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The Daily Beast
Apr 06, 2020

Peter Navarro Touts His Qualifications on Unproven Coronavirus Drug: ‘I'm a Social Scientist'
Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro roundly dismissed concerns from the nation's top infectious-disease expert on an unproven coronavirus drug while touting his own qualifications as a "social scientist" on Monday, adding that he knows "how to read statistical studies."

Over the weekend, it was reported that Navarro clashed with Dr. Anthony Fauci over the efficacy of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine. Navarro reportedly attacked the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director at the White House for questioning his knowledge of science as he promoted the drug's potential.

During a CNN interview Monday morning, Navarro essentially confirmed the heated debate indeed took place while lauding the drug as an effective treatment of COVID-19. Asked by anchor John Berman about the disagreement he had with Fauci, Navarro quickly pointed to a small study in China that shows some possible efficacy as a source of some of the tension.

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Apr 06, 2020

Transform Your Space Into a Blissful Yoga Studio
I think the one thing that has been getting me through this craziness has been yoga. It's usually pretty good about getting me through the general craziness, but it has been especially helpful now. I've been doing other workouts to burn off steam, like using the Peloton app, but yoga brings with it calmness and serenity. There are a lot of great yoga studios that are offering online classes on a donation based system (please donate to yoga teachers, they are facing financial unknowns since you can't attend their classes in person) via Instagram or Zoom, Yoga Vida and the Iyengar Institute to name a few. My family recently did a Zoom yoga class together to celebrate my Mom's birthday, and it was pretty great. No matter your experience level, I really think it's worth investing in some proper equipment, too. Here's what you need to transform your living room, dining room, bedroom, wherever you are (and here's hoping it has some natural light), into the relaxing yoga studio of your dreams. 

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Apr 06, 2020

Alarming Video Appears to Show Ezra Miller Choking a Woman on Street. Is It a Joke? Does That Matter?
ANGELA WEISSThe girl has a smile on her face and steps happily toward her apparent attacker, which has led some to believe it's a prank, a set-up, or a bit of impromptu role play.

But the panicked reaction of the cameraman, saying "Whoa, bro! Bro!" as the girl is pushed to the ground, has led some to speculate that the encounter might have spiraled out of control.

Whatever the truth of the matter, it's still undeniably alarming to see Ezra Miller, a famously sensitive artist who identifies as non-binary and queer, trending on social media after a clip of him appearing to choke a female fan on the streets of Reykjavik went viral.

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Apr 06, 2020

Meghan Markle ‘Heartbroken' That She Hasn't Been Able to See Her Mom Since Moving to LA
TOBY MELVILLEMeghan Markle is reportedly "heartbroken" that she hasn't been able to see her mother, Doria, 63, since moving to Los Angeles last month over fears for her health due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Many were baffled when Harry and Meghan left their remote hideaway on Canada's Vancouver Island for the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's coronavirus hotspots.

It was reported at the time that a major part of Meghan's desire to relocate was because she wanted to be near her mother.

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Apr 06, 2020

Terrorists Are Still Among Us. Can Brain Scans Expose Them?
GettyWhat makes terrorists tick? This is the Holy Grail of terrorism studies, as well as the animating conundrum in virtually every news story about all those ever so "normal" terrorists next door, whether jihadi or white supremacist. 

In this new age of vanished normalcy, where a deadly virus has killed over 50,000 and resulted in lockdowns across the globe, the concerns of terrorism scholars might seem antiquated, but on Saturday a remnant from the old world returned with a vengeance. In a small town in Southeast France a Sudanese man went on a stabbing rampage in a tobacconist and outside a bakery, killing two and wounding five. 

Once again we ask, with renewed urgency and perplexity: What makes such men tick? Why would someone want to kill and die in defense of a holy cause? (The attacker, named as Abdallah A.O., reportedly implored the police to kill him when they arrived on the scene.)

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Apr 06, 2020

In Red States, Abortions Aren't ‘Essential' but Guns Are
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyRed states are shutting down abortion clinics, determining that the health care they provide is not essential. Yet gun stores and shooting ranges remain open as a supposedly essential industry. 

That designation was President Donald Trump's latest gift to the NRA, and the message it sends to women is that gun rights are sacrosanct while women's health is subject to the whims of the anti-abortion ideologues, also known as Trump's base.   

States long hostile to abortion are using the coronavirus as an excuse to try and shutter clinics in at least six states—Texas, Ohio, Iowa, Alabama, Oklahoma and Kentucky. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are challenging the shutdowns, and by late Tuesday, federal judges issued emergency stays in three of the states, Texas, Ohio and Alabama, while the underlying legal arguments play out.   

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Apr 06, 2020

NYC's 2018 Flu Was the Near-Death Experience Cuomo Ignored
Photo Illusstration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyHospital beds lining hallways, protective gear running out, patients surging into emergency departments: 

Two years before the novel coronavirus upended life as we've known it, officials at NYC Health Hospitals Corporation were worried enough about a particularly nasty flu season to call Johns Hopkins for help.

"Our flu season is really terrible. We're having a hard time with our facilities," Jennifer B. Nuzzo, senior scholar of the Center for Health Security, recalled hearing in a phone call from Dr. Syra Madad, senior director of the special pathogens program office at NYC H H, which oversees New York City's public hospital system, the largest in the nation. Madad was concerned about the number of patients showing up in hospital emergency departments, and the stress on the public hospital system. Would the Center for Health Security help monitor what was happening?

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Apr 06, 2020

Ventilators Are the Last, Best Hope—but Save Only a Fraction
Guillaume Souvant/GettyAs states around the country scavenge for ventilators to treat the wave of critically ill coronavirus virus patients, doctors on the front lines are confronting not just the question of when they will get them, but when they should use them.

The grim fact is that most people infected with COVID-19 who are sedated, intubated, and hooked up to a mechanical breathing machine will not survive. This is in part a function of just how sick they are when doctors finally resort to a ventilator, but also due in part to the damage ventilators cause to the lungs. The longer someone is on a ventilator, the lower the odds they will ever breathe again on their own.

"It's just a bridge to keep them going," Dr. Marco Garrone, an emergency medicine physician in Turin, Italy, told The Daily Beast. "It's just a sort of last-ditch resort to buy time for them to heal... for the whole body to overcome the illness."

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Apr 06, 2020

Why All the Ventilators in the World Won't Solve This
Guillaume Souvant/GettyAs states around the U.S. scavenge for ventilators to treat the wave of critically ill coronavirus patients, doctors on the front lines are confronting not just the question of when they will get them, but when they should use them.

The grim fact is that most people infected with COVID-19 who are sedated, intubated, and hooked up to a mechanical breathing machine will not survive. This is in part a function of just how sick they are when doctors finally resort to a ventilator, but also due in part to the damage ventilators cause to the lungs. The longer someone is on a ventilator, the lower the odds they will ever breathe again on their own.

"It's just a bridge to keep them going," Marco Garrone, an emergency-medicine physician in Turin, Italy, told The Daily Beast. "It's just a sort of last-ditch resort to buy time for them to heal... for the whole body to overcome the illness."

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Apr 06, 2020

A Violent Satanic Sex Cult With a Giant Twist
Magna EntertainmentWhether it's because of fears of fundamentalism, apocalyptic disasters or the fact that America is currently being run by a treacherous, lecherous agent of evil, horror films about devious Satanists are all the rage these days. And as if to mitigate the chilling real-world anxieties into which they're tapping, these dark modern sagas generally pitch themselves as playful comedies. Satanic Panic, Porno, and Extra Ordinary (as well as the unintentionally funny Suspiria remake) are all goofily hellish efforts about Beelzebub's acolytes, and to that collection one can now add We Summon the Darkness, which serves up a buzzy brew of sex, drugs, heavy metal, Christian zealotry and pentagram-fueled rituals. Gruesome and good-natured, it's a rollicking B-movie satire about those who truly have blood on their hands.

My Friend Dahmer director Marc Meyers' latest (on VOD April 10) situates itself smack-dab in the middle of heartland Satanic hysteria circa 1988, when concerns over impressionable teens being possessed by Ozzy Osbourne lyrics ran rampant—thanks, in part, to Tipper Gore's war on pop culture profanity, licentiousness, and the occult via her Parents Music Resource Center. We Summon the Darkness suggests, early on, that Gore was on to something, given that its story finds Indiana co

The Daily Beast
Apr 06, 2020

Conservationists Fear Coronavirus Will Wreak Havoc in the Animal Kingdom
REUTERSA tiger at the Bronx Zoo has become the first animal in the United States to test positive for the disease associated with the novel coronavirus. The tiger's infection is a dramatic reminder that the coronavirus originally spread from animals to people. And that it apparently can spread from people back to different animals. 

SARS CoV-2's potential for interspecies-transmission isn't just an object of scientific curiosity. It has huge ramifications for the human species as well some of our closest evolutionary kin. 

If the coronavirus affects apes the same way it affects people—that is, giving them the potentially fatal COVID-19 disease—it could drive some ape populations toward extinction. 

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The Daily Beast
Apr 06, 2020

Could Coronavirus Drive Some Animal Species to Extinction?
David Yarrow Photography/GettyA tiger at the Bronx Zoo has become the first animal in the United States to test positive for the disease associated with the novel coronavirus. The tiger's infection is a dramatic reminder that the coronavirus originally spread from animals to people. And that it apparently can spread from people back to different animals. 

SARS CoV-2's potential for interspecies-transmission isn't just an object of scientific curiosity. It has huge ramifications for the human species as well some of our closest evolutionary kin. 

If the coronavirus affects apes the same way it affects people—that is, giving them the potentially fatal COVID-19 disease—it could drive some ape populations toward extinction. 

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The Daily Beast
Apr 06, 2020

New Mystery: What Happens When Animals Get Infected by Humans?
REUTERSA tiger at the Bronx Zoo has become the first animal in the United States to test positive for the disease associated with the novel coronavirus. The tiger's infection is a dramatic reminder that the coronavirus originally spread from animals to people. And that it apparently can spread from people back to different animals. 

SARS CoV-2's potential for interspecies-transmission isn't just an object of scientific curiosity. It has huge ramifications for the human species as well some of our closest evolutionary kin. 

If the coronavirus affects apes the same way it affects people—that is, giving them the potentially fatal COVID-19 disease—it could drive some ape populations toward extinction. 

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The Daily Beast
Apr 06, 2020

The Celebrity Tabloids Enter Bizarro-World Amid Coronavirus
Timothy A. Clary/AFP/GettyIn early 2002, as Star Magazine transitioned from a monthly magazine to a photo-heavy weekly, the editors gathered for their daily meeting, eyed all the images fresh from the wire, and zeroed in on a picture of Drew Barrymore picking up a coin. "Look at Drew Barrymore picking up a penny," the new top editor Bonnie Fuller said, according to former Star reporter Kate Lee. "It's like, stars, they're just like us." When the next issue went to print, it featured a new kind of photo montage, one that highlighted—not movie premieres or nights on the town—but pictures of actors leaving fast food franchises. "Russell Crowe: Trying desperately to crack the Colonel's recipe at KFC in New York," the text bubble read. "David Hasselhoff: Devouring a hot dog—with another one at his feet."

The new section, "Stars, They're Just Like Us!," changed the nature of celebrity imagery in America's pop-cultural diet. It created a new visual vocabulary for the entertainment industry, a crucial boon to the notion that celebrities, despite their mansions and lifestyle brands, nevertheless led somewhat normal lives. Where paparazzi once scouted for exclusives and high-end events, they could now sell snapshots of the mundane. Stars, they walk their dogs! They take public transportation! They love amusement parks!

If that logic held, the genre might be flourishing now, 18 years later, as the COVID-19 outbreak forces both actors and everyone else to perform certain shared behaviors—cover their faces, stock up on toilet paper, wash their hands with Monk-like intensity. Instead, the section has entered a state of suspended animation. There is no menti

The Daily Beast
Apr 06, 2020

GOP Gangsters Hijack the Coronavirus to Try and Steal the Election
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIt's another new low for America's leading racketeer-influenced and corrupt organization, formerly known as the Republican Party: Now, they're trying to use this deadly pandemic to steal an election.

Surprised? Of course you aren't.

It's happening in Wisconsin, where the state is moving ahead with Tuesday's primary even though every sane person agrees that it's madness to do so under these circumstances. Democrats from Governor Tony Evers on down want to move the primary to May 19 and conduct it largely by mail. A reasonable delay in the name of public health. No one would be disenfranchised. Indeed quite the contrary, probably, since vote-by-mail participation rates in the states that use it are high—certainly a hell of a lot higher than turnout in an election held in a state where people are under order to stay home.

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Apr 06, 2020

Ron Perlman on the Time He Gave Harvey Weinstein the Piss-Shake
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty"I'm in Hollywood, baby, where movie stars like me belong," says Ron Perlman.

Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Perlman is sequestered in Tinseltown and speaking to me by phone about his new film, Clover, available now on demand. In the film, produced and directed by Jon Abrahams, he plays a menacing crime boss whose opening monologue concerning the primal nature of man gamely sets the stage for the ensuing action.

Perlman, 69, overcame weight issues and a lower-middle-class upbringing in Washington Heights—his father was a TV repairman—to become one of the most celebrated character actors alive. He has dazzled with scene-stealing turns in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy films, Drive, The City of Lost Children, and Sons of Anarchy, among others.

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Apr 06, 2020

World's Biggest Tiger Expert: ‘Tiger King's' Carole Baskin Is Full of It
NetflixTiger King, the bonkers backwoods docuseries about a polygamous, meth-addicted tiger breeder who went to jail in a murder-for-hire plot, has become a worldwide pop-cultural phenomenon. It's the No. 1 show on Netflix, has spawned an endless array of memes, and everyone from hip-hop icon RZA to endangered-animal murderer Donald Trump Jr.—whose big takeaway was how cheap it can be to purchase a tiger—has weighed in.

One person who isn't so enamored with the show is Dr. John Goodrich—the chief scientist for Panthera, one of the world's leading wild cat conservation organizations, and the world's foremost tiger biologist. "It's one of the most appalling shows I've ever seen," he says.

Dr. Goodrich was disappointed in how the series "wasn't really that much about the cats and was about the bizarre characters involved in the big-cat industry in the U.S. If it were more focused on the tigers, Tiger King wouldn't have left out that Joe Exotic wasn't just convicted of murder-for-hire but nine violations of the Endangered Species Act. Federal agents found bones belonging to five tigers in the back of Joe Exotic's zoo—tigers that he shot to death and buried there. "In 20 ye

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Apr 06, 2020

John Oliver Exposes ‘Alt-Right Pinocchio' Jared Kushner's Coronavirus Idiocy
HBOLast week, John Oliver returned for a stripped-down, social distancing-friendly version of Last Week Tonight following a brief hiatus due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There, he verbally undressed Trump over his "failed" response to the crisis and introduced his audience to some seriously bizarre/hilarious rat erotica.

On Sunday night, Oliver returned to his bluish void of a set where he aimed his ire at Trump's failson-in-law, Jared Kushner—a socialite whose criminal-father paid Harvard $2.5 million to allegedly secure his admission to the prestigious university.

"Trump has repeatedly suggested that it's the states' responsibility to fix things—an attitude that reached its apex on Thursday when Jared Kushner, a man who looks less like someone who could handle a global pandemic and more like an alt-right Pinocchio, suggested that states should not count on a federal stockpile of medical supplies," Oliver explained.

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Apr 05, 2020

Trump Eyes Accused ‘Quack' Dr. Oz for Coronavirus Advice
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyAs the global pandemic and a staggering economic crisis swells, Dr. Mehmet Oz, the controversial celebrity doctor, has been advising senior Trump administration officials on coronavirus-related matters. Oz has even caught Donald Trump's attention with the celebrity doctor's numerous appearances on the president's favorite TV channel, The Daily Beast has learned.

In the past couple of weeks, President Trump began more and more hearing about and watching Oz, now a Fox News regular, discuss hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that Trump aggressively touted as a coronavirus treatment, much to the dismay of various medical experts and scientists. Over these two weeks, the president had specifically made a point of telling aides that he was interested in what Oz had to say, and that he wished to speak to the much-maligned television personality, according to two people familiar with the president's requests. It is unclear if Trump has spoken on the phone with Oz lately, as he told aides that he wished to do so.

But Trump has told officials that it would be "a good idea" if they talked to Oz, one of the sources added. Top administration officials, including Trump's administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medi

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Apr 05, 2020

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Admitted to Hospital After Testing Positive for COVID-19
WPA Pool/GettyBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus and experiencing "persistent symptoms" for 10 days after getting his positive result.

A statement from his office said he was being admitted to the hospital for "tests" and said the move was a "precautionary step" that was taken "on the advice of his doctor." According to BBC News, one of Johnson's symptoms was a fever.

"The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government's advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives," the statement, obtained by BBC News, read.

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Apr 05, 2020

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Admitted to Hospital After Testing Positive for COVID-19
WPA Pool/GettyBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus and experiencing "persistent symptoms" for 10 days after getting his positive result.

A statement from his office said he was being admitted to the hospital for "tests" and said the move was a "precautionary step" that was taken "on the advice of his doctor." According to BBC News, one of Johnson's symptoms was a fever.

"The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government's advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives," the statement, obtained by BBC News, read.

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Apr 05, 2020

Queen Delivers Coronavirus Rallying Cry: ‘If We Remain Strong, We Will Overcome...We Will Meet Again'
BBCThere was more than a touch of Blitz spirit on display, as the Queen directly referenced World War Two and the fortitude of the British people when she sought to rally the nation in the fight against coronavirus.

At 8pm local time on Sunday (3pm EST), the Queen addressed Britain in a special national TV broadcast. Wearing a beautiful green dress and green brooch—echoing maybe the hospital scrubs of the medics she praised so fulsomely—the Queen noted this was "a time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all."

After many days of increasingly unsubtle briefings, the British government was wheeling out the biggest gun of all: Queen Elizabeth II, 93, in their quest to stop people breaking quarantine and going sunbathing on what was an unseasonably warm weekend as U.K. deaths from Coronavirus marched inexorably towards the 5,000 mark.

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Apr 05, 2020

Donald Trump's In-Person Voting Demand is Obscenely Hypocritical, and Worse
In that way he has of saying out loud what many believe but won't admit, Donald Trump made no pretense of his fear of vote by mail, describing why Republicans opposed mandated vote by mail in earlier versions of the $2 trillion emergency relief bill, despite the public health issues in sending voters to the polls in the midst of a pandemic:

"They had levels of voting, that if you ever agreed to it you'd never have a Republican elected in this country again, they had things in there about election days, and what you do… and it was totally crazy."

To make this a perfect Trump moment, he himself has requested an absentee ballot for the Republican presidential primary in Florida. 

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Apr 05, 2020

Capt. Brett Crozier Tests Positive for Coronavirus: NYT
Dan Kitwood/GettyCapt. Brett Crozier of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus after he wrote a letter outlining his concerns of COVID-19 spreading on the ship and the Navy's failures to properly address the matter.

Two of Crozier's Naval Academy classmates told The New York Times that Crozier started having coronavirus symptoms before he was fired and escorted off the ship on Thursday.

His dismissal followed The San Francisco Chronicle publishing his letter to Navy leaders that stated the lack of resources the ship had in preventing further infections.

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Apr 05, 2020

Tapper Shames Trump on Coronavirus: ‘Not About Winning a News Cycle on Fox'
A day after President Donald Trump spent much of his coronavirus press briefing attacking the press and airing grievances against perceived enemies, CNN anchor Jake Tapper delivered an on-air message to the president: do you have a plan to get the nation back to normal or are you just interested in pleasing your fans and Fox News?

At the end of Sunday's broadcast of CNN's State of the Union, Tapper said he would like to "speak directly to one person known to watch this show or at least clips of the show," adding that he knows Trump is eager for the country to regain normalcy.

The CNN anchor went on to ask the president if he had a plan to combat the pandemic that has now resulted in over 8,500 dead Americans and hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases.

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Apr 05, 2020

Joe Biden: Democrats ‘May Have to Do a Virtual Convention' Due to COVID-19
Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden said on Sunday morning that the Democratic National Convention may need to be "virtual" amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, adding that the party's convention is "necessary" this year.

Appearing on ABC's This Week, Biden was asked by anchor George Stephanopoulos whether it was wise for Wisconsin to hold its primary as scheduled this upcoming Tuesday, noting fellow Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has called on it to be postponed over safety concerns.

"Well, look, I think they should just follow the science," Biden replied. "I think whatever the science says we should do."

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Apr 05, 2020

A Taliban Fighter is Serving a Life Sentence in the U.S. That's a Huge Problem for Our Soldiers.
AP Photo/Dana VerkouterenIrek Hamidullin was a foot soldier for the Taliban, captured after a firefight in 2009 in Afghanistan. 

He and his fellow soldiers had tried to attack an Afghan Border Police post, but were routed by U.S. helicopter pilots who killed everyone in his group but him. No U.S. or Afghan government soldiers were injured in the battle. Imprisoned at Bagram Air Base until 2014, Hamidullin was then brought to federal court in Richmond, Virginia, and prosecuted. He was convicted of crimes including material support to terrorists and attempted murder of U.S. military personnel and sentenced to life plus 30 years. 

Now that the U.S. has inked a peace deal with the Taliban—with the critical assistance of five former Gitmo detainees exchanged in the swap for Bowe Bergdahl—and President Trump has communicated directly with Taliban leaders, it's time to reconsider whether Hamidullin (who one of us represented in this criminal case) should remain in federal prison. By negotiating a peace deal with the Taliban, the U.S. has recognized that Taliban soldiers should be treated just like any other adversary.

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Apr 05, 2020

Queen: I Want British to ‘Take Pride' in Response to ‘Increasingly Challenging' Time of Coronavirus
REUTERSIf 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.

Queen: Coronavirus brings "increasingly challenging" time

The queen will address Britain later today, Sunday, saying that she hopes the British people "will be able to take pride in how they responded" to the challenge of coronavirus.

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Apr 05, 2020

When Coronavirus Is Over, Middle East Chaos Will Only Be Worse
GettyFor a time the Middle East seemed like it just froze, the conflicts of yesterday put in quarantine—as so many of us have been—while various countries strive to contain an epidemic of biblical scale. Don't expect that to last. The coronavirus outbreak is not the great equalizer, nor is it the crisis in which past rivalries will be forgotten.

Like an earthquake, the coronavirus is magnifying the foundational weaknesses of the least prepared countries, exacerbating existing inequalities across the region. And like a particularly lethal aftershock, the crash of the oil price further debilitates petroleum-based economies that lack the financial reserves to weather the secondary blow to their system. 

For Gulf countries, the "double whammy" of the coronavirus and the oil shock, while major disruptions, can be weathered with mass injections of capital. Moreover, these countries appear to have been some of the best prepared to deal with the pandemic, likely because they already faced the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak. They acted relatively quickly and decisively to identify cases and close down their borders. That's not to say that things aren't going to be bad for Gulf countries—they will—but there will be different shades of bad.  

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Apr 05, 2020

The ‘Let-Them-Eat-Cake' Lockdown Diaries
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastPARIS—"I wasn't able to sleep last night," began acclaimed French-Moroccan writer Leïla Slimani's "Journal du confinement" (lockdown diary) in the French daily Le Monde. "From my bedroom window I watch the dawn break over the hills. The grass covered in frost, the first buds appearing on the branches of the trees..." 

Several days before President Emmanuel Macron announced a nationwide lockdown on March 16 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the prize-winning author of the international bestseller Chanson Douce (Lullaby) left Paris and holed up in her country house with her family. From there, she kept busy writing, entertaining her children and, like many of us in France, reflecting on the sudden, disorienting end to normal life. 

"Everything has stopped," she wrote. "Like a game of musical chairs. The record goes silent, you have to sit, to no longer move… suddenly the carousel stops turning."

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Apr 05, 2020

Miles Davis' Epic ‘Bitches Brew' Turns 50 and It Still Sucks
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastMy favorite Miles Davis anecdote—and he was a rainfall of great stories—was when he was recording in the studio one time and kept "cracking" notes, basically screwing up the ones he was playing, and the session's producer finally said over the intercom, "Miles, you missed the coda," and Miles replied, "Fuck the fucking motherfucking coda!" 

I love that story, because he wasn't missing his marks because he was incompetent. He was trying to find a new dimension, somewhere in the gap of a broken note, to play in. Everyone knows he was a great artist—I think the greatest jazz musician ever. But great art is not magic, like some precious, ethereal apparition conjured by Dumbledore's wand. Great art isn't perfection, it's imperfection! It's the product of something broken, not preserved whole. 

I once wrote that Miles Davis made the sea rise as he poured his genius into it. He was the Picasso of jazz. You can imagine art without Picasso, but can you imagine it not being a little flatter, grayer, quieter? So with jazz without Miles, the trumpeter who found notes between the notes. 

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Apr 05, 2020

The Best Movie of 2020 So Far Is an Abortion ‘Thriller'—And You Can Watch It Now
Courtesy of Focus FeaturesHas your partner refused to wear a condom? Never, rarely, sometimes, or always?

Has your partner made you have sex when you didn't want to? Never, rarely, sometimes, or always?

Has your partner ever messed with your birth control? Never, rarely, sometimes, or always?

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Apr 05, 2020

Did the KKK or a Pedophile Ring Murder Dozens of Black Children in Atlanta?
W.A. Bridges Jr./Atlanta Journal-Constitution via APThe HBO docuseries Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children asks us to question not only the legitimacy of the U.S. legal system and law enforcement, but also the racial and class dynamics that underpin those very institutions and heavily influence the public's ideas about guilt and innocence.

The series, produced and directed by Sam Pollard, Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre, and Joshua Bennett, establishes an intense and largely ignored history that has defined the city of Atlanta ever since: Between 1979 and 1981, at least 30 children (several under the age of 15) and young adults were murdered in Atlanta. They were all black and poor. At the time, Atlanta's black middle and upper-middle class was thriving. The city's first black mayor, Maynard Jackson, had just been elected, the music industry was on the uptick, and the Atlanta International Airport was becoming a lucrative international hub. None of this good fortune, wrought by the sweeping mechanisms of government-aided capitalism, were trickling down. In fact, poor black people lived in a world of their own, entirely disconnected from the black middle class, and were much more likely to cross paths with poor and working class white communities on Atlanta's outskirts.

Since this is Georgia we're talking about, some of those white folks were Ku Klux Klan members, or even ran with more extreme groups like the National States' Rights Party, which openly promoted more physi

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Apr 05, 2020

Did Pontius Pilate Actually Convert to Christianity?
GettyIt's the beginning of Holy Week for Christians around the world. Death and its aftermath are already on the minds of people whose lives are deeply affected by coronavirus (and whose isn't?), but the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus take on a particular significance at this time of year.

Whatever one might think about the theological importance of the crucifixion, it was Pontius Pilate, the prefect of Judea, who sentenced Jesus to die. But who was the man who killed Jesus? Was he a reluctant participant in a miscarriage of justice or a hardened military man? Did the trial of Jesus leave any impression on Pilate or, as some sources tell us, did he eventually convert to Christianity? One thing is for sure: Without Jesus almost no one would know Pilate's name and without Pilate there would be no Christianity.

Pontius Pilate was the fifth prefect of the Roman province of Judea from roughly 26-37 A.D. Of this much we can be sure. In 1961, archaeologists unearthed a limestone block with an inscription referring to "Pontius Pilate" as the "prefect of Judea" at Caesarea Maritima, a Roman port on the coast of the Mediterranean in Israel. The discovery provided tangible first-century evidence of the existence and career of this particular Roman official. Unlike so many biblical characters, there's no doubting his existence; in addition to this "Pilate stone," we know about him from Jewish historians and philosophers, bronze coins, a ring that may have belonged to him, and the four gospels. But as certain as we are that he existed, our sources disagree about the kind of man and administrator that he was.



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Apr 05, 2020

Coronavirus Shows We Need an Apollo Project for Public Health
PHoto Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos Getty"We choose to go to the Moon." With those words in 1961 President John F. Kennedy rallied Americans toward a shared goal of astounding ambition. The task was daunting, even implausible. At the time the longest manned U.S. space flights had lasted barely over 15 minutes and had yet to orbit the planet. But government leadership paired with private sector ingenuity and broad public support made the implausible possible, and eight years later the United States landed the first humans on the moon. 

Today, we face a similarly daunting challenge: a viral pandemic that has spread to every state and is on track to kill hundreds of thousands of Americans while ravaging our economy and sequestering our society. Meeting this national challenge will require the same kind of ambition, government leadership, and ingenuity that the country mustered in going to the moon. We need to launch—and right now—a public health Apollo program engaging all states and all Americans to end this crisis and prevent future ones.

There are things we can learn from other countries. Progress in South Korea, Singapore, and China suggests that COVID-19 can be slowed through social distancing measures, but it can only be kept under control through aggressive testing and surveillance to identify cases and comprehensive public health measures to identify and quarantine their close contacts. We are now employing social distancing strategies, but we lack the scale of personnel, resources, and systems needed to apply the rest of that formula here. 



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Apr 05, 2020

The Aurora Was So Mystifying We Shot Rockets at It—Now You Can Watch at Home
Courtesy Judy WilsonIt's a blistering cold night, 24 degrees below, and we are barreling along a frozen creek somewhere near the groovy town of Churchill, Manitoba. For hours, a small group of women, a rifle-slinging bear guard named Trent, and me have been holed up in a cozy cabin in the boreal forest, waiting for the Northern Lights. The conditions are ideal; the black skies clear, the stars dazzling. Already, it's been a magical night.

During a trek in the snowy woods around dusk, Trent leads us into a clearing and abruptly stops, waves us to hold still. His heart was pounding, he later told us. I'm right behind him. About a hundred yards away, a moose stands in the white soundless landscape, starts walking toward us. Soon, another bigger moose emerges from the thick knot of spruce trees. It's a mom and her calf, Trent whispers, a sight the Churchill native and hunter rarely witnesses.

Meanwhile, Judy Wilson, our Canadian guide, has been obsessively monitoring the aurora on an iPhone app, its steady march in the skies over Hudson Bay. But as we linger in the cabin that night, the mystical lights never appear. We have only a few days left. Will they come out?

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Apr 05, 2020

If You Have Anxiety and Depression but Feel Better During Coronavirus, You're Not Alone
Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyWhen the novel coronavirus lockdown first began in early March, Grace Weinstein noticed something strange. In the span of 48 hours, three people reached out to her because they'd experienced an anxiety or panic attack. Weinstein has a diagnosed panic disorder, in addition to anxiety and depression—so for her newly distressed friends, she was an obvious person to consult.

