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1. ‘GATHERING OF JUDGES’
Alito Cancels Event After Supreme Court Leak of Roe Opinion

After Politico published a leaked draft opinion from the desk of the Supreme Court stating they had voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, justices were placed on the public hot seat, none more so than the author of the draft, Justice Samuel Alito. And so by Wednesday night, Alito had canceled a scheduled appearance he was slated to make at a legal conference set to begin on Thursday, Reuters reports. “Alito had been set to appear at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ judicial conference, a gathering of judges from the New Orleans-based federal appeals court and the district courts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas,” the publication reported, citing a source familiar with the matter. But Alito pulled out of the speaking arrangement, with a spokesperson for the Supreme Court giving no reason for the cancellation.

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2. ‘HE’S A DEAL GUY’
Senate Hopeful Praises ‘Awesome’ Trump Idea to Buy Greenland

The final debate in the contentious Republican Senate primary in Pennsylvania went briefly off the rails on Wednesday when Carla Sands, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark under President Donald Trump, lavishly praised the idea, if that’s the word for it, he threw out in 2019 about buying Greenland from Denmark. As front-runners David McCormick and Mehmet Oz feuded with each other, Greta Van Susteren, moderating the debate for Newsmax, asked Sands of the Greenland proposal, “What do you think of that?” and the candidate replied: “I thought it was an awesome idea, because he’s a deal guy. And we know Denmark can’t afford to develop or defend Greenland.” Sands is in fourth place at 8.8 percent in a crowded field, according to the RealClearPolling average, 10 points behind Oz, who won Trump’s endorsement last month, and nearly 15 behind McCormick.

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3. HOLY ROLLER
Ailing Pope Appears in Wheelchair in Public For First Time

Pope Francis was photographed in a wheelchair being rolled into an audience with a group of nuns on Thursday, marking the first time the increasingly ailing pontiff has been seen in public unable to walk on his own accord. Francis told an Italian newspaper earlier in the week that he had torn a ligament in his knee and he has cancelled many events because of the pain. The 85-year-old Argentine leader of the Catholic Church has suffered a number of health scares in recent years, including colon surgery and troubling back pain that has left him unable to attend his flock on a number of occasions. He currently has trips to Lebanon, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Canada scheduled for the summer months.

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4. BRUTAL
Dad Killed Teen Daughter Weeks Before Graduation: Cops

A 42-year-old father allegedly beat his 17-year-old daughter to death in their Tinley Park, Illinois home just weeks before the girl was set to graduate from high school. Police say Mohammed Almaru had slit his wrists and throat and was under the influence of narcotics when they arrived at the family home where they found his badly bruised and beaten daughter Mia Maro dead in the basement. There were no witnesses, and the motive is unknown. Almaru remains intubated in the hospital from his wounds and has not been able to respond to police questioning.

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5. STAND IN
Queen to Skip Her Own Garden Parties, Stoking Health Fears

Queen Elizabeth will not attend the summer’s traditional royal garden parties, Buckingham Palace has announced, in the latest development to fuel fears over the 96-year-old British monarch’s health. The parties typically involve the queen standing for protracted periods of time greeting guests, and the palace has said in recent months that she is struggling with pain in her back and general stiffness. The queen herself quipped that she was unable to move, while gesturing towards her foot, during a recent in-person audience. The queen’s non-appearance at the four garden parties—three in London and one in Scotland—the first since the pandemic, will inevitably deepen wider concerns about her health and her ability to attend key events of the Platinum Jubilee, which starts in just four week’s time. Buckingham Palace has been briefing journalists that the queen is unlikely to attend many events, and it has even been suggested that she may not make an in-person appearance at all. The Palace said other family members will stand in for the queen, but a palace source told The Daily Beast that “the format of the parties in terms of length of time they last and the traditional amount of time standing” were “key factors” in other family members attending on her behalf.

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6. FROZEN
Russian Oligarch’s Villa Seized in San Tropez: Reports

French authorities have seized a villa linked to sanctioned Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman, according to reports. Radio Free Liberty’s Ukrainian service reports that the lavish property in San Tropez was added to the French Treasury’s list of “frozen” assets on May 3. An earlier investigation by the news outlet is said to have found that the property, registered to the French company SNC COPAB, is actually owned by Fridman’s daughters, Larisa and Yekaterina, who are the beneficiaries. The Insider reports that a Paris apartment tied to the Fridman family was also seized; that property is reportedly owned by a company whose beneficiaries include the billionaire’s wife and daughters. Fridman, who resides in London, was one of the first oligarchs to be hit with sanctions after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Having grown up in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, he called the war a “huge tragedy” but stopped short of criticizing Vladimir Putin directly.

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7. WHAT WAR?
Belarus President Says He’s Not ‘Immersed’ in Ukraine War

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said his country does not “accept any war” and insisted that they had done everything to avoid the war going on in Ukraine. The autocratic leader told the Associated Press that his personal intervention has been crucial, but that he was “not immersed in this problem enough to say whether it goes according to plan.” He went on to insist that he has been a key peace maker. “Thanks to yours truly, me that is, negotiations between Ukraine and Russia have begun,” he said. He also said Belarus, which allowed Russia to enter Ukraine from its territory, stands for peace and that Ukraine was instead “provoking” Russia.

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8. CUSTOMER SERVICE
No Bail for Taco Bell Worker Who Allegedly Killed Customer

Taco Bell employee Edison Cruz will face a New York City judge on Friday after his arrest for allegedly murdering a former customer and injuring two passers by. Cruz is alleged to have fought with 31-year-old David Scott inside and outside the Bronx taco joint before following him and shooting him in the head. A 34-year old woman and another person standing nearby were also shot, though they are expected to survive their injuries. Surveillance footage caught the entire scene, including Scott charging at Cruz, who then is said to have followed him into a smoke shop where he shot him. The alleged assailant has a previous criminal record, according to the New York Daily News, which includes hurling a plate of pasta at his mother’s head and threatening to kill her.

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9. Everyone Has A Price
Pay Dirt is Back to Break Open the Piggy Bank of Politics

American politics have been muddied by grifts, greed, and dirty financial dealings. As midterm elections steadily approach, untangling the purse strings of D.C.’s most powerful players is more important than ever. The time is right for us to reveal the Beast’s newly rebooted Pay Dirt newsletter.

Launching today, Pay Dirt is a weekly foray into the pigpen of political funding. Every Thursday, reporter Roger Sollenberger will dig deep into the muck to find out how money really moves in Washington. After all, everyone has a price.

The first issue of Pay Dirt goes out at noon today, so now is the time to sign up – you can subscribe for free here. We’ll bring the shovel!

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10. SPEAKING OUT
Olivia Rodrigo Demands the ‘Right to Have a Safe Abortion’

Singer Olivia Rodgrigo is the latest high profile star to speak out about the recent Supreme Court leak on overturning abortion rights. The singer became emotional during the Washington D.C. stop of her SOUR tour as she stopped singing to address her screaming fans, who grew silent to hear her speak. “Our bodies should never be in the hands of politicians,” she said to a raucous reaction from the crowd, and then continued: “I hope we can raise our voices to protect our right to have a safe abortion, which is a right that so many people before us have worked so hard to get.” Her fans cheered and she nodded to her band and continued the concert.

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11. ‘ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDED’
Man Charged After Baby Dies While He Was in Police Station

A Georgia man was charged with second-degree murder after leaving his 8-month-old daughter in a car on an 86-degree day while going into a local police station to ask for his guns back, USA Today reports. When police ran 20-year-old Davied Whatley’s name inside the Snellville Police Department station, a warrant came back for his arrest. While being booked into jail, Whatley allegedly failed to tell officers about the infant he left in the car in the scorching Georgia sun. Forty minutes went by, and the man allegedly still didn’t tell the police about his child. USA Today further reports that Snellville Police detective Jeff Manley said Wednesday at a police presser that at some point, the grandmother of the baby might have been informed about her location by Whatley. “I believe she was alerted by him sometime later, then she went to check on the child,” the detective said. “I’m absolutely astounded that somebody would leave an 8-month-old in a car.”

