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Jan 01, 2050

John McCain, A Life in Photos
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Jan 01, 2050

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

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

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

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Sep 26, 2020

This Is Everything I Use to Keep My WFH Desk Organized
Photo Illustration by Scouted/The Daily Beast/UnsplashWorking from home has had its ups and downs, but I'd say the biggest up has been the ability to revamp my home office. Before, it was pretty barebones — a desk, a pencil cup, a notebook — I didn't really need much. And then suddenly, I needed everything from organization tools to a desk lamp that would brighten my day. Over the past four months, I've yearned for the perfect work from home desk setup, and while it's not perfect (yet), I think it's pretty damn good. If you have a desk in disarray and need some inspo on how to get organized, we've rounded up some of the items we use on a day to day basis to keep our desks in tip-top shape. 

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The Daily Beast
Sep 23, 2020

Stay Warm With One of These Best-Selling Men's Scarves
Photo Illustration by Scouted/The Daily Beast/UnsplashAs the seasons change, so do our wardrobes. One of my personal favorite additions to my cold weather clothing is a scarf. Not only do scarves keep your neck and face warm, they are also potentially the most stylish clothing item out there. I mean, who doesn't look amazing in a scarf? To help you look your best during the colder months, we've rounded up some great scarf options to treat yourself to. 

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The Daily Beast
Sep 21, 2020

Comfort Is More Important Than Style These Days. But These Are Pretty Stylish, Too.
Photo Illustration by Scouted/The Daily Beast/ZapposI'm not going to lie: for the past four months, I've worn Birkenstocks pretty much everyday. Normally I would have a nice pair of summer sneakers, but this year was different. It's looking like fall will be different, too. When the leaves start to change, I'm a big  fan of leather boots, but why would I take the time to lace up when I'm just leaving the house for groceries and taking the dog out? No, this fall, I'm wearing sneakers, and I'm specifically wearing these sneakers.

New Balance's 574s are the most comfortable sneakers I've ever worn. I guess it's because they basically have a lot of running shoe technology, even if I don't use them to run. They have a midsole built with extra cushioning, supported arches, a heel insert for extra support, soft linings and insoles for all-day comfort, and a foam-padded collar and tongue. But despite all of this, they are meant to be worn as just walking, everyday shoes. The outsole is durable and made of rubber, providing excellent grip for the icy mornings to come, and the outer is made with a touch of suede, but not too much, so you can still wear them in the rain. They aren't meant to be worn to

The Daily Beast
Sep 21, 2020

Stressed About Internet Safety For Your Family? Try Out This VPN
Returning to school looks very different this year. Crowded school buses and noisy hallways have been replaced with staggered class schedules and remote learning. Juggling these changes can feel overwhelming, but there's one thing you can't let slip through the cracks: Internet safety. As you adapt to this new normal, NordVPN can help protect your family's privacy and personal data from those who might seek to exploit it.

NordVPN's military-grade encryption obscures internet activity from any online snoopers. A single account protects up to six devices—including phones, tablets, laptops, and even routers—across a myriad of different operating systems like Android, Mac OS, Windows, and Linux. Additionally, NordVPN features an easy-to-use app and its CyberSec technology shields you (or your kids) from accessing dangerous websites that host malicious software.

Right now, readers can save 68% off NordVPN's two-year plan (normally $286) by using the code NORDVPNBTS at checkout.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 21, 2020

How the Crossword Grid Can Test Your Foreign Language Chops and Increase Puzzle Difficulty
Rebecca TulisDek: It's really a judgment call, but it makes solvers hyper-aware of their own familiarity with other languages. 

Here's an international crossword mystery: When does a foreign word require a hint as to its origin in the clue, and when can you leave the language indicator off? Let's look at some examples from last week's crossword puzzles. 

23-Down in Wednesday's puzzle was NYET, clued as [Moscow "no"] with "Moscow" tipping you off that the answer was in Russian. So far, so good. But then 18-Down in Thursday's puzzle was OEUVRE, clued simply as [Body of Work]. No tip-off that it's a French word! What's up with that? 

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The Daily Beast
Sep 20, 2020

This Charging Hub Made My Desk More Organized
Photo Illustration by Scouted/The Daily Beast/NOMADWorking from home, I've become aware of how many wires are in my life. It seems like they are everywhere: from my computer to my phone to my headphones, you get the idea. I try to obscure wires behind my desk, but at the end of the day, you still need them to charge devices like Airpods, your phone, and maybe even your watch. And so, I had given up on eradicating wires or even just cleaning them up. And while base stations that wirelessly charge aren't new, I found one that stands out from the rest by a mile, thanks to its charging capacity and sleek design.

Nomad's Base Station Pro isn't just a wireless charger, it's an elegant piece of decor, suitable for any desk. It has the power and space to charge three devices at once—a phone, earbuds, and something else, like a watch. There's an Apple Watch mount you can opt in for that's free with the purchase of the charger. While other wireless chargers have lead to frustrated mornings with a barely-charged phone,  Nomad has implemented a new technology that allows you to place your devices anywhere on it, and they will charge. Besides that, the charger has an ultra-sleek body, meaning it can fit pretty much on any d

The Daily Beast
Sep 20, 2020

I'm a Convert: It's These Cleaning Products or Bust
Photo Illustration by Scouted/The Daily Beast/Branch BasicsI like to keep a clean space. A tiny smudge can drive me up the wall, and quickly towards the wall with my cleaning supply arsenal. But is there an easier way than lugging out a bucket of different cleaners and spritzes to accomplish the job? Even if that wasn't bad, the chemical smell itself is enough to make me lightheaded. And don't get me started on how non-eco-friendly they are. Recently, I discovered a brand that makes eco-friendly, fragrance-free cleaners that solve just about every issue I have with traditional cleaners, and then some. 

In the Starter Kit from Branch Basics, you get three empty spray bottles, a laundry detergent bottle, a hand soap foaming bottle, and one 33 oz. bottle of "The Concentrate." When I first got my package, I was shocked—I considered picking up the phone, thinking they had forgotten to include the rest of my cleaning concentrates. And then, upon reading the instructions, I realized that this concentrate, this singular bottle, somehow produces five different cleaning products. All you have to do is fill the bottles up to the demarcated lines with water,then add concentrate to the corresponding line as well (each bottle is different). That's it. Then you'll have fragrance

The Daily Beast
Sep 20, 2020

Robert Pattinson's Weird, Funny Accents Make Everything Better
Photo Illustration by Kristen Hazzard/The Daily Beast/ Courtesy Netflix/A24The thing about Robert Pattinson is that from the moment he's telling it, he commits to the lie.

Earlier this year we were all captivated by one of the master Hollywood troll's best performances yet: A viral interview in which Pattinson invented—and, disastrously, tried to cook—a portable pasta recipe called "Piccolini Cuscine." (I tried to make it. It did not go well.)

But Pattinson's knack for going all-in on a bizarre charade extends to his work as an actor. After all, if one thing has defined a lot of his post-Twilight work, it's his full (and full-throated) embrace of weird accents.

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Sep 20, 2020

France's Oldest Public Library is Paris' Best Oasis
Cliché Marie-Lan Nguyen (CC-by-nc-nd)This is the latest selection in our monthly series on The World's Most Beautiful Libraries.

PARIS--When I entered the reading room of France's oldest public library, I let out an audible and not-too-professional gasp that was (fortunately) muffled by my protective mask. 

After several years of living in Paris, I have become accustomed to the city's architectural grandeur. However, as a self-described bibliophile, I found the space's sumptuous interior lined from floor-to-ceiling with leather-bound volumes a little overwhelming at first. Add to that the woodsy, vanilla-tinged aroma of old books hanging in the air, and I wasn't sure whether to explore the library or just stand in the entrance and take some yoga-style inhalations. 

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The Daily Beast
Sep 20, 2020

Why Is Sarah Paulson So Good?
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Netflix/AlamyTo understand how a lot of longtime Sarah Paulson fans feel about her, look no further than a recent viral TikTok video from the account @iwantafrankoceanalbum. "Any movie, any show, any thing that this girl is on, it's automatically a 10 out of 10," the TikToker, Nijhea, says. "You don't even gotta watch it."

It's... really true. If a project happens to star Sarah Paulson, be it great or terrible, I know I want to watch just to see what she does with it. I didn't exactly love Ratched, but even I have to admit it was eminently watchable—all thanks to performers like Paulson and Sharon Stone, whose very presence is engrossing.

But what is it about my best friend and yours, Sarah Paulson, that makes her performances so captivating—especially on television?

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Sep 20, 2020

The Bloody Night That New York City Rioted Over Shakespeare
GettyThere was one thing on which people on both sides of the pond and on both sides of the class divide could agree in the mid-19th century: they loved the Bard. Though long-dead, Shakespeare was the Steven Spielberg of the day, and with theater tickets available for a very reasonable price (Hamilton producers, look to your thespian ancestors), playhouses were democratic spaces where those from all walks of life came together to see a good show. 

Because theater was the closest equivalent to popular entertainment at the time, the stage actors responsible for delivering the Bard's rhymes were the culture's A-listers. 

In the 1840s, a feud for the history books broke out between two of these leading stars—one from America, one from England. Like all good celebrity gossip, this rivalry played out in the newspapers of the day; and like all good culture wars, the issue at hand went way beyond two famous narcissists trading barbs.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 20, 2020

The Year the GOP Lost to Carter and Embraced the Dark Side
Bettmann/ Getty ImagesThe Deep South wasn't always red. For nearly a century, Democrats won Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina in almost every presidential election. Republican Barry Goldwater flipped those five states in 1964 by appealing to white voters who opposed Lyndon Johnson's Civil Rights Act, and Richard Nixon held onto them with racially coded talk of "states' rights," "law and order" in what came to be known as the Southern Strategy.

Jimmy Carter—a peanut farmer, evangelical Christian, and Georgia Democrat—scrambled the Southern Strategy in 1976 by running as a non-ideological antidote to Republicans who were reeling from Richard Nixon's resignation and Gerald Ford's deeply unpopular pardoning of his Watergate crimes.

It didn't last, of course. Ronald Reagan won in the Deep South and nearly everywhere else in 1980. Historian Rick Perlstein's Reaganland: America's Right Turn, 1976-1980 is the story of how the Republican Party became more ideologically cohesive, more evangelical Christian, and more driven by white identity politics during the tumultuous Carter years.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 20, 2020

Trump Makes America More Like Russia Every Day
Kremlin Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesRussian spies have undermined America for nearly a century. Their goals during and after the cold war were the same: Subvert the United States, sabotage its power, poison the body politic. They used the weapons of political warfare: deception, disinformation, espionage.

