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The Coronavirus Infects ‘This Is Us’: Welcome to TV’s New COVID Nightmare
NBCIn the first moments of Tuesday night’s This Is Us premiere, Madison (Caitlin Thompson) confides to Kevin (Justin Hartley) her stress about being pregnant with twins at this particular moment. “It feels like this is all happening just as the world is falling apart,” she says.“The virus thing?” he responds, dating the events of the two-part, two-hour premiere to the stretch of spring when the coronavirus was making its way to America. “Madison, trust me, I’m a movie star. I think if there was really something to worry about my agent would have…” He stops because he’s interrupted by a phone call—and also, probably, the reality of what exactly is to come.And thus launches what will be, from a pop-culture standpoint, our new normal. Or, depending on how you look at it—and on your feelings about this show—our new nightmare.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Early Voters in Florida and Wisconsin Are Done with the Mail
CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty ImagesMIAMI—On Tuesday afternoon, Gerard Legagneur walked right past the mailbox near the front of Miami Beach city hall, one of 33 early-voting and mail-in ballot drop sites in Miami-Dade, the most populous county in Florida.Always a hotly-contested slice of political turf, the county has seen Republicans gain ground on Democrats' lead in the number of early ballots cast for the Nov. 3 presidential election in recent days. Legagneur, a Biden-Harris voter, wanted in on the action.A stocky 44-year-old voter sporting a Captain America t-shirt, Legagneur approached a pair of poll workers in face masks and latex gloves standing underneath a black gazebo. He unzipped his book bag and pulled out his mail-in ballot. After checking his identification, one of the poll workers grabbed Legagneur’s mail-in ballot and placed it inside a metal drop box.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Trump’s COVID Task Force Is Livid Over the Trump White House’s ‘We Ended COVID’ Report
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyHealth officials and scientists working on the Trump administration’s coronavirus response said on Tuesday they are personally offended by the White House’s announcement that it has successfully ended the COVID-19 pandemic—a pandemic that is, in fact, worsening.In a statement released Tuesday afternoon The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy said that it considered “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” to be one of President Donald Trump’s major first term accomplishments. The office released a corresponding report that listed achievements of the Trump administration in the area of science and innovation.“It’s mind boggling,” one official said of the White House’s assertion it had ended the pandemic. “There’s no world in which anyone can think that [statement] is true. Maybe the president. But I don’t see how even he can believe that. We have more than 70,000 new cases each day.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘It’s Not Looting. It’s a Rebellion’: Protests Rock Philly for Second Night After Police Killing
REUTERSPHILADELPHIA—Hundreds gathered in West Philadelphia on Tuesday to protest the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr, a 27-year-old Black man, hours after ferocious unrest in response to the incident sent a chunk of the city into chaos.In video captured by an eyewitness and posted to social media, police on Monday afternoon fired several shots at Wallace Jr., who was seen approaching the officers with a knife—and whose mother was on hand, pleading for de-escalation. Two officers, whose names have not been released, each fired about seven times, police announced at a Tuesday press conference. According to Wallace Jr.’s family’s attorney, Shaka Johnson, the family contacted emergency services for assistance with an ongoing mental health crisis, and the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that officers had visited the family home twice that day before the shooting.Wallace Jr., who reportedly had seven children and whose wife was expecting, was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Within hours of the shooting, protests kicked off, and while they began peacefully, tensions surged, with social media footage showing police beating protesters and protesters throwing objects—including bricks—at cops. And looting was reported at stores hit during previous racial-justice protests this spring.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Joe Biden’s Closing Plea in Georgia: Help Me ‘Unite and Heal’ the Country
REUTERSDemocratic presidential nominee Joe Biden expressed reverence for former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his last formal pitch to Georgia voters before next Tuesday’s election, using restorative and religious notes to amplify his commitment to “heal” the frayed American morale under President Donald Trump.“The divisions in our nation are getting wider. Anger and suspicion are growing. Our wounds are getting deeper,” Biden said on Tuesday afternoon in Warm Springs. “And many wonder: has it gone too far? Have we passed the point of no return? Has the heart of this nation been turned to stone?” he asked rhetorically. “I don’t think so. I refuse to believe it. I know this country. I know our people. And I know we can unite and heal this nation.”Biden spoke for 20 minutes in the same town as Roosevelt’s picturesque “Little White House,” which he constructed primarily to serve as a calming refuge for his debilitating polio, calling it a “magnificent setting.” During his address, Biden subtly drew parallels to those suffering from coronavirus today.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Iranian Trolls Who Posed as Proud Boys Spread Wild Claims on Facebook
