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Jan 01, 2050

John McCain, A Life in Photos
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Jan 01, 2050

John McCain, American Hero, Dies at 81
Kevin Lamarque/ReutersJohn S. McCain III, an American hero who served as a Navy captain and a member of Congress for 57 years, died on TKTKTK DAY. He was 81.

McCain was a giant of the United States Senate and a lifelong public servant who won respect and admiration from his colleagues on Capitol Hill and world leaders for his staunch advocacy of democratic principles and his defiant policy positions, particularly on issues relating to the military and national security.

He was a tough and, at times, feisty and brash legislator, but he forged friendships and bonds that cemented his place in history as a dealmaker. His political opponents sometimes branded him a war-monger and a reactionary at worst but never doubted his unwavering adherence to his principles, his tireless support for American troops, and his enduring commitment to public service.

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Mar 03, 2021

Netflix Delivers an Explosive Anime ‘Pacific Rim' Sequel
NetflixGuillermo Del Toro's 2013 hit Pacific Rim was a case of two entertaining things that went well together—namely, enormous Godzilla-style monsters and equally gargantuan robot animé mechas. It was a hybrid concept predicated on scale, with titanic armored warriors dubbed Jaegers doing thunderous weaponized and hand-to-hand combat with creatures known as Kaiju who'd appeared on Earth through interdimensional Pacific Ocean portals. Operated by two pilots (via a mind-meld process called "The Drift"), the Jaegers were striking humanoid machines inspired by those found in Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Macross (not to mention Robotech and Voltron), while their Kaiju adversaries resembled distant cousins of Japan's most famous radioactive beast, as well as his various land-sea-air adversaries. In every respect, Pacific Rim was all about size.

It's thus somewhat surprising to find that, following a deflating theatrical sequel (2018's insubstantial John Boyega-headlined Pacific Rim: Uprising), the franchise has now moved to the small screen, courtesy of Pacific Rim: The Black, a seven-episode animated affair premiering on Netflix on March 4. The loss of sheer enormity, however, is made up for by the fact that Greg Johnson and Craig Kyle's show returns Pacific Rim to its animé roots, replete with stellar animation from P

The Daily Beast
Mar 03, 2021

My Cuomo ‘Crush' Turned Out to Be Stockholm Syndrome
Carlow Allegri/ReutersI've been wrong before. In my 42 years I've had the privilege of being wrong many times and since I've been sober since I was 19, I can't now blame booze. Besides being wrong many times, I've also crushed it with some scorchingly bad hot takes, like my piece about how Biden should drop out a few days before he won South Carolina. Spoiler alert: He's president now so I didn't exactly nail that one. But "Why We Are Crushing on Andrew Cuomo Right Now" may have been my worst take.

A caveat: I did not write the headline. I do not have the power to approve or write my headlines. But since three much younger women, two of them former staffers, accused New York's governor of harassment over the last week that headline is what people online have used to dunk on me. As Aristotle said, "Live by the tweet, die by the tweet—or figure out how to auto-delete your tweets."

And headline aside, the piece was extremely bad and not at all good. In my defense, I did note his partnership with the very sketchy IDC, "a group of supposed Democrats who helped the Republicans control the New York State Senate for many years." I called him joyless, but I also noted "what a difference a pandemic makes" as I praised my "competent governor/imaginary boyfriend."

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Mar 03, 2021

This Vacuum May Be Small, But My Home Has Never Been Cleaner
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonIn the new year, I have implemented the one minute rule (from Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project.) If something can be cleaned up in one minute, just do it — this will help your future self. This goes for dirty dishes, laundry piled up on the chair in the corner of my bedroom, and coffee grounds spilled all over the floor in a sleepy morning haze. The laundry and dishes haven't been a problem, but the spills are a whole other issue. Dirt, dust and crumbs— all of these hit my counter or floor on a daily basis. Since I live in a small space without much carpet, I never found it necessary to buy a large vacuum. But recently, I decided to follow this new rule, and found the perfect vacuum for the job.

The Eufy HomeVac is a tiny vacuum that is about the size of a water bottle.. It boasts enough suction power to clean up any mess I've put in its way, from potting mix, to potato chips, to dog hair. But its real skill is precision. It comes with a 2-in-1 extension. The crevice tool helps clean up hard to reach corners, and the brush attachment that slides on is perfect for getting tiny flecks of dust from my keyboard. All of this is a breeze since it's extremely lightweight too, weighing only 1.3 pounds. Just about everyday I turn it on and quickly clean up. Once it's full, the head twists off and the filter comes out for easy cleaning. Every other week, I rinse the filter and let it dry, charge it, and like magic the vacuum is brand new again.

Before I got this, I'd probably just ta

The Daily Beast
Mar 03, 2021

If Jan. 6 Was ‘Domestic Terror,' Who Was the Terrorist In Chief?
bstirtonFBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday painted a picture of a massive threat facing America. But at the center of that picture was a force so dark and scary that apparently no one on either side of the political aisle dared to speak his name.

Wray, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first time in two years, and taking questions from lawmakers for the first time since the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, could not have been more clear about the scope or nature of the threat that the FBI now says is its top priority. It is domestic terrorism.

But while Republicans tried to change the subject and Democrats tried to focus on it, no one said much about Donald J. Trump. It would have been like having a hearing after 9/11 and discussing airline security procedures without ever getting around to Osama bin Laden or al Qaeda.

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Mar 03, 2021

Democrats Fume That Neera Tanden Mess Dragged Down Equality Act
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyPresident Joe Biden's agenda for his first 100 days can't be criticized for a lack of ambition. But as key components of his policy priorities, from raising the national minimum wage to wage discrimination against workers with disabilities, have fallen victim to the filibuster, stakeholders in the Equality Act—one of his key legislative goals—grew increasingly frustrated with the White House's white-knuckle commitment to an item that never appeared on his long list of commitments to voters during the campaign: confirming Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

For reasons both high-minded and mundane, Tanden's nomination to the position hung by little more than a single thread, pinched in the ambivalent fingers of Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) after nearly every moderate Republican in the Senate, as well as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), said that they wouldn't vote to confirm her. On Tuesday, Tanden announced that she was withdrawing her nomination, despite White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain's promise that the administration was "fighting our guts out" for Tanden's confirmation, no matter the vanishingly long odds.

Outside the administration, however, advocates for more popular priorities—and, arguably, more im

The Daily Beast
Mar 03, 2021

Bernie Sanders Won't Help Out Josh Hawley This Time
GettyWhen Sen. Josh Hawley voiced his support late last year for giving millions of Americans $2,000 checks, he said he got a call from Sen. Bernie Sanders' camp. What happened next was the formation of one of Capitol Hill's stranger political odd couples, as the Trumpist Republican from Missouri and the Democratic Socialist from Vermont joined together to make a very public push for a shared priority.

That partnership might have continued last week, with another Hawley announcement that put him in league with Sanders and other progressives: his support for requiring companies with revenues of $1 billion or more to pay their workers a $15 hourly minimum wage.

But of course, something rather important happened since Hawley and Sanders first joined forces. The Missouri Republican was a lead endorser and amplifier of former President Donald Trump's conspiracy theories that he unfairly lost the 2020 election—theories that fueled the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6. In a now-infamous photograph, Hawley was pictured raising his fist in solidarity with those gathered outside the Capitol that morning. When the Senate convened after the mob was cleared, Hawley was the only senator to speak in favor of objecting to the Electoral College certification.

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Mar 03, 2021

$1.9 Trillion Is Too Much and Biden and the Democrats Know It
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyThe House may have passed President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus bill (along strictly partisan lines), but the economic case for the bill is collapsing. It remains likely to become law—dragged over the finish line in a partisan vote stuffed with payoffs to keep all Democratic lawmakers on board. But as new information contradicts and undermines the bill's intended purpose, the exercise has become more about saving face and showing partisan unity than intelligently addressing the pandemic and recession.

The bill has grown too large for three reasons. On economics, liberals have come to believe that the Great Recession's slow recovery was due to insufficient stimulus spending, and have vastly overcorrected. On politics, Democrats remain committed to the $3 trillion price tag they demanded last fall (net of the $900 billion legislation enacted in December)—despite an improving economy requiring much less aid—because scaling it back would mean compromising with Republicans they detest. And on policy, the bill provides an opening to create permanent new government expansions and spread benefits to their popular constituencies like state governments and unions.

Yet this $1.9 trillion would bring total pandemic-response spending to $5.4 trillion in just 12 months—which will comprise one-fifth of the entire national debt—with rapidly declining effectiveness.



The Daily Beast
Mar 03, 2021

‘Coming 2 America' Star Jermaine Fowler Is Literally the Next Eddie Murphy
Annette Brown/Paramount Pictures via Amazon PrimeIf you had called Jermaine Fowler about two decades ago, you might have heard Eddie Murphy's voice on the other end of the line.

Like most millennials, the 32-year-old actor and comedian was probably too young when he first saw Coming to America, Murphy's 1988 R-rated comedy that topped that year's box office, maintained Murphy's reign as a Hollywood megastar, and, three decades later, remains an indelible celebration of Black excellence and culture.

Fowler, who grew up just outside of Washington, D.C., in Hyattsville, Maryland, estimates he was 8 or 9—maybe 10—when he first got his hands on a VHS copy of the film, in which Murphy plays the prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. Wanting to carve his own path instead of settling for a royally dictated arranged marriage, he decides to find his own wife. And where does a future king go to do that? He travels to Queens. As in Queens, New York.

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Mar 03, 2021

Trump Builds New Fundraising Death Star Aimed at GOP Foes
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyOn Sunday, Donald Trump's fundraising machine charged back to life after its January lull, blitzing fans with emails and texts on the heels of the ex-president's CPAC keynote address, urging them to "donate" to "SAVE AMERICA!" It worked, netting Trump and his team more than $3 million off of that speech, according to an adviser, bringing the committee's on-hand total north of $80 million.

That cash was divvied up between three political committees tied to the former commander-in-chief, two of them formed just days before he riled up the CPAC crowd packed into a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. The new setup indicates that Trump is bent on raking in cash like someone who is mounting a run—or who wants to pressure anyone who thinks they can take him on.

Over the weekend, Trump's team converted his old campaign into a PAC and added a new joint fundraising committee to the mix, an overhaul designed to crush the revolt he faces from a small faction of elected Republicans tired of lugging the baggage that accompanies an alliance with the broadly unpopular former president.

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Mar 03, 2021

Trump Fundraising Drive Could Give Him Stranglehold on the GOP
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyOn Sunday, Donald Trump's fundraising machine charged back to life after its January lull, blitzing fans with emails and texts on the heels of the ex-president's CPAC keynote address, urging them to "donate" to "SAVE AMERICA!" It worked, netting Trump and his team more than $3 million off of that speech, according to an adviser, bringing the committee's on-hand total north of $80 million.

