted upon by Holmes' ex Tom Cruise, which apparently specified she should not be seen dating anyone within five years of divorcing the thin-skinned Scientologist.

No such clause seems to apply in Holmes' dealings with Foxx, who is already flaunting a new relationship with a much younger model and singer named Sela Vave. Vave, 21, has posted several pictures on social media of herself with Foxx, 51.

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Aug 21, 2019

Military Insider Accused of Stealing Millions from Veterans and a Former Prisoner of War
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstA Department of Defense insider abused his access to veterans' medical records for years to help an international fraud ring steal millions of dollars in benefits from elderley and disabled veterans, according to federal prosecutors.

An indictment unsealed Tuesday night claimed that an American citizen living in the Philippines, Robert Wayne Boling, Jr., served as the ringleader of the group, teaming up with Fredrick Brown, a medical records technician at an U.S. Army garrison in South Korea who was able to pick out vulnerable targets. 

Three others are alleged to have facilitated the scheme either by finding "money mules" to receive the stolen funds or gathering additional personal information on the targets to ensure everything went smoothly.

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Aug 21, 2019

Going 10 Rounds With Top Bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana
Kate BerryWhat do you like to drink after a shift? "Beer and a shot! The standard! If you've just broken down the bar (or you're in a friend's place, and they/the team have) it's unfair to mess it up, or even get ice, so a tiny/bottle plus a dram or something is ideal."

What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? "I'm the person getting weird looks from patrons and pals alike as I put on "N.I.B" by Black Sabbath."

After all these years bartending and creating drinks, do you still enjoy going out to bars? "I love it! And I seem to be one of the rare bartenders who actually likes to drink cocktails!"

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Aug 21, 2019

Could Stem Cells Be the Key to Organ Regeneration?
GettyBy Tobias Deuse, Professor of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

Many of the most common diseases, like heart failure, liver failure, Type 1 diabetes and Parkinson's disease, occur when cells or whole organs fail to do their job. Wouldn't it be fantastic if it were possible to replace cells in these defunct organs? That is exactly what physician-scientists in the field of regenerative medicine are trying to do.

I am a surgeon and stem cell scientist and am interested in regenerating failing organs with stem cells—because for many diseases we don't have good treatment options yet.

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Aug 21, 2019

Arms Race Redux! A U.S. Intermediate Range Nuclear Missile Test Shows Russia Was Right to Worry
Scott HoweThe U.S. military has test-fired a new kind of nuclear-capable cruise missile. A weapon that, just 16 days earlier, was banned from the American and Russian arsenals under a 1987 treaty.

The successful test on Sunday of an intermediate-range, ground-launched Tomahawk cruise missile reintroduces a previously defunct type of atomic weapon, effectively reversing 32 years of successful arms-control. It also appears to confirm Russia's fears about American intentions as Washington and Moscow backslide into Cold War-style mutual mistrust. 

The Pentagon tried to portray the Sunday launch in California as just a boring trial. "Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform [the Defense Department's] development of future intermediate-range capabilities," the military stated. 

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Aug 21, 2019

How did the Muslim Brotherhood Fall So Far, So Fast?
Mohamed Abd El Ghany/ReutersBy Ahmet T. Kuru, Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University

Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first-ever democratically elected president, died unexpectedly during a trial in June 2019. He was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, an almost century-old Islamist group that rose to power after the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.

Its political tenure was short. Morsi was deposed by a coup in 2013, on the one-year anniversary of his election. Egypt's new military regime declared the Muslim Brotherhood, whose political coalition received 38 percent of the votes in the 2011 parliamentary elections, a terrorist organization. Its members have been arrested, jailed and tortured. Morsi was sentenced to death, though the sentence was overturned on appeal.



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Aug 21, 2019

By Pushing Out Filthy Rich Vladimir Plahotniuc, Moldova Takes the Lead in ‘De-Oligarchization'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo Vadim Denisov/GettyCHISINAU, Moldova—Vladimir Plahotniuc was the richest man in Europe's poorest country. Before he fled, allegedly to the United States, his tentacles seemed to be everywhere. He ran a political party, a bank, a scrap metal business and was inclined, his critics say, to post sex tapes of his opponents on the internet. 

American diplomats had cultivated Plahotniuc as a force to stand up against Russia, but law enforcement also accused him of laundering money for Russians. 

Whatever the facts of the matter, to millions of Moldovans he embodied the power of the wealthy and corrupt capitalist class—the oligarchs—and seemed like he would keep his grip on their country forever, until suddenly it slipped.

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Aug 21, 2019

By Pushing Out Filthy Rich Vladimir Plahotniuc, Moldova Takes the Lead in Ending the Era of the Oligarchs
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo Vadim Denisov/GettyCHISINAU, Moldova—Vladimir Plahotniuc was the richest man in Europe's poorest country. Before he fled, allegedly to the United States, his tentacles seemed to be everywhere. He ran a political party, a bank, a scrap metal business and was inclined, his critics say, to post sex tapes of his opponents on the internet. 

American diplomats had cultivated Plahotniuc as a force to stand up against Russia, but law enforcement also accused him of laundering money for Russians. 

Whatever the facts of the matter, to millions of Moldovans he embodied the power of the wealthy and corrupt capitalist class—the oligarchs—and seemed like he would keep his grip on their country forever, until suddenly it slipped.

