Orange Is the New Black’s final season finds hope in a hopeless place

Taystee tries to find a purpose in the final season of Orange Is the New Black. | Netflix Season 7 is the most focused the show has been in years. This article contains spoilers for the complete final season of Orange Is the New Black. Read at your own risk! Midway through the series finale of Orange Is the New Black, Tamika (Susan Hayward), an old friend of Taystee’s who became a prison guard at…

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Trump launches another racist attack on a lawmaker of color

Rep. Elijah Cummings addresses reporters in Washington, DC. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Trump accused Rep. Elijah Cummings of corruption and called his district a “rodent infested mess.” President Donald Trump lashed out against Rep. Elijah Cummings in a series of tweets on Saturday, calling the Maryland congressman “a brutal bully” and the majority-black district he represents “disgusting.” The early morning screed against Cummings, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, appears to be in response to…

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A controversial deal between US and Guatemala could reshape the asylum process

Two members of Mexico’s National Guard watch for immigrants at the Mexico-Guatemala border. | AFP/Getty Images A new agreement would require many to seek asylum in Guatemala instead of the US. Shortly before a Supreme Court decision on Friday that handed President Donald Trump $2.5 billion for in border wall funding, he received another big win for his immigration agenda: a treaty designating Guatemala as safe for asylum-seekers. On Friday afternoon, the US and Guatemala…

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Ohio just passed the worst energy bill of the 21st century

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who signed a dumpster-fire of an energy bill this week. | Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images A corrupt bailout for dinosaur power plants that screws renewable energy in the process. Amid a flurry of ambitious state action on climate change policy, the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature has just passed an energy bill that represents an enormous step backward. It is the most counterproductive and corrupt piece of state energy legislation I can…

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In a victory for Trump, the Supreme Court frees up $2.5 billion for the border wall

Construction on the border wall as seen from Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez. | Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Images Construction blocked by a judge earlier this year can now begin. Donald Trump was handed a major victory on his signature issue — building a wall on the US-Mexico border — on Friday, as the US Supreme Court approved the use of $2.5 billion in military funding for the purposes of wall construction. In a 5-4 decision on Friday, the…

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