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The Daily Beast
Jul 12, 2020

Rudy Giuliani Blows Up Trump's ‘Audit' Excuse on Tax Returns
For years, Donald Trump has been claiming that he can't release his tax returns because at least some of them are still under audit by the IRS. 

As recently as this past Thursday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany repeated that reasoning to reporters, saying, "The media's been asking this question for four years, and for four years, the president has said the same thing, his taxes are under audit, and when they're no longer under audit, he will release them."

On Sunday morning, the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani blew up that excuse once and for all.

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Jul 12, 2020

I Can Work Anywhere Thanks to These Headphones
I remember when I first was told we'd be working from home. I was excited — no more commuting, pajamas all the time, breaks by the fridge, my fridge. It was all exciting at first, and yet, as time has gone on, little things have begun to annoy me. If I'm being honest, the one thing I miss most about the office is some peace and quiet. That can be hard to come by these days, especially if you have kids, or even just a partner who is almost constantly on the phone for their job. Thankfully, noise cancelling headphones exist.

Sennheiser makes an excellent pair of noise cancelling headphones that will make every space in your home a quiet space to be alone in and get some work done. When I put the PXC 550's on for the first time, it felt like I was floating in outer space. The ear cups are comfortable enough that they are barely noticeable, and the frame itself is lightweight so you can wear them for long periods of time. The active noise cancelling technology drowns out any noise that might be coming from your home. It's adaptive, meaning you can control whether you want noise cancellation entirely or if you want to let some ambient noise in. That option is great for when, you know, someone is asking you to do something important. The right ear cup uses touch controls to accomplish this, as well as being able to change the song or increase and decrease the volume with the swipe of your finger. When fully charged, they work for up to 30 hours, connect via Bluetooth, and the best thing about them is that you can tak

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Jul 12, 2020

Coronavirus Testing Czar Pushes Back on Trump's Criticism of CDC Guidelines
Adm. Brett Giroir, the Assistant Secretary for Health who also leads the administration's coronavirus testing efforts, on Sunday seemingly pushed back against President Donald Trump's recent criticism of the Centers for Disease Control's guidelines for reopening schools this fall.

Last week, amid his aggressive pressure campaign to force all local school districts to fully reopen this fall despite a massive surge in coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump complained that the CDC's guidance on safely reopening schools was "very tough" and "expensive."

Despite Vice President Mike Pence suggesting new recommendations would be issued in the following days, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield contradicted the White House, noting that while there would be "additional reference documents" those documents "are not a revision of the guidelines."

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Jul 12, 2020

Betsy DeVos Can't Promise Teachers and Kids Won't Get Sick After Reopening Schools
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Sunday morning couldn't promise teachers, students and parents that they wouldn't get sick from coronavirus if schools fully reopen this fall, as the Trump administration has been aggressively pushing for in recent days.

DeVos and President Donald Trump launched a pressure campaign this past week to force and threaten state and local school districts to fully reopen schools for full-time, in-person learning. DeVos herself has said she wants all schools to commit to being open five days a week and steer clear of remote learning, even as the pandemic rages to record levels in the country.

Interviewing DeVos on CNN's State of the Union, host Dana Bash kicked off the lengthy and at times contentious conversation by immediately pressing DeVos on the fact that the vast majority of states now are seeing higher rates of coronavirus than when schools shut down in March.

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Jul 12, 2020

The Best Portable Chairs for Your Next Beach Adventure
We're all looking for an escape these days and a campsite or local beach may be the best option. Once you find the perfect place to set up camp, it's all about staying comfortable for the time you're there. That involves investing in something to sit on. Portable chairs, whether specifically for the beach or just one that you can bring along, are necessary these days. You can set up your own socially-distanced commune with ease. We've rounded up some of the best on the market so you can enjoy the outdoors comfortably and safely.

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Jul 12, 2020

Police in Portugal Search Wells For Madeleine McCann in Renewed Effort to Find British Toddler
Hugo Correia/ReutersOfficials in Portugal have confirmed to The Daily Beast that they have searched three deep wells near a campground where the prime suspect in the 2007 disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann stayed. Authorities are currently examining forensic evidence taken from the wells, though the wells contained lime which can lead to a faster disintegration of human remains. Additional searches in the area are expected this week.

Prime suspect Christian Brueckner is a convicted child rapist who is currently in a German prison on drug charges. He is also fighting charges that he raped a 72-year-old woman at the same resort where McCann disappeared.

Brueckner was named as the chief suspect in McCann's disappearance in June after a cache of child pornography and littel girls' swimsuits were found in a residence where he lived after McCann's disappearance.

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Jul 12, 2020

Prince Andrew's Next Nightmare Could Be Tapes of Him at Jeffrey Epstein's Home
Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesIf you love The Daily Beast's royal coverage, then we hope you'll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.

Prince Andrew likely to have been caught on tape at Epstein home, lawyer says

Prince Andrew is likely to have been caught on tape during one of his visits to Jeffrey Epstein's homes, a lawyer for the dead sex offender's alleged victims has claimed.

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Jul 12, 2020

When Ayn Rand's Wild 'Top Secret' Atomic Bomb Movie Lost Its Way
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIn the autumn of 1945, just weeks into the postwar era, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer decided to make an epic movie about the invention of the atomic bomb and its use by the United States against two Japanese cities. The film was set in motion when young actress Donna Reed received a letter from Dr. Edward Tompkins, her former high school chemistry teacher back in Iowa, who had worked on the bomb at the top-secret Oak Ridge site in Tennessee. He suggested a Hollywood drama that would reflect the atomic scientists' fears about further developing the bomb for military purposes, which would likely provoke a nuclear arms race with the Soviets and threaten the future of the planet.

Her husband, Tony Owen, an agent, had taken the idea to MGM chief Louis B. Mayer who predicted that it must become his studio's "most important" movie ever, an early example of what would become known as the docu-drama genre. Owen and MGM producer Sam Marx met with President Harry S Truman, who offered approval as well as the title for the movie: The Beginning or the End.

Unbeknownst to MGM, the studio was not alone in rushing ahead to make the first atomic epic. Hal B. Wallis, producer of Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon, among others, had been pursuing the idea at Paramount since late September. By the time MGM got moving, he had already engaged a well-known magazine writer to supply a treatment for a film tentatively titled Manhattan Project.

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Jul 12, 2020

Once an Istanbul Soup Kitchen, Now One of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries
"Look, what beautiful stables!" library director Salih Sahin says with a laugh, the sweep of his hand taking in a scene with nary a trace of hay or manure. Instead of stamping, whinnying steeds, the airy, light-filled chamber is lined with long, gleaming-white study desks. The smooth stone walls and pillars of this grand reading room support a series of graceful arches and ceiling domes that almost float overhead, delicately painted with intricate floral and geometric designs.

It's hard to find any building in Istanbul that doesn't have a past life or three, and the early 16th-century structures of the Beyazit State Library and Manuscript Library—the latest selection for The Daily Beast's monthly series, The World's Most Beautiful Libraries—are no exception. Initially serving as the soup kitchen, caravanserai, and stables of the Beyazit Mosque in the city's historic center, they were converted into Turkey's first state library in 1884, later fell into disrepair, and were revived in 2016 with a much-lauded architectural restoration that uncovered additional layers along the way.

When members of the Istanbul-based firm Tabanlioglu Architects first visited the library site in 2006 after being commissioned to do the restoration, however, the most visible layers in the old section were of dust, decay, and disarray.

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Jul 12, 2020

Here's Who Drives the Anti-LGBTQ Agenda in Poland Elections
Piotr Lapinski/NurPhoto via GettyThe final round of Poland's presidential election, which is being held Sunday, has been dominated by incumbent President Andrzej Duda's efforts to mobilize voters against the country's LGBTQ people. It has been a very ugly campaign, with the groundwork carefully laid.

Hubert Sobecki, who has been an activist for LGBTQ rights in Poland for more than a decade, says, "I have never seen anything like the harassment of the past one and a half years."

Naturally, most attention has been focused on the two rivals in the runoff election, Duda and the more liberal mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Trzaskowski, who says he will stand up for minorities. Trzaskowski has taken part in LGBTQ marches, but he also has said he would oppose adoptions by same-sex couples. This is 93-percent Catholic Poland, after all. As the BBC noted, Duda constantly claims Trzaskowski is "in cahoots with Jewish and LGBTQ interest groups."

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Jul 12, 2020

After 44 Years in the News Business, I'm Finally Free to Speak the Truth About Republicans
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastNow that my 44 years on daily newspapers have ended, I'm finally free to admit my biases.

I'm biased toward the facts. Toward compassion. Toward freedom. All basics of our business. All under attack by today's Republicans.

We reporters pride ourselves on open minds. We're fiercely independent. We defy sources and editors alike. We try to look past party labels to individuals' merits. Some of my colleagues at the Cleveland Plain Dealer wouldn't even vote in Ohio's primary because of having to declare their parties. So I wasn't surprised to see a 2017 study in ScienceAdvances showing little bias in our rates of response to news pitches from the two parties.

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Jul 12, 2020

I Welcome White BLM Supporters. I Don't Fully Trust Them.
CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty"She fucks Black dudes? She probably has something."

Those were words said to me in high school — by a friend. 

I spun on my heels and told him how those words were racist, and my friend, who was nice and would give someone the shirt off his back, listed every reason why he couldn't possibly be racist. He wasn't a card-carrying Klan member, like the racists I'd seen on TV; his words were racist, I didn't know whether or not that made him racist. I knew I was angry, though. But he didn't understand it. I walked away to preserve the remainder of my time and sanity. 

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Jul 12, 2020

The World Looks at an America That Lost Its Way
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyI have spent most of my life as an attorney traveling to scores of countries around the world, but only recently did I set about systematically asking people what they thought of my country, the United States.

It was just after the midterm elections in 2018, when a great many voters showed that they desperately wanted to move America in directions different from the ones the Trump administration had charted for them. Opinions were so divergent and so bitterly divided. It struck me that by posing a series of questions to thoughtful people in dozens of countries—people who had some experience of America—one might gain perspectives useful to us here at home. 

