Saturday, July 20, 2019

Hulu’s Veronica Mars revival ends on a dark and shocking note

Okay: Hulu’s Veronica Mars season four has been out for eight hours now. You’ve had a chance to watch it and fully freak out. It’s time to talk about the ending. If you have not yet watched every episode of the new season of Veronica Mars, including the finale, and you don’t want to be spoiled, please close this window now. Because some major stuff happens at the end of this season, and we’re about to unpack it. Here’s what happens in the finale of Veronica Mars One of the most...

Recode Daily: RIP Instagram influencers?

Instagram is expanding a test that hides the “Like” button on posts. According to Vox, Instagram has been running this experiment in Canada and is now rolling it out to users in Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. The test, which only shows a post’s like count to the person who posted it, is an attempt to “reduce pressure” and help users “focus on the photos and videos share, not how many likes they get.” It’s also part of a larger effort to promote “digital well-being” and limit the app’s effects on mental health, which also...

Humans landed on the moon 50 years ago, and it’s still...

Fifty years ago, human beings stepped on the moon for the first time. Some 650 million people around the world watched the historic landing on July 20, 1969, and heard astronaut Neil Armstrong say “... one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Fittingly, there’s a Google Doodle celebrating the anniversary this weekend. Even cooler: An image of the Saturn V rocket that propelled the astronauts to the moon is being projected onto the Monument during the nighttime, culminating in a video projection on Friday and Saturday. All the fuss is well deserved: The legacy of...

Watch: the biggest movie and TV trailers released at Comic-Con

The 2019 edition of San Diego Comic-Con — essentially the Super Bowl of geek culture and entertainment — is upon us. Running from July 18 to July 21, it will feature panels on some of the biggest properties in movies and TV, many of which will tantalize fans with teasers and trailers full of new footage. Last year, Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Aquaman at SDCC. In 2017, Marvel gave fans a stunning first glimpse at Black Panther (which would go on to become one of the biggest movies in Marvel history). And using Comic-Con as a...

“Send her back!” Trump’s attacks on Ilhan Omar — and the...

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is a Somali refugee who became a US citizen. Last November she was elected to Congress by an overwhelming majority of voters in her Minneapolis district. Her story embodies elements of the American dream. But Omar is also an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. And last Sunday, Trump lashed out at her and other Democratic congresswomen of color in a string of tweets in which he told them to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” The subtext, in Omar’s case, was clear — the president...

How one House Democrat is forcing a vote about impeaching Trump

All year, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tried to avoid a messy House of Representatives debate on impeachment — but this week, her luck ran out. Using a procedural tactic known as a privileged resolution, Rep. Al Green (D-TX) has forced the House to take action on articles of impeachment against President Trump. On Wednesday afternoon, then, the House began voting on the matter. However, there may not be a direct vote on whether Trump should be impeached. First, members are voting on whether Green’s impeachment resolution should be set aside (“tabled”), as leaders of both parties want. A “yea” vote will...

Vox Sentences: The long silence after “I can’t breathe”

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. The Department of Justice will not file charges against the police officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner; China feels the effects of its prolonged trade war with the US. Officer accused in Eric Garner’s death won’t be charged David McNew/Getty Images The officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner, an...

Scarlett Johansson defends her desire to play any person, any race,...

Scarlett Johansson is an accomplished actress, with a Tony Award and major box office successes to her name, from Lost in Translation to Avengers: Endgame. But her track record is dicier when it comes to some of the roles she’s chosen to play. Despite facing criticism in the past for accepting a role as a transgender man and starring as a Japanese woman in 2017’s Ghost in the Shell amid cries of whitewashing, Johansson has pushed back against those who would challenge her commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion in Hollywood, by suggesting she should be allowed to play...

The racism in Trump’s attacks should be impossible to deny

In the day since President Donald Trump issued a series of racist tweets claiming that four Democratic women of color in Congress should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” the president’s history of racism has been back in the media spotlight. “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the...

Kamala Harris just introduced a bill to give housekeepers overtime pay...

Few US workers are worse off than domestic employees. Housekeepers, nannies, and caregivers have long been excluded from federal labor laws. They aren’t entitled to overtime pay or a minimum wage. They can’t get workers compensation if they’re injured on the job, or unemployment benefits if they’re fired. Heck, it’s essentially legal for employers to sexually harass them in most states. After workers urged Congress to change their second-class status, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced companion bills on Monday to give domestic workers basic labor rights. The legislation, known as the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights...