Trump just warned the shutdown could last for years. That’s pretty unlikely.

Trump just warned the shutdown could last for years. That’s pretty unlikely.

Some Republicans are already pushing to reopen the government. President Donald Trump warned on Friday that the partial government shutdown could last not just for “months,” but “years” — a prospect that’s incredibly unlikely. Months? Maybe. Years? Probably not. Following a meeting with congressional leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Trump emphasized that he stood as firm as ever in his request for border wall money — and said…

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Twitch re-bans streamer charged with assault after briefly letting him come back

Twitch re-bans streamer charged with assault after briefly letting him come back

Today, the Australian Fortnite streamer MrDeadMoth — otherwise known as Luke Munday, 26 — was banned again from Twitch for an indeterminate period of time, after an outcry from the gaming community. Just under a month ago, on the evening of December 9th, Munday was streaming to thousands of viewers of when he could be heard allegedly assaulting his partner. “How many times do I have to tell you?” he asked her, audio of the…

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Pandora beats Spotify to offline playback on the Apple Watch

Pandora beats Spotify to offline playback on the Apple Watch

Pandora’s latest version of its iOS app includes a “brand new, built-from-the-ground-up app that’s seamlessly integrated into the Apple Watch experience.” From your wrist, you’ll be able to control playback or give a thumbs up to whatever song is currently playing on Pandora. But even better is that Pandora’s Apple Watch app includes offline playback, so you can leave your phone at home and listen to a playlist while on a run. Only Pandora’s paying…

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The all-electric Polestar 2 will be the first car with Google’s native Android Auto

The all-electric Polestar 2 will be the first car with Google’s native Android Auto

Volvo’s futuristic performance brand Polestar released the first teaser image of its second car this week (seen above). The aptly named Polestar 2 will be Volvo’s first all-electric car, and has specs (on paper, at least) that match up with some of the best EVs that are about to hit the road. It will also be the first car to run Google’s native version of Android Auto — something the tech conglomerate has spent the…

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Trump’s bizarre Rose Garden news conference shows why he’s impossible to negotiate with

Trump’s bizarre Rose Garden news conference shows why he’s impossible to negotiate with

Unhinged, incoherent, oblivious, and dangerous. On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi met at the White House in hopes of working toward a deal to end a government shutdown that is now on the verge of stretching into its second week. Schumer emerged from the meeting and told reporters that Trump had threatened to keep the government shut down for “a very long time — months or even…

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The eternal adolescent voice of The Catcher in the Rye, in one passage

The eternal adolescent voice of The Catcher in the Rye, in one passage

Author J.D. Salinger’s 100th birthday just passed. It’s become a truism that if you read A Catcher in the Rye at 14, you love Holden Caulfield, and if you read it at 20, you hate him. But when I reread it recently as an adult — 100 years after J.D. Salinger’s birth — I just felt sorry for him. That boy spends so much energy judging people that his life must be exhausting. Holden Caulfield…

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The best movies out this weekend

The best movies out this weekend

Headed to the movie theater this weekend? Here are the 13 best comedies, dramas, and documentaries playing in the US right now — some of which may also be streaming on services like Netflix and Hulu. This list is curated by Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson. A movie is eligible for inclusion if it is in wide release (meaning it’s playing in theaters nationwide), or in limited release in a major market (typically New York…

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