What the 2018 midterms mean for the Democrats’ gerrymandering dilemma

What the 2018 midterms mean for the Democrats’ gerrymandering dilemma

It was a good night for Democrats, but not good enough. The Democrats received close to 4 million more congressional votes than Republicans in yesterday’s midterm election, yet they will likely only hold a modest advantage of about 25 seats in the House. The reason why is simple: gerrymandering. Back in 2010, the Republican Party, on the heels of a sweeping loss to Barack Obama in 2008, hatched a scheme it called REDMAP, short for…

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What happens when women win elections

What happens when women win elections

The 2018 midterms were huge for women candidates. Here’s how they could change policy. The 2018 midterms were huge for women candidates. In Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn became the state’s first woman senator. In Massachusetts, Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American woman elected to the House from Massachusetts. In Maine, voters chose Janet Mills to be the state’s first woman governor. And Sharice Davids, Deb Haaland, and Yvette Herrell became the first Native American women elected…

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Samsung’s new One UI software will make giant phones much easier to use

Samsung’s new One UI software will make giant phones much easier to use

Today at its developer conference, Samsung showcased what it calls One UI and kicked off a new approach to the user experience on Samsung smartphones. One UI contains some new visual flair including more rounded corners, splashes of color across apps, and redesigned icons. But its main purpose is to relieve the repetitive stress our hands endure in today’s world of giant phones. One UI places key interaction areas near the bottom of the screen…

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Defy Media, home of YouTube superstars Smosh, is shutting down

Defy Media, home of YouTube superstars Smosh, is shutting down

Smosh, Smosh Games, and Clevver are some of YouTube’s most popular channels, but their teams are looking for a new studio in the wake of news that their parent company, Defy Media, is closing its doors. “Regretfully, Defy Media has ceased operations today,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday evening. “We are extremely proud of what we accomplished here at Defy and in particular want to thank all the employees who worked here….

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Scandal-plagued Republican Duncan Hunter wins with an Islamophobic campaign

Scandal-plagued Republican Duncan Hunter wins with an Islamophobic campaign

Hunter is under federal indictment on charges of campaign fraud. Republican Duncan Hunter’s legal troubles didn’t stop him; the federally indicted Congress member from San Diego beat Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar, a former Obama White House aide and Labor Department employee, in one of California’s most solidly conservative districts. He deployed a fiercely Islamophobic campaign — and it worked, for now. Hunter, a Marine veteran who is a big supporter of President Donald Trump, was charged…

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Mitch McConnell is laser-focused on jamming through more judges

Mitch McConnell is laser-focused on jamming through more judges

He sent a warning shot to Democrats by citing Kavanaugh’s effect on the election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan after holding on to the Senate: push through more judges. Speaking the day after the midterms, McConnell took a victory lap on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, taking an I-told-you-so position and implying that Democrats’ objections are why they lost a slew of key states. “We were worried about lack of intensity…

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Jeff Sessions’s resignation is a huge blow to Trumpism

Jeff Sessions’s resignation is a huge blow to Trumpism

Jeff Sessions was Trump’s biggest policy ally in the administration. President Trump’s fury over the Russia probe has just led to the ouster of the man who most embodies Trumpism — and who played a key role in Trump’s surprise election win in 2016. On Wednesday, just one day after the midterm elections, Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, ending the longtime Alabama senator’s nearly two years running the Department of Justice. Trump…

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Under Armour won’t let employees expense “adult entertainment,” limos, or gambling anymore

Under Armour won’t let employees expense “adult entertainment,” limos, or gambling anymore

The company is trying to fix the “systematic inequality” in its workplace culture. Under Armour is being accused of promoting a troubling workplace culture, after it was revealed that the sports apparel company used to allow some employees and executives to expense visits to strip clubs. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the practice, following some corporate parties and sporting events, was “legacy,” until an email from UA finance chief David Bergman…

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Watch Trump shout down a black reporter asking him about racism

Watch Trump shout down a black reporter asking him about racism

“That’s a racist question,” Trump said to PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor. On Wednesday morning after the midterm elections, President Donald Trump held a press conference to talk over the results with reporters. It was extremely combative: The president repeatedly talked over reporters trying to ask him questions and reiterated his now-common line that the media is the enemy of the people. Perhaps the most gobsmacking of these moments came when Yamiche Alcindor, a reporter for the…

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