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Jan 01, 2050

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Jan 01, 2050

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

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

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

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Nov 23, 2020

An OAN Host Has Been Helping Rudy With Trump's Legal Efforts
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyAs it seeks to overturn the election results and keep President-elect Joe Biden from assuming power, President Donald Trump's legal team, fronted by lawyers such as Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, and until recently Sidney Powell, has been operating out of a conference room at the 2020 campaign's downsized headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

Aiding Trump's so-called "elite strike force" team in that effort has been an on-air host at One America News Network (OAN), a vociferously pro-Trump cable-news channel that has been endorsed by the president.

Christina Bobb chairs the Weekly Briefing on OAN. She's also a lawyer by trade. And in recent days, she's been spotted by several Trump officials at their office in the conference room with the rest of the president's team. Her presence has caused a bit of confusion among actual campaign staff, who wondered if she was there to embed with the Trump legal "strike force" as a reporter.

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Nov 23, 2020

The GOP's Secretly Mad Senators Club Is Impressively Pathetic
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyLet's say you're standing next to some railroad tracks, and see a runaway train approaching. If nobody interferes, the train will kill a dozen people tied to the tracks some distance away. But luckily, there you are, standing next to a lever. If you pull the lever, you will divert the runaway train to a section of track where it will kill one person instead. Do you pull the lever?

Okay, what if the same runaway train is heading down the same segment of track, and instead of definitely killing a dozen people, it might kill millions, and will probably kill at least a few thousand. If you pull the lever and successfully divert the train, the train conductor, who has no idea how to drive a train, will get mad at you on Twitter for insulting his train-driving skills. Do you pull the lever? Or do you let the train continue on its disastrous course, watch as the people die by the tens of thousands, and then call your favorite member of the press and tell them off the record that you strongly disapprove of the train?

On Monday, venerated reporter Carl Bernstein named 21 Republican senators who he says have "repeatedly expressed extreme contempt for Trump and his fitness to be [president]." Twenty-one. A number approaching half of the GOP caucus in the Senate. Imagine that 21 people had their hands on 21 levers, each of which would help stop the runaway train and prevent the deaths of thousands of innocent people, and nobody pulled theirs. "Dang it," whispers Ric

The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Trump Administration Finally Allows Biden Transition to Begin—After Weeks of Chaos
Tasos Katopodis/GettyPresident Donald Trump's administration signaled to President-elect Joe Biden that it was ready to begin the transition of power late Monday, according to a letter from General Services Administrator Emily Murphy.

Murphy, a Trump political appointee, had refused to open up millions in government funding, data, and personnel to Biden's incoming administration as Trump's efforts to reverse the results of the election continued.

In her letter, she declared Biden the "apparent winner" of the Nov. 3 election, finally allowing the formal transition process to begin.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Trump Administration Finally Ready to Begin Biden Transition Process: GSA
Tasos Katopodis/GettyPresident Donald Trump's administration signaled to President-elect Joe Biden that it was ready to begin the transition of power late Monday, according to a letter from General Services Administrator Emily Murphy.

Murphy, a Trump political appointee, had refused to open up millions in government funding, data, and personnel to Biden's incoming administration as Trump's efforts to reverse the results of the election continued.

In her letter, she declared Biden the "apparent winner" of the Nov. 3 election, finally allowing the formal transition process to begin.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Rush Limbaugh Does Full 180, Blasts Sidney Powell After Team Trump Disavowed Her
Drew AngererRush Limbaugh fully reversed course on Monday, trashing the Trump legal team's unhinged press conference detailing baseless election-fraud conspiracies just days after praising attorney Sidney Powell—whom the Trump team has since disavowed—for dropping "bombs all over the place."

Over the weekend, after Powell claimed millions of votes were stolen from President Donald Trump by corrupted software, Powell gave an off-the-rails interview to Newsmax TV in which she expanded her bonkers conspiracy to include Georgia's Republican governor and secretary of state being bribed.

With Powell having already come under fire from Fox News host Tucker Carlson for failing to provide any evidence for her outrageous allegations, which included claims that late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez was involved in stealing votes, Team Trump finally distanced itself from Powell on Sunday evening, saying she "is practicing law on her own. She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity."



The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Taking Your Temperature Is Easy Thanks to This Sale
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonIt seems like knowing our temperature is more important than ever, so taking it should be easy. You've probably seen these forehead thermometers being used in stores or restaurants, but why not get one for yourself? It uses infrared to scan your forehead and derive a temperature in just seconds, and it's easy to read, too. But best of all, it's on sale for Black Friday.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Joe Biden's National Security Picks Are the Best in Decades
Jim Watson/GettyA former cabinet member once said to me that the secret to job success is picking the right predecessor. In this regard, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and their entire administration could not be better positioned for success.

Being better than Team Trump is clearly setting the bar too low, especially in a sensitive area like national security. But the picks Biden is making seem not only assured of outperforming Trump's team but likely of doing better than did Barack Obama's team. Indeed, this may prove the strongest group a new U.S. president has assembled in decades.

Much can change between appointments and end results, of course. But history's lessons suggest a number of reasons why the newly announced Biden team is so promising, beginning at the top.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Feds Charge ‘Tony Meatballs' and Other Philly Mobsters With Drug Trafficking
John Moore/Getty Images"Joey Electric," "Louie Sheep," "Tony Meatballs" and a dozen other operatives of a Philadelphia mob crime family were indicted last week on charges including racketeering conspiracy, illegal gambling, extortion and drug trafficking.

A superseding indictment unsealed today reveals how members and associates of the Sicilian Mafia organization La Cosa Nostra, ages 33 to 81, worked to "reclaim territory in Atlantic City by extorting local bookmakers and loansharks" and distributed cocaine, oxycodone, heroin and fentanyl and other illegal drugs.

According to federal prosecutors, the mob also conspired to kidnap or murder a drug dealer who sold members fake methamphetamine. The purpose of the abduction plot was "to protect the reputation of the Philadelphia LCN," the indictment says.

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Nov 23, 2020

Amazon's New Echo Dot Comes in 3 Styles. They're All on Sale
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonIf you're looking to make your home smarter, the brand new Echo is a great place to start. Not only does it bring Alexa into your home, it's also an excellent speaker to liven up your space. Best of all, all three models—the Dot, the Dot Clock, and the Echo Premium which boasts better sound—are on sale for Black Friday right now. Your life just got a whole lot easier

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Nov 23, 2020

The Already Useless Trump Kids Are About to Get Even More So
Bloomberg/GettyIt's been three weeks since Donald Trump lost the 2020 election. The 2016 election made Donnie Junior, Ivanka, and even simple Eric Republican Party superstars, just because of who their father was. But today, they're learning nepotism's hardest lesson in real time, which is that your fortunes are irreparably linked to the success of said father.

So when Trump lost his reelection, the biggest losers were actually his three large adult children. Trump may still be a God-like figure in the Republican Party but just how long that lasts after January 20 is anyone's guess. For the Trump children's fortunes, cracks are already starting to show.

Ivanka has been masterful at shaping the narrative. Despite her complete and utter uselessness and inability to control her insane and evil father, she has still been lauded continuously as a "moderating force" despite no evidence supporting this assessment whatsoever.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

The Trump Kids Are the Biggest Losers in His Election Fiasco
Bloomberg/GettyIt's been three weeks since Donald Trump lost the 2020 election. The 2016 election made Donnie Junior, Ivanka, and even simple Eric Republican Party superstars, just because of who their father was. But today, they're learning nepotism's hardest lesson in real time, which is that your fortunes are irreparably linked to the success of said father.

So when Trump lost his reelection, the biggest losers were actually his three large adult children. Trump may still be a God-like figure in the Republican Party but just how long that lasts after January 20 is anyone's guess. For the Trump children's fortunes, cracks are already starting to show.

Ivanka has been masterful at shaping the narrative. Despite her complete and utter uselessness and inability to control her insane and evil father, she has still been lauded continuously as a "moderating force" despite no evidence supporting this assessment whatsoever.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

This Gun Coffee Brand Was MAGA Royalty. Then It Turned on Kyle Rittenhouse.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via TwitterThe far right thought it had found the ideal breakfast beverage company. Then it took a big sip of Black Rifle Coffee and checked the news.

For years, Black Rifle Coffee Company has been at the vanguard of an emerging conservative coffee movement. Customers can start their day with a "Thin Blue Line" Keurig cup, or wind down with a nice mug of "Combat Cocoa." This isn't coffee for WIMPS and CIVILIANS, the company's branding implies; it's TACTICAL CAFFEINATION for OPERATORS.

But not even that branding has been enough to save BRCC from attacks by its far-right former fans, who accuse the company of being inadequately militant because it declined to sponsor a teenager accused of murdering Black Lives Matter protesters.

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Nov 23, 2020

Yes, Mark Halperin Works at Newsmax Now
Paul Morigi/GettyOver the weekend, social media was abuzz with the realization that disgraced political pundit Mark Halperin is now an on-air contributor for fledgling right-wing network Newsmax, which has been making a recent play for disgruntled Trump supporters angry with Fox News.

As The Daily Beast reported last month, Halperin, who became persona non grata in mainstream media after his history of alleged, widespread sexual misconduct was exposed in 2017, has been at Newsmax since at least the summer—and he even hosts his own show on the Trump-boosting channel.

