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Jan 01, 2050

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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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Apr 22, 2024

Rebel Wilson's Sacha Baron Cohen Chapter Redacted in U.K.
Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty Images/Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for CAARebel Wilson's memoir Rebel Rising has hit some legal snags in its journey to United Kingdom and her native Australian bookshelves, and now that the book has finally been released in the U.K. (the Australian release has been delayed until August 2024, according to the publisher's website), the Sacha Baron Cohen chapter looks a lot different from the one released in the U.S.

The book has been published in the UK with Wilson's claims against Baron Cohen—namely, that he'd asked her to perform a sexual act on him in front of other crew members on set of their film Grimsby—covered by black bars, The Daily Beast has confirmed. Getty photos of the book show the pages of the book with Wilson's Baron Cohen claims unreadable. According to U.K. paper The Telegraph, the redaction was the work of Baron Cohen's attorneys.

Reps for Cohen previously told The Daily Beast that Wilson's claims were "demonstrably false,

The Daily Beast
Apr 22, 2024

If You Yell at Alexa, Taylor Swift Will Explain Her ‘Tortured Poets' Songs
ANTONIN UTZIn case you haven't noticed, Taylor Swift dropped a new album last week—a somewhat meandering yet genuinely surprising double album, in fact; called The Tortured Poets Department. The first half of the album leaked on the internet before it could be officially released, a near-unprecedented breach in the Swift canon.

Although Swift needs no help from conventional modes of promotion at this point, fans noticed over the weekend that Swift had enlisted the aid of big tech to disseminate her new tunes. Specifically, if you yell at your Amazon Alexa about Swift-related things, Swift herself will answer.

According to Variety, if you tell your Alexa, cloyingly, "I'm a member of the tortured poets department," Swift will reveal the inspiration behind the tracks "Fortnight," "Clara Bow," "Florida!!!," "Who's Afraid of Little Old Me?" and "My Boy Only Breaks His Favorit

The Daily Beast
Apr 22, 2024

NYU, Michigan Launch Gaza Encampments as Yale Protesters Are Arrested
Amanda YenStudents at New York University joined a rapidly expanding pro-Palestine protest movement on Monday morning, pitching tents, waving flags, and raising megaphones as they launched their "Gaza Solidarity Encampment" to protest U.S. aid to Israel.

"As of 6 am this morning, NYU students have occupied the Gould Plaza, launching our chapter of the Gaza Solidarity Encampment," an Instagram post by NYU's Palestine Solidarity Coalition announced.

"Standing in solidarity with Palestinians facing 75 years of occupation and 198 days of the ongoing genocide, we at NYU refuse to remain complicit."

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The Daily Beast
Apr 22, 2024

Snoozy Trump Wakes Up as Prosecutor Calls Him a Liar
Victor J. Blue/ReutersOpening statements had not yet begun on Monday when former President Donald Trump dozed off for the first time.

He quickly opened his eyes when defense attorney Todd Blanche slid him a note, as prosecutors prepared to kick off opening arguments in the historic trial, which hinges on accusations that the former president falsified business records over a $130,000 hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels in an effort to keep her quiet as the 2016 presidential election loomed.

The trial marks the first-ever criminal proceedings against a former commander-in-chief, who faces four years behind bars, if convicted.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 22, 2024

TikTok Star and ‘Club Rat' Creator Eva Evans Dies at 29
Eva Evans/InstagramTikTok star Eva Evans, who shared her fabulous life in New York City with hundreds of thousands of followers and created the Amazon series Club Rat, has died at the age of 29, her sister revealed on Instagram.

"please share this post so that it reaches everyone it needs to," Lila said in the Sunday post. "yesterday my family received news that our sweet, fabulous, creative, caring, hilarious Eva, my beautiful sister, has died. after 24 hours, i still find myself in a constant cycle of denial and acceptance, so i know how unbelievable and hard to process this news will be."

"we will be holding a celebration of Eva this coming Tuesday, 4/23, in the evening in lower Manhattan," Lila's post continued. "i wish i had Eva here now to refer to because she would have better words and know how to say what i don't."

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Apr 22, 2024

BBC Star Embroiled in Alleged Sex Pics Scandal Resigns
Chris Jackson/ReutersHuw Edwards, the veteran BBC host suspended amid allegations that he'd paid a teenager for sexually explicit images, has resigned, the broadcaster said Monday.

Edwards has been off air since July in the wake of the bombshell reports which, at first, did not name him as the host at the heart of claims being made against a well-known employee of the national broadcaster. After days of frenzied speculation in Britain, Edwards' wife revealed that her husband—the man the BBC chose to front major national events including the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II—was the person about whom the allegations had been made.

"Huw Edwards has today resigned and left the BBC," a BBC spokesman said Monday. "After 40 years of service, Huw has explained that his decision was made on the basis of medical advice from his doctors." The spokesperson said the BBC had accepted Edwards' resignation "which it believes will allow all parties to move forward."

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Apr 22, 2024

First Senior Israeli Official Resigns Over Oct. 7 Attack Failings
Hannah McKay/ReutersThe head of Israel's military intelligence stepped down on Monday in connection with Hamas' Oct. 7 attacks, the first resignation of a senior Israeli official over the failure to prevent the deadliest terror attack in the country's history.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva would be relieved of his duties and retire once a successor has been appointed. "The intelligence directorate under my command did not live up to the task we were entrusted with," Haliva wrote in a resignation letter.

Haliva publicly said soon after the rampage that he was partly responsible for failing to thwart the attacks. Hamas militants killed 1,200 people—most of whom were civilians—during the assault, while around 250 more were abducted and taken as hostages in Gaza, according to Israeli figures.

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Apr 22, 2024

Australian Government Attacks ‘Egotistical' Musk Over Livestreamed Stabbing Posts
Guglielmo Mangiapane/ReutersAustralian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Monday said he found it "extraordinary" that Elon Musk's X would choose to legally challenge an order to remove certain posts related to a bishop being stabbed on a church livestream.

Videos of the attack on Mar Mari Emmanuel at the Assyrian Christ the Good Shepherd church in Sydney spread rapidly online following the incident. Australia's eSafety commissioner issued orders to X—formerly known as Twitter—and Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, to remove posts including graphic footage of the attack.

While Meta complied with the order, X objected, saying on Friday that some of the posts that were ordered to be removed "publicly commented on the recent attack" but "did not violate X's rules on violent speech." The company also said it did not believe the order fell within the scope of Australian law and that the commissioner "does not have the authority to dictate what content X's users can see globally."

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The Daily Beast
Apr 22, 2024

Even Meghan's Dog Has Been Roped into Selling Jam
Abigail Spencer / InstagramIt's all hands to the pumps at Meghan Markle's Montecito mansion when it comes to promoting her new jam.

The latest recruit to the American Riviera Orchard publicity train? Her rescue dog, Mamma Mia.

Mamma Mia—a Beagle who was rescued from an animal testing facility with eight pups—was adopted by Meghan and her husband Prince Harry in 2022, joining their other rescue dog, Guy.

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Apr 22, 2024

Comedian Defends Decision to Boot Breastfeeding Mom and Baby From Show
James D. Morgan/GettyComedian Arj Barker released a statement Monday defending his decision to ask a breastfeeding mother to leave his show in Australia over the weekend due to her baby allegedly disrupting the performance.

The American comic was on stage at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne on Saturday night as part of the city's international comedy festival when he asked the mother, Trish Faranda, and her 7-month-old daughter, Clara, to leave. Around 10 others also walked out of the show in solidarity, Faranda told The Age.

Faranda says her baby was giggling and gurgling occasionally during the show and that she began breastfeeding when Clara started to "whinge." It was then, she claims, that Barker stood in front of her and speaking on the microphone "was basically saying that I was interrupting his rhythm and I should leave," she told The Age. "Then he turned to the crowd to get support from them to say, ‘Get out.'"

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The Daily Beast
Apr 22, 2024

Trump's a Fraud When It Comes to Law and Order and ‘Backing the Blue'
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyDonald Trump likes to project himself on the campaign trail as a tough, "law and order" president who always "backs the blue."

At nearly every campaign stop, his advance team arranges for law enforcement photo ops, and a central part of his campaign message is that he wants the law strictly enforced and is always on the side of the police.

After NYPD officer Jonathan Diller was shot and killed in the line of duty last month, Trump scrambled a flight from Florida up to New York City to attend the slain officer's memorial service. His campaign arranged for Diller's family to pose for pictures with the ex-president, while Trump complained that violence against police officers is "happening all too often and we're just not going to let it happen."

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The Daily Beast
Apr 22, 2024

Russian Who Bankrolled Trump's Truth Social Set Up Dodgy Sex Pill Sites
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyThe Russian who loaned Donald Trump's social media platform Truth Social $8 million previously set up websites selling dodgy sex pills, according to records seen by The Daily Beast.

The flagship product sold by these sites, Vimax—which promises longer sex and a firmer erection—has prompted warnings from health regulators in the U.S. for containing hidden ingredients that may endanger health. The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers not to buy the supposedly natural male enhancement supplements, and told anyone who had bought the tablets to throw them out.

