UK Parliament seizes control in an attempt to avert no-deal Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on September 3, 2019. | Daniel Leal-Olivas-WPA Pool/Getty Images Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he’ll call for elections if Parliament attempts another “pointless delay” for Brexit. The UK Parliament is trying to block a “no-deal” Brexit — defying Boris Johnson and handing the new prime minister his first legislative defeat. In other words, just another day in the ongoing Brexit saga. On Tuesday, Parliament voted, 328 to 301, to seize control…

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A North Carolina court just threw out Republicans’ gerrymandered state legislature map

A Fair Maps Rally was held in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Washington, DC. | Sarah L. Voisin/Washington Post via Getty Images North Carolina’s maps are horribly gerrymandered. This could have big implications for other states, too. North Carolina’s state court delivered Democrats a big win Tuesday, ruling the state’s legislative district map unconstitutional, and paving a path to undo years of Republican gerrymandering in a traditionally competitive state….

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After another mass shooting, Trump chooses to focus on knife crime — in London

Donald Trump in London during his UK state visit in June 2016. | Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images As Mitch McConnell says he’s waiting for Trump’s leadership on new gun laws, the president is criticizing London’s mayor for recent knife attacks. President Donald Trump lashed out against one of his frequent foils, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, again on Tuesday, this time pillorying Khan for a recent spate of knife attacks in London — even as the…

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CNN is giving 2020 Democrats 7 hours to talk about climate change

Democratic presidential candidates attend the CNN primary debate on July 31, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan. | Scott Olson/Getty Images The DNC voted down holding an official presidential climate debate. TV networks have stepped up. CNN will host a seven-hour marathon of interviews with 10 presidential candidates about climate change on Wednesday beginning at 5 pm Eastern as part of its climate crisis town hall. A live stream of the town hall will air on CNN.com….

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A venue turned down an interracial wedding, citing “Christian belief.” It’s far from the first to do so.

A Mississippi event venue has come under fierce criticism after video showed an employee saying that the venue’s “Christian belief” meant that it would not host interracial weddings. | Lisa Valder/Getty Images The relationship between religious exemption laws and racial discrimination is not new. An event venue in Mississippi has issued an apology after its owner was shown on video saying that her “Christian belief” led her to decline hosting a wedding ceremony for an…

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The challenge of disaster relief

Hurricane Dorian inches away from the Bahamas on September 3, 2019, in a NOAA satellite image. | NOAA via Getty Images How to help — and how not to — in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Hurricane Dorian struck the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas on Monday as a dangerous Category 5 hurricane. The storm surge has caused coastal flooding of 18 to 23 feet above normal tide. Several different factors made Dorian especially…

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One state has banned unsolicited dick pics. Will it fix the problem?

A woman uses a smartphone. | Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images A Texas law could pose enforcement challenges. Close to half of millennial women in America have, at some point in their lives, received an unsolicited dick pic. To be precise, 41 percent of women ages 18 to 36 said in a 2017 YouGov survey that they’d gotten at least one unwanted penis picture. Like many things that men do, such pictures are often treated like an…

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