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Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz on Wednesday said he will not appear conspiracy theorist Alex Jones's InfoWars show anymore. As one of Trump's most dedicated defenders and on-air surrogates in the face of special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation, Gaetz made an appearance on InfoWars with Jones in January to discuss a "cabal" that the Republican lawmaker said was secretly trying to take down the president. By then, Jones was already well-known for promoting dangerous conspiracy theories, including the claims that a Democratic pedophile ring operated out of a D.C. pizzeria... [Read More]
Steven D Starr/Getty Members of a Pennsylvania white supremacist group are facing charges for allegedly beating a black man in a bar. The group's co-founder, who previously pleaded guilty to terrorist threats and ethnic intimidation in the 2003 beating of another black man, is a local elected official. Police are preparing charges against six or seven people who allegedly attacked Paul Morris, an African-American man, in a bar outside Pittsburgh earlier this month, KDKA reported. Witnesses said the alleged attackers wore clothing marking them as members of Keystone United, a violent white supremacist group. The group, which has shown... [Read More]
Facebook A professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz on Wednesday apologized for some eyebrow-raising comments he made in a New York Times story about the congressional race in New York's 19th district. Described as a friend of incumbent Rep. John Faso (R-NY), Professor Gerald Benjamin bashed Democratic candidate Antonio Delgado—a black Rhodes scholar, Harvard Law School graduate, and hall-of-fame high-school basketball player—for the sin of releasing a rap album in 2007. "Is a guy who makes a rap album the kind of guy who lives here in rural New York and reflects our... [Read More]
Fox News/Screenshot With one simple contraction—"wouldn't"—President Donald Trump got Fox News back on his side. And then hours later, with the word "no," he seems to have lost them all over again. Asked by a reporter, during a Wednesday afternoon cabinet meeting, if Russia is "still targeting the U.S.," Trump replied: "Thank you very much, no." From there, with his arms folded defiantly, he declared, "There's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia." Read more at The Daily Beast. [Read More]
the first teaches all the VBA features, including automation, defining and managing variables, and exploring PivotTables. The second course dives into more advanced topics, including how to design and implement special classes of objects an... [Read More]
Earbuds are great for everyday listening, but when you're exercising, you need a pair of headphones that will put as much energy into your listening experience as you are on putting into the treadmill. These Bluetooth-powered Plantronics BackBeat Fit Wireless Sport Headphones are lightweight, sweat-resistant, and noise-cancelling. The intuitive in-line controls allow you to seamlessly change tracks, pause them, adjust volume and take calls — all without missing a rep. But the thing that really sets these headphone apart is the access to 12 PEAR Personal Coach App workouts and a 6-month membership to PEAR+'s audio coaching resources.... [Read More]
Joshua Lott Elon Musk has apologized for saying that a British cave diver who was hailed as a hero for his role in freeing the trapped Thai teen football team was a "pedo guy." Musk, the billionaire Tesla and SpaceX boss, issued the apology to Vernon Unsworth on Twitter on Wednesday morning, after a spat between the two men led investors to question Musk's leadership fitness. The Quora article praised by Musk in his tweets described the town of Chiang Rai, where Unsworth lives, as a "known hot spot for sex trafficking and child prostitution," raising questions about how sorry... [Read More]
Courtesy The Capital Grille What do you like to drink after a shift? "While my post-shift drink of choice often depends on the kind of day I've had, ultimately, I am looking for something crisp, refreshing and uplifting in style. If the day was a real grinder, then I am probably reaching for a heavily chilled/stirred gin Martini (Plymouth Gin), a crisp lager-style beer, such as a Kölsch (Sünner Kölsch), or a crisp, clean pilsner (Pilsner Urquell). I find I always go back to classic old-world styles of beer. After one palette cleansing beer, I am ready to dig... [Read More]
Warner Bros. via Getty I met George Jetson and his family in the 1990s through television reruns. In my childhood summers, I spent days watching Cartoon Network's Boomerang channel, which featured cartoons of yesteryear. The Jetsons, a classic that made its debut in the early 1960s, imagined life for the American family around the year 2062. While the nuclear family dynamics remained the same, flying cars, robotic maids, and gravity-defying infrastructure became reality rather than just imagination. We're just 44 years away from the setting of the Jetsons, but I'm not sure we're on track to... [Read More]
