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The Daily Beast
Mar 19, 2019

Donald Trump and Mini-Me Jair Bolsonaro Boast About Fake News in the Rose Garden
Brendan Smialowski/GettyWatching twin populists Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro was to see how nationalism today is, at its ugly root, ethnic and racial nationalism, eventually reducing identity to supposed genetics.

To realize these men with a robust sense of self-regard and a broad disdain for small-d democratic institutions and small-r republican values lead two nations comprised of more races and ethnic groups than you can count is jarring. American and Brazil are messy, vibrant, multi-everything patchwork cultures working to overcome long struggles over race and origin, culture and language, wealth and poverty.

They are led now by two grunting, preening, he-men. Like in Helsinki, Trump is always ready to do his utmost for his most effective flatterers. His ongoing behavior with Putin ranges between obsequiousness and full on boot-licking. His bromance with Kim Jong Un is pursued with the fruitless vigor of a 9th grader courting the head cheerleader.

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Mar 19, 2019

What Referendum? Florida GOP Set to Exclude Up to 80% of Felons From Voting
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos by GettyWhen the people of Florida voted, by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, to allow former felons to vote in state and federal elections, progressives wondered how the state's Republican-controlled legislature would respond.

Now we know.

After a series of trial balloons—ignoring the referendum, delaying its implementation—the Florida House of Representatives' Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted Tuesday to throw a huge roadblock in its path. According to the bill, approved on party lines, felons would first have to pay any outstanding fines and fees before regaining the right to vote.

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Mar 19, 2019

Gawker-Killing Lawyer Charles Harder is Repping Trump in Alva Johnson's Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos by GettyCharles Harder, the celebrity attorney famous for the Hulk Hogan lawsuit that brought down Gawker, is now representing Donald Trump in the latest lawsuit filed by a sexual-misconduct accuser against the president, The Daily Beast has learned.

On Tuesday, Hassan Zavareei, an attorney repping the plaintiff Alva Johnson, said in a brief interview that Harder accepted service on behalf of Trump on March 11th, and is serving as the president's outside counsel for this suit. Zavareei also provided The Daily Beast with a copy of Trump's "waiver of the service of summons"—necessary because it is nearly impossible to actually serve the president of the United States—which is signed by "Charles J. Harder."

Harder — who has represented the president in other matters including the lawsuit filed by porn actress Stormy Daniels — did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. After publication of his scorched-earth remarks about the Trump family in Michael Wolff's book Fire & Fury, Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon received a letter from Harder threatening legal action.



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Mar 19, 2019

Scouted: 7 Sleepwear Brands That You'll Want To Spend The Night With
I'm at a point in my life that I care about what I sleep in (and on). My sheets need to be soft and durable. My comforter should be breathable. My sleepwear should be comfortable (and not just a band t-shirt).

My favorite piece of sleepwear is one of the softest things I own. After Target announced that they were launching three different lounge brands, I found myself in the store and couldn't help myself. The Stars Above Striped Perfectly Cozy Lounge Jogger Pants are probably the best apparel purchase I've made this year. If you want all-over comfort, get the Perfectly Cozy Lounge Jumpsuit and never put real clothes on again.

Other brands like Lunya, with their smooth silk and beautiful design, take sleepwear seriously (and we reap the benefits). Their washable silk Tee Set is something that could be worn as regular clothing as well, which means you're basically buying two shirts for the price of one gorgeous, flowy silk tee. Bare and

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Mar 19, 2019

‘Her Dying Wish': Lawyer Asks Wisconsin Governor to Pardon Laurie Bembenek, Ex-Playboy Bunny Convicted of Murder
Taro Yamasaki/GettyEven on her deathbed, Laurie "Bambi" Bembenek maintained she did not kill her husband's ex-wife.

In 2010, decades after her 1982 murder conviction, Wisconsin's most famous runaway fugitive—who spawned the phrase "Run, Bambi, Run"—sent a pardon request to then-Gov. Jim Doyle. A few months later, the 52-year-old former Playboy Club bunny died of liver failure, and Doyle never acted on her petition.

Now, Bembenek attorney's are giving it yet another shot. Her longtime lawyer, Mary Woehrer, revealed Tuesday that she has asked Gov. Tony Evers (D-WI) for a posthumous pardon to clear her client's name.

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Mar 19, 2019

Scouted: A Cat Owner's Guide To Elevating Your Cat Essentials With Best Sellers and Elegant Upgrades
As is the case with children, you want to give your cat (or cats) the best that you can, whether it's your time or the products they use every day.

And while cats seem to never be quite pleased with anything we do (a long-lasting scratch is inevitably judged as lesser than, well, a longer-lasting scratch), we can certainly ensure that we cover their essentials to best elevate their lives — and ours.

So we gathered some of the best selling and most intriguing cat essentials into one place to help guide you when you're ready to upgrade your cat's daily life — or to help you ensure you're not missing one of these in the first place.

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Mar 19, 2019

Irony Lost on OAN as Network Airs Segment Making Point for Open Borders
Because we watch Trumpland TV so you don't have to, today we learned someone was asleep at the wheel at One America News as the right-wing network aired a Brexit segment that depicted the economic horrors that can result from a nation closing its borders.

It could be that there's a subversive liberal producer at the network, which employs Pizzagate and Seth Rich conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec. Either way, it's the best journalism we've seen on OAN in awhile, perhaps the only good journalism we've ever seen on the network.

Here's how OAN reporter Matthew Larotonda educated the viewers:

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Mar 19, 2019

That's Hot Your Highness! Prince Charles, 70, Photographed in Swimming Trunks in Barbados
Max Mumby/Indigo/GettyAll work and no play makes for a very dull prince, so it was refreshing to see a well-toned Prince Charles throwing down his towel and plunging into the sea in Barbados, clad only in a pair of very on-trend floral board shorts.

The long-lens paparazzi pictures, published in British tabloids Tuesday, are believed to have been taken on Monday.

Charles is in Barbados with Camilla as part of a tour of the Caribbean, which, up until now, had failed to capture the public imagination.

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The Daily Beast
Mar 19, 2019

That's Hot, Your Highness! Prince Charles, 70, Photographed in Swimming Trunks in Barbados
Max Mumby/Indigo/GettyAll work and no play makes for a very dull prince, so it was refreshing to see a well-toned Prince Charles throwing down his towel and plunging into the sea in Barbados, clad only in a pair of very on-trend floral board shorts.

The long-lens paparazzi pictures, published in British tabloids Tuesday, are believed to have been taken on Monday.

Charles is in Barbados with Camilla as part of a tour of the Caribbean, which, up until now, had failed to capture the public imagination.

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Mar 19, 2019

Baristas to Beto O'Rourke: Come On Man, Get Off Our Counters
Chip Somodevilla/GettyWhen Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke arrived for a campaign stop at Beancounter Coffeehouse in Burlington, Iowa, he hopped right up on the shop's counter and addressed the masses below. During a visit to Narrow Way Cafe in Detroit, Michigan, O'Rourke grabbed a microphone and scrambled up on counter. At Sing-A-Long Bar and Grill in Mount Vernon, Iowa? You bet he got up on that counter.

Critics have accused O'Rourke of running on a vague political platform. But there's one platform the Democratic hopeful openly stands on: the sturdy countertops of Midwest cafes. After a week of stump speeches from a perch next to the cash register, Beto's countertop habit has become a meme. And some of the nation's baristas are asking him to please get down from there.

Josh Wilson is the owner of Cohesive Coffee in Greenville, South Carolina. He said he could envision himself voting for O'Rourke, but still didn't wouldn't want him standing on his counter.

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Mar 19, 2019

Fox News' Judge Napolitano Dismisses Devin Nunes' Twitter Lawsuit: ‘Novel Litigation' to Get Attention
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano summarily dismissed Rep. Devin Nunes' (R-CA) $250 million lawsuit against Twitter and parody Twitter accounts, calling it "novel litigation" that could backfire as "courts don't like to be used to make political statements."

On Monday evening, Fox News first reported that the House Intelligence Committee ranking member is suing the social-media platform, a couple of anonymous Twitter users, and political consultant Liz Mair for defamation while further accusing Twitter of "shadow-banning" him and conservatives. Nunes later went on Fox's Hannity to declare that this was just the "first of many lawsuits" he planned to file.

Appearing on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, Napolitano immediately said that "it's a novel litigation" and "we haven't seen anything like this before" when asked his opinion on the suit.

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Mar 19, 2019

Scouted: Bathroom Upgrades That Will Have the Most Impact With the Least Amount of Effort
Master Upgrades is about the small but powerful things that can make anything in your life (a room, a trip, a closet) better. We take the guesswork out of improving whatever you think needs improving.

As we look to the rooms in our home, often neglected is the bathroom. It's not the bathroom's fault, per se, but there's a whole lot less space to really do anything worthwhile (unless you have the time and money to spare). But there are some incredibly useful products that you can buy to make your bathroom look and feel like a place you actually want to show off.

Look, there's no shame in buying hand soap from the grocery store and calling it a day (Mrs. Meyer's is still my go-to). But if you want to feel like you're washing your hands with something that's both cleaning and nourishing your hands, invest in something like Aesop Resurrection soap, which is light and delicate but moisturizing and powerful.

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Mar 19, 2019

‘Fox & Friends': ‘If ICE Comes Knocking' Comic Book for Migrant Kids Is ‘Total Lawlessness'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Cuando ICE Venga Tocando/ReutersNot the children!

In its war against America's migrant "crisis," the hosts of Fox & Friends on Tuesday attacked a new comic book that teaches undocumented migrant children about their legal rights during an ICE raid.

"It's advocacy for total lawlessness!" said Jedediah Bila, a Fox News contributor who was guest co-hosting the morning show.

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Mar 19, 2019

Robert Kennedy Jr.: The Trump White House Has Shut Me Out on Vaccines
Evan Vucci/APRobert F. Kennedy Jr. said on Tuesday that the Trump administration had turned its back on vaccine skeptics, including himself, after initially expressing interest in creating a group to look into their safety.

"He told me that he wanted to create a vaccine safety commission and that he wanted me to chair it," Kennedy said in response to a question at the Connecticut Vaccine Science Forum.  "He asked me to announce it at a press conference, to the press at Trump tower and almost immediately I started feeling a lot of blowback within the administration."

Kennedy said that at the beginning of the administration, he met with Trump, former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, senior adviser Jared Kushner, former senior advisor Steve Bannon and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway about setting up the commission.

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Mar 19, 2019

Measles Rages in Brooklyn as Some Yeshivas Defy Vaccine Rule
Spencer Platt/GettyMiriam thought her niece was safe from measles.

At five months old, the baby girl was too young for the first of the two MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines recommended by the CDC. Miriam (who asked that her last name not be shared in order to protect her family's privacy) knew about the measles outbreak that had plagued her community, a Hasidic enclave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, since last fall.

Since December, however, religious day schools in the area had been ordered by New York's Department of Health to bar unvaccinated students from attending in an effort to keep the outbreak under control. Miriam and her sister assumed the five-month-old would be safe at her daycare, which shares space with a school.

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Mar 19, 2019

Scouted: You Should Be Updating Your Sheets For The Season Like You Update Your Wardrobe
SnoweThe cold weather is coming to a close, which means we can toss our double-layered comforters and flannel sheets into the back of the closet until November. It's time to break out the spring linen, baby.

Don't have linen sheets? Well, it's time to reconsider. Snowe just released a whole new line of linen sheets made from Italian linen and Belgian flax which has been washed in their proprietary "air wash" to pre-soften the sheets. Parachute makes linen sheets crafted in Portugal that will wear down as you wash them. Even fast-fashion brands like H&M make linen sheets.

You change over your wardrobe when the season changes and that same consideration should be put into your bedding. You spend basically as much time in your sheets as you do in your clothing and they should accurately reflect the temperature outside. Giving your bed a spring makeover is like wearing a short-sleeve shirt outside for the first time; it changes how you feel about the fabric. Now you won't have to worry about getting too hot with your overly bulky flannel or microfiber sheets made for colder weather.

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Mar 19, 2019

Mueller Went After Cohen Soon After He Took Over Russia Probe
J. Scott Applewhite/APSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller's office obtained search warrants to read Michael Cohen's emails almost a year before the former fixer for President Trump was raided by the FBI, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday.

Beginning in July 2017, FBI agents working for Mueller sought and obtained three warrants to search Cohen's communications. The request came two months and a day to Mueller's appointment as leader of the Trump-Russia investigation, following Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey.

After the emails were reviewed, Mueller's office referred information to federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York in February 2018. Two months later, SDNY prosecutors executed search warrants on Cohen's residence, hotel room, cell phones, computers and safe-deposit box. Redacted versions of the warrants were unsealed on Tuesday as the result of media requests to see the materials.

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Mar 19, 2019

Dating Service Offering To Set Women Up With Harvey Weinstein's Brother Bob
Mark Von HoldenOne can only imagine how delighted female clients of high end dating and introduction service The Bevy must have been when they received an email telling them that the ‘intensely personal' dating service had matched them with a successful, award-winning movie producer.

However, there may have been a raised eyebrow when it was revealed that the man they were being lined up with was none other than Bob Weinstein, brother of alleged rapist Harvey.

Bob doesn't just have a creepy brother, he has himself been accused of using his powerful position in Hollywood to harass women and of helping his brother cover up sexual misconduct using secret financial settlements.

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Mar 19, 2019

Michael Jackson's Music Video Producer: I Believe Accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck Are Telling the Truth
PoolA music video producer who worked closely with Michael Jackson has said that he believes ‘almost every word' of the testimony given by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the documentary Leaving Neverland.

Rudi Dolezal, who worked with Jackson for many years and produced TV shows and videos for the singer, talking to the New York Post's Richard Johnson about the doc, said: "I believe almost every word. It's brilliant work."

Dolezal, who first began working for Jackson when he filmed the "Dangerous" tour in Munich in 1992, and went on to collaborate with the singer on multiple projects, said he understood why the men initially lied to cover up abuse by Jackson, saying: "Nobody would stop Michael. It's hard to believe an icon is a con."

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Mar 19, 2019

Going 10 Rounds with Top Bartender Eryn Reece
Courtesy Eric MedskerWhat do you like to drink after a shift? "Usually something simple, my normal go to is a nice crisp glass of white wine."

What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? "Johnny Cash, "Folsom Prison Blues," just slightly rowdy with some grit."

After all these years bartending and creating drinks, do you still enjoy going out to bars? "I do, however, I don't go out to get nerdy really anymore. I just love enjoying the aspect of hospitality and simple pleasure of sharing food and drinks with friends. Ha! I guess how normal people do it!"

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Mar 19, 2019

Moms in Brooklyn Measles Crisis: ‘What's Wrong With Measles?'
Spencer Platt/GettyMiriam thought her niece was safe from measles.

At five months old, the baby girl was too young for the first of the two MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines recommended by the CDC. Miriam (who asked that her last name not be shared in order to protect her family's privacy) knew about the measles outbreak that had plagued her community, a Hasidic enclave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, since last fall.

Since December, however, religious day schools in the area had been ordered by New York's Department of Health to bar unvaccinated students from attending in an effort to keep the outbreak under control. Miriam and her sister assumed the five-month-old would be safe at her daycare, which shares space with a school.

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Mar 19, 2019

Measles Rage in Brooklyn as Some Yeshivas Defy Vaccine Rule
Spencer Platt/GettyMiriam thought her niece was safe from measles.

At 5 months old, the baby girl was too young for the first of the two MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines recommended by the CDC. Miriam (who asked that her last name not be shared in order to protect her family's privacy) knew about the measles outbreak that had plagued her community, a Hasidic enclave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, since last fall.

Since December, however, religious day schools in the area had been ordered by New York's Department of Health to bar unvaccinated students from attending in an effort to keep the outbreak under control. Miriam and her sister assumed the 5-month-old would be safe at her daycare, which shares space with a school.

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Mar 19, 2019

Total Silence or Gossip Central: How Close Should You Be With Your Hairstylist?
GettyFor some women raised on the feel-good ethos of Steel Magnolias and Legally Blonde, where salons were sacred spaces and the bond between stylist and client is almost therapeutic, a hair appointment is more than just a cut or color.

"We're the first ones to know about cheating, pregnancies, wedding plans, job interviews, health changes, doctors visits," Devin Toth, a stylist at Salon SCK in New York's Upper East Side told The Daily Beast. "I see many of my clients more than I see my parents or best friends."

This weekend, Lady Gaga walked the red carpet of The Daily Front Row awards with longtime hairstylist Frederic Aspiras on her arm. The newly-single Gaga and Aspiras mugged for the cameras like professionals, holding hands, cheek kissing, and even dancing for the paparazzi.

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Mar 19, 2019

Team Biden Braces to Be Clobbered From Both Sides
Win McNamee/GettyDOVER, Delaware—Joe Biden and his allies know the criticism coming their way. The former vice president's brand of politics is too outdated, his ideology too centrist, his career too riddled with bad compromises and even worse votes. And yet, as Biden readies to formally announce his third presidential bid in the coming weeks, they aren't only prepping for the attacks ahead, they don't think it will ultimately have much of an impact.

"I don't think that Joe Biden wrings his hands about his legacy one bit given what he has accomplished as a senator, VP and family man. Regardless of whether he runs or he doesn't run or if he runs and wins or loses he know who he is," pollster John Anzalone, who has been advising Biden on a 2020 run, told The Daily Beast. "Joe Biden is a resilient, tough son of a bitch. You can quote me on that."

Presidential campaigns are uniquely trying crucibles. Few know that better than Biden, who has launched two failed bids, one ending in controversy and the other with not much fanfare at all. Those bids have left some wary that a third run will end in similarly dispiriting fashion, only this time with a sterling reputation built up through decades of public service effectively diminished.

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Mar 19, 2019

The New Zealand Mosque Massacre Blame Game Is Out of Control
Fiona Goodall/GettyLONDON—The anti-Muslim terrorist attack at two mosques in New Zealand marked perhaps the lowest point for Muslim communities in the West since the Bosnia genocide. It has left no doubt that far-right extremism is on the march once more.

But the sheer human tragedy of this attack against my Muslim communities has not deterred extremists from those other two ends of our political spectrum, the far left and the theocratic Islamists, from seeking to exploit it for their own nefarious purposes.

Just as a visibly pregnant Chelsea Clinton was accosted at an NYU vigil and faced unwarranted blame for the attack, others too have found themselves caught in the unforgiving crosshairs of ideologues seeking to settle scores. This was unsurprising. If the daughter of a Democratic president and a Democratic presidential candidate was fair game, what chance would those with lesser liberal bona fides have of being spared?

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Mar 19, 2019

We Need Guy Fieri in Trump's America
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/GettyI was watching an old episode of Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where the heavily tattooed mayor of Flavortown was getting all effusive about a Thai restaurant in, of all places, Duluth, Minnesota.

Duluth? Authentic Thai cuisine? That's when it hit me: If there is one show on TV now that is a showcase and celebration of America's rich ethnic, cultural and racial diversity, it is Triple D.

Since it hit the air in 2007, Fieri and his crew have filmed more than 260 episodes, and featured just about every type of restaurant you can imagine: Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican, Spanish, Filipino, Polish, Hawaiian, Thai, Cajun, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Korean, Czech, Puerto Rican, Japanese, Ethiopian, soul food, classic American... I could go on and on. The show is a veritable love song to the American melting pot.

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Mar 19, 2019

Berlusconi Witness Fears for Her Life After Fellow Model's Poisoning
Olivier Morin/AFP/GettyROME—The last time Ambra Battilana saw her friend Imane Fadil alive was in a courtroom in Milan, when the two testified about what happened at Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" sex parties in the basement of his Arcore villa outside the city.

Battilana, the Italian model who later wore a wire to catch Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, had moved to America in 2012 because she felt threatened after testifying against the former prime minister. "I left Italy," she told The Daily Beast. "I didn't know what was going to happen. I took my brother to the Philippines. I know how my family has suffered. It has been devastating."

But her friend Fadil, who was born in Morocco, decided to stay in Italy after testifying, write a tell-all book about her nights at Arcore, and pursue a civil lawsuit against the former PM and his cronies who, she said, had ruined her life. She was joined in the litigation by Battilana and another model who frequented Berlusconi's basement parties. Fadil last testified in court against Berlusconi in mid-January.

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Mar 19, 2019

Boeing's Next Jet Has Safety Concerns, but FAA Says It's OK
BoeingBeyond the serious issues involving the Boeing 737 MAX-8, which has suffered two fatal crashes in five months, the next version of the MAX series, the MAX-10, is also at the center of safety concerns. And those concerns again involve how Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration work together to certify the safety of new airplanes.

The crashes have renewed alarms about the extent to which the FAA has delegated certification of the new jets to Boeing.

A report in The Seattle Times said that FAA managers "pushed the agency's safety engineers to delegate safety assessments to Boeing itself." This comes as The Wall Street Journal also reports that the Transportation Department's Inspector General has opened an investigation into how the new systems in the MAX-8 were analyzed and certified. The systems suspected of bringing down flights in Indonesia and last week in Ethiopia work to prevent stalling in midair.

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Mar 19, 2019

‘The Good Fight' Eviscerates Trump Better Than Any TV Show
Patrick Harbron/CBSIn the season three premiere of The Good Fight, Christine Baranski's regal lawyer, Diane Lockhart, delivers an incendiary monologue about "men, and what they do." The speech is delivered to none other than Donald Trump.

Well, it is delivered to the animated face of Donald Trump… which she hallucinates… on a bruise… on the back of her husband, Gary Cole's Kurt McVeigh. (Stick with me.) It is a bruise that McVeigh suffered while leading Eric Trump and Donald Jr. on a big game hunt in Africa, after one of them accidentally shot him, Dick Cheney-style.

"What is happening to men? Where did the real guys go?" she asks the Trump-face-bruise (?!).  "When did Trump and Kavanaugh become our idea of an aggrieved man? Quivering lips, blaming everyone but themselves." By the time she finishes, she threatens to destroy him.

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Mar 19, 2019

Indicted Oligarch Dmytro Firtash Praises Paul Manafort, Says Trump Has Third-Grade Smarts
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyAn indicted Ukrainian oligarch who faces years in an American prison criticized President Donald Trump's intellect and distanced himself from Paul Manafort's business dealings in an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with The Daily Beast at his palatial corporate offices in Vienna.

Dmytro Firtash is a Ukrainian oligarch-in-exile who controls much of the country's natural gas distribution. He also befriended Manafort, did business with Russia's state-owned gas behemoth, and became a target of Barack Obama's Justice Department. He's been a constant presence in the background of the story of Russian influence in the American elections—but now, he says American influence on Ukraine is the real story.

In recent years, Firtash has found himself at the heart of Ukrainian political fights with geopolitical consequences. The mogul, whose estimated net worth was $500 million in 2014, made his fortune after the Soviet Union's collapse. He told The Daily Beast he moved from Ukraine to Moscow in the early days after the USSR fell to expand his food business. After making a deal with a group of Turkmen he met at the Rossiya Hotel—a now-demolished structure he described as "Soviet nice"—he traveled to Turkmenistan to try to get them to pay up. According to Firtash, the Turkmen told him they ha

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Mar 19, 2019

Stephen Colbert Slams Trump in Wake of New Zealand Attack: ‘The President Is Anti-Muslim'
CBSStephen Colbert opened The Late Show Monday night on a somber note.

"You know, the world is still reeling from Friday's terror attack in New Zealand on two mosques by a white supremacist in which 50 Muslim worshipers were killed," the host said. "All of our hearts go out to those at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques and the great people of New Zealand."

Soon, he had moved on to President Donald Trump's reaction.

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Mar 19, 2019

Stephen Colbert Slams Trump's Reaction to New Zealand Attack: ‘The President Is Anti-Muslim'
CBSStephen Colbert opened The Late Show Monday night on a somber note.

"You know, the world is still reeling from Friday's terror attack in New Zealand on two mosques by a white supremacist in which 50 Muslim worshipers were killed," the host said. "All of our hearts go out to those at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques and the great people of New Zealand."

Soon, he had moved on to President Donald Trump's reaction.

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Mar 18, 2019

CNN's Rick Santorum: I Wish Trump Would Email a Therapist Instead of Tweet
CNNEven Rick Santorum, one of President Trump's most loyal cable news sycophants, couldn't bring himself to defend the president's weekend-long tweetstorm on Monday night, wishing the president would send emails to a "therapist" instead of airing his grievances to the public.

In dozens of tweets and retweets, the president took aim at a long list of parties and individuals (dead and alive) that were rankling him. He blasted a deceased war hero and senator. He railed against Fox News anchors who weren't sufficiently obsequious. He whined about a Saturday Night Live rerun. He demanded that Fox News "bring back" pro-Trump host Jeanine Pirro after she was suspended for Islamophobic remarks.

Noting that one topic conspicuously absent from Trump's Twitter feed over the weekend was the New Zealand mosque attacks, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper asked Santorum whether a family would "be a little concerned" if their dad or uncle acted in this manner.



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Mar 18, 2019

Watch Out. John Guare's ‘Nantucket Sleigh Ride' Will Drag You Into Deep Water
Courtesy T Charles Erickson PhotographyCan you have a "shaggy whale" story? John Guare's ranging, sometimes funny, always odd Nantucket Sleigh Ride (at Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse to May 5) may be it. This ambling comedy tells the story of a writer, Edmund Gowery (John Larroquette), who somehow gets mixed up in a strange, wild tale of murder and movie chicanery on Nantucket in 1975.

A "Nantucket Sleigh Ride" historically refers to what happened after harpooners struck a whale in the 18th and 19th centuries, when Nantucket was known as the whaling capital of the world.

The whale then would take off across the ocean, and drag the men in its wake, either to their death or its own. The sleigh ride was the ride the men found themselves on that they could not control.

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Mar 18, 2019

Seth Meyers Tears Into Trump for Defending ‘Bigoted' Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro
NBC"Well, it's another Monday and that means once again the president of the United States had a quiet and normal weekend full of hard work and sober reflection and everyone slept well and woke up refreshed and optimistic," Seth Meyers said on his show Monday night, "and I'm just kidding, his brain is Silly Putty and we're all doomed."

After running down just some of the things President Trump ranted about online over the weekend, the Late Night host said, "Jesus, his tweets would make more sense if they were scribbled on the wall of a psych ward."

Instead of "addressing the rising threat of white nationalism" in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings that left 50 Muslims dead, Meyers noted that Trump spent a good portion of his "deranged Twitter bender" defending Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, who was suspended this weekend by the network for making Islamophobic comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

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Mar 18, 2019

‘Daily Show's' Trevor Noah Goes Off on Beto O'Rourke's ‘Woke' Critics: ‘This Is Insanity!'
Comedy CentralIn the four days since former Congressman Beto O'Rourke announced his run for the 2020 Democratic nomination, he has done a lot of apologizing. The Daily Show host Trevor Noah thinks he needs to stop.

Noah called it "ridiculous" that O'Rourke is being criticized for elements of his past, like the fact that he was part of a hacking collective or that he once wrote violent fiction. "What's next?" he asked. "Are we going to arrest George R.R. Martin? ‘That man's a monster, he killed thousands!' No, he's a monster because he refuses to finish those books!"

"But Beto's an interesting guy," the host added. "He doesn't want to risk offending anyone with his past writings. In fact, he doesn't want to offend anybody." From there, he cut to a montage of O'Rourke offering sincere apologies over the weekend for everything from joking about his wife to saying he's "born to run" for president.

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Mar 18, 2019

Andrew Yang, Upstart Democratic Presidential Candidate, Comes Out Against Circumcision
Joshua Lott/GettyOutsider presidential hopeful Andrew Yang's latest idea is both literally and figuratively his most unorthodox yet: He's taking a strong public stance against circumcision.

The Democratic candidate revealed in a little notice tweet last week that he was against the ritualized practice of cutting a newborn's foreskin. But in an interview with The Daily Beast, he said that if he were elected he would incorporate that view into public policy, mainly by pushing initiatives meant to inform parents that they don't need to have their infants circumcised for health reasons.

"It's sort of pushed on parents in many situations," Yang said, describing pressure to circumcise a child as a "cultural onus" imposed on families.

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Mar 18, 2019

Pregnant Mom Killed and Baby on Life Support in Kentucky Shooting
FacebookAs Kentucky police investigate the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman, the victim's newborn baby is fighting for her life.

Geri Johnson, 29, was pronounced dead at a Corbin hospital on Saturday evening, sometime after her boyfriend brought her to the ER—and after doctors delivered her baby girl. Kentucky State Police have released few details and haven't named any suspects in the disturbing case, which as of Monday was classified as a "death investigation."

Baptist Health Hospital staff alerted cops to Johnson's gunshot wound. It's unclear how many times or where Johnson was shot, or when and where the incident took place. Her baby, named Amelia Jo, was delivered at 7 months and transported to University of Kentucky Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Lexington.

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Mar 18, 2019

Is Mob Boss Murder Suspect Anthony Camello Just Nuts—or a QAnon Crazy?
Seth Wenig/APWhen he raised his manacled left hand in a New Jersey courtroom on Monday afternoon, the 24-year-old accused of gunning down the boss of the Gambino crime family revealed that he had scribbled the QAnon symbol on the palm, along with some right-wing watchwords.

"MAGA forever… UNITED WE STAND… Patriots in charge."

Has the QAnon fixation been extended from the Clintons to the Gambinos?

