House Republicans were still fixated on the whistleblower at this week’s impeachment hearing

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) questions top US diplomat to Ukraine William B. Taylor Jr., November 13, 2019. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Republicans have repeatedly attempted to shift the focus onto the whistleblower to undermine the substance of the allegations. Wednesday was no different. For weeks now, Republicans have said they’d like to unmask the whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine, despite concerns that it could put that individual at…

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How The Report condenses the post-9/11 CIA torture report into a devastating paranoid thriller

Adam Driver stars as Daniel J. Jones in The Report. | Atsushi Nishijima/Amazon Studios Director Scott Z. Burns and former Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, whom Adam Driver plays in the film, talk about why it’s worth persevering when telling difficult stories. The title sequence of The Report includes a simple but telling detail. At first, the words “The Torture Report” appear on screen; then, before our eyes, we see the word “Torture” redacted by…

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Greta Thunberg is sailing to the next big climate event in Spain

Greta Thunberg is now sailing across the Atlantic to attend the United Nations climate conference in Madrid, Spain. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images A pair of Australian YouTubers are giving the teen activist a ride on their solar-powered sailboat. Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is now on her way back to Europe, departing North America as she arrived: on a sailboat. Thunberg has had an eventful trip on this continent since she sailed from her native…

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Trump is reportedly planning to promote Ken Cuccinelli to a top position at DHS

Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, speaks to reporters and members of the media outside the West Wing at the White House on September 27, 2019. | Jabin Botsford/Washington Post/Getty Images He would be second-in-command to Chad Wolf, the new acting DHS secretary. The Trump administration is planning to install acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, who has become the public face of the president’s immigration policies, in…

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What George Kent’s bow tie says about his impeachment testimony

The bow tie George Kent wore for his testimony on Wednesday was also featured in his State Department headshot. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The State Department official is testifying in style. For his testimony in the first day of public hearings of the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump, State Department official George Kent decided to wear a bow tie. In the halls of Congress, neckties, not bow ties, are the norm. And…

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A new study found marijuana legalization leads to more problematic use

Pablo Porciuncula Brune/AFP/Getty Images The lead researcher says her study isn’t meant to advocate against marijuana legalization, but inform it. A new study suggests that marijuana legalization leads to more cannabis use and perhaps addiction, particularly among adults 26 and older — highlighting a public health downside to a policy change that now 11 states and Washington, DC, have adopted and several others are considering. The consequences could be serious. As Magdalena Cerdá, the study’s…

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