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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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May 17, 2021

T.I. and Tiny Under Investigation in Los Angeles for Sexual Assault and Drugging
Prince Williams/GettyPolice in Los Angeles have opened an investigation into rapper T.I. and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris over claims of sexual assault and drugging, The Daily Beast can confirm.

The woman, only identified as Jane Doe, met with detectives virtually in April, claiming the assault took place in 2005. A spokesperson from the LAPD confirmed that the investigation is active.

A second woman, Rachelle Jenks, filed a police report with similar allegations in Las Vegas earlier this month, according to her lawyer Tyrone A. Blackburn. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department would not confirm or deny if the investigation was active.

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May 17, 2021

How Joel Greenberg's Plea Deal Spells Trouble for Matt Gaetz
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos by Getty/APAs Rep. Matt Gaetz's one-time "wingman" Joel Greenberg pleaded guilty to six federal charges on Monday, a plane flew above the nearby federal courthouse in Orlando with this banner attached to the tail: "Tick Tock Matt Gaetz."

Gaetz, who is reportedly under investigation for the same allegation at the center of Greenberg's charges—sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl—wasn't mentioned by name in the 86-page plea agreement for Greenberg. But even without Gaetz's name, the court documents spell potential doom for the Florida congressman. A number of problematic details in Greenberg's plea agreement could point to Gaetz—particularly if you know where to look.

Chief among the issues for Gaetz is the prospect that the once 17-year-old girl in question may be cooperating with investigators.

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May 17, 2021

Israeli Officials Dispute Death Toll in Gaza Amid Onslaught
Anas Baba/GettyTEL AVIV, Israel—The Gaza Strip and Israel entered their second week of hostilities Monday with a surging death toll, primarily on the Palestinian side. International efforts to bring an end to the deadliest round of fighting in the region for years have so far failed to take hold, with Israel continuing to hammer Gaza with airstrikes and militant groups continuing to fire barrages of rockets into Israel.

According to Gazan health authorities, 200 Palestinians have so far been killed, including 59 children and 35 women. Ten Israelis have been killed, according to local authorities, including 2 children and one soldier.

Israeli military officials disputed the casualty count coming out of Gaza, stating conservatively that 130 enemy combatants had so far been killed.

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May 17, 2021

‘Not Funny': Fox News Anchor Growls at Guest Who Mentions Trump's Bleach B.S.
Fox NewsFox News anchor Harris Faulkner was less than thrilled on Monday when a former Obama aide invoked former President Donald Trump's infamous suggestion that COVID-19 patients ingest bleach, grumbling that her guest's remarks were "not funny."

During a Fox News panel discussion on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing that vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors, Faulkner noted that the Biden administration has received criticism over the confusion the advisory has caused.

"Why can't this administration get on one message that works?" Faulkner asked Marjorie Clifton, a former adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

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The Daily Beast
May 17, 2021

‘Not Funny': Fox News Anchor Grumbles at Guest Who Mentions Trump's Bleach B.S.
Fox NewsFox News anchor Harris Faulkner was less than thrilled on Monday when a former Obama aide invoked former President Donald Trump's infamous suggestion that COVID-19 patients ingest bleach, grumbling that her guest's remarks were "not funny."

During a Fox News panel discussion on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing that vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors, Faulkner noted that the Biden administration has received criticism over the confusion the advisory has caused.

"Why can't this administration get on one message that works?" Faulkner asked Marjorie Clifton, a former adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

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May 17, 2021

This Is My Go-To Bathing Suit for Swimming, Paddling, and Chilling, Too
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/SAXXScouting Report: SAXX swim suits have the brand's iconic pouch for extra security, and they come in multiple colors and lengths.

When I was a bit of a younger man, many a weekend day involved beach volleyball with friends, swimming and boogie boarding in the chilly Pacific waters off the LA coast, and plenty of time spent lounging on the sand in between such activities. Back then, I had no kids and lots of free time. I also had these absolutely terrible board shorts that were stiff, had no liner, took forever to dry, and didn't give me the full range of motion I needed for those badass spikes and dives. Sigh.

Today, I have much less time for such littoral excitement, what with family and other such responsibilities, but as a family, we still make sure to get to the beach at least weekly during the summer, be it for swimming, paddling, or just general splashing about. (Lounging on the beach? Yeah right - maybe in a decade.) And these days when I hop into a kayak or canoe with my son, wade into the bay with my daughter or go for a beach stroll with my wife (like for a hundred feet or so until we're called for), I'm wearing the swimsuit my diving, spiking, boarding younger self wishes he had.

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May 17, 2021

This Case Will Mark the Beginning of the End for Roe v. Wade
Alex Wong/GettyIt's the perfect case to take away abortion rights — and the Supreme Court will hear it in October.

Arising out of a Mississippi law designed specifically to challenge Roe v. Wade, the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, is perfect because it gives the Court's conservative supermajority a way to eviscerate abortion rights while still, if it wants to, sort of somehow upholding Roe as a precedent — as all the justices swore they would do during their confirmation hearings.

That's because the law doesn't ban all abortions outright: it just moves the goalposts. Under Roe, women have the right to control their bodies up until fetal viability, roughly week 24 of pregnancy. The Mississippi law slides that to 15.

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May 17, 2021

Archie Harrison Makes Cameo Appearance in Trailer for Harry's New Show
Apple TV Prince Harry's son, Archie, is featured in the trailer for his new documentary with Oprah Winfrey.

While it must be said at the outset that Archie is utterly adorable, the move to include Archie in the film could trigger a new round of criticism over the Sussexes' perceived double standards when it comes to their privacy.

The trailer for Harry's new show, which is called The Me You Can't See, was released Monday morning.

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May 17, 2021

Here's Why You Hate the Sound of Your Own Voice
Edgar Su/ReutersAs a surgeon who specializes in treating patients with voice problems, I routinely record my patients speaking. For me, these recordings are incredibly valuable. They allow me to track slight changes in their voices from visit to visit, and it helps confirm whether surgery or voice therapy led to improvements.

Yet I'm surprised by how difficult these sessions can be for my patients. Many become visibly uncomfortable upon hearing their voice played back to them.

"Do I really sound like that?" they wonder, wincing.

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May 17, 2021

Hard Pants? I'll Be Wearing These Everlane Joggers Forever
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/EverlaneScouting Report: Everlane's ReNew Air Pants are the lightest, most freeing pair of pants I own. I want to wear them every single day, plain and simple.

People are talking a lot about hard pants (aka jeans, chinos, etc.) recently and I just don't get it. There is no way I'm going back—my "soft" pants aren't just softer, I'm beginning to think they are more stylish, too. Soft pants, for what it's worth, are decidedly not sweats. Instead, they are pants you can wear out to any occasion, ones you never want to take off even when you get home after a long day. I used to be a big fan of the Lululemon Joggers, but Everlane just released some new ones and I'm in love.

Everlane's ReNew Air Pants are softer than soft. They're made from recycled polyester and have elastane, too, so they are plenty stretchy. They are, in many ways, a stylish version of leggings for men—the fabric sculpts itself t

The Daily Beast
May 17, 2021

A Delicious Italian Twist on the Classic Egg Sandwich
Courtesy of MonteverdiGiancarla Bodoni loves breakfast sandwiches. Packed with crunchy bacon and a fantastically runny sunny-side up egg, the chef says this handheld feast makes her feel "prepared to conquer the world."

Bodoni is the executive chef at the lavish Italian resort, Monteverdi Tuscany, which is located inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val d'Orcia. She began developing her version of the classic bacon-and-egg about a decade ago and was inspired by the hotel's many American guests.

Needless to say, it was hit and has become a staple on her menus. "We're surrounded by farms and food as far as the eye can see," says Bodoni. "The beautiful thing about Ventura Valley, where we are located, is the fact that a majority of our food producers and wine producers have been producing the food in the same way for hundreds of years. It's very respectful of the land and they respect their animals."

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May 17, 2021

Rudy Giuliani: I Am Being Treated Like ‘Head of Drug Cartel'
REUTERSLawyers for Rudy Giuliani slammed prosecutors on Monday for secretly obtaining electronic access to the former New York City mayor's accounts—likening the operation that resulted in the April 28 FBI raid of his home and office to that of a drug cartel takedown.

"Unfortunately for Giuliani, and even more unfortunately for the attorney-client privilege and executive deliberation privilege, and the public's perception that those privileges are real, the SDNY simply chose to treat a distinguished lawyer as if he was the head of a drug cartel or a terrorist, in order to create maximum prejudicial coverage of both Giuliani, and his most well-known client—the former President of the United States," the letter filed Monday on behalf of Giuliani states.

The letter is the first legal response from Giuliani's team since the April 28 raid on Donald Trump's former attorney's Manhattan home and office. Federal prosecutors have asked the U.S. Southern District of New York to appoint a special master to review the evidence seized during the raid to ensure material that falls under attorney-client privilege isn't released.

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May 17, 2021

Gaetz Wingman Pleads Guilty in Latest Threat to Congressman
Office of Seminole County Tax Collector/ReutersRep. Matt Gaetz's wingman, Joel Greenberg, pleaded guilty Monday to six charges, including sex trafficking, laying the groundwork for him to testify against associates he claims to have supplied with young women.

Although Gaetz's name does not appear in the plea agreement that Greenberg signed with federal prosecutors, Greenberg did name him in a confession letter that was obtained by The Daily Beast.

In that handwritten note, which Florida prosecutors also obtained, Greenberg wrote that both he and Gaetz had sex with a 17-year-old—though Greenberg claimed the two men did not know she was underage at the time.

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May 17, 2021

Elon Musk Tweets and Sends Bitcoin on a Wild Ride Down, and Part Way Back Up Again
FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty ImagesBitcoin has been on a roller-coaster ride over the past 24 hours after a one-word tweet Sunday night by Elon Musk caused the cryptocurrency to dump 15 percent of its value. However, the digital asset has now bounced and regained much of its loss after the Tesla billionaire sent a second tweet that appeared to contradict the first.

