America is finally being exposed to the devastating reality of prison violence

America is finally being exposed to the devastating reality of prison violence

Recent reports show how overcrowding, understaffing, and limited resources are contributing to violence in prisons. In some US prisons, inmates are subjected to violence and inhumane conditions on a daily basis. This week, a new report and a lawsuit brought renewed attention to that fact. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice released a damning report on prisons in Alabama, showing that a combination of understaffing, overcrowding, and poor management led to the state’s prison system…

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Boeing 737 Max scandal: news and updates

Boeing 737 Max scandal: news and updates

Two deadly crashes have sparked an outcry and an ongoing investigation. Boeing, the world’s largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, is being investigated by the Department of Justice in response to two deadly crashes less than six months apart. The company’s best-selling plane in the world, the 737 Max 8, has crashed twice in the past several months: the first was a LionAir flight leaving Jakarta, Indonesia, in October, and the second was an Ethiopian Airlines flight…

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Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” is a banger. But is it country? Depends on whom you ask.

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” is a banger. But is it country? Depends on whom you ask.

The fantastic viral crossover hit is challenging what country music sounds, and looks, like. “I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road / I’m gonna ride ’til I can’t no more,” begins Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” a twangy ode to the cowboy life that’s racked up millions of listens, a TikTok challenge, and famous fans since its December 2018 release. Critics have dubbed the song “a country-adjacent hip-hop mish-mash”; it’s a…

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Trump made two remarkably authoritarian remarks in one day

Trump made two remarkably authoritarian remarks in one day

Did you even notice? President Donald Trump made two remarkably authoritarian comments on Friday, first urging Congress to “get rid of judges” — specifically, immigration judges — and later demeaning the entire media as the “ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” But in a sign of how normalized the behavior of this president has become, neither remark amounted to much more than a blip on the news radar. Trump made his comment about immigration judges during a…

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Mark Halperin says his conduct has changed. His commentary is the same.

Mark Halperin says his conduct has changed. His commentary is the same.

His first interview post-#MeToo included a pretty sexist assessment of the 2020 field. Mark Halperin swears he’s changed his personal conduct since he was accused of sexually harassing or assaulting a dozen women, and I certainly hope that is true. But his public conduct as a political pundit, which is also important, has not changed. On Thursday, Halperin appeared on Sirius XM radio with host Michael Smerconish, a prominent #MeToo critic, and said he’s sorry…

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