Right-Wing Media Outlets Duped by a Middle East Propaganda Campaign

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty

If you want a hot take about the Middle East, Raphael Badani is your man.

As a Newsmax “Insider” columnist, he has thoughts about how Iraq needs to rid itself of Iranian influence to attract investment and why Dubai is an oasis of stability in a turbulent region. His career as a “geopolitical risk consultant and interactive simulation designer” and an “international relations senior analyst” for the Department of Labor have given him plenty of insights about the Middle East. He’s printed those insights at a range of conservative outlets like the Washington Examiner, RealClear Markets, American Thinker, and The National Interest.

Unfortunately for the outlets who published his articles and the readers who believed them, Raphael Badani does not exist. 

His profile photos are stolen from the blog of an unwitting San Diego startup founder. His LinkedIn profile, which described him

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Appointments For Coronavirus Testing Now Available Online

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — Riverside County residents interested in getting screened for coronavirus at one of several county-operated testing sites can now make an appointment online.

Nearly 250,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Riverside County, and health officials continue to encourage residents — those with and without symptoms — to get screened for the virus.

To make an appointment, click www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing.

Residents can also call 800-945-6171, seven days a week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. The wait time to make an appointment by phone is shorter between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“The online appointment system will make it easier and more convenient for everyone to get tested for coronavirus,” said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “It will save time for families making testing appointments, and enable everyone to register for an account to view the result online. An

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All the best 4th of July sales you can still shop right now

From apparel to Gravity blankets, the 4th of July is the perfect time to snag goodies at a discount.
From apparel to Gravity blankets, the 4th of July is the perfect time to snag goodies at a discount.

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The Fourth of July may have come and gone, but you can still score some huge savings on clothing, appliances, mattresses, electronics and more, thanks to plenty of extended and particularly patriotic sales from all your favorite retailers.

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With discounts on fridges and washing machines at Best Buy and deals on patio furniture, grills and décor at Home Depot and Wayfair, plenty of stores are still feeling the red, white and blue spirit. Ahead, find our roundup of all the best Fourth of July sales you can still shop this week to finally

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Harvard is keeping classes online this fall, placing it among the 8% of US colleges planning to do so. Here’s the list so far.

A graduate gets ready to pose for a picture at the empty campus of San Diego State University, after the California State University system announced the fall 2020 semester will be online, May 13, 2020.
A graduate gets ready to pose for a picture at the empty campus of San Diego State University, after the California State University system announced the fall 2020 semester will be online, May 13, 2020.

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  • Harvard University announced Monday that it will only conduct classes online for the coming academic year, though it will allow some students to live on campus.

  • Other universities and colleges across the US — including the country’s largest four-year public university system, California State University— are opting for online-only courses in the fall 2020 semester.

  • The coronavirus could resurge in the fall, bringing a new wave of infections.

  • Here are the schools that aren’t planning to return to campus this fall.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

After a semester of remote courses and online graduations, some colleges and universities are deciding not to return for in-person classes this fall.

Harvard announced

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Last chance! Save a whopping $449 on the best mattress for bad backs

Yahoo Life is committed to finding you the best products at the best prices. We may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)
Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)

How’s your back? If you’re like most of us, these last few months of less activity (and more staying in) have meant noticeable aches and pains. Add to that the stress of sleeping on an old mattress and you might find your back in a constant state of discomfort. 

While core exercises are never a bad idea, no amount of Zoom fitness will fix your back if your bed is the root of the problem. Of course now is not the time to visit mattress stores and plop down Goldilocks-style in search of a match. But it IS

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Hollis Wong-Wear Builds a Business to Fuel Her Art

In NerdWallet’s Money/Makers Q&A series, we talk with artists and innovators about their money moves, including unique struggles they’ve faced and lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Musician and activist Hollis Wong-Wear built up a business model that gives her more freedom to pursue creative work. (Photo by Janae Jones)

Hollis Wong-Wear knows what it means to fight for what you’re worth. The Los Angeles-based musician and activist has worked for years to build the business infrastructure needed to make her passion profitable — while championing the social causes she believes in.

In the beginning, that meant working on music for free while holding down a side job. She began collaborating with other musicians, such as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and got a deep understanding of the logistics of making money as a musician.

Once she had that foundational knowledge, Wong-Wear professionalized. She formed an S corp, a type of

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Can E-Commerce Revive Coronavirus-Hit Transportation Sector?

It is a well-known fact that stocks belonging to the transportation  sector are having a tough time due to the coronavirus pandemic. Notably, the health scare was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on Mar 11.

As coronavirus claimed multiple lives, apart from infecting scores across the globe, several countries were under lockdown amid wide-spread travel  restrictions, particularly since March, thereby crippling the transportation sector. In fact, cases are surging even now as economies re-open. For instance, the United States recorded 52,789 new cases on Jul 1, thereby crossing the 50,000 mark in a day for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak. What is worse is that even more 55,220 cases were registered the following day.

E-Commerce Surge: A Bright Spot

As a result of the pandemic and the current rise in new cases, people are staying indoors and avoiding going out unless absolutely necessary. Consequently, in

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Join us for our summer virtual event with an unmissable line-up

Photo credit: Country Living
Photo credit: Country Living

From Country Living

A date for your diary! Join us for our summer virtual event, Celebrate Summer At Home with Country Living, on 8th and 9th August. We’ll be bringing you a line-up of fun, inspiring, hands-on activities you can soak up from the comfort of your own home – all you have to do is head over to our Facebook page to join us.

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We’ve got lots of exciting content planned, with more announcements to be made in due course, but for now, here’s a taster of our exclusive summer line-up…

Celebrate Summer Line-Up

The Yorkshire Vet – Channel 5’s Julian Norton will be on hand to answer all of your pet health questions, as well as talking us through how to choose the right dog breed for you and your lifestyle, alongside his own pup, Emmy.

Gardening with Danny

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Exotic meats are a Chinese delicacy. But they’re causing concern about another outbreak.

Ou Yang is having a hard time finding snake to eat.

“A very famous restaurant specialized in cooking snakes in my city already stopped providing such dishes,” Ou told NBC News from Foshan, in southern China, where snake has long been regarded as a delicacy. “They are all banned now.”

As the world struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic, China is clamping down on the sale of wildlife for human consumption amid concerns about another outbreak of a zoonotic disease. What began as a temporary ban to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is making legislative leaps to a broader ban on the practice — a move international public health and wildlife experts have been urging for years.

While it means Ou will have to forgo his dinners of snakes, crocodiles, boars and bamboo rats, he understands the reasoning.

“I think the ban is helpful to maintain public health safety,” he

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Adele’s Dramatic Weight Loss Is Reportedly Tied To These Metabolism-Boosting Sirtfoods

Photo credit: Adele
Photo credit: Adele

From Women’s Health

In early May, Adele dropped a shocker—but it wasn’t the new album we were ready for (and still waiting for, tbh). Instead, she debuted a totally new look on her birthday, showing off her dramatic weight loss transformation on Instagram while wearing a little black dress.

Though Adele didn’t nod to her weight loss in the post’s caption, she did speak to a fan about her weight loss journey back in January while she was vacationing in Anguilla. According to People, Adele shared that she’d lost about 100 pounds, and while she hasn’t made any public statements about how she’s lost the weight, several sources have claimed that her new lifestyle reportedly revolves around a trendy eating plan: the Sirtfood Diet.

In January, the New York Post reported that Adele had lost 50 pounds by following the eating plan (and her name was

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