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Samantha Bee Breaks Down Just How Crazy America’s Gun Laws Are
TBSAs mass shootings in the U.S. return to their disturbing pre-COVID frequency, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee aired a special episode on Wednesday about gun violence, why it has become the norm in this country, and how to put an end to it.Bee began “Full Frontal Wants to Take Your Guns” by noting some statistics that by now shouldn’t be surprising: that Americans have 40% of the world’s privately-owned guns despite making up only 4% of the global population, that there are more guns than people in the U.S., and that the number of gun murders nationally far surpasses that of other developed countries.This is partly due to the ease with which one can buy a gun, as well as the availability of certain types. To portray the many faults with this status quo, Bee recalled a past public safety issue that also claimed thousands of lives before people decided to do something about it.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Questions Pile Up in Baffling Case of Missing Alabama Baby
Screenshot/ALEAThe parents of a 5-week-old baby who disappeared this week gave a press conference Wednesday where they begged for the public’s help in finding their son but offered confusing accounts of what exactly happened. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, which sent out the first alert about missing Caleb “CJ” Whisnand, Jr., initially said he was last seen on Saturday night. But police in Montgomery County, Alabama, say they received a 911 call late Monday evening from a Circle K convenience store along a highway outside Montgomery about the missing baby, who weighs 10 pounds and was last seen in a camouflage onesie. Further details of the infant’s disappearance have not been made public, though police say they are reviewing security footage.The father, Caleb Whisnand, and mother, Angela Gardner, did not refer to their son by name during their Wednesday remarks. Whisnand repeatedly stressed that he could not recall many details about the disappearance. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Hannity Insists Liz Cheney Wasn’t ‘Canceled’: She Was ‘Fired’ for Being ‘Selfish’
Fox NewsFox News host Sean Hannity threw some more dirt on Liz Cheney’s grave on Wednesday night following her ouster from House Republican leadership, insisting that she wasn’t “canceled” but instead “fired” from her post because she was “selfish.”After drawing the renewed ire of twice-impeached former President Donald Trump and pro-Trump Republicans in recent weeks, the conservative Wyoming lawmaker was unceremoniously kicked to the curb on Wednesday morning. Her crime? Refusing to go along with the “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was “stolen” from Trump due to widespread voter fraud.“Liz didn’t agree with President Trump’s narrative and she was canceled,” Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) said of his GOP colleagues’ decision to strip Cheney of her leadership position.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Dakota Johnson Didn’t Kill Ellen DeGeneres’ Brand. Ellen Did That Herself.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyThe news snowballed quickly on Wednesday morning: First came the Daily Mail report that Ellen DeGeneres has decided to end her talk show after 19 seasons, thanks at least in part to her ratings downfall (DeGeneres’ rep vehemently denied the report). Less than an hour later, The Hollywood Reporter published an interview with the comedian, who claimed she was leaving the show because it isn’t “a challenge anymore.” In the hours that followed, the interview shot across Twitter, often accompanied by stills of Dakota Johnson moments before she famously gutted the comedian on air with five little words: That’s not the truth, Ellen...According to THR, the decision to end Ellen ultimately came from DeGeneres herself, after years of planning. (DeGeneres told The New York Times in 2018 that she’d been toying with the idea.) Still, it’s difficult to ignore the timing of this release—less than a year after toxic workplace allegations embroiled Ellen in controversy, and months after it was revealed that the show had lost more than one million viewers.DeGeneres addressed her impending exit in a monologue during Wednesday’s taping, which she posted on Twitter in the evening. During her address, as in the THR interview, the comedian emphasized that the decision was a long time coming.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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The Real Reason Liz Cheney Had to Go
ShutterstockMinutes before her removal from House leadership on Wednesday, Liz Cheney told her colleagues that the nation needed a Republican Party “based on truth,” warning that embracing Donald Trump would “drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy.”Hours later, after House Republicans swiftly stripped Cheney of her leadership position, they managed to prove her point at a hearing on Jan. 6.Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) said to call the insurrection an insurrection was a “bald-faced lie” because the people streaming into the Capitol looked like “a normal tourist visit.” Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who has ties to the organizers behind Jan. 6, said law enforcement was “harassing peaceful patriots.” And Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) theorized that it was impossible to know if it was actually Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol because no one had polled the rioters.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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His Twin Vanished 38 Years Ago. He Thinks a Serial Killer Got Her.
