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Nancy Pelosi: I ‘Plan’ to Name Adam Kinzinger to Jan. 6 Committee
ABC NewsSpeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced on Sunday morning that she intends to name another Republican to the House select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, saying her “plan” was to choose Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).Last week, Pelosi made the unprecedented move of rejecting two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s appointments to the committee, claiming the inclusion of Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN) was “ridiculous.” Both congressmen have been vocal supporters of former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen and objected to Congress’ certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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My Pandemic Pup and I Are Going Back to Normal Thanks to This
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonScouting Report: Furbo is more than just a camera. It allows me to ensure my puppy is behaving herself and give her treats via an app if she is. It also allows me to capture videos and sends me alerts if I need to check in on things back at home.Getting a puppy halfway through the pandemic was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I love my dog, and it has been great to have some company throughout this difficult time. But now that things are headed back to normalcy, and my eventual return to the office is approaching, it’s time to go back to a life she isn’t used to: being alone. I’ve been going out to dinner more, working in coffee shops, and just leaving her alone at home more, and I’ve been anxious to do so. I worried she’d have separation anxiety (I know I do). Thankfully, I found the perfect tool to help make the transition a little smoother.Furbo might just seem like a camera, but it really does so much more to ease my (and hopefully my dog’s) anxiety. Being able to connect to the camera via an app on my phone is nice—this way, I’m able to open it up and check up on her whenever I want. I can also throw treats at her—I just swipe up on the screen and Furbo discharges a treat. I could understand if some dogs wouldn’t like it—but my dog loves this. Beyond these fun features, Furbo also alerts me if my dog is up to something (instead of just usually sleeping). Whether this means she’s biting furniture or just repositioning herself, I can tell her to stop remotely, which is a helpful tool. Best of all though, Furbo is able to capture and record videos of funny things that your dog may be up to (i.e. the other night, she battled a fly and it may just be the best video I have of her to date).Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Prince Harry’s Memoir May Reveal How Meghan Markle ‘Liberated’ Him
Chris JacksonIf you love The Daily Beast’s royal coverage, then we hope you’ll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.Everyone has a view on what will be in Harry’s memoirHow many books is Prince Harry writing? Just one, he insists, contrary to the Daily Mail reporting Saturday it was four—including, the Mail claimed ominously, one to the published after the queen’s death. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Things You Probably Don't Know About the Olympics
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastHaving been postponed on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Olympics started this week in Tokyo, Japan. For die-hard fans this year will be a little different: no spectators in the crowd, no tourist trips for the athletes, and medals served on a (hopefully at least silver) platter. Though most people know that the Olympics are based on an ancient Greek athletic tradition, there’s a lot about our modern Olympics that we conveniently overlook.Though we don’t know exactly how or why the games began (best guesses include a ceasefire during the mythic Trojan war) they are tied to Olympia and the sanctuary of Zeus that was located there, near the west coast of the Peloponnesian peninsula in southern Greece. The first named winner was apparently Koroibos, a cook from the city of Elis, who won a 600 feet foot race in 776 BCE. Some traditions maintain that the footrace was the only event at the games until 724 BCE, when other events—long jump, discus, javelin, boxing, wrestling, and chariot racing—entered the mix.Like most ancient rituals, the Olympics were a religious event, and this dictated their timing: they were held every four years between August 6 and September 19. The influence of the games was so pronounced that some historians measured time in four-year increments, known as Olympiads. The second century CE writer Phlegon of Tralles (best known for On Marvels his collection of tales of revenants and vampires) wrote a whole book called Olympiads. That said, the Olympics was hardly the celebration of international diversity that it is today. The ancient Olympics were open only to freeborn Greeks and citizens; this meant no women, no foreigners, and no enslaved inhabitants of Greece. Women were allowed to enter the chariot race by proxy, but they weren’t allowed to actually compete: they were more like the billionaire backers of formula one racing.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Road-Tripping Through the Landscape That Spawned El Chapo
Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg via GettyIt’s a hot and sunny day in mid-April 2019, and I’m sitting in the passenger seat of a borrowed Honda Pilot SUV driven by Miguel Ángel Vega, a jovial reporter born and raised in Culiacán. We’re on our way to La Tuna, the birthplace of El Chapo, and like many of the towns and villages in these parts, it is not an easy place to get to. For people who don’t want to be found, that’s what makes it such a good place to hide. Driving along the twists and turns of Highway 24 as it hugs the curves of the hillsides, I can see why Sinaloans pride themselves on autonomy: in a place this remote, you can’t look to the outside world for help.As I was about to find out, they take matters of security into their own hands out here.It’s an hour just to get from Culiacán to the municipal capital of Badiraguato, a town of about 3,700 people that spreads out on either side of the highway, which forms a main drag through town. Crossing the last bridge on the way out of Badiraguato, our cell phones lose service, and we drive for another hour up the highway before our next turn. Miguel Ángel and I pass the time chatting about the job, him quizzing me on my experience reporting on El Chapo’s trial and me asking him questions about the area, obscure figures in the drug trade, his life reporting on the violence in his hometown. It’s early afternoon now, and I’m forced to reapply sunscreen to my skin, still pale from winter in New York, and eventually I drape a spare shirt over my right arm to keep it from burning in the sun. Finally we come to the turnoff that will lead to La Tuna. This is where we hit the first checkpoint.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Jan. 6 Riot Was No Fluke and This 1898 Massacre Proves It
Alpha Stock / Alamy Stock PhotoSo you still think the bloody riot in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was an aberration? You still think that an armed mob trying to overthrow a duly elected government is not who we are? If so, I’ve got a book for you.Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino, which was awarded this year’s Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, tells a story that’s more than a century old but feels as fresh as today’s headlines. After the collapse of Reconstruction, the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina, was one of the few locales in the South where a so-called Fusion government of Black and white officials, both elected and appointed, ran a smoothly functioning city that was prosperous, racially integrated, and relatively peaceful.The county coroner, jailer, and treasurer were Black. There were Black doctors, lawyers, magistrates, letter carriers, and health inspectors. Ten of the city’s 26 policemen were Black. The mayor and police chief were white Republicans. John C. Dancy, a Black man appointed federal customs collector, earned the astonishing salary of $4,000 a year—more than the governor. And the Black-owned Daily Record newspaper enjoyed a wide readership and a solid advertising base among businesses both Black and white. “Nowhere in the South during post-Reconstruction did whites and blacks so successfully unite in a multiracial political partnership,” Zucchino writes. “Fusionists managed to win the statewide election in 1894 and seize control of the North Carolina legislature.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Here’s What Eric Adams and NYC’s New Black Leaders Need to Do
Andrew Lichtenstein/GettyBy November, Black politicians will hold an unprecedented number of offices in New York City. And the likelihood of Democratic nominee Eric Adams becoming the city’s 110th mayor, and second Black mayor, will add a critical executive seat to the mix of legislative, judicial, and party positions.Yet, there are questions about how this “new Black political class” will use its power. Can individual electoral achievements be translated into a broader agenda of community development? Is this class of politicians capable of seizing the moment and promoting an agenda of empowerment that eluded an earlier generation of leaders—or will it simply be another episode of officeholding by savvy politicos who happened to be Black?As Amos Wilson, a former historian and social psychologist at the City University of New York, sagely cautioned a prior class of political thinkers, “as long as the Afrikan American community is relatively weak so will be its representatives, no matter how high their offices.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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OMG, I Want to Rent That House: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Courtesy VRBOLa Datcha, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Vrbo): This summer it’s all about partying—ahem—embracing life like we’re back in the spring breaks of our youth. There is no destination that embodies this spirit like Cabo San Lucas. But, let’s be honest, we don’t really want to return to Spring Break Summer 2006. Never fear, La Datcha isn’t your college-age Cabo. The past few years (OK, decades), have made us a little older, a little wiser, and a little more demanding of luxury. So this year, do Cabo in a 20,000 square foot mansion called La Datcha that will meet all of your Summer 2021 dreams, including those you haven’t even thought to imagine yet.La Datcha was built as part of the luxury hotel portfolio of Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov, and it shares its name with the billionaire tycoon’s superyacht that made waves (pun absolutely intended) when it debuted in mid-2020. While the Cabo mansion’s fraternal, seagoing twin can break through 16-inch ice and take you on expeditions to Antarctica, the land-bound La Datcha has all the amenities and staff to make you want to recreate Downton Abbey, modern Mexico-style.