The dizzying gyrations began when an insider crypto-focused account called @CryptoWhale, which has just 158,000 followers, tweeted Sunday evening: "Bitcoiners are going to slap themselves next quarter when they find out Tesla dumped the rest of their holdings. With the amount of hate @elonmusk is getting, I wouldn't blame him…"

Musk replied: "Indeed..."

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May 17, 2021

Clusters of ‘Black Fungus' Infections Are Now Ravaging India's COVID Survivors
Rupak De Chowdhuri/ReutersA surge in black fungus infections in what could be thousands of recovered COVID-19 patients in India has added a new layer of misery to an already chaotic situation. The invasive infection, officially known as mucormycosis, is transmitted when people inhale fungal spores that then get lodged in the sinuses. The disease caused by the spores would not normally be dangerous, but in recovering coronavirus patients who have been on steroids, it becomes life-threatening.

"For most part, if you have a normal immune system, it's an asymptomatic, silent encounter," Tobias Hohl, chief of infectious-disease service at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, told National Geographic. "Unless treated, the infection can cross into the central nervous system, and that's more dangerous." He added that mortality reaches upward of 50 percent if the fungus reaches the brain.

Those who require hospitalization often suffer from compromising existing health situations, including diabetes, which is highly prevalent in India. The symptoms of black fungus include back lesions, swollen eyes, and severe headaches in addition to bleeding nasal discharge.

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May 17, 2021

A Certain Clue Can Reveal More than You Think
Rebecca TulisSome crossword puzzles have a "revealer" entry, which is usually the across entry in the lower right of the grid. This is the entry that explains the theme to solvers; for instance, a grid with the theme entries ICE CAPADES, IRON CURTAIN, IRISH COFFEE and INDEX CARDS, you might have the revealer I SEE in the bottom-right, clued as ["What you might say to yourself when you finally understand a crossword's theme...and what the initials of the four theme entries sound like."]

The revealer usually goes in the bottom-right corner of the grid so the solver reaches it late in the game. They're supposed to get a few minutes of mystery wondering what the puzzle's theme could possibly be until the "aha!" moment arrives with the revealer's explanation.

In recent years, crossword writers have been experimenting with putting the revealer in the middle of the grid, with mixed results. The idea is to give the solver a little bit of mystery with the first few theme entries, but then have a helping hint for the last few by already knowing what ties them together. Some solvers like the revealer appearing unexpectedly in the center, while others think the gimmick gets old quickly and that revealers belong at the very end to maximize the mystery.

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May 17, 2021

Selling Higher Ed as an ‘Experience' Is Destroying Higher Ed
GettyFor a generation, higher education has been defined by our national impulse to commercialize everything, and see the measure of success in market terms. This thinking makes it hard to measure value in things that do not fit neatly into this economic box. We need to change how we think about the value of higher education because it will not survive another generation of this approach.

Universities are big, complex institutions that provide a valuable service. They have high price tags, large budgets, employ thousands, and have both regional and national economic impact. And like all institutions, they live and die on their margin and sales numbers (i.e., enrollment). This isn't a new problem, but it's one that, like so many others, has been exacerbated and exposed by the coronavirus.

Universities professionalized operations in the last generation, driven by trustees who bear fiduciary responsibility and often come from the corporate world, pushed to find efficiencies and maneuver in a quickly changing market. This has led many faculty members and higher ed reformers to decry these changes as the corporatization of higher education while calling for the ivory tower to return to a pre-diluvian state. But this approach is wrong. The genie has always been out of the bottle, the move to hire presidents with c-suite experience is unrelenting, and "corporatization" is simpl

The Daily Beast
May 17, 2021

What an 80,000-Year-Old Burial Site Reveals About Humanity
MOHAMMAD JAVAD SHOAEEArchaeologists in Kenya have discovered the oldest human burial in Africa. The almost 80,000-year-old grave was discovered by researchers in the opening to a cave on the coast of Kenya's tropical uplands. Scientists believe that they belonged to a child aged between 2 and 3 years old. The fragile remains—which have been named "Mtoto" after the Swahili word for "child"—promise to tell us more about human social behavior, organization, and cognition in the Middle Stone Age.

The discovery of the partial skeleton in the Panga ya Saidi cave north of Mombasa was made in 2013 by a team drawn from the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi and the Max Planck Institute in Germany. The collaborative project involved further study at the Conservation and Restoration laboratories at the National Research Center on Human Evolution in Spain. The excavation itself proved to be a challenge as the bones were so degraded that they could easily have turned to dust during removal. The solution was to excavate a pit around the bones, fill it with plaster, and then transport the encased remains to the National Museums of Kenya for analysis. The remains were later carried on flights first to Jena, Germany, and later to Burgos in Spain. The results of t

The Daily Beast
May 17, 2021

The Real Takeaway from the Yankees' Spooky COVID ‘Outbreak'
Emilee Chinn/GettyNine people affiliated with the New York Yankees have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. By all accounts, this is not a vaccine skeptic problem—all nine had been inoculated.

But rather than some kind of disturbing signal that a new normal is more elusive than ever, or that the specific vaccine the mix of staffers and players got was somehow bogus, the apparent outbreak in the baseball team's clubhouse is a reason for optimism, experts told The Daily Beast.

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May 17, 2021

Biden's Trying to Blame a Mexican American for the Border Crisis on HIs Watch
MICHAEL REYNOLDS/GettyIn the United States, Mexicans always get the shit jobs. We're hired to clean up messes made by white people. Then, when things go wrong, we get thrown under the bus. And—as evidenced by the sad but illuminating tale of an embattled Mexican American Cabinet secretary who does not appear to be long for his job—this unfair reality extends to politics.

It was probably a bad omen that, in December, President-elect Joe Biden not only flubbed the name of his nominee, but he also misidentified the name of the Cabinet department the individual was nominated to lead:

"For Secretary of Health and Education Services, I nominate Xavier Bacheria," Biden said clumsily while reading from a teleprompter. Seconds later, Biden correctly pronounced the name of Xavier Becerra as his choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Too late. The impression was that Biden didn't even know this guy, that he was simply "checking a box" to put another Latino in his cabinet.

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May 17, 2021

Hunting for Flying Dinosaurs in a Remote Corner of the World
GettyOn a cold, barren mountaintop in southern Chile, Julia Clarke knelt to peer at the ground through a pair of ski goggles she wore against the wind and the high-latitude sun. Clarke, a tall, raven-haired paleontologist, was looking for the fossilized remains of flying dinosaurs, a skill for which she's nearly legendary, and she'd paused at a place where something caught her eye. To me it looked no different from any other part of the slope we'd been ascending all morning, a confused jumble of reddish-brown boulders and scree, but Julia was unusually still in a way I'd come to associate with the moment she found a fossil.

"I think there's a dinosaur here," she said, carefully turning over a finger-sized fragment of ancient sandstone. "I think these bones are going into the cliff." This seemed impossible to me, but Julia's eye was rarely wrong; she's known not only for finding new fossils but for finding hidden features in well-studied fossils that other paleontologists have overlooked. She'd spent years of her life on fascinating and uncomfortable expeditions to islands at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and the scorpion-filled wastes of the Gobi Desert, where she camped beneath a truck for months; among her discoveries is the oldest known syrinx, the unique organ that birds use to produce sound, which she spotted in the fossil of a duck-like bird that lived among its fellow dinosaurs in a warm Antarctica. She'd also helped reveal the colors of dinosaur feathers through microscopic fossil structures called melanophores, and was the first to realize that a mysterious lump of rock languishing in a Chilean museum was the egg of a mosasaur.

I'd imagined that prospecting for dinosaurs would be a slow, painstaking process, but J

The Daily Beast
May 17, 2021

Trump Has Blown Off Rudy Giuliani's Pleas for Help as Feds Circle
Drew Angerer/GettyIn the weeks since the feds raided Rudy Giuliani's apartment and office in late April, close allies have tried to ferry a slew of emergency requests to former President Donald Trump and his advisers.

But according to three people familiar with the matter, Trump, as well as several of his legal advisers and longtime confidants, have been hesitant about swooping in to help the embattled Giuliani, who for years worked as Trump's personal lawyer, a political adviser, and attack dog. Giuliani also served as a major player in the Trump-Ukraine scandal and as a key driver in the former president's efforts to nullify Joe Biden's clear victory in the 2020 election.

Team Trump's reluctance to intervene comes at a time when federal investigators have ramped up their probe into whether Giuliani's Ukraine-related work during the Trump era amounted to an unregistered and illegal lobbying operation on behalf of foreign figures. So far, no charges have been brought against the former New York City mayor as a result of this investigation, which began in 2019. Trump's silence has led to simmering frustrations among members of Giuliani's inner orbit, who privately allege that the ex-president's team is working to convince him to hang Giuliani out to dry in his hour of need.



The Daily Beast
May 17, 2021

Sex, Deceit, and Scandal: The Ugly War Over Bob Ross' Ghost
Bob Ross EstateBob Ross is everywhere these days: bobbleheads, Chia Pets, waffle makers, underwear emblazoned with his shining face, even energy drinks "packed with the joy and positivity of Bob Ross!" Whatever merchandising opportunity is out there, kitsch or otherwise, it's a safe bet his brand-management company is on it—despite his having shuffled off the mortal coil more than 25 years ago.

He's also a smash hit on social media, where he feels more like a Gen-Z influencer than a once semi-obscure PBS celebrity who rose to fame in the 1980s on the back of his bouffant hairdo, hypnotic singsong baritone, and a timeless message about the beauty of the world around us. His official YouTube page has logged close to half a billion views. He's been satirized by the comic-book anti-hero Deadpool, the world-infamous street artist Banksy, and even Jim Carrey as Joe Biden on Saturday Night Live.