Their American agents held positions of power and authority. They infiltrated the Justice Department, the State Department, and all of America's national-security agencies. Turncoats at the FBI and the CIA gave the Russians keys to the kingdom of American intelligence. Their treason went undetected for many years. A Nazi-hunting congressman, Samuel Dickstein of New York, became a Kremlin spy in 1937. His work stayed secret for six decades.

Four years ago, the KGB veteran Vladimir Putin pulled off the greatest coup of political warfare since the Trojan Horse: He helped put Donald Trump in the White House. Ever since, Trump has been a priceless asset for the Russians, a point man for their war on American democracy. It's no secret that Trump echoes Russia's political propaganda, stands with Putin against American spies and soldiers, and undermines the pillars of American national security. No secret that he tried to erase the evidence of Russia's attacks on the last presidential election. Now he's trying to drown out warnings that they'll attack the next one.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 20, 2020

These Double Walled Drinking Glasses Will Replace Your Mug Collection
Glassware can be tricky. Actually, it's less tricky than you might think—double-walled glasses are the way to go. Not only are they a great way to really highlight whatever it is you're drinking, the design also allows you to hold the glass as if the contents weren't piping hot. Because there are two walls, the glasses don't sweat, and yet, somehow, some way, they remain fairly lightweight. The design is a sleek, minimalism that I'm always searching for in a set of glasses, and best of all, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, too. To help you stock up your kitchen cabinets with double-walled glassware, we've rounded up some of our favorites. 

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The Daily Beast
Sep 20, 2020

The Klan Murdered My Sister and Our Friends. Does Alabama Care?
AP Photo/Horace CortThe scars on my face tell me a story every day. A story of how a sweet 12-year old girl and her 14-year old sister Addie giggled as they walked to church on a Sunday morning. How they met their friends Cynthia, Carol and Carole before the service. How they heard a sound—BOOM—and four of them were dead.

It was 1963 and some men from the Ku Klux Klan had set a bomb at the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in the hope that it would kill Black people. It did. My sister and our three friends died. Doctors pulled 22 shards of glass from my face and debris from my eyes. They eventually had to remove my right eye.

I went from being an A student to a girl who struggled with my eyesight and with trauma. My dream was to become a nurse but because of the injuries I suffered I was never able to complete the education necessary to achieve that goal. I hid—from the scars and the pain and that moment, that terrible, terrible moment when everything I knew and held dear exploded. I mourned for my sister Addie, and Denise, who was 11, and for Carole and Carol, who were both 14. I was hospitalized in a segregated hospital.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 20, 2020

H.R. McMaster Tries to Wish Away His Old Boss Donald Trump
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIn June, a host of prominent military officers voiced their opposition to President Trump's threat to order U.S. soldiers to confront anti-racism protesters. Jim Mattis pronounced Trump, whom he had served as defense secretary, a threat to the Constitution. Joining Mattis were generals and admirals notable from the endless post-9/11 wars: Tony Thomas, John Allen, Mike Mullen, several others. Notably absent was H.R. McMaster, the retired Army three-star general who spent an uncomfortable year as Trump's national security adviser. 

At the time, a disappointed former McMaster aide speculated to The Daily Beast that McMaster might be holding his fire for a forthcoming book. But that book, Battlegrounds, continues McMaster's silence on Trump's fitness for office. "This is not the book that most people wanted me to write" is its first sentence, aptly matching the disappointment that McMaster's White House tenure inspired even among his friends.

It's not just that McMaster's disinterested in a tell-all. Battlegrounds, obtained early by The Daily Beast, is disinterested in shedding any significant light on the Trump administration. Readers will learn more about what McMaster said to former Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar Abadi or South Korean Ambassador Chung Eui-yong than any conversation he had with the president. McMaster wants instead to deliver a lecture about American strategy, primarily concerning Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. And there McMaster's evasions are significant. 



The Daily Beast
Sep 20, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death Clinches It: We're Living in a Dystopia
GettyWhen the smoke from the fires on the West Coast started showing up 2,900 miles away outside my window in New York City, that was the moment I realized we are living in an actual dystopia. I'm 42. I have lived through some shit, but nothing like this. Every single element of a dystopia is upon us.

There are the fires, the hurricanes, the uncontrolled pandemic, the financial apocalypse, the looming eviction crisis, the increase in stillbirths. the epidemic of police brutality,  and the autocratic president who happens to be, for good measure, a moron.

And that was before RBG slipped this mortal coil, and thirsty Mitch McConnell started plotting before her body was even cold. 

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The Daily Beast
Sep 20, 2020

Did Russian Spies Use Diplomatic Cover to Run a Global Cocaine-Smuggling Operation?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettySix men await trial in Moscow and Buenos Aires, charged with operating one of the craziest, most ambitious narco-trafficking rings in history. Russia's embassy in Argentina was the storage depot and Russian government transport was intended to move a cartel-sized consignment of virtually uncut cocaine from South America to Moscow. It was a transnational crime that astounded and confused the world, not least because authorities allege it was carried out by a small but resourceful cabal including one dirty embassy employee, one corrupt cop, and one charismatic chameleon who used some of the most secure Russian state real estate to store and smuggle $60 million worth of drugs. 

According to the official narrative, they did it all right under the noses of innocent diplomats and intelligence officers—and they would have gotten away with it without the plucky joint police work of Russian and Argentinian law enforcement. But what if that neat conclusion, which will soon be presented in court, is intentionally incomplete, a whitewash designed to protect more senior officials in the Russian government?

The Daily Beast, in collaboration with the London-based Dossier Center, has obtained the documents from both the Russian and Argentinian investigations of the notorious 2018 cocaine bust, including hundreds of hours of telephone wiretap recordings, reams of witness and suspect interrogation transcripts, and nearly 10,000 pages of police and intelligence case files. These files were leaked to the Dossier Center from two separate sources, incl

The Daily Beast
Sep 20, 2020

Meet Brock Pierce, the Presidential Candidate With Ties to Pedophiles Who Wants to End Human Trafficking
Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images for The Sime AwardsIn the trailer for First Kid, the forgettable 1996 comedy about a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the president's son, the title character, played by a teenage Brock Pierce, describes himself as "definitely the most powerful kid in the universe." Now, the former child star is running to be the most powerful man in the world, as an Independent candidate for President of the United States. 

Before First Kid, the Minnesota-born actor secured roles in a series of PG-rated comedies, playing a young Emilio Estevez in The Mighty Ducks, before graduating to smaller parts in movies like Problem Child 3: Junior in Love. When his screen time shrunk, Pierce retired from acting for a real executive role: co-founding the video production start-up Digital Entertainment Network (DEN) alongside businessman Marc Collins-Rector. At age 17, Pierce served as its vice president, taking in a base salary of $250,000.

DEN became "the poster child for dot-com excesses," raising more than $60 million in seed investments and plotting a $75 million IPO. But it turned into a shorthand for something else when, in October of 1999, the three co-founders suddenly resigned. That month, a New Jersey man filed a lawsuit alleging Collins-Rector had molested him for three years beginning when he was 13 years old. The following summer, three teens filed a sexual-abuse lawsuit against Pierce, Collins-Rector, and their third co-founder, Chad Shackley. The plaintiffs later dropped

The Daily Beast
Sep 20, 2020

Meet Brock Pierce, the Presidential Candidate With Ties to Two Pedophiles Who Wants to End Human Trafficking
Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images for The Sime AwardsIn the trailer for First Kid, the forgettable 1996 comedy about a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the president's son, the title character, played by a teenage Brock Pierce, describes himself as "definitely the most powerful kid in the universe." Now, the former child star is running to be the most powerful man in the world, as an Independent candidate for President of the United States. 

Before First Kid, the Minnesota-born actor secured roles in a series of PG-rated comedies, playing a young Emilio Estevez in The Mighty Ducks, before graduating to smaller parts in movies like Problem Child 3: Junior in Love. When his screen time shrunk, Pierce retired from acting for a real executive role: co-founding the video production start-up Digital Entertainment Network (DEN) alongside businessman Marc Collins-Rector. At age 17, Pierce served as its vice president, taking in a base salary of $250,000.

DEN became "the poster child for dot-com excesses," raising more than $60 million in seed investments and plotting a $75 million IPO. But it turned into a shorthand for something else when, in October of 1999, the three co-founders suddenly resigned. That month, a New Jersey man filed a lawsuit alleging Collins-Rector had molested him for three years beginning when he was 13 years old. The following summer, three teens filed a sexual-abuse lawsuit against Pierce, Collins-Rector, and their third co-founder, Chad Shackley. The plaintiffs later dropped

The Daily Beast
Sep 20, 2020

The Real Reason Trump Won't Stop Yelling About Mail-In Voting
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyPresident Trump will not shut up about voting by mail, repeatedly asserting that the system that has been used in elections prior is "rigged." Meanwhile, Republicans have tried endlessly to block certain states from making it happen. 

In this new bonus episode of The New Abnormal, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) explains the motivations behind the constant anti-mail-in ballot rhetoric, and it's deeper than Trump trying to prevent Americans from voting.

"Really, what they want to do is two things: They want to undermine the confidence voters have in the election. And they want to undermine the confidence that people have in the post office," he tells Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast. Why? Privatization and manipulation, aka "get people to believe that this simply cannot be done" so they give up and continue to yell at each other on Twitter. 

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The Daily Beast
Sep 19, 2020

GOP Laughs at Dems' Scorched Earth Threats as Supreme Court Battle Begins
Drew AngererDemocrats—livid and galvanized by the GOP's confirm-at-all costs approach to the new U.S. Supreme Court vacancy—have spent the last 24 hours boosting their 2020 candidates, rallying around the banner of Merrick Garland, and, increasingly, hashing out their own scorched-earth political tactics.

"Mitch McConnell set the precedent. No Supreme Court vacancies filled in an election year," tweeted Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), hours after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. "If he violates it, when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court."

The idea, previously confined to the party's left flank, is quietly gaining steam among staffers and aides in corners of the Senate Democratic caucus, who were livid on Saturday at seeing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and other top Republicans urging a swift confirmation of President Trump's nominee—whoever that person ends up being—after blocking Garland, Obama's nominee, in 2016, by saying the voters should decide who got to fill the slot.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 19, 2020

Suspect in Granny Slay Posted ‘Got the B*tch' on Facebook
Pinal County JailArizona police are investigating a tragic, perplexing attack that detectives say was unprovoked: 68-year-old Joan Sirhan was leaving her daughter's house after a visit with her grandchildren when she was fatally attacked on Thursday. The suspect, Jay Henderson, appears to have posted threats of violence against Sirhan on Facebook that same night.