That cash was divvied up between three political committees tied to the former commander-in-chief, two of them formed just days before he riled up the CPAC crowd packed into a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. The new setup indicates that Trump is bent on raking in cash like someone who is mounting a run—or who wants to pressure anyone who thinks they can take him on.

Over the weekend, Trump's team converted his old campaign into a PAC and added a new joint fundraising committee to the mix, an overhaul designed to crush the revolt he faces from a small faction of elected Republicans tired of lugging the baggage that accompanies an alliance with the broadly unpopular former president.

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Mar 03, 2021

Colbert's ‘Tooning Out the News' Pivots to Attack Biden in Season 2
Paramount PlusOver the past six weeks or so, late-night shows have been struggling to figure out how to make comedy out of our collective post-Trump reprieve.

Mostly, they have either found excuses to keep joking about Donald Trump or found new conservative targets like QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Cancun Senator Ted Cruz. More recently, on the latest episodes of Saturday Night Live, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo finally started taking some heat.

But one political figure who has mostly evaded comedic scrutiny—much to Fox News' frustration—is the current president of the United States Joe Biden. Now that's about to change on the new season of Tooning Out the News.



The Daily Beast
Mar 03, 2021

Stephen Colbert Fires Back at Fox News and Don Jr.'s Dr. Seuss Freakout
CBSIf you happened to catch any hour of Fox News over the past couple of days, you may be under the impression that Dr. Seuss getting "canceled" is the biggest news story in America. You probably won't be surprised to learn that it's not quite so simple.

As Stephen Colbert explained in his Late Show monologue Tuesday night, Dr. Seuss Enterprises has decided to stop publishing six rather obscure titles from the iconic children's author because they contain "racist and insensitive imagery."

"It's a responsible move on their part," the host argued. "There hadn't been an earth-shattering outcry, but they recognize the impact that these images might have on readers, especially kids, and they're trying to fix it, because Dr. Seuss books should be fun for all people—Black, white, straight, gay, Sneetches both star-bellied and plain, Loraxes, Barb-a-loots, all the Whos down in Whoville and the strange, angry creature called Foo Foo the Snoo."

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Mar 02, 2021

Trevor Noah Disgusted by Andrew Cuomo's Creepy Kiss Photo
Comedy CentralIn mid-February, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah was one of the first late-night hosts to really give it to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his cover-up of COVID nursing home deaths, comparing his aversion to reality to former President Donald Trump's. And now, Noah is going hard in the paint on Cuomo's series of sexual-harassment allegations. Thus far, two former aides to Cuomo have accused him of making lewd comments and unwanted advances (allegations Cuomo has denied), and this week, a third woman came forward to The New York Times accusing him of aggressively pawing her and trying to kiss her at a wedding.

After thanking Cuomo for his wedding toast about her friends, Anna Ruch, now 33, told the Times that Cuomo put his hand on her bare lower back. "When she removed his hand with her own, Ms. Ruch recalled, the governor remarked that she seemed ‘aggressive' and placed his hands on her cheeks. He asked if he could kiss her, loudly enough for a friend standing nearby to hear. Ms. Ruch was bewildered by the entreaty, she said, and pulled away as the governor drew closer," reported the Times. Ruch says she was "confused and shocked and embarrassed" by the unwanted advance.

"Jesus, man! What are you doing? I mean, on the one hand, asking women for consent before you kiss them is what you're supposed to do, but the other part of consent is waiting for them to answer! You don't just grab them on the face like a

The Daily Beast
Mar 02, 2021

Marco Rubio Helps Hannity Peddle Conspiracy About Biden's Mental Fitness
Fox NewsSen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) essentially agreed on Tuesday evening with Fox News host Sean Hannity's baseless claims that President Joe Biden is "struggling cognitively," asserting that foreign leaders are thinking to themselves that the president is being used as a "puppet."

Hannity, a close confidant of former President Donald Trump, has long peddled conspiracies about Biden's mental health and fitness, spending the majority of the 2020 presidential campaign portraying the current White House occupant as senile.

In recent weeks, Hannity has returned to openly questioning the president's cognitive ability, citing reports that Vice President Kamala Harris has held calls with international leaders as proof of Biden's supposed decline, even going so far as to say "it's getting a little scary."

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Mar 02, 2021

Meghan Markle Dismisses Bullying Allegations as Pre-Oprah ‘Calculated Smear Campaign'
Ben Birchall/WPA Pool/GettyMeghan Markle has denied detailed accusations of "bullying" her former Buckingham Palace staff and accused opponents of conducting a "calculated smear campaign" in advance of her much-hyped CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey this Sunday.

If Meghan and Prince Harry had anticipated an open field to criticize the royal family and/or air various grievances, certain Buckingham Palace sources seem determined to torpedo their ambitions prior to Sunday night.

Royal aides told The Times of London that Meghan was the subject of an official bullying complaint made in October 2018 by Jason Knauf, Meghan and Harry's former communications secretary. The Times reported that the complaint detailed how Meghan allegedly "drove two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member." Prince Harry asked Knauf not to pursue the complaint, a source told the paper.

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Mar 02, 2021

Feds Bust Gun-Crazy Boogaloo Boi Who's in the U.S. Illegally
Spencer Platt/GettyDays before the trial of the officer charged with murdering George Floyd is set to begin in Minneapolis, the FBI has arrested a member of the Boogaloo Bois who tried to travel to the city during this summer's unrest and who has been in contact with a fellow extremist accused of attacking a police station there.

Jaap Willem Lijbers, 26, is an undocumented Dutch citizen living in Virginia who investigators have tied to the white nationalist movement that wants to overthrow the U.S. government by inciting a second civil war. He was arrested during a raid on his home in rural Virginia on weapons and immigrations charges.

According to a criminal complaint filed March 2 in Virginia federal court, Lijbers was a member of a private Facebook group that included Steven Carrillo, a notorious Boogaloo Boi and Air Force sergeant charged in a series of politically motivated cop killings last June. It says Lijbers had also been in direct contact with Benjamin Ryan Teeter, a North Carolina Boogaloo Boi who in December pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges for attempting to provide material support to Hamas, and with Ivan Harrison Hunter, a Boogaloo Boi from Texas charged with rioting after firing 13 rounds from an AK-47 style

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Mar 02, 2021

Cynthia Nixon Questions ‘Courage' of Feminists Who Backed Cuomo
GettyA growing number of activists and lawmakers have called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to step down following multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him. Notably absent are the powerful women's groups that supported his election.

All three of the women's groups who endorsed Cuomo over progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in 2018 called for an independent investigation of the allegations—an arrangement to which the governor has already agreed. Two of the groups, Planned Parenthood and the National Institute for Reproductive Health, declined to discuss the matter by phone, instead sending statements via email.

The Daily Beast reached the president of the third organization, the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women, on her cell phone. Asked about her organization's decision to endorse Cuomo in 2018, the president, Sonia Ossorio, called it a "ridiculous question."

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Mar 02, 2021

Church That Ruined Lives Disses Vaccine That Saves Them
Jon Cherry/GettyEven as it condemned as "morally compromised" a COVID-19 vaccine that the Vatican itself has approved for emergency use, the Archdiocese of New Orleans was being hit with dozens of new clergy sex abuse claims.

The new claims were filed in advance of a March 1 deadline set by the judge in a federal bankruptcy proceeding instituted by the archdiocese in August, citing the double impact of pending sex abuse lawsuits and the pandemic.

The archdiocese was already facing more than 30 outstanding abuse claims and was seeking to curtail future ones. Federal Judge Meredith Grabill set March 1 as a "bar date" for any new claims. Each victim had to fill out and submit a "sexual abuse survivor proof of claim," reliving the horror with such a stark question as: "Where were you at the time you were sexually abused? Please be specific and provide all relevant information that you recall including the City and State, name of the religious Parish or School or Orphanage (if applicable) and/or the name of any other locations.

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Mar 02, 2021

Neera Tanden's OMB Nomination Finally Pulled Over Mean Tweets
Anna Moneymaker/Pool via ReutersThe Biden administration's path to a fully staffed Cabinet hit its largest hurdle yet on Tuesday evening, when the White House announced that it was pulling the nomination of Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, to lead the Office of Management and Budget, long after it had become clear that she would not have the votes to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

"I have accepted Neera Tanden's request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget," President Joe Biden said in a statement released on Tuesday evening. "I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel, and I look forward to having her serve in a role in my administration. She will bring valuable perspective and insight to our work.

When Biden nominated Tanden, a longtime Clintonworld loyalist, to lead OMB, the choice was seen by many progressives as an insult to the left wing of the Democratic Party that she'd once sought to thwart. But it was the apparent disinclination of Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, thought to be one of the most Democrat-friendly Republicans in the Senate, to support Tanden's nomination that appears to have sealed her fate.

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Mar 02, 2021

Feds Arrest White Supremacist Livestreamer in Dawn Raid, Rattling Supporters
Broward Sheriff's OfficeThe FBI arrested a notorious white supremacist livestreamer in an early morning raid in Florida on Tuesday.

FBI agents, working with Fort Lauderdale police and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, arrested Paul N. Miller, 32, on one charge of being a "convicted felon in possession of a firearm." The FBI said in a press release that Miller was arrested without incident.

Miller's neighbors in Fort Lauderdale's Riverside neighborhood reported hearing flashbangs during the raid, which took place around 5 a.m. ET, local TV station NBC 6 reported. One neighbor described seeing law enforcement officers carrying out a box that appeared to have "a shotgun on the front or an AK."

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Mar 02, 2021

‘Murdering' Mom: Boyfriend Wanted Me to Ditch the Kids
Middletown Police DepartmentThe boyfriend of an Ohio woman charged with killing her 6-year-old son while trying to abandon him and his siblings had been pressuring her to "get rid of" the children, she told police.

That's according to a newly released police report that lays out in detail the alleged chain of events that led to James Robert Hutchinson's body being thrown in a freezing river last week.

In a press conference on Monday, Middletown Police Chief David Birk said Brittany Gosney, 29, confessed to killing young James, but said the motive was still unclear.

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Mar 02, 2021

Roger Ailes Victim Loses Another Round in Her Defamation Suit Against Fox News
Frederick M. BrownFormer Fox News guest booking director Laurie Luhn, a repeated victim of the late Roger Ailes' alleged sexual misconduct, lost a major legal round Tuesday in her federal defamation lawsuit against Fox News Media and its chief executive, Suzanne Scott.

Affirming a lower-court decision dismissing Luhn's complaint, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia ruled that a 2019 Los Angeles Times profile of Scott—in which the executive insisted she "had no clue on what was going on in Roger Ailes' office" and "I have never had any issues with any sort of harassment myself"—could not meet the legal standard for defamation.

