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Jan 01, 2050

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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 24, 2021

Paris Has a Chic New Hotel for When You Return
Nicolas AnetsonWalking up the Avenue de l'Opera with the gargantuan Palais Garnier in the distance, it can be hard to imagine that this part of Paris could have small little streets with beauty on a smaller scale. But just around the corner from this storied palace of music is the single block Rue du Helder and an elegant edifice with fanciful ironwork and blue and white striped awnings.

Inside is the Chouchou Hotel, the latest selection for our series on exciting new hotels, The New Room with a View.

While the hotel opened one year ago, Americans can now visit France for the first time in more than a year and are likely looking to revisit old haunts but also find something new. The Chouchou, with its cheery courtyard foodhall, well-appointed rooms, and convenient location (an easy walk to the Louvre, Sacre-Coeur, and Jardin du Palais-Royal), is well positioned to take advantage.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 24, 2021

This Ultra-Light Tent Doubles as My Walking Stick
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonScouting Report: Not only is this tent great for camping, but it's perfect for hikers thanks to the trekking poles that also function as its base.

Camping season is upon us but before you rush out and buy any old tent you find on sale (been there, done that, and hated the tent I wound up with), consider how you're going to use the tent. If you only go car camping and don't mind lugging around a heavy tent, you can pretty much go with any cheap, heavy beast you find on the shelves.

Campers that want a tent that won't take up much space in their backpack, however, need to consider the weight and size of the tent. Backpackers that also plan on hiking need to be even more selective since every ounce and square inch are precious. Enter the Black Diamond Distance Tent with Z-Poles, which is pretty much a hiking pole and tent two-in-one combo that allows you to use hiking poles as the frame of the tent instead of also having to lug around separate tent poles.

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Jul 23, 2021

Skip the Olympics and Watch This Badminton Rant Instead
NBC SportsThis 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:

In the lead-up to this summer's Tokyo Olympics, all so many of us want to do is rant.

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Jul 23, 2021

Female Lawyers: Lose the Emotion, Bring the Cupcakes
GettyIt was still a struggle for me to find female role models in law school. My Feminist Jurisprudence teacher had shaggy gray hair and shopped exclusively in the "men's section of Eddie Bauer," she proudly announced early in the semester. Somehow, she was not a lesbian. The most popular female professors—like Nicole Porter—affected a masculine persona. They spoke algorithmically, wore suits designed to conceal the fact that they had female bodies, and haughtily referenced their clerkships with current SCOTUS justices every twelve seconds. They seemed to favor men, found nothing worth noticing in me, or any female classmate who didn't fit within their narrow vision of womanhood.

I didn't want to be anything like these women. The only professors I actually thought were cool were pointedly not professors. They were the legal writing instructors, also known as the "mommy instructors," because they all were women and most seemed to have kids. Everyone knew that they were paid the least, despite the fact that legal writing is by far the most relevant class to actually practicing law.

But in Feminist Jurisprudence, I was finally introduced to a legal scholar I admired: Catharine MacKinnon, the radical queen of feminist legal theory. MacKinnon—or "Kitty," as loved ones call her—has cold blue eyes, impeccable style, scathing opinions, and an iconic striped haircut that would make Susan Sontag jealous. Think of her as the Anna Wintour of the law. She is famous for her pioneering work in the areas of workplace sexual harassment and pornography laws, as well as for her incendiary public statements.

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Jul 23, 2021

How St. Louis Won the 1904 Olympics—by Stealing Them From Chicago
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty/Public DomainAs the Tokyo 2020 (or 2021) Summer Games finally get underway, it often seems like they have faced challenges unlike any other Olympics before. After the COVID pandemic steamrolled onto the global scene, Tokyo and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed to delay a year. As the July 2021 opening ceremonies drew near, new scandals arose: Japan announced there would be no spectators, Olympic athletes began to test positive for COVID, and the organizers were faced with one gaffe or scandal after another.

While this is the first time the Olympics have been held in the midst of a global pandemic, the Games are no stranger to controversy. Since the modern Olympics were first revived in 1896, there has been one dust-up after another of a political, financial, or athletic nature.

The honor of ushering in this long history of scandal goes to the first Games ever held in the U.S.: the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis. The Gateway to the West set the tenor for controversy from the start. See, St. Louis wasn't actually awarded hosting duties for that year's Games—they stole it. The resulting Olympics had fewer athletes, stretched over an impossibly long period of time, and were largely a hot mess. In the end, they e

The Daily Beast
Jul 23, 2021

This State Actually Does Live Up to the Hype
GettyAlaska is one of the most difficult places to plan a vacation to. It's not because of safety, or how wild it is, although these two things are important. Instead, it's difficult because it is so awe-inspiringly huge, and there are a plethora of good choices.

Do you go to the Kenai Peninsula, a rainforest encrusted place teeming with wildlife where you might spot a whale? Or head to Juneau and Sitka of the Southeast—lands overflowing with glaciers and culture? Do you opt for a more rugged experience in the interior, or a more laid back experience aboard a cruise?

But here's the thing about Alaska: there are no wrong decisions, only decisions to be made. No matter where you go, you'll be awestruck, inspired, and have your breath taken away—after spending nearly two weeks there, I'm willing to guarantee it.

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Jul 23, 2021

She Wants to Be the MAGA Queen of Orange County. Will Her Ugly Past Stop Her?
MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty ImagesAfter the abrupt departure of an anti-mask, ex-UFC fighter city council member, Huntington Beach, California, is careening toward a wild special election highlighted by a candidate who filmed herself at a protest with men who would later go on to storm the U.S. Capitol and drink goat blood in a pagan ritual.

From late December until June 1, Tito Ortiz served as a Huntington Beach city councilor and "mayor pro tem." The months-long term was unusually headline-worthy even for Ortiz, a former UFC champion. Before quitting last month, he claimed the Jan. 6 Capitol attack was a "false flag," called for a boycott of a burger restaurant that asked him to wear a face mask, and got barred from a library (also over a masking dispute).

With Ortiz out, Huntington Beach's city council has been tasked with picking his replacement or else sending the race to a special election. The chaotic process has the city flirting with its furthest-right representative yet.

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Jul 23, 2021

Tig Notaro Is 2021's Sexiest Action Star. Now She's Also a Cartoon. What Will She Be Next?
Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesTig Notaro seems to be everywhere lately. The comedian has been a household name for years, but lately her career has swerved in ways few could have predicted. There was the time she popped up in a Phoebe Bridgers music video out of nowhere last year, and more recently, thanks to a quick casting substitution in Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead, the self-described "low-key" lesbian has become 2021's sexiest action star.

"Especially after turning 50, it was a real curveball," the comedian told The Daily Beast during a recent interview. "But I'll take it."

Tig Notaro: Drawn, which debuts Saturday on HBO, is another kind of experiment—a fully-animated special that transforms the comedian's confessional anecdotes into cartoon vignettes.

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Jul 23, 2021

An Army of MAGA Karens and Kevins Is Being Shitty for Sport
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAmerica has done it again.

Rather than being discouraged by the tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have dug in, held on, gritted our teeth, and against all the odds, somehow emerged from a year of unfathomable hardship into our bold new normal, where we somehow act like even bigger dickheads than we were before this all happened.

This week I, like millions of people, watched a video of an unruly woman at an airport being told that she was not allowed to fly on that particular airline after refusing to wear a mask and calling one of the check-in agents a bitch. In the video, the woman pleads with a higher-ranking airline employee, who calmly explains that rude behavior isn't tolerated on their airline, and if she's looking for another travel option, he suggests Spirit Air. Burn.

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Jul 23, 2021

Even Dershowitz Took a Pass on Trump's Big Tech Suit
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyAlan Dershowitz has long been the go-to lawyer for prominent MAGA-world figures who are having trouble with the law—from legal advice to legal punditry. But when it comes to former President Donald Trump's class-action lawsuit against the social media giants who booted him off their platforms, even Dershowitz is currently keeping his distance this time.

And that's not from a lack of trying from Trump's legal team.

Two people familiar with the matter tell The Daily Beast that lawyers for the Trump class-action lawsuit against big tech companies reached out to Dershowitz in an attempt to enlist his support in the case. Specifically, the sources say, Trump's legal team has asked the celebrity attorney if he would write a filing for the lawsuit, potentially an affidavit, in support of the First Amendment and free speech arguments leveled against the companies.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 23, 2021

Inside the Maddening Search for Virginia's Colonial Parkway Serial Killer
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Courtesy Bill ThomasAround dusk on Oct. 12, 1986, a passerby happened upon a white Honda Civic leaning nose-first over the edge of a 15-foot embankment just off Virginia's picturesque Colonial Parkway. The car looked like it had been driven, or perhaps pushed, into a thick stand of woodsy brush along the York River, and was mostly hidden from view to anyone driving by.

Something obviously wasn't right, and the man called police. Responding officers thought at first they were dealing with a drunk driving accident. The car doors wouldn't open and a park ranger on the scene shattered the Honda's rear window in an attempt to rescue the two women trapped inside. But first responders soon realized they wouldn't be saving two lives, but recovering two bodies.

The car was registered to the driver, 27-year-old U.S. Naval Academy graduate Cathleen Thomas, whose remains were found underneath the hatchback. The passenger, 21-year-old Rebecca Dowski, was a senior at the nearby College of William & Mary. Her body was found in the backseat.

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Jul 23, 2021

The Tokyo Olympian Who Ran a Man Over and Left Him for Dead
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty / Family HandoutWhile world-class Canadian weightlifter Boady Santavy basks in the glory of his first Olympic run in Tokyo, the man he ran over—left for dead and impaired for life—struggles to even get out of bed in the morning.

At around 2 in the morning on March 18, 2018, 33-year-old Nicolas Emmerson Andali was struck by the star athlete's car in a hit-and-run in the small Canadian city of Sarnia. Santavy, who is 24 years old, has since admitted to fleeing the scene of the crash, leaving his victim bleeding and unconscious on the side of the road until a taxi driver spotted him. Andali was rushed to the hospital, placed in a medically induced coma, intubated, and hooked to a feeding tube. Santavy didn't turn himself in until more than 24 hours after the incident, at the advice of a lawyer.

