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The Daily Beast
Feb 25, 2018

Reviews: Jomama Jones' Brilliant Journey Into the ‘Black Light,' and a Futile Search for ‘Relevance'
Joan Marcus

Do you want to feel transformed? There is a little slice of magic at Joe's Pub at New York's Public Theater, and it comes with edges both hard and soft.

In Black Light, Daniel Alexander Jones' alter ego, Jomama Jones, has stories of experience and resistance to sing and tell. These stories and songs are witty and serious, thought-through, qualified, nuanced, and tricky. And so is the glamorous Jomama, through whom James explores—as Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public puts it—"race, gender, queerness, identity, and community."

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The Daily Beast
Feb 25, 2018

Trump's Longtime Lawyer, Michael Cohen, Knows Way Too Much. So Why is He Still in Exile?
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastBefore his remarks at a $35,000-per-plate fundraiser last June in Miami, Florida, President Donald Trump took the podium to acknowledge his biggest boosters in the crowd. Eventually, he got to Michael Cohen, the longtime private employee of the Trump Organization who is currently serving as "personal attorney" to the president. Trump praised Cohen's lawyering, his loyalty, and his love for appearing on television.

"I haven't seen Michael in a month," he added, wistfully. "It's good to see you, Michael. I miss you, man."

The feeling was mutual.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 25, 2018

Yes, You Can Fit a Home Office Into 4 Square Feet
You love the idea of working from home, but if your only "workspace" is also where you sleep, eat, or watch TV, you may find your productivity plummet. The antidote to cramming emails into commercial breaks or penning your magnum opus around marathon cleaning sessions? A dedicated home office with a "work or die" vibe.

Fortunately, even if your studio apartment/tiny house/van down by the river doesn't exactly have rooms to spare, you don't need a ton of square footage to create a highly-functional workspace. From wall-mounted fold-down desks to double-duty laptop stands, these Amazon-reviewer favorites can help you cram an impressive amount of get-shit-done into a really minimal space. Finding the willpower to stop binge-watching Orphan Black is still on you, though.

Southern Enterprises Fold-Out Convertible Desk, $124.66 on Amazon Prime

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The Daily Beast
Feb 25, 2018

Ivanka Trump at the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony: At Least She Was Better Than Mike Pence
PATRICK SEMANSKY/GettyPYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Ivanka Trump and North Korea's General Kim Yong Chol came within a few feet of each other but avoided exchanging glances, much less shaking hands, at Sunday's lavish ceremonies marking the end of the Winter Olympics.

If the mutual cold shoulder in the VIP box of the Olympic Stadium seemed like a bad omen, at least Ivanka was beaming while South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and Kim Yong Chol greeted one another. In an exercise in which appearances do count, Ivanka's image was far more pleasing than that of Vice President Mike Pence, who looked on sternly from his seat at the Opening Ceremonies 16 days ago, one row in front of the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

As for Moon, he and his aides clearly believed he had scored a diplomatic breakthrough, beginning with his initial agreement to welcome more than 500 North Koreans—mostly cheerleaders and musicians—for the Games that opened with North and South Korean athletes parading under a one-Korea unity flag. On the banner, an image of the Korean peninsula stood out in light blue against a white field. If Pence did not stand up to applaud the "one-Korea team," Ivanka was at least seen smiling happily throughout. The Koreans, far from having to carry the unity flag, walked by at the closin

The Daily Beast
Feb 25, 2018

Even the Wild West Embraced Gun Control
Matthias ClamerAlthough we all know that cowboys strutted around shooting off their Colt .45s "Peacemakers" all day, the Wild West wasn't so wild that it - and the Stormy South -- couldn't include gun control.

History is annoying. It muddies our legends with facts. Indeed, many local laws in the nineteenth-century prohibited carrying concealed weapons. A Dodge City billboard warned: "The Carrying of Firearms Strictly Prohibited." Also, that "gun that won the west," the Peacemaker - was about a tenth as popular as the Harrington & Richardson. And the legendary Gun Fight at the OK Corral was triggered partially by the Tombstone, Arizona, law compelling individuals to check-in their guns when they arrived in town.

History is also delightfully messy. Past nuance undermines partisan certainties. As UCLA Law Professor Adam Winkler writes in Gunfight, "You are certain to see more gunfights in a two-hour movie about the Wild West than you would have seen in a year of the dusty streets of Deadwood, South Dakota" - or most Wild West hot spots. And the South, Winkler adds, "was the region where some of the earliest, most burdensome, gun control laws in American history were first enacted." At the same time, Southerners and Westerners were often gunslingers. And, as the Harvard Professor Steven Pinker writes in The Better Angels of Our Nature, the South and West were and remain America's most honor-obses

The Daily Beast
Feb 25, 2018

Teachers Belong in Classrooms, Teaching
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastMy mother was a school teacher. Taught elementary school for more than three decades. Only thing she ever packed in her classroom was lunch for those kids too poor to afford one.

She was a devout Catholic, a widow, an independent woman who went back to school after my father died when my brothers and I were quite young. She understood loss, loneliness and love of family.

It occurred to me many times across the past few days that she would be both angry and amazed that many people including the preposterous president want to have teachers with guns in schools; emotion erasing common sense here.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 25, 2018

Is Xi Jinping the Next Chairman Mao?
Charles Platiau/ReutersHONG KONG—The rumors began to swirl last summer in Beijing, but there were whispers as early as two years ago. Could the Chinese president really move to scrap the two-term limit that would see him vacate his seat of power in 2023?

It seemed far-fetched, though the latest reports out of the Chinese Communist Party's center of power are suggesting that hearsay, gossip, and speculation is about to become truth—Xi Jinping is here to stay, and nobody can say for how long.

Over the weekend, the state-backed Xinhua news agency reported that the CCP has proposed to modify the Chinese constitution in a fundamental way: the condition that the country's president and vice-president shall "serve no more than two consecutive terms" totaling ten years will be struck from the constitution. All it took was 42 words to deliver the message.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 25, 2018

Russian Spies Thought Trump Adviser Carter Page Was an ‘Idiot'—But Still Tried to Recruit Him
Sergei Karpukhin/ReutersThe bombshell is in the footnote.

Before the House Intelligence Committee could release its minority report defending the performance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department investigating ties between Trump campaign advisor Carter Page and the Russian intelligence services, large sections were blacked out, ostensibly for security reasons (PDF).

But the core argument still comes through clearly: the FBI had been watching Page as a potential Russian spy since 2013, long before Page was mentioned in the dossier of dirt on the Trump-Russia connection compiled by former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele over the summer and fall of 2016.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 25, 2018

These 4 Tools Can Help You Finish Small Home Repairs
The little home repair projects — like window cracks or mounting shelves — are the ones that really start to add up and can cause a backlog of weekend to-dos. It can be challenging to do any kind of home improvement yourself if you don't have the right tools and supplies, which are often pricey. Given that, we've rounded up five simple tools that will help you finish any of your DIY projects, all on sale for up to 62% off.

1. FiberFix Total Repair Tool: 2-Pack

If you want something that's going to provide universal assistance, the FiberFix Total Repair Tool is your best bet. This useful tool seals cracks, protects exposed wires, fills gaps, builds layers, bonds objects, and even includes a blue light accelerator to dry the glue and adhesive faster.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 25, 2018

Jake Tapper Grills Broward County Sheriff Over Parkland Missteps After He Claims ‘Amazing Leadership'
CNNBroward County Sheriff Scott Israel faced a tough round of questioning on Sunday morning from CNN's Jake Tapper over law enforcement officials' multiple missteps leading up to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Israel claimed he has exhibited "amazing leadership" as sheriff and insisted he wouldn't resign, as more information is revealed about how the department failed to act on multiple red flags about the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, in the months leading up to the massacre which killed 17 people.

Tapper pressed Israel in particular about the school resource officer who did not enter the building during the shooting in an attempt to neutralize the shooter. Israel said he wasn't responsible for the actions of one individual.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Going 10 Rounds with Top Bartender Jillian Vose
Courtesy Gregory J BudaWhat do you like to drink after a shift? "A dry cider and a neat pour of Irish pot still whiskey. I'm currently drinking Redbreast 15-Year-Old or the Green Spot Irish Whiskey Finished in Château Léoville Barton Bordeaux casks. Yum, yum."

What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? "Hmmm. Maybe "I Love Rock ‘n' Roll" by Joan Jet? That's always a fun one."

What drink should be banished and why? "Anything with sour mix and that sticks ‘tini' to the end of its name [if it's not an actual Martini]. That really annoys me."

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Donald Trump Has Made CPAC Boring Again
REUTERS/Joshua RobertsThere are few demographic groups in America more willing to forgive and even applaud Donald Trump for his alleged affairs with a playmate and a porn star than the crowd that sifted through the halls of CPAC.

The yearly gathering, after all, brings together the activist base of the Republican Party and, to put it bluntly, young male college students.

But as they mingled about the Gaylord National Resort over this past week, CPAC attendees were neither amused by nor particularly forgiving of Trump's past conduct. Many found it regrettable.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Trump Is Like Reagan, CPAC? Please Tell Me You're Joking
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastDuring her CPAC speech last Friday, Fox News host Laura Ingraham sought to compare Donald Trump's plight to that of Ronald Reagan. "They resisted Ronald Reagan every step of the way," she recalled. "He's mocked, like Reagan was," she continued. The attacks on Trump today, she claimed, are "the way it was in the ‘80s."

To be sure, Reagan faced serious pushback from Democrats, the media, and even some conservative intellectuals. This much is true. But it is both a logical fallacy as well as an act of sophistry to suggest that because two people are criticized by the same people, both will necessarily turn out to be right.

Ingraham's premise is part of an emerging narrative that suggests Donald Trump is like Ronald Reagan—and possibly his better.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Officers Solve Murder of Texas Girl After 36 Years
Courtesy Denise SmithWith summer winding down, Beth Marie Bramlett—like many students of Axtell High School—crowded into Trading House Lake, a lush blue-water reservoir in Waco, Texas, for an end-of-the-season bash. It was August of 1982 and Bramlett, 17, was preparing to begin her senior year. As the party was in full swing a brawl ensued. Later, in an unrelated incident, a teenager who was playing with a pistol fired a shot into the air. Shortly after, Bramlett decided it was time to go home.  

