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Jan 01, 2050

John McCain, A Life in Photos
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Jan 01, 2050

John McCain, American Hero, Dies at 81
Kevin Lamarque/ReutersJohn S. McCain III, an American hero who served as a Navy captain and a member of Congress for 57 years, died on TKTKTK DAY. He was 81.

McCain was a giant of the United States Senate and a lifelong public servant who won respect and admiration from his colleagues on Capitol Hill and world leaders for his staunch advocacy of democratic principles and his defiant policy positions, particularly on issues relating to the military and national security.

He was a tough and, at times, feisty and brash legislator, but he forged friendships and bonds that cemented his place in history as a dealmaker. His political opponents sometimes branded him a war-monger and a reactionary at worst but never doubted his unwavering adherence to his principles, his tireless support for American troops, and his enduring commitment to public service.

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Mar 04, 2021

Jeanine Pirro Accuses Immigrants of Bringing ‘All Kinds of Diseases' Into U.S.
Fox NewsDuring a shouting match with Geraldo Rivera on Fox News on Thursday night, Judge Jeanine Pirro went on a tirade that was shocking in its blatant racism—even for her.

"We've got people being released at the border right now who've got COVID," Pirro screamed at Rivera, who was attempting to push back on her argument. "Wait a minute, I listened to you, you listen to me! They've got COVID! They've got all kinds of diseases! They are being released into the United States!"

"Now, you're not going to tell me that a governor is going to shut me down and not allow me to do my job and let in illegals because we've got a heart? Mexico ought to have a heart!"

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Mar 04, 2021

Tucker Mockingly Downplays Seriousness of Gretchen Whitmer Kidnapping Plot
Fox NewsWhile minimizing the current threats of right-wing extremism on Thursday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked the serious nature of the plot to kidnap and execute Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, snarking that a "homeless guy" had planned to abduct her "in a shopping cart."

Carlson, who has repeatedly downplayed the deadly Capitol riots as nothing more than a "political protest that got out of hand," kicked off his primetime show on Thursday evening by ridiculing the concerns that QAnon adherents and pro-Trump extremists were potentially planning another insurrectionist attack on March 4.

"A lot of liberals were certain that today—this day, March 4—was the day the right-wing revolution would finally begin," the Fox star sneered. "March 4, they believed, was something called ‘QAnon Inauguration Day.'"

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Mar 04, 2021

Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse's Supporters Feud Over Fundraising Cash
Nam Y. Huh/Pool via ReutersA new fundraising arm for accused Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse is raising questions about how his previous legal team spent hundreds of thousands in donations, as it battles PayPal and other platforms that are shutting down its new accounts.

FreeKyleUSA has fired Twitter salvos at Rittenhouse's former lawyers—California litigator John Pierce and pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood—for weeks, demanding an accounting of funds from Wood's FightBack Foundation. (Pierce resigned from FightBack in September amid scrutiny over his embattled law firm, which was millions in debt. Lin himself is facing a lawsuit from former partners, who accuse him of failing to pay them fees and of "erratic, abusive, and unprofessional behavior." In response, Lin released a statement calling the suit a "shakedown effort" that would force him to fork over "an unreasonable portion" of his earned fee.)

According to a representative of FreeKyleUSA, Fightback is no longer authorized to collect funds on Rittenhouse's behalf and has failed to provide a detailed accounting to Ri

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Mar 04, 2021

Report: Ten Aides Ready to Testify in Meghan Markle Bullying Investigation
Charles McQuillan/Getty ImagesAt least ten former staffers who worked for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are "queuing up" to co-operate with an investigation ordered by the queen into allegations that Meghan bullied her staff, it was claimed Thursday evening.

The claim was made in British newspaper the Mirror and, is likely to be taken seriously as it was made by well-sourced royal reporter Russell Myers.

Sources connected to the group, who have been assured of confidentiality as the investigation continues, said the staffers were considered to be "hugely professional and proud of their efforts" while working at Kensington Palace.

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Mar 04, 2021

GLAAD Says Major News Outlets ‘Failed' in Coverage of Equality Act
GettyAdvocacy group GLAAD is starting a new project: grading mainstream media outlets on their coverage of major LGBTQ issues.

As part of a new "Media Report Card," series GLAAD analyzed the coverage of the Equality Act, setting a variety of criteria that it deemed necessary to fully cover the bill's context and the communities it impacted.

This included unique quotes from LGBTQ advocates including trans advocates, statements from openly LGBTQ members of Congress, context about lack of non-discrimination protections in many states, making sure anti-transgender rhetoric is not left unchecked, and showing a majority of Americans in both party support the legislation.

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Mar 04, 2021

West Virginia Guv Slams Texas Reopening as Performative ‘Macho Thing'
CNNWest Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday slammed his fellow Republican governors in Texas and Mississippi for rushing to reopen their states and lift mask mandates amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, describing their actions as a performative "macho thing."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, reeling from criticism over his handling of the winter storm that left millions in his state without power and water, announced earlier this week that he was reopening the state "100 percent" and reversing mask requirements, despite all known variants of COVID-19 currently circulating in the Lone Star State.

Abbott's decision drew a sharp rebuke from President Joe Biden, who kicked off a full-on right-wing media outrage cycle by decrying the governor's "Neanderthal thinking." Meanwhile, it was later reported that Abbott didn't even consult with his medical advisers before di

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Mar 04, 2021

Feds Charge Brooklyn Neighborhood Patrol Boss With Teen Sex Crimes
Twitter/Jacob DaskalThe founder of a private police auxiliary group in New York City was arrested Thursday on charges of child sex abuse.

Jacob "Yanky" Daskal, the president and founder of the Shomrim Society neighborhood patrol group, was charged with transporting a 15-year-old girl across state lines for sex, traveling to meet her for sex in another state, and coercing her into having sex, authorities said Thursday. Daskal pleaded not guilty.

"A man who founded an organization aimed at creating a safer community should know the difference between right and wrong," FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney, said in a press release.

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Mar 04, 2021

‘No Business Wearing This Uniform': Dallas Cop Charged With Orchestrating Two Murders
Mike StoneA Dallas police officer has been arrested for allegedly ordering the kidnapping and murders of two people.

Bryan Riser, who has been with the Dallas Police Department since 2008, now faces two counts of capital murder in connection with the deaths of two victims, Lisa Saenz and Albert Douglas, in 2017.

During a Thursday press conference announcing the charges, Dallas Police Chief Eddie García said the first murder occurred on March 10, 2017, when 31-year-old Saenz was found fatally shot in a river near Santa Fe Avenue. García said a witness later came forward to say "he had kidnapped and murdered the victim at the direction of Riser."

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Mar 04, 2021

Ex-Fox News Women Slam Jesse Watters for Victim-Blaming Cuomo Harassment Accusers
John Lamparski/GettyFox News' resident macho man Jesse Watters—who built his professional reputation, such as it is, by stalking liberals on camera, many of them women, on behalf of his predatory boss Bill O'Reilly—received a rhetorical slap in the face Thursday for his recommendation that women solve the problem of workplace sexual harassment simply by slapping their male harassers.

"I would suggest that women—and I've gotten in trouble for saying this before—you slap the man in the face. And you do it immediately," Watters opined on Wednesday's episode of The Five during a discussion of the sexual harassment and unwanted touching allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "Because if you wait too long, the politician feels like he can keep doing this, and it doesn't matter if it comes out a year or three years later. Do it immediately. When he's fresh."

Several former Fox News women, who received monetary settlements and left the company after being targeted by harassers at the Donald Trump-friendly channel, reacted to Watters' prescription with withering disgust.

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Mar 04, 2021

Father Beheads Daughter in One of the Most Dangerous Places for Women
Photo by Sam PANTHAKY / AFPIn India, women continue to be killed for daring to assert their sexual freedom or their freedom to choose their own partners.

The video of a father holding the severed head of his daughter as he nonchalantly walks down the street has sent shockwaves around India on Thursday, a mere four days before International Women's Day.

Sarvesh Kumar, from Hardoi's Pandetara village in Uttar Pradesh, had thought it fit to behead his 17-year-old daughter over an alleged love affair she had with a man he disapproved of. In the video, he is matter of fact. There is no guilt or grief, just a practical narration of the events.

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Mar 04, 2021

Fundraiser for Undocumented Boogaloo Boi Goes Splat
GoFundMe ScreenshotGoFundMe has shut down a campaign set up to raise money for Jaap Willem Lijbers, an undocumented Dutch national and self-professed "Boogaloo Boi" arrested in Virginia on weapons and immigration charges.

"Help our Boi and his Daughter," the solicitation read. "On March 2nd, Homeland Security Investigations decided they had nothing better to do than to pick on a single father who simply wanted to be left alone. He is in the country on an expired visa, which they leveraged against him for an arrest. Now, he needs our help, both for his legal defense and to ensure care for his daughter during this time."

The campaign was seeking to raise $10,000, and had amassed a total of $515 from four donors when it was taken offline on Thursday, after The Daily Beast inquired about it.

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Mar 04, 2021

GOP Sen. Blackburn Defends ‘Neanderthal Thinking': Actually, They ‘Are Resilient'
Fox BusinessIt was really just a matter of time before Republicans tried to turn around President Joe Biden's "Neanderthal thinking" criticism and embrace it as an honorific.

During a Thursday morning appearance on the Fox Business Network, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) suggested the president's recent comments—aimed at Texas and Mississippi for shedding their statewide mask mandates—should be seen as a compliment.

Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves—both Republicans—announced that besides repealing their statewide mask mandates, they would reopen their states "100 percent" and lift all capacity limits.

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Mar 04, 2021

The Same Hate That Targeted Muslims Is Turning on Asian Americans Now
Ron Adar / SOPA Images / APEarlier this week, House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy used the House floor to falsely blame Democrats for trying to cancel and "outlaw" Dr. Seuss, a dead author whose best-selling children's books are still available to read. The decision to stop publishing six of his old, racist books was in fact made by the publisher and his estate, which admitted the books "portray people"—including Asians—"in ways that are hurtful and wrong."

Still, the rage of frenzied masses who are still mourning the loss of Potato Head's pronouns but are fine cancelling democratic elections had to be satiated with another straw man to shoot.

Unfortunately, some of them are aiming at Asian American communities across the country, who are bracing a stunning spike in violent attacks. I didn't hear McCarthy rage about more than 3,000 incidents that have been reported to Stop AAPI Hate, a California-based reporting center for Asian American Pacfic Islanders, or the 150% increase over the previous year in anti-Asian American hate crimes in 16 of the country's most populous cities in 2020.

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Mar 04, 2021

‘It's Not Fair!': Rioter Who Posed at Pelosi's Desk Loses It in Court
Getty/ReutersThe self-described white nationalist who stormed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office and posed for gleeful photos during the Capitol riot doesn't believe he should be in jail—and he's had a temper tantrum in court to make his opinion known.