Among other injuries, Andali suffered "a broken shoulder blade, clavicle, lacerated spleen, and brain bleed" after the crash, according to a statement read by Andali's mother, Linda Hachey, in court. "It's life-changing suffering," Hachey told The Daily Beast in an interview, her first since Santavy was sele

The Daily Beast
Jul 23, 2021

Someone Came to Rescue These Ransomware Victims—but Who?
GettyVictims of Russian hackers' latest ransomware onslaught may soon feel some relief. Kaseya, the IT management software company that Russian hackers popped earlier this month, says it's obtained a tool that will help victims recover from the attack and unlock their files.

The development is bound to be welcome news for victims of the attack, which is believed to be one of the largest publicly-known ransomware incidents, with thousands of victims around the world. It's hit schools in New Zealand and forced a Swedish grocery store chain to shut down, among other businesses.

But the whodunnit—or rather, who saved the day—mystery is only just beginning.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 23, 2021

Colorado Girl's Plague Death Is Tragic but Exceedingly Rare
Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports/GettyPlague has been found in animals and fleas in six Colorado counties after a 10-year-old girl died in early July from the rare bacterial infection, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced.

The unnamed fourth-grader who became infected was a member of the 4-H Weaselskin Club, and had been raising hogs as part of the program. The case marked the state's first plague death since 2015, and the second confirmed incidence of plague in Colorado this year.

Plague activity has so far been identified in the counties of San Miguel, El Paso, Boulder, Huerfano, Adams, and La Plata, where the death occurred, AnneMarie Harper, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health's Division of Disease Control and Public Health Response, confirmed to The Daily Beast. In May, a squirrel in El Paso County, Colorado tested positive for plague. Two people in the state became infected with plague last year after having close contact with sick animals but survived, according to the Denver Post. Across the U.S., there were

The Daily Beast
Jul 23, 2021

Camper Brawls, Uncooked Meatballs: ‘Fyre Fest' of Summer Camps Shut Down After Parents Spend Thousands
Don Kasak via Wikimedia CommonsAn expensive sleep-away camp in New Hampshire was such a disaster that it was forced to shut down after just one week earlier this month, leaving eager campers and their parents in the lurch.

Kids and staffers at Camp Quinebarge—a decades-old program in Moultonborough trying to make its comeback after a cancelled summer season last year—described six days of chaos to the Boston Globe, which likened it to the doomed "Fyre Festival," with undercooked food, quarantined and vomiting campers, staffing shortages, and brawls.

"We have been in tears, bored, and devastated the whole day," one camper wrote to his parents in a letter that was shared with the newspaper, adding that the camp director was "lying to you all."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 23, 2021

CNN Host Calls Out Tucker Carlson for Hiding Vaccine Status
During an interview with a hospital administrator who has expressed regret for not pushing COVID-19 vaccines harder as the Delta variant continues to run rampant, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota directly accused Fox News' Tucker Carlson of telling his viewers not to trust the vaccine while at the same time refusing to say whether he has been inoculated against the disease.

"Yes, you have a megaphone but not as big as the megaphone of some of the Fox prime time hosts," Camerota, who worked at Fox News before joining CNN, said before playing a clip of Carlson suggesting that the vaccine "doesn't work." She asked her guest, "How do you fight that?"

"There are people that are trying to make political or financial gain," CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards replied. "I suspect that many of those people that undermine the vaccine are probably vaccinated themselves. They know better. They're playing on people for financial gain, I suspect. It breaks my heart." When patients tell him they don't want the vaccine, he added, "It's as if they are quoting Tucker Carlson themselves."

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Jul 23, 2021

Inside a $500 Million Spending Spree by a Dictator's Son
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photo via GettyThree-fourths of the people in Equatorial Guinea have no internet access, but Teodoro Obiang Mangue isn't one of them.

The African nation's vice president—who is the son of the current president—regales his 116,000 Instagram followers with images from his high-flying lifestyle: a ride on a water jetpack, a spin in an F1 race car, a trip to Carnaval. He reportedly has indulged himself with a $100 million mansion in Paris, a $38 million jet, Ferraris, Aston Martins, and a host of Michael Jackson memorabilia, including a "$275,000 crystal-covered glove that Jackson wore on his ‘Bad' tour."

Anti-corruption investigators say his profligate spending has been financed with government funds—and it has to stop. This week, the British government sanctioned Obiang over accusations of rampant graft, amid claims that he has improperly spent over $500 million since he became a government minister in 1998. As part of the sanctions, Obiang's assets will be frozen and he will be banned from entering the U.K.

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Jul 23, 2021

Country Star Morgan Wallen Has Learned Nothing After N-Word Scandal
Ed Rode/GettyIn the five months after Morgan Wallen was caught on film using the N-word, he completed a 30-day stay in rehab, made apologies, and reportedly met with Black music executives and civil rights organizations. But for all his self-professed education, it's clear he's learned nothing.

The country music star sat down for his first TV interview after the scandal on Friday with Good Morning America's Michael Strahan to clear the air after radio stations pulled his music and his record label curtly announced his contract was "suspended."

Somehow, despite surely being prepped at length for this interview, which was pre-taped and the result heavily edited, Wallen seemed at best painfully ignorant, and at worst, flat-out faking his sincerity.

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Jul 23, 2021

Lord Mountbatten's Diaries May Finally Reveal the Truth About the Royal Family and the Nazis
Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesIf you love The Daily Beast's royal coverage, then we hope you'll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.

A six-year campaign to get access to the most potentially explosive diaries kept by a Royal Family insider has ended in triumph for the historian who spent his life savings pursuing it.

The diaries are those left by Lord Louis "Dickie" Mountbatten, who held a major influence in the court of Elizabeth II, first as a matchmaker in the marriage of the future Queen and Prince Philip, then as an influence on how the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, should be raised and educated.

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Jul 23, 2021

The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Was Depressing as Hell
Francois-Xavier Marit/GettyThe fireworks went off. But to what end?

Is it even prudent, at this point, to list everyone who didn't want the Olympics to happen this year? The ceremony was brief and, sure, beautiful. Out of respect, everything was subdued. There were speeches about international solidarity and perseverance. But the question raised by Friday's Opening Ceremony was mostly: Is this respectful, or just stupid?

It's a shame that organizers in Tokyo had to dampen what I'm sure would have been an explosive display, had the mood been appropriate. We got some cultural dancers, the hints of what might have been had full-on show-stopping been allowed, and notes of sobriety in honor of COVID.

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Jul 23, 2021

The Best New Launches From Baggu, Girlfriend Co., and More
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/VendorsNew Kids on the Block helps you navigate all the new and exciting launches from our favorite brands, all in one place.

Baggu Home: Is there anything from Baggu we don't love? The brand that makes our favorite bags just launched pillow cases, cloths, towels, and more. If you've ever wanted to have Baggu designs all over your home, this is the launch you've been waiting for.

Fishing Knife Set: Made In makes some of our favorite knives and you can add these to the list as well. Made in partnership with Chef Tom Colicchio, the co-founder of Gramercy Tavern, the Fishing Knife set features two knives, one serrated, one straight-edged, perfect for trimming line while at sea, or filleting your catch shoreside.

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Jul 23, 2021

WNYC ‘The Takeaway' Host Tanzina Vega Leaves Amid Internal Tensions
Janette PellegriniThe host of a popular, nationally syndicated WNYC-based talk show is leaving following reports that she berated staff and was subject of internal complaints.

Tanzina Vega, host of WNYC's morning radio news show The Takeaway, announced Friday morning that she will exit the station. Melissa Harris Perry will take over the show's hosting duties on an interim basis.

"As the first Latina to host the Takeaway I'm very proud of the work I did transforming the show into a nationals success that explored the societal gaps of wealth, empathy and truth in our daily lives. During my tenure we increased our digital audience, plowed through a global pandemic, and introduced fresh perspectives from communities that are often ignored in the media. After three years, I've decided to leave the show," Vega wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. "My goal has always been to balance the nuance and rigor that is critical to making high quality journalism. I'm grateful to those who've supported me on this journey and to the thousands of listeners and guests who shared their insights and experiences. I also want to thank The Takeaway staff for their work on the show and wish them the best."

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Jul 23, 2021

Tevas Are the Perfect Summer Sandals—and They're on Sale
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/HuckberrySummer is in full swing and if there's one thing I haven't purchased in a little while, it's been footwear. I mean, for the last year, who really needed it? But now, I need it more than ever, both for resuming normal tasks and the adventures I plan to go on. And right now, my favorite pair of footwear is on sale.

Tevas are hands-down the best summer sandals out there. Not only do they have amazing grip, they're comfortable as can be. The strap makes for a great tan line—and also serves to keep your foot in place no matter the terrain. They are quick drying, up for anything, and damn stylish to boot. At 32% off, these are a can't miss.

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Jul 23, 2021

A Notoriously Hateful Japanese Composer's Music Just Opened the Tokyo Olympics
REUTERSTOKYO—The Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, which are supposed to celebrate the world's diversity and harmony, have been plagued with scandals—and COVID-19. They've come to symbolize xenophobia, discrimination, and cruelty—and Friday night, we can add homophobia and historical revisionism to the mix.

It's no surprise that Japan's pacifist Emperor Naruhito and his wife, Masako, the empress, wanted to skip the Opening Ceremonies. The emperor stealthily voiced his concerns that the Games would be bad for Japan a month ago and his worst fears are coming true.

At tonight's opener, the organizers used the music of Koichi Sugiyama, a notoriously homophobic and ultranationalist Japanese composer—despite warnings that it might go over very badly.

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Jul 23, 2021

Europe's Brutal Fourth Wave Shows We're Just Not Ready for Normal
Niklas Halle'n/GettyFor anyone who thought vaccines would quickly end this hellish pandemic, think again. Europe is bracing for a fourth wave as even its "COVID-free islands" now appear to be petri dishes.

