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Dec 13, 2018

The Ballad of a Bloody, Poop-Throwing Punk-Rock ‘Terrorist'
Frank Mullen/GettyIn the history of rock ‘n' roll, no one spewed more shit than GG Allin—literally.

The legendary punk frontman, who died in 1993 of an accidental heroin overdose, made a notorious name for himself in the hardcore scene by cursing out and picking fights with fans, threatening to commit public suicide, and, most infamously of all, defecating on stage and then throwing his feces at the audience. A self-described musical "terrorist," he pushed the genre to its absolute extreme, where only blood, sweat, and self-destructive rage resided. A mainstream act he most certainly was not.

GG Allin: All in the Family pays tribute to its subject's riotous life and career—although more than just a traditional biopic. Sami Saif's Showtime documentary (premiering Dec. 13) is also a look at his legacy, especially as it relates to his mother Arleta Baird and his brother Merle, who played bass in many of Allin's bands, including his most famous one, The Murder Junkies. To make clear that his film is about what took place after GG as much as what happened during his slash-and-burn heyday, Saif begins by detailing the story behind GG's headstone, which for two years has been kept locked away in a cemetery church by a Catholic priest. The reason? As videos prove, it's because GG acolytes—staying forever true to their idol—kept visiting the place to pee, poop, and pour liquor on it.

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Dec 13, 2018

Get Ready for Mueller's Phase Two: The Middle East Connection
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastOver the past year, the indictments, convictions, and guilty pleas have largely been connected, in one way or another, to Russia. But now, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office is preparing to reveal to the public a different side of his investigation. In court filings that are set to drop in early 2019, prosecutors will begin to unveil Middle Eastern countries' attempts to influence American politics, three sources familiar with this side of the probe told The Daily Beast.

In other words, the so-called "Russia investigation" is set to go global.

While one part of the Mueller team has indicted Russian spies and troll-masters, another cadre has been spending its time focusing on how Middle Eastern countries pushed cash to Washington politicos in an attempt to sway policy under President Trump's  administration. Various witnesses affiliated with the Trump campaign have been questioned about their conversations with deeply connected individuals from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, according to people familiar with the probe. Topics in those meetings ranged from the use of social media manipulation to help install Trump in the White House to the overthrow of the regime in Iran.

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Dec 13, 2018

Tom Cotton Pulls Out a Shank in Prison Reform Debate
Jacquelyn Martin/ShutterstockIt's the holiday season but knives are out on Capitol Hill—only this time it's Republicans thrusting daggers into the backs of fellow Republicans over the effort to revive a prison reform measure that tough-on-crime hardliners have blocked for years.  

Tension has been brewing in the Capitol for the past couple weeks over the bill aimed at allowing prisoners to get out of jail early if they take concrete steps to better themselves while incarcerated. That's because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised the legislation's main sponsors he would bring it up for a vote in the waning days of this congressional session—if they could bring him proof they had the majority support of his party.

They did. But Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and his few remaining allies claimed the legislation lacked the votes to get over the finish line. This week, after a 280-character prod from President Trump, McConnell relented and announced he'd bring the bill up for a vote, possibly as early as this week.

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Dec 13, 2018

Lil Tay Breaks Her Silence: ‘I'm in a Bad Situation'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAs 2018 grinds to a halt, no round-up of internet aberrations would be complete without the story of Claire Hope, the 10-year-old rapper better known as "Lil Tay." In the eight-odd months since her rise, the preteen has played the embodiment of the 21st century American id—a Canadian transplant trying to make it in music, who shot to fame on a combination of social-media scandal, racist role-playing, and a commitment to constant posting, and who disappeared, suddenly, in what proved to be a battle over contracts, custody, and the rights to her brand.

For those following Tay's arc, the public reactions unfolded in two stages—beginning, primarily, with disgust. Tay first drew attention in the spring of 2018 after a series of conflicts with minor internet personalities like RiceGum, a YouTuber who traffics in parody diss tracks, and Woah Vicky, a white Instagram influencer who claims she's black. She later dropped a series of generic rap tracks and "flex" videos of nice cars, model houses, and huge stacks of cash, while claiming, variously, to be the "youngest flexer in the century" and "above the haters."

But disgust quickly gave way to concern. In late May, a video surfaced of what appeared to be the rapper's older brother, Jason, coaching his sister on how to behave. Later, news broke that Tay's mom, a Vancouncer real estate agent named Angela Tian, had lo

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Dec 13, 2018

Stephen Colbert: Michael Cohen Proved Loyalty to Trump Is a Felony
CBS"There has been, just today, another big decision in the landmark case of Donald Trump v. Getting' Caught," Stephen Colbert said at the top of his Late Show monologue Wednesday night.

He was of course referring to the sentencing of Michael Cohen to three years in prison. The host advised President Trump's former fixer to "walk up to the biggest guy in the yard" on his first day behind bars and "pay him $130,000."

"Before Cohen climbed up on the prison bus, he made sure to throw Trump under it," Colbert said, quoting Cohen, who told the court, "Recently the president tweeted a statement calling me ‘weak,' and it was correct, but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again, I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds."

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Dec 13, 2018

Samantha Bee Goes Off on Fox Nation and Tomi Lahren's ‘Substance-Free Propaganda'
TBSOne week after she took aim at Sean Hannity's blatant lies about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Samantha Bee came for the whole Fox News family on Wednesday following the launch of the network's deeply problematic new online streaming service.

"While Trump is holed up in his bedroom feeling sorry for himself, he has an exciting new entertainment option to sustain his ego and plumpen his rage boner," the Full Frontal host told viewers. "Fox Nation!"

"It's like television, grandpa, but you get it on the smaller screen you use for writing racism on Facebook," Bee said. "It takes America's favorite news channel and adds the one thing it's always been lacking: the thoughtful restraint of the internet." The New York Times has called it "Netflix for conservatives," or as the host said, it's "for people who like Netflix but wish its World War II documentaries weren't so mean to the Nazis."

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Dec 12, 2018

Michael Cohen Says the Donald Made Him Do It. But ‘the Fixer' Has Always Been a Crook.
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe Donald made me do it.

That was the essence of Michael Cohen's statement at his sentencing in Manhattan federal court as his wife, daughter, son, parents, sisters, brother, and in-laws sat in tears behind him.

To hear Cohen tell it to the judge in a 20th-floor courtroom on Wednesday afternoon,Trump's malevolent influence compelled him to evade taxes, make false statements to a bank, lie to Congress, and violate campaign-finance laws.

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Dec 12, 2018

With Cohen Going to Prison, Trump's Companies and Campaign Could Be Indicted Next
Government policy probably bars prosecutors from indicting President Donald Trump while he remains in office, but they may free to bring charges against Trump's campaign and his companies. Following Wednesday's news from federal prosecutors in Manhattan, it increasingly looks like that just might happen. 

After Trump's ex-attorney Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years behind bars for financial, tax, and campaign-finance violations, federal prosecutors announced that they have entered into a non-prosecution agreement with American Media Inc. (the parent company of the National Enquirer). AMI admitted to making the payment to one of Trump's purported mistresses "in concert" with the Trump campaign, as part of the same scheme to evade campaign finance laws Cohen pled to.

Based on the Cohen plea and the AMI agreement, it appears increasingly likely that federal prosecutors have sufficient basis to charge the Trump Campaign with criminal campaign finance violations; and, prosecutors could well expressly ground such corporate criminal charges on the knowledge and intentions of Trump, as well as Cohen.

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Dec 12, 2018

No Jumper's Adam22 Dropped From Label After Daily Beast Investigation Into Sexual-Assault Allegations
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAccording to an Atlantic spokesperson, Atlantic Records and Adam Grandmaison, the host of the popular podcast and video blog No Jumper, "have parted ways."

Grandmaison, who goes by Adam22, announced in March that he was partnering with Atlantic to launch an imprint, No Jumper Records. Grandmaison has made a name for himself as a SoundCloud rap tastemaker; the New York Times went so far as to deem his podcast "The Paris Review of the face-tattoo set." But Atlantic Record's co-sign, which served to further legitimize Grandmaison as a hip-hop gatekeeper, was met with controversy.

In late March, Pitchfork published an article in which two women accused Grandmaison of sexual assault. Allegations had been circulating around the internet but, as Pitchfork explained, "The accusations drew more scrutiny after Grandmaison announced he was partnering with Atlantic Records to form No Jumper Records, solidifying his status." Grandmaison denied the accusations. At the time, Atlantic Records told Pitchfork in a statement that, "We take any allegations of

The Daily Beast
Dec 12, 2018

Sen. James Inhofe Bought Defense Stock Days After Pushing For Record Pentagon Spending—Then Dumped It When Asked About It
Chip Somodevilla/GettyJust days after signaling his support for unprecedented levels of U.S. defense spending, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, reported purchasing tens of thousands of dollars of stock in one of the nation's top defense contractors.

After The Daily Beast asked about the purchase, Inhofe's office said the senator had contacted his financial adviser to cancel the transaction and instructed him to avoid defense and aerospace purchases going forward.

Inhofe, who took over the top spot on Armed Services after the death of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in August, has repeatedly pressed President Donald Trump to dramatically scale up the Pentagon's annual budget, which currently stands at $717 billion. Last week, after Trump hinted he would like to scale back parts of that budget, the Senator had a meeting with the president and Defense Secretary James Mattis, after which it was announced that the administration would seek even more defense funding: a record $750 billion in spending for fiscal year 2020.