But Weinstein herself has not had even one panic attack since the quarantines started. In fact, she's been doing pretty well—so much so that she's become a stabilizer for those around her.

"It's suddenly becoming like a steady pace throughout this," Weinstein told The Daily Beast during a recent phone interview. "Where people can come and [say], ‘I'm freaking out. I don't know why you're not freaking out, but please tell me what to do and how to get to where you are.'"

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Apr 05, 2020

Makeup-Free Celebrities Want to Prove They're Just Like Us. They're Not.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Instagram How are you doing in isolation? Hopefully coping as well as Heidi Klum is, swaddled in a knitted beanie and scarf, clutching a heart-shaped rock, eyes peacefully closed, face unadorned with makeup.

Or maybe you're a Julianne Moore, doing virtual yoga at home, cheeks flushed not by blush but a recent workout. You have many famous avatars to choose from: Zoe Kravitz, Katy Perry, Vanessa Williams, Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber, and her mother Cindy Crawford. 

While defending her ex, Governor Andrew Cuomo, from internet rumors about his supposed nipple-piercing (yes, quarantine has broken all of our brains), Sandra Lee wore what appeared to be very comfortable Fair Isle knit pajamas, and not a lick of foundation, brown roots peeking from the top of her blonde hair dye. Super "real," very normal, just like us at home on our couches—if you ignore her mammoth living room behind her, complete with a gilded full length mirror and life-size marble statue of a female form. 



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Apr 05, 2020

We Asked the Church of Scientology How They're Combatting Coronavirus. This Is Their Wild Response.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyOn March 30, the Tampa Bay Times published an eye-opening story concerning the Church of Scientology's reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the piece, journalist Tracey McManus reported that members of the Sea Org, the more militant wing of the church, were "still packing buses as they moved from living quarters to church buildings" and "sitting shoulder to shoulder" around Scientology's Flag Building—or Spiritual Headquarters—in Clearwater, Florida. Furthermore, she quoted Clearwater City Councilman Mark Bunker who claimed, "It's not a healthy situation. I've heard from a lot of family members, families who have been (estranged) from their kids in the Sea Org and they are worried to death about the conditions they are living in."

The Tampa Bay Times piece came on the heels of a March 24 story by Tony Ortega, the world's leading Scientology reporter, who'd obtained a March 13 letter from Scientology leader David Miscavige to his adherents referring to the COVID-19 crisis as "the current hysteria" and "planetary bullbait."

"You can see he was totally being

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Apr 05, 2020

The Next Shortage That Could Kneecap Our Medical System
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photo GettyOn Tuesday, Pranish Kantesaria drove to three pharmacies in Austin, Texas, before he was able to find hydrocortisone, a generic medicine his infant daughter could die without.

Along with Americans struggling to obtain hand sanitizer and frontline medical professionals desperate for masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE), a new supply issue has become inescapable as the coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the United States: life-saving drugs.

As director of pharmacy at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation in Austin, Texas, Kantesaria should—at least, in theory—have an inside track. But, in addition to his personal experience, Kantesaria said he's encountered more and more hurdles in ordering meds for his job.

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Apr 05, 2020

Stop Slouching Over Your Laptop With One of These Stands
You might not think of it first, but a laptop stand is a work (and a work from home) essential. I use a laptop and a monitor when I'm working, but a stand is still important. Laptop stands are excellent because many are ergonomic. This means they help you adjust the angle of your screen, so you can stop slouching and hunching over your computer, and they also reduce screen glare, which leads to eye strain and headaches. But something I didn't know is that laptop stands also help keep your computer cool. Think of it like a baking rack — because one side isn't pressed against a table, air is allowed to flow freely around all of it. But picking out a laptop stand can be as tricky, so we've rounded up some of our favorites.

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Apr 04, 2020

Trump's Lost Months Are Killing Us. Here's How to Make Them Politically Fatal for Him.
Win McNamee/GettyWill President Trump escape accountability in November for the worst crisis leadership in American history? It depends on how strongly and cogently the rest of us frame the true historical record.

In his February 5 State of the Union Address, Trump said of the spreading coronavirus, "My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat." This did not happen. 

"Necessary steps" were not taken; "safeguards" were neglected. Tens if not hundreds of thousand of Americans will die unnecessarily as a direct result of the president's negligence. 

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Apr 04, 2020

Trump Rages at Critics at Coronavirus Press Conference
Jim Watson/AFP/GettyPresident Donald Trump on Saturday spent much of his daily press briefing on the coronavirus raging against perceived enemies, from the media, to the Ukraine whistleblower, to the recently ousted commander of a Navy aircraft carrier. 

On the same day the U.S. death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic surpassed 8,000, Trump opened the briefing with a slam at the media, which he accused of "spreading false rumors." 

"Get this over with, then go back to your fake news," Trump said. 

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Apr 04, 2020

Trump Veers Off to Attack Ukraine Whistleblower at Coronavirus Briefing
Jim Watson/AFP/GettyPresident Donald Trump on Saturday spent much of his daily press briefing on the coronavirus raging against perceived enemies, from the media, to the Ukraine whistleblower, to the recently ousted commander of a Navy aircraft carrier. 

On the same day the U.S. death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic surpassed 8,000, Trump opened the briefing with a slam at the media, which he accused of "spreading false rumors." 

"Get this over with, then go back to your fake news," Trump said. 

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Apr 04, 2020

‘1000 Times Cleaner Than Campus': Travel Companies Pushed Students to Party Despite Coronavirus
Paul Morigi/GettyEven as the novel coronavirus spread around the globe, travel companies specializing in raucous college spring breaks actively encouraged students to keep their reservations for boozy trips outside the country.

Nearly 50 students at the University of Texas at Austin tested positive for the virus this week, after returning from a vacation to Cabo San Lucas organized by travel company JusCollege. The company has been criticized for downplaying the risks of travel and refusing to give refunds. But they weren't the only ones. 

Emails reviewed by The Daily Beast show College Party Cruise, a Miami-based travel company owned by Ignite Cruises, told students as recently as March 10 that there was "no reason to be panicked" about the coronavirus.

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Apr 04, 2020

‘My Everything': Husband of Robert F. Kennedy's Granddaughter Recounts Tragic Drowning
Facebook/David McKeanMaeve Kennedy Townsend McKean's husband has posted a heartbreaking tribute to his wife—the granddaughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy—and the couple's child, who went missing in the Chesapeake Bay Thursday afternoon.

The Kennedy family announced Friday that the Coast Guard suspended the rescue effort for McKean, 40, and son Gideon, 8, who disappeared after paddling a canoe out into the bay. The effort to recover their remains is ongoing.

"The search that began yesterday afternoon went on throughout the night and continued all day today," McKean's husband, David McKean, wrote in a Facebook post late Friday. "It is now dark again. It has been more than 24 hours, and the chances they have survived are impossibly small. It is clear that Maeve and Gideon have passed away."

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Apr 04, 2020

Trump's Firing of Michael Atkinson Reveals His Real Priorities—and They're Not Coronavirus
Tom Brenner/ReutersThe idea that you can't teach an old dog new tricks—especially one who's been rewarded for bad behavior—is particularly poignant when we consider President Trump's firing Friday of Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the Intelligence Community. Trump has a track record of firing and retaliating against officials who don't blindly follow his orders and mimic his mood swings, no matter how unethical, illegal, dangerous, or irresponsible.

At the same time, Trump has a track record of decimating our intelligence agencies. His history of insulting the intelligence community, cherry-picking intelligence to suit his personal narratives, prioritizing loyalty over experience, and rooting out anyone who speaks truth (a core mission of the intelligence community) that he doesn't like have been the key themes underlining his relationship with the intelligence community.

Plus, Trump has never supported oversight, unless of course it's focused on Democrats. The impetus for Atkinson's firing—namely his work to fulfill his statutory obligations to pass on what he judged to be an urgent and credible whistleblower complaint about the president's cal

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Apr 04, 2020

Rita Moreno Is Giving the Best Performance on TV Right Now
Michael YarishThis 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: 

These past few weeks have been a hell of a time to discover that I never developed a hobby. I got so bored last weekend that I filled out my census. I wish it took longer. 

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Apr 04, 2020

This CBD Muscle Rub Helps Get the Aches Out After Leg Day. And Every Other Day.
Let's get this out of the way fast: CBD muscle rubs are not cheap. They are, on the contrary, expensive. But if you can't put a value on pain relief, I don't know what's worth anything anymore. And with a left shoulder currently hurting less than it did an hour ago before my wife slathered on a glob of Quanta CBD Muscle Rub Plus, I tell you this: worth it.

Story time. A week and two days ago, I pulled a muscle that, from my internet medical schooling, I believe to be the teres minor. Now listen, I go to Orange Theory Fitness classes two or three times a week, I run a few miles on the other days, I do calisthenics, I lift some, and so on, so don't go too hard on me when you hear how it happened but… I was writing. Just sitting here at my desk working when I made some casual movement, felt (and almost heard) a pop, and suddenly had a searing pain rippling along my left shoulder blade. 

I knew I was in for a good long period of suck because the exact same thing happened to my right shoulder in 2016. Yes, another seated writing injury. The only good news? Back in '16, I had never heard of CBD muscle rub. And pretty much no one else had, either. This time around I already had a tin of the stuff in the hall closet because I use it now and then after intense workouts or extra-long hikes.

Rea

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Apr 04, 2020

Can Keir Starmer Persuade Britain to Dump Its Wartime Prime Minister Like Churchill?
REUTERSIt's one of history's greatest illustrations of ingratitude. In July 1945, fresh from his near-superhuman triumph in World War II, Winston Churchill led Britain's Conservative party to one of its worst ever defeats. Voters decided that a wartime prime minister was no longer needed, thanks, and they tossed him aside for a man they believed would do a better job of rebuilding a country that had been left smouldering from Nazi bombs and with an almost unfathomable amount of debt owed to the United States.

Seven and a half decades on, Churchill's proudest fanboy is prime minister and finds himself in his hero's shoes—leading the country through a crisis so terrifying and so all-consuming its only real comparison is that war. Who knows what fresh hell the next months will bring, but right now Boris Johnson's popularity is surging as he drags Britain through the coronavirus pandemic after having already delivered on his promise to "Get Brexit Done." Johnson has been handed the kind of historic crisis he's spent his lifetime studying but, fancying himself as something of a Churchill scholar, he'll know that steering a nation through its darkest hour comes

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Apr 04, 2020

Trump Decided a Global Pandemic Was a Good Time to Be a Neighborhood Bully
REUTERSPOPAYÁN, Colombia—The ravages of the pandemic have begun here now, and as it worsens millions of Venezuelan migrants pose a tremendous challenge to fragile infrastructure throughout Central and South America, where poor living conditions and a lack of resources mean they are largely defenseless against the novel coronavirus. 