It was an explosive Saturday interview—one that inevitably reshaped the Trump campaign's legal efforts to overthrow President Donald Trump's election loss—that led many to discover that Halperin had quietly returned to cable news.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Take $100 Off the Best Portable Smart Speaker Out There for Black Friday
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonSpending more time at home means two things for me: listening to more music and doing home improvement projects. A great way to accomplish both of those tasks in one swing is with a Sonos Move. The Smart Speaker boasts incredible sound quality so you can listen to any of your favorite tracks and bring those tunes from room to room, and you better believe it's Alexa compatible, too.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Cuomo Warns ‘These Are Dangerous Times,' Opens New COVID Emergency Site, Picks Up Emmy
Spencer PlattMinutes after a slew of Hollywood A-Listers presented Andrew Cuomo with an Emmy award for his TV appearances during this spring's wave of coronavirus cases, New York's governor revealed today's deadly reality in the state: Hospitals are overwhelmed, new emergency sites are being opened, and the toll is only going to get worse as we enter the holiday season and winter.

"These are dangerous times that we are in," Cuomo said during a press briefing Monday in New York City. "How do you forget about all the pain that we went through? If we're not careful, we will go back there."

Hospitalizations across the Empire State have increased by 122 percent in three weeks, a dark statistic that's only expected to worsen after what Cuomo called the holiday season's "37 days of socialization." He also announced an "emergency facility for COVID patients" will open at South Beach on Staten Island—stating the borough has "the highest infection rates in the city."

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Nov 23, 2020

Jan Morris Was a Brilliant Writer. For Me, She Was Also an Inspiration.
Colin McPherson/GettyIf it is your destiny never to visit Venice, yet still you yearn to escape time's linear tyranny in the darker alleyways of the Dorsoduro or long for the tang of age and rot in your nose as molecular evidence of your presence in la Serenissima, then have I got the book for you: Venice.

Written in 1960 by the British journalist and writer Jan Morris, Venice is far more than a history or a guidebook, it makes you feel that you've lived there. Morris, at the time a foreign correspondent for the liberal Guardian newspaper, had intended the book to be a dispatch about contemporary Venice, a city she had come to know intimately since first entering into its daily life at the end of the Second World War as a teenage officer in the British Army put in charge of the city's requisitioned motor boats.

Instead, her extraordinary virtuosity as a writer led her to produce a work of literature that so perfectly captures the soul of the city it is a text immune to update or change.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Our Favorite Headphones Are on Sale for Black Friday
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonIf you don't own a pair of noise cancelling headphones, I don't know how you've been coping this year. The Bose QC 35 II's are some of the best you can get. They are the most comfortable on your ears and boast excellent sound quality, too. But what really makes them stand out is their call quality. You can take calls via Bluetooth with ease, and you won't sound like you're far off in the distance as you might with other headphones. Oh yeah another great feature? They are up to 33% off for Black Friday.

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Nov 23, 2020

Longtime Biden Aide Tony Blinken Will Be Secretary of State
MANDEL NGANAntony Blinken, a longtime aide to President-elect Joe Biden, will be secretary of state, the Biden transition announced on Monday.

Blinken's appointment signals the geopolitical course Biden intends to chart in office: a restoration of liberal multilateralism, recentering traditional U.S. allies whom President Donald Trump placed on the margins. The task before Blinken and the Biden foreign policy team is reminiscent of the one shouldered by Hillary Clinton in the first year of Barack Obama's presidency, where Clinton sought to assure foreign allies that Obama would break from George W. Bush's bellicose unilateralism.

Assistance will come from a team that Blinken knows well. Biden's transition unveiled the other senior leaders of the next administration's national-security and foreign policy leadership on Monday. They include include Avril Haines, a deputy CIA director and deputy national security adviser who was considered Obama's left-most counterterrorism aide, for director of national intelligence; Jake Sullivan as national security adviser, who followed Blinken as then-Vice President Biden's national security adviser; and United Nations ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a career diplomat who served as assistant secretary of state under Blinken at Foggy Bottom.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

New York Tries to Shut Down Potential Superspreader Wedding
STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyPlans for a huge, rule-busting Hasidic wedding in New York were thrown into question Monday after the state sent a cease-and-desist order to the synagogue that was hosting it.

Word of the nuptials surfaced just a day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted the organizers of another rogue celebration that drew thousands of maskless guests to a synagogue in Brooklyn.

An hour after The Daily Beast published a story about the Monday plans, the state health commissioner took the first step toward nixing them by issuing an order to Congregation Yetev Lev in Kiryas Joel, a spokesperson for the Orange County Health Department said. A spokesperson for the State Department of Health subsequently told The Daily Beast that the order called for the congregation "to cancel the wedding ceremonies unless they can be held in strict adherence with safe social distancing protocols."

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Hasidic Community Plans Another Big Wedding in Defiance of COVID Rules
STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyPlans for a large Hasidic wedding in New York are underway just a day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted the organizers of another rule-breaking celebration that drew thousands of maskless guests.

An invitation obtained by The Daily Beast beckons members of the Satmar community to Kiryas Joel, a village an hour north of Manhattan, for the Monday evening nuptials of two members of prominent ultra-Orthodox families.

Typically, weddings of this sort are massive affairs that would be banned under New York State rules that limit gatherings at private residences to 10 people and religious gatherings below normal capacity.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Away Is Offering Discounted Bundles for Black Friday
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AwayYou might not be traveling yet, but it's always good to be prepared and have the right gear, just in case. Away is having a Black Friday sale of sorts, where they've created expertly-curated bundles, each discounted and filled with Away favorites. The Journey Set has luggage—including their everywhere bag and their carry-on, as well as packing cubes. The Weekend Set is more styled for weekend trips and includes their weekender and backpack. The Extras Set is for a person who already has a suitcase but needs to accessorize, and includes a toiletry bag, a shoe cube and some packing cubes, too. Finally, the last is for those extras you might cram in if you have space, but might leave behind if you don't—that extra pair of shoes. Whatever you're looking for, one of these bundles offers it, and likely more.



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Nov 23, 2020

Save 30% Sitewide at Rhone This Black Friday
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/RhoneI don't know about you, but for me, wearing athleisure has become the new normal. Rhone is one of our favorite brands to shop athleisure because everything they make is so damn comfy. Take their commuter pants for example—they're the perfect blend between comfy and dressy (enough). Their beach poncho is the perfect at-home hoodie, and their boxer briefs are a worthwhile staple. If you're looking for something a little more buttoned up, they also make a mean dress shirt. The best part? Right now all of it is 30% off for Black Friday.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

‘Fox & Friends' Hosts Fight With Each Other Over COVID Rules
Fox NewsThe three Fox & Friends hosts tend to be on the same page with each other about stuff. Unlike on certain other morning talk shows, there's a level of baseline consensus. That's sort of their thing.

So it was surprising Monday morning when Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt had to repeatedly talk Brian Kilmeade off the ledge from telling viewers that any and all restrictions to protect them from COVID-19 were nonsense.

As Thanksgiving fast approaches, health officials around the country are urging Americans to be responsible to keep the coronavirus from spreading ever further out of control during this crucial period before vaccines can be rolled out. But Kilmeade called new statewide rules like lockdowns and curfews "brutal" and "unnecessary" precisely "because the vaccine is no longer a hope, it's a reality."

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Scouted's Favorite Black Friday Deals of 2020
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/VendorsEvery year, hundreds of thousands of things go on sale for Black Friday. We've covered a lot of them and continue to bring you the best deals of the week. But what about some of our favorites? Well, the Scouted editors picked a handful of deals that they think are the best of the bunch and rounded them up right here.

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Nov 23, 2020

Save 20% on Our Favorite Towels from Parachute
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/ParachuteWe are big fans of Waffle Knit at Scouted, and Parachute's Waffle Knit Towels might just top the list. Made out of 100% long-staple Turkish cotton, these are the kind of towels you might find in a Parisian hotel. They are extremely lightweight, yet shockingly absorbent and durable, too. The set comes with two hand towels and two bath towels so you can complete your spa-like bathroom, now for 20% off.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Our Guide to the Best Black Friday Kitchen Deals
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/iStock.com - GrassettoThings are a little different, couldn't you tell? Black Friday is really Deals Week and we'll be spending this whole week giving you the best of the best. Here, you'll find our favorite Black Friday kitchen deals on everything from a classic Instant Pot to a direct-to-consumer pan. It's all about making your kitchen work for you, and saving some money at the same time.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Nicolas Sarkozy's Secret Alias Trending in France as Corruption Trial Begins
BERTRAND GUAYNicolas Sarkozy, the glamorous former president of France, stepped into a French courtroom Monday afternoon on the opening day of a high-profile trial which could see him jailed for ten years and fined a million euros.

The famously dapper former leader was flanked by his star lawyer Jacqueline Laffont, and appeared to be smiling under his mask according to one journalist and observer, as he greeted lawyers and even stopped to chat briefly with the two prosecutors, a man and a woman.

The case is being seen as a seminal moment in Paris, where rich and powerful elites have long been able to push legal limits, and a key test for France's anti-corruption laws.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Our Favorite Athleisure Pants Are on Sale for Black Friday
Photo Illiustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/RhoneIf there's one thing I love in life, it's finding a good pair of pants. Rhone's Commuter Pants are just that. They are made out of a stretchy fabric that makes them comfortable to weather all day long. But the buck doesn't stop there. They also have notable details like an articulated knee structure to enhance mobility, as well as a dedicated media pocket. They come in three different styles so you can exact your fit: regular, slim, and skinny. Best of all, they have a gusset built into the inseam, which allows for the all-day comfort we all could use these days especially.

