Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Live results for Louisiana’s governor’s race: John Bel Edwards vs. Eddie...

Louisiana is the last of three states to hold its gubernatorial election this year and the stakes are significant: This race could ultimately determine whether the lone Democrat in the Deep South is able to hang onto his seat. The contest is also an increasingly close one. Incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards faces a serious challenge from Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who’s attempted to tie himself tightly with Trump during the campaign. In the week ahead of the election, polling had the two candidates nearly tied, and Cook Political Report has classified the race as a “toss-up.” ...

The only Democratic governor in the Deep South is fighting to...

Republicans’ recent loss in the Kentucky governor’s race didn’t reflect well on the president, but the real proving ground of President Donald Trump’s influence might just be the upcoming race in Louisiana this weekend. The southern state is the third and final one to vote on its governor this November, and it’s the latest one where the Republican candidate has tied himself closely to the president. Republican challenger Eddie Rispone is taking on incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards, the rare Democratic state executive in the Deep South, and he’s leaning heavily on Trump to do so. Edwards first won...

Disney+ will stream The Simpsons in its original 4:3 aspect ratio...

Everything’s coming up Milhouse! After many websites across the entirety of this great internet of ours — including the one you are reading right now — complained about Disney+ displaying the first 19 and a half seasons of The Simpsons in an aspect ratio that cut out much of the visual information and many of the show’s funniest gags, the service has announced it is adding the episodes in their original aspect ratio. The change will take place in “early 2020,” according to a statement from Disney. Here’s what else Disney had to say: We presented “The Simpsons” in 16:9 aspect...

Vox Sentences: A tampering tweet?

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. Three witnesses, almost 12 hours of testimony The impeachment inquiry moved squarely into the public eye this week with the first open hearings, featuring testimony from State Department officials Bill Taylor, George Kent, and Marie Yovanovitch. In his testimony alongside Kent on Wednesday, Taylor furnished one big new piece of information: a phone call on July 26 to US Ambassador to the EU...

4 main takeaways from Marie Yovanovitch’s impeachment hearing

The most dramatic moment of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch’s appearance before the House impeachment inquiry on Friday actually happened outside the Congressional chamber. Just one hour into the hearing, President Donald Trump tweeted an attack against the 33-year career foreign service officer, claiming that everywhere she went “turned bad.” That insult led House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) to characterize the president’s comments as a form of witness intimidation. But while that episode may have had the most pizzazz, it wasn’t the only important thing that happened during the hearing. If you weren’t able to watch...

Disturbing video shows an Arizona sheriff’s deputy body slam a quadruple...

There was screaming, cursing, and a head slammed against the wall. A public defender called it “egregious.” Another called it “horrific.” In a video that aired Thursday on Tucson’s KOLD news station, a white sheriff’s deputy is seen tackling and wrestling a black teen in foster care. The teen — an amputee with no arms or legs — repeatedly screams at the police officer to get off of him. The sheriff’s deputy holds the boy in a headlock on the ground and curses in his face before arresting him for disorderly conduct. The deputy then screams at the teenager who was...

Exclusive: 2 Democrats are introducing a bill to ban corporate PACs

Two moderate House Democrats are introducing a bill aiming to root out corporate influence where it currently thrives: Washington, DC. On Friday, Reps. Max Rose (NY) and Josh Harder (CA) will introduce the “Ban Corporate PACs Act,” which would ban for-profit corporations from being allowed to sponsor, operate, or fund PACs. Vox was given an exclusive first look at the legislation. The bill’s co-authors see it as a necessary addition to the HR 1 — also known as the “For the People Act” — the vast anti-corruption bill that was House Democrats’ first priority after taking back the majority...

What to expect from Marie Yovanovitch’s impeachment testimony

House Democrats’ second public hearing in their impeachment inquiry kicks off at 9 am ET on Friday, featuring the testimony of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. You can watch the hearing on CSPAN or other major networks, and we’ll embed a livestream in this post once one is available. After hearing from witnesses who had a front-row seat to Trump officials’ attempts to pressure Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky this summer, Friday’s hearing will take a step back chronologically, to an earlier point in this saga. Yovanovitch, a career diplomat who was widely respected at the State Department, was ousted...

Saugus High School shooting in Santa Clarita, California: what we know

A shooter at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, on Thursday killed one student and injured four others, officials confirmed. The gunman then shot himself in the head. The suspect is a 16-year-old male student. He’s in custody, but in “grave condition,” local officials said. This story is still developing. Here’s what we know, and don’t, so far. What we know Around 7:38 am local time, police received 911 calls about a shooting at Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita, California, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference. Sheriff’s deputies quickly responded to the scene. The...

Vox Sentences: The superbugs are super bad

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. CDC report: superbugs kill tens of thousands A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates that the number of people killed in the US by drug-resistant diseases is double that of original estimates. The report alleges around 35,000 Americans die from these kinds of infections every year and another 3 million fall ill. While overall deaths are down from the 2013 estimate...