Geoff Smith/AlamyThe Iranians trolls who disguised themselves as Proud Boys fans in an attempt to intimidate voters were linked to a disinformation campaign that targeted Israel and Saudi Arabia, according to Facebook.In a press conference on Tuesday, Facebook announced that it took down a handful of accounts on Facebook and Instagram after a tip from the FBI about Iranian election-related meddling. The tip followed an announcement by FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe that U.S. intelligence had found Iran was behind emails sent to Democratic voters in Florida and Alaska threatening that “You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you.”The company says an initial investigation following the tipoff led it to a single account created in October 2020 that “attempted to seed false claims and unsubstantiated election related threats” as part of an election influence plot that relied mostly on email.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Is Now Formally Moonlighting As a Trump Campaign Aide
Chip Somodevilla/GettyWhite House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany appears to have taken on a new gig. In addition to her role as a government employee, she’s now serving as a senior aide on her boss’s reelection campaign.In an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday morning, McEnany was introduced as “Trump 2020 senior advisor and White House press secretary.” A few hours later, Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney introduced McEnany by saying she is “serving now as advisor for the Trump campaign."McEnany’s dual roles for the White House and the Trump reelection campaign immediately set off alarm bells among good government advocates, who said they represent yet another instance of the often blurry lines between the Trump administration and the president’s political operation.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump Blows Up Over Fox News Airing Obama’s ‘Fake Speech’
Fox NewsPresident Donald Trump raged on Tuesday over his favorite cable news channel giving airtime to the president he succeeded, grumbling on Twitter that Fox News was playing Barack Obama’s “no crowd, fake speech” for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden while reacting to Obama’s comments in real-time.Shortly after the start of Fox News’ midday opinion panel show Outnumbered, anchor Harris Faulkner told viewers—which obviously included the TV watcher-in-chief—that they would be pulling out to cover Obama’s campaign speech in Florida. The network wasn’t alone in airing the ex-president’s address live, as CNN and MSNBC also extensively covered it.Obama’s fiery speech, meanwhile, focused heavily on prosecuting the case that the president is unfit for a second term and is more concerned about personal grievances and his own personal media coverage.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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NXIVM Victims Confront Sex-Cult Leader Keith Raniere: ‘Nothing Noble About Abusing a Child’
Elizabeth Williams/APOne of Keith Raniere’s victims slammed the NXIVM sex-cult leader in Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday afternoon, describing how he “hid his abuse behind concepts of value and nobility.”“But there is nothing noble about abusing a child,” Camila, who was identified in court only by her first name, declared as Raniere looked away.She is one of at least 15 former NXIVM members expected to speak out against the group’s founder ahead of his sentencing on sex trafficking and wire fraud charges.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl Indicted AGAIN Over Voter Intimidation
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/John Middlebrook/APConservative operatives Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman have been indicted in Ohio, once more over a racist robocall aimed at minority voters.Wohl and Burkman, who rose to some level of infamy online for blundering attempts to manufacture sexual assaults allegations against Democratic politicians and other Trump foes, have each been charged in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County with eight counts of telecommunications fraud and seven counts of bribery, a charge that includes attempts to convince people not to cast ballots. The indictment only adds to the growing mountain of criminal and civil problems facing the notorious pro-Trump pair.In late August, a robocall that claimed to come from Wohl and Burkman warned voters not to use mail-in ballots, falsely claiming that the ballot information would be used to enforce vaccine mandates and collect on credit card debts. In the call, which was sent to 67,000 voters in the Midwest, according to prosecutors, a Black woman warned potential voters not to send in mail-in ballots or risk being fooled by “the man.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Justice Barrett’s First Act? Joining Trump's Dog-and-Pony Show.
