Greta Thunberg became a climate activist not in spite of her autism, but because of it

Greta Thunberg became a climate activist not in spite of her autism, but because of it

The 16-year-old climate activist’s radical approach to autism. Watching video of Greta Thunberg addressing the House of Parliament in London on April 24, it’s hard not to think of Cassandra, the brash young warrior of Greek myth who beseeched Apollo for the gift of prophecy. The petulant god granted her wish, but then punished the girl by decreeing that her predictions would be ignored “as idle wind in the hearers’ ears.” “You lied to us….

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400 former DOJ prosecutors: Mueller had enough evidence to charge Trump

400 former DOJ prosecutors: Mueller had enough evidence to charge Trump

They don’t even think it was a close call. More than 400 former federal prosecutors have signed a new letter claiming that President Donald Trump’s interference in the Russia investigation, as described by special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, should have led to “multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice.” The letter, circulated by the anti-Trump group Protect Democracy and first reported on by the Washington Post’s Matt Zapotosky, is pretty brutal. According to the former…

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The 3 most important things I’ve learned as a health care reporter

The 3 most important things I’ve learned as a health care reporter

What I’ve discovered covering the health care system — and as a patient. You probably know that I spend a lot of time thinking and writing about the health care system — it is my job here at Vox, after all. But what you might not know is that, over the past year, I’ve have spent a lot of time as a patient of the American health care system — more than any year of…

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Contempt of Congress and what it means for William Barr, explained

Contempt of Congress and what it means for William Barr, explained

Democrats are threatening to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress. Here’s how that would work. House Democrats are upping the ante in their attempt to get special counsel Robert Mueller’s full, unredacted report by threatening to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. Frustrated by weeks of missed subpoena deadlines and pushback from the Trump administration, the House Judiciary Committee will vote on a contempt resolution this Wednesday after Barr failed…

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The Facebook free speech battle, explained

The Facebook free speech battle, explained

Is Facebook a platform or a publisher? When users are getting banned, it makes a difference. Facebook booted a hodgepodge of extremist figures last week, inflaming sentiment of some on the right and raising new questions of what is and isn’t protected speech on digital platforms. But the current debate over speech and social media is far bigger than Facebook. It’s a product of social media companies skirting a fundamental question for more than a…

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Meghan Markle’s postpartum privacy could be good for moms

Meghan Markle’s postpartum privacy could be good for moms

It’s not just royals: The recent rise in postpartum photography can pressure new moms to look camera-ready after giving birth. Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a baby boy. But you can’t see him — yet. When Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, had her three children, she and her husband Prince William posed for photos outside the hospital soon after each birth. Last year, the family was smiling on the…

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The unprecedented disqualification of a Kentucky Derby winner, explained

The unprecedented disqualification of a Kentucky Derby winner, explained

Maximum Security won the race and lost the Kentucky Derby thanks to instant replay. The horse that crossed the finish line first didn’t win the Kentucky Derby. Maximum Security appeared to win the 145th running of the sport’s most famous race in two thrilling minutes. But amid all the celebration over the young foal’s most exciting win yet, viewers soon learned of an objection raised against the first-place horse by second-place finisher Country House. After…

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North Korea tested a missile over the weekend. The Trump admin flubbed the response.

North Korea tested a missile over the weekend. The Trump admin flubbed the response.

The weekend in troubling North Korea news, explained. North Korea tested a missile to test the Trump administration over the weekend — and it’s unclear if America’s leaders passed. On Friday, Pyongyang tested a ballistic missile for the first time in well over a year. It significantly undercut what President Donald Trump considered his greatest accomplishment in months-long talks with North Korea: the end of weapons tests. While it was only a short-range missile that…

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