Courtesy of FamilyThe first night that Janet Lee Lucas didn’t make it back home in 1983, her twin brother Jim felt more irritated than concerned.For two weeks, Janet and her 5-year-old son had been staying with Jim and his then-wife in Spokane, Washington, while Janet, who was “something of a partier,” as her brother put it, got back on her feet. It hadn’t quite worked: That afternoon, Jim had found Janet on a stool at a local bar called Bigfoot drinking with a couple of guys he didn’t know, he said.When Jim told her she needed to get home to her son, Janet, who was 22 at the time, didn’t want to hear it, he added.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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CNN, MSNBC Guest Who Blasted Israeli ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ Forced Out of Home
Twitter/@JalalAK_jojoMohammed El-Kurd, a Palestinian writer and activist who has passionately spoken out against Israel’s forced evictions, was forcibly removed from his Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood by Israeli forces on Wednesday—a day after he appeared on CNN and MSNBC and accused Israel of “ethnically cleansing” Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Cross-border fighting along the Gaza Strip quickly escalated this week after Israeli law enforcement stormed Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, wounding over 300 Palestinians. The incident came amidst growing protests over a court case which could see dozens of Palestinians evicted from their East Jerusalem homes. To address the ongoing violence, El-Kurd granted interviews to several Western media outlets, two of which soon went viral on social media.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Her Body Was Found in a Storage Unit Years Ago. Cops Finally Know Who She Is.
Durham Police Department For five years, the identity of a woman whose remains were found stuffed in a plastic container inside a storage unit has remained a mystery.But on Wednesday, Durham authorities said they’ve finally cracked the case thanks to DNA technology, identifying the skeletal remains as those of Melissa “Missy” Ann Poitra, a North Dakota woman who vanished without a trace in 2005 in North Carolina.“In 2005, Melissa would have been 28 years old. She was a Native American woman from Turtle Mountain Chippewa located in North Dakota,” Durham Police Sgt. Quincy Tate said during a Wednesday press conference. “She had straight black hair, brown eyes, and a tattoo of a rose...on her arms. She was also a mother.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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New York Fashion Week Is Back, and Here to Sell You Things
Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyAfter a year of virtual shows and trying to figure out the meaning of “phygital” events, New York Fashion Week is back to its pre-pandemic proportions come fall—and then some. IMG, which runs New York Fashion Week: The Shows announced on Wednesday new changes that will impact the event, which is set to run in-person at Spring Studios from September 8 to 12.A lot of money is at stake: as Leslie Russo, president of IMG’s fashion events and properties said at a press conference, NYFW generates around $900 million for the city every year when factoring in the tourism, local jobs, and tax revenue surge it provides. So it makes sense that for IMG—and New York in general—a successful comeback remains crucial.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘You’re Ridiculous!’: Lawmakers Shred Defense Sec’y for Jan. 6 About-Face
Bill Clark/Pool/GettyA Democratic lawmaker called former acting defense secretary Chris Miller “ridiculous” on Wednesday for trying to walk back his claims that former President Donald Trump incited the violent Jan. 6 insurrection.In his prepared remarks for a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on the riot, and in a March interview with VICE, Miller had called out Trump for directly inciting thousands of MAGA supporters to attack the Capitol after repeated claims that the 2020 election was “stolen.”“You said the insurrection happened because of Trump’s speech,” Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) said during the hearing.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Carole Baskin on Loose Tiger Mystery: ‘People Who Own Tigers Are Really Dangerous’
CNNIsn’t it ironic, don’t you think?In the wake of the bonkers story about a Bengal tiger roaming the streets of Houston and a murder suspect who allegedly ran off with the big cat, CNN turned to an unusual expert: Carole Baskin, star of the hit Netflix docu-series Tiger King.Baskin, as you may recall, gained worldwide notoriety from her appearance on the series, which focused on her long-standing feud with private zoo operator Joe Exotic, who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for plotting to murder Baskin. One of the major subplots of the series, meanwhile, revolved around rumors and allegations that Baskin had her second husband killed. (Exotic and others claim she fed her husband to a big cat, a charge Baskin vehemently denies.)Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Republicans Lean Into New Role as Trump’s Willing Hostages