"They're dragging this out. They're letting everyone else out," Richard "Bigo" Barnett yelled during his Thursday court hearing, insisting that "it's not fair" that he is still in jail while a slew of his fellow rioters have been released pending trial.

"This has been a bunch of crap," he added.

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Mar 04, 2021

Trader Joe's Rehires Worker Who Went Viral After Being Fired for Raising COVID-19 Concerns
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Handout/GettyTrader Joe's is reinstating an employee who was fired after criticizing the company's COVID safety policies to the CEO, The Daily Beast has confirmed.

On Wednesday evening, the popular grocery chain offered to reinstate Ben Bonnema, an employee at one of the grocery chain's New York stores who wrote a letter to CEO Dan Bane admonishing the company for not taking adequate safety measures to keep workers safe from COVID-19. His initial firing went viral on social media and received national news attention.

"It's been a stressful week since then, but it makes sense that they offered to reinstate because it was a completely unlawful termination," Bonnema said in a brief telephone call with The Daily Beast on Thursday.

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Mar 04, 2021

Mia Farrow on Woody Allen's ‘Horrible Lies' and Ruthlessness
HBOTwo episodes have aired thus far of HBO's Allen v. Farrow, a four-part documentary series examining Dylan Farrow's child sexual assault allegation against her adoptive father, the filmmaker Woody Allen.

The series, helmed by the filmmaking team of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Invisible War, On the Record), along with their lead investigator Amy Herdy, includes testimony from numerous members of the Farrow family—Dylan, Mia, and Ronan among them—as well as interviews with neighbors, family friends, city and state officials, child psychologists, and troves of documents, all of which appears to back up Dylan's allegation that on Aug. 4, 1992, Allen took a 7-year-old Dylan up to the attic of their Connecticut country home and sexually assaulted her. (Allen and Soon-Yi have claimed the series is "riddled with falsehoods.")

Some of the more eye-opening evidence presented in Allen v. Farrow are never-before-heard recordings of phone calls between Mia Farrow and Woody Allen during their ugly custody battle. (A judge ultimately granted Farrow full custody of their children and ruled Allen's behavior with Dylan was "grossly inappropriate and that measures must be taken to protect her.")

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Mar 04, 2021

Mia Farrow Reveals Woody Allen's ‘Horrible Lies' and Ruthlessness
HBOTwo episodes have aired thus far of HBO's Allen v. Farrow, a four-part documentary series examining Dylan Farrow's child sexual assault allegation against her adoptive father, the filmmaker Woody Allen.

The series, helmed by the filmmaking team of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Invisible War, On the Record), along with their lead investigator Amy Herdy, includes testimony from numerous members of the Farrow family—Dylan, Mia, and Ronan among them—as well as interviews with neighbors, family friends, city and state officials, child psychologists, and troves of documents, all of which appears to back up Dylan's allegation that on Aug. 4, 1992, Allen took a 7-year-old Dylan up to the attic of their Connecticut country home and sexually assaulted her. (Allen and Soon-Yi have claimed the series is "riddled with falsehoods.")

Some of the more eye-opening evidence presented in Allen v. Farrow are never-before-heard recordings of phone calls between Mia Farrow and Woody Allen during their ugly custody battle. (A judge ultimately granted Farrow full custody of their children and ruled Allen's behavior with Dylan was "grossly inappropriate and that measures must be taken to protect her.")

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Mar 04, 2021

Russian State TV Is Really Missing Trump Now Biden's Sanctions Hit Over Navalny
MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEVRussian state TV program 60 Minutes played the clip of former U.S. President Donald Trump asking CPAC: "Do you miss me yet?" The co-host Olga Skabeeva eagerly replied: "Yes, we do!"

Other experts on the Rossiya-1 network nodded and concurred. Trump's departure has sucked the joy out of pro-Kremlin propagandists, with a host of new problems looming on the horizon for Russia. Instead of jolly boasts about "owning" America's president, Russian state TV shows are now filled with gloomy experts, and discussions about the impending flood of U.S. sanctions are so tense they leave the pundits on the verge of coming to blows.

During the Trump years, state-media mouthpieces, tightly controlled by Russian President Vladimir Putin, put on a happy face and followed his lead in exclaiming that they wanted Trump to be elected solely because he promised to improve the U.S.-Russian relations. Appearing on domestic talk shows and news programs, experts are now slipping up and admitting that they preferred Trump's presidency mainly because he was so devastatingly bad for the United States and its allies. After President Joe Biden was elected—despite Russia's efforts to the contrary—all pretense faded into oblivion.



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Mar 04, 2021

QAnon Shaman Begs for Leniency: I Stopped Muffin Theft During Capitol Riot
CBS NewsThe notorious "QAnon Shaman" has insisted his actions during the Capitol riot were not an attack on the United States—and that he can prove it because he stopped other rioters from stealing muffins.

Jacob Chansley, who became arguably the most infamous Capitol rioter due to his furry and be-horned costume, has given a bizarre interview to CBS News in his latest attempt to beg for mercy. The first glimpse of the 60 Minutes interview was broadcast Thursday morning.

Speaking from jail, Chansley became clearly short-tempered when CBS News reporter Laurie Segall asked him if he considered his actions during the storming of the Capitol to be an attack on the nation.

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Mar 04, 2021

‘We Could Have Saved Her': Korea Mourns Trans Soldier Who Was Kicked Out of the Military
Getty ImagesWhen Byun Hee-soo was kicked out of the South Korean military last year, she was devastated. She said she was told by the military that the result of her gender affirmation surgery had been classified as a level 3 "mental or physical handicap." Serving in the Korean military had been her lifelong dream, she said at a press conference after she was dismissed, and she felt the decision to oust her over her surgery was unfair.

On Feb. 28, the day her tour of duty would have ended, she was found dead in her apartment in Cheongju, south of Seoul, according to the English language South Korean Yonhap news agency. While the cause of her death has not been announced, she attempted to end her life by suicide around Christmas time, the news service reported.

The South Korean defense department requires all healthy males to join the military for two years. It allows females, but prohibits transgender people from serving. Because Byun was already an active duty officer when she had gender affirmation surgery in Thailand in 2019, she begged to be an exception.

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Mar 04, 2021

‘We Could Have Saved Her,' Korea Mourns Trans Soldier Who Was Kicked Out of the Military
Getty ImagesWhen Byun Hee-soo was kicked out of the South Korean military last year, she was devastated. She said she was told by the military that the result of her gender affirmation surgery had been classified as a level 3 "mental or physical handicap." Serving in the Korean military had been her lifelong dream, she said at a press conference after she was dismissed, and she felt the decision to oust her over her surgery was unfair.

On Feb. 28, the day her tour of duty would have ended, she was found dead in her apartment in Cheongju, south of Seoul, according to the English language South Korean Yonhap news agency. While the cause of her death has not been announced, she attempted to end her life by suicide around Christmas time, the news service reported.

The South Korean defense department requires all healthy males to join the military for two years. It allows females, but prohibits transgender people from serving. Because Byun was already an active duty officer when she had gender affirmation surgery in Thailand in 2019, she begged to be an exception.

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Mar 04, 2021

Andrew Pierce, Senior Daily Mail Editor, Prompts Outrage for Questioning Meghan Markle's Race
WPA PoolMeghan Markle is expected to discuss racism in the U.K. in her sit-down with Oprah Winfrey that airs on Sunday.

In a depressing illustration of the problem, which Prince Harry has previously described as "structural" in Britain, a prominent British journalist and frequent critic of Meghan Markle is under fire after launching an extraordinary and racist attack on her, in which he appeared to suggest the fact that he thinks she is "attractive" meant she could not be a victim of racism.

Andrew Pierce, a senior editor at the Daily Mail who is a regular guest on British TV and radio shows, was hosting a talk radio show Wednesday when a caller suggested that Meghan had never been "fully accepted because of her skin color."

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Mar 04, 2021

Deported Veterans to Biden: Bring Us Home!
U.S. Army/Courtesy Ivan Ocon/The ConversationIvan Ocon thought he would be headed back to civilian life as a U.S. citizen after serving the U.S. Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Ocon, who was born in Mexico, came to the United States as a legal permanent resident in 1985 to reunite with his mother. He joined the Army in 1997, and his recruiter assured him that enlisting would make him a U.S. citizen.

When Ocon received orders of deployment to Iraq he was given a pre-deployment checklist to help him get his affairs in order. Confirming his immigration status wasn't on that list, because citizenship is not required for overseas military service.

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Mar 04, 2021

The J&J Vaccine Is Our Last Chance to Save the Most Vulnerable. Local Leaders Are Already Screwing It Up.
SOPA Images/GettyThe new novel coronavirus vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is easy to ship and store and requires just one dose, making it a potentially powerful tool for solving one of the most vexing problems in the government's desperate, uneven campaign to inoculate 200 million Americans: equity.

While more and more doses of the three vaccines that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved for emergency use so far are available every day, experts say not enough jabs are reaching the most vulnerable Americans—in particular, people of color who are historically underserved by the country's patchwork health system.

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Mar 04, 2021

‘The Real World Homecoming' Reminds Us How the MTV Reality Show Changed America
Paramount Almost a decade after the launch of MTV in 1981, the network, which aired mostly music videos at the time, was looking to cash in on the success of soap operas. Burgeoning television producer Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who produced several daytime soaps, worked on a half-hour scripted series called St. Mark's Place about a group of young adults living in the East Village that was ultimately rejected by the network's executives due to its costly budget. Soon after, the pair pitched a low-cost solution known as The Real World. Its logline was simple: a serialized documentary about (originally) six young people from diverse backgrounds put up in a New York City loft. The series would introduce its subjects like television characters and create its own dramatic story arc through, as Murray put it, "growth and conflict" while avoiding the high costs of a Beverly Hills, 90210.

Instantly greenlit by the network, The Real World recruited an ensemble of creatives ranging from their late teens to mid-twenties: Rebecca "Becky" Blasband, a straight white female folk singer; Andre Comeau, a straight white male indie rocker; Heather Gardner, a straight Black female rapper; Julie Gentry, a straight white female dancer; Norman Korpi, a gay white male painter; Eric Nies, a straight white male model; and Kevin Powell, a straight Black male poet and writer. All of the cast identified as cisgender.

Despite their similar and sometimes overlapping vocations, the cast membe

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Mar 04, 2021

Japan's Gun Laws Worked So Well They Need to Ban Crossbows
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyTOKYO—It's been said that if you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns—but that's not true in Japan, which has some of the strictest laws on the books forbidding the possession of guns, and imposes even harsher penalties for using them. If you fire a gun at someone here, you're likely to spend more than 20 years in jail. The severe penalties even deter the yakuza, Japan's organized crime syndicates, from using firearms. In 2017, there were only three people killed by gunshots in the entire nation.

But human beings will always find ways to kill each other and, as it turns out, when you outlaw guns in Japan outlaws will resort to other deadly weapons—like crossbows.

