Immediately after Joe Biden announced Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his 2020 running mate, Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson released a statement attacking her. There was a blatant lie in the first sentence.
“Not long ago, Kamala Harris called Joe Biden a racist and asked for an apology she never received,” Pierson wrote. “Clearly, Phony Kamala will abandon her own morals, as well as try to bury her record as a prosecutor, in order to appease the anti-police extremists controlling the Democrat Party.”
The juiciest bits of the book were serialized in advance of its publication, and generated many stories—covered in full by The Daily Beast.
Key revelations included that Harry and Meghan didn’t like being silenced, hate the press, hate social media trolls, felt their star power was under-appreciated by the palace, that Kate was not warm and welcoming to Meghan, that Harry felt his brother referring to Meghan as “this girl” was snobbery and that Meghan definitely did not make Kate cry during a bridesmaid fitting for her daughter Charlotte.
Kurt Andersen has been tooling on Donald Trump for decades—the Spy magazine co-founder once even tricked the Donald into cashing a check for 17 cents. But, Andersen tells Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson, Trump did us all a favor.
We don’t want to give it away, but let’s just say it exposed how the super-rich profit from our current system. “His final ad [of the 2016 campaign] was all ‘Wall Street has taken all of your wealth and ruined the working class. And we must defeat these people of whom my opponent is a puppet,’” Anderson recounts on the latest episode of The New Abnormal.
“Well, yeah, you had a point,” he adds. “But you didn’t actually govern at all on that basis. So maybe, maybe he’s sort of put that critique of the system on the table”—especially for Republicans who couldn’t take in that kind of message from someone left-of-center.
MOSCOW — A day after declaring victory in a presidential election in Belarus, leading opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya fled the country for Lithuania, and released two video messages to her supporters under apparent duress.
On Monday, the 37-year-old Tikhonovskaya—who had refused to concede victory to president Alexander Lukashenko in what critics called a rigged election in his favor—disappeared for several hours inside the building of the official central election commission, where she filmed the videos calling for protesters to stop contesting the results. She said she was a “weak woman,” and hinted at an ultimatum, adding “Many will judge me now and some will hate me—God forbids you ever face the choice I had to make. Not a single life is worth what is happening now; children are the main thing we have in life.”
After Sunday’s election, the Belarusian Central Election commission declared the preliminary results in favor of the longtime leader, Lukashenko, with 80.2 percent for him and 9.9 percent for Tikhanovskaya, despite widespread opposition to his rule. Also on Sunday, the country’s internet went down as Lukashenko declared victory.
If you’re looking for a quintessential example of fragile masculinity, look no further. President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday morning that, in pledging to pick a woman as his running mate, Joe Biden has offended men everywhere.
Trump made his comments in a simpering interview with Fox Sports personality and OutKick founder Clay Travis. Travis’ fearsome questioning covered why the president thinks the media is so mean to him, what sports he likes to watch on television, and if he thought Biden had made a mistake doing something so outlandish as to choose a woman as his as-yet-unannounced vice-presidential pick.
Asked by Travis who he would pick if he was in Biden’s position, the president replied: “I would be inclined to a different route to the way he’s done. First of all he roped himself into a, you know, certain group of people.” For those unable to crack the president’s mysterious code, Travis explained: “He said he had to pick a woman.”
A letter from Lebanese security officials warning that the 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate dangerously stored in the port of Beirut could destroy the city was sent to both the prime minister and the president in late July, according to Reuters.
The new information underscores the level of incompetence over the handling of the infamous port that led to a catastrophic blast that killed more than 200 people, injured 6,000 and destroyed 6,000 buildings, leaving more than a quarter of a million people homeless.
According to documents seen by Reuters, an investigation into what led to the blast currently underway by the General Directorate of State Security includes a private letter from officials about the explosives, which was sent on July 20 to President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
On the last day of July, Billboard tweeted an article titled: “5 Crowning Achievements in Beyoncé’s ‘Black is King’ Film.” The piece was a basic reaction roundup and the promotional tweet was equally innocuous. But for a Twitter user in the comments—a YA author named Kate Morris, who claims her apocalyptic romance novels were inspired after “Reagan came to [her] in a dream”—the post belied something more sinister. Morris replied with a fuzzy screenshot of a list, adding: “Let’s talk about why she’s on the #EpsteinFlightLogs.”
The tweet has since been deleted, but the screenshot remains all over the internet, often under posts by or about celebrities. A month earlier, when Ben Affleck urged residents of New York, Kentucky, and Virginia to vote in their primaries, a user left it in the comments. Here it is again beneath a Forbes piece on the #OscarsSoWhite scandal. And again, under an Entertainment Tonight Canada article from March titled “Eminem Gushes Over Daughter Hailie.” An image search for the graphic turned up similar lists under a HuffPost video of Beyonce’s commencement address, an interview with then-presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and archival footage of a Tom Brokaw speech from 1973.
The screenshot features a list of 124 names—many of them famous: Beyoncé, Eminem, Chrissy Teigen, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, to name a few—typed in three columns. The text appears on a light purple background, resembling the layout of the neo-Nazi-friendly imageboard site 8kun, formerly known as 8chan. As Morris implied, it is supposed to be a flight log detailing the high-profile figures who flew on the late sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet, dubbed “The Lolita Express.”
Recently, with all of this time on my hands, I’ve been getting into astronomy. Going outside in my backyard and looking at the stars isn’t something I thought I’d be able to do, but right now is the perfect time for it. It’s also stress relieving: I mean, how can you be anxious when you’re looking at the moon or at globular clusters? To stargaze properly you need a telescope. Whether you’re a hobbyist, beginner, or want to get your kid into the stars, we’ve rounded up some top picks.
Phoebe Robinson named her new advice podcast Black Frasier, even though she’s never seen a single episode of that very white ‘90s sitcom.
“I freely admit I’ve never seen it,” the comedian tells me on this week’s episode of The Last Laugh podcast. “I saw some screenshots and I was like, I get it.”
Robinson, who is probably most famous for being one half of the 2 Dope Queens with former Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams, has been quarantining with her boyfriend in their Brooklyn apartment since early March. But staying inside has not hindered her quest for media domination.
While competing for playoff positioning and advocating for social justice, the basketball players at the NBA campus bubble outside Orlando, Florida, have also been conducting an admittedly exclusive science experiment that could help improve diagnostic testing in the United States.
The National Basketball Association, the National Basketball Players Association, and the Yale School of Public Health announced in June that they had partnered to study SalivaDirect, a saliva-based novel coronavirus testing method, using players, coaches, and staff members from the league’s (relatively) isolated Disney World stomping ground.
A non-peer-reviewed pre-print of a promising initial study was published last week on medrxiv after Yale’s research team selected and began testing from among the 22 teams who moved to Disney World, some of whom opted into the project. To be clear, players in the bubble are also regularly tested using another method that has been authorized for emergency use by the FDA, a designation the Yale test has not yet received. But the confluence of relative isolation and constant testing—as called for by the NBA restart plan—with a previously authorized diagnostic tool offered the chance to kick the tires on Yale’s new alternative.