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Attacking Michael Cohen’s Credibility Isn’t Enough to Save Trump

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / GettyOn Monday—the first day of substance in the criminal trial of former President Donald Trump for alleged election interference—a few important aspects of the case started to come into focus.Reading the tea leaves, the “You Can’t Trust Michael Cohen” approach probably isn’t going to cut it, and the defense will likely have to scramble to come up with at least a backup strategy to prevent a conviction. Trump’s defense team is currently on a losing streak in a run of attempted procedural maneuvers designed to stymie the prosecution.How has Trump’s team fared, specifically, in its efforts to throw whatever roadblocks it could to try to impede this case?Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Outspoken Israeli Prof Denied Campus Entry as Columbia Tries to Avoid Protest Clashes

David Dee Delgado/Getty ImagesA Jewish Israeli professor at Columbia found his access to campus denied on Monday morning as he attempted to join a planned counter protest, exacerbating tensions over competing pro-Israel and Palestine demonstrations even as the university tries to keep the pressure from spilling over.Video of the incident shows Prof. Shai Davidai, who organized the counter-protest in support of Israel, attempting to access campus only to find his ID card deactivated.“I am a professor here, I have every right to be everywhere on campus. You cannot let people that support Hamas on campus, and me, a professor, not go on campus,” he says in the video, addressing Columbia’s Chief Operating Officer Cas Holloway.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump Pushes the Limits of His Gag Order in Post-Trial Rant

Victor J. Blue-Pool/Getty ImagesDonald Trump just can’t help himself.New York State Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan handed down a gag order last month—which he expanded last week—barring the former president from badmouthing or threatening jurors, potential witnesses, attorneys, court staff, or their family members, due to Trump’s penchant for making “threatening, inflammatory, [or] denigrating” statements about those who dare cross him.Still, the 45th commander-in-chief—now facing 34 felony charges for falsifying business records related to, among other things, a $130,000 payoff to porn star Stormy Daniels to shut her up in the days leading to the 2016 presidential election about a one-night stand she says they had—was unable to hold back on Monday.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump Stares Down Old Pal David Pecker as Trial Testimony Begins

Jane Rosenberg/ReutersFormer National Enquirer boss David Pecker may have once modeled his management style on Donald Trump, but on Monday, he locked his gaze firmly away from the former president as he testified against him in Manhattan Criminal Court.Trump, on the other hand, stared a hole right through his old pal during his time on the stand, which ended abruptly in less than 30 minutes due to a juror’s dental emergency.The 72-year-old publishing magnate on Monday became the first-ever witness to appear in a criminal trial over alleged crimes involving a former U.S. president. He told the jury, in response to questioning by the defense, that he was there thanks to a subpoena requiring him to appear. Prosecutors say Pecker, who is not formally charged with any wrongdoing, was part of a conspiracy cooked up by Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to deep-six any unflattering news about the then-presidential candidate so as not to harm his chances of winning the 2016 election that put him in the Oval Office.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Rebel Wilson Says a British Royal Invited Her to an Orgy Party

Charles Sykes/Getty ImagesRebel Wilson claims a low-ranking member of the British royal family invited her to get down and dirty in a sex-and-drugs-filled, medieval-themed romp hosted by an unnamed U.S. tech billionaire.In her memoir Rebel Rising—in which she’s already dropped bombshell accusations against Sacha Baron Cohen and a number of other parties—the 44-year-old comedian recalled her unexpected invite to the lavish party by the mystery royal, whom she never names.“I got thrown a last-minute invite to a tech billionaire’s party – the guy who invited me, who’s like fifteenth or twentieth in line to the British throne, had said to my male friend, ‘We need more girls,’” she wrote.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Best Gifts for Taurus, the Zodiac’s Resident Epicurean

