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The Daily Beast
Jan 16, 2019

Scouted: The Best-Selling Books, Tech, Bar Tools, and More on Amazon
If you weren't aware, the little "Best Seller" flags on the Amazon search pages actually correspond to real-time sales on the site. And if you're in the market for something a little new, but want something that you know people have bought and continue to use, the Best Sellers pages should be your shopping list.

We rounded up a few of the top selling products across a couple different categories that we'll be updating each week to give you a sense of what's really trending on Amazon.

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Jan 16, 2019

Theresa May's Government Limps On After Surviving No-Confidence Vote
Reuters / U.K. ParliamentTheresa May's government has survived a no-confidence vote called by the opposition Labour party following the humiliating rejection of her Brexit deal—the largest parliamentary defeat in British history.

Although dozens of her colleagues rebelled against her in the vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday, the Conservative party rallied behind her—alongside the Northern Irish DUP which has a loose coalition arrangement with the Conservatives—to allow her to limp on with her faltering attempts to see through Britain's exit from the European Union.

May won the vote by 325 to 306.

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Jan 16, 2019

Rick Gates Tells Mueller About Trump Team's Dealings With Israeli Intelligence Firm
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastRick Gates, the former campaign aide to Donald Trump, is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether individuals from the Middle East worked with the Trump campaign to influence the election, according to two individuals with first-hand knowledge of the investigation.

Gates has answered questions specifically about Psy Group, an Israeli firm that ex-employees say drew up social media manipulation plans to help the Trump campaign, according to sources familiar with the questions. Mueller's team also asked Gates about interactions with Psy Group's owner, Joel Zamel, and Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, who worked as an emissary for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the sources said.

On Tuesday, Mueller's team said that Gates was cooperating with "several ongoing investigations" in asking a federal judge to delay his sentencing for financial crimes he pleaded guilty to committing with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. One of the ongoing investigations is into possible Middle Eastern election influence, three people with knowledge of the probe told The Daily Beast.

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Jan 16, 2019

Anti-Immigration Group Files RICO Suit Against Southern Poverty Law Center Over ‘Hate Group' Label
Dave Martin/APThe Center for Immigration Studies, one of the country's most visible anti-immigration groups, has taken its feud with a nonprofit civil rights organization to court, alleging that its inclusion on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of known hate groups violates a federal law originally passed to target the mob.

"SPLC and its leaders have every right to oppose our work on immigration, but they do not have the right to label us a hate group and suggest we are racists," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of Center for Immigration Studies. "The Center for Immigration Studies is fighting back against the SPLC smear campaign and its attempt to stifle debate through intimidation and name-calling."

In the complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Center for Immigration Studies alleges that the group's inclusion on SPLC's list amounts to wire fraud, and that it has cost CIS at least $10,000 in material damages. The complaint also alleges that the purported fraud violates the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly known as RICO, a federal law originally written to target organized crime but now most frequently used to sue businesses over false statements transmitted through the mail or electronically.



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Jan 16, 2019

Suicide Attack on U.S. Troops in Syria Leaves a ‘State of Terror,' Fears of Trump Exit Plans
AFP/Getty ImagesA deadly suicide attack on U.S. troops in northeastern Syria claimed by ISIS could drive an impatient President Donald Trump to speed up the withdrawal of forces he ordered before Christmas, even as his national-security team argues such violence shows the terror group is far from defeated.

The suicide bomber attacked a restaurant in the center of the contested town of Manbij, apparently targeting a combined group of U.S. troops and their Kurdish militia allies.

Video from local media shows a restaurant in tatters.

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Jan 16, 2019

‘The View' Schools Abby Huntsman for Trying to Blame Shutdown on Democrats
As the government shutdown continues on with no end in sight, President Trump's only hope is that gradually people stop blaming him and start claiming that "both sides" are responsible for making hundreds of thousands of people come to work without pay.

It seems to be working on The View co-host Abby Huntsman.

During a discussion about the shutdown on Wednesday morning's show, co-host Joy Behar said that all Trump has to do is "end the shutdown and then talk to that Democrats about what they want to do" but he "doesn't want to do that."

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Jan 16, 2019

Turkey Accuses Knicks Star Enes Kanter of Being a Terrorist
Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/GettyTurkish prosecutors on Wednesday accused New York Knicks center Enes Kanter of being a member of a U.S. terror organization and requested Interpol assistance in securing an international arrest warrant.

The pro-government Daily Sabah newspaper reported that the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office had also prepared an extradition request for the 26-year-old NBA player, along with the Interpol "Red Notice."

"Turkish Government can NOT present any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing," Kanter tweeted on Wednesday morning. "I don't even have a parking ticket in the US (True). I have always been a law-abiding resident."

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Jan 16, 2019

‘Fox & Friends' Guest: Gillette Ad Same as Showing Women ‘Gossiping,' ‘Nagging'
Not today, feminism.

Fox & Friends held a round-table discussion on the viral "toxic masculinity" Gillette razor ad that has stoked a range of reactions with its attempt to address the #MeToo movement by twisting its famous catchphrase to ask: "Is this the best a man can get?"

Matt Walsh, whose biography on The Daily Wire's website calls him "one of the religious right's most influential young voices," on Wednesday morning described the ad as "clearly insulting" to men.

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Jan 16, 2019

Nancy Pelosi Tells Trump to Postpone State of the Union Address Until Shutdown Ends
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday called for President Trump to postpone his upcoming State of the Union address, citing the likelihood that the government would be shutdown during the day he's slated to give it.

"Sadly," Pelosi wrote in a letter to Trump, "given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th."

The letter, which comes as the White House is attempting to convince moderate House Democrats to break ranks and vote for border wall funding, demonstrably raises the political stakes of a shutdown fight that now is the longest in American history.

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Jan 16, 2019

American Jason Spindler, 9/11 World Trade Center Survivor, Among 14 Killed in Nairobi Terror Attack
Facebook / Jason SpindlerThe American man who died in Tuesday's terror attack in Kenya along with 13 other people was a survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York City, his brother has said.

Businessman Jason Spindler was one of the 14 people killed when four gunmen stormed a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi. One British man and 12 Kenyans were also killed in the attack.

The Somali militant group al-Shabab—which is allied with al Qaeda—has claimed responsibility for the assault, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed Wednesday morning that all the attackers had been killed after a terrifying 20-hour siege.

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Jan 16, 2019

Labour's Left Wing Sees Jeremy Corbyn and a Socialist Future Emerging From the Wreckage of Brexit
LONDON—The more damaging the fallout from Britain's clumsy efforts to leave the European Union, the greater the chance that an angry population will sweep the Conservative government from power and embrace a truly radical alternative.

That's not to say Jeremy Corbyn, Labour's most proudly socialist leader in generations, is seeking to destroy the British economy in order to seize power. It's just that there's a sizeable potential upside to that scenario for him. Like the prime minister, he is in the impossible position of trying to hold together his coalition of voters, which stretches from Britain's pro-Brexit former industrial heartlands to the Europe-worshiping neighborhoods of North London.

So far, Corbyn's position has been euphemistically described as "constructive ambiguity." Now that Theresa May's Brexit compromise deal has gone down to the most cataclysmic defeat in Britain's long parliamentary history, many of Corbyn's fellow Labour lawmakers feel the time is right to step in and try to stop Brexit.

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Jan 16, 2019

Labour's Left Wing Senses Chance of a Socialist Prime Minister Emerging From the Wreckage of Brexit
LONDON—The more damaging the fallout from Britain's clumsy efforts to leave the European Union, the greater the chance that an angry population will sweep the Conservative government from power and embrace a truly radical alternative.

That's not to say Jeremy Corbyn, Labour's most proudly socialist leader in generations, is seeking to destroy the British economy in order to seize power. It's just that there's a sizeable potential upside to that scenario for him. Like the prime minister, he is in the impossible position of trying to hold together his coalition of voters, which stretches from Britain's pro-Brexit former industrial heartlands to the Europe-worshiping neighborhoods of North London.

So far, Corbyn's position has been euphemistically described as "constructive ambiguity." Now that Theresa May's Brexit compromise deal has gone down to the most cataclysmic defeat in Britain's long parliamentary history, many of Corbyn's fellow Labour lawmakers feel the time is right to step in and try to stop Brexit.

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Jan 16, 2019

Make Pork & Chive Dumplings like Professional Chef Anita Lo
GettyFor about ten years, I lived alone. I say "about" because for the last four years, I was dating my future wife and we were splitting time between our two apartments. But for the preponderance of that time, I didn't cook.

I certainly ate. I made simple things like eggs, sandwiches and pots of rice and beans. I'm not sure why I didn't make more complicated things. For one, most of my recipes feed at least two if not four or more. It also seemed like a lot of work to just feed myself. There was no one to keep me company in the kitchen or pitch in with the cleanup. When I met my wife, I was needless to say very excited to have someone to cook for and started making us meals on a regular basis.

But I might have cooked more if I had chef Anita Lo's new and clever cookbook Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One. "I put the ‘Lo' in ‘solo.' The A Lo in ‘alone.' I've been dumped almost as many times as I've been in relationships—and I can count those on less than two hands," she admits in the book's intro. "Spread over my fifty-year life-span, that's a lot of solo meals. So if you consider that—coupled with my many years working as a professional chef—it seems that I'm particularly well suited to write this book."

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Jan 16, 2019

How the U.S. Is Quietly Winning the Hypersonic Arms Race
TASS via GettyThe United States, Russia, and China all tested new super-fast "hypersonic" munitions in 2018, escalating a global competition for weaponry that can strike farther and harder than ever before and potentially defeat existing defenses.

The Russian and Chinese hypersonics tests were the most dramatic. But the much quieter American trial pointed toward a much more immediate and widespread transformation of military capabilities than the Russians or Chinese are likely to achieve.

The world's armies have long eyed faster munitions, especially faster munitions that also are maneuverable. Swifter, nimbler rockets could strike with less warning and evade missile-defense systems. Speedier, more streamlined artillery shells could travel farther and impact with greater destructive force.