Over time, 100 individuals from 32 countries volunteered to answer 15 questions. But, over time, cataclysmic events affected perceptions. I had to go back to my respondents after the onset of the COVID pandemic with a new set of questions. I may ask them still more about the impact of George Floyd's killing and the outrage that followed.

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Jul 12, 2020

Has Evidence of King Midas' Demise Been Found?
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Andrea VaccaroArchaeologists in Turkey may have finally identified the remnants of an ancient metropolis on the Konya Plain in the south of the country. The discovery happened when a local farmer told them about a strange inscribed stone that was half-submerged in a nearby irrigation canal. The stone block recorded information about a 3,000-year-old victory that provides tangible historical evidence for the demise of King Midas, he of the famous "Midas Touch."

The stone itself was discovered and translated last summer by scholars from the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute as part of an international project to survey a large Bronze and Iron Age settlement (3500-100 B.C.) in Türkemn-Karahöyük. Archaeologists knew that the settlement was an unexcavated ancient city, but they didn't know its historical significance or even who had lived there. The stone, which contained ancient writing, had the potential to change things.

Chicago professor James Osborne described how, having spoken to the farmer, he and colleague Michele Massa, of the British Institute at Ankara, rushed to the canal and waded in waist-deep water looking for the stone. "Right away," he said, "it was clear that the stone was an ancient artifact." They instantly recognized the inscription as Luwian (a hieroglyphic language used in the region during the Bronze and Iron Ages) and set about trying to remove the block from the water.

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Jul 12, 2020

Mike Pompeo and the Global Holy War Against Liberal Democracy
Justin Sullivan/GettyIn Russia, where President Vladimir Putin wants to insert references to God and heterosexual marriage into the constitution, certain forms of violence against women have been decriminalized—so long as the violence takes place within a traditional marriage. In Poland, where abortion access is already severely restricted, President Andrzej Duda has promised to sign draft legislation that would compel women to carry to term fetuses with severe congenital deformities, and a third of municipalities have declared themselves "LGBT-free zones"—all in order to "defend Christian values," as one leader of the ruling party puts it. In Turkey, reports of gender-based violence have risen sharply under the auspices of a president who has derided women's equality and railed against birth control while claiming to champion traditional families.

In the United States, we should become increasingly familiar with this pernicious form of religious nationalism—because, under the banner of "religious freedom," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears to offer his blessing to these kinds of initiatives. In 2019, Pompeo established the Commission on Unalienable Rights, a

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Jul 12, 2020

Parler, the Trumpy Alternative to Twitter, Is Already Falling Apart
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastJune was a grim month for Donald Trump supporters on Twitter. The social media giant was adding warning labels to some of the president's tweets, and banned an internet-famous MAGA "meme-smith."

Fearful that more crackdowns would soon follow, Trump supporters began to flock to Parler, a budding social network that bills itself as the free-speech, conservative-friendly alternative to Twitter. 

Prominent Trump supporters joined the platform and urged their fans to follow, and the social media network surged on Apple's App Store. Trash-talking Trump personality Dan Bongino took an ownership stake in Parler, and promoted it to his followers. 

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Jul 12, 2020

Inside the Comic Book Industry's Sexual Misconduct Crisis—and the Ugly, Exploitative History That Got It Here
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIn 2009, 16-year-old comics fan Aviva Maï met a thirtysomething artist, who flirted with her by text and took her out on a date. For a long time after that—a period when Maï thought they were friends—she received occasional texts from him expressing regret that he'd missed his chance of dating her. The texts made her uncomfortable. Slowly, she began to question the series of events. Slowly, she realized that they hadn't been friends at all.

On June 15, amid nationwide protests around police violence and racism, Maï, now an artist and model, tweeted an oblique reference to that creator. Later that evening, she named him: "Hey. That post about being groomed as a teenager? I'm talking about Cameron Stewart. The comic book artist." 

Stewart, an artist and writer best known for his work on a critically acclaimed relaunch of Batgirl, had been a fixture in the industry for years; in some quarters, his tendency to date younger women was an open secret. After Maï laid the story out, several women in the comics industry—among them writer/artist Kate Leth—directly corroborated it. Within two days, Maï wrote on Twitter, 14 other women reached out to shar

The Daily Beast
Jul 12, 2020

The Constitutional Amendment That Could Save Us From the Next Trump
Chip Somodevilla/GettyFor much of Donald Trump's presidency, the phrase "Imagine if Obama had" served as a reminder of the double standards and hypocrisy required to defend Trump's rhetoric and actions. 

But when it comes to the most recent example of hypocritical corruption, the pardoning of his longtime friend and "partner-in-crime" Roger Stone—who was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering in the course of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump —we can look back a few more years and ask, "What if Bill Clinton did it?" 

And we can answer that question, by virtue of the fact that Clinton actually did it, if "it" is abusing his pardon power to help out his friends and cronies. For younger (or more forgetful) readers, a recap is in order: 

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Jul 12, 2020

Why COVID -19 Outbreaks in College Sports Are Scary as Hell
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyGene Taylor thought he was playing it safe when he allowed preseason football practices at Kansas State University to start on June 15. It was two weeks later than some other teams had started practicing—a significant setback in the hyper-competitive Big 12 conference. Every athlete was quarantined for at least a week after they arrived, then tested for the virus. Those who tested negative underwent daily temperature checks and questioning before they could work out. For the first week, it looked like the team had pulled off the impossible: Not one player tested positive.

But a few players showed up late, either because they were freshmen or transfer students, and weren't tested until the Friday before. The athletics department told them to isolate themselves until the following Monday, when they would get their results back. But college students are college students, and two of them didn't listen. One player went to a birthday party over the weekend; another went to play video games in an apartment with eight to 10 other people. 

"That's when it started to spread," Taylor told The Daily Beast in an interview this week."We had two more, and then we had six, and then we had eight." 

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Jul 11, 2020

The White House Made a List of All the Times Fauci ‘Has Been Wrong' on the Coronavirus
Drew Angerer/GettyThe White House has undertaken behind-the-scenes efforts in recent months to undercut and sideline Dr. Anthony Fauci—even going so far as to compile a list of all the times he "has been wrong on things," according to The Washington Post.

After canceling some of his planned TV appearances and keeping him away from the Oval Office, White House officials and President Trump have taken to publicly expressing a loss of confidence in the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and face of the administration's coronavirus task force. The apparent attempts to undermine Fauci come as he continues to counter the president's overly optimistic narrative on the state of the pandemic.

Against this backdrop, an unnamed White House official told the Post: "Several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things." The official attached a list of incorrect predictions Fauci had made, including his doubts early on that asymptomatic spread would play a large role in transmission and a February assurance that Americans did not need to change their behavior. Like many other public health officials, Fauci said at first that masks were not necessary but recently recommended that they be mandated nationwide. 

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Jul 11, 2020

Disney World Re-Opens with Short Lines and Scared Staff, as Florida COVID-19 Cases Spike
REUTERS/Gregg NewtonTake a gander at any of the public social media groups for enthusiasts of Orlando, Florida's Walt Disney World and you'll find a common refrain: the theme park, which re-opened on Friday amid a COVID-19 catastrophe, has super-short lines for all its top roller coasters right now.

Disney World closed in mid-March, when COVID-19 cases began sweeping the country. Then on Friday, the same day Florida reported its largest single-day increase in the virus and the first day the U.S. reported more than 70,000 cases, Disney World re-opened its gates.

The re-opening also comes one day after unionized Disney staff lobbied, unsuccessfully for COVID-19 testing. The result, say Disney megafans who visited on re-opening day, is a weirdly empty park.

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Jul 11, 2020

Disney World Reopens with Short Lines and Scared Staff, as Florida COVID-19 Cases Spike
REUTERS/Gregg NewtonTake a gander at any of the public social media groups for enthusiasts of Orlando, Florida's Walt Disney World and you'll find a common refrain: the theme park, which reopened on Friday amid a COVID-19 catastrophe, has super-short lines for all its top roller coasters right now.

Disney World closed in mid-March, when COVID-19 cases began sweeping the country. Then on Friday, the same day Florida reported its largest single-day increase in the virus and the first day the U.S. reported more than 70,000 cases, Disney World reopened its gates.

The reopening also comes one day after unionized Disney staff lobbied, unsuccessfully for COVID-19 testing. The result, say Disney megafans who visited on reopening day, is a weirdly empty park.

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Jul 11, 2020

Make Your Next Road Trip More Fun With These Audiobooks
Chances are, you might be planning on taking a road trip this summer. If you do, remember to do it safely. Beyond that, there is only so much music you can listen to, and in my opinion, only so many podcasts as well. I recommend an audiobook. Plenty of them are read by amazing actors who will draw your right into the story and will compel you to through the story. Audiobooks are a great way to make a road trip, or just a long drive, even more fun and entertaining. Plus, if you sign up with Audible, your first audiobook is free! We've rounded up some of our favorites to get you started. 

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Jul 11, 2020

Saving Roger Stone Is Part of Trump's Plan to Avoid Being Prosecuted Like a Mob Boss
Win McNamee/GettyRoger Stone famously has a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back. He may be considering adding one depicting Donald Trump. 

That's because President Trump commuted Stone's prison sentence on Friday night, relieving the political operative of 40 months behind bars.

In November, Stone was convicted by a jury of seven counts of lying to Congress, obstructing a congressional investigation, and tampering with a witness by threatening to kill him and, for good measure, his dog.

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Jul 11, 2020

Here‘s Why Trump Commuted Stone's Sentence Instead of Pardoning Him
Win McNamee/GettyRoger Stone famously has a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back. He may be considering adding one depicting Donald Trump. 

That's because President Trump commuted Stone's prison sentence on Friday night, relieving the political operative of 40 months behind bars.

In November, Stone was convicted by a jury of seven counts of lying to Congress, obstructing a congressional investigation, and tampering with a witness by threatening to kill him and, for good measure, his dog.

