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The Daily Beast
May 20, 2018

Mnuchin: ‘Trade War' With China Is ‘On Hold'
Mike Blake/ReutersTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced on Sunday that the United States was temporarily halting its planned tariffs on Chinese imports while the two nations continue to negotiate.

"We're putting the trade war on hold," Mnuchin said on Fox News Sunday, adding that the U.S. and China agreed to a framework whereby China would buy more goods from the U.S. in order to make up for the trade deficit between the two countries.

The announcement came after top Chinese officials visited Washington last week for negotiations on the Trump administration's trade policies. The president had previously revealed plans to impose tariffs on $150 billion on Chinese imports, a move that angered conservatives economists and members of his own party on Capitol Hill. China responded at the time by threatening tariffs on American goods, which could have sparked an all-out trade war.

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May 20, 2018

The Walls Within Walls of ‘Undivided' Jerusalem
Ammar AwadJERUSALEM—This Holy City claimed by Israel as the 4,000-year-old undivided capital of the Jewish people, but embraced by Palestinians as their once and future capital, too, is at its heart a network of walls: the ramparts of the Old City, the Western Wall of the ancient Jewish temple, and the enormous serpentine concrete walls that segregate the peoples of Jerusalem today.

It is these last walls that enclose and isolate the Shuafat Refugee Camp, which is currently claimed by Israel as part of its "undivided" Jerusalem.

Founded for Palestinian refugees on what was then the Jordanian side of a city divided in the wake of the 1948 war,  and occupied by Israel since the 1967 war, Shuafat is the only Palestinian refugee camp in the city, and towering concrete slabs sever it from the East Jerusalem community that shares its name.

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May 20, 2018

Sabika Sheikh Came to America for an Education, Then She Was Murdered in School
Akhtar Soomro/ReutersSANTA FE, Texas—Sabika Sheikh came to the United States to learn about American culture as part of a State Department-funded scholarship program.

On Friday, Sheikh fell victim to a gruesome American tradition, massacred with nine others at school by a gun-wielding classmate.

This time it was at Santa Fe High School near Houston, Texas. Among the victims were two popular substitute teachers, Ann Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale, as well as 16-year-old Shana Fisher, whose mother said the alleged shooter "kept making advances" at her daughter, Los Angeles Times reported.

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May 20, 2018

Inside Harry and Meghan's Star-Studded Royal Wedding After Party
Steve Parsons/AFP/GettyAfter the party came the real party.

250 handpicked guests partied the night away at Frogmore House, a half-hour drive from Windsor Castle, where speeches were made by Prince Charles, Prince William and, in a break from tradition, by the bride herself, Meghan Markle (or, as we must now try and call her, the Duchess of Sussex).

Traditionally at an English wedding a speech is made on behalf of the bride by her father, but even had Thomas Markle been able to attend, Meghan had always planned to make her own speech.

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The Daily Beast
May 20, 2018

Inside Harry and Meghan's Star-Studded Wedding After Party
After the party came the real party.

250 hand picked guests partied the night away at Frogmore House, a half hour drive from Windsor Castle, where speeches were made by Prince Charles, Prince William and, in a break from tradition, by the bride herself, Meghan Markle (or, as we must now try and call her, the Duchess of Sussex).

Traditionally at an English wedding a speech is made on behalf of the bride by her father, but even had Thomas Markle been able to attend, Meghan had always planned to make her own speech.

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May 20, 2018

Tina Fey's Sarah Palin Leads Anti-Trump Anthem ‘What I Did for Trump' on SNL
NBCTina Fey may be "relieved" that she doesn't work on Saturday Night Live right now, but on Saturday Night, the sketchy comedy-show's longtime head writer hosted its 43rd season finale.

And you knew she was gonna bring back her Sarah Palin impression.

Following a star-studded cold open—a Sopranos finale parody that saw Robert De Niro's Robert Mueller confront Alec Baldwin's President Trump, Ben Stiller's Michael Cohen and Kate McKinnon's Rudy Giuliani in a New Jersey restaurant—and a fun little Morning Joe bit featuring Fey as Russian lawyer/spy Natalia Veselnitskaya, the former vice presidential candidate made her triumphant return to Studio 8H (in the form of Fey, of course). 

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May 20, 2018

Tina Fey's Sarah Palin Returns to SNL to Lead Anti-Trump Anthem ‘What I Did for Trump'
NBCTina Fey may be "relieved" that she doesn't work on Saturday Night Live right now, but on Saturday Night, the sketchy comedy-show's longtime head writer hosted its 43rd season finale.

And you knew she was gonna bring back her Sarah Palin impression.

Following a star-studded cold open—a Sopranos finale parody that saw Robert De Niro's Robert Mueller confront Alec Baldwin's President Trump, Ben Stiller's Michael Cohen and Kate McKinnon's Rudy Giuliani in a New Jersey restaurant—and a fun little Morning Joe bit featuring Fey as Russian lawyer/spy Natalia Veselnitskaya, the former vice presidential candidate made her triumphant return to Studio 8H (in the form of Fey, of course). 

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May 20, 2018

SNL Finale: Tina Fey's Russian Spy Natalia Veselnitskaya Mocks Donald Trump Jr.
NBCThis week, the Senate Judiciary Committee released 2,500 pages of documents related to the shady June 2016 meeting that went down in Trump Tower between members of the Trump campaign—Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort—and Russian lawyer/self-admitted spy Natalia Veselnitskaya.

And so, following a star-studded cold open featuring Robert De Niro's Robert Mueller confronting Alec Baldwin's President Trump, Ben Stiller's Michael Cohen and Kate McKinnon's Rudy Giuliani, Saturday Night Live aired a parody of MSNBC's Morning Joe.

Co-hosts/lovebirds Mika Brzezinki (McKinnon) and Joe Scarborough (Alex Moffat) first chatted with Aidy Bryant's Meghan McCain about the Trump administration's continued disrespect shown towards her father, Senator John McCain, with Brzezinski gasping and moaning at each and every thing Scarborough says.

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May 19, 2018

SNL Finale: De Niro's Robert Mueller Confronts Baldwin's Trump in ‘Sopranos' Finale Parody
NBCTwo weeks ago, Saturday Night Live presented its most star-studded cold open maybe ever, boasting the likes of Alec Baldwin's President Trump, Ben Stiller's Michael Cohen, Martin Short as Dr. Harold Bornstein, Kate McKinnon's Rudy Giuliani, Scarlett Johansson and Jimmy Fallon's Ivanka and Jared, and Stormy Daniels as… herself.

For this week's season finale, SNL once again kicked things off with a bang.

It opened at Holsten's Restaurant in Bloomfield, New Jersey, with Alec Baldwin's Trump plopping into a booth before putting on Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," in a parody of The Sopranos' series finale. He was soon joined by McKinnon's Giuliani.

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May 19, 2018

‘Star Wars': Lando Calrissian's ‘Pansexuality' Means Nothing If It's Not in the Films
LucasFilmIs Donald Glover playing a queer character in Solo: A Star Wars Story? Of course not.

According to screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan, who co-wrote the film with his father, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi scribe Lawrence Kasdan, he might be pansexual. Based on banter between Glover's Lando Calrissian and Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo in Solo that read as "flirting," Huffington Post reporter Bill Bradley asked Kasdan if Lando is pansexual. Not bisexual mind you, but pansexual—probably because most Americans just learned the word after Janelle Monáe came out as pansexual in Rolling Stone.

"I would say yes," Kasdan said in response to whether Lando is sexually fluid. "There's a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee's (Lando in the Star Wars trilogy) sexuality. I mean, I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie. I think it's time, certainly, for that, and I love the fluidity—sort of the spectrum of sexuality that Donald appeals to and that droids are a part of. He doesn't make any hard and fast rules. I think it's fun. I don't know where it will go."

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The Daily Beast
May 19, 2018

The British Family That Ruled in Borneo as ‘White Rajahs'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/AP PhotoWhile Americans warn that wealthy families go "from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations," the White Rajas of Borneo went from combat boots to dancing shoes—and from superstar to nut-bars—in their three generations of colonial rule.

The Brooke family's century of ruling what is today a key state of Malaysia—Sarawak— proves a key democratic and nationalist lesson: although colonialism sometimes facilitated stability, prosperity and harmony, the cost in the imperiousness of the rulers and the infantilization of the ruled was too high. This colonialist version of getting the trains to run on time helped produce today's relative harmony among the Dayak, ethnic Chinese, Malays - each representing more than 20 percent of the population. Similarly, in the 1840s, the White Rajas fought piracy and outlawed horrific rituals which included courting your sweetheart and celebrating your child's birth with your neighbors' freshly-killed skulls. Nevertheless, you cannot put a price tag of people's national dignity to decide their own fate.

In 1838, James Brooke, a British adventurer, captained his 142-ton sailing ship, the Royalist, to wrest control of southern Borneo from another imperial power, the Dutch. The Sultan of Brunei thanked Brooke for crushing a local Iban rebellion by awarding him 3,000 square miles of the area known as Sarawak in 1841. In 1842, more military backing earned Brooke the title "Rajah of Sarawak." While bringing in Western values that respected individual dignity, while building the economy but discouraging too much Western trade to protect his subjects for exploitation, Brooke did have the British imperial blind-spot to collective sensibilities, let alone democracy

The Daily Beast
May 19, 2018

How North Korea Has Played the United States for Seven Decades
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastNorth Korea has been playing the United States for decades, whether it be a Democratic or Republican administration that was seeking to obtain an agreement with them on denuclearization. Each time the regime — whether led by Kim Il Sung, his son Kim Jong Il, or his son and current Great Leader, Kim Jong Un, lied to U.S. negotiators and signed documents which they immediately reneged on.

NSC chief John Bolton knows this, and as an article in Politico points out, he has written that North Korea "will never give up nuclear weapons voluntarily," calling past U.S. diplomatic forays with the country "embarrassments." In his view, before negotiations begin the North Koreans must agree to give up their nuclear weapons and allow for unlimited inspections. Secretary Mike Pompeo evidently suggested that North Korea send its nuclear arsenal abroad for dismantling. If they take this approach, they will be ensuring that the scheduled summit in mid-June will not take place.

What Kim's regime now is doing is an attempt to separate Trump from Bolton's position in the hope that the American President will accept a much more limited agreement that he can present to the American people as a victory. What they might very well agree to is a treaty that would have North Korea stop further atomic testing and missile development yet allows them to keep all present nuclear weapons. Total denuclearization would be the topic of continuing negotiations that might go on for years. So far, the U.S. position has been that this is unacceptable.



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May 19, 2018

Why Evangelicals Love Israel
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastEver since it was announced, the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem has been fraught with controversy. Its opening this week prompted a wave of violence in which at least fifty Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli soldiers. So it might be surprising to learn that some evangelical Christians are not only supporting, they are celebrating, this event.

Robert Jeffress, the Baptist pastor chosen to pray during the blessing of the embassy on Monday, praised President Trump as someone who "stands on the right side of you, O God, when it comes to Israel." And the man known for his discriminatory views of Mormons and Muslims described Israel as blessing the world by pointing it to God "through the message of her prophets, the Scriptures, and the Messiah."

Jeffress's prayers weren't troubling only because of his history of bigotry; they were steeped in a particular kind of right-wing Christian theology that believes that the institution of an embassy in Jerusalem will bring about violence and destruction on a cosmic scale. Known as premillennial dispensationalists, this subset of evangelicals reads the embassy as an important and necessary step to the bringing about of the Apocalypse.

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May 19, 2018

Whitehall Palace Saw It All. Then This Royal Residence Went Up In Flames.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIf all eyes this weekend have been on St. George's Chapel, Windsor, for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, one formerly impressive location was off the table as a setting for the nuptials.

For over a hundred years, starting in the 16th century, Whitehall Palace was the seat of the Tudor and Stuart monarchies, not to mention the site of many of their most notorious antics.

The royal residence was nothing if not a show of power, being the largest palace in all of Europe for a time, although its architectural ramblings didn't impress everyone (a French visitor once described it as a "heap of houses"). But who needs to impress the critics when you can cow your friends and enemies with sheer size?

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May 19, 2018

How A Camera Reads—And Captures—The Human Face
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAn exhibition undertakes the numerous human expressions that, usually unnoticed, are captured in a way that represents the versatility of the face.

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May 19, 2018

What Female Mass Shooters Reveal About Male Ones
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAfter the shooting at YouTube headquarters early last month, perpetrated by a 38-year-old woman, news coverage latched onto the fact that female mass shooters are extremely rare. While true — about 95 percent of mass shootings are committed by men — writing female shooters off as outliers may obscure deeper truths about the psychology of people who commit these awful crimes.

The Youtube shooter in particular, who desired stardom and had a vendetta against the company, exemplifies traits researchers have identified as risk factors for committing a mass shooting. Studying her and other female shooters, therefore, may reveal something about the pathology of these criminals and potentially help us prevent such acts before they happen. 

As mass shootings have become normalized in our society, we have a tendency to attribute them to "toxic masculinity"—that is, the notion that stereotypically macho behavior harms both men and women, and can indeed play a role in many of these crimes. But that is not the whole story.

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May 19, 2018

How Janet Jackson Became an Era-Defining Sex Symbol: ‘I Was Discovering Freedom in Physical Pleasure'
Ebet Roberts/GettyJanet Jackson was on an amazing streak in the early 1990s. Her third album, Control, turned her into one of the biggest pop stars in music back in 1986, and a wave of successful singles over the next five years—14 Top 20 hits—put Janet in the kind of rarefied air occupied by Madonna, Whitney Houston, Prince and, most obviously, her big brother, megastar Michael Jackson. Rhythm Nation 1814, released in 1989, had been a commercial juggernaut, spawning 7 Top 10 hits, and a critical achievement, as Janet tackled racism and poverty alongside a varied set of love songs. Throughout 1990, she'd scorched the earth on the monumental Rhythm Nation World Tour. The nine-month excursion would become one of the highest grossing ever, with Janet Jackson and her immaculate stage show wowing audiences across North America, Japan and Europe.

Her successes had led to major career moments. Janet was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the tender age of 23 in 1990, and she'd signed what was believed to be the most lucrative recording contract of all time in 1991 with Virgin Records after a heated bidding war. It was a deal presumed to be near $50 million for five albums, and naysayers questioned whether Janet would have the kind of staying power that warranted that kind of money—the kind her brother Michael would get when he signed a $60 million deal with Sony just days later.

There were still those who believed that the stellar five-year run for t

The Daily Beast
May 19, 2018

‘Kill All Citations?' Sloppy Sourcing Plagues ‘Kill All Normies' Book on SJWs and the Alt-Right
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastDid the excesses of politically correct leftists on the internet — the sort derided for their focus on identity and pronouns — help fuel the rise of white supremacy and the "alt-right" in the United States? That's the premise of Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right, and it is one found persuasive by liberals and conservatives alike, the work widely praised for its author's unique expertise.

"[S]he's the only one willing to descend into the grimiest of Internet grottos," says a reviewer quoted in the opening page of the book.

Well, not the only one: A review of the book by The Daily Beast — spurred by allegations first published on Libcom, a left-wing website highly critical of Nagle's arguments — finds that several passages in her 120-page work are lifted verbatim from Wikipedia and another online encyclopedia, RationalWiki. Attribution is haphazard throughout, sometimes creating the impression that others' research is the author's own. This also leads the author to repeat others' mistakes.

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May 19, 2018

How a Muslim ‘Sex Mob' Hoax Led to a Gruesome Murder
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastBERLIN—Last week, the body of a mother in her late twenties was found in a park in Frankfurt. Irina A. owned her own real estate company. Originally from Moldova, recent  photographs show a pretty woman with swept-back bleached blond hair,  a no-nonsense expression, and a bling Star of David pendant. One of the last pictures that she posted on her Instagram account carried the hashtag #theworldismine.

Her body had been dragged into the grass, and her face had been mutilated beyond recognition. There were "around 20 stab wounds," according to the state attorney's spokeswoman.  Her purse was missing, and so, according to a police report, was her jewelry.

The man who was arrested Friday for Irina A.'s murder is a 50-year-old starsucker and financially flailing restaurateur named Jan Mai, who had persuaded her to invest in one of his clubs two years earlier.

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May 19, 2018

The Chaotic Life and Death of Former Playboy Playmate Stephanie Adams
AP Photo/Tina FinebergThe former Playboy Playmate who fell to her death with her 7-year-old son from the 25th-floor window of a midtown hotel on Friday was allegedly driven to suicide over an increasingly nasty divorce with her husband, New York City chiropractor Charles Nicolai.

Stephanie Adams, 47, checked into the Gotham Hotel on E. 46th Street just before 6 o'clock Thursday evening with her son Vincent. Their bodies were discovered the next morning on a second-floor landing in the building's rear courtyard, NYPD Chief William Aubry said at a news conference.

"Early this morning investigators located an individual whose attention was drawn to that same second-floor area when he heard two loud noises," Aubry told reporters. "His attention was drawn to that and he discovered these two deceased individuals."

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May 19, 2018

Somewhere Princess Diana, Royal Rebel, Is Cheering On Harry and Meghan
Georges De KeerlePrincess Diana scored a remarkable posthumous triumph with the wedding of Harry and Meghan. Make no mistake: it was her spirit that permeated this spectacle.

St. George's Chapel Windsor became, for the first time in its long history, host to a new kind of rainbow coalition, ranging from doddery old dukes to the exuberance of a gospel choir rocking the place with "Stand By Me."

And all of this was pure Diana, the innocent young woman who was cynically chosen as a bride for Prince Charles on the advice of his family mentor, Lord Mountbatten, "to choose a suitable, attractive and sweet-charactered girl before she met anyone else she might fall for."

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May 19, 2018

The Weirdest and Most Wonderful Hats at the Royal Wedding (Photos)
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThere was a delicious rainbow of hats, fascinators, and sculptural creations gracing guests' heads at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding at St. George's Chapel on Saturday.