The sites where the pills were sold included vimaxtrialoffer.com which was registered in the name of Anton Postolnikov, 40, according to public domain ownership records. The Gmail account used to set that up was also used for vimax-detox-trial.com and vimax-trials.com. For communications regarding the pills, a series of email addresses @vimaxgroup.com were also set up and registered in Postolnikov's name.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 22, 2024

Trump's Big Complaint About His Criminal Trial: He's Cold
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyDonald Trump is on trial for his freedom, staring down the potential of years in jail, and he's got one big complaint about how it's going thus far: He's cold.

"I'm sitting here from morning 'til night in that freezing room. Freezing. Everybody was freezing in there," the former president said after exiting the courtroom Thursday.

Trump's attorney has pleaded with New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan to turn up the heat to no avail, with the judge explaining that the old courthouse can't control the temperature with exactitude, forcing them to either brave a mildly chilly courtroom or a sweltering one.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 22, 2024

Why Conan O'Brien—And Every Other Late-Night Host—Will Never Really Retire
Courtesy of Conaco / MaxEvery American late-night TV host has striven to follow Johnny Carson's path to success both in status and in ratings, but not a single one of them has managed to stick the landing quite like Carson.

Carson famously retired from The Tonight Show in 1992 and—despite living another 13 years—never looked back at the TV cameras. Neither Jay Leno nor David Letterman, nor any of their successors or competitors, can say the same.

And the opening sequence of the recently released Conan O'Brien Must Go even mocks its host for it.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 22, 2024

Dems Are Counting on Abortion Literally Being on the Ballot
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastBefore the Arizona Supreme Court ruled last week to let the state's Civil War-era abortion ban stand, the campaign to put abortion rights directly on the state's ballot this November was coasting along.

But with a stroke of a pen, the court enacted what could be the harshest abortion ban in the country—and also unleashed a tsunami of energy behind a ballot initiative that could reverse that ban by allowing Arizonans to vote to secure the right to abortion in the state constitution.

It also could sway a Senate election and be decisive in the presidential contest.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 22, 2024

Taylor Swift's Cringe Charlie Puth Lyric Actually Makes a Lot of Sense
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyDo you know the lyric? The lyric heard round the world? You'll find it on the title track of Taylor Swift's new album, The Tortured Poets Department: "You smoked then ate seven bars of chocolate/ We declared Charlie Puth should be a bigger artist," Swift croons on the second track. It's kind of a backhanded compliment: "We like you, Charlie, but those Grammy nominations and multi-platinum singles aren't really all that great."

Fans and haters of Swift alike have joined in harmony to ask: Where did this Charlie Puth infatuation come from? My follow-up question, of course: Does Swift know the phrase "I'm hungies?" Let's hope Travis Kelce doesn't get his hands on that one; seems like a phrase he'd quickly become a fan of.

The answer is that, the closer you look at Swift's interactions with Puth online over the years, the more obvious this connection should've been to the Swifties. In fact, it's perhaps a little shocking Puth himself doesn't cameo on "The Tortured Poets Department," harmonizing with Swift on the line following

The Daily Beast
Apr 22, 2024

Angus Cloud's Scene-Stealing Final Performance in ‘Abigail' Is a Must-See
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/UniversalIt might be hard to imagine how any human character could steal the show in a movie all about a 12-year-old vampire-ballerina, but in the deliciously absurd horror movie Abigail, Angus Cloud does just that—even despite limited screen time.

(Warning: Spoilers for Abigail below.)

Before Cloud's tragic death by accidental drug overdose last summer, the ascendant actor had made a name for himself playing the soulful, empathetic drug dealer Fezco on Euphoria. In Abigail, which marks one of Cloud's last projects, he gets to flex a more comedic muscle as "Dean"—a getaway driver who might like drinking just a little too much. From his naturalistic stage presence to his impeccable comedic timing, Cloud makes a meal of this role, even if his character exits way too soon.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 22, 2024

John Oliver Uncovers the Totally Rational Explanations for UFOs
HBOOrdinary Americans, military pilots, and even former President Jimmy Carter have claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects in the sky over the past 77 years, and on Sunday night, John Oliver said "it's both promising and long overdue" to see the U.S. government taking the issue of UFOs more seriously.

On this week's episode of Last Week Tonight, Oliver brought viewers up to speed on America's UFO obsession since the first public reports in 1947, alleging how both government officials and mainstream media either deceived or dismissed virtually all eyewitness testimonials.

"From the very beginning of our modern obsession with UFOs, there's been a belief that our government is keeping something from us, and that mistrust has been well-earned," Oliver said.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 22, 2024

Europe Is the Fastest-Warming Continent in the World, New Report Reveals
Michael Hubrich via Getty ImagesA new report urges Europe to invest in more renewable energy after it was reveled the be the fastest-warming continent—heating up at approximately twice the global average.

According to the joint report by the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization and the European Union's climate agency, Copernicus, Europe has seen a rise in renewable resources in 12 months-up to 43% in 2023 in comparison to 36% in 2022. More renewable energy has been generated than from fossil fuels in Europe for the second consecutive year.

But not all of the news is so good. 2023 was the second-warmest year on record for Europe, at 1.02-1.12°C above average, according to the report. Meanwhile, Europe has recorded the three warmest years on record since 2020, and the ten warmest since 2007. Temperatures in Europe were also above average for 11 months of the year, with September the warmest on record.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

Man Broke Into LA Mayor's House While She Was There, Cops Say
Reuters/Mike BlakeAuthorities said Sunday that a suspect was arrested after smashing a window and entering the home of Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass earlier in the day.

Police said the scary ordeal unfolded while Bass and her family were inside the Getty House, the mayor's official residence, but few other details about the incident have been released.

A spokesperson for Bass' office told multiple media outlets, including CNN, that nobody in the mayor's family was injured. Sources told the network that the process of booking the suspect was still ongoing Sunday evening.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

Meg Bennett, Famed Soap Opera Actress of "The Young and the Restless,' Dies at 75
Getty via CBS Photo ArchiveThe soap opera star Meg Bennett, who made her mark equally as much as a writer as she did playing Julia Martin on CBS' The Young and the Restless, died from cancer this month at 75, her family revealed in an obituary.

Bennett, a southern California native, got her start in acting in 1975 on the Search For Tomorrow, which catapulted her into a decades-long career as one of the biggest names in daytime TV.

Her next role came on The Young and the Restless, where she made appearances in four different decades on the long-running show, and was also the show's head writer for a period in the 1980s.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

Meg Bennett, Famed Soap Opera Actress of ‘The Young and the Restless,' Dies at 75
Getty via CBS Photo ArchiveThe soap opera star Meg Bennett, who made her mark equally as much as a writer as she did playing Julia Martin on CBS' The Young and the Restless, died from cancer this month at 75, her family revealed in an obituary.

Bennett, a southern California native, got her start in acting in 1975 on the Search For Tomorrow, which catapulted her into a decades-long career as one of the biggest names in daytime TV.

Her next role came on The Young and the Restless, where she made appearances in four different decades on the long-running show, and was also the show's head writer for a period in the 1980s.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

White House Blasts ‘Antisemitic' and ‘Dangerous' College Protests
Elizabeth Frantz/ReutersThe White House on Sunday addressed the growing chaos surrounding dueling pro-Israel and pro-Palestine demonstrations at colleges across the U.S.-including Columbia University-with a spokesperson saying calls of violence against Jewish students is "blatantly antisemitic, unconscionable, and dangerous."

That statement, shared with The Daily Beast by White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates, emphasized that every American has the right to peacefully protest, but has no right to call for "violence and physical intimidation targeting Jewish students."

Those actions, Bates added, have "absolutely no place on any college campus, or anywhere in the United States of America."

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

‘The Jinx' Director Andrew Jarecki Tells All on Robert Durst's Downfall
Courtesy of HBONine years after it concluded with the most shocking confession in true-crime history, The Jinx has returned to HBO with additional jaw-dropping details, theories, and surprises about the late, murderous real estate heir Robert Durst.

Director Andrew Jarecki's legendary docuseries doesn't miss a beat with The Jinx—Part Two, digging into Durst's plans to flee the country, his arrest on the eve of the show's 2015 finale, and his trial in Los Angeles for the 2000 murder of his best friend Susan Berman—a crime that came on the heels of his acquittal for the slaying (and subsequent dismemberment) of his Galveston, Texas neighbor Morris Black, and which was intimately related to the 1982 disappearance of his first wife Kathie. Featuring an expanded cast of unbelievable characters, it's a riveting follow-up that enhances the legacy of Jarecki's non-fiction all-timer.

