Why Spider-Man’s future in the MCU isn’t as bleak as it seems

Toward the end of Avengers: Endgame, Hawkeye is running with the Infinity Gauntlet, and asks Captain America what to do with it. To save the universe, they and their fellow Avengers need to get the Infinity Stones it holds to a safe place. But standing in their way is an army led by Thanos’s most fearsome generals, as well as Thanos himself.

Seeing as Hawkeye can’t get past all those foes on his own, the Avengers orchestrate a plan on the fly, passing the Gauntlet among themselves like relay racers headed to the finish line.

It just so happens …

Jay Inslee, the climate candidate of 2020, is ending his campaign

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is officially out of the Democratic race for president, he told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night. But he’s still intent on keeping climate change at the forefront of the national conversation.

“It’s become clear that I’m not going to be carrying the ball, I’m not going to be the president,” Inslee told Maddow Wednesday night. “I’m withdrawing from the race, but I’ve been fighting climate change for 25 years, and I’ve never been so confident of the ability of America now to reach critical mass to move the ball.”

Inslee entered the massive primary …

Why Taylor Swift is rerecording all her old songs

Taylor Swift just announced that she’s about to hit the recording studio again to make music. But she won’t be working on new material. Instead, the Hollywood Reporter writes, she is rerecording all her albums.

Swift’s announcement comes a month after the news broke that her old record label — Big Machine Records, which she left in 2018 — had been sold to music megamanager Scooter Braun. That gave Braun the rights to all of the master recordings for Swift’s old music, meaning that anyone who wanted to license one of Swift’s old songs to play in a …

DoorDash is still pocketing workers’ tips, almost a month after it promised to stop

It’s been almost a month since DoorDash, the leading food delivery app in the US, finally caved to public pressure and announced it would stop pocketing its workers’ tips.

At the time, CEO Tony Xu announced in a series of tweets that DoorDash would institute a new model to ensure workers’ earnings would “increase by the exact amount a customer tips on every order.” Xu promised to provide “specific details in the coming days.” The next day, Xu sent out a note to DoorDash workers, broadly outlining changes and letting them know “what to expect in the days …

Poll: voters who reject racism are more energized for 2020 than they were in 2016

Anti-black voters were a highly politically engaged group in 2016. Fourteen months out from the 2020 presidential election, however, it’s those who reject racial stereotypes that are more interested in voting — which could be bad news for President Donald Trump.

According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, 82 percent of people who reject anti-black ideas said they were strongly interested in voting, up from 70 percent in 2016. In comparison, 75 percent of anti-black voters expressed a strong interest in voting in 2020.

The poll comes as Trump has been under fire for his divisive rhetoric. Last month, he …

Vox Sentences: Planned Parenthood loses funding

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Planned Parenthood withdraws from Title X funding so it can keep referring patients for abortions; an attack in Afghanistan leaves some worried of more violence if the US pulls out.


Planned Parenthood rejects Title X funding

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  • Planned Parenthood has decided to reject Title X funding rather than complying with a new Trump administration

The Terror: Infamy turns America’s WWII internment camps into a bleak ghost story

The second episode of The Terror: Infamy, AMC’s anthology horror-drama, ends with a blatant money shot. A group of confused, weary, scared Japanese-American citizens have just been transported by bus from their home state of California to Colinas de Oro, Oregon — a fictional World War II internment camp based on real ones in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming.

As the passengers exit the bus and straggle inside the fenced-in military grounds, the camera pulls back to reveal an armed watchtower in the center and an American flag hovering over it all. Right on cue, …

5 winners and 5 losers from Succession season 2, episode 2, “Vaulter”

If you are someone who works at an online publication — like, say, Vox — you’re fairly accustomed to TV shows taking swipes at your workplace and getting things desperately wrong. Every so often, a show like BoJack Horseman will come up with something like GirlCroosh, the pitch-perfect satire of women’s interest sites that Diane works at for much of seasons four and five of that show. But most of the time, fake websites on TV come off as especially fake.

“Vaulter,” the second episode of Succession season two, gets around this by creating a fake site — …

Trump advisers are scrambling to sell the idea that a recession isn’t going to happen

After a week of serious warnings about the threat of a recession and the emergence of indicators signaling a coming economic downturn, the White House is scrambling to convince the public that the economy is doing just fine. But experts aren’t so sure President Trump’s advisers are correct in claiming there is nothing to worry about.

Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser, and Peter Navarro, one of Trump’s top trade advisers, collectively appeared on five television shows on Sunday as part of a concerted effort to calm growing fears that a recession is around the corner.

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