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Nov 23, 2020

‘Veep' Creator Armando Iannucci: There's Nothing Funny About ‘Gollum' Trump
Dia Dipasupil/GettyLast week, Armando Iannucci phoned me from his home in London, where he's been sequestered with his wife and teenage son. "I'm currently self-isolating for 14 days because I came into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus," he says. "I'm living in the top of the house, away from everyone."

Iannucci was on day four of his self-isolation, and said he was feeling fine. He's been keeping himself occupied writing the second season of his HBO series Avenue 5, a space comedy set aboard an interplanetary cruise ship that's veered well off-course, and promoting the digital release of The Personal History of David Copperfield, his delightful adaptation of the Dickens novel.

The film, tracing Copperfield's journey from child to factory worker to gentleman, is the rare Victorian era costume drama to feature a diverse cast, with Dev Patel portraying Copperfield and Rosalind Eleazar as his loyal friend (and eventual love), Agnes Wickfield. There's also Peter Capaldi, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Benedict Wong, and Ben Whishaw for good measure.

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Nov 23, 2020

Armando Iannucci: There's Nothing Funny About ‘Gollum' Trump
Dia Dipasupil/GettyLast week, Armando Iannucci phoned me from his home in London, where he's been sequestered with his wife and teenage son. "I'm currently self-isolating for 14 days because I came into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus," he says. "I'm living in the top of the house, away from everyone."

Iannucci was on day four of his self-isolation, and said he was feeling fine. He's been keeping himself occupied writing the second season of his HBO series Avenue 5, a space comedy set aboard an interplanetary cruise ship that's veered well off-course, and promoting the digital release of The Personal History of David Copperfield, his delightful adaptation of the Dickens novel.

The film, tracing Copperfield's journey from child to factory worker to gentleman, is the rare Victorian era costume drama to feature a diverse cast, with Dev Patel portraying Copperfield and Rosalind Eleazar as his loyal friend (and eventual love), Agnes Wickfield. There's also Peter Capaldi, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Benedict Wong, and Ben Whishaw for good measure.

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Nov 23, 2020

'Tis the Season for Hot Cocktails
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Eric Luse/San Francisco Chronicle/GettyFor far too long, hot cocktails have been lumped in with dessert drinks and made increasingly sweeter with honey, sugar, cider and even ice cream. But the classic recipes for these steaming concoctions are, in fact, not overly sweet—and quite delicious. So delicious, in fact, that it's time to give hot cocktails another shot.

On this episode of the award-winning podcast Life Behind Bars, co-hosts David Wondrich and Noah Rothbaum discuss the origins of these warming cocktails and how they have evolved over time, as well as share their favorite recipes for the Hot Toddy, Hot Buttered Rum and Irish Coffee.

So mix yourself a drink and listen to this episode of Life Behind Bars. Cheers!

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Stop Blaming Testing for Sky-High COVID Numbers
Frederic J. Brown/AFP via GettyCOVID-19 cases are surging upward around the U.S., reaching 100,000 daily cases for the first time on Nov. 4 and 150,000 only eight days later. Some believe this increase in reported cases is a result of increases in testing, as more than 1.5 million tests are performed every day in the U.S. But the evidence is clear that these high numbers reflect a true increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.

Hospitalizations, deaths and test-positivity rates are going up. Taken together, this means that serious COVID-19 illness is on the rise and cases are being undercounted.

Rather than being an artifact of changes in testing policy, the rise in cases reflects ongoing transmission and serious illness.

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The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Scott Disick Is Dating Another Teenager. And People Are Crying Foul.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyThe intermingling of celebrities from different reality shows and realms of the entertainment world typically make for humorous internet fodder. When Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Scott Disick and model Amelia Hamlin, daughter of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna and actor Harry Hamlin, were spotted at a restaurant together a few weeks ago, Real Housewives fans on social media couldn't help but joke about the possibility of Rinna finally having somewhat of an interesting storyline next season—or that the former Days of Our Lives actress could possibly become Disick's mother-in-law.

But when new photos of Disick, 37, and Hamlin, 19, canoodling on a Santa Barbara beach surfaced last week, seeming to confirm some kind of romantic relationship, the couple's glaring age difference sparked a heated discussion on Twitter about Disick's troubling dating habits.

Back in 2017, Disick—then 34—was rumored to be dating 19-year-old Sofia Richie. It was eventually confirmed on Keeping Up With The Kardashians that the two were an item, with Richie making a rather awkward appearance on the program joining Disick, his ex Kourtney Kardashian, and their three children on a family vacation. While news of their relationship initially raised eyebrows online, the pair was able to maintain a public courts

The Daily Beast
Nov 23, 2020

Go Big, Joe, and Wipe Away All Student Debt
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyOne of the first things Joe Biden can do to help a nation struggling with COVID-19 and a financial crisis is to alleviate the burden for the tens of millions of Americans, like me, who are still carrying student loan debt in excess of $50,000.

I have been out of law school now since 1994. I should have paid off my loans a decade or so ago. But that's not always the way life works. Job interruption, income loss, health crises, having to help family members in financial distress—all of it happens to the best of us. When I came out of law school, I only owed $46,000 in total debt from undergrad and law-school. With a high interest rate of 8.5 percent (that is the rate they locked us in at; we could not get these wonderful low interest rates and still cannot refinance them lower) and compounding when in forbearance (temporary postponement of payments), your debt can skyrocket into your principal being more than you actually borrowed. Which is what happened to me and many others.

Like many others, I could not keep up in years where finances were tight, or I wanted to buy my first home, a car, etc. Coming out of school with a $700-a-month payment for 10 years is a big deal for a single person, even a professional. For young people coming out of school now that figure is near double, with many having student loan payments of $1,200 or more. They walk out with $100,000 debt for private colleges and universities and well over $50,000 for public universities and colleges. And that's just for a bachelor's degree.



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Nov 23, 2020

Public Rec Is Taking 20% Off Sitewide for Black Friday
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Public Rec These days, I'm all about athleisure. If done right, you can wear it pretty much no matter the situation: whether you're active, working, or just lounging around. Public Rec makes some of our favorite athleisure. Their Workday Pants are a favorite—they're very breathable, quick-drying, and stretchy—and their All Day Every Day Pants are similar, but a little more casual. Their sweaters and henleys are designed to never shrink and have necklines that won't warp either. Bottom line: we love their clothing.

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Nov 23, 2020

More Black Men Went With Trump This Time. I Asked a Few of Them Why.
GettyThe number screamed at me and I actually wanted to yell back at The Washington Post exit poll, or, more specifically, those Minnesota Black male voters who comprised what, initially, looked like a glaring typo. In the state of George Floyd, which helped trigger yet another national awakening to the horror of police treatment of Blacks, 30 percent of Black male voters did the unthinkable. They voted for Donald Trump. It topped all the other states in the poll, with Nevada running second at 21 percent.

I looked again, shaking my head. Then I rushed to google "Black men in Minnesota."

Chris Fields, an office manager of a law firm in Minneapolis, is part of that apparent 30 percent. He applauds the figures in the exit poll as a good piece of news for Republicans amidst the long-shot hopes that the president might rescue this election from fraud. Yes, Fields, like many Trump supporters, believes there may be some validity to the president's claims of a stolen election, despite the mountain of credible sources and evidence that says otherwise.

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Nov 23, 2020

Migrants Flee Climate Change Ravaged Central America as Record-Breaking Hurricanes Hit
JOHAN ORDONEZGUATEMALA CITY—Communities across Guatemala and Central America are reeling from the impacts of two consecutive hurricanes that left towns flooded and destroyed crops across the region.

The two massive storms, Eta and Iota, hit Central America hard, displacing millions across the region and leaving hundreds of people dead. Across Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama, homes have flooded, roads and bridges have washed away, and crops have been destroyed.

"It is difficult for us right now, it makes me want to cry," said Oralia Raymundo, 34, in the Indigenous Maya Ch'orti municipality of Camotán in Guatemala.

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Nov 23, 2020

COVID Has Struck 5 Pregnant Women in the L.A. County Jail, Lawyers Say
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyAs the pandemic continues to ravage U.S. jail populations, a total of five pregnant women have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the Los Angeles County jail, according to lawyers suing the system for allegedly inadequate health protections.

Nearly 20 pregnant women are locked up in the country's largest jail, according to lawyers for the ACLU; that's double the number held there in May, when the county attempted to reduce the prison population due to the pandemic. The numbers crept back up over the intervening months, even as the virus continued to spread.

More than 3,500 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the county jail system, and eight have died. Among those diagnosed over the course of the pandemic, according to the attorneys, are five pregnant women—most of whom have been subjected to harsh conditions like solitary confinement and denied medical care.

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Nov 23, 2020

5 Pregnant Women With COVID Held in LA County Jail, Lawyers Say
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyAs the pandemic continues to ravage U.S. jail populations, five pregnant women have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the Los Angeles County jail, according to lawyers suing the system for allegedly inadequate health protections.

Nearly 20 pregnant women are locked up in the country's largest jail, according to lawyers for the ACLU; that's double the number held there in May, when the county attempted to reduce the prison population due to the pandemic. The numbers crept back up over the intervening months, even as the virus continued to spread.

More than 3,500 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the county jail system, and eight have died. Among those diagnosed, according to the attorneys, are five pregnant women—most of whom have been subjected to harsh conditions like solitary confinement and denied medical care.