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Aug 21, 2019

Texas Reps Along Mexico Border: ‘Respect Our Opinions'
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastBy Adam Willis, The Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans—and engages with them—about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. 

On an August morning in West Texas, a caravan rolled across the U.S.-Mexico border, passing through a logjammed checkpoint at the edge of El Paso and into Ciudad Juárez. Packed into a train of vehicles—two vans and seven SUVs—were 21 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, each of them following a new colleague, freshman U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar of El Paso.

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Aug 21, 2019

In New York and London, Fashionistas Prepare for a Fall of Fashion Week Protests
Barcroft Media/Getty Fashion month kicks off in September, when designers from around the world will showcase their spring collections in New York, London, Paris, and Milan.

The looks sent down the runway will predict next year's trends; there will no doubt be bonkers sleeves, freed nipples, and blinding neon. But if protesters have their way, one more theme will be hot for spring 2020: dissent. 

While designers put finishing touches on their pieces, global activist groups are also fine-tuning their fashion week plans. From Donald Trump to climate change, they feel they have a lot to demonstrate against right now, and this autumn editors and influencers will have to trudge through a die-in or sea of signs to find their front row seats. 

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Aug 21, 2019

Hulu Documentary ‘Jawline' Casts a Sharp, Sympathetic Eye on Gen Z's Pretty-boy Influencer Culture
HuluIf words like YouNow, Tanacon, Mikey Barone, or Musical.ly do not ring a bell, Hulu's latest documentary offering, Jawline, will likely make you feel very, very old. But it will also make you glad you are no longer in high school.  

The film tracks the distinct breed of teen boy influencer who gains fame, particularly amongst the tween girl set, through livestreaming and niche platforms like Musical.ly (now called TikTok). In this post-YouTube era, these influencers need not have any marketable skills or preternatural talent to become stars. But they do all seem to fit a similar physical mold—pretty faces, toned but lithe physiques, gravity-defying coifs, and, as the title of the doc suggests, a chiseled jawline. And they all trade, like Beatlemania, in hysterical teenage girl lust.  

Austyn Tester, a wide-eyed 16-year-old from rural Tennessee who wants, more than anything, to be famous, is the film's central subject. He has a fledgling following on the broadcast platform YouNow, and he checks off all the aforementioned physical boxes. Tester also has an irresistibly cheery demeanor and a twangy accent that oozes earnestness as he tells his viewers, "Don't let anybody's opinions keep you from chasing your dreams, okay? If you have a dream, you gotta protect it and chase it, y'all."       



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Aug 21, 2019

The Amateur XXX Site Accused of Conning Young Women Into Porn
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIn 2000, a New Zealand high school grad named Michael Pratt entered the pornography business with the launch of three websites: Wicked Movies, TeenieFlixxx, and Kute Kittens. At the time, Pratt had a pretty standard business model. His pages were affiliate websites, or pages that preview free adult clips and earn commission by linking to paid subscription services. One of his sites, TeenieFlixxx, linked to a platform called Exploited Teens, a porn distributor that trafficked in videos of inexperienced girls in hotel rooms. (The slogan: "The Story of One Man, His Video Camera, and LOTS of Amateur Teenage Girls"). It was a simple idea, but it stuck with Pratt. Six years later, he moved to the United States and started his own production arm with an identical premise and a cavemanish grunt of a name: Girls Do Porn.

Pratt's gimmick hinged on the idea of amateur girls who had never done adult shoots, and never would again. ("This is the one and only time they do porn," the site bragged). He posted ads on Craigslist to find inexperienced recruits—ages 18 to 23—looking for fast money from a one-time gig. For two years, Pratt and his male talent, Doug Wiederhold, shot scenes in hotel rooms across the country, before finally setting up shop in San Diego, California, and launching the service in 2009. It was wildly popular: according to court documents, clips of their videos have been viewed

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Aug 21, 2019

Facebook's First Newsroom Imploded. Now It's Trying Again.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyFacebook has a new plan to hire a team of seasoned journalists who will curate news stories to display to users, not unlike its shuttered "Trending Topics" section.

In its announcement of the news, the company did not say how many journalists it plans to hire. The new deal will curate the News Tab, a separate product from Facebook's News Feed that will appear only in the mobile app. In spite of the plan to hire journalists, the new section will show recent and relevant stories to readers mostly via an algorithm and its editors will not edit headlines or write stories themselves.

"Our goal with the News Tab is to provide a personalized, highly relevant experience for people," Facebook's head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, said in a statement. "The majority of stories people will see will appear in the tab via algorithmic selection. To start, for the Top News section of the tab we're pulling together a small team of journalists to ensure we're highlighting the right stories."

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Aug 21, 2019

Dear White People: After El Paso, You Should Pipe Down and Listen to Us
Mark Ralston/GettyDear White People,

I have been fluctuating between sorrow and rage since the Mexican Massacre in El Paso because of what the shooter did, but also because of how many of you reacted to it.

As a Mexican-American, I love this country—even in the dark times when she doesn't love me back. 

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Aug 21, 2019

Jim Gaffigan: What It's Like to Get ‘Attacked' by Bill O'Reilly
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettySubscribe to The Last Laugh on Apple Podcasts

In April 2017, Jim Gaffigan's wife and writing partner Jeannie was lying in a hospital bed with pneumonia. She had just undergone a nine-hour surgery to remove a benign brain tumor the size of a pear from her head. It just happened that while she was under, Fox News announced it was firing its popular primetime host, Bill O'Reilly, for years of alleged sexual harassment. 

