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The Daily Beast
Jun 18, 2018

My Nicaragua Motorcycle Diary: Racing Through a Revolution
Joe Tustin, 29, quit his job as a software sales executive in the Denver area last October and set out to travel the world. After months in Nepal and Southeast Asia, he left Colorado again in May on a rebuilt motorcycle, hoping to make it to Patagonia by Christmas. Over the last few days he has been traveling through Central America, skirting an erupting volcano in Guatemala, then driving through El Salvador and Honduras, hoping he could race through Nicaragua, where a national uprising against the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega has been met with ferocious violence. To date, some 200 people have been killed and well over 1,000 injured. Many of the roads are blocked, and a national strike has shut the country down. But very little news about the situation has appeared in the U.S. press. And Tustin really had no idea what he was getting into as he crossed from Honduras early last Friday morning. Afterward, he found the detailed article about Nicaragua published last week by The Daily Beast and sent us his first-hand account of what he saw there.

— Christopher Dickey, World News Editor

The Nicaraguan border was a ghost town.  I was the only person there, local or tourist. The final inspector was a nice older guy and after checking my VIN on the paperwork I asked if he wanted to sign the tank.  He was happy to and with a smile on his face I asked him for route suggestions.



The Daily Beast
Jun 18, 2018

Trump's Immigration Goon Squad Pretends to Be Police in NYC
GettyThis story, by Felipe De La Hoz, is from Documented, an independent and non-partisan newsroom covering immigration as it matters to New Yorkers.

It was early in the morning when Miguel found his Brooklyn apartment surrounded by people clad in vests emblazoned "POLICE."

He had refused to open the door when they first knocked. One of the men had called his cellphone to say, in Spanish, that they had been sent by his probation officer. The voice on the other end of the line was calm, beckoning him out.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 18, 2018

Going 10 Rounds With Top Bartender Joseph Boroski
Noah FecksWhat do you like to drink after a shift? "I have a strict policy of not drinking on the job. This is mostly because I am constantly tasting and, despite the ubiquitous belief that your talents improve after a few drinks, I know that any amount of impairment of my senses could negatively affect the taste experiences of my guests. So, the best end of shift drink for me is a solid palate cleanser. I find that a gin and soda (no, I didn't say tonic!) does the trick."

What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? "I can think of several, but lately I've been repeatedly playing "D'yer Mak'er" by Led Zeppelin. I just introduced it to my five-year-old daughter and she sings it just about non-stop. ‘You don't have to go—oh—oh—oh—oh…to bed!' she sings."

What drink should be banished and why? "Aren't we really here to provide our guests with what they want? Many badly balanced and poorly created cocktails exist in the countless cocktail experiences that people have had, but when someone wants something in particular, there's a reason they like it. Wouldn't it be my responsibility as a hospitality professional to do what is in my power to provide that person with the experience they desire? I'd be more than happy to switch it up a bit by utilizing fresh ingredients and better components, though, if I think the original version needs a bit of work."

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The Daily Beast
Jun 18, 2018

Is Trump Heading Back to ‘Fire and Fury' With Kim?
Saul Loeb/AFP/GettyOn Sunday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to savage the critics of his summit in Singapore on June 12 with Kim Jong Un.

"The denuclearization deal with North Korea is being praised and celebrated all over Asia," he tweeted. "They are so happy! Over here, in our country, some people would rather see this historic deal fail then give Trump a win, even if it does save potentially millions & millions of lives!"

Trump, like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is feeling the heat of criticism over the joint statement signed in Singapore. Many think that vaguely worded document will not lead to the "amazing deal" the president promised the world in his June 12 interview with Voice of America's Greta Van Susteren.

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Jun 18, 2018

My Client Escaped Rape and Violence. Jeff Sessions Would Have Closed the Door on Her.
Jessica Kourkounis/GettyLast Friday, June 8, 2018, an Immigration Judge in Texas awarded asylum to my client.

She had fled Honduras after suffering years brutal violence by her husband. After he broke her nose, stabbed her in the foot, repeatedly held a gun to her head and raped her at will, she fled to another part of the country and reported the abuse to the police. The police then called her abuser and advised him that she was trying to report him. After she tried to flee the country, Honduran border agents intercepted and detained her until her abuser showed up to get her. Only after attempting another dangerous escape was she able to flee to the United States to claim asylum.

Less than 24 business hours after the immigration judge's asylum grant, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his sweeping decision in Matter of A-B-, in which he makes the disturbing statement that "generally" asylum claims "pertaining to domestic violence" should no longer be approved. He injected his animus towards immigrants and women throughout the decision, mischaracterizing Ms. A-B-, the respondent in the case, as an economic migrant coming to work rather than someone who was fleeing for her life. He ignored hundreds of pages of country conditions evidence that had been submitted to him documenting that the Salvadoran government, a country with one of the highest rates of femicide in the world, cannot or will not protect the respondent. His view that gender-based violence is a "strictly personal" matter is designed to return us to an era where women's rights are not viewed as human rights.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 18, 2018

Nigeria's Human Traffickers Are Working the World Cup
Matthew Ashton/GettyUYO, Nigeria—Weeks before the 2018 FIFA World Cup was due to kick off in Russia, a woman met Blessing and Mfon at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in the southern Nigeria city of Uyo. The two young sisters had gone there to watch Nigeria play Spain's Atletico Madrid in a warmup match ahead of the global soccer fiesta in which this West African nation is proud to participate, and the woman, in her 40s, seemed to be a devoted fan.

"We sat beside her during the match, and we were all analyzing the performance of the [Nigerian] team together," Blessing, who is 19 and the older of the two siblings, told The Daily Beast. "After the match, she asked us if we would like to go watch the World Cup in Russia and work there after the tournament."

Russia is open to foreigners with just a single match ticket and a FAN ID, which is available online to confirmed ticket holders. Once you're in, you can stay legally until July 25, which is 10 days after the end of the competition.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 18, 2018

Delegation From Mueller-Scrutinized Cyprus Gets Sweet Deal at Trump's D.C. Hotel
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastA delegation from the country of Cyprus was looking for ways to influence the Trump administration when it came to Washington D.C. in late May. And so, it did what many savvy influence-peddlers in the nation's capital would do. It booked its conference in the president's hotel.

From May 22-25, delegates of the 34th annual International Coordinating Committee's "Justice For Cyprus (PSEKA) Conference" convened at the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the gathering was fairly explicit. As laid out in a report in the Cyprus News Agency, an editorially independent but semi-government-funded news outlet, members were looking "into ways of exerting influence on US President Donald Trump with a view to avert the Islamization of the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus."

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The Daily Beast
Jun 18, 2018

The Migrant Boys on the Borderline
Courtesy of Dana KennedyVENTIMIGLIA, Italy—Seventeen-year-old Abdul Maiga, originally from Mali, is tall and handsome with high cheekbones and erect posture. He's also one of the smarter kids I've ever met.

If circumstances were different, he'd be someone's adored son, graduating from high school and heading to college in the fall, with parents helping him move into his new dorm room.

But Maiga has no parents, no money and no papers. He lives under a bridge on the Roya River with other stateless, trapped, penniless sub-Saharan African males between about 14 and 30 in a real-life version of Sartre's "No Exit."

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Jun 18, 2018

Democrats: Start Defending Mueller Right Now. It's Only the Future of the Republic That's at Stake.
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastI Google-Newsed "defending Robert Mueller" just to see what came up and who's been doing it lately. Result? It would appear that the highest-profile defender of the special counsel over the past two weeks or so is not Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi, not Tom Steyer or George Soros. Although it is another George: Conway, as in husband of Kellyanne, arch-conservative, and the man who two decades ago had a hand in introducing America to Monica Lewinsky.

Democrats: Where are you and what on earth are you doing? The attacks on Mueller are relentless and disgusting. Sunday, The Washington Post reported that the Liars' Club, from Potus to Rudy to Newt on down, are "prepared for war" when the time comes that Mueller releases his report. Mueller could produce a video tape of Donald Trump in Red Square in 2016 being handed a briefcase that says "Dirtski on Hillary," with Trump saying, "Spasibo, thank you, Comrade, for handing me this file on Crooked Hillary right here in broad daylight," and even then the lies wouldn't stop. They've been lying already about cold, hard evidence that we actually have in hand—whenever any of them bark that Mueller "has turned up nothing," they're just not counting the five guilty pleas, two from former Trump campaign aides, or

The Daily Beast
Jun 18, 2018

Gym Rats Are at Risk of This Once-Obscure Kidney Disease
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastAll Jared Shamburger wanted was to get stronger.

The 17-year-old's father and brother had been bodybuilding for years, and Shamburger felt he had to "catch up to them and get as big as them," he told ABC13.

To that end, he spent 90 minutes last month lifting weights at his Houston area gym. When he got home, he was sore—extremely sore. "Everything hurt," he said. "It hurt to the touch. It was swollen."

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Jun 18, 2018

Far-Right Media Falsely Claim Britain Sent Anti-Muslim Activist to ‘Muslim Prison'
Matthew Lloyd/GettyTop conservative figures in the United States have become fixated on one specific question: whether, or when, British anti-Muslim activist Tommy Robinson will get shanked by a Muslim in prison.

Robinson's saga has consumed right-wing media in the U.S. and even earned him a letter of support from a congressman. And, like many of the other right-wing cause célèbres in 2018, a good amount of it is made up.  

