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Brendan Smialowski/Getty It was a rough morning for the Justice Department. Shortly before 11 a.m., multiple reports emerged that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein–who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe–was on his way out. A source familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast that he was headed to the White House, where he expected to be fired. A New York Times story published on Friday precipitated the crisis, reporting that the deputy attorney general talked about covertly recording President Donald Trump and having his cabinet members team up to oust him. Rosenstein said the report was... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast If Showgirls was made today, its heroine, the plucky stripper Nomi, would probably still not know how to properly pronounce Versace. However, she may have toted around a Michael Kors satchel that she picked up for 30 percent off at a Macy's Labor Day sale. Both designers were linked on Sunday, when Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera speculated that Michael Kors may buy the storied Italian label for $2 billion euros. Donatella Versace, sister of the line's late founder, Gianni, currently owns the independent house along with family members Santo Versace... [Read More]
Aaron Chown/AP Meghan Markle today marked another important notch on her path to becoming a fully fledged working royal today, when she played sport in public. And while we suspect Meghan might be rather good at those other venerable royal humiliations—dancing with members of the public and DJ-ing at a community radio station—it's fair to say that, from what we saw today, sport perhaps hasn't played a huge part in the life of screen star Meghan. The first giveaway was the footwear. Read more at The Daily Beast. [Read More]
Stephanie Keith/Getty The Trump administration's Iran hardliners want to underscore something as the United Nations' annual diplomatic confab gets under way: they're not trying to overthrow the Islamic Republic. "Regime change is not the administration's policy," John Bolton, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, said in response to a question from The Daily Beast. "What we expect from Iran is massive changes in their behavior." Bolton's official disavowal of regime change is almost bound to hit a wall of skepticism. As The Daily Beast reported last week, on Saturday the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, spoke alongside a... [Read More]
Saul Loeb/Getty President Donald Trump's legal team is calling for a pause of the investigation into Russian election meddling should deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation, resign or be fired. "If in fact Rod Rosenstein does end up resigning today," Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said on his radio program on Monday, "I think it clearly becomes necessary and appropriate...that there be a step back taken here, and a review, a review that has to be thorough and complete... and basically a time out on this inquiry." Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's lawyer and former New York City... [Read More]
CBS/Screenshot A second woman coming forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct may force many observers to view him less favorably, it appears to have done the opposite for Kellyanne Conway. Whereas last Monday, the counselor to the president was willing to give Christine Blasey Ford the benefit of the doubt, she came out swinging this morning against what she described as a "vast left-wing conspiracy" trying to take down Trump's man. "This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored," Conway told Fox & Friends a week ago, setting the... [Read More]
via Facebook Armed with just a fishing hut and a Bible, an Indonesian teenager survived seven weeks adrift in the Pacific Ocean after a storm in July tore his vessel away from its moorings. Aldi Novel Adilang told officials that, with the help of cooking utensils, a gas stove, and a generator, he ate fish and prayed every day of the 1,600-mile journey, The Jakarta Post reported. Adilang even made himself a shower using sticks of bamboo. The 19-year-old Adilang was a contract worker hired to spend six months as a lamp-keeper on the hut—also called a rompong. Once... [Read More]
IAN WEST When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in May of this year, Serena Williams was among the astonishing array of celebrity guests lined up in the pews of Windsor Castle's chapel to celebrate the special day. And now the tennis legend has spoken about how the two of them have each other's back, saying they often message to support each other. Serena was discussing her friendship with the Duchess of Sussex in an interview with Australia's The Project that took place three days after her controversial outburst against a referee she accused of sexism as she lost the... [Read More]
TCD/Prod.DB/Alamy Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Jack Norton! He needs no introduction, of course. The Brooklyn-born actor appeared in a remarkable 184 films during his illustrious career, including Calling All Cars, Thanks for the Memory, and the Palm Beach Story. He was much beloved by fans throughout the 1930s and '40s. "All he has to do is weave through a swinging door and the audience grins with delight," wrote a critic in 1944. Except, of course, that Jack Norton now definitely needs an introduction. I'm pretty sure you've never heard of him. He was a character actor, and... [Read More]
Getty Grilling is a big deal in South Africa. We even have a day dedicated to it—September 24, Heritage Day, AKA Braai Day; a public holiday where we celebrate our heritage by firing up the grill. It sounds peculiar: a whole nation celebrating its heritage by cooking meat over an open flame. But for South Africans, making food over a fire is something that connects us all. For such a culturally diverse country (we have 11 official languages) with a complex, troubled past, braaing (barbecuing) is one thing that penetrates racial and economic lines. Everybody in South Africa... [Read More]
Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters While the ongoing trade war between China and the United States makes headlines, periodically roiling the markets, another Sino-American struggle of far more serious import has attracted surprisingly little attention in the mainstream media. Since Xi Jinping's assent to power in 2012, China has been pursuing a grand strategy of "national rejuvenation," seeking to reclaim its place as a great world power with global reach and influence. Xi has often described his muscular foreign policy as one of "peaceful rise and development," meant to enhance the prosperity and stability of China, its neighbors, and the world as... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast Mark and Christy Zartlers' 18-year-old daughter, Kara, has cerebral palsy and a severe form of autism that includes Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB). When Kara is agitated, she punches herself in the head; on multiple occasions, she's broken bones in her face. She's nonverbal, which makes it difficult for the Zartlers to understand what's inciting her self-injurious behavior (professionals say there can be a wide range of instigating factors) and intervene. The family has tried dozens of medications prescribed by Kara's doctors, as well as occupational and behavioral therapies. There's only one substance that stops... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast When the Trump administration announced its intention to slash the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States to the lowest level in nearly four decades, the decision sparked worry among thousands of displaced persons who feared that the nation's doors were now closed to them. But in addition to the record number of global refugees seeking safety from unrest in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, the admissions cap will likely also harm organizations designed to help the thousands of displaced people who do make it safely to the United States.... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast Researchers have long known that LGBT people are more likely to abuse substances than their straight and cisgender peers, often due to the same minority stress that many marginalized groups experience. Alcohol and drugs become a coping mechanism for daily discrimination. One might hope that a rising generation of youth—who tend to be more accepting of LGBT people—would be able to dodge this minority stress. But a new study of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence makes it painfully clear that they remain "at increased... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast In what will surely be the most important event at this year's U.N. General Assembly session, President Donald Trump on Monday will meet North Korea's most effective representative, South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Moon, fresh from a three-day meeting with the North's Kim Jong Un, is up to no good as he tries to put the best face on Pyongyang's plans to hold onto its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Never has a pig gotten such bright lipstick. In the North Korean capital last week, Moon and Kim signed the Pyongyang... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast These days it's hard to shake the feeling that you need a good cry. At least that's what TV networks are banking on. In what might be the biggest boon to Kleenex stock since Terms of Endearment was on the Oscar trail, the new fall season is hell-bent on wringing every last tear out of audiences, with the major networks making blatant, shameless plays to air the next This Is Us. That's not surprising, given that This Is Us is the last and rare major network drama series success story. What's also... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast The other week, Dave Portnoy, the founder and chief of content of the sports blog Barstool Sports, did what he and fans of his site always do: ratcheted up an online spat to a fever pitch, transforming their collective rage at a perceived enemy into content. Even if it meant leaning into the type of social media harassment and misogyny that Barstool is infamous for. This particular roiling conflict dates back to October 2016, when ESPN announced they'd be bringing in two Barstool personalities, Eric "PFT Commenter" Sollenberger and Dan "Big Cat" Katz,... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast And now, as of Sunday night, a second woman comes forward to The New Yorker with allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. Again, it's a long time ago, dating not to high school but to his undergraduate years at Yale immediately thereafter. Again, he says it's all a scurrilous lie. We can't yet gauge what the impact of this will be, and it's another matter on which we may never learn the whole truth. But let's be clear about the reason we may never learn the whole truth. It's not because things like this... [Read More]
La7 ROME—In theory, Jimmy Bennett could not have chosen a better Italian journalist to unload his side of the Asia Argento story. Massimo Gilletti, a sort of Italian Anderson Cooper with a keen news sense and suave sense of style, reached out to Bennett when the news first broke that the Italian #MeToo founder Asia Argento had paid off Bennett after the two had sexual relations when he was just 17. Argento has denied such claims, though the truth has become a murky mess after Rose McGowan's partner Rain Dove produced text messages Argento apparently sent that confirmed Bennett's... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast The Daily Beast presents a look at one of the most insane houses in the world. Read more at The Daily Beast. [Read More]
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