Sunday, October 20, 2019

Trump congratulates the No. 2 NFL Draft pick, a supporter who...

President Donald Trump congratulated the 2019 NFL Draft’s number two pick, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, in a tweet Saturday that encouraged the player to “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Congratulations to Nick Bosa on being picked number two in the NFL Draft. You will be a great player for years to come, maybe one of the best. Big Talent! San Francisco will embrace you but most importantly, always stay true to yourself. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2019 The president did not congratulate the number one draft pick, Oklahoma quaterback and Heisman Trophy winner...

Vox Sentences: Macron’s mea culpa

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. The Kansas Supreme Court hands abortion rights activists a victory; French President Emmanuel Macron responds to the Yellow Vest protesters. A win for abortion rights in Kansas Alex Wong/Getty Images The Kansas Supreme Court in a 6-1 decision Friday ruled that the right to an abortion is enshrined in the state...

Do celebrities know what they’re doing when they “call someone out”...

Late Wednesday night, Olivia Munn published “a short essay on the ugly behaviors of the @fuggirls,” in what appears to be a PDF she took a screenshot of and then posted on Twitter. The essay is about Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, the two women who run the massively popular fashion blog Go Fug Yourself, which had recently published back-to-back negative reviews of Munn outfits. Munn decides — based on a rubric she does not share — that Cocks and Morgan are neither fans nor “legitimate critics,” and therefore aren’t allowed to talk about her clothes. Her basic argument...

Taylor Swift ends her long countdown with her new single, “ME!”

Taylor Swift has been counting down to something for weeks, and now we finally know what it is. In an exclusive interview Thursday night with Robin Roberts on ABC, Swift announced that she’s releasing a new song and accompanying music video. The song, which came out midnight Thursday night, is called “ME!” and it features Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco. Because once you bring Urie into a project, you get ready to bring in some exclamation points too. “It’s about embracing your individuality and celebrating it and owning it,” Swift told Roberts of “ME!” “With a pop song,...

Beyond Meat is going public. Investors are betting on a new...

Beyond Meat, the plant-based meat company, is going public next week. The company sells burgers that contain no meat, but taste like they do. Its stated goal is to fix our food system. Its initial public offering (IPO) is the latest sign that alt-meat is going mainstream — and that’s a big deal. It’s been a good few years for Beyond Meat. National chains including Del Taco, Carl’s Jr., and T.G.I. Friday’s have started carrying their products. They’ve also found their way onto grocery store shelves at Whole Foods, Kroger, and Target. In total, Beyond Meat says its products are available...

Vox Sentences: The Umbrella Movement in jail

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. Boeing takes a financial hit after two plane crashes; pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are sentenced to prison time for 2014 protests. Boeing’s PR nightmare reflected in profits Stephen Brashear/Getty Images Boeing’s 737 Max jets are still grounded after two fatal crashes, and the company’s finances are hurting amid the...

Malaria is among the world’s biggest killers of children. Now there’s...

Every year, malaria kills more than 400,000 people, most of them children. There’s been significant progress against the disease in the past few decades — death rates have fallen nearly in half — but there’s a long way to go. One child dies of malaria every two minutes. Now, for the first time, we might have a vaccine. The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that Malawi is rolling out a pilot program of the world’s first malaria vaccine. The vaccine, called RTS,S, will be available to everyone under the age of 2. After the rollout in Malawi, vaccination will begin in...

Vox Sentences: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”

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. The Supreme Court will deliberate whether a citizenship question on the 2020 census is unconstitutional; two Reuters journalists remain in jail in Myanmar. The census’s citizenship question goes to court Win McNamee/Getty Images The Supreme Court will soon decide whether the 2020 census can ask people about their citizenship — a...

Games of Thrones season 8

At last, we’ve reached the beginning of the end. It’s been almost two years since Game of Thrones aired a new episode. When the credits rolled on the season seven finale in August 2017, Avengers: Infinity War hadn’t come out. The Mueller report was still in its infant stages. It feels like a lifetime ago. The first of the final six episodes of HBO’s blockbuster fantasy epic Game of Thrones has aired, and in a month and a half we’ll know how it all ends. In the meantime, critics and fans will engage in a flurry of speculation, picking apart...

3 winners and 3 losers from CNN’s marathon Democratic presidential town...

CNN’s five-hour Democratic 2020 town hall marathon, featuring hourlong question-and-answer sessions with five candidates, was a long night — and a telling one. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris, as well as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, each took an hour’s worth of questions from college students in the audience and a rotating cast of CNN anchors. The 300-minute extravaganza covered a lot of ground. It also provided an opportunity, before the debates begin this summer, to make some head-to-head comparisons on matters of both policy and style. It’s hard to say if any candidate came...