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The Daily Beast
Apr 23, 2019

Fox News' Sean Hannity Boasts That Cher Is a Secret Fan of His Show
Fox News host Sean Hannity suggested Tuesday night that pop superstar Cher is a secret fan of his show and may be getting her ideas from his nightly talking points.

The suggestion came after the liberal singer/actress questioned Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for arguing that prisoners should have the right to vote earlier this week.

During his CNN town hall Monday night, Sanders was asked if he supported giving people such as Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or "those convicted of sexual assault" the right to vote even while in prison. The independent Vermont senator replied that "even for terrible people," everyone should have the "inherent American right to participate in our democracy."

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Apr 23, 2019

Lawsuit Claims Connecticut Fertility Clinic Gave Wrong Embryo to Couple Who Had Baby of Different Race
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyA couple is suing a defunct Connecticut fertility clinic, claiming the staff gave them the wrong embryos and they ended up with a baby of a different race.

The saga begins in 2015 when the plaintiffs underwent in vitro fertilization at CT Fertility in Trumbull, using sperm from the husband and donor eggs to conceive their first child, according to court papers.

They returned to the clinic in 2017 hoping to have a second child, using the embryos left over from the original IVF treatment, and in August 2018 gave birth to a baby boy, the lawsuit says.

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Apr 23, 2019

Lawsuit Claims Connecticut Fertility Clinic Gave Wrong Embryos to Couple Who Had Baby of Different Race
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyA couple is suing a defunct Connecticut fertility clinic, claiming the staff gave them the wrong embryos and they ended up with a baby of a different race.

The saga begins in 2015 when the plaintiffs underwent in vitro fertilization at CT Fertility in Trumbull, using sperm from the husband and donor eggs to conceive their first child, according to court papers.

They returned to the clinic in 2017 hoping to have a second child, using the embryos left over from the original IVF treatment, and in August 2018 gave birth to a baby boy, the lawsuit says.

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Apr 23, 2019

‘Tootsie' on Broadway: A Cross-Dressing Classic Gets a Large Spoonful of Woke
Courtesy Matthew Murphy/Polk and CoTootsie as a musical is a confusing mélange, and not for the sexual and romantic attractions and farce-heavy confusions it sets in motion by lead character Michael Dorsey's (Santino Fontana) cross-dressing.

The Broadway version of the 1982 movie—which starred Dustin Hoffman as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels—is both chaotic and apologetic, with a sharper and better book than it has music.

In 2019, Tootsie—which opened tonight at the Marquis Theatre (to December 22)—wants to telegraph how woke and aware it is. The show, directed by Scott Ellis and which opens tonight at the Marquis Theatre, has speeches grafted into it about gender inequality and feminist respect that stand out like absurd sore thumbs.

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Apr 23, 2019

Twitter CEO Gently Tells Trump: Your ‘Lost' Followers Are Bots and Spam Accounts
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyOn Tuesday, President Trump hosted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in the Oval Office for a closed-door meeting, during which the leader of the free world spent an inordinate amount of time complaining about lost Twitter followers, according to a source familiar with the conversation.

The Twitter chief, for his part, tried to reassure the president that the company's staff merely wants his follower count to be as bot-free as possible.

This is what the most powerful person in the world was preoccupied with Tuesday.

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Apr 23, 2019

What the Sri Lanka Bombings Tell Us About the State of ISIS
Ishara S. Kodikara/GettyOn Tuesday, the Islamic State (also known as IS or ISIS) confirmed what the world already suspected when it claimed responsibility for Sunday's devastating blasts across Sri Lanka, which killed over 300 and injured over 500. Breaking two days of silence on the attacks at the official level, ISIS is now outpouring with content on the matter.

A communique, released shortly after an initial report of responsibility by ISIS news agency ‘Amaq, was heavy in detail, identifying seven attackers and which locations each of them struck across churches, hotels, and housing in Sri Lanka's Batticaloa, Colombo, Dematagoda, and Negombo areas. ‘Amaq released a video minutes after of the attackers pledging to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi together, led by suspected attack "mastermind" Moulvi Zahran Hashim.

The attacks—and ISIS' response—provide a troubling demonstration of how ISIS' global network is adapting to its losses in Iraq and Syria, how its media machine thrives amid those setbacks, and how the group is willing to adjust its own playbook to justify an attack.



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Apr 23, 2019

Cassowary That Killed Its 75-Year-Old Owner to Hit the Auction Block
AFP ContributorThe large, flightless bird that attacked and killed its 75-year-old owner in Florida earlier this month can now be yours—for the right price.

The killer cassowary, along with dozens of other dangerous and endangered animals owned by Marvin Hajos before his death, is up for auction this Saturday by Gulf Coast Livestock in Madison, Florida.

The animals are being sold as part of the last wishes of Hajos, whose cassowary attacked him after he took a spill on his farm in Alachua County, authorities said.

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Apr 23, 2019

Scouted: Purify Your Surroundings With Air Purifiers For Your Home, Office, And Personal Space
It's time to clean up your act and your air is a good place to start. From smokers blowing garbage into the air around your place to natural allergens, dander, and pollen, air purifiers are a great answer to the many agents trying to make you sneeze. So we compiled some of the best-selling and most versatile purifiers.

Levoit's Home Air Purifier, $73 on Amazon: This No.1 best-selling HEPA filter air purifier lets you customize its speed and brightness, and will get rid of dust, allergens, pollen, odors, and more.

Pure Cool Me Personal Purifying Fan, $350 at Dyson: Perfect for your desk, nightstand, or kitchen counter, this is Dyson's answer to purifiers. A HEPA filter helps reduce virtually all allergens and Dyson's airflow tech then spits out clean, springy air.

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Apr 23, 2019

Scouted: 9 Extra-Thoughtful And Very Easy Gifts For The Person You're Celebrating This Mother's Day
Finding a gift that lets your mom know you've been paying attention, care, and have planned ahead to celebrate her takes time. We've gone out and found some of the most thoughtful gifts you could get your mom that might take longer than two days to make and ship but that are also easy to put together and won't cost you hours of planning.

Low Lights Plants Subscription Plan, $35 at The Sill: Each month, she'll receive a low light, easy-to-maintain plant in one of several minimalist designs — and she'll remember that each month you're gifting her with something that literally has some life in it.

REN Clean's Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil, $48 at Sephora: Since you've almost definitely been a handful for years, give her a break she'll actually remember with this highly-rated bath oil that's also certified clean by Sephora, which means its ingredients pass the brand's litmus test.

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Apr 23, 2019

Ex-Lawyer Michael Cohen Headed to ‘Castle Behind Bars'
Win McNamee/GettyFor federal prisoners, Otisville—just an hour outside New York City—is a coveted assignment. Forbes magazine deemed it one of America's 10 "cushiest" prisons and the New York Post called it a "castle behind bars." Federal judge Stefan Underhill has described it as "a jewel" of the federal prison system.

It also happens to be the new home of Michael Cohen, President Trump's disgraced former lawyer, the Daily Beast has learned. Last year, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, violating campaign finance law, tax fraud and lying on a bank loan application. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

Cohen will report to his new digs May 6, according to CNN.

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Apr 23, 2019

Scouted: 8 Ways to Make Surviving Allergy Season a (Pollen-Free) Breeze
Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and noses are running. It's officially allergy season and besides taking OTC allergy medication or nasal sprays, there's only so much you can do to survive. But we've rounded up a list of a few things that you can outfit yourself with so that you can kiss those days of itchy eyes and sneezing goodbye.

Large Room Air Purifier, $399 from Pure Company: A great way to keep allergies at bay while you're inside is to invest in an air purifier. When you're outside, you're collecting pollen, dust, and debris that you then bring inside. An air purifier can help keep the air inside your home allergen-free. This one has "a True HEPA Filter [that] removes invisible pollutants and bacteria as small as 0.3 microns," according to the brand's site.

EO Hand Sanitizer Spray in Organic French Lavender, $20 for a 6-pack on Amazon: If you can't readily wash your hands, like getting off the subway or before eating lunch, having a good hand sanitizer with you can help get rid of all the lingering germs. A sanitizing spray is a travel-friendly alternative to the liquidy gels that tend to get everywhere and dry your hands.

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Apr 23, 2019

U.N. Caves to Trump Administration Threat and Cuts ‘Reproductive Health' From Anti-Rape Resolution
Drew Angerer/GettyThe U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Tuesday on sexual violence as a weapon of war after references to victims' sexual and reproductive health were cut amid a threatened veto by the United States.

Two Nobel Prize winners, and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, appeared at U.N. headquarters in New York to support the original resolution drafted by Germany.

But the U.S. reportedly objected to a passage that urged U.N. partners to provide survivors with "non-discriminatory and comprehensive health services, including sexual and reproductive health."

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Apr 23, 2019

‘The View' Flies Off the Rails, Meghan McCain Accuses Whoopi of Finding Terrorism ‘Funny'
Reacting to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' stance that even the convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should have the right to vote, the hosts of The View on Tuesday got into a heated and tense shouting match, with Meghan McCain invoking her siblings' military service at one point.

During a CNN town hall event on Monday night, Sanders was pressed on his position that felons should be allowed to vote even while still incarcerated, prompting moderator Chris Cuomo to ask whether the Boston bomber or sex offenders should also be given that right.

"Yes, even for terrible people," the Vermont senator responded. "Because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘Well, that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote. Well, that person did that. Not going to let that person vote,' you're running down a slippery slope."

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Apr 23, 2019

National Guard In California, Nevada, Washington State, Oregon, and New Mexico Defy Trump's Trans Troops Ban
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyThe Nevada, Washington State, and Oregon National Guards will continue to allow transgender people to serve.

As the Trump administration's transgender troop ban enters its second full week of being in effect, these three states have told The Daily Beast that they will join two others—California and New Mexico—who have said that transgender people will continue to be able to serve in their National Guard organizations.

"The State of Nevada does not discriminate against anyone, including and especially servicemembers, based on gender identity or expression," Helen Kalla, communications director for Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, told The Daily Beast. "Governor Sisolak believes the only criteria to serve in the Nevada National Guard is one's readiness to serve."