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Dec 12, 2018

Fox News' Judge Napolitano: We Now Know Trump ‘Committed a Felony'
If you were watching Fox News when the Michael Cohen sentence came down, you would be pretty sure this was bad news for Donald Trump's former fixer. Less clear was what it meant for the president himself.

For clarity on that, you would have had to wait a couple of hours until anchor Shepard Smith invited the reliably frank Judge Andrew Napolitano on his afternoon news hour to explain just how bad the day's news was for Trump.

"We've learned that federal prosecutors here in New York City, not Bob Mueller and his team in Washington, D.C., career prosecutors here in New York City, have evidence that the president of the United States committed a felony by ordering and paying Michael Cohen to break the law," the judicial analyst said. "How do we know that? They told that to a federal judge."

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Dec 12, 2018

She Fought Against Domestic Violence. Cops Say Her Boyfriend Killed Her.
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastA Dallas women who dedicated her life to fighting against domestic violence was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend, a grand jury indictment revealed on Wednesday.

Nathaniel Mitchell, 34, was accused of fatally beating his on-off girlfriend Donna Alexander, 36, after breaking into her home. He was charged with murder on Tuesday after a grand jury recommended as much in an indictment.

Alexander's two children later told family they were locked in a room and could hear their mother screaming and glass breaking after Mitchell allegedly broke in through a bedroom window, a local news station reported at the time.

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Dec 12, 2018

All About the Couple Who Dressed Beyoncé for Isha Ambani's Indian Wedding of the Year
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast On Monday, while the rest of us were frantically digging through the Anthropologie sale section to find a dress boring enough for our office Christmas party, Beyoncé did as Beyoncé does.

The singer put on a gilded, jeweled bodysuit and matching thigh-high boots to perform at the lavish Indian wedding of heiress Isha Ambani and her billionaire fiancé Anand Piramal.

The costume came courtesy of Falguni and Shane Peacock. The Mumbai-based husband-wife duo are known for dramatic, figure-hugging designs that can be sequined, feathered, fringed, embellished, or all of the above.

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Dec 12, 2018

ISIS Terror and Yellow Vests: The Great French Conspiracy Machine Cranks Up
Patrick Hertzog/GettyNICE, France— A brazen young career criminal was wounded but escaped during a firefight with police after a shooting and stabbing rampage in Strasbourg's storied Christmas market Tuesday night.

French authorities declared it a terrorist attack, briefly locked down the city, and launched a massive manhunt. Two people were killed, one was left brain-dead and at least eight were critically injured in the murder spree that came out of nowhere around 7:50 p.m. as a man dressed all in black and armed with a knife and a pistol began shooting and then stabbing Christmas shoppers.

Paris Prosecutor Rémy Heitz, whose office leads terrorism investigations across the country, said witnesses reported that the suspect yelled "Allahu Akbar" during the attack.

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Dec 12, 2018

Heartbeat Abortion Bill Moves Forward in Ohio Legislature
Alex Wong/GettyThe Ohio Senate approved a so-called heartbeat abortion bill on Wednesday, sending it to a final vote.

If signed, the law would make Ohio the first state to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected—in some cases, after just six weeks of pregnancy. Gov. John Kasich has said he will veto the bill if it lands on his desk.

The bill, which the Ohio House approved last month, makes no exceptions in cases of rape or incest. It also allows the state medical board to revoke the license of any doctor performing an abortion after a heartbeat is detected, without going through a court process.

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Dec 12, 2018

House and Senate Finally Reach Deal on Sexual Harassment Bill
Nicholas Kamm/GettyHouse and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on a sexual harassment bill that would hold lawmakers personally responsible for harassment and retaliation.  

The compromise comes after months of bipartisan, bicameral talks, led by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on the Senate side and Reps. Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Robert Brady (D-PA) on the House side.

The negotiations had stalled earlier this year primarily over whether members of Congress should be held personally liable for harassment and discrimination, as stipulated in the House bill, or only for harassment, as written in the Senate version of the bill.

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Dec 12, 2018

House and Senate Finally Reach Deal on Sexual-Harassment Bill
Nicholas Kamm/GettyHouse and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on a sexual-harassment bill that would hold lawmakers personally responsible for harassment and retaliation.  

The compromise comes after months of bipartisan, bicameral talks, led by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on the Senate side and Reps. Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Robert Brady (D-PA) on the House side.

The negotiations had stalled earlier this year primarily over whether members of Congress should be held personally liable for harassment and discrimination, as stipulated in the House bill, or only for harassment, as written in the Senate version of the bill.

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Dec 12, 2018

Ukrainian Officials Meddled in 2016 Election by Leaking Secret Manafort Ledger, Court Says
BloombergTwo Ukrainian officials meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by leaking a secret ledger showing $12.7 million in payments between Ukraine's ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a Ukrainian court said Wednesday.

The Kyiv district court ruled that National Anti-Corruption Bureau Director Artem Sytnyk and legislator Serhiy Leshchenko broke the law by revealing that Manafort's name and signature appeared on the ledger.

The disclosure "led to interference in the electoral processes of the United States in 2016 and harmed the interests of Ukraine as a state," the court said.

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Dec 12, 2018

Michael Cohen Sentenced to 3 Years, Says He Covered Up Trump's ‘Dirty Deeds'
Yana PaskovaPresident Trump's former fixer, Michael Cohen, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in two federal cases that grew out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Before he was sentenced, an emotional Cohen said he took full responsibility for his crimes and his "blind loyalty" to Trump that had been repaid with scorn and insults. He said he would cooperate with the ongoing investigation even though he refused to sign a cooperation agreement.

"Today is one of the most meaningful days of my life. The irony is today is the day I'm getting my freedom back," Cohen told the judge before he learned his fate, with his wife and kids, parents and in-laws sitting in the Manhattan courtroom.

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Dec 12, 2018

Julian Castro Takes a Major Step Toward Likely 2020 Run
Eric Gay/AP/ShutterstockDemocratic politician Julián Castro unveiled a presidential exploratory committee on Wednesday, his first major step toward a likely 2020 White House run.

The 44-year-old former mayor of San Antonio, who also served as Obama's secretary of housing and urban development, revealed a new website featuring a photograph of a beaming Castro with text declaring: "I'm exploring a candidacy for President in 2020."

Castro also released a biographical video with a straight-to-camera appeal to voters regarding his personal and family background.

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Dec 12, 2018

Boyfriend of Accused Terrorist Vincent Armstrong Said Murder Plot Was ‘Role Playing'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe boyfriend of an Ohio woman who allegedly worshipped mass murderers like Dylann Roof and plotted a massacre was charged Wednesday with lying to the FBI, authorities said.

A criminal complaint says Vincent Armstrong, 23, initially told investigators that he and girlfriend Elizabeth Lecron, 23, were "role-playing" when they talked about killing people—but later admitted it had "crossed over" from fantasy to reality and had started prepping for an attack.

Armstrong was taken into custody two days after the feds arrested Lecron. She told an informant working for the FBI that the two of them had hatched a plan to commit "upscale mass murder" at a Toledo bar, according court papers filed this week.

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Dec 12, 2018

Accused Toledo Terrorist Vincent Armstrong Said Murder Plot Was ‘Role Playing' With Girlfriend
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe boyfriend of an Ohio woman who allegedly worshipped mass murderers like Dylann Roof and plotted a massacre was charged Wednesday with lying to the FBI, authorities said.

A criminal complaint says Vincent Armstrong, 23, initially told investigators that he and girlfriend Elizabeth Lecron, 23, were "role-playing" when they talked about killing people—but later admitted it had "crossed over" from fantasy to reality and had started prepping for an attack.

Armstrong was taken into custody two days after the feds arrested Lecron. She told an informant working for the FBI that the two of them had hatched a plan to commit "upscale mass murder" at a Toledo bar, according court papers filed this week.

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Dec 12, 2018

Scouted: This Is The Best Looking Weighted Blanket Out There
Most weighted blankets look like duvet inserts, which means you have to buy a duvet cover. But they tend to contract the same issues as duvets do, in that you get awkward bunching or lose a corner somewhere in the fabric abyss. And they can get really, really hot.

The Bearaby Napper is unique in that it's made from naturally weighted yarn, which has been layered in an innovated, looped design that's breathable, and beautiful. I was given one by the brand to checkout before launch, and I've honestly been talking about it ever since. There have been studies that it helps reduce stress and anxiety and can lead to better, deeper sleep.

At 20 pounds, it's at the heavier end of the spectrum for weighted blankets, but even as someone who is way under 200 pounds (the rule of thumb is the blankets should be 10% of your body weight) it doesn't feel too heavy or constricting. It looks great on the back of a couch or splayed across the foot of the bed and comes in six different colors.

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Dec 12, 2018

Mika Brzezinski Calls Mike Pompeo a ‘Butt Boy' for ‘Wannabe Dictator'
MSNBCMorning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski on Monday called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "butt boy" for President Trump during a conversation about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"I understand that Donald Trump doesn't care," Brzezinski said to a panel that included Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin. "He doesn't care. But why doesn't Mike Pompeo care right now? Are the pathetic deflections that we just heard when he appeared on Fox & Friends—is that a patriot speaking? Or a wannabe dictator's butt boy?"

The MSNBC control room seemingly cut her audio for a brief second but Brzezinski's homophobic remark still made it on-air.

