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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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Jan 23, 2022

‘Jihad Rehab' Takes Us Inside a Rehab Center for Islamic Terrorists
Sundance Film FestivalThe fifth of Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 steps is to admit "to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs"—the reason being that honest confrontation of past misdeeds and mistakes is central to any process of recovery. That sort of open acknowledgment, however, is largely absent from the work carried out by the Mohammed bin Nayef Counseling and Care Center, a Saudi Arabian treatment facility that was founded by its namesake to help rehabilitate Islamic terrorists. Certainly, no one profiled by Jihad Rehab (premiering Jan. 22 at the Sundance Film Festival) seems interested in truly confessing their jihadist crimes to the camera, and that willful omission is a pressing problem throughout Meg Smaker's documentary, which is undermined by a frequent desire to buy into its subjects narratives and, in doing so, to let them craft their own self-serving self-portraits.

Following 15 years in Guantanamo Bay for a litany of terrorist offenses as members of al Qaeda and the Taliban (and as bodyguards for Osama bin Laden), Yemeni nationals Nadir, Mohammed and Ali are transferred—via a new agreement struck between the United States and Saudi Arabia—to the latter's Center, where they're enrolled in a 12-month program designed to transform their hearts and minds. Jihad Rehab provides snippets of some of the classes this trio (and their comrades) are compelled to take regarding law and marria

The Daily Beast
Jan 23, 2022

Lena Dunham and Emma Thompson Bring Awkward Sex to Sundance
Sundance Film FestivalIn her introduction for her Sundance Film Festival premiere, Sharp Stick (done via Zoom and addressed to all of us on our couches; welcome to virtual festing), Lena Dunham called the movie, which she wrote, directed, and filmed during the pandemic, "My most personal project."

That's quite a superlative coming from Dunham, whose best-known work has always been inextricable from the creator herself—films and series that are semi-autobiographical… or, at least, through her public image, marketing, and press narratives, carry the illusion of that.

Sharp Stick comes 11 years after her first—and last—feature film, the indie darling Tiny Furniture, which was so personal she cast her mother and best friend to play those roles. And during the course of HBO's Girls, the media had a hard time delineating where Dunham ended and Hannah Horvath, her Brooklyn millennial dealing with the devastating, if all-too-common, personality cocktail of altruistic and narcissistic, began.



The Daily Beast
Jan 22, 2022

SNL's Ted Cruz Begs Trump to ‘Hit Me, Choke Me, Spit in My Face'
NBCSaturday Night Live kicked off this week's show with Kate McKinnon's Laura Ingraham, who used her Fox News platform to trash President Joe Biden's first year in office.

"Can we all admit it's a disaster?" she asked her viewers. "Inflation's out of control, gas is at $19 a gallon and the green M&M has been canceled just for being a whore!"

Her first guest of the night was Aidy Bryant's Ted Cruz, who began by explaining, "My beard is like January 6th. Shocking at first, but sadly it's been normalized." From there, he followed up his humiliating appearance on Tucker Carlson's show by sending a message directly to Trump. "Donald, if you're watching, I love you, baby," he said. "You are the king. Honestly, hit me."

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The Daily Beast
Jan 22, 2022

The Shady Site That Shows Anti-Vaxxers Will Believe Anything
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyLast month, a British man launched a site allowing visitors to type in COVID-19 vaccine lot numbers, the codes that identify batches of the safe and effective shots, and call up the number of alleged deaths and injuries associated with them.

These figures are drawn from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The safety monitoring database, operated jointly by the CDC and FDA, encourages people to submit reports of anything negative that happened after they or someone they know received a vaccine, so experts can scrutinize their accounts and potentially identify rare or unexpected risks. Many of these reports are unverified, but of the cases that do get investigated, the vast majority turn out to be unrelated to vaccines; those that are related are usually minor reactions.

However, you'd never know that reading this batch search site.

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Jan 22, 2022

The Best Sex Toys For Men to Spice Up Your Solo Sessions, According to Reviews
Photo: Scouted/The Daily Beast/Retailers.Sex toy sales have skyrocketed within the last decade—especially since the pandemic started back in 2020, and this consumer trend is clearly not showing any signs of slowing down. Many of us are familiar with female-marketed sex toys like vibrators, butt plugs, clitoral stimulators, and dildos, but if you're looking to find out what the best sex toys for men in 2022 are, you've come to the right place.

In case you're not familiar, there are several different types of sex toys for men, but the most popular ones are prostate massagers for butt play (yes, these are popular options among straight men too), masturbation sleeves designed to emulate the look and feel of a vagina, cock rings to heighten the intensity and pleasure during masturbation, oral sex or intercourse, and interactive couple's sex toys designed to enhance intercourse and foreplay with a partner in IRL or virtually. In fact, these are great sex toys for those who are quarantining away from a partner or are in a long-distance relationship.

Whether you're looking to spice up your solo sessions with some fun accessories or are looking to shake things up in the bedroom with your partner, scroll through below to check out the best sex toys for men to add to

The Daily Beast
Jan 22, 2022

8-Year-Old Chicago Girl Killed by Stray Bullet to the Head
GettyAn 8-year-old girl was fatally shot in Chicago on Saturday as she walked on a sidewalk with her mother.

Police say she and her mother were not the intended targets, according to the Chicago Tribune. The two were reportedly walking together in the Little Village neighborhood when they heard gunfire and rushed into a nearby bank for cover. It was there that the extent of the child's injuries became clear. She was rushed to nearby Stroger Hospital, but she succumbed to her injuries. The girl's mother was unharmed.

Angel Ocampo was in a funeral home nearby when the shooting broke out. He told ABC 7, "I just froze and just sat down. I didn't know what happened. I just sat there. It really isn't safe. There's a lot of crime here supposedly and there's a lot of shootings. This is like gang territory."

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The Daily Beast
Jan 22, 2022

10 Dishes with Celebrity Chef Donald Link
Four Seasons Hotel New OrleanAfter a shift what is your favorite guilty pleasure to eat? "It's a toss-up between leftover fried rice or a grilled ham and cheese."

Is there one dish you won't cook? "Fried chicken! Too many great places to get it in New Orleans."

All-time favorite spice. "Right now, I'm loving smoked chimayo chile powder. It's great where you would use cayenne or paprika."

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The Daily Beast
Jan 22, 2022

10 Dishes with Chef Christina McKeough
Courtesy of High Street Hospitality GroupAfter a shift what is your favorite guilty pleasure to eat? "Salt and vinegar potato chips and a zippy white wine."

Is there one dish you won't cook? "I really cannot think of anything I won't cook—unless it is something like shark fin soup. There are some things that just should not be on the menu."

All-time favorite spice. "Probably cinnamon. It lends itself to both sweet and savory applications."

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The Daily Beast
Jan 22, 2022

Sundance's ‘Framing Agnes' Pushes for More Complicated Trans Representation
Sundance Film FestivalThe real name of the woman known as "Agnes," one of the first participants in a sociological study of transgender identity, has been lost to history. But her story is the stuff of folk-hero legend: She participated in a gender study at UCLA beginning in the late 1950s, in which she told researchers she'd been born a boy and spontaneously began growing breasts as a teen. Years later, the men she'd spoken with had to retract their work.

Agnes had, in fact, begun taking estrogen pills during puberty. She'd lied in order to secure gender confirmation surgery—a move that was only necessary because of the rigid institutional classifications that deemed such procedures necessary for some (like intersex people) but off-limits for trans people like Agnes.

Framing Agnes, which makes its debut at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival Saturday, observes Agnes as something of an icon for the trans community alongside figures like Christine Jorgensen—the first American trans woman to publicly announce and gain acclaim after receiving gender confirmation surgery. But as director Chase Joynt's film points out, a recent archival discovery has revealed that Agnes was actually one of several trans people who participated in Harold Garfinkel's research at UCLA in the 1960s—a detail that re-contextualizes her story and what we might learn from it.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 22, 2022

My Fiancé and I Have Never Slept Better Thanks to This Next-Level Hybrid Mattress
Photo: Scouted/The Daily Beast/iStock.I'm not going to lie—in the past, I've always thought I slept better when I'm by myself than I do with a partner beside me, which has made the quest for finding the best mattresses for couples with different preferences quite the challenge over the course of my adulthood.

Even when I was a kid, I hated sleepover parties because I'm a finicky sleeper with on and off insomnia. I tend to overheat when I sleep, I like absolute silence (falling asleep with the TV on a sleep timer is a NO for me) and white noise (I even sleep with a fan on full blast even in the dead of winter for the sound), and I toss and turn a lot. Now that I'm engaged to a wonderful partner, I actually like sleeping beside him (heck, I'm even pro-cuddling now), but we do have different mattress preferences. My fiancé also has chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain and prefers an extra firm mattress, whereas I like a bit more give with memory foam.

When we moved in together, we went back and forth on which one of our beds we'd be keeping—I hated his mattress and he hated mine. Alas, we agreed to meet each other halfway and invest in a new one, especially since his previous mattress wasn't doing his back any favors. Enter the Casper Wave Snow Hybrid Mattress, a.k.a. the perfect mattress for couples with different preferences—especially if one or both partners is a hot sleeper.



The Daily Beast
Jan 22, 2022

Elections Official Accused of Murdering Her Tenant
Norwalk Police DepartmentA Connecticut government official gunned down her tenant this week over a rent payment dispute, police say.

Ellen Wink, 61, was arrested Thursday after she allegedly shot and killed a tenant in her building, 54-year-old Kurt Lametta. Police say it was Wink herself who called the police about the shooting at her Norwalk building, where they arrived to find Lametta suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wink—a local landlord and the city's deputy Republican registrar of voters—allegedly copped to the shooting, telling them that Lametta was chronically behind on his rent, according to documents obtained by local news station ABC7,

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The Daily Beast
Jan 22, 2022

Guns, Catfishing and Subterfuge: Is This the Most Bonkers Sheriff's Race in America?
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Getty/Mellinger for Sheriff Facebook/West Virginia Regional JailIt was 2019, and a contentious, mudslinging election for Jackson County, West Virginia sheriff was underway. In the blue corner, a Jackson County deputy named Ross Mellinger. In the red corner, GOP contender Noel Braley, an Army veteran and retired cop who had served as a deputy in nearby Kanawha County for two decades. The Nov. 2020 election was still more than a year off.

