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The Daily Beast
Apr 08, 2020

Celebs Make Another COVID-19 Video—This Time, They Got It Right
Vivien KillileaBeing a celebrity in the time of COVID-19 is proving to be a challenging task.

While we can now definitely rule out philosophizing from your bath (Madonna) while looking like a precog from Minority Report, or singing the lyrics to the world's most famous hymn to anti-materialism from your million-dollar L.A. hidey-hole, a new effort by Olivia Wilde and a phalanx of "fake doctors" thanking real medical staff fighting the coronavirus may just have nailed it successfully.

Wilde, who played Dr. Remy Hadley on House, got together a string of actors who have played medics for her Instagram video, posting a message that read: "On behalf of fake doctors everywhere, we want to thank the actual health-care superheroes on the front lines of this crisis. On this #worldhealthday please consider donating to buy essential resources for these first responders who are risking their lives for us."

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Apr 08, 2020

Russian State Media Tries to Clean Up Putin's Coronavirus Aid Stunt
Sputnik Photo Agency/ReutersUsually reserved guests on Russian state television can no longer hide their exasperation—and very likely their fear—as their country is forced to face the tidal wave of disease and despair that is the COVID-19 pandemic. And the focus of much of their anger? Kremlin grandstanding with shipments of supplies to the United States in so-far forlorn hopes that the PR stunt will encourage the Americans to lift sanctions. 

Monday, on the popular Russian state TV show 60 Minutes, lawmaker Aleksey Zhuravlyov, deputy of the State Duma, practically unraveled on live TV. When the host, Evgeny Popov, brought up Russia's "humanitarian aid" to the U.S., Zhuravlyov let it rip, pouring out his frustrations in a bombastic fit of fury.

Zhuravlyov showered the surprised host with a blustering condemnation of what he perceived to be an act of aiding Russia's enemies. "Our own doctors don't have enough of what they need—but sure, let's send some humanitarian aid over there!" 

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Apr 08, 2020

Andrew Zimmern Is Here for Your Passover Cooking Needs
Courtesy Madeleine HillChicken Marbella first appeared in recipe form in the 1982 Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. In the 1970s, Lukins ran a catering company in Manhattan. Rosso knew some of her customers, ate her food and their friendship eventually led to a groundbreaking business model for food shops in New York City. In 1977, the duo opened The Silver Palate, a small take-away shop that prepared beautiful meals for the grab-and-go crowd. My family had been catering customers of Sheila's and shopped at the store regularly once it opened.

Chicken Marbella, a Lukins' favorite from the early days of her catering business, became a Jewish holiday and Shabbat dinner party favorite of ours for many decades. I grew up eating The Silver Palate version of this dish. 

For those of you who aren't lucky enough to have tasted this amazing treat prepared by the legend herself, the dish is a smart combination of olives, capers, prunes, oregano, garlic, red wine vinegar, brown sugar and white wine. And, while not intended specifically as a Jewish holiday recipe, it fits the bill perfectly and has been a stalwart in our family for decades. The Mediterranean inspirations are deeply felt, the agrodolce of the Italian kitchen is stacked deep in this dish and yet it all feels like the sweet and sour flavors of your bubbe's kitchen. Maybe it's the prunes?

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Apr 08, 2020

A Chart-Topping Rapper Awaiting Trial for Murder Got Coronavirus in Jail. Now He Wants Out.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty / Broward County Sheriff's OfficeAs of this week, three inmates in Broward County Jail, the massive, 3,400-person jail in South Florida, have tested positive for COVID-19. One of them is YNW Melly. The rapper behind the haunting and melancholic single, "Murder on My Mind," has been held in the facility for more than a year, awaiting trial on two homicide charges, which he vigorously denies. In two court motions filed Friday and Monday the rapper's attorney, Bradford Cohen, called for an emergency release to relocate the rapper, born Jamell Maurice Demons, to a hospital, citing the jail's failures of oversight, environment, and medical preparedness.

"We have the motion filed and we are waiting on the Judge to make a decision regarding the removal of Mr. Demons to a hospital setting," Cohen wrote in a statement to The Daily Beast. "I cannot comment on his condition. I can say the jail has placed him in a cell with another inmate that is positive for corona...which is ill advised according to the CDC. They also are supposed to be checking on him every hour and have failed to do so."

Despite his symptoms, Cohen claims, the jail has failed to comply with medical recommendations, like providing inmates with masks and cleaning supplies, or making hourly check-ups on his condition. "[The guards] are supposed to be monitoring him every hour," Cohen wrote in the filing, "as most medical care physicians have acknowledged that they know very little about the virus—if it can worsen after getting better, if it can return multiple times, and if it does return, if that individual is better or worse off the first time they had the virus."



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Apr 08, 2020

Dem Groups Begin Digital Assault of Trump Over Coronavirus
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettySwing state voters are being targeted with political ads hammering President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the organizations behind the ads are taking steps to ensure that they and their funders remain shrouded from public view.

This week, Not In Our America, a new Facebook advertiser, began buying up promoted space on the platform to attack the administration's coronavirus response in the key 2020 states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Arizona.

The ads are the newest addition to a handful of Democratic and progressive groups going after the president over his handling of the crisis, suggesting he is diverting coronavirus relief aid to "states which are important to his re-election." The amounts spent are relatively small so far. Not In Our America dropped less than $1,600 on Facebook ads on Monday, its first full day in existence. But the ads reached as many as 70,000 people in those four states.

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Apr 08, 2020

A Bipartisan Commission Came Together After 9/11, Post COVID-19 Don't Count On It
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIn the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Democrats and Republicans joined together to demand an in-depth review of how the tragedy happened. The probe that became known as the 9/11 Commission ultimately provided a deep accounting of what went wrong and how those mistakes could be prevented in the future.

Two decades later, that effort is inspiring calls for an exhaustive investigation into the federal government's handling of the coronavirus outbreak and there is broad bipartisan support for a sweeping account of the federal response to COVID-19.  Several members of Congress are already pushing bills to establish "9/11 Commission-style" panels to do just that.

"It's as important, if not more important, than 9/11," said Tim Roemer, one of the 9/11 Commission's members and a former Democratic congressman from Indiana. "And it's going to continue to happen."

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Apr 08, 2020

A Bipartisan Commission Came Together After 9/11. Don't Count on It for COVID-19.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIn the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Democrats and Republicans joined together to demand an in-depth review of how the tragedy happened. The probe that became known as the 9/11 Commission ultimately provided a deep accounting of what went wrong and how those mistakes could be prevented in the future.

Two decades later, that effort is inspiring calls for an exhaustive investigation into the federal government's handling of the coronavirus outbreak and there is broad bipartisan support for a sweeping account of the federal response to COVID-19.  Several members of Congress are already pushing bills to establish "9/11 Commission-style" panels to do just that.

"It's as important, if not more important, than 9/11," said Tim Roemer, one of the 9/11 Commission's members and a former Democratic congressman from Indiana. "And it's going to continue to happen."

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Apr 08, 2020

Wuhan Shows the World Its Post-Coronavirus Future
Noel Celis/GettyHONG KONG—Trains are leaving Wuhan for the first time since January 23, carrying 55,000 people out of the city in one day. Long-haul buses are moving passengers across provinces. Planes are taking off at the airport again. Roadblocks on outbound highways have been removed, and cars have been streaming through since midnight. The lockdown of the first epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic—after doctors who flagged the unusual virus were gagged by authorities—was lifted at midnight local time on Wednesday. 

It's difficult to look back at the lockdown without feeling like it was an 11-week internment. More than 3,300 people reportedly have died in China due to COVID-19, including nearly 2,600 in the city of Wuhan alone. (The official tallies are deemed by medical professionals in China and abroad to be much lower than the actual count.) Intensive care units were, of course, where the most recorded deaths occurred; the mortality rate in Wuhan's ICUs was between 25 and 30 percent, according to Dr. Peng Zhiyong, who led two ICU teams in the city and maintained the lowest rates of fatalities and hospital transmissions at the facilities where he worked.

Now, after daily—hourly, constant—checks on the epidemic curve, there is an uneasy mixture of relief and apprehension as life in Wuhan crawls back to a normal pace and Hubei province reconnects with the rest of the country.

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Apr 08, 2020

In These States, the Disabled Could Go to the Back of the Ventilator Line
Clemens Bilan/EPA-EFE/ShutterstockBefore the coronavirus, Matthew Foster dressed up as the giant mouse Chuck-E-Cheese for work, hung out with his girlfriend in a Barnes & Noble coffee shop and every Wednesday went to the movies with friends.

Now he FaceTimes his girlfriend, talks to his reading coach on Zoom and helps his mother around the house.

The 37-year-old stays close to home. If he gets COVID-19, his family fears for his life.

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Apr 08, 2020

Black People Know: The Coronavirus Is No Great Equalizer
GettyAs an African-American, I always anticipated that the COVID-19 pandemic would disproportionately hit my community, and other communities of color the hardest. It was never an if, but a when. 

COVID-19 does not see race, color, or nationality; but it does attack the vulnerable and require the collective will of a society to stop. Communities of color have always been excluded, exploited, and vulnerable to attack in America, so it was inevitable that the coronavirus would come for us. Tragically, our society still needs data to prove the possibility of the inevitable, and now the data is pouring in.

On CBS This Morning on Tuesday, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who is black, acknowledged that African-Americans are at a higher risk of COVID-19 due to systemic inequalities. He talked about how he is prediabetic, has heart disease, high blood pressure, and asthma—and he attributed his ailments to the "legacy of growing up poor and black in America."

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Apr 08, 2020

This South Florida City Is a Looming Coronavirus Hot Spot You Haven't Heard About
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettySince early March, Paula Gomez has taken several precautions to ward off the coronavirus. Among them: The 74-year-old Cuban-American instructs her two sons and her son-in-law, all of whom work as delivery drivers for local pharmacies, to take off their shoes before entering her two-bedroom apartment in Hialeah, Florida. 

"Then, they have to wash their hands in the kitchen sink and I make them sit on the dining room table while I am in the living room," Gomez told The Daily Beast. "In the past three weeks, I've only gone out once. I went grocery shopping with my daughter. When we got back, she made me take a shower." 