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Dec 12, 2018

Mika Brzezinski Calls Mike Pompeo a ‘Butt Boy' for ‘Wannabe Dictator' Saudi Crown Prince
MSNBCMorning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski on Monday called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "butt boy" for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman during a conversation about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"I understand that Donald Trump doesn't care," Brzezinski said to a panel that included Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin. "He doesn't care. But why doesn't Mike Pompeo care right now? Are the pathetic deflections that we just heard when he appeared on Fox & Friends—is that a patriot speaking? Or a wannabe dictator's butt boy?"

The MSNBC control room seemingly cut her audio for a brief second but Brzezinski's homophobic remark still made it on-air.

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Dec 12, 2018

Mika Brzezinski Calls Mike Pompeo a ‘Butt Boy' for a ‘Wannabe Dictator'
MSNBCMorning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski on Monday called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "butt boy" for President Trump during a conversation about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"I understand that Donald Trump doesn't care," Brzezinski said to a panel that included Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin. "He doesn't care. But why doesn't Mike Pompeo care right now? Are the pathetic deflections that we just heard when he appeared on Fox & Friends—is that a patriot speaking? Or a wannabe dictator's butt boy?"

The MSNBC control room seemingly cut her audio for a brief second but Brzezinski's homophobic remark still made it on-air.

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Dec 12, 2018

Meghan Markle Tops Global Search Lists for Second Year Running
Chris JacksonMeghan Markle has confirmed her position as an object of global fascination after it was announced she had topped Google search lists for the second year running, while "royal wedding" was among the top global news event trends, according to the search engine's data.

Meghan was named the most searched-for person for the second year running on Google's U.K. web page. In the U.S., also for the second year running, Prince Harry's new wife was the second most searched-for person.

Of course, it's not always an out and out sign that things are going swimmingly when you top global queries: The most-searched for person in the U.S. this year was Demi Lovato, who survived a near-fatal overdose in August, while in 2017 the most searched-for person on Google in the U.S. was Harvey Weinstein.

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Dec 12, 2018

Scouted: The 2018 Blu-Rays You Should Watch On Your 4K TV
This holiday shopping season was a great time to pick up a 4K HDR TV, but your new set won't do much good without something to put on it. Sure, you can fire up the latest comedy special on Netflix, but if you really want to show off what all those pixels can do, grab these movies on UHD Blu-ray.

When it comes to picture quality, there's nothing yet that can top a 4K Blu-ray. Streaming movies from sites like Netflix or Hulu is more convenient, but if you want the best picture quality possible, Blu-rays are the way to go. Though the medium only matters as much as the image you put in. Some movies don't even come in full 4K Blu-ray versions. For this list, we didn't just pick great movies, but ones that are worth buying (and available) in 4K HDR.

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Dec 12, 2018

Wax Museum's Living Diorama Of Meghan And Harry Spooks the World
Madame Tussauds—the famous wax museum—has created a tableau vivant of Harry and Meghan to celebrate the festive season, and the internet thinks it is the creepiest thing ever.

Although many fans were under the impression the freakish display was animatronic wax figurines, it has now emerged that a more low-fi technique is at play; the effect is actually being achieved by the relatively simple means of... two actors donning silicone masks of the famous couple.

The two actors then run through a series of poses and situations, which should redound with homely reassurance but are bizarrely troubling in their own right.

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Dec 12, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Saudis Have Already ‘Paid the Price' for Khashoggi's Murder
FoxSecretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed on Fox & Friends early Wednesday morning that the Saudis responsible for the murder of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi have already "paid the price."

Co-host Ainsley Earhardt, who is not typically known for her empathy, called the murder "brutal" and referred to the audio tapes that recorded his torturous death "awful."

"Somebody has to pay the price," she said.

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Dec 12, 2018

Even ‘Fox & Friends' Isn't Buying Trump and Pompeo Story on Khashoggi Murder
FOXSecretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed on Fox News early Wednesday that the Saudis responsible for the murder of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi have already "paid the price."

But that appeared to not be enough for Fox & Friends. Co-host Ainsley Earhardt, who is not typically known for her empathy, called the murder "brutal" and referred to the audio tapes that recorded his torturous death "awful."

"Somebody has to pay the price," she said.

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Dec 12, 2018

Nikki Haley: Trump and I Ratcheted Up the Crazy for U.N. Negotiations
NBCIn a new interview, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley—who will leave office at the end of the year—shed light on how she handled that job while Donald Trump hurled insults and created chaos for American allies and foes alike.

"Is it true that you used the president's unpredictable rhetoric to our advantage, politically?" asked Craig Melvin, NBC's Today show anchor who sat down for the one-on-one with the former South Carolina governor.

On the Wednesday a.m. broadcast, Haley said she frequently informed the president ahead of time, partnering in the mayhem for the sake of negotiations.

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Dec 12, 2018

Scouted: The Kindle Paperwhite Is Still The Best Reading Experience
I have a confession: Up until three years ago, I wasn't much of a reader. If someone asked me what I was reading, I'd say I'm "too busy writing." The feeling of shame that washed over me every time I spewed out that garbage cop-out was the inspiration to get the Kindle Paperwhite. And let me tell you: my life has changed.

People will tell you e-readers (or worse, tablets!) are low-brow ways of consuming literature—you can't feel the texture of each page, the smell of ink, or the weight of the book in your backpack. Reading in that way is a holistic experience. But it was those very senses that were distracting me from the actual reading part altogether. Three years after its initial release, my Paperwhite continues to let me focus on what really matters—the story, and not whether or not my fluorescent bedside lamp is disturbing my sleeping husband.

With a quick Tinder-like swipe—nay, a gentle tap—I move on to the next page, making me feel like I'm zooming through scenes at a rate that satisfies my curiosity. There is nothing worse than a break in thought momentum because two pages got stuck together. I can read in a pitch-black room or a bright and sunny beach. The crisp 300 pixel screen adjusts itself to your environment so perfectly that if I forget my anti-glare reading glasses, I can still comfortably stare at that screen-like page, or page-like screen, for hours on end. I charge my phone and laptop daily, so it doesn't bother me in the slightest that I need to charge my Paperwhite around once a

The Daily Beast
Dec 12, 2018

Netanyahu's Negotiating with Neo-Fascists for a ‘Consensus View' of The Holocaust
ODED BALILTYJERUSALEM—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has chosen an improbable way of celebrating the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding: He's palling around with neo-fascists and coddling Holocaust revisionists.

The year 2018 has seen Netanyahu embracing a parade of such leaders and, in a no less perplexing twist, we've had the Jewish state blatantly dismissing the needs of Diaspora Jews as they face mounting antisemitism and insecurity in Western countries roiled by social unrest.

Consider the past week.

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Dec 12, 2018

Theresa May Survives Brexit Coup After Promising to Quit Before the Next Election
Reuters / Peter NichollsLONDON—Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister, was famously felled by her own Conservative party after a decade in office. On Wednesday, a wing of the same party moved to kick out the second female premier in another civil war over Europe.

In a dramatic vote on Wednesday night, Theresa May managed to cling on to power but the confidence vote has further eroded her authority with more than a third of Conservative lawmakers voting against her.

The victory was secured after promising party members that she would stand down before the next election.

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Dec 12, 2018

Theresa May's Own Party Launches Brexit Coup Against Her
Reuters / Peter NichollsLONDON—Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister, was famously felled by her own Conservative party after a decade in office. On Wednesday, the same party moved to kick out the second female premier in another civil war over Europe.

An internal party vote has been called on whether to defenestrate Theresa May just 107 days before Britain is due to exit the European Union. In the midst of its greatest crisis since the Second World War, the country may effectively be left without a leader.

The Conservative party has always prided itself on the ruthless pursuit of power, but there's one issue that transforms its lawmakers from hardened professionals into raving loons—and the issue of Europe has struck again.

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Dec 12, 2018

Theresa May's Own Party Launches Coup Over Brexit
Reuters / Peter NichollsLONDON—Margaret Thatcher—Britain's prime minister for more than a decade—was ultimately felled by her own Conservative party. On Wednesday morning, the same party moved to kick out Britain's second female prime minister in another civil war over Europe.

An internal party vote has been called on whether to defenestrate Theresa May just 107 days before Britain is due to exit the European Union. In the midst of its greatest crisis since the Second World War, the country may effectively be left without a leader.

The Conservative party has always prided itself on the ruthless pursuit of power, but there's one issue that transforms it from hardened professionals into raving loons—and the issue of Europe has struck again.

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Dec 12, 2018

Bars that Really Get into the Holiday Spirit
Shannon SturgisFrom tinsel and twinkling garlands to life-size reindeer and towering nutcrackers, the last few years have seen an influx of holiday themed bars—and to be honest every year they keep getting better and better.

Whether you're into festive cocktails with a hint of the beach, or want to go full candy cane and Santa Claus, there's a holiday bar just for you. But there are only a few weeks left to get your fill of holiday cheer before the season comes to a close, so slip on your favorite ugly sweater and visit one of these bedecked bars tonight.

Miracle at The Rockhill Grille, Kansas City, Missouri

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Dec 12, 2018

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Netflix's Big Middle Finger to Trump
NetflixFor all the increased media attention on immigration—ICE injustices, separated families, and Donald Trump's racist and xenophobic rhetoric—there are thousands of stories that aren't being told. Out of Many, One, a new Netflix documentary short, sets out to make a small dent in those stories. The film, directed by John Hoffman and Nanfu Wang, approaches the topic through the Citizenship Project, a program designed to help green card holders prepare for their citizenship exams.

