HBO Max wants to be the next cable bundle instead of the next Netflix

Tom and Greg scheme to get rid of incriminating evidence on HBO’s Succession. | HBO That’s what John Stankey, CEO of HBO parent company WarnerMedia, said today at Recode’s Code Media conference in Los Angeles. If the guy leading HBO’s parent company WarnerMedia has his way, the new HBO Max streaming video service won’t just be a Netflix competitor for cord cutters, it’ll be a new kind of cable bundle. In an interview at Recode’s…

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New investigation suggests Republicans took ambassadorial pay-to-play to new levels

Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, speaks at CPAC 2019 in February. | Ricky Carioti/Washington Post/Getty Images Trump expressed hope that the Senate would confirm one of his nominees. Days later, the RNC came calling for cash. Wealthy donors being rewarded with cushy ambassador gigs is not a new development in American politics, nor is it a uniquely Republican form of pay-to-play. But as with many things pertaining to the current occupant of…

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Mike Pompeo’s big announcement about Israeli settlements, briefly explained

Mike Pompeo making the settlement announcement. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images What he said and why it matters. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that he is reversing a longstanding State Department legal opinion labeling Israel’s settlements in the West Bank at odds with international law. This new position sharply contradicts mainstream interpretations of the law, the historic US approach to the conflict, and the broader international community’s view of the situation. While…

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A pivot from tech to empowerment at bra startup ThirdLove

Marketing images for ThirdLove feature models of many shapes and races. | Sarah Lawrence for Vox How a woke brand is made. Convincing 100 women to show up at a warehouse and take photos of their chests is no easy feat. Convincing them through a Craigslist ad is nearly impossible. But that’s what lingerie company ThirdLove did in 2013 while developing a proprietary app that was designed to predict better bra sizes. “The app was…

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The impeachment inquiry’s first public hearing

Getty Images Democrats have a full slate of witnesses for this week. Update: The next impeachment hearing will be on Tuesday, November 19. The morning will feature Jennifer Williams (a State Department official advising the vice president’s office) and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (a National Security Council staffer). The afternoon will feature Kurt Volker (the former US special representative to Ukraine) and Tim Morrison (a National Security Council staffer). On Wednesday, November 20, US Ambassador…

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