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Cotton: Democrats Using Coronavirus 'as an Excuse to Fill a Lot of Longstanding Liberal Priorities'

Monday on FNC's "Fox & Friends," Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) decried tactics used by Democrats to get "liberal priorities" passed into law by using the COVID-19 pandemic as justification.
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Women’s History Month: Celebrating female leaders
To mark Women’s History Month, here are stories of female leaders, from Barbara Bush to Kamala D. Harris, who have triumphed. Some of these women have familiar names. Others, like Opha May Johnson, have made a difference away from the limelight. Each one has a story to celebrate.
Josh Holdenried: COVID vaccine for clergy – why are 43 states ignoring these essential workers?
Everyone agrees essential workers should be prioritized in the coronavirus vaccine rollout. But in 43 states and the District of Columbia, one group of essential workers is being ignored: Clergy.
'The Girls Are All So Nice Here' by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn kept me up all night — literally
Spoiler alert: The girls are not so nice in Laurie Elizabeth Flynn's page-turning (and stomach-turning) new thriller,  "The Girls Are All So Nice Here."
The Jeep Cherokee is not a tribute to Indians. Change the name.
As Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. noted, "it does not honor us by having our name plastered on the side of a car."
50 Best Colleges on the East Coast
Whether you're looking for picturesque New England winters or studying under the Florida sun, these are the best colleges along the East Coast.
Attention All You Millennials: Get Ready to Go Back to the Office! | Opinion
Will working from home be a thing of the past soon? Plus: Warren Buffett and the wind future.
Cherry Blossom Festival will feature virtual programs and crowd limits at the Tidal Basin
As the pandemic rages on, D.C. and Cherry Blossom Festival officials ask for the second year in a row that flower aficionados enjoy the blooms from home.
Q&A with Barry Gibb: Loving country music, the feeling before going onstage and why he can’t watch the Bee Gees documentary
“It goes back to my taste, goes back to the Irish people and the Scottish people who brought their instruments and their music to America,” the singer says.
Senate passes Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill
The "vote-a-rama" resumed shortly before midnight on Friday after nearly 12 hours of stalemate within the Democratic caucus over an unemployment insurance benefit.
Photos appear to show a ship hovering over the water
David Morris said he was "stunned" to see a giant vessel seemingly suspended over the surface of the sea. It's a truly "superior mirage."
Op-Ed: Is the dream of owning a home losing its appeal?
Homeownership was big a pillar of the American dream. A new survey finds freedom to make life choices is now far more important.
Op-Ed: Why it's harder to change culture than nature
Science can tee up a COVID-19 vaccine in record time. Yet we can't seem to control the cultural impulses that may keep the pandemic going.
Matthew McConaughey shares his dad's advice on pursuit of acting: Don't 'half-a-- it'
Matthew McConaughey said he had "many doubts" when he was starting out as an actor in an interview that aired last week.
With Oprah's Meghan and Harry interview airing Sunday, some critics already sick of royal mania
Even after they quit their official British royal family duties and self-exiled to the United States, there’s still much ado about Meghan and Harry.
Win $1,000 on Wisconsin/Iowa with FOX Super 6
Top 25 teams clash Sunday on final day of Big Ten regular season
After the Pandemic: Are You Ready for the Old Normal?
We've all got some corporeal maintenance to do
Op-Ed: A year ago, we asked you to share tales from the pandemic. Here's what some of you told us
As our series of Dispatches from the Pandemic marks a year, we feature excerpts and updates from those who reached out during a year of COVID-19.
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Even with hope on the horizon in this pandemic, what's the point of ever leaving home again?
Getting dinner, grabbing drinks, working out, seeing a movie. All these comforts of middle class existence in the Before Times are gone, and it could be another year until it's completely safe to return. And after months of pandemmy life, those of us who are lucky enough to work from home have gotten really good at this stay-at-home thing.
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How Joe Biden's Stimulus Deal Compares With Donald Trump's First on 5 Key Issues
The Senate has cleared President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID bill, titled the American Rescue Plan, almost a year after the $2 trillion CARES Act was signed into law.
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D.C.-area forecast: Chill continues today, with springlike warmth by midweek
Another chilly day today but with less wind. And then the warm-up begins, with highs in the 60s to near 70 by midweek.
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Letters to the Editor: Forcing dying patients to wait before ending their lives is cruel
There's no waiting period for withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, so why make dying patients wait so long to benefit from California's End of Life Option Act?
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Editorial: California's ethnic studies curriculum is controversial and a little sloppy — but much improved
Gone are the divisiveness, jargon and narrow ideological lens of the first attempt to teach an important course.