"When she came out of it, she couldn't talk," Gaffigan tells me on this week's episode of The Last Laugh podcast. "I said, ‘Bill O'Reilly's gone.'" 

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Aug 21, 2019

The Obamas' Netflix Takeover Has Officially Begun
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/NetflixJulia Reichert and Steven Bognar were understandably thrilled when American Factory—their new documentary about the opening of a Chinese auto glass factory in Ohio, and the culture-clash issues that ensued—took home the U.S. Documentary Directing prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. But they were just as excited when they began taking meetings with distributors for their latest, and the most interested party turned out to be none other than Barack and Michelle Obama.

"We were astonished," admits Reichert shortly before American Factory's Aug. 21 debut on Netflix and at NYC's IFC Center (with theatrical premieres to follow in Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto and London). "We live in Ohio, which of course is always a swing state, and we had worked really, really hard on the first election of the president, and the second one as well, and we're huge fans."

American Factory will be the first release by the Obamas' Higher Ground Productions as part of their partnership with Netflix, and Bognar acknowledges that their collaboration with the former First Couple (and company co-heads Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis) wasn't the least bit expected. "It was a very big surprise. We did not foresee it at all," he says. "We were kind of blown away." Nonetheless, given the political timeliness of this non-fiction tale, it isn't difficult to see why the Obamas were interested.

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Aug 21, 2019

‘Where's Steve?': Trump Frets as CNN Benches His Biggest Defender
Michele Eve Sandberg/ShutterstockOver the past month, President Donald Trump has asked several administration officials the same question. "Where's Steve?" the president has repeatedly inquired, according to two officials who've heard him do so in the White House.

The "Steve" in question isn't Steve Mnuchin, Miller, Bannon, or Moore. It's Steve Cortes, a member of the Trump 2020 advisory board and a paid on-air contributor at CNN, a perennial media foe of the president's.

Late last week, The Hollywood Reporter published a story on how Cortes had been "benched" by network brass, and hadn't appeared on CNN in the U.S. in more than a month. "They just won't book him," a former CNN contributor told THR. "They'll just pay him. They won't fire him, because that's just blatant. But they won't book him, and they'll tell all the producers not to book him."

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Aug 21, 2019

Trump Is Winning His War on Women
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyOn day 941 of its existence, the Trump administration scored a major victory in its war on women, and their ability to care for and control their own bodies, when it bullied Planned Parenthood out of the Title X program, the federal government's primary funding stream for low-income women's reproductive health care. 

The acting president of Planned Parenthood, Alexis McGill Johnson, explained Monday: "When you have an unethical rule that will limit what providers can tell our patients, it becomes really important that we not agree to be in the program."

And that is exactly what the Department of Health's new rules, implemented this year, do, by prohibiting any recipient of Title X money from referring patients to abortion providers, except in cases of rape, incest, or medical emergency.

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Aug 21, 2019

Scouted: Masktini's Twilight Zone Purifying, Warming Face Mask Will Replace All Your Other Face Masks
It's pretty hard to impress me when it comes to face masks. I have an entire drawer in my bathroom closet dedicated to them but I continue to go back to one: Mastini's Twilight Zone. This powerhouse face mask cleans pores, whisks away dead skin, and helps give you a glowing, smooth face unlike anything else can.

At first, I was incredibly confused. This mask is the thickest mask I've ever put onto my face. But what I quickly found is that because you're supposed to rub it in, unlike a lot of other masks, it evens out pretty quickly.  Rubbing this mask in circles activates a soothing, warming sensation. I'm a huge fan of warming masks (I swear by these "sauna masks" from Montagne Jeunesse that have horrible packaging but work wonders) and this is one of the best I've used. It has black charcoal powder that can help draw out skin impurities and Tahitian black pearl powder for skin resurfacing. After one use of this mask, even after a heavily sweaty day in mid-summer NYC, my face felt and looked like I had just gotten an expensive facial. 

The standout feature of this mask, even more so than the warming, is the smell. It sounds weird, but stick with me. Most face masks that are made to help draw impurities out of your skin are clay-based. Clay-based masks smell, well, like clay. They have an earth, dirt smell that reminds me of being a 3rd grader in art class making pinch pots—not my favorite for a skin care item. But this has a bright citrus scent that is refreshing but not artificial-smelling.  And, because it doesn't have clay, it doesn't dry up and tighten like traditional purifying masks. To get all these benefits previously, I'd have to use three of my

The Daily Beast
Aug 20, 2019

Anderson Cooper: ‘If You Can't Be Tough With the NRA, Go After the Danish Prime Minister'
Following President Trump's sudden Tuesday night announcement that he was canceling his Denmark trip because the Danish won't entertain the idea of selling Greenland to him, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper observed that the president couldn't seem to muster the same tough talk in his dealings with the National Rifle Association.

After it was reported earlier this week that Trump had repeatedly asked his advisers about the idea of purchasing Greenland from Denmark, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called the notion "absurd," leading to Trump's Twitter blow-off of his upcoming visit.

Asking CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta about the latest developments on Trump's canceled trip, Cooper pointed out that this all came across as a comedy bit on late-night TV.

