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Exclusive: Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview’

thedailybeast.com — The Daily Beast has unearthed several emails that reveal at least two U.S. government officials screened a rough cut of the Kim Jong-Un assassination comedy The Interview in late June and gave the film-including a final scene that sees the dictator's head explode-their blessing.
Dec 18, 2014

Misleading story: Doesn't sound to me like US gov officials gave "The Interview" their "blessing" thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: EXCLUSIVE: Sony emails allege U.S. govt. officials OK’d controversial ending to ‘The Interview’ thebea.st/1GtTNRa #TheInterview

Dec 17, 2014

RT @tomgara: William Boot really on a roll. RT @justinjm1 SONY EMAILS: State Dept. blessed The Interview's assassination scene thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

Dec 17, 2014

William Boot really on a roll. RT @justinjm1 SONY EMAILS: State Dept. blessed The Interview's assassination scene thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

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What if 'Serial' Has No Ending?

Cuba Protects America’s Most Wanted

thedailybeast.com — With the prisoner exchange and the normalizing of relations with Cuba arises the question of the dozens of American fugitives enjoying asylum there-including a cop killer on the FBI's most wanted terrorist list with a $1 million reward offered for her capture.

Sony Surrenders, Pulls ‘The Interview’

Dec 17, 2014

See: SONY. RT @justinjm1 "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." — Churchill thedailybeast.com/cheats/2014/12…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: Sony may lose $100 million by pulling @sethrogen's Kim Jong Un assassination comedy @TheInterview: thebea.st/1Gtuhve

Dec 17, 2014

RT @GlenKorstrom: Shocking. Sony pulls its The Interview movie because of terrorist threats thebea.st/1DQ0Pls Pirated versions'll undoubtedly proliferate

Dec 17, 2014

RT @justinjm1: "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." — Churchill thedailybeast.com/cheats/2014/12…

Dec 17, 2014

Shocking. Sony pulls its The Interview movie because of terrorist threats thebea.st/1DQ0Pls Pirated versions'll undoubtedly proliferate

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Meet America’s Next Ambassador to Cuba

thedailybeast.com — Resuming diplomatic relations with Cuba means a promotion for Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the career foreign service officer currently serving as chief of mission in the U.S. interest section in Havana. He will become charge d'affaires, which confers much the same status as ambassador.
Dec 18, 2014

"He’s not the life of the party, let’s put it that way." RT @thedailybeast Meet America’s next ambassador to Cuba thebea.st/1AuTi5H

Dec 18, 2014

Meet America’s Next Ambassador to Cuba thebea.st/1C2PVE4 via @eleanorclift

Obama Announces New Era for U.S., Cuba

Dec 17, 2014

The U.S. has restored full diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in 50 years, but the embargo stands: j.mp/1BZcLfP

Dec 17, 2014

The United States will normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, open embassy in Havana thebea.st/1DOHAss

Dec 17, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: The United States will normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, open embassy in Havana thebea.st/1vZ5cjY pic.twitter.com/UwdhpV3ZYr

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U.S. Finds North Korea Behind Sony Hack

Dec 17, 2014

RT @swin24: "White House is debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of launching a cyberterrorism campaign against Sony" thedailybeast.com/cheats/2014/12…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: BREAKING: U.S. determines North Korea was "centrally involved" in the Sony hack thebea.st/1GtC644

Dec 17, 2014

RT @swin24: "White House is debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of launching a cyberterrorism campaign against Sony" thedailybeast.com/cheats/2014/12…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @swin24: "White House is debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of launching a cyberterrorism campaign against Sony" thedailybeast.com/cheats/2014/12…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @swin24: "White House is debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of launching a cyberterrorism campaign against Sony" thedailybeast.com/cheats/2014/12…

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Hollywood Surrenders to North Korea

thedailybeast.com — It's so surreal as to be ripe for satire. Over the past few weeks, Sony Pictures Entertainment has been under attack by a group of cyber-terrorists dubbed "Guardians of Peace," who have breached Sony's company servers and released nine caches of internal company documents, ranging from the private email correspondences of top-level executives to the Social Security numbers and personal information of employees.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: The Cyber-Terrorists Have Won: Sony yanks "The Interview" from theaters, sets dangerous precedent thebea.st/13zZ1Nk #TheInterview

Dec 17, 2014

The Cyber-terrorists Have Won: Sony Yanks ‘The Interview’ From Theaters, Sets Dangerous Precedent thebea.st/1zxjpcA via @marlownyc

Dec 17, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: The Cyber-Terrorists Have Won: Sony yanks "The Interview" from theaters, sets dangerous precedent thebea.st/13zZ1Nk #TheInterview

Dec 17, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: The Cyber-Terrorists Have Won: Sony yanks "The Interview" from theaters, sets dangerous precedent thebea.st/13zZ1Nk #TheInterview

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The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway

thedailybeast.com — At the highest navigable point of the Congo River, thick jungle creates an impenetrable wall of green around a large island. Apart from the dug-out canoes transporting bundles of thin trees from its shores, there's little sign that the land is inhabited. But just up the steep river bank and through the brush is an opening.

