How the Mafia Classic ‘Goodfellas’ Directly Inspired Our Trump Book, ‘Sinking in the Swamp’

Barely a year into this administration, when the two of us—Daily Beast investigative reporter Lachlan Markay and White House correspondent Asawin Suebsaeng—were first approached to write a book on the era of President and racist game-show host Donald J. Trump, we were asked if we wanted to co-author something on the “adults in the room.” […]

Seamus Heaney’s words heal wounds reopened on Ireland’s border

Jeffrey Donaldson, the DUP MP, tweeted condolences to RTE’s Brussels correspondent, Tony Connelly, upon the death of his mother by citing from the poem Clearances: “I remembered her head bent towards my head, Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives – Never closer the whole rest of our lives.” And the former Sinn Féin […]

Bunker: Building for the End Times by Bradley Garrett review – the new doom boom

In the US, Garrett notes, citizens were called upon to build their own bunkers in an effort to preserve the state. This had the paradoxical effect of encouraging a sense of self-preservation that “made the state seem superfluous”. As a consequence, it’s not uncommon in the US – at least in this book – to […]

Who do you get to finish George A Romero’s zombie novel? A lifelong fan

“It was so much fun. I was like a kid in a candy store. I could take take up where Romero had left off, which is writing stories that weren’t about the zombies at all,” he says. “Romero was never particularly interested in the zombies. He made that very clear. He was interested in the […]

European soccer feels force of PSG and Qatar’s ‘soft power’

Naby Keita: RB Leipzig – Liverpool ($62 million) – After starring for RB Leipzig last season, Liverpool agreed a deal for Naby Keita to move to Merseyside in July 2018. The $62 million deal will be a club record for Liverpool and will make Keita the most expensive African player ever. The Guinean international was […]

Sudarsan Pattnaik’s Independence Day special sand art will make your jaw drop – Watch

He wrote: “India and Indians breathe & enjoy our glorious cultural diversity. Many languages, many festivals,but a single celebration.Let India awake to the creation of a Shreshtha Bharat this #IndependenceDay. The force of a strong, united India is #EkBharatShreshthaBharat . My SandArt (sic).”

Don’t call Howard Schultz a billionaire. He’s a ‘person of means’

Take, for example, the term philanthropist, which means “a rich person who doesn’t want to pay tax or fair wages but does want to get applauded for giving a bit of money to a charity of their choice now and again”. The uber-rich have done a great job of rebranding tax avoidance as philanthropy over […]

British tourist jailed in Egypt for smuggling painkillers is bribing fellow inmates with food to stop them beating her, as sisters are told not to visit her by the Foreign Office because they don’t know where she will be

He said: ‘Apparently something was lost in translation, the defence lawyer wasn’t confident that Laura was understanding the questions first of all, and the interpreter wasn’t correctly translating what Laura was saying in her answers.’    

Geoffrey Howe, the close cabinet ally who became Thatcher’s assassin

She took her revenge shortly afterwards, when she shunted Howe out of the Foreign Office that he loved to make way for John Major, a rising figure and, or so she supposed, a more pliant one. Howe was given the sop status of deputy prime minister, but any consolation that might have been was stripped […]

Landmark transplant in 1960s Virginia performed with heart stolen from a Black man

Tucker’s family learned that his heart was missing from the funeral director; they pieced together what had happened from news reports (Tucker’s identity was not initially released to the public, Jones wrote). Eventually, Tucker’s family would file a civil lawsuit for wrongful death, which went to trial in 1972. Representing them was attorney L. Douglas […]