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A Los Angeles man was charged with a Kansas man's death after making a false report to police in December. [Read More]
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A 1992 court ruling barred states from collecting sales taxes on online purchases. That might soon change. [Read More]
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And the rest of the week's best writing on books and related subjects. [Read More]
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That wasn't even the only stereotype Trump reportedly threw out during a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. President Donald Trump reportedly couldn't avoid stereotyping black people during a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. He had asked members of the Congressional Black Caucus in a March meeting, Vivian Salama reported for NBC News on Friday, if they personally knew Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who is black. He was surprised when none of the attendees did, two meeting attendees told Salama. That wasn't the end of it. In the same meeting, a member of the... [Read More]
The site's promotion of "social engagement" has serious repercussions for the media. Barely a week after Mark Zuckerberg promised to "fix Facebook," the site's co-founder and CEO has unveiled the first step in what he hopes will be "a much better trajectory" for the beleaguered social media giant: taking the news out of your news feed. The first priority on Zuckerberg's list is a drastic, but perhaps unsurprising, move. In light of ongoing turmoil surrounding "fake news," Zuckerberg says Facebook will now be moving away from "public content" — including posts from media outlets, brands, and businesses — and... [Read More]
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Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep lead an all-star cast in a film about the Pentagon Papers. It took about nine months for Steven Spielberg to make The Post, from the moment he read the first draft of the script in the early months of 2017 to the first advance screenings in November. That's an absurdly short period of time for any movie to be made, let alone one of this size. That sense of urgency serves the film well. The Post is a humdinger of a historical journalism tale that manages to be about many things — women... [Read More]
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CHIP, DACA, and more. There are two kinds of policy stories these days: the ones that are driven by Donald Trump's unusual characteristics as a public figure and party leader, and the ones that are driven by the broadly shared ideological commitments of the contemporary conservative movement. This week saw both trends in effect, with Trump very much driving the bus on the fate of former beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and broad conservative hostility to government social assistance programs driving the bus on the fate of the Children's Health Insurance Program. The two narrative... [Read More]
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The October 2016 payment was reportedly so she wouldn't allege an affair with Trump. At the height of the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump's personal lawyer reportedly arranged a payment of $130,000 to a former porn star, so she'd stay silent about an alleged affair she'd had with Trump. That's according to a new story by the Wall Street Journal's Michael Rothfeld and Joe Palazzolo, published Friday. They write that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen arranged the payment to Stephanie Clifford, who went by the stage name "Stormy Daniels," so she wouldn't appear on national television to discuss her history... [Read More]
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The US has pursued disruptive interventions in the countries he's now calling "shitholes." President Donald Trump has come under intense criticism for comments he made about black and Latino countries, particularly those made about Haiti and its immigrants during a meeting with a group of senators on Thursday discussing bipartisan solutions for immigration reform. According to a report from the Washington Post, Trump became frustrated when lawmakers brought up immigration protections for people from Haiti, El Salvador, and certain African countries during the meeting. Specifically, however, he reportedly asked, "Why do we need more Haitians?" in the immigration program.... [Read More]
A new global study finds a 47 percentage point partisan divide on trust in journalism in the US. The partisan gap on whether people trust the media has been obvious in the US for a while. A new survey suggests politically polarized opinions of the news media are much stronger in the US than elsewhere. Following up on their yearly survey of US news media habits, the Pew Research Center asked residents of 38 countries about their views on journalism in their countries. In all the countries surveyed, people were more likely to say the media was accurate than... [Read More]
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It's 2017. Why does American medicine still run on fax machines? [Read More]
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He used to call out Trump's racist comments. Now he doesn't. On June 2, 2016, Donald Trump, then the presumptive Republican nominee for president, told the Wall Street Journal that he didn't think Judge Gonzalo Curiel could oversee two lawsuits targeting Trump University. Curiel is "of Mexican heritage," Trump noted. "I'm building a wall. It's an inherent conflict of interest," he said. House Speaker Paul Ryan was outraged. "I regret those comments that he made," Ryan told reporters. "I don't think — claiming a person can't do their job because of their race is sorta the textbook definition of... [Read More]
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The administration's National Security Strategy document omits climate risks. In a move that contradicted nearly three decades of military planning, the Trump administration in December backed away from calling climate change a national security threat. On Friday, a bipartisan group of 106 House members sent a letter to the President asking him to reconsider. Conspicuously absent from the National Security Strategy report released last month was any mention of climate issues critical to national security, like how extreme weather drives conflict or how rising sea levels are a looming danger for coastal military facilities. But lawmakers in their... [Read More]
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He suggested the "pretty Korean lady," who was talking about Pakistan, be reassigned to North Korea. In the wake of Trump's comment about wanting to stop immigration from "shithole countries," NBC News did a deep dive into Trump's history of racist comments. The piece, published on Friday and written by Vivian Salama and Hailie Jackson, begins with an eye-opening anecdote about a White House intelligence briefing derailed by Trump's racial issues: A career intelligence analyst who is an expert in hostage policy stood before President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last fall to brief him on the... [Read More]
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But this could be the last time he extends it. President Donald Trump has decided to extend the Iran nuclear deal once more — but it may be the last time he does it. The president announced Friday that he wouldn't reimpose economic sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, a move that would have effectively killed the Obama administration's landmark nuclear deal in Tehran in 2015 and isolated the US from allies around the world. Trump is legally required to decide every 120 days whether or not he'll put the sanctions back into effect. In his statement... [Read More]
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The irony of President Donald Trump signing a proclamation declaring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hours after denying he had used the term "shithole" to refer to Haiti and countries in Africa, wasn't lost on those in the room with him. In an opening speech, the president called King "a great American hero" who would go on to change the course of human history. He also noted King's courage to stand up for the "self-evident truth Americans hold so dear" that all people are "created equal by God." After statements from Housing and Urban Development Secretary... [Read More]
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From the Access Hollywood tape to the "shithole countries" comment, the problem isn't the words, it's the ideas. It was hardly surprising when the Washington Post reported Thursday that President Donald Trump had referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as "shithole countries" in an Oval Office meeting. "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump reportedly asked in a conversation about immigration with members of Congress. Trump has denied making the remark (kind of), but it certainly fits right in with his history. After all, this is the president who kicked... [Read More]
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Tom Cotton and David Perdue were in the room yesterday. They claim not to "recall" Trump's comments. Two Republican senators who attended yesterday's meeting in which President Trump reportedly disparaged immigrants from "shithole countries" seem to have come down with a case of amnesia. In a joint statement this afternoon, Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) wrote that they "do not recall the President saying those comments specifically" — but conspicuously didn't outright deny that he said them. Since Trump's comments were confirmed by multiple other sources who attended the meeting or quickly heard about it, Cotton... [Read More]
Conservatives want to know why Trump can't refer to poor nations as "shithole countries." Here's an answer. Why can't you call Haiti and African nations "shithole countries," as President Donald Trump reportedly did? Isn't the whole reason that people leave those countries and come to the US that those countries are, in fact, poor and crime-ridden? That's the argument that conservative pundits, such as Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren, are now pushing. Their case: These countries really are in a terrible state, so it doesn't make sense to let their people into the... [Read More]
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It's still not too late to get a flu shot. Flu is everywhere in America right now. If you're not sick, there's a good chance some of your friends, family members, or colleagues are. Just look at how 2017 compares to the past two years in this GIF showing levels of flu activity — from sporadic to widespread — in the last week of December: Javier Zarracina/Vox Flu activity at the end of... [Read More]
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