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The Americans enters its endgame with a brilliant episode full of lines finally crossed

In “The Great Patriotic War,” every character makes a choice they probably can’t take back.<p><i>Every week, some of Vox’s writers gather to discuss the latest episode of FX’s spy drama</i> The Americans. <i>This week, critic at large Todd VanDerWerff, news editor Libby Nelson, and culture writer Caroline Framke</i> …

TV

Michael Cohen says he’ll plead the Fifth in the Stormy Daniels lawsuit

He cited the ongoing federal probe as he attempts to get the civil suit put on hold.<p>Michael Cohen, Trump’s attorney and fixer, said he will plead the Fifth in the ongoing lawsuit with porn star Stormy Daniels.<p>Cohen cited the ongoing federal criminal investigation that he’s caught up in when …

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<i>Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what's happening in the world, curated by Ella Nilsen. Sign up for the</i> <i>Vox Sentences newsletter</i><i>, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the</i> <i>Vox Sentences archive</i> <i>for past editions.</i><p>Hearings for President Trump’s travel ban begin in the …

Universal Basic Income

Scott Pruitt heads to Capitol Hill for a moment of truth

Lawmakers will seek answers about the EPA administrator’s many scandals on Thursday.<p>Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt will face a double whammy of hearings on Capitol Hill Thursday that could make or break his career at the EPA.<p>The hearings are intended to give Pruitt the …

Scott Pruitt

Trump’s VA nominee recklessly prescribed opioids, according to new accusations

At the VA, Ronny Jackson would be expected to help combat the opioid epidemic — even as he allegedly perpetuated one of its key causes.<p>If Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Department of Veterans Affairs, is confirmed to the Cabinet job, he’d be charged with helping reverse an …

Prosthetics

The Golden State Killer was the coldest of cases. Police have finally made an arrest.

A former police officer is a suspect in one of America’s most famous serial killer cases.<p>One of the most famous unsolved serial killer cases in the US may finally be on its way to being closed.<p>Authorities have confirmed the arrest of 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo in connection with the 1978 …

Crime

The job of Congress: articulating norms

In earlier posts, I suggested the way to improve the US Congress is not to set back the clock to some earlier system of “regular order” but rather to define what we want Congress to do and then identify reforms that will change how members of Congress think and work.<p>This post focuses on one last …

Political Science

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Dr. Ronny Jackson’s nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs has come under fire, with new allegations that the White House physician drank on the job and improperly prescribed pills to White House staff.<p>The New York Times reported earlier today that Jackson, who also served under …

Health Care

Kanye West and President Trump’s Twitter lovefest, explained

Kanye’s tweets about Trump and conservative pundits are startling, but not exactly out of character.<p>Kanye West, the music producer and rapper and author of some of the most influential records of the 21st century, returned to Twitter after almost a full year away, where he’s now posting so many …

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Emmanuel Macron rebuked Trump before Congress. Democrats loved it.

On Tuesday, Macron was schmoozing with Trump. On Wednesday, he was getting a standing ovation from Democrats.<p>The time for hugs and kisses was over.<p>After a day of schmoozing with President Donald Trump at the White House, French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a joint address to Congress on …

Fake News

What NFL leaders said behind closed doors about national anthem protests and Trump

“Ask your compadres, fellas, stop that other business,” Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said in a recording unveiled by the New York Times.<p>In October 2017, NFL executives, owners, and players met behind closed doors to discuss the many criticisms from President Donald Trump of the national anthem …

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Trump v. Hawaii: the Supreme Court’s travel ban oral arguments look better for Trump

Here’s how they’re thinking about the case — and why Trump might win.<p>Wednesday morning’s Supreme Court oral arguments in <i>Trump v. Hawaii</i> — the case over President Donald Trump’s third version of the “travel ban” on immigrants and temporary visitors from several countries, most of which are majority …

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Macron just slammed Trump’s worldview in a rare address to Congress

It seems the Trump-Macron bromance doesn’t run very deep.<p>In an unusual address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron laid out a sweeping indictment of President Trump’s worldview — all without mentioning Trump by name.<p>Macron, widely considered to be Trump’s …

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Arizona’s special election result suggests many more GOP House districts could be competitive

Many low-profile contests in less conservative districts feature a Democratic challenger who’s raised a lot of cash.<p>Democrats didn’t win Tuesday’s special election for Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District, but the party’s nominee put in a surprisingly strong showing in a district where she had …

Elections

This 19-year-old could keep astronauts safe from space trash

There are thousands of pieces of trash floating above the Earth. Amber Yang knows how to track them.<p>When we think of space, we often think of the vast emptiness of the next frontier. Unfortunately, that’s starting to change. There are more than 500,000 pieces of man-made trash floating above the …

Space Exploration

Smallville’s Allison Mack sold Nxivm as female empowerment. Now it’s being called a “sex cult.”