In the midst of a deeply inhumane national conversation around immigration, and what feels like a daily litany of atrocities, Out of Many, One offers a purposefully humanistic approach. While the short is ostensibly about the Citizenship Project's classes, and is bookended by triumphant footage from naturalization ceremonies, it's really a vehicle for a handful of personal testimonies. Their names are Dipna Cordova, Fanny Bello, Jian Zhang and Alexandra and Dagoberto Aristizabal.

We're first introduced to these protagonists in their own words, as they introduce themselves to their fellow citizenship applicants. Each student is asked to share their reason for enrolling in the program. "It's time to be a citizen because we love this country, and we are scared about the future," Alexandra Aristizabal explains. "So we can vote, we can have the rights, we can have the voice, we can count."

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Dec 12, 2018

My Communist Cuba Initiation Began With a Kitchen Sink
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastWhen I first moved to Cuba as a photojournalist, I had virtually no idea of what I was getting into. From neighboring coups, suspected honey traps, salty spooks, and desperate migrants to dissidents, doctors, and Havana's empty shelves, my stumbles across the Communist island would soon begin to reveal the nature of a world unmoored from the one I knew and left behind. Its subtle absurdities, Cold War underpinnings, and the hopes of a people in the throes of transition offered new insight about America's old adversary, its place in history and where it was headed. And sometimes it would start with something as simple as a sink. In the fall of 2009, I would receive among my first lessons on private property in Communist Cuba. It is a story excerpted below from my new book, This is Cuba: An American Journalist Under Castro's Shadow.

My sink was gone. 

Standing in the landing of my stairwell, I stared down into my bathroom at the hole in the ground that a cub once occupied. 

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Dec 12, 2018

Nancy Pelosi Had to Play Mom Because Donald Trump and Chuck Schumer Acted Like Babies
GettyIt's unclear why Trump called the press in to witness him get into an awkward fight with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer (Mike Pence was also there, but he might as well not have been). Perhaps he did it to traumatize those of us who grew up sitting through atrocious family dinners, staring at our plates and occasionally side-eyeing our siblings and cousins in teeth-grinding horror.

The scene appeared to be a meeting about whether Trump will get his wall, and his threat to shut down the government if he does not. As the legislative leaders heading up the opposition party, Pelosi and Schumer are tasked with negotiating with Trump to figure out how he can get enough of what his people want and they can get enough of what their people want that everyone can keep puttering along and government workers can continue to show up to work and get paid. If all goes well, the national zoo will be open during the holidays for people who want to spend Christmas with a wallaby.

But watching their exchange before the cameras Tuesday felt like sitting through the worst family dinner anyone has ever had in 16 excruciating, almost endless minutes. Trump was the drunk uncle who remembers one thing he heard on TV and won't stop repeating it ("Wall! Ten Democrats! Wall!"); Schumer was the surly brother back from his first couple months of college with too much self-righteous knowledge to keep his damn mouth shut so we can get through this stupid dinner and all go to our respective rooms; Pelosi was—as women far too often are in the workplace—the mom trying to keep the peace through gritted teeth.

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Dec 12, 2018

Stephan James Is the Breakout Star of 2018: From ‘Homecoming' to ‘If Beale Street Could Talk'
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIt takes approximately 35 seconds in a room with Stephan James to get it.

Julia Roberts got it the moment they met for a chemistry read for Sam Esmail's Amazon drama Homecoming.  

Barry Jenkins got it, politely rebuffing the 24-year-old Jamaican-Canadian actor's eager offer to perform every one of his character's scenes on tape to audition for the director's new award-season drama If Beale Street Could Talk. He was sold from the first impression.

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Dec 12, 2018

This Year, Melania Trump Let Her Clothes Do The Talking—and Rebelling
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAs the blood red Christmas trees that deck the White House halls herald, Melania Trump's second year as first lady will soon come to an end.

It has been a puzzling 12 months for those who follow Melania's fashion choices. No matter how many times Melania (or her communications team) attempts to guide the public to "focus on what she does, not what she wears," the former model seems to value her privacy and say and do publicly very little.

Attention is then inevitably focused on what Melania wears, which this year included the notorious $39 "I Really Don't Care, Do U?" jacket she wore to visit detained undocumented immigrant children at the Texas border.

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Dec 12, 2018

How Melania Took the Fantasy Out of First Lady Fashion
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAs the blood red Christmas trees that deck the White House halls herald, Melania Trump's second year as first lady will soon come to an end.

It has been a puzzling 12 months for those who follow Melania's fashion choices. No matter how many times Melania (or her communications team) attempts to guide the public to "focus on what she does, not what she wears," the former model seems to value her privacy and say and do publicly very little.

Attention is then inevitably focused on what Melania wears, which this year included the notorious $39 "I Really Don't Care, Do U?" jacket she wore to visit detained undocumented immigrant children at the Texas border.

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Dec 12, 2018

Inside Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam's Strange Ties to Scientology
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastYou probably know about the Church of Scientology's courting of Hollywood celebrities, from Tom Cruise to John Travolta to the woman who's the voice of Bart Simpson, and perhaps you've caught wind of its cozy relationship with the Los Angeles Police Department.

But few are aware of its close partnership with the Nation of Islam, led by Minister Louis Farrakhan.

The approximately 20,000-strong black political and religious movement was formed in 1930 to improve the lives of black Americans, but in recent years has come under fire for its anti-gay, anti-white, and anti-Semitic views. Farrakhan, a vocal anti-Semite, found himself back in the news recently when he was cited as one of the reasons for the implosion of the Women's March, with some leaders of the movement accused of supporting Farrakhan and parroting his anti-Semitic talking points.

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Dec 12, 2018

Inside the Nation of Islam's Strange Ties to Scientology
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastYou probably know about the Church of Scientology's courting of Hollywood celebrities, from Tom Cruise to John Travolta to the voice of Bart Simpson, and perhaps you've caught wind of its cozy relationship with the Los Angeles Police Department, but few are aware of their close partnership with the Nation of Islam, led by Minister Louis Farrakhan.

The approximately 20,000-strong black political and religious movement was formed in 1930 to improve the lives of African-Americans, but in recent years has come under fire for its anti-gay, anti-white and anti-Semitic views. And Farrakhan, a vocal anti-Semite, found himself back in the news recently when he was cited as one of the reasons for the implosion of the Women's March, with some leaders of the movement accused of supporting Farrakhan and parroting his anti-Semitic talking points.

The alliance between the Nation of Islam, a black organization, and Scientology, an almost entirely white one, was hatched in the mid-aughts, when the late Isaac Hayes, one of the only famous black Scientologists, approached Scientology leader David Miscavige and asked why the "religion" wasn't doing more to court African-Americans. So Miscavige reached out to the Nation of Islam, and by 2010, they began promoting the so-called "benefits" of Dia

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Dec 12, 2018

Trevor Noah: Only ‘Moron' Trump Would Take Shutdown Blame
Screenshot/The Daily ShowAs The Daily Show's Trevor Noah put it on Tuesday night, Democrats "would rather release Obama's original Kenyan birth certificate" than give Donald Trump the money he wants for his border wall. That's why the president's impromptu public meeting with Democratic leaders turned into an "absolute mess."

Noah had a lot to unpack from the dramatic display, from Chuck Schumer turning to the camera to crack jokes about Trump like he was Jim from The Office to Mike Pence sitting "motionless" in the background "like a guy whose edibles just kicked in."

"Honestly, watching these three go at it for 20 minutes," he said of Trump, Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, "it felt like being in the TV room of a nursing home with just old people fighting."

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Dec 12, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel Turns Trump, Schumer, and Pelosi Into ‘Real Housewives'
Screenshot/ABC/Jimmy Kimmel LiveAs Jimmy Kimmel told viewers, "It wasn't a great day for Trump overall" on Tuesday. "He got worked by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi today," the late-night host said, explaining that the president publicly threatened to shut down the government—and take the blame—if he doesn't get his border wall funding.

"He's basically a toddler threatening to keep screaming on the floor of Toys ‘R' Us until Congress buys him a Hatchimal," Kimmel joked. "Nancy Pelosi kept demanding they have a fact-based debate about border security," he added. "Has she met the president? He's not having a fact-based debate about anything."

The meeting was originally supposed to happen behind closed doors, but in the name of "transparency," Trump "called an audible and invited reporters in to watch," Kimmel explained, "which didn't accomplish much other than possibly launching a new reality TV franchise."

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Dec 11, 2018

‘Clueless, The Musical' Sadly Lives Up to Its Name
Monique CarboniAll the way through The New Group's production of Clueless, The Musical, a nagging thought asserts itself to those who have sat through too many jukebox musicals, or musicals that feature snatches of familiar songs; all these odd, manipulative nostalgia exercises trading off well-known pieces of music.

Oh please, not this again.

It's not that the performers of Amy Heckerling's musical are not committed to what they are doing; they're excellent. It's not that Beowulf Boritt's design isn't delightful (it really is; the stage is encased with a flowing yellow check ribbon). Dove Cameron's Cher is as full of precise charm as Alicia Silverstone in the 1995 movie; Amy Clark's costumes are on point with the sexed-up preppiness the film originated.

