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Merrick Garland: Handling of Jeffrey Epstein case was 'horrendous'

Sen. Ben Sasse asked attorney general nominee Merrick Garland about Jeffrey Epstein, who died by suicide in jail while facing sex trafficking charges.       
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No. 20 Arkansas’ big run flusters No. 6 Alabama
It had been nearly a quarter-century since Arkansas had played a ranked team at home, let alone beaten one there.
Malik Monk scores 29 points, Hornets cool off Suns 124-121
The Charlotte Hornets looked as if they were in trouble early against the streaking Phoenix Suns. That's when Malik Monk got hot and put on a show that had him reminiscing about his AAU days.
Zion Williamson leads Pelicans past Pistons, 128-118
Zion Williamson scored 32 points in his first game since being named a first-time All-Star, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Detroit Pistons 128-118 on Wednesday night.
The Mexican Elites Who Are Traveling to the U.S. to Get Vaccinated
Ethics, nationalism, and diplomacy throw this phenomenon into murky territory.
ERCOT CEO Apologizes For Texas Power Outrages—'Could Have Done a Better Job'
The winter storm that hit Texas and other states has killed at least 80 people, but officials have said that an accurate death toll will take time to establish.
Pizza-slinging con man of Lombardi’s fame opens NYC slice joint
He was one of NYC’s most celebrated pizzaiolos before the feds put him behind bars back in 1996. Today, infamous pie man Andrew Bellucci is back tossing dough in NYC — and swears he’s finally gone legit.  “I’ve run away so many times,” Bellucci, 57, a pizza chef who exploded onto the culinary scene in...
Marjorie Taylor Greene blasted for attacking colleague’s transgender child: ‘Sickening, pathetic, unimaginably cruel’
After Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.), who has a transgender daughter, hung a transgender rights flag outside her office, her neighbor, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) retaliated with an anti-transgender sign.
LaVine scores 35 as Bulls beat Timberwolves 133-126 in OT
Zach LaVine is an All-Star for the first time, and he wants more. Same for the rest of the surging Chicago Bulls.
California, With 50,000 Lost, Has More Deaths Than Any Other State
The state accounts for roughly one in 10 of the coronavirus-related deaths recorded in the U.S. Here’s the latest on the pandemic.
No. 13 Creighton comes off layoff with 77-53 win over DePaul
Creighton coach Greg McDermott said he couldn't help but feel a little apprehensive heading into his team's game against DePaul on Wednesday night.
Nylander scores twice, Maple Leafs beat Flames 2-1 in OT
William Nylander tied it with 1:28 left in regulation and scored 1:06 into overtime to give the NHL-leading Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
Progressives Defiant As $15 Minimum Wage Push Faces Procedural Hurdle
There has been the suggestion that the wage boost might not be able to be passed through reconciliation.
Facebook apologizes for 'mistake' in threatening to ban 81-year-old woolen pig knitter for hate speech
Facebook has apologized after threatening to permanently ban an 81-year-old knitter who makes woolen pig dolls for hate speech violations involving the word "pigs."
Bailey scores 21, No. 25 Tennessee beats Vanderbilt 70-58
The Tennessee Vols didn't know until warm-ups that Vanderbilt would be without its top scorer and the Southeastern Conference's leading rebounder.
'Nail-biting'—Members of NASA's Mars Perseverance Team on the Thrill of Seeing Rover Land
Scientists with the space agency told Newsweek about the intense emotions they felt as they watched the rover land on the Red Planet after traveling nearly 300 million miles.
Gunmen kill 36 in attacks on two northern Nigerian states
Gunmen killed 36 people in two attacks in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, a day after insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades amid worsening security facing Africa's most populous nation, officials and residents said.
Gunmen kill 36 in attacks on two northern Nigerian states
Gunmen killed 36 people in two attacks in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, a day after insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades amid worsening security facing Africa's most populous nation.
Gilgeous-Alexander scores 42 as Thunder top Spurs 102-99
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career-high 42 points and Lu Dort hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a 102-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.
8 Takeaways From Bill Gates' Clubhouse Interview As He Becomes Latest Billionaire on App
The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist discussed Tesla, bitcoin and the U.S. handling of the COVID pandemic on the invitation-only app. Here's what you may have missed.
Gallinari hits team-record 10 3s, Hawks rout Celtics 127-112
Danilo Gallinari set a Hawks franchise record with 10 3-pointers in a 38-point spree that carried Atlanta to a 127-112 rout of the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
No. 7 Baylor women beat Oklahoma St 70-51 for 10th W in row
Eleven wins in a row would lead to No. 7 Baylor celebrating 11 Big 12 regular-seasons titles in a row.
We should be grateful that Tiger Woods is alive, 'that his kids haven't lost their dad,' says an emotional Rory McIlroy
We should be grateful that Tiger Woods is alive, 'that his kids haven't lost their dad,' says an emotional Rory McIlroy
In the aftermath of Tiger Woods' car crash, the golf world has been coming to terms with the physical and psychological impact on the 15-time major winner and what it also means for the sport.
