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The controversy over the new immigration novel American Dirt, explained

On January 21, Oprah Winfrey announced that Jeanine Cummins’s novel American Dirt would be her next book club pick. Winfrey is pictured here with Cummins, Gayle King, Anthony Mason, and Tony Dokoupil. | CBS via Getty Images A non-Mexican author wrote a book about Mexican migrants. Critics are calling it trauma porn. The new novel […]

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Exclusive: State Department cable shows plan to restrict pregnant people from visiting the US

A Central American migrant mother cares for her baby in an Annunciation House facility for migrants on May 15, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. | Mario Tama/Getty Images “People will die because of this,” a State Department official told Vox. The State Department has told US embassies across the world to deny visas to people […]

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Senators aren’t even allowed to talk during the impeachment trial

Senators can’t talk during the impeachment trial, but they can speak to the press during breaks. | Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images The strange rule that threatens lawmakers with “imprisonment.” At the start of each day of the impeachment trial, the Senate sergeant-at-arms issues a rather stern warning: “Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear […]

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Trump’s call to dramatically expand the travel ban, explained

Demonstrators gather near The White House to protest President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim countries on January 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.  | Zach Gibson/Getty Images He would reportedly put new restrictions on citizens of Nigeria and six other countries. President Donald Trump is reportedly considering expanding his travel ban to citizens of […]

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Chief Justice John Roberts calls for decorum as impeachment devolves into fight over who lies more

Chief Justice John Roberts, after being sworn in for the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. | Ting Shen/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images Roberts rebuked impeachment managers and White House counsel for name-calling, but stayed silent about the Trump team’s lies. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts issued a stern warning to the House impeachment […]

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TikTok never wanted to be political. Too late.

Sarah Lawrence for Vox As the world burns — impeachment! natural disaster! World War III? — teens turn to TikTok. As 24 million acres of Australia burned in record bushfires between September and January, Australian teens turned to TikTok. Chloé Hayden, a 22-year-old motivational speaker and YouTuber based in Victoria, had barely used the video-sharing […]

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6 reasons smaller companies want to break up Big Tech

Increasingly, the four Big Tech companies have come under antitrust scrutiny in the US. | DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images As antitrust investigations into Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook ramp up, execs from Sonos, PopSockets, and Tile testified before Congress. Big Tech has a target on its back. Right now in the US, there are […]

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Senate Republicans have officially passed rules for the impeachment trial. Here’s what comes next. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves the Senate Chamber during a recess in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial at the US Capitol January 21, 2020, in Washington, DC. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The impeachment trial rules passed solely along party lines. As far as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is concerned, this impeachment trial […]

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San Francisco Pride voted to ban Google and YouTube from its parade

Members of the nonprofit San Francisco Pride, which organizes the annual pride parade pictured here, voted to ban Google from participating in future festivities. | Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images Supporters of the ban say the company isn’t doing enough to stop hate speech on its platforms. Google and YouTube may no longer be welcome at one […]

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The Saudi crown prince reportedly hacked Jeff Bezos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in September 2019. | Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Amazon The Guardian reported that Mohammed bin Salman may have sent the Amazon CEO a WhatsApp message that contained malware. It’s been a while, but remember that allegation that the Saudi government may have hacked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos? A report in the […]

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