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Dec 11, 2018

Everybody's Wrong: Donald Trump Won the Chuck-n-Nancy Meeting, and Here's Why
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIf Tuesday's instantly famous Oval Office meeting is a harbinger of things to come, it's going to be a long two years for "Chuck and Nancy."

Presidents can be intimidating, and Trump had home court advantage during Tuesday's meeting. However, Chuck Schumer seemed especially outmatched by a very forceful Donald Trump. As Bill Kristol (no Trump apologist) put it: "[B]ased on what I saw of their respective performances in that Oval Office meeting today, I don't understand why it's Nancy Pelosi who's facing a leadership challenge and Chuck Schumer who isn't."

The mainstream media will focus on the immediate seriousness of a shutdown and lament the lack of civility in politics. But I suspect many Americans will see that there was something refreshing about Trump's public stance.

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Dec 11, 2018

Trump Springs Shutdown Stunt On Chuck and Nancy, Makes Everything Worse
Mark WilsonPresident Donald Trump's heated on-air jostling with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the Oval Office on Tuesday was supposed to be private. But the president, at the last minute, decided otherwise.

Trump was determined to avoid the humiliation that he endured after a White House dinner with the same duo last year, from which Schumer emerged to declare that the group had struck a deal to preserve legal status for undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children, in exchange for border-security measures—a deal Trump subsequently nixed. And so the president made a snap-decision to not get spun again, ordering White House officials to invite the media in to witness the three leaders try to hash out a government-funding deal, three knowledgeable sources told The Daily Beast.

The result was a dramatic confrontation in which Trump managed to give Schumer and Pelosi exactly what they wanted—only, it was on national TV.

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Dec 11, 2018

Family of Alleged Cheerleader Killer: ‘He's Not a Monster'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe Indiana teenager accused of stabbing his pregnant schoolmate to death and tossing her body in the trash is "far from being a monster," his aunt told The Daily Beast.

Aaron Trejo, a 16-year-old football player in Mishawaka, was arrested Sunday after the body of Breana Rouhselang was discovered in a dumpster near her home. He's charged with one count of murder and one count of feticide.

In court Tuesday, Trejo entered a preliminary plea of not guilty. The high-schooler, who will be tried as an adult, is being held without bond. Relatives declined to speak to reporters but were visibly upset before and after the proceeding, WSBT 22 reported.

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Dec 11, 2018

Trump Moves to Roll Back Water Protections: ‘An Early Christmas Gift to Polluters'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastPresident Trump's Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced new regulatory guidelines for what constitutes "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act, rolling back an Obama-era rule that could diminish protections for millions of acres of wetlands, environmental advocates warned.

With this change, federal clean-water regulations will no longer apply to thousands of bodies of water in the United States.

"While the Trump administration claims that the new rule does not significantly reduce protections, in fact millions of acres of wetlands nationwide will be affected," Bob Irvin, president and CEO of American Rivers, said in a statement. "This is an early Christmas gift to polluters and a lump of coal for everyone else," he added.

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Dec 11, 2018

Columbia Student From Viral Video Speaks: ‘I Am Not Racist'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe white Columbia University student seen in a viral video this week shouting at fellow students about how white people are "the best thing that ever happened to the world" wants to set the record straight.

Julian von Abele, a sophomore studying physics, claimed in a statement provided to The Daily Beast that the stunning video "does not show my true beliefs" and that his rant was actually "part of a broader debate and series of events that provide important context."

"I am not a white supremacist or racist, nor do I subscribe to any views that support that ideology. I unequivocally denounce all groups that support racism," he explained. "My reaction that evening grew out of my distaste for the overuse of the term ‘white privilege' and similar divisive rhetoric as a means of dismissing views of others."

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Dec 11, 2018

Stormy Daniels Dodges Half a Bullet on Trump Attorney Fees
Reuters/Lucas JacksonStormy Daniels must pay $293,000 in attorney's fees for her failed defamation case against President Trump, a federal judge has ruled.

The payout is less than half of the $800,000 in fees that Charles Harder, Trump's lawyer, had requested at a hearing last week. Harder said he sought the sanctions to stop Daniels from bringing "frivolous" litigation in the future.

Michael Avenatti, Daniels' attorney, has vowed to appeal the ruling.

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Dec 11, 2018

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Dodges Questions, Lets Republicans Embarrass Themselves
Andrew Harrer/GettyGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai dodged questions about alleged bias against conservatives, privacy concerns, and censorship in China during  in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, avoiding the kind of showdowns that have tripped other top tech execs in their own trips to Congress.

Pichai managed to wriggle out of the questioning by repeating vague talking points and promising to get back to lawmakers with more information after the hearing. Even as congressional and public concern about tech giants grows, Pichai got out of the hearing while making few concrete commitments about Google's plans.

Pichai was also helped out by inept questioning from several Republican politicians, who struggled to understand basic technical details, like the difference between apps and phones. Lawmakers held up their iPhones several times as props, forcing Pichai to point out that Google doesn't make iPhones.

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Dec 11, 2018

Kathie Lee Gifford Just Broke Up Daytime TV's Best Double Act on NBC's ‘Today'
NBC via GettyWhen the announcement came on Tuesday morning, two glasses of white wine stood mournfully half-filled to the side of Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.

The glasses of wine became the symbol of their show, and so it was natural for the vessels—now branded with the hosts' names—to symbolically bracket Gifford's announcement that she will leave her co-hosting perch of the 10am hour of NBC's Today.

Informed insiders believe that Jenna Bush Hager is the likely Today personality to take over the position—which will be vacated next April by Gifford—due in part to her on and offscreen chemistry with her Kotb.

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Dec 11, 2018

Fox News' Marie Harf Shuts Down Jason Chaffetz's Conspiracy Theory On-Air: ‘No Evidence. None.'
Moments after an explosive, televised White House shouting match between President Trump and Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, another skirmish broke out in response on the president's favorite cable-news channel.

After viewing Trump's threat to shutdown the government if Democrats don't agree to fund his desired border wall, former congressman Jason Chaffetz, now a Trump-boosting Fox News contributor, instantly deployed on Fox's Outnumbered the right-wing conspiracy theory that Democrats actively supported the migrant caravan to boost their midterm electoral chances.

Before he could finish his unsubstantiated, deeply partisan claims, however, the afternoon talk show's co-host Marie Harf cut off Chaffetz, dressing him down for spreading conspiracy theories.

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Dec 11, 2018

Trump Administration Won't Back Up President's Terror Claim
Mark WilsonPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday cited the recent apprehension of ten suspected terrorists to bolster his case for building a wall along the southern border, implying that a porous border with Mexico is leaving the country vulnerable to national security threats.

But the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees security and law enforcement at U.S. borders and ports of entry, was unable to provide data to directly substantiate that claim.

Instead, DHS would only say that it apprehended, on average, ten "known or suspect[ed] terrorists" per day who attempted to enter the country "by air, sea, or land" from October 2017 through September 2018.

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Dec 11, 2018

Columbia University Condemns White Undergrad's Racist Rant, But Students Demand More Answers
GettyA white student at Columbia University unleashed a racist tirade aimed at a group of mostly black undergraduates late Sunday night—telling them white people are the "best thing that ever happened to the world," as seen in a now-viral video of the encounter.

The nearly minute-long video showed the college sophomore, identified by the school's newspaper as Julian von Abele, outside the New York City school's Butler Library around 4 a.m., swinging his arms while screaming: "Europeans built the modern world."

"We invented science and industry and you want to tell us to stop because, ‘Oh my God, we're so bad!'" von Abele, wearing a blazer and white button-down shirt, shouted in the footage filmed by a bystander.

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Dec 11, 2018

‘Eat The Rich': Still a Popular Idea in French Uprisings, Especially With the Yellow Vests
Yoan Valat/GettyPARIS — Paris is bustling with Christmas shoppers, almost as if nothing happened last Saturday, or the Saturday before, and the one before that, when protesters wearing yellow vests, the gilets jaunes, went on rampages. But the vestiges of violence are everywhere in the center of the city: cracked and shattered windows remain taped up as merchants and café owners wait days for replacement estimates, then days more to discover how much their insurance will cover.  Slowly, smashed ATMs are being replaced and refilled. And as neighbors talk to each other, they compare and trade cellphone videos of some brutal violence.

Not far from my apartment, a young man on a high floor recorded a lunatic scene of thugs smashing and burning a little Smart Car. Filmed from above in the dark, the reflective yellow vests gave the vandals the look of nocturnal beasts, faceless, swarming: first one, then two, then three, joined by others without vests. And then the flames and billows of smoke pouring down the street.

Nobody I talked to in my neighborhood wants to see that happen again, but after President Emmanuel Macron spoke to the nation on Monday night, trying to restore order and faith in his leadership, few people thought the troubles would end, and many are dreading the Saturday to come.

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Dec 11, 2018

Trump Throws Down With Pelosi and Schumer Over Border Wall: ‘I Am Proud to Shut Down the Government'
ReutersPresident Donald Trump threatened to shut down the government during a heated argument with Democratic congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Tuesday, in a remarkable display of partisan bickering just 10 days before a partial shutdown is set to take effect.

"I am proud to shut down the government for border security," Trump said bluntly. "I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you for it. The last time you shut it down, it didn't work. I will take the mantle of shutting down. And I'm going to shut it down for border security."

The remark came during an extraordinary 15-minute on-camera argument that began with Trump insisting that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) should help him fund a border wall. Trump has asked for $5 billion in border-security funding, but Democrats have said $1.6 billion is their red line.