Whether another bombshell is lying in wait in The Jinx—Part Two is, for now, anyone's guess. Yet the sequel is nothing if not endlessly intriguing, courtesy of its access to Durst's prison phone calls as well as its interviews with a variety of his closest confidants and prosecutor John Lewin, who was tasked with convicting Durst of first-degree homicide. Jarecki remains the finest director in the docuseries field, laying out his case with a canny patience and attention to detail that amplifies his material's suspense—an amazing feat considering that the fate of Durst (

The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

‘The Jinx' Team Sat on Robert Durst Confession for 26 Months
Courtesy of HBONine years after it concluded with the most shocking confession in true-crime history, The Jinx has returned to HBO with additional jaw-dropping details, theories, and surprises about the late, murderous real estate heir Robert Durst.

Director Andrew Jarecki's legendary docuseries doesn't miss a beat with The Jinx—Part Two, digging into Durst's plans to flee the country, his arrest on the eve of the show's 2015 finale, and his trial in Los Angeles for the 2000 murder of his best friend Susan Berman—a crime that came on the heels of his acquittal for the slaying (and subsequent dismemberment) of his Galveston, Texas, neighbor Morris Black, and which was intimately related to the 1982 disappearance of his first wife Kathie. Featuring an expanded cast of unbelievable characters, it's a riveting follow-up that enhances the legacy of Jarecki's nonfiction all-timer.

Whether another bombshell is lying in wait in The Jinx—Part Two is, for now, anyone's guess. Yet the sequel is nothing if not endlessly intriguing, courtesy of its access to Durst's prison phone calls as well as its interviews with a variety of his closest confidants and prosecutor John Lewin, who was tasked with convicting Durst of first-degree homicide. Jarecki remains the finest director in the docuseries field, laying out his case with a canny patience and attention to detail that amplifies his material's suspense—an amazing feat considering that the fate of Durst (

The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

‘The Sympathizer' Has a Raw Squid Fetish and Is Proud of It
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyThe Sympathizer has touched down in America. Following the end of last week's premiere episode, Captain (Hoa Xunde) is now Stateside, having barely made it onto the airplane out of Vietnam as Saigon fell.

In a tense opening scene, we cut between that moment right before the plane left and Captain's first days in America. Captain coasts around the panhandle of Texas in a convertible, an easy, breezy life in comparison to the one he had just a few months ago. Did Bon (Fred Nguyen Khan) ever make it on that plane? As Captain roars down the highway, we watch Bon sprinting down the tarmac, trying to make the plane with the corpses of his wife and child in his arms.

Right as the plane leaves the ground, Bon hops aboard. We cut to the American scenery, where a now open convertible reveals Bon sleeping in the backseat. It's a thrilling, fast scene, cut brilliantly between the two moments in time.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

Michael Douglas, 79, Has a Few Things to Say About Biden's Age
CNNMichael Douglas says he believes President Joe Biden is still "sharp as a tack"—while adding a dig at former President Donald Trump—as concerns about the pair's readiness to tackle another four-year presidency continue to swirl.

Appearing on CNN on Sunday to promote his new series, Franklin, in which Douglas plays Benjamin Franklin during one of the "great moments of diplomacy in history," according to anchor Fareed Zakaria, the 79-year-old weighed in on the current state of modern politics.

When asked if he would ever run for the presidency, Douglas scoffed, adding he had already played that role (in the 1995 Aaron Sorkin-directed movie, The American President.) When quizzed on his thoughts about Biden's age-Biden is 81, compared to Douglas at 79-Douglas hit back at suggestions the president wasn't up for the job.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

Eddie Redmayne Excels as the Emcee in a Boozy Broadway ‘Cabaret'
Marc BrennerThe producers of the new Broadway production of John Kander and Fred Ebb's sharp, dark wonderland of a musical Cabaret (August Wilson Theatre) appear certain that audiences will lap up the sumptuously immersive production they have created. Tickets are currently listed for sale through March 29, 2025. The critically acclaimed West End production from whence it spawned is still going strong in London.

The seduction begins outside on the street; the marquee of the venue announces the takeover ("Kit Kat Club at the August Wilson Theatre"), and as soon as you enter—obscuring sticker placed over your phone camera, which, let's face it, isn't as prohibitive to snapping away as a lockable pouch—you enter a fully realized Kit Kat world.

The theater has been (surely extremely expensively) retrofitted in its main areas into a club-meets-bar. Special cocktails and food are available; there are—as you will find on the website—further fancy drinks and food deals. For those with deep enough pockets, this is intended not just as a night out at the theater, but a full-on night out, with the producers determined you part with far more dollars than would cover a packet of Twizzlers or a gin and tonic.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

The Threat of Nuclear Terror Looms Over Ukraine
Tom Mutch/The Daily BeastCHERNOBYL, UKRAINE—Nuclear terror has been the nightmare scenario ever since the Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plants got caught up in Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The U.N. nuclear watchdog convened a meeting of Russian and Ukrainian officials last week to plead for sanity to prevail after drones struck Zaporizhzhia—Europe's biggest nuclear power plant.

While missiles, mines, drones and gunfire continue to be deployed around nuclear plants, the risk of an accident is sky high.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

Terry Anderson, AP Journalist Held Hostage for Six Years in Lebanon, Dies at 76
ReutersThe American journalist Terry Anderson, who was abducted by Islamic militants in 1985 and spent six years as a hostage in Lebanon, died Saturday, his daughter, Sulome Anderson, announced in a statement. He was 76.

Anderson's cause of death was linked to complications from a recent heart surgery, Sulome said.

"Terry was deeply committed to on-the-ground eyewitness reporting and demonstrated great bravery and resolve, both in his journalism and during his years held hostage," said Julia Pace, senior vice president and executive editor of the AP, in a statement. "We are so appreciative of the sacrifices he and his family made as the result of his work."

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

John Legend Goes Apoplectic on ‘Racist' Donald Trump
MSNBCSinger John Legend eviscerated Donald Trump in an interview with Jen Psaki on MSNBC Sunday, calling the former president a racist "in the core of his being."

Appearing on Inside with Jen Psaki to discuss his work in criminal justice reform, Legend began by talking about his personal connection to the issue, telling viewers that while growing up in Springfield, Ohio, he had an early introduction to the criminal justice system. His mother, along with other family members, he revealed, had spent time in jail.

"I know what it feels like to have a family member in jail, I know what it feels like to wonder when they're going to come home, I know what it feels like to feel that disruption and dislocation that happens to families and communities... it makes this issue very real to me," Legend said.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

Trump Trial Self-Immolator Donated Both His Kidneys, Saving Two People's Lives
Reuters/Caitlin OchsThe conspiracy-plagued man who fatally set himself on fire outside Donald Trump's trial in New York City on Friday was an organ donor who has already saved the the lives of two others, the nonprofit group LiveOn NY said Sunday.

The organ transplant nonprofit told The Daily Beast that Max Azzarello's kidneys remained healthy despite his burns and that they'd already been transplanted to a pair of Americans in need.

"Both of Mr. Azzarello's kidneys were transplanted, and he was able to save two people's lives on the national waitlist," Leonard Achan, president of LiveOnNY, said in a statement.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

GOP Lawmaker Eviscerates His Own Party on CNN: ‘Some Real Scumbags'
CNNU.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) called a faction of his Republican Party colleagues "some real scumbags" in a Sunday appearance on CNN's State of the Union, delivering a rant so "intense" it appeared to shock the show's host, Dana Bush.

The vicious words came in defense of House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), who's facing ouster threats from some of the GOP's most far-right members, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ), for successfully shepherding through a bill allocating $95 billion in military aid to support Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

He also took issue with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), whose inter-party beefs and headline-grabbing sex scandal has distracted from the chamber's day-to-day duties.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

Homeless, Zip-Tied, Hungry: Ilhan Omar's Daughter Recounts Protest Arrest
Shareif Ziyadat/Getty ImagesWhen Isra Hirsi joined several of her Barnard College and Columbia University peers in the pro-Palestinian campus protest known as the Gaza encampment, she had no idea she would end up suspended, homeless, and left without food within a matter of days.

In an interview with Teen Vogue's Lex McMenamin, the Barnard junior—who is the daughter of outspoken Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN)—recounted the violence with which the college reacted to student activism, detailing the arrest and subsequent sanctions she faced. Hirsi and two of her Barnard College classmates were the first of over 100 students to be suspended following the protest, which Columbia President Minouche Shafik authorized the NYPD to shut down.

Early Thursday morning, just over 24 hours into the encampment, Hirsi and the hundred-plus other protesters were crammed into a corrections bus and sent downtown to 1 Police Plaza, a process that took up the entire day.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

Florida Man Allegedly Opened Fire After Not Getting His Sauce at McDonalds
Pasco County Sheriff's OfficeA Florida man shot a fellow McDonald's customer this week who tried to calm him down as he threw a fit in a drive-thru window about staff forgetting his sauce, cops said.

The baffling ordeal took place Tuesday in Zephyrhills, a Tampa suburb, where cops say the 48-year-old Wesley Lee Bullock became enraged in a drive-thru window and began "screaming" at employees.

