Vox Sentences: You can’t hang a “closed” sign on the border

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Trump threatens to cut about $500 million in aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador; a comedian actor from Ukraine might just become president.

Trump cuts aid for Northern Triangle

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  • The State Department announced on Friday it would end about $500 million in aid for Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — a move to punish those governments for failing to

Pete Buttigieg explains his theory of political change

Pete Buttigieg is a Rhodes scholar, a Navy veteran, and the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He’s a married gay man, a churchgoing Episcopalian, and a proud millennial. He’s also, according to CNN, “the hottest candidate in the 2020 race right now.”

Buttigieg has become a surprising standout in the 2020 Democratic field. He joined The Ezra Klein Show to talk about the structural issues plaguing US politics, how being a mayor has prepared him for national office, and his vision for the country.

“We’ve really hit a different moment in our political trajectory, where we are so paralyzed …

Predator generator is easy to handle and transport

Those who love nature and adventure like me will surely understand the need and utility of a generator for an inveterate camper. Not only camping; a portable generator can be useful in many other situations. Harbor Freight Predator 2000 is one of the most sold portable models in the market, which you can of course keep in mind. But is it the one for you? This review should dispel your doubts.

I was looking for a portable generator to take with me on my camping trips, so that can easily recharge my phone’s battery or flashlights. After checking a bunch …

Joe Biden responds to allegations: He “never” acted inappropriately around women

Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday he “never” acted inappropriately over his more than four-decade career in politics, in response to allegations that he kissed a former Nevada lawmaker — unsolicited — on the back of the head.

“In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort,” Biden said in a statement Sunday. “And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately.”

“If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention,” the statement …

Alex Jones blames “psychosis” for his Sandy Hook conspiracies

Notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones claims a “form of psychosis” caused him to believe that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged.

For years Jones, the founder of InfoWars.com, peddled a conspiracy theory about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman brutally killed 20 children and six adults in 2012. Jones has repeatedly claimed the massacre was a “giant hoax” carried out by “crisis actors” in a broad scheme to trample on Second Amendment rights.

In a video released Friday, Jones acknowledged in a sworn deposition stemming from a lawsuit filed by the families of Sandy Hook …

House Democrats want answers on why a citizenship question was added to the 2020 census

Congressional Democrats are preparing to issue their first round of subpoenas to President Donald Trump’s new attorney general this week — but not on the issues that one might expect.

For months, House Democrats have threatened to subpoena Trump and top members of his inner circle for everything from the Mueller investigation to Trump’s personal finances and business dealings. But one week after a summary of Mueller’s findings were released to the public, the House Oversight Committee plans to vote on Tuesday to issue subpoenas to Attorney General Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross related to a question on the …

Georgia passes 6-week ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill that bans most abortions

The Georgia House of Representatives approved a bill that would effectively ban most abortions in the state on Friday.

The bill, titled HB481, or the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act, would bar women from terminating their pregnancies after a fetal heartbeat is first detected, which can be as early as around the six-week mark. That is a point prior to which most women are even aware they are pregnant. If passed, this legislation would be one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the U.S. and an affront to a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.

Gov. …

Vox Sentences: Third time’s still not the charm

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The Supreme Court blocks an execution; another Brexit deal fails.

A blocked execution in Texas

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  • The Supreme Court blocked the execution of a Texas prisoner on Thursday after he was denied the presence of a Buddhist spiritual adviser — a decision that struck a clear contrast with the court refusing to block an Alabama inmate’s execution last month when he

Trump’s threats to close the US-Mexico border, explained

President Donald Trump has occasionally threatened to “shut down” the US-Mexico border for months. Nothing has happened.

But now, the president is putting an actual timeline on the threat — insisting that he will shut down all or “large portions” of the US-Mexico border “next week” unless Mexico stops all Central American migration into the US.

It took Trump 90 seconds to lie about the “Mueller report” during Michigan speech

Less than two minutes into President Donald Trump’s speech in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he lied about special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.

“The collusion delusion is over,” Trump said on Thursday night, in his first speech since Attorney General Bill Barr announced some of Mueller’s key conclusions on Sunday. “The special counsel completed its report and found no collusion and no obstruction.”

It is not true, however, that the special counsel exonerated Trump of obstruction of justice. While we still can’t say for sure what the special counsel said — all we know of Mueller’s final report came by …