Robinson, who's real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who entered the international right-wing scene as a cofounder of the extremist English Defence League, has remade himself in recent years as a pugnacious internet video personality. After repeatedly violating court orders against reporting on a child sex abuse trial involving Muslim defendants—what's been dubbed a "grooming gang" by the right—by attempting to film the defendants, Robinson was arrested in May and sentenced to 13 months in prison for contempt of court.

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Jun 18, 2018

Kim Jong Un More Popular Than Pelosi Among Republicans: Exclusive Poll Results
GettySelf-identified Republicans now have a marginally more favorable view of Kim Jong Un than they do for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), according to a new Ipsos poll done exclusively for The Daily Beast.

The poll of roughly 1,000 adults aged 18 and over was conducted June 14-15, shortly after President Trump's historic summit with the North Korea dictator. According to the results, 19 percent of Republicans indicated they had a favorable view of Kim with 68 percent saying they had an unfavorable view (12 percent of voters overall had a favorable view of Kim, compared to 75 percent who viewed him unfavorably). That compared slightly better than the perception of Pelosi, who had a 17 percent favorable, 72 percent unfavorable rating among self-identified Republicans.

Pelosi, nevertheless, was only the second-most disliked figure on Capitol Hill. Her overall 29 percent favorable, 47 percent unfavorable rating was slightly better than the numbers for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell had an overall favorability rating of 20 percent with 43 percent viewing him unfavorable. (Self-identified Democrats, for what it's worth, had a significantly more favorable opinion of McConnell than of Kim Jong Un.)



The Daily Beast
Jun 18, 2018

‘Queer Eye's' Groundbreaking Trans and God Episodes Just Made This Show Important
Courtesy of NetflixIt's not just the straight guys struggling to be the most fabulous versions of themselves anymore, though their inclination toward cargo shorts and headboard-less beds still ranks them as some of the most unfortunate among us. In 2018, the Queer Eye casts its scrutinizing gaze on all humans.

The first season of Netflix's Queer Eye revival, which dropped the "For the Straight Guy" title that the original Bravo series launched with 15 years ago, telegraphed a new "for the woke guy" branding for the series. And the second season of the reboot, which premiered this weekend, is taking it a step further: Its wokeness is no longer gendered.

"The original show was fighting for tolerance. Our fight is for acceptance," said host Tan France in that first batch of episodes, which included a standout installment that centered on the physical and emotional makeover of a gay man. The new crop of episodes, perhaps even more so than that first run, makes good on that crusade, with its landmark trans and first female makeovers.

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Jun 18, 2018

Beijing Is Holding U.S. Citizens ‘Hostage' in China
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastIn its ongoing campaign to extend its reach beyond its borders, the Chinese government has found a new form of leverage: American citizens in China.

Last year, Beijing prevented several U.S. citizens from leaving China, including a pregnant woman, according to email correspondence obtained by The Daily Beast. The total number of so-called exit bans placed on U.S. citizens in China is unknown, but at least two dozen cases have occurred within the past two years, according to one analyst's estimate.

Chinese authorities typically target U.S. citizens of Chinese heritage for exit bans, usually in connection with an investigation. Sometimes, Beijing uses American citizens to try to coerce family members residing in the United States to return to China or to cooperate with Chinese authorities in investigations.

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Jun 18, 2018

Meghan Markle's Dad Thomas Markle Finally Speaks Out
Meghan Markle's reclusive dad, Thomas Markle, has told how his daughter wept as she told him to focus on 'getting better' after he explained that he could not attend her wedding due to ill-health.

In an astonishing interview on British TV today, Markle broke his silence about the dramatic events leading up to his daughter's wedding and said he deeply regretted co-operating with the paparazzi to set up photos of himself.

He also said he cried as he watched his daughter's wedding on television in a small rented apartment.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 18, 2018

Sandra Bullock Opens Up About Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Was Afraid of Him'
Angela Weiss/AFP/GettySandra Bullock has spoken out about the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal in a new interview with The Sunday Times.

The star of the all-female blockbuster heist film Ocean's 8 says that although she never worked with the influential movie mogul she "was afraid of him."

She says: "I only heard what Harvey wanted people to hear, and that made me so fucking angry. People would say, ‘Well, you know how she got that role? She fucked Harvey.' I would say, ‘Shut the fuck up. You don't know that.' Then, later, to find out that woman was brutally attacked... They didn't sleep with Harvey. Harvey wanted you to think that."

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The Daily Beast
Jun 18, 2018

Tommy Lee's Son Posts Shocking Video of Him Knocking His Dad Out Cold on Father's Day
Kevork Djansezian/GettyThe row between Tommy Lee and his son Brandon exploded back into public view again this Father's Day, and he dragged his ex Pamela Anderson into it as well.

Tommy and Brandon had a violent fight back in March, which Tommy chose to publicize on Instagram by posting a picture of himself with a fat lip.

There were persistent rumors that Brandon knocked Tommy out cold, and yesterday, instead of a Father's Day missive, Brandon posted video of the fight showing Tommy spreadeagled on the floor.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 17, 2018

John Oliver Exposes Trump's Lies About His Border Child Separation Policy
HBOIt's been a very long week. Can you believe that President Trump's historic (and largely fruitless) summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was on Tuesday? Neither can I.

On Sunday's edition of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver directed much of his ire toward the Trump administration's unspeakably cruel policy of separating children from their families at the border and housing them in prison-like facilities. During a six-week period since the president and his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, instituted their "zero tolerance" illegal immigration policy, the Trump administration has separated 1,995 children from their parents.

"That's right: thousands of children have been forcibly taken from their parents after a policy shift was put into action last month by U.S. Attorney General—and least fun thing to find in a Kinder egg—Jeff Sessions," said Oliver. "Sessions basically started a policy of incarcerating people who crossed the border illegally knowing full well that that incarceration would mean they were separated from their children—many of whom are less than 10 years old with no clear plan as to when they might be reunited."



The Daily Beast
Jun 17, 2018

Recap: ‘The Affair' Is Back, and Now It's Bicoastal
Paul Sarkis/ShowtimeThe most miserable people with nice houses on television are back.

For some time, fans of The Affair have been concerned. The series did not return for its usual stint in the winter. The winter suited The Affair. Noah (Dominic West), Alison (Ruth Wilson), Helen (Maura Tierney) and Pacey-sorry-Cole (Joshua Jackson) existed in an icy crucible of dysfunction, and even if the series began with an affair on Montauk, the beach even in summer seemed a chilly place, and New York even colder.

For three seasons, the fallout of the initial affair between Noah and Alison (behind the backs of Helen and Pacey-sorry-Cole) has included a mystery manslaughter, tugs of love over children, a real or not-real sadistic prison guard, and thousands of tortured glances as the stories of what has happened diverged between the four characters. Truth is the slipperiest character in The Affair.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 17, 2018

Trump Administration Has No Idea Whether It Backs Family Separation at the Border
Jose Luis Gonzalez/ReutersThe United States has no policy of separating migrant families at the border. There is such a policy, but it's all the Democrats' fault. The policy was a "simple decision," but one "nobody likes." The policy is good, legal, and Jesus would approve.

The Trump administration, confronted with increasing public criticism over its immensely unpopular policy of separating migrant children from their families when they cross the U.S. border, has responded to the crisis by taking taking wildly different positions on both the policy itself and the motivation behind it.

Ranging from full-throated endorsement of the decision to separate minor children from their asylum-seeking parents to flat insistence that the decision doesn't exist, "period," the public-relations pileup is just a facet of the botched rollout of a policy that separated nearly 2,000 children from their families in its first six weeks.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 17, 2018

The Trump Administration Has No Idea Whether It Backs Family Separation At the Border Or Not
Jose Luis GonzalezThe United States has no policy of separating migrant families at the border. There is such a policy, but it's all the Democrats' fault. The policy was a "simple decision," but one "nobody likes." The policy is good, legal, and Jesus would approve.

The Trump administration, confronted with increasing public criticism over its immensely unpopular policy of separating migrant children from their families when they cross the U.S. border, has responded to the crisis by taking taking wildly different positions on both the policy itself and the motivation behind it.

Ranging from full-throated endorsement of the decision to separate minor children from their asylum-seeking parents to flat insistence that the decision doesn't exist, "period," the public-relations pileup is just a facet of the botched rollout of a policy that separated nearly 2,000 children from their families in its first six weeks.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 17, 2018

At Trump's ‘Tent City' for Kids, It Was Father's Day Without Fathers
Justin GlaweTORNILLO, Texas—Somewhere past the gate at a border crossing named after an undocumented immigrant who became Texas' most decorated soldier in World War I, undocumented immigrant sons were spending Fathers' Day without their undocumented immigrant fathers.

All because a president who presumably spent Father's Day with his own 11-year-old son says too many undocumented immigrants are coming into the country.

Outside the gate, a diverse crowd of more than 1,000 gathered to protest the separations, which are the result of a Trump administration policy to prosecute nearly everyone who crosses the border illegally. The crowd screamed loud enough for the kids inside to hear.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 17, 2018

Poll: Republicans Approve of Trump's Family Separation Policy
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastNearly every day, voters have been confronted with heart wrenching stories about immigrant children being separated from their parents upon crossing the border into the United States.

The president incorrectly blames his administration's policy on Democrats, but regardless of his attempt to pass the responsibility, self-identified Republicans have his back, according to a new Ipsos poll done exclusively for The Daily Beast.

