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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James Charles and Tati Westbrook have put their YouTube feud to rest — for now

James Charles and Tati Westbrook have put their YouTube feud to rest — for now

Charles defended himself against allegations of sexually aggressive behavior toward men. Over the past two weeks, a very public feud between top beauty vloggers, and former friends, James Charles and Tati Westbrook has shown us the real side of Youtube’s beauty and makeup community — revealing an ugly world of terror and subterfuge that they’ve seemingly spent their careers trying to conceal. But the continued attention paid to that ugly reality, and their continued efforts…

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Can a man earn a living on sperm donation alone? This guy did.

Can a man earn a living on sperm donation alone? This guy did.

Sperm donors can make up to $12,000 a year. I think all men have a natural distrust of the sperm donation business. We’re constantly inundated with their ads — usually in the index pages of dying alt-weeklies or in the margins of dicey websites — promising hundreds of dollars for about 10 minutes of our time. How could that not be a big honking scam? Why would a company ever pay me to jerk off?…

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Democrats are accusing Trump officials of inflating the Iran threat

Democrats are accusing Trump officials of inflating the Iran threat

“I’ve read the intel too. And let me be clear: That’s not what the intel says,” said one Democratic senator. The Trump administration has claimed for weeks to have intelligence showing Iran is planning to attack Americans in the Middle East. But Democrats in Congress who have reviewed some of the intelligence are pushing back, arguing the situation’s not as dangerous as Republicans say. Earlier this month, National Security Adviser John Bolton announced the US…

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Trump’s 2020 campaign is buying a whole lot of Facebook ads

Trump’s 2020 campaign is buying a whole lot of Facebook ads

Facebook advertisements were a big part of the president’s campaign in 2016. President Donald Trump has outspent every 2020 Democratic candidate on Facebook advertising, according to the New York Times — but Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are catching up. Trump is able to outspend his potential challengers because, so far, he’s raised far more money than any of them. The president raised over $30 million for his reelection campaign in the first three months…

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Online ads can be targeted based on your emotions

Online ads can be targeted based on your emotions

Brands that want to reach women, for example, are buying ads on sad New York Times articles. In April, the New York Times announced that it had been using machine learning and surveys to predict the different emotions felt by readers of various stories. The newspaper has been collecting this information for a year, and has created a list of 30 commonly experienced emotions — 18 of which are available for sale to advertisers, as…

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Toy Story 4’s new trailer: Keanu Reeves’s daredevil Duke Caboom makes his flashy entrance

Toy Story 4’s new trailer: Keanu Reeves’s daredevil Duke Caboom makes his flashy entrance

Woody contemplates running away to join the carnival in Toy Story 4’s second trailer. And is Bo Peep a villain? Disney has released the second full-length trailer for Toy Story 4, and where the first trailer introduced a new “toy” to the cast and walked us through something of an existential crisis, this one sees our old pal Woody (Tom Hanks) having a crisis of his own. The franchise’s familiar gang of original toys, including…

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How to publish classic books that aren’t just by dead white men

How to publish classic books that aren’t just by dead white men

Two new classic book series showcase forgotten books by marginalized authors. As the canon of English literature slowly, gradually opens itself up to books by women and authors of color, Modern Library and Penguin Classics have just launched two new series aimed at rediscovering forgotten books by marginalized people. It’s an on-trend choice. Over the past few years, more and more people have been announcing their intention to read more books by authors who aren’t…

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Secret documents show Russian plot to stoke racial violence in America

Secret documents show Russian plot to stoke racial violence in America

It’s super messed up. The Russians who interfered in the 2016 US presidential election are still at it — and this time, they’re trying to ignite racial violence in America and a partial collapse of the United States. According to secret documents obtained by a Russian opposition group, hackers have discussed plans to stir up racial resentment in the United States in hopes of tearing American society apart. The operatives are apparently associates of Yevgeny…

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