That would be bad enough. But recent moves by the Trump administration could make the situation incalculably worse.

In the middle of the enormous health crisis sweeping the United States and devastating the world economy, President Donald Trump has decided to double down on his efforts to drive Venezuelan head of state Nicolás Maduro from power.

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Apr 04, 2020

Inside the Male-Dominated Meme Hijacked by Lib-Bashing Trumpsters
SXSWIt's a cliché to say that increased connectivity has actually driven us further apart, but there's more than a kernel of truth to it. In a way, we are better prepared than ever through the invention of the computer and the internet to wade out the storm of social isolation. We have practice. It's still not easy though, and for a lot of people, including young men who have spent their formative years on forums where they feel more comfortable and more accepted than in society, it's a way of life that is at once freeing and also full of misery. Alex Lee Moyer's documentary film TFW NO GF ("That Face When No Girlfriend") observes five young men who grew up on internet boards like 4chan and social media sites like Twitter and became inextricably connected by the use of a meme known as "Wojak."

Moyer's film, which was supposed to premiere at SXSW, isn't particularly introspective or detailed and works mostly as a primer for people who are generally unfamiliar with online subcultures, cutting in cable news segments on an epidemic of male loneliness and giving definitions of various online terms and acronyms like NEET, blackpill, /r9k/ and NPC, among others. Most of the homework must be done on one's own, because this is a rabbit hole that goes deep and gets very weird. Moyer is a woman in her mid-thirties, someone who's an outside observer to this realm of culture, but she isn't looking to be an "interpreter."

"I feel like there may be an inescapable and distinctly female empathic energy to the film—which is why I did not find it necessary to insert myself into the narrative or make

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Apr 04, 2020

The Wild and Crazy Online Forum Tracking the Coronavirus Dead
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyDerek Tague, a 57-year-old New Jersey audiobook editor, checks the Wikipedia page for "Deaths in 2020" every day, usually several times. He has done this, give or take, for 10 years. Tague collects eccentric pastimes: he moonlit as a minor cast member on the cult kids series The Uncle Floyd Show; he frequented Old Time Radio conventions; he appeared on two different game shows. But his most dedicated hobby involves posting daily on "alt.obituaries," an online forum which has been chronicling public deaths and peculiar obituaries online for 27 years.

"Wikipedia," Tague said, "they're the first ones to have something. You check several times a day, you scroll down the days, and it will tell you about famous people, like Kenny Rogers—that's how I found out about him. But it's not just the headliners. It's also the second-tier people that nobody would usually bother with."

In recent months, Tague's daily Wikipedia scroll has taken on a different tenor. The page formats entries by name, age, occupation, and cause of death. These days, the last item often repeats: Sergio Rossi, 84, Italian shoe designer, COVID-19. Goyo Benito, 73, Spanish footballer, COVID-19. Bernardita Catalla, 62, Filipino diplomat, ambassador to Lebanon, COVID-19. The novel coronavirus pandemic, which has now claimed the lives of more than 59,000 people across the globe, has fundamentally altered the way people deal with death. It has pushed the funeral industry to the brink of collapse. It has triggered an uptick in virtual shivas, memorials, and servi

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Apr 04, 2020

Why Art Thieves Love This Beautiful Irish Mansion
Courtesy of Russborough HouseSome might attribute Russborough House's history to bad luck, and maybe that's how it started. But the real problem was one of exposure.

After a gang of IRA supporters led by the former British socialite Rose Dugdale violently forced their way into the home and absconded with some of its finest works of art in 1974, it was as if a spotlight had been directed at the mansion, calling all criminals to try their luck and exercise their sticky fingers. Despite security upgrades and the recovery work of the Irish police, the home would be robbed an additional three times over the next 28 years.

"Russborough House seems to be a proving ground for Dublin criminals," Brian Lavery wrote in The New York Times in 2002 on the occasion of the fourth theft, which occurred less than a month after the paintings had been recovered from the third.

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Apr 04, 2020

Lessons of a Hero From the Plague for Surviving the Coronavirus
DEA PICTURE LIBRARY/GettyNaturally, comparisons to the Black Death are echoing around now. 

The bubonic plague was a highly contagious bacterial disease that came and went throughout Europe and beyond for three centuries. In its first explosive visitation in the mid-1300s it might have led to the deaths of one-third of Europe's population in under a decade. Some say we shouldn't draw comparisons as too alarmist. The plague's mortality rate was at least 50 percent as compared to something around 3.4 percent for COVID-19. Besides, they argue, today we're enlightened; we have medical science, mass communication, knowledge of vaccines. 

But now as then, the best defense against epidemic is quarantine—and the success of quarantine depends upon leadership, haste, and completeness, as one story about a hero of the plague illustrates.

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Apr 04, 2020

California's Wildflowers Are Blooming, Will Influencers Resist the Urge for a Selfie?
George Rose/GettyAs if the managers of local, state and national parks didn't have enough to worry about, in the time of COVID-19 and of urging people to stay the hell away from each other, now comes spring—and with it California wildflowers and Instagram influencers, all of them angling for the best possible angle.

There's a post for 6,414 followers from March 31, a woman's arms flung into the air above her bare midriff and high-waisted jeans, trampling a few mandarin orange-colored poppies with her white would-be influencer sneakers at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. "You're not supposed to step on them," a commenter chided. "Ik I tried my best to tiptoe around them," the poster replied. "But this pic is worth it," the commenter wrote back, followed by a trio of heart-eyed happy face emojis. Another post on Wednesday describes "feeling like dorothy in a field full of poppies," to a more modest 1,689 followers.

One Instagrammer garnered 510 likes for a March 22 post of her and her boyfriend, their faces mashed together as they lay on the ground, on top of the Antelope poppies. There's @brookestellar, same place, in a March 23 post to 10,400 followers that was likely taken last year, given the snarky caption: "Remember when we were allowed outside and everyone flocked to the poppy fields and got really pissy at each other for making contact with flowers? Jimmy was standing on the sidewalk, a foot away from the poppies, but I suppose it looked otherwise to the 15 year old girl who screamed ‘Are you serio

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Apr 04, 2020

America's Chance to Escape Trumpy Casino Capitalism
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Getty/Stephen MarksIt is hard to imagine this crisis getting worse. But it will. Much, much worse. While we struggle to cope with the pain, suffering and sacrifice it generates every day, another question looms. What will our nation be after this grim chapter is ended?

The data and the projections are clear. The White House is estimating that 100,000-240,000 of us will be dead before this is over. If we do not rigorously apply sound measures to contain the virus, the number could be many times that. In the past two weeks, nearly 10 million people have applied for unemployment benefits. The St. Louis Fed predicts that before this is over 47 million Americans will be out of work and the unemployment rate will be 32 percent—half-again higher than it has ever been before.

Goldman Sachs forecast the economy would contract 24 percent in the second quarter, the worst such downturn in history. For the year, they foresee GDP shrinking by more than 6 percent, the greatest such fall since the end of World War II. The savings of millions have been crushed as 2020 has seen all five of the biggest drops in the 124-year history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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Apr 04, 2020

November Brings America's Chance to Escape Trumpy Casino Capitalism
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Getty/Stephen MarksIt is hard to imagine this crisis getting worse. But it will. Much, much worse. While we struggle to cope with the pain, suffering and sacrifice it generates every day, another question looms. What will our nation be after this grim chapter is ended?

The data and the projections are clear. The White House is estimating that 100,000-240,000 of us will be dead before this is over. If we do not rigorously apply sound measures to contain the virus, the number could be many times that. In the past two weeks, nearly 10 million people have applied for unemployment benefits. The St. Louis Fed predicts that before this is over 47 million Americans will be out of work and the unemployment rate will be 32 percent—half-again higher than it has ever been before.

Goldman Sachs forecast the economy would contract 24 percent in the second quarter, the worst such downturn in history. For the year, they foresee GDP shrinking by more than 6 percent, the greatest such fall since the end of World War II. The savings of millions have been crushed as 2020 has seen all five of the biggest drops in the 124-year history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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Apr 04, 2020

Shave It, Dye It, or Grow It Out: There Are No Rules for Quarantine Hair
Photo illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyHalfway through my second week of social distancing, my leg hair reached linguine-level lengths and I hadn't used a hair brush in days. Still somehow I ended up with my head over the bathroom sink, marinating in Pepto-Bismol colored dye. 

Chalk it up to boredom, an inflated sense of my own creativity, or simple vanity: coronavirus cannot stop me from doing my hair. I'm not alone. You have probably seen similar statements on social media. In front of dimly lit mirrors across the country, people are shaving their heads or dying their hair. 

Celebrities aren't immune to the call of an electric razor or boxed dye. Anthony Rapp buzzed his hair this week, Jim Carrey continues to document his beard growth, Elle Fanning's strands are now a coral pink, and Jennifer Love Hewitt put fuchsia highlights in her hair (courtesy the brand Lime Crime).

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Apr 04, 2020

The Rise of Video Conferencing Quarantine Porn
HandoutWith porn productions on pause for the foreseeable future, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders in XXX hotbeds California, Florida, and Nevada, adult filmmaker Alexandre Sartre and star Ivy Wolfe hatched a plan: get four of the biggest names in porn together via video conference and leave the rest up to their wild imaginations.

Like Adult Time, which is launching porn's version of The Daily Show amid the ongoing public health crisis, Sartre and Wolfe's initial motivation was to provide work for those whose work, camming notwithstanding, has largely stalled.

"The performers who are lucky enough to be mules and shoot a year's worth of content, they'll be OK for awhile, but the ones who only shoot a few weeks out are just doing solos, so it's a bit one-note," says Sartre. "So we thought: What if we did a quarantine porn via video conference? And since it's a rectangle on the screen, let's have four performers, and let's make it be a lesbian orgy."

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Apr 04, 2020

Laura Linney: The Most Delightfully Dangerous Woman on TV
Steve Deitl/NetflixNo one's doing better work on TV than Laura Linney, whose turn as drug cartel-employed Wendy Byrde on Ozark is a thing of complex, scary, mesmerizing beauty. That's on full, breathtaking display in the recently released third season of Netflix's crime saga, which finds Wendy at odds with her husband Marty (Jason Bateman) over the best means of keeping both their Mexican underworld employers happy and their own family safe.

Marital strife has rarely been this thrilling, as Wendy and Marty's antagonism over strategy thrusts them into thorny peril. In these perpetually harrowing circumstances, Linney once again balances motherly affection and ruthless scheming as a caught-between-two-states character still trying to figure out who she is—an identity-related process that most suspensefully, and heartbreakingly, comes to the fore via Wendy's relationship with her mentally unstable brother Ben (Tom Pelphrey), whose sudden appearance in the Ozarks spells additional trouble for everyone and, unsurprisingly, ends well for no one.

Though Ozark may have begun as a project built around Jason Bateman (who had a hand in creating it, along with co-starring and directing), it's now fully Linney's show, as the 56-year-old actress has transformed Wendy into an entrancing three-dimensional figure, equal parts compas

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Apr 04, 2020

Trump Sent the Guard to the Coronavirus Front Line but Denied Them Military Care
Boston GlobeThousands of National Guardsmen around the country are in contact with people who've contracted COVID-19. But while the federal government has called on them for frontline assistance in battling the pandemic, it's not giving them what they need to protect themselves: access to the military's health insurance.

The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what's called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs. 

But according to the National Guard's advocates and the U.S. governors' association, the guardsmen are activated on orders that last 30 days. That puts them one single day shy of the requirement allowing the military health insurance system known as TRICARE—think of it as Medicare For All In Uniform—to cover them. Military Times first reported the eligibility shortfall. 

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Apr 04, 2020

Trump Sent Them to the Coronavirus Front Line but Denied Them Health Care
Boston GlobeThousands of National Guardsmen around the country are in contact with people who've contracted COVID-19. But while the federal government has called on them for frontline assistance in battling the pandemic, it's not giving them what they need to protect themselves: access to the military's health insurance.

The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what's called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs. 

But according to the National Guard's advocates and the U.S. governors' association, the guardsmen are activated on orders that last 30 days. That puts them one single day shy of the requirement allowing the military health insurance system known as TRICARE—think of it as Medicare For All In Uniform—to cover them. Military Times first reported the eligibility shortfall. 

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Apr 04, 2020

Here's Everything You Need To Enjoy Nature, Since Now You Can't Rely On That Friend Who Brings Everything
It's almost time to get outdoors. And if you're like me, you love looking at gear and preparing. And if you're even more like me, you're often caught ill-prepared. Nature is great, nature is wonderful, but it is the worst place to be poorly prepared in. And so, I'm doing this as much for you as I am for me. Here's a packing list (based off of real life experience and lessons learned) of everything you should have, for that short quick hike you might be taking today, or for that more extensive one you've been looking forward to. 

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Apr 03, 2020

Bill Maher Pokes Fun at Tom Hanks, Trashes Trump's ‘Impeachable' Coronavirus Response in ‘Real Time' Return
HBOAfter a three-week hiatus due to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and subsequent nationwide lockdown, Bill Maher returned to his HBO show Real Time Friday night.

When we last heard from the comedian on March 13, he was saying that President Trump should be immediately tested for COVID-19 given that he'd crossed paths with a number of people who'd been diagnosed with the virus (Trump has since allegedly tested negative). Like many of his late-night cohorts, who've shot their shows from living rooms, bathtubs and mystery rooms, Maher chose to film his monologue in his own backyard, right in front of a giant pool bar. 

"Thank you Jesus, I have no symptoms—except if you count shitting my pants every time Trump talks," offered Maher. "He does this thing every day where he's bragging about his ratings: ‘I have better ratings than Monday Night Football, The Bachelor'…Yes! Because your viewers aren't allowed to leave the house. What else are they gonna do? Read?!"



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Apr 03, 2020

Trump Won't Wear a Mask, but Should You?
Angela Weiss/AFP via GettyPresident Trump announced Friday—somewhat reluctantly—that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now recommending that Americans voluntarily wear cloth face coverings in public. The suggestion comes after weeks of federal guidance that ordinary citizens should not wear masks, and its lukewarm tone doesn't do much to answer the question on many minds: Do I need to wear a mask?

As U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said at Friday's briefing: "It has been confusing to the American people."

To clear up some of that confusion, it's important to note that not all masks are created equal. They generally fall into three categories:

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Apr 03, 2020

Patrick Jones Wanted a Second Chance. He Got Coronavirus.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/HandoutThis story was published in partnership with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. Sign up for their newsletter here.

When Patrick Jones called his family members from a federal prison in Louisiana, he'd talk about how hard he was trying to get out. He wanted to return to Texas and open a restaurant, serving everything from tacos to brisket to soul food. He'd even learned to make pastries while inside. 

But most of all, he was worried his own son might be on the path to prison, and, having spent so much of his own adult life in and out of trouble, he wanted to get out in time to intervene. "Patrick's goal was to get out to try to stop him from living that type of lifestyle," recalled Jones's stepdaughter, Lateasha Crumpton-Scurry. 

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Apr 03, 2020

Kushner's Claims About National Stockpile Contradicted by Trump's Own Administration
Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg via GettyPresident Donald Trump's top adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner insisted on Thursday that the government had not built up a national stockpile of medical equipment for states to use during threats like the coronavirus since those states have strategic reserves of their own.

The remark drew raised eyebrows from experts, considering presidents have dispersed supplies from the national strategic stockpiles for use by states dozens of times over the last twenty years. In fact, the Trump administration itself has dipped into the federal reserves to help states in need. Most notably, in 2017, the administration used the stockpile to send materials such as beds and medical equipment to states ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. 

That Kushner either didn't recall this or had deliberately glossed over it sparked additional questions about Kushner's suitability to play a leading role in the administration's response to the coronavirus threat. 

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Apr 03, 2020

Progressive Group Releases New Ad Blasting Trump on Coronavirus in Michigan, Wisconsin
Tom Brenner/ReutersProgressive group American Bridge is escalating its attack against President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic with new digital efforts in Wisconsin and Michigan, two critical general election battlegrounds, according to details shared exclusively with The Daily Beast.  

In Wisconsin, the Democratic super PAC is releasing a five-figure digital ad buy targeted towards "potential Trump defectors" as well as undecided voters across the state. The 35-second spot, titled, "Trump Failed Wisconsin," highlights aggregated local news coverage of Trump's handling of the public health crisis on the ground. 

The ad comes as a tense situation plays out in Wisconsin over the state's planned April 7 primary, where Democratic health fears involving the election are apparent. It also comes as Democrats broadly continue to condemn the president's daily response to the virus. At one point in the ad, Trump's voice appears in the background with quoted text that reads, "I don't believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators."

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Apr 03, 2020

Biden Tells Trump: Stop the ‘Pettiness' and Reopen Obamacare
Former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden demanded that the Trump administration reopen enrollment in the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges, as millions of Americans—many of them newly unemployed—face the prospect of enduring the coronavirus pandemic without access to healthcare. 

"During this outbreak, when health care coverage is more important than ever, Donald Trump is refusing to give those who have been uninsured access to the best resource we have: the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces," Biden said in an exclusive statement to The Daily Beast, in which he called it "critical" that Trump reverse his opposition to reopening the Healthcare.gov federal health care exchange for a special enrollment period.

"This is no time to put pettiness and ideology above helping those who are in the greatest need," Biden said, calling the spread of the novel coronavirus "the worst public health crisis in generations"—one for which the president failed to prepare the nation, "despite warning after warning."

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Apr 03, 2020

Brooklinen Is Taking 15% Off Down and Down Alternative Comforters All Weekend
I've been really good about only doing bed activities in bed and work activities at my desk. My bed is a cushiony haven of a soft mattress, a soft comforter, soft sheets, and multiple soft pillows. The perfect bed can make dealing with a stressful day that much easier. If your bed needs an upgrade to help you de-stress, Brooklinen's comforter sale is here for you. Right now, get 15% off down and down alternative comforters.

Whether you choose a down or down-alternative comforter, you're getting bedding that will last. Both come in two weights: all-season and lightweight (for hot sleepers of the summer months). The down comforter is made with down cluster fill and a 100% cotton sateen shell. It's made to be antimicrobial and the baffle box construction will keep the down from clumping up. The down-alternative option is 100% polyfill, with the same cotton sateen shell. It's a great option for a vegan lifestyle or those with allergies. Either way, for 15% off, you can wrap yourself and hunker down in a comforter that's as soft as you need it to be.



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Apr 03, 2020

Fox News Moguls Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch Stockpile Attorneys Against Coronavirus Lawsuits
Scott Olson/GettyAmid the mushrooming coronavirus crisis, Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch are girding for a pandemic of public-interest lawsuits over misinformation and conspiracy theories dispensed by certain Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network personalities such as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Trish Regan.

According to a top Murdoch executive, the father-and-son media moguls are ready to go to war with potential plaintiffs such as the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics—aka WASHLITE—an activist non-profit that filed suit on Thursday against Rupert Murdoch, Fox News and other defendants.

The 10-page complaint, first reported by The Times of San Diego and filed in the superior court of Washington state's King County, seeks a judgment that the Murdoch-controlled outlets violated the state's consumer protection laws by "falsely and deceptively disseminating ‘News' via cable news contracts that the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 was a ‘Hoax,' and that the virus was otherwise not a danger to public health and safety."



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Apr 03, 2020

Trump Administration Uses Wartime Powers for First Dibs on Supplies
Mike Segar/Reuters

The Trump administration quietly invoked the Defense Production Act to force medical suppliers in Texas and Colorado to sell to it first—ahead of states, hospitals or foreign countries.

It took this action more than a week before it announced Thursday that it would use the little-known aspect of the law to force 3M to fill its contract to the U.S. first. Firms face fines or jail time if they don't comply.

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Apr 03, 2020

Trump Administration Uses Wartime Powers for First Dibs on Supplies, Ahead of States
Mike Segar/Reuters

The Trump administration quietly invoked the Defense Production Act to force medical suppliers in Texas and Colorado to sell to it first—ahead of states, hospitals or foreign countries.

It took this action more than a week before it announced Thursday that it would use the little-known aspect of the law to force 3M to fill its contract to the U.S. first. Firms face fines or jail time if they don't comply.

