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Jan 01, 2050

John McCain, A Life in Photos
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Jan 01, 2050

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

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

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

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Jul 05, 2022

My Biggest Complaint About the Upside Down in ‘Stranger Things'
NetflixThere are a lot of unpleasant things you can say about the Upside Down, the alternate dimension from which monsters and world-ending calamities originate in Stranger Things. It's dark. It smells. It's full of nasty creatures that should not have wings but do anyway. It's inhospitable to human life. But I live in New York City, so I'm used to all that. The Upside Down, however, is unpleasant in one way that I simply cannot abide by.

The Upside Down is too wet.

Other viewers have catalogued the purple prose in the show's closed captions in detail, so I will just say that I counted at least 24 variations of something happening "wetly," something squelching, or something slithering—and I know I missed some. That's also not counting the times I definitely heard something moist happening, without a caption to describe it to me. The Upside Down is so wet that the closed caption artist had to describe tentacles as "ichorous," before they just threw their hands in the air in defeat and went back to the ever-reliable "wet squelch."

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Jul 05, 2022

Putin's Lies Have Kremlin TV Flailing and Fighting On-Air
GettyWhile Russia is slowly making advances in Eastern Ukraine, questions loom as to how far President Vladimir Putin is planning to take his invasion of Ukraine. During a recent press conference, Putin claimed that nothing has changed and everything is going according to the plan: "I have formulated the overall goal, which is to liberate Donbas, protect its people and create conditions that will guarantee the security of Russia itself. That is all." His deliberately vague responses implied that Russian attacks in other parts of Ukraine were meant "to distract" the Ukrainian leadership.

Some military experts are convinced that fierce Ukrainian resistance may be insurmountable, as long as it continues to be aided by the ongoing Western support. Appearing on the state TV show The Evening With Vladimir Solovyov last Friday, Andrey Gurulyov, State Duma deputy and a former deputy commander of Russia's southern military district, stressed that the West will continue to supply Ukraine with every conceivable type of weapons, "up to a nuclear bomb—just not to let us win." He proposed re-creating the Cuban Missile Crisis, but this time with hypersonic weapons, in order to reach an eventual détente with the United States: "Our hypersonic weapons... should be brought to the near vicinity of the United States, with a flight time of no more than five minutes."

Gurulyov candidly

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Jul 05, 2022

These Sweat-Proof Athletic Shorts from Ten Thousand Double as Swim Trunks
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Athletic shorts are always a tough item to shop for. With so many brands out there at such radically different price points, it's really hard to choose a pair that actually performs well under stress, sweat, and heat—and that's worth the cost. I have worn $80 shorts that I absolutely hated and $15 mesh shorts that are still in my regular rotation. At the end of the day, it comes down to comfort, performance and price. Based on these factors, Ten Thousand's Set Shorts are the most well-rounded pair I've ever tried out.

Ten Thousand is an athletic apparel brand that designs a number of high-quality athletic apparel with a clear focus on shorts. While Ten Thousand offers types of shorts including the Interval Short, the Session Short and the Tactical Short, the Set Short is the pair best suited for land and sea. The Set Short is the most amphibious pair that Ten Thousand has designed to date. The shorts are made of water repelling and

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Jul 05, 2022

‘Thor: Love and Thunder' Is a Grand Disappointment
DisneyChris Hemsworth's God of Thunder shows off his naked derriere, as well as lets his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) wield his mighty hammer, in Thor: Love and Thunder. Given Marvel's trademark sexlessness, however, those risqué touches don't change the fundamental PG-13 nature of director Taika Waititi's second Marvel go-round, which follows in the goofy footsteps of his prior Thor: Ragnarok, albeit to lesser rewards. A rambunctious action-comedy cast in brilliant Day-Glo colors and set to the anthemic rock of Guns N' Roses, Waititi's latest MCU effort works overtime to muster up hard-hitting humor and romantic pathos. Yet the strain shows, resulting in a wannabe-rollicking adventure that overdoses on one title element at the expense of the other.



There's plenty of extravagant CGI action and ridiculous humor in Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8), whose story—per the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame—picks up with Thor (Hemsworth) in the company of the Guardians of the Galaxy, gallivanting around the universe protecting the innocent from nefarious villains. Thor no longer has the dad bod he boasted in the wake of Thanos' genocidal snap, yet while his physiqu

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Jul 05, 2022

Putin Pal Drops Menacing Hint: a ‘Cleansing' Is Coming for Europe
IKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/Sputnik/AFP via Getty ImagesRussian President Vladimir Putin's key ally Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has started hinting at what may be next in Russia's war, and it doesn't sound pretty.

Lukashenko claimed this weekend that he thinks it's time for Europe to face a "moral cleansing."

"The time has come for the forgetful Europe to give itself a moral cleansing," Lukashenko said, without going into further detail about what that would entail, according to BelTA.

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Jul 05, 2022

Watch ‘Stranger Things' Meet ‘13 Going on 30' in ‘Paper Girls' Trailer
Amazon Prime VideoStranger Things makes the world go round. After putting a cap on the incredibly long, Kate Bush-filled Season 4, we're going to have to wait two more years until the next (and final) season of the show. Won't the kids be in college at that point? Maybe. But while we wait, we've got a new batch of darlings looking to explore the extraterrestrial '80s: the Paper Girls.

Imagine Stranger Things—bikes, glowing skies, and all—but with girls instead of boys, and time travel instead of the Upside Down. Even the radiant sunset has turned from red to purpley-pink!

In 1988, a gaggle of dorky girls find themselves in a mysterious portal that leads them straight to 2019. Little Erin (Riley Lai Nelet) is at the center of the madness, because the portal leads them straight to her house 30 years in the future, where a similarly closed-off adult Erin (Ali Wong) resides. While young Erin embraces the zoom into the future, old Erin isn't so sure.

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Jul 05, 2022

This Cloning Breakthrough Could Help Us Save the World's Endangered Species
University of YamanashiExactly 26 years ago, scientists successfully cloned the first mammal, Dolly the sheep, using cells from an adult sheep's mammary glands. Though cloning still skeeves out a large chunk of the public, more and more people are coming around to some of the more responsible potential benefits. Namely, that we may be able to save species threatened by climate change and human activity from going extinct.

But cloning is far from easy. Cell samples need to be preserved either through cryopreservation (the use of liquid nitrogen), or via deep freezing at extremely low temperatures. Both of these methods can be very expensive, and vulnerable to power outages or problems at facilities.

We might have a breakthrough on our hands, however. In a new study published in Nature Communications, Japanese researchers have outlined a new technique used to clone mice from freeze dried skin cells for the first time ever. The new technique paves the way for facilities around the world (even in poorer communities) to engage in what's called biobanking: the storage of cells from certain animal species so they may be cloned later on should their numbers dwindle and their gene pools suffer from increased inbreeding.

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Jul 05, 2022

We Already Know Way Too Much About ‘Avatar 2'
20th Century StudiosThanks, James Cameron.

It's been a long, winding decade (and then some) to reach the second Avatar movie, but we're entering the home stretch. No, perhaps "home stretch" isn't terminology you'd normally use when there's still five months left until a movie's release date, but when it comes to Avatar, a few weeks is nothing. And director James Cameron is wasting no time promoting his Crown Jewel, divulging more and more info about it as if he were a young boy sharing his collection of bugs.

Which is to say: He's going too far. We know an insufferable amount of information about Avatar: The Way of the Water, and there's still 24 weeks left in this press tour. We're averaging three nuggets of information per week, at this point, which means by the time Avatar 2 hits theaters, we're going to know 72 random facts about the film. That's 72 too many.

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Jul 05, 2022

Joe Rogan Reveals He's Rejected Trump Multiple Times for Interview
YouTubeJoe Rogan claimed this week that Donald Trump has repeatedly asked to appear on his popular podcast—only for the controversial podcaster to shoot down the offers because he's "not interested in helping" Trump.

Just days after backing GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for president, the charter member of the so-called Intellectual Dark Web also pointed out that he is "not a Trump supporter in any way, shape, or form."

Talking to fellow podcast host Lex Fridman earlier this week, Rogan remarked that the "Trump era is also going to be one of the weirder times" in recent history.

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Jul 05, 2022

Wagner Group Is Sending Russian Inmates to Fight in Ukraine, Report Says
AFP via GettyMore than 130 days into Vladimir Putin's "special military operation" against Ukraine, Russia's Defense Ministry is apparently counting on prison inmates and shipyard workers to serve as fresh cannon fodder.

The desperate new recruiting drive has been reported in St. Petersburg, where the families of inmates at two prisons say the Wagner Group—a private Russian military force that has been tied to the Kremlin—is offering prisoners money and a get-out-of-jail-free card to go "search for Nazis" in Ukraine, according to the independent Russian news outlet iStories.

"They told my relative, ‘It's very hard to find the Nazis there, and they are very well-prepared. You will be at the forefront in helping to detect Nazis, so not everyone will return.' At first they said about 20 percent would come back. Then that ‘almost nobody will return.' Those who survive are promised 200,000 rubles and amnesty. And if someone dies, they promise to pay their family 5 million rubles. This is all only in words, nothing is fixed on paper," an unnamed relative of one of the inmates told the outlet.



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Jul 05, 2022

Save Over 50% on a Top-Rated Toshiba Smart TV for Amazon's Early Prime Day Sale
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With Amazon Prime Day set to take place in just a week, many major deals have already started emerging on the site. Tons of electronics and smart devices have been massively marked down including Amazon Echo Frames and Ring Alarm Security Kits. However, the biggest savings on Amazon right now have been for Smart TVs. With a Prime membership, you can buy a brand-new 55-inch Toshiba UHD Smart TV for 56% off. This translates to $450 off the listed price. The Smart TV comes pre-loaded with Fire TV and Alexa voice control so you don't even need to use the remote to play what you want. Additionally, the Toshiba TV comes with top-of-the-line picture quality with full array local dimming LED pixels and Dolby Vision HDR to ensure the smooth and clearest resolution possible.

Amazon has also marked down the prices of a number of other Smart TV brands. If Toshiba is not your favorite option, you can buy an

The Daily Beast
Jul 05, 2022

They Went to Enjoy a Parade and Never Came Home
MAX HERMAN/ReutersA preschool teacher. A great-grandfather visiting from Mexico. Four members of one family gathered with kids.