Thwack.

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Mar 04, 2021

Trump's Muslim Ban Left Thousands in Limbo—Biden Must Decide Their Fates
c/o ACLUThe Biden administration this week will determine the fate of people who were impacted by the Muslim ban, which ultimately targeted a large number of African countries. Rescinding the ban was a critical step toward restarting our immigration system and providing equitable access to Black and brown immigrants. But what about the people who would have received visas during the past four years—some of whom spent their life savings on the process but were nevertheless denied simply because of a discriminatory ban? Trump created this catastrophe, but it's now Biden's responsibility to remedy it.

In President Biden's proclamation rescinding the ban, he directed the State Department to send him a report in 45 days. That deadline is Saturday. This report will advise on many things, including how to address Trump's rampant denials of immigrant visas—that is, visas intended for people to come to the United States, become permanent residents, set down roots, and eventually become citizens.

The Biden administration must do everything possible to undo the Trump administration's harms, including reopening previously denied cases to fairly reassess their claims, waiving fees (especially for those who would have to pay a second time), expediting their cases, and ensuring people are not penalized for the previous administration's visa denials. There are glimmers of this hope in Biden's order, as these issues are explicitly outlined for consideration.

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Mar 04, 2021

Cuomo Came of Age in Albany's Sexual Harassment Cesspool
GettyAssemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou first came to Albany as a staffer to Ron Kim, the only Korean American member of New York state's legislature.

"We were alone up there. Alone," she recalls, describing the setting for the harassment she faced: having her body groped by legislators, being told she and her boss would make a "hot duo" and should have sex, and being sized up for a "hot or not list."

Niou, who is Taiwanese American and who won her own seat in 2016, has been heralded as one of a group of young female legislators challenging the culture of the state capitol that's been defined for decades by corruption and sexual predation. Now, that group has been taking aim at a fellow Democrat in New York's three-term governor, Andrew Cuomo, after three women—former executive chamber staffers Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennet, and Anna Ruch, a guest at a wedding at which Cuomo officiated—have come out with detailed accounts of their harassment by him in the last week.

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Mar 04, 2021

Spring Break COVID-19 Mayhem Is Coming for Florida
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo via GettyMIAMI—Early Tuesday evening, a quartet of maskless, twentysomething beachgoers scanned the laminated menu near the outdoor seating area of Kantina, a Mexican restaurant on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida. The popular party strip was teeming with people looking to soak up booze and three-star cuisine amid a global pandemic that, at least until recently, appeared to be slowly ebbing away as vaccinations ramp up across the United States.

Still, Candelaria Mesa, the 23-year-old hostess manning the entrance to Kantina, told The Daily Beast now was the time for every food-service worker in Miami Beach to put their guard up. This week, she said, the first horde of Spring Breakers arrived in the city, posing a renewed threat that new COVID-19 cases would spike after more than a month of decline.

"I think Spring Break is going to be crazy and the cases are going to shoot up," Mesa said through a black cloth mask. "People are out here partying and don't take precautions seriously."

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Mar 04, 2021

Manchin and Sinema Are the 'Radicals' in the Fight for $15
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyOn Monday, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren drew battle lines in the Senate's consideration of Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic recovery plan, urging Vice President Kamala Harris to restore the $15 minimum wage hike stripped from the bill by the Senate parliamentarian.

Sanders and Warren will almost certainly lose that fight. Even if Harris overruled the parliamentarian, progressive bêtes noires Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema would withhold their approval from the final package, dooming passage in the evenly-split Senate.

But even in likely defeat, Sanders and Warren are sending a warning message to the Democratic Party: that progressives are uncomfortable at the growing list of President Biden's first-month concessions. Sacrificing the $15 minimum wage without a firm promise to tackle progressive issues next risks turning that discomfort into fury.

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Mar 04, 2021

Manchin and Sinema Are the ‘Radicals' in the Fight for $15
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyOn Monday, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren drew battle lines in the Senate's consideration of Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic recovery plan, urging Vice President Kamala Harris to restore the $15 minimum wage hike stripped from the bill by the Senate parliamentarian.

Sanders and Warren will almost certainly lose that fight. Even if Harris overruled the parliamentarian, progressive bêtes noires Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema would withhold their approval from the final package, dooming passage in the evenly-split Senate.

But even in likely defeat, Sanders and Warren are sending a warning message to the Democratic Party: that progressives are uncomfortable at the growing list of President Biden's first-month concessions. Sacrificing the $15 minimum wage without a firm promise to tackle progressive issues next risks turning that discomfort into fury.

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Mar 04, 2021

This Bath Soak Makes My Cold Symptoms Disappear
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonGrowing up, Vicks VapoRub was the go-to cold and flu season cure in my home. The icy gel was quickly slathered on my siblings' or my chest the second my mom heard the slightest cough or sniffle. Don't get me wrong, it worked as an overnight fix and still does. But, I eventually grew tired of my sheets smelling strongly of menthol anytime a cold came my way. I still keep Vicks on hand for the strongest congestions, but I recently found an alternative: one that mimics the aromatic cold and flu relief, minus the menthol smell.

As someone who always gravitates toward a hot shower or bath when feeling under the weather, I first tried Vicks VapoShower tablets. I liked them — they basically make your shower smell like, how I imagine, standing inside of a jar of the gel would — but wanted to find something more bath-specific. When a friend recommended Pursoma's soak to me back in October, I was immediately intrigued. Knowing cold and flu season was quickly approaching, I decided to buy it and tucked it away under my bathroom sink, waiting for the day I'd need it.

That day eventually came in December, when I got hit with a nice mix of dry sinuses from my apartment's radiator and a seasonal cold. While I wasn't necessarily thrilled to be unable to breathe through my nose, I was excited to finally try the bath treatment. Deciding to really lean into the experience, I made some tea, filled a tall glass of water (the instructions recommend staying hydrated throughout the process), lit

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Mar 04, 2021

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's War With the Palace May Get More Vicious
via CBSBuckingham Palace's shock announcement Wednesday that it was to formally investigate allegations that Meghan Markle bullied and humiliated at least three female members of staff means that a new front has been opened in the war between the Sussexes and the royal establishment.

Not since the days of the War of the Waleses, when Princess Diana and Prince Charles remorselessly briefed the press against each other, has there been such open disharmony in the royal ranks.

Wednesday's accusations that Meghan systematically bullied her personal staff—carried in the British newspaper of record, The Times)—and Meghan's rapid clapback accusing the palace of being behind the "smear" campaign, followed by the palace's official declaration that it was "very concerned about the allegations" and would invite "members of staff involved at the time" to give testimony are extraordinary evidence of a family in a state of open warfare.

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Mar 04, 2021

Nicki Minaj and Husband Kenneth Petty's Campaign to Silence His Sexual Assault Victim
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty"When you're somebody's wife, you've gotta be even more prayed up," Nicki Minaj told her audience in a 2019 episode of her Apple Music show, Queen Radio. "Because you've gotta cover your husband in prayer."

The rapper was responding to criticism she'd received for marrying convicted sex offender Kenneth "Zoo" Petty. Minaj went on to claim that Petty had been wrongfully accused of attempted rape at the age of 15, and that his victim had actually written a letter to the judge back then, in 1995, asking to recant her statement—only to reverse course after she found out she could go to jail for 90 days. "But white is right," Minaj said.

But Petty's victim, who has come forward using only her first name, "Jennifer," is not white; her mother is white and her father is Black. Both she and Petty were 16 years old at the time of the assault, which she reported immediately. She says she never submitted a letter recanting—but alleges that associates of Minaj and Petty's spent months last year harassing her to do so, going so far as to offer hundreds of thousands of dollars on their behalf. At one point, Jennifer says, she also spoke with Minaj herself. (Minaj and Petty did not respond to requests for comment.)

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Mar 04, 2021

Jimmy Kimmel Brutally Roasts QAnon Nuts for March 4 Trump Prophesy
ABCCapitol police are on high alert. Why, you might ask? Well, former President Donald Trump's horde of QAnon followers—you know, the ones like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who believe Democrats and Hollywood A-listers are engaged in a massive child sex-trafficking ring and harvest the fear of children (a conspiracy theory inspired in part by the Pixar movie Monsters, Inc.)—believe that Trump will re-assume power and be inaugurated for a second term as president on March 4.

As the BBC explained, "The idea stems from the belief among some QAnon followers that the United States turned from a country into a corporation after the passage of the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871. It's an odd, unfounded theory drawn from the sovereign citizen movement, an extreme libertarian fringe that opposes federal laws, general taxation and even the U.S. currency on the grounds that they restrict individual rights. Believers in the QAnon offshoot maintain that every US president, act and amendment passed after 1871 is illegitimate." (We are all dumber for having to even think about this.)

On Wednesday night, Jimmy Kimmel dedicated a portion of his monologue to this wacky conspiracy theory.

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Mar 03, 2021

Samantha Bee Demolishes New York's ‘Biggest Dirtbag' Andrew Cuomo
Almost two years ago, Samantha Bee used her role as one of the very few ladies in late-night television to mock Joe Biden's video apologizing for inappropriately touching women in a way her male counterparts never could. Now, with another prominent Democrat under fire for even creepier behavior, the Full Frontal host went all-in Wednesday night.

"The U.S. still has a long way to go toward making a real recovery from the pandemic, but we're entering a new phase. The fog is clearing and we can finally start scrutinizing the behavior of our leaders, including the ones we used to like," the host began. "Looks like Andrew Cuomo is the biggest dirtbag New Yorkers have elected since… pretty much every previous dirtbag we've elected. Guess we have a type!"

Bee described the multiple sexual-harassment allegations against the New York governor as "disturbing but not surprising," and after letting news reports outline those details, she added, "Cuomo seems like the kind of guy who thinks it can't be sexual harassment if he didn't use the word ‘toots.'"

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Mar 03, 2021

How the FBI Scares Off Would-Be Capitol Bombers
MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLANDBy Elaine Shannon

The FBI-Homeland Security intelligence bulletin circulated at midnight Tuesday is ominous, but entirely predictable, given widely published reports of far-right chatter over the past several weeks: It alerts local law enforcement officials that extremists may try to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday and attack Democratic lawmakers.

The warning is based on a malevolent fantasy spread by followers of QAnon, the cultish pro-Trump movement, that Donald Trump will reemerge to take power as the rightful president on March 4, which was Inauguration Day until 1933. Preposterous, but the FBI has learned not to dismiss any threat, no matter how irrational.

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Mar 03, 2021

Brian Kemp Says He'll ‘Absolutely' Back Trump in 2024 Despite Repeated Attacks
Fox NewsGeorgia Gov. Brian Kemp is apparently willing to let bygones be bygones.

Appearing on Fox News on Wednesday afternoon, the Republican governor said he would "absolutely" support former President Donald Trump if he became the GOP's presidential nominee in 2024, despite the ex-president's relentless attacks on him following the 2020 election.