An arrest affidavit, obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, said 19-year-old Justin Garlitis was merely waiting for his food inside when Bullock pulled up and began berating employees. He stepped in to stop the alleged verbal abuse, cops said, but found himself allegedly taking the brunt of Bullock's rage.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

Melania Trump Is Now Selling $245 Mother's Day Necklaces
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/melaniatrump.comMelania Trump unveiled a $245 customizable Mother's Day necklace Sunday, exactly three weeks before the May 12 holiday—and just as the Trumps face more hefty court fees as they head into the second week of Donald's historic criminal trial.

The "Her Love & Gratitude" necklace went up for sale on the former first lady's website Sunday morning. It's a gold flower pendant with three petals and the option to engrave names, initials, or significant dates, according to the website.

"Being a mother is one of the most important roles in life. For this Mother's Day, I have designed the ‘Her Love & Gratitude' necklace to express immense gratitude and honor all mothers," Melania said in a statement reported by The Hill on Sunday.

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Apr 21, 2024

Kevin Bacon Returns to ‘Footloose' High School Prom 40 Years Later
CBS Photo Archive/Getty ImagesKevin Bacon cut loose again over the weekend, returning to the high school where he filmed the teen classic Footloose more than 40 years ago.

And it wasn't just any day that the acclaimed actor popped into Salt Lake City's Payson High—it was prom night.

"Go Lions!" the 65-year-old actor greeted the crowd. "It's been a long time—40 years—that just blows my mind, you know. Things look a little different around here. I'd say the thing that looks the most different is me."

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

Kristi Noem Says Mike Pence Has ‘Failed' Donald Trump
CNNSouth Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem continued the GOP's ostracism of former Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday after declining to say whether she would have fulfilled the vice president's constitutional role of certifying the presidential election results before Congress on Jan. 6.

"I think that he's failed President Donald Trump since that day because he certainly does not recognize that we need someone in the White House who needs him out on the trail advocating for him instead of constantly criticizing and going back and ripping him apart," Noem told CNN's State of the Union on Sunday.

Moderator Dana Bash pressed Noem, a contender for Trump's vice president slot, on whether she would've either certified the 2020 election results that day or joined fellow potential picks like Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) or Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) in a refusal to do so. Noem said she didn't know how she would have based her decisions using "the information that he had at that time."



The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

Harry and Meghan's Kids Won't Appear in Netflix Shows: Report
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be up and running with filming their new Netflix shows, but don't expect to see their kids, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, in either of them, the Sun on Sunday reports.

Meghan is making a lifestyle show, an early salvo of which came last week with the delivery of 50 pots of her American Riviera Orchard strawberry jam to selected influencers. Harry's new show will be about the sport of polo.

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Apr 21, 2024

Spice Girls Perform at Shock Reunion After Years of Feuding
InstagramLONDON—Victoria Beckham has long refused to take part in any Spice Girls reunion and shot down rumors just this month that the band would get back together for a one-off show.

But the publicity queen—who helped to transform her soccer-playing husband David into a global icon—hit upon the perfect way to win headlines for her 50th birthday party in London by joining her former bandmates on stage one last time.

It was one of the most exclusive shows of the year, with only around 40 guests reportedly invited to the black tie party at the members club Oswald's including Tom Cruise, Eva Longoria and Gordon Ramsay.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

Victoria Beckham Finally Performs With Spice Girls Again After Years of Feuding
InstagramLONDON—Victoria Beckham has long refused to take part in any Spice Girls reunion and shot down rumors just this month that the band would get back together for a one-off show.

But the publicity queen—who helped to transform her soccer-playing husband David into a global icon—hit upon the perfect way to win headlines for her 50th birthday party in London by joining her former bandmates on stage one last time.

It was one of the most exclusive shows of the year, with only around 40 guests reportedly invited to the black tie party at the members club Oswald's including Tom Cruise, Eva Longoria and Gordon Ramsay.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 21, 2024

GOP Lawmakers Oppose the Abortion Pill and ‘Plan B.' They Hardly Understand Either.
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty ImagesEver since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, abortion and women's reproductive issues have been politically painful thorns in the GOP's side.

Time and again, the issue has invigorated Democrats and independents to come out against Republicans at the polls, which has, in turn, motivated GOP operatives to stress the need to soften the anti-abortion messaging and policies that Republicans have promoted for years.

Former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has urged the party to promote birth control access. The head of the Senate GOP campaign arm, Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), pleaded with Republican candidates to explicitly embrace In Vitro Fertilization. Even former President Donald Trump—the architect of the fall of Roe—notably avoided committing to a national abortion ban just a few weeks ago.

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Apr 20, 2024

Can Donald Trump Save Speaker Mike Johnson?
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty ImagesAs Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) stared down the gravest threat yet to his reign over the House GOP, he turned to the one Republican who could potentially save him: Donald Trump.

Flanked by the former president at a Mar-a-Lago press conference on April 12, Johnson sought to send a message to his detractors—particularly Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)—that Trump stood by him.

In response, Trump tossed him a lifeline.

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Apr 20, 2024

How Anger Fueled Prince's Masterful ‘Musicology'
The Prince Estate/Afshin Shadhidi MusicologyWhen Prince released his 28th studio album, Musicology, in 2004, it was hailed as a remarkable return to form. Though he'd released a steady stream of music throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, most of those albums were deemed too conceptual or uncommercial. But Musicology—which turns 20 years old on April 20, just one day shy of the eighth anniversary of Prince's death—is perhaps the high-water mark of that period. An old-school funk record made with virtuoso musicians playing real instruments—which even at the time was a novelty—it featured heaps of what Prince was best at, including infectious, R&B-tinged pop songs, dance workouts, slow jams, and even political rants delivered with a swagger he'd not exhibited since his mid-'80s heyday.

Of course, being a genius can be a fraught road. With albums like 1999, Purple Rain, and Sign ‘O' the Times, Prince had set a bar so high that, by 2004, after more than a decade of fighting with his record label, writing "SLAVE" across his face, and changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol, many fans had moved on and were satisfied with simply revisiting his greatest hits whenever they came on the radio.

Then came Musicology. And while it wasn't Prince redefining the music landscape the way he did in the '80s, upon its release, fans reveled in its breezy confidence and in, once again, hearing every facet of his genius.

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Apr 20, 2024

Candida Royalle's Fight to Fuse Feminism and Porn Movies
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast"Each time I know I have to go on stage soon I feel like screaming and crying," Candice Vadala wrote in her journal in November 1980. It was Election Day, the dawning of what Ronald Reagan, the landslide victor in the presidential race, would later declare to be morning in America. But night still hung thick in the places where Vadala made her personal appearances, in embattled strip clubs in struggling industrial cities around the United States. The blinking lights on the marquee always used her professional name, Candida Royalle. She had chosen it six years before, in San Francisco, for her work in underground theater. She might have known, from her Catholic girlhood, that Candida—derived from the Latin candidus—meant white, pure. It meant what Candice meant, but it looked fancier, more upper-class, especially when paired with Royalle. "I thought it sounded like a rich French dessert," she later wrote.

She'd worked the live-show circuit for a year or so, on and off, gigs tucked between films and romances and writing assignments. She played Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C. She played Bridgeport, Connecticut, and New York's Times Square. The bookings lasted several days, sometimes a full week. She'd done a show in Toronto in the dead of winter, a few days before her wedding.

The contracts her agent brought her always sounded so promising, one more sign that Royalle's name was "getting big & respected," she wrote. The money seemed good: as much as $250 a night—about $750 in today's money. It was more than she made by writing an article for a men's magazine, roughly equal to her day rate for shooting a film. Sometimes, a club's owner even pai

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Apr 20, 2024

The Trumps Aren't Style Icons. That Title Belongs to This Pair
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty ImagesListen to this full episode of The New Abnormal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon and Stitcher.

MAGA figure Stephen Miller claimed this week that Donald Trump was a generation-defining fashion icon whose signature look from his days on The Apprentice set trends for years.

"The most stylish president and first lady in our lifetimes are Donald Trump and Melania Trump," Miller said on Sean Hannity's Fox News program. "Donald Trump's a style icon. He changed American fashion in The Apprentice. People spent the next 10 years trying to dress like Donald Trump. So if anybody deserves a puff piece on their sense of style, it's Donald Trump and the First Lady."

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Apr 20, 2024

‘Patriots' Star Will Keen: How I Got Vladimir Putin Ready for Broadway
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Portrait by Enrique Cidoncha/Stills by Matthew MurphyFocus on Will Keen's right hand for the duration of Peter Morgan's Broadway play, Patriots (Barrymore Theatre, booking to June 23) in which he plays Vladimir Putin, and you will notice it stays immobile—or as still as Keen can possibly make it. His Putin is so menacing the audience tangibly stills with his every icy appearance; at London's Almeida Theatre—where Keen first performed the role that he won an Olivier Award for—he was so convincing he was booed at some curtain calls.

"I have studied lots of videos of Putin, and it is actually something he does that people speculate is part of his KGB training," Keen said of the immobile hand, while sitting in his incredibly tidy dressing room one recent afternoon. "Various other ex-KGB people do the same, and it's speculated that it's for keeping their hands next to a gun or whatever weapon they may have—and need fast—in their right pocket."

