Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Border chief explains why there have been no ICE raids at...

Acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner Mark Morgan dodged questions about reports of undocumented workers at Trump Organization properties Sunday morning. On CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper asked Morgan why Immigration and Customs Enforcement — which Morgan led until early July — hadn’t conducted any raids or investigations into Trump’s eight properties given reports that the clubs and hotels employ undocumented people. “You really can’t say that for sure,” Morgan said. “There are investigations going on all the time that you’re unaware of. ... Of course it’s going to jeopardize the investigation if I come on here...

Why Universal Pictures pulled its upcoming horror movie The Hunt

Universal Pictures has pulled the release of The Hunt, which was scheduled to come out September 27. In a statement on the movie’s website, the studio said that this is not “the right time” for the film to be released, especially considering the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. Marketing for the film had already been suspended due to the gun violence depicted in it. BREAKING: Following backlash, Universal Pictures has cancelled the release of their movie 'The Hunt', where the rich "hunt people." pic.twitter.com/dF6sOOvL1c— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) August 10, 2019 The Hunt is a spin...

The conspiracy theories about the Clintons and Jeffrey Epstein’s death, explained

Within hours — maybe even minutes — of news breaking that hedge fund manager and convicted sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in his jail cell, discussion immediately turned to one of Epstein’s most powerful former friends: former President Bill Clinton. As of this writing, “Clintons” is the number two trending term on Twitter, with basically every top tweet promoting, rebutting, or otherwise discussing conspiracy theories that Bill and/or Hillary Clinton had Epstein murdered. The hashtag #ClintonBodyCount blew up as well, complete with a competing #TrumpBodyCount hashtag popping up in response. And (naturally) right-wing conspiracy theorists are arguing that...

Vox Sentences: Texas’s answer to shootings: more guns

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. Despite the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas is still on track to loosen firearm laws in September; Italy’s government veers toward collapse. Texas set to loosen gun control laws in September Spencer Platt/Getty Images Despite the recent shooting at an El Paso Walmart that killed 22 people, Texas...

The El Paso shooter told police that he was targeting Mexicans

The El Paso shooter told a detective after his arrest on Saturday that he was targeting Mexicans when he opened fire at a Walmart. The shooter, who surrendered to police, revealed this during an interrogation at El Paso police headquarters, after waiving his Miranda rights, according to a court affidavit obtained by the New York Times. The news affirms suspicions that shooter drove more than 10 hours to the store, located near the Mexican border, specifically to find and kill Latinx people. Officials believe he was the person who wrote a racist, xenophobic manifesto posted online minutes before the massacre, in...

Vox Sentences: 3 governors in 5 days

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. Puerto Rico gets its third new governor in less than a week; a new UN climate change report recommends big changes to curb global warming. Is the third time the charm for Puerto Rico? Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/AP Puerto Rico has had three governors in the past week. It all...

The Mississippi ICE raids expose the biggest problem with US immigration...

A Mississippi community is reeling from the aftermath of one of the largest worksite immigration raids in history. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers swept through seven chicken processing plants in the rural region of Morton Wednesday, arresting 680 suspected unauthorized workers. Dozens of children arrived home from school to find their parents gone. ICE says the operation was about enforcing US immigration laws that make it illegal for immigrants to work in the US without authorization. While it’s true that ICE officers with a warrant have the authority to raid workplaces, Wednesday’s operation sheds new light on the...

Report: we have to change how we use land and produce...

To combat climate change, we must make major changes to how we manage farmland, forests, and our own food, the United Nations said Thursday in a sprawling new report. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report on land, announced in Geneva, takes on two complicated questions: how land use contributes to climate change and how climate change affects land. Its scope is colossal: the 197 million square miles of land on Earth. The conclusions lay out a crucial paradox. Humans have harnessed land to develop into the complex, highly successful species we are today. But our destructive patterns of land...

Puerto Rico just kicked out another governor

Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court just booted out the man who declared himself governor on Friday, leaving the US territory leaderless as a constitutional crisis unfolds. In a unanimous ruling Wednesday, the court’s seven justices invalidated the swearing-in of Pedro Pierluisi, a lawyer and former politician whom former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló had nominated to replace him. Rosselló resigned after 12 days of anti-government protests in San Juan in response to corruption and social media scandals. Rosselló swore in Pierluisi before leaving office at 5 pm Friday, even though the Senate had yet to vote on his confirmation. That set up a battle...

Vox Sentences: “Something that is loved is never lost”

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. Literary legend Toni Morrison dies at the age of 88; India escalates tension in Kashmir by revoking the territory’s special status. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dies Bettmann via Getty Images Writer Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88. As the first African American woman to receive the Nobel...