Democrats and the White House strike a budget and debt ceiling deal

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks at a Capitol Hill press conference with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. | Win McNamee/Getty Images They’re on a very tight timeline to pass a budget bill. As budget deadline pressure builds, Congress and the White House have struck a budget deal, moving one step closer toward staving off an economic crisis. The deal between congressional Democrats and the White House would raise spending caps by about $50…

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As Hong Kong protests continue, mob violence against demonstrators casts a shadow

Hong Kong protesters, July 22, 2019. | Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images An attack at a train station in Yuen Long is believed to be tied to triads — powerful gangs — and pro-democracy activists are accusing the police of being too slow to respond. A violent mob of people in white shirts attacked protesters in a train station in Yuen Long, Hong Kong, on Sunday night, intensifying the standoff between Hong Kong’s government and police…

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Al Franken needs to stop comparing his resignation to death

Al Franken leaves the Senate floor after delivering a speech announcing his resignation from the US Senate on December 7, 2017.  | Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images He and his defenders are missing the point on #MeToo. More than a year after he resigned from the Senate amid sexual misconduct allegations, Al Franken describes what happened to him as a kind of violence. The junior senator from Minnesota, Franken announced his resignation in…

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Trump talked about Mueller’s testimony for around 90 seconds. He packed in 6 lies.

President Trump appears to be trying to get ahead of the Mueller testimony. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images “No obstruction … We had a total no-collusion finding.” During a lengthy and at times wild White House press availability alongside Pakistani Prime Minster Imran Khan on Monday, President Donald Trump was asked if he plans to watch former special counsel Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated congressional testimony on Wednesday. Trump said he might watch “a little bit.” Some outlets…

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Ai Weiwei on the global refugee crisis, the Chinese movie industry, and his new film

Ai Weiwei at an opening of his exhibition at Dusseldorf’s art museum K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in May 2019. | Maja Hitij/Getty Images Why China’s best-known artist — and director of the acclaimed 2017 film Human Flow — returned to the subject of migration for The Rest. Ai Weiwei may be the most well-known Chinese artist of his generation, but that’s come at a cost. The sculptor, photographer, and installation artist — who collaborated with the architects…

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A new reason to worry about Huawei: It’s been building North Korea’s wireless networks

US officials have yet another reason to worry about Huawei: It has reportedly been helping build out wireless networks in North Korea. | Wang Gang/VCG via Getty Images US officials have long been concerned about the Chinese telecom giant. Huawei is reportedly helping to build out wireless networks in North Korea, a revelation that is sure to add to the United States government’s concerns that the Chinese telecommunications giant’s technologies may pose a threat to…

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Who should get the HPV vaccine? The recommendations keep changing.

A pediatrician prepares a shot of the HPV vaccine Gardasil for a patient at his office. | Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images The HPV vaccine is now recommended for some people as old as 45. When the HPV vaccine first came on the market in 2006, the CDC recommended it for a relatively narrow slice of the population: just girls and young women, ages 11 to 26. Over the years, though, that recommendation…

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