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The Daily Beast
Sep 23, 2019

Scouted: Knomo Laptop Sleeves Will Give You Peace of Mind No Matter What
My laptop is my office. So long as I have it tucked in my bag, I can work from any corner of the globe. It's an expensive piece of gear too, having set me back $1,500 a year or so ago. Protecting it on a daily basis, wherever I happen to be, is not optional but a must. Luckily, I've found a brand of sleeves I can trust with the job: Knomo London. 

The beauty of these products is in their simplicity. They're unassuming—the sleeves will hardly draw unnecessary attention—yet classic in design. The PU material offers a leather-esque look, which is soft to touch. They're also available in an array of understated tones from bronze to gold. I chose silver, which appears more gray in practice, but dazzles all the same. 

Around the edge of the Knomo 12" sleeve, there's visible stitching, a flair that follows through to the tag on the zip. This manufacturing choice accentuates the designer vibe of the sleeve, as though it was custom-made for you and, of course, your precious laptop. Top and center, you'll find the only decoration: subtle debossed lettering saying ‘Knomo London'.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 23, 2019

My Workout Diary: Jack McGarry
Courtesy Greg BudaJack McGarry doesn't do anything half-heartedly. He set out to be the best bartender in the world and, by the age of 23, was named the best bartender in the world at the Tales of the Cocktail conference. He opened a New York bar, the Dead Rabbit, with his fellow Northern Irish countryman Sean Muldoon and, you guessed it, the establishment won just about every possible award. Over the last few years, McGarry has fallen for running and, as you can imagine, he's very good at it, showing an uncommon dedication and passion for the sport. He has also been very frank about his struggles with alcohol and the importance of bartenders and chefs taking care of their mental health as well as their fitness. Running helps him on both accounts. He recently kept a week-long workout diary for me as he trained for the Steamtown Marathon, which happens next month in Pennsylvania.

"I'm down in-terms of overall mileage this Sunday due to a half-marathon fitness check-in next Sunday. So today was all about speed and shorter distance. I went out and ran 2 miles at an easy pace then 3 miles at marathon pace plus 10 seconds, which averaged out to a 7.13-minute mile. Then 2 miles at marathon pace (7.04-minute mile) and finished with marathon pace minus 10 seconds for a 6.54-minute mile. The rest of the miles were easy. 

Having been averaging close to 60 miles per week the past months and I'm getting pretty skilled at pushing excuses to not run. This has coincided with the opening of our Terrace Bar at BlackTail and traveling due to site visits for another project outside of New York. So, I've got legitimate excuses to not be doing stuff but today, and indeed mos

The Daily Beast
Sep 23, 2019

Iowans Flirting With 2020 Long Shots, Eyeing Warren's Rise in the Polls
Bloomberg/GettyDES MOINES, Iowa—Asking an Iowa woman wearing a Steve Bullock T-shirt who she supports for president is not a straightforward question.

It could be Bullock, the Montana governor who likes his steak medium rare. Or it could be Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesota senator who tried to make a joke about building a "Blue Wall" around President Trump happen.

But realistically, it could be someone entirely different.

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Sep 23, 2019

How Gunmakers Dealt Themselves a Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card
Jeff Pachoud/GettyThanks to Congress, gun manufacturers are shielded against lawsuits, an extraordinary gift to a single industry and a tribute to the power that the National Rifle Association has over lawmakers. 

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), passed in 2005 and signed into law by President George W. Bush, insulates gun makers from any responsibility for the carnage their product causes. 

"Everybody knew it was shilling for the NRA," says Jim Kessler, who at the time was with Americans for Gun Safety. "It was a gift to the gun industry. It was like passing a bill to grant immunity to the pharmaceutical or tobacco industry. It was no better."

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The Daily Beast
Sep 23, 2019

Climate Migrants May Number 143 Million by 2050
Turjoy Chowdhury/NurPhoto via GettyThis story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. 

ROME—Manu remembers vividly the grim conditions he faced when he left coastal Bangladesh just three years ago to try to start a new life in Europe. The 45-year-old woodworker was one of millions of people in his South Asian country who had, for years, adjusted to seasonal flooding, moving in and out of their homes as the higher tides passed with the seasons. But in recent years, the rising seas didn't subside, and Manu lost his home, his belongings and finally his livelihood when trees vital to his craft disappeared under the rising sea. 

In 2016, Manu made his way to Italy where he requested asylum, which very likely won't be granted. "There isn't even a category on the application to request protection from the changing climate," he told The Daily Beast. "No one even recognizes the problem."

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The Daily Beast
Sep 23, 2019

Why Is CBS' ‘Bull' Back on TV After a $9.5 Million Sexual Harassment Settlement?
David Giesbrecht/CBSOn Monday, in news setting Hollywood back years, the Michael Weatherly-led CBS series Bull returns for a fourth season after a multimillion-dollar settlement with actress Eliza Dushku over sexual harassment complaints. In December, the news broke that the network paid Dushku a whopping $9.5 million following allegations that Weatherly sexually harassed her numerous times on set.    

Dushku appeared in the legal drama for three episodes in 2017 at the end of its first season, though she was expected to become a regular cast member in the second season. However, her character was written off after she issued a sexual harassment complaint against Weatherly. In a first-person article for The Boston Globe, she wrote, "I took a job and, because I did not want to be harassed, I was fired."

The Bring It On actress accused her Bull costar of repeatedly making lewd comments about her appearance and saying he wanted to have a threesome with her. In one particularly disturbing incident, Dushku alleges that she incorrectly delivered a line, prompting Weatherly to shout at her, "I will take you over my knee and spank you like a little girl." She says the incident was captured on tape. According to Dushku, Weatherly campaigned for her to be fired (he denies this) an

The Daily Beast
Sep 23, 2019

Emmy Awards 2019: Great Winners, Embarrassingly Bad Show
Frederic J. Brown/AFP/GettyIs television actually...bad? `

As a telecast meant to represent the finest the medium has to offer, Sunday night's Emmy Awards could not have failed harder. It was almost shocking, really, the extreme dissonance between the quality of the shows, creatives, and performers rewarded—Fleabag! Billy Porter! Jodie Comer!—and the award show that was produced to celebrate them.

No wonder people seemed to have stopped caring about these things, as ratings freefalls suggest. This year's host-free, focus-free, fun-free telecast seemed to not care even about itself. Fox produced one of the most phoned-in awards ceremonies I can remember watching in years.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Mock the Emmys for Going Host-less: ‘This Show Sucks!'
The Emmy Awards followed in the Oscars' footsteps this year and went without a host for the first time since 2003. When it came time for Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, who hosted the award show in 2016 and 2017, respectively, to present on Sunday night, they were quick to express their displeasure with the decision.

"Well, well, well, how's the whole ‘no-host' thing going?" Colbert asked from the stage, adding, "What a joke." 

"What a dumb idea," Kimmel said. "So stupid. You know what has a host? Applebee's has a host." 

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Laverne Cox Delivers Powerful Supreme Court LGBTQ Message at the Emmys
Valerie Macon/GettyCox flagged the Oct. 8 LGBTQ discrimination cases at SCOTUS. Plus, drama from Billy Porter, Greta Lee, Rachel Brosnahan, and Indya Moore.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Iran Demands a $15 Billion Credit Before Resuming Talks With Trump and EU
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastForeign Minister Javad Zarif said Sunday that Iran would not resume talks with President Donald Trump and his administration until a French plan to credit Tehran $15 billion goes into full effect.

"The credit we are talking about is not a charity. We are a wealthy nation," Zarif told a group of reporters in New York Sunday. "The credit is in lieu of the oil [the French] were supposed to buy." Zarif said Iran is requesting the the $15 billion credit extend until December at which point in time it would request $3 billion per month. 

"That was one way for the French—not just the French but the European Union—in order for them to come back into compliance with the JCPOA," Zarif said, referring the Iran nuclear deal. He said the U.S. would eventually "lose its leverage" if it continued to block Tehran from selling its oil.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Trump's Firing Away on Fifth Avenue, and We Are Fucked
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastI spent some time Sunday morning going back and forth on whether I should even write these thoughts for public consumption, because they're just too bleak, but they've crowded everything else out of my brain, so here goes:

Donald Trump is going to get away with it. 

What's "it"? "It" is everything. Anything and everything he does. No one will stop him. The Republicans are too morally corrupt. The Democrats are too divided and weak. The courts are probably in his pocket. One of these days, the four right-wingers on the Supreme Court will rule for Trump. Maybe John Roberts will join the liberals to hold Trump to account. If he does, the country may yet be saved. If he doesn't, this country as we've known it is finished. 

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

‘Sickening': Family Rails at Early Release of Woman in Connecticut Sex Murder
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/HandoutIt was one of the most notorious crimes in Connecticut: a 13-year-old girl abducted in broad daylight from a supermarket parking lot by a gang of young people hell-bent on sex-fueled revenge.

Maryann Measles had reported to New Milford police a few days prior she had a sexual relationship with two local men, who were 19 and 21, and she felt vulnerable. She told her mother she thought the men were going to go after her.  

And they did.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Scouted: The Start of Fall Is the Perfect Time to Wear a Long-Sleeve Dress — Here Are Some Top Options
It took me a pretty long time to realize that the months of September and October are prime time for long-sleeve dresses. You get the coverage up top with the breeziness at the bottom and they look damn good with a pair of ankle boots. Long sleeve dresses come in so many different styles that you could wear one every day of the week without repeating. If you've been wanting to add one (or more) to your wardrobe, we've rounded up some top-tier options.

The Cashmere Turtleneck Dress, $165 at Everlane: A friend of mine has this dress and anytime she wears it, I can't help but tell her how much I love it. The relaxed fit of this sets it apart from other sweater dresses and the Donegal cashmere adds visual interest to it. It's soft and stretchy and just begging to be paired with sneakers or boots and a denim jacket. 

Elma Wrap Dress, $278 at Amour Vert: Made from Mulberry silk, this floral dress will be your go-to when the sun starts to set. It's flowy and flirty but the wrap makes it casual and easy to wear. The hem has a slight ruffle so when the wind blows, it'll catch it slightly to give it a bit of movement. 



