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Jan 01, 2050

John McCain, A Life in Photos
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Jan 01, 2050

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

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

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

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Jul 22, 2024

Biden Phones in to Harris Event Amid Wacky Claims He's Dead
ERIN SCHAFF/AFP via Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden made his first live remarks since dropping out of the presidential race on Monday evening, speaking by phone to a crowd of staffers at campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware.

"I know yesterday's news was surprising and it was hard for you to hear, but it was the right thing to do," Biden said, calling in as he recovers from COVID before Vice President Kamala Harris made the first stop of her presidential campaign.

"The name has changed at the top of the ticket, but the mission hasn't changed at all," Biden said. "And by the way, I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to be out there in the campaign with her, with Kamala."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Katy Perry Hopes Kamala Mania Can Save ‘Woman's World'
MEGA/GC Images/Chris duMond/Getty ImagesIt's officially a woman's world now that Vice President Kamala Harris has launched her bid for the highest office in the land, and pop star Katy Perry is jockeying for an opportunity to give her much-maligned comeback single, "Woman's World," a second life.

On Monday, Perry posted a clip of her singing the song's lyrics, "It's a woman's world, and you're lucky to be living in it," and sipping a cocktail in what led many to believe was an endorsement of Harris' presidential campaign. She previously endorsed Biden and Harris in 2020.

"That's it. that's the caption," she wrote under the video.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Kamala Harris Campaign Mocks J.D. Vance's ‘Awkward' Laugh
Chris duMond/Scott Olson/Getty ImagesThings are heating up between J.D. Vance and Kamala Harris as Harris' newly relaunched campaign took to X to address a comment made about soda on Monday.

In the video shared by Kamala HQ, the vice president's campaign's X account, Vance can be seen making a strange joke about Diet Mountain Dew that he seemed to find much funnier than his audience during an event in his hometown of Middletown, Ohio on Monday.

"Democrats say that it is racist to believe—Well, they say it's racist to do anything. I had a Diet Mountain Dew yesterday and one today—I'm sure they're going to call that racist, too. It's good," Vance told the crowd, eliciting a smattering of laughs. "I love you guys," Vance added, letting out more robust laugh than they did at his own "joke."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Here's Why Dermatologists and Beauty Editors Are Obsessed With This $25 SPF
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While I'm not saying I'm proud of it, I've never been a religious sunscreen user. While I do stay indoors most of the time (bring on the gloomy fall weather, please!), sunscreen is a key step in my skincare routine when I'm going to be in the sun—especially during vacation. The last sunburn I got in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, stained my back for months, so lesson learned.

Given that I've never been a diehard sunscreen enthusiast, I've never had a solid favorite. I recently got into the Sol de Janeiro Rio Radiance Body Spray SPF 50 because it has such a unique summer scent of Cheirosa '97, and it applies effortlessly. Of course, I've used the viral Vacation Sunscreen Classic Whip SPF 30 because what kind of beauty writer would I be otherwise? But when it comes to the face, it wasn't until my first Candela Matrix Pro radiofrequency microneedling treatment that I found my go-to sunscreen.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Slash's 25-Year-Old Stepdaughter's Heartbreaking Final Post After Her Death
Mat Hayward/Getty Images/InstagramGuns ‘N Roses lead guitarist Slash revealed that his 25-year-old stepdaughter Lucy-Bleu Knight, whom he shares with partner Meegan Hodges, died this week—and just hours after the tragic loss was announced, Knight's final words were posted to her personal Instagram page.

"Whether I made you feel excluded, manipulated/ controlled you, told you to quit your day job from the comfort of being financially supported by my parents, or drowned real issues in toxic positivity-I am sorry," Knight wrote in what appeared to be scheduled post. "Countless missed opportunities and connections due to a disgustingly big ego, insecure heart and fear of being vulnerable," she also wrote, "May my soul learn to evolve from my poor job at being Lucy-Bleu. Peace."

Slash had just announced her death via Instagram three hours before the post appeared on Knight's page. "Lucy-Bleu Knight (December 6, 1998), beloved daughter of Meegan Hodges and Mark Knight, stepdaughter of Samantha Somers Knight and Slash, sister of Scarlet Knight, stepsister of London and Cash Hudson, passed away peacefully in Los Angeles, California, on July 19, 2024," he wrote in the post.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Opinion: Mark Kelly: Spaceman, Hero—and Kamala Harris' Best Choice for VP
Kevin Dietsch/Getty ImagesIn less than 24 hours, Democrats went from feeling hopeless to experiencing a renewed sense of hope as money poured in from grassroots donors, party leaders cheered Kamala Harris and a short list of veep candidates emerged to join a newly energized ticket.

The leading contenders are notably all white men reflecting a move to moderate the ticket knowing candidate Trump will cast Harris as a radical leftist with a crazy laugh. Three governors—Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania, Roy Cooper of North Carolina, and Andy Beshear of Kentucky—and one senator, Mark Kelly of Arizona—top the list. Beshear and Cooper even appeared on Morning Joe fresh and early on Monday morning to audition.

Each is a proven leader with credentials he is ready to serve. Each would have to defend and commend the choice of Harris to lead the country, and each would be the point of the spear in rebutting whatever the Trump team throws at Harris.

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Jul 22, 2024

‘Bridgerton' Beauty Nicola Coughlan Swears by This Breakage-Reducing Hair Oil
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The Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil has become one of the most talked about, glorified hair care products of the moment, and it's no surprise why. The heat-protectant hair oil works magic on compromised, dry, and frizzy locks, instilling shine and smoothness, protecting color-treated strands, detangling locks, reducing breakage, and taming flyaways without leaving behind an oily residue. Just a few drops of the lightweight, golden-hued oil give your tresses a fresh-from-the-salon finish that lasts all day long.

If you're on the fence about incorporating a new hair product into your routine, let your favorite celebs convince you to give it a try. Olaplex has garnered fanfare from the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Kim Kardashian, and, most recently, Bridgerton beauty Nicola Coughlan. The actress featured the Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil in a Vogue Beauty Secrets video, applying it to her golden locks.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Delta's Post-Outage Dumpster Fire Has Pilots Struggling Too
AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/Getty ImagesDelta Airlines still hasn't fully recovered from the massive tech outage on Friday that stemmed from a CrowdStrike update and resulted in thousands of canceled flights. New issues have emerged for the airline involving an application used to track pilots and crew members and assign them to different trips, Ed Bastian, Delta's CEO, explained in a statement to customers, according to a Wall Street Journal report. And it's not just the customers struggling to get answers—as pilots have reportedly been left in the dark too. "There's been very long hold times," Delta pilot Evan Baach told the paper. "It's been really difficult to determine the changes to our schedules, where we're supposed to be." In an X message Sunday, Pete Buttigieg, the Secretary of Transportation, called out Delta directly and said they need to provide "prompt refunds" for customers who do not rebook their canceled flights.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Billionaire Bill Ackman Compares Biden to ‘Hostage' in Conspiracy Rant
Mike Blake/REUTERSHours after President Joe Biden announced he will forgo seeking a second term on Sunday, billionaire Bill Ackman began pushing and amplifying conspiracy theories that speculated on the president's involvement in the decision to withdraw from the race.

Ackman, the Pershing Square Capital Management CEO who recently endorsed former President Donald Trump, posted claims and reposted several from other users on X that questioned the legitimacy of Biden's signature on a letter the president posted online Sunday to announce his decision.

Several of the posts claimed there was no proof Biden signed the letter himself, and a few looked for differences in Biden's signature on Sunday's letter compared with his John Hancock that has adorned other documents in recent months.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Opinion: Kamala Harris' Last Campaign Was a Total Meltdown: ‘No Plan to Win'
Brendan McDermid/File Photo/ReutersIs the Kamala Harris now being hailed as the Democrats savior—and who has prompted a huge injection of energy, enthusiasm and cash over the last 24 hours—the same person who crashed and burned so disastrously in her campaign for the Presidential nominee in 2019?

Democrats better hope not.

If Harris is to stand any chance of defeating former president Trump in November, she will have to learn quickly from the missteps and mistakes that beset her 2019 primary campaign. And there were many.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Nancy Pelosi Finally Backs Kamala Harris After 24-Hour Delay
Caroline Brehman/Pool via ReutersAfter working behind the scenes to get Joe Biden off the ticket, the powerful former House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, endorsed Kamala Harris for president on Monday.

"My enthusiastic support for Kamala Harris for President is official, personal and political," Pelosi said in a statement.

The powerful California Democrat's endorsement came a full day after Harris became an official candidate for president. Biden abandoned his reelection bid and threw his weight—and campaign coffers—behind Harris, which unleashed a historic torrent of individual donations to the new Harris campaign.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Harris Makes Candidate Debut in Front of Student Athletes
Nathan Howard/ReutersVice President Kamala Harris made her first public appearance as a 2024 presidential candidate on Monday, though she did not mention her bid.

Speaking on the White House South Lawn to an audience of young people for the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Sports Day, Harris opened her remarks by sharing that President Joe Biden wished he could have attended and was "recovering fast" from COVID. "He looks forward to getting back on the road," Harris said.

She did not directly address her new candidacy for president, considering it was an official White House event.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Nancy Mace Tells Secret Service Chief: ‘You're Full Of Sh*t'
Justin SullivanLike a hungry bear waiting for a helpless salmon to swim upstream, Trump ally Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) pounced on Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle during a hearing on Capitol Hill early Monday afternoon over the agency's failure to prevent an assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump.

"You're full of shit today," Mace bluntly told the agency chief, after trying to buttonhole her on a series of yes-or-no questions.

"Would you like to use my five minutes to draft your resignation letter? Yes, or no?" Mace had said earlier in her questioning.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Putin's Pals Panic That Trump's Opponent Is No Longer Old, Sick Guy
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Reuters/GettyThe news that President Joe Biden would not run for re-election caused a stir not only in America, but also in Russia, where pro-Kremlin propagandists are kicking up a fuss about what it would mean for their beloved Donald Trump.

Appearing on Monday's broadcast of a state TV show 60 Minutes, State Duma member Oleg Matveychev complained that Biden's move is a disaster for Trump's election chances. "He is left without any trump cards!" Matveychev said. "Previously, he could easily attack Biden's health, now he has nothing left to attack. More than that, attacking Biden at this point would be seen as inappropriate and rude."

"Now they're switching to [Vice President Kamala Harris] and are trying to attack her, but nothing new will stick to her," Matveychev added. "Bringing up the fact she is not quite white will only activate her electorate."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

‘Morning Joe' Reveals One Thing About Kamala Harris Trump Fears Most
MSNBCJoe Biden's decision to endorse Kamala Harris was the one thing that Donald Trump feared, according to MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.

The Morning Joe host claimed the president turned the tables on Trump by supporting his vice president in the 2024 White House race.

He said that Trump—the "ultimate disruptor"—and his supporters have been put on the defensive by Biden's decision.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Montel Williams Rejects Calls to Back Ex-Girlfriend Kamala Harris
Ron Galella, Ltd.Montel Williams will not take your questions about dating Vice President Kamala Harris—and asking will get you an "unpleasant reaction," he said this week via Twitter/X.

"I've said what I'm going to say about the thing that keeps trending," he said, seemingly referring to his decades-old relationship with Harris. "My friends in the media should think twice about wasting time on a 20 year old picture—you will find doing so will earn an unpleasant reaction."

The former host of The Montel Williams Show also reposted a screen grab from his media rep that showed the rep shutting down Harris questions, calling them "creepy" and "misogynistic."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Secret Service Director Takes Blame for Trump Shooting: ‘We Failed'
Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via GettySecret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle shouldered the responsibility for an assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, calling it "the most significant operational failure of the Secret Service in decades."

Trump came within inches of losing his life after a shooter's bullet grazed his ear while he spoke at a rally in Pennsylvania.

"The Secret Service's solemn mission is to protect our nation's leaders," Cheatle said on Monday. "On July 13, we failed. As the director of the United States Secret Service, I take full responsibility for any security lapse of our agency. We are fully cooperating with ongoing investigations."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

LeBron James Will Be Team USA's Flag Bearer for Paris Opening Ceremony
Amr Alfiky/ReutersLeBron James will carry the American flag on behalf of the U.S. delegation at the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympic Games on Friday night.

The basketball legend was chosen to be the male flag bearer in a vote among his almost 600 fellow Team USA athletes. James, who is heading to his fourth Olympic Games this week, will become the first male basketball player to carry the Stars and Stripes during the ceremony.

A female flag bearer has also been chosen—their identity will be announced Tuesday. James is just the third American basketball player to be earn the flag-bearing honor, following in the footsteps of Dawn Staley at the 2004 Athens Games and Sue Bird in Tokyo in 2021.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Biden Fears Harris ‘Is Not Up to' Beating Trump—Does Obama Agree?
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesVice President Kamala Harris is currently the only serious candidate to be the new Democratic nominee following President Joe Biden's withdrawal from the race Sunday. A host of party bigwigs swung right in behind her, but there are still some extremely notable silences.

After announcing his own departure, Biden offered his "full support and endorsement" to Harris to succeed him at the top of the ticket in November. Other major Democratic players quickly followed suit but some of the biggest party figures—including former President Obama—are yet to do so.

One of the reasons Biden hesitated to abandon his own campaign was because he feared Harris "wasn't up to taking on" Trump, according to an Axios report Monday. Axios continues, "his private anxieties reflect broader questions among some Democratic leaders about Harris as their nominee this November. This next week will be critical for Harris, 59, to prove doubters wrong as she moves quickly to try to clear the field of potential challengers for the Democratic nomination."



The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Kamala Harris' Monster Fundraising Day Bigger Than Trump's Felony Charge Windfall
Chris duMond/GettyKamala Harris' dramatic entry into the presidential race triggered a record day of donations for Democrats, who raised nearly $64 million in the 12 hours after Joe Biden handed over the baton.

Democrats claim the final total may be as high as $90 million raised in the 24 hours since the president's announcement Sunday afternoon.

Donald Trump set a Republican record when he raked in nearly $53 million in 24 hours after his felony conviction in May.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Andy Beshear and Roy Cooper Audition Live to Be Harris' VP
MSNBCKentucky Gov. Andy Beshear gave Kamala Harris a full-throated endorsement Monday—then auditioned to be her running mate.

The red-state two-term governor went on Morning Joe shortly after 8 a.m., making him the first of the potential running mates to openly tout their candidacy.

"I don't know how that process is gonna be, but it's flattering to be a part of it," Beshear said when asked if he was interested in being her VP pick.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Opinion: America Is Ready for a Black Female President—but Not Kamala Harris
Joe Raedle/GettyI strongly believe a woman—a Black woman—can become president of the United States. I just don't believe Kamala Harris can. So, while it pains me to say it, I hope she will consider following Joe Biden's lead by putting the country first and stepping aside.

My family, some of whom agree with me on this, worried writing this column would disappoint other Black women who disagree. Those same Black women, however, will be hurt worse by the election of Donald Trump again. Despite her general favorability ratings being lower than Donald Trump's and four preceding vice presidents, I was still open to being convinced that Kamala Harris has a viable path to the presidency. Recent polling of Black voters, however, provided a much-needed reality check.

A recent poll of Black voters in swing states found that Harris polls a couple of points better than Biden—both landing in the 70s, behind former President Barack Obama, whose favorables stand at 90 percent and whose unfavorables are at 10 percent. The vice president's unfavorables among Black voters stand at 22 percent.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Stephen Miller Has Hypersonic Fox News Meltdown Over Biden Withdrawal
Fox NewsFormer Donald Trump adviser Stephen Miller raged on Fox News Sunday about President Joe Biden's withdrawal from the 2024 election, accusing Democrats of acting undemocratically.

The ex-White House advisor spoke to host Laura Ingraham about Kamala Harris' weaknesses as a potential successor to Biden as the Democratic nominee, calling her "napalm for working class voters" and claiming that her party is "in crisis."

"Well, they're pretending it's all exciting right?" Ingraham said, accusing Democrats of subverting their own "democratic process" after spending years "trashing Donald Trump for doing literally what you just did to your own voters."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

MAGA World Pushes Debunked Kamala Harris ‘Side Chick' Slurs
Kevin Lamarque/ReutersThe MAGA faithful didn't take long to turn their fire on Kamala Harris after Joe Biden finally gave up on his re-election bid.

Their weapon of choice? The tired old suggestion—resting on a long-ago relationship with the future mayor of San Francisco—that Harris slept her way to the top in politics.

First up was right-wing activist and columnist Matt Walsh, who reminded his 2.9 million followers on X that Harris had "got her start in politics by sleeping with Willie Brown."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

MAGA World Resurfaces Kamala Harris ‘Side Chick' Slurs
Kevin Lamarque/ReutersThe MAGA faithful didn't take long to turn their fire on Kamala Harris after Joe Biden finally gave up on his re-election bid.

Their weapon of choice? The tired old suggestion—resting on a long-ago relationship with the future mayor of San Francisco—that Harris slept her way to the top in politics.

First up was right-wing activist and columnist Matt Walsh, who reminded his 2.9 million followers on X that Harris had "got her start in politics by sleeping with Willie Brown."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Prince George's Elegant Rebuke to Critics (Harry) of a Royal Childhood
Kensington Palace/XHis role as the next Prince of Wales has been drawn starkly into focus by his grandfather King Charles' cancer diagnosis.

And in a new photograph published Monday to celebrate his 11th birthday, Prince George cuts a strikingly mature figure.

Gone are the scalloped collars, short trousers, and knee-length socks that characterized so many of his childhood photographs. Instead, George, his hair neatly pushed to one side, wears a chic dark suit and a white shirt open at the neck.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Trump Starts New Conspiracy: Claims Biden Is Faking COVID
Tom Brenner/ReutersDonald Trump responded to President Joe Biden's withdrawal from the election race Sunday by angrily attacking his former opponent and baselessly claiming he "never had COVID."

After immediately reacting to the news by trashing Biden as "the worst president in the history of our country," the 2024 GOP nominee continued the flaming in a fusillade of posts on his Truth Social platform. "Does anybody really believe that Crooked Joe had Covid?" Trump wrote in one. "No, he wanted to get out ever since June 27th, the night of The Debate, where he was completely obliterated."

Biden announced his decision to drop out Sunday afternoon, describing his withdrawal as being in the "best interest" of his party and the country. The announcement, which came while the 81-year-old recovered from COVID at his vacation home in Rehoboth, Delaware, was reportedly a surprise to many of his staffers who weren't told of Biden's decision until one minute before the news was made public.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Opinion: How Donald Trump Went From Harris Donor to Kamala Hater
Bill Pugliano/GettyDonald Trump leaned back in his golf cart, his son Barron at his side, drinking in the attention of his followers.

Handing two notes to someone off-camera from a roll he tucked back into his left pocket, he opined in that distinctive Queens accent, in a video obtained earlier this month by The Daily Beast, "That means we have Kamala.

"She's so bad. She's so pathetic," Trump said. "She's so fucking bad."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

Natalie Portman's Wild ‘Lady in the Lake' Accent Is Making Everyone Think of ‘Jackie'
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty Images; Twentieth Century Fox and Apple TV If you are wondering if 2016 is somehow repeating itself, then look—and listen—no further than Natalie Portman's turn as Maddie Schwartz in the new Apple TV period crime drama Lady in the Lake.

Early in the first episode, wearing a blood-stained skirt suit and a pillbox hat, her perfectly coiffed flipped bob framing her face, Portman's Maddie delivers 1960s (and 2016) déjà vu. The moment Portman opens her mouth, it is impossible not to hear echoes of her infamous Jackie inflections that dominated much of an award cycle that ended with Emma Stone winning Best Actress for La La Land—yep, it was that Oscars.

Accent discourse can stretch for years, bubbling to the surface when you least expect it, which is why I couldn't help but prick up my ears upon hearing Portman's wispy mid-Atlantic tones in her Lady in the Lake Baltimore lilt (hello, "wooder" instead of "water"). Here, she plays an affluent Jewish housewife who aspires to break free from suburbia. She code-switches a bit between Yiddish words like "macher" when buying kosher lamb at the butcher, and a curt, abrupt tone during an emergency trip to a department store after blood leaks from this meat onto her chic suit. "I would

The Daily Beast
Jul 22, 2024

John Oliver Gives the Pep Talk Democrats Need to Rally Behind Harris
HBOThe news that President Joe Biden was withdrawing himself from the 2024 election took America, and most of his staff, by surprise Sunday afternoon—but perhaps nobody was more put off by the timing of Biden's announcement than John Oliver, who recorded his weekly HBO show Last Week Tonight on Saturday this week.

As the show wryly admitted on X, formerly Twitter: "‘Hey, let's switch our taping day to Saturday, no big news ever happens on a Sunday afternoon.' — some idiots."

Oliver didn't hastily add a new segment to address Biden's announcement; instead, they simply ran a graphic card before the credits that read "This show was taped on Saturday, July 20th." And Oliver, in his first show back since June 16, noted in his introductory recap:"the news is moving so fast. We are taping on Saturday and who knows where things will be by the time you actually watch this."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 21, 2024

Liberal Group Demands Investigation Into Trump's Ex-Doctor Ronny Jackson
Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty ImagesA liberal activist group is requesting that authorities in New Jersey, Michigan, Wisconsin and Virginia investigate and sanction former White House doctor—and current Congressman—Ronny Jackson (R-TX) for allegedly practicing medicine without a license in all four states.

In a letter to the New Jersey Attorney General, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Director of the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Director of the Virginia Department of Health Professions, the American Muckrakers PAC called for and "immediate investigation into Jackson's illegal medical activity, a cease-and-desist letter be issued to Jackson, and for Jackson to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law in your state."

Jackson has allegedly been offering his medical expertise to former president Donald Trump after his ear was wounded during an assassination attempt.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 21, 2024

The Big ‘House of the Dragon' Kiss Finally Happened
HBO(Warning: Spoilers ahead for House of the Dragon.)

Westeros needs dragons. With Rhaenys and Meleys gone, there's only one big dragon left in the skies with a rider, and the looming threat of Vhagar has brought the steadily amassing armies to a standstill.

The western forces of Houses Lannister and Lefford won't march for the Greens unless they have a dragon above their heads. Criston Cole (Fabian Frankel) is reluctant to march on Harrenhal because of the threat of Daemon (Matt Smith) and Caraxes. The Blacks can't spare more than babies, since their riders also happen to be heirs and aren't expendable. Rhaenyra (Emma D'Arcy) must somehow find more dragonriders to claim the unridden beasts in their lairs on Dragonstone, but her plan doesn't go the way she'd hoped.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 21, 2024

Aaron Sorkin Takes Back ‘Fever Dream' Biden Replacement Idea
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesScreenwriter Aaron Sorkin is backtracking after his "pitch" for Democrats to replace President Joe Biden on the 2024 presidential ticket with a Republican drew ire from prominent liberals across the internet on Sunday.

But now that Biden has officially dropped out of the race and endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris to be the Democratic front-runner, Sorkin borrowed The West Wing cast member Joshua Malina's X account to declare, "I take it all back. Harris for America!"

In an op-ed published by The New York Times, Sorkin said the Democratic Party could put their money "where our mouth is" by nominating a GOP moderate like Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT).

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The Daily Beast
Jul 21, 2024

These Are Kamala Harris' Leading VP Contenders
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Reuters/GettyVice President Kamala Harris launched her presidential bid Sunday as the heir apparent for the Democratic nomination, leaving her with a critical decision to make at an unprecedented, historic juncture in American politics: Who should she choose as her running mate?

Her top options include names that have been floated the past few weeks to replace the ailing President Joe Biden at the top of the Democratic ticket. Here they are.

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro

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The Daily Beast
Jul 21, 2024

Opinion: No Time for Scheming: Kamala Harris Is Now Top of the Ticket
Muhammed Abdullah Kurtar/Anadolu via Getty ImagesListen to this full episode of The New Abnormal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon and Stitcher.

President Joe Biden stepped right back into the next news cycle Sunday when he announced he would no longer seek the nomination for president, quickly endorsing Kamala Harris as his successor.

With so much time lost to infighting, the Democrats need to hit the ground running. The New Abnormal's Andy Levy and Danielle Moodie make the pitch that it's go-time to nominate VP Harris and why she is the best pick for the job.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 21, 2024

Joe Manchin Considering Run Against Harris Despite Quitting Dems: Reports
Julia Nikhinson/ReutersIndependent West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is reportedly considering a return to the Democratic party in the wake of Joe Biden's exit.

