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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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Oct 15, 2021

‘Nightmare' Mom Accused in Drunken Teen Sex Parties Loved ‘Power'
Ada County Sheriff's OfficeThe California mom accused of encouraging sex abuse at booze-fueled parties she arranged for young teens has long been known as a "liar" who leaves a trail of destruction in her wake wherever she goes, a source close to the family told The Daily Beast.

Shannon O'Connor, 47, is accused of a breathtaking array of crimes in Los Gatos, a wealthy Silicon Valley suburb where prosecutors say she lured young teens to "secret" parties, plied them with booze, and encouraged them to engage in "sometimes nonconsensual" sex acts. She was arrested last weekend on a fugitive warrant in Eagle, Idaho, where the source believes she had rented a home to lay low.

There were 10 underage boys and two underage girls at the home where O'Connor was staying when she was arrested—and most of them had spent the night, according to authorities.

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Oct 15, 2021

Brain ‘Fingerprints' Could Unlock Alzheimer's Early Warning System
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyEvery human brain is made up of seemingly countless connections that come together as a type of biological map of the mind. Scientists call this map the "connectome." Enrico Amico, a neuroscientist with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne in Switzerland, told The Daily Beast he likens it to a fingerprint, because no two connectomes are alike.

But unlike real fingerprints, the ones associated with brain connectomes aren't completely static—they change and fluctuate over time. That's the big insight according to new findings published Friday in Science Advances. And it may help scientists better understand what parts of the brain are likely to form and behave differently between people. In the future, connectome fingerprints might even help us get an early warning for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

It's only recently that scientists are even able to map out and measure the connectome itself, thanks to some innovative methods in studying MRI scans. "There is a ‘fingerprint' in these numbers, that allows us to identify my brain from yours," explained Amico.

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Oct 15, 2021

Jeffrey Epstein Bragged Bill Barr was in Charge, Not Trump
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyOn a morning in early 2019, with spring in the air, traffic was stalled on both Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue by half a dozen police cars idling near the Frick Museum and, across the street, the mansion home of Jeffrey Epstein.

"Did you figure out what happened, was there a bomb? Did you get caught?" Reid Weingarten, one of Epstein's lawyers, asked Ehud Barak, the former Israeli general and prime minister as he arrived at the house. Standing in the triple-high foyer of Epstein's massive home, Barak handed his coat to one of the familiar, cheerful young women in the house—ever a surprise that, considering the ongoing legal and public fury against the convicted sex offender, Epstein continued his way of life undaunted.

"I just assumed they were taking Jeffrey away," said Barak, in his heavy accent, making the obvious joke, his eyebrows rising above his glasses. "But he is still here, so? We have nothing to worry about. The secrets are safe."

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

Capitol Cop Arrested for Urging Rioter to Scrub Incriminating Posts, Feds Say
Brendan Smialowski/GettyA 25-year veteran of the Capitol Police Department faces charges for allegedly encouraging a Jan. 6 rioter to cover his tracks on social media after the insurrection.

Michael Angelo Riley, who joined the force dedicated to protecting the United States Capitol in 1996, has been indicted and arrested on two counts of obstruction of justice after telling one of his Facebook friends to delete incriminating photos that showed the pal inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, federal prosecutors alleged.

The indictment unsealed Friday states that Riley, who works in the USCP's K-9 unit, was on duty during the Jan. 6 insurrection but was not stationed at the Capitol. The 50-year-old was one of the officers who "responded to reports of an explosive device near the Capitol complex" at the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee offices.

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Oct 15, 2021

Hannah Gadsby Goes Off on Netflix Head Ted Sarandos for Using Her to Defend Chappelle
NetflixComedian Hannah Gadsby is not happy that Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos is citing her stand-up specials as evidence that the platform does not have a Dave Chappelle problem.

In a memo to his staff this week, Sarandos doubled down on his defense of Chappelle's latest special The Closer following in-house protests from trans employees. "We are working hard to ensure marginalized communities aren't defined by a single story. So we have ‘Sex Education,' ‘Orange is the New Black,' ‘Control Z,' Hannah Gadsby and Dave Chappelle all on Netflix, he wrote. "Key to this is increasing diversity on the content team itself."

"Hey Ted Sarandos! Just a quick note to let you know that I would prefer if you didn't drag my name into your mess," Gadsby shot back on Instagram late Thursday night. "Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle's fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial word view."

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Oct 15, 2021

Smartwool Socks Help Keep My Feet Warm, But Not Sweaty All Year
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/SmartwoolI'm a highly sensitive person. One of the tell-tale markers of a highly sensitive person, especially in childhood, is that they're "weird about their socks." I usually went without socks as a kid, choosing Keds or slip ons and letting my stinky feet sweat freely into my canvas shoes.

Now that I'm an adult, I have accepted the purpose of socks and now wear socks most non-hot days and whenever I want to do physical activity. However, I am still highly sensitive, so if my socks upset my feet in any way, it ruins my day — I wish I was exaggerating. Grievances against past socks include: when they are too loose and roll into my shoe, when the seams are not aligned with my feet so I can "feel" my socks, and when my socks make me too hot or not warm enough.

I have solved my problem, though, with Smartwool socks. They have a "sock finder" webpage where you can tell them exactly what you're going to do while wearing socks. If you select multiple activities, it can take you to different suggestions, but, for my purposes, I chose everyday life. From there, you can specify what gender sock you like even though gender is a construct. You can then pick style (ankle, crew, etc), thickness, priorities (value, heat, comfort, etc), and size, and it calculates your perfect sock.

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Oct 15, 2021

My Five Favorite Meals: Chef Antonio Salvatore
Evan SungAntonio Salvatore is a whirlwind. Now in his early thirties, he has already cooked at Michelin starred El Chaflán in Madrid, worked in London and the Canary Islands, and been the private chef for the Vatican's Ambassador to Russia—that trumps whatever surreal career stop you've had, right?

He was also head chef at renowned Semifreddo-Mulinazzo in Moscow. In September 2020, he opened La Table d'Antonio Salvatore au Rampoldi in Monaco, a tiny, five-table restaurant, which instantly became a hot destination and got its first Michelin star earlier this year. And just this past June he opened Casa Limone in New York, a purely Southern Italian restaurant, appropriately, or karmically, or completely co-incidentally within a few blocks of St. Patrick's Cathedral. This is a man who cooks for the men of God, after all.

Salvatore was born and raised in Guardia Perticara, a small town in Potenza, in Basilicata, a little-known region of mostly very well-known Italy. It's squeezed in between Campania, Calabria and Puglia. It is mountainous and forested with a tiny coastal nose, the cliffside town of Maratea, where I've had some of the best seafood of my life.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

Murdaugh Hospital Records Deepen Mystery of Botched Shooting of South Carolina Lawyer
Orange County Corrections/Hampton County Detention Center Already under a microscope after the brutal June murder of his wife and son, South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh made national headlines over Labor Day weekend after making an emergency call to authorities to claim an unknown truck driver shot him in the head while he was fixing his car on a remote backcountry road.

For days after the incident that sent Murdaugh to the hospital—and swiftly to an out-of-state rehab facility—the Lowcountry scion's legal team repeated the narrative he was the victim of a random shooting and was only saved by a Good Samaritan who happened to drive by. But just nine days later, Murdaugh confessed to authorities he orchestrated the incident in an attempt to secure a $10 million payout for his only surviving son, Buster.

According to Murdaugh, this alleged drug dealer, Curtis Edward Smith, shot him in the head at his behest. But ever since the pair was charged with a slew of crimes, including assisted suicide and insurance fraud, Smith has repeatedly rejected the once-powerful attorney's version of the events—and claims that he was "set up" to take the fall.

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Oct 15, 2021

‘Vampire' Serial Child Killer Who Escaped From Prison Is Beaten to Death by Vigilantes
DCI KenyaA man described by Kenyan authorities as a "bloodthirsty vampire" who allegedly killed at least ten children, in some cases by sucking blood from their veins and leaving them to die, has been lynched by a furious mob.

The case of Masten Milimo Wanjala, 20, came to its grim conclusion Friday, two days after the alleged child-killer escaped from custody hours before a court appearance over the murders of 12 and 13-year-old children. He was arrested in July over the disappearance of two kids, but officials said he then admitted to killing ten over a sickening five-year spree.

Kenyan police said in a statement that they were attempting to track down Wanjala and bring him to justice, but, on Friday, "he was spotted by villagers in Bungoma, and beaten to death before our agents re-arrested him... The law of the jungle as applied by irate villagers prevailed."

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

British Lawmaker ‘Stabbed Multiple Times' by Member of Public
British ParliamentSir David Amess, a veteran lawmaker in the British parliament, has reportedly been stabbed multiple times by a member of the public.

Sky News reports that the British MP attacked on Friday at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, a town around 40 miles east of London. He was reportedly holding a constituency surgery—a regular event where residents can lobby their member of parliament—inside Belfairs Methodist Church when an unidentified man walked in and repeatedly stabbed him.

His condition is unclear. More to follow...

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

Second British Politician Stabbed to Death
British ParliamentFive years ago, the British member of parliament Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death while doing her job. On Friday, it happened again.

Police have confirmed that Sir David Amess, a veteran lawmaker in the British parliament, has died after being stabbed multiple times at a public meeting. One man has been arrested at the scene.

Sky News first reported that the member of parliament was attacked Friday at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, around 40 miles east of London. He was holding a constituency surgery—a regular meeting where residents can lobby their representative—at Belfairs Methodist Church when a 25-year-old man reportedly walked into the building and stabbed him.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

Alitalia Carried Popes and Princesses but Is Now Grounded for Good
Tony GentileROME—At least one thing you could always count on when flying Alitalia was that they'd never try to pawn off sticky pasta as an actual meal—even back in economy. The coffee was always good, the flight attendants always stylish and the queue to board always proved that Italians simply don't do well with standing in line. But it was also a symbol of all that is wrong with Italy, the complacency with ineptitude, the labyrinth of labor laws that keep businesses alive on life support long after the plug should be pulled, and corruption, which is often endemic in Italian failures.