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Dec 11, 2018

James Fields Gets Life in Prison, Plus 419 Years, for Murdering Anti-Racism Protester Heather Heyer in Charlottesville
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastWhite nationalist James Alex Fields Jr. on Tuesday was sentenced to life in prison, plus 419 years, after being convicted of murdering anti-racism protester Heather Heyer during the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville.

Fields, a 21-year-old Ohio native, received his life sentence just days after being convicted of first-degree murder for the vehicular rampage, which killed Heyer, 32, and injured dozens of other people protesting against the white-nationalist rally.

In addition to his prison sentence, Fields also faces half a million dollars in fines related to the attack, including a $100,000 fine for first-degree murder.

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Dec 11, 2018

Kamala Harris Will Remain on Judiciary Committee Despite Democratic Senate Losses
Saul Loeb/ReutersSen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), one of the more high-profile members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will remain in her post, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced on Tuesday.

The announcement comes after the 2018 midterm elections, in which Democrats won 40 seats in the House of Representatives but ended up with net losses in the Senate.

As a result of the latter, Harris—a potential 2020 presidential candidate who has become a progressive hero from her position on the committee—was at risk of losing the post due to sheer numbers and the seniority of the other members. Harris and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) are the only two African-American members on the committee.

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Dec 11, 2018

Scouted: How To Stock The Perfect Bar Cart
Throughout the holidays, we all try and be merry and bright with friends and family. But impromptu get-togethers can sometimes seem completely overwhelming if you don't have the right bar tools to make everyone the drinks they crave. We asked Noah Rothbaum, The Daily Beast's Drink and Food Senior Editor over at Half-Full for some more recommendations on specific things you absolutely need to have.

Here's what he had to say:

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Dec 11, 2018

Elon Musk Hits Back At ‘60 Minutes' On Twitter, Of Course
SAUL LOEBWhen he was questioned about his use of Twitter in a 60 Minutes interview this week, Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk said: "I use my tweets to express myself. Some people use their hair. I use Twitter… Twitter's a war zone. If somebody's gonna jump in the warzone, it's, like, ‘Okay, you're in the arena. Let's go!'"

So, they can't say they weren't warned.

Musk lived up to his word Tuesday morning, when he used Twitter to criticize the show, after CBS edited a clip from its interview with him to make it appear he had stated he didn't want to be the carmaker's chairman again.

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Dec 11, 2018

Going 10 Rounds with Sommelier Matt Whitney
Daniel Krieger PhotographyWhat do you like to drink after a shift? "Ice-cold Budweiser."

What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? "This is a tough one..."American Girl" by Tom Petty."

Name the first good wine you ever drank and where you had it. "1985 Sassicaia. My first serious restaurant job was at a small Italian restaurant outside of Boston."

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Dec 11, 2018

The Stunning Oscar Hopeful Starring Real Refugee Kids
Fares SokhonThe hero of Capernaum is Zain (Zain Alrafeea), a boy of around 12—nobody, not even his parents, is sure of his actual age—whose tiny, unthreatening frame belies his temperament; his weary, hardened eyes bear the rage and heartbreak of someone six times his age. We meet Zain in a courtroom, where he stands glowering at everyone around him. He's been on trial before—"because I stabbed a sonofabitch," he tells the judge matter-of-factly—but this time, he's there as the plaintiff, suing his parents for giving him life.

As grand and stagy as this premise sounds, Capernaum, which is written and directed by Nadine Labaki and won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, is less epic and existential than rough and realistic. Part survival drama, part social justice plea, the film is a captivating portrait of life—and its impossibility—for refugees lacking means and documentation. To cast the feature, Labaki looked entirely to non-professional actors, seeking out people whose lives closely corresponded to those of her characters. What results is a truly authentic and earnest work that, when viewed as a polemic, could be accused of didacticism. But Labaki's lens is so patient and empathic, her knack for storytelling so full of soul and temerity, that we're inclined to follow her lead.

From the courtroom scene, we cut back to Zain's life before his arrest, when he lived in a small, unruly home in the slums of Beirut alongside his parents and a number of siblings. His days are onerous and rugged, spent selling fruit juice by the roadside, worki

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Dec 11, 2018

Tea, Scones and the Harder-to-Swallow Lessons of Brexit: You Can Never Go Back.
Peter Nicholls/ReutersLONDON—Sitting at the dark wooden desk where American-turned-British novelist Henry James used to write while looking out over the beloved gardens of a private members club, I am deep in the heart of an almost mythical Britain. This is the fading dream that many of the campaigners who took the country towards a shock Brexit referendum victory two years ago want to preserve: an island redoubt for those who have lived here for generations.

A few foreigners have been allowed to join the ranks of the British establishment via the heritage of colonial conquest or, in rare cases, have been welcomed in because of extraordinary wealth or hard-won achievement, like the New York-born novelist James.

Yet at every one of these social clubs I've visited in the space of a week—an unintended social experiment of sorts—someone with a foreign accent, relatively new to these shores, greets me at the door, or brings me tea at first light: Polish or Filipino or French.

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Dec 11, 2018

Tea, Scones, and the Harder-to-Swallow Lessons of Brexit: You Can Never Go Back.
Peter Nicholls/ReutersLONDON—Sitting at the dark wooden desk where American-turned-British novelist Henry James used to write while looking out over the beloved gardens of a private members club, I am deep in the heart of an almost mythical Britain. This is the fading dream that many of the campaigners who took the country towards a shock Brexit referendum victory two years ago want to preserve: an island redoubt for those who have lived here for generations.

A few foreigners have been allowed to join the ranks of the British establishment via the heritage of colonial conquest or, in rare cases, have been welcomed in because of extraordinary wealth or hard-won achievement, like the New York-born novelist James.

Yet at every one of these social clubs I've visited in the space of a week—an unintended social experiment of sorts—someone with a foreign accent, relatively new to these shores, greets me at the door, or brings me tea at first light: Polish or Filipino or French.

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Dec 11, 2018

Tulsi Gabbard Is Reaching Out to Staffers for Possible 2020 Run
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastRep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and her advisers are reaching out to staffers for a possible 2020 presidential bid, according to three sources with knowledge of the moves who spoke to The Daily Beast.

Gabbard, a 37-year-old Hawaii Democrat, has not been shy about her consideration of a White House run, even telling the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that she was "seriously thinking of how I can best be of service to our country." But the act of trying to find top aides suggests that the idea is further along than her public utterances suggest.

The congresswoman already has a relationship with a top progressive communications firm with experience in presidential campaigns. She has used Revolution Messaging for her prior congressional runs and sources say that she is making inquiries to see if the firm, which helped Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) raise millions in his 2016 presidential bid, will assist her in 2020.

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Dec 11, 2018

Adam McKay on the ‘Cheeseball' Donald Trump Cameo He Was Forced to Film
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAdam McKay's 2010 movie The Other Guys, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as desk detectives who finally get their big chance to fight crime, opens with an elaborate car chase. The scene culminates when Samuel L. Jackson's badass cop shouts, "You have the right to remain silent, but I want to hear you scream!" before crashing directly into the façade of Trump Tower in New York City as a giant fireball explodes out of the front doors.

The throwaway gag feels oddly cathartic eight years later. But as the director tells The Daily Beast, it came at a price.

"We actually shot a little scene with him later in the movie where he was on TV commenting about something," McKay says of Trump during an interview in Beverly Hills this week. "No joke, I remember watching it going, this is too cheeseball having this guy in the movie, cut this out."

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Dec 11, 2018

San Francisco Creates World's First Ever Transgender Cultural District
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastHoney Mahogany walked down 6th Street in San Francisco, pointing to single room occupancy hotels, the dance and performance space Counterpulse, and gay bars, OMG and Aunt Charlie's Lounge.  

She passed by the Golden Gate Theatre where A Bronx Tale was playing and came to site of the former all-night diner, Gene's Compton Cafeteria (now transitional housing), where in August 1966 a trans woman threw a cup of coffee at a police officer trying to arrest her, which turned into a riot with trans people fighting back against police harassment, flipping over tables and throwing cutlery.

This event, detailed in Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman's documentary, Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria, happened three years before the famous uprising at the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village.

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Dec 11, 2018

20 Best TV Shows of 2018: ‘The Good Fight,' ‘Atlanta,' ‘Pose' and More
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastIt's an exhausting time to watch TV. There are so many shows. There are so many movie stars. There is so much money being spent. The episodes are so long. The scenes are so dark, literally. All that money spent and no one bothered to turn on the lights!

Between all those robot cowboys staging uprisings, ghosts haunting that Hill House, straight guys being made over by queer eyes, sitcoms being brought back from the dead, and Jason Batemans being dead-serious, it's hard to shake the feeling that it's all just… too much.

That old dad joke back when cable and satellite first started to infiltrate the cul-de-sacs—"all these channels but nothing to watch!"—seems especially true now that there are more than 500 TV series made each year. All those fresh options, and yet Netflix still just shelled out $100 million because, in the end, apparently we all just really want to watch Friends reruns.

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Dec 11, 2018

Here's How Trump-Backing Russian Trolls Spawned a ‘News Agency' in Washington
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastST. PETERSBURG, Russia—This city's infamous "troll factory," the focus of one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictments almost 10 months ago, is still out of bounds to journalists even if its efforts to swing the 2016 U.S. elections toward Donald Trump, or chaos, or both are now so well known that Russian state television jokes about them.