Patriots, directed by Rupert Goold, follows the relationship Putin has with Boris Berezovsky (Michael Stuhlbarg, recently in the news after being attacked while out jogging), the Russian oligarch who first courted Putin when the latter was deputy mayor of St. Petersburg. In the

The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2024

Sonja Morgan's Cabaret Is the Wackiest Live Show You'll Ever See
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty ImagesAt the age of 29, few things are as soul-affirming as getting an earnest text asking if you want to see Real Housewives of New York alum Sonja Morgan's live show. Getting a request like that is up there with the significance of having an in-unit washer and dryer, your copay on a doctor's visit being less money than you anticipated, or a friend's cat taking a shine to you and only you during a dinner party. Having lived about a third (God freaking willing) of my life so far, these little moments of unexpected, boundless joy are few and far between.

And yet, that happiness hardly compares to the elation of seeing the show, aptly called "Sonja In Your City," itself. The performance—which is not really a performance so much as it is a 1920s vaudeville act directed by David Lynch and Mark Frost—combines stream-of-consciousness conversation with sexy burlesque, all while attendees get liquored up on heavily poured cocktails. The audience is as much a part of the show as Sonja is, whether they like it or not. The result is something strange and also uniquely fabulous, like watching a group of people walk up to a birch tree with a sparkly mini-dress taped to it and then clap for an hour. I remember all of it, and yet, I remember nothing. Sonja Morgan's live show is both a waste of money and the best $59 I've ever spent.

I began my trek to one of New York City's "Sonja in Your City" installments much like Sonja might: with an open container. It was Friday, Apr. 12, and I scurried into Manhattan on the C Train with two cans of Kylie Jenner's

The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2024

Drunk Driver Plows Into Kid's Birthday Party, Killing Young Brother and Sister, Police Say
WXYZ-TV Detroit / YouTube Two young children were killed in Monroe County, Michigan, on Saturday afternoon when a suspected drunk driver plowed into a child's birthday party at a local boat club, authorities say.

The 66-year-old driver, who has not been identified, was booked into police custody and faces charges of operating while intoxicated, causing death, Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough said at an evening press conference.

Goodnough appeared to struggle to keep composed as he announced the carnage found at the scene of the Swan Boat Club, "where a young child's birthday party was being held."

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Apr 20, 2024

Lauren Sa´nchez and Kellyanne Conway's Jog—Plus Other Amazon Secrets
Michael Tran/AFP via GettyFor years, Amazon has struggled to defend its corporate image, as press reports alleged that its delivery drivers peed in bottles, its warehouse workers endured crushing demands, and its aggressive tactics decimated margins for its own retail partners.

In a decidedly unauthorized depiction of the retail giant, The Everything War: Amazon's Ruthless Quest to Own the World and Remake Corporate Power, Wall Street Journal reporter Dana Mattioli examines the history of the e-commerce giant and its effect on the American economy.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos declined to speak to Mattioli, beyond some feedback he routed through Amazon's public relations team. But she says she spoke with over 600 people, just three of whom were supplied by the company for interviews. That includes 17 current or former members of the company's senior leadership team, who spoke "without the company's knowledge," and five current or former board members.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2024

Lauren Sa´nchez Asked Kellyanne Conway How to Handle Media Scrutiny
Michael Tran/AFP via GettyFor years, Amazon has struggled to defend its corporate image, as press reports alleged that its delivery drivers peed in bottles, its warehouse workers endured crushing demands, and its aggressive tactics decimated margins for its own retail partners.

In a decidedly unauthorized depiction of the retail giant, The Everything War: Amazon's Ruthless Quest to Own the World and Remake Corporate Power, Wall Street Journal reporter Dana Mattioli examines the history of the e-commerce giant and its effect on the American economy.

Amazon former CEO Jeff Bezos' rise was extensively chronicled in Bloomberg reporter Brad Stone's 2013 book The Everything Store. Bezos' life has also evolved considerably since Stone's biography came out: He stepped down as Amazon's CEO, got divorced, and joined the party circuit with his fiancée, former television reporter Lauren Sa´nchez. Mattioli wrote in her preface that she "wanted to focus on those who have been harmed by the company."

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Apr 20, 2024

There's Much More to ‘Sasquatch Sunset' Than Piss and Poop
Bleecker Street MediaSasquatch Sunset's reputation precedes it—perhaps for better and worse. Now in theaters nationwide, the unique film follows a family of Bigfoots (Bigfeet?) through one year in the wild, as they experience the triumphs and tribulations of cryptid life. It's a harrowing tale, one full of death, danger, and even sexual assault. But it also shows these grunting, furry creatures copulating, pissing, and shitting.

Early reviews out of the film's Sundance premiere in January largely referenced these raunchier elements in characterizing the film. The film was a "crowd-upsetter" that numerous people walked out of; it landed "somewhere between poignant and Sas-scatological;" its appeal is predicated on "your tolerance for slapstick humor," with the film "seemingly hung up on all manner of bodily functions." (The Daily Beast's Obsessed referred to the film as "disturbing Sundance" with its "pooping, pissing Bigfoots.") Underneath the grotesqueries, many critics noted, wa

The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2024

The Coddling of the American Parent
Getty ImagesSix years ago, NYU social psychologist and author Jonathan Haidt co-authored The Coddling of the American Mind. In the book, he and Greg Lukianoff argued that parents are doing a real disservice to their kids by overprotecting (coddling) them, rather than giving them more freedom and allowing them to make mistakes and learn.

This year, he's back with a new book, The Anxious Generation, arguing the exact opposite in the digital world: that social media and smartphones have made kids under-protected, rewiring brains and increasing teenage depression rates.

Haidt tries to address this obvious contradiction in his book with the standard cop-out of the purveyor of every modern moral panic: "This time it's different!" He provides little evidence to support that.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2024

Trump Phones in to Rally and Tells Crowd to Go Home Amid Nasty Weather: ‘Leave the Site'
Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Donald Trump canceled his North Carolina rally on Saturday at the last minute, calling up and telling the crowd through an audio message that they must "leave the site and seek shelter" due to a "pretty big storm" rolling in.

"So if you don't mind, I think we're going to have to just do a raincheck. I'm so sad, I'm in North Carolina right now and waiting to go in but they're saying the weather is really getting bad," Trump can be heard telling the crowd.

"I'm so sorry, but we'll do it again and we'll do it bigger and better," he said.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2024

Squatters Lay Claim to Gordon Ramsay's London Gastropub
Lucy North/PA Images via Getty ImagesA group of squatters have taken up residence in a London gastropub owned by Gordon Ramsay, despite receiving a court order to leave the premises.

The Sun reports that some squatters still remained in the empty pub on Saturday. "We're still here, and we're going to carry on staying here. We're going to be security for him," one person told the outlet.

On April 13, a group set up camp in York & Albany, Ramsay's $16.1 million pub, which had been temporarily closed as Ramsay prepared to sign it over to new owners.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2024

MTG Literally Curses Mike Johnson's Speakership After Ukraine Vote
Kent Nishimura/Getty Images After Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) presided over the passage of a sweeping Ukraine aid package on Saturday, there was little left for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to do but literally curse his speakership on live television.

Speaking to CNN outside the Capitol following an overwhelming bipartisan vote in favor of Ukraine aid, Greene fumed over Johnson's alleged offenses, culminating in the Ukraine vote, which she called "this bullshit in here on the House floor."

Over half the House GOP conference voted against the package, representing the most Trump-aligned members.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2024

N.J. Rabbi Who Assigned Hitmen to Kill Wife Dies in Prison
Photo by Tina Markoe Kinslow, Pool/AP PhotoThe New Jersey rabbi convicted for causing a grisly and headline-grabbing tragedy 30 years ago has died in prison.

Fred Neulander, 82, who was serving a lifetime prison sentence for hiring two hit men to murder his wife Carol in 1994, was declared deceased on Wednesday. He was found unresponsive at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his death at 82 years old was announced on Friday by the state Department of Corrections.

Neulander had led Congregation M'kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, a suburb of Philadelphia, for two decades when he plotted to murder his wife—all so he could pursue an affair with a local radio personality.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2024

N.J. Rabbi Who Hired Hit Men to Kill Wife Dies in Prison
Photo by Tina Markoe Kinslow, Pool/AP PhotoThe New Jersey rabbi convicted for causing a grisly, headline-grabbing tragedy 30 years ago has died in prison.

Fred Neulander, 82, who was serving a lifetime prison sentence for hiring two hit men to murder his wife Carol in 1994, was declared dead on Wednesday. He was found unresponsive at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his death was announced on Friday by the state Department of Corrections.

Neulander had led Congregation M'kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, a suburb of Philadelphia, for two decades when he plotted to murder his wife—all so he could pursue an affair with a local radio personality.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2024

‘Yes, I Did It': Politician Confesses to Murdering Wife on Social Media
via VK A politician in Russia's Tver region has sent shockwaves through the country after apparently confessing to murdering his wife on Saturday in a bitter post on social media.