The ruling said that's because neither Scott nor the article mentioned Luhn and her statements were not "reasonably capable of any defamatory meaning.'' The appeals court added that Luhn's lawsuit relies on "a strained set of inferences in an effort to construct a case of defamation by implication."

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Mar 02, 2021

‘Absolute Bullshit': Texans Reeling From Storm Face Top-Down COVID Fiasco
Mark Felix/AFP via GettyDALLAS—First a horrific winter storm left millions of Texans without power, water, food, or all of the above in what critics said was the inevitable result of an absentee GOP government.

Now authorities in Austin seem determined to add a slew of COVID-19 deaths to the tally.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he planned to end the state's mask mandate and push all businesses to fully reopen, ignoring the pleas of local officials—and the state's slow vaccination rollout.

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Mar 02, 2021

Texas Guv Ditches Mask Mandate, Orders Full Reopening Despite Vaccine Lag
Mark Felix/AFP/GettyDALLAS—Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he planned to end the state's mask mandate and allow all businesses to fully reopen, ignoring the pleas of local officials and the state's slow vaccination rollout.

"It is now time to open Texas 100 percent," Abbott said at a press conference during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon at a Lubbock restaurant. "Every business that wants to be open, should be open."

As the nation's second largest state, Texas may become the first domino in a series of reopenings that go against the advice of public health experts. Shortly after Abbott's announcement on Tuesday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a fellow Republican, announced his state would follow suit in fully reopening and rescinding mask mandates.

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Mar 02, 2021

Fox News' Tomi Lahren Calls for Cancel Culture to Cancel Cancel Culture
Fox NewsFox News contributor Tomi Lahren brought right-wing media's obsession with so-called "cancel culture" to its inevitable full circle on Tuesday, calling for conservatives to "start canceling" the companies that engage in "cancel culture."

After devoting multi-day outrage cycles over Mr. Potato Head and The Muppets being the latest victims of a supposed cancel-culture mob—neither of them, of course, were actually canceled—Fox News spent much of Tuesday complaining about the news that six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published due to racist and insensitive imagery.

"These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," Dr. Seuss Enterprises said in a statement on Tuesday, which coincided with the late author's birthday. "Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises' catalog represents and supports all communities and families."

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Mar 02, 2021

MAGA-Obsessed State Rep. Accused of Being the Boss From Hell
Facebook/Wendy RogersA Trump-obsessed state representative from Arizona is under fire after a damning report confirmed she harassed a former aide by fat-shaming him, making comments about his lesbian sister, and demanding he work while sick with COVID-19.

The report, released on Monday by the Senate Ethics Committee, included text messages and an eyewitness account to corroborate the claims that Sen. Wendy Rogers (R-Flagstaff) cultivated a hostile work environment. The investigation, which included interviews with 11 people, came after the former legislative aide, Michael Polloni, filed a complaint accusing Rogers of berating him, taking his belongings and cursing him out in a heated tirade during his two-month tenure.

"You know I only want the best for you. You are going to be very very handsome when you're trim," Rogers wrote in a Dec. 17 text message to Polloni, according to the report. "I had to jump on my husband and he didn't take it well but he soldiered through it and now he looks so much better."

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Mar 02, 2021

Meghan Markle's Oprah Interview Outfit Has Its Own Powerful Message
via CBSIf you love The Daily Beast's royal coverage, then we hope you'll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.

When Prince Harry and Megan Markle officially stepped back from their royal duties right around this time last year, the internet lost a favorite pastime: the scrupulous over-analyzation of what Meghan wore.

Luckily, the famous couple has returned to the spotlight in what promises to be an explosive, tell-all attack on the royal family via a weekend primetime interview with Oprah Winfrey. "You've said some pretty shocking things," Winfrey says in a promo. And such drama requires an outfit to match—one Meghan absolutely nails in Armani.

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Mar 02, 2021

FBI Director Shoots Back, Insisting Bureau Shared Intel Ahead of Capitol Insurrection
Mandel Ngan/Getty FBI Director Christopher Wray, pushing back against the Capitol and D.C. police, insisted on Tuesday that his agents shared intelligence with them "in three ways" ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Making his first substantial public comments on the FBI's performance since an attack he called "domestic terrorism," Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI had provided a now-infamous "situational information report" from its Norfolk bureau to D.C.-area law enforcement through an email the night before; an undated verbal briefing at a multi-agency command post set up by the bureau's Washington Field Office; and through a post on a shared law-enforcement information network.

Norfolk agents "made the judgment to get the information, in three different ways, to their partners, even though they didn't know if it would be accurate," Wray testified. The Norfolk memo from Jan. 5 remains undisclosed, but reportedly compiled a social-media thread involving exhortations that "Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa slave soldiers being spilled. Get violent."

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Mar 02, 2021

Fox News Insiders Rage Against Hiring ‘Mini Goebbels' Kayleigh McEnany
Samuel Corum/GettyFox News officially announced on Tuesday that it has hired former Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany as a contributor.

"It is my distinct pleasure today to welcome Kayleigh Mcenany to the Fox family," anchor Harris Faulkner said Tuesday morning after wrapping an on-air interview with the former Trump flack. "We will be seeing much more of her in the future."

Fox News did not respond when asked for comment.

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Mar 02, 2021

This Ribbed Towel Changed What I Thought a Towel Could Be
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/ParachuteI am firmly in two towel camps: I love a plush towel but I'm also a big fan of waffle knit. One is soft, absorbent, and spa like, while the other is lightweight, textured, quick-drying, and chic. There hasn't been a towel out there that has all of these features, so I've been stuck alternating between the two. And then, I had the opportunity to test out Parachute's new Soft Rib Towels, and my two towel identities merged into one.

Parachute's Soft Rib Towels are a match made in heaven. Not only did Parachute manage to make towels that are plush and soft to the touch, but they also nailed the texture and the weight. I wish every piece of fabric in my home could be made out of Parachute's soft rib material. It is softer than soft: imagine toweling off with your favorite cashmere sweater—and it actually dries you and doesn't get ruined. The towels are made from 100% Turkish cotton and feature this interesting rib design: I'll call it ultra-mini-waffle-knit; think of it a bit like corduroy you want to dry off with. There is enough texture to feel it's there (and to look cool) but not so much that it gets in the way of softness. With that said, they dry quicker than most towels, thanks to this design, and are more lightweight than other plu

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Mar 02, 2021

Democrats Are Learning Fast Why Being in Power Can Suck
Drew Angerer/GettyIt sounds so easy: Kamala Harris just has to ignore the parliamentarian's ruling that the minimum wage increase doesn't belong in the COVID relief bill, and just like that, the minimum wage increase happens. So why don't these feckless Senate Democrats—and the Senate takes up the bill this week—just do it?

Because it isn't that easy. Legislating isn't easy. It's really hard and slow and tedious. But what about Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, you ask? They were bold, not like these timid corporate ninnies today! Bullshit. Roosevelt and Johnson had Democratic majorities that don't exist now and will never exist again. And even they made loads of compromises.

I want a $15 minimum wage—at least. I want a huge green jobs bill. I want much higher taxes on the rich. I also want the Senate to do away with or at least radically change the filibuster, as I've been writing for years. And so on and so on. And progressives in Congress are right to push hard for these things. But it's important not to be under any illusion that any of these things are easy. These things are hard. The Senate is a basically reactionary institution. Progress will be piecemeal. The odds of ultimate victory will actually be stronger if everyone understands this.

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Mar 02, 2021

MBS Faces Criminal Complaint in Germany After Biden Let Him Off the Hook Over Khashoggi
Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via ReutersA criminal case against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and others in the Saudi hierarchy has been filed in a German court for the brutal 2018 murder, dismemberment, and disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite the kingdom's denial of MBS' direct involvement and the Biden administration's flaccid response to the killing.

?The 500-page complaint filed by the press-freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is the first time a criminal case has been lodged outside of what was largely considered a show trial in Saudi Arabia. That trial saw the conviction of eight people who were later pardoned after members of the Khashoggi family were said to have forgiven them.

On Monday, the Saudi ambassador to the United Nations disputed a four-page CIA report released last week that pointed to MBS' involvement, tweeting, "Let us all move forward to tackle the serious business of world issues!!"

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Mar 02, 2021

Harry and Meghan Are Begged to Delay Oprah Broadcast While Prince Philip Is Gravely Ill
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / Getty ImagesPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are being urged by some commentators in the U.K. to ask CBS to postpone the airing of its Oprah Winfrey interview, in which they are expected to mount a stinging attack on the royal family, as concern mounts over Prince Philip's prospects of beating an infection.

Philip, 99, was moved to a specialist heart hospital on Monday and royal sources have been quoted by British newspapers saying the family is "pretty appalled" at the idea of the interview, which Oprah has said sees Meghan saying "pretty shocking things" being broadcast while Philip is so unwell.

Penny Junor, author of Prince Harry, Brother, Soldier, Son, told The Daily Beast that airing the interview while Prince Philip was undergoing very public health travails risked making the interview look inappropriate, saying: "Anything could hijack this interview. Philip is ill. He is 99 and could die at any time. They were not to know he would get ill, but it could be seen to be the wrong time. But I doubt it is in their gift to postpone the interview. The control is in the hands of CBS and Oprah."

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Mar 02, 2021

Harry and Meghan Begged to Delay Oprah Broadcast While Prince Philip Is Gravely Ill
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / Getty ImagesPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are being urged by some commentators in the U.K. to ask CBS to postpone the airing of their Oprah Winfrey interview, in which they are expected to mount a stinging attack on the royal family, as concern mounts over Prince Philip's prospects of beating an infection.

Philip, 99, was moved to a specialist heart hospital on Monday and royal sources have been quoted by British newspapers saying the family is "pretty appalled" at the idea of the interview, which Oprah has said sees Meghan saying "pretty shocking things" being broadcast while Philip is so unwell.

Penny Junor, author of Prince Harry, Brother, Soldier, Son told The Daily Beast that airing the interview while Prince Philip was undergoing very public health travails risked making the interview look inappropriate saying: "Anything could hijack this interview. Philip is ill. He is 99 and could die at any time. They were not to know he would get ill, but it could be seen to be the wrong time. But I doubt it is in their gift to postpone the interview. The control is in the hands of CBS and Oprah."

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Mar 02, 2021

Channeling a Ghost to Create the Next Hit Liquor Brand
Cooper SpiritsFive years ago this April the man who changed what America drank died at the age of 39.

Rob Cooper was a spirits entrepreneur and a visionary in the craft cocktail movement. He was both friend to and student of the emerging cadre of high-profile bartenders in the early and mid-2000s. He listened to their commentary and complaint. He figured out what they wanted, often before they did.