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Mar 18, 2019

Is Mob Boss Murder Suspect Anthony Comello Just Nuts—or a QAnon Crazy?
Seth Wenig/APWhen he raised his manacled left hand in a New Jersey courtroom on Monday afternoon, the 24-year-old accused of gunning down the boss of the Gambino crime family revealed that he had scribbled the QAnon symbol on the palm, along with some right-wing watchwords.

"MAGA forever… UNITED WE STAND… Patriots in charge."

Has the QAnon fixation been extended from the Clintons to the Gambinos?

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Mar 18, 2019

Woman Says Fertility Clinic Secretly Froze Her Embryo for 13 Years
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyFifteen years ago, Maria Cloutier-Bristol went through IVF at Rhode Island fertility clinic in hopes of having a second child. Sadly, she says, her doctor told her none of the embryos were viable.

So imagine her shock when, in 2017, she got a letter from the clinic informing her that one of the embryos had been frozen all this time—even while she was undergoing more failed treatments with her second husband—and that she had to start paying for it.

Now, Cloutier-Bristol is suing the Providence's Women & Infants' Fertility Center and its associated hospital for negligence, breach of contract, and emotional distress.

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Mar 18, 2019

Cop Working at High School Revealed as White Nationalist Organizer
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastA Virginia police officer assigned to a high school is involved in onboarding new members for a white nationalist group, leaked chat logs reveal.

Daniel Morley, 31, is a police officer L.C. Bird High School in Chesterfield, Virginia. He's also an organizer for Identity Evropa, a white nationalist group. In the group's leaked chat messages, first highlighted by Virginia anti-fascists first Monday, Morley discussed ways to downplay appearances of racism, while still promoting white nationalism.

Morley is suspended while Chesterfield County Police Department investigates the allegations, the department announced Monday.

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Mar 18, 2019

Scouted: Invest in Lightweight Rain Boots to Make Sure Your Footwear Is Spring-Ready
For years, I was vehemently against rain boots. The idea of shoving my feet into a pair of galoshes that swallowed my calves in stiff, thick rubber made my skin crawl. But when more and more brands made ankle-height boots, I started to come around to the idea.

Boot brand BOGS just released their newest line of spring-ready shoes, and with that launch came the Flora Bootie. They sent me a pair to try out and, barring the unavoidably strong scent of rubber, these will now be the rain boots I take into spring and summer.

What these boots have that other ankle-height boots don't (like Everlane's Rain Boot or the Hunter Chelsea Boot) is a slimmer silhouette that feels lightweight, instead of hefty and clunky. In the fall and winter, give me a lug sole and a centimeter thick layer of rubber between my sock and the outside air. But in spring and summer, the thought of wearing shoes that weigh multiple pounds as the temperature (and humidity) climbs just seems uncomfortable. At that point, I'd rather risk my feet getting wet than end up with a damp sock caused by sweat from sweltering in personal foot saunas.

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Mar 18, 2019

Cambridge Analytica Secrets Allegedly Covered Up by Trump Campaign Veterans
Neil P. Mockford/GettyLONDON—British political consultants that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign liked to boast that they could deploy dirty tricks and twist democracies all over the world without the risk of detection.

The High Court in London heard on Monday that Cambridge Analytica was up to its old tricks from beyond the grave—by surreptitiously trying to halt investigations that could expose allegedly nefarious tactics before the company was shut down for good.

The company filed for the British equivalent of chapter 11 bankruptcy last year after secret recordings of its boss Alexander Nix emerged in which he claimed that Trump's data gurus had carried out illicit election campaigns all over the world. The company was also accused of using up to 87 million clandestinely harvested Facebook profiles to create a state of the art voter database that helped Trump win election in 2016.

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Mar 18, 2019

How a Marine's Raw, Stunning Footage of War Became the Film Corps Leaders Don't Want You to See
Oscillscope LaboratoriesThe new Afghanistan war documentary Combat Obscura doesn't introduce itself, explain itself or end in a satisfying way.

It's weird, funny, disturbing, brutal and heartbreaking—and one of the best documentaries in years.

Combat Obscura is directed by Miles Lagoze, a former U.S. Marine Corps cameraman who spent much of 2011 in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan with a battalion of the 6th Marine Regiment based in North Carolina.

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Mar 18, 2019

TruNews Thinks Anti-Semitic ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion' Hoax Was ‘Eerily Correct'
Because we watch Trumpland TV so you don't have to, today we learned that Trump-loving online outlet TruNews is a big fan of the anti-Semitic hoax that Jews plan world domination, as depicted in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

That booklet's authenticity was debunked almost 100 years ago, and its contents are accepted by only the most conspiracy-minded of conspiracy theorists. That brings us back around to TruNews, which somehow managed its defense of the notorious fabrication amidst a discussion of the New Zealand massacre (which they blamed on violent video games, social media, and definitely not Donald Trump).

Here, Doc Burkhart and Rick Wiles discuss the booklet and the so-called "Three World Wars" letter—purportedly written by Confederate officer Albert Pike—that they think "predicted" Zionism, Nazism and the first two world wars. (The letter is a hoax.)

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Mar 18, 2019

Men Caught Allegedly Selling Untraceable AR-15 ‘Ghost Guns' in New Jersey
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos NJ AG Offfice / GettyFour men were arrested and charged in New Jersey on Monday for allegedly conspiring to sell untraceable assault rifles assembled from online kits known as "ghost guns," authorities said.

It's the first time people have been charged under a new state law that makes it illegal to buy, build, or sell these often plastic, but deadly firearms. The "ghost guns" were ordered online without serial numbers and came with instructions on how to finish them to be functional firearms, authorities said. They were allegedly sold for $1,100 to $1,300 each—twice the price of a legal assault rifle.

"Assault rifles like these pose an especially deadly threat to law enforcement, innocent bystanders, and others when placed in the wrong hands, and suffice it to say no one conducted any background checks here,"  Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a Monday press conference. "They are not registered. They don't have serial numbers and they are sold without any background check process whatsoever.

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Mar 18, 2019

Scouted: Get the Best Grilling Tools to Prepare for Grilling Season
As grilling season approaches, it's not just the grill you should be concerning yourself with, but also the peripherals you'll want to have with you during your culinary escapades. As with any job, be it grilling chicken wings or putting together a bed frame, you want the right tools for the job.

Grill Chimney StarterYes, you could pile of your charcoal into a corner of the grill, light it with paper at the bottom, and blow on it repeatedly and hope the gods of coal burn brightly upon you. Or you could get a chimney starter. With the $20 Weber Rapid Fire Chimney , your coals will light evenly, quickly, and so much more easily than ever before. It's rare to see more than 5,500 ratings result in five full stars, but here you have it.

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Mar 18, 2019

Scouted: You May Break a Sweat Looking Through These Discounted Outdoor Voices Pieces at Nordstrom Rack
The pure simplicity of a good pair of leggings doesn't go unnoticed these days and no brand understands that more than Outdoor Voices. If you're wanting to add these cult-status workout pieces to your closet without breaking the bank, Nordstrom Rack is taking up to 50% off 80 different items.

Choose from their proprietary TechSweat Flex Leggings in multiple colors for $37.97 or pick up a pair of their thermal tights to wear running while it's still kind of cold out for $47.97 (50% off) There are sports bras a-plenty and even some more leisurely options like

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Mar 18, 2019

Trump's Lawyers on House Judiciary Dems' Document Request: You Get Nothing
Chip Somodevilla/GettyPresident Trump's personal legal team is telling a crucial House committee seeking documents from dozens of Trumpworld associates that it has nothing to turn over-an early signal that both sides are gearing up for a confrontation.

Monday is the deadline set by the House Judiciary committee for 81 people, government agencies and private organizations to voluntarily submit substantial amounts of written material relevant to a practically omnibus House Democratic investigation. The Judiciary Democrats are after far more than just the ties to Russia that their Intelligence Committee members are investigating. They want material speaking to abuses of official power, public corruption and obstruction of justice.

In what they characterized on March 4 as an opening salvo, the Judiciary Committee said that recipients of their document requests could, to facilitate production, begin turning over the material they may have already provided to the criminal investigations into Trumpworld run by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

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Mar 18, 2019

‘The View's' Meghan McCain Unloads on Trump for Attacking Her Father: ‘He Will Never Be a Great Man'
The hosts of The View have been fighting a lot lately. But if there was one thing that could bring them back together—besides the return of moderator Whoopi Goldberg—it was President Trump attacking one of their own.

"So things seemingly haven't changed much since I left," Goldberg said at the top of Monday's show after the cheering died down. "Because once again the person in the White House spent the weekend ranting on Twitter, went after everybody from SNL to the Mueller investigation to Meghan's dad, I mean, it's crazy."

During his weekend tweet-tsunami, the president falsely accused the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) of leaking the "Fake Dossier" to the FBI and Democrats before the 2016 election. "Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain,'" he added.

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Mar 18, 2019

House Judiciary Committee Planning Hearing on the Rise of White Nationalism
Tom Williams/GettyThe House Judiciary Committee is planning on hosting a hearing in the coming weeks addressing the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. and the hate crime and hate speech surrounding the movement, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the committee's schedule.

The hearing comes on the heels of two mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed 50 people. According to local law enforcement, the man charged with those attacks wrote a manifesto outlining his white nationalistic ideology as well as his anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim views.

The gunman also praised President Donald Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose" though he said he did not support the president's policies. The president has dismissed the idea that he inspired the shooting but the attacker's manifesto has sparked a renewed focus on Trump's rhetoric toward immigrants, especially those who hail from countries where Islam is the dominant religion, and his lack of condemnation for white nationalist groups.

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Mar 18, 2019

Scouted: Today on Amazon: A Queen-Sized Nectar Mattress for Almost $200 Off — As Well As Two of Their Premium Pillows Tacked On
There's been a lot of mattress talk lately — especially last week during Sleep Awareness Week — and today's Amazon sale is par for the course: The very highly rated Nectar queen mattress is going for $490 today only — that's 27% off its average price in more than a year.