She started walking on Hall Drive when Johnny and Teresa Wood offered her a ride. En route to Bramlett's home in nearby Axtell, the car ran out of gas. Shortly after 1:00 a.m. the pair dropped her off on the side of Wilbanks and Hall Drive and returned to the party. Once there, Teresa saw her father, Talmadge Wayne Wood. Wood, according to investigators, told Teresa not to hang out with Bramlett. Wood then threatened to "kill" his daughter if she didn't arrive home before he did.

As Teresa raced home, Bramlett remained stranded. Then she saw Talmadge Wood's car on the road and she flagged him down, according to Detective Fuller.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

This Is How You Lose a $220,000 Richard Serra Sculpture
AlamyWhen it comes to art—particularly that of the lost or missing variety—there is no shortage of weird occurrences and lingering puzzles. There are giant sculptures stolen in the middle of the night without a trace. There are prison guards breaking bad. There are artists who turn against their own works and crazy thefts that are straight out of Hollywood.

But in 2006, a massive art mystery of a different sort was exposed. The Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid revealed that an original commission by Richard Serra from 1986—a commission that weighed over 83,000 pounds—had simply vanished.

In 1986, the Madrid museum, one of the top contemporary art destinations in the Spanish capital, commissioned the famous sculptor to create a piece for a landmark exhibition, References: An Artistic Encounter in Time. Their idea was to show the work of three famous Spanish artists next to that of three renowned artists from the 20th century, including Richard Serra.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Conservative Groups Want ‘Harmful' LGBT Books Segregated at Iowa Library
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastConservative groups in Iowa are demanding a library in Orange City shelve LGBTQ materials, including books and DVDs, separately to everything else, claiming they could "harm" children.

The groups equate the reading of such books to drug use and eating Tide pods.

On flyers, Sioux County Conservatives and Reformation Iowa particularly singled out the books David Levithan's Two Guys Kissing, Gayle E. Pitman's This Day in June and Christine Baldacchino's Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress.  

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

In ‘A Small Oak Tree Runs Red,' The Ghosts of Lynching Feel Very Present
Hollis KingWhat is the price of remembering? Or perhaps the more appropriate question is, what is the weight of forgetting?

Those ideological quandaries and the answers—if not contemplative reflections— are at the heart of the play, A Small Oak Tree Runs Red. Written by LeKethia Dalcoe and directed by Harry Lennix, it follows how one decision drastically alters the lives of Mary Turner (Kyra Riley), Hayes Turney (R.J. Foster), and Sidney Johnson (Yusef Miller) during the Jim Crow era.

Playing at The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn until March 4, the work pivots between past memories and a purgatory of sorts—a fitting and frustrating metaphor for the characters' conditions and the systemic inequalities still gripping the black community a century later.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Chef David Chang Talks Netflix's ‘Ugly Delicious' and Why Food Is ‘One of the Last Bastions' of Racism
Netflix"Dave wants to talk in the kitchen, OK?"

I make my way through the crowded, brightly lit kitchen of the brand new Los Angeles restaurant majordomo. It's the night before his new series Ugly Delicious premieres on Netflix and David Chang is sweating.

"You like hot?" he asks me, holding out a spoon of fiery red paste full of chili seeds that he's been mixing in a mini food processor. "It's really fucking hot."

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Danny Trejo on Gun Control and Our ‘Broken' U.S. Prison System
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast"Welcome to the United States of America," says Danny Trejo at the beginning of the documentary Survivor's Guide to Prison. "We call this the land of the free, but this country is home to the largest prison population in the world." The documentary, which hits select theaters this weekend, addresses the failures of the American prison system in part through focusing on two specific cases. Bruce Lisker and Reggie Cole were both accused of and imprisoned for crimes they didn't commit. Lisker served 26 years, and Cole served 16.

For Trejo, the decision to get involved with the documentary was personal. He's been to prison, even faced the death penalty, and has continued to stay involved with efforts to bring awareness to the criminal justice system and to reach out to those mired in the system. Of course, he's also one of the most prolific movie stars of all time, having been in more than a hundred movies after a chance encounter on the set of Runaway Train (1985) got him his first job as an extra.

The Daily Beast spoke to Trejo by phone about the film, as well as his own experiences. Over the last three decades, the actor has built a reputation for playing tough guys (just look at Machete), but in conversation, he's unfailingly open and sincere, particularly when it

The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Sorry, ‘Queer Eye.' Makeovers Don't Win Us LGBT ‘Acceptance.'
Gavin Bond/NetflixThe Netflix reboot of Queer Eye has been called the "ultimate feel-good binge" and it's hard to argue with that description: It does feel good to watch it.

But I would argue that the new Queer Eye feels good in more of an anesthetic than a euphoric way. At a time when anti-LGBT sentiment in this country remains stubbornly persistent, the makeover show's unremitting positivity feels more like a numbing agent than a dose of pure joy. Yes, it feels good. But is it good to ignore the pain right now?

Queer Eye teases us with the fantasy that homophobia in conservative parts of this country can be cured with haircuts and button-down shirts—and while that's a reassuring fantasy, it's also a dangerous one to indulge at a time like this.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Boko Haram's Harem-Hunting Terrorists: First the Chibok Girls, Now the Dapchi Children
Aminu Abubakar/GettyCALABAR, Nigeria—Just weeks after the Nigerian army announced once again that "Boko Haram terrorists have been defeated," the military is trying to cope with a crime that echoes the infamous abduction of "the Chibok girls" in 2014.

On Monday night Boko Haram stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary (GGSS) school at Dapchi town in northeastern Yobe state. According to local reports, jihadists dressed in military fatigues and turbans arrived in trucks mounted with heavy caliber weapons, shooting sporadically, and headed to the hostel at the state-run boarding school for girls aged 11 and above.

"They were shooting in the air and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar' [‘God is great'], as they approached the school," Ali Modu, who lives nearby, told The Daily Beast. "The gunshots lasted for up to an hour."

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Inside the Most Weird-as-Hell Movie of the Year (So Far)
OscilloscopeThe word "crazy" often gets tossed around in discussions of fringe genre cinema. However, I am here to report that November—now playing in theaters—is all-caps CRAZY in the best, funniest, most exhilarating way possible. A mere description cannot, I recognize, do its out-there-ness true justice. And yet because I cannot beam it directly into your eyeballs (I'm sorry!), I shall now endeavor to pay tribute to this masterful black-and-white Estonian romantic fairy tale involving werewolves, ghosts, witches, supernatural garden-tool creatures, the Devil, and—for good measure—the creepy German guy from The Human Centipede. You can start preemptively considering it your new favorite cult movie right now.

An adaptation of Andrus Kivirahk's novel Rehepapp, writer/director Rainer Sarnet's feature plays like Hard to Be a God via The Seventh Seal via Mario Bava via Jan Svankmajer's animation via the Brothers Grimm, except with a strange, hallucinatory originality all its own.

November's focus is love in all its pained, unrequited complexity, as evidenced by its opening shot of a frozen lake whose surface ice boasts the shape of a heart cracked in two. Nonetheless, before the film begins exploring that subject, it first dovetails straight into bizarreness, with a prolonged sequence of a wolf running about—and rolling in the snow—at night, which culminates with a shot of a girl sleeping in a house. Then, Sarnet cuts to a three-pronged windmil

The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Inside the Weirdest, Wildest Movie of the Year (So Far)
OscilloscopeThe word "crazy" often gets tossed around in discussions of fringe genre cinema. However, I am here to report that November—now playing in theaters—is all-caps CRAZY in the best, funniest, most exhilarating way possible. A mere description cannot, I recognize, do its out-there-ness true justice. And yet because I cannot beam it directly into your eyeballs (I'm sorry!), I shall now endeavor to pay tribute to this masterful black-and-white Estonian romantic fairy tale involving werewolves, ghosts, witches, supernatural garden-tool creatures, the Devil, and—for good measure—the creepy German guy from The Human Centipede. You can start preemptively considering it your new favorite cult movie right now.

An adaptation of Andrus Kivirahk's novel Rehepapp, writer/director Rainer Sarnet's feature plays like Hard to Be a God via The Seventh Seal via Mario Bava via Jan Svankmajer's animation via the Brothers Grimm, except with a strange, hallucinatory originality all its own.

November's focus is love in all its pained, unrequited complexity, as evidenced by its opening shot of a frozen lake whose surface ice boasts the shape of a heart cracked in two. Nonetheless, before the film begins exploring that subject, it first dovetails straight into bizarreness, with a prolonged sequence of a wolf running about—and rolling in the snow—at night, which culminates with a shot of a girl sleeping in a house. Then, Sarnet cuts to a three-pronged windmil

The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

The Year That Changed Hip-Hop Forever
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastHip-hop had broken through big by the mid-1980s.

Platinum-selling albums by acts like Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J had moved the genre from the pop culture fringes to center-stage. Rappers were selling out tours and landing major endorsement deals—and delivering albums that crushed the perception that this was a singles-driven genre that focused on party-friendly hits. Run-DMC, King of Rock, Raising Hell, Radio, Bigger and Deffer and Licensed To Ill had all been commercially successful releases, with the Beasties and LL putting the fledgling Def Jam label on the musical map. Other labels like Cold Chillin' and Tommy Boy would soon rise to prominence in the wake of Def Jam's mainstream success. It all set the table for one of the most significant years in hip-hop history: 1988.

Hip-hop's ascension had been steady, but in 1988 the genre exploded into a diverse array of styles and sounds that forever restructured how the artform was perceived and how the music was marketed.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Is Russia Ruining the World's Oldest and Deepest Lake?
GettyThe road from Irkutsk to the resort town of Listvyanka curls for about an hour through a white forest frozen under thick snow. My driver, Sasha, turned down his favorite techno music: "Here it is," he said happily and slowed the car, pointing at the wonder of Siberia, Lake Baikal. It is the oldest and deepest lake in the world and sits at the southern edge of Siberia, near the Mongolian border.