In 2007, he developed St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, which swiftly became a bartender's darling. Then sensing a demand for historic products that had gone extinct, he brought Creme Yvette out of the crypt and revived it. When he overheard bartenders excitedly talking about old-school rye—a style of whiskey that had comer perilously near extinction—he tracked down and acquired stores of straight Canadian rye, revived the moribund Hochstadter's line and launched Lock, Stock & Barrel. And before canned cocktails were everywhere, Cooper rolled out Hochstadter's Slow & Low in 2011, which was essentially a rye-based Old-Fashioned sold in both ornate bottles and a stubby 100ml can, since copied by others.

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Mar 02, 2021

There Are 6 Treatments Helping Patients Survive COVID-19
Carl Court/GettyBy William G. Bain, Georgios D. Kitsios, and Tomeka L. Suber

A year ago, when U.S. health authorities issued their first warning that COVID-19 would cause severe "disruption to everyday life," doctors had no effective treatments to offer beyond supportive care.

There is still no cure, but thanks to an unprecedented global research effort, several treatments are helping patients survive COVID-19 and stay out of the hospital altogether.

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Mar 02, 2021

‘They Might as Well Have Torn Up the Constitution'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyFor years, a central goal of the conservative movement was to install right-wing judges. A Republican president delivered, big time. And these Trumpists are still pissed.

Which tells you one thing. For the authoritarian wing of the Republican Party, this was never about interpreting the American legal code. It was always about raw political power.

"It's not about the rule of law. It's not about getting good, qualified judges. It's about results-oriented litigation," former U.S. Attorney for Alabama Joyce Vance tells Molly Jong-Fast on the latest edition of The New Abnormal.

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Mar 02, 2021

The World Is Becoming More LGBTQ-Diverse. TV Should Catch Up.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyIt's official: America is queerer than it's ever been before—no matter the anti-trans poison spouted in recent days by Republican politicians including former President Donald Trump in response to the passage of the Equality Act through Congress, which would federally outlaw discrimination against LGBTQ people.

The Equality Act may or may not be passed in the Senate. If it fails to, it will show how far politics lags behind how people are living their lives.

A recent Gallup poll revealed that 5.6 percent of American adults identify as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender—up from 4.5 percent the last time the company collected such data in 2017. Unlike the previous poll, which simply asked participants to answer "yes or no" regarding their sexual orientation, Gallup allowed people to self-identify this time around and found that more than half of LGBTQ adults (54.6 percent) identify as bisexual, 24.5 percent as gay,

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Mar 02, 2021

This National Park You've Probably Never Heard of is One of the Top 10 Most Visited
Kat Clay/GettyOhio is more than the place where national media drop into diners to interview swing state voters (because, apparently, we Ohioans are only found in diners). It's more than a Pencil Sharpener Museum or the home of the World's Largest Washboard—yes, those exist here. It's also home to a robust world of outdoors recreation, like central Ohio's Hocking Hills or the just named seventh-most-visited national park of 2020: Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Tucked away just south of Cleveland, Cuyahoga frequently gets overlooked in stories about national parks in deference to the older giants with bigger name-brand recognition, like Great Smoky Mountains National Park or Yellowstone. Of course, on a list like this, no national park can compete with Great Smoky Mountains, which has held the No. 1 slot since 1944.

Still, even Yosemite didn't make the top 10 list last year.

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Mar 02, 2021

How ‘Putin's Chef' Prigozhin Is Now Targeting Europe
Sergei Ilnitsky/APHe's sent Wagner mercenaries to Ukraine, Syria, and Libya; faced U.S. indictments for assigning his "troll farm" to interfere in the 2016 presidential election; and even dispatched white supremacists and neo-Nazis to sow anti-Western sentiment in African nations. Now Yevgeny Prigozhin, the catering magnate commonly referred to as "Putin's chef," has trained his attention a little closer to Russia's doorstep: Europe and the Baltic States.

A joint investigation by The Daily Beast, the Dossier Center, German broadcaster ARD, Delfi.ee in Estonia, and Siena.lt in Lithuania reveals that operatives closely associated with the Russian oligarch's previously exposed influence operations organized a two-day conference in Berlin from Jan. 14-15 pegged to economic and environmental issues affecting Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Germany.

The Baltic Sea Region Strategic Dialogue was the first of what is meant to be a series of so-called "foresight sessions" to "create a new vision of the post-pandemic future" for the aforementioned countries, with an ostensible focus on COVID-19, Brexit, environmental sustainability, e-governance, and digital technology. Participants included Rihards Kols, the head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Latvia's parliament, as well as several members of the German Bundestag including Stefan Keuter, a member of the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party.

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Mar 02, 2021

Michael Moss, Author of 'Hooked,' Shares Five Books on the Evolution of Addiction
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Daniel Sheehan/AmazonIn 2014, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Moss came out with Salt, Sugar, Fat, a #1 New York Times bestseller that forever changed the way I think about Cheetos and processed foods as a whole. In the book, he detailed cereals, chips, sodas, and explained how all of these foods were scientifically designed to have us coming back for more.

Moss is out with a new book, Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions, which is just as intriguing. The book asks the question: Are processed foods as addictive as drugs and alcohol? The answer is yes, perhaps even more so. Throughout, Moss uses research to explain how these corporations got us addicted, and how they continue to keep us at their will. He told me that "we are built to crave things loaded with calories as much as we are sugar," and went on to recommend five books around "the evolution of addiction," books that give us "an inward look at how evolution changed things like the naval cavity and that devious organ called body fat, in ways that now make us so vulnerable to losing control of our food and sundry other addictions."

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Mar 02, 2021

The Bomber and Master Forger Who Tried to Destroy the Mormon Church
NetflixThere's no weirder twist in Murder Among the Mormons than the initial disclosure that this Netflix true crime series (premiering March 3) is co-directed by Jared Hess, the idiosyncratic filmmaker behind Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, and Gentleman Broncos. That Hess is a Mormon goes some way toward explaining this unlikely marriage of artist and material, which he helms with Tyler Measom. Yet it remains an unexpected venture for the former big-screen comedy wunderkind, who largely neuters his trademark off-the-wall comedy style for a straightforward recap of a story rooted in deception.

Hess and Measom's subject is an incident that rocked Salt Lake City: on Oct. 15, 1985, two pipe bombs were detonated within an hour of each other, the first killing document collector Steve Christensen in his downtown office and the second taking the life of Kathy Sheets (the wife of Christensen's former associate Gary) at her suburban home. What linked the two victims was the big business of rare book and document-dealing that had become all the rage in the Mormon community during that decade. An entire industry had sprouted up around the practice of discovering, selling and trading 19th century artifacts with great significance to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And at the time of his demise, Christensen was on the cusp of completing, on behalf of the LDS church, a gigantic transaction—to the tune of $300,000—for a cache of new

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Mar 02, 2021

Nathan Lane Wishes He'd Been ‘Brave' Enough to Come Out to Oprah After ‘The Birdcage'
Nicholas Hunt/GettyWhen I ask Nathan Lane if it can believe it's been 25 years since he made The Birdcage, he quickly replies, "Yes, I can."

"I just turned 65, I can't really believe that," the actor adds on the 100th episode of The Last Laugh podcast. "But I certainly believe it's 25 years since we made The Birdcage."

He wasn't supposed to star in the film that changed his life. As the story goes, director Mike Nichols originally wanted to cast Steve Martin and Robin Williams as the gay couple at the center of his 1996 remake of La Cages Aux Folles. Martin would play Armand, the owner of the titular South Beach drag club and Williams would take on the more outwardly comedic role of Albert, his partner—also known as the club's headliner "Starina."

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Mar 02, 2021

MAGA Fans Fume at Trumpy Channel for Censoring Conspiracies
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyAs Trump supporters gathered Sunday outside the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando to greet the former president's motorcade, a correspondent for a popular pro-Trump YouTube channel went into the crowd to interview them—risking the fate of his entire company in the process.

Interviewing random Trump supporters makes up much of the content on Right Side Broadcasting Network, a booming right-wing YouTube channel The Washington Post has called "the unofficial version of Trump TV." But for a year, the Trump base has embraced conspiracy theories about election theft and COVID-19—exactly the kind of content, if livestreamed on RSBN, that could get the channel kicked off YouTube.

In Orlando, the MAGA welcome crew seemed as excited to see pseudonymous RSBN correspondent "Mike Nificent" as they did former President Donald Trump. A man with a speaker encouraged the crowd to watch RSBN, while a woman declared that RSBN was only the media outlet she trusts.

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Mar 02, 2021

MAGA Fans Rage at Trumpy Channel for Censoring Conspiracies
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyAs Trump supporters gathered Sunday outside the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando to greet the former president's motorcade, a correspondent for a popular pro-Trump YouTube channel went into the crowd to interview them—risking the fate of his entire company in the process.

Interviewing random Trump supporters makes up much of the content on Right Side Broadcasting Network, a booming right-wing YouTube channel The Washington Post has called "the unofficial version of Trump TV." But for a year, the Trump base has embraced conspiracy theories about election theft and COVID-19—exactly the kind of content, if livestreamed on RSBN, that could get the channel kicked off YouTube.

In Orlando, the MAGA welcome crew seemed as excited to see pseudonymous RSBN correspondent "Mike Nificent" as they did former President Donald Trump. A man with a speaker encouraged the crowd to watch RSBN, while a woman declared that RSBN was only the media outlet she trusts.

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Mar 02, 2021

The Whistleblower Who Fought to Expose Smooshi the Walrus' Ugly Alleged Abuse
Mike DiBattista/APPhil Demers had a love affair like few others. After getting a job as a trainer at Niagara Falls, Ontario's Marineland of Canada, Demers was excited to hear that the famed park would be receiving a walrus. When that animal arrived, it immediately took an intense liking to Demers, smooshing up against him as a sign of affection and, as a result, earning herself the name Smooshi. During an early attempt to get bloodwork from Smooshi, Demers put his hand over the walrus' face and, as he says, "in that moment, I became her mom." Demers had imprinted on Smooshi, and as elucidated by Nathalie Bibeau's The Walrus and the Whistleblower (out March 4 on Discovery ), so too had Smooshi imprinted on Demers, creating a bond that was next to unbreakable.

Their relationship soon became national news, as well as jokey fodder for Jimmy Kimmel Live! It was not to last, however—at least in person. In September 2011, the park's water disinfection unit broke, meaning that chlorine levels had to be raised in the pools housing not only Smooshi but the other four walruses that Marineland's founder and owner John Holer had purchased, along with various other sea mammals. Through a combination of Demers' commentary and covertly shot footage from inside the park facilities, The Walrus and the Whistleblower alleges that this crisis allegedly led to intense animal suffering, with sea lions losing their skin because they were isolated in dry cages for months, and Smooshi receiving chemical burns that caused her flippers to b

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Mar 02, 2021

20-Year-Old MAGA Pol's War on Antifa Backfires Horribly
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via FacebookChaos. Incivility. Lack of respect for authority.