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May 19, 2018

The Most Stunning Moments from The Royal Wedding
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastPrince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding day seemed to be straight out of a fairy tale: Beautiful blue skies, a gorgeous bride and dress, and a ceremony to remember.

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May 19, 2018

Michael Curry: The Priest Who Stunned The Royal Wedding
WPA Pool/GettyMichael Curry, the flamboyant priest who stunned the royal family and British establishment with a powerful, gospel-flavored speech unlike anything ever seen at a royal wedding before, was an inspired choice to make the address at today's service.

The Most Reverend Michael Curry, the head of the Episcopalian Church in the U.S.A., a celebrated civil rights and LGBT activist, gave an astounding talk which rejoiced in the power of love, and referenced everything from Martin Luther King, Jesuit philosophers and 'Old Solomon' to Facebook and Twitter.

He left senior royals and British celebrities slack-jawed as he pounded the ancient lectern in St George's Chapel, coming perilously close to blowing out or dislodging the candles mounted upon it, telling the congregation - and an estimated two billion viewers worldwide - "Jesus died for us! He wasn't getting anything out of it! He died for us!"

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May 19, 2018

Change: The Powerful Cultural Meaning Of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding
Karwai Tang/GettyWhy did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding ceremony pack such an emotional punch?

Well, first and foremost it was the love in the room, the love between two people which was visible and right in front of our eyes. It was in the support and sweetness flowing between them.

It was Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, tearing up proudly, as she watched the young couple exchange vows. Part of this viewer felt that Doria looked too on her own at this momentous moment (although maybe this was just an incorrect conclusion bought by TV cameras); as someone said on Twitter, could she have had a plus-one?

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May 19, 2018

Celebrities Packed The Royal Wedding - But They Weren't The Stars
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastThe celebrities.

The fashion.

The freaking HATS.

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May 19, 2018

Celebrities Packed the Royal Wedding—But They Weren't the Stars
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastThe celebrities.

The fashion.

The freaking HATS.

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May 19, 2018

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Get Married: A Beautiful Day of Passion and Love
Andrew Matthews/GettyWINDSOR - Something old was the castle, the ancient royal palace that keeps century above the town of Windsor.

Something borrowed was Prince Charles, who stepped in to take the role of the bride's father.

Something new was the radiant bride Meghan Markle, the Californian girl who is the freshest breath of air to blow through the British royal family in its history.

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May 19, 2018

Meghan Markle Said Yes To The Most Beautiful Wedding Dress
GettyWhen she emerged from the car, Meghan Markle not only looked beautiful, she looked like a princess. An old-school, beautiful princess.

And no amount of Republican cynicism, and Royal Wedding kvetching on Twitter - really, stay away, go away, be gone, leave us to it, misanthropes! - could take away from it.

Meghan Markle's stunning wedding dress was an haute couture gown designed by Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director of Givenchy. Simple, elegant, with a boat-neck and long train and long sleeves, Meghan accessorized it Queen Mary's diamond bandeau, made in 1932, with the entre brooch dating from 1893, and a veil which Harry tenderly lifted away from Meghan's face.

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May 19, 2018

Airbnb's War on Porn Stars: ‘They Locked Me Out'
Photo illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastWhhaaatt? You're a porn star?! But you seem so normal.

It's a typical response when someone discovers they're talking to an incognito porn star (like one with clothes on). I've heard it so many times over the years, I'd be more shocked if someone didn't say it. Porn's like a XXX version of reality TV: some of it is real but it's mostly embellished for the sake of entertainment. Yet audiences prefer to suspend their disbelief when it comes to porn—after all, that's part of the fantasy. Unfortunately, this false pretense has a negative impact on the day-to-day lives of the people bringing those explicit fantasies to life.

Sex workers are an oft-unrecognized minority with little recourse when they encounter occupational discrimination. Being told "We don't serve your kind" or "Your money's no good here" is part and parcel of becoming a successful adult actress. Sara Jay, one of the world's most-searched porn stars, has nearly two decades of experience in the adult industry and a very recognizable face.

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May 19, 2018

Bill Maher and Bari Weiss Blame Palestinians for Gaza Massacre
HBOOne week after thoroughly embarrassing Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Ca.) over his blind defense of President Trump and his administration's cruel jab at Sen. John McCain, Bill Maher welcomed one of the more vacuous columnists around onto his HBO program.

I'm talking about Bari Weiss.

The New York Times opinion writer has garnered a reputation for her fallacious hate-reads, and on Friday night's Real Time she launched into a broadside against incels—this after penning a heavily-derided think piece propping up their most vocal defenders, or as Weiss called them, "The Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web." (Incels are indeed vile misogynists but her cognitive dissonance is baffling.)

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May 19, 2018

Bill Maher and Bari Weiss Cruelly Blame Palestinians for Gaza Massacre
HBOOne week after thoroughly embarrassing Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Ca.) over his blind defense of President Trump and his administration's cruel jab at Sen. John McCain, Bill Maher welcomed one of the more vacuous columnists around onto his HBO program.

I'm talking about Bari Weiss.

The New York Times opinion writer has garnered a reputation for her fallacious hate-reads, and on Friday night's Real Time she launched into a broadside against incels—this after penning a heavily-derided think piece propping up their most vocal defenders, or as Weiss called them, "The Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web." (Incels are indeed vile misogynists but her cognitive dissonance is baffling.)

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May 19, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel Calls Out Trump in Wake of Santa Fe Shooting: ‘He Will Not Be With Them'
ABCOn the night of October 1, 2017, a gunman armed with an arsenal of bump stock-modified semi-automatic assault rifles—giving them full-auto capacity—opened fire on a group of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. By the time the smoke had cleared, he'd massacred 58 people and injured 851 more.

At the time Jimmy Kimmel, a Las Vegas native, pleaded with Congress and President Trump to do something—anything—in the wake of the tragedy, but his words fell on deaf ears.

He repeated the all-too-familiar ritual on Friday night after a 17-year-old gunman took the lives of 10 people at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas—the deadliest shooting stateside since Parkland, and the 22nd U.S. school shooting this year.

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May 19, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel Calls Out Trump in Wake of Sante Fe Shooting: ‘He Will Not Be With Them'
ABCOn the night of October 1, 2017, a gunman armed with an arsenal of bump stock-modified semi-automatic assault rifles—giving them full-auto capacity—opened fire on a group of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. By the time the smoke had cleared, he'd massacred 58 people and injured 851 more.

At the time Jimmy Kimmel, a Las Vegas native, pleaded with Congress and President Trump to do something—anything—in the wake of the tragedy, but his words fell on deaf ears.

He repeated the all-too-familiar ritual on Friday night after a 17-year-old gunman took the lives of 10 people at Sante Fe High School in Sante Fe, Texas—the deadliest shooting stateside since Parkland, and the 22nd U.S. school shooting this year.

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May 19, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel Goes Off on Trump in Wake of Santa Fe Shooting: ‘He Will Not Be With Them'
ABCOn the night of October 1, 2017, a gunman armed with an arsenal of bump stock-modified semi-automatic assault rifles—giving them full-auto capacity—opened fire on a group of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. By the time the smoke had cleared, he'd massacred 58 people and injured 851 more.

At the time Jimmy Kimmel, a Las Vegas native, pleaded with Congress and President Trump to do something—anything—in the wake of the tragedy, but his words fell on deaf ears.

He repeated the all-too-familiar ritual on Friday night after a 17-year-old gunman took the lives of 10 people at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas—the deadliest shooting stateside since Parkland, and the 22nd U.S. school shooting this year.

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May 19, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel Goes Off on Trump in Wake of Sante Fe Shooting: ‘He Will Not Be With Them'
ABCOn the night of October 1, 2017, a gunman armed with an arsenal of bump stock-modified semi-automatic assault rifles—giving them full-auto capacity—opened fire on a group of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. By the time the smoke had cleared, he'd massacred 58 people and injured 851 more.

At the time Jimmy Kimmel, a Las Vegas native, pleaded with Congress and President Trump to do something—anything—in the wake of the tragedy, but his words fell on deaf ears.

He repeated the all-too-familiar ritual on Friday night after a 17-year-old gunman took the lives of 10 people at Sante Fe High School in Sante Fe, Texas—the deadliest shooting stateside since Parkland, and the 22nd U.S. school shooting this year.

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May 18, 2018

The All-American Ritual of a School Shooting, This Time in Santa Fe
Michael Ciaglo/AP ImagesThe Brits have royal weddings.

We have school shootings.

Both have their particular rituals.

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May 18, 2018

Nearly Half of You Reading This Have Bullshit Jobs
Hiroyuki Ito/GettyHow many people spend their working lives doing something essentially meaningless? A recent poll in the United Kingdom found that 37 percent of full-time workers were quite sure that their job made no meaningful contribution to the world. The anthropologist David Graeber's new book, Bullshit Jobs, presents a provocative theory of how and why pointless work has proliferated in the modern world, and what we might do to reverse this trend. Nick Romeo spoke with Graeber from London.

It seems like the category of bullshit jobs is both self-explanatory and internally homogeneous. But you actually distinguish five types of bullshit jobs in the book. Could you walk us through this taxonomy of nonsense?