These are some of the lives that were snuffed out or forever changed by the gunman who opened fire on the Highland Park Fourth of July parade on Monday morning.

Jacki Sundheim's synagogue, the North Shore Congregation Israel in neighboring Glencoe, announced that she was was one of the six people killed.

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Jul 05, 2022

Russians Fear Commanders Are Selling Their Own Troops' Locations for Cash
GettyA Russian colonel was accused of selling information on the whereabouts of his own men to foreign intelligence agencies by concerned Russians, according to Ukrainian authorities.

An audio recording of what the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate says is an intercepted phone call appears to suggest the colonel was not the first who was accused of selling out his own troops. The call, released Monday, includes a conversation between a man identified as a Russian soldier and a female acquaintance. No details were provided on where the soldier was based in Ukraine, but he can be heard in the recording complaining of constant shelling.

The conversation then takes an interesting turn when the unnamed woman notes that a squadron of the "31st Brigade" was given up by their own Russian colonel, apparently referring to the 31st Guards Air Assault Brigade.

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Jul 05, 2022

Wimbledon Tennis Star Nick Kyrgios Charged With Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend
PAUL CHILDSDivisive tennis star Nick Kyrgios is set to face criminal charges in his native Australia after allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend, The Canberra Times reports.

The controversial athlete, who is set to compete in a Wimbledon quarterfinal match on Wednesday, is reportedly due to appear in court in Canberra, the Australian capital, next month. A statement from police in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) was shared with local media on Tuesday afternoon. "ACT Policing can confirm a 27-year-old Watson man is scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates Court on the 2nd of August in relation to one charge of common assault following an incident in December 2021," the statement read.

The charge is believed to relate to an allegation that Kyrgios, the world No. 40 in ATP rankings, grabbed his former partner, Chiara Passari. A lawyer acting on behalf of Kyrgios confirmed his client was aware of the charge. "It's in the context of a domestic relationship," Jason Moffatt, who is representing the tennis player, told The Canberra Times. "The nature of the allegation is serious, and Mr. Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously. "Given the matter is before the court... he doesn't have a comment at this stage, but in the fullness of time we'll issue a media release."



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Jul 05, 2022

The Mysterious Billionaire Behind Jeffrey Epstein Gets the Documentary Treatment
HuluHow did Jeffrey Epstein, the notorious child predator and sex trafficker, amass his vast wealth? Yes, the late money manager rubbed shoulders with everyone from Bill Gates and Bill Clinton to Prince Andrew and Donald Trump, but as the new Hulu docuseries Victoria's Secret: Angels and Demons (July 14) contends, one of the certified creep's biggest money sources was none other than billionaire Les Wexner, the so-called "Merlin of the Mall."

Wexner, a slight man with elfin-like features (picture Ben Gazzara), was hardly a paragon of posh. Despite being the man behind retail behemoth L Brands—whose portfolio at one point included The Limited, Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, Lane Bryant, Henri Bendel, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria's Secret—Wexner maintained a relatively low profile in his native Ohio, far from the prying lenses of the paparazzi. That all seemed to change around the time Epstein entered his life in the mid-1980s. The forty-something Wexner dyed his hair and upgraded his wardrobe. His soirees were now attended by Epstein's roster of celebrity acquaintances. In 1985, Wexner graced the cover of New York magazine accompanied

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Jul 05, 2022

The Mysterious Billionaire Behind Jeffrey Epstein Is Exposed in a New Documentary
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos by Getty / HuluHow did Jeffrey Epstein, the notorious child predator and sex trafficker, amass his vast wealth? Yes, the late money manager rubbed shoulders with everyone from Bill Gates and Bill Clinton to Prince Andrew and Donald Trump, but as the new Hulu docuseries Victoria's Secret: Angels and Demons (July 14) contends, one of the certified creep's biggest money sources was none other than billionaire Les Wexner, the "Merlin of the Mall."

Wexner, a slight man with elfin-like features (picture Ben Gazzara), was hardly a paragon of posh. Despite being the man behind retail behemoth L Brands—whose portfolio at one point included retailers The Limited, Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, Lane Bryant, Henri Bendel, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria's Secret—Wexner maintained a relatively low profile in his native Ohio, far from the prying lenses of the paparazzi.

That all seemed to change around the time Epstein entered his life in the mid-1980s. The forty-something Wexner dyed his hair and upgraded his wardrobe. His soirees were now attended by Epstein's roster of celebrity acquaintances. In 1985, Wexner graced the

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Jul 05, 2022

They Went to The Parade With Their Families to Celebrate America. They're Never Coming Home.
Chicago TribuneThe names of some of the six people murdered at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade have started to emerge as the victims' families and friends have spoken out about their agony in the aftermath of the massacre.

Among those killed when a rooftop gunman opened fire at the families assembled below was Jacki Sundheim, a congregant at the North Shore Congregation Israel in neighboring Glencoe, the synagogue announced Monday. "There are no words sufficient to express the depth of our grief for Jacki's death and sympathy for her family and loved ones," the synagogue wrote in an email to congregants. "Jacki's work, kindness and warmth touched us all, from her teaching at the Gates of Learning Preschool to guiding innumerable among us through life's moments of joy and sorrow, all of this with tireless dedication," it continued, adding that Jacki was survived by her husband and daughter.

A Mexican great-grandfather visiting his family in Illinois was also among the dead. Nicolás Toledo, 78, was sitting on his walker and surrounded by his family when he was hit Monday by the sniper.

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Jul 05, 2022

Parade Massacre Gun Was Purchased Legally, Mayor Says
Chicago TribuneThe gun used at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade was purchased legally—and then used to kill six people and wound dozens more in a city with an assault-weapons ban.

On Tuesday morning, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering used an interview on NBC's Today to reflect on the horrific slaughter in her quiet Chicago suburb.

"I don't know where the gun came from, but I do know that it was legally obtained," Rotering said. "I think at some point, this nation needs to have a conversation about these weekly events involving the murder of dozens of people with legally obtained guns. If that's what our laws stand for, we need to re-examine the laws."

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Jul 05, 2022

Parade Suspect Told Family He'd ‘Kill Everyone' Years Before Massacre
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos by Reuters / WGN News The Illinois teen accused of fatally gunning down seven people and wounding dozens more at a Fourth of July parade threatened to "kill everyone" in his immediate family nearly three years ago, according to authorities.

Alleged mass shooter Robert "Bobby" Crimo, 21, made the chilling vow in September 2019, Dep. Chief Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff's Office, said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

A relative called police at the time, telling officers that Crimo had "a collection of knives," said Covelli. Cops seized 16 knives, a dagger, and a sword from Crimo's home, where he lived with his parents and siblings. There was not sufficient probable cause to arrest Crimo for the threat since it was directed at family, and no complaint was filed, according to Covelli, who said the Highland Park Police Department "did immediately notify the Illinois State Police of the incident."

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Jul 05, 2022

Alleged Parade Gunman Disguised Himself in Women's Clothes, Ran Home to Mommy
Chicago TribuneThe Illinois teen accused of fatally gunning down six people and wounding dozens more at a Fourth of July parade dressed as a woman to disguise himself during the rampage, police announced Tuesday.

Highland Park resident Robert "Bobby" Crimo, 21, "did this to conceal his facial tattoos and his identity, and help him during the escape with... other people who were fleeing the chaos," Lake County Sgt. Christopher Covelli said at a press conference.

The gun used at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade was purchased legally in Illinois by Crimo, who had been planning the attack for "several weeks," according to Covelli. After the massacre, he blended into the crowd and ran to his mother's home, he added. Police believe Crimo fired more than 70 rounds at innocent spectators there to enjoy the day, Covelli said.

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Jul 05, 2022

Why U.S. Should Brace for a Rise in Green Fascism
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero / The Daily Beast / GettyLast week's decision by the Supreme Court to curtail the Environmental Protection Agency's power to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions comes as far-right groups try to use the issue as a Trojan horse to push other issues like anti-immigration policies.

David Roberts, who writes the climate newsletter Volts, tells The New Abnormal's Molly Jong-Fast why the court's decision could propel a rise in eco-fascism.

"The point of this is to remove EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases, right? That's what they want to do and this legal justification, this case they've come up to do it by, is so forced," he said. "If you are of a perhaps more reactionary mindset and you find out that things are going to hell in a handbasket, perhaps your reaction is we need to build higher walls. We need to keep out more immigrants. We need to mine and drill the hell out of our fossil fuels while we can. That's the lifeboat mentality—everybody's going down, let's stock our lifeboat and be the last one standing."

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Jul 05, 2022

How COVID Could Screw You Worse With Each Reinfection
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / GettyThe more times you catch COVID, the sicker you're likely to get with each reinfection. That's the worrying conclusion of a new study drawing on data from the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Scientists stressed they need more data before they can say for sure whether, and why, COVID might get worse the second, third, or fourth time around. But with more and more people getting reinfected as the pandemic lurches toward its fourth year, the study hints at some of the possible long-term risks.

To get a handle on the health impact of reinfection, re-reinfection and even re-re-reinfection, three researchers—Ziyad Al-Aly from the Washington University School of Medicine plus Benjamin Bowe and Yan Xie, both from the V.A. St. Louis Health Care System—scrutinized the health records of 5.7 million American veterans.

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Jul 05, 2022

Netflix's ‘Girl in the Picture' Is the Most Twisted True Crime Documentary of the Year
NetflixThere's so much crazy and evil in the world that streaming platforms will never run out of material for true crime documentaries. Girl in the Picture (July 6) is the latest chapter in Netflix's never-ending investigation into all things depressing, shameful and baffling, recounting a jaw-dropping saga of kidnapping, sexual abuse, murder, and multiple identities that piles twist upon outrageous twist. What it tells us about mankind's penchant for wretchedness won't open anyone's eyes, but that doesn't change the fact that the particulars of its tale often threaten to blow one's mind and bring one to tears.