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Apr 23, 2019

Nevada National Guard Joins California and New Mexico To Defy Trump's Trans Troops Ban
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyThe Nevada National Guard will continue to allow transgender people to serve.

Even as the Trump administration's transgender troop ban enters its second full week of being in effect, two states—California and New Mexico—have said that transgender people will continue to be able to serve in their National Guard organizations.

The Daily Beast can now confirm that Nevada is joining California and New Mexico.

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Apr 23, 2019

Brothers Accused of Attacking Jussie Smollett Sue for Defamation
REUTERS/Kamil KrzaczynskiThe Chicago brothers who were questioned by police in the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett have sued two of his attorneys for defamation, insisting the assault was "a hoax entirely conceived and directed by" the Empire actor.

Abel and Ola Osundairo filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Tuesday morning, alleging Smollett's attorneys, Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian, knowingly made false statements about their role in the hoax "to distract from Mr. Smollett's farce and to promote themselves" and their law firm.

The suit alleges that Geragos and his firm continued to publicly pedal the narrative that the brothers "led a criminally homophobic, racist and violent attack against Mr. Smollett" even after the investigation had ended.

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Apr 23, 2019

Kushner: Mueller Probe Worse for U.S. Than ‘a Few Facebook Ads' From Russia
Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to President Trump, on Tuesday claimed that the Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been "way more harmful to our country" than any Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"I thought the whole thing was nonsense to be honest," Kushner said of the two-year investigation, which concluded with the release of a 448-page report released last week. "It's been very, very thoroughly investigated."

The findings, submitted to Congress by Attorney General William Barr, detailed Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election in support of Trump, in addition to at least ten potential instances of obstruction of justice by the president.

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Apr 23, 2019

How One Dem Super PAC Uses Facebook Ads to Get Critical Voter Data to its Candidate
Mario Tama/GettyA super PAC supporting Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) has developed a way to share information and strategy with his presidential campaign in a manner that experts say is both novel and right at the end of the legal boundaries for permissible coordination.

The super PAC, Act Now On Climate, is currently running advertisements with subtle, embedded signals that the campaign can mine for critical voter information and use to hone its own social media and advertising strategies. The tactic has drawn the attention of Democratic digital strategists and raised eyebrows among ethics watchdogs. But the campaign hasn't asked for the help and says it isn't mining the data.

"The Inslee campaign is growing grassroots momentum behind the only candidate who will put climate change first," said Jared Leopold, a spokesman for Inslee. "We are not monitoring messaging data from outside groups."

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Apr 23, 2019

Meghan's Mom Arrives in London, but Betting Market Says No Royal Baby This Week
WPA PoolIf you were due to have a baby in a foreign country, and wanted your mother to be there, how long before the due date would you ask your mum to fly in?

Five days?

A week?

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Apr 23, 2019

ISIS Claims the Easter Sunday Bombings in Sri Lanka. Here's Why We Should Have Seen Them Coming.
Dinuka Liyanawatte/ReutersThe so-called Islamic State has claimed involvement in the horrific Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 320 people at Catholic church services and in luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. In a brief statement from its Amaq "news agency," ISIS declared that the attackers "were ISIS" and  targeted "citizens of states" in the anti-ISIS coalition.

Sri Lanka is not part of the coalition, and while some Europeans and Americans, including children, died in the attacks, most of the victims were Sri Lankan, and all those arrested in connection with the bombings so far reportedly have been from Sri Lanka.

The Amaq statement offered no further proof of ISIS involvement, and Sri Lankan officials have focused most of their attention on a little-known local group, after admitting that warnings from foreign intelligence sources that attacks on churches were imminent were largely ignored.

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Apr 23, 2019

Top Bartender Josh Harris' Current Obsession: Vintage Watches
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/InstagramAbout four years ago, Josh Harris received an envelope of cash from his father for Christmas. This came in lieu of the traditional gift-in-a-box-with-a-bow—and Harris immediately knew how he wanted to put it to use.

The owner of acclaimed San Francisco bars Trick Dog and Bon Voyage, and co-founder of the cocktail and spirit consulting company The Bon Vivants, had gotten married a few months prior, shortly after undergoing what he felt was a significant style update. He'd long wore a collection of sterling silver and turquoise rings, but he knew that he'd soon be wearing a gold wedding band that would clash with his jewelry—and that wouldn't do.

"I took off five [silver] rings and put on one gold ring and one watch," he says, adding that both were pieces he already owned, but had felt they were too "adult," so he'd never really worn them before. "It worked. I didn't have a gaping hole making this transition, which is the honest way I thought about it."

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Apr 23, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Tool Can Detect PTSD in a Voice
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/GettyWhat if artificial intelligence could diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder better and faster than a human?

A study published in the journal Depression and Anxiety on Monday claims just that: a new artificial intelligence program listens to patients talk to detect if someone has PTSD.

It nailed diagnosis rates 89 percent of the time.

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Apr 23, 2019

Pete Buttigieg Is a National Hero ... in Malta
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyThere is a popular saying in Maltese that goes something like this: Tixtrix hut fil-bahar, or "don't pay for the fish while they are still in the sea."

But on the tiny European island, the Maltese are already making plans for what they will do if their favorite son's son, Pete Buttigieg, is elected as the next U.S. president. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has even officially endorsed Buttigieg's candidacy and has said he is proud to call him a friend.

"We will hold a parade for sure," Maria Cutajar, a local florist, told The Daily Beast when asked what it would mean if he won. "It would be amazing to have a Maltese in the White House."

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Apr 23, 2019

Democratic Ad Firm Accused of Fake News Retools for 2020
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastA digital advertising company that came under intense scrutiny last year for its deceptive political ads on social media is gearing up to get involved in some crucial 2020 battleground states. But it's retooling its approach to avoid the backlash that befell it in 2018.

MotiveAI, a Denver-based startup with backing from billionaire LinkedIn chairman Reid Hoffman, has built a new social media-based news agency called Versa, and it's already dipping its toes into key 2020 U.S. Senate races.

That involvement caught the eye of a nonprofit ethics group, which alleged deceptive ad practices, and Facebook, which has tried to add layers of transparency to political ads like the ones MotiveAI backed last cycle. The firm insists that its tactics have changed and Versa says it is aiming to be upfront and trusted this go around. But while MotiveAI says its work this cycle will be purely nonpartisan, it's also weighing in on some high-profile elections, providing yet another illustration of how digital politicking can often intersect with straightforward political news.

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Apr 23, 2019

James Byrd Jr.'s Family Ready for Execution of Racist Who Dragged Him to Death
Paul Buck/GettyLouvon Byrd has already watched one man die for the horrific hate crime against her brother. Later this week, she intends to do it again.

John William King, the ringleader of a trio of racists who dragged James Byrd Jr. to death 20 years ago, is set to be executed by the state of Texas on Wednesday. Louvon will witness the lethal injection, barring the success of any last-minute appeals.

"He's trying to save his life by all means necessary," she told The Daily Beast. "But he did live 20 years longer than my brother… and I think that speaks a lot. The punishment would be just to take an injection and go to sleep, and even at that I still think he's getting off easy."

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Apr 23, 2019

Jon Lovett: ‘Shame on' SNL for Letting Trump Host During Election
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettySubscribe to The Last Laugh on Apple Podcasts

When President Donald Trump is railing against a Christmas rerun of Saturday Night Live—as he did last month to unintentionally comic effect—it's sometimes easy to forget that he actually hosted the show less than four years ago.

That episode, which aired almost one year to the day before he won the 2016 election, came months after Trump rode down that golden escalator and announced his presidential campaign by calling Mexican immigrants "rapists." That alone should have disqualified him from the comedy gig, my guest on this week's episode of The Last Laugh podcast says.

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Apr 23, 2019

How Mitch McConnell Became King of the Internet Trolls
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/Photo by Win McNamee/GettySenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) kicked off his 2020 reelection bid last Wednesday with a dose of high-octane trolling.

In addition to touting his record "defending conservatism" and "delivering for the commonwealth," his fresh new website included a 404 error page featuring perhaps his signature achievement: a photo of Merrick Garland, the Obama Supreme Court nominee whom McConnell blocked.

The page quickly went viral, with establishment GOP figures tweeting their approval and amusement.

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Apr 23, 2019

How Mitch McConnell Became the King of the Memes
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/Photo by Win McNamee/GettySenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) kicked off his 2020 reelection bid last Wednesday with a dose of high-octane trolling.

In addition to touting his record "defending conservatism" and "delivering for the commonwealth," his fresh new website included a 404 error page featuring perhaps his signature achievement: a photo of Merrick Garland, the Obama Supreme Court nominee whom McConnell blocked.

The page quickly went viral, with establishment GOP figures tweeting their approval and amusement.

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Apr 23, 2019

The 2020 Election Is Going to Make 2016 Look Like a Student Council Election
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyIt's time we face facts about 2020. It will be so dirty, brimming with disinformation, and packed with hackers that it'll make 2016 look like a student council election.

On Sunday, Rudy Giuliani went on CNN's State of the Union and declared, "There's nothing wrong with taking information from Russians."

"You're assuming that the giving of information is a campaign contribution," Rudy averred to CNN's Jake Tapper. "Read the report carefully. The report says we can't conclude that because the law is pretty much against that. People get information from this person, that person."

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Apr 23, 2019

The Bizarre Cult of Meghan Markle Pregnancy Truthers
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photo by GettyMeghan Markle isn't pregnant and never has been.

The ever-expanding bump? Bogus. The visibly popped navel? Phony. The rapturous glow? Fabricated. The beatific belly-cradling? A complete con job. #WakeUpSheeple.

