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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty The empire struck back Tuesday in Illinois. After more than a year of the Democratic Resistance sucking up all the oxygen, Dan Lipinski, a 51-year-old conservative Democrat in a Southside Chicago working class district narrowly beat back a challenge from Marie Newman, a local activist endorsed by Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Emily's List, and an impressive array of progressive groups.    The primary was seen by both sides as emblematic of which wing of the party would dominate, and the surprise was not the narrowness of Lipinski's win but that he won at all... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) appeared to blame the nefarious "Deep State" for ordering a costly dining set for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson. During a recent appearance on Talk! Of the Town, an upstate New York local radio show, the New York Republican was asked about the decision to buy a $31,000 dining room set for Carson's office last year. Tenney told the hosts that the "Ben Carson story is so misunderstood" before pointing to a no-named staffer of cryptic origin as the culprit. "First of all,... [Read More]
Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally issued a statement in response to the controversy over a massive data breach by Trump-aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica which sparked an online movement to #DeleteFacebook. "We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you," he wrote in a post on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon. In the post he outlines a timeline of events that lead up to the data breach where information from over 50 million Facebook user profiles were compromised. How far Zuckerberg will actually go... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast One of the nation's biggest Republican donors and her company have been accused of engaging in discriminatory hiring practices. And the allegations are serious enough that state officials are now looking into the matter. Regulators in Wisconsin say they have found probable cause to believe that Liz Uihlein and her company, industrial supply giant Uline, may have refused to hire an executive because she suffered from lupus, an autoimmune disease, according to internal state government records obtained by The Daily Beast. Uline denies the charges. Uihlein is the company's president. She and her... [Read More]
Courtesy of Norrell Waynewood The morning of March 2, Stephan House saw a strange package on his front porch in Austin, Texas. He sent his 8-year-old daughter back inside to brush her teeth before they left for school. About 7 a.m., the package exploded, sending shrapnel everywhere. "She ran to the door and saw him sprawled out and blown up, and she was only 8," said House's brother, Norrell Waynewood, in an interview with The Daily Beast. Read more at The Daily Beast. [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast More likely than not, much of the science news you get throughout the day comes from scrolling through Facebook, with posts nestled between the zillionth photo of your best friend's baby shoot and yet another cat video. The problem: Not all of those "science" posts are science, and now that Facebook is deprioritizing content from publishers in favor of those from friends and family on your newsfeed, the opportunity for stories that don't quite count as science to go viral has magnified. On Wednesday morning, the Pew Research Center published a report after... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast AUSTIN—The bomber who terrorized the Texas capital is dead, authorities said, but why he chose to kill and maim is so far unknown. Mary Anthony Conditt of Pflugerville, Texas, blew himself up Wednesday morning after police cornered him in a vehicle after tracking him to a local hotel, police said. Authorities said they were led to Conditt, 23, based on evidence gathered from a FedEx store where he shipped two parcel bombs on Monday. Five bombs have killed two people and injured four across the Texas capital since March 2. Another bomb... [Read More]
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REUTERS/Loren Elliott TPX The man responsible for terrorizing Austin over the past few weeks with a series of bombs is finally dead, police say. Police were trying to arrest the man early Wednesday morning when he killed himself with an explosive device inside his own car as he fled from authorities, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at an early-morning press conference. President Trump tweeted, "Great job by law enforcement and all concerned!" The Texas Rangers and local departments will investigate the night's incidents to ensure that they were appropriate, Manley added. Read more at The Daily Beast. [Read More]
Lucy Nicholson/Reuters Astrid turned 15 years old last week, but she spent her birthday not at the quinceañera she had been planning for months but surrounded by strangers at a detention facility in rural Pennsylvania for immigrant families seeking asylum. Astrid and her father, Arturo, have been held there for a month now. She's the only teenage girl. "This girl and her father were sleeping in their beds when they were woken up by ICE agents," Carol Anne Donohue, the family's pro bono attorney, recounted in an interview. "It doesn't sound like there was any due process, any warrant—anything,"... [Read More]
