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Feb 21, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on ‘Desus & Mero': ‘Isn't $10 Million Enough?'
Greg Endries/ShowtimeIf Desus Nice and The Kid Mero were looking to make some noise with the debut episode of their new late-night series on Showtime, they could not have landed a better first guest than the congresswoman who represents their native Bronx: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or "The Notorious AOC" as they introduced her.

The shinier Showtime version of Desus & Mero, which previously aired on Viceland, kicked off its premiere Thursday night with a career day sketch that found a group of grade school kids wondering if they were "a little too ghetto to be on TV."

It was a proper introduction for those who may be unfamiliar with the duo. They went on to make jokes about former President Obama's recent town hall event and other recent news stories, leaving the Trump material to their largely white late-night competition.

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Feb 21, 2019

‘Daily Show's' Trevor Noah Destroys Jussie Smollett's ‘Fake Hate Crime' Fail
Jussie Smollett's performance with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America may have proven that he's a pretty good actor, but Trevor Noah is convinced that he is a terrible criminal.

On Thursday, Chicago Police said they believe Smollett staged his own attack as a publicity stunt with the aim of getting a raise on his Fox show Empire. "Are you kidding me?!" The Daily Show host asked. "This dude may have faked a hate crime just to get a raise? What's the logic there?"

"That's not a good way to get a raise, people," he added. "I mean, call me old-fashioned, but whatever happened to just going into your boss' office and blackmailing him with nudes?"

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Feb 21, 2019

Stephen Colbert Slams Trump's ‘Silence' on Coast Guard Terrorist Christopher Hasson
CBS"What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!?" President Donald Trump tweeted at actor Jussie Smollett on Thursday. He had nothing to say, however, about the self-described "white nationalist" Coast Guard officer who was arrested by the FBI for plotting an attack on Democrats and members of the media.

Stephen Colbert took note during his Late Show monologue Thursday night, beginning with a few jokes about Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson's massive cache of weapons and ammunitions that was seized by authorities.

"Who says men don't like Marie Kondo?" the host asked. "This grenade sparks joy in me. It also sparks a fire, because it is an incendiary grenade." Later, after mentioning that Hasson had been a "skinhead" for more than 30 years, Colbert joked, "He is close to skinhead retirement. Soon he can cash in his 401KKK."

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Feb 21, 2019

Every 2020 Candidate But Trump Promises: No Stolen Data
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastNearly three years after hacked materials upended the 2016 presidential campaign, each Democratic candidate running for the White House has pledged not to knowingly use such material should they end up being published during the current election cycle.

Only one 2020 campaign chose not to respond: President Donald Trump's.

The Daily Beast asked every presidential campaign either up-and-running or in its exploratory phase whether they would commit to not knowingly using or referencing hacked material that appears online on grounds that it may have been obtained illegally.

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Feb 21, 2019

The Right's Empty Rage Against Jussie Smollett and Loud Silence on Coast Guard Terrorist Christopher Paul Hasson
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIf indeed Empire star Jussie Smollett has financed and staged a fake hate crime against himself, we should all be angry with him. And no one deserves to be angrier about what he's allegedly done more than progressive people of color, people in the LGBTQ community, Muslims, really any group of people who feel increasingly unsafe in the era of Trump.

After all, he has single-handedly given the far right a cudgel to beat down our righteousness, and the reality that the kind of violence Smollett is said to have simulated is something many of us live with every day.

Right-wing pundits have been all too happy to promote this story, to shame celebrities like Cardi B and politicians like Sen. Kamala Harris for having the audacity in this post-#MeToo world to believe a purported victim's story. Even the president of the United States—himself a Hall of Famer when it comes to trafficking in victimhood—has weighed in, tweeting this morning: "@JussieSmollett - what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA."

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Feb 21, 2019

Ex-Fox News Quack Doctor Keith Ablow Accused of Sexually Exploiting Patients
Public DomainA former member of Fox News' "Medical A-Team" was reportedly sued by three female patients within the past year claiming he lured them into sexual relationships that degraded the women through beatings and bondage. One woman even got a tattoo featuring the doctor's initials so that he could claim "ownership" of her.

According to The Boston Globe, the three malpractice lawsuits against Dr. Keith Ablow claim that he instilled feelings of distrust and "self-recrimination" while treating the women for depression. The three women involved said they relocated to Massachusetts from other states at Ablow's request.

One Ohio woman described how she received Ketamine shots from visited Ablow in 2015 to treat her depression and started having Skype sessions with him. Ablow reportedly began to ask the woman personal questions, then started asking her about her sexual preferences—specifically if she liked to be dominant or submissive.

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Feb 21, 2019

Scouted: The North Face's Winter Sale Has Up To 30% Off Hundreds of Past Season Styles
The North Face's Winter Sale is happening now, and there are over 900 past season styles that are discounted up to 30% off. Prepare for whatever future winters throw at you by stocking up now.

The usual suspects from The North Face are included in the discount, like their impressive collection of outerwear and fleece. The highly-rated Apex Flex Jacket is perfect for keeping you dry through the upcoming rainy season. Or prepare for the next Polar Vortex and save $90 on the Arctic Parka II.

A more unexpected item you should think about picking up is a pair of the Thermoball Traction Booties. A friend of mine owns a similar pair and they're the perfect shoe to throw on around the house, running to the store, or taking the dog out. The insulation and water-resistant nature of these means you can feel like you have a pair of sleeping bags on your feet.



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Feb 21, 2019

Scouted: Yes, TOMS Makes Boots, and They're All 30% Off Right Now
When I talked about this 30% off boots sale from TOMS to my coworkers, they all had the same reaction: "TOMS makes boots?" They do indeed, and they're all on sale right now.

Use the code BOOTS30 at checkout and get 30% off all TOMS boots styles. This includes heeled boots, flat boots, suede boots, weatherproof boots, and more. Seriously, all the boots are on sale. I recommend starting with figuring out which style you're looking for to narrow it down because they really do have a ton of styles.

On the women's side, there are a lot of really nice, easy-to-wear heeled booties that will bring you through every season during which you want to keep your toes covered. The Esme Boots are a classic boot shape that will go with everything, from dresses to jeans and beyond, and styles come in a couple different colors and materials. Want something made for all-around comfort? Try the

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Feb 21, 2019

Alexander Acosta, Trump's Labor Secretary, Broke the Law in Jeffrey Epstein Case: Judge
Win McNameeFederal prosecutors in Florida—including President Trump's current Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta—broke the law when they signed a secret plea agreement with billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, a Palm Beach judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra ruled that the decision to keep more than 30 of Epstein's accusers in the dark about the non-prosecution deal that allowed Epstein, a prominent financier with political connections, to avoid federal prosecution was unconstitutional.

By signing the deal, Marra ruled, Acosta and other DOJ lawyers violated the Crime Victims' Rights Act (CVRA), which guarantees victims the right to speak with prosecutors.

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Feb 21, 2019

Newsmax TV Host: Fighting Climate Change Would Be an ‘Anti-Hindu Hate Crime'
Because we watch Trumpland TV so you don't have to, today we learned that Newsmax TV host Brett Winterble believes that fighting climate change, via Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) Green New Deal, would be an anti-Hindu hate crime.

In a Thursday segment on climate change, Winterble claimed the agriculture-related goals of the deal—which, by the way, would only apply to the United States—would lead to the wholesale slaughter of cows in India held sacred by the Hindu religion.

Here's the actual science: The U.S. agricultural sector, which includes livestock, produced nine percent of greenhouse gas emissions in 2016, a number that has increased by 17 percent since 1990, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed solution to this, as laid out in the Green New Deal, would be to support and invest in family farming and build a more sustainable food system. Not kill cows in India.

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Feb 21, 2019

Chris Wallace to Fox News Viewers: Don't Blame Liberals for Jussie Smollett's Alleged Hoax
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace appeared to be speaking directly to Fox viewers Thursday afternoon when he implored people to not blame "liberal politics" for Empire actor Jussie Smollett's alleged hate-crime hoax. Blame Smollett himself, the Fox host said.

Prior to Smollett appearing in court for a bond hearing following his arrest for disorderly conduct for filing a false report, Wallace appeared on Fox News' The Daily Briefing to discuss the latest developments. Fox host Dana Perino brought up a Daily Beast column that argued "fakers" like Smollett play "right into Trump's hands," noting how Trump did, indeed, tweet about the case and accused Smollett of being "racist" against millions of MAGA supporters.

"So this is all playing out in a way that might lead to a bigger discussion," Perino posed to the Fox News Sunday host.

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Feb 21, 2019

Federal Judge Slaps Roger Stone With Gag Order After He Apologizes for Instagram Post
Jim Bourg/ReutersA federal judge has barred Roger Stone from talking about his case and anyone involved in it.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson announced Thursday afternoon, after a contentious and colorful hearing, that Stone may be jailed if he talks about the investigation he's involved in, the case against him, or anyone involved in either. She noted that that includes communication over Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. She added that he can still look to raise money for his legal defense fund.

"You apparently need clear boundaries, so there they are," she said.

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Feb 21, 2019

North Carolina Calls for New Election in House Race Tainted by Fraud Allegations
Davis Turner/ReutersThe North Carolina Board of Elections ordered a new election in the state's 9th congressional district on Thursday, bringing a months-long saga over allegations of illegal activity in the collection of mail-in ballots to a close.

The board unanimously voted to hold a new election just hours after Republican candidate Mark Harris—who was initially declared the winner of the unresolved 2018 midterm race—called for one himself.

During his Thursday afternoon testimony to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, Harris elicited some gasps when he flatly declared: "I believe a new election should be called."

