Coen Bros. DESTROY Complaints About Diversity in Their Films

History's greatest monsters (AP)

As I’ve noted elsewhere, I’m not entirely unsympathetic to the #OscarsSoWhite campaign in that it helps expose a very real problem with the Academy Awards: the remarkably limited nature of what is considered “Oscar-worthy.”

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The DNC Fundraising Problem Explained in One Chart

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In February 2015, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was one of eight charter members of the #DNCVegetarianLunchClub.

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ANALYSIS: The Establishment Always Wins

Noted figure of the Establishment, Ted Cruz (AP)

Think back to the before time, the long long ago, prior to Donald Trump being defeated in Iowa and his mantra about being a winner proven false. In those dark days there was a beacon of light, a sort of Establishment Bat Signal:

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Breaking: The Diddle Report

Exhibit A

In October 2015, bearded reporter Dylan Byers broke news about the political activities of one of our employees, managing editor-digital Andrew Stiles. We immediately instructed our ombudsman, Biff Diddle, to thoroughly investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding Mr. Stiles’s considerable donation to the Donald J. Trump presidential campaign, allegedly in exchange for hats.

Ombudsman Diddle, who could not be reached for comment, delivered his report to Washington Free Beacon headquarters on February 1, 2016.  The report determined, conclusively in our view, that Stiles’s actions constituted a serious violation of the Free Beacon employee ethics policy. As a result, we have decided to vacate the position of managing editor-digital, and to sever all ties with Mr. Stiles, effective immediately.

In the interest of transparency, we have attached Ombudsman Diddle’s full report below. In the interest of national security, significant portions of the report have been redacted.

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You Won’t Believe What These Two Old White Guys Had to Say About Hillary’s Humiliating Fail In Iowa

Bernie, bro! (AP)

Democratic voters in Iowa emphatically rejected the “party of the future” label that is often affixed to their party. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, the only Democratic candidate under the age of 60, received less than one percent of the vote before suspending his campaign (until Hillary Clinton is indicted). Bernie Sanders surged into a virtual tie …

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Iowa Winners and Losers

And lo, a savior appeared (AP)

Fun times last night! Let’s get right to it, shall we?

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EXCLUSIVE: White House Preps for Iowa Caucus Results

The frontrunner. (AP)

President Obama huddled with White House aides on Monday to prepare for the Iowa Caucus results, the Free Beacon has learned. Senator Bernie Sanders is widely expected to win the state’s Democratic primary. If that happens, the White House is expected to deploy some new hardware that was recently installed with the help of some children.

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5 Things to Know Before the Votes Are Counted in Iowa

Does it really deserve a star on the flag?

The Iowa caucuses are upon us. The winning candidates from each party will immediately be sworn in as co-presidents. Donald Trump is probably going to win—or is he? Jeb Bush will be there. Hillary Clinton is supposed to win, but she’s also one of the worst political candidates in American history, and is almost definitely going to jail. Whatever the outcome, here are five things you need to know before the votes are counted:

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Headline Suggestions for Reporters Covering the Campaign

Hillary Clinton

People finally—finally—start voting in the primaries today. Well, they start caucusing, which is kind of like voting, but dumber. Anyway, there’s lots of news as we head into the actual, real, magical period where, you know, the voting public makes up its mind. Allow me to offer a few headline suggestions for reporters trying to figure out how to put a slightly unique spin on the same news that everyone else is writing up.

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If You Like Nerd Art, You’ll Love Jeff Victor’s New Book

The Women of Film in 2015 (Credit: Jeff Victor)

One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about writing movie reviews for y’all—aside from being told on the reg how wrong I am, naturally—is having the ability to commission the occasional piece of art to illustrate the pieces. It’s always nice to have something original (as opposed to a production still or a screenshot from a trailer) at the top of these reviews.

The guy who does these illustrations for us is Jeff Victor, and he’s publishing his second collection of pieces in the summer. His work bears a pleasantly cartoony hallmark; think of him as a caricaturist of nerd culture, kinda. Check out his Kickstarter here; looks like he’s fully funded and he’s hit his stretch goals. I myself am in at the $50 tier.

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Sympathy for the Trump Voter

srsly tho his fingers are v v short

There’s a great piece by Tucker Carlson* in Politico about the roots of the Trump insurgency.

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QUIZ: Made-Up Nonsense or ‘Best Quote’ From Davos?

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The World Economic Forum in Davos is a thing that happens every year where the brightest minds on the planet gather to lay waste to conventional wisdom. For example, here are 36 of the “best quotes” from this year’s forum. Don’t look, though, because that would be cheating on the quiz. Here’s an example:

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You Should Probably Stop Worrying About the 2016 Election Because These Seven Things Suggest the End of the World Is Nigh

Nothing matters.

The 2016 election has devolved into a circus. Only a toddler could make sense of it. The good news is you probably don’t have to worry about how it’s going to end, because all the evidence suggests that the end of the world is fast approaching.

For example:

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This Preschooler’s Drawing Perfectly Explains the 2016 GOP Primary

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The 2016 Republican primary has perplexed even the wisest members of the pundit class. In some cases, their predictions have turned out to be wrong, which doesn’t happen very often.

Leave it to 4-year-old Jacoby, a patriotic toddler whose artistic talent in the crayon medium has show vast improvement over the past several months, to explain it all for us.

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Landmark Is Right: Regal Gallery Place Is Awful, Filled With Awful People

Look at this happy couple. There's a zero percent chance they're at the Regal Gallery Place because they're not yelling at the screen. (AP)

News came this morning that the Landmark chain of theaters, which recently opened an amazing new venue called Atlantic Plumbing, is suing Regal Cinemas because, they claim, Regal has a monopoly in showing first runs of major motion pictures in Washington, D.C.’s “core.” Matt D. Cohen has the details here.

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