In a statement, Apache Junction police told The Arizona Republic that Sirhan was attacked around 5:30 p.m. at an apartment complex. That same evening, a Facebook account that appears to belong to Henderson posted cryptic but alarming messages, including "Got the bitch."

"Short skinny red head witch burn her alive," another post from the page adds. A final message includes an address close to the area police listed as the scene of the crime before adding, "I'll be out side who's ready."

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The Daily Beast
Sep 19, 2020

Trump Replacing Ginsburg Isn't a Crime Against Democracy. It's How Democracy Works.
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesThe death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has raised the stakes for 2020, as if they needed raising. 

Donald Trump is urging senate Republicans to move "without delay" to replace her, and I find myself in the rare and uncomfortable position of agreeing. 

Republicans must nominate and confirm a conservative to the Supreme Court. I say this as a conservative who has frequently criticized Trump's disregard for democratic norms and institutions. Accepting Trump was always a devil's bargain—one that I wasn't willing to make. But if conservatives are going to suffer the downside of this deal, we might as well at least benefit from the upside. And this is one of the few potential upsides of a Trump presidency for Never Trump conservatives. 

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The Daily Beast
Sep 19, 2020

I've Tried More Than a Dozen Consumable CBD Products. This Is the Only One I Feel Every Time
Photo Illustration by Scouted/The Daily Beast/B GREATHomeostasis is that rare condition in which you are at perfect balance; you are in homeostatic balance when you are calm, alert, well-rested, free of stress, not hungry, not angry, and you are in good healthIn other words, homeostatic equilibrium is akin to catching lightning in a jar. But if you trade in that lightning jar of yours for a little aluminum can loaded with two ounces of Relax Shot drink from BGreat, you just might get a notch or two closer to that elusive homeostatic state. And you'll definitely fall asleep faster, which is the next best thing to homeostasis anyway.

Each Relax Shot has 20 milligrams of full spectrum hemp extract (as opposed to the CBD isolate found in many similar products) along with lavender water, melatonin, acai berry extract, and a few other ingredients that work together to bring you nearer to that aforementioned state of chill. And seeing as I have tried a good dozen brands of edible CBD products at this point, I can say with confidence that this stuff works (and tastes) better than any similar product I know of.

But what is it doing, exactly? Simply put, it's compensating for natural chemicals most of us lackThe human body has an endocannabinoid system with receptor sites all up and down the nervous system. Some of these receptors react to the cannabidiol (AKA CBD) in hemp to get you centered, an experience you might be missing out on if your body is not producing enough of those aforemention

The Daily Beast
Sep 19, 2020

‘RBG' Directors Recall How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wanted to Be Remembered
Robin Marchant/GettyWhen Betsy West and Julie Cohen began putting together their 2018 Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary, RBG, they knew they would never get to fit in everything they'd learned about the accomplished Supreme Court Justice. For instance: They had to leave out anecdotes about the time she learned Swedish just to become an expert in the country's civil procedure.

As the two explained to me in 2018 for a Vanity Fair story, Ginsburg got the book assignment as a young law professor and seized it so firmly that, as Cohen put it, she "became perhaps at the time... the leading—outside of Scandinavia—expert on Swedish civil procedure." It wasn't as colorful an anecdote as those that made it into the doc, which captured Ginsburg's "feminist love story," cultural meme-ification and planking regimen.

But Cohen said in 2018 that the anecdote gave "a sense of her level of determination when she gets an assignment." And in the wake of Ginsburg's death Friday at 87, West and Cohen have shared what she wanted her legacy to be.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 19, 2020

2 Dead, 14 Wounded in Mass Shooting at Rochester Party
Sergio Flores/ReutersThe city of Rochester, New York, was rocked early Saturday by a mass shooting at a house party that left two young people dead and 14 wounded.

"This is truly a tragedy of epic proportions, if you ask me," Acting Police Chief Mark Simmons said at a predawn press conference.

"Sixteen victims is unheard of. And for our community, who's right now going through so much, to have to deal with this tragedy needlessly—for people who decide to act in a violent manner—is unfortunate and shameful.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 19, 2020

Believe It or Not: I Actually Want to Wear This Apron
Photo Illustration by Scouted/The Daily Beast/Hedley & BennettCooking more means one thing: more dirty clothes. I'm not exactly a messy cooker or messy eater—things just happen. I feel like most of these incidents happen when I'm baking; flour is a nemesis of mine for sure. But that doesn't mean cooking isn't just as bad, if not more treacherous (see: tomato sauce). Now, aprons themselves aren't new but this one from Hedley & Bennett feels like something you'd see in a Michelin star restaurant — and that's just the start.

The Hedley & Bennett Denver Crossback is my absolute favorite apron, mainly because I don't feel like it really is an apron It's more of a cooking accessory, really. I think aprons get a bad rap — they are mostly known to be somewhat silly looking, protective devices that once on, force you to countdown until you can take it off. But not this one. This one is cool. It is made out of Duck Canvas and designed with the outdoors in mind. It has three pen pockets up top so you can look real professional, and two pockets near your pants which is a must for me: aprons without pockets are frustrating. But what's so cool about it most of all, is that it doesn't totally suck to wear it. Because it distributes weight down your shoulders and on your back instead of simply pulling at your neck, you can actually wear it for extended periods of time.

Now, I look forward

The Daily Beast
Sep 19, 2020

The Women DJs Exposing EDM's Sexism Epidemic
TIFFWhen Jennifer Lee, better known as TOKiMONSTA, started DJing, there was one thing she heard whispered about her again and again: that she hadn't created her own music. She remembers people attributing her work to the men in her life, guessing that her boyfriend must've made it for her. Since then, she has prioritized transparency in her process. "The more I share that with people," she says, "the more they know that what I make is mine."

Seizing ownership over one's work and artistry is a theme that comes up repeatedly in Underplayed, Stacey Lee's thoughtful and thorough documentary probing gender inequality in the electronic music scene. Profiling a series of DJs and music producers, the film presents a broad and commanding look at the EDM landscape. It starts with a bleak statistic: On Billboard's top 100 DJ list in 2019, only five women made the cut. The film then proceeds to interview each one of them—along with a host of other, more up-and-coming or underground female talents—about their experiences.

The documentary opens on Suzanne Ciani, a pioneer in electronic music whose career began in the 1970s. For women in the industry at that time, she says, "There were lots of signals that you weren't quite OK." When Ciani went to work with Don Buchla, creator of the Buchla synthesizer, she remembers him disinviting her from a class he'd sponsored, saying that he'd decided not to include women. Men in the field found women to be "a social discomfort," she explains. "They just were used to being among themselves. And they wanted

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Sep 19, 2020

Bill Maher and Jane Fonda React to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death in Real Time
HBOOn Friday night, the news broke: Ruth Bader Ginsburg had passed away at the age of 87.

The Brooklyn native, who'd served on the Supreme Court from 1993 until her death, was a trailblazing woman who, as perhaps the most liberal voice on the bench, fought vigilantly against gender discrimination and for reproductive rights.

And Bill Maher, the host of HBO's Real Time, was broadcasting his late-night show live when he heard the news.

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Sep 19, 2020

There'll Be Hell to Pay as Republican Hypocrites Race to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ramin Talaie/GettyThere's a Jewish tradition that someone who dies on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, must have been a tzaddik, a righteous person. After all, God waited all year to carry out the decree. Perhaps that offers some comfort to those mourning the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Hebrew name, Yita Ruchel bat Tzirel Leah) who finally succumbed to cancer at the age of 87, after convincing many of us that she was immortal.

But the themes of Rosh Hashanah offer another lesson as well: a warning to those Republican senators pondering whether or not to support Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's unbelievable, shameful, cynical, immoral hypocrisy in pushing to replace Justice Ginsberg just hours after her passing and weeks before a presidential election.

The warning? That, in the words of Lou Reed, you're going to reap, reap, reap just what you sow.

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Sep 19, 2020

What the Hell Is Going to Happen With Ski Season?
GettyAmerica's two largest ski conglomerates have drawn their line in the sand. While 2020 has been a banner year for corporate uncertainty, not a single mountain resort has been able to say with confidence what the upcoming ski season will look like. Nobody knows. Obviously things like face coverings and social distance and adherence to local health guidelines will be the norm; but until now, the burning question since resorts closed in March of this year has been, "Who will get to go skiing this year, and how?" 

This week, however, Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Company made it clear where they stand: Vail Resorts will institute a reservation system, and Alterra will not.

The last decade has been something of an arms race between these two companies as they continue to add resorts to their portfolio at breakneck speed. Highlights of Vail Resorts include Vail Ski Resort, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Heavenly, Park City, Whistler Blackcomb, Stowe, Okemo, Crested Butte, Mount Snow, and Hunter Mountain; Alterra's lineup includes Deer Valley, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Steamboat, Stratton, and Mont Tremblant.

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Sep 19, 2020

Let the Oscar Race Begin!: The Best of TIFF 2020
Courtesy of TIFFThis 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. 

The fall film festival season is usually a treat. Each year around this time, I put on my one (1) blazer that fits and head off to a week of fabulousness, previewing the films that hope to be Oscar contenders—often in audiences alongside the stars themselves. 

Suffice it to say, there was a noticeable downgrade in glamor when the Toronto International Film Festival relocated this last week to the same apartment couch I've been sitting on for the last seven months, from which I watched premieres of these movies as I'm sure they were intended to be seen: in a tiny window on my laptop while wearing gym shorts. 

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Sep 19, 2020

This Gov's Mask Mandate Can Only Do So Much to Stop COVID
Andy Lyons/GettyAfter six months of leading his state through the pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear has found himself in the position of having done many of the right things to try and keep the public safe. 

And while there have been some recent improvements in Kentucky's coronavirus standing, likely thanks at least in part to a mask mandate implemented by Beshear, issues remain as people enter more risky situations at this stage of the pandemic. 

A weekly report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force dated Sept. 13 noted the state has the 19th highest rate nationwide for "new cases per 100,000 population" and the 17th highest rate for test positivity. The report did note however that "Kentucky has seen a decrease in new cases and a decrease in test positivity over the last week." 