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Feb 21, 2019

Republican Candidate Mark Harris Calls for New Election in North Carolina Race Tainted by Fraud Allegations
Davis Turner/ReutersRepublican Mark Harris, who was initially declared the winner of an unresolved 2018 midterms race in North Carolina's 9th congressional district, on Thursday afternoon called for a new election.

His statement comes as the state board of elections has held a hearing to investigate improper misconduct with the collection of mail-in ballots. Harris narrowly led Democratic candidate Dan McCready by 905 votes in the initial tally.

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Feb 21, 2019

Scouted: DU/ER's Newest Denim Is the Best Looking Weatherproof Jean I've Ever Worn
When the weather is acting up, weatherproof attire is a no-brainer — and DU/ER's new weatherproof denim not only keeps the weather out, it keeps comfort and style in.

Since there was no foreseeable rain for some time after DU/ER sent me a pair to try out, I kindly asked my partner to pour water on them. She jumped at the opportunity, of course, and we both enjoyed the superhero-suit-like reaction the denim had. It not only kept the water away from my leg underneath but also looked just as conspicuously stylish as it had before. That's the true value of DU/ER's latest, which the company considers it "most technical pant": a combination of deep and dark denim style with the weatherproof and windproof capabilities of work-only pants.

On top of all that, the breathable membrane feels, well, good. I didn't feel for a moment like I was wearing anything but normal denim. And if it gets cold where you live, this denim will keep you warm as it's designed for winter and anyone commuting in less than great weather conditions.

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Feb 21, 2019

Scouted: Wacom, Rocketbook, Moleskin, and More Of The Best Smart Notebooks For Every Need
Smart notebooks bring the age-old pen and paper notebook into the 21st century. With them, you can transcribe written notes, organize and tag your pages, and even save audio recordings with your notes. Here, we'll break down what kind of notebooks are on the market, and who they're best suited for.

For the Budget-Conscious: Rocketbook EverlastTraditional notebooks are pretty cheap, but some smart notebooks can get up there. If you'd rather save the cash, the Rocketbook Everlast ($30) is one of the least expensive ones around. It comes with 36 reusable pages and an erasable Frixion pen. You can clean each page with a damp cloth when you're done and use the notebook over and over.

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Feb 21, 2019

Scouted: Get This Best Selling Cast Iron Skillet at the Lowest Price It's Been In Two Years
The best selling 12" cast iron skillet from cast iron maker Lodge is the lowest price it's been since 2017 — and a perfect opportunity for you to start cooking with a great tool.

"Cast iron is a true necessity in a kitchen, but you don't have to spend a lot to get great quality," says Scouted editor Jillian Lucas, who's owned one for years. "The Lodge has been through over five years' worth of cooking bacon, searing steaks, roasting chicken, and more, and has only gotten better."

For less than $30, you're getting a cast iron skillet preseasoned with oil that lets you sear, saute, bake, broil, braise, fry, or grill. Its versatility adds to its value, as its full cast iron construction means you can use it on the stove, in the oven, on an open flame campfire, and on a grill. The included silicone handle is removable and can protect your hands from up to 450 degrees.

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Feb 21, 2019

Turning Point USA Students Call on Candace Owens to Step Down
Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media/APThree chapters of campus conservative group Turning Point USA on Thursday denounced prominent pro-Trump activist Candace Owens, calling on her to step down from her high-ranking communications position in the group.

In a statement endorsed by TPUSA chapters at University of Nebraska Omaha, Bowling Green State University, and University of Colorado Boulder, college activists said the group's leadership has thus far ignored their concerns about Owens.

"It seems that controversy has always surrounded Candace Owens," the statement reads.

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Feb 21, 2019

Scouted: Today's $100 Sale on Amazon TVs Is Your Chance to Get The Side TV You've Always Wanted
At 32", a well-recognized smart and high-definition television is your doorway into a secondary screen in your bedroom, kitchen, home office, or any other spot complementing your main TV room (formerly known as the living room, amirite?). And today's 40%-plus sale on two leading LED TVs is your chance to get one for $100.

Both TVs give you 32" of 720p high-definition picture quality, which is why this deal is so perfect for outfitting your living area. To those who consider 32" small: A big screen TV is great for certain things, but a smaller one will blend into your kitchen corners or bedroom crevices to give you access to your favorite shows without forcing you to rearrange the entire room. And both TVs include built-in Fire capability, meaning you can control them using Amazon Alexa without buying any new tech to do so — these TVs will work with your existing smart infrastructure. And both come with voice remotes, which gives you the flexibility to click into the next episode or just tell Alexa what you want to watch.

Whatever you're watching or doing, your new side television will give you the freedom to do so wherever you like.

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Feb 21, 2019

Scouted: Wool Dryer Balls Naturally Help Soften Laundry and Speed Up Drying Time
If someone told you that throwing balls of wool in your dryer would help get rid of static, soften your clothing, and cut down on drying time, you'd probably think it was an old wives' tale. But the truth is, these exist — and they work.

Made from 100% premium New Zealand wool, these reusable dryer balls take the place of those disposable dryer sheets that end up stuck between sweaters sleeves and crumpled into corners of duvet covers. Right now, you can get a pack of six for $11.49 (they usually cost around $17) on Amazon.

While the ecological impact is noticeable (disposable vs. reusable), the economic impact is an added advantage. To put it into perspective, a box of laundry sheets will run you about $7 for 240 sheets. Let's say you use an average of two sheets per large load, so you get 120 loads of laundry out of one box of dryer sheets. That means you'll have to buy at least eight boxes of dryer sheets to come close to how many loads wool dryer balls can tackle. You can stand to save almost $45 just from switching.

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Feb 21, 2019

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Basketball Coach, Kills Pedestrian in Crash: ‘I Am Heartbroken'
Nate ShronSyracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim hit and killed a man who was walking along a highway in upstate New York night Wednesday night to examine his own vehicle after a crash, authorities confirmed.

The man, now identified as 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, was driving with three other friends when their car "lost control on the highway" and hit a guardrail, Syracuse police said in a Thursday news release.

"The occupants then exited the vehicle and proceeded to walk on the highway within close proximity to that vehicle," police said, adding the crash occurred for "unknown reasons."

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Feb 21, 2019

CNN's Van Jones Shames Jussie Smollett: You've ‘Hurt the Cause Against Racism, Homophobia'
After Empire actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in to Chicago police on felony charges of disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a hate-crime assault, CNN political commentator Van Jones lamented the ordeal as the "fall of an icon" in the black community and a "tragedy beyond words."

During a Thursday press conference following Smollett's arrest, Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson expressed anger and frustration over the details of Smollett's alleged hoax, noting that the entertainer paid two brothers $3,500 to orchestrate the attack because he was "dissatisfied with his salary" on Empire. Johnson further said that Smollett "took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career."

Following the presser, Jones acknowledged that Smollett likely staging a hate crime and blaming it on Trump supporters was the "opposite" of bringing people together.

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Feb 21, 2019

‘Fox & Friends' Fearmonger: Jussie Smollett Could Have Caused ‘Race Riots'
Hours after Chicago police announced charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly filing a fake hate-crime report, the hosts of Fox & Friends spent the morning repeatedly fretting to their viewers that he could have caused "race riots."

"Remember the potential—if this had been true—of maybe even race riots in major cities across this country," co-host Brian Kilmeade said on Thursday morning to radio host William Kelly, who agreed with the assumption that riots would have ensued (and later lamented that Chicago is not, in fact, "MAGA Country").

Kilmeade focused on the "ramifications" of Smollett's initial allegations, implying that his actions could have sparked others to start a race riot.

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Feb 21, 2019

Jussie Smollett Staged Attack as ‘Publicity Stunt' Over Salary: Police
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastChicago police said Thursday that the alleged attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett was actually a "publicity stunt" devised by the actor because he was dissatisfied with his salary.

Calling Smollett a "troubled young man," authorities condemned the TV star for wasting police resources.

"This announcement today recognizes that Empire actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during a press conference. "I'm left hanging my head and asking why."

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Feb 21, 2019

James Beard Award-Winning Bar Cure Turns 10
Kevin O'MaraI don't really know how I came to be writing this. I should probably be living under a bridge trying to figure out how to pay off my debts but instead I'm the co-owner of New Orleans craft cocktail bar Cure. How we not only stayed in business but won a James Beard Award is a minor miracle and is truly thanks to our amazing guests, our talented team and a good deal of luck.

I started working on what would eventually become Cure back in 2004, while bartending in Manhattan. I didn't always plan to be in the bar business, because at the time I didn't think it was a real career. However, one night I remember meandering through lower Manhattan thinking about my future. As fate would have it, I walked past a tiny old bar in SoHo called the Red Bench and at that moment I asked myself, "Why can't I open a bar?" The obvious answer was "I can," but there was one problem; I didn't actually know how to open a bar or any kind of business for that matter.

In late August of 2005, my world changed (although, not nearly to the extent of so many others) when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans. Suddenly, I knew I wasn't where I was supposed to be; I needed to go back home to New Orleans where I was born and raised. I can't explain it, but if you were from Nola and didn't live there anymore, you knew the city you loved needed its sons and daughters to return. So, by December of 2006, I was back in town and ready to start working on opening my dream bar with my childhood friend, Matthew Kohnke.

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Feb 21, 2019

No Trump, No Maduro, No War: Socialists Should Take a Stand on Venezuela
Federico Parra/GettyDonald J. Trump, the oppressively dim president of these United States, was elected by a majority of white people who cast ballots but only a minority of the popular vote, and only then with the actively solicited help of a foreign intelligence service. His closest allies are gaudy authoritarians who murder their critics without so much as a plausible cover story. He does not, one must conclude, give half a goddamn about democracy—not in the United States, not in Saudi Arabia and certainly not in Venezuela, where his point person is a man, Elliot Abrams, whose obituary will include the term "right-wing death squads."