Directed by Skye Borgman, whose recent Hulu documentary Dead Asleep detailed another out-there homicidal story, Girl in the Picture begins in April 1990 with the discovery with the body of a blond-haired, 20-year-old female on the side of an Oklahoma City road. The victim was Tonya Hughes, a Tulsa stripper who was married to a guy named Clarence Hughes with whom she had a 2-year-old son, Michael. Posthumous medical exams revealed numerous bruises and injuries to Tonya that didn't totally align with the idea that she'd perished due to a hit-and-run accident. Infinitely more puzzling, however, was that when Tonya's exotic-dancer friends used the phone book to look up and call her relatives, they were told by a woman tha

The Daily Beast
Jul 05, 2022

Netflix's ‘Girl in the Picture' Is the Most Twisted True-Crime Documentary of the Year
NetflixThere's so much crazy and evil in the world that streaming platforms will never run out of material for true crime documentaries. Girl in the Picture (July 6) is the latest chapter in Netflix's never-ending investigation into all things depressing, shameful and baffling, recounting a jaw-dropping saga of kidnapping, sexual abuse, murder, and multiple identities that piles twist upon outrageous twist. What it tells us about mankind's penchant for wretchedness won't open anyone's eyes, but that doesn't change the fact that the particulars of its tale often threaten to blow one's mind and bring one to tears.

Directed by Skye Borgman, whose recent Hulu documentary Dead Asleep detailed another out-there homicidal story, Girl in the Picture begins in April 1990 with the discovery with the body of a blond-haired, 20-year-old female on the side of an Oklahoma City road. The victim was Tonya Hughes, a Tulsa stripper who was married to a guy named Clarence Hughes with whom she had a 2-year-old son, Michael. Posthumous medical exams revealed numerous bruises and injuries to Tonya that didn't totally align with the idea that she'd perished due to a hit-and-run accident. Infinitely more puzzling, however, was that when Tonya's exotic-dancer friends used the phone book to look up and call her relatives, they were told by a woman tha

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Jul 05, 2022

The Money Brawl That Could Wreck the Anti-Putin Crusade
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero / The Daily Beast / Getty U.S. intelligence officials and leaders from other nations agree that Russian President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine has entered a drawn-out stage, with no end in sight. And while Biden administration officials continue to support sending more aid to Ukraine, as each successive round of U.S. aid to Ukraine is announced, senior U.S. officials and lawmakers are starting to get on edge about just how much and how long the United States is going to keep footing the bill for Ukraine.

The Biden administration is trying to get allies to step up their aid to Ukraine, the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Michael Carpenter, told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview.

"There is concern as well, and there should be, rightfully so, about burden-sharing. And we certainly are trying very hard to get our allies and partners to step up," Carpenter told The Daily Beast. "Some of the countries that maybe haven't provided as much militarily, we will certainly look to them to also provide reconstruction assistance and macro financial assistance, and other forms of support."

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Jul 05, 2022

Culture-War Red Meat Is All the GOP Serves the Working Class
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/GettyIn 2012, Mitt Romney ran for president as an unabashed representative of the billionaire class. He said things like "corporations are people, my friends" with a smile that suggested that he was faintly amused that anyone disagreed with that statement.

In more recent years, the GOP has been trying to shed that image. Donald Trump got the ball rolling with his first run in 2016—when he constantly talked about bad trade deals and "draining the swamp" of D.C. corruption, and how he would bring the coal mines back to Appalachia and the factories back to Youngstown.

He was, of course, lying about most of this, but all of that rhetoric almost certainly played

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Jul 05, 2022

Why Are All Our Celebs Getting Paranormal-Pilled?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / GettyIs there something in the water? Should we all be grabbing our tinfoil hats and heading for a fallout shelter or a bunker somewhere in the woods? What is it, exactly, that's suddenly got all of our celebrities so obsessed with ghosts and aliens?

Well, OK, maybe not all our celebrities. But one by one, a growing handful of A-listers have professed their interest in the occult. None of us batted an eye when William Shatner announced The UnXplained back in 2019, but flash-forward a few years and throw in a Netflix licensing deal, and suddenly a History Channel original is sitting at third on Netflix's trending titles list for the week.

The erstwhile Captain Kirk isn't the only celeb commanding this space, either. Vanessa Hudgens recently told Kelly Clarkson about coming to terms with her ability to see and hear ghosts. (Has she enlisted a few of them to keep her booked and busy with Netflix deals and MTV hosting gigs? Seems that way!) Kesha, who already explores the supernatural on her podcast Kesha and the Creepies, is about to launch a ghost-hunting show, as is Kristen Stewart. And over on Peacock, Demi Lovato is singing to aliens.

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Jul 04, 2022

She Went Out for Pancakes—and Rescued Blood-Smeared Toddler at Highland Park Parade
Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via Getty Lauren Silva, a mother of two from Deerfield, Illinois, set out Monday morning to have a quiet breakfast with her boyfriend in Highland Park. She ended up caring for the toddler of a parade-shooting victim still covered in his father's blood.

Silva, 38, told The Daily Beast she woke up craving banana pancakes at Walker Bros., a breakfast spot on a corner of the day's July 4 parade route.

The former event planner and her boyfriend parked in a nearby garage and emerged to the unfolding scene of carnage.

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Jul 04, 2022

Mayor Pushed Assault Weapon Ban Years Before July 4 Bloodbath
John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via GettyThe rifle shots from the roof of a store came more than 10 at a time and much faster than the tempo of the band playing "You're a Grand Old Flag" at the Fourth of July parade on the street below.

A doctor at the scene on Monday morning in Highland Park later described the gruesome injuries of the six killed and more than a dozen wounded as something right out of a war.

This was the kind of carnage that this small suburban city north of Chicago was seeking to avoid when it banned assault rifles back in 2013.

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Jul 04, 2022

Mayor Pushed Assault-Weapon Ban Years Before July 4 Bloodbath
John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via GettyThe rifle shots from the roof of a store came more than 10 at a time and much faster than the tempo of the band playing "You're a Grand Old Flag" at the Fourth of July parade on the street below.

A doctor at the scene on Monday morning in Highland Park later described the gruesome injuries of the six killed and more than a dozen wounded as something right out of a war.

This was the kind of carnage that this small suburban city north of Chicago was seeking to avoid when it banned assault rifles back in 2013.

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Jul 04, 2022

Great-Grandpa Sitting in Walker Cut Down by Parade Sniper
Courtesy Josefina ToledoSurrounded by a dozen family members, Nicolás Toledo, 78, was sitting on his walker to watch the Highland Park July 4 parade on Monday when the gunshots rang out.

"We all threw ourselves to the ground," his daughter, Josefina Toledo, told The Daily Beast. "My dad, since it's difficult for him to walk … he was sitting on his walker and he was hit in his back and in his head."

The father of eight, who recently became a great-grandfather, was killed instantly—one of the six people murdered in the massacre carried out by a rooftop sniper.

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Jul 04, 2022

‘Person of Interest' in Parade Massacre Is Rapper With Creepy Videos
Blogspot ScreenshotThe 22-year-old Illinois man identified as a person of interest in the Highland Park parade massacre is an amateur rapper who posted disturbing videos on his YouTube channel, including a crude animation depicting a heavily armed shooter being killed by police.

Authorities in the wealthy Chicago suburb announced Monday evening that they are hunting for Robert "Bobby" Crimo, who is considered armed and very dangerous.

A photo they released matches the person who runs the YouTube channel and goes by the stage name of Awake the Rapper, and a law enforcement official announced they are the same person.

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Jul 04, 2022

‘Person of Interest' in Parade Massacre Is Rapper With Sick Videos
ReutersHIGHLAND PARK, Illinois—The 22-year-old Illinois man identified as a person of interest in Monday's parade massacre is an amateur rapper who posted disturbing videos on his YouTube channel, including a crude animation depicting a gunman being killed by police.

In addition to videos filled with violent imagery and mass-shooting fantasy, Robert "Bobby" Crimo last year posted a video on his personal blog of Central Avenue in Highland Park—the main street of the parade route.

Crimo, who was taken into custody about seven hours after a sniper attack left six dead and dozens more injured, went by the name of Awake the Rapper on social media.

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Jul 04, 2022

Inside the Murder-Obsessed Posts of Parade Massacre Suspect
ReutersHIGHLAND PARK, Illinois—The 21-year-old Illinois man identified as a person of interest in Monday's parade massacre is an amateur rapper who posted disturbing videos on his YouTube channel, including a crude animation depicting a gunman being killed by police.

In addition to videos filled with violent imagery and mass-shooting fantasy, Robert "Bobby" Crimo last year posted a video on his personal blog of Central Avenue in Highland Park—the main street of the parade route.

Another one showed a headline referring to Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy. He reportedly posted video of a beheading to a message board.

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Jul 04, 2022

Inside the Sick Posts of July 4 Massacre ‘Person of Interest'
ReutersHIGHLAND PARK, Illinois—The 22-year-old Illinois man identified as a person of interest in Monday's parade massacre is an amateur rapper who posted disturbing videos on his YouTube channel, including a crude animation depicting a gunman being killed by police.

In addition to videos filled with violent imagery and mass-shooting fantasy, Robert "Bobby" Crimo last year posted a video on his personal blog of Central Avenue in Highland Park—the main street of the parade route.

Another one showed a headline referring to Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy. He reportedly posted video of a beheading to a message board.

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Jul 04, 2022

Doc Who Helped Parade Vics: ‘Horrific, Devastating Injuries'
WLS-TV/ABC7 via ReutersIn the moments after a gunman opened fire on a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois, bystanders wasted almost no time rushing to aid the victims.

Among them was David Baum, a local physician, who was standing with members of his family just 200 feet from the majority of the casualties, he said.

"All of a sudden, you heard these Howitzer-type noises going off. Immediately people started screaming ‘Bodies down, shooter,' and they all started scattering," he recalled.

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Jul 04, 2022

Cops Nab ‘Person of Interest' in July 4 Massacre at Highland Park Parade
Reuters, Highland Park PoliceAfter a daylong manhunt, Illinois police have taken in the "person of interest" wanted in connection with a sniper attack at a July 4 parade in Highland Park that killed six people and sent dozens more to the hospital.

Authorities have not said 22-year-old Robert "Bobby" Crimo III is the suspected gunman, but before he was taken into custody, they said he was armed and dangerous.