Icy cold northern sunshine poured through the trees at this town at the mouth of the shiny Angara River, powerful, turbulent and never freezing as it flows out of the enormous lake. Puffs of white steam rose from water of Father Baikal, as people here lovingly address their precious lake.

For centuries, ancient Baikal has inspired art and religion among all ethnic groups living peacefully around Baikal—Shamanists and Buddhists here tie up colorful ribbons to trees in gratitude, with wishes whispered; Orthodox believers build churches on the lake's banks. Some residents pray to the planet's holy jewel, to preservation of their Siberian sea.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

The Faith of Donald Trump Is Fake, But All Too Familiar
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast"I don't want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion, except to manipulate it." — Rev. Billy Graham

As the world now mourns Billy Graham's passing, and we here in the United States are still reeling from yet another mass school shooting, I think it is a good time for those of us of faith to reflect on just what it means to be a "Christian" in the public arena of civics, and civil discourse.

Say what you will about the Rev. Graham, he was a man who literally traveled the earth, in all her far corners, to spread the good news of the Gospel. He dined with the current queen of England, who if you believe Netflix's hit series The Crown sought his religious counsel in private several times when he took his famous crusades to England in 1961.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

He Made the Gun That Slaughtered Parkland's Kids
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIt's the gun companies, stupid.

Yes, the FBI failed to act on a tip from somebody close to Nikolas Cruz that he had a firearm and was liable to "explode" and go into a school "just shooting the place up."

Yes, the Broward County Sheriff's office received two tips—one from a neighbor's son, another from an unnamed caller—that Cruz had firearms and talked of committing a school shooting.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

‘Black Panther' and the Real, Lost Wakandas
MarvelBlack Panther could blow one of history's greatest lies right out of the water.

The movie creates the technically potent black African city state of Wakanda that has somehow evolved without being touched by colonialism. Fantasy, right?

Well, yes, in its comic book inventions it is. But this misses the point about one of the most insidious effects of colonialism in Africa. The whole history of the continent has been rigged by Europeans to suggest that before the arrival of the white man Africans had been incapable of creating any semblance of modern urban civilization.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Democrats Shred Devin Nunes' Surveillance Memo
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked its release on national security grounds, the House Intelligence Committee on Saturday released a 10-page memo intended to counter Republican claims that the FBI acted inappropriately in pursuing a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

The memo, penned in January by Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee's ranking Democrat, was released with redactions on Saturday afternoon after weeks of negotiations between the committee and the Justice Department over what material would be released to the public. Trump had said earlier this month that the unredacted memo "contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages."

Schiff's memo was written to counter a four-page Republican memo, written by Rep. Devin Nunes, which alleged that the FBI's decision to include allegations made in a dossier prepared by British ex-spy Christopher Steele in a FISA warrant application called into question the "legitimacy and legality of certain [Justice Department] and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court."

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Rogue CPAC Panelist Blasts Republicans Over Trump's Alleged Sexual Misconduct
GettyNATIONAL HARBOR—A panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. went off the rails on Sunday after one speaker blasted the Republican Party and organizers of the major annual gathering of conservatives.

Comments made by Mona Charen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, at Saturday's CPAC panel titled "#UsToo: Left out by the Left" were relatively conservative—she criticized the modern feminist movement and argued for more traditional male and female gender roles.

But Charen quickly lost the Republican audience when she turned her attention to the Republican Party for enabling and excusing candidates accused by many women of harassment and assault.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Some Italians Protest as Fascists Make a Comeback—But It Looks Like the Spiritual Heirs of Mussolini Will Win the March 4 Elections
Andreas Solaro/Getty ImagesROME—With a week left until Italians vote for their next leader on March 4, there is a palpable feeling of change in the air, and it's not a change for the better. The final election polls, which were published last week, point to victory for a center-right coalition with several fringe parties that openly embrace the ideology of fascism which includes racial purity, authoritarianism and extreme nationalism.

The other parties in the coalition, which is being led by former prime minister and convicted tax fraudster Silvio Berlusconi, have pledged mass expulsions of migrants and a military-backed tightening of the borders. Indeed, the various parties seem intent on one-upping each other when it comes to hardline policies.

"If we need to do a naval blockade, we will do a naval blockade. If we need to dig trenches, we will dig trenches," Giorgia Meloni, head of the far-right Brothers of Italy party said at a recent rally alongside Benito Mussolini's granddaughter, who is one of her party's candidates. "No one enters Italy illegally, and those who have will be sent home."

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

These Durable Bluetooth Speakers With Clear Audio Are All More Than 50% Off
Exceptional sound quality, seamless connectivity, and total portability are all typical requirements of a Bluetooth speaker. Another one worth adding to the criteria list: durability. It's easy to find a compact Bluetooth speaker that delivers impressive audio, but it's tough to come across one that doesn't break after just a few uses. Below you'll find three great options for Bluetooth speakers that won't break, and most importantly, won't break the bank.

1. All-Weather Bluetooth Precision Speaker, $29.99 (70% off)

There's a water-resistant speaker, there's a shockproof speaker, and then there's an all-weather speaker. Designed to endure all sorts of exploits, the All-Weather Bluetooth Precision Speaker is a silicon-case-wrapped, IPX6-rating-holding, precision-tuned 2.1 channel equipped device you can lug around anywhere. It boasts an 8.5-hour playtime and even allows for hands-free calls — in case you really need to hop on that conference call while hiking up a mountain.

The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

The Scathing Side Eye of Politics' Most Galvanized Women
Lonnie Tague for the Department of Justice, Medill DC, House of RepresentativesSomething visceral keeps happening in the visual reportage of women in the Trump era. Watch any footage of women responding to policy that routinely hurts the most vulnerable Americans, and you'll catch a soul-piercing glint of hell in their eyes. Baffled brows, narrowed, incredulous squints, and gapes wide with alarm—the reaction shots of these more-than-blunt political players are searing, their truest thoughts on their faces as they prepare for rebuttal. We couldn't be more here for the look. To kickoff Women's History Month, which is in March, with proper vigor and protective eyewear, here are some of the strongest shade moments.

The Look: California Sen. Kamala Harris' entire face during the State of the Union Address when President Donald Trump took credit for black unemployment being at a low.

Best Shade: According to no official medical source, if you look directly into the glare of a nasty woman, you can damage your retinas permanently. Get 100% UV protection from facts taken out of context with the totally transparent Warby Parker Ormsby frame.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

These Cost-Effective Tools Will Help You Build and Launch A Website
Websites are a great way to increase your influence and business value — and we've rounded up three tools to make launching your own website less intimidating. Each one offers a lifetime subscription for more than 90% off.

1. Arch Hosting

Having a reliable and inexpensive hosting platform is the foundation of first website, and Arch Hosting gives you high performance without worrying about prohibitive cost. You get 2GB of SSD storage space and 500GB of bandwidth for one domain, the use of a simple drag-and-drop website builder, free SSL certificates for all domains and subdomains, and even the option for a free domain the first year. Arch Hosting's experienced team of cPanel experts can help you with any challenges you have along the way.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 24, 2018

Revealed: Meghan Markle's Secret Blog
Hannah McKay/ReutersMeghan Markle has been revealed as the supposed author of an anonymous blog detailing the unglamorous life of a struggling actress before she hit the big time, in which she writes about being forced to "endure being treated like shit on a set," having to "kiss actors with smelly breath," and coping with rejection and failure by taking to her bed with a bottle of wine.

Prince Harry's fiancée started the blog, theworkingactress.com, in 2010, according to a report in the Daily Mail, and deleted it in 2012. Earlier this year, she deleted all her social media accounts as part of an effort to scrub her digital footprints.

Some snippets of the blog are still viewable on Facebook, including one social tease that reads, "Come read about the girl with the magical boobs!"

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Feb 24, 2018

Amber Rose Uncensored: On Sex, Blac Chyna, and Her Time's Up Beef
GettyIt's always fun chopping it up with Amber Rose. Forget the PR coaching and canned statements; Rose is brash, outspoken and fiercely independent. She's not afraid to poke the Beyhive or air out famous men, as she has with accused rapist Ian Connor.

She's also a shrewd businesswoman. The 34-year-old stunner, with her signature bleached-blonde buzz cut and curvy physique, has managed to parlay a career as a video vixen into a mini-business empire that includes a clothing line, bestselling book, popular emoji app, TV-hosting gigs, and a plethora of brand sponsorships.

Rose was recently named brand ambassador for LELO, a sex toy company, and the two have joined forces on an Amber Rose-approved line of sex toys for women and men. According to Rose, it's all part of her mission to shatter as many taboos as possible.

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Feb 24, 2018

Art or Exploitation? Nobuyoshi Araki Is Japan's Most Controversial Photographer
Courtesy of the ArtistAs you enter the exhibition space at New York City's Museum of Sex, you're immediately aware of a pungent odor.

The smell comes from multiple pieces of hemp rope intricately lining the walls of a dark hallway, hinting at what is to come. At the end of the hemp jungle you are greeted by a large photograph of a woman, completely naked with the exception of a kimono dangling from behind.

The obscene, yet strange photo comes from Nobuyoshi Araki, infamously known as being Japan's most controversial photographer, and this is the opening picture in the Museum of Sex's retrospective devoted to him, The Incomplete Araki: Sex, Life, and Death in the Work of Nobuyoshi Araki,

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Feb 23, 2018

Jonathan Martin's Harrowing Journey from Bullied NFL Lineman to Suspected School Shooter
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastOn Friday morning, students at the Harvard-Westlake School, a prep school in Los Angeles, were told not to come in for the day.

The alarming announcement came after officials learned that an alumnus, former NFL lineman Jonathan Martin, had posted a threatening message the prior evening to his private Instagram account.

The post contained a photo of a shotgun laying on a bed surrounded by shells. Martin, who was taken into custody by the police, added the names of his school and his former team, the Miami Dolphins, on the weapon.  

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Feb 23, 2018

The Real Red Velvet Cake Recipe
Courtesy Kristin TeigAs a lover of all kinds of desserts, I have to admit that I was late to join the red velvet cake appreciation society. Growing up in the northeast I don't remember ever seeing it in bakeries and it certainly wasn't a recipe that we made at home.

