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Kevin McCarthy’s vile attack on Liz Cheney shows the dangers of a GOP House

Threats, intimidation and efforts to protect Donald Trump signal trouble ahead.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Mocks Lauren Boebert Over Christmas Gun Photo
"Lol," wrote AOC, "all the years Republicans spent on cultural hysteria of society 'erasing Christmas and it's meaning.'"
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'People's Choice Awards' Winners 2021: Dwayne Johnson and Kim Kardashian Win Big
Dwayne Johnson and Kim Kardashian win big at the "People's Choice Awards" 2021.
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NYC Vaccine Mandate Blocked by Judge in Blow to Bill de Blasio
The Supreme Court of New York has suspended the mayor's mandate for New York City workers, pending a court hearing set for December 14.
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Helicopter Crashes With India’s Top Military General Aboard
The fate of Gen. Bipin Rawat, the chief of the country’s defense staff, wasn’t immediately clear.
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Atletico Madrid beats Porto in bad-tempered clash to advance in the Champions League
Atletico Madrid beat Porto 3-1 in a bad-tempered clash to steal a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
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Goldzilla: This Is What Happens If You Set Your Pet Goldfish Free
The enormous goldfish were removed from a waterway in Canada, with authorities warning they are now an invasive species.
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Scott Peterson was spared a death sentence. Now he will find out his new penalty
Scott Peterson has been in prison limbo since the California Supreme Court reversed his death sentence in August 2020 for murdering his wife and unborn child. On Wednesday, a court will finally determine his fate.
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Early Study Shows Pfizer Vaccine Gives Some Protection Against Omicron
A South African lab experiment found the variant may dull the power of vaccines but hinted that booster shots might help. Here’s the latest.
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Ahead of her manslaughter trial, here's what we know about Kim Potter, the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright
The fatal shooting of a 20-year-old Black man named Daunte Wright by a White police officer outside Minneapolis has prompted protests and clashes with law enforcement. This is what we know about the shooter, former Officer Kim Potter.
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Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas makes waves, breaks records
Lia Thomas, a Transgender swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, shattered the Ivy League record in the 500-yard freestyle at the Zippy Invitational and won the finals.
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Closing arguments set for today in Jussie Smollett's trial for alleged hoax attack
Closing arguments are set to take place Wednesday in Jussie Smollett's trial, a day after the former "Empire" actor took the stand to rebut allegations that he staged a hoax hate crime and lied to police about it in January 2019.
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Japanese billionaire launches into space, plans cash giveaways and a zero-gravity haircut
Yusaku Maezawa, 46, who is flying on a Russian spacecraft, joins a small group of wealthy entrepreneurs who are also private space travelers.
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Los Angeles: 34,000 students may be barred from schools over vaccine mandate
About 34,000 public school students in Los Angeles who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine have not taken the jab and could be barred from in-person learning because they will not be fully vaccinated in time for the Jan. 10 deadline, a report said.
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'Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific' Patch Notes, File Size, Weapons List and Map Revealed
The patch notes for "Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific" Season 1 reveal fresh details about the new map, weapon list, tweaked ruleset, update file size and more.
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Helicopter carrying Indian military chief crashes
An Indian army helicopter carrying the country's military chief crashed Wednesday in southern Tamil Nadu state, the air force said.
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Joe Biden Should Consider Nuclear Strike on Russia Over Ukraine—GOP Senator
Republican Senator Roger Wicker believes America must consider all options, including nuclear attack.
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Biden's Supreme Court panel votes to take 'no position' on court-packing
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Who will lose access to abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade?
Twenty-six states plan to ban abortion in some form if the Supreme Court OKs Mississippi's ban past 15 weeks or overturns Roe v. Wade altogether.       
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You're already paying resort fees: These hotels offer you a bang for your buck
Because your hotel resort fees aren't optional, be sure you're reaping your money's worth.      
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Video of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Courtside at Lakers Date Goes Viral
Bennifer sat courtside on Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to see the home team's clash with the Boston Celtics.
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With inflation spiking, will states and voters give grocery taxes a second look?
Thirteen states have a tax on groceries, which tends to have a greater impact on people who make less money.      