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Sep 19, 2020

‘The Great Pottery Throw Down' Is Sadly No ‘Great British Bake Off'
Love Productions/HBO MAXIs the latest British cute-reality-TV import, The Great Pottery Throw Down, for me? I thought so—I knit, do a bit of woodworking, live in a quaint town full of odd craftspeople (one of our most famous residents is the late Beatrice Wood, an unconventional potter who lived to 105), and am a design enthusiast. And yet, the much-anticipated show—which has already been on for several seasons in the U.K.—left me not merely cold, but bothered. 

The show's wildly-successful cousin, The Great British Bake Off, has charmed Americans so much that it garnered its own (bad) U.S. spin-off, which didn't work because American reality-TV culture is, generally speaking, too competitive and id-driven to be delightful. The British original, however, provides lessons in good humor and warmheartedness even in the face of failure. The fact that all the participants are amateurs who stand to win nothing but the honor of having been selected as the best makes the show more about imaginative gestures than self-promotion.

While The Great Pottery Throw Down naturally has many of the same ingredients as its forebearer—including slightly bizarre challenges made to test the skill and will of its participants—it somehow comes off as gratingly traditional and only begrudgingly appreciative of art. Contestants are technically amateurs, but some of them have been potters their whole lives. The judges, studio potter Kate Malone and potter and ceramic designer Keith Brymer Jones, are frequently obsessed with perfection and standardization, not necessarily craft but convention. This works for the Bake Off b

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Sep 19, 2020

This Is How Trump Perverted the Power of Positive Thinking
Getty"We have it totally under control," Donald Trump said on January 22, regarding the coronavirus. "It's going to be just fine," he prophesied. It was not just fine, but that didn't stop Trump from adding in February: "It's going to disappear. One day—it's like a miracle—it will disappear." 

The question lingers: Why would he say this? Why would Trump downplay the threat of COVID-19, when (a) he knew better, and (b) Politics 101 says you should always under-promise and over-achieve? There are a myriad of plausible reasons, including fears of spooking the stock market and thus hurting his re-election chances. Or maybe he just thought he could fake it till he made it—that the problem would resolve itself, and he'd get lucky. Or maybe he's just a pathological liar? 

Yes, but… It would be wrong to dismiss Trump's penchant for hype as merely a cunning attempt to gaslight us (though that is certainly one byproduct). A closer look suggests that Trump actually believes some of the things he wishcasts. As Ted Cruz once observed, "He doesn't know the difference between truth and lies…Whatever lie he's telling, at that minute he believes it." I would take it a step further: It's not just that Trump believes the things he says, it's that Trump believes that by believing them, he can actualize them. 



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Sep 19, 2020

How Dancing—In the Moonlight—Has Helped Keep Me Sane During Lockdown
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyEven before the pandemic, with the exception of a pair of weekly classes I taught at NYU, I spent most days working in my apartment. I'm a writer; I don't like doing it at a Starbucks or in a Writer's Room. I prefer being at home where I at least have some autonomy on the distractions.

My place isn't large—a compact one-bedroom—but I didn't feel claustrophobic because I was spending most nights out meeting friends for dinner, squeezing in a workout at the gym, and going to the theater. A lot. 

Now mostly unable—and for a while cautiously unwilling—to spend evenings out to balance my days in, I needed to find ways to make my life work ‘round the clock in less that 500 square feet. I had Zoom happy hours, Zoom game nights, Zoom workouts, Zoom yoga (both clothed and nude), and even a couple of Zoom dates (I'm currently single). I binge-watched series, devoured movies on the Criterion Channel and TCM, and joined a gay book group a friend started.

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Sep 19, 2020

The NRA and the Trump Campaign Appear to Be Flouting Election Laws. Again.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyIn a recent ad bankrolled by the National Rifle Association, two masked men chase a woman through a parking lot to her gray sedan. She locks the doors and scrambles to grab her gun from the car's console. A voiceover kicks in: "Joe Biden would take her rights away." The gun dissolves into thin air, just as the driver's side window shatters. 

The ominous 30-second spot, called "Carjack," aired more than 10,000 times in swing districts across Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, and Wisconsin during a two-week period in late August and early September. The NRA paid more than $4.1 million for the ad to run during shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The View. 

During that time, re-election ads for President Donald Trump that had been playing as early as May effectively stopped. In some cases, the president's ads—which became less frequent on all national airwaves during this period—started up again days after the NRA's ad buy ended. 

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Sep 19, 2020

‘We're Not Scared': Tens of Thousands of Motorcyclists Pack Lake of the Ozarks for Bike Rally
Courtesy of LakeBikefestAlong the Bagnell Dam Strip in the heart of the Lake of the Ozarks, thousands of motorcycles are tightly parked in the middle of a two-lane highway.

Tourists from across the country have been cutting loose along the historic stretch, known as the "main party hub" of the Missouri resort area, for months—but over the last three days, the highway lined with bars, hotels, and concert venues has been home to one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the Midwest: Lake of the Ozarks' Bikefest. 

Tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts have flooded the area for the annual rally, which started Wednesday, participating in five days of rides, fairs, music concerts, and coordinated stops at local bars and restaurants. 

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Sep 19, 2020

Maitland Ward: How We Made the First Big Porn Movie of the COVID Era
DeeperThere's a belief that Hollywood—and more specifically porn—is in the throes of chaos and headed for complete disaster at the moment. COVID has buckled the industry and there is no clear way to any semblance of normalcy. The valley is about to explode. While it's true that we are living in unprecedented times and constantly surfing the tipping point between apocalypse now, and now you can be seated at your favorite outdoor dining patio, I disagree. It's not because I have rose-tinted vision or I'm some cheerleading optimist, though I know a trick or two with a pom-pom. I will never cower to dip my brush into the ink of fear. And I don't have to, because I've just seen what can be done in this industry firsthand. In spite of the obstacles and deterrents and naysayers that said we could never accomplish such a thing, we just made a film.

Muse is its name—the film now being developed into a multi-season series by Kayden Kross for Deeper.com and Vixen Media Group. I am its muse. I headline an all-star cast in a type of project that's never been done in porn before, let alone mainstream, let alone in the age of COVID. It's Netflix and it's sex, and you soon realize you could be watching either

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Sep 19, 2020

Election Violence Could Arrive Long Before November
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/APMatthew Egler appeared unwell. In the hours leading up to July 24, he was emailing Arizona officials, claiming to have an intimate relationship with Ivanka Trump, and stating that he might be the next Republican vice president. 

Then, shortly after midnight, he allegedly drove to the Arizona Democratic Party headquarters in Phoenix, smashed a glass door, and lit a fire that completely destroyed the party's field office in what might be one of the most hotly contested counties in the upcoming presidential election. In social media posts reviewed by The Arizona Republic, Egler issued Trumpian talking points about Democrats "fixing" the election for Joe Biden. He appeared to confess to the fire as a political message. "I BOMBED THIS BUILDING" he wrote. "LISTEN TO WHAT IM SAYING."

As America hurtles toward one of the most contentious elections in its history, law-enforcement officials and security experts are warning of increased potential for violent attacks targeting the vote. Recent election cycles have been marked by unrest, but 2020's chaotic combination of pandemic and protests has led everyone from the feds to activist groups to sound the alarm.



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Sep 19, 2020

Election Violence Could Arrive Well Before November
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/APMatthew Egler appeared unwell. In the hours leading up to July 24, he was emailing Arizona officials, claiming to have an intimate relationship with Ivanka Trump, and stating that he might be the next Republican vice president. 

Then, shortly after midnight, he allegedly drove to the Arizona Democratic Party headquarters in Phoenix, smashed a glass door, and lit a fire that completely destroyed the party's field office in what might be one of the most hotly contested counties in the upcoming presidential election. In social media posts reviewed by the Arizona Republic, Egler issued Trumpian talking points about Democrats "fixing" the election for Joe Biden. He appeared to confess to the fire as a political message. "I BOMBED THIS BUILDING" he wrote. "LISTEN TO WHAT IM SAYING."

As America hurtles toward one of its most contentious elections in history, law-enforcement officials and security experts are warning of increased potential for violent attacks targeting the vote. Recent election cycles have been marked by unrest, but 2020's chaotic combination of pandemic and protests has led everyone from the feds to activist groups to sound the alarm.



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Sep 18, 2020

Women's Rights Crusader, Supreme Court Powerhouse, Meme Queen: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Incredible Life
George Bridges/GettyRuth Bader Ginsburg died in September 18, 2020, at the age of 87.

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Sep 18, 2020

‘A Shock. A Sadness. A Great Loss:' Tributes to Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pour in From Celebs, Politicians
Tasos Katopodis/GettyIn the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death on Friday, tributes came pouring in from politicians, celebrities, and just about everybody in between. But one common theme seemed to be a bittersweet determination to honor RBG's legacy at the polls on Election Day.

"This is it. It's the fucking fight of our lives," comedian Samantha Bee tweeted.

"Her rest is earned. It is our turn to fight," actress Kerry Washington wrote.

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Sep 18, 2020

Mitch Ready to Steamroll Dems on Ginsburg Replacement
Drew AngererOn Feb. 13, 2016, then-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead in a ranch bedroom in Texas. It was 268 days before the November election and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was quick to quip that there would not be a replacement until the next president was chosen. 

On Friday evening, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of complications from cancer 46 days before the presidential election. But McConnell has already made it clear that he sees no reason to wait for voters to weigh in on who should pick her replacement. The Kentucky Republican declared just hours after the death was announced: "President Donald Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate."

McConnell's monomaniacal focus on filling the courts with young conservatives will be tested in the next few months by a variety of factors. But the main one will be whether four Senate Republicans will prove unwilling to go along with confirming a replacement for Ginsburg after their party spent 237 days denying Judge Merrick Garland—President Barack Obama's nominee for the Scalia seat—a hearing, let alone a vote. 

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Sep 18, 2020

Here Are the Ways to Stop Mitch and Trump From Replacing RBG
Mario GettyFirst of all, before we get to the politics: Thank heaven for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She is truly one of the great 10 or 20 Americans of the last 40 years. Her work has made millions of people's lives better. She has made this, just as the founders hoped great Americans would, a more perfect union. 

I would prefer to go on in that vein, but these dark, greasy men and these dark, greasy times have rendered the pivot to politics in the second paragraph necessary and urgent. And so we pivot: What now?

It's obvious: Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump are going to try to name a replacement before the election. McConnell has already said he would—in May, while he was appearing at a Chamber of Commerce lunch in Paducah, a small city in western Kentucky. He was asked, how would you handle a Supreme Court vacancy, in 2020, while President Trump was seeking reelection? "Oh," he said, "we'd fill it." There's video. Go look at the smirk on his face as he says it.