CNN's Jake Tapper revealed in a post on X Sunday that the 76-year-old is even considering "throwing his hat into the ring," citing sources close to Manchin.

Those rumors were seemingly confirmed by CBS' Robert Costa, who, citing two unidentified sources, said Democratic donors and officials were "reaching out to Sen. Joe Manchin to consider standing for the presidential nomination."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 21, 2024

Kamala Harris Set to Take Over the Biden Campaign's $96 Million War Chest
Kenny Holston/Getty ImagesVice President Kamala Harris just inherited President Joe Biden's $96 million campaign war chest.

It only took a few hours for Harris to assume the Biden-Harris campaign's finances and the president's fundraising apparatus—including the key joint fundraising committees, the super engines behind presidential campaigns—in her newly launched presidential bid. They can only be used once the candidates from both major parties mathematically lock up their nominations.

These are the vehicles through which Biden was raising major, high-dollar donations.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 21, 2024

One ‘Squad' Member Is Holding Out on Endorsing Kamala Harris
Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ImagesRep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has become the member of "The Squad" not to endorse Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic presidential nominee, with several of the progressive lawmakers even issuing formal endorsements after President Joe Biden announced that he would not seek re-election—endorsing Harris himself on his way out the door.

Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have all come out with statements endorsing Harris as "our next president" and the Democratic Party's best chance at beating Donald Trump in November.

"The people's vote was a vote not only for President Biden, but a vote for Vice President Kamala Harris and her ability to defeat MAGA extremism across the country," said Bush, the first Squad member to publicly endorse Harris in a statement.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 21, 2024

‘The Squad' Is Coming Around to Kamala Harris for President
Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ImagesMembers of "The Squad" appear to be warming up to Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic presidential nominee, with several of the progressive lawmakers even issuing formal endorsements after President Joe Biden announced that he would not seek re-election—endorsing Harris himself on his way out the door.

Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) have all come out with statements endorsing Harris as "our next president" and the Democratic Party's best chance at beating Donald Trump in November.

"The people's vote was a vote not only for President Biden, but a vote for Vice President Kamala Harris and her ability to defeat MAGA extremism across the country," said Bush, the first Squad member to publicly endorse Harris in a statement.

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Jul 21, 2024

Dems Mock Trump as ‘Too Old' to Run—Like He Did to Biden
Tom Brenner/ReutersDemocrats seized on Donald Trump's age Sunday—turning Republicans' attack on Joe Biden back on them.

"The man is nearly 80-years-old and so the question is, can he serve another four years? I'm not sure he can," former South Carolina state representative Bakari Sellers told CNN.

The attack was unavailable to the party until 1.46pm on Sunday when Biden stepped aside but was waiting in plain sight.

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Jul 21, 2024

Biden's BFF Chris Coons Weeps on Air Over Prez Quitting
CBSSen. Chris Coons (D-DE), the national co-chair of Joe Biden's re-election campaign, was teary-eyed as he spoke on CBS News on Sunday afternoon about the president's decision to drop out of the 2024 race, needing to look away and collect himself before continuing.

Asked by anchor Robert Costa to give viewers a "candid, candid assessment" of what the past few days have been like for the president, Coons responded, "Bob, as you say, Joe Biden is grounded.

"He's grounded in his faith, in his family, and in our state." The Delaware senator's eyes reddened and he glanced to the side, blinking. "Excuse me."

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Jul 21, 2024

Hunter Biden Thanks Dad in Heartfelt Message After His Withdrawal From Race
Samuel Corum/Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden's only living son, Hunter Biden, sent a heartfelt message in response to his father declaring he will step aside in the 20204 presidential race.

Over the past few weeks, Hunter had been one of the biggest proponents of his father staying the race, and even sat in on the president's strategy meetings.

"For my entire life, I've looked at my dad in awe," the Biden son began, having been raised by the president after a car accident killed his mother and sister in 1972. "How could he suffer so much heartache and yet give so much of whatever remained of his heart to others?"

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Jul 21, 2024

Kamala Harris Allies Make Power Moves to Lock Out Rivals
Hannah Beier/ReutersVice President Kamala Harris began a race to lock up the Democratic nomination Sunday afternoon—with her allies working flat out to stop the party's other top candidates from running.

She secured an instant boost with Gretchen Whitmer, the two-term Michigan governor, indicating she would not run.

But it had only been hours since some of the most powerful Democrats were pushing for a free-for-all open process should Biden drop out. Ahead of Biden's announcement, former speaker Nancy Pelosi told colleagues she would be in favor of such a "competitive" scramble, rather than an anointing, the New York Times reported. A Friday call between Harris and party donors also left some fuming when she did not address concerns about Biden.

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Jul 21, 2024

How Trump Plotted to Be Ready for ‘Laffin' Kamala' Harris
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty ImagesFormer president—and current presidential candidate—Donald Trump has already previewed his attacks on Kamala Harris, now a leading candidate to become the Democratic Presidential nominee after President Joe Biden's decision to step aside.

In a campaign rally yesterday in Grand Rapids, Michigan—his first since the assassination attempt on his life in Butler, Pennsylvania a week ago—Trump said, "I call her Laughing Kamala. Have you watched her laugh? She is crazy. You know, you can tell a lot by a laugh. No, she's crazy. She's nuts."

Trump and senior Republicans have been preparing the groundwork for attacks on Harris for weeks, ever since Biden's disastrous debate appearance three weeks ago. A week after that debacle, in a July 4th message, Trump debuted the line on Truth Social: "Respects to our potentially new Democrat Challenger, Laffin' Kamala Harris."

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Jul 21, 2024

‘Bitter and Bewildered:' How Election Defeat Tortured Trump
Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty ImagesDonald Trump struggled to cope with the loss of his beloved Diet Coke button after losing the 2020 election to Joe Biden. As President he would press the red button installed on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office to summon up to 12 cans a day. The former president "bitterly retreated to Palm Beach," as he attempted to come to terms with being a loser.

The riveting details of a downcast Trump, "unmoored and unsettled" post presidency, are detailed in a new book out next month by Politico correspondent Meridith McGraw. In an early copy leaked to the Daily Mail, McGraw writes about Trump's transition that left him looking like a "deflated Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz." Trump in Exile is slated for release on Aug. 6.

During his final Air Force One flight from D.C. to Mar-a-Largo, Trump aide Jason Miller attempted to comfort the "bewildered and crestfallen" former president by saying "You're not going anywhere. You're still the big dog."

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Jul 21, 2024

New Book Details How Trump Returned From Political Exile
Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty ImagesDonald Trump struggled to cope with the loss of his beloved Diet Coke button after losing the 2020 election to Joe Biden. As President he would press the red button installed on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office to summon up to 12 cans a day. The former president "bitterly retreated to Palm Beach," as he attempted to come to terms with being a loser.

The riveting details of a downcast Trump, "unmoored and unsettled" post presidency, are detailed in a new book out next month by Politico correspondent Meridith McGraw. In an early copy leaked to the Daily Mail, McGraw writes about Trump's transition that left him looking like a "deflated Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz." Trump in Exile is slated for release on Aug. 6.

During his final Air Force One flight from DC to Mar-a-Largo, Trump aide Jason Miller attempted to comfort the "bewildered and crestfallen" former president by saying "You're not going anywhere. You're still the big dog."

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Jul 21, 2024

Biden's Staff Wept in Shock and Learned He Was Dropping Out From Social Media
Andrew Harnik/Getty ImagesJoe Biden had all but made the decision to withdraw from the 2024 presidential race by Saturday night—but the vast majority of his staff were not told until the literal last minute, reports said.

The president announced to the world that he was dropping his re-election bid at 1:46 p.m. on Sunday, posting a letter in lieu of a video statement that might have run the risk of immortalizing him as "sick and raspy"—lingering symptoms from a bout of COVID-19, according to The New York Times.

That morning, according to the Times, he'd called three people in his inner circle to let them know what was about to go down: Vice President Kamala Harris, White House chief of staff Jeff Zients, and campaign chair Jen O'Malley Dillon.

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Jul 21, 2024

Tears and Secrecy: Behind the Scenes of Biden's Decision to Withdraw
Andrew Harnik/Getty ImagesJoe Biden had all but made the decision to withdraw from the 2024 presidential race by Saturday night—but the vast majority of his staff were not told until the literal last minute, reports said.

The president announced to the world that he was dropping his re-election bid at 1:46 p.m. on Sunday, posting a letter in lieu of a video statement that might have run the risk of immortalizing him as "sick and raspy"—lingering symptoms from a bout of COVID-19, according to The New York Times.

That morning, according to the Times, he'd called three people in his inner circle to let them know what was about to go down: Vice President Kamala Harris, White House chief of staff Jeff Zients, and campaign chair Jen O'Malley Dillon.

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Jul 21, 2024

Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi Both Decline to Endorse Kamala
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesBarack Obama and Nancy Pelosi both failed to endorse Kamala Harris as they issued statements supporting President Joe Biden''s decision to bow out of the 2024 race on Sunday.

Both the former president and former speaker were seen by those closest to Biden as plotting behind the scenes to gradually ramp up pressure on the president to drop out.

"Joe Biden has been one of America's most consequential presidents, as well as a dear friend and partner to me. Today, we've also been reminded—again—that he's a patriot of the highest order," Obama said in his statement, going on to praise Biden for his "character, deep empathy and hard-earned resilience; his fundamental decency and belief that everyone counts."

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Jul 21, 2024

Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi Both Fail to Endorse Kamala
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesBarack Obama and Nancy Pelosi both failed to endorse Kamala Harris as they issued statements supporting President Joe Biden's decision to bow out of the 2024 race on Sunday.

Both the former president and former speaker were seen by those closest to Biden as plotting behind the scenes to gradually ramp up pressure on the president to drop out.

By not immediately endorsing Harris, it gives Obama, Pelosi and other Democratic leaders time to assess polling data over the next week that will give insight into how Harris would fare in a matchup against Trump.

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Jul 21, 2024

Gretchen Whitmer Won't Challenge Kamala Harris after Joe Biden Quits
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyVice President Kamala Harris launched her presidential campaign Sunday, just over two hours after President Joe Biden dropped his own bid and backed her.

"I am honored to have the President's endorsement and my intention is to earn and win this nomination," she wrote in a statement to the press. "Over the past year, I have traveled across the country, talking with Americans about the clear choice in this momentous election. And that is what I will continue to do in the days and weeks ahead. I will do everything in my power to unite the Democratic Party—and unite our nation—to defeat Donald Trump and his extreme Project 2025 agenda."

It remains to be seen exactly how much competition Harris will face for the nomination, but there's at least one Democrat she won't have to worry about. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D), considered a rising star in the party and someone who could do well in the swing states, said she would not challenge Harris, Bloomberg reported.

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Jul 21, 2024

Opinion: How the Bidens' Dark Family Secret Finally Blew Up
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe tragedies of the Biden family have played out on the national stage. Over 1,000 people attended the funeral of President Biden's firstborn child, Beau, which was broadcast live and featured a eulogy from President Obama. His other son, Hunter, was humiliated last month during a trial that spotlighted for the world his sordid history of addiction and infidelity.

Both boys had already survived a fatal car crash, which robbed Joe Biden of his first wife and one-year-old daughter in 1972. Biden had just been elected to the U.S. Senate for the first time and was officially sworn into office at the hospital where he watched over the surviving boys. His public life was always intertwined with personal catastrophe.

This time, in 2024, the Biden clan desperately tried to keep the unfolding tragedy out of the public glare.

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Jul 21, 2024

Trump PAC in New Attack Ad: Kamala Hid Biden's ‘Mental Decline'
Elizabeth Frantz/ReutersA prominent Trump PAC announced Sunday afternoon that it is sending out a new TV attack ad that targets Vice President Kamala Harris "ASAP," after President Joe Biden bowed out of the 2024 presidential race and endorsed Harris in his place as the Democratic nominee.

In a tweet posted on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, MAGA Inc said an ad will be blasted across Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona as part of a purported "$5 million a week advertising effort."

In the ad spot, the PAC accuses Harris of covering of Biden's "obvious mental decline" and alleges that she "knew Joe couldn't do the job." The messaging echoes right-wing narratives and politicos online who have accused the Democratic Party of knowing all along that Biden would drop out of the race.

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Jul 21, 2024

Trump PAC: Kamala Hid Biden's ‘Mental Decline' in New Attack Ad
Elizabeth Frantz/ReutersA prominent Trump PAC announced Sunday afternoon that it is sending out a new TV attack ad that targets Vice President Kamala Harris "ASAP," after President Joe Biden bowed out of the 2024 presidential race and endorsed Harris in his place as the Democratic nominee.

In a tweet posted on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, MAGA Inc said an ad will be blasted across Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona as part of a purported "$5 million a week advertising effort."

In the ad spot, the PAC accuses Harris of covering of Biden's "obvious mental decline" and alleges that she "knew Joe couldn't do the job." The messaging echoes right-wing narratives and politicos online who have accused the Democratic Party of knowing all along that Biden would drop out of the race.

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Jul 21, 2024

Opinion: Did a Tiny Virus Do What the Lord Almighty Couldn't?
JIM WATSONThe COVID-19 virus helped sweep President Joe Biden into office and the COVID-19 virus helped sweep him out.

In the 2020 race, then-president Donald Trump flagrantly mishandled the pandemic which resulted in the deaths of more than a million Americans. Trump's incompetence combined with a slimmed-down campaign schedule boosted Biden's chances in their first matchup. The race was close, and a Pew poll that showed Americans overwhelmingly trusted Biden more than Trump to handle the pandemic may have swung the swing states.

Less than a week ago, COVID struck again. This time it was personal. A July 17th statement from the White House announced that Biden had tested positive. "He is vaccinated and boosted and he is experiencing mild symptoms," the statement continued. "The White House will provide regular updates on the President's status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation."

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Jul 21, 2024

Elon Musk: I Knew Last Week That Biden Would Leave on Sunday Afternoon
Marc Piasecki/Getty ImagesElon Musk claimed he was told last week the "exact time" President Joe Biden—a "puppet," in Musk's words— would resign.

In a conspiratorial post on his social media platform X, the billionaire Trump supporter said: "I heard last week that he would resign at this exact time and date. It was widespread knowledge in DC. The real powers that be are discarding the old puppet in favor of one that has a better chance of fooling the public. They fear Trump because he is not a puppet."

In another post, Musk, who is currently said to be the world's richest man with a $252 billion fortune, said that his "smartest friends, including those living in the San Francisco Bay Area who have been lifelong Dems, are excited about Trump/Vance."

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Jul 21, 2024

Opinion: Kamala Harris Must Be the Candidate. This Is How She Beats Trump
Evelyn Hockstein/ReutersIt is time for the Democratic Party and the people of the United States to unite in support of Vice President Kamala Harris to be the next president of the United States.

There are few challenges greater than running for president of the United States. But for the Vice President, those challenges will be compounded by the fact that her situation is unprecedented. Yet, it is vital to recognize that the alternatives to Harris' smooth selection as nominee of the Democratic Party and her election as president of the United States are disaster for the country and the likely end of democracy in America as we have known it.

President Biden's decision not to run, announced in a letter released at midday on Sunday, was an act of grace and courage the likes of which we have not seen from an American political leader in recent memory. Asserting "it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling my duties as President for the remainder of my term," Biden provided a capstone to what will be seen by history as a remarkable presidency.

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Jul 21, 2024

Rachel Maddow Calls Biden's Decision His Greatest Act of Public Service
MSNBCMSNBC's Rachel Maddow lauded President Joe Biden's decision to bow out of the presidential race on Sunday, saying there was no "greater or more consequential act of service and sacrifice to this country."

Maddow, joining anchor Katy Tur after a run "nowhere near civilization," noted that Biden's sudden Sunday decision didn't compute with his trajectory as a politician.

Biden announced on Sunday that he would end his re-election campaign, saying it was "in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling the duties as president for the remainder of my term."

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Jul 21, 2024

Joe Biden Drops Out and Takes 23 Minutes to Endorse Kamala Harris
Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Reuters/HandoutPresident Joe Biden stunned American politics on Sunday when he announced his withdrawal from the presidential race and waited 23 minutes before he threw his support behind Vice President Kamala Harris to become his replacement nominee.

Support for Harris to become the heir apparent presidential nominee grew as quickly as calls had for Biden to step aside, and her new backers included those who had strongly defended Biden's ability to stay in the race. And while she wasn't instantly a presumptive nominee, Harris in very short order became the frontrunner.