The poll of roughly 1,000 adults aged 18 and over, and conducted June 14-15, asked respondents if they agreed with the following statement: "It is appropriate to separate undocumented immigrant parents from their children when they cross the border in order to discourage others from crossing the border illegally."

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Jun 17, 2018

Kellyanne Conway: ‘Nobody Likes' Family-Separation Policy
Mark Wilson/GettyWhite House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday said that "nobody likes" the Justice Department's family-separation policy at the southern border, even as top administration officials are defending the practice.

Conway also falsely claimed that the policy, which mandates that undocumented children be separated from their parents if they come to the U.S. illegally through the U.S.-Mexico border, came about as the result of a law passed by Congress.

"Nobody likes seeing babies ripped from their mothers' arms," Conway said on NBC's Meet the Press. "As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who has got a conscience... I will tell you that nobody likes this policy."

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Jun 17, 2018

Scouted: Leverage MailChimp to Build an Effective Email Marketing Strategy
Contrary to popular belief, email marketing is not dead — it's actually far from it. Eighty percent of retail professionals reveal that email marketing is their top vehicle for customer retention, while 86% of consumers indicate that they are keen on receiving promotional emails from companies they support. Simply speaking: email marketing still works.

If you want to employ this effective marketing tactic in your business strategy, there's no better platform to use than Mailchimp. And with the MailChimp 101: Learn Email Marketing, you'll learn how to utilize the world's largest marketing automation platform to build and grow your brand.

Across 29 lectures and 2 hours of instruction, you'll get to grips with optimizing email content, building your lists, and launching campaigns that are guaranteed to succeed. You'll explore A/B split testing techniques and discover the essential MailChimp metrics you need to watch out for.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 17, 2018

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Leave Their Turbulent Past Behind on Surprise Album ‘Everything Is Love'
YouTubeJust like that—Pusha-T vs. Drake, Ye, a Kanye and Cudi album, a Kanye-produced Nas joint, Nicki Minaj's impending LP—and suddenly it's all a footnote to Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

The Carters casually announced during the second London show on their On the Run Tour II that the joint project they'd been teasing for years finally dropped. With no lavish rollout—no extravagant listening parties at ranches, no preliminary press tours—they delivered this new project that serves as musical closure for the frayed feelings that were at the core of Beyoncé's Lemonade and Jay's 4:44.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are obviously the most scrutinized couple in music, and they've spent the past two years inviting the world into their marriage. They haven't done it via messy headlines or tell-all interviews or social media. They've put their shit o

The Daily Beast
Jun 17, 2018

‘Everything Is Love': Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Surprise Album Sees Queen Bey at Her Baddest
YouTubeJust like that—Pusha-T vs. Drake, Ye, a Kanye and Cudi album, a Kanye-produced Nas joint, Nicki Minaj's impending LP—and suddenly it's all a footnote to Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

The Carters casually announced during the second London show on their On the Run Tour II that the joint project they'd been teasing for years finally dropped. With no lavish rollout—no extravagant listening parties at ranches, no preliminary press tours—they delivered this new project that serves as musical closure for the frayed feelings that were at the core of Beyoncé's Lemonade and Jay's 4:44.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are obviously the most scrutinized couple in music, and they've spent the past two years inviting the world into their marriage. They haven't done it via messy headlines or tell-all interviews or social media. They've put their shit o

The Daily Beast
Jun 17, 2018

Scouted: VPN Infinity Gives You Lifetime Protection On Up To 10 Devices
At this point, you likely know what a virtual private network (VPN) is and how important it is to have one to protect yourself while browsing the web. However, they're not just for your computer, and many VPNs don't offer protection for all of the devices you regularly use to access the internet.

VPN Unlimited sought to change that with its Infinity plan, offering protection on up to 10 different devices, keeping the whole family covered—no matter where in the world you go. With this VPN, you can rest easy whenever you connect to public WiFi or do any kind of sensitive online activity, like banking.

As its name implies, this VPN delivers unlimited high-speed connection and access to a wide range of servers across the world to bypass geo-restrictions and mask your location. A lifetime plan normally costs $525, but Daily Beast readers can get one through the shop for just $55.99 today and save 89%.

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Jun 16, 2018

Jay Mohr on Burning SNL Bridges: ‘All I Want Out of Life Is More At-Bats'
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIn its quarter-century as a minor league ballpark, Hadlock Field, home to the Double-A affiliate Portland Sea Dogs, has seen its share of journeymen take the mound. In 2012, Rich Hill pitched an inning of relief at Hadlock as part of his six-year quest to land back on a major league starting rotation.

Dwight Gooden, once a teenage phenom, threw a few innings here in the final years of his career.

However, few of the stadium's hurlers can say they've hosted a nationally televised comedy competition. Or been nominated for a Teen Choice Award.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 16, 2018

The Rum Decade: Chronicling the Spirit's Explosive Growth
Wikimedia CommonsA dozen years ago there were two American craft distilleries focusing on rum: Celebration Distilling in New Orleans, and Prichard's Rum in Kelso, Tennessee. I visited both while researching my book, And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in 10 Cocktails. And when the book was published in the summer of 2006 I could rest well, knowing I had done my homework and had included everything anyone could possibly need to know about modern American rums.

It was the best of timing. It was the worst of timing.

Good timing because the book came out just as the cocktail renaissance blossomed, and as the craft spirits boom was gaining momentum. A new crop of bartenders, distillers, and serious tipplers wanted to know more about rum, and, lo, here was a book for them. It sold steadily and well.

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Jun 16, 2018

The Surreal Collages of Lorna Simpson
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastFrom the pages of Ebony and Jet, an artist's manipulated images reflect the complexities of beauty, gender, and representation.

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Jun 16, 2018

Blame Evangelicals for the Decline in Christian Faith
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastEvangelicals Are to Blame for the Decline in Christian Faith

R. Laurence Moore and Isaac Kramnick

A recent poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute placed white evangelical approval of President Trump at 75 percent, a level of adulation higher than when he was elected. Anyone who doesn't see a moral conundrum in that figure can stop reading. But it speaks volumes about why Americans, especially young Americans, are in increasing numbers joining the "nones," a category coined by pollsters to single out people who have no religious affiliation, who say that religion is not very important in their lives, and who, while they may believe in some sort of spiritual power, reject the idea of God described in the Bible.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 16, 2018

Conspiracy Nuts Flood the DNC's Lawsuit Against Russia
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe election interference lawsuit Democrats filed last April against Russia and the Donald Trump campaign is becoming a magnet for other aggrieved parties working to expose their own conspiracy theories.

In the last two months the court docket in Democratic National Committee v. The Russian Federation et al has been virtually overrun with dozens of filings by two conspiracy theorists, one who believes Trump-Russia is in the center of a conspiracy that resulted in the bank repossession of his home, and the other a New Orleans man warning that the U.S. government let loose a chemical weapon during Hurricane Katrina.

Available on the web for 10 cents a page, federal court dockets in newsworthy cases, like those linked to Russiagate, are followed slavishly by hundreds if not thousands of journalists and devotees of law.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 16, 2018

The DNC's Lawsuit Against the Russians Became a Conspiracy Magnet
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe election interference lawsuit Democrats filed last April against Russia and the Donald Trump campaign is becoming a magnet for other aggrieved parties working to expose their own conspiracy theories.

In the last two months the court docket in Democratic National Committee v. The Russian Federation et al has been virtually overrun with dozens of filings by two conspiracy theorists, one who believes Trump-Russia is in the center of a conspiracy that resulted in the bank repossession of his home, and the other a New Orleans man warning that the U.S. government let loose a chemical weapon during Hurricane Katrina.

Available on the web for 10 cents a page, federal court dockets in newsworthy cases, like those linked to Russiagate, are followed slavishly by hundreds if not thousands of journalists and devotees of law.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 16, 2018

My Constant, Humiliating Hell At Homeland Security
David McNew/Getty"When was the last time you were in jail?"

That is how the American border agent greeted me. No "hi" or "hello" or even a nod of acknowledgment, just a caustic question meant to shock, befuddle, and humiliate me.

It was 2008, and I was at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, in the secondary screening room, an oblong glass-and-metal structure stripped of mystery under harsh fluorescent lighting, built off to the side of U.S. immigration counters where people traveling from Canada to the U.S. could be pre-screened before boarding their flights.

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The Daily Beast
Jun 16, 2018

When We Talk About Suicide, We Need To Talk About Addiction
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastTrigger warning: This story addresses suicide. If you or a loved one is struggling, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

No one can say definitively why Kate Spade or Anthony Bourdain died by suicide. But I can tell you why I tried to kill myself. Twice.

Had either attempt been successful, they'd have called it an overdose, maybe not even mentioning how my depression had been brought on by alcoholism. What shocks me about the deaths of Spade and Bourdain is the near-total silence about the symbiosis of depression and substance use.

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Jun 16, 2018

How Frida Kahlo Invented ‘Frida Kahlo'
Daniel Leal-Olivas/GettyLONDON - "Kahlo's unique approach to fashioning her self became both a source for and subject of her bold, uncompromising art," reads a placard at the entrance to the Victoria and Albert Museum's new exhibition in London, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up.