REUTERSDear Justice Barrett,It wouldn’t have been that hard to do the right thing. All you had to do was respectfully decline President Trump’s invitation to be a prop in his reelection campaign. Here’s what you could have said:“Mr. President, I am honored by your invitation to conduct a public swearing-in on the South Lawn of the White House. However, because of my new role as Supreme Court Justice, I must respectfully decline.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘The View’s’ Sunny Hostin Schools Bari Weiss on ‘Court Packing’
The View/ABCBari Weiss has been relatively quiet since she canceled herself from The New York Times earlier this year. But with Meghan McCain on maternity leave, there is an opening at The View for a relentlessly contrarian voice and Weiss stepped right into it as guest host on Tuesday.The show opened with a discussion about Amy Coney Barrett’s swift confirmation to the Supreme Court and legal analyst Sunny Hostin was quick to attack the Republican Party for stealing seats from the Democrats and pushing through right-wing judges in their place.“We all know the Republican Party has been packing the Supreme Court for decades,” Hostin said. “They’ve been packing the judiciary for decades. Trump has put now three justices on the Supreme Court and just dozens and dozens of judges on the federal judiciary. So I think what we’re going to see is perhaps the Democrats unpacking the Supreme Court so that there’s more of a balance.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Lincoln Project’s Secret War Plan—Revealed!
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyRick Wilson and his crew of Republican refugees have been getting in Trump’s head practically since the day they got together.But over the weekend, the psychological combat hit a new peak, when Jared and Ivanka sent one of daddy’s lawyers after the Lincoln Project over a billboard they put in Times Square. And Rick, for one, was loving it.“A big part of our operations has been from the beginning to disrupt the leadership of the Trump campaign and to cause Donald Trump himself to poop his diaper and to cause these people to lose their minds. [Now we’ve] pinn[ed] down Jared and Ivanka Thursday and Friday of last week, and distract[ed] Donald Trump,” Rick explains to Molly Jong-Fast on the latest episode of The New Abnormal.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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DOJ Fails in Bid to Protect Trump From Rape Accuser E. Jean Carroll’s Defamation Lawsuit
Reuters/Carlo AllegriThe Justice Department’s attempt to block a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump from E. Jean Carroll—a magazine columnist who has alleged he raped her—has been thrown out by a federal judge.If the ruling had gone the other way, and the department had managed to substitute itself as the defendant instead of Trump personally, it would have abruptly ended the lawsuit as the federal government can’t be sued for defamation. However, the judge’s decision, which was made public Tuesday morning, ensures the lawsuit can go ahead.Carroll filed a defamation suit against Trump last year after he denied her allegation that he raped her inside a luxury Manhattan department store dressing room some time in the mid-1990s. Trump continues to deny the allegation, and Carroll has asked that he provide a DNA sample to the courts in order to determine whether his genetic material is on a dress she says she was wearing at the time of the alleged rape.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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From Medicinal to Recreational: The Birth of Gin
GettyWhat follows is a tale of depravity and joy, of low-life and sophistication, of creativity and unscrupulousness, of medieval mystics and scientists. Gin’s globe-spanning story weaves through medicine, alchemy, politics, the birth of national identity and that of the working class, imperialism, the spice trade, war, disease, Prohibition, frivolous Bright Young Things, and hard-eyed WASP businessmen. Gin’s praises have been sung by great writers and musicians, its subtleties created by masterly distillers and given extra dimensions by mixologists. In its time, it 
has variously been blamed for society’s ills and become a symbol of middle-class respectability.Most of all, gin is resilient. It knows that people will eventually come to their senses and appreciate it for what it has always been–a spirit of extraordinary complexity and depth.Listening to gin’s story is to sit at the feet of a war veteran and wonder quite how they survived the fantastical escapades they describe. Survive gin did, and prospered. We are now in gin’s second Golden Age. How we got here, however, is quite a yarn. So sit back…Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Local Dems Desperate for Biden to Visit Less Swingy States
Carlos Barria/ReutersIn between vice president and presidential nominee, Joe Biden held a different honorary title in the Democratic Party: chief surrogate.In 2018, Biden was one of the most sought-after voices on the stump for down-ballot candidates, helping Democrats score Republican seats and win the House majority, while quieting cheers for his own eventual presidential run. Now, cautious not to replay the tactical and mathematical fiascos that made Hillary Clinton concede swaths of the country to Donald Trump, the former vice president has filled his closing itinerary with places like Southfield, Michigan and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He’ll be in Florida on Thursday and Wisconsin on Friday.But some local party officials and strategists are hoping for more. In the final week, they are urging Biden to reach beyond top-ticket battlegrounds and are making the explicit case that his star power should also be used to help sway the Senate races that could totally realign the power structure in Washington in January.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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If Biden Wins, He’ll Roll Over for the Left in a Heartbeat