In a telephone interview, Gomez ticked off several ailments, including high blood pressure, implants in both knees, and a chronic respiratory disease. She is prescribed daily doses of oxygen and albuterol, a medicine that increases airflow to the lungs by relaxing the organ's muscles, she added.

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Apr 08, 2020

Is It Safe to Order Groceries and Takeout During a Pandemic?
B.A. Van Sise/NurPhoto via GettyAs the novel coronavirus continues to surge across the United States, and stay-at-home orders keep millions of Americans in relative isolation, basic sustenance has become a topic of intense moral and biological dread.

At least when it comes to food itself, experts have so far suggested there is relatively little to be worried about.

"The risk of contracting coronavirus through food is extremely small," Martin Wiedmann, a professor of food safety in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University, told The Daily Beast. 

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Apr 08, 2020

The Coronavirus Vaccine You'd Apply With a Band-Aid
Courtesy of UPMCIt looks like a band-aid with a bed of microscopic crystal-like spikes underneath. If it's successful in human trials, the tiny piece of cutting-edge skin velcro developed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center could help put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. It's called PittCoVacc and it's a microneedle vaccine candidate for the novel coronavirus that researchers hope will prove just as effective in developing an immune response in people as it has been in mice. 

So what's a microneedle array? How does it work? And when will we know if it's effective?

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Apr 08, 2020

Team Trump Can't Erase the Boss' Coronavirus ‘Hoax'
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastDonald Trump's 2020 campaign is desperate to stop people from reminding America that Trump called warnings about the threat of the coronavirus a "hoax."

I found that out firsthand after an appearance Sunday morning on Ali Velshi's MSNBC show, where I mentioned Trump's history of belittling the threat of the coronavirus. One of the examples I cited was Trump's infamous comment at his Feb. 28 rally where he declared that the Democrats' criticism of his handling of COVID-19 was their "new hoax."  

Later Sunday, to my surprise, the "Trump War Room," a Twitter account that is managed by the Trump campaign and boasts over a half million followers, called me a liar for saying that. And not just me, but others in the media who had allegedly said that same, as you can see from the War Room's Tweet, "@DonLemon  Rachel @Maddow @KristenhCNN and  @DeanObeidallah continue to spread the lie that President Trump called coronavirus a hoax."

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Apr 08, 2020

‘Tiger King' Joe Exotic Is Far More Evil Than You Think
NetflixLike 99 percent of the world's population, I've spent days on lockdown watching Netflix's insane Tiger King docuseries, marveling at its lineup of misfits and criminals and wondering how any of it is even real. 

Unlike many, though, I know almost everybody involved. Last year I spent several weeks on the road between Oklahoma and Texas, meeting dozens of folks whose lives were, and still are, affected by Joe Exotic's reign of terror at the GW Zoo. And while Tiger King might be the most meme-worthy show of all time, it isn't quite the whole story. The truth is far darker—and Joe Exotic is hardly the hero so many of us are pining for in this time of crisis. Here are some key facts you didn't see on TV.

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Apr 08, 2020

Dennis Quaid Believes Trump Is ‘Doing a Good Job' Handling Coronavirus
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo Getty"Is it as dire as we see on television?" asks Dennis Quaid.

The veteran all-American actor, who's starred in everything from The Right Stuff and The Parent Trap to Any Given Sunday, is phoning me from the Hollywood Hills, where he's holed up with his fiancée Laura Savoie. He's curious about the situation in New York City, where I am, which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with at least 74,601 cases and 3,544 deaths as of Tuesday morning.

Back in 2007, following the near-death of his 10-day-old twins, who were accidentally administered 1,000 times the regular dosage of the blood-thinner heparin at a hospital, the actor became an outspoken patient-safety advocate, testifying on Capitol Hill and producing a number of documentaries about the health-care system, so he finds the current crisis very troubling, though maintains that Donald Trump's been doing a "good job" handling it—a point that we very much disagree on.

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Apr 08, 2020

Stephen Colbert Loses It Over Trump's Coronavirus Briefings: ‘Who Gives a Sh*t?!'
CBSThere are a lot of things Stephen Colbert misses about the time before he had to do his late-night show from his house. "One thing I have not been missing is Donald Trump," he said on Tuesday night. "And yet, he persists." 

The Late Show host began making jokes about the president's latest outburst at reporters during his daily coronavirus press briefings over a critical inspector general report. But when he got to the clip of Trump calling ABC News' Jonathan Karl a "third-rate reporter" who will "never make it," he couldn't take it anymore.

"What is wrong with him?" Colbert asked. "Look, for the record, this inspector general started under Bill Clinton, served eight years for George W. Bush, eight years for Barack Obama." But then he stopped himself and said, "You know what? Who gives a shit?"

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Apr 07, 2020

Trump Fires Inspectors General as He Grows Insular and Paranoid in His Coronavirus Response
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAs the coronavirus has engulfed his presidency, Donald Trump has grown insular and paranoid, retreating to the comfort zones he's enjoyed at other scandal points in office and lashing out against perceived foes with a mix of defiance and impetuousness.

In recent days, Trump has ousted and denigrated inspectors general at various government agencies tasked with holding his administration accountable as it oversees a massive economic and public health response to the pandemic. It's a move that has alarmed congressional critics who see the president as increasingly unmoored from a system of checks and balances, and perhaps emboldened by his own impeachment, for which he was acquitted. 

"President Trump has engaged in a series of actions designed to prevent or neuter any kind of oversight over his actions and misconduct," said House Intel Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-CA), who led the impeachment inquiry, in a statement to The Daily Beast. "I don't think anyone should be surprised, because he's telegraphed that he will reject any kind of accountability. But the fact that he would do this in the middle of a national crisis, when the health and safety of the American people are at stake and trillions of dollars are being allocated to help, is a new and dangerous low."

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Apr 07, 2020

John Prine, an American Treasure, Dies After Coronavirus Battle
Rich Fury/GettyAn American treasure is now gone.

Country-folk singer and songwriter John Prine died Tuesday at the age of 73 from complications due to the coronavirus, his family confirmed. He is survived by his third wife Fiona Whelan, stepson Jody Whelan, and their two sons Tommy and Jack.

Born in 1946 to working-class couple from western Kentucky and raised in a Chicago suburb, Prine learned guitar at 14 years old and served in Europe during the Vietnam War before returning home to be a mailman. 

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Apr 07, 2020

Baby QAnon Was Just Arrested
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/YoutubeIn the bizarre world of QAnon conspiracy theorists, 29-year-old Austin Steinbart was a rising star. A segment of the pro-Trump conspiracy theory group believed he was the mysterious "Q," the anonymous internet figure whose clues have convinced a portion of the president's base that Donald Trump is engaged in a shadowy war against pedophile-cannibals in the Democratic Party.

Steinbart—dubbed "Baby Q" by his fans—claimed he could get away with anything because he was a super-spy for Trump. In online arguments, Steinbart insisted he should have been arrested "100 times over" for his actions. And the fact that he hadn't been arrested for, say, threatening to kill the Queen of Denmark was proof that Trump had given him immunity from prosecution.

"Seems like I should have been ARRESTED by now, eh?" Steinbart tweeted to one of his foes in late March, adding a sarcastic thinking-face emoji. 

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Apr 07, 2020

Trump Claims Dems' Bid to Postpone Wisconsin Primary Was About Him, Not Pandemic
Mandel Ngan/AFP/GettyPresident Donald Trump used the painful situation playing out in Wisconsin's primary during the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday to attack mail-in voting as "corrupt" and boast about his 2016 general election victory in the state. 

Some Democratic county leaders in Wisconsin fear that voters could be infected with the coronavirus, or even die, because of their decision to head to the polls Tuesday. On Monday, Republican leaders in the state successfully thwarted a late push by the state's Democratic governor to push back the contest. 

When a reporter asked Trump during a coronavirus task force briefing Tuesday who should be held responsible if people fall sick because they voted in person, Trump declined to take any blame despite his own call on social media earlier in the day to "get out and vote NOW." He had urged voters to support his preferred candidate, the "highly respected Republican" Justice Daniel Kelly, in a hotly contested state supreme court race. 

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Apr 07, 2020

The Best Women's Compression Socks For Working, Traveling, and Everything Else
If you're sitting more often these days, whether at a desk or on the couch, wearing compression socks should be on your mind. They can help prevent blood clots and revive circulation in your legs. They're also great for travel, especially for long plane rides, to help reduce swelling. Incorporating compression socks into your everyday life is as easy as finding the right ones for you.

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Apr 07, 2020

Fox's Brian Kilmeade: ‘I Salute Wisconsin' for Holding In-Person Voting During Pandemic
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday applauded the state of Wisconsin for holding an in-person election as scheduled despite stay-at-home orders, wondering what the "big deal" was with waiting in long lines during the coronavirus pandemic.

Given concerns over social distancing, the Wisconsin Democratic governor attempted to get the election postponed, only to have the state's conservative-majority high court overrule him on Monday. The governor's decree to extend the deadline for absentee ballots into June was also overruled, this time by the U.S. Supreme Court. (All four liberal members of the court dissented.)

Kilmeade, however, felt that the state should be saluted for forcing its residents to brave a deadly outbreak if they want their votes to be counted.

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Apr 07, 2020

Heath Ledger Once Shut Down a Homophobic ‘Brokeback Mountain' Oscars Joke
Kevin Winter/GettyBrokeback Mountain occupies a strange space in film history. On one hand, Ang Lee's 2005 film brought a complex queer love story to the mainstream, charmed critics, and proved itself a stellar Oscar performer. At the same time, an endless cycle of homophobic ridicule still largely succeeded in branding it "the gay cowboy movie."

But one person who never wavered in his support of the film and its thematic importance was its late star Heath Ledger. The late actor, who died in 2008, fought back against humor that dismissed the film's importance—even, it turns out, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences offered him and co-star Jake Gyllenhaal an Oscars opener.

Gyllenhaal has previously described how Ledger refused to let people off the hook for homophobic Brokeback Mountain jokes. On NBC's Today last year, he said, "I see people who have joked with me or criticized me about lines I say in that movie—and that's the thing I loved about Heath. He would never joke. Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like, ‘No. This is about love.' Like, that's it, man. Like, no.'"

