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Sacha Baron Cohen Accuses Big Tech of Promoting Murder, Capitol Riots
REUTERSSatirist, actor, and prominent internet activist Sacha Baron Cohen escalated his attacks on Big Tech on Friday, accusing the billionaires who run Facebook, Instagram, Google, YouTube, and Twitter of promoting and profiting off violence and murder.In an online interview with Time magazine editor in chief Edward Felsenthal as part of the Time100 Talks series, Baron Cohen recalled how Big Tech—on the night of last November’s election—was a super-spreader of the lie that millions of votes were being stolen from President Donald Trump.“That lie was spread via Facebook, via YouTube, via Twitter, and the heads of these organizations knew very well that they were enabling this lie to become a mass movement, and that the end-result would be violence,” Baron Cohen said, citing other instances of mob violence that had been connected with social media. “So they knew very well at that time what would be happening in January”—a reference to the lethal Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.Read more at The Daily Beast.
DOJ Opens the Door to Seeking New Domestic Terror Powers
Jim Bourg/ReutersA senior Justice Department official opened the door to seeking new legislative authorities to pursue domestic terrorism, a step the Biden administration has yet to entertain since the January 6 insurrection and something civil libertarians have warned against.The prospect of expanded investigative and prosecutorial tools arose during a Friday briefing with reporters in which multiple Justice Department and FBI officials described an expansive array of authorities already available to them.While there is no domestic terrorism statute, and U.S. officials can not designate a domestic group for sanction like they can a foreign one, one senior official acknowledged that statutory definitions of domestic terrorism “expand a lot of authorities we can use,” such nationwide search warrants, expanded law-enforcement access to tax and educational records, and harsher sentencing.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Why Lady Gaga’s Dognapping Has Stumped Pet Detectives
Instagram/Lady GagaJamie Katz has seen a lot in her seven years as a pet detective.She had one case of a man who was walking his dog at 5 a.m. when “a car pulled up and just, like, four to five people got out and started beating the hell out of him.” The assailants kicked the dog during the attack, prompting it to run away.In another case, a client had their French Bulldog stolen from its crate in their home, along with $10,000 in cash.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Insta-Famous Designer Joins TikTok, Gets Savaged by Gen Z
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via Getty/TikTokDespite years of controversy and legal battles, Danielle Bernstein is still undeniable Instagram royalty: The fashion blogger has spun her more than 2.6 million followers into her own clothing label, tech startup, and New York Times best-selling book. But the social media mogul appears to have met her match with TikTok.Bernstein—who has been repeatedly accused of ripping off smaller designers—officially joined the app on Thursday, with a self-aggrandizing video documenting her rise from lowly street-style blogger to mega-influencer. Almost immediately, the comment section was flooded with users dredging up the prior scandals. (Bernstein has repeatedly denied all allegations of design theft.)“You forgot to mention you steal from small businesses and creators,” one user wrote, in one of the least vitriolic comments.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Everlane Is Taking Up to 60% Off Some Scouted Favorite’s
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/EverlaneEverlane rarely has a sale, but when they do, you can bet it’s a good one. This weekend, Everlane is taking up to 60% off some of our favorites. From Cheeky jeans to face masks we love, Everlane has everything you need to dress to impress). We’ve rounded up some of the best items on sale, now.The 100% Local Face Mask 5-Pack: Everlane makes some of our favorite face masks and they’re over 50% off. The pack comes with five cotton masks, perfect for double masking or wearing on their own.The Cheeky Straight Corduroy Pant: We love the Cheeky jeans, and these are those, but in Cord form. They feature an extra-high rise waist, an easy straight leg, offering a denim like fit.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Fledgling Actor From Texas Bashed a Cop With a Crutch in Capitol Riot: Docs
