Category: News

Vox Sentences: California, burning in the dark

Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images California brush fires could lead to more preventive blackouts; at least 15 Chileans die in protests against transit fare hikes. 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 […]

White UConn students were arrested for shouting the n-word. Black students say the incident is part of a larger problem.

University of Connecticut students hold signs during a campus march and rally against racism on October 21, 2019. | Screenshot/Eyewitness 3 News Students say the university needs to do a lot more to address a deeper culture of racism on campus. For more than a week, students at the University of Connecticut have been outraged […]

Why the deal for striking GM workers is hardly a victory

A striking General Motors employee pickets outside the GM Lansing Delta Assembly plant for on October 16, 2019, in Lansing, Michigan. | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images They didn’t get the one thing they really, really wanted. The United Auto Workers union is trying to persuade its members to approve a tentative deal reached last week with […]

Top US diplomat to Ukraine testifies there was a quid pro quo

Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat to Ukraine, arrives at a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees on October 22, 2019 in Washington, DC. Taylor was on Capitol Hill to testify to the committees for the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. | Alex Wong/Getty Images This is absolutely […]

What happens when we die? 

Glad You Asked tackles the eternal question. When we asked audience members to submit questions for our new series, Glad You Asked, we expected some interesting results. But Helle, a viewer from Norway, sent us on a journey to explain one of the greatest existential questions we face as a society: What happens when we […]

UK Parliament has advanced the Brexit bill

Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street on October 19, 2019. | Peter Summers/Getty Images But another critical vote spoiled Boris Johnson’s October 31 Brexit plans. The UK Parliament advanced Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit legislation on Tuesday, putting the United Kingdom one step closer to (finally) exiting the European Union. Members of Parliament […]

The ignorance of Trump comparing impeachment to “a lynching,” explained

President Trump chairs a meeting with administration and state officials on prison reform at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey August 9, 2018. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Thousands of Americans were lynched. Donald Trump is not one of them. President Donald Trump complained he is being lynched in a tweet Tuesday that […]

Almost every state in the country is now investigating Facebook

New York’s attorney general Letitia James. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images What will they find? Almost every state attorney general in the country is now investigating Facebook, escalating the overlapping risks faced by the social media giant from multiple levels of government. A total of 47 states have now signed onto the roster of Attorneys General […]

Boris Johnson wants Brexit by October 31. Parliament won’t let him have it.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Brussels on October 17, 2019. | Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images After advancing the Brexit bill, Parliament is still denying the prime minister an October 31 exit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson just secured a Brexit victory — only to suffer another crushing defeat. That’s just how things go in UK […]

UK Parliament has advanced the Brexit bill. Here’s what comes next.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street on October 19, 2019. | Peter Summers/Getty Images There’s still another critical vote that might spoil Boris Johnson’s October 31 Brexit plans. The UK Parliament advanced Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit legislation on Tuesday, putting the United Kingdom one step closer to (finally) exiting the European Union. […]

A new poll finds strong support for the Supreme Court ending LGBTQ discrimination

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is seen in the House chamber during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on January 30, 2018. | Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Neil Gorsuch’s fears of “social upheaval” don’t seem justified. A new Marquette Law School poll reveals some fascinating data on […]

Watchmen on HBO: news, episode recaps, analysis, and comic book Easter eggs

HBO One of the most exciting new shows of 2019 expands upon the DC Comics classic. Watchmen rocked the comic book industry when it launched in 1986, shaking superhero conventions to their core. And now, more than three decades later, Watchmen has returned to challenge a new age of superhero fanaticism, one defined by the […]

Elizabeth Warren marches with striking Chicago teachers, a day after releasing new K-12 education plan

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) visits with striking Chicago teachers at Oscar DePriest Elementary School on October 22, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. | Scott Olson/Getty Images Warren’s plan stands firmly on the side of public school teachers. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is joining striking teachers on Tuesday in Chicago, where they have been marching […]

The WeWork mess, explained

All fingers are pointed at WeWork CEO Adam Neumann. | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for WeWork From the “next Alibaba” to a financial liability for SoftBank, here’s how the coworking startup got to this point. WeWork, the coworking unicorn startup whose IPO had been one of the most highly anticipated public offerings of 2019, has mostly […]

3 key solutions to California’s wildfire safety blackout mess

Electricity infrastructure in a time of climate crisis. | Photo by Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images Grid hardening, land-use reform, and restructuring PG&E, oh my. Seemingly overnight, California has been forced to confront a grim new reality: hundreds of thousands of its residents are regularly going to have their power cut […]

A leaked email reveals why you can’t always trust Sephora product reviews

The “Space Race” acne treatment kit, one of the items Sunday Riley wanted its employees to review. | Beautylish/Sunday Riley Skin care brand Sunday Riley got a slap on the wrist by the FTC for writing fake Sephora reviews for two years. Some FTC commissioners didn’t agree. For those who know their skin care products, […]

Is biohacking ethical? It’s complicated. A new Netflix series explains why.

