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Kansas Man Snatched Daughters From Home Where Boys Were Found Dead: Cops
Kansas Bureau of InvestigationKansas police are hunting for a man they say abducted his two young daughters from a home where two boys were found dead.Donny Jackson, 40, is believed to be driving a black Honda accord, according to an Amber Alert that was issued Saturday. It’s not known what direction he was traveling.Authorities said that shortly after 1 p.m., they received a call from a home in Leavenworth, and deputies found the dead boys and 7-year-old Nora and 3-year-old Aven missing.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Americans Should Brace for 100,000 New COVID Cases a Day, Experts Say
Bing Guan/Reuters“You should be prepared for how bad it’s going to get.”That was the resounding—and sobering—takeaway from public health experts and epidemiologists who spoke to The Daily Beast on Saturday, hours after the U.S. smashed its previous record of new daily COVID-19 cases. The country hit 83,757 reported infections in one day on Friday, while hospitalizations skyrocketed across the nation by 40 percent.The problem, experts say, isn’t Friday’s number. It’s the upward trajectory.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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I’m Staying Under This Weighted Blanket For the Rest of 2020
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonThe world is stressful to say the least. And while we’ve been cooped up inside, I’ve been getting antsier and antsier, even as the outdoors has become increasingly more accessible. It’s hard not to always feel like there’s a new project to take on inside, something to do, something to think about, to tune out from work and just kick back and relax. Thankfully, I recently discovered the magic of a weighted blanket.While weighted blankets aren’t new by any means, Casper’s is the best one I’ve tried. First of all, it’s stylish. The indigo color will go with anything in your home but what really makes this blanket stand out is the quilted design. It looks almost like a down jacket—each channel is filled with microbeads. Weighted blankets should be at least 10% of your body weight and these channels make sure that weight is evenly distributed, instead of falling to the bottom. The cover is breathable so you don’t overheat under it, and because the weight is evenly distributed, it hugs your body, better.I’ve tried other ways to relax, but if you don’t have one already, or even if you do, this weighted blanket is the best way to truly unwind that I’ve found. I’m planning on staying under it until 2020 is over, finally.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Urban Warfare’ as Europe’s Second Wave Spins Out of Control
Ciro De Luca/ReutersROME—A few hours after the regional governor of the Italian region of Campania where Naples is located announced he would be locking down the entire province to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Neapolitans took to the streets Friday night to defy the order. The situation quickly turned into what one police official likened to urban warfare with protesters lighting dumpsters and ducking teargas being lobbed by police. All the while, the mostly maskless, yelling crowd undoubtedly spread coronavirus even more.Europe is very much out of control when it comes to its second wave, with every single nation in the 27-member zone struggling in a race against time as hospitals fill up and death tolls—which are substantially less than the first wave so far— continue to rise. Millions of people are facing harsh new restrictions as governments play what amounts to whack-a-mole to try to stop the spread of the virus they thought just a few months ago they had defeated. Improved testing in many countries has painted a clearer picture of just how widespread the pandemic is, but because of the number of new infections, systems to contact trace have been overwhelmed, making the spread impossible to control.France has expanded its Draconian curfew that has stifled Parisian nightlife and put a massive dent in the hospitality sector economy of one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Now 46 million French people will have to be home by 9 p.m. In Wales, a two-week “firebreak” started Friday, meaning everyone but essential workers has to be home by 6 p.m. The Czech Republic has just reached the dubious honor of having the most cases per capita in Europe with 1,148 cases per 100,000 residents, with Belgium and the Netherlands close behind. Ireland is under a six-week lockdown and Slovakia has vowed to test every single citizen to try to mitigate the spread. The Polish president has just tested positive and Germany logged a whopping 10,003 COVID-related deaths in a 24-hour period as the infection rate continues to rise. Filming of Mission Impossible 7 with Tom Cruise has been suspended in Venice as cases there reach record levels. And the Italian government is facing calls by 100 top scientists to mandate strict new measures in the next two or three days, or the outcome could be catastrophic.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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The Most Important Thing is to Vote. The Second Most Important Thing is Your “I Voted” Sticker
Madison Azevedo / The Daily BeastNo matter how you do it, voting will look different this year. You may be voting by mail for the first time, or heading to the polls with PPE. To us, it doesn’t matter how you vote, just that you vote.We want to celebrate your contribution to our democracy with everyone’s favorite part of filling out a ballot: an “I voted” sticker (and the requisite selfie that follows). To that end, we’ve designed six digital stickers that you can download and flaunt on social media. Whether you’ve got Big Ballot energy or are just ready for 2020 to be over, there’s a badge for you. They’re all free to download so share at will. If you’re posting to social, tag us – we’d love to see how you’re sharing your vote (and may be reposting some of our favorites)!Big Ballot EnergyRead more at The Daily Beast.
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Halloween Should Be Canceled This Year. And Trump Is to Blame.
United Features SyndicateThis 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:Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Surprising Reason Why Ohio Is a Toss-Up State
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesOnce again, America’s eyes are fixed on Ohio as our state regains its battleground status and begins early voting in the countdown to November 3. A 30,000-foot-view shows former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump in a neck-to-neck race. But a closer look on the ground shows an intricate web of family, friend and neighbor relationships that may be turning the tide enough for Biden to win out over Trump’s broken promises.The media paints Ohio as a grim, bygone state where the white working class reigns under the shadow of shuttered factories. But the reality is much more colorful. When a 28-year-old gay, Black son of two former GM factory workers from Dayton who went bankrupt, a 30-year-old Filipina immigrant organizer and recent Ohio transplant who is voting in her first-ever presidential election, and her 84-year-old Italian Catholic lifelong Republican neighbor from the Cincinnati suburbs who is voting for Biden this year, start talking and listening to each other—that’s where the power lies to turn this election into a referendum against everything Trump stands for.That’s what I and other organizers like me have been doing all over the state. Our strategy is simple. Unable to knock on doors because of the virus, and instead of calling or texting strangers, we conduct conversations with our friends, family and neighbors—holding our own networks accountable when it comes to voting. Using an app called OutVote, we’re able to remain physically distant while reaching those closest to us and recruit others to join Zoom-based outreach parties.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Broadway Star Betty Buckley Wants Trump to Leave Her Music Alone, and Texas to ‘Turn Blue’
Photo Illustration by Kristen Hazzard/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyBetty Buckley was out walking her dog one evening a few weeks ago—near her ranch, west of Fort Worth in her native Texas—when she saw a neighbor’s Trump/Pence sign.“In a fit of pique, I ripped it off the fence and kept walking,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway star told The Daily Beast. Buckley then called her longtime assistant and close friend, Cathy Brighenti, who told her that she shouldn’t have done what she did, and that the homeowner would likely know she was the perpetrator. “So, on the way home I picked up the sign, and put it back.” Buckley laughed. “The next time I walked there I noticed they had wired it to the fence.”Buckley has lived on her ranch for nearly 20 years, with her beloved horses and a menagerie of animals. A staunch Democrat, disgusted by President Trump, his policies and administration—“I really hope Texas turns Blue, that would be awesome”—she finds herself surrounded by Trump/Pence supporters and their signs.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Anna Wintour and Bill Nighy Are Friends. People Really Want Them to Date.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyAnna Wintour, the inimitable editor-in-chief of Vogue and ultimate fashion maven, might not be a bastion of relatability for the average person. But she has one thing in common with the rest of us: if recent reports are true, she’s a big Bill Nighy fan.According to the New York Post, Wintour split with her partner of over 20 years, the “telecom millionaire” Shelby Bryan (this breakup allegedly occurred some time ago). He’s back in Texas and she remains in New York. The last time they were photographed together was the 2018 U.S. Open, where they looked bored and rich together while watching tennis.During their time together, Bryan reportedly “mellowed” Wintour and was the reason she “smiles now and has been seen to laugh.” Lovely stuff. But Bryan is not Bill Nighy, the acclaimed British character actor from Love, Actually and countless other beloved film roles. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Just in Time, the Retribution Gods Are Catching Up With Trumpworld
Photos AP/GettyThis foul year 2020 taketh a lot more than it giveth. But when it giveth, we have no choice but to savor it, because who knows when it’ll happen again?One of the most psychologically difficult aspects of processing the Trump presidency—besides all the crime, hate, cruelty, and grift—is the fact that most of the legal and ethical transgressions on bold display never result in any real form of punishment for the perpetrator. “Ah, nevertheless,” as the old Twitter joke goes.I’ve been practically crawling out my skin with desire to see the shameless kleptocratic looters and malignant misogynists of this four-year-long American crisis face some kind of retribution for what they’ve done. I am, as the kids might say, completely horny for justice.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Newsmax TV Is Coming for Fox News by Hiring All the Crazies. Is It Actually Working?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyfIt seems Newsmax TV—the decade-old, also-ran right-wing cable channel hoping to compete with Fox News—may have finally found a way to boost its dismal ratings.In recent months, Newsmax chief Chris Ruddy has gone on a hiring spree, snapping up a bevy of former Fox News personalities, Trumpworld castaways, and right-wing media hangers-on to reshape and fill out the channel’s lineup. Furthermore, the network has made it a point to embrace disgraced TV hosts or heretofore unemployable pundits mired in scandal.The formula seemingly combines right-wing media star power with the over-the-top Trump sycophancy of low-grade competitor One America News. In the process, Newsmax has seen a ratings boost, thanks in part to its weeknight primetime anchor Greg Kelly, a former Fox & Friends co-host and New York City local news fixture once accused of rape who has now rehabbed his career as a pro-Trump firebrand.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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The Little Bug That Could Ruin Ski Season and Is as Destructive as Wildfires