Following his decisive presidential election loss to Joe Biden, Trump placed personal blame on Kemp for losing Georgia, demanding the "hapless" governor resign for not pushing the "Big Lie" that the election was "stolen" due to widespread voter fraud. Trump also told Georgia voters that he would personally campaign against Kemp in the next gubernatorial election.

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Mar 03, 2021

Cops Fear QAnon Violence Thursday. Die-Hards Call ‘False Flag'
Win McNamee/GettyLaw enforcement agencies are stepping up security around the U.S. Capitol Thursday ahead of reports that QAnon supporters convinced Donald Trump will become president that day could turn violent.

U.S. Capitol Police have already reported a possible militia plot to attack the Capitol on March 4, and said in a statement that they have "taken immediate steps to enhance our security posture" over several days.

What's not clear is how many QAnon believers are actually on board with the idea that Trump will return to power that day, or plan to take any action themselves.

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Mar 03, 2021

Cops Fear QAnon Violence Thursday. Diehards Call ‘False Flag.'
Win McNamee/GettyLaw enforcement agencies are stepping up security around the U.S. Capitol Thursday ahead of reports that QAnon supporters convinced Donald Trump will become president that day could turn violent.

U.S. Capitol Police have already reported a possible militia plot to attack the Capitol on March 4, and said in a statement that they have "taken immediate steps to enhance our security posture" over several days.

What's not clear is how many QAnon believers are actually on board with the idea that Trump will return to power that day, or plan to take any action themselves.

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Mar 03, 2021

Former Maryland Police Chief Accused of Attempted Murder, a Dozen Arsons
Howard County Detention CenterA Maryland police chief retired after decades on the force only to spend much the next 10 years unleashing a series of arson attacks on his perceived enemies, according to a bevy of charges revealed on Wednesday.

David Crawford, 69, the former police chief of Laurel, Maryland, is accused of attempted murder and a dozen arsons from 2011 to 2020. He had resigned from the police department in 2010. He is charged with 20 felonies in Prince George's county alone, according to the The Baltimore Sun—four counts of first-degree attempted murder, four counts of second-degree attempted murder, one count first-degree arson, five counts of second-degree arson, and six counts of malicious burning. But that is not the only jurisdiction where Crawford faces prosecution. He has been charged in Montgomery, Frederick, and Charles counties as well. He faces 32 felony counts in those three counties.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Prince George's County Fire Department said, "Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that the structures and vehicles that Crawford intentionally set on fire were connected to victims with whom he had previous disagreements."

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Mar 03, 2021

Rage Erupts After Mississippi School Asks Kids to Pretend to Be Slaves
via TwitterA "slave letter writing activity" at a mostly-white Purvis, Mississippi middle school ignited a furor on Wednesday, with activists calling the exercise alternately humiliating and demoralizing.

Earlier this week, an assignment asked eighth-graders at Purvis Middle School to "pretend like you are a slave working on a Mississippi plantation" and "write a letter to your family back in Africa… describing your life."

Purvis Middle School initially referred The Daily Beast to the Lamar County School District for comment, and the district did not immediately respond to the request on Wednesday. But Frank Bunnell, the principal of Purvis Middle School, sent an email to parents, obtained by The Daily Beast, in which he confirmed the exercise was part of an eighth-grade history lesson and apologized for "something like this happening under my watch."

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Mar 03, 2021

It Cosmetics New Retinol Cream is a Gentle Giant for My Face
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/UltaI wouldn't say my skin is hyper sensitive, but I am no stranger to retinol's side effects. The vitamin A derivative is a scientifically proven, anti-aging powerhouse that expedites cell turnover and boosts collagen production. In other words, it keeps your skin looking plump, smooth, and younger. But retinoids are notoriously aggressive.

Because they're super exfoliators, they can make skin look and feel red, tender, and sensitive even after using only once or twice. In my experience, they can also cause some light peeling (think eraser-sized bits) and "purging"—AKA breakouts caused by this increase in cell turnover. Determined to include this dermatologist-favorite ingredient in my skincare regimen, though, I persisted. I've tried a lot of different products, some that were so aggressive it felt like my face was peeling off, and some that just didn't deliver that feel-good user experience (weird texture, weird smell, etc.).

Over the last month, however, I've been using It Cosmetics' new Hello Results, a daily retinol serum-meets-cream that combines both encapsulated (a new, time-release delivery that's gentler on the skin) and free retinol. I did experience some very mild retinization — some light irritation and redness caused by retinols — the first week of using it, but compared to other products I've used (even those I've used religiously), it was much milder in comparison. I'm also a fan of both the texture and the scent.



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Mar 03, 2021

Jim Jordan Under Scrutiny for Nearly $3 Million in Unreported Campaign Funds
Susan Walsh-Pool/GettyThis week, the campaign committee for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), received ten notices from the Federal Election Commission flagging discrepancies on its books totaling nearly $3 million dollars, and dating back over two years. The campaign claims that the errors slipped through the cracks amid a record fundraising surge, and that it actually has more money on the books now, but experts say that the dollar amount — errors totaling some $2.87 million — may trigger an FEC investigation.

The errors also appear connected to newly developed, largely hidden payment systems in the murky world of Republican digital advertising, where vendors not only receive direct spending, but take cuts from fundraising as well.

The notices, sent in batches between Feb 28 and March 2, come in reply to more than a dozen amended reports correcting errors that the campaign caught in a sweeping review of filings, going as far back as 2018. One of the filings discloses errors in spending and raising totalling $1,470,286.48.

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Mar 03, 2021

Suspect Nabbed Decades After Hitchhiking Women Were Gunned Down in Colorado
Colorado Bureau of InvestigationAfter almost four decades, a 70-year-old Colorado man has been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of two women who were most likely hitchhiking when they disappeared.

Alan Lee Phillips was arrested on murder charges for the 1982 deaths of Annette Schnee, 21, and Barbara "Bobbi Jo" Oberholtzer, 29. Authorities say both women, who didn't know each other, had been working in Breckenridge, Colorado. They went missing on Jan. 6, 1982 after hitchhiking.

Oberholtzer was found less than a day after she went missing but it took authorities six months to find Schnee. Authorities found an orange bootie sock near the crime scenes of both women, according to local media reports.

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Mar 03, 2021

Cuomo Brushes Off Creepy Pic: ‘It Was My Father's Way of Greeting People'
Seth Wenig/GettyAt his first press conference since three women accused him of unwanted sexual advances, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized while insisting he didn't know his alleged actions—grabbing a woman's face, bringing up an aide's sexual assault, giving an aide a kiss on the cheek—made people uncomfortable.

"I never touched anyone inappropriately. I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable. And if I did, I apologize for it. But let's let the attorney general's office decide the facts," he said Wednesday, adding that he has no plans to resign.

Cuomo discussed the most recent allegation, from former Biden campaign worker Anna Ruch, who said that the governor had grabbed her face and asked to kiss her shortly after they met at a 2019 wedding. She provided a picture and texts to corroborate her story.

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Mar 03, 2021

‘This Is Fascism!': Glenn Beck Has Absolute Meltdown Over Mr. Potato Head and Dr. Seuss
BlazeTVConservative radio host Glenn Beck had a full-on freakout over the so-called "cancel culture" supposedly taking aim at Dr. Seuss and classic children's toys, calling on his listeners to "buy Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head" while they can because this is "the end of freedom in America."

Over the past couple of days, right-wing media has obsessed over the decision by Dr. Seuss Enterprises to stop publishing six obscure books due to blatantly racist and offensive imagery, claiming this is just another example of the "woke" left "canceling" the past. Lost in the discussion, however, is the fact that it was Dr. Seuss's own foundation that decided to discontinue the books.

Beck, who just a few short years ago was "sorry about all that" regarding his right-wing conspiratorial ravings, took to his BlazeTV program on Tuesday to deliver an over-the-top warning to his audience about Dr. Seuss and Hasbro relabeling their Mr. Potato Head to Potato Head.

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Mar 03, 2021

D.C. National Guard Chief Blames Army, Trump Pentagon for Botched Riot Response
Greg Nash/ReutersBureaucratic restrictions and public-relations concerns from the Army and top Trump administration Pentagon appointees unreasonably restrained the D.C. National Guard from responding to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, its commander testified to the Senate in a dramatic Wednesday session.

The Guard commander, Major General William Walker, described receiving a "frantic" phone call from the then-head of the Capitol Police, Steven Sund, shortly before 2 p.m., as the breach was underway.

Yet because of the restrictions from Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, and the "best military advice" of senior Army officers, Walker and his 155 Guardsmen could not respond to the scene of the insurrection for another three hours and 19 minutes— restrictions Walker pointedly noted were not placed upon him during the summer's Black Lives Matter protests in Washington, D.C.

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Mar 03, 2021

D.C. National Guard Chief: Trump Pentagon Screwed Up Riot Response
Greg Nash/ReutersBureaucratic restrictions and public-relations concerns from the Army and top Trump administration Pentagon appointees unreasonably restrained the D.C. National Guard from responding to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, its commander testified to the Senate in a dramatic Wednesday session.

The Guard commander, Major General William Walker, described receiving a "frantic" phone call from the then-head of the Capitol Police, Steven Sund, shortly before 2 p.m., as the breach was underway.

Yet because of the restrictions from Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, and the "best military advice" of senior Army officers, Walker and his 155 Guardsmen could not respond to the scene of the insurrection for another three hours and 19 minutes— restrictions Walker pointedly noted were not placed upon him during the summer's Black Lives Matter protests in Washington, D.C.

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Mar 03, 2021

I Tried This Robot Vacuum And I'm Never Going Back
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonFor the longest time, I was prejudiced against robot vacuums. There was part of me that thought they just weren't necessary. Many of them boast hefty price tags and are a little too high-tech for my liking. The list of features is simply too long—I just want a vacuum that cleans when I tell it to. The Roborock S4 Max ticks all of these boxes and is truly, in my opinion, the best set-it-and-forget-it vacuum out there.

What I love most about the S4 Max is that it's so quiet. If I didn't have a puppy who is always slightly annoyed when I turn it on, I'm fairly certain I wouldn't notice it at all. The vacuum has enough suction power that it could pick up AA batteries off the floor (which I don't recommend testing yourself). The suction is also intelligent, increasing its power automatically on rugs to ensure it thoroughly cleans your home. And if that weren't enough, the battery can last for two hours if needed, so it can actually get to every nook and cranny of your home. If for whatever reason the Roborock doesn't have enough charge to complete the job, it will return to its base automatically, and once charged, will continue from where it left off.

The vacuum also easily connects to an app on your phone, and you can watch as it maps out your home, planning its route forever and showing room divisions and immovable obstacles. You can also name each room and tell it how much time you'd like it to spend in there, and you

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Mar 03, 2021

Trump Served With Civil Rights Lawsuit After Capitol Riot
Michael Reaves/GettyAttorneys for Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and the NAACP have served former President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club with a lawsuit filed against him in February.