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Nov 23, 2020

Trump's Final Tantrum Will Leave America in Shambles For Biden
JIM LO SCALZOWe have 58 days to go until Wednesday, January 20, when Joe Biden will become president.

That's 58 more days for Donald Trump to find new ways, beyond the few hundred he's already exhausted, to wreck the country.

There's no question that that's what he's going to do. He can't accept that he lost fair and square. He hates Joe Biden, hates the media (now including Fox News), hates 80 million voters, hates the states of Arizona and Georgia, hates every other state that voted against him, hates the government, hates the parts of his job that require thought, hates Republicans like the Georgia secretary of state and governor who followed the law, hates the law, and most of all hates democracy, because it's democracy that is sending him back to Palm Beach.

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Nov 23, 2020

The FBI's Decades-Long Hunt for D.B. Cooper—the Only Airline Hijacker Who Got Away
FBISome criminal cases go unsolved simply because of the era in which they took place. Take, for example, the 1971 hijacking of Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305, which left Portland for Seattle on Thanksgiving Eve and was promptly commandeered by a man in a suit and sunglasses who claimed his name was Dan Cooper (later known as D.B. Cooper, owing to a news mix-up). Armed with a bomb, Cooper convinced the craft to land at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where he collected from the FBI four parachutes and $200,000 in cash. He then let the passengers go, forced the plane to take off for Mexico City, and then leapt out of the tail door somewhere between Seattle and Reno, never to be heard from again.

It's America's only unsolved airplane hijacking. And thanks to a dearth of satellite footage and DNA evidence, it seems likely to stay that way—a notion underscored by the FBI's July 2016 decision to suspend its decades-long investigation into the event, the byproduct of a "different world" in which airport security was light, hijackings were common, and forensic investigations were (relatively) primitive.

The Mystery of D.B. Cooper (premiering Nov. 25 on HBO) revisits this infamous episode in American criminal history with an awareness that a definitive answer to its central question—who was D.B. Cooper?—probably isn't in the cards. Rather, writer/director John Dower's documentary is simply content to revel in the unknowability of its story. To that end, it's a tantalizing look at

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Nov 23, 2020

Trump and Fox News Are at War and Democrats Can't Decide What to Do About It
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyAs Joe Biden assumes the responsibilities of the presidency, his press operation is already being asked to confront a perennial debate: What, exactly, should it do about Fox News?

The cable news behemoth has vexed prior Democratic administrations, darting between acting as the voice of the opposition and a legitimate news outlet with the nation's largest audience.

But a series of recent developments—including growing animosity between President Donald Trump and some of the more straight-faced personalities at Fox News—has changed the dynamics of this particular political-media nexus. And it has sparked a renewed argument among Biden allies and White House veterans about how and whether he should engage the network more fully.

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Nov 23, 2020

Sometimes, the Best Clues Come from Unlikely Sources
Rebecca TulisDid you know that Mia Farrow (@miafarrow) is active on Twitter? If you solved last Tuesday's puzzle you did, where MIA at 3-D was clued as [Farrow with about 427k Twitter followers].

There's nothing wrong with cluing MIA Farrow with reference to one of her classic movies, or referencing the exploits of another famous Mia, like soccer's Mia Hamm. But Twitter has opened up a whole new line of interesting clues for crossword standbys that lend renewed relevance to celebs who may be past their career prime, but are still tweeting like champs.

Yoko ONO (@yokoono) is another good example. Of course her last name has appeared in many puzzles, often clued to the Grammy-winning album "Double Fantasy" that she and John Lennon released in 1980. But how much more fun and timely to have a clue like [Artist who tweeted a poem last week that began: " Sit under a blue sky. Keep your head open and empty."]?

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Nov 23, 2020

The Olive Oil in Your Local Store May Be Funding Syrian Warlords
Miodrag Gajic/GettySyrian exile Nidal Shaikho should have been delighted when he found a bottle of his hometown olive oil at a grocery store in upstate New York. Shaikho comes from Afrin, Syria's Holy City of Olives, whose produce is famed across the Middle East.

But Afrin is a city at war, twice invaded and occupied by Turkish forces in a drive against local Kurds greenlit by President Donald Trump—and Shaikho knew that the olives used to make the oil sold in Syracuse must have been stolen from the farmers who have tended them for generations.

Instead of delight, he said, he felt ‘pain, sadness, and heartbreak'.

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Nov 22, 2020

‘The Dumbest Sort of Traitor': Israeli Spies Aren't Exactly Rejoicing at Jonathan Pollard's Release
Mark Lennihan/APJonathan Pollard betrayed the United States. Did Israel betray Jonathan Pollard?

One of the most infamous spy sagas in modern history whimpered to an end on Saturday, when the Justice Department let the parole restrictions imposed on former navy intelligence analyst Jonathan J. Pollard, 66, quietly expire.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office issued a statement welcoming the decision.

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Nov 22, 2020

Trump Campaign Disavows Its Own Election-Conspiracy Lawyer
Drew Angerer/GettyPresident Donald Trump's political team officially disavowed the efforts of attorney Sidney Powell on Sunday evening, just days after Powell headlined a bizarre, rambling press conference where she alleged a massive election fraud conspiracy against the president.

"Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own. She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity," declared Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis in a statement. The attempt to retroactively erase Powell from the president's legal team was flatly contradicted by that team's—and Trump's—own statements over the past week.

The disavowal came after Powell, Ellis, and Giuliani teamed up on Thursday to allege that a sprawling anti-Trump conspiracy theory involving a voting machine company and the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. After that press conference, Giuliani reaffirmed that Powell was speaking on behalf of the campaign.

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Nov 22, 2020

Smiling Suspect Accused of Shooting 4 in Deadly Sonic Ambush
Sarpy County JailAn Omaha man who was arrested last week at a Sonic Drive-In for charging $57 worth of corn dogs to someone else's app has been accused of shooting up the fast-food joint on Saturday night, killing two and wounding two people.

Roberto Silva Jr., 23, was also charged with arson for setting a vehicle on fire—but he didn't seem too upset about it. A booking photo from the Sarpy County Jail shows him grinning.

Police were called the Bellevue fast-food joint just after 9:30 p.m. to investigate a possible bomb in a truck and found a U-Haul in flames, authorities said.

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Nov 22, 2020

GOP Governor to Trump: "Stop Golfing and Concede"
Alex WongMaryland Gov. Larry Hogan became the latest Republican to break with President Trump on Twitter, telling the outgoing commander-in-chief Sunday to "stop golfing and concede" rather than keep trying to overturn the election's results.

The skirmish began after Hogan made an appearance on CNN, where he told Jake Tapper that he was "embarrassed that more people in the party aren't speaking up" about Trump's refusal to leave office. In response, Trump tweeted out a Breitbart story about Hogan's purchase of flawed COVID-19 tests from South Korea, a story first reported by the Washington Post.

"This RINO will never make the grade," Trump wrote. "Hogan is just as bad as the flawed tests he paid big money for!"

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Nov 22, 2020

GOP Governor to Trump: ‘Stop Golfing and Concede'
Alex Wong/GettyMaryland Gov. Larry Hogan became the latest Republican to break with President Trump on Twitter, telling the outgoing commander-in-chief Sunday to "stop golfing and concede" rather than keep trying to overturn the election's results.

The skirmish began after Hogan made an appearance on CNN, where he told Jake Tapper that he was "embarrassed that more people in the party aren't speaking up" about Trump's refusal to leave office. In response, Trump tweeted out a Breitbart story about Hogan's purchase of flawed COVID-19 tests from South Korea, a story first reported by the Washington Post.

"This RINO will never make the grade," Trump wrote. "Hogan is just as bad as the flawed tests he paid big money for!"

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Nov 22, 2020

Amazon Is Discounting Kindle Memberships for Black Friday
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonLove to escape into the world of a good book? Good news—Amazon is discounting its Kindle Unlimited memberships now by over 90%. That means for two months and just $0.99 you can get access to unlimited eBooks available on Kindle. It's an all-you-can-read buffet, so you better get crackin'.

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Nov 22, 2020

JFK Conspiracy Theory Is Debunked in Mexico
ReutersMost conspiracy theories surrounding President John F. Kennedy's assassination have been disproven. Kennedy was not killed by a gas-powered device triggered by aliens or by actor Woody Harrelson's dad.

But speculation about Kennedy's Nov. 22, 1963 murder in Dallas continues, fueled by unreleased classified documents, bizarre ballistics and the claim of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald—who was later killed on live TV while in police custody—that he was "just a patsy."

Several JFK assassination experts, like the former New York Times investigative reporter Phillip Shenon, see Mexico as the best place to find answers regarding a possible conspiracy and who was behind it.

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Nov 22, 2020

Chris Christie: Trump's Legal Team Has Been a ‘National Embarrassment'
ABC NewsLongtime Trump supporter Chris Christie said it was finally time for President Donald Trump's attempt to overthrow the election results to end, calling out the president's legal team as a "national embarrassment" for making outlandish and baseless claim of widespread voter fraud without presenting any evidence.

In recent days, the president's attorneys—plucked from right-wing media—have centered their strategy to flip the election to Trump by laying out an unhinged conspiracy theory that alleges Dominion voting software purposely stole millions of votes from Trump and gave them to President-elect Joe Biden. Trump attorney Sidney Powell, for instance, has claimed long-deceased Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez worked in conjunction with liberal philanthropist George Soros and the Clinton Foundation to swing the election to Biden.