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Sep 18, 2020

Here's How to Stop Mitch and Trump From Replacing RBG
Mario GettyFirst of all, before we get to the politics: Thank heaven for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She is truly one of the great 10 or 20 Americans of the last 40 years. Her work has made millions of people's lives better. She has made this, just as the founders hoped great Americans would, a more perfect union. 

I would prefer to go on in that vein, but these dark, greasy men and these dark, greasy times have rendered the pivot to politics in the second paragraph necessary and urgent. And so we pivot: What now?

It's obvious: Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump are going to try to name a replacement before the election. McConnell has already said he would—in May, while he was appearing at a Chamber of Commerce lunch in Paducah, a small city in western Kentucky. He was asked, how would you handle a Supreme Court vacancy, in 2020, while President Trump was seeking reelection? "Oh," he said, "we'd fill it." There's video. Go look at the smirk on his face as he says it.

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Sep 18, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, AKA The Notorious RBG, Was a Pop Icon Who Truly Made a Big Difference
GettyWas there anything that wasn't cool about Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

Even the late Supreme Court justice's nickname—Notorious RBG—has a cool backstory. 

It began, she said, with a "young woman at NYU Law School" who was supremely pissed off at the Court's decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Eric H. Holder, Jr., which, Ginsburg said bluntly, "took the heart out of the Voting Rights Act of 1965… And then she realized that anger is not a productive emotion. It doesn't get you anywhere. So she was going to do something positive. She started this Tumblr with my dissent in the Shelby County case, and it took off from there," she said and paused. "The ‘Notorious RBG' is after the Notorious BIG—well-known rapper. And when they told me that's what they were calling the Tumblr, I said, ‘Well, of course. We have one big thing in common.' What do you have in common with the Notorious BIG? ‘We were both born and bred in Brooklyn.'"

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Sep 18, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Outsider's Champion, Has Died at 87
Mandel Ngan/GettyRuth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court justice, trailblazing feminist, and the closest thing to a folk hero the high court has ever seen, has died at the age of 87. The Supreme Court announced that she died Friday due to complications from metastatic pancreas cancer.

In a statement dictated to her granddaughter just days before her death, Ginsburg said, "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

Tributes began pouring in instantly. The chief justice, John Roberts, said in a statement that the country had lost "a jurist of historic stature."

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Sep 18, 2020

ICE Hysterectomy Doctor Wasn't Even a Board-Certified OB-GYN
Jeff AmyThe doctor at the center of a scandal over unwanted hysterectomies at an immigrant detention facility in Georgia is not a board certified OB-GYN, The Daily Beast has learned.

Dr. Mahendra Amin came under scrutiny after immigrant rights groups issued a report accusing him of conducting unnecessary or unwanted gynecological procedures on women detained at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia. 

On Friday, a spokesperson for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology told The Daily Beast that its records show Amin is not certified by the organization. A spokesperson for the American Board of Medical Specialties, the leading organization for physician board certification in the U.S., said Amin was not certified by any of the 24 ABMS member boards.

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Sep 18, 2020

Biden Goes Full Populist in Closing Weeks
Reuters/Jonathan ErnstThe day after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden test-ran a new populist phrase about income inequality in a parking lot set up for a town hall in Pennsylvania, he doubled down in another swing state at risk of turning red: Minnesota.

During a televised event with CNN on Thursday night, Biden deliberately elevated Scranton, a largely white, working class city he identifies as home, over Park Avenue, the ultra-exclusive section of New York City where President Donald Trump has erected one of his flashiest towers. By Friday afternoon, he drove the point again. 

"As I said last night in my hometown, I believe this campaign is between Scranton and Park Avenue," the former vice president said in Hermantown, Minnesota. "All Trump sees from Park Avenue is Wall Street, that's why the only metric of the American prosperity for him is the value of the Dow Jones."

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Sep 18, 2020

Inside the Hell of Israel's Second Lockdown
Amir Levy/Getty ImagesIsraelis just want to fly away.

The atmosphere was so grim as the nation entered a coronavirus lockdown on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, that there appeared to be no escape.

One meme making the rounds showed desperate hands reaching out of the sea towards a far-off airplane flying high in a deep blue sky, accompanied only by the traditional greeting of "Shana Tova," a good year.

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Sep 18, 2020

Trump Finally Admits Many Americans Won't Get Vaccine Until April
Alex WongPresident Trump on Friday said that the U.S. expects to have enough coronavirus vaccines for every American by April.

"We'll have manufactured at least 100 million vaccine doses before the end of the year and likely much more than that," Trump said at an afternoon press conference. "Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month, and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April. And again I'll say that even at that later stage a delivery will go as fast it comes they can deliver."

Despite Trump saying "three vaccines are already in the final stage," there is still no certainty when a safe and effective vaccine will indeed be approved for the American public. 

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Sep 18, 2020

CDC Issues Yet Another Round of Guidance on COVID-19 Testing
REUTERSThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated its coronavirus testing guidelines to say that individuals who do not present with symptoms should still be tested for COVID19 "due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission."

The revised guidelines represent a capstone of sorts to a tumultuous few weeks for the agency, which has come under intense pressure from the White House and its allies to offer rosier prognoses on the battle against the pandemic. In late August, the CDC put out revised testing guidelines that said that individuals who were not exhibiting COVID-related symptoms "do not necessarily need a test." That update stirred tensions among scientists working in the agency and elsewhere in the administration's health departments who said the testing guidelines could set a dangerous precedent and would make it that much more difficult to identify infections and stop community spread. 

Days after the August 24th guidelines were issued, the CDC had revised the language to note that testing was recommended "for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection." 

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Sep 18, 2020

All Hell Breaks Loose on ‘The View' After Guest Brings Up Joy's Blackface Incident
Friday's broadcast of The View went completely off the rails when a Black GOP congressional candidate brought up host Joy Behar's infamous blackface photo, causing Behar to loudly deny she ever donned blackface as the panel devolved into a shoutfest.

Klacik, who has become a conservative cause célèbre over her longshot bid to flip Baltimore's congressional district to Republican, appeared on the ABC talk show to promote her campaign. And for the most part, things remained largely civil as she fielded questions during the multi-segment interview. 

Towards the end of the conversation, however, things grew a bit more tense when co-host Sara Haines asked Klacik about President Donald Trump's admission to journalist Bob Woodward that he purposely downplayed the threat of coronavirus during the early days of the crisis.

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Sep 18, 2020

Chris Wallace Shuts Down Fox News Host Wondering if Biden Puts ‘Too Much Focus' on COVID
Is Joe Biden too focused on the global pandemic that has killed 200,000 Americans under his political opponent's watch? That's the question that Chris Wallace fielded from his Fox News colleague with an obvious "no" on Friday. 

During a discussion about Joe Biden's sustained attacks against the president's coronavirus response during the previous night's CNN town hall, Fox anchor Trace Gallagher quoted a lengthy statement from the Trump campaign that accused the former vice president of refusing to "offer any examples of anything he would have done differently to combat the virus." 

With that in mind, Gallagher asked Wallace: "So what do you think about coronavirus? Too much focus on coronavirus for the Biden campaign?" 

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Sep 18, 2020

I Didn't Know Having Something Framed Could Be This Simple
Photo Illustration by Scouted/The Daily Beast/FramebridgeWhenever I'm decorating a space, the last thing to go up on the walls is art. This is for two reasons, I think. First, it's hard to know what should go up without having the rest of the room designed. But I think the bigger factor is that framing is hard. I've tried to do it myself, by buying frames from Amazon or the local art store but that just leaves me in a pit of despair everytime. I've tried to not do it at all and just use command strips on the wall, but that doesn't look very good. Thankfully, I recently discovered Framebridge.

Framebridge is an online framing service that somehow manages to make framing things easy. They have a few physical locations, but I think the magic happens online. When you go on their site, you click on "Start Framing." From there, they ask you what you're framing. They'll prompt you to take a picture of whatever it is so they can put it into their software. Once uploaded, you can see what their vast variety of different frames look like surrounding your work, and you can choose between special options, like float mounting, to really help your piece stand out. Once you've selected your perfect frame, they'll ask how you plan on getting them your piece of art. If you have packaging, they'll send you a shipping label to print, but if you don't, they'll send you a tube or a flat mailer specifically designed for the di

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Sep 18, 2020

Is Netflix's ‘Ratched' Really Worth Your Time?
NetflixThis 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. 

Early in the second episode of Ratched, Sarah Paulson and Judy Davis argue over a peach. At first, it seems like some throwaway dialogue. Then it goes on. And on. All told, it is one of the most intense scenes I've watched on TV this year, this argument over a peach. Elio from Call Me by Your Name is shaking. The cast of Parasite, scandalized.

The longer this peach argument went on, the more confusing it became—but also the more fabulous. 

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Sep 18, 2020

Joe Arpaio Gets Brutally Embarrassed by Colbert's ‘Tooning Out the News'
You would think that after Joe Arpaio got duped into accepting a hypothetical blowjob from Donald Trump while unboxing children's toys with Sacha Baron Cohen's Finnish YouTube celebrity character OMGWhizzBoyOMG, he would have thought twice before sitting down for an interview with cartoon news anchors. But no.

On Thursday night, the former Maricopa County Sheriff who skirted prison time thanks to a pardon from President Trump, became the latest victim of Stephen Colbert's Tooning Out the News. 

Appearing as a guest on the Morning Joe-inspired Inside the Hill, Arpaio was forced to sit there quietly for more than three minutes at the top of the segment as the animated hosts listed off his many "atrocities" to his face. Occasionally, they would add comments like, "You should be doing this interview from inside a glass box" or that his actions were "something evangelicals should be upset about, but for some, odd, definitely-not-skin-colored-related reason aren't." 

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Sep 18, 2020

How the Trump Campaign Lit a Billion Dollars on Fire
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyThe Trump campaign raised more cash than just about any campaign in history—and it's still broke, pulling TV ads in big states and slowing down key data operations.

On the latest episode of The New Abnormal, Rick Wilson breaks down for Molly Jong-Fast—and the rest of us—how Team Trump managed to burn a billion bucks. First off, the Trump spent something like $400 million to raise that billi, an absolute ungodly sum, straight into the fundraisers' pockets. So you're down to $600 million. 

Then you take the Trumps' skim off the top, call it 20%, and you're at $480 million. Throw in some bonehead moves, like $11 million on Superbowl ads and another million on D.C. market ad buys. Layer in $20 million per month in staff costs and—well, it ain't the first enterprise Trump has run into the ground.

