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Jun 27, 2019

Robert Gant: ‘LGBT Folk Are Standing in Our Authentic Power More Than Ever Before—and There's More to Come'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.

Robert Gant is an actor (Ben in the American version of Queer as Folk and appearances in many other shows, including Supergirl and The Young and the Restless).



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Jun 27, 2019

Richie Jackson: ‘The Stonewall's History Doesn't Render It Obsolete. It Makes It a Promise, an Energy Source'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.

Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son.



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Jun 27, 2019

Jake Shears: I Love the Term ‘Queer.' It Focuses on What Connects Us, No Matter Your Gender or Orientation
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.





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Jun 27, 2019

The Biggest Myths About Hereditary Hair Loss
GettyMatthew Parker wasn't surprised when he started losing his hair in his early twenties. It was the same for his father, who was almost fully bald by the time Parker was born.

Parker cut his losses early: at age 26, he buzzed his head and never looked back. The switch boosted his confidence, but it can make his day job—patient coordinator for a hair transplant clinic—a little bit awkward.

"It's always been a bit of an irony," he said.

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Jun 27, 2019

House Dems Stiff-Arm DHS on Domestic Terror Funds
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyAs white supremacist terror attacks have left dozens dead around the United States, the Department of Homeland Security has faced blistering criticism for its approach to the threat. Earlier this year, however, congressional Democrats declined to make more money available for the department's efforts to thwart domestic terrorist attacks.

Their reason, in part: concern the Trump administration could use new money to target American Muslims instead of white supremacists. 

It's a complex episode of a messy fight between Trump's Department of Homeland Security and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives—a fight with tens of millions of dollars at stake. And it didn't have to happen. 

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Jun 27, 2019

Al Qaeda's Master Terrorists Are Still on Facebook and YouTube
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/FacebookIn 2006, Ibrahim Suleiman al-Rubaish was repatriated to Saudi Arabia from Guantanamo Bay after he'd served more than five years as an enemy combatant for training with al Qaeda, and fighting alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan against the United States. Released as part of the Obama administration's plans to shutter the offshore prison, Rubaish was admitted to Riyadh's rather lackluster "deradicalization" program. 

Then, sometime in  2009, he escaped the program and Saudi Arabia with 11 other jihadists.  They all turned up in Yemen and Rubaish soon emerged as the mufti, or Islamic jurist, for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) where he spent the next six years appearing in propaganda videos for the group's media outlet Al-Malahem, as well as releasing a number of fatwas and articles for other al Qaeda outlets including the English-language Inspire magazine. 

Rubaish was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2015.  But his ideas and legacy live on through his sermons and speeches, still hosted on Facebook and YouTube. 

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Jun 27, 2019

Richard Branson Gets Ready to Put His Life on the Line to Make Space Dreams Reality
Michael Tran/GettyRichard Branson is finally close to riding his rocket ship.

After a decade in which he repeatedly announced his imminent departure into space as the first passenger aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, only to then call it off, it seems that the ship is ready.

And Branson, ever the showman, aims to time his ride to coincide with the most epochal date in the history of space travel. Earlier this year he announced his intention to lift off on or close to July 20, the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's landing on the moon.

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Jun 27, 2019

Far-Right Extremists Target ‘Drag Queen Story Hour'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyFor months, anti-LGBT protesters have demonstrated outside Drag Queen Story Hour, a series of children's library events hosted by drag queens. Online, those protesters have found support from a series of far-right chat groups that coordinate harassment.

The premise of Drag Queen Story Hour is simple: kids visit the library to read picture books with drag performers. Full of princess dresses and sing-a-longs, the events are a hit with kids. Less so with some members of the religious right, who've shouted anti-LGBT slogans from bullhorns outside the events. But the campaigns don't stop at the library doors. On the messaging app Telegram, extremists have encouraged harassment against Story Hour participants, and even established channels dedicated to collecting the personal information on people who attend, known as doxxing.

One Telegram post, authored by a well-known neo-Nazi, encourages followers to collect information like license plate numbers for parents who attend the story hours, and share them on white supremacist channels. It's unclear whether the calls for doxxing have materialized at the protests.

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Jun 27, 2019

Scouted: Manscaped's Suite of Men's Grooming Products Take Safety, Precision, and Hygiene to a New Level
It's a fairly common piece of knowledge: Keeping things clean down there isn't always simple, what with the uneven terrain and the overall fragility of it all. Using simple razors and common trimmers, nicks and cuts, bumps and irritation come way too easy when you're just trying to clean up. Manscaped wants to help you avoid all those troubles this summer (and forever).

Every single item in its Perfect Package 2.0 is aimed at helping the modern man with modern grooming. The Lawn Mower 2.0 razor, for example, is designed to handle coarse and curly hair through its rust-resistant, ceramic blade that powers through 6,000 cutting strokes a minute and can go on for an hour without a recharge. And its proprietary QuietStroke and SkinSafe features are there to protect your valuables. Also included is its companion the Plow, engineered for a closer and cleaner shave, its double-edged single razor helps reduce razor burn and irritation. Simply put, the trimmer and the razor work in concert: First you mow, then you plow.

On top of Manscaped's grooming tools, the Perfect Package 2.0 also includes salves to complement the day's trim. Manscaped's Crop Preserver, an anti-chafing, all-in-one deodorant and moisturizer, nurtures your skin after the work you put into it. And finally, the Crop Reviver, a spray-on body toner, is a preventative measure fo

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Jun 27, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Mocks Beto and Booker's ‘Humorous' Spanish Skills at Democratic Debate
CBSRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not ready to make a 2020 endorsement quite yet. But that wasn't going to stop her from sharing her thoughts about the first of two Democratic primary debates with Stephen Colbert. 

As the "AOC!" chants died down, Colbert began by asking the congresswoman what she thought about all of the Spanish being spoken on stage by candidates, including Beto O'Rourke and Cory Booker. 

"I loved it, because, I represent the Bronx and there was a lot of Spanglish in the building," she answered, explaining that she "thought it was humorous, sometimes, at times" because she thought some candidates might start saying "I will not give you an answer to your question" in Spanish. "But it was good," she added. "I thought it was a good gesture to the fact that we are a diverse country." 

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Jun 27, 2019

Mitch McConnell Looms Over First Democratic Debate
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Getty/JimWatsonSlightly more than halfway through the first Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was asked if she had a plan to deal with the very real possibility that her domestic agenda would be held up by Republicans in the Senate. 

She did, she assured the moderators. .

In reality, she didn't. 

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Jun 27, 2019

Samantha Bee Torches ‘Dum-Dum' Meghan McCain for Giving Trump a Pass on E. Jean Carroll Rape Allegation
TBSWhile most Americans were watching the first 2020 Democratic primary debate—and most late-night hosts were preparing to cover it live—Samantha Bee was speaking her piece on the latest sexual-assault allegation against President Donald Trump.

"Thank you for tuning in to my show instead of watching the Democratic debate and getting swept away by John Delaney fever," the Full Frontal host joked. "Now, with a looming war with Iran to the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the border, it has been a week. Somewhere in the middle of all that was the teensy bit of news that our president, who has admitted to sexual assault on tape, was accused for the 22nd time of sexual misconduct."

"I'm sorry, hold on," she said, "I just have to say: This is the 22nd accusation of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump. 22. If I had a dollar for every person Trump allegedly sexually harassed or assaulted, I would be doing better than any of his businesses." 

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Jun 26, 2019

Alabama Woman Indicted for Her Unborn Child's Death After She Was Shot in the Stomach
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyAn Alabama woman whose unborn child died as a result of a shooting last year has been arrested on manslaughter charges in connection with her baby's death, while the alleged shooter has had charges against her dropped, AL.com reports. 

Marshae Jones, 27, was reportedly taken into custody Wednesday after a Jefferson County grand jury handed down the indictment. The charges come six months after Jones, who was five months pregnant at the time, was shot in the stomach outside a Dollar General in Pleasant Grove during an altercation with another woman that police said focused on the unborn child's father.

Jones was hospitalized but the baby did not make it.

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Jun 26, 2019

How ‘Walking Protest' Megan Rapinoe Became U.S. Soccer's Middle Finger to Trump
FRANCK FIFEAt least one person will not be watching this Friday's World Cup quarterfinal face-off between the U.S. and France. On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump unleashed a tweetstorm targeted at Megan Rapinoe, captain of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, after a video surfaced of the athlete saying she's "not going to the fucking White House" if the team wins the championship. Rapinoe added that she didn't believe the Women's National Team would be invited to the White House anyway. The video went viral after being posted by soccer magazine Eight by Eight.  

Trump was quick to respond, launching into a Twitter rant that began with Rapinoe's comments and quickly veered into a parenthetical list of his own supposed political accomplishments, with a dig at the NBA tossed in for good measure. He circled back to Rapinoe, saying that he is a big fan of women's soccer, but that her comments about being invited to the White House were presumptuous. "Megan should WIN first before she TALKS!" he tweet-yelled. "Finish the job!" He took the opportunity to extend his official invitation to the whole team, "win or lose."

