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April 10, 2014

Fox News star Sean Hannity devoted all last week to uncovering what really goes on during Spring Break in America. Lots of people loved the series, or loved laughing at it, and nobody more so than Jon Stewart. On Wednesday night's Daily Show, Stewart went deep into the exposé from Hannity, "America's oldest hall monitor," pointing out not only its banality ("you will believe what they found, because you know") but also its internal contradictions, sexism, and hypocrisy.

But if you think this Hannity's investigation was "less of a news story and more of a reason to spend a week running wildly inappropriate T&A footage alongside pundits tsking said footage," Stewart said, "you'd only be 99.9 percent right." For the last 0.1 percent, watch below. --Peter Weber

July 28, 2017

President Trump announced Friday on Twitter that he was replacing his embattled Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a former general.

Priebus, the former head of the Republican National Committee, had only been chief of staff for six months but has been embroiled in a White House power struggle with incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Priebus apparently lost that struggle. Nico Lauricella

July 28, 2017

Either President Trump knows something we don't, or he overlooked the slave trade during his speech Friday in New York about the MS-13 gang. While addressing service members on Long Island, Trump claimed that human trafficking "is worse now maybe than it's ever been in the history of the world," even when slavery was legal.

"You go back a thousand years, when you think of human trafficking, you go back 500 years, 200 years, a hundred years," Trump said, discussing human traffickers, which he referred to as "new words" that "we haven't heard too much of."

Human trafficking undoubtedly remains a serious problem in this day and age, but Trump's comparison misses the mark: Last year in the U.S., 7,500 cases of human trafficking were reported. An estimated 12.5 million were displaced during the transatlantic slave trade. Becca Stanek

July 28, 2017

President Trump claimed in a speech Friday that brutal gang-related murders on New York's Long Island are "turning peaceful parks and beautiful, quiet neighborhoods into bloodstained killing fields," using a term that typically refers to the genocide in Cambodia. "They kidnap, they extort, they rape, and they rob," Trump said as he discussed the MS-13 gang while standing before uniformed law enforcement officers. "They prey on children. They shouldn't be here. They stomp on their victims. They beat them with clubs. They slash them with machetes, and they stab them with knives."

Later in the speech Trump added that people are "burned to death," "beaten to death" and "stuffed in barrels" by MS-13 members, many of whom he said are undocumented immigrants.

Trump promised to rid America of these "animals." "We are liberating our American towns," Trump said, marveling that the whole situation is like "a scene in a movie." "It's like the Old Wild West," he added.

Catch a snippet of Trump's graphic speech below. Becca Stanek

July 28, 2017
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Put away your old magazines and make room for the world's ultimate coffee table book. La Cappella Sistina ($13,800) is the product of five years' work during which the Italian art publisher Scripta Maneant partnered with the Vatican Museums to digitize every inch of the Sistine Chapel — from Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes to the mosaic floor. The three-volume set weighs about 60 pounds and contains 270,000 photos that reproduce the chapel's artwork on a 1:1 scale. Though the collection was created mostly for art historians and restorers, 1,999 copies will be sold to individual buyers, each of whom will be granted a private tour of the chapel. The Week Staff

July 28, 2017

Imagine, for a second, if you could fly aboard Air Force One. History has been made on that plane, from former President George W. Bush circling the American skies in the hours after the Sept. 11 attacks to Hillary Clinton's ride last summer with former President Barack Obama as the first presidential candidate who was not a sitting vice president. What knowledge and prestige you'd be privy to! What an honor!

Now imagine, for one more second, if you could fly aboard Air Force One today:

Oh, if those cabin walls could talk, we imagine they'd relay some colorful language. Kimberly Alters

July 28, 2017
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The U.S. government last fall ruled the death of Mikhail Lesin, Russian President Vladimir Putin's former media czar, an "accident," but two FBI agents and a U.S. intelligence agency official say he was actually beaten to death, BuzzFeed News reported Friday. The three agents were not "directly involved" in the investigation of Lesin's November 2015 death in a Washington, D.C., hotel room, but they said they "learned about it from colleagues who were."

The FBI agents also revealed yet another previously unreported bit of information: Lesin was in D.C. to talk to Department of Justice officials about "the inner workings of RT, the Kremlin-funded network that Lesin founded," BuzzFeed reported. He was apparently slated to meet with the DOJ the day after he was killed in the hotel room, which the DOJ had reportedly paid for.

"There seems to be an effort here to cover up that fact for reasons I can't get into. What I can tell you is that there isn't a single person inside the bureau who believes this guy got drunk, fell down, and died," one of the FBI agents told BuzzFeed, dismissing the official explanation for Lesin's death. "Everyone thinks he was whacked and that Putin or the Kremlin were behind it."

The agents claimed that the FBI "has obtained evidence and conducted witness interviews that indicate Lesin was murdered," apparently with a baseball bat. Read the full story at BuzzFeed News. Becca Stanek

July 28, 2017
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North Korea has launched what appears to be a ballistic missile, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said Friday. The missile, launched shortly before midnight local time in Japan, is apparently headed for Japanese waters. It could land in Japan's "exclusive economic zone," Reuters reported, citing Japan's public broadcaster NHK.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile flew for roughly 45 minutes. There were "no immediate reports of damage," CNBC reported.

Davis said the Pentagon is "assessing" the situation "and will have more information soon." Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called a meeting of Japan's National Security Council.

This test would mark the 14th missile test North Korea has conducted this year. Becca Stanek

This is a breaking news story that will be updated as more details become available.

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