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Wife’s Body Dug Up in Florida Backyard After Hubby Made Chilling Taunts
Boynton Beach Police DepartmentA Florida man who challenged police to “find the body” in his Boynton Beach home was arrested Saturday when his wife’s remains were found in his backyard.The victim, Mary Stella Gomez-Mullet, was reported missing Feb. 20, when a friend called police to say she’d last spoken to her by phone two days earlier, while Gomez-Mullet was en route to Colon’s house. The friend later revealed she had overheard Gomez-Mullet yelling, “No, no, no Roberto!” and calling out her friend’s name before the call disconnected, according to a police report obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel and local news station WPTV. When she tried to call back, the phone went straight to voicemail.That same day, police received a report of a bloody handbag located less than a mile from Colon’s home. Family members later confirmed the items, including a crucifix strung on a white rosary chain, belonged to Gomez-Mullet. According to the police report, “all family members and friends were adamant that something must have happened to Gomez.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Senate Approves $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill After Insane All-Night Debate
Leah Millis/ReutersThe number-one item on Democrats’ agenda this year—a sweeping coronavirus relief package—has cleared its biggest hurdle on the way to becoming law: the evenly-divided U.S. Senate.On Saturday afternoon, the Senate passed the $1.9 trillion bill on a strictly party-line vote: All 50 Democrats voted in favor of the bill and all 49 Republicans opposed it, but Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) was absent for the vote, sparing Vice President Kamala Harris from having to break a tie.The process wasn’t meant to be easy, but the bill’s journey to passage was downright shambolic, even by congressional standards. The Senate was in session for over 24 hours, voting, debating, and considering amendments to the mammoth legislation. Much of the delay stemmed from one member, centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), whose reservations about the bill’s unemployment benefits unexpectedly froze the floor for nearly 12 hours on Friday as Democratic leadership and the White House frantically worked him to support the latest deal.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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These Are the Go-to Face Masks That Scouted Writers Love
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/VendorsIt’s a year into the pandemic and we’ve tried a lot of face masks here at Scouted. From ones that fit smaller (or bigger) faces, to machine-washable ones, each one of us has a favorite, go-to mask. We thought we’d round them all up in one place so you can see just how the staff at Scouted is feeling when it comes to face coverings.Scouted selects products independently and prices reflect what was available at the time of publish. Sign up for our newsletter for more recommendations and check out our coupon site for more deals. If you buy something from our posts, we may earn a small commission.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Ted Cruz’s Favorite Porn Star Cory Chase Is More Patriotic Than He’ll Ever Be
Reality KingsTed Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas, has found himself in the middle of a number of controversies. There was the 2013 government shutdown, wherein Cruz hijacked Congress with a reading of Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham; the time he accused President Obama of high treason for wanting to push immigration reform; the time GOP Senator Lindsey Graham said, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you”; and the time Donald Trump branded Cruz’s wife ugly and accused his father of assassinating JFK, prompting Cruz to cower and kiss his ring anyway. Recently, the culture war-obsessed congressman has come under fire for his complicity in the January 6 storming of the Capitol, and abandoning his state for a Cancun vacation in the midst of an energy crisis that left millions without power and dozens dead.One of the funniest Cruz controversies, of course, came in September of 2017, when his Twitter account “liked” an incestuous porn clip. The adult film in question, Dicks for Two, starred the celebrated porn actress Cory Chase as a stepmother who, after stumbling upon her stepdaughter and her boyfriend getting down and dirty, joins in on the X-rated fun. The incident took many by surprise, given that his Republican Party had only a few months prior adopted a platform branding porn “a public health crisis that is destroying the life [sic] of millions,” and the time Cruz, as Texas’ solicitor general, passionately defended his state’s ban on sex toys, claiming, “There is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one's genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship.” (Cruz rather dubiously placed the blame for “liking” the porn clip on an unnamed staffer.)According to Cory Chase, Dicks for Two is a “family roleplay” flick—or “fauxcest,” as the popular porn genre is frequently called. “I was a very new stepmom to my stepdaughter. I think she pretended to stay home sick, had her boyfriend come over, they had fun, and then of course, I caught them,” she tells me, chuckling. “It was me being a Peeping Tom, and then me finding out, ‘Man, my stepdaughter is really hot, and her boyfriend has a really big dick, maybe I should join in.’”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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WTF Happened to Naomi Watts?
