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 …

Trump congratulates the No. 2 NFL Draft pick, a supporter who called Kaepernick a “clown”

President Donald Trump congratulated the 2019 NFL Draft’s number two pick, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, in a tweet Saturday that encouraged the player to “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

The president did not congratulate the number one draft pick, Oklahoma quaterback and Heisman Trophy …

Vox Sentences: Macron’s mea culpa

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The Kansas Supreme Court hands abortion rights activists a victory; French President Emmanuel Macron responds to the Yellow Vest protesters.


A win for abortion rights in Kansas

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  • The Kansas Supreme Court in a 6-1 decision Friday ruled that the right to an abortion is enshrined in the state Constitution –– a significant move during a period where a number of

Do celebrities know what they’re doing when they “call someone out” on Twitter?

Late Wednesday night, Olivia Munn published “a short essay on the ugly behaviors of the @fuggirls,” in what appears to be a PDF she took a screenshot of and then posted on Twitter. The essay is about Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, the two women who run the massively popular fashion blog Go Fug Yourself, which had recently published back-to-back negative reviews of Munn outfits.

Munn decides — based on a rubric she does not share — that Cocks and Morgan are neither fans nor “legitimate critics,” and therefore aren’t allowed to talk about her clothes. Her …

Taylor Swift ends her long countdown with her new single, “ME!”

Taylor Swift has been counting down to something for weeks, and now we finally know what it is. In an exclusive interview Thursday night with Robin Roberts on ABC, Swift announced that she’s releasing a new song and accompanying music video. The song, which came out midnight Thursday night, is called “ME!” and it features Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco. Because once you bring Urie into a project, you get ready to bring in some exclamation points too.

“It’s about embracing your individuality and celebrating it and owning it,” Swift told Roberts of “ME!” “With a pop song, …

Beyond Meat is going public. Investors are betting on a new future for food.

Beyond Meat, the plant-based meat company, is going public next week.

The company sells burgers that contain no meat, but taste like they do. Its stated goal is to fix our food system. Its initial public offering (IPO) is the latest sign that alt-meat is going mainstream — and that’s a big deal.

It’s been a good few years for Beyond Meat. National chains including Del Taco, Carl’s Jr., and T.G.I. Friday’s have started carrying their products. They’ve also found their way onto grocery store shelves at Whole Foods, Kroger, and Target. In total, Beyond Meat says …

Vox Sentences: The Umbrella Movement in jail

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Boeing takes a financial hit after two plane crashes; pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are sentenced to prison time for 2014 protests.


Boeing’s PR nightmare reflected in profits

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  • Boeing’s 737 Max jets are still grounded after two fatal crashes, and the company’s finances are hurting amid the increased scrutiny on its safety protocols and ensuing PR crisis. The company revealed

Malaria is among the world’s biggest killers of children. Now there’s a vaccine.

Every year, malaria kills more than 400,000 people, most of them children. There’s been significant progress against the disease in the past few decades — death rates have fallen nearly in half — but there’s a long way to go. One child dies of malaria every two minutes.

Now, for the first time, we might have a vaccine.

The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that Malawi is rolling out a pilot program of the world’s first malaria vaccine. The vaccine, called RTS,S, will be available to everyone under the age of 2. After the rollout in Malawi, vaccination will begin …

Vox Sentences: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”

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The Supreme Court will deliberate whether a citizenship question on the 2020 census is unconstitutional; two Reuters journalists remain in jail in Myanmar.


The census’s citizenship question goes to court

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  • The Supreme Court will soon decide whether the 2020 census can ask people about their citizenship — a decision with wide-ranging ramifications for the next 10 years. [NYT /