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Snyder’s Trail of Crocodile Tears

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The Beltway’s NFL owner can buy winter coats for Native Americans until the end of time, and it won’t change the fact that his team’s name is indefensible.

Some weeks ago, I was talking with a few neighbors of mine here in Montgomery County, Maryland. They’re older. Somehow Washington football club owner Dan Snyder came up in conversation. Turns out a few of them had kids who’d gone to high school with Snyder. Any juicy stories, I wondered. They shook their heads: No. In fact, they told me, when Snyder took over the team, and it said in the paper where and when he graduated, they asked their children.

New Rule

Bill Maher for Congress?


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It’s not so far-fetched. Political comedians are already grassroots political candidates.

Bill Maher wants your vote for Congress this November. No, Maher’s name won’t be on the ballot, at least not yet. Maher recently announced his “Flip a District” contest where he will pick one “terrible, entrenched” member of Congress and “see if we can’t send him scuttling under the refrigerator on Election Night.” (Translation: Beat him)  The contest is now heating up after Maher announced on his HBO show last Friday the first two House members under consideration to be chosen as the big “winner.

CONTROL

Can Boys Be ‘Coerced’ Into Sex?

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The notion of teenage boys as sexual aggressors is so engrained, the results of a new study, which reveal that they are being coerced into sex by girls and young women, will surprise many.

There was nothing outwardly headline-grabbing about Bryana H. French’s latest study, published in the august and largely unread pages of Psychology of Men and Masculinity, an academic journal that typically reaches an audience of dozens. While her findings were depressing, they were depressingly banal: according to French and her team of researchers at the University of Missouri, “sexual victimization continues to be a pervasive problem in the United States.

Confessions

9 Strangest Taco Bell AMA Moments

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Taco Bell president Brian Niccol claims he doesn’t know what “4/20” means and swears the fast food chain gets its meat from real cows. The best answers from Taco Bell’s Reddit AMA.

Reddit users worldwide went loco for the opportunity to ask the president of Taco Bell anything. Naturally, the chat room was filled with sarcasm, but Brian Niccol—celebrating the launch of Taco Bell’s breakfast menu—proved he could hold his own with the trolls. Now that the crumbs have settled, The Daily Beast takes a look at some of the funniest questions—and best answers—from the Taco Bell AMA.Q: What’s the worst thing about being the president of Taco Bell?A: It is the greatest job ever.

Crisis

Waiting for Death in Washington

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With bodies recovered from the landslide but no names released, the town of Oso hopes for the best and anticipates the worst.

On the fifth day after a tremendous mudslide buried a portion of a village nestled in the bottom of a picturesque western Washington river valley, anxious residents received sobering news.The list of the missing—which had once been as high as 220 and on Tuesday sat at 176—has been definitively reduced to 90 names. Another list includes 35 names about which “we just don’t know,” said a Snohomish County official at a press briefing Wednesday evening.

STEALTH FIGHTER

The Dramatic Life of Joy Reid

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Ronan Farrow may have gotten all the attention, but another new anchor at MSNBC started the same day as him. And Joy Reid’s life story is every bit as colorful as his.

Joy Reid loves the sweet science of boxing because “it’s a sport, even at the turn of the 20th century, where a black man could beat up a white man in front of an entire crowd and not get lynched.”        The even-tempered Reid—whose month-old program The Reid Report airs weekday afternoons on MSNBC—describes the Tea Party as a movement that “under the surface is about cross-racial resentment…a great industry in hatred and anger and self-victimization…There’s a lot of money in it.

BOOZEHOUNDS

Secret Service, Drunk Again

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Just two years after releasing new sanctions about boozing off-hours, another one of the president’s men is found passed out drunk—in Amsterdam of all places. Time to sober up, guys.

A Secret Service scandal in 2012 involving alcohol and prostitutes led to new rules specifying that, while traveling for work, “alcohol may only be consumed in moderate amounts.” Now, the agency is in the spotlight again after an agent was reportedly found passed out inebriated on the floor of an Amsterdam hotel last Sunday, only hours ahead of the president’s arrival in the country.Tuesday night, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan acknowledged that the agency “did send three employees home for disciplinary reasons.

UNGOOP

What’s ‘Conscious Uncoupling’?

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have announced their intention to ‘consciously uncouple’—whatever that means. But could something quite sensible lie behind this hokey-sounding separation cleanse?

For Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, there will be no clothes thrown out of windows, car tires slashed, and screaming confrontations on the street. No, unsurprisingly for this queen of all things holistic—who once heard rocks talking to her—even the breakdown of her marriage must come, as they say, from a good place. As revealed in a break-up statement on her website Goop, she and Martin have decided to “consciously uncouple.”Consider yourself in good company if you think this sounds like one of those hippy-dippy expressions new-agers say in the heat of the Los Angeles sun, and in response everyone around them just nods politely while thinking, “Yeah, good luck with whatever that is.

Tough Luck

Obama’s Human Rights Chief M.I.A.

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The Senate was set to confirm a new leader for the State Department’s human rights agenda. But at the last minute, Obama’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia cut in—just in time for Obama’s trip to meet the Saudi King.

Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry made calls to senators urging them to confirm the State Department’s top human rights official; he thought the Senate leadership was on board. But suddenly, the White House stepped in and bumped the human rights nominee in favor of Joseph William Westphal, the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, only days before President Obama is set to visit the country to repair a damaged relationship.Westphal was confirmed Wednesday night.

Exclusive

Hitting Russians Where It Hurts

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Estonia’s President Ilves says go after the Kremlin’s banks like you’d go after a terrorist’s, question the legitimacy of Russian passports, and never doubt Putin’s taste for territory.

As president of a small Baltic republic that was occupied by the Soviet Union for more than four decades, Estonia’s Toomas Hendrik Ilves is all too familiar with the way Russia has treated its neighbors. For years he’s warned about the revanchist agenda and aggressive behavior of Russian President Vladimir Putin. And now that the world has seen the Kremlin’s reckless, ruthless actions in Ukraine and Crimea, influential leaders in the respectable salons of Washington, Brussels and other European capitals are starting to pay attention.

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