Drew Angerer/GettyIf Democrats sweep the elections next week, their party better brace for an inner civil war over both strategies and policies.It’s unclear which faction will prevail, but some large part of the Biden constituency will be disappointed because pleasing both suburban Lincoln Project voters and the Bernie Bros is nearly impossible. Instead of hashing their differences out now and establishing some sort of mandate, Joe Biden and his supporters have blurred the lines that might alienate either faction. That’s great for campaigning, but not so much for governing.So, Biden is winning by virtue of not being Donald Trump, a huge “accomplishment” that, as a friend of mine recently pointed out, will be achieved on Day One. What happens for the next four years? Here’s where things get a bit fuzzy.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Marcus Rashford, Star Manchester United Player, is Shaming Boris Johnson into Doing His Job
Matthew Peters/Manchester United via GettyWho would you expect to drive policy and public opinion when it comes to child hunger and poverty? A government, whose job it is to protect and care for its citizens, or a professional football player, whose job is it to score goals?In Britain, the answer is the professional footballer. “Marcus: The Pride of Britain” the Mirror’s front page read Monday, revealing the footballer Marcus Rashford had been given one of their “Pride of Britain” awards.Rashford, a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team, has led a hugely successful campaign, starting last spring, to ensure children no longer receiving free school meals during the pandemic are fed. His inspirational activism has, in the past, forced the government to act. Now the government insists it will not be moved again; they say they will not fund the meals that 1.3 million children—thought to be closer to 2 million during the pandemic—rely on. He knows their situations all too well—as a child, he was one of them.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump Final Campaign Push Is to Kill His Own Supporters
**Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty** Donald Trump doesn’t care who gets sick or dies from COVID-19—even if it’s his own supporters. That’s the harsh reality of where we find ourselves as a nation as Trump holds superspreader campaign rallies and continues to intentionally—and I believe criminally—mislead Americans about this deadly virus because he believes this helps him politically.When Trump resumed his campaign rallies on Sept. 8—after a summer hiatus because of the July COVID spike—our nation averaged approximately 36,000 new COVID cases per day. Over the past week, we’ve averaged a whopping 69,814 new cases per day. There’s a straight line between Trump’s rallies and this spike, with studies showing increases in areas where he held rallies and as he’s signaled to his supporters that mask-wearing and social distancing are signs of weakness.Now, Trump has hit a new low with his desperate closing argument that COVID is not so much a health risk but an overhyped media story. That despite the United States setting a new record for most confirmed COVID cases with 83,700 new ones in a single day and five members of Vice President (and virus task force leader) Mike Pence’s staff, including his body man, testing positive for the virus. But here’s Trump at rally after rally blaming the media for sensationalizing the virus to hurt him politically: "Turn on television, right. COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID.” He added, to the cheers of supporters, “By the way on November 4th you won’t hear about it anymore.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Mark Meadows Might Be the Second Most ‘Reckless’ Man in the White House
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyWhite House chief of staff Mark Meadows was hopping mad.And, as usual, he was not wearing a mask as he furiously dressed down CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid—invading her personal space, raising his voice and spraying aerosol particles at high velocity—because he didn’t like the sharp questions she had just asked him during a press gaggle in the West Wing driveway.The chief of staff’s too-close encounter with a hard-hitting journalist this past July was typical of what several White House correspondents describe as his cavalier and dangerous attitude—parroting that of his boss, COVID-19 survivor President Donald Trump—that is still blithely exposing not only reporters but also an increasing number of infected White House staffers to the potentially lethal coronavirus.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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At the Barbershop, Black Men Aren’t Sold on Biden and Harris