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Most Americans are concerned about omicron but won't cancel holiday travel, poll shows: Live COVID-19 updates
Forty-seven percent of Americans said that while they've heard of it, they know almost nothing about the omicron COVID variant. Latest updates.      
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Schools Are Closing Classrooms on Fridays. Parents Are Furious.
Desperate to keep teachers, some districts have turned to remote teaching for one day a week — and sometimes more. Families have been left scrambling to find child care.
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School District Investigates Claims of Longtime Sexual Misconduct by Teachers
Six teachers from Babylon High School have been placed on leave as the investigation continues and alumnae come forward with claims.
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D.C.-area forecast: A few snow showers possible today; trending milder Friday before a very warm Saturday
Heavy rain showers could move through late Saturday into early Sunday.
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Americans Are Addicted to 'Ultra-Processed' Foods, and It's Killing Us
Explosive growth in "ultra-processed" foods that bear little resemblance to anything natural is behind a panoply of diseases. Policymakers are taking notice
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Ted Cruz Offered His Services in Resolving National 'Acrimony' About the Election
In this daily series, Newsweek explores the steps that led to the January 6 Capitol Riot.
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The West’s Nuclear Mistake
In Germany and here in the United States, politicians who want to be seen as environmentalists are increasing greenhouse-gas emissions by forcing the premature closing of serviceable nuclear-power plants.You might think of Germany as a global environmental leader. But if you look at actual practices, you’ll see a different story. Germany burns a lot of coal, about 22 percent of all the coal burned on this Earth. Only China, India, the United States, and sometimes Russia burn more.That other industrial pioneer, Britain, burns almost no coal. In May 2019, mainland Britain went a week without burning any coal at all. The difference between Britain and Germany—and between Germany’s own rhetoric and its record—can be traced to one fateful decision by outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel: her decision in 2011 to phase out Germany’s nuclear plants.A decade ago, Germany operated 17 nuclear reactors. They produced nearly one-quarter of the country’s electricity. Carbon-free electricity from nuclear power enabled unified Germany to retire the ultra-dirty power plants of the former East Germany without disruption to consumers. Throughout her first six years as chancellor, Merkel had championed Germany’s nuclear industry, dismissing objections as “absurd.” According to Merkel’s allies, she was jolted out of that view by the wreck of the nuclear-power plant in Fukushima prefecture in Japan. In March 2011, an earthquake and tsunami triggered the worst radiation release since the Chernobyl accident in 1986. More than 150,000 Japanese people had to be evacuated from their homes. The New York Times explained the context at the time: “Unlike other world leaders, she is a trained scientist, with a Ph.D. in physics. She reached the momentous decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022 after discussing it one night over red wine with her husband, Joachim Sauer, a physicist and university professor, at their apartment in central Berlin.”You don’t want to say that any of that is untrue. But it’s also not the whole truth. Merkel had a pretty easy time in her first few years as chancellor. Her predecessor, Gerhard Schröder, had cracked the hardest problem left behind by German unification: persistently high unemployment. He drove through tough reforms to streamline Germany’s labor-market rules and social-welfare benefits. The reforms were not immediately popular. Schröder lost the chancellorship in the election of 2005. But as the Schröder reforms went into effect, Germans went back to work. The unemployment rate dropped from more than 11 percent in 2005 to less than 6 percent in 2011, despite the shock of the global financial crisis.Merkel coasted on Schröder’s work through those early years, with approval ratings in the 70s. But then her luck ran out. The 2008–09 financial crisis touched Germany comparatively lightly, but it hit Germany’s European trading partners hard. In 2010 and 2011, the countries of Southern Europe plunged into debt crises that forced a tough choice on Germany: rescue them, or risk seeing the euro currency zone dissolve. Under that pressure, Merkel’s popularity sagged. Her disapproval numbers reached their peak of 43 percent in mid-2010. This was the political context at the time of Fukushima. And you can see why it forced a deep rethink on a profoundly risk-averse, formerly pro-nuclear chancellor.