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Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what's happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to New York police; law enforcement in Ontario is searching for two suspects in a restaurant bombing. Special announcement: We have a new Netflix show, Explained. The first three episodes — on monogamy, the racial wealth gap, and gene editing — are out this week. Watch at netflix.com/explained. Harvey Weinstein finally goes to court ... [Read More]
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It turns out the aisle is a porous border. The immigration debate in the US has been burning for more than two years. Most recently, it played a role in the failure of the farm bill last Friday. The rebellion by 30 Republican members on Friday's vote was partly in pursuit of bringing an immigration bill, the Securing America's Future Act of 2018 (HR 4760), to the floor for consideration. The bill proposes significant policy changes, including but not limited to: Revising how immigrant visas (including family-related visas) are allocated Eliminating the "diversity visa program" Revising... [Read More]
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In his new memoir, McCain says he's to blame for the war. Sen. John McCain has made a shocking admission: The Iraq war was a "mistake," and he's taking the blame. In his new memoir, McCain who is battling brain cancer, writes the Iraq War "can't be judged as anything other than a mistake, a very serious one, and I have to accept my share of the blame for it," Politico points out. McCain is among the most hawkish Republicans in the Senate and was an ardent supporter of the George W. Bush administration's decision to go to... [Read More]
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"A homeowner should not be required to be in business with someone they think is doing something that is immoral." California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican in one of the tightest races of his career, lost the support of realtors in his district after he told members of the Orange County Association of Realtors that homeowners should have the right to refuse to sell to LGBTQ buyers. "Every homeowner should be able to make a decision not to sell their home to someone (if) they don't agree with their lifestyle," Rohrbacher said, according to the Orange County Register.... [Read More]
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The short answer: Alexa misinterpreted background noise as a command. How did an Amazon Echo end up recording a couple's private conversation and sending it to an acquaintance without their knowledge? Alexa apparently misinterpreted some of the things they said. That's what happened in Portland, Oregon, a few weeks ago, according to a report Thursday from the TV station KIRO 7. "I felt invaded — like total privacy invasion," said Danielle, the Portland woman affected by the incident, who was only identified by her first name. Danielle said she was bewildered when her husband's colleague called to say... [Read More]
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NFL team owners this week decided that players will no longer be allowed to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem. And if they do, they will be subject to punishment and their team will be subject to fines. The owners did provide the players with an alternative, of sorts: If a player does not wish to stand and salute the flag, he can stay in the locker room and wait for the anthem to end. This new league policy is meant to enforce a particular vision of patriotism, one that involves compliance rather than... [Read More]
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It's all happening. All the way back in December 2016, I wrote about a milestone: The US finally had its first operating offshore wind farm, the Block Island Wind Farm off of Rhode Island. As milestones go, it was somewhat sad (the farm is just 30 megawatts) and late (offshore wind's been around for 20 years), but at least it signaled the US was in the offshore-wind game. Recent developments suggest that momentum is now gathering in earnest. New England states are signing big contracts for offshore wind In 2016, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed energy legislation that, among... [Read More]
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This year really has been worse so far. There's been another school shooting. This time, a shooter at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana reportedly injured two people. A suspect is in custody. The incident comes just a week after the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas, where 10 people were killed and 13 more were injured. And it comes the same year as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 were killed and another 17 were injured. If it feels like these incidents are happening more often, it's not just your imagination.... [Read More]
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Researchers are changing how they study the risks of alcohol — and it's making drinking look worse. A couple of drinks a day aren't bad for you and may even be good for you. Right? That's been the message — from researchers, governments, and beverage companies — for decades. And as a result, many of us don't think twice about tossing back a couple of glasses or wine or a few beers after work. But maybe we should. Because it turns out the story about the health effects of moderate drinking is shifting pretty dramatically. New... [Read More]