That July, the FBI began looking into alleged civil rights violations by Mellinger. The investigation stemmed from a pair of civil suits filed against him: Mellinger stood accused of knocking out a suspect's teeth with the butt of a shotgun, in one. In the second, he was accused of brutalizing a woman being evicted from her apartment, then tasing and concussing a male friend who was helping her move.

In both cases, Braley had referred the plaintiffs to a lawyer he knew. Although somewhat unseemly, the tangled web of interests did not constitute any illegality by Braley, according to the FBI. But a local police informant who lived in the next county over, Kevin Comer, hated Braley for some reason and would stop at nothing to ensure he didn't get elected, according to the feds.



The Daily Beast
Jan 22, 2022

‘We Need to Talk About Cosby' Doc Eviscerates ‘America's Dad': A ‘Rapist' Who ‘Had a TV Show Once'
SundanceAt the beginning of the new documentary series We Need to Talk About Cosby, director W. Kamau Bell asks what should be a simple question: "Who is Bill Cosby now?" Few of his interview subjects are able to answer it.

They all sigh. Heavily sigh. One subject makes a point to label hers: "deep Black-girl sigh." One person just says, "Fuck," a one-word answer to the unanswerable.

But there are a few who manage to form a response. "He is known as America's dad." "Or a quote unquote monster." "The juxtaposition is just bananas." "He was someone to believe in and someone to trust." "He wasn't the nice person everyone thought he was." "An example of the complexity of humanity." Then things get a bit more blunt. "He was a rapist who had a really big TV show once." High-profile attorney Gloria Allred is quick and direct: "I look forward to seeing Bill Cosby again," she says. "In a court of law."

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The Daily Beast
Jan 22, 2022

Video Shows Staff Pinning Teen Down for 30 Mins in Cell Before He Died
YouTube/Sedgwick County CommunicationsFootage released late Friday by authorities in Sedgwick County, Kansas shows employees of a county juvenile center holding a 17-year-old boy on the floor of a cell for more than half an hour, just two days before his death.

The Sept. 26 death of the teenager, Cedric Lofton, attracted national attention after an autopsy report ruled it a homicide. The county DA has declined to press charges against the juvenile center employees, but Lofton's family members have demanded they be held accountable.

"Cedric's death was caused by the hands of the very authorities that were obligated to protect him and make sure he was safe," the family said previously in a statement through civil rights attorneys Andrew M. Stroth and Steven Hart. "These senseless killings by authorities must stop! Cedric and his family deserved better."

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

Hipster Megachurch in Shambles Over Pastor's Alleged Affair
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyWhen volunteers at Venue Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, arrived at their pastor's house last November, they were hoping to raise his spirits with a surprise visit. Instead they got a shock: Pastor Tavner Smith alone with a female church employee—her in a towel, him in his boxers.

The charismatic 41-year-old hurried to explain that the two of them had been making chili and hot dogs and gotten food on their clothes, according to one volunteer who was present. But, as the volunteer put it, "I don't think none of us was that dumb."

"If she dropped chili on her clothes, why are you in your boxers?" she recalled thinking. "Was y'all like, throwing chili at each other?"

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

This Caribbean Island Is Great for Underwater Adventure
Nico MarinThey say the Caribbean islands offer something for every type of sun baby, but for the outdoor adventure lovers, the 21-mile-long island of Aruba tops the chart. Being an avid scuba diver, I've experienced the intricate depths of the Tulum caverns in the Mexican Caribbean to the heart racing blue holes of the Bahamas. However, it wasn't until I descended into the depths of Aruba's clear waters that I realized something new and exciting was about to happen.

The YS-11 and Convair 240 are two airplane wrecks that were sunk for recreational purposes a short boat ride away from Aruba's Renaissance Island. After being mildy interrogated by family and friends over the course of the pandemic for taking flights, it was refreshing to be absorbed into an underwater world where there were no COVID risks, no judgements, only the exploration of these mask-free planes.

Starting with the Convair 240, an airplane that was said to have been confiscated during a drug-bust in the late 1980s, it was later sunk by the government to form an artificial reef. A hurricane in the ‘90s struck the fuselage into two big pieces, but the amazing part of the dive is that the split allows you to penetrate the plane and explore the interior of the fuselage. My underwater photographer buddy captured a few pictures of me waving from the cockpit.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

When Jimi Hendrix Got Kidnapped, and Didn't Even Know It
David Redfern/GettyThere are many things in life that are uncertain: Are we in the last wave of the pandemic, or will the variants lap the alphabet? Will all of your hard work pay off with a big promotion or are you busting your butt in vain? Does he love me or does he love me not?

But one life condition that one would think holds no uncertainty whatsoever is whether or not you have been the victim of a kidnapping. It's an unfortunate, often tragic situation that most of us thankfully have no experience with. But even without having endured a kidnapping, it seems like a pretty simple concept: someone takes you from somewhere against your will and refuses to allow you to exercise your freedom of movement.

It's hard to imagine you wouldn't know it was happening. That is, unless you were Jimi Hendrix.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

The ‘And Just Like That' Women and ‘The Golden Girls' Are the Same Age. Everyone's Freaking Out.
Craig Blankenhorn/HBO MaxThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast's Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.

This week:

It has come to the attention of the internet—few things in this world are more harrowing—that the characters in And Just Like That…, HBO Max's sequel series to Sex and the City, are the same age as the women in The Golden Girls were when that comedy first launched.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

Teachers Unions Need to Adapt, Just Like the Rest of Us
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastWhen President Joe Biden in March 2021 gave his first primetime address, he astutely pointed to the one thing that has united almost all Americans during the Covid-19 pandemic: a shared sense of sacrifice.

"We all lost something—a collective suffering, a collective sacrifice, a year filled with the loss of life and the loss of living for all of us," Biden told the nation.

Parents of school-aged children, like myself, are among those who have incurred a terrible cost throughout the pandemic, and continue to do so.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

Terrifying Post-COVID Syndrome Makes Comeback in South Carolina Kids
HandoutRosie Diven, a mother of three in rural South Carolina, had no idea her 16-year-old son had COVID-19 until a fearsome syndrome nearly killed him.

Branson Diven had been vomiting and suffering a loss of appetite when Rosie brought him to an urgent care center near their home in Hartsville on Dec. 10. But he did not have classic COVID symptoms such as a sore throat or a cough, and after testing negative for COVID and positive for flu, he was sent home under the assumption he would soon be better.

Six days later, Branson seemed to become only sicker.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

GOP Blames Biden for Russian Aggression. Don't Forget About Trump.
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyAs Russian President Vladimir Putin lays the groundwork for an invasion into Ukraine, Republicans in Congress have been laying the groundwork to blame President Joe Biden for failing to prevent an attack.

But it's former President Donald Trump, recently retired military officials and diplomats told The Daily Beast, who may bear more responsibility for the looming crisis with Russia than Biden.

Trump, whose relationship with Russia has been famously complicated, pushed back on providing aid to Ukraine in 2017. Trump was reportedly resistant to providing the security aid, in part, because he wanted Ukraine to pay the United States back. That year, Putin made his case to Trump during a 2017 meeting that Russia had sovereignty claims over Ukraine.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

Biden's Lack of Toughness Could Lead to the Second Coming of Trump
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyAt a time when Donald Trump's status as 2024's GOP frontrunner remains rock solid, I'm left wondering: Could Joe Biden's weakness leave voters yearning for the return of a strongman?

In a rational world, the thought would be absurd. Trump not only lost re-election, he continues to remind us of why the possibility of returning him to office should be a non-starter. But coupled with Biden's floundering performance, Trump's continued hold on the Republican Party makes it an eerily real possibility.

Biden, the would-be anti Trump, has been guilty of aping some of Trump's most divisive behavior. Still, Trump remains a uniquely dangerous political figure. He did, after all, attempt to overturn the 2020 elections and incited the Capitol riot. We are reminded of these facts on the regular.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

Helen Uffner Dresses Hollywood in Perfect Historical Detail. Now She Faces Eviction.
Catherine Yuxiao ZhangBetween the glittering glass towers in Long Island City, at the end of Orchard Street, stands an old three-story warehouse with a crumbling grey exterior, next to a broken barbed wire fence.

Through a heavy steel door, down a dark tunnel, Helen Uffner operates her 8,000-square-feet "museum," with thousands of mid-1800s to 1980s vintage garments that she has been assembling for more than 40 years. Uffner, 70, and her warehouse are the open secret of New York moviemakers, fashion and costume designers, and theater producers, who depend on her to rent suitable vintage clothes and accessories for their productions.

"For me, antique clothing is an art form," Uffner said. "People might think, ‘Oh my god, you did so many projects and you must make a fortune!' But I think I do it out of love."

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

Would Trump Throw His Own Kids Under the Bus to Save Himself? We May Soon Find Out.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesWe've been lulled into believing Donald Trump is made of teflon. He was, after all, the guy who boasted that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose a vote.

But Trump's luck began to run out in early 2021—when he lost the White House, Air Force One, and his Twitter account in a few weeks' time. His days of getting away with conduct that would sink anyone else appear to be over. He could even start losing so much that he'll get sick of losing.

Trump was met with a huge setback Wednesday when the Supreme Court ordered the 45th president to turn over records leading up to Jan. 6.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

How I Blew Up My Reverse Pretty Woman Arrangement
Courtesy Rachel KrantzIn 2017, I was two years into my first open and Dom/sub relationship. It was a fraught and frequently stoned time in my life. On the one hand, I'd come into my queerness and was having the kind of sexual and romantic adventures I'd previously only fantasized about. On the other, my primary partnership with a man named Adam was increasingly characterized by gaslighting and jealousy.

