Saturday, January 25, 2020

Fox News pulls Jeanine Pirro show after her Islamophobic remarks

Jeanine Pirro, the Fox News host who made Islamophobic comments about a Muslim congresswoman, has been unexpectedly yanked off-air. And now one of her most-powerful defenders — the president of the United States — is railing against the network. Justice With Judge Jeanine was missing from its usual Saturday timeslot at 9 pm on Fox News, coming just one week after Pirro questioned whether Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was loyal to the United States because she wears a hijab. In response, Fox News took the rare move of publicly condemning one of its own anchors. But Pirro has refused to...

Trump doesn’t think white nationalism is a threat — but data...

After a gunman inspired by the white nationalist ideas that fuel violence and attempted violence in the United States and elsewhere allegedly killed 49 people at mosques in New Zealand Friday, Donald Trump was asked whether he thought white nationalism is a global rising threat. The United States president responded: “I don’t really.” But as evidenced by reports from civil liberties groups and American justice officials’ own data, domestic terrorism, specifically white supremacy, is on the rise in the United States. Data released earlier this month by the Anti-Defamation League shows white supremacists’ propaganda efforts increased 182 percent last year, with 1,187...

Judge stays Kentucky’s fetal heartbeat bill, keeping the state’s lone abortion...

A federal judge temporarily blocked a Kentucky law that would effectively ban abortions in the state on Friday — the latest battle site in the right’s ongoing campaign to bring legislation to the Supreme Court that could challenge Roe v. Wade. US District Judge David Hale, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2014, blocked Senate Bill 9, Kentucky’s “fetal heartbeat” bill banning abortions where fetal heartbeats are detected. Reproductive rights advocates argued in court that heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks, before most women know they’re pregnant — meaning the law would, in essence,...

Vox Sentences: 1 in 500 of New Zealand’s Muslims

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. New Zealand mourns a mass shooting; students around the world demonstrate in a global climate strike. A mass shooting kills 49, injures 48 in New Zealand Fiona Goodall/Getty Images A mass shooting at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killed at least 49 people and injured...

Disney rehires James Gunn to write and direct Marvel’s Guardians of...

Director James Gunn has been reinstated as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. On Friday, Deadline confirmed that Gunn — who was fired from the film in July 2018 after right-wing news personalities surfaced old tweets of his that joked, in poor taste, about rape and pedophilia — has been rehired by Disney to write and direct the franchise’s third installment. Gunn previously directed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films. The move comes several months after the initial controversy over his firing, which came in response to an engineered, Gamergate-like campaign to have him dismissed from...

Christchurch mosque shooting: what we know so far

Several people have been killed in a mass shooting at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. Police say they have four people — three men and one woman — in custody but can’t guarantee there aren’t other offenders. “Let’s not assume the danger is gone,” New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said, adding that it’s possible the danger is not contained in the city alone. He also said there were a “significant number” of fatalities, but wouldn’t offer a concrete number at this point. There have been two shooting incidents so far: one at the Al Noor...

The Summer Zervos sexual assault allegations and lawsuit against Donald Trump,...

“Summer Zervos is one of many women who has been subjected to unwanted sexual touching by Donald J. Trump.” So begins the defamation lawsuit filed by Zervos, a restaurant owner and former contestant on The Apprentice, who says Trump sexually assaulted her in 2007 and then called her a liar when she spoke out about it in 2016. Zervos’s case centers on a disturbing account of sexual assault, an important distinction from two other high-profile legal cases involving women and Trump. Adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal (who is suing the company that publishes the National...

Vox Sentences: An executive order on executions

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. California puts a moratorium on the death penalty; a senior Catholic cleric will go to prison for child sex abuse. A death row reprieve Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Wednesday to suspend the state’s death penalty. Voters may ultimately choose whether to permanently remove...

US joins other countries in grounding certain Boeing jets after a...

Following the lead of China, the member states of the European Union, and several other countries, the US has temporarily grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 planes. The ban is a response to the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight headed from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday that led to the deaths of all 157 people on board. This is the second plane crash in less than a year involving this type of plane — a Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by the Indonesian airline Lion Air crashed into the sea last October, killing...

Vox Sentences: You Brexit, you bought it

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. Theresa May’s Brexit deal is struck down in Parliament; Algeria’s president won’t seek a fifth term. UK Parliament rejects May’s Brexit deal Thomas Niedermuelle/Getty Images The UK Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday as the March 29 leave deadline nears. May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker...