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The Daily Beast
Oct 19, 2018

The Week in 7 Insane Photos: October 19, 2018
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastFrom the hurricane devastation in Florida's panhandle to Canada's legalization of marijuana, The Daily Beast brings you the best photos of the week.

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Oct 19, 2018

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tea but Were Afraid to Ask
Courtesy Sebastian BeckwithAll tea comes from just one plant, Camellia sinensis.

One plant! This is the first of many facts that surprise even the most enthusiastic tea drinker. There are six basic types of tea—white, green, yellow, oolong, black, and dark—and all of them originate only from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. This means that many of the beverages you've assumed are teas are not technically teas at all. Chamomile? Ginger Spice Licorice Heaven? Jasmine Soothing Nighty Night? They can be tasty. But they're not tea.

You can call them tisanes (if you're European), infusions (if you're a tea-o-phile), herbals (if you're Californian), or just hot drinks (if you're me). The real stuff is made from the caffeine-containing Camellia sinensis, meaning white, green, yellow, oolong, black, and dark teas are all true teas; anything else is made from other plants. A general rule of thumb is that if there isn't caffeine, it isn't Camellia sinensis (unless, of course, it's a tea that's been decaffeinated).

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Oct 19, 2018

Trans People in Kansas Could Finally Get the Right Birth Certificates
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastKansas is one of only three states that will not allow transgender people to change their birth certificates under any circumstances. Not with a doctor's letter. Not with proof of sex reassignment surgery. Never.

But a new lawsuit from the LGBT advocacy group Lambda Legal is challenging that prohibition on behalf of four transgender people—two men, two women, all born in Kansas—who say that the inability to change the gender listed on their birth certificates causes them harm and violates their right to equal protection under the law.

"Denying transgender people birth certificates that accurately reflect their sex, consistent with their gender identity, reveals private information in contexts where this information would otherwise remain undisclosed," the complaint reads.

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Oct 19, 2018

What Watergate Teaches Us About Trump and Impeachment
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThose who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana wrote that sentence in 1905 but never in American history has it been more important.  As control of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Mueller investigation and the Trump presidency all hang in the balance, we badly need to remember. The current firestorm surrounding Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general to whom Mueller reports, is just the latest of many reminders of Watergate.

Between June 1972 and September 1974, as a result of the Watergate scandal, America's constitution, institutions and national moral fiber were tested as never before, in ways terrifyingly reminiscent of what we face now. While our system did not perform perfectly, it performed quite well. Evil was exposed, bad guys (and they were all guys) were punished, a president was forced from office. There were no wars, no coups, no systemic meltdown.

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Oct 19, 2018

‘Making a Murderer: Part 2' Review: The Fight to Free Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey
NetflixPrepare to be outraged yet again, because Making a Murderer returns to Netflix Friday (Oct. 19) with ten brand-new episodes that further detail the miscarriages of justices suffered by Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, residents Steven Avery and nephew Brendan Dassey, who were sentenced to life in prison in 2007 for the Oct. 31, 2005, slaying of Teresa Halbach.

As viewers of the first season know all too well, those guilty verdicts were a travesty, predicated on dubious evidence discovered by police officers that Avery was suing for $36 million (for having originally put him away for 18 years for a rape he didn't commit), and on a Dassey confession that appeared to be coerced by law enforcement. When that initial run ended, both men were left languishing in prison cells. Thus, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos' superb follow-up predictably focuses on Avery and Dassey's efforts to exonerate themselves—a quest that incites cautious optimism thanks to explosive new developments, as well as further indignation at the criminal justice system's myriad failings.

Given that much of its material has been covered by the national media, Making a Murderer's second installment isn't really a true-crime mystery; rather, it'

The Daily Beast
Oct 19, 2018

Melissa McCarthy Is More Than Funny. She's One of the Best Actresses Working Today.
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastThe entertainment press loves to fawn over a comedy star taking on a dramatic role. Maybe it's because we love a good narrative: They can make us laugh, and cry! Maybe it's because it's exciting to see a performer of any kind doing anything unexpected. And maybe—and perhaps mostly—it is because of a dated tendency to dismiss the acting talent required of comedy stars, the insinuation being that it is not until they turn in an out-and-out dramatic performance that they reveal themselves to be real actors.

Melissa McCarthy is Hollywood's best comedic actress. But the qualification isn't necessary. She's one of the industry's best actresses, period.

Her bravura performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, in which she plays celebrity biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel, will likely coronate her in that regard. But the praise is overdue. The films might have been loud, bright comedies—Bridesmaids, Spy, The Heat—or sometimes not even that good—The Boss—but for years now McCarthy has proven time and again that she is not just a gifted comedienne, but a spectacular actress. Can You Ever Forgive Me? underlines just that.



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Oct 19, 2018

D.C. City Council Votes to Keep Paying Service Workers $3.89 an Hour
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAfter months of corporate lobbying and weeks of procedural votes, eight Washington, D.C., council members voted Tuesday to overturn the will of their voters who overwhelmingly passed the One Fair Wage law, known as Initiative 77, earlier this year.

The nation's capital had briefly joined a growing number of communities across the country in overturning the tipped-wage exemptions that leaves millions of service-sector workers with sub-minimum wage conditions. So servers and parking-garage attendants and nail salon workers and bellhops in the capital will continue to make just $3.89 an hour.

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Mayor Muriel Bowser, and Council Member Jacks Evans led the fight to override the voter-approved initiative. Mendelson accepted more than $30,000 from businesses and executives opposed to Initiative 77 for his reelection campaign this year, according to an analysis by consumer advocacy leader Public Citizen, which has shown over $230,000 in industry-related contributions to fair wage opponents during the last two election.  

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Oct 19, 2018

Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren Are Sitting on Piles of Campaign Cash
Photo illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastWith the midterm elections less than three weeks away, several top Democratic senators are sitting on millions of dollars in campaign cash. While some of it will reach other candidates and committees, leading operatives expect much of it to remain untapped and fret that, as a result, the party won't take full advantage of the ripe political climate.

At the top of the list are two of the party's highest-profile members: Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren.

Senate Minority Leader Schumer's (D-NY) campaign committee has more than $9.5 million in cash on hand, according to the most recent filings. During past election cycles, Schumer—who isn't up for re-election until 2022—has made large-scale, late-in-cycle transfers from his campaign to candidates and committees. But so far this year his campaign has transferred just $1,000 to the New York State Democratic Rural Conference.

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Oct 19, 2018

EPA on U.N. Climate-Change Report: ‘What Report? Haven't Heard of It'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastOn Oct. 6, United Nations policy makers approved a report presenting a "dire" picture of the coming changes to the planet, including the extinction of coral reefs, spikes in extreme weather events like hurricanes or drought, and widespread food and water shortages that would multiply the risks of mass migration, political instability, and global war.

The report warned that the effects of global climate change could become irreversible by 2040, and that preventing them would require an immediate global effort, "unprecedented in terms of scale."

But in the nearly two weeks since the report's release, the federal government has avoided the subject or declined to discuss it at length.

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Oct 19, 2018

‘Catfish' Host Nev Schulman's Accuser Slams MTV: ‘No One Cared Enough to Help'
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastLast May, Ayissha Morgan published a series of videos about her experience appearing on the reality-television series Catfish. Morgan, who appeared on the MTV show in 2015, alleged sexual harassment and sexual assault. In a series of conversations with The Daily Beast, Morgan shared her experience coming forward, only to have her allegations deemed "not credible" by investigators that she insisted she never spoke with.

"I'm getting death threats because people think I lied," Morgan said, "when you just wanted to tell people that I wasn't credible to save your show."

It isn't completely unprecedented to conduct an investigation without input from an accuser. In July, AMC announced that it had cleared Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick to return to the network following allegations of emotional and sexual abuse. According to a network statement, the decision to have Hardwick return to AMC was the result of a "comprehensive assessment." In a social-media statement, Hardwick's accuser, actress Chloe Dykstra, revealed that she "chose not to participate in the investigation."



The Daily Beast
Oct 19, 2018

Trump Got Elected Bashing Sharia Law. Now He's in Bed With Its Lethal Champion.
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastPARIS—When will Donald Trump bring Sharia law to America? Of course the immediate answer is "never." He campaigned against Muslims. He campaigned against Sharia! But in light of recent events, one has to say, as Trump would say, "Who knows?"

What's certain is that the president's reactions to the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and his administration's fawning relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, should provoke questions —especially among Trump's core supporters—about just how subservient the United States has become to a regime notorious for exporting its radical terrorist-inspiring vision of Islam and Islamic law around the world.

After all, if the Saudis can get away with a murder as sordid as the alleged torture and dismemberment of U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist Khashoggi (latest reports suggest the hit-team at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul started cutting him up while he was still alive) what else might they try to do?

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Oct 19, 2018

Stephen Colbert Explains Why He Wants Trump to Run for President Again in 2020
Scott Kowalchyk/CBSLast year, Joe Scarborough went on The Late Show to declare his independence from the Republican Party (after hyping Trump for most of the campaign). This week, he urged voters to put a check on Donald Trump in the midterm elections.

Discussing the president's unconscionable response to the apparent murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Scarborough's Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski said, "That can't be our reality, and at some point this has to end one way or another."

"You know a great way for it to end is for everybody to get out that gives a damn about this republic and, 19 days from now, go out and vote," Scarborough said. "Whether you're a Republican, whether you're a Democrat, whether you're an independent, you have to agree that Donald Trump needs to be checked." Without exactly spelling it out for viewers, he was telling them to vote for Democrats who will be that check, adding, "This is the most important election of our lives."

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Oct 19, 2018

Stephen Colbert Rips Pat Robertson's Anti-Christian Response to Khashoggi's Murder
CBSStephen Colbert has spent a good part of this week focused on the less consequential stories surrounding Donald Trump, from Sen. Elizabeth Warren's heritage to that Stormy Daniels "horseface" tweet. But on Thursday night, he dug deep into the biggest story of the week: "Donald Trump reacting to the likely murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with a firm, ‘I don't know.'"