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Minneapolis on edge as the first officer charged in killing of George Floyd goes on trial
City officials have prepared for Derek Chauvin's trial with stepped-up security and community outreach intended to prevent a repeat of last year's subsequent unrest.
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Letters to the Editor: Do evangelical teachings make believers vulnerable to QAnon?
Pastors lamenting the hold of QAnon over some Christians might want to reexamine their teachings on the infallibility of the Bible.
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The business winners in Biden’s relief package: Restaurants, concert venues and airplane manufacturers
The $1.9 trillion package includes billions in relief for hard-hit industries, though many corporate interests asking for aid got snubbed.
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Editorial: Biden should make gun-violence reduction a national priority
Biden has been asked to appoint a gun violence policy director to centralize federal research and responses to our national gun violence crisis. Of course he should.
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Letters to the Editor: Sexual harassment isn't about sex, it's about domination
The reason men harass women, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is alleged to have done, is to show off their power.
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Letters to the Editor: Biden showed that the Saudis still have us over a barrel
The president's failure to saction Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Jamal Khashoggi's assassination shows that oil is still more important than human rights.
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Jackson, Mississippi, officials report progress in restoring water after last month's powerful storm
After more than two weeks without a drop of water, one Jackson, Mississippi, restaurant is finally back open for business.
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Louis Farrakhan vaccine claims posted to Twitter, Facebook despite misinformation policies
Big Tech has been allowing Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to share allegedly false claims about coronavirus vaccines despite their policies against coronavirus misinformation.
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How Mads Mikkelsen Pulled Off the Most Spectacular Movie Scene of the Year in ‘Another Round’
Samuel Goldwyn FilmsRemember dancing? What so many of us wouldn’t give for that confused jumble of joy, freedom, and insouciance. The closest approximation of that rapturous feeling, for me, came during the finale of Another Round, Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg’s tribute to alcohol and embracing the wonders of life.The premise is a cartoonish one: in the throes of a midlife crisis, high school history teacher Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) becomes fascinated by the work of Norwegian psychologist Finn Skårderud, who controversially claimed that humans are born with a blood-alcohol level 0.05 percent too low, and thus should maintain a steady buzz in order to achieve peak performance. So, Martin recruits three of his colleague-pals to help put this theory to the test. They begin day-drinking, and while the results are promising at first—Martin seemingly regains his joie de vivre, and makes love to his wife for the first time in ages—things soon spiral out of control.“That’s why the entire film took place in the school—we would be constantly reminded of the immortality right in front of us that we didn’t have anymore. It was gone. It had left us, and we were constantly being reminded of it by these kids,” explains Mikkelsen. “It’s a beautiful circle. He just wants five more minutes of being young. That’s what he’s asking for.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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As Americans Watch Megan Markle's Oprah Interview, British TV to Air Queen's Message
Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton will also feature in the U.K. show to be broadcast just hours before Harry and Meghan's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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The City Filled With Homeless Dogs Fighting to Survive
Magnolia Pictures“You are on your own. Nothing happens to men like us because we live from day to day,” states a Chechen immigrant to homeless Syrian kids in Istanbul in Stray. Rootless, nomadic hand-to-mouth existences are at the center of director/producer/editor/cinematographer Elizabeth Lo’s documentary, but humans are merely the peripheral players in this stunning non-fiction inquiry, which truly trains its gaze on some of the myriad canines that roam the city’s streets. A spiritual companion piece to Ceyda Torun’s 2016 Kedi (which concerned the legions of cats inhabiting this same metropolis), Lo’s film reveals the secret life of dogs. In doing so, she draws stark parallels between their world and our own, and our shared desires for sustenance, comfort, and companionship.Following a 20th century in which authorities attempted to exterminate the animals (leading to mass killings), widespread protests have transformed the city into one of the few places on the planet where it’s illegal to euthanize and hold captive any stray dog—meaning that on virtually every sidewalk, in every alley, and near every dumpster, canines congregate, searching for food, sparring, nuzzling, and trying to survive. Theirs is an unromantic plight, albeit not without its pleasures, and Lo’s camera assumes their perspective throughout, maintaining a low-to-the-ground position while following these pooches to and fro, down bustling sidewalks where people barely give them notice, across streets where cars stop to let them pass, and on beaches where they’re free to run about, playing and rolling around and occasionally cornering and snarling at unknown intruders.Stray focuses its attention on a trio of dogs—beginning with Zeytin, whose striking tan coloring and big, sorrowful eyes are as expressive as her movements through Istanbul’s various districts are casual. With a sometimes squinty expression on her face, and a right ear that droops slightly lower than her left, Zeytin is a native inhabitant of this urban landscape, equally at ease on its well-paved sidewalks, in its parks beside busy thoroughfares, and on scraggly stretches of hilly land decorated with giant rock outcroppings and ruins of buildings whose columns still stand. Zeytin has a confidence that renders her a perfect guide for this environment, as well as makes her popular with locals, many of whom know her by name. That includes a collection of young Syrian migrants who live on the street and, we learn courtesy of random snippets of conversation, are known to sniff glue and are under constant threat of being arrested by the authorities.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Cuomo accuser Lindsey Boylan reacts to newest allegations: ‘Resign you disgusting monster’
Andrew Cuomo accuser Lindsey Boylan reacted quickly Saturday night after two more women came forward with sexual misconduct claims against New York’s Democrat governor.