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Sep 18, 2020

Cops Find 200 ‘Irreplaceable' Books—Including Originals by Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton—Buried in Romania
Michael Dalder/ReutersROME—For the last three years, police in the U.K., Italy, and Romania have been trying to figure out what three men convicted of stealing $3.2 million worth of "irreplaceable" books did with them.

This week, they got their break after searching a home in Neamt in northeastern Romania where they lifted floorboards to find a cement tomb with all 200 books carefully wrapped and hidden.

The spectacular book heist in January 2017 could be a Mission Impossible plot line, with two of the thieves cutting a hole in the skylights of a postal transit warehouse in West London, and then balancing on rafters and upper bookshelves while they fished original first edition tomes written by Galileo, Isaac Newton, and Goya off the shelves, skirting the laser detectors on the floors.

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Sep 18, 2020

Best New Launches from Tan France, Saucony, and More
New Kids on the Block helps you navigate all the new and exciting launches from our favorite brands, all in one place.

Etsy x Tan France: Stylish, minimal decor is at the heart of this collaboration with Etsy and Tan France from Netflix's Queer Eye. The collection is filled with uniquely-shaped vases, mugs, candles, and more. It's the perfect thing to gift yourself for some self care, but it's also great to add to your list for gifting to friends and family.

Saucony x prinkshop: In preparation for this year's election, sneaker brand Saucony partnered with prinkshop on WOMEN RUNNING, a collection of inspired running gear that donates 10% of proceeds to  She Should Run, a nonprofit organization that supports female leadership in politics.

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Sep 18, 2020

How High-End Restaurants, Bars and Hotels Are Reinventing Themselves to Reopen in the Pandemic
JEFF PACHOUDFor the planet's bars, restaurants and hotels, the pandemic has been a brutal, sometimes terminal experience. The industry journal, Restaurant Business, has, for example, estimated that the restaurant sector as a whole is on track to lose $240 billion in 2020 in the US.

High-end establishments have not been spared. The James Beard Foundation says that surveys of its members, foodies who tend to patronize more exclusive venues, report that some 40% of restaurants are still fully closed, as they try to weigh re-opening amid shifting capacity limits.

Many may be shuttered forever; in the height of the pandemic celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck told CNBC that he believed one-quarter of U.S. restaurants would never open again. That assessment, made in July, may now look optimistic.

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Sep 18, 2020

How High-End Restaurants, Bars, and Hotels Are Reinventing Themselves to Reopen in the Pandemic
JEFF PACHOUDFor the planet's bars, restaurants, and hotels, the pandemic has been a brutal, sometimes terminal experience. The industry journal Restaurant Business has, for example, estimated that the restaurant sector as a whole is on track to lose $240 billion in 2020 in the U.S.

High-end establishments have not been spared. The James Beard Foundation says that surveys of its members, foodies who tend to patronize more exclusive venues, report that some 40 percent of restaurants are still fully closed, as they try to weigh re-opening amid shifting capacity limits.

Many may be shuttered forever; in the height of the pandemic, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck told CNBC that he believed one-quarter of U.S. restaurants would never open again. That assessment, made in July, may now look optimistic.

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Sep 18, 2020

U.S. Admits That Congressman Offered Pardon to Assange If He Covered Up Russia Links
Reuters/Henry NichollsLONDON—Lawyers representing the United States at Julian Assange's extradition trial in Britain have accepted the claim that the WikiLeaks founder was offered a presidential pardon by a Congressman on the condition that he would help cover up Russia's involvement in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Jennifer Robinson, a lawyer, told the court that she had attended a meeting between Assange, then Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and pro-Trump troll Charles Johnson at Assange's hide-out, the Ecuadorian embassy in London, on August 15, 2017.

Robinson said the two Americans claimed to be emissaries from Washington and "wanted us to believe they were acting on behalf of the president." The pair allegedly told Assange that they could help grant him a pardon in exchange for him revealing information about the source of the WikiLeaks information that proved it was not the Russians who hacked Democratic emails.

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Sep 18, 2020

In Trump's Shithole America, 200,000 Dead Means ‘We Did a Good Job'
Sometime soon—this weekend, or next week, but possibly by tonight—we'll cross the dark threshold of 200,000 dead from COVID.  

For those who still believe in American exceptionalism, rest assured: We're number one, by a mile. We have 4 percent of the world's population and 21 percent of its deaths. Lately, we've been averaging around 600, 650 deaths a day. That would mean that by Election Day, we'd have another 30,000 dead. But the experts expect things to get worse as the colder weather arrives. 

And every day, Donald Trump gets more and more embarrassing, shows himself as more out of it and more callous than he'd been the week before, when he was already saying out of it and callous things. His breaking the death count down to blue deaths vs. red deaths Wednesday was factually wrong (of course) and morally sick, as was his bizarre moving of the goalposts to claim that 200,000 dead would mean "we did a good job. If the not-so-good job was done, you'd be between 1.5 million — I remember these numbers so well — and 2.2 million. That's quite a difference."

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Sep 18, 2020

Frederick Wiseman's ‘City Hall' Will Teach You How Local Politics Really Works
Zipporah Films Inc.Frederick Wiseman is American cinema's foremost sociological auteur, a chronicler of the myriad civic institutions and organizations that—in the best-case scenario—allow the nation to operate and evolve for the benefit of its citizens. From the groundbreaking early years of 1967's Titicut Follies, 1968's High School and 1970's Hospital, to the more recent triumphs of 2017's Ex Libris: The New York Public Library and 2018's Monrovia, Indiana, Wiseman has exhibited an intense interest in, and eye for, the interconnected systems and forces shaping our daily lives, a web that encompasses issues of race, class, gender, privilege, and power. Without making overt argumentative points, his films reveal the intricacies, ideals, challenges, hypocrisies, failures, and achievements of the modern world.

Even at the age of 90, Wiseman continues to churn out non-fiction gems like no other, and that definitely holds true with regards to his latest, City Hall, a four-and-a-half-hour documentary about the inner workings of Boston that, following its current online run at the Toronto International Film Festival and upcoming debut at the New York Film Festival (September 25-30), will premiere on VOD in November.

Produced from the fall of 2018 to the winter of 2019, and shot in his usual no-frills manner (by cinematographer John Davey), it's a sprawling panorama of government and community work. Tracing lines between the corridors of legislative authority and municipal hearings and neighborhood meetings, the film presents a comprehensive view of the grinding gears that keep the metropolis running. Comprised

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Sep 18, 2020

Will Kamala Complete Asian Americans' Flip From Red to Blue?
Mark Makela/Getty ImagesBy John A. Tures, The Conversation

Asian Americans used to be a reliable Republican voting bloc. But long before Kamala Harris, who is Indian American and Black, became Joe Biden's running mate, they shifted to support the Democratic Party. This is true across ages, genders and ethnic origins of Asian Americans—including Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Hmong.

As a political scientist, I'm not just interested in voting, but also in how groups change their party preferences. This subject of study, known as "critical elections," looks at how political party fortunes change over time as a result of racial, religious or regional groups' changing views.

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Sep 18, 2020

‘Residue' Shows the Human Toll of White Gentrifiers Invading Black Neighborhoods
Courtesy of ARRAY ReleasingResidue, the very personal feature film debut by Merawi Gerima, is patient but not slow. The film, which arrived this week to streaming platforms via Ava DuVernay's distributor Array, sees past and present not only give clues about the future but inform a set of ideas and questions, telling a difficult story through many lenses and challenging the most obvious conclusions.

As many reviews have pointed out, the film is "about" gentrification in Washington, D.C. Jay (Obi Nwachukwu), who's been away for years attending film school in Los Angeles, returns home to find his old neighborhood, Q Street, populated with affluent white people and his parents' home, now elsewhere in the city, hounded by real estate investors looking to snatch it up. The story however, reaches beyond headlines and righteous statements, and instead searches for the substance of what actually goes on in places that do not merely change over time, but are violently transformed. 

Jay can't get ahold of an old friend, Demetrius, who none of the remaining locals will be straight with him about. His parents are well-situated, and own two properties including their old brownstone on Q Street where Jay is staying in an apartment, but Jay himself is deeply destabilized by what he's come back to. The flashbacks that ensue in the meantime refuse nostalgia, and instead look frankly at the neighborhood before it was whitewashed—seeing its beauty as well as its terror on every inch of the block. 



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Sep 18, 2020

Exhausted House Dems: Only Voters Can Stop Trump Now
Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty ImagesWith less than 50 days to go until the election, exhausted House Democrats—staring down fresh oversight challenges from a president who just keeps on serving them up—are embracing a Jesus-take-the-wheel approach: putting faith in the voting public to exercise the ultimate check on Donald Trump.

On a Tuesday morning outside the U.S. Capitol—days after the release of a whistleblower complaint alleging, among other things, that Trump administration officials have been severely downplaying the extent of Russian interference in the 2020 election—the question of how House Democrats might keep up at a time like this prompted Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) to offer a disbelieving chuckle. Which then morphed into a full-on fake sob, played up for effect.

Malinowski's initial reaction to that question might sum up how many of his colleagues are feeling right now—almost comically fatigued at the prospect of confronting a new crisis, a breakdown of election security protocols, in a presidency that's been full of crisis. But his actual answer to the question indicated a broader hope among Democrats that the light at the end of the tunnel may finally be near. 

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Sep 18, 2020

Trump Did Something Great This Week. So Where's the Credit?
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesDonald Trump did something pretty amazing this week: He brokered a Middle East peace deal that normalized relations between Israel and two Arab nations. And the public barely noticed.

Make no mistake. This was a historic deal, reshaping the Middle East and providing security for Israel, all while further isolating the Islamic Republic of Iran and its terrorist proxies. And it could be a harbinger of things to come; there is speculation that Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Sudan, and Oman could follow. This could snowball for the good. 

Yet, if you blinked, you might have missed it. 

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Sep 18, 2020

De Blasio Botches His Own Ego-Stroking School Reopening
Michael Loccisano/GettyMayor Bill de Blasio of New York has further proven that ego can make even the most strident progressive as blind as President Trump is to his own absurdity.

On Thursday, just three days before in-person classes were due to begin, the mayor announced a second last-minute delay in the opening of America's biggest school system. He again cited manifest realities that he had been denying for weeks. He again offered no apology to the families as he went de Bonkers.

"I think our parents—and I was one for a long time in our public schools—they're a lot more pragmatic than you might imagine," he said at a press conference. "[They] are overwhelmingly working-class people and lower-income people... They are people who understand the realities of life and they're not shocked when something this difficult has to be adjusted from time to time."