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If amateurs lacked wine expertise, we would expect to see little or no correlation with professionals. We saw just the opposite. Few consumer products offer as staggering a range of choice as wine. You can buy a bottle of Dark Horse Big Red Blend for $8. Or for around $500, you can get a 2012 bottle of Sloan Proprietary Red. Yet for each bottle, the same question applies: Is it any good? For decades, Americans turned to professional critics like Robert Parker to help them make that determination. But the internet changed all that. The rise of the wine-rating... [Read More]
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There's a fundamental flaw in Republicans' proposal to reform TANF, the nation's main cash assistance welfare. Republicans have an idea to fix the Bill Clinton-era welfare program: make sure federal funding actually goes to giving the most vulnerable families cash assistance and work opportunities. Experts say this is the right direction, especially for a program that states have increasingly cannibalized to pay for things like private college scholarships and dating workshops, but there are serious problems with how these ideas are executed. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) was a centerpiece of Clinton's major bipartisan 1996 welfare... [Read More]
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The crackdown comes a month before the driving ban is set to be lifted. When Saudi Arabia announced last September that it would lift its ban on women driving, activists celebrated a step toward women's equality in a nation known for restrictive, patriarchal laws. The lift is set to go into effect June 24. But over the past two weeks, 11 women's rights activists were arrested by Saudi authorities. The crackdown, reported by several human rights groups, comes just a month before the ban is set to be lifted. Among those arrested were Loujain al-Hathloul, an activist with... [Read More]
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Why are EPA guards shoving reporters? A national summit on drinking water contaminants at the Environmental Protection Agency this week was so exclusive that reporters from E&E News and CNN were turned away at the gates. EPA guards didn't just keep some reporters out of the meeting; they shoved one reporter trying to cover it, the Associated Press's Ellen Knickmeyer. FWIW, I didn't push anyone or anything. I stood there, asked for a public-affairs staffer to come down to talk about getting in to cover meeting. https://t.co/ggjmWqOD3w— Ellen Knickmeyer (@KnickmeyerEllen) May 23, 2018 And... [Read More]
Harvey Weinstein's arrest pushes #MeToo from the court of public opinion to the criminal court system. Dozens of women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault against former Hollywood media mogul Harvey Weinstein. At least two of them are now getting their day in court. New York City police detectives arrested Weinstein Friday morning for allegedly raping one woman and forcing another woman to perform oral sex on him, according to the New York Times. Weinstein's arrest represents a pivotal moment for #MeToo, moving women's stories of sexual predation out of the court of public opinion... [Read More]
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Showalter has been reading — and loving — Roth since 1959. Elaine Showalter has been reading Philip Roth, who died this week at age 85, since his first collection of fiction, Goodbye, Columbus, appeared in 1959. She was in her first year at Bryn Mawr. A longtime professor of English at Princeton, now retired, Showalter considers Roth "a transformative artist" who belongs in the pantheon alongside Henry James, James Joyce, and Joseph Conrad. [Read More]
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"Sports is the most racially tinged spectacle in modern society." In the summer of 2016, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to protest police brutality and racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem before games. Kaepernick's protest, initially overlooked, ballooned into a massive national story. Soon, other players followed his lead and it became a weekly drama for the NFL. Conservative media pounced on the story, ignoring Kaepernick's stated intentions and instead accusing him of being unpatriotic and disrespectful of the American flag. The controversy exploded when President Donald Trump weighed in at a... [Read More]
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The Garden State preserves its nuclear plants and sets out to build tons of renewable energy. US climate hawks have not had much to celebrate lately, with the Trump administration lurching backward and states finding it more difficult than expected to move forward on their own. But this week brought reason for celebration, as New Jersey, unified under Democratic rule after the 2017 gubernatorial election, signed into law a suite of legislation that vaults it into the ranks of top US climate leaders, alongside California and New York. In laying out a clean-energy future, New Jersey had to... [Read More]
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As a novel, Sweetbitter used food as a salty, rich, and alluring metaphor for desire. But that got lost in translation. Early in the first episode of Sweetbitter, which premiered on May 6 on Starz, restaurant manager Howard (Paul Sparks) is interviewing wide-eyed Tess (Ella Purnell) for a backwaiter job. It's not a totally conventional interview — he asks her, for instance, what she's reading — but it seems appropriate that he asks Tess to name the "five noble grapes of Bordeaux," something she can't do. Yet. That scene appears in both the show and the 2016 novel on... [Read More]
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