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Apr 07, 2020

Acting Navy Secretary Resigns After Calling Capt. Crozier ‘Stupid'
Joshua Roberts/ReutersActing Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned on Tuesday after he called Captain Brett Crozier, who was fired last week, "stupid" in a speech to the USS Theodore Roosevelt's crew on Monday.

Modly faced swift backlash for his remarks, including calls by lawmakers for his resignation, which led to his public apology on Monday night after asserting earlier that he meant "every word."

"Let me be clear, I do not think Captain Brett Crozier is naive nor stupid," he said in a statement. "I think, and always believed him to be the opposite. We pick our carrier commanding officers with great care."

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Apr 07, 2020

‘Trump Has Never Lied': New Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's Long History of Bullshit and Lies
Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via GettyAfter just 10 months on the job, and without holding a single press briefing, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham left her post to rejoin First Lady Melania Trump's staff, opening up the position to former cable-news pundit and current Trump campaign flack Kayleigh McEnany.

The 31-year-old has experienced something of a meteoric rise within MAGA ranks over the past four years. After interning for Republican politicians and working on Mike Huckabee's Fox News show, McEnany burst onto the public scene as a pro-Trump CNN commentator during the 2016 election. Her unwavering support for Trump and commitment to defending any and every position he took resulted in her gig as the Republican National Committee's national spokesperson in August 2017 (following a one-day turn as a Trump TV host). And in February 2019, she moved up to the Trump campaign, serving as its national press secretary.

McEnany's predecessor notably didn't hold a single press briefing during her tenure but did make dozens of appearances on Trump-friendly Fox News, a habit the new press secretary will almost assuredly continue. If history is any indication, McEnany will be comfortable in the role of appearing regularly on Fox and occasionally getting into bizarro battles with CNN hosts. 

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Apr 07, 2020

‘I Could Get the Virus If I Vote': Wisconsin's Terrifying Election Day
Kamil Krazscynski/GettyMILWAUKEE — Even sitting in a car outside of a Wisconsin polling place felt like a risk to Angela Warner. 

The 29-year-old wanted to wait there while her partner headed in to vote "for our family." At eight months pregnant, Warner had already decided going inside wasn't something she could bring herself to do. 

But she wanted to do something, wanted to feel like she had tried. And the whole situation, the one facing many voters in the state torn between the urge to vote and trying to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic, weighed deeply on the public school educator. 

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Apr 07, 2020

‘People Are Going to Die' in This Election: Wisconsin Votes
Kamil Krazscynski/GettyMILWAUKEE — Wisconsin's primary painfully lurched into action Tuesday, even as some Democrats in the state feared sending people to the polls could cause voters to be infected with the coronavirus, and even lead to deaths. 

It went on despite a flurry of moves in the last week to postpone the primary, while both blue and red states set to hold their primaries around the same time pushed back their contests in hopes of keeping their voters safe during the pandemic. 

Price County Democratic Party chairman Steve Gustafson told The Daily Beast  it was "appalling" that in person voting was occurring. 

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Apr 07, 2020

Missing Georgia Mom is Helping Fugitive Boyfriend Evade Murder Charges: Cops
Family handoutOn Monday, Georgia police said missing mom Autumn Finlay was being held hostage by her boyfriend, who is wanted for murder. Now authorities say Finlay isn't in danger but instead is aiding the suspect's escape.

Finlay disappeared Sunday night after her beau, Cody Bryce Matthews, allegedly shot and killed a man in Jackson, Georgia, about 50 miles south of Atlanta. The Butts County Sheriff's Office initially announced on Facebook that Finlay, 21, was "possibly being held against her will" and believed to be in "grave danger."

But in a new post, the sheriff said Finlay "is believed to be assisting" Matthews and is wanted for aiding and abetting a fugitive. "If you know the whereabouts of these two individuals you are asked to call 911 immediately," the sheriff's office announced. "They are considered armed and dangerous. A cash reward is being offered."

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Apr 07, 2020

Tracy Morgan's TMI Answer to What He's Been Doing During Quarantine
Tracy Morgan has been popping up at a bunch of talk shows under quarantine from his 30,000-square-foot home in New Jersey, trading jokes with Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, Seth Meyers, and more over the past couple of weeks. But he saved his best material for the Today show's Hoda Kotb. 

The former SNL and 30 Rock star was there to promote the new season of his TBS show The Last OG. But first, Kotb asked him what life has been like for him and his family during the coronavirus pandemic. 

"Oh, well, me and my wife have been quarantining it for like three weeks so she's pregnant three times. Every week she got pregnant," Morgan said. "And also we're role-playing a lot now. She's playing a young maiden whose grandfather was infected with coronavirus and I'm the scientist who discovered the cure. And she'll do anything to save her grandfather's life. And I mean anything."

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Apr 07, 2020

New York Reports Largest Single-Day Death Toll From Coronavirus
ANGELA WEISSGov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that New York has recorded the largest single-day increase in the number of deaths related to the novel coronavirus, despite indications that hospitalizations are plateauing in the state.

So far, more than 5,500 people have died and 138,836 more have been infected with the virus in New York State. Over the last 24 hours alone, 731 people died, the state's highest single-day death toll since the first known infection last month, Cuomo said.

"Behind every one of those numbers is an individual, is a family, is a mother, is a father, is a sister, is a brother," Cuomo said during a press conference in Albany. "So a lot of pain again today for many New Yorkers."

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Apr 07, 2020

‘Tiger King's' Carole Baskin Was Not Invited to the Rumored Reunion
NetflixNetflix has not invited Tiger King's Carole Baskin to a rumored reunion episode for its wildly popular docuseries—but the Big Cat Rescue owner says it's just as well. She wouldn't have wanted to attend anyway.

Tiger King figure Jeff Lowe first sparked rumors of an upcoming reunion on Saturday, during a conversation with a fan on Cameo. Lowe said that he and his wife, Lauren, would attend the reunion filming on Sunday, with the special set to air in the next week. On Monday, central Tiger King figure Joe Exotic's husband, Dillon Passage, said during Andy Cohen's SiriusXM radio show that he will not appear in the episode.

"It's going to be a live episode, kind of like a reunion," Passage said. "Netflix didn't contact me to [be] a part of that."

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Apr 07, 2020

Peter Navarro Warned Trump. But Why Didn't He Warn Us?
Chip Somodevilla/GettyPeter Navarro isn't a doctor, but he plays one on TV. And in the Situation Room. And, it turns out, in memos to the president. 

Recently, the Trump trade advisor who is, as CNN's John Berman put it, "a social scientist with no medical training," clashed with Dr. Anthony Fauci, a real expert who says we do not currently know whether hydroxychloroquine, a yet unproven treatment of COVID-19, will work. 

In fairness to Navarro, he is something of a Cassandra, having warned the White House about the dangers of a pandemic way back in January. 

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Apr 07, 2020

Stephanie Grisham Is Out as White House Press Secretary, Will Return to Melania's Office
Tom Brenner/ReutersWhite House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is leaving the job and will return to first lady Melania Trump's office to work as her chief of staff.

Grisham was catapulted to the position last June after Sarah Sanders Huckabee left the White House; Grisham has not held a single press briefing in her time in the role.

She will return to the East Wing to work for Melania Trump in one of the first major communications personnel shakeups under President Trump's new chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

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Apr 07, 2020

The Vatican Welcomes Back Cardinal Pell After Stunning Sex Abuse Reversal in Australia
David Crosling/ReutersROME—About an hour after Cardinal George Pell was discharged from Melbourne's Barwon Prison on Tuesday, a courier left a case of wine at the monastery where he would spend his first night as a free man. The wine was not the kind used in Catholic mass. It was the kind for toasting victories: Pells' clerical sex abuse conviction had just been overturned by Australia's highest court. 

It's not clear who ordered the wine, but for sure not everyone is celebrating the decision. 

The reversal of the conviction—which had been upheld by an appellate court in Melbourne last year—has deeply divided the Catholic Church around the world. Many Vatican insiders who felt Pell was a scapegoat convicted for the sins of many others will now feel vindicated, while survivors of clerical sexual abuse feel as if they have been victimized all over again.

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Apr 07, 2020

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Confirm, Reluctantly, Their New Organization's Name: Archewell
Jeremy SelwynPrince Harry and Meghan Markle have said their new charitable organization will be called Archewell and that they want it "to do something of meaning, to do something that matters."

The name was confirmed to Britain's Daily Telegraph after the couple filed trademark requests for a wide range of products and services using the name Archewell.

They went through a similar process with the Sussex Royal brand, and while their critics delighted in suggesting this was because they wanted to market branded items, sources said it was actually to prevent third parties from "squatting" on and exploiting their name.

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Apr 07, 2020

Send Him Your Love (Even if You Can't Be There) With One of These Easter Gifts
Most gift guides for men are dominated by flashy ties, designer cologne, and high-end tech. But if your dude already has a laptop, a favorite scent, and an appropriate amount of neckwear, what then? Or, what if he has, you know, interests and a personality beyond grooming? Your gift to him should be as special as he is to you. 

Man Crates curates a wide selection of high-quality gifts shipped in all sorts of unique packaging. Each box has a theme, like whiskey appreciation or birdhouse making. Man Crates makes for an affordable and fun gift that he can spend hours enjoying. To help you celebrate Easter, even if you can't be there in person, Man Crates is releasing brand new products (under $50) and running a special Easter-themed promotion.

Speaking of egg hunting, readers can participate in Man Crates' version of an Easter egg hunt. Here's how it works: Until April 12, 2020, readers can find deals hidden across the Man Crates website. These deals are marked by a "You Found a Deal" flag and can net you up to 40% in savings! And hey-Father's Day is just around the corner.

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Apr 07, 2020

Anna Wintour Wants You to Wear a Face Mask. But Which One?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/InstagramThe President of the United States refuses to wear a face mask, but another authority will. Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, has dubbed masks spring's most crucial trend. "I hope you're discovered what it feels like to wear a face mask when you go out," she wrote on Monday. "As we are learning from health officials, this is one of the most important steps we can take to slow the spread of this virus." 

Styles often trickle up to Vogue; the past weeks have seen designers and hobbyists alike creating their own face masks. There are plenty of sewing patterns available online, dumbed down to the easiest instructions so more people can make their own. Bandanas, scarves, and even coffee filters are becoming makeshift veils. Baby blue surgical masks are a ubiquitous sight on the streets of New York, though the CDC has recommended those be saved for medical workers.  