They said a North Chicago police officer spotted the car Crimo was believed to be driving after a gunman perched on a rooftop fired a high-powered rifle indiscriminately into families watching the annual parade. He was arrested after a short pursuit in Lake Forest.

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Jul 04, 2022

‘Active Shooter' Attacks July 4 Parade in Chicago Suburb
Stefani Reynolds / AFP via GettyPolice say an "active shooter" opened fire on a July 4th holiday parade in Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, leaving several wounded.

One witness, Shawn Cotreau, said he saw the shooter on the roof of a business along the parade route in what looked like a grayish-brown uniform-style outfit and hat.

"He was pointing [the gun] downward toward the center of the street," he told CBS Chicago. "I felt like the gunshots went on for minutes, it just didn't stop."

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Jul 04, 2022

Manhunt on for Sniper Who Attacked July 4 Parade in Highland Park, Killing 5
Chicago Sun-Times via APIllinois police are hunting for an "active shooter" who perched on a rooftop with a rifle and opened fire on a July 4 holiday parade in Highland Park, killing at least six people and sending 31 others to the hospital.

The gunman was still at large four hours after the attack that turned a family-friendly celebration in a wealthy Chicago suburb into yet another terrifying bloodbath.

"Our community was terrorized by an act of violence that has shaken us to our core," Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said at an afternoon briefing. "On a day that we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we're instead mourning the loss, the tragic loss of life, and struggling with the terror that was brought upon us."

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Jul 04, 2022

Manhunt on for Sniper Who Attacked July 4 Parade in Highland Park, Killing 6
Jim Vondruska/GettyIllinois police are hunting for an "active shooter" who perched on a rooftop with a high-powered rifle and opened fire on a July 4 parade in Highland Park, killing at least six people and sending dozens more to the hospital.

"We are making significant progress," Chris Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff's office said of the investigation into the shooter.

But the gunman was still at large more than five hours after the attack that turned a family-friendly celebration in a wealthy Chicago suburb into yet another terrifying bloodbath.

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Jul 04, 2022

Democrats Abroad Slammed for ‘Kavanaugh's a C*nt' July 4 Party
A. Craig Copetas/The Daily BeastPARIS—In the grim shade of France's Monument to the Dead, 200 members of the Democratic Party here mustered to commemorate the Fourth of July with scorching speeches against the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to abolish a woman's right to an abortion back home.

"I'd call [Republican Supreme Court Justice Brett] Kavanaugh a cunt, but he lacks the warmth and depth," American expatriate Sarah Humphries of Wisconsin proudly informs a cluster of perplexed French families out for a stroll.

America's veteran Republican pollster Frank Luntz says the Independence Day rally and rhetoric hosted by Democrats Abroad in front of a cenotaph on Place du Trocadéro wins the Grand Prix in cognitive expatriate dissonance.

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Jul 04, 2022

Was a Serial Sex Abuser Allowed to Prey on Young Men for 20 Years at the Heart of Westminster?
Rob PinneyChris Pincher was the man Boris Johnson put in charge of investigating sex allegations and keeping discipline in his ruling Conservative party. Now Pincher has reportedly been accused in more than a dozen new reports of alleged groping, touching, and inappropriate advances. The hideous cavalcade of allegations against Pincher has piled pressure on Johnson's administration, which already had something of an accountability issue.

The latest rounds of revelations about Pincher, which he denies, began last week. A report in The Sun said Pincher had gotten drunk at a private members club in London and groped two men. This would be inexcusable for a lawmaker at any juncture of their career, but—if proven—it would be made even more shocking by Pincher's role within the government; he was deputy chief whip, a job which, among other things, involves maintaining discipline within his party and looking into allegations of sexual misconduct against its politicians. "Last night I drank far too much," Pincher wrote in a letter to Boris Johnson resigning from the role. "I've embarrassed myself and other people which is the last thing I want to do and for that I apologise to you and those concerned."

Most of the allegations are anonymous and there have been no known reports of police investigations into the claims.



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Jul 04, 2022

Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova on Bringing Crypto to the Abortion Fight and ‘Deranged' Putin
Michael Tullberg/Getty Images for ABA"I can't tell you where I am for safety reasons," says Nadya Tolokonnikova. "But I'm somewhere on the planet."

The outspoken activist and Pussy Riot member—who was imprisoned in a Russian penal colony for "hooliganism" after performing the collective's anti-Putin anthem "Punk Prayer" at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in 2012—was designated a "foreign agent" by Russia's Ministry of Justice late last year, which hasn't exactly eased her anxiety. But it didn't stop the 32-year-old from fighting the good fight. Her latest initiative is LegalAbortion.eth, an Ethereum wallet where people can donate crypto that will then be fully distributed to seven reproductive rights organizations in the wake of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade's reversal: Planned Parenthood, URGE, NARAL, Center for Reproductive Rights, Fund Texas Choice, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, and Fos Feminista.

Legalabortion.eth is spearheaded by Unicorn DAO, a decentralized autonomous organization that markets NFTs from female, non-binary, and LGBTQ artists as a means of diversifying web3 and redistributing its wealth. Unicorn DAO was founded by Nadya following her successful Ukraine DAO, which raised nearly $7 million for Ukraine.



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Jul 04, 2022

Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova on Why She's Joining the Abortion Fight and ‘Insane' Putin's War on Ukraine
Michael Tullberg/Getty Images for ABA"I can't tell you where I am for safety reasons," says Nadya Tolokonnikova. "But I'm somewhere on the planet."

The outspoken activist and Pussy Riot member—who was imprisoned in a Russian penal colony for "hooliganism" after performing the collective's anti-Putin anthem "Punk Prayer" at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in 2012—was designated a "foreign agent" by Russia's Ministry of Justice late last year, which hasn't exactly eased her anxiety. But it didn't stop the 32-year-old from fighting the good fight. Her latest initiative is LegalAbortion.eth, an Ethereum wallet where people can donate crypto that will then be fully distributed to seven reproductive rights organizations in the wake of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade's reversal: Planned Parenthood, URGE, NARAL, Center for Reproductive Rights, Fund Texas Choice, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, and Fos Feminista.

Legalabortion.eth is spearheaded by Unicorn DAO, a decentralized autonomous organization that markets NFTs from female, non-binary, and LGBTQ artists as a means of diversifying web3 and redistributing its wealth. Unicorn DAO was founded by Nadya following her successful Ukraine DAO, which raised nearly $7 million for Ukraine.



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Jul 03, 2022

Ex-Students Reveal Abuse at ‘Christian Torture Compound'
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIn southwest Missouri, a Baptist compound for troubled teen boys promises redemption on its bucolic 200-acre campus. Behind the facility's arched gate, children will find a swimming pool, sports fields, and ranch for horses and exotic animals. Agapé Boarding School "is truly a place where miracles happen," one piano-filled commercial boasts.

"At Agapé, we lovingly, patiently, and biblically teach your child the importance of submission to authority and the joys of being an obedient law-abiding citizen," a soft-spoken voiceover actor says while images of smiling teenagers flash across the screen. "Mom and Dad, we want to support you in your effort to rescue your son from himself."

But former students interviewed by The Daily Beast say the school was far from heavenly. Instead, they encountered a climate more like Lord of the Flies, where staff were given free rein to restrain and beat students, and where some kids were emotionally and sexually abused. They claim Agapé has functioned like a "cult" and "Christian torture compound" for decades, allowing adults to manhandle teenagers and withhold food, water, and proper clothing—apparently without most parents ever knowing.

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Jul 03, 2022

The Minions Just Gave Us the Most Fun Album of the Summer
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastWith all due respect to Lizzo, Calvin Harris, and yes, even Beyoncé, the album of the summer has arrived, and it comes courtesy of the Minions.

Sure, the entire internet (this site included) roasted Jack Antonoff when he dropped the tracklist in May for the soundtrack to Minions: The Rise of Gru, the fifth installment in the Minions franchise. But in the face of that mockery—and against all odds or any shred of common sense—the animated film has managed to deliver the most fun and feel-good album of the summer thus far.

Of course, this really shouldn't come as a shock to those familiar with the Despicable Me cinematic universe. No matter how you feel about the yellow, gibberish-spewing creatures invariably adored by meme-loving Facebook moms, the music in the Minions world has always been on point. Mike Knobloch, president of global music at Universal Pictures, credits that feat to the "slightly left-of-center musical identity" he's helped to build at Illumination, the studio behind the films. It was Illumination, remember, that enlisted Tyler, the Creator to helm the soundtrack for the 2018 CGI version of The Grinch—a collaboration that worked shockingly well, especially because it managed not to totally water down Tyler's style.

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Jul 03, 2022

‘The Boys' Finally Vindicates the Goofy ‘Spider-Man 3' Dance
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Getty"Aren't we done yet?" asked one Spider-Man 3 reviewer in 2007. Like he was already waiting for this to be over. (In hindsight—and two more Spider-Man actors plus about 735 superhero films later—how adorable.)

Too many villains, a longer runtime, a soapy amnesia plot, and a goofy dance sequence contributed to Spidey fatigue. Cut to 15 years later, and the reaction to the conclusion of Sam Raimi's trilogy has softened. And, it seems, Peter Parker is no longer the only hero ready to bust out some dance moves. Television is awash with twirling contenders prepared to snatch that crown—or mirrorball trophy.

Ms. Marvel, The Boys, and The Umbrella Academy offer a different flavor of superheroes, on a much broader spectrum. But now, fight sequences aren't the only choreography. Yep, all three titles prove that dancing can be memorable, welcome additions to the modern superhero aesthetic—and all without drawing the derision that was aimed at Raimi all those years ago.

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Jul 03, 2022

Dinesh D'Souza Is at War With Fox News—Except Now He's Sucking Up
NurPhotoDinesh D'Souza has been on the outs with Fox News for months. After publicly griping that the conservative cable giant wouldn't publicize his election-denying propaganda film 2,000 Mules, which had been roundly discredited by fact-checkers and reporters alike, the far-right provocateur has all but disappeared from the Fox News universe.

Yet, even as D'Souza continues to fire shots at Fox News while the conservative media giant refuses to book him, the pardoned felon has used his massive social media platforms to promote and praise the channel.