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Apr 03, 2020

Teen ‘Known to' University of Wisconsin Doctor and Her Husband Charged in Their Murders
Mike McGinnis/Getty ImagesAuthorities on Friday charged a teenager with the slayings of a University of Wisconsin doctor and her husband who were found "lying in a ditch" at a Madison research and recreation area this week. 

Khari Sanford, an 18-year-old "known to the family," was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the deaths of Dr. Beth Potter, 52, and Robin Carre, 57, whose bodies were discovered Tuesday, University of Wisconsin Police Chief Kristen Roman said in a Friday video statement. Sanford is currently being held at Dane County Jail. 

"We believe that this was not a random act. It was calculated, cold-blooded, and senseless and we will continue to do all we can do to bring justice to Robin and Beth, their family, and their loved ones," Roman said. He did not release any details about the motive behind the gruesome slayings. 

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Apr 03, 2020

Gannon Stauch's Step-Mom Lied to Investigators About Being Raped at Gunpoint by His Kidnapper: Affidavit
El Paso County SheriffHours before Gannon Stauch was reported missing in January, his stepmother allegedly killed the 11-year-old in his bedroom before stuffing his body in a car at their Colorado Springs home, according to a newly unsealed arrest affidavit. 

While authorities frantically searched for the boy the morning after his disappearance was reported, Letecia Stauch dumped the 5th grader' body off a highway, the document states, which was first reported by CBS Denver. 

"Physical evidence recovered from the residence and inside Gannon's bedroom supports that a violent event occurred in the bedroom," the El Paso County Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit says, adding that "blood spatter" was found on the walls, a mattress, and carpet.

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Apr 03, 2020

Before Demanding Every Member Cast a COVID-19 Vote, Tom Massie Skipped a COVID-19 Vote For a Fundraiser
T.J. Kirkpatrick/GettyAs Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) explained it, his decision to try and force every last member of the House of Representatives back to Washington D.C. in the middle of a pandemic to get their votes on a massive coronavirus relief bill was a matter of pure principle; the type of act that those truly wedded to the ideals of a constitutional republic would gladly perform. 

"I thought I might be signing my political death sentence," the Kentucky Republican would say later, reflecting on the procedural maneuver he pulled that angered nearly all of his colleagues and drew the rebuke of President Donald Trump as well. "But I did it for principled reasons."

But two weeks earlier, when Congress voted on a $850 billion coronavirus response bill, Massie didn't bother to go to Washington D.C at all. In fact, he scoffed at the idea that he'd even show up to put himself on the record. While his colleagues filed into the House chamber around midnight on March 14 to vote on that legislation—known as Phase 2 of the coronavirus response—Massie was back home in Kentucky, having just headlined a fundraiser for his reelection campaign and gearing up to reorganize his home pantry.

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Apr 03, 2020

Search for Robert F. Kennedy's Granddaughter and Her 8-Year-Old Son Turns to ‘Recovery,' Family Says
Mike Pont/Getty ImagesThe search for a granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy and her 8-year-old son, who went missing after they took a canoe out into rough waters on Chesapeake Bay, turned into a recovery mission late Friday, a family member said late Friday.

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and her son, Gideon, rowed the canoe out around 4 p.m. on Thursday to fetch a ball that had been kicked into the water by children playing in their yard, Maeve's husband, David McKean, told The Washington Post. "They just got farther out then they could handle, and couldn't get back in," he said.

Emergency services said they received calls around 4:30 p.m. about a pair in a canoe struggling to return to shore. An overturned canoe matching the description of the one that went missing was recovered, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources police said.

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Apr 03, 2020

Robert F. Kennedy's Granddaughter and Her 8-Year-Old Son Feared Drowned After Canoe Accident
Mike Pont/Getty ImagesThe granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy and her 8-year-old son were missing on Friday after they took a canoe out into rough waters on Chesapeake Bay, near Annapolis, on Thursday evening.

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and her son, Gideon, rowed the canoe out around 4 p.m. to fetch a ball that had been kicked into the water by children playing in their yard, Maeve's husband, David McKean, told The Washington Post. "They just got farther out then they could handle, and couldn't get back in," he said.

Emergency services said they received calls around 4:30 p.m. about a pair in a canoe struggling to return to shore. An overturned canoe matching the description of the one that went missing was recovered, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources police said. A search for the pair continued on Friday after it was suspended when night fell on Thursday.

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Apr 03, 2020

Robert F. Kennedy's Granddaughter and Her 8-Year-Old Son Missing After Suspected Canoe Accident
Mike Pont/Getty ImagesThe granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy and her 8-year-old son were missing on Friday after they took a canoe out into rough waters on Chesapeake Bay, near Annapolis, on Thursday evening.

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and her son, Gideon, rowed the canoe out around 4 p.m. to fetch a ball that had been kicked into the water by children playing in their yard, Maeve's husband, David McKean, told The Washington Post. "They just got farther out then they could handle, and couldn't get back in," he said.

Emergency services said they received calls around 4:30 p.m. about a pair in a canoe struggling to return to shore. An overturned canoe matching the description of the one that went missing was recovered, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources police said. A search for the pair continued on Friday after it was suspended when night fell on Thursday.

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Apr 03, 2020

Fox News Stars Now Pretend They Never Said What They Said About the Coronavirus
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyAfter spending weeks downplaying the deadly virus that now has nearly the entire U.S. under some form of lockdown, several Fox News stars are now attempting to gaslight viewers by claiming they sounded the alarms over the coronavirus all along while it was actually the media and Democrats who dismissed it.

The network's most-viewed primetime host Sean Hannity has recently devoted much airtime to insisting he has "always taken the coronavirus seriously," despite no less than a month ago suggesting the pandemic might be a "deep state" plot to hurt the economy or, at another point, claiming concerns over the novel virus was a "new hoax" designed to "bludgeon" Trump.

Like many of his Fox colleagues, Hannity suddenly changed his tune late last month on the virus after President Donald Trump finally pivoted to treating it seriously. The Fox star and unofficial Trump adviser has since taken aim at Democrats and critics who have rightly called out his previous coverage, claiming that all along he was the one warning of the coming disaster whi

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Apr 03, 2020

‘New York Is in Crisis': Cuomo Pleads for Help as State Suffers Worst Single-Day Death Toll
Mike Segar/ReutersMore people in New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., have died in the last 24 hours than in most of March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday—but the Empire State is still struggling to find enough medical equipment to combat the pandemic.

"The curve continues to go up," Cuomo said at a Friday briefing in Albany, adding that, in the last day, the state saw its "highest single increase in the number of deaths since we started." "New York is in crisis. Help New York," he said.

More than 2,935 people have died and 102,863 people have been infected with the virus in New York State, marking 562 deaths in a single day on Thursday. The state's death toll has almost doubled in just three days, Cuomo said. In the 27 days after the first coronavirus case was confirmed on March 1, 366 New Yorkers died. 

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Apr 03, 2020

MSNBC Host Stephanie Ruhle Shuts Down Marco Rubio's Coronavirus Spin
"Can we talk about your state of Florida?" MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle asked Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) midway through their interview Friday morning. 

Explaining Florida is "one of the last states" to issue a stay-at-home order for its residents, Ruhle asked: "What in the world is going on down there? You have a whole lot of senior citizens and last I checked, they're pretty high risk."

Despite the fact that Gov. Ron DeSantis waited until this Wednesday to lockdown his state, Rubio claimed that "for all practical purposes, we were in a stay-at-home order" and that "virtually every county in the state had restrictions in place."

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Apr 03, 2020

Beware of Russians Bearing Coronavirus Gifts
Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastThe Kremlin's highly publicized "humanitarian aid" to the plague-stricken United States is not an altruistic gesture. It's a coldly calculated political move. But that doesn't seem to worry President Donald Trump, who proclaimed during his press conference Thursday: "I'm not concerned about Russian propaganda. Not even a little bit."

That's a very big mistake. Yes, yet another one. This is an example of the Kremlin's time-honored tactic diverting attention to another country as an example of things going even worse elsewhere, and Russian state media make it clear it's anything but a goodwill gesture.

As the official story goes, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Trump whether the United States needed Russia's help in dealing with the coronavirus. As a publicity stunt, this could hardly be more obvious. But, likely to Putin's surprise, the president of the mightiest country in the world said "Yes." According to Russia's state news outlet TASS, Trump accepted the favor "with gratitude" and is expected to reciprocate as needed in the future.

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Apr 03, 2020

There's Nothing Generous About Putin's Coronavirus Aid to US
Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastThe Kremlin's highly publicized "humanitarian aid" to the plague-stricken United States is not an altruistic gesture. It's a coldly calculated political move. But that doesn't seem to worry President Donald Trump, who proclaimed during his press conference Thursday: "I'm not concerned about Russian propaganda. Not even a little bit."

That's a very big mistake. Yes, yet another one. This is an example of the Kremlin's time-honored tactic diverting attention to another country as an example of things going even worse elsewhere, and Russian state media make it clear it's anything but a goodwill gesture.

As the official story goes, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Trump whether the United States needed Russia's help in dealing with the coronavirus. As a publicity stunt, this could hardly be more obvious. But, likely to Putin's surprise, the president of the mightiest country in the world said "Yes." According to Russia's state news outlet TASS, Trump accepted the favor "with gratitude" and is expected to reciprocate as needed in the future.

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Apr 03, 2020

Billy McFarland Launches COVID-19 Effort in Prison, Swears It's Not a Scam
REUTERSRemember Billy McFarland, the scam artist behind the spectacular disaster that was Fyre Festival? If he's to be believed—and admittedly, that's a big "if"—prison and the novel coronavirus pandemic have helped him turn over a new leaf. In fact, he's even launched a new endeavor from behind bars: crowdfunding money to help inmates call their loved ones amid the pandemic.

McFarland has named his new effort Project-315. In a letter posted to the initiative's website, he admits that with Fyre Festival, "I know how badly I messed up. I lied, deceived, and ultimately hurt many people in pursuit of what I thought would be successful business ventures. What I did was absolutely despicable, and the responsibility for the damages caused starts and ends with me."

McFarland wrote that thinking about his past actions sickens him now. "Ultimately, my mistakes may prove to be unforgivable, but as I sit here and take all of this in, I think back to the day I was sentenced," he wrote. "I promised to dedicate myself to helping those I hurt through the only way I thought appropriate: by living my apology. After nearly 2 years in jail, I believe in this more than ever."

