A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is not a Mister Rogers biopic. It’s weirder, and better.

Tom Hanks (and Daniel Tiger) in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. | Courtesy of TIFF A perfectly cast Tom Hanks stars in what feels like a feature-length episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, but for grown-ups. Let’s get one thing straight: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is not a biopic about Fred Rogers. The man who millions of children grew up knowing as Mister Rogers, their TV “neighbor,” was the subject of a strong…

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These 4 ABC and Univision reporters will moderate the third Democratic debate in Texas

Jorge Ramos appears on ABC’s Good Morning America. | Getty Images They are Jorge Ramos, Linsey Davis, George Stephanopoulos, and David Muir. A group of ABC News and Univision reporters will moderate the third Democratic debate, which is slated for Thursday, September 12, and will be broadcast on those same networks. They are Linsey Davis, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, and Jorge Ramos. Although there will be just one night of debate this time around, given…

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There’s yet another step to claim $125 from Equifax. People are not happy.

The credit reporting agency Equifax reached a $700 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission in July. | Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Those who’ve submitted a claim have until October 15 to provide more information or they’ll be denied the payout. Over the weekend, Americans who have filed to claim $125 from the Equifax data breach settlement learned that there is yet another step to claim compensation: They must verify that they already…

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Bahamian Hurricane Dorian survivors weren’t allowed to evacuate to the US

People sift through the destruction left by Hurricane Dorian in the Mudd neighborhood of Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, on September 7, 2019.  | Carolyn Van Houten/Washington Post via Getty Images Bahamians without visas were kicked off a ferry, and US border officials blamed the ferry operator. As Hurricane Dorian leaves devastation in the Bahamas in its wake, thousands of the island nation’s citizens are seeking refuge in the US, but some have been barred entry. Many…

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The controversy over the Air Force’s stays at a Trump hotel, explained

Donald Trump at the opening of his Turnberry resort in Scotland in 2016. | Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images Even the military is now party to concerns over corruption in dealings with Trump’s businesses. President Donald Trump defended the US Air Force’s increasingly frequent overnight stays at a Trump resort in Scotland on Monday — even as the military branch itself opened an investigation into the matter. The Air Force announced Sunday it will review its…

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The controversy surrounding Jay-Z’s partnership with the NFL, explained

Rap mogul Jay-Z and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell greet one another during the the NFL/Roc Nation partnership announcement in New York on August 14, 2019. | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation Hip-hop’s first billionaire is helping with the NFL’s social justice efforts. But the partnership’s first few weeks have been riddled with controversies. It was supposed to be good news, the joining of a beloved but beleaguered sports corporation and a heralded rapper in…

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Kamala Harris’s criminal justice reform plan, explained

Kamala Harris speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention. | Scott Eisen/Getty Images The plan counters criticisms she’s received about her record as a local prosecutor and California attorney general. Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Monday released a criminal justice reform plan that would attempt to undo mass incarceration and the war on drugs — and can also be read as a rebuke of critics of Harris’s record as San Francisco’s district attorney…

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The House Judiciary Committee will finally vote on an impeachment investigation this week

Rep. Jerrold Nadler speaks with an attendee of a panel discussion on immigration and domestic terrorism at the University of Texas at El Paso on September 6, 2019.  | Cengiz Yar/Getty Images The vote will be about “procedures” for the investigation. Here’s the big picture. This week, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will take their first vote related to the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump. The vote will not be on impeachment itself…

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China’s war on Facebook: Beijing launches cryptocurrency to take on social media giant

THE Chinese government will launch its own cryptocurrency to rival Facebook’s looming Libra coin. A senior banking official told Chinese media that officials are still planning to launch a state-run cryptocurrency similar to the social media network’s Libra. THE Chinese government will launch its own cryptocurrency to rival Facebook’s looming Libra coin. A senior banking official told Chinese media that officials are still planning to launch a state-run cryptocurrency similar to the social media network’s Libra. Simply The Best…

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