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Jul 11, 2020

North Carolina Cop Fired Over BLM Comments Says They Were Religious Speech
Angeli Wright/Asheville Citizen Times via USA TODAY NETWORKA Wilmington, North Carolina police officer who was fired for taking part in a violently racist conversation has filed an appeal, claiming his comments were protected religious speech.

Wilmington Police officer James "Brian" Gilmore was one of three officers fired last month for taking part in recorded racist conversations. One of those conversations, for which Gilmore was not present, involved racist slurs and talk of massacring Black Americans in a second Civil War.

Gilmore claims that, because he only explicitly made reference to white people "worshipping" Black people, his comments were not racist but stemmed from his religious convictions against idolatry.

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Jul 11, 2020

12 Actors Emmy Voters Should Nominate, From Kirsten Dunst to Rosie O'Donnell
ShowtimeThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast's Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here. 

Emmy voting ends Monday, which is important because it means there are just days left to grab the Boomers who vote for this godforsaken ceremony by the shoulders and plead, "Sir! I beg of you!! Have some taste!!!"

So while voters are busy catching up on the final season of Modern Family and being the only people in this world who can sit through a season of Ozark, here are our fruitless wishes for 12 actually worthy performances they might consider. (To be clear, this refers to actors on the fringe/outside conventional odds of being nominated. Your Succession white people will be fine.)

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Jul 11, 2020

If New Zealand Is Middle Earth, Its Ganglands Are Mordor
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand—If this country's spectacular nature reserves are the peaceful Shire of J.R.R. Tolkien's Hobbits in Middle Earth, its notorious ganglands are our Mordor.

The Bay of Plenty's official tourism website gushes about the region's "breathtaking views, beachside relaxation and year-round sun." And New Zealand often is seen as an oasis of heavenly peace in a troubled world, its gorgeous sweeping mountain vistas made famous by Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies. But an influx of foreign criminals and drugs is fueling a rash of violence across the country as gangs battle for control of lucrative turf.

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Jul 11, 2020

Sure, Birth Control Does More Than Prevent Pregnancy. Why Do You Care What I Use it For?
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyThis week, the Supreme Court upheld Trump's exceptions to the Affordable Care Act, which will allow universities and employers to deny insurers free birth control due to moral objections. The outcry from women's rights advocates was swift. Many insisted that contraception is an imperative part of health care for women.

On Twitter, former California congresswoman Katie Hill was quick to note that birth control does more than just prevent pregnancies. It also helps to treat some conditions like endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome. 

"Nothing to do with contraception," Hill wrote. "Just with health, & preventing unimaginable pain. Clearly, people still don't give a shit about women." 

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Jul 11, 2020

These Balaclavas and Neck Gaiters Can Be Turned into a Face Mask in a Pinch
Face masks are important. But it's also important to know there is an alternative. While some prefer to opt for face masks with ties, the balaclava or neck gaiter is another option for a comfortable face covering. Neck gaiters are great for wearing around your neck on socially distanced walks, hikes, bike rides, and more, and are easy to pull up over your nose and mouth when you need them. Because brands have been making them for years, they come in so many different styles already, from sweat wicking ones, to UV protecting ones, and plenty of designs. If you're thinking of complimenting your face mask with a neck gaiter, we've got you covered. Here are some of our favorites. 

MonstersINKMiami Neck Gaiter: These gaiters come in tons of fun designs, offer UPF 50 protection and are easily machine washable. 

Smartwool Neck Gaiter: This Merino wool face mask is lightweight, breathable, machine washable, and provides next-to-skin comfort so you can breathe easy. 

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Jul 11, 2020

Here's How Black Power Finally Prevailed in Mississippi State Flag Fight
Rogelio V. Solis/APAfter many years demanding the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the state flag, Black Mississippians received their wish when a bill doing that was signed into law last week. 

Just as the state flag had served as a symbol of white supremacy for 126 years, beginning nearly 30 years after the Confederacy's defeat, the lowering of the flag for the final time by a Black man symbolized Black Power. 

By the state's own admission, the Mississippi state flag was rooted in white supremacy. Mississippi's Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union clearly states that "our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery." To enslave a race of people inherently means the perception of superiority by the oppressive race.   

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Jul 11, 2020

An 86-Year-Old French Woman Tries a Burger for the First Time
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo Courtesy PublisherThe median age of my customers was getting older, but that was no surprise because I was getting older, too. Restaurant owners age with their clientele.

When Breakfast in America first opened in 2003, most customers were students in their twenties—and of those 70 percent were American. Within a couple years, it had completely flipped and 70 percent were français. And thanks to "regulars" who'd been frequenting the diner for nearly two decades, the average age was now 30 to 35.

That said, it was rare to get anyone over 60, unless they were dining with their extended family or babysitting their grandkids. And seniors over 70—almost unheard of. That's why I was so excited when our 86-year-old neighbor said she'd never been to an American restaurant and wanted to try mine.

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Jul 11, 2020

Super-Rich Men Go to ‘Bottle War' in Nightclubs. Champagne—and Models—Are Their Weapons.
GettyIn the summer of 2010 Jho Low, a legendarily big-spending nightclub aficionado and financial dealmaker, rocked up at the doors of an expensive St Tropez nightclub, Les Caves du Roy, with Paris Hilton on his arm.

Surrounded by women, including dozens of fashion models, Low and his brother Zhen engaged in an extraordinary display of wealth as they got into what was billed as an "East v West bottle war" against Winston Fisher, scion of a New York real estate family (the Lows are Malaysian) to see who could order the most Champagne.

As each side ordered more and more expensive and lavish bottles, the club owners initiated a well-oiled orgy of celebration, a formula replicated in nightclubs around the world; each new bottle of Champagne would be delivered borne aloft by a "bottle train" of fashion models, the bottles would be adorned with sparklers, special music would be played; and more and more attractive young women would flock to the tables of the rich men doing the ordering.

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Jul 11, 2020

Reza Aslan Reveals How CNN's Jeff Zucker and Trump ‘Canceled' Him Over a Tweet
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyUnlike J.K. Rowling or Donald Trump, Reza Aslan knows what it's like to be "canceled."

On the evening of June 3, 2017, a van barreled into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge before its passengers emerged, stabbing onlookers in nearby Borough Market. Before their blood was even dry, or the culprits' identities revealed, President Donald Trump tweeted, "We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!"

That Trump was using an in-progress terrorist attack as justification for his so-called "Muslim Ban," which he described as "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" during his campaign, did not sit well with Reza Aslan, a leading religious scholar and one of the most prominent Muslim voices in media. So, the CNN pundit and host fired off a tweet: "This piece of shit is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He's an embarrassment to humankind."

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Jul 11, 2020

If He Loses, Trump Must Resign Immediately and Make Biden President. No, Really.
Alex Wong/GettyIf and when Donald Trump leaves office, whether now or the day after the election, it should be by resignation. We cannot and should not wait until Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021, for him to vacate the White House. His departure has become a matter of national emergency, national safety, and now national security.

The polls show Trump losing by large margins to Joe Biden if the election were held today. His nearly catastrophic handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in tens of thousands of unnecessary infections and deaths.

And things are getting worse following the premature reopening of states, something Trump insisted upon. He wears no face coverings, despite the recommendations of his own task force. He holds mass rallies in violation of local health regulations and recommendations.

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Jul 11, 2020

These Wonderfully Weird People Worship a Flying Spaghetti Monster
www.ipastafaridoc.comTry having a debate about religion. Go ahead. I'll wait.

How did it go? Poorly, I bet.

For whatever reason, religion is often "off the table" when it comes to the serious examination of its impact on society. If one does attempt to debate religion's place in the world with the devout, it often unravels into combative condescension and eventually ends with clenched fists topped off with a ridiculous non-statement like, Well, you just got to have faith!

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Jul 11, 2020

Meet the Media's Go-To Ghislaine Maxwell ‘Friend' Who Critics Say Is ‘Full of Shit'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty / YoutubeConvicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell doesn't have many public allies these days. But one person has emerged as the media's favorite defender of hers: an ex-convict and former part-time blogger who some critics say is full of it. 

Voracious consumers of tabloid news are well aware of Laura Goldman by now. Over the past few months, she's accumulated an impressive amount of citations across global media as a "friend of Ghislaine Maxwell," starting long before Epstein's former girlfriend was arrested last week in New Hampshire. 

But after Maxwell was taken into custody, Goldman's media presence ratcheted up in frequency and was given a heightened sense of legitimacy. She has appeared on CBS' Inside Edition, Australian Network 10's The Project, and Good Morning Britain. Some of her comments were even re-broadcast on the Today show. Her remarks about her "friend" in legal trouble have been aggregated by countless digital outlets online—including The Daily Beast—and have received prime placement in The Guardian and Page Six.



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Jul 10, 2020

Texas Lt. Governor Is Determined to Sacrifice Everyone but Himself for GOP Convention
Loren Elliott/GettyNobody howled louder than Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick when Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner barred the state GOP from holding its convention there amid a COVID-19 explosion.

"This is nothing but a political hack job by Mayor Turner," Patrick told Laura Ingraham on Fox News.

Patrick failed to mention that he and Gov. Greg Abbott and various other GOP elected officials had earlier opted out of actually joining the 6,000 party stalwarts who signed up for the July 16th gathering at the George R. Brown Convention center. They had instead planned to address the gathering via video.

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Jul 10, 2020

Trump Commutes Roger Stone's Sentence Days Before Prison
Leah Millis/ReutersRoger Stone, a longtime Trump confidant convicted of lying to Congress about his connection to WikiLeaks and intimidating another witness to do the same, had his sentence commuted by President Trump on Friday—just a few days before he was set to report to jail.

President Trump had raised the possibility of clemency almost immediately after Stone, 67, was convicted last November, often complaining—without evidence—that Stone had been treated poorly by law enforcement or targeted unfairly.

In a statement announcing Stone's clemency, the White House described Stone as "a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency."