The Late Show host gave Trump the minimum amount of credit for at least admitting that it "certainly looks" like Khashoggi is dead but at the same time took him to task for seeming to show zero empathy for the man he keeps reminding Americans was not a "citizen."

"Trump's getting some criticism for his bold soft-on-murder stance," Colbert said, "but some people still have has back, including televangelist and human estate sale, Pat Robertson." As he put it, Robertson has spent the past few days downplaying Khashoggi's murder and prioritizing the financial benefit of siding with Saudi Arabia."

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Oct 19, 2018

The Best Subscription Boxes For Any Kind of Person
Shopping is all fun and games until you actually need to put on pants. Between traffic, fluorescent lighting, and lugging around bags your personal trainer wouldn't even be able to lift, it's a wonder most brick and mortar stores stay open. Probably because there's something to be said about that dopamine high associated with seeing everything you've ever wanted in one place.

There's no elegant way of saying this, but subscription boxes are your best bet when you're feeling too lazy to put up with the world. With a quick rummage through your bag to find your credit card, these subscription boxes prove leaving the house is totally overrated.

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Oct 19, 2018

Scouted: The Best Subscription Boxes For Any Kind of Person
Shopping is all fun and games until you actually need to put on pants. Between traffic, fluorescent lighting, and lugging around bags your personal trainer wouldn't even be able to lift, it's a wonder most brick and mortar stores stay open. Probably because there's something to be said about that dopamine high associated with seeing everything you've ever wanted in one place.

There's no elegant way of saying this, but subscription boxes are your best bet when you're feeling too lazy to put up with the world. With a quick rummage through your bag to find your credit card, these subscription boxes prove leaving the house is totally overrated.

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Oct 19, 2018

Scouted: The Scouted Newsletter Is Coming. Sign Up Now.
You've probably noticed Scouted posts on the Daily Beast for a while now, but we never really told you what it is. Scouted is a section dedicated to internet shopping with a pulse. What does that mean? We're here to recommend things that'll make your life better, advise on products that are (and aren't) worth your money, surface deals on brands you love, introduce you to names you should pay attention to, and more. Now, we're launching a Scouted newsletter. Every week, we'll send you some emails (not too many, we promise) with trustworthy recommendations and great finds from across the web. It's all the best parts of Scouted, straight to your inbox. Stay tuned for more while we get ready to bring you the best way to shop online.

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Oct 18, 2018

Trump Applauds Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte for Body-Slamming Reporter
When Montana Republican Greg Gianforte body-slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs on the eve of his special election in 2017, President Trump didn't have much to say about it one way or the other. After Gianforte won despite being charged with misdemeanor assault, Trump praised his victory as a "great win for Montana."

At a Thursday night rally in Missoula, the president got his chance to share his true thoughts on the sitting GOP congressman who physically attacked a member of the group Trump likes to call the "enemy of the people" and got away with it.

"Any guy who can do a body slam," Trump said, mimicking the wrestling move, "he's my kind of guy." He clapped as the audience cheered.

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Oct 18, 2018

The Night That Gloria Steinem Electrified ‘Gloria Steinem: A Life'
Joan MarcusGloria: A Life is less a piece of theatre and more an act of communion and consciousness-raising, just like the 70s feminist "talking circles" Gloria Steinem herself found so inspiring—and which are reborn at the Daryl Roth Theatre where this play opened Thursday night.

Yes, the excellent, charismatic Christine Lahti skillfully embodies Steinem in the play's first act, sweeping us through Steinem's 84-year trajectory from Smith College grad (not into twinset and pearls), through feminist awakening to cultural notoriety to inspiring leader and genuine icon.

But the play, at least the night this critic saw it, comes to an even more emotional and forceful life in its second half, with the theatre-in-the-round transformed into a seventies-style "talking circle," thrillingly presided over that night by Steinem herself, its audience of mostly women speaking truths, confessing fears, hurts, strengths, achievements, aspirations, and moving appreciation to Steinem herself for directly and indirectly changing their lives.

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Oct 18, 2018

Daniel Radcliffe Brilliantly Exposes ‘The Lifespan of a Fact' on Broadway
Courtesy Peter CunninghamThe temptation upon seeing the title of the zinging, excellent journalism-based play, The Lifespan of a Fact, is that this will be a dramatic meditation upon our age of newsgathering and the attacks conducted by those who attempt to gaslight the nation about their own misdeeds, and inquiry into them, by using "fake news" as a blanket dismissal.

A play advertising in its title "the lifespan" of a fact will surely be about the mutability of facts in the fast, furious and fallible internet age, an interrogation on journalism in the era of Trump.

Thankfully this play, opening tonight at Studio 54 (itself once a place of much newsmaking incident and myth-making) is about much more than the above.

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Oct 18, 2018

NYPD Arrests First Proud Boy for Manhattan Fight With Antifa
via YoutubeThe New York Police Department announced the first arrest of a member of the Proud Boys on Thursday night for his role in a violent brawl on the streets of Manhattan with a group of antifascist protesters last week.

Geoffrey Young, 38, of New City, New York was arrested around 7 p.m. on charges of riot and attempted assault. He was among 12 people the NYPD wanted in connection with a fight between the two groups following a speech by Proud Boys leader Gavin McInnes at the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan.

The Proud Boys are a violent, ultra-nationalist group that has been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Oct 18, 2018

Beto O'Rourke Regrets Parroting Trump's ‘Lyin' Ted' Cruz Diss, Says He'd Impeach President
CNN invited both candidates in the competitive Texas Senate race to appear at it town hall event from McAllen, Texas Thursday night. Only one of them decided to show up.  

With incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz out of the picture, Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke was given a full hour to make his case to voters. And while O'Rourke has run an overwhelmingly positive campaign, there have been signs as they head into this final stretch that he is willing to go after Cruz, both personally and on the issues. In addition to a new round of attack ads, O'Rourke took an aggressive stance during their debate this week.

CNN's moderator, Dana Bash, asked him Thursday why he decided to "take a page right out of President Trump's playbook" and evoke the "Lyin' Ted" nickname Trump bestowed upon Cruz during their 2016 presidential primary fight.

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Oct 18, 2018

Obama's First National Security Adviser Now Works for the Saudis
In the wake of the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a host of people in President Donald Trump's orbit have taken heat for their connections to the government of Saudi Arabia -- widely suspected to be behind Khashoggi's dismemberment and death.

But Obama World isn't without close connections to the Kingdom. A company helmed by Jim Jones, then-President Barack Obama's first National Security Adviser, has a contract with the Saudi government to advise on industrial matters, The Daily Beast has learned. Jones' company, Jones Group International, had, until March of this year, a second contract with the Kingdom related to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's military overhaul. It's another sign of the deep reach of Saudi money into the Washington elite.

A spokesperson for Ironhand Security, a subsidiary of Jones' firm Jones Group International, confirmed the existence of the contracts--one in place, one expired--to The Daily Beast.

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Oct 18, 2018

Ex-Trump Adviser Jason Miller Sues Will Menaker of ‘Chapo Trap House' Over Tweet
Drew Angerer/GettyJason Miller, a former senior campaign aide to Donald Trump, is now suing Will Menaker, a co-host of the popular socialist and comedy podcast Chapo Trap House, over a tweet that called him a "rat face baby killer."

Court documents reviewed by The Daily Beast show Miller and his legal team have added Menaker to a $100 million defamation lawsuit against Gizmodo Media Group and Splinter News reporter Katherine Krueger. (The documents can be viewed at the bottom of this article).

The amended suit filed Thursday cites a tweet that Menaker, who is dating Krueger, posted earlier this week, blasting Miller. It read: "rat faced baby killer and Trump PR homunculus, Jason Miller, is suing my girlfriend for $100 million, cool!"

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Oct 18, 2018

Alex Jones and InfoWars are still on Twitter, Despite ‘Ban'
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAlex Jones and his InfoWars outlet were permanently banned from Twitter in September, after years of promoting conspiracy theories about tragedies like the Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings.

The move seemed to be a deathblow for InfoWars. Just weeks before it had been kicked off platforms like YouTube and Facebook.

Now, with his Twitter accounts shuttered, Jones had no way to communicate with the hundreds and thousands of followers.

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Oct 18, 2018

Evidence Mounts of a Brutal Saudi Cover-Up in the Khashoggi Case
The Asahi Shimbun/GettyISTANBUL — It was two full weeks before Saudi officials allowed Turkish police to enter the consulate where journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared and reportedly was tortured and murdered Oct. 2. They made investigators wait another day before they could enter the home of the Saudi consul, Mohammad al-Otaibi, Turkish officials said.

By then, Otaibi had left for Saudi Arabia with his family.

The denial of access together with continuing failure by top Saudi officials to explain what happened have added to suspicions here that the alleged murder and gruesome dismemberment of Khashoggi was carried out under orders from the highest level, and his disappearance was in no sense, as U.S. President Donald Trump suggested, a "rogue operation."

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Oct 18, 2018

Fox Business Network Finally Ditches Saudi Conference, Two Weeks After Khashoggi's Murder
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastFox Business Network on Thursday finally pulled its sponsorship from a Saudi conference—a week after most other American media outlets ditched the event—in light of the country's suspected role in the disappearance and presumed murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In a statement on Thursday, Fox News' sister network said it will no longer participate in the investment-focused conference, which was hosted in Riyadh by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund.

"FOX Business Network has canceled its sponsorship and participation in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia," the network's statement read.

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Oct 18, 2018

FBI Intelligence Analyst Tipped Off His Family About Classified Investigation
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAn intelligence analyst working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation has pleaded guilty to snooping on an ongoing classified probe into a family member.

On September 28, federal prosecutors in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charged Azher Habib Salikuddin with "knowing conversion of a thing of value of the United States" after he used an FBI database to look up relatives' names.