Out of this chaos comes creativity, and a cottage industry. Check social media and you'll see it. Masks are being made from cut-up Louis Vuitton logos, or blazoned with messages to Trump. Influencers like Julie Eigenmann, used to sharing tips for home organization, are now promoting another DIY project: creating an ad hoc coverin

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Apr 07, 2020

Joanna Gaines is Back with Her New Cookbook ‘Magnolia Table, Volume 2'
Amy NeunsingerIt's no secret that I'm a creature of habit. When I find a routine, a rhythm, or really anything at all that works and feels right, I cling to it with two steady hands. It is precisely the sure and steady part of my personality that has always been drawn to food, less for the thrill of a really good flavor combination or the plentiful health benefits, both of which I have grown to place great value in, but more because food, to me, has long represented comfort and familiarity. When I've been far from home, or just moved into a new home, whipping up a familiar family recipe would instantly give me a sense of place, wherever I happened to be. Ideally in the form of cheesy bread and homemade dumplings—or, better yet, chocolate cake.

Back when Chip and I were young parents, raising four kids under the age of four, food became a survival tool, a physical means of nourishing six bodies three times a day. I longed for easy, not new, so I leaned into the food I grew up with, the no-fail recipes that I could be confident I wouldn't mess up while four hungry babies stared up at me. During those years, dinner was rarely elaborate or impressive. But it was, on most days, the only time we could all sit around the table and be intentional about sharing a meal together. I started to notice a pattern that followed this nightly rhythm: When dinner was served, the house quieted, stories were told, and when it was time to excuse ourselves, everyone was fed in more ways than one. If not for the warm food on the table, those sacred evenings wouldn't have happened. And so, every day, it seemed, I found myself anticipating dinner around the table, which soon turned into thinking ahead about what I might serve and how I co

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Apr 07, 2020

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee on ‘The Gene' and How We Can Understand the Coronavirus Pandemic
Brian Ach/GettyWhen I finished the two-part PBS documentary, The Gene: An Intimate History, I was both impressed by the very current educational value of the science presented—"every arm of what we're using to fight this pandemic is based on the last century of what we've learned about genes and genetics," Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, one of the film's subjects, confirmed to me over the phone—and unsurprised by the general shallowness of the social critique that trails alongside it. The idea that there ought to have been a part three that dived just as adeptly into medical sociology, bioethics, and the humanities nagged at me. Given the long and intense history of eugenics and race science, there is no objective, secular, or post-racial way to narrativize genetics.

In fact, the still-living James Watson, who won a Nobel Prize for his role in discovering the double-helix DNA form and appears in the documentary, has turned out to be an anti-black racist, believing that IQ averages prove black Africans are intellectually inferior to whites (his racist ideas have been condemned by the science community as unfounded and unscientific, and he's been stripped of some honorary degrees; The Gene addresses some of his racist commentary). But racist or not, most doctors and scientists, as bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan reminded me over a phone call, do not display high capacities for communicating the complex social histories and epistemologies that undergird what we call "hard science."

The Gene: An Intimate History was first a book by the oncologist and writer Siddhartha Mukherjee that infused his family history with a relatively quick history of the gene, beginning with Mendel's pea-breeding experiments. Now

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Apr 07, 2020

Biden: Voting in Wisconsin Is Safe. Locals: It Could Kill Us
GettyAs the fate of Wisconsin's primary volleyed between the state's Democratic governor, its Republican-led legislature, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the man who appears set to win the election scheduled to take place on Tuesday has avoided taking a hard stance on the wisdom of holding the lone contest in April not to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"There's a lot of things that can be done; that's for the Wisconsin courts and folks to decide," former Vice President Joe Biden said last Thursday in a virtual press briefing, in which he insisted that in-person and mail-in voting could both be done safely—even though he considers the possibility of a national convention in the state to be a potential risk to public health.

"A convention having tens of thousands of people in one arena is very different than having people walk into a polling booth with accurate spacing with 6 to 10 feet apart, one at a time going in, and having the machines scrubbed down," Biden said. "I think you could hold the election as well dealing with mail-in ballots and same-day registration. I think it could be done… but that's for them to decide."

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Apr 07, 2020

Local Leaders: DNC Didn't Tell Us About Convention Delay
ReutersThe Democratic National Convention's decision to move its marquee event from July to August was intended to help mitigate public health concerns around COVID-19. 

But several DNC members told The Daily Beast that the advance notice they received from officials at the national headquarters about the new calendar date ranged from essentially non-existent to just a few hours before the information was pushed out publicly. One DNC member learned about the scheduling change by reading about it in the news. Another received a call from a party official just as stories started to surface online. A third got more lag time: "a couple hours in advance" of the official statement. 

The DNC said the organization notified congressional leadership, campaigns, party members, state party chairs, and other Democratic stakeholders the day of the announcement and before the story broke. "We spoke to hundreds of people that day and since, and have received positive feedback," Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement. 

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Apr 07, 2020

Local Leaders: DNC Sprung Convention Delay On Us
ReutersThe Democratic National Convention's decision to move its marquee event from July to August was intended to help mitigate public health concerns around COVID-19. 

But several DNC members told The Daily Beast that the advance notice they received from officials at the national headquarters about the new calendar date ranged from essentially non-existent to just a few hours before the information was pushed out publicly. One DNC member learned about the scheduling change by reading about it in the news. Another received a call from a party official just as stories started to surface online. A third got more lag time: "a couple hours in advance" of the official statement. 

The DNC said the organization notified congressional leadership, campaigns, DNC members, state party chairs, and other Democratic stakeholders the day of the announcement and before the story broke. "We spoke to hundreds of people that day and since, and have received positive feedback," Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement. 

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Apr 07, 2020

Imprisoned Doctors Who Resisted the Nazis at Buchenwald Inspire Us Now
Margaret Bourke-White/GettyIn January 1944, when a group of 5,500 French prisoners arrived at Buchenwald concentration camp outside Weimar, Germany, among them were a dozen doctors, arrested and deported for resistance activity in occupied France. Some were assigned initially to grueling work in the stone quarry or digging tunnels for an underground rocket assembly plant, but it wasn't long before the camp's clandestine resistance group got them moved into medical service in the camp clinics. They would help carry out the group's declared goal of defeating the Nazi extermination project: to survive, and to keep as many prisoners alive as possible.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald, originally set for April 5-11, have been cancelled. Yet the moment brings more reason than ever to examine the role played by doctors and the organized resistance of prisoners, thrown into catastrophic conditions with few resources at hand. Working together and for the greater good made the difference between life and death not only for their patients, but for the doctors themselves.  

Buchenwald, a slave-labor camp of slow extermination, had two clinics, one in the Big Camp section and one in the Little Camp section. Both were key elements in the secret resistance. 

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Apr 07, 2020

Coronavirus Is Raging. Student Loan Bills Haven't Gone Away.
GettyThe deluge of COVID-19-fueled layoffs and furloughs across the United States has threatened to deepen the financial hole millions of Americans with student loan debt find themselves in.

But the federal government hasn't been totally idle on the issue. The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARE) Act provided forbearance with zero interest from March 13 through Sept. 30—and stayed collections lawsuits. These measures mean eligible borrowers won't have to worry about making payments, and payments should soon (by April 10) halt automatically. Borrowers can also turn off auto-pay in the meantime, and request a refund of any installment paid March 13 or later.

Problem is, only one class of borrowers is eligible: those who owe money directly to the federal Department of Education. Experts said the most fundamental move student loan debtors should make during this cascading national pandemic is to figure out if the relief program applies to them. 

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Apr 07, 2020

A Pandemic Is Raging. Some Student Loan Payments Are Still Due
GettyThe deluge of COVID-19-fueled layoffs and furloughs across the United States has threatened to deepen the financial hole millions of Americans with student loan debt find themselves in.

But the federal government hasn't been totally idle on the issue. The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARE) Act provided forbearance with zero interest from March 13 through Sept. 30—and stayed collections lawsuits. These measures mean eligible borrowers won't have to worry about making payments, and payments should soon (by April 10) halt automatically. Borrowers can also turn off auto-pay in the meantime, and request a refund of any installment paid March 13 or later.

Problem is, only one class of borrowers is eligible: those who owe money directly to the federal Department of Education. Experts said the most fundamental move student loan debtors should make during this cascading national pandemic is to figure out if the relief program applies to them. 

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Apr 07, 2020

Why de Blasio Doesn't Want to Talk About His Coronavirus Burial Plan
David Dee Delgado/GettyThere is just one epitaph in stone on Hart Island, perhaps the world's largest public potter's field, where more than a million New Yorkers of all ages have been laid to rest in coffins stacked in trenches for a century and a half. It ends:

Cry Not For Us

For We Are With The Father

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Apr 07, 2020

By Picking Joe Biden, Democrats Are Kissing Their Future Goodbye
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos AP/GettyA generation of Democrats is haunted by the party's infamous 1968 convention in Chicago. After one of the most tumultuous presidential primaries in US history—in which the incumbent Lyndon Johnson withdrew from the race, in which Bobby Kennedy built a multiracial working-class coalition before he was shot and killed, and in which the young college students and activists of the New Left rallied behind Eugene McCarthy, all against the backdrop of urban riots, Vietnam, and a breakaway segregationist faction—the Democratic establishment chose to nominate Johnson's vice president, Hubert Humphrey, to maintain its control over the party. Student demonstrators revolted outside the convention hall and were brutally suppressed by Mayor Richard Daley's police force. That fall, the Democrats blew a winnable election to the race-baiting populism of Richard Nixon, the first of many election losses to come before the baby boomers finally consolidated control of the party under Bill Clinton.

Now history is repeating itself, as Marx warned, as farce, with Bernie Sanders decisively winning the argument over the party's future while meeting unshakeable resistance from a Democratic establishment composed largely of politicians who were shaped by 1968.