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Jan 16, 2019

Trump's Shutdown Increased Illegal Crossings at This Slice of the Border
Gary Kemp Photography/GettyBIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas—While President Donald Trump refuses to reopen part of the federal government unless he gets his border wall, the shutdown has, in a twist of irony, contributed to an increase in illegal crossings.

In Big Bend National Park, which includes a roughly 100-mile stretch of the Rio Grande, the closure of a popular border crossing into a small Mexican village where many residents depend on American visitors for income, has prompted some Mexicans to cross illegally to sell crafts to the tourists on the U.S. side of the river.

"Right now there are no tourists but I still have a family that needs to eat," said Boquillas del Carmen resident Felipe Gonzalez, who typically sells embroidered bracelets and bags on the Mexican side of the border and works as a guide.

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Jan 16, 2019

Deripaska's Rusal Flouts Sanctions Pledge With New Kremlin Stooge
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastPutin-friendly oligarch Oleg Deripaska's aluminum empire is trying to make nice with the U.S. in a bid to get out from sanctions, and that includes trying to clean up its corporate leadership. But the firm has quietly installed a new board chairman who has expressed support for the Russian aggression that got Deripaska sanctioned in the first place.

Last year, the Treasury Department sanctioned Deripaska's aluminum company, Rusal, in part because of Russia's occupation of Crimea. Deripaska reduced his holdings in the company in hopes of winning relief from those punishing sanctions. But one of its new leaders has defended Russia's occupation of Crimea. He's also become a regular on Russian state TV, pushing a conspiracy theory about chemical weapons in Syria, and asserting that the Russian government couldn't have been involved in the poisoning of one-time spy Sergei Skripal. That background, which has not been previously detailed, has concerned congressional lawmakers as well as Western intelligence officials.

Jean-Pierre Thomas, the new chairman of Rusal's board, previously advised former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. More recently, he helped launch a group pushing for international recognition that Russia's occupation of Crimea is legal (it isn't). Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the organization, which openly aims to get sanctions against Russia dropped.

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Jan 16, 2019

Deripaska's Rusal Installs Kremlin Fanboy as White House Aims to Lift Sanctions
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastPutin-friendly oligarch Oleg Deripaska's aluminum empire is trying to make nice with the U.S. in a bid to get out from sanctions, and that includes trying to clean up its corporate leadership. But the firm has quietly installed a new board chairman who has expressed support for the Russian aggression that got Deripaska sanctioned in the first place.

Last year, the Treasury Department sanctioned Deripaska's aluminum company, Rusal, in part because of Russia's occupation of Crimea. Deripaska reduced his holdings in the company in hopes of winning relief from those punishing sanctions. But one of its new leaders has defended Russia's occupation of Crimea. He's also become a regular on Russian state TV, pushing a conspiracy theory about chemical weapons in Syria, and asserting that the Russian government couldn't have been involved in the poisoning of one-time spy Sergei Skripal. That background, which has not been previously detailed, has concerned congressional lawmakers as well as Western intelligence officials.

Jean-Pierre Thomas, the new chairman of Rusal's board, previously advised former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. More recently, he helped launch a group pushing for international recognition that Russia's occupation of Crimea is legal (it isn't). Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the organization, which openly aims to get sanctions against Russia dropped.

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Jan 16, 2019

Kether Donohue Says Goodbye to the Greatest Hot Mess TV Has Ever Seen
Autumn de Wilde/FXKether Donohue once flicked a cigarette out her window and her life changed forever.

The You're the Worst actress had been living in Los Angeles on the audition grind for years. At this particular moment, the born-and-raised New Yorker was in a fragile state, reeling from a major breakup, not finding work, and experiencing an existential crisis. She describes it as being in "that Lindsay chaos" mindset, referring to the relentlessly bumbling whack-a-mole of poor life decisions she plays on the FXX comedy series.

Absentmindedly, she tossed a cigarette butt out of her car.

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Jan 16, 2019

‘You're the Worst' Star Kether Donohue Says Goodbye to the Greatest Hot Mess TV Has Ever Seen
Autumn de Wilde/FXKether Donohue once flicked a cigarette out her window and her life changed forever.

The You're the Worst actress had been living in Los Angeles on the audition grind for years. At this particular moment, the born-and-raised New Yorker was in a fragile state, reeling from a major breakup, not finding work, and experiencing an existential crisis. She describes it as being in "that Lindsay chaos" mindset, referring to the relentlessly bumbling whack-a-mole of poor life decisions she plays on the FXX comedy series.

Absentmindedly, she tossed a cigarette butt out of her car.

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Jan 16, 2019

William Barr Talks a Good Game But Don't Trust Him to Stop Trump
Kevin Lamarque/ReutersWilliam Barr is a very good lawyer. But at a time when the justice system is under attack every day by the president, the Department of Justice needs a leader who is not only a skilled attorney but also an exceptional public servant, and who will place principles of justice above the interests and demands of Donald Trump. After the first day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings, it is unclear if William Barr will meet that standard.

Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham opened the hearing with a recitation of Donald Trump's favorite conspiracy theory: that a cabal of FBI agents set out to manufacture a case against Trump to deny him the presidency (but somehow bungled the scheme by keeping the case secret until after the election). As Barr well knew, despite the assiduous efforts of Devin Nunes, Trey Gowdy and Graham himself, virtually no evidence has emerged to support this claim.

Nonetheless, Barr suggested that he agreed with Graham's call to use the DOJ's resources to further pursue this conspiracy theory. This commitment, of a piece with Barr's prior endorsement of the president's demand that the DOJ pursue baseless allegations of wrongdoing against Hillary Clinton, raises serious questions about whether Barr will further Trump's goal of employing the DOJ as a mechanism for pursuing political vendettas.

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Jan 16, 2019

Would an Attorney General William Barr Put Justice Before Trump? Don't Count on It.
Kevin Lamarque/ReutersWilliam Barr is a very good lawyer. But at a time when the justice system is under attack every day by the president, the Department of Justice needs a leader who is not only a skilled attorney but also an exceptional public servant, and who will place principles of justice above the interests and demands of Donald Trump. After the first day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings, it is unclear if William Barr will meet that standard.

Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham opened the hearing with a recitation of Donald Trump's favorite conspiracy theory: that a cabal of FBI agents set out to manufacture a case against Trump to deny him the presidency (but somehow bungled the scheme by keeping the case secret until after the election). As Barr well knew, despite the assiduous efforts of Devin Nunes, Trey Gowdy and Graham himself, virtually no evidence has emerged to support this claim.

Nonetheless, Barr suggested that he agreed with Graham's call to use the DOJ's resources to further pursue this conspiracy theory. This commitment, of a piece with Barr's prior endorsement of the president's demand that the DOJ pursue baseless allegations of wrongdoing against Hillary Clinton, raises serious questions about whether Barr will further Trump's goal of employing the DOJ as a mechanism for pursuing political vendettas.

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Jan 16, 2019

Electric Scooters Taken Prisoner in the New Class War
Photo illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastElectric scooters are the latest casualties in Silicon Valley's class war.

Dockless scooters, owned by companies like Bird, Lime, or Lyft, made their debut in a number of U.S. cities last year. But in gentrifying cities like San Francisco and D.C., the sight of a corporate-owned scooter lying across a public sidewalk can forecast a coming wave of cat cafes and rent hikes. So a trend of jailbreaking scooters—overriding their software so users can ride them for free—has taken on a political note, with hackers describing the act as a "cyberpunk" adventure, and one scooter company making legal threats against a journalist who described the process.

An August video shows a teenager hacking the electronic scooters that dot Los Angeles sidewalks. He unlocks the scooter with an app, and a man rides away on it without paying.

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Jan 16, 2019

Ryan Zinke Now Works for Blockchain Kingpin With a Shady Past
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastOn April 20, 2018, Ryan Zinke was returning to Washington from an environmental conference in Texas. During the first leg of the trip, on a flight from Dallas to Atlanta, the then-Interior Secretary had an auspicious seatmate, an investor with a checkered legal past and a new company focused on blockchain technology.

The seatmate was Daniel P. Cannon. Over the course of the flight, Cannon said, "business was not discussed." Instead, the two talked about "how U.S. soldiers dying for foreign oil was unacceptable to the president."

Whatever was said must have impressed Zinke. Less than a year later—just weeks after he left the Interior Department—he joined Cannon's company.

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Jan 16, 2019

‘Daily Show's' Trevor Noah Offers Definitive Proof That Steve King Is a ‘Racist'
Comedy CentralThis Tuesday, as even Republicans in Congress were denouncing their colleague Steve King's comments about white supremacy, an NBC News memo leaked instructing reporters to "avoid characterizing [King's] remarks as racist." The media organization eventually had to backtrack and admit, "It is fair to characterize King's comments as ‘racist,' and point out that he has a history of racist comments."

"This is a big deal," The Daily Show host Trevor Noah said Tuesday night. "The Republican Party has punished one of its own for making racist comments." And while King's declaration that there's nothing "offensive" about being a white supremacist "feels like a pretty racist thing to say," Noah noted that the congressman is fighting back, claiming that his words were somehow taken out of context.

"I want to make one thing abundantly clear," King said on the floor of the House this week. "I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define."

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Jan 16, 2019

Macaulay Culkin Defends Controversial ‘Friendship' With Michael Jackson
Inside of YouOn Sunday night, the outspoken artist Kanye West, who once proclaimed that Bill Cosby was "innocent," appeared to defend accused sexual predators R. Kelly and Michael Jackson.

"They just gonna pull up full documentaries on him," West said of Kelly during an event live-streamed by Kris Jenner. "Then they gonna come with the Michael [Jackson] documentary [...] We can all enjoy all their music all we want."

West's comments were made in the wake of Surviving R. Kelly, a four-part Lifetime docuseries featuring the moving testimonies of Kelly's accusers, as well as the news that a four-hour documentary on the King of Pop's alleged child sexual abuse, Leaving Neverland, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next week.

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Jan 16, 2019

Jimmy Kimmel Roasts Trump's ‘Hamberders' Tweet: ‘How Does That Happen?'
ABCPresident Donald Trump is not just overseeing America's longest government shutdown ever, he also "made history" in another way this week.