It appears as though D'Souza wants to use Fox News as both a friend and foe—whichever suits him best at the moment.

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Jul 03, 2022

Dems Always Swear They Can Win in NC. This Time They Mean It
Eamon Queeney for The Washington Post via GettyIn the last four U.S. Senate elections in North Carolina, Democrats have come up short. But in 2022, Democrats swear things are going to be different.

Party leaders and strategists say they've got a winning candidate in Cheri Beasley, the former chief justice of the state Supreme Court. She won 81 percent of the vote in the state primary, and, if elected, she would be only the third Black woman to ever serve in the Senate.

"When you have historic candidacies, you end up in a place where voters turn up in higher levels than they traditionally do," said Morgan Jackson, a North Carolina Democratic strategist.

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Jul 03, 2022

Does This Major Archaeological Find Mean Fairies Should Be Taken Seriously?
Xinhua News AgencyArchaeologists in Sichuan Province, China announced this week they have uncovered evidence of ancient efforts to commune with fairies. A cache of bronze, jade, and gold artifacts as well as evidence of ancient sacrificial rituals were unearthed. Some of the artifacts, scientists said, are one-of-a-kind objects that hint at the "fairy world" of ancient Chinese religion and thought. But if you're picturing folk religion and Tinkerbell, think again.

The discoveries were made at the famous Sanxingdui archeological site in the city of Guanghan in the southwest of Sichuan Province. The veritable treasure trove was excavated from sacrificial pits 7 and 8 by a collaborative team of academics from Peking University and Sichuan University. Among the items was a bronze and green jade box that was embellished with dragon head handles and was once kept wrapped in silk. Professor Li Haichao, of Sichuan University who directs pit 7, told Chinese news agencies that "It would not be an exaggeration to say that the vessel is one of its kind, given its distinctive shape, fine craftsmanship and ingenious design."

The collection of complex sculptures includes mythical creatures, human-snake hybrids, and bronze heads decorated with gold masks. The iconographic program of the sculptures, which were primarily located in pit 8, is "complex and imaginative." Zhao Hao, as associate professor at Peking University, said that they reflect "the fairy world imagined by people at the that time,

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Jul 03, 2022

Eat Sheet: Our Tips on Where to Dine in Dublin
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyAn explanation for our dining guide, Eat Sheet, can be found here. This week we bring you to Dublin, the capital of Ireland, which long ago pushed aside the island's misguided reputation for bland food.

Make It QuickFish and chips (thick-cut french fries) are an Irish classic, and Dublin is full of ‘chippers' or chip shops that entice locals with their aroma of fried fish and vinegar. Seek out an elevated version of the classic at Fish Shop, a relaxed spot in the Smithfield neighborhood. Here, the upgrade includes the opportunity to eat locally caught, lightly beer-battered fish alongside a cold glass of white wine.

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Jul 03, 2022

Stop Using the Defense Production Act and Antitrust to Fix Government-Created Problems
Sean Gallup/GettyDemocrats in Washington have a problem, and not because polls indicate they'll be swept from power in Congress this November. They acknowledge that rapidly rising inflation combined with a mangled supply chain keeps the economy listless. And yet, the only solutions they seem capable of coming up with are using the Defense Production Act and antitrust.

The Defense Production Act (DPA), first approved in 1950, says it's imperative for the domestic industrial base to "supply materials and services for the national defense." It specifically mentions military conflicts, domestic terrorism, and national or man-caused disaster preparation. The president can use the DPA to control domestic distribution if it involves "a scarce and critical material essential to the national defense." It also allows the White House to come up with incentives for private companies to come up with expanded production capacity if it's for "the execution of the national security strategy of the United States." It's clear that this law is meant to benefit the Pentagon above all else.

President Joe Biden first invoked the DPA in

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Jul 03, 2022

High Fliers Have Hamptons Residents at War With Each Other
AP Photo/Frank EltmanThere are two main airports in the wealthy enclave of East Hampton, New York, and now both are mired in turmoil.

East Hampton Airport, the larger of the pair, was already slogging through months of litigation over the town's effort to curb relentless air traffic. Then, late last month, news broke that a mysterious buyer had swooped in to acquire nearby Montauk Airport—also located within East Hampton—sending some residents reeling over the possibility that an unnamed tycoon will get to dictate its rules.

As the summer heats up, and the ultra-rich descend via choppers and private planes, locals are girding for battle.

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Jul 03, 2022

The ‘Mormon Manson' and His Family's Mexican Massacre
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/APHe's been called the "Mormon Manson," but polygamist Ervil LeBaron and his Mexican-based family managed to make Charlie and his gang look almost tame by comparison. A 6'8" white supremacist and religious fundamentalist who loved to seduce underage girls, LeBaron trained women to kill for him and ordered hits on rival polygamists and "apostates" from his church. And kill they did: Members of LeBaron's family were responsible for as many as 50 murders, as well as bank robbery, car theft, drug dealing, and selling guns to drug traffickers.

Ervil was eventually arrested for his crimes and extradited to the U.S., where he died in prison in 1981. But his wives, children, and spiritual followers continued their murderous rampage well into the '90s. As one LeBaron family member put it, "Everyone is an infidel if they don't believe what you believe."

Outwardly, however, the LeBarons appeared to be just a wealthy farming clan with bizarre sexual practices who had made an "I won't bother you if you don't bother me" pact with El Chapo and the notorious Sinaloa cartel, which had drug smuggling routes near the Mormon colony. But, says Sally Denton, author of The Colony: Faith and Blood In A Promised Land, "I think it's naive for the public to believe they were just friendly neighbors, saying hello at sicario checkpoints. I don't believe you don't live with some of the most violent people in the world without having accommodations. I think they were helping with guns."



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Jul 03, 2022

Sickening Footage Shows Akron Cops Kill Unarmed Black Man in Hail of Bullets
YouTube/Akron PDPolice in Akron, Ohio, have released heartbreaking body-camera footage showing the moment an unarmed 25-year-old Black man was shot more than 60 times by cops.

"I won't mince words, the video you are about to watch is heartbreaking," Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said at a press conference Sunday. "I am urging all of our residents to please reserve your full judgment until our investigation is complete."

The body-cam videos shown Sunday begin with officers pursuing Jayland Walker in their squad cars around 12:30 a.m. Monday after he refused to pull over for an alleged traffic violation. Police said that about 40 seconds after he fled, officers heard "the sound of a gunshot" coming out of his car door.

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Jul 03, 2022

Jan. 6 Panel Could Make Criminal Referral Against Trump, Cheney Reveals
Alex Wong/GettyAfter a shocking week in which a former White House aide gave bombshell testimony about Donald Trump's unhinged behavior the day of the Capitol riot, lawmakers on the Jan. 6 committee said criminal referrals—even one against the former president—haven't been ruled out.

Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) appeared on ABC's This Week and CBS' Face the Nation, respectively, to preview the committee's next steps after Tuesday's startling testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson, who said Trump lunged at his presidential driver in an effort to get him to take him to the Capitol just before the riot.

Host Jonathan Karl asked Cheney whether the committee could refer Trump for criminal prosecution and she replied "yes."

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Jul 03, 2022

Kristi Noem Gets Grilled on Whether South Dakota Would Force 10-Year-Old to Have Baby
CNNRepublican Gov. Kristi Noem ducked and dodged Sunday morning when asked if South Dakota would force a raped 10-year-old to give birth—eventually suggesting that "tragic situation" shouldn't change her state's restrictive abortion laws.

"The law today is that abortions are illegal except to save the life of the mother," Noem told anchor Dana Bash on CNN's State of the Union.

Bash had pressed Noem about the case of a 10-year-old girl in Ohio who was denied an abortion because she was three days past the state's six-week abortion ban. The girl had to travel to Indiana for the procedure, according to the Indianapolis Star.

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Jul 03, 2022

Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell Had ‘Intimate Relationship,' Ex-Royal Cop Claims
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Ghislaine Maxwell had "unrestricted access" at Buckingham Palace, and a former royal policeman claims he and other colleagues thought she and Prince Andrew had an "intimate relationship" that went beyond friendship.

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Jul 02, 2022

A New Hotel Gives Miami Beach Its Own Little Slice of Spain
Courtesy EsméOf the many things Miami is synonymous with—excess, partying, glitz, sex, and sea—cute is not one that comes to mind. Cute, or its sibling charming, requires restraint. But on Miami's South Beach on a street whose Old World buildings were the epicenter of the Roaring '20s and later the backdrop of Miami Vice is a new hotel, the Esmé, that is the embodiment of cute and charming.

It is the latest selection for Beast Travel's series on exciting new hotels, Room Key.

At the height of the Roaring Twenties, a pair of real estate developers turned a slice of Miami Beach into a Spanish city plaza. To step into Española Way with its arched stucco facades was to be transported somewhere other than the "new" city of Miami Beach. But over the years it became a den of iniquity where gangsters like Al Capone did business, and then it fell into disrepair. Decades of work restoring it and turning it into a pedestrian-only spot have returned it to its creators' intentions.

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Jul 02, 2022

How Pfizer Won the Pandemic—in Profit and Influence
AlamyBy Arthur Allen | KHN

The grinding two-plus years of the pandemic have yielded outsize benefits for one company—Pfizer—making it both highly influential and hugely profitable as covid-19 continues to infect tens of thousands of people and kill hundreds each day.

Its success in developing covid medicines has given the drugmaker unusual weight in determining U.S. health policy. Based on internal research, the company's executives have frequently announced the next stage in the fight against the pandemic before government officials have had time to study the issue, annoying many experts in the medical field and leaving some patients unsure whom to trust.

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Jul 02, 2022

The U.S. Keeps Losing Wars Because Nobody Listens to the Spooks
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyIn mid-May, CNN reported that the U.S. intelligence community was about to begin a sweeping review of the way it does business. What prompted the senior officials to action? The answer is simple enough: alarmingly inaccurate predictions as to the durability of the U.S. supported government of Afghanistan, which led to a decidedly ignominious withdrawal of our forces there, as well as overly pessimistic projections of Ukraine's ability to stave off a major assault by the Russian army.