On display here, and exhibited outside of Mexico for the first time since they were discovered in Kahlo's home in 2004, are some of the most intimate possessions of Mexico's best-known female artist, including objects of dress. Informed by her mixed heritage, Kahlo's vibrant personal look was as statement-making as her works of art.

Circe Henestrosa, co-curator of the show, is responsible for bringing the idea to London.

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Jun 16, 2018

The Golden Era, and Grand Destruction, of Cornelius Vanderbilt II's New York Palace
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIn 1883, Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his wife Alice posed for a photo before attending the fancy dress ball thrown by Vanderbilt's brother, William Kissam Vanderbilt, and his wife Alva.

It was the event of the era, and the sepia-toned image shows Vanderbilt dressed as King Louis XVI complete with brocade overcoat, vest, and breeches, a pair of black stockings that end in pointed court shoes, and a white powdered wig. He holds a tricorn hat in hand, which appears to be trimmed in lush white fur.

His wife — his Marie Antoinette — is seated on a chair next to him. While not explicitly dressed as the infamous French queen, she is lavishly decked out in a masquerade gown made for her by one of the premiere couturiers at the time, Charles Worth.

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Jun 16, 2018

Irina Gensler, A Russian Ballet Grande Dame, Reveals Her Secrets
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIrina Gensler crossed her slender legs in light velvet pants and shoes of soft leather, placed a thick photo album on her knees and smiled: here it was, an archive of eight decades of life immersed in Russian ballet.

With delicate, youthful fingers, Gensler pointed at the photos of herself, a strong and unusually flexible dancer with sparkling eyes and curly dark hair.

During her 35-year-long career at Mariinsky Theater, also known as the Kirov, Gensler performed Spanish, Italian, Polish, Gipsy, Hungarian and other character dances in dozens of classical ballets.

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Jun 16, 2018

Jim Toy Made LGBT History - and He's Not Done Fighting
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastToday, there are over two hundred LGBT student centers in the United States.

But in 1971, when gay activist Jim Toy founded the Human Sexuality Office at the University of Michigan with lesbian activist Cyndi Gair, there were zero.

"I think it was one desk and two chairs and a filing cabinet," the 88-year-old Toy told The Daily Beast, laughing at the barrenness of the single room the university provided.

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Jun 16, 2018

Jim Toy Made LGBT History—and He's Not Done Fighting
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastToday, there are over 200 LGBT student centers in the United States.

But in 1971, when gay activist Jim Toy founded the Human Sexuality Office at the University of Michigan with lesbian activist Cyndi Gair, there were zero.

"I think it was one desk and two chairs and a filing cabinet," the 88-year-old Toy told The Daily Beast, laughing at the barrenness of the single room the university provided.

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Jun 16, 2018

It's Not Just Jeff Sessions: America Has Shown No Mercy to Refugees Before
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastChildren ripped from the arms of their mothers at the Mexican border, immigrants in Virginia arrested as they leave church, and now no asylum for people fleeing gang violence or domestic abuse. As this merciless Justice Department regime earns the reproof of the United Nations and outrage around the world, the cry is heard, "This is not who we are."

But it is.

In a nation created and established largely by immigrants, there is a long history of virulent opposition to giving refuge to the endangered - and of deporting anybody on capricious whim.

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Jun 16, 2018

The Passionate History of NYC's LGBT Pride Parade, In Pictures
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe NYC Pride parade has been an ever-growing fixture since 1971. Pictures through the years speak of LGBT love, defiance, anger; of coming out, fighting back, and moving forward.

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Jun 16, 2018

Do Volunteer Vacations Do More Harm Than Good?
Miami Herald"Hey there! I am looking to do a volunteer nursing trip in another country. I have been interested in going to Costa Rica …. Does anyone have any experience with medical or health projects that has any recommendations on agencies or countries? Thanks!"

This is just one post to the Facebook group Critical Volunteering Reviews, but it's echoed constantly as summer begins. Vacation and warm weather mean beaches, hiking, and (for many), packing up bags for a volunteer travel trip. Students, church members, dentists, and retired people stuff their bags with donated medical supplies, check their vaccinations and malaria medications, don their matching t-shirts (often splashed with the word "hope"), and jet off to a poor country to do good and have a meaningful experience.

They work in pop-up clinics in rural communities or in disaster relief areas. They may visit an orphanage or paint a community building. A week or two—maybe a month or two—later, they return with heartwarming stories, sun-splashed photos and souvenirs, and the hope that they have made life better for their hosts.

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Jun 16, 2018

OMG, I Want That House: Ocean Pond Residence (Photo)
The Pinnacle ListThe Daily Beast presents a look at one of the most insane houses in the world.

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Jun 16, 2018

Three Years After Dylan Roof, Neo-Confederates Are Back
Brendan Smialowski/GettyThree years ago today, a Confederate enthusiast murdered nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, provoking a national reckoning with the symbols of the Old South. And yet, despite that reckoning, it is clear that neo-Confederate ideology remains alive and well in America. In some quarters, it is flourishing.

It's true, of course, that in the aftermath of the Dylann Roof massacre, two Deep South states, cities such as Memphis and New Orleans, huge retailers like Amazon and Walmart, and even NASCAR—the quintessentially Southern car racing association—all removed or stopped trafficking in Confederate symbols. Some 110 monuments celebrating the Confederacy in public spaces came down in the same period, according to a new survey by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

But the most remarkable thing about that survey is how many remain—more than 1,700, and probably a good many more. Meanwhile, recent developments, including this month's primary elections, show the resilience of neo-Confederate ideas.

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Jun 16, 2018

Three Years After Dylann Roof, Neo-Confederates Are Back
Brendan Smialowski/GettyThree years ago today, a Confederate enthusiast murdered nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, provoking a national reckoning with the symbols of the Old South. And yet, despite that reckoning, it is clear that neo-Confederate ideology remains alive and well in America. In some quarters, it is flourishing.

It's true, of course, that in the aftermath of the Dylann Roof massacre, two Deep South states, cities such as Memphis and New Orleans, huge retailers like Amazon and Walmart, and even NASCAR—the quintessentially Southern car racing association—all removed or stopped trafficking in Confederate symbols. Some 110 monuments celebrating the Confederacy in public spaces came down in the same period, according to a new survey by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

But the most remarkable thing about that survey is how many remain—more than 1,700, and probably a good many more. Meanwhile, recent developments, including this month's primary elections, show the resilience of neo-Confederate ideas.

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Jun 16, 2018

How the Queen and Meghan Markle Became Besties So Quickly
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIt was an extraordinary sight—as the queen and Meghan Markle sat on chairs watching a performance by a group of schoolchildren on Thursday, Meghan leant over and whispered something in her grandmother-in-law's ear, and the monarch chuckled. Her Majesty then made a canoeing action, in friendly imitation of the kids' performance, and laughed again.

The queen has a fairly simple policy on public emotion which is to not show it, ever, and this is not because she is some unthinking adherent to the principle of the stiff upper lip, but just because it makes life simpler, and avoids people being upset or reading things into it when she doesn't smile.

Her usual stony countenance made the simple and touching display of connection between the two women, neither of whom could ever have imagined a few years ago they would have been related to such a person, one more confirmation of a rumor that Meghan and the queen are getting on like a house on fire.

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Jun 16, 2018

Fishnets and Fins: Coney Island's Mermaids Have Arrived
Photo Illustration by the Daily BeastMagic and fairy tales became a brief reality Saturday afternoon on the Coney Island boardwalk as mermaid and mermen alike celebrated the beginning of summer.

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Jun 16, 2018

Coney Island's Famous Mermaid Parade Turns 36 (Photos)
Photo Illustration by the Daily BeastMagic and fairy tales became a brief reality Saturday afternoon on the Coney Island boardwalk as mermaid and mermen alike celebrated the beginning of summer.

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Jun 16, 2018

Leading Brexit Campaigner Apparently Passed Documents on U.S. Probe into George Cottrell to the Russians
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastLONDON—One of the Brexit campaign chiefs appeared to pass documents detailing an American law enforcement investigation to a Russian official, according to a cache of leaked emails.

The papers, which detailed a probe into dark web money laundering, were apparently shared with the Russian embassy in London by Leave.EU executive Andy Wigmore. They concerned the arrest of Brexit financier George Cottrell, who was seized at an airport on the way home from the Republican convention in 2016 where Donald Trump had just been nominated as the presidential candidate.

Cottrell had been at the convention in Cleveland with his boss Nigel Farage, who dined with Roger Stone and met a string of other Republican operatives and elected officials.

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Jun 16, 2018

Chris Hardwick Denies Sexually Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend Chloe Dykstra
Jeffrey Mayer/GettyIt took Chris Hardwick most of the day on Friday to respond to the horrific allegations from his ex-girlfriend, actress Chloe Dykstra. But in a statement late Friday night, the AMC host and founder of the Nerdist empire, finally issued a statement denying any and all wrongdoing.

"These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I've taken the day to consider how to respond," Hardwick told Deadline. "I was heartbroken to read Chloe's post. Our three year relationship was not perfect—we were ultimately not a good match and argued—even shouted at each other—but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her."

In a post on Medium published earlier that morning, Dykstra meticulously laid out her side of what she described as their abusive relationship. She claims that she "let him sexually assault me. Regularly," adding, "I was expected to be ready for him when he came home from work."