During Sunday morning's broadcast of ABC News' This Week, anchor George Stephanopoulos noted that nearly all of the president's election lawsuits have been tossed out of court, including a Pennsylvania suit that sought to discard millions of votes.



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Nov 22, 2020

Save 33% On a Brand New Amazon Kindle for Black Friday
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonWhether you like to read or know someone who takes it to another level, the Kindle makes a perfect gift for the book lover in your life (even if that's yourself!). It is lightweight, sleek, and has a backlight so you can read no matter the lighting situation. It can store tons of books and best of all, the battery life lasts for weeks, not hours. It's the ultimate reading tool, and it's on sale, now.

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Nov 22, 2020

Save 20% on Our Favorite Bidet for Black Friday
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/TUSHYRemember the toilet paper craze at the beginning of quarantine? Well, some of us were able to avoid that thanks to the TUSHY. The TUSHY classic is a bidet that will make it extremely easy to clean your nether regions using just water. It's easy to set up — takes about fifteen minutes — and is more sanitary and less wasteful. Plus, at 20% off, it's basically a steal.

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Nov 22, 2020

Michigan GOP Congressman Tells Trump 'It's Over': 'The Voters Spoke'
CNNAs President Donald Trump's attempts to overthrow President-elect Joe Biden's election victory continue to get thrown out of court, a Republican congressman in one of the states Trump is trying to subvert the will of the voters is telling him "it's over."

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who has called Michigan Republicans' attempt to pass legislation to overturn the state's election results a "dead end," appeared on CNN on Sunday morning to further push back on the president's pressure campaign to get Michigan legislators to award him the state.

"You know what? The voters have spoken," he said. "No one has come up with any evidence of fraud or abuse. All 83 counties have certified their own election results. Those will be officially tabulated or should be tomorrow."

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Nov 22, 2020

Michigan GOP Congressman Tells Trump ‘It's Over' and ‘the Voters Spoke'
CNNAs President Donald Trump's attempts to overthrow President-elect Joe Biden's election victory continue to get thrown out of court, a Republican congressman in one of the states Trump is trying to subvert the will of the voters is telling him "it's over."

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who has called Michigan Republicans' attempt to pass legislation to overturn the state's election results a "dead end," appeared on CNN on Sunday morning to further push back on the president's pressure campaign to get Michigan legislators to award him the state.

"You know what? The voters have spoken," he said. "No one has come up with any evidence of fraud or abuse. All 83 counties have certified their own election results. Those will be officially tabulated or should be tomorrow."

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Nov 22, 2020

Prince Harry and Prince William United in ‘Drive for Truth' Over Explosive Diana Interview
Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty ImagesIf you love The Daily Beast's royal coverage, then we hope you'll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.

Harry and William united over BBC investigation

Prince William and Prince Harry stand united in wanting to know the truth about the circumstances of their mother Princess Diana's explosive 1995 Panorama interview.

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Nov 22, 2020

Little Known Fact: Patagonia Is Killing the Undergarments Game
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/BackcountryI don't think I've worn a real bra since March—WFH has completely shattered my tolerance for them. Anything with an underwire is an automatic "no" these days, but even when it comes to bralettes and sports bras, I'm super picky. If it's too lacey, too padded, too constricting, too hard to get on, too difficult to wash, etc., etc., it's also going to be a "no" for me. Well, let me tell you: I finally found *the* perfect bra. The Patagonia Active Mesh Bra is my new hero.

I know it sounds a little random for a brand most known for their outdoor gear to be my new favorite arbiter of intimates, but trust me on this. Their super technical, made-for-the-elements innovations actually translate flawlessly to undergarments—think high-tech moisture-wicking and antimicrobial odor-controlling fabrics (they call it miDori™ bioSoft and HeiQ® Fresh!). Not to mention they're silky soft and totally seamless.

In "the before times," I was that person that automatically changed out of my jeans and my bra as soon as I got home. So now that I spend all day at home, this checks the boxes of feeling covered and supported during my Zoom meetings, but also is so lightweight, I can barely feel it. And I know this isn't recommended, but I frequently fall asleep wearing it—that's how cloud-like and comfy it is.

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Nov 22, 2020

He Slept With His Best Friend's Fiancée. Will Their Friendship Survive?
Courtesy of Sony Pictures ClassicsHumor bonded multi-hyphenate filmmakers Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin over a decade ago. Back then, Marvin was producing commercials in New York City, while Covino already had a reputation in the independent film scene. Asked to find someone willing to approach random pedestrians on the street to participate in an ad, Marvin hired Covino based on a colleague's recommendation—a life-changing event for both of them.

A kindred taste in offbeat comedy led to a fast friendship, with the duo first laughing at the same bizarre videos then spending all their free time making their own. The talented best buds went on to produce indie projects such as Babysitter, Kicks, and Hunter Gatherer, before pursuing their own story.

"Kyle's just a really nice guy. He's a very welcoming person, so I was drawn to that," Covino says. For Marvin, it was Covino's knack for injecting amusing chaos into the workplace that prompted his interest in befriending him. "Mike's very technically gifted, but he also used to do insane things like buying the entire crew matching outfits and making us all wear them. That added an extra pleasure to working with him," recalls Marvin. Their affectionate banter comes through even by phone, as they speak fondly of one another and what they've shared making movies as a team for so long.

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Nov 22, 2020

Why Does Spain Keep Destroying Its Beautiful Art?
Courtesy of Antonio Guzmán CapelSpain is in the news again for all the wrong reasons, and conservationists around the globe are shaking their fists. A photo has surfaced of what could be the country's sloppiest restoration to date: the carving of a once-delicate shepherdess's face now mangled beyond repair, with lopsided sockets for eyes, an outsize zit for a nose, and a toothless dent for a mouth. Locals in Palencia, north of Madrid, have dubbed her "Potato Head."

This is déjà vu for Spaniards. Earlier this year, the world gasped when a botched refurbishment of Murillo's Immaculate Conception of Los Venerables came to light bearing no resemblance to the Baroque original. In 2018, a 16th-century statue of St. George was retouched so badly—evidently by a school teacher in Navarra—that it resembled a toy soldier. And it's hard to unsee Spain's most infamous bungle, "Ecce Mono" aka "Monkey Christ," a 90-year-old fresco of Jesus rendered into a menacing primate-esque blob. The list goes on and on.

The litany of screwups begs the question: Why does this keep happening in Spain, and what is to blame?



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Nov 22, 2020

The Special Misery of House Arrest During a Pandemic
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyFor most of 2020, Chris, a father of three in Chicago, couldn't leave his apartment: not to go for a walk, not to run errands, and not to take his son to the doctor when he broke his arm. And not because of quarantine. If Chris even stepped outside his front door without getting permission from authorities—a process that could take weeks—then the electronic monitor strapped to his ankle would notify law enforcement, possibly landing him in jail.

One day in August, Chris's mother was out with his children when another relative suffered a health emergency, he says, forcing her to go to the hospital. She called Chris saying he had to come pick the kids up. "I'm a father," he said of his decision to go get them, violating the terms of his house arrest.

The next night, squad cars pulled up to Chris's home. He was handcuffed and taken to jail. Unable to afford bail, he has been locked up ever since, awaiting trial for gun possession, a nonviolent offense. Chris, who is Black, did not want his last name used for fear that it would affect his pending case.

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Nov 22, 2020

It's Fine to Celebrate Christmas Right Now—Because 2020
Chesnot/GettyStep into Myers of Keswick, a traditional British grocery store located in the heart of New York's West Village, and you will get smacked in the face with holiday cheer. Though only four people are allowed inside of the store at a time, per COVID rules, there has been a steady stream of expats buying their Christmas mince pies and Christmas puddings, chocolate assortments, and festive biscuit tins since the shipment came in mid-October.

"We're very busy," Jennifer Myers, the daughter of the store's original owner, said on the phone while speaking over the bustle of shoppers. "I find that it's because a lot of Brits are not going back for the holidays this year. Because this year has been so shitty, pardon my French, they're bringing more gifts to their home celebrations."

As families make the gut-wrenching decision to cancel holiday gatherings, coronavirus cases are surging, and the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree looks anemic and deflated, there is not a whole lot to celebrate this season. But look on social media, or through the windows of your neighbors' place that is already dotted with tinsel and pine, and you will see: people still want some cheer, damn it.

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Nov 22, 2020

When It Was the Beatles' World and We Just Lived in It
Jan Olofsson/GettyThe story of the Beatles did not end happily. Break-ups are seldom cheerful. But it was not, as some of us thought at the time, the end of the damn world.

Craig Brown tells that story in 150 Glimpses of the Beatles, from the early days to 1970, when the four members of the band went their separate ways. But what Brown does best is remind us why the split did seem at the time—to Beatles fans at least—like the end of everything.

I don't know if Brown's is one of the best books written about the band because I've never managed to finish a book about them, but it's one of the best books I've read on any subject in a good while.

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Nov 22, 2020

How COVID-19 Is Helping Bankroll Magic Mushroom Legalization
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyElection Day saw a string of huge wins for drug policy reform across the country, but nowhere went further than Oregon. Along with decriminalizing possession of small amounts of drugs—all drugs, across the board—voters there became the first to legalize adult access to psilocybin mushrooms.

In a very direct way, the COVID-19 pandemic helped make all this happen.

Polling repeatedly shows the drug war is vastly unpopular. And drug reform is a rare example of a true bipartisan issue. But so far in the U.S., most actual policy change on drugs has come at the ballot box.

