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The Vox 08/05/2020 15:10
Kate Lyn Sheil in She Dies Tomorrow. | Courtesy of Neon. Two new films — She Dies Tomorrow and Strasbourg 1518 — cut through our fantasies about life and loneliness. The question has the ring of one posed by a street-corner preacher: If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, how would you spend today? Answers, presumably, will vary. You might visit your family, or break off a relationship, or go careening down the highway at top speed on your motorcycle. You might get incredibly drunk, or go to church, or hug your child. It’s just a thought experiment, but it’s a revealing one. Wait, back up — is it a thought experiment? None of us know for sure that we’ll die tomorrow, but we also don’t know that we won’t . Calamity waits around every cor.
The Vox 08/05/2020 14:00
Kaiser Family Foundation. Medicaid expansion has had huge success at the ballot box during the pandemic. For the second time this summer, voters in a solidly Republican state have decided now is the moment to expand Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act. a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid during Tuesday’s primary elections; 53 percent of voters supported the measure and 47 percent opposed it.
The Vox 08/05/2020 12:45
Trump speaks during a press briefing on Tuesday. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images. Trump’s latest Fox & Friends interview revealed he’s learned nothing about the coronavirus. Mere weeks after a number of outlets remarked on his “” about the coronavirus, President Donald Trump fully reverted to form during a lengthy interview on Wednesday’s installment of Fox & Friends . Echoing widely derided, unscientific comments he made during the in January and February, Trump insisted schools should open for in-person instruction because the pandemic “is going to go away.”“My view is the schools should open,” Trump said. “This thing is going away. It will go away like things go away, and my view is that schools should be open.”to bring Covid-19 under contr.
The Vox 08/05/2020 09:40
Mend Urgent Care workers perform drive-up Covid-19 testing in Los Angeles, California, on July 31, 2020. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images. The crucial data we don’t have to fight Covid-19. Six months into America’s battle with , we still can’t really see the enemy. There isn’t good real-time data on where the virus is and who it is infecting. Our diagnostic testing is at an all-time high, but it’s still missing the vast majority of infections. We don’t have systematic surveillance programs like we do for the flu to fill in the gaps, and we don’t have good metrics that tell us how well the virus is being contained. We’re particularly in the dark about what’s happening in many minority communities, which have lower testing rates than white communit.
The Vox 08/05/2020 09:10
A chapel on Santorini Volcano Island in the Aegean Sea in Greece on July 6, 2020. | Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images. A conversation about love and suffering in Christianity. “One who lives in God lives in others because it is in the other that God is found.”That’s how Ilia Delio, a Franciscan nun and Catholic theologian, sums up her vision of Christianity. For Delio, much of what passes for Christianity today has become unmoored from the example of Christ. The result, she says, is an “abstract Christianity” that can’t really speak to the pain and loss we’re experiencing in this moment. I recently spoke with Delio as part of Future Perfect’s new limited-series podcast, , which is all about exploring the world’s great philosophical.
The Vox 08/05/2020 09:00
One of these things is a lot like the other. | Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images. Meet Instagram Reels, the 15-second video platform that looks exactly like that other 15-second video platform. Today, Instagram is releasing its most significant update since Stories in 2016: Reels, an editing tool that allows users to craft 15-second clips set to music with options to add timed effects, has officially launched in the US. Users can access Reels from the camera in the upper left-hand corner, where you would normally go to film an Instagram Story, and then flipping through to the Reels tab. There, you can search an audio database, upload video clips and splice them together, add text, and play around with the speed or other effects, like
The Vox 08/05/2020 08:00
James Bareham for Vox/Recode; Bill Clark/Getty Images. The Senate’s biggest privacy hawk talks about Section 230 and sending Mark Zuckerberg to prison. Sen. Ron Wyden is ready to send the CEO of Facebook to prison, and he has the bill to do it. "When Mark Zuckerberg tells a whopper to the federal government about his privacy policy, not only would he face a fine, but he can face prison time!"