Thompson and the NAACP filed suit against Trump alleging that his incendiary rhetoric and false claims of a "stolen" election amounted to a conspiracy to interfere with civil rights by inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

The suit names Trump alongside his attorney Rudy Giuliani and the right wing extremist groups, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, as co-defendants and builds off the 1871 "Klan Act," which was "intended to protect against conspiracies, through violence and intimidation, that sought to prevent Members of Congress from discharging their official duties," according to a complaint.

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Mar 03, 2021

Trump Served With Civil Rights Suit After Capitol Riot
Michael Reaves/GettyAttorneys for Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and the NAACP have served former President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club with a lawsuit filed against him in February.

Thompson and the NAACP filed suit against Trump alleging that his incendiary rhetoric and false claims of a "stolen" election amounted to a conspiracy to interfere with civil rights by inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

The suit names Trump alongside his attorney Rudy Giuliani and the right wing extremist groups, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, as co-defendants and builds off the 1871 "Ku Klux Klan Act," which was "intended to protect against conspiracies, through violence and intimidation, that sought to prevent Members of Congress from discharging their official duties," according to a complaint.

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Mar 03, 2021

Netflix Delivers an Explosive Anime ‘Pacific Rim' Sequel
NetflixGuillermo Del Toro's 2013 hit Pacific Rim was a case of two entertaining things that went well together—namely, enormous Godzilla-style monsters and equally gargantuan robot animé mechas. It was a hybrid concept predicated on scale, with titanic armored warriors dubbed Jaegers doing thunderous weaponized and hand-to-hand combat with creatures known as Kaiju who'd appeared on Earth through interdimensional Pacific Ocean portals. Operated by two pilots (via a mind-meld process called "The Drift"), the Jaegers were striking humanoid machines inspired by those found in Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Macross (not to mention Robotech and Voltron), while their Kaiju adversaries resembled distant cousins of Japan's most famous radioactive beast, as well as his various land-sea-air adversaries. In every respect, Pacific Rim was all about size.

It's thus somewhat surprising to find that, following a deflating theatrical sequel (2018's insubstantial John Boyega-headlined Pacific Rim: Uprising), the franchise has now moved to the small screen, courtesy of Pacific Rim: The Black, a seven-episode animated affair premiering on Netflix on March 4. The loss of sheer enormity, however, is made up for by the fact that Greg Johnson and Craig Kyle's show returns Pacific Rim to its animé roots, replete with stellar animation from P

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Mar 03, 2021

My Cuomo ‘Crush' Turned Out to Be Stockholm Syndrome
Carlow Allegri/ReutersI've been wrong before. In my 42 years I've had the privilege of being wrong many times and since I've been sober since I was 19, I can't now blame booze. Besides being wrong many times, I've also crushed it with some scorchingly bad hot takes, like my piece about how Biden should drop out a few days before he won South Carolina. Spoiler alert: He's president now so I didn't exactly nail that one. But "Why We Are Crushing on Andrew Cuomo Right Now" may have been my worst take.

A caveat: I did not write the headline. I do not have the power to approve or write my headlines. But since three much younger women, two of them former staffers, accused New York's governor of harassment over the last week that headline is what people online have used to dunk on me. As Aristotle said, "Live by the tweet, die by the tweet—or figure out how to auto-delete your tweets."

And headline aside, the piece was extremely bad and not at all good. In my defense, I did note his partnership with the very sketchy IDC, "a group of supposed Democrats who helped the Republicans control the New York State Senate for many years." I called him joyless, but I also noted "what a difference a pandemic makes" as I praised my "competent governor/imaginary boyfriend."

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Mar 03, 2021

This Vacuum May Be Small, But My Home Has Never Been Cleaner
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonIn the new year, I have implemented the one minute rule (from Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project.) If something can be cleaned up in one minute, just do it — this will help your future self. This goes for dirty dishes, laundry piled up on the chair in the corner of my bedroom, and coffee grounds spilled all over the floor in a sleepy morning haze. The laundry and dishes haven't been a problem, but the spills are a whole other issue. Dirt, dust and crumbs— all of these hit my counter or floor on a daily basis. Since I live in a small space without much carpet, I never found it necessary to buy a large vacuum. But recently, I decided to follow this new rule, and found the perfect vacuum for the job.

The Eufy HomeVac is a tiny vacuum that is about the size of a water bottle.. It boasts enough suction power to clean up any mess I've put in its way, from potting mix, to potato chips, to dog hair. But its real skill is precision. It comes with a 2-in-1 extension. The crevice tool helps clean up hard to reach corners, and the brush attachment that slides on is perfect for getting tiny flecks of dust from my keyboard. All of this is a breeze since it's extremely lightweight too, weighing only 1.3 pounds. Just about everyday I turn it on and quickly clean up. Once it's full, the head twists off and the filter comes out for easy cleaning. Every other week, I rinse the filter and let it dry, charge it, and like magic the vacuum is brand new again.

Before I got this, I'd probably just ta

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Mar 03, 2021

If Jan. 6 Was ‘Domestic Terror,' Who Was the Terrorist In Chief?
bstirtonFBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday painted a picture of a massive threat facing America. But at the center of that picture was a force so dark and scary that apparently no one on either side of the political aisle dared to speak his name.

Wray, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first time in two years, and taking questions from lawmakers for the first time since the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, could not have been more clear about the scope or nature of the threat that the FBI now says is its top priority. It is domestic terrorism.

But while Republicans tried to change the subject and Democrats tried to focus on it, no one said much about Donald J. Trump. It would have been like having a hearing after 9/11 and discussing airline security procedures without ever getting around to Osama bin Laden or al Qaeda.

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Mar 03, 2021

Democrats Fume That Neera Tanden Mess Dragged Down Equality Act
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyPresident Joe Biden's agenda for his first 100 days can't be criticized for a lack of ambition. But as key components of his policy priorities, from raising the national minimum wage to wage discrimination against workers with disabilities, have fallen victim to the filibuster, stakeholders in the Equality Act—one of his key legislative goals—grew increasingly frustrated with the White House's white-knuckle commitment to an item that never appeared on his long list of commitments to voters during the campaign: confirming Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

For reasons both high-minded and mundane, Tanden's nomination to the position hung by little more than a single thread, pinched in the ambivalent fingers of Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) after nearly every moderate Republican in the Senate, as well as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), said that they wouldn't vote to confirm her. On Tuesday, Tanden announced that she was withdrawing her nomination, despite White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain's promise that the administration was "fighting our guts out" for Tanden's confirmation, no matter the vanishingly long odds.

Outside the administration, however, advocates for more popular priorities—and, arguably, more im

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Mar 03, 2021

Bernie Sanders Won't Help Out Josh Hawley This Time
GettyWhen Sen. Josh Hawley voiced his support late last year for giving millions of Americans $2,000 checks, he said he got a call from Sen. Bernie Sanders' camp. What happened next was the formation of one of Capitol Hill's stranger political odd couples, as the Trumpist Republican from Missouri and the Democratic Socialist from Vermont joined together to make a very public push for a shared priority.

That partnership might have continued last week, with another Hawley announcement that put him in league with Sanders and other progressives: his support for requiring companies with revenues of $1 billion or more to pay their workers a $15 hourly minimum wage.

But of course, something rather important happened since Hawley and Sanders first joined forces. The Missouri Republican was a lead endorser and amplifier of former President Donald Trump's conspiracy theories that he unfairly lost the 2020 election—theories that fueled the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6. In a now-infamous photograph, Hawley was pictured raising his fist in solidarity with those gathered outside the Capitol that morning. When the Senate convened after the mob was cleared, Hawley was the only senator to speak in favor of objecting to the Electoral College certification.

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Mar 03, 2021

$1.9 Trillion Is Too Much and Biden and the Democrats Know It
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyThe House may have passed President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus bill (along strictly partisan lines), but the economic case for the bill is collapsing. It remains likely to become law—dragged over the finish line in a partisan vote stuffed with payoffs to keep all Democratic lawmakers on board. But as new information contradicts and undermines the bill's intended purpose, the exercise has become more about saving face and showing partisan unity than intelligently addressing the pandemic and recession.

The bill has grown too large for three reasons. On economics, liberals have come to believe that the Great Recession's slow recovery was due to insufficient stimulus spending, and have vastly overcorrected. On politics, Democrats remain committed to the $3 trillion price tag they demanded last fall (net of the $900 billion legislation enacted in December)—despite an improving economy requiring much less aid—because scaling it back would mean compromising with Republicans they detest. And on policy, the bill provides an opening to create permanent new government expansions and spread benefits to their popular constituencies like state governments and unions.

Yet this $1.9 trillion would bring total pandemic-response spending to $5.4 trillion in just 12 months—which will comprise one-fifth of the entire national debt—with rapidly declining effectiveness.



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Mar 03, 2021

‘Coming 2 America' Star Jermaine Fowler Is Literally the Next Eddie Murphy
Annette Brown/Paramount Pictures via Amazon PrimeIf you had called Jermaine Fowler about two decades ago, you might have heard Eddie Murphy's voice on the other end of the line.

Like most millennials, the 32-year-old actor and comedian was probably too young when he first saw Coming to America, Murphy's 1988 R-rated comedy that topped that year's box office, maintained Murphy's reign as a Hollywood megastar, and, three decades later, remains an indelible celebration of Black excellence and culture.

Fowler, who grew up just outside of Washington, D.C., in Hyattsville, Maryland, estimates he was 8 or 9—maybe 10—when he first got his hands on a VHS copy of the film, in which Murphy plays the prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. Wanting to carve his own path instead of settling for a royally dictated arranged marriage, he decides to find his own wife. And where does a future king go to do that? He travels to Queens. As in Queens, New York.

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Mar 03, 2021

Trump Builds New Fundraising Death Star Aimed at GOP Foes
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyOn Sunday, Donald Trump's fundraising machine charged back to life after its January lull, blitzing fans with emails and texts on the heels of the ex-president's CPAC keynote address, urging them to "donate" to "SAVE AMERICA!" It worked, netting Trump and his team more than $3 million off of that speech, according to an adviser, bringing the committee's on-hand total north of $80 million.

That cash was divvied up between three political committees tied to the former commander-in-chief, two of them formed just days before he riled up the CPAC crowd packed into a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. The new setup indicates that Trump is bent on raking in cash like someone who is mounting a run—or who wants to pressure anyone who thinks they can take him on.

Over the weekend, Trump's team converted his old campaign into a PAC and added a new joint fundraising committee to the mix, an overhaul designed to crush the revolt he faces from a small faction of elected Republicans tired of lugging the baggage that accompanies an alliance with the broadly unpopular former president.

