Sunday, September 22, 2019

Bernie Sanders’s proposal to make college free and cancel all student...

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s proposal to make college free in the United States just got bigger: He wants to erase all student debt, too. All $1.6 trillion of it. The Vermont senator will unveil the most ambitious higher education plan in the Democratic 2020 presidential primary so far on Monday. The proposal would make two- and four-year public and tribal colleges and universities tuition-free and debt-free, and erase the roughly $1.6 trillion in student loan debt currently owed in the US, paid for by a tax on Wall Street. Currently, about 45 million Americans have student loans. This would cancel debt for...

Oregon Republicans are still on the lam to avoid voting on...

Eleven Oregon Republican lawmakers are on the run from the law, having fled the state Senate in Salem on Thursday to deny quorum for a vote on a major climate change bill. On Friday, state lawmakers announced they were shutting down the state capitol after receiving threats from militia groups who support the Republicans in hiding. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown authorized state police to find the fleeing Republican lawmakers and bring them back. They are each being fined $500 for every day there aren’t enough senators for a vote. (So far, it’s been three days.) Oregon State Police said they...

Pete Buttigieg tries to translate South Bend police shooting into a...

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg took the stage at the South Carolina Democratic Party’s convention Saturday and addressed difficulties he’s faced in the aftermath of a police shooting that has both exposed racial tensions in his home town and left him the subject of intense criticism, particularly from his black constituents. “I’ve been off the campaign trail helping my community move through a tragic shooting of resident of our community by a police officer,” Buttigieg said. “It is as if one member of our family died at the hands of another.” A South Bend police officer shot and killed...

Here’s where all the 2020 Democratic candidates stand on abortion rights

With near-total bans on abortion passing in state after state — and others responding by loosening restrictions on the procedure — the right to terminate a pregnancy is emerging as a major election issue in 2020. When CNN pollsters asked Iowa Democratic voters earlier this month what issues were must-haves in a presidential candidate, support for abortion rights came out on top, with 79 percent of in-person caucus-goers listing it as crucial. And on Saturday, voters got to hear 20 of the 24 Democratic presidential candidates speak on abortion and broader issues of reproductive justice — including sex education and...

“We r all on the same team”: read Sean Hannity’s chats...

As former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s legal jeopardy worsened in 2017 and 2018, he found a chat partner to commiserate with: Fox host Sean Hannity. A Washington, DC, judge unsealed 56 pages of chat logs between Manafort and Hannity on Friday, and you can read them at this link. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team submitted the messages into the record during the sentencing process, though prosecutors’ reasons for doing so aren’t yet clear. Throughout the often-impassioned messages, Manafort protested his innocence and insisted he was being set up by corrupt prosecutors out to get President Donald Trump, a sentiment Hannity agreed...

Lil Nas X’s new EP shows he’s much more than the...

What Lil Nas X does best is defy categorization. The 20-year-old rapper has reigned supreme on the Billboard charts for nearly three months straight with the single that rocketed him to national prominence, the “country trap” hit “Old Town Road.” But while that song was ironically bolstered by whining country fans who decried his blend of Soundcloud rap with contemporary twang as an insult to the country music genre, Lil Nas X’s first big release since “Old Town Road” has different influences. Titled 7 EP, it dropped on June 21, and it pulls less from country pop and more...

Watch: Stranger Things 3’s latest trailer reveals an unexpected villain

Stranger Things has been known to keep its plot details under wraps, but Netflix has just released the latest (and most likely final) trailer for Stranger Things 3 — interestingly at 7:11 Pacific time — and it’s full of intriguing plot details concerning the latest threat looming over Hawkins, Indiana. The new trailer features our loyal band of heroes, both teens and adults, valiantly facing off against a terrifying threat — and not a new threat, it seems, but one they thought they’d previously defeated. Namely: the Mind Flayer, the terrible tentacled entity last seen hovering over Hawkins Middle School...

This viral “surprise” proposal shows the less glamorous side of influencing

The past 48 hours have been a whirlwind for Marissa Casey Fuchs, a fashion influencer and Goop employee, whose boyfriend whisked her away on a surprise multi-day, multi-continent adventure that will end in a proposal (and possibly a wedding). They have also been a whirlwind for us, the public, who have been privy to every single part of it via Fuchs’s Instagram Stories, where she goes by the handle @FashionAmbitionist. The elaborate saga has now spread far beyond the platform, onto other social media sites and, naturally, into the press. “Style Blogger Surprised with the Most Extra Scavenger Hunt...

Vox Sentences: 4 suspects in a 5-year-old tragedy

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’s EPA rolls back Obama-era regulations on coal; four men are charged in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Trump cuts Obama-era climate change regulations EPA The Trump administration is rolling back ambitious climate change regulations that were set under President Obama. The new rule eliminates Obama’s Clean...

Major study suggests Medicaid work requirements are hurting people without really...

The first major study on the nation’s first Medicaid work requirements finds that people fell off of the Medicaid rolls but didn’t seem to find more work. Since Arkansas implemented the nation’s first Medicaid work requirements last year, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found, Medicaid enrollment has fallen for working-age adults, the uninsured rate has been rising, and there has been little discernible effect on employment. The research appears to confirm some of the warnings from Medicaid advocates who opposed the Trump administration’s approval of work requirements in Arkansas and other states. People are...