D'Ernest Johnson: Three years ago, he was working on a fishing boat. Now, Cleveland Browns running back is a match-winning NFL player
Jim Acosta Slams Kevin McCarthy for Not Standing up to GOP 'Freak Show Caucus'
"In the freak show caucus, loyalty only flows in one direction… which means more hatred, more bigotry, more glorification of violence, and more appeasement," Acosta said.newsweek.com
Omicron: Why Did WHO Skip Over Two Letters in Greek Alphabet to Name Latest Variant?
The letters "nu" and "xi" were next but the World Health Organization went straight to "omicron."slate.com
The Omicron Covid-19 variant is raising concerns amid the holiday travel season, but there's no need to panic just yet, experts say
The Omicron variant of Covid-19 is raising the concerns of health officials amid the busy holiday travel season, but there is no need to panic just yet as the potential impact of the newly detected strain remains unknown, experts say.edition.cnn.com
Beverly Hills SWAT standoff with suspicious van blocking traffic ends after several hours
A police standoff in Beverly Hills, California, ended shortly before midnight Saturday with SWAT officers removing an unresponsive man from a van that had been blocking a busy intersection for several hours, according to reports.foxnews.com
Triller Triad Combat: Best photos from Arlington
Check out these photos from Triller Triad Combat which took place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Related StoriesPhotos: Triller Triad Combat ceremonial weigh-ins and faceoffsPhotos: Fighters in MMA movies through the yearsUFC Fight Night 198: Best photos from Las Vegasusatoday.com
UNLV student dies after collapsing at fraternity ‘Fight Night’ event
Nathan Valencia, 20, collapsed shortly after he duked it out in a boxing match at the “Kappa Sigma Fight Night," on Nov. 19. He died four days later, his family said.nypost.com
Benfica match abandoned after Covid-hit opponents left with six players
Benfica's Primeira Liga match at Belenenses on Saturday was abandoned amid extraordinary scenes after their Covid-19-hit opponents were forced to name a team of nine players -- including two goalkeepers.edition.cnn.com
Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama are Democrats' top 2024 picks if Biden doesn't run: poll
Vice President Kamala Harris is the top choice for Democrats if President Biden chooses not to run again in 2024, according to a new poll.foxnews.com
Man opens fire on Michigan bus, is shot dead by cops
Anthony Oliver, 54, went on the shooting rampage at the Kalamazoo Transit Center around 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning, according to WXMI.nypost.com
This Maryland woman just claimed her third $50,000 lottery prize
A Maryland woman is celebrating after winning the lottery for a third time in about three years.edition.cnn.com
Ghislaine Maxwell's accusers say she sexually exploited them. Here's what her trial may reveal
Opening arguments will begin in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, who is charged with helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse girls as young as 14.usatoday.com
Book: Queen Elizabeth snub prompted Harry and Meghan to quit royal family
Queen Elizabeth’s choice to eliminate a photo of grandson Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and baby Archie led to the couple quitting the royal family, according to a new book. “Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan,” (Gallery), out Tuesday, claims that the British monarch had an aide move a...nypost.com
Trump supporters focus on 'issues' with election, not the final result, as Arizona ballot review falls flat
It remains to be seen how long baseless concerns about vote counts will continue to undermine the election process.usatoday.com
'A huge lift': Biden's bet on child care is closer to reality but could it boost expenses for some?
