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The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Scouted: The Office Supplies Your Workplace Will Want to Steal From You
We've all been in that meeting, where everyone sitting around the conference table has the same Molskine notebooks and Muji pens. It's reassuring in some ways, but also reinforces the idea that we're all interchangeable cogs in a vocational machine. If we go down, not only can we be replaced, but our office supplies won't even miss a beat. But don't fret, Dilbert; we found some office supplies with style that'll also help you get things done.

Saddleback Small Leather Portfolio, $119 on Amazon: This is refillable and has a 100-year warranty, which means I never have to look for a new notebook again. That alone has freed up so much bandwidth, while also making me think about my own mortality. The portfolio takes 5"X8" pads, which are absurdly cheap. It's durable, so it can survive getting knocked around in my bag. And it holds a pen, which means it's a self-contained note-taking unit. But best of all, it looks tough. When that leather notebook comes out, people look at you differently, like you're a cowboy who can also balance the books. Despite the steep price, I have one for work and one for home. They're worth the cost.

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen, $20 on Amazon: This was my first fountain pen and it's also my favorite. It writes beautifully and feels great in the hand. How great? I was at a conference and walked past a Lamy booth. I impulsively tried a Safari out, even though I wasn't a fountain pen guy. It felt so nice, I went out a bought one, becoming a fountain pen guy. This holds a decent amount of ink, so I'm not constantly refilling it. The price point is perfect: I take care of it, because it costs more than a disposabl

The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Jake Tapper Exposes Pompeo, Graham and Giuliani's ‘Stunning' Hypocrisy
It's easy to forget just how different some of President Trump's most loyal servants felt about oversight and impeachment when there were Democrats in the White House. On Sunday morning, CNN anchor Jake Tapper made sure his viewers remembered. 

In the final moments of his State of the Union broadcast this week, Tapper said that the White House's outright refusal to "participate" in the House impeachment inquiry means that the president is "seemingly thumbing his nose at the very notion that the U.S. government was designed with three co-equal branches, specifically to offer checks and balances on each other." 

"When President Obama was in the White House, the Republican-led House of Representatives conducted lots of oversight," Tapper continued, "on the Fast and Furious scandal, on the Benghazi tragedy and more." He said that anyone who covered or followed the Benghazi saga "may find it stunning to see Republican members of Congress trash-talking whistleblowers and inspectors general and trash-talking the oversight responsibilities of the House." 

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The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

OMG, I Want to Rent This House: Vashon Island, Washington
VRBOOMG, I Want to Rent This House spotlights the most spectacular and unique homes that you can actually stay in. From open-air villas to an adult treehouse, we explore all the places that you should book for an unforgettable getaway.

Driftwood Beach If you're like us, then you've only been "back to school" for a month, and you're already exhausted. The emails never stop pouring in, endless meetings keep popping up on the schedule, and you are dangerously close to being buried by the papers piling up on your desk. There's only one cure for this nightmare: it's time for another vacation! 

Summer holiday season may be all about exploring new places and showing off your teeny weeny bikinis, but fall is the time to relax in a gorgeous setting where the only people encroaching on your private holiday are the resident seals. We're talking about a place like

The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Scouted: Malcolm Gladwell's 'Talking to Strangers' Will Inspire and Motivate You
By the time you finish reading this, Malcolm Gladwell will probably have sold 100 copies of his latest book on Amazon, called Talking to Strangers. Maybe a thousand, who knows? 

For professional writers and book authors like me, it's a bit depressing. For everyone else, it's quite magical. The guy is a wunderkind and a saint. After reading only a few pages of his latest book, I started jotting down ideas for companies I want to form, people I want to look into, products I want to invent and places I want to visit. That might seem like a stretch considering the book is about the mental and emotional divides between us, but there's something about the way he writes. It's always inspiring and motivating.

Gladwell runs a podcast and he is on staff at The New Yorker, but of course, that is selling him short. He is one of the most popular non-fiction authors on the planet, a guy who could describe intricacies of a baseball game or why a company has a flat organizational structure and you sit there and soak it all in. Talking to Strangers is an odd departure in some ways from his other books, including Outliers and Blink. He is taking on racial division, incompatible perspectives, and emotional dissonance without ever sounding preaching or proud. The stories make you think, and the thoughts are not happy. 

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The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Pentagon Boss: We're ‘Evacuating' Syria. U.S. Officials: No, We're Just Stepping Out of Turkey's Way.
Khalil Ashawi/ReutersDespite a surge of anti-war rhetoric from President Donald Trump and a confusing interview with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, two knowledgeable U.S. officials confirm that the U.S. troop presence in Syria still isn't ending.

They're just withdrawing further away from the advance of Turkish forces massacring the Syrian Kurds whom America relied upon to destroy the so-called Islamic State's caliphate, the officials said.

There are currently 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria. A knowledgeable U.S. official said hundreds of those troops, without further specificity, will leave Syria for elsewhere in the Mideast. Following a pullout from two northern Syrian observation posts last week, the U.S. will now retreat further away from the area Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invaded.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

U.S. ‘Withdraws' Forces to Let Turks Advance on America's Allies
Khalil Ashawi/ReutersIn the latest surge of anti-war rhetoric from the Trump administration, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the U.S. is launching a "deliberate withdrawal" of American forces from northern Syria, but refused to say how long it will take.

"We want to conduct it safely and quickly as possible," Esper told CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday morning, adding, "I'm not prepared to put a timeline on it, but that's our general game plan."

Two knowledgeable U.S. officials told The Daily Beast that the troops are just withdrawing further away from the advance of Turkish forces massacring the Syrian Kurds whom America relied upon to destroy the so-called Islamic State's caliphate.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Scouted: Treehuggers Like Me Will Love These Patagonia Cold Weather Waterproof Jackets Made From Recycled Materials
Cold weather. Brrr. Don't get me started. Parts of the western U.S. have already sloshed through an early winter storm and there's something in the air for this weekend. That "something" is cold, wet, and sticky. Not good. I'm all about preparedness, so I'm already scouting for winter apparel, jackets, gloves...anything to protect me from the cold and snow. I'm also an environmentalist and naturalist -- I like to get outside no matter how much snow is on the ground, and I like to make sure the planet is still there. 

That's why I was happy to find out that Patagonia reached a major milestone for this upcoming winter season: All of their waterproof shells are now made of 100% recycled materials. That's a high-five moment for gloved outdoorsy types for sure.

So, a quick environmental lesson on that. It turns out the individual products we buy are not really the problem in terms of negatively impacting the planet. A jacket made by Patagonia, for example, only accounts for only 3% of harmful carbon emissions. The remaining 97%? Experts say it's from manufacturing the fabrics and components. In other words, it's the supply chain that's the real problem. That and coal-burning plants.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

How Kate Accompanied James Middleton to Therapy
ReutersHow Kate accompanied James Middleton to therapy

Kate Middleton's brother James has given a powerful interview to The Daily Telegraph discussing what appears to be a complete breakdown in his mental health that occurred some 18 months ago.

In the interview he reveals that his entire family, including Kate, accompanied him to cognitive behavioral therapy family sessions.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Today's Sports Stars Get Booed for Acting Human When Hurt
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports/ReutersThis year, as the fall football season was beginning and the summer tennis season was drawing to a close, two of these sports' brightest stars, Andrew Luck, the Indianapolis Colts All-Pro quarterback, and Novak Djokovic, the defending U.S. Open tennis champion, found themselves booed by fans who once cheered them.

What Luck and Djokovic had done was announce that because of injuries they were withdrawing from competition. Luck's decision was momentous. He told fans that he was retiring from professional football. Djokovic's decision was limited to the U.S. Open. In the midst of his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka, Djokovic announced that the pain in his injured shoulder would not allow him to continue.

Sports fans are notoriously fickle, but the booing of Luck and Djokovic reflects more than fickleness. It is part of a cultural change in fan expectations. Fans are increasingly angry when star athletes let their personal lives (even when they involve health issues) interfere with their professional lives.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Shot Down by the Nazis and on the Run in Occupied France
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIn Escape from Paris, New York Times best-selling author Stephen Harding tells the true story of a small group of U.S. aviators whose four B-17 Flying Fortress bombers were shot down over German-occupied France on a single, fateful day—July 14, 1943, Bastille Day. Rescued by brave French civilians and taken to Paris, the flyers met a courageous French family living and working on the grounds of the Hôtel des Invalides, site of Napoléon's Tomb. Hidden there, under the very noses of the Gestapo, the downed flyers and their resistance hosts planned the aviators' escape to England. For Sgt. Joe Cornwall—a gunner on the B-17 named Salty's Naturals—the time spent in the French capital would become more than an unintended stay in the City of Light—it would lead to a romance he would remember for the rest of his life.  

As takeoff time neared, pilot Ed Purdy and co-pilot Carroll Harris brought Salty's Naturals to life, her four Wright Cyclone engines awakening one after the other, each coughing a cloud of acrid, blue-white exhaust smoke that drifted across the field to mingle with the fog created by 76 other thundering power plants. The noise rose to an even more deafening crescendo as one by one the 94th Bomb Group's 20 heavily laden B-17s moved slowly off their hardstands in the aircraft dispersal areas and joined the queue of bombers rolling ponderously along the perimeter track encircling Rougham Airfield's three intersecting runways.

Group commander Colonel Frederick Castle led the parade of

The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Donald Trump Isn't Julius Caesar. He's Republic-Killer Tiberius Gracchus.
JIM WATSON/GETTYAs Americans try to find familiarity in strange times,  people have grasped at a sea of comparisons to try and fully capture Trump's innate Trumpiness. Our most analogized president has been compared to Hitler and Stalin, Jesus, a chess grandmaster, and Julius Caesar. The Daily Beast's Clive Irving likened Trump to an early-stage Mussolini. Frank Palmieri at AlterNet countered: Trump is no Mussolini, he's Charles II of England.

But we've seen this before, over 2,000 years ago, when another insurgent faux-populist movement whipped disaffected citizens into an anti-establishment frenzy.

The echoes of his worldview can be heard nearly a century before Caesar's rise, when Tiberius Gracchus convinced Roman citizens to hollow out their governing institutions. By the time Rome's senators realized the full extent of their self-immolation, the Gracchi—and the Republic—were dead.



The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Water Finds Its Level as Fox News Hires Dictator-Loving, Deep State-Loathing John Solomon
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyOver the weekend, Fox News announced that it had made a new hire: John Solomon, the self-proclaimed journalist at the heart of the unfolding scandal involving Ukraine, Rudy Giuliani, and the impending impeachment of Donald Trump. It's not hard to see why Fox executives may have wanted to bring him aboard. Solomon's work has underpinned the entire cascade of lies the White House and Trump in particular have pushed over the past few weeks. 