Thus speak the conspiracy theorists, who riddle Twitter and Instagram with hashtags like #Megxit, #DuchessofDeception, #charlatanduchess and the helpfully descriptive #meghanmarkleisnotpregnant. They claim that Meghan has been strapping on a pillow or a bespoke prosthetic called a Moonbump for the past eight months to hide the "truth" of her pregnancy—which is to say, there isn't one. She and her husband, Prince Harry, have hired a surrogate, who is either Talia Brown Thall, Meghan's erstwhile stylist, or a woman who was spotted leaning against a wall outside Westminster Abbey in March. As evidence they cite the shifting position of her belly button, her superhuman ability to bend over, and the way her stomach jiggles like a molded aspic at a community potluck.

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Apr 23, 2019

Scouted: Introducing The Breeze, The Lightweight, 100% Plant-Based Comforter Made from Eucalyptus
One of the best things I own is my Buffy Cloud Comforter. It's the softest comforter (even without a duvet cover) that I've ever used. It's heavy enough to use in the winter but breathable enough to be used into the beginning of summer. But what about the warm summer nights when you still want another layer? That's where Buffy's newest comforter, the Breeze, comes in. It's made from100% eucalyptus fiber, meaning it's breathable and eco-friendly.

The Cloud was launched as an eco-friendly, luxurious comforter made from eucalyptus fiber shell and fill made from recycled plastic bottles. According to the brand's press release, the Breeze is the first time a comforter has been made from 100% plant-based fibers and the first to be made entirely from eucalyptus. Most other eco-friendly brands have "bamboo viscose, straw, milkweed, and other materials." It's also fully compostable.

Unlike the traditional grid design of comforters, the Breeze's unique wave pattern lends strength to its structural integrity and supports the fill, meaning it won't shift around and clump up as you use it.

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Apr 23, 2019

NBA Coach Luke Walton Sued for Sexual Assault by Sports Reporter Kelli Tennant
Yong Teck Lim/GettyCurrent Sacramento Kings and former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton allegedly sexually assaulted a female reporter while he was an assistant with the Golden State Warriors, according to a lawsuit first reported by TMZ. In the lawsuit, Kelli Tennant, who was working as a reporter with SportsNet LA, claims she met Walton at the Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California, per the Los Angeles Times. The purpose of the meeting was to present him with a copy of her 2014 book, The Transition: Every Athlete's Guide to Life After Sports, for which Walton penned the forward. (Tennant was a star volleyball player at the University of Southern California before starting a career in sports media.)

The two had maintained a working relationship and according to the lawsuit, Tennant viewed Walton as a "trusted mentor and colleague." The lawsuit doesn't specify a date when the incident allegedly took place, but Tennant does claim that after arriving at the hotel, Walton, who married his current wife in 2013, suggested they return to his hotel room. There, he "pinned Ms. Tennant on the bed, placing his hips and legs over her body," the lawsuit, which was filed on Monday, claims, and "began forcing kisses on her neck, face and chest."

Despite Tennant's attempts to physically extricate herself,

The Daily Beast
Apr 23, 2019

NBA Head Coach Luke Walton Accused of Sexual Assault by Sports Reporter Kelli Tennant
Yong Teck Lim/GettyCurrent Sacramento Kings and former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton allegedly sexually assaulted a female reporter while he was an assistant with the Golden State Warriors, according to a lawsuit first reported by TMZ. In the lawsuit, Kelli Tennant, who was working as a reporter with SportsNet LA, claims she met Walton at the Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California, per the Los Angeles Times. The purpose of the meeting was to present him with a copy of her 2014 book, The Transition: Every Athlete's Guide to Life After Sports, for which Walton penned the forward. (Tennant was a star volleyball player at the University of Southern California before starting a career in sports media.)

The two had maintained a working relationship and according to the lawsuit, Tennant viewed Walton as a "trusted mentor and colleague." The lawsuit doesn't specify a date when the incident allegedly took place, but Tennant does claim that after arriving at the hotel, Walton, who married his current wife in 2013, suggested they return to his hotel room. There, he "pinned Ms. Tennant on the bed, placing his hips and legs over her body," the lawsuit, which was filed on Monday, claims, and "began forcing kisses on her neck, face and chest."

Despite Tennant's attempts to physically extricate herself,

The Daily Beast
Apr 23, 2019

CNN Town Halls Highlight Impeachment as New Litmus Test for 2020 Dems
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyWhether or not to impeach President Trump has become the new litmus test for the 2020 Democratic presidential field, with two high-profile progressive candidates coming out in favor of launching impeachment proceedings in the five days since special counsel Robert Mueller's report became public.

The growing prominence of the impeachment issue was abundantly clear during a marathon night of CNN town halls from New Hampshire on Monday, during which each of the five candidates who appeared was peppered with questions about his or her stance soon after taking the stage.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) cited Mueller's findings, most notably the special counsel's explicit refusal to clear Trump of obstruction of justice, as grounds enough to impeach him. But rivals like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) raised the possibility that the effort to remove Trump could backfire politically.

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Apr 23, 2019

Trevor Noah Reveals Trump's Mueller Report Hypocrisy: You Mocked Christine Blasey Ford for Not Remembering
Comedy CentralOn Monday night, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah dug into the damning 448-page Mueller Report that dropped Thursday.

And right off the bat, he criticized Attorney General William Barr for leaving out "a lot of juicy details" in his 4-page summary of the report. Some of these include how, on the day Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel, President Trump "slumped back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I'm fucked.'"

Noah laughed. "OK, I'm sorry, that is hilarious. When Trump found out Mueller was investigating, he slumped in his chair and said, ‘I'm fucked.' You know why I like that? Because he always acts like nothing always phases him…but it turns out Trump panics about his presidency as much as the rest of us," Noah claimed. "It's a good feeling to know. It's almost like we're on a plane with crazy turbulence and we all think we're in this alone, and the pilot is also in the cockpit like, ‘I'm F-ed!'" (Editor's Note: I'm not how that's the least bit comforting.)

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Apr 23, 2019

Supreme Court Census Case Could Decide the 2024 Election
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photo GettyUpdate:  At oral arguments Tuesday, Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kavanaugh, the two potential swing votes in the census case, both indicated that they were inclined to accept the administration's proffered rationale: that the citizenship question is necessary to enforce the Voting Rights Act.  If that holds, the citizenship question will almost certainly be retained.

If the Trump administration succeeds in adding the question "Are you a U.S. Citizen?" to the 2020 census, the Census Bureau estimates that 6.5 million people won't respond to the census at all.

Most of those will be Hispanics or people with immigrants in their families who are fearful of exposing themselves or their family members to deportation, investigation, or worse. According to a Harvard University study, between 7.7 and 9.1 percent of Hispanics will skip the census entirely.

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Apr 22, 2019

Sean Hannity: ‘Hillary Clinton's Email Server Is a Real Threat to Our Safety and Security'
Two-and-a-half years after the 2016 presidential election and nearly three years after the FBI closed the investigation into the former Secretary of State's private email server without criminal charges, Fox News host Sean Hannity declared: "Hillary Clinton's email server is a real threat to our safety and security."

During the opening monologue of Hannity on Monday night, the Trump-boosting host called for an investigation into the Russia probe investigators, something he and other conservative media figures have pushed hard for recently, especially after the release of the redacted Mueller report.

After railing against the the previous administration and his belief that it engaged in the "biggest abuse of corruption in our history" and calling on House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to come on his show and provide evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Hannity eventually shifted his focus to the hacking of emails during the 2016 election.

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Apr 22, 2019

‘Let Them Knock Themselves Out': Team Trump Scoffs at Tax Return Deadline, Dares Dems to Take Legal Action
Win McNamee/GettyThe Trump administration, along with the president's personal lawyers, are preparing to formally tell Democratic lawmakers seeking years of Donald Trump's tax returns to get lost, The Daily Beast has confirmed.

On Tuesday, the administration will hit the deadline imposed early this month by Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, who has demanded six years' worth of President Trump's long-hidden tax returns. Neal had also asked for returns for the president's trust and seven entities in the Trump business empire, arguing that Congress has the authority to obtain the president's tax returns under existing law.

According to two administration sources with knowledge of the matter, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is not going to comply with the deadline to hand over the returns, and officials plan to formally convey this decision to the committee in a letter. It is unclear if this letter will be transmitted on Tuesday.

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Apr 22, 2019

Annette Bening in ‘All My Sons': Arthur Miller's Postwar Tragedy Lands Too Quietly on Broadway
Joan MarcusThere is the pleasure, for the first half anyway, of Arthur Miller's All My Sons—which opened Monday night on Broadway (at the American Airlines Theatre, to June 23)—of well-executed theatrical convention; the reassurance of a revival done traditionally and done right.

First, lights begin to flash and thunderclaps ring out; we see a projection of a fighter plane going down.

The curtain rises on the aftermath of an August 1947 storm in midwestern suburbia: Douglas W. Schmidt's gorgeously designed bucolic backyard of grass and chairs and flower-covered arbor. We can hear the distant noise of cars and chatter; we can see the comings and goings in and out of the Keller family's back door. There is nothing off-the-wall, no pushing of envelopes, or headline-making outrages. Directed by Jack O'Brien, this is a steady ship, entirely respectful of its source text.

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Apr 22, 2019

Scouted: The 8 Best Men's Athleisure Shirts That Work for Work From Lululemon, Everlane, Rhone, and More
Athleisurewear is no longer just a weekend category. It's everywhere, brands know it, and they're increasingly stepping up options, styles, and value to get your attention and prove to you that theirs is the best of the best. Comfortable, durable, breathable, sweat-wicking, quick-drying — these are just some of the features we're seeing in more and more office-worthy apparel. We've shared our picks for men's and women's athleisure pants that work at work and women's tops to cover you in a boardroom and through casual Friday. Here are our top picks, best sellers, and top-rated athleisure shirts that work at work.

Grid Light Short Sleeve Shirt, $98 at Lululemon: Sweat-wicking and quick drying, this versatile and professional button-down include a hidden grid of reflective stripes that will light up under streetlights of the warming months ahead, whether you're cycling home or out for a walk.

