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'Argo' In The Congo: The Ghosts Of The Stanleyville Hostage Crisis

thedailybeast.com — THE PILOT Captain Mack Secord surveyed the thick jungle from his cockpit window, and steered the Lockheed C-130 transport plane along a smooth cut made by the snaking Congo River. Dawn was rising on November 24, 1964, and there was a slight fog but otherwise clear visibility.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @thebrandedgirl: Read @NinaStrochlic's latest reporting on the ghosts of one of the most complex hostage rescue operations in history thebea.st/1y1wTwz

Nov 23, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: One of the largest hostage rescue missions in history happened 50 years ago in the Congo thebea.st/1xPTm2d pic.twitter.com/iNzPcFaQFt

Nov 23, 2014

RT @timmcdonnell: 50 yrs later, a Congolese city reels from the biggest US hostage rescue you've never heard of thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/… pic.twitter.com/wIEMqwgILE

Nov 23, 2014

Read @NinaStrochlic's latest reporting on the ghosts of one of the most complex hostage rescue operations in history thebea.st/1y1wTwz

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The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio

thedailybeast.com — September 6, 2013 is a day that will go down in history, at least in the minds of former staff members of Talk Radio Network. It was a Friday-payday-and for many employees, it would be their last day. At the radio syndication company's Oregon headquarters, paychecks were distributed alongside pink slips.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: The rise and fall of Roy Masters, the godfather of right-wing radio thebea.st/1FgNKPb

Nov 23, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: The rise and fall of Roy Masters, the godfather of right-wing radio thebea.st/1FgNKPb

Iran Nuke Deal: A Matter of War or Peace

thedailybeast.com — Only a few hours are left before time runs out on negotiations with Iran to contain its nuclear program, and everyone's asking, "Deal or no deal?" But the real question is, "War or peace?" "People forget where we were two years ago," says Rouzbeh Parsi, a Swedish academic who was briefed last week with a handful of other observers by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Nov 23, 2014

Coworkers can attest, when he got elected I kept saying "Rouhani will be different" thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

Nov 23, 2014

Will be on CNN abt 6:30 EST discussing Iran Nuke Deal: A Matter of War or Peace thebea.st/1xmh40I via @csdickey #IranTalksVienna

‘Hizzoner’ Marion Barry Was A Towering Yet Flawed Political Titan

thedailybeast.com — Even though I'd been living in Washington, D.C., for most of his time as "Mayor for Life"-suffering with the rest of the citizenry through high taxes, a rising murder rate and less-than-stellar city services-I didn't actually speak with Marion S. Barry Jr. until a March day in 2002.

Inside The Metropolitan Opera’s Insane Year

thedailybeast.com — Last week during Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Metropolitan Opera, I was watching an old man hump a table in front of a mountain of garbage when it occurred to me: the last six months have been particularly bizarre at the Met. And that's saying a lot for the Metropolitan Opera.
Nov 23, 2014

From blood-spattered men in wedding dresses to furious protesters @SchleppyNabucco writes up Met Opera's nutty year thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

‘Mockingjay’s’ Mastermind: Francis Lawrence on the Book vs. Movie, ISIS Parallels, and More

thedailybeast.com — "One of the big themes-if not the big theme-of Mockingjay - Part 1 is the battle of the airwaves," director Francis Lawrence tells The Daily Beast. "I don't think teenagers really understand the role propaganda has in our lives in terms of politics, advertising, and the general manipulation of imagery."
Nov 23, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: Director Francis Lawrence on "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1": "I think there are parallels with ISIS..." thebea.st/1uYU7Cs

No Wonder Cosby's Keeping Quiet: He Could Still Be Prosecuted

thedailybeast.com — As rape accusations swirl around one of America's most beloved father figures, Bill Cosby, there are more questions than answers. First and foremost, of course, is whether he did it or not-and whether we'll ever know for sure. Perhaps equally important are the many questions being asked about gender, race, and why some voices are listened to more than others.

Papers, Please: Police State Cigarettes

thedailybeast.com — Big tobacco is hardly unique to the United States. Every country in the world is awash in cigarettes and the pack of smokes has long been used to send a message-usually not one promoting smoke-free lungs. The world's police states, past and present, aren't shy about using the packs' few square inches to promote Dear Leader.