If that weren't enough, he's hawking Mountain Dew in a new CGI commercial that's right on the edge of the uncanny valley, and Netflix has a feature-length documentary about him due this summer by the prolific actor-producer Melissa McCarthy.

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May 16, 2021

John Oliver Accuses Israel of ‘War Crimes' and ‘Apartheid' Against Palestinians
HBOOn Sunday night, John Oliver dedicated the opening portion of his late-night program Last Week Tonight to the ongoing crisis in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to establish a new government—and thus was at risk of losing power—Israel's Supreme Court planned to deliver a ruling on the expulsion of 13 Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, a heavily Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem. (The so-called evictions are a legal remnant of the Nakba, or the 1948 ethnic cleansing of 700,000 Palestinians, who were forcibly removed from their homeland, and the U.N. has said they "would violate Israel's obligations under international law.")

In anticipation of the expulsions, Israel and Hamas have exchanged heavy rocket fire—with much of the damage affecting Palestinians, who have far less firepower. As Al Jazeera reported, "At least 192 people, including 58 children and 34 women, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the latest violence began a week ago. Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children."

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May 16, 2021

My Polaroid Isn't Better Than My iPhone—But I Still Love it
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonNostalgia Week: Scouted is turning back the clocks and highlighting some of the best things to come out 20 years ago and how they're being reinvented (and reinvigorated) in 2021.

Am I the only one with an iPhone photo album that is an absolute mess? I feel like I can't find any of my favorite pictures without sifting through a deluge of screenshots, memes, and bad takes. I know we all carry around cameras in our pockets, but honestly, there's something kind of limiting about being able to take a picture of anything, anytime. In my opinion, it takes a little bit of the magic away from photography—if we can ensure the perfect shot, the candidness and happenstance can be lost. But remember a time when the picture you took, the one picture, was the one you were left with? I'm not going to stop using my iPhone, but I am going to start using this much much more.

Polaroid Cameras are back, and my favorite is the Instax Mini. I mean, just look at how small and cute it is. To use it (in case you forgot), you simply load it with film, turn it on, and use the viewfinder to point and click—strange, I know. From there, a little bit of film pops out and you can watch it develop right before your eyes. You can even shake it, although apparently you're not supposed to do that.

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May 16, 2021

Nebraska Dad Arrested in California After Kids, 3 and 5, Found Dead at His Home
Bellevue Police/GoFundMeAfter a daylong manhunt, police have arrested the Nebraska father of two children who were found dead at his home—after cops visited twice and didn't enter.

Adam L. Price was located late Sunday in Pacifica, a 25-hour drive from his Bellevue home. He has not yet been charged, but police have said the children's death was suspicious.

Price's estranged wife, Mary Nielsen, asked officers in Bellevue to go to the house because their dad was supposed to check in with FaceTime daily while they were visiting for a week—and she had not heard from them since Thursday night.

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May 16, 2021

Nebraska Dad Hunted After Kids, 3 and 5, Found Dead at His Home
Bellevue Police/GoFundMeA manhunt is on for the Nebraska father of two children found dead at his home—on the police's third visit to the home in less than a day.

The youngsters' mother, Mary Nielsen, asked officers in Bellevue to go to the house because their dad was supposed to check in using FaceTime while they were visiting him, and she had not heard from them since Thursday night.

Officers went to Adam Price's home shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday and again around 9 a.m. on Sunday morning "but did not observe exigent circumstances that would allow them to force entry into the home," Capt. Andy Jashinske said in statement.

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May 16, 2021

Mom of Kids Found Dead in Dad's Nebraska Home Had ‘Bad Feeling'
Bellevue Police/GoFundMeThe mother of two children found dead in her estranged husband's Nebraska home told The Daily Beast on Monday that she "had a gut-wrenching feeling" something terrible was going to happen.

Mary C. Nielsen spoke out hours after the children's father, Adam L. Price, was taken into custody in California, a 25-hour drive from his house, following a daylong manhunt.

Price has not been charged, but police have said the deaths of 3-year-old Theodore and his 5-year-old sister Emily are considered "suspicious."

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May 16, 2021

‘F*cking Monster': Mom of Dead Kids Rages as Nebraska Dad Is Charged
Bellevue Police/GoFundMeThe mother of two children found dead in her estranged husband's Nebraska home told The Daily Beast on Monday that she "had a gut-wrenching feeling" something terrible was going to happen.

Mary C. Nielsen spoke out hours after the children's father, Adam L. Price, was taken into custody in California, a 25-hour drive from his house, following a daylong manhunt.

Price was later charged with two counts of felony child abuse resulting in death. Police have not released a cause of death for 3-year-old Theodore and his 5-year-old sister Emily but said it was "suspicious."

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May 16, 2021

Jeffrey Epstein Gave Bill Gates Advice on How to End ‘Toxic' Marriage, Sources Say
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyBachelor sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein gave Bill Gates advice on ending his marriage with Melinda after the Microsoft co-founder complained about her during a series of meetings at the money manager's mansion, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Gates used the gatherings at Epstein's $77 million New York townhouse as an escape from what he told Epstein was a "toxic" marriage, a topic both men found humorous, a person who attended the meetings told The Daily Beast.

The billionaire met Epstein dozens of times starting in 2011 and continuing through to 2014 mostly at the financier's Manhattan home—a substantially higher number than has been previously reported. Their conversations took place years before Bill and Melinda Gates announced this month that they were splitting up.

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May 16, 2021

Netanyahu Vows to Keep Bombing ‘Full Force' After Horror Day for Palestinians
Mohammed Salem/ReutersShortly after 42 people were killed in Gaza City on Sunday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a televised address in which he vowed to continue launching airstrikes "full-force."

Airstrikes on a major downtown street in Gaza City in the early hours of Sunday razed three residential buildings and killed dozens in the space of just five minutes, Palestinian health officials said. Among them were 10 children and 16 women. At least 50 people were wounded, and rescue crews spent the day sifting through the rubble, pulling out some survivors.

It was the single deadliest attack in Gaza since the last major war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers in 2014.

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May 16, 2021

Netanyahu Vows to Keep Bombing ‘Full-Force' After Horror Day for Palestinians
Mohammed Salem/ReutersShortly after 42 people were killed in Gaza City on Sunday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a televised address in which he vowed to continue launching airstrikes "full-force."

Airstrikes on a major downtown street in Gaza City in the early hours of Sunday razed three residential buildings and killed dozens in the space of just five minutes, Palestinian health officials said. Among them were 10 children and 16 women. At least 50 people were wounded, and rescue crews spent the day sifting through the rubble, pulling out some survivors.

It was the single deadliest attack in Gaza since the last major war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers in 2014.

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May 16, 2021

CDC Director Grilled for Creating ‘Confusion' on Mask Guidelines
Fox News SundayOn Sunday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky found herself struggling to defend the agency's confusing and abrupt announcement that vaccinated people didn't need to wear masks anymore, insisting that she was merely "following the science" rather than bowing to political pressure.

Making the rounds on the Sunday news shows, Walensky was repeatedly grilled by hosts about the decision-making behind the relaxed mask guidelines. On Fox News Sunday, for instance, veteran anchor Chris Wallace pointed out that Walensky's agency was singing a different tune just a day before their bombshell announcement.

"On Wednesday night, you were still arguing, still making the case that people who are fully vaccinated needed to wear masks indoors," Wallace noted. "And then Thursday, less than 24 hours later, you said, ‘No, it changed, now you don't need masks if you're fully vaccinated either indoors or outdoors.' Would you agree that this abrupt shift was not handled as well as it might have been?"

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May 16, 2021

It's Riding Season and These Bikes Are Great to Travel With
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/VendorsBiking is one of the best ways to enjoy any destination, so whether you're planning to reach your next vacation by plane, train, or automobile, consider bringing your bicycle with you. Travel-friendly bikes tend to be light, easy to break down, and rugged enough that they can sustain getting banged up a bit during transit. In order to keep your bike safe - both at home and on the road - consider these bike locks and safety devices, too. If you're looking for new wheels to travel with, you're in luck. Here's our top picks for travel-friendly rides.

Best Road: Alchemy Atlas

Best Gravel: Niner RLT 9 Steel

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May 16, 2021

Chuck Todd Challenges Dan Crenshaw: ‘Why Should Anybody Believe a Word You Say?'
NBC NewsMeet the Press host Chuck Todd repeatedly confronted Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) on the Republican Party's willingness to embrace former President Donald Trump's election lies, asking the conservative lawmaker point-blank on Sunday why anyone should "believe a word you say" since the GOP has lost credibility.

Days after House Republicans booted Liz Cheney (R-WY) from leadership over her refusal to go along with the "Big Lie" that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, Todd asked Crenshaw—who claimed on Sunday he's no "Trump loyalist"—whether he agrees she was ousted for not carrying Trump's water.

"No. Fundamentally, I don't," Crenshaw stated.

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May 16, 2021

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Should Drop Their Titles, Royal Sources Say
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Can the palace get Harry and Meghan to drop their titles?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are coming under renewed pressure to stop using their titles of Duke and Duchess, bestowed on them by the queen on the occasion of their wedding, as the British media whips itself into a fury over Harry's eye-opening interview about royal parenting and mental health.

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May 16, 2021

I'm Planning on Wearing These Hiking Shoes All Summer Long
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/HuckberryScouting Report: These shoes were designed for an ultramarathoner and are extremely lightweight. They boast ample cushioning to make your next run, or walks the most comfortable one you've ever been on.

I'm planning on getting outside as much as possible for the next few months. Hiking, running, biking, walking, you name it, I'll be doing it. I need a shoe that can take me across several NYC boroughs, over cliffs, through parks, and maybe even into streams (a boy can dream). Recently, I came across this really great collab from Huckberry and hiking shoe giant Salomon, and I couldn't be happier.

The XT-6's were originally launched in 2013 and took everyone by storm. While they were originally designed for an ultramarathoner, they are the perfect shoe for doing absolutely anything in, and now with updated colors, for even just walking around town. The cushioning is some of the best I've ever experienced: unlike running on a cl

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May 16, 2021

Equating Guns With Freedom Is a Toxic Myth That Hurts Us All
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIt was the persistence of gun violence that helped convince Nesrine Malik that certain myths propagated by the right wing were creating an alternate American reality.

A London-based columnist for The Guardian, Malik believes the never-ending slaughter is partially a function of corporate and elite interests convincing the public that buying guns is a fight against the "political correctness" of gun control, and that this also plays into the myth of a "virtuous history to justify gun ownership as foundational to America."

But, adds Malik, whose new book, We Need New Stories: The Myths That Subvert Freedom discusses six current social/political misconceptions, the whole gun myth "typifies why myths are bad for everyone. Firearms increase violence in a society for everyone and claims lives across social classes and races. We think that guns create a society that is based on freedom, but actually gets in the way of people living free from fear and grief."

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May 16, 2021

OMG, I Want to Rent That House: Santa Barbara, CA
via VRBOSanta Barbara, CA (Vrbo): The Californians are fleeing, recent headlines have told us. While (former) residents may be snapping up cheaper housing in places like Idaho and Texas, those of us in the other 49 states should get busy making plans of our own: swooping in to book some prime West Coast vacation rentals. It's the ideal California scenario: enjoy a few weeks of perfect weather while avoiding the gloomy state taxes. Sure, this $3,200 a night Santa Barbara beauty may be a bit more penny-precious than a chateau on a different coast, but with this view, who can resist?

Now this

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May 16, 2021

Here's One More Way Women Get Shortchanged on Money Matters
Overearth/GettyI remember laughing with my sister a few years ago when her daughter, then in elementary school, declared that "only women are doctors." It was an understandable assumption: She had yet to meet a male physician. My sister is a doctor in a suburb of Washington, D.C., and her daughter's pediatrician was also a woman. Initially my niece wanted to follow in their footsteps. Then she decided she wanted to be an astronaut. And then a couple of years later, just as I was starting to wonder if things might be shifting for girls of her generation, my niece, newly adorned in pink dresses and sparkly headbands, informed us that she had scrapped her astronaut ambitions altogether. "I want to be a princess," she announced.

"Snow White, Belle, Aurora… What little girl wouldn't want to be a Disney princess? Wouldn't want long, flowy hair, and wouldn't want to make a wish in a well and have the perfect life?" asked Anya Dubner, a high school student and the teenage daughter of Freakonomics podcast host Stephen Dubner, in an October 2019 episode. "What you want is probably, because of Disney, this fantasy life where everything is so easy, and everything is perfect, and you find a prince. [But] having your ideal life be so easy to achieve is a really bad message to send to anybody… especially to girls."

True, we're mostly over the idea of being saved by Prince Charming, but vestiges of that narrative still stick stubbornly to our subconscious as girls—and even as fully grown women. While the princess stories have evolved, some elements never seem to change. The heroines are still conventionally beautiful, with flowing locks and the wide-eyed, dewy glow of youth. And it's still their looks, rather than their smarts, that tend to draw

The Daily Beast
May 16, 2021

Food Hacks or Mess Porn? Celebrity Chefs Unpack a Weird Viral Trend
YouTubeCelebrity chef and Chopped judge Scott Conant knows that those gross food hack videos are not meant to be taken seriously. He knows those videos are just for fun. Nevertheless, as a lover of food and especially as an Italian American, he can't help but ask himself one question when he sees someone pour SpaghettiOs into a pie crust with a dollop of milk, or dump a jar of Prego onto their countertop: "Why?"

"It's like a train wreck to a certain extent," Conant told The Daily Beast during a recent interview ahead of the release of his book, Peace, Love, and Pasta. "You can't look away, right? Especially as a professional, it's hard to look away from that."

For months now, these videos have transfixed us all in horror, confusion, and prurient fascination. The formula is often the same: A slender white woman spreads some sort of unseemly gloop onto a gleaming stone countertop before covering it in a mess of toppings. Sometimes it's canned pasta in a pie shell, or peppermints melted onto a waffle iron. Many of these videos also focus heavily on sound, particularly those moist sounds food can make that can range from suggestive to downright pornographic.

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May 16, 2021

Norton I Declared Himself Emperor of the United States, and His Subjects Loved It
Getty ImagesOn July 16, 1860, 84 years after the American colonists signed the Declaration of Independence and officially stated their intention to form a union of their own, a decree was issued dissolving the United States of America entirely.

That Monday, San Franciscans woke up to a momentous proclamation: "Whereas, it is necessary for our Peace, Prosperity and Happiness, as also to the National Advancement of the people of the United States, that they should dissolve the Republican form of government and establish in its stead an Absolute Monarchy."

It was something of a formality as the man behind the edict, the self-proclaimed Emperor Norton I, had already declared himself "Emperor of the United States" a year earlier, thus establishing the American monarchy. But he had allowed the United States democracy to continue, even as its representatives ignored his orders to attend meetings to revise the country's laws.

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May 16, 2021

The Over-the-Top Library With a Secret Treasure
AlamyIt would be understandable if, after taking in the ornate reading rooms and grand hallways of the St. Louis Central Library, you deemed your thirst for literary splendor sated. However, tucked into one of those walls is an elegant but easily missed double door underneath a broken pediment leading to a true treasure trove filled with items that would fetch eye-popping sums at auction.

Fittingly, they are books.

Not the greatest twist, I suppose, but these are not any old books.

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May 16, 2021

These Start-Ups Could Make Abortion One Click Away
mychoixIn California right now, you can get an abortion without speaking to a single other human being. You log onto a website—mychoix.co—put in your health information, answer some questions, and wait for an email from a clinician letting you know if you've been approved. If you are, an online pharmacy will ship you a package of mifepristone and misoprostol—a two-pill regime that is safer than many prescription drugs and 98 percent effective at terminating early-stage pregnancies. You will take it, you will bleed, your pregnancy will—in all likelihood—end.

This particular configuration is available in only one state, for a limited time, due to an emergency declaration issued by the Food and Drug Administration during the pandemic. But make no mistake: This is the future abortion advocates want.

Medication abortion has been available in the U.S. since 2000, when the FDA approved a mifepristone-based drug called Mifeprex for use in ending early-stage pregnancies. At the time, the administration also attached a set of restrictions known as an REMS to the product's distribution—something it has done for less than 0.01 percent of the 20,000 drugs it's ever approved for use. The REMS required Mifeprex—which is safer than both penicillin and Viagra, and 14 times less dangerous than giving birth—to be prescribed and dispensed in-person, by a certified prescriber, at a clinic or hospital. That meant the medication could not be obtained at a pharmacy, but had to be obtained from a physician willing to register with the drug manufacturer and stock the medication in their office. The result was that

The Daily Beast
May 16, 2021

How Three Dead Prostitutes Triggered a Wild Satanic Panic
EpixThe Satanic Panic of the '80s and early '90s was fueled by wild stories about ritualistic killings, human and animal sacrifices, and pledges of allegiance to dark demonic lords. Most of those claims turned out to be tall tales, but that doesn't mean they didn't result in criminal justice system convictions. One such example involved the nightmare that befell Fall River, Massachusetts, (the birthplace of Lizzie Borden) in1979-1980, when three young prostitutes were found bound, bludgeoned to death, and, in one instance, horribly mutilated. Though the victims were all killed in a strikingly similar manner, police didn't investigate them as the work of a single fiend. And in the case of the third slaying, they decided that the perpetrator's motivation had less to do with personal impulses than with getting in good with a higher power: Satan.

Premiering on Epix May 16, the Jason Blum-produced Fall River revisits this tumultuous episode in traditional docuseries fashion, employing archival photos and videos, newly recorded interviews, graphical flourishes, and unnecessary dramatic recreations to try to assemble a puzzle whose pieces, decades later, don't quite fit. Director James Buddy Day's four-part docuseries begins with the Oct. 13, 1979, murder of 17-year-old prostitute Doreen Levesque, who was found under a high school's bleachers with her head brutally caved in by a blunt o

The Daily Beast
May 16, 2021

A Super Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be in Your Future
GettyThe vaccines that the world's leading pharmaceutical firms have developed to prevent COVID-19 work really well. Against the novel coronavirus, that is.

But SARS-CoV-2 isn't the only coronavirus out there; there are more pathogens like the one that causes COVID-19. And it may be only a matter of time before some new coronavirus jumps from whatever animal population harbors it to human beings. When it does, it could wreak as much havoc as SARS-CoV-2, if not more. That's what worries a team of scientists led by Barton Haynes and Kevin Saunders at Duke University. And what motivated them, a year ago, to begin work on a new vaccine that could work against a whole bunch of coronaviruses.

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May 16, 2021

A Vaccine for Lots of Coronaviruses Could Be in Your Future
GettyThe vaccines that the world's leading pharmaceutical firms have developed to prevent COVID-19 work really well. Against the novel coronavirus, that is.

But SARS-CoV-2 isn't the only coronavirus out there; there are more pathogens like the one that causes COVID-19. And it may be only a matter of time before some new coronavirus jumps from whatever animal population harbors it to human beings. When it does, it could wreak as much havoc as SARS-CoV-2, if not more. That's what worries a team of scientists led by Barton Haynes and Kevin Saunders at Duke University. And what motivated them, a year ago, to begin work on a new vaccine that could work against a whole bunch of coronaviruses.

Welcome to Rabbit Hole, where we dive deep on the biggest story. It's for Beast Inside members only. Join up today.

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May 16, 2021

Inside the War Between a UFO Influencer and Alien-Friendly Streaming Company
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty /Aaron FosterThe world of UFO conspiracy theorists has been torn apart by dueling lawsuits, pitting a prominent UFO influencer against a conspiracy-minded streaming video company valued at more than $200 million over who has the right to discuss their experiences with a benevolent species of blue alien.

