Sunday, May 19, 2019

Report: US government kept secret dossiers to monitor journalists covering migrant...

In February, NPR and the Intercept both published in-depth reports detailing harassment experienced by journalists, lawyers, and immigration activists who regularly interact with migrants along the US-Mexico border — harassment that seemed intended to deter their work. Leaked documents published on Wednesday by NBC 7 in San Diego indicate the problems they encountered were not the result of random chance. Those documents indicate the International Liaison Unit (ILU), an organization that coordinates the sharing of intelligence between Mexico and the US, compiled information on 10 journalists — seven of them US citizens — a US attorney, and a large group...

Vox Sentences: How do you score privilege?

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 College Board attempts to tackle inequality in admissions; the Philippines and Canada are in a spat over trash. Can an “adversity score” tackle inequality in college admissions? Ute Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty Images Students applying to college will now receive an “adversity score” from the College Board to measure their social and...

Vox Sentences: One man, 39 measles cases

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. A single traveler unknowingly spreads measles in Michigan; the death of an ISIS-affiliated group’s leader is confirmed in the Philippines. Michigan’s “patient zero” UIG via Getty Images The measles outbreak is now rapidly spreading beyond New York, where it was most concentrated. State officials have now identified the cause of 39...

Two Parkland school shooting survivors have died

Two Parkland school shooting survivors have died by suicide over the last week — a tragic reminder of the lingering pain and trauma brought by gun violence. Sydney Aiello, a 19-year-old recent graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, took her life last weekend. On Sunday, police confirmed that a second survivor, a current student, is also now dead in an apparent suicide. The pair of tragedies comes just over one year after a gunman opened fire in the Florida high school, killing 14 students and three teachers. The shooting marked a turning point in the debate over...

Joe Biden uses his campaign kickoff to argue Americans want unity

Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden officially kicked off his 2020 campaign with a Saturday rally in Pennsylvania, birthplace of both himself and the Declaration of Independence, and home to his campaign headquarters. The former vice president used the speech to push his “unity” theme, hitting directly back at those who criticize his desire to reach across the aisle, as well as highlighting his links to Barack Obama. Many have argued that Biden’s desire to return to consensus politics is naive, including Lee Drutman here at Vox, who explained why Biden’s “epiphany” theory — that Republicans will have an epiphany about the...

Vox Sentences: The far-right White House guest

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. Trump meets with Hungary’s far-right prime minister; Sri Lanka imposes its third social media ban following the Easter bombings. Trump welcomes Hungary’s authoritarian leader AFP/Getty Images President Trump welcomed Hungary’s far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the White House today, and some are worried that the president is adding another...

The World Wide Web — not the internet — turns 30...

Is that a dial-up modem ringing in your ears, or are you just looking at today’s Google Doodle? It might be both, because March 12 marks a special moment in the history of the internet — the birthday of the World Wide Web. The series of tubes we know and love as the web is now a sprightly 30 years old. The www you see in your browser’s address bar when you access a URL, a.k.a. the web, a.k.a. what helps keep you tethered to your screens, is barely a millennial; indeed, the web is 18 years younger than email,...

A decade of leggings controversy, explained

The years-long debate over whether women should wear leggings in public — and when — is somehow still raging. As reported by the Washington Post, Maryann White, a woman who identified herself as a Catholic mother of four sons, caused a stir on the University of Notre Dame campus by writing a letter to the editor of the student newspaper. The letter, titled “The legging problem,” expresses her dismay at seeing college students in leggings at Mass on campus last fall. It has many incredible turns of phrase, such as, “I wonder why no one thinks it’s strange that...

Trump denounces anti-Semitism one day after defending Charlottesville marchers

Hours after a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in suburban San Diego, killing one person and injuring three more before he was arrested, President Donald Trump denounced anti-Semitism during a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin. “Tonight, America’s heart is with the victims of the horrific synagogue shooting in Poway, California — just happened,” Trump said at the start of his speech. “Our entire nation mourns the loss of life, prays for the wounded, and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community. We forcefully condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hate, which must be defeated.” The gunman, whom authorities...

Jussie Smollett still has some supporters — like his TV dad...

After being arrested and charged for allegedly orchestrating an attack that he claimed was a hate crime, actor Jussie Smollett has found himself in recent days with few people in his corner, save for one prominent supporter: his Empire co-star Terrance Howard. In an Instagram video shared Sunday, Howard calls back on a lighter time in their lives, when the two actors were traveling together with Howard’s family. In the video, Smollett is seen playing with Howard’s son, Hero, as they sit aboard a private plane. He tickles the young baby, who squeals and giggles with delight as he nuzzles...