It is an obvious point, but one necessary to make in a world where implausible statements from an incoherent president are still treated with legitimacy by a class of reporters and pundits trained to show undue respect to those who wield power, corporate or political and nowadays both. Trump cares about Venezuelans, whom his government routinely deports, about as much as he cares about his own children, which is not to say "a lot." If he cared about corrupt elites ignoring the opposition-held legislature on their way to bankrupting a country for profit, he would resign, or at least hand back the $500,000 he received from the Venezuelan state for a party on his inauguration.

It is good and just to be an irritant on this point, but it is equally important that it not be the only one that is made. When Trump talks about democracy and poverty in Venezuela unconvincingly, what he says that is discernible is no

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Feb 21, 2019

Socialists Should Take a Stand on Venezuela: No Trump, No Maduro, No War
Federico Parra/GettyDonald J. Trump, the oppressively dim president of these United States, was elected by a majority of white people who cast ballots but only a minority of the popular vote, and only then with the actively solicited help of a foreign intelligence service. His closest allies are gaudy authoritarians who murder their critics without so much as a plausible cover story. He does not, one must conclude, give half a goddamn about democracy—not in the United States, not in Saudi Arabia and certainly not in Venezuela, where his point person is a man, Elliot Abrams, whose obituary will include the term "right-wing death squads."

It is an obvious point, but one necessary to make in a world where implausible statements from an incoherent president are still treated with legitimacy by a class of reporters and pundits trained to show undue respect to those who wield power, corporate or political and nowadays both. Trump cares about Venezuelans, whom his government routinely deports, about as much as he cares about his own children, which is not to say "a lot." If he cared about corrupt elites ignoring the opposition-held legislature on their way to bankrupting a country for profit, he would resign, or at least hand back the $500,000 he received from the Venezuelan state for a party on his inauguration.

It is good and just to be an irritant on this point, but it is equally important that it not be the only one that is made. When Trump talks about democracy and poverty in Venezuela unconvincingly, what he says that is discernible is no

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Feb 21, 2019

Idaho Could be the Next Measles Outbreak
Since Jan. 1, 63 people in Washington state have come down with the measles. So far, the cases have been largely contained to one Washington county.

But across the border in Idaho, officials are nervously watching the outbreak and response closely. A handful of Idaho epidemiologists and nurses are currently in Washington assisting with their control efforts, and the Idaho health districts are receiving daily reports on the situation.

Measles is a particular concern for Idaho, home to eight of the 10 counties in the country with the highest rates of non-medical vaccine exemptions. Although rates of measles vaccinations have remained steady across the country for the past decade, the counties and towns with clusters of unvaccinated children are vulnerable to outbreaks of diseases like measles.

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Feb 21, 2019

Oscars 2019: Harvey Weinstein and the Welcome Death of the Oscar Smear Campaign
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast Harvey Weinstein has been banished from Hollywood. Good riddance. And with the bully and serial sexual predator went cutthroat Oscar culture, replete with ruthless smear campaigns and the strong-arming of Academy members. Of course, Weinstein didn't necessarily invent the Oscar smear campaign—he merely put his own, ugly spin on it. For a bit of context, the first major one came courtesy of William Randolph Hearst, the godfather of yellow journalism, who in '41 launched an all-out assault against Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, a film based on the media titan.

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So… Hearst reportedly banned all his newspapers and radio stations in his vast empire from reviewing or even mentioning the film, pressured movie theaters into not showing it, is said to have offered MGM chief Louis B. Mayer $805,000 (over $14 million today) to make it "disappear," and if all that weren't enough, Welles went as far as accusing a Hearst reporter of attempting to blackmail him by hiding a 14-year-old girl in his hotel room (with photographers lying in wait). All of Hearst's machinations ultimately worked, with Kane losing the Best Picture Oscar to John Ford's How Green Was My Valley—in what many consider the biggest Oscar upset in history. But that was one rich man's vendetta against a single film. Harvey transformed the entire Oscar landscape.



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Feb 21, 2019

To Target Israel, Iran's ‘Suitcase' GPS Kits Turn Hezbollah Rockets Into Guided Missiles
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastTEL AVIV -  The Warsaw Conference on Middle East Peace and Security last week didn't seem to deliver much in the way of peace or security for the assorted countries attending. There was, to be sure, a lot of tough talk against Iran and the projection of a united front as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and several senior Arab officials all gathered in one room. Yet far away from the bright lights of the Trump-engineered summit, on the business end of the battle against Iran, Israeli security officials have a singular preoccupation: suitcases.

In interviews with The Daily Beast, senior Israeli military officers outlined new details about Iran's plans to turn a vast arsenal of relatively dumb rockets in Syria and Lebanon into a deadly array of precision-guided missiles. The key, according to Israel, is a Global Positioning System (GPS) "kit" the size of small roll-aboard luggage.

The Israel-Iran shadow war in (and above) Syria and the surrounding countries has evolved over the last two years. By early 2017, and despite the ongoing civil war, the survival of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime was relatively assured due to the intervention of Russia, Iran,  Lebanese Hezbollah and various other Iranian-backed militias. With its ally looking more secure, Iran embarked on a grandiose plan for increasing its influence in the shattered country.

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Feb 21, 2019

Trump White House Is Forcing Interns to Sign NDAs and Threatening Them With Financial Ruin
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastWhen the Trump White House welcomed its newest batch of interns earlier this year, the director of the internship program, Zoe Jackman, did what administration officials normally do when fresh blood arrives: She warned them against being "leakers."

Soon enough, according to three sources familiar with the process, a representative from the White House counsel's office materialized to greet the newcomers, and to demand what the Trump White House has required of so many other interns and senior officials.

Upon orientation, the interns signed their very own non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), with the envoy of the counsel's office warning them that a breach of the NDA—blabbing to the media, for instance—could result in legal, and thus financial, consequences for them. Interns were also told that they would not receive their own copies, these sources said.

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Feb 21, 2019

After Jussie Smollett, Will Real Victims of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes Be Heard?
Chelsea Guglielmino/GettyJussie Smollett just made it that much harder for the United States to have an honest conversation about anti-LGBT violence. What's especially painful is how urgent that conversation remains.

On Wednesday evening, the Empire actor was charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report. The openly gay actor had claimed in late January that two men attacked him late at night on a downtown Chicago street, yelled racist and homophobic slurs, poured bleach over his body, and wrapped a rope around his neck. In a follow-up interview with police, Smollett claimed that the two men shouted "MAGA country"— a reference to President Trump's 2016 campaign slogan.

Despite mounting questions about the veracity of Smollett's account, it wasn't until this Saturday that the Chicago Police Department publicly confirmed that Smollett was no longer being investigated as a victim but as a suspect in an investigation as to whether he had staged the attack. And now, the charge has been filed. It's not the last step by far—but it does mean that police could not substantiate Smollett's claims.

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Feb 21, 2019

Stephen Colbert Exposes Trump's Weak Obstruction of Justice Defense
CBSThis week, The New York Times went deep on all the ways President Donald Trump has tried to obstruct justice in the various investigations into his potential misdeeds over the past two years. But as Stephen Colbert pointed out in his Late Show monologue Wednesday, "Most of the stuff in the article wasn't even secret."

"We knew about his flagrant attempts to stop investigations into what Russia did to our election," the host said, noting that even the Times article acknowledged that, "Americans have lost track of how unusual his behavior is."

"Please don't do that," Colbert pleaded. "Please don't lose track. I just want to remind you that that mildly nauseous feeling you have is because for the past two years Donald Trump has been spinning you in a tumble dryer full of turd. It's all lies!"

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Feb 20, 2019

Hannity Says Covington Kid Nick Sandmann Will ‘Destroy' Media Outlets: ‘A Slam Dunk!'
Fox NewsAfter interviewing the lawyer of Covington High School student Nick Sandmann on Wednesday evening, Fox News host Sean Hannity confidently declared that attorney Lin Wood is going to "destroy" big media outlets because the student's lawsuit against The Washington Post is a "slam dunk."

Speaking to Wood on Wednesday night, who filed a $250 million defamation suit against the Post on behalf of Sandmann, Hannity said he could only imagine the future lawsuits if the lawyer goes after all the media outlets and "Hollywood actors and actresses" that initially weighed in on a viral clip of Sandmann face-to-face with a Native-American activist.

"Certainly hundreds," Wood replied. "The good news is that we have two-and-a-half years to identify and file lawsuits against the wrongdoers. Because he is a minor, Nick will turn 18 in July of 2020. We've got two-and-a-half years. We have a lot of work to do."

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Feb 20, 2019

Hannity Says Covington Kid Will ‘Destroy' Media Outlets: ‘A Slam Dunk!'
Fox NewsAfter interviewing the lawyer of Covington High School student Nick Sandmann on Wednesday evening, Fox News host Sean Hannity confidently declared that attorney Lin Wood is going to "destroy" big media outlets because the student's lawsuit against The Washington Post is a "slam dunk."

Speaking to Wood on Wednesday night, who filed a $250 million defamation suit against the Post on behalf of Sandmann, Hannity said he could only imagine the future lawsuits if the lawyer goes after all the media outlets and "Hollywood actors and actresses" that initially weighed in on a viral clip of Sandmann face-to-face with a Native-American activist.

"Certainly hundreds," Wood replied. "The good news is that we have two-and-a-half years to identify and file lawsuits against the wrongdoers. Because he is a minor, Nick will turn 18 in July of 2020. We've got two-and-a-half years. We have a lot of work to do."