REUTERSAs House Republicans met behind closed doors on Wednesday morning for a secret vote to oust Liz Cheney from their leadership, so they could “move on” from November 3 and especially Jan. 6, Republican Senators were seeking to derail a sweeping Democratic voting rights bill.There is a common thread: In both cases, Republicans were following the wishes of Donald Trump.“Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being. I watched her yesterday and realised how bad she is for the Republican Party,” he said after she was pushed out. And as Republican senators took pains not to tie the voting rights bill fight to Trump’s Yuge Lie about his election defeat, he blew that up with a statement saying new voting restrictions were needed “so we never again have an election rigged and stolen from us.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Ellen DeGeneres Is Leaving Her Talk Show After 19th Season
Kevork DjansezianEllen DeGeneres has decided to step away from her popular talk show after her upcoming 19th season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The longtime host announced the news to her team on Tuesday, according to the outlet. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is currently in its 18th season. “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged—and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” the 63-year-old said. DeGeneres will discuss her departure in her opening monologue for her show on Thursday, May 13, The Daily Beast confirmed. The comedienne will also have Oprah Winfrey on as a guest to chat about the decision. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Bickering Leaders Lost One Key Month When They Could Have Avoided Pandemic ‘Chernobyl Moment,’ WHO Panel Says
Gleb Garanich via ReutersAn independent international panel of experts assembled by the World Health Organization has issued a scathing condemnation of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including how squabbling leaders wasted an entire month when it could have been prevented. “COVID-19 is the 21st century’s Chernobyl moment,” the group wrote. “Not because a disease outbreak is like a nuclear accident, but because it has shown so clearly the gravity of the threat to our health and well-being.”The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response says it found weak links “at every point in the chain of preparedness and response,” starting in China. “The alert system was too slow—and too meek,” the 13-member panel writes. “The World Health Organization was under-powered. The response has exacerbated inequalities. Global political leadership was absent.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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This Sunshade Pops Up in Less Than a Minute for a Cool, Shaded Shelter at Beaches or in Your Backyard
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/AmazonScouting Report: This popup sunshade opens in about a minute and will be the perfect respite for adults and kids alike when they're outside in the sun.If you have ever had a bad sunburn, you surely never want to have another bad sunburn. And they’re not one of those “don’t knock it until you try it” kind of things, for the record – no need for experimentation. On the other hand, it’s not much fun to go to drape yourself in protective clothing, don a broad-brimmed hat, and open up your parasol every time you want to go to the beach, park, campsite, or even just to hang out in your own yard while the sun is shining bright on long summer days.So what’s to be done? Hide out inside all summer long? No! Dutifully apply sunblock to your exposed skin? Yes! Obviously! But also, if you can spare the 60 seconds it takes to set the thing up, pop up an Outdoor Products Sun Shade and you can create a shady shelter from harsh solar radiation that can comfortably accommodate four lounging adults.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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House Republicans Cancel Liz Cheney For Her Refusal to Lie
REUTERSHouse Republicans have officially removed Rep. Liz Cheney, taking the extraordinary step on Wednesday to formally strip the Wyoming Republican of her No. 3 position in the GOP conference following months of her continued and clear-eyed criticism of Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election.The outcome of the vote, conducted using a quick voice vote during a closed-door meeting, was overwhelming and unsurprising.“The ironic thing was it was to show unity," Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a close ally, said after the vote. "It's a sad day."Read more at The Daily Beast.