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Sep 18, 2020

Kamala Harris Loves Her Timberlands. As a Black Woman, I Share Her Devotion
FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty ImagesTimberland boots have come to be an emblem of the Black community, and this week—after a much-buzzed-about photograph of her stepping off a plane in California—vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has owned that statement.

She was sure to take that cultural icon with her while conducting political, grassroots work, inspecting a site of the recent, devastating wildfires. It was as if she was letting the Black community know that she stands with them, and has not forgotten who she is or where she came from. On the flipside, she was reminding the entire nation that it's OK to be Black, that it's OK to not assimilate into "white" America. 

The move was unapologetically Black. For me, it is the kind of move that signals to me that I can be Black without having to code-switch whenever I walk into a room of predominantly white people at a party; it meant that I can wear my hair in its natural curl pattern when I go for a job interview; it meant that I don't have to change the radio station to Top 40 whenever a white coworker rides with me in the car.



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Sep 18, 2020

It's Never Been Easier to Own the Italian Villa of Your Dreams
Getty ImagesROME—There is something particularly telling about the "for sale" advertisements on Italy's real-estate websites these days. Rather than the usual badly lit photos of apartments on the market, many ads look like Airbnb flats for rent, complete with folded towels on the beds and tables set for two. That's because they are. 

Across Italy, an increasing number of people who bought cheap apartments to fix up to ride the Airbnb boom a few years ago are now stuck with apartments they can't pay the mortgage on and are selling them off after the COVID-19 pandemic all but killed off tourism. Italy's tourism industry is slated to lose around $120 billion in 2020, and 2021 doesn't look like it will be much better. 

Calling this year's summer a "season to forget," Italy's main financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore reports a "worse-than-expected" decrease in foreign tourists to Italy of 66 percent, which has crippled the hotel industry and devastated the Airbnb market. 

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Sep 18, 2020

Italy's Tourism Bust Leads to Real Estate Rush
Getty ImagesROME—There is something particularly telling about the "for sale" advertisements on Italy's real estate websites these days. Rather than the usual badly lit photos of apartments on the market, many ads look like Airbnb flats for rent, complete with folded towels on the beds and tables set for two. That's because they are. 

Across Italy, an increasing number of people who bought cheap apartments to fix up to ride the Airbnb boom a few years ago are now stuck with apartments they can't pay the mortgage on and are selling them off after the COVID-19 pandemic all but killed off tourism. Italy's tourism industry is slated to lose around $120 billion in 2020, and 2021 doesn't look like it will be much better. 

Calling this year's summer a "season to forget," Italy's main financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore reports a "worse-than-expected" decrease in foreign tourists to Italy of 66 percent, which has crippled the hotel industry and devastated the Airbnb market. 

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Sep 18, 2020

Royal Family ‘Furious' With Harry and Meghan over Netflix Deal. ‘They Are in Bed With the Enemy.'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty/NetflixIf 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.

It would take staggering naivety to believe that it was an accident.

Earlier this week, the usually terribly careful Prince William and Kate Middleton provoked a minor diplomatic incident when an apparent attempt to congratulate Prince Harry on his birthday went awry.

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Sep 18, 2020

Royal Family ‘Furious' With Harry and Meghan Over Netflix Deal: ‘They Are in Bed With the Enemy.'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty/NetflixIf 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.

It would take staggering naïveté to believe that it was an accident.

Earlier this week, the usually terribly careful Prince William and Kate Middleton provoked a minor diplomatic incident when an apparent attempt to congratulate Prince Harry on his birthday went awry.

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Sep 18, 2020

Joking From Home: How Comedians Kill During a Pandemic
HandoutComedian Nate Bargatze had 100 stand-up gigs lined up for 2020. All of them were canceled. But after six months of navigating the pandemic, he has figured out how to replace at least a portion: He's about to embark on a two-month, 20-city tour of live shows at drive-in theaters. 

For the most part, the tour is good news. "The bad part," he told The Daily Beast, "is if someone is bored and wants to leave, I'm going to see their headlights turn on and watch them drive away during the show."

Since early spring, stand-up has seen traditional sources of income—live gigs—disappear. Comics have had to get creative: Jim Gaffigan turned to live-streaming his family dinners and making web shows with his kids. Sarah Cooper's stint of lip-syncing to Trump on TikTok landed her a Netflix special. In late March, Reggie Watts launched an app, Watts App, which helps him share his comedy without any risk of spreading germs. Others are exploring the wild new world of online stand-up, rearranging their living rooms into makeshift comedy clubs and acquiring mics, pop filters, webcams, editing software and green screens to make paid or by-donation gigs possible via their laptops.



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Sep 18, 2020

Trump's Coronavirus Plan? Talk Shit, Cut Taxes, and Pray for the Best.
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastSo, if I were the president of the United States right now, I'd be up at night worrying about, oh, nursing homes. Senior citizen centers. Hospitals for the mentally ill. Imagine what's going on right now in those places. Or homeless shelters, or, yes, even prisons. In other words, I'd have a lot on my mind in the public health realm, as you or any other decent human being would.

But what was Donald Trump up late Tuesday night-early Wednesday morning tweeting about, at 1 am?:

Are you fucking kidding me? Still with the Pocahontas? And the Bernie obsession? And what's with the three days business? The days are such a blur, events such a Gatling-gun assault on the brain, I can't remember what day Elizabeth Warren dropped out, let alone keep a mental note of what day she "should have." 

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Sep 18, 2020

The State of Ryan Murphy: Is Netflix's $300 Million Man Paying Off?
Photo Illustration by Kristen Hazzard/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyThree years ago, Netflix and Shonda Rhimes signed a deal that would change the TV game as we know it. When Netflix paid Rhimes at least $150 million—but probably more—for a five-year overall deal, stealing her away from ABC, it kicked off an avalanche of rich deals for other prolific producers, including her fellow ABC stalwart Kenya Barris and Fox darling Ryan Murphy.

Ryan Murphy's Netflix deal, signed in 2018, was the richest of them all at the time—a $300 million payday that has given us The Politician, Hollywood, and now the One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest prequel Ratched. (Other producers, including Greg Berlanti, have since signed for bigger numbers.)

But Murphy's output so far has likely not brought the results Netflix had hoped for; all three of his streaming shows have been duds at best and abject failures at worst. (In an ironic twist, the Murphy-produced documentaries Circus of Books and A Secret Love, both of which debuted on Netflix within the last year, are both better than any of the scripted series produced under the deal.)

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Sep 18, 2020

Georgia School District to Teachers With Health Problems: Tough Luck
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyGeorgia teacher Samantha Mbozi hasn't even entered a grocery store in the last six months. The 51-year-old just finished chemotherapy a year ago and is taking immunosuppressive drugs for two other illnesses. Her doctor told her strict quarantine could be a matter of life or death.

But late last month, the Gwinnett County School District gave her an ultimatum: Return to the classroom to teach in person, or stop teaching altogether.

"I said, ‘It's not like I don't want to work. I'm a single parent, I don't know where my paychecks are coming from after this month,'" said Mbozi, an immigrant from Guyana and a single mother of two. "They said, ‘There's no work-from-home options. If you're not in the building, you take leave.'"

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Sep 18, 2020

Gabourey Sidibe Vowed to Be Meaner to Men. Now She's Thriving.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyTo call the start of the new film Antebellum heavy would be like calling the times we're living in now slightly stressful: an egregious understatement of trauma. The film opens on a slave plantation occupied by Confederate soldiers, launching a five minute-long tracking sequence that ends with a female slave being murdered and then dragged through the fields. A character played by Janelle Monáe is whipped with a belt, punched, and then branded with an iron. 

After about 40 minutes, in the first of several disorienting twists, an iPhone rings and the audience is jarred into a modern story arc, still centering on a character played by Monáe, though this time she's a political pundit and race scholar traveling to a conference. There's a knock on her hotel room door, opening to reveal the radiating spirit of actress Gabourey Sidibe on the other side.

Finally. It's like a bazooka launch of sunshine through a black hole of despair. 

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Sep 18, 2020

Biden's Crew Will Go on Fox, ‘Even If Questions Are Insane'
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyIn 2019, a number of Democrats hoping to secure the presidential nomination argued that it made sense for top party officials to engage with Fox News as a means of recruiting some potential swing voters and, if nothing else, driving President Donald Trump crazy.

Former Vice President Joe Biden emerged victorious from that primary promising to run a presidential campaign on the notion that he could reach voters of various ideological stripes, including those Democrats who may have stayed home or cast a ballot for Trump in 2016. But so far, he has steered clear of appearing on the nation's highest-watched channel.

The Biden campaign views his absence from Fox as calculated but not universal. Rather than having the candidate on air, they are peppering the Trump-supportive network with prominent surrogates. They feel like the strategy is working.

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Sep 18, 2020

Seth Meyers Explodes on Trump for Pinning Coronavirus Deaths on Blue States
NBC"Blue states had tremendous death rates," President Trump declared this week. "If you take the blue states out, we're at a level that I don't think anybody in the world would be at."

By that logic, Seth Meyers concluded Thursday night, "the more blue states we have, the better job you did on this virus." The Late Night host predicted that soon Fox News anchors like Sean Hannity would be telling viewers to help Trump by voting for Joe Biden: "Good news for Trump as Florida has been called for Joe Biden, thus putting the blood on his hands." 

"Also, as someone who lives in one of those states and knows people affected by this virus," Meyers continued, "I would just like to say, go fuck yourself you rotting, soulless business ham." 

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Sep 18, 2020

Trevor Noah Hammers Bill Barr for Comparing COVID Lockdowns to Slavery
Comedy CentralThis week, Attorney General William Barr said in a speech, "Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint," the coronavirus stay-at-home orders were "the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history." 

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah thinks that might be going a tad too far.

"OK, slow your roll there, Droopy Dog," Noah said in response. "Corona quarantines are not even close to the worst intrusion into civil liberties." Off the top of his head, he listed Japanese internment camps during World War II and the Jim Crow-era efforts to stop Black people from voting as two other examples. 

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Sep 17, 2020

Tucker Agrees That George Soros ‘Wants to Watch America Burn': He's ‘Getting a Return on His Money'
Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed Thursday night that billionaire philanthropist George Soros—a frequent target of anti-Semitic tropes from the right—was "getting a return on his money" after his guest said Soros "wants to watch America burn."

Carlson's remarks came hours after Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner apologized for her co-hosts interrupting and cutting off former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich's near-conspiratorial rant on Soros, who he blamed for violence at protests against police brutality.