In many ways the last of the Dolce Vita carriers, Alitalia ended its run on Thursday evening with a flight from Sardinia to Rome. The once grand airline, which carried popes on their apostolic voyages, movie stars to Hollywood on the Tiber during the heydays of la Dolce Vita, Italian dignitaries on state visits, winning soccer teams back home, and fallen soldiers back to Italy for the last 74 years ended with a sad whimper. A flight attendant fought back tears as she welcomed the final passengers on board. "Signore e signori [ladies and gentlemen], thank you for flying with us for 74 years," she said. "Today is the last flight for Alitalia."

But few Italians are shedding tears for their national airline, which has sucked up more than $15 billion in state-funded bailouts since 1974—nearly $10 billion of that in the last three years alone.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

This Breast Cancer Charity Is the Big New ‘Scam' in Politics
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThis October, as Americans mark another Breast Cancer Awareness month, many organizations and advocates are looking for ways to support the cause. But there's one group donors may want to avoid: The American Breast Cancer Coalition.

Although it sounds like a noble charity, the ABCC is actually a political group—and rather than trying to actually address breast cancer, the ABCC appears to be a scheme to extract millions of dollars in donations, mostly from small contributors.

In recent robocalls, a feminine voice claims the goal of the group's fundraising is to "support legislators who will fight for the fast track approval of life-saving breast cancer health bills and breast cancer treatment drugs to the FDA."

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

LeVar Burton Lost ‘Jeopardy!' And He's Totally OK With That.
Emily Berl for The Washington Post via Getty"I am thrilled. I am literally over the moon—well, not literally, but virtually," exclaimed LeVar Burton, about his latest achievement, post-Jeopardy!: The Rose Parade in Pasadena last week named Burton its 2022 Grand Marshal. And he spoke about it on a day two of his fellow Star Trek stars also reached new heights, one quite literally: "The Shat went to space and came back safe. It's a good day!"

Burton told The Daily Beast he was moved by actor William Shatner's first words upon returning to Earth from the flight aboard Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket to the edge of space.

"And wasn't he eloquent upon returning?" said Burton. "People don't understand: Bill feels shit, deeply. When he said, ‘I hope I never recover,' that was awesome."

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

How Lilibet's Christening Became Another Royal War
Kevin Mazur/GettyChristenings are the most simple, joyous of ceremonies. Funerals aren't (usually) much fun and weddings, as the royals know only too well, often come with a substantial side-serving of emotional disturbance.

But what family could be so dysfunctional as to have a massive, public argument about a christening?

Why, the British royal family, of course.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

Will Fox News-Loving Sheriff's Oath Keeper Ties Cost Him His Job?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos AlamyWhen Chad Bianco—the outspoken Sheriff of Riverside County who has drawn criticism for his ties to a far-right militia group and his opposition to public-health rules—was first elected in 2018, he was unknown but seemed like an improvement from the previous sheriff.

"He was seen as an opportunity to do better," Megan Beaman-Jacinto, a city councilwoman in Coachella and a civil rights attorney, told The Daily Beast. "Or like it couldn't get any worse."

But over the last three years, the Fox News-loving Bianco has been accused of prioritizing a right-wing political identity above the needs of the more than 2 million residents he serves, and Beaman-Jacinto and other elected officials are calling for his ouster.

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Oct 15, 2021

Bernie's Tax the Rich Bluff Just Got Called by His Fellow Dems
Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesThe Democratic party has been tearing itself to pieces debating whether its latest reconciliation bill should spend $3.5 trillion or $2 trillion or even $1.5 trillion. Less noticed, but perhaps more important, has been the quiet death of the progressives' bold "tax the rich" utopia.

For years, socialists and progressives such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have enticed voters with free-lunch promises of a European social democracy financed mostly by new taxes on millionaires and large corporations. Now that Democrats have full control of the White House, House, and Senate, they can no longer blame Republicans for blocking these taxes. Instead, basic politics and simple arithmetic won out.

Joe Biden was elected president while promising to add $11 trillion in new spending and $4 trillion in corporate and upper-income taxes over the decade. Now it appears Democrats will be fortunate to squeeze out more than $1 trillion in new taxes.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

Bernie's Tax-the-Rich Bluff Just Got Called by His Fellow Dems
Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesThe Democratic Party has been tearing itself to pieces debating whether its latest reconciliation bill should spend $3.5 trillion or $2 trillion or even $1.5 trillion. Less noticed, but perhaps more important, has been the quiet death of the progressives' bold "tax the rich" utopia.

For years, socialists and progressives such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have enticed voters with free-lunch promises of a European social democracy financed mostly by new taxes on millionaires and large corporations. Now that Democrats have full control of the White House, House, and Senate, they can no longer blame Republicans for blocking these taxes. Instead, basic politics and simple arithmetic won out.

Joe Biden was elected president while promising to add $11 trillion in new spending and $4 trillion in corporate and upper-income taxes over the decade. Now it appears Democrats will be fortunate to squeeze out more than $1 trillion in new taxes.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

Three Boys Kidnapped Using Mega-Popular Mobile Shooting Game
Getty ImagesThree boys who loved the faux violence of one of the internet's most popular battle royale shooting games were lured away from their families by a criminal network promising them glory and riches if they traded the make-believe for Mexico's real-life world of violence.

Last Saturday in the town of Oaxaca, in western Mexico, the boys ranging in age from 11 to 14 were rescued after being enticed by Whatsapp messages on a group chat associated with the game Free Fire. The kids were allegedly targeted as potential cartel members due to their apparent interest in weapons.

One of the boys even went so far as to write his parents a note telling them not to worry; that he'd be sending home money soon, after having been hired to serve as a cartel spy for the equivalent of about $770 per month.

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Oct 15, 2021

Congress Begs Telecom for One Last Chance to Text for Cash
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastTwo of the big telecom companies are hitting pause on new texting rules that campaigns and advocacy groups say could cut off their most effective communications channel to reach voters, provide accurate voting information, and carry out public advocacy campaigns following pressure from Congress.

In a letter sent earlier this month and obtained by The Daily Beast, 13 Democratic senators asked the CEOs of T-Mobile and AT&T to hold off on any new texting rules until after upcoming elections in November, in order to "give us all time to dialogue on the unintended consequences we see by these industry decisions."

Translation: don't cut off fundraising and campaign organizing right before election day.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

How Elon Musk Walloped Jeff Bezos in the Billionaire Space Race
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIn 2019, President Donald Trump was already planning to end his second term in office with a mighty blast that would secure his place in history. He would get Americans back on the moon in 2024—four years sooner than NASA planned.

The last American astronaut to walk on the moon was Eugene Cernan, in December 1972, for Apollo 17. Those missions had been a momentous achievement, matching American technical mastery with human courage and the aspirational dreams of the whole world. But all that ambition suddenly dried up, like the arid dust on the lunar surface.

It was partly an inevitable pause. To have any lasting consequences like establishing permanent bases on the moon, future missions would need to be far more robust. The technology wasn't yet ready for that.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

Jo Firestone Channeled Her Inner Old Lady to Teach Comedy to Seniors
NBCIn February 2020, about three weeks before New York City locked down, Jo Firestone decided to start teaching stand-up comedy to senior citizens. What at first seemed like terrible timing ended up being a blessing in disguise. Now, Firestone and her elderly students are the subject of the new documentary special Good Timing, which premieres Friday, Oct. 15 on Peacock.

"I had some downtime," the 33-year-old stand-up comedian and former Tonight Show writer explains when I ask how her career took this unexpected turn. "I was not working at the time and I didn't see any career opportunities in the future. And so I was like, ‘Well, I might as well spend my time doing something instead of sitting around.'" Comparing herself to a squirrel who tries to save enough food for winter, she says that despite recurring roles on critically acclaimed series like Shrill, "I was worried there were no more acorns."

The prospect of making a special with her elderly students was a lot more appealing than trying to write and perform her own hour of stand-up during a time when getting on stage was becoming increasingly difficult. "If you were like, ‘Go write a special alone and come back in three months and it should be good and you haven't bounced it off of anyone,' I'd be like, this is going to be really bad," she says.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

Union Boss Shamelessly Coaches Vax Avoidance as Cops Put Lives on the Line
Scott Olson/GettyThe annual National Police Week honoring fallen officers is normally held in May, but this year's observance was moved to Oct. 14-16 due to the pandemic.

Among the 264 cops who are being memorialized are four Chicago police officers who died from the virus. And that makes it all the more shocking that the Chicago police union chose the day before the COVID-delayed police week to post a guide to "COVID-19 Exemption Forms."

The site also has a link to a "Vaccine Mandate Update 10/12/21" video in which union president John Catanzara announced his determination not to comply.

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Oct 15, 2021

This Is Not Kyrsten Sinema Just Pissing Off the Left
Photo Illustration Daily Beast/GettyWhat the fuck is wrong with Kyrsten Sinema?

That's what Molly Jong-Fast wants to know. On the latest episode of The New Abnormal, Molly sits down with Adam Jentleson to talk about the wayward Arizona senator.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

Stanley Tucci's Memoir ‘Taste' Is a Lot More Than Just a Feast for Foodies
Luca Carlino/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesMy Italian grandmother, who grew up in the Emilia-Romagna region, used to cut pasta with a razor blade every weekend. I usually paid a call on Sunday dinner and was always hungry. Once, as a teen, I grew impatient and said, "When is this going to be ready?" She looked at me with her big, green eyes and said, "Don't try to rush me. Making food, and making love: they're not on the clock, these two things." I scoffed, and she said, "You'll understand one day, when you have your own woman, and your own kitchen."

I remember telling this story to Stanley Tucci at a conference on Italian Americans in the arts about 30 years ago. He laughed and shook his head, and I took to him at once: he's a sharply witty, intelligent, sophisticated man. Energy seethes from every pore. It doesn't surprise me that he went on to become a national treasure—a cultural figure who stands for excellence in acting and directing, Italian cooking, and all things Italian American, delighting millions with Searching for Italy, his recent travel and food show on CNN. (It's been renewed for a second season.)