"Donald Trump today became the first U.S. president ever to congratulate himself on placing a fast food order," Jimmy Kimmel told viewers Tuesday night before reading the tweet that appeared on the president's timeline earlier in the day.

"Great being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night at the White House," Trump wrote. "Because of the Shutdown I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamberders etc. Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters!"

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Jan 16, 2019

Scouted: The Night Pillow Is a Silk Pillowcase on Steroids
There are a lot of silk pillowcases out there that promise smooth hair and blemish-free skin, but not many of them are black and machine-washable.

I was sent the Night Pillow and silk pillowcase to add to my nighttime routine. Now, I have a custom Pluto pillow that I love and deeply care about, so I know right off the bat that this had a lot to live up to.

The Night Pillow itself is lovely, squishy but substantial. I'm not normally a memory foam fan, but this one doesn't need any breaking in or feel like my face is melting into the mattress.

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Jan 15, 2019

Deafening Silence From White House as Republicans Chide Steve King
Drew Angerer/GettyThe walls at the Capitol have closed in on Rep. Steve King (R-IA) over his latest racist remarks, but a growing number of Democrats are wondering why any walls are still standing around King at all, let alone the president who they see as the race-baiter-in-chief.    

On Tuesday, the House overwhelmingly voted to reject white supremacy and white nationalism after King publicly questioned how those terms ever became offensive. That vote came a day after Republican leaders in the House stripped him of his committee assignments (where lawmakers do the serious work of legislating for their constituents' interests while on Capitol Hill).

The move appeared to have rendered King, normally one of the most talkative lawmakers on the Hill when he wants to be, temporarily speechless; he emerged from his office Tuesday only to refuse to answer any questions from a crowd of film crews gathered outside.

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Jan 15, 2019

Roku Drops InfoWars and Alex Jones After Social Media Pressure
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastStreaming platform Roku dropped its channel for InfoWars late on Tuesday, in a reversal that comes hours after the streaming network had said the conspiracy theory outlet didn't violate its content policies.

Digiday reported Tuesday that Roku had added a new InfoWars channel. Roku said in a statement that the service doesn't "curate or censor based on viewpoint."

But by Tuesday evening, Roku changed its mind as subscribers threatening to cancel their service, tweeting that it had made the decision to shut down the channel after hearing "from concerned parties."

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Jan 15, 2019

Bill Maher on MSNBC: ‘It's About Time' We Call Trump a ‘Traitor'
MSNBCSo much has happened in the news since Bill Maher closed out his 16th season of Real Time on HBO back in November that he couldn't wait until this coming Friday's 17th season premiere to share his thoughts. The comedian spent about 10 minutes chopping it up with MSNBC host Chris Matthews Tuesday evening, tackling everything from the latest revelations about Trump and Putin to the Steve King debacle and more.

Asked by the Hardball host right off the bat what he makes of Trump reportedly "working for the bad guys" in Russia, Maher replied, "It's about time."

"I've been using the word ‘treason' and ‘traitor' for the whole time he's been in office and every guest has been saying I was an alarmist and I was overstating the case," he continued. "I don't hear that anymore. I hear those words used a lot more."

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Jan 15, 2019

D.C. Eateries Grimace at Trump's Fast Food Kick
Joshua Roberts/ReutersWhen Donald Trump opted for mountains of McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's to feed the Clemson University football team Monday, it seemed like just another chapter of the president's well-known love affair with junk food.

But for local D.C. restaurants or caterers, it was a lost opportunity, made all the more bitter by the fact that their bottom lines have suffered since the government shutdown weeks ago. Instead of giving some local establishments some presidential-level exposure, Trump lavished praise and attention on the biggest fast food corporations in the world.

"This is a precarious time for local restaurants because they have been negatively impacted by the shutdown with restaurants reporting a decrease in sales up to 60 percent," Kathy E. Hollinger, President and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, told The Daily Beast. "Local restaurants are feeling frustrated and scared for the viability of their business as this shutdown continues and would likely appreciate support and a boost as some have had to reduce hours and are struggling to meet payroll."

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Jan 15, 2019

D.C. Eateries Grimace at Trump's Fast-Food Kick
Joshua Roberts/ReutersWhen Donald Trump opted for mountains of McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's to feed the Clemson University football team Monday, it seemed like just another chapter of the president's well-known love affair with junk food.

But for local D.C. restaurants or caterers, it was a lost opportunity, made all the more bitter by the fact that their bottom lines have suffered since the government shutdown weeks ago. Instead of giving some local establishments some presidential-level exposure, Trump lavished praise and attention on the biggest fast food corporations in the world.

"This is a precarious time for local restaurants because they have been negatively impacted by the shutdown with restaurants reporting a decrease in sales up to sixty percent," Kathy E. Hollinger, President and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, told The Daily Beast. "Local restaurants are feeling frustrated and scared for the viability of their business as this shutdown continues and would likely appreciate support and a boost as some have had to reduce hours and are struggling to meet payroll."

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Jan 15, 2019

Kirsten Gillibrand to Colbert: 'I'm Going to Run' in 2020
Alex Wong/GettySen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced on Tuesday that she will form a 2020 presidential exploratory committee, a precursor to officially seeking the Democratic nomination.

"I'm filing an exploratory committee for the president of the United States tonight," she said during a taped interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

"I'm going to run for president of the United States because as a young mom, I'm going to fight for other people's kids as hard as I would fight for my own," Gillibrand said.

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Jan 15, 2019

Kirsten Gillibrand to Colbert: ‘I'm Going to Run' in 2020
Scott KowalchykSen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced on Tuesday that she will form a 2020 presidential exploratory committee, a precursor to officially seeking the Democratic nomination.

"I'm filing an exploratory committee for the president of the United States tonight," she said during a taped interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

"I'm going to run for president of the United States because as a young mom, I'm going to fight for other people's kids as hard as I would fight for my own," Gillibrand said.

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Jan 15, 2019

R.I.P. Carol Channing: How The ‘Hello, Dolly!' Star Became The Queen of Broadway
PhotoshotIn November 2001, the night before Carol Channing was due to perform alongside Angela Lansbury in a special Auntie Mame/Hello, Dolly! mash-up, conceived by Jerry Herman in an evening dedicated to celebrating his music, Channing fell down a flight of stairs.

Lansbury was going to sing Mame, and Channing Dolly Gallagher Levi, the role she was most famous for, with the two icons swapping between the roles, each serenaded by their own mini-male chorus, as the skit went on.

"It was sold out," her longtime friend and publicist B. Harlan Boll recalled Tuesday. "She overheard the phone calls between doctors and her management saying that she wouldn't be appearing that night, and she wasn't having any of it. She had stitches to her temple, a broken arm, and fractured thumb. She still went on the next night, and Harry Winston covered her arm-cast in diamonds. That cast had to have its own security. She couldn't imagine anyone saying, ‘Carol couldn't make it.'"

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Jan 15, 2019

William Barr Defends Mueller, But Won't ‘Surrender' If Told to Recuse From Trump-Russia Probe
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstPresident Donald Trump's relationships with his attorneys general have turned on their willingness to protect him against special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Trump's latest nominee, William Barr, indicated to a crucial Senate panel that he and Trump won't be in lockstep on the issue that threatens Trump's presidency.

Barr, who was George H.W. Bush's attorney general, attempted to set a tone of measured independence before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. He sharply defended his friend Mueller, and defused much Democratic criticism by scaling back an extensive legal memo he wrote in June 2018 that seemed to criticize Mueller for going beyond the special counsel's mandate in investigating Trump for obstruction of justice.

At the same time, Barr said he wouldn't necessarily recuse himself from direct oversight of the  Mueller probe in the event career ethics officials at the Justice Department advise him to step aside. Jeff Sessions followed internal recusal guidelines at the expense of his bond with Trump, who castigated him for it and forced him out after the midterm elections. Sessions' successor, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, ignored ethics officials' advice to step away from Mueller.

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Jan 15, 2019

Seven Trump Accusers' Stories Take the Stage in ‘The Pussy Grabber Plays'
Courtesy Jenny AndersonDonald Trump's presidency is a cruel joke for many reasons; the fact that it's occurring simultaneous to and in conversation with the Me Too movement is a particularly dark one. Anyone looking to feel deeply disillusioned at any point during the day can just remind themselves that, for all of the silence breaking and talk of change, our President is still a self-proclaimed pussy grabber who was accused by 19 women around the 2016 election. Those allegations range from sexual harassment to assault; any one of them would, in an ideal world, be disqualifying for the office of the presidency. In this world, Trump's status as an accused abuser is often lost in the shuffle, drowned out by whatever tweet, comment, or catastrophe is trending that day. The Pussy Grabber Plays seek to continue the work that Trump's accusers started, amplifying their truth to anyone who's still listening. 

On Monday night, the show premiered for one night only, with proceeds going to the New York Women's Foundation Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies. Following the performance, the all-female creative team behind The Pussy Grabber Plays would be making the scripts available royalty-free to any theaters, community groups or colleges that want to produce them. 

Co-created by Kate Pines and Sharyn Rothstein, The Pussy Grabber Plays consist of eight short pieces. Writers were inspired by the stories of seven accu

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Jan 15, 2019

Republicans Loved Steve King Before Finally Abandoning Him
Congress on Tuesday finally confronted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) following his racist comments to The New York Times openly embracing white nationalism.

Members of King's own party now express shock and horror at the nine-term congressman's position on white supremacy and white nationalism, acting as though his recent comments were the first time he spoke in overtly racist terms. But as history shows, 2019 is far from King's first tango with white-supremacist rhetoric, and those now standing up against him today were more than happy to stand by him in the past.

After all, we're talking about a congressman who:

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Jan 15, 2019

Theresa May's Brexit Deal Walloped in Biggest Parliamentary Defeat in British History
Reuters / Peter NichollLONDON—Theresa May has spent her entire time as prime minister trying to achieve one thing: Negotiating a Brexit deal that a majority of British lawmakers could support in order to give the U.K. the smoothest possible exit from the European Union at the end of March this year.

