Vox Sentences: Scott Walker’s revenge

Vox Sentences: Scott Walker’s revenge

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Wisconsin’s lame-duck session strips the new governor of power; Theresa May comes home from Brussels empty-handed. Scott Walker hamstrings his successor Win McNamee/Getty Images Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed bills on Friday that take power away from Wisconsin’s new…

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New tension between Flynn and Mueller as Flynn’s sentencing approaches

New tension between Flynn and Mueller as Flynn’s sentencing approaches

Flynn’s lawyers implied he was railroaded. Mueller’s team says, not so. Days before National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is due to be sentenced for making false statements to the FBI, new filings in the case reveal some tension between special counsel Robert Mueller and his cooperating witness. Flynn’s filing, submitted Tuesday, contained details that seemed intended to imply some impropriety in how the FBI questioned him over his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The…

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Trump names Mick Mulvaney acting White House chief of staff

Trump names Mick Mulvaney acting White House chief of staff

Mulvaney will succeed John Kelly in the role — for now. Mick Mulvaney will take over as acting White House chief of staff after John Kelly departs at the end of the year, President Donald Trump announced Friday afternoon. ….I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I…

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Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in its baby powder for decades

Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in its baby powder for decades

A Reuters report caused the stock to tank. Johnson & Johnson has long been the undisputed leader in baby product sales and has always tried to portray itself as a gentle, caring company. But a startling new report by Reuters suggests otherwise. The report indicates that small amounts of asbestos have been lurking in some of the company’s talc — the substance that makes baby powder powdery — going back to the 1970s. The company…

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Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in their baby powder for decades

Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in their baby powder for decades

A Reuters report caused the stock to tank. Johnson & Johnson has long been the undisputed leader in baby product sales and has always tried to portray itself as a gentle, caring company. But a startling new report by Reuters suggests otherwise. The report indicates that small amounts of asbestos have been lurking in some of the company’s talc — the substance that makes baby powder powdery — going back to the 1970s. The company…

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World leaders are working out a climate deal in Poland — despite Trump

World leaders are working out a climate deal in Poland — despite Trump

The US sent a delegation to a climate conference to promote coal, but other countries are forging a surprisingly robust agreement. An agreement between 200 nations at a major international climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, is shaping up to be stronger than expected, even as scientists and activists push for yet more ambitious commitments to reduce emissions in the final days of the negotiations. The goal of the 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) to…

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Prada pulled a collection of figurines that drew comparisons to anti-black caricatures

Prada pulled a collection of figurines that drew comparisons to anti-black caricatures

The company claimed it had “no intention” of being racist. Prada has announced that it is pulling a line of figurines that a shopper compared to historically racist imagery of African Americans. Chinyere Ezie, a staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, said on social media Thursday that she and a co-worker walked by the fashion brand’s Soho store and saw a display of figurines that reminded her of racist caricatures…

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What the Weekly Standard meant to conservatism

What the Weekly Standard meant to conservatism

The end of an era in conservative media. The first issue of the Weekly Standard was published on September 18, 1995. Arriving soon after the so-called Republican Revolution of 1994 — when Republicans gained control of the House and the Senate, getting a majority in the House for the first time since 1952 — the cover featured then-House Speaker New Gingrich espousing his goal of putting the Republican Party on “permanent offense” against Democrats. The…

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Muslim Amazon workers say they don’t have enough time to pray. Now they’re fighting for their rights.

Muslim Amazon workers say they don’t have enough time to pray. Now they’re fighting for their rights.

East African immigrant workers in Minneapolis are rallying for fair treatment. Khadra Ibrahin, a 28-year-old single mother of two and Somali immigrant living in Minneapolis, has been working at Amazon’s Shakopee fulfillment center for two years. As a practicing Muslim, Ibrahin tries to pray five times a day. But because Amazon has the warehouse associates working on a strict hourly packing quota, she says she cannot take a prayer break. Associates are pressured to “make…

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A comet is coming unusually close to Earth this weekend. Here’s how to watch.

A comet is coming unusually close to Earth this weekend. Here’s how to watch.

How — and where — to spot comet Wirtanen as it comes within 7.1 million miles of the Earth. This Sunday, December 16, a comet called 46P/Wirtanen is going to come within 7.1 million miles of the Earth (about 30 times the distance of the Earth to the moon). While that may sound extremely far away, it’s actually close enough for us to potentially see its green-hued tail with the naked eye. According to NASA,…

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