Jimmy Kimmel Drags Trump for Endorsing Randy Quaid, a QAnon Conspiracy Theorist

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On Tuesday, as a deadly virus rages out of control across the country killing over a thousand people a day, outgoing President Donald Trump spent an inordinate amount of time retweeting his admirers on Twitter.

One of the people Trump retweeted was the actor Randy Quaid, who’s mostly made the news of late for his arrests, conspiracy theories—including QAnon—and attempts to escape outstanding warrants in the U.S. by seeking asylum in Canada. (He now resides in Vermont, along with his wife Evi.)

“Team Biden is now officially in contact with members of the outgoing administration but Trump still refuses to identify himself as ‘outgoing.’ He has not conceded, this is Day 21 of #Squattergate, and he is ready to eat his own,” offered Jimmy Kimmel during his late-night monologue. “He is not happy with Fox News, or some of his fellow Republicans. This morning, he expressed this displeasure by retweeting actor Randy Quaid.”

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Obama Tells Colbert That Trump ‘Exceeded’ His Worst Nightmares

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More than eight months after he was forced to perform his monologue from a bathtub, Stephen Colbert finally conducted a face-to-face interview. And he couldn’t have asked for a bigger guest.

The Late Show host traveled down to Washington, D.C. this week to sit down, at a healthy distance, with former President Barack Obama and talk about his new best-selling memoir A Promised Land and the perilous state of American democracy in the last days of President Donald Trump.

“I just want to take a moment to drink you in for just a moment,” Colbert said early in the interview. “Because I’m having to get used to looking at a president again. I’ve gotten out of the habit. I have to warm up for Joe Biden. I don’t want to pull anything when I see him take the oath of office.”

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Lou Dobbs Still Believes in Sidney Powell: When Will the Trump Presidency Be ‘Saved’?

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Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs is still holding out hope that President Donald Trump will remain in the White House come Jan. 21 and Sidney Powell will help make it happen, even though the Trump legal team has disavowed Powell and the Trump administration has already begun the transition process.

Interviewing Powell on Tuesday’s broadcast of his eponymous program, Dobbs first described the former federal prosecutor as a “great American” before giving her the floor to once again lay out her unfounded conspiracy about Dominion voting machines and corrupt software.

“Well, you have promised a Kraken will be unleashed,” Dobbs asked, referencing Powell’s widely mocked catchphrase. “We were expecting perhaps your suit would be filed yesterday or today. When shall we expect your lawsuit?”

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Hospital CEO Who Refused to Wear Mask Pushed Into Retirement

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The CEO of a Midwest hospital system is out of a job days after he sent a bizarre letter to employees in which he said he would not be wearing a mask because he believed he was immune after contracting COVID-19.

Kelby Krabbenhoft, who is not a doctor, had headed Sanford Health since 1996. Just a a few weeks ago, after the announcement of a merger with Intermountain Health, he said he planned on staying another 18 months.

But that all changed after his email—which was shocking enough that Sanford officials quickly put out a statement disavowing it.

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‘The Bachelorette’ Just Got Important

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On Tuesday night, The Bachelorette delivered a genuine twist: The long-running, traditionally ultra-white ABC show got candid about race.

During an alternately sweet and intense one-on-one date, Bachelorette Tayshia Adams and contestant Ivan Hall discussed police brutality, the white homogeneity of Orange County, and the Black Lives Matter protests that have emerged since the police killing of George Floyd. Given the show’s traditional devotion to staying as apolitical as possible, Tuesday’s raw conversation was a striking departure—and a welcome one at that.

Ivan wrote and performed a charming serenade to win his alone time with Tayshia—bringing her onto the stage as a winning personal touch. Thanks to COVID, this season’s romantic outings are a bit limited—so the couple shared an intimate night in Tayshia’s suite, playing Floor is Lava and ordering a huge bowl of ice cream. (No, seriously. BIG!)

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Progressives Can’t Find Anyone in Biden’s Cabinet to Be Mad About—Yet

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When President-elect Joe Biden announced Ron Klain to be the White House Chief of Staff in his forthcoming administration, a rush of leading voices in the Democratic Party’s left wing publicly applauded the move.

Then came the official nomination of Tony Blinken as secretary of state. And John Kerry as climate czar. And news reports about Janet Yellen leading the Treasury Department.

Those too were met with nods of approval from some of the most vociferous forces on the left.

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Trumpworld Keeps Raising Cash for Rudy’s Legal Fight. But Key Figures Are Fleeing.

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Donald Trump’s quixotic attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election has created a fissure within his own ranks, as top campaign officials and allied donors seek distance from a legal effort that they increasingly view as a pointless laughingstock.

The breakdown, sources with direct knowledge say, has been evident for some time just below the surface. Staff in leadership roles on the 2020 reelection campaign have disappeared from public view. Others, including campaign manager Bill Stepien, have had limited to no involvement in the legal campaign to challenge the vote results in key states, and have privately said they want nothing to do with it. And committees ostensibly tasked with ginning up support for the president have stayed conspicuously on the sidelines.

Increasingly, however, the disagreements are bursting into the open, with operatives, lawmakers, and money men saying they find no utility in what Trump is currently doing.

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An ER Doctor’s Nightmarish Search for Phantom COVID Beds

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Arizona was reporting the state had 175 vacant ICU beds, but Dr. Cleavon Gilman could not find a single hospital to accept ICU transfers from his overtaxed rural facility as he worked Sunday into Monday.

“Where are the 175 ICU beds?” the 41-year-old emergency medicine physician asked when he spoke to The Daily Beast on Sunday evening. “They say it’s 175 beds available. That’s not what we’re hearing. We’re hearing there are NO beds available.”

On previous days, when the need arose, Gilman had simply arranged to have a patient flown to another hospital just as he might have arranged a medevac when he was a combat Navy corpsman with the Marines in Iraq in 2004. But that was not an option when he arrived at work on Sunday.

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Romance Scammer Brothers Targeted Elderly Victims on ‘Words With Friends’: Authorities

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Two brothers in Maryland are charged in a $5-million scheme that involved a network of fraudsters who romanced more than 200 victims—many of them “elderly and isolated”—to siphon funds from their savings and retirement accounts.

David Annor, 27, and Lesley Annor, 22, of Gaithersburg, were arrested for money laundering last week. The feds say their co-conspirators courted the victims, ages 38 to 83, using a roster of phony identities with back stories fit for a soap opera.

One man claimed to be a military service member in Afghanistan who needed tens of thousands of dollars for surgery. Another said he was an underwater welder whose equipment was damaged at a job site. Then there was the single mom who’d just finished nursing school in Germany and needed money to pay her lawyer.

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Second Hasidic Wedding Probed in New York Amid Superspreader Fears

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The New York State Department of Health says it is investigating a Hasidic wedding that was scheduled in upstate New York Monday evening at a synagogue where throngs of people were seen gathering without masks and not practicing social distancing.

Officials were so concerned about the event, originally set to take place at the Congregation Yetev Lev synagogue in Kiyras Joel, that they issued a cease and desist order to leaders of the Satmar sect just hours before it was due to get underway. Still, a steady stream of bearded, black-hatted men were seen gathering at the massive synagogue around the event’s originally-scheduled time.

“The order we issued on Monday morning was clear: social gatherings must follow strict protocols regarding capacity limits, mask wearing, and social distancing in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” a spokesperson for the New York State Department of Health told The Daily Beast in a statement. “We are aware of reports that a gathering was held and are investigating whether there was adherence to the guidelines laid out in the order. If not, we will pursue all appropriate legal remedies.”

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