Those are the things a Montana lawmaker accuses anti-fascists of in a new resolution intended to designate the movement a "domestic terrorist organization."

But the measure is struggling to get off the ground, and the 20-year-old MAGA acolyte-turned-state lawmaker pushing it seems to be the reason why.

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Mar 02, 2021

20-Year-Old MAGA Politician's War on Antifa Backfires Horribly
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via FacebookChaos. Incivility. Lack of respect for authority.

Those are the things a Montana lawmaker accuses anti-fascists of in a new resolution intended to designate the movement a "domestic terrorist organization."

But the measure is struggling to get off the ground, and the 20-year-old MAGA acolyte-turned-state lawmaker pushing it seems to be the reason why.

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Mar 02, 2021

Anti-Putin Campaigners: It's Time to Sanction the Large Adult Sons of Oligarchs and Cronies
ATTILA KISBENEDEKBack when he was still running Russia's FSB, Nikolai Patrushev, a longtime Putin crony who now heads the Russian Security Council, famously referred to himself and his colleagues as representatives of the "new nobility."

Nepotism is now breeding a new generation of Russian "nobles," who are poised to take over the Kremlin upon the retirement of their fathers. These princelings—some of whom already occupy exalted positions in the government and the corporate world—are accused of benefiting from their parents' money, mostly stolen from the state, via off-shore accounts. They also travel abroad and educate their children in America and Europe, while paying homage to the Kremlin leadership, which portrays the West as an enemy.

Anti-corruption campaigners claim that the children of the officials and oligarchs who enable Putin's repressive kleptocracy are effectively being used to evade Western sanctions, and must be targeted themselves in order to deter the Kremlin from future criminal behavior.

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Mar 02, 2021

This Is ‘Not OK': Trevor Noah Tears Into Andrew Cuomo
Comedy Central"We have to talk about the political scandal that is rocking the country," Trevor Noah said during Monday night's Daily Show. For the first time in a long time, he wasn't talking about Donald Trump.

After an extended breakdown of the multiple sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including his defense that he was just trying to be "playful" with his female employees, the host said, "Guys, of course he was being playful! I mean, imagine your much older, politically powerful boss turns to you and says, ‘When was the last time you were really hugged?' That's super playful! Can't you feel your skin crawling with delight?"

Turning more serious, Noah told viewers, "Here's the thing: Even if Cuomo did think he was just ‘being playful,' it's still not OK, all right?" He added, "This is what bosses never seem to understand. If you're a boss, you should never be flirtatious with your employees."

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Mar 01, 2021

The Young Women Cuomo Underestimated Are About to Bring Him Down
Credit: Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/handout/instagramThere are always those looking for a reason to dismiss and malign a woman, and side with the guy she's accusing. In the case of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest accuser, Anna Ruch, she wasn't his employee and they weren't in a workplace. They met for the first time at a wedding, where she says that he put his hand on her lower back. When she used her own hand to remove it, he grabbed her face in both hands and said he wanted to kiss her.

That's a newsworthy story because the 33-year-old is the third decades-younger woman in a week to come out with an account of unwanted contact with Cuomo, and because her story pokes serious holes in the phony "apology" the 63-year-old governor had issued a day earlier, to try and talk around the detailed, documented account of his second accuser, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett.

"At work, sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny," he said, sounding like a sad, misunderstood little boy while trying to explain away his actions with the second member of his staff to accuse him of harassment, and after his earlier suggestion that she get a tattoo on her butt fell flat. "I now understand that… some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation."

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Mar 01, 2021

CNN's Chris Cuomo Awkwardly Acknowledges Allegations Against Brother Andrew Cuomo
CNNChris Cuomo opened his primetime CNN show Monday night by acknowledging the growing sexual harassment scandal surrounding his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and telling viewers why he "obviously" would not be covering it.

"Before we start tonight, let me say something that I'm sure is very obvious to you who watch my show," the host began. "And thank you for that. You're straight with me, I'll be straight with you."

"Obviously, I'm aware of what's going on with my brother," Cuomo continued. "And obviously I cannot cover it, because he is my brother. Now, of course CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so."

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Mar 01, 2021

Should Never Trumpers Just Become Democrats? Absolutely Not.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyThe time to hesitate is through. With Donald Trump out of the White House, an argument is brewing on the Never Trump right over how to proceed. Should we push for a new center-right party, maintain our principled independence as intellectually honest opinion leaders above the fray? Or should we throw in with the Biden wing of the Democratic Party?

This is a big decision and, possibly, a crossroads. One prominent voice teasing the Biden option is Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of the Bulwark website. He recently floated a short but provocative trial balloon in his column at the Bulwark: "Mightn't [anti-Trump conservatives] consider allying oneself with the Biden wing of the Democratic Party?"

In a follow-up piece that was published at the Bulwark on Monday, Kristol expounded on his suggestion, responded to some of the pushback his suggestion had elicited, and noted that he "wrote the piece to stimulate debate," and was happy to have accomplished that goal.

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Mar 01, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene Demonizes Big Tech. She and Her Husband Just Sold Up to $210,000 in Tech Stocks.
Drew Angerer/GettyWhen she was running for office, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) constantly antagonized tech giants like Facebook for allegedly censoring and silencing pro-Trump Republicans, and vowed to fight what she called the "Silicon Valley Cartel" after being elected to Congress.

During her first two months on Capitol Hill, Greene has loudly ratcheted up the anti-tech rhetoric. But shortly after her swearing-in, she quietly moved to offload significant stock holdings in the very same companies she so vehemently denounced—netting a healthy sum in the process.

According to her latest financial disclosure form, released on Feb. 19, Greene and her husband sold anywhere from $49,000 to $210,000 worth of shares in Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon on Jan. 20.

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Mar 01, 2021

Third Woman Accuses Cuomo, Says He Asked to Kiss Her
ReutersA third woman has come forward to publicly accuse New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexually harassing her—and there's a picture to back her up.

Anna Ruch, who worked on the Biden campaign, told The New York Times that Cuomo put his hand on her bare lower back within moments of being introduced at a wedding in 2019.

"I promptly removed his hand with my hand, which I would have thought was a clear enough indicator that I was not wanting him to touch me," she told the paper.

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Mar 01, 2021

‘Heartbreaking': Ohio 6-Year-Old Died After Clinging to Car as Mom Abandoned Him, Cops Say
Middletown PoliceAn Ohio mother who police say tried to abandon her 6-year-old son at a local park, dragged him along the pavement when he tried to get back into the car, then dumped the boy's lifeless body in a river the following day, confessed to killing the child but has shown little remorse, the Middletown police chief revealed Monday.

Brittany Gosney, 29, is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence. Cops say Gosney's two other children—both of whom are second-graders—were in the car at the time of the killing, but were not harmed. They have since been placed in foster care, according to authorities.

"This has really touched my soul and my heart," Police Chief David Birk said at a Monday press conference. "My kids are older, but my youngest is 16, but I'm just sitting there, you know, the poor six-year-old has no idea what's going on and what's happening, and for the other kids to go through this too. It's just heartbreaking."

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Mar 01, 2021

Progressives Won't ‘Accept' a Loss on $15 Minimum Wage
REUTERSMinutes after the Senate parliamentarian advised against keeping the proposed $15 minimum wage hike in the American Rescue Plan, key House Democrats formed a group chat over text message to discuss tactics for pressuring President Joe Biden to keep his crucial campaign pledge.

As the disappointing news for progressives became public on Thursday evening, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) brainstormed into the night with Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Marie Newman (D-IL), Cori Bush (D-MO), and Mondaire Jones (D-NY) about how to effectively use the shared bargaining power of left-wing lawmakers to advance the wage goal with the White House.

"We all felt that something needed to be done," Khanna told The Daily Beast about the late-night strategy session. "It was really a collective effort."

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Mar 01, 2021

Biden's Saudi ‘Announcement' Is a Major Letdown
FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty ImagesAfter teasing an announcement that promised to detail "what we are going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally," the Biden administration addressed the Kingdom at a Monday press conference—and delivered nothing new.

The announcement followed the declassification of a much-anticipated intel report on the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Released on Friday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the report squarely concluded that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman "approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi."

But instead of announcing any new measures against the Kingdom, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday reiterated previously announced measures, including the introduction of a new visa restriction policy dubbed the "Khashoggi Ban" on "individuals who, acting on behalf of a foreign government, are believed to have been directly engaged in serious, extraterritorial counter-dissident activities."

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Mar 01, 2021

North Dakota Lawmaker: I Moved Desks to Escape GOP Colleague's Harassment
North Dakota State GovernmentA North Dakota state representative is facing growing calls to step down over allegations he's repeatedly sexually harassed staff members and interns.

Now, one of his Republican colleagues has come forward, revealing she was forced to move her seat on the House chamber floor to escape his harassment.

In a Saturday statement, Rep. Emily O'Brien (R-Grand Forks) said the inappropriate behavior by Rep. Luke Simons (R-Dickinson) became so bad that her colleagues had to help her relocate to a desk "further away from him."

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Mar 01, 2021

Fox Host Gets Corrected On-Air When He Claims NYT Is ‘Far Behind' on Cuomo Scandal
Fox NewsFox News correspondent Gillian Turner pushed back against her colleague Jason Chaffetz for claiming The New York Times was "far behind" on covering the misconduct scandal surrounding Andrew Cuomo, reminding the ex-congressman on Monday that the Times broke the story of the New York governor's second sexual-harassment accuser.

In recent weeks, as Cuomo has come under intense fire over revelations about nursing home COVID deaths and accusations of sexual misconduct, Fox News has repeatedly lashed out at mainstream media outlets for providing scant coverage of Cuomo.

Over the past few days, however, networks such as CNN and MSNBC have devoted ample time to the controversies, each mentioning Cuomo dozens of times since the Times' story broke this past Saturday.

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Mar 01, 2021

European Summer Saved? EU Announces Plan for Vaccine Passports
Yara Nardi via ReutersROME—The European Commission will introduce legislation paving the way for "digital green pass" COVID-19 passports in March with the goal of opening up travel for those who have been vaccinated.

The move, which has been criticized for potentially discriminating against those for whom the vaccine is not easily available, was announced by Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Monday. "We will submit a legislative proposal in March," she told German lawmakers on Monday. "The aim is to gradually enable them to move safely in the European Union or abroad - for work or tourism," she said in a followup tweet.

Unsurprisingly, the move has not been embraced equally by all E.U. member states. Tourist-reliant Greece has already created its own COVID-19 passport with an eye to opening up the country's picturesque islands this summer. The Italian island of Sardinia, which is currently Italy's only restriction-free "white zone" thanks to efforts to control who enters the island, has also said only vaccinated people can disembark.