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New York Post Editor Sohrab Ahmari’s Strange Journey From Communist to ‘Theocrat’
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastThere are very few character critiques of Sohrab Ahmari, the Iranian-born op-ed editor of the New York Post, that he hasn’t already leveled at himself.“My moral opinions were as interchangeable as my clothing styles and musical tastes,” the 36-year-old Ahmari, a secular Shiite Muslim-turned-conservative Roman Catholic, writes in his latest book, The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos. “I could pick up and drop this ideology or that. I could be a high-school ‘goth,’ a college socialist, a law-school neoconservative. I could dabble in drugs and build an identity around my dabbling. I could get a girlfriend, cheat on her, dump her willy-nilly, and build a pseudo-identity around that, too.”Since he joined the New York Post in November 2018 from the neoconservative journal Commentary, Ahmari, a clever and gifted writer in his second language (after Farsi), has displayed a dazzling flair for individual self-definition as well as a knack for stoking outrage. The latter has lately been focused on his recently-adopted conviction that government officials at the local, state and even federal level must act and act now, the First Amendment be damned, to impose a regime of Judeo-Christian and Catholic Church-guided morality on a woke, libertine, money-obsessed American society that is going to hell in a hand-basket.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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I’m Getting Into Gardening This Spring Thanks to This Kit from Bloomscape
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/BloomscapeScouting Report: Instead of buying outdoor plants, this easy to put together gardening kit helps you grow your own.You might say I have a black thumb. Everything I touch dies, at least when it comes to plants. I’ve attempted indoor plants, but really, my partner is in charge (I cannot be trusted). I’m excited for spring, though. My backyard needs some serious work and we’re hoping to grow some plants but instead of starting with seeds (and praying they root) or just buying fully grown plants and planting them, I've decided to grow something myself. Bloomscape, one of our favorite plant delivery services, launched a line of Bloom Kits, and after getting one in March to test out, I’m excited to say, even I can grow something incredible with them.Included in each Bloom Kit is a 4-Pack of young plants perfect for the outdoors. Choose between a vast swath of plants, perfect for your sense of style—Red and Yellow Dahlias, White Petunias, Yellow Begonias, Pink Impatiens, Orange Calibrachoas, the list goes on and on. Included in each kit is largely the same thing: a 4-pack of young plants of your choice, a beautiful outdoor planter, and a bag of potting soil (which you can skip if you already have some). When the kit arrives, you’re greeted with the live plants, plus instructions for how to plant them, and how to care for them. There are watering instructions, lighting instructions, and there’s even a pack of slow-growth fertilizer so you know your plants are eating a healthy diet.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Shrill’ Ends on Its Best Season Yet Thanks to a Heart-Bursting Queer Romance
HuluLolly Adefope and E.R. Fightmaster might only play a couple on TV, but that doesn’t stop the Shrill stars from engaging in a good flirt. When asked toward the end of our interview if either of them had anything to add to our conversation, Fightmaster didn’t miss a beat.“Yeah, thank you for asking,” Fightmaster said before going on to name their favorite outfit that Adefope wore this season—an olive green ensemble that is, admittedly, striking.“She shot that and then came on to set and I literally stumbled backwards,” Fightmaster said. “I was like, ‘Wow, you look so hot!’ So, yeah, if you could just squeeze that into the article somewhere…”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Why Biden’s Push for Vaccine Patent Waivers Won’t Save India
David Talukdar/GettyThe Biden administration’s decision to throw its weight behind a proposal for a temporary waiver of COVID-19 vaccine patents has been dubbed a game-changer in the fight against the pandemic. But major pharmaceutical companies and public health officials in India—one of the countries most devastated by the virus—warn that the move alone will do very little to speed up the global production and distribution of vaccines.Sudharshan Jain, secretary-general of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA)—an association of big Indian pharma companies based in Mumbai—said that he sees the announcement as a “positive” yet limited step for equitable access to the vaccine, not just in India, but across the globe.“Intellectual property rights are important to protect innovation, but it is imperative that these laws do not act as a hindrance to the accessibility of medicine needed to defeat this pandemic,” Jain told The Daily Beast.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Meet Jeriana San Juan, the Costume Designer Who Helped Ewan McGregor Become Halston
