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Economic growth "more than pays for everything," he said in an interview that aired Sunday on Fox News. In an interview with Fox News that aired Sunday morning, President Trump suggested that he is not interested in figuring out how to pay for tax reform, instead insisting that "massive" tax cuts will spur enough economic growth to pay for themselves. "If we pick up one point on GDP, that's $2.5 trillion...it more than pays for everything," he told Maria Bartirmoro on her show Sunday Morning Futures: .@POTUS: "If we pick up one point on GDP, that's $2.5... [Read More]
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"HalloVeen" has everything: twists, turns, trained corgis, Handmaid flash mobs... Every Sunday, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can read the archives here. The episode of the week for October 15 through 22 is "HalloVeen," the fourth episode of the fifth season of Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I don't know about you, but I've had a rough couple of weeks. Being immersed in the news is always tough, but combing through dozens of sexual assault accusations against one of Hollywood's biggest figures has been... [Read More]
But he has the authority, and a little bit of time, to block their release. [Read More]
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The America First architect takes aim at Bush as part of his war against the GOP. [Read More]
Mariano Rajoy's response to the Catalan independence movement is one of the most dramatic moments in Spain's 40 years of democracy. [Read More]
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In defense of renewable energy mandates. Back in the 1990s and 2000s, when Democrats had more power in state governments, 29 states (and DC) passed some form of renewable portfolio standard (RPS), a policy that requires a state's utilities to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources by a certain year. Standards range from California's wildly ambitious 50-percent-by-2030 to Ohio's modest 12.5-percent-by-2026, and everywhere in between. Though they aren't as sexy as perpetually-discussed-but-rarely-passed carbon taxes, and they are flawed and insufficient in a number of ways, RPSs have been the quiet workhorses of renewable energy... [Read More]
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Plus more from Philip Pullman and George Saunders in Vox's weekly book roundup. [Read More]
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Congressional Republicans move one step closer to tax cuts; a US appeals court rules against the Trump administration in a key case involving abortion and immigration; Quebec lawmakers pass a burqa ban. [Read More]
Headed to the movie theater? These are the 13 best movies playing in theaters in the US right now. This list is updated each Friday, as necessary, and organized alphabetically. A movie is eligible if it's in wide release (meaning it's playing in theaters nationwide) or in limited release in a major market (typically New York and Los Angeles). Films that have screened at festivals are not eligible until they are released in theaters. Not all films are showing in all cities, so check IMDB for your local listings. This list is curated by Alissa Wilkinson,... [Read More]
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If you must see it, see it in 4DX. It's not a crime for a movie to be boring. Boredom can be a rare and precious gift in a culture of distraction. We should all be bored more often. But the level of boredom I experienced during Geostorm ought to qualify as at least a second-degree felony in the state of New York. Consider the title of the movie. Consider its central conceit, which is that whole entire world will experience a massive "weather event" at once. Consider also that I saw it in one of the nine theaters... [Read More]
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Policy action on health care, taxes, trade, and more. [Read More]
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Lulu wouldn't locate explosives. Instead, she located our hearts. Ah, Lulu, we hardly knew you. Or at least the CIA, which tried to train you to sniff out bombs, hardly knew you. The internet, however, fell in love with the sweet black Labrador — thanks to an uncharacteristically sentimental dispatch from the CIA's official Twitter account about how the canine trainee was excused from her explosives-detection education because she just wasn't that into ferreting out potential bombs. #CIAK9 Pupdate: Sometimes, even after testing, our pups make it clear being an explosive detection K9 isn't for themhttps://t.co/nPZl6YWNKb... [Read More]
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Ah, Halloween, the glorious holiday devoted to underdressing in the cold while overindulging in sugar-filled treats. Of all the types of candy that are consumed during its observance, perhaps none is as controversial as the humble, cloying little triangles known as candy corn. What makes this waxy, tricolored candy so essential to All Hallow's Eve — and so hotly debated? Read on for more facts about candy corn than you probably ever wanted to know. Candy corn (surprise!) is mainly pure sugar In its traditional form, candy corn is a small, triangular candy consisting of three colored... [Read More]
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The shooting happened after a Richard Spencer speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The aftermath of white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville turned violent on Thursday when three white supremacists allegedly shot at anti-racism protesters. According to the Gainesville Police Department, 28-year-old Tyler Tenbrink, 30-year-old William Fears, and 28-year-old Colton Fears, all from Texas, are now held on charges of attempted homicide for shooting at the group of protesters. Police said that the trio stopped by the group of protesters shortly before 5:30 pm on Thursday, allegedly threatening the protesters,... [Read More]
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Kelly made a false claim about a member of Congress, but Sanders says it's "inappropriate" to debate that. The days-long controversy over President Trump's phone call to a soldier's widow continued Friday, as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it would be "highly inappropriate" for reporters to question a false claim Chief of Staff John Kelly made about a member of Congress — because he's a "four-star Marine general." "If you wanna go after General Kelly, that's up to you, but I think that — if you want to get into a debate with a four-star Marine... [Read More]
mostly women, mostly bookish... [Read More]
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The chief of staff divides America into those who "serve" in uniform — at home and abroad — and those who should shut up. When White House chief of staff John Kelly took the podium at the Thursday afternoon press briefing to defend the controversy surrounding Trump's treatment of a Gold Star family, he was treated with the deference and gravitas this White House doesn't usually receive. It wasn't just because Kelly is himself a Gold Star father — his son, Robert, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. It was because of Kelly's reluctance to talk about his... [Read More]
The program has overwhelming evidence behind it. But that wasn't enough to save it. "People will absolutely die as a result." That's how Chris Abert of the Indiana Recovery Alliance described the consequences of an Indiana county's decision to stop a needle exchange program, which provides clean syringes to drug users in an effort to stop the spread of infectious blood-borne diseases like HIV and hepatitis. Lawrence County commissioners' reasoning: morals — and the Bible. "It was a moral issue with me. I had severe reservations that were going to keep me from approving that motion," County Commissioner Rodney... [Read More]
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The idea of Melania Trump having a body double appeals because people have already created a narrative about the first lady. In a world where white supremacists use a cartoon frog to help convey their hateful beliefs, the president is obsessed with TV ratings and feuding with the NFL, and perceived threats of international nuclear warfare happen on Twitter, is it that far-fetched to believe that the first lady of the United States, Melania Trump, has a body double who takes her place at official Trump administration events? No, say certain factions of the internet. During a press... [Read More]
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How to actually make the grid more resilient. The Trump administration absolutely united around one goal: supporting the US coal industry. Back in April, Energy Secretary Rick Perry commissioned a study on the resilience and reliability of the US power grid, with a special focus on whether "fuel-ready" power plants like coal and nuclear were being unfairly driven out of business in wholesale electricity markets. In July, a nearly complete version of the study leaked, and to everyone's surprise, it was ... good. The analysis was professionally done, and the conclusions (which were not at all friendly to... [Read More]
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