The execution of Rodney Reed has been stopped

Rodney Reed listens during a hearing at the Bastrop County Criminal Justice Center in 2014. | AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner Amid a growing movement to #FreeRodneyReed, an appeals court has ruled that new evidence must be considered. An appeals court has stayed the execution of Rodney Reed, who was scheduled to be executed next week for a murder he says he did not commit. On Friday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted…

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Trump just issued multiple war crime pardons. Experts think it’s a bad idea.

President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison inspect US troops at the White House in September 2019. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Trump loves the military. But he doesn’t seem to respect its justice system. In fulfillment of a controversial pledge he made earlier this year, President Trump has intervened in three war crime cases on Friday, granting full pardons to a pair of Army officers and restoring the rank of a Navy SEAL….

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Has Donald Trump obstructed justice?

Amanda Northrop/Vox Andrew Prokop breaks down this week’s public hearings and Brianne Gorod explains the term “obstruction of justice,” on Impeachment, Explained. This week kicked off the public phase of the impeachment inquiry. On Wednesday, we heard the testimonies of State Department officials Bill Taylor and George Kent and on Friday the testimony of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Vox’s Andrew Prokop helps us break them down. Then, Brianne Gorod, the chief counsel…

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One advantage of Elizabeth Warren’s employer health fee plan: It polls well

Democratic presidential candidate US Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) participates in a Presidential Candidates Forum at the NAACP 110th National Convention on July 24, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan.  | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images A per-employee fee is more popular than a payroll or income tax. Elizabeth Warren wants to finance a single-payer health care system by, in part, requiring employers to take their current per-employee spending on health insurance and kick it over to the government instead….

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With impeachment, America’s epistemic crisis has arrived

The ultimate spin-machine challenge. | Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images Can the right-wing machine hold the base in an alternate reality long enough to get through the next election? Back in 2017, I wrote a piece speculating that the Mueller hearings might bring America’s epistemic crisis to a head. That crisis involves Americans’ growing inability, not just to cooperate, but even to learn and know the same things, to have…

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How a conspiracy theory about the Bosnian genocide infiltrated the Nobel committee

Nobel Prize winner Peter Handke in France, 2019. Handke has been accused of genocide apologism. | ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects. Welcome to Vox’s weekly book link roundup, a curated selection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of November 10, 2019. At the New Yorker, Nora Caplan-Bricker…

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