Tonight, the sum total of over two years of work was resoundingly rejected with one of the biggest government defeats in the House of Commons since the Second World War. Only 202 Members of Parliament voted for the deal, with 432 against.

May is no stranger to crises. Of the scant areas of praise she's received as prime minister almost all of it has been for her Terminator-like ability to carry on through a hurricane of setbacks, betrayals, and ridicule, most of it from within her own Conservative party.

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Jan 15, 2019

Scouted: Canvas Tote Bags To Carry Groceries, Gym Clothes, Laptops, and More (And Look Good Doing It)
On a cold day in 2018, I ventured to an event with a friend of mine. We wandered through the pop-up and upon leaving, were gifted a tote bag full of goodies.

The tote itself, an Outdoor Voices canvas bag that I've seen countless times on the subway and streets of NYC, has remained my go-to for trips to Trader Joe's, or when I have to lug home books or products from Manhattan to Brooklyn. And, obviously I'm not the only one if not a day goes by when I wear it that I don't see another person with one too. The biggest issue, though, is the brand doesn't sell the bag on its own, which means you'll have to make your own Outdoor Voices purchase to get one for yourself.

The reusable tote bag is an easy Bingo square on anyone's board for what people in major cities have on them at all times. Governor Cuomo even stated on Sunday that he's proposing a ban on single-use plastic bags in NYC, which means reusable totes will be an even larger necessity. I personally have a stock pile of them in my office drawer and in a closet at home, just in case, and I tend to lend them to coworkers who need them as well. But these aren't your cheap, Gift With Purchase tote bags; these are bags that will withstand a beating through a flea market or subway commute and still look good.

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Jan 15, 2019

Trump Doesn't Want Alliances Like NATO, He Wants U.S. Soldiers to Be Guns for Hire
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastPARIS—Suspicions surrounding Donald Trump's Russia connections have grown so intense that he's now being asked directly, even on Fox News, whether he is working for Moscow. And every time he tries to slide by the issue, saying how insulted he is, the suspicions grow worse. At this point it's a question hard to deny without giving it credence: "When did you stop beating your wife?" has become in effect, "Do you take orders from Russian President Vladimir Putin?"

Trump's insistence on meeting Putin one-on-one at Helsinki and other venues along with Trump's talk about pulling out of NATO all help to poison the atmosphere. A long Twitter thread by former FBI Special Agent Clint Watts is a particularly comprehensive list suggesting why Watts' former colleagues were so suspicious of Trump in 2017 they opened a counterintelligence investigation of him as a potential Russian agent or source. "Special Counsel investigation must continue, this is a crisis, this is a national emergency," Watts concludes.

But the situation is worse than that, and the damage much wider. Trump is aiding and abetting the nuclear-armed enemies of America — the same ones named in his administration's own National Security Strategy — by doing everything he can to tear apart the alliances built to oppose and contain the blatant ambitions of Russia, China and North Korea.



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Jan 15, 2019

Laura Loomer Tricks ‘Undocumented' Men for Her Latest Stunt
Phillip Faraone/GettyThis post originally appeared in Will Sommer's Right Richter email newsletter. See whats happening in right wing media from the safety of your inbox. Sign up now!

Pro-Trump provocateur Laura Loomer grabbed a few more headlines Monday by hopping the fence at Nancy Pelosi's Napa Valley estate, in an attempt to make the point that the House speaker opposes the Mexico border wall while also owning a wall.

Unlike when Loomer chained herself to Twitter's New York headquarters to get her account back, though, this Loomer stunt had a cruel twist.

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Jan 15, 2019

The Democratic Party Drops It's Sponsorship of The Women's March Amid Farrakhan Blow-up
Paul Morigi/GettyThe Democratic National Committee has become the latest group to removed its name from the list of sponsors of the Women's March less than 24 hours after one of the March's leaders refused to denounce Louis Farrakhan during a nationally televised interview.

The committee's name no longer appears on the Women's March partner list on Monday, after march co-presidents Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland appeared on The View to address the criticism of their leadership and allegations of anti-semitism that have been levied against them by former members of their leadership team.

As recently as the morning of January 13, 2019, the committee was listed among the "2019 Women's March Sponsors," according to an Internet archive search, and it is not longer on the website as of Tuesday. A DNC official declined to comment on the timing of the removal of their name from the list but the committee offered the following about its decision for dropping out of the march.

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Jan 15, 2019

The Democratic Party Drops Its Sponsorship of Women's March Amid Farrakhan Blow-Up
Paul Morigi/GettyThe Democratic National Committee has become the latest group to removed its name from the list of sponsors of the Women's March less than 24 hours after one of the March's leaders refused to denounce Louis Farrakhan during a nationally televised interview.

The committee's name no longer appears on the Women's March partner list on Monday, after march co-presidents Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland appeared on The View to address the criticism of their leadership and allegations of anti-semitism that have been levied against them by former members of their leadership team.

As recently as the morning of January 13, 2019, the committee was listed among the "2019 Women's March Sponsors," according to an Internet archive search, and it is not longer on the website as of Tuesday. A DNC official declined to comment on the timing of the removal of their name from the list but the committee offered the following about its decision for dropping out of the march.

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Jan 15, 2019

New York Passes Historic Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAfter 16 years of attempts, the New York State Legislature has finally passed a bill that protects transgender people from discrimination.

In 100-40 and 42-19 votes on Tuesday morning, respectively, the State Assembly and the State Senate voted to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, which adds gender identity as a protected class in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations.

"This is truly an historic day," Eric Lesh, executive director of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, told The Daily Beast. "We are finally welcoming a fairer and more equal New York because of the bold and tireless leadership of trans and gender non-conforming New Yorkers."

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Jan 15, 2019

Trump's Plan to Weaponize the Census Just Got Killed
BloombergIn an embarrassing defeat for Donald Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a federal judge today issued a 277-page opinion ordering the removal of a question about citizenship from the 2020 census.

The question is controversial because, as the Trump administration admitted, it would discourage undocumented immigrants and their families from answering the census. That, in turn, would lead to slanted political districts and budget allocations, both of which are based on total population, not the number of citizens.

Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York issued a blistering, lengthy opinion that blasted both the question itself and the illegal process by which it was added to the census. He found that Ross had lied about the reasons for the change, failed to follow the law on making it, and illegally ignored the opinion of the Census Bureau itself, which urged him against it.

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Jan 15, 2019

‘The View' Goes Off the Rails on ‘Racist' Republicans: ‘I'm John McCain's Daughter!'
The ViewIn just a few minutes on Tuesday morning, The View managed to go from calm agreement about the overt racism of Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to a shouting match that culminated in Meghan McCain screaming, "I'm John McCain's daughter, I am not someone who sits here and is OK with racism in any way whatsoever."

Earlier in the show's opening segment, the hosts all seemed to be on the same page, with McCain declaring of King, "I condemn him, he should step down, he's a racist and he's bad for the party," adding: "It's not hard."

But things took a sharp turn when co-host Sunny Hostin asked whether Republicans in Congress will take the "moral high ground"—like Democrats did with Sen. Al Franken—and force King to resign.

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Jan 15, 2019

Lindsey Graham Invokes Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories While Grilling Trump's AG Pick William Barr
Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via GettyNewly minted Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wasted no time in bringing in right-wing conspiracy theories about FBI and Justice Department misconduct into the confirmation hearing of President Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr, asking him to "clean up this place" should he be installed as the nation's top cop.

Graham began by referencing a January 11 New York Times story that reported that after the firing of FBI director James Comey, the agency took the extraordinary step of opening a counterintelligence investigation into Trump for fear he was working against American interests for Russia.

"Are there rules about how you can do counterintelligence investigations?" Graham asked.

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Jan 15, 2019

Scouted: Saucony Releases Special Edition Kinvara 10 To Celebrate Its Anniversary
In celebration of the 10th year of Saucony's most popular shoe, the Kinvara, the sneaker brand has decided to elevate the shoe and launch the Kinvara 10.

The Kinvara 10 is a streamlined version of the original, award-winning Kinvara, which was launched in 2009 to create a running shoe that would hold up to the Ironman Triathalon, worn by Linsey Corbin.

"The Kinvara continues to represent our innovative and ongoing product philosophy across the brand, focusing on every aspect of the runner's stride," said Anna Cavassa, Saucony President in a press release. "Now, as the Kinvara evolves once again, we look forward to further pushing the boundaries of innovation as we shape the next generation of performance footwear for runners everywhere."

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Jan 15, 2019

Elizabeth Warren Wants Ethics Probe Into Mulvaney's USC Job Hunt
JOSEPH PREZIOSOSen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, is asking ethics officials to examine whether acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney violated federal law by pursuing a job as the president of the University of South Carolina.

Provisions of that law, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, "are designed to stop officials from using their positions to benefit potential employers in order to increase the likelihood of obtaining post-government employment," Warren wrote in a letter on Tuesday to ethics lawyers for the White House Office of Management and Budget, where Mulvaney still serves as director, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which he led until December.

The rules at issue bar senior federal officials from "directly negotiat[ing]...any agreement of future employment or compensation" without notifying their agencies' ethics officers in writing within three days.

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Jan 15, 2019

The ‘Hypersexualized' Mormon Church President Impersonator Angering LDS Twitter
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastIn January of 2018, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints elected a new president, a stern looking 94-year-old named Russell M. Nelson. Not long after he took office, a Twitter account with the handle @LostMormon outfitted their profile to look exactly like Nelson's--matching his photo, banner and display name--and started tweeting in a style similar to the new president, but with a few key differences. In response to a high ranking Mormon official, for example, the impersonator noted that Nelson's wife "gives damned good blow jobs when she concentrates."

The likelihood of anyone mistaking the two accounts was slim. Like most public figures, the Mormon president has a verified Twitter account and a substantial pool of followers, hovering just under 150,000;  his impersonator, by contrast, is unverified with an audience of just over a thousand. But when a blogger found the parody account last week, it riled up parts of the Mormon internet, and spawned an effort to get @LostMormon banned.