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Jul 10, 2020

‘This Was a Mistake': Not All of Trump World Is Pleased With the President Commuting Roger Stone's Sentence
Leah Millis/ReutersRoger Stone, a longtime Trump confidant convicted of lying to Congress about his connection to WikiLeaks and intimidating another witness to do the same, had his sentence commuted by President Trump on Friday—just a few days before he was set to report to jail.

President Trump had raised the possibility of clemency almost immediately after Stone, 67, was convicted last November, often complaining—without evidence—that Stone had been treated poorly by law enforcement or targeted unfairly.

In a statement announcing Stone's clemency, the White House described Stone as "a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency."

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Jul 10, 2020

The National Enquirer's David Pecker ‘Tried to Extort Me,' Claims Theme Park Promoter
Stephanie KeithWith all the seamy accusations of greed, bad faith, and extortion—plus a cameo appearance by Donald Trump and a tic-tac-toe-playing chicken—it's a saga worthy of the National Enquirer.

"It's been a tough time for me and my family," theme park impresario Robin Turner told The Daily Beast concerning the demise last year, after a decade of planning, of "National Enquirer Live!," a much-touted attraction inspired and licensed by the supermarket tabloid, with locations in the tourist destinations of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri.

"We've just been in a damn firestorm," Turner added, describing a financial debacle in which David Pecker, the chairman and CEO of the Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc., allegedly played a decisive role.

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Jul 10, 2020

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith Address Those August Alsina Rumors on Red Table Talk
via YouTubeAt long last, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have brought themselves to the Red Table. Earlier this month singer August Alsina told radio personality Angela Yee during an interview that he and Pinkett Smith had a relationship with Will's "blessing." On Friday, the couple said that while the two did have a relationship, it was not an affair—and Pinkett Smith never needed her husband's blessing.

"I felt like it was really important to come to the table and clear the air," Pinkett Smith said on her Facebook Watch show. Added Smith, "We were purposely not saying anything... We specifically never said anything. So coming to the table was like, we just felt like it got to the point where you gotta say something."

During the 12-minute sit-down, Smith took his wife's usual position on the program, interviewing her about the relationship she had with Alsina, which they agreed occurred roughly four years ago. The two said they'd befriended Alsina, who "just needed some help" with his mental health.

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Jul 10, 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell's Lawyers Claim She Was Never in Hiding, Hadn't Seen Epstein for a Decade
via ReutersGhislaine Maxwell, the longtime Jeffrey Epstein confidant accused of helping him sexually abuse underaged girls, had not been hiding from prosecutors since the pedophile billionaire's jailhouse suicide in August—but from an "unrelenting and intrusive media," her lawyers claimed in a Friday memo. 

"She did not flee, but rather left the public eye, for the entirely understandable purpose of protecting herself and those close to her from the crush of media and online attention and its very real harms—those close to her have suffered the loss of jobs, work opportunities, and reputational damage simply for knowing her," her lawyers wrote in a Friday memo responding to a prosecutorial request that she remain in custody until her trial. 

Maxwell, 58, is being held in a New York federal detention facility after being charged with allegedly enticing minors, some as young as 14, to engage in illegal sex acts with Epstein in the mid-'90s. She was arrested at an ultra-secluded New Hampshire mansion on July 2.

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Jul 10, 2020

Trump's Top COVID Adviser: Deaths Will Soon Start to Rise
REUTERSDr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said on Friday that she expected to soon see an increase in mortalities among Americans infected with the virus—a statement placing her at odds with the president, who has touted a falling death rate as a sign of success in his approach to the virus. 

"In the United States we have an increase in the number of cases over the last particularly three weeks," Birx said during a virtual COVID19 conference. "We have not seen this result in increased mortality but that is expected as the disease continues to spread in some of our large metro areas."

Brix's remarks come as multiple different states across the south and southwestern part of the country scramble to contain new outbreaks where case numbers, positivity rates, hospitalizations and deaths are steadily increasing. Three states—California, Texas and Florida—this week recorded their highest daily death tolls since the pandemic began. According to Birx's presentation on Friday, four states accounted for 50 percent of new cases "with unfortunately increases in deaths." The daily case numbers, her slides read, have increased so rapidly in 154 communities that they triggered an "emergency country alert." 



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Jul 10, 2020

‘Living in the Perfect Storm': Coronavirus Reaches Tipping Point in Several States
Callaghan O'Hare/ReutersSeveral U.S. states are at a tipping point, public health experts warned Friday, as coronavirus cases hit new records, hospitals near capacity, and cases surge faster than anywhere else in the world. 

"This wildfire is now outside of the fence. It's a lot easier to prevent one than it is to start to contain one that's already outside," San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said on CNN Friday, noting that Texas lost 105 residents to the deadly virus overnight—its highest single-day increase. 

At least 133,420 people have died and 3.1 million more have been infected with the virus—and top infectious disease experts warn that the nation is still "knee-deep" in the first wave of the pandemic.

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Jul 10, 2020

Fox News Pundit: Trump Doesn't ‘Love' Confederacy, He Just Defends It From ‘Cancel Culture'
Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen insisted that President Donald Trump's continued embrace of Confederate memorials and bases named after Lost Cause generals has nothing to do with any "love" for the Confederacy but rather the desire to defend them from "cancel culture."

Thiessen, a Washington Post columnist who recently held court with Trump for an obsequious interview, appeared Friday on Fox News' America's Newsroom to discuss some of the revelations from his friendly chat with the president.

Besides claiming Trump is apparently unconcerned about his plummeting poll numbers because the president "remains confident" due to his own internal polling, Thiessen weighed in on Trump's rock-steady defense of Confederate statues and monuments.

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Jul 10, 2020

I Only Want to Talk About ‘The Baby-Sitters Club'
NetflixThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast's Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here. 

It's been mere hours, but I already miss my friends.

Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, and Dawn: No one's been here for me in these trying times like my girls. No one's made me feel safe. Feel sane. Feel at peace. Feel OK to be me...to just FEEL...like these girls. My friends. The Baby-Sitters Club. 

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Jul 10, 2020

15 Online Black-Owned Bookstores to Support
In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other Black people by police brutality, Americans have been on the hunt for knowledge about police abolition and Black lives. Amazon can be an easy, one-stop-shop for books on race and politics that can ship in the blink of an eye, but there are better options. Buying from Black-owned bookstores in the United States directly supports Black, marginalized communities and prioritizes their less-trafficked businesses when the community needs it the most. 

Whether it's to support bail funds or providing more knowledge for their local Black community, Black bookstores put their money directly back into the community. In other words, it's giving money to your fellow man, not the pockets of Jeff Bezos.

Here are a dozen Black-owned bookstores in the United States with online stores that will ship books directly to your house or to your e-reader of choice, leaving you COVID free and more understanding of racial injustice

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Jul 10, 2020

Black-Owned Bookstores to Support While Relearning History
In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other Black people by police brutality, Americans have been on the hunt for knowledge about police abolition and Black lives. Amazon can be an easy, one-stop-shop for books on race and politics that can ship in the blink of an eye, but there are better options. Buying from Black-owned bookstores in the United States directly supports Black, marginalized communities and prioritizes their less-trafficked businesses when the community needs it the most. 

Whether it's to support bail funds or providing more knowledge for their local Black community, Black bookstores put their money directly back into the community. In other words, it's giving money to your fellow man, not the pockets of Jeff Bezos.

Here are a dozen Black-owned bookstores in the United States with online stores that will ship books directly to your house or to your e-reader of choice, leaving you COVID free and more understanding of racial injustice

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Jul 10, 2020

‘Lady A' Anita White Will Not Let Lady Antebellum Take Her Name
Courtesy Lady AThe country band formerly known as Lady Antebellum might have made a big show of working with Anita White to come to an agreement over who gets to use the name "Lady A,"—as the blues singer put it after the band sued her, "I think they always knew what they were gonna do."

When they first shed their racist name, Lady Antebellum made a big show of, as they put it in their statement last month, "committ[ing] to examining our individual and collective impact and making the necessary changes to practice antiracism." Amid protests for Black lives, the band claimed they'd just figured out that their name was racist—despite previous interviews that seemed to indicate otherwise. The problem? White had been using that moniker as her stage name for nearly two decades before the country outfit even existed.

"If you want to be an advocate or an ally, you help those who you're oppressing," White told Vulture in a recent interview. "And that might require you to give up something, because I am not going to be erased."

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Jul 10, 2020

How Silicon Valley's 'Vampire' CEOs Are Just Like Trump
Photo Illustration by the Daily Beast / Photo GettyRecode co-founder Kara Swisher has this thing she likes to call the "prick to productivity ratio"—how big of a jerk a particular executive is, verus how much he gets done. And these days, both in Silicon Valley and in Washington, that ratio has gone all wrong. 

"Taking advantage, just not caring about the consequences—that's being played out in Silicon Valley over and over again. So don't be surprised at what Trump is doing. Silicon Valley sets the tone," Swisher tells Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson in the latest episode of The New Abnormal. 

"Their lack of self-reflection is so vast that I always say they can't see themselves in mirrors, like they're vampires," she adds. "These are the richest people on the planet with the most power and lack of accountability."

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Jul 10, 2020

How Silicon Valley's ‘Vampire' CEOs Are Just Like Trump
Photo Illustration by the Daily Beast / Photo GettyRecode co-founder Kara Swisher has this thing she likes to call the "prick to productivity ratio"—how big of a jerk a particular executive is, versus how much he gets done. And these days, both in Silicon Valley and in Washington, that ratio has gone all wrong. 

"Taking advantage, just not caring about the consequences—that's being played out in Silicon Valley over and over again. So don't be surprised at what Trump is doing. Silicon Valley sets the tone," Swisher tells Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson in the latest episode of The New Abnormal. 

"Their lack of self-reflection is so vast that I always say they can't see themselves in mirrors, like they're vampires," she adds. "These are the richest people on the planet with the most power and lack of accountability."

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Jul 10, 2020

Trump's No Billionaire. He's a Bullshit Artist. And Soon, We'll Have the Taxes To Prove It.
Win McNamee/Getty The most telling revelation I ever received about Donald Trump was from a New York hedge fund bro for whom I did some occasional speechwriting. In late summer 2015 I went to him and said, "We have to stop this guy. He's a billionaire. He could fund his own campaign." The hedge bro looked at me and laughed: "Trumps not a billionaire. I'm a billionaire. Trump is a clown, living on credit."

