The battle for voting rights in the age of mass incarceration

Norris Henderson, an activist for criminal justice reform including voting rights for former prisoners, in New Orleans, on November 7, 2019. | Akasha Rabut for Vox Ex-prisoners are getting their voting rights back. But the backlash has already started. Shauntelle Mitchell waited in her local polling station in Slidell, Louisiana, and contemplated leaving. The October primary election would be her first time voting in years — her criminal record had prevented her from casting a…

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Roger Stone was just found guilty on all counts

Roger Stone, former advisor to President Trump, and his wife Nydia Stone arrive at the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse, on November 15, 2019. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images Stone’s trial was the highest-profile loose end remaining from the Mueller investigation. The verdict is in for Roger Stone’s trial — and a Washington, DC, jury found President Donald Trump’s longtime political adviser guilty on all counts Friday. Stone was convicted of one count of obstructing…

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The year’s best documentary turns climate change into a sci-fi film

An ordinary day in New York City, as captured in The Hottest August. | Grasshopper Films The Hottest August director Brett Story wanted to “look at climate change by looking away from it.” One of the best documentaries of the year is also, on its surface, one of the simplest. To make The Hottest August, director Brett Story spent the month of August 2017 talking to New Yorkers about their hopes for the future as…

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Exclusive: 2 Democrats are introducing a bill to ban corporate PACs

Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) for the 116th Congress stands outside the Longworth House Office building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Rose is introducing a new bill to ban corporate PACs along with Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA). | Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images More Democrats are ditching corporate PACs. A new bill would make that mandatory. Two moderate House Democrats are introducing a bill aiming to root out corporate influence where it currently…

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Taylor Swift’s feud with her old record label has entered a new and messy public phase

Taylor Swift meets fans at Tianhe Sports Center on November 11, 2019 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. | Photo by Xia Wening/VCG via Getty Images Taylor Swift says Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta won’t let her perform her old hits on TV. Taylor Swift’s ongoing feud with music executives Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta has entered a new and extremely dramatic phase. On Thursday night, Swift published an emotional plea on her social media…

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Trump attacked Marie Yovanovitch on Twitter during her testimony. She responded in real time.

Former US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, on November 15, 2019. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Even Fox News thought Trump’s tweets strayed dangerously close to witness intimidation. Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch delivered a powerful opening statement during her testimony before House impeachment investigators on Friday. She detailed her decades of service as a diplomat, and expressed concern that her sudden ouster due…

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