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Congressional Staffer Found Dead, Girlfriend Rescued After Death Valley Camping Trip
Inyo County Sheriff’s OfficeAlexander Lofgren, a caseworker in the office of Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva and a former U.S. Army combat engineer, was found dead after going missing with his girlfriend on a camping trip in Death Valley.Authorities began searching for Lofgren and his girlfriend, Emily Henkel, on Tuesday after the two, described as experienced campers who often traverse remote areas, did not return from their trek Sunday as expected. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that authorities had been able to locate Lofgren and Henkel the day before using aerial reconnaissance. They were in a “very remote area of Death Valley National Park” perched on a steep ledge.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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DMX Was a Casualty in America’s War on Black Men
Kevin Winter/GettyThe Black community sat in agony over the past week as we waited the official news of DMX’s health. We knew what was coming, but we also didn’t want to accept it. After the 50-year-old rapper reportedly suffered a heart attack from a suspected drug overdose, it was as if we crashed back to reality—a reality where even if you’ve made it, you’re still Black at the hands of a system that is not meant to work for you. Hell, a system that has been constructed to destroy you.The rapper, whose legal name was Earl Simmons, had a jarring entrance on the hip-hop music scene. He appeared loud, barking, aggressive, and peppered his albums with Biblical references in what some would consider a blasphemous manner—which for conservative Black families is a big no-no. But still, if you actually listened to his music, you could feel the gentle nature of his being and the genius of his lyrical content. And if you really paid attention, you could hear the deep hurt in his voice—the emotional cries for stability and some sense of normalcy.Born in 1970 to a young mother who’d already had two other children by the time she was 19, DMX did not grow up in the most functional household. He was estranged from his biological father, and his mother (and her boyfriends) would physically abuse him on the regular.Read more at The Daily Beast.
An Overdue Path to Justice for Adult Sexual Assault Survivors
Scott Heins/Getty ImagesBetween the #MeToo movement, the scourge of sexual assaults on college campuses, Chanel Miller’s viral essay, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, and countless reported stories about the privileged abusing power, the American public has gone through a crash course on sexual violence and the factors that influence a victim’s decision to report. We’ve seen how the justice system can be cruel—valuing the career or future potential of one man rather than making him pay for the damage his actions have caused—or how individuals or institutions with the power to do something would rather turn a blind eye.While there have been some triumphs in state legislatures and the courts, there are still serious gaps in protections for and routes to justice for adult survivors in New York State. That’s why we’re fighting for the Adult Survivors Act.In our own two cases, we’ve seen how even when you do everything “right” as a victim—even when you work with the police and wear a wire to tape your abuser admitting to sexually assaulting you, as Ambra did with Harvey Weinstein—the system can still fail victims pursuing justice. Our cases are remarkably different but share one major commonality: Outgoing Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance had the power to do something and instead protected the wealthy, powerful, serial sexual predators who preyed on us.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Could Prince Philip’s Death Lead the Queen to Give Up the Throne?
Mechielsen Lyndon-Pool/GettyHow much longer will the queen go on?The death of Prince Philip has suddenly given urgency to that question and, depending on which way the answer goes, the whole future of the monarchy could be in question.The queen will turn 95 on April 21. This was always going to be a celebrated milestone in the nearly 70 years of her reign—and a time to decide whether or not to step down.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Why Racist Hulk Hogan Hasn’t Earned Our Forgiveness
Getty“I'm not a racist. I never should have said what I said,” Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea explained in August of 2015.It was on ABC’s Good Morning America that the WWE wrestling legend, there to theoretically apologize for using the N-word in a surreptitiously-shot video, issued the mea culpa.“It was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it, but a lot of people need to realize you inherit things from your environment. And where I grew up was South Tampa, Port Tampa, and it was a really rough neighborhood, very low-income. And all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word. The word was just thrown around like it was nothing.” Asked by interviewer Amy Robach if he had “inherited a racial bias,” Hogan answered in the affirmative. “I would say that is very fair. The environment I grew up in, all my white friends, all my Black friends, to hear the word on a daily basis when they’d greet me in the morning, that’s what they’d say to me, Good morning, so-and-so. I think that was part of the culture and the environment I grew up in.” He begged fans to forgive him because “I’m a nice guy” and he was at a low point in his life. In 2021 terms, you could say that he was trying to undo being “cancelled.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
It’s Time We Fully Appreciate Christopher Meloni’s Juicy Ass
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.This week, everyone kept talking about The New York Times report that a new subatomic form of matter and energy was discovered that may “affect the nature and evolution of the universe.” Imagine my surprise to discover, after looking further into this phenomenon, that it was not in reference to Christopher Meloni’s ass.Real ones have known about this physics-defying phenomenon for decades now. (Behold, as MEL Magazine dubbed it, “The Cult of Christopher Meloni’s Butt.”) But it is my professional obligation to report on the biggest and most influential news in entertainment, and this week that news is undeniably Christopher Meloni’s sweet, sweet double-wide dumpster.Read more at The Daily Beast.
How Bolsonaro Seized Trump’s Crown as the World’s Worst COVID Leader
Carl De Souza/GettyRIO DE JANEIRO—Spurred on by the mishandling and unhinged bravado of President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s latest COVID surge threatens to sweep the country into first place among the world’s most deadly coronavirus outbreaks.Desperate medical professionals and local officials who are battling to counteract Bolsonaro’s antipathy to facemasks, lockdowns and—until recently—vaccines told The Daily Beast that the virus is now completely out of control and they fear the death toll will continue to explode.“The situation is desperate,” Dr. Gerson Salvador, who works in the emergency room of a São Paulo hospital, told The Daily Beast. “And what has gotten us here is the attitude of the president.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Joss Whedon’s Creepy Fingerprints Are All Over HBO’s ‘The Nevers’
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos by Getty/HBOIt’s never a good sign when the subtext of a series somehow rings clearer than the story itself—but given that the central characters of HBO’s The Nevers come with names like “Miss True,” “Penance,” and “Maladie,” perhaps it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.The Nevers starts from a relatively simple premise: A cluster of “touched” women in Victorian England acquired supernatural powers three years ago, and are now working to find their place in society. Some Londonites are fascinated by the Touched; some immediately look for ways to turn a profit off of them; and others, primarily the white men in charge, view the entire ordeal as an attack on their authority.The story of Amalia True and her orphanage for magical misfits resurfaces all of the themes, archetypes and tropes The Nevers’ original creator, Joss Whedon, has mined for decades in shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Dollhouse. Like Buffy Summers, whose coming-of-age story Whedon staged as a literal fight against demons, the Touched must fight (both literally and figuratively) for their place in a society that, in many ways, hinges on their marginalization. In an early scene, the aristocrat Lord Massen plainly states the threat he sees in these women: “The heart of our empire,” he frets, could be “brought to a shuddering halt by the caprice and ambitions of those for whom ambition was never meant.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Greg Gutfeld Proves, Yet Again, That Conservative Comedy’s Just Stuff Your Drunk Aunt Yells at a Wedding