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Mar 01, 2021

The Luxury, Fair-Trade Towels That I Feel Good About Using
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/PACTI've never really been too concerned about finding the "perfect" bath towels. Instead, I've been more of the "Those look good, I'll add them to my cart" mindset. This approach has left me with an assortment of mismatched towels hanging near my shower that I like, but don't love. Over time, though, I realized I was reaching for certain towels more often than others, and would sometimes even be bummed when none of the "good ones" were clean.

Trying to find joy in the little things these days, I had a lightbulb moment. Why not make sure all the towels I owned were the "good ones" so I never had to feel the uncomfortable itchiness of a subpar piece of fabric on my freshly cleaned body again? And so began my journey of slowly replacing the old, the unsatisfactory towels with options that made me happy.

PACT's Waffle Bath Towels—which come in eight hues—fit the bill. But I was even more drawn to them because of their other good qualities that set them apart from the mass of options out there. In addition to being soft and quick-drying, they are made with sustainable, 100% pure organic cotton terry and are produced in a fair trade factory. (This is true of all PACT's merch, which makes me even more excited to support the company.)

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Mar 01, 2021

Ex-NY Times Reporter Finally Speaks Out, Disputes Student Claims, Calls Himself ‘Jackal Circled by Jackals'
DANIEL SLIMThe former New York Times star reporter who was forced to leave the paper over a scandal about his use of a racial slur on a work trip has broken his silence.

In a lengthy, at times defensive four-part essay posted to Medium, health and science reporter Donald McNeil aired his responses to the complaints, first reported by The Daily Beast, that he made offensive comments while accompanying a group of students on a Times-led trip to Peru, including saying the "n-word."

The essays, which spanned a total of nearly 21,000 words, offer McNeil's thoughts on everything from the Times editing process to his family history, and voting habits. He even took issue with the way media columnists referred to him as a "veteran" or "star" reporter. But the majority of his writing attempted to correct the record of what he has previously and privately described as the faulty me

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Mar 01, 2021

Warm Up with this Creamy Pumpkin & Butternut Squash Soup
Kimberly Tilsen-Brave HeartWhile some kids are all about pizza or chicken fingers, chef Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart's nine-year-old daughter's favorite food is soup.

Odds are, that's thanks to Tilsen-Brave Heart's array of creative and comforting soup recipes, including her signature butternut squash, pumpkin and coconut bisque. It's been lauded as "magic" by customers of her Etiquette Catering company in Rapid City, South Dakota.

The soup, as with many of the dishes she makes, has a deep connection to her Native American heritage and the Pine Ridge Reservation in southern South Dakota where she was born.

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Mar 01, 2021

Our Favorite Pans for Searing, Sauteing, and Frying
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Getty ImagesFinding the right pan can be tricky. Part of it depends on what you're planning on cooking, but part of it depends on trust too. There are plenty of pans out there that talk a big talk, but end up falling to pieces after some serious work in the kitchen (I've had my heart broken numerous times). That's why we wanted to put together this list of pans we've tried, tested, and loved, no matter what we've put them through. Whether you're looking for a cast iron, a nonstick, or something a little different, these are our favorite pans out there.

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Mar 01, 2021

Nicolas Sarkozy's Scandals Finally Land Him in Prison
Gonzalo Fuentes via ReutersFormer French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of influence peddling for attempting to bribe a judge. The enigmatic politician, whose dodgy friends and past scrapes with the law have won in infamy in Europe, was sentenced to three years in prison with two years suspended.

Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012, was famed for his marriage to Italian supermodel turned French-pop chanteuse Carla Bruni—his third wife—as well as for his political prowess. As part of the tranche of evidence used to convict the former president are tapes of intimate conversations made by Sarkozy's former campaign adviser who fondly referred to him as "the dwarf" and by Bruni herself who reportedly often reminded him he was nothing short of a "kept man" thanks to her millions. He has the right to ask for his sentence to be served on house arrest

Sarko, who still retains immense political sway in French conservative politics, was, for a time, tied to the deposed and now dead Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for whom he spent a night in a Paris jail after being arrested for taking as much as $60 million from the dictator. The cash was reportedly smuggled into France in suitcases with the help of a Franco-Lebanese businessman named Ziad Takieddine who dished

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Mar 01, 2021

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Guilty of Bribery, Sentenced to Prison
Gonzalo Fuentes via ReutersFormer French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of influence peddling for attempting to bribe a judge. He was sentenced to three years in prison with two years suspended.

Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012 and who was nearly as famous for his marriage to Italian starlet Carla Bruni as for his political prowess, has the right to ask for his sentence to be served on house arrest.

The charges stem from an investigation into alleged discrepancies in campaign finances tied to his political party. He was accused of asking magistrate Gilbert Azibert for information that would help his defense in exchange for a posh appointment in Monaco. Two of Sarkozy's lawyers were also charged with the former president.

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Mar 01, 2021

Prince Harry Tells Oprah He Left the Royals Because He Feared Meghan Markle Would Suffer Like Princess Diana
JOHNNY EGGITT / Getty ImagesPrince Harry has told Oprah Winfrey that he decided to step back from the British royal family because he was fearful of "history repeating itself," apparently referring to the tragic story of his mother, Diana, who died at 36 in a car crash in Paris while being pursued by paparazzi.

Harry, who is now 36 himself, made the remarks in his interview with CBS which will be screened on March 7. Two advance clips from the special were released on Monday morning.

In one of the new Oprah clips, Harry was seated next to Meghan, 39, with whom he is expecting a second child. As he held her hand, he reflected on the ordeal his mother went through when she left the royal family.

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Mar 01, 2021

The Off-the-Shoulder Top Is Back, and Vaccine-Jab Ready
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyThe vaccine selfie is both a flex and a work of art. While it's disheartening to see, say, a SoulCycle instructor get to the front of the line under the guise of being a "teacher," it remains endlessly warming to watch someone's grandmother get her jab. A shot in the arm has become another social media rite of passage, and as access (slowly) trickles down to the rest of us, trends are born.

While sweatpants—the mac and cheese, comfort food of fashion—came to represent the need for comfort amid a crumbling society, we need a new piece of clothing to represent the impending promise of a brighter future. Enter: the off-the-shoulder top.

As made clear in a viral tweet from this week, cold shoulders are the perfect mix of fashion and function when your appointment comes up. A nurse can easily get her syringe in place, and you can wear a wildly impractical piece of clothing that restricts any arm movement.

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Mar 01, 2021

These Alt-Weeklies Faced ‘Total Annihilation.' Here's How They Survived.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/CourtesyAre alt-weeklies ever going to catch a break? An already precarious media industry has only become more precarious for alternative weeklies, which are mainly funded by ads from restaurants, bars, and concert venues—businesses that depend on people gathering in large groups, and whose cultural coverage centers around telling readers to go out and do things.

It's a story we've all heard before. Many alternative weeklies have been gutted, or closed in the last five years. The Village Voice closed in 2018; LA Weekly was sold in 2017 and gutted; the same year Baltimore City Paper closed. Others were casualties of the pandemic: City Pages, Minnesota's beloved alt-weekly, particularly known for music writing, closed last fall.

The pandemic was supposed to be the "total annihilation" of alt-weeklies. But after we moved on from the doom-and-gloom headlines, many papers continued to do

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Mar 01, 2021

The Next COVID-19 Nightmare for People of Color Is Proving They Got the Shot
Octavio Jones/GettyAs we near the one-year anniversary of stay-at-home orders in the United States, COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun, albeit in rather messy fashion. In the U.S. to date, over 49 million people have received at least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and over 24 million have received their second dose as well, according to the CDC. Despite promises of smooth and widespread vaccine distribution from the Trump administration in the fall of last year, the vast majority of vaccinations have only been administered under the direction of President Biden's COVID-19 Task Force. And stories of people skipping the line, political favoritism, and wealthy individuals gaming the system continue to taint the process nationwide.

Soon, though, with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on the way, anyone who wants to get a vaccine will (in theory) be able to get one—if their job and other circumstances permit. This, in turn, has led technocrats to recommend the use of vaccine passport apps to enable safe re-open

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Mar 01, 2021

The Only Way Forward Is to Drain the Swamp and Lock Trump and His Gang Up
Olivier Douliery/GettyThere's only one way to restore a cynical and traumatized majority's faith in the rule of law and the Department of Justice, and that's to drain the GOP swamp, hold Trump accountable for his numerous crimes, and—to quote from Gladiator—"unleash hell" on his criminal allies and enablers.

Just yesterday Donald Trump returned to face his adoring cult at the annual CPAC conference and kept promoting the Big Lie that he won the 2020 election, a lie that inspired a violent insurrection that killed five people. This dangerous, reckless behavior, supported by the GOP and its media propagandists, will only continue absent any legal consequences.

"The Biden administration needs to bring what I call a ‘season of reckoning' for the corruption and grift that we have suffered through the last four years," trial attorney Katie Phang told me. Trump and his enablers are "the common denominator" she said behind the insurrection, the extortion threats against Georgia's secretary of state, the kidnapping and caging of children at the border, multiple violations of the Emoluments Clause, and the lies and incompetence that led to thousands of COVID deaths.

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Mar 01, 2021

Tortured by al Qaeda, He Saw the Same Craziness in the Capitol Rioters
Jim Cole/APAfter they locked his body into a truck tire. After they cuffed his hands behind his back, then flipped him over so his weight rested on his knees and forehead. After they poured water over him, then beat his feet and hands with steel cables. That's when Theo Padnos confessed to helping the CIA kill Islamic terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, to being gay, to helping the CIA get the goods on al Qaeda in Syria, and to his desire to rape Syrian women.

None of this was true.

"The ideal torturer in an Islamic state is someone who takes himself out of the act entirely," says Padnos, whose new book, Blindfold: A Memoir of Capture, Torture and Enlightenment, tells of the nearly two years he was held as a prisoner by al Qaeda in Syria. "[The torturer] does his bit without emotion. The vast majority of them thought of torture as work they had to do to purify Syria of bad elements that had crept into the nation during the time of the Assads."

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Mar 01, 2021

‘It's Helpful to Rent Equipped Dungeons'—Inside the World of Traveling Dommes
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyYou may have seen Mistress Lark walking her sub on his leash in the fancy Los Angeles grocery store Erewhon a few months ago. You may have seen the story of Mistress Paige whose subs will fly to the U.K. and pay $1500 to be walked on a dog leash. Did you catch the hoopla when Miss Foxx took a sub to the Waterloo rail station?

But these are small outings between a domme and her sub.

The world has traveling salesmen. We have traveling nurses. I met one pre-COVID on a flight once and learned about her work. People go to where they're needed, to handle supply and demand, to take care of what ails. BDSM practitioners are no different. You might imagine people into BDSM to be dungeon-dwellers, people being chained or confined to one place. That might be what Hollywood sells you, but it's not true.

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Mar 01, 2021

Cuomo Was Always New York's Bad Guy. Here's Why He Was Finally Exposed.
Pacific PressI do sometimes wonder why it took so long.