But several years ago, the crimson confection miraculously seemed to be everywhere and all that people could talk about. And with that explosion in popularity, suddenly all kinds of things were being passed off as red velvet cake, whether or not they had anything to do with the traditional recipe. If it was red on the inside and frosted white on the outside that was good enough.

So I was glad to discover that Kim Nelson, owner of mail-order bakery Daisy Cakes, is on a mission to set the record straight on what is and what is not red velvet cake. "I'm surprised by the number of people who say it's just a chocolate cake with red food coloring in it," she writes in her new book, Daisy Cakes Bakes, which comes out on Tuesday. "I always feel the need to let them know ‘not where I come from!' One tablespoon of cocoa does not a chocolate cake make. When that bit of cocoa combines with a touch of vinegar, a lovely reddish hue results. Adding food coloring amps up the ‘wow' factor!"

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Feb 23, 2018

Inside Frank Bruni's Revolutionary Medical Trial
Photo Illustration by Daily BeastOn Friday, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni published a moving essay about his diagnosis of nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, commonly referred to as NAION—or, as Bruni writes, "more colloquially called 'a stroke of the eye.'"

Bruni writes of feeling hopeless and afraid in the wake of his diagnosis—but while he grapples with the chance that he could go blind, his doctor offers some hope.

Bruni elected to take part in the world's largest clinical trial of NAION, which is in the midst of testing a groundbreaking injection of RNA that could delay, maybe even stop, the progression of a disease that can eventually rob its patients of sight.

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Feb 23, 2018

Mysteries of Pittsburgh: Where Lena Horne and Billy Strayhorn's Chaste Musical Love Affair Began
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastLena Horne and Billy Strayhorn just missed meeting in Pittsburgh. If Lena had befriended Billy's piano teacher Charlotte Catlin earlier, or Billy had stayed longer, they surely would have encountered one another there. But in 1939, the year before Lena started performing with Catlin, Billy left for New York on an odyssey that began when he, too, started playing in the homes of white Pittsburghers.

At the end of 1938, Strayhorn was still working at the Pennfield Drug Store in Shadyside, manning the fountain and making drop-offs. Sometimes he would stay to play piano at the homes to which he delivered, and as word of his talent spread he started getting work performing at private dinners and cocktail parties. A fellow employee at the drugstore named David Pearlman heard Billy play and was so impressed that he had an idea. Pearlman was studying for a druggist license at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, and one of his classmates was George Greenlee Jr., the nephew of Gus Greenlee. One day, Pearlman pulled George aside to sing Billy's praises. "George, we have a delivery boy who's one of the finest musicians I've ever heard," he said. "Your uncle knows all the biggest musicians. Why don't you introduce him to someone?"

George had never met Billy but he trusted Pearlman, who was one of the few white pharmacy students who treated him as an equal. George happened to know that his uncle was throwing a big party that night at the Crawford Grill for Duke Ellington, who was in Pittsburgh playing at the Stanley Theatre. Assuming the festivities wouldn't start until the show was over, George waited until after midnight and headed straight to Gus's private club on the third floor of

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Feb 23, 2018

Bruce Campbell on His Un-PC Action Hero: ‘We Need Some Room for Inappropriateness'
Nicholas Hunt/GettyBruce Campbell might be the closest thing we have to a renaissance man.

Since starring in The Evil Dead almost forty years ago, he's acted, produced, and directed films and TV, as well as writing and publishing several books, organizing a horror film festival, and hosting a game show. Even if you've been living under a rock, chances are you've seen his face at least once—if not in The Evil Dead, then in Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness, or his Spider-Man movies, or on Burn Notice, or in the TV version of Fargo. And starting on February 25th, he'll be back in the third season of Ash vs Evil Dead, reprising the role that started it all.

Ash vs Evil Dead is—literally and metaphorically—a bloody delight. It's also surprisingly poignant: It's a sort of horror-Boyhood, revisiting Ash Williams over two decades after we last saw him fighting deadites in the Middle Ages. The comic insanity that characterized Evil Dead II (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992) are stil

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Feb 23, 2018

Duncan Jones on His Sci-Fi Tribute to Dad David Bowie
AlamyDuncan Jones has had a tumultuous past few years.

Coming off the twin successes of 2009's Moon (headlined by Sam Rockwell) and 2011's Source Code (led by Jake Gyllenhaal), the 46-year-old director—and son of rock legend David Bowie—moved up to the studio realm, taking the reigns of Warcraft, an adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment's immensely popular online role-playing game. Alas, after years of navigating various creative and political struggles in an effort to shepherd the project to the screen, the finished product was met with critical and commercial apathy here in the U.S. upon its release. And then, to compound that disappointment, Jones lost to cancer both his father in 2016, and his cherished nanny Marion Skene in 2017.

Both of those beloved figures receive post-credits dedications in Jones' Mute, the director's return to the mid-level sci-fi that first gained him a reputation as one of his generation's brightest cinematic artists.



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Feb 23, 2018

Patton Oswalt Looks Back At His Late Wife's Serial Killer Obsession
Gregg DeGuire/GettyMichelle McNamara had been obsessed with cold cases since the age of 14, when the murder of a neighbor went unsolved. She eventually became a journalist and blogger, whose True Crime Diary website became sort of a clearinghouse for information about unresolved cases. "Unsolved murders became an obsession," McNamara has said. "I was a hoarder of ominous and puzzling details."

"Michelle became interested in these cases for two reasons," adds her husband, actor/comedian Patton Oswalt: "Because they were cold cases, and because she could see in real time how connectivity was changing and more information was being digitized. So the combination of those two had intriguing potential."

McNamara first became aware of the man she dubbed the Golden State Killer in 2007. From 1976 until 1986, this psychopath was responsible for 50 sexual assaults and 10 murders, first in the Sacramento area and later in Orange County, California. Also known to police as the East Area Rapist (EAR), he had disappeared from view, his identity a mystery. But his sick legend lived on. So McNamara decided to write a book about him, hoping it would help her discover his identity.

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Feb 23, 2018

Patton Oswalt Looks Back at His Late Wife's Serial-Killer Obsession
Gregg DeGuire/GettyMichelle McNamara had been obsessed with cold cases since the age of 14, when the murder of a neighbor went unsolved. She eventually became a journalist and blogger, whose True Crime Diary website became sort of a clearinghouse for information about unresolved cases. "Unsolved murders became an obsession," McNamara has said. "I was a hoarder of ominous and puzzling details."

"Michelle became interested in these cases for two reasons," adds her husband, actor/comedian Patton Oswalt: "Because they were cold cases, and because she could see in real time how connectivity was changing and more information was being digitized. So the combination of those two had intriguing potential."

McNamara first became aware of the man she dubbed the Golden State Killer in 2007. From 1976 until 1986, this psychopath was responsible for 50 sexual assaults and 10 murders, first in the Sacramento area and later in Orange County, California. Also known to police as the East Area Rapist (EAR), he had disappeared from view, his identity a mystery. But his sick legend lived on. So McNamara decided to write a book about him, hoping it would help her discover his identity.

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Feb 23, 2018

History's Hot in TV and Movies—Does It Matter if It's True?
Getty/The Daily BeastThere's a reason why some of the most successful TV dramas and films—most recently, The Crown and The Darkest Hour—offer a mix of fact and fiction in portraying history. Or why historical novels—on the surface, an oxymoronic genre—remain immensely popular.

When done well, those hybrid creations both entertain and enlighten, allowing viewers and readers to vicariously accompany their protagonists as they struggle with the tumultuous events of their eras. But when done badly, they can be woefully misleading, especially at a time when many people's knowledge of history is based almost solely on such forms of entertainment.

As someone who writes non-fiction books about World War II and the Third Reich but who also wrote a novel about Hitler's early years, I realize it would be folly to try to spell out any set of rules to encourage the former while discouraging the latter. Yet I also believe that that those who produce or write these dramas have a responsibility to ground them in a strong, intellectually honest sense of history, even while taking liberties with their settings and characters. It's then up to viewers and readers to judge the extent to which they succeed or fail in doing so.

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Feb 23, 2018

The Civil Rights Pastor Who Declared ‘I Am a Man'
Getty/The Daily BeastWhen the Reverend James Lawson shouted "I am a man," fifty years ago today, thousands of Memphis garbage strikers first echoed him—then millions of Americans did.

Tragically, James Lawson's civil rights slogan defined Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final crusade—and unintentionally helped doom King. Lawson invited King to lead the Memphis garbageman's strike that spring. That visit placed King in the path of the sniper's bullet on April 4, 1968.  

King endorsed Lawson's expansion of the Civil Rights agenda, from demanding political rights to seeking economic justice. Memphis's mostly African-American sanitation workers were fed up with minimal benefits and laughable wages—between $1.60 and $1.90 per hour. On February 1, a malfunctioning trash compactor crushed two men seeking shelter from a downpour inside their garbage trucks—yet their families received no compensation. Workers protested. The struggle escalated, exacerbated by Mayor Henry Loeb's brusqueness.

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Feb 23, 2018

The Courageous Pastor Who Brought MLK to Memphis
Getty/The Daily BeastWhen the Reverend James Lawson shouted "I am a man," fifty years ago today, thousands of Memphis garbage strikers first echoed him—then millions of Americans did.

Tragically, James Lawson's civil rights slogan defined Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final crusade—and unintentionally helped doom King. Lawson invited King to lead the Memphis garbageman's strike that spring. That visit placed King in the path of the sniper's bullet on April 4, 1968.  

King endorsed Lawson's expansion of the Civil Rights agenda, from demanding political rights to seeking economic justice. Memphis's mostly African-American sanitation workers were fed up with minimal benefits and laughable wages—between $1.60 and $1.90 per hour. On February 1, a malfunctioning trash compactor crushed two men seeking shelter from a downpour inside their garbage trucks—yet their families received no compensation. Workers protested. The struggle escalated, exacerbated by Mayor Henry Loeb's brusqueness.

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Feb 23, 2018

Why Janelle Monáe's 'Make Me Feel' Is a Brilliant Bisexual Pop Anthem
Bad Boy RecordsJanelle Monáe, noted android and multi-hyphenate, has gifted planet earth with a superior bisexual bop. Monáe has always been a next level artist—like Prince, her mentor, she's more or less on another plane.

