Saturday, January 25, 2020

The unemployment rate for former inmates is incredibly high. Kim Kardashian...

Kim Kardashian West and President Donald Trump have a new plan to help former inmates tackle unemployment, one of the largest obstacles to their reentry to civilian life. Their plan: a new partnership with ride-share giant Lyft that would provide formerly incarcerated people with gift cards for transportation to job interviews, work, and family visits. In a surprise appearance, Kardashian West announced the program Thursday at a White House event that promoted giving former inmates “a second chance at success.” Proud to partner on this initiative with @Lyft, a company with a history of taking bold action to do...

Vox Sentences: “Nothing wrong with listening”

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 under fire for saying that he would receive information about political rivals from foreign actors; UK signs Julian Assange’s US extradition papers. Trump is open to receiving dirt from foreign actors Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump is under fire after he said he would receive information about 2020 candidates from...

The first trailer for Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep remixes The Shining....

There’s a lot to unpack in the first trailer for Doctor Sleep, starting with what it actually is. The forthcoming film, slated for a Halloween premiere, is an adaptation of the 2013 horror novel by Stephen King — but this isn’t just any Stephen King horror novel. Doctor Sleep is a sequel to The Shining. The film stars Ewan McGregor as Danny Torrance, Jack Torrance’s trike-riding, “Redrum”-intoning son. Now he’s grown up and being haunted by demons from his past, while also experiencing new occurrences of “the shining,” the strange psychic power that allows him to communicate telepathically —...

Trump says he’d accept help from foreign actors offering dirt on...

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would accept information from foreign actors about his 2020 Democratic opponents. And Trump said he would not necessarily let the FBI know if he did so, either. “It’s not an interference,” Trump told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos. “They have information. I think I’d take it.” When Stephanopoulos told Trump the FBI’s director said the bureau ought to be called if a foreign government offers a candidate information, the president responded, “The FBI director is wrong.” Trump also said a foreign government offering damaging information isn’t interference: “It’s not interference, it’s information,” and concluded by saying...

While some states try to ban abortion, these states are expanding...

When an abortion law makes headlines in 2019, it’s usually as a ban. Aggressive abortion restrictions have passed in numerous states in recent months, with some banning the procedure at six weeks or even earlier. But this week, Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed into law a bill that will actually expand abortion access in the state by allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants, not just doctors, to perform the procedure. As clinics in other states are at risk of closing, the Maine law will increase the number of clinics able to perform abortions. Maine’s law is part of a bigger trend,...

Twitter’s co-founder yearns for the time when bloggers couldn’t get instant...

Ev Williams, CEO of the publishing platform Medium, may be best known for co-founding social media giant Twitter. But he sometimes misses simpler times on the internet, when people didn’t seek out instant retweets, “Likes,” and comments. “Part of the beautiful thing about blogging was you were always looking for feedback but you didn’t get it as momentarily — things could marinate,” said Williams, who was speaking onstage at Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Tuesday with Vox founder and editor-at-large Ezra Klein. “Now, there’s an addiction to short-term feedback that is detrimental sometimes to thought.” Williams, who is now leading...

Watch Jon Stewart blast Congress on behalf of 9/11 first responders

In a sparsely attended meeting addressing aid for 9/11 first responders, Jon Stewart blasted Congress for their “callous indifference.” The former host of The Daily Show appeared in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to discuss reauthorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Stewart and multiple sick first responders gave emotional testimonies on why the fund should be extended, yet most of the committee seats were empty, leading Stewart to express frustration. “I can’t help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting health care and benefits for 9/11 first...

Voter suppression is the most existential crisis in our democracy, according...

Last year, Stacey Abrams ran a historic race for governor of Georgia, winning more votes than any other Democrat who has run for statewide office in the state’s history. She lost to her Republican opponent in a highly disputed outcome, with some alleging that widespread voter suppression benefitted her opponent. Now, Abrams is campaigning to fight voter suppression — but she says it’s not about her. It’s about protecting all Americans’ right to vote. “The minute it becomes about me or a single election, we missed the point. This is about whether voters’ voices can be heard; it’s about whether...

Voter suppression is the most existential crisis in our democracy, according...

Last year, Stacey Abrams ran a historic race for governor of Georgia, winning more votes than any other Democrat who has run for statewide office in the state’s history. She lost to her Republican opponent in a highly disputed outcome, with some alleging that widespread voter suppression benefitted her opponent. Now, Abrams is campaigning to fight voter suppression — but she says it’s not about her. It’s about protecting all Americans’ right to vote. “The minute it becomes about me or a single election, we missed the point. This is about whether voters’ voices can be heard; it’s about whether...

The reckoning: a manifesto for Code 2019

“Reckoning” is an old English word with many different meanings. It’s the action or process of calculating; it’s a person’s view or opinion; and it’s a bill come due, with one of the synonyms for that definition being the arrival of retribution. It means, more precisely, “the avenging or punishing of past mistakes or misdeeds.” Reckoning, in all these forms, has had a modern revival this year. No word better captures the state of mind for those in Big Tech, and more specifically Silicon Valley. Let me break it down even more simply: Karma’s a bitch. And that is the...