The crime allegedly took place in 2014 while Salikuddin was detailed to the FBI's Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. Salikuddin originally worked for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a branch of the intelligence community that analyzes geospatial data collected from American spy satellites, and had a top-secret security clearance which gave him access to sensitive compartmentalized intelligence.

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Oct 18, 2018

Speed Read: The 6 Most Revealing Parts of the Heidi Cruz Profile
REUTERS/Mark KauzlarichHeidi Cruz is married to the most hated man in the Senate. And she has to live with him—at least, when he is actually around.

On Thursday morning, The Atlantic published a rare profile of the woman who is Mrs. Ted Cruz—and the target of what may have been the Trump campaign's most offensive personal attack (which is saying a lot) during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. And while she has returned to her job at Goldman Sachs and maintained a relatively low profile since her husband ran for the White House two years ago, the feature article paints a heartbreaking portrait of a wife whose dreams have been dwarfed by her husband's political ambitions.

While Ted is out battling liberal heartthrob Beto O'Rourke to keep his Senate seat, Heidi is back in Houston working 70 hours a week as a managing director at the investment bank as the primary provider and often a sole parent to their two young girls—dreaming of the home and future she left behind on the day she agreed to become his wife.

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Oct 18, 2018

GOP Rep. Dave Brat Tells Addict in Jail: ‘Think You're Having a Hard Time? I've Got $5M Worth of Negative Ads Coming at Me.'
Tom Williams/GettyRep. Dave Brat (R-VA), whose 2014 primary defeat of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor propelled him to nationwide fame, visited a county jail on Thursday to speak with incarcerated addicts. And he found a strange way to relate to their struggles.

In audio captured by Ben Paviour, a reporter for Richmond's NPR station, Brat is heard commiserating with an inmate in the Chesterfield County Jail's addiction support group. The woman relayed her fears about life after release from the system, and the Republican lawmaker responded by telling her that his life is also difficult—because of the negative attack ads he faces.

"You think you're having a hard time—I've got $5 million worth of negative ads coming at me," Brat is heard saying. "How do you think I'm feeling? Nothing's easy. For anybody."

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Oct 18, 2018

Defense Lobbyists Hope to Scare Voters Into Voting for Indicted Congressman
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Three retired U.S. Marine Corps generals signed onto a letter this week accusing a Democratic congressional candidate—a Christian of Mexican and Palestinian descent—of family ties to Islamic terrorism.

The alarmist missive was aimed at boosting Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican accused of illegally using campaign funds to enrich himself, who, until his indictment, chaired a powerful committee with major influence over U.S. military and defense policy.

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Oct 18, 2018

GOP Ad Channels Anti-Semitism to Portray George Soros as Puppet Master
via YoutubeFollowing an ancient anti-Semitic script, a Republican attack ad portrays a Jewish financier as the puppet master behind non-white social unrest.

The ad, literally titled "Owns," ties Minnesota congressional aspirant Dan Feehan, a Democrat, to George Soros, the currency speculator turned philanthropist whose demonization has become central to authoritarian nationalist projects in Hungary, Russia and beyond.

In "Owns," funded by the National Republican Campaign Committee, Soros is an Oz-like figure hovering over stacks of cash.

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Oct 18, 2018

GOP Ad Channels Anti-Semitism to Portray George Soros as Puppetmaster
via YoutubeFollowing an ancient anti-Semitic script, a Republican attack ad portrays a Jewish financier as the puppetmaster behind non-white social unrest.

The ad, literally titled "Owns," ties Minnesota congressional aspirant Dan Feehan, a Democrat, to George Soros, the currency speculator turned philanthropist whose demonization has become central to authoritarian nationalist projects in Hungary, Russia and beyond.

In "Owns," funded by the National Republican Campaign Committee, Soros is an Oz-like figure hovering over stacks of cash.

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Oct 18, 2018

Scouted: The Food and Drinks That Made 2018 Okay
This 2018, I went a little crazy on the product testing. Ever since I started writing gift guides, I get emails from all kinds of cool brands offering samples for me to consider. It's hard to turn down — plus, I'm sick of reading gift guides where the writers clearly haven't tested the products themselves. I've made it my goal not to recommend anything I haven't tried and enjoyed enough to buy.

After I test products, I mostly end up giving them away as gifts, or donating them to local charities — but some products were so good I had to keep them for myself. The extensive list that follows are those products: out of over 200 products I tested in 2018, these are the ones I still use, would or have bought myself again, and recommend most highly.

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Oct 18, 2018

Watch the Beginning of Trump's Downfall in Exclusive ‘President Show' Clip
Comedy Central"Ask me anything, you know me, I'm an open book," Kathy Griffin's Kellyanne Conway says in the opening minutes of the new Comedy Central mockumentary, The Fall of Donald Trump. When an off-screen voice asks her, "When's the last time you saw him?" she shoots back, instinctively, "I'm insulted by the premise of that question."

The 30-minute special, which will air next Monday, October 22nd at 11 p.m., imagines where The President Show's Donald Trump—the spot-on Anthony Atamanuik—and those who surround him will be in the year 2030. It's a simultaneously dark, hilarious and ultimately cathartic look at the seemingly untouchable president's tragic downfall.

In the exclusive clip above that opens the mockumentary, we get our first hints of where not only Conway but also Vice President Mike Pence (Peter Grosz), Ivanka Trump (Stephanie March), Anthony Scaramucci (Mario Cantone) and Donald Trump Jr. (Adam Pally) have ended up in this post-Trump landscape.

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Oct 18, 2018

YubiKey Keeps Your Online Accounts Secure—and Makes It Easy to Log In
Whitson GordonIt seems like every other week, some service on the web gets hacked, revealing a batch of passwords ripe for ne'er-do-wells to steal. You need to protect your accounts with a second form of authentication, and the YubiKey is one of the most secure and convenient options: just insert it into your computer, and like a real key, it'll unlock your accounts.

Why Your Password Is Not EnoughTell me if this sounds familiar: You get an email from LinkedIn, or Adobe, or Comcast, saying that thousands of accounts (or more) were compromised in a breach, and you should change your password immediately. These days, this fiasco happens all too often, meaning your passwords are not enough to secure your accounts. Not even the one protecting your laptop's user account.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 18, 2018

Scouted: YubiKey Keeps Your Online Accounts Secure—and Makes It Easy to Log In
Whitson GordonIt seems like every other week, some service on the web gets hacked, revealing a batch of passwords ripe for ne'er-do-wells to steal. You need to protect your accounts with a second form of authentication, and the YubiKey is one of the most secure and convenient options: just insert it into your computer, and like a real key, it'll unlock your accounts.

Why Your Password Is Not EnoughTell me if this sounds familiar: You get an email from LinkedIn, or Adobe, or Comcast, saying that thousands of accounts (or more) were compromised in a breach, and you should change your password immediately. These days, this fiasco happens all too often, meaning your passwords are not enough to secure your accounts. Not even the one protecting your laptop's user account.

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Oct 18, 2018

Dear God, Hillary Clinton. Please, Just Go.
Hannah Peters/GettyWe're three weeks out from the 2018 midterm election, and Hillary Clinton is popping up again like a Halloween ghoul who keeps rising from the grave to terrorize the American public; only this time accompanied by the increasingly #MeToo burdened uber-villain, Bubba.

The Clintons, it seems, can't seem to call it quits, even if it means leaving members of their own party cringing and many more voters ready to "headdesk" themselves into a coma.

This time, it's happening courtesy of a pay-through-the-nose-to-see-them rehab tour. Because if there's one thing America hasn't had enough of over recent decades, it's efforts by the Clintons to recast themselves as normal, likeable people, as they cash checks and play the victim.

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Oct 18, 2018

Trump Believed His Stormy Daniels ‘Horseface' Tweet Was Politically Brilliant
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastDonald Trump caught various West Wing officials off-guard on Tuesday when he decided to describe the woman alleging that they'd had an affair as having a "horseface." But privately, the president not only thought that it was strategically smart to go after the adult film star Stormy Daniels in such a visceral way; he workshopped the insult prior to tweeting it.

Well before Trump mocked Daniels' physical appearance, he trial-ballooned the "horseface" dig privately—among White House aides, close friends, and acquaintances. One source close to Trump even recalled him saying in passing, "that fucking horseface."

The president often tosses around ideas for snide new nicknames in smack-talk sessions with associates, if only to gauge their reactions. And, as in past cases, the "horseface" incident saw Trump defying presidential norms (whatever those are anymore) and ignoring senior aides and confidants who advised him simply to let the matter go.

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Oct 18, 2018

Don't Panic About AFM, the Polio-Like Childhood Illness
Stevica Mrdja/GettyIn the fall of 2014, Kevin Messacar was working at the University of Colorado children's hospital when he and his colleagues noticed a string of unusual polio-like cases in youngsters.

Messacar didn't know it at the time, but they were dealing with the nation's first outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis or AFM—a virus-fueled neurological condition that affects the spinal cord's gray matter and can cause paralysis.

There was another spike in 2016, and now a new outbreak is under way. The Centers for Disease Control reported Tuesday that it had confirmed 62 patients with AFM out of 127 suspected cases in 22 states since August.

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Oct 18, 2018

Why Are House Democratic Leaders Such a Bummer on Legal Weed?
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastIf you've wondered why many of the younger progressives taking over the Democratic Party have accused Nancy Pelosi and her fellow septuagenarian top generals in the House of being out of touch with voters look no further than marijuana policy.

With marijuana now legal in one form or another in  31 states as well as the District of Columbia, and with polls repeatedly showing a whopping 62 percent of Americans supporting its outright legalization, many rank and file Democrats are growing increasingly frustrated that their top leaders in the House are promising no more than merely maintaining the status quo on pot policy if they recapture the lower chamber in November.

"I've supported these initiatives in my home state of California, so we'll see what's possible," Pelosi responded at a recent press conference when asked if she has a plan to even bring marijuana legislation to the floor if she regains the title of speaker of the House.