The battle taking place in a federal courthouse in Colorado centers on Corey Goode, a UFO promoter and self-proclaimed deep-space traveler who consorts with benevolent aliens, and his former employer, Gaia, a publicly traded streaming platform whose videos blend yoga instruction with stories about "deep state" villains and benevolent aliens.

After leaving his Gaia show in 2018, Goode engaged in a long-running feud with the company. In March 2020, Goode sued Gaia, alleging that the company had engaged in an elaborate conspiracy against him. On Monday, Gaia filed a countersuit, accusing Goode of defamation and concocting various schemes to sabotage the company.

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May 16, 2021

UFO Community Explodes in Lawsuit Drama, Accusations of ‘Luciferianism'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty /Aaron FosterThe world of UFO conspiracy theorists has been torn apart by dueling lawsuits, pitting a prominent UFO influencer against a conspiracy-minded streaming video company valued at more than $200 million over who has the right to discuss their experiences with a benevolent species of blue alien.

The battle taking place in a federal courthouse in Colorado centers on Corey Goode, a UFO promoter and self-proclaimed deep-space traveler who consorts with benevolent aliens, and his former employer, Gaia, a publicly traded streaming platform whose videos blend yoga instruction with stories about "deep state" villains and benevolent aliens.

After leaving his Gaia show in 2018, Goode engaged in a long-running feud with the company. In March 2020, Goode sued Gaia, alleging that the company had engaged in an elaborate conspiracy against him. On Monday, Gaia filed a countersuit, accusing Goode of defamation and concocting various schemes to sabotage the company.

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May 16, 2021

SNL Brutally Mocks Anti-Trump Bigot Liz Cheney
NBCOn Saturday night, one week after ceding the late-night program to union-busting Tesla billionaire Elon Musk, SNL's "Weekend Update" took aim at Liz Cheney, the Republican congresswoman who's made the news (every hour of every day) for recently morphing into a #NeverTrumper following the Trump brigade's Capitol insurrection.

While the mainstream media has held Cheney up as some sort of blue-blazered Spartacus for breaking from her party and challenging Trump's Big Lie—which cost her a GOP party chair role—others with a memory dating back to before the events of January 6th have viewed it as an eleventh-hour act of opportunism by a known bigot who voted along with Trump for much of his presidency.

"House Republicans voted to remove Liz Cheney from her party leadership role after she continued to challenge Donald Trump's lie that the election was stolen," cracked "Weekend Update" co-host Michael Che. "Wow, yeah, I never thought I'd find myself feeling bad for Liz Cheney—and I was right. I don't."

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May 15, 2021

Suspect in Custody After 4-Year-Old Found Slain in Dallas Street With ‘Multiple Wounds'
kali9A suspect is in custody after a 4-year-old boy was found slain in the middle of a Dallas street early Saturday with "multiple wounds" from what police believe was some kind of edged weapon.

The Dallas Police Department confirmed the arrest of an adult male late Saturday, but stopped short of identifying the suspect and gave no further details on the brutal killing of the tot.

The boy was found lying in a road in the 7500 block of Saddleridge Drive shortly before 7 a.m., Executive Assistant Chief Albert Martinez told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. Martinez said the circumstances surrounding the boy's death were "unusual" and that an "edged weapon" was thought to have been used.

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May 15, 2021

Police Hunt for Suspect After Toddler Found Dead in Dallas Street With ‘Multiple Wounds'
kali9A homicide investigation is underway after a toddler was found dead in the middle of a Dallas street early Saturday with "multiple wounds" from what police believe was some kind of edged weapon, according to local reports.

The Dallas Police Department has yet to identify the child, but confirmed that the case is being investigated as a murder.

The boy was found lying in a road in the 7500 block of Saddleridge Drive in the early hours, Executive Assistant Chief Albert Martinez told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. Martinez said the circumstances surrounding the boy's death were "unusual" and that an "edged weapon" was thought to have been used.

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May 15, 2021

Mom Raised Thousands for Daughter's ‘Terminal Illness.' But It Was All Fake, Officials Say.
FacebookFor the past three years, 11-year-old Rylee Abbuhl had been working with a counselor to "process her own death" after being repeatedly told she had an incurable medical condition that could cause her central nervous system to fail.

While grappling with the reality that she could never play college softball for Notre Dame or enter high school, Rylee was also capturing national attention.

Her plight earned her and her mom tickets to Sea World, made her the guest of honor at a Texas A&M softball game, and raised thousands of dollars.

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May 15, 2021

Journalist Hit by Missile Recounts Gaza Horror: ‘Suddenly Everything Was White'
Mustafa HassonaGAZA CITY—For Mohammed Alaloul and Mustafa Hassona, it had already been three long days covering potential war crimes when the two Gazan journalists fell victim to one themselves.

On Thursday, the Anadolu Agency journalists were wading through the rubble of a decimated Northern Gaza neighborhood when an Israeli airstrike exploded nearby.

They rushed to the scene to document any civilian casualties, only to conclude it was still too dangerous as the sound of Israeli missiles pierced the drone of jets overhead.

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May 15, 2021

Neo-Nazi Dumps 3 Dead Bodies at Albuquerque Hospital Then Flees: FBI
KOB4/Metropolitan Detention CenterA suspected white supremacist is facing charges after allegedly ditching a bullet-riddled car containing three dead men in the parking lot of an Albuquerque hospital this week.

Richard Kuykendall, a 41-year-old with an "apparent association" with the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, was charged Friday with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition for his role in the Wednesday triple homicide, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for New Mexico.

Prosecutors allege that after a deadly shootout in a nearby alley, Kuykendall drove to Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital with the victims, removed his shirt and told a security officer "that there were three dead guys in the Chevy" before he walked away.

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May 15, 2021

This Baxter Wood Raincoat Makes Even The Gloomiest Days More Chic
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/Baxter WoodScouting Report: Made from recycled rPET polyester (instead of the less-than-eco-friendly PVC of typical rain coats), this one from Baxter Wood is the chicest I've ever owned.

After spending the last few years wearing an old trench coat outside whenever it was raining (and getting pretty drenched in the process), I recently decided it was time to upgrade my wet weather gear to something more functional. For months, I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for (a raincoat that works but also looks good), and then I finally came across Baxter Wood. I got the Baxter Wood Trawler Coat, and can confidently say that it is definitely the raincoat of my dreams.

The Trawler coat is the chicest raincoat I've ever worn, with a sleek look and comfortable fit. I got mine in black, which is incredibly versatile and has the added bonus of hiding a little mud if it happens to splash on me. It snaps up all the way up front and neck to keep you as covered up as possible, and the hood fits just right---it hides my whole head from getting wet without being too big. The coat is lightweight and the opposite of bulky, but it still feels warm and also keeps me completely dry even when it's downpouring outside. It's the kind o

The Daily Beast
May 15, 2021

Israeli Air Strike on Refugee Camp Kills 8 Children
Mahmud Hams/AFP via GettyAn Israeli airstrike demolished a three-story home in a Gaza City refugee camp, killing eight children and two mothers, and leaving a 5-month-old baby as the family's sole survivor.

In response, Hamas fired rockets into Israel to avenge what it called a "massacre"—the deadliest of Israel's attacks since the conflict erupted six days ago at a Jerusalem holy site revered by both Palestinians and Jews.

The airstrike came as the victims gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, witnesses told reporters.

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May 15, 2021

Israeli Airstrike Destroys AP, Al Jazeera Offices on Live TV
Twitter/Al JazeeraAn Israeli airstrike on Saturday demolished a Gaza City high-rise building that housed journalists from the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other news outlets.

About an hour before, a resident of the 12-story building received a call, purportedly from the Israeli military, warning of an impending attack but giving no explanation for why the building was being targeted.

Journalists described a mad scramble to collect equipment and evacuate the building. Several networks, including Al Jazeera, then showed the building collapsing on live TV.

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May 15, 2021

‘Shocked and Horrified': Israeli Airstrike Destroys AP, Al Jazeera Offices on Live TV
Twitter/Al JazeeraJournalists for the Associated Press, Al Jazeera, and other international news outlets were forced to run for their lives on Saturday after the Israeli military bombed their high-rise office building in Gaza City.

The missile strike, one of several attempts by Israeli forces to kneecap journalists in the region, left the Associated Press "shocked and horrified" and Al Jazeera said it constituted a war crime.

About an hour before the strike, a resident of the 12-story building received a call, purportedly from the Israeli military, warning of an impending attack but giving no explanation for why the building was being targeted.

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May 15, 2021

If You Need an AC Unit, The Windmill Is the One to Get
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Windmill Scouting Report: This sleek looking AC unit cools down a room in no time, and when you're not using it, disappears into the background.

I don't have central AC in my apartment which I've always thought was a bummer. I'm someone who gets really hot, really quickly. As in, the second it hits 70 degrees, the AC goes on for the rest of the season. My dingy old window unit used to be a nightmare—not only did it have no remote and only three different temperature settings—hi, med, and lo, but it also was extraordinarily loud. Last summer, I got the chance to try out the Windmill, a relatively new AC Unit company, and I feel the need to tell everyone who needs an AC Unit that this is the one you should get.

For starters, the Windmill is incredibly sleek looking. It looks like it's part of my decor and not an eyesore unit jutting out from the window like my old one. It has a simple and easy-to-use interface—a few sleek buttons up top and an LED display that fades after 10 seconds so you're not looking at numbers all day. There are three settings—Cool, Fan, and Eco, and you can choose between three different speeds, going from 1 to 3. Funnily enough, I just keep it on 1 all day and my room is crisp and cool—always the exact temp I set it to.

The Daily Beast
May 14, 2021

It's Time to Celebrate the Black Women Who Invented Rock and Roll
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyIt should be common knowledge that Black women invented rock and roll. Memphis Minnie, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, Bessie Smith and Sister Rosetta Tharpe should be names known as widely as those of the men who came after them, especially the white boys who have been canonized and made infinitely wealthy for biting their style.