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Aug 20, 2019

Trump Administration Launches Most Brazen Attack on Protections for Young Migrants
Loren Elliott/AFP/GettyIn a stunning provocation, the Trump administration reportedly plans to announce on Wednesday that it will abrogate a decades-old legal agreement in order to indefinitely detain immigrant families in government custody.

The planned termination of the original Flores Settlement Agreement, a 1997 court order that regulates the conditions and duration of detention for underage migrants, is President Donald Trump's most aggressive—and most legally suspect—attempt to circumvent legal protections for undocumented children since his disastrous "zero tolerance" policy resulted in the separation of thousands of immigrant families.

The Daily Caller first reported the impending changes to the agreement on Tuesday evening, quoting a senior administration official as saying that "today the administration is closing one of the legal loopholes that has allowed human traffickers and smugglers to exploit our vulnerabilities at the southern border."

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Aug 20, 2019

Trump Administration Launches Plan to Indefinitely Detain Migrant Children
Loren Elliott/AFP/GettyIn a stunning escalation, the Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it will abrogate a decades-old legal agreement in order to indefinitely detain immigrant families.

The proposed termination of what's known as the Flores agreement is President Donald Trump's most aggressive—and most legally suspect—attempt to circumvent legal protections for undocumented children since his disastrous "zero tolerance" policy resulted in the separation of thousands of immigrant families.

"No child should be a pawn in a scheme to manipulate our immigration system," Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan told reporters in a press conference on Wednesday morning. "This action by the administration is just one part of our overall effort, but it's an essential one."

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Aug 20, 2019

Cardinal George Pell Loses His Appeal of Clerical Sex Abuse Conviction
Mark Dadswell/ReutersROME- On Monday, the shutters of Australian Cardinal George Pell's lavish apartment in the shadow of St. Peter's basilica were open and cleaners could be seen dusting the window sills. Pell had clearly hoped that he would be free to return to this upper-floor flat and to the life he once enjoyed. But on Wednesday, three Melbourne judges decided that Pell will be staying in jail.

"By a majority of two to one, the court of appeal has dismissed Cardinal Pell's appeal against his conviction," Chief Justice Anne Ferguson announced. He will be "eligible for parole after he has served 3 years and 8 months," she said.

Last February, Pell, 78, was convicted on charges he sexually abused two choir boys in a Melbourne cathedral in the late 1990s. He was sentenced to six years in Melbourne Assessment Prison last February, and has spent the last 175 days in solitary confinement. 

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Aug 20, 2019

Decision Time for Pope After Cardinal George Pell Loses Sex Abuse Appeal
Mark Dadswell/ReutersROME- On Monday, the shutters of Australian Cardinal George Pell's lavish apartment in the shadow of St. Peter's basilica were open and cleaners could be seen dusting the window sills. Pell had clearly hoped that he would be free to return to this upper-floor flat and to the life he once enjoyed. But on Wednesday, three Melbourne judges decided that Pell will be staying in jail.

"By a majority of two to one, the court of appeal has dismissed Cardinal Pell's appeal against his conviction," Chief Justice Anne Ferguson announced.

Pell is said to have been sitting with his head bowed as the decision was announced, while cheers from outside the building could be heard as Ferguson explained the decision.

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Aug 20, 2019

Decision Time for Pope After Cardinal George Pell Loses Sex-Abuse Appeal
Mark Dadswell/ReutersROME—On Monday, the shutters of Australian Cardinal George Pell's lavish apartment in the shadow of St. Peter's Basilica were open and cleaners could be seen dusting the window sills. Pell had clearly hoped that he would be free to return to this upper-floor flat and to the life he once enjoyed. But on Wednesday, three Melbourne judges decided that Pell will be staying in an Australian jail after being convicted of child sexual abuse.

"By a majority of two to one, the court of appeal has dismissed Cardinal Pell's appeal against his conviction," Chief Justice Anne Ferguson announced.

Pell was said to have been sitting with his head bowed as the decision was announced, while cheers from outside the building could be heard as Ferguson explained the decision.

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Aug 20, 2019

Florida Man Botched Castration on Victim He Met Through Dark Web Fetish Site: Authorities
Highlands County Sheriff's OfficeA Florida man was arrested Monday after allegedly botching a castration surgery on another man he met online through a fetish website, authorities said. 

Gary Van Ryswyk, 74, has been charged with second-degree felony of practicing medicine without a license resulting in bodily injury for the August 18 incident, according to the Highlands County Sheriff's Office. 

Deputies arrived to Van Ryswyk's home in Central Florida just before midnight on Sunday to respond to "a 911 hang-up," the sheriff's office said in an unusually flippant, pun-filled news release. 

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Aug 20, 2019

Scouted: Lululemon's 'We Made Too Much Sale' Is Full of Activewear You'll Want to Wear All the Time
Lululemon is back again with a treasure trove of deals on activewear you'll want to wear even when you aren't active. And while the We Made Too Much section is always on the site, it's not often that they add a bunch of new styles. But right now, the sale section is chock full of new work-ready styles that you'll want to take advantage of. We decided to choose five of the best for you to start with.

Throw It On Dress, $99 (originally $118): This lightweight dress is made from sweat-wicking fabric and has UV protection. Wear it to work with a pair of heels or to the beach during the last days of summer.