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Oct 18, 2018

Why Are Pelosi, House Democratic Leaders Such a Bummer on Legal Weed?
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastIf you've wondered why many of the younger progressives taking over the Democratic Party have accused Nancy Pelosi and her fellow septuagenarian top generals in the House of being out of touch with voters look no further than marijuana policy.

With marijuana now legal in one form or another in  31 states as well as the District of Columbia, and with polls repeatedly showing a whopping 62 percent of Americans supporting its outright legalization, many rank and file Democrats are growing increasingly frustrated that their top leaders in the House are promising no more than merely maintaining the status quo on pot policy if they recapture the lower chamber in November.

"I've supported these initiatives in my home state of California, so we'll see what's possible," Pelosi responded at a recent press conference when asked if she has a plan to even bring marijuana legislation to the floor if she regains the title of speaker of the House.

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Oct 18, 2018

Trump's ‘Horseface' Crack Shows Why Year of the Woman May Pass by Republican Candidates
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIt may be the Year of the Woman, with a record-breaking number of them running. But not for Republicans.

One of the party's female stars, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who's represented a conservative district west of Nashville since 2002, is locked in an unexpectedly tight race for the Senate in Tennessee. A Trump clone in a state where more than 60 percent of voters went with Trump, she should have put the race away long ago.

Instead, the president's snide disdain for women is threatening to erase the Trump bump. A recent Washington Post poll showed that once reliably Republican-voting white, college-educated women in battleground districts now prefer Democrats by nearly 30 points. That can only grow with Trump's "horseface" comment about Stormy Daniels, following on his high-pitched voice mocking imitation of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. And Trump says he's not a baby. The president believes winning means no one cares how he treated Ford. We'll see.

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Oct 18, 2018

‘Liberated Spirits': One of Seattle's Major Prohibition Rum Runners Was a Cop
New York Daily News Archive via GettyThe rumrunner got word on Sunday evening that his ship would soon come in. Roy Olmstead; his business partner, Tom Clark; and nine others drove north out of Seattle as the evening darkness settled, their convoy of eight cars driving fifteen miles on the Edmonds-Seattle paved highway to the rendezvous point, a dock jutting fifty feet into Browns Bay of Puget Sound near a small, little-used station on the Great Northern Railway called Meadowdale. Roy and Tom had both learned the art of bootlegging while working their "day jobs." In 1914, the citizens of Washington State had voted to outlaw the manufacture and sale, but not the consumption, of alcohol, and put the onus of enforcing the statute on their state and local police departments, such as the Seattle Police Department, which employed both Roy Olmstead and Thomas Clark. By the time national Prohibition went into effect, Seattle's cops had watched the inhabitants adapt for almost six years, finding ways to enjoy alcohol on a regular basis, their desires translating into handsome profits for the moonshiners who distilled alcohol and the rumrunners who imported it. While Olmstead never revealed when he got into liquor smuggling, his ability to secure probation rather than jail time for many criminals drew the gratitude of those willing to pay for his influence, his naked ambition following the quickest path to wealth. His ethics already compromised, Olmstead "saw no crime in buying and selling booze," and was unable to reconcile the law's allowance for consumption while forbidding a supply. He had watched two rival gangs devoted to "rum-running" slowly destroy each other through years of warfare, leaving an open playing field even as the federal governme

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Oct 18, 2018

Journalists at Risk: Threats, Intimidation, and Worse for Those Investigating Russians' Murder in Africa
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastABUJA, Nigeria—As Louis Kottoy, a freelance journalist in the Central African Republic (CAR), stepped out of his home in the heart of the country's capital, Bangui, at the end of September, three men armed with pistols rushed him, beat him up, and took away his phone and laptop. The beating he received left him with a dislocated left shoulder and a cut above his right eye that required three stitches.

Kottoy, whose work has appeared on a couple of local publications, believes the attack was connected to his investigation into the murder of Russian journalists Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguyev, and Kirill Radchenko, who were killed in July while making a documentary film about mercenaries employed in the country by the Wagner Group, a private military contractor linked to the Kremlin. According to Kottoy, the men who attacked him accused him of using his phone and laptop to "create problems for some people," and that was why they were taking them away from him.

"They said I began to ask for trouble when I started going to places I shouldn't be and asking questions that were none of my business," Kottoy told The Daily Beast. He had been interviewing people in the town near the site where the Russians were killed. "I knew this was about the investigation because the interviews I have carried out recently have only been related to that incident."



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Oct 18, 2018

Wilbur Ross Lied to Congress About the GOP's Plot to Rig the Census. This Should Be a National Scandal.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe census is usually a dull affair. But thanks to the Trump administration, it's now a slow-boiling controversy that might take down Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose department administers the census, and who appears to have lied under oath to Congress.

The reason is a single question that the administration has sought to add to the census: whether the respondent is an American citizen. On the surface, this may seem innocuous, but based on several studies, it will almost certainly lead to under-participation by communities of color, especially Latinos. As a result, some states will have less representation in the House of Representatives than they otherwise should and will get less money from the federal government. "Blue states" like California and New York would be hardest hit, as would Texas, which is increasingly Democratic.

In other words, the citizenship question is another tactic of voter suppression.

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Oct 18, 2018

Prisoners Catfished Soldiers From Behind Bars Posing as Underage Girls, Army Says
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastPrisoners in South Carolina's Department of Corrections used a dating site to extort military personnel with an underage porn scare, according to authorities.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is leading the investigation it calls "Operation Surprise Party." According to search warrant applications, male prisoners used the dating site PlentyofFish to pose as young women. The Army investigation focused on military members, several of whom were allegedly caught in the scam. After exchanging sexual pictures, prisoners then started posing as the fictional girl's father, who claimed the girl was underage, and demanded a bribe.

The alleged sextortion ring had been running the scheme for at least two years, beginning in 2015, emails referenced in the search warrant application show. The search warrant demanded Google turn over emails related to the alleged scheme. Court filings reveal Google complied with the search warrant and handed over "digital information pertaining to email account ‘richhomiefive@gmail.com.'"

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Oct 18, 2018

Scouted: 5 Books That Will Actually Make You Productive
Over the last decade, I've read my way through the entire Barnes & Noble productivity section. Has it made me the most productive person in the world? Debatable. The Rock, or, perhaps, Elon Musk might lay claim to that title, but this little word binge did make me remarkably more focused. Whether you want to get more work done, stop procrastinating, pick up a new skill, or need a swift kick in your Aeron chair, there's a book out there for you.

If You're a Productivity NewbieGreat news, friends! You don't have to master complicated filing systems, or download habit-tracking apps, or start going to bed at 8 p.m. every night to get more meaningful work done. Nope. What you have to do is focus on one thing at a time. Go small, says Gary Keller, author of The One Thing, by ignoring all the things you could do, and focus on what you should do. Pick a task, complete it, move on to the next. It's shockingly counterintuitive, practically transgressive. He's definitely not advocating multitasking, and getting this mantra drilled into your head for a couple hundred pages actually makes it stick. This book is so simple—and effective—it actually makes me angry I hadn't thought of it first.

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Oct 18, 2018

5 Books That Will Actually Make You Productive
Over the last decade, I've read my way through the entire Barnes & Noble productivity section. Has it made me the most productive person in the world? Debatable. The Rock, or, perhaps, Elon Musk might lay claim to that title, but this little word binge did make me remarkably more focused. Whether you want to get more work done, stop procrastinating, pick up a new skill, or need a swift kick in your Aeron chair, there's a book out there for you.

If You're a Productivity NewbieGreat news, friends! You don't have to master complicated filing systems, or download habit-tracking apps, or start going to bed at 8 p.m. every night to get more meaningful work done. Nope. What you have to do is focus on one thing at a time. Go small, says Gary Keller, author of The One Thing, by ignoring all the things you could do, and focus on what you should do. Pick a task, complete it, move on to the next. It's shockingly counterintuitive, practically transgressive. He's definitely not advocating multitasking, and getting this mantra drilled into your head for a couple hundred pages actually makes it stick. This book is so simple—and effective—it actually makes me angry I hadn't thought of it first.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 18, 2018

Inside the NCAA and FBI's Smearing of Duke Basketball Phenom Zion Williamson
Kevin C. Cox/GettyZion Williamson is a goddamn hero. Even though he's going to Duke this season, truly tragic, the basketball world devours this big ol' guy's dunks, windmills, passes, whatever. Please, watch this highlight video of the man making his high school peers look like fetuses.

Dominant. Skilled. Extremely angry at the rim. This dude is NBA catnip. He is also worth a ton of money. Take, for instance, the purveyors of this highlight tape, Ballislife. They show ads during this video of Zion and get revenue so they can make a living traveling to obscure high school gyms around the country. His college sells tickets to his games and solicits donations based on his play. A shoe company supplies them with kicks and gets their image flashed across TVs all over America, chilling on his feet. His coach, Mike Krzyzewski, will make $8.9 million this year, utilizing Zion's skillset without paying him a red cent of that salary. He will do this with pride, actually, regarding himself as a moral person who follows the rules because he makes money off of Zion's work without giving him any of it.

This Monday, Zion's name came up in the Justice Department's ongoing prosecution of former Adidas executive James Gatto, AAU maven Christian Dawkins, and former Clemson standout Merl Code Jr. for wire fraud related to NCAA recruiting violations, which is consuming the edges of college basketball pre-season attention. "There was a wiretapped phone call that was recorded between one of the Adidas executives and a Kansas assistant coach." Ricky O'Donnell, a college basketball writer at SB Nation, tells me. "The executive told the Kansas coach

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Oct 18, 2018

Kanye West's Trip to Africa Is Even More Embarrassing Than Melania Trump's
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastFresh off his meeting with President Trump last week, Kanye West—along with Kim Kardashian and their two young children—headed to Uganda to ostensibly begin work on his new album Yandhi, which Ye announced will be recorded on the continent. Ye's first stop was Uganda, where he took in the sights, met with elected officials including Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, and continued throwing Yeezys at everyone he meets— not, thankfully, while sporting a colonial-era pith helmet à la Melania Trump. Then again, Ye's trip makes the first lady's seem positively normal by comparison.  