And on top of that, Nectar is throwing in two of its premium pillows — which actually normally sell for $75 each — for free. The mattress itself — which we already love — is a medium-firm and is specifically designed to keep you cool through the night, and the insides are composed of gel memory foam, a material aimed to distribute your weight and contour to your bodies curves.

Best of all, you get to try it out for six months and, if you don't like it, return it and get your money back (this is an Amazon-only guarantee). Speaking of which, Nectar guarantees the mattress for "as long as you own the mattress," which is a pretty hefty amount of time. And as we know, you should always invest in your mattress but also be sure you can return since a 15-minute lie at the store is never enough to know if this is the bed for you.

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Mar 18, 2019

Scouted: How to Get a Good Night's Sleep (Even When Everything Is the Worst)
Scientifically speaking, there are still plenty of mysteries about why we need sleep and what happens when we're sleeping, but most of us know these basic realities from experience: it feels amazing to be well-rested and getting the National Sleep Foundation's recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night can be frustratingly elusive.

Not being able to catch those z's has broader implications beyond the horror of lying awake at 3 a.m., certain you'll be trapped in sleepless purgatory forever. After a bad night of sleep, studies have shown that you may have a harder time remembering things the next day, your ability to do quick decision-making and problem solving may be impaired, and you might be worse at accurately identifying certain emotions in other people (fun!). Not to mention that, big picture, sleep problems can increase your risk for serious health problems including heart disease, strokes, mental distress and all-cause mortality, according to the CDC. (Here's my obligatory please see a doctor note if you're experiencing sleep problems.)

So, yup, science supports what many of us already know: not getting enough sleep is the literal worst.

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Mar 18, 2019

Kellyanne Conway Urges Fox News Viewers to Read Mosque Shooting Suspect's ‘Entire' Racist Manifesto
Days after a white supremacist was charged with killing dozens of Muslims in the New Zealand mosque attacks, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway urged Fox News viewers to read the suspect's "entire" racist manifesto, claiming that doing so will somehow prove the suspect wasn't inspired by President Trump.

In a rambling 74-page dossier, the suspect hailed the president as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose" while praising the racist terror attacks perpetrated by Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof and Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway over immigration. Throughout the manifesto, the massacre suspect expressed extreme anger over Muslim immigration and a belief that white European society was being actively destroyed.

Asked to respond to "people around the world comparing this guy and his manifesto to Donald Trump" on Fox & Friends Monday morning, Conway said it was "predictable and outrageous" before asserting the president "condemns hate and evil and bigotry."

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Mar 18, 2019

Netherlands Shooting: Dutch Police Arrest Turkish Suspect in Attack That Killed Three People
Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/GettyDutch police arrested Gökmen Tanis, a Turkish-born 37-year old in connection with an apparent attack on a Netherlands tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday morning, killing three people, authorities said. Utrecht mayor Jan van Zanen, tweeted a video confirming the death toll had risen to three Monday afternoon and that five people were injured, including three in serious condition.

Heavily armed counter-terrorism units were moving building-to-building in search of one or more gunmen several hours after the incident.

Witnesses tweeted accounts of the shooting, including seeing a badly injured woman staggering from the tram while gunshots popped inside the carriage. Local television also showed a white tarpaulin over at least one body near the tram line.

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Mar 18, 2019

Netherlands Shooting: One Dead in Apparent Terror Attack as Police Launch Manhunt
Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/GettyAt least one person was killed in an apparent attack on a Netherlands tram in the affluent Dutch city of Ultrecht on Monday morning, authorities said. The gunman or gunmen are still at large, according to officials, who said shootings occurred "in multiple locations."

Heavily armed counter-terrorism units were moving building-to-building in search of one or more gunmen several hours after the incident.

Witnesses tweeted accounts of the shooting, including seeing a badly injured woman staggering from the tram while gunshots popped inside the carriage. Local television also showed a white tarpaulin over at least one body near the tram line.

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Mar 18, 2019

Netherlands Shooting: Three Dead in Apparent Terror Attack as Police Launch Manhunt
Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/GettyDutch police are looking for Gökman Tanis, a Turkish-born 37-year old in connection with an apparent attack on a Netherlands tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday morning, killing three people, authorities said. The gunman is still at large, according to officials. Utrecht mayor Jan van Zanen, tweeted a video confirming the death toll had risen to three Monday afternoon and that nine people were injured, including three in serious condition.

Heavily armed counter-terrorism units were moving building-to-building in search of one or more gunmen several hours after the incident.

Witnesses tweeted accounts of the shooting, including seeing a badly injured woman staggering from the tram while gunshots popped inside the carriage. Local television also showed a white tarpaulin over at least one body near the tram line.

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Mar 18, 2019

Scouted: Columbia Sale: Up to 70% Off Shoes and Outerwear
As the winter wanes and warmer weather peeks its head in here and there, expect sales on clothes for colder weather, like this up-to-70-off March sale at Columbia.

Supplies are limited but they cover more than just sweatshirts. For example, take a look at this exquisite Women's Trench, on sale for $40, or 43% off. And then there's this Mountain Side fleece for $30 (that's 50% off), which comes in six colors. There's also footwear on sale: These Mountain Masochist IV trail shoes are selling for $60, down from $115, and I really like the men's Bahama relaxed shoes, $40 right now (down from $75).

When you're saving up to 70% and Columbia's the brand, the sale page is definitely w

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Mar 18, 2019

Anti-Vaxxers Overestimate the Power of Our Immune Systems
Craig ZuckermanOne of the greatest innovations in medicine is, oddly, now among the ones attracting outsized skepticism in certain corners. In a word: vaccination.

Detractors, led by dubious science and anecdote, worry vaccines will do more harm than good. This is simply false, and dangerous. To understand why, it helps to understand the way our immune systems work in the first place.

This extraordinary science of the immune system is the topic of An Elegant Defense, my new book that looks at our defense network as we've come to understand it through hard-earned, brilliant science, and also through deeply intimate medical tales of people aided by immunology.

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Mar 18, 2019

Anti-Vaxxers Underestimate the Power of Our Immune Systems
Craig ZuckermanOne of the greatest innovations in medicine is, oddly, now among the ones attracting outsized skepticism in certain corners. In a word: vaccination.

Detractors, led by dubious science and anecdote, worry vaccines will do more harm than good. This is simply false, and dangerous. To understand why, it helps to understand the way our immune systems work in the first place.

This extraordinary science of the immune system is the topic of An Elegant Defense, my new book that looks at our defense network as we've come to understand it through hard-earned, brilliant science, and also through deeply intimate medical tales of people aided by immunology.

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Mar 18, 2019

The Hollywood Filmmaker Making Movies for the MAGA Crowd
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyS. Craig Zahler's movies leave a mark. That's certainly the case with Dragged Across Concrete, the Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99 auteur's latest, which boasts a title fit for a heavy metal album, action that's eye-opening in its ruggedness, and rogue-cop protagonists whose words and behavior tend to be ugly, intolerant and politically right-wing. Amplifying the provocative nature of Zahler's contemporary saga is the fact that Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn star as those wayward law-enforcement officers, Brett Ridgeman and Anthony Lurasetti, who after being suspended from the force for roughing up minority suspects, strive to get what they think they deserve by robbing a crew of bank robbers. Suffice it to say, it's a bad plan by bad men that goes very, very badly.

Making a 159-minute thriller with Mel Gibson as a crooked, racist reactionary who taunts immigrant women and espouses Fox News-ish gripes about modern liberal society was always bound to inspire a heated reaction, and Zahler admits he's not surprised Dragged Across Concrete (in theaters March 22) has

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Mar 18, 2019

Don't Knock a Third Party—It Might Be the Only Good Option
Roy Scott/GettyDemocrats are understandably fearful that the centrist message of Howard Schultz will appeal to voters. Schultz, they say, will ensure that Donald Trump is re-elected! Perhaps Democrats should ask instead why Trump was elected in the first place. Republicans should also ask why Trump blew away a field of mainstream GOP candidates.  

The answer seems clear: Both political parties have failed. Their principles are corrupted, their inability to govern is demonstrated daily, and they have lost the confidence of the people. What's needed is not just a new centrist candidate, but a new party aimed at fixing broken government and liberating Americans to make practical choices.   

Most Americans, polls suggest, dislike Washington. Americans don't seem to appreciate political correctness, regulatory micromanagement, and self-serving phoniness. Voter alienation has been building for decades, reflected in the election of outsider candidates in 10 of the last 11 presidential elections. They've all promised, and failed, to rein in Big Brother. Populist anger reached the boiling point with the election of Trump, but he too is mired in the muck. So far, his bluster about "draining the swamp" amounts to little more than reversing certain Obama executive orders.

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Mar 18, 2019

Hillary Clinton Supporters Torn as Ivanka Trump Picks Up Some of Her Work for Women
Aaron P. Bernstein/GettyRepublicans have been slow to champion women's issues, but then along came Ivanka, and as with all things Trump the party has found a lot to like about programs they once cast aside as nanny state indulgence or wasteful foreign aid now that they have the First Daughter's imprimatur.

The administration's budget includes $100 million for Ivanka's pet project, the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative that aims to help 50 million women with job skills and access to credit. Who could oppose that?

"I can't quibble with the fundamental premise," says Melanne Verveer, executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and a longtime adviser to and confidante of Hillary Clinton. Ivanka's program has its roots in initiatives launched by Clinton as Secretary of State to boost the health and economic power of women and girls in developing countries.  

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Mar 18, 2019

‘The Inventor': How Elizabeth Holmes Pulled Off the Scam of the Century
HBOElizabeth Holmes is fearlessly filling the frame, speaking directly to the camera in her low, distinct voice. Former co-workers have alleged that Holmes's signature baritone is actually fake—an affect, like her Steve Jobs-inspired wardrobe, and a deception, like her now-defunct company Theranos. Of course, there was a time when Holmes didn't stand for fraudulence and infamy, when Theranos was valued at $10 billion, and Holmes was touted as the next great tech visionary. The Holmes that addresses viewers in The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, director Alex Gibney's new documentary, is an envoy from the height of Theranos's delusion. She is steady and impassioned, lips stained bloodred. Unblinking, Holmes insists, "I don't have many secrets." It might be the first lie viewers will see her utter in the revealing documentary, but it certainly won't be the last.