But Tucci is more than the host of a food-and-travel show, however entertaining. He's also a remarkable writer, on the screen (he co-wrote Big Night, his classic film of 1996, and Final Portrait, a riveting 2017 biopic about the Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti) as well as on the page, as with

The Daily Beast
Oct 15, 2021

Jimmy Kimmel Laughs at Trump for Telling Republicans Not to Vote
ABCThis week, Donald Trump caused some potentially catastrophic problems for his own party when he warned that Republicans "will not be voting" in 2022 or 2024 if they don't "solve" what he is now calling the "Presidential Election Fraud of 2020."

Or as Jimmy Kimmel put it Thursday night, "The angry orange baby is throwing another fit over the election he can't admit he lost."

After reading the bizarre statement, Kimmel laughed out loud, telling his audience, "I know, I'm confused also. It's like, did Nancy Pelosi write this for him?"

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The Daily Beast
Oct 14, 2021

Kyrie Irving Is a Far Cry from Muhammad Ali
Scott Audette/NBAE via Getty ImagesThe Brooklyn Nets announced that star shooting guard Kyrie Irving would not join the team this season—which starts on October 18th—until he's able to be "a full participant." That means no practices, no games, and of course missing at least half of his game checks, amounting to millions of dollars in losses.

The championship-winning guard took to Instagram last night stating that he is neither pro- or anti-vaccine but that he's choosing what's best for him. "I'm not going to be used as a person within this agenda," he said on IG Live. "I'm just saying it should not be divided amongst all of us, it should be understood among us… this is not about the Nets, not my teammates, the organization… it's not politics, it's not any one thing."

Before he ever got on Live, sports pundits were quick to say that Kyrie should not be considered a martyr, though it doesn't seem like he ever positioned himself as one. Regardless, on Thursday morning, former NBA star Stephon Marbury compared his struggle against the state's vaccine mandates to the political struggles of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, with many folks clowning the ridiculousness of that analogy while others stood in agreement.



The Daily Beast
Oct 14, 2021

‘The Lehman Trilogy' on Broadway Takes Capitalism, and Makes It Golden
Julieta CervantesTwo and a half years ago, The Lehman Trilogy played in New York City's cavernous Park Avenue Armory—and from where this critic was sitting it was lost, airless, and pretty unintelligible. Somewhere, over on my left, a stage consisting of a fancy glass cube fashioned into a variously partitioned office revolved in jerky fashion, as the story of the evolution of the famous banking family unfolded. Necks were craned, hopes the stage would draw closer were dashed. And this went on for over three and a half hours.

Now The Lehman Trilogy has opened on a conventional Broadway stage—praise be, no craned necks—and it feels a very different, much better show. The designer Es Devlin's glass cube is now directly in front of us, and so are the actors. Now staged on a conventional scale, it's an intimate, engrossing piece of theater, beautifully acted, designed, and lit. From being an epic oddity it's become an epic meal, even as it sanitizes some history and bizarrely neglects to tell the rest.

Original company members Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley return, with Adrian Lester joining the cast in his Broadway debut. First they play the three original Lehman brothers (Henry, Mayer, and Emanuel), and as the play progresses many other characters besides—whatever else the play is it's a performative feast, and the three men are wonderful to watch. The characters exist as characters, and also provide third-person historical information, story notes, and stage directions. It is more sweeping commentary than play.



The Daily Beast
Oct 14, 2021

Adele's Divorce Ballad ‘Easy on Me' Is Even More Devastating Than We Thought
YouTubeThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast's Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.

It's odd branding that crying to Adele has become a Super Bowl event.

Adding to the bizarre emotional bloodsport in this case is the source of the anticipation: The singer, one of the most astute translators of the complex tangle of pain that knots around heartbreak and love, has gone through a divorce since her last album.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 14, 2021

Adele's New Song ‘Easy on Me' Is Even More Devastating Than We Thought
YouTubeThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast's Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.

It's odd branding that crying to Adele has become a Super Bowl event.

Adding to the bizarre emotional bloodsport in this case is the source of the anticipation: The singer, one of the most astute translators of the complex tangle of pain that knots around heartbreak and love, has gone through a divorce since her last album.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 14, 2021

Bill Clinton Hospitalized With Possible Sepsis: Report
Noam Galai/GettyBill Clinton has been hospitalized in Irvine, California with possible sepsis, CNN reports.

According to a spokesperson, he was admitted to UC Irvine hospital's intensive care unit with a non-COVID-19 related infection Tuesday.

The former president's doctors, Dr. Alpesh Amin and Dr. Lisa Bardack, said in a statement: "He was admitted to the hospital for close monitoring and administer IV antibiotics and fluids. He remains at the hospital for continuous monitoring." The doctors said his white blood cell count was trending down, a good sign.

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The Daily Beast
Oct 14, 2021

Miami Fires the ‘Tom Brady' of Police Chiefs After 6 Months on the Job
Anadolu AgencyThe Miami City Commission voted on Thursday to fire Art Acevedo, the city's police chief who'd been sworn in to praise from many of the same officials who believed they'd caught a "big fish" but flamed out after just six months on the job.

After hearing testimony from two high-ranking members in the police department (both of whom had previously applied for Acevedo's job before he was appointed), as well as the city manager who'd hired Acevedo and then suspended him earlier this week, the commission decided unanimously to fire him - a decision that The Daily Beast has previously reported seemed likely.

The hearing was based on the suspension letter City Manager Arthur Noriega had sent to Acevedo on Monday, which charged him with losing the confidence and trust of the department, issuing "unauthorized" threats about disciplining employees who didn't get vaccinated, hiring and firing department members without following protocol, and telling employees that the city and police department was run by a "Cuban Mafia."

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The Daily Beast
Oct 14, 2021

GOP Pol Waged Insane Battle to Treat Dying COVID Patient With Ivermectin
Municipality of Anchorage/The Daily BeastA Republican lawmaker in Alaska reportedly harassed hospital officials to administer the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin to a COVID patient—and even claimed to have power to make medical decisions for the patient— before the man died on Wednesday.

William Topel, a well-known figure in Anchorage's conservative circles, had been a frequent opponent of public health measures intended to curb the pandemic and regularly showed up at Anchorage Assembly meetings to voice his defiance.

However, he was admitted to a local hospital with COVID symptoms late last week, longtime friend Terrence Shanigan told The Daily Beast on Thursday, not long after he attended an Assembly meeting that involved swarms of unmasked protestors challenging a proposed mask ordinance.

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Oct 14, 2021

Tucker Carlson Punts When Confronted on Fox's Vaccine Policy: ‘I'm Not Qualified to Speak' on It
The Daily CallerFox News star Tucker Carlson has no problem bashing the Biden administration on a nightly basis for imposing vaccine requirements for large companies, likening the policy to tyranny.

But when it comes to his own employer's strict vaccine policy—one that goes even further than the Biden rules by requiring daily COVID testing for unvaccinated staffers—Carlson's attitude is that he's "not qualified to speak for the company on this."

Appearing this week on the Vince & Jason Save the Nation podcast (part of The Daily Caller website founded by Carlson), the primetime star was confronted by liberal commentator Jason Nichols over Carlson's recent assertion that Fox News doesn't have a vaccine mandate.

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Oct 14, 2021

Ohio Schools Freak Over Critical Race Theory, Dump Anti-Racism Reforms
REUTERSThe Ohio State Board of Education has backtracked on its own efforts to fight racism, voting Wednesday evening to repeal a resolution that demanded equity for students of color.

School board members reportedly voiced concerns that the initial anti-racism resolution—crafted at the height of the George Floyd protests—would promote division, with one person going so far as to call it "a crisis in our nation and our country." In a 10-7 vote, the board opted to replace the resolution with another that would "promote academic excellence" regardless of "race, ethnicity, or creed."

Introduced last year by the board's president, Laura Kohler, Resolution 20 condemned hate crimes and white supremacy, laying the groundwork for public educators to be schooled on the concept of implicit bias. It also sought to address the racial gap with test scores, advanced placement classes, graduation rates, resources in classrooms, and disciplinary measures.

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Oct 14, 2021

Jan. 6 Committee Plans to Hold Steve Bannon in Criminal Contempt
REUTERSSteve Bannon, once Donald Trump's right-hand man and now still loyally building support for the former President, could soon face charges for ignoring a subpoena demanding he appear before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Last week, Bannon's lawyer informed the special congressional committee that the right-wing media figure would defy the subpoena, citing Trump's "executive privilege"—despite the obvious fact that Trump is no longer a sitting president and Bannon was only a former adviser at the time of the insurrection

In response, Chairman of the special committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), issued a statement on Thursday saying his panel would "not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt."

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Oct 14, 2021

Bose's Popular Earbuds and Headphones Are on Sale on Amazon
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/AmazonWhen it comes to headphones, Bose is world-renowned. From their noise-cancelling behemoths to the minute earbuds, you really can't go wrong with adding a pair of headphones from Bose to your repertoire. If you're on the lookout for a new piece of audio tech, or maybe getting a headstart on holiday gifting, this deal from Amazon is here to help. Right now, you can choose from a handful of Bose earbuds at some of their best prices.

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Oct 14, 2021

Trump Tells GOP: Back My Big Lie or I'll Burn the Party Down
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyDonald Trump is the biggest loose cannon in the world.

If Joe Biden actually ends up spending trillions of dollars to radically transform America, it will be because Trump sabotaged not one, but two U.S. Senate seats in Georgia after refusing to accept his own defeat, giving Democrats a surprise majority in both houses of Congress to go along with the White House.

He could have an even bigger, and more damaging, impact on Republicans going forward. The only thing we know for sure is that he will not be ignored. Indeed, he is already meddling.

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Oct 14, 2021

Joe Rogan Admits He Almost Got Vaxxed, Tells People to ‘Get Vaccinated and Then Get Sick'
USA TODAY SportsMassively popular podcaster Joe Rogan, who has repeatedly sown doubt about COVID-19 vaccines, admitted this week that he almost got vaccinated a few months ago but scheduling conflicts caused him to miss his appointment.

During a marathon three-hour interview with CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan wanted to make it clear to both Gupta and his audience that he is not actually anti-vaccine. And his proof was that he had planned to get the shot but never actually did.

According to the influential comedian, he actually made an appointment in Las Vegas earlier this year to receive a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. However, he said, logistical issues at the time made him unable to get the shot.

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Oct 14, 2021

Amazon's ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer' Reboot Has Nudity and Drugs But No Hook
Michael Desmond/Amazon StudiosI'll say this for Amazon's soft reboot of I Know What You Did Last Summer: it wastes no time letting viewers know what kind of show they're in for. Perched atop a cliff with a pensive but disaffected look on her face, lead actress Madison Iseman speaks in perfect, self-serious monotone: "I'm sure you're sitting there right now thinking you know who you are, who your friends are," she says. "I thought I knew. I was wrong."

Screenwriter Kevin Williamson set the bar for a generation of meta-horror imitators to come with his Scream screenplay, but his nautical 1997 follow-up cast its net in a more conventional pond. A loose adaptation of Lois Duncan's 1973 novel, the predictable teen slasher generally left critics cold, but it understood what its audience wanted and delivered without overthinking. With its creatively-staged kills and impeccable cast of young, tri-nonymous idols—Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr.—I Know What You Did Last Summer sank its hook deep into the '90s mall rat demographic.

This new teen drama, on the other hand, is committing the cardinal sin for young people in any era: It's trying way too hard.

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Oct 14, 2021

The Greatest Drinking Contest in History
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastHow many Whiskey Cocktails can you drink? I mean, in a row.

Let's make it easy: they're small, no more than an ounce-and-a-half to two ounces of bourbon or rye, a teaspoon of thick sugar syrup and a couple dashes of bitters, stirred up with ice and strained into a little stemmed glass. Simple.

Now, anyone who drinks alcohol could put away one or two with no fuss at all. Three? Come on—you're American. But dainty as they might be, these things really do add up. Four I can see causing some issues. Five—okay, now you're drinking. I venture to say that, as long as I didn't mind appearing like a sozzled old fool (I generally don't) and had the next day to apply the various traditional hangover cures of my people (you know—the walking three times around the house with the salamander in the left pocket, the cold pigeon stew, the shots of hot peppermint schnapps with Worcestershire), I could probably take aboard a good six Whiskey Cocktails. Wait, how many did you say? Eight? I acknowledge your superior capacity.

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Oct 14, 2021

Nicki Minaj Finally Responds to Jennifer Hough's Witness-Intimidation Lawsuit—Sort Of
Jamie McCarthy/GettyNicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty's harassment and witness intimidation case just took another turn.

Jennifer Hough, whom Petty was convicted of sexually assaulting in 1995, recently requested a $20 million default judgment in her witness intimidation case against the couple after they failed to respond to her lawsuit. Hough's attorney, Tyrone Blackburn, says he received an email Thursday night from attorney Judd Burstein on Minaj's behalf—in which he requested that Blackburn withdraw the petition and grant an extension to respond.

"I said NO!" Blackburn told The Daily Beast in an email. "I told him to prepare his opposition to my request for default judgment and explain to the court why his client and her husband believe they're both above the law."

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Oct 14, 2021

Alex Murdaugh Now Charged in Dead Housekeeper's Missing Settlement Money
Orange County Corrections/FacebookSouth Carolina legal scion Alex Murdaugh faces criminal charges—again.

The 53-year-old lawyer already accused of orchestrating his own murder for an insurance payout has been criminally charged in connection with millions of "misappropriated settlement funds" in the death of his former housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, authorities announced Thursday.

He was taken into custody Thursday morning and charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses after being released from his drug facility in Orlando, Florida. His lawyers confirmed to The Daily Beast that Murdaugh will appear in court at a bond hearing on Friday.

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Oct 14, 2021

Keurig's New Coffee Maker Makes Customized Coffee That I Can Brew From My SmartPhone — and I'm Obsessed
Photo: Keurig/Amazon.Scouting Report: The K-Supreme Plus Smart Brewer is perfect for coffee lovers and newbies alike. Keurig's BrewID technology is a game-changer for customized coffee at home.

I'm the only person in my household who drinks coffee, so single serve coffee makers are the way to go for me. I've had a few Keurig machines in my life, and I've loved them all for different reasons - but their newest model, the K-Supreme Plus Smart Coffee Brewer - is hands down my absolute favorite. Keurig has pulled out all the stops for this machine, and coffee lovers can rejoice at a Keurig brewer that recognizes the brand and roast of your k-cup, and brews your beans the way the roaster intended. Or if you prefer to customize your cup of joe on your own, you can set the strength, the temperature, and the size of your cup. Oh, and did I mention you can do this all from your phone? In short, it's simply the best cup of coffee I've had out of a Keurig.

I think it's fair to say that coffee connoisseurs have scoffed at Keurig since their brewers only used to brew coffee one way. Sure, you could change the size of your cup, but I used t

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Oct 14, 2021

Putin Says American Reporter Is Too ‘Beautiful' to Understand His Very Clever Point
ROSCONGRESSPresident Vladimir Putin appeared to be channeling the stereotype of Russia's uneducated working classes this week when he mocked and patronized an experienced American business journalist. Unleashing his inner gopnik during an on-stage interview, he claimed she must be too "beautiful" to understand his complex argument.

The exchange took place Wednesday at a Russian Energy Week panel in Moscow moderated by CNBC journalist Hadley Gamble. The reporter had pressed Putin on reports of Russia withholding gas supplies to Europe to drive up prices, and after the Russian leader dismissed the claim, she asked how Moscow could convince its European partners that it's a reliable gas supplier in light of such reports.

"A beautiful woman, pretty. I tell her one thing, and she says something completely different. As if she didn't hear what I said," Putin said, turning to the male members of the audience.

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Oct 14, 2021

Race to Save the World: Stopping the Next Pandemic Means We Need Equity in Public Health
REUTERSCommunities that were vulnerable before the pandemic only became more vulnerable as COVID raged. African Americans and Hispanics bore a disproportionate brunt of COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths and these groups continue to be less likely to get vaccinated than their white counterparts. Outside of the U.S., vaccination rates linger under 10 percent for at least 50 countries, and are closer to 2 percent in some of the poorest nations.

With vaccination rates woefully short of the 70 percent threshold most experts say is necessary to reach herd immunity, ongoing viral transmission provides more opportunities for dangerous variants like Delta to evolve. The disparities in public health are not simply a problem for low-income and minority communities—they will continue to allow COVID to thrive and give rise to future pandemics unless we resolve them now.

The health-care industry is taking notice. "The last year-and-a-half has really been sort of a defining moment for us," Sanjay Shetty, the president of Steward Health Care System, said Wednesday at the Race to Save World virtual webinar, hosted by The Daily Beast in partnership with Pfizer. Shetty and his fellow panelists explained that a huge problem that exacerbated the pandemic from its earliest days was the fact that in many underserved communities, the lack of access to a trusted healthcare provider simply meant many people didn't know where to go if they felt sick.



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Oct 14, 2021

Kyrsten Sinema Is Unfriending Her Network Into Oblivion
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyWhen people ask Kyrsten Sinema if she wants to run for president someday, the Arizona senator usually has a stock answer: "I'm overqualified."

That response, relayed to The Daily Beast by a former friend, is vintage Sinema. It's quick and witty but also self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating all at the same time. The quip also sheds a rare bit of light on a political figure on center stage in Washington who is, all the while, paradoxically guarded and enigmatic.

For many people both inside and outside the Beltway—who are hanging on her every maneuver around President Joe Biden's legislative agenda—Sinema is a mystery. And for people who once considered themselves her allies, friends, and confidants, the senator is now mostly a black box to them, too.

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Oct 14, 2021

They Found Her OnlyFans and Made Her Life a Living Hell
Courtesy Sara CheekSara and Matt Cheek wanted to start over. So, in the spring of 2019, they gathered their three young kids, packed up all their earthly belongings, and moved to Lithia, a tiny suburb of Tampa, Florida. Less than a year after they'd arrived, however, things began to go south. COVID hit. Then Matt, a delivery driver, was injured, leading to reduced pay. If all that weren't enough, a pipe burst in their house, flooding it. With their options limited, Sara, a former salon owner, turned to social media.

She'd amassed tens of thousands of Instagram followers after going viral on TikTok, and a number of them posed the same question to her: Do you have OnlyFans?

"It happened all at once," Sara tells The Daily Beast. "At that point, I was like, I'd heard about OnlyFans and now I have all these followers trickling into my Instagram. I wonder what that's about?"

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Oct 14, 2021

Why Team Biden Can't Ignore Mexico's Deal With the Devil
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyJust in time for Día de los Muertos comes a macabre tale from south of the border that reminds us what happens when someone makes a deal with the devil. It's official: Mexico is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the drug cartels.

This should not come as a total surprise to the Biden administration, which needs to understand that its relationship with Mexico has to change. The new realization as to just how embedded the cartels are with Mexico's institutions represents a formidable challenge for President Biden. He needs to understand that Americans can no longer trust Mexican officials to rein in the cartels, if we ever could.

Americans have come to expect that, no matter which political party in Mexico controls the presidency, there is likely to be a cozy relationship with drug traffickers. The current president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, literally describes his approach to the narcos as "hugs not bullets." That's a clear giveaway.

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Oct 14, 2021

‘Clueless' Actress Brittany Murphy's Tragic Death Exploited in Ghoulish New Documentary
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Courtesy HBO MaxIt was a sad twist of fate when actress Brittany Murphy was laid to rest a day before Christmas in 2009. The former child actress, who had blossomed into Hollywood's beloved girl next door with the success of Clueless, had always said it was her favorite holiday.

The 32-year-old had died a few days earlier at her Los Angeles home, where she'd been holed up with her mysterious and controlling husband, Simon Monjack. Her cause of death was cited as untreated pneumonia, exacerbated by Murphy being extremely anemic and underweight. And while there was no evidence of alcohol or illicit substance abuse, an autopsy showed she had a combination of painkillers and over-the-counter medicine in her system.

Murphy's death prompted a media circus at the height of the aughts, when tabloids and paparazzi terrorized young starlets, a time when celebrity blogger Perez Hilton gleefully used Microsoft Paint to cruelly ridicule and mock the likes of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Murphy.

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Oct 14, 2021

Jim Jordan Makes His Move to Be the Most Batshit Anti-Vaxxer of All
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyOhio Rep. Jim Jordan has seen Greg Abbott's insane coronavirus vaccine mandate ban and raised the Texas governor seven more deadly diseases, tweeting that "Ohio should ban all vaccine mandates."

It's disturbing but not surprising that when the Republican Party is having a race to the bottom, someone's going to scrape it. It's no surprise at all when that someone turns out to be Jordan, who thinks rolling up his shirt sleeves when the cameras are on marks him as Everyman, albeit one who's been accused of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse during his former career as a wrestling coach at Ohio State University.

It's awfully quiet inside Jordan's head, without the clanging from Republicans who are OK with every other vaccine but dead set against mandating this one to help stop the spread of a disease that's still killing nearly 2,000 Americans a day for the simple reason that their base hates anything elites want, no matter how sensible or helpful. He's resolved the dilemma by objecting to all of them.

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Oct 14, 2021

Bill Pullman Saved the World. Now He's Saving Himself.
Taylor Jewell/APBill Pullman was always perfectly fine with being a one-term president.

Reviving his President Whitmore 20 years later in the Independence Day sequel, Resurgence, was perhaps a no-brainer, given the pay that accompanies such tentpole blockbusters. He's been more hesitant to revive and repurpose the original film's iconic speech—"We will not go quietly into the night…"—which he's been asked to recreate countless times over the years. He's always resisted—until this summer, when the globe was facing another dooming threat to its entire existence: Not aliens, but COVID-19.

But then there's the "working actor" part of it, too. Pullman, who's made at least one—and often four or five—movies a year since his 1986 debut in Ruthless People, had never been a series regular on a TV show until he returned to the Oval Office as a president with a dysfunctional family in the 2012 NBC sitcom 1600 Penn. The network and the show's creators and cast had high hopes for the comedy's longevity, but it was canceled after its initial 13-episode order.

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Oct 14, 2021

How Triple-Jabbed Israel Is Exposing America's Booster Shot Blunders
Jack Guez/AFP via Getty ImagesMillions of Israelis rushed to pharmacies and clinics for their third dose of COVID vaccine after the country's health regulators authorized boosters back in July, and the apparent result—four months on—is striking.

For the roughly 4 million Israelis who've gotten boosted—that's two-thirds of the adult population—COVID cases seem to have plummeted. A third dose of Pfizer's messenger-RNA vaccine has reduced infections tenfold, according to the preprint of a new study that appeared online on Oct. 7. The study is not yet peer-reviewed.

The Israeli booster push is a possible success story, and a model for countries that can get access to adequate supplies of vaccine for population-wide booster rollouts, experts told The Daily Beast. Israel's experience might also cast into relief U.S. authorities' own hesitancy when it comes to boosters.

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Oct 14, 2021

Tom Brady and the Patriots' Cheating Ways Laid Bare
Billie Weiss/GettyIt is breathtaking to watch Fox Sports' prepackaged intro to Super Bowl XXXVI. The NFL, staging America's Big Game, its first after one of America's worst tragedies, caked itself in the red, white and blue for the occasion. A montage of players read Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you..." speech. Former President and CIA Director George H.W. Bush—also the father of the then-president, who was riding a wave of approval like no world leader had ever seen—assisted with the coin toss. Mariah Carey sang the Star-Spangled Banner while perched between two displays: one of soldiers planting the flag at Iwo Jima, the other a real-life evocation of firefighters raising the flag at Ground Zero.

What happened next, of course, was devastating. Two unconscionable, vengeance-fueled wars. A financial crisis that left an entire generation adrift. An inspiring Chicago politician elected to the highest office on a promise to turn everything around, only to be swamped by the machinations of a loathsome Kentucky gremlin. A reality-TV host became president, where he botched a deadly pandemic so badly that everyone had to spend a whole year inside their homes.

The wake of 9/11 looked like America coming together, but really, it sowed the seeds for a miserable era in public life. Super Bowl XXXVI was also the first NFL title for quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots, who would go on to play in nine of the following 19 Super Bowls, winning six of them, and transforming themselves into the greatest NFL dynasty ever. They would

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Oct 14, 2021

Whistleblower Jump-Starts Biden's Sneak Attack on Big Tech
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty ImagesWith recent revelations about the role that Facebook's algorithm may have played in a range of social ills, the Biden administration has been quietly exploring ways to increase oversight without relying on an act of Congress, according to White House and administration officials and allies on Capitol Hill.

The primary target: Section 230, a provision in the U.S. Communications Decency Act that effectively shields websites from facing legal repercussions for what users post.

By seeking change through regulatory action by the Federal Trade Commission, rather than risking legal reform of Section 230 getting bogged down in a legislative quagmire, the White House could clear a potential pathway to regulating social media companies that have long been able to operate without facing repercussions for what posters use their websites to say and do. Such a move could also help Biden live up to a campaign promise to strengthen regulatory oversight of Facebook and other social media giants.

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Oct 14, 2021

OK, Fine, Remember the Alamo. Just Don't Forget the Slavery and Stupidity
MPIIf you were to ask an Apple Mac Pro (made in Austin, a city named for the founder of Texas independence) to pick the hottest hot button issue in Texas history, the answer would be the 1836 siege and Battle of the Alamo, the creation myth of Texas. Mess with the Alamo, and you're messing with Texas.

Jason Stanford, writer and political consultant, Chris Tomlinson, veteran journalist and Texas historian, and Bryan Burrough, author of Public Enemies and Barbarians at the Gate, three very different writers, have collaborated to produce a book that has outraged a significant number of Texans, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who canceled a virtual forum on the book in June, calling it "A fact-free rewriting of Tx history…"

Patrick got the second part right: Forget the Alamo is a rewrite of Texas history, one that has been a long time a'comin'. But fact-free it isn't, and it's the facts that have a great many older white Texans riled:

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Oct 14, 2021

Seth Meyers Nails Tucker Carlson's ‘Just Asking Questions' Nonsense
NBCDespite the fact that Southwest Airlines has repeatedly denied that its recent mass flight cancelation was due to President Biden's COVID vaccine mandate, "that hasn't stopped some on the right from spreading the baseless claim anyway," Seth Meyers told viewers Wednesday night.

Leading the charge, of course, has been Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who pushed that conspiracy theory hard on his show Monday night. But he then went even further, blaming Amtrak train route cancelations on the mandates as well. "Were these also protests against the Biden shot mandates?" he wondered aloud. "We can't say for certain. It certainly wouldn't surprise us."

"You can't say for certain?!" the Late Night host shot back. "Well then please, by all means, put it on television. We all know that's how journalism works." He then imagined the famous Woodward and Bernstein headline, "Did Nixon Do Watergate? Seems Like the Kind of Thing He'd Do! But Who Knows?"

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Oct 14, 2021

Score a Pair of Bose's Coveted Audio Sunglasses While They're on Sale
Photo: Bose/Amazon.Chic sunglasses that double as Bluetooth headphones? Sign us up. If you haven't heard of Bose's Bluetooth Frames, now's the time to get acquainted — and treat yourself to a pair of your own while they're $25 off.

Amazon's Epic Deal Days event means two of the best-selling Bluetooth frame styles, the Soprano — a Wayfarer-style cat-eye silhouette and the Tempo — their performance sportswear model — are each marked down on sale at the moment.

Not only do these luxe sunglasses allow you to discreetly listen to your music or take calls anytime and anywhere, but they're also designed with the protective features you'd expect to find in your regular pair of shades: scratch-proof polarized lenses to reduce glare and 99 percent protection from UVA and UVB rays.

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Oct 13, 2021

Star ESPN Reporter Adam Schefter Has History of Sketchy, Unethical Behavior
Mark BrownThe 650,000 emails unearthed as part of an NFL investigation into the toxic and misogynistic culture established by infamous NFL owner is proving to be the rancid gift that keeps on giving—a rare window into how the men at the top of the football food chain behave when they think no one is watching. First came the Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, who was revealed to have fired off messages peppered with all manner of bigotry. Now, we're also getting a glimpse at what's required in order for a preeminent reporter to score his prized scoops.

Adam Schefter, ESPN's NFL insider bar none, was gabbing with then-Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen a decade ago when he violated a basic tenet of journalism: he shared the contents of his story with a source for review prior to publication.

"Please let me know if you see anything that should be added, changed, tweaked," Schefter wrote, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Oct 13, 2021

Fox News Host: Native Americans Are Alcoholics Hooked on the Government
Fox NewsFox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy asserted on Wednesday night that Native Americans' struggles have "everything to do with government dependency" and "alcoholism."

Her colleague Jesse Watters, meanwhile, groused that liberals are just trying to "make them out to be victims" and will attempt to "send more slush funds to the reservations."

Appearing on Fox News Primetime alongside her husband, Sean Duffy, a fellow cast member on MTV's The Real World, Campos-Duffy initially took aim at Vice President Kamala Harris for saying America should face its "shameful past" while recognizing Indigenous Peoples' Day. The vice president also said European explorers such as Christopher Columbus "ushered in a wave of devastation for tribal nations, perpetrating violence, stealing land, and spreading disease."

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Oct 13, 2021

‘Thoughts of a Colored Man' on Broadway Has a Lot to Say
Julieta CervantesSometimes plays reach to be something else. At their most urgent they can be manifestos, like Keenan Scott II's Thoughts of a Colored Man, which opens tonight on Broadway in the same week that Jon Gruden resigned as the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after various racist, sexist, homophobic, and transphobic comments he had made in the past were exposed.

It opens as America and American theater's reckoning with race and racism, brought into sharp focus by the murder of George Floyd, is ongoing. It opens as Black people's voting rights are being brazenly curtailed. It opens as the Texas state legislature, in a wider climate of transphobia, is on the verge of passing a bill Republican lawmakers have been chomping at the bit to pass which will stop trans kids from playing sports. All of these things circulated in the critic's mind after viewing Thoughts of a Colored Man. Is this a conventional play? No. Its animating principle is that sometimes things just need to be said.

While the play, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, was not written in response to events of right now, it is a timely and sometimes moving interrogation of what it means to be a Black man at this moment. The pla

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Oct 13, 2021

Black Trans Actor Claims They Were Cut From ‘Hamilton' for Demanding Gender-Neutral Dressing Room
Timothy A. Clary/Getty A transgender cast member of the hit musical Hamilton—which has been widely held up as a champion of diversity—alleges they were harassed by other performers and ultimately booted from the production after requesting a gender-neutral dressing room.

Suni Reid, a Black trans performer, made the damning claims in a federal civil rights complaint filed Wednesday against the musical's parent company, outlining how they were allegedly harassed and retaliated against while working on the Los Angeles production.

Reid says they repeatedly faced discrimination from other cast and crew members—including a performer who told them to "pray the gay away"—were purposely misgendered, and physically threatened while in the men's dressing room.

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Oct 13, 2021

Furious Judge Finds Jail Officials in Contempt for ‘Abuse' of Jan. 6 Prisoners
Brent Stirton/Getty ImagesA federal judge on Wednesday slammed D.C. jail officials over the possible mistreatment of accused Capitol rioters in custody, calling for the Justice Department to open a civil rights investigation and holding two officials in contempt of court for delaying medical treatment.

"It's more than just inept and bureaucratic shuffling of papers," U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth fumed during a contentious hearing Wednesday about medical delays for accused rioter Christopher Worrell. "Does no one care? Does no one follow up?"

During the hearing, Lamberth said that jail officials failed to turn over critical information that was needed to approve a surgery for the accused rioter's broken wrist—even though the medical procedure was recommended four months ago. The accused Proud Boys member from Florida, who is receiving chemotherapy for cancer, was arrested in March on several charges after allegedly attacking police with pepper spray during the Jan. 6 riots.

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Oct 13, 2021

Billionaire Trashes ‘Tattooed' Judge Who Found Him Guilty in Neighbor Feud
REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonEarlier this year, after Judge Kimberly Knill issued a restraining order against billionaire Bill Gross for harassing his neighbor, he bad-mouthed her in an open letter, calling her a "bona fide ‘hanging judge' at the shore."

It was a questionable strategy, because nine months later he landed back in her Orange County courtroom. That time she sentenced Gross and his wife to five days in jail. (They likely won't serve the time.)

Now, the "Bond King" is badmouthing her again.

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Oct 13, 2021

Anti-Masker Alaska Pol Gets COVID, Boasts About Taking Unproven Meds
YouTube/Alaska SenateTwo Republican state senators in Alaska have tested positive for COVID-19 and one has been leveraging her platform on Facebook to tout a cocktail of vitamins and ivermectin as a miracle cure while railing against recommendations by public health officials.

"Its my turn to battle Covid head on... game on!" Republican state Sen. Lora Reinbold wrote on Facebook on Tuesday night. "When I defeat it, I will tell you my recipe."

Sen. David Wilson also tested positive and was managing minor symptoms. A third lawmaker, Sen. Click Bishop, tested negative in a first test after feeling sick, Anchorage Daily News reported.

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Oct 13, 2021

This Game-Changing Robot Mop-Vacuum Is Only $112 Today
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/AmazonIf you haven't invested in a robot vacuum cleaner just yet, today's the day to upgrade your cleaning arsenal without dropping major coin. Right now, OKP's best-selling K3 Robot Vacuum and Mop is marked down to a staggering $122 (originally $338). Frankly, I don't think I've ever seen this stellar of a deal on robot vacuums — even during Black Friday.

This two-in-one self-cleaning mop and vacuum is equipped with robust suction functionality and four modes to handle any cleaning task. Plus, it's engineered with built-in map planning modes and smart anti-collision technology, so you don't have to monitor its every move while it literally cleans your home for you. "This vacuum is awesome! Suction is powerful enough to leave vacuum lines [and] makes my life sooo much easier," wrote one impressed Amazon reviewer.

At $340, the OKP is already affordably priced compared to other robot vacuums on the market, but with a whopping 67 percent off, it's a total steal.

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Oct 13, 2021

Fox News Hosts Shout Down Liberal Panelist for Saying NYC Is No ‘Hellhole'
Fox NewsFox News hosts Lisa "Kennedy" Montgomery and Julie Banderas on Wednesday took turns berating a liberal panelist for having the temerity to dispute their claim that New York City is a "hellhole."

Kennedy and Banderas, in an effort to bolster their case that the city is a terrifying, crime-ridden wasteland, boasted that they "talk to cops" and read the New York Post as evidence for their claims. Besides whipping their viewers into a frenzy over vaccine mandates and critical race theory, Fox News has spent much of its time fear-mongering about supposed crime waves in Democratic-run big cities. (The reality is a bit more complicated, as murders are on the rise but robberies, property crimes, and rapes have all significantly declined this year.)

On Wednesday's broadcast of Fox News' mid

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Oct 13, 2021

Russia Throws Tantrum Over ‘Crazy' American Women in Government
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesOn Tuesday, talks between Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland and Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov ended with a dramatic threat to potentially shutter all Russian diplomatic missions if the U.S. didn't lift all sanctions against Moscow. Nuland's response? A resounding "Nyet," much to Ryabkov dismay.

But Russia's attitude towards Nuland goes beyond her politics: Apparently, Moscow's misogynists would rather not deal with a woman at all.

Russian state media led the charge in covering Nuland as the subject of a "Fashion Police" segment, as opposed to a U.S. government official who should be taken with any modicum of seriousness. State media outlet Ria Novosti, typically known for its dry news coverage, led with a headline that read: "Nuland arrived at the Foreign Ministry in a crimson suit." The piece mused about Nuland's "colorful outfit" and her "unusual striped booties."

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Oct 13, 2021

Alex Murdaugh's Lawyer Finally Admits He's a Person of Interest in Family Murders
FacebookAfter months of speculation, Alex Murdaugh's lawyers have finally admitted the South Carolina attorney—who's already accused of orchestrating his own murder—is a person of interest in his wife and son's double homicide.

Jim Griffin, one of the scion's attorneys, confirmed that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) began investigating Murdaugh "from the get-go" in the June 7 murders of his 52-year-old wife, Margaret, and his 22-year-old son, Paul. Authorities say that Murdaugh called 911 around 10:07 p.m. after finding his family brutally shot near the dog kennels outside their 1,770-acre estate in Colleton County.

In the seven-minute call, Murdaugh tells a dispatcher, "I've been up to it now—it's bad," while dogs bark in the background.

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Oct 13, 2021

Gabby Petito Sleuth Forum Tears Itself Apart Over Cringeworthy ‘Awards'
Stephanie Keith/GettyThe mysterious disappearance and death of "van-lifer" Gabby Petito has garnered an outsized amount of media attention, which has itself generated its own intense debate.

Petito, 22, was strangled to death while road tripping across the U.S. with her 23-year-old fiancé, Brian Laundrie. After returning to Florida on Sept. 1 without Petito, Laundrie himself went missing shortly after being named a person of interest in the case. He has thus far not been charged with Petito's murder, but is facing a fraud charge for allegedly using her debit card following her death.

Last month, the Teton County Search and Rescue squad credited "widespread news coverage of the Gabby Petito search" for leading to "at least two members of the public calling local authorities...with new information" about missing Texas man Robert "Bob" Lowery, whose body was found during the search for Petito in western Wyoming.

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Oct 13, 2021

These Cordless Leaf Blowers Make Yard Work a Piece of Cake
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/VendorsWhen you have a gorgeous lawn, you want to show it off — not let it hide under a blanket of newly fallen leaves. Since raking debris can take forever and a day, plenty of people are turning to cordless leaf blowers to get that pristine, clutter-free lawn look, especially now that it's fall.

Why go cordless? Well, an extension cord can only get you so far, leaving you unplugging (and replugging) in your leaf blower while you work. With a cordless blower, you just turn it on and go to town — no pesky wires needed. Ready to tidy up your lawn in a fraction of the time it would take to use a rake? These cordless leaf blowers are up for the task.

Greenworks 40V Jet Blower

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Oct 13, 2021

90-Year-Old William Shatner Calls His Space Joyride the ‘Most Profound Experience'
Twitter/Blue OriginStar Trek star William Shatner was launched to the edge of space on Wednesday, becoming the oldest person to make the voyage.

Just before 11 a.m ET Wednesday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' aerospace company, Blue Origin, rocketed the 90-year-old sci-fi actor in a capsule from a launchpad in Van Horn, Texas, for the roughly 10-minute milestone trip.

After coming back down to earth, an emotional Shatner waxed poetic to Bezos about what he called "the most profound experience."

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Oct 13, 2021

‘Nervous' 90-Year-Old William Shatner Is Rocketed Into Space
via REUTERSStar Trek star William Shatner was launched to the edge of space on Wednesday, becoming the oldest person to make the voyage.

Just before 11 a.m ET Wednesday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' aerospace company, Blue Origin, rocketed the 90-year-old sci-fi actor in a capsule from a launchpad in Van Horn, Texas, for the roughly 10-minute milestone trip.

Blue Origin's New Shepard vehicle blasted Shatner and three other passengers into the western skies of Texas to an altitude of roughly 63 miles, permitting them to revel in about four minutes of weightlessness in microgravity.

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Oct 13, 2021

Woman Gunned Down at Minnesota Resort Was Likely Mistaken for Gunman's Ex-Girlfriend, Family Says
via Facebook The random murder of a 46-year-old former horse trainer at a Minnesota resort last week shocked the tiny town of Nisswa with its senselessness, but police now say the victim was probably not even the real target.

Bethany Bernatsky had only moved in at the Cozy Bay Resort a few weeks before she was gunned down last Thursday. But it seems the tranquil spot was dangerously close to a tense, domestic drama unraveling across the street.

The accused gunman, 26-year-old Cameron J. Moser, had reportedly been harassing the resort's former owners, who also happened to be the family of his ex-girlfriend.

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Oct 13, 2021

‘Nightmare' Mom Threw Secret Drunken Sex Parties for Young Teens, Encouraged Sex Attacks, DA Says
Santa Clara County District Attorney's OfficeA 47-year-old California woman said to be married to a big-shot Silicon Valley executive is facing a slew of charges after prosecutors say she lured 14- and 15-year-old high school students to booze-fueled parties where she encouraged and watched "sometimes non-consensual" sex acts.

The allegations against Shannon O'Connor, also known as Shannon Bruga, run the gamut from plying minors with alcohol to enabling sexual assault. Prosecutors in Santa Clara County say she left a trail of victims over a period of several months.

At "drunken and destructive house parties" throughout 2020 and early 2021, O'Connor allegedly "bought vodka and Fireball whiskey, provided condoms, and discouraged the teens from telling their parents about the parties or calling for help when one of them passed out in their own vomit," according to a press release from the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

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Oct 13, 2021

‘Bond' Director Cary Joji Fukunaga Pressured Me Into Going Nude
Slaven Vlasic/GettyWhen actress Raeden Greer was offered a small speaking role in True Detective, she was ecstatic. It was minor, but in the then 24-year-old's eyes, nabbing a part in a buzzy new HBO series and working alongside Woody Harrelson just might be the stepping stone to something bigger.

But she says those earnest hopes were dashed by the time she left set. Humiliated and outraged, Greer retreated to a friend's house to cry after abruptly being fired from the show.

The reason for her dismissal? Greer says she refused to go topless in a scene after it was suddenly sprung upon her, despite it not being part of her contract and repeated guarantees that she wouldn't have to be nude.

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Oct 13, 2021

Conservatives Want to Launch Their Own Anti-Vax Airlines
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastMAGA megafans are still determined to reinstall Donald Trump as president—but they're divided over how to do so. As far-right efforts to "audit" the 2020 election fizzle, some of the movement's biggest names have accused each other of being communists, FBI informants, and "homewreckers."

On this week's episode of Fever Dreams, hosts Will Sommer and Kelly Weill dive into the feuds roiling the Republican Party. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the QAnon-hyping congresswoman from Georgia, went on the attack against a former ally this weekend when she implied that conspiratorial attorney Lin Wood might be cooperating in investigations into the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Wood, who previously acted as Greene's attorney, has spent weeks accusing the lawmaker of being a "communist" because she has not instituted an "audit" of Georgia's vote. Greene hit back, accusing Wood of swindling money fundraised in defense of Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of killing two people at a protest last summer.

"You have this fight between true believers like Lin Wood who think the election was stole

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Oct 13, 2021

Virginia Democrats Enter the Taylor Swift Phase of Desperation in McAuliffe's Governor's Race
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty ImagesThe Virginia governor's race is tighter than expected in a state Joe Biden won by 10 percentage points, and where former governor Terry McAuliffe was favored to return to the statehouse for a second term. Recent polls show the race within the margin of error.

What most alarms Democrats is the lack of enthusiasm on their side and the surprising staying power of Republican Glenn Youngkin, a wealthy private-equity investor who has managed to stay close enough to Trump by advocating for "election integrity" while remaining vague enough on abortion to not scare women in the northern Virginia suburbs.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden's dragging numbers are taking a toll on McAuliffe, who now must convince skeptical Democrats that he's not more of the same with all talk and no action. "The D.C. Democrats have lost all sense of urgency," says Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia. "If they don't pass something in the next 10 days, then they stand to lose Virginia, and if they

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Oct 13, 2021

With Dems' Advantage in Virginia Slipping Away, Terry McAuliffe Turns to Taylor Swift
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty ImagesThe Virginia governor's race is tighter than expected in a state Joe Biden won by 10 percentage points, and where former governor Terry McAuliffe was favored to return to the statehouse for a second term. Recent polls show the race within the margin of error.

What most alarms Democrats is the lack of enthusiasm on their side and the surprising staying power of Republican Glenn Youngkin, a wealthy private-equity investor who has managed to stay close enough to Trump by advocating for "election integrity" while remaining vague enough on abortion to not scare women in the northern Virginia suburbs.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden's dragging numbers are taking a toll on McAuliffe, who now must convince skeptical Democrats that he's not more of the same with all talk and no action. "The D.C. Democrats have lost all sense of urgency," says Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia. "If they don't pass something in the next 10 days, then they stand to lose Virginia, and if they

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Oct 13, 2021

Terry McAuliffe Enters the Taylor Swift Phase of Desperation in Virginia Governor's Race
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty ImagesThe Virginia governor's race is tighter than expected in a state Joe Biden won by 10 percentage points, and where former governor Terry McAuliffe was favored to return to the statehouse for a second term. Recent polls show the race within the margin of error.

What most alarms Democrats is the lack of enthusiasm on their side and the surprising staying power of Republican Glenn Youngkin, a wealthy private-equity investor who has managed to stay close enough to Trump by advocating for "election integrity" while remaining vague enough on abortion to not scare women in the northern Virginia suburbs.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden's dragging numbers are taking a toll on McAuliffe, who now must convince skeptical Democrats that he's not more of the same with all talk and no action. "The D.C. Democrats have lost all sense of urgency," says Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia. "If they don't pass something in the next 10 days, then they stand to lose Virginia, and if they

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Oct 13, 2021

Jon Gruden Is the Fall Guy. But What Else Is the NFL Hiding?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyFollowing his resignation as the Las Vegas Raiders head coach, Jon Gruden—who sent a number of racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and transphobic email messages to former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen's professional email—explained that he did so in order to not be a distraction to his team.

"Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I'm sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone," his press release read.

There's some truth there. In the 2011 emails, first reported on by The New York Times and uncovered during an ongoing investigation of workplace misconduct within the Washington Football Team, Gruden believed he was in a safe space where bigotry would not only be permitted but celebrated. The affable tone of the emails, which included racist comments against NFL Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith ("Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires"), calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a "f----t" (Goodell has spoken publicly about defending his gay brother from bullies), and sending topless photos of cheerleaders to Allen and other men suggests that all this was standard behavior for him and their recipients. He surely didn't mean harm because those involved wouldn't be offended by the comments at all.

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Oct 13, 2021

Time Is Running Out to Indict Trump for His Sex Hush Money Payment to Stormy Daniels
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastLater this month, on October 27, it'll officially be five years since then-presidential candidate Donald Trump had his personal lawyer secretly pay hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels. And more than an incredible mark of how time can move both fast and slow, it's also something of an important legal deadline.

Federal prosecutors at the Southern District of New York successfully locked up the Trump fixer who orchestrated the deal, Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in jail for charges related to the payment. But they never went after Trump himself, even though the government made it clear in the Cohen case that Trump was behind it all.

The government's now-infamous sentencing memo says Cohen "acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1," meaning Trump. And subsequent disclosures and two tell-all books made that crystal clear.

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Oct 13, 2021

Israel-Inspired Settlements Spark New Wave of Assassinations
Danish Ismail/ReutersKASHMIR—Makhan Lal Bindroo, a 62-year-old Hindu Pandit, was working at a prominent pharmacy he ran for decades in Kashmir's Srinagar region when he was shot four times in cold blood. Two days later, Siddharth, his 41-year-old son, stood pale-faced among several mourners at Bindroo's residence. His last memory of his father is at the hospital, looking down at his bloodied body, which was riddled with bullet wounds on the neck and head.

Bindroo's murder, which took place in the evening of Oct. 5, is part of a series of targeted killings by militants fighting against India's rule in Jammu and Kashmir. In the past week alone, the attacks have left at least seven people dead, four of whom are from religious minorities. "The incident has shaken us all," Siddharth told The Daily Beast. "My father was loved and respected by the masses. We never expected this."

When asked about the motives behind the recent killings, experts who spoke with The Daily Beast pointed a finger at policies introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, head of India's Hindu nationalist government.

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Oct 13, 2021

GOP Lawmaker's Campaign Spent Thousands on Her Own Companies
Bill Clark/CQ Roll CallSwing-district Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) has styled herself as a small business booster in the image of Donald Trump—and just like the former president, some of Tenney's favorite businesses to support seem to be her own.

According to a Daily Beast review of Federal Election Commission records, the congresswoman from upstate New York—who scratched out a 109-vote recount win earlier this year in one of the tightest House races in the nation—has spent tens of thousands of campaign dollars on businesses where she held an ownership stake or an executive job, and from which she reported $130,120 in income in 2020.

This year alone, as she wrestled Democratic opponent Anthony Brindisi over the final vote tally in court, Tenney shelled out $15,634.85 for a medley of rent, telephone service, and office supplies to OMP Park, Inc., a company that New York business records show is registered in her name and which identifies her as its CEO.

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Oct 13, 2021

Greek Island's New Luxury Hotel Is All About Its Insane Pool
Vangelis PaterakisThe best way to describe Singapore-based Banyan Tree's first foray into Europe, Angsana Corfu, is that it's a hotel built around a pool. And, really, if you're ever going to build a hotel around a pool, this would be it.

Sparkling sapphire, the pool that covers maybe a quarter of a football field and fans out in an arc that disappears into the sea before forming, on a clear day, a horizon of blue broken only by the mountains across the strait, the occasional boat, or another guest swanning around in an attempt to get an epic selfie.

The hotel itself is perched on the hillside of Corfu's eastern coast—a massive L-shaped structure of wood, concrete, and glass with villas cascading down the slope to the shore below. It is also the latest selection for our series on exciting new hotels—the New Room with a View.

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Oct 13, 2021

Biden Left Russia Out of Ransomware Meet. Can't Imagine Why.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty ImagesWhen the White House convenes a summit on countering ransomware Wednesday, 30 nations will join the United States to discuss issues related to cracking down on the cybercriminals behind ransomware attacks. But one particular country will be notably absent: Russia.