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Nov 22, 2020

Was Eve Made From Adam's Missing Penis Bone?
Peter Horree/AlamyThe Bible starts, as most people know, with the creation of the universe, animals, and human beings. According to the Bible, God fashioned Adam out of dirt while Eve, who was created as a companion for Adam, was made out of one of Adam's ribs. Or was she? A shocking academic theory proposes that rather than being whittled out of a rib, Eve was actually formed out of Adam's os baculum or, to put this much more directly, man's now-missing penis bone. As you might imagine, the theory has caused something of a stir.

Even from an ancient perspective, the idea that Eve was created out of a rib has some problems. Though ancient understandings of the machinations of the body were limited, death, decay, and ancient burial rituals meant that knowledge of the human skeleton was hardly out of reach. Moreover, as anyone who has taken an elementary class in human anatomy knows, the ribcage is not asymmetrical: generally speaking there doesn't appear to be a rib missing on one side: most people have 12 pairs. Given that ancient people are as likely to have known this as we moderns, it's worth asking what ancient readers thought was happening when God "caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and… took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh" (Gen. 2:21). Explanations for what this strange ancient organ transplant involved is where things take a turn for the scandalous.

In both his book and a 2015 article in Biblical Archeology Review, Ziony Zevit, a distinguished professor of Biblical Literature and Northwest Semitic Languages at American Jewish University in Bel-Air, California, argues

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Nov 22, 2020

Let's Look at this Appeals Court's Incredibly Stupid Opinion Protecting ‘Conversion Therapy'
Justin Sullivan/GettyTo understand the wrongness, ignorance, and just plain stupidity of the Eleventh Circuit's decision to strike down a ban on so-called "conversion therapy," consider this hypothetical:

A 15-year-old boy, "voluntarily" but actually forced by his parents, goes to see a therapist offering a "therapy" that has been condemned by the American Psychological Association and shown in numerous studies to be ineffective and indeed counterproductive. When the boy reveals he is considering suicide, the therapist says "You should just do it. If you're feeling suicidal, that shows you are weak and undeserving to live. You're pathetic."

Should this be legal? Of course not. What a therapist says to a vulnerable client, especially an underage one, isn't constitutionally protected "free speech." It's medical practice, like prescribing medication. And it's malpractice to say something so dangerous and wrongheaded. Obviously.

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Nov 22, 2020

Obama's New Book Is Full of the Racial Honesty That He Avoided While he Was President
GettyRecalling the arduous 2008 path that ultimately led to his first term in the White House, Barack Obama writes in his new presidential memoir, A Promised Land, that his campaign was careful to avoid leaning into any issues that might be construed as "racial grievance." By this, of course, he means Black concerns about the lethal consequences of institutional white supremacist power.

"[T]oo much focus on civil rights, police misconduct or other issues considered specific to Black people risked triggering suspicion, if not a backlash from the broader electorate," Obama writes. "You might decide to speak up anyway as a matter of conscience, but you understood there'd be a price."

White feelings matter, in other words. More specifically, the white majority's fears of Black equality, even as a mere political proposition, can sink Black electoral aspirations. This was implicitly understood by Black American voters, who forgave the candidate for avoiding full-throated advocacy for racial justice on the campaign trail, considering it a necessary calculation to quell the anti-Black imaginings of those "for whom the image of me in the White House involved a big psychological leap." Like Obama, many believed "the immediate formula for racial progress" would be getting the first Black president into office, where change could happen.



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Nov 22, 2020

Why Barack Obama's ‘Change You Can Believe In' Fell Short for Black Americans
GettyRecalling the arduous 2008 path that ultimately led to his first term in the White House, Barack Obama writes in his new presidential memoir, A Promised Land, that his campaign was careful to avoid leaning into any issues that might be construed as "racial grievance." By this, of course, he means Black concerns about the lethal consequences of institutional white supremacist power.

"[T]oo much focus on civil rights, police misconduct or other issues considered specific to Black people risked triggering suspicion, if not a backlash from the broader electorate," Obama writes. "You might decide to speak up anyway as a matter of conscience, but you understood there'd be a price."

White feelings matter, in other words. More specifically, the white majority's fears of Black equality, even as a mere political proposition, can sink Black electoral aspirations. This was implicitly understood by Black American voters, who forgave the candidate for avoiding full-throated advocacy for racial justice on the campaign trail, considering it a necessary calculation to quell the anti-Black imaginings of those "for whom the image of me in the White House involved a big psychological leap." Like Obama, many believed "the immediate formula for racial progress" would be getting the first Black president into office, where change could happen.



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Nov 22, 2020

See Mahershala Ali's Tearful Black Lives Matter Tribute from HBO's ‘Between the World and Me'
HBOBetween the World and Me, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates' taut, searing memoir—framed as a letter to his teenage son, and born of his impassioned debates with former President Barack Obama—is a clarion call for action, and accountability. It traces Coates' onerous upbringing in racially segregated Baltimore—an area, like much of America, rife with discrimination and overpolicing—and under the belt of his abusive father; his formative years at Howard University, and in Paris; and rise up the literary ranks.

"I've been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates," wrote the great Toni Morrison. "The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates's journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory."

On Sunday, Nov. 22, a film adaptation of Coates' tome will premiere. Directed by Kamilah Forbes, who previously helmed a version for the stage at the Apollo Theater and Kennedy Center, it features a host of Black talent—Coates, Angela Bassett, Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Tip "T.I." Harris, Phylicia Rashad, Mahershala Ali, and many more—reading passages from Between the World and Me, as video and images of the Black struggle in America play on screen.



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Nov 22, 2020

The Horrific Mystery of the Therapist Who Sedated and Shot Her Own Twins
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/HandoutSEATTLE—Mike Mitchell was sitting in his Bellingham, Washington, bedroom with close friend and housemate Michele Boudreau Deegan on a Thursday last month when they broached the subject of suicide.

It had become an occasional discussion topic for the pair, as Boudreau Deegan, a 55-year-old mental health therapist who owned the house the two of them shared, suffered from intense bouts of depression. On that night, Mitchell said, Boudreau Deegan had made it clear she was upset over a recent court decision involving custody of her twin 7-year-old daughters and their father.

"You know your girls would never be better off without you," Mitchell recalled telling her. "Even if worst comes to worst and he gets full custody, they're still not going to be better without you."

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Nov 22, 2020

These Eco-Friendly Dryer Balls Cut Down On Drying Time and Keep My Clothes Static Free
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/Food52I never thought much about the wasteful nature of drying sheets until I was forced to quarantine. Like most people who suddenly found themselves with extra time to mull over their life choices, I started reevaluating how I could shrink my carbon footprint—from shopping habits to grocery trips and eventually over to laundry day. I'd considered purchasing dryer balls in the past and true to my millennial ways, I noticed the Five Two wool version offered up on Food52 first for its aesthetically pleasing nature. But they remained in my "eco-friendly buys" bookmark folder rather than my shopping cart for months on end.

When I got into a weekly habit of loading and unloading the same variation of sweats, workout clothes, and the occasional pair of jeans for trips to the supermarket, the single use nature of dryer sheets started to bug me more than usual. Akin to makeup wipes, I know they're bad for the environment (and reportedly often contain potentially toxic chemicals that can linger on your laundry and irritate sensitive skin) but they'd become such a staple in my routine that I thought replacing them might throw everything off kilter. If there's one thing I've learned

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Nov 21, 2020

Dead TSA Agent's Family Asks Americans to Stay Home for the Holidays
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyMillions of pandemic-weary Americans are expected to head to the airport next week and board flights so they can spend Thanksgiving with family and friends.

The loved ones of Eduard Faktorovich have a message for them: Stay home.

A successful former travel agent, Faktorovich was thrilled when he landed a job as a TSA agent at Denver International Airport two years ago "because that was part of his passion," his niece, Megan Faktorovich, told The Daily Beast.

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Nov 21, 2020

‘Definition of a Serial Killer': Cops Solve Random Shooting Spree That Terrified Dallas
Ellis County jailA Texas man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's father has now been tied to at least three shooting deaths in the last few weeks in what authorities are calling a random crime spree that is "the definition of a serial killer."

Jeremy Harris, 31, has been charged for a string of killings that began on Halloween and ended with his arrest on Wednesday for the murder of 60-year-old Blair Carter, who was found inside a house set ablaze.

The Celina Police Department said Harris is facing charges for at least three shooting deaths in Dallas, including the murder of 19-year-old SMU student Robert Jaden Urrea, who was waiting for a rideshare after a Halloween party. The other two victims, who were shot on Nov. 14, were 36-year-old Adam Gautreau, who was hit on a street corner, and 57-year-old Kenneth Jerome Hamilton, who was struck from inside his car at a red light.

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Nov 21, 2020

MSNBC, CNN Anchors Shred Fox's Geraldo Rivera for Ludicrous Idea to Name Vaccine After Trump
MSNBC, Fox News, CNNIn one of the most bizarre examples of unwavering Trump sycophancy, Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera on Friday suggested naming the COVID-19 vaccine after the president to cheer him up.

And Rivera's peers from competing networks brutally roasted him for suggesting Trump—notorious for putting his name on everything from buildings to steaks—might need to be coaxed from office with lavish credit for a cure to a virus he repeatedly downplayed.