Instead, even as they're cited in the annals of musicology and name-checked by music nerds, these Black women innovators are still far less famous than the musicians they influenced, and rock and roll writ large is almost always raced and gendered as white and male. But it's Black women who laid the foundation of a musical powerhouse that racism and sexism vaingloriously settler-colonized.

Their talents are captured on "race records," where Black music was relegated before it was columbused and repackaged for white consumption. Sister Rosetta Tharpe—a queer Black woman from Cotton Plant, Arkansas, who performed to Pentecostal church crowds by age 4, and was billed as the "Singing and Guitar Playing Miracle" by age 6—reworked gospel hymns into secular hits before "crossover" was even a thing.

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May 14, 2021

Five Things I Can't Wait to Do When I Finally Get Back to Ischia
GettyIt was love at first sight. I was 14, leaning against a railing on the top deck of a large old ship that had taken much too long to make the 18-mile journey from Naples. I looked out at the port of Ischia and the hills and mountains that engulfed it. Even before I stepped foot on the island, I knew it was where I belonged.

I have been fortunate enough to have gone to Ischia every year since. While New York is where I make my home and my living, Ischia has always had my heart and always will. My family comes from the island, friends I have had for decades live there and it is where some of my warmest memories rest. My two grown children have grown to love the island as much as I have, moving our family love affair with Ischia one generation forward.

But Covid-19 changed that. I could not go to Ischia last summer and have no plans to go this summer. But, I will be there come summer 2022, to again visit the places and people I have known most of my life.

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May 14, 2021

Prince Harry Wants to ‘Break the Cycle.' The Royals Seem Stunned, and Stuck.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIf 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.

At the beginning of a ballroom scene in Pose, indeed in the brief opening titles and its exploding pink graphic, the call goes up: "The category is…"

The phrase recurred to me this week thinking about the various grooves the royal family, and its talkative Californian dissidents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, inhabit. In olden times, we called them "interests," and the royals pursued them dutifully, cutting ribbons, opening hospital wards and country shows, accepting little bunches of flowers from children, and on to the next one.

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May 14, 2021

The World Seems to Be Going Back to Normal, but I'm Not
GettyVaccinated Americans have been promised a summer of abandon, a once-in-a-lifetime bacchanalian return to partying, hedonism, and tongue kissing the first stranger in sight… or at least having the chance to see the lower half of their unmasked face.

Though the pandemic is far from over—India's devastating second wave reached its peak this week—its hold on the this country's attention span certainly seems to have wavered.

Whether its New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tearing into a Shake Shack hamburger on camera promising free fries to those who get their shot or Joe Biden ceremoniously addressing the press, face uncovered, the intended message seems to be: you deserve fun. Go out and have fun.

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May 14, 2021

The Unstoppable Rise of TV Shows That Sound Like ‘30 Rock' Jokes
NBCThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast's Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.

This week:

"Twenty-five super-hot moms. 50 eighth grade boys. No rules."

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May 14, 2021

What Everyone Can Learn From How Porn Stars Do Their Taxes
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via Getty/IRSIf you want to learn what happens when you do or don't pay taxes, visit the San Fernando Valley. As the porn capital of the world, the Valley is home to both self-employed success stories and tax disasters. Everyone pays their taxes on the due date or forgets to pay, owes the IRS thousands of dollars in back taxes and burdensome fees, and then files for bankruptcy. (Or, in the worst cases, goes to jail.)

Most failures make the same mistakes. Most successes follow the same tax strategies because nearly all adult performers serve as independent contractors, i.e. people who provide services to a business without being employees. Unlike old-fashioned workers, independent contractors are responsible for their taxes. We don't respond to a boss. Therefore, a company isn't withdrawing our taxes from each paycheck.

Once upon a time, porn was one of the only industries comprised of independent contractors, but today numerous Americans are self-employed. Everyone from Uber drivers to publicists to project managers work as independent contractors. As more and more Americans enter self-employment during the pandemic, this trend will continue to grow.

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May 14, 2021

Give Pandemic-Frazzled Working Moms the Support They Need, or the Economy Will Suffer
Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/Getty ImagesIt's May, and everybody American from sea to shining sea is tired of the pandemic. And I mean everybody: from the maskless crazy-eyed meat aisle shoppers who refused to make any adjustments whatsoever to their own lives—and yet complained about adjustments others were making like a frat boy whining that another guy wore a condom—to the zealous germaphobes who have replaced their pre-pandemic personalities with passionate application of epidemiological assumptions that make no scientific sense.

But nobody, from what I can see, is more tired of the pandemic than mothers. They've spent the last 14 months being jerked around by a hodgepodge of government ineptitude and overreach, confusing health messaging leading to institutional fumbling, and the general shrug and "you'll figure it out" back burnering of their needs by employers. But we will not experience a full economic recovery until the needs of mothers are no longer our last priority. Paid family leave is overdue and necessary, but it isn't enough.

The COVID-19 pandemic added more things for parents to "just figure out" to the already-impossible list. Now, instead of "just figuring out" who will watch the kids while they're at work outside of the home on a consistent schedule, they had to just figure out how to provide full-time childcare while doing their full-time jobs on a schedule that changed at the whims of gov

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May 14, 2021

Red Tape Keeps Boston Woman From Dying Mom in India
Courtesy of Manveen Kaur Sethi Manveen Kaur Sethi might not have been able to save her mother from the coronavirus, but she could have been with her in India at the end.

Sethi also would have been better able to help her father, brother, sister-in-law and nephew secure the oxygen and medicines they still need for their continuing fight against COVID-19.

Yet because of some bureaucratic nonsense, she has remained stuck 7,150 miles away in Boston.

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May 14, 2021

An Entire County Just Paid Thousands to Join a Far-Right Group
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May 14, 2021

Rep. Matt Gaetz Snorted Cocaine With Escort Who Had ‘No Show' Gov't Job
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyWhen Rep. Matt Gaetz attended a 2019 GOP fundraiser in Orlando, his date that night was someone he knew well: a paid escort and amateur Instagram model who led a cocaine-fueled party after the event, according to two witnesses.

The Florida congressman's one-time wingman, Joel Greenberg, will identify that escort to investigators as one of more than 15 young women Gaetz paid for sex, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

But what distinguishes this woman, Megan Zalonka, is that she turned her relationship with Greenberg into a taxpayer-funded no-show job that earned her an estimated $7,000 to $17,500, according to three sources and corresponding government records obtained by The Daily Beast.

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May 14, 2021

U.S. Marshal Framed Ex-GF as Rape Predator, Had Her Jailed for Months: Docs
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/HandoutA Deputy U.S. Marshal was indicted this week for allegedly orchestrating a wild scheme with his then-wife to frame an innocent ex-girlfriend as a rape predator and have her thrown in jail for months.

Ian R. Diaz, a 43-year-old from Brea, California, was hit with a slew of charges on Wednesday, including conspiracy to commit cyberstalking, the Department of Justice said in a Friday news release.

Prosecutors allege that Ian and Angela Maria Diaz, who has not been indicted but is named a co-conspirator, created a fake online persona for Ian's ex-girlfriend Michelle Hadley in 2016, and used it to send themselves "harassing and threatening" messages and post online ads inviting people to engage in "rape fantasies" against Angela.

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May 14, 2021

How Democrats Can Revive Their Doomed Voting Rights Legislation
SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty ImagesOn Tuesday, the For the People Act, democracy-reform legislation Democrats believe would expand voting access, saw a preview of its fate. The 900-page bill, dealing with everything from election administration to congressional ethics, was the subject of a full day of debate in a Senate committee with nearly 100 proposed amendments.

A total of 10 passed, while the rest went down in flames on largely party-line votes. Its future on the Senate floor looks no better: It will be forced for consideration, debated for hours, and will still fail.

Rather than squabbling over next steps or surrendering, however, the Democrats have a more realistic option that would solve election administrators' need for funding and would boost the health of elections in a way that is truly for the people.

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May 14, 2021

Gaetz Wingman's Plea Deal: I Introduced Underage Girl to ‘Older Men'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/handoutRep. Matt Gaetz's wingman, Joel Greenberg, has entered into a plea agreement in which he admits to having sex with a 17-year-old, says others also did, and indicates he is ready to dish.

The agreement, which comes after prosecutors charged Greenberg with 33 counts—including sex trafficking a minor—marks a formal cooperation agreement with the government, meaning Greenberg may testify against other co-consiprators.

And chief among those potential co-conspirators is Gaetz—although he is not mentioned by name in the 86-page plea agreement filed in federal court in Florida on Friday.

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May 14, 2021

The World Braces for the Virus as America Begins to Move On
GettyThe Biden administration's success in battling the COVID epidemic has been a triumph of vision, planning and execution. But that success may well become a source of tension with the rest of the world as the U.S. celebrates re-opening its economy, recovering labor markets, and soaring growth while much of the planet enters into a period of pandemic-driven despair that will shatter the lives of millions and produce ever-deepening suffering for much of the globe.

Already, as Americans are shedding their masks and starting to book summer travel plans, the contrast with the wholesale catastrophe in, for example, India is stark. We have seen the shots of Americans partying on the beach presented almost alongside those of bloated Indian victims of the virus washing ashore on the Ganges illustrating the horrors faced by many Indians who cannot find vaccines or oxygen, doctors or even affordable funerals.

Where will we be come autumn, as the virus spreads out of control in South Asia, Africa and parts of Latin America? What will be the consequences of the already vast gap between rich and poor nations grows even wider?

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May 14, 2021

MIT Researcher Accused of Murdering Yale Grad Student Arrested After Months on the Lam
New Haven Police Department/FacebookAn MIT researcher accused in the February murder of Yale graduate student Kevin Jiang has been arrested after spending months on the lam, authorities said Friday.

Qinxuan Pan, a 29-year-old who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a researcher at the school's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), was finally tracked down in Alabama, according to the Massachusetts State Police.