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyJoe Biden is not Barack Obama, and many Black men are tired of the comparisons.After four years of racist rhetoric, Donald Trump is now 57 percentage points down with Black voters, according to FiveThirtyEight—which is bad, yes, but is a 15-point improvement from where he ended up in 2016.Why would Black men, who are often the target of unarmed police shootings, unemployment, and systemic inequality in America, back a president who is a racist and who wants more racist so-called law-and-order policies? To try and answer that question, I went to the epicenter of Black male refuge: a mainstay West Philadelphia barbershop on a busy Saturday.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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U.S. Embassy Staffer Drugged & Molested Unconscious Women on Video, Feds Say
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyWarning: This story contains descriptions of sexual assault.A “naked, hysterical woman desperately screaming for help” from the balcony of an apartment leased by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City has led to allegations that an embassy staffer is a serial molester who drugged and sexually assaulted at least 23 victims over the past decade.Investigators uncovered sickening photos and footage of unconscious women in Brian Jeffrey Raymond’s bed. In some, a man holds open their eyelids, waves their limp arms and legs, or puts his fingers in their mouth to show they are unconscious, prosecutors said. Raymond can be seen nude and aroused in some of the images, they said.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How a Push Alert Convinced ‘Sopranos’ Star Lorraine Bracco to Buy a Sicilian ‘Shithole’
Courtesy HGTVLorraine Bracco’s laughter is a versatile instrument. There are the low, rolling chuckles that roll out when she’s lightly amused and the high, staccato cackle that spills out when she’s really laughing. And while we discuss her latest project, My Big Italian Adventure—an HGTV show in which she buys and renovates a crumbling house in Sicily—the beloved actress is generous with both.Last year Sambuca di Sicilia, a village roughly an hour’s drive south of Palermo, started selling off historic properties for one euro in an attempt to reinvigorate the area. Among the rules for the new owners: the projects must be completed within 3 years. Bracco, an admitted HGTV nut, got a CNN push alert about the effort and sent the network a pitch. Initially she’d thought about producing the show—but when the network said they wanted to see her fly across the Atlantic, Bracco couldn’t resist. “I was hoping they were gonna send me Mr. Holmes Sr,” the actress said of HGTV Canada’s star contractor. “I said, ‘He’s a good person to build a house with! That’s the kind of guy I want.’” (She’s also a big fan of Love It or List It designer Hilary Farr.) Sadly, the network declined to put Mr. Holmes Sr. on a plane to Sicily.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump’s New COVID Plan: Save Seniors, Let Everyone Else Fend for Themselves
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyAfter eight months and more than 220,000 lives lost, the Trump White House has settled on a new plan for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic: saving the most vulnerable, namely those in nursing homes, and hoping the rest can largely fend for themselves for the time being.Multiple senior officials say the White House has worked for weeks to iron out what is, in essence, a triage approach to handling the coronavirus. It is a strategy that emphasizes providing more resources and funding to nursing homes battling COVID-19 outbreaks, while offering no new suggestions for containing the spread of the virus, save focusing on ensuring an effective vaccine distribution plan once one becomes available for the American public.The triage strategy comes as states are struggling with an increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations among all populations nationwide and with the possibility that flu season could make matters worse. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, has been on the road for the last several months working with local communities on how to manage community spread. But, outside of that, the White House does not plan to change course from its stance on reopening the economy and schools, no matter how bad the outbreak gets, multiple officials familiar with the White House’s communications told The Daily Beast.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Bryan Washington, Author of ‘Memorial,’ Recommends Five Books on Being OK With Not Knowing
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonThere’s a famous quote by Emily Dickinson I frequently come back to: “Wonder—is not precisely Knowing / And not precisely Knowing not— / A beautiful but bleak condition / He has not lived who has not felt—.”I think that’s the best way to begin to describe Memorial, Bryan Washington’s follow up to his debut short-story collection, Lot. Memorial, is at its core, a love story, but it’s so much more: it’s about the in-between spaces of love and not loving, of knowing and not knowing, of learning how to be, and how to be OK with just being. Despite the issues the book grapples with, the writing is funny—joyous, even—and yet at times, it's devastating too, weaving in descriptions of food to paint the silences shared among characters a different hue.I had the pleasure of talking to Bryan Washington about Memorial, and along the way, he recommended five books.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Italy Burns as Protesters Riot Against Second COVID Lockdown
