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Lily Aldridge gave her fans a bit of a surprise Wednesday.

The superstar model dropped a black and white snap of herself on Instagram in a swimsuit for her 5.3 million followers, and I’m sure they enjoyed it a lot. (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes)

It’s not every day that we see golden content from Aldridge. She’s not known for cutting loose on a regular basis, but it’s snaps like the one below that remind us that she certainly has the skills necessary. (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything)

Give it a look, and decide for yourself what you think. (SLIDESHOW: 71 Times Samantha Hoopes Stripped Down)

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This is the kind of content that we live for here at The Smoke Room. Models and Instagram provide the perfect platform for swimsuit content, which is exactly what this picture was. (SLIDESHOW: This Blonde Bombshell Might Be The Hottest Model On The Internet) 

Here are a few more times that she reminded the world of her skills. (SLIDESHOW: 60 Times Abigail Ratchford Wore Almost Nothing)

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Graeme Gallagher | Contributor

Four men were arrested Wednesday for placing secret cameras in hotels across South Korea to film and live-stream around 1,600 unknowing guests, according to BBC.

The scandal took place in 42 rooms in 30 hotels over 10 cities around the country. Cameras were hidden inside digital TV boxes, wall sockets and hairdryer holders. South Korean police do not have reason to believe that the hotels were not complicit in the live-streaming project.

The four men who were arrested set up 1-mm-lens cameras in the hotels in late August and then created the site in November. Overall, the site posted more than 800 videos to over 4,000 members, in which users can pay to see full videos or can watch 30-second clips for free. (RELATED: Virginia Man Accused Of Filming Dozens Of Young Girls In Mall Dressing Rooms)

Opened door of hotel room with key in the lock. (Dragon Images/Shutterstock.com)

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The men said that 97 of these members wanted access to extra features, such as the ability to replay specific live streams, and paid a monthly fee of $44.95 to do so. The streaming service and the men raked in upward of $6,000 between November 2018 and this month, the police reported.

“There was a similar case in the past when illegal cameras were installed in (hotels) and were consistently and secretly watched,” police said to CNN, “but this is the first time the police caught where videos were broadcast live on the internet.”

This is not the first instance of hidden filming in South Korea, as cases of illicit filming have escalated in recent years. Secret camera “porn” or “molka” arrests have jumped from 1,110 to 6,600 between 2010 and 2014, posing as a serious threat to public spaces. Of the more than 5,400 people arrested for illicit filming related crimes in 2017, however, fewer than 2 percent were jailed. (RELATED: Starbucks Launches Inquiry Over Hidden Camera Placed Over Bathroom Baby Changing Station)

Last year, thousands of women wearing masks in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, protested the lack of action and prosecution from the government concerning the crisis, adopting the slogan “My Life is Not Your Porn.”

Female protesters shout slogans during a rally against 'spy-cam porn' in central Seoul on August 4, 2018. (ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

Female protesters shout slogans during a rally against ‘spy-cam porn’ in central Seoul on August 4, 2018. (ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

In an effort to tackle the problem, Seoul implemented female patrol squads to inspect restrooms and changing rooms for hidden recording devices. Using handheld equipment meant for discovering potentially hidden devices, these women scan everywhere — from doorknobs, toilet paper holders and air ducts — to find any of these cameras.

“It’s my job to make sure there’s no camera to film women while they relieve themselves,” said a member of one of the squads. “This is necessary to help women feel safe.”

Not just limited to restrooms and changing rooms, molka crimes include “up-skirt” photos and videos, as well.

The co-owner of a South Korean “revenge porn” site was sentenced to four years in prison and fined $1.26 million last January, indicating increased push back from the country on the issue. The women, surnamed Song, started the site Soranet, which was a popular site for uploading hidden camera photos and videos. The site was shut down last year.

“It is immeasurable how much harm (the site) had caused on our society,” said the judge. “Song worked with her husband and others to operate Soranet and let its members upload pornographic material.”

However, the toll taken on the unknowing victims of these hidden filmings is drastic. Lee Ji-soo, a computer specialist who runs a company that helps women take down images of them taken without consent, has seen the effects it takes on these people. (RELATED: Hidden Camera Spooks Maryland School District)

“The most common things that the clients are saying — and they are quite heartbreaking — are ‘I want to die’ or ‘I cannot leave my house,’” said Ji-s00 to CNN last year, “Especially the victims of spy cam or illegally taken videos say that when they encounter people on the street, they feel like they would be recognized.”

Source: The Daily Caller

Nick Sherman | Contributor

The United States sees roughly 3 million deaths per year. How many of those deaths come from gun violence? How many come from other fatal illnesses and accidents?

Recently, debate regarding gun violence has taken over the media, with many news outlets relating mass shootings and other violent, gun-related incidents to the United States’ gun laws, gun statistics and Second Amendment rights.