In the music video for her new song, "Make Me Feel", Monáe is in the best parallel universe imaginable; a soft-neon utopia of sexual fluidity, sparkly pants, and Tessa Thompson.

The video opens on Monáe and Thompson, her rumored real-life girlfriend (and star of Thor), strutting into a bar in ‘80s outfits. It's obviously a very special bar, because it's full of David Bowie look-a-likes and a Janelle Monáe clone is performing in the back.

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Feb 23, 2018

Why Janelle Monáe's ‘Make Me Feel' Is a Brilliant Bisexual Pop Anthem
Bad Boy RecordsJanelle Monáe, noted android and multi-hyphenate, has gifted planet Earth with a superior bisexual bop. Monáe has always been a next-level artist—like Prince, her mentor, she's more or less on another plane.

In the music video for her new song, "Make Me Feel," Monáe is in the best parallel universe imaginable; a soft-neon utopia of sexual fluidity, sparkly pants, and Tessa Thompson.

The video opens on Monáe and Thompson, her rumored real-life girlfriend (and star of Thor), strutting into a bar in '80s outfits. It's obviously a very special bar, because it's full of David Bowie look-a-likes and a Janelle Monáe clone is performing in the back.

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Feb 23, 2018

If Newsweek Dies, So Does a Vivid Chapter in American Journalism
Charles Krupa/APWhen Bruce Springsteen received cover-story treatment in both Time and Newsweek on the same day, Oct. 27, 1975—"Rock's New Sensation," claimed Time, while Newsweek's cover blazoned: "Making of a Rock Star"—it was a seismic event in the popular culture and a tad awkward for both newsmagazines.

It was especially jarring for Newsweek, whose editors had believed they were alone on the Springsteen story, something of a conceptual scoop, until Time's Jay Cocks got wind of Newsweek writer Maureen Orth's reporting the week before publication and persuaded his bosses to pounce.

It was also a moment that Springsteen himself might have called the "Glory Days" of the newsmags—especially for Newsweek, which had been launched as "News-Week" in 1933 by a consortium of blue-blooded plutocrats, including John Hay Whitney and Paul Mellon, while Time had been founded a decade earlier by Henry Luce and his fellow Yale Daily News editor Briton Hadden.

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Feb 23, 2018

Model Victim-Shamed After Dark Web Kidnapping
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastROME—It is not exactly hard to pinpoint why it is so difficult to believe Chloe Ayling, a 20-year-old British glamor model who claims she was kidnapped last August by a crazed Polish man who, she says, drugged her, stuffed her into a roller suitcase and kept her captive near the French-Italian border for a week. It is just hard to say why she is not believable out loud.

Her alleged kidnapper, Lukasz Herba, was arrested in August after dropping the young model off at the British Consulate in Milan. He is now standing trial for the kidnapping, and his brother, Michal Konrad Herba, whom police say worked with him to lay the trap that caught the model, is in jail in the United Kingdom, fighting extradition to Italy.

But despite the facts of the case being presented at the trial, many people view the story with a raised eyebrow. Even with corroborated testimony about the presence of Ketalar, a powerful anesthetic drug often used to sedate horses, which was found in Ayling's system, the case is still viewed with skepticism.

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Feb 23, 2018

Rick Gates Flips From Paul Manafort's Old Pal to Robert Mueller's New Weapon
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastRick Gates has gone from Team Trump to Team Mueller.

The former senior official on Donald Trump's presidential campaign has agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the campaign colluded with Russia. As part of his plea deal, Gates agreed to testify at "any and all trials," which would include the upcoming trial for his former business partner and campaign boss, Paul Manafort.

Gates admitted to helping Manafort run a secret scheme to influence American politics on behalf of Ukraine's then-ruling party, aligned with Moscow, and living like an oligarch in return for it. Manafort and Gates were accused Thursday of laundering more than $30 million in money from Ukraine, which they spent on luxury cars, real estate, and more.

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Feb 23, 2018

Embattled Missouri Governor Accused of Using Message-Deleting App
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastMissouri Governor Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday on charges relating to allegedly blackmailing a former mistress with a nude photo he took without her consent. But when it comes to his own private information, Greitens is accused of deleting anything that could fall into investigators' hands.

Greitens, who was indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking the nude photo, is also under investigation for his use of the messaging app Confide. Beloved by White House officials, Confide automatically deletes messages and attempts to prevent screenshots. Despite state laws barring Missouri officials from destroying records of their communications, Greitens and his staffers were caught using the app in the weeks before news of the affair went public.

In December, the Kansas City Star reported that Greitens and his senior staff used Confide to send messages. But despite Confide's privacy-minded sales pitch, researchers have raised doubts about the app's security. In early 2017, security research firm IOActive notified Confide of a number of flaws that would made the app vulnerable to hackers. Confide said it fixed the weak spots. But members of Trump's inner circle had reportedly been using the app for months before the repairs.

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Feb 23, 2018

Ivanka Trump Struggles With Winter Olympics Charm Offensive
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastPYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Ivanka Trump may be President Trump's answer to the Olympics visit by Kim Jong Un's younger sister—she certainly matched the North Korean in smiles and style—but which de facto ambassador won the charm offensive at the Winter Games?

The result might be a draw. Ivanka arrived in Seoul on Friday, pumped and primed to beat Kim Yo Jong at her own game. If Kim Yo Jong won praise for her performance on the opening weekend of the Games two weeks ago, Ivanka was here to trump her with a lasting impression of goodwill before the closing ceremony here on Sunday.

But Ivanka seemed to have trouble conveying that message to her host, President Moon Jae-in, at a dinner in the Blue House, Moon's residence and center of power in Seoul.  While Moon talked of the need for "active dialogue" with the North—as seen at the Olympics, where the two Koreas marched as a unified team in the Opening Ceremony—Ivanka instead stressed a "maximum pressure campaign" on Kim Jong Un's government. It's a phrase that Moon has assiduously shied away from, particularly with hopes of a post-Olympics thaw.

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Feb 23, 2018

Democratic Socialists of America Get Membership Boost Thanks to NRA Smack Talk
Kevin LamarqueNational Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre issued a warning to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday: young socialists are taking over the country.

That call was a boon to the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the United States, the group said. It helped boost membership for the comparatively small group throughout the day.

"The joins today were 3x that of an average day," Lawrence Dreyfuss, DSA program associate told The Daily Beast as Thursday evening. By Friday, he said that DSA had more than 100 sign-ups on Thursday and that the average joins per day is about 32.

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Feb 23, 2018

Remember This Week: It's the Beginning of the End of the NRA's Reign of Terror
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastShun the NRA. Shun the assault weapons manufacturers. Shame and vote out the politicians who take their money and do their bidding. That's the strategy that activists for firearms sanity have finally seized on, after decades of losing to the most bloodthirsty lobby in America.

The rise of the Parkland students, and their #NeverAgain movement following the slaughter of 17 of their classmates and teachers by a 19-year-old former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County Florida, presents the most existential threat to the gun lobby in my lifetime. These kids, aged 15 to 18, have spoken more clearly, more forcefully, and more effectively than any activists or politicians, who for decades have pleaded for laws prohibiting the amassing of personal military-style arsenals by American gun fetishists.

What these young people have is special. They are too hurt and shocked and angry to be told to calm down. They are too social-media savvy to be fazed by bots and trolls and insane conspiracy theories. They were born in the post-9/11 age and are too fearless to be made to back down by bullies like the NRA's resident Cruella de Ville Dana Loesch and her fellow travelers on the right. And they can easily spot the BS of a president, who has to hold a palm card to remind him to care when he speaks to them about their terrifying experiences.  



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Feb 23, 2018

Missouri GOP Says George Soros Is Behind Governor Greitens' Indictment
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe Missouri Republican Party suggested on Friday that billionaire George Soros was behind the indictment of the state's Republican governor on felony invasion of privacy charges, stemming from a lewd picture he allegedly took of his mistress against her will.

"Kim Gardner has received more than $200,000 from George Soros groups," a statement from the party read, referring to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney who launched an investigation into Governor Eric Greitens.

"Missourians should see this for what it is, a political hit job," the statement continued. "We have a progressive anti-law enforcement Democrat wanting to single-handedly oust a law-and-order governor. We look forward to a bipartisan committee of legislators elected by people across Missouri to find out what's really going on—ensuring St. Louis liberals aren't controlling the future of our state."

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Feb 23, 2018

CNN Host Alisyn Camerota to Dana Loesch: 'How Dare You' Say Media ‘Love Mass Shootings'
It's one thing to say something like, "Many in legacy media love mass shootings" within the confines of CPAC, as NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch did on Thursday. It's another to say it directly to a CNN host.

"I'm not saying you love the tragedy, but you love the ratings," Loesch added in her CPAC address. "Crying white mothers are ratings gold."

After thanking Loesch for attending CNN's town hall earlier in the week, New Day host Alisyn Camerota gave her a withering look and asked, "Why would you make a statement like that?"

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Feb 23, 2018

CNN Host Alisyn Camerota to Dana Loesch: ‘How Dare You' Say Media ‘Love Mass Shootings'
via YouTubeIt's one thing to say something like, "Many in legacy media love mass shootings" within the confines of CPAC, as NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch did on Thursday. It's another to say it directly to a CNN host.

"I'm not saying you love the tragedy, but you love the ratings," Loesch added in her CPAC address. "Crying white mothers are ratings gold."

After thanking Loesch for attending CNN's town hall earlier in the week, New Day host Alisyn Camerota gave her a withering look and asked, "Why would you make a statement like that?"

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Feb 23, 2018

Trump at CPAC 2018: Armed Teacher Would've ‘Shot the Hell Out of' Shooter
Chip SomodevillaOXEN HILL, Maryland—President Donald Trump used his Friday speech at CPAC 2018—an annual conservative conference co-sponsored by the National Rifle Association—to plug his efforts to arm teachers as a deterrent against school shooters.

"We really have to strengthen up background checks," Trump told an enthralled crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The comment, which vaguely appeared to back the sort of proposal that the gun-rights movement has previously fought tooth-and-nail to water down and defang, got some some applause from the crowd of conservative activists and political leaders.

