Trump: So What if North Korea Fired Off Weapons? Kim Jong Un Dissed Joe Biden for Me

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President Trump says he isn’t bothered by North Korea’s recent weapons testing, unlike some of his own “people,” because Kim Jong Un has already shown his loyalty by making a crack at Joe Biden.  

“North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me,” Trump tweeted Sunday while visiting Japan. “I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Bidan a low IQ individual, & worse,” the president wrote. “Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?”

Bizarrely, Trump made the comments not only just hours after his own national security adviser condemned North Korea for testing ballistic missiles, but also right before his scheduled meeting in Japan with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who also spoke out about the missile testing.

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Scouted: Give Yourself the Best Beach Day With a Bag That Will Hold All Your Stuff and Look Good Doing It

Finding the right beach bag for your style of beach-bumming is imperative to the enjoyment of a day in the sand. You need to find one that will hold all of your stuff while looking good and keeping your valuables secure from the elements (sand and electronics are mortal enemies). We’ve rounded up a list of some of the best out there that will make your relaxing beach day even more stressfree.

Net Baggu, $46 from Baggu: This bag may be tiny, but it means business. The net design means no sand will get brought back with you when you leave and it comes with a small canvas pouch to store your valuables in.

Frances Valentine Large Margaret Tote Bag, $228 from Shopbop: The best part of this bag is that it stands up on its own. The wicker bottom gives you a secure base to set in the sand and the translucent vinyl means even a stray splash won’t harm the interior.

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Amanda Eller, Missing Maui Yoga Instructor, Ate Berries and Drank From Waterfalls to Survive

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Amanda Eller, the 35-year-old yoga instructor and physical therapist who went missing on a hike in a Maui forest on May 8, ate plants and berries and drank from the base of waterfalls to survive, her rescuers say.

Chris Berquist, a friend who was fired from a part-time job for not returning to work until he found Eller, told Maui Now that she was “alive and well” and, despite cuts to her legs and severe sun exposure, was “walking and healthy.”

“We found her in a stream bed, she was waving up at us while we were in the helicopter, and we got her out nice and safe,” Berquist told ABC News Radio. “She was not injured. She has a little bit of exposure from the sun, a little bit of sunburn. She lost her shoes a few days in. But no injuries.”

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Scouted: These Portable Bluetooth Speakers Have a 4.9-Star Average Rating — and Are On Sale Right Now

The folks at one of Scouted readers’ favorite electronics brands Anker has repackaged their extremely highly rated Bluetooth speakers into a perfect Father’s Day gift — and marked down the price by 23%. The Soundcore Flare portable speakers, which play multi-directional sound and sync to each other for custom style surround sound, are $50 right now (that’s the lowest price they’ve ever been) and come with a limited edition travel case. The enhanced bass, all-around 360-degree sound, and LEDs that phase, pulse, and shine in sync with your music, got reviewers to rate the Flares 4.9 stars, on average — a rare occurrence to be that well-liked. Use code ILOVEFATHER to trigger the discount at checkout and give your dad a pair of portable speakers that are easy to use, modern, and which will supplant a lack of entertainment at any family get together or party for many years to come.

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Scouted: The 10 Best Memorial Day Mattress Sales, According to Experts

Memorial Day Weekend is famous for the many mattress sales it surfaces — and this year is no exception. To help you sift through all of your options, we teamed up with the expert reviewers over at Mattress Advisor to help us break down each of the best mattress deals around right now. Using a 6-point testing procedure and 8-point evaluation* in their Mattress Lab for every single mattress, they gave us some tips on what Scouted readers should know and keep in mind as they’re shopping this Memorial Day weekend for the greatest savings and highest quality mattress. Below we put together each of the sales with how much you’ll be saving, the codes you need to use for discounts, and insights into the mattresses themselves.

Save up to $200 on mattresses at Helix: Use code MDW100 to get $100 off and two free Dream Pillows with any mattress purchase. Use code MDW150 to get $150 off any order of $1,250 and up (and get the free pillows). Use code MDW200 to get $200 off any order of $1,750 and up (and yes, free pillows). Here’s why the Mattress Advisor reviewers scored the Helix Midnight mattress 8.9 out of 10: “Helix is the perfect solution for couples. If you’re sharing your bed with a sleeping partner, you have the option to choose a dual comfort mattress (which personalizes each side of the bed based on test results). Are you a hot sleeper? If so, you can upgrade the outer cover of your Helix mattress to the Ultra-Cool knit cover to keep you from waking up in those midnight sweats.”

Get up to 25% off sitewide at Brooklyn Bedding: Use code MEMORIAL25. MA reviewers scored the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress 8.9: “Brooklyn Bedding mattresses are the real deal — they’re made with quality materials and built to last. The Aurora is available in three firmness levels to provide a personalized level of comfort and support. This mattress is one of the coolest (temperature wise) mattresses we have ever had in the Mattress Lab. Even weeks after unboxing, it was still cool to the touch. Even though Brooklyn Bedding has retail locations, they still own the manufacturing process from start to finish and sell their mattresses directly to customers.”