Yevgeny Nikolsky, the chairman of the local branch of "A Just Russia—For Truth," began his post bluntly, around the same time his wife's body was found, according to local reports.

"Yes, I did it," he wrote on the VK social networking site. "I'm not going to deny it and I will accept the necessary punishment. With my head held high, because I did everything right."

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Apr 20, 2024

Ex-Senator Who Helped Clinton's Rise and Began Political Dynasty Dies at 89
Robert A. ReederOne of the titans of Arkansas politics, David Pryor, died on Saturday at the age of 89.

Pryor, a Democrat, served several terms as a congressman, two terms as Arkansas governor, and two decades as a U.S. senator before retiring from elected office in 1995.

Along the way, Pryor began a political dynasty—his son, Mark, became a U.S. senator—and was a key figure behind the rise of Bill Clinton, Arkansas' most famous son.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2024

Leave Caitlin Alone! Ex-NFL Player Targets Star Again
Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty ImagesAntonio Brown just can't stop posting about Caitlin Clark.

The WNBA's No. 1 draft pick this season, blocked Brown on X on Thursday, after he repeatedly posted creepy comments about her body. "Caitlin Clark looks like sh? k??ps it hairy," he wrote in one post, which went viral on the platform.

As an avid internet shit-stirrer, Brown shared a screenshot to X, to prove he'd been blocked. "Cracker of the day," he wrote. "Blocked by Cousin It."

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Apr 20, 2024

House Overwhelmingly Approves Billions to Support Israel
AnadoluOver six months after the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas—and as Israel continues to bombard Gaza—Congress moved forward on Saturday with a $26 billion proposal to provide security assistance to Israel and offer some humanitarian relief to Palestinians.

By an overwhelming vote of 366 lawmakers in favor and 58 against, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the so-called Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2024.

The specific bill was approved as part of a broader package providing U.S. aid to Ukraine and Taiwan, along with other national security priorities.

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Apr 20, 2024

Mike Johnson Came to Ukraine's Aid. Will Democrats Come to His?
Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty ImagesMike Johnson's speakership has been building to this make-or-break moment.

On Saturday, after months of dithering, the House finally approved aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. The aid for each of those countries—provided in different forms—passed individually, with a complex Venn diagram of lawmakers coming together on each of the bills.

But there was one constant for all the bills: Republican opposition.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2024

Tributes Flow for Popular Golf Channel Host Dead at 50
Scott Halleran/Getty ImagesGolf Channel host and former professional golfer, Stephanie Sparks, died last Saturday at the age of 50.

No information has been given about her cause of death, or where she died but Sparks most recently lived in Orlando, Florida.

Originally from West Virginia, she began her career as a golfer, and was an All-American collegiate golfer at Duke University. Sparks won many tournaments over the course of her career, beginning with the 1992 North and South Women's Amateur at the Pinehurst Golf Club. She represented the U.S. on the 1994 Curtis Cup team.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2024

TikTok Is One Step Closer to Being Sold After House Vote
SOPA ImagesA large bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Saturday for legislation forcing the Chinese company Bytedance to either sell its wildly popular TikTok social media app or see it banned in the United States.

The legislative package, which also contained provisions sanctioning Russia and Iran, was approved by a lopsided margin of 360 to 58. Of those who voted no, 33 were Democrats and 25 were Republicans.

The legislation now heads to the U.S. Senate, which gave a chilly reception to the TikTok proposal when it passed as a standalone bill last month. But because it is packaged with popular national security measures, the chamber does not seem inclined to put up a substantial fight.

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Apr 20, 2024

Musk Says Maher Hit Bullseye Comparing Nickelodeon to Neverland Ranch
HBOBill Maher has labeled kids' TV network Nickelodeon as "Neverland Ranch with craft services"—and teed off on progressives' views around gender identity and youth—earning the endorsement of none other than Elon Musk.

Maher said the documentary was "scene after scene of the child stars of their day being exposed to… degradation", adding "I was grossed out and I've gone camping with John Waters."

"Wow, Bill Maher hits the bullseye," Musk posted on his X social media platform on Friday night, after the clip from his show Real Time With Bill Maher was posted.

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Apr 20, 2024

Florida Dems Try Blunt Tactic to Achieve Fundraising High
picture allianceEven by the aggressive standards of political fundraising, the Florida Democratic Party is trying a blunt tactic.

In honor of 4/20, the unofficial stoner holiday that falls on Saturday, Florida Democrats are selling branded marijuana rolling papers on their website.

For $4.20, high-minded Democrats can purchase two sets of rolling papers emblazoned with the slogan, "I roll with Florida Dems," with the "o" in Florida replaced by a marijuana leaf.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 20, 2024

Man Who Set Himself on Fire at Trump Trial Dies
DAVID DEE DELGADOConspiracy theorist Max Azzarello, who set himself on fire across the street from former President Donald Trump's hush money trial on Friday, has died.

An NYPD spokesperson told The Daily Beast on Saturday that the 37-year-old was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in critical condition but died shortly before 11 p.m. Friday.

Police earlier said Azzarello was from St. Augustine, Florida, and did not appear to be targeting Trump or others involved in the trial.

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Apr 19, 2024

The Mystery Woman at the Heart of an Unsolved Triple Murder
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty Images; Courtesy of AuthorEighteen months before Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother carried out the Boston Marathon Bombing, Tamerlan murdered three young men in Waltham, Massachusetts on September 11, 2011. Tamerlan was a boxer, and his primary accomplice in the Waltham murders was a Chechen MMA fighter, Ibragim Todashev, he knew from the gym.

Together they pistol-whipped, hogtied, and tortured Brendan Mess, Raphael Teken, and Erik Weissman, stole their money, and slit their throats. The evidence of their involvement in this horrific, dramatic, carefully plotted crime is overwhelming.

The victims were marijuana dealers who had gathered to watch a Sunday night football game. Brendan Mess had a purple belt in jiu-jitsu, went to the same gym as Tamerlan and Ibragim, and rented the Waltham apartment where he and his two friends were killed. Raphael Teken also lived in Waltham, he came from an Israeli family and was the son of a local Jewish spiritual leader. The third victim, Erik Weissman, was a mild mannered cannabis connoisseur—and a friend of mine. Hibatalla K. Eltilib ("Hiba") had been Brendan's girlfriend. She left the state after a violent argument. Brendan told his friends she was gone for good. But Hiba returned to find the bodies the next day, leaving a trail of bloody footprints-and unnerving questions.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 19, 2024

Kennedys Endorsed Biden Because RFK Jr. Is Not Like His Dad
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Getty ImagesRobert F. Kennedy Jr. may come from a close-knit political family, but a side-by-side comparison of him and his father Robert F. Kennedy Sr. shows how different they are.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 19, 2024

All the Reasons Why RFK Jr. Is Nothing Like His Father
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Getty ImagesRobert F. Kennedy Jr. may come from a close-knit political family but a side-by-side comparison of him and his father Robert F. Kennedy Sr. shows how different they are.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 19, 2024

Meghan Markle Isn't Alone: How the Super-Rich Fell in Love With Jam-Making
Charles McQuillan / GettyLord Anthony Ardee could tell Meghan Markle a thing or two about the fine art of making—and marketing—posh jam. Anthony is the 15th generation of his family to manage their estate, Kilruddery House near Dublin, Ireland, which boasts a thriving farm shop in the grounds of the house's magnificent gardens, laid out in the 17th Century, which has been selling jam and other preserves for several years.

He told The Daily Beast: "Jam is not new, and we began making it for the same reason people have always made jam; a glut of fruit in the garden which needed to be preserved. We still use the traditional family recipes and make it all here in the house kitchen."

Ardee estimates that they make a few thousand pots a year which sell for between €5 ($5) and €8 ($8.50) a pot. Strawberry jam is the cheapest; their damson jam, made from the fruit of a single tree in the walled garden, typically gets a higher price for rarity value. While this may qualify as a pretty penny in the wilds of Ireland, it's unlikely to make much of a dent in the Sussex family's monthly Montecito outgoings.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 19, 2024

Republicans Just Found a Loophole to Answer Their Abysmal Fundraising
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beat/Getty ImagesAfter a bruising few months of humiliating reports, Donald Trump's re-election team has finally produced a round of positive fundraising headlines, showing, they said, that the campaign and Republican National Committee's abysmal donor woes were in the rearview.

Republicans had finally turned the corner, and they were back in the driver's seat.

But a closer look at the numbers behind those numbers suggests that, once again, the boasts may be premature—if not misplaced entirely.

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The Daily Beast
Apr 19, 2024

Dakota Fanning's Marge Is an Unexpectedly Perfect Villain for ‘Ripley'
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Netflix/Everett CollectionLike every adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley, Netflix's new rendition follows Thomas Ripley as he travels through Europe after murdering his friend Dickie Greenleaf and stealing his identity. This may be the second of two fantastic performances Andrew Scott has delivered in the last six months, but it's Dakota Fanning's turn as Marge Sherwood that shines in Netflix's Ripley—in ways that past versions of the character never could.

