New GDP data confirms Trump’s tax cuts aren’t working

President Trump’s growth promises haven’t delivered. | Alex Wong/Getty Images Growth is slowing and business investment is actually negative. The economy slowed down in the second quarter of 2019, according to the latest release of economic data from the Commerce Department — a fact that says less about an impending economic downturn than it does about the way President Donald Trump’s promised supply-side supercharging of growth hasn’t materialized. In addition to the growth rate slowing…

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The reformer prosecutor may have lost the Queens district attorney race after all

Supporters of Tiffany Cabán celebrate on election night. | Scott Heins/Getty Images After a recount, reformer Tiffany Cabán is behind opponent Melinda Katz. The Queens district attorney race originally looked like yet another example of a reformer prosecutor unexpectedly defeating the mainstream candidate — but it increasingly looks like the mainstream candidate may have won after all. After a recount, Melinda Katz appears to be ahead in the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney, coming…

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Trump is letting Kim Jong Un do almost anything he wants

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when they met at the inter-Korean border on June 30, 2019. | Dong-A Ilbo via Getty Images Missile tests. Building provocative submarines. It’s all good. In just the past week, North Korea has unveiled a brand new submarine that could potentially launch nuclear weapons and tested two short-range missiles that gravely threaten US allies South Korea and Japan. The casual observer might understandably expect President…

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Search Party does everything Big Little Lies did but better and with laughs

The Search Party gang tries to solve a new crisis. | TBS It’s a savage satire of 20-somethings and an effective mystery. It’s great. In Watch This, Vox critic at large Emily VanDerWerff tells you what she’s watching on TV — and why you should watch it too. Read the archives here. This week: the dark comedy Search Party, which airs on TBS. It is available on TBS’s streaming platforms, as well as for digital…

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For Sama captures life in Aleppo under siege. It’s not like anything you’ve seen before.

For Sama tells the story of a family who stayed in Aleppo during the bombings — through their own eyes. | Waad Al-Kateab A Syrian mother stayed once the bombings began, and now her experiences are a terrific documentary. There have been many documentaries about the bombings of and humanitarian crisis in Aleppo in recent years, and many of them — films like The White Helmets and Last Men in Aleppo — have been excellent….

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Here’s everything you need to know about the July debates

Javier Zarracina/Vox; Getty Images It won’t be very different from the first round. Only a month after the first debates, the large field of 2020 Democrats are heading back to the stage for their second round of debates in July. The second scheduled debate will be hosted by CNN on July 30 and 31 in Detroit (Michigan is a battle state that Trump narrowly won in 2016) at 8 pm Eastern — and qualifications for…

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2020 Democrats are tweeting about the murders of black trans women. Where are their policies?

The Washington Post/Toni L. Sandys via Getty Images Candidates like Warren are calling the epidemic a “crisis” but have voted for legislation that harms the most vulnerable in the community. Earlier this week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted about Denali Berries Stuckey, a black trans woman who was murdered recently in South Carolina. She called the repeated murders of black trans women a “crisis,” saying we must “fight back.” Stuckey is the 12th known trans woman…

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