Commuter Tech Polo, $92 at Rhone: Four-way stretch, perforated venting, and odor-resistant construction meet moisture-wicking, quick drying, and wrinkle-resistant in this perfect polo who as

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Apr 22, 2019

Scouted: I Would Never Guess Eco-Friendly Headphones Could Sound Like This — And Include Killer Techie Features
I've been using House of Marley's over-ear wireless Exodus headphones on a daily basis since I got them. And of all the features they pack, I would never, ever guess they were also sustainably made. If you're trying to marry eco-friendliness into your tech buying, I highly recommend you check out the Exodus.

They're styled uniquely with an exposed non-tangled braided wire connecting the large, powerful headphones in a flexible and versatile crescent that lets you find the perfect fit. And these headphones deliver incredible, hi-fi sound. The Exodus's 50mm high definition drivers are designed for strong output and that's been a shining feature for me — whether I'm increasing my speed with some 80s synthwave or slowing down with a classical playlist.

On top of that, I barely charge these headphones. A full battery lasts 30 hours and the unit charges fast with a USB-C (my first to come across in the wireless headphone space and I'm glad to see fast charging is spreading). In fact, House of Marley designed them to be charged less. The longer you wait to charge, the more playtime you get between charges. Memory-foam ear cushions cup your ears, leaving you immersed in whatever you're listening to.

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Apr 22, 2019

Sen. Lindsey Graham Bewilders Ivanka Trump's Women's Conference With Terrorism Rant
Jim Lo Scalzo/Epa-Efe/ShutterstockWhile on a trip to Cote d'Ivoire last week to help Ivanka Trump promote women's access to capital in Africa, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned of religious wars with "radical ideology" that would be "hell on earth for women" if they are not "destroyed."

"It's the enemy of mankind, not just the United States," Graham said, of the theoretical invaders, according to a recording provided to The Daily Beast. "Some of our soldiers will be needed, but not a lot. Most of the fighting will be done by people in the region. I promise you the enemy will lose because very few mothers or fathers want to turn their daughters over to ISIS, Al Qaeda or any other group."  

As he spoke, confused attendees could be heard on the recording asking each other in hushed tones what Graham was talking about. Graham and Ivanka, along with an American delegation that included Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), were in Cote d'Ivoire to participate in the Women Entrepreneurship Finance Initiative (We-Fi). The initiative, an idea was first proposed by Ivanka in 2017, is housed in the World Bank and is a global partnership with governments, banks and other stakeholders. It's goal is to raise money to help prop up women businesses.

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Apr 22, 2019

New Mexico Border Militia Leader Allegedly Said Group Planned to Assassinate Obama, Clinton
PAUL RATJEThe border militia leader who was arrested in New Mexico over the weekend on weapons charges allegedly said that his far-right group was training to kill prominent Democratic figures because of their "support of Antifa."

According to an arrest warrant for Larry Mitchell Hopkins, witnesses told authorities that he'd said the United Constitutional Patriots were training to "assassinate" liberal billionaire George Soros, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and former President Barack Obama.

The 69-year-old and his armed militia, which spreads conspiracies and searches for asylum seekers on the border, have been accused of illegally detaining migrants. Hopkins was arrested Saturday on charges of possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon, which is punishable by a "term of imprisonment exceeding one year."

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Apr 22, 2019

Amityville Haunting Psychic Lorraine Warren Has Died
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Paranormal investigator and self-proclaimed clairvoyant Lorraine Warren, one of the psychics most closely associated with what was known as the Amityville haunting, died Thursday, April 18 at the age of 92. Warren and her husband, Ed, who died in 2006, achieved their greatest fame for their research and writing about the events in Amityville, New York. From there, their probes into rampant hauntings and demonic possessions mostly along the eastern seaboard inspired a series of novels and movies including The Amityville Horror, The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, the Annabelle trilogy, and The Haunting in Connecticut.

The purported haunting of a house in the Long Island town of Amityville was the Warrens' most high profile case, thanks to the subsequent books and movies based (loosely in most versions) on the events. After a family moved into the house where a multiple murder had previously occurred, they reported several inexplicable occurrences and sensations. The Warrens were among the paranormal investigators called in to inspect the property, and duly reported having found evidence of psychic trouble, some of it predating the multiple murder. Lorraine would say years later that the Amityville case even haunted her.

Early pioneers in the '70s Satanic Panic era, a time when cults performing satanic rituals were supposedly, although without much evidence, thought to be a widespread problem. Lorraine and Ed capitalized on the trend and made a killing—not by charging clients (their services were free) but through book and movie deals. The couple collected enough satanic paraphernalia to fill a museum at their s

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Apr 22, 2019

The Psychic Who Made Bank off the Satanic Panic
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/GettyParanormal investigator and self-proclaimed clairvoyant Lorraine Warren, one of the psychics most closely associated with what was known as the Amityville haunting, died Thursday, April 18 at the age of 92. Warren and her husband, Ed, who died in 2006, achieved their greatest fame for their research and writing about the events in Amityville, New York. From there, their probes into rampant hauntings and demonic possessions mostly along the eastern seaboard inspired a series of novels and movies including The Amityville Horror, The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, the Annabelle trilogy, and The Haunting in Connecticut.

The purported haunting of a house in the Long Island town of Amityville was the Warrens' most high profile case, thanks to the subsequent books and movies based (loosely in most versions) on the events. After a family moved into the house where a multiple murder had previously occurred, they reported several inexplicable occurrences and sensations. The Warrens were among the paranormal investigators called in to inspect the property, and duly reported having found evidence of psychic trouble, some of it predating the multiple murder. Lorraine would say years later that the Amityville case even haunted her.

Early pioneers in the '70s Satanic Panic era, a time when cults performing satanic rituals were supposedly, although without much evidence, thought to be a widespread problem. Lorraine and Ed capitalized on the trend and made a killing—not by charging clients (their services were free) but through book and movie deals. The couple collected enough satanic paraphernalia to fill a museum at their sm

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Apr 22, 2019

NYU Feminist Professor Avital Ronell, Accused of Harassing Student, Returning to Classroom
Wikipedia CommonsA feminist New York University professor who was suspended for allegedly harassing a former graduate student last year—setting off a debate about the authenticity of the #MeToo movement—will return to the school this fall with a course on "boundary troubles."

Avital Ronell, 67, was removed from the classroom last year after an internal NYU investigation found she "engaged in sexual harassment" of her doctoral advisee over a three-year period. The report quotes emails in which she called him pet names and sent him messages like, "You looked gorgeous; Couldn't keep my eyes off youll!" Ronell has denied all allegations of harassment.

The professor's first course upon returning to the school will be titled "Unsettled Scores: Theories of Grievance, Stuckness and Boundary Troubles," according to a description first obtained by NYU Local. The course will explore how students are "confined in a within a grievance culture" and to what extent boundaries "protect or limit the possibility of experience." Featured texts include a book on a terrorist whose "demise in the face of inequity drives him to political despair."

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Apr 22, 2019

Meghan McCain Blows Up Over Mueller Report; Whoopi Goldberg Cuts Her Off
The ViewReturning from a week-long break, The View began Monday's broadcast reacting to the recently released Mueller report. Naturally, that segment ended with Whoopi Goldberg cutting off conservative co-host Meghan McCain during a tirade claiming Democrats are going to get President Trump re-elected by "demonizing" all Republicans.

In response to Sen. Mitt Romney's (R-UT) highly critical statement of Trump following the report—which found Trump repeatedly tried to obstruct the Russia probe—co-host Sunny Hostin said the Utah senator would still likely not vote for impeachment if it reached the Senate. Romney and other Republicans, he said, will ultimately refuse to hold Trump accountable.

Former Fox News host Abby Huntsman jumped in to debate both Hostin and co-host Joy Behar, noting that Trump's base feels like he "got a big win" from the report because the media set an expectation that "he was going to be booted out." Behar and Hostin, meanwhile, pointed out that Trump's overall approval rating went down to 37 percent—and that's where McCain jumped in for her take.



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Apr 22, 2019

‘Hiding in Plain Sight': Police Release New Audio, Video Evidence in Delphi Murders of Two Teen Girls
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Indiana State PoliceAuthorities released new audio and video footage Monday in the yet-unsolved 2017 case of two teenage girls who were murdered while hiking on a trail near Delphi, Indiana, warning residents that the killer likely lives or works in the small town.

Although the police have not yet made any arrests in connection with the murder, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter told residents in a Monday press conference that "We believe the person is from Delphi, currently or has previously lived here, visits on a regular basis or works here."

Carter addressed the killer directly, close to tears throughout his prepared statement: "We believe you are hiding in plain sight," he said. "We likely have interviewed you, or someone close to you. We know that this is about power to you, and you want to know what we know. And one day, you will."  

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Apr 22, 2019

Supreme Court to Decide If Anti-LGBT Discrimination Is Already Illegal
REUTERSIs anti-LGBT discrimination a form of sex discrimination?

That is what the Supreme Court said Monday it will decide next fall, when it hears three cases on anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace.  And with Justice Kavanaugh having replaced Justice Kennedy, the outcome is totally unknown.

First, let's remember what these cases are not about.  They are not about whether it's a good thing to fire someone for being gay or trans.  In fact, a whopping 69% of Americans say it should be against the law to do so.

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Apr 22, 2019

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Lies to ‘Fox & Friends': April Ryan Literally Wants Me ‘Decapitated'
Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday morning reacted to reporter April Ryan's call for her to be fired over her admission to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that she lied by pretending that Ryan literally called for her to be "decapitated."

Following the May 2017 firing of FBI Director James Comey, the Mueller report revealed last week, Sanders lied to the press that she heard from "countless" FBI officials saying they lost confidence in Comey. Ryan, a White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, lashed out at Sanders in a Thursday night CNN hit.

"When there is a lack of credibility there, you have to start...lopping the heads off," Ryan said. "It's ‘Fire Me Thursday' or ‘Fire Me Good Friday'—she needs to go."

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Apr 22, 2019

Scouted: Bearaby Launches the Tree Napper, a Weighted Blanket Made from Wood Pulp-Derived Fabric
Just when you thought you hit peak weighted blanket, Bearaby comes and changes everything. In honor of Earth Day, the weighted blanket brand has debuted the Tree Napper, a weighted blanket made exclusively from TENCEL Lycocell, a fabric derived from the wood pulp of eucalyptus trees.