While Tom believes himself to be the ultimate outsider, he and Marge are two sides of the same coin. Deep down, the titular character knows this, and it makes his hatred of her grow. But, instead of being a side character that simply gets on Tom's nerves—like in Anthony Minghella's 1999 film, the best-known film based on Highsmith's novel—Marge uses his hatred for her to her advantage, reinventing her character along the way.

The two are clearly separate factions warring for the same man's attention, and cracking each other's resolve as Tom and Dickie grow closer. Unlike Paltrow's version of the character in the 1999 film, Fanning's Marge is suspicious of Tom from the very beginning. In the Netflix series' penultimate episode, "Macabre Entertainment," she tells Inspector Pietro Ravini (Maurizio Lombardi), who is looking for Tom, that he is the "kind of person who takes advantage of other people"—but th

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Apr 19, 2024

New ‘Mary & George' Episode Has It All: Orgies, Murder, and Julianne Moore
StarzAny show with an episode that begins with an orgy and ends with a murder is my kind of show. As much as I adored all of the nefarious scheming that has come with the first two episodes of Mary & George, I didn't expect things would take a lethal turn so quickly. Episode 3 is packed with story, and if you're not paying attention, it might've been a bit difficult to keep up with the intricacies of Mary Villiers' (Julianne Moore) plotting. But fear not, I come bearing details to bridge any mental gaps you might have after watching Mary sow suspicion all over England.

Episode 3 begins in 1616, a few months after Mary's second-born son George (Nicholas Galitzine) was welcomed into King James I's (Tony Curran) royal fold, aka, his fuckbuddies. Given that it took a solid two years of maneuvering for Mary to get the king to notice her son, this new position is ideal, but not comfortable. For George to stay at the king's beck and call, he must constantly prove himself, in addition to outsmarting the king's right-hand pole—I mean, man—the Earl of Somerset (Laurie Davidson). Somerset despises anyone who threatens his position, and if George fights back, there's a chance the king could retaliate. Therefore, it's George's mummy who must come to his rescue in a triumphant display of absolute power against all their adversaries.

But first: A sex party. At an orgy arranged by Somerset for the king, a shrouded figure plays t

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Apr 19, 2024

Nepo Baby of the Week: Ronan Farrow's Paternity Drama Returns
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / GettyThese are two things I never thought I'd mash together in a sentence, but here goes nothing: RuPaul's Drag Race and a Martin Scorsese biopic have come together to form a discourse supernova. At the center of it is Ronan Farrow, whose questionable paternity is suddenly relevant again. I'll be the first to admit that usually, I'd want to avoid discussing something this tacky, but in this case, Ronan himself helped revive the discussion with a spittake-worthy joke.

Two weeks ago, Farrow—the blue-eyed journalist son of Mia Farrow—appeared as a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race. After a welcome from his host, Farrow dropped an unexpected and absolutely gag-worthy remark: "Ru, it is the semifinals!" Farrow said. "I haven't been this nervous since I took a paternity test."

Um, sir!?!

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Apr 19, 2024

Thanks to These Design-Forward Lockboxes, You Can Safely Stash Your Cannabis in Style
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To think back to a time before recreational weed was legal in many states, you'd have to rewind the clock to around 2012, when the first states, like Colorado and Washington, passed laws to legalize marijuana for recreational rather than only medicinal use. Back then, people often had to hide their stash, and some even opted to keep it under lock and key—or at least hidden away in a place where certain friends, family members, pets, and Johnny Law couldn't see. But as more states joined in legalizing recreational use, marijuana users seemed to have become far less discrete in how they carry and conceal their flower, dabs, vape pens, and edibles, if at all.

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Apr 19, 2024

Scientology! Insurrection! Fired! The Real Housewives Are in Chaos
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty Images This week:



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Apr 19, 2024

New York AG Asks Judge to Reject Trump's $175 Million Bond
Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty ImagesThe New York Attorney General's office has asked the judge in Donald Trump's civil fraud case to reject the $175 million bond he obtained to stave off even steeper fines.

In a 26-page filing signed by Attorney General Letitia James, lawyers for the state argued that Trump, the Trump Organization, and its top executives had failed to prove that the management of the bond met the "requirements of trustworthiness and competence," and argued that Judge Arthur Engoron should find the bond to be "without effect."

The AG's office argued that California-based Knight Specialty Insurance Company was a "small insurer that is not authorized to write business in New York" and had "never before written a surety bond in New York," before they penned the massive loan to Trump.

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Apr 19, 2024

The House GOP Is About to Jam Senate Dems on the TikTok Bill
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty Images and TikTokTo the chagrin of middle-schoolers everywhere, the most extreme restrictions on TikTok are on a glide path to passage in Congress.

The bill—which is now set to get a vote on Saturday and is expected to pass with strong bipartisan support—has animated distraught TikTok creators of all ages to call congressional offices and demand they oppose a ban on the popular video app.

While the legislation is largely understood and referred to as a bill to ban TikTok, the truth is far more complex. The measure would not immediately ban TikTok. Rather, it would force its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, to sell the app to a U.S.-based entity within nine months of becoming law, giving the president the option of stalling the elimination of TikTok for another 90 days.

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Apr 19, 2024

10-Year-Old Allegedly Confesses to Randomly Killing Stranger When He Was 7
Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via Getty ImagesA 10-year-old child in Texas nonchalantly confessed to killing a man when he was only 7 during a fight with one of his classmates, authorities said this week.

The child, who has not been identified, said he shot and killed a sleeping stranger in 2022, providing an answer to a two-year-old murder investigation, police said.

The strange turn of events began last Friday, when the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office responded to a call from a principal at Nixon Smiley Independent School District, who said a 10-year-old child had threatened to kill another student on the bus ride home the day before.

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Apr 19, 2024

David Zaslav and the Tinseltown Tycoons That Just Keep Getting Richer
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / GettyAs a money-losing Warner Bros. Discovery continues to slash its workforce and cut employee benefits, President and CEO David Zaslav took home just under $50 million last year, according to a proxy statement the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

Warner Bros. Discovery lost $3.13 billion last year, according to the proxy statement; it lost a whopping $5.36 billion in 2022.

Still, Zaslav's compensation package, which clocked in at triple the median pay of all S&P 500 CEOs, jumped 26.5 percent from 2022. It included a salary of $3 million; a cash bonus of $22 million; a stock award (tied to free cash flow, which doubled last year to $6.16 billion) of $23,078,769; and $1,623,777 under the heading "all other compensation", for a total of $49,702,546.

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Apr 19, 2024

David Zaslav and the Tinseltown Tycoons Who Just Keep Getting Richer
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / GettyAs a money-losing Warner Bros. Discovery continues to slash its workforce and cut employee benefits, President and CEO David Zaslav took home just under $50 million last year, according to a proxy statement the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

Warner Bros. Discovery lost $3.13 billion last year, according to the proxy statement; it lost a whopping $5.36 billion in 2022.

Still, Zaslav's compensation package, which clocked in at triple the median pay of all S&P 500 CEOs, jumped 26.5 percent from 2022. It included a salary of $3 million; a cash bonus of $22 million; a stock award (tied to free cash flow, which doubled last year to $6.16 billion) of $23,078,769; and $1,623,777 under the heading "all other compensation", for a total of $49,702,546.

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Apr 19, 2024

Even Jury Selection Can't Escape Trump's Racism
Jabin Botsford / GettyDonald Trump's defense team reportedly believes that young Black men will help save the former president from a guilty verdict.

Lawyers for the former president, who has the dubious distinction of being the first ex-commander in chief to be criminally tried, have been "hoping to spot sympathizers and will focus on younger Black men and white working-class men" as jurors, according to a recent New York Times report.

The notion that young Black men might be more easily persuaded than other jurors—less prone to critical thinking and seeing through the defense's smoke and mirrors—jibes perfectly with all the racist notions Trump has expressed over the years. Even in the midst of his own criminal trial, Trump's anti-Black racism remains on full display.

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Apr 19, 2024

Trump Fumes as Judge Orders Him to Sit Like a Dog
Pool/Getty Images The first week of Donald Trump's criminal trial in New York City ended with a power move by the judge, who ordered the former president to take a seat—where he remained fuming in his chair until the judge left the courtroom.

New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan was wrapping up a contentious hour of debate with lawyers on both sides Friday afternoon, when he clarified that a contempt hearing—where he might punish Trump for repeatedly ignoring a gag order and continuing to publicly speak threateningly about witnesses and jurors—would commence Tuesday morning.

But just as the judge neared the end of his sentence, Trump abruptly stood up—apparently thinking the day was over. Immediately, Merchan turned his face to the former president and said in a firm voice: "Sir, can you please have a seat."