Bringing on former Army Ranger sniper Ryan Cleckner to discuss a crime surge in Minneapolis following the George Floyd protests, Carlson and his guest argued that the city council's vote to eliminate police funding was directly responsible. Cleckner, meanwhile, also pointed the finger at Soros for donating money to Democratic political races and left-wing causes. 

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Sep 17, 2020

BuzzFeed Deletes Mass Email Accusing Staffer of Harassment
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastSomeone earlier this week emailed dozens of BuzzFeed staffers alleging harassment by one of their co-workers. Less than a day later, the email was gone from all company inboxes, leaving staff confused and disturbed.

On Tuesday, dozens of employees—predominantly women—at the digital news and culture outlet received the email from a non-staffer leveling personal, uncorroborated accusations at one of their BuzzFeed colleagues, and calling for him to be fired. The email struck some staff as bizarre and disturbing, and it quickly prompted an internal response from BuzzFeed's human-resources chief.

"At this time, we have not corroborated the allegations, and have no reason to believe the individual poses harm to any BuzzFeed employee," senior vice president Katie Sitter said in a note to those who'd received the email. "We want to assure you that we are looking into this matter further."

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Sep 17, 2020

BuzzFeed Deletes Mass Email Accusing Staffer of Sexual Harassment
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastSomeone earlier this week emailed dozens of BuzzFeed staffers alleging sexual harassment by one of their co-workers. Less than a day later, the email was gone from all company inboxes, leaving staff confused and disturbed.

On Tuesday, dozens of employees—predominantly women—at the digital news and culture outlet received the email from a non-staffer naming one of their BuzzFeed colleagues as a harasser, and calling for him to be fired. The email struck some staff as bizarre and disturbing, and it quickly prompted an internal response from BuzzFeed's human-resources chief.

"At this time, we have not corroborated the allegations, and have no reason to believe the individual poses harm to any BuzzFeed employee," senior vice president Katie Sitter said in a note to those who'd received the email. "We want to assure you that we are looking into this matter further."

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Sep 17, 2020

Los Angeles Deputies Fired 19 Shots at Dijon Kizzee in Deadly Shooting, Officials Reveal
Frederic Brown/AFP/GettyLos Angeles authorities on Thursday revealed Dijon Kizzee was shot at by deputies at least 19 times after being stopped for a bicycle code violation late last month.

Kizzee was fatally shot on Aug. 31 by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies after they attempted to stop him while he was riding a bicycle in violation of vehicle codes. During a Thursday press conference, Captain of Sheriff's Homicide Bureau Kent Wegener went over the events that led up to Kizzee's shooting, stressing that the deputy did not reach for his firearm until Kizzee tried to pick up a loaded gun that fell on the ground. 

"We know that the pistol is a stolen gun from Las Vegas, Nevada," Wegener said. "The man was armed. He wanted to get away from deputies. He armed himself with a handgun and this was what resulted."

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Sep 17, 2020

Christian Siriano Held a Fashion Show at Home. It Ended in the Pool.
Charles Sykes/APNew York Fashion Week ended Wednesday. But not for Christian Siriano. Or maybe he just decided to have a Fashion Day all to himself in his idyllic backyard in Westport, Connecticut. Siriano was one of a few designers this year who did not show their wares via video, but in person—with all pandemic prohibitions and guidelines in place.

It looked beautiful: Siriano has a sleek, modern glamorous house (he only moved in in January), woodland and trees all around. Fashion editors sat socially distanced, picnic baskets at their feet. Billy Porter was there.

But the real heroes were the models, who deserve medals for fashion bravery. The pandemic has not blunted Siriano's desire for maximalism, and so—on very squelchy-looking grass and crossing a small bridge over Siriano's pool—the models, decked in all manner of vision-obscuring ruffles, tiered gowns and diaphanous skirts and wearing HEELS somehow walked as if this were the most natural thing in the world. There was the odd stumble. Most of us would have ended up on our asses with one step.



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Sep 17, 2020

Attorney General William Barr, Donald Trump's Fixer, Says Political Justice Is ‘Good and Necessary'
REUTERSDonald Trump's attorney general has a novel perspective on the Department of Justice: That political influence in prosecution is a feature, not a bug.

William Barr reportedly asked prosecutors to explore criminal charges against Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan for allowing a police-free zone during civil unrest in her city. If true, this conduct would be an astonishing abuse of power against a local Democratic official who has been at odds with Trump over strategies for handling COVID-19 and civil unrest. Barr has also reportedly suggested to prosecutors that they consider charging protestors with sedition, a crime that is rarely charged because of free speech concerns.  

The attorney general's embrace of politics — jarring to those of us who have worked for a department that prides itself on its independence from politics — was on display during an interview Monday, when he said that our country could become "irrevocably committed to the socialist path" if President Trump were not re-elected. And in the scathing and disingenuous speech he gave Wednesday to mark Constitution Day by

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Sep 17, 2020

Barr Twists Himself Into a Knot To Wreck Justice Department
REUTERSDonald Trump's attorney general has a novel perspective on the Department of Justice: That political influence in prosecution is a feature, not a bug.

William Barr reportedly asked prosecutors to explore criminal charges against Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan for allowing a police-free zone during civil unrest in her city. If true, this conduct would be an astonishing abuse of power against a local Democratic official who has been at odds with Trump over strategies for handling COVID-19 and civil unrest. Barr has also reportedly suggested to prosecutors that they consider charging protestors with sedition, a crime that is rarely charged because of free speech concerns.  

The attorney general's embrace of politics — jarring to those of us who have worked for a department that prides itself on its independence from politics — was on display during an interview Monday, when he said that our country could become "irrevocably committed to the socialist path" if President Trump were not re-elected. And in the scathing and disingenuous speech he gave Wednesday to mark Constitution Day by

The Daily Beast
Sep 17, 2020

Satellite Hacker Accidentally Revealed Iranian Gov't Ties on His Resume: Feds
AFP via GettyIf you're trying to work for a secret Iranian hacking unit, you should probably not put that on your resume. Saeed Pourkarim Arabi allegedly skipped that step and it helped land him in the crosshairs of the FBI.

Prosecutors charged Arabi on Thursday, along with two other Iranian men, Mohammad Reza Espargham and Moahmmad Bayati, with breaking into satellite companies on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), part of an FBI investigation first reported on by The Daily Beast. 

The conspiracy was allegedly orchestrated by Arabi, who prosecutors described as "a member of the IRGC, living in IRGC housing, working in intelligence regarding IRGC air, space and cyber operations."

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Sep 17, 2020

CNN Host Goes Off on Fox News for Spreading COVID ‘Misinformation'
CNNCNN anchor Brianna Keilar on Thursday afternoon tore into rival cable-news network Fox News for misinforming the public and President Donald Trump on the coronavirus pandemic, calling the channel a "vector" for the "virus" of "misinformation."

Keilar, who has recently carved out a niche for herself as a combative interviewer who regularly calls out Team Trump and Fox News, took aim at the conservative network for influencing the president with faux science and contrarianism on the virus that's killed nearly 200,000 Americans.

"We have pointed out that millions go to Fox News for information, or should I say misinformation, and that includes president," she said during Thursday's broadcast of CNN Newsroom. "If you only watched Fox News, you might think hydroxychloroquine is to coronavirus what Tylenol is to a headache, or that gathering in large crowds indoors without masks is safe."



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Sep 17, 2020

Better Educate Yourself on Climate Change With These 5 Books
Photo Illustration by Scouted/The Daily Beast/AmazonA lot of the US is literally on fire right now. Sometimes, when events like this happen, it's difficult to bring myself to learn more about them. It's already depressing, and then the more you learn, it only becomes more so. But on the other hand, I feel as though it's a worthwhile endeavor — to learn more about our planet and our impacts upon it. We've pulled together a list of some of our favorite books on the subject. These are ones that while, somewhat depressing, are ultimately, we think, hopeful. And hopefully there's something in it for everyone, from well-seasoned environmentalists, to those who can't stand narrative non-fiction. 

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Sep 17, 2020

Fox News Anchor Apologizes for Co-Hosts Cutting Off Gingrich's George Soros Rant
Fox News host Harris Faulkner apologized on Thursday to Newt Gingrich for an on-air incident the day prior in which multiple hosts interrupted the former House speaker as he repeatedly attempted to peddle a right-wing trope about philanthropist George Soros, saying it was "not ideal" and that Gingrich is "beloved and needed to be allowed to speak."

To recap: Gingrich, a Fox News contributor, claimed on Wednesday that the main cause of violence at protests is the "George Soros-elected, left-wing, anti-police, pro-criminal district attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up." That remark prompted Outnumbered host Melissa Francis to interject: "I'm not sure we need to bring George Soros into this."

Soros, who is Jewish, has been the focus of anti-Semitic tropes for years, including by many Fox News personalities and guests—mainly dabbling in the Soros-as-political-puppeteer conspiracy theory long popular in far-right circles.



The Daily Beast
Sep 17, 2020

Fox News Host Apologizes for Cutting Off Gingrich's George Soros Rant
Fox News host Harris Faulkner apologized on Thursday to Newt Gingrich for an on-air incident the day prior in which multiple hosts interrupted the former House speaker as he repeatedly attempted to peddle a right-wing trope about philanthropist George Soros, saying it was "not ideal" and that Gingrich is "beloved and needed to be allowed to speak."

To recap: Gingrich, a Fox News contributor, claimed on Wednesday that the main cause of violence at protests is the "George Soros-elected, left-wing, anti-police, pro-criminal district attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up." That remark prompted Outnumbered host Melissa Francis to interject: "I'm not sure we need to bring George Soros into this."

Soros, who is Jewish, has been the focus of anti-Semitic tropes for years, including by many Fox News personalities and guests—mainly dabbling in the Soros-as-political-puppeteer conspiracy theory long popular in far-right circles.



The Daily Beast
Sep 17, 2020

‘Cheer' Star Jerry Harris Arrested on Child Pornography Charges
High-profile cheerleader Jerry Harris has been arrested and charged with production of child pornography after allegedly enticing a 13-year-old he met on social media to send him photos and videos, even meeting up with the boy at a cheerleading event for oral sex, federal authorities said Thursday.

Harris, the 21-year-old best known for appearing in Netflix's Cheer docuseries, was charged with one count of producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney's Office Northern District of Illinois said Thursday.

Prosecutors allege Harris befriended twin teenage brothers online and "repeatedly solicited child pornography images and videos" from both. The charges come after USA Today reported that Harris was under investigation by the FBI for inappropriate sexual conduct with a minor.

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