I was reminded of that by Trump's Twitter meltdown—a hissy-fit, foot-stomping ragefest against the Supreme Court —after winning a major portion of one case over his mysterious tax returns.

He understands that when his taxes are unraveled before a New York grand jury and the inner workings of his multifarious business schemes are brought into the light of day, the picture won't be of a successful multibillionaire mogul turned president but one of that clown, living on credit, a third-rate real-estate developer with a first-rate talent for fleecin

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Jul 10, 2020

‘Palm Springs' Is the Best New Rom-Com in Years—and Surprisingly Timely
Jessica Perez/HuluPalm Springs might be all about losing yourself in an infinite time loop, but it doesn't waste a second.

The indie Andy Samberg rom-com, which debuts on Hulu Friday after its January premiere at Sundance Film Festival, plunks an extremely likable cast—Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons—into a cocktail mixer and shakes them together in a wedding-inflected Groundhog Day gambit. The end result could have been lazy, resting on the charisma of its cast and the trendiness of time loops. But thankfully for us, this is not that movie; this one is deceptively empathetic and even stirring—and it all unfolds with crisp writing that never lingers anywhere too long.

Things start out ordinarily enough—with Samberg's character, Nyles, waking up the day of the wedding and having stunted, sweatless sex with a girlfriend he now only tolerates. For a while, you might get whiffs of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which also juxtaposed its central characters' decrepit (or in that case dead) romance against blindingly sunny environs. But that night at the wedding, Nyles starts chatting up the maid of honor, Sarah (Milioti). And that's when things get... weird.

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Jul 10, 2020

Cocktails in the Time of Corona: Colin Field of the Hemingway Bar Paris
Courtesy Carla CoulsonOn his personal website Colin Peter Field presents himself plainly as a "bartender" and shares a list of his favorite spirits, including the ubiquitous Grey Goose Vodka and Maker's Mark Bourbon. But don't be fooled—Field is a visionary mixologist and is regularly hailed as one of the greatest bartenders in the world. (There's a reason why Kate Moss wrote an introduction for one of his cocktail books.)

The British native arrived in Paris in 1981 at the age of 20 and has since helped change the drinking landscape of the city, which used to be curiously uninterested in cocktails. Since its reopening in 1994, the famed pocket-sized Hemingway Bar at the legendary Ritz Paris has provided a haven for sophisticated locals and glamorous out-of-towners who share a taste for bespoke drinks garnished with nostalgia for a time when literature and rugged masculinity went hand in hand. As you'd imagine, Ernest Hemingway memorabilia covers the walls. 

Behind the bar, Field offers guests a welcoming smile and witty banter. And it's not unusual to find a fresh flower adorning your cocktail.

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Jul 10, 2020

How Did Six Eyewitnesses Identify the Wrong Man in a Murder?
Houston Police Department On the strength of six eyewitnesses' lineup identifications, Lydell Grant was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for the murder of a young Texas man, Aaron Scheerhoorn, who was stabbed to death outside a Houston nightclub in 2010.

All six of those eyewitnesses were wrong.

New DNA testing on biological material collected from underneath the victim's fingernails cleared Grant and implicated another man, Jermarico Carter, who police said confessed to the killing. Carter has now been indicted for the murder by a grand jury, and Lydell Grant was released from prison. But his name has not been cleared.

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Jul 10, 2020

Inside Korea's Weird New Infowar
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Getty/ReutersSEOUL—We know that North Korea's Kim Jong Un is a very prickly sort of dictator, mercurial, narcissistic, and with very little sense of humor. (Remember when his hackers tore up Sony in retaliation for the 2014 Seth Rogen comedy The Interview?) But such vanity and pride may be a key source of vulnerability.

At least that's what some North Korean defectors here believe as they wage what must be some of the most asymmetric warfare ever: their balloon-borne leaflets up against the arsenal of nuclear-tipped missiles that Kim holds like a club over the South, and potentially the United States as well.

"As long as Kim Jong Un continues to threaten South Korea with nuclear arms, we will continue to send leaflets," declared Park Sang-hak, talking to foreign reporters here.

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Jul 10, 2020

The Time to Argue About Biden's Economic Plans? After November 3.
Melina Mara/The Washington Post/GettyHard as it is to believe that anyone could think Donald Trump could be better than Joe Biden at anything, from running the country to drinking from a glass of water, there are such people. And it was those people to whom Biden pitched his economic speech Thursday afternoon in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, outside of Scranton, where he famously grew up in the pre-Dunder Mifflin era.

It was not a speech for the ages, from a rhetorical point of view. But what he said was fine. Plenty fine. He had some very tough attack lines on Trump, as my colleague Hanna Trudo pointed out. On the programmatic side, it was fine. The specifics don't particularly matter. What matters are three things.

First, that he win. As Republicans have long understood better than Democrats, the first job in politics is to win the damn election. If you win, you can do maybe a quarter to a half of what you said you wanted to do, depending on the circumstances. But if you lose, you do zero. And meanwhile, if you lost, that means the bad guy won, and he'll do lots and lots of bad things.

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Jul 10, 2020

The Time to Argue About Biden's Economic Plans? After November Third.
Melina Mara/The Washington Post/GettyHard as it is to believe that anyone could think Donald Trump could be better than Joe Biden at anything, from running the country to drinking from a glass of water, there are such people. And it was those people to whom Biden pitched his economic speech Thursday afternoon in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, outside of Scranton, where he famously grew up in the pre-Dunder Mifflin era.

It was not a speech for the ages, from a rhetorical point of view. But what he said was fine. Plenty fine. He had some very tough attack lines on Trump, as my colleague Hanna Trudo pointed out. On the programmatic side, it was fine. The specifics don't particularly matter. What matters are three things.

First, that he win. As Republicans have long understood better than Democrats, the first job in politics is to win the damn election. If you win, you can do maybe a quarter to a half of what you said you wanted to do, depending on the circumstances. But if you lose, you do zero. And meanwhile, if you lost, that means the bad guy won, and he'll do lots and lots of bad things.

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Jul 10, 2020

Trump's GOP Is on the Ropes. Biden Aims to Finish Them Off.
Melina Mara/The Washington Post/GettyHard as it is to believe that anyone could think Donald Trump could be better than Joe Biden at anything, from running the country to drinking from a glass of water, there are such people. And it was those people to whom Biden pitched his economic speech Thursday afternoon in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, outside of Scranton, where he famously grew up in the pre-Dunder Mifflin era.

It was not a speech for the ages, from a rhetorical point of view. But what he said was fine. Plenty fine. He had some very tough attack lines on Trump, as my colleague Hanna Trudo pointed out. On the programmatic side, it was fine. The specifics don't particularly matter. What matters are three things.

First, that he win. As Republicans have long understood better than Democrats, the first job in politics is to win the damn election. If you win, you can do maybe a quarter to a half of what you said you wanted to do, depending on the circumstances. But if you lose, you do zero. And meanwhile, if you lost, that means the bad guy won, and he'll do lots and lots of bad things.

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Jul 10, 2020

The Woman Who May Send Joni Ernst Back to Castrating Pigs
Caroline Brehman/GettyTheresa Greenfield is a 56-year-old Des Moines real estate development executive who's still small-town, girl-next-door-friendly. She's also running for the United States Senate. Her style is so earnest, affable, and humble that talking to her the first question that comes to mind is: What's a nice girl like you doing in a racket like this?

Part of the answer lies with Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst. The last time many saw her, back when she first ran in 2014, she was a pig castrator on a Harley vowing to snip the private parts of the porcine influence peddlers and their senatorial prey.  

The squeal of pain she promised never happened. For a minor leadership position, Ernst got comfortable with the hogs at the trough. Butchering swine, which she took some symbolic swipes at, is not the same as defanging lobbyists. And the fiscal integrity of Washington is far worse than when she arrived. When Donald Trump moved to the White House in 2017, any remaining ideas about changing Washington vanished. She votes with the president well over 90 percent of the time.  

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Jul 10, 2020

Paris' Viral Graffiti Artist Is Accused of Serial Rape
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyPARIS—If you've taken a casual stroll in recent years through the romantic streets of Montmartre overlooking the City of Light, you're bound to have spotted the graffiti.

Written in plain black script with a bit of a flourish at the end, it reads "L'amour court les rues" (roughly, "love roams the streets") and has decorated everything from walls to crosswalks to discarded mattresses. 

The slogan started appearing in Montmartre after the terrorist attacks of Nov. 13, 2015—a hopeful message in the aftermath of horror. In the years that followed, the words have added whimsical flourish to the neighborhood's cobblestone alleys, vivid street art, and village-like vibe. 

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Jul 10, 2020

Kim Byrd Took All Precautions to Teach in the Classroom Again. Then COVID-19 Killed Her.
via FacebookFrom teacher extraordinaire Kim Byrd comes a posthumous lesson for President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and anyone else who is pushing to reopen the schools where COVID-19 is raging.

As  a 61-year-old with diabetes and lupus, Kim assiduously observed all the CDC safety recommendations both at home and in the school room from which she and two colleagues taught a remote summer session for kids at home.

The other two teachers, Jena Martinez and Angela Skillings, were equally cautious. The three wore masks and gloves, maintained social distance, and went through half of a large bottle of hand sanitizer in just a few days.

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Jul 10, 2020

Inside the Horrifying Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Court Case, from Cocaine Tantrums to ‘Creepy' James Franco
John Phillips/GettyJohnny Depp and Amber Heard have only been in court for a few days, as Depp's libel case against the publisher of British tabloid The Sun unfolds—but the details are already very dark.

Depp sued News Group Newspapers for a Sun article that called him a "wife-beater." NGN's defense rests on 14 allegations of domestic abuse from Heard, which Depp has denied. He now insists that Heard used him for his fame, and is framing him as the aggressor when in fact it was her that terrorized him.