On the Fly Pant Woven, $79 (originally $118): Coming in four different colors, these slightly cropped pants are versatile, comfortable, and made to stay cool and wrinkle-free.

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Aug 20, 2019

Trump Tells NRA's Wayne LaPierre Universal Background Checks Are Off the Table: Report
Alex Wong/GettyPresident Trump reportedly called embattled NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday to tell him universal background checks were off the table as a legislative response to the shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

The call, reported by The Atlantic, is the latest, and most direct, case of Trump backing away from a proposal that he seemed to embrace in the aftermath of those two recent mass shootings. And it left officials on the Hill scrambling for answers. One office that has consulted with the White House on background checks legislation said they had not been informed that the president was shelving the idea, despite the report. 

"Senator Manchin and his team are taking their lead from the president and have not been told to stand down on background checks," said Jonathan Kott, a spokesman for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), the chief Democratic sponsor on the major bipartisan background checks legislation. 

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Aug 20, 2019

Trump Tells NRA's Wayne LaPierre Universal Background Checks Off The Table: Report
Alex Wong/GettyPresident Trump reportedly called embattled NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday to tell him universal background checks were off the table as a legislative response to the shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

The call, reported by The Atlantic, is the latest, and most direct, case of Trump backing away from a proposal that he seemed to embrace in the aftermath of those two recent mass shootings. And it left officials on the Hill scrambling for answers. One office that has consulted with the White House on background checks legislation said that they had not been informed that the president was shelving the idea, despite the report. 

"Senator Manchin and his team are taking their lead from the president and have not been told to stand down on background checks," said Jonathan Kott, a spokesman for Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), the chief Democratic sponsor on the major bipartisan background checks legislation. 

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Aug 20, 2019

Police Arrest Two Louisiana Men in 39-Year-Old Cold Case Murder of Teen
Rapides Parish Sheriff's OfficeAfter nearly four decades, Louisiana police have charged two men they believe brutally raped and murdered an 18-year-old girl before disposing of her body in the woods.

Leo Laird, 64, and Gary Haymon, 54, were both charged on Monday in the death of 18-year-old Donna Gayle Brazzell, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office. 

The young woman's skeletal remains were found near Nichols Cemetery Road in 1980, but authorities were unable to identify them until last month.

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Aug 20, 2019

Fox News Host Quickly Moves On After GOP Rep. Says Tlaib ‘Hates Jews More Than She Likes Her Grandmother'
Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner swiftly brushed aside a Republican congressman's inflammatory comments about Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) on Tuesday, briefly expressing shock when Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) said Tlaib "hates Jews more than she likes her grandmother" before ultimately moving on.

Green, who was part of a group of lawmakers who recently traveled to Israel, appeared on Fox News' Outnumbered Overtime to discuss Israel's controversial decision to bar Reps. Tlaib and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from entering the country.

Reacting to the two Muslim congresswomen's recent press conference denouncing the travel restrictions, Green claimed everything they said in the presser was an "absolute lie" before taking aim at Tlaib, who cried while talking about her Palestinian grandmother.

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Aug 20, 2019

‘Now We Have a Voice': Survivors of NYC Pediatrician File Lawsuits in Wake of Child Victims Act
Sean Gallup/Getty Images"Now we have a voice," Mark* told The Daily Beast on Tuesday, after he and other survivors filed lawsuits against the hospital where they say they were among more than 200 other children sexually abused by a prominent New York physician.

Dr. Reginald Archibald, who worked at Rockefeller University Hospital for 40 years as a pediatric endocrinologist and growth specialist, was first publicly accused of being a serial sexual predator in Oct. 2018 when 17 men came forward with allegations against him in The New York Times.

The hospital hired law firm Debevoise & Plimpton to conduct an investigation, and a damning report released in May revealed that officials were aware of such complaints as early as 1961.

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Aug 20, 2019

Ex-MLB Stars Luis Castillo and Octavio Dotel Arrested in Dominican Republic for Alleged Drug Money Laundering
Photo Illustration by the Daily Beast/GettyTwo former Major League Baseball stars were arrested in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday in what officials called "the largest operation against organized crime" in the country. 

Octavio Dotel and Luis Castillo were among the 18 people arrested as part of a drug-trafficking and money-laundering investigation conducted with the help of U.S. authorities, Dominican Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez said in a press conference. Officials said the two former pro athletes are linked to a drug-trafficking network led by Cesear Emilio "El Abusador" Peralta, who is still being sought by authorities. 

The arrests were originally reported in Spanish-language press and highlighted by American reporter Danny Gold.

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Aug 20, 2019

Man Accused of Murdering Mackenzie Lueck Sexually Abused Another Woman: Authorities
Reuters/Rebecca CookOver a year before University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck's charred remains were found in a shallow grave, the man accused in her murder allegedly tried to kidnap and sexually abuse another woman, the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

Ayoola Ajayi, a 31-year-old former Army IT specialist, has been charged with one count of aggravated kidnapping and three counts of forcible sexual abuse after the woman reported she was assaulted at his home in March 2018. 

Prosecutors allege Ajayi abused the woman, only identified in the charging documents as K.W., after the two met on a dating app. After one "in-person meeting," Ajayi invited K.W "to his home to cook her dinner" on March 10, 2018, according to a probable cause affidavit. 

