Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Outsider’s Champion, Has Died at 87

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court justice, trailblazing feminist, and the closest thing to a folk hero the high court has ever seen, has died at the age of 87. The Supreme Court announced that she died Friday due to complications from metastatic pancreas cancer.

In a statement dictated to her granddaughter just days before her death, Ginsburg said, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

Tributes began pouring in instantly. The chief justice, John Roberts, said in a statement that the country had lost “a jurist of historic stature.”

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ICE Hysterectomy Doctor Wasn’t Even a Board-Certified OB-GYN

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The doctor at the center of a scandal over unwanted hysterectomies at an immigrant detention facility in Georgia is not a board certified OB-GYN, The Daily Beast has learned.

Dr. Mahendra Amin came under scrutiny after immigrant rights groups issued a report accusing him of conducting unnecessary or unwanted gynecological procedures on women detained at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia. 

On Friday, a spokesperson for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology told The Daily Beast that its records show Amin is not certified by the organization. A spokesperson for the American Board of Medical Specialties, the leading organization for physician board certification in the U.S., said Amin was not certified by any of the 24 ABMS member boards.

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Biden Goes Full Populist in Closing Weeks

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The day after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden test-ran a new populist phrase about income inequality in a parking lot set up for a town hall in Pennsylvania, he doubled down in another swing state at risk of turning red: Minnesota.

During a televised event with CNN on Thursday night, Biden deliberately elevated Scranton, a largely white, working class city he identifies as home, over Park Avenue, the ultra-exclusive section of New York City where President Donald Trump has erected one of his flashiest towers. By Friday afternoon, he drove the point again. 

“As I said last night in my hometown, I believe this campaign is between Scranton and Park Avenue,” the former vice president said in Hermantown, Minnesota. “All Trump sees from Park Avenue is Wall Street, that’s why the only metric of the American prosperity for him is the value of the Dow Jones.”

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Trumpworld Martial-Law Talk Might Be More Than Talk Soon

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Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that as the election grows closer, Donald Trump’s allies and sycophants are trying to shop a low-key civil war via the Insurrection Act of 1807, which Trumpworld learned about in early June when Trump gassed protesters so he could do a photo op in front of a church holding a Bible upside-down. Trumpworld is now very jazzed to use this 1807 act. Not entirely clear they know much about it except that they think they can do martial law with it.

Trumpworld has every reason to be worried. They can read the polling on the internet, and it’s not great. Trump’s economy is even less great, and coronavirus has already killed 195,000 Americans. And then there’s the Woodward tapes, which show the president knew the coronavirus was “the plague” while still holding indoor rallies and tweeting about liberating states from lockdown. There is not much American greatness happening, despite Trump’s promise of it. This is so true that the campaign slogan “make America great again, again” feels like something right out of Veep.

Trump’s civil war pitch started in June with an opinion piece by one Tom Cotton, or as I like to think of him, the worst senator in the Senate except for Rand Paul. Tom Cotton loves war. Tom Cotton has embraced the idea of war with two countries so far, Iran and China; and now he’s casually shopping the idea of a low-intensity civil war by deploying federal government forces “to protect law-abiding citizens from disorder.” He added, “One thing above all else will restore order to our streets: an overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers.” This was in response to one night of looting in SoHo, where a Chanel store was broken into. I mean the federal government does not need to be harnessed for one night of looting in SoHo. 

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I Didn’t Know Having Something Framed Could Be This Simple

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Whenever I’m decorating a space, the last thing to go up on the walls is art. This is for two reasons, I think. First, it’s hard to know what should go up without having the rest of the room designed. But I think the bigger factor is that framing is hard. I’ve tried to do it myself, by buying frames from Amazon or the local art store but that just leaves me in a pit of despair everytime. I’ve tried to not do it at all and just use command strips on the wall, but that doesn’t look very good. Thankfully, I recently discovered Framebridge.

Framebridge is an online framing service that somehow manages to make framing things easy. They have a few physical locations, but I think the magic happens online. When you go on their site, you click on “Start Framing.” From there, they ask you what you’re framing. They’ll prompt you to take a picture of whatever it is so they can put it into their software. Once uploaded, you can see what their vast variety of different frames look like surrounding your work, and you can choose between special options, like float mounting, to really help your piece stand out. Once you’ve selected your perfect frame, they’ll ask how you plan on getting them your piece of art. If you have packaging, they’ll send you a shipping label to print, but if you don’t, they’ll send you a tube or a flat mailer specifically designed for the dimensions of your piece. Pretty cool. In about 2 weeks, your art will arrive at your front door. Better yet, they include all the hooks necessary to hang it up on the wall. 