The Greek island of Mykonos instituted another curfew this week after a surge in cases, amounting to a buzzkill of the worst kind for an island that's synonymous with partying. The Spanish island of Ibizia, too, is back on red lists, meaning most countries in Europe now warn citizens not to travel there after new infections quickly filled up hospitals.

But even places like New Zealand, which has led the way in staving off the worst of the pandemic, have had to close a travel bubble after it became clear the Delta variant had penetrated it. "There are now multiple outbreaks, and in differing stages of containment, that have forced three states into lockdown," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday, as she closed the trans-Tasman bubble between Tasmania and Australia, urging all Australians to come home now. "The health risk to New Zealanders from these cases is increasing."

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Jul 23, 2021

Who Should We Blame for the Death, Riots, and Misogynistic Mayhem of Woodstock '99?
Catherine Lash/HBOLimp Bizkit's Fred Durst was the embodiment of late-'90s aggro dudebro ugliness, and his band's riot-instigating performance at Woodstock '99—the second revitalization of the festival brand by co-founder Michael Lang and producer John Scher, following Woodstock '94—took the brunt of the blame for the event's devolution into violent, misogynistic bedlam. The new documentary series Woodstock '99: Peace, Love, and Rage doesn't let Durst and his Limp Bizkit cohorts off the hook, and Scher in particular eventually points the finger squarely at the red-capped frontman for most of what transpired over three July days in Rome, New York. Yet director Garret Price's film, thankfully, isn't that narrow-sighted. Instead, it shrewdly casts Durst and his fellow musicians less as causes for the chaos that erupted than as catalytic expressions of a simmering rage bubbling up in American culture at the time—a fury that the festival itself both deliberately and accidentally stoked.

Part of HBO's new "Music Box" series created by Bill Simmons, Woodstock '99: Peace, Love, and Rage (July 23) views its subject as a disaster preordained by a combination of poor planning, commercial exploitation, and tipping-point youthful disaffection. What began as a nostalgia-infused event marked by the hottest rock acts of the day—Limp Bizkit, Korn, The Offspring, Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers—turned sour and fetid quickly, thanks to extreme heat, overflowing sewerage systems, and a lack of water. When Limp Bizkit took the stage on night two and encouraged the largely white, male and furious crowd to bounce along to "Break Stuff," the effect was that of a bomb going off. And in that incident's aftermath, the festival transformed

The Daily Beast
Jul 23, 2021

How a Tiny Town With an Anti-Mask Mayor Caused COVID Chaos
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyThe record-setting COVID-19 surge in Missouri springs from Branson, a superspreader tourist town whose visitor policy—to sell lots of tickets and take few precautions—is endangering thousands of lives.

"It's crazy busy with no mask mandate," said the person who answered the town's tourist information line on Thursday.

As the crowds come and go, the infection rate for Branson and surrounding Taney County is 19.3 percent. There are 54 new cases a day in a population of 57,000, which is 10 times the national per capita average. More than two-thirds of the population are unvaccinated, including the very nice tourist information person.

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Jul 23, 2021

By the Power of Grayskull, ‘He-Man' Is Back—Beefier and Better Than Ever
Courtesy of NetflixAs a kid, there was He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and there was everything else. Thus, it's with some admitted nostalgia that I report that the new Masters of the Universe: Revelation is a success, at least insofar as it authentically resurrects the franchise's favorite characters while simultaneously updating them—and their adventures—for the 21st century. Spearheaded by Kevin Smith, Netflix's animated saga feels like an organic continuation of the original syndicated TV series that ran for two seasons from 1983-1985 (in the process, it ignores the 1987 film and later 2002 TV show). Moreover, it manages the not-inconsiderable feat of humanizing its larger-than-life heroes and villains just enough to make their story play like more than simply an extended Mattel action-figure commercial.

Blessed with a superb voice cast, Masters of the Universe: Revelation (July 23) is the first five-episode run of what will purportedly be an ongoing series. And at least in these initial installments, it revisits familiar terrain, only to then routinely upend expectations. Its tale begins in conventional fashion, with Skeletor (Mark Hamill)—the cackling dark lord of Snake Mountain—attempting to use trickery to gain entrance into Castle Grayskull, a stronghold that houses the power of Eternia, as well as the universe. Unfortunately for him, his latest scheme is once again complicated by the arrival of He-Man (Chris Wood), the gallant and invincible alter ego

The Daily Beast
Jul 23, 2021

Alex Jones' Last Ditch Defense in Sandy Hook Lawsuit: Depose Hillary Clinton
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyInfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones could finally face legal consequences over his claims that the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school massacre was a false flag, with multiple civil cases filed by relatives of the victims set for trial in the spring of 2022.

But the bombastic radio host has one last-ditch strategy before one of those lawsuits reaches a Connecticut courtroom next May: deposing former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

In a July 1 court filing, Jones' lawyers asked a judge to order Clinton to be deposed in the case. Clinton, who Jones once baselessly claimed "personally murdered and chopped up" children, has no connection to any of the Sandy Hook lawsuits. But Jones' attorneys insist that Clinton should be interviewed as a witness, implying in court filings that she could somehow be involved in funding or organizing the lawsuits.

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Jul 23, 2021

Liz Cheney Is Saving Pelosi, the GOP and Maybe America from Themselves
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastQueen Liz Cheney continued to cement her image as the Iron Lady of the Republican Party this week, with a bold endorsement of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to veto two Trump allies—Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks—from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Pelosi objected to these picks by Minority "Leader" Kevin McCarthy because, as Cheney explained, Jordan "may well be a material witness to events that led to that day-that led to January 6th," and Banks "disqualified himself by his comments in particular over the last 24 hours demonstrating that he is not taking this seriously."

In so doing, Cheney preserved the seriousness and credibility of the committee. To borrow a phrase from Rush Limbaugh, Cheney is equal time.

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Jul 23, 2021

Liz Cheney Is Saving Pelosi, the GOP, and Maybe America from Themselves
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastQueen Liz Cheney continued to cement her image as the Iron Lady of the Republican Party this week, with a bold endorsement of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to veto two Trump allies—Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks—from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Pelosi objected to these picks by Minority "Leader" Kevin McCarthy because, as Cheney explained, Jordan "may well be a material witness to events that led to that day-that led to January 6th," and Banks "disqualified himself by his comments in particular over the last 24 hours demonstrating that he is not taking this seriously."

In so doing, Cheney preserved the seriousness and credibility of the committee. To borrow a phrase from Rush Limbaugh, Cheney is equal time.

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Jul 23, 2021

Democrats Sick of Waiting for Republicans on Infrastructure Bill
Photos GettyOne day in late June, President Joe Biden and a group of 10 senators from both parties emerged from the Oval Office and declared they'd reached an agreement on a bipartisan, multi-billion dollar infrastructure deal—the foundation of a signature win for a president obsessed with bipartisanship.

Despite that group of senators working furiously to finalize a deal, four weeks later, no deal has materialized. There's no bill, or even concrete details, for colleagues to consider. And those colleagues are growing impatient.

"After four years of infrastructure week, it's time to act," said Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA), referencing the continual—and ultimately fruitless—infrastructure push from the Trump administration. "Four weeks ago, they announced a deal, an agreement. How did they announce an agreement four weeks ago and right now, there's no deal today?"

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Jul 23, 2021

What if Tucker Carlson Told the World He'd Been Vaccinated?
Photo Illustration Daily Beast/AP Photo/Richard DrewImagine if Fox News host Tucker Carlson went from "just asking questions" about the COVID-19 vaccine in primetime every night to showing a photo of himself taking the shot and telling his viewers to do the same.

Would we be "looking at a very different country right now?" co-host Molly Jong-Fast asks on the latest episode of The New Abnormal.

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Jul 23, 2021

A Trumpy Wannabe Tries to Spend His Way to Victory in Va.
Win McNamee/GettyWhat happens in Virginia doesn't stay in Virginia. The party whose candidate wins the November governor's race gets a big boost heading into next year's midterms, and that's heightening the stakes between former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe, vying for a rare comeback, and Republican Glenn Youngkin, a wealthy newcomer to politics prepared to spend $75 million of his own money to win.

With President Biden in northern Virginia on Friday to campaign in the vote-rich suburbs with McAuliffe, Democrats aren't leaving anything to chance. Campaign operatives say this is just the opening round. There will be more visits. Biden won Virginia by 10 points, and together with McAuliffe, a known figure who is popular in his own right, the two moderate-to-liberal leaders are a force multiplier that Democrats are counting on to keep the once reliably Republican state that limits governors to one consecutive term in the blue column.

With Biden such a visible presence, will ex-President Trump be tempted to show up for Youngkin and make the race mano-a-mano? "The Democrats would pay for Trump to come to Virginia. They'd love to see him in the state," says Stephen Farnsworth, Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at Mary Washington University. "For Youngkin, that wouldn't be helpful. Every day Trump is part of the national conversation is a good day for McAuliffe and the Democrats."



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Jul 23, 2021

Netflix's ‘Never Have I Ever' Is the Best Teen Show on TV Right Now
Isabella B. Vosmikova/NetflixThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast's Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.

TV's Nice, Relatable Teens vs. the Sexy, Terrifying Ones

It's a tricky feat to be as sweet but also as smart and observant as Netflix's Never Have I Ever.

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Jul 23, 2021

Nick Offerman is Living his Best Scotch Life
Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch WhiskyNick Offerman should not be confused with Ron Swanson, the character he played on the hit show Parks and Recreation. But the two share at least one thing in common: A love for Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

On this episode of the award-winning podcast Life Behind Bars, Offerman joins co-hosts David Wondrich and Noah Rothbaum to talk about the latest Offerman Edition of Lagavulin, the possibility of a whiskey barrel project on his crafting show Making It and how he has Chris Pratt to thank for his first trip to Islay, Scotland.

