Sunday, October 20, 2019

Mueller issues new sentencing memo for Paul Manafort

Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed a second sentencing memo taking former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort to task for what he says is years of illegal activity. “For over a decade, Manafort repeatedly and brazenly violated the law,” Mueller’s team writes. “His crimes continued up through the time he was first indicted in October 2017 and remarkably went unabated even after indictment.” The special counsel did not recommend a specific sentence for Manafort, but said his sentence “must take into account the gravity of this conduct.” Manafort was convicted of financial crimes after a trial in Virginia, and then struck a...

Vox Sentences: A truce in the trade war

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 is optimistic about a trade deal with China; unrest during Nigeria’s national elections. A China tariff deadline gets postponed Alex Wong/Getty Images The US won’t increase tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods — for now. President Trump tweeted the decision Sunday, saying the US is making progress in...

National emergencies could be a step toward political violence

It’s easy to view President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency as a joke, particularly when the president himself said while making the declaration, “I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it much faster.” Much of the conversation around President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency has focused on its partisan and procedural effects: how it will allow the president to frustrate Congress and redirect spending, how future presidents might use the precedent to do the same, the absence of any immediate emergency as the word is normally defined. And the aadministration has so far been...

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...

Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2020 presidential campaign

The New York lawmaker is running on a strong message that women are the future of the Democratic Party. Contributors: Vox Staff Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images On January 15, 2019, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced an exploratory committee for a run for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, becoming the second senator to make her interest in the 2020 race official. The New York lawmaker is running on a strong message that women are...

Tulsi Gabbard’s 2020 presidential campaign

The controversial Democratic senator from Hawaii is running for president in 2020. Contributors: Vox Staff Image credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic representative from Hawaii, was first elected to Congress in 2012. She announced her presidential run on January 11, 2019, joining a growing field of Democratic contenders seeking the Democratic Party nomination in the 2020 presidential election. Gabbard initially excited the left because she was an outspoken economic progressive...

Trump just issued an ultimatum to the Venezuelan military: abandon Maduro...

President Donald Trump just issued an ultimatum to Venezuela’s military: Either join with the US-led effort to depose Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, or suffer immense consequences. Maduro’s troops can defect and support the US-backed challenger — Juan Guaidó — “or you can choose the second path, continuing to support Maduro,” Trump said on Monday at Florida International University. “If you choose this path, you will find no safe harbor, no easy exit, and no way out. You will lose everything.” Since January, the Trump administration, joined by governments in the Americas and Europe, has called for Venezuela’s socialist president to step...

Michael Cohen’s explosive opening statement: Accusations about Trump, Roger Stone, and...

Michael Cohen’s prepared opening statement for his testimony before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday is out — and wow, is it a doozy. The New York Times obtained Cohen’s statement, and posted it online early Wednesday morning. Perhaps Cohen’s most explosive claim is that he heard Roger Stone tell Trump about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s plans to release hacked emails during the presidential campaign — the most direct allegation yet that Trump was in the loop about WikiLeaks’s plans. Special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating this issue, and has attributed the theft of these emails to Russian intelligence officers. Cohen...

Oscars 2019: winners, nominations, and biggest moments

The 91st Academy Awards took place on Sunday, February 24. Green Book won Best Picture. Contributors: Vox Staff Image credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images The 2019 Academy Awards took place on Sunday, February 24. The awards had no host after Kevin Hart stepped down amid controversy over homophobic jokes he’d made in the past, leading to the first host-free Oscars ceremony since 1989. The show had also been dogged by controversial attempts to shorten...

Finally, the second trailer for Detective Pikachu. Finally, the dawn of...

The movies that push this artform we call “the cinema” forward aren’t always obvious from afar. Did anyone know Citizen Kane would change the language of how films are shot and edited? Was The Godfather, based on a disreputable potboiler and plagued with production problems, on anyone’s radar when it first hit theaters? Remember how 20th Century Fox had next to no faith in Star Wars? And yet sometimes you can see a future cinematic classic coming from so far away that you add a Google calendar invite for yourself and everyone you know on the evening of Thursday,...