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Mar 03, 2021

Trump Fundraising Drive Could Give Him Stranglehold on the GOP
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyOn Sunday, Donald Trump's fundraising machine charged back to life after its January lull, blitzing fans with emails and texts on the heels of the ex-president's CPAC keynote address, urging them to "donate" to "SAVE AMERICA!" It worked, netting Trump and his team more than $3 million off of that speech, according to an adviser, bringing the committee's on-hand total north of $80 million.

That cash was divvied up between three political committees tied to the former commander-in-chief, two of them formed just days before he riled up the CPAC crowd packed into a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. The new setup indicates that Trump is bent on raking in cash like someone who is mounting a run—or who wants to pressure anyone who thinks they can take him on.

Over the weekend, Trump's team converted his old campaign into a PAC and added a new joint fundraising committee to the mix, an overhaul designed to crush the revolt he faces from a small faction of elected Republicans tired of lugging the baggage that accompanies an alliance with the broadly unpopular former president.

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Mar 03, 2021

Colbert's ‘Tooning Out the News' Pivots to Attack Biden in Season 2
Paramount PlusOver the past six weeks or so, late-night shows have been struggling to figure out how to make comedy out of our collective post-Trump reprieve.

Mostly, they have either found excuses to keep joking about Donald Trump or found new conservative targets like QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Cancun Senator Ted Cruz. More recently, on the latest episodes of Saturday Night Live, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo finally started taking some heat.

But one political figure who has mostly evaded comedic scrutiny—much to Fox News' frustration—is the current president of the United States Joe Biden. Now that's about to change on the new season of Tooning Out the News.



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Mar 03, 2021

Stephen Colbert Fires Back at Fox News and Don Jr.'s Dr. Seuss Freakout
CBSIf you happened to catch any hour of Fox News over the past couple of days, you may be under the impression that Dr. Seuss getting "canceled" is the biggest news story in America. You probably won't be surprised to learn that it's not quite so simple.

As Stephen Colbert explained in his Late Show monologue Tuesday night, Dr. Seuss Enterprises has decided to stop publishing six rather obscure titles from the iconic children's author because they contain "racist and insensitive imagery."

"It's a responsible move on their part," the host argued. "There hadn't been an earth-shattering outcry, but they recognize the impact that these images might have on readers, especially kids, and they're trying to fix it, because Dr. Seuss books should be fun for all people—Black, white, straight, gay, Sneetches both star-bellied and plain, Loraxes, Barb-a-loots, all the Whos down in Whoville and the strange, angry creature called Foo Foo the Snoo."

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Mar 02, 2021

Trevor Noah Disgusted by Andrew Cuomo's Creepy Kiss Photo
Comedy CentralIn mid-February, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah was one of the first late-night hosts to really give it to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his cover-up of COVID nursing home deaths, comparing his aversion to reality to former President Donald Trump's. And now, Noah is going hard in the paint on Cuomo's series of sexual-harassment allegations. Thus far, two former aides to Cuomo have accused him of making lewd comments and unwanted advances (allegations Cuomo has denied), and this week, a third woman came forward to The New York Times accusing him of aggressively pawing her and trying to kiss her at a wedding.

After thanking Cuomo for his wedding toast about her friends, Anna Ruch, now 33, told the Times that Cuomo put his hand on her bare lower back. "When she removed his hand with her own, Ms. Ruch recalled, the governor remarked that she seemed ‘aggressive' and placed his hands on her cheeks. He asked if he could kiss her, loudly enough for a friend standing nearby to hear. Ms. Ruch was bewildered by the entreaty, she said, and pulled away as the governor drew closer," reported the Times. Ruch says she was "confused and shocked and embarrassed" by the unwanted advance.

"Jesus, man! What are you doing? I mean, on the one hand, asking women for consent before you kiss them is what you're supposed to do, but the other part of consent is waiting for them to answer! You don't just grab them on the face like a

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Mar 02, 2021

Marco Rubio Helps Hannity Peddle Conspiracy About Biden's Mental Fitness
Fox NewsSen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) essentially agreed on Tuesday evening with Fox News host Sean Hannity's baseless claims that President Joe Biden is "struggling cognitively," asserting that foreign leaders are thinking to themselves that the president is being used as a "puppet."

Hannity, a close confidant of former President Donald Trump, has long peddled conspiracies about Biden's mental health and fitness, spending the majority of the 2020 presidential campaign portraying the current White House occupant as senile.

In recent weeks, Hannity has returned to openly questioning the president's cognitive ability, citing reports that Vice President Kamala Harris has held calls with international leaders as proof of Biden's supposed decline, even going so far as to say "it's getting a little scary."

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Mar 02, 2021

Meghan Markle Dismisses Bullying Allegations as Pre-Oprah ‘Calculated Smear Campaign'
Ben Birchall/WPA Pool/GettyMeghan Markle has denied detailed accusations of "bullying" her former Buckingham Palace staff and accused opponents of conducting a "calculated smear campaign" in advance of her much-hyped CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey this Sunday.

If Meghan and Prince Harry had anticipated an open field to criticize the royal family and/or air various grievances, certain Buckingham Palace sources seem determined to torpedo their ambitions prior to Sunday night.

Royal aides told The Times of London that Meghan was the subject of an official bullying complaint made in October 2018 by Jason Knauf, Meghan and Harry's former communications secretary. The Times reported that the complaint detailed how Meghan allegedly "drove two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member." Prince Harry asked Knauf not to pursue the complaint, a source told the paper.

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Mar 02, 2021

Feds Bust Gun-Crazy Boogaloo Boi Who's in the U.S. Illegally
Spencer Platt/GettyDays before the trial of the officer charged with murdering George Floyd is set to begin in Minneapolis, the FBI has arrested a member of the Boogaloo Bois who tried to travel to the city during this summer's unrest and who has been in contact with a fellow extremist accused of attacking a police station there.

Jaap Willem Lijbers, 26, is an undocumented Dutch citizen living in Virginia who investigators have tied to the white nationalist movement that wants to overthrow the U.S. government by inciting a second civil war. He was arrested during a raid on his home in rural Virginia on weapons and immigrations charges.

According to a criminal complaint filed March 2 in Virginia federal court, Lijbers was a member of a private Facebook group that included Steven Carrillo, a notorious Boogaloo Boi and Air Force sergeant charged in a series of politically motivated cop killings last June. It says Lijbers had also been in direct contact with Benjamin Ryan Teeter, a North Carolina Boogaloo Boi who in December pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges for attempting to provide material support to Hamas, and with Ivan Harrison Hunter, a Boogaloo Boi from Texas charged with rioting after firing 13 rounds from an AK-47 style

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Mar 02, 2021

Cynthia Nixon Questions ‘Courage' of Feminists Who Backed Cuomo
GettyA growing number of activists and lawmakers have called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to step down following multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him. Notably absent are the powerful women's groups that supported his election.

All three of the women's groups who endorsed Cuomo over progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in 2018 called for an independent investigation of the allegations—an arrangement to which the governor has already agreed. Two of the groups, Planned Parenthood and the National Institute for Reproductive Health, declined to discuss the matter by phone, instead sending statements via email.

The Daily Beast reached the president of the third organization, the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women, on her cell phone. Asked about her organization's decision to endorse Cuomo in 2018, the president, Sonia Ossorio, called it a "ridiculous question."

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Mar 02, 2021

Church That Ruined Lives Disses Vaccine That Saves Them
Jon Cherry/GettyEven as it condemned as "morally compromised" a COVID-19 vaccine that the Vatican itself has approved for emergency use, the Archdiocese of New Orleans was being hit with dozens of new clergy sex abuse claims.

The new claims were filed in advance of a March 1 deadline set by the judge in a federal bankruptcy proceeding instituted by the archdiocese in August, citing the double impact of pending sex abuse lawsuits and the pandemic.

The archdiocese was already facing more than 30 outstanding abuse claims and was seeking to curtail future ones. Federal Judge Meredith Grabill set March 1 as a "bar date" for any new claims. Each victim had to fill out and submit a "sexual abuse survivor proof of claim," reliving the horror with such a stark question as: "Where were you at the time you were sexually abused? Please be specific and provide all relevant information that you recall including the City and State, name of the religious Parish or School or Orphanage (if applicable) and/or the name of any other locations.

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Mar 02, 2021

Neera Tanden's OMB Nomination Finally Pulled Over Mean Tweets
Anna Moneymaker/Pool via ReutersThe Biden administration's path to a fully staffed Cabinet hit its largest hurdle yet on Tuesday evening, when the White House announced that it was pulling the nomination of Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, to lead the Office of Management and Budget, long after it had become clear that she would not have the votes to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

"I have accepted Neera Tanden's request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget," President Joe Biden said in a statement released on Tuesday evening. "I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel, and I look forward to having her serve in a role in my administration. She will bring valuable perspective and insight to our work.

When Biden nominated Tanden, a longtime Clintonworld loyalist, to lead OMB, the choice was seen by many progressives as an insult to the left wing of the Democratic Party that she'd once sought to thwart. But it was the apparent disinclination of Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, thought to be one of the most Democrat-friendly Republicans in the Senate, to support Tanden's nomination that appears to have sealed her fate.

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Mar 02, 2021

Feds Arrest White Supremacist Livestreamer in Dawn Raid, Rattling Supporters
Broward Sheriff's OfficeThe FBI arrested a notorious white supremacist livestreamer in an early morning raid in Florida on Tuesday.

FBI agents, working with Fort Lauderdale police and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, arrested Paul N. Miller, 32, on one charge of being a "convicted felon in possession of a firearm." The FBI said in a press release that Miller was arrested without incident.

Miller's neighbors in Fort Lauderdale's Riverside neighborhood reported hearing flashbangs during the raid, which took place around 5 a.m. ET, local TV station NBC 6 reported. One neighbor described seeing law enforcement officers carrying out a box that appeared to have "a shotgun on the front or an AK."

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Mar 02, 2021

‘Murdering' Mom: Boyfriend Wanted Me to Ditch the Kids
Middletown Police DepartmentThe boyfriend of an Ohio woman charged with killing her 6-year-old son while trying to abandon him and his siblings had been pressuring her to "get rid of" the children, she told police.

That's according to a newly released police report that lays out in detail the alleged chain of events that led to James Robert Hutchinson's body being thrown in a freezing river last week.

In a press conference on Monday, Middletown Police Chief David Birk said Brittany Gosney, 29, confessed to killing young James, but said the motive was still unclear.

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Mar 02, 2021

Roger Ailes Victim Loses Another Round in Her Defamation Suit Against Fox News
Frederick M. BrownFormer Fox News guest booking director Laurie Luhn, a repeated victim of the late Roger Ailes' alleged sexual misconduct, lost a major legal round Tuesday in her federal defamation lawsuit against Fox News Media and its chief executive, Suzanne Scott.