Giroux, Flyers top Rangers 4-3 despite Kreider hat trick
Sidelined two weeks because of COVID-19 protocols, Claude Giroux had enough of watching Flyers games on TV.
As U.S., U.K. Converge on China, British Lawmaker Says 'Golden Era Is Over'
An "awakening" to the challenges posed by Beijing has caused a shift in attitude in the United Kingdom, says Tom Tugendhat, chair of China Research Group.
New COVID-19 variant in New York City ‘definitely one to watch’
Researchers studying COVID-19 and its variants across the U.S. have expressed concern over a mutation found in New York City that could diminish the effectiveness of vaccines on the virus.
Rapinoe-led US beats Argentina 6-0 to win SheBelieves Cup
Megan Rapinoe scored two first-half goals and the United States won the SheBelieves Cup title with a 6-0 victory over Argentina on Wednesday night
The life and times of Tiger Woods: 15 majors, scandal and tragedy
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Celebrities urge lawmakers to pass a "Marshall Plan for Moms"
"When more than 30 years of progress for women in the workforce can be erased in 9 months, the underlying system is broken," reads a new letter signed by 50 prominent men.
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Hayes, Funderburk help NC State upend No. 15 Virginia 68-61
Three consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference road wins against teams in the lower half of the standings looked great, but perhaps not convincing, for North Carolina State.
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Democratic women poised to shake up male-dominated industry with new political media firm
Recent success stories about women in politics are about candidates breaking barriers. There's a female vice president. More women than ever before serve in Congress. But when it comes to the people who help get them elected -- specifically the people who tell their stories in the still wildly influential form of TV advertising -- diversification has taken much longer.
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Tax-Dodging Tech Nomads Are Puerto Rico’s Migrant Crisis
Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/GettyWhen I asked Chuck Schumer last week about the tax haven Puerto Rico had become for wealthy settlers and their growing political power, he responded more forcefully than I’d expected.“We oughta tell that governor none of this bullshit that you let millionaires and billionaires escape taxes, and I’ve told him that,” the Senate majority leader said.That sounded familiar: an old white man telling Puerto Rico—in this case, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi—what to do. But, in contrast to Donald Trump, Schumer was attacking the pro-U.S. statehood party (PNP) for being too generous to the wealthy. In doing so, Schumer highlighted a reality about the forces pushing for U.S. statehood in Puerto Rico that most progressives are unaware of.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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'A reckoning is near': America has a vast overseas military empire. Does it still need it?
The U.S. has enjoyed global military dominance for decades. But in the face of emerging threats, some say a new strategy is in order.       
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Andrew Cuomo allegations ‘abhorrent and heartbreaking,’ require independent probe, NY state Democrat says
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It's All About Trump: CPAC Seems Poised To Ignore Republican Identity Crisis
The former president will headline the annual conservative conference with a Sunday address, his first speech since leaving office. His baseless election fraud claims could also get heavy play.
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'Last Man Standing' has Tim Allen's character clashing with his on-screen wife Nancy Travis
The comedy series is currently in its ninth and final season.
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Youth Activists Are Heard In Biden's White House, But They Want To See More Action
The White House is consulting young activists on a range of policy, but they are still pressing Biden publicly for aggressive action on immigration, gun control and other issues.
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Golf faces a future without its irreplaceable face
Tiger Woods must overcome his injuries, which will surely be difficult. Golf’s task could be harder still.
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Brisbane already preparing for 2032 Olympics
There was no fanfare. No iconic announcement.
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D.C.-area forecast: Cool sunshine the next two days before periods of rain this weekend
Sunday is probably the rainier of the weekend days
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CPAC Highlights Trump's Influence Over GOP Amid Party's Civil War: 'He Owns That Crowd'
"The party apparatus from the state and local level to the national level has pretty much remained in control of Trump loyalists," Evan Siegfried, a Republican strategist and commentator, told Newsweek.
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Author, activist Wes Moore weighs bid for Maryland governor
He plans to step down from the foundation he leads this year and said he is “seriously considering” a campaign.
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We’ve Gone Overboard Disinfecting Surfaces During COVID
Ulises Ruiz/AFP via Getty A lot has happened over the past year, so you can be forgiven for not having a clear memory of what some of the major concerns were at the beginning of the pandemic.However, if you think back to the beginning of the pandemic, one of the major concerns was the role that surfaces played in the transmission of the virus.As an epidemiologist, I remember spending countless hours responding to media requests answering questions along the lines of whether we should be washing the outside of food cans or disinfecting our mail.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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France Has Finally Launched Efforts to Disband A Violent Hate Group. Experts Say It’s Too Late.