The arrest ends a months-long search for Pan, who was named a person of interest in Jiang's murder on Feb. 19, just four days after the grad student was fatally shot multiple times on a street in New Haven, Connecticut. Later that month, on Feb. 26, officials secured an arrest warrant for the Shanghai native, spurring an international manhunt that included a "red notice" through Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization. The arrest warrant charged Pan with murder and second-degree larceny.

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May 14, 2021

This Pizza Steel From Made In Is the Best of Any I've Tried
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Made InScouting Report: If you're not planning on splurging on a pizza oven, this is your next best option. It's lightweight but will create a brick-oven like crust in your convection oven alone.

Making pizza at home is one of my favorite things to do, and one thing I love about it is there are so many different ways to do it. I've tried pizza ovens. I've tested out my fair share of pizza steels. I've even made pizza in a cast iron skillet—yum! But when my favorite cookware company, Made In, the makers of our favorite pan, told me they were making a pizza steel out of their carbon steel material, I knew I had to give it a shot.

Unlike any other pizza stone or steel out there, this one is incredibly lightweight. A lot of other pizza stones are heavy so they can get to higher temperatures, but thanks to being made of Carbon Steel, this one can still reach ridiculously high temperatures without the added weight. You might leap to the conclusion that this makes it feel flimsy, but in fact, it

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May 14, 2021

‘I Wanted Trump to Win': Husband Charged in Wife's Murder Also Used Her Name to Vote
Chaffee County Sheriff's OfficeFive months after Suzanne Morphew vanished without a trace while out on a bike ride last Mother's Day, the Chaffee County Clerk's Office in Colorado received a bizarre notification: a mail-in ballot for the 2020 election had been submitted under her name.

When a Chaffee County sergeant went to the clerk's office to check out the ballot, he saw that it had been handwritten and dated Oct. 15, 2020—and included the signature of her husband, Barry Lee Morphew, on the witness line.

But according to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Daily Beast, authorities did not question the 53-year-old dad about his alleged voter fraud until April 22, just days before he was charged with first-degree murder and a slew of other crimes in connection with his wife's disappearance.

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May 14, 2021

Congress Is Finally Ready to Create a Jan. 6 Commission
REUTERSAfter four months of negotiations, Republicans and Democrats have finally come to an agreement on the creation of a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

The commission, which will issue a report by the end of the year on the causes of the insurrection as well as the response from law enforcement and the military, has been a point of contention between Republicans and Democrats. Leaders from both parties were quick to say they supported forming the panel, but they were divided on a number of issues, including whether it would have subpoena power, the composition of the commission, and the scope of investigation.

Ultimately, leaders agreed to give the commission subpoena power, either with the agreement of the top Democrat and Republican on the commission, or by a vote of the majority of the panel.

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May 14, 2021

The Best New Launches From Brooklinen, L.L. Bean, and More
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/VendorsNew Kids on the Block helps you navigate all the new and exciting launches from our favorite brands, all in one place.

Huckberry x Chaco $110: If you're a Chaco person (and even if you're not), we have good news. Huckberry and Chaco have teamed up to release a beautiful edition of the famous shoe just in time for summer. They are calling it the Agave collection, which makes sense: I could see myself hiking around Joshua Tree or the deserts of West Texas in these bad boys.

Beach Towel $75: Brooklinen's beach towels are back with a fun new redesign. The towels feature moon and sun scapes, perfect for whichever one you identify with (or like more). The towels are plush, perfect for the beach, and stylish enough to use at home or for a picnic, too.

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May 14, 2021

Gaetz Buddy Joel Greenberg Agrees to Plead Guilty to Sex Trafficking, Says Report
Reuters/Evelyn HocksteinJoel Greenberg, the former Florida county tax collector and righthand man of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), will plead guilty to sex trafficking as part of his plea deal with the Justice Department, according to Insider.

It was reported Thursday that Greenberg was ready to plead guilty to some of the initial string of 33 charges against him. Now, Insider reports that the charge sheet has been shrunk down to just six as part of his plea deal. Charges are said to include sex-trafficking, wire fraud, and identity theft.

The agreement will come as deeply unwelcome news for Gaetz, who is under federal investigation for his alleged involvement in the Greenberg case. According to Insider, Greenberg will agree to give his full cooperation to the government in his case and other potential related crimes, meaning he could spill to the investigators looking into his links with Gaetz.

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May 14, 2021

Violent Insurrection: It's the New Camping!
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyThose Trump supporters inside the Capitol on Jan. 6? The guy who made off with the lectern, the woman who stole Nancy Pelosi's laptop? They weren't actually rioting.

No, they were just tourists, seeing the sights in our nation's capital. At least, that's what some Republicans would like us to think—and co-host Molly Jong-Fast can't get enough of this new line of defense on the latest episode of The New Abnormal.

"They're just tourists going to the Capitol insurrection because as you know, tourists love to build gallows and chant ‘Hang Mike Pence!'" she says.

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May 14, 2021

Tracing an ISIS Fighter's Terrifying Seduction of a Female Journalist
Focus FeaturesWriter/director Timur Bekmambetov's breakthrough Russian fantasy epics Night Watch and Day Watch were so heavily indebted to Hollywood productions that it made sense when he subsequently gravitated to America for Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Yet having made his name with conventional blockbuster productions, Bekmambetov has in the past few years carved out a more unique path for himself, producing works—including Unfriended and its sequel Unfriended: Dark Web, as well as the John Cho-led Searching—that play out entirely on a computer screen. Known as Screen Life, it's a format that seeks to tell stories about our 21st-century device-filtered reality by translating our digital experiences to the movies.

The latest in Bekmambetov's ongoing venture is Profile, a new inspired-by-real-events thriller which he directed for the big screen, where it'll premiere on May 14. Nonetheless, it's hard to imagine a film better suited for at-home viewing—especially on a desktop, tablet or smartphone—than this, since its entire tale takes place on the laptop of Amy Whittaker (Valene Kane), a British journalist working on an exposé about the growing trend of Western women traveling to Syria to join up with ISIS. Sparked by a recent incident in which a young, blonde English teen went from playing guitar in YouTube videos to journeying to the Middle East to marry a jihadist, Amy

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May 14, 2021

How Barry Jenkins' ‘The Underground Railroad' Avoids the Trauma Porn of Slavery Movies Past
via Amazon StudiosFollowing the critical success of Moonlight, it's hard to believe that any Barry Jenkins project would be met with trepidation by the public. But in the almost five years leading up to the Oscar-winning filmmaker's television adaptation of Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad, the announcement that yet another story set during slavery and inevitably portraying Black pain and trauma would soon be put out into the world prompted some negative sentiments online.

Conversely, social media users familiar with Jenkins' filmography met the news of the limited series and its trailer mostly with excitement. But even the director and screenwriter, who's known for his tender, nuanced portraits of Black life, reconsidered his involvement with the series at one point, according to a recent profile by The New York Times, noting the complications of depicting racial violence when these images—fictional and real—are nearly inescapable and offer little service to the Black people forced to encounter them.

But if any A-list director working today knows how to strike an ideal balance of the beautiful and the grotesque, honest, unflinching brutality countered by flickers of hope and underlying resilience, it's Jenkins.



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May 14, 2021

This Travel Face Mask Kept Me Safe and Comfortable on Amtrak
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AwayScouting Report: This face mask is comfortable enough to be worn on cross-country flights, and adjusts to fit my face perfectly.

With traveling becoming more and more of a thing, I'm getting ready for my next big trip. One thing that will definitely be coming along is—you guessed it—a face mask. But which one? Recently, I had the chance to try Away's face mask (you know, the luggage company), and after one train ride to Philly and back, I'm pretty convinced that this will be the mask I bring on my next excursion.

I'll put it this way, Away's face mask feels like a luxury eye mask that you might wear while in First Class, just a little lower on your face. The mask is made from a Nylon and Elastane blend that is silky smooth and breathable. It has an antimicrobial finish to keep germs at bay, too. The ear loops are adjustable so it's easy to exact a perfect fit, and there is even an optional back of head strap — this is a great option for longer adventures to relieve ear tension. Especially b

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May 14, 2021

It's Time to Ditch COVID-19 Temperature Checks
GettyDespite rolling back key guidance on coronavirus safety measures like face masks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends businesses and employers consider daily symptom and temperature checks. Since COVID-19 is far from over in the United States, we must make better-informed decisions about what type of prevention practices work.

And it's time to remove practices—like checking temperatures and symptoms—that do not work.

Why was fever screening implemented? Earlier in the pandemic, when the spread of COVID was not as well understood and highly accurate tests were not as readily available, it was thought that fever was a telling symptom of COVID-19. However, we now know that people can have COVID-19 with many different symptoms—or with a complete lack thereof.

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May 14, 2021

Is Below Deck Sailing Yacht's Captain Glenn Shephard the Nicest Guy on Reality TV?
Laurent Basset/BravoThe boat, as Below Deck Sailing Yacht fans know, has finally hit the dock.

All season long, show trailers have built up to the moment, and the crunch of the good ship Parsifal against smashing, displaced stone. The much-hyped collision happened at the end of Monday night's episode ("Crash Boom Bang!") of the Bravo reality show, now 11 episodes into its second season and a spinoff of the incredibly popular Downton Abbey-at-sea Below Deck franchise in which the stars are not the rich guests on board, but the telegenic, horny crew serving them in between hookups and fights.

The surprising thing is not the crash—it looks expensive, rather than life-threatening—but the loss of cool of Captain Glenn Shephard, the only adult on board the vessel of hard-working, hard-drinking, bed-hopping young crew. "Captain Glenn"— all the Below Deck captains are known with the C-descriptor, "Captain Sandy," "Captain Lee"—is a rare character not just in the seven-year-old, now multi-tentacled franchise, but in reality TV itself.

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May 14, 2021

Is Glenn Shephard, the ‘Below Deck Sailing Yacht' Captain, the Nicest Guy on Reality TV?
Laurent Basset/BravoThe boat, as Below Deck Sailing Yacht fans know, has finally hit the dock.