To make matters more embarrassing, Trump initially

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Jun 26, 2019

Castro Brings Fire and Facts, Pummels Beto on Immigration
Jim Watson/AFP/GettyOf the two dozen Democratic presidential candidates seeking the party's nomination, former cabinet secretary Julián Castro has produced the most detailed platform on how he would shift the course of the nation's immigration policies if elected. On Wednesday night, he demonstrated that no matter how sincere the emotional reaction to the immigration crisis at the U.S. southern border, sure-footed knowledge of the labyrinthine immigration system is potential a winner with a Democratic audience.

The majority of the candidates who were asked what they would do on their first day in office to fix the immigration system leaned into the emotion of the issue, without grounding responses in concrete policy proposals.

Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio expressed anger over children in immigration detention "laying in their own snot, in three-week-old diapers that haven't been changed." New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attempted to redirect anger over lost jobs from immigrants to "big corporations."

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Jun 26, 2019

Border Patrol Gives Sanitized Tour of Notorious Detention Center Where Migrant Kids Held
Mario Tama/GettyCLINT, Texas—Last week, lawyers from Human Rights Watch toured the Clint Border Patrol station outside of El Paso, Texas. What they reported shocked the nation: migrant children without diapers, toddlers in the care of teenage detainees, and a lack of basic sanitation such as clean clothing and access to showers. 

And after a sanitized tour of the facility for reporters on Wednesday, the lawyers aren't backing away from what they said. 

Border Patrol officials led about a dozen journalists through the facility holding more than 100 children a half-hour outside of El Paso. As many officers flanked the reporters at all times. The press was not allowed to speak with the children. A minder sternly warned if anyone did the tour would be instantly canceled. 

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Jun 26, 2019

Dems Ran on Health Care in 2018. During the First 2020 Debate, It Sharply Divided Them
Mike Segar/ReutersHealthcare policy united Democrats and helped propel them to massive victories in the 2018 congressional election. But on the first night of the 2020 presidential primary debates, the issue proved to be one of the first deeply divisive topic for the ten candidates on the stage. 

Several candidates clashed over whether private insurance companies would have a place in a system that offers universal healthcare. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (TX) said the option to choose private health insurance was "fundamental" towards providing "choice" to consumers, though he favored a dramatic expansion of Medicare along with the opportunity being afforded to everyone to buy into it. The response provided an opening for others on the stage, who have endorsed ending private insurance altogether. And New York Mayor Bill De Blasio jumped at it.

"How can you defend a system that is not working?" De Blasio asked O'Rourke. 

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Jun 26, 2019

First Democratic Debate Begins With All Eyes on Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Jim Watson/AFP/GettyIn the opening moments of Wednesday night's first Democratic debate, it was clear where the spotlight was: on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the highest-polling candidate of the 10 presidential hopefuls on stage in Miami. 

The debate's moderators directed four questions to Warren in the first 20 minutes, more than any other candidate, and those questions touched at the heart of her policy agenda —  the economy, income inequality, and sweeping change to the nation's health care system.

That gave Warren an opportunity to get at the heart of her stump speech from the get-go. "We need to make structural change in our government and our economy and in our country," she said to wrap up the debate's first answer, to applause. 

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Jun 26, 2019

Zuckerberg: Lawmakers Want to Break Up Big Tech Just Because It ‘Feels Nice' to Say That
Stephen Lam/ReutersFacebook's chief executive appeared on stage Wednesday to shore up his company's arguments against looming regulatory threats just hours before one of those threats, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, was due to take the stage with a grab bag of other presidential hopefuls.

In conversation with honorary Harvard professor and former White House regulatory official Cass Sunstein, Zuckerberg outlined Facebook's support for some regulatory proposals while making clear the company's deep disdain at the idea—espoused by Warren in particular—that big tech be broken up. The conversation took place at a festival held by the Aspen Institute, a centrist think tank.

Zuckerberg called Sen. Mark Warner and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's Honest Ads Act, which would regulate online campaign ads in a bid to weed out disinformation from foreign actors, "a good floor for what should be passed," adding that Facebook is already complying with many of its requirements. "Having a bill like that passed as a floor would be positive," Zuckerberg said. 

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Jun 26, 2019

Jacob Wohl Says He'll Enlist if Trump Attacks Iran
Joshua Roberts/ReutersEnergetic but ineffectual young conservative operative Jacob Wohl is all-in on the prospect of war with Iran. Wohl is so into the idea, he told Right Richter that he'll enlist in the military if the United States goes to war. 

"If we go to war with Iran, I will enlist within 10 days," Wohl said in an Instagram direct message. 

Wohl says he'll consider the United States at war with Iran if Congress authorizes the war or Trump uses a previous military authorization to attack. As for what branch he'll join, Wohl says "probably the Army." 

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Jun 26, 2019

Scouted: I Will Never Leave Home Without the LectroFan Micro Wireless Sleep Sound Machine
I grew up in the suburbs, so I'm used to sleeping with nothing but almost complete silence. But I'm also a relatively heavy sleeper so much so that I once slept through an earthquake in San Francisco. What I'm trying to say is that normally, I don't need a white noise machine. But my boyfriend does. Normally, he uses one on his phone that is the most obnoxious SHHHHHHH sound that, while helping ease him to sleep, makes my teeth grate until I fall asleep with a clenched jaw. 

Finally, though, we found a compromise for travel. The LectroFan Micro Wireless Sleep Sound Machine is the tiniest white noise machine I've seen and it's been the only one I've been around that didn't make me want to throw it out the window. It has 10 different sounds, with five fan sounds, four white noise options, and even an ocean sound. It has a futuristic swivel design that lets you project the sound exactly where you want it (and it also looks pretty cool). Plus, it doubles as a mini Bluetooth speaker. It has a built-in, rechargeable battery that'll last you up to 16 hours. It's now officially on our must-pack list for every vacation we go on. | Shop on Amazon

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Jun 26, 2019

Hundreds of Wayfair Workers Walk Out Over Furniture Sales to Detention Camp
Scott Eisen/GettyBOSTON—Hundreds of employees of home-goods delivery giant Wayfair took to the streets in Boston on Wednesday to protest the company's decision to sell furniture to a government contractor that would be used for children detained at the border.

The workers had already signed a petition demanding that Wayfair halt the sale and change company policy to prevent such sales in the future. But at 1:30 p.m., they streamed out of the company's office for a public walkout in Copley Square.

Kayla Smith, a Wayfair engineer who has been with the company for a year, said it was the right thing to do. 

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Jun 26, 2019

Scouted: Grab an Extra 30% Off Converse Sneakers, Clothing, Socks, and More
Converse sneakers are the great equalizer of comfort and casual with fashion.  They're the perfect shoe to throw on with a pair of jeans on the weekend or a sundress in the summer. Make a pair of Converse your go-to shoe this summer while they're an extra 30% off with the code SAVE30. Grab a pair of Chuck Taylor All Star High Tops in a seasonal color like Washed Denin or Punched Coral for $34 (originally $60) with the extra discount. Or consider a pair of Jack Purcell Burnished Suede Low Top for $48 (originally $68) with suede that will change color as you break it in.

Also, if you weren't aware, Converse makes clothing too. The men's

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Jun 26, 2019

Ex-GOP House Staffer Rory Riley-Topping: Duncan Hunter Groped Me in 2014
Reuters/RTA former House Republican staffer on Wednesday alleged that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) sexually assaulted her during a National Republican Congressional Committee dinner in 2014. 

In an exclusive interview with Kremlin-owned news network RT, conservative commentator Rory Riley-Topping alleged that the Republican congressman grabbed her from behind at the event while she was a staffer for the House veterans committee.

"Duncan Hunter had clearly appeared intoxicated and came up to me and said he wanted to speak to me about Agent Orange, which was an issue the committee was dealing with at the time," Riley-Topping recalled to RT host Manila Chan. "He leaned into me very closely and said, ‘No, I want to talk to you,' and I felt very uncomfortable and tried to back up and he reached around and put his hand on my behind and said, ‘Let me give you my cell phone number.'"

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Jun 26, 2019

LGBTQ Google Employees Ask San Francisco Pride to Drop Google From Parade
Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Image A group of LGBTQ Google employees is lobbying San Francisco's Pride organizers to remove their company from the city's Pride celebration.

In a letter published on Medium addressed to San Francisco Pride leadership, the Googlers called for the organization to remove Google as a Pride sponsor and to rescind its invitation to appear in Sunday's Pride parade.

The letter argues that Google-owned YouTube permits hate and discrimination and the company's participation in Pride amounts to "a rainbow veneer of support."

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Jun 26, 2019

GOP Rep Compares Facebook Downplaying Anti-Vax Content to '1984'
Bill Clark/GettyA Republican lawmaker slammed Facebook and Google on Wednesday for making it harder to find anti-vaccine content on their platforms, calling the companies' efforts to stop the spread of the conspiracy theories "really scary stuff." 

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) attacked the platforms' efforts at a House Homeland Security committee hearing on online terrorism and disinformation, where representatives from Google, Facebook, and Twitter faced their latest round of grilling from lawmakers. 

"if somebody googles vaccines, the answer was ‘oh, we're going to put above what the person is actually looking for, what we think is best,'" Lesko said. "Who are the people judging what's best, what's accurate? This is really scary stuff, and really goes to the heart of our First Amendment rights" 

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Jun 26, 2019

GOP Rep Compares Facebook Downplaying Anti-Vaxx Content to ‘1984'
Bill Clark/GettyA Republican lawmaker slammed Facebook and Google on Wednesday for making it harder to find anti-vaccine content on their platforms, calling the companies' efforts to stop the spread of the conspiracy theories "really scary stuff." 