Theranos, a company that sought to disrupt the health-care industry with imaginary technology that was never fully realized, succeeded on the strength of Holmes's vision, and her insistence that that vision never be abandoned or compromised, no matter how unfeasible it might be. The Inventor is able to effectively relay the depth of Holmes's deception, and the contrast between the image she presented and Theranos's reality.

In ad campaigns and investor pitches, the company was presented as sleek, simple, effective and bright. Holmes was selling "a world in which no one has to say goodbye too soon," where customers could consistently,

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Mar 18, 2019

Can This Millionaire Wine Mogul Turn a San Francisco Island Into a Hipster Napa Alternative?
Winston RossThe Mare Island Causeway crosses an unattractive bridge off the road from San Francisco north to Napa, stretching across the narrow Napa River, before emptying out into the quieter side of the booming Bay Area. And that's about all there is for a welcome mat.

What comes next is a military-built street lined with a collection of buildings that could be considered either ramshackle or charmingly historic, depending on how much of a buff you are. "Reminds me of Chernobyl!" wrote one Yelp reviewer. "A photographer's dream," offered another. And: "there's decent hiking and lots of cool abandoned-structure lurking… a cemetery, empty ammo dumps and fallout shelters and some nice views of the bay."

Dave Phinney is hoping to improve that image, without damping the Chernobyl charm. He discovered (in the loosest sense of the word) Mare Island on a tip during a hunt for interesting real estate several years ago, and found himself transfixed by the determination with which this 3.5-mile-long peninsula clings to its history. He also imagined a massive business opportunity.  

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Mar 18, 2019

ICE Has Detained a 72-Year-Old Grandfather With Alzheimer's for Nine Months
David J. Phillip/APFor nearly nine months, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has held a 72-year-old grandfather with Alzheimer's disease in a Texas immigrant detention center. As Noé de la Cruz's attorneys fight to win asylum status, his only daughter worries that he is forgetting his own grandchildren—and is in danger of losing his life if he is deported.

"When a person gets sick with this kind of disease, it's a very different situation for that person, and their family, because they are not who they were anymore—they're more like a child," Sandra de la Cruz, Noé's daughter, told The Daily Beast. If her father is deported to his native Mexico, Sandra said, she fears his condition may deteriorate even more quickly.

"He's going to get lost, and we don't have family over there who can take care of him," Sandra said. Speaking through tears, Sandra recounted instances where her father called "three, five, ten times a day" from the Port Isabel detention facility near Los Fresnos, Texas, asking the same questions over and over.

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Mar 18, 2019

Russian Tycoon Named in Trump Dossier Lost His Slander Suit, Then Lost His Secrets
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyA Russian tech entrepreneur accused in the Trump-Russia scandal two years ago may end up regretting the defamation lawsuit he filed against a U.S. media outlet.

Thousands of pages about his company's operations and finances were released to the public last week by the federal judge overseeing the case—effectively turning the suit into a WikiLeaks-sized data dump that's raising new questions about his dealings with computer criminals.

Aleksej Gubarev came to notoriety in 2017 over a single paragraph in the so-called Steele dossier compiled by former U.K. intelligence officer Christopher Steele. The controversial dossier is a 35-page compilation of anonymously sourced tips and anecdotes about Donald Trump's ties to Russia, a mixed bag of claims ranging from the lurid to the prosaic. Some of the reporting has since been broadly substantiated, much of it has not, and there are parts that have been all but proven false.

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Mar 18, 2019

‘Growing' May Be Amy Schumer's Best Comedy Special. Will Her Critics Laugh?
NetflixAmy Schumer's new comedy special, Growing, may be her best one yet. It also happens to arrive on Netflix Tuesday amid a storm of chaos for the comedian who already is a lightning rod.

She is, as the title of her special suggests, pregnant with her first child, and has suffered throughout her pregnancy from a condition called hyperemesis, which causes severe nausea. (During her standup set, she likens it to having food poisoning every day.)

Her last film was torpedoed before it was even released over anger with the messaging in its trailer that, it turns out, was misplaced. There have been allegations that she plagiarized jokes, which she denied.

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Mar 18, 2019

Amy Schumer Takes on Mitch McConnell and #MeToo in New Netflix Stand-up Special
NetflixAmy Schumer's new comedy special, Growing, may be her best one yet. It also happens to arrive on Netflix Tuesday amid a storm of chaos for the comedian who already is a lightning rod.

She is, as the title of her special suggests, pregnant with her first child, and has suffered throughout her pregnancy from a condition called hyperemesis, which causes severe nausea. (During her standup set, she likens it to having food poisoning every day.)

Her last film was torpedoed before it was even released over anger with the messaging in its trailer that, it turns out, was misplaced. There have been allegations that she plagiarized jokes, which she denied.

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Mar 18, 2019

Amy Schumer's Hilarious New Netflix Special Takes on Pregnancy and #MeToo
NetflixAmy Schumer's new comedy special, Growing, may be her best one yet. It also happens to arrive on Netflix Tuesday amid a storm of chaos for the comedian who already is a lightning rod.

She is, as the title of her special suggests, pregnant with her first child, and has suffered throughout her pregnancy from a condition called hyperemesis, which causes severe nausea. (During her standup set, she likens it to having food poisoning every day.)

Her last film was torpedoed before it was even released over anger with the messaging in its trailer that, it turns out, was misplaced. There have been allegations that she plagiarized jokes, which she denied.

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Mar 18, 2019

Michael Flynn's Family Is at War With Each Other Over QAnon
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyMichael Flynn's family members appear to be at war with each other over the QAnon conspiracy theory and whether Flynn himself is playing a role in it.

Flynn, who served briefly as Donald Trump's national security adviser, became a martyr figure for QAnon believers after taking a plea deal from Special Counsel Robert Mueller for lying about his Russia contacts. Many QAnon fans, who have seized on a series of internet clues posted by the anonymous Q to imagine a world in which Trump is engaged in a secret war against high-ranking Democratic pedophiles, think Flynn is, in fact, secretly working with Mueller to help Trump defeat the deep state. The most ardent of those fans add three "star" emojis to their Twitter handles, a reference to Flynn's status as a retired three-star general. Some even claim that Flynn himself is "Q."

"They think he's an essential part of the story, they think that he actually didn't do anything wrong," said Travis View, a researcher who studies the QAnon phenomenon.

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Mar 17, 2019

John Oliver Defends ‘Egg Boy' Against ‘Asshole' Aussie Senator in Wake of New Zealand Mosque Shootings
HBOOn Sunday night, John Oliver dedicated the opening portion of Last Week Tonight to the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand—an unspeakable tragedy wherein an alt-right-loving 28-year-old white supremacist from Australia allegedly gunned down 50 Muslim worshippers, including a number of small children. The gunman also live-streamed 17 minutes of the massacre on Facebook Live.

"Look, this wasn't just a disgusting act from a fucking asshole, it was a total affront to the basic values of the people of New Zealand," offered Oliver.

The comedian then threw to a clip of New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who said, "We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we're an enclave for extremism. We were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things."

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Mar 17, 2019

Abortion Clinics Are Annoyed by Protesters. Pro-Choice Protesters.
Erin SheridanOn a recent Wednesday, protesters gathered outside the Planned Parenthood in Madison, Wisconsin, for more than an hour, chanting, giving speeches, and occasionally raising their fists in the air. In their hands, they held a hot-pink and white banner reading, "We ??Abortion."

They were members of Madison Abortion Defense, a group whose mission includes countering anti-abortion demonstrators outside clinics. The group is one of at least five similar organizations that have united to form the Movement for Abortion Defense coalition, dedicated to "opposing right-wing, anti-choice protests in the streets" and "reclaiming space and confronting antis at our clinics."

There's only one problem: Many of the clinics don't want their help.

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Mar 17, 2019

Why Abortion Defenders Keep Showing Up at Clinics That Want Them to Stay Away
Erin SheridanOn a recent Wednesday, protesters gathered outside the Planned Parenthood in Madison, Wisconsin, for more than an hour; chanting, giving speeches, and occasionally raising their fists in the air. In their hands, they held a hot-pink and white banner reading, "We ??Abortion."

They were members of Madison Abortion Defense, a group whose mission includes countering anti-abortion demonstrators outside clinics. The group is one of at least five similar organizations that have united to form the Movement for Abortion Defense coalition, dedicated to "opposing right-wing, anti-choice protests in the streets" and "reclaiming space and confronting antis at our clinics."

There's only one problem: Many of the clinics don't want their help.

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Mar 17, 2019

Does Anyone in the Kremlin Care About Human Rights? Dunja Mijatovic Is Going to Make Damn Sure They Do.
Musa Sadulayev/APGROZNY, Chechnya—A prominent human rights defender, 61-year-old Oyub Titiyev, is on trial here in the Russian republic of Chechnya, which has a notoriously authoritarian regime.  

Since the day of Titiyev's arrest last January, Dunja Mijatovic, commissioner for human rights for the Council of Europe, has been asking the Kremlin and prosecutor general of the Russian Federation to free Titiyev, head of the Chechen office of the human rights group Memorial.

Titiyev is being tried on spurious charges of drug possession, with a verdict expected on Monday.

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Mar 17, 2019

Buju Banton Walks Like a Champion with ‘Long Walk to Freedom' Concert
@itsknottv for The Daily BeastWhen flight 559 traveling from JFK touched down in Kingston, Jamaica on Wednesday March 13, the pilot thanked the passengers for flying Jet Blue, told us to enjoy the island's 85-degree temperature, and insisted we have fun at the weekend's concert.

Obviously, he didn't need to specify which concert: it's the gig that's filled up flights to Jamaica's capital for the past week, packed hotels and guest houses, and increased Airbnb bookings to nearly 100% occupancy. Websites crashed within minutes of tickets going on sale, unable to handle the demand.

