Friday, September 20, 2019

Trump makes unfounded voter fraud claim — while campaigning for seat...

On Monday night, President Donald Trump was in North Carolina to stump for Dan Bishop, a Republican who is competing with Democrat Dan McCready in a special election on Tuesday to fill the Congress seat vacated by former 9th District Rep. Mark Harris (R-NC) after evidence emerged that the Harris campaign was involved in a ballot tampering scheme. But in a sign of just how brazen Trump’s lies can be, the president used the occasion not to try to draw a distinction between Harris’s scandal and Bishop’s campaign, but to make baseless accusations that undocumented immigrants are involved in massive...

The RealReal isn’t buying a department store anytime soon, CEO Julie...

When clothing rental startup Le Tote announced last month it was buying nearly 200-year-old retail brick-and-mortar chain Lord & Taylor, observers saw it as another sign that new direct-to-consumer retail companies are eating the old. But don’t expect The RealReal — a recently public luxury fashion site that sells secondhand clothing from brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci — to make the same play. “We’re not buying Barney’s — let’s just put that out there,” Julie Wainwright, The RealReal’s founder and CEO, told Recode’s Kara Swisher at Code Commerce in New York City on Monday. TheRealReal, which went public...

6 winners and 3 losers from Succession’s best episode yet

The first time that I, Emily VanDerWerff, critic at large for Vox, watched “Tern Haven,” I dubbed it the best episode Succession has aired to date. The second time I watched it, my love for it only increased. My wife disagrees that it’s the show’s best episode, but will allow that it is “the most Succession episode,” which I think we can surely agree upon. It has business machinations and double dealings galore. It has weird hook-ups and depressive implosions. It has a man pooping the bed. Like ... what more do you want? It’s also a great example of the...

Dorian leaves thousands without power in Canada as it finally heads...

Hundreds of thousands of people in Canada lost power as post-tropical storm Dorian — now downgraded from a hurricane but still sustaining hurricane-force winds around 75 mph — toppled trees, fences, power lines, and a construction crane during its sweep along the country’s east coast Sunday. It is expected to enter the North Atlantic Sunday evening, finishing a week of devastation. The catastrophic storm has left at least 44 people dead in the Bahamas and at least two people dead in the US. As many as 70,000 people have been left homeless due to the storm in the Bahamas, and...

Shia LaBeouf plays his own father in Honey Boy. He’s phenomenal.

People say art makes us more empathetic — and research seems to confirm this, to a degree — but I’ve always found the idea a little suspect; it’s not as if some of history’s greatest monsters weren’t also art lovers. Nevertheless, a film can open your mind to others’ life experiences, if you’ll let it, and Honey Boy is no exception. But it also goes one step further: Honey Boy is, itself, an empathy generating exercise for its creator, in a way that seems both extraordinarily painful and courageous. It’s an intensely personal project for writer and star Shia LaBeouf,...

Hurricane Dorian gains strength again as it heads toward Canada

Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane Saturday afternoon as it began moving past the coast of Maine towards the east coast of Canada with maximum sustained wind speeds of 100 mph. The catastrophic storm has left more than 43 people dead in the Bahamas and at least five people dead in the US. As many as 70,000 people have been left homeless due to the storm in the Bahamas, and roughly 800 people are stranded on an island off the coast of North Carolina, cut off by flooding. Thousands more across the US’ eastern seaboard are without power,...

Vox Sentences: Another brick on the border wall

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. Building the wall with funding for Puerto Rico Megan Jelinger/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced this week that the Pentagon will pull funding from 127 Defense Department projects abroad and at home in order to divert some $3.6 billion toward constructing more of President Trump’s long-promised...

Smaller communities are “seceding” from larger school districts. It’s accelerating school...

America’s schools are becoming increasingly segregated, research has found, with black and Latino students attending schools that are more likely to be predominately non-white and low-income than that of their white peers. Now, a new study finds that the creation of predominately white “splinter” school districts plays a significant role, by making it even harder for school integration to occur. The findings come from research recently published in AERA Open, a journal from the American Educational Research Association. The study focuses on what education activists refer to as school “secession,” a process where smaller, new school systems are broken off...

Vox Sentences: Another migrant crisis in Europe?

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. Hurricane Dorian lowers in intensity as it travels through the US; Turkey’s president threatens to “open the gates” and let 3.6 million Syrian refugees into Europe. The latest updates on Hurricane Dorian Sean Rayford/Getty Images Hurricane Dorian downgraded to a strong Category 2 storm on Thursday morning, grazing past the Carolina...

Hurricane Dorian photos: the aftermath of a Category 5 storm

Hurricane Dorian hit Grand Bahama Island as an incredibly powerful Category 5 hurricane on Sunday night with howling 185 mile-per-hour winds. Then it basically camped over the island. For nearly two days, Dorian moved at just 1 mile per hour, subjecting Grand Bahama to intense hurricane conditions. Wind gusts blew in excess of 200 mph — strong enough to blow a roof off a house. The storm generated 18 to 23 feet of coastal flooding from storm surge. More than 3 feet of rain fell. A satellite image from Iceye, a commercial satellite operator, shows the massive flooding on the...