But the world is less familiar with another operation reportedly underwritten here by the very same buddy of President Vladimir Putin who allegedly funded the trolls at the Internet Research Agency. Often dubbed "Putin's chef" because of the enormous catering contracts on which he built his fortune, Yevgeny Prigozhin is the central figure in that Mueller indictment (PDF).

He is also the alleged money man behind the Federal News Agency, known by the Russian acronym FAN, which wages information war by other means, specifically by pretending to be a legitimate source of solid reporting.

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Dec 11, 2018

Russia's Disinformation Chief Takes Fresh Aim at America
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastST. PETERSBURG, Russia—This city's infamous "troll factory," the focus of one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictments almost 10 months ago, is still out of bounds to journalists even if its efforts to swing the 2016 U.S. elections toward Donald Trump, or chaos, or both are now so well known that Russian state television jokes about them.

But the world is less familiar with another operation reportedly underwritten here by the very same buddy of President Vladimir Putin who allegedly funded the trolls at the Internet Research Agency. Often dubbed "Putin's chef" because of the enormous catering contracts on which he built his fortune, Yevgeny Prigozhin is the central figure in that Mueller indictment (PDF).

He is also the alleged money man behind the Federal News Agency, known by the Russian acronym FAN, which wages information war by other means, specifically by pretending to be a legitimate source of solid reporting.

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Dec 11, 2018

Scouted: Beauty and Skincare Gifts That Anyone On Your List Will Enjoy
Finding a gift for a beauty lover can be difficult, partially because they usually have everything already, and because well, they know what they like and what they don't. It's like trying to choose dinner for a picky eater at a restaurant you've never been to.

But if you take some time to think about it, it's pretty easy to decipher what kind of beauty someone could want in their life. Do they love trying new, bold things? Or are they focusing more on how they look without makeup? There are a ton of options, but we've broken down how these products can be used and what kind of person should receive the.

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Dec 11, 2018

CNN's Don Lemon: Obama-Trump Comparisons Make Me ‘Want to Scream at the Television'
"I want you to listen to this closely because this has been bugging me for the last few days," Don Lemon said towards the top of his primetime CNN show Monday night. "I just want to scream at the television when I see it."

The host went on to explain that President Donald Trump "and his apologists" are "working very hard" to claim that Michael Cohen's campaign finance felonies—allegedly at the direction of Trump—were "just like what Obama did during his campaign."

Lemon was referring to civil reporting violations made by the Obama campaign in 2008 and uncovered by a 2012 audit by the Federal Election Commission, leading to the payment of a $375,000 fine.

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Dec 11, 2018

Dylann Roof Got Nazi Memoir Behind Bars From Ohio Woman Accused of Terrorism Plot
Grace Beahm/GettyA woman who sent a Nazi memoir to racist mass murderer Dylann Roof allegedly planned to commit "an upscale mass murder" and purchased bomb-making materials for a separate attack, authorities said Monday.

Elizabeth Lecron, 23, is accused of planning a terror attack at a Toledo, Ohio bar, according to an unsealed criminal complaint. Federal prosecutors allege Lecron idolized mass-murderers like Roof, who murdered nine black worshipers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.

Investigators became aware of Lecron after a tip from an associate of Lecron's boyfriend, according to the complaint. A raid on her apartment allegedly revealed pipe bomb materials, as well as an AK-47 rifle and other guns. FBI agents also found her journal, in which she allegedly detailed her plans to kill.

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Dec 10, 2018

Clinton Hunter David Bossie Emerges as Dark Horse Chief of Staff Pick
Andrew HarrerAs Donald Trump prepares to pick his third White House chief of staff in two years, aides and advisers say he is torn between two competing impulses. He understands that the right person for the role is someone who will be subservient to his management style and execute his vision. But his love for the glitzy hire has drawn him towards tapping a big name and alpha personality that he may clash with once again.

The competing interests were supposed to have been a non-issue with the likely ascension of Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers— a young, seasoned and, most importantly, behind-the-scenes political animal—to replace the departing John Kelly.

But Ayers turned down the role, and now the president and his aides are frantically searching for a candidate who can match Trump's difficult, often contrasting demands. On Sunday, the president tweeted that he was still "in the process of interviewing some really great people for the position of White House Chief of Staff," and chided members of the media for portraying Ayers as a lock. One current White House official compared it to tripping and then telling onlookers that you had meant to lose your footing.

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Dec 10, 2018

Clinton Hunter David Bossie Emerges as Dark Horse W.H. Chief of Staff Pick
Andrew HarrerAs Donald Trump prepares to pick his third White House chief of staff in two years, aides and advisers say he is torn between two competing impulses. He understands that the right person for the role is someone who will be subservient to his management style and execute his vision. But his love for the glitzy hire has drawn him towards tapping a big name and alpha personality that he may clash with once again.

The competing interests were supposed to have been a non-issue with the likely ascension of Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers— a young but seasoned and, most importantly, behind-the-scenes political animal—to replace the departing John Kelly.

But Ayers turned down the role, and now the president and his aides are frantically searching for a candidate who can match Trump's difficult, often contrasting demands. On Sunday, the president tweeted that he was still "in the process of interviewing some really great people for the position of White House Chief of Staff," and chided members of the media for portraying Ayers as a lock. One current White House official compared it to tripping and then telling onlookers that you had meant to lose your footing.

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Dec 10, 2018

Stephen Colbert Mocks Trump's ‘Desperate' Chief of Staff Search
CBS/ScreenshotWe weren't supposed to know about John Kelly's departure as President Trump's chief of staff until Monday. As The New York Times reported over the weekend, Trump agreed to let Kelly made the announcement on his own terms. But then before he could do it, the president blurted out the decision to reporters on Saturday.

Imitating Trump, Stephen Colbert said in his Late Show monologue Monday night, "I would like to humbly announce that it was me who dumped him. No matter what he tells you, that's what happened. I'm the one who said we should see other presidents, OK? I just wasn't that into him."

Of course, Trump thought he had a replacement for Kelly lined up in the vice president's chief of staff, or as Colbert referred to him, "bro who's not going to let those nerds hold a luau on campus while he's president of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Nick Ayers."

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Dec 10, 2018

Meghan Markle Shrugs Off Weeks of Feud Rumors With Show Stopping Fashion Award Appearance
Joe Maher/BFCIf she was remotely rattled by the past few weeks of sniping at her alleged falling out with Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle didn't show it Monday night, when she shrugged off the tedious business of troublesome headlines to put in a showstopping appearance at the British Fashion Awards, stunning an audience of British fashion royalty with a sensational surprise debut.

Wearing a tight-fitting one-shouldered black velvet gown that elegantly showcased her baby bump, Meghan came on stage to present an award to her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday evening.

In an extraordinary moment of theatre at a the glamorous industry awards ceremony, the compere announced, "I have a surprise for you in store. To announce the award for British Designer Womenswear, we have a very special guest. Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex."

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Dec 10, 2018

Trump Doubles Down: Trans People Can Serve in Military, If They Don't Transition
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe Trump administration on Monday doubled down on its unusual argument for the transgender troop ban: Transgender people can still serve—by not transitioning.

Appearing before the D.C. Circuit Court on Monday to appeal one of the injunctions against the service ban, Department of Justice Attorney Brinton Lucas maintained that if Defense Secretary James Mattis' policy were implemented, transgender troops technically would not be "discharged on the basis of their transgender status."

"But under the Mattis policy, they would have to identify with their biological sex to remain in the military, right?" the court asked.

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Dec 10, 2018

Maria Butina Agrees to Cooperate With U.S.
APMaria Butina, a Russian national who cultivated relationships with powerful American conservative activists, agreed Monday to plead guilty to conspiring to violate laws prohibiting covert foreign agents. As part of her agreement, which was reviewed by The Daily Beast, she has promised to cooperate with American law enforcement.

As a result of the deal, Butina will become the first Russian national since the 2016 election to plead guilty to a crime connected to efforts to influence American politics. After running a gun rights organization in Russia, she moved to the United States, where she spent years building relationships with conservatives in hopes of influencing a future Republican presidential administration. During the campaign season, she questioned then-candidate Donald Trump about sanctions; built relationships in the upper echelons of the American gun rights community; arranged for NRA leaders to travel to Moscow; and bragged that she was a channel between Team Trump and the Kremlin, as The Daily Beast first revealed.

She also struck up a romance with Paul Erickson, a longtime Republican gadfly close to NRA leaders. He sang Disney songs with her on camera, called her his "Siberian princess" in emails reviewed by The Daily Beast, and—since her July arrest—has

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Dec 10, 2018

Missing Colorado Mom Kelsey Berreth Left Behind Baby Daughter and Haunting Questions: ‘Someone Knows Where She's At'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastPolice are still searching for a Colorado mom who vanished on Thanksgiving and whose cellphone pinged in Idaho, nearly 800 miles away, days later.

Kelsey Berreth, 29, was last seen at a Safeway supermarket in Woodland Park, about 20 miles northwest of Colorado Springs. The mother had been shopping with her 1-year-old daughter. Surveillance footage showed her wearing a white shirt, grey sweater, blue pants and white shoes, and carrying a brown purse, authorities said.

Kelsey is 5-foot-3, 110 pounds, and has brown hair.

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Dec 10, 2018

Missing Colorado Mom Left Behind Baby Daughter and Haunting Questions: ‘Someone Knows Where She's At'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastPolice are still searching for a Colorado mom who vanished on Thanksgiving and whose cellphone pinged in Idaho, nearly 800 miles away, days later.