Solomon's writings—including those most recently at The Hill, where he worked until last month—are drenched in innuendo and mischaracterizations, all in service of attacking Trump's political opponents. Solomon is already a regular Fox News fixture. He appeared on Fox News's The Story show last week to claim that he was being victimized by "McCarthy-like" attacks. As Mother Jones noted on Solomon's hiring—which coincided with Giuliani claiming that the man deserves a Pulitzer—Solomon's "alliance with pro-Trump forces" is now "official."

For many, Solomon remains far from a household name: a relatively obscure journalist who worked until recently at a relatively obscure outlet pushing relatively obscure stories about rel

The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Water Finds Its Level as Fox News Hires Dictator-Loving,Deep State-Loathing John Solomon
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyOver the weekend, Fox News announced that it had made a new hire: John Solomon, the self-proclaimed journalist at the heart of the unfolding scandal involving Ukraine, Rudy Giuliani, and the impending impeachment of Donald Trump. It's not hard to see why Fox executives may have wanted to bring him aboard. Solomon's work has underpinned the entire cascade of lies the White House and Trump in particular have pushed over the past few weeks. 

Solomon's writings—including those most recently at The Hill, where he worked until last month—are drenched in innuendo and mischaracterizations, all in service of attacking Trump's political opponents. Solomon is already a regular Fox News fixture. He appeared on Fox News's The Story show last week to claim that he was being victimized by "McCarthy-like" attacks. As Mother Jones noted on Solomon's hiring—which coincided with Giuliani claiming that the man deserves a Pulitzer—Solomon's "alliance with pro-Trump forces" is now "official."

For many, Solomon remains far from a household name: a relatively obscure journalist who worked until recently at a relatively obscure outlet pushing relatively obscure stories about rel

The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

When Kings Henry VIII and Francis I Met on the Field of the Cloth of Gold
Photo Josse/LeemageOn the evening of June 7, 1520, a crowd gathered in a field outside of Calais, which was then under the rule of England. One can imagine the finery of the noble onlookers, the gossip they exchanged, the bated breaths as they awaited the arrival of the two guests of honor—the kings of France and England.

By this time, the two countries had centuries of animosity beneath their glittering crowns, but an attempt was being made to change all that. This gathering that would become known as the Field of the Cloth of Gold was arranged as an 18-day celebration to solidify a new era of peace. Thousands of workers had toiled for months to erect massive gilded tent cities to house each of the royal delegations and the events—feasts, tournaments, and other revelry—that they would host.

Against the backdrop of booming cannons, the two mounted men appeared on either side of the field—King Henry VIII of England and King Francis I of France.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Steven Spielberg Battles White Supremacy in the Age of Trump
DiscoveryIt will surprise no one that Donald Trump factors heavily into Why We Hate, a six-part Discovery Channel documentary series (executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney) that investigates the many forms and causes of—and possible remedies for—intolerance. So ubiquitous is his presence, in fact, that even when he's not the specific topic of conversation, his corrosive shadow looms large over the proceedings—as when international criminal lawyer Patricia Viseur Sellers, describing Khmer Rouge madman Pol Pot's motivations for initiating genocide, states (with a pause that indicates she knows what she's about to imply), "He was going to make Cambodia great again."

Our current president's ugly, divisive language and policies—and the white nationalist movements and mass shootings that have been inspired by it—are a natural fit for directors Geeta Gandbhir and Sam Pollard's non-fiction work (premiering Oct. 13), because Trump perfectly embodies key elements of their portrait of personal and societal animosity. In short, the president is the latest in a long line of leaders who've exploited hate in a very particular, authoritarian way. First, he promotes the propagandistic message that the world is at war with him and those like him, and that his enemies are dehumani

The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

St. Paul's Shipwreck Found? Hold on Just a Second.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastA story, involving the Apostle Paul, is currently making waves in the media. Researchers claim that they have found an anchor tied to an almost 2,000-year-old shipwreck in the Mediterranean involving the saint. According to the Bible, Paul was imprisoned and en route to Rome to face trial when the ship he was traveling in hit a sandbar and ran aground. As a result of the collision, Paul and his fellow prisoners discovered that they had reached the island of Malta, some 50 miles south of Italy.

Now, representatives from the BASE (Biblical Archaeology Search and Exploration) Institute claim that the traditional location for the shipwreck is incorrect and that they have identified one of the anchors from Paul's ship.

Tradition maintains that Paul was shipwrecked off the coast of what is now known as St. Paul's Bay in the northern part of the island. According to Acts of the Apostles, which records the details of Paul's journey and shipwreck in some detail, shortly before they hit the reef, the sailors on the ship cast off four anchors into the water (27:28, 40). The sailors planned to kill all the prisoners but the prisoners, at the suggestion of a friendly centurion, jumped overboard made it to shore (some people swam, others drifted on planks, Titanic-style; Paul doesn't tell us which group he was in). 

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The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Tales of Crypto-Currency: Bitcoin Jihad in Syria and Beyond
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastWhen President Donald J. Trump talks about the withdrawal of American forces from Syria, he's turning his back on more than U.S. allies and the problem of their hardened prisoners from the so-called Islamic State. The president also turns his back on what has in many ways become a proving ground in the war on terrorism.

Syria has been an incubator for every innovation to the global jihad in the last decade: social media recruitment, lone-wolf inspiration, and, as of the last few years, the essential pillar of any terrorist group: financing.

A terrorist organization cannot exist without money, and since 9/11 draining those resources has been an indispensable component of fighting them. But what progress the world has made against terrorist financing in Syria is becoming increasingly irrelevant as ISIS, al Qaeda, and other jihadi groups are reviving once-dying fundraising machines with a previously untapped resource: crypto-currency.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Brad Pitt Inspired Me to Camp Here for My Birthday
VW Pics/GettyNot since Thelma & Louise have I thought of Brad Pitt as a reason to hit the road in the American Southwest. But after seeing his iconic post-divorce photo shoot by Ryan McGinley in White Sands National Monument for GQ a couple years back, I knew I had to go.

Encompassing 275 square miles, White Sands, which is managed by the National Park Service, is the world's largest gypsum dune field where visitors can drive, hike, and sled. It's a seemingly endless sea of snow-white sand dunes that is extraordinary at sunrise and sunset, even in an era of social media where special sunsets and sunrises have become quotidian. Ten lucky groups of travelers can camp overnight amidst the dunes. That, I decided a few months ago, is what I wanted to do for my birthday this year. 

I long hated planning my birthday. Travel planning with friends inevitably disappoints, and that only strikes harder with the heightened emotions of a birthday. So, I figured, why not do it in a place that no matter who came, I'd be happy just being in one of nature's wonders. Plus, White Sands allows dogs, so I'd have at least one companion who wouldn't annoy me.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Take It From a Former Moonie: Trump Is a Cult Leader
Jim Watson/GettyOn the afternoon of Nov. 18, 1978, Jim Jones called his followers to the central pavilion of Jonestown, a sprawling outpost in the jungles of Guyana, and ordered them to drink a lethal mixture of cyanide and fruit punch. Over 900 people perished that day, more than a third of them children. As he lay dying of a bullet wound to the head—a less painful way to go than cyanide and one that he probably orchestrated—Jones told his followers that it was "all the media's fault. Don't believe them."      

Those words, uttered so long ago, sound disturbingly familiar as we approach the 41st anniversary of Jonestown. We have a president who regularly disparages and blames the media, calling it "fake," "false," and "phony," and who calls journalists "enemies of the people"—epithets that seem especially frenzied in the wake of the whistleblower complaint and the launching of the House impeachment inquiry. It might seem an outrageous proposition to compare Donald Trump to a murderous cult leader. And yet there are alarming parallels. Like Jones and other cult leaders, Trump exhibits features of what psychologist Eric Erickson called "malignant narcissism"—bombastic grandiosity, a bottomless need for praise, lack of empathy, pathological lying, apparent sadism, and paranoia. In short, he fits the stereotypical psychological profile of a cult leader.

I have seen that profile up close. Over 40 years ago, while a junior in college, I was recruited into a destructive mind control cult, the Unification Church, popularly known as the Moonies after its leader, Sun Myung Moon. I rose rapidly through the ranks and was invited to attend meetings with Moon and his top aides, where we knelt and bowed to our leader Moon. Two years later, after three

The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

The Three Keys to Trump's Coming Coup
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe endgame came clear this week, and let's not kid ourselves. If they can get away with it, Donald Trump and the Republican Party are going to stage a coup to nullify the Constitution and the election. And if you're rolling your eyes right now, you are the naïve one, and you'd better wake up.

This isn't exactly a plan. It's foolish to say that Trump thinks ahead about anything. The late journalist Wayne Barrett said many true things about Trump, but the truest ever was when he observed that Trump says whatever will get him through the next 10 minutes. Those press conferences he gives outside the White House are impromptu performances in which he trots out whatever lie he thinks will sound good. I'd use the word "improvisation," but that word has positive associations with masterful jazz artists. Trump isn't that. He's a 3-year-old child at a piano whose response to everyone in the house yelling "Stop!" is to bang-play louder.

Even so, he stumbles into planting a seed here and there, like when he muses—sorry, "jokes"—about serving three or four terms. And the people around him of course are more strategic and are thinking ahead. And they're all saying and doing and writing things right now that will, if the opportunity presents itself, pave the way for Trump to burn the Constitution. 

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The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Victims Furious Molester Masseur Thomas Winne Gets 120 Days in Sneak Plea
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThis story contains graphic description of sexual assault.

At her first meeting with prosecutors in Little Rock, Arkansas, Kayla Browning says she was told the man she accused of sexual assault could be the next Larry Nassar.

Like the hundreds of gymnasts who testified against the Olympic team doctor, Browning had allegedly been assaulted by a man who promised to make her feel better—in her case, a local massage therapist named Thomas Winne, who had also been accused by at least three other women. 

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The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Scouted: You Can't Help Your Genes, But These 4 Products May Help Fight Genetic Under-Eye Circles
If you have chronic darkness in the under-eye area, you're probably told "You look tired!" on a regular basis. Well-intended though it may be, how do you respond when you know that sleep isn't the solution? Plenty of beauty guides offer solutions for puffiness, bags, and even hyperpigmentation. But for those of us with deep tear troughs and tissue-thin skin, the common refrain tends to be "find yourself a good concealer." A good concealer is part of the routine, but it's a myth that there's no way to treat this subocular, suboptimal condition, save for injections and implants. These four products may not make your under-eye circles disappear completely, but use them diligently and you'll notice improvements you never thought were possible. 

Baebody Eye Gel, $25 on Amazon: Trend-watchers took note of a brand called "Baebody" about a year ago, once it had become the "#1 Best Selling Eye Gel on the Internet" thanks to thousands of rave reviews on Amazon. The hype is deserved -- this product yields noticeable results and should be the foundation of any dark-circle-fighting crusade. A collagen-boosting peptide complex gets to work upon application, producing a satisfying tingle. It dries quickly and won't reject any makeup you apply after. In the evening, go ahead and spread it all over your face, too. It reduces fine lines and works its under-eye, skin-thickening magic overnight. No matter how you sleep, you'll wake up looking fresh.

OLEHENRICKSEN Banana Bright Eye Cream, $33 at Sephora: Packed in a tiny

The Daily Beast
Oct 13, 2019

Trump: It's Up to Pompeo if Marie Yovanovitch Keeps Her Job
Yuri Gripas/ReutersA day after the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine testified to lawmakers that President Trump and his personal attorney plotted to force her ouster, Trump went on Fox News and said it would be up to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to determine whether or not to permanently fire her.

The prospect of Marie Yovanovitch losing her position with the State Department came up during an interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday night. Asked by Pirro whether Yovanovitch would "keep her job" or "will you fire her," Trump initially wavered, claiming he had no idea what her testimony included. 

But he wouldn't rule out the possibility of her getting axed. 

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The Daily Beast
Oct 12, 2019

SNL: Woody Harrelson's Joe Biden Kisses Anderson Cooper to Prove He's Not Homophobic
Saturday Night Live opened its show this week at CNN's Equality Town Hall, featuring an early cameo from Pose's Billy Porter, who introduced the 2020 presidential candidates one by one. 

And one by one, they were each faced with concerns about their problematic pasts, beginning with Chris Redd's Cory Booker, who expertly dodged a question about his evolution on same-sex marriage. Asked how he responds to those who say he's not gay enough, Colin Jost's Pete Buttigieg replied, "You know, I've heard that, but there's no wrong way to be gay… unless you're Ellen this week." 

Kate McKinnon's Elizabeth Warren fared a lot better. "If someone doesn't want to serve gay people at their small business, I bet that's not the only thing that's small," she said. "And when people say gay and trans people shouldn't be included in civil rights protections, well, I wish their parents had used protection." 

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The Daily Beast
Oct 12, 2019

Gordon Sondland, Key Ukraine Witness, to Testify His ‘Quid Pro Quo' Denial Came From Trump Personally: WaPo
Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/GettyGordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and a key witness in the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, is ready to testify to Congress this week that a text message he sent to fellow diplomats defending President Trump against wrongdoing in his Ukraine dealings was actually relayed to him by Trump himself, according to The Washington Post.

A source cited by the Post said Sondland plans to tell lawmakers that he can't vouch for whether or not the president was honest when he said there was no quid pro quo in his urging the Ukrainian president to investigate former vice president Joe Biden. "It's only true that the president said it, not that it was the truth," the source was quoted as saying of Sondland's testimony.

Trump and his allies have pointed to Sondland's words in the Sept. 9 text exchange—in which he shot down a fellow diplomat's suggestion that Trump was withholding security aid to Ukraine in order to force the country's hand on Biden—as proof that the impeachment inquiry against Trump is nothing more than a witch hunt. In that exchange, Sondland took several hours to respond to a suggestion by Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, that Trump was leveraging aid to clinch a political favor. When Sondland finally did respond, he told Taylor he was "incorrect." 

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The Daily Beast
Oct 12, 2019

Travel Inside the World's Coolest Cabins
We're not sure what it is, but everybody we know finds the idea of a cabin romantic. By romantic, we don't mean in terms of two people in love, but rather as something we idealize, especially when it comes to getting away from it all. That's why it's no surprise that the latest selection for our series on exciting new travel-related coffee table books is Cabin Porn: Inside by Zach Klein and Freda Moon.

The book is a follow-up to Cabin Porn, which grew out of the popular blog documenting the fantastical work of the cabin-obsessed around the world. While the first book focused on the exterior, the new tome seeks to address a question Klein notes that many have asked: "But what does it look like inside?"

Inside, there are the traditional wood slat cabins you'd expect to see, but so too are there incredibly chic and sleek iterations as well as ones almost impossible to describe with words. All are a testament to the human ability for creativity even in the most limiting of spaces. They come from all over the world, and best of all, since they're cabins many of them are not the expensive to find yourself inspired by.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 12, 2019

Texas Police Officer Fatally Shoots Black Woman Inside Her Own Home During Welfare Check
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/GettyA white Texas police officer fatally shot a black woman inside her own home early Saturday morning after a neighbor who'd noticed her door was open requested a welfare check, authorities said. 

Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 2:25 a.m., when one of the officers responding to an "open structure" call at her home "drew his duty weapon and fired" at a person inside the home near a window whom he'd deemed a threat, the Fort Worth Police Department said in a Saturday statement.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed her identity to The Daily Beast.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 12, 2019

Bill Gates Praised Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's Lifestyle: ‘Kind of Intriguing'
Billionaire Bill Gates, who has repeatedly minimized his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, visited the convicted sex offender multiple times in the years after Epstein was released from prison, according to a New York Times investigation published Saturday.

Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, and Epstein met repeatedly starting in 2011, including at least three times at Epstein's Manhattan townhouse, according a Times report compiled from interviews with more than a dozen people familiar with the relationship, emails, photographs and other documents.

In one e-mail reviewed by the Times, Gates told colleagues in 2011 following his first meeting with Epstein, "His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me."

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The Daily Beast
Oct 12, 2019

Scouted: If You Want Shoes That Are Both Breathable and Sustainable, Get One of These Wool Ones
Wool shoes are all the rage right now. From Allbirds releasing new styles to Rothy's creating merino wool versions of their classic flats and sneakers, everyone is getting a little wooly. But it's perfect timing, really. Sustainability is incredibly important right now and wool is one of the most sustainable materials out there. And as the weather starts to cool down and get a little damp, you'll want a material that has kept people warm for hundreds of years on your feet. Here are some of the top wool shoes you can get right now.

Merino Chelsea, $175 at Rothy's: Rothy's makes classic, sustainable shoes made from recycled plastic bottles, but this new line is something a bit different. The Merino Collection puts a wool spin on classic styles throwing merino wool into the mix with the signature recycled thread. My favorite shape right now is the Chelsea, which is one part boot and one part sneaker. They're comfortable, breathable, and lightweight. Plus, they're machine-washable.

Wool Runner

The Daily Beast
Oct 12, 2019

Scouted: Joseph Joseph Creates Clever Contraptions to Keep Your Kitchen Organized. These Are the Essentials.
Cleverness is important to me, in both my favorite people and favorite things. Joseph Joseph is one of those brands that just continues to churn our clever, smart household items that make some of the most inane tasks and experiences enjoyable. If you're not familiar with the brand, allow us to take you on a journey of all the essential Joseph Joseph items to have in your home. 

Double Dish Pistachio Bowl and Snack Serving Bowl $15 on Amazon: This is what inspired this list for me. The inner bowl houses whatever you're snacking on and is nestled into a lower bowl that you place the pits/shells into. The top bowl is removable for serving and it's made from machine-washable melamine. 

Intelligent Waste Totem Kitchen Trash Can and Recycle Bin Unit with Compost Bin, $167 on Amazon: If you want an all-in-one trash and compost system that looks as good as it works, this is the one for you. The top section is split into two compartments, with a 9.5-liter area for general trash that includes a removable 1-gallon compost bin. The bottom drawer is perfect for recycling.

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Oct 12, 2019

Scouted: I Upgraded My Clunky Old Dumbwatch to the Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch and Lord Above It's Awesome
The smartwatch I usually wear is pretty dumb. It's an older model that looks cool and counts my steps but that's about it. Recently, I upgraded to the Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch and let me get right to the point: This is a gamechanger. 

The watch lets me talk to the Google Assistant all day, asking inane questions about the weather and the occasional trivia. (Turns out almost 17 million people live in Zimbabwe.) It has a built-in speaker so you can make phone calls without pulling out your phone. If it had a laser to cut through steaks and could shine a beacon to summon Batman I would not be any happier, although (Fossil, if you're listening) they should add those features to Gen 6.

Like the Apple Watch Series 5, you can change the watch face, check your heart rate (or HR), and play music on the actual watch speaker. We're not talking lush and smooth playback here but the fact that you can do that is what counts -- calls sounded crisp and clear, too. I synced up to both the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and an Apple iPhone 11 Pro, then asked Google to call my wife. No problems. She said the tin can I was talking into sounded pretty good. I asked Google about the dangers from mosquitoes, souffle recipes, upcoming movies in my area, and NFL injuries and it worked every single time.

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Oct 12, 2019

Police in Pelham, New Hampshire Respond to Shooting at Church, Shooter in Custody
REUTERS/Shannon StapletonAuthorities in New Hampshire are responding to a Saturday morning shooting near a church where at least one person has been shot and the shooter is in custody, a spokesperson for the Pelham Police confirmed to The Daily Beast.

Police responded to the New England Pentecostal Church just after 10 a.m. The church is no longer an active shooter situation, police said, adding that the suspected shooter is in custody. Lowell General Hospital confirmed to The Daily Beast that one patient was transported there from the church shooting, but did not provide any details on their condition or injuries.

Several police, fire and ambulance crews are reportedly still outside the white one-story church located about 30 minutes outside of Boston.

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Oct 12, 2019

Gunman Shoots Two at New Hampshire Church Wedding, ‘Gang Tackled' by Guests
REUTERS/Shannon StapletonA gunman opened fire during a Saturday morning wedding ceremony at a New Hampshire Pentecostal church, striking two people before fast-thinking guests "gang tackled" and "subdued the shooter" until police arrived, Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark said.

The suspect has been arrested in the shooting at the New England Pentecostal Church, Roark said. He did not identify the suspect or provide a motive, but noted the incident was "not a random shooting."

"A coward walked into my family's church today at NEP New England Pentecostal Church and shot my uncle Bishop Stanley Choate I call for anyone that knows and believes and In the GOD we serve to get on your knees and pray for my family," Neivia Choate, the niece of the church's bishop, wrote on Facebook Saturday.

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Oct 12, 2019

Scouted: Even Photography Dummies Like Me Can Take Professional-Quality Photos With the Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Camera
If you really want to take amazing pro-level photos, you usually have to take a photography class. Or go back to college. Or spend an entire day watching YouTube how-to videos and learn all of the intricate camera settings. I tend to forget what ISO means and how to tweak white balance, and also what the tiny little squiggles mean on the settings dial (that's right, A stands for aperture priority). It's not quite like riding a bike.

You could say the Nikon Z7 full-frame camera is like riding a bike. In full auto mode, I managed to snap some professional-quality photos. The camera is incredibly forgiving, even in low light. I snapped photos of a car as the sun was setting at dusk and the Z7 adjusted itself perfectly. Yet, I also know in manual mode I can tweak the exposure, aperture setting, and the dreaded white balance easily enough. 

The reason this all works? The mirrorless camera is super fast (as opposed to older full-frame cameras like the Nikon D600), and captures at a rather stunning 45.7-megapixels. I mean, you have to almost try to screw up. The Z7 lets you shoot 4K videos and rattle off photos in rapid succession at 9 frames per second. The auto-focus works so fast, it's a bit dizzying. When I photographed that same car driving past my house, the Z7 focused perfectly even though I'm not exactly a steady stan.

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Oct 12, 2019

Four Dead in Shooting at Gambling Den in Brooklyn
Pervaiz ShallwaniFour men were killed and three people were wounded when gunshots rang out inside a private club in Brooklyn—where police believe there was illegal gambling taking place—shortly after daylight Saturday morning, authorities said.

Three people, two men and a woman, were taken to a local hospital with gunshot wounds that were considered serious but not life threatening injuries, authorities said. A fourth person suffered a leg injury while fleeing the chaos.

The four men who were killed inside what authorities described as a small, "sparsely decorated" room, range in age from 32 to 48, a senior law enforcement official told The Daily Beast. Three of the men each died from a single gunshot wound to the head, the official said, adding that the fourth suffered wounds to the torso and arm.

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Oct 12, 2019

Four Dead in Shooting at Private Club in Brooklyn
Shannon Stapleton/ReutersFour people are dead after someone opened fire in a private club in Brooklyn early Saturday morning.

The shooter, who has not been identified, shot seven people. The motive was unclear.

First responders were called to the scene on 74 Utica Ave. in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, around 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

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Oct 12, 2019

Don't Offer Mr. Big a Cosmo: Chris Noth has a New Drink
Courtesy of Ambhar TequilaSarah Jessica Parker may have decamped to Westchester for a loveless marriage with Thomas Haden Church on HBO's show Divorce, shedding Carrie Bradshaw in the process like an old Prada dress. But Chris Noth—A.K.A. Mr. Big—is still right at home in Manhattan. In fact, he insists on it.

Like a scene cut from a Sex and the City movie, Noth meets me inside the Cutting Room, the music club he owns in midtown Manhattan, for drinks. In an over-the-top move worthy of Mr. Big, he opened it just for us. But suffice it to say, we do not drink Cosmos. In fact, he makes it immediately clear that Mr. Big and Chris Noth are not one and the same. "I do not drink Cosmos," he tells me emphatically. "I maybe had one in my life."

Today, he's having a glass of Ambhar Añejo Tequila, with a single ice cube. He readily admits that, up until recently, "To me, tequila was just kind of synonymous with Margaritas. You didn't taste the tequila like a brandy or a good whiskey."

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Oct 12, 2019

Netflix's ‘El Camino' Reveals What Happened to Jesse Pinkman After ‘Breaking Bad.' But Was It Necessary?
If Breaking Bad's ending wasn't the greatest in television history, it still resolved things satisfactorily—and, for the most part, conclusively. Nonetheless, since no property is ever dead in this age of sequels, reboots and spin-offs, Vince Gilligan has seen fit to revisit his small-screen phenomenon with El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, a two-hour coda that picks up directly after his series' 2013 finale, charting the efforts of Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to escape arrest and death in the aftermath of Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) blaze-of-glory massacre.

What he delivers is fan service of a moderately effective sort. Although in the process, he also proves that sometimes, closure is overrated.

Given that El Camino has been shrouded in secrecy up until the moment of its Netflix premiere (this morning, Oct. 11), it goes without saying that everything that follows is a . What's disheartening about Gilligan's feature, however, is that those spoilers are rather mundane, as there's very little about this material that won't be largely expected from die-hards. Moreover, despite superbly composed widescreen visuals and a tense late shootout, both of which strive to cast the proceedings as a neo-Western about a desperado on the run and in search of freedom, peace and salvation, this saga plays as little more than an extended (and, at times, dis

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Oct 12, 2019

The 'Reassuring' Moral of the Elizabeth Warren Pregnancy Story: If It Wasn't Written Down, It Didn't Happen!
Ethan Miller/GettyIn an age when it's becoming ever more difficult to shock the American public, a revelation this week seems to have rattled many Americans to their core: when people are fired due to discrimination, it is not recorded in the minutes of meetings or in their personnel files. Make room on that fainting couch, folks, I'm feeling a little lightheaded!

Elizabeth Warren would have us believe that in the early 1970s a woman could lose her job due to her pregnancy and—brace yourself—her supervisor or employer wouldn't have documented that as the reason her employment ended. A public school board could record in its minutes that a woman's continued employment was supported unanimously before members were aware of her pregnancy, but that would not prevent the school's principal from firing her when he later learned about it. 

That's the situation in which Warren claims she found herself after her first year of teaching. She claims she was discriminated against by her male employer and, to the surprise of relatively few, there are still those who refuse to believe her account. Undocumented pregnancy discrimination. Have you ever heard of such a thing?!

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Oct 12, 2019

Elizabeth Warren's Pregnancy Story is Unbelievable—If You've Never Known a Pregnant Woman in America
Ethan Miller/GettyIn an age when it's becoming ever more difficult to shock the American public, a revelation this week seems to have rattled many Americans to their core: when people are fired due to discrimination, it is not recorded in the minutes of meetings or in their personnel files. Make room on that fainting couch, folks, I'm feeling a little lightheaded!

Elizabeth Warren would have us believe that in the early 1970s a woman could lose her job due to her pregnancy and—brace yourself—her supervisor or employer wouldn't have documented that as the reason her employment ended. A public school board could record in its minutes that a woman's continued employment was supported unanimously before members were aware of her pregnancy, but that would not prevent the school's principal from firing her when he later learned about it. 

That's the situation in which Warren claims she found herself after her first year of teaching. She claims she was discriminated against by her male employer and, to the surprise of relatively few, there are still those who refuse to believe her account. Undocumented pregnancy discrimination. Have you ever heard of such a thing?!

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Oct 12, 2019

Donald Trump's Wildcat Foreign Policy Is Killing the State Department
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIn late 2017, President Donald Trump asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a simple question: can you make a problem go away? Trump's problem was an indicted Turkish-Iranian gold trader named Reza Zarrab. More precisely, the problem was Zarrab's lawyer, the president's close friend Rudy Giuliani.

Investigators suspected Zarrab was working on behalf of the Turkish government's state-owned bank Halkbank as part of a massive scheme to funnel billions of dollars into Iran in contravention of American economic sanctions. They wanted Zarrab to spill what he knew. Giuliani was in a panic.

Trump bluntly asked Tillerson to pressure the Department of Justice into ending its investigation of Zarrab. Tillerson flatly refused, even raising his concerns about the criminality of Trump's request with then-Chief of Staff John Kelly. And yet, faced with a clear order to obstruct a federal investigation, neither Tillerson nor Kelly took any steps to report Trump's request.

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Oct 12, 2019

Democrats Want Beto O'Rourke to Stop Helping Trump
Mario Tama/GettyBeto O'Rourke may be able to add America's churchgoers to the growing group of people who are mad as hell at his spontaneous political moves. 

The former Texas congressman, more famously known for swears than sermons, unleashed a new crusade on Thursday night, telling CNN moderator Don Lemon during a LGBTQ town hall hosted by the network and the Human Rights Campaign that he believes religious institutions should lose their tax exempt status if they oppose gay marriage. 

"There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us," O'Rourke said. 

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Oct 12, 2019

How I Followed a 158-Year-Old Man to the Calgary Stampede
Leaning against the rail, gazing into the dirt arena, I felt like an interloper. Everyone around me knew what was going on. Spectators dressed in matching cowboy boots, hats, plaid shirts, and jeans fastened with swanky belt buckles could have been in costume, except most of the boots were scuffed and the shirts were worn soft. Meanwhile they all cheered as if on cue to commentary that included mystifying terms like "flanking" and "pigging string."

Suddenly there was action. A calf was released from the chute for roping, and in a cloud of dust a cowboy on horseback galloped after him, rope in hand. A plea of "Go little cow!" sprang unbidden from my lips and I cringed as the calf was roped, flipped to the ground, and tied up by the cowboy—achieving a time that set the crowd roaring.

Uneasy, I reminded myself I was here on a mission and hating on a mean-to-a-little-cow cowboy wasn't best way to start. I was here to understand the rodeo and though my guide was a bit unorthodox (I'll get to that) I felt I owed it to him to stay open-minded.

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Oct 12, 2019

Victoria's Secret Promotes Its Wokeness, but Is It Too Late?
Courtesy Victoria's SecretIn Victoria's Secret latest lingerie campaign, released this week, four models stare at the camera, hips popped and arms on hips, wearing black strappy bras and panties like seductive garden ants.

Shot straight-on in front of a beige background, the ads lack even a cursory pretense of nuance or artistic vision.

But the picture wasn't the point, really. It was the caption that came underneath: "The Bluebella for Victoria's Secret campaign features a diverse set of models, including a transgender model and plus-size model," WWD first reported. (Their names are May Simón Lifschitz and Ali Tate Cutler, respectively.) 

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Oct 12, 2019

Exclusive: Hollywood Stars Like You've Never Seen Them
Randall SlavinI wanted to remember everything. I was a terrible journal keeper, never being disciplined enough to keep it up more than a week or two. I was young and full of wonder and passion and I felt that all of my friends were so talented and cool and beautiful. I wanted to remember these adventures I was having. I wanted to remember the late Hollywood nights in forgotten clubs, studio apartments, and dimly lit street corners. Picking up a camera didn't start out as an artistic pursuit for me. It began as a way to cement life in my faulty memory. If I had a picture of a moment in time, I knew I would never—could never—forget it

I kept a little pocket camera with me most of the time when I was running around L.A. in my twenties and would click away thinking that, someday, all of these people were going to rule the world.

(Spoiler: they did, and still do, rule the world. And I was there to capture the purity, the madness, the many distinct moments of our world.)

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Oct 12, 2019

Exclusive: Hollywood's Biggest Stars Like You've Never Seen Them
Randall SlavinI wanted to remember everything. I was a terrible journal keeper, never being disciplined enough to keep it up more than a week or two. I was young and full of wonder and passion and I felt that all of my friends were so talented and cool and beautiful. I wanted to remember these adventures I was having. I wanted to remember the late Hollywood nights in forgotten clubs, studio apartments, and dimly lit street corners. Picking up a camera didn't start out as an artistic pursuit for me. It began as a way to cement life in my faulty memory. If I had a picture of a moment in time, I knew I would never—could never—forget it

I kept a little pocket camera with me most of the time when I was running around L.A. in my twenties and would click away thinking that, someday, all of these people were going to rule the world.

(Spoiler: they did, and still do, rule the world. And I was there to capture the purity, the madness, the many distinct moments of our world.)

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Oct 12, 2019

Trump's Favorite Impeachment Lawyer Is ...Trump Himself
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastOn Tuesday, the Office of the White House Counsel delivered an eight-page letter to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejecting the very legitimacy of the impeachment inquiry threatening this presidency. 