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via FBI/GettyAn aspiring actor from Texas, who said he was almost “gassed to death like… a Jew” during the Capitol insurrection, has been charged with using a crutch to bash a cop in the Jan. 6 riot.Luke Coffee, a 41-year-old from Dallas, has been charged with a slew of crimes, including assault of a federal law enforcement officer with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. In a newly unsealed criminal complaint, prosecutors said Coffee is seen in photos and videos using a crutch to assault D.C. Police officers who were trying to protect the Capitol.Before gaining notoriety for storming the Capitol, Coffee worked in post production on two primetime television shows, including Everwood, according to his IMDB page. Returning to Dallas in 2010 after stints in Hollywood and Cape Town, Coffee established a production house under the umbrella of a company owned by his mentor, director Rocky Powell, according to his website. He has directed a documentary, a TV pilot, and continued acting, with appearances in NBC’s Friday Night Lights and Las Vegas.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Saudi Crown Prince Is Directly to Blame for Khashoggi Killing: U.S. Intel
Sarah Silbiger via ReutersAn unclassified intel report detailing the heinous assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has just been released by the Biden administration—and it points the finger directly at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the four-page report, released on Friday, said. “We base this assessment on the Crown Prince’s control of decision making in the Kingdom since 2017, the direct involvement of a key adviser and members of Muhammad bin Salman's protective detail in the operation, and the Crown Prince’s support for using violent measures to silence dissidents abroad, including Khashoggi.” While the long-anticipated assessment places the blame for Khashoggi’s death squarely on the shoulders of the Saudi crown prince, it did not offer any bombshell revelations about his murder. Ahead of the report’s release, President Joe Biden spoke to King Salman on Thursday afternoon in a call that “affirmed the importance the United States places on universal human rights and the rule of law,” the White House said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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South Dakota AG May Have Been Reading Right-Wing Biden Conspiracies While Killing Man With His Car
TwitterSouth Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg acknowledged during his interviews with police investigators last year that he was reading political articles—including a conspiracy theory-laden piece about Joe Biden—on his phone just before he struck and killed a pedestrian with his car.Ravnsborg is currently facing three misdemeanor charges, calls from Gov. Kristi Noem to resign, and impeachment proceedings for killing 55-year-old Joseph Boever on the side of a highway last year.Ravnsborg, who was returning from a political dinner on Sept. 12, initially told police after striking Boever that he thought he’d hit a deer and eventually left the scene of the incident. The following morning, however, Boever’s body was found. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Cruz Jokes About Cancun Trip, Dabbles in COVID Denial in Bizarre CPAC Rant
Joe Raedle/GettyDays after Sen. Ted Cruz ditched Texas during a deadly winter storm for the sandy beaches of Mexico, the Republican made light of the scandal in a bizarre speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando.“I gotta say, Orlando is awesome. It’s not as nice as Cancun, but it’s nice,” Cruz quipped in his speech, titled “Bill of Rights, Liberty, and Cancel Culture.”The joke, which comes as Texas is still reeling from the unprecedented storm that left millions of residents without power and killed at least 30, was just one of many odd remarks the lawmaker made during his speech.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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The Best New Launches From Bloomscape, Everlane and More
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/VendorsNew Kids on the Block helps you navigate all the new and exciting launches from our favorite brands, all in one place.Bloom Kits: If you’re an avid gardener getting ready for spring, Bloomscape has just the thing. The brand has created outdoor bloom kits, complete with everything you need to grow a beautiful array of flowers outdoors. Best of all, they won’t ship to you until the last frost passes in your area. Choose between Yellow Begonias, Red Geraniums, and plenty more.The Organic Cotton Box-Cut Heart Tee: Everlane makes an excellent box-cut tee already but this one has an added benefit (other than looking good). With a colorful heart on the front,. all of the profits from this tee will go to the Loveland Foundation, which helps to provide therapy support to Black women and girls nationwide.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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I Wish All Underwear and Bralettes Were Made Like These Seamless Ones from Lunya