The president's initial announcement, made on X, amounted to a reversal of defiance against a growing chorus of donors, lawmakers and other Democratic officials who said they didn't believe Biden had the cognitive or physical stamina to defeat Donald Trump and serve four more years in the White House.

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Jul 21, 2024

Raging Trump Reacts to Biden Bow-Out: ‘Crooked Biden Was Not Fit to Run'
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty ImagesFormer President and current Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump responded furiously within minutes of President Joe Biden's announcement Sunday that he was dropping out of the 2024 race. In a phone call to CNN, the details of which the network's anchor Kaitlin Collins tweeted Sunday, he called Biden "the worst president in the history of our country," adding though that Vice President Kamala Harris—who Biden has endorsed, perhaps belatedly—would be easier for him to defeat in November.

Trump soon also took to his social media platform Truth Social to elaborate. There he wrote that, "Crooked Joe Biden was not fit to run for President, and is certainly not fit to serve—And never was!"

Asserting that Biden's 2020 election was due to "lies," "Fake News" and media manipulation, his message critiqued the Biden administration's immigration policies—a tentpole of the Republican campaign— in particular. (A later message also slammed failures in "Energy Dominance, National Security, International Standing, and so much more.")



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Jul 21, 2024

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Friend Says Actor Was Blackmailed by a News Site Before His Death
Lucy Nicholson/ReutersA friend and collaborator of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman is talking about how the Oscar-winner was supposedly being blackmailed regarding his addiction.

According to the Daily Mail, Shalom Auslander, the friend in question, writes about the blackmail in his new book, Feh: A Memoir. Auslander and Hoffman first met when Hoffman was looking to adapt one of Auslander's books.

Auslander says that prior to Hoffman's death a news site was threatening to expose details about his drug use if he didn't agree to an interview.

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Jul 21, 2024

Opinion: How Nancy Pelosi Knifed Joe Biden—Without Backing Kamala Harris
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty ImagesWe should have known it would be Nancy.

Not Senate Majority Leader Chuck "I'm with Joe" Schumer or House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries. No, it was always going to be the 84-year old former House Speaker who would take down the President.

Reporting earlier this week on her role in unseating President Biden following his disastrous debate performance, Politico noted, "We've covered Pelosi for a long time now and can tell you her fingerprints are all over the knife."

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Jul 21, 2024

Mike Johnson Says Joe Biden Needs to Resign From the Presidency Now
Michael McCoy/ReutersMike Johnson called on Joe Biden to resign from the presidency Sunday, asserting bluntly that if the president is unfit to campaign, he's unfit for office.

"If Joe Biden is not fit to run for President, he is not fit to serve as President," said the House speaker. "He must resign the office immediately."

Biden, 81, dropped out of the presidential race just before 2 p.m. Sunday in a shock decision that's further thrown the Democratic Party into chaos, just 106 nights from Election Day. The president endorsed his vice president, Kamala Harris, in a follow-up statement 23 minutes after his initial one.

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Jul 21, 2024

J.D. Vance Says Joe Biden Needs to Resign From the Presidency Now
Bill Pugliano/Getty ImagesJ.D. Vance and Mike Johnson were among a number of Republicans who called on Joe Biden to resign from the presidency Sunday, asserting bluntly that if the president is unfit to campaign, he's unfit for office.

"If Joe Biden is not fit to run for President, he is not fit to serve as President," said the House speaker. "He must resign the office immediately."

Biden, 81, dropped out of the presidential race just before 2 p.m. Sunday in a shock decision that has thrown the Democratic Party into chaos, just 106 nights from Election Day.

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Jul 21, 2024

People 'Can't Believe' They Found Out the Biden News Because of ‘PopCrave'
PopCrave/X/Getty ImagesWe never forget where we were or how we found out about big news.

I was in high school when my keyboarding teacher, who loved me because I was an insufferable teacher's pet, whispered at me and called me over to look at the tiny TV she had on her desk. The Twin Towers had smoke billowing from them.

I was in a ballroom in Pasadena at the Television Critics Association listening to Mark Harmon talk about the new NCIS prequel series when I got a text from my brother that there was an assassination attempt against Donald Trump.

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Jul 21, 2024

People ‘Can't Believe' They Found Out the Biden News Because of ‘PopCrave'
PopCrave/X/Getty ImagesWe never forget where we were or how we found out about big news.

I was in high school when my keyboarding teacher, who loved me because I was an insufferable teacher's pet, whispered at me and called me over to look at the tiny TV she had on her desk. The Twin Towers had smoke billowing from them.

I was in a ballroom in Pasadena at the Television Critics Association listening to Mark Harmon talk about the new NCIS prequel series when I got a text from my brother that there was an assassination attempt against Donald Trump.

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Jul 21, 2024

CNN Misses Biden's Big Moment for Taped Show
Photo: Kevin Dietsch/GettyAt 1:46 p.m. on Sunday, President Joe Biden announced his historic decision to end his re-election campaign. At 1:46 p.m. on Sunday, CNN was in the middle of a Fareed Zakaria GPS rerun.

The network did not cut to news coverage of the president's decision until 1:57 p.m., with chief national security correspondent Alex Marquardt filling in for resident weekend anchor Fredricka Whitfield. On MSNBC, current anchor and former White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the news at 1:53 p.m. in the middle of her show, an ironic twist for MSNBC after years of interweaving former Biden aides into the network.

The odd pairings reflect how Biden's announcement, which reporting indicated could come this weekend despite the White House's denials, caught networks entirely flat-footed. All the major cable networks, including Fox News, did not feature their primetime anchors announcing the pivotal news, with some scrambling to swap out different hosts in the minutes after the announcement.

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Jul 21, 2024

Joe Biden Drops out of 2024 Race and Endorses Kamala After 23-Minute Pause
The Daily BeastPresident Joe Biden on Sunday announced that he is ending his re-election campaign, officially dropping out of the 2024 presidential race.

"It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your president," Biden wrote in a statement. "And while it has been my intention to seek re-election, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling the duties as president for the remainder of my term."

Biden, 81, did not mention his vice president, Kamala Harris, in his first statement released Sunday afternoon after weeks of pressure from party mates to bow out of the race. He later clarified he was giving Harris his backing.

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Jul 21, 2024

Opinion: She Sucked Up to Trump But He Dropped Her Anyway
Michael McCoy/ReutersBestselling author and faux hillbilly J.D. Vance is officially Donald Trump's pick for vice president, God help us all. And even though it's only been a few days, the nation has collectively forgotten all the sycophantic vice-presidential hopefuls left behind.

But I haven't.

All the potential veeps were embarrassing in their own way. Marco Rubio: always a twerp, somehow became even twerpier when kissing up to the former president. Tim Scott shall always be remembered for totally coincidentally getting engaged the day after he endorsed Trump.

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Jul 21, 2024

Manchin Backs Shapiro, Beshear over ‘Race and Gender' Harris
CNNWest Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin on Sunday joined growing calls for President Joe Biden to bow out of the 2024 presidential race.

During an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Manchin said, with a "heavy heart," that it's time for Biden to "pass the torch" to the next generation of leaders. Manchin claimed a lack of confidence in Biden's ability to win in November is having an effect on state-level elections and causing donor money to dry up behind the scenes.

"With all that being said, my prayers are with the health and wellbeing of my friend, the president," said Manchin, who left the Democratic party to become an independent this year. Off the ticket, Biden has an opportunity to unite the country, said Manchin, "The way he has always done."

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Jul 21, 2024

FBI Named British Royal in Massive Sex and Spying Scandal Documents
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Prince Philip's name appeared in top-secret FBI documents about one of the greatest British sex scandals of all time: the so-called Profumo affair, according to the Mail on Sunday.

The documents relay that the FBI had heard a rumor that Philip—Queen Elizabeth II's husband—was "involved" with two women at the center of the early 1960s scandal which eventually led to the downfall of a government.

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Jul 21, 2024

FBI Named British Royal in Profumo Sex and Spying Scandal Documents
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Prince Philip's name appeared in top-secret FBI documents about one of the greatest British sex scandals of all time: the so-called Profumo affair, according to the Mail on Sunday.

The documents relay that the FBI had heard a rumor that Philip—Queen Elizabeth II's husband—was "involved" with two women at the center of the early 1960s scandal which eventually led to the downfall of a government.

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Jul 21, 2024

Trump: ‘Nobody' Told Me There Was ‘a Problem' Before Assassination Attempt
Fox NewsDonald Trump says no one warned him there was a potential problem during his rally in Pennsylvania last week where a gunman tried to assassinate him.

In a Fox News interview set to air Monday, host Jesse Watters asked the former president if anyone had told him not to take the stage while authorities monitored the shooter, Thomas Matthew Crooks. "Nobody mentioned it," Trump answered. "Nobody said there was a problem."

The Secret Service is facing intense scrutiny over how 20-year-old Crooks was able to pull off his attempt on Trump's life, particularly amid multiple reports claiming authorities had been monitoring the gunman before he opened fire from a rooftop around 150 yards from where Trump spoke. Crooks was killed during the incident.



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Jul 21, 2024

Unsolved Mystery: Trump Shooter's Final Thoughts as He Pulled Trigger
Anna Moneymaker/Getty ImagesIt's an unanswerable question worthy of a novel by Graham Greene. Did Thomas Crooks die believing he had killed Donald Trump?

As the first shot hurtled past, Trump grabbed his ear, quickly saw blood on his hands and dropped to the ground. And in the 26 seconds between Crooks' first shot aimed at the former president and the Secret Service taking aim and killing him, it's conceivable that Crooks thought his mission accomplished.

A week after the attempted assassination and hundreds of interviews later, no motive for the shooting has yet emerged. Police computer and phone searches suggest Crooks may have simply been looking for a high profile target as he scrolled through news of President Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland and former president Trump.

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Jul 21, 2024

Did Thomas Matthew Crooks Die Believing He Had Killed Trump?
Anna Moneymaker/Getty ImagesIt's an unanswerable question worthy of a novel by Graham Greene. Did Thomas Crooks die believing he had killed Donald Trump?

As the first shot hurtled past, Trump grabbed his ear, quickly saw blood on his hands and dropped to the ground. And in the 26 seconds between Crooks' first shot aimed at the former president and the Secret Service taking aim and killing him, it's conceivable that Crooks thought his mission accomplished.

A week after the attempted assassination and hundreds of interviews later, no motive for the shooting has yet emerged. Police computer and phone searches suggest Crooks may have simply been looking for a high profile target as he scrolled through news of President Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland and former president Trump.

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Jul 21, 2024

Why Donald Trump Winning is Melania's Worst Nightmare
Elizabeth Frantz/ReutersThe 20-month game of "Where's Melania?" ended on Thursday with the former first lady making a grand entrance to the 2024 Republican National Convention—in its final hours.

She took her seat in the VIP box, 45 minutes after the rest of the Trump clan but remained seated while the rest of the family rose to their feet for Kid Rock, appeared to not mingle with her step-children, and broke decades of tradition by declining to deliver a speech at the convention, something she had repeatedly been pressed to do. (Even her presence at the convention had not been confirmed in advance.)

When Melania joined Trump at the end of his record-setting 93-minute speech, she seemed to swerve as he tried to kiss her. The former first lady had also appeared to rebuff Trump's advances after his speech at the 2020 convention, when she was first lady.

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Jul 21, 2024

‘Love Island USA' Has Gone Full Bravo with Ariana Madix and It's Brilliant
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty/PeacockLove Island USA is, finally, good TV.

For its sixth season, Love Island USA dumped host Sarah Hyland for the Vanderpump Rules star Ariana Madix. The change is insignificant; Ariana is a great host, but Sarah was too. Frankly, it's not that hard a gig. What's different is the ethos of the series. Love Island USA has been Bravo-fied.

The American spinoff of the U.K. dating show has been dogged by a lack of fan engagement. Past seasons provided few if any dependable characters, and drama remained mundane. Love Island USA needed a shot of adrenaline to push it forward; NBC seems to have found that boost in Vanderpump-ing it.

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Jul 21, 2024

‘Love Island USA': The Ariana Madix Bravo Twist Rescued the Show From Boredom
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty/PeacockLove Island USA is, finally, good TV.

For its sixth season, Love Island USA dumped host Sarah Hyland for the Vanderpump Rules star Ariana Madix. The change is insignificant; Ariana is a great host, but Sarah was too. Frankly, it's not that hard a gig. What's different is the ethos of the series. Love Island USA has been Bravo-fied.

The American spinoff of the U.K. dating show has been dogged by a lack of fan engagement. Past seasons provided few if any dependable characters, and drama remained mundane. Love Island USA needed a shot of adrenaline to push it forward; NBC seems to have found that boost in Vanderpump-ing it.

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Jul 21, 2024

Comedian Says Vance Told Him Trump Was a Threat to U.S.
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Self-professed "liberal redneck" comedian Trae Crowder has roasted his fellow "hillbilly" J.D. Vance, calling him a bootlicker for Donald Trump.

Crowder recalled hanging out with Vance back in 2016 where they spent time drinking together and complaining about how dangerous Trump would be for America.

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Jul 21, 2024

J.D. Vance Pounded Beers and Told Me Trump Threatens America: Comedian
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Self-professed "liberal redneck" comedian Trae Crowder has roasted his fellow "hillbilly" J.D. Vance, calling him a bootlicker for Donald Trump.

Crowder recalled hanging out with Vance back in 2016 where they spent time drinking together and complaining about how dangerous Trump would be for America.

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Jul 21, 2024

‘The Boys' Season 4 Finale: 7 Biggest Unanswered Questions
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/AmazonThis season of The Boys has been wild. It dives deeper into political satire than ever before, leaving a divided nation in its wake.

The series follows The Boys, led by Butcher (Karl Urban) and Hughie (Jack Quaid), and their efforts to take down the evil superhero group The Seven. Known on the show as "supes," that group is led by the all-powerful Homelander (Antony Starr). This week's Season 4 finale was packed with shocking twists and turns, leaving us with some big questions as The Boys prepares for its fifth—and final—season. Let's get into it.

(Warning: Spoilers ahead!)

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Jul 21, 2024

Trump Was Denied Requests for More Security by Secret Service
Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty ImagesThe United States Secret Service is facing fresh scrutiny after a report in The Washington Post Saturday claimed the agency has backtracked after denying it rejected requests for additional security for Donald Trump in the two years leading up to his assassination attempt.

Four unidentified sources told the newspaper that top brass at the Secret Service repeatedly refused requests by Trump's security team for extra resourcing, including more agents to cover security screenings at large gatherings, along with additional snipers.

According to the sources, the requests were rejected for a variety of reasons, though staffing appeared to be the biggest issue. The refusal led to tensions between Trump, his campaign, and the agency.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 21, 2024

Secret Service Admits ‘Repeatedly' Turning Down Extra Security for Trump
Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty ImagesThe United States Secret Service is facing fresh scrutiny after a report in The Washington Post Saturday claimed the agency has backtracked after denying it rejected requests for additional security for Donald Trump in the two years leading up to his assassination attempt.

Four unidentified sources told the newspaper that top brass at the Secret Service repeatedly refused requests by Trump's security team for extra resourcing, including more agents to cover security screenings at large gatherings, along with additional snipers.

According to the sources, the requests were rejected for a variety of reasons, though staffing appeared to be the biggest issue. The refusal led to tensions between Trump, his campaign, and the agency.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 21, 2024

Secret Service Backtracks on Trump Security Denial in New WaPo Report
Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty ImagesThe United States Secret Service is facing fresh scrutiny after a report in The Washington Post Saturday claimed the agency has backtracked, after denying it rejected requests for additional security for Donald Trump in the two years leading up to his assassination attempt.

Four unidentified sources told the newspaper that top brass at the Secret Service repeatedly refused requests by Trump's security team for extra resourcing, including more agents to cover security screenings at large gatherings, along with additional snipers.

According to the sources, the requests were rejected for a variety of reasons, though staffing appeared to be the biggest issue. The refusal led to tensions between Trump, his campaign, and the agency.

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Jul 20, 2024

Donald Trump Ditches His White Ear Bandage for a Less Flashy Update
Tom Brenner/ReutersDonald Trump's first rally since an assassination attempt clipped his right ear hit almost every one of his signatures; shade thrown at his opponent, Joe Biden, attacks on election security and his ever-present red tie and suit.