Prince Charles was 'paralyzed by guilt' after his wife, Princess Diana, was killed in a Paris car crash, and one of the Queen's courtiers claimed that William and Harry were 'critical of him for what had happened to their mother' according to a shocking new book which is making headlines across the U.K. this week. Tom Bower's unflattering biography of Prince Charles, Rebel Prince, has been serialized in the Daily Mail. The book paints Prince Charles as a petulant and demanding man, who once sent a truck with his bed and various furnishings, including pictures and side tables, to... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast What does it take to get a whiskey drinker seriously interested in global economics? Talk of a bourbon tariff. Add in the threat of a price hike for aluminum beer cans, and you're talking about a real drinking crisis. Here's what's keeping me up at night: President Donald Trump surprised the nation on March 1 by saying he was instituting tariffs on the importation on steel (25 percent) and on aluminum (10 percent). He tweeted that morning: "Our Steel and Aluminum industries (and many others) have been decimated by decades of unfair trade... [Read More]
Effective Space/Illustration by The Daily Beast A British company has announced plans to launch two new "space tugs" designed to attach to old communications satellites and give them a life-extending boost in orbit. But the Space Drone tugs, built by London-based Effective Space, are capable of so much more. They could help to clean up orbital junk that endangers satellites and space stations. And under the right circumstances, they—and spacecraft like them—could become weapons. The Space Drone is the latest in a growing number of satellite models that can, with the proverbial flip of a switch, transform from peaceful... [Read More]
Nick Jordan/National Geographic There's been no shortage of shows this century seeking to dissect and expound on the strange natural mysteries of Earth. David Attenborough managed to jumpstart things with the BBC's Blue Planet back in the day, and then with Planet Earth. Now, every season seems to herald a new mini-series focused on showing exactly how wondrous and unique our third rock from the sun really is. One Strange Rock, National Geographic Channel's ten-episode series produced by Darren Aronofsky and Will Smith (who also doubles as a narrator) is just the latest in this entry, but with... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast SEOUL—Let the war games begin! The United States and South Korea announced Tuesday that joint military exercises with the unwieldy titles Foal Eagle and Key Resolve will start, as it happens, on April Fool's Day. And the announcement would have you believe that this annual ritual is pretty much the same as always. Except, of course, that it is not. U.S. and South Korean commanders are secretive about what their massed forces will be doing, when and where. No one seems to know how to conduct the exercises without putting at risk... [Read More]
Family Handout As the war in Iraq begins its 16th year, take a moment to ponder the Purple Heart that the army posthumously awarded Sgt. Mario Nelson along with a Bronze Star after his vehicle was struck by a rocket propelled grenade in 2006. The medal is of the same shape as the hearts of Valentine's Day, only purple, red mixed with blue, as if great joy had met deep sorrow. It now sits with his other medal beside the flag that covered his coffin and then was presented at the burial to his wife, with whom he... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast As the Weinstein outing became the Weinstein aftermath and #MeToo turned to Time's Up, journalists, audiences, and industry insiders have struggled to keep up with and predict an unprecedented movement. We've read and written about backlashes, would-be backlashes, and certain peoples' propensity for prematurely declaring backlash. We've applauded all the progress while wondering if lasting, systemic change was even possible. Recently, metrics of forward motion have revealed, if not outright stasis, then a pattern of one step forward, one step back. At the Golden Globes, actors and activists alike gave red... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast Change is once again afoot in the Trump administration, this time on the national security and foreign policy front. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is out. National security adviser H.R. McMaster looks like he'll be next. A trio of players being put forward to fill in gaps should be raising serious eyebrows, and not just from doves. In fact, Trump seems intent on hiring people into key national security positions with whom he is bound to clash, setting up more chaos within our government. The key players in this coming drama... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast Cambridge Analytica hoped to capitalize on Russian hacking of Hillary Clinton and her ally, an email written by one of its employees indicates. Emily Cornell, the employee, sent the email on July 29, 2016. It went out to people working with Make America Number One, the pro-Trump super PAC funded by Republican super-donors Robert and Rebekah Mercer. After noting some of the firm's work for the super PAC, Cornell wrote: "With her campaign getting hacked, I can only imagine what a new swatch [sic] of emails will do to her already... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast It took mere minutes after Cynthia Nixon announced her run for New York governor on Monday for the photo to surface, as if summoned in response to the news: The actress accepting her first Emmy Award for her work in Sex and the City from Donald Trump, who happened to, during his tenure as host of The Apprentice, be presenting it. The connection meant to be made is fairly obvious, and intentionally foreboding. Here we go again with the celebrity running for office, because it went so well the last time! Ostensibly,... [Read More]