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Zipline Above Bears and Kayak With Gators in Florida’s Best Secret Getaway
Renee Jones, Visit TallahasseeThis is the latest in our twice-a-month series on underrated destinations, It's Still a Big World.When planning a trip through Florida, chances are that Tallahassee doesn’t even enter the conversation.At first glance, unless you’re a dork like me who collects stamps from state capitol buildings, or a bright-eyed highschooler curious about Florida State University (one of the country’s top party schools), it doesn’t seem like Tallahassee has much to offer. My younger sister, a recent FSU grad, certainly had me convinced as much after years of visits filled with football games, cheap brunches, and lunchboxes—a heinously large pitcher with some ungodly combination of different alcohols.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Tim O’Brien on Anti-War Writing: ‘Sentences Don’t Do Shit.’
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Gravitas VenturesTim O’Brien has what he calls a lesson in outrage for his two teenage sons. “If you support a war, go for it; put your blood where your belligerence is, unless of course, you don’t mind the word hypocrite,” says the author of the wildly acclaimed Vietnam War novel The Things They Carried, who is the subject of The War and Peace of Tim O’Brien, a documentary currently available on video-on-demand.“Dead bodies are heavy, and awkward to carry,” says O’Brien in the film, and “the smell of death can be unpleasant. This death smell will one day be pumped into the nostrils of those who support wars.”This kind of brutal messaging is no surprise from O’Brien, who has been a noted anti-war proselytizer—or maybe the correct term is anti-stupid-war advocate—since he returned from Vietnam in 1970. His two most famous books, Carried and Going After Cacciato, are harrowing, sometimes surreal looks at a conflict that influenced, and damaged, a whole generation of Americans. Yet despite the critical acclaim these and other works have received, O’Brien, who says he felt he became a writer so he could strike back against war with sentences, acknowledges in the documentary that “sentences don’t do shit.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Hundreds risked everything in Selma 56 years ago today. This group is trying to identify them
Debra Barnes Wilson was 8 on "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, Alabama. She and her grandmother, Julia Barnes, joined the voting rights marchers, filing in at the back of the column, but turned back because the elder, an asthmatic, grew short of breath.
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Who Laced Tylenol With Cyanide? Nearly 40 Years On, It’s Still a Mystery.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyAfter the third sudden and unexpected death was confirmed on Sept. 29, 1982, Arlington Heights Fire Department captain Philip Capitelli began to suspect something was not right in his small suburb of Chicago.For Dr. Thomas Kim at Northwest Community Hospital, it was when a young couple was admitted on an early fall day in critical condition with dim prospects for recovery. Kim was shocked when he recognized them: just a few hours earlier, he had been speaking to the pair at the bedside of the husband’s brother, explaining that he had no idea why the young, fit man had suddenly died. Now these family members were also on their deathbeds for no obvious reason.As the two men began to look into the suspicious deaths, they realized an unusual connection: all of the victims—four so far—had taken Extra Strength Tylenol just before falling ill.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Is This the Week Biden Returned to ‘the Blob’?
Stefani Reynolds-Pool/GettyPresident Biden’s foreign policy has shown some encouraging early signs for those invested in breaking with America’s disastrous, decades-old geopolitical trajectory. As The Daily Beast first reported, Biden is extricating the U.S. from the Saudi-led war in Yemen and has placed counterterrorism strikes under review. America is back in the Paris climate accord and the United Nations Human Rights Council. Biden extended the nuclear arms-control framework with Russia. And on Friday, the White House told Politico that it’s embracing a congressional push to repeal certain post-9/11 war powers.But interviews with half a dozen progressive and socialist activists, Hill staffers, foreign-policy experts and former Obama administration officials in touch with Bidenworld point to deep dissatisfaction over what they consider an alarming drift toward the traditional, bellicose Washington foreign-policy consensus—what former Barack Obama aide Ben Rhodes famously termed “the Blob.”“This has been a terrible week for Biden’s foreign policy,” said historian Stephen Wertheim of the left/right antiwar Quincy Institute, author of Tomorrow, The World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy. “I credit the Biden administration with picking some low-hanging fruit early. But I refuse to accept a situation where the U.S. can do incredibly destructive and stupid things like aid the war in Yemen and then everyone has to cheer when an administration stops doing such things despite continuing the quest to extend armed dominance across the glob. And since we don’t know yet what exactly the administration’s Yemen policy is, we should remain cautious even on that front.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Turn Off Your Zoom Camera. You’ll Feel So Much Better.
