Jussie Smollett arrested and charged over alleged hate crime attack hoax

Jussie Smollett arrested and charged over alleged hate crime attack hoax

Police arrested and charged the Empire actor for allegedly filing a false police report. It’s been nearly a month since actor and singer Jussie Smollett said he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime in an attack that briefly left him hospitalized. But now police have arrested and charged Smollett for allegedly filing a false police report, which is a felony. “Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives,” Chicago…

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The looming expiration of the federal debt ceiling, explained

The looming expiration of the federal debt ceiling, explained

The most dangerous economic policy bomb in Washington is poised for another explosion. On March 1, the federal government is scheduled to hit the debt ceiling, running out of legal authority to borrow money — a potentially crippling problem because trillion-dollar deficits require regular bond sales to keep money flowing. The date isn’t a hard deadline in financial terms because the Treasury Department has a range of tactics (known as “extraordinary measures” to veterans of…

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The bizarre election fraud hearings that could lead to a new House election, explained

The bizarre election fraud hearings that could lead to a new House election, explained

A state hearing is entering its fourth day as state officials consider whether to call a new election. At a North Carolina hearing, investigators have laid out in detail an “unlawful,” “coordinated,” and well-funded plot to tamper with absentee ballots in a US House election that remains uncalled more than three months after Election Day — finally bringing clarity to one of the most bizarre election scandals in recent memory. State investigators established on Monday…

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A new study finds voter ID laws don’t reduce voter fraud — or voter turnout

A new study finds voter ID laws don’t reduce voter fraud — or voter turnout

The laws don’t seem to do what critics fear or proponents hope. Strict voter ID laws, now on the books in 10 states, have gotten a lot of attention over the past several years. Supporters argue that they’re necessary to stop voter fraud, particularly voter impersonation. But critics argue that the laws, by restricting voting, make it harder for minority voters in particular to cast a ballot. But a new study suggests that the laws,…

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Celebrities get tons of free stuff during awards season. Why?

Celebrities get tons of free stuff during awards season. Why?

Brands pay thousands of dollars to give away thousands of dollars in gifting lounges, where celebrities pose with their products. Rafi Anteby makes jewelry out of old bullets. Some are encrusted with diamonds and other precious gems, while some are in their natural form. His Bullets 4 Peace pieces have ended up on the necks of celebrities like Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Jamie Foxx. While his jewelry found its way to these illustrious names via different…

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Astronomers are asking kids to help them contact aliens

Astronomers are asking kids to help them contact aliens

This is a science contest unlike any other. The scientists at Arecibo Observatory, a gigantic radio telescope in Puerto Rico, are some of the smartest astronomers and physicists in the world. But they need help with their next big project — and for that, they’re turning to kids. In 1974, scientists used the 1,000-foot-wide telescope to send a carefully crafted radio broadcast into outer space, a message of zeros and ones meant to alert aliens…

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9 polling experts explain what could happen if Joe Biden doesn’t run for the presidency

9 polling experts explain what could happen if Joe Biden doesn’t run for the presidency

His supporters could scatter across an already divided field. Joe Biden still hasn’t decided if he’s going to run for president. But if he doesn’t, he could well scramble an already divided Democratic field. Polls have overwhelmingly shown the former vice president consistently leading among Democrats, even though he has not officially entered the race. According to a RealClearPolitics roundup, Biden leads several of the latest Democratic primary polls by an average of almost 11…

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Playing hooky to save the climate: why students are going on strike

Playing hooky to save the climate: why students are going on strike

The School Strike 4 Climate movement has inspired kids in dozens of countries to demand action on climate change. Thousands of young climate change activists around the world have refused to go to school in recent weeks, and more strikes are planned, including a worldwide strike on March 15. To date, students in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Uganda, Thailand, Colombia, Poland, and more have skipped a day of school to demand stronger…

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Vox Sentences: Is Europe forming its own army?

Vox Sentences: Is Europe forming its own army?

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. Discussing libel laws; the potential of a European army. Let’s talk about defamation The Washington Post/Getty Images The family of Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann filed a defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post for $250 million on…

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The conversation about diversity in tech is getting hijacked by bad research

The conversation about diversity in tech is getting hijacked by bad research

Recruiting companies offering one easy fix to gender disparities are getting taken way too seriously. Sunday’s New York Times Magazine contained a long feature by Clive Thompson on the history of women in tech and the industry’s more recent efforts to grapple with software engineering’s gender gap. One statistic in the piece jumped out at me: In a 2016 experiment conducted by the tech recruiting firm Speak With a Geek, 5,000 résumés with identical information…

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