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Vox is a liberal-leaning American news and opinion website owned by Vox Media. The website was founded in April 2014 by Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias, and Melissa Bell, and is noted for its concept of explanatory journalism. Vox's media presence also includes a YouTube channel, several podcasts, and a show presented on Netflix.Source
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Who gets to be reckless on Wall Street?

Who gets to be reckless on Wall Street?

Jennifer Chang got into investing in 2019, but it was only during the pandemic that she started dealing in options trading, where the risk is higher, but so is the reward.“With options, you can make money so much faster. So I was then having days where I would make $1,000 a day, and then I made $10,000 in a day,” she said. “And then I started getting really cocky, and I didn’t even think I could even lose so much money. Then during the day when it was like we had a really big drop, I lost everything I had made.”Chang, 39, lost her job at a nonprofit in the financial downturn, fell down a...

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The Supreme Court’s landmark new Native American rights decision, explained

The Supreme Court’s landmark new Native American rights decision, explained

No, they didn’t give away half of Oklahoma — but it is a big deal.The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in received less attention than two other decisions handed down the same day, which concerned whether President Trump is . But McGirt is a tremendously significant decision, especially for Native Americans and, ultimately, for anyone concerned with whether the United States must honor its past obligations.McGirt asks whether a significant swath of land covering the eastern half of the state of Oklahoma is part of what federal law anachronistically refers to as “Indian country” — that is,...

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The scariest thing about global warming (and Covid-19)

The scariest thing about global warming (and Covid-19)

“Shifting baselines syndrome” means we could quickly get used to climate chaos.For as long as I’ve followed global warming, advocates and activists have shared a certain faith: When the impacts get really bad, people will act.Maybe it will be an especially destructive hurricane, heat wave, or flood. Maybe it will be multiple disasters at once. But at some point, the severity of the problem will become self-evident, sweeping away any remaining doubt or hesitation and prompting a wave of action.From this perspective, the scary possibility is that the moment of reckoning will come too late....

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When Black Lives Matter protests come to "Copland"

When Black Lives Matter protests come to "Copland"

Simi Valley is one of the most conservative parts of Southern California.The city of 125,000, about 40 miles from Los Angeles, is home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Donald Trump carried the area in 2016, just like Mitt Romney did in 2012 and John McCain in 2008. And it was here, in 1992, that charged with beating Rodney King.But on June 6, several thousand people gathered in Simi Valley to protest the police killings of George Floyd and other Black Americans. The protests were diverse, with people of “every race, every ethnicity, every age group,” including white people,...

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The hidden trackers in your phone, explained

The hidden trackers in your phone, explained

Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.In the earlier days of the pandemic, an from a company called Tectonix went viral. It showed spring breakers leaving a Florida beach to return to their homes across the US, as a series of tiny orange dots congregating on a beach in early March scattered across the country over the following two weeks.“It becomes clear just how massive the potential impact of just one single beach gathering can have in spreading this virus across our nation,” the video’s narrator said. “The data tells the stories we just can’t...

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Civil rights leaders are still fed up with Facebook over hate speech

Civil rights leaders are still fed up with Facebook over hate speech

They say despite repeated promises over the years, Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t stopped “vitriolic hate” from spreading on the platform.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Civil rights leaders are fed up with Facebook. They say the company still allows too much racist, hateful, and violent content to spread on its social media network — and that company executives gave PR “spin” rather than meaningful solutions in a meeting on Tuesday about these issues.In light of recent protests against racial injustice in the US, Facebook is facing a renewed reckoning...

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A likely culprit in Covid-19 surges: People hell-bent on ignoring social distancing orders

A likely culprit in Covid-19 surges: People hell-bent on ignoring social distancing orders

For months, it’s been clear that the world has separated into two camps: the rule followers, observant of and hopeful of quashing the pandemic; and the risk takers, who have been storming the nation’s beaches, bars, and burger joints in spite of the — and public health efforts to curtail its spread.Some states, such as New York, have contained new cases, but others, including Texas and Arizona, even as cases continued to rise, unleashing a torrent of pent-up partiers. Now, even as an illusion of normalcy has slowly returned, rates of infection are reaching , with cases surging in .The US is...

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Mar 24
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Trump is going all in on divisive culture wars. That might not work this time.

Trump is going all in on divisive culture wars. That might not work this time.

Trump’s Independence Day fearmongering about “far-left fascism” shows he doesn’t get his own base.Presidents tend to offer messages of national unity and optimism on Independence Day. But this weekend, President Donald Trump marked the occasion with a pair of speeches in which he described himself as presiding over a cultural civil war against an insurgent left — and promised to vanquish those on the other side of that war through aggressive use of law enforcement.In a speech at Mount Rushmore on Friday, Trump warned of a “far-left fascism” that is part of a “merciless campaign to wipe out...

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How can we ban facial recognition when it’s already everywhere?

How can we ban facial recognition when it’s already everywhere?