HuluEven with the noxious Mel Gibson as its villain and a story driven by a tired Groundhog Day conceit, Boss Level (on Hulu on March 5) is a reasonably lively video game adventure about an ex-Special Forces soldier (Frank Grillo) stuck reliving the same action-packed day over and over again until he finds a way to defeat his assassin adversaries, kill Gibson, and escape his 24-hour time loop. Much of the B-movie’s success is due to Grillo’s smarty-pants macho routine, but none of the credit goes to Naomi Watts, here relegated to playing Grillo’s scientist ex, who’s responsible for developing the high-tech device that created this re-running fiasco, and whose death at Gibson’s hands is what compels Grillo to try to reach his coin-op reality’s final stage.In other words, she’s the “woman in the refrigerator”—the disrespected female character who’s unceremoniously dispatched by the storytellers in order to give the hero guiding motivation. That she has only slightly more screen time in this affair than NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski is merely insult to injury. Appearing for only a few expositional scenes that underline her character’s status as a one-dimensional narrative device, Watts is not served well by the gung-ho Boss Level. Then again, that’s not a unique situation for the 52-year-old Australian to find herself in, especially over the past decade. Though capable of more than handling her own in dramas and comedies, small-scale chamber pieces and CGI-enhanced spectacles, the Oscar-nominated actress has had her talents wasted in recent years by a string of misfires that were either middling or misbegotten from the start, or inept at properly utilizing her. Whether the result of faulty instincts or shoddy guidance from others, Watts’ career has gotten more than a bit off track as of late—a state of affairs that need not continue, so long as she begins gravitating toward the types of projects that made her an A-lister in the first place.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Joe Scarborough to Bill Maher: The Republican Party Is Dead
HBO“It’s so nice to be here,” remarked Joe Scarborough.On Friday night, the slick MSNBC co-host returned to HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher after a prolonged absence. The last time Scarborough was on the show he was a conservative; now, he identifies as an independent, having spoken out against Trump during his chaotic presidency.“Honestly, tell me about this. You’re an independent now. So, what does that say? To me, it says that you think the Republican Party is unsavable,” Maher asked. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Star Journalist Malcolm Gladwell Is Also a Paid Celebrity Endorser for General Motors
Bloomberg/GettyThe New Yorker’s longtime staff writer Malcolm Gladwell—the bestselling author of Blink, The Tipping Point, Outliers and, most recently, Talking to Strangers—is flouting the conventions of journalistic ethics by appearing in a series of television commercials for General Motors.The issue of ethics in journalism has gained currency this week with the revelation by BuzzFeed News that New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks failed to disclose to readers his significant financial remuneration from Weave, a community-building social project of the Aspen Institute—largely funded by Facebook and Amazon—that has been a frequent subject of Brooks’ columns.By contrast, Gladwell’s star turn in GM’s commercials could hardly be more public.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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How Mota, the QAnon-Spouting Skate Brand, Became Roller Derby’s Big Villain
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty/InstagramFor four years, roller derby player Zack “NoMad” Sherman lived and breathed Mota Skates. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company sponsored Sherman’s gear, and he worked the Mota booth at championships games and conventions. People saw him represent Mota so often that he would be mistaken as the company’s owner.In reality, that title belongs to a couple named Doug and Julie Glass. Sherman told The Daily Beast he “really considered Doug and Julie family” during his time with Mota. That ended abruptly when Sherman cut ties with the brand after they posted an anti-Black Lives Matter statement on Instagram last summer. Nine months later, as Mota has steadily promoted QAnon and COVID-truther conspiracy theories on their Instagram page, Sherman feels “disgraced” to have been tied so closely to the brand.This downfall began with a post on Mota’s Instagram page, presented last June in the response to the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Snakes on the Plains: How Texas Snake Zoos Beat the Freeze
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyOn the coldest night of the deep freeze that hit Texas in mid-February, the Serpentarium at the Texas Reptile Zoo was crowded with the cold-blooded—lizards from Madagascar, tortoises from the Sahara, sizable crocodiles and, of course, snakes by the scores.Then the water pipe in the ceiling burst.Zoo owner Tim Caglarcan walked in to check on his reptiles and found water spraying from the ceiling and pooling on the floor.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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She Gave Up Her Baby for Adoption, Then Fought to Find Him