The categories are a product of actual research. Doing a traditional ethnography of bullshit jobs would be quite difficult for obvious reasons, so I asked my 68,000 twitter followers: What was your most pointless job? Hundreds of accounts rolled in rather quickly, ranging from a few sentences to 13 pages. I would often follow up with correspondence as well to ask clarifying questions. Then I sorted this material by type.

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May 18, 2018

China Is Outsourcing Its Cities on Man-Made Islands in Malaysia
Courtesy of SasakiForest City is a Chinese development with room for 700,000 residents being built across a string of man-made islands just off the coast of Malaysia. Since Malaysia and Singapore are separated only by a narrow strip of water—they were a single country until 1965—the $100 billion development is marketed chiefly as Singapore-adjacent. Promotional materials call it a "global cluster of commerce and culture," as if it pledges allegiance to no country at all, and note that a new light rail system will connect it to the nearby KLSR.

In the sales showroom, the city's sheer size was on display in its glitzy scale model, which itself was nearly big enough for a child to lumber through like a marauding Godzilla. The model's twisty silver condo towers were strewn with hanging gardens and purple LED lights, lending it a hip moon colony vibe. Several had SOLD OUT signs hanging across their facades.

I rubbernecked my way through three- and four-bedroom model apartments at the heel of a sales associate named Fancy. Fancy was from China's Guangdong Province and outfitted in a retro-trendy kebaya. Nothing escaped her laser pen: high-backed armchairs, bejeweled throw pillows, all-clad kitchenware. Floor to ceiling windows overlooked an electric-blue sea. On a living room's wall-mounted TV, a promotional video featured Chinese couples saying things like, "Many ethnic Chinese live here. For us, it's more like we're living in our hometown than a foreign country."

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May 18, 2018

Protesting Rebel Statues Is as Old as the Statues Themselves
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastOn April 30, Maya Little, a graduate student in history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was arrested after she smeared red ink—and her own blood—on Silent Sam, an embattled Confederate monument installed on the campus by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1913. She was charged on May 7 with defacing a public statue. If found guilty, she could be sentenced to up to 60 days in jail.

A leader of a student group pushing for Silent Sam's removal, Little explained her actions in a message directed at UNC chancellor Carol Folt. "Silent Sam is violence," wrote the African American student. He is "a symbol of UNC's commitment to white supremacy… You should see him the way that we do, at the forefront of our campus covered in our blood."

Little characterized her defacement of the statue as the latest salvo in a black student campaign against Silent Sam that dates backs to the '60s.

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May 18, 2018

Illiberalism Is Rising. Here's How We Can Turn That Tide and Renew Our Democracy.
Paiting by John Trumbull/Public Domain"I didn't leave the Democratic Party," Ronald Reagan famously quipped. "The Democratic Party left me."

At a moment when our main political parties are looking unrecognizable, large numbers of Americans are feeling politically homeless. Even the Gipper would likely be thrown out of today's Republican Party as an apostate. Reagan was, after all, the president who called for an amnesty for illegal immigrants, believed in American leadership underpinned by a human-rights agenda, personally denounced bigotry, and launched the process that led to the formation of the World Trade Organization. Today's Republicans would in all likelihood call him out as a RINO - Republican in Name Only - and shame him on social media.

We have arrived at a point where the old political and policy divisions between left and right are less important than the divide between the liberal (in the term's original Enlightenment sense) and the illiberal.

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May 18, 2018

Putin Didn't Murder the Playwrights. His Regime Broke Their Hearts.
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastMOSCOW—Mikhail Ugarov and Yelina Gremina, husband and wife, created the only independent documentary theater company in Moscow. Teatr.doc took on contemporary Russia and its most acute issues with anthropological rigor. Every performance gave clear evidence, hard proof of injustice.

There is a sort of bitter irony in the narrative that developed about the couple's passing, as people on the other side of the world tried to fit them into a narrative of mysterious deaths that might be linked to vindictive conspiracies by the Kremlin. But that simply was not the case. The couple's love for the theater and for each other was bigger than life, and they died within less than two months of each other, not least, because their hearts were broken.

Ugarov died age 62 on April Fool's Day this year. People who loved him complained that it was a poor joke. Gremina passed away on Wednesday. In the past year she was seriously ill and rarely left the house, and everybody who knew her understood that she could not live long without her Ugarov. To those who loved them it felt "as if they disappeared under water, while still hugging,"  culture and art observer Ksenia Larina wrote on her blog.

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May 18, 2018

Obama's ‘Ebola Czar' Ron Klain Asks: Will Donald Trump Step Up Now?
WIN-InitiativeIn October 2014, in the throes of one of the worst epidemics in human history and facing mounting and sometimes partisan criticism of what some saw as delayed reaction to a crisis going out of control, then-President Barack Obama created the office of "Ebola response coordinator"—more commonly referred to as "Ebola Czar."

The Ebola czar was Ron Klain, who prior to his position was the chief of staff for Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden. Klain had no medical or public health experience, but was able to wrangle together a response that helped contain the virus's vicious spread and effectively terminate the disease's existence in West Africa by early 2015.

"It makes sense for us to have one person [coordinating Ebola efforts] so that after this initial surge of activity, we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we're crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's going forward," Obama said at the time of Klain's appointment.

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May 18, 2018

Wisconsin: Go Drunk, You're Home
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastOne winter evening earlier this year, in a nondescript small town off a nondescript highway in northern Wisconsin, a male relative of mine suffered a mild heart attack while getting a fresh beer from his fridge. On his way to the hospital, the ambulance carrying him hit a deer. Another ambulance had to take everybody the rest of the way. Everybody turned out fine, except, I suppose, the deer.

Every aspect of that story screams Wisconsin. The deer. The heart attack. But mostly, the beer.

This week, 24/7 Wall Street released its list of the top 20 "drunkest" cities in America. Ten of the top 20 drunkest cities in America (and all of the top four) are in the Badger state.

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May 18, 2018

Glenn Beck Changes Sides Again. Does Anyone Believe Him?
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastWhat the…?!!!

Has Glenn Beck really and truly morphed into a Trumpkin?

Has he suddenly shed all his vicious disdain for Donald Trump the way a snake molts its skin?

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May 18, 2018

The Week in 7 Insane Photos: May 18, 2018
From Hawaii's erupting volcano to Royal Wedding fever, The Daily Beast brings you the most amazing photos from the week.

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May 18, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Huddles With Secretive Conservative Group To Warn Against Open Door Asylum
Chip Somodevilla/GettyOn a drizzly afternoon in the tony Tysons Corner Ritz-Carlton, embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions found a welcoming audience: the members of the Council for National Policy, a secretive and powerful conservative group.

In the speech, Sessions argued it needs to be harder for people to get asylum in the United States. He said the asylum process is riddled with "ridiculous loopholes" that let people who enter the country illegally avoid deportation by claiming they fear persecution in their countries of origin.

"That is just not sound policy, no nation should do it in that fashion, we shouldn't either," he said, drawing a bit of applause.

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May 18, 2018

Inside Coleman-Rayner, The Ruthless Paparazzi Who Almost Derailed The Royal Wedding
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastWhen Prince Harry finally marries Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on Saturday, it'll be no thanks to the celebrity gossip and picture agency that staged cheesy photos of Meghan's dad, Thomas Markle Sr., and nearly derailed the royal wedding.

Coleman-Rayner LLC— a scrappy Los Angeles-based company co-owned by two British veterans of the tabloid wars, writer/editor Mark Coleman and paparazzi photographer Jeff Rayner—is at the epicenter of a lurid scandal that has reached the far corners of Planet Earth and overwhelmed advance coverage of the happy day on front pages and television shows from  England to Australia.

For Coleman-Rayner, it's the most damaging controversy since the agency was unmasked last fall as having conducted negative research in late 2016 on one of Harvey Weinstein's rape accusers, actress Rose McGowan.

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May 18, 2018

New, Bloody Riots in Iranian City of Kazerun May Be the Shape of Things to Come
ReutersOn Wednesday, May 16, protests in the city of Kazerun in Fars province turned bloody when police and security forces began firing shots into the crowd. The demonstrations followed on from similar violent protests in April, as residents rallied to voice their anger at plans to split the county, also called Kazerun, into two new counties. The incidents suggest just how quickly local protests can take on national significance.

People have sent eyewitness accounts documenting the violence, including video footage, to IranWire and other media outside Iran. Some Iranian media have also reported on the riots.

In addition, people have posted videos on social media claiming to document the unrest in Kazerun, which is west of Shiraz. Unconfirmed reports say that protesters attacked a police station and surrounded a number of government buildings. According to these reports, several people were injured and at least three of the protesters were killed.

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May 18, 2018

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Texas Shooting Suspect, Posted Neo-Nazi Imagery Online
via FacebookDimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspected gunman who opened fire at a Texas high school on Friday morning, apparently posted photos of neo-Nazi iconography online, according to social media accounts flagged by classmates and reviewed by The Daily Beast.

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said the suspect was a 17-year-old male student at Santa Fe High School where 10 people were killed. The suspect was taken into custody, Trochesset told reporters. Explosive devices were left inside the school near Houston, authorities said. The suspect reportedly had an assault-style rifle, shotgun, and pistol.