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12. ‘WE FAILED YOUR FAMILY’
Husband Sues Hospital for Racism in New Mom’s Death

Charles Johnson IV, whose wife, Kira Dixon Johnson, died in 2020 about 12 hours after giving birth to their second child in a scheduled cesarean section performed in just 17 minutes, said he is suing Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for racism. While Kira Johnson, 39, was bleeding internally, the hospital took hours to return her to the operating room despite her husband’s pleas, his suit said, with a nurse telling him at one point that his wife wasn’t a priority. At a press conference outside the hospital on Friday, he said depositions in his ongoing wrongful death suit against the hospital show that “my wife would be here today and be here Sunday celebrating Mother’s Day with her boys if she was a Caucasian woman.” “I’m sorry. We failed your family,” OB-GYN chair Dr. Sarah Kilpatrick said she told Charles Johnson in her deposition. “This shouldn’t have happened.” Angelique Washington, a Black surgical technologist, testified that “patient safety was out the door” when Kira Johnson came into the operating room. In a statement, the hospital said it rejected “any mischaracterization of our culture and values” and that “We commend Mr. Johnson for the attention he has brought to the important issue of racial disparities in maternal outcomes.”

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13. DRAMA!
Ex-Soap Opera Star: The Baby My Wife Is Carrying Isn’t Mine

Steve Burton was let go from General Hospital because he would not comply with the COVID vaccine mandate, but he’s still in the middle of a soap opera. The actor spilled some major tea about wife Sheree Gustin on social media, Page Six reports. “I wanted to clear something up. Sheree and I are separated,” he posted on his Instagram Story. “She recently announced that she’s expecting her 4th child. The child is not mine.” He said he and Gustin, who married in 1999, are “still co-parenting our three beautiful kids. We would appreciate privacy at this time. Much luv, Steve.” There was no comment from Gustin.

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14. TIME TO ‘RE-EVALUATE’
Facebook to Slash Company Hiring Amid Revenue Growth Slump

The company formerly known as Facebook, now called Meta, plans to slow hiring amid slumping revenue, CBNC reported Wednesday. In an email to the publication, Meta acknowledged the slowing of growth at the social media behemoth. “We regularly re-evaluate our talent pipeline according to our business needs and in light of the expense guidance given for this earnings period, we are slowing its growth accordingly,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement to CNBC. “However, we will continue to grow our workforce to ensure we focus on long-term impact.” The news follows the company reporting a slowdown in growth, citing the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine while forecasting a second-quarter revenue drop.

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15. A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS
U.S. Intel Is Helping Ukraine Find Russian Generals to Kill

It turns out that one reason Ukraine has killed a dozen Russian generals already while trying to repel Russia’s invasion is that the United States is providing it with real-time targeting intel to do just that, U.S. officials told The New York Times. “The United States has focused on providing the location and other details about the Russian military’s mobile headquarters, which relocate frequently,” the paper reported. The officials wouldn’t say how many generals they helped Ukraine target, doing so in secret to this point “out of fear it will be seen as an escalation and provoke President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia into a wider war,” according to the Times, but they did say that they were not involved in the killing of Gen. Valery Gerasimov, Russia’s highest-ranking uniformed officer, telling the paper that “The United States prohibits itself from providing intelligence about the most senior Russian leaders.” One drone that the U.S. is now providing, the story notes, “can be used to identify and kill individual soldiers, and could take out a general sitting in a vehicle or giving orders on a front line.” The officials quoted in the story all spoke anonymously, while a Pentagon spokesman said that “we will not speak to the details of that information” while acknowledging that the U.S. is presenting “Ukraine with information and intelligence that they can use to defend themselves.”

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16. MORE TAPES
Kevin McCarthy: Impeachment Might Take Too Long

In a newly released recording, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is heard saying days after the events of Jan. 6 that turning to the 25th Amendment to impeach then-President Donald Trump would have taken far “too long.” The audio clip, from a Jan. 8 phone call, was supplied to CNN by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, who report on it in their new book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America's Future. In the recording an aide tells McCarthy, who'd asked for details about a separate call, that “I think the options that have been cited by the Democrats so far are the 25th Amendment, which is not exactly an elegant solution here.” McCarthy replied, “That takes too long too. It could go back to the House, right?”