The letter was notable not for the conclusion it reached—few suspected that the administration was going to cooperate with House Democrats—but for the broadsides and rhetorical flourishes it featured. That's because this letter wasn't fully written by lawyers. 

It was crafted, in large part, by President Donald Trump himself. 

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Oct 12, 2019

Federal Prosecutors Eyeing Rudy Giuliani's Lobbying Work After Arrest of Ukraine Associates
Angela Weiss/AFP/GettyTrump attorney Rudy Giuliani's lobbying work is said to be under scrutiny by the same U.S. attorney's office he once led. The New York Times reported late Friday that federal prosecutors in Manhattan are looking into whether Trump's personal attorney violated lobbying laws as part of his Ukraine endeavors. While Giuliani has denied wrongdoing, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two associates of his arrested earlier this week for campaign finance violations, are believed to have worked closely with him in investigating the widely debunked corruption allegations against Biden that Giuliani and Trump have sought to revive ahead of 2020.

Several law enforcement sources confirmed to The Daily Beast that Giuliani's dealings are under scrutiny in connection with Parnas and Fruman's arrest. "It's common sense," one person with knowledge of the inquiry into Giuliani told The Daily Beast. "If people didn't look into this, they wouldn't be doing their jobs." A second Justice Department source echoed that sentiment, along with a federal law enforcement official who said the matter is part of an ongoing investigation.

Giuliani's work in Ukraine has previously raised questions about his lobbying status, with several Democratic senators appealing to the Department of Justice last year for information on his Foreign Agents Registration Act filings, a legal requirement for any U.S. citizen making contact with the government or media at the request of foreign politicians or officials.



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Oct 11, 2019

Bill Maher Fails to Challenge The Federalist Publisher (and Mr. Meghan McCain) Ben Domenech
HBOOn Friday night, Bill Maher granted a very large platform to Ben Domenech, the co-founder of far-right publication The Federalist.

For the blissfully uninitiated, The Federalist is a strange, hyper-conservative website that's privately funded (and refuses to disclose who financially backs it), and has published a number of conspiracy theories, a gross op-ed defending Roy Moore preying on teenagers, and had a tag for articles called "Black Crime," among other offenses. And Domenech, whose father Douglas served in the George W. Bush administration (and helped land his son a job in it), was not only fired from the Washington Post for plagiarism, but recently unleashed a bizarre homophobic rant against Seth Meyers for the cardinal sin of challenging his wife Meghan McCain on her distortions regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN.).

Anyway, Maher, who's welcomed everyone from performance artist Milo Yiannopoulos to

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Oct 11, 2019

House Dems Hope Former Diplo's Defiance Will Be Contagious
Olivier Douliery/AFP/GettyHouse Democrats' impeachment investigators left a nine-hour interview on Friday with the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovich, empowered—an elusive feeling for them so far—and optimistic they will get the witnesses and documents they need to build a case for impeaching President Trump in the face of stonewalling from his administration.

The State Department had issued strict orders blocking Yovanovich from testifying before lawmakers. She defied that order on Friday, given a bit of cover thanks to a last-minute subpoena from Democrats. That has Democrats hopeful her stand will be contagious, spreading to the numerous other witnesses who have been asked to testify in the impeachment inquiry. 

Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.), himself a former State Department official, left the briefing saying that Yovanovich was a person of "rare" integrity. "Her appearance here is very important and establishes that legally binding subpoenas not only should be but can be respected," he said.

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Oct 11, 2019

Blizzard on Pro-Hong-Kong Player's Ban: He Can't Go Unpunished
ReutersAmid mounting backlash, the video game publisher Activision Blizzard on Friday doubled down on its decision to ban a professional player who used an official company broadcast to express support for Hong Kong protesters. 

In a video emailed to employees, Blizzard President J. Allen Brack said the player, Chung Ng Wai, aka "Blitzchung," must pay the "consequence" for "derailing" the broadcast. But Brack said the company would also reduce Chung's suspension from the pro Hearthstone league from a year to six months. The company will also return the $10,000 in prize money Chung had previously been stripped of. The two commentators interviewing him were banished along with him, but Brack said their suspension has been reduced to six months. The transcript of Brack's statement was published soon after the email went out.

In a post-match interview, Chung had worn goggles and a gas mask, common symbols of the protest, and said to the camera "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times." Hong Kong residents have protested Chinese incursions into the Hong Kong rule of law daily for months now, and the demonstrations are ongoing.

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Oct 11, 2019

ICE Has a New $3.4M Contract With Thomson Reuters to Identify ‘Threats' Against Agency Officials
Paul Richards/AFP/GettyIn light of threats against its director and high-ranking officials, ICE is turning to Thomson Reuters, the multinational conglomerate that owns the Reuters news agency, to keep tabs on things.

According to a newly updated federal filing, Reuters sister-company Thomson Reuters Special Services will furnish ICE with "threat mitigation" services, focusing on threats against ICE leadership and their family members. A justification letter attached to the filing says that ICE will pay TRSS for customized dossiers of information and subscriptions to proprietary databases of real-time records of arrests and incarcerations.

ICE initiated the procurement process on Aug. 15, two days after Breitbart News published footage of activists protesting outside an ICE field office and menacing its personnel. 

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Oct 11, 2019

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan Resigns
Win McNamee/GettyActing Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan has resigned from the Trump administration. In a series of tweets Friday night, President Trump announced that McAleenan wanted to "spend more time with his family and go to the private sector."

"Kevin McAleenan has done an outstanding job as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. We have worked well together with Border Crossings being way down," Trump wrote. "Congratulations Kevin, on a job well done! I will be announcing the new Acting Secretary next week. Many wonderful candidates!"

According to CNN, McAleenan submitted his resignation Friday—despite some White House officials attempting to talk him out of it. His resignation reportedly has nothing to do with the ongoing Trump-Ukraine saga.

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Oct 11, 2019

WeWork's Hippie Private School Is Shutting Down Amid Its IPO Mess and Leadership Coup
Photo by Scott Olson/Getty ImagesIn WeWork's major pre-IPO meltdown, a few of the company's side businesses were bound to hit the chopping block. It was announced Friday that WeGrow, the experimental education pet project of ousted WeWork founder Adam Neumann's wife, won't survive.

As The Huffington Post first reported, WeWork told parents with kids enrolled at its elite, yoga-obsessed Manhattan private school, that its doors will close at the end of the school year.

"WeWork will continue to operate WeGrow through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, providing a quality education and classroom experience for all students," a WeWork representative said in a statement. "As part of the company's efforts to focus on its core business, WeWork has informed the families of WeGrow students that we will not operate WeGrow after this school year."

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Oct 11, 2019

Scouted: Save $10 On the Philips Norelco OneBlade, a High-Tech Electric Shaver
A razor is a razor, right? Not so much now that technological revolutions have invaded every corner of our lives. A case in point is the Philips Norelco OneBlade, which uses a blade that moves 200 times per second. It's available on Amazon for $25, which is $10 off the normal price. The OneBlade razor cuts close but not too close; the package includes three trim attachments and the included blade lasts about four months.

The OneBlade is cordless and lasts about 45 minutes of constant use. If you do the math, and honestly, it depends on how much you need to shave, that's probably about two weeks of shaving per charge. (And a recharge takes about eight hours.)

One nice perk: You can shave in the shower. The OneBlade works in wet or dry environs. The snap-in blades and the razer itself are durable enough to handle some shaving shenanigans and jostling around in the bathroom. (If you're like me, you probably throw your razer around in a flurry of activity every morning.) Philips Norelco claims you can shave "any length of hair" but your mileage may vary depending on whether you look like one of the guys in Duck Dynasty or not. My take: It will work great for most guys. | Get it on Amazon

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Oct 11, 2019

Imam Targeted in Minnesota Mosque Bombing Blasts Trump's Attack on Somalis
REUTERSShortly before dawn on Aug. 5, 2017, an explosion tore through Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, nearly killing the mosque's imam, Mohamed Omar. At first, the Trump administration suggested the attack might have been a "fake hate crime" perpetrated by "the left." Then three members of a Trump-supporting militia were arrested in the attack. They'd tried to throw a pipe bomb into the room where Omar was standing. They'd missed.

So when President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in nearby Minneapolis on Thursday night, some local Muslims were on edge. "It's a fear in the neighborhood, like if a predator came to the neighborhood and no one told you," Omar told The Daily Beast on Friday. "‘What's going to happen, what's he going to say, how is it going to affect us?' It is not only what he's saying, but it's also the people who make it into an action."

During his Thursday rally, Trump laid into the area's Somali population: a predominantly black, Muslim community that has become a target for Islamophobes across the country. Trump criticized Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), the Somali-American congress member who represents the district, and spoke of giving (presumably non-Somali) locals more control to block refugees from their communities. Trump's audience booed at the mention of their Somali neighbors.

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Oct 11, 2019

Ronald Lee Haskell Sentenced to Death for Executing Ex-Wife's Family
REUTERS/Brett Coomer/PoolA California man convicted of driving across the country to execute six members of his ex-wife's family was sentenced to death in a Texas court on Friday.

Ronald Lee Haskell, 39, was found guilty last month for the July 2014 massacre of Katie Stay, 34, her 39-year-old husband, Stephen, and four of their five children inside their suburban Houston home. 

Prosecutors argued at trial that Haskell was seeking revenge against anyone who helped his ex-wife, Melannie Lyon, after their bitter divorce when he drove from California to Texas to carry out the execution.

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Oct 11, 2019

Trump Gloats About Shep Smith's Fox News Exit
The question from a reporter to President Donald Trump on Friday night was, "Did you or your administration pressure Fox News to get rid of Shepard Smith?" 

Trump did not answer directly, but rather took the opportunity to gloat over his least-favorite Fox News anchor's departure, saying, "No, I don't know, is he leaving? Oh, that's a shame." 

"Did I hear Shepard Smith is leaving?" the president asked, soundly almost gleeful. "Is he leaving because of bad ratings? He had terrible ratings, is he leaving because of his ratings? If he's leaving, I assume he's leaving because he had bad ratings." 

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Oct 11, 2019

Kamala's Fake Lover: Jacob Wohl Told Me it Was for a Spike TV Show
Inept conservative operatives Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman held another bizarre press conference in Burkman's driveway on Wednesday, this time to smear Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) with obviously fake allegations of an extramarital affair. 

And like past efforts to manufacture sexual claims against Trump foes—from Robert Mueller, to Pete Buttigieg, to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)—the Harris charade fell apart quickly. 

The pair's bogus accuser—26-year-old Sean Newaldass—told The Daily Beast on Friday that he had no idea the event in which he alleged that he was in a romantic dalliance with the Senate was real. That's because Newaldass had met Wohl and Burkman by replying to an ad posted on Craigslist seeking a "male actor" for "performance art." When he showed up at Burkman's Virginia home and delivered his lines alleging an affair, Newaldass was under the belief that the press conference was actually an audition for a Spike TV show. He said he had no idea that Harris was a politician. Indeed, he assumed she was a fictional person. 