Mormon Blogger Christopher Cunningham wrote a Jan. 10 article for Patheos called, "Twitter Fails to Ban Hypersexualized President Nelson Impersonator." Cunningham was alarmed by the sexual content of the copycat tweets, and argued that the account was deliberately deceptive. "For someone who is just looking into the church and may not be as savvy on Twitter," Cunningham wrote, "this could create genuine confusion." Readers chimed in to agree. "Let's be clear: it was not a mistake," commenter Kiwi57 wrot

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Jan 15, 2019

The ‘Hypersexualized' Mormon Church President Imposter Angering LDS Twitter
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastIn January of 2018, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints elected a new president, a stern looking 94-year-old named Russell M. Nelson. Not long after he took office, a Twitter account with the handle @LostMormon outfitted their profile to look exactly like Nelson's--matching his photo, banner and display name--and started tweeting in a style similar to the new president, but with a few key differences. In response to a high ranking Mormon official, for example, the impersonator noted that Nelson's wife "gives damned good blow jobs when she concentrates."

The likelihood of anyone mistaking the two accounts was slim. Like most public figures, the Mormon president has a verified Twitter account and a substantial pool of followers, hovering just under 150,000;  his impersonator, by contrast, is unverified with an audience of just over a thousand. But when a blogger found the parody account last week, it riled up parts of the Mormon internet, and spawned an effort to get @LostMormon banned.

Mormon Blogger Christopher Cunningham wrote a Jan. 10 article for Patheos called, "Twitter Fails to Ban Hypersexualized President Nelson Impersonator." Cunningham was alarmed by the sexual content of the copycat tweets, and argued that the account was deliberately deceptive. "For someone who is just looking into the church and may not be as savvy on Twitter," Cunningham wrote, "this could create genuine confusion." Readers chimed in to agree. "Let's be clear: it was not a mistake," commenter Kiwi57 wrot

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Jan 15, 2019

The ‘Hypersexualized' Mormon Church President Impostor Angering LDS Twitter
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastIn January of 2018, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints elected a new president, a stern looking 94-year-old named Russell M. Nelson. Not long after he took office, a Twitter account with the handle @LostMormon outfitted their profile to look exactly like Nelson's--matching his photo, banner and display name--and started tweeting in a style similar to the new president, but with a few key differences. In response to a high ranking Mormon official, for example, the impersonator noted that Nelson's wife "gives damned good blow jobs when she concentrates."

The likelihood of anyone mistaking the two accounts was slim. Like most public figures, the Mormon president has a verified Twitter account and a substantial pool of followers, hovering just under 150,000;  his impersonator, by contrast, is unverified with an audience of just over a thousand. But when a blogger found the parody account last week, it riled up parts of the Mormon internet, and spawned an effort to get @LostMormon banned.

Mormon Blogger Christopher Cunningham wrote a Jan. 10 article for Patheos called, "Twitter Fails to Ban Hypersexualized President Nelson Impersonator." Cunningham was alarmed by the sexual content of the copycat tweets, and argued that the account was deliberately deceptive. "For someone who is just looking into the church and may not be as savvy on Twitter," Cunningham wrote, "this could create genuine confusion." Readers chimed in to agree. "Let's be clear: it was not a mistake," commenter Kiwi57 wrot

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Jan 15, 2019

10 Years After the Miracle on the Hudson, Are Flights Any Safer?
Brendan McDermid/ReutersOn Jan. 15, 2009, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger piloted U.S. Airways Flight 1549 from LaGuardia Airport and struck a flock of Canada geese, demolishing both engines and forcing the plane to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River.

All 150 passengers and 5 crew members on the plane survived the descent, which was later dubbed "The Miracle on the Hudson."

A decade (and a movie) later, aviation and wildlife experts say there have been significant improvements to the way airports protect themselves from wildlife strikes, which have killed more than 282 people globally since 1988 and cause an estimated $1.2 billion in damage each year.

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Jan 15, 2019

Beyond Mueller: What to Watch for During William Barr's Confirmation Hearing
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastWhen attorney general nominee William Barr appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, the agenda will be Mueller, Mueller, and, if there's time, everything else.

Not since Watergate has a prospective attorney general stepped into the middle of an ongoing investigation of the president of the United States, and an imbroglio which may well define, or even end, Donald Trump's presidency. For good reason, the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who would report to Barr, will be at the center of the confirmation hearing.

But there are other issues to look for as well, in particular Barr's views on executive power (including in cases of national emergency) and civil rights. Indeed, while everyone's attention is on Mueller, most of what Barr will be doing every day will have nothing to do with him. And when it comes to what Barr will actually be doing, Democrats will not like what they see.

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Jan 15, 2019

U.S. Spies to Americans: China and Russia Are Coming to Get You
Photo illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastPacking for an overseas business trip? U.S. intelligence agencies want you to leave your phone and laptop at home. Their message: Spies are everywhere, and they are out to get you.

"Make no mistake, American companies are squarely in the crosshairs of well-financed nation-state actors," said William Evanina, director of the federal government's National Counterintelligence and Security Center, in a news release that almost certainly went into the delete bin in a government-shutdown-focused Washington, D.C.

His stern warning was accompanied by a slew of online information released under the banner "Know the risk, Raise your shield," one of those dorky government slogans in the "See something, say something" vein aimed at making all of us just a little more paranoid.

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Jan 15, 2019

Trumpism Could Outlast Trump
Carlos Barria/ReutersAs the government shutdown over a border wall lingers and Donald Trump confronts a "nonstop political war" over the Mueller investigation, the president's political future appears tenuous. But amid the immediate obstacles and challenges, there are signs that a Trumpian infrastructure is belatedly emerging.

Take, for example, Tucker Carlson's much-discussed populist monologue on Fox News. In case you missed it, he attacked elites, saying: "We are ruled by mercenaries who feel no long-term obligation to the people they rule. They're day traders. Substitute teachers. They're just passing through. They have no skin in this game, and it shows.

"The overriding goal for America is more prosperity, meaning cheaper consumer goods," Carlson lamented. "But is that still true? Does anyone still believe that cheaper iPhones or more Amazon deliveries of plastic garbage from China are going to make us happy? They haven't so far. A lot of Americans are drowning in stuff. And yet drug addiction and suicide are depopulating large parts of the country. Anyone who thinks the health of a nation can be summed up in GDP is an idiot."

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Jan 15, 2019

William Barr, Trump's Attorney General Nominee, Held Immigrants in ‘HIV Prison Camp'
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastDecades before President Donald Trump nominated William Barr to retake the reins at the Department of Justice, Barr used the post to indefinitely detain hundreds of HIV-positive asylum-seekers at a Guantanamo Bay detention center, deemed an "HIV prison camp" by a federal judge who ruled the quarantine to be in gross violation of the U.S. Constitution.

That policy, part of a program that at its peak held more than 12,000 Haitian refugees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, helped lay the legal groundwork for the indefinite incarceration of "enemy combatants" in the War on Terror—and institutionalized the detention system that President Trump has made a cornerstone of his immigration policy. Barr has since defended the detention of hundreds of HIV-positive asylum-seekers, some of them children, even though the government's own lawyers admitted at the time that detainees had inadequate medical care.

As the Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings on Barr's nomination to once again serve as U.S. attorney general, his role in the indefinite unconstitutional detention of immigrants seeking asylum will be a key area of interrogation for Democrats on the committee.

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Jan 15, 2019

Trump's Attorney General Nominee Held Immigrants in ‘HIV Prison Camp'
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastDecades before President Donald Trump nominated William Barr to retake the reins at the Department of Justice, Barr used the post to indefinitely detain hundreds of HIV-positive asylum-seekers at a Guantanamo Bay detention center, deemed an "HIV prison camp" by a federal judge who ruled the quarantine to be in gross violation of the U.S. Constitution.

That policy, part of a program that at its peak held more than 12,000 Haitian refugees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, helped lay the legal groundwork for the indefinite incarceration of "enemy combatants" in the War on Terror—and institutionalized the detention system that President Trump has made a cornerstone of his immigration policy. Barr has since defended the detention of hundreds of HIV-positive asylum-seekers, some of them children, even though the government's own lawyers admitted at the time that detainees had inadequate medical care.

As the Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings on Barr's nomination to once again serve as U.S. attorney general, his role in the indefinite unconstitutional detention of immigrants seeking asylum will be a key area of interrogation for Democrats on the committee.

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Jan 15, 2019

The Science of Why 'Baby Shark' Is So Freaking Catchy
via YoutubeLast week, the two-minute ditty "Baby Shark" broke into the Billboard Hot 100, joining Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next," Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode," and Post Malone's "Wow" as tunes the country can't get enough of.

Pinkfong's version of "Baby Shark," which rocketed in at No. 32 and has racked up 2.2 billion views on YouTube, is aimed at the diapered set but has also affected innocent bystanders: their parents.

As should be painfully obvious to any adult who's heard the song and had it stuck in their head for days, "Baby Shark" is an earworm.

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Jan 15, 2019

The Science of Why ‘Baby Shark' Is So Freaking Catchy
via YoutubeLast week, the two-minute ditty "Baby Shark" broke into the Billboard Hot 100, joining Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next," Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode," and Post Malone's "Wow" as tunes the country can't get enough of.

Pinkfong's version of "Baby Shark," which rocketed in at No. 32 and has racked up 2.2 billion views on YouTube, is aimed at the diapered set but has also affected innocent bystanders: their parents.

As should be painfully obvious to any adult who's heard the song and had it stuck in their head for days, "Baby Shark" is an earworm.

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Jan 15, 2019

The ‘Kid Facial' Goes Mainstream, Thanks to Victoria Beckham and Daughter
GettyThe internet has long been a place to fiercely debate whether or not children should wear makeup. This weekend, armchair parenting experts were spoon-fed another potentially controversial question: How do we feel about kids getting facials?

It began, as these things often do, on Instagram Stories, where Victoria Beckham showed her 7-year-old daughter Harper getting a facial from Dr. Barbara Sturm. The Dusseldorf, Germany-based aesthetics doctor is well-known for her celebrity clientele, who include Kim Kardashian and Bar Refaeli.

