Vox Sentences: One step closer to Trump’s financial records

Vox Sentences: One step closer to Trump’s financial records

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. A federal judge rules that Trump’s accounting firm must hand over the president’s financial records to Congress; Hungary’s anti-immigration government is accused of migrant abuse. Court sides with Democrats on Trump’s financial records Alex Wong/Getty Images A federal judge…

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Prime Minister Theresa May offers a “new” Brexit plan, but nobody’s buying it

Prime Minister Theresa May offers a “new” Brexit plan, but nobody’s buying it

Her attempts to woo the opposition — including a proposed vote on a second referendum — backfired with Brexiteers. British Prime Minister Theresa May offered a “new” Brexit plan Tuesday, in a last-ditch effort to get her still-unpopular Brexit deal approved. But May largely failed to deliver on the “new” part. Instead, she outlined a 10-point strategy that repeated compromises or plans she’s previously offered. The prime minister did offer a few notable concessions, specifically…

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New poll shows black voters want 2020 candidates with big policy plans

New poll shows black voters want 2020 candidates with big policy plans

A new survey from BlackPAC finds that black voters want the country to get “back on track” — and see specific plans to address racism as the way to do it. Black voters are expected to play a key role in the 2020 Democratic primary, and in a large primary field, reaching these voters will be important to any campaign that wants to stay competitive. A new poll shows exactly what black voters want and…

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Hackers have been holding the city of Baltimore’s computers hostage for 2 weeks

Hackers have been holding the city of Baltimore’s computers hostage for 2 weeks

A ransomware attack means Baltimore citizens can’t pay their water bills or parking tickets. Thirteen bitcoins are standing between the city of Baltimore and many of the services and processes its citizens rely on after hackers seized thousands of government computers at the start of the month. The ordeal has been going on for two weeks, and there’s no clear end in sight. Here’s what’s happening: On May 7, hackers digitally seized about 10,000 Baltimore…

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McDonald’s workers are striking and suing the company — in the same week

McDonald’s workers are striking and suing the company — in the same week

They have a lot of complaints. McDonald’s workers are making a lot of noise this week as the company prepares for its annual meeting Thursday with investors. Dozens of women just filed gender discrimination complaints against the company, and cashiers and cooks are planning a nationwide strike Thursday to demand union rights and $15 hourly pay. A group of 25 women in 20 cities said Tuesday that they had just filed sexual harassment complaints against…

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Ben Carson’s first hearing before Maxine Waters’s committee was a disaster

Ben Carson’s first hearing before Maxine Waters’s committee was a disaster

Carson confused foreclosures for cookies — and things didn’t improve from there. On Tuesday, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson testified before Rep. Maxine Waters’s (D-CA) Financial Services Committee for the first time since Waters became the chair in January. His performance did not go well. Carson — a former brain surgeon and Republican presidential candidate whom President Donald Trump nominated as his HUD secretary in 2017 despite his complete lack of relevant…

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Kamala Harris’s plan to close the gender wage gap, explained

Kamala Harris’s plan to close the gender wage gap, explained

If companies don’t want to pay women equitably, they pay a fine instead. California Sen. Kamala Harris has a plan to close the gender pay gap, and it’s founded on hitting companies on one of their most prized markers: their annual profits. As Harris’s plan is structured, companies with 100 or more employees would be required to disclose pay data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in order to demonstrate that they’ve closed the gender…

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The Kickstarter for politics wanted to change how political fundraising worked. Now it’s dead.

The Kickstarter for politics wanted to change how political fundraising worked. Now it’s dead.

First it wasn’t liberal enough. Then it wasn’t nonprofit-y enough In an era when presidential candidates have found more success than ever raising millions of dollars online, a startup that tried to overhaul how political fundraising works through nonpartisanship has found that it couldn’t raise enough funds itself to survive. Crowdpac, a venture-backed attempt to create crowdfunded political candidates similar to how Kickstarter creates crowdfunded consumer products, is telling clients on Tuesday that it will…

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The number of Democrats who want an impeachment inquiry is growing. Pelosi isn’t among them.

The number of Democrats who want an impeachment inquiry is growing. Pelosi isn’t among them.

Democrats say they’re at an “inflection point” in their subpoena war with Trump. Several key House Democrats are itching to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants aren’t on board yet. It’s no longer just a small group of progressive members calling for an impeachment inquiry; numerous members of the important House Judiciary Committee say Congress should launch one. The tipping point for multiple Judiciary…

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