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Colbert: Trump’s Refusal to Condemn Proud Boys ‘One of the Most Upsetting Moments’ of His Life
CBS“Get ready for democracy to crumble!!!” Stephen Colbert shouted at the top of his live post-debate monologue Tuesday night.“I come to you tonight, ladies and gentlemen, an empty vessel, a man with a mind wiped clean,” the Late Show host said. “I have stood in the swirling chaos of creation. I have seen Shiva dancing his destructions, wielding his trident, carving great gouts out of universe. The sky, once both red, blue, and black until all that remained was a starless void and the hollow husk once known as Chris Wallace. We have emerged from the mad whirlwind where we gazed upon the forbidden countenance of God himself. And he said unto us, ‘Jesus, stop interrupting him, you giant baby!’”“Yes, tonight saw the best minds of our generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical, naked, dragging themselves through the streets at dawn, looking for the mute button!” he continued. “Forget fact-checking this debate, we couldn’t even do any sentence-finding! I never thought I’d say this, but I am so looking forward to the vice presidential debate. I mean, for Pete’s sake, children watched that!”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Everyone Trashes Chris Wallace, the Debate Moderator Who Couldn’t
Chip SomodevillaPoor Chris Wallace, the debate moderator who couldn’t.As the first—and possibly last—televised presidential shoutfest of the 2020 general election campaign devolved Tuesday night from the worst Thanksgiving dinner ever to a drunken, knife-wielding bar fight between Donald Trump and Joe Biden amid shattered beer mugs, the Fox News Sunday anchor was powerless to stop the American carnage.“Chris Wallace did not act as moderator. Donald Trump was the abuser and Chris Wallace was among the abused,” MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace (no relation) said when it was all over and the only thing left to do was shoot the wounded.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Biden Had Trump on the Ropes, but Couldn’t Finish Him
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyWell. I need a shower. That was a disgusting event, and we all know why. It’s been said a million times, but it’s never been truer than on this night. Donald Trump drags everything down to his level. And the moderator let him. That was the most shocking and pathetic moderator performance that we’ve ever seen.I can’t imagine Trump helped himself with that performance. I suspect that to regular voters, he just looked rude or worse, in failing to denounce white supremacy and railing on about Hunter Biden. Fox went gaga over that performance, of course, but I think most of non-Fox America was appalled by Trump. In fact, I think most of America will wonder why there even ought to be two more debates, if they’re going to be like this.That said, Biden missed a few hanging curveballs over the plate. There were a handful of moments when Trump actually let him talk, and when that happened, Biden could have shut Trump’s histrionics down and more or less ended this race, but he couldn’t quite do it. I have three key occasions in mind.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Biden Won the Debate—but the American People Lost
BloombergTuesday’s “debate” was a trainwreck. A national embarrassment. A disgrace.If Joe Biden were looking for a pretext to skip the next two debates, he found it. It would be hard to blame him for concluding this is simply a waste of everyone’s time. We’ll see.From the start of this debate, Donald Trump interrupted Biden. Repeatedly. For a while there, it looked like Biden was going to get destroyed—that Trump would simply run over him and Biden would be left sitting there, with that far away look in his eyes. But Biden rallied. He embraced the shit-show format, grew stronger as the night went on and started throwing some of his own elbows.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump Planned To Go Feral on Biden. Now His Allies Want to Call Animal Control
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettySince he first sought the Oval Office, President Donald Trump has relished in the idea that he is the “chaos president.” During his first debate with former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night, he distilled his past five years in the political spotlight into the most highly concentrated dose of chaos of his presidency.Trump, backed into an electoral corner with more than 200,000 dead from the coronavirus pandemic and an economy in shambles as a result, lashed out in every direction on the debate stage at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. It was a petulant performance of personal and political grievance stunning even by Trumpian standards.According to advisers close to the president, the act was not purely impulsive, but strategic—borne out of a strategy that sought to confuse and confound Biden with the ultimate goal of getting the former vice president to stumble and lose his train of thought.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Donald Trump, Proud Boy in Chief, Gives His Marching Orders
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIt’s hard to be surprised by this president’s naked bigotry and stoking of racist violence after four years of both, but Trump once again managed to top himself.When flat-out asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he was "willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down” — a gimme for any presidential candidate trying to avoid the appearance of overtly courting the white supremacist vote — Donald Trump refused. After sputtering and stalling to avoid answering the question, he urged some of his most violent supporters to gear up and get ready."Proud Boys,” Trump said, addressing by name the “western chauvinist” group that has become notorious for its right-wing violence, “stand back—and stand by!”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Sean Hannity Calls Debate ‘Refreshing’: Let Them Go at It Like ‘Gladiators’