Ye's trip was organized by none other than Snapchat star YesJulz, a white social media influencer and music manager who put together Ye's Wyoming album release party last year. YesJulz—real name: Julieanna Goddard—has also come under fire for her definitely-not-PC comments, including the time she tweeted out a picture of a T-shirt with the N-word on it, captioned, "So…am I allowed to wear this shirt at the festival tomorrow or nah." With her knockoff Amber Rose haircut and consistent appropriation of black culture, YesJulz is definitely more problematic than philanthropic—and definitely a poor choice for a travel agent. But

The Daily Beast
Oct 17, 2018

Samantha Bee Exposes GOP's Fear-Based Midterm Election Strategy
TBSDespite President Trump's claims that America is doing "better than ever" under his leadership, Samantha Bee pointed out on this week's Full Frontal that the Republicans up for election this November aren't running on their "supposedly awesome tax cuts or theoretically roaring economy."

Instead, Bee said, they are relying on the "terrifying culture wars."

"Republicans control all three branches of government!" she exclaimed. "How do you play the victim when you've won everything there is to win? Well, they've found a way: Telling people that Democrats will eat them."

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Oct 17, 2018

Glenn Close Is the ‘Mother of the Maid,' Ready With a Fierce Hug
Courtesy Joan MarcusThe first time we see her recoiling from her mom doing it. But the last time, Joan of Arc really does need a hug from her mom, and luckily for her in this instance the fiercely protective Glenn Close is that mom.

What a mother's love means, and what use it can have when the daughter involved is a sanctified 15th century French heroine and Catholic martyr, is the central question of Mother of the Maid, a witty and piercing play written by Jane Anderson and directed by Matthew Penn which opens tonight at New York City's Public Theater.

This production is the most impressive and perceptive of the brace of underpar Joan of Arc-themed theatre pieces: from the extremely loud rock musical, Into the Fire, to the stately and dull Broadway revival of Shaw's Saint Joan earlier this year.

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Oct 17, 2018

‘Are You Kidding Me?': Trevor Noah Goes Off on Trump for Comparing Saudis to Brett Kavanaugh
Comedy CentralPresident Donald Trump has been doing a lot of interviews in this final stretch before the midterm elections. And as The Daily Show host Trevor Noah said Wednesday night, "The question that everyone is really after this week is, does Trump believe that Saudi Arabia is behind the disappearance and likely murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi?"

"Even as the evidence continues to pile up, Trump has seemed extremely reluctant to blame Saudi Arabia," he continued. "Many people have suspected that it's because of money—and it turns out that Trump also suspects that's it's because of money."

After playing a clip of the president explaining why he doesn't want the possible murder of a journalist to get in the way of his big arms deal with the Saudi Kingdom, Noah told viewers, "Say what you want about Trump, but he wears his moral bankruptcy on his sleeve."  

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Oct 17, 2018

NYPD Detective Told Weinstein's Alleged Victim to Delete Messages: ‘We Just Won't Tell' D.A.
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe former lead detective in the Harvey Weinstein sexual-assault investigation told a woman who accused the movie mogul of rape to delete messages and data from multiple cell phones before giving them to prosecutors, according the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

The alleged victim did not delete the messages and alerted her attorney because she felt uncomfortable with the request, according to a letter the D.A.'s office was required to send to Weinstein's attorney and file in court. The letter was released publicly on Wednesday afternoon.

The woman, identified only as "Complainant 2," is the subject behind three of the mogul's five counts of sex-related offenses: predatory sexual assault, rape in the first degree, and rape in the third degree. Her accusations stem from an incident that allegedly took place in Weinstein's hotel room in Manhattan on March 18, 2013.

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Oct 17, 2018

Moonlite Bunny Ranch Brothel Owner Dennis Hof Divides Sex Workers, Even in Death
Bloomberg via GettyWhen news broke that Dennis Hof, the largest brothel owner in Nevada, died Tuesday in one of his famed ranches, women across the country opened up on social media about the self-described "P.T. Barnum of Booty."  

But this wasn't the usual head-butting over whether prostitution is morally right or wrong: All of the women were sex workers, and they weren't there to debate their choice of career. They wanted to debate Hof's legacy.

In one camp were women who had worked for the businessman-at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, the Kit Kat Ranch, or one of his five other establishments in Nevada-and said they felt demeaned or even abused by him.

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Oct 17, 2018

Rep. Steve King Endorses Neo-Nazi Sympathizer Faith Goldy. GOP Says Nothing.
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastOnce again, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) publicly declared his support for white-nationalist and neo-Nazi figures and, once again, Republican leadership remains silent.

King, who is currently running for re-election, tweeted an endorsement late Tuesday evening for Faith Goldy, a white supremacist, right-wing YouTube star running for the mayor of Toronto.

"Faith Goldy, an excellent candidate for Toronto mayor, pro Rule of Law, pro Make Canada Safe Again, pro balanced budget, &...BEST of all, Pro Western Civilization and a fighter for our values. @FaithGoldy will not be silenced," the eight-term congressman tweeted last night, despite polls having the neo-Nazi-sympathizing Toronto native at just 1.5 percent.

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Oct 17, 2018

‘Today' Show Falls Into Classic White-Nationalist Trap, Gives Platform to Identity Evropa Leader Patrick Casey
A Today show interview with the leader of a white-nationalist group set out to highlight the worrying rise of far-right youth groups. Instead, the interview turned into a sales pitch for the racist organization.

In a segment that was filmed last month and finally aired Wednesday, the Today show focused on the hate group Identity Evropa and its leader, Patrick Casey, who prematurely bragged in September that "I will be appearing on @TODAYshow early next week."

Under Casey's leadership, the group has shied away from overt racist language, in a bid to reach a broader audience. On the Today show, NBC's Peter Alexander asked Casey about the group's messaging.

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Oct 17, 2018

Crimea Attack Teen ‘Dreamed' of Giving Russia Its Own Columbine Massacre
Sergei Malgavko/GettyMOSCOW—For decades, Russia suffered from terrorist attacks on public places. An Islamist underground blew up Russian metro stations and airports, took thousands of hostages, and killed people with bombs on the streets.

But in all these years, Russia has never had a teenage student shooting at dozens of innocent people.

That changed Wednesday with an attack on a college in Kerch, a town on the Crimean Peninsula—Ukraine's territory that Russia annexed in 2014.

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Oct 17, 2018

Treasury Department Employee Arrested for Allegedly Leaking Information on Robert Mueller's Top Targets
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastA Treasury Department employee was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly leaking to the press sensitive government documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, the Justice Department said.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged senior Treasury advisor Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards with two counts involving "unauthorized disclosures" of Suspicious Activity Reports, which are kept by the department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

The reports contained financial information about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his former business partner Richard Gates, accused Russian spy Maria Butina, the Russian Embassy, and Prevezon, a Russian-owned company accused by the U.S. of money laundering. Financial institutions are required to flag potentially illegal transactions in SARs.

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Oct 17, 2018

Desk Accessories Can and Will Make You More Productive
Keeping yourself organized is tough when you just have so much stuff but it is doable. Adding a few accessories to your office desk (or your home office) is a really great way to keep yourself honest about how you work, and how you can work better.

Implementing a better filing system, keeping your distractions at a minimum, and allowing yourself the optimal lighting level are a few ways to make sure you're as productive as you can be. Here are a couple recommendations on how you can make your workspace the best it can be, so you can be the best you can be.

Courant Catch:3 isn't just a beautifully crafted leather catch-all, it also has a hidden Qi charger beneath its pebbled exterior. Set this thing on your desk and keep your keys, wallet, and (charging) phone all in one place, so you don't end up searching around under your filing cabinet for where you keys fell after you knocked them off the edge of your desk.

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Oct 17, 2018

Scouted: Desk Accessories Can and Will Make You More Productive
Keeping yourself organized is tough when you just have so much stuff but it is doable. Adding a few accessories to your office desk (or your home office) is a really great way to keep yourself honest about how you work, and how you can work better.

Implementing a better filing system, keeping your distractions at a minimum, and allowing yourself the optimal lighting level are a few ways to make sure you're as productive as you can be. Here are a couple recommendations on how you can make your workspace the best it can be, so you can be the best you can be.

Courant Catch:3 isn't just a beautifully crafted leather catch-all, it also has a hidden Qi charger beneath its pebbled exterior. Set this thing on your desk and keep your keys, wallet, and (charging) phone all in one place, so you don't end up searching around under your filing cabinet for where you keys fell after you knocked them off the edge of your desk.

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Oct 17, 2018

Woody Allen Is a Genius and I'd Work With Him Again in a Heartbeat, Says Javier Bardem
BENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP GettyOscar-winning actor Javier Bardem has defended Woody Allen during a live Q&A at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon, France.

When asked about his work with Allen on 2008's Vicky Christina Barcelona, the actor said he hardly had any contact with the director during the shoot and wasn't even sure that Allen really knew who he was, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

However, Bardem was quick to defend Allen against the child sexual-assault allegations that have resurfaced over the past years.

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Oct 17, 2018

Roseanne Barr Slams ABC Over ‘Unnecessary Grim and Morbid' Opioid Overdose
REUTERSRoseanne Barr wants you to know that she ain't dead.

The shamed comedian, whose racist tweets about Valerie Jarrett led to her revived TV show being canned, took to the same social-media platform last night to fire off an angry reaction to the opening sequence of The Conners, in which it was revealed her character died of an opioid overdose.

Roseanne, who was forced to give up her intellectual-property rights to the characters she created before ABC would make the new series, issued a calmer and more thoughtful statement a few hours later on Facebook, penned with the help of her longtime friend and spiritual adviser Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

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Oct 17, 2018

Roseanne Barr Slams ABC Over ‘Unnecessary, Grim and Morbid' Opioid Overdose
REUTERSRoseanne Barr wants you to know that she ain't dead.

