The Democratic Party is protecting one of its last anti-abortion members in a safe blue district

The Democratic Party is protecting one of its last anti-abortion members in a safe blue district

Why? CHICAGO — In 1990, Patti Ernst was 35 years old and 16 weeks pregnant and found herself in a devastating medical situation. Her water had broken five months early, during a prenatal procedure testing for abnormalities that went horribly wrong. Her doctors, at a Catholic hospital in southwestern Chicago, said there was nothing they could do. Ernst said they essentially told her “the baby is going to be terribly deformed and probably won’t come…

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The war to free science

The war to free science

How librarians, pirates, and funders are liberating the world’s academic research from paywalls. The 27,500 scientists who work for the University of California generate 10 percent of all the academic research papers published in the United States. Their university recently put them in a strange position: Sometime this year, these scientists will not be able to directly access much of the world’s published research they’re not involved in. That’s because in February, the UC system…

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Stacey Abrams is leading the debate on some of the most important political issues in 2019

Stacey Abrams is leading the debate on some of the most important political issues in 2019

The historic gubernatorial candidate will speak at Code Conference 2019 about her fight for voters’ rights. Stacey Abrams made history as the first black woman to run for governor under a major party in 2018. After losing the race to her Republican opponent by one of the smallest (and most disputed) margins in years, she founded Fair Fight Action, a new voting rights organization devoted to battling voter suppression in Georgia and across the US….

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Andy Jassy is the most powerful Amazon executive not named Jeff

Andy Jassy is the most powerful Amazon executive not named Jeff

The Amazon Web Services CEO will sit down with Kara Swisher at Code Conference on Monday. In 2006, Amazon Web Services was a cute little startup hatched inside of a fast-growing online retailer. Today, it’s the most powerful cloud computing company in the world: It was a nearly $26 billion business last year, with profits on par with that of Amazon’s retail business, which has nine times as much revenue. Those profits mean Amazon can…

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Jack Dorsey wants to fix Twitter, and these two execs are trying to make it happen

Jack Dorsey wants to fix Twitter, and these two execs are trying to make it happen

Twitter’s Vijaya Gadde and Kayvon Beykpour will speak at Code Conference 2019. Jack Dorsey says he wants to make Twitter a better place. Vijaya Gadde and Kayvon Beykpour, who are speaking at Code Conference on Monday, are the Twitter executives who are supposed to make that happen. Gadde is Twitter’s top lawyer, and she also oversees the service’s policy arm, and its health and safety efforts. Beykpour runs Twitter’s product group, a seemingly cursed position…

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What two of Facebook’s top executives have to say about tech’s big antitrust moment

What two of Facebook’s top executives have to say about tech’s big antitrust moment

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri and Facebook AR/VR lead Andrew Bosworth will talk about the future of the social network at Code Conference 2019. The growing calls to break up Big Tech have put pressure on companies to demonstrate that enormous size has more benefits than drawbacks. Wouldn’t everything be easier if these companies were smaller — and more manageable? As The Verge’s Silicon Valley editor, I’ll have a chance to ask that question directly of…

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Harley-Davidson’s CEO is leading an all-American company through a global trade war

Harley-Davidson’s CEO is leading an all-American company through a global trade war

Harley-Davidson CEO Matthew Levatich will speak at Code Conference 2019 about his company’s plans to shift production outside the US. Matthew Levatich is the CEO of one of the most all-American brands there is: Harley-Davidson motorcycles. It’s only fitting, then, that he should find his company at the center of an all-American debate about global trade, taxes, and manufacturing that has resulted in Twitter callouts from President Trump. Recode co-founder and editor-at-large Kara Swisher will…

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What’s wrong with the current stock market? Maybe it’s time for a reset.

What’s wrong with the current stock market? Maybe it’s time for a reset.

Vox’s editor-at-large Ezra Klein will talk with the head of the Long-Term Stock Exchange at Code Conference 2019. For almost a decade, Eric Ries has been obsessed with building a Silicon Valley-ified competitor to the Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange. He envisioned a modern stock exchange that would speak to today’s tech entrepreneur who wants to run a public company but finds the incumbents too unfriendly. It was pretty wacky. Until last month,…

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