The Best Bug Sprays To Keep You Bite-Free This Summer

The Best Bug Sprays To Keep You Bite-Free This Summer

Bugs are the bane of my existence. I’ve tried a lot of different bug killing gadgets, and while they work and I recommend them, there’s one thing you’ll need irregardless: bug spray. Picking the right bug spray can be tough. There are a few things to pay attention to. First, chemical makeup is important: you need to decide whether you want one that uses DEET, picaridin, or is all-natural. Application method is also a determining factor, as some like aerosol more than pump sprays and vice versa. Finally, bottle size is essential: do you want something you can keep in your pocket, or something to just leave by the door? To help you answer these age old questions and find a bug spray you love that actually works, we’ve rounded up some of our tried and true favorites.



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Did Trump Blow Off Some Sketchy Intel? Or Commit Treason?

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This weekend was “like a slurry” of all the worst aspects of Donald Trump: Treason, racism, incompetence, and a ban on his fanboys’ one-time Reddit HQ. 

Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast have some thoughts on these matters in Episode 21 of The New Abnormal. “It’s not just treason. It’s historic treason,” Rick says about the revelation that the Russians offered bounties on U.S. soldiers—and Trump kissed up to the Kremlin anyway.

“This is a guy who was already going down into the dustbin of history. And now there’s going to be a line at his grave where they’re going to have to throw cat litter down. Because people are gonna piss on it for all time,” he adds. 

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‘Fox & Friends’ Host Urges Trump to Wear a Mask to ‘Set a Good Example’

Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy repeatedly pushed influential Republicans on Tuesday to convince President Donald Trump to publicly wear a face mask amid the surging coronavirus pandemic, telling them that it would be a “powerful symbol” and “set a good example.”

With the virus now raging through several Republican-led states, many conservative elected officials and leaders have openly supported mask-wearing to help stem the spread of the disease. On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence implored Americans to wear face coverings during an event in Texas, where new cases are exploding.

The president, however, continues to refuse to don a mask in public, prompting Doocy to devote much of Tuesday’s broadcast of Trump’s favorite morning show to personally convince him otherwise.

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Intel Proves ‘Russian Bounties’ Were No Hoax, House Dems Say

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A group of House Democrats left a classified briefing at the White House Tuesday morning, on  reports that Russia paid Taliban fighters bounties on U.S. soldiers, with complaints that Trump administration officials were not more forthcoming about the intelligence. And they also left with lots of questions about why the president—who has dismissed the story as another “Russia hoax”—is not being more forthcoming with criticism for Russian president Vladimir Putin.

“The president called this a hoax, publicly,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the number two House Democrat, at a Capitol Hill press conference after returning from the White House. “Nothing in the briefing we just received led me to believe it’s a hoax. There may be different judgements as to the level of credibility… there was no assertion that the information we had was a hoax.”

“We did not,” said Hoyer, “receive any new, substantive information.”

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‘If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast’: Remembering Comedy Legend Carl Reiner, Dead at 98


In 1960, when he was working as a writer and sometimes performer on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, Carl Reiner was contacted about being featured in an episode of This Is Your Life. The idea turned his stomach.

As a comedian at the end of his fabled run on revue shows, he knew it was his job was to make fun of shows like This Is Your Life, as he famously had years earlier in a sketch he wrote for Your Show of Shows—not appear on them. But the producers were insistent, offering at first a new car—he had just purchased one—and then a 12-volume leather-bound edition of the collected works of Mark Twain, his literary and comedy idol. The volumes included the author’s signature and an original manuscript page. It was an offer he couldn’t refuse. 

Reiner, who died Monday night at age 98 of natural causes, was the rare actor, writer, and comedian whose work as a humorist across a show business career that spanned nine decades could arguably rival that of Twain. His death was confirmed to Variety by his assistant, that publication reported Tuesday.

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This Is the Popcorn Maker of My Netflix & Chill Dreams

Whether you’re watching thrillers like Money Heist and Ozark or comedies like Set It Up, there’s no better snack than popcorn. During quarantine, Netflix was my favorite escape and I found myself plowing through bags of microwave popcorn before deciding to try popping kernels myself for a more economical (and environmentally friendly) way to indulge my habit. 

It’s easy enough to pop kernels on the stove top, but I always seemed to end up with too many burnt pieces, or a sad army of unpopped kernels, even when I diligently listened to the popping percussion and periodically shook the pan.

Then I discovered the Fresh Pop Popcorn Maker by Dash and I’ve instantly become a popcorn popping queen. It may look like a miniature garbage can, but this is a small but mighty popcorn machine. It’s just over a foot tall and easily fits on a kitchen countertop, or if I’m being totally honest, right on my nightstand with a hefty container of popcorn kernels underneath.

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‘Hamilton’ Loses Some of Its Revolutionary Spark in the Move to Disney+


Hamilton is incredible. I know. The hottest take of 2015, coming at ya fast. 

It’s hardly breaking news, but it’s what arrives at face value with the filmed version of the musical, releasing on Disney+ this Friday

Even if, like me, you haven’t been able to afford a ticket or logistically plan the years in advance required to nab one, you know this. You’ve heard the incredible music. You’ve seen the incredible performances on TV. You’ve weathered the shrieking chorus of those who have seen it going on (and on) about how incredible it is.

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The Incompetence, Ignorance, and Dishonesty of Trump’s Coronavirus Response Are Literally Killing Us

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Donald Trump and his administration did not create the worst biological threat that the world has experienced in more than 100 years, but the American president’s incompetence, ignorance and dishonesty in handling this crisis has been stunning. One hundred and twenty-seven thousand Americans are dead already, and that number will continue to rise.

Vice President Mike Pence’s status report Friday was so disconnected from reality that it can only be characterized as pandemic gaslighting. “All 50 states and territories across this country are opening up safely and responsibly” as “we flattened the curve,” he said, while insisting that “it’s almost inarguable that more testing is generating more cases.” That would be false, false, and false.

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge across parts of the U.S., it’s clear that, despite the president’s and vice president’s delusional optimism and because of their monumental failures of policy and execution, the U.S. has absolutely not gotten the virus under control. With 31 states reporting increasing case counts over the past 14 days, last week the U.S. recorded a new record high of 44,703 daily cases—some four-plus months after the virus began spreading in the U.S. 

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Twitter Accounts Deleted. Social Media Scrubbed. Spooked Hong Kong Braces for New Security Law


HONG KONG—On Tuesday morning, Beijing’s top legislative body unanimously passed a secretive national security law that specifically applies to Hong Kong, a special autonomous region that until now has enjoyed freedoms that do not exist in most of China.

The new law will go into effect as soon as Wednesday, and targets persons in Hong Kong involved in what the Chinese government calls “secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces”—charges often slapped on Chinese nationals who express dissent publicly within mainland China.

The secretive security law has Hongkongers spooked. The Chinese Communist Party’s effectiveness controlling its population on the mainland is in setting up situations where people self-censor, and already there are signs that’s happening here. Many signs.

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