Why is it now, in 2021, that so many people are finally waking up to the reality of Andrew Cuomo? A year ago, he was elevated to the status of hero and myth, so absurdly lauded—the magazine covers, the self-declared Cuomosexuals, the Emmy, the sycophantic interviews conducted by his CNN host brother—that it could seem that there was little justice left in a world already so deranged.

Cuomo, once America's governor like Rudy Giuliani was once America's mayor, seems to add new lines to his political obituary every day. There is the body count from coronavirus in New York, which maintains the country's second-highest death toll. There are the nursing home bodies he refused to count, the first federal probe into how that information was hidden, the second federal probe into the nursing home tally, and the unhinged threats against a state lawmaker just trying to do his job.

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Mar 01, 2021

How Scientologist Execs at Media Company e.Republic Made Workers' Lives a Living Hell
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyRyan Gallant needed a change of pace. He taught French at a local California middle school, but his salary barely covered his bills. To supplement his income, he worked the late shift at a Mendocino Farms deli. Then, in January of 2019, Gallant finally found an upgrade: a research analyst position at a Folsom-based marketing and media firm called e.Republic. Glassdoor reviews for the company were mixed. Some staff were effusive. "Healthy environment, great people!!!" one employee wrote in 2018. The rest were unequivocally negative. One reviewer titled their assessment: "Worst Job I Ever Had." Another called theirs: "Beware!"

The bad reviews shared a common theme: The company's owners, executives, and much of its upper management were high-ranking members of the Church of Scientology. "The company made me right [sic] a positive review to counteract all the negative reviews they were getting because of their affiliation with Scientology," an ex-employee wrote. "As one reviewer stated, the best day at e.Republic is the day you leave."

Gallant took the job anyway. He figured his new bosses' religion wouldn't impact much. It hadn't, after all, kept the firm from dealing with dozens of big-name tech companies—Google, AT&T, Verizon, IBM, Cisco—or maintaining relationships with well-known politicians, like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum. (The offices of Garcetti and Burgum did not respond to requests for comment.)



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Mar 01, 2021

Word Play News = A Crossword Writer's Inspiration
Rebecca TulisNot gonna lie, I was very pleased with myself about last Thursday's puzzle. Mandy Moore had just had a baby boy named Gus, whose arrival she announced on Instagram with the sentence "Gus is here".

A crossword writer's brain is always on low-level watch for themes, and this sparked a red alert from my synapses. Wouldn't it be funnier if she'd used the hashtag #ThisIsGus, since the name of her show is "This Is Us"? And they're both nine letters long, which is perfect. So that's what happened, with the two theme entries GUS IS HERE and THIS IS GUS, the second one clued as [Sentence that would've been funny if she'd posted instead, since it plays on the name of her hit show].

After the puzzle went up, I wondered: how many other people had thought of this? I found three fans of the show who'd tweeted about it with the #ThisisGus hashtag, such as this one:

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Mar 01, 2021

John Oliver Unloads on ‘Colossal Asshole' Andrew Cuomo
HBOOn Sunday night, around the time the woefully corrupt Golden Globes were wrapping up, John Oliver was launching into a speech against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, "a man whose face, build, and general demeanor always seems to scream ‘Business Frankenstein.'"

The comic opened his latest Last Week Tonight on the myriad controversies surrounding Cuomo, a man who was inexplicably hailed as a COVID-19 hero for holding regular press conferences while he was presiding over a state with the most COVID-19 deaths of any, erecting a performative blockade in New Rochelle to "contain" the virus' spread, overseeing erratic dining and school rules, somehow found the time to write a book about how well he was doing containing COVID, and placing COVID-positive patients back into nursing homes—an outrageous decision that led to countless deaths, and I say "countless" because the number of nursing home deaths were underreported by the Cuomo administration, who initially reported 9,154 nursing home deaths and recently upped that number to 15,049.

"You'd expect that less from a transparent democracy and more from an authoritarian regime like North Korea," cracked Oliver. "Now, this scandal stems from a directive Cuomo made last March, telling nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients to free up hospital beds. Now that would be bad enough, but since then, his administration has been trying to downplay and consequences from that action."



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Mar 01, 2021

The Worst Golden Globes Ever Completely Botched Its Diversity Scandal
Getty ImagesIt's not news that the Golden Globes, as an awards show, are a bit of a joke. But, my, has that joke gone stale.

The joke resurfaces every few years, sometimes from the ceremony's stage itself. In 2016, host Ricky Gervais dinged them as "worthless," likening the honor to "a bit of metal that some nice old confused journalists wanted to give you in person so they could meet you and have a selfie with you."

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted Sunday night's ceremony in unprecedented times: Because of the pandemic, each emceed from a different coast with a few dozen celebrity presenters and only masked first responders in the audience.

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Feb 28, 2021

Sacha Baron Cohen Brutally Mocks Rudy Giuliani in Golden Globes Speech
"Thank you to the all white Hollywood Foreign Press," Sacha Baron Cohen said, accepting the Golden Globe award for Best Comedy or Musical film Sunday night. His speech only got more scathing from there.

"I've got to say, this movie could not have been possible without my co-star, a fresh new talent who came from nowhere and turned out to be a comedy genius," the Borat Subsequent Moviefilm star said. "I'm talking about Rudy Giuliani. I mean, who can get more laughs out of one unzipping? Incredible."

"Our movie was just the beginning for him," Baron Cohen continued. "Rudy went on to star in a string of comedy films. Hits like ‘Four Seasons Landscaping,' ‘Hair Dye Another Day,' and the courtroom drama ‘A Very Public Fart.'"

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Feb 28, 2021

Jane Fonda Calls Out Golden Globes' Diversity Problems in Powerful Acceptance Speech
NBCWas there any doubt as Jane Fonda prepared to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year's Golden Globes that one of Hollywood's fiercest activists would use her platform, once more, to voice her beliefs?

On Sunday night, she did not disappoint—urging Hollywood to do better on diversity moments after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association responded to the outcry that emerged over the weekend over the fact that it does not have a single Black member within its ranks.

"I'm so moved to receive this honor, thank you," Fonda said. "We are a community of storytellers, aren't we? And in turbulent, crisis-torn times like these, storytelling has always been essential. You see, stories... change our hearts and our minds. They help us see each other in a new light. Have empathy. To recognize that for all our diversity, we are humans first."

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Feb 28, 2021

Teleprompter Trump Is the Most Tired Act in America
Joe Raedle/GettyBy day three of the CPAC conference, I usually want to die, just because watching all the propaganda and self-aggrandizement is exhausting and also sort of weirdly soul-crushing. But this year there was a kind of anxiety that I've never felt, because the former guy or the 45th president of the United States was speaking.

We haven't heard a lot from the former guy since Jan. 6. Some of that is because he was removed from social media for all the lying about the election and encouraging violence, some of it is because since Donald Trump is no longer president, he no longer matters. We don't want to elevate Trump, but you ignore him at your own peril; after all Trump is the spiritual leader of the Republican Party, and if you don't think so, take a look at the real breakout star of CPAC, the enormous gold statue that was made (in Mexico) in his likeness.

Officially the theme of this year's CPAC is "America uncanceled." Unofficially, "unreality" is the unofficial theme of this year's confab, and this was on display in spades. Right before Trump went on, failed congressional candidate Angela Stanton King defended her belief in QAnon, and Jim Jordan called Trump "the president."

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Feb 28, 2021

The Golden Globes Red Carpet Was Mostly at Home—and Pretty Darn Fabulous
Credit: Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyHere is what a "virtual red carpet" adds up to: a lot of famous people in hotel rooms, or at home, looking very all dressed up with some place very close by to go. Lockdown means these celebrities are briefly like us, but unlike us awaiting an awards show, so—shrugs shoulders—what are you gonna do? Well, they damn well dressed up, and we got to enjoy seeing inside Colin Farrell's living room.

The best bit about the Golden Globes was the all the domestic peekaboo.

At home or hotel, they could order room service or have family on hand with snacks, and not have to staple a smile on to their faces for hours on end. And yes, the Golden Globes demonstrated just how excruciating Zoom meetings could be—this time while competing for statuettes.

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Feb 28, 2021

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Embarrass Hollywood Foreign Press in Golden Globes Opening
NBCAppearing from opposite coasts at the first-ever socially-distanced Golden Globes, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler still managed to pull off some solid jokes at Hollywood's expense Sunday night. And they almost made it look like they were actually in the same room.

"Tina and I are hosting from two different cities, but the technology is so great you will never tell the difference," Poehler said, promising, "It will be smooth sailing."

"You won't even notice," Fey added, as she "stroked" her comedy partner's face. "Oh, I have missed you, my love," she said. "I always knew my career would end with me wandering around the Rainbow Room pretending to talk to Amy, I just thought it would be later."

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Feb 28, 2021

Team Biden About to Start Its First Talks With the Taliban
GettyPresident Biden's Afghanistan negotiator has begun a diplomatic trip that will include the first meeting of the new administration with the Taliban, sources familiar confirmed to The Daily Beast.

The State Department did not immediately provide comment on the agenda Zalmay Khalilzad is bringing to the Taliban, which belatedly resumed peace talks with the U.S. client Afghan government last week. Khalilzad will first travel to Kabul for meetings with an Afghanistan government whose viability in a post-American Afghanistan is an open question. He'll also visit other crucial regional capitals.

Khalilzad "will resume discussions on the way ahead with the Islamic Republic and Afghan leaders, Taliban representatives, and regional countries whose interests are best served by the achievement of a just and durable political settlement and permanent and comprehensive ceasefire," a State Department official said.

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Feb 28, 2021

Trump at CPAC Shows Why He Doesn't Need a New Party
Octavio Jones/ReutersHe was a one-term "loser." He helped lose his party the White House, the Senate, and the House. He left office with a domestic body count in the hundreds of thousands, and an economy in the toilet.

Just last month, he instigated a deadly riot on Capitol Hill that endangered the lives of senior members of his own party, as he sat back and smirked from the comfort and safety of the West Wing. And his administration ended in such a historically disastrous state of his own making that fellow leaders in the Republican Party were directly blaming him for the deaths and anti-democratic mob violence, and some of his former senior advisers were openly accusing him of attempting to stage a coup or pleading with him to disappear to Florida "and stay" there.

But that was a whole month ago. On Sunday, former President Donald Trump re-emerged at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), held this year in his new home base of Florida, where he was greeted as the beloved, unequivocal leader in the GOP. Whatever blood there was on the 45th U.S. president's hands, the Republican Party and conservative movement had already done their best to rinse it all away. And they were more th

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Feb 28, 2021

Trump Shows Why He Doesn't Need a New Party at CPAC
Octavio Jones/ReutersHe was a one-term "loser." He helped lose his party the White House, the Senate, and the House. He left office with a domestic body count in the hundreds of thousands, and an economy in the toilet.