Scouted/The Daily Beast/Marina Demidova/iStock.Scouted selects products independently. If you purchase something from our posts, we may earn a small commission.Uncork the bubbly and draw an excessively sudsy bath, because we’ve officially made it to Taurus season. This year, the zodiac’s most indulgent earth sign will reign from April 19 to May 20, and remind us all to celebrate life’s creature comforts by sleeping in, eating out, and finally smashing the order button on a luxurious linen duvet cover.If there’s a Taurus or two in your life, congratulations. Not only do you have a stalwart friend and epicurean by your side, but you have the very sick task of finding the perfect birthday present for one of the most gift-able zodiac signs. Sure, Taurus has earned the reputation of being a human Snorlax, which is totally fair, but there’s an intensity and drive behind the impeccable taste of this sign, repped by the bull, that also makes them a ride-or-die partner. In the words of our favorite Taurus diva, Cher, “I’m very chill, I’m really sweet, and if you fuck with me, I’ll mop the floor with you.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Ex-CNN Anchor Says Israel ‘Safer’ for Her Jewish Kids Than Upper West Side

Drew Angerer/GettyFormer CNN star and ex-Meta executive Campbell Brown sparked confusion this week by saying she was going to Israel, where it would be safer for her Jewish children than her native Upper West Side, amid ongoing pro-Palestinian protests against the war in Gaza.Brown’s husband Dan Senor, the former Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq chief spokesman and Mitt Romney foreign policy adviser, reacted to his wife’s X post with an emoji-filled tweet expressing solidarity with Israel.While Brown’s tweet (and her husband’s reaction) seemingly suggested they are uprooting her family for a move to Israel, a source familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast that the ex-CNN anchor was merely traveling there to celebrate the Jewish high holiday of Passover and is not permanently moving there.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Rebel Wilson’s Sacha Baron Cohen Chapter Redacted in U.K.

Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty Images/Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for CAARebel Wilson’s memoir Rebel Rising has hit some legal snags in its journey to United Kingdom and her native Australian bookshelves, and now that the book has finally been released in the U.K. (the Australian release has been delayed until August 2024, according to the publisher’s website), the Sacha Baron Cohen chapter looks a lot different from the one released in the U.S.The book has been published in the UK with Wilson’s claims against Baron Cohen—namely, that he’d asked her to perform a sexual act on him in front of other crew members on set of their film Grimsby—covered by black bars, The Daily Beast has confirmed. Getty photos of the book show the pages of the book with Wilson’s Baron Cohen claims unreadable. According to U.K. paper The Telegraph, the redaction was the work of Baron Cohen’s attorneys.Reps for Cohen previously told The Daily Beast that Wilson’s claims were “demonstrably false,” and added, “While we appreciate the importance of speaking out, these demonstrably false claims are directly contradicted by extensive detailed evidence, including contemporaneous documents, film footage, and eyewitness accounts from those present before, during and after the production of The Brothers Grimsby.” They did not offer any additional on the record comment about the book redaction. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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If You Yell at Alexa, Taylor Swift Will Explain Her ‘Tortured Poets’ Songs

ANTONIN UTZIn case you haven’t noticed, Taylor Swift dropped a new album last week—a somewhat meandering yet genuinely surprising double album, in fact; called The Tortured Poets Department. The first half of the album leaked on the internet before it could be officially released, a near-unprecedented breach in the Swift canon. Although Swift needs no help from conventional modes of promotion at this point, fans noticed over the weekend that Swift had enlisted the aid of big tech to disseminate her new tunes. Specifically, if you yell at your Amazon Alexa about Swift-related things, Swift herself will answer. According to Variety, if you tell your Alexa, cloyingly, “I’m a member of the tortured poets department,” Swift will reveal the inspiration behind the tracks “Fortnight,” “Clara Bow,” “Florida!!!,” “Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me?” and “My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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BBC Star Embroiled in Alleged Sex Pics Scandal Resigns

Chris Jackson/ReutersHuw Edwards, the veteran BBC host suspended amid allegations that he’d paid a teenager for sexually explicit images, has resigned, the broadcaster said Monday.Edwards has been off air since July in the wake of the bombshell reports which, at first, did not name him as the host at the heart of claims being made against a well-known employee of the national broadcaster. After days of frenzied speculation in Britain, Edwards’ wife revealed that her husband—the man the BBC chose to front major national events including the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II—was the person about whom the allegations had been made.“Huw Edwards has today resigned and left the BBC,” a BBC spokesman said Monday. “After 40 years of service, Huw has explained that his decision was made on the basis of medical advice from his doctors.” The spokesperson said the BBC had accepted Edwards’ resignation “which it believes will allow all parties to move forward.” “We don’t believe it appropriate to comment further,” they added.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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