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/LunyaMy focus these days, especially when it comes to the clothing I wear day in and day out, was to be pickier about what I put on my body. I’m no longer in the mood to put up with bralettes that roll up or pinch or underwear that rides up or disintegrates after one wash. The newest items to pass my test come from Lunya’s super-soft seamless, supportive modal collection, of which I’d like every single piece.I got a chance to try some out thanks to the brand and when I say that I look forward to wearing each piece, I mean it. The seamless modal construction is extremely soft and cool to the touch. It feels more like a second skin than undergarments. I opted to try the Seamless Racer Bralette, the Seamless Brief, and the Seamless Boyshort, all in the white/tan combination. I was most excited about trying the bralette as I have similarly-shaped tops that I like to wear as shirts in the summer. With the lowkey branding and supportive material, it is easily one of my favorites (I may have to splurge and get it in black, too). It’s thick enough that even in the white color, I could get away with wearing it once it’s warm out. The seamless design is even more important in the boyshort and brief, so there’s no bunching or pinching at the waist band or inseam. It’s all comfort, all the time.What Lunya excels at, that I have not found in other loungewear brands, is their excellence in simplicity. Nothing that they produce feels overworked or superfluous and the seamless collection is no different.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Former Leader of Magical Cult That Channels Ghost of Trump Speaking at CPAC
HARUMI OZAWATOKYO—Even by the standards of the alleged kooks and conmen commonly found on the CPAC roster, one of this year’s speakers has an extraordinary background which includes fronting an organization which claimed—in all seriousness—to be able to channel Donald Trump’s guardian deity through a magical medium.The former political leader of a Japanese cult called Happy Science, Jay “Hiroaki” Aeba, is on the bill for Friday.Like Trump, Aeba has been accused of fraud back home but he doesn’t think that should be held against him.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Prince Harry Tells Friend James Corden He Left the Royal Family Because It Was Destroying His Mental Health
KOEN VAN WEELPrince Harry has said that he stepped back from royal duties because the British press was “toxic” and “destroying” his mental health.In an extraordinary interview unparalleled in the annals of royal history, Harry gave a candid interview to his close friend James Corden on The Late Late Show while they toured Los Angeles on an open-air double-decker bus. Corden was a guest at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018 and arrived at the evening reception dressed as Henry VIII. Another guest at the wedding, Oprah Winfrey, has taped an interview primarily with Meghan that will be screened next weekend.The two men were served afternoon tea, which Corden said he had provided to remind Harry of home, however the tea service was abandoned after the bus braked sharply, depositing the contents of a tea trolley on top of the prince.Read more at The Daily Beast.
This Squishy, Ergonomic Kitchen Mat Is Making Me Reconsider My Wood Floors
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonKitchen rugs can quickly spell disaster. I tried a white and tan one for a while, and by a while I mean two days. That was enough time for it to get splattered with tomato sauce, stained with red wine, and admittedly, peed on by my dog. A darker color came with its own issues—it was tricky to find one that didn’t slip or slide, and then, after a week, I began to wonder: what’s on this rug that I can’t see? This was all before I discovered Gel Pro Mats.This Gel Pro Mat is the kitchen equivalent of a seat cushion for your desk chair or those ergonomic mats for standing desks. It’s a mat made out of, you guessed it, gel and foam. It comes in plenty of different designs so it can match your decor and your sense of style. I personally went with this calming blue option.We’ve been cooking more, which means more chopping, slicing, dicing, and more dish doing, too. All of this equates to more standing in the kitchen than I’m used to. With this mat, I don’t dread standing on my hard, wooden floor anymore. Instead, I end up loving where I’m standing because stepping on it is—I’ll say it—bliss. It feels like wearing the orthopedic insoles I probably need (though it’s more stylish). Instantly, I can feel my calf and hamstring muscles loosen, my toes wiggle freely and happily, and I can actually focus on the task at hand. The mat has beveled edges so they don’t curl up, and it has a non-slip bottom, so that it never slides around.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Christopher Kimball’s Supremely Unorthodox Old-Fashioned
Olivia McGiffJames Bond famously ordered his Martinis shaken, not stirred. Christopher Kimball has taken a page right out of 007’s cocktail book shaking his signature Old-Fashioned.Considered the original cocktail, the Old-Fashioned is made of whiskey, sugar, bitters and ice. Kimball, the founder of Milk Street, a multimedia food conglomerate, has been perfecting his recipe for the drink for years. “It’s one of those cocktails where it can be great, but boy, if you don’t pay attention, it’s not.”While there are plenty of variations on the Old-Fashioned, it’s almost always stirred. Not only does Kimball like to shake his Old-Fashioned, but he uses both rye and bourbon as its base spirit, rather than choosing just one type of whiskey.Read more at The Daily Beast.