Depp and Heard married in 2015. A little more than a year later, Heard filed for divorce—and a week after that, she filed for a domestic violence restraining order against Depp, claiming that he had been both physically and verbally abusive. A photo of her bruised face later went viral.

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Jul 10, 2020

‘Worse Than New York': How Coronavirus Exploded in South Carolina
GettyAt one hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, emergency-room nurses are recycling used N-95 masks as doctors in other departments pitch in to staff COVID-19 units. At another, shortages have forced health-care staffers to work unprecedented overtime. All told, more than 75 percent of hospital beds are already occupied across the Palmetto State—and the tidal wave of new coronavirus cases is only growing.

Simply put, South Carolina hospitals are under siege.

"We're going to be worse than New York," one Charleston ER nurse told The Daily Beast. "But at least in New York, people took the virus seriously. Here, we're in a war zone that people refuse to accept."

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Jul 10, 2020

The Supreme Court Just Set a Time Bomb to Explode Under President Biden
Spencer Platt/GettyIn delaying any public release of Donald Trump's financial records on Thursday, the Supreme Court also handed itself a major victory. The loser could be our democratic system of government. 

The court's majority in Trump v. Mazars granted the judiciary broad new leeway to decide whether congressional subpoenas against the president will be enforced. The court's majority found that rigorous judicial oversight is required to ensure that Congress does not harass or overburden presidents with politically motivated demands for information.

The result may be a time bomb set to go off under a President Biden, as a judiciary packed with Trump appointees now has broad new discretion to involve itself in fights between future presidents and Congress, potentially undermining effective congressional oversight of the executive branch.

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Jul 10, 2020

The New Film Exposing Hollywood's Child-Abuse Epidemic
Peter Macdiarmid/GettyWhile fame and fortune are an ever-enticing dream, few things seem less appealing than being a child star, and HBO's Showbiz Kids (premiering July 14) certainly reinforces that feeling. Awash in anecdotes about the ways in which the industry—and the attendant hunger for the spotlight that consumes both children and parents—warps, alienates and exploits kids, it's a documentary which illustrates that, sometimes, being nobody is far healthier, and more fulfilling, than being well-known.

Sexual misconduct is the dark cloud hovering over Showbiz Kids, and it comes to the fore when former Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges recalls being molested as a child—a disclosure that, according to Evan Rachel Wood, isn't unique, as she claims, "In my experience, I know a lot of kids that grew up in the industry. And what surprised me when I got older was finding out that pretty much all of the young men were abused in some way, sexually." She then relays that, at a recent Golden Globes gala, she watched a pedophile (whom she doesn't name) win an award, and had to walk out because she was so disgusted by the praise being lavished upon this monster. As she departed, she thought to herself, "I don't know if I can do this anymore. I can't keep watching this happen. I don't know how to handle this. This has to stop."

Those moments are definitely the ugliest, and most eye-opening, in Showbiz Kids. Written and directed

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Jul 10, 2020

Trump Banks on School Reopening to Help Him in November
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyDonald Trump's aggressive push to fully reopen schools this fall is being driven by a belief inside the president's orbit that the policy will be a political winner for him this November. Their confidence, they say, is backed up by the campaign's private polling data.

According to two sources familiar with the surveys, the Trump re-election team has conducted polling in recent days on the topic of reopening schools by September, and saw data that they found broadly favorable to the president's position. Senior White House officials, as well as Trump himself, have been briefed on the numbers, which they are hoping could portend gains in some critical demographics, including in the suburbs where the president has been bleeding support, the sources noted.

In the past several days, Trump has fielded phone calls from various friends, major donors, and prominent political supporters on his drive to reopen schools, according to three individuals with knowledge of those calls. Some of those who corresponded with the president have young children and expressed reservations about sending them back during a still-raging pandemic. 

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Jul 10, 2020

Jon Stewart to Desus and Mero: Late-Night Hosts Can't Solve Anything
ShowtimeJon Stewart's latest press tour has been a lot more entertaining and enlightening than his deeply disappointing new movie Irresistible. And Thursday night's sit-down with Showtime's Desus & Mero was no exception. 

Until this week, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero had been on hiatus for more than a month, which means they missed out on covering the police killing of George Floyd and the height of the protests that followed. So they asked Stewart how he dealt with being off the air for major events, like Hurricane Katrina, when he was hosting The Daily Show.

"Sometimes, it would work in your favor," Stewart said, explaining that he had a chance to "process and digest" major events before he was forced to make comedy out of them. "But there were times like after Charleston or Eric Garner or Ferguson, where you'd be on the next night or that night," he said. In those cases, he said, "You would just have to be raw."

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Jul 10, 2020

Trump Aides Not Sweating His Supreme Court Taxes Rebuke
Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyMoments after the Supreme Court resoundingly rejected President Donald Trump's claims to total immunity from prosecution on Thursday, the president did what he usually does: He began venting his rage on Twitter.

Behind the scenes, however, members of his team were far more serene. 

"It's not something we are worrying about," an adviser to Trump's re-election campaign bluntly told The Daily Beast. 

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Jul 09, 2020

Trump: Doctors Were ‘Very Surprised' I ‘Aced' Cognitive Test
AFP via Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump boasted on Thursday night about a cognitive test he took during a Walter Reed physical, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity that doctors were "very surprised" that he "aced" it while calling on former Vice President Joe Biden to take the same test.

Calling in to close confidant Hannity's primetime program, both the president and the Fox News star began openly questioning Biden's mental fitness and suggesting he is suffering from cognitive decline.

After Hannity aired a montage of selectively edited clips to characterize Biden as senile, and Trump described the former vice president as "brainwashed," the conservative host brought up Biden's recent claim that he "can hardly wait" to test his cognitive capability against Trump's.

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Jul 09, 2020

Tucker Carlson Praises ‘Brave' Couple Who Painted Over BLM Mural
Fox NewsFox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night hosted the white California couple who are facing hate crime charges for painting over a Black Lives Matter street mural, praising them for their bravery while insisting they merely covered over "graffiti" that shouldn't have been there in the first place.

Last weekend, David Nelson and Nicole Anderson spread black paint over a yellow BLM mural displayed on the street in front of the Martinez, California, courthouse. After video of an angry Anderson painting over the sign—which was approved by the city authorities—went viral, police announced the pair had been charged with three misdemeanor counts, including a hate crime, for their actions.

Carlson, who has repeatedly described the Black Lives Matter movement as a "terror organization" and a "pandemic," immediately lauded the couple, saying they destroyed "nothing" yet have been charged with a hate crime.

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Jul 09, 2020

GOP Lawmaker Says He Would ‘Like to See More People' Get COVID-19
Mario Tama/GettyA Republican member of the Alabama state Senate serving as a member of the state's coronavirus task force says he's not fazed by a recent surge in confirmed cases. In fact, he would "like to see more people" contract the virus in order to build herd immunity. 

Sen. Del Marsh made the remarks to local reporters on Thursday when asked if he was concerned about a spike in COVID-19 cases. The state recorded 2,164 new cases on Thursday, setting a daily record. Hospitalizations have also climbed, with the number of coronavirus-related hospital stays reportedly doubling over the past two weeks. 

The Alabama Department of Public Health has reported 11,000 new cases in just the first nine days of July. 

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Jul 09, 2020

The Fall of Florida's Biggest Sham ‘Church' Peddling Bleach as a ‘Sacrament'
via YouTubeThe leader of Florida's biggest sham "church" network peddling bleach as a miracle drug says he's camped out in Colombia while his sons face arrest for allegedly selling a fake COVID-19 cure and threatening a judge with a "Waco"-style standoff.

For years, the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing has been at the center of a lucrative, world-wide network that claims—falsely—that drinking glorified Clorox can cure you of virtually any illness. The "church" (which is not religious, by its own admission) has raked in the cash promoting "Miracle Mineral Solution," a bleach solution first popularized in 2006 by an ex-Scientologist who claimed to be an alien god. Ludicrous as the scheme sounds, it's seen a recent surge in visibility, gaining endorsements from conspiracy theorists and well-known conservatives. 

Now, four members of the family behind Genesis II are facing criminal charges for allegedly flouting an order to stop marketing MMS as a COVID-19 cure. Two have been arrested, while the family patriarch says he's out of the country.

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Jul 09, 2020

Sports Illustrated's Owner Goes to War With the Magazine's Publisher
Joe RaedleThe owner of the Sports Illustrated brand is about to go to war with the controversial tech and media company that has owned the rights to operate the magazine for less than a year.

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Daily Beast that Authentic Brands Group (ABG), the brand-management company that owns the intellectual property of Sports Illustrated, is examining The Maven's rights under the license to operate the Sports Illustrated media business—potentially removing the legendary sports brand entirely out of the hands of the controversial Seattle-based media company.

A spokesman for ABG told The Daily Beast the company does not comment on their relationships with their "nearly 1,000 valued licensees across the world." The Maven, meanwhile, said in a statement that "ABG and Maven are currently in discussions about disagreements related to the interpretation of the Sports Illustrated licensing agreement."

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Jul 09, 2020

Online Retailer Shein Stops Selling ‘Buddhist Swastika' Necklace Following Outrage
via SheinFast fashion e-tailer Shein is best recognized for its cheap summer dresses, prolific clothing drops, YouTube videos, and now, a certain swastika necklace. 

On Thursday, @HereForTheTea2, an Instagram account which dutifully chronicles influencer drama, posted a screenshot from the brand's website. It appeared to show a "Metal Swastika Pendant Necklace" available for the small price of $2.50.

After the public call-out drew criticism on Instagram and Twitter, it only took Shein a few hours to scrub the product from its site.

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Jul 09, 2020

Biden Stresses Unity, Rips Into Trump in Economic Address
REUTERSPresumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden ripped into President Donald Trump in an economic address to the nation on Thursday afternoon in battleground Pennsylvania, seeking to draw sharp, and at times, populist contrasts to the president. 

"Donald Trump may believe pitting Americans against Americans will benefit him," Biden said in Dunmore, just outside of his hometown of Scranton. "I don't."