With the CRISPR-Cas system, scientists just made a giant leap toward genetic engineering humans — but there’s still a lot of work to be done. | Thorsten Schmitt/Shutterstock Unnatural Selection tackles tough questions about CRISPR gene editing, designer babies, and more. Is it ethical to edit your child’s DNA — or your own? Does the answer […]

The emoluments clause, explained for Donald Trump

President Donald Trump plays a round of golf at one of his resorts during his first official visit to the United Kingdom on July 15, 2018, in Turnberry, Scotland. | Leon Neal/Getty Images It’s not phony. President Donald Trump is still defending the White House’s decision to host next year’s G7 summit, a gathering of […]

The Hillary Clinton-Tulsi Gabbard feud, explained

Hillary Clinton speaking at George Washington University on September 17, 2019, in Washington, DC. | Zach Gibson/Getty Images Neither of them come out looking particularly good. Hillary Clinton emerged from relative political obscurity last week to claim that Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic presidential candidate and member of Congress from Hawaii, was “the favorite of the […]

The embarrassing epilogue to the media’s obsession with Hillary Clinton’s emails

Democratic Nominee for President Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to journalists during a hastily formed press conference to comment on the new FBI investigation concerning Clinton’s private emails on October 28, 2016. | Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images Maybe Clinton’s emails shouldn’t have been covered as if they were the single most […]

The best $1.75 I ever spent: Hand sanitizer that allows me to exist in public

Dana Rodriguez for Vox As someone with cerebral palsy, moving through the world by myself means I have to make a lot of contact with less-than-clean surfaces. I grew up in Los Angeles. As the city is famous for welcoming idealists from other hometowns, this fact can surprise those who came from elsewhere. I never […]

Why Joe Biden shouldn’t get complacent about South Carolina

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden addresses a crowd in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina, on September 16, 2019. | Sean Rayford/Getty Images Democrats in the state recall how Hillary Clinton’s double-digit lead collapsed in 2008. CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Former Vice President Joe Biden leads the Democratic pack by more than 20 […]

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals win Canada’s election

Justin Trudeau. | Getty Images He survived the scandals. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has won the 2019 Canadian federal election, according to a projection from the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). While the Liberals lost seats in parliament, controlling only a plurality of seats rather than an outright majority, they still have enough […]

Watch the final trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker

Lucasfilm Rey’s story will come to an end in December’s followup to 2017’s The Last Jedi. The beginning of the end of Star Wars is upon us: Lucasfilm has released the final trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker, the last installment of the current Star Wars trilogy. And just in […]

Vox Sentences: School’s still out in Chicago

Scott Olson/Getty Images Chicago teachers strike stretches into its second week; Brexit deal hangs in the balance. 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. CTU workers […]

Mark Zuckerberg is the new political villian for the Democratic Party

Mark Zuckerberg in 2018 at Sun Valley, a conference featuring other billionaires. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Charles Koch. Sheldon Adelson. Mark Zuckerberg? Everyone running for president, it seems, has their own reason for pushing Mark Zuckerberg away. To Elizabeth Warren, he is a threat to democracy. To Pete Buttigieg, he is a political liability. And […]

The last 72 hours in Brexit, explained

Protesters take to the streets of London on October 19, 2019, to call for a new Brexit vote. | Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images Parliament rebels, Johnson writes letters, and everyone gets ready to fight over Brexit legislation this week. It should have been the decisive moment for Brexit: a vote on […]

We deserve a better Medicare-for-all debate

Protesters supporting “Medicare for All” hold a rally outside PhRMA headquarters April 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. The rally was held by the group Progressive Democrats of America. | Win McNamee/Getty Images The debate over Medicare-for-all’s financing ignores the costs of the alternatives — and the status quo under Trump. The narrow debate over Medicare-for-all’s […]

The past 24 hours in Syria news, explained

A US military convoy takes part in joint patrol with Turkey in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad town along the border with Turkey, on September 8, 2019. | Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images US troops leave for Iraq. Trump rejects a plan to keep some service members in northern Syria. And […]

Mitt Romney has a secret Twitter account named “Pierre Delecto”

Carrying his suitcase, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) departs the US Capitol following a vote on the budget agreement on August 1, 2019, in Washington, DC. | Win McNamee/Getty Images The former presidential hopeful is secretly fascinating. Utah Senator, former presidential candidate, and Trump critic Mitt Romney can now claim another title: person with an alternate […]

This is a worst-possible wildfire scenario for Southern California

Christina Animashaun/Vox Every year, climate change makes a “catastrophic” fire like this one more and more likely. This is part two in a three-part series about worst-case extreme weather scenarios in three regions of the United States — Arizona, California, and Florida — that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. In this […]

Facebook banned more fake Russian and Iranian accounts

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. | ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images The social network also says it is beefing up efforts to protect the site in the run-up to the 2020 elections. For instance: It’s going to call false news false. Facebook said it uncovered new efforts by groups linked to Iran and Russia to dupe […]

The problem with the endangered species list

When are we done protecting the gray wolf? The gray wolf has always been a point of controversy in Western culture. Children’s stories are filled with menacing “big, bad wolves” threatening to eat innocent children or destroy the houses of some hard-working little pigs. The hatred for this predator spans centuries, so it’s no surprise […]

Poll: Pete Buttigieg joins the list of presidential frontrunners in Iowa

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg high-fives supporters in Des Moines, Iowa. | Scott Olson/Getty Images Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren top the field in a Suffolk/USA Today poll. Buttigieg is third; Bernie Sanders is fourth. The latest Iowa poll shows a three-way race between former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and South […]

Google’s attempt to shut down a unionization meeting just riled up its employees

Google employees walk off the job to protest the company’s handling of sexual misconduct claims, on November 1, 2018. | Mason Trinca/Getty Images Management tried to shut down an employee-led talk at its Zurich office on unionization, but it happened anyway. A group of dozens of full-time Google employees at the company’s largest European office, […]

How meritocracy harms everyone — even the winners

John F. Kennedy School of Government graduates celebrate during Harvard University commencement in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 30, 2019. | Lane Turner/The Boston Globe/Getty Images A new book challenges one of our most persistent illusions. The belief that we live in a meritocracy is one of our oldest and most persistent illusions. It justifies the […]

Travel has never been “authentic”

Iceland’s Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, was going to be made into a hydroelectric dam until, the story goes, a local farmer’s daughter mounted a protest. Tourism has never been “authentic.” There’s a place in Iceland where you can see the northern lights any time of year, regardless of the weather. You don’t have to ride […]

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