The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Impeachment Pressure Builds for Nancy Pelosi's House Democrats After Ukraine Whistleblower and Trump Admission
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyDemocratic members of Congress grappling with the question of impeachment spoke with new urgency on Sunday following reports that President Trump pressured Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son in a July phone call between the two leaders. 

The moment arrives amid frustration among some of the candidates running in the 2020 Democratic primary, as well as voters and activists, that the Democratic-led House of Representatives has dragged its feet on holding the president accountable. 

In an interview with CNN on Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that impeachment could be the "only remedy," to the president's refusal to make public the whistleblower complaint associated with the call and a transcript of his conversation with the Ukrainian president. 

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Scouted: The Best Sectional Couches from Floyd, Burrow, Amazon, and More
Buying a couch online is no longer a huge to-do. There are tons of brands out there that were created to take the headache and wallet-crushing expenses out of purchasing large furniture on the internet. Sectionals give you the opportunity to stretch your legs, but also offer the space to entertain without feeling like you're squished together, elbowing each other to get some chips and dip. We've rounded up some of the best online-only sofa purchases that you can make with the peace of mind that you're getting both high quality and style.

The Sofa, $1,890 at Floyd: The Sofa from Floyd comes in four colors and the option to change up the base between birch or upholstered. The chaise is reversible, so no matter your home situation, you can choose which side you want to lounge on. 

Corner Sectional, $2,495-$4,995 at Burrow: Burrow's brand new sectionals are an extension of their other beautiful sectional offerings. The brand now makes a traditional 3-seat sectional, a Kind Section (which is a 4-seater), a Corner Sectional, and a U Sectional. Entertain without worrying about having enough seating.

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Sep 22, 2019

Scouted: Kitchen Towels Get Gross Quickly. Upgrade Yours With One of These Top-Rated Options on Amazon.
Dish towels are great. At a pinch, they do everything. Dry a dish. Wipe a counter. Get some schmutz off your hand. But all that stuff stays on the towel. So if you can't keep the dish drying towel separate from the schmutz-getting towel, you're going to mix them up. And that means, well, schmutz on your dishes. It also means you might need to upgrade your towels and do so with some intention. We put together some of the best-selling and top-rated dish towels you should consider, all of them on Amazon and easy to buy, get shipped, and return (just in case).

Utopia Kitchen Towels, 12-Pack, $16 on Amazon: Classics, subtle, and very highly-rated, this towel set's earned a 4.5-star average rating from more than 1,500 reviewers. You get six white and six black towels, each built with a dobby weave to allow them to dry quickly.

Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths, 10-Pack, $20 on Amazon:  The cellulose making up these hybrid towels allows them to absorb more than 20 times their initial weight. You can ten of them in five different colors: teal, orange, purple, red, and blue. Soft to the touch but gritty enough to scrub the grime, this is a great option to sort out your daily needs.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Three Dead, Four Sick After Drug-Related Mystery at Luxury Pittsburgh Building
Charles LeClaire/ReutersThree men have died and four other men have been hospitalized after a drug-related "medical incident" at and near a luxury South Side Pittsburgh apartment block early Sunday morning. One of the victims was 33-years-old, according to police, who say all the victims were around the same age and were wearing orange wristbands.

Police say they believe the deaths and illnesses were related to an "isolated drug-overdose event, not a widespread situation," according to a statement by the Pittsburgh Police Department that clarifies that the incident is not believed to be a case of drugs being passed around a large venue, but rather taken privately.

While they do not believe the incident impacts the larger Pittsburgh population, they do warn of a "tainted, potentially deadly batch of drugs" in circulation.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Three Dead, Four Sick After Mystery at Luxury Pittsburgh Building
Charles LeClaire/ReutersThree men have died and four people have been hospitalized after a "medical incident" at and near a luxury South Side Pittsburgh apartment block early Sunday morning. One of the victims was 33-years-old, according to police, who say all the victims were around the same age and were wearing orange wristbands.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that one of the deceased men was found inside the South Side Works City Club Apartment complex elevator at 4:01 a.m. Sunday morning after police found a survivor in critical condition on a nearby street at 3:20 a.m. The survivor had reportedly told police where he had been.

Two additional men were then found dead and three people were found in serious to critical condition inside an apartment in the complex at 5:38 a.m.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Tapper Corners Mnuchin: Wouldn't You Find It Inappropriate If Obama Asked Ukraine to Investigate Trump's Kids?
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin found himself in a rhetorical trap of his own making on Sunday when CNN's Jake Tapper cornered the treasury chief as he defended President Donald Trump's efforts to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

During his appearance on State of the Union, Mnuchin immediately deflected when pressed by Tapper as to whether or not it was common for presidents to push foreign leaders to investigate their political rivals, pivoting instead to Biden's claim he hasn't spoken to his son about his business dealings.

"I haven't heard that and I think you're speculating on what the president said," the Trump official said. "I would say these are confidential discussions between two foreign leaders but I think the bigger issue is Biden came out this weekend saying he never had any discussions with his son. His son came out and said he had had business discussions with his father so I think that the real issue is not what the president said, but what, indeed, did Biden's son do."

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Inside the Dramatic Legal Bust-Up That Ended Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein's Gross Friendship
GettyIf you love The Daily Beast's royal coverage, then we hope you'll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.

The end of a shameful friendship

Journalist Vicky Ward, who has spent years assiduously chronicling the Jeffrey Epstein saga including this stunning article for The Daily Beast, revealed in a piece for CNN that the friendship between Prince Andrew and Epstein came to a dramatic end in the early 2011, when Epstein threatened legal action against Prince Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.?

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

George Will: Conservatives Would Win if Trump Loses
Kasha Broussalian/Digital First Media/Boulder Daily Camera via GettyDonald Trump is not a conservative.

He's not a traditionalist, institutionalist, or incrementalist. He's not a free-trader. He's openly hostile to meritocracy, accountability, and the rule of law. He does not advocate for smaller government or smaller deficits. His views on free expression, privacy, and due process are frighteningly authoritarian.

George Will is a conservative and is so thoroughly unimpressed with Trump's conservative credentials and presidency that he left Trump entirely out of The Conservative Sensibility, his new 600-page primer for post-Trump conservatism. Will confirmed the omission—unprompted—in the first minute of an interview with The Daily Beast.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Can a Trumpet Silence a Gun? Terence Blanchard Wants to Try
Peter Van Breukelen/Redferns/GettyIn mid-July, trumpeter Terence Blanchard was on tour in Europe. News from home came fast and hard. New Orleans, his hometown, had been spared another flood, this time from Hurricane Barry's intense rains. Nearly five years to the day after Eric Garner's death from a Staten Island policeman's chokehold, U.S. Attorney General William Barr had ordered the case against Officer Daniel Pantaleo dropped; no federal civil rights charges would be filed. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump's tweets had suggested that four female Democratic Congress members "go back" to "the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came" (notwithstanding that three of them were born in the U.S.).

Such headlines touch on the animating story lines behind Blanchard's music. His Grammy-winning 2007 album A Tale of God's Will expressed the aftermath of the flood resulting from the levee failures following Hurricane Katrina through jazz. In its lush but urgent music, his trumpet evoked the anguished cries of those left stranded on rooftops.

Breathless, the hard-hitting first release from Blanchard's E-Collective band, was titled in reference to Eric Garner's plea—"I Can't Breathe"—while succumbing to that fatal chokehold.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Are We Overestimating How Much Trees Will Help Fight Climate Change?
Collart Hervé/GettyThis story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.

By Jan Ellen Spiegel

BOB MARRA navigated his way to the back of a dusty barn in Hamden, Connecticut, belonging to the state's Agricultural Experiment Station. There, past piles of empty beehives, on a wall of metal shelves, were stacks of wooden disks — all that remains of 39 trees taken down in 2014 from Great Mountain Forest in the northwest corner of the state.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

How Will New York City's Art World Survive? This Gallery Sets the Pace
Courtesy of Pace GalleryThere's a new art leviathan in New York City.

The new Pace Gallery building, an eight-floor 75,000 square footer built from the ground up at 540 West 25th Street, which opened for art business this week—and which has already acquired the monicker, Super Pace—is very much the brainchild of Marc Glimcher, who took over as CEO of Pace from his father, Arne, in 2011.

It speaks to the ambitions of the enterprise that the fact that The Who performed at an opening party seemed in keeping rather than hoopla.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

How Climate Change Is Helping British Bubbly to Rival Champagne
Courtesy GusbourneThis story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.

If I were a French winemaker and someone called me up and asked if I'd like to put my bottles up against a dark horse in a public tasting I'd balk. 

You can't blame me given the results of the so-called Judgment of Paris, where California wines trounced French ones in 1976 and, in the process, introduced America's nascent wine industry to the world. I'd then politely request that they lose my phone number. 

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

OMG, I Want to Rent This House: North Wales
VRBOOMG, I Want to Rent This House spotlights the most spectacular and unique homes that you can actually stay in. From open-air villas to an adult treehouse, we explore all the places that you should book for an unforgettable getaway.

Westbury Castle, Calling all aspiring masters and ladies, all countesses and earls, the denizens of both upstairs and downstairs: the premiere of the long-awaited Downton Abbey movie is upon us. But why spend this momentous occasion locked up in a dark theater plagued by jealousy as you watch the privileged lives of the aristocracy when you can rent a castle and live the noble life you've seen on the big screen.

Welcome to Westbury Castle in North Wales, an estate with a pedigree as ancient as it is distinguished. The Mostyn family moved onto the land in the 15th century, several decades before they became the proud owners of the title "baronet." They were friends of the Tud

The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Snorkeling with Salmon is Your Next Underwater Adventure
Bear Claw LodgeDesperate to swim with a spawning salmon, I fling myself into the Kispiox River even though the fish are late and haven't been seen yet this year. They don't call this murky, winding waterway the "hiding place" for nothing. Before I can search the shockingly cold water for fish, I call out for a lifejacket to go with my ill-fitting wetsuit, foggy mask and wobbly snorkel.

My body remembers swimming with salmon once before in much warmer water on the other side of the country. The way you are supposed to wear a lifejacket and float like a starfish, letting the current carry you while you fight the urge to propel yourself with disruptive breast strokes and vigorous kicks. The way that being motionless frees you to stare deeply into the depths. How, if you are lucky enough to swim over or alongside a salmon, you should look but not touch.

I know what I'm doing, but I can't make the fish appear.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

The Insider's Guide to Caravaggio's Rome
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/CaravaggioROME-Caravaggio is perhaps best known in the art world for his dramatic command of light and dark-known as chiaroscuro-which gives realistic life to his masterpieces through the manipulation of sharp and subtle tones. But Caravaggio also had a little chiaroscuro in his personal life.

He was a deeply troubled soul with dangerously dark moods and only fleeting moments of levity. His masterpieces were almost all completed in a few short weeks, but they were inevitably followed by months of madness as the artist spiraled into an angry and violent depression that led to frequent fights and even murder, alleged to have been committed over a plate of artichokes served the wrong way. 

Michelangelo Merisi was born in 1571 near Milan in a town called Caravaggio, from which his painting name derives. He came to Rome in his teens after being taken in by a local painter after losing his entire family to the bubonic plague when he was just 11. The late 16th century and into the 17th century marked the height of the Catholic Counter-Reformation when the church was as political as it was religious, building its intellectual influence through often corrupt means. It was a brilliant time to work for young painters like 20-year-old Caravaggio, who was still trying to come to grips with his immense talent and find a way to channel it into saleable art. 

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Have Archaeologists Found Where Jesus Fed the 5,000?
University of HaifaArchaeologists excavating near the Sea of Galilee may have discovered the site where Jesus is said to have miraculously fed a crowd of five thousand people using only five loaves and two fish. The miracle, which is mentioned in all four of the canonical Gospels, is regarded by some historians as one of the more ancient traditions associated with Jesus.

The new claim is based on discoveries made by scientists from the University of Haifa. During excavations at the Byzantine era "Burnt Church" in the Hippos National Park (the church is named because it was one of seven churches destroyed as part of the Sasanian conquest in 614 CE).  Archaeologists uncovered a 1,400 year old mosaic on the floor of the church that depicts the feeding miracle.

According to the Gospel of Mark, Jesus and his disciples withdrew to a "deserted place" in the Galilee region after the death of John the Baptist in order to rest (Mark 6:31). The location must have been relatively close to the shore of the Sea of Galilee because they used a boat to get there. Once the group came ashore they were swamped by a crowd of people who had followed them there. The ever-practical disciples advised Jesus to send the crowd away as it was growing late and there was nothing for people to eat.

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

YouTube Influencers Are Oversharing Their Surgeries
Christopher Furlong/Getty ImagesFrom Instagram-friendly veneers and Facetune facelifts to Kylie-esque lip fillers and facial surgeries that transform incels into good-looking "Chads," the internet is driving the young and connected to go under the knife. Now, high-profile YouTubers are completing the feedback loop by broadcasting their surgeries—at times in graphic detail.

In the tireless pursuit for a greater connection with fans, a surgical procedure is one of the last frontiers of extreme online intimacy. 

Jeffree Star, the head of an eponymous makeup line with 16 million subscribers on YouTube, has returned to his surgeries as subject matter over the past three years—hair transplants, his boyfriend's armpit botox, and the mending of a congenital esophageal deformity—most recently in February of this year when he had his botched lip injections corrected. Each video reached more than five million viewers. 

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Should Democrats Pack the Supreme Court? Yes—If They Want to Commit Political Suicide.
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyDemocrats running for president might want to tread carefully before taking stands likely to hurt them and their party in 2020, including Medicare for All and taking guns away from people by voluntary or compulsory buybacks. Trump is already using Beto O'Rourke's support for the latter as an excuse to do nothing on gun control.

Now we can add another one—packing the Supreme Court by expanding the number of justices. Their thinking is that when they win the White House, they will be able to appoint enough Supreme Court justices and federal court judges capable of reversing the conservative decisions they oppose, and who will deem constitutional the laws they pass through Congress.

New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie tried to make a case for it, disingenuously arguing that he was supporting packing the court not "to make the courts a vehicle for progressive policy, but to make sure elected majorities can govern—to keep the United States a democratic republic and not a judge-ocracy."

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Iowa Dems to Trump: You're Helping Biden With Ukraine Claims
Joshua Lott/GettyDES MOINES—Iowa is over 5,000 miles away from Ukraine—which is where, according to repeated, baseless claims from Donald Trump, Democratic 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden engaged in a cover-up.

And yet even here in Des Moines, Democrats aren't buying the president's feigned outrage, choosing instead to dismiss the political uproar over Ukraine, Trump, and the man who hopes to take him on in the general election as nothing more than a red herring. 

"This has been looked at and nothing untoward has been found," Susan Judkins, a city council member from Clive, told The Daily Beast of Trump's allegations that Biden abused his power in Ukraine. "Everything I've come to understand is that it isn't a story."

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

Did WWE Star Grandmaster Sexay Have to Die?
via WWEThe King of Memphis Wrestling had been through it all before, but the sinking feeling of disappointment was as strong as the first time he'd heard that his son had been picked up by the cops.

"I said, ‘Not again,'" Jerry Lawler, 69, recalled. "He just can't stay straight."

Lawler drove out to the Hardeman County Jail in Bolivar, Tennessee. Upon entering the building, he was greeted by grinning correctional workers asking for autographs and selfies.  "It was like a personal appearance," he said.  But he'd become accustomed to this type of thing. Even in the summer of 2018, the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Famer was legendary for the 1982 angle in which he delivered two consecutive piledrivers to comedian Andy Kaufman, "breaking" his neck.  Later, as a play-by-play man, he'd gleefully shout the term "puppies!" at buxom performers during the period known as WWE's risqué "Attitude Era."

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The Daily Beast
Sep 22, 2019

The Soap Opera Star, the Sex Cult, and ‘Smallville': NXIVM Gets the Lifetime Movie Treatment
The chilling story of cult leader Keith Raniere and his network of sex slaves, hidden behind the front of a self-help program called NXIVM, is the latest sensational crime story to get the Lifetime movie treatment. Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother's Fight to Save Her Daughter, which premiered on Saturday, follows the true story of '80s soap actress Catherine Oxenberg's attempts to loosen her twentysomething daughter India from NXIVM's grasp. 

Oxenberg played an important role in exposing Raniere's horrific crimes through her attempts to save her daughter. She interviewed former members of the cult, compiled a report for the FBI, and a spoke with the New York Times. Raniere, 58, was convicted of sex trafficking, among other charges, in June and faces 20 years in prison. The 90-minute TV movie offers PG recreations of the most disturbing details of the NXIVM case, including the branding of female members with Raniere's initials.

Escaping the NXIVM Cult shows its cards early, leading with a scene straight out of a (very tame) horror movie. Shots of a shadowy suburban neighborhood, complete with cul-de-sacs and neat rows of townhouses, convey that the extraordi

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Sep 21, 2019

Elizabeth Warren Leads Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders for First Time in New Iowa Poll
Scott Olson/GettySen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took the lead in a new Des Moines Register Iowa poll on Saturday night, marking the first time the Massachusetts Senator led both former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the first caucus state in the poll. 

According to the new survey, Warren narrowly leads at 22 percent, with Biden following at 20 and Sanders at 11 percent. No other candidate reached double digits but South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg followed at 9 percent, with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) at 6 percent to round out the top five. Additionally, the poll found that Warren was drawing the support of 32 percent of those who say that they caucused for Sanders in 2016 and that she narrowly led him among voters under age 35. 

"It's the first time we've had someone other than Joe Biden at the top of the leader board,"  J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll, said. 

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Sep 21, 2019

De Basio's Done, and the Joke's On New York City
Stephanie KeithThe presidential campaign of a leader who'd inadvertently killed a groundhog lived up to its low expectations before ending with a whimper on Friday. Some might have thought that Mayor de Blah Blah's unpopularity at home would have made him think twice about running for the highest elected office in the country, but reality has never been a problem for the man with "the dubious distinction of being the single most unpopular political figure in the entirety of New York State."

In August, a Siena College poll showed that he was less popular in deep-blue New York State than Donald Trump. I mean 76 percent of New Yorkers didn't want him to run for president. Vox did an explainer called "Why Bill de Blasio is so hated, explained," while 538 added, helpfully, "probably de Blasio's biggest problem was simply that Democratic voters did not like him, which is quite an unusual place to be among voters of one's own party." 

But luckily for those of us who enjoy political hijinks, he persisted and hilarity ensued.  

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Sep 21, 2019

De Blasio's Done, and the Joke's on New York City
Stephanie KeithThe presidential campaign of a leader who'd inadvertently killed a groundhog lived up to its low expectations before ending with a whimper on Friday. Some might have thought that Mayor de Blah Blah's unpopularity at home would have made him think twice about running for the highest elected office in the country, but reality has never been a problem for the man with "the dubious distinction of being the single most unpopular political figure in the entirety of New York State."

In August, a Siena College poll showed that he was less popular in deep-blue New York State than Donald Trump. I mean 76 percent of New Yorkers didn't want him to run for president. Vox did an explainer called "Why Bill de Blasio is so hated, explained," while 538 added, helpfully, "probably de Blasio's biggest problem was simply that Democratic voters did not like him, which is quite an unusual place to be among voters of one's own party." 

But luckily for those of us who enjoy political hijinks, he persisted and hilarity ensued.  

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Sep 21, 2019

He Envisioned the World That Trump Is Demolishing
Topical Press Agency/GettyA century apart, two American presidents faced a world spinning out of control. One was a builder and the other a disrupter. But they have more in common than might be expected.

In most ways, Woodrow Wilson and Donald Trump could not be more different. Wilson was a man of faith, a Ph.D. who wrote books and lectured widely; as president, he oversaw the greatest progressive reform in history. Trump is a hedonist and subliterate boor who seeks to strip away any program that serves people in need or common concerns like the environment or global warming. 

But the parallels are striking too. Both experienced periods of physical and mental instability that made close observers wonder whether they should stay in office. Both were prone to fits of temper and conspiracy theories. Both demanded absolute loyalty—and exiled those who spoke their minds. Both complained about entrenched elites conspiring to sabotage their world-changing agendas. Frustrated with the tedious bargaining in Congress, both took refuge in the roar of the crowds at rallies and parades.

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Sep 21, 2019

Cory Booker's Campaign Issues Dire Warning About His Presidential Run
Mike BlakeSen. Cory Booker's (D-NJ) campaign made it plain and simple on Saturday: if they don't raise another $1.7 million by September 30, they don't see a "legitimate long-term path forward," to compete for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. 

Booker's campaign manager Addisu Demissie wrote in a memo on Saturday morning, first reported by NBC News, that "Without a fundraising surge to close out this quarter, we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward."

"He's never been in this to raise his profile or to sell books. He is in it to win it," Demissie wrote. "The next ten days will decide whether or not he can."

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Sep 21, 2019

‘Criminal' Is Netflix's Lame Attempt at ‘Law & Order: SVU'
Jose Haro / NetflixA 12-episode series divided into four separate miniseries which take place, respectively, in England, France, Spain and Germany (each with their own cast of characters), Netflix's Criminal is the opposite of the streaming platform's true-crime sagas insofar as it promotes the idea that the truth is always attainable. A multilingual show whose installments are standalone interrogation-room dramas, it contends that every crime can be solved via careful questioning, attentiveness to body language, and a raft of evidence and clues—as well as 45 minutes' worth of persistence.

For all its conceptual gimmickry, that makes Criminal (premiering Sept. 20) akin to a typical network procedural in which cases are closed by the time the credits roll. Ambiguity, much less failure, isn't really part of its package. That, alas, proves a mounting problem the more one proceeds through its dozen chapters. Refusing to deviate from its formula except in minor ways, it's a cat-and-mouse game that never lets the latter escape the clutches of the former—a situation that, in the final tally, results in monotony, and winds up squandering a host of great individual performances from David Tennant, Haley Atwell, Jérémie Renier and the incomparable Nina Hoss.

No matter which iteration of Criminal you're watching, all the action is set in the same spaces: a police interview suite with a one-way mirror; the control room behind that viewing glass; and a hallway and lobby whose windows gaze out onto a hazy city. This one-locale-fits-all approach affords uniformity for its sagas; it also, however,

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Sep 21, 2019

Critics Demand Probe Into Soybean Exec's Trump Admin Gig
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastA legal advocacy group is asking federal ethics officials to look into potential conflicts of interest involving a top Trump administration agriculture regulator after a PAY DIRT report examined his prior role as a top influence-broker for the soybean industry.

Stephen Censky led the American Soybean Association before landing the No. 2 post at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he has been one of the administration's most strident supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard, a federal biofuel mandate favored by the soybean industry.

Government Accountability and Oversight, a nonprofit legal group, is asking the Office of Government Ethics to examine whether Censky's work at USDA has run afoul of federal ethics rules, including an executive order imposed by President Trump to limit conflicts of interest by former lobbyists in his administration.

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Sep 21, 2019

2020 Democrats Are About to Get Grilled
Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via GettyDES MOINES— The matching shirts are printed, the band instruments are tuned, the meat is thawing and the smell of grilling will soon be in the air. That's right, it's the annual Polk County Steak Fry, the official kickoff of the fall campaign season and a must-impress moment for 2020 Democrats. 

The event was started in the early 1970s to help former Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-IA) first congressional campaign. Harkin retired in 2014 but the Steak Fry has lived on. The intervening years have included a who's who of Democratic politicians: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton secured past speaking spots, as have current contenders former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Both are set to attend this year. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is currently the candidate to watch in Iowa. She is thought to have arguably the best ground game operation and is expected to draw a big crowd of supporters at today's event. A new Des Moines Register poll, set to drop tonight, will give Iowans a clearer picture where she stands compared to Biden and Sanders, her top rivals for the Feb. 3, 2020, caucuses. 

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Sep 21, 2019

The Surprising Ally in Fighting Global Warming
Getty ImagesShortly after assuming the presidency in 2017, Donald Trump rescinded Executive Order 13653, "Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change," a measure that had been signed by President Barack Obama in late 2013. The Obama order, steeped in the science of climate change, instructed all federal agencies to identify global warming's likely impacts on their future operations and to take such action as deemed necessary to "enhance climate preparedness and resilience." In rescinding that order, Trump asserted that economic competitiveness—involving, among other things, the unbridled exploitation of America's oil, coal, and natural gas reserves—outweighed environmental protection as a national priority. All federal agencies were instructed to abandon their efforts to enhance climate preparedness and to abolish any rules or regulations adopted in accordance with Executive Order 13653. Most government agencies, now headed by Trump appointees, heeded the president's ruling. One major organization, however, carried on largely as before: the U.S. Department of Defense.

In accordance with the 2013 Obama directive, the Department of Defense (DoD) had taken significant steps to mitigate its contributions to global warming, such as installing solar panels on military installations and acquiring electric vehicles for its noncombat transport fleet. More important, the Pentagon leadership, in a January 2016 directive, had called on the military services to assess "the effects of climate change on the DoD mission" and act where necessary to overcome "any risks that develop as a result of climate change." All those endeavors, presumably, were to be suspended following President Trump's 2017 decree. But while discussion of climate c

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Sep 21, 2019

Your Next Epic Road Trip Ends With an Arctic Swim
Will O'Connor/The Daily BeastI've never been much of a one for gimmicks—staying up past my preferred bedtime, for instance, to watch a tacky looking mechanical ball "drop" in New York City on New Year's Eve has always had limited appeal. But when it was first floated to me to spend midnight on the summer solstice at the actual Arctic Circle, where the sun would still be high in the sky, I was intrigued.

What would I do with those extra hours of daylight at that time of night? Not important. But the scenario proved irresistible.

Plus, the road trip through Canada's Yukon and Northwest Territories would end at the actual Arctic Ocean, where I'd have the chance to go for a dip. Along the way, there would be hikes in the spectacular Tombstone Territorial Park, drinking in the famed Dawson City, and a not-so-eagerly anticipated opportunity to run into one of the territory's thousands of grizzly bears.

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Sep 21, 2019

What Does Self-Care For Men Mean? Lotions, Exfoliants—and Challenging the Gender Binary
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyFor his New Year's Resolution, Alex Wade decided to take better care of himself. He set some goals with an "improvement mentality" in mind: go vegetarian, read more books, and get into skincare.

The last part proved to be the trickiest. Wade, who is 25 and works as a software engineer in New York, tried googling products to buy online, but search results felt too mystifying. He ultimately decided to shop the old fashioned way: he threw on a coat, left his apartment, and headed to Sephora. 

But perusing the skincare aisle felt like reading an instruction manual written in Mandarin. "I glanced around the skin section before I walked right out," Wade told The Daily Beast. "Two to three days in a row, I just kind of stood in front of the facial moisturizers for five minutes before leaving. I finally asked for help and got some exfoliant and moisturizer." Months later, Wade has stuck with the routine. With one exception: "I mainly buy online."

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Sep 21, 2019

Trump Said This Wall Can't Be Climbed. Professional Climbers Say He's Full of Sh*t
Herika Martinez/GettyYears after it was first promised and at a cost of more than $10 million per linear mile, President Donald Trump is confident that his newest stretch of a strengthened barrier along the U.S. southern border is "virtually impenetrable."

How confident? Enough to have its scalability tested by the world's greatest rock climbers, he told reporters on Wednesday.

"We have, I guess you could say, world-class mountain climbers. We got climbers," Trump said beside a newly finished section of the barrier in Otay Mesa, California, which tops heights of 30 feet. "We had 20 mountain climbers. That's all they do—they love to climb mountains. They can have it. Me, I don't want to climb mountains. But they're very good, and some of them were champions. And we gave them different prototypes of walls, and this was the one that was hardest to climb."

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Sep 21, 2019

Shailene Woodley Is Still Feeling the Bern: ‘We Just Need to Fucking Get a Good Person in Office'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo Phillip Faraone/GettyShailene Woodley is bundled up underneath a blanket, her hands balancing a cup of piping-hot green tea as she stares out the window at the green of Central Park.

"Come in my nook," she says.

The 27-year-old actress—of Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, and Big Little Lies fame—is in New York to promote her partnership with American Express, #BackOurOceans, wherein the company has committed to helping remove as much as 1 million pounds of marine plastic. It's a pretty organic union for Woodley, herself an outspoken environmental activist who started an environmental nonprofit at 19, was arrested protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and currently serves as an Oceans Ambassador for Greenpeace. Just last month, she went on a journey to the Sargasso Sea to study how microplastics are harming marine life.

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Sep 21, 2019

Scouted: Don't Waste the Ample Space You Have Under Your Sink With Simple and Top-Rated Devices
If you find yourself in a small space or otherwise want to decrease the amount of clutter weighing you down, a solid option is retrofitting your under-sink space to better serve your needs. And while that immediately might sound daunting, there are some simple, affordable, and highly-rated options on Amazon that can make the process a breeze and get you organized in no time. To help get you started on your quest, we put some of the best-selling and top-rated options together below.

Surpahs 2 Tier Under Sink Expandable Shelf Organizer, $31 on Amazon: The key value in this adjustable under-sink organizer is its modularity. After building the simple skeleton around your plumbing, the movable steel wire panels can hug the bars you've stuck and be used as both platforms and hook-ready bars for hanging things.

Simple Houseware Under-Sink 2-Tier Expandable Shelf Organizer Rack, $20 on Amazon: A little more restrictive and concurrently better designed, we have Amazon's top-selling under-sink organizer. The bronze finish will give your space an elegance it likely lacks and might lure you into grabbing for cleaning supplies more often than otherwise.



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Sep 21, 2019

Epstein Victim: Ghislaine Maxwell Made Me Recruit ‘Youngest-Looking' Girls for Epstein
REUTERSVirginia Roberts Giuffre, the woman who says she was recruited as an underage "sex slave" for Jeffrey Epstein and trafficked to other powerful men within his orbit, revealed in her first on-camera interview that she was allegedly trained to find the "youngest-looking" girls for the wealthy financier. 

It all started when she was 16 and working as a locker attendant at Mar-a-Lago, she told Dateline NBC's Savannah Guthrie in an interview that aired Friday night. 

"I get approached by this beautiful, well-spoken, well-mannered woman with an English accent," Giuffre said. "She told me her name was Ghislaine Maxwell, and she said, ‘I know this older gentleman who's looking for a traveling masseuse. He's super rich, he flies around everywhere. If you want, you can come by for an interview.'" 

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Sep 21, 2019

Bill Maher Makes the Case for Joe Biden: He Is ‘Mildly Embarrassing' But Not ‘Insane' Like Trump
HBOHBO's Bill Maher ended his Friday night broadcast of Real Time by taking aim at Republicans and conservative pundits who defend President Donald Trump regardless of what he says and does, introducing a new concept: Catch-23.

During his "New Rules" segment, Maher explained to his viewers that "Catch-22 meant if you claimed to be insane to get out of combat, it actually proved you were sane." On the other hand, "Catch-23 is if Donald Trump never makes you insane, you are insane!"

Noting that Republicans love to toss around the term "Trump Derangement Syndrome" to brush aside criticism of the "Dear Leader" as nothing but liberals being "sore losers" who can't accept Trump is president, Maher admitted there was some of that on the left before asking: "Have you watched this man over the last four years?!"

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Sep 20, 2019

If Whistleblower Is Right, Trump May Have Committed Extortion and Bribery
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIf the latest allegations about President Donald Trump's conversations with the leader of Ukraine are true, his conduct may constitute a garden-variety public corruption crime: extortion and bribery.

The Washington Post has reported that the subject of an intelligence community whistleblower's complaint relates to a "promise" made by Trump in a conversation with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. Further reporting indicates that the conversation amounted to a threat to withhold $250 million in military aid to Ukraine unless Zelensky investigates the family of Joe Biden, who is of course running to unseat Trump in 2020.

And The Wall Street Journal has reported that during a single phone call in July, Trump made "about eight" demands for Zelensky to work with his lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, to investigate Biden, though Trump did not mention the aid during the call. The Post

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Sep 20, 2019

Amazon's Climate Pledges Didn't Stop Employees From Taking to the Streets
Karen Ducey/GettyHundreds of Amazon employees were joined by staffers from Google and Microsoft on Friday in a walkout protesting inaction on climate change. The demonstration saw about 1,500 employees take to the streets near Amazon's downtown Seattle headquarters. 

"To all the tech workers who can no longer sit at our desks and be silent as we speed toward global ecological disaster," Weston Fribley, a software developer at Amazon, said to the crowd Friday. "We are tech workers with a common purpose, acting together to push our companies to take responsibility for their impact on the world." 

Amazon Employees for Climate Justice outlined three demands for the company when it announced it would be taking part in the Global Climate Strike: for Amazon to have zero emissions by 2030, to stop giving campaign donations to politicians who deny climate change is happening, and to stop offering custom cloud-computing services to oil and gas companies to aid in finding and extracting more fossil fuels.

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Sep 20, 2019

Pelosi Not Budging on Impeachment and Her Colleagues Are Privately Screaming
Alastair Pike/AFP/GettyNo one on Capitol Hill has yet seen the potentially explosive complaint involving President Trump that an anonymous whistleblower is trying to show lawmakers. 

But in the span of less than 48 hours, it's become the focal point of House Democrats' ongoing impeachment drama—with some pro-impeachment lawmakers casting it as a do-or-die moment for holding Trump accountable and, more glaringly, protecting constitutional bedrocks. 

"If any of these allegations are true, these are probably the most serious allegations against the president," said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), an impeachment supporter. "I do think this is going to probably move more of the members to start calling for that [impeachment] hearing… My guess is, those numbers are going to continue to go up."

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Sep 20, 2019

Scouted: Over 100 Styles of Hunter Rain Boots Are on Sale at Nordstrom Rack
The end of summer means lots and lots of rain. Keep your feet from getting soaked thanks to this huge Hunter sale from Nordstrom Rack. Choose from over 100 boot styles that you'll thank the heavens you have when the weather goes south. 

The classic Original Tall Waterproof Rain Boot comes in a plethora of colors, all of which are marked down to $90. These knee-high boots have a traction-gripping sole and adjustable buckle on the shaft to keep water from getting in. No more dreaded curse of the wet socks. Go a step further and get the Tour Packable Waterproof Rain Boot, also for $90. These lightweight rain boots keep the same Hunter shape but are made from a natural, flexible rubber that you can roll up and store. If you want the weatherproof construction but don't love the classic shape, the Refined Water Resistant Zip Bootie is your answer. On sale for $110, these heeled ankle boots are made with water-resistant leather so you don't have to sacrifice style for staying dry. As the weather gets wetter out there, keep your feet dry with a pair of Hunter boo

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Sep 20, 2019

DHS Finally Gets Real: Online Hate Drives Domestic Terror
Chip SomodevillaThe Department of Homeland Security on Friday called violent white supremacism "one of the most potent forces" driving a surge in mass shootings in the US, and acknowledged the role of online conspiracy theories, social media and extremist websites in fomenting domestic terror.

"Similar to how ISIS inspired and connected with potential radical Islamist terrorists, white supremacist violent extremists connect with like-minded individuals online," reads part of DHS's 37-page counter-terrorism strategy released Friday. "In addition to mainstream social media platforms, white supremacist violent extremists use lesser-known sites like Gab, 8chan, and EndChan, as well as encrypted channels. Celebration of violence and conspiracy theories about the ‘ethnic replacement' of whites … are prominent in their online circles."

Acting Homeland Security Director Kevin McAleenan released the new strategy document in an address at the Brookings Institute. He acknowledged that the First Amendment limits the government's ability to counter online communities like 8chan that "provide individuals who might be disaffected or angry with validation," and called for the private sector to refuse service to such sites.

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Sep 20, 2019

Navy Orders Trial for Two in Hazing Death of Green Beret Logan Melgar
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/handoutA Navy SEAL and a Marine will be tried for the hazing death of Green Beret Logan Melgar, who was allegedly duct-taped and put in a chokehold by his military comrades in Mali two years ago.

The Navy announced Friday that Marine Raider Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez, 34, and Navy Special Operations Chief Tony DeDolph, 40, were referred to a court-martial on murder and other charges that could land them with life sentences.

An admiral made the decision after the evidence against the pair was laid out at a hearing in Norfolk, Virginia, last month, where two other military men who copped pleas took the stand against DeDolph and Madera-Rodriguez.

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Sep 20, 2019

Youth Around the World Protest Climate Change
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Sep 20, 2019

MegVanka Has Landed: Meghan Markle and Ivanka Trump Are at Misha Nonoo's Wedding, Doing Glamour Differently
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty The photos trickling in from Rome, Italy, are nothing less than a visual feast for an otherwise average Friday afternoon, and a bit of schadenfreude for anyone who has ever cursed a wedding seating chart.

As we type, Meghan Markle and Ivanka Trump have to sit through the same ceremony celebrating the nuptials of designer Misha Nonoo and entrepreneur Michael Hess.

Call it two households, not alike in dignity. Early snapshots show Meghan and Prince Harry beaming past their small army of guards as they exit their car (not stooping so low as to shut their own doors, thank god!). She put her hair up in the type of perfect, regal bun that is usually only reserved for stock photos of princesses. 

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Sep 20, 2019

Candace Owens to Congress: ‘White Supremacy and White Nationalism Are Not a Problem'
Five months after far-right pundit Candace Owens told Congress that the rise in hate crimes is "fake" and the GOP's Southern Strategy was "a myth," Republicans once again invited her to testify before a subcommittee on combating white supremacy. This time around, the conservative provocateur straight-up dismissed the notion that white nationalism is a problem.

Early on in Friday's hearing before the House Oversight Joint Subcommittee, Owens—who late last year said Adolf Hitler was "OK" before he tried to go global—downplayed the threat of white supremacy in the United States, calling it nothing more than a fringe issue. (Reminder: The El Paso mass shooting was less than two months ago.)

"If we're going to have a hearing on white supremacy, we are assuming that the biggest victims of that are minority Americans," Owens stated. "And presumably this hearing would be to stop that and preserve the lives of minority Americans. Which based on the hierarchy of what's impacting minority Americans, if I had to make a list of 100 things, white nationalism would not make the list."

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Sep 20, 2019

Candace Owens to Congress: ‘White Supremacy and White Nationalism Is Not a Problem'
Five months after far-right pundit Candace Owens told Congress that the rise in hate crimes is "fake" and the GOP's Southern Strategy was "a myth," Republicans once again invited her to testify before a subcommittee on combating white supremacy. This time around, the conservative provocateur straight-up dismissed the notion that white nationalism is a problem.

Early on in Friday's hearing before the House Oversight Joint Subcommittee, Owens—who late last year said Adolf Hitler was "OK" before he tried to go global—downplayed the threat of white supremacy in the United States, calling it nothing more than a fringe issue. (Reminder: The El Paso mass shooting was less than two months ago.)

"If we're going to have a hearing on white supremacy, we are assuming that the biggest victims of that are minority Americans," Owens stated. "And presumably this hearing would be to stop that and preserve the lives of minority Americans. Which based on the hierarchy of what's impacting minority Americans, if I had to make a list of 100 things, white nationalism would not make the list."

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Sep 20, 2019

Rudy Giuliani Just Declared That It's Open Season for Foreign Influence
Florion Goga/ReuterrsRudy Giuliani's interview on CNN last night, in which the president's personal lawyer thundered about a supposedly corrupt bargain former Vice President Joe Biden struck in Ukraine, was a master-class in far-right pathology. There were the claims that American media was the "enemy," and that the supposed conspiracy involving Biden and Ukraine also extended to right-wing bogeymen like George Soros. There was the notion that a "deep state" had roped in its allies in the media to stifle the news about the billions of dollars supposedly flowing directly into Biden's coffers, all while the Obama administration threatened Ukraine with retribution if they didn't investigate Donald Trump himself. 

In a bizarre year, this one was an exceptionally bizarre moment.

Buried within Giuliani's claims, though, was a new reality with which Americans on both sides of the political aisle will have to contend moving forward. All of us - in the U.S., in Kyiv, in Moscow and Beijing and elsewhere - watched the president's personal lawyer go on television, admit that he pressured another government to open an investigation into a presidential rival, and did so with the effective blessing of the sitting president himself. 

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Sep 20, 2019

‘The View' Blows Up Over Meghan McCain's Confusing Whistleblower Claim: ‘Don't Scream at Me!'
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Things got heated yet again on The View when Meghan McCain and [insert sparring co-host du jour's name] got into it, causing McCain to huff and pout.

Leading off Friday's broadcast of ABC's gabfest by discussing the revelations that the whistleblower's complaint against Trump involves Ukraine, McCain eventually derailed the conversation by trying to make some kind of point about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Referencing her contentious exchange with Assange's girlfriend Pam Anderson earlier this month, the conservative co-host grumbled that there are liberals who were fine with Assange's leaks but are "screaming bloody murder right now about this whistleblower." 

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Sep 20, 2019

What the Hell Is ‘Cancel Culture,' Anyway?
YoutubeThis week:

We as a society are doomed unless male comedians can be racist without criticism or consequence!!!

At least, that's the lesson that is being screamed at me on Twitter in the wake of Saturday Night Live's firing of comedian Shane Gillis, of whom videos surfaced showing him telling blithely racist jokes that caused controversy not even hours after he was announced as a new cast member on the sketch show. (That his jokes traded in boring, retrograde stereotypes of Asian Americans was all the more cringe-inducing given that SNL had just made history hiring its first-ever Asian cast member alongside Gillis, Bowen Yang.)

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Sep 20, 2019

Ukrainian Official: Trump is Looking for Dirt ‘To Discredit Biden'
Mark Makela/REUTERSKYIV—Ukraine is ready to investigate the connections Joe Biden's son Hunter had with the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings, according to Anton Geraschenko, a senior adviser to the country's interior minister who would oversee such an inquiry. 

Geraschenko told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview that "as soon as there is an official request" Ukraine will look into the case, but "currently there is no open investigation."

"Clearly," said Geraschenko, "Trump is now looking for kompromat to discredit his opponent Biden, to take revenge for his friend Paul Manafort, who is serving seven years in prison." Among the counts on which Manafort was convicted: tax evasion. "We do not investigate Biden in Ukraine, since we have not received a single official request to do so," said Geraschenko.

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Sep 20, 2019

Ukrainian Official: Trump Wants Dirt ‘To Discredit Biden'
Mark Makela/REUTERSKYIV—Ukraine is ready to investigate the connections Joe Biden's son Hunter had with the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings, according to Anton Geraschenko, a senior adviser to the country's interior minister who would oversee such an inquiry. 

Geraschenko told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview that "as soon as there is an official request" Ukraine will look into the case, but "currently there is no open investigation."

"Clearly," said Geraschenko, "Trump is now looking for kompromat to discredit his opponent Biden, to take revenge for his friend Paul Manafort, who is serving seven years in prison." Among the counts on which Manafort was convicted: tax evasion. "We do not investigate Biden in Ukraine, since we have not received a single official request to do so," said Geraschenko.

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Sep 20, 2019

Ukrainian Official: We're Ready to Investigate Biden's Son—if Trump Asks Officially
Mark Makela/REUTERSKYIV—Ukraine is ready to investigate the connections Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden had with the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings, according to Anton Geraschenko, a senior adviser to the country's interior minister who would oversee such an inquiry. 

Geraschenko told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview that "as soon as there is an official request from the Trump administration, we'll look into it," but "currently there is no open investigation."

"Clearly," said Geraschenko, "Trump is now looking for kompromat to discredit his opponent Biden, to take revenge for his friend Paul Manafort, who is serving seven years in prison." Among the counts on which Manafort was convicted: tax evasion. "We do not investigate Biden in Ukraine, since we have not received a single official request to do so," said Geraschenko.

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Sep 20, 2019

Global Climate Strike Begins as Hundreds of Thousands Gather in Australia, Europe and Africa
ReutersThe global climate strike kicked off Friday morning in Australia with "well over" 300,000 people gathering across the country, according to organizers. Climate activists are expected to gather in cities and towns across the world Friday in what organziers have predicted will be the biggest day of climate demonstrations in history. It's the third global climate strike inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg. Thunberg tweeted early Friday: "Incredible pictures as Australia's gathering for the #climatestrike ... Australia is setting the standard!" Tens of thousands of people have been pictured gathering in the streets of cities including London, Berlin, and Nairobi. Organizers say they expected people in 150 countries to join the global climate strikes throughout the day.

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Sep 20, 2019

Meghan & Harry, Ivanka & Jared Descend on Rome for Misha Nonoo's Dolce Vita Wedding
ReutersROME-There's nothing quite like a La Dolce Vita-themed September wedding in Rome when the early autumn sun casts a golden hue over the eternal city. And that is just what was happening on Friday when a star-studded guest list descended for the nuptials of Bahrain-born fashion designer Misha Nonoo and her American oil tycoon fiancé Michael Hess.

It is hard to imagine how anything could ruin such a fine event except maybe an international incident like a potential face-off between Meghan Markle and Ivanka Trump, who have not been in the same room since Ivanka's dad -aka the President of the United States-called the American royal "nasty" last June.

Both Americans are expected to be guests of honor at Nonoo's glitzly wedding alongside the likes of Prince Harry, Jared Kushner and his brother Joshua -both dear friends of the groom who attended Harvard with Joshua- and Joshua's wife, model Karlie Kloss, along with Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom and a host of other media darlings.

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Sep 20, 2019

Epstein Accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre Sits Down With ‘Dateline' to Make Prince Andrew Allegations on Camera
Dan KitwoodPrince Andrew will come under fire again on Friday night when Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the woman who claims she was trafficked by billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, will allege that she was forced to have sex with Andrew and other powerful men in Epstein's orbit in her first on-camera interview, a Dateline NBC special.

NBC says that the special, titled "Reckoning," airing Friday, Sept. 20 at 10pm EST, includes interviews by Savannah Guthrie with several other young women who describe "the elaborate and highly organized operation that enabled Epstein to abuse young girls for many years."

Giuffre also discusses her claims that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, a friend of Andrew's, played a crucial role in his sex trafficking organization.

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Sep 20, 2019

Can Trump Lie His Way Out of War With Iran? Yep. That's What He's Been Doing.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastPARIS—Does Donald Trump really want irrefutable, iron-clad proof that Iran staged a devastating attack on Saudi Arabia last Saturday? Probably not. At least not to talk about publicly. Empirical truth is not his thing. And in this case that might be for the best. Indeed, lies could make the difference between war and peace.

Looked at the Middle Eastern way, Iran's thin veil of denial offers an opening for Trump: a way to avoid a full-scale conflagration or complete humiliation. All week long, Trump has taken it, and Tehran has even praised his restraint.

Asked by CNN's Nick Paton Walsh if he thought Trump is "gun-shy," Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said no, that he believed Trump has been the subject of many attempts to drag him into a war with Iran, but has resisted.

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Sep 20, 2019

Trump's Penchant for Lies Offers a Way Out of War With Iran
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastPARIS—Does Donald Trump really want irrefutable, iron-clad proof that Iran staged a devastating attack on Saudi Arabia last Saturday? Probably not. At least not to talk about publicly. Empirical truth is not his thing. And in this case that might be for the best. Indeed, lies could make the difference between war and peace.

Looked at the Middle Eastern way, Iran's thin veil of denial offers an opening for Trump: a way to avoid a full-scale conflagration or complete humiliation. All week long, Trump has taken it, and Tehran has even praised his restraint.

Asked by CNN's Nick Paton Walsh if he thought Trump is "gun-shy," Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said no, that he believed Trump has been the subject of many attempts to drag him into a war with Iran, but has resisted.

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Sep 20, 2019

Scouted: Whether You Need an Everyday Denim Upgrade Or Are Ready to Go Sherpa Jacket, This Levi's Sale Is for You
The Levi's Friends & Family Sale is here and that means 30% off sitewide (and free shipping). It also means a lot of options to choose from. Use code SCORE at checkout to score the discount. With more than 800 options in both men's and women's products, we took a look and brought back some highlights.

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Sep 20, 2019

Climate Change Could Turn Our National Parks Into Natural Disasters
Reetom Hazarika/GettyThis story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. 

At 10,000 feet above Maui, near the dormant Haleakala caldera, is a 90-year old plant. This silver sphere of leaves shaped like swords (aptly named silversword) has waited nearly a century for this one epic moment—sending up a nearly six foot, bright green stalk covered in 600 purple flowers.

With this splendid crown resting on its aging head and its seeds scattered to the wind, it dies. 

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Sep 20, 2019

Gerald Bostock Was Fired. He Wants His Supreme Court Case to Help Change LGBTQ Rights in America.
Courtesy Gerald BostockGerald Bostock relished doing his job. He was proud of helping young people. Until 2013 he worked for Clayton County, Georgia, managing the county's CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program, which trained and assigned volunteers to represent children who have experienced abuse or neglect in court proceedings.

"Imagine having a job you love, that's your dream job, and all of sudden losing it," Bostock, 55, from Doraville, Georgia, told The Daily Beast. 

In 2013, Bostock was suddenly fired by Clayton County. Bostock claims it was because he is gay, the firing coming after it was revealed to colleagues that he played for a local gay softball league. He was also subject to homophobic slurs, he claims.

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Sep 20, 2019

Prince Harry Risks a New Royal Rift Over His and Oprah's Mental Health TV Show
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIf you love The Daily Beast's royal coverage, then we hope you'll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.

Next year, in an unprecedented development for the British royal family, once the epitome of buttoned-up, stiff upper lip reserve, Prince Harry will appear on a new TV show focusing on mental health with Oprah Winfrey.

There's going to be feelings everywhere.

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Sep 20, 2019

The Greatest Drinking City in America: New Orleans
Courtesy Kevin O'MaraPractically since its founding some 300 years ago, New Orleans has had a famous bar scene. 

On this episode of the award-winning podcast Life Behind Bars, co-hosts David Wondrich and Noah Rothbaum, talk about the city's rich cocktail history and their current favorite bars in and around the French Quarter. They also share a few stories, offer some drinking advice and reveal what signature Nola cocktails they like to order.

If you're a fan of New Orleans (or its cocktails), you need to listen to this episode of Life Behind Bars. Cheers!

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Sep 20, 2019

New Jersey Mayor Wonders if He Was Detained for Defending Ilhan Omar
Dave Kotinsky/GettyThe airport has long posed frustrating challenges for Muslim Americans, from being "randomly" selected for extra screening to being detained at the airport returning home.

But it appears the Trump administration has escalated harassment of Muslims at the airport to a new level when Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently detained the mayor of a New Jersey town holding him and his family for three hours, and confiscating his phone for nearly two weeks, returning it only after lawyers from the Council on American Islamic Relations threatened a lawsuit.

And the most disturbing part is that the motivation for these actions may have been, at least in part, to punish this elected official for vocally criticizing Trump and publicly defending two of Trump's favorite Muslim targets, Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.

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Sep 20, 2019

Yes, Virginia, There Are Republicans Who Care About Climate Change
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastEarlier this year, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, a bombastic young Trump supporter, unveiled a response to the Green New Deal that recognizes that it "is the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green Real Deal to…achieve robust, economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions reductions." Whether this was a sincere olive branch or a head fake is unclear.

But the rhetoric suggests that there are some Republicans who take these issues seriously and raises the possibility of bipartisan compromise—which is more than Democrats who bother to show up at MSNBC's climate forum can be expected to offer. 

This time, though, there will at least be some competition. Among the candidates participating in the forum will be Republican Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, whose attendance raises an interesting question: Can the party that gave us Theodore Roosevelt and the EPA offer a climate vision that falls somewhere between out-and-out denial and throwing $16 trillion at the problem?

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Sep 20, 2019

Lewandowski and His Money Men Can't Get Their Stories Straight
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyCorey Lewandowski and a team of allied political operatives can't seem to get their story straight on a new super PAC that appears to portend his imminent run for a New Hampshire U.S. Senate seat.

President Trump's former campaign manager isn't yet an actual candidate for federal office, so he wasn't violating any laws when, during a break in his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, he tweeted his endorsement of the new group, Stand With Corey.

"New website just launched to help a potential senate run," he wrote. "Sign up now!" The website's email signup function wasn't yet active, so visitors couldn't do so at the time he tweeted, but the feature has since been added, alongside a quote from Trump endorsing Lewandowski's yet-to-be-announced candidacy.

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Sep 20, 2019

‘Rambo: Last Blood' Is a Trumpian, Anti-Mexican Nightmare
Yana Blajeva/LionsgateRight-wing American extremism has never been more extreme, so it's hardly surprising that Sylvester Stallone has once again resurrected his embodiment of jingoistic USA militarism, John Rambo, for Rambo: Last Blood (in theaters Sept. 20).

An unnecessary "final" sequel that finds the now-73-year-old Green Beret fighting south-of-the-border invaders in Home Alone-style fashion (no, seriously), it's a film that feels like the dying gasp of a series that refuses to go gently into that good night—especially since it can tailor its xenophobic bloodbath for our current Trumpian era.

It wasn't always so for John Rambo, who in 1982's sturdy First Blood was cast as a Vietnam veteran still grappling with PTSD, and forced to battle for the respect and appreciation he—and, by extension, his fellow returning soldiers—was denied by countrymen like Brian Dennehy's hateful small-town sheriff. For all its brutal one-against-many forest combat, it was a character study of sorts in which Rambo had to relive his ‘Nam trauma—and in doing so, come to grips with it.

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Sep 20, 2019

Brad Pitt's ‘Ad Astra' Is One Big, Shiny Ad for Lockheed Martin
Twentieth Century FoxBased on the early reviews, writer-director James Gray's new space epic Ad Astra is at once meditative and exciting, with sweeping visuals, visceral action and a brooding performance by star Brad Pitt. 

The $80 million movie, which opens Friday, also is a public relations coup for one of America's biggest technology firms. Maryland-based Lockheed Martin not only consulted on the design of the film's spacecraft, space stations, moon landers and other tech—it also paid Disney, the studio behind Ad Astra, to slap its logo on the movie's costumes and props.

Lockheed, builder of the F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters, the Orion space capsule and other high technology, is a big part of Gray's fictional world. Hollywood and America's space sector for decades have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship. Arguably, they've never been closer than they are in Ad Astra. 

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Sep 20, 2019

Justin Trudeau's All Too Convenient Blackface Blackout
John Woods/GettyOn Thursday afternoon, Justin Trudeau began an emergency press conference—his second in two days—by apologizing for having donned brown and blackface multiple times in the past. Then he opened the floor to questions from the media, only to repeatedly dodge a query about just how many times he had painted himself in the image of a black or brown person. 

"I am wary of being definitive about this, because the recent pictures that came out, I had not remembered," Trudeau finally admitted, leaving open the possibility that more offensive images might emerge. "[A]nd I think the question is, how could you not remember that? The fact is, I didn't understand how hurtful this is to people who live with discrimination every single day."

On the one hand, it is absolutely stunning and headline-worthy that Trudeau—the son of a Canadian prime minister now serving in that role himself—may have worn brown and blackface so often that he's now iffy on how many times he did so. On the other, despite the media's treatment of the entire Trudeau blackface controversy as a shocking betrayal of the Canadian prime minister's pristine progressivism, it's not particularly surprising that a white liberal did something racist (or, rather, enough racist things that he's not sure he can remember them all). 

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Sep 20, 2019

White Liberals Can Be Racist, Too: Look at Justin Trudeau's Blackface Scandal
John Woods/GettyOn Thursday afternoon, Justin Trudeau began an emergency press conference—his second in two days—by apologizing for having donned brown and blackface multiple times in the past. Then he opened the floor to questions from the media, only to repeatedly dodge a query about just how many times he had painted himself in the image of a black or brown person. 

"I am wary of being definitive about this, because the recent pictures that came out, I had not remembered," Trudeau finally admitted, leaving open the possibility that more offensive images might emerge. "[A]nd I think the question is, how could you not remember that? The fact is, I didn't understand how hurtful this is to people who live with discrimination every single day."

On the one hand, it is absolutely stunning and headline-worthy that Trudeau—the son of a Canadian prime minister now serving in that role himself—may have worn brown and blackface so often that he's now iffy on how many times he did so. On the other, despite the media's treatment of the entire Trudeau blackface controversy as a shocking betrayal of the Canadian prime minister's pristine progressivism, it's not particularly surprising that a white liberal did something racist (or, rather, enough racist things that he's not sure he can remember them all). 

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Sep 19, 2019

Hannity: ‘I Was Happy' That Whistleblower Complaint Is About Ukraine
Fox NewsAt the same time that President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani was on CNN denying (then admitting) that he urged the Ukrainian government to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Trump's shadow chief of staff was insisting on Fox News that he was "happy" that a whistleblower complaint against Trump involves Ukraine.

Leading off his primetime program by downplaying the bombshell news about the intelligence community's whistleblower complaint, Fox News host Sean Hannity complained that the "media mob" has been "breathlessly" reporting on the story over the past 24 hours.

After referencing past president's promises to world leaders—including President Barack Obama telling then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he'd have more "flexibility" after the 2012 election—Hannity circled back to the reports surrounding the whistleblower.

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Sep 19, 2019

Stephen Colbert Blows the Whistle on Trump After ‘Promise' to Foreign Leader
"Remember a couple of years ago when Trump first got into office?" Stephen Colbert asked during his Late Show monologue Thursday night. "We were all so nervous that Donald Trump was some sort of sleeper agent who was going to sell America out to a foreign power behind our backs." 

"Well, it's Throwback Thursday!" he added before laying out the details of the whistleblower complaint that has just started to come to light this week regarding the president making an unknown "promise" to a foreign leader. 

"Thank god Trump never keeps his promises," the host joked. "In fact, Eric is still waiting by the front door to go to Disney World." 

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Sep 19, 2019

Giuliani Admits He Asked Ukraine About Biden Seconds After Denying He Did in Insane CNN Interview
Shortly after numerous outlets reported on Thursday night that the intelligence community's whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump involves Ukraine, Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani showed up on CNN for a largely incomprehensible interview that featured the former New York City mayor repeatedly contradicting himself while he tossed out personal insults at anchor Chris Cuomo.

Giuliani, who has long been lobbying Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 elections, immediately began arguing with Cuomo over the merits of a Ukrainian investigation into Biden and his son Hunter. (Back in May, Ukraine's prosecutor general said there was no evidence that Biden or his son broke the law.)

After the CNN host noted that Giuliani was obviously doing this for political purposes to serve his client—Democratic lawmakers are currently probing Giuliani's efforts to get Ukraine to investigate Biden—Giuliani flip-flopped on his position within 30 seconds.



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Sep 19, 2019

Trump Whistleblower Saga Threatens to Blow Up 2020 Campaign
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAn explosive whistleblower complaint that is threatening to paralyze much of Washington, D.C.,  now may upend the 2020 presidential campaign. 