"Donald Trump loves to talk ... and talk … and talk," Biden added. "But after three and a half years of big promises, what do the American people have to show for all the talk?"

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Jul 09, 2020

Feds: Top Ohio State Immunologist Lied About Chinese Funding and Ties to Research Groups
GettyFederal prosecutors allege that a top immunologist at Ohio State University illegally concealed Chinese funding for his research and attempted to flee the country before his arrest in Alaska in May.

In a criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday, the Justice Department accuses Song Guo Zheng, the Ronald L. Whisler MD Chair in Rheumatology and Immunology at Ohio State's medical school, of fraudulently obtaining federal grant funds from the National Institutes of Health and making false statements to investigators.

Zheng, prosecutors say, obtained nearly $5 million in federal research grants without disclosing ties to Chinese entities and additional grant funds provided by them. The complaint and other filings in a federal court in Ohio indicate that Zheng has long been affiliated with Chinese research efforts called "Talent Plans" that U.S. officials have alleged are integral to Chinese government efforts to boost scientific and technological advancement in the country by having experts train and conduct research in the United States and elsewhere.

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Jul 09, 2020

Fox News Anchor Sandra Smith Forced to Quickly Pivot When Trump Spox Goes on Bizarro Biden Rant
Fox News anchor Sandra Smith quickly jumped in and interrupted Trump campaign spokesperson Hogan Gidley on Thursday when he went on an absolutely off-the-rails tangent about former Vice President Joe Biden and what the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will say in a debate performance.

In recent days, Republicans and conservative pundits have suggested that Biden is looking to skip the presidential debates, focusing largely on a New York Times opinion column that urged the ex-veep to make a couple of demands before debating President Donald Trump.

Interviewing Gidley on Thursday morning's America's Newsroom, Smith brought up the Times piece while noting that veteran Democratic strategist James Carville "flipped the script" and claimed that it was Trump who wouldn't show.

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Jul 09, 2020

Fox Contributor Won't ‘Comply' With Mask Orders While Fox News Publicly Urges Mask-Wearing
Fox News contributor Dan Bongino declared this week that he "will not comply" with his county's mandatory mask orders, boasting on his podcast that he will tell those mandating masks amid a deadly pandemic to "shove it right up your ass."

The network that employs him as a paid pundit, meanwhile, has recently been airing ads publicly urging viewers to wear face coverings to stem the spread of the virus.

During Wednesday's broadcast of The Dan Bongino Show, the fervently pro-Trump host complained that the Florida county where he resides had unanimously passed a face-covering law that will remain in effect for a month. Much like the rest of Florida, coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are spiking in Martin County.

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Jul 09, 2020

There Is No Better Candle to Burn Right Now Than This One
Before everything got put on pause, I was grappling with a severe case of FOMO. I'd see friends going to music festivals or going to big birthday parties, which is just...not my life. I prefer a quiet bar with a handful of friends or binge-watching Community at home. And if I'm doing the latter, you know I have a candle burning. Lately, I've been trying to keep my FOMO at bay, since everyone else is doing the same thing as me, and what's helped is making my home feel cozy with this candle. It's called Comfort Zone for good reason.

My Comfort Zone is wearing leggings and no bra, under a blanket on the couch with a cup of coffee and Animal Crossing on my Switch. This candle has notes of coffee and cedarwood, a homey scent that makes you feel like you don't have to get up for anything. It reminds me of the satisfaction of canceling plans to take a long, hot bath. It smells like your home after you return from a long vacation, thick with stale air. There's orange blossom and jasmine mixed with vanilla, patchouli, and cedarwood. It's all about being an introvert and enjoying it, especially these days.

When I burn this candle, I'm reminded that staying in and making the most of it is not only comforting, but smart. It helps make my home a place of refuge, rather than a place I want to escape from. 

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Jul 09, 2020

Tucker Carlson Finds Tammy Duckworth ‘Unimpressive.' So Who Does He Find ‘Impressive'?
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyNearly all of the attention is focused on Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson calling Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth—an Iraq War veteran who lost both of her legs in combat—a "coward" and a "fraud" who "hates America," but don't forget: He also called her an "unimpressive person."

If you have the unfortunate brain rot that comes with working in, regularly covering, or watching cable news then you likely recognize "unimpressive" as one of the insults most frequently deployed by Carlson in his nightly unhinged-paleoconservatism-but-with-boyish-charm diatribes. 

A common setup during Carlson's rants about various Fox News bogeymen and women—Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Joe Biden, James Comey, various CNN anchors, take a guess and you're probably right—is to tell viewers that they are "expected" to find this villain "impressive" but, Carlson assures you, they are "not impressive." The barb is sometimes airdropped, almost like a tic, into the middle of sentences ("Gov. Gretchen Whitmer—not impressive—has imposed…"). 

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Jul 09, 2020

Everything Donald Trump Stands For Just Got Slapped Down by the Supreme Court
Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyDonald Trump is right about one thing: he lost at the Supreme Court today. Bigly, as he might say.

In two 7-2 decisions, both written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court affirmed that both Congress and the New York District Attorney have the right to subpoena Trump's (and any sitting president's) tax returns and other financial records.

Trump's "imperial presidency," in which he has asserted, over and over again, that he is immune from prosecution or judicial review or impeachment or even investigation, has finally come to an end. He is not.

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Jul 09, 2020

Judge Napolitano Schools Fox News on Trump's SCOTUS ‘Defeat'
Fox News was ready to declare "victory" for President Donald Trump on Thursday morning after the Supreme Court ruled by a 7-2 margin that he must turn over his tax returns to the Manhattan District Attorney. But then Judge Andrew Napolitano stepped in to say not so fast.

"It sounds like in a strange way that might lead to victory for the president because if it goes back to the lower courts it would seem that any further action would be postponed until after the election," anchor Jon Scott said shortly after the ruling came down.  

But Fox's Senior Judicial Analyst had a different view. "It means that the president of the United States, President Trump and all of his successors and any of his predecessors for that matter, is not immune from criminal prosecution and is not immune from complying with the ordinary process," Napolitano explained. Because of that, he argued, "This is a defeat for the president." 

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Jul 09, 2020

Supremes: NY Can Get Trump's Tax Returns, but Not House Dems
REUTERSPresident Trump is not immune from turning over his tax returns and other financial records to the Manhattan district attorney, the Supreme Court has ordered in a ruling that has enraged the president.

In a 7-2 vote, the court sided with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance who asked for eight years of Trump's business and personal tax records to help an investigation into whether Trump and his company violated state laws in connection with hush-money payments to women that allegedly had affairs with the president.

The ruling sent the case back to the lower courts, however, meaning Trump's legal team could still try to delay the release of his records before the case is ultimately resolved. Trump reacted angrily to the decision, condemning it as "political prosecution" before vowing to "keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York."

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Jul 09, 2020

How the Daily Beast's Crossword Constructor Thinks About Question Marks in Clues
Rebecca TulisDid 28-Across in the June 25 puzzle throw you for a loop, as it did with this solver?

Could've maybe been MATZOH or CHALLAH, though each is too long to fit. But even after he had the right answer, GELT, it still didn't register. He got the head-desk moment when I pointed out that "bread" means "money" in this clue. It pains me that I rarely get to see footage of these head-desk moments, but I imagine they are epic.

Was that kosher? It would have been more polite for me to put a question mark at the end of that clue, making it [Hanukkah bread?]. The question mark is a crossword convention that tips solvers off that wordplay is afoot, so this solver might've been more on his guard and figured it out with that nudge. 

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Jul 09, 2020

You'll Never See a Fly Again With These Tools
I like to think I'm a pretty gentle person. People have said things about me like "He wouldn't hurt a fly." And that's where they're wrong. The other night, a fly flew into my wine glass, drowned itself, and if I wasn't before, I'm now on a dedicated mission to rid all of the flies from my home, permanently. And so I've been doing some research on the best things to keep in your home to get rid of flies, so we can all live in our homes and drink our wine in peace. 

There are a lot of different routes you could take on your fly killing journey, but it should without a doubt begin with this fly bag. It's incredibly easy to use, just hang it up outside, fill it with water and the prepackaged fly food, and it will start to attract flies in no time. The bag is opaque so you can't see all of the drowned flies, which is great because there will be a ton of them. 

If any flies are able to make it past your flybag, this fly trap will catch them in no time. These sleek traps can go anywhere and are coated with an extra sticky adhesive to trap any fly in their path. It has no harmful chemicals and comes in a pack of 25, so they are easy to replace once they've done their job. 

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Jul 09, 2020

Gone but Not Forgotten: Bars We Wish Were Still Open
Mark Von Holden/GettyDavid Wondrich and Noah Rothbaum, the co-hosts of the award-winning podcast Life Behind Bars, share the bars they wish were still open: From a pioneering 18th-century punch house to Jerry Thomas' legendary New York bar to Dale DeGroff shaking up drinks in the Rainbow Room to the recently closed Pegu Club.

Their virtual bar crawl across centuries and continents covers the establishments that they have long dreamt of visiting, as well as some modern personal favorites that are no more. Which bars do you wish you could go back in time to check out? Let the hosts know on Twitter.

So, mix yourself a drink and listen to this episode of Life Behind Bars. Cheers!

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Jul 09, 2020

Falling in Love With Cristin Milioti, Again and Again (and Again)
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyNo one laughed harder at the 69 joke than Cristin Milioti. 

The actress, the mother from How I Met Your Mother and your favorite part of so many projects since, plays the lead in Palm Springs, the mind-melting existential romantic comedy co-starring Andy Samberg and produced by his Lonely Island crew. 

Manifesting all the energy from the gasps in the audience after a shocking out-of-the-gate plot twist, the film launched a competitive bidding war after its premiere screening in January at the Sundance Film Festival. 

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Jul 09, 2020

The Mysterious Link Between COVID-19 and Guillain-Barré Syndrome
GettySherry H-Y. Chou, Aarti Sarwal and Neha S. Dangayach, The Conversation

The patient in the case report (let's call him Tom) was 54 and in good health. For two days in May, he felt unwell and was too weak to get out of bed. When his family finally brought him to the hospital, doctors found that he had a fever and signs of a severe infection, or sepsis. He tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection. In addition to symptoms of COVID-19, he was also too weak to move his legs.