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Aug 20, 2019

Scouted: Buffy Launched Super-Soft Eucalyptus Sheets to Give You Sustainable, Naturally-Dyed Bedding
Ever since I was graced with the presence of a Buffy comforter in my life, I have been singing its praises. It's sustainable, breathable, and above all else, really freakin' soft. So when they told me they were launching sheets made from a similar sustainable eucalyptus fabric as the comforter, I could hear the angels singing (it may be been me).

The Buffy comforters are called The Cloud because of how soft it is and The Breeze for how lightweight it is, but these sheets should be called… something that's softer and lighter than that. Puppy fur. Marshmallows. They're soft in a way that makes you want to cuddle immediately. The new Eucalyptus Sheets are made from 100% eucalyptus, which makes them crazy-sustainable and cool-to-the-touch. And, in a departure from their other products, Buffy is trying out colors. Using natural dyes like turmeric, pomegranate, and gardenia, the sheets have the option of soft neutrals like

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Aug 20, 2019

Ex-NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch ‘Unsure Why' the Group Is Still Using Her In Ads
Lucas Jackson/ReutersThe National Rifle Association cut ties with conservative pundit Dana Loesch in June, but that hasn't stopped them from using her in a new membership campaign—apparently without giving her a heads up. 

The NRA purchased eight Facebook ads last week featuring minute-long videos of Loesch promoting the organization and its policy battles against perceived foes in the Democratic Party and the press. Each ad links to a website that beckons new membership sign-ups.

"I was not aware that the ads were still running and am unsure why this is," Loesch told The Daily Beast in an email.

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Aug 20, 2019

Epstein Victim Says He Forced Her to Marry Female Recruiter
A victim of Jeffrey Epstein claims that he forced her to marry another young woman, one of his recruiters, in a sham union that allowed the foreign bride to stay in the United States and continue working for his sex-trafficking operation, a new lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit was one of three new claims just filed against Epstein's estate, which lay out disturbing new details about the extent to which the disgraced financier, who died by suicide in a Manhattan correctional facility this month, tormented his young victims.

One plaintiff, identified in the court documents as "Katlyn Doe," outlines how Epstein coerced her into marriage—and continued to sexually abuse her after her forced union.

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Aug 20, 2019

New Lawsuits Against Jeffrey Epstein Estate Say Financier Forcibly Used Sex Toy on Victim, Took Passport
Three new lawsuits against the estate of Jeffrey Epstein lay out disturbing new details about the extent to which the disgraced financier, who died by suicide in a Manhattan correctional facility this month, tormented his young victims.

One of the plaintiffs, known as "Priscilla Doe" in the brief, says she was just 20 when she was introduced to Epstein through Ghislaine Maxwell, now at the center of the next phase of the investigation into sexual impropriety. Priscilla alleges that Epstein acted as a sort of sexual instructor, teaching her the "proper way" to pleasure him the way he liked it. She claims that he took her passport when she visited him at his U.S. Virgin Islands estate, often referred to as Pedophile Island. Priscilla also says she met movers and shakers, including the Sultan of Dubai. But her duties were not just sexual; she says she was also made to do domestic chores, including serving hors d'oeuvres at a private party Epstein held with director Woody Allen, who is not implicated in this case.

Priscilla also said that Epstein commonly bragged about his famous friends, including Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, and the Sultan of Dubai.

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Aug 20, 2019

Mormon High Priest Put Creepy Cam Over H&M Changing Room Door: Cops
George Frey/Getty ImagesA high councilor with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was removed from his position on the administration of several Salt Lake City congregations after he was accused of filming a woman in an H&M dressing room.

Steven Murdock, an affidavit alleges, presented himself as an employee and guided the young woman, Alondra Alcala, into a room to try on clothes at the Opry Mills Mall in Nashville on Tuesday. When Alcala began changing, she told officers that she saw a black object at the corner of her stall—then realized it was a phone. 

"I thought it was a joke," Alcala told FOX 17. "I thought it was a prank, I thought somebody was just messing with me."

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Aug 20, 2019

Scouted: Saving $30 on the Echo Dot Is Great—and So Is Getting a Smart Plug for $5
In a world where time is ever-valuable, saving even the smallest amount is paramount. That's why smart plugs, ones that you control with your voice through smart devices or your smartphone, are instrumental in giving us back seconds, that add to minutes, that add to hours in our life. If you want to experience this for yourself, this deal on an Echo Dot and a smart plug from TP-Link is for you.  

To start, the Echo Dot is down to $30, $5 more than its lowest price during Prime Day. And that, in and of itself, is a pretty good deal on Amazon's wunderkind smart device. But, if you want to add a little extra oomph to your new smart speaker, you can get a TP-Link smart plug for just $5. Normally priced at over $20, this little plug allows you to make practically any previously manual device into a voice-controlled gadget.  Tell Alexa to turn your bedroom light on or flip on the fan. Give your old AC unit new life with the addition of a simple smart plug. You'll be fully immersed in 2019 tech in no time. | Get it on Amazon

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Aug 20, 2019

Flight Logs Reportedly Link Prince Andrew to Alleged Jeffrey Epstein Victim Virginia Roberts
Duncan McGlynnFlight logs for Jeffrey Epstein's private jet reportedly suggest that Prince Andrew was in the same part of the world as Virginia Roberts Giuffre on at least three occasions.

Giuffre alleges she was "given" to Andrew by Epstein three times.

The flight logs for Epstein's luxury black Gulfstream jet are private, but the Daily Mail has obtained entries for March and April 2001, which show that Giuffre was flown around the world by Epstein, while Andrew was touring the globe himself, touching down in similar locations.

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Aug 20, 2019

Scouted: ECCO's New SHAPE SCULPTED MOTION and VITRUS Collections Adapt To Your Feet While You Wear Them
With fall approaching and winter fast behind it, you'll be attending events, parties, and conferences that ask for—how should we say— that wintery polished look. And ECCO wants to help you find the perfect pair of shoes for those occasions and the seasons around them. While ECCO has myriad options in this department, the new men's VITRUS collection and the women's SHAPE SCULPTED MOTION collection really stand for what ECCO has to offer for style and comfort combined.

Both collections aim to blend function in the form of comfort-focused technology with an elevated design that's punctuated by a stylish and sophisticated aesthetic. Being on your feet all day, whether you're running around the office or heading off to drinks afterward, you'll want to have ECCO's proprietary FLUIDFORM tech engineered right into your soles. ECCO uses advanced soft polymers in its builds for supple and lightweight soles that cradle your foot. The support and cushioning in each shoe is designed to form in and around your own anatomy and unique foot shape. In other words, these shoes get to know you.

For example, consider the shank, the supportive bridge that connects a shoe's insole and outsole. ECCO designed ones for its SHAPE SCULPTED MOTION collection that help give you the stability to be confident and comfortable without bending your foot

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Aug 20, 2019

How a Cooling Vest Invented by a Furry Made Its Way Into the U.S. Military
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Courtesy TravisTravis finished 14 years of military service clad ears-to-paws in white fur striped with electric blue.

In his green claws, the former armorer for the U.S. Army held a collection of military insignia, including a Combat Action Badge, signifying that he had engaged with enemy fighters in Iraq. He stood before an amused audience of men in tight haircuts and camouflage as his unit came together to honor his service. 

In his fursuit, Travis is better known as "Stolf," a fantastical big cat blending the features of a snow leopard, tiger, and wolf. He likes the odd motorcycle ride or ski run while dressed up, and enjoys meeting other "furries"—members of an internet subculture centered on dressing up as anthropomorphic animals. 

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Aug 20, 2019

Beto O'Rourke and Julian Castro's Big Blue Dream for Flipping Texas in 2020
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyBy Ross Ramsey, The Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans—and engages with them—about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. 

The Texas politicians in the race for president—that's a way of skipping around Marianne Williamson for a minute—are rebooting.

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Aug 20, 2019

Evan Bergeron Is Gay, Catholic, and Determined To Be Louisiana's First Out LGBT Legislator
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyEvan Bergeron's mother Paula is not just thrilled about her son's candidacy in New Orleans' upcoming District 98 primary election, she is raring to leaflet and canvass.

"She called me and said, ‘Let me know when we can come and knock on doors for you,'" Bergeron told The Daily Beast. "This really is a family endeavor. My mom also just bought my dad a new pair of walking shoes, so they're both ready to go."

Bergeron, a lawyer, could make history in the primary, set for Oct. 12: if victorious, he would become the first openly LGBTQ person ever elected to the Louisiana state legislature and the only openly LGBTQ elected official in the entire state.

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Aug 20, 2019

To Make the GOP Great Again, a Republican Needs to Challenge Trump
Chicago Tribune/GettyIf you're going to launch a new product, September is the time to roll it out. This is perhaps why—here in the final throes of summer—we're hearing renewed rumblings about a Republican primary against Trump.

Consider the trend: In the last few days, former South Carolina Governor and congressman Mark Sanford reiterated his interest in exploring such a challenge; and it was reported that prominent trouble-stirrer and Never Trumper Bill Kristol has spoken to Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci "about trying to find another presidential candidate to replace Trump on the top of the GOP ticket next year."

What is more, former Rep. Joe Walsh (a Tea Party conservative) penned a New York Times op-ed titled, "Trump Needs a Primary Challenge."

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Aug 20, 2019

Senate Democrats Vow to Fight Reopening of For-Profit ‘Child Prison' Homestead
Rhona Wise/AFP/GettyThe nation's largest detention center built to house unaccompanied immigrant children officially shut its doors earlier this month—but not for long. 

In a report last week, the Trump administration indicated it is planning to reopen the center as soon as six weeks from now, leading immigrant rights advocates and members of Congress to call for the permanent closure of the notorious facility, which they have dubbed a "child prison."

"What we're doing to these kids is evil and cruel," Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said in a statement accompanying a letter calling for the closure of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children. "If they thought we wouldn't notice, if they thought we were done fighting their cruelty, they were sorely mistaken."

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Aug 20, 2019

Why Jim Gaffigan Would Rather Joke About Brain Tumors Than Trump
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettySubscribe to The Last Laugh on Apple Podcasts

Jim Gaffigan tried to get Amazon to put the name of his new stand-up special—Quality Time—on every box shipped to customers this month. They said no. 

Quality Time is Gaffigan's seventh hour-long special and Amazon's first foray into the stand-up comedy game, a move widely seen as a bid to challenge Netflix's comedy dominance. The company may not be putting his face on every package, but making a comedian as major as Gaffigan the face of its comedy brand is still a huge deal.