So fix yourself a Scotch and listen to this episode of Life Behind Bars. Cheers!

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Jul 23, 2021

Save 35% on Outdoor Gear From Huckberry Right Now
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Getty ImagesHuckberry is one of my favorite places to shop. They have everything—from cookware, to clothing, to outdoor gear, and plenty more. Every time I go on the site, I end up buying something. The good news is this: their summer sale is finally here. It's rare for Huckberry to have sales, but when they have them, they're great. Huckberry is taking up to 35% off some of our favorite items on their website and to help you parse through everything, we've rounded up some of the best deals we could find.

Faherty All Day Shorts: If you're looking for a pair of shorts to get you through the rest of summer, you just found them. Faherty, makers of my favorite shirts, crushed it with these shorts that are perfect for walks on the beach or dining al fresco.

Flint & Tinder Lightweight Stretch Chinos: My favorite pair of pants are on sale. These chinos are lightweight, unrestrictive and stylish to boot. They're durable and will go with just about anything in your wardrobe.



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Jul 23, 2021

This Deet-Free Mosquito Spray Keeps Bugs From Eating Me Up
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonScouting Report: This DEET-Free mosquito repellent doesn't just smell good, it keeps mosquitoes away from me while I'm outside doing what I love.

If you're ever trying to relax in your backyard on a blistering summer's day, you know that the last thing you need is to be bothered by mosquitoes. More than heat mosquitoes have ruined my day more times than I care to count. There's something about the sound they make when buzzing up close to your ear and that uniquely maddening itching sensation they cause that makes them intolerable.

The problem is that I've found most bug sprays to be only marginally less uncomfortable than just dealing with the bugs in the first place. Most of the brands I've tried are too oily, smell terrible or rely on a disconcertingly high quantity of deet for me to want to use regularly. This is where the lemongrass-based mosquito and insect repellant spray comes in. Protector mosquito and insect spray is the best way to ward off biting insects I've ever come across. A combination of essential oils initially didn't seem like it would offer the strongest protection, but after taking it with me on backpacking trips and marveling at its ability to protect me from gnats at the beach, I'm convinced.

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Jul 23, 2021

Seth Meyers Mocks Marjorie Taylor Greene's Vaccine Excuse
NBC/ScreengrabSeth Meyers hammered Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Thursday night for "falsely citing HIPAA" in an attempt to dodge questions about whether she has been vaccinated for COVID-19, "given that she continues to lie and spread dangerous misinformation about COVID vaccines."

"Your first question is a violation of my HIPAA rights," Greene said earlier this week. "You see, with HIPAA rights, we don't have to reveal our medical records, and that also involves our vaccine records."

"That's not a thing," Meyers shot back. "A reporter asking you if you've been vaccinated doesn't violate the HIPAA rights any more than a neighbor needs a warrant to enter your house for a barbecue. HIPAA establishes national standards to protect your medical records. It doesn't stop journalists from asking questions."

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Jul 22, 2021

Hannity Makes Vax Stance ‘Very Clear': ‘I Never Told Anyone to Get a Vaccine!'
Fox NewsFox News star Sean Hannity was very angry on Thursday night over the plaudits he received from liberals and mainstream media outlets for seemingly endorsing the COVID-19 vaccines this week, making it "very clear" that he "never told anyone to get a vaccine."

Amid a noticeable shift in much—but definitely not all—of Fox News' coverage in recent days towards a more pro-vaccine stance, complete with a new PSA featuring anchors urging viewers to get their shots, Hannity delivered a message on Tuesday night imploring his audience to "please take COVID seriously."

"And it absolutely makes sense for many Americans to get vaccinated," the pro-Trump host added on Tuesday. "I believe in science, I believe in the science of vaccination."

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Jul 22, 2021

The NFL's COVID Plan Pisses Off Anti-Vaccine Players—but It Just Might Work
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyWould a star NFL wide receiver quit the game rather than get vaccinated for COVID-19? On Thursday evening, DeAndre Hopkins, a three-time all-pro with the Arizona Cardinals, suggested as much. In a hastily deleted post, Hopkins tweeted: "Never thought I would say this, but being put in a position to hurt my team because I don't want to partake in the vaccine is making me question my future in the NFL."

Hopkins wasn't the only football luminary to make their misgivings public. Leonard Fournette, a running back who helped power the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl last season, put it more succinctly. "Vaccine I can't do it…….," he wrote about an hour after Hopkins. (His tweet was deleted shortly thereafter, as well.)

Though neither player explicitly said so, odds are their airing of grievances was prompted by the league itself. Earlier on Thursday, a league-wide memo was sent announcing there would be no rejiggering of its 17-game schedule to accommodate a possible COVID-19 outbreak, as first reported by the NFL Network's Tom Pellissero.

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Jul 22, 2021

Japan's Royalty Ditches Olympics Opening Ceremony in Epic Snub
The Asahi Shimbun/GettyWhen the Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremony takes place Friday, one person will be conspicuously absent, Empress Masako. It's not an accident and it's very likely a deliberate snub to the much reviled International Olympic Committee (IOC) executives, who are residing in the finest five-star hotels in the city-while the citizens are told to stay home and buckle up in Tokyo's fourth State of Emergency.

Emperor Naruhito can't really duck out of the ceremonies, which have been plagued by scandals like a composer who abused disabled children and a director fired for holocaust jokes

As an honorary patron for the Tokyo 2020 Games, the Japanese Emperor is obligated to host IOC executives and visiting heads of state. However, Naruhito is strategically displaying his concern for the public health risks accompanying the games. It is incredibly rare for the Emperor to vocalize even a suggested opposition to an act of government.

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Jul 22, 2021

Texas 10-Year-Old in Viral ‘Abuse' Video Vanishes
Texas Department of Public SafetyA Texas child seen last year in a viral video alleging sexual abuse has vanished—and authorities believe the disappearance is part of a deranged plot by the girl's father.

Ten-year-old Sophie Long was last seen on July 12 in Seguin, Texas, and is "believed to be with her non-custodial parent, Michael Long," the Texas Department of Public Safety announced in a statement, adding that the two "may be en route" to Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Mexico, or Argentina. "Michael Long is possibly driving an off white 2010 Ford Edge SUV or a gray van with blacked out windows, a [sic] NRA sticker and a black rack on top."

Michael Long, who produced the video of Sophie claiming to have been the victim of sexual abuse by her mother's fiancé, was described by his current wife, Kourtney Chalmers, as "not a stable person for Sophie to be with," according to a psych eval. Chalmers posted on Facebook last Sunday that Long had repeatedly threatened to "flee the country" with the 10-year-old.

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Jul 22, 2021

Police Investigating Potential Arson at Beyoncé and Jay-Z's New Orleans Home
Screenshot/YouTube/Nola.comPolice are investigating a fire at a New Orleans mansion owned by Jay-Z and Beyoncé as a possible arson, Nola.com reports.

A smoke alarm notified authorities of the one-alarm fire at the vacant Garden District home late Wednesday, and no one was injured, according to TMZ. Police say they received reports of a suspicious person in the neighborhood around the same time as the blaze ignited. Authorities reportedly believe the fire began in the house's kitchen, where they found a gasoline can and books in an oven inside the house.

Beyoncé's manager declined to comment to Nola.com. The pop star purchased the home, which was originally a church and then a ballet school, in 2015 via her management company Parkwood Entertainment. Neighbors said they have seen few, if any people enter the house in the past two years.

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Jul 22, 2021

Avenatti Grills Paraplegic Client He Allegedly Stole From: ‘Did You Appreciate Me?'
David Swanson/ReutersSANTA ANA, California—In March 2019, after Michael Avenatti's millions in debt had already made headlines, the embattled celebrity lawyer paid a visit to Geoffrey Johnson, a client he hadn't seen in a while.

Avenatti was hoping to change the narrative after a judgment-debtor exam—a proceeding where creditors can question debtors under oath about their finances—revealed he allegedly pocketed most of Johnson's $4 million settlement, which stemmed from a lawsuit after Johnson was injured in a Los Angeles County jail and became paraplegic.

The 50-year-old legal eagle, known for repping Stormy Daniels in her bombshell case against President Trump before amassing a cluster of other newsworthy clients, didn't mention to Johnson that he'd been accused in a public hearing of stealing the settlement, Johnson testified on Thursday.

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Jul 22, 2021

The Top Athleticwear Sales from Adidas, Nike, and More
iStock: vorDaEven as we head back outside and back to work, it's always good to have a solid wardrobe of athleisure staples at your disposal. Whether your gym is in your living room or down the block, wearing the right gear is always important. We've rounded up some of the best athleticwear sales happening right now, so you can stock up without breaking a sweat.

Athleta: 20% off with code HELLOATH20

Athleta: Up to 60% Off Sale Items

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Jul 22, 2021

Making Pasta Just Got Even Easier Thanks to This Amazon Sale
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonWhen I'm not ordering from a restaurant, or eating at a restaurant, pasta is my go to. It's pretty easy to make—all you need is a pot and a colander. But the colander, I've found so often goes missing, takes up a ton of space, and can be annoying to clean. Thankfully, this is on sale right now to make pasta night even easier.

This snap on and strain strainer fits any pot in your kitchen, and snaps on with ease. All you do is put it on, tilt the pot over the sink, and pour out the water. The pasta (or potatoes, veggies, whatever you're cooking) stay in the pot, guarded by the silicone strainer all the while. It's easy to clean, takes up practically no space at all, and has made cooking pasta an absolute breeze.

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Jul 22, 2021

FBI Admits It Got 4,500 Tips on Brett Kavanaugh—Then Punted Them to Trump Team
Win McNamee/GettyThe FBI has revealed that it received 4,500 tips during its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh but it only passed along some of them to White House lawyers, ignoring countless others.

In a June 30 letter to Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Chris Coons (D-DE), an FBI assistant director, Jill Tyson, said that "all relevant tips" from a batch of 4,500 received during a 2018 investigation into former President Donald Trump's top pick for the court were passed off to the office of Trump's White House counsel Don McGahn, whose handling of them remains unclear.

