Detective Pikachu is Who Framed Roger Rabbit in Pokémon footie pajamas

Detective Pikachu is Who Framed Roger Rabbit in Pokémon footie pajamas

You don’t need to understand Pokémon to understand this movie. You do need to understand Blade Runner. On my way out of Pokémon Detective Pikachu, I overheard a dad and his two kids, who were dissecting the film’s quality. “How was it?” he asked the two of them. The older one said, somewhat reserved, “Yeah, I think about four stars,” before the younger one let out a hearty cry of, “FOUR STARS!!!” “Wow, you guys…

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Trump to Congress: pass legislation to end surprise medical bills

Trump to Congress: pass legislation to end surprise medical bills

The president has a good idea on health care — and one that could actually pass. President Trump urged Congress to outlaw surprise medical bills in remarks delivered from the White House on Thursday. He did not put forward a specific policy proposal for how to ensure federal law protects patients from the big, unexpected bills that Vox and other news outlets have covered extensively. Instead, he urged Congress to come up with new legislation…

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What a major arrest in Venezuela says about the Guaidó-Maduro standoff

What a major arrest in Venezuela says about the Guaidó-Maduro standoff

The arrest of Edgar Zambrano shows that Maduro and his loyalists may feel more emboldened. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s government arrested a top opposition leader on Wednesday night — by towing his car with him inside. National Assembly Vice President Edgar Zambrano entered his car after leaving his political party’s headquarters in Caracas when a unit from Venezuela’s intelligence agency, known as the SEBIN, surrounded the vehicle. Zambrano refused to leave the car and even…

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Google’s privacy changes are mostly marketing

Google’s privacy changes are mostly marketing

Making tracking cookies optional is only a half step toward privacy. At Google’s developer conference this week, the search giant announced it will be rolling out a spate of new privacy measures, including simpler controls to block tracking cookies on its Chrome web browser. The moves have been much more well-received than Facebook’s avowed privacy pivot that was reiterated at its developers conference last week. But Google’s privacy measures will only be effective if people…

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The lasting, complicated legacy of The West Wing

The lasting, complicated legacy of The West Wing

We explore the real-life influence of the fictional Bartlet administration on the first episode of Primetime, a new podcast about how television shapes and reflects American culture. In 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill. She told a story about a Myanmarese official, someone she met on one of her many travels abroad, who was trying to learn about American politics and democracy, not by reading the Constitution…

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Americans want diversity in the workplace — but are skeptical about how to get it

Americans want diversity in the workplace — but are skeptical about how to get it

Most Americans value workplace diversity but don’t want race or ethnicity considered during the promotion and hiring process. A majority of Americans think companies should encourage diversity in the workplace — but they’re much more skeptical about the methods businesses could use to ensure they’re hiring a diverse group of employees. The Pew Research Center, in a survey released about diversity in America, found 75 percent of Americans said it was important for companies to…

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Game of Thrones is spending its last hours ruining Daenerys Targaryen

Game of Thrones is spending its last hours ruining Daenerys Targaryen

For seven seasons, the show has told us how great Dany is. In its final episodes, it’s turning her into a villain. The implication that Daenerys Targaryen is going mad is the greatest fraud Game of Thrones has ever perpetrated. And in this Sunday’s fifth episode of the show’s final season, with the imminent incineration of King’s Landing by dragonfire after Missandei’s execution, I expect it to come to a full realization. What makes this…

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Why North Korea has launched 2 missile tests in less than a week

Why North Korea has launched 2 missile tests in less than a week

It’s partly an angry message to Trump. North Korea just conducted its second missile test in less than a week — and it’s almost certainly a (literal) warning shot to President Donald Trump that Pyongyang is very, very unhappy that months of nuclear talks have produced few tangible results. On Thursday afternoon local time, North Korea launched two missiles eastward from the Kusong region in the country’s northwest, according to South Korea’s military. The missiles…

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