Two outlets on Thursday night reported that the complaint in question involves President Trump and matters related to Ukraine. Those outlets, The Washington Post and The New York Times, did not go much further than those details. But earlier reports said that what prompted the whistleblower to come forward was a pledge made by Trump to a foreign leader. 

The complaint was explosive enough to prompt the intelligence community's inspector general to bring it to the attention of the director of national intelligence, who has not made it available to Congress in part because of objections from the Department of Justice. 

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Sep 19, 2019

There's Never Been a Whistleblower Case Like This Before
Mark Wilson/GettyWhen Congress first put together a whistleblower process for employees of the intelligence community, lawmakers probably didn't expect that it would be used to report potential misconduct by the president, but here we are. There's a complaint by someone in the intelligence community that President Trump made some inappropriate promise to a foreign leader over a series of communications. So just how bizarre is this scenario and how is the whistleblower process supposed to work?

Welcome to Rabbit Hole. 

Untrodden territory: The whistleblowing process to report intelligence community employee concerns to Congress is used anywhere from four to 20 times a year, according to official reports. From what little we can tell from official reports, the intelligence community has never faced an issue remotely like the one raised by a complaint against Trump. The complaint, first filed on Aug. 12, reportedly involves Trump's conversations with an unnamed foreign leader about Ukraine, according to The Washington Post. 

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Sep 19, 2019

Pundit Kurt Bardella Arrested After Altercation With Cop at Climate Forum
Justin T. Gellerson/The New York Times via ReduxWell-known political strategist and pundit Kurt Bardella was arrested on Monday after getting into an altercation with a Georgetown University police officer who tried to bar him from entering a forum featuring 2020 presidential candidates.

The Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to The Daily Beast that the Republican operative-turned-Democratic pundit was arrested early Thursday morning after getting into a brief physical dispute with a campus police officer in a stairwell at Georgetown University.

Bardella, a political strategist and contributor for USA Today and NBC News, was attempting to enter Georgetown's presidential forum on climate change hosted by MSNBC and Our Daily Planet, an environmental news outlet founded by Bardella's wife Miroslava Korenha. According to a police report, a university police officer attempted to stop Bardella from entering a stairwell, and requested to see his credentials. When Bardella said he had used the stairwell previously and tried to walk past the officer, the officer blocked the entrance, prompting Bardella to "slap" the officers arm, the report said.

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Sep 19, 2019

Facebook Won't Sell Off Instagram and WhatsApp, Senator Says Zuckerberg Told Him
Antoine Gyori/Corbis/GettyIn a rare jaunt to the nation's capital, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg entered Washington's buzzing hornet's nest as it swarms his massive company with regulatory threats—some all buzz, some that could sting. 

So far, one fairly specific threat materialized from Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), an emerging Big Tech critic who's amplifying some of the right's favorite attacks against Silicon Valley's business elite. In a private meeting with Zuckerberg, Hawley called for Facebook to sell Instagram and WhatsApp, two of the company's roomiest lifeboats for weathering its current corporate storms.

Hawley, one of a handful of lawmakers who have been whipping up cries of anti-conservative censorship, tweeted on Thursday that he "had a frank conversation" with Zuckerberg. He appears to have explicitly asked Facebook's top executive to sell the two companies, in addition to demanding that the company conduct a third-party audit on conservative censorship to his liking. "He said no to both," Hawley added.

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Sep 19, 2019

Elizabeth Warren's Rivals Start to Turn on Her
Heidi Gutman/GettySen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has mostly been coasting to her position atop the 2020 Democratic primary field, often dodging the scrums other candidates have engaged in on the trail and the debate stage. 

But as she's risen, her opponents have begun to notice. And this week, several of them have started to test out attack lines against her.

On Thursday, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg accused Warren of dodging questions about potential tax increases that could come with instituting a Medicare for All healthcare system, which Warren supports. 

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Sep 19, 2019

Scouted: Check Out the Latest Footwear Additions to Zappos's Huge Inventory
We at Scouted love shoes and grab virtually every chance we get to share with you the latest and greatest from brands like Allbirds, Mizuno, and Cole Haan. And in that vein, we came across The Drop Launch Calendar from Zappos and knew we'd have to let you know about some of the most important recent footwear releases available at the Amazon-owned online apparel store (yes, it makes ordering, shipping, and returning just as easy as Amazon Prime does).

ASICS GEL-Kayano 26, $160: Designed for the road, the Kayanos pack heavy shock-absorbing features with lots of support and a breathable fabric lining.

Nike Legend React 2, $100: With a neutral level of support and a lightweight build, the cushioning in these shoes gives you back some bounce with each step.

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Sep 19, 2019

Whistleblower Complaint Being Suppressed by Trump or Someone ‘Close' to Him, Schiff Says
REUTERSFollowing a closed-door briefing with the intelligence community's inspector general on Thursday, members of Congress told reporters that they learned no substantive details about a whistleblower's complaint that reportedly involves President Donald Trump making a "promise" to an unknown foreign leader—but were told that the complaint's subject "relates to one of the most significant and important of the DNI's responsibilities to the American people."

Only minutes after that briefing's conclusion, The New York Times reported that Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community's inspector general, told members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the complaint related to "multiple acts," far beyond the scope of a single alleged conversation with a foreign leader.

But specifics of the complaint—and even public confirmation that it concerns actions by the president—are still being withheld from Congress, committee members said.

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Sep 19, 2019

Scouted: The Best New Launches from Burrow, Thakoon, GREATS and More
New Kids on the Block helps you navigate all the new and exciting launches from our favorite brands, all in one place.

Burrow Corner and U Sectionals: If you thought you couldn't get a sectional sofa delivered to your door in easy-to-wield, flat-pack boxes, think again. Burrow's new line of gorgeous, highly-functional Corner and U Sectionals bring the elevated look of a high-end couch into anyone's space. No longer will you have to take time out of your day to get a couch delivered, because these will arrive in neatly stacked boxes for you to unpack at your leisure.

GREATS Royale Suede: Take your favorite pair of everyday sneakers and make them fall-ready with these new suede shades from GREATS. The Royale Suede is the perfect shoe for cooler weather, with its low profile and deep, rich colorways to go with everything from jeans and sweaters to a maxi dress or trousers. These will be your more versatile shoe of the fall.

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Sep 19, 2019

Feds Paint Depraved Portrait of Dem Donor Ed Buck
Kevork Djansezian/GettyLOS ANGELES—Months after Los Angeles prosecutors declined to charge political donor and activist Ed Buck with the fatal overdose of a man in his home during sex, the feds stepped in and did it.

The U.S. attorney's office accused Buck, 65, of injecting Gemmel Moore, 26, with a deadly shot of methamphetamine at Buck's West Hollywood apartment in July 2017.

Two other men have overdosed at the house, according to authorities: Timothy Dean, 55, who died there in January, and an unidentified man who who survived his encounter with Buck earlier this month and called police.

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Sep 19, 2019

Democratic Donor Ed Buck Hit With Federal Charge for Man's Overdose Death
Kevork Djansezian/GettyPolitical donor and activist Ed Buck was charged by federal prosecutors on Thursday for the death of the first of three men to overdose at his West Hollywood home—where authorities said he lured vulnerable victims to indulge a "malicious" sexual fetish.

The new charge, distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death, is connected to the 2017 death of Gemmel Moore, 26. It comes a day after Buck was arrested by local police in connection with the overdose of an unidentified man a week ago.

Buck, a retired entrepreneur who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic politicians and liberal causes, made a brief court appearance in the local case on Thursday morning and was then transferred to federal custody to face the far more serious charge.

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Sep 19, 2019

Democratic Donor Ed Buck to Face Federal Charge for Man's Overdose Death
Kevork Djansezian/GettyPolitical donor and activist Ed Buck will be charged by federal prosecutors on Thursday for the death of the first of three men to overdose at his West Hollywood home, a law enforcement official told The Daily Beast on Thursday.

The new charge, distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death, is connected to the 2017 death of Gemmel Moore, 26. It comes a day after Buck was arrested by local police in connection with the overdose of an unidentified man a week ago.

Buck, a retired entrepreneur who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic politicians and liberal causes, is accused of preying on vulnerable men to indulge what authorities called a "malicious" sexual fetish.

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Sep 19, 2019

Fox Business' Charlie Gasparino Bashes WSJ Colleagues: They ‘Couldn't Wear My Jockstrap'
Fox Business Network senior correspondent Charlie Gasparino would very much like you to know that his colleagues at the Wall Street Journal cannot "wear his jockstrap."

Appearing on Fox Business Network's Cavuto: Coast to Coast on Thursday, the pugnacious reporter found it necessary to publicly call out the Wall Street Journal over their report that AT&T is exploring options to sell DirecTV, noting that Fox Business was first on the beat.

"I want to say this you know, because we broke the story. I want to say that the Wall Street Journal—the editor there who went to my wedding, Matt Murray—the reporters, who are probably good reporters, but they couldn't wear my jockstrap as a reporter or hold it, I think hold it is the term," he boasted.

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Sep 19, 2019

Tekashi Sings for the Feds: Spills on His Gangster Pals, Kidnapping, Revenge Plot
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThe rapper Tekashi69 told jurors Thursday that he was so "humiliated" after a fellow gang member kidnapped and robbed him, he put a $50,000 price on his head.

The hip-hop artist testified that he could have gone to police and told them that Anthony "Harv" Ellison abducted him and stole a bag full of jewelry. But, he explained in a moment rich with irony, "I didn't want to snitch."

Instead, Tekashi said, he opted for revenge.

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Sep 19, 2019

Tekashi69 Says He Was ‘Humiliated' by Kidnapping and Ordered a Hit on His Assailant
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThe rapper Tekashi69 told jurors Thursday that he was so "humiliated" after a fellow gang member kidnapped and robbed him, he put a $50,000 price on his head.

The hip-hop artist testified that he could have gone to police and told them that Anthony "Harv" Ellison abducted him and stole a bag full of jewelry. But, he explained in a moment rich with irony, "I didn't want to snitch."

Instead, Tekashi said, he opted for revenge.

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