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Aug 20, 2019

When Will White America Be Ready to Talk About Slavery?
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastI was taken by his smooth, leathery brown skin, his broad head covered in fine hair and the dimple in his chin. What I remember most is the slight smile, his kind, yet serious eyes. The formal military photograph, decades old by then and framed in silver, sat on a high shelf in the dining room, above the lace-topped Formica dining-room table. A photo of my brother Terrence, dressed in his stately blue Air Force uniform, stood next to it.

Between tending to his rose bushes and plucking mangoes from a tree out back, my grandfather Roy, a World War II veteran, would often start—though rarely finish—various family stories. Like clockwork, as another tale took flight, my grandmother Catherine—a diminutive creature with a booming voice—would set him right about the facts of the matter and conclude with her own flourishes. Grandpa Roy spoke little of his military service, and I remember just one family conversation he was part of that openly involved race. 

There had been riots in Miami that year and the two of them barely made it through a throng of rock-throwing looters. It was 1980. In Grandma Cat's telling, they came to a makeshift road block. White drivers were dragged from their cars and beaten. Black people were allowed to pass upon inspection. Quickly assessing the situation, Roy waved his clenched fist out the window. Catherine yanked it back, thrusting her own darker arm so the rioters could see it. "Your grandfather and his light-bright-almost-white behind nearly got us killed out there," she said. 

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Aug 20, 2019

The Long Lost Film Predicting How Tourism Would Ruin Jamaica
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/Xenon PicturesThe year is 1972. The man is Jimmy Cliff, squatted with two pistols ready to fire. The clothes are a tiger-print shirt paired with black-and-white striped bell bottoms. Cliff plays Ivan, the criminal superstar of Perry Henzell's film The Harder They Come. The place is the downtown ghetto of Kingston, Jamaica. The soundtrack is Toots & The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, and Jimmy himself. It is the soundtrack that brings reggae music to the world.

"When I first read the script, I asked Perry if he was sure he wanted to show this side of Jamaica to the world," said Jimmy Cliff in an interview with The Daily Beast. Henzell's answer was yes, no matter the consequences.

Loosely based on the true story of a Jamaican outlaw, Rhyging, the film follows Ivan after he moves from the idyllic countryside to the capital of Kingston, and becomes hardened by life in the ghetto. Ivan fails to find work and becomes more and more bitter as he is taken advantage of by a record producer while hustling to become a singer. Inspired by Spaghetti Westerns, Ivan becomes a notorious criminal, eventually leading to his downfall and ultimately his death. However, Cliff wasn't pleased with the ending. "I thought Ivan deserved to have gotten away on the boat and gone and lived in Cuba. He was a revolutionary after all," said Cliff with a chuckle. 

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Aug 19, 2019

Fox News Guest: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Have ‘Grotesque Holocaust Envy'
Fox NewsReacting to the controversy surrounding Israel's decision to deny entry to Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a Fox News guest said on Monday night that the two Muslim congresswomen have "Holocaust envy" because they're "Islamists."

Appearing on Fox News' The Ingraham Angle, Qanta Ahmed—who has written for The Daily Beast in the past—blasted the two progressive lawmakers over their Monday press conference in which they denounced the travel restrictions and claimed Israel was suppressing voices of dissent.

"What you are seeing is a full-blown Islamist propaganda," Ahmed said. "These are professional victim-mongering women who unfortunately have been elected to Congress but are using every tool in the playbook of the Muslim Brotherhood of Islamists."

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Aug 19, 2019

Trump Goes Dark on Gun Control After Pledging Background Checks ‘Like We've Never Had Before'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIt's been roughly half a month since dual mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, forced the president, his administration, and Capitol Hill lawmakers into yet another debate about gun control. And in those short weeks, Donald Trump has already started to pump the brakes on his support for background checks legislation the likes of which, he said, "we've never had before."

"He's started to move on," a White House official conceded, adding that they haven't heard the president discussing the topic in recent days with the same urgency or frequency that punctuated the immediate aftermath of the high-profile shootings. "If it were up to the president, he'd do background checks today. But that's not how it works, and he loses patience [quickly]."

So far this month, President Trump has posted four tweets directly addressing the need for more robust background checks for gun purchases, one fewer than he's posted about Diamond & Silk, the Trump-loving, self-described "Video Vloggers" who make regular appearances on Fox News and Fox Business. 

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Aug 19, 2019

Two Weeks After Mass Shootings, Trump Loses Interest in Gun Control: ‘He's Started to Move On'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIt's been roughly half a month since dual mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, forced the president, his administration, and Capitol Hill lawmakers into yet another debate about gun control. And in those short weeks, Donald Trump has already started to pump the brakes on his support for background checks legislation the likes of which, he said, "we've never had before."

"He's started to move on," a White House official conceded, adding that they haven't heard the president discussing the topic in recent days with the same urgency or frequency that punctuated the immediate aftermath of the high-profile shootings. "If it were up to the president, he'd do background checks today. But that's not how it works, and he loses patience [quickly]."

So far this month, President Trump has posted four tweets directly addressing the need for more robust background checks for gun purchases, one fewer than he's posted about Diamond & Silk, the Trump-loving, self-described "Video Vloggers" who make regular appearances on Fox News and Fox Business. 

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