Affirming a lower-court decision dismissing Luhn's complaint, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia ruled that a 2019 Los Angeles Times profile of Scott—in which the executive insisted she "had no clue on what was going on in Roger Ailes' office" and "I have never had any issues with any sort of harassment myself"—could not meet the legal standard for defamation.

The ruling said that's because neither Scott nor the article mentioned Luhn and her statements were not "reasonably capable of any defamatory meaning.'' The appeals court added that Luhn's lawsuit relies on "a strained set of inferences in an effort to construct a case of defamation by implication."

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Mar 02, 2021

‘Absolute Bullshit': Texans Reeling From Storm Face Top-Down COVID Fiasco
Mark Felix/AFP via GettyDALLAS—First a horrific winter storm left millions of Texans without power, water, food, or all of the above in what critics said was the inevitable result of an absentee GOP government.

Now authorities in Austin seem determined to add a slew of COVID-19 deaths to the tally.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he planned to end the state's mask mandate and push all businesses to fully reopen, ignoring the pleas of local officials—and the state's slow vaccination rollout.

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Mar 02, 2021

Texas Guv Ditches Mask Mandate, Orders Full Reopening Despite Vaccine Lag
Mark Felix/AFP/GettyDALLAS—Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he planned to end the state's mask mandate and allow all businesses to fully reopen, ignoring the pleas of local officials and the state's slow vaccination rollout.

"It is now time to open Texas 100 percent," Abbott said at a press conference during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon at a Lubbock restaurant. "Every business that wants to be open, should be open."

As the nation's second largest state, Texas may become the first domino in a series of reopenings that go against the advice of public health experts. Shortly after Abbott's announcement on Tuesday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a fellow Republican, announced his state would follow suit in fully reopening and rescinding mask mandates.

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Mar 02, 2021

Fox News' Tomi Lahren Calls for Cancel Culture to Cancel Cancel Culture
Fox NewsFox News contributor Tomi Lahren brought right-wing media's obsession with so-called "cancel culture" to its inevitable full circle on Tuesday, calling for conservatives to "start canceling" the companies that engage in "cancel culture."

After devoting multi-day outrage cycles over Mr. Potato Head and The Muppets being the latest victims of a supposed cancel-culture mob—neither of them, of course, were actually canceled—Fox News spent much of Tuesday complaining about the news that six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published due to racist and insensitive imagery.

"These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," Dr. Seuss Enterprises said in a statement on Tuesday, which coincided with the late author's birthday. "Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises' catalog represents and supports all communities and families."

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Mar 02, 2021

MAGA-Obsessed State Rep. Accused of Being the Boss From Hell
Facebook/Wendy RogersA Trump-obsessed state representative from Arizona is under fire after a damning report confirmed she harassed a former aide by fat-shaming him, making comments about his lesbian sister, and demanding he work while sick with COVID-19.

The report, released on Monday by the Senate Ethics Committee, included text messages and an eyewitness account to corroborate the claims that Sen. Wendy Rogers (R-Flagstaff) cultivated a hostile work environment. The investigation, which included interviews with 11 people, came after the former legislative aide, Michael Polloni, filed a complaint accusing Rogers of berating him, taking his belongings and cursing him out in a heated tirade during his two-month tenure.

"You know I only want the best for you. You are going to be very very handsome when you're trim," Rogers wrote in a Dec. 17 text message to Polloni, according to the report. "I had to jump on my husband and he didn't take it well but he soldiered through it and now he looks so much better."

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Mar 02, 2021

Meghan Markle's Oprah Interview Outfit Has Its Own Powerful Message
via CBSIf you love The Daily Beast's royal coverage, then we hope you'll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.

When Prince Harry and Megan Markle officially stepped back from their royal duties right around this time last year, the internet lost a favorite pastime: the scrupulous over-analyzation of what Meghan wore.

Luckily, the famous couple has returned to the spotlight in what promises to be an explosive, tell-all attack on the royal family via a weekend primetime interview with Oprah Winfrey. "You've said some pretty shocking things," Winfrey says in a promo. And such drama requires an outfit to match—one Meghan absolutely nails in Armani.

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Mar 02, 2021

FBI Director Shoots Back, Insisting Bureau Shared Intel Ahead of Capitol Insurrection
Mandel Ngan/Getty FBI Director Christopher Wray, pushing back against the Capitol and D.C. police, insisted on Tuesday that his agents shared intelligence with them "in three ways" ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Making his first substantial public comments on the FBI's performance since an attack he called "domestic terrorism," Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI had provided a now-infamous "situational information report" from its Norfolk bureau to D.C.-area law enforcement through an email the night before; an undated verbal briefing at a multi-agency command post set up by the bureau's Washington Field Office; and through a post on a shared law-enforcement information network.

Norfolk agents "made the judgment to get the information, in three different ways, to their partners, even though they didn't know if it would be accurate," Wray testified. The Norfolk memo from Jan. 5 remains undisclosed, but reportedly compiled a social-media thread involving exhortations that "Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa slave soldiers being spilled. Get violent."

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Mar 02, 2021

Fox News Insiders Rage Against Hiring ‘Mini Goebbels' Kayleigh McEnany
Samuel Corum/GettyFox News officially announced on Tuesday that it has hired former Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany as a contributor.

"It is my distinct pleasure today to welcome Kayleigh Mcenany to the Fox family," anchor Harris Faulkner said Tuesday morning after wrapping an on-air interview with the former Trump flack. "We will be seeing much more of her in the future."

Fox News did not respond when asked for comment.

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Mar 02, 2021

This Ribbed Towel Changed What I Thought a Towel Could Be
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/ParachuteI am firmly in two towel camps: I love a plush towel but I'm also a big fan of waffle knit. One is soft, absorbent, and spa like, while the other is lightweight, textured, quick-drying, and chic. There hasn't been a towel out there that has all of these features, so I've been stuck alternating between the two. And then, I had the opportunity to test out Parachute's new Soft Rib Towels, and my two towel identities merged into one.

Parachute's Soft Rib Towels are a match made in heaven. Not only did Parachute manage to make towels that are plush and soft to the touch, but they also nailed the texture and the weight. I wish every piece of fabric in my home could be made out of Parachute's soft rib material. It is softer than soft: imagine toweling off with your favorite cashmere sweater—and it actually dries you and doesn't get ruined. The towels are made from 100% Turkish cotton and feature this interesting rib design: I'll call it ultra-mini-waffle-knit; think of it a bit like corduroy you want to dry off with. There is enough texture to feel it's there (and to look cool) but not so much that it gets in the way of softness. With that said, they dry quicker than most towels, thanks to this design, and are more lightweight than other plu

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Mar 02, 2021

Democrats Are Learning Fast Why Being in Power Can Suck
Drew Angerer/GettyIt sounds so easy: Kamala Harris just has to ignore the parliamentarian's ruling that the minimum wage increase doesn't belong in the COVID relief bill, and just like that, the minimum wage increase happens. So why don't these feckless Senate Democrats—and the Senate takes up the bill this week—just do it?

Because it isn't that easy. Legislating isn't easy. It's really hard and slow and tedious. But what about Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, you ask? They were bold, not like these timid corporate ninnies today! Bullshit. Roosevelt and Johnson had Democratic majorities that don't exist now and will never exist again. And even they made loads of compromises.

I want a $15 minimum wage—at least. I want a huge green jobs bill. I want much higher taxes on the rich. I also want the Senate to do away with or at least radically change the filibuster, as I've been writing for years. And so on and so on. And progressives in Congress are right to push hard for these things. But it's important not to be under any illusion that any of these things are easy. These things are hard. The Senate is a basically reactionary institution. Progress will be piecemeal. The odds of ultimate victory will actually be stronger if everyone understands this.

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Mar 02, 2021

MBS Faces Criminal Complaint in Germany After Biden Let Him Off the Hook Over Khashoggi
Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via ReutersA criminal case against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and others in the Saudi hierarchy has been filed in a German court for the brutal 2018 murder, dismemberment, and disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite the kingdom's denial of MBS' direct involvement and the Biden administration's flaccid response to the killing.

?The 500-page complaint filed by the press-freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is the first time a criminal case has been lodged outside of what was largely considered a show trial in Saudi Arabia. That trial saw the conviction of eight people who were later pardoned after members of the Khashoggi family were said to have forgiven them.

On Monday, the Saudi ambassador to the United Nations disputed a four-page CIA report released last week that pointed to MBS' involvement, tweeting, "Let us all move forward to tackle the serious business of world issues!!"

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Mar 02, 2021

Harry and Meghan Are Begged to Delay Oprah Broadcast While Prince Philip Is Gravely Ill
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / Getty ImagesPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are being urged by some commentators in the U.K. to ask CBS to postpone the airing of its Oprah Winfrey interview, in which they are expected to mount a stinging attack on the royal family, as concern mounts over Prince Philip's prospects of beating an infection.

Philip, 99, was moved to a specialist heart hospital on Monday and royal sources have been quoted by British newspapers saying the family is "pretty appalled" at the idea of the interview, which Oprah has said sees Meghan saying "pretty shocking things" being broadcast while Philip is so unwell.

Penny Junor, author of Prince Harry, Brother, Soldier, Son, told The Daily Beast that airing the interview while Prince Philip was undergoing very public health travails risked making the interview look inappropriate, saying: "Anything could hijack this interview. Philip is ill. He is 99 and could die at any time. They were not to know he would get ill, but it could be seen to be the wrong time. But I doubt it is in their gift to postpone the interview. The control is in the hands of CBS and Oprah."

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Mar 02, 2021

Harry and Meghan Begged to Delay Oprah Broadcast While Prince Philip Is Gravely Ill
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / Getty ImagesPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are being urged by some commentators in the U.K. to ask CBS to postpone the airing of their Oprah Winfrey interview, in which they are expected to mount a stinging attack on the royal family, as concern mounts over Prince Philip's prospects of beating an infection.

Philip, 99, was moved to a specialist heart hospital on Monday and royal sources have been quoted by British newspapers saying the family is "pretty appalled" at the idea of the interview, which Oprah has said sees Meghan saying "pretty shocking things" being broadcast while Philip is so unwell.

Penny Junor, author of Prince Harry, Brother, Soldier, Son told The Daily Beast that airing the interview while Prince Philip was undergoing very public health travails risked making the interview look inappropriate saying: "Anything could hijack this interview. Philip is ill. He is 99 and could die at any time. They were not to know he would get ill, but it could be seen to be the wrong time. But I doubt it is in their gift to postpone the interview. The control is in the hands of CBS and Oprah."

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Mar 02, 2021

Channeling a Ghost to Create the Next Hit Liquor Brand
Cooper SpiritsFive years ago this April the man who changed what America drank died at the age of 39.

Rob Cooper was a spirits entrepreneur and a visionary in the craft cocktail movement. He was both friend to and student of the emerging cadre of high-profile bartenders in the early and mid-2000s. He listened to their commentary and complaint. He figured out what they wanted, often before they did.