Catherine Falls Commercial/GettyAuthor’s introduction: Months after giving birth to her firstborn son as an unmarried teenager in 1961, Margaret Erle Katz became one of an estimated three million young women in the decades after World War II and before Roe v. Wade who was forced—by her family; by society; and even New York State law, which until 1971 criminalized premarital sex—to surrender her firstborn son into an adoption system designed to keep the identities of birth families, adoptees, and adoptive families a secret. Margaret, the 17-year-old daughter of Jewish refugees in Manhattan, did all she could to maintain custody of her son. She pushed aside the shaming admonitions of her parents, maternity home officials, and social workers, who told her she would “forget” her baby and move on. She eloped with her son's father, George Katz, but was no match for the predatory industry intent on delivering white infants to the homes of hopeful couples who were unable to conceive in a period—the Baby Boom—in which creating families was a national fetish.Margaret and George Katz had had three more children and were raising their family in New Jersey in 1981. Unbeknownst to anyone, even George, Margaret still thought daily about the son she'd been coerced into relinquishing to Louise Wise Services, the Manhattan adoption agency into whose custody her mother had signed her. Over the years, she had called the agency to warn the son she'd named Stephen of the illnesses in the family tree. When Stephen was a young adult, Margaret herself was becoming politicized by adoptee-rights activists in New York and began trying to find him herself. Thwarted by New York's byzantine secrecy laws, she resolved to leave her contact information for him at the agency's Upper East Side offices.As much as Margaret sought to ignore the topic of adoption, it continued to bubble to the surface. One day, during a quiet moment, she picked up a newspaper and saw a headline that read “Parents Want Proposal Defeated.” The article addressed the concerns of adoptive parents, who were trying to block the passage of a bill to allow New Jersey adoptees access to their original birth certificates. In the brief piece, a woman who represented the group Concerned Adoptive Parents said such a bill represented an “intrusion into the sanctity of the home and personal lives,” and was a “betrayal” that would benefit no one.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How My Arrest at Age 13 Changed the Shape of My Life
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyYou’ve heard my story before, or something like it. You’ve seen it on TV or in a movie: A lost kid, a life forever altered by a first encounter with our nation’s criminal justice system. It happens far too often, to far too many lost boys in America. It’s a narrative we must change.As a young Black kid growing up in Washington, D.C., I hoped to become a lawyer one day. I wanted to be like Perry Mason, a heroic figure protecting the falsely accused. I told my grandmother, who largely raised me, that this was my plan.But my first encounter with the criminal justice system pushed me in a different direction, along a path that ultimately stripped me of those dreams. Here’s how.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Supreme Court Cannot Let Louisiana’s Jim Crow Relic Stand
GettyThis spring the Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case (Edwards v. Vannoy) that will serve as an important test of America’s ongoing reckoning over racial injustice, and whether we will not only condemn the sins of the past–but repair their harms in the present.The case concerns whether the Court’s April 2020 ruling invalidating Louisiana’s notoriously racist non-unanimous jury rule will apply retroactively to people who are still serving sentences imposed by split juries.The stakes are high–and not only for the more than 1,500 incarcerated people whose lives hang in the balance.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How Beer Ruled the Ancient World
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyImagine excavating ancient burial ground and running across a brewery. This is exactly what happened last month when the Egyptian government announced that a team of Egyptian and American archaeologists had discovered what may be the world’s oldest known beer factory. Pyramids, Pharaoh, and now tasty adult beverages—ancient Egypt had it all.The factory was unearthed at Abydos, a site located 280 miles to the south of Cairo and west of the Nile river. Abydos is primarily known for its temples and funerary practices, with a number of monuments honoring Osiris, the god of the dead. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, noted that the discovery was made at the site of an ancient burial ground and that the beer factory dates to the reign of King Narmer, who lived and ruled at the beginning of the First Dynastic period, more than 5,000 years ago.Dr. Matthew Adams, of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and one of the leaders (along with Dr. Deborah Vischak of Princeton University) of the mission, said that the factory was built here to supply beer for royal rituals. The brewery itself was divided into eight large sections each of which contained 40 clay pots for mixing grain and water. In its prime, Adams added, the brewery may have produced as much as 22,400 liters of beer at a time. Beer was an important part of the ancient Egyptian diet that was drunk by everyone from Pharaohs to peasants, and workers were even sometimes paid in beer.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Mr. Potato Head Scandal Is the Dumbest Controversy of the Week
HASBROThis 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:The emails have not found me well this week.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Detroiters React With Horror to Mayor’s ‘Monumentally Stupid’ J&J Vaccine Diss
Mandel Ngan/AFP via GettyJody Liebmann resides in Detroit, which means her mayor turned down 6,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine when less than 9 percent of the city has been vaccinated“Feeling isolated and forgotten,” she tweeted on Friday. “The @CityofDetroit (my city) Mike Duggan received his Covid vaccine on Dec. 22. He said yesterday the J&J vaccine wasn't good enough for Detroit. I've been stuck at home for 10 months. This is absurd!”She was tweeting as someone whose daughter is 30 weeks pregnant and caught COVID-19 two months ago. The absurdity of Duggan’s position is doubled when you consider that the J&J vaccine requires only one shot, whereas the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines that he deemed superior require two.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Lake of the Ozarks Realtor Offered $1.5K to Have Her Former Mother-in-Law Killed: Prosecutors
Camden County JailA prominent Lake of the Ozarks real estate agent and self-described “cheer mom” has been arrested for allegedly trying to put a hit out on her former mother-in-law. Prosecutors in Camden County say Leigh Ann Bauman, 43, offered to pay $1,500 to people in St. Louis to make her former mother-in-law’s death “look like an accident.” She was reportedly concerned about the woman causing problems with her relationship with her kids.Bauman was recorded discussing the scheme, according to a press release from the Camden County prosecutor’s office. She was given multiple opportunities to change her mind when asked by a witness-turned-informant if she was sure she wanted to carry out the killing, prosecutors said, but she moved ahead with it, at one point acknowledging that she was a Christian but noting she could always ask for forgiveness later.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Breaking Down ‘WandaVision’s’ Thrilling, Easter Egg-Filled Finale
Disney+Kevin: Happy WandaVision Finale Day, Melissa, to you and all who celebrate! Truth be told, I’d never thought I’d find religion this late in life, let alone this late in the Marvel run.Melissa: Hallelujah! Welcome to our coven, Kevin.Kevin: We’ve chatted a lot about how in love I am with this show, a spiritual awakening that’s been most unexpected considering I’ve come to revile most of the Marvel output of late. On my least cranky day, I at least still find the scale and the interconnectedness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be increasingly exhausting and alienating. But what am I doing being negative when today is a day of celebration! That finale! Such fun, such emotion, such corniness, such action, such heart. I’m so excited to talk to you about this because I think we come from two different spheres. You are The Daily Beast’s in-house Marvel guru. I am… the opposite of that. But we both happen to love this show. I thought maybe you could help demystify a little about the tangled Marvel-y plot twists that happened.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Members of Time’s Up Group Resign En Masse Over ‘TikTok Doc’ Harassment Scandal
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyFounding members of Time’s Up Healthcare are fleeing the anti-discrimination organization en masse over the group’s handling of explosive allegations that a co-founder brushed off complaints of sexual harassment by a co-worker.At least five co-founders of the activist group, part of the larger Time’s Up organization created during the MeToo movement, announced they were stepping down in the last 24 hours.“Bravery must be demonstrated at all times even when it’s not popular,” tweeted Dr. Pringl Miller, a general surgeon and hospice and palliative care specialist who helped found the subsidiary in 2019. “If survivors exhibit bravery in coming forward we must meet them in bravery by standing with them.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Kanye’s Campaign Store May Land Him in Deep Trouble With the Feds