The fact that Joe Biden is beating Sanders by two-to-one margins across the country conceals the equally consistent fact of a stark generational divide within the Democratic primary electorate, with Sanders winning voters under 45 by blowout margins (unfortunately for him, there are far more voters over 45 and Biden is winning them by e

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Apr 07, 2020

Leaked Cable: U.S. Eyes Second Outbreak in China
Hector Retamal/GettyAs the Trump administration scrambles to get a hand on the spread of the new coronavirus across the U.S., it is keeping one eye on developments in China, the country where the pandemic originated.

According to two officials with knowledge of those efforts and cables reviewed by The Daily Beast, the administration is monitoring China's second wave of coronavirus cases, gathering data on the ground on the number of individuals newly infected and the reasons for the recent uptick. Over the past few days Chinese officials have noted an emergence of new cases, particularly in asymptomatic individuals. But U.S. officials say it is difficult to trust Beijing's numbers because of its history of putting out unreliable data.

The push for real-time intelligence on China's new outbreak is an attempt by U.S. officials not only to study what factors can lead to a reemergence of the virus but also to get ahead of any attempt by Beijing to—yet again—put a spin on it, those same officials said. 

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Apr 07, 2020

U.S. Eyes Second Coronavirus Outbreak in China
Hector Retamal/GettyAs the Trump administration scrambles to get a hand on the spread of the new coronavirus across the U.S., it is keeping one eye on developments in China, the country where the pandemic originated.

According to two officials with knowledge of those efforts and cables reviewed by The Daily Beast, the administration is monitoring China's second wave of coronavirus cases, gathering data on the ground on the number of individuals newly infected and the reasons for the recent uptick. Over the past few days Chinese officials have noted an emergence of new cases, particularly in asymptomatic individuals. But U.S. officials say it is difficult to trust Beijing's numbers because of its history of putting out unreliable data.

The push for real-time intelligence on China's new outbreak is an attempt by U.S. officials not only to study what factors can lead to a reemergence of the virus but also to get ahead of any attempt by Beijing to—yet again—put a spin on it, those same officials said. 

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Apr 07, 2020

A Dominatrix on the Surge in BDSM During Coronavirus
HandoutAs quarantines went into place around the world due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, signups on my BDSM training website surged. The first wave came when China went into lockdown in January, but an even larger one arrived when major cities in the U.S. started shutting down.

The world of BDSM, fetishes, and power dynamics are a comfort for many in the best of times. So it isn't surprising to see people moving toward websites and services such as mine in times where they seek even greater levels of reassurance, understanding, and intimacy.

When news of COVID-19 first hit me I reacted like many of us may have: I thought about my family and my personal safety. I felt an uneasy uncertainty about what was to come. But as my Dominatrix side kicked in, my fetishes for latex hoods, imprisoning others, and mummification (where you literally wrap someone up in different materials like an Egyptian mummy) started to titillate and perhaps distract my mind.

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Apr 07, 2020

Catherine O'Hara's Emotional Goodbye to ‘Schitt's Creek': ‘I Cried So Much'
Cbc/ITV/Kobal/ShutterstockIf one is anxious and struggling amid the dark uncertainty of a global pandemic, it is highly recommended they hop on the phone with Catherine O'Hara and cry about love. 

After six seasons, the final episode of Schitt's Creek airs Tuesday night on Pop TV. The comedy legend, who plays Moira Rose on the show, is mourning not only the end of what may rank as the most emotional, meaningful project of her career, but that circumstances are preventing a proper send-off.

She remembers how lovely it was when the series first premiered in 2015 and she hosted a dinner party for the cast, including her Rose family co-stars Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, and Annie Murphy. The hope was to throw a similar shindig to celebrate the end of the series on Tuesday, but dutiful social distancing has canceled such arrangements.

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Apr 07, 2020

‘Couple-Spreading' Is Making Lockdown Walking a Nightmare. Here Is the Solution to Street Selfishness.
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyHere comes the couple. What a lovely walk they are having. Oh dear, they don't seem to have seen you even though you are walking toward them. You are walking—as is proper—on the right, next to a building. The sidewalk is not huge. They will need to make some space so you can all comfortably pass by one another. They are not making space.

But hang on, they can see you. Masks do not cover eyes. Yet still they still walk, two abreast, in that odd mix of toward you and at you. Hmm, you think, I will have to align myself surreally against this side of this building because otherwise there will be no space between us. The couple—romantically linked or not, it does not matter—does not do the simple and correct thing, which is to go single file for the moment to pass you, airy gap between both parties. Instead, they blithely carry on—let's call it "couple-spreading"—all the way. You and the side of the building become intimate. Nothing must impede the onward march of coupledom.

What is the couple's resistance to going single file? Could their relationship or friendship suddenly be imperiled if they were made to walk one in front of the other for two seconds? Will they not regain couple normality if required to do this?

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Apr 07, 2020

I Edited the Buttholes Out of ‘Cats.' It Was a Total Nightmare.
Universal PicturesIt's not often an interview begins with the words, "Tell me about the buttholes." Ask any Cats fan, however, and they'll regale you with tales of the $100 million-losing Hollywood disasterpiece's elusive "Butthole Cut."

The root of Cats' muddied visual effects, it turns out, might have been more than just a time-crunched production. Director Tom Hooper, a source alleges, had no idea what an animated production entails—and he made life hell for the visual effects artists struggling until the bitter end to figure out what he wanted.

Cats was already halfway complete when the buttholes first showed themselves, a source who worked on the film's visual effects recalled in a recent interview: "When we were looking at the playbacks, we were like, ‘What the hell? You guys see that?!'"

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Apr 07, 2020

Editing the Buttholes Out of ‘Cats' Was a Total Nightmare for VFX Crew
Universal PicturesIt's not often an interview begins with the words, "Tell me about the buttholes." Ask any Cats fan, however, and they'll regale you with tales of the $100 million-losing Hollywood disasterpiece's elusive "Butthole Cut."

The root of Cats' muddied visual effects, it turns out, might have been more than just a time-crunched production. Director Tom Hooper, a source alleges, had no idea what an animated production entails—and he made life hell for the visual effects artists struggling until the bitter end to figure out what he wanted.

Cats was already halfway complete when the buttholes first showed themselves, a source who worked on the film's visual effects recalled in a recent interview: "When we were looking at the playbacks, we were like, ‘What the hell? You guys see that?!'"

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Apr 06, 2020

Trevor Noah Mocks Trump's Vain Refusal to Wear a Mask
Comedy Central"Because the federal government took so long to react to this crisis, President Trump just doesn't have enough ventilators to go around," Trevor Noah said on Monday's edition of "The Daily Social Distancing Show" from his couch. "What he can give people though is some unsolicited medical advice." 

The host was, of course, talking about Trump's seeming obsession with the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which he has been pushing every chance he gets at his daily briefings on the coronavirus pandemic. "But what do I know? I'm not a doctor," the president said Sunday.

"Why are we getting his opinion at all?" Noah asked before giving Trump "some credit" for at least acknowledging that he's not a doctor. He suggested that the president end all of his briefings with a disclaimer in the style of a pharmaceutical ad: "Donald Trump is not a doctor and his advice should not be taken seriously. If you have an erection lasting longer than four hours, please let Donald Trump know because that's pretty cool."

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Apr 06, 2020

Bodies Pile Up and Trumpworld's Sick Show Rolls On
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyLike some defective and malevolent artificial intelligence that reflexively fires off nuclear missiles long after the world is a blasted radioactive wasteland populated by tribes of cannibal mutants and murderous scavengers, the Trump media machine relentlessly continues its bizarre and destructive propaganda war against America.

While armies of doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, truck and delivery drivers work in conditions of terror and exhaustion with limited equipment and a rising caseload, The Trump Show rolls on to constant applause and endless praise, an alternate reality impenetrable by tragedy or reality.

Ten thousand Americans will be dead of COVID-19 by the time you read this, but at least the Trump agitprop army is owning the libs.  

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Apr 06, 2020

Cardinal George Pell to Walk Free From Prison After Court Overturns His Sex-Abuse Conviction
Michael Dodge/GettyCardinal George Pell is allowed to leave jail immediately after Australia's highest court overturned his conviction for sexually abusing two choir boys, according to reports.

He will be released after spending more than 400 days behind bars, according to The Guardian.

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Apr 06, 2020

The Bureau of Prisons Just Bought a Ton of Hydroxychloroquine, Trump's COVID-19 Miracle Drug
John Phillips/GettyA debate may be raging inside the White House about the efficacy of an anti-malaria drug to treat the novel coronavirus, but the Trump administration isn't waiting for a resolution. Two federal agencies have already placed purchase orders for the drug.

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Justice Department's Bureau of Prisons have both reported purchases of hydroxychloroquine since March 26, according to federal procurement records.

The Department of Veterans Affairs purchased $40,000 in hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets from the pharmaceutical company McKesson, and another $168,000 from the Colorado-based generic drug distributor Golden State Medical Supply. Procurement records for both list them as "emergency" purchase orders to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

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Apr 06, 2020

‘Radioactive' National Enquirer Alum Dylan Howard Ousted by AMI
Lucas Jackson/ReutersIn what could be yet another omen of impending demise for financially strapped American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer and nearly a dozen other celebrity tabloids and glossy magazines, longtime top editor Dylan Howard has been abruptly ousted from the troubled company.

The 38-year-old native Australian has been a magnet for controversy, most recently over his alleged attempt (which Howard denied) to blackmail Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos with photos of Bezos' genitals.

Howard addressed the Bezos flap—apparently his most recent public statement—in a Columbia Journalism Review story from last fall by Simon van Zuylen-Wood, who approached him at a party for his book-length rehash on the death of Princess Diana.

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Apr 06, 2020

Enquirer Alum Dylan Howard Ousted by AMI: Report
Lucas Jackson/ReutersFormer top National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard has been ousted from his corporate-suite gig at limping American Media, Variety reported on Monday night.

Howard was a senior vice president at AMI in charge of developing true-crime projects but had previously overseen the Enquirer, Radar Online, and other tabloid properties.

Variety said it was unclear why his contract was not renewed.

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Apr 06, 2020

Trump Rages Over Watchdog Report on ‘Severe' Hospital Shortages
Kevin Lamarque/ReutersPresident Donald Trump went after the acting inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at his daily coronavirus briefing on Monday, raging over a recent report highlighting "severe shortages of testing supplies" in some hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. 

"Give me the name of the inspector general," Trump said at one point. "Could politics be entered into that?"