While the original Bearaby Napper was made from naturally weighted vegan cotton yarn (unlike the synthetic or glass beads like weighted blankets), the Tree Napper takes things one step further. The wide-looped woven design is "produced through an environmentally responsible closed-loop process that uses ten times less water than traditional fabrics" according to the brand's press release. Now, the Bearaby Napper is not only the best-looking weighted blanket on the market, but it's also environmentally-friendly.

The Tree Napper will come in three weights: 15 pounds, 20 pounds, and 25 pounds (it's recommended you use one that's 10% of your body weight) and will come in four gorgeous summer hues: Hibiscus,

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Apr 22, 2019

Trump Sues House Oversight Chairman to Block Subpoena of His Financial Records
Reuters / Kevin LamarqueDonald Trump has taken the extraordinary step of suing the chairman of the House Oversight Committee in a desperate attempt to prevent a congressional subpoena of the president's closely held financial records.

In a filing revealed Monday morning, the president's lawyers argue the subpoena oversteps constitutional limits imposed on Congress and complain: "Democrats are singularly obsessed with finding something they can use to damage the President politically."

Last month, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) subpoenaed Mazars, an accounting firm used by Trump and his company, in an attempt to get his hands on the president's financial records. He requested documents related to Trump's finances stretching back 10 years.

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Apr 22, 2019

Elizabeth Warren Calls for Large-Scale Student Debt Cancellation
BRendan Smialowski/GettySen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is rolling out a comprehensive higher education plan that includes a broad proposal to cancel student loan debt.

The plan, which would cancel $50,000 in student loan debt for every person with a household income under $100,000, is the latest in the Massachusetts Democrat's list of ambitious policy proposals, including breaking up large tech companies, a new corporate profits tax and universal child-care coverage.

According to a Medium post detailing the policy, the debt cancellation would also apply for every person with a household income between $100,000 and $250,000, with the cancellation amount declining a dollar for every three dollars in income above $100,000, so that a person earning $130,000 would have $40,000 in cancellation. It would not cancel debts for people earning more than $250,000.

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Apr 22, 2019

Elizabeth Warren Calls for Wiping Out Student-Loan Debt, Making College Free
BRendan Smialowski/GettySen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is rolling out a comprehensive higher-education plan that includes a broad proposal to cancel student-loan debt.

The plan, which would cancel $50,000 in student-loan debt for every person with a household income under $100,000, is the latest in the presidential candidate's list of ambitious policy proposals, including breaking up large tech companies, a new corporate profits tax and universal child-care coverage.

According to a Medium post detailing the policy, the debt cancellation would also apply for every person with a household income between $100,000 and $250,000, with the cancellation amount declining a dollar for every three dollars in income above $100,000, so that a person earning $130,000 would have $40,000 in cancellation. It would not cancel debts for people earning more than $250,000.

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Apr 22, 2019

Game of Thrones: Arya Stark's Sexual Awakening Before the Battle of Winterfell
HBOGame of Thrones' final hour with characters whose stories we know will soon end is one of the series' best in years. "Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" is as romantic, reflective, intimate and, yes, as horny as the end of the world should be. It delivers merciful moments of connection and closure, each pitched to a satisfying note of catharsis, not sappiness. Little of it advances the show's endgame in any major way—we learn Winterfell's plan of attack against the Night King, and Jon confesses his Targaryen lineage to Dany—but the episode isn't a swan song either. Instead, "Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" is a kind of victory lap, a muted celebration of what this show does best and the finely-shaded relationships and shared histories of its characters.

The hour delivers on promises I consider more urgent than revealing who'll sit in a chair or die in the next battle, closing a few of the emotional arcs the series needs for a satisfying end. It gives Arya the room to act on her first crush (and boy does she), grants Brienne the external validation she'd learned to stop craving, allows the Hound a gruff moment to express paternal affection for Arya, and brings Sansa and Theon together, a meaningful reunion between the only two people who come close to understanding the other's trauma. The episode walks a fine line between gratification and wish fulfillment, and wobbles at points along the way. But in its best moments, it's elect

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Apr 22, 2019

Seth Moulton, the 20th Declared Democratic Candidate, Enters 2020 Race
Brian Snyder / ReutersRep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), the 40-year-old veteran who is in his third term in Congress, is running for president.

After spending time in early-voting states over the past few months, he announced his candidacy on Good Morning America, officially becoming the 20th candidate to compete for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

His campaign will emphasize organizing young people and veterans on the ground and aides to Moulton say they've heard positive receptions to a younger candidate who can focus on issues of national security, defense, and foreign policy in contrast to President Trump.

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Apr 22, 2019

Scouted: 7 Unique and Handcrafted Gifts That Will Make Any Mom Happy This Mother's Day
Finding a unique gift for Mother's Day is tough, mainly because you really have so many options. We scoured the web and found a handful of gifts that are not only unique, but are also all handmade. Each of these gifts has their own personality, just like each mom.

Luna Packable Blanket, $85 from Of A Kind: This versatile textile can be used as a throw blanket, a picnic blanket, or just a pop of color on a couch. It's handmade in Mexico and comes with its own leather strap for travel.

Sleepy Head Bedside Carafe Set, $75 from Uncommon Goods: A simple carafe set is a nice gift, but this minimalist carafe and tumbler set looks more like a sculpture than it does drinkware. It comes in two sizes and it's made in Turkey.

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Apr 22, 2019

Royal Feud Explodes Into Public View Again as Palace Mulls Exile of Harry and Meghan
Chris Jackson / GettyHow would you feel if you found out your brother was planning to exile you to Africa because you were more popular than him?

The relationship between Prince Harry and Prince William looked decidedly frosty as they walked separately into an Easter service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Sunday. It came after the bombshell revelation that there are plots afoot to send Harry and Meghan overseas for two or three years in 2020, partly to stop the glamorous newlyweds from overshadowing William and Kate.

Fresh palace spin Monday sought to suggest that Harry and Meghan "like the idea" (which is fortunate, isn't it?), but it was hard to avoid the conclusion from observing the brothers on Sunday that an unseasonal chill had descended over the young royals.

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Apr 22, 2019

Going 10 Rounds With Top Sommelier Zwann Grays
Courtesy Ken GoodmanWhat do you like to drink after a shift? "A Gin & Tonic at a dive-y spot that happens to be open, or a hard-shaken Daiquiri at a cocktail spot that happens to be open. Either will right all wrongs after a long shift."

What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? "I don't know if this is the all-time best, but every time I find myself in a dive bar "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits comes on. Really though, I like anything from the Back to Black album from Amy Winehouse in a dive."

Name the first good drink you ever drank and where you had it. "Somehow we had Domaine de Bellivière Chenin Blanc by the glass at Terroir Tribeca back in the day. I don't remember the cuvée, but it was from Jasnières and I could never say it right. Either way, it was one of the most beautiful sips on day two of being open, when we un-pumped the bottles and checked them before service."

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Apr 22, 2019

This Week's Supreme Court Case Could Decide the 2024 Election
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photo GettyIf the Trump administration succeeds in adding the question "Are you a U.S. Citizen?" to the 2020 census, the Census Bureau estimates that 6.5 million people won't respond to the census at all.

Most of those will be Hispanics or people with immigrants in their families who are fearful of exposing themselves or their family members to deportation, investigation, or worse. According to a Harvard University study, between 7.7 and 9.1 percent of Hispanics will skip the census entirely.

And that, in turn, will lead to fewer representatives in the House from states with large Hispanic populations—like California, New York, Illinois, Arizona, and Texas—and, accordingly, fewer electors in the electoral college to choose a president.

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Apr 22, 2019

Russia's Filthy Rich Have a Thing for Miami—but the Good Times May Be Ending
GettyRussia's Millionaire ‘Refugees'Russian elites fear they'll be locked behind the new iron curtain: punished by Western sanctions on one side, by Russian courts on the other.

MOSCOW—Here in the Russian capital, even though black snow has finally melted after the endless freezing winter, many people still feel a lack of vitamin D. But not everybody.

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Apr 22, 2019

Trump's Gay Allies Join Fight Against ‘Opportunist' Pete Buttigieg
Scott Eisen/GettyAs South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's profile, poll numbers, and fundraising prowess have risen in recent months, conservatives have generally left attacks against the young Democratic presidential candidate to creepy monologues by late-night political commentators.

But now, the gay Midwestern mayor's rise to prominence has Republicans worried enough to enlist the Trump administration's gay allies to provide cover for its anti-LGBT policies—and to rewrite Vice President Mike Pence's long history as the gay community's Public Enemy No. 1.

In a Fox News op-ed, Gregory T. Angelo, a former director of the gay Republican group Log Cabin Republicans, argued that many of the harshest critiques against Pence—among them, that he has supported so-called "conversion therapy" in the past—are inaccurate. In an appearance on the network, Ambassador Ric Grennell compared Buttigieg's characterizations of Pence's record to a "hate hoax along the lines of Jussie Smollett."

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Apr 22, 2019

Amazon Fashion Takes All the Fun Out of Clothes Shopping—and Customers Love It
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photo by GettyLast Sunday morning, I woke up to a message in my friends' group chat with a link to the Saturday Night Live skit "Fashion Coward." It was a parody commercial for a store that caters to people who hate shopping. At Fashion Coward, customers can easily buy "clothes that suggest the general idea of a person."

Racks are stocked with "brown sweaters, navy shirts, pants for the leg, and one black dress that says, ‘Keep it moving.'" The joke's punchline is "It's just Ann Taylor," an easy jab at the much-maligned chain of business-casual basics.

But Ann Taylor has some competition in Amazon, where women flock to purchase utilitarian, good-enough clothing with as much passion as they would buying a new toilet brush.

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Apr 22, 2019

The Saga of Sister Kate: A Fiery Weed Nun on a Mission to Heal the World
Good Deed EntertainmentWEST HOLLYWOOD, California—In the ‘60s, Jim Morrison was evicted after dangling from a balcony by his fingertips. Keith Richards would regularly hurl television sets out of top-floor windows. And Robert Plant infamously shrieked, "I am a golden god!" while gazing at a billboard for Led Zeppelin's new album Physical Graffiti. Yes, the Andaz hotel along Los Angeles' Sunset Strip—formerly known as the "Riot House"—is steeped in debauched history.

Today the hotel, nestled behind privacy hedges, is decidedly less raucous yet still boasts remnants of its rock-and-roll past—from sculptures of guitars to oversized portraits of Hendrix, Mercury, and other legends gone by. But on a sunny spring day, guests would be forgiven for thinking the lobby's citrus-infused water had been spiked with LSD, as their eyes fix on four nuns in habits pouring out of a silver Prius and into the former home to hell-raisers. These aren't just any nuns, though—they're the Sisters of the Valley, a spiritual weed-selling collective based out of Merced, California. The Sisters of the Valley specialize in cannabidiol salves and tinctures, which they move through Etsy, and would like to make it crystal clear that they are not in any way associated with Christianity.

"We do things spiritually but will not connect ourselves to any religion," says Sister Kate, the owner and leader of Sisters of the Valley. "Religions just sell words. We want to do better than that."



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Apr 22, 2019

The Saga of Sister Kate: A Weed Nun on a Mission to Heal the World
Good Deed EntertainmentWEST HOLLYWOOD, California—In the ‘60s, Jim Morrison was evicted after dangling from a balcony by his fingertips. Keith Richards would regularly hurl television sets out of top-floor windows. And Robert Plant infamously shrieked, "I am a golden god!" while gazing at a billboard for Led Zeppelin's new album Physical Graffiti. Yes, the Andaz hotel along Los Angeles' Sunset Strip—formerly known as the "Riot House"—is steeped in debauched history.

Today the hotel, nestled behind privacy hedges, is decidedly less raucous yet still boasts remnants of its rock-and-roll past—from sculptures of guitars to oversized portraits of Hendrix, Mercury, and other legends gone by. But on a sunny spring day, guests would be forgiven for thinking the lobby's citrus-infused water had been spiked with LSD, as their eyes fix on four nuns in habits pouring out of a silver Prius and into the former home to hell-raisers. These aren't just any nuns, though—they're the Sisters of the Valley, a spiritual weed-selling collective based out of Merced, California. The Sisters of the Valley specialize in cannabidiol salves and tinctures, which they move through Etsy, and would like to make it crystal clear that they are not in any way associated with Christianity.

"We do things spiritually but will not connect ourselves to any religion," says Sister Kate, the owner and leader of Sisters of the Valley. "Religions just sell words. We want to do better than that."



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Apr 22, 2019

Trump Calls Bernie Sanders Crazy, Praises Him in Private
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyTo his rally-goers, Donald Trump openly craves a 2020 showdown with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), salivating at the prospect of getting to run against an elderly, self-declared democratic socialist.

But in private, his view of a potential run against the senator is a lot more complex and less swaggeringly self-assured.

Those around the president say he's been of two minds when the topic of facing Sanders in 2020 comes up. While he sees the senator as a vulnerable opponent, he also has offered begrudging respect for his political acumen. Trump will—sometimes unprompted—bring up Sanders's own working-class support, and acknowledge that there is, in fact, potential for the senator to win over Trump voters with his populist appeal, three sources who've discussed this with the president tell The Daily Beast. The president has been impressed with Sanders' ability to ignite his base and draw a large crowd, though not, in his words, as "good as Trump." The president has also privately discussed the fundraising hauls that Sanders and his campaign have pulled off, noting Sanders' impressive track record with small-dollar donors.

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Apr 22, 2019

Trump Privately Praises Bernie Sanders, Even as He Publicly Calls Him Crazy
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyTo his rally-goers, Donald Trump openly craves a 2020 showdown with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), salivating at the prospect of getting to run against an elderly, self-declared democratic socialist.

But in private, his view of a potential run against the senator is a lot more complex and less swaggeringly self-assured.

Those around the president say he's been of two minds when the topic of facing Sanders in 2020 comes up. While he sees the senator as a vulnerable opponent, he also has offered begrudging respect for his political acumen. Trump will—sometimes unprompted—bring up Sanders's own working-class support, and acknowledge that there is, in fact, potential for the senator to win over Trump voters with his populist appeal, three sources who've discussed this with the president tell The Daily Beast. The president has been impressed with Sanders' ability to ignite his base and draw a large crowd, though not, in his words, as "good as Trump." The president has also privately discussed the fundraising hauls that Sanders and his campaign have pulled off, noting Sanders' impressive track record with small-dollar donors.

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Apr 21, 2019

John Oliver Exposes ‘Most Shocking' Part of the Mueller Report
HBOOn Sunday night, John Oliver dedicated the main portion of his award-winning HBO program Last Week Tonight to Thursday's release of the 448-page Mueller Report.

"Once the Mueller Report had actually been read," Oliver told his audience, "it became clear that there was a lot in it."

One of the central thrusts of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Trump-Russia was how Trump was investigated for no less than 10 possible acts of obstruction of justice, with the report concluding, "If we had confidence…that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state."

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Apr 21, 2019

Video of Florida Officer Slamming Teen's Head Goes Viral
Video of Florida police officers slamming a 15-year-old black boy's head into the pavement during a trespassing arrest went viral this weekend, sparking outrage from celebrities like Lebron James—but one officer involved claims the teen was being "aggressive" and that punching him in the head was nothing more than a "distractionary technique."

Footage of the encounter shared on social media with the hashtag #JusticeForLucca appears to show the teen, who has been referred to both as "Lucca" and "Delucca" online, reaching down to pick something up off the ground outside a McDonald's in Tamarac, Florida, while Broward County Sheriff's deputies handcuff another teen on the ground.

An officer turned around and confronted Lucca, then pepper sprayed him in the face. As Lucca turned and tried to walk away, the officer grabbed him by the shoulders and slammed him to the ground.

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Apr 21, 2019

Nathan Lane Cleans Up Broadway's Biggest Pile of Dead Bodies in ‘Gary: a Sequel to Titus Andronicus'
Courtesy Julieta CervantesEven before the lushly designed curtain rises on Taylor Mac's Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, which opens Sunday night on Broadway (at the Booth Theatre, to Aug. 4), the fluids start shooting forth.

A woman appears and begins to spurt blood from her slashed neck. The blood flies out sporadically, and this looks a little precarious if you are in the front two rows. The woman, inevitably raspy of voice given her injury, muses on the nature of sequels and revenge.

Then the curtain rises on one of the great stage designs of this Broadway season. The sight of hundreds of human bodies immediately confronts the audience. They are piled right in front of us; life-size stuffed mannequins, with red splodges on them signifying wounds. Legs and arms and faces and heads and necks, all in a horrific, mad, limb-clashing, mashing pile-up.

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Apr 21, 2019

Scouted: The 6 Women's Sneakers That Will Elevate Your Everyday Style
As someone who wears sneakers several times a week, finding the right pair was a process. I needed sneakers that would get me through my 15-minute walk from the subway each morning but that didn't look like I was getting ready for eighth grade P.E. class.

Sneakers don't have to just be the "I want to be comfortable" option. They can take a dressy look and make it more fashionably-casual. They can streamline your outfit into something that feels more you. But not all sneakers are created the same. When it comes to upgrading your sneakers, look for ones that are made from high-quality materials like leather and cotton, and don't be afraid to break them in.

The Perforated Royale, $179 from Greats: I love my Greats Royales. Every time I wear them, I get compliments. They're versatile but still statement-making. It took a little while to break them in, but now I find them incredibly comfortable and easy to pair with anything, from jeans to dresses. They're made from Italian leather and will keep your feet looking fresh every time you wear them.

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Apr 21, 2019

Inside Kanye West's Coachella Sunday Service: A Big, Mesmerizing, ‘Religious' Grift
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via TwitterOn Easter Sunday morning, Kanye West captivated Coachella with his attempt to rise from the depths of cultural cancellation. West brought his "Sunday Service," previously reserved for elite worshippers, friends and family, to the masses. The rapper's recent turn toward outspoken faith hints at his desire for redemption, or at the very least a search for community and meaning in the wake of a public fall from grace.

West is an inarguably talented and influential artist, but he's an increasingly controversial one.

Many fans lost their faith after West repeatedly, insistently expressed his support for Donald Trump. In addition to sporting a telltale red MAGA hat, West has also visited the president and defended him against criticism. The rapper's previously beloved Twitter feed has seemingly been converted into a tool for generating backlash, with posts shouting out far-right activist Candace Owens and repping "Trump all day."

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Apr 21, 2019

Black Parishioners in Louisiana Pray on Easter for Alleged Racist Who Burned Down Their Church
Glenna GordonOPELOUSAS, Louisiana—Decked out in vibrant pink and yellow dresses and suits and elaborate hats, the all-black congregation of the Greater Union Baptist Church packed into a plain, windowless room in a private Masonic lodge with plastic folding chairs Sunday morning to hold their Easter service.

They've been gathering in this cramped donated space since April 2, when their historic church was burned to the ground in a series of alleged suspected hate crimes that destroyed three black churches over nine days.

Spirits were high, despite the circumstances. The gospel choir sang, and the churchgoers danced and hollered and praised exuberantly, as if nothing were different. Occasionally, bits of grief broke through: A woman burst into tears and started sobbing into her lap, and people passed a box of tissues down the row and rubbed her back until she recovered. Otherwise, the mood felt something like triumph.

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Apr 21, 2019

Is Sri Lanka Easter Massacre a Bid to Revive Global Holy War?
STR/GettyNEW YORK—"It's really a shame it had to come to this," said an NYPD counterterrorism officer who was posted Sunday morning outside a Catholic church on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Inside, the pews were filled with the faithful at Easter mass.

