Vox Sentences: The superbugs are super bad

Universal Images Group via Getty Images Antibiotic-resistant diseases are killing more than the CDC thought; Hong Kong protests approach sixth month. Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. CDC report: superbugs kill tens of thousands A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates that the…

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Nike’s breakup with Amazon is a lose-lose situation for everyone — including you

Nike shoes worn by Norman Powell of the Toronto Raptors during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 13, 2019, in Portland, Oregon. | Abbie Parr/Getty Images Soon, when you buy Nike stuff on Amazon, it will no longer come directly from Nike. When Nike announced in 2017 that it would start selling some footwear to Amazon, it was a deal held up as a sign of the times in the retail industry….

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A libertarian group is suing California for allegedly discriminating against men

Rob Walton, Walmart board member, shows off his socks featuring pink flamingoes during the annual Walmart shareholders meeting event on June 1, 2018, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. | Rick T. Wilking/Getty Images A new state law requires all public companies to have at least one woman on their board. A libertarian group is suing California for alleged discrimination — against men. The Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging a new state law that requires…

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Coverage of the first impeachment hearing illustrates how the media is falling short

Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent arrive for an impeachment inquiry on November 13, 2019. | Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images Outlets should know better by now than comparing politics to reality TV. Alas. The first public impeachment hearing on Wednesday featured testimony from two State Department officials, Bill Taylor and George Kent, who detailed why they concluded that President Donald Trump’s Ukraine policy was not about the national…

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Where the 1960s “psychedelic” look came from

The hippie aesthetic owes a lot to Art Nouveau. When you picture hippies, you probably think of bell bottoms, long hair, and LSD. You might also think of a very specific graphic design and illustration style, seen on concert posters and album covers: curly, cloudy, barely legible lettering; trippy color combinations; and decorative meandering borders. This style was first conceived in San Francisco by a handful of designers in the late 1960s. Their job? Make…

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Algeria’s forgotten protesters

Algerian protesters hold national flags as they chant during an anti-government rally in the centre of the capital Algiers on November 12, 2019. | Ryad Kramdi/AFP/Getty Images Algerians have been protesting since February. Here’s why you haven’t heard much about them. An Algerian court on Wednesday sentenced over 20 protesters to several months of jail time for threatening national unity by waving a flag representing the country’s Berber minority at anti-government demonstrations. The story made…

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Why Bernie Sanders and AOC are targeting public housing in the first Green New Deal bill

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have introduced a bill that would upgrade public housing to be more energy efficient and run on renewable energy. | Stephen Maturen/Getty Images The $172 billion proposal aims to upgrade 1.2 million units of public housing to curb emissions. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have fused two major presidential campaign issues — housing and climate change —…

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Netflix says it speaks truth to power, after all

Hasan Minhaj in Netflix’s Patriot Act. | Cara Howe/Netflix A week after CEO Reed Hastings said Netflix was in the entertainment business, not the “truth to power business,” another exec takes a stab at it. Tldr: It’s still going to get censored. Last week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said his company was in the entertainment business, not the “truth to power business.” That didn’t go over well, because Hastings was justifying why his company had…

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“Our job is to shape public opinion”: House Democrats aren’t obsessing over impeachment polls

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds her weekly news conference in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol November 14, 2019 in Washington, DC.  | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Democrats are well into the public phase of their impeachment inquiry. House Democrats began presenting their case for impeachment to the American people on Wednesday, with the first public hearing in a series that will continue on Friday and into next week. And for…

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America’s wilderness is for sale

We need more copper. Is it worth destroying this place? Northeastern Minnesota is home to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), a network of thousands of pristine lakes that have been federally protected since 1968. The protections are so strong that you can’t build a road inside the 1 million acres of wilderness. You also can’t fly a plane over it without federal approval and you can’t drive a boat with a motor. The…

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