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Stephen Colbert Goes Easy on Anti-Science Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson

Stephen Colbert Goes Easy on Anti-Science Presidential Candidate Marianne WilliamsonScott Kowalchyk/CBSOn Monday night, comedian Stephen Colbert welcomed Marianne Williamson, the “spiritual guru” turned 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, to his late-night program. After reading off her list of accomplishments, which includes activism work and a series of bestselling self-help books, Colbert asked Williamson what sets her apart from the rest of the packed Dem field. “I want to be an agent of change,” offered Williamson, who was there to promote her new book, A Politics of Love. “Now, love is not always associated with the presidency… would you be able to order other people to go kill our enemies?” asked Colbert—a question that seemed mildly sexist when posed to a woman candidate. “Absolutely,” Williamson replied. “I think that when you take an oath of office of the president of the United States, part of that oath means that you are commander-in-chief, absolutely. But if you’re going to talk about peace, you can’t just back up into peace.” Then, well, Colbert served up a few softball questions, asking her “what it’s like to be up on the stage with those nine other people” and whether she feels “marginalized” (Williamson blamed the “political media-industrial complex” for why she’s considered a left-field candidate).  The host then compared her to President Trump, saying, “We have someone who is a businessman with no political experience in office now. That makes someone who is from what we would think of as kind of the normative political track that we’ve seen in American history very appealing. That might be one of the reasons why Joe Biden is so appealing.” “This might be the case where what you would consider the ‘safe’ choice is the most dangerous thing we could possibly do,” said Williamson. “The president’s problem is not that he lacked political experience, it’s that he lacked ethics—and he seems to lack a visceral taste for democracy. I don’t like this idea, you said I lack political experience?Hollywood’s Embarrassing Embrace of Marianne Williamson for President“There’s this almost Wizard of Oz idea that—this idea of this political class and something’s going on behind the curtain and they know what to do in the ways that the rest of us don’t. I think when we think of political qualifications today, we should expand our sense of what those qualifications are,” she continued. “A political qualification today should include political vision; it should include moral certitude; it should include the capacity to move groups of people—large groups of people—toward a common goal, a common vision, a common democracy, a love for our world and a love for our planet.” (It’s rather unclear what Williamson’s “political vision” is.) She added, “A lot of experienced politicians led us into Iraq. And anybody who says that I’m an amateur at what they do? I’m sorry, Stephen, they’re an amateur at what I can do.” “Nicely said,” Colbert responded. All in all, it was a disappointing performance from Colbert, who failed to challenge Williamson on any of her controversial anti-science views—from her anti-vaxx stance (she’s referred to vaccine mandates as “Orwellian” and “draconian” and compared vaccines to “the abortion debate”), to how she’s questioned the validity of depression, to how she believes obesity can apparently be triumphed over by “surrendering your weight to God.” Or, you know, this gem:  And of course, Hollywood is on board. Colbert, on the other hand, should know better. SNL’s Kate McKinnon Debuts Spot-On Marianne Williamson ImpressionRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Hunt for pet-eating python as 9ft snake goes on the loose in Cambridge

Hunt for pet-eating python as 9ft snake goes on the loose in CambridgeRabbit and chicken owners in Cambridge have been warned to be vigilant following the escape of a nine-foot reticulated python. The non-venomous snake is unlikely to pose a threat to human life but could make small animals like rabbits and chickens its prey. Police in Cambridgeshire received reports that a snake had been spotted near Lovell Road in Cambridge. In the early hours of Sunday morning officers attended the area but failed to spot the animal. The snake's owners have been located and provided police with details on the animal. Steve Allain, chairman of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Amphibian and Reptile Group said the escaped reptile poses a threat to rabbits, chickens and potentially dogs and cats but added that the latter two pets are more like to be able to defend themselves if attacked.  Mr Allain said the threat posed depends on when the animal last ate.  “We don’t when it last fed or how hungry it is or how determined it is to find a meal,” Mr Allain said.  Mr Allain said the “snake could be anywhere” and would be easier to locate during the colder winter months when it would seek warmth.  “With the hot weather this weekend, it will be comfortable in most places. During the winter, the first place you would look would be in and around cars where they seek the warmth of the engine.” An Indonesian woman was swallowed by a 23-foot reticulated python last year but Mr Allain said this smaller creature does not pose a similar threat.  The RSPCA advised anyone that encounters the creature not to approach it. “If anyone finds a snake they believe is non-native the RSPCA’s advice is to keep a safe distance, monitor the snake and call the charity’s helpline on 0300 1234 999,” a spokeswoman said.  Reticulated pythons are the world's longest snake, native to south-east Asia and can grow up to 31.5 feet, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica. They are not venomous. In May, Cambridgeshire Constabulary found a large orange and black striped corn snake out and about. "Road policing officers got a bit of a shock this morning when they came across thissss snake in the grass on Arbury Road in Cambridge," police said on Twitter. The snake was taken to a wildlife centre in Stretham. Anyone who sees the latest snake is asked to notify police on 101.



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The 2020 Ford Super Duty Goes After the Ram Power Wagon with a Tremor Off-Road Package

The 2020 Ford Super Duty Goes After the Ram Power Wagon with a Tremor Off-Road PackageThis new option package adds a lift kit, meaty Goodyear off-road tires, and other bits of off-road equipment.



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Pete Buttigieg: I’m Proud to Be Standing on the Shoulders of Giants in a Tradition That Goes Back to Stonewall

Pete Buttigieg: I’m Proud to Be Standing on the Shoulders of Giants in a Tradition That Goes Back to StonewallPhoto Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is running to be the Democratic Party’s candidate in the 2020 presidential election. If successful, he would be the first openly gay president of the United States.Buttigieg did not respond to these four questions sent to him by The Daily Beast: When and how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots and what did you make of them? What is their significance for you? How far have LGBT people come since 1969? What would you like to see, LGBT-wise, in the next 50 years?Bill T. Jones: We Must Work Harder to Connect Stonewall to the World’s Other Liberation StrugglesInstead, Buttigieg sent this statement:“In the 50 years since Stonewall, it’s been extraordinary to see the awakening of the LGBTQ+ community. As the first out elected official running for president, it’s hard to believe how quickly these changes have come to our society, but also hard to live with just how much work remains ahead of us. “And in those 50 years we’ve seen a remarkable transformation: the awakening of an identity that learned how to exert political force and issue a moral call for our nation to do better when it comes to equality. I’m proud to be a part of that, standing on the shoulders of giants in a tradition that goes back to Stonewall and before, and I’m eager for the gains to be made on the road ahead.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Hawaii crash: Skydiving aircraft goes down in ‘deadliest US civilian plane accident for 4 years’

Hawaii crash: Skydiving aircraft goes down in ‘deadliest US civilian plane accident for 4 years’Nine people have died after a skydiving plane crashed in flames in Hawaii, in what is believed to be the worst civilian US plane crash since 2015.The twin engine King Air plane crashed on Friday night near Dillingham Airfield, a small airport in Oahu, according to a department of transportation spokesperson.Officials said there were no survivors.“Upon arrival, we saw the plane fully engulfed in fire,” said Manuel Neves, Honolulu Fire Chief.“The first crews on scene extinguished the fire.”Mr Neves said the plane was used in skydiving operations and that some victims’ families had been waiting for them at the airport.“In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident what we’ve had,” he said.The plane crashed to the ground near the airport’s perimetre fencing.“They’re quite a ways away from the runway,” Mr Neves added.Witnesses have told officials the plane was inbound to the airport when it crashed, but this was unconfirmed at the time of publication.“I am closely following the tragic developments out of Dillingham Airfield,” said Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu’s mayor.“At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims.”The accident is believed to be the worst US civilian plane crash since 2015, when nine people were killed in an accident in Akron, Ohio, according to ABC News.Sixteen people died in a military plane accident in Juy 2017, when a Marine Corps aircraft crashed in Mississippi.Additional reporting by agencies



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Bear breaks into home, locks itself in laundry room, then goes to sleep in wardrobe before being drugged and removed by police

Bear breaks into home, locks itself in laundry room, then goes to sleep in wardrobe before being drugged and removed by policeSometimes, when life in the wild all gets a bit much, a clean cupboard in a warm home is a much more inviting place for a nap.A black bear broke into a family house, locked itself into a laundry room and then went to sleep on the wardrobe shelf, defying all efforts to lure it out.Police were unable at first to reach the furry intruder because it had managed to bolt the door from the inside as it ripped apart the homeowners’ belongings.When officers knocked on the window to wake the bear, it just yawned, they said.Eventually, they managed to unlock the door to allow wildlife experts to tranquillise the animal to get it out and return it to the wild.The homeowners, in Butler Creek in the US state of Montana, were alarmed to find the animal had barricaded itself in during the night.The Missoula County sheriff’s office posted on social media: “Wow!!! What a day!”They explained: “When deputies arrived, they discovered this black bear had opened the door to the mudroom of this residence and somehow managed to deadbolt the door from inside.“After being unable to leave, the bear began ripping the room apart but then decided he was tired and climbed up into the closet for a nap.“When deputies knocked on the window, the bear was not the least bit impressed. He slowly stretched, yawned and, unamused, looked toward the door.“Eventually, deputies were able to unlock the door in hopes he would hop down and leave. However, their attempts were only met with more big bear yawns.”Officers added: “The homeowners were glad he was removed in good health, but won’t soon forget when this intruder came looking for the bear necessities.”Residents were warned to lock up their homes as the bear had reportedly tried at least two other doors.



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Symone Sanders, Bernie’s Former Press Secretary, Goes to Work on Biden’s Campaign

Symone Sanders, Bernie’s Former Press Secretary, Goes to Work on Biden’s CampaignJP YimSymone Sanders, who rose to prominence as Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) national press secretary during his 2016 presidential campaign, has signed on to work for former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 bid. She will serve as a senior advisor. Sanders, who had been uncommitted throughout the cycle, is a CNN political commentator and has worked with Priorities USA, the largest Democratic Party Super PAC. She was a major hire for Sanders during the 2016 campaign, coming just as he faced criticism over the lack of diversity on his staff. But in the summer of 2016, she quit the campaign, at the time saying she did so of her own volition. Sanders is a prominent progressive voice and a regular presence on cable news, giving Biden a valuable addition to his team. But she hasn’t always been sympatico with the former vice president. Recently, Sanders chastised Biden for cracking jokes in response to the unwanted touching allegations leveled against him by several women with whom he’d interacted during his career. In the segment, she raised a hypothetical about how she would handle communications for Biden. “If I’m Vice President Biden’s communications person, if he comes out and says the words ‘I’m sorry,’ all the chyrons and headlines will say ‘I’m sorry,’ Sanders said encouraging Biden to keep listening and talking to people. Prior to then Sanders had also characterized the conventional wisdom around Biden being the frontrunner in the Democratic primary as being “overhyped.” In the same report though, she acknowledged that he could be “formidable.”The Biden campaign did not return a request for comment but Sanders confirmed to The Daily Beast in a text message on Thursday.Sanders was later featured among the staff hires announced by the Biden campaign on Thursday.“We are incredibly proud of the diverse and talented team that has come together behind this campaign’s vision to restore the soul of this nation, rebuild the backbone of the country, and unify America,” said Greg Schultz, who will serve as campaign manager. “We know this is exactly the kind of change voters are looking for and we are excited to get to work to share Vice President Biden’s vision in every corner of the country.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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'I smiled in the face of bigotry': A woman's response to anti-Islam protesters goes viral

'I smiled in the face of bigotry': A woman's response to anti-Islam protesters goes viralA group of anti-Islam protesters gathered at a conference in Washington, D.C. One woman's reaction: 'I smiled in the face of bigotry.'



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Meghan McCain goes after anti-vaxxers, slams their 'stupidity' for endangering children

Meghan McCain goes after anti-vaxxers, slams their 'stupidity' for endangering childrenMeghan McCain isn't mincing words when it comes to her take on anti-vaxxers, taking to Twitter Friday to send a message about their "stupidity."



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Google goes big for April Fool's Day with pranks and games

Google goes big for April Fool's Day with pranks and gamesGoogle this weekend began announcing new products, application tools, and games far too absurd to be true but not too outrageous to be fun. To celebrate April Fool’s Day on Monday, Google brought Google Home users the ability to talk to tulips and Google Files users the ability to clean their phone screens from the inside out. Google announced on Monday that it had finally cracked the code on plant communication and can now translate Tulipish into various human languages.



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