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Jun 16, 2018

Scouted: This Digital Marketing Course Will Teach You How to Grow Your Business
If you want your business to take off, you need to have a good grasp on digital marketing. But it isn't as easy as merely setting up an Instagram account and calling it a day. Get the Digital Marketing 22-Course Masterclass for a comprehensive educational track covering all things digital marketing.

This course runs the gamut from brand identity and email marketing to copywriting and blogging. You'll master SEO, explore video marketing on YouTube, and learn helpful tips for a variety of platforms including Google, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Whether you're growing your business or hoping to secure a job in marketing, this learning package will arm you with the necessary skills to thrive.

The Digital Marketing 22-Course Masterclass normally costs $200, but today's limited time offer brings the price down to just $15.

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Jun 16, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel Exposes Trump For Lying About His Cruel Child Separation Border Policy
Randy Holmes/ABCThe first thing many Americans woke up to this morning was—surprise!—a ridiculous tweet from President Donald Trump:

Yes, the president gave an "unannounced" interview to his favorite television program, Fox & Friends, which these days is tantamount to State TV. (Also, while it may be one of the highest-rated cable morning shows, its ratings don't come close to the popular morning shows on ABC, NBC and CBS).

And, as host Jimmy Kimmel noted on his late-night program, "Donald Trump had a lot of praise for himself in this interview—and Kim Jong Un."

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Jun 15, 2018

Tiffany Haddish's Funniest, Most Unbelievable Stories: From Who Bit Beyoncé to Racist Roseanne
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastName an A-list celebrity, and Tiffany Haddish probably has a story about them. The 38-year-old actor, famous for her breakout turn as Dina in last year's Girls Trip, has made a hilarious habit of sharing her experiences with some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities. From a dinner party with Taylor Swift (who made cornbread and barbecue chicken; Haddish brought her famous "joyful" collard greens) to flirting with Brad Pitt in a crowded elevator, Haddish has done it all. Why not treat yourself to some of her best, most unbelievable stories all in one place?

Her Infamous Groupon Swamp Tour with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith

Haddish's story of her Groupon swamp tour with the Smiths went viral after she recounted it on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last summer, heralding her as a storyteller for the ages. Haddish revealed she'd had dinner with Will and Jada one night while shooting Girls Trip in New Orleans and mentioned a Groupon she'd bought for a swamp tour; Jada expressed interest in going, but Haddish didn't think she actually meant it. The next day, after smoking a copious amount of weed ("I tho

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Jun 15, 2018

Rudy Giuliani: I Can Handle Mueller and My Ex
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastFormer New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani unmade his bed. Now he has to sleep in it.

"I don't pay any attention to it," President Donald Trump's most telegenic lawyer insisted to The Daily Beast on Thursday, as the New York Post and the Daily Mail, among other outlets, continued to spin tabloid gold out of his messy love life and his pending nasty divorce from his third wife of 15 years, the former Judith Nathan, who in a vicious statement to the Post this week, called him—per the headline—"a cheating liar."

Giuliani made a series of phone calls to journalists on Thursday, including a wide-ranging interview with this reporter in which he denied that he'd engaged in an extramarital affair with married New Hampshire hospital administrator Maria Ryan, who holds a doctorate in health care administration; expressed the hope that his dalliance with Republican fundraiser Jennifer LeBlanc will blossom into something serious; lamented that his soon-to-be ex-wife is apparently acting out of rage—and discussed how he's not letting the crazed melodrama distract him from representing the president's interests.

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Jun 15, 2018

I Became an Alvin Ailey Dancer. Well, Kind Of
Jeff Zorabedian for The Daily BeastTamara Best has long loved Alvin Ailey's dance company - and so she leapt at the opportunity to learn one of its seminal pieces on a sunny evening at New York's Lincoln Center.

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Jun 15, 2018

Bill Maher Rails Against James Comey Over IG Report: ‘The FBI Helped Trump'
HBOBill Maher was in a particularly happy mood on Friday's edition of Real Time. And for good reason. "Finally, somebody…who was treasonous to this country is actually in jail: Paul Manafort," announced Maher to the feverish delight of his studio audience.

President Trump, of course, has repeatedly lied about the level of Manafort's involvement in his campaign, even claiming "he had nothing to do with the campaign" when Manafort served as the campaign's chairman.

But the comedian devoted the majority of his attention to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's 500-page report released this week on the FBI's actions during the 2016 presidential election.

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Jun 15, 2018

Jaheem Hunter, Shot in the Head on His Fifth Birthday, Turns Six
Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastA speech the whole nation should have heard was delivered by a 36-year-old mom wearing a Captain America costume in a basketball court outside a Bronx housing project ringed by a  chain-link fence made festive with balloons.

"Around this time last year Jaheem lay in a hospital bed in an induced coma fighting for his life," Aja Holmes began on the afternoon of June 9.

She was speaking of Jaheem Hunter, the much younger brother she is raising as her son.

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Jun 15, 2018

Steel Rain: The Korean Nuke Movie Crazier Than Real Life
In late 2017, while U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un were still trading apocalyptic threats and petty insults, South Korean movie audiences were being treated to an alternative take on the peninsula's atomic politics—in the form of gonzo action thriller Gangcheolbi.

That's Steel Rain in English.

Equal parts Bad Boys, The Raid, and Tom Clancy adaptation—with a healthy dose of Korean nationalism on top—Steel Rain is writer-director Yang Woo-seok's second film after the 2013 courtroom drama The Attorney.

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Jun 15, 2018

Steel Rain: The Korean Nuke Movie That's Crazier Than Real Life
In late 2017, while U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un were still trading apocalyptic threats and petty insults, South Korean movie audiences were being treated to an alternative take on the peninsula's atomic politics - in the form of gonzo action thriller Gangcheolbi.

That's Steel Rain in English.

Equal parts Bad Boys, The Raid and Tom Clancy adaptation - with a healthy dose of Korean nationalism on top - Steel Rain is writer-director Yang Woo-seok's second film after the 2013 courtroom drama The Attorney.

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Jun 15, 2018

‘Tonight Show' Boss Katie Hockmeyer: Jimmy Fallon ‘Doesn't Get Enough Credit'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastKatie Hockmeyer arrives to the penthouse of The Jeremy hotel in West Hollywood dressed, like the New Yorker that she is, in all black. The Tonight Show showrunner is in town on Jimmy Fallon's behalf as part of NBC's Emmy For Your Consideration campaign. Last year, Fallon failed to make the cut in the Emmy Awards' Outstanding Variety Talk Series for the first time since 2010, an omission that the network is not eager to see repeated this year, especially in an increasingly crowded late-night field.

When I ask Hockmeyer, who started her career at NBC as an intern, how long she has been with the company, she has to think for a moment before realizing it's been 18 years. "How can that be when I'm 21, right?" she jokes.

Even though The Tonight Show is on hiatus the week that we meet up in L.A., Hockmeyer says she's keeping an eye on their competitors, especially Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, who are airing new shows. "You have to know what your competition's up to," she says. At the same time, she tries to use these off-weeks to be "more of a mom" to her young children, attending baseball games and chaperoning school trips. "I try to overcompensate in the mom world."

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Jun 15, 2018

The Best Summer Reads Of All Time
GettyDecades ago, some dolt at a publishing company decided that summer should be the time for light reading, and for some inexplicable reason, the whole industry went along with this notion. Seriousness—you know, books that matter—was suspended from June until Labor Day. So it has been, so it will be. The problem with this situation is that publishers also seemed to have confused light reading with trivial, forgettable fluff.

It does not have to be that way. Entertaining does not have to be synonymous with trash. All the books on this list say otherwise. Some are serious, some are funny, some will keep you up all night, and all of them are the sort—you have been warned—that if you loan them out, you will never see them again. Is there a better test of a book's durability?

Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier—Even when you know how it ends, it's suspenseful. That's how good Du Maurier is. Her story of the second Mrs. de Winter is so skillfully told that you never think about the skill until the story's over. It's tempting to call this a small masterpiece, except there's nothing small about it. As far as we know, the only people who don't revere it are the people who haven't read it.

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Jun 15, 2018

What Trump Could Learn From Freud's Daughter About Parentless Kids
Seventy-five years ago in the midst of World War II, Anna Freud, the daughter of Sigmund Freud, and her close friend, Dorothy Burlingham, published their classic study, War and Children, documenting the impact that separating children from their parents had during a time when England was under attack from Nazi Germany.

Freud and Burlingham knew their subject firsthand. They had been directing the Hampstead War Nurseries, which provided children, many of whom had lost their homes to German bombs, with residential care and comparative safety.

Today, thanks to the Trump administration's policy of criminally prosecuting asylum-seeking adult immigrants who do not cross into the United States legally and separating them from their children, Freud and Burlingham's study of children in crisis has become relevant in ways its authors never could have imagined in 1943.

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Jun 15, 2018

ICE Is Bullying Iraqi Detainees Here To Sign On for ‘Voluntary Deportations,' Says ACLU
Norsk Telegrambyra ASSome 50 Iraqi immigrants who a judge found were at serious risk of torture if returned to their homeland are being bullied by federal agents into signing "voluntary" travel documents needed for them to be deported, according to charges their lawyers filed at federal court in Detroit.

The lawyers are seeking an emergency order, to be argued Monday, to bar Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from threatening the Iraqis with criminal prosecution or indefinite immigration detention if they refuse to sign a letter stating that they want to be returned to Iraq.

The court papers say that the imprisoned Iraqis were transferred from other facilities to the Stewart Detention Center  in Lumpkin, Ga. without notice to their lawyers, and coerced there into signing "voluntary" travel documents based on misleading legal advice from ICE agents and Iraqi consular officials who claimed, wrongly, they were likely to lose their cases in immigration court.

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Jun 15, 2018

The Mom Winning the Fight To Save Kids' Brains From Football
The comparison to Erin Brockovich makes a lot of sense, even if Kimberly Archie doesn't entirely embrace it.

"Her and I both hate that," the 48-year-old sports safety advocate said with a chuckle while preparing to head off to Dallas.

There, for the first time, a sports league was put on trial last week for a chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)-related death. Debra Hardin-Ploetz sued the NCAA for negligence and wrongful death on behalf of her late husband, Greg, who played football for the University of Texas in the late 60s and early 70s and who was posthumously diagnosed with Stage 4 CTE. By the end of his life, the the neurological damage was so great he was unable to care for himself.

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Jun 15, 2018

Does UV-Proof Clothing Actually Protect You From Sunburn?
GettyEvery summer, shelves fill up with sunscreen. Thanks to diligent parents and public health preaching, SPF has become a staple in most people's outdoor routines, especially during the summer. And it should be: More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

But another, more fashionable form of sun protection is gaining popularity in the U.S. UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor, clothing is clothing that protects you from the sun. It's like SPF but in clothing form and it looks just like regular clothing but is made with specific fabrics and sewn in specific ways to help block harmful rays from tanning or burning the skin. UPF is very different from SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, what you're used to seeing on a sunscreen bottle.

"A UPF rating is given to clothing and other fabrics that protect you from the sun, while an SPF rating is only used for sunscreens and cosmetics containing sunscreen," Adele D. Haimovic, a dermatologist and spokesperson for The Skin Cancer Foundation, told The Daily Beast. "UPF measures the effectiveness of sun protective fabrics. The UPF indicates what fraction of the sun's ultraviolet rays can penetrate a piece of fabric. For example, a shirt with a UPF rating of 50 allows just 1/50th of the sun's UV rays to reach the skin."

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Jun 15, 2018

The Long, Dark History Of America's Suicide Crisis
It took the deaths of two revered celebrities in a week to bring suicide to the center of the national conversation, but let's hope the conversation doesn't end there.

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control found a sharp increase in suicides — 25% — between 1996 and 2016. They declared it a public health crisis. Suicide is one of the top ten causes of death in the U.S., and one of the three causes that saw an increase over that decade. In 2016, the last year of the study, 45,000 people committed suicide in the US; with firearms involved in roughly 50% of them. There has been an increase for women. Veterans are overrepresented. And there was an increase in western states, which might be related to that region's painfully slow economic recovery.  

According to the CDC report, 54% of those who commit suicide have no known mental health issues. While every suicide is different, and every person is complex, there are reasons to step back and consider more broadly what's happening.  

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Jun 15, 2018

Bible-Quoting Jeff Sessions Makes Little Children Suffer
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastOn Father's Day this Sunday, we might stop for a moment to consider Marco Antonio Muñoz who was separated from his wife and three-year-old son while attempting to apply for asylum at the Rio Grande border. When the frenzied father learned that his family would be separated and his child was torn from his arms, he became "disruptive and combative" and was removed to another facility where he hung himself.

Imagine what it must have felt like to make the arduous trek from Honduras with a wife and child from near anarchy and violence to "the land of the free," only to discover that the doors of refuge were in reality prison gates that would not only entrap a fleeing family but dismember it. While the fate of Marco Muñoz is singularly tragic, it is emblematic of a greater nightmare inflicted on thousands of families seeking refuge  from the turmoil of their own lands. Stories abound of children terrified by being wrenched from their parents' arms; of mothers and fathers traumatized at not even knowing where their children have been taken.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sought to justify the Trump Administration's ukase of taking children from their parents by arguing that criminals are naturally separated from their children when entering jail. But even criminals know where their children are, and can be visited by them. Moreover, people without papers are not therefore criminals. Some of them are refugees seeking asylum.



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Jun 15, 2018

The Long Lost Art of Crafts Made From Dead People's Hair
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIn Philadelphia, an unforgettable exhibition shows how a previous era of Americans gripped by profound loss turned loved ones' locks into the most peculiar of memorials.

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Jun 15, 2018

How My Father Taught Me to Love Restaurants
Alfred Eisenstaedt/GettyAlthough proud of my work as a food and restaurant critic for the New York Times, my father, Joseph H. Solomon, harbored the persistent fear that I might be beaten up or even killed by some restaurateur irate because of a negative review.

Little did he realize that he unwittingly taught me much about that craft as I observed his habits and behaviors in the restaurants he loved and took me to, whether with my mother, Beatrice, or when in my pre-teen years we had occasional Saturday "dates" to big-house movies and restaurants in what we Brooklynites called "The City."

My parents ate out much more often than our primarily middle-middle class Jewish neighbors and not just in local, casual Cantonese eateries and New York kosher-style delis. As they did not observe kosher laws at home or away, the world was their oyster, to say nothing of their clams, lobsters and roast pork, too. As I was an only child until the age of 8, I often went along.

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Jun 15, 2018

How Classic Rock Turned Into a Film Noir Nightmare
Michael Putland/GettyThe 1995 death of the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia was a shock to me, but no surprise. He was 53 and made a good run, I thought back then, considering his hard living.

Dying at 53 is not a good run. Whether heart attack or heroin, that's a bad run.

Garcia went early. Now with Prince, Petty, Bowie, Allman and more, final appearances by Classic Rock's once-large midnight gang are speeding up. Their peers see the Facebook tributes; let's not talk falsely now, they know the hour's getting late.

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Jun 15, 2018

How Kanye West's MAGA Mania Ruins Nas' New Album ‘Nasir'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastGrown-man hip-hop continues to arrive in fits and spurts. Nas is a mid-forties hip-hop elder statesman, a parent, a multimillionaire who's been rich longer than he was poor. Elite adult MCs like him have gotta push the genre in new directions and talk about the wisdom and the fears of a grown man rather than just flexing the carefreeness of the kids we were two decades ago.

Nas's 11th studio album is titled with his real name, Nasir, suggesting the real Nas is coming, a lack of artifice is ahead. It's a more soulful-sounding album, as if producer Kanye West leaned back toward the soul sounds he first became known for, as opposed to the moody, brooding electronic beats that pervades the awesome Kids See Ghosts or Yeezus. And on Nasir, Nas is more thoughtful, indicating what we'd expect from grown hip-hop. The album begins with "Not for the Radio" and lines where Nas links himself to African Gods, and ends with a sweet and philosophical song called "Simple Things" whose last line is a prayer for his children—"I just want my kids to have the same peace I'm blessed with." That's what every parent wants, and lines like that fulfill what forty-something hip-hop fans who are parents should get to hear: music that takes into accou

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Jun 15, 2018

Donald Trump, The Insecure Pledge in the Dictatorship Fraternity
Shutterstock"He is the strong head. Don't let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same."

That was Donald Trump on Friday morning, former leader of the free world, praising murderous North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. It set off a justified firestorm. Sure, his usual cheerleaders immediately jumped to, "He was joking! Why are you libtard sharia Soros Pizzagate Killary supporters so triggered?" or "Don't you get it, man? It's 9th-dimensional quantum chess."

Sorry, I'm all out of passes in the "He's new at this" or "He's joking" or "That's just Trump being Trump" categories his enablers have gotten away with using for far too long. After the last week, Trump is clearly a man who puts the dick in dictator. He's a fanboy of Putin, Kim, Duterte, and a dog's breakfast of the worst examples of oppression, thuggery, and anti-Western values the globe has to offer.

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Jun 15, 2018

The Week in 7 Insane Photos: June 15, 2018
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastFrom a daredevil raccoon on the hunt for salvation to the North Korea summit. The Daily Beast brings you the most insane photos of the week.

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Jun 15, 2018

Paul Manafort Goes to Jail
ShutterstockPaul Manafort is going to jail. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday morning to revoke his bail, meaning the president's former campaign chairman will be incarcerated until his September trial.

The move came after Special Counsel Bob Mueller's team moved for the judge to change the terms of Manafort's bail. Mueller's team alleged that Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnick—a former Manafort colleague of Manafort's who the special counsel recently indicted—tampered with witnesses in the months after being charged with a host of crimes.

Last week, a grand jury handed down a superseding indictment of Manafort charging him with obstruction of justice, on top of prior charges of conspiracy against the United States, tax law violations, and illegal lobbying.

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Jun 15, 2018

Paul Manafort Goes to Jail for Tampering With Witnesses
ShutterstockPaul Manafort is going to jail. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday morning to revoke his bail, meaning the president's former campaign chairman will be incarcerated until his July trial.

The move came after Special Counsel Bob Mueller's team moved for the judge to change the terms of Manafort's bail. Mueller's team alleged that Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnick—a former Manafort colleague of Manafort's who the special counsel recently indicted—tampered with witnesses in the months after being charged with a host of crimes.

Last week, a grand jury handed down a superseding indictment of Manafort charging him with obstruction of justice, on top of prior charges of conspiracy against the United States, tax law violations, and illegal lobbying.

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Jun 15, 2018

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Jun 15, 2018

Scouted: Get Rid of Bad Smells and Allergens In Your Car With This Plug-In Air Purifier
Every car owner knows that it's difficult to prevent your vehicle from absorbing unpleasant smells (think food, sweat, smoke, and pet odors). While air fresheners can help mask those undesired odors, they only do so temporarily.

The Car Plug-In Air Purifier is a longer-lasting solution for reducing those lingering scents nd boosting your car's air quality. It has a built-in ionizer, which effectively zaps bad smells and filters out irritating allergens like dust and pollen.

All you have to do is plug it into your car's power outlet and it will start eliminating impurities within seconds. Normally, the Car Plug-In Air Purifier retails for $89, but you can get it on sale now for only $19.99.

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Jun 15, 2018

Trump Wanders Onto ‘Fox & Friends,' Praises Kim Jong Un
Fox NewsPresident Trump on Friday morning observed that Fox & Friends was filming on the White House lawn and announced that he would make an "unannounced visit" down to speak with his favorite cable show.

During the resulting chat with host Steve Doocy, the president repeatedly and lavishly praised North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, with whom he met earlier this week, remarking: "He's the head of a country—and I mean he's the strong head. He speaks and his people sit up in attention. I want my people to do the same."

Additionally, Trump said, Kim simply "wants to make his country great," a reference to the president's own "Make America Great Again" slogan.

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Jun 15, 2018

Trump Wanders Onto ‘Fox & Friends,' Praises Kim Jong Un, Calls FBI Leadership ‘Scum'
Fox NewsPresident Trump on Friday morning observed that Fox & Friends was filming on the White House lawn and announced that he would make an "unannounced visit" down to speak with his favorite morning cable show.

During the resulting chat with host Steve Doocy, the president repeatedly and lavishly praised North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, with whom he met earlier this week, remarking: "He's the head of a country—and I mean he's the strong head. He speaks and his people sit up in attention. I want my people to do the same."

At other parts of the interview, Trump referred to FBI leadership as "scum," denied rumors his wife Melania underwent facelift surgery, and suggested former FBI chief James Comey should go to prison.

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Jun 15, 2018

Is the Indian Dosa the Next Tortilla?
Kristin Teig"The dosa—a light crisp crepe made of rice and lentils—is eaten by millions of South Indians every day," is how Dosa Kitchen begins. The book's authors, Nash Patel and Leda Scheintaub, continue by saying "when you taste a dosa, you'll instantly fall in love with its seductively sour, tangy, flavor and airy crisp texture." I couldn't agree with them more.

At the heart of nearly all of Patel's and Scheintaub's recipes is their basic dosa batter, which does require hours of soaking and fermenting but lasts for about a month in the fridge. (They do point out that you can buy premade batter at Indian grocery stores if you don't want to bother waiting around.)

The basic premise of the book is that the dosa can serve as the base for just about any ingredient combination—from eggs to falafel to pulled pork with tamarind barbecue chutney. Thanks to this versatility it wouldn't surprise me if in a few years that the dosa suddenly becomes an American staple just like the tortilla has become ubiquitous on restaurant menus.

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Jun 15, 2018

The Craziest Ways Movies Use CGI on Actors: Broken Arms, Pubic Hair, and Raising the Dead
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Warner Bros.The premise of Jeremy Renner's latest movie sounds simple enough: five childhood friends, embroiled in a decades-long game of tag, decide to take things to the next level at the wedding of the only undefeated player. You'd think the film, called Tag, would be smooth sailing for Renner, who co-starred in several Mission: Impossible and Avengers films but alas: Renner apparently broke both his arms while shooting a stunt for Tag, which hits theaters Friday. Undeterred, the film's production team covered his casts with sleeves and simply CGI'd a pair of unbroken arms onto Renner's body.

If computer-generated arms sound a bit, well, unrealistic, they're not alone. Below, we've compiled other weird and wacky instances of CGI-altered body parts (or in some cases, entire bodies) in films. Some of these bits of digital trickery are subtle enough that you'll have to look twice to spot them, but others are just plain… bad.

Dakota Johnson's Pubic Hair in Fifty Shades of Grey

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Jun 15, 2018

‘Luke Cage' Season 2 Discovers How to Break a Bulletproof Hero
David Lee/NetflixWhen Luke Cage first debuted in the pages of Marvel comics, his title was branded Luke Cage, Hero for Hire. Framed for the murder of his girlfriend, Luke returned to Harlem to right injustices and make himself a hero to his community. Of course, back then, Melvin Van Peebles's Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song had just launched the blaxploitation genre in 1971. One year later, Luke Cage, Hero for Hire debuted to cash in on the genre's popularity with lurid and pulp stories focused heavily on crime, urban decay, martial arts, and horror.

Even as Luke (Mike Colter) takes on the moniker of Harlem's Hero in season 2 of the Marvel Netflix series, he is still a far cry from the blaxploitation Luke that was first introduced to Marvel fans. The new installment of Luke Cage finds him no longer having to prove himself as a recently sprung felon. This time around, Luke is not just embraced by the community but also hounded by fans who want to catch a glimpse of the star.

Imagine Drake or Beyoncé or Donald Glover not only returning to the communities they grew up in, but allowing the public to have near-unfettered access to them and you can imagine Luke's new life as not only Harlem's resident strongman but now also as a member of The Defenders. Series creator Cheo Hodari Coker addressed this analogy in a recent interview

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Jun 15, 2018

The War on Hollywood Sexism: Ava DuVernay, Miranda July, Karyn Kusama, and More Directors Speak Out
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastTransparent director Nisha Ganatra was on the hunt for an episode cinematographer when she hit a dilemma: The men's reels she reviewed were better than the women's. As a filmmaker who was intimately familiar with the experience of being overlooked in favor of men, Ganatra had set out to hire a female cinematographer. But should she neglect the work's quality just to give a fellow woman a leg up?

Then it dawned on her. Of course the men would have glossier portfolios: They had already been given the opportunities—the leg up—that the women hadn't yet been afforded. Big budgets, fancy equipment, large crews, elaborate productions: These were the resources that enabled the men's work to appear superior. When Ganatra opted to hire one of the women instead, the female cinematographer told her that she had shot her entire feature with one bounce-board and a flashlight. Bringing your vision to life is a lot easier when you've got funding at your fingertips.

This is one of the most revealing anecdotes in Half the Picture, Amy Adrion's thoughtful and thorough documentary probing Hollywood sexism. Not only does the story drive home the reality that monetary opportunity dictates strength of output, it activates a practical course of action for disrupting the gender imbalance: Invest in women.

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Jun 15, 2018

Why Did Japan Suddenly Kill Thousands of Airbnb Reservations?
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastTOKYO—Thanks to poor planning and perhaps a little latent xenophobia, the Japanese government has forced Airbnb to cancel thousands of fully booked and paid reservations. It's the result of the Japanese government's heavy-handed implementation of the minpaku (private lodging business) laws, which goes into effect on June 15.

At the moment, any reservation scheduled for guest arrival between June 15 and June 19 at a listing in Japan that does not currently have a license has been canceled. If you were planning to come to Japan and stay at an Airbnb, check the website. If the listing is still posted, you're probably OK. But even then, you should contact the host and make sure they have obtained a government license, otherwise you may end up spending your time in Japan frantically looking for a place to stay at a reasonable price. Good luck with that.

Will this have a negative effect on tourism here? Keep this in mind: There were 24 million tourists visiting Japan from overseas in 2016. Airbnb reportedly provided lodging for 3.7 million of them. Do the math.

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Jun 15, 2018

Why Mueller Really Wanted to Put Manafort in Jail
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastPresident Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is was in court today to review his bond status and to be arraigned on a superseding indictment. At issue in both matters is his alleged tampering with witnesses in the underlying case filed against him by special counsel Robert Mueller.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson decided to revoke Manafort's bond and detain him while he awaits trial.

Manafort was charged in October in federal court in the District of Columbia with failing to register as a foreign agent, conspiring to launder money, and making false statements, among other crimes, in relation to his lobbying activity for the government of Ukraine and political parties there. Manafort was later charged in the Eastern District of Virginia with bank fraud and tax violations. His co-defendant in both cases, former Trump deputy campaign chairman Richard Gates, has pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the government.

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Jun 15, 2018

Why Mueller Really Wants to Put Manafort in Jail
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastPresident Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is due in court today to review his bond status and to be arraigned on a superseding indictment. At issue in both matters is his alleged tampering with witnesses in the underlying case filed against him by special counsel Robert Mueller. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson will need to decide whether to revoke Manafort's bond and detain him while he awaits trial.

Manafort was charged in October in federal court in the District of Columbia with failing to register as a foreign agent, conspiring to launder money, and making false statements, among other crimes, in relation to his lobbying activity for the government of Ukraine and political parties there. Manafort was later charged in the Eastern District of Virginia with bank fraud and tax violations. His co-defendant in both cases, former Trump deputy campaign chairman Richard Gates, has pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the government.

Last week, Mueller filed a motion to revoke Manafort's bond and detain him pending trial based on alleged witness tampering. A few days later, a grand jury returned a superseding indictment alleging obstruction of justice and conspiracy based on the same conduct.

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Jun 15, 2018

Danny Masterson's Rape Accusers Slam Netflix Over ‘The Ranch' Return: ‘You Rub Salt in Our Wounds'
Greg Gayne/NetflixOn Friday, Netflix will release a new batch of episodes of The Ranch—the last ones co-starring Danny Masterson, who was written out of the series in the wake of sexual-assault allegations.