Fox News/screengrabSean Hannity might be the only person in America who enjoyed Tuesday night’s debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.“I actually prefer a new style of debate,” the Fox News host said when he took over coverage for the network. “Maybe we’ll have it in the future someday, and that is let ’em go. We like to watch football and warriors and gladiators in the Octagon and boxers go. Let ’em go! Let them have at it and let the American people decide.”Hannity received some rare pushback from guest Ari Fleischer, who responded, “Sean, I’ve gotta say, we’re not electing gladiators, and this shouldn’t be a food fight.” He added, “I think this was a train wreck tonight,” blaming “both candidates” for interrupting each other too much despite even moderator Chris Wallace acknowledging at one point that Trump interrupting Biden far more than the other way around.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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CNN Absolutely Shreds ‘Shit Show’ Debate: ‘Hot Mess Inside a Dumpster Fire’
CNNCNN anchor Jake Tapper said what we were all thinking on Tuesday night following the first 2020 presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.“That was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck,” the veteran newsman said minutes after the two men exited the stage in Cleveland. “That was the worst debate I have ever seen.”Tapper continued to go off on the night’s spectacle—which featured, among other things, the president refusing to condemn white supremacy—saying it “wasn’t even a debate” and instead was a “disgrace.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump Says He’s ‘Counting’ on Supreme Court to Decide Election
GettyPresident Donald Trump indicated on Tuesday that he expects the Supreme Court, which he hopes will include his newly nominated Justice, will be the one to decide the fate of the 2020 election.“I'm counting on them to look at the ballots.” Trump said during Tuesday evening’s presidential debate. “I hope we don't need them,” he added. But the large numbers of anticipated mail-in ballots, Trump said, will inevitably mean questionable election results. “This is going to be a fraud like you have never seen,” he said.Trump reiterated many of his prior, mostly dubious, condemnations of mail-in voting, casting the practice as susceptible to widespread fraud and declining to say that he’d abide by the certification of election results that determined he’d lost to former Vice President Joe Biden.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump Refuses to Condemn White Supremacists: ‘This Is Not a Right Wing Problem’
Win McNamee/GettyPresident Donald Trump refused to condemn right-wing extremist groups when put on the spot during a segment about Black Lives Matter protests during the first presidential debate.“I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing. I’m willing to do anything, I want to see peace,” Trump said in Cleveland.“Well, then do it sir,” Fox News moderator Chris Wallace replied, giving the president an ample opening to disavow such violent militias.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump Denies NYT Report With Claim He Paid Millions in Taxes
Scott Olson/GettyConfronted on the debate stage over an explosive report detailing his chronic avoidance of federal taxes, President Donald Trump denied the findings, repeatedly insisting that he paid “millions of dollars” in taxes to the federal government.After denying the allegations in a lengthy New York Times story published on Sunday—which drew on two decades of unreported Trump tax records which the paper obtained—Trump sought to repurpose his intricate tax strategy as an indictment of Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s long record on economic policy.“Before I came here, I was a private developer, I was a private business people, like every other private person, unless they're stupid, they go through the laws and that's what it is,” said Trump, echoing his past comments about how “smart” businessmen take advantage of the U.S. tax code.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Biden to Trump: You’re a Racist
GettyJoe Biden did not mince words on Tuesday evening.“He’s the racist,” the former vice president shot at President Donald Trump during the first of three presidential debates.The exchange came during a discussion of the Trump administration’s crackdown on federal agencies that mandate racial sensitivity training for their employees. “I ended it because it's racist,” Trump said of his administration’s move. “They were teaching people to hate our country. I will not allow that.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Biden Ridicules Trump’s COVID Response: ‘Inject Some Bleach in Your Arm’
Scott Olson/GettyFormer Vice President Joe Biden tore into President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic during Tuesday night’s debate, ticking off a laundry list of some of Trump’s most alarming comments during the public health crisis.“This is the same man that told you by Easter this would be gone away, by the warm weather it’d be gone, miraculously, like a miracle,” Biden said. “And by the way, maybe you can inject some bleach in your arm and that would take care of it.”The mention of the bleach comment, one of Trump’s most problematic moments of the pandemic, made Trump try to cut Biden off and declare, “That was said sarcastically.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Biden to Raging Trump: ‘Will You Shut Up, Man’
Jim Watson/AFP/GettyA question that started off at the first general election debate about the Supreme Court quickly turned to health care, back and forth bickering, and, ultimately, a direct insult.“Will you shut up, man,” Democratic nominee Joe Biden said to President Donald Trump after laughing throughout most of his opponent’s explanation about how he has, in fact, released a comprehensive health care plan during his first term in the White House, countering Fox News moderator Chris Wallace’s assertion that he had not.The location of the debate, the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, was a fitting setting for the topic that dominated the first segment. It was a fight the Biden campaign had been hoping to have for weeks, and it started off with the framework they had planned and practiced.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Borat Congratulates ‘Premier Trump’ on Great Debate Victory
Vince BucciThe Trump campaign was not the only group to prematurely congratulate the president on his debate “win” over former Vice President Joe Biden.About 45 minutes before the two men were set to hit the stage, a mysterious new Twitter account representing the Republic of Kazakhstan posted a video along with the message, “Congratulation to great friend of the Kazakh people @realDonaldTrump for winning debate today! Impressive and amazing result for a strong premier who always put America and Kazakhstan first!”The unmistakable voice of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat—who it was confirmed this week will star in a sequel to the classic film—can be heard saying of the president, “Donald Trump, strongest premier in history, he not racist!”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Fox News Pundit Brit Hume: Joe Biden Is ‘Senile’ but Could Still Beat Trump in Debate
ScreenshotFox News’ senior political analyst Brit Hume had a hell of a take ahead of the first general election debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday night.Speaking to Tucker Carlson, Hume predicted that Trump will “do his best to try to get Biden off his game and rattle him and hope that the confusion that senile people often experience will come into play.”“But I don’t think that can be counted on,” Hume, who filled in for debate moderator Chris Wallace as host of the “straight news” program Fox News Sunday this past weekend, continued. “And I’m not sure it was at all wise for the president to talk for weeks on end about how out of it Joe Biden is.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Lindsey Graham on Spreading Potential Russian Disinformation: It Doesn’t Matter If It’s True
Demetrius FreemanFormer Hillary Clinton aides, ex-intelligence officials and Senate Democrats are accusing Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe of laundering Russian disinformation before an election after Ratcliffe suggested Clinton attempted to manufacture a scandal about Russian interference in the 2016 election on behalf of President Trump.On Tuesday, Ratcliffe, a loyalist whom Trump placed atop U.S. intelligence in the spring, sent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) a letter claiming that in late July 2016, U.S. intelligence acquired “insight” into a Russian intelligence analysis. That analysis, Ratcliffe summarized in his letter, claimed that Clinton had a plan to attack Trump by tying him to the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee. Trump, in late July 2016, had publicly called for Russia to purloin Clinton’s emails. And both U.S. intelligence and former special counsel Robert Mueller have since attributed that hack to Russia.None of the subsequent Trump-Russia investigations have verified the claims Ratcliffe published, although top House intelligence-committee Republican Devin Nunes of California has insisted baselessly that Clinton and not Trump colluded with Russia.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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11-Year-Old Boy Among Several Dead After Oregon Siege
Matt Mills McKnight/GettyA hostage situation inside a Salem home took a deadly turn Monday afternoon after a 34-year-old killed several people—including an 11-year-old boy—before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.Oregon State Police said Tuesday Jesus Lopez-Tinoco held multiple people hostage in the home before killing 24-year-old Diari Bustos-Bustos and the 11-year-old, whose name has not been released, and injuring a third person.Authorities haven’t revealed what sparked the hostage situation in the home about an hour outside of Ortland, or the relationship between Lopez-Tinoco and his victims.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Fox ‘Hard News’ Anchor Floats Conspiracy That Biden Colluded With NYT on Trump Tax Story
Fox NewsA day after two of Fox News’ so-called “hard news” anchors remained silent as a network contributor baselessly accused Democrats of coordinating with The New York Times on its bombshell Trump tax story, Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum floated that same conspiracy on air.In a blockbuster report published on Sunday afternoon, the Times revealed that President Donald Trump had only paid $750 in federal income taxes during his first year in the White House. The story also shows that Trump paid no taxes in 10 of the previous 15 years, citing massive business losses and various business expenses, such as $70,000 in hairstyling for television.Right-wing figures and Trump officials, meanwhile, soon latched onto a theory that the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden colluded with the Times on the story, pointing to the campaign capitalizing on the report with an online ad. The simple ad, dropped five hours after the Times story hit, featured stock images and simple text highlighting the average annual tax rates of various occupations.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Armenians Fear Turkey Is Back to Finish Off the Genocide
DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty ImagesMOSCOW—The fighting in a mountain enclave in the Caucuses escalated Tuesday when Turkish-backed forces shelled five villages including the capital of Stepanakert, according to Armenian officials.Skirmishes broke out on the border of Azerbaijan and Armenia over the weekend and the official death toll is over 100 as a decades-old dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh or the Republic of Artsakh erupted into violence.Artsakh is an ethnic Armenian pocket that was once part of Azerbaijan’s territory but now hews closely to Armenia against the wishes of Turkey, which has lucrative oil and gas deals with Azerbaijan and a long-standing enmity with Armenia.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump’s America Meets All ‘Four Threats’ To Democracy