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Oct 11, 2019

Take This Quick Survey to Help Us Help You Shop Smarter
ShutterstockYou may have read a post or two (or many!) on The Daily Beast about products to shop for and brands that you might like. We've already learned that you love elevated yet practical brands like Everlane and Allbirds, love a good Nordstrom Rack sale, and are actually quite intrigued by the new booming world of CBD. But what else are you interested in? What other products should we be helping you shop for? If you have 5 minutes, please take this quick survey to tell us a bit more about your interests. 

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Oct 11, 2019

Scouted: The Best Black Turtlenecks to Make You Feel Like You're on Succession
It was only a few years ago that turtlenecks were an enemy of mine. I hated the way they looked and felt, like I had something caught in my throat or as Mitch Hedburg would say, "like being strangled by a really weak guy, all day." But I finally came around to the style and let me tell you, turtlenecks are having a moment. From actual royal families to fictional "royal" families like the Roys on Succession, turtlenecks are a fall staple for a chic look without much effort. We've rounded up some of the top turtlenecks to give your next fall outfit a new silhouette.

Splendid 1x1 Rib Long Sleeve Turtleneck Tee T-Shirt, $58 on Amazon: Made from a mixture of cotton and rayon, this breathable turtleneck is one you'll want to keep around. It's a little bit stretchy yet not too thin, which is a fine line some brands don't achieve. 

The Cotton Turtleneck Tee, $28 at Everlane: Is there a basic that Everlane can't make great? 100% cotton and lightweight, wear it as a shirt with a pair of jeans and a blazer or layer it under a chunky sweater for maximum warmth.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 11, 2019

Shepard Smith Leaving Fox News After Clashes With Colleagues
Steven FerdmanFox News anchor Shepard Smith, a frequent target of President Trump's attacks, is stepping down after clashing with some of the network's primetime stars.

"Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave FOX News and begin a new chapter. After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many," Smith said in a statement.

"It's been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor. I've worked with the most talented, dedicated and focused professionals I know and I'm proud to have anchored their work each day—I will deeply miss them."

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Oct 11, 2019

Shepard Smith Stepping Down From Fox News
Steven FerdmanFox News anchor Shepard Smith is stepping down, the network said Friday in a statement.

"Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave FOX News and begin a new chapter. After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many," Smith said in a statement. "It's been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor. I've worked with the most talented, dedicated and focused professionals I know and I'm proud to have anchored their work each day—I will deeply miss them."

"Shep is one of the premier newscasters of his generation and his extraordinary body of work is among the finest journalism in the industry. His integrity and outstanding reporting from the field helped put FOX News on the map and there is simply no better breaking news anchor who has the ability to transport a viewer to a place of conflict, tragedy, despair or elation through his masterful delivery," said Jay Wallace, President & Executive Editor of Fox News Media, in a statement.

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Oct 11, 2019

‘Devastating': Latina Author Speaks Out After Georgia Southern Students Burn Her Book
Courtesy Monica McGivernJennine Capó Crucet, the Latina author whose book was burned at Georgia Southern University after she gave a campus speech about diversity and white privilege, spoke out on Friday, calling the students' hostile actions "devastating."

Capó Crucet was invited to speak to freshmen after her 2015 novel Make Your Home Among Strangers—the story of a Cuban-American girl who attends a prestigious college in New York and struggles to fit into the predominantly white environment—was chosen for the school's First Year Experience selection. The university asked the writer to give a speech that expanded on the themes of her novel, which she had previously done at Stanford University and Albion College without incident, she said in a statement on Friday.

But during her lecture and Q&A session on Wednesday, some students reportedly felt that Capó Crucet was "dissing" and "bullying" white people, and an exchange became heated. 

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Oct 11, 2019

Scouted: The Best New Launches From Rothy's, Dagne Dover, Plant People CBD, and More
New Kids on the Block helps you navigate all the new and exciting launches from our favorite brands, all in one place.

Plant People CBD Skincare: Plant People makes some of my personal favorite CBD tinctures and all that goodness is coming to a brand new skincare line. With body lotion, a face mask, and a serum, you're getting 300mg cannabinoids plus a bunch of active botanicals like Olive Squalane Oil, Blue Tansy, Rosemary, Yuzu, and more. (Friendly reminder that CBD will not get you high.)

Bombas Sweats: Made from 100% cotton and lined with French terry, these are sweats that you'll want to wear in every situation. The new line consists of neutral hoodies, crewneck sweatshirts, and sweatpants. And, just like the classic Bombas socks, these give back. For every item purchased, an item is donated for those in need or who are at risk of being homeless. 

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The Daily Beast
Oct 11, 2019

UGA Grad Ran $1 Million Ponzi Scheme Out of Frat House—and Spent the Money on Strip Clubs, Booze
Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesA cellular biology and genetics undergraduate student at the University of Georgia ran a $1 million Ponzi scheme out of his fraternity house, tricking 117 people into investing in his fake hedge funds and then spending their cash on alcohol, gambling, and strip clubs.

Syed Arham Arbab, a 22-year-old from Augusta, pleaded guilty on Friday in U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Georgia to securities fraud.

Arbab confessed that from May 2018 to his graduation in May 2019, he lied to dozens of investors, including fellow students, in order to get them to partake in his purported "hedge funds," which he called Artis Proficio Capital Management and Artis Proficio Capital Investments, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

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Oct 11, 2019

Rand Paul Goes Down in Flames on ‘The View': ‘Don't Mansplain!'
Meghan McCain skipped out on Rand Paul's appearance on The View Friday morning—citing "personal reasons"—despite accusing the GOP senator of having Kurdish "blood on his hands" in Syria the day before. 

In her place was frequent guest host Ana Navarro, who Whoopi Goldberg noted at the top of the show was filling in for both McCain and Joy Behar. "One for the price of two," the Republican strategist joked. 

Paul was ostensibly on the show to promote his new book, simply titled The Case Against Socialism, but they began the interview with his support for President Trump's controversial decision to let Turkey wipe out America's Kurdish allies in Syria. 

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Oct 11, 2019

GOP Rep. Invokes Insane ‘CrowdStrike Server' Conspiracy to Justify Trump's Ukraine Call
Appearing Friday morning on CNN, Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) invoked a long-debunked conspiracy theory at the center of the Ukraine scandal and the House's impeachment inquiry, defending the president's now-infamous July call to the Ukrainian president as simply trying to get to the bottom of the "CrowdStrike server."

With polls showing a majority of Americans support impeachment into allegations Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, CNN host Jim Sciutto asked Waltz whether a U.S. president should seek election assistance from a foreign country. 

"Look, I am not comfortable if there is a clear-cut quid pro quo, then, yeah that makes me very uncomfortable and we should take a hard look at that," Waltz replied before claiming the call transcript does not show that.

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Oct 11, 2019

More Potential Whistleblowers Are Contacting Congress
New potential whistleblowers are coming forward to the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, two congressional sources tell The Daily Beast. 

They seem to be emboldened by the actions of the whistleblower whose explosive account of President Donald Trump's phone call to Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky about investigating Trump's domestic political rivals ignited the impeachment inquiry. Another whistleblower is known to have come forward. 

Congressional investigators are currently vetting the new accounts they've received for credibility. Accordingly, knowledgeable sources would not discuss where in the government these new would-be whistleblowers come from, nor what they purport to have to say. 

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Oct 11, 2019

Europe's Not Likely To Let The 737-MAX Back In The Air Anytime Soon
Photo by David Ryder/Getty ImagesThe Boeing 737-MAX is not likely to be pronounced safe to fly any time soon. The Daily Beast can reveal that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is withholding certification that the airplane is airworthy until its own pilots have tested technical fixes proposed by Boeing.

This comes immediately in the wake of a damning multi-agency task force report on how Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration handled the original testing and safety certification program for the new jet.

An EASA spokesperson told The Daily Beast: "EASA has concerns regarding the consequences of angle of attack sensor failures at aircraft level, and the ability of the flight crews to cope with the situation in critical phases of flight (such as take-off)."

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Oct 11, 2019

Ferocious Comic Thriller ‘Parasite' by Bong Joon-ho Is One of the Best Films of the Year
Director Bong Joon-ho's latest film, Parasite, reveals itself like a jigsaw puzzle: one tantalizing piece at a time. 

It tempts us to make assumptions, categorize, and assign meaning to what we think we see—to imagine we know where this is going—and then it shape-shifts.

The South Korean auteur's films are known for their transmutative properties, weaving between genres and cinematic stylings at will. Parasite is the culmination of his abilities; it morphs from thriller to slapstick to black comedy to horror with both playful ease and tightly orchestrated precision. It's a movie only Bong could have made: ferocious, bracingly critical of the absurdities of late-stage capitalism, yet fun and never priggish. It's one of the best films of the year.

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Oct 11, 2019

The Disgusting Matt Lauer News, and Once Again Vindicating Ann Curry
This week: 

 

In light of the disgusting revelations that surfaced this week, there are many things I wish for Matt Lauer. Because of those revelations, among many other reasons, I wish to know how NBC News bosses Andy Lack and Noah Oppenheim still have jobs. And because of all the circusry and horseshit I've witnessed covering TV news and morning television over the last decade, there are many things, as always, I wish for Ann Curry. 

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The Daily Beast
Oct 11, 2019

Liam Hemsworth Parades Maddison Brown, New Model Girlfriend, on NYC Date
Pascal Le SegretainSo, let's just imagine your mega famous pop star wife has left you, and—all in the space of a few weeks—started a high profile relationship with another woman, been photographed making out with her on a yacht in Italy, dumped her, taken up with a hot new beau and posted photos of herself brushing her teeth in his bare-chested, tattooed-embrace.

What to do?

Parading your hot new model girlfriend is one idea.

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Oct 11, 2019

Scouted: For Anyone Who Cares About Seeing Keanu Reeve Blast the Bad Guys in Full Color Glory, Here is Your Television
If you're in the market for a new television, remember this one acronym: QLED. It stands for quantum dot light-emitting diode and, holy crap, it's way better than LCD (liquid crystal display). Like we're talking no contest in the picture quality department.

I tested a Samsung 65" QLED 4K Q90 smart television for a month and frankly I'm hooked; I'll just sit here and keep watching movies and playing Xbox games all day thank you. 

Using the FandangoNow 4K app that runs on the smart television, I watched John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum and could see the perspiration on Keanu Reeves face as he blasted everyone in sight. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, you can see and hear the webs shooting from the fingers of Tom Holland. (The Samsung 65" QLED 4K Q90 has lush built-in audio that rivals some soundbars I've tested in the past.) The Xbox game Gears 5 looked so photo-realistic the gory bits seemed to explode off the screen.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 11, 2019

Kurdish Leaders Are Appealing Directly to Congress for Help
Safin Hamed/GettyAs the Turkish military advances into northern Syria, representatives for the Kurdish people are appealing directly to members of Congress, hoping that intervention from friendly lawmakers on both sides will help to stop an invasion they fear will not only devastate their people but spark conflict across the Middle East. 