I'd recently formed an intense text-based friendship with Adam's long-distance girlfriend, Leah, and was steeling myself for her week-long visit to Los Angeles for Adam's birthday. I felt a pressure to be a "cool polyam girl" — to be "good" at non-monogamy, and to have just as much of my own shit going on. Which indeed, I made sure I did.

Below is a chapter from my forthcoming reported memoir, Open, called "Reverse Pretty Woman." It tells the story of my time dating a sugar daddy during this period. Like many experiences in the book, it exemplifies the seemingly conflicting ways in which I found myself feeling both increasingly sexually liberated—and yet also more under the thumb of patriarchal standards than ever before.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

‘Ozark' Showrunner Chris Mundy Teases the Netflix Series' Thrilling End
NetflixWith the first half of his Netflix hit's fourth and final season, showrunner Chris Mundy has initiated Ozark's endgame, setting the stage for a last-ditch attempt by Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) to escape their money-laundering entanglements with the Navarro cartel while keeping their (and their kids') heads on their shoulders.

Achieving that goal won't be easy, given that the streaming series' most recent seven episodes mired them in further lethal trouble. Their efforts to solidify their political power via a partnership with Shaw Medical Solutions didn't go as planned. Their relationship with son Jonah (Skylar Gaertner) took a nosedive, compelling him to work for their rivals. And their necks are still on the line courtesy of Javi Navarro (Alfonso Herrera)—who now controls the family business, and wants his hands figuratively (if not literally) around the Byrdes' throats—as well as Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner), whose wrath knows no bounds following the murder of both her boyfriend Ben (Tom Pelphrey) on the order of his sister Wendy, and another loved one who was executed right before this bifurcated run's cliffhanger. Survival, much less triumph, has never looked more improbable.

This is nothing new for Ozark, which since its 2017 debut has found consistently inventive ways to keep its protagonists scramb

The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

Sinéad O'Connor's Redemption: You Fell in Love With That ‘Crazy Bitch'
Andrew Catlin/Courtesy of Sundance Institute"I think it's funny that the world fell in love with me because of crying and a tear," Sinéad O'Connor says in a voiceover for the new documentary Nothing Compares. "I went and did a lot of crying and everyone was like, ‘Oh, you crazy bitch.' But actually wait. Hold on. You fell in love with that tear." She takes a pause before finishing the thought: "That was a mirror."

Nothing Compares, which premiered (virtually) Friday night at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, chronicles the career, the controversy, the legacy, the misconception, and, one could argue, the redemption and vindication of Sinéad O'Connor. That crying and that tear refers to the stunning music video for her chart-topping 1990 cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," one of two pillars of her pop culture iconography. The other is…decidedly more controversial, and arguably destroyed her career.

Directed by filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson, the documentary contextualizes the abuse the Irish singer suffered as a child, how that affected her as she pursued art and music, and the way that pain was unleashed on the public stage as she dressed her pop stardom up with provocative activism. It's largely centered on the years between 1987 and 1993, when the nonconformist artist dazzled a changing industry with her vocals-capable of a lullaby lilt and banshee wail with equal prowess-and her def

The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

Giuliani Pal Fesses Up to Scheme to Seat Trump Electors
Boris Epshteyn, a strategic adviser for Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign, was pressed Friday about his role in efforts to legitimize alleged pro-Trump electors from states that Joe Biden won.

"Is that something you ever worked on or would support, for example, in Michigan?" MSNBC host Ari Melber asked him.

"Yes, I was part of the process to make sure there were alternate electors for when, as we hoped, the challenges to the seated electors would be heard, and would be successful," Epshteyn replied, echoing his comments to The Washington Post, which revealed new details about the plot in a report Thursday.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

22-Year-Old NYPD Cop Killed in Harlem Shooting
GettyTwo police officers were shot in Harlem on Friday night, leaving a 22-year-old officer dead and the other, age 27, "fighting for his life," per the NYPD commissioner.

The shooting was just latest in a string of attacks on officers in New York City. The man who shot them, identified by police as Lashawn McNeil, age 47, was himself gunned down in the altercation. He used a Glock 45 that had been stolen in Baltimore in 2017, police said.

"I am struggling to find the words to express the tragedy we are enduring. We're mourning, and we are angry," NYPD commissioner Keechant Sewell said at a late-night press conference.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

22-Year-Old NYPD Cop Killed in Harlem Shooting, Another ‘Fighting for His Life'
GettyTwo police officers were shot in Harlem on Friday night, leaving a 22-year-old officer dead and the other, age 27, "fighting for his life," per the NYPD commissioner.

The shooting was just latest in a string of attacks on officers in New York City. The man who shot them, identified by police as Lashawn McNeil, age 47, was himself gunned down in the altercation. He used a Glock 45 that had been stolen in Baltimore in 2017, police said.

"I am struggling to find the words to express the tragedy we are enduring. We're mourning, and we are angry," NYPD commissioner Keechant Sewell said at a late-night press conference.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

22-Year-Old Rookie Cop Killed in NYC Shooting, Another ‘Fighting for His Life'
Officer Jason Rivera and Officer Wilbert Mora / DCPIA 22-year-old rookie NYPD cop was killed in Harlem on Friday night, and his colleague was clinging to life, after they were shot without warning in what the mayor called "an attack on the city of New York."

The man who shot them, identified by police as 47-year-old Lashawn McNeil, was then gunned down by a third officer and was in critical condition on Saturday. He used a Glock 45 that had been stolen in Baltimore in 2017, police said.

The three officers had responded to a domestic violence call Friday after a Harlem woman asked for help during a fight with her son, authorities said. While one officer remained with the woman and one of her sons, Officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora made their way down a long, narrow hallway to the bedroom where McNeil was.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

Two NYPD Cops Killed in Harlem Shooting
Joshua Lott/GettyTwo police officers were shot dead in Harlem on Friday night, the latest in a string of attacks on officers in New York City.

A suspect was also shot and killed in the altercation, though whether it was by police is unclear.

The police were responding to a domestic violence call—a dispute between a mother and her son in a first-floor apartment, according to the New York Post—when the gunfire erupted. One officer had been on the job for a bit more than a year, the Post reported.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

Years Before FBI Raid, Dem Rep. Henry Cuellar Made Sketchy Azerbaijan Connections
Kevin DietschAfter the FBI raided Rep. Henry Cuellar's home and campaign office on Wednesday, the big and yet-to-be answered question was a simple one: Why?

A source familiar with the investigation told ABC that it was connected to a sprawling investigation into Azerbaijan and a group of American businessmen, but details about any wrongdoing have been scant. Cuellar's connections with Azerbaijan, however, are extensive.

And notably, there's one government trip to Azerbaijan in 2013, as The Intercept first reported Friday night, that has already resulted in a campaign donor pleading guilty to lying to Congress five years later.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 21, 2022

They Fell in Love During the Pandemic—in Virtual Reality
Sundance Film FestivalWe Met in Virtual Reality is set solely in VRChat, an online platform that allows individuals to meet and interact via the use of customized digital avatars. In this 3D universe, users in a wide-range of animé-style guises get together to have drinks, dance at nightclubs, take American Sign Language (ASL) classes, and enjoy some time on rollercoasters and other amusement park attractions. They also strike up relationships, fall in love and get (virtually) married, thereby confirming that—for them—this immaterial realm is as "real" as any other. As a locale of endless, enveloping imagination and possibility, VRChat offers a glimpse at the future coveted by Mark Zuckerberg and his metaverse.

Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21, writer/director/editor Joe Hunting's documentary affords an intimate window into this secluded world. In VRChat, men and women from around the globe congregate in order to find companionship, have fun, and make lasting bonds with others, unburdened by the hardships, tragedies, disappointments and judgement that face them when they wake up in the morning. Unsurprisingly, it's a place designed for maximum, around-the-clock escapism. Free from the discrimination, disability, alienation and unhappiness they wrestle with each day, individuals can engage in a fundamentally ironic experience in which, by casting off the shackles of their lives (and names, and physical forms), they can realize the truest expressions of themselves. It is, in its most basic

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Jan 21, 2022

GOP Senate Favorite Adam Laxalt Backs Candidate Pushing FBI-Revenge Fantasy
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyAs attorney general of Nevada, Adam Laxalt was in charge of enforcing the law. But now that he's a Republican Senate candidate, Laxalt is throwing his "extremely enthusiastic" support behind someone who wants to abolish the FBI.

That someone is Carolina Serrano, who Laxalt—holding a lead over Democratic incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto—endorsed earlier this week. A Colombian-American and self-proclaimed Democratic voter until 2018, Serrano has more recently reimagined herself as a fringe-right Jan. 6 truther and conspiracy theorist as she steams ahead with her bid to unseat Rep. Dana Titus (D-NV) in Nevada's recently redrawn 1st District.

And she's been on a tear. At least recently, that is.

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Jan 21, 2022

The Infuriating Sundance Documentary Exposing Boeing's Deadly 737 MAX Cover-Up
Karen Ducey/ReutersDownfall: The Case Against Boeing is a story about how a revered company compromised its reputation in five short months—except, however, that Rory Kennedy's documentary argues that this process actually began years earlier, when Boeing, once the standard-bearer for airline safety, efficiency, reliability and performance, was purchased in 1997 by McDonnell Douglas. That merger initiated Boeing's fundamental transformation into a manufacturer that cared less about quality control than its stock price. The ramifications of that makeover were plain to see in October 2018 and March 2019, when two Boeing 737 Max aircrafts fell from the sky, killing over three hundred people in total—all because of malfeasance deliberately perpetrated by Boeing itself.

Downfall: The Case Against Boeing is rightfully described by The Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor as "a horrible, horrible story," and Boeing's culpability is so obvious and inexcusable that, at the eventual Senate hearings over the two crashes, even Ted Cruz was incensed over its egregiousness. Premiering on Jan. 21 at the Sundance Film Festival (before making its Netflix debut on Feb. 18), it's a study of corporate greed and the permanent damage it can beget, especially when the culprit in question is a company that provides what amounts to a public utility. Featuring interviews with journalists, pilots, analysts, experts (including

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Jan 21, 2022

‘Bizarre and Upsetting': Two Men Carry Corpse Into Post Office in Bid for Dead Man's Pension
Caroline Quinn/AFP via GettyTwo men went into a local post office in Ireland on Friday to try and make a quick buck off a dead man's pension—and, naturally, they brought the body with them.