Pagourtzis was identified by law-enforcement officials as the suspect to CBS News and the Associated Press. Two Santa Fe students also told The Daily Beast that Pagourtzis was the gunman and they confirmed a Facebook account with Pagourtzis' name belonged to him. Attempts by The Daily Beast to reach Pagourtzis' family were unsuccessful.

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May 18, 2018

How to Watch Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Wedding
The Royal Wedding 2018 between actress Meghan Markle and royal Prince Harry will take place on Saturday May 19 at St George's Chapel in the Windsor Castle in Windsor, in the U.K.

If you're in the same time zone as the projected $42 million affair, the ceremony will begin at 12 noon. If you're an American, you will have to set your alarm clock early to catch the pre-event fun—but for those following this royal saga, it will be worth it.

Since the moment Harry almost got engaged to Markle, and then actually got engaged to Markle—while roasting a chicken at that—commoners and the media alike were hooked. Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding sparked interest, too—Diana's eldest son was getting married. But now, it's baby brother's turn and Harry chose an American at that.

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May 18, 2018

Senate Democrats Call For Multi-Agency Probe Into Russia Sanctions Delay
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThree top senators on Friday requested rare multi-agency inspector-general investigations into the Trump administration's failure to fully implement congressionally mandated sanctions against Russia.

In a letter addressed to the inspectors general of the State Department, Treasury Department and Intelligence Community, the Democratic lawmakers said the administration has not complied with the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which was passed overwhelmingly and signed into law last year in part to punish Russia for its election-meddling and its incursions into eastern Europe.

"Several mandatory provisions of the law have not been implemented by the administration, despite strong evidence that actions taken by or on behalf of the Russian government are in violation of the CAATSA sanctions law and applicable executive orders codified by CAATSA," wrote Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

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May 18, 2018

Royals Fans Crowd Windsor For Harry and Meghan's Wedding
GettyWINDSOR - The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the flags are up, Meghan Markle is walking herself down most of the aisle (with Prince Charles walking the bride (the rest), Prince Philip is coming, and, more shamefully perhaps, the homeless have been evicted to avoid spoiling the mood.

With less than 24 hours to go until the woman who is currently known as Miss Meghan Markle walks out of St George's Chapel transmogrified into Princess Harry of Wales, the town of Windsor, basking in early summer sunshine, was a seething cauldron of Union Jack-wrapped, ice-cream eating, paper crown-wearing, patriotic fervor on Friday.

With 5,000 accredited journalists already in the town, and an estimated 100,000 tourists estimated to show up tomorrow, one local, barmaid Klaudia Adamiec, 40, said: "I've never seen the town this crazy. I've lived in Windsor 15 years and I have seen the Queen, Camilla, Charles, but I have never seen anything like this. It's fun for visitors, but if I could, I would just escape from Windsor this weekend."

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May 18, 2018

Trump Resort Shooting Suspect Jonathan Oddi Liked Pro-Trump Tweets
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/APA man accused of shouting "anti-Trump rhetoric" and opening fire early Friday in the lobby of Florida's Trump National Doral Golf Club was hitting the like button on pro-Trump social-media pages up until days before the incident.

Miami-Dade Police officials say Jonathan Oddi, 42, took an American flag from the suburban Miami golf course, draped it over a counter in the resort's lobby, shouted about President Donald Trump, and fired a gun into the air. He reportedly waited for police to arrive before engaging them in a firefight. He was shot in the lower body and arrested. Police have not yet elaborated on what they described as the "anti-Trump rhetoric" that Oddi allegedly shouted before the attack.

Oddi's social-media accounts, on which he "liked" a series of Trump's complaints about CNN, as well as a recent post by Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, add further mystery to the case.

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May 18, 2018

At Least 8 Killed in Texas School Shooting, Deadliest Since Parkland
Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via APAt least eight people are dead after a gunman opened fire inside a high school near Houston, Texas on Friday, according to a local sheriff.

As many as 10 people may have died at at Santa Fe High School, most of them students, Harrison County Sheriff Ed Gonzales said. That is the highest number of fatalities at a school shooting since the February 14 massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida killed 17 people.

Witnesses said that the shooting began around 7:30 a.m when the gunman burst through the door of an art class and yelled "surprise!" before opening fire.

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May 18, 2018

10 Killed in Texas School Shooting, Deadliest Since Parkland
Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via APTen people are dead after a gunman opened fire inside a high school near Houston, Texas on Friday, according to the local sheriff.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said 10 died, and 10 more are injured in the wake of the shooting. That is the highest number of fatalities at a school shooting since the February 14 massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida killed 17 people.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, has been identified as the shooter by law enforcement, and was booked in the Galveston County Jail for capital murder. In a Friday afternoon press conference, Gov. Abbott said there are two others that are currently in custody and are "of interest" to the shooting.

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May 18, 2018

Having Babies on Mars Is Going to Be a ‘Titanic Challenge'
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastA new report from the journal Futures forecasts that having babies on Mars is going to be a little more difficult than the birds-and-bees mechanics we experience here on Earth.

In fact, the researchers go so far as to suggest that reproducing on the Red Planet—essential for the success of human colonization—could be downright dangerous.

The primary problem with having babies on Mars is the fact that the planet's atmosphere does not protect against harmful radiation and magnetism. Earth's atmosphere shields humans from these rays—a major reason why Earth was able to sustain life in the first place.

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May 18, 2018

Trump Just Showed His Cards on the North Korea Nuke Deal
Andrew Harrer-Pool/GettyWONJU, South Korea — Boy, does Donald J. Trump have a deal for Kim Jong Un! We'll make you president-for-life if you stop annoying us with your nukes.

That was the unmistakable message from Trump as he sought to calm Kim down after North Korean threats to pull out of the projected summit in Singapore on June 12. In the process Trump may well have shown the world precisely what he's been willing to promise the young dictator he was calling "little rocket man" only last year.

Trump's remarks on Thursday seemed to imply that he's not only ready to quit threatening Kim and help make him rich, but might sign a treaty that goes beyond peace to assure in some respect Kim's defense. Part of the bigger picture would be to wean North Korea away from its dependence on China.

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May 18, 2018

Meghan Markle Will Be Walking Herself Down the Aisle—With Prince Charles
GettyWINDSOR, England—We were expecting a strong independent black woman to walk herself down the aisle before taking her place in arguably the world's most elitist and impenetrable family. Perhaps her mother would even be at her side, stride by stride, to celebrate the most stunning royal match in generations.

And Meghan will indeed go solo—but with significant nod to royal tradition. Prince Charles will step in to partially escort the bride after Meghan's own father, Thomas Markle, was laid low by a bad publicity strategy and failing health.

Tomorrow morning, Meghan Markle will walk the first stretch to altar by herself, with her future father-in-law, Prince Charles, escorting her for the final portion of the procession.

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May 18, 2018

Putin's 'Five Year Plan' and Other Sinister Echoes of the Soviets
MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin has come up with an ambitious plan for his fourth presidential term: the Executive Order on National Goals and Strategic Objectives. Announced on the day of his inauguration earlier this month, it listed a number of big goals, including raising life expectancy from the current 72 to 78 years and turning Russia into one of the five largest economies of the world by 2024.

What the order did not mention was anything about giving Russians more political freedom, whether to demonstrate in the streets or simply to speak their minds without looking over their shoulders—the issues widely discussed by young people on social media but clearly missing among the Kremlin's priorities.

Some Russian bloggers and independent analysts dubbed the order "The May Theses," sending readers back to Vladimir Lenin's famous April Theses in 1917, sketching plans for Bolshevik control of the state.

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May 18, 2018

Putin's ‘Five Year Plan' and Other Sinister Echoes of the Soviets
MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin has come up with an ambitious plan for his fourth presidential term: the Executive Order on National Goals and Strategic Objectives. Announced on the day of his inauguration this month, it listed a number of big goals, including raising life expectancy to 78 from the current 72 and turning Russia into one of the world's five largest economies by 2024.

What the order did not mention was anything about giving Russians more political freedom, whether to demonstrate in the streets or simply to speak their minds without looking over their shoulders—the issues widely discussed by young people on social media, but clearly missing among the Kremlin's priorities.

Some Russian bloggers and independent analysts dubbed the order "The May Theses," sending readers back to Vladimir Lenin's famous April Theses in 1917, sketching plans for Bolshevik control of the state.

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May 18, 2018

Scouted: These Unexpected Deals Make The Case For More Frequent Groupon Browsing
UNSPLASH // ALI YAHYANot an extreme couponer but always looking for a great deal? That's where Groupon comes in as a curator of great offers for products, services, and experiences for whatever it is that you're interested in. While Groupon has fantastic local deals on things in your neck of the woods (50% off at your local bakery! Discounted bike rentals!), it also offers some pretty unexpected—and seriously great—steals from brands you already know and love.

Here are a few examples of the aforementioned great steals on the site right now. Even if you don't see anything that sparks your interest here, it's worth doing a quick browse because they have a 20% off site-wide sale happening May 18 and 19.

