How Trump used a centuries-old racist trope to attack Baltimore

Since July 27, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings —and his congressional district — have faced harsh criticism from the president. | Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images Stereotypes about race and cleanliness have harmed black people — and their communities — for generations. This weekend, President Donald Trump attacked Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings by arguing that his district — which includes parts of Baltimore — was “disgusting” and a “rat and rodent infested mess.” He was then criticized for…

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Marianne Williams proposes new government department focused on children

Marianne Williamson has a new proposal: “The Whole Child Plan.” | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Williamson was not joking about that call to New Zealand in the first Democratic debates. Marianne Williamson might have raised some eyebrows when she said she would outdo New Zealand in making sure the United States is the best place in the world for a child to grow up during the first Democratic presidential debate, but the candidate is dead serious…

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“You can’t call this plan Medicare for All”: The Bernie Sanders camp pans Kamala Harris’s health care plan

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) take part in the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019, in Miami, Florida. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Her plan, unlike Sanders’s, maintains a major role for private insurance. Progressive political Twitter is abuzz on the issue of Medicare-for-all ahead of the second Democratic debate this week, with the latest back-and-forth spurred by Kamala Harris’s recently released health…

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“Old Town Road” just became Billboard’s longest-running No. 1 ever

Noam Galai/Getty Images for BuzzFeed After 17 weeks, Lil Nas X’s runaway hit is showing no signs of slowing down. “Old Town Road” is now much more than an inescapably catchy song — it’s a history-maker. At 17 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which tracks the sales and streaming data of music’s biggest singles, Lil Nas X’s genre-redefining hit has become the longest-running No. 1 single in Billboard’s history. The…

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The Delta Aquariid meteor shower is tonight. Here’s how to watch.

The Delta Aquariid meteors appear to radiate out of the constellation Aquarius, which will rise in the southeastern sky. | DeAgostini via Getty Images What’s better in the summer than to look up at the night sky and see bits of meteor catch fire in our atmosphere? When Earth passes through the trail of debris left behind by a comet, bits of that debris catch fire in our atmosphere and streak across the sky at…

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Neil deGrasse Tyson was accused of sexual misconduct by 4 women. He’s keeping all his jobs.

Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks onstage during the Onward18 Conference on October 23, 2018, in New York City. | Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Onward18 The American Museum of Natural History just concluded its investigation, and Tyson is staying. Astrophysicist and TV host Neil deGrasse Tyson has been under investigation by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he is the director of the Hayden Planetarium, since four women accused him of sexual misconduct…

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