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Apr 19, 2024

Pro-Putin American Fighting Against Ukraine Has Been Killed
(Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERS)Russell Bentley, a 64-year-old American who has been fighting with pro-Russian fighters against Ukraine since 2014, was kidnapped and killed, according to his battalion and Russian media reports.

Russell, who was known by his call sign "Texas," died in Donetsk, Margarita Simonyan, the head of pro-Kremlin RT, said in a Telegram post.

"He fought there for our people," Simonyan said. "Terrible. Kingdom of heaven."

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Apr 19, 2024

The Trump Trial Self-Immolation Is Part of a Startling Trend
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/GettyA conspiracy theorist from Florida who ranted online about the government set himself alight outside the Manhattan courtroom where Donald Trump's criminal trial was underway on Friday afternoon—the latest in an alarming string of recent self-immolations in the U.S.

The courthouse self-immolation is at least the third instance in the past five months of an American setting themselves on fire in politically fueled protest, and the fourth in the past two years. Though the shocking incidents have varied in time, place, and motive, they all occurred outside major seats of power.

Here are other recent self-immolations that made headlines.

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Apr 19, 2024

CNN's Laura Coates Draws High Praise for ‘Breathtaking' Coverage of Trump Trial Fire
CNNShortly after it was announced that the entire jury had been empaneled in Donald Trump's hush-money trial on Friday, CNN anchor Laura Coates was interviewing a legal expert about what the jurors could expect in the weekslong case.

Little did she know that moments later she would have to dramatically cut that conversation short in order to pivot to a man setting himself on fire outside the lower Manhattan courthouse where the ex-president's trial is taking place.

Coates' quick journalistic impulses and composure while live-reporting a self-immolation and the attempts of first responders to extinguish the flames has drawn widespread praise from journalists and media observers, including conservatives who typically have nothing but disdain for CNN.

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Apr 19, 2024

God Help Us, People Are Actually Thirsting After Mark Zuckerberg
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / GettyIn the year of our lord 2024, the scourge of AI has become inescapable, even in pop culture. There's a robo-character named "Max" catfishing on The Circle, A24 is using the tech to make movie posters, and these days we can't even tell if a Drake diss track is real. Now, AI has given us an even bigger challenge to overcome.

Soon after Mark Zuckerberg posted a video announcing updates to Meta's AI assistant, a doctored image of him (perhaps also altered by AI?) went viral. From there, it was absolute chaos as X users took it all in—from the cool-guy vibes to the scruff to the empathetic smile. And then, the unthinkable happened: people began thirsting after Mark Goddamn Zuckerberg.

Anyone who has spent even five seconds looking at the real Mark Zuckerberg should be able to tell that Hot Zuck—the Stefan Urquelle to Regular Zuck's Steve Urkel—has had a little Facetune-style work done to him in that photo. His jaw is thicker, his forehead has had a little digital botox, and the edit has also capped his teeth with some nice, white veneers. Most importantly, you can actually see the light of life in his eyes. The only real bit of drip in this photo is the chain, which is, unfortunately, 100 perce

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Apr 19, 2024

These ‘May the Fourth' Gifts Are Jedi Tested and Approved
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‘May the Fourth' (aka Star Wars Day) is almost here, and for Star Wars fans, this is their 12/25. Finding a cool gift for Star Wars lovers can be tough. I should know; I'm one of them. I became a fan a long time ago (2002) of this incredible galaxy far, far, away and have a treasure trove of Star Wars merch that would make a Hutt jealous. The number one gift on any Star Wars devotee's list is being able to use the force. While none of these gifts can top that feeling, they certainly come close.

Don't forget to check out our coupon site to find more deals, including Nordstrom Rack coupons, Macy's coupons, Overstock coupons, and adidas coupons.

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Apr 19, 2024

Trump Trial Human Torch Posted Manifesto Online
Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/St. Augustine Police DepartmentThe man who doused himself with accelerant and set himself ablaze outside Donald Trump's Manhattan trial on Friday published an online manifesto in the midst of the chaos, declaring he self-immolated to warn the world about an "apocalyptic fascist world coup."

The self-immolating conspiracy theorist was identified by cops as Max Azzarello, a 37-year-old from St. Augustine, Florida, who was in critical condition on Friday afternoon. He declared online that his act was an "extreme act of protest is to draw attention to an urgent and important discovery."

His Substack manifesto is a dizzying document that rails against cryptocurrency, New York University, the Clintons, and the world's governments—warning readers that they are "victims of a totalitarian con" akin to a massive Ponzi scheme.

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Apr 19, 2024

Trump Trial Self-Immolator Posted Dizzying Manifesto Online
Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/St. Augustine Police DepartmentThe man who doused himself with accelerant and set himself ablaze outside Donald Trump's Manhattan trial on Friday published an online manifesto, declaring that he self-immolated to warn the world about an "apocalyptic fascist world coup."

The self-immolating conspiracy theorist was identified by cops as Max Azzarello, a 37-year-old from St. Augustine, Florida, who was in critical condition on Friday afternoon. He declared online that his act was an "extreme act of protest ... to draw attention to an urgent and important discovery."

His Substack manifesto is a dizzying document that rails against cryptocurrency, New York University, the Clintons, and the world's governments—warning readers that they are "victims of a totalitarian con" akin to a massive Ponzi scheme.

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Apr 19, 2024

Fresh Hell: Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Trump Trial
CNN ClipA man doused himself with a liquid and set himself ablaze outside Donald Trump's trial in New York City on Friday, sending freaked-out protesters fleeing.

The man's condition and motive wasn't immediately clear, but multiple reporters, including those speaking on a CNN live broadcast, said the stench of the flames lingered even minutes later.

Clips of the incident showed people rushing to put out the blaze with fire extinguishers. The New York Times reported that the man was badly burned and placed in an ambulance.

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Apr 19, 2024

Trump Trial Finally Has a Jury—After a Week of Hiccups
Photo by Curtis Means/Getty ImagesDonald Trump's criminal trial is full steam ahead, with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office set to start presenting its case Monday before 18 jurors-a dozen on the panel and six alternates.

After a relentless, four-hour questioning session on Friday that screened 22 potential jurors, lawyers on both sides exhausted all of their legal challenges and ultimately settled on the five alternates who remained to be chosen.

Unlike most trials, which keep a couple of extra jurors present just in case one calls out sick, this high-profile court battle needs a deep bench to account for the overwhelming cloud of fear that hangs over the proceeding.

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Apr 19, 2024

‘Sleepy Don' Dozes Off in Court AGAIN
Reuters/Maansi SrivastavaApparently Donald Trump needs to catch up on some sleep, as the former president appeared to doze off in a New York City courtroom yet again on Friday.

This time around, reporters noted that Trump's head repeatedly dropped, and he closed his eyes for quite some time.

It's at least the third time Trump has been spotted catching some ZZZs during the first week of his high-stakes hush-money trial, which centers around his alleged plot to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels to cover up an alleged affair.

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Apr 19, 2024

Meghan Markle Starts Shooting Her Netflix Cooking Show Two Miles From Home
SUZANNE CORDEIRO / Getty ImagesMeghan Markle has started filming her Netflix cooking and homemaking show, and her 50-strong production team have rented a property two miles from her home to shoot the series.

The revelation comes just days after Meghan sent out a limited edition of 50 pots of homemade American Riviera Orchard jam to close friends and top influencers, some of whom posted about the sweet treat on their Instagram Stories.

Now, DailyMail.com has published official paperwork showing that Meghan's crew of 50 are filming not at her and Prince Harry's palatial home but in a nearby property located just two miles from them.

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Apr 19, 2024

How Trump Screwed Up His Lawyers' Ability to Do Their Jobs
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Getty Donald Trump's antics are finally catching up with him.

That is, of course, true in the New York criminal trial as a whole, where Trump may be found guilty of past misconduct. But Trump's antics are also catching up with him in a narrower, but quite meaningful way.

In the New York case, the prosecutors said Thursday that they would not be providing to Trump's legal team the names of the first three witnesses that the prosecutors would be calling to testify. Trump's lawyers objected. Judge Juan Merchan sided with the prosecution, saying that he couldn't fault the prosecutors for refusing to identify the witnesses, given Trump's history of criticizing and potentially intimidating witnesses.

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Apr 19, 2024

Whiplash as Russia Toasts Derided Marjorie Taylor Greene as Their Top New Hero
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / GettyIn recent years, clips from Tucker Carlson's shows were prominently featured on many Russian state TV shows, with hosts and guests clinging to his every word and even surmising he might be the only American they don't want to kill.

After Carlson's flat-footed interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, followed by caustic comments from both the host and the subject, the bloom was off the rose.

Similarly, Mike Johnson's arrival as the 56th Speaker of the House was cheered on state TV with the anticipation that—at Trump's request—he would block U.S. aid to Ukraine. For months, Johnson did just that, prompting state TV host Olga Skabeeva to describe him as "our Johnson." His recent reversal of this stance prompted Russian propagandists to debate whether he was "bought" or simply "bent over" by the Democrats.

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