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos via Getty/YoutubeThe hype leading up to it touted a late-night satire from the right, a high production-value show with veteran TV heft behind it and an enormous, ready-made cable news audience served on a platter. The most powerful force in late night had a clear liberal bent; red staters were ready for their own Jon Stewart. On the night of its premiere, about a million and a half people tuned in. Critics, however, hated it, noting in blistering reviews that the show committed the number one sin in comedy, which is that all of the jokes sucked.No, I’m not talking about Greg Gutfeld’s unfunny new late night Fox News show, Gutfeld!. I’m talking about The ½ Hour News Hour, a 2007 show that bombed so badly that it remains, to this day, one of the worst-reviewed shows of all time.The ½ Hour News Hour was supposed to be a Daily Show for conservatives unleashed like a cloud of sewer gas toward the end of the George W. Bush era. Brought to Fox News audiences by the creator of the megahit 24, it featured Rush Limbaugh in a recurring role as a fake president and a cartoon called Guy White: Closet Conservative, which was about a man who worked in an office full of liberals and tried to keep his ideology a secret.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Usain Bolt Wants to Be the D.J. Khaled of Dancehall
Jay EnigmaIn the 2016 documentary I Am Bolt, there’s a scene where eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt expresses hesitation about continuing with track and field. Sitting in a Beijing hotel room, “the world’s fastest man” leans into the camera and questions the rigorous training required to get back in shape after multiple injuries.“Earlier this year I told you I am not having the same feeling, I am not motivated,” Bolt disclosed.The film abruptly cuts away to a TMZ Sports clip with the hosts boisterously prodding Bolt’s (then) rival American sprinter Justin Gatlin to bring home the gold at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. Gatlin responds, “We are bringing the gold medal back, we are going on a tour of the USA with the gold medal around my neck.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Facing New Ethics Investigation, Matt Gaetz Declares He’s ‘Not Going Anywhere’
Joe Raedle/GettyAfter 10 days of relentless developments in the Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) saga of scandals, the Florida Republican reemerged Friday evening to mostly ignore the most recent and damning reports and offer boilerplate MAGA defenses and applause lines.“I’m built for the battle, and I’m not going anywhere,” Gaetz told attendees at the Save America Summit at Trump Doral in Miami, Florida.As Gaetz tries to brush aside reports that he’s under investigation for paying women for sex—including, potentially, an underage minor—Gaetz seemed to see no irony in addressing an event hosted by “Women for America First.” Instead, he claimed the reports were “smears” and “wild conspiracy theories” promoted by a “lying media.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Russia, China Team Up to Peddle Insane U.S. COVID Lab Theory
PAVEL GOLOVKIN/POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Cold War could be coming back with a vengeance, and the U.S.’s top adversaries are dusting off some old-school Soviet tactics.Russian and Chinese government officials have recently teamed up to publicly accuse the U.S. of creating biological weapons near their borders and suggesting that Americans are responsible for creating COVID-19.Speaking to the Russian daily newspaper Kommersant on Thursday, Nikolai Patrushev, Russia’s Security Council secretary, said: “I suggest that you pay attention to the fact that biological laboratories under U.S. control are growing by leaps and bounds all over the world. And—by a strange coincidence—mainly near the Russian and Chinese borders.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Infiltrators Are Sabotaging the Proud Boys’ ‘White Lives Matter’ Day
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyAccording to anonymous internet trolls, April 11 will be a day of spontaneous far-right anger. That’s when a supposedly “grassroots” coalition of demonstrators plan “White Lives Matter” rallies in cities across the country. But despite its “grassroots” claims, the movement is secretly being organized by a coalition of Proud Boys and other far-right figures, leaked chat logs reveal.Now some of the rallies are in freefall, with members of their groups being outed as neo-Nazis. That’s bad news for organizers, who spent weeks trying to make the rallies appear as tame as possible in order to attract new recruits.In late March, in a public Telegram channel for the White Lives Matter rallies, administrators emphasized that the marches were unaffiliated with far-right groups like the Proud Boys. “No mentioning of any groups,” a message read. “This is grassroot and no groups are affiliated.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Ghislaine Counters Toilet Flushing Smears With Bizarre, Gushing Website