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) attacked the platforms' efforts at a House Homeland Security committee hearing on online terrorism and disinformation, where representatives from Google, Facebook, and Twitter faced their latest round of grilling from lawmakers. 

"if somebody googles vaccines, the answer was ‘oh, we're going to put above what the person is actually looking for, what we think is best,'" Lesko said. "Who are the people judging what's best, what's accurate? This is really scary stuff, and really goes to the heart of our First Amendment rights" 

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Jun 26, 2019

Reddit ‘Quarantines' Pro-Trump Subreddit Over Anti-Police Threats
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastReddit quarantined the "The_Donald" subreddit on Wednesday, citing threats made on the popular forum for Trump supporters against law enforcement officers.

"Recent behaviors including threats against the police and public figures is content that is prohibited by our violence policy," a Reddit spokesperson said in a statement. "As a result, we have actioned individual users and quarantined the subreddit."

The new quarantine was brought on by anti-police threats posted on The_Donald. Some users had apparently encouraged violence against law enforcement, angry that officials in Oregon were trying to bring back GOP state senators who fled the state to avoid voting on a climate-change bill. In a note to The_Donald moderators, Reddit administrators said they had "observed this behavior in the form of encouragement of violence towards police officers and public officials in Oregon."  

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Jun 26, 2019

10 Questions Congress Should Ask Mueller
Chip Somodevilla/GettyNow that two congressional committees have subpoenaed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify, what are the key questions for him? Mueller will appear on July 17 to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees in open and closed sessions. Here are some questions for the committees to ask.



Mueller's most important conclusion in his report was that Russia interfered with our election in "sweeping and systematic fashion." What are the lessons learned about its social media propaganda campaign and hacking operation that we could use to disrupt such efforts in the future?

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Jun 26, 2019

NRA Scores Minor Victories in Messy Legal Battle
Dominick Reuter/GettyAfter months of drama and discord, the National Rifle Association notched two small victories in court on Wednesday. 

Just minutes before news broke that the group's top lobbyist had resigned, Judge Nolan Dawkins in circuit court in Alexandria, Virginia, ruled that the NRA does not immediately have to pay its ex-ad firm $1.6 million. 

The firm had previously asked the judge to issue a preliminary injunction ordering the NRA to pay the money it owes, and claiming dozens of its employees could lose their income without the money. Those employees worked for NRATV, the often-controversial internet channel the ad firm, Ackerman McQueen, ran for the NRA. 

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Jun 26, 2019

NRA Ekes Out Minor Legal Victories Amid TV, Leadership Chaos
Dominick Reuter/GettyAfter months of drama and discord, the National Rifle Association notched two small victories in court on Wednesday. 

Just minutes before news broke that the group's top lobbyist had resigned, Judge Nolan Dawkins in circuit court in Alexandria, Virginia, ruled that the NRA does not immediately have to pay its ex-ad firm $1.6 million. 

The firm had previously asked the judge to issue a preliminary injunction ordering the NRA to pay the money it owes, and claiming dozens of its employees could lose their income without the money. Those employees worked for NRATV, the often-controversial internet channel the ad firm, Ackerman McQueen, ran for the NRA. 

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Jun 26, 2019

John Roberts Isn't the Conservative You Thought He Was
Joe Raedle/GettyIn a surprise setback for small-government conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts today provided the swing vote to save a key piece of the administrative state: judicial deference to agency interpretations of regulations.

That subject may sound arcane, but (for better or for worse) it is the bedrock of the regulatory state as we know it. And prior to today's surprise, conservatives thought this case was in the bag.

Instead, thanks to Chief Justice Roberts, they lost big. Indeed, as angry as some conservatives still are over Chief Justice Roberts (twice) saving Obamacare, he now has defied expectations to save the administrative state as we know it.

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Jun 26, 2019

Scouted: The Dyson Pure Cool Me Fan Makes Quick Work of Your Stuffiest, Stalest Room
Even if it's not that hot outside, I always like to sleep with a fan. I find that some white noise and a breeze helps me rest through just about anything, even as a light sleeper. That said, not all fans are created equal — some make a terribly loud noise sure to disrupt your nervous system, and others are magnets for circulating and holding onto dust, defeating the purpose of the refreshing sensation of air. Luckily, there are many higher-end options out there. As a fan snob, I can say that the best one I've tried is the Dyson Pure Cool Me fan.

There are several reasons for this: for one, the Dyson Pure Cool Me isn't just a fan, but also an air purifier. You can monitor air quality in real time in your room, and even remotely from the accompanying app. The peace of mind you feel from seeing your air being monitored and becoming cleaner on the LED display is hard to quantify, but it is certainly tangible. Sometimes I've wondered whether air purifiers are mostly a placebo effect — but having used this fan after I came home to a stuffy room after a few weeks away, I can say that after running it for only ten minutes I could notice a marked difference in how clean the air smelled and felt. 

What I also appreciate about this model is that it's so small but so mighty. If

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Jun 26, 2019

Prince William: It's OK if My Kids Are Gay, but I'd Be ‘Worried' Because of Their Role
Chris Jackson/GettyPrince William said Wednesday he would "fully support" his children if they came out as LGBT, but added that he would be "nervous" about the extra pressure a gay royal would face.

William was speaking at the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), a charity that supports LGBT young people who are at risk of homelessness.

"I wish we lived in a world where it's really normal and cool, but particularly for my family, and the position that we are in, that's the bit I am nervous about," William said, according to reports on the BBC and other outlets.

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Jun 26, 2019

Fox News' Brian Kilmeade: ‘I Don't Think' Mueller ‘Knows the Details' of His Own Report
Reacting to news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will publicly testify before Congress next month, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade expressed doubt on Wednesday morning that the former FBI director knew what was in the report he spent two years compiling.

With Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) brushing off Mueller's scheduled appearance and saying Tuesday night that the testimony will "blow up" in the House's face because Mueller will say President Trump didn't collude with Russia, Kilmeade noted that Democrats will press the special counsel on certain matters.

"One thing is pretty clear," the pro-Trump host declared. "They're gonna ask Robert Mueller, too, ‘How did it make you feel when the President of the United States said that you're come compromised?' or ‘How did it make you feel when the President of the United States kept attacking the process?'"

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Jun 26, 2019

Trump Accuses Mueller Personally of Illegally Deleting Evidence
Fox Business NetworkDonald Trump has personally accused Robert Mueller of committing a crime by deleting sensitive information during his Russia investigation—he did not produce any evidence whatsoever to back up the assertion.

In a Friday morning interview on the Fox Business Network, Trump wildly lurched from topic to topic in a rambling, contradictory and confusing style. The president appeared to become more agitated as the segment continued, until he was practically screaming down the phone by its end.

Anchor Maria Bartiromo barely managed to ask a question of the president, mostly responding "wow" to Trump's various attacks. Trump's targets included but weren't limited to: Mueller, Joe Biden, China, Europe, Google, Twitter, and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. He also issued a threat to Japan where he's due to visit this week.

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Jun 26, 2019

Central Park Five Series, ‘When They See Us', Streamed to 23 Million Accounts, Director Says
Emma McIntyreThe critically acclaimed miniseries about the Central Park Five has been streamed by over 23 million accounts, its director Ava DuVernay claimed in a late-night tweet Wednesday.

The four-part series, When They See Us, which went live on the streaming service on May 31, explored the extraordinary miscarriage of justice that saw five young black men jailed after they were falsely accused of being involved in the savage 1989 rape of a white jogger in New York's Central Park.

Donald Trump, then a mere New York real-estate developer, stoked tensions by spending thousands of dollars on four full-page adverts in New York newspapers reading: "Bring Back the Death Penalty, Bring Back Our Police!"

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Jun 26, 2019

Guillermo Díaz on Stonewall 50: ‘What Would I Like to See in the Next 50 Years? A Trans President'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.

Guillermo Díaz is an actor (Scandal, Stonewall).



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Jun 26, 2019

ZZ Top, Dylan & Santana: What Music Embodies Rye Whiskey?
Michael Dunning/GettyRye was once a mainstay of the American whiskey scene, but by the end of the 20th century it had largely disappeared from liquor store shelves. Since then, a revival involving a number of determined distilleries has helped restore rye to its rightful place as an American icon.

Read on to discover what music has inspired these distillers to create their own signature expressions of the spirit.

"Coppersea's Bonticou Crag Straight Rye Malt is Bob Dylan at his most arcane—the legendary "Basement Tapes." In 1967, while recuperating from a motorcycle accident, Dylan and his backing band cut more than 100 tracks in the basement of his house in Woodstock, New York, riffing and ruminating across American traditional music—old time blues, country, Tin Pan Alley and black and white gospel traditions. Like the "Basement Tapes," Bonticou Crag is another product of the Hudson Valley that dips from that same wellspring to ruminate on the idiosyncratic origins of another American icon: whisky."-Christopher Williams, chief distiller and blender, Coppersea

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Jun 26, 2019

Grey's Anatomy's T.R. Knight: Pioneers Like Marsha P. Johnson and Harvey Milk Inspired Me to Come Out
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.