All season long, show trailers have built up to the moment, and the crunch of the good ship Parsifal against smashing, displaced stone. The much-hyped collision happened at the end of Monday night's episode ("Crash Boom Bang!") of the Bravo reality show, now 11 episodes into its second season and a spinoff of the incredibly popular Downton Abbey-at-sea Below Deck franchise in which the stars are not the rich guests on board, but the telegenic, horny crew serving them in between hookups and fights.

The surprising thing is not the crash—it looks expensive, rather than life-threatening—but the loss of cool of Captain Glenn Shephard, the only adult on board the vessel of hard-working, hard-drinking, bed-hopping young crew. "Captain Glenn"— all the Below Deck captains are known with the C-descriptor, "Captain Sandy," "Captain Lee"—is a rare character not just in the seven-year-old, now multi-tentacled franchise, but in reality TV itself.

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May 14, 2021

How Bibi Empowered the Supremacist Movement Fueling This Conflict
Menahem Kahana/GettyIn one of his final acts, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's multi-pronged efforts to remain in power laid the groundwork for the unprecedented burst of violence terrorizing Israeli streets—and helped to ignite the flames that have engulfed the lives of Jews and Arabs in the Holy Land alike.

Now, 71-year-old Netanyahu is poised to take advantage of the chaos to push Israel into a fifth consecutive electoral campaign, which would keep him in power as caretaker prime minister for up to six months.

Israeli-Palestinian tensions long predate Netanyahu, but "his actions have exacerbated them," Shalom Lipner, a fellow at the Atlantic Council and 26-year veteran analyst in the Israeli prime minister's office, told The Daily Beast.

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May 14, 2021

Bidenomics Looks Like a Ticking Time Bomb for Democrats (and the Economy)
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyEver since Joe Biden floated his $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill, worrywarts like yours truly have been warning about the possibility of inflation.

In case you weren't alive in the 1970s, inflation erodes the value of money. Simply put, your paycheck is worth less today than it was last week or last month. This demoralizing and frustrating decline in purchasing power can have the psychological effect of causing consumers to spend money quickly, for fear that prices will rise. There is also increased pressure on welfare and wages to keep pace with the rising cost of living. Once this cycle gets going, it's hard to unwind. After the 1970s, this became a much-feared cautionary tale, but since it hasn't been a big problem for four decades, there's a sense that such concerns are overblown now that the internet, automation, the rise of income inequality, international trade, and a global market have somehow rendered it anachronistic—or that the Federal Reserve can quickly control inflation by hiking interest rates, with no discernible downside.

Here's hoping inflation is no longer a threat, since if the old rules still apply there's a real chance we're overheating now.

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May 14, 2021

Indian Generals Blast Government for Withholding Life-Saving Army Aid From Its Own People
Samuel Rajkumar/ReutersNEW DELHI—With India ravaged by an unprecedented second wave of the COVID-19 virus—and its health-care system on its knees—some public health and former military officials are voicing outrage over the government's apparent refusal to use the full force of the army to assist with the crisis.

"The army is not being utilized to the fullest extent," even though it has "tremendous capacities" to ease the current disaster, Deependra Singh Hooda, former chief of the Indian army's strategic northern command, told The Daily Beast.

For weeks experts have been pleading with the government, urging it to rope in the military to help with a health crisis never before seen in India's modern history.

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May 14, 2021

Chris Martin Reveals How Coldplay Made ‘Yellow' on a Farm
Abramorama"The studio definitely has the most unusual of stories," explains director Hannah Berryman. "Started by two farmers who wanted to record themselves and other locals, it grew and grew, animals getting kicked out of barns to make way for the musicians…"

Berryman is describing Rockfield, a series of converted farmhouses deep in the Welsh countryside that holds the distinction of being the world's first independent residential recording studio. A number of celebrated bands, from Black Sabbath and Oasis to Robert Plant and Queen, have recorded at Rockfield (you probably spotted it in the film Bohemian Rhapsody, as it's where Freddie Mercury and the gang recorded that legendary tune). And the studio is the subject of Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm, a new feature documentary by Berryman that's releasing online May 14.

Another band that touched Rockfield is the chart-topping rock group Coldplay, the U.K. act comprised of Chris Martin, Will Champion, Jonny Buckland, and Guy Berryman. After meeting at University College London, releasing their EP Safety, and inking a five-album deal with Parlophone, the fellas wrote and recorded portions of their debut album Parachutes at Rockfield.

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May 14, 2021

Trump Wrongly Jailed Him for Murder. Biden's Still Holding Him
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos U.S. Department of Justice / GettyOn Thursday morning, Omar Ameen appeared, clad in a red jumpsuit and via remote video, in an initial removal hearing to confront some of the most serious charges that a potential deportee can face. The Department of Homeland Security contends that Ameen, an Uber driver and father of four, is in fact a leading member of a feared ISIS hit squad, and that he murdered a police officer in his native Iraq before lying on his refugee application about his terrorist connections in an elaborate plot to gain admission into the United States.

The fact that each of those accusations was obliterated in federal court just last month is, to the Department of Homeland Security at least, of little consequence.

Ameen's hearing, conducted remotely, is the latest installment in a three-year saga of a man who sought freedom and safety in the West, only to become the victim of what his legal team calls an attempted frame job by a crooked Iraqi militia leader with an ancestral grudge and financial incentive to lie—and of the Trump administration's fervent desire to justify ending the nation's refugee program for good.

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May 14, 2021

Trump Wrongly Jailed Him for Murder. Biden's Still Holding Him.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos U.S. Department of Justice / GettyOn Thursday morning, Omar Ameen appeared, clad in a red jumpsuit and via remote video, in an initial removal hearing to confront some of the most serious charges that a potential deportee can face. The Department of Homeland Security contends that Ameen, an Uber driver and father of four, is in fact a leading member of a feared ISIS hit squad, and that he murdered a police officer in his native Iraq before lying on his refugee application about his terrorist connections in an elaborate plot to gain admission into the United States.

The fact that each of those accusations was obliterated in federal court just last month is, to the Department of Homeland Security at least, of little consequence.

Ameen's hearing, conducted remotely, is the latest installment in a three-year saga of a man who sought freedom and safety in the West, only to become the victim of what his legal team calls an attempted frame job by a crooked Iraqi militia leader with an ancestral grudge and financial incentive to lie—and of the Trump administration's fervent desire to justify ending the nation's refugee program for good.

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May 14, 2021

Chris Rock and Jimmy Kimmel Roast the Humorless 2021 Oscars
ABCComedian Chris Rock on Thursday seemed glad to have not taken part in last month's Academy Awards ceremony, which for the third straight year took place without a host.

Rock, who hosted the event in 2005 and again in 2016, had also told some jokes at last year's ceremony alongside Steve Martin.

The most recent iteration of movies' biggest night featured no comedians, however, but rather a cast of presenters who were mostly actors and actresses.

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May 13, 2021

I'm a Pediatrician and Can't Wait to Throw Out My Mask. But Here's Why I'm Concerned.
GettyLike everyone who has taken the pandemic seriously and upended their lives to keep themselves from getting or spreading COVID-19, I am extremely excited to be able to put my life back together again.

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new, and much more liberated, set of guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID. Everyone who is two weeks past their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson one, can return to both indoor and outdoor activities in most settings. This is wonderful, and very welcome news, though I've gotten used to lip syncing to Dua Lipa while doing my grocery shopping, and will probably just keep doing it even if everyone will be able to see me now.

Since I'm a pediatrician, my work life will still be masked for now, given that health-care settings are one of the exceptions to lifting masks for vaccinated people. One of these days, I hope I'll be able to let my patients see me smiling at them again. But I'm happy to do everything I can to make sure those patients are safe.

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May 13, 2021

Liz Cheney Calls Out Fox News on Fox News: You Have ‘Obligation' to Say ‘Election Wasn't Stolen'
Fox NewsA day after Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was booted from Republican leadership for pushing back against the "Big Lie," she appeared on Fox News and explicitly said the network had an "obligation" to tell its viewers that the "election wasn't stolen."

Following months of Cheney's criticism of former President Donald Trump's repeated lies about the 2020 election, House Republicans voted on Wednesday to remove her as conference chair. The Wyoming congresswoman has remained defiant, however, driving home the message that the Republican Party needs to be "based on truth" and should pull itself away from the embrace of Trump, who will "drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy."

During her Thursday evening appearance on Fox News' Special Report, Cheney took the opportunity not only to question her party's relationship with the truth but also to demand that Fox News do its part to clearly inform its viewers that Joe Biden is the legitimately elected president.

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May 13, 2021

Israel Begins Military Ground Offensive Against Hamas in Gaza
Reuters/Ibraheem Abu MustafaThe Israeli military says it has launched ground operations against Hamas in Gaza, a major escalation of the conflict that is likely to leave many more dead.

Both side have conducted increasing amounts of aerial warfare against one another in recent days, with Hamas firing more than 1,500 rockets at Israel and Israel leveling airstrikes against Hamas, including several Thursday. Israel claims to have killed more than 30 Hamas militants and struck more than 600 targets. Palestinian officials say more than 100 people have been killed in Gaza, including 27 children.

Amid the fighting, mobs have also taken to the streets in Israeli cities in localized bouts of violence that authorities are still struggling to contain.

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May 13, 2021

Gaza Residents ‘Running From Their Homes' as Israeli Ground Forces Join Offensive
Reuters/Ibraheem Abu MustafaThe Israeli military says its ground forces have joined the offensive against Hamas in Gaza, a major escalation of the conflict that is likely to leave many more dead.

On a day that was meant to begin with morning prayers for the religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr, Gaza residents instead found themselves forced to listen to the sounds of air and artillery strikes and the screams of people discovering their loved ones were killed in the crossfire.

"The sounds of the explosions are tremendous," said Rushdi Abu Alouf, a 42-year-old reporter in Gaza. "People are running from their homes."

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