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Feb 20, 2019

Fox News' Tucker Carlson Apologizes for, Then Defends Profane Rant Against Guest Rutger Bregman
"Last week we taped a segment that didn't air. Tonight, we'll explain why," Tucker Carlson tweeted the hour before his primetime show Wednesday night. Then, with a few minutes left in the broadcast he added, "We are about to tell you why we didn't air that segment last week."

And yet anyone watching him on Fox News saw no mention of an interview with Rutger Bregman that finally saw the light of day this week after the Dutch historian and author of Utopia for Realists leaked audio of it to NowThis News. While Carlson's tweets seemingly suggested an on-air response, his explanation ended up as an online-only instead.

In the leaked video, the host can be heard telling his guest, "Why don't you go fuck yourself, you tiny brain. And I hope this gets picked up because you're a moron. I tried to give you a hearing, but you were too fucking annoying."

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Feb 20, 2019

CNN Assures DNC: Ex-Sessions Aide Sarah Isgur Won't Work on Democratic Debates
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastThe Democratic National Committee has sought and received assurances from CNN that the network's new politics editor, Sarah Isgur, will not be involved in the debates that the channel hosts and moderates for the Democratic primary.

The assurances were provided after the committee expressed reservations to CNN over Isgur's history in Republican politics and after officials at the committee raised concerns over her alleged connections to a now-retracted Fox News story on the debunked Seth Rich conspiracy theory.

CNN announced this week that it had hired Isgur to help oversee the network's coverage of the 2020 election. Until late last year, she had served as Jeff Sessions' top spokesperson at the Department of Justice after previously working on campaigns for Carly Fiorina and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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Feb 20, 2019

CNN in Damage Control Mode With Dems Over GOP Operative Hire
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastThe Democratic National Committee has sought and received assurances from CNN that the network's new politics editor, Sarah Isgur, will not be involved in the debates that the channel hosts and moderates for the Democratic primary.

The assurances were provided after the committee expressed reservations to CNN over Isgur's history in Republican politics and after officials at the committee raised concerns over her alleged connections to a now-retracted Fox News story on the debunked Seth Rich conspiracy theory.

CNN announced this week that it had hired Isgur to help oversee the network's coverage of the 2020 election. Until late last year, she had served as Jeff Sessions' top spokesperson at the Department of Justice after previously working on campaigns for Carly Fiorina and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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Feb 20, 2019

CNN in Damage-Control Mode Over GOP Operative Hire
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastThe Democratic National Committee has sought and received assurances from CNN that the network's new politics editor, Sarah Isgur, will not be involved in the debates that the channel hosts and moderates for the Democratic primary.

The assurances were provided after the committee expressed reservations to CNN over Isgur's history in Republican politics and after officials at the committee raised concerns over her alleged connections to a now-retracted Fox News story on the debunked Seth Rich conspiracy theory.

CNN announced this week that it had hired Isgur to help oversee the network's coverage of the 2020 election. Until late last year, she had served as Jeff Sessions' top spokesperson at the Department of Justice after previously working on campaigns for Carly Fiorina and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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Feb 20, 2019

CNN in Damage-Control Mode Over GOP Operative Hire Sarah Isgur
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastThe Democratic National Committee has sought and received assurances from CNN that the network's new politics editor, Sarah Isgur, will not be involved in the debates that the channel hosts and moderates for the Democratic primary.

The assurances were provided after the committee expressed reservations to CNN over Isgur's history in Republican politics and after officials at the committee raised concerns over her alleged connections to a now-retracted Fox News story on the debunked Seth Rich conspiracy theory.

CNN announced this week that it had hired Isgur to help oversee the network's coverage of the 2020 election. Until late last year, she had served as Jeff Sessions' top spokesperson at the Department of Justice after previously working on campaigns for Carly Fiorina and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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Feb 20, 2019

CNN in Damage-Control Mode With Dems Over GOP Operative Hire
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastThe Democratic National Committee has sought and received assurances from CNN that the network's new politics editor, Sarah Isgur, will not be involved in the debates that the channel hosts and moderates for the Democratic primary.

The assurances were provided after the committee expressed reservations to CNN over Isgur's history in Republican politics and after officials at the committee raised concerns over her alleged connections to a now-retracted Fox News story on the debunked Seth Rich conspiracy theory.

CNN announced this week that it had hired Isgur to help oversee the network's coverage of the 2020 election. Until late last year, she had served as Jeff Sessions' top spokesperson at the Department of Justice after previously working on campaigns for Carly Fiorina and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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Feb 20, 2019

Coast Guard Officer Accused of Racist Mass Murder Plot, Kept ‘Hit List' of Democrats and MSNBC Hosts
U.S. Attorney's Office in MarylandA white supremacist Coast Guard lieutenant is accused of stockpiling weapons, compiling a hit list of Democratic senators and left-leaning journalists, and preparing for a massacre.

Prosecutors in Maryland called Christopher Paul Hasson a "domestic terrorist" in a Tuesday court filing, first reported by George Washington University's Seamus Hughes, that argued for Hasson's detention ahead of trial on firearms and controlled substance charges.

What law enforcement discovered during a Feb. 15 arrest and search led prosecutors to tell a federal court that Hasson "intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country." They included references to an anti-abortion bomber; a white supremacist Islamophobic mass murderer in Norway; his stated desire to "kill almost every last person on the earth" through biological weapons; and the discovery of 15 guns in his Silver Spring, Maryland basement.

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Feb 20, 2019

Coast Guard Officer Accused of Racist Mass-Murder Plot, Kept ‘Hit List' of Democrats and MSNBC Hosts
U.S. Attorney's Office in MarylandA white-supremacist Coast Guard lieutenant is accused of stockpiling weapons, compiling a hit list of Democratic senators and left-leaning journalists and preparing for a massacre.

Prosecutors in Maryland called Christopher Paul Hasson a "domestic terrorist" in a Tuesday court filing, first reported by George Washington University's Seamus Hughes, that argued for Hasson's detention ahead of trial on firearms and controlled-substance charges.

What law enforcement discovered during a Feb. 15 arrest and search led prosecutors to tell a federal court that Hasson "intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country." They included references to an anti-abortion bomber; a white supremacist Islamophobic mass murderer in Norway; his stated desire to "kill almost every last person on the earth" through biological weapons; and 15 guns in his Silver Spring, Maryland basement.

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Feb 20, 2019

Scouted: This Under-$50 Mid-Century Floor Lamp Is Worth Every Penny
When my boyfriend and I moved in together, I was delighted to find that he detested overhead lighting just as much as I did. Overhead lighting tends to be harsh and overwhelming in a room (especially in a small Brooklyn apartment) and to me, the warmth of a couple of floor lamps is much more enjoyable. We hunted around for a couple weeks to find the perfect lamp and stumbled on the $45 Brightech Bijou LED Tripod Floor Lamp. This lamp not only looks good practically anywhere, but it's also a joy to put together. The drum shade itself is like a 3-D puzzle with interlocking pieces that look like nothing at first but then explode into a lattice-like lampshade. I have my lamp outfitted with a Philips Hue bulb and can, therefore, control it with Alexa, which really works well with the soft glow effect that the lamp gives off. If you're not a smart bulb kind of person, it turns on with a step switch.

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Feb 20, 2019

Scouted: The Jaybird TARAH Pros Are The Best All Around Wireless Headphones for Everyday Use
The rugged, powerful, and long-lasting TARAH Pro headphones are my new favorite headphones.

When it comes to using headphones on the daily, I'd argue the most versatile style is the wireless in-ear construct — wherein your earbuds connect to each by wire but to your device wirelessly by Bluetooth. This might change when manufacturers discover how to pack more power storage and stronger output into truly wireless headphones. But until then, the 14-hour battery life of the highly rated TARAH Pro makes it what I'd say is the best everyday-use headphones set around.

I've argued at length about why you should invest in your headphones and the TARAH Pro is no exception. At $160, this isn't a discount

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Feb 20, 2019

This Solar-Powered Portable Charger Is Waterproof, Shockproof, and $50
I always feel a bit uncomfortable when someone recommends I leave my phone at home and travel into the woods in search of enlightenment and disconnection. It sounds great in theory but why would I abandon my pocket computer and enter a risky situation without my handheld safety net.

So I always bring portable batteries with me when I head off and I'm excited about this solar-powered charger, on sale right now for almost half off. The ZEROLEMON solar charger gives you a USB-C port, as well as two other USB outputs and a few other features that could come in handy when you're alone with nature. A hook lets you hang the solar charger and a multifunction LED flashlight could help you scare away bears … or find your hot dog if you dropped it. And the yellow color will make the charger itself easy to find in the dark, too. On top of all that, it's waterproof and shockproof, meaning a spill or a drop won't hurt this source of power.

For $50, this great-to-have charger will save you many headaches and keep your devices charged when no other outlet will.

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Feb 20, 2019

‘Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett Charged for Allegedly Filing False Police Report
VALERIE MACONEmpire actor Jussie Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct Wednesday evening for allegedly filing a false police report claiming he was attacked in Chicago last month.

"Felony criminal charges have been approved by @CookCountySAO against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted Wednesday.

"Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest," he added.

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Feb 20, 2019

‘Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Police Report
VALERIE MACONEmpire actor Jussie Smollett was charged by an Illinois grand jury with felony disorderly conduct Wednesday evening for allegedly filing a false police report claiming he was attacked by two men in Chicago last month.

"Felony criminal charges have been approved by @CookCountySAO against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted Wednesday.

"Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest," he added.