"We did not invite the Russians to participate," a senior administration official said on a briefing call Tuesday with reporters, citing "a host of reasons," such as "various constraints." The official did not go into detail.

Following a flurry of ransomware attacks that have crippled U.S. entities, senior administration officials have lambasted Russia for turning a blind eye to ransomware gangs that have operated within its borders for years. The cyberattacks, which leave victims' computers locked up unless companies pay hefty ransoms to faceless criminals, have in recent months hit a critical pipeline on the East Coast—leaving Americans queuing up for fuel—as well as a meat supplier, a grain co-op,

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Oct 13, 2021

The Dems Are Wasting a Winning Platform With a Losing Message
Evelyn Hockstein/ReutersIf you aren't telling your story, your story is going to be told for you. I mention this in nearly every speech to highlight the importance of being proactive in crafting and sharing your own identity and narrative for impressionable audiences. Another oft-repeated and true statement is "No story, no sale!"

Unfortunately, according to a revealing new CBS poll, the public isn't buying what the Democrats are selling. The poll revealed that only 10 percent of Americans say they know the specifics about Biden's Build Back Better plan—extra points for alliteration!—which Democrats have repeatedly said is the critical centerpiece of his domestic agenda. Awesome. Perhaps there is some lateral thinking and unorthodox strategy at play where Democrats expect voters to "guess" or telepathically know how this bold plan will transform their lives?

It's easy to blame an obstructionist and extremist GOP, media outlets thirsting for sensationalism and Trump, and an exhausted and fickle majority. However, in order to have any chance of success, the Biden administration and Democrats need to stop behaving like nerdy policy wonks, stop blaming the Sq

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Oct 13, 2021

Larry David Explains How He Wound Up at Fashion Week ‘Like Steve Bannon at a Seder'
ABC"Thank you, thank you, you're going to be so disappointed!" Larry David said to a standing ovation Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

With less than two weeks to go until the premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm's highly anticipated 11th season, David joined Jimmy Kimmel to reminisce about the time he accidentally showed up to the host's house for dinner a week early and explain why he's not "temperamentally suited" for stand-up comedy.

But perhaps the most important question Kimmel asked his guest was about those perfect photos that were captured of him at last month's New York Fashion Week. "You don't seem to be having a great time," the host said. "You actually seem to be scared and plugging your ears."

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Oct 13, 2021

Stephen A. Smith Tells Kyrie Irving ‘the Hell With You' Over Anti-Vax Stance
CNNESPN host Stephen A. Smith tore into Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving on Tuesday night, telling the All-Star guard "to hell with you" for his continued refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

With 96 percent of NBA athletes now vaccinated, Irving remains the league's highest-profile player to decline the shot. Since New York City—where the Nets play their home games—requires individuals to have had at least one COVID-19 jab to enter indoor arenas, the team has benched Irving until he can become a "full participant" under the city's COVID-19 rules.

"Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose," the Nets said in a statement. "Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability."

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Oct 12, 2021

Disgusted Cheerleaders Demand NFL Release Report on Washington Football Team's ‘Boys Club'
Scott Taetsch/GettyNational Football League cheerleaders are calling on the NFL to release its full report into workplace culture after allegations surfaced that coaches had secretly distributed nude photos of them by email.

The emails, first reported by the New York Times Monday, were allegedly sent by then-ESPN commentator Jon Gruden to then Washington Football Team General Manager Bruce Allen (who had hired Gruden's brother, Jay, to coach the team, then called the Redskins) and several other men.

Former cheerleaders for both teams told The Daily Beast Tuesday they were horrified by the revelations, but not surprised.

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Oct 12, 2021

Big Biz Says Screw You to Texas Guv's Ban on Vax Mandates
ReutersJust a day after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order barring businesses and other private entities in his state from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for employees, several major companies have said they will defy his ban and follow federal guidelines instead.

The Texas-based companies—including American Airlines, Southwest, and Dell Technologies—said they're planning to still require, with few exceptions, that employees under federal contracts abide by federal rules and get vaccinated.

Curtis Blessing, a spokesperson for American Airlines which is headquartered in Texas, told The Daily Beast in a statement on Tuesday that the airlines company would be "reviewing" Abbott's order but that it wouldn't change the company's posture on vaccines.

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Oct 12, 2021

Elderly Man Killed Realtor, Then Himself, at Final Home Inspection
via FacebookOn Oct. 5, Virginia realtor Soren Arn-Oelschlegel sold a house.

"Congratulations to my out of town buyer," a gleeful Arn-Oelschlegel wrote on Facebook. "I'm so happy I was able to find him a home that fit his needs! Do you want to be a happy buyer too? Call me!"

Three days later, he was dead in a bizarre murder-suicide reportedly carried out by that very buyer—who was apparently dissatisfied with his purchase. Arn-Oelschlegel's client, 84-year-old Albert A. Baglione, had been living in Alabama and signed a contract to buy the Portsmouth, Virginia property sight-unseen, sources told local outlet WAVY. He and Arn-Oelschlegel were reportedly onsite for a final walkthrough before Baglione took formal possession of the home.

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Oct 12, 2021

Amazon's Men's Grooming Sale is Loaded With Best-Selling Products
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/AmazonWhether you're planning on participating in Movember this year or simply need a restock of your favorite go-to hair products, Amazon's men's grooming sale is chock full of best-selling products, from premium beard balms, facial cleansers, and even a selection of super gift-worthy whiskey-scented body washes — all marked down up to 35 percent off. You'll find stellar deals on customer-favorite brands like Old Spice and Dove, along with plenty of markdowns on luxury and indie labels like The Art of Shaving, PMD, and 18.21 Man Made.

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Oct 12, 2021

This Florida County Was Fined Millions for Its Vaccine Mandate—and Folks Are Pissed
CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty ImagesThe ongoing feud between state and local officials in Florida over vaccine mandates escalated on Tuesday when one county was hit with a whopping $3.57 million fine for requiring COVID jabs for all employees.

The Florida Department of Health issued the fine against Leon County—home to the state's capital, Tallahassee—over its "blatant violation" of Florida's controversial "vaccine passport" law that prohibits governments and businesses from requiring residents to show proof they were vaccinated against the coronavirus. The notice states that the county broke the law 714 times in making all municipal employees show proof they'd been vaccinated. Fourteen workers were fired after refusing to get jabbed.

"It is unacceptable that Leon County violated Florida law, infringed on current and former employees' medical privacy, and fired loyal public servants because of their personal health decisions," Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement announcing the fines. "We will continue fighting for Floridians' rights and the Florida Department of Health will continue to enforce the law. We're going to stand up for Floridians' jobs, stand up for Floridians' livelihoods, and stand up for freedom."

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Oct 12, 2021

A 50-Year-Old Drug Might Find a New Life Treating Alzheimer's
National Institute on Aging, NIHAlzheimer's has always been a poorly understood disease, and that's raised huge challenges in finding viable treatments. Scientists are even exploring unorthodox options, like old drugs prescribed for very different conditions. They've found a very surprising candidate, in the form of a 50-year-old diuretic.

On Monday, researchers showed that the drug bumetanide, normally used to manage fluid retention for conditions like hypertension, led to a reversal of Alzheimer's symptoms in laboratory mice as well as human brain cells. And through a study of the health records of millions of patients, those same researchers found that people over 65 who took bumetanide regularly were 35-75 percent less likely to get diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

The findings, published in Nature Aging, hinges around the gene APOE, which mediates fat metabolism in mammals but is also known to be a major risk factor for Alzheimer's. Through an analysis of APOE gene records in Alzheimer's patients, along with the data of 1,300 existing drugs, the researchers found that bumetanide might be associated with reversing the effects of altered APOE genes. The drug's mechanisms for changing fluid retention in cells also plays a role in how neurons in the brain trigger electrical signaling, so it seems worth exploring.

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Oct 12, 2021

Mystery of Grad Student's Death Deepens With Report of ‘Missing Organs'
Bloomington PoliceFrom trending hashtags to circulating an online campaign to increase media coverage, social media users are demanding answers in the case of Jelani Day, a 25-year-old Black graduate student who went missing in August before washing up in a river a week later.

The case took a twisted turn last week when the Chicago Sun-Times reported that an independent pathology report, commissioned by the family, found that some of Day's organs and body parts were missing, seemingly contradicting an official autopsy. While Day's family have not publicly addressed the contradictions, his mother clarified Monday that Day's organs weren't missing—but she nevertheless suspects foul play and is furious with the lack of media attention.

"[M]y son did not put himself in a river," she said in a statement.

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Oct 12, 2021

Fox News Proves Jon Stewart's Point About ‘Cancel Culture'
Fox NewsDays after comedian Jon Stewart said that people who talk about so-called cancel culture "never seem to shut the fuck up about it," Fox News on Tuesday seemed to go out of its way to prove the longtime Daily Show host right.

During a Sunday night virtual talk at the 22nd annual New Yorker Festival, Stewart discussed a variety of topics while promoting his new (and extremely serious) talk show, The Problem With Jon Stewart. At one point, the conservation shifted to the notion that people are being "canceled" for having politically incorrect beliefs and sharing their honest opinions.

"People that talk about cancel culture never seem to shut the fuck up about it," Stewart declared, likely referencing right-wing media and other comedians, who have been obsessed with the issue. "Like, there's more speech now than ever before," he continued. "It's not ‘you can't say it,' it's that when you say it—look, the internet has democratized criticism. What do we do for a l

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Oct 12, 2021

Van-Lifer Gabby Petito Was Strangled to Death, Coroner Says
YouTubeDoomed "van-lifer" Gabby Petito died by strangulation, Teton County, Wyoming, Coroner Brent Blue announced Tuesday.

"By Wyoming state statute, only the cause and manner of death are released," said Blue, who last month ruled Petito's death a homicide. "The autopsy findings and photographs and that sort of material [will not be] released."

Law enforcement collected DNA samples from Petito's remains, according to Blue, who declined to provide details but said her "body was outside for three to four weeks." That means Petito was killed sometime in mid to late August. She was not pregnant at the time of her death, said Blue.

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