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The Vox 08/08/2020 16:20
Protesters gather in Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square to demand sweeping political changes. | AFP/Getty Images. Protesters demanded change following a massive explosion that exacerbated an existing economic crisis. Thousands of demonstrators faced in clashes with police in Beirut, Lebanon on Saturday in protests sparked by in the Lebanese capital last week that , injured around 6,000, and left about without homes. Experts say the blast, one of in recent history, and one whose causes are still unclear, has dramatically intensified political and economic crises that preceded the explosion, while further corroding public trust in Lebanon’s government. Thousands of protestors took to the streets in the city center, some gathering peacefully, and some th.
The Vox 08/08/2020 13:12
President Donald Trump speaks at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey on August 7, 2020. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images. Trump’s surprise news conference held at his private club was packed with false claims about America’s crises. President Donald Trump called a surprise news conference on Friday night at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, speaking to reporters before a crowd of cheering club members who infused the event with the tone of a miniature campaign rally. Trump used the occasion to again push false claims that Covid-19 is “disappearing,” contradicted his intelligence agencies’ findings on foreign interference in the election, and made misleading and questionable claims about using executive orders to break Washington g.
The Vox 08/08/2020 10:00
Justin Sequera, age 22, hugs his mother Jacqueline Aguirre, at the gravesite of her father, Fernando Aquirre, who died of Covid-19 at the age of 69 in McAllen, Texas. | Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images. The pandemic has overwhelmed hospitals in the state’s lowest-income, primarily Hispanic communities. It was a Friday night, and Ivan Melendez, the public health authority for Hidalgo County, Texas, had been on the job since 7 am. He was preparing to put in another 10 hours of work as he parked outside Edinburg Regional Medical Center, about a half-hour drive from the Mexican border. He knew what to expect inside the hospital, where an office space has been converted into a temporary Covid-19 floor with about 50 beds separated b.
The Vox 08/08/2020 08:30
Bill Gates in 2015 at a meeting of the Gavi Alliance, which develops vaccines. | Tobias Schwarz/AFP via Getty Images. Pay more attention to what Gates is doing overseas than what he’s saying about the United States. A lot of people are paying attention to every utterance from Bill Gates, , about the United States’s response to the . But much less attention is paid to what Gates is actually pouring his fortune into: steeling the rest of the world for the coronavirus vaccine they will need next year. Gates on Friday said that he and his foundation would spend $150 million to distribute vaccines, if they are found, to some of the world’s poorest people. It’s one of the largest financial commitments for coronavirus response to date from Gates, t.
The Vox 08/08/2020 08:00
Missouri Democratic congressional candidate Cori Bush gives her victory speech at her campaign office on August 4, 2020, in St. Louis, Missouri. | Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images. Bush is one of a growing number of Black progressives likely headed to Congress. Cori Bush’s stunning primary upset over Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. in Missouri’s First District underscored a generational split that has cracked through American electoral politics. Over the last six years, the tension between the younger Black Lives Matter generation and the historic civil rights guard has been well documented as iconoclasts like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson clashed with younger activists over everything from movement objectives and speaking time to paying for . Bush.
The Vox 08/07/2020 17:30
Ellen DeGeneres in her home. | Getty Images. Ellen DeGeneres built her career on being nice. Now that’s in jeopardy. The most chaotic, dramatic story in television right now is whatever’s going on offstage at The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Reports of a toxic work culture, discrimination, and sexual harassment are threatening to tarnish the 17-year-old, feel-good talk show’s reputation as a dreamland where celebrities become our closest friends, donations change lives, and a lot of clunky dancing takes place. The cracks in this veneer started off thin and narrow: As the show became a daytime TV juggernaut over the past two decades, simultaneously circulated that DeGeneres as the show portrayed her to be. But the cracks have spread over the past ye.
The Vox 08/07/2020 15:48
Some say that recent delays in the mail are part of an effort by President Trump to sabotage mail-in ballots in the November election. | Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images. As November nears, the Postal Service is facing a crisis that could interfere with the election. The United States Postal Service is dealing with crippling backlogs of letters and packages. A postmaster in upstate New York recently told their union that the regular mail was two days behind and, for the first time in their career, Express Priority Mail was not going out on time. Despite a surge in package delivery during the pandemic, postal workers are no longer able to work overtime, and fewer mail trucks are on the road. If your own mail seems delayed or unpredictable, it’
The Vox 08/07/2020 14:10
A protester wearing a mask in Times Square, New York, holds a skateboard that reads “Black Trans Lives Matter” on July 26. | Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images. Advocates hope the new policy will serve as a model for other jurisdictions. Steuben County, New York, seems like an unexpected place to find one of the nation’s most progressive transgender prison policies. The rural and conservative county lies roughly between Elmira and Binghamton, in the central part of the state, about a four and a half hour drive from New York City. But thanks to a recently announced legal settlement, it now has a trans jail policy that could serve as a model for other prison systems throughout the state — and even the rest of the country. At the center of th.