The president took the opportunity to lash out at reporters as he suggested the official, Christi Grimm, was biased. He called for an answer on how long she'd been in government, and then began to both mock the official and a reporter when he was told she'd also served under former President Barack Obama's administration.

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Apr 06, 2020

Georgia Mom Goes Missing as Boyfriend Is Wanted for Murder
Butts County Sheriffs OfficeGeorgia police are searching for a 21-year-old mother of two who is thought to be in "grave danger" and possibly being held hostage by a man suspected of murder.

Autumn Keara Finlay vanished after her boyfriend, Cody Bryce Matthews, 20, allegedly shot and killed a man on Sunday in Butts County. The gunfire erupted in a pool area—close to tennis courts where children played—at the Jackson Glenn subdivision, a local newspaper, the Jackson Progress-Argus, reported. 

Matthews is wanted for murder and aggravated assault in connection to the fatal shooting, which claimed the life of a man in his 30s. Police did not release the man's name on Monday afternoon, but relatives identified him as Ryan Ray of Jenkinsburg. 

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Apr 06, 2020

This Stick Vacuum Actually Makes Me Want To Clean
Now, I thought, is the perfect time to invest in a vacuum. For one, I've been spending a lot more time with my partner and cleaning is one of those things that puts us in a bad mood. And, we've been spending a lot more time inside, in our home, and would like it to be as clean as possible. We've tried several vacuums in the past, but were initially turned off because they are so big and bulky. And then we explored the stick vacuum genre and discovered one we love. It makes cleaning so easy that we no longer bicker over who has to vacuum anymore, but instead, bicker over who gets to vacuum. 

Tineco actually already made a vacuum that Scouted Contributor Gideon Grudo liked a lot, the PURE ONE S12, which he called "the smartest (and sleekest) vac I've ever used." I wondered though, how "smart," I really needed my vacuum to be. The answer: not as smart as the Pure ONE S12, but still moderately intelligent. The main differences between the PURE ONE S12 and S11 is that the S11 doesn't have a magnetic phone holder, nor a bluetooth speaker, you can't alter the suction power with a swipe of your finger, and you can't sync it with Alexa to do an "advanced cleaning experience." 

Perfect, because I don't really want my vacuum to be friends with Alexa. Call me a luddite, but what I love about the S11 is that it's an excellent stick vacuum without too many bells and whistles (vacuums are already loud enough without them). While cleaning, it shines a blue light over your floor, illuminating specks of dust that weren't visible seconds before, and sucks the

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Apr 06, 2020

Doctor Scolds Fox News: It's ‘Irresponsible' to Promote Unproven Coronavirus Drug
Amid Fox News' round-the-clock promotion of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential coronavirus cure, renowned biologist Dr. William Haseltine told Fox News host Dana Perino on Monday that it was "irresponsible" to tout the unproven drug and called claims of its miraculous healing powers "complete and utter nonsense."

Haseltine, who recently said Trump's response to the pandemic was "among the worst in the world" and "dangerous," was asked by Perino to give his thoughts on the drug which the president has called a "game-changer" despite limited evidence of its effectiveness.

"It is sad, to me, that people are promoting that drug," Haseltine, known for his HIV/AIDS research, responded. "We know, already, from studies, at best it will have a very mild effect. At very best."

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Apr 06, 2020

Coronavirus Puts Boris Johnson in Intensive Care After Symptoms Worsen
REUTERSLONDON—The British prime minister Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care Monday in a shock development that followed days of Downing Street playing down the severity of his illness.

Fewer than 24 hours after the queen reassured the nation that Britain would overcome the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the country's leader was taken into the ICU.

It's the first time in more than a half a century that a British prime minister has been incapacitated while in office. Downing Street tried to keep up the appearance that Johnson was well enough to lead the country over the last 24 hours, but it has become increasingly clear that the 55-year-old is seriously ill.

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Apr 06, 2020

NYC Comptroller to CNN: Trump Has ‘My Mom's Blood on His Hands'
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who recently lost his mother Arlene Stringer-Cuevas to coronavirus, directly blamed President Donald Trump's slow response to the pandemic for her death, saying on Monday that the president has "my mom's blood on his hands."

After paying tribute to his mother's life last Friday while calling the loss he felt "incalculable," Stringer appeared on CNN on Monday afternoon to discuss her life and passing.

Describing her as a "New York original" who raised two boys as a single parent before becoming a New York City councilwoman, Stringer noted that while her death was "overwhelmingly sad" for his family, it is a story that's playing out across the country.

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Apr 06, 2020

Step Up Your Vacuuming Game With These Stick Vacuums
My stick vacuum has changed my life. I used to think of a vacuum as something inherently big, bulky, loud, and attached to the wall. I thought hand vacuums were the way to go. I was wrong. Stick vacuums are amazing because many are wireless so you have complete freedom of movement, and many can convert into handheld vacuums and dust busters, that offer more power. It's a two-in-one that dreams are made of. I've stepped up my vacuuming game recently, and here are some of our favorite stick vacuums so you can, too. 

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Apr 06, 2020

Bosses Ordered Hollywood Reporter Chief To Be Nicer to J-Lo
Before The Hollywood Reporter's top editor resigned, he was told by his bosses: tiptoe around Jennifer Lopez; lay off Louise Linton; stop talking so much about box office "bombs"; and ease up on the "negative coverage of the industry." 

According to multiple company sources and documents reviewed by The Daily Beast, THR editorial director Matthew Belloni's departure on Monday came after high-level clashes with the heads of the magazine's parent company, Valence Media, and partner company MRC. Company higher-ups attempted to kill stories, influence the tone of coverage, and discourage negative reporting on "sensitive" individuals and companies. 

Belloni declined to speak, and referred The Daily Beast to Valence.  But in an email to staff on Monday obtained by The Daily Beast, he seemed to allude to friction between himself and the company's leadership.

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Apr 06, 2020

Bosses Ordered Hollywood Reporter Chief to Be Nicer to JLo
Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyBefore The Hollywood Reporter's top editor resigned, he was told by his bosses: Tiptoe around Jennifer Lopez, lay off Louise Linton, stop talking so much about box office "bombs," and ease up on the "negative coverage of the industry." 

According to multiple company sources and documents reviewed by The Daily Beast, THR editorial director Matthew Belloni's departure on Monday came after high-level clashes with the heads of the magazine's parent company, Valence Media, and partner company MRC. Company higher-ups attempted to kill stories, influence the tone of coverage, and discourage negative reporting on "sensitive" individuals and companies. 

Belloni declined to speak, and referred The Daily Beast to Valence. But in an email to staff on Monday obtained by The Daily Beast, he seemed to allude to friction between himself and the company's leadership.

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Apr 06, 2020

Publisher: Study Touting Hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 Cure Doesn't Meet ‘Standard'
Gerard Julien/GettyA study that touted the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment for the novel coronavirus has drawn new concern from the group that publishes the journal in which the work first appeared.

In a statement last week, the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (ISAC) said the study in question did not meet its standard— but did not go into many details as to why.

"ISAC shares the concerns regarding the above article published recently in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents (IJAA). The ISAC Board believes the article does not meet the Society's expected standard, especially relating to the lack of better explanations of the inclusion criteria and the triage of patients to ensure patient safety," the notice read. The notice was first reported by Retraction Watch.

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Apr 06, 2020

Cuomo Suggests ‘Possible Flattening of the Curve' in New York
Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty ImagesNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was cautiously optimistic at his Monday briefing, stating the number of coronavirus-related deaths has been "effectively flat" for the past two days, indicating a "possible flattening of the curve" in the Empire State.

"While none of this is good news, the possible flattering of the curve is better than the increases that we have seen," Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany. "The big question we are looking at now is: What is the curve? When [the number of new cases] stops increasing, then what happens?"

More than 4,758 people have died and 130,689 more have been infected with the virus in New York State. There was an increase of 599 new deaths from Sunday, the state's second-highest death toll in a 24-hour period, Cuomo said. At its peak so far, New York reported 630 deaths in a single day. 

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Apr 06, 2020

Celebrities Are Spreading a Wacky Coronavirus 5G Conspiracy and They Need to Stop
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyIt will likely surprise no one to learn that a wild conspiracy theory linking the novel coronavirus pandemic to 5G wireless networks has its roots in, among other places, QAnon. Unfortunately, it seems some celebrities and influencers have nonetheless taken the bait—and some British citizens have begun to burn down cell towers.

Scientists have debunked the notion that any link exists between the coronavirus pandemic and 5G networks. Nonetheless, celebrities including Woody Harrelson have shared conspiracies that claim just that. Days ago, the Cheers and Zombieland actor shared a post he conceded he hadn't "fully vetted" on Instagram linking the novel coronavirus outbreak to the installation of 5G networks in Wuhan, China. That same day Harrelson also posted a video of last year's Hong Kong protests with the erroneous caption, "Meanwhile the Chinese are bringing 5g antennas down."

But it's not just Harrelson. Singer M.I.A.—whose paranoia about 5G dates back at least to last year—stoked fears again in March. "I don't think 5G gives you COVID19," she wrote at one point. "I think it can confuse or slow the body down in healing process as body is learning to cope with new signals wavelength s frequency etc @ same time as Cov."



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Apr 06, 2020

Peter Navarro Touts His Qualifications on Unproven Coronavirus Drug: ‘I'm a Social Scientist'
Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro roundly dismissed concerns from the nation's top infectious-disease expert on an unproven coronavirus drug while touting his own qualifications as a "social scientist" on Monday, adding that he knows "how to read statistical studies."

Over the weekend, it was reported that Navarro clashed with Dr. Anthony Fauci over the efficacy of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine. Navarro reportedly attacked the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director at the White House for questioning his knowledge of science as he promoted the drug's potential.

During a CNN interview Monday morning, Navarro essentially confirmed the heated debate indeed took place while lauding the drug as an effective treatment of COVID-19. Asked by anchor John Berman about the disagreement he had with Fauci, Navarro quickly pointed to a small study in China that shows some possible efficacy as a source of some of the tension.