T.R. Knight is an actor (Grey's Anatomy).



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Jun 26, 2019

Augusten Burroughs: ‘I Want Lesbians to Run Everything. Women Are Intellectually and Morally Superior to Men'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.





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Jun 26, 2019

Kamala Harris and Katie Porter Intro Bill to Take on Big Banks, Including Trump's
Sean Rayford/GettySen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and freshman Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) are teaming up on legislation to hold banks and Wall Street executives accountable.

The bill, the Accountability for Wall Street Executives Act, would allow for state attorneys general and state law enforcement to conduct oversight of national banks regarding compliance with state law, including giving them the ability to issue subpoenas to examine bank records and interview bank executives. 

The goal of the legislation is to deter the conditions that, experts say, led to the subprime mortgage crisis in the late aughts. And none of the major banks would be immune. Deutsche Bank, which is now under criminal investigation for possible money-laundering lapses including allegedly suspicious activities linked to entities tied to Donald Trump, would be subject to subpoenas if there was reason to believe that it too was not complying with state financial protection laws, according to a Harris aide. 

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Jun 26, 2019

The Democratic Debates Could Be a Mad Dash for Relevance
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe Democratic presidential primary debates this week are poised to become mad-dash attempts by the respective candidates to condense the most policy points, biographical details, and political jabs into an incredibly finite period of time. 

That, at least, is what the campaigns are prepping for as they take the stage in Miami over the course of two evenings in what will be the first time they square off with each other. The realities of television and an immensely crowded primary field have made it virtually impossible for an actual exchange of ideas to be had. And so aides and advisers are preparing for a free-for-all, in which the candidates are competing for the most important commodity in politics: the chance to actually be heard. 

"With this number of candidates on the stage, they really are not debates," said Matt Butler, a Democratic operative who served as deputy campaign manager to former Sen. Chris Dodd's 2008 presidential campaign. "Not everyone is going to get equal time. So you really have to figure out the one or two points you want to make. And if you get the opportunity to get a good line in you have to take it. You cannot wait." 

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Jun 26, 2019

The Democratic Debates Will Be a Mad Dash for Relevance
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe Democratic presidential primary debates this week are poised to become mad-dash attempts by the respective candidates to condense the most policy points, biographical details, and political jabs into an incredibly finite period of time. 

That, at least, is what the campaigns are prepping for as they take the stage in Miami over the course of two evenings in what will be the first time they square off with each other. The realities of television and an immensely crowded primary field have made it virtually impossible for an actual exchange of ideas to be had. And so aides and advisers are preparing for a free-for-all, in which the candidates are competing for the most important commodity in politics: the chance to actually be heard. 

"With this number of candidates on the stage, they really are not debates," said Matt Butler, a Democratic operative who served as deputy campaign manager to former Sen. Chris Dodd's 2008 presidential campaign. "Not everyone is going to get equal time. So you really have to figure out the one or two points you want to make. And if you get the opportunity to get a good line in you have to take it. You cannot wait." 

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Jun 26, 2019

Trump Sees Dire Migrant Detention Conditions as Messaging Problem
Brynn Anderson/APAs news broke on the reportedly horrific conditions at a Texas detention center holding migrant children, President Trump did what he normally does in times of crisis and public relations hellscapes: He monitored the media and political reactions via his White House TV and the DVR device he dubs his "super TiVo."

And in the days since the treatment of small children at this detention facility became major national news, the president wanted to make one thing clear to his subordinates, though his focus was not at all about ameliorating appalling conditions. Trump has repeatedly told advisers and senior aides that, no matter how great the public outrage toward his administration, his lieutenants were to stick to a simple strategy of blaming Democrats and Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, according to two people with knowledge of the exchanges.

In the end for Trump, the dire situation was a mere messaging problem.

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Jun 26, 2019

Trump's Solution for Caged Kids: Blame Obama
Brynn Anderson/APAs news broke on the reportedly horrific conditions at a Texas detention center holding migrant children, President Trump did what he normally does in times of crisis and public-relations hellscapes: He monitored the media and political reactions via his White House TV and the DVR device he dubs his "super TiVo."

And in the days since the treatment of small children at this detention facility became major national news, the president wanted to make one thing clear to his subordinates, though his focus was not at all about ameliorating appalling conditions. Trump has repeatedly told advisers and senior aides that, no matter how great the public outrage toward his administration, his lieutenants were to stick to a simple strategy of blaming Democrats and Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, according to two people with knowledge of the exchanges.

In the end for Trump, the dire situation was a mere messaging problem.

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Jun 26, 2019

Trump's Solution for Migrant Kid Horrors: Blame Obama
Brynn Anderson/APAs news broke on the reportedly horrific conditions at a Texas detention center holding migrant children, President Trump did what he normally does in times of crisis and public-relations hellscapes: He monitored the media and political reactions via his White House TV and the DVR device he dubs his "super TiVo."

And in the days since the treatment of small children at this detention facility became major national news, the president wanted to make one thing clear to his subordinates, though his focus was not at all about ameliorating appalling conditions. Trump has repeatedly told advisers and senior aides that, no matter how great the public outrage toward his administration, his lieutenants were to stick to a simple strategy of blaming Democrats and Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, according to two people with knowledge of the exchanges.

In the end for Trump, the dire situation was a mere messaging problem.

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Jun 26, 2019

‘The Loudest Voice': Showtime's Roger Ailes Series Lets Fox News Off Easy
JoJo Whilden/ShowtimeWhen Roger Ailes found out that Gabriel Sherman was writing a deeply reported investigative book about his life, the Fox News CEO did everything in his power to shut it down. He tried to weed out potential sources, and hired private investigators to look into Sherman. 

But if Ailes had known how Sherman's book would eventually translate to the small screen—the medium the television news executive cherished—he may not have wasted his time.

Premiering next Sunday, Showtime's The Loudest Voice is a six-part miniseries chronicling the most consequential act of Ailes' career: establishing Fox News, the conservative cable news behemoth that has played a crucial role in upending American politics and media.

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Jun 26, 2019

Why Janelle Monáe Came Out as Pansexual: ‘I'm Choosing to Embrace It'
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyIt is just over a year ago that Janelle Monáe, "crying in her spacesuit," came out as pansexual in a cover story for Rolling Stone. It was, as the article said, "something the world has long guessed, something her closest friends and family already know, something she's long been loath to say in public." 

Now, all these months later, Monáe, beaming and unfiltered in a black-and-white mini-dress, a long, fanned ponytail, and the spirit of Pride Month, is reflecting on the power that being open and public about her sexual identity has had. And what she wants from us, too: A "beautiful future."

She is into the idea of conversations, and journeys. She told Rolling Stone then, "Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women—I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker." According to the magazine, she initially idenitifed as bisexual, "but then later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.' I'm open to learning more about who I am." 



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Jun 26, 2019

Why Do the Kardashians' Pets Keep Mysteriously Disappearing?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/social mediaKim Kardashian West is many things—a reality-TV icon, multimillionaire entrepreneur, prison reform activist, aspiring lawyer—but animal lover is nowhere on the list. A recent episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians showed the mother of four dealing with the inconvenience of the death of her daughter North's beloved hamster. The hamster, complete with a pink castle cage, was a gift from Aunt Khloé, who'd failed to impress her niece with the special day of limousine rides and ice cream she planned. The only thing that would make North happy was a tiny rodent, much to her mother's chagrin.

Disaster soon struck when one of Kim's assistants delivered the grim news that the hamster, named Blacktail, hadn't moved in a while. "It's, like, stiff," the assistant said monotonously, urging his boss to check on Blacktail. With the swish of a sleek black ponytail, Kim stood up from the kitchen table, sighing, "I don't have time for a dead hamster." She spent the rest of the episode fluctuating between anger toward her sister for getting North a pet without permission and emotional distress over how to teach her daughter about the circle of life.

Kim decided instead to take the classic lie-to-your-children-to-protect-them route and find an identical replacement. North's pet was a fancy bear hamster (which I learned today is the actual name of a hamster breed and not something made up by a child), dubbed the "unicorn of hamsters" by Khloé because of its rare pedigree. They foun

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Jun 26, 2019

Eric Trump Says He Was Spit on by Restaurant Employee in Chicago
Clodagh Kilcoyne/ReutersPresident Donald Trump's son Eric says he was spit on by an employee at the Aviary, a cocktail bar in Chicago, on Tuesday night. The employee was taken into Secret Service custody but was later released. 

"It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems," Trump told Breitbart News. "For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility. When somebody is sick enough to resort to spitting on someone, it just emphasizes a sickness and desperation and the fact that we're winning."

The Chicago Police Department was on the scene and assisted the United States Secret Service with a "law enforcement matter," CPD Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter.

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Jun 26, 2019

Stephen Colbert Goes Off on New York Post for Deleting E. Jean Carroll Trump Rape Story
CBSTuesday night, on the eve of broadcasting live during the Democratic debates, The Late Show's Stephen Colbert took on President Trump's "very, very bad" response to writer E. Jean Carroll's allegation that the then-real estate tycoon raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-‘90s.

"I'll say it with great respect: Number one, she's not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?" Trump responded.

"So it didn't happen because she's not his type," offered Colbert. "That is the sound of a man realizing in mid-sentence that he's not talking to Billy Bush."