On Wednesday, hours after Turkey began launching airstrikes in northeastern Syria, representatives from the Kurdish Regional Government sent an email to members of Congress that provided updates on the situation on the ground, spelled out the consequences of Turkey's move, and urged lawmakers to press President Donald Trump to reverse his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the area, which was widely seen as enabling Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan to invade. 

"Eleven civilians have been killed and five injured as a result of this," wrote officials from the Washington office of the KRG, which is the governing entity of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, just over the border from where many Syrian Kurds live. "Syrian Kurds simply have no place to go as this is their ancestral homeland. For the Kurds, it is a matter of life and death. They will be forced to defend themselves, diverting resources from the maximum campaign pressure against ISIS."

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Oct 11, 2019

Bill Barr, Trump's Hatchet Man, Is About to Become His Scapegoat
Win McNamee/GettySince William Barr became the nation's attorney general, Justice Department lawyers have regularly bent over backwards to come up with legal arguments supporting even Donald Trump's most outrageous actions, prompting many critics to argue that Barr is really Trump's personal lawyer, not the nation's chief law enforcement officer. 

This may be the week that Barr's balancing act—of simultaneously purporting to enforce the law while defending a president who has contempt for the rule of law—finally collapses. This is because, with a letter "objecting" to the very possibility of his impeachment by Congress, Trump has announced his intention to defy the Constitution itself. 

The declaration leaves Barr with a stark choice: Will he employ the Department of Justice to defend a president's open and notorious violation of the Constitution? 

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Oct 11, 2019

I Need You to Drink Oktoberfest Beer Right Now
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyBy the time you read this, Oktoberfest—the original Oktoberfest in Munich, the mother of all Oktoberfests—will be over. From what I saw, it was, as always, joyful, happy, and completely bad-ass. Brass bands played, whole oxen were roasted, giant loaves of gingerbread were eaten and a small ocean of beer was enjoyed. 

But Germans, of course, don't just consume any old beer for Oktoberfest. Generally, the festbier that is made in the spring and then consumed during the fall "delivers malty aromatics, bready depth and full mouthfeel," says Bill Covaleski, co-founder of Victory Brewing in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. "The best of them do all of the above and leave a dryish impression that begs for another sip." He should know, since the first beer he brewed at Victory was a fest beer—I was actually there on that fateful day back in 1996.

While Oktoberfest beer is the king of all seasonal beers, it's not the only seasonal beer in Germany. There is bock during Lent, a special maibock in May and foamy wheat beer in the summer. 

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Oct 11, 2019

Trump Just Gave You a Whole New Reason to Go to Europe
Drew Angerer/GettyROME—For those who know that real parmesan cheese does not come in a can, next week is going to hurt. That's when tough 25 percent tariffs are scheduled to come into effect on hundreds of European imports, including made-in-Italy Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino, and Romano cheeses. 

The tariffs, which extend to other goodies like French wine and Scottish whiskey (list), are the result of a ruling by the World Trade Organization handed down over what were deemed to be unfair subsidies the European Union gave to Airbus jet manufacturers. The hit list misses some of the E.U.'s biggest exports, including Italian wines and ceramic tiles, sparkling wine and champagne, and European chocolates. But most analysts believe those items are now a bargaining chip and could easily be included in a second round of tariffs if the E.U. doesn't start playing nice. The preliminary list of potential target items contains thousands of products many Americans might not even realize are imports. 

For those items that will suddenly be too expensive to justify stocking in your pantry, why not use the tariffs as an excuse to visit the places these fine European products are made, and stock up here? There are travel restrictions on how much wine and whiskey you can take back in a suitcase, but very few restrictions on items like vacuum-sealed pasteurized cheese that has been aged more than six months, as most of the cheeses on the tariff list are. 



The Daily Beast
Oct 11, 2019

The ‘Serious' Senate Republicans Chiding Trump Are Profiles in Chickenshit
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIt took almost three years for a meaningful number of Senate Republicans to discover something obvious to even the weakest intellect: that this president's lifelong addiction to having his palm and ego (and Lord knows what else) greased would lead him to betray anyone and everything. 

As Turkish forces roll into Kurdish Rojava, these shallow solons are just-asking: Who could have possibly foreseen that a rage-fueled sociopath with a comic book-level understanding of the world would be easily manipulated into making America a willing collaborator in the genocide of a loyal, pro-American ally?

Everyone, you dolts.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 11, 2019

Prince Harry's War on the Media Leaves Him Isolated in the Royal Family
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyThey are not known as "the Firm" for nothing. The royal family sticks together, especially when it comes to the press.

But The Daily Beast understands that some members of the family—including the Queen, Prince William, and Prince Charles—are uneasy about Prince Harry's "unilateral" actions, including his and wife Meghan Markle's recent two-pronged attack on the press.

Publicly there has been no expression of support for Harry or Meghan from his family over their recent challenges to the press.

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Oct 11, 2019

Trump Says U.S. Troops Have Quit Syria, It's Not True
To listen to President Donald Trump and his defenders, he's ended a foolish and previously indefinite war in Syria. "We have no soldiers in the area, you know.  We're getting out of the endless wars. We have to do it," Trump said Wednesday in the Oval Office. "We are out of there. We've been out of there for a while. No soldiers whatsoever." He added on Thursday, "We have no soldiers in Syria." 

That is untrue. 

Two knowledgeable U.S. officials confirmed to The Daily Beast that after a shocking week that has upended U.S. planning, the U.S. military has only pulled back from northern Syria, not pulled out. It's abandoned two small observation posts in the area Turkey has now invaded. Around 50 service members have moved to a larger base, something both officials described as a force protection measure—protection amid the already bloody Turkish incursion, protection that no longer exists for the Kurdish force that the U.S. relied upon to assault the so-called Islamic State. None of the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops have actually left Syria since Trump's fateful Sunday phone call with Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 11, 2019

Trump Says U.S. Troops Have Quit Syria. It's Not True.
To listen to President Donald Trump and his defenders, he's ended a foolish and previously indefinite war in Syria. "We have no soldiers in the area, you know.  We're getting out of the endless wars. We have to do it," Trump said Wednesday in the Oval Office. "We are out of there. We've been out of there for a while. No soldiers whatsoever." He added on Thursday, "We have no soldiers in Syria." 

That is untrue. 

Two knowledgeable U.S. officials confirmed to The Daily Beast that after a shocking week that has upended U.S. planning, the U.S. military has only pulled back from northern Syria, not pulled out. It's abandoned two small observation posts in the area Turkey has now invaded. Around 50 service members have moved to a larger base, something both officials described as a force protection measure—protection amid the already bloody Turkish incursion, protection that no longer exists for the Kurdish force that the U.S. relied upon to assault the so-called Islamic State. None of the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops have actually left Syria since Trump's fateful Sunday phone call with Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 11, 2019

The U.S. Isn't Out of Syria. It's Just Watching Its Friends Die.
To listen to President Donald Trump and his defenders, he's ended a foolish and previously indefinite war in Syria. "We have no soldiers in the area, you know.  We're getting out of the endless wars. We have to do it," Trump said Wednesday in the Oval Office. "We are out of there. We've been out of there for a while. No soldiers whatsoever." He added on Thursday, "We have no soldiers in Syria." 

That is untrue. 

Two knowledgeable U.S. officials confirmed to The Daily Beast that after a shocking week that has upended U.S. planning, the U.S. military has only pulled back from northern Syria, not pulled out. It's abandoned two small observation posts in the area Turkey has now invaded. Around 50 service members have moved to a larger base, something both officials described as a force protection measure—protection amid the already bloody Turkish incursion, protection that no longer exists for the Kurdish force that the U.S. relied upon to assault the so-called Islamic State. None of the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops have actually left Syria since Trump's fateful Sunday phone call with Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 11, 2019

The LGBTQ Town Hall Was a Sometimes Inspiring Bubble That Totally Missed the Point
Mario Tama/GettyFor many of us in the LGBTQ community, the historic "LGBTQ Presidential Town Hall," presented by CNN and the Human Rights Campaign, was a historic moment of visibility. We're here, we're queer, and we're ready to be pandered to.

And yet strangely, watching the event was like visiting some weird parallel universe in which a small set of pet issues is more important than the fact that our very existence—particularly that of trans people—is being systematically erased by a nationalist government headed by a madman whom one of these nine people is going to face in an election next year.

Don't get me wrong; I, too, support the boutique issues the candidates touched on and that most people have never heard about, like making HIV medications more affordable and ending the near-total ban on blood donations by gay men.

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Oct 10, 2019

Tracy Letts' ‘Linda Vista': A Liberal on the Streets, a Douchebag Between the Sheets
Joan MarcusWhat are we to make of Wheeler (Ian Barford) in Tracy Letts' witty but uneven comedy-drama, Linda Vista?

Well, he is a middle-aged man, newly entering the post-divorce wilderness, who has moved into an apartment that screams "Decrepitude, here I come" in San Diego.

Wheeler isn't the classic, embittered middle aged white male, aggrieved and having to re-evaluate who he is and where his life is going. He is a liberal shade of this grouchy and sporadically vicious species. He also, despite speeches about not being seen in a Speedo, is in sexily hot shape. The play's strangest lines require him to bemoan a body that, visibly, is nothing to bemoan.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 10, 2019

Seth Meyers Mocks Trump's Freak-Out Over Fox News Impeachment Poll
NBCSeth Meyers began his latest "A Closer Look" segment on Thursday night by noting that support for President Donald Trump's impeachment has been steadily rising over the past few weeks.

"It really feels like a potentially seismic political shift is happening right now," he said, "and in fact, even Fox News, the network Trump loves the most, released a damning new poll" on Wednesday that shows a majority of voters not only want the president impeached but removed from office.

"Damn, and that's a Fox News poll," the Late Night host added, "so you know they only called landlines, CB radios, and VFW halls."

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Oct 10, 2019

Feds Charge Shady Porn Company Girls Do Porn With Sex Trafficking After 22 Women Come Forward
GettyIn a federal indictment unsealed Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Attorney's Office of San Diego charged the owners and one employee of the adult website Girls Do Porn with four counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force. A second employee was charged with one count of the latter.

The Daily Beast has reported on the allegations against Girls Do Porn since August, when another case against the company—a class-action lawsuit representing 22 Jane Does—went to trial after years of hearings, discovery, and strategic delays from the defendants. The trial was initially planned for February, for example, but delayed for six months when the company's owner, New Zealand native Michael Pratt, filed for bankruptcy. "As soon as I bankrupt the business," Pratt wrote in texts later submitted as evidence, "they are fucked."