In an incident almost eerily reminiscent of Weekend at Bernie's, one man initially tried to enter Hosey's shop and post office in the Irish town of Carlow to claim the pension on behalf of another man. He was told no, and he later returned with two other men—one breathing, one not—to claim the payment, according to the Irish Times.

The post office staff was then alerted by a suspicious customer that the man may not be conscious, prompting the staff to refuse the request and call the Gardaí, the Irish police force. Once the men realized their jig was up, they dropped the body and fled. The elderly man, 66, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Jan 21, 2022

Canadian Guest Killed After Gunfire Erupts at Ritzy Playa del Carmen Resort
Quintana Roo Defense DepartmentA shooting at a ritzy resort near Cancun left one Canadian dead and two others injured Friday, Mexican authorities said. The gunman remains at large. The shooting is the latest in a spate of horrific violence in the vacation hotspot.

A man wielding a gun was caught on CCTV at the five-star Xcaret Hotel, located at popular Playa del Carmen, in a gray sweatsuit by the pool. Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, the Public Secretary of Defense for the state of Quintana Roo, said gunfire broke out after a group of Canadian guests got into an argument.

After authorities swarmed the compound, the three victims were transported to the hospital, where one died. Hernández Gutiérrez called for any information available on the shooter, who has not been captured.

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Jan 21, 2022

Canadian Guests Killed After Gunfire Erupts at Ritzy Playa del Carmen Resort
Quintana Roo Defense DepartmentA shooting at a ritzy resort near Cancun left two Canadians dead and one other injured Friday, Mexican authorities said.

The gunman remains at large. The shooting is the latest in a spate of horrific violence in the vacation hotspot.

A man wielding a gun was caught on CCTV at the five-star Xcaret Hotel, located at popular Playa del Carmen, in a gray sweatsuit by the pool. Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, the Public Secretary of Defense for the state of Quintana Roo, said gunfire broke out after a group of Canadian guests got into an argument. The guests and the gunman have not been identified.

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Jan 21, 2022

Cops Stumped After Woman Killed at ‘Out of Hand' Vegas Halloween Party
via GoFundMeMonths after a young woman who served in the Nevada Army National Guard was gunned down at a Halloween party, cops say leads have "dried up" and they're desperate for tips.

Just before 1 a.m. on Oct. 31, 2021, Graciela Gomez, 22, was struck and killed by gunfire after a group of men who were denied entry to the costume party drove past the house and opened fire, Las Vegas Metro Police said.

Three months after her death, Lt. Ray Spencer said investigators desperately need witnesses to come forward, noting that the suspects have eluded cops and the investigation has been "hampered" by poor quality surveillance video from that night. Partygoers who fled the scene before cops arrived have also complicated efforts to identify potential suspects, Spencer said.

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Jan 21, 2022

FBI Reveals What Was in Brian Laundrie's Notebook
Moab PoliceBrian Laundrie scrawled messages in a notebook admitting that he killed his girlfriend Gabby Petito, the FBI said in a statement Friday as they announced that their investigation into the couple's deaths was now closed.

The notebook was found alongside Laundrie's remains in a wooded area in Florida in October, weeks after police say he killed Petito while they were traveling the country in a van.

"The FBI's primary focus throughout the investigation was to bring justice to Gabby and her family," said FBI Denver Special Agent Michael Schneider. "The public's role in helping us in this endeavor was invaluable as the investigation was covered in media around the world."

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Jan 21, 2022

Guillermo del Toro Reveals He Hasn't Used a Real Gun in His Movies Since 2007
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty ImagesIn a recent interview, Guillermo del Toro revealed that he's long avoided using real firearms in the making of his films. The subject came up during a panel discussion hosted by The Hollywood Reporter, in a conversation about safety on sets following the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Alec Baldwin's upcoming movie Rust.

"I haven't shot a real gun on a movie set since 2007 or 2008," the Oscar-winning director said emphatically. "I don't think it's necessary anymore. I really don't."

Del Toro-the director behind such critically acclaimed films as Pan's Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, and this year's Nightmare Alley-elaborated when the panel's moderator asked him if it's difficult to make movies without real guns.

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Jan 21, 2022

Johnny Depp Lands First Film Role After ‘The Sun' Trial, Will Play King Louis XV in Maïwenn's Next Film
Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty ImagesThe explosive failure of Johnny Depp's 2020 libel case against The Sun appears to have ground his work in Hollywood to a halt—but abroad, his career is doing just fine.

The Fantastic Beasts actor, whose alleged domestic violence against his ex-wife Amber Heard made headlines for weeks last year during the Sun libel trial, is now set to play King Louis XV in French actress and filmmaker Maïwenn's next production. According to Variety, the director herself will also star as the monarch's final mistress.

Louis XV ruled from 1715 to 1774 and, though his reign outlasted every monarch but the "Sun King" Louis XIV, he was nonetheless seen as an ineffectual ruler. His time on the throne and ultimate unpopularity helped set the stage for the French Revolution, which began in 1787.



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Jan 21, 2022

Johnny Depp Lands First Film Role Since ‘The Sun' Trial, Will Play King Louis XV in Maïwenn's Next Film
Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty ImagesThe explosive failure of Johnny Depp's 2020 libel case against The Sun appears to have ground his work in Hollywood to a halt—but abroad, his career is doing just fine.

The Fantastic Beasts actor, whose alleged domestic violence against his ex-wife Amber Heard made headlines for weeks last year during the Sun libel trial, is now set to play King Louis XV in French actress and filmmaker Maïwenn's next production. According to Variety, the director herself will also star as the monarch's final mistress.

Louis XV ruled from 1715 to 1774 and, though his reign outlasted every monarch but "Sun King" Louis XIV, he was nonetheless seen as an ineffectual ruler. His unpopular reign helped set the stage for the French Revolution, which began in 1787.

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Jan 21, 2022

You Can Wear This Coat All Year Long, from Winter Chill to Summer Rain
Photo: Scouted/The Daily Beast/Fjallraven.If you have read even a bit of my apparel-centric pieces, you've surely heard me clamor about never weighing the looks of a given product more heavily than how it performs. Your fingers don't care how great your gloves look as they lose feeling in the cold. Your ankles don't care how trendy your boots are as you lose traction and slip on ice. Your spine doesn't care if your backpack is cute as it aches and throbs due to improper load distribution.

But hey, if something can perform as needed in trying conditions yet also look great, I'm all in. To that end, the Fjällräven Visby 3-in-1 Jacket looks great, and I only point that out because it is, first and foremost, a reliable piece of technical apparel—or, effectively three pieces, that is.

In its most robust iteration, this jacket (which comes in several colors and in both a men's and a women's cut) is completely waterproof, wind-resistant, and warm enough for use in below-freezing temperatures. To achieve said specs, you wear the jacket with its insulated inner jacket zipped in place; don't worry, it doesn't feel at all like you're wearing two coats. It just feels like one warm, comfortable, capable jacket. A jacket with an adjustable hood and hem, a two-way zipper, snap closure hand pockets, and adjustable cuffs.

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Jan 21, 2022

OAN Owner Begs Viewers to Call Other Cable Providers After DirecTV Drops Channel
OANOne America News owner and founder Robert Herring, Sr. took to his embattled channel's airwaves this week to urge viewers to call other cable providers and beg them to carry OAN following satellite company DirecTV's decision to drop the far-right network.

"I'm sure by now a lot of you have heard the news that AT&T and DirecTV have decided to take us off their service," Herring said during the spot, which has run during OAN programs and was first flagged by Media Matters. "It was a major surprise to me when I read it in the news last Friday night, as I'm sure it was to you."

Herring then brought up his long-running relationship with AT&T, the majority owner of DirecTV. Reuters reported last October that AT&T not only played an integral role in the creation of One America News in 2013, but has since kept the fact-free channel afloat through OAN's contract with DirecTV.

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Jan 21, 2022

Crenshaw Has Some Regrets for Viral Dust-Up With Young Woman
Alex WongRep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) on Friday admitted he has some regrets about how he handled a viral confrontation with a woman earlier this week at a fundraiser event.

During an appearance at a Montgomery County Tea Party PAC meeting on Monday, the Republican lawmaker was grilled by a young woman over previous comments he made seemingly comparing Jesus Christ to a fictional character.

"‘The most important thing here is that we have important hero archetypes that we look up to,'" the unidentified woman quoted from Crenshaw's March 2020 appearance on the Jocko podcast. "‘Jesus is a hero archetype. Superman is a hero archetype. Real characters, too. I could name a thousand: Rosa Parks, Ronald Reagan,' end quote," the woman read off her phone, before telling Crenshaw: "I can't wrap my head around this."

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Jan 21, 2022

Delta Passenger Moons His Fellow Travelers in Insane Mask Meltdown
Mike Blake/ReutersA passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight from Ireland to New York City "repeatedly refused to wear a facemask despite being asked dozens of times" by the flight crew, at one point stripping down to "moon" his fellow travelers, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday.

Shane McInerney's alleged public meltdown took place on Jan. 7, while Delta flight number 45 was making its way across the Atlantic from Dublin to JFK airport, the complaint states.

In addition to endangering himself and others by going maskless, McInerney "threw an empty beverage can, which hit the head of Individual-1, who was a passenger on the above-referenced flight," and "kicked the back of the passenger seat in front of him, disturbing Individual-2, another passenger," the filing continues.

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Jan 21, 2022

Cannabis CBD Might Be Highly Effective at Preventing COVID
UnsplashFrom the outset of the pandemic, the prospect that weed might be used to fight COVID-19 was tantalizing. After all, many people across the planet were getting high to pass the time during lockdown, and there is a long history of governments shunning the idea that cannabis might have health benefits, research be damned.