The only detail missing in action was his now iconic white bandage on his right ear, which he swapped out for a smaller, fleshed-colored one at the campaign rally in Michigan on Saturday.

Trump's decision to ditch the bulky bandage comes the same day his former White House physician, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), shared an update on the former president's healing process.

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Jul 20, 2024

Trump Says He ‘Took a Bullet for Democracy' at Michigan Campaign Speech
Anna Moneymaker/Getty ImagesSporting a new, flesh-colored ear bandage at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday night following the failed attempt on his life last week, Donald Trump claimed, "I took a bullet for democracy."

The former president also broke the promise he made in his convention speech to never talk about the shooting again because he said it was "too painful" for him to recount.

"I begin this evening with a very special thanks to Americans nationwide including all of you here today for your extraordinary outpouring of love and support in the wake of the horrific last Saturday event," Trump began.

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Jul 20, 2024

Laura Loomer Cheers Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's Death in Racist Rant
Joe Raedle/Getty Images and Marcus Ingram/Getty ImagesLaura Loomer, a white nationalist and Donald Trump's one-time favored pick for a campaign role, sparked outrage on social media by metaphorically dancing on a Black Congresswoman's grave.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), a progressive voice in Congress who fought for civil and women's rights, died Friday evening at 74, shortly after she announced she was battling pancreatic cancer.

"Even on her death bed, this ghetto bitch couldn't keep President Trump's name out of her disgusting mouth," the conservative TV host wrote in a series of posts on X. Loomer initially reposted one of Jackson's last posts; a July 20 comment criticizing the former president.

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Jul 20, 2024

J.D. Vance Wastes No Time Calling Out Kamala Harris at Trump Rally
Anna Moneymaker/Getty ImagesSen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) wasted no time when taking to the podium at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday, immediately taking jabs at Vice President Kamala Harris.

The Trump campaign rally is the first joint event with his recent vice presidential pick and the first campaign rally since the assassination attempt at his rally in Pennsylvania last weekend.

"What a cool thing it was to be asked by President Trump to serve as his running mate and to get out there on the campaign trail, but there's some bad news, actually," Vance said as he greeted supporters.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 20, 2024

New Circus-Themed Ad Taunts Ringmaster Donald Trump
Anti-Psychopath PAC/ The Daily BeastA new circus-themed ad is putting a spotlight on some of the most outrageous word-vomits that Republican ringleader Donald Trump has ever spewed out.

The video races through a montage of Trump's greatest hits, from praising human flesh-eater Hannibal Lecter to false claims that Americans should inject bleach into their veins to protect themselves from COVID-19.

The Anti-Psychopath PAC, a group dedicated to highlighting "Trump's mental instability" and preventing another Trump presidency, launched the ad on Friday.

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Jul 20, 2024

Republicans Taunt Ringmaster Donald Trump in New Circus-Themed Ad
Anti-Psychopath PAC/ The Daily BeastA new circus-themed ad is putting a spotlight on some of the most outrageous word-vomits that Republican ringleader Donald Trump has ever spewed out.

The video races through a montage of Trump's greatest hits, from praising human flesh-eater Hannibal Lecter to false claims that Americans should inject bleach into their veins to protect themselves from COVID-19.

The Anti-Psychopath PAC launched the ad on Friday, set to the sound of circus music and featuring its president, George Conway, who famously called the Trump administration a "shit show in a dumpster fire."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 20, 2024

Trump Shooter Crooks Wasn't on Rifle Team or Bullied, According to School
Photo: REUTERS/Aaron JosefczykBethel Park High School officials have contradicted reports that Trump shooter Thomas Matthew Crooks was bullied, threatening, and a member of the school's rifle team.

In updated statements posted Saturday, officials said they have "no record" of Crooks ever trying out or being dismissed from the rifle team due to character or performance concerns, as previously reported.

"It is possible that Crooks informally attended a practice, took a shot, and never returned," the school said in its statement. However, the school added that they "don't have any record of that happening."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 20, 2024

Opinion: How Trump's Shooting Changed the Next 107 Days
REBECCA DROKEAt 6:13 p.m. ET Saturday, it will be exactly seven days since Thomas Matthew Crooks scrambled onto a warehouse rooftop in Butler, Pennsylvania, slipped his finger around the trigger of his father's AR rifle, and fired off several rounds.

Seven days that have transformed the political landscape of America. In just a week, we've witnessed a series of events so dramatic, so seismic, that they've redefined the battle lines of the upcoming election, now just 107 days away. And here in the eye of this political storm stands Donald Trump, fist still raised, and stronger than ever.

Consider too the extraordinary timing, the shooting happened two days before the Republican National Convention, an event that comes round only once every four years. Two days!

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The Daily Beast
Jul 20, 2024

COVID-19 Won't Make President Joe Biden Quit After Doctor Says He's Improving
Adrian Dennis/Pool/Getty ImagesAmericans waiting for President Joe Biden to drop out after he contracted COVID-19 mere hours after he said only a "medical condition" would make him quit are going to have to wait a little longer.

Biden's physician, Kevin C. O'Connor wrote in a memo to the White House on Saturday that the president's conditions are improving steadily and that he "continues to perform all of his presidential duties." Connor added that Biden is now on his sixth dose of Paxlovid, a prescription treatment for "adults who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization," according to the drug's official website.

The president's diagnosis forced him to ditch several scheduled campaign events this week, but his campaign insists he'll be back on the trail next Monday.

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Jul 20, 2024

J.D. Vance Calls on Biden to End Campaign and Resign Now
Rebecca Cook/ReutersSen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) told followers in an X post on Saturday that he thinks President Joe Biden should resign if he drops out of the race.

"Everyone calling on Joe Biden to *stop running* without also calling on him to resign the presidency is engaged in an absurd level of cynicism," Vance wrote. "If you can't run, you can't serve."

"He should resign now," he concluded.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 20, 2024

Buttigieg Hopes MAGA Mob Won't Come for Vance Like Pence
HBOPete Buttigieg gave his well wishes to J.D. Vance during a Friday appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher, reminding the audience why Trump didn't choose Pence this time around.

"[Pence] got four glorious years, I guess, as vice president," Buttigieg sarcastically told Maher. "And it ended on the west front of the capitol with Trump supporters proposing that he be hanged for using the one shred of integrity he still had to stand up to an attempt to overthrow the government."

Buttigieg went on, "maybe not as a politician but as a human being, what I'll say is: I hope things work out a little better for J.D. Vance than they did for Mike Pence."

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The Daily Beast
Jul 20, 2024

Las Vegas GOP City Councilor Accused of Stealing Donations Intended for a Memorial to Fallen Officer
Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via ReutersMichele Fiore, a longtime RNC committeewoman and former Las Vegas city councilor, is accused of stealing $70,000 from a charity she set up to build a memorial to a dead police officer, according to an indictment filed by the DOJ on Tuesday.

During the unveiling of a park memorializing Alyn Beck in 2018, a Las Vegas police officer who was killed in the line of duty, Fiore proposed the city build a statute to Beck, according to the Nevada Independent.

Fiore then, allegedly, contracted a company to build the statue and falsely told the company that "she had appropriated discretionary funds through the City of Las Vegas," to pay for it, according to the indictment.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 20, 2024

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Some Dems Want Biden and Kamala Off Ticket
Photo: Steven Ferdman/GC ImagesRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said that Vice President Kamala Harris isn't a shoo-in to be the 2024 Democratic presidential nominee if Biden were to bow out.

During an Instagram live session posted Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez warned that some of the same Democrats dissenting to a second Biden presidency also want Harris gone.

"If you think that there is consensus among the people who want Joe Biden to leave, that they will support Vice President Harris, you would be mistaken," she said.

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The Daily Beast
Jul 20, 2024

King Charles and Queen Camilla Rushed From Event Over Rooftop Sniper Scare
Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesKing Charles and Queen Camilla were bundled out of a public engagement earlier this week after cops spotted a man on a nearby rooftop, sparking fears a copycat assassin was emulating the attempt to shoot Donald Trump.

The royals were visiting St Helier, the capital of the wealthy island of Jersey, which is a British territory, on Monday, when concerned aides rushed them out of a public walkabout to a nearby hotel.

The Daily Beast was told at the time the urgent departure was owing to a "small" security scare.

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