In the civil case, the same four accused—owner Michael Pratt, colleague Matthew Wolfe, porn actor Andre Garcia and administrative assistant Valerie Moser—faced accusations from the 22 Jane Does of coercing and defrauding them into adult movies. (Moser was released as a defendant and testified as a plaintiff's witness). The company allegedly conned the plaintiffs and several hundred other young, low-income girls into porn by making false promises that their scenes would not go onlin

The Daily Beast
Oct 10, 2019

NBC News Chief Noah Oppenheim's Harvard Writings on Women and Sexual Assault Horrify Staffers
Leigh Vogel/GettyA top NBC executive already under fire over an accusation he downplayed a rape accusation against Matt Lauer is catching more flak over columns he wrote at Harvard University that mocked feminists, gushed over busty blondes, and lambasted NBC for firing a sportscaster accused of sexual assault.

Copies of the 20-year-old columns by NBC News President Noah Oppenheim have started to circulate at the network, which was roiled this week by the release of excerpts of a new book by ex-correspondent Ronan Farrow.

Staffers were particularly infuriated by Farrow's allegation that after Lauer was fired over an anal-rape claim by a junior employee, the accuser learned that Oppenheim, along with NBC chairman Andrew Lack, had been "emphasizing that the incident hadn't been ‘criminal' or an ‘assault.'"

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Oct 10, 2019

Top Diplomat Was Axed for Protesting Giuliani's Back-Channel Ukraine Crusade
Alex Wong/GettyThe House impeachment inquiry dismissed as "illegitimate" by the White House is about to hear testimony from a former top aide ready to go on the record about Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani's "shadow policy" in Ukraine—along with the former ambassador to Ukraine who was reportedly ousted for refusing to put up with all the off-the-books maneuvering.

The Associated Press reports former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was dismissed from her post after calling out Giuliani's back-channel methods in his crusade to have Ukrainian authorities investigate debunked corruption allegations against one of Trump's top political rivals in 2020, former vice president Joe Biden.

A former diplomat said Yovanovitch clearly expressed there were formal procedures to follow when requesting a country's help in an investigation, and recalled that she refused to participate in "offline, personal, informal stuff."

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The Daily Beast
Oct 10, 2019

Eric Trump Leads Rally Crowd in ‘Lock Him Up!' Chant at Hunter Biden
C-SPANPrior to President Donald Trump taking the stage at Thursday night's campaign rally in Minnesota—his first since the impeachment inquiry was announced—his son Eric Trump warmed the crowd up by leading them in a "Lock him up!" chant directed at former vice president Joe Biden's son Hunter.

"How do you think his son is feeling after embezzling a lot of money?" the presidential scion asked the audience. "A lot of crookedness, he is not feeling too good. Maybe ‘Lock her up' goes to ‘Lock him up!'"

After some in the crowd began taking up the chant, Trump added: "I like ‘lock her up' a little bit more. but I don't know, I like that. That is a good idea."

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The Daily Beast
Oct 10, 2019

Dems Want to Know: Who Paid Rudy?
Drew Angerer/GettyA member of the House Intelligence Committee is calling on Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to disclose information on who financed his attempts to dig up dirt on Joe Biden amid a wave of reports that the work has dovetailed into official government business. 

"Rudy needs to disclose his clients for the Ukraine work," said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY). "He's up to his neck in criminals and dirty money. Was he playing the President to get himself paid? Seems there's no honor among thieves."

It's unclear if Giuliani's finances have been a component of House Democratic investigations into the pressure campaign that the former New York City mayor and President Trump applied to Ukrainian leadership in order to persuade them to investigate the work Biden's son, Hunter, was doing in that country. But CNN reported that his financial dealings are under renewed scrutiny by investigators following the arrests of two clients, Soviet-born businessmen Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, on Thursday for campaign finance violations. And Maloney's comments suggest that there is an appetite for congressional investigators to better understand the money-trail as well. 

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Oct 10, 2019

Fox News Host Slams Fox Poll Showing Most Americans Approve Impeachment
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld on Thursday blasted his network's most recent poll finding a majority of registered voters want President Donald Trump impeached and removed from office over the Ukraine scandal, claiming it was unfairly biased towards Democrats and that "these polls have been known to be wrong."

During a panel discussion on Fox News' The Five focused on Trump's Thursday night campaign rally in Minnesota and whether he can possibly flip the Democratic stronghold, liberal co-host Juan Williams noted that most polls show the president losing to his potential Democratic opponents before bringing up Fox's finding that 51 percent of registered voters are in favor of impeachment.

"I've been seeing this poll everywhere and I know it's a Fox News poll but we got to point out that it's weighted toward Democrats," Gutfeld declared. "From what I've seen, it's 48 percent Democrats, 40 percent Republicans, 12 percent other. So it's weighted for that."

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Oct 10, 2019

WWII Lesson for Trump: Turkey Was in Bed With the Nazis
The Nazis melted gold dental fillings from concentration camp victims and found the best price for it was in neutral Turkey.

At the same time, Turkey kept selling Germany the chromium ore it needed to build weapons and continue the war. 

But in harkening back to World War II in an effort to justify giving Turkey a green light to crush the Kurds, President Trump ignored such damning truths. 

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The Daily Beast
Oct 10, 2019

How The Beast Uncovered the Campaign Finance Scheme That Just Got Giuliani Cronies Indicted
Photo Illustraiton by The Daily Beast / Photos ReutersIn November of last year, PAY DIRT brought you a story about a $325,000 donation to the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action. The donation came from a company called Global Energy Producers, and we reported on suspicions that it was acting as a "conduit" contributor, effectively concealing the identities of the actual source or sources of that money.

After publication, we got a call from a relatively prominent Trumpworld operative, who proceeded to berate us for reporting on the allegations, which the person insisted were completely trumped-up and politically motivated. Global Energy Producers, he said, was fully capitalized by investors in the energy space, and was conducting bona fide business in pursuit of contracts to export liquified natural gas to Europe.

That was 100 percent untrue, according to federal prosecutors. 

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The Daily Beast
Oct 10, 2019

What Do Nobel Laureates Think of President Trump?
Mandel Ngan/GettyPresident Trump has made no secret of his infatuation with the Nobel Peace Prize. True to form, he's repeatedly declared that he's deserving of the prestigious honor, and has claimed the Nobel committee—a five person panel appointed by the Norwegian parliament—is rigged against him. 

"I think I'm gonna get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things—if they gave it out fairly, which they don't," Trump said at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City this year. 

Trump has now been in office for nearly three years, and still has yet to receive the prize, while former President Barack Obama won it within nine months of taking office. This year's winner will be announced at 11 a.m. Friday at the Norwegian Nobel Institute, and streamed live on their website at 5 a.m. EST.

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Oct 10, 2019

Warren's Been Talking to Gillum, Sparking VP Buzz
Colin Hackley/ReutersPresidential candidates often keep a running list of influential individuals who they will informally call for ideas, advice, and, perhaps, to scope them out as a potential running mate. 

And for several candidates, including at least one in the top tier, former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is on speed dial. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), in particular, has been in contact with Gillum over the past several months, multiple knowledgeable sources told The Daily Beast. 

When reached for comment about the vice presidential buzz, a Warren campaign official said, "that is baseless and not at all true."

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Oct 10, 2019

Scouted: Sweater Weather Is Here — Shop the Best Men's Crewneck Sweaters on Amazon
Sweaters are one of the best things to wear in the fall. They can be thick or thin, cotton or wool. But when it comes to finding ones that you'll keep wearing for years to come, it's all about durability. We've rounded up some of the best and top-rated men's crewneck sweaters that you can easily get on Amazon (and some are included in Amazon Wardrobe, which lets you test out clothing before buying it). Give your fall wardrobe a whole new look with these options.

Pendleton Men's Shetland Crew-Neck Sweater, $76: Pendleton is one of my personal favorite wool brands. I have two Pendleton blankets and their sweaters are gorgeous, too. This 100% wool sweater comes in 13 different colors. It's thick and ready to be worn throughout fall and winter.

Minus33 Merino Wool Men's Yukon Expedition Crew, $120: This 100% Merino wool sweater was made to be layered. It's machine-washable and ready for any outdoor adventure you take as the temperature starts to drop.

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Oct 10, 2019

The Oath Keepers Providing Volunteer Security at Trump's Minneapolis Rally Are Itching for a Civil War
REUTERSWhen President Donald Trump lobbed the threat of civil war on Twitter late last month, he became the first sitting president to ever hint at potential fratricide if he's removed via impeachment - an implication as deafening as it was disgusting. 

Stewart Rhodes, though, had a different take. For those unfamiliar, Rhodes is the gruff head of the Oath Keepers - a militia made up largely of current and former law enforcement officials and military veterans, perhaps best known for the all-white contingent it sent to provide "security" for a rally in Ferguson in 2015. Now, the Oath Keepers are calling for volunteers to protect Trump supporters—including at the president's rally Thursday evening in Minnesota.

Rhodes has maintained a relatively low profile recently, as has the broader militia movement, which saw an unprecedented spike under the Obama administration. But that doesn't mean America's militia movement has gone dormant since its groups maintained an outsized presence at the deadly 2017 neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, claiming they were simply there to try and keep the peace. 



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Oct 10, 2019

NBC Staff Confront Network President Over Lauer Rape Claim: ‘We Deserve Answers'
Drew AngererNBC News staffers on Thursday grilled NBC News president Noah Oppenheim about explosive revelations from Ronan Farrow's new book casting network executives as dismissive and neglectful of sexual-misconduct allegations.

Excerpts from Farrow's book, titled Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, were published Wednesday across several news outlets. In the snippets, the former NBC News investigative reporter alleged that the network capitulated to a pressure campaign by Harvey Weinstein to squash Farrow's exposé of the studio mogul's serial sexual misconduct. 

Additionally, Farrow revealed, NBC executives including Oppenheim and NBC chief Andrew Lack may have had knowledge of a disturbing rape accusation against Today show anchor Matt Lauer long before he was dismissed from the network.

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Oct 10, 2019

Trump's Syria Fiasco Is Part of Putin's To-Do List
Mikhail Klimenyev/GettyPresident Donald J. Trump's surprise decision to abandon the Kurds and sign off on Turkey's operation in Syria drew condemnation in the West, but was cheerfully welcomed in Russia, and, for those who follow Russia closely, the contrast revived the ghosts of Helsinki, where Trump's surrender of American values was on full display.

There in Finland last year, the leader of the most powerful country in the world demonstrated cringeworthy servility toward Vladimir Putin—president of a rogue government sanctioned by the West for a great number of malign activities, including Russia's brazen interference in the U.S. elections.

The world's pariah looked triumphant next to the deflated American president. As Trump stood hunched over, with a blank expression, Putin was practically glowing—and he wanted the world to know just how great the meeting went for Russia. Putin held up a thick stack of his notes with both hands, showing them off for the world to see, in effect giving himself the thumbs-up.

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