Still, the FDA and other health authorities were quick to say as far back as April 2020 there was no science to back up claims that weed was going to be useful in warding off the deadly disease.

That may have been premature. New, peer-reviewed research published Thursday in Science Advances suggests the popular non-psychoactive compound in cannabis known as cannabidiol, or CBD, can help prevent the novel coronavirus from replicating in human cells, reducing the chances of a full-blown infection. Another arm of the study also found that real-world patients who were prescribed CBD experienced lower rates of COVID-19.

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Jan 21, 2022

Virginia Karen Threatens to Bring ‘Loaded' Guns to School If Her Kids Have to Mask Up
Page County Schools via YouTubeA Virginia mom went off the rails during a school board meeting Thursday when she threatened to bring a loaded gun to school if her kids were forced to wear face masks. Making matters worse, the woman, who appears to have little concern for health and safety during a pandemic, works as a dental hygienist.

The Page County Public School board held a meeting on "opposing viewpoints" concerning COVID-19 precautions on Thursday evening. After a doctor from the Valley Health system presented updates on the pandemic and the importance of mask-wearing, a slew of parents made speeches advocating for face coverings.

One mother—wearing a mask—said it prevented the virus from spreading and causing potentially fatal harm to her son. A man stood at the podium—also wearing a mask—saying that he was surprised that the county had to debate the measure after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam implemented an executive order mandating masks in K-12 schools.

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Jan 21, 2022

Virginia Mom Threatens to Bring ‘Loaded' Guns to School If Her Kids Have to Mask Up
Page County Schools via YouTubeA Virginia mom went off the rails during a school board meeting Thursday, threatening to bring a loaded gun to school if her kids were forced to wear face masks. Making matters worse, the woman, who appears to have little concern for health and safety during a pandemic, works as a dental hygienist.

The Page County Public School board held a meeting on "opposing viewpoints" concerning COVID-19 precautions on Thursday evening. After a doctor from the Valley Health system presented updates on the pandemic and the importance of mask-wearing, a slew of parents made speeches advocating for face coverings.

One mother—wearing a mask—said it prevented the virus from spreading and causing potentially fatal harm to her son. A man stood at the podium—also wearing a mask—saying that he was surprised that the county had to debate the measure after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam implemented an executive order mandating masks in K-12 schools.

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Jan 21, 2022

Journalists and News Orgs Including ESPN Snub Beijing Olympics of ‘Shame'
JADE GAOFor sports reporters, being sent to cover an Olympic Games has always been seen as a privilege, a career highlight, a chance to bathe in the reflected glory of the world's top athletes while enjoying a couple of weeks in the sun or on the slopes, all expenses paid.

Now, not so much. Reporters assigned to next month's Beijing Winter Olympics are being warned to leave their cellphones at home and pack "burner phones" and "clean" laptops to prevent Chinese spies hacking into their data. They have been sent a 36-page guide on how to navigate China's ultra-strict COVID regulations just to get into the country, including a health-monitoring app and multiple PCR tests. Once inside the Olympic bubble they could be served food by robots, prepared by robots, in order to limit unnecessary human contact. And if, after all that, they do test positive for the rampant Omicron variant, then it will all have been in vain; their Olympics will be over.

Not surprisingly, some editors are deciding it's just not worth it and are keeping their staff at home, including executives at ESPN, the U.S. cable sports giant which announced Thursday that the four reporters it had been due to send to China would be staying home and covering the Games from the U.S.

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Jan 21, 2022

Pope Benedict Willfully Let Children Be Raped: Lawyer
Stefan Wermuth/ReutersROME—The last thing most people will now remember about Pope Benedict XVI is not likely his legacy as head of the Roman Catholic Church or his historic resignation in 2013.

Thanks to an investigation conducted by the German law firm Westpfahl Spilker Wastl, it is likely going to be that before he became pontiff, Joseph Ratzinger knowingly allowed rampant clerical sex abuse to continue when he was head of the Munich diocese. "During [Ratzinger's] time in office there were abuse cases happening," Martin Pusch, who headed the investigation ordered by the German church, told reporters. "In those cases, those priests continued their work without sanctions. The church did not do anything."

That global systemic sex abuse at the hands of priests went on unchecked for decades is well known by now. The German church had found that more than 3,600 victims had been raped and sexually abused by priests between 1946 and 2014, which led to the report.

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Jan 21, 2022

Ivanka Ghosts Trumpland as Investigators Turn Up the Heat
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastWhether it's the lawmakers on Capitol Hill plumbing the depths of last year's failed coup, or prosecutors in New York putting former President Donald Trump's sprawling family business under a microscope, investigators working very different probes are increasingly looking to pressure the same person: Ivanka Trump.

There's hardly any indication the corporate heiress is under investigation herself, or that she faces possible criminal charges. But sources on both sides—in law enforcement and those close to her—say Ivanka is a key witness to a litany of alleged crimes.

And it's all coming to a head this week.

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Jan 21, 2022

‘The Gilded Age' Is Even More Fun Than ‘Downton Abbey'
Alison Cohen Rosa/HBOIn these last years, we as a society have suffered through a great trauma, a total starvation of the kind of community and culture which we need to thrive: fancy old-timey ladies with funny accents wearing corsets and being bitchy to each other about how rich they are.

Yes, we have weathered a pandemic. We have also endured nearly 27 months since Downton Abbey: The Movie, the last time we fully experienced the bliss of snooty people milling about an ostentatious house discussing class, appearances, and the appropriate dress to wear during particular times of the day (oh my heavens, pants?!), all while tricking their servants into thinking they were their friends.

There's a special art to a TV show—and then a follow-up movie—that can sweep you away to another time and place and then let you sit back and luxuriate as the characters debate and discuss what amounts to absolutely nothing. Downton Abbey was the weighted blanket of TV series. The chamomile tea of period dramas. The surprise "Hey, why don't you take off early today?" email from your boss of pop-culture phenomena.

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Jan 21, 2022

This California Dairy Farm's Secret Ingredient for Clean Electricity: Cow Poop
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIt has already proven its worth as a fertilizer and building material, and even as a secret ingredient in Ancient Egyptian ceramics. As it turns out, cow dung—yes, that stinky excrement that also produces the devastating greenhouse gas methane—might also have a bright future as a plentiful source for clean electricity.

Few places encompass this potential future better than Bar 20 Dairy, a dairy farm in Kerman, California, that uses methane from cow manure to produce clean electricity with almost zero carbon emissions. It's the first dairy farm in the U.S. to power its own clean energy "microgrid" using a biogas, and it could be a tantalizing sign of what the future of green energy might look like for companies with access to plenty of methane.

The technology isn't all that hard to grasp. Manure and waste water from the farm's nearly 7,000 cows are transported and sifted into a 25-million-gallon rectangular pit in the ground called a digester. The liquid sits for about 30 days while methane gas rises to the top of the closed digester. The gas then gets piped into a skid shifter, which separates the methane from hydrogen sulfide and other impurities. Finally, the methane is piped into fuel cells that harness it to produce electricity with little to no greenhouse gas emissions.

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Jan 21, 2022

Biden Just Won't Admit When He's Screwed Up
Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Don't count on a comeback for President Joe Biden. As conventional wisdom catches up with my rather negative critique of Biden's presidency thus far, we are already seeing hints of the next contrarian narrative: "It's not too late for him to turn it around"—and its second cousin—"Here's how Biden could turn it around."

I'll play along.

If the president wants to salvage what's left of his term, he will have to accept that he misread and misinterpreted his mandate. This acknowledgement would demand both substantive and symbolic reversals, including (but not limited to) policy and staff changes.

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Jan 21, 2022

The Klan Was the Original ‘Election Police'
AlamyDays after blocking the advancement of vital voting rights legislation and corrupting the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Republican politicians are advancing their undemocratic agenda by advocating for the creation of "election police."

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking for $5.7 million to create an Office of Election Crimes and Security. In Georgia, former senator and gubernatorial candidate David Purdue promises a new Election Law Enforcement Division. Other Republicans pushing Trump's Big Lie are sure to follow.

They aren't breaking new ground, but joining a long tradition of dressing up efforts to suppress and intimidate Black voters as somehow protecting the integrity of our American democracy.

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Jan 21, 2022

The Most Humbling Place in the World to Fish
Stephanie MazeIn my eyes, Hawaiians are the best fishermen in the world. The ingenuity, pride, and cultural connection to the land and sea have always set the standard for me on a balanced life, well-lived. Hawaii is not an easy place to fish. Each island is surrounded by a ring of coral, which correspondingly has breaking surf, making open water access limited to certain channels. The warm, salty water eats any and all metal. The sea conditions can be demoralizing; don't believe the brochures, the weather here is often a beast. I am comfortable making the statement that I have seen more consistently better sea states in summertime Alaska than in summertime Hawaii. Due to a nearly stationary high-pressure system to the northeast of the Hawaiian island chain, strong easterly "trade" winds are the norm. So, unless you live on the leeward side of the islands, be prepared to fish in some snotty seas.

The pristine, clear waters, although intoxicating to swim in, tell a story of the lack of plankton in the water. The lack of this basic building block in the food chain means that the total biomass just isn't as prolific as it is elsewhere. The rivers don't swell with salmon, or any fish for that matter, in Hawaii, as the fish stocks generally are just not as big. Each island is a desert oasis and every pelagic fish is a nomad.

To be consistently successful here sets an angler apart. The upshot is that the access to the big game species is mindblowing. Upon clearing the harbor breakwaters, you can deploy your trolling spread for big pelagics. Although the fiftieth state in the US, there are many unique cultural practices that are codified into fishing that are unique to the islands. Like Alaska, Hawaii is isolated. Geographically speaking, i

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Jan 21, 2022

M. Night Shyamalan's ‘Servant' Still Manages to Seduce Us
Apple TV Servant is an experiment in how long a TV series can withhold concrete answers to its central mysteries, and credit for that teasing nature goes to executive producer, director, and driving creative force M. Night Shyamalan, whose career has been marked by stories predicated on climactic twists—often of a less-than-wholly-satisfying quality. Now in its third season, Shyamalan and showrunner Tony Basgallop's spooky small-screen effort is like the ultimate expression of the auteur's modus operandi: establish and develop baffling supernatural scenarios and then sustain them for as long as is humanely possible, all in the hope that audiences will remain intrigued, rather than frustrated, by the prolonged waiting game.