A growing number of gadgets are scanning your face.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Facial recognition is having a reckoning. Recent protests against racism and police brutality have shined a available to law enforcement, and major tech companies are temporarily backing away from facial recognition and .Late last month, we learned of the caused by a faulty facial recognition system, involving a Black man in Michigan identified by software that Detroit’s police chief later admitted had a . And a policy group from the , a computing society with...

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Trumpism, not polarization, drives America’s disastrous coronavirus politics

Trumpism, not polarization, drives America’s disastrous coronavirus politics

“This outcome is a policy choice. The unnecessary lives lost. The long-term effects we don’t even know about yet on our vital organs. It’s all a policy choice.”On June 25, the Pew Research Center published a . The difference between Democratic and Republican attitudes on Covid-19 was growing. Thirty-seven percent of Democrats, but 72 percent of Republicans, said they’d feel comfortable getting a haircut. Twenty-eight percent of Democrats, but 65 percent of Republicans, were willing to eat in a restaurant. Eight percent of Democrats, but 31 percent of Republicans, would attend a crowded...

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Networks of self-driving trucks are becoming a reality in the US

Networks of self-driving trucks are becoming a reality in the US

The self-driving truck company TuSimple is laying the groundwork for a futuristic autonomous freight industry.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Fully autonomous trucking may be one step closer to reality. On Wednesday, the San Diego-based self-driving startup TuSimple announced what it’s calling the world’s first autonomous freight network. That means that the company is laying the groundwork for delivering a lot more of our stuff with self-driving trucks.TuSimple is hardly the only company working to making fully automated shipping a reality....

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Social conservatives feel betrayed by the Supreme Court — and the GOP that appointed it

Social conservatives feel betrayed by the Supreme Court — and the GOP that appointed it

“We have been the Republican Party’s useful idiots.”What is the purpose of the Republican Party?That’s a question some social conservatives have been asking following the Supreme Court’s ruling on June 15 in , a major Supreme Court decision holding that federal law prohibits employment discrimination against LGBTQ workers — a decision written by Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch.Monday’s decision in , which found that a law requiring abortion providers to obtain hospital admitting privileges was unconstitutional, has only intensified that debate.Both cases gave the Supreme Court the...

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Inside Jack Dorsey’s radical experiment for billionaires to give away their money

Inside Jack Dorsey’s radical experiment for billionaires to give away their money

Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Billionaires are notoriously bad at something that should be quite easy: giving away their money.In the pantheon of the ultra-rich, Jack Dorsey, as , is hardly the stingiest offender. But he has now kick-started one of the most radical experiments in this — whether it is possible to quickly give away more than $1 billion of his money, and to do it effectively. Dorsey is putting the lie to the claim from billionaires that this is impossible and that they need enormous teams, decades of deep study, total privacy,...

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Middle school principal Jamaal Bowman unseats Eliot Engel in New York

Middle school principal Jamaal Bowman unseats Eliot Engel in New York

Eliot Engel has lost his seat in Congress despite the Democratic establishment’s efforts to save him.Middle school principal Jamaal Bowman is very likely headed to Capitol Hill after unseating New York’s longest-serving Congress member, Rep. Eliot Engel, in the state’s June primary elections.Bowman, 44, mounted an to unseat Engel, 73, in New York’s 16th Congressional District. Recruited by Justice Democrats to run in 2019, he consolidated progressive support at the national and local levels, picking up endorsements from figures such as Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and New York...

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Jun 24
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Donald Trump is dismantling the government he was elected to run

Donald Trump is dismantling the government he was elected to run

How the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda is affecting the health and safety of Americans.How the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda is affecting the health and safety of Americans.It was clear when Donald Trump started naming his Cabinet in the weeks after the 2016 election that his presidential agenda would be focused on one mission: dismantling portions of the government he was elected to run.was tapped to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was chosen to lead the Energy Department, which he had . Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon who had...

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Trump’s Justice Department has a powerful tool to fight police abuse. It refuses to use it.

Trump’s Justice Department has a powerful tool to fight police abuse. It refuses to use it.

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions was about to become irrelevant.It was his last day in office. Donald Trump’s attorney general, formerly a US senator from Alabama, had for failing to stop the special counsel investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 election.But he wasn’t quite done yet. Shortly before Sessions left the Department of Justice (DOJ) on November 7, 2018, he to senior Justice Department lawyers announcing a new policy.The memo concerned consent decrees, a kind of court order negotiated between federal and state or local officials that the...

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Amy McGrath just won her unexpectedly close Kentucky Senate primary

Amy McGrath just won her unexpectedly close Kentucky Senate primary

McGrath will face off against Mitch McConnell in November.Retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath will face off against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this fall, after winning a against progressive challenger Charles Booker.The primary proved to be a nail-biter up until the very end, with Booker and McGrath each pulling ahead at various stages of vote-counting. Booker dominated in Jefferson County, his home area around Louisville and a key area for Democrats. But ultimately, a weaker margin outside of Lexington wasn’t enough to make up McGrath’s showing in rural areas outside the...