I asked her if she and her colleague were there because hundreds of people were killed hours earlier, halfway around the world, at Easter services in Sri Lanka. No, she said, this deployment in New York was scheduled months ago, but she understood the question perfectly well.

Christian churches, along with Jewish synagogues, Buddhist shrines, and Shiite Muslim mosques have been prime targets for violent jihadists, whether from the so-called Islamic State, Al Qaeda, or groups or individuals most of the world has never heard of.

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Apr 21, 2019

Scouted: The Cookbooks and Recipe Books You Should Have In Your Kitchen
A cookbook can easily change how you see yourself in the kitchen. It's a book of knowledge that can give you inspiration and confidence in your culinary skills. We've rounded up a few cookbooks handpicked by Scouted and Half Full editors that our readers loved so you can stock your kitchen shelves with recipes and ideas that will take you far in your cooking journey. From cooking solo to baking bread, these books will steer you into a successful kitchen endeavor.

How to Cook Without a Book, Completely Updated and Revised: Recipes and Techniques Every Cook Should Know by Heart, $19 on Amazon: "New York Times bestselling author Pam Anderson updates her classic cookbook--which put "cooking by heart" on the map--to include modern flavors and new techniques that today's home cooks will love, with new and original full-color photographs."

Provincetown Seafood Cookbook, $14 on Amazon: "Provincetown's best-known and most-admired chef combines delectable recipes and delightful folklore to serve up a classic in seafood cookbooks. Read about the famous (and infamous!) Provincetown fishing fleet, the adventures of the fish and shellfish that roam Cape Cod waters, and the people of Provincetown--like John J. Glaspie, Lord Protector of the Quahaugs."

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Apr 21, 2019

Ukraine Elects a Television Comic President By a Landslide
NurPhoto via GettyKIEV—Exit polls show a television comedian backed by a shadowy billionaire has won Ukraine's presidential elections with a crushing majority that may ultimately be greater than 70 percent.

This is no joke, as headline writers have been saying ever since the possibility of a victory by Volodomyr Zelenskiy over incumbent Petro Poroshenko loomed on the electoral horizon.

Ukraine is a country at war, shorn of territory by Russian covert and overt actions, with corruption a massive problem, and a hopeful but still fragile attachment to democracy.

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Apr 21, 2019

Russian State Media Binges on Fox Prime Time and Sean Hannity Reruns
REUTERS/Carlos BarriaSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller's report implicated the Russian government in a widespread campaign of hacking and political disinformation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Russian state media is nonetheless trumpeting the reaction of U.S. conservatives to the report, which found that the Trump campaign was not complicit in those election-meddling efforts, as evidence of a broad anti-Russian conspiracy in the U.S. And it's using at least one prominent American conservative voice to do so.

The Russian government-owned Rossiya 1 news channel recently broadcasted excerpts from Fox News primetime host Sean Hannity's on-air monologue, which hammered "media hysteria" over the report and allegations of campaign "collusion" with the Russian government.

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Apr 21, 2019

Giuliani: ‘Nothing Wrong' With Getting Political Dirt From Russians
REUTERS/Ronen ZvulunThe Trump campaign's attempt to solicit political assistance from agents of the Russian government was perfectly legal, the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested on Sunday, calling it was a completely defensible political move.

"There's nothing wrong with taking information from Russians," Giuliani told CNN's Jake Tapper in an interview on Sunday morning, referring to a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting at which Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner solicited dirt on Hillary Clinton from people they believed to be acting at the behest of the Russian government.

Pressed by Tapper on whether it's "okay" to use information stolen by adversarial foreign governments in the service of a presidential candidacy, Giuliani replied, "it depends on the stolen material."

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Apr 21, 2019

Easter Sunday Bombs in Sri Lanka Target Christians and Tourists, Kill Hundreds
REUTERS/Dinuka LiyanawatteA series of coordinated bomb blasts at churches and hotels across Sri Lanka killed more than 200 people and left hundreds more injured on Easter Sunday in one of the worst bouts of violence in the island nation since civil war ended a decade ago.

Four luxury hotels and three Catholic churches were among the highly populated areas that were targeted, according to the Associated Press. Officials told the AP that at least two of the blasts were carried out by suicide bombers.

Late Sunday, Sri Lanka's Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena said authorities apprehended several people suspected of being involved in the attacks, according to the Associated Press. Three police officers were reportedly killed during operations to arrest the suspects.

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Apr 21, 2019

Easter Sunday Bombs in Sri Lanka Target Christians and Tourists, Leave Hundreds Dead
REUTERS/Dinuka LiyanawatteA series of co-ordinated bomb blasts at churches and hotels across Sri Lanka killed roughly 200 people and left hundreds more injured on Easter Sunday in one of the worst bouts of violence in the island nation since civil war ended a decade ago.

Four luxury hotels and three Catholic churches were among the highly populated areas that were targeted, according to the Associated Press. Officials told the AP that at least two of the blasts were carried out by suicide bombers.

Late Sunday, Sri Lanka's Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena said authorities apprehended seven people suspected of being involved in the attacks, according to the Associated Press. Two police officers were reportedly killed during operations to arrest the suspects.

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Apr 21, 2019

Christians and Foreigners Targeted in Multiple Easter Blasts in Sri Lanka
REUTERS/Dinuka LiyanawatteNearly 200 people have been killed and nearly 600 injured in a series of bomb blasts that rocked several Sri Lanka cities on Easter Sunday morning.





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Apr 21, 2019

‘Hail Satan?' Director Penny Lane on Becoming a Card-Carrying Satanist
Magnolia PicturesFive years ago, I was eating dinner at a Chinese joint in Boston when a parade of black-clad guys in hoods and horns trudged into the restaurant, up the stairs and into the black box performance space on the third floor. They were members of the Satanic Temple, who had come to Boston to perform a Black Mass—a parody ceremony aping the rituals of a Catholic service.

Their arrival had caused chaos. Catholics who believed the group planned to use a consecrated host in the ceremony poured into the streets in protest. Op-eds condemning the ceremony popped up in publications from the Boston Globe to the BBC. At the core of the fight was the question of whether fringe spiritual groups could expect the same freedom of expression that Christians exercise on a daily basis. As it turned out, they couldn't. The Satanists were kicked out of venue after venue, until they wound up on the third floor of the Hong Kong restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue, lighting candles and murmuring in mock religious fervor.

Now, that same scene appears in the opening act of a new documentary from Penny Lane (her real name), documentarian and chronicler of weird Americana. Lane's other movies—which range from a look at patients who believe they have Morgellons (The Pain of Others), to an examination of Richard Nixon's home movies (Our Nixon), to the biography of a wacky radio host who launched a national campaign to cure impotence with goat testicles (

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Apr 21, 2019

‘Hail Satan?' Director Penny Lane Regrets Becoming a Card-Carrying Satanist
Magnolia PicturesFive years ago, I was eating dinner at a Chinese joint in Boston when a parade of black-clad guys in hoods and horns trudged into the restaurant, up the stairs and into the black box performance space on the third floor. They were members of the Satanic Temple, who had come to Boston to perform a Black Mass—a parody ceremony aping the rituals of a Catholic service.

Their arrival had caused chaos. Catholics who believed the group planned to use a consecrated host in the ceremony poured into the streets in protest. Op-eds condemning the ceremony popped up in publications from the Boston Globe to the BBC. At the core of the fight was the question of whether fringe spiritual groups could expect the same freedom of expression that Christians exercise on a daily basis. As it turned out, they couldn't. The Satanists were kicked out of venue after venue, until they wound up on the third floor of the Hong Kong restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue, lighting candles and murmuring in mock religious fervor.

Now, that same scene appears in the opening act of a new documentary from Penny Lane (her real name), documentarian and chronicler of weird Americana. Lane's other movies—which range from a look at patients who believe they have Morgellons (The Pain of Others), to an examination of Richard Nixon's home movies (Our Nixon), to the biography of a wacky radio host who launched a national campaign to cure impotence with goat testicles (

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Apr 20, 2019

These Queer Women Don't Care That Pete Buttigieg Is Gay—They Want a Female President
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyHe makes jokes about Grindr. He embraces his husband in public. He talks about coming out. It's no surprise that Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic candidate running to be the first openly gay U.S. president, has earned support from across the LGBTQ spectrum. But for some queer women, the primary star is just another white man running for president.

With a record-breaking six women running in 2020, and Hillary Clinton's bitter defeat still fresh on their tongues, a number of LGBTQ women told The Daily Beast they would simply prefer a female candidate.

"For me, being queer or lesbian, nominating a young, inexperienced white gay man is not my priority," Duke University professor Ara Wilson told The Daily Beast. "The fact that we have not had women in that high office is, to me, much more marked, much more dramatic, and much more moving."

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Apr 20, 2019

Broke Roger Stone Is Speaking for Money at a Strip Club
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastRoger Stone has two very important speaking gigs in his future: one is in court over his alleged lying and witness tampering during the Mueller investigation.

The other is at a Richmond, Virginia strip club, where he's scheduled to give a paid speech next month, despite opposition from local activists.

Stone has fallen on hard financial times since he was arrested on federal charges late last year. President Trump's long-time political advisor is currently awaiting trial for several counts relating to his alleged alleged communications with WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. After pleading not guilty, he was let out on a $250,000 bond. That and lawyers' fees have rendered him effectively bankrupt, he says.

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Apr 20, 2019

The Two Faces of Bob Mueller
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyFor Bob Mueller, Thursday was a busy day. The publication of a 448-page report collecting painstaking research into Russia's interference in the 2016 election brought to an end a nearly two year long, deeply-significant investigation. But with it came additional work: from sifting through the final product to monitoring the public reaction.

Mueller is not that Mueller. He's a newscaster at WKRN in Nashville, Tennessee. And while his job hasn't been nearly as stressful as the former FBI Director's, whose report was released on Thursday, it hasn't been without complications either.

Sharing the name of the man at the center of one of the most controversial episodes in recent political memory, has made life a little weird. The politicians Mueller interviews on his show have ribbed him about how long it's taken to get to the bottom of the Trump mess. Hosts at restaurants where he's made reservations have offered "a-ha!" glances when he shows up to eat. And his Facebook feed has been a cesspool of loonies and MSNBC moms offering support.