Predictably, there are no mind-blowing revelations in Servant's latest season (Jan. 21 on Apple TV )—its second to last—or none found in its first five chapters, which were all that was provided to press. For every clarifying nugget dispensed by this new batch of episodes, Shyamalan and Basgallop pile on five more head-spinning questions. The result is a darkly comedic drama that mines tension from the deliberate suppression of key information. No doubt many have found that construction vexing; there are only so many times one can be on the precipice of comprehension, only to be thrown back into confusion, before aggravation sets in. Nonetheless, there's something rewardingly compelling about being strung along in this excessive fashion, thanks both to a serpentine formal structure that suggests u

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Jan 21, 2022

Prince Andrew's ‘Victim-Blaming' Tactics Show His ‘Desperation,' Accuser Believes
Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool/Getty ImagesPrince Andrew's efforts to discredit his accuser Virginia Giuffre by seeking to investigate whether she is suffering from "false memory syndrome" are symptomatic of his desperation after a week of sustained bad news for the scandal-hit royal, a source in Giuffre's increasingly optimistic camp has exclusively told The Daily Beast.

The source added that Andrew's effort to portray Giuffre, who accuses Andrew of raping her three times when she was 17, as an enthusiastic recruiter of underage girls for Epstein's pedophile ring is likely to backfire as it "looks like victim-blaming."

The pushback from Giuffre's camp comes after Andrew, who this week deleted his social media profiles after being stripped of the use of his HRH titles by Queen Elizabeth, doubled down on his much-criticized attempts to undermine Giuffre's credibility in two deposition requests.

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Jan 21, 2022

The Left Already Hates the New Plan to Save Biden's Agenda
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyAll throughout President Joe Biden's first year in office, progressives clung to the hope that their constant concessions would eventually yield a massive result—if not a $6 trillion social welfare bill, or a $3.5 trillion version, or even a $1.8 trillion measure, then at least something.

But as progressives confront the possibility of nothing, Democratic leaders are introducing a new standard for Biden's legislative agenda: "Chunks."

"Honestly, it's depressing," Varshini Prakash, executive director of the progressive group Sunrise Movement, told The Daily Beast when asked about the plan to break up the massive "Build Back Better" bill into smaller, potentially more passable pieces.

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Jan 21, 2022

Family Cuts Off Alleged Area Sex Criminal Prince Andrew
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyLiberal Brit Ian Dunt joins The New Abnormal to talk about how it's going for Jeffrey Epstein's old friend Prince Andrew or, as co-host Molly Jong-Fast calls him, the alleged "area sex trafficker."

Spoiler: It's not going well!

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Jan 21, 2022

‘If I Die, I Die': Meat Loaf Spurned COVID Rules Before Death
Reuters/Arnd WiegmannTheatrical rock superstar Meat Loaf, whose Bat Out of Hell is one of the bestselling albums of all time, has died at the age of 74. Reports say the singer and actor had recently fallen sick with COVID-19.

In an emotional statement posted to Facebook early Friday, the performer's family said he was with his wife when he died and had said his final goodbyes to his two daughters in the past 24 hours. The star sold 100 million albums in his five-decade career and starred in movies including Fight Club, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Wayne's World, and did a stint on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice reality-TV show.

"We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man," the family wrote in its announcement. "From his heart to your souls… don't ever stop rocking!"

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Jan 21, 2022

Jimmy Kimmel Reveals the Unlikely Guy Who Could Bring Down Trump
ABCOn Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel gleefully ran down the significant legal problems facing former President Donald Trump during his monologue.

"The legal woes for Trump are piling up," said Kimmel. "The attorney general in New York says she has evidence that the Trump Organization engaged in a pattern of deception, and today we learned that the DA in Fulton County, Georgia, has requested a special grand jury to look into his post-election shenanigans there. On top of that, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the special committee that's looking into the insurrection to review 700 pages of documents Trump wanted kept secret, and we got an update from Congress today on what Trump was doing behind closed doors in the lead-up to Jan. 6."

Yes, according to Trump's former press secretary Stephanie Grisham, Trump held top secret closed-door meetings at the Executive Residence of the White House just prior to the Jan. 6 insurrection, and attendees were not officially recorded to keep it off the books.

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Jan 21, 2022

Trump Says Pelosi Is to Blame for ‘Jan. 6 as We Know It'
Fox NewsIn a chummy Thursday night interview with Fox News host and one-time informal presidential adviser Sean Hannity, Trump was asked pointedly whether he called up the National Guard on Jan. 6, 2021, to help quell the violence in Washington, D.C.

"One hundred percent, and attested to by many people," Trump replied. "And they turned it down… Nancy Pelosi turned it down, and she is in charge of the Capitol."

Trump first made this baseless claim, which was promptly debunked, in February 2021. Nearly a year later, he's still claiming that "we would have had no Jan. 6 as we know it" if not for his political foes.

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Jan 21, 2022

‘The Princess,' a Horrifying New Princess Diana Documentary, Kicks Off Virtual Sundance
Princess Diana Archive/GettyIt should seem implausible that there would be anything new to say about the story of Princess Diana. What piece of pop culture, at this point, could possibly add anything to our understanding and our emotion about her supernova existence in the public eye and her tragic death?

These last years especially have seen her life and the impact of her death parsed and chronicled in an endless torrent of new documentaries, each promising some tantalizing new detail or anecdote to entice insatiable consumers of all things Lady Di. It's also been fictionalized, dramatized according to rumor and assumption in high-profile projects like The Crown and the recent Kristen Stewart-starrer Spencer.

Is it a bad thing that there seems to be an infinite appetite for this content, and ample offerings produced to answer the call? There is so much to learn about the media, the monarchy, and ourselves, let alone about one of the most famous women there has ever been, so why shouldn't there be so much content? Then again, it was the ravenous and rapacious demand for her story, for her image, and for her secrets that did so much harm to her mental health, and then ultimately was responsible for the violent car crash that ended her life. What is this demand for more, if not a cycle repeating?



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Jan 20, 2022

Biden Keeps Trump Immigration Policies—and Stephen Miller Is Loving It
Saul Loeb/GettyMoments after he was sworn into office, President Joe Biden made good on the first of dozens of promises he had made to immigrant communities on the campaign trail—bursting out of the gate with the repeal of some of the Trump administration's most aggressively anti-immigration policies and the introduction of a vast legislative package that would create a path to citizenship for eight million people living in the United States.

On that day, Biden looked to his pro-immigration supporters to be exceeding their highest expectations.

"President Biden delivered on day one," said Krish O'Mara Vignarajah, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. "It was a strong signal that this was a new and different administration."

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Jan 20, 2022

NPR ‘Founding Mother' Unloads on Public Editor Over SCOTUS Story: ‘She's Not Clarifying Anything!'
Andrew Burton/GettyThe widening controversy over an NPR story on masks in the Supreme Court turned inward as a legendary reporter there blasted the broadcaster's public editor for critiquing her work.

The public editor, Kelly McBride, who operates independently of the newsroom but takes a paycheck from the publication, called for a "clarification, but not a correction" to an article about the Supreme Court written by one of the newsroom's "founding mothers," legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.

"She can write any goddam thing she wants, whether or not I think it's true," Totenberg told The Daily Beast on Thursday night. "She's not clarifying anything!"

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Jan 20, 2022

Texas Cheerleading Coach Accused of ‘Twisted, Deranged' Sexual Abuse
REUTERSThe first known victim of Cheer Athletics coach Jason McCartney has filed a lawsuit alleging that his "penetrative and severe abuse continued for years" even after McCartney reached adulthood and she was still a prepubescent child.

Carrie Methvin was a young child playing with a doctor's kit at the McCartney family's house when McCartney, a former family friend who was nine years her senior, pulled down his pants and asked her to put a toy syringe in his butt and his penis in her mouth, according to early memories detailed in a copy of the complaint.

"McCartney's abuse of Methvin escalated from there," the lawsuit states, alleging that McCartney would put his hands and mouth on Methvin's crotch, while also having her touch his genitals. The abuse, often at his parents' home in Texas, started when they were both minors and became more frequent as he grew older, the suit alleges.

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Jan 20, 2022

Georgia Pastor Denies Locking Eight People in His Basement
Spalding County Sheriff's OfficeAn Atlanta-area pastor charged for allegedly locking people with disabilities in his basement hit back on Thursday, denying that he'd ever held anyone against their will. Instead, Curtis Bankston's team claimed that he is in the crosshairs of a media attack against a Black man whose reputation is being tarnished.

"I am disturbed by this continual attack on Black men in America," Bankston's attorney, Dexter Wimbush, said during a press conference in the actual basement. "It is unfortunate that the news media will highlight the wrongs that Black men do. But there seems to be this intentional plan to eradicate even the Black men in this country who are doing the right thing."

Bankston, the head minister of One Step of Faith Ministries and One Step of Faith 2nd Chance in Griffin, was arrested Jan. 13, CBS 46 Atlanta reported. Emergency services said they were called to a home for a patient having a seizure and instead found eight mentally or physically disabled people in a dead-locked basement. Crews had to climb through a window to get to them, FOX 5 Atlanta reports.

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Jan 20, 2022

Adele Cries as She Cancels Las Vegas Residency Shows, Citing Delivery Delays and COVID-19
Sascha SteinbachAdele tearfully announced the cancellation of her sold-out Las Vegas shows on Thursday, just a day before she was set to kick off her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

The distraught singer made the announcement in an Instagram video, explaining she had been up for the past 30 hours trying to figure out a way to pull everything off. But due to significant delivery delays and half of her team testing positive for COVID-19, she said there was no way the show would be ready in time.