[Read: Nuclear power is hot, for the moment]Germany has long been home to an active, mobilized movement against nuclear energy, much more so than other nuclear-using democracies. You can spend a lively evening with German friends discussing the sources of this movement’s strength. Whatever the origin, however, the antinuclear movement offered a considerable political resource to a politician willing to use it. Many politicians had pondered this opportunity in the past, including Merkel’s immediate predecessors. Merkel grasped it.In the days after the Fukushima accident, she announced that Germany would immediately close its eight oldest nuclear plants. In May, she decided to phase out the more modern nine by 2022. Three of those nine have already been closed, with the remaining six to follow by the end of next year. Nuclear’s contribution to Germany’s electricity output has been cut from the former nearly 25 percent to 11.3 percent, and soon will be zero.Merkel pledged that the gap would be filled by renewables. That promise has not been kept. Germany’s top power source in 2021 has been coal, which provided 27 percent of the country’s electricity. Wind ranks only second.Germany is also burning more natural gas—about 40 percent of it imported from Russia. That dependence will rise in the years ahead. Germany is working with Russia to complete a second under-the-Baltic pipeline with the reluctant acquiescence of the Biden administration. Much of Germany’s hesitance to support Ukrainian democracy against Russian aggression can be traced to Merkel’s choice against nuclear power in 2011.In the decade since Fukushima, Germany has reduced its greenhouse-gas emissions. According to official German figures, the country emitted about 917 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalents in 2011. In 2019, it emitted about 810 million metric tons, an 11.7 percent reduction. That’s a better record than that of the United States, but it pales before nuclear-using Britain, which cut its emissions over the same period by more than 21 percent, a number that suggests what Germany might have accomplished had Merkel chosen a different course.This is a lesson Americans should consider too. The state of California, once a nuclear leader, has decommissioned three of its four nuclear plants, and is planning to close its last in the middle of this decade. Those plants have fallen victim to the same post-Fukushima anxiety that ended Germany’s nuclear era. Their closures portend equally grave consequences for California’s postcarbon future. The still-operating Diablo Canyon plant alone produces about 9 percent of California’s electricity. If Diablo Canyon goes offline in 2024 or 2025, filling that gap will almost certainly require burning more gas. Gas already provides 37 percent of California’s electricity; solar and wind together provide only about 24 percent. In the near term, less nuclear means more gas.[Read: There really, really isn’t a silver bullet for climate change]All energy choices entail trade-offs. Wind interferes with migratory birds and despoils open vistas. Solar panels are manufactured by coerced labor. Fabricating the panels—and disposing of them—can exude hazardous materials into the environment. Nuclear energy, too, has costs and hazards: radiation risks in the present; the disposal of spent fuel that must be safeguarded for centuries to come. But no other technology can so massively and so rapidly substitute for carbon-emitting electrical generation. No government that really regarded climate change as its top energy priority would close nuclear plants before the end of their useful lives.The world is warming because political systems find it hard to act today against the problems of tomorrow. Balancing present fears against future dangers is difficult. Nuclear seems scary. Climate change seems remote. And so in Germany and in California, politicians protect themselves in the here and now with choices whose costs will be paid decades later.In American eyes, Merkel’s reputation has benefited from the comparison with Donald Trump, who singled her out as the democratic leader he disliked most. American journalists even touted her as the true leader of the free world, to jab at an American president who had abdicated that role. There is much to appreciate about her reticent style of leadership. But history may judge that, on one of the most consequential issues of her chancellorship, Merkel not only led from behind, she led in the wrong direction. And unfortunately for the world, Americans seem determined to follow Merkel’s path.
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CNN Faces Calls to Fire Don Lemon Over Jussie Smollett's Court Testimony
Jussie Smollett has testified that CNN anchor Don Lemon warned him that police didn't believe his account of an alleged racist and homophobic attack.