Floods Coming to Buffalo on Sunday

thedailybeast.com — Seven feet of snow now melting.

Gunmen Attack Bus in Kenya, Kill 28

thedailybeast.com — Non-Muslims picked off and killed.

The O Word: Christopher Dickey on What Occupation Means Today

thedailybeast.com — Some of America's first homegrown terrorists were the original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and they can teach us a lot about the trouble we're in today at home and in the rest of the world.

Ferguson Grand Jury to Reconvene Monday

thedailybeast.com — Tried and failed to reach verdict on Friday.

Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’

thedailybeast.com — Stephen Merchant's had a whirlwind tour of New York. The Brit, along with Ricky Gervais, served as co-creator of the revered TV series' The Office and Extras and, standing at an imposing 6-foot-7, served as the lanky line above Gervais' spherical dot, forming an exclamation point.

Meet the Rescue Pilots of 'Ebola Air'

thedailybeast.com — Phoenix Air Group, a U.S.-based air charter, can fly anything. Designed for "special missions," the privately owned company is capable of transporting precious cargo anywhere in the world. In the 30 years since the company's inception, "cargo" has had many meanings. For air supplier Hughes Aircraft, it was crucial satellite pieces from Russia.
Nov 23, 2014

The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. thebea.st/1Fd6grR via @abbyhaglage

Nov 22, 2014

The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix. thebea.st/1Fd6grR via @abbyhaglage

Days of Mafia Mayhem Are Wracking Italy Once Again

thedailybeast.com — ROME - Lucia Aielli, an anti-Mafia judge in the southern Italian city of Latina, was as surprised as anyone when she read a funeral announcement posted at the school her three children attend and on the door to the tribunal where she worked.

Clinton Adviser: Bush-Portman Ticket Could Doom Dems in 2016

thedailybeast.com — What could derail the Democratic Party in 2014? A combined Jeb Bush-Rob Portman ticket. That, at least, is the assessment of Harold Ickes, a longtime Hillary Clinton adviser and one of the organizers of Ready for Hillary, the super PAC that has been laying the groundwork for a Clinton campaign.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @STetreaultDC: Some Republicans -- and Dems -- think this GOP ticket could doom Hillary in 2016. @freedlander: ow.ly/EJaAl #lvrj

Nov 22, 2014

Some Republicans -- and Dems -- think this GOP ticket could doom Hillary in 2016. @freedlander: ow.ly/EJaAl #lvrj

Nov 21, 2014

Bush's Hispanic cred aside, didn't idea that Prez/VP candidates' home states matter die w Al Gore & Paul Ryan? thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

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The Agony of Cosby’s Biographer: Why Mark Whitaker Ignored Rape Allegations

thedailybeast.com — Every so often, as he tries to explain, defend and justify his decision to omit the rape allegations from his biography of Bill Cosby, Mark Whitaker sighs. "Well, look, obviously the story has changed, and I'm going to have to address that in future editions of the book, if not sooner," Whitaker says, exhaling.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @DVNJr: Bill Cosby's biographer ignored the rape allegations in his book and now offers ways for Cosby to reinvent himself. thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

Nov 22, 2014

RT @davidfrum: Cosby biographer knew of rape allegations but opted against investigating them thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

Nov 22, 2014

Bill Cosby's biographer ignored the rape allegations in his book and now offers ways for Cosby to reinvent himself. thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

Nov 22, 2014

RT @davidfolkenflik: Cosby author Whitaker: Maybe he can "make amends by giving whole bunch of money to anti-sexual-abuse causes" thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

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Week in Photos: November 22, 2014

thedailybeast.com — From a protest ahead of the Ferguson grand jury decision to bullet holes after a Jerusalem synagogue attack and a baby baboon in Turkey, see the week's most striking photos.

Ferguson Protesters Harass Black Police, Call for Darren Wilson’s Death

thedailybeast.com — FERGUSON, Mo. - In August, protesters shouted "Hands up, don't shoot!" and "No justice, no peace, no racist police!" Now, three months after Michael Brown was killed by Darren Wilson-and days or hours before the grand jury's decision-the demands have become a base ultimatum. "What do we want?" "Darren Wilson!"