In view of the gravity of those mistakes, this seems a necessary and laudable undertaking. But… don't expect the review and inevitable list of recommendations to improve the complicated process of gathering, analyzing, and consuming intelligence products by much. So say two of the leading scholars of intelligence in the English speaking world, Richard Betts and the late Robert Jervis, both of Columbia University's political science department. After decades of studying the question, these men have concluded that invariably the recommendations of commissions designed to improve the caliber of the intelligence process after American wars tend to produce a new set of problems. As Betts put it in a widely quoted essay on this topic:

Strategic intelligence, which Betts nicely defines with admirable economy as "the acquisition, analysis, and appreciation for relevant data," is an extremely tricky business. It's a unique amalgam of science and art, for it invariably involves political and psychological factors that are unique to a given conflict, a

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Jul 02, 2022

Inside the Heated Scientific Debate to Redefine Who Is Dead
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyIt was March 10, 2022—day one of a virtual forum held over Zoom to re-write the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA), a draft law that for four decades has been the basis for defining who is alive and who is dead in the United States. Many of those assembled were legal professionals who are members of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), a quasi-governmental entity whose origins go back 125 years. It's a crowded meeting of five- dozen guests from both the legal and medical realms. Each one was eager to share their own perspective on an issue that at first glance may seem fairly cut and dry—until one really starts to dig deep into the legal and medical nuances behind trying to define death itself.

The ULC is the perfect forum for this kind of debate. Pandemonium can arise for laws that left up to states, each different state chooses to abide by its own wildly different set of rules.. When each state—and therefore the U.S. as a whole—would benefit from uniformity, the ULC drafts bills that are then presented to each legislature for adoption. Normally, that means wrestling with relatively mundane issues like child custody or trucking regulations.

That day, the ULC was taking on something more existential. Unfortunately, even matters of life and death are prone to Zoom hiccups. Dr. Malcolm Shaner, a neurologist at University of California Los Angeles, was running into some difficulties while trying to address the group.

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Jul 02, 2022

Joey King Is Meant to Be a Disney Princess—but Not Like This
HuluThere's a scene in Shrek where Princess Fiona, after waking from her serene slumber, battles an army of weapon-clad forest men looking to steal her away. This was not the princess archetype we'd come to expect in the early 2000s. Here was a beautiful woman who, though she was saved by an ogre, could fend off injustices with her own two fists. The scene was fun, Fiona continued to surprise audiences with new depth of character, and Shrek won us all over.

Now, imagine that one fight scene lasted an entire hour and a half. Lose all of the Donkey humor from Shrek, drop the onions, the enemies-to-lovers romance, and all of the Gingie goodness. If you wanted a movie of just Princess Fiona battling enemies for her own freedom, though I don't know why anyone would, look no further than The Princess.

A princess fighting for her independence, laced with kickass fight scenes and brutal weapons, is a good starting place. The Princess just can't make it any further than the baseline, spiraling into a video-game version of what could've been an enthralling story.

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Jul 02, 2022

Bezos' Latest Project Could Be a Pain in the Ass for Renters
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyFrom the outside, it is a remarkably plain three-bedroom home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Nicknamed "The Peanut," it is 15 years old, fronted with brick, and within shouting distance of the Tuscaloosa Nazarene Church. If that house of prayer isn't of interest, there are at least another 19 within 4 miles.

The Peanut is notable because of its owners—all 251 of them. Together, they pooled their funds this year to buy, and then rent, the $215,000 property, putting in as little as $100 apiece.

The deal was facilitated by Arrived Homes, a startup that has raised more than $160 million in funding and debt financing, including two infusions from Jeff Bezos' personal investment arm, Bezos Expeditions, and at least one from Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Salesforce billionaire Marc Benioff's investment fund.

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Jul 02, 2022

‘Minions: The Rise of Gru' Is the Year's Most Body-Positive Movie
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty/Universal PicturesHuge news: The Minions are back, baby!

The little gibberish-speaking lads are notoriously divisive amongst adults, who perceive them either as cute little distractions or a symbol of society's downfall. But when it comes to kids, they can't get enough. A staggering fact: Despicable Me is the highest-grossing animated franchise in history, earning over $3.5 billion over four films.

With each film raking in nearly $900 million on average, it should be no surprise that Despicable Me is number five. Minions: The Rise of Gru is a prequel to the first Despicable Me movie, exploring the origins of Gru (Steve Carell)'s villainy. As an aspiring supervillain, Gru is obsessed with the Vicious 6, a group of villains terrorizing the world, and wants nothing more than to be a part of the gang.

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Jul 02, 2022

Has Tom Hanks Given His Last F*ck?
Warner Bros.Tom Hanks is known for being the world's most popular everyman actor.

His leading performances in movies like Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Saving Private Ryan, and Cast Away were so powerful because he created an umbilical cord between the movie and its audience. Thanks to Hanks' warmth, charm, and relatability, viewers could picture themselves as his characters and, thus, could just as easily imagine overcoming the obstacles that Forrest, Andrew Beckett, Captain John H. Miller, and Chuck Noland had to endure.

I doubt that most people will find anything relatable—or redeemable—about Colonel Tom Parker, Hanks' character in Elvis. While he helped Elvis Presley's popularity explode across the country and then the world, so much so that he went on to become the highest selling solo artist in musical history, Parker's unethical management of the icon led him to pocket at least half of Elvs' income over his career.

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Jul 02, 2022

The Women Who Leave Anti-Abortion Picket Lines to Get Abortions
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastA few days before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month, a woman who described herself as an anti-abortion activist showed up in the waiting room of Dr. Marissa Lapedis, a family-medicine doctor who performs the procedure in Atlanta.

But she wasn't there to protest—she had an appointment.

"She talked about being in marches, and said she had spent a lot of time volunteering in crisis pregnancy centers—you know, showing patients the ultrasound image and explaining what happens," Lapedis, a fellow with the group Physicians for Reproductive Health, told The Daily Beast. "She said she had been anti-abortion her whole life, and that her whole family was like her—and yet she was so appreciative of the care she received from us. She literally was like, ‘I'm so grateful that I'm able to make this choice for myself.'"

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Jul 02, 2022

Doomsday Dad Chad Daybell Believed He Was a Seer Who Could See ‘Beyond the Veil'
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyIn December 2019, police in Rexburg, Idaho alerted the media: Two children had gone missing, along with their mother, Lori Vallow, and her new husband, Chad Daybell. No one had any idea where they were. Quickly, speculation swirled—that maybe their disappearances, and their whereabouts, could be linked to the "cult-like" religious beliefs held by Vallow and Daybell. Both were avowed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Daybell had found a small amount of celebrity within Mormon circles for authoring LDS fiction and running his own book publishing company. But both Vallow and Daybell also entertained ideas at the fringes of the Mormon faith—ideas that weren't acceptable to talk about in church on Sundays. They held study groups and scrutinized the works of "near-death experience" authors who claimed to have died and come back to life with knowledge from "beyond the veil."

Much has been discussed about Lori Vallow: the gorgeous mother and former beauty queen whose children went missing. But in When the Moon Turns to Blood, author Leah Sottile also examines how Daybell grew up in the mainstream LDS church in Utah, and when, exactly, he started to entertain beliefs that aren't Mormon at all. In the book, she tells the story of when he decided he might n

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Jul 02, 2022

Doomsday Dad Chad Daybell Obsessively Killed Bees as a Kid
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyIn December 2019, police in Rexburg, Idaho alerted the media: Two children had gone missing, along with their mother, Lori Vallow, and her new husband, Chad Daybell. No one had any idea where they were. Quickly, speculation swirled—that maybe their disappearances, and their whereabouts, could be linked to the "cult-like" religious beliefs held by Vallow and Daybell. Both were avowed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Daybell had found a small amount of celebrity within Mormon circles for authoring LDS fiction and running his own book publishing company. But both Vallow and Daybell also entertained ideas at the fringes of the Mormon faith—ideas that weren't acceptable to talk about in church on Sundays. They held study groups and scrutinized the works of "near-death experience" authors who claimed to have died and come back to life with knowledge from "beyond the veil."

Much has been discussed about Lori Vallow: the gorgeous mother and former beauty queen whose children went missing. But in When the Moon Turns to Blood, author Leah Sottile also examines how Daybell grew up in the mainstream LDS church in Utah, and when, exactly, he started to entertain beliefs that aren't Mormon at all. In the book, she tells the story of when he decided he might n

The Daily Beast
Jul 02, 2022

Hospital Pounded by Putin's Army Braces for Fresh Bloodbath
Stefan WeichertOKHTYRKA, Ukraine—The horror of what happened at the start of the war still haunts 50-year-old Oleg Deinichenko, the medical director of Okhtyrka Hospital. The Russian army had entered the city on the first day of the invasion. They clashed with Ukrainian fighters in what became the start of a months-long bloody campaign to control the city and the roads to the neighboring regions Kharkiv and Poltava.

Hundreds of wounded citizens had flooded the city's main hospital through March and February, forcing doctors to live in the hospital's basement for weeks on end. On Feb. 26, the second day of the Russian invasion, 70 Ukrainian soldiers died at an army base in the city center. Shocked, wounded soldiers with missing limbs overran the hospital, Deinichenko told The Daily Beast

"I will never forget one grandfather who died after being hit while walking on the street with his granddaughter. He died, and the granddaughter was brought here. I don't know how to describe her injuries, they were so terrible," he said.

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Jul 02, 2022

Two Killed as Car Crashes Into D.C. Fireworks Stand
D.C. Police DepartmentWASHINGTON, D.C.— At least two people were killed Saturday when a car careened into a fireworks stand in the northeast of the city. Police say they believe the driver of the vehicle had suffered a medical emergency, though they stressed that the "major crash" was still under investigation.

Assistant Metro D.C. Police Chief Wilfredo Manlapaz told reporters at an evening press conference that both victims were adult males.

He said the fatal crash transpired after a truck ran a red light and "struck a bicyclist in the crosswalk" before careening into the fireworks stand.

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Jul 02, 2022

District Attorney May Push for Arrest of Emmett Till's Wrongful Accuser
BettmannJustice for Emmett Till may finally come, nearly seven decades after the teenager was kidnapped and brutally murdered in Mississippi for supposedly flirting and whistling at a white woman.