"You know, Gerald raises a good point there. It's possible we just don't give the president enough credit for his FDR-like devotion to tackling this virus," MSNBC host Brian Williams sarcastically said on Friday next to images of Trump golfing and not wearing a face mask. "His laser-like focus, his daily devotion, the sympathy he's forever expressing to the families of the quarter million dead."

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Nov 21, 2020

TV Anchors Shred Fox News Pundit for Ludicrous Idea to Name Vaccine After Trump
MSNBC, Fox News, CNNIn one of the most bizarre examples of unwavering Trump sycophancy, Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera on Friday suggested naming the COVID-19 vaccine after the president to cheer him up.

And Rivera's peers from competing networks brutally roasted him for suggesting Trump—notorious for putting his name on everything from buildings to steaks—might need to be coaxed from office with lavish credit for a cure to a virus he repeatedly downplayed.

"You know, Gerald raises a good point there. It's possible we just don't give the president enough credit for his FDR-like devotion to tackling this virus," MSNBC host Brian Williams sarcastically said on Friday next to images of Trump golfing and not wearing a face mask. "His laser-like focus, his daily devotion, the sympathy he's forever expressing to the families of the quarter million dead."

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Nov 21, 2020

Cops Deploy Tear Gas During Protest Over Omaha Police Shooting
Shannon Stapleton/ReutersAn Omaha protest over the police killing of a 35-year-old during a traffic stop devolved into chaos on Friday night after authorities declared an unlawful assembly, deployed tear gas, and arrested at least two people.

The Omaha Police Department on Friday claimed Kenneth Jones was shot dead during a traffic stop Thursday night when he reached for a gun in his waistband. The event is now under investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol and the Omaha Police Officer-Involved Investigations Team.

It immediately sparked protests outside the Central Police Headquarters, where dozens demanded transparency and the video footage of the tragic incident.

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Nov 21, 2020

Brooklinen's Luxe Sateen Sheets Changed The Way I Sleep
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/BrooklinenI can't be the only one who dreams of sleeping in super luxurious hotel beds. Think about it: the fluffy pillows, super-soft sheets, insanely cozy blankets. It's almost like sleeping on a cloud; floating away from our everyday stressors. Needless to say, my goal is to achieve the perfect hotel bed atmosphere, including the slumber that comes along with it, in my own bed. Brooklinen's Luxe Sateen sheets have brought me one step closer to those dreams. I've been searching for a favorite set of sheets for a while now and these most definitely take the cake. They have literally changed the way I sleep.

As someone who once had trouble falling asleep, I now look forward to crawling into bed after a long day working from home. I've come to realize, especially in these times, that a good night's sleep is essential to function. These sheets feel like silky butter against my skin, making it insanely easy to just immerse myself in them.

I have to admit that after reading the reviews, I was a bit skeptical that sheets could be affordable yet spectacular. But, after sleeping in them a few nights, I understood why they are Brooklinen's best-selling sheets

The Daily Beast
Nov 21, 2020

Inside a Gun-Smuggling Neo-Nazi Cabal Tied to Marines
U.S. MarinesAn active-duty Marine assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina has been charged in an illegal firearms conspiracy—which prosecutors allege was run by a cabal of neo-Nazi ex-military men who wanted to create a "modern day SS."

The evidence includes a sickening video of live-fire weapons training that ended with the masked participants giving "Heil Hitler" salutes before a slide with the message: "Come home white man." It also includes chat logs in which the men discussed shooting anti-racism protesters.

Justin Wade Hermanson, 21, was named in a federal indictment along with Liam Collins, 21, and Jordan Duncan, 26, both ex-Marines who served at Camp Lejeune. The fourth person charged is Paul Kryscuk, 35, who linked up with Collins on Iron March, the now-defunct fascist forum that gave birth to the terrorist organization Atomwaffen Division.

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Nov 21, 2020

Inside the Neo-Nazi Cabal Tied to Marines and a Porn Star
U.S. MarinesAn active-duty Marine assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina has been charged in an illegal firearms conspiracy—which prosecutors allege was run by a cabal of neo-Nazi ex-military men who wanted to create a "modern day SS."

The evidence includes a sickening video of live-fire weapons training that ended with the masked participants giving "Heil Hitler" salutes before a slide with the message: "Come home white man." It also includes chat logs in which the men discussed shooting anti-racism protesters.

Justin Wade Hermanson, 21, was named in a federal indictment along with Liam Collins, 21, and Jordan Duncan, 26, both ex-Marines who served at Camp Lejeune. The fourth person charged is Paul Kryscuk, 35, reportedly a porn star who specialized in abusing black women.

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Nov 21, 2020

Amazon Is Discounting Audible Memberships for Black Friday
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Getty ImagesAudiobooks are a great way to read (listen) to more books than you ever thought possible, and an Audible membership makes it easier than ever. They have thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, and more to listen to and escape into. Right now, they are discounting the first six months of membership by almost 40%, so what are you waiting for? Your next (audio)book awaits.

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Nov 21, 2020

Burrow's Beautiful Credenza Is 10% Off for Black Friday
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/BurrowBurrow makes the best flatpack furniture, and if you're looking to boost your design and storage space, this "Credenza" is a can't miss. It's so versatile, it will work anywhere you put it, as a sideboard or credenza—I personally use it as a media console and couldn't be happier. The reversible doors and adjustable shelves make putting anything in it a breeze, and there are cord management slots on the bottom because Burrow has thought of just about everything. Use the code DEALS at checkout to get 10% off.

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Nov 21, 2020

Bill Maher Argues We Should Embrace Trump Supporters as Though They Left the NXIVM Sex Cult
HBOOn Friday night, Bill Maher closed the season finale of his long-running HBO series Real Time by comparing Trump supporters to NXIVM followers—adherents of the Albany-based cult led by Keith Raniere wherein many women were starved, branded, and treated as sex slaves.

"The challenge for us is, how do you get people out of a cult—especially when every time you present evidence of what is obvious reality, they take it as proof of you being in on a conspiracy to destroy them? And for the answer to that question, we must turn to Catherine Oxenberg," explained Maher, adding, "She got somebody out of a cult—and I know about 70 million other Americans I'd like her to talk to."

Maher was referring to socialite India Oxenberg, the subject of the new Starz docuseries Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult, who spent seven years under the psychological control of Raniere, serving as his minion and sex slave. Her mother, former Dynasty actress and royal Catherine Oxenberg, spent a number of years trying to extricate India from NXIVM, to no avail.

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Nov 21, 2020

Sia's ‘Music' Movie Was Supposed to Uplift the Autistic Community. How Did It Go So Wrong?
GettyWhat, exactly, is going on with Sia?

On Thursday the singer shared the trailer for Music, which debuts in February. In the movie, Kate Hudson plays Zu—a newly sober woman who assumes guardianship of her autistic half-sister Music, played by Maddie Ziegler. By Friday frustrated Twitter users had inundated Sia's replies. Many wanted to know why Ziegler, who is not on the spectrum and has never acted in a feature film, was cast over a performer who's actually autistic.

Rather than take the criticism to heart, as celebrities like Lupita Nyong'o and Anne Hathaway have in the past when faced with criticism from the disability community, Sia lashed out at those questioning her choices—while simultaneously begging them to watch her movie.

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Nov 21, 2020

Netflix's Christmas Queen Drops More Coal in Your Stocking
NetflixNetflix's latest addition to the cheesy, low-budget Christmas movie canon—of which I am typically a huge fan—is only around an hour-and-a-half long, but it feels much, much longer. Whether or not this is a good thing depends on how interested you are in watching Vanessa Hudgens try out a bunch of different accents with varying degrees of success.

The Princess Switch: Switched Again, available on the streaming platform now, is a follow-up to 2018's The Princess Switch, in which Disney Channel alum Hudgens plays identical fourth cousins who meet by chance in a foreign country.

Hijinks and utterly predictable romantic plotlines ensue as Stacy, a baker from Chicago played by Hudgens, switches places with Margaret, a duchess from fictional Belgravia, also played by Hudgens. The big twist of the sequel is that in addition to Stacy and Margaret, Hudgens takes on the role of a new, third cousin only she's evil and they put her in a blonde wig to make it seem more believable, I guess?

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Nov 20, 2020

Meet Nicolas Cage's Crazy, Alien-Fighting Samurai Sensei
Highland Film GroupMany action movies are flippantly likened to video games, but few have ever earned that comparison more than Jiu Jitsu. A series of Street Fighter-esque showdowns tethered together by the type of plot that would barely pass muster in a ‘90s coin-op, Dimitri Logothetis' film tries to overtly embrace its print-based roots—it's an adaptation of a comic series penned by the writer/director, and features transitional interludes that resemble hand-drawn panels. Yet in both style and substance, it's truly indebted to arcade fighting hits that prize complicated button-mashing combos over serious characterizations and drama.

Oh, and it's also an aliens-versus-martial-artists saga in which Nicolas Cage plays a "crazy" sensei with serious blade-wielding skills.

That description might make Jiu Jitsu (on VOD Nov. 20) sound like an entertainingly mindless B-movie extravaganza, but frustratingly, Cage is almost totally wasted by Logothetis' sci-fi beat-‘em-up, as are fellow genre luminaries Frank Grillo and Tony Jaa. Sporting a scraggly beard and a giant sword, Cage's Wylie lives in an underground clay chamber deep in the Burmese jungle, where he apparently spends his time doing, well, it's not quite clear. What is obvious is that Cage has been hired to juice up the marquee personality quotient of this low-rent affai

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Nov 20, 2020

How ‘Animaniacs,' of All Shows, Pulled Off the Smartest TV Reboot Yet
HuluThere have been, by my rough count, approximately 789 TV reboots, revivals, reimaginations—however Hollywood types want to sheepishly spin it—that have been unleashed in recent years. It's an oppressive assault on creative originality and manipulation of nostalgia that, outside of a select few (wonderful) examples, rarely pans out beyond the pre-release press and excitement, or a well-thought out premiere episode.