Buju Banton's Long Walk to Freedom Concert, one of the biggest music events in Jamaica's history, was held Saturday night at Kingston's National Stadium, marking the reggae icon's return to the stage after an eight-year absence. Banton didn't willingly take a break from performing; he had been incarcerated in federal prison following a conviction on cocaine trafficking charges.

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Mar 17, 2019

Scouted: With the MEATER Digital Thermometer, You Can See Real-Time Food Temperatures — On Your Phone
Relying on oven thermostats is so passé: MEATER is a thermometer that you put into your food while it's in the oven and it transmits real-time data to your phone. It's probably the coolest thermometer I've ever seen.

The thermometer itself is smaller than a pen and connects to your phone over WiFi or Bluetooth. Afterward, it calculates both the inside of your food (I tried salmon after MEATER sent me a thermometer to try out) and the ambient temperature around it, which is an interesting test of your oven's thermostat. One of my favorite features is the MEATER's prediction: Based on what I can only guess is the rate of increasing temperature, it lets you know when your food will be  ready. Likewise, it can guide you to a perfect temperature with internal tips on different meats and fish. We set our salmon to cook at 125 degrees and we got it at 125 degrees — I don't remember the last time I cooked salmon so perfectly.

For $100, the value of this digital thermometer is really in the quality of food you're going to get from this point on. It's not easy getting meats and fish on point, and with MEATER, you have a pretty hefty helping hand.

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Mar 17, 2019

SXSW 2019: Stars, Stunts and BBQ
Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastFrom Willie Nelson's annual Luck Reunion party at his Austin Ranch to David Chang's curated potluck dinner, The Daily Beast brings you inside the best of SXSW.

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Mar 17, 2019

Trump Demands ‘Bring Back' Fox News Host Jeanine After She Was Bumped From Fox News Time Slot
Mike Segar/ReutersOn Sunday morning, President Trump angrily pushed back about reports that one his favorite TV personalities, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro had been bumped from her usual time slot Saturday night, shooting off a series of tweets urging that be brought back on the air.

"Bring back @judgejeanine Pirro," the president tweeted around 9 a.m. this morning. "The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country," he charged.

Fox News didn't air Jeanine Pirro's show on Saturday night, but would not say if she had been suspended for questioning the patriotism of Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

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Mar 17, 2019

Trump Demands Fox News ‘Bring Back' Host Jeanine Pirro After She Was Suspended for Rep. Ilhan Omar Comments
Mike Segar/ReutersPopular Fox News host Jeanine Pirro been suspended for insensitive remarks about Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's patriotism, a source with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Beast on Sunday, hours after President Trump angrily pushed back that one of his favorite TV personalities be put back on air.

It was not clear how long the cable news channel plans to suspend Pirro, but she was bumped from her usual 9 p.m. time slot Saturday night and there has been no statement regarding her return. CNN first broke news of Pirro's suspension Sunday.

Reached for comment, a Fox News spokesperson declined to talk about Pirro's status, stating, "we are not commenting on internal scheduling matters."

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Mar 17, 2019

Trump Demands: Fox News ‘Bring Back' Host Jeanine Pirro After She Was Suspended for Rep. Ilhan Omar Comments
Mike Segar/ReutersPopular Fox News host Jeanine Pirro been suspended for insensitive remarks about Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's patriotism, a source with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Beast on Sunday, hours after President Trump angrily pushed back that one of his favorite TV personalities be put back on air.

It was not clear how long the cable news channel plans to suspend Pirro, but she was bumped from her usual 9 p.m. time slot Saturday night and there has been no statement regarding her return. CNN first broke news of Pirro's suspension Sunday.

Reached for comment, a Fox News spokesperson declined to talk about Pirro's status, stating, "we are not commenting on internal scheduling matters."

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Mar 17, 2019

Fox News Suspends Jeanine Pirro for Comment About Rep. Ilhan Omar
Mike Segar/ReutersFox News has suspended popular host and President Trump favorite Jeanine Pirro for her insensitive remarks questioning the patriotism of Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a source with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Beast on Sunday.

It was not clear how long the cable news channel plans to suspend Pirro, but she was bumped from her usual 9 p.m. time slot Saturday night and there has been no statement regarding her return.

Reached for comment, a Fox News spokesperson declined to talk about Pirro's status, stating, "we are not commenting on internal scheduling matters."

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Mar 17, 2019

Scouted: These Cotton-Linen Sweaters Are Perfect For Early Spring Weather
My default outfit from November to March is a sweater and jeans. It's an easy and comfortable look that still looks like you put effort into it. Once it hits mid-March though, it gets a bit dicey when wearing a heavy, winter-bound sweater during the day.

That's where the almighty cotton-linen blend comes in. The shape may say sweater, but the material says easy, breezy. Cotton-linen blends give you the breathability of summer's favorite material (linen) with nature's most universal thread (cotton). Everlane just launched a whole collection of loose-fit and loose-knit sweaters made from that blend—and they aren't the only ones giving the sweater a much-needed shearing.

L.L.Bean's Signature Cotton/Linen Ragg Crewneck Sweater comes in three color-blocked options and would look just as at home with a pair of jeans as it would a skirt.

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The Daily Beast
Mar 17, 2019

J.P. Donleavy's 'Fairy Tale' Lights Up St. Patrick's Day
Eduardo Munoz/REUTERSI remember once reading a blurb for J.P. Donleavy's 1955 novel The Ginger Man—the author's first—that commended it by saying this was the book that your boozy sister would love.

This made me wonder if your abstemious sister would also dig it. That novel told the tale of Sebastian Dangerfield, a rakehell of an American ex-pat up to various forms of lascivious and licentious gamboling in Dublin, which made a certain amount of congruous autobiographical sense. Donleavy was born in Brooklyn and went to school at Trinity College. The novel, which will split your nerves and tendons from where they are supposed to be fastened, is hilarious. And, like any good comic novel, it's also deeply sobering. Guts of life and all that jazz.

Donleavy gets lumped in strange categories. He doesn't get comfortably lumped in with the Irish stalwarts like Joyce, Beckett, Yeats, and attempts to place him with the Kitchen Sink realists of the late '50s and early '60s always feels forced. There are not a lot of picaresque realists, but there aren't a lot of better novels for St. Patrick's Day than Donleavy's 1973 effort, A Fairy Tale of New York. It is the book of his that is better than The Ginger Man, a shillelagh to the head that both gives your soul a buzz worthy of a holiday of day drinking, and knocks it sober in fierce epiphany the next morning.



The Daily Beast
Mar 17, 2019

New Zealand Shooting Victims Will Be Buried in a Special Cemetery
REUTERS/Edgar SuMen in hardhats are using heavy earth moving equipment to quickly prepare a special burial ground in which the 50 victims from last week's New Zealand mosque shootings will be buried together.

The special section is being dug in a corner of Christchurch's Memorial Park Cemetery as officials announced Sunday they have begun releasing bodies to families for burial.

In keeping with Islamic custom, the bodies will be prepared by family and friends—a task made almost unimaginable considering many will have been riddled with bullets. Muslim cleric Sheikh Amjad Ali told The Daily Beast that each individual will be religiously washed and wrapped in white sheets to be made pure before their burial.

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Mar 17, 2019

Scouted: Save Up to $500 on a Burrow Flatpack Couch During Their Spring Sale
There's a lot to love when it comes to flatpack furniture. It's easy to assemble, affordable, and can fit through any narrow doorway, stairwell, or hallway. Burrow mastered the art of the flatpack sofa and right now they're taking up to $500 your purchase.

The Burrow Spring Sale is a tiered discount, with savings on purchases starting at $450. Grab $75 off purchases over $450, $150 off purchases over $800, $225 off purchases over $1,150, $300 off purchases over $1,500, and $500 off purchases over $2,000 when you stock your shopping cart and use the code TULIP2019 at checkout.

Burrow has many size options to choose from: You can stick with just the sofa or you can add on a chaise or ottoman. Or opt for the larger King Sofa that gives you 111" of seating area.  Not in the market for a sofa? They have

The Daily Beast
Mar 17, 2019

Scouted: How to Get a Good Night's Sleep When You're a Light Sleeper
When you're a light sleeper, it' can be hard to get a substantial night's sleep. Sounds and light are the main sources of distress for light sleepers, but environmental stresses (like anxiety) can contribute to the tossing and turning and constantly waking up. A loud truck driving by, a streetlight peaking through the blinds, the sun coming up—everything can be the deciding factor as to how much sleep you get. But fear not, because we have recommendations for items to add to your routine that could help ease you in and out of sleep at a regular pace.

Block Out SoundHeadphones are great at keeping the noise you want in and keeping everything else out, but they're not so great to sleep in. If you need some extra help with blocking out construction (or a snoring partner), get yourself a pair of sleep-centric headphones. Bose makes a pair of earbuds that fit neatly into your ears at night and can stream hours of white noise options. If you're more of an over-the-ear wearer, the CozyPhones are basically like earmuffs with speakers. Or, just get a pair of good old-fashioned earplugs.

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Mar 17, 2019

Kirsten Gillibrand Formally Launches Her 2020 Campaign With A Planned Rally At Trump's New York Hotel
Keiko HiromiSen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is formally launching her 2020 presidential campaign on Sunday, following a two-month exploratory phase.

Though the New York Democrat hasn't yet registered strongly in national and early primary state polls, she has campaigned in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, California and Texas. As part of her launch week, Gillibrand will head to Michigan, a state that Hillary Clinton narrowly lost in the 2016 presidential campaign and one which other 2020 candidates have yet to visit.