Air Pollution Linked to Autism

Prosecutors Have No Idea When 9/11 Mastermind’s Trial Will Start

thedailybeast.com — GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE-Justice for the five men accused of conspiring to bring about the 9/11 attacks have been delayed another week by the cancelation of court proceedings-the latest road bump on a years-long process to bring the process to a conclusion.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @LarryAkey: Per @timkmak, Gitmo's chief prosecutor won't even guess when KSM trial might begin - thebea.st/1J8ZeHz

Harvard’s Conservative Cabal Takes Congress

thedailybeast.com — Mocking the arrogance of "liberals from Harvard" is a foolproof applause line for any Republican looking to rev up a conservative audience. But when the 114 th Congress gavels into session in January, GOP speechwriters are going to need some new material.
Dec 18, 2014

“Ted Cruz, by the way, is not a Harvard man. He’s a mere alumni.” Sick burn from Harvey Mansfield. thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

Obama Realizes What 10 Presidents Didn’t: Isolating Cuba Doesn’t Work

thedailybeast.com — The Obama administration made the dramatic announcement Wednesday that it is ending efforts to isolate Cuba that date back more than 50 years. And while Congress will have to decide whether to end a formal economic embargo and a ban on casual tourism, senior administration officials said in a White House conference call that they would do everything within their power to end what they called a "failed policy."
Dec 18, 2014

RT @charlesjaco1: Good read by @csdickey on how Obama will change Americans' ability to travel to Cuba w/o new RW Congress. thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @RoryRiddler: After 50 years let's try something new: #Obama Knows Isolating #Cuba Doesn’t Work thebea.st/13yjOAZ via @csdickey

Dec 17, 2014

Good read by @csdickey on how Obama will change Americans' ability to travel to Cuba w/o new RW Congress. thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

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Aging Cuban Exiles And Their Lawmakers Bypassed by White House

thedailybeast.com — MIAMI - Cuban-American leaders and lawmakers were blindsided by the possible end of the half-century old U.S. embargo towards Cuba, leaving congressional aides scrambling and anti-Castro activists fuming. It was clear the secret negotiations over 18 months between senior officials from both governments had left out Cuban-American lawmakers.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: News of an opening with Cuba has enraged the old guard of Miami that has longed to see the Castro family brought down thebea.st/1zuE4zs

Dec 17, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: News of an opening with Cuba has enraged the old guard of Miami that has longed to see the Castro family brought down thebea.st/1zuE4zs

Dec 17, 2014

Aging Cuban Exiles And Their Lawmakers Bypassed by White House thebea.st/1BZHL2e via @thedailybeast

Gitmo Troops Shocked By Cuba Thaw

Dec 17, 2014

Flying Cuba to Andrews AFB on chartered flight now. Here's brief I filed from Gitmo on Alan Gross right b/f liftoff: thedailybeast.com/cheats/2014/12…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @ryanjreilly: A Gitmo spokeswoman was shocked by the Cuba news, @timkmak reports with a Guantanamo dateline: thedailybeast.com/cheats/2014/12…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @ryanjreilly: A Gitmo spokeswoman was shocked by the Cuba news, @timkmak reports with a Guantanamo dateline: thedailybeast.com/cheats/2014/12…

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How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?

thedailybeast.com — If there's a big winner to emerge from last week's "Cromnibus" budget battle, it's Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. While Ted Cruz turned himself into a pariah yet again (he is fast becoming the Cousin Oliver) of the GOP), Warren gave a speech that made her progressive fans swoon and her critics-not to mention Hillary Clinton--take notice.

Vatican Brokered Secret U.S.-Cuba Talks

Team Cosby and The Thrill of Defeat

thedailybeast.com — Despite virtually unlimited resources, Team Cosby has been losing the PR war. They're frustrated and disillusioned, although munificently paid. The media playing field is hardly level, the zeitgeist is unfavorable, and victory (whatever that means at this point) is highly doubtful.

The Disaster Story That Hollywood Had Coming

thedailybeast.com — As a child, I spent my weekends marinating in catastrophe. Saturday afternoon meant a trip to the Playhouse Theater for a matinee of mayhem- Planet of the Apes, Airport, T he Poseidon Adventure, Soylent Green, Earthquake, The Towering Inferno.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @BrandiKruse: "...a forgettable Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy may very well have triggered the much-feared digital apocalypse." thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: Thank the Sony hackers for this much: They’ve laid bare the very essence of Hollywood hypocrisy. thebea.st/1szlS17

Dec 17, 2014

The Rev. Al: "“Hollywood is like the Rockies. “The higher up it goes the whiter it looks.” rt @DailyBeast ow.ly/G4kdj

Dec 17, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: Thank the Sony hackers for this much: They’ve laid bare the very essence of Hollywood hypocrisy. thebea.st/1szlS17