When a neurologist examined him, Tom was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes abnormal sensation and weakness due to delays in sending signals through the nerves. Usually reversible, in severe cases it can cause prolonged paralysis involving breathing muscles, require ventilator support and sometimes leave permanent neurological deficits. Early recognition by expert neurologists is key to proper treatment.

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Jul 09, 2020

Maxine Waters Foe Omar Navarro Gets Out of Jail And Attempts to Destroy Fellow Republican
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastPro-Trump internet personality Omar Navarro emerged from a six-month stint in jail on a stalking charge last month, and immediately registered to run for Congress. 

Navarro, a perennial challenger to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), has registered to run for her seat again in 2022—assuming, perhaps logically, that Waters will once again prevail in her re-election request this November. 

But Navarro, who had nearly $50,000 in his campaign bank account as of March 31 even while he served his jail term, is not going to wait for those results before getting involved. He told The Daily Beast that he's going to send out mailers this election cycle denouncing Joe Collins, the Republican nominee currently running against Waters.

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Jul 09, 2020

U.S. Makes Its Riskiest Bet Yet on a Coronavirus Vaccine
Javier Zayas Photography/GettyThe U.S. government has tapped a sixth vaccine-maker to receive big federal bucks as the Trump administration races to approve a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year. But this latest vaccine candidate, from Maryland-based pharma Novavax, might be the riskiest yet.

Novavax has been in the pharmaceuticals business since 1987 but has yet to get a single vaccine past the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. And Novavax's vaccine candidate itself is risky. It's what's known as a "recombinant nanoparticle vaccine." The key component is a lab-grown version of the spiky protein that's a signature of the novel coronavirus, and which helps the virus bind to a person's cells. 

Novavax plans to grow the proteins in insect cells and then add them to the baculovirus, which would function as a carrier of the man-made proteins. 

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Jul 09, 2020

Officials Terrified That Trump's Jacksonville Convention Will Be ‘Another Tulsa'
John Moore/GettySam Newby was excited at first when the Republican National Convention decided to head to his city. 

But the Republican vice president of the Jacksonville City Council, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 back in March, has grown more worried as the late August convention fast approaches. There weren't many cases in the area when the move was first announced, Newby said, but he warned that "now it's really starting to spike."   

"In a normal situation, I would be glad for the RNC to come here, I would be the first one to be there," Newby said."But with the spike of it, and I know what it can do, that's why I'm concerned about it coming to Jacksonville." 

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Jul 09, 2020

What Disney World Staff Fear Most as It Barrels Toward Reopening
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos Getty"RoboCosmetologist" is how Serena James says she feels in a mask and face shield as she resumes work at Disney World amid Florida's COVID-19 explosion. 

The official reopening is not until Saturday, but the 47-year-old hair and makeup stylist has been back on the job since last week. And where RoboCop of the movies is impervious to bullets, James continues to feel vulnerable to the virus despite Disney's extensive safety measures. 

With its mandatory masking, ubiquitous hand sanitizer, and plexiglass partitions everywhere, Disney World now looks as if it had been renamed "Dr. Fauci's Neighborhood." 

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Jul 09, 2020

My Daughter Died at the Hands of Oprah's New Age Guru. Why Is She Silent?
Tom Tingle/GettySelf-help gurus don't come much deadlier than James Arthur Ray, a cult-ish charlatan who became a star thanks to 2006's film The Secret and the publicity given to it, and him, by the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Larry King.

Having achieved lucrative heights, however, Ray saw his empire come crashing down on Oct. 8, 2009, when three attendees at his Sedona, Arizona, "Spiritual Warrior" retreat—Kirby Brown, James Shore and Liz Neuman—died as a result of a sweltering sweat lodge challenge, and Ray himself fled the scene without taking responsibility for the insanely reckless incident he'd personally overseen. Having preached the "law of attraction," which contends that our lives are shaped by the positive (or negative) energy and thoughts we put out into the world, Ray's career was rightfully shattered by this tragedy: the New Age businessman was eventually convicted of three counts of negligent homicide and sentenced to two years in jail, of which he served only 20 months before being released in 2013.

Ray's rise, fall and shameless attempted comeback is the focus of Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment, a new Wondery podcast (available now) created and hosted by journalist Matt Stroud, who first reported on the story back in 2013. Recounting Ray's scandalous tale in far greater detail than

The Daily Beast
Jul 09, 2020

What Should I Tell that Friend Who's Acting Like the Pandemic Is Over?
GettyAfter months of isolation, states are reopening and many Americans have rushed out of their homes to experience a taste of freedom... and overpriced eggs Benedict. Depending on the state, bars and restaurants are back in some form or another. This means that brunch, once a benign flex of privilege, has become an ideological battleground. 

The question: Does going out for French toast on a Sunday afternoon or sipping on a frozen margarita at a curbside bar after work with friends make you a garbage human? 

It depends on who you ask. Optics-wise, it's impossible to ignore viral videos such as the one showing bougie boozers lunching on a street corner while protesters pass by in the background. Who can sit in the sun and drink a mimosa when over 130,000 are dead? How can the sight of a waiter in a face shield and N95 encourage you to ask for a refill? 

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Jul 09, 2020

Two of Trump's Top Targets Are Slipping Away From Him
Doug Mills-Pool/GettyMILFORD—President Trump may have reason to be bearish about two Northern enclaves his allies have long eyed for their pockets of loyalists and libertarian leanings. 

The two states, New Hampshire and Maine, were once considered prime pickup opportunities for Team Trump looking to expand its map from a duo of narrow general election losses in 2016. Now, some prominent Republicans are joining Democrats in their assessment that the president's most viable prospects for New England victories are starting to slip further away from his grasp, as the country continues to reel from a cratering economy and global pandemic well into the summer.

"Why is he physically coming here? I'm thinking that it is a little bit more about nostalgia," Fergus Cullen, a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, said about Trump's upcoming rally in Portsmouth,  just 10 minutes away from Cullen's home town of Dover.  "They have to feed his ego. He's had this fixation about New Hampshire. He can't accept that maybe he just plain lost."

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Jul 09, 2020

The Wuhan-Set Movie Donald ‘Chinese Virus' Trump Needs to See
Bai Linghai/Apple TVIn the Chinese director Diao Yi'nan's latest film, The Wild Goose Lake—streaming now on Apple TV —details are located not in narrative but in atmosphere. The key for the restless viewer—perhaps still in lockdown in the midst of a global pandemic—is to not get lost in the story, but to be present in place. 

Zhou Zenong, a motorbike thief involved in an extensive crime syndicate, is on the run from the law, having mistakenly shot a police officer after being attacked himself by a fellow gang member. A young, still-faced sex worker—Liu Ai'ai—with a chic olive handbag and a red and white pack of cigarettes meets him at South train station, in Wuhan. They don't know each other, but both operate in a fast-moving and often ruthless undercommons. This is the Wild Goose Lake district, which, a police chief points out, is still "uncontrolled," elusive. And the stillness with which Diao imbues every frame demands that we look deeper into the soul of this world than the status quo would allow.

Wuhan, of course, is a place that Donald Trump has maligned with his xenophobic and racist dog whistles, claiming that the novel coronavirus was somehow concocted in the city where brave health-care workers and locals first encountered the outbreak of the virus in late 2019 and were able to beat it back earlier this year. (In the U.S., the woefully insufficient response to the virus has led to a new increase in cases in many reopened states, and Trump's administration has just decid

The Daily Beast
Jul 09, 2020

The Wuhan-Set Movie That Donald ‘Chinese Virus' Trump Needs to See
Bai Linghai/Apple TVIn the Chinese director Diao Yi'nan's latest film, The Wild Goose Lake—streaming now on Apple TV —details are located not in narrative but in atmosphere. The key for the restless viewer—perhaps still in lockdown in the midst of a global pandemic—is to not get lost in the story, but to be present in place. 

Zhou Zenong, a motorbike thief involved in an extensive crime syndicate, is on the run from the law, having mistakenly shot a police officer after being attacked himself by a fellow gang member. A young, still-faced sex worker—Liu Ai'ai—with a chic olive handbag and a red and white pack of cigarettes meets him at South train station, in Wuhan. They don't know each other, but both operate in a fast-moving and often ruthless undercommons. This is the Wild Goose Lake district, which, a police chief points out, is still "uncontrolled," elusive. And the stillness with which Diao imbues every frame demands that we look deeper into the soul of this world than the status quo would allow.

Wuhan, of course, is a place that Donald Trump has maligned with his xenophobic and racist dog whistles, claiming that the novel coronavirus was somehow concocted in the city where brave health-care workers and locals first encountered the outbreak of the virus in late 2019 and were able to beat it back earlier this year. (In the U.S., the woefully insufficient response to the virus has led to a new increase in cases in many reopened states, and Trump's administration has just decid

The Daily Beast
Jul 09, 2020

Dems Fear Trump Will Rush Vaccine to Boost Re-Elect
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastWhen Trump administration officials leading the response to the coronavirus pandemic came to Capitol Hill last week, they were grilled for hours on everything from the reopening of schools to the efficacy of wearing masks.

But as the hearing wound down, Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) posed an altogether different type of question to Dr. Stephen Hahn, the head of the Food and Drug Administration. Could he, Smith asked, promise that the administration wouldn't rush a vaccine simply to help the president's re-election chances?

A first-term Democrat, Smith hardly has a reputation as a congressional bomb-thrower—which was just one reason that her question stood out during an otherwise staid hearing. But she is not alone in wondering about a vaccine-related October surprise. Indeed, there is a growing anxiety among President Trump's critics that he will sidestep the proper scientific processes in order to make a triumphant pre-election announcement that he's delivered a cure for the pandemic that has roiled the country, left more than 130,000 people dead, and thrown his presidency into turmoil. They note, for starters, that he's dubbed the effort "Operation Warp Speed."

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