PHILIPPE LOPEZ/GettyPARIS—In the spring of 2018, about 100 activists—supported by two helicopters, a small plane, quad bikes and trucks—unfurled a large banner along France’s Alpine border with Italy that read, “No way! Back to your homeland!”Generation Identity, an anti-immigrant activist movement known for its publicity stunts, was behind the actions. Dressed in matching blue jackets to resemble police officers, the group was trying to draw attention to the mountainous crossing point for refugees—an open border under the EU’s Schengen agreement—and its alleged lack of a police presence. The stunt was later saluted by Marine Le Pen, president of the far-right National Rally (RN) party, as a “great communications operation.”Nearly three years later, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has announced efforts to close down the so-called “groupuscule,” stating it contravened a law banning “incitement to discriminate against a person or group because of their origin.” Generation Identity was given 10 days to respond to a seven-page letter detailing the reasons for the decision. A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry told The Daily Beast on Thursday that a response has been received, and that the government will make a decision within the “next few days” with a dissolution “very likely.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The LGBTQ Equality Act Is Back. Its Sponsors are ‘Optimistic’ for Senate Victory.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) spoke for five minutes in Congress on Wednesday against the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people under federal law. Greene said there should be no discrimination against anyone in America but opined that the historic bill was “too much,” that it put “trans rights above women’s rights,” and then quoted Genesis to insist that “God created us male and female.”Next, Greene tried to get Congress to adjourn, before what is expected to be a vote Thursday. The move failed, but she was supported by her Republican colleagues—revealing either their lionization of her or their attitudes to LGBTQ equality, or perhaps both.Greene wasn’t done. Next, on Twitter she launched a vicious personal attack on her colleague Rep. Marie K. Newman (D-IL), who has a transgender daughter, telling her: “Your biological son does NOT belong in my daughters’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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I’m So Old I Remember When CPAC Had (a Few) Scruples
Bloomberg/GettyWhen a political party loses the presidency, it normally casts its eyes toward the future. Not so this year. Donald Trump’s speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this coming weekend sends the message that he is the “presumptive 2024 nominee,” according to Axios. Knowing Trump, this is not surprising. What is weird is that he is being allowed to do it. After all, vampires can only enter your house if you invite them in.Is this the first example of how Trump is slowing the momentum for change and freezing out the future? During these post-election years, CPAC—generally held in late winter—has traditionally served as the unofficial coming-out party for the next wave of GOP presidential aspirants. You’d have to go back to the 1993 CPAC to find the last time an incumbent Republican president had lost re-election, but absolutely nobody at that conclave was clamoring for more George H.W. Bush.And we (obviously) don’t have to go back far for examples of how CPAC has handled presidential defeats. In 2009 (the year Rush Limbaugh was the keynote), Mitt Romney won their straw poll. After Romney’s loss in 2013, the GOP released its “autopsy” report, and CPAC’s theme focused on the “next generation of conservatives.” There were speeches by Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, and Bobby Jindal, and Rand Paul (who won the straw poll), just to name a few.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Oklahoma GOP Is About to Make an Open Bigot Its Chairman
Sue Ogrocki/APFormer Oklahoma GOP State Rep. John Bennett is, in a word, despicable. He has a history of spewing anti-Muslim hate and racist comments, and he has called for political violence. And now a guy who is the poster child for dangerously toxic politics is the leading candidate to be Oklahoma’s next state Republican Party chair.But you know what? He deserves to win because he represents the true face of today’s Republican Party. In fact, Bennett should be elected by acclamation as the national Republican chair so that there’s no disputing that the GOP is a racist, bigoted party that increasingly embraces violence on its path to fascism.Let me tell you about Bennett, whom I started writing about in 2014. He’s not your run-of-the-mill anti-Muslim bigot. I view him as “Patient Zero” in mainstreaming anti-Muslim hate in the GOP. In 2014, Bennett made headlines when he called Islam “a cancer” that must be cut out of America, declaring that the goal of Muslims, like myself, was “the destruction of Western civilization from within.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Andra Day Abused Herself to Become Billie Holiday. Why She Felt It Was Worth It.
Takashi Seida/HuluEveryone kept telling Andra Day she looked different, but she couldn’t see it.It had been happening for the better part of the last three years, ever since director Lee Daniels tapped the Grammy-nominated singer, best known for her anthem of uplift, “Rise Up,” to play legendary blues icon Billie Holiday in the new film The United States vs. Billie Holiday (out Friday on Hulu).It started soon after Day’s first meeting with Daniels. At first, the mere suggestion of taking on one of her biggest idols—and one of the most tumultuous, tragic life stories in show business—for her first acting role felt daunting and seemingly preposterous. She recoiled and said, “Hell no.” But after an ace audition, she agreed and immersed herself not only in an emotional and mental education on Holiday’s life, lapping up every video, recording, book, and interview she could get her hands on, but a physical one, too. She abused her body.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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