‘Minari’ and ‘The Father’: You Can Finally Watch the Best Movies of 2020
A24This 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.If there is one thing that’s become certain about “These Uncertain Times,” as they’ve been so dramatically dubbed, it’s that time has become both meaningless and the most meaningful thing we have.It has now been over a year since I last went to work at my office. For many of us, this is the anniversary of the last thing we did in “Before Times,” the elder, envy-inducing cousin of “These Uncertain Times.” Days, weeks, and months have crawled by at the pace of a slug in ankle weights trudging through molasses, but in some respects have also speeded by—it can’t possibly have been a year. A YEAR!? If you told me it was May 2020 or it was December 2024 right now, I would believe you.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Europe's Most Active Volcano is Putting on a Show
Antonio Parrinello via ReutersROME—Every February, Sicilians gather in Catania and the villages on the flanks of Mt. Etna to celebrate the Feast of St. Agatha. One year after the saint was horrifically martyred in 251 AD, with her breasts cut off after she defied the rule of Rome, Sicilians took the veil from her tomb to protect them as Mt. Etna threatened to destroy the village. As legend has it, the veil turned from white to red and the eruption abruptly stopped, thus saving the town and winning her eternal respect.‌This February, Sicilians once again celebrated her feast day, albeit subdued due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But St. Agatha's power seems to be waning. For the last six days, Europe’s most active volcano has given a nightly show of paroxysms or fire-fountaining episodes that shot fiery lava more than 1,500 meters into the night sky, threatening the million people who live in her shadow. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Goodbye, Harry and Meghan. Arise, the Royal ‘Magnificent Seven’
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyThe last time that the impending demise of the British monarchy was proclaimed with real conviction it was outside the flower-strewn gates of Kensington Palace, as a shell-shocked nation absorbed the tragic death of Princess Diana.Such was the global and national anger at the monarchy in the strange weeks before and after Diana’s funeral, that it really did seem possible the whole edifice of gilt and gold might topple to the ground and be revealed as nothing more than a moth-eaten music hall set.Ironically, it was Queen Elizabeth, the figurehead of the institution of monarchy which was being indicted for its cruelty hourly on the news, who came to the rescue, confounding the critics and republicans with her famous “as a grandmother” speech. She reportedly received help on its composition from that master of ’90s spin, Tony Blair.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Mary Trump: Here’s How We Send Donald to Jail
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photo by Peter SerlingThe Manhattan District Attorney’s office finally got its hands on Donald Trump’s taxes and it’s only a matter of time before it becomes clear why he spent so much time trying to keep them hidden away.In this episode of The New Abnormal, Mary Trump joins as Molly Jong-Fast’s co-host to talk about the development, a topic that she knows a lot about. (Quick recap: She helped with the New York Times’ investigation into Trump taxes.)But these taxes are different than the taxes Mary had been involved with, she says. “The taxes I gave them are old and from my grandfather's company. So I think [the new taxes] will be really helpful in establishing patterns where such patterns actually exist,” she explains.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Nathan Lane Teases ‘The Birdcage’ Sequel: ‘This Idea Is So Good’
Getty ImagesIf fans of The Birdcage ever actually get a sequel, we will have Nathan Lane’s newfound love of podcasts to thank.With a lot of extra time on his hands staying at home over the past year, Lane decided to check out a 2018 episode of the podcast Beyond the Box Set in which the two British hosts pitch sequels that “nobody asked for” for films they love. It was titled “The Birdcage: Starina Rides Again.”“So, I’ve got nothing to do, I listened to it,” he says in this preview of next week’s 100th episode of The Last Laugh podcast. The first idea they threw out there was “not good” in his opinion, but as he listened to their second pitch he started thinking to himself, “Gee, this is really good, I’d like to see this movie.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Immigrant Advocates Warn Biden: Don’t Repeat Trump’s ‘Unforgivable Crimes’
Eric Gay/APOne week ago, the Biden administration celebrated the massive rollout of a long-promised legislative priority that would do something not accomplished in a generation: a bill that would totally reshape America’s immigration system from the ground up, and which would allow the 11 million undocumented people who live here a chance at legal status.The celebrations didn’t last long.The reopening of facilities meant to house unaccompanied migrant children seeking asylum in the United States this week has also reopened deep wounds in the immigrant advocacy community. Many stakeholders, already skeptical of the Biden administration’s commitment to humanely reforming the immigration system after the previous administration, have now openly likened the facilities to the cages where migrant children were held after being separated from their parents by the Trump administration.Read more at The Daily Beast.