It also was unclear from the letter whether or not the agency had tracked down any of those leads and how many were in fact consequential.

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Jul 22, 2021

Florida Cop Threatened Woman He Stalked With Rape and Murder, Boss Says
Police HandoutA Florida sheriff's deputy is facing charges after allegedly stalking a woman he previously dated and threatening to murder her if she reported the harassment.

David Motz, 31, was arrested and charged Wednesday with aggravated stalking after allegedly actively following, threatening, and harassing his ex-girlfriend almost daily "for approximately one year," according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Daily Beast.

Among Charlotte County Sheriff Deputy Motz's alleged abusive acts, according to the woman who was not identified in court records for her protection, was a threat that if he were to lose his job by virtue of her reporting him, she would "end up like Denise Amber Lee." In 2008, Lee, a 21-year-old mother of two, was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in a gruesome case that rocked Florida.

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Jul 22, 2021

Meghan McCain Attempts to Lecture Chuck Schumer About Antisemitism
ABC NewsOnce again, The View's Meghan McCain chastised a Jewish guest for supposedly not speaking out loudly enough against antisemitism.

During Thursday's broadcast of The View, the soon-to-be ex-host confronted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on what she claimed was his silence on both the Israel-Palestine conflict earlier this year and the spate of antisemitic attacks that occurred as the violence raged abroad.

"Senator Schumer, you are well known for support of your Jewish supporters and Israel and you even tell your Jewish supporters your last name comes from the Hebrew term shomer, or guard, and you will be a guard for Israel," she said. "But recently you were largely silent during the recent escalation with Hamas, and I recently interviewed Joseph Borgen, who was the Jewish man beaten in Times Square in May for wearing a yarmulke. He said he was disappointed that he did not hear from you directly after his attack as a hate crime Do you understand critics that think you were too silent during the last attack?"

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Jul 22, 2021

‘Football Argument' Ends in Killing at Iconic Philly Cheesesteak Spot Pat's King of Steaks
Wikimedia Commons/Jason Knauer/Steve Keeley/FOX 29A Philadelphia Eagles fan allegedly shot and killed a New York Giants supporter as they were waiting in line at iconic Philadelphia cheesesteak joint Pat's King of Steaks early Thursday morning.

The two men got into a heated argument about football around 1 a.m., according to the store's manager. As the quarrel intensified, it got physical and one man, wearing an Eagles jersey, pulled out a gun and shot the other before fleeing in a van, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The Eagles fan ultimately surrendered to police near another City of Brotherly Love landmark: the Liberty Bell.

The Giants supporter, who suffered a bullet wound to the torso, was rushed to Jefferson Hospital but ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

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Jul 22, 2021

Baggu Finally Gives Us What We Didn't Know We Needed: Home Goods
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/Kabir FernandezAs soon as my fiancé saw the package from Baggu, I knew he had questioned my sanity. After all, I have a collection of probably close to a dozen Baggu bags at my disposal and definitely don't need any more to shove into a larger bag at the bottom of my closet (they got good use this past year and a half, okay?!). But much to his chagrin, it was not a reusable nylon tote, but instead, a look at Baggu's newest venture: home goods. Specifically, the brand is launching towels, pillowcases, and reusable cloths.

Baggu knows what it excels at (patterns) and it stays true to that brand identity even in this new category. The bath towels are soft and durable, with contrasting colors complete with daisies

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Jul 22, 2021

One Dead as Minibus Plummets Off Road on Italian Island of Capri
Twitter/Vigili del FuocoAt least one person is dead and four are seriously injured after a commuter minibus careened through a guardrail and tumbled about 20 feet down an embankment landing between a cliff base and beach establishment on the busy Italian tourist island of Capri.

Several of the injured were on the ground and struck by flying debris. Several people reportedly fled the busy road, which is the only thoroughfare from the port of Marina Grande to the city center some 700 feet above sea level.

Images of the accident show the bus turned upside down leaning against the shower cubicles of the beach establishment which was packed on a scorching summer day.

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Jul 22, 2021

Over 600,000 Brits Ordered to Self-Isolate in Delta-Fueled ‘Pingdemic'
Reuters/Peter NichollsIf you stick your head out of a window in England right now, the chances are you'll hear a notification alert followed by a bellowed expletive.

A staggering 618,903 people in England and Wales—that's around one in every hundred people—were told to isolate last week after coming into suspected contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The alerts, sent out by the U.K. government's bluetooth-powered contact tracing app, advise users not to leave their homes for 10 days.

Over the past two weeks, as the alerts lit up phone screens across the land, the U.K. media bemoaned the phenomenon as a "pingdemic."

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Jul 22, 2021

This Outdoor Set Will Transform Any Backyard Into an Oasis
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/FLOYDScouting Report: Made from rust-proof aluminum and powder coated with bright, fun colors, this outdoor set from DTC brand FLOYD is the upgrade your backyard deserves this summer.

If you haven't yet upgraded your backyard set up, now is the time to do so. And if you think it's too late, I assure you that it's not. Summer is still alive and kickin' and I'm planning on having an outdoor office for the foreseeable future. Plus, there's never a bad time to upgrade your outdoors in my honest opinion (maybe January, though). And if you're looking for some new furniture, you really shouldn't look any further. I've come across the only set you really need, to transform just about any space.

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Jul 22, 2021

Tokyo COVID Case Numbers Surge as Clock Ticks Down to Olympic Opening Ceremony
@KONO_MI0624 via REUTERSCOVID-19 cases continue to surge in Japan as foreign dignitaries, including first lady Jill Biden, touch down ahead of the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics. On Thursday, Tokyo logged 1,970 new infections—the highest number since mid-January as the city swelters under a state of emergency over the worsening wave of the pandemic.

With just 24 hours to go before Japan opens these doomed Games, at least 18 athletes have already been sidelined after contracting the virus, including American teen tennis sensation Coco Gauff. Others, like American Paralympian Becca Meyers, who is deaf and blind, had to pull out of the competition after Japanese organizers cited COVID-19 restrictions when prohibiting her mother to come as her personal assistant.

Olympic organizers confirmed that just 950 stakeholders or invited guests like Biden will attend the Opening Ceremonies. Each country's flag-bearers and teams will take part while masked and be required to socially distance during the entrance procession.

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Jul 22, 2021

Prince George's Birthday Photo Silently Rebukes Everything Harry and Meghan
Duchess of CambridgeKate and William have probably long fantasized about issuing a statement saying: "Screw you, Harry and Meghan! That is not how we do things round here!"

Instead, as befits the royal world of semaphore, they put out a deeply traditional photo of their son that could be construed as saying the same thing.

After a week of turmoil for the palace, which saw a shocking announcement that Prince Harry was to pen a memoir, described as "the stuff of nightmares" for the royal family, normal service was resumed today with an adorable portrait of Prince George released to mark the future king's 8th birthday, as per tradition and custom.

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Jul 22, 2021

Team Biden Somehow Failed to Hire Someone to Fight Vaxx Disinfo
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyAs early as last autumn, public health experts and political leaders were sounding the alarm that conspiracist campaigns posed a dire threat to a future nationwide vaccination program—a threat that necessitated the appointment of a "disinformation czar" to counter anti-vaccine messaging.

The incoming Biden administration initially intended to heed those calls by placing a disinformation expert on the White House COVID-19 Response Team, according to multiple members of the transition team, but never followed through. Now, with anti-vaccine sentiment in conservative media and online undermining President Joe Biden's vaccination push, the White House is attempting to make up for lost time in the war against coronavirus disinformation.

"President Biden promised to restore credibility to public health—it was literally his No. 1 pitch when he would talk about his plan to fight the pandemic," a former Obama-era public health adviser told The Daily Beast. The White House's initial instinct to avoid dignifying every dangerous or false statement by a prominent anti-vaccine activist or politician "was in the right place," the former adviser said, "but it demonstrates an optimistic view of people's susceptibility to dangerous bullshit that I don't think has been proven correct."

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Jul 22, 2021

‘Let's Do Whatever the Fuck We Want': How ‘Wet Hot American Summer' Changed Comedy Forever
Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock PhotoWhen I reveal that I have just rewatched Wet Hot American Summer for probably the 40th time since it was released in theaters 20 years ago this week, director David Wain has just one question: "Was it still funny?"

The answer is an emphatic yes. Like a small handful of top tier cult comedy classics, Wet Hot— as its creator and fans affectionately call it—only seems to get funnier the more you watch it.

"I just showed my kids for the first time," Wain tells me on this week's episode of The Last Laugh podcast. "They're 10 and 13. They loved it. They really laughed. So it's amazing that it still holds up."

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Jul 22, 2021

The Matt Gaetz-Marjorie Taylor Greene Fundraising Tour Is Actually a Cash Fire
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyAt the height of the controversy surrounding Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and the revelations that he's under investigation for sex trafficking, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) bet big on a nationwide joint fundraising tour with her embattled colleague. But new campaign filings show that not only did the gamble not pay off, but that the much-maligned Republicans actually spent four times as much as they raised.

Greene, the House GOP's top fundraiser, is now faced with a decision: She can continue to join forces with her beleaguered ally at the expense of her campaign war chest, or she can cut bait and let Gaetz fend for himself.

Since Gaetz and Greene kicked off their joint fundraising committee with a May 7 event at The Villages in central Florida, their campaigns and joint fundraising committee have posted a combined loss of $342,000. And according to recent filings with the Federal Election Commission, that joint fundraising effort, "Put America First," reported only $59,345.54 in contributions.



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Jul 22, 2021

How Vaccine Companies Have Bankrolled Fox News' Anti-Vaxx Insanity
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyWith increasing regularity over the past few months, Fox News has peddled vaccine skepticism and at times outright resistance to its millions of viewers, leading critics to accuse the network of "killing people" as large swaths of conservatives refuse to get vaccinated.