REUTERSFormer Birthday Party presidential contender Kanye West has not yet terminated his campaign, but he has disabled donations and removed merch from his website after receiving a notice from the Federal Election Commission and numerous complaints about extended shipping delays from some of his zoomer donors hopeful that their federal contribution would return a black-market payday.The unusual violations in the West campaign’s FEC reports include multiple donations from minors, multiple possible contributions from foreign nationals and several fake names and addresses that trace to drop-shipping warehouses on both coasts. On top of that, experts say, West himself may face an investigation for unlawful fundraising practices that pulled in nearly $100,000 in small donations this year.“In five-plus years of doing this I’ve never come across something like this,” said Jordan Libowitz, communications director for government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which has filed 14 federal lawsuits targeting illegal campaign finance activity since 2016.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Eccentric Antivirus Mogul John McAfee Accused of Making Millions in Illegal Crypto Schemes
Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg via GettyEccentric antivirus millionaire John McAfee is facing federal charges again—this time, over a pair of alleged cryptocurrency schemes that raked in more than $13 million for himself and his accused band of scammers, including his ex-security guard turned CEO.Manhattan federal prosecutors announced Friday that McAfee, 75, was being held in Spain on separate criminal charges by the Department of Justice’s tax division, while authorities cuffed his alleged accomplice, 40-year-old Jimmy Gale Watson Jr., in Texas.It’s the latest trouble for the reclusive founder of the eponymous antivirus software. In October, McAfee was indicted for federal tax evasion and willfully failing to file tax returns from 2014 to 2018 and accused of hiding assets including his yacht and real property in the names of other people. At the time, prosecutors in Tennessee claimed he earned millions from promoting cryptocurrencies and even selling his life story for a documentary.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Meghan Markle’s ‘Suits’ Co-Star, Patrick J. Adams, Calls Royal Family ‘Obscene’ for ‘Tormenting’ Her
Robert Ascroft/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty ImagesPatrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle’s co-star in the TV show Suits, has condemned the royal family as “obscene,” and the “racist, slanderous vitriol” of the media in a powerful series of tweets. Adams’ passionate defense of Meghan came after it was announced that Buckingham Palace had begun an investigation into bullying allegations made against the Duchess by former Palace staff, just days before the broadcast of Meghan’s much-hyped interview with Oprah Winfrey on CBS this Sunday night. In a statement, Meghan said the allegations were part of a “calculated smear campaign.”Adams said that it was “OBSCENE that the Royal Family, whose newest member is currently GROWING INSIDE OF HER, is promoting and amplifying accusations of ‘bullying’ against a woman who herself was basically forced to flee the UK in order protect her family and her own mental health.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Fox News Turns to Tyrus, Currently Embroiled in Sexual-Harassment Lawsuit, for Thoughts on Cuomo
Fox NewsFor thoughts on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s harassment scandal, Fox News daytime show Outnumbered on Friday turned to Tyrus, who is currently embroiled in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit from his former Fox Nation co-host Britt McHenry.“As far as, all women should be heard and respected, and then you need to have the investigation and then results of the investigation. Uhh, we need to respect those,” the Fox contributor said, when asked for his thoughts on the accusations against Cuomo, before quickly pivoting to the controversy over the governor’s alleged cover-up of coronavirus-related nursing home deaths.Later in the broadcast, Tyrus was asked to comment on why many prominent Democrats have not commented on the three women accusing Cuomo of sexual harassment. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Kayleigh McEnany Insists Trump’s ‘Doing Just Fine’ Without Twitter: ‘He Said It Was Freeing’
Fox BusinessFormer White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany declared on Friday that former President Donald Trump really isn’t upset at all about losing his cherished Twitter account, maintaining that Trump is “doing just fine” and actually finds it “freeing not to have Twitter.”McEnany, fresh off Fox News hiring her as an on-air contributor, appeared Friday morning on Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co. and was eventually asked about Trump’s ban from various social media platforms.“I am concerned about the silencing of Donald Trump,” pro-Trump host Stuart Varney grumbled, noting that YouTube’s CEO recently said that Trump’s channel on the site will remain suspended due to the ongoing risk of incited violence.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Meghan McCain Melts Down: ‘We’re Just Deplorable Neanderthals!’
