A Navy SEAL platoon has been sent home from Iraq for drinking on the job

A US Navy SEAL prepares his night-vision goggles for a mission to capture Iraqi insurgent leaders July 27, 2007 near Fallujah, Iraq. | John Moore/Getty Images It’s the latest scandal to rock the elite fighting force. A platoon of Navy SEALs — some of the most elite fighters in the US military — are being sent back home early from fighting ISIS in Iraq because some were drinking on the job. US Special Operations Command,…

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Women voters of color are watching how Democrats respond to attacks on “the Squad”

Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib speak with reporters during a press conference on July 15, 2019. | Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images The voters who helped push the congresswomen into office will be an important voting bloc in 2020. For more than a week, President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked four first-term congresswomen of color, claiming that the women are unpatriotic and should leave the US. He’s said…

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Senate confirms Army Gen. Mark Milley as new Joint Chiefs chair

Army Gen. Mark Milley was just confirmed as the next chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He’ll replace Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford. | Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images He replaces Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford. Gen. Mark Milley has just been confirmed as the next chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military official and the president’s most senior military adviser. The deeply divided Senate approved his nomination with bipartisan support, 89-1….

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Lil Nas X takes K-pop superstars BTS to the “Seoul Town Road” on his 4th “Old Town Road” remix

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp Two roads diverge in a wood, and Lil Nas X keeps taking the one more traveled by. Lil Nas X is nothing if not a shrewd businessman. The 20-year-old sensation is on the cusp of breaking the record for most weeks at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with his breakthrough single “Old Town Road” just one week shy of making history. So what has he done to…

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Celebrating the bold ambition of Orange Is the New Black, already a relic of TV’s past

Orange Is the New Black broke new ground for TV diversity. | Netflix At first, Netflix’s signature drama was an example of TV’s future. They already don’t make ’em like they used to. 2019 has already seen several long-running TV shows come to an end, with more series finales on the way. From Game of Thrones to The Big Bang Theory to Veep to Homeland (whose upcoming eighth season will be its last), lots of…

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“45 is a puppet”: Trump spoke in front of an altered presidential seal and nobody knew

President Donald Trump stands next to altered presidential seal at the Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit 2019 in Washington, DC, on July 23. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images In the altered seal, a two-headed bald eagle clutches golf clubs and cash. As President Donald Trump spoke in front of a crowd of young conservatives at Turning Point USA’s student summit on Tuesday, nobody took a second glance at the presidential seal projected behind him….

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Why is everyone on Tinder so obsessed with tacos?

Sarah Lawrence/Vox On dating apps, tacos are more than just delicious — they’re shorthand for a personality. Tacos have only been sold in the United States for about 100 years, when refugees from the Mexican Revolution brought the rolled tortillas with them to the Southwest. In the century since, they’ve become one of America’s favorite food items: Cheap, delicious, and wildly versatile, they’re now widely available everywhere from street corners to fancy restaurants to rural…

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Republicans are still blocking election security bills after Mueller’s testimony

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell answers questions during a press conference at the US Capitol on May 14, 2019, in Washington, DC.  | Win McNamee/Getty Images Hours after the former special counsel warned that Russian interference was a major threat to the upcoming elections, Republicans shut down three new bills. One of the biggest points that former Special Counsel Robert Mueller made during his House testimony on Wednesday was about Russian election interference: He warned…

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