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Jun 26, 2019

How a Club Fight Turned Into a Felony Indictment for Cardi B
Timothy A. Clary/AFP/GettyCardi B declared at a Los Angeles concert on Saturday, "I ain't going to jail, I got a daughter!"

She proceeded to win big at the BET Awards there on Sunday. She then boarded a plane to New York, the time of her arraignment on a felony assault charge having been moved morning to 2 p.m. and then to 3 p.m. to accommodate the transcontinental demands of her schedule.

At an hour newly appointed just for her, she strode into the ceremonial courtroom, the biggest in the building. She wore a black, pink-lapeled pantsuit such as might have changed the outcome of the last presidential election had Hillary Clinton sported one. Her open-toed high heels went click, click, click on a floor worn smooth over the years by the scuffling of the bedraggled as she followed a court officer's direction for her and one of her two co-defendants to sit over to the left, away from the press. The other co-defendant had not yet appeared.

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Jun 25, 2019

Tiffany Cabán Claims Shocking Queens District Attorney Primary Win
Scott Heins/GettyAnother earthshaking political upset roared through Queens, New York, on Tuesday night when Tiffany Cabán claimed victory in a six-person primary race for Queens District Attorney—the first competitive race there in a generation. 

Her leading opponent, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, trailed by just over 1,000 votes with 3,400 paper ballots outstanding and the Associated Press had the race as to close call Wednesday. But in even matching the support of the once formidable Queens machine nearly a year to the day after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shocked the national political scene with her primary upset win against powerful House Democrat Joe Crowley, Cabán's performance in a borough-wide race marked a new high-water mark for the rising left.

With high-profile endorsements from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and then Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren, Cabán, a 31-year-old Latina public defender who identifies as queer, would be poised with a primary win to become the top law enforcement official in a county of 2.4 million people.

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Jun 25, 2019

Tiffany Cabán Makes History in Queens
Scott Heins/GettyQUEENS, N.Y.—Another earthshaking political upset roared through Queens, New York, on Tuesday night. 

Nearly a year to the day since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez burst onto the national political scene with a shocking primary upset win against the powerful House Democrat Joe Crowley, Tiffany Cabán emerged victorious in a six-person primary race to replace deceased Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. 

With high-profile endorsements from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren, Cabán, a 31-year-old Latina public defender who identifies as queer, is now poised to be put in charge of one of the largest jurisdiction populations in the country, with nearly 2.4 million people living in Queens. Her platform of "people-powered justice," including ending cash bail, not prosecuting subway turnstile jumping, prosecuting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, closing Rikers Island and decriminalizing sex work marks a massive departure from the traditional tough-on-crime, prosecutorial approach of DA's around the country including the longtime Queens DA, Richard Brown. The apparent win, with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz yet to concede, would be not only an unprecedented victory for the left in New York against a borough-wide president, but a sign of the energy around the criminal justice movement in races nationwide. The official result will not be announced for a few da

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Jun 25, 2019

Tiffany Cabán Makes History in Queens, Claims Shocking New York District Attorney Primary Win
Scott Heins/GettyAnother earthshaking political upset roared through Queens, New York, on Tuesday night. 

Nearly a year to the day that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez burst onto the national political scene with a shocking primary upset win against the powerful House Democrat Joe Crowley, Tiffany Cabán emerged victorious in a six-person primary race to succeed deceased Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. 

With high-profile endorsements from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren, Cabán, a 31-year-old Latina public defender who identifies as queer, is now poised to be put in charge of one of the largest jurisdiction populations in the country, with nearly 2.4 million people living in Queens. Her platform of "people-powered justice," including ending cash bail, not prosecuting subway turnstile jumping, prosecuting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, closing Rikers Island and decriminalizing sex work marks a massive departure from the traditional tough-on-crime, prosecutorial approach of DAs around the country including the longtime Queens DA, Richard Brown. The apparent win, with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz yet to concede, would be not only an unprecedented victory for the left in New York against a borough-wide president, but a sign of the energy around the criminal-justice movement in races nationwide. The official result will not be announced for a few days due to mail-in b

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Jun 25, 2019

Tiffany Cabán Makes History in Queens, Claims Shocking Queens District Attorney Primary Win
Scott Heins/GettyQUEENS, N.Y.—Another earthshaking political upset roared through Queens, New York, on Tuesday night. 

Nearly a year to the day since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez burst onto the national political scene with a shocking primary upset win against the powerful House Democrat Joe Crowley, Tiffany Cabán emerged victorious in a six-person primary race to replace deceased Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. 

With high-profile endorsements from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren, Cabán, a 31-year-old Latina public defender who identifies as queer, is now poised to be put in charge of one of the largest jurisdiction populations in the country, with nearly 2.4 million people living in Queens. Her platform of "people-powered justice," including ending cash bail, not prosecuting subway turnstile jumping, prosecuting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, closing Rikers Island and decriminalizing sex work marks a massive departure from the traditional tough-on-crime, prosecutorial approach of DA's around the country including the longtime Queens DA, Richard Brown. The apparent win, with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz yet to concede, would be not only an unprecedented victory for the left in New York against a borough-wide president, but a sign of the energy around the criminal justice movement in races nationwide. The official result will not be announced for a few da

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Jun 25, 2019

Hannity on Mueller Testimony: ‘They Are Harassing the Office of the President!'
Moments after news broke late Tuesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller agreed to testify before Congress next month in an open session, Fox News host Sean Hannity claimed the testimony was nothing short of harassment of the President of the United States.

In a joint statement on Tuesday night, the House Intelligence and House Judiciary Committees announced that Mueller would publicly testify before the House on July 17. The two committees issued a subpoena to compel Mueller's testimony, marking the first time anyone from the special counsel's office will have appeared before Congress to discuss the Russia investigation.

The pro-Trump Hannity, who has spent more than two years discrediting the special counsel, devoted much of his program Tuesday night to downplaying the significance of Mueller's upcoming testimony. 

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Jun 25, 2019

NRA Pulls the Plug on NRATV
Alex Wong/GettyNRATV appears to have signed off for good. According to a New York Times report, the NRA has shut down operations at the controversial internet video network amid a bitter legal battle with Ackerman McQueen, the ad firm responsible for the programming. The powerful gun rights group is also said to have cut all business ties with Ackerman, which blasted the NRA in a statement indicating the ad firm is sinking its teeth in for a major legal fight. 

"Ackerman McQueen is not surprised that the NRA is unwilling to honor its agreement to end our contract and our long-standing relationship in an orderly and amicable manner, as Ackerman McQueen proposed because we believed it was in the best interest of the members of the NRA," firm spokesman Bill Powers said in a statement. "When given the opportunity to do the right thing, the NRA once again has taken action that we believe is intended to harm our company even at the expense of the NRA itself. For Ackerman McQueen, it is time to move on to a new chapter without the chaos that has enveloped the NRA. Ackerman McQueen will continue to fight against the NRA's repeated violations of its agreement with our company with every legal remedy available to us, but we will always be proud of the work that we completed during our 38-year relationship on behalf of the individual citizens that are the NRA."

Spokespersons for the NRA did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 

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Jun 25, 2019

A House Dem Calls For Investigating Trump Sexual Assault Allegations as Her Colleagues Shrug
Tom WilliamsAs yet another woman comes forward to accuse President Donald Trump of sexual assault, a Democratic member of Congress is now calling for a formal investigartion into the roughly two-dozen similar allegations against Trump.

Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat who sits on the House's Oversight and Reform Committee and is a leader on the Hill on sexual harassment, said Congress should look into these accusations after writer E. Jean Carroll published a book in which she detailed a violent sexual encounter with Trump over 20 years ago. 

"We do have a lot on our plates, so I can't speak to when it's going to happen," said Speier in a brief interview with The Daily Beast on Tuesday. But she affirmed it was worth lawmakers' time, especially in light of Carroll's story.

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Jun 25, 2019

Trevor Noah Unloads on Trump's ‘She's Not My Type' Rape Defense Against E. Jean Carroll
Comedy CentralAt the end of his regular "Ain't Nobody Got Time for That" segment Tuesday night, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah said he "had to make time" for one important news story about President Trump.

"For the 22nd time, Donald J. Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct," Noah said, referring to the rape allegation from writer E. Jean Carroll. "That's almost one accusation for each Democrat running." 

The rest of the segment was nearly devoid of jokes as Noah warned against the impetus to "brush" aside the claims. "Sometimes people don't even listen," he said. "But 22 times is pretty high. You realize Boeing had two planes go down and they were forced to ground the entire fleet because people were like, maybe we should investigate what's going on here." 

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Jun 25, 2019

How to Watch the First 2020 Democratic Debates—And What to Expect
David McNew/GettyThe Democratic candidates vying for the chance to topple President Trump in 2020 will face off for the first time this Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

The ever-growing field of presidential hopefuls has been whittled down to a mere 20 candidates for the first Democratic presidential primary debates. And in an attempt at quality over quantity, the debaters have been split into two randomized groups: Ten candidates will debate on June 26, and the other ten will square off the following evening.

This week's debates will be the first chance for voters to compare in real time the candidate's plans for the country, where they stand on crucial policy issues—such as healthcare and taxes—as well as spot any possible red flags that may emerge in a high-pressure situation like these debates.

