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Butina Boss Alexander Torshin: The Kremlin's No-Longer-Secret Weapon

Butina Boss Alexander Torshin: The Kremlin's No-Longer-Secret Weapon

Alexander Shalgin/GettyIf ever a fox was put in charge of a chicken coup, Russian official Alexander Torshin was it. For years, Spanish police had him under investigation and reportedly intended to
Is ‘The Office’ the Most Popular Show on Netflix?

Is ‘The Office’ the Most Popular Show on Netflix?

Paul Drinkwater/NBCEarlier this month, Netflix narrowly dodged a full-blown mutiny by renewing Friends, the celebrated NBC sitcom. And the sheer size of the deal—one-year, $100 million—for exclusive
‘Roma’: Meet the Mesmerizing Star of the Year’s Best Movie

‘Roma’: Meet the Mesmerizing Star of the Year’s Best Movie

NetflixA panicked yelp escapes a room as the year’s most singular new film discovery nearly topples off her perch. Not from her—she steadies herself without so much as a peep—but from the reporter she
How the Godfather of SoundCloud Rap Became an Incel Hawking Ten-Dollar Beats

How the Godfather of SoundCloud Rap Became an Incel Hawking Ten-Dollar Beats

Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastEarlier this fall, a SoundCloud rapper named Thouxanbanfauni tweeted a photo of a new face tattoo. The Atlanta artist, fairly popular within internet-rap circles,
Kelsey Berreth: Police Search Fiancé’s Ranch In Hunt For Missing Colorado Mom

Kelsey Berreth: Police Search Fiancé’s Ranch In Hunt For Missing Colorado Mom

Woodland Park Police DepartmentColorado mom Kelsey Berreth vanished on Thanksgiving, sometime after meeting her fiancé to hand over their daughter in a custody exchange.Everything was in order at
How Meghan and Kate Are Taking Different Lessons from Princess Diana

How Meghan and Kate Are Taking Different Lessons from Princess Diana

Max Mumby/IndigoPrince William takes after his father more than is generally acknowledged. On the plus side he is, like Charles, intensely aware of his destiny and a stickler for duty.But also, like
Spend a Night at 'A Christmas Story' House

Spend a Night at 'A Christmas Story' House

Mgm/Ua/Kobal/REX/ShutterstockWhen I first saw “A Christmas Story,” I wasn’t exactly hoping for Ralphie to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. But I did empathize with him when he had his gift
Asia Bibi: He Defended Her For Blasphemy. Then He Fled For His Life.

Asia Bibi: He Defended Her For Blasphemy. Then He Fled For His Life.

Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAMSTERDAM—For almost nine years, the name of an illiterate peasant woman in Pakistan came to symbolize the brutal intolerance that exists in a nation where
The $100m Wedding Beyoncé Played Reveals India's Stark Contrasts

The $100m Wedding Beyoncé Played Reveals India's Stark Contrasts

This week, Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal—two people Westerners might never have heard of—got married in a wedding estimated to cost $100 million.Ambani is the daughter of industrialist Mukesh Ambani,
Chicago's Best Hidden Art Deco Gems

Chicago's Best Hidden Art Deco Gems

Courtesy Roland CoffeyTucked away in various corners throughout the city are gorgeously detailed Art Deco wonders sure to dazzle architecture lovers.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Trump’s Next Chief of Staff Called Him ‘A Terrible Human Being’ Just Before He Was Elected President

Trump’s Next Chief of Staff Called Him ‘A Terrible Human Being’ Just Before He Was Elected President

BloombergMick Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget director who President Donald Trump tweeted Friday would serve as acting chief of staff after John Kelly departs in January, has been a
Republican Lawmaker Accused of Breaking the Law to Fund Hate Group

Republican Lawmaker Accused of Breaking the Law to Fund Hate Group

Ted S Warren/ShutterstockA Washington state lawmaker who wrote a manifesto justifying murder in “biblical warfare” is accused of violating campaign finance law to donate to an anti-Muslim group and
Colbert Rips Trump for 'Canceling Christmas' on the Press

Colbert Rips Trump for 'Canceling Christmas' on the Press

With Christmas less than two weeks away, Stephen Colbert was in the holiday spirit on Friday night’s episode of The Late Show. “But sadly,” the host said, “some people aren’t having a holly, jolly
Secret Court Papers Hint Maria Butina May Testify in Another Trial

Secret Court Papers Hint Maria Butina May Testify in Another Trial

AP/Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastConfessed Russian spy Maria Butina may be gearing up to testify in another trial, according to sealed court papers briefly made public on Friday. Federal
Trump’s New Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney Is a Self-Proclaimed ‘Right-Wing Nutjob’

Trump’s New Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney Is a Self-Proclaimed ‘Right-Wing Nutjob’

Jonathan Ernst/ReutersPresident Trump announced on Friday that Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney will be his new White House chief of staff, apparently on a temporary
The Weekly Standard Goes Down, and Conservative Thought Is Poorer For It

The Weekly Standard Goes Down, and Conservative Thought Is Poorer For It

A terse email from Richard Starr, a Senior Editor of The Weekly Standard, says it all: “Operations have been discontinued today” and the magazine has just published its last issue, after
Lindsey Graham: I’m Fine With Trump ‘Lying About Sex’

Lindsey Graham: I’m Fine With Trump ‘Lying About Sex’

Asked by Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Friday if he believes everything President Trump has said on the subject of his alleged campaign-finance violations, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) let out a laugh as
The Week in 7 Insane Photos: December 14, 2018

The Week in 7 Insane Photos: December 14, 2018

Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastFrom serenading elephants to a river of chocolate, The Daily Beast brings you the best images of the week.Read more at The Daily Beast.
How The Anti-Trump, Conservative ‘Weekly Standard’ Bit The Dust

How The Anti-Trump, Conservative ‘Weekly Standard’ Bit The Dust

via The Weekly StandardThe Weekly Standard went out of business on Friday—killed by right-wing Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz, who purchased the respected 23-year-old conservative journal from
Prada Pulls Its $550 ‘Blackface’ Keychain Amid Backlash

Prada Pulls Its $550 ‘Blackface’ Keychain Amid Backlash

Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastLuxury Italian fashion house Prada shut down a New York City storefront and pulled a keychain from its stock after the accessory went viral for resembling