While violent crime in the United States has been on a steady decline since the early 1990s, a large number of Americans, including children, have fallen victim to gun violence. As much as 80-percent of gun-related deaths, however, are carried out with illegally purchased firearms. There is also no clear relation between stricter gun laws and less gun-related homicides. (RELATED: Beto Takes One Question On Guns — Gives An Answer Both Sides Will Hate)

Politicians are still going after Second Amendment regulations with the hope to decrease that 3-million-person death toll. What other causes of death could they be concerned with? What do you think kills more Americans?

Find out the most common cause of death below.

Heart Disease

According to the Center for Disease Control, Heart Disease is the number one killer of Americans in 2017. Around 610,000 people die each year from heart disease.

Strokes

Strokes or a blood clot in the brain is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is responsible for 140,000 deaths every year in America. This equates to 1-in-20 deaths in America are from a stroke.

Drugs

Around 64,000 people a year a killed due to drug-related causes. According to Vox, drug-related deaths outnumber those of guns, car crashes, and even every death that occurred during the Vietnam War.

Car Accidents

Deaths by car accidents exceeded 40,00 people in 2017 rounding out to 40,100 deaths due to car accidents.

Guns

In 2017, guns caused 39, 773 deaths. However, 60 percent of that number comes from suicides while 30 percent were the result of homicide.

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William Davis | Contributor

Infamous abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is upset that more states are not considering late-term abortion laws like the ones passed in New York, and introduced in Virginia, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller.

Gosnell expressed regret in the email sent from prison that “rural, conservative” Pennsylvania would likely not consider similar laws legalizing abortion up until birth. The piece of communication was part of correspondence between Gosnell and film producers of the movie “Gosnell,” and it’s veracity was verified by the Caller. (RELATED: ‘Gosnell’ Is A Sobering Depiction Of Evil Hidden In Plain Sight)

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Gosnell was convicted of first degree murder in 2013 after killing infants that survived his failed abortions, as well as involuntary manslaughter after a woman died in his care. (RELATED: ‘House Of Horrors’ Abortion Clinic Site To Be Auctioned Off In 2019)

Following his conviction, Gosnell claimed that his murderous practices would be “vindicated.”

“It helps that I very strongly believe myself to be innocent of the heinous crimes of which I am accused,” Gosnell said at the time. “I sort of understand the circumstances and I continue to feel optimistic of the eventual outcome … the vindication of what I’ve done, why I’ve done it and how—[it] will all become accepted within my lifetime. It’s out of sight and out of my control. But I feel strongly that that will occur.”

Now, a few years later, the state of New York has passed a law that allows doctors to perform abortions up until the infant’s due date, and similar laws have been considered in several other states.

Earlier this year, when Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam suggested that babies in the dilation stage would be subject to a discussion between the doctor and the mother, some saw the comments as a fulfillment of Gosnell’s prophecy. (RELATED: Gov Northam: ‘I Don’t Have Any Regrets’ About Infanticide Comments)

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks with reporters at a press conference at the Governor’s mansion on February 2, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. Alex Edelman/Getty Images)

Is Gosnell close to being vindicated?

Phelim McAleer, who along with Ann McElhinney wrote and produced the film “Gosnell,” based on the true story, questions if Gosnell would be convicted today.

“Ralph Northam put Gosnell into a grey area,” McAleer said. “Ralph Northam showed it was Ok for a baby to die after a botched abortion.”

While Northam’s comments don’t go as far as Gosnell’s actions did, McAleer fears his comments could create reasonable doubt in the mind of a jury if a similar case popped up today.

“Previously, it had been accepted that a baby that survived an abortion could not be killed either by action or inaction,” McAleer said. “Northam’s comments would put doubt in the mind of a jury, the New York law puts doubt in the mind in jury.”

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Source: The Daily Caller

Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker opened up about his newly confirmed relationship with actress and singer Rosario Dawson during his Wednesday appearance on “The Ellen Show.”

Dawson got “TMZ-ed,” as Booker put it, last week and confirmed to the entertainment website that she is, in fact, in a relationship with the New Jersey senator. (RELATED: Rosairo Dawson Confirms She’s Dating Cory Booker)

Booker had equally great things to say about Dawson, who gushed about Booker’s kind personality to TMZ. “[Her confirmation] was wonderful. She’s just an incredible human being,” Booker told Ellen DeGeneres.

Booker announced he would be running in the 2020 presidential race on Feb. 1, two months after the pair reportedly began dating, according to Page Six.

The announcement has reportedly caused an increase in the scrutiny Booker and Dawson have been dealing with lately.

“As our relationship grows, it’s difficult, but she’s just a deeply soulful person and has taught me a lot of lessons about love already. And sometimes you show the greatest strength when you make yourself vulnerable,” Booker told DeGeneres.

He continued, “She really has this nurturing spirit that’s made me more courageous not just in the love I project and want to see in our country but even in our personal relationships to love more fearlessly, so I’m very blessed to be with someone who makes me a better person.”

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Abigail Ratchford cut loose Tuesday night on Instagram.