How ‘WandaVision’ Star Randall Park Became a Gen Z TikTok Obsession
Alison Buck/GettyIn a 2012 episode of NBC’s The Office, Randall Park plays Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam’s (Jenna Fischer) actor-friend Steve, who sits at Jim’s desk while he’s at the dentist. Steve attempts to convince Dwight (Rainn Wilson) that he is, in fact, Jim, as part of the show’s ongoing prank war between Jim and Dwight. The scene has become a fan-favorite cold open, and for the younger Office-obsessed generation who’ve watched and rewatched the comedy for years (until its recent departure from Netflix), this two-minute stunt is Park’s most memorable role.That changed this year, when Park appeared as Agent Jimmy Woo in Marvel Studios’ newest Disney+ TV series, WandaVision. Although Park’s character had featured in the earlier MCU film Ant-Man and the Wasp, this time Woo seems to have a much bigger role and plenty of tricks up his sleeve—literally. Park’s portrayal of Woo in WandaVision has garnered him a growing fanbase—Google searches for his name, according to Google Trends 1-100 scale for search interest, went from 8 in January to 100 by Valentine’s Day. Fans have swooned over his heroism, clever one-liners, and general charisma. The Woo worship has even inspired the idea for a spin-off TV show all about Woo, with one director even pitching the idea of an X-Files-style series to Marvel honcho Kevin Feige. Many have taken to Twitter and TikTok to express their love and appreciation for the character, even hijacking the #woobackwednesday hashtag which had previously been used to honor the late rapper Pop Smoke. In the midst of all this Jimmy Woo infatuation, a new phenomenon has begun. Fans are starting to realize just how omnipresent Randall Park is.Read more at The Daily Beast.
The Real Reason GOP Senators Single Out Democrats of Color
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIt’s been over a month since Joe Biden has been in office and his notably diverse Cabinet has yet to be fully confirmed. There are several “firsts” of their racial group seeking these prestigious titles who are currently being held up by what has now become the “whites-only” political party in America: the GOP.It’s safe to now predict that we’ll not be seeing the first Indian American to lead the Office of Management and Budget as Republican senators, and one defiant Democrat from West Virginia, will most likely block the confirmation of Neera Tanden. The reason? Some of her controversial political remarks on social media, which included criticizing the GOP and Sen. Bernie Sanders, ruffled their features during the drawn-out hearing two weeks ago. This is interesting given that some of the very same senators who are trying to dismiss and tone-police Tanden for her tweets are the exact same people who gave Trump a break on inciting an insurrection on Twitter and spent four years telling reporters, “Oh, sorry, haven’t read that tweet yet!”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Billie Eilish Reveals Her Deepest, Darkest Hopes and Fears in ‘The World’s A Little Blurry’
Via Apple+Billie Eilish hates writing songs. She likes singing, she likes having songs to sing, but she really can’t stand writing songs. This is one of many surprising things we learn about the preternaturally talented popstar in her new Apple TV+ documentary, Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry. Not only does she hate writing songs, but she hates writing songs with her older brother and collaborator, Finneas O’Connell.“It really tortures me,” she says in the kitchen of her childhood home, where the family is holding an impromptu meeting to address Eilish’s reluctance to write the hit song her label wants of her. “Especially with you, because you’re so good at it,” she adds to O’Connell.It’s not something one would expect to hear from the co-writer of some of the most emotionally expansive and resonant pop songs released in recent years. Her Grammy Award-winning 2019 album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, is populated with lyrics that integrate winking turns of phrase with vulnerable confessions ripped straight from the pages of Eilish’s diary. Together, Eilish and O’Connell are a creative dream team. Read more at The Daily Beast.