“It took me several years to bring the project in Cabo San Lucas to life. I was very lucky to buy this piece of coastal land, managing to build a house that embodies my vision of life and design,” Tinkov said of his creation. The billionaire may be currently embroiled in tax and health struggles, but his vision of life will have you embracing your own little moment of zen while dining at this table in the middle of the great, wide infinity pool.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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This $32 Amazon Dress Is The Only Dress I’m Wearing This Summer
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonScouting Report: This dress isn’t just extremely comfortable, it’s stylish, and best of all versatile. It’s like having two perfect dresses for the price of one.Every single year around summertime, I search through online retailer after retailer to find the perfect summer dress. Dresses tend to be my outfit of choice during the warmer months because they’re easy to throw on, fit comfortably, and take away the effort of having to compile an entire outfit. Up until recently, I would spend endless hours finding the perfect ones, but alas with the popularity of TikTok, I have unearthed tons of hidden gems—specifically on Amazon. After trying this uber-popular recommendation, the R.Vivimos Half Sleeve Cotton Ruffled A-Line Flowy Long Dress, I knew my search was over. (Read: I may or may not have ordered it in a multitude of colors after wearing it for the first time).What makes this dress different from the thousands of dresses on Amazon? Well for starters, it’s extremely comfortable. It’s made of a soft cotton blend that feels like my favorite pajamas in dress form. The lightweight fabric can be worn on the hottest of summer days and paired with a light jacket on breezy nights. It comes in fifteen colors total, so you might have a problem choosing your favorite one (or two or three). Note that since it’s partially lined, you’ll want to wear a slip or shorts underneath the lighter colors.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Actually, Porn Stars Don’t Want Kids Anywhere Near Their Videos
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAnother day, another article published attacking pornographers in the name of “protecting children.” This week’s latest sex worker hate-a-thon comes in the prestigious pages of The Atlantic from Pulitzer prize-nominated Christian socialist Elizabeth Bruenig.If you’re not a Patreon subscriber to Chapo Trap House, here’s the 411 on Bruenig. The millennial grew up Methodist in Texas and then studied theology at Brandeis University and Cambridge. After reading Augustine’s Confessions, she converted to Catholicism. She then embarked on a journalism career, writing splashy Washington Post and New York Times op-eds that mixed AOC-style Democratic socialism with Catholic sermons. Bruenig might be a Catholic married to her high school sweetheart, but she wants you to know she’s a different type of Catholic. She disavows right-wing culture politics. She’s leftist. She goes on Red Scare. She loves the poor, children, dirtbag leftist podcasters, and most everyone else on planet Earth.Well, except sex workers. In the Atlantic, Bruenig launders far-right Christians’ anti-sex worker talking points in a feature debating the best way to educate teenagers about porn. Bruenig builds each section out of her flawed logic. The whole feature is so fucked-up, it’s hard to know where to start, but I’ll go over the highlights.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How Black Women Helped Expose Celebrity Chef Darius Cooks
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/Instagram“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time,” the late icon Maya Angelou once said, and indeed Black women have long been the canaries in the coal mine before controversy, corruption, and scandal emerge, providing the receipts and spending the time and energy to expose deception and scams.It was Black women who spoke out loudly about Donald Trump in 2016. Black women who organized #MuteRKelly long before it was socially accepted that the R&B singer’s behavior was criminally wrong. Black women who created the MeToo movement and helmed Black Lives Matter —the most marginalized among us steadfastly trying to improve conditions for all of us.And now it is Black women who have used the viral hashtag #DariusCrooks to share their stories about a chef and social media star who they say has been abusing his employees, stealing recipes, and scamming his customers—all claims that he has denied.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin Wants to Be Governor. Her Crony Keeps Talking About Killing Cops.