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Apr 03, 2020

Dr. Fauci Shuts Down ‘Fox & Friends' on Coronavirus Cure: ‘We Don't Operate on How You Feel'
Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci left the hosts of Fox & Friends disappointed and frustrated Friday when he threw cold water on their insistence that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine is a game-changing cure for the coronavirus.

Citing a recent poll showing that 37 percent of doctors around the world feel the drug is currently the most effective treatment of COVID-19, co-host Steve Doocy added that frequent Fox News guest Dr. Oz recently touted a small Chinese study that found the drug had some efficacy in treating the virus.

Doocy went on to play a clip of Dr. Oz wondering whether Fauci was impressed with the results of that study. The Fox host asked the top physician to respond to the TV doctor.

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Apr 03, 2020

Bill Withers, Legendary Singer of ‘Lean On Me' and ‘Lovely Day,' Dies at 81
Aaron Josefczyk/ReutersLegendary soul singer Bill Withers, who wrote and sang hits like "Lean On Me," "Lovely Day," and "Ain't No Sunshine," has died from heart complications at age 81, his family confirmed in a statement to the Associated Press.

He was a three-time Grammy Award winner and an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father," the family statement said. "A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other."

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Apr 03, 2020

Donald Trump Is Gaslighting Andrew Cuomo and Sucking Up to Ron DeSantis
As the United States grapples with a rampaging communicable disease that will needlessly take the lives of more Americans than most of the nation's wars, we are also confronting a president who has rendered our federal government utterly incapable of protecting its nation's citizens and who has left it to the nation's governors to desperately compete among themselves for lifesaving medical equipment.

In the vacuum created by a hapless national government, it will fall almost entirely upon the leaders of the states to effectively cooperate in an effort to minimize the grievous cost in human lives our nation will pay. 

We are facing an unprecedented test of our federal system, one that will require states to resist fear and mistrust by working together to minimize the virus' toll, and to do so while Trump — who has fanned the flames of division in the midst of the pandemic — continues to encourage Americans to blame one other, so as to distract them from blaming him.

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Apr 03, 2020

Foot Rests are Underrated. Here Are the Best Ones to Buy for Maximum Comfort
Being the most ergonomic while you work isn't always at the top of your mind, but it should be. Whether you're in an office all day or working from home, you deserve to feel comfortable from the start of your day to the end. A foot rest is a great way to keep your back aligned properly, plus it can help increase blood circulation, which is especially important if you're sitting most of the day. We've rounded up some of the best-selling options to give you the best desk setup you can get. 

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Apr 03, 2020

Luxury Lockdowns of Kylie Jenner and Arielle Charnas Underfire After Breaches of COVID-19 Curfew
Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesFashion influencer Arielle Charnas has been criticized for fleeing New York City for the Hamptons after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19.

On Thursday, Charnas, who runs the blog Something Navy with 1.3 million Instagram followers, issued a teary online apology after admitting she pulled strings and spent cash to get a coveted test while other New Yorkers try in vain to get tested, according to Page Six.

Charnas then posted her journey—and potential trail of contagion—as she left the Big Apple for her home in the Hamptons rather than self-isolating until testing negative, as the CDC requires for all COVID-postive patients.

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Apr 03, 2020

Luxury Lockdowns of Kylie Jenner and Arielle Charnas Underfire After Breaches of COVID-19 Orders
Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for Beach MagazineFashion influencer Arielle Charnas has been criticized for fleeing New York City for the Hamptons after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19.

On Thursday, Charnas, who runs the blog Something Navy with 1.3 million Instagram followers, issued a teary online apology after admitting she pulled strings and spent cash to get a coveted test while other New Yorkers try in vain to get tested, according to Page Six.

Charnas then posted her journey—and potential trail of contagion—as she left the Big Apple for her home in the Hamptons rather than self-isolating until testing negative, as the CDC requires for all COVID-postive patients.

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Apr 03, 2020

James Fenton's ‘All the Wrong Places' Gets It All Just Right
This is part of Armchair Traveler, our temporary series highlighting books you can escape with during the Coronavirus lockdown.

In All the Wrong Places, James Fenton pulls off a rare feat: He precisely and often hilariously conveys the confusion that is almost every  traveler's constant companion. If we're honest, we have to admit that most of the time we're on the road, we're out of our comfort zones. We don't know what's around the next bend, what's for dinner, or if that hotel a friend recommended will work out or not. Sometimes the not knowing is fun, but mostly it forces us to live with at least a mild case of underlying anxiety. 

The odd thing, to me at least, is that travel writers do what they can to iron out those anxious moments. Maybe they think we won't believe them if they record the uncertainty they felt about the routes they took, the places they stayed, or the people they met. The ironic result is I wind up believing only about 40 percent of what they say.

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Apr 03, 2020

Plague Waters: Seeking a Cocktail Cure for an Epidemic
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThis time the London doctors were ready for it. It was the beginning of 1665, and the plague—the bubonic kind, as nasty a way to go as nature has yet cooked up—was back, but medical science had finally caught up with it. 

The Black Death, as the disease was known, had come to England in the summer of 1348 when a sailor brought it with him from Gascony. For this fat flea-borne bacterial killer, there was no prevention or cure. By the end of the following year, it finally burned itself out and had carried off perhaps half the people of England, give or take ten percent. But that was only round one.

 

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Apr 03, 2020

The Coronavirus Outbreak Has Plunged the Comics World into Existential Chaos
Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastWorld War II couldn't do it. An industry crash in the 1990s couldn't do it. Now, for the first time in the history of the medium, monthly comics are grinding to a halt due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Comics are largely sold through the direct market, moving from publisher to distributor to specialty comics retailers, as opposed to digital distribution or the newstands of yesteryear. But last month, Diamond Comics Distributors—the monopoly that supplies monthly comics to retailers in the United States and Britain—announced that it was refusing to accept new product from comics' largest publishers, including Marvel, DC, Image, and Boom Studios. "Product distributed by Diamond and slated for an on-sale date of April 1st or later will not be shipped to retailers until further notice," Diamond chairman and CEO Steve Geppi said in a statement. 

"Our freight networks are feeling the strain and are already experiencing delays, while our distribution centers in New York, California, and Pennsylvania were all closed late last week," Geppi's statement continued. "Our own home office in Maryland instituted a work from home policy, and experts say that we can expect further closures. Therefore, my only logical conclusion is to cease the distribution of new weekly product until there is greater clarity on the progress made toward stemming the spread of this disease." 



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Apr 03, 2020

The Coronavirus Just Made Joe Biden's Money Problems Even Worse
Saul Loeb/GettyJoe Biden's campaign is already struggling for money. Now, as it gears up to take on a president and his allied party apparatus, with an unprecedented war chest at their disposal, it faces a new hangup of its own making. 

The Democratic Party's decision to postpone this summer's presidential nominating convention over concerns about the longevity of the coronavirus outbreak has put a pot of money a bit further out of reach for the presumptive Democratic nominee. That's because instead of getting access to funds for the general election on the initial convention date—July 16—Biden must wait until mid-August, when the convention now is planned to go forward in Milwaukee. 

The move came after Biden himself called for postponing the convention, hoping to accommodate public health concerns that have shuttered a massive chunk of the U.S. economy. And his campaign said that they do not fear the month-long period of access to general election funds that they now must forgo

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Apr 03, 2020

Porn Union Leader to Trump: Why Are You Screwing Us Out of Our Coronavirus Stimulus Check?
GettyThe adult industry has long been considered one of the highest-grossing businesses, rumored to bring in billions in profits each year. As the novel coronavirus unleashes its deadly fury on the world economy, it should be no surprise that the adult world is taking a massive hit as well. Companies across the globe are closing their doors to customers due to shelter in place orders, and the porn industry has had to shut down filming for all, calling a moratorium on production until the crisis has subsided. 

With no end in sight, many performers are left struggling financially. As we sit from home on the edge of our seats, waiting on news of a bailout or financial aid from the U.S. government, many performers have moved to online platforms to supplement their income. From the set to their bedroom, performers have flooded webcam sites, video clip platforms, and social media with their newly created amateur content. Since their audience is now trapped in their houses as well, performers initially saw a rise in traffic and revenue, creating hope that we will financially survive the crisis. 

After the first two weeks of shelter-in-place orders, two things became very clear: the traffic load was consistent, but the amount of money customers were spending decreased dramatically. Webcam rooms look more like free chat rooms, and models are working longer hours, greeting more u

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Apr 03, 2020

Packed Weddings, Busy Funerals: Virus Slams Ultra-Orthodox Jews
John Minchillo/APTami Frankel, a nurse at Maimonides Medical Center in the heart of New York City Ultra-Orthodox enclave Borough Park, saw her workplace overtaken by the coronavirus in a matter of days.

"At first, I worked my regular shift and was floated to a ‘Corona floor' to help out," said Frankel, who works three to four 12-hour shifts a week. "By my next shift on my regular floor, the floor was converted to a Corona floor [too]."

Even for Frankel—a health-care professional and member of the Brooklyn community's expansive Orthodox Jewish community who had been warning family and friends to socially distance for weeks—the "sudden, exponential shift" in COVID-19 cases came as a shock. 

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Apr 03, 2020

These Researchers Want to Track Coronavirus Through Your Poop
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyGiggle if you must, but letting scientists and engineers sift through your poop for signs of the coronavirus could save a lot of lives. Researchers at the University of Michigan are looking into whether sampling sewage systems for COVID-19 could sniff out the virus early on, before anyone shows up at a testing center with a fever and bad cough. 

So how do researchers go about finding tiny viruses swimming in lakes of your leavings? And how could sewage surveillance help fill in the gaps of the current testing regimen?

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Apr 03, 2020

What's New on Netflix, Hulu, HBO and Amazon in April: A Streaming Guide for Coronavirus Quarantine
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos Getty/AlamyIf your streaming selection has grown a little stale due to weeks of being stuck inside amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, great news! It is now April—which means there's a whole new crop of movies and television available to stream across Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Amazon Prime.

Then again, options can be paralyzing; who has time to sort through every poorly organized menu to find the right pick? Well, most of us at this point, but still! Why not make it a little easier on yourself? Below you'll find some selections guaranteed to provide a moment of distraction, make you laugh, or, in some cases, nod in miserable, cooped-up solidarity.

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