The decision to air a fired actor's final set of performances might sound strange, especially since the streaming service swiftly fired Ed Westwick, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. after their sexual misconduct allegations surfaced, but it fits into the larger narrative around this particular #MeToo controversy—one that Netflix failed to address until the last possible moment, and only after extreme pressure.

In light of The Ranch's "Part 5" return, one of Masterson's accusers, Chrissie Carnell Bixler, told The Daily Beast that she believes Netflix ought to be ashamed of their actions. "We get it, Netflix," she wrote in a statement. "You don't believe us. You rub salt in our wounds. Is Danny Masterson still co-executive producer of The Ranch? You knew you had to fire him, but you do a bunch of reshoots so you can finish our rapist's storyline up and give him a respectable send off. And there he is on TV in the new season. Kevin Spacey? Fired on the spot. Production halted. Ed Westwick? Louis C.K.? Are there active investigations into these accused men? Do you just not believe us? Do you agree with Jenni Weinman and the Church of Scientology when they say you cannot rape your wife or girlfriend? Are you afraid of Scientology's Fair Game?" (Masterson is a

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Jun 15, 2018

Exclusive: England's Football Association Backs LGBT Fans at the World Cup in Russia
Courtesy of Di CunninghamOn Thursday, at the opening game of the 2018 World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia, Aleksandr Agapov, president of the Russian LGBT Sport Federation, unfurled a rainbow flag at the tournament's opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

This brave piece of symbol-led activism came in the wake of a vicious, reported attack on a French gay soccer fan and his companion in St. Petersburg, general threats to LGBT soccer fans' safety in Russia, and after veteran LGBT and human rights activist Peter Tatchell was arrested and later released in Moscow after holding a banner that called out President Vladimir Putin's lack of action over the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya.

"Putin fails to act against Chechnya torture of gay people," Tatchell's banner read.

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Jun 15, 2018

Scouted: Get Delivery From the Best Restaurants Near You Without Any of the People
UnsplashFood delivery stereotypes usually conjure experiences wrought with uncertainty, fine-but-not-great restaurant options, and questionable photos of the food you might be getting. Not with Caviar, which makes food delivery—or pickup— way easier. Like, seriously easy. And even healthy, if that's your goal. If you haven't used Caviar and live in one of the 22 areas that they serve across the country, here's why you need to go order something right now.

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Ordering from one of their fantastic restaurants—like Media Noche and Souvla in San Francisco, Night Market in LA or Cane Rosso in Dallas—is the perfect way to, ahem, spice up a night in. Or, be the envy of the office by ordering lunch from that too-busy spot around the corner and skip the wait entirely. Even a quick look through the restaurants on Caviar will make you say, "wait, they deliver?" over and over.

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Jun 14, 2018

Once ‘Shocked' by Obama's ‘Latte Salute,' Hannity Ignores Trump Saluting North Korean General
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastThe blatant hypocrisy continues.

In the same week that he was caught lauding President Donald Trump for meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un just a few years after criticizing President Barack Obama for "catering to dictators," Sean Hannity somehow failed to bring up the awkward moment when Trump saluted a North Korean general in Singapore on Thursday's night's show. Instead, he spent the vast majority of the 9 p.m. hour melting down over the new Inspector General report James Comey and Hillary Clinton's emails.

This is despite the fact that four years ago, Hannity made a huge deal about Obama saluting his own troops with a cup of coffee in his hand in what was memorably known as the "latte salute" scandal.

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Jun 14, 2018

Stephen Colbert Schools ‘Evil' Jeff Sessions on the Bible: ‘Don't Bring God Into This'
CBSAttorney General Jeff Sessions is using the Bible to justify separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and Stephen Colbert is not having it.

The Late Show host, who has embraced his Catholic identity in a more prominent way since leaving The Colbert Report behind—he knows the Bible by heart, and taught Sunday School—spent several minutes Thursday night laying into Sessions for getting it wrong on this fundamental moral issue.

After telling a few jokes about Father's Day gifts, Colbert said, "Let's face it. The only things dads really want for Father's Day is to be with their kids, which is why what's happening on our Southern border is so shocking."

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Jun 14, 2018

‘Daily Show' Brutally Mocks Donald Trump Jr.'s ‘Sad' Birthday Message to Trump Sr.
Trevor Noah transitioned out of a story about Albert Einstein's "racist streak" on Thursday night by saying, "Let's move on from the smartest man the world has ever known to Don Jr."

Today is President Donald Trump's 72nd birthday, and as The Daily Show host put it, his son celebrated "in the most normal way possible": by wishing him a happy birthday on Fox & Friends.

"Happy birthday, Dad, I love you very much. You're getting absolutely no presents because I figured five grandchildren is enough and what do you get the most powerful guy in the world?" the first son said in the camera Thursday morning. "We love you and I look forward to seeing you soon, because I don't get to see him that much anymore, that's the only problem."

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Jun 14, 2018

Congress Paralyzed Over Trump's Family-Separation Policy
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastEven as Republicans on Capitol Hill began speaking out on Thursday against a Trump administration policy of separating undocumented children from their adult family members at the U.S.-Mexico border, there was no consensus on a legislative response.

While Democrats were demanding a straightforward bill to put an end to the Justice Department's family-separation directive, Republicans called for the matter to be tucked in with broader changes to immigration policy. The result was inertia, with no side content with the status quo but, simultaneously, all sides unable to do anything about it.

Underscoring the legislative standstill was Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the influential House Freedom Caucus, who, when pressed as to why lawmakers wouldn't pass a standalone bill outlawing the separation of children from parents after they crossed the border, said that he was "hopeful that we can get all of these other [immigration policies] done, too."

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Jun 14, 2018

Defense Contractors Cashing In on Immigrant Kids' Detention
John Moore/GettySeparating refugee and immigrant children from their parents isn't just an emotionally wrenching policy. It's an enterprise that is benefitting intelligence and defense contractors.

Those contractors—including one with a history of scandals—have advertised a flurry of jobs in recent weeks to support the infrastructure surrounding undocumented children whom the Trump administration has taken from their families.

One of them, from Virginia-based MVM Inc., seeks a compliance coordinator to help in San Antonio with the "rapid deployment of an Emergency Influx Shelter for unaccompanied children." As billed, the coordinator would ensure the children's shelter met "policies and procedures" set by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. MVM posted the job on its website this week.

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Jun 14, 2018

Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Files Lawsuit Against Frat Over Secret Facebook Group's Alleged ‘Revenge Porn'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastMembers of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at the University of Central Florida created a "secret Facebook group" dubbed the "Dog Pound," where they posted nude photos of women without their consent, according to a new lawsuit.

Kathryn Novak, who is being represented by Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, sued her ex-boyfriend Brandon Simpson, Delta Sigma Phi, and five other members of the fraternity's UCF chapter on Wednesday. The complaint accuses Simpson of sharing an explicit video he'd recorded with Novak on the Facebook page, allowing it to eventually reach over 200 fraternity brothers without her consent.

It also claims that Simpson and the the other frat members engaged in "sexual cyber exploitation" on the Facebook page, "where fraternity brothers routinely posted electronic video and images of their sexual ‘conquests,'" including explicit photos and videos of their girlfriends and partners. This is a "form of ‘revenge porn,'" the papers argue. Novak is suing on six counts, including invasion of privacy, emotional distress, and negligence.

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Jun 14, 2018

Hey, Obama Haters—Trump Love Is What a Cult Looks Like!
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastRemember the "cult of Obama"? Of course you do. They carried on about it nonstop.

Jerome Corsi, the "investigative reporter" whose current fan-fiction obsession is the CIA's "plot" to assassinate Donald Trump, wrote a book called Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality (get the joke in the title? Say it fast a couple times). This came out in 2008, before Barack Obama was even in possession of the full power and majesty of the presidency to brainwash the defenseless masses.

Corsi would have many followers and imitators over the next eight years proclaiming that the relationship between Obama and his followers was not merely that of politician and admirers but of Dear Leader and sycophantic cult members. The argument was a stool with three legs.

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Jun 14, 2018

FBI Director Christopher Wray: ‘This Hasn't Been An Easy Time For Us'
Joshua Roberts/ReutersShortly after the release of a long-anticipated Justice Department inspector-general report into the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server, FBI Director Chris Wray vowed accountability and perseverance in a message to his beleaguered workforce.

"We all want to see the day where we can close the book on this chapter and say, ‘That's it. That's behind us. Back to business,'" Wray said in his message, which The Daily Beast obtained ahead of a press conference Wray is scheduled to hold late Thursday afternoon. "But we're not quite there yet."

Wray said the inspector-general oversight will make the FBI "stronger as an organization." As an accountability measure, he said he has "already referred conduct highlighted in the IG report" to the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, and once the "appropriate disciplinary process" is complete, "we won't hesitate to hold people accountable for their actions."

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Jun 14, 2018

‘Don't You Have Any Empathy?': Sarah Huckabee Sanders Confronted Over Families Separated at Border
MSNBCIt started with a question from CNN's Jim Acosta. "Where does it say in the Bible that it's moral to take children away from their mothers?" he asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during Thursday's briefing.

Acosta was referring to a justification put forward by Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier in the day during a meeting with religious leaders in Indiana for the administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the border.

"Illegal entry into the United States is a crime—as it should be. Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution," Sessions said. "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order."

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