John Roark /The Idaho Post-Register via APIdaho’s rogue lieutenant governor—now vying for the state’s top job—loves to say she “backs the blue.” But for several years she has funneled money to a far-right operative who uses his social media platform to advocate violence against law enforcement.The $26,785 Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s office has paid Parrish Miller for “professional services” and “computer services” since she assumed her position in 2019 attracted scrutiny during a legislative hearing this January. Democratic lawmakers in the solidly red state questioned her decision to allocate funds out of her small budget to Miller, given that he simultaneously serves as an analyst for the Idaho Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank caught up in a recent illegal lobbying scandal. Public disclosures show Miller also worked for McGeachin’s 2018 campaign for the second-highest post in the state, receiving a total of $9,425.What has received less attention is Miller’s frothing animosity toward government in general and toward police officers and federal agents in particular. In a pair of 2020 opinion pieces, the Idaho Falls Post Register called Miller out for a Facebook post that urged confronting police who arrested a pandemic lockdown protester in Meridia, Idaho, with “an army of heavily armed citizens who won’t tolerate their tyranny any longer.” The articles also noted Miller frequently equates arrest with kidnapping on his page, and has written that “shooting someone who is attempting to kidnap you is always justified,” that “there is nothing wrong with hunting down active kidnappers to bring them to justice.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘You’re Dying for Your Dream’: Exploited Hollywood Assistants Are at Their Breaking Point—and Fighting Back
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyJayce Jurado is pretty sure she is the only person to make it to Hollywood from where she grew up. The 30-year-old Filipino American hails from Saipan, the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands. Given that Saipan houses only 48,220 people, Jurado is probably right.For years, everyone Jurado met in the industry seemed to have the same backstory—a friend or family member who had some connection that landed them a job. She, meanwhile, found herself networking with strangers who often struggled to understand basic facets of her identity. (Yes, she’s a U.S. citizen; the islands from which she hails are officially the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. And yes, she’s Filipino as well.)Jurado has spent years trying to establish herself in an industry that was built by and for people whose lives look nothing like hers—and sustained significant trauma from abusive bosses in the process. But she experienced something of an epiphany during the pandemic. And it all started when she got laid off.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Julie K. Brown Doesn’t Believe Jeffrey Epstein Killed Himself
Photo Illustration Daily Beast/Getty ImagesJeffrey Epstein and his enablers—and there are allegedly many—are evil and his victims deserve justice. That is not debatable. What is debatable is whether the convicted pedophile killed himself in jail as authorities said he did, or, if something a little more complicated occurred.Julie K. Brown, the reporter who pursued the Epstein story at the Miami Herald and author of a new book on the case, Perversion of Justice, came on this bonus episode of The New Abnormal to share her take on the whole thing. And while she does not have proof, she is confident that Epstein did not kill himself.She has four reasons why.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Avenge Her Murder’: The Grisly Killing of an Ex-Diplomat’s Daughter Ignites a Wave of Fury Worldwide
Arif Ali/GettyFour days after the headless body of a former Pakistani diplomat’s young daughter was discovered in Islamabad, her death has ignited a wave of fury across the globe and sparked calls for stronger protections for women in Pakistan. Near the Toronto waterfront, writer and activist Zahra Haider—who grew up with both the 27-year-old victim, Noor Mukadam, and her alleged killer, Zahir Jaffer—hosted a vigil in Queen’s Park on Friday night. Haider opened the vigil with a quote from writer Mohammed Hanif: “There was not a single day—when she didn’t see a woman shot or hacked, strangled or suffocated, poisoned or burnt, hanged or buried alive... Most of life’s arguments, it seemed, got settled by doing various things to a woman’s body.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘I’m at Breaking Point’: Radio Host Who Regrets Mocking Vaccines Is ‘Fighting for His Life’