The shamed comedian, whose racist tweets about Valerie Jarrett led to her revived show being canned, took to the same social media platform last night to fire off an angry reaction to the opening sequence of The Conners, in which it was revealed her character died of an opioid overdose.

Roseanne, who was forced to give up her intellectual property rights to the characters she created before ABC would make the new series, issued a calmer and more thoughtful statement a few hours later on Facebook, penned with the help of her longtime friend and spiritual adviser, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

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Oct 17, 2018

The Cocktail that Brought Ernest Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald Together
Photo illustration by The Daily BeastIn his Paris memoir, A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway writes at length about his relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald. He tells of their first meeting in the spring of 1925, at the Dingo Bar, where Hemingway was "sitting with some completely worthless characters," namely Duff Twysden and Pat Guthrie, on whom Brett Ashley and Mike Campbell in The Sun Also Rises were based. Behind the bar was legendary barman Jimmie Charters. And if this didn't already sound like a who's who of 1920s expat Paris, in walked F. Scott Fitzgerald. Hemingway knew of F. Scott; he was already a successful writer, and The Great Gatsby had just been released.

As it happened, F. Scott overindulged at that first meeting and passed out. Hemingway came to learn that this was simply a "thing" for both F. Scott and Zelda. "Becoming unconscious when they drank had always been their great defense," Hemingway noted. It wouldn't take much drinking for them to "go to sleep like children…and when they woke they will be fresh and happy, not having taken enough alcohol to damage their bodies before it made them unconscious."

They met again a few days later at the Closerie des Lilas. Here, F. Scott asked Ernest a favor. F. Scott and Zelda's Renault motor car had been lef

The Daily Beast
Oct 17, 2018

The Cocktail That Brought Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald Together
Photo illustration by The Daily BeastIn his Paris memoir, A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway writes at length about his relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald. He tells of their first meeting in the spring of 1925, at the Dingo Bar, where Hemingway was "sitting with some completely worthless characters," namely Duff Twysden and Pat Guthrie, on whom Brett Ashley and Mike Campbell in The Sun Also Rises were based. Behind the bar was legendary barman Jimmie Charters. And if this didn't already sound like a who's who of 1920s expat Paris, in walked F. Scott Fitzgerald. Hemingway knew of F. Scott; he was already a successful writer, and The Great Gatsby had just been released.

As it happened, F. Scott overindulged at that first meeting and passed out. Hemingway came to learn that this was simply a "thing" for both F. Scott and Zelda. "Becoming unconscious when they drank had always been their great defense," Hemingway noted. It wouldn't take much drinking for them to "go to sleep like children…and when they woke they will be fresh and happy, not having taken enough alcohol to damage their bodies before it made them unconscious."

They met again a few days later at the Closerie des Lilas. Here, F. Scott asked Ernest a favor. F. Scott and Zelda's Renault motor car had been lef

The Daily Beast
Oct 17, 2018

Is the Soyuz Debacle the Nail in the Coffin for Russian-American Space Relations?
NASA HQLast week, a Russian rocket carrying two passengers from its launch site in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station—the Soyuz capsule—malfunctioned, forcing controllers on the ground to abort the launch and eject the vehicle's crew capsule.

The spacecraft split, arching back toward Kazakhstan, deploying its parachute. The two people on board, American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, were unhurt.

The damage to the already-fragile reputation of the struggling Russian space industry—and to America and most of the rest of the world's access to space—are profound.

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Oct 17, 2018

Artificial Intelligence Like LiDAR Can Stop Wildfires In Their Tracks
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIn September, after one of the most violent wildfire seasons in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that would allow utility companies to charge customers for future legal settlements from the 2017 wildfires—even if they were the utility company's fault.

It's meant to prevent Pacific Gas & Electric Co. from going bankrupt; as the AP reported, the company would have to pay billions of dollars if investigators found the company's equipment at fault for sparking the Tubbs Fire that killed 22 people in Santa Rose and made thousands more homeless.

Unsurprisingly, it's a controversial law.

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Oct 17, 2018

Inside The Poisonous British Fight Over Transgender Acceptance
Photo illustration by The Daily BeastIn 2014, the United Kingdom topped the Rainbow Index, an annual ranking of LGBT equality published by a European human rights group.

As of May, the UK has fallen to fourth place.

To understand why, one need only consult the many broadsides being issued against transgender people in the British press, as the government weighs reforms to the 2004 Gender Recognition Act, a piece of legislation that allowed those who transitioned from one gender to another to apply for a certificate that formally certifies the change.

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Oct 17, 2018

John Carpenter on ‘Halloween' and Why ‘They Live' Is as Relevant as Ever Under Trump
Photo illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastThere are few horror legends more illustrious than John Carpenter, who over the course of four decades has made some of cinema's most hallowed genre classics, including Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, The Thing, Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China. In terms of both outright scares and lasting cultural impact, however, nothing in his oeuvre trumps Halloween, his 1978 masterpiece about the sleepy hamlet of Haddonfield, Illinois, and a masked fiend named Michael Myers who, decades after his initial family-slaughtering bloodbath, returns home to prey upon its residents, and in particular, Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode. Energized by sterling performances from Curtis (in a star-making turn) and Donald Pleasance, Carpenter's unforgettable musical theme, expertly suspenseful set pieces, and the director's trademark 35mm Panavision visuals, it set a new standard for terror while ushering in the age of the modern slasher film.

It also, however, spawned a legion of inferior sequels (as well as two criminally underrated Rob Zombie remakes) that are now being erased from the franchise's timeline by Halloween, a new entry (albeit with the same title) from director David Gordon Green and

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Oct 17, 2018

John Carpenter on ‘Halloween' and Why ‘They Live' Is Frighteningly Relevant Under Trump
Photo illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastThere are few horror legends more illustrious than John Carpenter, who over the course of four decades has made some of cinema's most hallowed genre classics, including Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, The Thing, Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China. In terms of both outright scares and lasting cultural impact, however, nothing in his oeuvre trumps Halloween, his 1978 masterpiece about the sleepy hamlet of Haddonfield, Illinois, and a masked fiend named Michael Myers who, decades after his initial family-slaughtering bloodbath, returns home to prey upon its residents, and in particular, Jamie Lee Curtis's Laurie Strode. Energized by sterling performances from Curtis (in a star-making turn) and Donald Pleasence, Carpenter's unforgettable musical theme, expertly suspenseful set pieces, and the director's trademark 35mm Panavision visuals, it set a new standard for terror while ushering in the age of the modern slasher film.

It also, however, spawned a legion of inferior sequels (as well as two criminally underrated Rob Zombie remakes) that are now being erased from the franchise's timeline by Halloween, a new entry (albeit with the same title) from director David Gordon Green and

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Oct 17, 2018

Meet the Doctor Curing Fear With a Single Pill
GettyIn a clinical psychology lab in Amsterdam, Dr. Merel Kindt, a Dutch neuroscientist and University of Amsterdam professor, coaxes a young man into a nondescript room. In its center, raised on a tall white platform, lies a terrarium holding the man's greatest fear: a tarantula. A chic woman with piercing blues eyes and moppy blonde hair, Dr. Kindt guides the man by the hand, coaching him to approach the tank as he wails and begs to stop. For phobic patients like him, just looking at a spider is a form of torture.

A few minutes later, Dr. Kindt helps the man regain composure in a room nearby. Still whimpering, he gulps down a small white pill, a common beta-blocker called propranolol. When he returns the next day, the man enters the tarantula room effortlessly. He gazes at the spider with a curious smile. "I can't describe what I'm feeling," he says, leaning over to gently stroke its hairy leg. "It's just alien."

This startling scene is just one of the many patient breakthroughs depicted in the new docuseries A Cure for Fear, streaming now on Topic, which takes a deep dive into Dr. Kindt's pioneering fear treatment. Her procedure, so smoothly effective as to seem like magic, is based on years of scientific investigations into emotional memories—which, for decades, neuroscientists have accepted as permanent and unyielding. But once new research emerged calling the rigidity of memory into question, Dr. Kindt jumped at the chance to put the theory to work.



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Oct 17, 2018

It's a Great Year for Monarch Butterflies. Climate Change Means That Won't Last.
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe monarchs began their annual migration late this year, reaching New York City only in recent days.

One considerable contingent paused on Sunday by a patch of goldenrod on the sandy shore of  Rockaway opposite a stretch of Beach 92nd St. that has been named after firefighter who perished on 9/11.

With the butterflies and the street sign "Steven ‘Bells' Belson Beach Way" came a reminder that the monarchs chanced to arrive early in 2001 and that thousands of them fluttered through the smoking ruins of the World Trade Center in the immediate aftermath of the attack, impossibly delicate amidst unimaginable destruction.

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Oct 17, 2018

Kurt Vile Is Carrying Tom Petty's Torch
Matt Winkelmeyer/GettyKurt Vile almost opened for Tom Petty once. Didn't happen, though.

"It fell through," he says, as the barest suggestion of a frown forms at the bottom of his face. "It would have been amazing. I've been thinking about Tom Petty a lot."

On the surface, Kurt Vile doesn't necessarily sound all that much like Tom Petty. The late classic rocker tended to keep his jangly anthems to a spritely three minutes or so. One wonders what Petty would make of "Bassackwards," the nearly ten-minute long highlight of Kurt Vile's new album Bottle It In, a layer cake of melting guitars that slowly drowns you in the songwriter's nervously blissful headspace.

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Oct 17, 2018

Elizabeth Warren's DNA Stunt Alienates Native Americans
Jonathan Bachman/ReutersWith the release of DNA analysis results indicating that Senator Elizabeth Warren has traced Native American heritage, the likely presidential candidate might have expected to end President Donald Trump's constant invocation of his race-based nickname for her: "Pocahontas."

If the response from Native American tribes, advocacy groups and fellow politicians is any indication, however, Warren's attempt to silence criticism of her past claims of Cherokee ancestry has largely backfired.

