How bad right-wing journalism helped kick off the impeachment saga

A portion of a call record is displayed on a monitor as Ambassador Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, a former official at the National Security Council, testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 19, 2019. | Jacquelyn Martin / POOL / AFP A pro-Trump smear campaign by the president’s lawyer led to a “perfect” phone call and a whistleblower. During an impeachment hearing…

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One of the Republicans’ witnesses confirmed a quid pro quo on TV

Former National Security Council Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs Tim Morrison testifies before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images This may be the biggest moment in the impeachment hearings so far. A former top White House official just outlined a quid pro more clearly than any other witness in the public impeachment hearings so far —…

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The Morning Show’s producers say many of its critics are “Apple haters”

Executive producers Mimi Leder and Kerry Ehrin onstage at Code Media in Los Angeles on November 19, 2019. | Tory Stolper Some negative reviewers may have made up their minds before watching the show, executive producers Mimi Leder and Kerry Ehrin said onstage at Code Media in Los Angeles. Being the flagship show of Apple’s new original TV content platform, Apple TV+, comes with a lot of attention — and some serious haters, according to…

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For 20 years, Neopets has taught us how to care for virtual pets — and each other

Neopets The early social network featured cute animals, games, forums, and even a stock market. It helped bring a whole generation Very Online. It’s hard to pinpoint when, exactly, kids and teens became 100 percent plugged in — fully online, all the time. But 1999 would be a decent guess, and November 1999 an especially good one, as it marked the launch of Neopets: a kid-friendly social network that combined virtual pets with discussion forums,…

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Kurt Volker, impeachment witness requested by Republicans, debunks many of their arguments

Ambassador Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2019 | Lex Brandon (Pool)/AFP/Getty Images He said that he didn’t believe Joe Biden wasn’t corrupt, and that he regrets the push for investigations. When House Intelligence Committee Democrats offered Republicans the opportunity to suggest impeachment inquiry witnesses, Kurt Volker — the former US special representative to Ukraine — made the list….

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Leaked emails show how Stephen Miller used Breitbart as his personal PR firm

Stephen Miller arrives at the Capitol on May 14, 2019. | Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Miller used Breitbart in a campaign to discredit Sen. Marco Rubio, and to advance hardline views on immigration. White House adviser Stephen Miller has already faced calls to resign following the release of a tranche of emails he sent to a former writer at Breitbart promoting white nationalist content and extremely restrictive immigration policies. Turns out, his relationship with the…

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A clever new solar solution to one of the trickiest climate problems

Heliogen’s demonstration tower in Lancaster, California. | Heliogen Making high-temperature industrial heat from sunlight. It’s pretty clear how we can reduce and eventually eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from some sectors of the economy. Electricity, transportation, and buildings, three of the biggest emitters, have a pathway to zero. It won’t be easy, and progress is too slow, but we have a handle on what to do. But there are still big chunks of the economy that…

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Taylor Swift (and her fans) won a battle in her war against Scooter Braun and Big Machine Label Group

Taylor Swift | Photo by Zhang Hengwei/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images Taylor Swift can sing Taylor Swift songs at the American Music Awards, if she wants to. After an emotional plea to fans and a public spat with Big Machine Label Group, Taylor Swift will be allowed to perform any Taylor Swift song she chooses — for at least one night. Big Machine, which owns the master recordings of almost all of Swift’s albums,…

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The Frozen 2 soundtrack: a guide to the best songs

Disney The best songs from Frozen 2 are the ones that didn’t make it into the movie. Sorry, “Into the Unknown.” It’s not an exaggeration to say the release of the Frozen 2 soundtrack this past weekend — just ahead of Frozen 2’s November 22 release date — counts as an event. Not since the heyday of Disney’s ’90s animated musicals has a film soundtrack had such high expectations to live up to. Sales of…

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