It was the kind of large gathering that Trump has come to rely on for mass validation and relief from the churn of a daily news cycle that focuses intensely on his administration's numerous scandals. But at CPAC 2018, the College Republicans, conservative activists, rowdy fans, and GOP luminaries like Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany simply watched on in total awe.

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Feb 23, 2018

Wanna Be a Player At CPAC? Write a Check First.
via CPACAs the Conservative Political Action Conference kicked into gear Thursday morning, its official social media pages began plugging an esoteric policy item: a new agreement limiting an Arab airline's operations in the United States.

"President Trump has taken an important step to enforce our trade deal with Qatar and level the playing field for American workers and the UAE is next," declared CPAC's Facebook page. "Reagan's Secretary of Transportation Jim Burnley will be here today to explain why this is so important."

Burnley was scheduled that morning to kick off a panel discussion titled "Do not Pass Go! How Government Is Killing Capitalism," during which he would hail an emerging agreement between the U.S. and Qatar preventing Qatar Airways from operating flights from U.S. airports to countries other than Qatar.

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Feb 23, 2018

Stephen Fry Announces That He's Recovering From a 'Mischievous' Bout of Prostate Cancer
British actor and comedian Stephen Fry says he's undergone treatment for an aggressive prostate cancer.

In a video posted on his website—named "mischievous" after his doctor's description of his initial test results—Fry said he was diagnosed with a late-stage prostate cancer around Christmas time and underwent surgery to remove his prostate last month.

Fry described his cancer as "a rather aggressive little bugger" but said his surgery appears to have been successful pending further medical tests, and said that he's currently "fit and well and happy."

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Feb 23, 2018

Stephen Fry Announces That He's Recovering From a ‘Mischievous' Bout of Prostate Cancer
British actor and comedian Stephen Fry says he's undergone treatment for an aggressive prostate cancer.

In a video posted on his website—named "mischievous" after his doctor's description of his initial test results—Fry said he was diagnosed with a late-stage prostate cancer around Christmas time and underwent surgery to remove his prostate last month.

Fry described his cancer as "a rather aggressive little bugger" but said his surgery appears to have been successful pending further medical tests, and said that he's currently "fit and well and happy."

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Feb 23, 2018

Joss Whedon Was Never Right for ‘Batgirl.' Let a Woman Direct Instead.
To hear Patty Jenkins tell her journey of arriving in the director's chair for Wonder Woman, it took almost a decade. After her 2003 film Monster, for which Charlize Theron won an Oscar, she pitched a Wonder Woman film to Warner Bros. The prospect never materialized, but she did get her dream of directing a superhero film when she was assigned to direct Thor 2 for Marvel.

As someone for whom Richard Donner's Superman was a huge influence, Jenkins wanted to tell a similar story with Thor 2. Jenkins told BuzzFeed's Susan Cheng, "I pitched them that I wanted to do Romeo and Juliet. I wanted Jane to be stuck on Earth and Thor to be stuck where he is. And Thor to be forbidden to come and save Jane because Earth doesn't matter. And then by coming to save her ... they end up discovering that Malekith is hiding the dark energy inside of Earth because he knows that Odin doesn't care about Earth, and so he's using Odin's disinterest in Earth to trick him. And so it was like, I wanted it to be a grand [movie] based on Romeo and Juliet ... a war between the gods and the earthlings, and Thor saves the day and ends up saving Earth."

She eventually departed the project over creative differences and continued to work in television until she found her way back to Warner Bros, pitching Wonder Woman. Using her sense of romance and a love of sweeping heroic stories, she pitched what would ultimately become one of the most successful superhero films ever. All of this is to say that for a woman, even one as accomplished as Jenkins, it was a struggle to get int

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Feb 23, 2018

America's Love Affair With Madeira Wine
Holger Leue/GettyLooking on a world map, Madeira doesn't look like more than a small smudge off the coast of Morocco. The eye tends to skip right over the archipelago and go immediately to the mainland. But its signature fortified wine played a major role in shaping American palates and fueled the democratic dreams of the country's Founding Fathers.

Before you spit out your bourbon and rye in surprise, let me explain.

Sometime in the late 1600s Madeira began producing a low-alcohol white wine and by the 1750s its producers were fortifying it with some brandy. The islands were a frequent stop for ships sailing to the new world, since crews could buy barrels of wine before making the trans-Atlantic voyage. The islands were also exempt from Britain's Navigation Act, which limited what wines and spirits could be sent to the colonies. "It took on a life of its own," says Mannie Berk, founder of the Rare Wine Co., which stocks an impressive selection of vintage and modern Madeira. As a result, it became "a real wine of luxury." Those who could afford it drank Madeira instead of the more common and less expensive beer, cider or rum.

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Feb 23, 2018

Putin Sends His Stealth Jets Into Air War Over Syria
AlamyThe Russian air force has reportedly deployed two prototype stealth fighters to Syria. The deployment comes just two weeks after U.S. and allied warplanes bombarded pro-regime forces, killing potentially scores of apparent Russian mercenaries.

The radar-evading T-50s could complicate the U.S.-led air campaign in the region, said Gen. James Holmes, head of the U.S. Air Force's Air Combat Command. The United States deployed its own stealth fighters over Syria starting in September 2014.

The T-50s' arrival underscores Russia's own ongoing air campaign in Syria, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's repeated claims that the Kremlin would wind down its intervention in the war-ravaged country.

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Feb 23, 2018

Oklahoma Republican: No Jewish or Muslim Chaplains Allowed
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastOklahoma, where only Christians are allowed to give the opening prayer!

Okay, not as catchy as the actual Oscar Hammerstein lyrics to the title song from Oklahoma!, but it sums up well the goal of one Republican state legislator.

You see, in the Sooner State, each session of the state legislature opens with a prayer by the "chaplain of the day" who is invited by one of the members of the state legislature.  These chaplains are given up to five minutes to deliver their inspirational, faith-based remarks.

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Feb 23, 2018

This Is the Law That Could Take Down Trump
Saul Loeb/GettyIt's all well and good for Paul Manafort to spend 15 years in prison for money laundering, and Rick Gates to plead guilty to cut a deal, and Alex Van Der Zwaan to miss the birth of his first child because he lied to the FBI.

But it would be an injustice if, once again, those around the president suffer and he is left unscathed. He was the beneficiary of the highly questionable Russian contacts his campaign made and desperately tried to keep secret leading up to the 2016 election, which speaks of collusion and much worse. Trump couldn't have chosen two top advisers with more contacts with the Kremlin than campaign manager Manafort and national security adviser Michael Flynn. He could hardly have praised Russia President Valdimir Putin more. And he could have hardly benefitted more from Russian interference than to win.

Of course, there's no law against Trump liking Putin; unseemly yes, illegal, no. But a veteran Washington former federal prosecutor who served during both the Clinton and Bush administrations believes there is a strategy that Mueller is quietly pursuing and that explains his actions so far.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 23, 2018

How Testosterone Could Help Women Fight Multiple Sclerosis
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastBetween two and two-and-a-half million people in the world suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that degrades the protective coverings of nerves, disrupting communication lines between the brain and body. MS wreaks havoc on the central nervous system, and is responsible for the the deaths of about 18,000 people annually.

One of the most unusual features of the disease that could hold the crucial key to a cure is that it manifests in women at  about four times the rate it does in men.

It's a mystery that has plagued researchers—until now. A recent study published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences highlights a mechanism in female biology that finally accounts for women experiencing higher rates of MS. The secret? Testosterone.

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Feb 23, 2018

Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline From the Stage
via HBOIt's the rare actress who doesn't want to be seen. But that's the power of acclaimed performer and playwright Anna Deavere Smith's work, and why her one-woman show Notes From the Field, filmed for an HBO special airing Saturday after a celebrated off-Broadway run in 2016, is so electrifying.

Smith, known for her screen work in The West Wing and Nurse Jackie and who co-stars in Shonda Rhimes' upcoming For the People, conducted more than 250 interviews to assemble Notes From the Field, her siren-call one-woman show that explores race and justice in America through a focused examination of the school-to-prison pipeline. Out of those interviews, she brings to life 18 different characters on stage, all real-life people, from former inmates and protestors to Congressman John Lewis and James Baldwin.

Her work has been described as "making empathy an art form." While she agrees with the notion that she has an empathic imagination, she thinks it might be simpler than that: "I'm chasing that which is

The Daily Beast
Feb 23, 2018

Trump Hotel Paid Millions in Fines for Unpaid Work
Win McNamee/GettyIn the days around Donald Trump's inauguration, the hotel bearing his name in downtown Washington, D.C., quietly settled two liens totaling more than $3 million for allegedly unpaid construction work. In one case, a contractor reached an agreement after receiving a phone call from someone his attorney identified as "Trump."

The liens had both been previously reported. But their settlements had not. And the fact that they were handled right around the time when Trump took office—perhaps even at the behest of the then-president-elect himself—underscores just how politically sensitive the management of the Trump International Hotel was and is to the current White House occupant.

The largest payment was made to Joseph J. Magnolia, Inc. The family-owned D.C.-based company had filed a lien for $2.98 million on Dec. 21, 2016, for "the unpaid balance for work done" on the hotel, dating from that day back through Sept. 9, 2014, according to court filings. Joseph J. Magnolia, Inc. had done "plumbing, mechanical, and HVAC work, along with the site sewer, water, storm, and water services" per the notice. It also provided the labor and materials required to complete that work.

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Feb 23, 2018

What's the Truth About the NRA's Man in Moscow?
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastMOSCOW—Russian gun lovers received a delegation from the U.S. National Rifle Association in the dead of winter 2015, and the Russians chose a place to meet that they hoped would linger in the Americans' memory: a huge bunker complex Joseph Stalin ordered built 200 feet underground soon after he got the news the United States had developed a nuclear bomb.

Today Bunker 42 is a luxurious restaurant where one can book a room illuminated with red, green, or white lights for $200, or as much as $1,700, an hour, depending on one's appetite.