"We MUST use CLEAN products on our children!" Beckham captioned the snap. (One hopes those standards apply to adult patients, too.)

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Jan 15, 2019

The 'Kid Facial' Goes Mainstream, Thanks to Victoria Beckham and Daughter
GettyThe internet has long been a place to fiercely debate whether or not children should wear makeup. This weekend, armchair parenting experts were spoon-fed another potentially controversial question: How do we feel about kids getting facials?

It began, as these things often do, on Instagram Stories, where Victoria Beckham showed her 7-year-old daughter Harper getting a facial from Dr. Barbara Sturm. The Dusseldorf, Germany-based aesthetics doctor is well-known for her celebrity clientele, who include Kim Kardashian and Bar Refaeli.

"We MUST use CLEAN products on our children!" Beckham captioned the snap. (One hopes those standards apply to adult patients, too.)

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Jan 15, 2019

Why Conservative Media and the Far Right Love Tulsi Gabbard for President
Win McNamee/GettyThe latest Democratic candidate to enter the 2020 race has an unexpected base of support: The far right and conservative media.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who announced her candidacy last Friday, has cultivated a fandom among the right by bashing fellow Democrats and espousing views that break with the party line.

Since taking office in 2013, Gabbard, 37, has established a reputation as an unorthodox politician. While holding familiar Democratic positions on environmental issues, health care, and gun control, Gabbard was a frequent critic of President Obama's foreign policy, met with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, and has questioned whether he used chemical weapons on his own citizens.

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Jan 15, 2019

Scouted: The Quip Toothbrush Completely Changed How I Brush My Teeth
A little over a year ago, I realized it was nearly impossible for me to go on social media without seeing an advertisement for something called the "Quip toothbrush." Each ad was bright, colorful, and surprisingly aesthetically-pleasing for a toothbrush, seemingly directed right at millennials (i.e. me).

The toothbrush promised better dental health and an overall fantastic tooth brushing experience, something I had never put too much thought into before. After a while, I saw these ads so much so that I was left with two options: try it myself or use a Google Chrome extension to block myself from seeing it. In the end, my curiosity got the best of me, and I investigated further.

Quip is an electric toothbrush designed to make brushing your teeth more efficient and effective. What makes this brush stand out from any old toothbrush you could buy at the drugstore? For one thing, Quip brushes are weirdly beautiful: sleek, with a minimalist design, coming in a few trendy color options (black, turquoise, blue, and a bunch of metallics if you're feeling fancy). They don't feature any gimmicks or extras: just a smooth handle with some bristles at the end.

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Jan 14, 2019

Seth Meyers Mocks Trump's Fast Food Feast with Clemson Football Players
Seth Meyers spent most of his first "A Closer Look" segment of the week going through the latest revelations about Trump and Russia. But before he got there, he couldn't help but spend just a few minutes on the fast food feast the president had with the Clemson University football champions at the White House Monday night.

While Trump's government shutdown has driven federal workers to show up at food banks by the hundreds, "that's not the food Trump was concerned with today," the Late Night host explained.

Early in the day, Trump told reporters that he would be serving the team "McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger Kings with some pizza," adding, "I would think that's their favorite food."

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Jan 14, 2019

Mayor de Blasio Is Wrong About MTV's ‘Made in Staten Island'
MTVEarlier this month, Mayor de Blasio tweeted out news of a petition condemning MTV's latest reality-TV offering, Made in Staten Island. "Anyone who has spent any time on Staten Island knows MTV is peddling stereotypes in a shameless ratings grab," the mayor posted, in a tweet that was met with support, contempt, and angry New Yorkers urging de Blasio to focus on fixing the subway instead. "Perhaps back to Mayoring?" suggested one concerned tweeter.

But de Blasio isn't the only politician to get their panties in a twist over MTV's new offering. As The New York Times recently reported, City Councilman Joseph C. Borelli, a Staten Island representative, has accused the show of stereotyping Italian-Americans and exploiting teenagers, saying, "They are playing this stereotype out among kids and glorifying a life of crime."

The MTV series, which premiered on Monday night, countered by showing up at Councilman Borelli's office. Executive producer and Mob Wives star Karen Gravano, whose daughter Karina also stars on the show, tweeted out a picture of her and some young cast members rolling through with Made in Staten Island pizzas and an offer to "sit down, have a slice and talk about the real issues of Staten Island."



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Jan 14, 2019

Colbert Rips Trump for Acting Like Russia's ‘Golden Agent Dumbass'
Screenshot/CBSIn the three days since Stephen Colbert was last on the air, multiple bombshell stories about President Trump's increasingly intertwined relationship with Russia have dropped. And he was all over them in Monday night's monologue.

Over the weekend, we learned from a Washington Post report just how far Trump has gone to conceal his communications with Vladimir Putin. "As a result," the piece reads, "U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump's face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years."

"And because Trump wouldn't tell his own staff what he said to Putin," the Late Show host said, "they were forced to read reports from U.S. intelligence agencies tracking the reaction in the Kremlin."

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Jan 14, 2019

Stephen Colbert Rips Trump for Acting Like Russia's ‘Golden Agent Dumbass'
In the three days since Stephen Colbert was last on the air, multiple bombshell stories about President Trump's increasingly intertwined relationship with Russia have dropped. And he was all over them in Monday night's monologue.

Over the weekend, we learned from a Washington Post report just how far Trump has gone to conceal his communications with Vladimir Putin. "As a result," the piece reads, "U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump's face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years."

"And because Trump wouldn't tell his own staff what he said to Putin," the Late Show host said, "they were forced to read reports from U.S. intelligence agencies tracking the reaction in the Kremlin."

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Jan 14, 2019

Joe Lieberman Called Chinese Telecom Giant ZTE a National Security Threat. Now He's a Lobbyist for It.
Andrew Burton/GettyJoseph Lieberman, the former Connecticut senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate, is working for a company he once called a national security threat.

In November, Lieberman registered as a lobbyist for ZTE, a Chinese telecom giant with close links to the country's government.

The ex-Senator told Politico that, despite his registration, he wouldn't actually be lobbying for the firm. Rather, he hoped to "raise the level of trust in ZTE." Lieberman certainly should understand the trust deficit the company faces. In 2010, he signed a letter saying ZTE and another Chinese telecom company, Huawei, could threaten American national security.

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Jan 14, 2019

Warren Wants Ethics Probe Into Mulvaney's USC Job Hunt
JOSEPH PREZIOSO/GETTYSen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, is asking ethics officials to examine whether acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney violated federal law by pursuing a job as the president of the University of South Carolina.

Provisions of that law, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, "are designed to stop officials from using their positions to benefit potential employers in order to increase the likelihood of obtaining post-government employment," Warren wrote in a letter on Tuesday to ethics lawyers for the White House Office of Management and Budget, where Mulvaney still serves as director, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which he led until December.

The rules at issue bar senior federal officials from "directly negotiat[ing]...any agreement of future employment or compensation" without notifying their agencies' ethics officers in writing within three days.

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Jan 14, 2019

Mueller Probes an Event With Nunes, Flynn, and Foreign Officials at Trump's D.C. Hotel
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastThe Special Counsel's Office and federal prosecutors in Manhattan are scrutinizing a meeting involving former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, one-time National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and dozens of foreign officials, according to three sources familiar with the investigations.

The breakfast event, which was first reported by The Daily Sabah, a pro-government Turkish paper, took place at 8:30 a.m. at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 18, 2017—days before President Donald Trump's inauguration. About 60 people were invited, including diplomats from governments around the world, according to those same sources.

The breakfast has come under scrutiny by federal prosecutors in Manhattan as part of their probe into whether the Trump inaugural committee misspent funds and if donors tried to buy influence in the White House. The existence of that probe was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The Special Counsel's Office is also looking at the breakfast as part of its investigation into whether foreigners contributed money to the Trump inaugural fund and PAC by possibly using Americ

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Jan 14, 2019

Jayme Closs Case: Jake Patterson Carefully Planned Abduction and Parents' Murders
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The Wisconsin man who allegedly confessed to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and murdering her parents didn't even know their names.

Jake Patterson, 21, told police that he hatched a plan to abduct Jayme after seeing her get on a school bus, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. He allegedly claimed he'd never had any contact with Jayme before on social media or elsewhere.

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Jan 14, 2019

Kidnap Suspect Jake Patterson Allegedly Hid Jayme Closs Under His Bed for Hours at a Time
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The Wisconsin man who allegedly confessed to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and murdering her parents didn't even know their names.

Jake Patterson, 21, told police that he hatched a plan to abduct Jayme after seeing her get on a school bus, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. He allegedly claimed he'd never had any contact with Jayme before on social media or elsewhere.

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Jan 14, 2019

Willow and Jada Pinkett Smith on R. Kelly: ‘We All Have Been' Complicit
Bertrand Rindoff PetroffOn Monday, Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris released the second installment of a two-part Red Table Talk special on Surviving R. Kelly. Presiding over the Facebook Watch series, Pinkett Smith recalled calling their producer and saying "we have to do a Red Table Talk about this right away." Over the course of two short episodes, the Smith clan covered a lot of ground, speaking with survivor and docuseries participant Lisa Van Allen, her daughter Akeyla, and clinical psychologist Dr. Candice Norcott, who was also featured in the Lifetime project.

Willow and Van Allen's teenage daughter Akeyla agreed that the series gave them insight into their "overprotective mothers." Akeyla discussed a recent decision to block a boy who had been overly persistent over text and social media, saying, "I saw it as a red flag from [Van Allen's] experience."

Jada and Willow Smith discussed watching the docuseries together as mother and daughter and finding "teachable moments."

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Jan 14, 2019

Accused Wife Killer Rod Covlin Demonstrated ‘Chokehold' to Fellow Inmate: Prosecutors
Jefferson Siegel/GettyThe man accused of strangling his wife, and allegedly plotting to frame their 9-year-old daughter years later, demonstrated a chokehold to a fellow jail inmate several months ago, prosecutors now claim.