GettyWhen pine beetles descended on the Colorado Rockies in their droves a few years ago, they stripped the state’s lush forests bare, turning the region’s green blanketed mountains into a ghost town of spindly, dead trees.The ski resorts, which tourists flocked to for their picturesque tree-lined runs, panicked.“The ski resort industry knows a secret,” says Nick Gromicko, founder of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). “Many people, me included, don't go to ski resorts just to ski. We go for the scenery.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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My Uncle Was Imprisoned Because of Joe Biden’s Tough-on-Crime Votes. Here's What I Think of His Apology.
Courtesy of Manuel VelezThere’s a saying about accepting an apology that may never come in order to find peace. I’ve done that, accepting invisible apologies for a long time, from ex-boyfriends, from old friends who I felt wronged me—and from the politicians responsible for the infamous 1994 crime bill and the crime laws that preceded it.Specifically, I had accepted that non-existent apology from Joe Biden, who authored the bill that President Bill Clinton signed and that led to my favorite uncle’s life sentence.I knew Biden, who boasted when he was running for president in 2007 about the “Biden crime bill,” has expressed regret more recently over the bill’s impact on mass incarceration, and his 1980s votes for harsh mandatory drug sentences. I also knew he was vice president under the Obama administration—the same administration that commuted my uncle’s sentence in January of 2017, weeks before Donald Trump was sworn in as president. That means that instead of life, he will be eligible for early release in January of 2022, after 17 years of imprisonment.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Meet the Dominatrix Forcing Trump Supporters to Vote Biden
Courtesy HandoutThis election season, many people who wouldn’t be natural allies of centrist Democrats under normal circumstances are pulling out all the stops to rally their particular audience to vote against Trump’s re-election, via voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.Groups such as The Lincoln Project and Republican Voters Against Trump are organizing their fellow disaffected Republicans. Former CIA and NSA director General Michael Hayden put out a message that is likely to influence the national defense and intelligence communities toward Biden. And leftist groups such as Vote Trump Out are swaying their fellow progressives who can’t stand centrist Democrats—and who are leaning toward voting for a 3rd party or not voting at all—to vote against Trump by voting for Biden.When such a wildly-diverse group of organizers, across the right and left, comes together for a common goal, we’re clearly in an unprecedented all-hands-on-deck moment. Everyone’s doing their part.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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I Had Good Healthcare. Then I Got Cancer and Got Kicked Off.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyI had no reason to get cancer. Not that there is a reason why someone gets cancer, but there are certain factors that make you “higher risk.” In fact, when you sit down with your doctor after your diagnosis, they go through a list of things that they suggest you look at in your lifestyle. I was already doing all of them. I don’t have any genetic markers, I have been plant based for over 25 years, I don’t smoke or drink soda, I only drink socially, and I exercise regularly. I even breast-fed my kids.When my husband and I got married and had children, we all became part of his health insurance policy. My husband’s company provided better insurance than my union did and we needed stability. Anyone who has children knows how many routine wellness checkups and school mandated requirements there are. Not to mention how many times our kids would come home with some virus they picked up at school. Insurance was a must for us. And thank goodness we had it.“You have cancer.”As hard as it was to hear those words, what made it worse were the endless phone calls and conversations we had to have with non-medical professionals telling us that certain services my doctor had told me I needed wouldn’t be covered. We should have been focusing on care and “de-stressing” but instead, we were spending hours talking to people who would flatly say “that isn’t essential.” It was as if they had a chart in front of them and when someone called they had their stock answers ready. Whether it be medication, imaging, even a procedure, so much of our time was spent arguing about our insurance.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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MAGA Fans Tie Susan Collins to Trump Whether She Likes It or Not