The Vox 08/05/2020 07:00
Getty Images. Toxic chemicals and odd smells have plagued some new hand sanitizers, but the demand isn’t going anywhere. Weeks before the shut down the country, Robin Christenson woke up in the middle of the night. Initial fears about the virus had started to materialize, and she was worried. Then she came across an article about how there was a shortage of hand sanitizer. Christenson, one of the owners of Blinking Owl, a craft distillery in California, saw an opportunity for her businesses to grow. “So the next day, I ran to work and I sat down with my head distiller and I said, ‘Can we make hand sanitizer?’” Christenson said. In March, Americans panicked. They rushed to grocery stores, stockpiling everything from to baking , hoping to soot.
The Vox 08/05/2020 00:27
LightRocket via Getty Images. Missouri voters overrode Republican opposition to pass Medicaid expansion. approved an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program in Tuesday’s election, according to Vox’s partners at Decision Desk — making another success story at the ballot box for the program in a state where it had been stifled by Republican opposition. The ballot initiative expands Medicaid eligibility to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (about $17,500 for an individual or $30,000 for a family of three) as authorized under the Affordable Care Act.
The Vox 08/04/2020 18:33
Liu Yifei, star of Disney’s live-action Mulan , which will be released on the Disney+ streaming platform for an additional fee on September 4. | Walt Disney Pictures. Along with Tenet’s staggered release and big announcements from AMC and Universal, it’s a sign of change. The coronavirus has trashed the entertainment industry, and one of its highest-profile targets has been Disney’s live-action adaptation of . Originally slated to release on March 27, the film’s theatrical debut was moved to July 24, then August 21, then taken off the calendar entirely. But on an earnings call with investors, Disney executives announced that Mulan will be released on Disney+, the company’s streaming service, on September 4. It will come with a fee attached:
The Vox 08/04/2020 17:44
Mulan ’s release date has been delayed indefinitely. | Walt Disney Studios. Most recently, release plans for the live-action Mulan film and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet were announced. The , which was first identified in China in December, has had sweeping effects in the public health, business, and , among others. And while the repercussions for the entertainment industry may seem to pale in comparison to the clear threat the virus poses to human life, the ripple effects do have implications for the people around the world who make a living producing and distributing movies, music, and more. The immense and lucrative Chinese film industry as movie theaters across the country were closed and major releases were delayed. , too, and as time passe.
The Vox 08/04/2020 15:20
An MTA bus displays “masks required” on July 4, 2020, in New York City. | Noam Galai/Getty Images. Mask enforcement won’t work without education. Though now have face mask mandates, Gov. Pete Ricketts says his state of Nebraska will not be joining them. On Monday, Ricketts doubled down on his conviction that a statewide mask mandate would be too “heavy-handed.”“I don’t want to make it a crime,” he said at a . Ricketts’s resistance comes as his office is challenging mask ordinances in and Lancaster County that have already gone into effect. Teachers’ unions have meanwhile his failure to pass a statewide mask mandate a “dereliction of duty.”“I would die for my students. Please don’t make me,” at a recent protest across from Ricketts’s office.
The Vox 08/04/2020 15:10
Protesters with Moms United for Black Lives line up outside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse on July 29, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. | Alisha Jucevic/AFP via Getty Images. After the organization’s leader was accused of being anti-Black, thousands of women fled the group to join Moms United for Black Lives. Last Wednesday, the Wall of Moms Facebook group descended into chaos. One woman said a group of Black moms was left unprotected at a rally in downtown Portland, Oregon. Another claimed that group leader Bev Barnum had co-opted Black Lives Matter for her own gain. There were endless threads of comments from women disappointed that the protest group — made up of mothers and grandmothers who had gained international recognition for stan.
The Vox 08/04/2020 15:00
Amanda Northrop/Vox. Voters in Kansas, Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington are heading to the polls. Things have been (mostly) quiet on the primary front for the past few weeks, but the August 4 primaries promise to be an exciting bunch. Five states are holding their primaries: Kansas, Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington state.