There she'll take part in an MSNBC town hall and an event with newly elected Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who Gillibrand backed in the primary. Later in the week, Gillibrand will be the first presidential candidate to appear on "Desus & Mero," the new late-night Showtime show whose first political guest was fellow New Yorker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

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Mar 17, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Powerful Women Who Ruled SXSW 2019
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos by Getty / Sarah Rogers / Annapurna Pictures

Over 2,000 musical acts descended on Austin, Texas, for SXSW, with some performing up to a dozen gigs over a week-long span at various brand-sponsored musical showcases. There's a rich history of acts breaking out at the fest—particularly female ones, from M.I.A. and Amy Winehouse to Katy Perry and Billie Eilish. And while I didn't come close to taking in all that South-By had to offer musically, of the many showcases I did attend, the overarching theme was: 2019 is all about the ladies. Japanese Breakfast, a Philly-based indie rock outfit, produces dreamy, effervescent pop music, and wowed the crowd at the Dr. Martens stage with their cover of The Cranberries' "Dreams"—and frontwoman Michelle Zauner's infectious joy.

Likewise, Clementine Creevy and her noise rock trio Cherry Glazerr absolutely shredded things up; New Zealand's The Beths, led by Elizabeth Stokes, charmed with their collection of sunny, harmonizing, hook-heavy tunes; and Detroit's Stef Chura proved that the wave of positive buzz is no mistake with a set of rockin', oft-distorted tunes that recalled The Breeders crossed with Liz Phair. On the hip-hop side of things, Brooklyn-born Rico Nasty blew the lid off the Fader Fort and Mohawk stages, sauntering about in a pink cowboy hat, cradling a huge joint, and whipping the crowds into a frenzy—replete with mosh pits, stage-diving, twerking girls, and a pair of jeans that somehow made their way onstage (the pants-less culprit was never found).  —Marlow Stern



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Mar 17, 2019

The Man Who Went After Richard Nixon's Dirty Millions Breaks His Silence: ‘He Was Pissed!'
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyOn March 24, 1972, a crew of bank robbers infiltrated—and then spent the weekend going through the vault of—United California Bank in Laguna Niguel, California. Their target? A stash of $30 million that was rumored to belong to Richard Nixon, who'd allegedly acquired the loot from Jimmy Hoffa as a re-election campaign "donation" (read: bribe) designed to net the imprisoned Teamsters boss a presidential pardon. The basis for this Friday's Finding Steve McQueen—which stars Travis Fimmel, William Fichtner and Forest Whitaker, and focuses on gang member Harry Barber's central role in the plot—it proved to be the largest bank heist in U.S. history at the time, resulting in a haul of $12 million.

And speaking to me a week before the film's premiere, Barber makes it clear he's finally ready to set the record straight.

"I'm telling you the whole story. It wasn't ‘can we?' It was ‘do you want to?' This is how good we were," the 77-year-old former bank robber asserts from his home in Southern California, where he's worked as a general contractor ever since his release from prison—which came about after he evaded FBI capture for eight years.

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Mar 16, 2019

It's Time to Attack White Nationalism for the Terror Group it Is
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyPARIS—Donald Trump was right. The special pleading around the question of whether to call terrorism by radical Muslims "radical Islamic terrorism" clouded a critical issue. The fight against extremism has to start with ideas and with language that is clear and unequivocal. Which is why we should be perfectly blunt about what Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old monster of Christchurch, claimed to represent, and did and does represent, which is white nationalist terrorism.

Tarrant may have been a lone shooter when he slaughtered 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, but he was not a "lone wolf." He was part of a much wider movement that is every bit as extensive as Al Qaeda was when it attacked the United States in 2001, and potentially much more dangerous to the future of Western democracies.

Now, before it grows any stronger, should be the time to move against it with the same kind of concerted international focus of attention and resources that were trained on Osama bin Laden. Now is the time for a Global War on White Nationalist Terrorism.

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Mar 16, 2019

Tattoos Were Once For Rebels. Have They Gone Too Mainstream?
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIn 1896, an Italian criminologist named Cesare Lombroso—whose infamous, disproved, scientifically racist theories include believing all offenders were part ape—wrote another spicy take on tattoos for the April issue of Popular Science Monthly.

After studying the prevalence of tattoos on Italian and German law-breakers, Lombroso came to the conclusion that "criminals, like savages, are very little sensitive to pain," since their lot did not mind getting prodded by needles for the sake of making a statement.

But at the same time Lombroso was spouting his social Darwinist nonsense, aristocratic women all over London were taking to the boudoirs, rolling up their sleeves, and getting ink of their own.

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The Daily Beast
Mar 16, 2019

Tattoos Were Once for Rebels. Is Popularity Killing the Art?
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIn 1896, an Italian criminologist named Cesare Lombroso—whose infamous, disproved, scientifically racist theories include believing all offenders were part ape—wrote another spicy take on tattoos for the April issue of Popular Science Monthly.

After studying the prevalence of tattoos on Italian and German law-breakers, Lombroso came to the conclusion that "criminals, like savages, are very little sensitive to pain," since their lot did not mind getting prodded by needles for the sake of making a statement.

At the same time as Lombroso was spouting his social Darwinist nonsense, aristocratic women all over London were taking to the boudoirs, rolling up their sleeves, and getting ink of their own.

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The Daily Beast
Mar 16, 2019

The ‘Versailles of Belarus': Inside the Unimaginable Tale of a Ruined Palace, Meddlesome Aristocrats, and a Jewish Industrial Dynasty
Will O'Connor/The Daily BeastIn a remote corner of a remote corner of the world, there sits, barely, the ruins of a legendary palace. A vision right out of a Piranesi etching, it is all crumbling bricks and the bare essentials of grand neoclassical architecture—arched colonnades, a symmetrical central facade, and a pediment daring the wind to blow just a little harder. It is one of Europe's greatest modern ruins—and you can often have it to yourself.

Dubbed the Versailles of Belarus, Ruzhany Palace was the seat of one of Eastern Europe's most powerful and storied families, the Sapieha, before it became a textile factory for the Pines, one of the region's most influential Jewish families. It burned down in an accident during World War I, and despite a later attempt to rebuild it, it became a hollowed-out witness as the Nazis wiped out two-thirds of the town's population because they were Jews.

My discovery of the ruins was purely an accident. A car rental agent in Minsk suggested if I was bored, I might want to check it out. Then, over the ensuing months, as I dove into translations of Polish, Russian, Yiddish, and Hebrew texts to try to piece together the story of this beguiling ruin, I realized I'd found the key to a mystical and fascinating world—the great power that was the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

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The Daily Beast
Mar 16, 2019

The Weird World of Alkaline Detoxes
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Getty"From the moment I drank the pHountain water—this sounds a little silly—but I felt like there was life in that water," Semajh Bludson, 23, said.

"I was like, this is water. This is what water's supposed to taste like. And every time I drink it I feel alive, I feel focused."

Bludson was speaking about water whose pH level had been reduced below acidity levels, or "alkalinized" water. It's become a hot new way to prevent diseases ranging from joint pain to cancer.

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The Daily Beast
Mar 16, 2019

One of Britain's Most Famed Sights is Decorated with Ancient Dick Pics
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIn 122 CE, the emperor Hadrian started construction on a defensive fortification to protect the Roman province of Britannia from the "barbarians" who lay to the north. By 207 CE Hadrian's wall was in need of extensive repairs, and the soldiers shuttled stone to the site from a nearby quarry. Inevitably, they got bored and etched their names, details of their life and even selfies into the rock face. When archaeologists from Newcastle University excavated the quarry, they discovered that at least one soldier had something of an artistic flair and had etched phallic graffiti into the walls of the site. Some things about the human condition—war, love, and a desire to immortalize one's penis using the art of the "dick pic"—are universal.

The Written Rock of Gelt, as the graffiti is known, also contains all kinds of other inscriptions: a portrait of what is likely to be a commanding officer and references to names of those present. One inscription refers to "the consulship of Aper and Maximus" and enables archaeologists to identify the precise year during which the graffiti was written and the renovation project was undertaken. Another inscription identifies its author as working in the "Second Legion Augusta … under Agricola." Tucked amongst these historical nuggets is the Rock of Gelt phallus. As artwork goes, however, it's not alone: Newcastle archaeologists Rob Collins stated that he has found 57 other depictions of male genitalia scratched on Hadrian's Wall (which, to be clear, is 73 miles long).

The interest in drawing penises

The Daily Beast
Mar 16, 2019

Meet The Transgender Troops Racing To Get a 'Gender Dysphoria' Diagnosis Before April 12
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos by GettyFor transgender service members, the clock is ticking.

Now that the Department of Defense is implementing the transgender troop ban on April 12, those currently serving have less than 30 days to receive a gender dysphoria diagnosis in order to seek medical treatment. After that, they would face discharge.

When the ban goes into effect, as the National Center for Transgender Equality noted, a small number of service members who have previously transitioned will be permitted to stay for now while transgender civilians who wish to enlist will be turned away.

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The Daily Beast
Mar 16, 2019

Meet The Transgender Troops Racing To Get a ‘Gender Dysphoria' Diagnosis Before April 12
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos by GettyFor transgender service members, the clock is ticking.

Now that the Department of Defense is implementing the transgender troop ban on April 12, those currently serving have less than 30 days to receive a gender dysphoria diagnosis in order to seek medical treatment. After that, they would face discharge.

When the ban goes into effect, as the National Center for Transgender Equality noted, a small number of service members who have previously transitioned will be permitted to stay for now, while transgender civilians who wish to enlist will be turned away.

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The Daily Beast
Mar 16, 2019

Democrats Need to Understand That This Election Will Be Won—or Lost—in Places Like Lordstown, Ohio
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyLast month, when Queens told Amazon and its 25,000 high paying jobs to take a hike, community leaders cheered. Last week, when GM announced it was shuttering an auto plant in Lordstown, Ohio, killing 5,000 jobs, community leaders wept. These different community reactions, each legitimate locally, should send a warning to Democrats nationally.

For Democrats, much of their donor and activist base resides in places where the economy resembles Queens. But the voters they need to win over to capture the White House, retake the Senate, and hold on to the House live in places that have more in common with Lordstown.

And while costal Democrats, activists, and progressive intellectuals have railed against the evils of wealth concentration and income inequality, they have paid scant attention to a more pernicious, salient, and politically roiling problem: the concentration of opportunity in America.

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