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via Getty/NetflixJeriana San Juan is not sure how many costumes she made for Halston, Netflix’s new miniseries about the famed disco-era designer starring Ewan McGregor. “At least 1,200 pieces,” she said. “But no one really keeps track when you’re running around like a maniac all of the time.”San Juan, who is 40 and spoke on a Zoom interview from her “quarantine purchase” home in Rhinebeck, New York, only had about two months to prepare costumes for the series. No small feat. The show tracks the designer’s life from his beginnings as a Bergdorf Goodman milliner—whose first brush with fame was designing the pillbox cap Jackie Kennedy wore to her husband’s inauguration—to his international stardom as a licensing king and avatar of ’70s excess.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How Instagram Models Kneecapped Matt Gaetz
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIf the federal investigation into Matt Gaetz does indeed end up spelling the MAGA congressman’s downfall, it’ll be partly because of a group of “wannabe” Instagram influencers.On this week’s episode of The Daily Beast’s Fever Dreams podcast, hosts Will Sommer and Asawin Suebsaeng welcome fellow Beast reporters Jose Pagliery and Roger Sollenberger, the duo that’s been breaking story after story on the Gaetz scandal in recent weeks. The pair reveal new details on the Gaetz saga that haven’t been publicly released before, including additional passages from the confession letter secretly written by disgraced Gaetz wingman Joel Greenberg, and sent to Trump associate and longtime GOP ratfucker Roger Stone.And when it comes to the Daily Beast duo’s broader investigative work into Gaetz and Co., much of it would not have been possible if it weren’t for users chasing clout on Instagram.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Jean Smartaissance Has Arrived: Inside Her Spectacular ‘Hacks’ and ‘Mare of Easttown’ Performances
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via HBO/HBO MaxWhen Jean Smart was in middle school, it was popular for girls to dress as Holly Golightly, Audrey Hepburn’s tiara-adorned character from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, for Halloween. Elizabeth Taylor’s version of Cleopatra from the 1963 film was also a hit, not to mention the usual suspects: witches, ghosts, and princesses (oh my!).Eleven-year-old Jean Smart, however, dressed as Phyllis Diller.The trailblazing comedian with the electroshock cloud of teased hair, a wardrobe of gaudy, technicolor-sequined dresses, a long cigarette as a permanent fifth appendage, and a caustic, self-deprecating sense of humor may have been a surprising choice for a young girl’s Halloween costume.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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McCarthy Bows Before the Big Lie, Axes Cheney, and Begs Trump to Eat Him Last
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/Alex WongRepublicans are copping a plea to the crime of banishing Liz Cheney even before committing it on Wednesday: Trump made us do it. They perpetrated the lie that the election was stolen, but only to keep him from eating them for breakfast in the midterms.To keep his job and, he hopes, rise to Speaker in 2023, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has tied himself so tightly to the mast of the ex-president who Rep. Adam Kinzinger memorably described as the passenger on the Titanic “running around trying to find women’s clothing to get on the first lifeboat.”The man in a skirt behind Trump in that picture is McCarthy. It wasn’t enough to save his knees from being capped that he voted—after the riot—to stop the electoral college count. He now has to silence Cheney, the pedigreed Republican who until now had been third in the leadership and who unacceptably believes conscience has a place in the caucus. Like the Romney family, the Cheneys particularly annoy Trump, whose own brood runs more towards grifting and intrafamily lawsuits than to governing. What’s worse, Cheney outright blamed Trump for the Jan. 6 insurrection, insisted the most examined election in history wasn’t stolen from Trump, and warned that to buy into any of it was to “poison our democracy.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Rudy’s Dodgy Ukraine Dossier Now Part of Fed Probe Against Him
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyA years-old relic of the Trump-Ukraine scandal—a dossier that was aggressively promoted by Rudy Giuliani—is coming back to haunt him, just as federal law enforcement has ramped up its investigation into the former New York City mayor.The dossier, a collection of documents centered with wild corruption accusations against Joe Biden, Marie Yovanovitch, and other officials, was widely and almost instantly dismissed as irrelevant ramblings, conspiracy theories, and political smears when it emerged in 2019. But Giuliani pushed it anyway to the highest echelons of the Trump White House and to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.Now, his efforts have been scrutinized by federal investigators, according to two people familiar with the matter. In a probe that began during former President Donald Trump’s time in power, the feds have been investigating whether some of Giuliani’s activities during the Trump-Ukraine saga amounted to unregistered and illegal lobbying on behalf of foreign figures.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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MTV’s ‘Are You the One?’ Contestants Claim Show Was ‘Rigged’ and Racism Covered Up
