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  1. Watch This Space Our New Look

    1. Our New Look

    You might have noticed that we’ve tweaked The Daily Beast’s homepage. As a fifth anniversary present to ourselves, we decided to do a design refresh. This is the first in a series of changes we’ll be making to the site, and we wanted to tell you what we’re doing and why—since millions of people are using The Daily Beast just fine, including you. If you’re interested in more details, continue on to a note from our Chief Digital Officer, Mike Dyer. We hope you enjoy our new look and thanks for reading The Daily Beast.

    October 29, 2013 3:48 PM

  2. free at last Israel Releases 26 Palestinians

    2. Israel Releases 26 Palestinians

    An Israeli prison spokesperson announced on Tuesday that Israel has released 26 Palestinian prisoners, as part of a deal that spurred Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. This most current round of prisoner releases is the second part of an expected four rounds. Celebrations kicked off in Palestinian territories as the prisoners were freed, though many Israelis oppose the release of those they see as terrorists. A total of 104 convicts are expected to be released as part of the deal.

    October 29, 2013 7:28 PM

  3. 5-O Ray Kelly Booed From Brown Stage Matt Rourke

    3. Ray Kelly Booed From Brown Stage

    Students hoisting "Stop & frisk doesn't stop crime" and "Stop police brutality signs" put a stop to something else on Tuesday: New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's speech. Kelly was supposed to deliver a lecture on "Proactive Policing in America's Biggest City" at Brown University, but after the controversial police boss spoke for a minute or so, he was interrupted by protesters inside the hall and departed 20 minutes later without finishing.

    October 29, 2013 10:50 PM

  4. wall street winners Dow and S&P Hit Record Close Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    4. Dow and S&P Hit Record Close

    Today was a good one for the penny crunchers on Wall Street. On Tuesday, the Dow Jones and Standard & Poor's 500 index closed the day with all-time record highs. The Federal Reserve is debating a plan to reel back a government bond-buying program that will be announced Wednesday afternoon, but is expected to stay intact. Other companies, like Apple and drug maker Pfizer posted good, but not great, news, while a new set of data suggested that economic growth was inhibited by the two week government shutdown.

    October 29, 2013 6:44 PM

  5. can't stop, won't stop TX Fights for Abortion Limits Law Erich Schlegel/Getty

    5. TX Fights for Abortion Limits Law

    Don't be so quick to hang your sneakers up, Wendy. In Texas, the attorney general has requested an emergency ruling be granted by a federal appeals court judge. It would allow the state to enforce an anti-abortion law that was deemed unconstitutional by a lower court on Monday. The law, which was signed by Gov. Rick Perry in July after a 11-hour filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis, requires abortion-performing doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile range of the clinics they use. Abortion activists say that 22,000 women will be denied abortions if the law goes into effect.

    October 29, 2013 4:31 PM

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  7. stop right there Rand Paul: Hold Yellen Nomination Jose Luis Magana/AP

    6. Rand Paul: Hold Yellen Nomination

    Saying the Federal Reserve "needs to be audited" and "does not need prolonged secrecy," Senator Rand Paul announced on Tuesday his plans to hold Janet Yellen's nomination for chairman of the Fed until the Senate took a vote on the Federal Transparency Act. The proposal was OK'd by the House in 2012, but has been floating around the Senate for three years without a vote. “The American people have a right to know what this institution is doing with the nation’s money supply," Paul said in a statement. It takes 60 votes to circumvent a hold, and despite the stalled process, Yellen is expected to be confirmed.

    October 29, 2013 8:57 PM

  8. NOT SO FAST White House Denies NBC Scoop Getty

    7. White House Denies NBC Scoop

    Watch your back, Brian Williams—the White House is not happy with NBC News. The White House pushed back Tuesday against an NBC report that three-quarters of people who bought insurance independently would have to switch plans—and that the Obama administration knew about it. “NBC ‘scoop’ cites ‘normal turnover in the indiv insurance market.’ That’s a) not new b) not caused by #ACA c) the problem #ACA will solve,” tweeted deputy press secretary John Earnest. According to the NBC report, 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million people who purchased their insurance individually would have to change plans, although President Obama has insisted nobody would have to switch plans if they didn’t want to. Senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer tweeted that the report was “misleading.”