And it turns out that such dangerous rhetoric has, in effect, been sponsored by the pharmaceutical giants involved in developing, manufacturing, and distributing the very vaccines that Fox News hosts and pundits have railed against on a near-daily basis.

According to research provided by liberal watchdog Media Matters for America, some of Fox's top advertisers include Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis AG. Other top vaccine manufacturers, like Pfizer and AstraZeneca, have run hundreds of commercials on the network since the start of the year and rank among the cable network's top 150 sponsors.

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Jul 22, 2021

How ‘Ted Lasso' Changed Our Lives at the Darkest Time
Courtesy of AppleWe used to have Oprah. Now we have Ted Lasso.

The Apple TV comedy series, which debuted last year like a fleeting, gee-golly antidote to our pandemic trauma and malaise, is undeniably funny—hence the record-breaking 20 Emmy nominations it earned earlier this month.

The reason it burrowed not just into the zeitgeist, but also our collective psyche is that for all the laughs, Ted Lasso offered near-incessant revelations about who we are as people and the potential for goodness in our lives. They were "a-ha" moments, to borrow from Winfrey's phrasing, the kind you wouldn't necessarily expect from a TV show about a British football squad in which a Saturday Night Live alum known for playing some of comedy's greatest assholes and jerks instead stars as an unflappably optimistic coach.

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Jul 22, 2021

Why Biden Should Ditch DACA and Give DREAMers a Fair Shot
Nicholas Kamm/GettyNow that a federal judge in Texas has blocked further implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, Joe Biden is vowing to save it.

Don't bother, Mr. President. With his 77-page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen has done you a huge favor by declaring this program unlawful and blocking future applications. Like most of the other remnants of the cruel and self-serving immigration policies advanced by the Obama administration that you were a major part of, DACA isn't worth saving.

Hanen insists that, in implementing DACA, the Obama administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act. That statute requires that the executive branch give the legislative branch a three-day heads-up before making major policy changes. In other words, the judge didn't rule that the executive branch doesn't have the power to do what it did, only that the executive branch did it the wrong way.

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Jul 22, 2021

Red States Are Playing a Dangerous New Herd Immunity Game
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIt's no secret that COVID-19 vaccination in the United States has hit a wall of right-wing obstinance. Meanwhile, state and local lockdowns have somehow become even more politically perilous for governors and mayors. The renewed public health gridlock has chilling implications as a dangerous new variant of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, becomes dominant in the U.S.

Barring an unexpected and radical change in Americans' attitudes, all we can do is hold on tight as the Delta variant burns through the country's unvaccinated millions. The only thing that might stop it, in the least-vaccinated cities and towns, is population-level immunity—herd immunity, to borrow a loaded term. But like any pure herd-immunity scheme, that path is a potentially catastrophic one.

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Jul 22, 2021

The Pandemic Is a $50 Billion Test That Rich Countries Are Failing
Ezra Acayan/GettyYou may think you understand where we stand in this pandemic, but you don't. No one entirely does. Scientists are taking in new information and giving guidance to politicians and bureaucrats who then decide what to do with it, even as demagogues and hucksters claim special understanding to take advantage of the public's hunger for answers and an end to the suffering.

It was satisfying to see one of these hucksters get called out, as Rand Paul was by Dr. Anthony Fauci at a Senate hearing this week: "You do not know what you're talking about." But for the most part the anti-vaxxers and science-loathers and faux libertarians and con artists who have left a trail of death and suffering are still spreading an infodemic (a word I coined in a Washington Post article in 2002 in response to the disinformation and panic surrounding the SARS epidemic in Asia) that's compounded the consequences of the epidemic.

One thing that we do in fact know is that there are two kinds of countries in the world: rich countries with the means to bring the virus under control where it is nonetheless resurgent, and poor countries that have never gotten the virus under control, in la

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Jul 22, 2021

Is Tennessee Whiskey Actually Bourbon? We Have the Answer
George Dickel Bourbon WhiskyThe only time I've ever been thrown out of a bar was because of Jack Daniel's. And I didn't even get a drink!

I was at a bar in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, with my buddy Sam. We rolled in looking for a couple belts of whiskey, and I asked the bartender a simple question: "What bourbon do you have?"

He answered: "We've got Jack."

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Jul 22, 2021

My Traveling Mom Life Just Got Easier With This Carry-On
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Baboon to the MoonScouting Report: Sleek-looking, waterproof, and well-designed, this carry-on bag is my new favorite traveling companion.

Now that I've started to travel again, I've realized my old accoutrement is no longer up for the task. In April, I dashed off to a press trip in the Berkshires and rooted through my closet only to find that I hated every overnight bag I owned. I suffered from Goldilocks syndrome: my bags were too large, or too small, or too heavy, or too flimsy. None seemed right for the occasion. While I was able to cope on this trip, when I added traveling with my kids again to the mix, I decided it was time for a switch.

Instagram must have read my travel-thirsty mind, because it sent me meandering toward Baboon to the Moon, a company that makes transformable travel bags perfect for any occasion. I was in the market for a bag that could function as a carry-on for an airplane and that could house a few days' worth of clothing. And so, while the brand has tons of different sizes, the mid-size "small"

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Jul 22, 2021

My Traveling Mom- Life Just Got Easier With This Carry-On
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Baboon to the MoonScouting Report: Sleek-looking, waterproof, and well-designed, this carry-on bag is my new favorite traveling companion.

Now that I've started to travel again, I've realized my old accoutrement is no longer up for the task. In April, I dashed off to a press trip in the Berkshires and rooted through my closet only to find that I hated every overnight bag I owned. I suffered from Goldilocks syndrome: my bags were too large, or too small, or too heavy, or too flimsy. None seemed right for the occasion. While I was able to cope on this trip, when I added traveling with my kids again to the mix, I decided it was time for a switch.

Instagram must have read my travel-thirsty mind, because it sent me meandering toward Baboon to the Moon, a company that makes transformable travel bags perfect for any occasion. I was in the market for a bag that could function as a carry-on for an airplane and that could house a few days' worth of clothing. And so, while the brand has tons of different sizes, the mid-size "small"

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Jul 22, 2021

MAGA's Biggest Porn Star Brandi Love Got Kicked Out of a Conservative Conference. And She's Pissed.
Ethan Miller/GettyBrandi Love is the most famous MAGA porn star on the planet. The adult-industry veteran boasts 831.5K followers on Twitter, has starred in hundreds of XXX films, penned the book Getting Wild Sex from Your Conservative Woman, and is a columnist for The Federalist. She enthusiastically supports Donald Trump and loathes antifa, BLM, and The Squad.

And yet, on Saturday, she was banned from a conservative political conference just for being a porn star.

Love, 48, had attended a number of panels during Turning Point USA's Student Action Summit in Tampa, Florida, when she discovered that her VIP badge had been revoked, and she was no longer allowed to attend the event. "As a matter of policy, TPUSA does not allow adult entertainers, influencers, or brands to participate in its events designed for minors," TPUSA spokesman Andrew Kolvet said in a statement.

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Jul 21, 2021

Kentaro Kobayashi, Olympics Opening Ceremony Director, Dismissed Over Holocaust Jokes
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/TwitterKentaro Kobayashi, director of the Tokyo Olympics' opening ceremony, was dismissed late Wednesday over footage of him joking about the Holocaust.

Kobayashi, 48, joked about the Holocaust as a "let's massacre Jewish people game" in one clip from 1998, previously made his name as part of a comedy duo dubbed Ramens.

Japan's Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto said in a press conference that she and other members of the planning commission would "review the entire program" Thursday, the day before the ceremony. Hashimoto said she learned of Kobayashi's offensive jokes Tuesday morning and that she regretted how long it took to fire the comedian.

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Jul 21, 2021

Tucker Nods Along as Guest Blasts ‘Virtue Signaling' From Vaccine-Promoting Conservatives
Amid his own network's noticeable shift in urging viewers to get vaccinated, Fox News host Tucker Carlson smiled and laughed Wednesday night as Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk criticized the sudden influx of "virtue signaling" conservatives who are encouraging people to get their shots.

Prior to appearing on Carlson's show, Kirk—who has a long history of peddling COVID-19 misinformation and vaccine skepticism—insanely speculated on his podcast that twice as many people have died after getting the COVID-19 vaccine than have died from the disease itself. Citing numbers in the CDC's VAERS system, a database on vaccine adverse events that has become a breeding ground for anti-vax misinformation, Kirk took the number of deaths currently listed in the system and inexplicably claimed they may only account for 1 percent of total vaccine deaths, coming to a total of 1.2 million.

"I'm not saying that's true," he noted. "I'm saying that according to how we calculate VAERS by the independent study that was administered, this could be true." The CDC itself states that reports of death to VAERS "do not necessarily mean that a vaccine caused a health problem." Furth

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Jul 21, 2021

Republicans and Democrats Both Claim Victory Over Jan. 6 Committee Debacle
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAfter Republicans blocked an independent commission to probe the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) vowed to move forward with an alternative: a special House committee.

But a week before that panel was supposed to start work on what they hoped would be a serious investigation, both parties got something else in the short-term—a fight. And if you listen to Republican and Democratic members and aides, it's exactly the fight each side might want.

On Tuesday, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced he would appoint several hard-nosed MAGA loyalists—including Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN)—to a panel partially intended to explore the former president's role in the Capitol riot.

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Jul 21, 2021

GOP Lawmakers Want to Cancel Ice Cream After Ben & Jerry's Fiasco
Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via GettySen. James Lankford (R-OK) is among a vexed group of lawmakers coming forward with threats to cancel ice cream after Ben & Jerry's announced this week it wouldn't renew its current license agreement with its manufacturer in Israel which also distributes frozen treats to the West Bank.

"If Ben & Jerry's wants to have a meltdown & boycott Israel, OK is ready to respond. Oklahoma has an anti-boycott of Israel law in place," Lankford wrote on Twitter Wednesday. More than two dozen states have laws opposing boycotts of Israel.

The Oklahoma Republican urged his state to "immediately block the sale of all #Benandjerrys" to Oklahomans.