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Jun 25, 2019

Mueller to Testify on Russia Probe Before Congress
Alex Wong/GettySpecial Counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before Congress on July 17 on his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee announced Tuesday night.

The decision to issue subpoenas to compel Mueller to testify is a landmark move that will put an end to a months-long saga on Capitol Hill where lawmakers have for weeks fought to get access to information about whether President Trump obstructed justice. 

Part of the congressional efforts, which took place over the last several months, have consisted of suing for documents related to the president and subpoenaing former Trump officials to testify about their time working with the president. But the White House has put forward a strategy of stonewalling Congress at every move, exerting executive privilege and preventing former officials and staffers from testifying. The House Foreign Affairs Committee did interview former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last month about his experience working with Trump on matters related to foreign policy, including Russia relations.

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Jun 25, 2019

New York Times' Trump Tax Team Imploded When Star Reporter David Barstow Went Rogue
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyOn April 15, the New York Times staff gathered in the newsroom, looking up at Executive Editor Dean Baquet on a crimson staircase where he announced to rapturous applause that reporters David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner had won the Pulitzer Prize for their groundbreaking story on President Trump's taxes. 

The trio "shattered Donald Trump's myth of self-made billionaire," Baquet said, exposing how the president and his family had evaded paying taxes for decades and committed "outright fraud." Their story drew the fury of Trump who labeled it a "hit piece" from the "failing New York Times" and threatened to sue the paper. 

The reporters spoke after Baquet. Craig paid special tribute to their sources. 

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Jun 25, 2019

Trump Protocol Chief Carried Whip Around the Office, Intimidated Staff: Report
Alex Edelman/PictureAlliance/dpa/APA State Department official in charge of diplomatic protocol won't be attending the G-20 summit in Japan this week amid a potential probe into him toting a whip around the office.

Chief of Protocol Sean Lawler has been "suspended indefinitely" pending the conclusion of an investigation and he plans on resigning from his post, according to Bloomberg and NBC News. 

A source told Bloomberg that Lawler faces a potential inspector general investigation into his behavior, which includes "intimidating staff and carrying a whip in the office." NBC reports that a number of personnel in Lawler's office had "resigned in protest" due to his "management and behavior."

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Jun 25, 2019

Oregon Democrats Set to Back Down on Climate Bill That Sent GOP Lawmakers Into Hiding
REUTERSOregon Democrats appear set to abandon the climate-change bill that prompted Republican state senators to flee the state, after the Democratic state senate president said Tuesday that the bill doesn't have enough votes to pass.

If Democrats do back down from the bill, it'll be a win for the Republicans who left the state to block it—and for the right-wing militias who threatened to shoot state police if they tried to bring the senators back to the capital for a vote. 

In a speech first reported by The Oregonian, state Senate President Peter Courtney (D) said the bill doesn't have enough support from Democrats themselves. "House Bill 2020 does not have the votes on the Senate floor," he said. "That will not change."

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Jun 25, 2019

Fox's Shep Smith Torches Trump: We Treat Migrant Children Worse Than Prisoners of War
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith on Tuesday strongly objected to President Trump's assertion that migrant children detained in border detention centers are being treated "very well," pointing out that the conditions these children face would be in violation of the Geneva Convention.

After his acting Customs and Border Protection chief John Sanders revealed he resigned from his position amid furor over reports of squalid and filthy conditions at overcrowded detention camps, the president insisted to reporters that he is "very concerned" with the issue. At the same time, he claimed the conditions were "much better than they were under President Obama."

Shortly after Trump made his comments, Smith told Fox News viewers that because Trump said "we're treating the children very well," he was going to provide actual reporting on "how those children are being treated."

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Jun 25, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard Insists She Was Never Vetted For a Trump Cabinet Post
Sean Rayford/GettyRep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) may have met with Donald Trump during the presidential transition and Trump's transition team may have put together a vetting document on the Hawaii Democrat as part of considering her for the post of Secretary of Veterans Affairs. But a spokesperson for Gabbard now insists to The Daily Beast that she didn't know she was considered for the position and was never asked about it. 

"Tulsi had no idea that she was being vetted for any post," Cullen Tiernan, a spokesperson for Gabbard's 2020 presidential campaign told The Daily Beast. "No one reached out to her in regards to being vetted for any position." 

Questions over how close Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, was to becoming a member of the Trump administration have persisted since she met with the then-president elect in November 2016 to talk about—what she later said was—U.S. policy in Syria. But the matter resurfaced this week after Axios reported on a trove of vetting documents that the president's aides had put together as he prepared to assume the presidency. Among the files was one on Gabbard for the post atop the VA. 

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Jun 25, 2019

Scouted: Prime Day is Two Days This Year. What Will You Be Getting?
Scouted is here to surface the best deals of Prime Day 2019. Amazon has officially released the date (or really, dates) of Prime Day this year: July 15th and 16th. You read that right. It's two days of deals slingin', money savin', wallet crushin' madness where you'll end up with the two things you were looking to get and 17 additional things because the deals will be that good. We'll be here sifting through them all and finding the best ones.

Remember, sign up for Prime (you can sign up for a free membership right now and cancel it before you get charged to reap the benefits of Prime Day without the extra cash). Deals will be all over the place on Prime Day, but there are a couple that tend to be common:



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Jun 25, 2019

E. Jean Carroll Is Not the ‘Perfect' Victim. That Doesn't Make Her a Liar.
Craig Ruttle/AP/ShutterstockE. Jean Carroll, the advice columnist who accused Donald Trump of sexual assault last week, wrote in New York magazine that she had not come forward with her allegations sooner because "joining the 15 women who've come forward with credible stories...only to see the man turn it around, deny, threaten, and attack them, never sounded like much fun."

So now, with the floodgates fully open, it's Carroll's turn to see just how repugnant things can get. 

The writer, who is 75, sat down with Anderson Cooper last night to recount allegations that the president raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room sometime between 1995 and 1996. Carroll told her story in a measured, and sometimes even humorous tone, but the facts remain unchanged from what was published on Friday.

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Jun 25, 2019

Scouted: Amazon is Taking Up to 50% off Over 60 Levi's Styles, From Denim to Accessories
One of the best places to get brands you love quicker than you thought humanly possible is on Amazon. And what's even better is that Amazon will occasionally have a one-day deal on those brands. That's happening right now with Levi's, which will give you jeans, shirts, accessories, and more for up to 50% off. 

The women's 721 High Rise Skinny Jeans are a classic shape and wash and are down to $32 (26% off). They're 98% cotton with a touch of elastane for stretch and comfort. Or prepare for the onslaught of summer thundershowers with the Hooded Rubberized Faux Leather Anorak Jacket, down to $56 (30% off). Men can add the classic 505 Regular Fit Jean to their denim wardrobe for $33 (45% off) and pair them with the Reversible Casual Jean Belt, on sale for $14 (31% off). This is a one-day-only kinda sale, so if your jeans have seen better days, now's your chance to get a pair you'll enjoy. | Shop on Amazon

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Jun 25, 2019

‘The Investigation,' The All-Star Mueller Report Play, Fails To Make Trump Tweet (So Far)
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyI can't ever recall seeing a show where I was so anxious for it to end so I could check Twitter.

The Investigation is a crisp, seventy-minute re-enactment of the Mueller Report by Robert Schenkkan, a Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. The show and setting are pure Trump tweet-bait, something dreamed up by Steve Bannon to rile up the MAGA-base.

Performed one night only in Riverside Church on the Upper West Side, livestreamed around the country, and drawing such stage and screen luminaries as John Lithgow as POTUS himself, Kevin Kline as Robert Mueller, and Alyssa Milano as Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow. 

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Jun 25, 2019

Meghan McCain Doesn't Want Detention Centers Compared to ‘Torture Facilities'—Because of Her Father
The View's Meghan McCain objected to what she described as "hyperbole" when it came to describing overcrowded and filthy border detention centers as torture facilities and concentration camps, directly invoking her late father's experience in a POW camp during the Vietnam War.

During Tuesday's opening segment, the hosts of the morning chat-fest discussed recent reports that hundreds of migrant children had to be removed from a Texas border facility due to unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

After co-host Sunny Hostin noted several children have recently died in immigration custody, blaming it on a "lack of empathy" by the Trump administration, McCain jumped in to quibble about semantics.

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Jun 25, 2019

GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter Used Campaign Funds to Pursue ‘Intimate' Extramarital Affairs: Feds
REUTERSRep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) used campaign funds to pay for "intimate" encounters with several women, including one skiing rendezvous with a lobbyist in Lake Tahoe, the Justice Department alleged in new court filings. 

Hunter, 42, and his wife were indicted last August with conspiracy, wire fraud, and falsification of records after allegedly spending $250,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses and falsifying Federal Election Commission reports to cover their tracks. After previously denying any wrongdoing with her husband, Margaret Hunter pleaded guilty federal court last week, admitting the pair stole a quarter-of-a-million dollars in campaign funds to pay for vacations and credit-card payments. 

According to a new dismissal motion filed Monday by Hunter's defense attorney, however, the congressman has also requested the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California recuse themselves from the investigation, arguing "deep state" prosecutors are politically biased.  