    October 29, 2013 7:04 AM

  9. OUTBREAK Polio Spreads in Syria Jamal Saidi/Reuters

    8. Polio Spreads in Syria

    The World Health Organization confirmed on Tuesday that polio has broken out among children in northeastern Syria, with most of the victims being babies or toddlers. Ten cases have been confirmed, and a WHO spokesman said there are another 12 being investigated. Before Syria’s civil war broke out in 2011, 95 percent of children were vaccinated against polio—but the difficult conditions have made it hard to vaccinate children, with only an estimated 500,000 vaccinated now. In the Deir al-Zour province alone, there are more than 100,000 children at risk, although immunizations are reportedly starting in the area.

    October 29, 2013 10:44 AM

  10. golden years Barker Back on ‘Price Is Right’ Kevork Djansezian/AP

    9. 'Price Is Right': Barker's Back

    What better birthday gift than a return to the glory days? Former The Price Is Right host Bob Barker will return to the CBS show to celebrate his 90th birthday on Dec. 12. "We've had Bob on just one other time since Drew Carey took over the show," executive producer Mike Richards said. "It was when Bob's book, Priceless Memories, came out and it was a priceless moment for fans." Barker, who doubles these days as an animal activist, will help place a puppy for adoption and participate in a special Showcase presentation "featuring prizes that honor the benefits of reaching 90," according to

    October 29, 2013 4:36 PM

  11. 'gain focus' Chris Brown Checks Into Rehab Alberto E Rodriguez/AP

    10. Chris Brown Checks Into Rehab

    Is this the first Chris Brown headline that doesn't make you sick? The embattled singer checked into rehab on Tuesday, one day after he appeared in court for an assault charge alleging he punched a man near the W Hotel in Washington D.C. over the weekend. "His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point," Brown's rep said in a statement. He's due back in court at the end of November after being charged with a misdemeanor simple assault for last weekend's incident.

    October 29, 2013 9:47 PM

  12. HEADS WILL ROLL Official Testifies J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    11. Official Testifies

    The glitchy rollout of, the website where Americans can sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, was “not acceptable,” according to the White House official tasked with overseeing the troubled launch. Marilyn Tavenner, the director of the agency in charge of the online insurance exchanges, told Congress on Tuesday that they are “committed to fixing these problems as soon as possible.” Almost a month after the launch, the website still faces serious problems, even crashing on Sunday night. Tavenner blamed the “initial wave of interest” in the site, as well as the contractors tasked with helping to maintain and build the site—and she insisted a “new infusion of talent” has been brought in.

    October 29, 2013 11:42 AM

  13. BIG BROTHER Obama Mulls End to Spying Jose Luis Magana/AP

    12. Obama Mulls End to Spying

    When things have gotten as embarrassing as the U.S. spying on its allies, maybe it is time to throw in the towel on the whole thing. The White House is apparently considering putting a stop to the eavesdropping on foreign leaders, a senior administration official said Tuesday—just as a report in the Los Angeles Times reports that the White House and the U.S. State Department signed off on the spying themselves. Not only that, professional staff members at the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligences services are angry at the White House for selling them down the river as President Obama has tried to distance himself from the scandal. Meanwhile, Spain joined the growing list  of nations unhappy with the program amid reports that NSA monitored 60 million Spanish calls a month.

    October 29, 2013 6:59 AM

  14. BURNIN’ UP Jonas Brothers Split Mike Coppola/Getty

    13. Jonas Brothers Split

    Nothing lasts forever. The Jonas Brothers are splitting up, the band confirmed on Tuesday—less than two weeks after they canceled their tour due to a “deep rift within the band.” “It’s over for now,” Kevin Jonas said. Joe Jonas said it was a “unanimous decision,” coming after an October 3 Nick Jonas confessed he felt “trapped” in the band. “I needed to share my heart with my brothers,” Nick said.

    October 29, 2013 11:04 AM

  15. ALOHA Hawaii Gov: Gay Marriage Soon Hugh Gentry/Reuters

    14. Hawaii Gov: Gay Marriage Soon

    Wedding planners for 2014 need some time to get started, Hawaii—so get yourselves into gear here. Hawaiian Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Monday that he expects gay marriage to pass in his state “within a week or so” as hundreds rallied at the state capital in Honolulu both in support and against the bill. Hawaii, the first state to open the debate on same-sex marriage in 1993, has called a special session of the legislature to debate the same-sex marriage bill. On Monday, the legislature heard emotional testimony from a gay Vietnam veteran, the daughter of a transgendered parent, and opponents who asked for ballot question on the issue. If the bill passes, gay couples will be able to get married in Hawaii as soon as November 18.