QAnon believers duped by Trump, Melania Impersonators on Telegram
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyQAnon conspiracy theorists pushed off of major social media platforms in the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol riot have a new problem: falling for obvious impersonators of their right-wing heroes on the messaging app Telegram.A months-long purge of QAnon believers on sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter climaxed in the days following the Jan. 6 riot, with Twitter alone banning 70,000 QAnon-related accounts. QAnon believers’ attempts to organize elsewhere online hit another wall in January when Amazon pulled server support from conservative site Parler, taking the upstart social media network offline for a month.Faced with few other options, QAnon believers and other Trump supporters opened accounts on Telegram, a social media network and messaging app that was already popular with conservative figures banned from more mainstream platforms.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Jimmy Kimmel Brands Marjorie Taylor Greene ‘Frontrunner for Worst Human of 2021’
ABCMarjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican representative from Georgia, was recently stripped of her committee duties after it emerged that she’d pushed a whole range of wacko conspiracy theories—the Pizzagate and QAnon conspiracies, or that a cabal of Democrats are “Satan-worshipping pedophiles” (her words) trafficking children out of D.C. pizza parlors and harvesting their blood for a substance called “Adrenochrome,” a plotline straight out of the Pixar film Monsters Inc. (really); that the Parkland and Sandy Hook shootings were “false flag” operations; that “Zionist supremacists” are lording over a plot to push immigration all over the world; that the 9/11 attacks may not have happened, referring to a “so-called plane that crashed into the Pentagon”—and called for the execution of Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and FBI agents. She’s also, despite presenting as a God-fearing Christian, been accused of conducting a number of affairs (she’s denied the allegations).Well, this week, she attempted to outdo herself in the “terrible” department by hanging an anti-transgender sign outside her office in order to taunt a congresswoman across the hall who has a trans child—and this before fighting against the Equality Act.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Disgraced USA Gymnastics Coach’s Suicide ‘Victimized Us All Over Again’
Kathy Willens/APFaced with two dozen felony charges including human trafficking and criminal sexual conduct, former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert killed himself on Thursday. The suicide left the gymnastics world reeling after gymnasts had fought for years to bring him to justice for the mental and physical abuse they said they endured at his hands. They thought the time had finally come.“John abused countless girls over the years; his suicide victimized us all over again,” said Sara Teristi, a former gymnast who trained under Geddert in the late ’80s and early ’90s. “I am thankful that the survivors will not have to endure a lengthy and painful trial, but I am saddened that the chance to see justice served has been stolen from us. We deserve better.”Geddert was a hard-driving coach, running a high level gymnastics club, Twistars, where he churned out star athletes in Lansing, Michigan. Over the years, he rose to become coach of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, ultimately bringing home the team gold. He also worked closely with Olympic doctor Larry Nassar, one of the most prolific sexual predators of our time, for nearly three decades. Nassar volunteered at Geddert’s gym, where the doctor sexually abused hundreds of girls in a back room while pretending to treat them.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Three Percenter Truck at Capitol on Jan. 6 Belongs to Hitler-Quoting Rep’s Husband
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/TwitterA pickup truck parked at the United States Capitol and bearing a Three Percenter militia sticker on the day of the Jan. 6 riot belongs to the husband of freshman U.S. Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois, who approvingly quoted Adolf Hitler a day earlier.Researchers on Twitter first noticed the Ford pickup truck with the far-right militia’s decal parked on the Capitol grounds in footage posted to social media and taken by CBS News.The presence of a vehicle with a militia decal so close to the Capitol, inaccessible to normal vehicle traffic, raised questions about how it got there—and whether it belonged to any of the hundreds of suspects involved in the deadly riot.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Dems’ Tricky New Two-Step: First Covid Relief, Then a Wage Hike
Drew Angerer/GettyThursday night, Twitter was full of rage (more than usual) after Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth McDonough ruled the minimum wage increase out of the COVID relief bill. There was rage at McDonough. There was rage at Republicans. There was rage at Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema. And there was some rage at the Biden administration and specifically at Vice President Kamala Harris, who has the power to overrule the parliamentarian. Reversing Harris would require 60 votes, not 51, so she could plausibly do that, but no one really thinks she will.No question, this is excruciating to watch. The Democrats won elections, emerging with congressional majorities, albeit a bare one in the Senate, and they can’t pass the program they ran on, in part because of a couple of Democrats. Progressives in the House are saying the party just has to deliver on this core promise, and they’re right.Well, I think there’s a chance, and maybe a good one, that a minimum wage increase isn’t dead yet. But passing one is going to require courage, patience, and compromise. I know compromise is a dirty word. But that’s the legislative process when you didn’t win enough elections to have things the way you want them in our ridiculous system.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Ex-CIA Chief Gives JFK Assassination Some QAnon-Style Spin
Karen Bleier/AFP via GettyBy Gus RussoOver the last four decades I have navigated the murky shoals of the JFK assassination, seeking to ascertain the truth with an open mind to all possibilities. The multitude of theories that have crossed my transom over all these years range from the ludicrous (Jackie did it) to the most plausible (Oswald did it.) On these treks, and in literally thousands of interviews, I have come to admire—with some exceptions—the men and women of our intelligence services.So it was with a degree of shock that I recently learned that former CIA Director R. James Woolsey had co-authored a new book that posits a conspiracy theory that resides much closer to the ludicrous side of the JFK spectrum than the plausible, i.e. Khrushchev did it.Read more at The Daily Beast.