The View/ABCThe second the phrase “Neanderthal thinking” came out of President Joe Biden’s mouth in reference to Republican governors who were prematurely reopening their states, it was inevitable. Conservatives had found their new “basket of deplorables” and would start self-identifying as cavemen to own the libs.On Friday, Joy Behar opened The View by asking if this whole “scandal” could be considered a “win to just get Republicans to admit that evolution exists?”Over the next several minutes, Sunny Hostin dismissed the “pearl clutching” by Republicans after years of defending Donald Trump; and Sara Haines laughed off the whole thing, explaining the difference between calling someone a “Neanderthal” and saying, as Biden did, that they are engaging in “Neanderthal thinking.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Myanmar’s Digital Insurgents Have Finally Found a Way to Hurt the Junta
JACK TAYLORThis story was produced in partnership with Coda Story.One month after Myanmar’s military seized power in a bloodless coup and declared a year-long state of emergency, daily protests continue to shake cities and towns across the country. Now, in addition to taking their anger to the streets, an underground movement of pro-democracy activists has unleashed a raft of new digital tools on the armed forces and police.Myanmar’s powerful military has long maintained a tight grip on the country’s finances by investing in a number of lucrative sectors, including mining, tobacco, garment manufacturing and banking.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Best New Launches From Dame, Our Place 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.Dame Arousal Serum: Maker of some of the prettiest sex toys on the market, Dame is back with a new sexual wellness product. The new Arousal Serum is the brand’s first ever topical cream made specifically for pleasure. The serum is pH-balance, 100% natural, and can help increase blood flow and intensify sensation thanks to the blend of peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon.Jiggy 100 Iconic Women Puzzle: In celebration of Women’s History Month, Jiggy has collaborated with artist Pakistan-born Maliha Abidi to create a new puzzle named 100 Iconic Women. The puzzle is part of the brand’s puzzle subscription, which gets you an exclusive 500-piece puzzle each month, plus a slew of other perks.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump State Department Aide Beat Capitol Cops With Riot Shield, Egged on Jan. 6 Crowd: FBI
Criminal ComplaintA Trump appointee who was still employed at the State Department when he allegedly bashed police at the U.S. Capitol with a riot shield and egged on a crowd of insurrections has been arrested for his role on Jan. 6.Federico Klein, a 42-year-old State Department staff assistant, is facing a slew of charges for his role in the Capitol riots, including unlawful entry and assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon, according to a criminal complaint first obtained by the New York Times. Prosecutors allege Klein, who also worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign, allegedly “physically and verbally engaged with the officers holding the line” before assaulting one law enforcer with a riot shield—and using that stolen police equipment to wedge a door into the Capitol to allow insurrectionists inside. “We need fresh people, need fresh people!” Klein, who is wearing a red MAGA hat, is heard yelling in a YouTube video to others storming the building—as police strained to hold back the crowd. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Meghan Markle Tells Oprah Winfrey She Wasn’t ‘Allowed’ to Make Her Own Choices as a Royal
Rosa Woods - Pool/Getty ImagesMeghan Markle has said she was not allowed to make her own choices when she was a member of the royal family.The comments were made in a new preview clip from Oprah Winfrey’s eagerly-awaited interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, which dropped Friday morning on CBS This Morning.In the new clip, Meghan said that she had not been “allowed” to give an interview before.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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House Impeachment Manager Eric Swalwell Sues Trump for Inciting Capitol Riot
Reuters/Joshua RobertsRep. Eric Swalwell, the California Democrat who spearheaded impeachment arguments against Donald Trump in January, has sued the former president and some of his most powerful allies for their roles in inciting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.The lawsuit was filed Friday and it aims to hold Trump—as well as his son Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani, and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL)—accountable for inflaming tensions and causing the riot.It follows a similar lawsuit that Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and the NAACP served to Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club last week. Like Thompson’s suit, it cites the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, which was designed to protect lawmakers from violence and intimidation.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Someone Had to Go First’ Europe Kickstarts Vaccine Nationalism War
Remo Casilli via ReutersROME—Hours after Italy’s newly-minted prime minister Mario Draghi kickstarted a bout of vaccine nationalism by blocking the export of vaccines made in the Eurozone, several other European countries were threatening to follow suit. Speaking on French television station BFM Friday morning, France’s heath minister Olivier Véran applauded Italy’s move to keep vaccines made in Europe at home and threatened. “We could do the same,” he said. “The more doses France has, the happier I will be as health minister. France has the right to talk to its European neighbours to ensure that laboratories respect their commitments and contracts. That seems to me to be common sense.”A spokesperson for the health ministry of Spain, which has several facilities crucial to the global vaccine supply chain, also suggested Friday that they will look at where the vaccines produced in that country are going. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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