"Listen, I'm so sorry, but my show ain't ready," Adele said while trying to hold back tears. "It's been impossible to finish the show and I can't give you what I have right now. And I'm gutted, I'm gutted. I'm sorry it's so last minute... We've run out of time. I'm so upset and I'm really embarrassed and I'm so sorry to everyone that's traveled again. I'm really, really sorry."

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Jan 20, 2022

Jake Tapper Grills Jen Psaki Harder Than Fox News Did
CNNCNN anchor Jake Tapper on Thursday repeatedly confronted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki over President Joe Biden's voting-rights comments during the day prior's White House briefing.

The relentless grilling Psaki received on the airwaves of CNN—a network she once worked for as an on-air contributor—was in stark contrast to the surprisingly friendly and congenial conversation she had just hours earlier on conservative cable giant Fox News.

Tapper, who was highly critical of the president's remarks following Biden's marathon presser on Wednesday, kicked off Thursday afternoon's interview by questioning Psaki's recent clean-up attempt.

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Jan 20, 2022

Jamie Lynn Spears Shares Texts to Britney Spears that Allegedly Clear Her Name
SpotifyJamie Lynn Spears has said for years that her only interest related to Britney Spears' conservatorship was that she loves and has always tried to protect her sister.

Now, she says she has proof.

During the second installment of the actress' interview with Alex Cooper's Call Her Daddy podcast, she read a series of texts that also appear in her memoir, Things I Should Have Said—in which Jamie Lynn advised her sister that she didn't trust her now-former lawyer, Samuel Ingham III.

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Jan 20, 2022

‘Italian Guilt': Cuomo's Team Begged PR Exec to Rehab His Image for $100K a Month
Shannon Stapleton/ReutersAfter then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's offer of $100,000 a month didn't convince PR exec Maggie Moran to handle crisis communications when sexual harassment allegations emerged last year, the disgraced pol's office tried "Italian guilt" as a lure.

It didn't work either.

The revelation is included in a transcript of a July 2021 deposition during which Moran, a Cuomo ally who served as campaign manager for his 2018 re-election bid, answered questions from lawyers with the New York Attorney General's Office, which was at the time investigating accusations of improper behavior by Cuomo. New York Attorney General Letitia James released the 232-page document on Thursday as part of the final tranche of official materials related to the probe.

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Jan 20, 2022

Here's How to Watch UFC 270 Ngannou VS.Gane Without Cable
Photo: Scouted/The Daily Beast/ESPN/UFC.The first UFC event of 2022 is finally here, and it's not going to be one you'll want to miss. On Saturday, January 22 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane will be live-streamed from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. The event will feature two championship bouts—Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane for the heavyweight title and Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo for the flyweight title.

Here's the full schedule:Main Card: 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

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Jan 20, 2022

Going 10 Rounds with Top Bartender Santo Borzi
Courtesy Starhotels CollezioneWhat do you like to drink after a shift? "A shift does not end without a sip of a good single malt from the Scottish Highlands, especially the kind matured either in a port or sherry cask."

What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? "The Doors, ‘Roadhouse Blues.' It reminds me of my younger years when I would gather with my friends in this place outside my hometown facing the beach."

After all these years bartending and creating drinks, do you still enjoy going out to bars? "Absolutely! That's actually the best part of my job, along with being able to get a drink anytime I want! But seriously, I do love going out and searching for unique bars—the sort of hidden jewels."

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Jan 20, 2022

Team Navalny Photo Leak Claims to Show Putin's Luxury Pole-Dancing Cave
FBK / Team Navalny WebsiteA new investigation by the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK)—a non-profit organization established by imprisoned opposition politician Alexei Navalny—has unearthed photos allegedly showing the obscenely gaudy seaside palace long rumored to belong to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The luxurious getaway, located outside the resort town of Gelendzhik on the Black Sea, reportedly boasts a casino, a private theater and a bizarre hookah lounge complete with a pole-dancing stage.

Emblems of the Russian double-headed eagle symbol, the main element of the coat of arms of the Russian Empire, are omnipresent throughout the palatial estate, including in what appears to be the private dancing room. They stick out like a sore thumb, along with a stripper pole that stands in stark contrast with the image of royal opulence the palace projects. Pink and tan pillows are strewn on the floor, to provide additional relaxation in between annexations.

The FBK report, which was unveiled on Thursday, follows another explosive investigation by the group about the palace released last year. At the time, the massive structure was in process of being remodeled, reportedly due to the spread of mo

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Jan 20, 2022

‘Real Housewives' Star Jennie Nguyen Addresses Racist and Anti-BLM Facebook Posts
Bravo/YouTubeReal Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jennie Nguyen has issued an apology after fans began circulating racist Facebook posts she shared amid the protests following George Floyd's death.

"I want to acknowledge and apologize for my deleted Facebook posts from 2020 that resurfaced today," the freshman cast member wrote Wednesday afternoon on Instagram. "At the time, I thought I was speaking out against violence." (This, it should be noted, is a pretty ironic claim, considering one of the posts in question was a cartoon of a woman bragging about how many rioters she's hit with her car.)

"I have since learned how offensive and hurtful my words were," she continued. "It's why I deactivated that account more than a year ago and why I continue to try to learn about perspectives different from my own. I regret those posts and am sincerely sorry for the pain they caused."

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Jan 20, 2022

A Spate of Fatal Ski Accidents Has People Wondering if the Alps Are Safe
MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via GettyROME—A 5-year-old girl and a famous French actor are the latest fatalities in an increasingly dangerous sport: alpine skiing.

Last week a 40-year-old French man was charged with manslaughter after plowing into a 5-year-old girl at full speed as she was taking part in a lesson organized by the French Ski school near Chamonix, which is sometimes known by its nickname-the "death sports capital of the world." Her injuries were so severe she was airlifted to a nearby hospital, but died en route. A week later, French actor and upcoming star of the Marvel TV series Moon Knight Gaspard Ulliel died in a freak accident on the piste in La Rosiere, Savoie.

The twin deaths have proved untimely for the ski industry, which is just coming back online after two years of harsh restrictions driven by the pandemic. Prior to the COVID fiasco, eight people died in the shortened 2020/2021 season, according to the French tourism ministry. That same year 100,000 people were injured, some with near-fatal head injuries and serious broken bones. Around five percent of those who were injured required airlifted to hospitals. Some years, the number of people who have died skiing in the Alps hits triple digits.

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Jan 20, 2022

Going 10 Rounds with Top Bartender Nicholas Bennett
Union Square Hospitality GroupWhat do you like to drink after a shift? "So much seltzer water. I'll have a whiskey or a beer sometimes after work when I get home, but I make sure to consume as much water as I possibly/comfortably can before going to bed."

What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? "‘Can't Fight This Feeling' from the 1984 Wheels Are Turnin' album by REO Speedwagon."

After all these years bartending and creating drinks, do you still enjoy going out to bars? "Absolutely! Trying new things has always been a highlight with this career and there are so many new bars staffed by talented young bartenders working amazingly creative recipes out there. Not to mention all the quality spirits that people are discovering or producing now."

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Jan 20, 2022

Cops Call BS on Denver Dad's Story After Near-Fatal Hike With Son
Denver PoliceA dad in Colorado is accused of attempted first-degree murder after he and his son were rescued from fenced-off icy water in Denver.

Michael Ninomiya, 42, was arrested Wednesday, a week after emergency responders from the Denver Fire Department fished him and his son out of a drainage culvert, according to the Denver Police Department.

While Ninomiya allegedly emerged with a laceration on his forehead, doctors treating the injured five-year-old at the Children's Hospital told cops that he was on a ventilator in "extremely critical condition and possibly would not survive." His condition remained dire earlier this week due to fluctuating pressure in his brain, cops said.

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Jan 20, 2022

GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn Cleans Gun During Veterans' Affairs Hearing
HandoutThe House Veterans' Affairs Committee took Wednesday as an opportunity to hold a virtual hearing on how toxic chemicals are killing U.S. soldiers. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) took the hearing as an opportunity to clean his gun.

Cawthorn, the youngest current member of Congress, fiddled with his black pistol while one witness explained how university medical researchers could help the government examine how burn pits are harming military service members.

"It was immature. He's a child. He lacks common sense. I think the congressman was overcompensating for something that he lacks and feeling inadequate among the heroes on that call," said John Feal, a 9/11 first responder who was at the virtual meeting.

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Jan 20, 2022

Rep. Madison Cawthorn Cleans Gun During Veterans Hearing
Screenshot from Lindsay ChurchThe House Veterans' Affairs Committee took Wednesday as an opportunity to hold a virtual hearing on how toxic chemicals are killing U.S. soldiers. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) took the hearing as an opportunity to clean his gun.

Cawthorn, the youngest current member of Congress, fiddled with his black pistol while one witness explained how university medical researchers could help the government examine how burn pits are harming military service members.

"It was immature. He's a child. He lacks common sense. I think the congressman was overcompensating for something that he lacks and feeling inadequate among the heroes on that call," said John Feal, a 9/11 first responder who was at the virtual meeting.

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Jan 20, 2022

Racist New York Couple From Viral Train Incident Are Arrested... and Fired
via TwitterA man and woman in New York have been both fired and arrested for verbally assaulting a family on a train in an incident that police have determined to be a hate crime.

The Daily Voice reported that Justin Likerman and Kristin Digesaro, of Long Island, turned themselves in on Wednesday. They have been charged with aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Liz Edelkind said that she was taking the Long Island Rail Road with her husband, son, and two other adults to a Knicks basketball game at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 10, according to NBC 4 New York. While looking for a group of seats, Likerman and Digesaro began to verbally attack them due to Edelkind's darker complexion and accent, Edelkind said. The couple criticized the group for being immigrants and said they didn't belong in the U.S.

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Jan 20, 2022

‘Selling the Hamptons' Showcases the New ‘Wild, Wild East' of Luxury Real Estate
Anders KrusbergMove over Selling Sunset-there's a new real estate show on the market.

Selling the Hamptons, which premieres Thursday on Discovery , takes viewers over to the East Coast to follow an ambitious set of real estate brokers as they try to stake their claim in one of New York's most expensive and exclusive zip codes.