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Apr 06, 2020

Transform Your Space Into a Blissful Yoga Studio
I think the one thing that has been getting me through this craziness has been yoga. It's usually pretty good about getting me through the general craziness, but it has been especially helpful now. I've been doing other workouts to burn off steam, like using the Peloton app, but yoga brings with it calmness and serenity. There are a lot of great yoga studios that are offering online classes on a donation based system (please donate to yoga teachers, they are facing financial unknowns since you can't attend their classes in person) via Instagram or Zoom, Yoga Vida and the Iyengar Institute to name a few. My family recently did a Zoom yoga class together to celebrate my Mom's birthday, and it was pretty great. No matter your experience level, I really think it's worth investing in some proper equipment, too. Here's what you need to transform your living room, dining room, bedroom, wherever you are (and here's hoping it has some natural light), into the relaxing yoga studio of your dreams. 

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Apr 06, 2020

Alarming Video Appears to Show Ezra Miller Choking a Woman on Street. Is It a Joke? Does That Matter?
ANGELA WEISSThe girl has a smile on her face and steps happily toward her apparent attacker, which has led some to believe it's a prank, a set-up, or a bit of impromptu role play.

But the panicked reaction of the cameraman, saying "Whoa, bro! Bro!" as the girl is pushed to the ground, has led some to speculate that the encounter might have spiraled out of control.

Whatever the truth of the matter, it's still undeniably alarming to see Ezra Miller, a famously sensitive artist who identifies as non-binary and queer, trending on social media after a clip of him appearing to choke a female fan on the streets of Reykjavik went viral.

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Apr 06, 2020

Meghan Markle ‘Heartbroken' That She Hasn't Been Able to See Her Mom Since Moving to LA
TOBY MELVILLEMeghan Markle is reportedly "heartbroken" that she hasn't been able to see her mother, Doria, 63, since moving to Los Angeles last month over fears for her health due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Many were baffled when Harry and Meghan left their remote hideaway on Canada's Vancouver Island for the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's coronavirus hotspots.

It was reported at the time that a major part of Meghan's desire to relocate was because she wanted to be near her mother.

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Apr 06, 2020

Terrorists Are Still Among Us. Can Brain Scans Expose Them?
GettyWhat makes terrorists tick? This is the Holy Grail of terrorism studies, as well as the animating conundrum in virtually every news story about all those ever so "normal" terrorists next door, whether jihadi or white supremacist. 

In this new age of vanished normalcy, where a deadly virus has killed over 50,000 and resulted in lockdowns across the globe, the concerns of terrorism scholars might seem antiquated, but on Saturday a remnant from the old world returned with a vengeance. In a small town in Southeast France a Sudanese man went on a stabbing rampage in a tobacconist and outside a bakery, killing two and wounding five. 

Once again we ask, with renewed urgency and perplexity: What makes such men tick? Why would someone want to kill and die in defense of a holy cause? (The attacker, named as Abdallah A.O., reportedly implored the police to kill him when they arrived on the scene.)

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Apr 06, 2020

In Red States, Abortions Aren't ‘Essential' but Guns Are
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyRed states are shutting down abortion clinics, determining that the health care they provide is not essential. Yet gun stores and shooting ranges remain open as a supposedly essential industry. 

That designation was President Donald Trump's latest gift to the NRA, and the message it sends to women is that gun rights are sacrosanct while women's health is subject to the whims of the anti-abortion ideologues, also known as Trump's base.   

States long hostile to abortion are using the coronavirus as an excuse to try and shutter clinics in at least six states—Texas, Ohio, Iowa, Alabama, Oklahoma and Kentucky. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are challenging the shutdowns, and by late Tuesday, federal judges issued emergency stays in three of the states, Texas, Ohio and Alabama, while the underlying legal arguments play out.   

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Apr 06, 2020

New York City's 2018 Flu Was a Near-Death Experience for Its Medical System
Photo Illusstration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyHospital beds lining hallways, protective gear running out, patients surging into emergency departments: 

Two years before the novel coronavirus upended life as we've known it, officials at NYC Health Hospitals Corporation were worried enough after a particularly nasty flu season to call Johns Hopkins for help.

"Our flu season is really terrible. We're having a hard time with our facilities," Jennifer B. Nuzzo, senior scholar of the Center for Health Security, recalled hearing in a phone call from Dr. Syra Madad, senior director of the special pathogens program office at NYC H H, which oversees New York City's public hospital system, the largest in the nation. Madad was concerned about the number of patients showing up in hospital emergency departments, and the stress on the public hospital system. Would the Center for Health Security help monitor what was happening?

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Apr 06, 2020

NYC's 2018 Flu Was the Near-Death Experience Cuomo Ignored
Photo Illusstration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyHospital beds lining hallways, protective gear running out, patients surging into emergency departments: 

Two years before the novel coronavirus upended life as we've known it, officials at NYC Health Hospitals Corporation were worried enough about a particularly nasty flu season to call Johns Hopkins for help.

"Our flu season is really terrible. We're having a hard time with our facilities," Jennifer B. Nuzzo, senior scholar of the Center for Health Security, recalled hearing in a phone call from Dr. Syra Madad, senior director of the special pathogens program office at NYC H H, which oversees New York City's public hospital system, the largest in the nation. Madad was concerned about the number of patients showing up in hospital emergency departments, and the stress on the public hospital system. Would the Center for Health Security help monitor what was happening?

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Apr 06, 2020

Ventilators Are the Last, Best Hope—but Save Only a Fraction
Guillaume Souvant/GettyAs states around the country scavenge for ventilators to treat the wave of critically ill coronavirus virus patients, doctors on the front lines are confronting not just the question of when they will get them, but when they should use them.

The grim fact is that most people infected with COVID-19 who are sedated, intubated, and hooked up to a mechanical breathing machine will not survive. This is in part a function of just how sick they are when doctors finally resort to a ventilator, but also due in part to the damage ventilators cause to the lungs. The longer someone is on a ventilator, the lower the odds they will ever breathe again on their own.

"It's just a bridge to keep them going," Dr. Marco Garrone, an emergency medicine physician in Turin, Italy, told The Daily Beast. "It's just a sort of last-ditch resort to buy time for them to heal... for the whole body to overcome the illness."

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Apr 06, 2020

Why All the Ventilators in the World Won't Solve This
Guillaume Souvant/GettyAs states around the U.S. scavenge for ventilators to treat the wave of critically ill coronavirus patients, doctors on the front lines are confronting not just the question of when they will get them, but when they should use them.

The grim fact is that most people infected with COVID-19 who are sedated, intubated, and hooked up to a mechanical breathing machine will not survive. This is in part a function of just how sick they are when doctors finally resort to a ventilator, but also due in part to the damage ventilators cause to the lungs. The longer someone is on a ventilator, the lower the odds they will ever breathe again on their own.

"It's just a bridge to keep them going," Marco Garrone, an emergency-medicine physician in Turin, Italy, told The Daily Beast. "It's just a sort of last-ditch resort to buy time for them to heal... for the whole body to overcome the illness."

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Apr 06, 2020

A Violent Satanic Sex Cult With a Giant Twist
Magna EntertainmentWhether it's because of fears of fundamentalism, apocalyptic disasters or the fact that America is currently being run by a treacherous, lecherous agent of evil, horror films about devious Satanists are all the rage these days. And as if to mitigate the chilling real-world anxieties into which they're tapping, these dark modern sagas generally pitch themselves as playful comedies. Satanic Panic, Porno, and Extra Ordinary (as well as the unintentionally funny Suspiria remake) are all goofily hellish efforts about Beelzebub's acolytes, and to that collection one can now add We Summon the Darkness, which serves up a buzzy brew of sex, drugs, heavy metal, Christian zealotry and pentagram-fueled rituals. Gruesome and good-natured, it's a rollicking B-movie satire about those who truly have blood on their hands.

My Friend Dahmer director Marc Meyers' latest (on VOD April 10) situates itself smack-dab in the middle of heartland Satanic hysteria circa 1988, when concerns over impressionable teens being possessed by Ozzy Osbourne lyrics ran rampant—thanks, in part, to Tipper Gore's war on pop culture profanity, licentiousness, and the occult via her Parents Music Resource Center. We Summon the Darkness suggests, early on, that Gore was on to something, given that its story finds Indiana co

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Apr 06, 2020

Conservationists Fear Coronavirus Will Wreak Havoc in the Animal Kingdom
REUTERSA tiger at the Bronx Zoo has become the first animal in the United States to test positive for the disease associated with the novel coronavirus. The tiger's infection is a dramatic reminder that the coronavirus originally spread from animals to people. And that it apparently can spread from people back to different animals. 

SARS CoV-2's potential for interspecies-transmission isn't just an object of scientific curiosity. It has huge ramifications for the human species as well some of our closest evolutionary kin. 

If the coronavirus affects apes the same way it affects people—that is, giving them the potentially fatal COVID-19 disease—it could drive some ape populations toward extinction. 

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Apr 06, 2020

Could Coronavirus Drive Some Animal Species to Extinction?
David Yarrow Photography/GettyA tiger at the Bronx Zoo has become the first animal in the United States to test positive for the disease associated with the novel coronavirus. The tiger's infection is a dramatic reminder that the coronavirus originally spread from animals to people. And that it apparently can spread from people back to different animals. 

SARS CoV-2's potential for interspecies-transmission isn't just an object of scientific curiosity. It has huge ramifications for the human species as well some of our closest evolutionary kin. 

If the coronavirus affects apes the same way it affects people—that is, giving them the potentially fatal COVID-19 disease—it could drive some ape populations toward extinction. 

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Apr 06, 2020

New Mystery: What Happens When Animals Get Infected by Humans?
REUTERSA tiger at the Bronx Zoo has become the first animal in the United States to test positive for the disease associated with the novel coronavirus. The tiger's infection is a dramatic reminder that the coronavirus originally spread from animals to people. And that it apparently can spread from people back to different animals. 

SARS CoV-2's potential for interspecies-transmission isn't just an object of scientific curiosity. It has huge ramifications for the human species as well some of our closest evolutionary kin. 

If the coronavirus affects apes the same way it affects people—that is, giving them the potentially fatal COVID-19 disease—it could drive some ape populations toward extinction. 