HandoutA conservative radio host in Tennessee who repeatedly spread misinformation about coronavirus and mocked vaccines but changed his tune after falling seriously ill, was still “fighting for his life” on Saturday, weeks after contracting the virus.Phil Valentine, who hosts a talk radio show on 99.7 WWTN-FM in Nashville, is hospitalized and is receiving supplemental oxygen while in critical care battling COVID pneumonia, his family said in a statement Friday.“They say he is still not getting well.. please pray for me,” his wife, Susan, told the station on Saturday morning, according to a tweet. “I am at a breaking point.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Army Ranger Savagely Killed Female Security Guard in Drunken Rampage: Police
Pierce County Superior Court via KING-TVAn Army ranger faces murder charges for allegedly beating and choking to death a recently hired security guard during a vicious attack caught on surveillance video in Washington.Patrick Byrne, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was arraigned by video conference from his jail cell on Friday and a court-appointed attorney pleaded not guilty on his behalf.Court documents obtained by local outlets show that Pierce County prosecutors have accused Byrne of first-degree murder for killing 41-year-old Denise Smith as she was on duty at a downtown Tacoma office building on Sunday. Her bloody, lifeless body was found on the floor by a co-worker at about 6 a.m. on July 18.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Fitbit Luxe Is a Tracker You’ll Enjoy Wearing All Day
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/AmazonScouting Report: The Fitbit Luxe packs all the features you’d like from a wearable tracker — step counter, pulsometer, and more — and slims it down to a fashionable, sleek package.After spending a lot of last year not paying too much attention to my body, I decided it was time for me to do something about it. I had toyed with the idea of getting an Apple Watch, but my wrists are small and I felt like it would take up a lot of real estate on my arm. That’s when I got word of Fitbit’s newest wearable, the Luxe, which gives you all the connectivity you want, in a slimmed-down package.What I love about this wearable is that it doesn’t look or feel like one when you’re not using it. It fits nicely on my wrist and practically looks like a fashionable watch, especially when I swapped the original silicone band for the gold bracelet style in collaboration with the jewelry brand Gorjana. As someone who barely ever wore bracelets, I’ve gotten used to wearing this one incredibly quickly. Because the screen size is more of a thin rectangle (a classic feature that Fitbit excels at), it isn’t clunky or overbearing. I just double-tap the screen to wake it and swipe through its capabilities. I can check my pulse, or how many steps I’ve taken. I can get notifications from my phone and even set alarms to remind me to drink water, plus it’s swimproof so I can track how long I’ve been in the ocean on my upcoming vacation. It also lasts up to five days without charging, which I can attest to, as I’ve only had to give it juice once since getting it. While I love that it will remind me to get up and move (something I’ve needed even more now that I’m working from home), I do wish it had the same ability for drinking water.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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They Promised Her Online Fame. This Influencer Says They Exposed Her Nudes and Threatened Her Instead.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyWith the likes of influencer Tana Mongeau, YouTuber Daisy Keech, Too Hot to Handle cast member turned TikTok provocateur Harry Jowsey, the Clermont Twins, and dozens of other social media stars and models on its roster, the Unruly Agency seems to be the place that could take an influencer’s brand to new heights.But clients and contractors who worked with Unruly and Behave Agency—Unruly’s spinoff for smaller influencers—are warning others against signing with either of the firms, citing sketchy business practices and a ruthless cash-grab attitude.“These guys are basically pimps,” attorney Robert Tauler tells The Daily Beast. His client filed suit last week against Unruly Agency and Behave Agency in Los Angeles. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Bumble Match Turns in Capitol Rioter Accused of Hitting Cops With Metal Whip
FBI/Criminal ComplaintWhen engaged in criminal activity, one would usually try to flee the scene shortly after. Accused Capitol rioter Andrew Taake, however, apparently tried to score a hot date first.A criminal complaint filed Friday against Taake alleges that the Houston native attacked police officers on Jan. 6 with a metal whip and pepper spray—then bragged about it on the dating app Bumble. He now faces six charges related to the attack. The allegations were first reported by HuffPost.The FBI said they received a tip on Jan. 9 from a Bumble user who shared screenshots of their exchange. In it, Taake said he was “pepper sprayed, tear gassed, and hit with batons for peacefully standing there.” Read more at The Daily Beast.