The Vox 08/07/2020 13:37
Rep. Jackie Speier. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images. In an interview with Recode, Rep. Jackie Speier calls on the company to do an internal audit of misogyny on its platform. About 100 female lawmakers from across the world have sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg demanding that the company do a better job combating misogyny on its platform, especially hateful content directed at female public figures. The letter, which was signed by prominent US politicians including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, and Reps. Jackie Speier, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar, comes as Facebook faces widespread and over its handling of hateful content and misinformation. “[M]uch of the most hateful con.
The Vox 08/07/2020 11:20
Seth Rogen in An American Pickle , out this week on HBO Max. | HBO Max. I hear you saying, “Oh, great! Just what I need.” But trust me! Hollywood’s long-held August ritual — dumping all the mediocre movies into theaters to get them off the studios’ slates — has been disrupted this year, for a simple reason: Movie theaters, by and large, aren’t open. Couple that with the ever-evolving release schedule and you get an unusually eclectic month of films, albeit mostly on digital platforms and in drive-in theaters. There are a whole lot of good films out this weekend, but one worth highlighting is , which stars Seth Rogen and ... Seth Rogen:. It’s a light, sweet comedy, adapted by Simon Rich from his 2013 serialized New Yorker story “Sell Out” (whi.
The Vox 08/07/2020 10:30
A teacher sets up her classroom at Freedom Preparatory Academy on August 5 in Provo, Utah. There is a small window of opportunity wedge in education measures in the pandemic that will allow for larger structural changes in the near future. | George Frey/Getty Images. We should allow kids to take a gap year and waive standardized testing before it’s too late. As of August 6, the US had more than . But we know the devastation is far greater: Our testing and contact tracing remain insufficient, and the official numbers don’t capture the . If there is one bright spot, nearly every sector of society has seized on the opportunity for systemic reform. We have and around medications for the treatment of substance use. We halted . Every sector, that
The Vox 08/07/2020 09:20
Michaela Coel stars in I May Destroy You. She also wrote it, created it, and co-directed nearly every episode. | HBO. The British import brings searing emotion and dry wit to a story about sexual assault. is Vox’s recommendations feature. In each edition, find one more thing from the world of culture that we highly recommend. In “Line Spectrum Border,” the eighth episode of mesmerizing, borderline-perfect dramedy, , Arabella, a young writer played by Coel herself, attempts to kick down a door. She’s been locked out of an apartment where she was intending to crash, and she’s not particularly happy about it. When her stylish boot finally kicks the door in, the apartment’s occupant, her ex-boyfriend, is holding a gun. She turns and runs. The do.
The Vox 08/07/2020 08:10
An anti-violence cookout is held to celebrate the life of 11-year-old Davon McNeal, who was fatally shot by a stray bullet on July 4, 2020, and persuade the community to put down their firearms. | Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images. “Police are effective at reducing violence, but they aren’t the only ones who are effective.”One of the in criminology is that putting more police officers on the streets leads to less violent crime. Yet, as recent police killings and violence against protestors have reminded us, policing also produces that many communities are . These seemingly incongruous views represent a tension at the core of any efforts to reform, defund, or abolish policing. Few scholars have wrestled with this
The Vox 08/07/2020 08:00
Kai’i, or protectors, form a line blocking the access road to Maunakea on the Big Island of Hawaii on July 15, 2019, the day TMT was to begin construction of one the largest telescopes in the world. The mountain, sacred to Native Hawaiians, is known as “where the gods reside.” | Kapulei Flores. Protectors are no longer on the sacred mountain, but they are still working to prevent the construction of a massive telescope. “It almost seems like it never happened,” Pua Case tells Vox about her time in the encampment at the foot of , a dormant volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii and . While she lives only a 30-minute drive away, she says, “I have to go back and look at videos or pictures to remind myself that we were really up there.”For nearly
The Vox 08/07/2020 07:40
Supporters and members of Patriot Prayer and People’s Rights Washington take part in a rally against Washington state’s mask mandate on June 26, 2020, in Vancouver, Washington. | Karen Ducey/Getty Images. “If I’m going to get Covid and die from it, then so be it”: What it’s like to be against masks. At the outset of the pandemic, Amy, a 48-year-old mother of two from Ohio, was afraid. When the government people wear masks, she not only complied but also made masks for others. “I was like, oh, this is scary, this could be really bad,” she said. But when Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine the state would extend its lockdown for the month of May, she’d had it. Pandemic over or not, she was done. After that, Amy became vehemently anti-mask and began to doubt.
The Vox 08/07/2020 07:15
Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, is spending $10 billion to help combat climate change. | Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Amazon. Bezos has quietly started a new corporation that appears involved in the historic push. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos quietly created a new corporation to help execute his , Recode has learned, offering a clue into the plan known as the Bezos Earth Fund, which has been shrouded in secrecy since it was announced half a year ago. Bezos’s team has started a new limited liability company, Fellowship Ventures LLC, that appears to be involved in the historic philanthropic commitment, according to public records reviewed by Recode. That LLC — with Bezos’s hand-signed authorization — for the “Bezos Earth Fund” in July, a mov.

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