Caroline Calloway, her “one-woman Fyre Fest,” and her ex-best friend Natalie, explained

Caroline Calloway attends the social media Shorty Awards on May 5, 2019, in New York City. | Noam Galai/Getty Images for Shorty Awards Influencer Caroline Calloway built her brand on an aspirational fairy tale. Now she’s famous for toxic dysfunction. On Tuesday night, the internet exploded over an essay. Specifically, the internet exploded over a confessional personal essay written by a non-famous woman, as if it were 2014 all over again. The essay in question…

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Why officials patronizing Trump’s businesses is corrupt, explained for Kevin McCarthy

McCarthy outside the Capitol on September 11, 2019. | Zach Gibson/Getty Images The House minority leader thinks lining Trump’s pockets is no big deal. He’s wrong. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy doesn’t think elected officials spending money at businesses that President Donald Trump owns and profits from is a big deal. He’s wrong. On the heels of a string of stories about Trump administration and military officials patronizing the president’s properties — like Attorney General…

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The maker of OxyContin will reportedly pay billions to settle opioid epidemic lawsuits

The headquarters of Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family have agreed to a settlement, according to news reports. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family that owns the company have reportedly reached a tentative settlement agreement involving the more than 2,000 lawsuits filed against the drugmaker for its involvement in the opioid epidemic, the New York Times and the Washington Post reported. According to the…

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The gun solution we’re not talking about

Universal background checks won’t fix America’s gun crisis. But there’s something else that might. After every mass shooting, politicians say they want the same thing: universal background checks. Pretty much every American believes in doing this: preventing people with dangerous backgrounds (criminal records, hospitalizations for mental illness, addiction, etc.) from getting firearms. But background checks aren’t actually good at doing this. The FBI’s database of records is missing millions of records. The Charleston massacre shooter…

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Rudy Giuliani remembers 9/11 by tweeting a violent, creepy clothing ad

Rudy. | Alex Wong/Getty Images The aesthetics are textbook fascism. Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s lawyer and New York City mayor on 9/11, has hit on a curious way to commemorate the attack’s 18th anniversary: tweeting out a video that seems to fantasize about a patriotic cop beating up left-wing protesters. It depicts a police officer in riot gear standing in front of a crowd of long-haired, sneering young people with lighters and signs about fascism…

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