Harman Kardon wireless bluetooth speaker: These Onyx speakers have an impressive sound quality for how portable and lightweight they are. They can also connect to two devices at the same time—which is surprisingly convenient if you're switching from watching TV on your computer to playing music on your phone—and play up to 8 hours on a full charge. And with a 67% discount, bringing your total to $149.99, it's a really good deal.

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May 18, 2018

Going 10 Rounds With Sommelier Joe Robitaille
Courtesy Dinex GroupWhat do you like to drink after a shift? "A Reissdorf Kölsch-style beer. After thinking deeply about wine all day, I just want something cold and crisp."

What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? "Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight.""

Name the first good wine you ever drank and where you had it. "Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Pessac-Leognan 2000, which I drank in San Francisco at this little pizza place on Divisadero when I was a graduate student. I had good wine before that, but that wine was the one that lit me on fire and gave me the wine bug."

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May 18, 2018

Kirsten Gillibrand, Please Cut That Lame ‘Lehman Sisters' Joke From the Stump Speech
GettyIf you're not currently 100 percent sold on the president's re-election—and odds are you're not—then you've got to be hoping and praying the Democratic Party will serve up some good stuff. Instead, one of their brightest stars speaking at a big liberal conference this week seems to have gotten a ton of attention for a joke that involved the political trifecta of #fail: Not funny, pandering, and making the joke-teller look stupider than she probably is.

The culprit was Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand—Hillary Clinton's replacement in the U.S. Senate, and a Democrat who quite a few politically savvy Republican women have been looking to as the Democratic Party's best hope for earning their votes in 2020.

The joke in question was this: "If it wasn't Lehman Brothers but Lehman Sisters we might not have had the financial collapse." Cue the mass eyerolling and inevitable negative comparisons to her senatorial predecessor.

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May 18, 2018

U.S. Counterterrorism Spending Since 9/11 Adds Up to at Least $2.8 Trillion
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastBy Julia Donheiser

The United States has spent a lot of money on counterterrorism since the 9/11 attacks. But nobody has been keeping good track of just how much, until now.

A bipartisan group of national security and budget experts convened by the Stimson Center estimated in a new report on May 16 that the cumulative tally is at least $2.8 trillion, and that the annual spending rate—while less than it used to be—still amounts to about 15 percent of the nation's discretionary budget.

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May 18, 2018

The Making of an American Princess: Meghan Markle's Life in Photographs
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastFrom California girl to a princess in the British royal family, this is the story of Meghan Markle's life before she found her (hopefully) happily ever after with Prince Harry.

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May 18, 2018

Kneecapping Surveillance Treaty With Russia Could Backfire
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAiming to "get tough with Russia," in the words of one aide, a U.S. House committee has rejected a U.S. Air Force request to modernize two surveillance aircraft that help the United States to verify arms-control agreements with Russia.

But the move could backfire, badly. Critics say that, in refusing to modernize the OC-135 aircraft, the committee risks alienating America's allies—and giving Russia an advantage in treaty-protected surveillance flights.

The pair of four-engine OC-135 aircraft, each with a crew of around a dozen, flies from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. They operate under the auspices of the Open Skies Treaty, a 1992 accord between the United States, Russia, and 32 other countries.

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May 18, 2018

Donald Trump Is Competent at One Thing: Making the Media Jump From Scandal to Scandal
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastI'll say one thing for Donald Trump. He can take any problem and push it off the front page. As with a child, it doesn't have to last long, just enough time to get a respite from one scandal by shifting attention to another. 

Take the summit. Back in March, as a 60 Minutes interview of Stormy Daniels was scheduled to run in a week and was Topic A in Washington, Trump leapt at the flimsiest of  chances to negotiate with Kim, abruptly switching his strategy of demeaning Kim Jong Un to sitting down with him on the basis of almost nothing. The South Korean envoy Chung Eui-yong had simply told Trump that Kim was eager to meet and it was due, Chung said, to Trump's "leadership and maximum pressure policy." 

Or naievete. Trump either considered the invitation a breakthrough due to his willful ignorance of history or a welcome opportunity to move the conversation away from his lawyer trying to enjoin CBS from airing the Daniels' story, or both. A summit could permit him to so dazzle the world with his peacemaking skills, it could dominate coverage for weeks, drowning out two more women lawyer Michael Avenatti says are in the wings ready to offer proof he paid them off. 

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May 18, 2018

Iran Can't Stop Exporting Terror and Trouble in the Middle East. Here's Why.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAs you may have heard, the risk of war between Israel and Iran is high. Even as Israel is determined to rid its borders of pro-Iranian actors, Iran is even more determined to extend and solidify its presence in Syria, and beyond into the wider region: politically, militarily and socially.

Many people are pinning their hopes for avoiding such a war on Iran backing down, thinking that threats and sanctions and limited military engagements will make it quit stoking conflict with Israel, Saudi Arabia and in the wider Middle East. But that's not going to happen.

Here are four reasons why:

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May 18, 2018

‘Catfish' Host Nev Schulman Already Has a History of Assault
APMTV announced Thursday that it has halted production on Catfish, the MTV series co-hosted by Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, due to sexual misconduct allegations against Schulman by Ayissha Morgan, a woman who appeared on the series in 2015.

On May 12, Morgan posted a YouTube video where she alleged that Schulman harassed her during the production of her episode. Morgan, a lesbian, said Schulman (referred to by pseudonym "Jack" in the video) kept pushing her to reevaluate her sexuality so she would sleep with him. Two days later, Morgan posted another video alleging that a female production assistant got her drunk and took advantage of her. Morgan says she was subsequently invited to Schulman's room, where he propositioned her again.

Schulman has denied the claims via his publicist, issuing the following statement: "The behavior described in this video did not happen and I'm fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth. I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions—but these claims are false." Regardless, MTV has halted production until they can conduct their own investigation. In a statement sent to The Daily Beast, an MTV spokesperson said, "We take these allegations very seriously. We're working with Critical Content, our third party productio

The Daily Beast
May 18, 2018

From Mary Tudor to Elizabeth II, the Ruthless Power of England's Queens
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIt all looks so gloriously feudal. The royal wedding is another pageant in the long list of productions so exquisitely staged for the world's entertainment. We love them because they are so otherworldly—and so proud of it.

But behind the façade of quaintness is a startling and challenging truth: in one respect the British monarchy has been for centuries one of the most daringly progressive institutions in the western world—in its empowerment of its queens.

When you think of medieval power systems, of paranoid kings surrounded by treacherous factions, of bloody battles of dynastic succession, of vicious religious and sectarian slaughter, it may seem hard to imagine how men would ever cede ultimate authority to a woman. In England they did, and early.

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May 18, 2018

Men's Rights Activists Newest Target: Universities
Photo Illustrations by The Daily BeastMen's rights activists have been suing female-centric businesses for years, alleging discrimination against men. Now, under Betsy DeVos' education department, they've found a new method for airing their grievances: filing federal civil-rights complaints against universities.

The student behind a federal probe into whether Yale University's women-focused organizations discriminate against men is an active member of the men's rights group National Coalition for Men (NCFM), and he has reportedly filed similar complaints at two other schools.

With a proliferation of groups seeking to uplift women, NCFM and its members have aimed to knock down efforts towards female advancement or gender equity—in business, the workplace, and, in this case, academia.

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May 18, 2018

Men's Rights Activists' Newest Target: Universities
Photo Illustrations by The Daily BeastMen's rights activists have been suing female-centric businesses for years, alleging discrimination against men. Now, under Betsy DeVos' education department, they've found a new method for airing their grievances: filing federal civil-rights complaints against universities.

The student behind a federal probe into whether Yale University's women-focused organizations discriminate against men is an active member of the men's rights group National Coalition for Men (NCFM), and he has reportedly filed similar complaints at two other schools.

With a proliferation of groups seeking to uplift women, NCFM and its members have aimed to knock down efforts towards female advancement or gender equity—in business, the workplace, and, in this case, academia.

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May 18, 2018

Free Speech True Believer Dave Rubin, the Top Talker of the ‘Intellectual Dark Web,' Doesn't Want to Talk About His Own Ideas
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastDave Rubin is having a moment. He's getting name-checked in The New York Times, speaking at college campuses across the country, serving as the opening act for author/clinical psychologist/self-help guru Jordan Peterson on a sold-out tour of theaters, and watching the audience for his YouTube-based talk show The Rubin Report grow by the day.

I first heard about Rubin from a friend who thought I would appreciate the erstwhile comedian and self-styled classical liberal's talk show, particularly for its focus on free speech, civil conversations with iconoclastic thinkers from across the political spectrum, and its rejection of identity politics. Having spent years writing and reporting about the many trans-partisan and international threats to

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May 18, 2018

Free-Speech True Believer Dave Rubin, the Top Talker of the ‘Intellectual Dark Web,' Doesn't Want to Talk About His Own Ideas
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastDave Rubin is having a moment. He's getting name-checked in The New York Times, speaking at college campuses across the country, serving as the opening act for author/clinical psychologist/self-help guru Jordan Peterson on a sold-out tour of theaters, and watching the audience for his YouTube-based talk show The Rubin Report grow by the day.