In 2007, he developed St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, which swiftly became a bartender's darling. Then sensing a demand for historic products that had gone extinct, he brought Creme Yvette out of the crypt and revived it. When he overheard bartenders excitedly talking about old-school rye—a style of whiskey that had comer perilously near extinction—he tracked down and acquired stores of straight Canadian rye, revived the moribund Hochstadter's line and launched Lock, Stock & Barrel. And before canned cocktails were everywhere, Cooper rolled out Hochstadter's Slow & Low in 2011, which was essentially a rye-based Old-Fashioned sold in both ornate bottles and a stubby 100ml can, since copied by others.

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Mar 02, 2021

There Are 6 Treatments Helping Patients Survive COVID-19
Carl Court/GettyBy William G. Bain, Georgios D. Kitsios, and Tomeka L. Suber

A year ago, when U.S. health authorities issued their first warning that COVID-19 would cause severe "disruption to everyday life," doctors had no effective treatments to offer beyond supportive care.

There is still no cure, but thanks to an unprecedented global research effort, several treatments are helping patients survive COVID-19 and stay out of the hospital altogether.

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Mar 02, 2021

‘They Might as Well Have Torn Up the Constitution'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyFor years, a central goal of the conservative movement was to install right-wing judges. A Republican president delivered, big time. And these Trumpists are still pissed.

Which tells you one thing. For the authoritarian wing of the Republican Party, this was never about interpreting the American legal code. It was always about raw political power.

"It's not about the rule of law. It's not about getting good, qualified judges. It's about results-oriented litigation," former U.S. Attorney for Alabama Joyce Vance tells Molly Jong-Fast on the latest edition of The New Abnormal.

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Mar 02, 2021

The World Is Becoming More LGBTQ-Diverse. TV Should Catch Up.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyIt's official: America is queerer than it's ever been before—no matter the anti-trans poison spouted in recent days by Republican politicians including former President Donald Trump in response to the passage of the Equality Act through Congress, which would federally outlaw discrimination against LGBTQ people.

The Equality Act may or may not be passed in the Senate. If it fails to, it will show how far politics lags behind how people are living their lives.

A recent Gallup poll revealed that 5.6 percent of American adults identify as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender—up from 4.5 percent the last time the company collected such data in 2017. Unlike the previous poll, which simply asked participants to answer "yes or no" regarding their sexual orientation, Gallup allowed people to self-identify this time around and found that more than half of LGBTQ adults (54.6 percent) identify as bisexual, 24.5 percent as gay,

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Mar 02, 2021

This National Park You've Probably Never Heard of is One of the Top 10 Most Visited
Kat Clay/GettyOhio is more than the place where national media drop into diners to interview swing state voters (because, apparently, we Ohioans are only found in diners). It's more than a Pencil Sharpener Museum or the home of the World's Largest Washboard—yes, those exist here. It's also home to a robust world of outdoors recreation, like central Ohio's Hocking Hills or the just named seventh-most-visited national park of 2020: Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Tucked away just south of Cleveland, Cuyahoga frequently gets overlooked in stories about national parks in deference to the older giants with bigger name-brand recognition, like Great Smoky Mountains National Park or Yellowstone. Of course, on a list like this, no national park can compete with Great Smoky Mountains, which has held the No. 1 slot since 1944.

Still, even Yosemite didn't make the top 10 list last year.

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Mar 02, 2021

How ‘Putin's Chef' Prigozhin Is Now Targeting Europe
Sergei Ilnitsky/APHe's sent Wagner mercenaries to Ukraine, Syria, and Libya; faced U.S. indictments for assigning his "troll farm" to interfere in the 2016 presidential election; and even dispatched white supremacists and neo-Nazis to sow anti-Western sentiment in African nations. Now Yevgeny Prigozhin, the catering magnate commonly referred to as "Putin's chef," has trained his attention a little closer to Russia's doorstep: Europe and the Baltic States.

A joint investigation by The Daily Beast, the Dossier Center, German broadcaster ARD, Delfi.ee in Estonia, and Siena.lt in Lithuania reveals that operatives closely associated with the Russian oligarch's previously exposed influence operations organized a two-day conference in Berlin from Jan. 14-15 pegged to economic and environmental issues affecting Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Germany.

The Baltic Sea Region Strategic Dialogue was the first of what is meant to be a series of so-called "foresight sessions" to "create a new vision of the post-pandemic future" for the aforementioned countries, with an ostensible focus on COVID-19, Brexit, environmental sustainability, e-governance, and digital technology. Participants included Rihards Kols, the head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Latvia's parliament, as well as several members of the German Bundestag including Stefan Keuter, a member of the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party.

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Mar 02, 2021

Michael Moss, Author of 'Hooked,' Shares Five Books on the Evolution of Addiction
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Daniel Sheehan/AmazonIn 2014, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Moss came out with Salt, Sugar, Fat, a #1 New York Times bestseller that forever changed the way I think about Cheetos and processed foods as a whole. In the book, he detailed cereals, chips, sodas, and explained how all of these foods were scientifically designed to have us coming back for more.

Moss is out with a new book, Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions, which is just as intriguing. The book asks the question: Are processed foods as addictive as drugs and alcohol? The answer is yes, perhaps even more so. Throughout, Moss uses research to explain how these corporations got us addicted, and how they continue to keep us at their will. He told me that "we are built to crave things loaded with calories as much as we are sugar," and went on to recommend five books around "the evolution of addiction," books that give us "an inward look at how evolution changed things like the naval cavity and that devious organ called body fat, in ways that now make us so vulnerable to losing control of our food and sundry other addictions."

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Mar 02, 2021

The Bomber and Master Forger Who Tried to Destroy the Mormon Church
NetflixThere's no weirder twist in Murder Among the Mormons than the initial disclosure that this Netflix true crime series (premiering March 3) is co-directed by Jared Hess, the idiosyncratic filmmaker behind Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, and Gentleman Broncos. That Hess is a Mormon goes some way toward explaining this unlikely marriage of artist and material, which he helms with Tyler Measom. Yet it remains an unexpected venture for the former big-screen comedy wunderkind, who largely neuters his trademark off-the-wall comedy style for a straightforward recap of a story rooted in deception.

Hess and Measom's subject is an incident that rocked Salt Lake City: on Oct. 15, 1985, two pipe bombs were detonated within an hour of each other, the first killing document collector Steve Christensen in his downtown office and the second taking the life of Kathy Sheets (the wife of Christensen's former associate Gary) at her suburban home. What linked the two victims was the big business of rare book and document-dealing that had become all the rage in the Mormon community during that decade. An entire industry had sprouted up around the practice of discovering, selling and trading 19th century artifacts with great significance to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And at the time of his demise, Christensen was on the cusp of completing, on behalf of the LDS church, a gigantic transaction—to the tune of $300,000—for a cache of new

The Daily Beast
Mar 02, 2021

Nathan Lane Wishes He'd Been ‘Brave' Enough to Come Out to Oprah After ‘The Birdcage'
Nicholas Hunt/GettyWhen I ask Nathan Lane if it can believe it's been 25 years since he made The Birdcage, he quickly replies, "Yes, I can."

"I just turned 65, I can't really believe that," the actor adds on the 100th episode of The Last Laugh podcast. "But I certainly believe it's 25 years since we made The Birdcage."

He wasn't supposed to star in the film that changed his life. As the story goes, director Mike Nichols originally wanted to cast Steve Martin and Robin Williams as the gay couple at the center of his 1996 remake of La Cages Aux Folles. Martin would play Armand, the owner of the titular South Beach drag club and Williams would take on the more outwardly comedic role of Albert, his partner—also known as the club's headliner "Starina."

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The Daily Beast
Mar 02, 2021

MAGA Fans Fume at Trumpy Channel for Censoring Conspiracies
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyAs Trump supporters gathered Sunday outside the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando to greet the former president's motorcade, a correspondent for a popular pro-Trump YouTube channel went into the crowd to interview them—risking the fate of his entire company in the process.

Interviewing random Trump supporters makes up much of the content on Right Side Broadcasting Network, a booming right-wing YouTube channel The Washington Post has called "the unofficial version of Trump TV." But for a year, the Trump base has embraced conspiracy theories about election theft and COVID-19—exactly the kind of content, if livestreamed on RSBN, that could get the channel kicked off YouTube.

In Orlando, the MAGA welcome crew seemed as excited to see pseudonymous RSBN correspondent "Mike Nificent" as they did former President Donald Trump. A man with a speaker encouraged the crowd to watch RSBN, while a woman declared that RSBN was only the media outlet she trusts.

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Mar 02, 2021

MAGA Fans Rage at Trumpy Channel for Censoring Conspiracies
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyAs Trump supporters gathered Sunday outside the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando to greet the former president's motorcade, a correspondent for a popular pro-Trump YouTube channel went into the crowd to interview them—risking the fate of his entire company in the process.

Interviewing random Trump supporters makes up much of the content on Right Side Broadcasting Network, a booming right-wing YouTube channel The Washington Post has called "the unofficial version of Trump TV." But for a year, the Trump base has embraced conspiracy theories about election theft and COVID-19—exactly the kind of content, if livestreamed on RSBN, that could get the channel kicked off YouTube.

In Orlando, the MAGA welcome crew seemed as excited to see pseudonymous RSBN correspondent "Mike Nificent" as they did former President Donald Trump. A man with a speaker encouraged the crowd to watch RSBN, while a woman declared that RSBN was only the media outlet she trusts.

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Mar 02, 2021

The Whistleblower Who Fought to Expose Smooshi the Walrus' Ugly Alleged Abuse
Mike DiBattista/APPhil Demers had a love affair like few others. After getting a job as a trainer at Niagara Falls, Ontario's Marineland of Canada, Demers was excited to hear that the famed park would be receiving a walrus. When that animal arrived, it immediately took an intense liking to Demers, smooshing up against him as a sign of affection and, as a result, earning herself the name Smooshi. During an early attempt to get bloodwork from Smooshi, Demers put his hand over the walrus' face and, as he says, "in that moment, I became her mom." Demers had imprinted on Smooshi, and as elucidated by Nathalie Bibeau's The Walrus and the Whistleblower (out March 4 on Discovery ), so too had Smooshi imprinted on Demers, creating a bond that was next to unbreakable.

Their relationship soon became national news, as well as jokey fodder for Jimmy Kimmel Live! It was not to last, however—at least in person. In September 2011, the park's water disinfection unit broke, meaning that chlorine levels had to be raised in the pools housing not only Smooshi but the other four walruses that Marineland's founder and owner John Holer had purchased, along with various other sea mammals. Through a combination of Demers' commentary and covertly shot footage from inside the park facilities, The Walrus and the Whistleblower alleges that this crisis allegedly led to intense animal suffering, with sea lions losing their skin because they were isolated in dry cages for months, and Smooshi receiving chemical burns that caused her flippers to b

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