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Feb 20, 2019

‘Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett Suspected of Filing False Report: Chicago Police
VALERIE MACONEmpire actor Jussie Smollett is now officially suspected of filing a false police report after telling authorities last month that he was attacked by two men who called him homophobic and racial slurs, Chicago police announced Wednesday.

"Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony)," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Wednesday.

"Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury," he added.

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Feb 20, 2019

Judge Napolitano Explains to Fox News Host: Covington Kid's Lawsuit ‘Impossible' to Prove
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on Wednesday helpfully explained to Fox host Charles Payne that the $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post filed by the family of Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann faces a tough road, adding that it is "impossible" to prove that level of damages claimed.

Noting that President Trump gave his support to Sandmann's suit, which contends the Post targeted and bullied the MAGA hat-wearing teenager in an effort to embarrass the president, Payne asked Napolitano if Sandmann, 16, has a case.

The judge weighed both sides of the argument, claiming the teen "probably suffered" as a result of "false and erroneous" portrayals of his interactions last month with a Native American activist. On the other side, Napolitano pointed out, the student became a "limited purpose public figure" during the confrontation, adding that Sandmann's lawyers would need to then prove the Post "published what they knew was false and reckless."

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Feb 20, 2019

Amal Clooney and Serena Williams Host Meghan Markle's Lavish NYC Baby Shower
Kristin Callahan/ACE Pictures/REX/ShutterstockSo, er, where's our invite?

The venue for Meghan Markle's baby shower is a $75,000-a-night duplex penthouse suite at New York City's Mark Hotel, and the tab for the party, which was due to kick off at 1230pm Wednesday afternoon, is being picked up by Serena Williams, according to a report in British society bible Tatler.

Reports that the party happened Tuesday are now very much discredited (send us to the tower), with guests arriving at The Mark today in a swirling (and very photogenic) snowstorm.

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Feb 20, 2019

Scouted: OXO Kitchenware is Up to 40% Off During Macy's BIG Sale
Macy's BIG Sale can help you redo your kitchen ecosystem with more than 150 OXO brand items on sale and an extra 20% off your purchase (the latter applies in cart with code BIG).

And we're not talking just any OXO products — some of the best selling (and honestly some of my favorite) OXO mainstays are included, and their prices are worth it even before that 20% you get at checkout. Load up with 15 kitchen utensils in one package with this $100 set. And if you're still using plastic measuring cups from college, check out this stainless steel (and magnetic) measuring set for $20. The final set that caught my eye is the 3-piece

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Feb 20, 2019

Scouted: The Travel-Friendly Wall Charger From Ombia Is The Only One You'll Want In Your Carry-On
One of the best decisions I ever made was getting a portable wall charger that I kept in my luggage at all times. It meant one less thing to remember to pack (and then remember to unpack once I returned) and it gave me peace of mind that if I somehow left it behind, I would still be able to charge my phone at home post-trip.

If you're a heavy traveler, getting yourself a travel-only fast-charger is almost a no-brainer. But I would take it one step further and invest in one that can be plugged into any outlet, no matter what country you end up in. The Ombia P5 Wall Charger is the one you'll want to keep tucked into your carry-on at all times.

With its Qualcomm Quick Charge capabilities, it can charge phones, tablets, gaming consoles, and even laptops with both a USB-A and USB-C port, meaning you can charge two devices at once. But the best part about this plug is that it comes with three different adapters that keep your charger chugging along in the UK, Australia, and across Europe. Just swap one of the

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Feb 20, 2019

The 'Burberry Noose' Is Just The Latest Controversy. Why Can't Fashion Houses Do Better?
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastFor many, the sight of a model wearing a noose at Burberry's London Fashion Week show was disgusting, tasteless, and distressing. Unfortunately, it was not all that surprising.

Frustratingly, it felt like a fashion controversy du jour, a story that would dominate the day's headlines until a new offensive look started trending on Twitter.

After all, before the noose it was Katy Perry's blackface shoes. Before Katy Perry's blackface shoes it was Gucci's blackface turtleneck. Before Gucci's blackface turtleneck it was Prada's blackface keychain. Before Prada's blackface keychain it was Dolce & Gabbana's bizarre, anti-Chinese ad campaign.

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Feb 20, 2019

Scouted: ThirdLove Adds 24 New Sizes To Five Different Bra Styles
People struggle with bras fitting incorrectly—especially people who have larger cup sizes. It becomes more about utility than style, which seems like a huge oversight by most bra brands. Back in June of last year, direct-to-consumer bra brand ThirdLove added 24 new sizes to their Perfect Coverage Bra. Today, they added the same 24 new sizes to four more of their bra style, bringing a whopping 78 sizes into the fold.

The new sizes will be available in these ThirdLove styles: the Perfect Coverage, Classic T-Shirt, Cotton T-Shirt, Everyday Lace T-Shirt, and the Lace Back T-Shirt. The brand already offers half sizes, which is a unique and considerable upgrade to the quality

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Feb 20, 2019

Trump May Be Committing Obstruction of Justice in Plain Sight
JIM YOUNGMobsters say that the safest place to hide is, often, just out in the open. When it comes to obstruction of justice, President Donald Trump may be adopting the same strategy.

The New York Times on Tuesday chronicled President Donald Trump's efforts to discredit law enforcement investigations that have affected his presidency. By pulling together two years of reporting, the Times tells a remarkable story of Trump's efforts to undermine the investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and others. Of course, we may not know all that has happened behind closed doors, but the Times piece highlights how much of Trump's conduct has been done in plain sight.

Obstruction of justice is a crime that is usually committed covertly and in the shadows to conceal it from detection. Criminals destroy or alter evidence when no one is looking. They coordinate lies with associates and remind them to tell no one. They use intermediaries to quietly communicate veiled threats to kill witnesses or harm family members who might against them. "You have a lovely daughter," a mobster might say. "it would be a shame if something should happen to her."

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Feb 20, 2019

Video: Tucker Carlson's Unaired Meltdown After Rutger Bregman Calls Out Fox News
Michael S. Schwartz/GettyLast week, Dutch historian and author Rutger Bregman claimed he was cursed out by Fox News host Tucker Carlson in a segment that would likely never air. On Wednesday afternoon, audio of Carlson's on-air meltdown finally emerged.

"Why don't you go fuck yourself," Carlson can be heard yelling at Bregman as the pre-taped segment went completely off the rails. "You tiny brain… moron."

Bregman became a viral sensation late last month after going off-script during an appearance at the World Economic Forum at Davos, telling the billionaires in attendance that they should stop avoiding paying taxes.

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Feb 20, 2019

Scouted: Amazon's Sale on WiFi Routers Saves You Up to 40% — And That Monthly Charge for Leasing Your Current One
If you're reading this at home, you very likely have a modem and router spreading your WiFi's signal throughout your dwelling. Today's Amazon sale cuts up to 40% off of routers, modems, and similar items to give you better access to your fast Internet signal.

Speaking of that signal, you likely lease your modem, router, or both from your Internet provider, adding approximately $10 a month to your bill

Industry leader NETGEAR's Nighthawk WiFi router is nearly half off and almost cartoonishly highly-rated with more than 23,000 reviews. At this price, the router pays for itself in about seven months and is designed to cover an entire home in the long run — as well as manage connected devices with capabilities like parental control through a dedicated mobile app. Buy it before that price nearly doubles.

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Feb 20, 2019

‘We Gotta Stop This': Pro-Trump One America News Fights ‘Socialist' College Courses
Because we watch Trumpland TV so you don't have to, today we learned that the Young America's Foundation has released its annual "Dirty Dozen" list, featuring the 12 most "appalling" college courses it claims are fostering "intellectual abuse and flat-out indoctrination."

YAF's Spencer Brown joined One America News host Liz Wheeler to discuss the "pipeline for indoctrinating the next generation of socialist voters," but they seem to have struggled to find much of substance to be offended by:

The course that topped YAF's list is offered at Illinois, and is titled "Gender in Gaming," a topic that has been discussed so long the idea it ought to be debated is now anodyne.

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Feb 20, 2019

UC Santa Cruz Student Sold Drugs Through Mobile Gaming App, Feds Say
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastA California college student has been charged with allegedly creating a mobile gaming app to sell drugs on campus, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Collin Howard, an 18-year-old college freshman at the University of California, Santa Cruz, was indicted by a federal grand jury for "distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine," the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California said in a press release.

Prosecutors alleged that last fall Howard developed Banana Plug, a mobile gaming app that paid homage to Sammy the Banana Slug, the school's mascot.

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Feb 20, 2019

‘The View's' Meghan McCain Confronts Tulsi Gabbard for ‘Spouting Propaganda from Syria'
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was greeted with a "warm aloha" on the The View Wednesday morning. But things didn't stay sunny for long.

As the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate began to lay out how her time serving in Iraq has influenced her non-interventionist foreign policy position, Meghan McCain was just itching to push back. "Can I interrupt you?" she asked.

After thanking Gabbard for her service, McCain told her, "When I hear the name Tulsi Gabbard, I think of Assad apologist. I think of someone who comes back to the United States and is spouting propaganda from Syria."

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Feb 20, 2019

Maggie Haberman on Trump's New York Times Attack: ‘That's a Lie'
CNNPresident Trump unleashed his usual tweetstorm on Wednesday morning, this time complaining about The New York Times, which he claimed doesn't call his office to check facts and is the true "enemy of the people."

But this time, the Times' White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman was on-air with CNN to dispute him in real-time: "That's a lie."

Trump alleged that "the press has never been more dishonest than it is today" and that "stories are written that have absolutely no basis in fact. The writers don't even call asking for verification. They are totally out of control."

