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Cote Butchers Feast Shipping Via Goldbelly

If you’re anything like us, you’re obsessive about finding the perfect gift. A Scouted Gift Pick is our stamp of approval for certified winners in the gifting department. You may not even need to get a gift receipt.

WHAT IT IS

Cote’s Original Butcher’s Feast AKA the ultimate meat box. Cote, which has a Michelin star, has partnered with Goldbelly to ship their Original Butcher’s Feast (for 4-6 people) nationwide. Each box has four specialty cuts, including USDA Prime dry-aged ribeye, American Wagyu, USDA Prime Hanger Steak, and USDA Prime Short Rib Galbi. On the side there are pickled vegetables, and instructions for having your own Korean BBQ at home.

Cote’s Original Butcher’s Feast

WHO TO GIFT IT TO

Your favorite carnivore. Your favorite carnivore who knows how to grill. Your favorite carnivore who knows how to grill and will invite you over to split this box with you.

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Mitch McConnell’s Conservative Challenger Gets a Boost… From Dems

In a last-ditch effort to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), a deep-pocketed Democratic group has begun airing ads backing the Libertarian candidate in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate contest.

A new super PAC called True Kentucky Patriots started buying television and digital ads last week in support of Libertarian Brad Barron, calling him “Kentucky’s true conservative for U.S. Senate,” in the words of one thirty-second spot. “Barron is one hundred percent pro-Second Amendment, one hundred percent pro-life, and one hundred percent pro-term limits. Sorry Mitch, 36 years is too long.”

The group is clearly designed to peel off conservative votes from McConnell, who faces a challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath. Federal Election Commission records show that True Kentucky Patriots is affiliated with one of the Senate race’s largest independent spenders, a pro-McGrath group called the Ditch Fund.

True Kentucky Patriots also shares a treasurer with the Ditch Fund, and both groups have paid a Democratic firm called Beacon Media to produce and place their respective digital ads.

It’s not uncommon for political operatives to attempt to boost third party candidates that they hope will act as spoilers and split an opposing ideological coalition’s votes to the detriment of one major party candidate or the other. But it’s less common for groups doing so to disclose those efforts in publicly available campaign finance filings.

True Kentucky Patriots hasn’t been around long enough to reveal any of its donors, and it won’t have to do so until nearly three weeks after election day. But pro-McGrath forces have already attempted to promote Barron’s candidacy through other means. Another anti-McConnell super PAC, Fire Mitch Save America PAC, has sent mailers promoting Barron’s Senate bid.

FEC filings also show that Democrats have sought to boost Barron directly. At least five of Barron’s donors have also given to McGrath’s campaign. One of them, a New York-based Microsoft employee, even donated to both McGrath and Barron on the same day.

Polling in the Kentucky Senate contest has shown McConnell with a consistent lead, though his margin has varied from as little as five points to as much as twelve. The most recent poll of the race has McConnell with a nine-point lead over McGrath, and just four percent saying they support Barron’s candidacy, meaning the Libertarian likely will not draw enough votes to tilt the election. The race has nonetheless drawn massive investments from both parties. McConnell and McGrath have together spent nearly $115 million, with outside groups dropping another $26 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Kentucky isn’t the only state where Democrats have attempted to boost a third party spoiler in a tight Senate contest. In South Carolina, Democrat Jaime Harrison’s campaign has run ads ostensibly attacking an obscure Constitution Party candidate by calling him too conservative for the state. It appears to be an effort to encourage support for the more right-wing contender among the state’s more conservative voters—to the detriment of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

But the most famous would-be spoiler candidate of the 2020 election cycle is Kanye West. A number of Republican operatives have lined up behind his dead-end presidential campaign in an effort to draw votes from Democratic nominee Joe Biden in some key battleground states.

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Bill Maher Tells Jimmy Kimmel ‘Loser’ Democrats to Blame for Letting Amy Coney Barrett on Supreme Court

Bill Maher seemed to shock Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night when he said during their interview that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should have stepped down from the Supreme Court during President Obama’s second term so that President Trump never would have had the chance to pick her replacement.

Kimmel was trying to pay his guest a compliment by noting how well he handled the moment when he had to deliver the news of RBG’s passing to both his audience and Jane Fonda live on Real Time last month.