Massimo Pinca/ReutersThousands of angry Italians took to the streets of Turin, Milan, Naples, Palermo, and Rome on Monday night to protest the early closing of bars and restaurants and the shuttering of gyms and theaters as the country slips further into chaos as it tries to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In Cremona, restaurant owners banged pots and pans in front of the local police station, leaving them arranged like a graveyard to protest what they say is the death of their businesses after the government ordered all bars and restaurants closed at 6 p.m. until Nov. 24. In Pesaro, police raided a popular restaurant that defied the 6 p.m. curfew and served 90 clients. The owner streamed the raid on social media as he told police they could go ahead and arrest him, but he had promised the patrons a full meal, including dessert. In Catania on the island of Sicily, protesters threw paper bombs at the local police station and in Viareggio, demonstrators blocked traffic and threw rocks at police who tried to move them. Stores were gutted in central Turin and more than a dozen people were arrested across the country as police used tear gas against the mostly maskless masses.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Bill Maher Blames ‘Loser’ Dems for Letting Amy Coney Barrett on Supreme Court
ABCBill Maher seemed to shock Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night when he said during their interview that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should have stepped down from the Supreme Court during President Obama’s second term so that President Trump never would have had the chance to pick her replacement.Kimmel was trying to pay his guest a compliment by noting how well he handled the moment when he had to deliver the news of RBG’s passing to both his audience and Jane Fonda live on Real Time last month.“Not like her death was a shock,” Maher said. When Kimmel pushed back, he added, “She was 100 and had cancer a million times. She was a great justice but should have quit.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Sacha Baron Cohen Fires Back at Trump and Rudy Giuliani on ‘Colbert’
CBSWhen Stephen Colbert used his monologue last week to call B.S. on Rudy Giuliani’s excuses for getting caught in a hotel bed with Borat’s daughter, the Late Show host promised that he would get the bottom of it all when Sacha Baron Cohen appeared as his guest this Monday.As ubiquitous as Baron Cohen has been leading up to the premiere of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm—streaming now on Amazon Prime Video—it is still relatively rare for the British actor to sit down for interviews as himself. So Colbert wasted no time trying to get him to reveal the many secrets behind his latest project.“The last time there was a Borat film, in 2006, Donald Trump wasn’t president of the United States, but everything there was leading up to this moment, I’m sure,” Colbert said. Now that Trump himself has responded to the movie by calling Baron Cohen a “creep” and a “phony,” the host asked, “Do you have any defense against those two accusations?”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump Camp Wants to Keep Some Distance From the Hunter Biden Story
Jim Watson/GettyDespite aggressive efforts by Donald Trump and allies to make corruption allegations against Joe Biden and his son a centerpiece of the president’s closing 2020 argument, some Trump advisers are regretting the decision to try to put Hunter Biden and his emails front and center.Nearly two weeks after the New York Post first reported on the contents of a trio of Hunter Biden’s computer hard drives, including emails showing him attempting to leverage his father’s position to advance business prospects abroad, the pro-Trump internet fringe remains wild over the story. But the reelection campaign has taken a subtler approach.Though the president has repeatedly mentioned the allegations in rallies, on Twitter, and at a presidential debate last week, his campaign has barely supplemented it with its paid media. With the exception of a few promos for “Where’s Hunter?” merchandise, the campaign hasn’t mentioned the younger Biden in ads on Trump’s Facebook and Instagram pages since October 13, the day before the New York Post first reported on the contents of Biden’s hard drives. Pro-Trump super PAC America First Action hasn’t mentioned Hunter Biden at all in its Facebook or television ads since then.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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The Amy Coney Barrett Sham Senate Confirmation Is Done. Now, Her Supreme Court Horror Show Begins.
Erin Schaff-Pool/GettyWith Democrats powerless and Republicans shameless, the foregone conclusion of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice is, at last, concluded.Justice Barrett was confirmed 52-48 by the Senate, and tomorrow, she will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts, in person at the Supreme Court. Fittingly, given her shotgun-wedding of a confirmation, Justice Barrett may get straight to work deciding cases, including two high-profile challenges to election rules.Before the travesty fades from memory, however, we thought it would be useful to put all of the terribleness of her confirmation into one convenient top-ten list, summarizing everything that was wrong with this process from its beginning—all of one month ago—to now. Shall we?Read more at The Daily Beast.
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