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Jul 21, 2021

The GOP Isn't Sending Their Best, and Pelosi Isn't Having It
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe Jan. 6 investigation, yet to begin, has already met more Republican resistance than the actual insurrection it's meant to investigate but nevertheless Nancy Pelosi is persisting.

First, the Speaker couldn't get the bipartisan commission she wanted because Mitch McConnell deemed that "It's not at all clear what new facts or additional investigation yet another commission could lay on top of the existing efforts by law enforcement and Congress." That's a fancy way for Cocaine Mitch to say there's no way in hell he was going to let honest lawmakers armed with subpoena power suss out any new facts about MAGA lawmakers let alone the Commander in Chief himself planning for an attack or even helping the attackers as it happened.

So Pelosi is forming a select committee, like the Republican Benghazi committee but this time to actually investigate something and not just to smear Hillary Clinton's reputation. But the No Puppet Party can't have anyone looking at what everyone already knows about their adulterous orange

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Jul 21, 2021

‘Incel' Plotted to Slaughter Thousands of Women at an Ohio University: Police
Highland County Sheriff's OfficeA U.S. Army washout who identified as a so-called involuntary celibate plotted to "slaughter" women in a mass shooting at an unnamed Ohio university, with the goal of killing some 3,000 people after receiving his military training, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court.

Tres Genco, 21, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of attempting to commit a hate crime and one count of illegally possessing a machine gun, prosecutors announced. He described himself as an "incel," which court filings describe as someone who advocates "violence in support of their belief that women unjustly deny them sexual or romantic attention to which they believe they are entitled."

Genco was allegedly inspired by California "incel" Elliot Rodger, who in 2014 killed six people and injured 14 in a series of deadly attacks outside a Santa Barbara sorority house. Rodger has become a twisted hero of sorts to other angry young men, including Genco, according to the indictment. Last year, a Virginia man who wrote in a note that he wanted to "make a statement like Elliot Rodgers [sic] did," blew off his own hand while building a homemade bomb.

Re

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Jul 21, 2021

Bloomberg Cancels Goofy Professor Scott Galloway's Show Before It Ever Airs
Screenshot/TwitterBloomberg TV is scrapping its plan to launch a streaming show based around a famously zany New York University professor and podcaster who recently raised eyebrows with his bizarre, sexually charged promotional antics.

Bloomberg on Wednesday confirmed to The Daily Beast that the financial news network will not go through with its plan to launch the primetime program hosted by Scott Galloway, a marketing professor-turned-bombastic financial news personality.

"We've reached a mutual decision with Scott Galloway not to proceed with our previously announced Bloomberg Quicktake project," a Bloomberg Media spokesperson told The Daily Beast. "It will not air as planned."

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Jul 21, 2021

Bloomberg Cancels Star Professor Scott Galloway's Goofy Show Before It Ever Airs
Screenshot/TwitterBloomberg TV is scrapping its plan to launch a streaming show based around a famously zany New York University professor and podcaster who recently raised eyebrows with his bizarre, sexually charged promotional antics.

Bloomberg on Wednesday confirmed to The Daily Beast that the financial news network will not go through with its plan to launch the primetime program hosted by Scott Galloway, a marketing professor-turned-bombastic financial news personality.

"We've reached a mutual decision with Scott Galloway not to proceed with our previously announced Bloomberg Quicktake project," a Bloomberg Media spokesperson told The Daily Beast. "It will not air as planned."

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Jul 21, 2021

Inside Michael Avenatti's Wild Self-Defense on Embezzlement Charges
Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg via GettySANTA ANA, California—On Wednesday morning, Michael Avenatti walked into a federal courthouse flanked by lawyers to face trial for allegedly embezzling millions in settlement proceeds from a handful of his own clients.

The twist: Despite the presence of his own legal eagles, the disgraced attorney was representing himself, and putting his trademark self-righteousness on robust display.

Three years ago, Avenatti was accustomed to suiting up and winning hearts in a surge of cable TV appearances while representing his star client, porn actress Stormy Daniels, in her hush-money lawsuit against former President Trump.

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Jul 21, 2021

The Soft, Durable Sheets from The Citizenry Will Make You Want to Stay In Bed All Day
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/The CitizenryScouting Report: The Citizenry Stonewashed Linen Sheets will be on my bed for years to come. They're made from French flax, milled in Portugal by a family-owned company, and are completely machine-washable. They're soft and you can even mix-and-match colors in the bundle.

To say that I've become a bedding snob is an understatement. From the moment I feel a set of sheets or a new pillowcase, I can tell right away if I'll sleep well with it on my bed. Too scratchy when I lay my head down? Not gonna happen. Wrinkles easily? No way. Thankfully, I got a chance to try out The Citizenry's Stonewashed Sheets and I don't think I've had a pair of linen sheets that I've loved the way I love these.

Made from French flax and stonewashed for extra softness, these sheets have been the ones I constantly look forward to sleeping in. They're breathable and durable, crafted in a family-owned linen mill in Portugal. What's even better about this more luxurious offering for bedding is that when you buy the whole bundle (flat sheet, duvet cover, and four pillowcases) you can mix and match colors and patterns — and save $95. You can either choose your own combination or select from a handful of "series" of colors that pair duvet covers and sheets together in coordinating colors for a cohesive color story. I opted for

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Jul 21, 2021

Busted Cop Exposed as Member of Russian Elite's Golden Toilet Fetish Club
TelegramMOSCOW—Russian elite have a long-lasting passion for palaces and kitsch interior designs in the fashion of Marie Antoinette's Versailles. Villa owners love to show off their own versions of glamorous and extravagant style of pre-revolutionary France, overloading homes with golden décor, massive crystal lamps, marble floors and heavy royal staircases. But there is one phenomenon currently inspiring discussions among psychologists, historians and corruption fighters: The post-Soviet obsession with golden toilets.

As it turns out, one such golden toilet owner is the head of traffic police in Stavropol region, Colonel Aleksey Safonov, who became the town clown this week after getting arrested on corruption charges, after which photos of his ultra-extravagant house were leaked and shared widely. Known for bragging about fighting corruption at work, Safanov had even spoken in front of cameras about policemen's temptation to take bribes: "Unfortunately, some police inspectors cannot resist the offer," he told local reporters. Then the colonel would take bribes, return home, cross his glamorous lobby floored with what seems like dangerously slippery marble, and as

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Jul 21, 2021

Universal Standard's Universally Stylish Clothing Is 75% Off
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/Universal StandardI take strangers' compliments more seriously than friends — I can't help it! And the other day, I wore a pair of Universal Standard pants out on a walk with my dog and boom, a stranger said she loved my pants. If you want to be stopped by random passers-by telling you that you look amazing, well you're in luck, because Universal Standard is having a massive sample sale right now, with up to 75% off select styles.

The pants in question were the Karlee Stretch Cotton Twill Cargo Pants, which feature a button closure in the front, but a comfortable elastic waistband in the back—and they're 36% off. But there are dresses, tops, skirts, and more, all on sale. I paired the pants with this top and felt like a chic Parisian, effortlessly taking a stroll with my tiny dog, an experience I don't take lightly. Universal Standard makes clothes that every woman, of every size and shape, will feel good in and now's your chance to stock your closet with wardrobe staples at a huge discount.

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Jul 21, 2021

O'Reilly Silences Accuser Again, Blocks ‘View' Appearance
Ilya S. Savenok/GettyBill O'Reilly is attempting to once again silence Andrea Mackris, the former producer who in 2004 settled a sexual-harassment lawsuit with the then-Fox News star and earlier this month told her story in vivid detail to The Daily Beast.

Mackris was scheduled to appear Wednesday morning on ABC's daytime talk show The View, but on Tuesday evening O'Reilly was granted a temporary restraining order against his ex-staffer, effectively canceling her TV hit in the process.

"We were notified late yesterday about a temporary restraining order issued by a court against Andrea Mackris. We decided to postpone her interview pending further developments," an ABC spokesperson said in a statement to The Daily Beast. "We look forward to welcoming her to The View at a later date."

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Jul 21, 2021

Keep the Sand Off Your Snacks With This Picnic Table
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonScouting Report: The Nice C Folding Table is the table you didn't know you needed at the beach—it's portable, easy to set up, and makes picnics a breeze.

The only thing I love more than eating is eating outside. So after surviving the long, cold New York City winter, I'm ready to jump at the first signs of summer. Now's my chance to turn my gloomy indoor lunch into a festive picnic at the beach or my local park. But for a girl who loves dining al fresco as much as I do, I absolutely despise getting sand, grass, or any other outdoor element in my food and drinks. I already know what you're thinking, high-maintenance, much? So you can imagine how excited I was to discover the Nice C Folding Table.

This portable table is the perfect addition to any picnic or beach brunch. It weighs less than four pounds, making it easy to transport along with all of your other goodies. And when you arrive at your outdoor destination, it doesn't disappoint. The metal legs and anti-slip feet keep the table sturdy through even the wildest get-togethers. And it has a host of neat nooks and crannies to keep your food, drinks, and personal items safe from the sand and dirt on the ground.

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Jul 21, 2021

Everlane Is Taking 60% Off Summer Styles Right Now
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/EverlaneSummer is in full swing, and I for one am in desperate need of a wardrobe upgrade. I just started going out again, wearing normal clothes—and I realized quickly I didn't have very many options in what remained of my wardrobe. Thankfully, Everlane is having a massive summer sale and is taking up to 60% off select men's and women's styles. To help you parse through everything on sale, we've rounded up a few of our favorite deals.

The Original Cheeky Jean: The Cheeky Jeans are some of our favorite jeans. They fit well around the waist, butt, and thighs, and are sustainably made. Hard pants are back, and these are the ones you should go with.

The Weekend Tiered Dress: If you're looking for something summery, this is it. It's almost like an extra-long tank. It's flowy, comfortable, and perfect for hot summer days.