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17. BUT WAIT—THERE’S MORE
Alex Murdaugh Accused of Stealing Millions More From Clients

Disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh has been hit with additional fraud-related charges on top of the ones he’s already facing for a slew of financial crimes, the state’s attorney general announced Wednesday. In three separate superseding indictments, Murdaugh, 53, is accused of “criminal conspiracy for allegedly conspiring to surreptitiously misappropriate” nearly $2 million in client funds. Two other men, former banker Russell Lucius Laffitte, and suspended attorney Cory Howerton Fleming, are also facing charges in the alleged scheme. The indictments are related, in part, to an alleged scheme in which prosecutors say Murdaugh and the other two bilked the estate of Hakeem Pinckney, a deaf high school student who was left paralyzed in a 2009 car wreck and died two years later. “Altogether, through 15 indictments containing 79 charges against Murdaugh, the State Grand Jury has indicted Murdaugh for schemes to defraud victims of $8,492,888.31,” a press release from AG Alan Wilson stated.

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18. LEAVE THE MEMES AT HOME
Donald Trump Jr. Meets With the Jan. 6 Committee

Donald Trump Jr. met with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, Politico reports. “The select panel has indicated that it is interested in Trump Jr.’s knowledge of his father’s push to subvert the 2020 election,” the outlet reported. Of interest is a Jan. 6 text message sent by Don Jr. to former Trump administration chief of staff Mark Meadows in which he encouraged his dad to denounce the riot. At the end of April, reports emerged that the self-proclaimed general of the MAGA meme wars would voluntarily meet with the committee. (Reached for comment by The Daily Beast on Wednesday evening, Trump Jr. lawyer Alan Futerfas declined to comment.)

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19. WTF
Heard: Depp Held Teacup Yorkie Out the Window of Moving Car

Johnny Depp once held his four-pound teacup Yorkie, Boo, outside the window of a moving car, Amber Heard testified on Wednesday. On the stand as part of the sprawling defamation trial between the ex-couple, Heard said the incident occurred around 2013, when Heard, her future husband, and a few friends were driving in Los Angeles. She said that everyone in the car was “stressed” and “froze” during the bizarre episode. “No one did anything,” Heard said, claiming that she eventually “pulled his arms gently back into the vehicle and got the dog back on the seat.” The actress described theirs a whirlwind romance that descended into wanton violence, claims Depp has steadfastly denied, insisting Heard abused him.

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20. MOVE OVER, MARMADUKE
This Is the Tallest Dog in the World

There are small dogs and big dogs—and then there is Zeus. The Great Dane from Texas was certified by Guinness World Records as the tallest dog on the planet, standing 3 feet, 5 inches on all fours. “He’s been a big dog since we got him, even for a puppy. He had huge paws,” owner Brittany Davis of Texas said of her 2-year-old pet. Zeus eats 12 cups of dog food each day.

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21. ANOTHER ONE
Blinken Gets COVID After White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Another COVID case has struck the Biden administration. This time, it’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who tested positive on Wednesday afternoon. “The Secretary is fully vaccinated and boosted against the virus and is experiencing only mild symptoms,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement. “He tested negative on Tuesday and again as recently as this morning. The Secretary has not seen President Biden in person for several days, and the President is not considered a close contact according to guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” Notably, Blinken attended the White House correspondents dinner this past weekend in Washington, D.C., which has since resulted in a handful of cases.

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22. FILED UNDER NOT CLEVER
Readers Aghast at Miami Herald’s ‘Menage a Trois’ Rape Story

The Miami Herald has added an editor’s note to a local crime story that made light of a Florida man and girlfriend sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy. “What Naples attorney Ralph Colledge and his girlfriend, Sara Black, did in late 2019 and early 2020 would have been called a ‘menage a trois’ [an agreed-upon three-way sexual relationship] if the third person had been of consenting adult,” the article, and accompanying tweet, began. After aghast readers started responding to the tweet, the story was amended and a note added to say, “This story was edited to remove a description of the case that was in poor taste.” (The Miami Herald didn't immediately return an inquiry from The Daily Beast.)