That's because an unserved arrest warrant from 1955 for Carolyn Bryant Donham, the woman who accused Till of the flirting (a crime for Black men, at the time), was discovered in the basement of a Mississippi courthouse this week.

The discovery has led Till's extended family and civil rights activists to push the district attorney in Leflore County, Mississippi (where the incident occurred) and in Raleigh, North Carolina (where Donham was last known to live) to take action and arrest the 87-year-old woman.

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Jul 02, 2022

Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo Resigns From City Council Amid Heavy Criticism
Uvalde CISD Police Department/Lisa Krantz/ReutersStill entwined in controversy for his department's botched response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, school district police chief Pete Arredondo is calling it quits as a city councilman.

Arredondo was placed on administrative leave from his post June 22, a day following state Senate testimony where Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said Arredondo's officers could have intervened within minutes of arriving to the school.

Instead, it took nearly a dozen police officers an excruciating 77 minutes to neutralize the shooting threat after they may have not even tried to open the door to the room where children were trapped with the gunman.

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Jul 02, 2022

Newsmax Host Rips Into 'Career Politician' Ron DeSantis Over Potential 2024 Run Against Trump
NewsmaxNewsmax's top-rated host Greg Kelly warned Republican Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday night: Don't take on Donald Trump for president come 2024.

The declaration from the primetime star comes more than two years ahead of a 2024 general election and months ahead of the 2022 midterms, as behind the scenes, Republican Party lieutenants mull potential 2024 GOP presidential contenders.

"Governor Ron DeSantis. He is amazing, so talented, so smart, unlimited political future. I want him to be president someday," Kelly began his Friday evening show as a graphic appeared on screen stating, ‘Not Yet, Ron.' "I think that's almost guaranteed to happen, but I'd rather not see him run in 2024."

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Jul 02, 2022

Florida Teen Punched Shark That Attacked Her Leg, Father Says
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCareThe Florida teen whose leg was severely injured in a shark attack Thursday punched and poked the eyes of the carnivore attempting to eat her, her father said in a Facebook post.

Addison Bethea is now awake and alert in the ICU of a Tallahassee hospital after almost losing her life to the 9-foot beast while scalloping off the coast of Keaton Beach in Taylor County. In order to scare the predator, Addison and her brother bravely fought off the shark, which bit her right leg twice before swimming away, her dad wrote in a Facebook post Friday.

"By the grace of God, she was with her brother Rhett Willingham, who is a first responder/firefighter, who acted quickly to literally fight off the shark and pull her away and into a nearby boat of an unknown person (thank you to whoever you are)," her dad, Shane Bethea, said.

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Jul 02, 2022

Kim Kardashian and Julia Fox Show Off the Skintight Thrills of the Bodysuit
Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Getty/InstagramIn a counterintuitive plot twist, during the hot months of summer when most people are keen to wear as little as possible, Kim Kardashian, Julia Fox, and a smattering of other trendy celebrities and fashionistas have been stepping out, slinkily, in form-fitting unitards and bodysuits.

Several of these celebrity looks can be attributed to the hotshot fashion house Balenciaga; led by forward-thinking creative director Demna Gvasalia, the brand has lately been sending its celebrity ambassadors to photo calls sheathed in tight-fitting ensembles that reveal not an inch of skin on any appendage.

At Cannes, Isabelle Huppert killed it in a jade green Balenciaga bodysuit, complete with matching cape and glove-like sleeves.

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Jul 01, 2022

Why Everyone Is Thirsting Over ‘Elvis' Star Austin Butler
Warner Bros.The first time Austin Butler's Elvis performs on stage is a magical, life-changing experience.

The camera fixates on his crotch and wiggling legs as he sings "Hayride." Young women in the audience lose control as men grow fearful of the effect of his otherworldly presence. The room erupts into chaos as the women flock to the stage and rip his blazer off. It's the moment everyone in the room realizes they have a superstar in their hands, and it's the moment that proves that Butler has the power to evoke the same feral reaction from audiences (myself very much included).

For the past few months, Butler has been Hollywood's latest It Boy: from being the talk of the Crosiette at Cannes Film Festival in May to audiences fawning over his magnificent performance as the late King of Rock and Roll in Baz Luhrmann's latest spectacle, Elvis.

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Jul 01, 2022

The ‘Barbie' Movie Set Photos Have Gotten Out of Control
GettyIt's no exaggeration when I say that the release of Greta Gerwig's Barbie next summer is about the only thing giving me the strength to survive during an utterly cursed moment in American politics and global health—well, that and my COVID vaccine.

The same seems true for most of Film Twitter, who can't help but gleefully share any and all photos (and now videos) they can get their hands on of the movie, which is currently shooting. The stills, without any sort of context about the film's plot, have managed to become memes.

So far, Barbie's distributor, Warner Bros,. has released two promotional photos from the upcoming film—one of Margot Robbie, who plays the titular lead, in a hot-pink convertible, and the other of Ryan Gosling as a beach-blond Ken with washboard abs. Twitter, myself included, rejoiced. In particular, the latter reveal seemed to give Gosling skeptics some confirmation that the 41-year-old actor is an ideal fit for one of pop culture's most iconic boyfriends. There's also been word from journalists that the film will supposedly be set in a multiverse a

The Daily Beast
Jul 01, 2022

Secrets of the Gateways, the Most Famous Lesbian Club in the World
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Courtesy Gateways Grind/EverettFor 50 years, down an unassuming side street in the exclusive borough of Chelsea, west London, "the bohemian hung out, the artists drank—and naughty sex happened."

So explains former Great British Baking Show host Sandi Toksvig in a new film, Gateways Grind, a documentary that charts life behind closed doors at the longest running lesbian club of all time—and, as Toksvig says, "the most famous lesbian club in the world." Opened first as a mixed-gender venue in 1931 before men were duly barred 35 years later, the green door of the Gateways club ushered in regulars from Patricia Highsmith to British artist Maggi Hambling.

The Killing of Sister George, the 1968 film adaptation of Frank Marcus' 1964 play about an aging lesbian soap opera diva, was shot there with the club's real clientele dancing alongside its stars Beryl Reid and Susannah York. Mick Jagger once tried to convince the owner to bend the women-only policy for him, promising to wear a dress if he were to be allowed down the rickety steps and into the throbbing basement beneath.



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Jul 01, 2022

Don't Buy Big Tech's BS That Regulating Them Is a Threat to National Security
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/GettyAfter decades of illegally crushing competition at the expense of consumers and small businesses, the four "Big Tech" giants—Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple—are finally facing their antitrust comeuppance in Washington.

In Congress, a bipartisan coalition has formed in support of the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICO), which would ban Big Tech companies from unfairly giving their products a boost over competitors.

The prospect of this widely popular bill passing has led Big Tech to engage in one of the most desperate lobbying sprees in recent history. Big Tech's "see-what-sticks" smear campaign against antitrust has encompassed everything from

The Daily Beast
Jul 01, 2022

Male Porn Stars Rush to Get Vasectomies After ‘Roe' Reversal
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/GettyThe radical Supreme Court's overruling of Roe v. Wade allowed numerous conservative states to ban abortion and strip women of their freedom. Right-wingers are already discussing plans to try to ban abortion in more states—and male porn stars aren't taking any chances.

All across porn valley, male adult performers are considering getting vasectomies to ensure they don't get co-stars pregnant on porn sets if anti-abortion legislation reaches California. When you work as a porn star, you have non-condom sex with numerous co-workers, so you run the risk of getting a scene partner pregnant. Adult performers work hard to avoid this scenario—many women take birth control or opt-out of scenes that end with internal cum shots, but if you have ever had sex, you know accidents happen. Birth control occasionally fails. I've never heard of a male performer impregnating his female co-star on set. We all know, though, those female performers could have abortions in emergencies. Now, there's a risk to all our worst-case-scenario plans. Some porn men don't want to run the risk of a pregnant colleague, so they're snipping their baby-makers to make sure that's no longer a possibi

The Daily Beast
Jul 01, 2022

Kellyanne Conway Has Found Her Way Back Into Trump's Heart
Yasin Ozturk / GettyWhen Donald Trump and Kellyanne Conway finally connected over the phone following the release of her 500-plus page memoir, "Here's The Deal," Trump's 2016 campaign manager had a simple question for the former president: "door-stopper or show-stopper?"

For most Trump aides, that sort of question would have only further strained their relationship with the president. Conway's question, after all, came after Trump was reportedly "livid," according to one source close to Trump.

But that wasn't Trump's reaction, and it wasn't the tone he struck with Conway during that conversation. "It's pretty good," he said. "Yes, pretty good. We did a lot of great things together."

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Jul 01, 2022

Cameron Diaz: The Most Underappreciated Actress of Our Time
Karwai Tang / GettyThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast's Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.

This week:Living For the Cameron Diaz MomentRead more at The Daily Beast.



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Jul 01, 2022

‘I Love That For You' Is the Best TV Show to Catch Up on This Summer
ShowtimeJoanna Gold (Vanessa Bayer) always dreamed of being on TV: specifically, on the home shopping network SVN. After nailing an audition, she gets her dream job at the network, working alongside her idol, Jackie Stilton (Molly Shannon). After botching a segment on air, the ruthless company CEO Patricia Cochran (Jennifer Lewis) swiftly fires her. In a desperate plea to keep her job, Joanna reveals that she has cancer, which shifts her fortunes and turns her into one of the network's leading stars. Only problem? Joanna doesn't have cancer. Welcome to the fantastic world of Showtime's I Love That For You.

With a myriad of new shows getting released each and every week, there's never been so much great television, but it's also never been more challenging to actually watch it all. I Love That For You, created by Bayer and Jeremy Beiler, aired its terrific season finale a couple of weeks back, and hardly anybody has been talking about it.

That's a great shame, because I Love That For You is one of the brightest and boldest shows of 2022. It's an ingenious comedy that does something amazing, giving us not one, not two, but three of the best performances on TV this year. With the season wrapped and ready for your viewing pleasure and summer in full sw

The Daily Beast
Jul 01, 2022

Far-Right Group Yelled at ‘Empty Building' in Failed Drag Show Blitz, Bar Owner Says
Courtesy Christina HayesThe hate-filled comments began after June 8, when the owner of a Woodland, California, restaurant announced that she would be marking the end of Pride Month with a Drag Queen Happy Hour.