Evan Agostini/GettyGhislaine Maxwell, the accused accomplice of wealthy sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, claims she was forced to shut down her dubious oceans charity because of “cancel culture,” according to a new website from her family.As the British socialite fights new federal sex-trafficking charges, and the government’s claims that she refuses to clean her Brooklyn jail cell or flush her toilet, her siblings are publicizing as part of their drive to paint her as a wrongfully-accused criminal justice advocate who is languishing behind bars.“Ghislaine is extremely grateful for the hundreds of beautiful and supportive letters from strangers some of whom write her on a daily basis,” the website claims under the section “About Ghislaine.” “Her spirit is strong and she remains undaunted.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Medical Examiner: Chauvin’s Restraint Was ‘More Than Floyd Could Take’
via REUTERSThe medical examiner who wrote the controversial report on George Floyd’s cause of death testified on Friday that the cops’ restraint “was just more than Mr. Floyd could take”—but he wouldn’t rule out the role of drugs and heart issues.Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker’s testimony provided a small glimmer of hope for Derek Chauvin’s defense team after a devastating week of evidence in which the Minneapolis Police Chief said the former officer “absolutely” violated protocol, and two renowned medical experts said Floyd died of low oxygen caused by the cops’ actions alone.Baker’s official report listed Floyd’s cause of death as “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” He listed hardening and thickening of the artery walls, heart disease, fentanyl use, and methamphetamine use as “other significant conditions.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Harry and Meghan Pay Tribute to ‘Greatly Missed’ Prince Philip, as Funeral Speculation Begins
Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesFriends of Prince Harry and the royal family have always spoken of the warmth of his relationship with his grandfather, and today a source told The Daily Beast it was unimaginable that he would not make it back from America to attend the funeral of his 99-year-old grandfather who died Friday morning.One friend of the family told The Daily Beast that they thought there was “no way” Harry would not be at the funeral, despite the rupture between Harry, Meghan and the rest of the royals.“Harry will want to be there not just for Philip but also for his grandmother,” the friend said. “That will be just as important to him right now.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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37 Sperm-Donor Siblings Join Forces to Look for ‘Dad’ in ‘Future People: The Family of Donor 5114’
Discovery+This is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.Donor 5114 is 6’1” tall. He’s of medium build with straight brown hair and brown eyes. His skin is slightly olive, and he tans easily. He has full lips. He’s naturally athletic; when he works out, he tends to see results quickly. “Optimistic” and “curious” are the two words he’d use to describe himself. Lying is his least favorite quality in other people.His parents are both of German heritage. If he had to say, he’d venture that he’s more like his father, sharing his tunnel vision and focus. One thing he would do if he had more time and money is learn how to play an instrument. He’s picked up guitar a few times, but never stuck with it.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Jewish Groups Blast Carlson for Openly Endorsing White Supremacist Theory: ‘Tucker Must Go’
Fox NewsThe Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish groups on Friday morning blasted Fox News host Tucker Carlson after the TV talker offered up a passionate defense of the racist “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory the night prior.The theory is a “white supremacist tenet that the white race is in danger by a rising tide of non-white,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted on Friday morning, noting that the concept has also served as motivation for several high-profile mass murders.“It is antisemitic, racist and toxic. It has informed the ideology of mass shooters in El Paso, Christchurch and Pittsburgh,” the ADL leader wrote, adding a call for the TV star’s ouster: “Tucker must go.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Rapper DMX Dead at 50 After Week on Life Support: ‘A Warrior Who Fought Till the Very End’
John Lamparski/GettyThe rapper DMX, who left his gritty mark on hip-hop with the 1990s hits “Party Up,” “X Gon’ Give it to Ya,” and “Get at Me Dog,” has died nearly a week after a heart attack caused by a suspected drug overdose, according to a family statement given to PEOPLE. He was 50.“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” the statement said. “Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Best New Launches From Allbirds, Food52, and More