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Apr 06, 2020

The Celebrity Tabloids Enter Bizarro-World Amid Coronavirus
Timothy A. Clary/AFP/GettyIn early 2002, as Star Magazine transitioned from a monthly magazine to a photo-heavy weekly, the editors gathered for their daily meeting, eyed all the images fresh from the wire, and zeroed in on a picture of Drew Barrymore picking up a coin. "Look at Drew Barrymore picking up a penny," the new top editor Bonnie Fuller said, according to former Star reporter Kate Lee. "It's like, stars, they're just like us." When the next issue went to print, it featured a new kind of photo montage, one that highlighted—not movie premieres or nights on the town—but pictures of actors leaving fast food franchises. "Russell Crowe: Trying desperately to crack the Colonel's recipe at KFC in New York," the text bubble read. "David Hasselhoff: Devouring a hot dog—with another one at his feet."

The new section, "Stars, They're Just Like Us!," changed the nature of celebrity imagery in America's pop-cultural diet. It created a new visual vocabulary for the entertainment industry, a crucial boon to the notion that celebrities, despite their mansions and lifestyle brands, nevertheless led somewhat normal lives. Where paparazzi once scouted for exclusives and high-end events, they could now sell snapshots of the mundane. Stars, they walk their dogs! They take public transportation! They love amusement parks!

If that logic held, the genre might be flourishing now, 18 years later, as the COVID-19 outbreak forces both actors and everyone else to perform certain shared behaviors—cover their faces, stock up on toilet paper, wash their hands with Monk-like intensity. Instead, the section has entered a state of suspended animation. There is no menti

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Apr 06, 2020

GOP Gangsters Hijack the Coronavirus to Try and Steal the Election
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIt's another new low for America's leading racketeer-influenced and corrupt organization, formerly known as the Republican Party: Now, they're trying to use this deadly pandemic to steal an election.

Surprised? Of course you aren't.

It's happening in Wisconsin, where the state is moving ahead with Tuesday's primary even though every sane person agrees that it's madness to do so under these circumstances. Democrats from Governor Tony Evers on down want to move the primary to May 19 and conduct it largely by mail. A reasonable delay in the name of public health. No one would be disenfranchised. Indeed quite the contrary, probably, since vote-by-mail participation rates in the states that use it are high—certainly a hell of a lot higher than turnout in an election held in a state where people are under order to stay home.

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Apr 06, 2020

Ron Perlman on the Time He Gave Harvey Weinstein the Piss-Shake
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty"I'm in Hollywood, baby, where movie stars like me belong," says Ron Perlman.

Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Perlman is sequestered in Tinseltown and speaking to me by phone about his new film, Clover, available now on demand. In the film, produced and directed by Jon Abrahams, he plays a menacing crime boss whose opening monologue concerning the primal nature of man gamely sets the stage for the ensuing action.

Perlman, 69, overcame weight issues and a lower-middle-class upbringing in Washington Heights—his father was a TV repairman—to become one of the most celebrated character actors alive. He has dazzled with scene-stealing turns in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy films, Drive, The City of Lost Children, and Sons of Anarchy, among others.

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Apr 06, 2020

World's Biggest Tiger Expert: ‘Tiger King's' Carole Baskin Is Full of It
NetflixTiger King, the bonkers backwoods docuseries about a polygamous, meth-addicted tiger breeder who went to jail in a murder-for-hire plot, has become a worldwide pop-cultural phenomenon. It's the No. 1 show on Netflix, has spawned an endless array of memes, and everyone from hip-hop icon RZA to endangered-animal murderer Donald Trump Jr.—whose big takeaway was how cheap it can be to purchase a tiger—has weighed in.

One person who isn't so enamored with the show is Dr. John Goodrich—the chief scientist for Panthera, one of the world's leading wild cat conservation organizations, and the world's foremost tiger biologist. "It's one of the most appalling shows I've ever seen," he says.

Dr. Goodrich was disappointed in how the series "wasn't really that much about the cats and was about the bizarre characters involved in the big-cat industry in the U.S. If it were more focused on the tigers, Tiger King wouldn't have left out that Joe Exotic wasn't just convicted of murder-for-hire but nine violations of the Endangered Species Act. Federal agents found bones belonging to five tigers in the back of Joe Exotic's zoo—tigers that he shot to death and buried there. "In 20 ye

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Apr 06, 2020

John Oliver Exposes ‘Alt-Right Pinocchio' Jared Kushner's Coronavirus Idiocy
HBOLast week, John Oliver returned for a stripped-down, social distancing-friendly version of Last Week Tonight following a brief hiatus due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There, he verbally undressed Trump over his "failed" response to the crisis and introduced his audience to some seriously bizarre/hilarious rat erotica.

On Sunday night, Oliver returned to his bluish void of a set where he aimed his ire at Trump's failson-in-law, Jared Kushner—a socialite whose criminal-father paid Harvard $2.5 million to allegedly secure his admission to the prestigious university.

"Trump has repeatedly suggested that it's the states' responsibility to fix things—an attitude that reached its apex on Thursday when Jared Kushner, a man who looks less like someone who could handle a global pandemic and more like an alt-right Pinocchio, suggested that states should not count on a federal stockpile of medical supplies," Oliver explained.

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Apr 05, 2020

Trump Eyes Accused ‘Quack' Dr. Oz for Coronavirus Advice
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyAs the global pandemic and a staggering economic crisis swells, Dr. Mehmet Oz, the controversial celebrity doctor, has been advising senior Trump administration officials on coronavirus-related matters. Oz has even caught Donald Trump's attention with the celebrity doctor's numerous appearances on the president's favorite TV channel, The Daily Beast has learned.

In the past couple of weeks, President Trump began more and more hearing about and watching Oz, now a Fox News regular, discuss hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that Trump aggressively touted as a coronavirus treatment, much to the dismay of various medical experts and scientists. Over these two weeks, the president had specifically made a point of telling aides that he was interested in what Oz had to say, and that he wished to speak to the much-maligned television personality, according to two people familiar with the president's requests. It is unclear if Trump has spoken on the phone with Oz lately, as he told aides that he wished to do so.

But Trump has told officials that it would be "a good idea" if they talked to Oz, one of the sources added. Top administration officials, including Trump's administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medi

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Apr 05, 2020

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Admitted to Hospital After Testing Positive for COVID-19
WPA Pool/GettyBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus and experiencing "persistent symptoms" for 10 days after getting his positive result.

A statement from his office said he was being admitted to the hospital for "tests" and said the move was a "precautionary step" that was taken "on the advice of his doctor." According to BBC News, one of Johnson's symptoms was a fever.

"The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government's advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives," the statement, obtained by BBC News, read.

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Apr 05, 2020

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Admitted to Hospital After Testing Positive for COVID-19
WPA Pool/GettyBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus and experiencing "persistent symptoms" for 10 days after getting his positive result.

A statement from his office said he was being admitted to the hospital for "tests" and said the move was a "precautionary step" that was taken "on the advice of his doctor." According to BBC News, one of Johnson's symptoms was a fever.

"The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government's advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives," the statement, obtained by BBC News, read.

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Apr 05, 2020

Queen Delivers Coronavirus Rallying Cry: ‘If We Remain Strong, We Will Overcome...We Will Meet Again'
BBCThere was more than a touch of Blitz spirit on display, as the Queen directly referenced World War Two and the fortitude of the British people when she sought to rally the nation in the fight against coronavirus.

At 8pm local time on Sunday (3pm EST), the Queen addressed Britain in a special national TV broadcast. Wearing a beautiful green dress and green brooch—echoing maybe the hospital scrubs of the medics she praised so fulsomely—the Queen noted this was "a time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all."

After many days of increasingly unsubtle briefings, the British government was wheeling out the biggest gun of all: Queen Elizabeth II, 93, in their quest to stop people breaking quarantine and going sunbathing on what was an unseasonably warm weekend as U.K. deaths from Coronavirus marched inexorably towards the 5,000 mark.

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Apr 05, 2020

Donald Trump's In-Person Voting Demand is Obscenely Hypocritical, and Worse
In that way he has of saying out loud what many believe but won't admit, Donald Trump made no pretense of his fear of vote by mail, describing why Republicans opposed mandated vote by mail in earlier versions of the $2 trillion emergency relief bill, despite the public health issues in sending voters to the polls in the midst of a pandemic:

"They had levels of voting, that if you ever agreed to it you'd never have a Republican elected in this country again, they had things in there about election days, and what you do… and it was totally crazy."

To make this a perfect Trump moment, he himself has requested an absentee ballot for the Republican presidential primary in Florida. 

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Apr 05, 2020

Capt. Brett Crozier Tests Positive for Coronavirus: NYT
Dan Kitwood/GettyCapt. Brett Crozier of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus after he wrote a letter outlining his concerns of COVID-19 spreading on the ship and the Navy's failures to properly address the matter.

Two of Crozier's Naval Academy classmates told The New York Times that Crozier started having coronavirus symptoms before he was fired and escorted off the ship on Thursday.

His dismissal followed The San Francisco Chronicle publishing his letter to Navy leaders that stated the lack of resources the ship had in preventing further infections.

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Apr 05, 2020

Tapper Shames Trump on Coronavirus: ‘Not About Winning a News Cycle on Fox'
A day after President Donald Trump spent much of his coronavirus press briefing attacking the press and airing grievances against perceived enemies, CNN anchor Jake Tapper delivered an on-air message to the president: do you have a plan to get the nation back to normal or are you just interested in pleasing your fans and Fox News?

At the end of Sunday's broadcast of CNN's State of the Union, Tapper said he would like to "speak directly to one person known to watch this show or at least clips of the show," adding that he knows Trump is eager for the country to regain normalcy.

The CNN anchor went on to ask the president if he had a plan to combat the pandemic that has now resulted in over 8,500 dead Americans and hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



The Daily Beast
Apr 05, 2020

Joe Biden: Democrats ‘May Have to Do a Virtual Convention' Due to COVID-19
Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden said on Sunday morning that the Democratic National Convention may need to be "virtual" amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, adding that the party's convention is "necessary" this year.

Appearing on ABC's This Week, Biden was asked by anchor George Stephanopoulos whether it was wise for Wisconsin to hold its primary as scheduled this upcoming Tuesday, noting fellow Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has called on it to be postponed over safety concerns.

"Well, look, I think they should just follow the science," Biden replied. "I think whatever the science says we should do."

Read more at The Daily Beast.



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