via MTVMoments before 22 young singles, who had spent the past few weeks filming MTV’s Are You the One?, would find out if they’d be leaving the Dominican Republic with fistfuls of cash, there was an awkward silence—not out of sickening nerves or giddy anticipation, but because the contestants already suspected they had lost. In fact, they thought the game had been rigged.Season 5 of the hit reality-TV competition is the only season where contestants failed to return to the U.S. with the prize pot of $1 million in the show’s eight-season history.The Daily Beast spoke with nine contestants from the season, which filmed during the fall of 2016, who firmly believe production company Lighthearted Entertainment meddled to ensure they wouldn’t win in hopes of making the season more dramatic, and to get MTV to sign on for another season.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Trevor Noah Has a Message for Israel: ‘What Is Your Responsibility?’
Comedy CentralThe Daily Show host Trevor Noah on Tuesday addressed the recent tensions in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine—as much as could reasonably be done in the time it takes to boil an egg.In recent days, Israeli police clashed with Palestinians at a Jerusalem mosque, nine children were among at least two dozen people killed by Israeli airstrikes, and Gaza militants fired rockets of their own at Israel, killing three.Noah, who acknowledged that there isn’t “any TV show [that] in ten minutes is going to solve [the] Israel-Palestine [problem],” did make some keen observations.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Will Schools Require the COVID Vaccine for Eligible Kids?
GettyBy Kristine BowmanWith the first COVID-19 vaccine now authorized for adolescents, ages 12 and up, a big question looms: Will students be required to get the vaccine before returning to their classrooms in the fall?As a professor of education policy and law and a former attorney for school districts, I regularly think about this sort of question.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Rep. Liz Cheney on Eve of Expected Ouster: I Won’t Stop Talking About Trump’s Lies
Samuel Corum/GettyIn a fiery address given from the floor of the House of Representatives late Tuesday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) vowed to continue her crusade against former President Donald Trump despite becoming a persona non grata in her own party.“Today, we face a threat America has never seen before. A former president who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol, in an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him,” said Cheney, the third-most powerful Republican in Congress. Cheney faces a near-certain ouster from congressional leadership on Wednesday, in which she serves as conference chair. She cast the stripping of her post as an inflection point for the Republican Party, which on the whole remains loyal to the twice-impeached president, who has repeatedly claimed that the 2020 vote was rife with fraud, despite no evidence ever emerging to support this claim, and several courts throwing out lawsuits making such allegations.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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4 Women Say Matt Gaetz’s Wingman Pressured Them to Have Sex
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyMultiple women paid by Rep. Matt Gaetz’s wingman and close associate Joel Greenberg claim they felt pressured to do drugs and have sex with him.Twelve women agreed to talk with The Daily Beast about their experiences with Greenberg and his friends under the condition of anonymity. All of them said it was their understanding that Greenberg—who until his indictment last June served as the elected tax collector for Seminole County, Florida—was paying them at least in part for sex, going as far back as 2013. Ten women told The Daily Beast they felt pressure at one time or another to drink or take drugs as an entree to sex. And all 12 said Greenberg encouraged them to invite friends, either for himself or men he knew.None of the women The Daily Beast talked to used the phrase “sexual assault” in their interviews, and the encounters seemed to cover a spectrum of experiences. Some women described platonic encounters where they still got paid. Others relayed that they had consensual sex for money. But some characterized their experiences as a trauma, and four women said Greenberg pressured them them to have sex—with one recounting that she had sex with Greenberg and another woman after being plied with “an endless supply of drugs.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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