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/VendorsNew Kids on the Block helps you navigate all the new and exciting launches from our favorite brands, all in one place.The Porcelain Bakeware Set: Made In, makers of our favorite pan for cooking just about everything, is back with porcelain bakeware. It’s beautiful but highly functional, is oven safe up to 650 degrees, and can handle the toughest recipes, while being beautiful enough to serve your finest meals in.TrinoXO™ Long Sleeve Tee: Allbirds got into the clothing game last year and one thing that stood out for us was their t-shirts. They just released new long sleeve shirts, perfect for spring. And yes, these shirts are also made from crab shells, just like the other ones.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Biden’s First Budget Aims to 'Reverse' Trump Cuts to CDC, Climate, Schools
REUTERSThe White House is calling for a massive reinvestment in education, housing, and other core public services in its first budget proposal submitted to Congress on Friday, in the hopes of “reversing” stark cuts to non-defense spending of the previous administration.“We want to use every lever at our disposal to address the challenges we face,” an administration official told reporters in a background briefing outlining the discretionary budget request, calling it “a complimentary but separate proposal” to President Joe Biden’s trillion-dollar jobs plan. “In the budget we release in the coming months, we’ll put forward a unified agenda for the country that will pull all of these pieces together.”The so-called “skinny budget”—which includes topline discretionary spending goals but is not a full-fledged budget—includes $769 billion in non-defense discretionary spending for Fiscal Year 2022, a 16 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. The proposal also outlines $753 billion in discretionary defense spending, a 1.7 percent increase.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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These Reversible, Machine-Washable House Shoes Are the Best Thing I’ve Put On My Feet
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/topdrawerI’ve never been good at not wearing shoes in the house, but it’s something I’ve been trying to master after over a year of working from home. In Japan, it’s traditional to take your shoes off when you enter someone’s home, leading you to wear house shoes or slippers. That’s what inspired my new favorite footwear, Top Drawer’s Maripa House Shoes, which are modeled after Japanese house shoes and are the best thing I’ve put on my feet all year.The entire shoe is enrobed in soft, supple shearling, with the outer and heel made from a soft knit fabric. They’re stretchy, too, making them contour to your feet without constricting them. Because of their shape and size, they can be rolled into balls for storage or travel. But the best part, by far, is that they’re completely machine-washable. The slippers also come with treads that you can stick to the bottoms if you want added traction, something I’ve never seen before in other versions of house shoes. They’re the only things I wear around the house these days and they’re the only things I want to wear until I have to wash them. Our CTO Lauren Bertolini even has a second pair to wear then one is in the wash.When it comes to being comfortable at home, these house shoes take the cake. They come in multiple colors and patterns and are even reversible, making them the perfect thing to wear while working for home.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Founder of Britain’s Anti-Woke Fox News Copycat: It’s Racist to Say I Look Like Cooked Ham
BBC NewsIf you’re founding a self-described “anti-woke” news network specifically designed to irritate of the snowflake left, it would probably be best let it slide if your complexion is compared to that of a steaming hot ham.But that’s now Andrew Neil’s style.Neil—the Murdoch empire veteran behind the upcoming British network GB News—has declared that calling him a “gammon” is racist, and anyone who does so will be instantly blocked from his erratic Twitter feed.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How Prince Philip and the Queen Fell in Love, All According to Plan
Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty ImagesThe start of a world war was only two months away. Yet the setting could not have been better imagined in a pulp romance as the spark of a great love unclouded by horrors to come.It was July 1939. In Dartmouth Bay, southern England, the royal yacht dropped anchor. Aboard were the king, George VI, Queen Elizabeth, and their two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret.Like his father, the king was a naval man. Of the three services, the Royal Navy was regarded as upper crust, referred to as the senior service. The royal family was paying a visit to the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, where many of the cadets were drawn from aristocratic families.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Fox & Friends’ Inevitably Blames Harry and Meghan for Prince Philip’s Death
