Watch: Pixar’s first teaser for Onward transplants unicorns and elves to mundane suburbia

Watch: Pixar’s first teaser for Onward transplants unicorns and elves to mundane suburbia

Tom Holland and Chris Pratt are brother elves in the 2020 film’s first teaser. Over the last 25 years, Pixar has produced many animated classics whose stories walk that fine line between real and imaginary, lighthearted and emotionally weighted. The studio’s next project, Onward, seems to fall squarely in the middle of the spectrum. As the film’s first teaser trailer makes clear, it’s the story of a magical world that has lost its magic, and…

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro took a page from US politics by dangling the possibility of an evangelical Supreme Court Justice

Brazil’s Bolsonaro took a page from US politics by dangling the possibility of an evangelical Supreme Court Justice

But US evangelicals have been more loyal to Trump than Brazil’s evangelicals have been to President Bolsonaro, so this move may not work. Speaking at an Assembly of God Pentecostal church this morning, Brazil’s rightist President Jair Bolsonaro opened a new front in Brazil’s culture wars: the composition of Brazil’s Supreme Court. Decrying a recent Supreme Court ruling that hate crime legislation protects sexual minorities, Bolsonaro asked, “Isn’t it time for us to have an…

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The photo that prevented a nuclear war

The photo that prevented a nuclear war

… after nearly starting one. The Cuban Missile Crisis was perhaps the closest the world has ever come to all-out nuclear war, and it all started with a photo. On October 15, 1962, Dino Brugioni, a senior analyst at the US’s newly formed National Photographic Interpretation Center, identified missile trailers measuring approximately 65 feet in length in an aerial reconnaissance photo. Those trailers were a match for the Soviet SS-4, a medium-range ballistic missile that…

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Trump wants to pass his trade deal. But he’s not acting like it.

Trump wants to pass his trade deal. But he’s not acting like it.

The president’s decision to pressure Democrats and impose tariffs on Mexico is threatening the future of the USMCA, his revised trade pact with Mexico and Canada. Vice President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met in Ottawa on Thursday to promote the revised NAFTA deal, now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. But as Pence was extolling the trade deal in Canada, the Trump administration followed up by potentially undermining the…

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How much Google contractors say they get paid compared to full-time employees

How much Google contractors say they get paid compared to full-time employees

We use Glassdoor data to take a look at the opaque world of Google contractor treatment and pay. Google has come under increasing scrutiny this week after two reports revealed alleged abuses and mistreatment of the tech giant’s massive contractor workforce, which now outnumbers its full-time employees. These workers, hired through outside agencies, have inferior or no benefits and less legal recourse than Google’s full-time employees. Also at the heart of their complaints: They report…

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Chicago police handcuffed an 8-year-old during a raid. It’s part of a disturbing pattern.

Chicago police handcuffed an 8-year-old during a raid. It’s part of a disturbing pattern.

A new lawsuit is the latest in a series arguing that aggressive police raids are traumatizing children of color in the city. On March 15, shortly before Alberta Domonique Wilson needed to get her three children ready for school, she was woken up by the sound of a bullhorn and the brightness of flashing lights. A Chicago SWAT team and nearly a dozen uniformed and plainclothes police officers were trying to execute a raid at…

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