Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Deadwood: The Movie is a fitting capstone to one of TV’s...

After 10 years, they’re all still there — Seth Bullock and Al Swearengen and Trixie and Charlie Utter, and on and on. The residents of Deadwood, the mining camp, and Deadwood, the TV show, are all still hanging around one of the greatest settings for a TV series ever. And even more people are coming back to town for a celebration of the newly formed statehood of South Dakota. Alma Garret and her daughter, Sofia, arrive on the train, as does Senator George Hearst, the closest thing Deadwood ever had to a villain. Deadwood: The Movie — the long...

Mexican president to Trump: tariffs and coercion won’t work

President Donald Trump is threatening to start a trade war with Mexico, but Mexico’s populist President Andrés López Obrador isn’t having it. Trump warned Thursday evening, over Twitter, that he would soon start taxing imported goods from Mexico if the government doesn’t do more to stop the flow of migrants from Central America who are seeking asylum at the US border. López Obrador responded within a few hours with a scathing letter that he posted on Twitter. He invoked Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt, pointing out that those US presidents respected Mexico’s sovereignty — a veiled warning for Trump...

Trump’s new plan to tax Mexican imports, explained

In a couple of dramatic tweets, backed up by a briefing call featuring acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, the Trump administration rolled out a new policy aimed at coercing Mexico into halting the flow of Central American asylum seekers into the United States — a 5 percent tax on Mexican imports rising steadily to 25 percent unless Mexico cracks down on migration. ....at which time the Tariffs will be removed. Details from the White House to follow.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019 There appears to be, as is...

All the canceled and renewed TV shows from the 2018-’19 season

It happens every spring: As the five broadcast TV networks — ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and The CW — solidify their programming lineups for the next TV season, they must also decide which of their existing shows to renew and which ones to cancel. Brooklyn Nine-Nine will be back for the 2019–’20 season. So will NBC’s The Good Place and ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat. Alas, ABC’s well-liked Speechless isn’t so lucky; it’s been canceled, as has NBC’s Trial & Error. The 2019–’20 TV season will also see a handful of long-running series air planned final seasons, including ABC’s Modern...

Vox Sentences: No more Mueller

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Mueller holds a surprise news conference; the Mount Everest death toll is alarmingly high this year. Mueller finally speaks up Alex Wong/Getty Images A long-awaited statement from special counsel Robert Mueller finally came during a surprise news conference on Wednesday. The main takeaway from his speech (which mostly revolved around...

Because of AI, the value of a computer science degree will...

Someone graduating from college this year with a computer science degree has pretty good job prospects. But “not everybody should be a coder,” and those who don’t code may find themselves more in demand over time, investor Mark Cuban says. “Creativity, collaboration, communication skills: Those things are super important and are going to be the difference between make or break,” Cuban said on the latest episode of Recode Decode with Kara Swisher, in a joint interview with Revolution CEO Steve Case. “In an AI world, you have to be knowledgeable about something, right?” He went on to say that AI will...

The 3 most interesting moments from Kamala Harris’s MSNBC town hall

Again and again during her MSNBC town hall Tuesday night, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) reminded voters and was reminded herself that the United States Senate is a sizable obstacle to any Democratic agenda. “2020 is about the White House but it’s also about the United States Senate,” Harris told the audience in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The California senator made the case for her 2020 presidential candidacy. Harris defended her plan to stop states from restricting abortion rights, called the family separation crisis “a human rights abuse being committed by the United States government” and promised to prosecute the case against Donald...

More pregnant women are using marijuana. We don’t know if that’s...

Soon after Amy Smith* started thinking about having a baby a few years ago, she wondered what she’d do about her marijuana habit. Smith had deployed twice with the US Army, and had returned from Iraq with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. At one point, her doctors at the VA had her taking 22 pills to help her sleep and quell her depression and anxiety. Then she discovered marijuana. Smith went off all the prescription medication and began self-medicating by smoking cannabis. “It was amazing — how it helped me get out of bed. I wasn’t terrified of being at...

MacKenzie Bezos signs the philanthropic commitment that her ex-husband long spurned

Less than two months after finalizing her divorce from the world’s richest person, MacKenzie Bezos has indicated that she intends to be a far more generous philanthropist than her husband has ever been. MacKenzie Bezos announced in a letter on Tuesday that she had signed the Giving Pledge, a commitment to give half of her $35 billion in assets, or at least $17 billion, to charity over her lifetime or in her will. Despite facing criticism for being the world’s richest man but having donated only a tiny fraction of his wealth, Bezos’ ex-husband, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has...

We’ll soon know the exact air pollution from every power plant...

Earlier this month brought a mind-blowing announcement in the world of power plants and pollution. In a nutshell: A nonprofit artificial intelligence firm called WattTime is going to use satellite imagery to precisely track the air pollution (including carbon emissions) coming out of every single power plant in the world, in real time. And it’s going to make the data public. This is a very big deal. Poor monitoring and gaming of emissions data have made it difficult to enforce pollution restrictions on power plants. This system promises to effectively eliminate poor monitoring and gaming of emissions data. And it...