“Not like her death was a shock,” Maher said. When Kimmel pushed back, he added, “She was 100 and had cancer a million times. She was a great justice but should have quit.”

“The Democratic plan for the Supreme Court was Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t die,” he added. “And that’s why they’re such a loser party. I vote for them but they don’t know how to do politics.” Explaining that Obama had Ginsburg to the Oval Office to “hint” that she should retire, Maher said, “She should have taken the hint. I mean, as great as she was in many ways, that really put us in a bad place because as I keep trying to say on my show, power begets power.”

“When you lose power, you keep losing it,” Maher continued. “That’s where we are now. We lose presidential elections, they appoint justices, now the Supreme Court is 6-to-3, that’s going to go on for a very long time. If the election winds up in the court, who do you think they’re going to go with? We saw what happened with Bush v. Gore. That’s what I mean. You lose power and then you lose it again.”

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Sacha Baron Cohen Fires Back at Trump and Rudy Giuliani on ‘Colbert’

When Stephen Colbert used his monologue last week to call B.S. on Rudy Giuliani’s excuses for getting caught in a hotel bed with Borat’s daughter, the Late Show host promised that he would get the bottom of it all when Sacha Baron Cohen appeared as his guest this Monday.

As ubiquitous as Baron Cohen has been leading up to the premiere of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm—streaming now on Amazon Prime Video—it is still relatively rare for the British actor to sit down for interviews as himself. So Colbert wasted no time trying to get him to reveal the many secrets behind his latest project.

“The last time there was a Borat film, in 2006, Donald Trump wasn’t president of the United States, but everything there was leading up to this moment, I’m sure,” Colbert said. Now that Trump himself has responded to the movie by calling Baron Cohen a “creep” and a “phony,” the host asked, “Do you have any defense against those two accusations?”

“Well, I’m sure when he was hanging out with his good friend Jeffrey Epstein, they probably spent a lot of their time talking about how creepy I am,” Baron Cohen replied, before admitting that he is a “professional phony, like him.”

From there, he looked back on the one and only time he interviewed Trump as Ali G back in 2003. “Publicly he will say, ‘I was the only guy who saw through it,’” Baron Cohen said. “He didn’t see through the interview. He answered all the questions completely normally.”

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He’s Nothing but a Thug

President Trump began the first of his three rallies in Pennsylvania on Monday with just more of the usual shameless lies and groundless attacks.

The Thug-in-Chief then uttered a threat that proved he can still outdo himself. And it was all the more disturbing because the people likely to suffer the consequences most keenly if Trump followed through on it included the thousands who were cheering him on.

The immediate target of Trump’s petulant ire was Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, who had shown the temerity to suggest last month that the Trump campaign should cease holding mass gatherings that largely ignored the state’s emergency mandate regarding masks and social distancing.

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Trump Camp Wants to Keep Some Distance From the Hunter Biden Story

Despite aggressive efforts by Donald Trump and allies to make corruption allegations against Joe Biden and his son a centerpiece of the president’s closing 2020 argument, some Trump advisers are regretting the decision to try to put Hunter Biden and his emails front and center.

Nearly two weeks after the New York Post first reported on the contents of a trio of Hunter Biden’s computer hard drives, including emails showing him attempting to leverage his father’s position to advance business prospects abroad, the pro-Trump internet fringe remains wild over the story. But the reelection campaign has taken a subtler approach.

Though the president has repeatedly mentioned the allegations in rallies, on Twitter, and at a presidential debate last week, his campaign has barely supplemented it with its paid media. With the exception of a few promos for “Where’s Hunter?” merchandise, the campaign hasn’t mentioned the younger Biden in ads on Trump’s Facebook and Instagram pages since October 13, the day before the New York Post first reported on the contents of Biden’s hard drives. Pro-Trump super PAC America First Action hasn’t mentioned Hunter Biden at all in its Facebook or television ads since then.

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Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed by Partisan Vote She Could Not Lose

To get to Monday’s vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, Senate Republicans had to plow through a historically narrow timeframe, a superspreader event that infected the president of the United States and several of their own, and an eleventh-hour COVID-19 risk to the vice president planning to preside over the vote himself.

Ultimately, none of it mattered. On Monday night, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court by a vote of 52 to 48, with only Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) crossing party lines by joining all Democrats to vote no.