At best, advocacy organizations working on behalf of Native Americans see Warren as potentially distracting from the real issues facing modern Native American populations and people. At worst, some Native Americans see Warren's gambit as a more pernicious version of President Trump's overt racism, ignoring the cultural, social and legal complexities of tribal membership by reducing Native American identity to genetics.

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Oct 17, 2018

Meet the Hispanic Voters Who May Save Ted Cruz From Beto O'Rourke
Justin Sullivan/GettyEL PASO—Driving around Juarez in late September, Bob Pena remarked wistfully about the city that once was, the city he knew as a child. A once-swinging nightclub turned into a dusty shell. A glitzy hotel reduced to cheap, crumbling apartments. A mansion sacrificed to scavengers and the elements.

All of it is reason for Hispanics like himself to continue voting for Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz, he said. Pena is the executive director of the El Paso County Republican Party but he's not an outlier. Thirty-seven percent of Hispanics in Texas support Cruz for re-election against his Democratic rival, Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll. The poll is in line with others showing Cruz with the support of a more than one-third of likely Hispanic voters despite his hardline stance on immigration and newly found admiration for President Trump, who is historically unpopular among Hispanics nationwide.

Cruz leads O'Rourke by an average of seven points in polls, but O'Rourke has record-breaking fundraising and has packed town halls across th

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Oct 17, 2018

George Soros is Not the Antichrist. Says the Bible.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastOn Oct. 6, the former Mayor of New York and current attorney to President Trump Rudy Giuliani retweeted a comment that "[George] Soros is the anti-Christ!" The comment was made in response to the anti-Kavanaugh protests that had been organized around the country.

The original comment said, "Freeze his assets & I bet the protests stop." The Jewish billionaire activist had already been connected to the protests by none other than President Trump, who tweeted on Oct. 5 that demonstrators were "paid professionals" who were "paid for by Soros and others." It is important to note that fact-checkers at the Washington Post reported that "it is wrong to claim the protesters were paid by Soros or directed by him."

With Giuliani's retweet, the conspiracy theory moved from the realm of the political into the dimension of the religious. No longer was Soros simply a shadowy opponent who didn't play fair; now he was the literal embodiment of evil.

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Oct 17, 2018

A Former CIA Officer's Tips for Avoiding Death, Prison, and Hospital While You Travel
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThere is something very appealing about packing a bag and hopping on the first flight out of town—maybe because we never quite grow out of our childhood desire to run away. However, taking the time to do some research and plan a little before you go will help make even the most experienced traveler safer. Here are a few tips from my time as a CIA officer that will help you avoid death, prison, and hospital on your travels.

Before you go…

1. Leave copies of your travel information with someone you trust. Print out a copy of your passport and forward your flight itinerary and hotel information to them. Having someone who can verify your identity and travel plans will give police a place to start if something happens to you. Also, scammers targeting your family will sometimes claim that they have taken you hostage and demand a ransom. Knowing where you are staying and when you are traveling will help your friends and family avoid these scams.

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Oct 17, 2018

Inside the Vigilante Sting to Catch a Bogus Porn Scout
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastWhen Deana Embry got a Facebook message from a man who said he was an agent for Evil Angel Videos—one of the largest and most respected porn production companies in the country—she thought she'd hit the jackpot.

The agent told Embry she had just the look they wanted, and urged her to audition. His come-on: She could make thousands of dollars for just a few videos, an offer she thought was too good to refuse.

So Embry, 27, agreed to meet the agent at a nearby hotel, where she signed several contracts, discussed her boundaries, and did everything asked of her in the extensive audition process—including a sex scene.

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Oct 17, 2018

Colbert Scolds Trump for Stormy Daniels ‘Horseface' Slur: ‘Straight from the Horse's Ass'
CBSWith the midterms just three weeks away, Stephen Colbert reluctantly gave President Trump credit for his "victory" in the defamation lawsuit filed against him by Stormy Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti Tuesday night. As the Late Show host explained, a judge not only threw out the suit, but also ordered her to pay Trump's legal fees.

"Now, OK, that's tough, but if she's looking for a way to raise money I've got a good idea," Colbert said. "Launch a GoFundMe campaign titled, ‘For $10 million I will stop describing Trump's penis.'"

Colbert went on to say that he found the judge's reasons for dismissing the case "upsetting," given that he ruled Trump's tweet calling Daniels a liar was protected by the First Amendment because it was the kind of "rhetorical hyperbole" commonly associated with politicians in the United States.

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Oct 17, 2018

Stephen Colbert Slams Trump for Stormy Daniels ‘Horseface' Slur
CBSWith the midterms just three weeks away, Stephen Colbert reluctantly gave President Trump credit for his "victory" in the defamation lawsuit filed against him by Stormy Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti Tuesday night. As the Late Show host explained, a judge not only threw out the suit, but also ordered her to pay Trump's legal fees.

"Now, OK, that's tough, but if she's looking for a way to raise money I've got a good idea," Colbert said. "Launch a GoFundMe campaign titled, ‘For $10 million I will stop describing Trump's penis.'"

Colbert went on to say that he found the judge's reasons for dismissing the case "upsetting," given that he ruled Trump's tweet calling Daniels a liar was protected by the First Amendment because it was the kind of "rhetorical hyperbole" commonly associated with politicians in the United States.

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Oct 16, 2018

Trump Defends Saudi Arabia, Vladimir Putin in Flattery-Filled Fox Business Interview
Fox Business NetworkFollowing the disappearance and likely assassination of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, every major Western media organization pulled out of Saudi Arabia's upcoming Future Investment Initiative, nicknamed "Davos in the Desert." Every major Western news organization except one, that is: Fox Business Network.

Perhaps it was no coincidence that President Donald Trump chose that network as the latest stop on his "flood the zone" media tour, sitting down with newly installed prime-time host Trish Regan for a conversation in which he continued to cast doubt on the widely accepted conclusion that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had Khashoggi killed for speaking out against his regime.  

"It depends whether the King or the Crown Prince knew about it, in my opinion," Trump said, when Regan asked what action his administration would be taking against Saudi Arabia. "If they knew about it, that would be bad," he added.

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Oct 16, 2018

In 'Apologia,' Stockard Channing Is Having a Party. Approach With Caution.
All it takes is a look, although she has quite a battery of words to wound those around her as well.

Stockard Channing, playing an art historian and former political radical called Kristin Miller, is turning sixtysomething in Alexi Kaye Campbell's uneven but occasionally very funny play, Apologia­. She is not going to be blowing out any candles on her gift of a mango meringue quietly.

In Dane Laffrey's beautifully designed English big-house kitchen (really it's perfect, right down to the window above the kitchen sink), it is 2009 and Kristin, talons sharpened, has just greeted her first guests: her son Peter (Hugh Dancy), a banker, and his Christian American girlfriend Trudi (Talene Monahon). Being awaited: her other son Simon (also played by Dancy), his girlfriend Claire (Megalyn Echikunwoke), and Claire's stalwart friend Hugh (John Tillinger).

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Oct 16, 2018

Roseanne Dies of an Opioid Overdose in ‘The Conners.' That's the Wrong Move.
Eric McCandless/ABCThere are casserole dishes, so many of them, scattered all through the Conner family kitchen. They are hoarding them, the best dishes from every family in Langford, and wondering aloud to themselves: Why do people always send over casseroles when someone dies?

Yep. Ding-dong, good riddance, good grief, what have you. Roseanne is dead.

It's revealed within seconds of the new Roseanne spinoff, The Conners that Roseanne Conner, the character played by Roseanne Barr off and on for 30 years, has passed away. The series premiered Tuesday night with skeptical eyes trained on that specific question: How it was going to write Barr's character off. Now we have the answer. She overdoses on opioids, succumbing to an addiction that was first introduced in last year's blockbuster Roseanne revival.

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Oct 16, 2018

Police Beg For Help in Finding Wisconsin Teen Jayme Closs: ‘Every Second Counts'
Courtesy Barron County SheriffWisconsin police are still searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who was reported missing when her parents were found dead early Monday.

James and Denise Closs were discovered slain in their home just outside of Barron, about 90 miles northeast of Minneapolis, after cops responded to a 911 call around 1 am. An AMBER alert was issued for Jayme that afternoon.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters the 911 call came from a cellphone inside the Closs residence but declined to say whose number it was. Investigators don't believe Jayme is a suspect in her parents' deaths, Fitzgerald said.

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Oct 16, 2018

Saudis Plan To Pin Khashoggi Slaying on ‘Rogue' General
GettyThe Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is starting to float a trial-balloon explanation for its apparent slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Daily Beast has learned, in hopes of escaping the consequences of an episode that has shaken whatever geopolitical confidence existed in Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

According to two sources familiar with the trial balloon, circulating throughout diplomatic circles in Washington, the Saudis are considering pinning Khashoggi's murder on a Saudi two-star general new to intelligence work. That line is in keeping with President Donald Trump's Twitter-borne speculation that "rogue killers" may be responsible for whatever happened to Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate on October 2. Three other former U.S. officials did not have direct knowledge of the inchoate Saudi line but told The Daily Beast they expect Riyadh to blame a fall guy.

The Saudis are considering admitting that the general received approval from the Crown Prince to interrogate Khashoggi on the suspicion that he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist political faction whose rise during the Arab Spring prompted the Saudis and their allies in the United Arab Emirates to sponsor a wave of reaction. They also are considering intimating that Khashoggi received money from Gulf rival Qatar.

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Oct 16, 2018

Fox News Airs Trump's ‘Horseface' Insult But Won't Show Stormy Daniels' Response
Fox NewsFox News anchor Shepard Smith read President Trump's tweet, in which he threatened to "go after" Stormy Daniels or "Horseface" as he called her, in full on his Tuesday afternoon broadcast. His only real commentary on it was a curt "Hm."

Smith noted that it "did not take long" for Daniels to respond, but instead of putting her tweet on screen, he turned the story over to reporter Trace Gallagher, who explained he would not be reading it aloud.

"In her rapid-fire response to the president, Stormy Daniels certainly didn't pull any punches," Gallagher reported. "Her tweet was 38 words, we're not going to show you all of it because it was filled with sexual innuendo to criticize the president's body and also accused him of depraved and inhumane behavior though she didn't specify what she meant."

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Oct 16, 2018

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse Roasts Sean Hannity in New Book
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastRepublican Sen. Ben Sasse thinks that much of what is wrong with political media today is embodied by one man: Sean Hannity.

Over the course of twenty pages in his new book, titled Them: Why We Hate Each Other—and How to Heal, the Republican senator said the Fox News primetime star is the foremost example of how—in his estimation—media personalities willfully drive a wedge between Americans of different political persuasions.

"He explained the core objective of his two different programs to the New York Times," Sasse wrote, referring to Hannity's television and radio programs. "It's not to promote a particular conservative agenda, or to encourage American patriotism, or even to offer coherent arguments against liberalism. His core cause is to rage."

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Oct 16, 2018

Michael Avenatti Is Making Concrete 2020 Moves Behind The Scenes
Jennifer S. Altman/For The Washington Post via GettyMichael Avenatti, the firebrand attorney who has risen to fame representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, is taking concrete steps behind the scenes to prep for a possible 2020 presidential run.

A new filing with the Federal Election Commission, shows that Avenatti's political action committee, "Fight PAC," has made a series of expenditures during the closing days of September to set up a more robust fundraising and social media push in the months ahead.

Fight PAC paid $4,500 to Break Something, a Washington D.C.-based firm for Facebook advertising. It also paid $1,000 to NGP VAN, Inc, a voter database used by the Democratic Party that, according to a source, Avenatti plans to use as a database for PAC fundraising and contacts. Additionally, the group made payments to Adam Parkhomenko, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton, for a food and transportation reimbursement worth $1,491.37, and a reimbursement payment of $342.52 to the TRR Group LLC.

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Oct 16, 2018

Michael Avenatti Is Making Concrete Moves to Run for President in 2020 Against Trump
Jennifer S. Altman/For The Washington Post via GettyMichael Avenatti, the firebrand attorney who has risen to fame representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, is taking concrete steps behind the scenes to prep for a possible 2020 presidential run.

A new filing with the Federal Election Commission, shows that Avenatti's political action committee, "Fight PAC," has made a series of expenditures during the closing days of September to set up a more robust fundraising and social media push in the months ahead.

Fight PAC paid $4,500 to Break Something, a Washington, D.C.-based firm for Facebook advertising. It also paid $1,000 to NGP VAN, Inc, a voter database used by the Democratic Party that, according to a source, Avenatti plans to use as a database for PAC fundraising and contacts. Additionally, the group made payments to Adam Parkhomenko, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton, for a food and transportation reimbursement worth $1,491.37, and a reimbursement payment of $342.52 to the TRR Group LLC.

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Oct 16, 2018

GOP Senate Candidate John James Apologizes for Swastika Cameo in New Ad
Rebecca Cook/ReutersEarlier this month, Republican Senate candidate John James released his first general election TV ad, which included the shocking, albeit brief cameo of a swastika.

"Look around you, blighted neighborhoods, failing schools, forgotten veterans, it's disgraceful, and both parties are to blame," the Michigan senatorial candidate said in a voiceover while the camera moves down an empty school hallway, the Nazi symbol conspicuously pinned to a bulletin board on the left.

Following social-media outcry over the brief glimpse of the Nazi image, James publicly apologized for the "terrible error" and took full responsibility for what he called a "mistake," noting that the error got past both him and his campaign team.

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Oct 16, 2018

Country Star Toby Keith Fundraising For Trump Super PAC
MCT/GettyCountry music star Toby Keith will perform at a private fundraiser on Tuesday for a leading pro-Trump political group, The Daily Beast has learned.

Two sources familiar with plans for the fundraiser said the event, hosted by pro-Trump super PAC America First Action, will take place at the Wharf, a new development on Washington D.C.'s southwest waterfront. The website for Union Stage, one of the venues at the Wharf, says that there will be a "private event" on Tuesday evening. No other details are listed.

Neither America First nor a representative for Keith responded to requests for additional information.

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Oct 16, 2018

Trump's Blank Check to Tyrants Endangers Rights Advocates in Russia and Beyond
In the age of Trump authoritarians, dictators and tyrants become more shameless by the day. As if the disappearance and likely dismemberment of a Saudi journalist writing for The Washington Post is not enough of a scandal, we now have Vladimir Putin's underlings allegedly kidnapping, beating, and terrorizing an observer from Amnesty International, acting as if they are sure there will be no consequences.

Probably they are right.

This article by Anna Nemtsova, Moscow correspondent for The Daily Beast, gives an idea how hard it is to report on human rights when the American president makes it clear he's just not interested.

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Oct 16, 2018

What Meghan Can Expect For Her First Royal Pregnancy
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastKate Middleton found pregnancy insufferable, Princess Diana complained that ‘every time I stood up I was sick' and Henry VIII's wife, Jane Seymour, died in childbirth.

Royal wives do seem to have had a tough time in pregnancy, so it is refreshing to note that Meghan Markle, the oldest royal mother in living memory at 37, has apparently conceived within weeks of getting married and bounced so effortlessly through the first three months of her pregnancy that no-one even realized she was pregnant.

Now, like many Royal wives before her, the evolution of her "bump" will be observed by the media and then there will be the frenzy of the birth-day itself.

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Oct 16, 2018

Trump Administration Mulls Punishment for Saudi Leaders Involved in Jamal Khashoggi's Death
Leah Mills/GettySenior officials inside the Departments of State and Treasury are actively discussing plans to exact financial punishment on Saudi Arabia for its role in the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to three people involved in the discussions. The measures, which may include sanctions against the Kingdom's top leaders, could come down the pipeline as early as this week, officials told The Daily Beast.

Staffers and officials, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have met continuously over the course of the last week in an attempt to detail the possible ways the U.S. could punish the Kingdom without negatively impacting the $110 billion dollar Saudi arms deal. President Trump has so far resisted calls by some lawmakers to halt U.S. military aid to the kingdom in light of Khashoggi's disappearance, arguing that nixing the arms deals would hurt American jobs.

"The real trick here is going to be finding a way to take a public stand against the leaders of Saudi while at the same time preserving the financial relationship we have with them," said one official involved in the meetings. "At the end of the day, people are trying to decide whether to view the crown prince as a separate issue that we can sideline or whether his presence and rule is engrained in the ethos of the country."

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Oct 16, 2018

Lindsey Graham Tells ‘Fox & Friends': Killer Saudi Crown Prince Has ‘Got to Go'
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a "wrecking ball" in an interview with Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, as it was revealed that officials found "certain evidence" that missing Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

"I know this: Nothing happens in Saudi Arabia without MBS knowing it," Graham told co-host Brian Kilmeade. "I think he's on a bad track. I can never do business with Saudi Arabia again until we get this behind us."

"I've been their biggest defender on the floor of United States Senate," Graham continued. "This guy is a wrecking ball. He had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey and to expect me to ignore it. I feel used and abused. I was on the floor every time defending Saudi Arabia."

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Oct 16, 2018

Turning Point USA Members Joked About Muslim Refugees Raping White Women
Members of college conservative group Turning Point USA joked about Muslim refugees raping white women and watching anime porn depicting children, according to messages leaked to the Miami New Times.

TPUSA and its leader, Charlie Kirk, have tried to position the group as the voice of young conservatives, but the messages show TPUSA members often sound more like members of the racist alt-right, circulating the alt-right's internet memes and racist references.

The revelations come at the same time the conservative group has been embraced by the Trump family and conservatives. Kirk is a frequent Fox News guest and Donald Trump Jr. wrote the foreword for Kirk's new book. Top members of the Trump administration have appeared at TPUSA conferences and President Trump approvingly quoted Kirk on Twitter.

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Oct 16, 2018

Scouted: Tech Products That Will Help Boost Your Productivity
It's funny how I can sleep eight hours and chug a keg of coffee, yet still manage to find myself two hours deep into a subreddit devoted to cheese while on deadline.

Our culture has become obsessed with working a mile a minute. But how much do we actually get done? The goal isn't to necessarily do more at once, but to do each thing more efficiently. And, dare I say it, with a lot more enjoyment [insert thing about how we're all going to die anyways so we might has well derive some satisfaction from mundane tasks].

Productivity is complicated, but it doesn't have to be. Whether you work from home or share a cubicle with coworkers, you, too, can feel like you've actually accomplished your entire daily to-do list.

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Oct 16, 2018

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Make First Public Appearance Since Announcing Pregnancy
Getty / Paul EdwardsMeghan Markle and Prince Harry have made their first public appearance since announcing to the world that they are expecting a baby in the spring.

The couple, who are on the first leg of a 16-day tour of Australasia, announced Meghan's pregnancy yesterday—five months after they were married in a ceremony that captured global attention.

Their first appearance in front of the cameras was at an Invictus Games reception with Australia's governor general, Sir Peter Cosgrove, in Sydney, where they were presented with a stuffed toy of a baby kangaroo and a pair of baby Ugg boots.

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Oct 16, 2018

SNL's Stunning Hypocrisy
Will Heath/NBCOn Nov. 7, 2015, Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live.

The decision to extend such a coveted platform to the candidate was puzzling given that only months earlier, the variety show's network, NBC, had severed business ties with Trump following his xenophobic presidential announcement speech targeting Mexican immigrants (delivered in front of a gaggle of paid actors, as it were). But there he was in Studio 8H, delivering a monologue that made light of the racism charges against him and dad-dancing to Drake's "Hotline Bling." Most egregious of all was a sketch called "White House 2018" that envisioned a Trump presidency wherein the real-estate mogul had eliminated ISIS, stood down Putin, got Mexico to fork over $20 billion for the wall, and not only brought peace to Syria but given its refugees jobs as blackjack dealers at a Trump-branded hotel and casino in Damascus.  

And there was only one person to blame: Lorne Michaels.

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