Saul Loeb/GettyThis fall, bright red lawn signs have sprouted up around Maine that stick Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in company she’s avoided like her political life depends on it.One of the names in big block letters next to Collins’ is not a problem: Dale Crafts, the GOP nominee for Congress in Maine’s 2nd District. The other name, however, is less welcome: President Donald Trump.“Make Maine Great Again, Make America Great Again,” implores the sign, which urges a Crafts-Collins-Trump vote, and is ringed with the words “God, life, guns, Maine, America.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Will Voters Make Colorado Part of U.S. ‘Abortion Desert’?
MediaNews Group/Boulder Daily Camera via GettyBy Priscilla Blossom, Kaiser Health NewsColorado voters are deciding a ballot question that seeks to limit how far into pregnancy an abortion can be legally performed. While the measure would change the law only in Colorado, it would resonate throughout the Rocky Mountain states and Midwest amid an intensifying national fight, fueled by a Supreme Court vacancy, over the future of abortion.In 1967—six years before the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision protected the right to an abortion in the U.S.—Colorado became the first state to pass a law widening access to legal abortion. More than 50 years later, it remains one of just seven states without gestational limits on the procedure, making Colorado one of the few options for people nationwide who need abortions later in pregnancy.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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It’s Time for the Fashion Industry to Stop Using ‘Ethnic’ and ‘Tribal’
Antony Jones/GettyA quick search on websites like Dresslily, Amazon, and Newchic for elaborately patterned and brightly colored shirts, dresses, and skirts will have customers often finding the word “ethnic” in the product description. Products that involved mixing patterns, multiple colors in mixed patterns, or that don’t have the classic American outdoors or preppy look are often categorized as “ethnic” or “tribal.” “Tribal” is often used to describe prints inspired by Central and West African cultures, or to refer to patterns and fabrics that were inspired or co-opted from various African tribes throughout the continent, and broadly generalizes multiple African cultures like they are all monolithic.Recently, the fashion industry was called out for its decades long use of the word “urban” to describe anything related to Black American culture. Now, diversity advocates in the fashion industry are calling for the use of words like “tribal” and “ethnic” to stop.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Priest Sex Trafficked Teen Drug Addicts for Decades: DOJ
Brian Snyder/ReutersAn Ohio priest respected as a “religious and community leader” has been sex trafficking vulnerable minors and adults for more than two decades, the Department of Justice announced in an indictment unsealed Friday.A grand jury has charged Rev. Michael J. Zacharias, age 53, with sex trafficking minors and sex trafficking both minors and adults by force, 10 counts in all. Federal authorities arrested Zacharias on August 18 and have kept him in custody since. He taught at St. Michael’s Parish in Findlay, Ohio.“Michael Zacharias used his respected position to prey on and take advantage of youth and adults for his own sexual gratification,” said Brian Russ, the FBI special agent in charge of the investigation.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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National Republican Party Formally Backs QAnon Supporter
Dustin Chambers/GettyAfter weeks of wavering, the national Republican party has formally thrown its support behind Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia Republican House candidate who is openly supportive of QAnon.The National Republican Congressional Committee donated $5,000 to Greene’s congressional campaign on September 25, according to campaign finance records—the maximum amount the committee can donate.The donation formalizes the GOP’s acceptance of Greene’s candidacy after top officials in the party had signaled hesitancy in backing her. Greene has not shied away from expressing her support for QAnon, a conspiracy theory that holds that President Donald Trump is engaged in a covert war against a pedophile-obsessive “cabal” that’s being fostered by the Democratic Party and other prominent cultural institutions. She has also pushed a variety of inflammatory conspiracies on various platforms, suggesting that blacks are “slaves” to the Democratic Party, that George Soros is actually a Nazi, and that Muslims do not belong in government.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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He Got Threatened and ‘Doxxed’—for Appearing in a Biden Ad
YouTube/ScreenshotThe subject of a recent Joe Biden campaign ad says he and his family have faced vicious and disturbing harassment since the one-minute television spot debuted and sparked backlash from President Donald Trump’s campaign and his conservative media allies.“All I did was speak up for my employees and community, and yet this is the price my family and I have to pay?” Joe Malcoun said in an email shared with The Daily Beast.Earlier this week, Biden’s campaign released the national TV ad featuring Malcoun, a businessman who owns an Ann Arbor, Michigan live music venue The Blind Pig. In the commercial, Malcoun described the struggles that small independent music venues face due to the coronavirus pandemic and the halting of live performances with seemingly no end in sight.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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A Christian School Sued Over Michigan’s Mask Mandate. Officials Just Shut It Down.