So it's no small praise, then, to say that Hulu's reboot of Animaniacs—yes, of all shows, that kids' cartoon from the '90s—may have pulled off one of the most successful reboot openings yet. And it did so by leaning more aggressively into the complicated nightmare of the reboot trend more heavily and directly than pretty much any other resuscitated series, all of which have weighed questions about how meta and how referential to the original to be.

Like any revival, the longevity behind the premiere's cleverness remains to be seen. But the first episode, released along with the first season on Hulu on Friday, is a shrewd wrecking ball to the fourth wall that ends

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Nov 20, 2020

These Vaccines Will Change Public Health Forever
GettyTwo vaccines for the novel coronavirus are potentially just days away from being approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a massive step toward widespread distribution in a population with millions of sick patients.

But the vaccines aren't just potential lifelines for a country stuck in the throes of a horrific pandemic. Instead, experts say, they could be pioneers for a new, potentially safer immunization technology, one that could change the way we battle future viral pandemics—and even illnesses like cancer.

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Nov 20, 2020

An Ode to ‘Ted Lasso,' the Wholesome Soccer Comedy Everyone Suddenly Loves
Apple TV This is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast's Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.

This week:

It borders on negligence that I only this past week discovered Ted Lasso.

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Nov 20, 2020

Here Are Three Trump-Era Policies That President Biden Should Keep
Chip Somodevilla/GettyDonald Trump's presidency might have been a chaotic mess, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day. If Joe Biden wants to change the tone of American politics, he should avoid the temptation to immediately and reflexively reverse all of Trump's policies.

Newly elected presidents tend to assume they must act quickly and make changes immediately. Consider how these early decisions set the tone for an administration. Had Trump began his administration with a bipartisan infrastructure deal instead of a Muslim ban, things might have worked out differently.

By my lights, there are three positive Trump-era policies that Biden will face strong pressure to upset, and should instead leave wholly intact, or tinker with enough to claim that he's reformed them:

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Nov 20, 2020

Forget Scranton, Wilmington Is the Biden City Worth Visiting
HandoutThis is the latest in our twice-monthly series on underrated destinations, It's Still a Big World.

After months of staying close to home, being a social-distancing Jedi, and not feeling like a travel writer, I finally packed up a rental car, my collection of masks, and a stash of hand-sanitizer to hit the road on a solo trip. After months of dreaming of far flung locales, what would my first destination be? Surprisingly, Wilmington, Delaware.

Since President Elect Joe Biden's victory speech at the Chase Center, Wilmington's name has filled ledes and chyrons everywhere. In the past, Wilmington was just that mid-sized city off of I-95, the one you pass by on your way to Baltimore or Washington. For many, it has not been a destination—it's not even the first Wilmington to come up in a Google search. But those I spoke to in Wilmington recognize the apparent counterintuitiveness of saying, "hey, come to Wilmington." After spending a few days in the city, I agree: get off I-95 and check out Wilmington.

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Nov 20, 2020

‘The Crown' Reveals How Margaret Thatcher and the Queen Became the Best of Frenemies
Des Willie/NetflixGentlemen, hold on to your nuts.

That, more or less, was the advice given to incoming members of Margaret Thatcher's cabinet after a purge in 1981, seen early in the new series of The Crown.

The reincarnation of Thatcher in this series is a truly terrifying reminder of her lethal radiation field. Gillian Anderson has assumed the full, intimidating presence of the Iron Lady: the withering glare, the shoulders hunched in aggression, the whisper that morphs into a dismissive snarl.

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Nov 20, 2020

How the ‘Cop Wives' of TikTok Stand by Their Men
The Daily Beast/GettyTwo white women lip sync side-by-side on Tik Tok. Nearly everything in the shot is blue: their t-shirts, their coffee tumblers, their eyes, and the color of the text they have written over a TikTok video.

The a capella opening of the pop song "Kings & Queens" by Ava Max plays, promising, "To all of the queens who are fighting alone, babe you're not dancin' on your own." The women raise their mugs, pantomime a toast, give an all-knowing nod to their sisterhood of followers.

Welcome to #CopWife TikTok, a community on the video sharing app made by and for police spouses. While their husbands are on duty, they fold their laundry. When their men have to pull an all nighter, they sigh, pour a glass of wine, and put the dinner they made in the fridge. They do popular dances alongside their children, using patrol cars as backdrops. They drink out of mugs blazed with a popular catchphrase: "I do fuck the police. #PoliceWife" (the "U" in "fuck" is made up of a gun and a taser, the "C" is a pair of handcuffs turned on their sides.)

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Nov 20, 2020

The ‘Racist Rule' That Georgia Dems Must Beat to Win Runoffs
GettyWith all eyes on Georgia to decide control of the Senate, and with it, the potential for progressive legislation, there is one person who qualifies as an oracle. Or as he puts it, "I'm the poster boy for runoffs in Georgia and Republican chicanery."

Former Senator Wyche Fowler, an Atlanta liberal, lost his seat in 1992 when he fell just shy of the 50 percent Georgia law requires to avoid a runoff. A relic of segregation, the runoff is designed to limit the power of the Black vote. "It was a racist rule," Fowler told the Daily Beast.

White statewide turnout guarantees which candidate would cross the 50 percent threshold, and it was a failsafe system 28 years ago when Fowler ran against Republican Paul Coverdell. But there's been an 18-point shift in Georgia's demographics since Fowler's narrow loss. "Democrats' chances for these runoffs are much better than they were when I ran. I got 39 percent of the white vote and 93 percent of the Black vote in an electorate that was 82 percent white, which translated into a losing 49.4 percent of the vote - 14,990 votes," ending his political career after five terms in the House and a single Senate term.

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Nov 20, 2020

Team Trump Leaders, Including Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, Have No Faith in Rudy
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyWhile Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani embarks on a quixotic and potentially destructive effort to reverse the results of the 2020 election, much of the president's official campaign apparatus wants to disown it.

Several officials in leadership positions on Trump's re-election team, including campaign manager Bill Stepien, have recently told associates they have zero faith in Giuliani, and are currently waiting for what they view as a doomed, haphazard legal fight to burn out and end, according to four sources with knowledge of the situation.

One Trump adviser called the current strategy a "dead end," and said Giuliani's high-profile attempts at drumming up legal obstacles to the certification of Biden's election amounted to a "hostile takeover of the campaign."

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Nov 20, 2020

The Desperate Final Gasps of Team Trump's Flailing ‘Mini-Coup'
Joshua Roberts/GettyThe past week saw Team Trump piling up losses and running out of road.

The campaign dropped its lawsuit to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Michigan, while the Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the campaign's claim that COVID-19 restrictions had deprived GOP observers of their right to monitor the postal vote count.

Then, on Thursday night, with just four days remaining before both Michigan and Pennsylvania certify their results, Rudolph Giuliani and local lawyer Marc Scaringi dropped a wild new brief in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Probably the most audacious of the dozens of legal Hail Marys the campaign and Republican interests have hurled into the end zone since Election Night, the filing argues that the campaign's constitutional rights have been violated and asks the judge to declare Trump the winner of the Keystone State's 20 electoral college votes.

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Nov 20, 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell Hoarded Photos of Topless European ‘Girls'
GettyJeffrey Epstein's alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell often took photographs of topless European "girls" at the sex-trafficker's Palm Beach mansion, according to newly unsealed testimony of the financier's former butler.

Juan Alessi, once Epstein's house manager in Florida, testified in a 2016 deposition that Maxwell—who now faces trial for Epstein's sex ring—was an avid photographer and that most of her images were of bare-chested, foreign young women in Epstein's orbit.

"I know that she went out and took pictures in the pool, because later I would see them at the desk or at the house; and nude, 99.9 percent of the time they were topless," said Alessi, who is referred to as "John" in the document. "They were European girls."

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Nov 20, 2020

New CDC Study Shows Mask Orders Work—No Matter What Governors Think
Maddie Meyer/GettyFor months, a group of governors across the country insisted that they would not impose a mask mandate because it represented government overreach or it just wouldn't work. Some have since relented in the face of ever-rising case counts, but others like Wyoming's Mark Gordon and South Dakota's Kristi Noem have held firm.

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control on Friday adds to the evidence that mask mandates do, in fact, slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The researchers looked at Kansas while it was in the throes of a surge this summer. Gov. Laura Kelly implemented a statewide mask requirement, but counties were allowed to opt out of it.

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Nov 20, 2020

New Study Shows Mask Orders Work—No Matter What Governors Think
Maddie Meyer/GettyFor months, a group of governors across the country insisted that they would not impose a mask mandate because it represented government overreach or it just wouldn't work. Some have since relented in the face of ever-rising case counts, but others like Wyoming's Mark Gordon and South Dakota's Kristi Noem have held firm.

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control on Friday adds to the evidence that mask mandates do, in fact, slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The researchers looked at Kansas while it was in the throes of a surge this summer. Gov. Laura Kelly implemented a statewide mask requirement, but counties were allowed to opt out of it.

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