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Jun 25, 2019

Feds Want to Uphold Billionaire Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's Shady Plea Deal
Rick Friedman/Rick Friedman/GettyLast month, victims of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein argued his controversial plea agreement should be tossed aside and that he should face federal charges for allegedly molesting dozens of underage girls in Palm Beach, Florida.

But the government is now fighting back against their proposed remedies to Epstein's sweetheart deal, which a federal judge ruled was illegal earlier this year because Epstein's victims were never consulted about the agreement.

In court papers filed late Monday, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office argued "the remedies that Petitioners seek go well beyond what equity allows." As The Daily Beast reported, the victims' first priority was for the court to rescind the immunity provisions of Epstein's secret 2007 non-prosecution agreement, brokered by Alexander Acosta (now President Trump's Labor Secretary), which shielded the 66-year-old financier and his alleged co-conspirators from federal prosecution.

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Jun 25, 2019

Fox's Brian Kilmeade on Concerns About Detention Camp Conditions: ‘Never Going to Have a Hyatt'
Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday downplayed concerns about the squalid and appalling conditions within border immigration detention centers, saying that migrant children were "never going to have a Hyatt at the border."

Amid reports that hundreds of immigrant children were recently removed from an overcrowded and filthy Texas border facility in which they'd been detained without soap, toothpaste or clean clothes, the Fox News morning show welcomed on acting ICE Director Mark Morgan to discuss the growing humanitarian crisis—a crisis Kilmeade has likened to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Noting that "one of the concerns" is over the conditions migrant children are being detained in, co-host Jedediah Bila asked Morgan how accurate the reports were about how unsanitary the detention centers are.

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Jun 25, 2019

Mika Brzezinski to Trump: If E. Jean Carroll ‘Not Your Type,' Who Would You Rape?
When the subject of the latest rape allegation against Donald Trump came up on Morning Joe on Tuesday, co-host Mika Brzezinski spoke directly the president and those Republicans in Congress who "will not say anything to defy him." 

Beyond having a president who "proved himself with his words to be a national security risk," Brzezinski began, "now he has said, when accused of rape, that this is not the woman he would rape. I want to know why you can go back to your constituents and say that you support this man. And why you would put your political future on the line for this man."

The MSNBC host was referring to comments Trump made in response to the decades-old accusation, which appears in author E. Jean Carroll's new memoir. "I'll say it with great respect: No. 1, she's not my type," the president said. "No. 2, it never happened. It never happened, OK?"

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Jun 25, 2019

Scouted: Get An Extra 50% Off Everything on Sale at Banana Republic Today and Tomorrow
With all the summer clearance sales flying around, we at Scouted like finding sales that include more than just last winter's best — and that's the case with Banana Republic's Summer Sale. 

Through tomorrow night, you get an extra 50% off all sale styles for both men and women, and more than 500 items were just added into the mix so we're looking at summer-ready additions to your warm-weather wardrobe. Just add the already marked down item to your cart and you'll see that extra half-off at checkout. The entire women's sale section includes nearly 2,000 items so there's something for anyone. The wrinkle-resistant, breathable, and easily packable

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Jun 25, 2019

Jussie Smollett to Police in Noose Video: ‘I Just Wanted Y'all to See It'
Chicago Police Department HandoutJussie Smollett kept a white noose around his neck that he claimed MAGA-chanting thugs put there on a cold January night to make police believe what was later proven to be a lie, according to new video released by the Chicago Police Department.

"Do you want to take it off or anything?" an officer asks the Empire actor.

"Yeah," Smollett says. "I do. I just wanted y'all to see it."

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Jun 25, 2019

Is a Trump-Kim DMZ Photo-Op in the Works?
Reuters / Leah MillisSEOUL—The U.S. Eighth Army Band played a rousing rendition of "When the Saints Come Marching In," and U.S. ambassador Harry Harris, resplendent in a double-breasted dark grey pin-stripe suit, mixed and mingled with the thousand or so guests.

The occasion was the annual Independence Day July 4 bash staged by the American embassy two weeks early this year to get it out of the way before President Donald Trump heaves into view this weekend for yet another exercise in summitry focusing on, what else, North Korea's nuclear program.

"It's exciting," was about all Harris, a retired admiral who commanded U.S. forces in the Pacific before coming here a year ago, would say.  When Trump arrives Saturday he will have just done two days palavering, including a portentous sidelines seance with China's President Xi Jinping, at the G20 Summit in Osaka.

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Jun 25, 2019

Harry and Meghan's New Home's Renovations Cost Over $3M, Outraged British Public Discovers
WPA PoolPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are under attack for extravagance on Tuesday after the annual publication of the royal accounts showed they have already spent £2.4m ($3m) of public money renovating their new home, Frogmore Cottage—and work on the property is still not complete.

Critics blasted the lavish expenditure, with Graham Smith, from the anti-monarchy campaign group Republic, among the first to lash out.

He compared the renovation bill with the cost of a center for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder .

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Jun 25, 2019

Scouted: Bermuda Shorts, Rompers, and More Are Now Part of Athleta's Breathable Featherweight Stretch Collection
Athleta is one part fashion, one part function, and all style. The brand knows what it takes to keep someone cool and comfortable throughout the day and the Featherweight Stretch is at the forefront of that mission. Now, Athleta has added four new styles to the line to keep you cool, calm, and collected all summer.

Each piece in the Featherweight  Stretch collection is designed to move with you thanks to built-in stretch, protect your skin from sunburn with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor), and let you breathe with silky, lightweight fabrics. The Zephyr Tee is relaxed and ready for whatever your day throws at you. You can tuck it into a pair of jeans or leave it loose over leggings. Tribeca 7" Bermuda Short are the shorts you'll want to do everything in, from sitting in the park or planting in the garden. The Sutton Romper skims the body so that you'll never feel like your clothing is sticking to you, even in the dead of su

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Jun 25, 2019

Scouted: 6 Brands That Are Giving ALL of Their Pride Collection Proceeds to LGBT Groups
In recent years, June has evolved from a celebratory month for LGBTQIA people into one that touches on many lives in many ways. And one of those includes companies tripping over each other in an attempt to give back through special collections whose proceeds result in social impact. There are dozens of products out right now whose purchase sends a portion of the sale to an LGBT-specific group, but we wanted to showcase brands that are giving back 100% of what they get, donating it to various groups and advocates. If you want to have some impact with your buys this summer, consider grabbing a piece from a collection for yourself or as a gift for someone you're proud to care about.

It Gets Better Collection, $16-$50 at American Eagle: This collection offers up T-shirts, tank tops, hats, and more — the Super Gay tank is pretty rad. And 100% of the sales from the collection go to the It Gets Better Project, which collects and showcases stories to help ensure the next generation of LGBTQIA youths know there is hope.  

Rainbow Pride Cotton T-Shirt, $58 at Michae

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Jun 25, 2019

Pete Buttigieg: I'm Proud to Be Standing on the Shoulders of Giants in a Tradition That Goes Back to Stonewall
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is running to be the Democratic Party's candidate in the 2020 presidential election. If successful, he would be the first openly gay president of the United States.

Buttigieg did not respond to these four questions sent to him by The Daily Beast: When and how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots and what did you make of them? What is their significance for you? How far have LGBT people come since 1969? What would you like to see, LGBT-wise, in the next 50 years?

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Jun 25, 2019

Okra Haters: You Need to Get Past the Slime
GettyNo matter how adventurous the eater, there is always something he or she just can't tolerate. While I'm not quite Andrew Zimmern, there are only a couple of things that I don't ever want to eat and they're pretty pedestrian: zucchini and chopped liver. 

Often enough, I've found that culinary opposition is based on a past mistake or on ungrounded suspicion. Many people I've met who proclaim that they don't like sushi usually have never actually tried it. 

The good news is that these opinions can sometimes be changed. Over the years, I've had a number of people tell me that they don't like gin. I typically ask if they'd be willing to try a drink. "You don't have to finish it if you don't like it, just give it a shot," I tell them. Then I fix them a cocktail with three-parts gin and one-part Lillet Blanc, a dash of orange bitters, stirred for a full thirty count and whammo, they're suddenly into gin.

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Jun 25, 2019

Anthony Rapp: Trump and Pence Try To Shove It Down, But The Genie Is Out. It's Never Going Back In The Bottle
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.





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Jun 25, 2019

Russell T. Davies: ‘Our Rights are Hard Won and Easily Lost. I Think Our Advances are Paper-Thin'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.



Multi-award winning TV show creator (Queer as Folk, Cucumber, many others); and screenwriter (A Very English Scandal and many others). Most recently, he created and wrote Years and Years on HBO.

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Jun 25, 2019

Guy Benson: ‘Many of Us Simply Aspire to Be Left Alone to Pursue Happiness as Fully Equal Members of Society'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.





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Jun 25, 2019

How Did the Oregon Republican Party Get So Crazy?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIt's been a busy week for Oregon Republicans. On Thursday, the state's 11 state senators went AWOL in an attempt to block a vote on a climate change bill, with most of them apparently headed across the border to Idaho. 

Armed right-wing militias offered to help them fight off state police sent to bring them back to the Senate, and one senator threatened to shoot them himself, warning that anyone sent after him best be a bachelor.

On Saturday, the state capitol was shut down over threats from the militias. To cap it all off, the Oregon Republican Party sent a tweet mocking the Democrats, saying that "Oregon senate Democrats canceled their weekend session citing a fear that Republican voters may show up."

