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When NYC’s Racial Tensions Exploded: Michael Benjamin Washington Excels in ‘Fires in the Mirror’

When NYC’s Racial Tensions Exploded: Michael Benjamin Washington Excels in ‘Fires in the Mirror’

Courtesy Joan MarcusThere is one word for Michael Benjamin Washington’s stunning performance in Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities (opening tonight at Signature Theatre,
Donald Trump Jr.’s Series of Unfortunate Book Tour Events

Donald Trump Jr.’s Series of Unfortunate Book Tour Events

Angela Weiss/GettyThe president’s large adult son thought a book would be an easy rollout to a political career, but it turns out that even for a Trump, the road to literary greatness is fraught. One
National Enquirer Publisher’s Secret Scheme to Funnel $1 Million to Accused Pedophile R. Kelly

National Enquirer Publisher’s Secret Scheme to Funnel $1 Million to Accused Pedophile R. Kelly

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyA top executive in the National Enquirer tabloid empire proposed an elaborate scheme to secretly funnel more than $1 million to accused
Top Pentagon Official: White House Asked Mysterious Questions About Ukraine Aid

Top Pentagon Official: White House Asked Mysterious Questions About Ukraine Aid

REUTERSAfter the Pentagon announced in June it would give Ukraine $250 million, defense department officials received a list of eyebrow-raising questions that appeared to originate from President
Mulvaney’s OMB Held Up Lethal Ukraine Aid in 2017 for Fear of Russian Reaction

Mulvaney’s OMB Held Up Lethal Ukraine Aid in 2017 for Fear of Russian Reaction

Leah Millis/ReutersUnder Mick Mulvaney’s leadership, the Office of Management and Budget temporarily put a hold on the delivery of anti-tank missiles to Ukraine in 2017 because of concerns their
Peter King Pioneered the Persecution of American Muslims

Peter King Pioneered the Persecution of American Muslims

Mark Wilson/GettyIn May 2010, a radicalized Pakistani immigrant named Faisal Shahzad loaded his SUV with explosives and parked it in Times Square for detonation. Shahzad’s ambition, to kill Americans
Fox Host Howard Kurtz on Colleague Naming Alleged Whistleblower: ‘I Don’t Think That Should Have Happened’

Fox Host Howard Kurtz on Colleague Naming Alleged Whistleblower: ‘I Don’t Think That Should Have Happened’

A day after Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway named the alleged whistleblower on the cable channel, MediaBuzz host Howard Kurtz mildly rebuked his colleague, saying Hemingway shouldn’t have
Cops Bust Unicorn Protesting White Supremacy at Indiana Farmer’s Market

Cops Bust Unicorn Protesting White Supremacy at Indiana Farmer’s Market

Courtesy of The Purple Shirt BrigadeThe arrest of an inflatable purple unicorn on Saturday wasn’t even close to the strangest event to unfold at Bloomington, Indiana’s Community Farmers’ Market this
Scouted: Why My Friend Stole This Lightweight Women’s Vest With an Awesome Hood

Scouted: Why My Friend Stole This Lightweight Women’s Vest With an Awesome Hood

I recently tested the PrAna Permafrost Vest, an upscale product designed for cold-weather adventures or lounging around by the fire. But before I could wear it on a hike, my friend decided to “borrow”
Fox Host Scolds Alan Dershowitz for Calling His Epstein Accuser a ‘Sleazy’ Woman

Fox Host Scolds Alan Dershowitz for Calling His Epstein Accuser a ‘Sleazy’ Woman

Harvard law professor and frequent Fox guest Alan Dershowitz was reprimanded on-air Monday morning by host Stuart Varney for branding the woman who has accused him and disgraced financier Jeffrey
Scouted: Singles’ Day Is Like Prime Day and Black Friday Combined. Here Are the Best Deals Happening Right Now

Scouted: Singles’ Day Is Like Prime Day and Black Friday Combined. Here Are the Best Deals Happening Right Now

If you’re unfamiliar with Singles’ Day, let me give you a little background. Singles’ Day is a popular shopping holiday in China started by e-commerce giant Alibaba that has begun rivaling Black
After Baseless Trump Claim About Transcripts, Lawyer Says Sondland’s Is Fine

After Baseless Trump Claim About Transcripts, Lawyer Says Sondland’s Is Fine

President Donald Trump accused Democrats on Monday of scheming to alter witnesses’ transcripts from the impeachment inquiry, but a lawyer for a key witness said his client’s transcript looks fine.
Hearst Magazines Staffers Unionizing Across Two Dozen Publications, Forming Giant for Writers Guild of America

Hearst Magazines Staffers Unionizing Across Two Dozen Publications, Forming Giant for Writers Guild of America

Mario Tama/GettyEmployees at one of America’s oldest major magazine publishers are forming a union, becoming the latest big media organization to join the ranks of organized labor.Staff at Hearst
Nigel Farage Stands Down Hundreds of Candidates, Handing Election Boost to Boris Johnson

Nigel Farage Stands Down Hundreds of Candidates, Handing Election Boost to Boris Johnson

REUTERS / Phil NobleJust over a week ago, President Donald Trump urged his two closest allies in British politics—Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and the Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson—to
Going 10 Rounds With Top Bartender Bannie Kang

Going 10 Rounds With Top Bartender Bannie Kang

Courtesy Fairmont HotelsWhat do you like to drink after a shift? “A Johnnie Walker Black Highball or mug of ice-cold beer are my usual go-to choices. Both are simple, easy to drink and the best for
9 Reasons to Thank the USSR: How We Got the Cold War Wrong

9 Reasons to Thank the USSR: How We Got the Cold War Wrong

Erik Simonsen/GettyThirty years ago, one of the most historic DIY projects of all time took place. Berliners took apart the wall that had cut their city in half. Thus began the beginning of the end of
A New Twist in the Horrific Massacre of American Moms and Kids in Mexico

A New Twist in the Horrific Massacre of American Moms and Kids in Mexico

Herika Martinez/AFP via GettyThe brutal killing of three American women and six children a week ago in Mexico sparked outrage on both sides of the border. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
The Uninhabited Mexican Island You Have to Visit Next

The Uninhabited Mexican Island You Have to Visit Next

Megan FryeWith an hour of turquoise waves behind us, the boat slows as it passes the rocky southern edge of Isla Contoy and the mangroves which shroud its shores from the open sea. Cicadas sing from
Son of Sam Cop Pays Tribute to Army Buddy Sgt. J.D. Salinger

Son of Sam Cop Pays Tribute to Army Buddy Sgt. J.D. Salinger

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyThis Veterans Day a new J. D. Salinger exhibit at the New York Public Library marking the centenary of the author’s birth reminds us of how important his
Watching Real Dogs Talk Through CGI Mouths in Disney’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Remake Is as Weird as You Think

Watching Real Dogs Talk Through CGI Mouths in Disney’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Remake Is as Weird as You Think

DisneyIt is by now a well-established fact that the effect of rendering real-life animals with CGI to make them look like they can talk and express human emotions is inarguably creepy. At best, it
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