Biden's social infrastructure bill could make child care more affordable for many. But the Build Back Better Act could also raise prices for others.usatoday.com
Intelligence Analysts 'Didn't Understand Donald Trump, How Far He Would Go'
In this daily series, Newsweek explores the steps that led to the January 6 Capitol Riot.newsweek.com
Doctor Who First Raised Concern Over Omicron Variant Says Symptoms Are 'Mild'
Dr. Angelique Coetzee did warn older people were still vulnerable to the COVID-19 variant.newsweek.com
Hong Kong protest film wins best documentary at Chinese-language 'Oscars'
A documentary about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong won a high-profile award at the Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-speaking world's version of the Oscars, in Taiwan on Saturday.edition.cnn.com
New Jersey police officer fatally struck nurse with vehicle, drove body to his mom’s house: reports
A New Jersey police officer was arrested earlier this month after allegedly hitting and killing a nurse with his vehicle, then transporting the body away from the scene before ultimately returning it.foxnews.com
The Right’s Throwback ‘Cancel Culture’ Tactic: Smear Schoolbooks as Porn
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastFor more than a year after its publication, author George Johnson’s memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue was met with universal acclaim. The book, an account of Johnson’s upbringing as a queer Black boy, landed on “best of 2020” lists at Kirkus Reviews and the New York and Chicago public libraries.“There were no attacks until about eight weeks ago,” Johnson told The Daily Beast.The shift occurred near the beginning of the 2021 school year, when a coordinated campaign against the teaching of certain race- and gender-related topics plunged school board meetings into a panic. Johnson’s book and others attracted the furor of adults in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, and elsewhere.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast herethedailybeast.com
NJ district to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from high school
The Camden City school district will rename 90-year-old Woodrow Wilson High School after voting on the measure nearly 18 months ago.nypost.com
How ‘Forza Horizon 5’ Became the Perfect Game for the COVID Era
XboxPlenty of games received the “perfect game for the COVID era” title in the last two years. Nintendo’s timely Animal Crossing: New Horizons, InnerSloth’s mobile juggernaut Among Us, and PlayStation’s transportive samurai opus Ghost of Tsushima. Now, Microsoft has entered the fray with the latest edition in its storied racing imprint, Forza Horizon 5.Critically and commercially, the reviews for Forza Horizon 5 sparkling. With more than four million players sprinting across its recreation of Mexico on the first day, Playground Games hits every mark. Its eye-catching world is a hodgepodge of gorgeous geography, from flaring calderas to wafting palm trees dotting the coastline. You off-road up mountain ranges, dodge goats and drift tight corners to vault through a peach sky fresh off a nicely-placed ramp. Its world is ridiculous and fun; it begs to be played. And, according to creative director Mike White who helmed the game, it celebrates players for doing so as well. “Everyone in the game is excited you’re here,” he tells The Daily Beast.But the lifecycle of a game like this can be dicey. Playground’s previous Horizon title was the first live service—a game that drops new content over the years to paid subscribers—which completely changed how its developers would engage with the Forza community. By the time Forza Horizon 4 was relatively over, it played like a much different game. It seems that Forza Horizon 5 will follow in the last iteration’s tire tracks. Things will surely not always look the same, but leaning into the ease of Xbox’s Game Pass service, which allows access to hundreds of Xbox titles old and new for around ten dollars a month—opting for sociality or, as White puts it, “build[ing] features that encourage you to play with a friend”—seems like a smart play. Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
The ‘Visible Deterioration’ in American Democracy Is Just the Start
While many in the media and political landscape are distracted by the phantom menace of wokeness, the US was just added to an annual list of “backsliding” democracies for the first time ever.It’s an urgent reminder to Americans battling windmills like Critical Race Theory and The 1619 project, and desperately rehabilitating former Trump officials, that we have less than a year to try and save our ailing Republic from an increasingly radicalized and weaponized GOP death cult.Earlier this week, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) based in Stockholm warned about a “visible deterioration” in US democracy that it says began in 2019 and rapidly accelerated after Trump refused to concede the 2020 election. For the fifth straight year, more countries moved towards authoritarianism than democratisation, according to IDEA, which currently sees only 98 democracies around the world—the lowest number in years.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Here’s What ‘Succession’ Gets So Right About Toxic Whiteness
HBO Max“I don’t do requests because I’m not a DJ” should really become the motto of every Black woman who, hired for her expertise and competency, nonetheless has to deal with colleagues and clients who attempt to undermine both.On the last episode of Succession, the line is delivered by Lisa Arthur—the Gloria Allred-esque Black woman celebrity lawyer—in response to Kendall Roy, who has retained her services, only to consistently ignore every bit of legal advice he is paying her to give him. Instead, Kendall gives Lisa directives and “wish list” requests, like the one that provoked Lisa’s cutting quip, which include immunity from prosecution for himself and a legal-thrashing-dethroning for his father Logan.When Kendall, sensing Lisa’s growing fatigue with him, tells her he “really value[s] all the work” she does, but then quickly adds the demand that she “try harder,” the tight-lipped smile and subtly derisive chuckle she emits is familiar to every Black woman who has had to grin and bear insufferable whiteness.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Ready for ‘Murder Under the Mistletoe’? How True Crime Shows Celebrate the Holidays
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIt’s less than 30 days until Christmas and Daphne Woolsoncroft has too many holiday murders to fit her programming schedule. Woolsoncroft, who co-hosts the true crime podcast Going West with her partner Heath Merryman, likes to cover grisly cases set during the cheerful season.“We think of the holidays as this cozy time, and when something horrible happens, that makes [a case] more interesting,” Woolsoncroft told The Daily Beast. “It just hits harder, because it is this time of joy.”Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Bail on Bubbe’s Latkes This Hanukkah and Try This Recipe
Ben’s DeliThe Jewish festival of Hanukkah is synonymous with many things nonedible: the menorah, spinning dreidels, the number eight, iconic folk songs, unusually long-burning oil, and, of course, the rededication of the Second Temple at Jerusalem during the Maccabean uprising against a Hellenistic empire.But for many Jews, it’s all about the food.Aside from the usual holiday staples like matzo ball soup, brisket, roasted chicken, and challah bread, Hanukkah prominently features oily fried treats—most famously the deliciously crispy potato latke.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast herethedailybeast.com
‘Maus’ Author Art Spiegelman: ‘We Are on the Brink of Fascism’
Robert CooverIn Robert Coover’s novel Street Cop, published in June of this year, the American writer depicts an askew, raunchy, weirdo-yet-not-entirely-unfamiliar world in which “everything was tentative and illusory”: a place where murderers are arrested by robots, the clocks are unreliable, the police vans are self-driving, there’s a pet shop of the living dead, and a quite literally mutating urban landscape in which the streets are paved in recyclable thermoplastics and neighborhoods deviously interchange locations.The title character, when first encountered, is not an officer of the law but rather “a mere derelict, a nuisance really” who himself was being hotly pursued by the cops. Deciding in defeat to turn himself in at a police station, he instead emerges with a street cop gig the sergeant assumed he was applying for (the interview consisted of being asked to describe the first time he got laid). He “walked out in uniform, joined the hunters chasing a phantom.”Street Cop is published by the independent outfit isolarii. Their subscription-based model of ultra-portable—iPhone-sized—editions is nimble; their editorial thread is compelling (their latest title being a correspondence between Édouard Glissant and Hans Ulrich Obrist.) The duo behind isolarii approached maestro cartoonist Art Spiegelman to visually pair with Coover’s postmodernist novella.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Adia Victoria Wrote a Hit Blues Record While Working in an Amazon Factory
HandoutBlues and country music have long trodden the swampy borderland between oppressed working-class sensibility and commercial populism. On one hand, the former—which rooted the tree of American music that would one day branch into the dominant genres of the 20th century: rock and roll, rap, and country—emerged directly out of slavery and has a long, storied history of furnishing a soundtrack to underclass struggle. The latter, country music—which was born largely of the blues and shares its heritage for lending a tune to the poor and the persecuted—today fills stadiums. Its biggest, bling-laden names rake in tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars, all while doing their damnedest to assert the blue-collar cred necessary to woo the rank-and-file proletariat. Shoot—my boots might sparkle but I’m just another working stiff like you, and all that.As she finds herself drawn into the bayou of country industry acclaim, “gothic blues” singer-songwriter Adia Victoria is navigating the quagmire that inevitably churns up amidst the struggle between class-conscious authenticity and the rising tide of personal success. Her latest album, A Southern Gothic, has so far brought her along an eclectic route that has meandered from the stages of Nashville to the cafes of Paris, from an Amazon distribution center to the Billboard Top 10.I chatted with Adia via Zoom to learn more about her latest album, the recognition it’s brought her, and the struggle to keep it real in the face of success.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Jared Leto Is Hilarious in ‘House of Gucci’—but What About Those Teen Allegations?
Photo Illustration by Kristen Hazzard/The Daily Beast/Getty/MGMAs one of Hollywood’s loudest proponents of Method acting, Jared Leto has long been one of those performers who loves “disappearing” into a role. In House of Gucci, he finally succeeds—for better and for worse.For most of his career, Leto’s shapeshifting has been more conspicuous than chameleonic. But Ridley Scott’s fashion epic uses the actor’s zeal for over-the-top “transformative” performances to its advantage. Somewhere between the prosthetic nose, the “it’s-a-me!” accent, and the hideous corduroy jackets, Leto does become unrecognizable. The trick only becomes funnier once you realize this floundering, narcissistic Fashion Wario is actually Leto—an actor defined, increasingly, by his relentless ego.The Oscars conversation is far from set, but House of Gucci could win sophomore awards for both Leto and Lady Gaga. As exciting as it is to consider Gaga adding yet another gold statuette to the shelf, however, Leto’s awards contention is more complicated. What should we make of this performance and the boost it could give Leto’s image, given the unsettling rumors that have hung over him for years?Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Could These Epstein Insiders Bring Down Ghislaine Maxwell?
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyBritish heiress Ghislaine Maxwell will stand trial Monday on charges she procured girls for Jeffrey Epstein’s underage sex ring—more than a year after her arrest at a luxury hideout in New Hampshire, and two years after the financier killed himself in a Manhattan jail.The 59-year-old socialite is the only member of Epstein’s inner circle thus far to face a criminal indictment in the wake of his death despite allegations from victims who say she wasn’t alone in facilitating his rampant sexual abuse. She faces eight total counts including sex trafficking of children and sex-trafficking conspiracy. Two perjury charges will be tried separately. If convicted, she could get a maximum sentence of 80 years behind bars.Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed at least four teen girls for Epstein in the 1990s and early 2000s, encouraging victims to provide paid sexualized massages to the wealthy predator in New York, New Mexico, Florida, and England. She also allegedly pushed victims to recruit other girls for the sex-trafficking scheme. Maxwell has adamantly denied any wrongdoing. Her lawyers contend that the feds never charged her until their high-profile defendant was dead and, grappling with intensifying public scrutiny, made her into a “substitute” for Epstein.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
A small-town mom wanted to help her community. And then the community took aim at her child
Some of the worst political vitriol of 2021 happened not in Washington DC, but connected to a school board election in Hastings, Minnesota, where opponents outed an eight-year-old transgender child.edition.cnn.com
Powerball Results, Numbers for 11/27/21: Did Anyone Win the $243M Jackpot?