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23. HE IS RISEN
Move Over Jesus: Trump Says He’s Done More for ‘Religion’

There’s nothing Donald Trump doesn’t do, or hasn’t done, better than anyone else in human history—or so he claims. His latest whopper came in an interview on evangelical network CBN News taped at Mar-a-Lago. “You know, nobody has done more for Christianity, nobody has done more for religion of all types, than me. And they’re really doing things now, to—and I’ve always said it, they are against organized religion, they’re against Christianity,” Trump said. It’s a wild lie that the attention-starved ex-president has brazenly floated before. In 2018, he claimed on the same network, “[N]obody’s done more for Christians or evangelicals or frankly religion than I have.” He came out with the same statement in 2021, on another Christian network, The Victory Channel.

He has also in the past declared “Nobody has ever done for the black community what President Trump has done,” that “nobody” has more respect for women than he does, that he knows “more about courts than any human being on Earth,” that he knows “more about drones than anybody,” knows more about taxes than anyone else “maybe in the history of the world,” and that he’s done more for veterans than the late Sen. John McCain, who, unlike Trump, was actually a veteran.

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24. DONE DEAL
Chauvin Gets Another 20 Years for Civil Rights Violations

A federal judge has accepted a plea deal and sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to between 20 and 25 years in prison for violating George Floyd’s civil rights. He will likely serve around 17 to 21 of those years “assuming all good-time credit,” the plea deal noted. The sentence will be served concurrently with the 22.5 years he got after being convicted of murder in a state trial. With time already served, Chauvin could be out of jail within 17 years. The killer ex-cop is still seeking to get his murder conviction overturned, a tall task that he has asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals to consider.

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25. BREAKING HIS SILENCE
Ray J Dispels Kim K’s Claims About Extra Sex Tape

Ray J has finally spoken publicly about the sex tape starring him and Kim Kardashian that launched her climb to fame. The rapper dispelled claims from the Kardashian clan that he was in possession of a second tape that they feared he’d leak, saying that only Kim had copies. “I’ve sat in the shadows for over 14 years allowing the Kardashians to use my name, to abuse my name, make billions of dollars over a decade-and-a-half talking about a topic I’ve never really spoken about,” Ray J told the Daily Mail. Ray J, 41, said that the release of the original tape was his idea after seeing how Paris Hilton’s sex tape helped her popularity. “I’ve never leaked anything. I have never leaked a sex tape in my life. It has never been a leak. It’s always been a deal and partnership between Kris Jenner and Kim and me and we’ve always been partners since the beginning of this thing,” he said. Ray J also suggested there are more tapes of them. “She’s always had all the tapes in a Nike shoe box under her bed. I’m sure she has bigger beds now and better boxes. That’s how it all came about.”

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26. BIG MOVE
Fed Hikes Interest Rates in Largest Move Since 2000

The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by half a percentage point and said it will shrink its $9 trillion balance sheet from next month in a move to fight off inflation. The U.S. central bank set its target federal funds rate to a range between 0.75 percent and 1 percent in an unanimous decision. It’s the first time in 22 years that the Fed has hiked rates this much. The move is an attempt to curb prices which have been climbing to their fastest pace in 40 years. It follows the Fed’s actions in March to increase its benchmark borrowing rate by a quarter-percentage point for the first time since late 2018. Production supply issues in China and the Russia-Ukraine war have put additional pressure on food and energy prices.

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27. OUT AND ABOUT AGAIN
Socialite Sex Offender Who Secretly Recorded Kids Is Free

Connecticut socialite Hadley Palmer has been released from custody after serving time for secretly recording minors, including one who was under 16. Palmer was arrested in October on charges including employing a minor in an obscene performance, three counts of voyeurism, second-degree possession of child sexual abuse imagery, and risk of injury to a child. But her high-powered lawyer successfully applied to have the entire case sealed, preventing the details of the offenses from ever being made public. All that is known is that they took place in 2017 and 2018 at Palmer’s $10 million 19th-century Victorian home overlooking the Long Island Sound. Palmer, whose father founded a hedge fund, was sentenced to 90 days in prison. She will be on probation for 20 years and will have to register as a sex offender.

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