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Feb 20, 2019

Three British Conservative Lawmakers Resign to Join Labour Breakaway
Reuters / Simon DawsonFor a century, British politics has been shaped by the tug of war between the two old parties—Labour and the Conservatives. Today, as three Conservative lawmakers made the shock announcement to join eight former Labour parliamentarians who broke from their party Monday, it looked like that old system could be beginning to crumble under the strain of Brexit.

The three Conservative members of parliament (MPs) all support remaining in the European Union. In a stinging letter to Theresa May confirming their resignations, they said that the prime minister had pursued a "disastrous" approach to Brexit which they said was being dictated by the extremist right wing and anti-EU fringes in the Conservative party.

The three—Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen—will now join eight former Labour lawmakers who sent shockwaves through Westminster when they announced their exit from Jeremy Corbyn's party in protest at his approach to Brexit and failure to tackle anti-Semitic bullying.

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Feb 20, 2019

Survivors Slam New Vatican Exposé That Ties Sex Abuse to Gay Priests
Alessandro Bianchi/REUTERSROME—Fréderic Martel, a gay French author whose book In The Closet of the Vatican will be published Thursday to coincide with the Vatican's crisis summit on clerical sex abuse, drew immediate criticism from victims of clerical sex abuse when he suggested a "complex link" between gay priests and the abuse issue.

Sexual-abuse survivor Peter Saunders, who was expelled from the Vatican's Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in 2017 for criticizing the church's lack of resolve, said that many of the victims he has worked with over the years were female, which he says proves his point. "There is no link between people who are gay and people who abuse children."

Saunders, who is part of the victim-survivor group Ending Clergy Abuse, added, "Once you are inside the church and you are gay, you are bound to be silent and then when you see someone abusing, you are silenced from reporting it."

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Feb 20, 2019

Vatican Exposé Links Abuse by Catholic Clergy to Repressed Homosexuality
Alessandro Bianchi/REUTERSROME—Fréderic Martel, the French author and sociologist whose book In The Closet of the Vatican will be published Thursday to coincide with the Vatican's crisis summit on clerical sex abuse, crossed into dangerous territory on Wednesday. Speaking to members of Italy's foreign-press association here on the eve of the summit, Martel drew a link between clerical sex abuse by priests and repressed homosexual priests. "The link, in a complex way, exists," he said.

Martel's comment triggered immediate scorn by sexual-abuse survivor Peter Saunders, who was expelled from the Vatican's Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in 2017. "There is no link between people who are gay and people who abuse children," said Saunders, who is part of the victim-survivor group Ending Clergy Abuse, which was waiting in the wings at the press association for its own press briefing. "Once you are inside the church and you are gay, you are bound to be silent and then when you see someone abusing, you are silenced from reporting it."

Martel says his book was informed by 27 gay priests who live or work inside Vatican City. His conclusion, based on extensive interviews with them, is that the vast majority of the College of Cardinals—the group of esteemed prelates who vote in conclaves—are gay. "They were hit on, flirted with, and slept with a lot of cardinals in t

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Feb 20, 2019

10 Dishes with Celebrity Chef Alex Stupak
Evan SungAfter a shift, what is your favorite guilty pleasure to eat? "I love a fried egg sandwich on a Martin's potato roll. The trick is to burn the hell out of the bottom of the egg so it's very crispy. Mayonnaise is always involved, otherwise it's whatever cheese, pickle and meat scraps I can forage for."

Is there one dish you won't cook? "The only thing I'll never cook is Mexican food, of any sort, at my mother-in-law's house. That's sacred."

All-time favorite spice. "Surprisingly, it is fenugreek. In general, I am obsessed with all spices and specifically how they are used in the Middle Eastern universe, but fenugreek has really gotten under my skin. Try cooking potatoes in butter infused with fenugreek and then top them with tons of labneh and fresh dill."

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Feb 20, 2019

Owen Wilson on Playing a Cocaine-Fueled Cult Leader in ‘Documentary Now!'
IFCThe 52nd season premiere (the third, really) of Documentary Now! opens like all episodes of the show: on Helen Mirren, stateliest of dames, bracing you for the madness.

"Now, what causes someone to start a cult? And what causes someone to join one?" she ponders. "In 1980, a man called Ra-Shawbard and his followers descended upon a small town in Oregon to build a utopian community. What followed is one of the strangest stories in American law-enforcement history."

With that, Batsh*t Valley, a two-part episode parodying the Netflix docuseries Wild Wild Country, begins to unfold.

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Feb 20, 2019

North Korean Defector Thae Yong Ho Shows How Kim Makes a Chump of Trump
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastSEOUL—There is no way North Korea is going to give up its nukes, says Pyongyang's most prominent defector. And if President Donald Trump doesn't watch out, Thae Yong Ho predicts, he will slip into the quicksand of a deal that will lead "inevitably" to withdrawal of America's 28,500 troops from South Korea.

In a meeting with foreign correspondents here, Thae outlined the dangers facing U.S. policy with the emergence of what he called "the Trump doctrine." It bears a distinct resemblance, he said, to the "Nixon doctrine" that led the U.S. to pull its troops from South Vietnam and finally opened the way for North Vietnamese forces to overrun Saigon nearly half a century ago.

The fact that Trump will be sitting down with Kim Jong Un next week in Hanoi, capital of the Vietnamese regime that destroyed South Vietnamese forces in April 1975, deepened the scary image of looming disaster.

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Feb 20, 2019

A North Korean Defector Shows How Kim Makes a Chump of Trump
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastSEOUL—There is no way North Korea is going to give up its nukes, says Pyongyang's most prominent defector. And if President Donald Trump doesn't watch out, Thae Yong Ho predicts, he will slip into the quicksand of a deal that will lead "inevitably" to withdrawal of America's 28,500 troops from South Korea.

In a meeting with foreign correspondents here, Thae outlined the dangers facing U.S. policy with the emergence of what he called "the Trump doctrine." It bears a distinct resemblance, he said, to the "Nixon doctrine" that led the U.S. to pull its troops from South Vietnam and finally opened the way for North Vietnamese forces to overrun Saigon nearly half a century ago.

The fact that Trump will be sitting down with Kim Jong Un next week in Hanoi, capital of the Vietnamese regime that destroyed South Vietnamese forces in April 1975, deepened the scary image of looming disaster.

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Feb 20, 2019

Could Amy Klobuchar Be the 2020 Democratic ‘Maverick'?
Scott Olson/GettyAt a CNN town hall in New Hampshire on Monday, Democratic presidential candidate and Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar threw cold water on progressive articles of faith like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, and declared her opposition to plans pushed by rivals like Sen. Bernie Sanders to provide free four-year college tuition to everyone.

"If I was a magic genie and could give that to everyone and we could afford it, I would," Klobuchar said. "I've got to tell the truth."

Her performance reminded Paul Kane, a longtime congressional reporter at The Washington Post, of another presidential candidate who pitched himself as a straight-talking pragmatist to widespread popularity in the first-in-the-nation primary state: John McCain.

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Feb 20, 2019

How Fringe Groups Are Using QAnon to Amplify Their Wild Messages
Sean Rayford/GettyGermany's politics are being manipulated online. But the perpetrators aren't the much-talked-about Russian trolls accused of meddling in U.S. elections. They aren't bot accounts, either. They're conspiracy theorists riding on an American hoax.

The far-right QAnon conspiracy theory falsely accuses virtually all President Donald Trump's foes of being involved in a Satanic pedophilia and cannibalism ring. Its nebulous nature, branches of which include belief in time travel and reptilians, makes it a prime conspiracy theory for paranoid Americans. But the German far right—or at least people who support it—are jumping on the U.S.-based theory, according to a new study by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, an anti-extremism think tank. Now those troll armies are using QAnon as a megaphone for their own causes.

"We came across new international far-right networks that are active in Germany, promoting the far right's political and cultural agenda and attacking the AfD's [far-right party Alternative for Germany] political opponents," the ISD study's authors wrote. "The US-based conspiracy network QAnon has emboldened a German version, linking violent and anti-democratic conspiracy theories across the Atlantic."

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Feb 20, 2019

When Howard Stern Terrorized Lorena Bobbitt: ‘A Penis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste'
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastLorena, Amazon's new four-part documentary series about the circumstances surrounding Lorena Bobbitt's 1993 dismemberment of her husband John Wayne, offers a fresh perspective on its tabloid subject, casting it as not only a tawdry tale about mutilation most foul but also a saga about ugly domestic abuse and misguided media priorities. Turned into a "crazy woman" punchline as her former husband exploited his newfound notoriety for 15 minutes in the spotlight (replete with porn movies marketed on the basis of his reattached penis), Lorena is depicted as the story's true victim, having allegedly suffered first rape and battery at the hands of her spouse, and then mockery from a public that refused to grapple with the harrowing trauma that compelled her to commit her fateful act.

And no one comes off worse in this non-fiction portrait than Howard Stern.

By 1993, Stern had established himself as the premier bad boy of talk radio, replete with his self-anointed "Wack Pack," a collection of freaks, misfits, racists and wildly inappropriate weirdos that Stern (and his fans) found to be the height of hilarity. As a result, it was no surprise that, when John Wayne Bobbitt rose to infamy on the basis of his groin injury (which was remedied through reattachment surgery; Lorena would later be acquitted of "malicious wounding"), Stern viewed him as a veritable gift from the gods. To borrow the title of one

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Feb 20, 2019

The Murder Chicago Police Could've Been Investigating Instead of the Smollett Case
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastJussie Smollett should know that as many as a dozen Chicago detectives have been working his case when they might otherwise have been working murders such as last summer's killing of 21-year-old Oceanea Jones.

That homicide remains unsolved. The murdered woman's mother regularly calls the lone detective who is presently handling the case.