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My Freezer Is Stocked With These Tasty Soup Dumplings 24/7
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Xiao Chi JieScouting Report: My freezer is stocked with restaurant quality soup dumplings thanks to this new brand which makes pork, pork and shrimp, and chicken options.My favorite food of all time is soup dumplings. If you haven’t had them, I highly recommend them—they are an explosion of umami-flavored soup, plus a mixture of meat and spices, inside of a dumpling wrapper. Joe’s Shanghai here in New York makes some of my favorites, but Din Tai Fung which has locations in Los Angeles, Seattle, and more make some pretty good ones too. But here’s the thing: I don’t always want to go to a restaurant to eat them—thankfully I no longer have to, as a new brand just came out with ones you can keep in your freezer.At first, I was highly skeptical. While a normal dumpling might do well in the freezer, this one has soup inside of it, right? Well, these are some of the juiciest, most delicious soup dumplings I’ve ever eaten, and they are easy to make, too. Xiao Chi Jie includes a steamer basket if you need one, and all you do is put some dumplings in there, boil some water, and place the steamer basket atop the pot for around 10 minutes. In no time, the dumplings are piping hot, filled with soup, and delicious. The brand also includes sauces so you can add a little tang to your dumplings, and the dumplings themselves as of right now come in three different flavors—Classic Pork, Shrimp and Pork, and Savory Pork. All are equally delicious but my favorite has to be the classic pork option, as that just evokes the strongest memories of eating delicious soup dumplings in my favorite restaurant.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Paris Has a Chic New Hotel for When You Return
Nicolas AnetsonWalking up the Avenue de l’Opera with the gargantuan Palais Garnier in the distance, it can be hard to imagine that this part of Paris could have small little streets with beauty on a smaller scale. But just around the corner from this storied palace of music is the single block Rue du Helder and an elegant edifice with fanciful ironwork and blue and white striped awnings.Inside is the Chouchou Hotel, the latest selection for our series on exciting new hotels, The New Room with a View.While the hotel opened one year ago, Americans can now visit France for the first time in more than a year and are likely looking to revisit old haunts but also find something new. The Chouchou, with its cheery courtyard foodhall, well-appointed rooms, and convenient location (an easy walk to the Louvre, Sacre-Coeur, and Jardin du Palais-Royal), is well positioned to take advantage.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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This Ultra-Light Tent Doubles as My Walking Stick
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonScouting Report: Not only is this tent great for camping, but it’s perfect for hikers thanks to the trekking poles that also function as its base.Camping season is upon us but before you rush out and buy any old tent you find on sale (been there, done that, and hated the tent I wound up with), consider how you’re going to use the tent. If you only go car camping and don’t mind lugging around a heavy tent, you can pretty much go with any cheap, heavy beast you find on the shelves.Campers that want a tent that won’t take up much space in their backpack, however, need to consider the weight and size of the tent. Backpackers that also plan on hiking need to be even more selective since every ounce and square inch are precious. Enter the Black Diamond Distance Tent with Z-Poles, which is pretty much a hiking pole and tent two-in-one combo that allows you to use hiking poles as the frame of the tent instead of also having to lug around separate tent poles.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Skip the Olympics and Watch This Badminton Rant Instead
NBC SportsThis 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:In the lead-up to this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, all so many of us want to do is rant.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Female Lawyers: Lose the Emotion, Bring the Cupcakes
GettyIt was still a struggle for me to find female role models in law school. My Feminist Jurisprudence teacher had shaggy gray hair and shopped exclusively in the “men’s section of Eddie Bauer,” she proudly announced early in the semester. Somehow, she was not a lesbian. The most popular female professors—like Nicole Porter—affected a masculine persona. They spoke algorithmically, wore suits designed to conceal the fact that they had female bodies, and haughtily referenced their clerkships with current SCOTUS justices every twelve seconds. They seemed to favor men, found nothing worth noticing in me, or any female classmate who didn’t fit within their narrow vision of womanhood.I didn’t want to be anything like these women. The only professors I actually thought were cool were pointedly not professors. They were the legal writing instructors, also known as the “mommy instructors,” because they all were women and most seemed to have kids. Everyone knew that they were paid the least, despite the fact that legal writing is by far the most relevant class to actually practicing law.But in Feminist Jurisprudence, I was finally introduced to a legal scholar I admired: Catharine MacKinnon, the radical queen of feminist legal theory. MacKinnon—or “Kitty,” as loved ones call her—has cold blue eyes, impeccable style, scathing opinions, and an iconic striped haircut that would make Susan Sontag jealous. Think of her as the Anna Wintour of the law. She is famous for her pioneering work in the areas of workplace sexual harassment and pornography laws, as well as for her incendiary public statements.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How St. Louis Won the 1904 Olympics—by Stealing Them From Chicago