When the NRA visited, former Russian Central Bank Deputy Governor Alexander Torshin served as the host, naturally. For years, he has been the NRA's main man lobbying in Russia, with an outpost for his activities in Washington as well.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 23, 2018

The New ‘Heathers' Is a Trumpian, LGBT-Bashing Nightmare
ParamountThe television reboot of Heathers opens with a guidance counselor asking the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Veronica whether or not she is "a hermaphrodite"—the implication being that even though she has a 4.2 GPA and a high SAT score, Veronica needs some sort of marginalized identity to get accepted anywhere other than her safety school.

In short, the new Heathers opens with an unnecessary slur against intersex people—and it only goes downhill from there.

If you believe that kids these days are fragile "snowflakes," that political correctness is running amok, and that LGBT people are now society's true bullies, this new Heathers is the show for you. The premiere of the rebooted cult classic, now airing for free online, takes place in a universe—clearly a fictional one—where the football team is oppressed and yesteryear's fat, queer, and black victims now rule the school with manicured fists. The show feels like it was written for aging Fox News viewers who get angry about people's gender pronouns—which is odd because it's clearly being marketed to a young and therefore progressive-leaning audience who may not remember the 1988 original.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 23, 2018

‘Unsane': The iPhone-Shot Gaslighting Thriller That Will Scare You Senseless
Bleecker StreetBERLIN—At a crucial point in Steven Soderbergh's witty thriller Unsane (which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and hits theaters March 23), there's a close-up of Gavin de Becker's self-help bestseller The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence. In addition to the not-irrelevant fact that the book is brandished by a psychiatrist within a film in which psychiatrists are decidedly shady characters, it performs a double function: Sawyer Valentini (The Crown's Claire Foy), the central victim of this enjoyably manipulative film, spends most of her time on screen fending off a stalker—one of de Becker's main preoccupations. On a deeper level, Soderbergh, a director well-acquainted with film history, knows that fear is the gift that keeps on giving in genre movies.

Unsane is certainly attuned to forms of everyday paranoia that affect otherwise normal citizens, especially the fear of becoming unexpectedly unmoored from reality and ending up incarcerated against one's will in a mental hospital. Pumping up these fears with steroids has always paid off for filmmakers. The paranoid, or perhaps entirely reasonable in some cases, fear of being tagged as the "wrong man" or "wrong woman," as well as an object of constant surveillance, provided fodder for many of Alfred Hitchcock's most noteworthy thrillers.



The Daily Beast
Feb 23, 2018

A Dark and Disturbing Sci-Fi World of Gangsters, Sadists and Pedophiles
Keith Bernstein/NetflixDuncan Jones has been working on Mute for years. He spoke about it while doing press for his first film, Moon (2009), and had been writing and rewriting the script for nearly a decade before that. That the film is a labor of love is both a curse and a blessing. There's a lot in it that's absolutely fascinating, and a host of good performances, but it's a Jenga tower—though I admire its ambition, the missing blocks, in combination with poorly handled sexual politics and a weak plot, make it untenable in the end.

The film is set in a Blade Runner-esque future (Jones specifically cited the film as an inspiration) and stars Alexander Skarsgård as Leo, a man who was rendered mute in a childhood accident and hasn't had any corrective surgery due to his Amish faith. When his girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh) goes missing, he descends into the seedy underbelly of neo-Berlin to figure out what happened to her.

Given the bare bones of the plot, it's not surprising to discover that Mute was originally conceived to take place in contemporary London. It's tempting to say that the movie might have been better if it had stuck to that setting, as that would have easily taken care of one of Mute's biggest problems: there's no reason for it to be set where it is, and the fact that it takes place in the future (and a versi

The Daily Beast
Feb 23, 2018

Oprah Explains to Jimmy Kimmel Why She Never Tweeted Back at Trump
ABCWhen Oprah Winfrey sat down with Ellen DeGeneres Thursday afternoon, she was very hesitant to say anything nasty about President Donald Trump, even after he tweeted that she was "very insecure" on 60 Minutes this past week. Jimmy Kimmel was not about to let her get away with taking the high road on his show.

After introducing Winfrey as "an Academy Award recipient, a legendary broadcaster, humanitarian and the best president we will never have," Kimmel began by trying to clear up that persistent rumor: "So you're definitely not running for president?"

"I am definitely not running for president," Winfrey said into the camera.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

These Fast-Charging Portable Batteries Are All On Sale
It's annoying and inconvenient to be stuck without a power source, so being ready with a reliable charger that doesn't require hunting for an available outlet is a good move. The portable batteries below are all compact, powerful, and on sale right now.

ZeroLemon JuiceBox 20100mAh USB Type-C Portable Charger

Perfect for long trips, this huge 20100mAh portable battery has ports for USB Type-C, PD and Quick charge 3.0 — and enough power that you can charge any device multiple times. There's also built-in smart protection, so your devices won't overheat.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

These Cybersecurity Tools Help Protect Your Identity Online
The amount of personal data transmitted online is insane. Think about it: whether you're buying something to be delivered to your home or finishing up your taxes, inputting you credit card and personal information on the internet is nearly impossible to avoid — but you can do more to protect it. While you can't know precisely when and where a hacker will strike, there are tools you can use to circumvent any data mining, spying and otherwise creepy behavior from malicious cyber thieves, government agencies and more. We've rounded up a collection of apps designed to keep your online identity safe:

1. SpiderOak ONE 2TB Cloud Storage

Protect your data from ransomware attacks, breaches and hardware issues with this comprehensive cloud storage solution. SpiderOak ONE gives you a secure, reliable backup that protects your data before it even leaves your computer, and encrypts it again while in transit to and at rest on SpiderOak servers. You can seamlessly sync your data across all your devices and share files securely — all while getting 2TB of cloud storage.



The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

‘Jerry Springer: The Opera' Is Stuck in a Damning Time Warp
Courtesy Monique CarboniBack in its first flush of life in Britain in the early to mid-2000s, the musical Jerry Springer: The Opera—now back in New York in a New Group production at the Signature Theatre—seemed funny because the show on which it was based was observed on British TV screens as a chaotic zoo of a singularly American making.

The comedy and satire its British creators Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas' musical crafted from its confrontations involving the cheated-upon, the deadbeat parents, the abusive boyfriends, the girlfriends suddenly revealed to be transgender, and the cheated-upon coming face to face with "the other woman" were as riotous as the show itself.

The show was famous for its insults, anger, hair-pulling, screeching, and the audience's braying call of "Jerry, Jerry," made musical in the opera itself.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

Stephen Colbert Savages Rubio's CNN Town Hall Performance: ‘Read the Room'
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) did not have a good time at CNN's town hall event Wednesday night. And Stephen Colbert noticed.

"The real star of the show was Florida senator and man who just received his cash from the NRA Marco Rubio," the Late Show host joked in his monologue on Thursday. "Now, the crowd wasn't exactly with Marco Rubio last night. And you know what they say: If they're not with you, you're Marco Rubio."

Rubio got an unintended ovation from the crowd of mostly high school students when he said in order to ban some military-style weapons "you would literally have to ban every semi-automatic rifle that's sold in America."

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

Bette Midler Is a Better ‘Dolly' Than Bernadette Peters: Review of ‘Hello, Dolly!'
Courtesy Julieta CervantesIt's a gay Sophie's Choice, and it's happening on Broadway right now.

Prepare for friendships to be torn asunder, loud street arguments in Hell's Kitchen ("At least Bernadette Peters knows how to walk down a staircase"), and vodka sodas being flung in anger.

Are you ‘Bette' or ‘Bernadette'? (Or, kind, warm soul, do you love them both equally? They are both different performers, and shouldn't be compared etc.)

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

At CPAC, Seb Gorka Is a Cult Hero Who Gets Mobbed by Fans
Kevin Lamarque/ReutersNATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland—To his detractors, former Donald Trump aide and current Fox News contributor Seb Gorka is a cartoon character, a buffoon thug, an academic fraud, an anti-Muslim zealot, and even an ally to Nazi and fascist sympathizers.

At the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference, Gorka is a star.

Here, he is a fan favorite, heralded as a legend and the id of the Trump movement.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Indicted for Taking Nude Photo of Woman Without Consent
Jeff Roberson/APMissouri's Republican Governor Eric Greitens, once viewed as a rising star in the party, was indicted Thursday afternoon on a felony charge.

According to the indictment from the Circuit Attorney of the City of St. Louis, a grand jury indicted the governor on a felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from an incident that took place on or about March 21, 2015.

That incident in question occurred during the governor's extramarital affair with a woman not named in the indictment. According to prosecutors, Greitens "knowingly photographed" the woman while she was nude and had a "reasonable expectation of privacy."

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

Experts: The Myth of Video Games Making Killers Is 'Nuts'
GettyIn a meeting on Thursday with Pam Bondi, Florida's attorney general, President Trump suggested the root of America's gun violence problem actually lay in violent video games and movies:

Meanwhile, New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur released a statement on Wednesday suggesting that the best way to combat gun violence was research into violent media:

Video games have long been blamed for violent tendencies. The theory is that viewing and pretending to do violent things somehow rewires a person's emotions and neurology and makes them more likely to think it's okay to do something horrific, like use a rifle to massacre students and unarmed teachers at a school or a mass shooting.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

Experts: The Myth of Video Games Making Killers Is ‘Nuts'
GettyIn a meeting on Thursday with Pam Bondi, Florida's attorney general, President Trump suggested the root of America's gun violence problem actually lay in violent video games and movies:

Meanwhile, New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur released a statement on Wednesday suggesting that the best way to combat gun violence was research into violent media:

Video games have long been blamed for violent tendencies. The theory is that viewing and pretending to do violent things somehow rewires a person's emotions and neurology and makes them more likely to think it's OK to do something horrific, like use a rifle to massacre students and unarmed teachers at a school or a mass shooting.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

Ex-Trump Staffer Rick Gates Fires His Lawyer in Russia Probe
Joshua RobertsFormer Trump campaign official Rick Gates has fired his lawyer, The Daily Beast has learned. And, contrary to recent media reports, Gates is not about to make a deal with the special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources familiar with the matter.

