Trump’s about to sign an asylum ban

Trump’s about to sign an asylum ban

The policy to limit asylum to people who cross at official ports of entry — teed up by a regulation published Thursday night — is Trump’s most legally-dicey immigration move yet. On Friday morning, the Trump administration is expected to take the most legally aggressive move it’s yet made on immigration — preventing people who cross the US/Mexico border without papers from getting asylum unless they go through a port of entry, or official border…

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Disney announces a second live-action Star Wars show

Disney announces a second live-action Star Wars show

Disney announced today that it is developing a second live-action Star Wars show for its upcoming, newly named streaming video platform, Disney+, with actor Diego Luna reprising the role of Rebel Alliance spy Cassian Andor. Andor was a pivotal character in the 2016 standalone Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He played one of the Rebel Alliance spies who helped transmit the plans for the Death Star to his compatriots before perishing on the planet…

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Christine Blasey Ford has a security detail because she still receives threats

Christine Blasey Ford has a security detail because she still receives threats

The Palo Alto University professor hasn’t been able to go back to work since testifying that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her. More than a month after testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Christine Blasey Ford is still getting death threats. Ford told the committee that then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school in the 1980s. Now, her lawyers said in a statement to NPR on Thursday, “Justice…

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Disney’s long-awaited streaming service will be called Disney+

Disney’s long-awaited streaming service will be called Disney+

Disney has announced the name for its upcoming streaming service: Disney+, scheduled to launch in the US in “late 2019.” Along with the new branding, the company has also announced two more major shows that will be hitting the service. A second Star Wars spin-off will see Diego Luna reprise his role as Cassian Andor, set before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Disney confirmed the previously rumored Loki series that will see fan-favorite…

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Marsha Blackburn is an NRA favorite. Her comments about Thousand Oaks shooting demonstrate why.

Marsha Blackburn is an NRA favorite. Her comments about Thousand Oaks shooting demonstrate why.

The NRA spent $1.25 million to get her elected. Hours after a shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, that left at least 12 people dead, Senator-elect Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) went on Fox News and gave host Sandra Smith a stunning answer to a softball question about how we can prevent these tragedies. “What can we do?” Smith asked. “This was the deadliest shooting that we’ve seen in this country since…

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Tlaib and Omar are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. They’re also so much more.

Tlaib and Omar are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. They’re also so much more.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are two powerful political forces to be reckoned with. Tuesday was a historic night for Muslim women in US politics. Two Muslim women won their House races in Midwest districts. Democratic candidate Rashida Tlaib was elected in Michigan, without opposition, to replace Rep. John Conyers, who stepped down after facing sexual harassment allegations. In Minnesota, Democrat Ilhan Omar defeated Republican Jennifer Zielinski. Omar is replacing Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison —…

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Why the political fight in Georgia is far from over

Why the political fight in Georgia is far from over

Brian Kemp has declared victory, but Stacey Abrams has promised to stay in the race until all votes are counted. Two days after Georgia voters went to the polls to decide the state’s next governor, the results of that election remain uncalled. Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams have fought over the election results since the polls closed Tuesday evening. That fight ramped up on Thursday, with Kemp resigning from his position as secretary…

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Sling TV growth slows dramatically amid HBO standoff and greater competition

Sling TV growth slows dramatically amid HBO standoff and greater competition

The cheapest of the major internet TV streaming services, Sling TV isn’t drawing new subscribers quite like it used to. Yesterday, parent company Dish said Sling TV picked up only 26,000 new subscribers in the third quarter of 2018 and acknowledged that the service had drawn “fewer” customers compared to its performance over the few quarters prior. (Sling TV reported 41,000 new subscribers in Q2 and 91,000 in Q1.) In the year-ago quarter, subscriber gains…

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