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Apr 20, 2019

Saudi Sisters Escape to Georgia and Plead for Asylum on Twitter
via TwitterTBILISI, Georgia— For the people of Saudi Arabia, its victims, and anyone who values human rights, Wednesday, April 17th, was a painful day.

First, President Trump vetoed a bill that would have ended U.S. support for the Saudi war in Yemen.

Then, an abrupt cancellation of a criminal court in Riyadh left some 30 Saudi human-rights activists in prison. Among the detained are two U.S. citizens and the dissident Loujain Al-Hathloul who was arrested for campaigning against the Saudi male guardianship system and for the woman's right to drive.

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Apr 20, 2019

No More Bullshit: Prepare for Trump Unleashed
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastRead the Mueller report and weep as it dawns on you that the president is now really home alone.

I know we've thought this before when the Generals Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly left. Those were more innocent times.  

Trump, convinced he alone outwitted the deep state, is now unleashed to be a purer version of himself. He will listen even less to his aides,  except the most servile, like the recently appointed Attorney General William Barr who followed directions perfectly with his No Collusion, No Collusion Summary of the Mueller Report, stopping just short of his boss declaring it "bullsh*t." To all those who thought Trump would have brought in a lawyer that hadn't passed his Roy Cohn test for abject loyalty, think again.  

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Apr 20, 2019

Professor Who Scanned All of Notre Dame Died Months Before Fire
Andrew Tallon (Vassar College/Columbia University)Few people outside certain techie and cultural heritage circles had ever heard about self-described ‘gadget geek' Andrew Tallon's work until Monday, when Notre Dame cathedral in Paris went up in a cloud of smoke.

Tallon, a Belgium-born Vassar College art professor who died six months ago at the age of 49, of terminal brain cancer, was the first-and the last-person to digitally scan the entire 850-year-old cathedral. He used special lasers to create one billion data points, which he did out of a labor of love driven by obsession.

His precise measurements, which are accurate to within five millimeters or 0.1969 inches, are now the only modern record of the cathedral just as it was on the day it was partially destroyed, which will prove invaluable to those who hope to rebuild it—if French authorities ask for them.  

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Apr 20, 2019

How To Illustrate 8 Million Articles on the Mueller Report
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastRobert Mueller doesn't get out much.

That is, there aren't many public photos of Mueller.

Slate published a piece of photo editors—yours truly included—lamenting about how the Special Counsel is rarely photographed and how editors are relying on the same limiting pool of images available from wire agencies.

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Apr 20, 2019

The (Possibly) Gay, Elite Apostle Who Believed in Radical Equality for All
Public DomainDuring the past decade, if not before, I've been wrestling with an angel: Paul the Apostle. I've been reading the letters of Paul intensely from the time I was a young man, drawn by his wild and visionary sense of reality, his "invention" of Christianity, his example as a man who moved through the wide cosmopolitan world of the first century without the slightest fear of consequences. (In this, he's very different from me and, I suspect, most of us!) As Easter approaches, I begin to think about what Paul said when he urged us to "take on the mind of Christ" [Philippians 2.5], which in his theology means entering completely into this cosmic spirit so that the spirit itself becomes part of us.

My own spiritual journey has been a textual one in part, living in the gospels and letters of Paul as a reader, digging into the Greek words themselves to unearth their full meaning. This work, most recently, has led to a series of 21 lectures that I recorded some months ago about Jesus, Paul, and the early Christians. And I have just published The Damascus Road:  A Novel of Saint Paul.  

In this novel, I write as Paul in the first person, countering or "correcting" his narrative with that of his traveling companion, Luke, who wrote the Gospel of Luke and, of course, the Acts of the Apostles, the latter being an account of their missionary journeys th

The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2019

Why My Family Didn't Go to the Ganges to Say Goodbye
SANJAY KANOJIARivers are a big deal in India. In fact, one of the country's state courts previously declared the River Ganges — a sacred site for Hindus and a bucket-list sight for tourists — to be a "living entity" with human rights. It was a short-lived legal status, but Hindus don't need official laws to personify or worship a body of water. The proof is in the numbers.

From January to March 2019, roughly 120 million people — equivalent to more than a third of the U.S. population — traveled to the Ganges to bathe in its water and wash away their sins. UNESCO hails this Kumbh Mela festival as "the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth." One of its most revered locations is the intersection of three rivers: the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the mythological Saraswati. The meeting point is known as Triveni Sangam. (The word sangam, derived from Sanskrit, means the junction of two or more rivers.)

Though I was in India during the first part of the Kumbh Mela, I was more than 1,000 miles away from the crowds of

The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2019

The Mystery of Why Michelangelo Burned His Sketches Just Before He Died
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyAt the end of a long vaulted room in the Galleria dell'Accademia, there stands a man who has been hailed as the embodiment of perfection.

He looks nonchalantly off to the side while positioned in a casual contrapposto stance. His abs ripple in the natural light that gleams through the domed ceiling, his curly hair is perfectly coifed with every strand defined, and his fingers and toes are faithfully detailed down to the creases and veins in a show of artistry that just might bring viewers to tears.

This man is the David sought out by millions of tourists to Florence each year, and he represents the pinnacle of Renaissance sculpture.

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Apr 20, 2019

OMG I Want to Rent This House: Sayulita, Mexico
AirBnBThe Daily Beast presents a look at one of the most insane houses in the world.

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Apr 20, 2019

Edward Gorey Wore the Weirdest, Wackiest Jewels
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Steven Senne/APIn November of 2018, the most aptly named biography to ever exist was published: Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey.

Written by Mark Dery, it covers with great detail the macabre and bizarre author Edward Gorey. Many readers will know Gorey's most famous work, The Gashlycrumb Tinies: Published in 1963, it tells the tales of small children meeting their theatrical deaths, written to the tune of an alphabet book.

"Eccentric" is a good word to latch onto when it comes to Gorey, a man who not only wrote about the alliterative deaths of small children in alphabetical order, but also pranced around New York City in extravagant fur coats, and bedecked every finger with huge silver rings. Even more mysterious: Gorey was, in actuality, a pretty well-adjusted man.

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Apr 20, 2019

Whites Said Marian Anderson Couldn't Sing In Their Hall. So She Sang at the Lincoln Memorial in a Concert for the Ages.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThis coming Easter marks the 80th anniversary of the concert that, long before the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, established the Lincoln Memorial as sacred space for protesting racial injustice in America.

On Easter Sunday 1939, Marian Anderson, then America's best-known classical singer, gave a free concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after being denied the opportunity to perform at Washington, D. C.'s Constitution Hall. Anderson was African-American. Constitution Hall had a "white artists only" policy.

In 1939 Anderson's Lincoln Memorial concert was celebrated by many as a near-perfect blend of art and politics. Today, at a time when the Trump administration continually fosters racial tension, Anderson's concert seems even more remarkable than it originally did.

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Apr 20, 2019

M.R. James Wrote the Scariest, Not-So-Holy Ghost Story for Easter
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThough we never think of Easter as a day pocked by any kind of fear, it's certainly the holiday that represents the most macabre event out of any of them. Skinny, sage dude, who was trying to revolutionize the world with love, gets his hands and feet nailed to a cross, then spends the afternoon up there until he dies. Upon which, he is stuck in a cave with a rock jammed into its mouth, only to rise from the dead, get out, and find his friends to see if they need to test their belief in him by sticking their fingers in his nail holes. Now let's eat the crap out of some Peeps and Cadbury Eggs!

Easter is so vernal, with a color scheme of pinks, light blues, and yellows to match, which enlivens everything from little girls' dresses to ubiquitous Easter eggs. But what has always produced a frisson of fear in me is one of our greatest ghost stories—let's call it top 20—written by a man who normally reserved his frights for Christmas but saw an opportunity in the soft pastel spring of Easter.

Montague Rhodes James—M.R. to his friends and to us—was born in 1862, living until 1936. He was a scholar and provost, working at a number of universities in England. But it was while he was at King's College from 1905 to 1918 that he did what he became most famous for.



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Apr 20, 2019

Feud Could Reportedly Drive Harry And Meghan to Africa
Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty ImagesPrince Harry, Meghan Markle and their new baby could move to Africa for two to three years in 2020, in an attempt to defuse the bitter feud with William and Kate that has dogged them in recent months, a bombshell report in Britain's Sunday Times is claiming.

The Prince's advisers are said to have been working on a ‘bespoke' role for the couple which will combine work in their role as Commonwealth youth ambassadors, charity work and the job of promoting Britain.

The Sunday Times story was not immediately published on the papers website, but began to circulate on Saturday night after the Times released its front page on social media.

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Apr 20, 2019

Northern Irish Police: Journalist's Murder Sign Of A ‘New Brand Of Terrorism'
Northern Irish police said a "new brand of terrorism" was responsible for the death of a well-respected journalist who was killed last week as they announced the arrest of two teenagers in connection with the killing.

Twenty-nine year-old journalist and LGBT activist Lyra McKee was fatally shot on Thursday while covering a clash between police and nationalist rioters in Londonerry. She was standing near police officers when rioters fired gunshots and threw petrol bombs at police.

During a press conference on Saturday, police in Northern Ireland announced that arrested two men, 18 and 19 years old, under the country's terrorism act in connection with McKee's murder. They have been taken thw two to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

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Apr 20, 2019

FBI Arrests New Mexico Border Militia Leader Larry Mitchell Hopkins
PAUL RATJE/GettyThe FBI has arrested a New Mexico man who allegedly illegally detained immigrants crossing the border under the guise of working for the United States Border Patrol.

Larry Mitchell Hopkins runs The United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), an armed border militia group that spreads far-right conspiracies and rounds up asylum seekers on the border.

The FBI arrested Hopkins Saturday on charges of possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon. Recent video footage released by UCP shows two members holding what appear to be semi-automatic rifles near immigrants, many of them children.

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