"I called last week," the mother, Kenyatta Jones, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday. "Same thing. They still don't have anybody in custody."

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Feb 20, 2019

Mexican Cops Do Trump's Dirty Work Thwarting Asylum Seekers
Jose Luis Gonzalez/ReutersPIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico—Children were hanging onto the fence, peering out of a "shelter" in this town just across the Rio Grande from Eagle Pass, Texas. There had been some 1,800 migrants, including pregnant women and babies, detained in this vacant factory in Piedras Negras that is surrounded by the Mexican army and police.

The numbers were declining amid relocations and forced repatriations, but none were allowed to leave for the U.S. border-especially not to request asylum, which is their right under U.S. and international law. Journalists, almost without exception, were not allowed to enter the factory, see conditions, and interview migrants. So we talked through the fence.

And then, on Tuesday, they were gone, shipped off to places harder for the press to find. Mexican officials, it turns out, are playing Donald Trump's tune, but while it's very noisy on the U.S. side of the border, here it's in the key of silence, and the regional authorities want to keep it that way.

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Feb 20, 2019

Inside the 2019 Oscars' Biggest Controversies: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,' ‘Green Book' and the Hosting Fiasco
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast The lead-up to the Oscars thus far has been a garbage fire that members of the Academy and producers keep getting caught pouring more kerosene on. So it's easy to forget that there are actual films to be debated and awards to be handed out. Lucky for those films, because they've been pretty controversial, too. I don't know if it's because we're in the age of social media, the era of splintered opinion, or just surrounded by bad taste, but this year's nominees are pretty wild, right?

Pretty wild like an Alexis Neiers voicemail message to Nancy Jo.

Talking about this year's biggest controversies, it's hard to know where to begin. So let's just start with Bohemian Rhapsody. It's so great that a popular movie snagged a Best Picture nod, especially in a year when the Academy was self-conscious enough that it floated that insane Best Popular Movie idea. What's crazy to me, though, is that people actually think this is a good movie.

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Feb 20, 2019

Trump Is Beyond Obsessed With Andrew McCabe
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastEarly last year, Donald Trump and his advisers gathered for a quiet, afternoon meeting at the White House to discuss immigration. But something else was weighing on the president's mind as he and his team began to address the policy matters at hand.

During the start of the meeting, "all [Trump] wanted to talk about" was "how much he hated [Andrew] McCabe," according to a source who was in the room. McCabe, the former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had recently been sacked by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, citing a "lack of candor." And around the time of the Trump meeting, he had lawyered up and accused the Trump administration of launching an "ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation."

It got Trump's attention. The source in the room noted that the president repeatedly derailed the ostensible purpose of the meeting by calling McCabe a world-historical "loser" on at least two occasions.

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Feb 20, 2019

Meghan Markle's Starry Trip to NYC
WPA PoolHow on earth has Meghan Markle managed to survive this long in the muddy and tweed-clad environs of British aristocratic life?

On Tuesday, she was back in one of the natural habitats of a Hollywood star; New York's Upper East Side, where they were literally trucking in flowers and other vegetation (at one stage an orange tree was delivered) for her all-American, celebrity-powered baby shower.

Meghan's presence in New York, where she arrived on Friday, had remained a secret until she was photographed in Soho on Monday. It was quickly established she was staying at the extremely luxurious Mark Hotel on the Upper East Side (where the shower was held).

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Feb 20, 2019

‘Daily Show's' Gay Black Correspondent Jaboukie Young-White Breaks Down Jussie Smollett Mess
Comedy CentralOn Monday, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah expressed his doubts about the supposed hate crime committed against Empire actor Jussie Smollett. Tuesday night, he brought in reinforcements.

Jaboukie Young-White, the 24-year-old comedian who came on board as a correspondent on the show last October, was able to speak to this story from a distinct perspective. Like Smollett, he is both black and gay.

"This story has been weird for me, Trevor," he began. "As a gay person, I'm used to speaking on gay issues. As a black person, I'm used to speaking on black issues. But I'm not used to them intercepting." The only other scenario he could imagine is if RuPaul robbed a bank.

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Feb 20, 2019

Trevor Noah Mocks Fox News for Urging Viewers to Stockpile Meat Because Cory Booker Is Vegan
Comedy CentralOn Tuesday night, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah addressed Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential announcement—before focusing on the "quaint" scandals of the other Democratic contenders that have thrown the alarmist folks at Fox News for a loop, from Kirsten Gillibrand asking if she should eat her fried chicken with her hands to Kamala Harris being misheard about her musical preferences while puffing on joints in college.

But the silliest "scandal" that got Fox News in a lather has to be Cory Booker's veganism.

Following a montage of Fox News hosts losing their marbles over Booker's personal diet, Noah remarked, "I don't even understand how this is on the news. I say if Cory Booker wants to be a vegan president, he should go for it. His diet choices are his business, they don't affect anyone else—or at least, that's what I thought."

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Feb 20, 2019

Trevor Noah Mocks Fox News' Hannity for Urging Viewers to Stockpile Meat Because Cory Booker Is Vegan
Comedy CentralOn Tuesday night, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah addressed Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential announcement—before focusing on the "quaint" scandals of the other Democratic contenders that have thrown the alarmist folks at Fox News for a loop, from Kirsten Gillibrand asking if she should eat her fried chicken with her hands to Kamala Harris being misheard about her musical preferences while puffing on joints in college.

But the silliest "scandal" that got Fox News in a lather has to be Cory Booker's veganism.

Following a montage of Fox News hosts losing their marbles over Booker's personal diet, Noah remarked, "I don't even understand how this is on the news. I say if Cory Booker wants to be a vegan president, he should go for it. His diet choices are his business, they don't affect anyone else—or at least, that's what I thought."

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Feb 19, 2019

Why ‘Miracle Workers' Killed Bill Maher by Exploding His Penis
God needed to kill somebody.

In the universe of Miracle Workers, that is the logical explanation for the TBS comedy's best joke.

"13 Days," the episode of the Daniel Radcliffe-starring series that aired Tuesday night, finds the series' petulant man-child God, played by Steve Buscemi, angry over being the target of Bill Maher's jokes.

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Feb 19, 2019

Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe: ‘It's Possible' Trump Could Be a Russian Asset
Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe continued to drop explosive soundbites Tuesday evening, telling CNN anchor Anderson Cooper that he believes "it's possible" President Trump could be a Russian asset.

Continuing his media blitz in support of his new book, The Threat, McCabe appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 for a lengthy, wide-ranging interview. After saying the president is "undermining the role of law enforcement" and their "ability to protect" America, McCabe dismissed criticism from Trump allies that he's part of the "Deep State."

"I find that so incredibly offensive," he fumed. "I think that the millions of men and women who serve this country every day in all kinds of roles across the federal government would also find that offensive."

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Feb 19, 2019

Stephen Colbert Mocks Bernie Sanders' ‘Old White Guy' 2020 Announcement
CBS"The 2020 presidential election is heating up," Stephen Colbert said in his Late Show monologue Tuesday night before revealing the latest candidate to enter the Democratic primary: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

"Bernie made his campaign announcement this morning in the most Bernie way possible," the host said. "On Vermont Public Radio. After that he made it official by posting a flier on his local co-op bulletin board."

Colbert predicted that Sanders might have more trouble rising to the top of a much larger 2020 field than he faced in 2016, putting the photos on the screen of every Democrat who is currently running or expected to jump in the race.

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Feb 19, 2019

Border Patrol Pays $125,000 to Minor Who Says She Was Assaulted by Officer
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastU.S. Customs and Border Patrol has agreed to pay more than $100,000 to a young woman who says she was sexually assaulted by an officer while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border at age 17.

The case, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, is believed to be one of the first sexual assault cases Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has settled with a minor. The organization declined to comment on the case or any disciplinary action taken against the officer involved.

ACLU attorney Angélica Salceda said the case stood out for the young complainant's willingness to participate in years of legal proceedings.   

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Feb 19, 2019

Trump's Global Mission to Decriminalize Homosexuality Greeted With Skepticism
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastOn Tuesday morning, NBC News reported that the Trump administration will seek to decriminalize homosexuality in "dozens of nations," citing unnamed U.S. officials.

But LGBT and human rights groups largely responded with skepticism both over the report itself—and the sincerity of the Trump administration's motives.

"If this commitment is real, we have a lot of questions about their intentions and commitments, and are eager to see what proof and action will follow," said Human Rights Campaign senior international policy advocate Jeremy Kadden in a statement.

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Feb 19, 2019

Scouted: Ray-Ban Sunglasses Are Up to 50% Off At Nordstrom Rack Right Now
The sun is finally out for more than (what feels like) three hours a day, which means you should be packing those sunglasses with you to work. In need of a new pair for the spring? Nordstrom Rack has 120 different styles of Ray-Ban sunnies to choose from.

We already gave you a little guide into what different styles are out there, so now's your chance to get a good pair that'll last you — for less. Ray-Ban sunglasses protect you from 100% of UV rays, so you can be sure that your eyes will stay protected while you're soaking up that vitamin D. The iconic Clubmaster sunglasses are on sale in some funky colors, like these rainbow-lensed ones or the updated Phantos Clubmaster.

More of an aviator fan? The Navigator sunglasses feature a squared-off style that can go with anything. Or take a look at the Square Tech

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Feb 19, 2019

Scouted: You Should Always Use Yoga Mat Towels and These Non-Slip Ones Will Cover Any Need
I've been using yoga mats at the gym all wrong and I'm very glad to have become enlightened (to a degree) about how this is supposed to work.