    October 29, 2013 7:07 AM

  16. ON DEFENSE NSA Chief: Spying Keeps U.S. Safe Alex Wong

    15. NSA Chief: Spying Keeps U.S. Safe

    Under fire for even more revelations about the extent of its program, the NSA is now pushing back. In testimony before Congress, the director of the National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, said that the agency’s actions “bring back more U.S. soldiers, airmen and Marines” alive from a dangerous world. He also called “extremely false” the reports that the NSA has collected information on U.S. allies in Europe, and that they do not spy on Americans or “innocent civilians of any country.” Alexander was pointed in his defense arguing that despite major attacks elsewhere, there has been “not one major terrorist incident in the United States since 9/11,” and that the NSA sees “what neither the CIA nor FBI could see” before 9/11.

    October 29, 2013 3:58 PM

  17. WORLD SERIES Red Sox Win Game Five Ronald Martinez/Getty

    16. Red Sox Win Game Five

    Forget about the disaster of Game Three—the Red Sox are just one win away from taking the World Series as they head back to Fenway Park for Game Six. Boston took Game Five 3-1 Monday night in St. Louis, after pulling ahead of the 1-1 tie in the seventh with a ground-rule double by Jason Ross. Ross is only the fourth catcher in Red Sox history to get a game-winning RBI in the World Series. David Ortiz continued to dominate, now hitting .476 in the series and going 11-15—and got the first RBI of the game in the first inning, driving Dustin Pedoria home and giving Boston a 1-0 lead. The Cardinals tied it up in the fourth, with Matt Holliday hitting a solo home run off of Red Sox starter Jon Lester. The series heads back to Boston, although Boston hasn’t won a World Series at home since 1918.

    October 29, 2013 7:28 AM

  18. OOPS Maddow: Rand Paul Plagiarized Win McNamee/Getty

    17. Maddow: Rand Paul Plagiarized

    Dear plagiarizers everywhere: you will be caught, and it will be embarrassing. Even if it is something as minor as talking about the 1997 science-fiction film Gattaca. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow accused Kentucky senator Rand Paul’s recent Virginia speech of being ripped off the Wikipedia page of the film Gattaca. Maddow found especially strange that Paul, rumored to be considering a run for president in 2016, could think that he was “going to get away from lifting your speeches from Wikipedia.” According to BuzzFeed, the page wasn’t edited between Paul’s appearance in Virginia and Maddow’s show—meaning that nobody could have changed the text to sabotage Paul. Of course, maybe Paul is giving a subtle hint—Joe Biden, after all, had his own plagiarizing scandal...

    October 29, 2013 7:37 AM

  19. GREEN LIGHT? ‘Entourage’ Movie Almost a Go Michael Loccisano

    18. ‘Entourage’ Movie Almost a Go

    Let’s hope they didn’t use up all of Ari Gold’s insults. The creator of the popular HBO series Entourage, Doug Ellin, tweeted Monday, “It’s a go. Love you all,” with a photo of the cast. While the deal has not officially been closed, The Hollywood Reporter says that all parties involved are confident it will go through. Apparently actors Adrian Grenier, Jesse Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Kevin Connolly were the roadblocks, and they are all about to sign. They were reportedly negotiating a deal similar to the one worked out by Jeremy Piven, who plays the crude and indelicate Ari Gold. The show about an A-list actor and his ragtag friends from Queens, went off the air in 2011 after eight seasons.

    October 29, 2013 11:59 AM

  20. UBER CUTE Uber Will Bring You a Kitten Dan Kitwood

    19. Uber Will Bring You a Kitten

    Have we reached peak cat? In case you haven’t seen enough cats on Buzzfeed listicles, on-demand car service Uber is partnering with Cheezburger to allow users to order some much needed kitten playtime. If consumers live in San Francisco, New York, or Seattle, they can order 15 minutes of fun with kittens through the Uber app for $20 – which goes to a local animal shelter. Even better – if users fall in love, they can adopt the kitten. However, cat-lovers in NYC should  get ready for a delay. Due to popularity, there is apparently a major shortage of kittens in the Big Apple.