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Facebook’s war against one of the internet’s worst conspiracy sites

Facebook’s war against one of the internet’s worst conspiracy sites

Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.It’s been a year since Facebook deleted the page for Natural News for violating the company’s rules about spam. This was a big deal for Natural News, a conspiracy site that had attracted on its Facebook page. Then in May, Facebook took further action by banning the Natural News domain so that any link to the site would be blocked, along with some pages that frequently shared its content. Still, Natural News content has found ways to stick around.As one of the internet’s oldest and most prolific sources of health...

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Russia reportedly offered the Taliban bounties for American soldiers. Trump denies knowing about it.

Russia reportedly offered the Taliban bounties for American soldiers. Trump denies knowing about it.

Democrats and Republicans alike demand answers from an administration that’s long been soft on Russia.President Donald Trump is denying knowledge of an arrangement in which Russian military officials reportedly offered to secretly pay Taliban fighters for killing American troops in Afghanistan.A pair of from the New York Times indicates that United States officials learned months ago of a Russian intelligence unit secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for killing US and other coalition forces in Afghanistan, as peace talks to end the war continue. American spies and commandos reportedly...

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Jun 28
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The real villain of John Bolton’s Trump book is John Bolton

The real villain of John Bolton’s Trump book is John Bolton

Bolton makes clear President Trump’s foreign policy is absolutely terrible — but Bolton’s is much, much worse.After reading former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s , it becomes exceedingly clear that President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is terrible — but Bolton’s is much, much worse.Anyone who reads the 500-plus-page book will find their suspicions were correct: Trump’s approach to the world truly is that shambolic and dangerous. But there’s a twist: The author inadvertently offers readers hope that there’s been a major improvement — because the author himself is no longer in the...

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Jun 24
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Democrats’ infrastructure bill has a special delivery: Electric mail trucks

Democrats’ infrastructure bill has a special delivery: Electric mail trucks

Cleaner, quieter, cheaper Postal Service vehicles — if Mitch McConnell allows them.For months, Democrats in Congress have focused on immediate recovery from the , saying they would turn to long-term stimulus when the time is right.The time is apparently right. This week, House Democrats unveiled their , a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill. It is capacious: $300 billion for repair of existing infrastructure, $100 billion for public transit, $100 billion for affordable housing infrastructure, $100 billion for broadband, $100 billion for high-poverty schools, $70 billion for upgrades to the...

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Jun 26
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Trump’s DOJ asks the Supreme Court to strip health care from 23 million people

Trump’s DOJ asks the Supreme Court to strip health care from 23 million people

Their arguments are ridiculous.The Trump administration filed a brief in the Supreme Court late Thursday night claiming that the “ in the middle of a pandemic that has , and sickened more than 2 million.If the administration succeeds in its effort to kill Obamacare, — and that number is likely to grow as the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic pushes more and more Americans out of work.The plaintiffs in this case include a bloc of red states and two individuals. The United States is actually the defendant in this lawsuit, but the Trump administration refused to defend...

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The House just passed a sweeping police reform bill

The House just passed a sweeping police reform bill

It’s not expected to go anywhere in the Senate, however.The House on Thursday passed Democrats’ police reform bill, , by a 236-181 vote. Three Republicans joined Democrats to vote in favor of the bill, which now heads to the Senate, where it isn’t expected to get much traction.Thursday’s vote underscores an ongoing stalemate: Over the past few weeks, congressional Democrats and Republicans have been at an impasse over the next steps on police reform, with each party respectively introducing its own bill. the Justice Act, earlier this week, on the grounds that it wasn’t expansive enough in...

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Jun 26
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The head of US broadcasting is leaning toward pro-Trump propaganda. Biden would fire him.

The head of US broadcasting is leaning toward pro-Trump propaganda. Biden would fire him.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign exclusively told Vox he plans to fire US Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack if Biden becomes president.If Joe Biden wins the presidency, he’s promising at least one staffing change: firing the CEO of a US-funded global media agency who’s accused of trying to turn it into a propaganda shop aligned with Donald Trump’s ideology.Andrew Bates, a spokesperson for the former vice president’s campaign, told me Biden will oust Michael Pack from his Senate-confirmed position at the (USAGM) soon after entering the White House. The reason is simple:...

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"It’s ideologue meets grifter": How Bill Barr made Trumpism possible

"It’s ideologue meets grifter": How Bill Barr made Trumpism possible

Bill Barr is the most powerful law enforcement officer in the country. What does he want?Last Friday, announced that US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman, was “stepping down” from his position.The announcement caught everyone by surprise, including Berman, who that he had any plans to resign. But the following day Barr announced that , putting an end to the bizarre standoff (though Trump, later in the day, claimed he was “not involved” in Berman’s firing).In any other administration, the firing of a US attorney who had been conducting investigations of the...

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