I first heard about Rubin from a friend who thought I would appreciate the erstwhile comedian and self-styled classical liberal's talk show, particularly for its focus on free speech, civil conversations with iconoclastic thinkers from across the political spectrum, and its rejection of identity politics. Having spent years writing and reporting about the many trans-partisan and international threats to

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May 18, 2018

Michael B. Jordan Almost Turned Down ‘Fahrenheit 451' Because of ‘Black Panther'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastMichael B. Jordan is pacing this HBO conference room like a boxer stalking the ring. "I gotta stand man," he says, swinging his arms back and forth to loosen up his back. "I've been sitting down all day. I gotta move!"

Occasionally as we discuss his role in the new HBO film adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, life in the Trump administration, Donald Glover's "This Is America" video, and more, he'll unconsciously start juking his fists to punctuate his thoughts: an uppercut to make a point about gaslighting, some jabs as he monologues about police brutality.

If his nervous energy didn't already suggest it, the Jupiter-sized biceps barely contained in his crisp polo shirt confirm what he tells me next. He's feeling a bit crazed, he says.

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May 18, 2018

Michael B. Jordan: How ‘Fahrenheit 451' Mirrors the ‘Vulgar' Trump Era
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastMichael B. Jordan is pacing this HBO conference room like a boxer stalking the ring. "I gotta stand man," he says, swinging his arms back and forth to loosen up his back. "I've been sitting down all day. I gotta move!"

Occasionally as we discuss his role in the new HBO film adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, life in the Trump administration, Donald Glover's "This Is America" video, and more, he'll unconsciously start juking his fists to punctuate his thoughts: an uppercut to make a point about gaslighting, some jabs as he monologues about police brutality.

If his nervous energy didn't already suggest it, the Jupiter-sized biceps barely contained in his crisp polo shirt confirm what he tells me next. He's feeling a bit crazed, he says.

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May 18, 2018

I'm Ready for the Female Takeover of the Democratic Party
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastSome of you will recall that back in the Dubya era, a good chunk of the pundit class decided after the 9/11 attacks that America needed a hero, so they set about converting Bush into Churchill. Well, sometimes Churchill, other times Gary Cooper. The Churchill line was met with more derision, but I actually found the latter comparison much more offensive than the former. Gary Cooper never shot first. That was the entire basis of his moral authority.

Anyway. Turning this scraggly, Vietnam-ducking rich kid into a macho figurine required the concomitant feminization of the Democratic Party. Some among you will remember the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, an early 1990s self-help book. Neocon Robert Kagan appropriated the title for a polemical of his own, "Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus." By Americans, of course, Kagan really meant war-loving Americans, who were Martian in their ardor for combat, while other Americans—mostly Democrats and women—were from Venus (the Roman goddess of love, you see).

I couldn't help think of all this Wednesday morning as I read the news of all the smashing electoral victories by Democratic women in Pennsylvania and Nebraska and elsewhere. Six women won Democratic primaries, and two more came within a hair's breadth. This in a state that currently has 18 congressmen, emphasis on the "men" part.



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May 18, 2018

Meghan Markle, Black Royalty in a Castle of White Privilege
GettyOn Saturday morning, like millions of people around the United States, I will wake up shortly after sunrise to watch Meghan Markle wed Prince Harry. For me, this is the real royal wedding, no shade to Prince William and Kate Middleton.

When engagement photos of Harry and Meghan first surfaced in November, I paused, having until that point paid little attention to their courtship. "Is she... black?!" I wondered.

Once I realized Markle was biracial—her mother is black and her father is white—I was surprised. In this world, being any kind of black makes you black. And while this is a reality that often serves to marginalize people, in this case it formed an overarching connection in my interest of the couple's love story.

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May 18, 2018

Meghan Markle: Black Royalty in a Castle of White Privilege
GettyOn Saturday morning, like millions of people around the United States, I will wake up shortly after sunrise to watch Meghan Markle wed Prince Harry. For me, this is the real royal wedding, no shade to Prince William and Kate Middleton.

When engagement photos of Harry and Meghan first surfaced in November, I paused, having until that point paid little attention to their courtship. "Is she... black?!" I wondered.

Once I realized Markle was biracial—her mother is black and her father is white—I was surprised. In this world, being any kind of black makes you black. And while this is a reality that often serves to marginalize people, in this case it formed an overarching connection in my interest of the couple's love story.

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May 18, 2018

T.J. Miller's Problematic Presence in ‘Deadpool 2'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastDeadpool has always occupied a unique position—or rather positions—within the Marvel superhero canon.

When he was first introduced as a one-off villain in 1991's New Mutants #98, the lethal assassin formerly known as Wade Wilson appeared rather derivative, boasting the tactical suit, guns-and-swords arsenal, disfigurement, and regenerative healing abilities of DC's Deathstroke (aka Slade Wilson) spliced with Wolverine's Weapon X backstory. But after surviving three knives in the back courtesy of Domino, the Merc with a Mouth evolved into a strangely compelling—and complex—antihero: a pansexual enfant terrible whose fourth wall-breaking wisecracks mask his deep psychological scars.

During his childhood in Canada, Wilson was molested by his mother while his father was away (as revealed in Deadpool MAX). When his Dad found out, instead of reprimanding his wife, he beat young Wade senseless. The child was soon banished to a foster home, where his new mother figure also molested him. After transforming into a self-described "testicle with teeth," Deadpool is sexually assaulted by the villainous Typhoid Mary (who poses as his infatuation, Siryn, in the crossover event Deadpool #13), further exacerbating his intimacy issues and scattershot memories, while serving as the catalyst for a roaring rampage of revenge.

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May 18, 2018

Stephen Colbert Goes Off on Trump Jr. Over Senate Judiciary Reveals: ‘He's So Guilty'
Scott Kowalchyk/CBSStephen Colbert loves going after Donald Trump Jr. 

Though the late-night comedian hasn't gone as far as Bill Maher in mocking the Trump heir over his messy divorce, Colbert has taken shots at the hair gel aficionado for defending his father's racism, his own boneheaded sexual-harassment tweets, and his strange congressional testimony.

On Thursday night, the Late Show host rang in the one-year anniversary of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation by addressing the Senate Judiciary Committee's release of 2,500 pages of documents related to the infamous Trump Tower meeting on June 9, 2016, between Kremlin lawyer/spy Natalia Veselnitskaya and Trump campaign officials Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and Donald Trump Jr.—or as Colbert calls them, "The Three Collooges."

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May 17, 2018

2020 Dems Would Rather Not Talk About Russia
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastMidway through her panel at a major Democratic think tank confab on Tuesday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) offered an observation on the temperament of the current electorate.

"They're not asking me about Russian bots," Klobuchar said of her voters. "They're asking me about soybean exports."

Takes don't come more standard than that. But those gathered in the basement below the basement of the Renaissance Hotel in downtown D.C. for the Center for American Progress' 2018 Ideas festival gave it a warm recognition. Amid that crowd of party donors, top thinkers, and well-seasoned activists, the accepted wisdom was that while Russia's election meddling was existential in its import, it did not constitute the material of a winning campaign.

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May 17, 2018

2020 Dems Would Really Rather Not Talk About Russia
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastMidway through her panel at a major Democratic think tank confab on Tuesday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) offered an observation on the temperament of the current electorate.

"They're not asking me about Russian bots," Klobuchar said of her voters. "They're asking me about soybean exports."

Takes don't come more standard than that. But those gathered in the basement below the basement of the Renaissance Hotel in downtown D.C. for the Center for American Progress' 2018 Ideas festival gave it a warm recognition. Amid that crowd of party donors, top thinkers, and well-seasoned activists, the accepted wisdom was that while Russia's election meddling was existential in its import, it did not constitute the material of a winning campaign.

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May 17, 2018

Alabama Governor Says Lesbian Accusation Is ‘Disgusting Lie'
Brynn Anderson/APFrom an LGBT perspective, there were no winners this week in Alabama state politics.

It all started on Tuesday when, as AL.com reported, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson criticized incumbent Republican Governor Kay Ivey over the fact that LGBT anti-violence organization Free2Be, which stopped operating last week, had received money from the state during Ivey‘s term.

Ivey, who is running for re-election, responded by saying that the Free2Be money was "federal funding" and that it was "a mandate from the feds that monies be paid this way." Ivey, though, went a step further with her comments on Free2Be.

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May 17, 2018

So, Who Will Walk Meghan Markle Down the Aisle?
AlamyJust two weeks ago, Kensington Palace announced with great fanfare that Meghan Markle's father, Thomas, would be walking her down the aisle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

However, following a chaotic week of claim and counter-claim following the staged pictures scandal, it was finally confirmed this morning in a statement from Meghan that Thomas would not, in fact, be attending the royal wedding as he needed to ‘focus on his health,' after a reported heart attack.

The palace has not, as yet, offered any update on who will escort Meghan down the aisle to her Prince, but the bookies have clearly made their mind up, with Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother, the red hot favorite.