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‘Drag Race’ Star Sharon Needles Terrorized a 15-Year-Old Superfan. And They Weren’t Alone.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyFor Annecy, a young queer person growing up in the South, RuPaul’s Drag Race was a lifeline. In the eighth grade, Season 4 winner Aaron Coady, who performs under the stage name Sharon Needles, was “everything” to them. “He talked about being the weird gay kid and I was like, ‘Me too.’”Annecy uses they/them pronouns. Throughout this story, Aaron Coady is frequently referred to by his drag name, Sharon Needles. Multiple sources in this story refer to their experiences with Sharon and use she/her pronouns, as is customary for many drag performers. We have chosen to keep these quotes intact, as opposed to editing for name and pronoun consistency.As they struggled with severe anxiety, panic attacks, and bullying at school, Annecy told The Daily Beast that Drag Race and online drag culture was “one of the few things keeping me happy.” They began going to drag shows and tweeting at their favorite Drag Race contestants. In 2013, when they were 15, Annecy started to interact with their idol, Aaron Coady, on Vine. Annecy, who was frequently suicidal as a teen, recalled one night in which they “took a bunch of pills.” Annecy said they spoke to Coady that night, and he “started talking to me about how he thinks suicide is beautiful and that I should keep eating pills, and kept calling me an idiot and a moron.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump Can Win the Jan. 6 War Even if He Loses the Legal Battle
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyFrom his faux Resolute Desk at Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump can still wield a wrecking ball that damages the congressional investigation of the insurrection—even if he loses his ongoing battle in the nation’s highest courts.Lawyers widely expect Trump will, indeed, fail at his attempt to assert “residual” executive privilege to keep damning documents shielded from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. But constitutional scholars warn that judges appear poised to give him a slight opening that could severely delay congressional investigators and give resistant witnesses legal ammunition in their own court fights.The potential delays matter even more now that tight-lipped Trump loyalists are stacking up, with news in recent days that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and ex-Assistant Attorney General Jeff Clark have put themselves on the same “contempt of Congress” path of martyrdom as Steve Bannon for relying on the ghost of Trump’s executive privilege to defy subpoenas and refuse to testify.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Scottish oysters were on the rocks. Now a whiskey distillery is throwing them a lifeline
Oyster populations have plunged by 95% in the UK, but the Glenmorangie Distillery is helping to restore their numbers in Scotland's Dornoch Firth.
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‘Benedetta’ Is the Steamy Tale of Two Lesbian Nuns and Their Virgin Mary Dildo
Courtesy IFC FilmsPaul Verhoeven is a satiric provocateur who genuinely believes in—and is drawn to—the power and passion of sex. Benedetta is thus an ideal vehicle for the Basic Instinct, Showgirls and Elle director, recounting the inspired-by-real-events ordeal of a 17th century nun who thought herself the bride of Christ and expressed her divine love through a lesbian affair. Pain, piety, sin, and desire all collide in this hot-to-trot import (in theaters now), which critiques the church and its notions of legitimate holiness via a tale that’s as playfully blasphemous as it is erotic—both of which are epitomized by the unforgettable sight of a handheld Virgin Mary wood carving fashioned into a sex toy.A tempestuous balance between the sacred and the profane is struck by Benedetta, which opens with young Benedetta (Elena Plonka) being transported by her wealthy parents to a convent in Pescia, a small village in the Tuscany region of Italy. Along their journey, they stop to pray to the Virgin Mary and are accosted by a group of soldiers who mock their devotion and attempt to steal a medallion from the girl’s mother. Benedetta warns them that the rustling wind is proof that Mary intends to punish them for their affront and, though they scoff at this idea, they’re proven wrong when one of them receives bird shit in the eye. Benedetta’s saintliness is thereby confirmed from the outset, depicted by Verhoeven with the sort of impish humor that defines his ensuing tale, in which Benedetta is welcomed into the convent and discovers that she’s destined for divine things.If Benedetta speaks directly to God, her new home’s abbess (Charlotte Rampling) is primarily concerned with running and maintaining her own position at the convent. That she’s introduced haggling with Benedetta’s father over the dowry price he’ll pay to have his daughter admitted marks her as a greedy woman consumed by matters more material (and personal) than heavenly. As embodied by Rampling, the abbess is a stern and shrewd ruler who hews to the church playbook to a tee. Benedetta, however, is anything but conventional, as illustrated by her first night at the convent, during which she stops to pray to a giant statue of the Virgin Mary only to have the figure literally fall on top of her, perched prostrate as if it were a lover, its naked breast exposed—at which the adolescent Benedetta instinctively suckles. Unlike Sister Jacopa (Guilaine Londez), who wishes that her entire body was as wooden as her fake finger (and carved with the name of God), Benedetta’s devotion isn’t cold and dead “like a gravestone” but, rather, flesh-and-blood hot.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How Donald Trump Could Help Stacey Abrams Win Georgia
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyThe last time Donald Trump screwed things up for the Republican Party in Georgia—less than a year ago—it cost his party control of the U.S. Senate and the country trillions of dollars (so far). Guess who’s back to offer more “help” to Georgia Republicans?In case you missed it, Trump (who also managed to lose Georgia’s electoral votes during the presidential election to a Democrat for the first time since 1992) is backing former U.S. Senator David Perdue in a primary bid against Georgia’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp, who angered Trump by not helping him overturn the 2020 election results. Trump wants to get even, but a lot of Republicans just want to get ahead.“I would hate to see two good men run against each other,” Eric Tanenblatt, who served as chief of staff to former Gov. Sonny Perdue, told CNN’s Mike Warren in November. “Having watched the Republican Party become the dominant party in Georgia, it’s puzzling to me [that] we would see a sitting incumbent Republican governor be challenged by another Republican.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Dan Crenshaw Helps the GOP Form a Circular Firing Squad
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyLet them fight.That was my first thought after hearing Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), fire rhetorical shots at a Texas Liberty Alliance PAC event, calling out some of his Republican colleagues as “grifters” and “performance artists” who only “know how to say slogans real well” which they use to “get all of the attention.” He accused them of reciting lines “they know our voters want to hear.”He was referring to the absurdly named and violent insurrection-supporting House Freedom Caucus and members like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, Louie Gohmert and Mo Brooks, who have accused him of voting for a “vaccine database” to track and punish unvaccinated citizens. In reality, Crenshaw said it was a House bill allocating state funds to update immunization information systems, but to the same group that routinely promotes QAnon conspiracies, a life-saving measure during a pandemic might as well be a mark of “deep state” oppression and a violation of their liberty to stay sick, dumb, and vulnerable.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Why Are Orbs Flooding Your Timeline? Blame the Meme Recession
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe nights are long. The memes are stale. How about a nice orb in these trying times?Maybe you’ve observed an influx in spherical content on social media, or a conspicuous increase in images of wizards contemplating crystal balls. This is no coincidence: orbs are the internet’s hot new three-dimensional shape, supplanting the cube, which saw a surge in popularity among cryptocurrency aficionados last month. As an extremely online year draws to a close and the season’s memes limp through our timelines, web-weary internet users are flocking to the warm, offline nostalgia of basic shapes.We are, a mega-viral tweet theorized last week, stuck in a “meme recession,” filled with phoned-in jokes and recycled concepts. As evidence, the Twitter user cited one of the moment’s insurgent memes: a cartoon of a happy man and an unhappy man on a bus. The unhappy man is labeled with a caption of something unenjoyable (“being a Jets fan”) while the happy man represents something pleasant (“not being a Jets fan”).Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Breitbart Launching a MAGA Rival to Politico’s Playbook
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastBreitbart is set to launch a Beltway-centric newsletter, in the vein of Politico’s famed Playbook but for a MAGA audience, The Daily Beast has learned.With a slated launch early in the new year, the brand-new newsletter—which will be written in the outlet’s staunchly populist, anti-establishment Republican voice—will serve as a daily email blast for conservative Hill staffers and media members living inside what the site derisively refers to as “the swamp” or the “D.C. political bubble.”Helmed by Breitbart politics editor Emma-Jo Morris, the D.C. product will serve as one of a soon-to-be five total daily email journals from the fervently pro-Trump publication. Morris joined Breitbart in November, having previously worked as deputy political editor of The New York Post, where she broke a string of stories on Hunter Biden’s emails that were immensely popular in conservative media circles and served as a key talking point late in the Trump 2020 campaign.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Casino Tied to Dem Congresswoman Wants to Keep Its COVID Loan Money
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyIn the year since COVID-19 dealt the gambling industry an awful hand, many companies have seen their luck improve.That’s proven to be good news for Rep. Susie Lee, a Nevada Democrat—politically as well as personally.Last year, Lee notched a major win for her Las Vegas-area district by successfully pushing for casinos to gain access to the federal Paycheck Protection Program, which doled out loans to businesses hit hard by the pandemic.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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This Small Tech Company May Actually Be a Ransomware Front Group
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyIt seems innocent enough: a little-known Canadian company that offers an array of tech and consulting services. But a certificate from that company—a sort of signature that can be tacked onto malware—showed up in two pieces of ransomware last month and leading experts told The Daily Beast they believe the small company is actually a front for at least two Russian ransomware gangs.The company—cheerily named “SpiffyTech”—has a number of red flags. For one, if you want to look at SpiffyTech’s leadership team, you’re out of luck. They don’t exist.The site does list four top staffers next to their stylish headshots. But the SpiffyTech operators appear to have stolen each and every photo.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Did Homophobic Fans Troll Rapper Rick Ross Into Changing His Album Cover?
Epic RecordsRick Ross is ready for a new era.The 45-year-old rapper delivered the news last month that he’s dropping his 11th studio album, Richer Than I Ever Been, on Dec. 10. Paired with the announcement was a striking photo of Ross (born William Leonard Roberts II) donning a blush pink fedora and a crisp white cape with a diamond-encrusted brooch pinned to his chest. His face is hidden behind white leather driving gloves, with a glittering ring the size of an AirPod case sitting on his pinky.It’s a stunning photograph, and one that marks a brighter, more artistic approach than Ross usually takes with his promotional images. Many of his past albums feature dark and moody cover art, with Ross presenting himself as an imposing figure, his eyes always shielded by sunglasses.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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MAGA Diehards Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell Have Fallen Out
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyOver the past few weeks, a once tight-knit clique of 2020 election deniers and former Donald Trump confidants has devolved into a maelstrom of backstabbing, increasingly wild allegations, infighting, and high school-grade melodrama. The main driver of this civil conflict within this group, which aided then-President Trump’s efforts to nullify Joe Biden’s decisive 2020 victory, has been the pro-Trump attorney and conspiracy theorist Lin Wood. Recently, the lawyer has been publicly posting details of private conversations and—of course—slinging baseless accusations of Satanism and pedophilia.But one breakup within this crew of prominent, conspiracy-theory-peddling Trumpists that hasn’t gotten much attention is the chilling of the friendship between Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, and Sidney Powell, a lawyer who had repped Flynn and also tried to subvert the 2020 presidential results on Trump’s behalf.Not long ago, Powell was a hero to Flynn and to his family, and the two friends worked very closely in their joint mission to keep Trump in power against the will of the American voters. Now, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, the former Trump national security official and Powell are barely even on speaking terms.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Going 10 Rounds with Top Bartender Ryan Welliver
Eric MedskerWhat do you like to drink after a shift? “If life was perfect, I’d have an ice-cold Daiquiri waiting for me. Those are not always an option, so I generally go with a lager and a bourbon, neat.”What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? “‘You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth’ by Meatloaf.”After all these years bartending and creating drinks, do you still enjoy going out to bars? “I do! I think it is a must for anyone in the business. Seeing other places’ approach to service helps realign my thoughts on how our service should be done. Always great to see different perspectives.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Covid-19 live updates: U.S. hospitalizations rise, driven by surges in four states
Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana have some of the highest per-capita current hospitalization numbers in the nation.
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More young children are killing themselves. The COVID-19 pandemic is making the problem worse.
Pre-teen suicide, while still rare, has increased in recent years, with the rate of growth among Black children especially worrisome.       
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How Christina Aguilera's People's Choice Performance Compares to the Original
Christina Aguilera took to the stage at the People's Choice Awards to sing a medley of her greatest hits, and one song was changed dramatically for the show.
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Mitch McConnell Confident He Can Get 10 Republicans to Back Him, Others Aren't So Sure
Some Republican senators have voiced their opposition to allowing Democrats to raise the debt ceiling.
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Olaf Scholz voted in as Germany's new chancellor, replacing Angela Merkel after 16 years
Olaf Scholz was voted in as Germany's new Chancellor on Wednesday, bringing to end Angela Merkel's four terms at the helm of Europe's largest economy.
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Newsmax 'Vlad the Great' Vladimir Putin Magazine Cover Condemned
Critics have described the December issue of the magazine as propaganda and "Russian disinformation."
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