CNN and The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that Gates was on the cusp of signing a plea deal with Special Counsel Bob Mueller's team, and noted that Gates' lawyer—Tom Green of Sidley Austin—is known for his work negotiating such pleas. If Gates had started cooperating with Mueller, it would certainly have been a boon to the prosecution.

Instead, Gates—for the time being, at least—isn't flipping. And Green is out, replaced with Barry Pollack, of Miller Chevalier, according to sources familiar with the matter. Neither Green nor Pollack immediately returned a request for comment.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

Sources: Ex-Trump Staffer Rick Gates to Drop His Lawyer in Russia Probe
Joshua Roberts/ReutersFormer Trump campaign official Rick Gates has fired his lawyer, The Daily Beast has learned. And, contrary to recent media reports, Gates is not about to make a deal with the Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources familiar with the matter.

CNN and The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that Gates was on the cusp of signing a plea deal with Mueller's team, and noted that Gates' lawyer—Tom Green of Sidley Austin—is known for his work negotiating such pleas. If Gates had started cooperating with Mueller, it would certainly have been a boon to the prosecution.

Instead, Gates—for the time being, at least—isn't flipping. And Green is out, replaced with Barry Pollack, of Miller Chevalier, according to sources familiar with the matter. Neither Green nor Pollack immediately returned a request for comment, however Green told Chris Geidner of Buzzfeed after the publication of this story, "It is ludicrous and I am representing him." When asked if he will "continue to represent," Green told The Atlantic's Natasha Bertrand, "Yes indeed."



The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

‘The Simpsons' Showrunner Fires Back at Ted Cruz Over CPAC Comments
FOXTed Cruz claims to love The Simpsons. They do not love him back.

During an appearance at CPAC on Thursday, The Federalist founder Ben Domenech began his interview with Senator Cruz (R-TX) with a reference from The Simpsons.

"Homer points out that guns are for things like protecting your family, hunting delicious animals and making sure that the king of England never shows up to push you around," Domenech told Cruz, who replied, "All good things."

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

‘The Simpsons' Showrunner Fires Back at Ted Cruz: ‘His Understanding of the Characters Is Weak'
FOXTed Cruz claims to love The Simpsons. They do not love him back.

During an appearance at CPAC on Thursday, The Federalist founder Ben Domenech began his interview with Senator Cruz (R-TX) with a reference from The Simpsons.

"Homer points out that guns are for things like protecting your family, hunting delicious animals and making sure that the king of England never shows up to push you around," Domenech told Cruz, who replied, "All good things."

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

Teachers: We'll Quit Before Trump Gets Us to Carry Guns
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIn the last 24 hours, President Donald Trump has offered a series of proposals to prevent against another school shooting like the one that claimed 17 lives in Parkland, Florida last week. None have been as audacious as his idea to arm teachers so that they can respond to a gun-toting intruder in real time.

The president has suggested that roughly 20 percent of teachers be able to carry a concealed weapon in the classroom. Those teachers would be trained in the use of firearms so that they could, in Trump's words, "immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions." As an incentive, Trump added, schools could give teachers who choose to carry weapons a bonus for doing so.

It's unclear who would pay for this all and—more importantly—whether it would be effective or counterproductive. What is clear, however, is the impact it would have on teachers. The Daily Beast asked educators what they would do if they or their colleagues were asked to carry guns in their classrooms. None supported the idea. Many, in fact, said they'd quit teaching.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

Trump: ‘Maybe They Have to Put a Rating System' on Movies
Leah MillisDuring a meeting Thursday with state lawmakers, President Trump suggested violent entertainment is to blame for mass shootings in the United States.

His proposed solution? A ratings system for movies.

At first, during the conversation about ways to prevent further massacres like the one that claimed 17 lives last week in Florida, the president connected video games to gun violence.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

Texas Sen. Carlos Uresti, Accused of Groping, Convicted in Federal Fraud Trial
AP/REX/ShutterstockTexas State Sen. Carlos Uresti—who stands publicly accused of sexually harassing multiple women—was found guilty Thursday on multiple federal fraud charges.

Over four weeks, the lawmaker was painted by prosecutors as a man desperate for money, who lured investors into supporting frac sand company FourWinds Logistics, which eventually fell apart over a combination of lies and debt, according to several local news outlets. Prosecutors argued that Uresti callously "groomed" nearly $900,000 out of a grieving mother and former client by using his sexual relationship with her to convince her to invest.

The 54-year-old San Antonio Democrat was on trial for 11 felony charges—including money laundering, wire fraud, and securities fraud—over his alleged part in the now-bankrupt company's Ponzi scheme. He was found guilty on all charges Thursday.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

Ellen Fires Back at Trump: ‘When You Mess With Oprah, You Mess With Me'
NBCOprah Winfrey decided to take the high road when Ellen DeGeneres brought up President Donald Trump's recent tweet calling her "very insecure" and daring her to run against him in 2020.

"I don't like giving negativity power," Winfrey said, explaining that the tweet prompted her to review the 60 Minutes segment to which Trump was referring in order to see if she could find the same "biased and slanted" questions he had seen. "I was working very hard to do the opposite of what I was hate-tweeted about," she said.

DeGeneres was less magnanimous toward the president when she brought up the tweets in her most political monologue since she went after Eric Trump.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

How to Learn 5 of Today's Most In-Demand Skills
UnsplashTo stand out in today's job market, it's imperative that you invest in continuously learning and acquire new skills. These five skill sets are especially in demand right now and learning them could make you irresistible to the companies you want to impress. Even better, these courses, designed to help you learn or improve upon each skill, are wallet-friendly and time-efficient you can complete them in less than a month each.

1. Web Development

Companies are always on the hunt for expert programmers. The Complete Web Developer Course 2.0 fully immerses you in the world of programming, teaching everything from the fundamentals of HTML5, CSS3 & Python, to building responsive websites with jQuery, PHP 7, MySQL 5 and Twitter Bootstrap. It even includes lessons on developing blogs and e-commerce sites with Wordpress.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

The Limits of Human Endurance Are Embedded In the Brain
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe brain's role in endurance is, perhaps, the single most controversial topic in sports science. It's not that anyone thinks the brain doesn't matter. Everyone, right back to A. V. Hill and other pioneers of the "body as machine" view, has always understood that the race is not always to the swift—particularly if the swift make bad tactical decisions, pace themselves poorly, or simply are unwilling to suffer. In that view, the body sets the limits, and the brain dictates how close you get to those boundaries. But starting in the late 1990s, a South African physician and scientist named Tim Noakes began to argue that this picture is insufficiently radical—that it's actually the brain alone that sets and enforces the seemingly physical limits we encounter during prolonged exercise. The claim has profound and surprising implications, and the extent to which it's true or false remains one of the most volatile flashpoints in exercise physiology, two decades later.

The particular tone of the controversy has as much to do with Noakes himself—an instinctive iconoclast who has been clashing with his scientific peers more or less continuously for four decades now—as with his ideas. "Tim is probably his own worst enemy," says Carl Foster, the director of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's Human Performance Laboratory and a former president of the American College of Sports Medicine, who counts Noakes as a friend. "He's a very

The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

NRA Blames Media, FBI, and Democrats After Mass Shooting
Getty/ReutersA week after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the National Rifle Association found a new culprit on which to cast blame: the media.

In a series of tweets and appearances on Thursday morning, top officials with the gun-rights lobby went after the press corps for allegedly cheering on mass shootings, saying that they valued the ratings that came from covering such tragedies.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre accused the media of being "eager to smear the NRA," and he echoed President Donald Trump's suggestion that American schools expand concealed-carry for teachers in classrooms.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

A George Washington-Inspired Bar Crawl
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastTaverns played a vital role during and after the Revolutionary War. They were the site of important meetings, rallies and even housed prisoners. They also, obviously, were a place to get a hot meal and a soothing drink.  

So, it's no wonder that our first president and star general, George Washington, frequented many such establishments. And it's only fitting that nearly three centuries after his birth, Washington is still a key part of American culture, inspiring a number of liquor tributes.

The latest is inside New York's Freehand Hotel, which offers guests the aptly named George Washington Bar complete with a large portrait of the president that is prominently hung behind the long mahogany bar. Toast the founding father with a Commodore Perry Cooler (Japanese whisky, shiso, wasanban, yuzu, soda) or the Mount Vernon Spritz (Cappelletti, Chinotto, prosecco, Himalayan pink salt), which is, of course, named for his Virginia plantation. (For several years, the estate was also home to his distillery, which was recently rebuilt and now produces a range of spirits.)

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

Who Snubbed Who in Korea? Was it Pence's Truculence, or Little Sister Kim's Reticence?
Odd Andersen/GettyPYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Days after the snub seen round the world, when U.S. Vice President Mike Pence appeared ossified, staring ahead in stony silence at the Winter Olympics rather than glance at the sister of North Korea's leader, who was standing behind him, the Trump administration has let it be known that, really, the other side balked.

Pence's trip was widely derided, even by advocates of a hard line toward the North Korean regime, as a major diplomatic fumble. (He also managed to offend his hosts by declining to stand when North and South Korean teams marched under a single flag at the opening ceremony.)

Now, confronted by the reports out of Washington, South Korean officials can scarcely hide their disappointment over what one of them called "a missed connection" that is the failure of Pence and Kim Yo Jong, younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, to initiate, however tentatively, some sort of dialogue.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 22, 2018

Rebekah Mercer Can Fool The Wall Street Journal, but Not the World
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastOne of the never-ending mysteries of American conservatism is whether these people really believe their rhetoric, or whether they know it's all a preposterous lie but say it anyway.

I know, I know—they can't possibly believe it, you say. No one can truly believe, for example, that a tax that affects only two out of every 1,000 people who die (the estate tax)—but doesn't even really affect them, since they're dead, and instead helps their kids who were simply lucky to be born their kids and not somebody else's kids—is unfair or a drag on the economy. But they sure say it with conviction.

Then there are the times when conservatives say that actually, we have them all wrong. They believe in all the good things the rest of us believe. That has rarely been said in recent times with more seeming conviction than the way Rebekah Mercer said it last week in a Wall Street Journal op-ed onto which the editors pasted the portentous headline "Forget the Media Caricature. Here's What I Believe." It's paywalled, so I won't link to it, but here's a little chunk from the top:

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