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyPresident Donald Trump isn’t a threat to American democracy on a metaphorical level. He’s a threat to the country’s entire political structure, literally, according to two academics who have studied American democracy throughout history and wrote a whole book on the topic.Dr. Robert C. Lieberman, Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy, joined Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast on this episode of The New Abnormal to share which of the “four pillars” that help sustain democracy Trump has completely bulldozed over (hint: all of them.)According to Dr. Lieberman, that’s a big problem: “The American democratic system is supposed to keep one person or one small group from gaining all the levers of power at the same time. And that's where things have kind of fallen down,” he says.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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No More British Troops Will Face Justice for the 1972 Bloody Sunday Massacre
Reuters/Clodagh KilcoyneIt was one of the worst days of the decades-long Northern Ireland Troubles. In January 1972, 13 people were killed and another 15 people were wounded in Derry after members of the British Army opened fire on civil rights demonstrators. It came to be known as Bloody Sunday.Although it happened nearly 50 years ago, and peace returned to Northern Ireland in the late 1990s, the families of those killed have never wavered in seeking justice and prosecuting the troops who carried out the massacre. But, on Tuesday, Northern Ireland’s public prosecution service announced that there will be no further charges against any of the soldiers.For years, the families of those killed were forced to live with the legacy of British Army claims that their loved ones had been terrorists. A public inquiry in 2010 found that the killings were “unjustified” and that none of the 14 who were killed were carrying a gun, no warnings were given before the shots rang out, and no soldiers were under threat.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Allbirds Just Launched a Brand New Style: Wool Piper
Photo Illustration by Scouted/The Daily Beast/AllbirdsThere’s something about wool that just immediately makes me feel warm and fuzzy. Maybe it’s the signal that colder weather is coming and I need to bundle up. Maybe it’s the idea of an adorable fluffy sheep. Whatever it is, wool makes me feel good. It’s at the heart of what Allbirds does with their shoes, creating styles that look and feel good made from merino wool. Now, there’s a new shoe in the mix: the Wool Piper. This lace up court sneaker is the one I’ll be wearing a heck of a lot this fall and winter.All of Allbirds shoes (or at least the handful that I have tried) have been comfortable, breathable, and durable. Some have even been waterproof. What I love about the Wool Piper is that the shoes are casual but elegant. The wide set laces, soft wool, and strong sole with SweetFoam insoles give them a unique look, even when you think you’ve seen this style before. I opted to try out the Dappled Grey, but the shoe also comes in Natural White, Natural Black, Garden Blue, and True Black.Scouted selects products independently and prices reflect what was available at the time of publish. Sign up for our newsletter for even more recommendations. Don’t forget to check out our coupon site to find deals from Macy's, Walmart, Nordstrom Rack, and more. If you buy something from our posts, we may earn a small commission.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts Look On in Horror as Rudy Giuliani Blurts Out Biden Dementia Conspiracy Theory
Fox NewsEveryone knows that live television isn’t easy. Anything can go wrong—from a faulty connection, a verbal slip-up, or, as was the case on Tuesday morning’s Fox & Friends, Rudy Giuliani bellowing insane conspiracy theories at the nation with no obvious way to stop him.It’s always a risk to allow Giuliani to share his wildly unpredictable stream of consciousness live. The man who was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2001 has long been reduced to sharing the latest Trumpist conspiracy theories on any cable news channel that has the budget to cover any possible subsequent defamation lawsuits.This time, his F&F hosts looked on with visible horror in their eyes as Giuliani shared his completely baseless belief that Joe Biden is suffering from dementia. If you have the time, it’s worth watching the clip at least three times so you can see each of the hosts panicking in their own unique way as the former New York City mayor rambles on and on.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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This Book Will Make You Want to Go to Zanzibar
Aline CoquelleSometimes these days it can be hard to see an end in sight that will allow us all to visit the world again. So, we daydream about the far-off, and, boy, does those places seem especially far off now. That’s why the latest selection for Just Booked (our series on gorgeous travel-related coffee table books) is Assouline’s Zanzibar.Put together by photographer Aline Coquelle, it’s an intoxicating window into this archipelago of islands off the coast of East Africa. From the way it sounds to how it looks, Zanzibar has always stirred the imagination of travelers. Yes, you’ve no doubt seen countless shots of beaches in your life—but the photos found within this tome are still mesmerizing—and often captured with the incredible outlines of dhows in the backdrop.Zanzibar has long been the crossroads of larger powers seeking a hold on this corner of the Indian Ocean, and Coquelle captures the wonderful mix of architecture that decorates these islands as a result. But most of all, the most envy-inducing photos are the ones of people—dancing, eating, and celebrating.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Can COVID-19 Actually Lead to a Breakthrough in Pain Relief?