The Powerball numbers on Saturday were 8, 32, 55, 64 and 66. The Powerball was 10 and the Power Play was 2X.newsweek.com
Two American Indian tribes in Delaware get help in buying back their ancestral homelands
Two American Indian tribes in Delaware are getting help from the environmental nonprofit Conservation Fund to buy back part of their homelands.washingtonpost.com
Fed chair? Check. Releasing petroleum? Check. What else can Biden do to try to tame inflation?
President Joe Biden's options for slowing inflation are limited as consumer prices surge to their highest level in 30 years, economists say.usatoday.com
Prince Harry lashed out at William for doubting Meghan romance, book says
According to a new book, Prince Harry was so incensed when his older brother, Prince William, questioned his fast-moving romance with Meghan Markle that he blurted out, “Who the hell do you think you are?” The alleged outburst in September 2017 happened when Harry indicated that he was about to propose to his American girlfriend,...nypost.com
Why Did This Black Child Go Missing and No One Noticed?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyCan you name five missing Black women? Filmmaker and Emmy Award-winning director Geeta Gambhir’s latest documentary, HBO’s Black and Missing, tackles this question, and is unfortunately very timely, in large part because of the Gabby Petito case. And Gambhir came on The New Abnormal to break down why.Everyone followed the murder case of Petito, and her missing/suspect fiancé, in real-time. As enthralling, eye-opening, and devastating as the case was, it was a classic instance of Missing White Woman Syndrome, which also extends to missing white girls and teens. Who it does not extend to are missing people and children of color, especially those in poor Black communities.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Pregnant Florida woman shot dead by motorcyclist she hit with her car
Sara Nicole Morales started the road rage incident when she struck Andrew Derr, 40, with her car on purpose while making a turn.nypost.com
Colorado shooting leaves 5 wounded; no arrests reported
Five people were being treated at a hospital overnight after a shooting in Aurora, Colorado, according to authorities.foxnews.com
New Zealand politician cycles to hospital in labor, gives birth
New Zealand Member of Parliament Julie Anne Genter got on her bicycle early on Sunday and headed to the hospital. She was already in labor and she gave birth an hour later.nypost.com
How a Seattle man became a lifeline for persecuted LGBQT people in other countries
The callers reach out to him in their darkest moments -- sometimes when they're contemplating suicide -- and Michael Failla always answers. He's devoted his life to helping LGBQT people facing persecution in their home countries.edition.cnn.com
Headless body falls out of cannibal’s car after crash
A purported Russian cannibal and two other men were arrested after police discovered a decapitated body at the scene of a car crash.nypost.com
Canadian health expert’s claims of indigenous ancestry don’t check out: reports
She claimed to have ancestral ties to the Metis indigenous peoples of Canada, but a recent report revealed that a top health official’s kin more accurately hailed from Russia, Poland and Czechoslovakia.foxnews.com
USC rally comes up short in loss to No. 13 BYU that ends Trojans' bowl hopes
USC fought back but came up short in a 35-31 loss to No. 13 Brigham Young on Saturday night that eliminates the Trojans from becoming bowl eligible.latimes.com
15-year-old confessed to killing his mother in Texas, police say
The 15-year-old shot and killed mom Aime Salinas-Alvarado, 47, inside her home on Friday, then used her car to drive Salinas-Alvarado's 2-year-old granddaughter to her great-grandparents' house.nypost.com
UCLA dominates against Cal to enter bowl season on a wave of momentum
UCLA scores 32 unanswered points in a 42-14 win over California. The Bruins now wait to see which bowl game they'll land in after their 8-4 season.latimes.com
Stowaway emerges from wheel well of plane in Miami after flight
A stowaway hid inside the wheel well of an American Airlines flight from Guatemala for nearly 3 hours before arriving at Miami International Airport on Saturday.nypost.com
Ed Orgeron will not coach LSU in bowl game: 'I'm packing to go to Destin'
Ed Orgeron and the LSU administration have already agreed to part ways, so the he's heading to the beach rather than coach any bowl game.usatoday.com
New Covid Variant Puts Pressure on OPEC Oil Producers
President Biden’s decision to release emergency stockpiles also adds to the pile of complications for the group.washingtonpost.com