After LEUS sent me a few yoga mat towels to try out, I did — at home and at the gym. And boy, did it change everything for me. The ultra-absorbent soft suede that LEUS uses on the full yoga mat towel is very nice to kneel and spread out on, depending on your yoga, stretching, or core activities. I used it at home to run some nighttime core exercises like ab rolling, cross body crunching, and planking. The fabric never turned abrasive to my skin, and my knees never slid, even while drenched in sweat. To the gym, I took with me the yoga hand towel, which I primarily used under my knees and hands, keeping my sweat off of those public mats and, more importantly, their sweat off of me.

Speaking of sweat — I sweat a lot. And I always need products that can handle a little extra moisture while maintaining their core tenets. In this regard, LEUS really shined. I never felt like my sweat was pooling or affecting the grip of either towel, which is rare for me. I'm usually garnering stares from across the room and silently cringing at each bead of effort as it rolls off my forehead.

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Feb 19, 2019

CNN Staffers ‘Demoralized' by Hiring of GOP Operative Sarah Isgur to Edit 2020 Coverage
Leah Millis/ReutersCNN staffers are upset and confused about the network's decision to hire a partisan political operative to oversee its 2020 campaign reporting.

On Tuesday, a CNN spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Beast that the network has hired Republican political advisor Sarah Isgur as the politics editor helming CNN's 2020 coverage. The move was first reported by Politico.

Throughout her decade-long career in Republican politics, Isgur has served as an advisor to Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney, and was Carly Fiorina's deputy campaign manager for the 2016 Republican primary. Until last year, Isgur was a top spokesperson for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Department of Justice.

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Feb 19, 2019

CNN Staffers ‘Demoralized' by Hiring of GOP Operative Sarah Isgur to Oversee 2020 Coverage
Leah Millis/ReutersCNN staffers are upset and confused about the network's decision to hire a partisan political operative to oversee its 2020 campaign reporting.

On Tuesday, a CNN spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Beast that the network has hired Republican political advisor Sarah Isgur as the politics editor helming CNN's 2020 coverage. The move was first reported by Politico.

Throughout her decade-long career in Republican politics, Isgur has served as an advisor to Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney, and was Carly Fiorina's deputy campaign manager for the 2016 Republican primary. Until last year, Isgur was a top spokesperson for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Department of Justice.

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Feb 19, 2019

Scouted: Kitchen Trash Cans That Look Good Even Filled With Garbage
There's a pretty common joke that says that you know you're an adult when you enjoy getting socks as gifts. I say you know you're an adult when you care about which trash can you buy.

Choosing a trash can—once an unassuming part of one's everyday life—has become a large decision when furnishing your own home. They're not just a hole you chuck garbage into and call it a day anymore (you also have to take out your own trash, but that's a whole other issue). They're now kitchen necessities that truly make a difference. When purchasing a trash can, their capacity and aesthetics should be considered. They may be full of trash, but they should look good too.

In my opinion, kitchen trash cans often get the shortest straw on looks. They're typically designed for utility as they often get the most (and worst-smelling) household garbage—and they tend to be pretty sterile-looking. But if you're willing to invest, a good-looking trash can will make your overall kitchen experience a better one.

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Feb 19, 2019

Devin Nunes Alum Scott Glabe Joins Trump White House
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastAnother alum of Rep. Devin Nunes' House intelligence committee has taken a White House post.

Scott Glabe, previously the deputy staff director for Nunes on the House intelligence committee, recently moved to the White House Counsel's office, two sources familiar with the move told The Daily Beast.

A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Feb 19, 2019

Karl Lagerfeld's Life in Photos
The legendary fashion designer died at the age of 85 on February 19. Here, a look back at his prolific career spanning six decades.

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Feb 19, 2019

Right-Wing News Outlet Calls for McCabe, Rosenstein to Be Waterboarded
Because we watch Trumpland TV so you don't have to, today we learned that far-right outlet TruNews wants nearly the entire government and national media to be imprisoned and, in some cases, waterboarded at Guantanamo Bay.

No, really, look at this handy graphic they created:

Last time we checked on TruNews, they were claiming that Tom Brady was under the spell of witchcraft. Now, the full panel is on board to credulously claim that the nation is under attack by the FBI, NSA, CBS, NBC, and especially Andrew McCabe and Rod Rosenstein—whom, in the mind of host Rick Wiles, ought to be dragged to Cuba and personally waterboarded by "Gina Haspel and Dick Cheney."

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Feb 19, 2019

Fox's Judge Napolitano: Trump's Call to Whitaker Sure Looks Like ‘Attempted Obstruction' of Justice
Shortly after the New York Times dropped an explosive report alleging President Trump called then-Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to put a Trump ally in charge of the Southern District of New York's case against former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said this request amounted to "an attempt to obstruct justice."

According to the Times, Trump attempted to exert pressure on his newly installed attorney general late last year. With U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman having already recused himself from the Cohen investigation due to a conflict of interest, Trump reportedly asked Whitaker to put Berman in charge of the probe. Trump "soon soured" on Whitaker for not being able to make the move happen, per the Times.

Speaking with Fox News anchor Shepard Smith on Tuesday, Napolitano noted that Whitaker himself could be in trouble if the story is accurate, seeing as Whitaker previously testified to Congress that the president had never pressured him on any of the multiple Trump-related investigations.

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Feb 19, 2019

Karl Lagerfeld: Inside His Passionate Life of Fashion, Celebrity, and Choupette
Alamy"I'm very much down to earth, just not this earth," Karl Lagerfeld once said.

Lagerfeld, who has died at age 85, was ever quotable and saying outrageous things was a specialty. It was a way of keeping the world both fascinated and at bay simultaneously. Lagerfeld knew how he looked, how he sounded, and called himself a "cartoon." That cartoon was both performance and shield.

He knew the world of celebrity and the game of modern fame, swam in it when he needed to, and also lived well away from it. As Lagerfeld—who at the time of his death was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi as well as his own brand—said, "I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that. It is like a mask. And for me, the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long."

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Feb 19, 2019

Scouted: Save $30 During Nike's Sitewide, Four-Day Discount Sale on Orders Above $150
It's not something to be done all at once, but it's important to regularly replace worn fitness apparel as it wears down. And it's a relatively easy move to level up with some new gear when it's on sale at Nike, not to mention it'll help you avoid injury.

Nike's got something for every need — from shoes to socks and tights. And for the next four days, Nike is giving you $30 back on orders over $150. The four-day sale ends on Saturday so it's probably smart to scroll through the offerings, where it won't be too hard to find something you want or even an upgrade to prepare you for a changing season. Just enter code SPORT30 at checkout to get the discount.

Nike's best selling Epic React Flyknit 2s look incredible in the sapphire and lime blast color combo — though I wouldn't blame anyone for grabbing a pair in the metallic gold style. More importantly, the minimalist design still provides heel su

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Feb 19, 2019

Scouted: Do Your Own Taxes With This One-Day Amazon Sale on H&R Block Tax Software
I'm not ashamed to admit that my parents still do my taxes. But I know eventually, I will need to break out of that cycle. And this H&R Block sale on Amazon is tempting me to start today.

Today only, Amazon has the H&R Block Tax Software Deluxe and State 2018 (with 5% Refund Bonus Offer) for just $18. Seriously, under $20 for the software that helps you get your maximum refund, plus a nice 5% bonus, is almost unheard of. To put it into perspective, this software hasn't been this price since Black Friday, far away from tax season.

Get access to unlimited real-time chat with a tax expert, capitalize on your mortgage interest and charitable deductions right in the software, and get a 5% bonus if you allocate all or a portion of your federal refund to an Amazon.com Gift Card (it's basically free money). If you're planning on doing your own taxes this year, this is when you should buy the right software to do so.

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Feb 19, 2019

Lobbyist Barry Bennett Dishes on the Trump Swamp He Helped Create
OMNISHAMBLES is a weekly podcast by The Daily Beast hosted by Jackie Kucinich, Sam Stein, and Asawin Suebsaeng. Want to make sense of the chaos in Trump-era Washington? Subscribe and listen to Omnishambles on Apple Podcasts.

This week, we discuss what, exactly, it's like operating as a Washington lobbyist in the Donald Trump era. Fortunately, we have a former Trump adviser and longtime Republican operative on the show to take us through the gory details, what it was like working for The Donald, and how President Trump changed and repopulated the "Swamp" that he campaigned to destroy with extreme prejudice.

This week's guest: Barry Bennett, a former senior adviser to the 2016 Trump campaign and a founder of lobbying firm Avenue Strategies.

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Feb 19, 2019

Bernie Sanders Hires Top Progressive Advocate, Faiz Shakir, as Campaign Manager
Andrew Harnik/ShutterstockSen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has tapped Faiz Shakir to serve as his campaign manager for his second run at the White House, the Daily Beast has learned.

In hiring Shakir, Sanders brings into the fold one of the Democratic Party's better-travelled operatives—an official with limited campaign experience but with ties to the party's think tank infrastructure, its Hill operations and the larger progressive universe.

Shakir joins the Sanders operation from the American Civil Liberties Union where he served as national political director since early 2017. Before joining the ACLU, he was a senior adviser to then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and before that he worked with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). He first made a name for himself as an editor at the site ThinkProgress, the news arm associated with, though editorially independent of, the powerhouse Democratic think-tank Center for American Progress.

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Feb 19, 2019

Spring Cleaning Necessities For Organizing, Deep Cleaning, and Maintaining
If we all waited until the first tulip to bloom to spring clean our homes, we'd live in landfills nine months out of the year. And why resign ourselves to a life of being unable to find anything while playing a never-ending game called "Where's that smell coming from?"

Channel warmer temps and brighter days with a super-simple cleaning guide that'll bring you infinite amounts of joy (take that, seasonal affective disorder).

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