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastWhen the arthritis pain in Adam Moore’s spine gets too much to handle, painkillers don’t always cut it. Sitting down in front of the many Zoom classes he attends as a UC Davis PhD student can make things worse. Sometimes, one of the only ways Moore can cope is by turning off his computer camera, lying down on a heating pad, and listening in from his couch.Moore, who is 26, also lives with generalized anxiety disorder, which makes it hard to focus. “So I turn my camera off and just try to get through the meeting, but [I] often end up doing random tasks around my apartment instead until I feel less anxious,” he told The Daily Beast.Then there are the days when Moore is just over staring at his face on a screen. “Turning the camera off makes [it] slightly more bearable and helps me maintain one last barrier between work and home while I am working from my kitchen table,” he said.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones details his new graphic novel ‘Madi’: It ‘has meant the world to me’
The filmmaker is the son of legendary singer David Bowie, who passed away in 2016 at age 69.
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Biden to sign executive order expanding voting access
President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order Sunday expanding voting access in what the White House calls "an initial step in this Administration's efforts to protect the right to vote and ensure all eligible citizens can freely participate in the electoral process."
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'Why Us?': A Year After Being Laid Off, Millions Are Still Unemployed
Millions who lost jobs at the beginning of the pandemic are still out of the labor force, making up levels not seen since the Great Recession.
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‘West Side Story’ star George Chakiris recalls working with Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood: 'I'm very lucky'
George Chakiris won a "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar for his role as Bernardo in "West Side Story."
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The Court’s New Conservative Bloc Uses COVID to Go Full Christian Nationalist
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastOn one level, it’s easy to summarize the Supreme Court’s about-face on the conflict between COVID-19 regulations and houses of worship. Before Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Court twice upheld restrictions on religious gatherings. Afterward, the Court twice overturned them.So, sure: Before Barrett, the churches lose, but after Barrett, the churches win.Yet the inexplicably sloppy way in which the Court’s conservatives have written about these cases reveals something much more troubling: a seeming inability to separate legal and scientific reality from Christian nationalist conspiracy theories about the “war on religion.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Time for some more ‘good trouble’ on voting rights, 56 years after ‘Bloody Sunday’
If there is anything worth getting into trouble for, it’s safeguarding the right to vote.
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Porn Stars Are Having a Mental Health Crisis
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyCOVID-19 is creating a mental health epidemic. Suicide numbers are increasing. According to Stat News, opioid addiction and alcoholism are rising, too. Because porn stars are people, too, we are also suffering from mental health problems. You likely don’t know anything about this because porn stars have entered into a pact to keep mum about our mental health crisis.Porn doesn’t cause mental health disorders, but the stigma surrounding porn can exacerbate pre-existing conditions. If you suffer from anxiety, you might grow more anxious when your job can lead to family tension, judgment from friends, and difficulties with romantic partners. On top of this, when we do suffer, people presume our mental health problems stem from porn. It reinforces the stereotype that we’re all suicidal, abused addicts. So we shut up about our problems.All mentally ill Americans tackle this issue, and many Americans repress conversations about mental health. Most of our insurance plans even refuse to cover therapists. As my acupuncturist recently said, Western medicine fails to treat the body and mind. If we lose an eye, we take off work and see a doctor. If our mental health suffers, we keep on pushing. Adult performers offer to keep quiet because society already stigmatizes us as sex workers. But our hesitancy to speak feeds into the stigma surrounding our work choices, and that isolation alone can cause mental health problems in our community. I say, “Screw that.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How Sen. Ron Johnson Went from RonJon to RonAnon
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyA few years ago, I interviewed Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson in front of a crowd at one of those infamous conservative conclaves you sometimes hear about. He refused to make eye contact with me or even position his body in my general direction. I would ask him a question, and (instead of answering) he would give an angry speech directly to the audience. I would ask another question, and he would repeat the process. He didn’t even try to hide his contempt for me, and he wasn’t exactly fond of the audience, either.He had just won a stunning surprise re-election, but rather than showing magnanimity, he oozed anger and bitterness. He had a mountain-sized chip on his shoulder for all the doubters who’d predicted he would lose.And that’s why it didn’t surprise me to hear about his latest stunt: delaying the COVID relief bill this week by forcing Senate clerks to read all 628 pages aloud. According to NBC News, it took the clerks 10 hours, 43 minutes, and 9 seconds. What a dick.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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