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Jun 25, 2019

Oni Press Promised Inclusive Comics. Then, Amid ‘Chaos,' It Shut Out Marginalized Employees.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyOn May 8th, editors and creators in the comics industry awoke to an announcement in The New York Times that Oni Press—publisher of Scott Pilgrim, among other beloved indie books—would be merging with Lions Forge, a publisher largely built by black creators, and its parent company Polarity.

It was the kind of business maneuvering that rarely makes headlines outside of the comics industry. But inside the industry, layoffs from the merger kicked up a stir that has yet to die down: several of those jettisoned in the merger were queer women and women of color. Among others, the casualties from Lions Forge included their editor-in-chief Andrea Colvin and assistant editor (and Eisner award-winning cartoonist) Christina "Steenz" Stewart. Those laid off from Oni Press included its one black editor, Desiree Wilson, while executive editor Ari Yarwood resigned a week later. 

At a time when indie comics companies like Oni have publicly committed to inclusivity, the fallout from the merger has been particularly ugly, and has provoked greater scrutiny of the Portland-based companies' workplace practices. Interviews with former Oni staff members allege a startlingly unprofessional office environment, with an editorial arm that seemed reluctant to support its marginalized employees.

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Jun 25, 2019

Scientists Are Looking for Medical Cures in Toxic Waste
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/ShutterstockSuperfund sites take many forms: abandoned mines, shuttered manufacturing facilities, former military bases, and, in the case of New York City's infamous Gowanus Canal, waterways. These places are so contaminated with hazardous waste they pose a serious risk to human health and the Environmental Protection Agency has made cleaning them up a national priority.

Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal has been a basin of industry waste for decades—arsenic from tanneries and runoff from cement and oil lamp factories. It's still on the receiving end of Brooklyn's sewage system and since 2014, at least three human corpses have been found in its waters. Scientists, however, think the Gowanus Canal and places like it could harbor new medicines.

Chris Mason, biochemist and chief researcher at Cornell University's Mason Laboratory, is among them. He says the organisms that thrive among the pollution could hold treatments for any number of maladies, from cancer to AIDS. Faced with the rising threat of antibiotic resistance, Mason's team is focused on sourcing new antibiotics from the sludge. So far, they believe they are close to isolating four new strains of antibiotics from compounds produced by the microbes living in the Gowanus Canal.



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Jun 25, 2019

Ben Carson, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio Provide Road Map for What NOT to Do at the Debates
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyDon't forget to walk out on stage.

Don't forget which agencies you would abolish.

Don't talk about killing a man.

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Jun 25, 2019

Immigrant Advocates Use Temporary Reprieve to Prep Families at Risk for Deportation
Lucy Nicholson/ReutersFor thousands of families, the postponement of a massive federal immigration raid targeting them for deportation allowed for a momentary sigh of relief.

But organizations that advocate for undocumented people and asylum seekers in the immigration system know that the clock is ticking.

President Donald Trump's decision to delay the raids and mass removal of undocumented immigrants from the United States still leaves the threat of impending deportation hanging over the heads of thousands of migrant families, according to attorneys and advocates working in the immigration system.

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Jun 25, 2019

You Think It's Hard to Run Against a Woman, Bernie Sanders? Try Running as One.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/ShutterstockTurns out Joe Biden isn't the only presidential candidate making tone-deaf comments guaranteed to provoke key Democratic constituencies. Enter Bernie Sanders, who postulated Friday that Elizabeth Warren is gaining on him in part because "there are a certain number of people who would like to see a woman elected." The idea that Americans—even progressive Democrats—are so eager for the coming matriarchy that it's an obstacle for a man like Bernie is laughable, and demonstrably false. 

According to a Morning Consult poll, Bernie supporters overwhelmingly break for Biden as their second choice. Somehow the woman with whom the Democratic-Socialist senator is ideologically closest loses his voters to the most conservative candidate in the field. Twenty-six percent of Berniecrats told an Emerson poll earlier this year that they would even choose Trump in a general election. Meanwhile, Warren still has to fight to win over voters who should be her natural base: women who say they like her, but worry that she can't win. This self-fulfilling prophecy was captured in

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Jun 25, 2019

You Think It's Hard to Run Against a Women, Bernie Sanders? Try Running as One.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/ShutterstockTurns out Joe Biden isn't the only presidential candidate making tone-deaf comments guaranteed to provoke key Democratic constituencies. Enter Bernie Sanders, who postulated Friday that Elizabeth Warren is gaining on him in part because "there are a certain number of people who would like to see a woman elected." The idea that Americans—even progressive Democrats—are so eager for the coming matriarchy that it's an obstacle for a man like Bernie is laughable, and demonstrably false. 

According to a Morning Consult poll, Bernie supporters overwhelmingly break for Biden as their second choice. Somehow the woman with whom the Democratic-Socialist senator is ideologically closest loses his voters to the most conservative candidate in the field. Twenty-six percent of Berniecrats told an Emerson poll earlier this year that they would even choose Trump in a general election. Meanwhile, Warren still has to fight to win over voters who should be her natural base: women who say they like her, but worry that she can't win. This self-fulfilling prophecy was captured in

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Jun 25, 2019

How to Dress Like a 2020 Democratic Hopeful (Key Accessory: Elizabeth Warren's Pride Month Rainbow Boa)
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty There are 23 Democratic candidates currently running for the 2020 presidency, and all of them get dressed every morning. What they decide to wear is by no means the most pressing issue in this monumental election. Then again, neither is their preferred comfort food—and we already know what those are, courtesy of The New York Times.

What to wear for a job interview is a near-universal stressor, and everyone who takes the debate stage Wednesday and Thursday has willingly subjected themselves to a 16-month hiring process.

Sure, you could say the bar for a presidential wardrobe is low, considering the Donald Trump regularly tapes his ties together. But when nearly every candidate promises to restore "dignity," "honor," or another synonym plucked from Thesaurus.com to the White House, a small part of that promise includes dressing well.

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Jun 25, 2019

‘Veep's' Matt Walsh Says ‘Good Riddance' to Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Remembers UCB's Glory Days
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"It's so nice to not worry about spoilers right now," comedian Matt Walsh says as we sit down for  a spoiler-heavy discussion about last month's series finale of Veep.

"I thought that was one of the more interesting episodes of television I've been a part of," Walsh, who spent seven seasons playing Mike McClintock on the Emmy-winning HBO comedy tells, me on this week's episode of The Last Laugh podcast—explaining that it was both "wonderful and crazy to see ‘24 years later' in a script." 

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Jun 25, 2019

Somehow, Rick Perry (?!) Is Trump's Most Stable Cabinet Member
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyPresident Donald Trump's cabinet is under siege—mired in scandal and under fire for controversial policy moves or dicey ethical missteps. Several department chiefs are facing the prospect of investigations or withering congressional testimony. Others are facing demands from Democratic lawmakers to resign.

And then there is Rick Perry, Secretary of the Department of Energy, who has managed a relatively stable existence amidst a dumpster fire of scandal that surrounds him. 

The former Texas governor and two-time presidential candidate was among the more curious of the Trump hires, tasked with leading a department whose mission he seemed to not understand. More than two years into his tenure, however, he has been so under the radar that many in Washington seem to have forgotten that he is still around at all. 

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Jun 25, 2019

Slain Green Beret's Widow Speaks: ‘I Knew They Were Lying'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyArmy Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar had been in Mali for four months and was close to coming home the last time he spoke to his wife, Michelle.

It was June 4, 2017. Melgar, a Special Forces soldier, had just left a party at the French Embassy in Bamako, the Malian capital, and returned to a safe house he shared with three members of his six-man team, part of an intelligence operation supporting counterterrorism efforts against al Qaeda.

Once inside, Logan jumped on FaceTime. Michelle was suffering from a migraine, and he wanted to check on her before he went to sleep. He told her to get some rest and feel better. They said, "I love you," and she took a screenshot—she always did—before they signed off.

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Jun 25, 2019

‘The Hills: New Beginnings' Is a Blast of Mid-Aughts Nostalgia—Mischa Barton and Pamela Anderson Included
Courtesy MTVWe've come a long way since The Hills' Lauren Conrad chose her relationship over a career-advancing trip to Paris in a reality-TV twist on The Devil Wears Prada. The hotly anticipated premiere of The Hills: New Beginnings came and went on Monday night without any of the characters getting drunk, having a screaming match at a club, or pensively gazing at the Pacific Ocean after making a life-altering decision. They are all grown up and honestly, it's a little bit boring.

The most notable difference between MTV's reboot of The Hills and the original is the absence of LC and her mascara-soaked tears. And yet, though the rest of the gang is back together (save for Kristin Cavallari and Lo Bosworth), the show barely resembles its predecessor. Production values are higher, highlights are less tacky. Side note: the women of The Hills truly know how to make a television comeback; they all somehow look more radiant than they did ten years ago. Whether the change is due to low-rise jeans going out of style, a decrease in binge-drinking, or an increase in Botox is unclear. Brody Jenner is married. Audrina Patridge is divorced. Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag, who bill themselves as one of the media's most-hated couples, are living in domestic bliss with their toddler son Gunner.

Monday night's premiere began promisin

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