The simple reason the 2020 Democratic presidential primary is so wide open

The simple reason the 2020 Democratic presidential primary is so wide open

Half the country doesn’t know who Cory Booker or Kamala Harris is. The 2020 campaign is just starting. Even if political junkies are already sick of hearing about the presumed top contenders in the 2020 Democratic presidential field, most of America isn’t yet familiar with them. Cory Booker? Never heard of him. Kamala Harris? Doesn’t ring a bell. Elizabeth Warren? Yeah, I guess, maybe on the news. A few potential candidates enjoy household name recognition,…

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The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine critical of Trump, is officially shutting down

The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine critical of Trump, is officially shutting down

Despite interested buyers, the Weekly Standard will stop publishing after 23 years. After 23 years in circulation, the conservative magazine the Weekly Standard — a home for anti-Trump conservatives over the past few years — is shutting down. The news was announced at an all-staff meeting with the CEO of Clarity Media, the parent company of both the Weekly Standard and the Washington Examiner newspaper. Founded in 1995 by Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes, the…

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Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl is officially stepping down on December 31

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl is officially stepping down on December 31

Arizona will get two new senators in 2019. Just over a month after Arizona voters settled a hotly contested race for one of its Senate seats, its other one is now up for grabs. Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl — a former lawmaker who had been appointed to take over the remainder of late Sen. John McCain’s term — has announced that he plans to step down from the role on December 31, the Arizona…

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The Vox guide to Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation

The Vox guide to Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation

In May 2017, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as the special counsel overseeing the investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials during the 2016 election. Since then, Mueller’s ongoing investigation has unearthed numerous crimes that have led to indictments or guilty pleas from 33 individuals and three companies. This includes five former Trump advisers, 26 Russian nationals, one California man, three Russian companies, and one London-based…

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2018 was the 4th year in a row with fewer than 30 executions nationwide

2018 was the 4th year in a row with fewer than 30 executions nationwide

The death penalty is on the decline in America. The death penalty is, slowly but surely, on the decline in America. A new report from the Death Penalty Information Center found that 2018 was the fourth year in a row in which executions were below 30 and death sentences were below 50. It’s not a new record low for a year — 2016 in particular was even lower — but it’s close. “Death sentences have…

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Exclusive: Paul Manafort advised White House on how to attack and discredit investigation of President Trump

Exclusive: Paul Manafort advised White House on how to attack and discredit investigation of President Trump

We now have details as to how the indicted former campaign manager worked with the president to undermine federal law enforcement. Paul Manafort, who served as the manager for President Trump’s presidential campaign, provided advice to the president and senior White House officials during the earliest days of the Trump administration on how to undermine and discredit the FBI’s investigation into whether the president, his campaign aides, and family members conspired with the Russian Federation…

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YouTube’s 2018 “Rewind” is the site’s most disliked video ever. The implications are huge.

YouTube’s 2018 “Rewind” is the site’s most disliked video ever. The implications are huge.

PewDiePie is YouTube’s most popular user. He doesn’t appear in the video, and his followers are waging war in his name. Here’s what’s at stake. YouTube’s most popular (and controversial) vlogger is currently at the center of two massive and memeified wars being waged in his name — and they represent a battle for the soul of the platform itself. Felix Kjellberg, a.k.a. PewDiePie, has lately made the news for his alignment with YouTube’s growing…

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Migrant girl dies of dehydration in Border Patrol’s custody

Migrant girl dies of dehydration in Border Patrol’s custody

The 7-year-old “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.” A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died last week while in Border Patrol’s (CBP) custody. But a statement the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) released Thursday night about her death raises more questions than it provides answers. The Washington Post reported that CBP told them the girl “died of dehydration and shock after she was taken into Border Patrol custody last week for crossing from…

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How to get a good night’s sleep

How to get a good night’s sleep

A science journalist spent months researching sleep. Here’s what he found. I’ve struggled with insomnia nearly all of my adult life. Typically, I’m able to fall asleep within an hour or two, but often it takes much longer, and the anxiety about not sleeping has made it so much worse. I’ve accepted that this is something I just have to live with. A few years ago, I started wearing a sleep mask and turning on…

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