It took just 30 days for Barrett to be confirmed, and no high court nominee has ever been approved—let alone received a vote—so close to a presidential election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed to get the confirmation done before Nov. 3, and he did so with a week to spare. And he didn’t need Vice President Mike Pence, who has the power to break ties in the Senate as president of the chamber. Pence ultimately skipped the vote, as Democrats publicly urged him not to come after his chief of staff tested positive for COVID-19.

Win or lose at the ballot box next week, President Trump and McConnell will have together confirmed three justices to the high court, shaping its balance for decades to come. With Barrett on the court, conservatives hold a clear majority, six justices to three, which could usher in rulings that the right has been waiting on for years.

The Senate GOP leader made the impact of their victory clear during a speech from the floor on Sunday. “A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election,” said McConnell. “They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”

Republicans plan to celebrate the achievement by swearing in Barrett in the White House Rose Garden—the very spot where the event to announce her nomination a month ago resulted in a COVID-19 outbreak that infected many notables in the party. Many GOP lawmakers indicated on Monday that they might skip the event.

Speaking on the Senate floor, just before the vote, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called Monday “one of the darkest days” in the 231-year history of the Senate and a key part of a “decades-long effort to tilt the judiciary to the far right.”

“You may win this vote,” Schumer told his GOP colleagues, “but you will never get your credibility back.”

Not long after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last month, Democrats understood they didn’t have the votes to stop yet another Trump high court pick. They’ve sought to delegitimize the process—for example, boycotting last week’s Judiciary Committee vote to advance Barrett’s nomination—and turning the proceedings into a 2020 campaign weapon by homing in on the policy implications of the confirmation. Their focus on the court’s upcoming hearing of a challenge to the Affordable Care Act was so relentless that Republicans joked they’d turned the proceedings into a health insurance committee hearing.

Under tough pressure from an outraged liberal base, many Democrats also publicly warned that the GOP’s move to rush a nominee through right before the election—four years after blocking President Obama from filling a seat before the election—would necessarily provoke a strong Democratic response should the party take back the Senate, a possibility McConnell played up in his remarks.

Ultimately, Democrats marshaled every vote they could, and presented a united front against Barrett’s nomination. The vote on Monday marks the first time in modern Senate history that not a single member of the party opposing the president voted to confirm one of his high court nominees. Even Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), the only Democratic senator who voted for Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, said on Sunday that Barrett’s process was “far from business as usual” and warned it would further erode the norms of the Senate.

Meanwhile, the fact that only Collins—who faces a tough reelection in Maine this fall—voted against Barrett offers an equally striking display of the GOP’s single-minded determination to confirm another justice. And it speaks to how totally comfortable the party was in abandoning their election-year rationale behind blocking Merrick Garland’s nomination in 2016, betting that voters would not punish them for it. Republicans argued that the 2016 and 2018 elections gave them a clear mandate from voters to fill the seat, despite how close to the election it opened—and despite the unequivocal statements from some in 2016 that, if the shoe were on the other foot, they would not fill the seat.

The confirmation process concluded on Sunday and Monday with bitter remarks from both parties’ senators, and accusations that the other had stained the institution of the Senate for good. But Democrats, in particular, seemed galvanized by the GOP’s aggressive power play to confirm Barrett, with even the party’s moderates left speculating that there may be no choice but for them to respond forcefully.

“I don’t want to pack the court,” said Sen. Angus King (I-ME), an independent who caucuses with Democrats, from the Senate floor on Sunday night. “I don’t want to change the number. I don’t want to have to do that, but if all of this rule-breaking is taking place, what does the majority expect? What do they expect?”

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The Amy Coney Barrett Sham Senate Confirmation Is Done. Now, Her Supreme Court Horror Show Begins.

Barrett’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice is, at last, concluded.

Justice Barrett was confirmed 52-48 by the Senate, and tomorrow, she will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts, in person at the Supreme Court. Fittingly, given her shotgun-wedding of a confirmation, Justice Barrett may get straight to work deciding cases, including two high-profile challenges to election rules.

Before the travesty fades from memory, however, we thought it would be useful to put all of the terribleness of her confirmation into one convenient top-ten list, summarizing everything that was wrong with this process from its beginning—all of one month ago—to now. Shall we?