Kelsey Berreth, 29, was last seen at a Safeway supermarket in Woodland Park, about 20 miles northwest of Colorado Springs. The mother had been shopping with her 1-year-old daughter. Surveillance footage showed her wearing a white shirt, grey sweater, blue pants and white shoes, and carrying a brown purse, authorities said.

Kelsey is 5-foot-3, 110 pounds, and has brown hair.

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Dec 10, 2018

I Mean, Seriously—Would You Want to Be Trump's White House Chief of Staff?
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastNews that Nick Ayers, the presumptive successor to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, basically said "thanks, but no thanks" to the job offer has only served to confirm a growing sense that this is a White House in turmoil. No one, it seems, wants to helm a ship that is already leaking—especially when the ship's captain keeps steering toward more icebergs.

Donald Trump is not the first president to face serious challenges and scandals, so why is he having a hard time finding and retaining a chief of staff? I think there are several things at play here.

Because Trump practices a sort of transactional model of internal leadership (as opposed to transformational leadership), he really can't rely on people doing things to help him (out of the goodness of their heart). He doesn't have a coherent or inspirational worldview that the political set has bought into—no "compassionate conservatism" or "hope and change," and he hasn't engendered the kind of personal loyalty that would cause someone to set aside their own self-interest.

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Dec 10, 2018

Feds: Crips Gang Member Tried to Execute an FBI Agent
Courtesy of U.S. AttorneyA reputed Crips gang member nearly executed an FBI agent in cold blood on a Brooklyn street, federal prosecutors said in court papers Monday.

The alleged gunman, Ronnell Watson, blocked in the undercover agent's car and then opened fire as he tried to drive away, according to a criminal complaint.

Hit in the shoulder, the agent was nonetheless able to return fire and wound Watson—who then ditched his bullet-ridden car at an auto-body shop and rushed to a local hospital, where he told cops he had been an innocent bystander to a gunfight.

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Dec 10, 2018

Welcome to ‘The Apprentice: Leader of the Free World' Edition
Can anyone actually manage an administration run by Donald Trump?

That's just one of the questions tackled on the latest episode of OMNISHAMBLES. Sam Stein, Erin Banco, and Asawin Suebsaeng break down another chaotic week in Washington. There were big staffing shakeups, Special Counsel sentencing memos, detailed descriptions of just how much Paul Manafort lied to prosecutors. Plus, toilet talk.

Swin gets into the blow by blow of John Kelly's time as Chief of Staff in the White House, and how his removal is welcome news among some at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and many outside of it. Swin also breaks down why Trump's first choice as a replacement, Nick Ayers, refused to serve for a two year term, and whether anyone who does take the role will ever be good enough for the president.

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Dec 10, 2018

Dan Bongino Out at NRATV
Michael S. Schwartz/GettyThe National Rifle Association's media arm has dropped pro-Trump firebrand Dan Bongino from its lineup of conservative commentators, two sources with knowledge of the decision told The Daily Beast.

Bongino's stand-alone show, "We Stand," had started only last year.

An NRA spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. Bongino initially did not respond to numerous inquiries, but after publication he tweeted that news of his show's demise was "fake news," and promised to elaborate on his podcast.

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Dec 10, 2018

Protesters Storm Whitney Museum Over Vice Chairman's ‘Tainted' Money
Evan Siegel/The Daily BeastAs the smoke began to fill the lobby of New York City's Whitney Museum on Sunday, some unsuspecting visitors hiked up their scarves to cover their mouths.

"That's sage," one protester said to those waiting on line for tickets. "You think that's bad? Try tear gas."

Chants in both English and Spanish took up the spaces that hadn't yet been touched by smoke: "Through the tear gas our ancestors bring us fresh air!"

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Dec 10, 2018

Football Player Arrested in Pregnant Cheerleader's Murder: ‘She Was a Child With a Child'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAn Indiana high-schooler was arrested for the slaying of his pregnant classmate, who was found dead in a dumpster early Sunday, police say.

The body of Breana Rouhselang, a 17-year-old former cheerleader in Mishawaka, was discovered around 4:30 a.m. behind a restaurant near her house, hours after her parents reported her missing.

Aaron Trejo, a 16-year-old football player, was booked into the St. Joseph County jail on suspicion of murder, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office said. Authorities were expected to make a decision on formal charges on Monday afternoon. If Trejo is charged, he'll be tried as an adult, prosecutors said.

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Dec 10, 2018

Football Player Charged in Pregnant Cheerleader's Murder: ‘She Was a Child With a Child'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAn Indiana high-schooler was charged with the murder of his pregnant classmate, who was allegedly carrying his child when she was found slain in a dumpster Sunday.

The body of Breana Rouhselang, a 17-year-old former cheerleader in Mishawaka, was discovered around 4:30 a.m. behind a restaurant near her mother's house, hours after her parents reported her missing.

Aaron Trejo, a 16-year-old football player, was booked into the St. Joseph County jail on suspicion of murder, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office said.

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Dec 10, 2018

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

Jet.com has a ton of deals right now for Green Monday: Google Home Mini for $29, Bose Solo 5 TV sound system for $199, Roku Streaming Stick for $49. Amazon's 12 Days of Deals include Anker's Powercore battery for $19.18 or a massive 10-port USB charger for $27.99. Walmart is also getting in on the daily deals with a Playstation Classic for $99.99, a Samsung Galaxy Tab for $99.99, or a Fluxx Watt Hoverboard for $97.

Winter is in full swing, so these are the deals that will keep you warm. Uniqlo has

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Dec 10, 2018

FBI: ISIS Supporter Inspired to Kill Jews by Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAn Ohio man who planned an attack on a local synagogue was inspired by this year's October mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue, authorities say.

Damon Joseph, 21, planned mass murder in a Toledo synagogue, FBI officials said during a Monday press conference. Though Joseph allegedly supported ISIS, authorities said he was inspired by the alleged work of a white supremacist in the Pittsburgh attack. Joseph is charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Joseph pledged loyalty to ISIS in September after a swift online radicalization and religious conversion this year, authorities say. At the time, Joseph was allegedly producing online videos he hoped would "encourage" other radicals in the West, but he soon moved on to planning his own attacks. He allegedly told an undercover FBI agent that he hated "the gays, the Christians, the Catholics, the Jews, you name it."

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Dec 10, 2018

Dylann Roof Exchanged Letters With Ohio Woman Accused of Terrorism Plot
Grace Beahm/GettyA woman who exchanged letters with racist mass murderer Dylann Roof allegedly planned to commit "an upscale mass murder," federal authorities said Monday.

Elizabeth Lecron, 23, is accused of planning a terror attack at a Toledo, Ohio bar, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Northern Ohio claimed Lecron idolized mass-murderers like Roof and the perpetrators of the Columbine High School massacre.

Investigators became aware of Lecron after a tip from an associate, who said she was planning an attack, law enforcement officials said in a Monday press conference. A raid on her apartment allegedly revealed pipe bomb materials, as well as a semi-automatic rifle and other guns. They also found her journal, in which she allegedly detailed a plan to commit "upscale mass murder."

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Dec 10, 2018

Theresa May Accused of ‘Pathetic Cowardice' as She Delays Vote on Her Brexit Deal
Reuters / Phil NobleIt previously looked impossible—but the British government's attempts to see through its Brexit vision descended into shambolic new levels of chaos Monday as the prime minister sought to delay a parliamentary vote on the deal she thrashed out with EU leaders to avoid a massive defeat.

Theresa May spent the previous three weeks—and pots of public money—on a promotional tour attempting to persuade people that the deal she agreed with the EU was the best, and only deal possible.

But the people she really had to persuade—the lawmakers in the British parliament who have to back the deal before it can be implemented—were not convinced. The vote, scheduled for Tuesday, was widely expected to result in a crushing and humiliating defeat for the government.

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Dec 10, 2018

Scouted: The Electric Kettles That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier
Using an electric kettle makes me feel one step closer to being British, though we'll never have the power they do since American outlets only put out 110 volts, while European are 220.

As someone that can't go through the day without at least a cup of coffee (most likely two, if I'm being totally honest), having an electric kettle has made me drink more tea. And not just tea that I know I like, but teas of different blends and origins. I also occasionally eat fancy instant ramen, the ones that come in plastic bowls for $4 and all the directions are still in Japanese. Having an electric kettle has made instant ramen even more instant, which is a big deal to me. Is it not to you? I said occasionally.

You can also easily make instant oatmeal in half the time it would take boiling water traditionally. And yes, you could totally use a microwave, but if you don't have one, this makes a really great addition to your kitchen. I don't like oatmeal at all, but that seems like something people who like oatmeal would appreciate.

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Dec 10, 2018

Robert Duvall Isn't Finished Yet: ‘You Always Wish There Was One More'
Casey Curry/AP"My wife says that doing a film like Widows, which is such a unique film, you stay relevant," Robert Duvall tells me.

And if anyone knows about cultural relevance, it's Duvall.

The 87-year-old acting titan's been nominated for seven Academy Awards over the course of his six-decade career (winning one, for Tender Mercies), and has arguably been a part of the most legendary projects of any actor, ever—To Kill a Mockingbird, Bullitt, True Grit, MASH, The Godfather I & II, Network, Apocalypse Now, and Lonesome Dove, to name a few. Heck, he was even in Newsies.

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