Just last month, he instigated a deadly riot on Capitol Hill that endangered the lives of senior members of his own party, as he sat back and smirked from the comfort and safety of the West Wing. And his administration ended in such a historically disastrous state of his own making that fellow leaders in the Republican Party were directly blaming him for the deaths and anti-democratic mob violence, and some of his former senior advisers were openly accusing him of attempting to stage a coup or pleading with him to disappear to Florida "and stay" there.

But that was a whole month ago. On Sunday, former President Donald Trump re-emerged at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), held this year in his new home base of Florida, where he was greeted as the beloved, unequivocal leader in the GOP. Whatever blood there was on the 45th U.S. president's hands, the Republican Party and conservative movement had already done their best to rinse it all away. And they were more th

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Feb 28, 2021

Cuomo Says He's Sorry His ‘Playful' Banter Was ‘Misinterpreted' by Harassment Accusers
Jeenah Moon/GettyNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded to allegations of sexual harassment on Sunday by saying his "playful" banter had been "misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation"—and telling his allies to stop venting at one of his accusers.

"I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended," Cuomo said in a statement as criticism of his behavior and calls for an investigation spread through the political world.

"To be clear I never inappropriately touched anyone and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to."

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Feb 28, 2021

CPAC Speaker Angela Stanton King Promotes QAnon From Stage
NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty ImagesA speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory from the event's main stage on Sunday, shortly before Donald Trump was scheduled to appear at the conservative movement's premiere annual event. Former congressional candidate Angela Stanton King, who has frequently boosted the conspiracy theory on social media, called for an investigation into whether QAnon's bizarre claims about a cabal of cannibal-pedophiles controlling the world and a mysterious figure named Q giving hidden messages to Trump supporters are real.

"Let's address it," King said. "So we know in this election, there were some things going on in regards to the conspiracy theories with Q, right? And I think, me as a person, before I ever got into the conservative movement, I've always been an advocate even if it's for abused children or it's for those people that are incarcerated. So I think that any allegations coming forward in regards to any type of abuse when it comes to children deserves to be investigated, it deserves to be made aware of."

The CPAC crowd applauded King's call for an investigation into the claims made by QAnon believers, which include allegations that Democratic Party leaders and Hollywood celebrities sexually abuse children and drink their blood to stay young. QAnon

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Feb 28, 2021

Charlotte Bennett Says Andrew Cuomo Sexually Harassed Her—and He's Not Really Denying It
REUTERSSaturday night, the New York Times published allegations from a second woman who says Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed her. Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year-old former aide to the governor, recounts a pattern of inappropriate conduct, including probing questions about her sex life. In one exchange, Bennett told the Times, Cuomo inquired into her interest in older men, while making clear he was willing to date a woman as young as her. Bennett's contemporaneous text messages lend support to her account.

After the Times published its article, a series of New York politicians—including the lieutenant governor and the leading candidates for New York City's mayor—called for an independent investigation into her allegations. Usually, I'd say that was exactly the right response. But here, I'm not so certain, for the simple reason that the governor doesn't actually appear to dispute any of the facts in Bennett's account. The question, then, should be simply whether those facts are enough to justify Cuomo's resignation or removal.

Cuomo hasn't explicitly confessed to harassing Bennett. But the statement he released Saturday night is most notable for what it doesn't say: that Bennett's account i

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Feb 28, 2021

A Citrus Squeezer is the Unexpected Gadget Every Kitchen Needs
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/AmazonThere's an unspoken rule in the kitchen world about utensils and gadgets: if it doesn't serve more than one purpose, it's not worthy of your drawer space. I abide by this rule for the most part, but there are exceptions. For example, an apple corer is a time-saving game-changer, and I get a lot of use out of my pickle fork, thank you very much.

My most recent addition—a citrus squeezer—is another. The first time I saw one in use by a friend of mine, I had zero clue what it was. It's a hand-held contraption that has a sort of old-school aesthetic about it. But once said friend grabbed a lime and perfectly juiced it right into his beer, I knew I had to have one myself.

With very little force required on your end, you simply place half a lime or lemon into the squeezer and press. Voila! Your juice has arrived. The way it's designed gets the majority of the juice out, keeps all the seeds in, and prevents messes. Also, it's just a simple tool which is nice to have in a world of whizzing, whirring, blending contraptions.

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Feb 28, 2021

Russian Hacker Stole Identities of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients in Sordid Scheme
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesA Russian hacker stole the identities of 22 of 75 living U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, using their pilfered personal data to buy tens of thousands of dollars worth of Apple products and luxury watches from American military exchanges, according to a Secret Service search warrant application obtained by The Daily Beast.

The hot merchandise was then shipped to at least 20 different addresses in the United States, using unwitting dupes—hired through seemingly benign online ads—who then forwarded the packages to a Moscow suburb that is home to a training academy for a Russian spy agency. In all, the scammer netted nearly $55,000 in stolen goods, in roughly 50 separate transactions, said investigators. The individual honorees whose personal information was used are not named in the filing, which was unsealed in December 2020.

The Congressional Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military award for acts of valor, and was first awarded in 1863. The existence of the identity theft investigation had not been previously revealed.

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Feb 28, 2021

Fauci Fires Back at Kristi Noem Saying He's ‘Wrong': ‘The Numbers Don't Lie'
SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty ImagesBiden's chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci hit back at South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's harsh criticism of him on Sunday, saying her comments about him at this weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) were "not very helpful" and "unfortunate."

Noem, who has received praise from conservatives for largely ignoring coronavirus restrictions and guidelines, got a standing ovation from the CPAC crowd when she boasted about ignoring the medical advice of experts and called out Fauci for supposedly being "wrong." Appearing on CBS News' Face the Nation, Fauci was asked if that sentiment was an impediment to the nation's recovery.

"It's unfortunate but it's not really helpful because sometimes you think things are going well and just take a look at the numbers, they don't lie," he said. During an interview with Noem on the same program, anchor Margaret Brennan grilled the Republican governor and potential 2024 presidential candidate on her state's poor performance with the deadly virus.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 28, 2021

GOP Senator: Trump's Not Going to be 2024 Republican Nominee
CNNSen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) urged his fellow Republicans to move past former President Donald Trump on Sunday, predicting that due to the damage Trump has done to the GOP, he likely won't be the party's presidential nominee in 2024.

Hours before Trump was set to deliver his first post-White House speech at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, Cassidy appeared on CNN's State of the Union to discuss the current state of the Republican Party and Trump's place in it.

The Louisiana lawmaker, who was one of seven GOP senators to vote to convict Trump during the ex-president's second impeachment trial earlier this month, called on the GOP to make issues and policy front and center in the coming elections.

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The Daily Beast
Feb 28, 2021

CNN Host Confronts Psaki on Biden Giving Saudi Prince a Pass on Khashoggi Murder
CNNCNN host Dana Bash repeatedly pressed White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Sunday morning over President Joe Biden apparently shirking his promise to hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) accountable for his role in the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Following the release of a declassified intelligence report on Khashoggi's death that determined MBS directly approved the killing of the journalist, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced visa restrictions impacting 76 Saudis who have harassed and attacked journalists and activists. The Biden administration, however, issued no actions or sanctions against the crown prince.

According to CNN, administration officials said that sanctioning MBS "was never really an option" because any punishment of the crown prince would have been "too complicated" and "could have jeopardized U.S. military interests in Saudi Arabia."

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The Daily Beast
Feb 28, 2021

Same Gun Used in Failed Plot to Kill Hypnotist Tied to 2012 Murder of British Family
Stefan Wermuth via ReutersIt has been nearly a decade since the bullet-ridden bodies of a British-Iraqi family and a French cyclist were found on a deserted road in the French alps on September 5, 2012. Saad Al-Hilli, 50, his wife, Iqbal, 47, and her mother, Suhaila Al-Allaf, 74, were found dead in their idling burgundy BMW. The lifeless body of Sylvain Mollier, 45, a French bicyclist, was near the car. Zainab, the couple's 7-year-old daughter, was found outside the car, pistol whipped with a gunshot would to her shoulder and her 4-year-old sister Zeena was hiding under her mother's corpse in the back seat.

More than 800 witnesses in France, England, Italy, Switzerland and Iraq have been heard in the dead-end investigation, that has been rife with conspiracy theories, ranging from reports that the patriarch, Saad Al-Hilli was a money runner for Saddam Hussein's millions thanks to rumors of secret bank accounts and a family feud, to suppositions that it was an ambush of a secret meeting between Mollier and Al-Hilli. In 2013, Al-Hilli's older brother was accused of ordering a hit on his brother but later released due to lack of evidence of any hitmen.

Blood-splatter evidence painted an unsolvable mystery. The Al-Hilli patriarch was shot dead inside the locked car, but had the cyclist's blood on his clothing. The 7-year-old found outside the vehicle had the cyclist's blood on her feet.



The Daily Beast
Feb 28, 2021

Prince Harry and Prince William Are Not Speaking, and the Oprah Interview ‘Will Not Help'
Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty ImagesIf you love The Daily Beast's royal coverage, then we hope you'll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.

William and Harry have not spoken for "some time"

So, what did Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey speak about? We shall find out next Sunday night. In the meantime, everyone is freaking out about it. The Mail on Sunday reports that there is "mounting concern" at what Meghan has talked about, in an interview—we are told—in which no subject was off-limits. (Harry is an integral side-dish in the documentary, we are told.)

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The Daily Beast
Feb 28, 2021

Dylan Sprouse Reckons With His Disney Past and Looks Toward the Future
Andreas Rentz/GettyIn Daddy, a young male escort dons a bright pink dress and is tasked with raising the spirits of a broken 80-year-old man (Ron Rifkin) on the anniversary of his wife's passing. Set almost entirely in a palatial hotel suite, it's a tender two-hander about the need for human connection. The YouTube comments underneath the short film, however, tell a different story. "This Zach & Cody's episode is very weird," wrote one user, whose remark garnered 15K likes. "…you're 30 seconds into the video and your [sic] looking in the comments thinking what the f am I watching?" wondered another.

The reason these Gen Zers are so damn befuddled is because the striking escort is played by none other than Dylan Sprouse. For years, Dylan and his twin brother Cole starred in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, a hit Disney series that saw the Sprouse boys amass a devoted tween following and also made them the highest-paid Disney child stars on the planet. (Millennials are more familiar with the Sprouses' role as the adopted child in Big Daddy.) While Cole has become something of a CW teen idol thanks to a starring role on Riverdale, Dylan has carved a different path, appearing in indie dramas, voicing video game characters, and operating the All-Wise Meadery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—a nod to his belief in Heathenism.

Fans of The Suite Life will likely be surprised by the 28-year-old's latest role, too: as a drug addict named Lu

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