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Nicolle Wallace Trashes Peggy Noonan Over Kamala Harris Jab, Says ‘It Felt Bitchy’

MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace tore into conservative columnist Peggy Noonan for calling Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris “embarrassing” for dancing on the campaign trail, saying she felt Noonan was being “bitchy” and “tone-deaf.”

Noonan, a former speechwriter and assistant to President Ronald Reagan, sparked backlash over the weekend for her Wall Street Journal op-ed that dismissively took aim at Harris, who is looking to become the first Black female vice president.

“She’s the younger candidate going for the younger vote, and she’s going for a Happy Warrior vibe, but she’s coming across as insubstantial, frivolous,” Noonan wrote. “When she started to dance in the rain onstage, in Jacksonville, Florida, to Mary J. Blige’s ‘Work That,’ it was embarrassing.”

Wallace, meanwhile, didn’t mince words on Monday’s broadcast of Deadline: White House, wondering whether “right-wing Twitter could handle” her coming comments about Noonan while preemptively giving “them a second to get their tweeting fingers ready” to respond.

“When you’re a white woman and you’re a Republican, and there’s just certain stuff culturally that you don’t know jack bleep about and you should keep your mouth shut about other people dancing,” the former George W. Bush White House communications director said.

“And what is that line about dancing to a drumbeat,” she continued. “This, to me, felt tone-deaf, it felt nasty, it felt personal and it felt bitchy!”

MSNBC political analyst Claire McCaskill, a former Democratic senator, agreed with Wallace, adding that she was “going to take a deep breath” and “try to stay calm” before offering her reaction on Noonan’s column.

“I’m never more disappointed in a woman that I thought I admired in my life,” McCaskill seethed. “She said at the end of that, you didn’t read the very last part of that paragraph, Nicolle, because she said it is ‘embarrassing.’ No, Peggy, I’ll tell you what is embarrassing.”

Wallace, meanwhile, interjected to tell her viewers that she didn’t read that part out loud “on purpose.”

McCaskill continued by listing a number of President Donald Trump’s personal and political scandals, such as using hush-money to silence mistresses, in order to frame Trump as far more embarrassing than Harris.

“And yes, even a president who can’t dance, doesn’t know how to show joy or empathy and tries to do some kind of ridiculous arm thrust to ‘YMCA,’” she added, referencing a new feature of Trump’s campaign rallies. “That is what is embarrassing. Kamala Harris is anything but embarrassing. She is uplifting. She’s inspirational. She’s strong and substantial and she’s going to be one hell of a vice president.”

Wallace applauded McCaskill at the end, telling the former Missouri lawmaker, “I have never loved you more.”

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Fox News COVID Infection Sends Election Coverage Plans Into ‘Chaos’

Fox News has been planning its election night coverage for weeks, prepping staff and on-air talent for the biggest news night of the year. But now Fox faces uncertainty after the network’s president and many of its key on-air stars may have been exposed to COVID-19.

“Everyone is in a panic about election night,” said one current Fox News staffer.

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that top Fox News executives and talent will quarantine and get tested after flying on a network-chartered flight from Nashville to New York—following Thursday night’s presidential debate—with a staffer who later tested positive for the coronavirus. Passengers included network president Jay Wallace and on-air political hosts and analysts like Bret Baier, Martha MacCallum, Dana Perino, and Juan Williams. (A Fox News spokesperson would not confirm the Times story or the exposure, citing employee confidentiality.)

All four of those stars were expected to play key in-studio roles for Fox’s election-night coverage. But now it’s unclear how the network plans to proceed with its top talent potentially unable to gather in the same room.

“I believe it will put election night-plans into chaos,” another current Fox staffer told The Daily Beast under condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. “It will be like starting from scratch… It’s not good for anyone.” The employee added: “It’s insane that there’s a possibility the anchors will have to host the biggest night of 2020 from their homes.”

In a Monday internal memo obtained by The Daily Beast, Wallace and CEO Suzanne Scott acknowledged that some staffers had tested positive for COVID-19, and said that the network would reduce staff in buildings and implement “enhanced testing procedures.” The executives said that the network will further pare down its in-person election night coverage, and that “only those employees who are critical to that night’s production will be permitted to work from [Fox’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters].”