Allison Mack and Nxivm founder Keith Raniere face life in prison for sex trafficking.<p>A former <i>Smallville</i> actress has been arrested and charged with sex trafficking for her role in a secret society that news reports are calling a “sex cult.”<p>Allison Mack, who is perhaps best-known for her role as …

Feminism

Incel, the misogynist ideology that inspired the deadly Toronto attack, explained

Alek Minassian, the man who killed 10 people by driving a van down a busy street in Toronto on Monday, is a terrorist.<p>We know this because he told us so. On Tuesday afternoon, Facebook confirmed the authenticity of a post in his name, in which he pledged allegiance to something called the “Incel …

Feminism

Hank Azaria says he’s “perfectly willing” to stop voicing Apu on The Simpsons

And that he disagrees with how the show is handling the ongoing controversy.<p>Hank Azaria has voiced dozens of characters on <i>The Simpsons</i> for almost 30 years. Now he’s acknowledging that one of them — the convenience store owner Apu — is controversial for a reason.<p>“Do you understand why some …

The Late Show

House Republicans’ push to slash food stamps in the farm bill, explained

House Republicans are “cost cutting” with harsher work requirements for the poor.<p>Eighty percent of the farm bill’s spending is on nutrition programs — but House Republicans want to start making work requirements harsher to benefit from these programs.<p>The first draft of House Republicans’ farm bill, …

Health Care

What’s Robert Mueller’s next big move? Here are 9 possibilities.

Recent reports suggest intriguing possibilities for where the investigation is going.<p>What’s the next shoe that will drop in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation?<p>Mueller’s team won’t publicly say, and they don’t seem to be leaking about it, either. But the people they’ve been questioning …

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9 things to read, watch, and listen to before summer movie season starts

Get caught up on the best prerequisites for this summer’s movies.<p>With most good movies, you can walk into the theater without knowing anything about the subject and enjoy yourself just fine. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be even better if you know a little before you walk in the door. Here are …

Horror

Polls keep showing a Democrat leading in the 2018 Tennessee Senate race

Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen are polling neck and neck in deep-red Tennessee.<p>The polling evidence is piling up: The 2018 Tennessee Senate race to replace outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker looks like it’s going to be a genuinely competitive campaign with a real opportunity for Democrats to …

Republicans

Ronny Jackson is flagrantly unqualified, even if all the allegations against him are false

Trump’s erratic decision-making remains terrifying as always.<p>President Trump’s defense of Ronny Jackson, chief White House physician and his nominee to serve as secretary of veterans affairs, against serious charges of drinking on the job, overprescribing medicine, and contributing to a “toxic” …

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A new poll shows vulnerable Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller is in trouble

Sen. Heller is tied with his largely unknown Democratic challenger Rep. Jacky Rosen.<p>President Donald Trump isn’t popular in the state of Nevada — and it looks like it’s going to be a problem for Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), the most vulnerable Republican senator up for reelection in 2018.<p>A new …

Polling

Mick Mulvaney says in Congress, he only talked to lobbyists who gave him money

“If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.”<p>Want a favor from a member of Congress? Give him money. That was the advice Mick Mulvaney, the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and head of …

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Summer movies 2018: best films to look forward to - Vox

Something for every taste, from bonkers social issue comedies and creepy horror to the return of beloved cartoon superheroes.<p>The summer movie season may keep getting longer, but there’s an upside: more summer movies!<p>Sure, “summer movie” may scream loud, ’splodey blockbusters to some people, but …

Comic Books

A judge just opened the door to restarting DACA. Here’s what his ruling means.

The court shot down the legal rationale for Trump’s decision to end DACA — but gave him 90 days to come up with a better one.<p>A federal judge in Washington, DC, has just reopened the door a crack to young unauthorized immigrants who qualified for relief from deportation and work permits under the …

Immigration

The Northeast US has a carbon-trading system. It is boosting, not hurting, state economies.

RGGI is a net economic benefit for every state involved.<p>When climate hawks fantasize aboutclimate policy, they tend to imagine a sweeping, economy-wide carbon tax, set at a high and rising rate. But as a political strategy, this hasn’t much worked; political restraints have meant that no such tax …

Fossil Fuels

Why willpower is overrated

Psychologists increasingly think effortful restraint is not the key to the good life. So what is?<p>People with a lot of self-control — people who, when they happen upon a delicious food they don’t think they should eat, seemingly grin and bear the temptation until it passes — have it easy.<p>But why? …

Psychology

The new Republican plan to deregulate America, explained

A novel use of the Congressional Review Act is a powerful tool in the conservative war on the administrative state.<p>Republicans in Washington — having funded the government for six months, passed their tax law, and failed to repeal Obamacare — have an opening ahead of the 2018 midterm elections for …

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