Boris Johnson is set to win major victory in UK elections

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will finally be able to “get Brexit done.”

Johnson and the Conservative Party are on the verge of winning a sweeping majority in Parliament’s House of Commons in the United Kingdom’s elections this Thursday, based on exit polls (which are typically pretty accurate). This will deliver Johnson the mandate he needed to take the country out of the European Union by January 31, 2020.

According to the exit polls, the Conservatives picked up about 368 seats, which translates to around an 80-seat majority in the 650-seat House of Commons. (The magic number was 326.) It’s …

Kentucky’s new governor is giving the right to vote back to 140,000 ex-felons

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) signed an executive order on Thursday restoring the voting rights of more than 140,000 people with felony convictions.

The order restores the voting rights for people convicted of certain felonies who have completed their sentences. That still leaves as many as hundreds of thousands of people who have felony convictions without their right to vote, but it’s a step forward in a state that has historically taken a very hard stance toward former felons voting.

Beshear’s father, former Gov. Steve Beshear (D), signed a similar executive order. But it was overturned by former Gov. Matt …

The robot revolution will be worse for men

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The robots will someday take our jobs. But not all our jobs, and we don’t really know how many. Nor do we understand which jobs will be eliminated and which will be transitioned into what some say will be better, less tedious work.

What we do know is that automation and artificial intelligence will affect Americans unevenly, according to data from McKinsey and the 2016 US Census that was analyzed by the Brookings think tank.

Young people — especially those in rural areas or who are underrepresented minorities — will have a greater likelihood of having their jobs …

These 3 supertrees can protect us from climate collapse

Dozens of countries have extraordinary tropical forests, but three stand out: Brazil, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These countries not only have the largest areas of tropical forest within their borders; they also have the highest rates of deforestation.

We traveled to protected areas deep inside these countries to learn the superpowers of three tree species …

Vox Sentences: A deadly shooting, an apparent hate crime

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Shootout at a cemetery and a kosher market

  • Law enforcement officials have been reticent about the motives for the two suspects in an hourslong shootout in Jersey City on Tuesday. But the mayor says they targeted a kosher supermarket in an apparent hate crime. [Washington Post / Reis Thebault and Katie Mettler]
  • Two attackers, armed with rifles, engaged in a shootout

What we know about Pete Buttigieg’s McKinsey clients

After increased pressure from the public and his fellow candidates, Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday released the names of the clients he worked for at McKinsey, a consulting firm Buttigieg himself has called “amoral.”

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor’s campaign released a list of seven clients he worked for from 2007 to 2010 after graduating from Harvard and Oxford. They include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Canadian Grocery chain Loblaw’s, Best Buy, the US Department of Defense, the Energy Foundation, the US Postal Service, and a group of environmental nonprofits, public utilities and government agencies like the Environmental Protection …