Fox NewsMinutes after the British royal family announced that Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, had died at the age of 99, the sleuths at Fox & Friends blamed their inevitable culprits: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.Host Brian Kilmeade immediately linked the death of the extremely old and sickly Duke of Edinburgh to Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired last month and contained shocking claims of racism and cruel treatment against Meghan by royal family members.Kilmeade said on Friday’s show: “There are reports that [Philip] was enraged after the interview and the fallout from the interview with Oprah Winfrey, so here he is trying to recover and he’s hit with that.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Prince Philip Was Much More Than the Rigid Royal Enforcer
Tim Graham/Getty ImagesThe dysfunction at the heart of the British royal family has often been ascribed to the outsized role of its domineering patriarch, Prince Philip, who has died at age 99.At moments he was a tyrannical father and vengeful ex-father-in-law, whose child rearing was condemned by his own son. Philip rarely showed what might be called a soft side, at least in public—but he was absolutely dedicated to his wife in supporting her role as queen.Although she remained devoted to him throughout their long and sometimes turbulent marriage, finding a role that would fulfill him within the marriage presented Philip with a major challenge.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Dead at 99: His Life in Photos
WPA Pool/GettyPrince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died Friday at the age of 99. He lived nearly a century in the public eye, with more than 70 of those years at the side of the queen. Here are some of the brightest moments of his extraordinary life caught on camera. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The GOP Destroyed Its Brand. Joe Manchin Wants Dems To Follow Suit.
Jim Watson-Pool/GettyFlorida congressman Matt Gaetz’s widening sex scandal is just the latest in a string of humiliating moments for a party overtaken by grifters and conspiracy-loving cranks. Gaetz and House colleagues like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan may be media power players in the new, Trump-obsessed GOP, but all of that sleaze and QAnon craziness is exhausting Republican voters.Republican obstructionism sent the party down a dark and destructive path. Without any institutional values to slow their slouch toward Gomorrah, the party is incapable of winning back voters they’ve lost. Only a quarter of voters now firmly identify as Republicans, scraping Gallup’s all-time low of 22 percent. Meanwhile, Democratic Party identification surged to its highest level in nearly a decade. Once reliable conservative suburban voters fled the GOP in 2020, aghast at Trump’s slimy conduct and a Republican Party that openly refused to govern. There’s no evidence those suburbanites are giving their former party a second chance.Democrats—especially obstructor-in-chief Joe Manchin— should internalize that lesson. Instead, they seem to be confusing self-sabotaging positions with being the mythological “adult in the room.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Why Matt Gaetz Was Left Twisting in the Wind
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyEvery day, sometimes multiple times a day, come eye-popping new details in the Matt Gaetz scandal. But perhaps the worst thing of all for the Florida Republican, who is accused of underage sex trafficking, may be that Donald Trump thinks he’s useless.Yes, the congressman spent years sucking up to the former president—and even said he’d give up his job to defend him. But Trump has only managed to offer a tepid 24 words of support since the scandal broke, and George Conway has a theory about why.Joining co-hosts Molly Jong-Fast and Jesse Cannon on the latest episode of The New Abnormal, the lawyer and Washington Post contributing columnist says, “The fact that he doesn’t stick up for [Gaetz’] conduct here tells you that he has no use for the guy. And why should he?”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Here’s Why Southern Progressives Don’t Just Move Somewhere Else
Sara D. Davis/GettyGeorgia legislators didn’t just summon Jim Crow from its shallow grave with a recent spate of vote-suppressing measures, they seeded dangerous ideas. So predictably, Florida and Alabama began incantations to bring their own black-feathered zombies to life. Oblivious to the April 9 anniversary of the Confederacy’s surrender—or maybe to defy it—Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas are poised to take a crack at disenfranchisement, too.Southern progressives are humiliated, but we aren’t surprised. We bear the chagrin from Southern culture’s roots in white supremacy and feudalism. We shake our heads at shameful Lost Cause rhapsodies, a traitorous Old South too often romanticized for tourism’s allure.We foretold that Shelby v. Holder—the 2013 Supreme Court decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act—would result in these unfolding changes. The only surprise was it took close to a decade to happen.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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