Now, I’m tempted to frame pretty much everything I own and in turn, frame things for other people as gifts —  which I’m learning isn’t such a bad thing thanks to Framebridge.

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Is Netflix’s ‘Ratched’ Really Worth Your Time? 

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This is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here. 

Early in the second episode of Ratched, Sarah Paulson and Judy Davis argue over a peach. At first, it seems like some throwaway dialogue. Then it goes on. And on. All told, it is one of the most intense scenes I’ve watched on TV this year, this argument over a peach. Elio from Call Me by Your Name is shaking. The cast of Parasite, scandalized.

The longer this peach argument went on, the more confusing it became—but also the more fabulous. 

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Joe Arpaio Gets Brutally Embarrassed by Colbert’s ‘Tooning Out the News’

You would think that after Joe Arpaio got duped into accepting a hypothetical blowjob from Donald Trump while unboxing children’s toys with Sacha Baron Cohen’s Finnish YouTube celebrity character OMGWhizzBoyOMG, he would have thought twice before sitting down for an interview with cartoon news anchors. But no.

On Thursday night, the former Maricopa County Sheriff who skirted prison time thanks to a pardon from President Trump, became the latest victim of Stephen Colbert’s Tooning Out the News

Appearing as a guest on the Morning Joe-inspired Inside the Hill, Arpaio was forced to sit there quietly for more than three minutes at the top of the segment as the animated hosts listed off his many “atrocities” to his face. Occasionally, they would add comments like, “You should be doing this interview from inside a glass box” or that his actions were “something evangelicals should be upset about, but for some, odd, definitely-not-skin-colored-related reason aren’t.” 

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How the Trump Campaign Lit a Billion Dollars on Fire

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The Trump campaign raised more cash than just about any campaign in history—and it’s still broke, pulling TV ads in big states and slowing down key data operations.

On the latest episode of The New Abnormal, Rick Wilson breaks down for Molly Jong-Fast—and the rest of us—how Team Trump managed to burn a billion bucks. First off, the Trump spent something like $400 million to raise that billi, an absolute ungodly sum, straight into the fundraisers’ pockets. So you’re down to $600 million. 

Then you take the Trumps’ skim off the top, call it 20%, and you’re at $480 million. Throw in some bonehead moves, like $11 million on Superbowl ads and another million on D.C. market ad buys. Layer in $20 million per month in staff costs and—well, it ain’t the first enterprise Trump has run into the ground.

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Cops Find 200 ‘Irreplaceable’ Books—Including Originals by Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton—Buried in Romania

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ROME—For the last three years, police in the U.K., Italy, and Romania have been trying to figure out what three men convicted of stealing $3.2 million worth of “irreplaceable” books did with them.

This week, they got their break after searching a home in Neamt in northeastern Romania where they lifted floorboards to find a cement tomb with all 200 books carefully wrapped and hidden.

The spectacular book heist in January 2017 could be a Mission Impossible plot line, with two of the thieves cutting a hole in the skylights of a postal transit warehouse in West London, and then balancing on rafters and upper bookshelves while they fished original first edition tomes written by Galileo, Isaac Newton, and Goya off the shelves, skirting the laser detectors on the floors.

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How High-End Restaurants, Bars and Hotels Are Reinventing Themselves to Reopen in the Pandemic

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For the planet’s bars, restaurants and hotels, the pandemic has been a brutal, sometimes terminal experience. The industry journal, Restaurant Business, has, for example, estimated that the restaurant sector as a whole is on track to lose $240 billion in 2020 in the US.

High-end establishments have not been spared. The James Beard Foundation says that surveys of its members, foodies who tend to patronize more exclusive venues, report that some 40% of restaurants are still fully closed, as they try to weigh re-opening amid shifting capacity limits.

Many may be shuttered forever; in the height of the pandemic celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck told CNBC that he believed one-quarter of U.S. restaurants would never open again. That assessment, made in July, may now look optimistic.

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