GettyBy Rajesh Khanna, The ConversationImagine being infected with a deadly virus that makes you impervious to pain. By the time you realize you are infected, it’s already too late. You have spread it far and wide. Recent findings in my lab suggest that this scenario may be one reason that people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, may be spreading the disease without knowing it.Most accounts to date have focused on how the virus invades cells via the ACE2 protein on the surface of many cells. But recent studies, which have not yet been peer-reviewed, suggest there is another route to infecting the cell that enables it to infect the nervous system. This led my research group to uncover a link between a particular cellular protein and pain—an interaction that is disrupted by the coronavirus. Our research has now been peer-reviewed and will be published in the journal PAIN.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Ex-Trump Doc Suggests on Fox That Biden’s on Drugs
Fox NewsDr. Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician now running for Congress as a Trump-boosting Republican, showed up on Fox News on Monday night for the sole purpose of backing President Donald Trump’s baseless accusation that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is taking secret memory-enhancing drugs to assist his debate performance.Over the past year, Fox News host Sean Hannity—an informal adviser and close confidant of Trump’s—has been at the forefront of conservative media’s portrayal of Biden as a senile gaffe-machine suffering from severe cognitive decline. The president has latched onto this line of attack, describing the former vice president as “Sleepy Joe” while regularly claiming Biden doesn’t possess the mental fitness for office.With the first presidential debate approaching, however, the president has started to reset expectations for the ex-veep’s performance. Over the past several weeks, Trump has suddenly begun accusing Biden of taking some mysterious performance-enhancing drug that can boost his memory and cognitive abilities, calling for Biden to be drug-tested before Tuesday’s debate.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Adult Swim Quietly Retires a Number of ‘Offensive’ Animated TV Episodes
via HBO MaxEpisodes of three popular Adult Swim series—Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Boondocks, and The Shivering Truth—have been removed from streaming due to current “sensitivities,” The Daily Beast has learned exclusively.Eagle-eyed Redditors first noted the absence of Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s Season 6 episode “Shake Like Me” from the series’ page on HBO Max in June. In the 2009 episode, titled in homage to John Howard Griffin’s seminal race text Black Like Me, a Black man irradiated by toxic waste bites Shake, turning him “stereotypically” Black in manner and appearance.Also missing from the service was an infamous, incomplete Season 5 episode called “Boston,” an unreleased parody of the accidental 2007 bomb scare caused by the promotion of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters. Fans were confused to discover “Shake Like Me” had suddenly reappeared on the streamer for several days in August, only to come down again.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Comedian Michelle Buteau on Trump, #MeToo and How Stand-Up ‘Saved’ Her After 9/11
Marcus Price/NETFLIX © 2020Comedian Michelle Buteau wanted the taping for her new Netflix special Welcome to Buteaupia to feel like a fun night out in New York. She had no idea it would be her last night out in New York.“We couldn’t have predicted anything because we weren’t privy to special briefings or some of the world’s top scientists,” Buteau tells me on this week’s episode of The Last Laugh podcast. “So we didn’t fucking know. Other people knew! They weren’t telling us!”We’re talking just a few hours after Netflix dropped the trailer for the special, in which the comedian describes herself as an “achievable Beyoncé for government workers.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump’s Only Chance Tonight: Lure Biden Into Gaffe-Land
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyIf Joe Biden doesn’t soil himself on stage tonight, he will win the first debate. If you think that’s an unfairly low bar for the former vice president, take your complaints to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.Donald Trump has bet so much on Biden being a blithering idiot that it almost doesn’t matter what Trump himself does or says. Down in the polls, Trump desperately needs a game-changer, but he’s dependent on Biden’s poor performance to give him one. In sports vernacular, Trump doesn’t control his own destiny. Biden does.Extra heat is going to be on Trump because of the New York Times’ revelations that he has paid little in taxes, and reports that he has “hundreds of millions of dollars in debt coming due.” This opens the door to several questions, including why Trump voters should pay more in income taxes than the president, as well as the potential for his conflicts of interest becoming a national security threat.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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