Jalaa Marey/Getty GOLAN HEIGHTS – Amid all the surreal talk of "Pakistani gentlemen," "Hillary's servers," and "witch-hunts" earlier this week in Helsinki, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin did both address one concrete policy issue: Syria, and in particular, a possible looming confrontation on the Israeli-Syrian border. The Syrian civil war may be reaching its wretched denouement, but concern in Israel is only increasing as the Syrian regime and its allies – Iran, the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, along with other Iranian proxies – draw ever closer. Even before Trump's show in Helsinki, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast Progressive groups are falling behind in the war over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee—and they're barely trying to catch up. Even as polls show Brett Kavanaugh heading into confirmation proceedings with the weakest public support since President George W. Bush's doomed nominee Harriet Miers, the well-oiled progressive political machine promised in the hours after his nomination is still working out the kinks. Some liberal groups opposed to Kavanaugh's confirmation are barely going through the motions, using resources to push untargeted Facebook ads and organize Handmaid's Tale-themed vigils rather than preparing for... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast If the Chinese tariffs imposed earlier this month on American soybean exports continue, Iowa farmer David Weaver says he'd likely be out $40,000 at the very least from this year's crop. He worries the losses could reach as high as $80,000 for the 1,500 acres of soybeans and corn he farms with his father in rural Boone County. It's the reality many farmers across rural Iowa face as soybean futures have plummeted to a nine-year low and the price for a bushel dropped to $8.34 last week (down from about $10.50 in... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast In all but three states, it is legal for murderers to claim in court that they should be held less accountable for their actions because of the sexual orientation or gender identity of their victims. That defense—known as the gay or trans panic defense—was banned in California in 2014, in Illinois in 2017, and in Rhode Island earlier this summer. So, when will the rest of the country follow suit? Read more at The Daily Beast. Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here... [Read More]
Sometimes it's for playing the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret, sometimes it's for Chicago, sometimes it's for playing the Devil in Dallas. And sometimes, Joel Grey noted with his mischievous smile, people recognize him on the street for dropping his pants in Sex and the City. It took a moment. Oh, I remembered, that episode when Carrie goes to visit Vogue, and Julian, the suave, older male editor, tries to seduce her with wily charm and cocktails, and then… "I was never in Sex and the City!" exclaimed Grey. He's right: That character was played by Ron Rifkin. Read... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast YouTube star Yousef Erakat set out to do the impossible. Earlier this month, Erakat promised his fans that he'd give them a free, "Coachella-caliber experience" on July 15, all of which had been organized in less than five days. Erakat, a frequent YouTube prankster and vlogger whose "fouseyTUBE" account boasts 10 million YouTube subscribers, said his "Hate Dies / Love Dies" event would be a kind of good-vibes catharsis for the whole world. Biggest of all, Erakat promised an appearance from rapper Drake if the livestream of his event received more... [Read More]
Jonathan Prime/Universal Pictures About halfway through Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the opening bars to "Dancing Queen" started playing and I started crying. If there's one stroke of particular genius in the new movie musical sequel, it's the way in which it juxtaposes the earworm pop superficiality of ABBA with extreme, deeply felt emotion. This is a Mamma Mia! movie, which is to say: Very! Silly! Yet it is a movie that deals with life, death, dreams, marriage, friendship, and family with an explosive intensity that can only be matched by the sight of Cher in a platinum... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast In May, a classified Australian government report revealed that the Chinese Communist Party had spent the last decade attempting to influence every level of that nation's government and politics. "Unlike Russia, which seems to be as much for a good time rather than a long time, the Chinese are strategic, patient, and they set down foundations of organizations and very consistent narratives over a long period of time," said the author of the report in March. "They put an enormous amount of effort into making sure we don't talk about... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast President Trump returned from Helsinki having broken a pledge he made before the memorial wall at CIA headquarters during his very first on full day in office. "I want to just let you know, I am so behind you," our new  president had told an agency gathering back in January of 2017. "And I know maybe sometimes you haven't gotten the backing that you've wanted, and you're going to get so much backing… But you're going to have that.  And I think everybody in this room knows it." The white... [Read More]
CBS On Monday night, Stephen Colbert took President Donald Trump to task for his "disturbing" joint press conference with Vladimir Putin. Tuesday, he roasted the president's pathetic attempt at a walk-back. Standing next to Putin in Helsinki, Trump said of the 2016 cyber attack on the U.S. election, "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russia. Twenty-four hours later, he tried to clarify that statement by claiming that he had meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be," adding, "Sort of a double negative." "Let's see how dumb you think the... [Read More]
Courtesy E! Entertainment In the past, celebrity unions have been as carefully plotted as marriages between monarchs, arranged by stars/publicists/the Church of Scientology for maximum exposure and success. But these days, A-listers' passions appear to be ruled by forces outside of their control. Water levels are rising, big dick energy is whipping us all into a frenzied state, and stars are coupling off like it's the end of days. Between Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's extremely sexual vibe and Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber's Jesus-approved engagement, it's easy to forget that Kylie Jenner actually jumpstarted the current celebrity trend... [Read More]