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty/Public DomainAs the Tokyo 2020 (or 2021) Summer Games finally get underway, it often seems like they have faced challenges unlike any other Olympics before. After the COVID pandemic steamrolled onto the global scene, Tokyo and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed to delay a year. As the July 2021 opening ceremonies drew near, new scandals arose: Japan announced there would be no spectators, Olympic athletes began to test positive for COVID, and the organizers were faced with one gaffe or scandal after another.While this is the first time the Olympics have been held in the midst of a global pandemic, the Games are no stranger to controversy. Since the modern Olympics were first revived in 1896, there has been one dust-up after another of a political, financial, or athletic nature.The honor of ushering in this long history of scandal goes to the first Games ever held in the U.S.: the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis. The Gateway to the West set the tenor for controversy from the start. See, St. Louis wasn’t actually awarded hosting duties for that year’s Games—they stole it. The resulting Olympics had fewer athletes, stretched over an impossibly long period of time, and were largely a hot mess. In the end, they earned an award of their own: the worst—and possibly craziest—in Olympic history.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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This State Actually Does Live Up to the Hype
GettyAlaska is one of the most difficult places to plan a vacation to. It’s not because of safety, or how wild it is, although these two things are important. Instead, it’s difficult because it is so awe-inspiringly huge, and there are a plethora of good choices.Do you go to the Kenai Peninsula, a rainforest encrusted place teeming with wildlife where you might spot a whale? Or head to Juneau and Sitka of the Southeast—lands overflowing with glaciers and culture? Do you opt for a more rugged experience in the interior, or a more laid back experience aboard a cruise?But here’s the thing about Alaska: there are no wrong decisions, only decisions to be made. No matter where you go, you’ll be awestruck, inspired, and have your breath taken away—after spending nearly two weeks there, I’m willing to guarantee it.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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She Wants to Be the MAGA Queen of Orange County. Will Her Ugly Past Stop Her?
MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty ImagesAfter the abrupt departure of an anti-mask, ex-UFC fighter city council member, Huntington Beach, California, is careening toward a wild special election highlighted by a candidate who filmed herself at a protest with men who would later go on to storm the U.S. Capitol and drink goat blood in a pagan ritual.From late December until June 1, Tito Ortiz served as a Huntington Beach city councilor and “mayor pro tem.” The months-long term was unusually headline-worthy even for Ortiz, a former UFC champion. Before quitting last month, he claimed the Jan. 6 Capitol attack was a “false flag,” called for a boycott of a burger restaurant that asked him to wear a face mask, and got barred from a library (also over a masking dispute).With Ortiz out, Huntington Beach’s city council has been tasked with picking his replacement or else sending the race to a special election. The chaotic process has the city flirting with its furthest-right representative yet.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Tig Notaro Is 2021’s Sexiest Action Star. Now She’s Also a Cartoon. What Will She Be Next?
Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesTig Notaro seems to be everywhere lately. The comedian has been a household name for years, but lately her career has swerved in ways few could have predicted. There was the time she popped up in a Phoebe Bridgers music video out of nowhere last year, and more recently, thanks to a quick casting substitution in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, the self-described “low-key” lesbian has become 2021’s sexiest action star. “Especially after turning 50, it was a real curveball,” the comedian told The Daily Beast during a recent interview. “But I’ll take it.”Tig Notaro: Drawn, which debuts Saturday on HBO, is another kind of experiment—a fully-animated special that transforms the comedian’s confessional anecdotes into cartoon vignettes. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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An Army of MAGA Karens and Kevins Is Being Shitty for Sport
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAmerica has done it again.Rather than being discouraged by the tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have dug in, held on, gritted our teeth, and against all the odds, somehow emerged from a year of unfathomable hardship into our bold new normal, where we somehow act like even bigger dickheads than we were before this all happened.This week I, like millions of people, watched a video of an unruly woman at an airport being told that she was not allowed to fly on that particular airline after refusing to wear a mask and calling one of the check-in agents a bitch. In the video, the woman pleads with a higher-ranking airline employee, who calmly explains that rude behavior isn’t tolerated on their airline, and if she’s looking for another travel option, he suggests Spirit Air. Burn.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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