    October 29, 2013 3:32 PM

  21. AWKWARD U.S.: France, Spain Helped Spying Charles Dharapak/AP

    20. U.S.: France, Spain Helped Spying

    Things are getting ugly in this whole spying scandal. U.S. officials claimed on Tuesday that France and Spain should probably get off their high horses about the spying, since their own intelligence agencies helped. According to intelligence sources, Europeans collected phone records from war zones and other areas outside their borders and then shared these records with the National Security Agency. If true, this certainly changes things since reports published in Europe had omitted these details. Meanwhile, a source told Reuters on Tuesday that President Obama recently ordered the NSA to curb its eavesdropping on the United Nations headquarters in New York. So at least somebody is listening to the worldwide dissatisfaction.

    October 29, 2013 2:27 PM

  22. AWKWARD ABC Apologizes for Kimmel Skit Randy Holmes/ABC, via AP

    21. ABC Apologizes for Kimmel Skit

    Not all humor translates, kid. ABC apologized on Monday for comments made by a six-year-old on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this month. In a skit meant to illustrate the childishness of government, the six-year-old suggested in an unscripted moment to kill “all the people in China” as a solution to the U.S. debt crisis. ABC apologized in an email to the Asian-American equality organization ABC 80-20 Initiative, saying “we would never purposefully broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, the Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large.” The skit will be pulled from future broadcasts of the show.

    October 29, 2013 7:42 AM

  23. BAD START Syrian Inspectors Miss Deadline United Media Office of Arbeen/AP

    22. Syrian Inspectors Miss Deadline

    Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria missed an early deadline, according to a report published Tuesday. Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have visited 21 out of 23 sites because of security risks, meaning the watchdog group missed the October 27 deadline to visit all declared sites. Syria has claimed there are 41 facilities at 23 chemical sites where the country stored an estimated 1,300 tons of precursors and over 1,200 munitions. In the first report to the United Nations Security Council, OPCW chief Ahmet Uzumcu said the organization had confirmed evidence from 37 of those 41 facilities.  According to Uzumcu’s report, there are 18 chemical weapons production facilities, 12 chemical weapons storage facilities, eight mobile units to fill chemical weapons, and three chemical-weapons facilities.

    October 29, 2013 7:02 AM

  24. R.I.P. Missouri Ex-Rep Ike Skelton Dies Orlin Wagner/AP

    23. Missouri Ex-Rep Ike Skelton Dies

    Former Missouri congressman Ike Skelton died Monday after a brief illness, his family said. He was 81. A Democrat, Skelton served 17 terms in Congress—34 years—before being ousted in the Republican sweep in 2010. An expert on national defense, Skelton was a social conservative who supported gun rights, opposed abortion rights, and voted against the Affordable Care Act. But it wasn’t enough to hold off the tide of the Tea Party in 2010, when Republican Vicky Hartzler won the seat.

    October 29, 2013 7:35 AM


    24. TX Police Nab Shooting Suspect

    Police in Terrell, Texas, captured early Tuesday the man suspected of shootings at four homes and a convenience store on Monday. Charles Everett Brownlow, Jr. 36, was arrested in a wooded area near Highway 80, police chief Jody Lay said. Brownlow’s arrest came after an intense manhunt after a series of grisly discoveries throughout the day, starting with the body of a woman shot in the head at home. At 10 p.m., shots were fired at another home—luckily injuring no one—and a man matching Brownlow’s description was seen fleeing. Thirty minutes later, another shooting was reported at another home where a man and woman were found dead, but a three-year-old was still alive. Less than 15 minutes later, another man was found dead at a convenience store. Police tracked Brownlow to the woods, where he was hiding in a ditch.

    October 29, 2013 7:33 AM

  26. TOUGH GUY Broken Toe Won’t Stop Harry Sean Gallup

    25. Broken Toe Won’t Stop Harry

    Can’t stop, won’t stop. Despite a broken toe, Prince Harry says he will continue training for his trek to the South Pole next month with wounded soldiers, the Palace said Tuesday. Harry, 29, is scheduled to make the 208-mile journey in the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge next month. The march is 16 days long, and takes place in temperatures as low as -31 degrees Fahrenheit. Palace officials have not said how the prince injured the toe.

    October 29, 2013 11:16 AM