The Vox 08/04/2020 14:00
Getty Images. New legislation would require that companies get your consent before taking your biometric data. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Bernie Sanders are proposing more federal regulation for facial recognition technology. Among other limits, their newly announced National Biometric Information Privacy Act would require private companies and corporations to get written consent from people in order to collect their biometric data. Should companies violate the consumer protection in the law, regular citizens and state attorneys general could sue them. Over the past few months, there’s been a national reckoning over facial recognition that’s centered on whether law enforcement should have access to this powerful technology. Major tech companies
The Vox 08/04/2020 13:50
Vox. “It’s kind of flabbergasting how disrespectfully Hillary Clinton has been treated.”The Vox Book Club is linking to to support local and independent booksellers. Last week, the Vox Book Club met in person on Zoom for our final conversation about , the novel that imagines what would have happened if Hillary Rodham had never married Bill Clinton. Joining us was none other than Rodham author herself Curtis Sittenfeld, who delightfully began multiple sentences with the phrase “I probably shouldn’t say this, but.” (Every journalist’s favorite collection of words!) Together, we hashed out what it means to write in Hillary Clinton’s voice and how to think about politics in a juicy alternate history novel. Plus, Sittenfeld gave us the skinny on.
The Vox 08/04/2020 13:00
Axios’s Jonathan Swan interviewing President Donald Trump. | Axios/HBO. Jonathan Swan just put on a clinic on how to interview Trump. President Donald Trump’s interview with Jonathan Swan of Axios began with him telling a about his coronavirus response and the state of the in the country. It ended with Trump making the death of civil rights leader John Lewis about himself. It didn’t go any better in between. For the second time in a month, Trump’s attempt to sit down for an interview with a journalist willing to challenge him ended in disaster. Over the course of 37 minutes, Swan repeatedly exposed Trump’s inability to respond to the most basic of follow-up questions. Trump’s difficulty with push-back is often concealed when he answers quest.
The Vox 08/04/2020 12:16
Sen. Kamala Harris is Democratic and independent voters’ top choice to be Biden’s running mate in a new poll. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images. She is Democratic voters’ top choice for Biden’s running mate, according to a poll from SurveyUSA and FairVote. is Democratic voters’ top choice for . The survey, , polled 1,296 Democratic and independent voters July 30-31 on seven prospective candidates. Included in the poll were , former White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice, , Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and Rep. Karen Bass. The survey contained both a standard poll, as well as a ranked-choice poll, intended to find the candidate with a majority of voters’ support. (The sponsor of the survey, FairVote, is a nonpartisan electoral reform group,
The Vox 08/04/2020 11:30
Why 99 percent of Americans have these chemicals in their blood. North Carolina’s Cape Fear River is a massive water system. It stretches across the lower half of the state, collecting runoff from 29 counties and providing water to millions of people. But in the city of Wilmington, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean, residents are worried about the drinking water. In a , Wilmington and neighboring Brunswick County were among the top five areas for high levels of PFAS — per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — a group of man-made chemicals commonly used for making nonstick or water-resistant products. The chemical class has been linked to including cancer, and traces can be found in the blood of an estimated 99 percent of Americans. Now,
The Vox 08/04/2020 10:50
Tor.com. Tamsyn Muir’s sequel to Gideon the Ninth threatens to break under the weight of its baroque mythology. It never quite does. I couldn’t tell that there was anything wrong with Tamsyn Muir’s , the sequel to last year’s , until I sat down to summarize it. Confidently I poised my fingers over the keyboard, certain that this novel that is so exceedingly lovable, this novel that I had already read three times, with its necromantic saints and showy metafictional riffs and luridly gothic family saga, would be easy to write about. And then it occurred to me: Did I have any idea what happened at the end? Not in a cliffhanger way, more in like a … basic plot mechanics way? Reader: I do not. It is utterly opaque to me. Regardless, I loved Harro.

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