Avengers: Endgame says something thoughtful about grief. But only to a point.

Warning: Spoilers, obviously.

Losing someone you love always hurts. But losing them too early — to terminal illness, or an accident, or in a war, or something else — is extraordinarily hard. There’s no one way to respond. Everyone deals with grief differently.

Avengers: Endgame understands this well — or, at least, the first 45 minutes or so do.

The movie opens within days of the “snap,” in which the villain Thanos collects the Infinity Stones, snaps his fingers, and wipes out half the earth’s population in a moment. Then it skips ahead by five years, when everyone is still …

5 takeaways from Attorney General Bill Barr’s Mueller report testimony

Attorney General William Barr defended his handling of the Mueller report at a tense Senate hearing on Wednesday that highlighted the stark partisan divisions between Republicans and Democrats over the special counsel’s conclusions.

Barr started off his testimony on the defensive, after a letter Mueller wrote to Barr on March 27 was made public Tuesday evening. In that note, Mueller explicitly criticized the letter Barr sent to Congress and released to the public outlining the “principal conclusions” of the investigation.

Mueller said Barr’s summary “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions,” and …

William Barr’s pause on a question about 2020 and foreign adversaries is incredibly telling

One of the most shocking moments from Attorney General William Barr’s Senate testimony on Wednesday was an unspoken one.

When asked whether a 2020 presidential campaign should contact the FBI if a foreign government offered dirt on an adversary, Barr seemed at a loss for words. Instead of responding quickly in the affirmative, he paused. What should have been an extremely straightforward question to answer, especially for the country’s top law enforcement official, wound up being yet another inquiry that seemingly left Barr perplexed.

“Going forward, what if a foreign adversary offers a presidential candidate dirt on a competitor in …

Teen girls are now poisoning themselves at alarming rates. There are ways to help.

There’s no easy way to say this: In the past decade, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of teens attempting to kill themselves with poison.

The data appear Wednesday in The Journal of Pediatrics, and come from poison control centers. Overall, the study finds the rate of poisoning attempts more than doubled among boys and girls.

Girls, however, account for most of the rise. The study finds poisoning attempts by girls ages 10-12 increased 268 percent from 2010 to 2017, for instance. For girls ages 13-15, the poisoning rate increased 143 percent.

Overall, it’s estimated that …

Does Avengers: Endgame’s plan to defeat Thanos make any sense? We discuss.

The following story discusses major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. Proceed at your own risk!

In the wake of Thanos’s snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers had to resort to risky, drastic measures in Endgame to restore balance (and a bunch of their dusted peers) to the universe — and so did the film’s screenwriters.

Endgame revolves around the Avengers going time-traveling, back to specific moments in Marvel history — 2012 New York, 2013 Asgard, 2014 Morag, and 2014 Vormir — to obtain the Infinity Stones and assemble their own Infinity Gauntlet and undo the …

Vox Sentences: Another shooting at a house of worship

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A shooting at a synagogue leaves one dead

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  • A gunman opened fired at a synagogue in Poway, California, on Saturday, killing one woman and injuring three others. [NYT / Jill Cowan]
  • The 19-year-old suspect walked into the synagogue on the

Senate Republican inaction in the wake of the Mueller report, explained

House Democrats may be torn up about how to target Trump in the wake of the Mueller report, but Senate Republicans are relatively united: They’re ready to put this whole thing behind them.

While Democrats continue to argue over impeachment, Republicans are as determined as ever to shield the president from further scrutiny. As Vox’s Tara Golshan has written, they were prepared to defend the president even before the report came out — and that certainly hasn’t changed much now that it has.

“This investigation was about collusion, there’s no collusion, no charges brought against the president on …

Who died in Game of Thrones’ Battle of Winterfell, and who survived: the full list

The third episode of Game of Thrones’ eighth season, “The Long Night,” promised an epic battle, and it delivered: The Battle of Winterfell was an intense fight, and of course not everyone made it out alive.

Here’s the list of everyone who did and everyone who didn’t — starting with the fallen.

Major spoilers follow.

Who’s dead: A few fighters — but not as many as you feared

The Night King didn’t come to play.

The Battle of Winterfell was dramatic and bloody, but it didn’t take out nearly as many of our favorite characters as we were dreading. …

Joe Biden wins some early Congressional support, but former colleagues see challenges ahead

House Judiciary Committee member and former Congressional Black Caucus chair Rep. Cedric Richmond made an enthusiastic case for Joe Biden Sunday as the candidate’s rivals addressed concerns some voters have with the former vice president.

After months of speculation, Biden entered a crowded Democratic presidential primary field last week. Perceived to be one of the primary’s frontrunners, Biden was found to lead his rivals in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that shows Biden has a slight advantage over Senator Bernie Sanders.

Many Democratic voters — 54 percent — that took part in the poll said they have not yet …

Trump denounces anti-Semitism one day after defending Charlottesville marchers

Hours after a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in suburban San Diego, killing one person and injuring three more before he was arrested, President Donald Trump denounced anti-Semitism during a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

“Tonight, America’s heart is with the victims of the horrific synagogue shooting in Poway, California — just happened,” Trump said at the start of his speech. “Our entire nation mourns the loss of life, prays for the wounded, and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community. We forcefully condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hate, which must be defeated.”

The gunman, whom …