Ratchford, who is a fan favorite here at The Smoke Room, posted a photo of herself wearing white lingerie, and her fans seemed to appreciate it. (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes)

I say that because the spicy shot currently has north of 80,000 likes, and I think you’ll understand why once you see it. (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything)

Give it a glance below. You’re almost certainly going to like what you see. (SLIDESHOW: 71 Times Samantha Hoopes Stripped Down)

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Ratchford is in some rarified air when it comes to burning down the internet. There are very women capable of keeping up with her. (SLIDESHOW: This Blonde Bombshell Might Be The Hottest Model On The Internet) 

Here a few more times that she unloaded online and left us all shocked. (SLIDESHOW: 60 Times Abigail Ratchford Wore Almost Nothing)

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Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

Nationally syndicated conservative radio host Dana Loesch was not impressed to learn that CNN received an award for the network’s town hall after the Parkland shooting.

CNN announced the news Tuesday, cheering the event’s host, Jake Tapper, for receiving the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

At first, Loesch was just taken aback.

But then she shared a series of videos, all showing what happened during the town hall when the cameras were off.

Loesch then argued that the entire event was essentially a setup, designed to allow the students and the crowd-free rein to attack her.

And Loesch was not the only person who shared that assessment of the situation. (RELATED: CNN Crowd Boos Pro-2A Rape Survivor)

She also stated that, as she tried to leave, she was physically assaulted — and asked CNN to release any potential footage of the incident.

Loesch concluded by calling the award a “sham,” and saying that any network truly interested in advancing the conversation would refuse such an acknowledgment — unless, of course, it was shared with her, since her claims about the failures of first responders at the scene were later backed up by the full reports and video evidence.

But it didn’t end there, because according to Loesch, Tapper responded to her tirade by unfollowing her.

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Source: The Daily Caller

Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

Lori Loughlin’s drama “When Calls The Heart” will not be canceled, but Loughlin has lost her role as executive producer and lead in the series.

Hallmark cut ties with Loughlin on March 14 over her alleged involvement in the now-infamous college admissions scandal. Fans of Loughlin’s show “When Calls The Heart” freaked out over it being potentially cancelled, according to a report published Wednesday by Entertainment Tonight. (RELATED: Hallmark Announces Decision To Drop Lori Loughlin From Network)

Hallmark and Loughlin’s co-stars took to social media to reassure fans that the show isn’t over yet. Producer Brian Bird posted a statement Sunday to Instagram.

He wrote, “As for the show itself, we know millions of fans are on pins and needles wondering what will happen now. Let us reassure you, When Calls The Heart has always been bigger than the sum of its parts, and it HAS NOT BEEN CANCELED.”

Paul Greene and Andrea Brooks shared that they were thankful for the support from fans on their respective social media accounts as well.

Greene wrote, “Love you all thanks for the amazing love and support through this tough spot.”

While Brooks shared, “I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that I appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love and support over the past week.” She continued, “Your kindness and dedication does not go unnoticed.”

The “When Calls The Heart” team has gone on a “creative hiatus” to rewrite the remaining six episodes of the current season, according to Bird.

Source: The Daily Caller

Phillip Stucky | Contributor

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reportedly raised a record-breaking $11.6 million during the month of February, according to a Wednesday Politico report.

The amount is more than the Democratic campaign arm has raised over the course of any other February, including those that fall on presidential election years. The DCCC reported that $3 million came from online donations, with an average online donation of $18.

As DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos told Politico:

Democrats across America aren’t wasting a second to protect and expand our new majority. The fact that we just had our strongest February in the history of the DCCC shows that our momentum is only growing. I’m proud to lead a DCCC that’s supported by grassroots donors who believe in bringing down the cost of health care, raising wages for everyday Americans and holding Washington Republicans accountable for their culture of corruption.

The DCCC successfully turned the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives during the 2018 midterm elections by gaining 40 seats, granting them an 18- seat majority. The group pledged to gain 33 more seats during the 2020 election cycle. (RELATED: Liz Warren’s Fundraising Emails Are Directing Donors To Her Facebook Page)

The DCCC released their map at the end of January, so it’s clear Democratic donors are doubling down on expanding their lead in the House

It’s been a good year so far for some Democrats. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke reportedly earned more than $6 million during the first 24 hours after he officially announced he was running for president in the 2020 Democratic primary, breaking a presidential fundraising record.

Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders broke the same record just weeks before O’Rourke’s announcement when he also raised nearly $6 million from roughly 223,000 people in the first 24 hours after his announcement.

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Natalie Roser didn’t hold back in a recent Instagram post.

The star model dropped a snap of herself in a tiny bikini, and it didn’t disappoint one bit. (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes)

Everybody knows that we can expect great stuff from Roser. That’s just a fact, and it’s not up for debate. (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything)

Yet, it’s still good to get occasional reminders of how great she is. The shot below accomplishes that exact job. (SLIDESHOW: 71 Times Samantha Hoopes Stripped Down)

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You know you’re in for a great day whenever you can get it started with an outstanding picture on Instagram from Roser. There’s no doubt about it. (SLIDESHOW: This Blonde Bombshell Might Be The Hottest Model On The Internet) 

I suggest you take a gander at a few of the pictures below if you don’t believe me. (SLIDESHOW: 60 Times Abigail Ratchford Wore Almost Nothing)

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