"The Hamptons is the wild, wild east," series star Peggy Zabakolas declares in the show's opening.

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Jan 20, 2022

I'm Low-Key Addicted To This Calorie-Burning (and Mood-Boosting) Sauna Blanket
Photo: Scouted/The Daily Beast/HigherDOSE.I've always been a fan of the mood-boosting and toxin-releasing benefits of hopping in the sauna or steam room, but, unfortunately, I have a very low tolerance for feeling overheated and dizzy—especially when I'm half-naked and surrounded by other gym-goers doused in sweat. When I found out about HigherDOSE's Infrared V3 Sauna Blanket, (it's basically an at-home, compact sauna that you can literally use while lying in your bed), I knew I had to get my hands on one ASAP. Besides, anything that *may* help me burn calories without actually having to move my body is bound to spike my interest.

HigherDOSE's Infrared Sauna Blanket is touted for a slew of wellness-enhancing benefits, including detoxifying the body from heavy metals, giving the skin a natural glow, promoting natural high from mood-boosting endorphin release, reducing inflammation and chronic pain, and yes, even burning calories sans the whole exercise thing.

Here's how it works: the blanket is equipped with infrared technology and emits far-infrared light as well as heat energy. The heat energy works to help boost your heart rate and overall blood circulation (just like when you're working out or having sex), which in turn helps the body release feel-good neur

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Jan 20, 2022

OAN Anchor Assisted Rudy Giuliani on Trump Fake Elector Stunt
JEFF KOWALSKYOne America News anchor Christina Bobb assisted Rudy Giuliani on the Trump campaign's outlandish plan to submit rival Republican elector slates to affirm then-President Donald Trump's victory in five states President Joe Biden won, according to The Washington Post.

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack are now focusing heavily on the origins of the rival Trump electors, seeing if it was all part of an orchestrated campaign assembled by the Trump team.

While the operation was conducted in plain sight in Dec. 2020, and cited by right-wing media and campaign officials at the time as necessary for Trump's legal efforts, the behind-the-scenes operation led by Giuliani is now gathering attention.

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Jan 20, 2022

Georgia Prosecutor Wants to Nail Trump for Election Phone Call
Shannon StapletonAfter nearly a year of promising to investigate former President Donald Trump for meddling in Georgia's election, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is finally ready to convene a grand jury to force witnesses to testify.

On Thursday, the local prosecutor wrote a letter to her district's chief judge asking for permission to impanel a "special purpose grand jury" solely dedicated to investigating how Trump tried to pressure the state's top elections official to change the 2020 results and make Trump the winner.

In her letter, Willis said her office found "possible criminal disruptions… to unlawfully alter the outcome of the 2020 elections in this state."

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Jan 20, 2022

Holly Madison Shares Dark Details of Living in ‘Cult-Like' Playboy Mansion
A&E/YouTubeIn a new teaser for the A&E documentary series Secrets of Playboy, Holly Madison gets candid about the dark side of living with Hugh Hefner, comparing the Playboy Mansion to a "cult."

"The reason I think the mansion was very cult-like, looking back on it, is because we were all kind of gaslit and expected to think of Hef as, like, this really good guy," the model and reality TV star says in the teaser. "And you start to feel like, ‘Oh, he's not what they say in the media, he's just a nice man.'"

Madison dated Hefner from 2001 to 2008 and starred in the E! reality series The Girls Next Door with Hef's other girlfriends at the time, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson. The show presented a romanticized version of life in the mansion, pushing a narrative of Hef helping three (much younger) women achieve their dreams of making it in Hollywood.

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Jan 20, 2022

House Panel Asks Ivanka for ‘Voluntary Interview' About Her Chats With Daddy on Jan. 6
Riccardo Savi/GettyThe House select panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol has extended an invitation to Ivanka Trump, requesting on Thursday that she appear before its members and "provide information" for its investigation.

In a letter to the former first daughter, committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) outlined that the panel was interested in asking Ivanka about "a range of critical topics."

Thompson wrote that investigators had gathered evidence indicating that Ivanka had witnessed one side of a call between her father and then-Vice President Mike Pence on the morning of Jan. 6. Over the phone, the former president attempted to convince Pence to stop the counting of electoral votes.

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Jan 20, 2022

Jen Psaki's All Smiles and Laughs During Fox News Interview
Fox NewsWhite House Press Secretary Jen Psaki marked the one-year anniversary of President Joe Biden's inauguration on Thursday by walking into the lion's den. For the first time in her role as Biden's top flack, she appeared on a Fox News weekday show.

Those expecting a knock-down, drag-out fight between the spokesperson and Fox anchors, however, would have been left largely disappointed. In the end, the 13-minute interview was a mostly friendly affair that ended with light questioning and well-wishes for Psaki's favorite NFL team.

Co-anchors Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino kicked off the lengthy chat on Thursday morning with some friendly banter, noting that both Psaki and Hemmer are fans of the Cincinnati Bengals, currently competing in the playoffs.

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Jan 20, 2022

University of Alabama Surgeons Transplant Gene-Edited Pig Kidneys Into a Brain-Dead Human
Jeff Myers, UABSurgeons at the University of Alabama at Birmingham reported an incredible marvel in medicine on Thursday: For the first time ever, they had successfully transplanted kidneys from a genetically modified pig into the body of a 57-year-old brain-dead man. The new breakthrough, reported in the American Journal of Transplantation, is a milestone in the quest to find a solution to organ transplant shortages that affect millions.

The surgeons removed the patient's own kidneys and replaced them with the pig kidneys in a fairly standard procedure (besides the whole pig thing). Just 23 minutes after they were implanted into the abdomen, the kidneys started to filter blood and produce urine without problems (although one inexplicably produced much more urine than the other). They worked well for 77 hours before the study was ended. At no point during that time were there any signs of organ transplant rejection.

"This game-changing moment in the history of medicine represents a paradigm shift and a major milestone in the field of xenotransplantation, which is arguably the best solution to the organ shortage crisis," Dr. Jayme Locke, the lead surgeon of the new study, said in a statement. "We have bridged critical knowledge gaps and obtained the safety and feasibility data necessary to begin a clinical trial in living humans with end-stage kidney failure disease."



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Jan 20, 2022

Man Beat Girlfriend's ‘Cover Story' Friend to Death, Bludgeoned Her 4-Year-Old Daughter, Police Say
via FacebookA Kansas City man beat his girlfriend's friend to death and bludgeoned her 4-year-old daughter to within an inch of her life after his girlfriend falsely told him she would be with the two as part of a bogus cover story, authorities say.

Jose E. Escalante-Corchado, 24, faces a first-degree murder charge and a slew of other charges for the vicious attack police say he unleashed on 24-year-old Mackenzie Hopkins and her daughter over the weekend, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in a statement.

The young mother, a nursing assistant at a Kansas City hospital, was found dead in a bathtub at her home during a welfare check Saturday. After navigating around "large amounts of blood" and "drag marks" throughout the house, officers found Hopkins' 4-year-old daughter on a bed with "severe blunt force trauma to her head," court documents said.

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Jan 20, 2022

Boris Johnson's Government Accused of Blackmailing Lawmakers to Wreck Plot to Oust Him
Reuters/Leon NealFor decades, politics-watchers have speculated that Boris Johnson's ramshackle appearance and oafish manner is all an act. That, underneath it all, he was actually a calculated political operator with a unique ability to charm the public and rise above scandal to cling to power. Over the past few weeks, that theory has been quite spectacularly obliterated.

His latest unprecedented humiliation came Thursday following a plot to get rid of him that was cooked up by his own lawmakers who were outraged over a string of revelations that he attended or hosted boozy parties while the rest of Britain was in lockdown—even Queen Elizabeth, who sat alone at her husband's funeral hours after one Downing Street bash.

It looked like that plot had been seen off, at least for the time-being. But then a member of the British prime minister's Conservative Party went public with an extraordinary allegation—that Johnson's government was blackmailing lawmakers in a potentially illegal attempt to stop them from joining rebels who were trying to oust Johnson from office.

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Jan 20, 2022

Reporter Gets Hit by Car Live On-Air, Jumps Right Back Into Broadcast
via TwitterA TV reporter in West Virginia was hit by a car live on-air while in the middle of a mundane broadcast about a water main break.

WSAZ-TV's Tori Yorgey was looking directly into the camera as viewers could see a pair of headlights approaching behind her. She was then literally knocked off-camera as the car struck her from behind, with viewers only able to hear a shocked cry of "Oh! Oh my gosh!" before she announced from off-camera "I just got hit by a car!"

Still out of view, Yorgey then quickly reassured her co-anchor "I'm OK. We're all good."

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Jan 20, 2022

Synagogue Terrorist Screamed About ‘Fucking Jews' in Final Call Before He Was Shot
Ourcalling via ReutersThe British terrorist who took four people hostage inside a Texas synagogue last week can be heard screaming about "fucking Jews" and bringing chaos to America in a deeply disturbing recording of his final phone call to his family before he was shot dead by the FBI on Saturday.

In the call, which Malik Faisal Akram made to his brother in England during the 10-hour standoff at the synagogue in Colleyville near Dallas, the gunman can be heard getting increasingly angry as he informs his family about the siege and tells them he'll be "coming home in a body bag."

The clip, obtained by the London-based Jewish Chronicle, shows Akram shouting at his brother during their farewell call. In a rant about American wars overseas, the terrorist said: "Why do these fucking motherfuckers come to our countries, rape our women, and fuck our kids? I'm setting a precedent… Maybe they'll have compassion for fucking Jews."

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Jan 20, 2022

New Filings Reveal Another Billionaire Behind the Big Lie
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyIt's usually the images of a violent mob attacking the U.S. Capitol that are associated with the effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election. But as more financial records become public, another image is emerging—of billionaires in MAGA gear writing large checks.

And one billionaire in particular.

Among the ranks of "dark money" groups and anonymous megadonors who bankrolled the effort is a familiar name in GOP fundraising circles: Dick Uihlein, founder of the multinational Uline shipping company.

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