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Jul 21, 2021

This State's Fair Is Set to Be a Cesspool of COVID & the Unvaxxed
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIn a display of total sanity amid an alarming COVID outbreak, the organizers of the annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Missouri, have voted unanimously to cancel the annual event for a second year.

"With our region's low vaccination rate against COVID-19, the resulting surge of infections are overwhelming our hospitals and making our community sick," said Cora Scott, Springfield's director of public information and civic engagement, in the July 12 announcement. "We feel it is just not safe to bring tens of thousands of people from all over the world to this community for any reason."

But from July 29 to Aug. 7, there will be a display of total insanity in Springfield.

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Jul 21, 2021

What Have We Done to Deserve ‘Sexy Beasts'?
Courtesy of NetflixSexy Beasts, Netflix's furry-adjacent dating show, dares to ask its subjects the tough questions. "Could you fall in love with someone based on personality alone?" Catastrophe star and series narrator Rob Delaney asks. "And would you still feel that way when you see their real face?"

Moments later: "Meet Emma, a six-foot-tall model from New York who's tired of guys only noticing the way she looks." Who says dating shows can't teach us about real struggles?

Each 30-minute episode slathers one subject and three suitors with elaborate make-up and prosthetics to mask their appearance. Pandas, rhinos, trolls, and insects swish drinks and embark on activities like archery. (They stop short of full costumes; it's more of a "troll face, tulle blouse" situation.) After a date with each masked prospect, subjects eliminate one, gaze upon the reject's face in a quick farewell, and then embark on one last date with each remaining choice before making a decision.

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Jul 21, 2021

It's Past Time the Biden Administration Ended Segregation in This Suburb
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAll through last year's presidential campaign, Donald Trump tried to scare people into voting for him by citing a 2009 federal court order designed to begin desegregating Westchester County, a wealthy suburb of New York City that is home to nearly a million people and that is filled with towns and villages that are overwhelmingly white.

In dog-whistle speeches, Trump again and again warned that white suburbs would be destroyed unless he was given a second term, and that Democrats "want to abolish our beautiful and successful suburbs" so "your home will go down in value and crime rates will rapidly rise" and "suburbia will no longer be as we know it."

It all boiled down to a warning to white suburban housewives: Run for your lives.

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Jul 21, 2021

How Sha'Carri Richardson Can Sue Her Way Back into the Olympics
Cliff Hawkins/GettyAmerican sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson received perhaps the worst advice upon failing her drug test for marijuana.

Though she publicly apologized, she wasn't wrong. The United States Anti-Doping Agency's cannabis policies and the federal prohibition of marijuana are wrong and a waste of resources. But this country has a real hard time admitting that.

Richardson's disqualification from the Olympics is a gross injustice and they are taking away everything she's earned. The federal prohibition on marijuana has damaged American lives for half a century; this is the latest and most egregious example of it. They've taken a woman who is an American hero and gutted her.

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Jul 21, 2021

College Republicans Erupt in Civil War Over Kid Rock Cash
Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/GettyDecades ago, future GOP operatives like Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, and Karl Rove cut their teeth in internecine battles over control of the College Republicans. Now the College Republicans' national group has descended into a civil war that includes allegations that the new generation of College Republicans has been engaged in some ruthless machinations all their own.

Major state federations are set to secede as early as this weekend from the national organization, while Republican lawmakers who graduated from college long ago are weighing in amid accusations of election theft.

At issue, in part: the question of what happened to more than $100,000 donated by Michigan rap-rocker and one-time Senate candidate Kid Rock.

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Jul 21, 2021

How Much Will Prince Harry's Memoir Revelations Harm the Royal Family?
If you love The Daily Beast's royal coverage, then we hope you'll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have, between them, accused the monarchy of many wrongs in recent months. From accusations of racism to allegations of ignoring Meghan's pleas for assistance with her mental health when she felt suicidal, the couple has criticized the royal family as both institution and in very personal terms.

Now, Prince Harry has given notice that he intends to launch another salvo next year in the shape of his unprecedented, tell-all memoir, the publication of which was announced Monday and which he has apparently already largely written, with the, ahem, assistance of his ghostwriter J.R. Moehringer.

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Jul 21, 2021

Fans Turn on MAGA Coffee Co. After Founder Denounces Proud Boys
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyTwo coffee companies are currently competing for a pool of politically motivated customers, with each company trying to prove that they provide the Trumpiest, most aggressively MAGA coffee experience in the entire United States.

No, it's not Starbucks and Caribou. It's Black Rifle Coffee and Stocking Mill Coffee.

And one of them has already gotten in trouble with some of its fan base for crossing a group of Trump-worshipping, far-right extremists.

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Jul 21, 2021

Coming Soon to a Sky Near You: Fire-Breathing Dragon Clouds
John Hendricks/Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal via APEast Coasters woke up on Tuesday morning to a brownish, hazy sunrise and a smoky smell that wasn't wafting from the lox on their breakfast bagels. It had arrived courtesy of the wildfires raging on the other side of the continent, and specifically appeared to stem in part from the Bootleg fire in Oregon that has consumed a swath of terrain larger than the city of Los Angeles.

The message from the experts? Basically: Get used to it.

"I'm from Connecticut, so these problems can seem remote. I do feel like there's a bias sometimes, that this isn't affecting the average person," said Neil Lareau, a researcher focused on fire weather and wildfire plumes at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Jul 21, 2021

How a Shady Cop Kept Getting New Jobs—and Then Became Chief
Courtesy of Colorado Fifth Judicial District Attorney's OfficeWhen Joe Klingan hired Jon Geiger to be a police officer for the tiny police department in the tiny town of Nunn, Colorado (population 500), he believed the 52-year-old was providing a complete picture of his background.

Yes, Geiger—a former cop from another tiny police department in the Denver suburb of Georgetown, 120 miles away—had pleaded guilty to a harassment charge in 2018 after grabbing a man out of a holding cell and wrenching his arm behind his back. And yes, he had been decertified by the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) board, a state agency, as a law-enforcement officer after his conviction in that case.

But by the time Geiger was applying for the position in Nunn, the decision by the board had been reversed on appeal, and Geiger had a valid license to be an officer of the law.

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Jul 21, 2021

Voting to Overturn the Election Is Apparently Great for Fundraising
Megan VarnerAfter the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Republicans who voted to overturn the election faced an immediate backlash from companies that said they'd pause their donations to those GOP lawmakers. But six months later, a new round of campaign finance disclosures shows that those Republicans are not only not hurting for money, they're thriving.

The campaign committees belonging to members of the so-called "Sedition Caucus"—the 147 congressional Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 electoral college results—have raised a combined $82.9 million in the first half of 2021, according to The Daily Beast's analysis of recent filings with the Federal Election Commission.

The vast majority of that money, roughly 89 percent, came from individuals, as opposed to Political Action Committees such as corporate PACs. It's those individual donors, particularly small-dollar donors, who have propelled some of the most active election-deniers to the top of the fundraising list. But a comparative analysis of first and second quarter data also shows a bump in PAC contributions over the last three months, as business leaders loosen the self-imposed suspensions announced in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack.

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Jul 21, 2021

Venus Balloons Are the Hot New Space Accessory
NASA/JPLWith new probes and rovers busily investigating the surface of Mars and a manned mission to the Moon scheduled to blast off in the next five or so years, scientists are setting their sights on the next destination in space—Venus.

But exploring Venus is easier said than done, and it might take a modern take on a throwback technology: air balloons.

The second planet from the Sun is roughly the same size as Earth and may once have had a climate like Earth's. The planet, nicknamed the "Evening Star" owing to its bright appearance in Earth's own sky, could have a lot to teach us about our own planet's future and the makeup of the vast galaxy surrounding us.

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Jul 21, 2021

Stephen Colbert Brutally Mocks Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade's Idiotic COVID Argument
CBSWith the Delta variant spreading like wildfire across the least vaccinated areas of the United States, Stephen Colbert pointed out that "all the anti-vax propaganda on Fox News is not helping."

"Well, it's no surprise," the Late Show host joked in his monologue Tuesday night. "It's right there in Fox News' slogan: ‘We report. You just died.'"

Nothing exemplified this disturbing trend like a Monday morning Fox & Friends segment in which Brian Kilmeade—or "contestant on Jeopardy realizing he spelled his own name wrong," as Colbert called him, declared that it's not the government's "job to protect anybody" from anything.

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Jul 20, 2021

Fox Anchor Defends Fauci Against Right-Wing Attacks: ‘Vilified' Like ‘Lex Luthor'
Fox NewsFox News anchor Neil Cavuto rallied to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday, saying conservatives' attacks against the nation's top infectious disease expert are unfair and lamenting that Fauci has been "vilified" like "Lex Luthor."

Cavuto's full-throated defense of Fauci could be seen as a not-so-subtle swipe at his Fox News colleagues who have led the charge in denigrating the public health expert over the past year.

During a Senate hearing on Tuesday morning, Fauci lashed out against Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) after the Kentucky lawmaker accused him of lying to Congress about his personal involvement in funding so-called gain-of-function research in Wuhan. Fauci, who has tangled with Paul several times throughout the pandemic, told the

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Jul 20, 2021

Ugly Inheritance War Pits Tycoon's Son Against ‘Mistress'
Daily Beast/Photo Handout & GettyThe son of a Texas billionaire is waging a messy legal battle against his late dad's alleged "mistress," accusing the Los Angeles socialite of extortion in hopes of avoiding paying her the millions she claims she's owed by his father's estate.

Bradford Phillips, son of Dallas real-estate developer Gene E. Phillips, filed a pair of lawsuits against Marsana de Monserat in California and Texas early this year. The suits came after De Monserat demanded $2.6 million in refinancing proceeds from one Florida rental property she owned but had allowed the late Phillips to manage, along with $1.7 million from a promissory note she said was given to her.

In January, Phillips filed a suit in Los Angeles Superior Court accusing the jet-setting entrepreneur of extortion, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. This after Monserat's lawyer sent the younger Phillips a letter indicating the attorney would contact the IRS and federal housing agencies over the missing $2.6 million.

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