Jury selection in the Manhattan Supreme Court case against Rod Covlin began Monday over the grisly death of his estranged wife, Shele Danishefsky, almost a decade ago.

Their daughter discovered Danishefsky's body in the bathtub about 7 a.m. on New Year's Eve 2009. While an initial theory was that Danishefsky may have had an accidental fall and then drowned, signs of foul play surfaced.  

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Jan 14, 2019

Scouted: Club Monaco, CB2, and More Deals to Shop This Week
Scouted is here to expose you to brands and products you absolutely need in your life. But we're also here to make sure you get a good deal on them too. Every week, we'll bring you a list of all the top deals from around the internet, updated daily. Be sure to check back here throughout the week.

COWIN SE7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones are just $93.49 right now on Amazon. Anker's Nebula Prizm projector can turn any room into a movie theatre. Light your TV up with Luminoodle's Color Bias Lighting.

Need Supply has hundreds of styles for up to 70% off right now. Club Monaco is taking an extra 40% off sale styles. Get up to 70% off at ASOS for both men and women.

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Jan 14, 2019

Trump's Shutdown Turns Atlanta International, the World's Busiest Airport, Into a ‘Shitshow'
Chris Rank/GettyThe world's busiest airport has descended into chaos as President Trump's government shutdown drags into its fourth week.

Travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are reporting hours-long waits at domestic terminals, missed flights due to lack of security personnel, and the closure of checkpoints across the airport due to a lack of TSA agents.

For one Atlanta air traffic controller, the airport, which processes more than 100 million passengers per year, has become "a total shitshow."

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Jan 14, 2019

Meghan Markle Reveals Royal Baby's Due Date to Well-Wishers
Neil Mockford/GettyMeghan Markle has revealed she is due to give birth to her and Prince Harry's baby in late April.

Speaking to well-wishers at a walkabout in Birkenhead in northwest England on Monday, Meghan, 37, revealed she was six-months pregnant, and that she and Harry, 34, did not know if they were having a boy or girl because they wanted to be "surprised." The child will be seventh in line to the British throne.

"We asked her how her pregnancy was going and she said she was six months and she tapped her tummy," well-wisher Carla Gandy from nearby Wallasey, who was there with her 4-year-old daughter Sofia, told People magazine.

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Jan 14, 2019

Bernie Sanders Will Meet With 2016 Ex-Staffers About Harassment Allegations
Joshua RobertsSen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will meet this week with women staffers from his 2016 presidential campaign to discuss their allegations of sexual harassment and a hostile work environment during his prior bid for the presidency.

Last week, The Daily Beast reported that the meeting would soon be taking place with the senator, as his circle had swiftly moved to ensure the men who had been accused of misconduct would not return to the team should Sanders seek the presidency again.

On Monday, BuzzFeed News reported that the meeting will take place on Wednesday, a fact which The Daily Beast confirmed with two sources directly familiar with the meeting. Additionally, according to one source planning to attend, travel is currently being arranged to Washington D.C. for former staffers who plan to attend.

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Jan 14, 2019

Shutdown Trump Officials Coming to Work in Pajamas
On this week's episode of Omnishambles, host Jackie Kucinich welcomes The Daily Beast's national-security reporter Erin Banco, as well as White House and Trumpworld reporter Asawin Suebsaeng. Erin breaks down the latest Donald Trump-Russia bombshells that detonated over the president's snowed-in weekend, and also offers up listeners a new, hot scoop: the ongoing government shutdown has led the Pompeo-era State Department officials to come into work to do little more than clean their offices—while literally still wearing their pajamas.

Jackie and Swin also discuss their reporting on the latest shutdown bedlam self-inflicted by Trump and his team, including a scene from Friday morning (a particularly perfect metaphor for the state of play...) in which senior White House official Mercedes Schlapp urges Republicans on Capitol Hill to rebut Democratic chatter that a Trump national-emergency declaration is imminent—even though she conceded on the call that Trump's own senior staffers had no idea if such a declaration was imminent or not.

Swin and Jackie also dig in on the racist rhetoric—and policy proposals—of Rep. Steve King, and how President Trump talks about the far-right, anti-immigrant congressman when he's not around.

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Jan 14, 2019

Harvey Weinstein's Lawyer, Ben Brafman, Quitting After Clashes Over Legal Strategy
John Lamparski/GettyDisgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and high-profile lawyer Ben Brafman have clashed repeatedly in recent weeks over the direction of his sexual-assault case, leading to Brafman's exit from the defense, a source familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast.

As The Daily Beast reported exclusively last week, Weinstein has been shopping around for new attorneys as his criminal case heads for trial in Manhattan.

Weinstein insisted then that he was just looking to augment the legal team, not replace Brafman. But now Brafman, one of the city's top attorneys, has decided to quit.

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Jan 14, 2019

It May Be Cold, But the Fashionable Are Rejecting Winter Gloves
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast After a mild start to winter, a cold front and snow storm has rather rudely hit much of the country this weekend. Those of us who are not using the weather as a socially-acceptable excuse to avoid human contact for the next 48 hours face the predictable, arduous dance of winter dressing. It's time to shimmy into that puffer coat, lace up those waterproof boots, grab a scarf, hat, and gloves.

Or maybe not. Though the past few months have shown fashion types eagerly appropriating dorky winter staples such as Patagonia fleeces and airbag-level puffer coats, there has been little love for the glove. Yes, this resistance could have something to do with amenable temperatures, but I don't expect much change as the chill sets in.

That is because I spent this week conducting an extremely unscientific survey: checking out my fellow New Yorkers' hands during each commute. I saw knuckle tattoos. I saw engagement rings. I saw plenty of chewed cuticles. What I didn't see: a whole lot of gloves.

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Jan 14, 2019

Travel With the Maps That Changed the World
A mammoth tusk, thousand year old rock carvings in the Italian countryside, Martin Waldseemüller's "American Birth Certificate," Google Maps—all represent leaps in the history of mapmaking, one of humankind's oldest (and most successful) endeavors to understand the world around us.

All of them—alongside countless others—are the focus of one of the more delightful books of 2018 and this week's selection for Just Booked (our twice-a-month series highlighting gorgeous new coffee table books related to travel), Theater of the World: The Maps That Made History by Thomas Reinertsen Berg.

The book gets its name from Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius's atlas Theatrum orbis terrarum (Theater of the World). Like Ortelius, Berg has built upon generations of work and woven it into a digestible dive into everything from cartography to illustration and mapmaking. While not as hefty as some of our past selections, this mid-size book may be the most likely to cause you to lose a guest in its pages.

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Jan 14, 2019

10 Dishes With Chef Markus Glocker
Courtesy Thomas SchauerAfter a shift, what is your favorite guilty pleasure to eat? "Triple-creme cheese. It's a great finishing touch for a meal, just as it is at the end of a long shift."

Is there one dish you won't cook? "As much as I appreciate Peruvian cuisine, I could never bring myself to enjoy Peruvian Cuy [guinea pig]. There is the visual aspect of food that plays a significant role for me when it comes to the appeal of certain dishes."

All-time favorite spice. "When I first walked into Charlie Trotter's kitchen in Chicago around 2004, I experienced a variety of ingredients that I had never seen in my life before. I was immediately infatuated by Togarashi. I value the fact that it is a mainstream spice, with a unique flavor that bodes well with a great variety of food, especially seafood."

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Jan 14, 2019

India Is on the Verge of Passing a Draconian Anti-Transgender Bill
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIn 2014, the Supreme Court of India ruled that "it is the right of every human being to choose their gender"—a breakthrough decision for the two million transgender people who live in the world's second most populous country.

Five years later, and only months after India decriminalized gay sex, the Parliament of India is weighing a bill that advocates say would do immeasurable harm to its already vulnerable transgender population.

"It is a terrible, draconian bill that will oppress us more than empower," the Sampoorna Working Group, an advocacy organization for transgender and intersex Indians, told The Daily Beast of the proposed Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill—which SWG believes would be more appropriately called the "Prohibition of Rights" bill.

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Jan 14, 2019

Using a 3D-Printed Gun? You Might Lose Your Hand
Kelly West/ReutersBy Jeremy Straub, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, North Dakota State University

Despite fears that guns made with 3D printers will let criminals and terrorists easily make untraceable, undetectable plastic weapons at home, my own experience with 3D manufacturing quality control suggests that, at least for now, 3D-printed firearms may pose as much, or maybe even more, of a threat to the people who try to make and use them.

One firearms expert suggested that even the best 3D-printed guns might only fire "five shots [before] blowing up in your hand." A weapon with a design or printing defect might blow up or come apart in its user's hand before firing even a single bullet.

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Jan 14, 2019

Meth Is Making a Worrisome Comeback
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In 2016, news reports warned the public of an opioid epidemic gripping the nation.

But Madeline Vaughn, then a lead clinical intake coordinator at the Houston-based addiction treatment organization Council on Recovery, sensed something different was going on with the patients she checked in from the street.

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Jan 14, 2019

Putin Rehabbed Stalin, Now He's Burnishing the Rep of Ivan the Terrible
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastMOSCOW—A few days before the New Year, Sofiya Timofeyeva, a 20-year-old opposition activist from the provincial city of Cheboksary, asked her father to carve a wooden stake like the one used in the Middle Ages to impale the victims of the first Russian tsar, Ivan the Terrible. Timofeyeva and her friends from the human rights group Vesna (Spring) were struggling to stop their city hall's plans to unveil a monument to the tyrant in the center of their city.

The initiative to erect the statue was coming from the ministry of education as part of an increasingly popular heroization of Russian tsars and Soviet leaders, with authorities using history as a tool for state ideology. So the young activists had come up with their own idea and preemptively installed the freshly carved stake in Cheboksary's Republic Square with the legend: "Monument to Ivan the Terrible from Vesna."

Nobody wants the brutal history of Ivan to be forgotten, but it's important to remember what it represented at the time, and what it can be used to excuse in the government of the present.