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The Hollywood Celebs Complicit in R. Kelly’s Reign of Terror

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Filmmaker dream hampton reached out to a number of celebrities for her game-changing documentary Surviving R. Kelly. Stars like Lady Gaga, Erykah Badu, Celine Dion, Jay-Z, and Dave Chappelle all reportedly declined to participate in the series, which dug deep into the numerous allegations of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse against the R&B singer. John Legend was ultimately one of the only A-listers who agreed to participate. “It was incredibly difficult to get people who had collaborated (artistically) with Kelly to come forward,” Hampton told The Detroit Free Press. It’s impossible to walk away from Surviving R. Kelly and not feel deeply disappointed in the many artists who continued to work with Kelly for years, in light of child pornography charges and nearly two decades of damning lawsuits and well-reported allegations.

Soulless, the upcoming book from reporter Jim DeRogatis, who effectively broke the R. Kelly story in 2000 and has been covering it ever since, aims to hold these stars accountable.

As this definitive work lays out the timeline of allegations, from Tiffany Hawkins’ 1996 lawsuit against R. Kelly to 2017 claims that the singer was abusing women in his own “cult,” it also makes sure to include the myriad instances of music industry complicity. Artists who may have purposefully looked away from DeRogatis’ careful reporting could not believably claim ignorance in the wake of R. Kelly’s 2002 child pornography indictment. And yet, the lead-up to Kelly’s 2008 trial, DeRogatis writes in Soulless, marked “the most successful and lucrative period of Kelly’s long career.” For six years, artists co-signed a man who had been charged with making child pornography, while an avid fan base and forgiving critics and cultural commentators normalized Kelly’s continued success. It’s downright painful to look back on the many years in which powerful stars actively contributed to the singer’s outsized influence, allowing the dangerous predator to feel invincible.

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Going 10 Rounds With Top Sommelier Amy Racine

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What do you like to drink after a shift? “Usually a Guinness, although Champagne is always preferred or an Old-Fashioned if I need something stronger.”

What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? ““Rock With You” by Michael Jackson.”

Name the first good drink you ever drank and where you had it.“Trimbach Gewürztraminer at Smith & Wollensky. I was curious about the name of the grape more than anything. It was a great introduction into wine because it’s so aromatic and everything just jumps out of the glass.”

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Satellite Images Raise Questions About Iran Threat, Experts Say

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A piece of evidence in the Trump administration’s case against Iran may be less than it seems.

The Trump administration announced Friday that it is sending 1,500 new troops to the Persian Gulf and authorizing new arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in order to counter a rising Iranian threat in the region. But satellite images provided exclusively to The Daily Beast by the company Planet Labs show that a component of the administration’s description of Iran’s aggressive behavior—an apparent positioning of Iranian missiles onto boats—may not be as clear in commercial imagery as anonymous administration officials claimed it to be in statements to other publications.

The images do show an unusual activity spike at the base where officials told The New York Times they saw Iranian troops loading missiles onto tiny boats known as dhows. A source familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast that U.S. intelligence picked up signs that looked like Iran was developing a capability to quietly launch cruise missiles and “attack oil infrastructure on land” from the boats. Outside experts, however, have doubts about how strong the evidence of missile activity really is. Previously, sources familiar with intelligence about Iranian’s behavior said the administration appeared to be overstating the imminence of the threat. Later, sources told The Daily Beast that U.S. intelligence showed Iran’s new aggressive steps came in direct response to Trump administration moves.

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Trump’s Public Enemies List Is an Impeachable Offense

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Long before becoming president, Donald Trump called for the jailing of his adversaries. Aided by Attorney General William Barr, he may now actually be training the full force of federal law enforcement against his enemies, real or perceived. Unlike Richard Nixon, who acted in secret, Trump is corrupting the justice system openly and publicly. 

The seriousness of such a presidential abuse of power, and its potential for undermining the constitutional order, could well surpass any of the crimes detailed in the Mueller Report. Indeed, the Congress long ago recognized that such misconduct can merit impeachment.

Trump’s desire to investigate the investigators who uncovered the Russian plot to elect him president has taken on a special urgency since the release of the Mueller Report, with Trump repeatedly accusing government officials of “treason,” and the White House declaring: “This whole thing was a TAKEDOWN ATTEMPT at the President of the United States.” 

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San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott Does a 180, Says Raid on Journalist Was Wrong

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San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott apologized on Friday for his department’s raid on a freelance journalist’s home and office in an effort to unmask his confidential source.

“(Police) should have done a better job,” Scott said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’m sorry that this happened. I’m sorry to the people of San Francisco. I’m sorry to the mayor. We have to fix it. We know there were some concerns in that investigation and we know we have to fix it.”

The reversal comes after weeks of national outrage over the incident. First Amendment advocates and lawmakers, including Democratic 2020 presidential contender Kamala Harris, have backed journalist Bryan Carmody and condemned the police department’s actions.

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