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May 17, 2018

Gang of Poachers Killed Dozens of Animals for the ‘Thrill,' Authorities Allege
Oregon State Police via APHunters who were part of a poaching ring in the Pacific Northwest shot dozens of animals, let rabid dogs attack their prey, and left the carcasses to rot in the forest, prosecutors allege.

Eleven people were charged with over 100 counts of misdemeanor wildlife crimes by the Wasco County District Attorney's Office in Oregon on Tuesday. The poachers range in age from 17 to 59 and face prosecution for a number of alleged violations, including using dogs to hunt bears, hunting with an artificial light, and unlawfully taking deer, according to court documents.

The charges come months after Skamania County prosecutors in Washington charged eight people with 191 criminal counts for their involvement in the poaching ring, as The Seattle Times previously reported.

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May 17, 2018

Torture Black-Site Chief Gina Haspel Becomes Trump's New CIA Director
Photo illustration by The Daily BeastA career CIA officer deeply involved in its post-9/11 torture program will be Donald Trump's next director of the premiere U.S. spy agency, the Senate ensured on Thursday.

In what quickly coalesced into a foregone conclusion this week, Gina Haspel won sufficient support in the Senate, thanks to nearly lockstep support from the Republican majority and pivotal votes from several Senate Democrats, to run Langley.

The vote was 54 to 45, with six Democrats—Joe Donnelly, Mark Warner, Bill Nelson, Jeanne Shaheen, Heidi Heitkamp, and Joe Manchin—backing Haspel. Only Republicans Jeff Flake and Rand Paul opposed her on the floor, as did an ailing John McCain, who was not present to vote. It was the slimmest Senate margin for a CIA director in the agency's history.

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May 17, 2018

Cracker Barrel to Racist Republican: Get Your ‘Deportation Bus' Off My Lawn
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastA Republican running for governor of Georgia is bringing his racist "Deportation Bus Tour" to Cracker Barrel restaurants—and Cracker Barrel isn't having it.

Michael Williams, a Georgia state senator, is currently polling dead last in the state's Republican primary. With the primary next week, Williams is trying to rally racists by hosting a "Deportation Bus Tour" from a converted school bus plastered with slogans like "FILL THIS BUS WITH ILLEGALS" and "DANGER! MURDERERS, RAPISTS, KIDNAPPERS, CHILD MOLESTORS [sic], AND OTHER CRIMINALS ON BOARD."

The bus tour, which launched this week, has scheduled stops at Georgia restaurants, including at least 10 Cracker Barrels. Those stops are new to Cracker Barrel, which has spent the past two days unsuccessfully telling Williams to buzz off.

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May 17, 2018

An Arizona PAC Appears To Have Blatantly Ripped Off Donors. Now, The Feds Are Coming After It.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe Department of Justice on Thursday brought federal criminal charges against two Arizona men accused of using fake political groups to defraud thousands of unwitting donors out of millions of dollars.

Such groups are generally referred to as "scam PACs." And DOJ's criminal prosecution represents a major legal escalation against the practice by which those PACs' executives raise huge sums of money by promising to support political candidates or causes and simply pocket the money instead.

According to DOJ, the two Arizona men, Robert and William Tierney, operated at least nine political action committees. They raised money through telemarketing campaigns promising that donations would fund the campaigns of various political candidates, pro-life activism efforts, and autism awareness.

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May 17, 2018

Here Are 58 People Who Have Been Deemed ‘Trump Before Trump'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastWhen Rep. Lou Barletta emerged as the victor in the Pennsylvania Senate Republican primary on Tuesday night, it was widely observed that voters had gone with someone who was "Trump before Trump." And for good reason. Barletta has backed some characteristically Trumpian proposals, such as his effort, as the mayor of Hazleton, to make English the town's official language.

And yet, if Barletta (1) is a proto-Trumpian politician, what does one make of his fellow Pennsylvania Republican, House candidate Rick Saccone (2), who once declared, "I was Trump before Trump was Trump." Can two Pennsylvania Republicans both be the incarnation of the president before the president was the president? And if so, how about three? Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner (3) was declared by the Pittsburgh Tribune to be "Trump before Trump" as well.

It is a testament to the degree to which Trump has taken his place at the center of the political universe that so many Republicans in Pennsylvania seems to want to adopt his image as their own. But Keystone State politicians are only the latest crop of wannabes to use the moniker.

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May 17, 2018

Inside the Whitney Houston Documentary's Explosive Claims of Childhood Abuse
Courtesy Cannes Film FestivalCANNES, France - Mystery solved. Right?

The reason one of the world's most gifted and beautiful singers stubbornly destroyed herself with drugs, drowning face down in a bathtub at the age of 48 in 2012, may have been because she was allegedly molested as a little girl by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick.

That's the big reveal toward the end of Scottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald's new documentary Whitney, not to be confused with Nick Broomfield's Can I Be Me film about Whitney Houston from last year.

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May 17, 2018

Fox News' New CEO Enabled Roger Ailes' Harassment Culture, Lawsuits Say
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAfter getting rid of the men long in charge of the network's infamous culture of sexual harassment and exploitation, Fox News got its first female chief executive officer Thursday.

Her name, however, is all-too-familiar to women who accused the network's executives of protecting its powerful stars from accusations of rampant sexual misconduct.

This morning, 21st Century Fox Chairman Lachlan Murdoch announced that Suzanne Scott will take over as the network's first female CEO. She was promoted to Fox News' head of programming just last year, following the exit of longtime Ailes henchman Bill Shine.

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May 17, 2018

Justin Miller Talks Kremlin Ties to NRA on MSNBC's Velshi and Ruhle
MSNBC/ScreenshotThe Daily Beast's national editor appeared on Velshi and Ruhle to discuss how the Kremlin may have used the NRA to assist the Trump campaign.

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May 17, 2018

MTV Suspends ‘Catfish' in Light of Sexual-Misconduct Claims
Tommaso Boddi/GettyMTV has temporarily halted production of "Catfish: The TV Show" as it investigates allegations of sexual misconduct involving the program's host and executive producer, Nev Schulman, The Daily Beast can reveal.

"We take these allegations very seriously," an MTV spokesperson said in a statement. "We're working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation."

The show, now in its seventh season, began airing in 2012. In it, Schulman investigates online relationships, attempting to verify whether people are who they say they are on the internet.

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May 17, 2018

Meghan Markle: Dad Can't Come To My Wedding
WPA PoolAfter a chaotic week of swirling and often contradictory rumours, Meghan Markle has confirmed that her father will not be attending her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday.

In a brief statement issued today by Kensington Palace, Markle said: "Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health. 

"I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday."

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May 17, 2018

Why Is Kim Kardashian Pushing Sketchy Diet Lollipops?
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastA lick of a lollipop was all it took for the usually fuck-em'-all attitude of Kim Kardashian's fans to buckle under pressure and attack one of her Instagram posts.

Kardashian posted one of her signature sultry photos with internet-breaking intent on her Instagram this week, featuring her sucking a lollipop. But it was no mere photo shoot. Kardashian was promoting Flat Tummy Co.'s latest product: appetite suppressant lollipops.

Her caption read: "#ad You guys… @flattummyco just dropped a new product. They're Appetite Suppressant Lollipops and they're literally unreal. They're giving the first 500 people on their website 15% OFF so if you want to get your hands on some… you need to do it quick! #suckit."

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May 17, 2018

GOP Senators Chicken Out on Defending McCain to Trump's Face
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastOne of the knocks on Donald Trump is that he talks and tweets like a tough guy but in personal situations is conflict averse. We hear this every time he refuses to personally fire someone.

The same could be said of Members of the United States Senate. They talk a good game, but when it comes to personally confronting Trump, their knees get weak.

Case in point: A couple days ago, Republican Senators were publicly chiding Donald Trump over the administration's refusal to apologize for leaked remarks about Senator John McCain (as you may recall, White House aide Kelly Sadler said McCain's opposition to Gina Haspel as  CIA director nominee "doesn't matter, [because] he's dying anyway.")

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May 17, 2018

The Surprising Secrets of the Fastest Stars in the Milky Way Galaxy
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastWhen a certain kind of dying star, called a type 1a supernova, explodes, they only shine for a few weeks. They are bright and consistent, but they eventually fade away.

Type 1a supernovae are important, despite their brief glimmer. Their existence, after all, was used by astronomers to prove that the universe wasn't just expanding, but that its expansion was actually speeding up. That group of astronomers earned the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011.

But type 1a supernovae remain mysterious. Why do these supernovae explode in the first place?

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May 17, 2018

It's Not a Liberal Fantasy to Ask if Trump Committed Treason
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastUnder the Constitution an individual commits treason if the nation is at war and the person provides aid and comfort to the enemy.  This is an impeachable offense, committed by word or deed. It's one that individuals need to start grappling with seriously because it is not some far-fetched liberal fantasy to conclude that Donald Trump may have committed treason.

In fact, the case is fairly simple to make.

The U.S. intelligence community's assessment of Russian activities in the 2016 presidential election concluded that Russia tried to influence the outcome through the dissemination and weaponization of information stolen from the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The thirteen Russian operatives indicted by the Special Counsel for waging a disinformation campaign through our social media platforms and other internet media, described their activity as "information warfare against the United States of America."  

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