Christina Hayes was holding the June 30 event at Mojo's Lounge & Kitchen428 Restaurant with the same spirit that had prompted her at other times to host school fundraisers and a car show.

"It's all about the community," the 39-year-old Air Force vet told the Daily Beast.

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Jul 01, 2022

‘Triple Homicide': 1 Kid Dead, 2 More & Mom Missing on Lake
Ramsey County SheriffA horrific family tragedy was unfolding in Minnesota on Friday, with police reporting that a father was found dead of an apparent suicide before the mother and three kids apparently drowned in a lake.

Authorities from an array of law enforcement and rescue agencies searching Vadnais Lake northeast of Minneapolis found the body of one child.

"A horrible set of facts appears to be developing," Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher told reporters.

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Jul 01, 2022

‘Triple Homicide': 2 Kids Dead, 1 More & Mom Missing on Lake
Ramsey County SheriffA horrific family tragedy was unfolding in Minnesota on Friday, with police reporting that a father was found dead of an apparent suicide before the mother and three kids apparently drowned in a lake.

Authorities from an array of law enforcement and rescue agencies searching Vadnais Lake northeast of Minneapolis found the body of one child on Friday night and a second Saturday morning, a spokesperson for the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office confirmed to The Daily Beast.

"A horrible set of facts appears to be developing," Sheriff Bob Fletcher told reporters.

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Jul 01, 2022

‘Triple Homicide': Bodies of Mom, 3 Kids Found in Minnesota Lake
Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via APA horrific family tragedy unfolded in Minnesota on Friday, with police reporting that a father was found dead of an apparent suicide before the bodies of a mother and her three kids were found in a lake.

Authorities from an array of law enforcement and rescue agencies worked through the night to recover all four bodies, said Undersheriff Mike Martin of the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office in a Saturday press conference.

The tragedy leaves five dead in total, Martin said, including the parents, a boy and two girls. None of the victims have been identified, and the bodies were found at different times.

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Jul 01, 2022

‘Triple Homicide': Bodies of Mom, Three Kids Found in Minnesota Lake
Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via APA horrific family tragedy unfolded in Minnesota on Friday, with police reporting that a father was found dead of an apparent suicide before the bodies of a mother and her three kids were found in a lake.

Authorities from an array of law enforcement and rescue agencies worked through the night to recover all four bodies, said Undersheriff Mike Martin of the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office in a Saturday press conference.

The tragedy leaves five dead in total, Martin said, including the parents, a boy and two girls. None of the victims have been identified, and the bodies were found at different times.

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Jul 01, 2022

Trump's Own Staffers Are Tanking His Chances in 2024
Photo Illustration by Luis G.Rendon/The Daily Beast/GettyAs the Jan. 6 Committee hearings progress, one thing has become painfully clear: many Donald Trump staff members think he should never again be within 10 miles of the White House.

Indeed, the remarkable thing about the Jan. 6 Committee is that, despite being controlled by Democrats, the hearings have largely been narrated by a Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney, with the most damning testimony being provided by people who worked for Trump himself. "For Republicans who are following these hearings, the call is coming from inside the house," writes FiveThirtyEight's Kaleigh Rogers.

The latest (and, so far, greatest) call from inside the house has come from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former special assistant to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows who started out interning at the Trump White House. But other witnesses have ranged from former Trump officials to respected conservative Republicans.

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Jul 01, 2022

Cops Arrest Baby's Dad in Killing of NYC Mom Pushing Stroller
via YouTube/CBS NewsPolice have arrested a man for the killing of a young mom who was shot in the head while walking her 3-month-old baby in a stroller in New York City this week.

A senior law enforcement official confirmed the arrest to The Daily Beast, identifying the suspect as the baby's father. Police have not officially released the name of the man, who was apprehended by United States Marshals and the New York Police Department Fugitive Task Force.

The arrest comes two days after the brutal killing of 20-year-old Azsia Johnson sent shockwaves across the city. The young mom, an aspiring nurse, was shot in the head near the corner of Lexington Ave. and 95th Street on Wednesday night by an assailant seen on surveillance footage wearing a black hoodie and sweatpants. He approached her from behind before firing the fatal shot.

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Jul 01, 2022

Daughter of Oath Keepers Founder Organizing Pro-Choice Rally
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/GettyMISSOULA, Montana—A remote stretch in the northwest part of this state may seem an unlikely spot for a pro-choice rally on Independence Day weekend. The small town of Eureka, population roughly 1,400, is home to over a dozen churches, voted 73 percent for Donald Trump in 2020, and hosted a trucker protest of hundreds earlier this year at the Canadian border crossing 10 miles away.

Perhaps more unlikely is who's organizing the rally: Sequoia Rhodes Adams, the 19-year-old daughter of Oath Keepers militia founder Stewart Rhodes. The family patriarch is currently jailed awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to charges of seditious conspiracy related to what federal prosecutors say was his far-right group's plot to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

"I was extremely anti-feminist growing up," Sequoia told The Daily Beast, describing her political transformation into a pro-choice activist after the family fled what they have previously described as Rhodes' violently abusive Montana home in 2018.

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Jul 01, 2022

Her Dad Is a Far-Right Militia Boss. She's Organizing a Pro-Choice Rally.
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/GettyMISSOULA, Montana—A remote stretch in the northwest part of this state may seem an unlikely spot for a pro-choice rally on Independence Day weekend. The small town of Eureka, population roughly 1,400, is home to over a dozen churches, voted 73 percent for Donald Trump in 2020, and hosted a trucker protest of hundreds earlier this year at the Canadian border crossing 10 miles away.

Perhaps more unlikely is who's organizing the rally: Sequoia Rhodes Adams, the 19-year-old daughter of Oath Keepers militia founder Stewart Rhodes. The family patriarch is currently jailed awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to charges of seditious conspiracy related to what federal prosecutors say was his far-right group's plot to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

"I was extremely anti-feminist growing up," Sequoia told The Daily Beast, describing her political transformation into a pro-choice activist after the family fled what they have previously described as Rhodes' violently abusive Montana home in 2018.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 01, 2022

Did the ‘Stranger Things' Season 4 Finale Really Have to Kill Off That Character?!
Courtesy of NetflixI finally finished running up that hill, and I am tired.

Watching Stranger Things is an exercise in torment. The show is good. There are legitimately thrilling sequences and plot ideas rooted in deep character relationships that you cling to along the ride. But did that ride have to take 12 hours?

At one point while watching the final episode of Season 4, I paused and thought that surely this must be the end. There were over 90 minutes left. (Episode 9 clocked in at 2 hours and 30 minutes.)

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Jul 01, 2022

Breville's Bambino Espresso Maker Turned Me Into a Bona Fide Java Snob
Scouted/The Daily Beast/Breville.

Whether you're a casual coffee drinker or a bona fide espresso connoisseur, you've probably heard of Breville's luxe line of espresso machines. As someone new to at-home espresso-making, I was looking for a solid, entry-level espresso machine that wouldn't break the bank, but would also yield the fancy coffee shop quality espresso I've come to expect. After extensive research, I decided on the Breville Bambino, so naturally, when the brand offered me the opportunity to test one, I accepted. The Bambino is a stylish, chrome single-cup countertop espresso maker. Breville offers two models—the Bambino ($350) and the Bambino Plus ($500).

The primary differences between the two are the Plus' full automation as compared to the original's partially automated process, the water tank capacity (1.5 quarts v. 2 quarts), and the price ($300 v. $400). Some owners and reviewers have commented that the drip tray seems more solid on the original model than on the Plus model, which is the one Breville provided for this review, bu

The Daily Beast
Jul 01, 2022

Secret Service Have Been Gossiping About Trump's SUV Outburst for a Year: CNN
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIDays after the Secret Service pushed back on the stunning testimony that former President Donald Trump violently freaked out during a Jan. 6 presidential SUV ride, CNN reported on Friday that accounts of Trump lunging at his Secret Service agents have spread around the agency for the past year.

According to two Secret Service sources, stories similar to ex-Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson's account—which she testified under oath was told to her by former Trump staffer and current Secret Service official Tony Ornato—circulated among agents in the months following the incident. One source, for instance, relayed that Trump profanely demanded to be driven to the Capitol and even "lunged forward" at one point.

"It was unclear from the conversations I had that he actually made physical contact, but he might have. I don't know," the source told CNN. "Nobody said Trump assaulted him; they said he tried to lunge over the seat— for what reason, nobody had any idea."

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Jul 01, 2022

The Latest ‘Real Housewives' Scandal Explained: Lisa Rinna's Being Racist Again
Axelle/Bauer-GriffinThings are looking rough for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Lisa Rinna and Diana Jenkins following an Instagram feud that began after their fellow castmate Garcelle Beauvais called Jenkins "uneducated" on Wednesday's Watch What Happens Live.

One would think the two white women, who have already been accused of attacking Black people on Instagram while season 12 of the Bravo show is airing, would want to scale back on the microaggressions. But the pair proved yesterday that they apparently can't go long without being extremely racist.

The origins of the feud date back several weeks ago when Jenkins, the newest housewife to join the cast, left the comment, "It must be fun being a Black content creator" under a Black Instagram user's post that poked fun at Jenkins. After receiving swift backlash online, the Bosnian socialite apologized, claiming she thought the term "Black content creator" referred to someone who made "snarky content" and blaming her snafu on not being from the U.S.—which many fans didn't seem to buy.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 01, 2022

Feds Detail Frantic Texts Between Driver and Organizer of Doomed Migrant Truck
Anderson County Sheriff's OfficeA 28-year-old Texas man accused of orchestrating the horrific smuggling operation that killed 53 migrants this week frantically texted the driver when the truck went off the radar and later admitted to a confidential informant he had no idea the air conditioning had failed in the sweltering big-rig, the feds say.

Christian Martinez, 28, was arrested Tuesday on a trafficking charge involving death that could land him life in prison or the death penalty after migrants reportedly battled debilitating temperatures up to 150 degrees inside the truck.

Martinez's string of texts with the semi-truck's alleged driver, 45-year-old Homero Zamorano Jr., were detailed in a criminal complaint obtained by The Daily Beast on Friday.

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