Democrats have subpoenaed the White House in the next phase of their impeachment inquiry

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 2, 2019. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images “We’re not fooling around here.” House Democrats subpoenaed the White House for a slew of documents Friday, after the administration refused to voluntarily hand over information related to President Donald Trump’s July 25 call with the president of Ukraine. The move is part of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into whether Trump jeopardized national…

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A Trump appointee at the CIA urged the Justice Department to investigate Trump on Ukraine

Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images But the DOJ didn’t pick it up because the CIA’s referral came from a call, not in writing. The CIA’s top lawyer sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department based on the now-famous whistleblower’s complaint about President Donald Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine. And no, that lawyer isn’t some deep-state conspiracist out to thwart the president: She’s a Trump appointee. According to NBC News on Friday, CIA general counsel Courtney Simmons Elwood…

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Amazon’s video app is back in Apple’s App Store. But get ready to see more streaming fights.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at a 2015 Emmy party. | Amanda Edwards/WireImage In 2019, everyone’s a streamer, which means everyone’s a competitor. Amazon’s Prime Video app, which disappeared from Apple’s app stores this morning, is back. In a statement on Friday evening, an Amazon spokesperson told Recode, “Earlier today, there was a technical glitch that impacted the Prime Video app on iOS and tvOS devices. The issue has been resolved, and the Prime Video app…

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Lucy in the Sky tries and fails to address astronauts’ “space madness”

Natalie Portman in Lucy in the Sky. | Fox Searchlight The film wastes Natalie Portman in the process. Going to space messes with your head. That’s what movies tell us: Sunshine, The Martian, Gravity, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and, as of a few weeks ago, Ad Astra. Something about floating up there in the vast emptiness above the planet apparently redefines your sense of proportion, of what truly matters in life, of your own importance…

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How this chair became a pop culture icon

A lot of celebrity butts sat in the peacock wicker chair. The golden age of album cover design doesn’t have a specific start and end date, but many regard the late 1960s to 1970s as one of the field’s most exciting times. From the psychedelic rock covers of the ’60s to the glistening airbrush covers of the ’70s, the era was a kaleidoscope of colors worthy of placement in modern art museums. But there’s one…

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