The third Democratic presidential debate, explained in under 30 minutes

Scott Olson/Getty Images On this episode of Today, Explained, Matt Yglesias and Tara Golshan break down the debate among the 10 top Democratic contenders.  For the third presidential debate of the 2020 election cycle, 10 top Democratic candidates were together for the first time. And in a historic turn, all three Democratic frontrunners — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders — were on the same stage together. Who won? Who lost? Who gave the…

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The ferocious, chilling Parasite is an essential thrill ride about social inequality

Park So-dam and Choi Woo-sik in Parasite. | Courtesy of TIFF Snowpiercer and The Host director Bong Joon-ho reaches the peak of his game with a new must-see horror masterpiece. The upstairs-downstairs construct — in which the literal levels of a house demarcate the differences between the wealthy and those who serve them — has long worked as shorthand for class division and struggle. (See: every British period drama, ever.) The “upstairs” people are comfortable,…

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Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren really do talk about trade differently

Democratic presidential candidates, from left to right, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) onstage during the Democratic presidential debate at Texas Southern University. | Win McNamee/Getty Images The 2020 Dems have radically different trade agendas — and that’s a big deal. Top-tier Democratic candidates finally got into it over trade at the Democratic debate. The friction between the top progressive Democratic presidential candidates — Bernie Sanders and…

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How Fox News lets the Trump family off the hook for profiting off the presidency

Donald Trump Jr. on Fox & Friends. | Fox News It’s not a matter of opinion, but Fox News treats it as such. During a Friday morning interview on Fox & Friends, Donald Trump Jr. was asked if the Trump family is profiting off his office. He responded by lying. The question really isn’t a matter of opinion. The fact of the matter is that following Donald Trump’s precedent-breaking decision not to divest from his…

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