Court Documents The Libertas Christian School, a “Bible-based” institution that local officials say is grappling with an “ongoing” coronavirus “outbreak,” has had enough of Michigan’s COVID-19 guidelines.In a lawsuit filed in federal court last week against top state officials—including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan attorney general, and the director of the Department of Health and Human services—the school alleges the state government has made “repeated, unreasonable demands” since it re-opened last month, including requiring all 265 students to wear masks.“It is inappropriate, unwise, and unconstitutional to try to fit the State’s current designs of how an industrialized state-run school should operate to this Bible-based association,” the lawsuit alleges. The school accuses Michigan officials of “violating the constitutional rights of Libertas, its students, their families, and their teachers through a pattern of threats and intimidation.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Notorious Former Fox Exec at Center of Attempted Hunter Biden Takedown
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Getty/LinkedInWhen John Paul Mac Isaac, a computer repairman from Delaware, first spoke to reporters about how he ended up in the middle of one of the most politically controversial sagas of 2020, he said he handed over what he believed to be Hunter Biden’s laptop to the FBI because he felt it was his civic duty to do so. Mac Isaac, in his telling, was overwhelmed and frightened, but also a whistleblower who wanted to help his country.“I saw stuff that made me uncomfortable. I felt afraid,” he told reporters. “And I just wanted it to go away.”What Mac Isaac left out of his recounting is that he also actively tried to push the story of the Hunter Biden laptops into the press after contacting the FBI. The Daily Beast has learned that Mac Isaac sought out a family member to help put him in touch with a conservative media personality who could disseminate contents of the hard drive to the public.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Sacha Baron Cohen Talks Catching Rudy Giuliani with His Pants Down on ‘GMA’
via YouTubeSacha Baron Cohen and Borat Subsequent Movie Film are not done trolling the White House just yet. On Friday morning the actor and his co-star, Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova, appeared on Good Morning America—where Baron Cohen revealed Bakalova has been staying in character since the film wrapped. And one prank already went off without a hitch.As Cohen told GMA, Bakalova “recently got taken on a tour of the White House about a week before the super-spreader event by people who believed that she was a real journalist.”Soon enough, Cohen posted a clip of that ruse on Instagram.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump Family Pal Ken Kurson Arrested for Cyberstalking Following Divorce
GettyKen Kurson, a close friend of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner and a one-time speechwriter for Donald Trump, was arrested by FBI agents Friday on cyberstalking charges. Federal prosecutors allege Kurson, a cryptocurrency entrepreneur and former editor-in-chief of The New York Observer when Kushner was its publisher, “engaged in a pattern of stalking and harassment against three victims” who include a former friend he blamed for ruining his marriage.The alleged harassment reportedly occurred during Kurson’s tenure at the Observer.According to a complaint unsealed today in Brooklyn federal court, Kurson’s alleged crimes came to light in 2018 while undergoing an FBI background check for an unpaid advisory role in the Trump administration that The Daily Beast first reported on. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Texas Boogaloo Fired AK at Minneapolis Police Precinct, Feds Say
Justice Department handoutA member of the far-right “Boogaloo” movement allegedly opened fire on a Minneapolis Police building in May at the height of protests over the killing of George Floyd, according to federal charges announced Friday.Ivan Hunter, 26, is accused of one count of riot for his alleged participation in the protests, during which prosecutors say he fired 13 rounds from a semi-automatic rifle into the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct. Hunter is also accused of close contact with a man accused of two murders earlier this year. Both are self-described members of the “Boogaloo” movement, a loosely affiliated far-right and libertarian coalition that preaches insurrectionary violence in the hopes of setting off a civil war.It was not immediately clear whether Hunter had an attorney.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Vatican Previously Censored Pope’s Gay-Friendly Comments
VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty ImagesROME—As the repercussions of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking endorsement of same sex unions, in which he called for a “civil union law” continue to rattle the church—especially its conservative corners—it has emerged that the Vatican originally censored the comments after the pope made them back in 2019.Earlier this week, filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky debuted his documentary Francesco on the life of the pope at the Rome Film Festival. The film carries a lengthy interview with Francis during which he criticizes President Trump’s anti-immigration practices “cruelty of the highest form” and, in what is meant to seem like the same interview, calls for a civil union law on camera, adding, “That way they are legally covered.”But Mexican broadcaster Televisa confirmed to the Associated Press late Thursday that the comments were actually part of an interview they did with Francis in 2019, and that the comments on same sex unions had been “cut by the Vatican” which reserves control over the final product of any interview in exchange for access to the pontiff.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Romance Scammer Used Deepfakes to Impersonate a Navy Admiral and Bilk Widow Out of Nearly $300,000
Robyn Beck/GettyA California widow was scammed out of at least $287,000 by an unidentified overseas con man who romanced her online using “deepfake” video to pose as the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, according to federal prosecutors.Deepfakes, which are created using artificial intelligence to make it appear as if someone is doing or saying something they aren’t, have been called a threat to national security. Researchers have long feared the technology could potentially distort democracy, making it impossible for people to distinguish between fact and fiction. But this is the first time they have seen a deepfake used specifically to perpetuate a romance scam, said one expert.In the fall of 2019, about six months after her husband died, a Santa Monica woman identified in court records only as “M.M.” joined an online dating site. She soon met a purported U.S. Navy admiral named Sean Buck, who said he was stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Middle East. They developed a relationship over the next few months via email and video chats on Skype, during which Buck—who for some reason also went by “Scott”—was always dressed in his military uniform.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Never Forget the Particulars of Trump’s Epic Homestretch Meltdown
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Jim Watson/GettyForget Russiagate. Forget the Muslim ban. Forget Charlottesville. Forget Hurricane Maria. Forget attacking our allies and embracing dictators. Forget gutting environmental protections. Forget children in cages. Forget Putin in Helsinki. Forget the racism and the sexism, the stories of abuse and of tax fraud. Forget the obstruction of justice and the impeachment. Forget even the failure of leadership that initially caused the COVID crisis and its economic aftershocks.In fact, forget the first 44 months of the Trump presidency. Bad as they were, the worst in the history of the American presidency, you don’t need them to make the case that Trump must be defeated on November 3. Just focus on the last few weeks, Trump’s meltdown in the homestretch of the campaign. We’ve never seen anything quite like it before—the stunning abuses, the shocking revelations, the criminal bad judgment, the outrageous behavior, the lies followed by more lies, and the manifest unfitness for the presidency associated with Donald Trump since September. Trump’s closing arguments all seem to be against…Trump.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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These Are the Best Cookbooks to Gift This Year
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonIs it just me or are cookbooks back? I’ve always loved cookbooks but for a while there, I was getting my recipes online. But what cookbooks lack in brevity, they make up for it with personalities that make you feel as though you’re cooking with them in the kitchen, travel stories that make you feel like each bite is a different part of the world, or a restaurant book that lets you recreate your favorite recipes at home, in my opinion, cookbooks are the perfect gift. To help you select the perfect cookbook for you and yours this holiday season, we’ve rounded up some of our all time favorites (for gifting or for just keeping).Scouted selects products independently and prices reflect what was available at the time of publish. Sign up for our newsletter for more recommendations and check out our coupon site for more deals. If you buy something from our posts, we may earn a small commission.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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