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Jan 14, 2019

Carlos ‘The Ghost' Ghosn and His Lawyer ‘The Grey Fox' Spook Japan's Prosecutors
Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg via GettyTOKYO—Who would want to take on a battle with only a 1-percent chance of winning? No one in their right mind would, but sometimes you don't have a choice.  Carlos "The Ghost" Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan and the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance who is facing multiple criminal charges in Japan, has been in limbo and mostly in jail since his arrest last November. A number of legal experts and former prosecutors consider the charges spurious and his long detention unwarranted. But in high-profile cases, Japanese prosecutors and police routinely arrest, re-arrest, and indict non-cooperative suspects until they finally confess.

While Ghosn has been largely silenced by this process, Nissan and the prosecutors have been spoon-feeding stories to the Japanese press making him look guilty, greedy, and gluttonous. But slowly and carefully, behind the scenes, Ghosn and defense lawyer Motonari Otsuru, a former prosecutor from the same special investigative division that is now out to nail Ghosn, have been preparing a counterattack.

They are armed with two formidable weapons: love and poison. And on Jan. 8 they made their first move.

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Jan 14, 2019

Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska's Empty Mansion Haunts D.C.'s Splendor
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastWashington is a world capital but also a village where the personal is the political and vice versa. Republicans and Democrats, enemies by day, live peacefully at night, a number in the square mile of mansions abutting Rock Creek in northwest D.C. that combines the best, and worst, of Park Avenue, Beverly Hills and Palm Beach. Georgetown is more historic but Massachusetts Avenue Heights, with its short commute to the halls of power, is where many in the Trump administration chose to settle.

There, amid the permanent plutocracy, lives Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin in a $12 million mansion a five-minute walk from the $15 million mansion of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, purchased in 2006 and renovated for many years after. Smack next door to the metal tycoon is Kellyanne Conway. Vernon Jordan is across the street, David Bradley, the owner of The Atlantic magazine, is three doors down, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is just across the way. One presidential contender, Sen. John Edwards, lived on the same block when he campaigned on a promise to end Two Americas while residing in only one. Cross the narrow creek and there are Ivanka and Jared.

Yes, they all get along. Ross bought his $10 million Beaux Arts house from arts patron and philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, who then moved a few blocks closer to Deripaska. If she wanted to, Arscht—who donated to Hillary Clinton's campaign but invites Senate and White House Republicans to her frequent dinners—is so close she could

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Jan 14, 2019

Trump's Attorney General Nominee William Barr Built a Border Wall the Last Time He Ran the Justice Department. It Failed Miserably
Nicholas Kamm/AFP/GettyIn February 1992, less than three months into his first stint as the federal government's top lawyer, Attorney General William Pelham Barr told a gathering of more than 100 law enforcement officials in San Diego that under his leadership, the U.S. Department of Justice would finally solve the looming immigration crisis at the border.

Barr's proposed solution was, in its way, decades ahead of its time: the construction of a heavily armored steel fence along the U.S.-Mexico border immediately south of San Diego, complete with lighting, motion sensors, and the addition of hundreds of Border Patrol agents.

The fence was not "a silver bullet," Barr admitted in his speech, but "a steady march in the right direction" to preventing undocumented immigrants from entering the country with impunity.

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Jan 14, 2019

Instagram Influencers Dupe Their Fans With ‘Free' Products
GettyStunt-crazed Instagram star Supreme Patty has snorted hot sauce up his nose and ingested Hennessy in ways no human being should. But he's probably most famous for pouring lime juice into his eyes.

Patty, whose real name is Patrick Wallace, has built his Instagram empire blinding himself with citrus, then pulling a stunt: looking into an eclipse while sitting in the middle of a busy road, for example, or trying to ride a snowboard while blinded by the juice.

Wallace's six million Instagram fans might not want to pour lime juice into their own eyes, or endure the dozens of stitches he needed after the snowboarding went wrong. But Wallace does offer them one way to get a taste of the Jackass-meets-Spring-Breakers lifestyle, offering the gaudy chains with gold-colored AK-47's and marijuana leafs that he wears in his videos.

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Jan 14, 2019

Gretchen Carlson Sounds Off on Louis C.K. and R. Kelly
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastGretchen Carlson never thought she'd be "one of the faces of sexual harassment." The former Fox News host sued network president Roger Ailes in 2016, alleging "severe and pervasive" sexual harassment. Two months later, she received a $20 million settlement and a "highly unusual" public apology.

In her new Lifetime documentary Breaking the Silence, Carlson talks about standing up to a media giant and becoming part of a movement. The documentary's aim is to shine light on the "everywoman"—workers across the country who experience sexual harassment, but don't have access to the same resources or public platforms as A-list accusers. Carlson, who says that she's been approached by thousands of women since her suit went public, set out to show how the epidemic of sexual harassment affects women of "every race and every class."

"We really wanted to show a geographically-diverse storyline as well as different professions," and to center the documentary on "stories that didn't have a chance of being heard or told in other venues," Carson explained.

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Jan 14, 2019

Roderick Covlin, Accused of Plotting to Frame His 9-Year-old Daughter in Wife's Death, Heads to Trial
Jefferson Siegel/NY Daily News via GettyAt 7:04 a.m. on New Year's Eve in 2009, Roderick Covlin woke to a "hysterical" call from his 9-year-old daughter. Mommy was in the tub, and something was wrong, she told Covlin in the 33-second phone call.

Covlin—who was living across the hall from them in a luxe doorman building on West 68th Street in Manhattan, as he and the little girl's mother were embroiled in a nasty divorce and custody fight—went over.

"So I told her to let me in and she did," Covlin later said, according to court documents filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. "I went straight to the bathroom inside of the master bedroom at the back of the apartment and saw my wife face down in the tub."

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Jan 14, 2019

The Rise and Fall of Porn's Julian Assange
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastA few years after WikiLeaks made a name for itself amassing a database of classified documents and government information, the adult industry faced a copycat: an anonymous online forum called Porn Wikileaks, which terrorized performers by leaking personal information, including the names of more than 15,000 adult actors and actresses.

Like the original site, the copycat professed to use leaks to fight corruption, borrowing the wording of their mission statement straight from the original WikiLeaks (more often than not, Porn Wikileaks amounted to an anonymous archive of rumors, homophobia, and racism). But the parallels between the two sites wound up going further than intended.

Around the same time that Julian Assange isolated himself in an embassy, Donny Long a.k.a. Donald Carlos Seoane—the man widely believed to be the founder of the copycat site—also fled the country, spent six years in exile, and then returned, semi-retired, all but isolated from the broader porn world, to live a contained life in a South Florida suburb. In the time since, Long has stayed mostly under the radar. Now, he told The Daily Beast, he is a "family man." 

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Jan 14, 2019

Scouted: iHome Reflect Mirror Review: A Bluetooth Vanity Mirror That Does it All
Over the past few years, I've developed a keen interest in skincare. I don't attribute it entirely to the K-beauty boom (though, that certainly helped!) but a modest-looking mirror perched on my nightstand called iHome Reflect Vanity Mirror.

As my eyesight wanes, so too does my ability to see what I'm doing in the mirror, which nine times out of 10, I'm doing a great Dr. Pimple Popper impression. At the size and width of a standard picture frame, the iHome allows me to see my skin in a new light, both figuratively and literally. Bright LED lights illuminate the perimeter of the frame, offering me for the first time the satisfaction of watching a pore extraction or primer application with the clarity of a lab-grade microscope. A home décor buff would scoff at the fact that I use this contraption as a reading lamp, but hey, function over fashion counts for a lot in my books.

When I'm not nodding off, the iHome really gets to shine as a phone charger and Bluetooth speaker when plugged into an outlet. The sound is loud enough to hear from another room, amplifying the maximum volume on my iPhone without draining its battery. Get you a lamp that can do both.

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Jan 13, 2019

‘True Detective' Season 3 Premiere: What the Hell Just Happened?
HBOTime is a flat circle, and here we are again, back at the start of it, revisiting the fabric of True Detective that turned its 2014 debut into a cultural phenomenon and speeding quickly past the creative missteps of the much-maligned second season of the HBO series.

But Sunday night's two-hour True Detective season 3 premiere—the first two episodes, "The Great War and Modern Memory" and "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" aired back-to-back—proved that the famous line is an example of perfect writing tortured by actual execution. Time may metaphorically be a flat circle, but in practice it is a dizzying maze of curly cues and spirals, perhaps purposefully complex but, at least at this current juncture, not exactly gratifying to untangle.

(Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS from Sunday night's premiere lie ahead.)

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Jan 13, 2019

Government Shutdown Forces Houston Airport to Close TSA Checkpoint
David J. PhillipThe government shutdown dealt yet another blow to airport security on Sunday, with officials at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport announcing they have been forced to close the security checkpoint in one terminal due to a shortage of TSA agents to screen passengers.

The decision comes two days after airport officials in Miami took similar precautions over the weekend, announcing that one of the smaller terminals at Miami International Airport would close early each day starting on Saturday.

In Houston, officials at the main airport serving the nation's fourth largest city announced that "due to staffing issues associated with the partial shutdown of the federal government," a TSA checkpoint and the ticketing counter in Terminal B closed at 3:30 p.m and would remain closed for the rest of the day. After assessing the situation, authorities said Sunday night that the terminal would remain closed at least into Monday. The officials encouraged passengers to "arrive early and give themselves extra time to check in for their flights and to clear the security checkpoints."  

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Jan 13, 2019

Kremlin Blessed Russia's NRA Operation, U.S. Intel Report Says
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe Kremlin has long denied that it had anything to do with the infiltration of the NRA and the broader American conservative movement. A U.S. intelligence report reviewed by The Daily Beast tells a different story.

Alexander Torshin, the Russian central bank official who spent years aggressively courting NRA leaders, briefed the Kremlin on his efforts and recommended they participate, according to the report. Its existence and contents have not previously been reported.

While there has been speculation that Torshin and his protege, Maria Butina, had the Kremlin's blessing to woo the NRA—and federal prosecutors have vaguely asserted that she acted "on behalf of the Russian federation"—no one in the White House or the U.S. intelligence community has publicly stated as much. Senior Russian government officials, for their part, have strenuously distanced themselves from Butina's courtship of the NRA, which she did at Torshin's direction.

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